CHALKWELL HALL JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWSLETTER – 9th March 2018

Well the snow was fun for a while and then, as usual, became a bit of a nuisance! It’s good to be back in our normal routines without it. The decision to close a school is never taken lightly and is always a hard one to make. The biggest factor is always the safety of children, parents and staff. Anyone that was driving or walking around the area last week will know first-hand how icy it was. It would have been dangerous to move over a thousand people to, from and around school at the same time. We came in, skidded about on the ice both in cars and on foot, cleared paths, put salt/grit down and then watched them promptly fill up with snow and ice over!

Some of our Year 3s got to take part in their trip to Hadleigh Country Park before the snow got in the way and had a cracking time despite the rather chilly conditions. The Year 3 team are rearranging for the other children at a later date.

During the Autumn Term 2017 our young coders from Code Club worked in small teams on a project sponsored by the European Space Agency to sense and digitally display the temperature on board the International Space Station, supporting the astronauts with their daily work. All four teams had the code quality passed by ESA after which their code was run on 1st February, 400km above the Earth. Certificates from ESA and AstroPi were presented at assembly to mark their great achievement. They should all be justly proud at becoming young space scientists, well done.

Southend Makes Music at The Palace Theatre was moved to this Wednesday evening because of the snow but the delay didn’t stop our Glee Club performing brilliantly.

World Book Day was today and everyone enjoyed sharing their favourite bedtime stories with each other.

And finally, in a very busy week, Year 4 have been out and about exploring our local history in Leigh and at Southend Pier. A great time had by all learning about our heritage.

 A few reminders:

We have discovered that some enterprising children are making their own slime and selling it in school, no doubt for extra pocket money.  Monetary value aside, there is a safety issue as some of the ingredients to make this slime can be irritable to certain skin types, and children are using a wide variety of different recipes to make and sell this slime.  We are aware of an incident where a child has received burns due to handling the slime. Therefore we are putting a ban on bringing in homemade slime to school.

6NM’s class assembly will now be on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 2:30pm.

If your child is performing at the Southend Music Festival, please put your ticket orders in by Monday 12th March 2018.

Most people are brilliant at this but we have a few dogs sneaking their way in through the gates – please leave them outside and remind others that aren’t.

Sports news

The boys won their last match at Greenways before the snow fell and ran out comfortable winners which leaves us top of the league, well done boys!

PTA News

We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Debbie Belton and her family for their kind generosity in offering us so many wonderful donations from the Lynn Tait Gallery. As you may know, Lynn sadly passed away last June and the difficult decision was made by the family to close the shop on Christmas Eve, after serving the community for over 30 years. In February, they held a final closing down sale and we were very privileged to receive so many donations from the Gallery. We are truly grateful for these, thank you.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Burger Night at Henry Burgers on Tuesday 6th March 2018, you helped raise £131 for our schools. Due to the high interest for this event we are looking to hold another night at Henry’s soon!

Thank you to everyone who has recently bought a name stamp from Stamptastic.com and used our code SS93NL. Up to the 31st January, you have helped to raise £142.99 for our schools.

We hope you have all enjoyed reading our brand new Newsletter and have marked the dates in your diaries! Our next Donation Day for pre-loved uniform is week commencing Monday 12th March 2018. Please bring all your donations to the school offices. We kindly ask that all uniform is clean and has no holes or stains.

Governor news

Mrs Ford has been in school recently to talk to members of staff and see how we work on various aspects of school life:

In January I visited school to discuss SEN and More Able pupils with Mrs Bower. As this was my first visit as parent governor, Mrs Bower gave me an overview of how the school helps children in need of additional support. I felt the approach of the school, with an emphasis on pastoral care was both positive and effective, with inclusion for all being a primary goal. We also discussed how SEN is implemented now that she works across both the infants and juniors, with the new system providing a more seamless approach to school life for many children who need it.    At the end of last month I met with Mrs Thompson to learn about history teaching at Chalkwell Hall. I was pleased to hear about how engaged the children are with the subject, and that history is taught in an exciting and interesting way. I was particularly interested in how school trips often tie in with history, and in particular how many opportunities the children are given to visit places that help them broaden their understanding of local history.

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 38 which isn’t too bad at all, thank you. Our overall attendance so far is 96%.

Dates for your diary 2018
Year 3 Parent Consultations Tuesday 13th March 2018
6NM class assembly Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 2.30pm
3GT class assembly Thursday 15th March 2018 at 2.30pm
6AF class assembly Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
6RM class assembly Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2.30pm
LAST DAY OF TERM Thursday 29th March 2018

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mr Linfield