Newsletter – 8th June 2018

A first for Chalkwell Hall this week in the shape of a winners trophy at the borough swimming gala! Obviously we don’t have a pool so it takes a lot of chasing around to find out who can do what well in advance of the competition. It was a great team performance with lots of individual highlights too. Well done team and our thanks to all the parents who did time trials with the children in advance to give Mr Robinson and Miss Flewitt the information they needed to put the team together!

 

 

We recently took part in a local art competition in association with the Leigh Art Trail. They have informed us that the winning entries and runners-up are on display in St. Clements Church on the Leigh Broadway. There are voucher prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in key stage 1 and 2 as well as a little something for the highly commended. These will be sent back to school with the winning entry along with all of the artwork produced by our children. Fingers crossed for some winners!

 

The Church has limited opening times so please check on their website to see when it is available to view. Also check on the Leigh Art trail website for other exhibitions that are on throughout the coming week in Leigh 9th June-16th June.

 

We are off on PGL this weekend and there are so many permission slips still to be returned that we aren’t going to be able to share any photos with you while we are away. Get them in as soon as possible please! Thank you to those who have already returned them but we need to have the rest of your permissions for photo use so we can go back to sharing all the great things our children are doing with you.

 

And finally, a tremendous example from two of our pupils of thinking of others from Lily Bradshaw and Martha Callaghan who got busy baking cookies and raised £135 for The Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off.  Well done girls!

 

Governor news:

Mrs Rowe and Mrs Sanders came in to visit us recently to see how we work in different aspects of school life:

 

On the last day before half term, I enjoyed observing a morning maths lesson with a year 4 class. The maths lesson ran from 8.35 until 10.00 and I left with a clear view that the students really enjoyed maths and were very good at it! I was very impressed in several areas. The maths is taught in such an engaging fashion that works to complement the way children study best. The mornings are generally when children are fresher and brighter and more engaged so maths lessons are timetabled after registration. Although the lesson appears quite long, it is broken up into manageable chunks, and creative solutions to real-life, multi-step maths challenges are encouraged through class debate. A variety of innovative and interesting tools and resources are used by the teachers and these keep the children engaged and motivated whilst also instilling a sense of independence in problem-solving through class discussions. Finally, I was so impressed with the class that I observed. Not only did they demonstrate some very remarkable maths skills, they also showed great respect to their environment, to their teacher and to each other. It was lovely to see the school’s core values brought to life so effectively: ‘enquiry, responsibility, co-operation, resilience, creativity and respect’.

 

I visited the school just before half term to find out about the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural elements within the school, and also to see how the school fulfils its requirements in line with Equal Opportunities, Ethnic Minorities and Race Equalities. It’s clear that the school’s six core values are embedded in CHJS’s ethos and guides how it operates on a daily basis. These are values that the children themselves came up with – Enquiry, Responsibility, Cooperation, Resilience, Creativity and Respect. Assemblies are structured around these values and there is opportunity for children to discuss what it means to live by these values. The school strives to ensure everyone at the school gets the same opportunities, for example through the selection of sporting teams – they’re not just picked on ability but on how well children can represent the school. The very many clubs that are often offered on a rotational basis mean that there’s plenty of ways for all children to get involved. Next time, I’m going to come in and chat to the children and get their take on the core values, feeling safe and the rules they have to abide by. I’ll keep you posted!

 

PTA news

Welcome back and hope you all had a wonderful half term holiday!  Preparations for the biggest event on our calendar, our Summer Fete on Saturday 30th June, 12-3pm are now in full swing. We are asking for donations for our raffle, pre-loved uniform, bottles of wine, soft toys and toiletries for the tombolas. Please bring your donations into school from Monday 18th June. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up on the day, help to run a stall and clear away. If you able to volunteer any time, even for just an hour, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com, it would be very much appreciated.

 

We still have some availability left for our latest West End shows – Tina Turner on Wednesday 6th March 2019 at 7.30pm, priced at £42.50 each and Chicago on Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 7.30pm, priced at £35 each. If you are interested in either show please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com ASAP.

 

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 42. Our overall attendance so far is 96.2%

 

Dates for your diary 2018
3GB Class Assembly Thursday 14th June 2018 at 2.30pm
4AH Class Assembly Thursday 21st June 2018 at 2.30pm
5JW Class Assembly Thursday 28th June 2018 at 2.30pm
Sports Day Monday 2nd July 2018

Lower school – am, Upper school – pm

4JT Class Assembly Thursday 5th July 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 2.45pm to 3.15pm
4SB Class Assembly Thursday 12th July 2018 at 2.30pm
Last day of term Friday 20th July 2018

 

Thank you for your continued support.