Newsletter – 11th January 2019

Happy new year one and all! It’s great to be back in the swing of things at school and we have been straight into our usual busy routines with loads going on as always.  Clubs are up and running, sports events have started and we had our first class assembly of the new year too.

Year groups have all been starting off their new topics in style and none more so than Year 6 who had a medieval day. They explored Medieval History from the Roman period through to the Tudor period and we had a visitor running workshops with the children talking to them about armour, warfare and crime and punishment in medieval times. Some great outfits were worn, by both children and staff, and they enjoyed a fascinating day of learning.

Sports news

Another sporting first for Chalkwell Hall as this week our Year 6 basketball team won the Southend Borough Tournament for the first time ever! Some bruising encounters in the first stage of the competition saw the team come second in their group to progress to the “super tens”. They topped the second group to progress to the semi-final and then on to the final where they defeated Heycroft Primary to come away as champions! A fantastic effort and on to the Essex finals next week in Colchester. A fantastic effort, team – well done!

Our boys are playing at the annual 6-a-side tournament at Bournes Green tomorrow – good luck!


PTA news

Happy New Year and we hope you all had a lovely break. Thank you for all your wonderful support last term, we had the most successful autumn term to date! We are excited for all our forthcoming fundraisers for the spring and summer terms, with dates for your diaries to be advised ASAP.


We have limited tickets still available for both the evening and matinee performances of Annie at the Cliffs Pavilion on Wednesday 29th May (during the half term holiday). Tickets will cost a fabulous discounted price of £33 for both adults and children (normally £44 per person from the box office)! Seats for the evening performance are in rows C & D of the central balcony & seats for the matinee performance are in rows D & E of the central balcony. Payment is needed at the latest by January 31st.

We also have great seats at discounted prices for Grease at the Cliffs Pavilion on Thursday 25th July at 7.30pm (featuring Peter Andre) and Saturday 27th July at 2.30pm as well as Peter Pan at the Cliff Pavilion for the matinee performances on Friday 20th December 2019 and Thursday 2nd January 2020. Please email to secure your tickets.


Please don’t forget to become a member of the Co-op AND register your preferred cause as our school. As previously mentioned, the Co-op have kindly chosen to support our school again in their local community fund project which means that every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own-branded products will be donated to our school. If you are already a Co-op member, please go online and register your cause as Chalkwell Schools PTA. If you are not yet a member, please sign up today and help raise funds for our schools every time you shop at Co-op.


Furthermore, our friends at the Co-op have set up an online survey where customers can comment on their shopping experience with the chance of winning £250 in gift vouchers every month. The survey is called “Your store, your say” All comments made on the survey are fed back to store and where possible acted on. This could also be comments about a colleague that has given a high level of customer service. The link to complete the survey is with the requested code for the Leigh Road store being 7474.


Dinner menu change

The dinner menu on Thursday 17th January 2019 will be as follows:

Week 1 Hot dinner choices Cold dinner choices:
  ·         Breaded Fish Portions

·         Chalky’s Homemade Cheese & Pepper quiche

·         Spaghetti Hoops

·         Sweetcorn or Peas

·         Chips

·         Jacket Potato

·         High Fibre Baps

·         Cucumber Sticks

·         Cherry Tomatoes

·         Sliced Peppers

·         Carrot Sticks

·         Cheese

·         Butchers Roast Beef Slices

  Strawberry Jelly, Bananas, Apples, Satsumas, Milk and Water


The menu on Friday 18th January will be the same as week 1, Thursday.


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%.  This week there were 26 instances of children arriving late to school.


Dates for your diary 2018-2019
3NM class assembly Thursday 17th January 2019 at 2:30pm
11+ meeting Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at 6.00pm
5DS class assembly Thursday 24th January 2019 at 2:30pm
5LR class assembly Thursday 31st January 2019 at 2:30pm
4TF class assembly Thursday 7th February 2019 at 2:30pm
Year 6 Parent/Teacher meetings Tuesday 12th February 2019
5CF class assembly Thursday 14th February 2019 at 2:30pm
Non-pupil day Monday 25th February 2019
Year 5 Parent/Teacher meetings Tuesday 26th February 2019
6RW class assembly Tuesday 26th February 2019
Year 4 Parent/Teacher meetings Tuesday 5th March 2019
Year 3 Parent/Teacher meetings Tuesday 12th March 2019
Non-pupil day Friday 24th May 2019


Thank you for your continued support.