Newsletter – 1st February 2019

Another first for Chalkwell Hall this week as our Glee Club sang with the stars at the O2 Arena as part of Young Voices 2019! In front of an enormous crowd, all the children sang beautifully with Tony Hadley and other professional singers in what was a truly spectacular performance and a fantastic experience for all involved. Well done all – we’re already looking forward to next year!

Our children generally look fantastic when they attend school as the vast majority always adhere to our uniform expectations. Every so often, however, it’s useful to remind everyone of the uniform guidance as it may have been a while since people last read the school prospectus!

 

A few things have been creeping in to fashion recently that aren’t part of our policy:

Earrings are requested to be small studs only (not hoops or dangly ones) which need to be removable by the wearer for PE lessons (no other items of jewellery, except a watch, may be worn to school); Longer hair should be tied back at all times in a pony-tail or bunches (a pony tail is advised on PE days); half up/half down hair is not suitable. Hair ties, fasteners and headbands must be navy blue, black or white, and of minimal size – no large decorations please (it’s starting to look like every day is fancy dress at the moment – we don’t need cat ears or massive pom poms in school!).

 

In the winter months it is understandable that pupils may wish to wear boots to travel to and from school, however we request that they wear flat black school shoes during the school day.

 

Doing the little things well is part and parcel of trying to uphold high standards in a school and we thank you for your support in helping us with this!

 

School Uniform: PE uniform:
Logo polo shirt (light blue)

Logo sweatshirt or sweat

cardigan (navy blue)

Navy or grey trousers

Navy skirt/culottes/grey shorts

Light blue summer check dress

Flat black shoes

White/ navy or grey socks or navy tights

Minimal hair accessories (navy, blue, white only – no big bows)

Logo PE T-shirt (light blue)

Logo PE hoodie (light blue)

Navy joggers

Navy shorts

Trainers for outdoors

No jewellery, watches or ‘Fitbits’ to be worn during PE

 

 

Governor news

Our Vice-Chair of Governors, Dr Pickup, visited school recently and wanted to share with our community what he looked at whilst in school:

 

The school has implemented a new system, “Safeguard”, to improve recording and tracking safeguarding issues at school. I was given a demonstration by the Headteacher, including the data entry screens for teachers and the more complex management controls for the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). In my opinion, moving from a paper system to this new system will enable better oversight / control of school safeguarding activity. It has the added benefit of reducing the administrative burden for those involved if a child moves from one school to another school that both use this system. From what I have seen this will support delivery of effective safeguarding in the school

 

I met with Gemma Brady, the lead for Computing. I was shown the online software, Purple Mash, and how it can be used to learn coding and help develop our star programmers for tomorrow. It is being adopted more widely across the school through the year and I would encourage all parents to ask about it and see what it can do. We also discussed e-safety. With Safer Internet Day rapidly approaching on the 5th February, we also discussed how Challkwell is helping children use the internet safely and how parents can help make sure their child is protected for inappropriate content or people.

Nature Photography Competition

Are you a photographer in the making?

How about trying to get that perfect shot of a butterfly fluttering by, or red squirrel bouncing up a tree?

The Science team at Chalkwell Hall Junior School are holding a nature photography competition and we want you, the pupils, to get involved! This is a competition to allow the children to express their individual artistic talents. All the children have to do is follow the instructions below:

 

  • Take a photo, on a digital device e.g. a digital camera, a smart phone or tablet.
  • Your photos may capture local wildlife, pets or even animals at the zoo!
  • There will be a prize-winner for each of our two categories – upper school and lower school.
  • The closing date for the competition entries will be Monday 4th March 2019.
  • One photo entry per child.
  • Digital image entries only (No hard copies).
  • Please submit your digital image to ScienceCompetition@ChalkwellHall.co.uk with the following details included in the email: your name, age and class.

Good luck!

Visit: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy/gallery/2018/young.html for some inspiration!

 

Sports news

Our Year 3&4 boys had a cracking day of football at The Len Forge Centre last Friday. They played really well all day to record 5 wins, 3 draws and just one defeat – which was in the last second! A great show of skill and team spirit, well done boys!

PTA news

Adventure Island will be re-opening its doors to the public on 16th February 2019 and the great news is that we are able to offer tickets at the same prices charged at the start of last year. If you are looking to keep the children entertained during the February half term break, please help support our schools and buy your discounted tickets from the PTA.

Blue wristbands, suitable for guests over 1.2m tall, are for sale at a fantastically discounted £16 per person compared with the online price of £22.50 and on the gate price of £32.

Green wristbands, suitable for guests 1.2m and under, are for sale at a fantastically discounted £13 per person compared with the online price of £18.75 and on the gate price of £25.

 

Wristbands can all be purchased by sending, into either school, your money, ticket request, child’s name, class and a contact number in an envelope marked PTA “ADVENTURE ISLAND”. Payment can be made either by cash or cheque, with cheques made payable to Chalkwell Hall Schools PTA.

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway.

 

Easy Fundraising

We often mention Easy Fundraising but just to highlight the difference it can make, in the last month alone, we have raised £83.80 from having our PTA charity registered and that is with just 90 supporters. Imagine what could be raised if just half the families of the children at our schools signed up to shopping via the Easy Fundraising link. It’s so simple to do, doesn’t cost you a penny and could make a real difference to the funds we raise each year so please register if you can using the link below.

  1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/chalkwellhallsch
  2. Sign up for free by selecting to “Support this cause”
  3. Get shopping and start fundraising

 

Theatre tickets

We announced earlier this week our latest offer for discounted tickets to “Cirque Beserk“, Britain’s biggest theatre circus spectacular. Seats have been reserved with the Cliffs Pavilion in both the stalls (rows D-F) and on the Balcony (rows B and C) for the 3pm performance on Sunday 22 September 2019. Tickets are being sold at £24.50 for adults and £15 for children, compared with £29.50 and £17.50 at the booking office.

 

We are also taking reservations for discounted tickets at the Cliffs Pavilion to the matinee performances of Peter Pan on Friday 20 December 2019 and Thursday 2 January 2020 as well as Grease for the matinee performance on Saturday 27 July 2019.

If you would like to secure discounted tickets, please email ptachstheatre@gmail.com

A number of parents have mentioned the recent release of Mary Poppins the musical and enquired about the possibility of discounted tickets. Unfortunately, as this is a new and we expect will be a very popular show, Disney are only currently offering minimal discounts for seats in the back part of the theatre and only for Monday – Thursday performances during school term dates. Therefore, we have not made any reservations at this stage. The Box Office mentioned that the more discounted school rates will go on sale at a later date so we hope to be able to offer these in the future.

 

Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%.

 

This week there were 52 lates which is much higher than usual. We will be in contact where punctuality is becoming an issue.

 

Dates for your diary 2018-2019
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.