Newsletter – 8th February 2019

It was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday this week and the children have been looking at various aspects of staying safe in our increasingly digitalised world. Many thanks to all parents and carers who have already responded to Miss Brady’s questionnaire about internet use, each one helps us get a better understanding of what the children are experiencing and means we can plan even better to tailor the messages we need to get across to them.

Our non-pupil dates for the academic year 2019-2020 have been confirmed for both schools. The five days will be 3rd & 4th September 2019 and 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020. These seem like a long way away but hopefully knowing this far in advance means you might be able to get in early and book a slightly cheaper holiday!


Year 5 have certainly been busy recently. The whole year group enjoyed a visit to Westcliff High School to watch a production of the musical, Guys and Dolls. A great performance was enjoyed by the children with some experiencing their first musical. 5CF and 5LR also enjoyed sessions with the Bikeability Fix Teams. They learnt all about how to look after their bikes, including some hands on experience in finding and repairing punctures. Last week, they got to examine some incredible pieces from outer space including meteorites and actual samples of rock from the moon – go Year 5!

There has been a noticeable improvement in adherence to our uniform policy this week – thank you. Please keep it in mind when the next pair of shoes are being purchased or you are considering ear piercings!


Sports news

We recently received some smart new running vests courtesy of local business Planet Leasing. Hopefully this will inspire our brilliant athletes on to even greater success!

Our girls are playing at Prince Avenue Primary after school today (fingers crossed for the weather!) and the boys are playing in the finals of the Turner Cup at Bournes Green Juniors tomorrow morning – good luck both teams!




PTA news


Theatre tickets

If you are looking for an idea to keep your children entertained during the Easter break you might consider taking them to see the hit West End musical “Everybody’s talking about Jamie” which Time Out magazine rated 5 stars and described as “A joyous punch in the air about following your dreams and being yourself”. We have reserved discounted tickets for the evening performance on 10th April 2019 at the Apollo Theatre, London. The tickets, located in rows G-L of the stalls, are available at £39 per person compared with £65 from the box office. We were only able to secure a limited number of seats, so to avoid disappointment please email the PTA as soon as possible at the address below. Please note payment for this show will be required, at the latest, by 17th February.


Thank you to everyone who voted in our recent poll on preferred West End theatre tickets. The top two requested shows were confirmed as Wicked and Les Miserables. We have initially reserved discounted tickets for “Wicked” and will look to offer tickets for Les Miserables over the coming months. Tickets for Wicked are available, for the matinee performance on Saturday 22nd June 2019, in rows G-P of the stalls at a discounted price of £40 per person, compared with £71.75 at the box office. Payment for this show will be required, at the latest, by 24th February.


We are also taking reservations for discounted tickets at the Cliffs Pavilion to the matinee performances of Peter Pan on Friday 20th December 2019 and Thursday 2nd January 2020, as well as Grease for the matinee performance on Saturday 27th July 2019 and Cirque Beserk for the matinee performance on Sunday 22nd September 2019.


If you would like to secure discounted tickets for any of these shows, please email


Village Green

Southend’s best loved arts and music festival, Village Green, returns to Chalkwell Park this summer. The organisers, Metal Culture, have kindly agreed to donate £1 to the Chalkwell Hall schools, at no additional cost to yourselves, for every ticket purchased via the link below. Early Bird discounted tickets to Village Green are on sale now, so if you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets via this link and help us raise funds for our schools.



By becoming a member of the Co-op, which you can do online or arrange in store, not only will you receive cash credits to the value of 5% on selected products purchased from their businesses but you can also help raise valuable funds for the PTA. The Co-op have kindly agreed to support our school for the entire year in their local community fund project which means that every time members purchase selected Co-op branded products, 1% of their value will be donated to our school.


If you would like to support us in this way and are already a Co-op member, please go online and ensure your cause is registered as the Chalkwell Schools PTA. If you are not yet a member, please sign up today and help raise funds for our schools.


Raffle prizes

Over the last few years, we have included raffles at a number of our events which have proved to be very popular and a great way for our charity to raise funds. We are only able to do this thanks to some very generous prize donations by both parents and local businesses. We are currently planning our fundraising events for the year, including our announced Quiz Night in April where we plan to hold our first raffle, and would ask whether you or any businesses you are connected with might be able to support us by kindly offering prizes for inclusion in our raffles. If you are able to help please email PTA at


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 95.4%.  This week there were 36 lates.


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
Open Afternoon Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 2.45pm to 3.15pm
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.