Weekly Newsletter – 1st March 2019

I had the pleasure of watching many of our children perform this week. First at The Palace Theatre with Southend Makes Music, where “Chalkwell Hall of Rock” played fantastically in front of a large crowd alongside other musical groups in a fantastic evening showcasing young musical talent. I also got to watch both upper and lower school dance clubs in action today at the Southend Creative Dance Festival.

Thank you to all who responded to the e-safety questionnaire sent out by Miss Brady recently, the information you have given us will help us shape how we best equip our children for the present and the future.  There are various stories doing the rounds in the news and on social media at the moment and something that may well help you and your child discuss being safe online is this video from CBBC:   https://www.bbc.com/ownit/its-personal/when-you-see-something-scary-online


It’s essentially the very same information we give the children in school on a regular basis so you can have the same conversation at home with them and we can all have a consistent message for them to follow.


There has been a bit of confusion regarding what pupils should wear on World Book Day and Red Nose Day.


For World Book Day (7th March 2019) children can come in school uniform or dressed as a book character – please don’t go to any extra effort though as the focus of the day will be for children to choose a favourite book from home and wrap it in a piece of paper and to decorate it with words and phrases to give clues about the book inside (great for developing summary skills!). Children can be as creative as possible: add little illustrations, use paints, pastels, pens, jewels, feathers, etc! The children will try to guess what the book is from the clues on the outside and will have a secret vote on the book with the best clues in each class to go forward to possibly win a prize.


For Red Nose Day (15th March 2019) children can come in non-school uniform (non-compulsory £1 donation) which can include pyjamas (or anything else I guess as it’s non-uniform!) if they want to wear them but just to let you know we will be having a pyjama day later in the year, which is why the Junior Governors didn’t want to make it the main theme of this day.


PTA news

Welcome back, we hope you all had an enjoyable, sunshine filled, half term.


Initial fundraising targets

Following a meeting with the headteachers of both the Infants and Juniors schools, it has been agreed that for the current year the PTA will initially be fundraising to help the schools purchase a replacement for the Treehouse in the school playground. The Treehouse, which has been a much-loved feature of the school for many years, is beginning to show its age and not possible to repair. The schools are looking at the options available while we seek, through our events this year, to raise money to support them in this exciting venture which we expect will prove to be a fun and very well received addition to the schools.


Dates for your diaries

We have a number of events planned so far this year, many of which you will be familiar with. We would love to see as many families attending as possible, so if you would like to join us or take part then please keep the following dates free:


Infant School Bunny Hop Friday, 5th April 2019
Easter egg raffle Friday, 5th April 2019
Quiz night (adults only event) Friday, 26th April 2019
Go Bonkers – inflatables fun afternoon Friday, 17th May 2019
Summer Fete Saturday, 29th June 2019
Race night (adults only) Planned for the Autumn


Thank you to all who donated prizes for the upcoming quiz night. Invitation letters will be sent out for the quiz next week but places will be limited so if you would like to attend, what was a very well received event last year, then please return your entry slips at the earliest opportunity.


Other things to remember


  • Adventure Island has now re-opened. If you would like discounted tickets (Blue wristbands £16, Green wristbands £13) then either send in your request via the school in an envelope marked for the attention of “PTA Adventure Island” enclosing the applicable payment or alternatively purchase tickets at the same discounted prices from Coulson James on the Leigh Road.


  • If you are planning a trip to Village Green this summer please purchase your tickets via the link below in order that the schools receive a £1 donation per ticket sold via this link.




  • Discounted tickets are available for the Cliffs Pavilion 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 and Cirque Beserk for the matinee performance on Sunday 22 September 2019.

If you would like to secure tickets for any of these shows, please email ptachstheatre@gmail.com


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%.  This week there were only 14 lates – top stuff, thank you!


 Dates for your diary 2018-20 19  
Year 4 Parent/Teacher meetings Tuesday 5th March 2019
World Book Day Thursday 7th March 2019
6SH Class assembly Thursday 7th March 2019 2:30pm
Year 3 Parent/Teacher meetings Tuesday 12th March 2019
3GT Class assembly Thursday 14th March 2019 2:30pm
Red Nose Day Friday 15th March 2019
6AF Class assembly Thursday 21st March 2019 2:30pm
6RM Class assembly Thursday 28th March 2019 2:30pm
4JW Class assembly Thursday 4th April 2019 2:30pm
Non-pupil day Friday 24th May 2019


Thank you for your continued support.