Newsletter – 29th March 2019

Our Junior Governors lead the way on behalf of the school as representatives for their classmates in making decisions about our fundraising activities. They decided that we would support Little Havens Hospice this year and went to visit one of the hospices in Benfleet this week to see first-hand what our fundraising helps to support. An eye opening experience and our Junior Governors can now relay back to their classes the great work that Little Havens do. Well done team!

Our netball team have been out representing us again this week with two matches at Hamstel Junior School. This time their results were even more convincing with two wins of 10-1 and 17-1! The girls are certainly reaping the rewards of all their hard work in training!

We’ve had a couple of our hardworking adult Governors in school recently having a look at how we do things and they wanted to share what they were focussing on with you all:


Mrs Rowe:

I met up with Mr Birkinshaw again last week and heard about the positive impact that TT Rock Stars has had on students’ interest in and mastery of times tables. I was given a quick demonstration and it looked great fun. If you haven’t seen it for yourself, I highly recommend having a look at it. I only wish it was around when I was learning multiplication!


I also met Miss Sadler again and she very kindly spent some time talking me through her science strategy. As you may know, Miss Sadler is passionate about science and that enthusiasm is conveyed in the way that she teaches science and heads up the science department. Over the past few years, Miss Sadler has worked hard to raise the profile of science within the school, bring science out of the classroom with more outdoor observation and experimentation, and acquire new teaching resources (such as Kahoots quizzes and KWL). It is no secret that schools across the country are having to operate with reduced budgets and science unfortunately is such a resource-heavy subject. Miss Sadler works with other schools and institutions to share best practice and borrow equipment and resources such as the ‘Borrow the Moon’ initiative, allowing children to see and touch Lunar samples from NASA.


Mrs Sanders:

You’ll probably remember you were recently asked to fill out your views on what the  school does on keeping children safe online. I visited the school recently to discuss  the results of this e-safety questionnaire with Mr Linfield and Miss Brady. At the  meeting we talked about how best to communicate the results to parents. There are  lots of different views around the safe use of online games and social media and the  school has a responsibility to help keep our children safe. Playing age-appropriate  games is one element; being kind and respectful on social media is another; being  alert to approaches from strangers and online grooming is a key concern too. It was  great to hear that the children are making their own videos all about these topics  which will be shared with parents. So keep an eye out for these short videos, plus  other information coming to you via the newsletter and other letters home. 


Lots of really useful information for parents can be found on our website:


PTA news

Holidays are coming

If you are planning a trip to Adventure Island over the Easter break please ensure you purchase your wristbands from the events and ticket sales website by 1 April 2019, using the link below, to ensure delivery before the end of term. Alternatively, wristbands can be purchased during the Easter break from Coulson James on the Leigh Road at the same discounted prices.


The Great Co-op Easter Egg Count

The Leigh Road Co-op are kindly once again raising cash for our schools by holding an in store “Guess how many eggs are in the GIANT Easter Egg” competition. Each entry costs £1 and the closest guess wins ALL the wonderful eggs inside. So why not pop in, try your luck and help raise money for the school.


Online Theatre ticket sales

To purchase tickets for the two theatre shows offered this week, namely Riverdance and Les Misérables, we would ask, wherever possible, that you do so via the Events and ticket sales website using the link above.

By selecting “Shop” then “Uniform and Merchandise” from the bar across the top of the site, you will be taken to the ticket sales page where you will find full details and can now purchase discounted tickets for both of these shows as well as Adventure Island wristbands.


Show Date Performance PTA price Box office price
Riverdance Tuesday 31st March 2020 Evening £ 51.50  £57.50
Les Misérables Wednesday 29th January 2020 Evening  £47.50  £77.50


Offline Theatre ticket sales

For tickets to any of the shows listed below, please continue to email Please note, we will be closing the reservations for Grease and Cirque Beserk on Friday, 5 April 2019 so please contact the PTA as soon as possible if you would like to reserve tickets for either of these shows.


Show Date Performance Ticket price
Grease Saturday 27th July 2019 Matinee Adult £38, Child £32
Cirque Beserk Sunday 22nd September 2019 Matinee Adult £24.50, Child £15
Robin Hood (Xmas Panto) Friday 20th December 2019 Matinee Adult £32, Child £29
Robin Hood (Xmas Panto) Thursday 2nd January 2020 Matinee Adult £32, Child £29


Other things to remember

Over 200 wristbands for the Go Bonkers inflatables fundraiser have already been sold so, if you would like to ensure your entry to this limited numbers event, please purchase tickets from the Events site as soon as possible.  Please ensure all entries for the “Easter Eggstravaganza raffle” are returned at the latest by 29th March 2019.  The prize fund for the “Grand National sweepstake” currently stands at c £100 so if you would like to be in with a chance of winning the cash prize please return your entry form by 3rd April 2019.  It’s still not too late to secure your place at the Quiz Night on Friday 26th April 2019. If you would like to attend, please send in your entry form with full payment next week.


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%   This week there were 43 lates.


Dates for your diary 2018-2019 
4JW Class assembly Thursday 4th April 2019 at 2:30pm
3NM Class assembly Thursday 25th April 2019 at 2.30pm
5DS Class assembly Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 2.30pm
5LR Class assembly Thursday 9th May 2019 at 2.30pm
4SR Class assembly Thursday 16th May 2019 at 2.30pm
3AH Class assembly Thursday 23rd May 2019 at 2.30pm
Non-pupil day Friday 24th May 2019
4TF Class assembly Thursday 6th June 2019 at 2.30pm
5CF Class assembly Thursday 13th June 2019 at 2.30pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019


Thank you for your continued support.