I cannot believe it is the penultimate week of the first half term already! It has been an interesting journey and I am so proud of how the children, and parents/carers, have adapted and settled into the changes that we have had to make in and around school to make it safe yet inviting and manageable. I commend you all for your efforts!
Firstly, thank you to those families who have donated food to our ‘Harvest’ collection for the charity Southend Foodbank. We have had an overwhelming response, so much so, that we will extend the collection deadline to Thursday 22nd October for any further donations coming in for this worthy cause.
Week 2 of Bikeability for year 6 saw 6DS and 6AD battle the elements to complete their Level 2 training. Well done to all of those hardened riders! 6TF will be the last class to take part in Bikeability, which means there will continue to be more bicycles being walked through the playground at drop off and pick up times next week, so please be mindful at the times.
Year 6 Parents are also reminded that the deadline for submitting your Secondary School preference forms is fast approaching. Applications need to be submitted by 31st October 2020. Details can be found on our school Facebook page or by visiting www.southend.gov.uk/admissions
Thank you to all of the parents/carers for wearing a face covering when entering the school site. The Local Authority is introducing the ‘School Gate Campaign’, which is aimed to promote the wearing of face coverings, encourage social distancing and other Covid-19 preventative measures at school drop-off and pick-up points. Thank you in advance for your support in this matter. I hope that you will agree that it is a very small inconvenience for a much greater good. We really want to avoid children being absent from school and any form of closure.
We have been given a batch of disposable facemasks, which will be offered by staff to parents/carers/grandparents who may have forgotten to bring theirs on the school run. We will be running a poster competition to promote the wearing of masks for visiting adults on school site where the winning designs will be displayed at key points around school grounds. Details will be released in class next week.
Earlier this week, you should have received two letters, one from our Chair of Governors and another from Southend Borough Council. They outline the current process of consultation for potential amalgamation, as part of Southend Borough Council’s Head teacher recruitment process for Infant & Junior Schools. Please see recent letters on the website.
CHJS & Southend Borough Council want as many members of the community as possible to have their say. To help inform everyone’s views, they have provided a tab on the consultation’s website under the title ‘More Information about This Consultation’.
Southend Borough Council have advised that staff and governors at both schools cannot make any formal comments on the proposal.
To find out more about the possible merger and why Southend Borough Council are considering this, and to complete the online survey, please visit: www.southend.gov.uk/ChalkwellConsultation
PTA EVENTS WEBSITE – As current Covid restrictions are preventing cash handling for events at school, the PTA are moving everything online. The PTA events website has previously only been used to promote and sell tickets for some of our PTA fundraising activities, but we will now be selling all tickets for our fundraisers via this site and any donations to the PTA can also be made via this site. Please ensure you register as soon as possible using the following link or scan the QR code, it only takes a few minutes: https://www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta We hope that this will save the early morning panic before school of searching for £1 here and there to bring in!!!
PUMPKIN CARVING / DECORATING COMPETITION – Halloween is almost upon us and with limited activities to do, the PTA have decided to have a pumpkin competition to keep you and your children busy over half term!
We are kindly asking for a suggested £1 donation per entry to be made via our events page: www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta/index.cfm?event=event&eventId=30355#.X4YvdaR4WEc
Simply visit our Facebook events page and upload your creations here (please include your child’s year group with their entry): https://fb.me/e/3PEOuRiqe. All entries to be in by 6pm, 31st October to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon voucher! Winners (one from the infants and one from the juniors) will be announced in school and on Facebook on Friday 6th November.
DISCOUNTED TICKETS – Looking to keep the children entertained over Half Term without spending a fortune? You can purchase our discounted tickets for Adventure Island & Sea Life Adventure from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway! Adventure Island will be open every day of the Half Term holiday and every weekend until 15th November. Sea Life Adventure is open every day. Please purchase our discounted tickets from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway at any time (cash only).
- Blue Band – £16 each (normally £32 on the gate)
- Green Band – £13 each (normally £25 on the gate)
- Sea Life Adventure Wild – £7 each (normally £17.50 per adult and £12.50 per child)
For Covid procedures please visit http://adventureisland.co.uk/covid-19/
Thank you for your continued support.