Newsletter – 23rd October 2020

And just like that, the first half term is over! We have made it! I am in awe of the whole school community and the parts they have played in what I would consider an extremely challenging yet successful term. This success is measurable is many different ways. After 8 weeks, I am proud of how the children have adapted to the new normal and are happy to be back in the school routine. I am also thankful to the parents for not only following all of the new routines, but also adapting to the new rules to help keep the school as safe an environment as it could be, in regards to the vast majority wearing masks on site at the staggered drop off and pick up times. I am immensely proud of the CHJS staff, who have been dedicated to the cause and supportive of each other during this highly intense and very different first half term. I thank them and you all for the continued support.

Since September, we have put wellbeing as our number one priority for the school community. We are incredibly proud of how our pupils, parents and staff have responded to and settled into the new routines in place, so we can now begin to significantly increase the level of academic supports to push our children on to catch up on learning missed as a result of lockdown.

To help schools to provide additional catch-up support, the government has provided additional funding to schools to spend on their catch up plans. We are extremely happy to welcome Mrs Cooper, an ex-deputy head and previous English and Assessment lead, to the CHJS team from after half term. Mrs Cooper will initially be working across Years 5 &6, running a range of interventions to help pupils close gaps in their learning.  Mrs Haggar will continuing to provide teacher-led interventions across Years 3 & 4, as she has since September.

A reminder for parents that your children need to be equipped for the colder weather next half term. Both weekly PE sessions will continue outdoors, and it may be prudent to put a plastic bag and spare pair of socks in their PE kit bags.

Congratulations to all of our newly elected Junior Governors and thank you for those who participated in the process!

Despite the lack of actual sporting events, we have entered several virtual inter-school events, which has meant that every child has represented the school in the first term- WOW!

Thanks to all of those children who took part in the skipping, Mini-Marathon and Sports Hall events. As you know we weren’t able to do the 2.6 miles in one go (in most cases) due to our circumstances (use of public park, weather, time restraints, etc) so the run was scheduled over a few PE sessions.

6TF were the last year 6 class to complete their Bikeability level 2 training this week, and they accomplished this through a wide variety of weather conditions! Well done 6TF!

For those of you who enjoy Strictly Come Dancing, keep an eye out for former CHJS pupil and Eastenders actress Maisie Smith, who is taking part in the show. I am sure you will join us in wishing Maisie all the best for the competition.

Over the half term break, the class email accounts will not be checked by our teachers. We encourage all members of our school community, including our staff team, to switch off from school life for a week and enjoy the rest.

It has been a long but successful first half term back and a big effort for pupils, parents and staff alike, and we look forward to everyone returning refreshed and recharged on Monday 2nd November.

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy your half term!

 

PTA NEWS

 

For a fun Halloween activity, don’t forget to enter our Pumpkin Competion for a suggested donation of £1 and the winner will receive a £10 Amazon gift voucher.

 

Please make your donation 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? Please contact ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com or send a FB messenger to PTA CHS to purchase our discounted tickets for Adventure Island & Sea Life Adventure. Adventure Island will be open every day of the Half Term holiday and every weekend until 15th November. Sealife Adventure is open every day.

  • 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/

 

 

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to start getting prepared! We are pleased to announce that we have set up an Amazon Smile account, so every time you shop online with Amazon Smile you can help raise much needed funds for our schools. Please sign up today https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1094927-0 and select Chalkwell Hall as your chosen charity.

 

 

 

 

Attendance matters

Our overall attendance so far this term is 96.8%.