Spring Term 2020 Clubs

Clubs will commence on Monday 6th January 2020 (with the exception of Southend United which will commence on 13th January 2020).  The attached clubs list lets you know the wide variety of after school, lunch time and before school clubs available to our children.  The majority of our clubs (before, during and after school) are run by the staff in their own free time as they are dedicated to building relationships with the children and giving them opportunities they may not otherwise have.

 

Most clubs are free of charge.  In most cases where we are using an external provider, the school is bearing the cost of this to make access fairer to all.

 

Information regarding chargeable clubs such as music tuition, drum lessons, Speech and Drama and Little Musketeers will be sent to you separately.  These are run privately by external companies.

 

Our aim is to give all children equal opportunity to take part in clubs. We are striving to make this as fair as possible to all which means we look termly at the number of children wanting to do each activity by asking you to fill in your preferences on the reply form. If the same 20 or 30 children want to do the same activity for the following term, great; however, if 30 different pupils would like to give it a go then it is only fair that we share out the spaces accordingly over the year. There will be a few exceptions for the Spring Term as the following clubs are already working towards performances or are already training for upcoming sports events:  Drama, Dance, Glee and Girls Football.  Children already in these clubs should put them down as their first preference. There are a few spaces available in Dance, Drama and Girls Football.

 

We have more children participating in extra-curricular activities than ever before which is fantastic. There are only so many days in the week and hours in the day but we are always looking to find ways of getting more children involved so watch this space!

 

NEW FOR SPRING TERM 2020      NEW FOR SPRING TERM 2020

**Stop Animation Club** (Directors will have the opportunity to make their own short stop animation films using apps and props of their choice. Complete creative freedom for the subject of the film but there will be suggested projects each week).

**Book Club** (A book club is one of the best ways to combine learning and fun. We will be exploring books together and carrying out fun, book related activities).

**Dodgeball** Friday lunchtimes for Years 5 & 6 and Thursday lunchtimes for Years 3 & 4.

 

Clubs will be running weeks commencing:

 

Monday 6th January 2020                               Monday 24th February 2020

Monday 13th January 2020                              Monday 2nd March 2020

Monday 20th January 2020                              Monday 9th March 2020

Monday 27th January 2020                              Monday 16th March 2020

Monday 3rd February 2020                              Monday 23rd March 2020

Monday 10th February 2020                            Monday 30th March 2020

 

Please note Knitting Club will not be continuing in the Spring Term.

11+ club commences for Year 5 children (no maximum)

Wednesdays at 8.00am to 8.30am – a separate letter will be coming out shortly.

 

CLUB RULES/IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

  • Forms to be returned by Friday 6th December 2019 at the latest.
  • Please indicate your order of preference so club places can be fairly distributed, with ‘1’ indicating the club your child most wishes to attend. Please do not put 1’s down for every club.
  • Waiting lists will be kept should a club become oversubscribed.
  • Club letters will be sent out before the end of term.
  • Clubs will commence on Monday 6th January 2020 (apart from Southend United which will commence on Monday 13th January 2020).
  • Please collect children promptly after their club.
  • Conkers After School Club needs to be booked separately through the Kids Club HQ bookings system https://chalkwellhall.kidsclubhq.co.uk/.
  • Please tell a member of the office staff if your child will not be attending on a particular night, to avoid unnecessary searching and phone calls.
  • Cookery and Pottery run on a half termly basis.
  • Times Table Rock Stars is a lunch time club for Years 3 & 4, no need to register, just come along when you want to.
  • Marathon Club on a Friday – children must be able to run/jog continuously for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  • Homework Club on a Monday and Wednesday lunchtime is open to everyone, no need to register, just come along when you want to.
  • 11+ club will commence on Wednesday mornings from 8.00am to 8.30am until the 11+ takes place. This club is open to all Year 5 children and you do not need to register for it.  Separate letters will be sent out to Year 5 shortly.
  • Clubs will end for the Spring term on Friday 3rd April 2020 unless otherwise informed.

 

 

After School Club Opportunities SPRING Term 2020

Holiday Club – February Half Term 2020

We are delighted to announce that our hugely popular fun filled, holiday camps are coming to Chalkwell Hall in 2020.

 

In response to demand from busy parents that are seeking good quality, affordable childcare during the school holidays we are pleased to be able to confirm that we will be operating a holiday camp at Chalkwell Hall during the February half term and provided it gets well supported, for every other school holiday period for the remainder of the academic year!  We have decided to offer our successful multi-activity days at highly competitive prices that suit the working patterns of most parents.  Times and prices are as follows:

Hours        Price
8am- 5pm Just    £22.50
9am- 3pm Just    £18.00
9am- 1pm Just    £12.00
1pm- 5pm Just    £12.00

 

Parents that book at least 2 weeks in advance will also receive a 15% discount and there is also a 15% discount for siblings too* Our provision will be open to Primary School aged children.  Children aged 5-11 can attend any time whereas 4 year olds may only attend for a maximum of four hours per day**

 

Activities for each day are weather dependant but most days will feature an energetic mix of popular sports and playground games and some more sedate arts and crafts activities.  Our accredited, experienced staff members will ensure that your child is safe and has fun whilst socialising with other children of a similar age.

 

Now is the best time to take advantage of this fantastic offer.  We only have 32 spaces available each day and these can be booked on a first come first served basis on our website using this link.  Children from other schools will be welcome but right now priority places are being offered to children of the Chalkwell Hall Schools.  Leaflets will be distributed to other local schools to fill any remaining spaces in January 2020.  So, don’t delay, book today!

https://family.premier-education.com/courses/venue/chalkwell-hall-infant-school/id/7612

 

Should you require any further information please call 01474 703300 or email northkentsouthessex@premier-education.com

 

Please note we are unable to prepare food so parents are required to provide their children with snacks, a packed lunch (no nuts or nut related products) and a non-fizzy drink in a refillable bottle.

 

*Discounts cannot be combined and only one will be applied to each booking automatically at the checkout.

** To be eligible 4 year olds must be attending school already in Reception year.

Newsletter – 15th November 2019

 

Our book fair is on next week, Monday to Friday, so please make a little time available at the end of the day to come in and have a look in the lower hall. We’ll make sure that the children have a chance to have a look during school hours too. All proceeds go to helping us keep the library really well stocked with interesting reads!

 

We are also looking for any volunteers that might like to help out in the library itself in the period at the end of the day from 2:50pm until around 3:30pm when we have the library open for parents to visit when doing pick up. If anyone has any spare time at the end of the school day they could offer it would be very gratefully received!

 

Please find attached an updated school dinner menu – next week is week 1.

Menu -November 2019 v3

 

Sports news

Our Goalball team represented us this week in the annual tournament at Garons and did us proud. They performed really well with lots of laughs (even though it is supposed to be a silent game!) and came 4th overall – well done team!

 

 

PTA NEWS

Thank you to everyone who came to Quiz Night last Friday, another great evening hosted by Clips & Pieces. Congratulations to all the raffle winners and to the winning team The Five Finder Outers. Thank you to everyone for your support, we raised almost £800!

 

CAN YOU HELP? With just 2 weeks to go until our Christmas Events begin, we are still looking for lots of volunteers to help with the following:

  • FAYRE SET UP (Saturday 30th November, anytime from 9am)
  • RUNNING A STALL AT THE FAYRE (Saturday 30th November, anytime between 12-4pm)
  • CLEARING UP THE FAYRE (Saturday 30th November, from 4pm)
  • GROTTO DECORATION (on Sunday 1st December from 1pm)

 

So if you have any time to spare please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com, all offers of help are greatly appreciated.

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE – Thanks to some fabulously generous donations from parents and local companies, we have some fantastic prizes to be won this year, including an Apple iPad, £100 cash and Christmas Panto theatre tickets!!!  Tickets for the Christmas Fayre Raffle should be sent home tonight so please return your counter tickets, EACH with a name and contact number on the back, together with payment by Friday 29th November to be entered into the draw. If you require any more tickets these are available from the school reception.

 

CASH4COINS – Congratulations to class 4GW, who collected the heaviest amount, a huge 3kg 600g! Thank you to everyone for your support, both infants and juniors collected a massive total weight of 39kg 407g! As soon as we receive notification from Cash4coins of the amount raised we will advise.

Sales for our discounted tickets to Priscilla Queen of the Desert will close tonight, Friday 15th November, at midnight. To secure your tickets, please purchase via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta.

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 43 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

 

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 2:30pm 4GW Class assembly
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 2:30pm 6AF Class assembly
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 2:30pm 5JW Class assembly
Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 2.45pm to 3.15pm OPEN AFTERNOON
Thursday 12th December 2019 at 2.30pm 4AB Class assembly
Monday 16th December 2019 at 7.00pm Christmas Carol Concert at St Saviour’s Church
Wednesday 18th December 2019 Christmas dinner
Thursday 19th December 2019 LAST DAY OF TERM

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Newsletter – 18th October 2019

A really busy week here at school with parent meetings, sports events and even a visit from The Music Man Project (https://themusicmanproject.com/) to finish off this morning. Watching the musicians perform was genuinely inspiring for all and a fantastic experience for our children. There is a video on our Facebook page if you would like to see for yourself!

 

It was great to welcome everyone in for parent meetings and a reminder that we have open afternoon from 2:45-3:15 next Tuesday where you can come in and have a chat with your child in class about what they have been studying. Please make sure that you head off by 3:15 please as teachers will have meetings to go to and clubs to run!

 

Sports news

 

Our Tag Rugby team competed in the annual tournament at Southend RFC on Wednesday. They represented us brilliantly coming 2nd in their group in the morning to move on to the “super 10s” but couldn’t quite make it through to the semi finals after coming 3rd in the next group. They played some superb passing rugby on their way to an overall placing of 5th out of the 15 schools competing, which is a great result – well played team!

Our Year 5&6 girls are taking part in a football tournament today at The Len Forge Centre and have so far won all their games – good luck for the rest of the competition!

 

 

Reminders

 

Dinner menu is week 2 next week https://chalkwellhall.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/New-Menu-April-2019-v1.pdf

Homework can be emailed into school using the following email address: homework@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk.

 

 

PTA News

 

With just 1 week to go, please keep the coins coming (UK and foreign) for our Cash4coins class collections. The class with the heaviest amount will win a prize, which will be announced after half term.

 

Quiz Night will be held in the school dining hall on Friday 8th November at 8pm and will cost £5 per person; teams are a maximum of 8 but you don’t need a team to take part. Spaces are limited so please return your slip with correct payment ASAP to guarantee your space and we look forward to spending an evening of fun and laughter with you!

 

If you would like to purchase discounted Adventure Island tickets for half term please order online, by Tuesday, via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta . Alternatively, you can buy discounted tickets from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway throughout the holiday.

 

To help advertise our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 30th November from 12-4pm and raise additional much needed funds, Sorrell Estate Agents have kindly offered to supply boards and make a cash donation to the PTA for each one that goes up! If you are able to support us by having a board outside your property advertising our Christmas Fayre, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com  with your name, address and postcode.

 

We are looking for volunteers to help with all our Christmas Events so if you have any time to spare please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com , all offers of help are greatly appreciated. We are looking for volunteers to wrap the grotto gifts in school, volunteers to decorate the grotto, volunteers for both the infant & junior bazaar and volunteers for the Christmas Fayre. Thank you in advance.

 

Discounted ticket sales for Pretty Woman, The Musical, will close at midnight tonight, Friday 18th October, so to secure your tickets please urgently purchase via www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta (Click on ‘Shop’, then ‘Uniform & Merchandise’ for these and all other available discounted tickets).

 

Attendance matters

 

This week there were 45 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – 2:45-3:15pm Open afternoon
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly
Monday 28th October 2019 to Friday 1st November 2019 Half term
Thursday 7th November 2019 at 2:30pm 4SR Class assembly
Thursday 14th November 2019 at 2:30pm 3OS Class assembly
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 2:30pm 4GW Class assembly
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 2:30pm 6AF Class assembly
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 2:30pm 5JW Class assembly
Thursday 12th December 2019 at 2.30pm 4AB Class assembly

 

Thank you for your continued support!

Newsletter – 11th October 2019

We will be holding our Big Sleep In on Thursday 7th November for 18 pupils chosen by their classmates.

This is our 4th year of raising money for HARP, as chosen by the children of our school. Last year, our target was £1500 and we smashed it, raising over £1800! So whether you are the one child voted by your classmates to rise to the Big Sleep In challenge at school on Thursday 7th November or you choose to raise money by hosting a sleepover in your house or garden between now and the 16th December, every penny counts! If you would like to donate, our Just Giving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chalkwell-hall-junior-school

If your child is chosen, you will receive a letter on the 14th October with full details which must be returned by Friday 18th October. A brief parent meeting will be held at 3:30pm on Tuesday 22nd October to answer any questions that you may have about the event.

Please could I take this chance to remind parents to let us know if there is a change to the usual picking up arrangements for your child as it will help speed up going home and make life a lot easier for teachers sending children home!

A reminder that the school dinner menu is on a 2 week rotation. Next week is week 1. You can find the menu here https://www.chalkwellhallinfants.co.uk/school-dinner-menu/

My last reminder is that clubs will still be going ahead next week even though parent meetings are taking place.

PGL for Years 3&4

You will have received a letter recently about the PGL trip. Please don’t try and send money in yet as the SIMS Pay system is set up to receive payments from the 24th October (the day after the meeting). There’s no rush and we will have enough places for everyone!

Sports news

Our Year 5&6 boys played against Earls Hall Primary School on Tuesday in a mini tournament. Our two teams played against their two teams and performed superbly recording 2 wins and 2 draws in the 4 matches. There was some great football on display with a few cracking goals too!

We also sent our footballers off to Milton Hall Primary yesterday and, again, they represented us brilliantly but couldn’t quite get a win on this occasion. Fantastic sportsmanship and attitudes in all games – well played team Chalkwell!

We have had the results back from last week’s huge cross country competition where 26 schools competed and we came 5th overall. Each team results were as follows:

 

Girls, Year 3 – 11th, Year 4 – 6th, Year 5 – 5th, Year 6 – 6th.

Boys, Year 3 – 11th, Year 4 – 7th, Year 5 – 1st, Year 6 – 7th.

 

A tremendous effort all round and some of our runners will be competing in the Essex finals – great work!

 

PTA NEWS

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday for Curry Night, it was lovely to see you all and hope you had a great evening. With your wonderful support we raised over £250!

Quiz Night will be held in the school dining hall on Friday 8th November at 8pm and will cost £5 per person; teams are a maximum of 8 but you don’t need a team to take part. The fabulous Clips and Pieces will be hosting the evening again, so return your slip with correct payment ASAP to guarantee your space and we look forward to spending an evening of fun and laughter with you! Letters have been sent home with children today.

 

 

Half term is just 2 weeks away, so why not buy your discounted Adventure Island tickets in advance online via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta . With the Firework Spectaculars held every Saturday night until 16th November and the Fright Fantastic Halloween Event throughout half term (Monday 28th October – Sunday 3rd November), there’s never been a better time to buy your discounted wristbands.

 

To help advertise our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 30th November from 12-4pm and raise additional much needed funds, Sorrell Estate Agents have kindly offered to supply boards and make a cash donation to the PTA for each one that goes up! If you are able to support us by having a board outside your property advertising our Christmas Fayre, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com  with your name, address and postcode.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 49 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
14th and 16th October 2019 Parent teacher consultations
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly
Monday 28th October 2019 to Friday 1st November 2019 Half term
Thursday 7th November 2019 at 2:30pm 4SR Class assembly
Thursday 14th November 2019 at 2:30pm 3OS Class assembly
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 2:30pm 4GW Class assembly
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 2:30pm 6AF Class assembly
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 2:30pm 5JW Class assembly
Thursday 12th December 2019 at 2.30pm 4AB Class assembly

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Southend Food Bank

We are again collecting donations of food for Southend Foodbank to coincide with celebrating Harvest Festival and are kindly asking for donations to be brought in to school over the course of four weeks, commencing on Monday 14th October 2019 and ending on 7th November 2019.

The children will be rewarded with one house-point for every item they bring in! So let’s support our community and earn those house-points!

 

Southend Foodbank ask that you do not donate dried pasta or tins of beans (as they have plenty), but will welcome cereals, squash, UHT milk, custard and tinned vegetables. For further ideas of what to donate please visit the Southend Foodbank website – https://southend.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Rescheduled Flu Immunisation Date

 

 

The School Nurses have advised us that the new date for the flu immunisation to take place will be Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

 

The existing completed forms that have been returned still stand, so there is no need to complete new forms.  However, if things have changed in any way, or your child has now been immunised, please inform the School Nurses on 01702 220181.

 

Copies of the blank form are available in the school office.

 

 

Newsletter – 4th October 2019

Congratulations to our newly appointed Junior Governor and Eco Warrior teams. These pupils have been nominated by their peers to be the class representatives and put forward the pupil voice in lots of important matters. Our Junior Governors make important decisions on behalf of the school around fundraising activities, which charities we support and how we do that, represent us in the community and are the first point of contact for their classmates for any great ideas or concerns they may have and want to share with the rest of the school.

Our Eco Warriors take the lead in various project around school over the course of the year and help keep a check on the adults to make sure we are being as eco-friendly as we can possibly be! Well done to both teams on your nominations, we look forward to working with you this year.

 

We have set up a specific email address for the submission of homework via email (memory sticks can carry viruses so it’s best not to use them) if children need to submit it electronically rather than on paper. The address is homework@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk

Our first cross country event of the year saw all four year groups competing as teams in very competitive races with around 150 runners in each one! All year group teams performed superbly and we are awaiting the final results to see which teams make it through to the Essex finals.

 

Our Year 5 mixed football team had a great day at Chase high on Thursday. They played some great football, scored plenty of goals and came 2nd overall – well done team!

PTA NEWS

Congratulations to The 500 Club September draw winners, Rosie Willy (309), Melissa Calvy (122) and Janice Trustram (74). If you are interested in joining, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com … you’ve got to be in it to win it!

 

Meridian Kung Fu are kindly donating £15 to the PTA for every booking made for a Chalkwell Hall child, so if you are looking for a new club for your child, please contact Meridian quoting promo code CHALKH.

 

Cockle Crew are now offering teepee themed parties for children and are kindly donating 10% of each booking made for a Chalkwell Hall child to the PTA. Don’t forget to mention CHS when making a booking.

 

Southend Seafront fireworks start this Saturday 5th October and run until Saturday 16th November. You can buy your discounted Adventure Island tickets in advance online via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta (select ‘shop’, then ‘uniform & merchanidise’) or from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway.

 

CURRY NIGHT will be held at the Taj Mahal next Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm and will cost £14 per person for a buffet style meal. If you haven’t returned your slips and payment, don’t worry, please just hand them in on Monday or email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com. We look forward to enjoying the evening with you.

 

We are kindly asking for raffle prize donations for our upcoming events, so if you are able to donate a prize (or know someone who may be able to, perhaps even your employer) please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 34 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97.8%

 

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Tuesday 8th October 2019 Individual Photographs
14th and 16th October 2019 Parent teacher consultations
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

PGL Activity Weekend 2020

As many of you are aware we have been running a variety of successful residential trips for many years.  Last year we had a hugely successful trip to Windmill Hill PGL Activity Centre taking over 150 Year 3 and 4 children.  We would like to offer the Year 3 and 4 children the opportunity to once again take part in this trip.  The Centre is near Hastings in East Sussex and is a great location to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

The children will have the chance to try out a variety of activities such as rafting, archery, team building and many more.  Although I would recommend the children try each activity, they are NOT compulsory and the children are not forced to do anything they don’t want to.  There is also a huge range of food available to choose from at meal times.

The skills identified for children to be effective learners include being organised, sociable, independent and having the ability to work in a team, all of which are enhanced by such residential trips.  These centres are booked well in advance and in order to secure our place we must collect deposits as soon as possible.

The total cost of the weekend which includes coach travel, full board and all the activities with provision of all equipment will be £195.  Whilst we realise this is a lot of money, we feel it is an experience of a lifetime and represents good value for this sort of trip.  The payments would need to be collected in three amounts over the next six months.

If you would like to come and hear more about this trip and ask any questions before you make a decision, we will be holding a meeting in the lower Junior hall on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at 6.00pm.

If you would like your child to go on the residential trip a non-refundable deposit of £65 will be required to secure your child’s place.  Deposits will need to be made through the school’s on-line payment system, SIMs Pay and will be made available to purchase from Thursday 24th October 2019 through to Wednesday 4th December 2019.  Please also complete the slip below and return after the deposit has been paid.   Instalment dates will be notified nearer the time.  Please note instalments will be non-refundable once payment has been received by PGL.

All payment should be made through our on-line payment system SIMs Pay.  If you have not yet registered, please see a member of the office staff to obtain an invitation code to sign up to the system.

 

Please click below for the letter and reply slip.

PGL 2020 ltr Oct 19