Newsletter – 14th June 2019

We have just about made it to the end of the week after another very successful PGL trip with Year 3&4. Very little sleep but lots and lots of fun with 150 children all taking on challenges, facing their fears and (sort of) learning how to pack a bag themselves! My enormous thanks to the 15 staff (and particularly Mr Robinson who organises it) who gave up their weekends away from their families to give our children such a wonderful opportunity.

Last night was the annual music festival at the Cliffs Pavilion and it was just as fantastic as usual. Our talented musicians and singers, along with the other schools on the stage, performed brilliantly and entertained us from start to finish. A tremendous showcase of the talent we have in school and across the area!

Our Year 3s have also been out and about as part of their studies in Southend. They always do well on trips and this time I even received a phone call to say how well they represented us while out in public – great work Year 3!

Our Year 6 boys represented us at football in a mini tournament against Earls Hall and Leigh North Street on Monday and did us proud. A number of the boys were playing their first ever match for school and they all did brilliantly with fantastic sporting attitudes and great team spirit on display!


The Rounders was called off again for Year 6 due to the rather unseasonal weather but we have been asked to represent Southend in the Essex finals due to how well the team performed when in Year 5!


And finally, a couple of reminders. We’ve had a number of people move house or change mobile phone number over the last few months, please make sure we have up to date contact details for you. Also, please remember that we do not allow dogs on school grounds – no matter how small, friendly or cute!


PTA news

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New build

We are delighted to hear that the Infant School is now able to progress with its vision to create a new state of the art classroom block and are excited to be able to support the school in fundraising for the fit out of these classrooms.


As a registered charity, we are able to claim Gift Aid on donations made by UK taxpayers to the PTA which increases the amount of each donation by 25%. As such, we have registered with, a not for profit organisation, that will process and pay to our charity 100% (including the associated Gift Aid) of all donations, up to £1,000 each.


If you would like to make a donation (up to £1,000) to this special fundraiser, please click on the link below where you will be taken to the charity’s “Infant School classroom fit out” sponsorship page and where you will find a wonderfully entertaining video from the Infant School children explaining why this project is so important to them.


If you wish to make an extremely generous donation, in excess of the £1,000 limit set by, please contact the Infant School reception where arrangements can be made for collection of both the donation and Gift Aid.


Please note:

The site includes 2 pages for our PTA charity. The first for the Classroom fit out fundraiser, accessed via the link above, plus a second page where General donations can be made to our usual fundraising, which this year includes the replacement of the playground treehouse. On our pages of the website, if you click the “Sponsor” or “Sponsor Chalkwell Hall” green buttons that will enable you to make a donation just to the Classroom fit out fundraiser. If you click on the green “Donate now” button, that will allow you to make a general donation to our usual fundraising for both schools.


Match funding

Following on from the classroom fit out fundraiser above and in advance of our biggest event of the year, the Summer Fete, we would once again ask, if you work for a company that operates a “match funding” scheme, that you consider registering the PTA as your nominated charity.


Not all companies offer match funding but those that do will pledge a sum of money relating to the amount an employee has raised for or donated to their nominated charity (often £ for £). Generally speaking, banks and building societies, insurance companies, supermarkets, utility providers, phone companies and car manufacturers are known historically to offer match funding schemes. So, if you plan to volunteer to help at our Summer Fete or make a donation to the PTA charity then please contact your company’s Human Resources department to check whether they operate such a scheme.


Just to repeat the example we previously mentioned, one parent, who volunteered to help on a stall at our Summer Fete last year, was given a £500 donation to the PTA by their employer from match funding. Contributions like this make a huge difference to the success of the PTA and the support we can give to the schools so if you are able to help us in this way please email


Village Green

Just a reminder that Southend’s best loved arts and music festival returns to Chalkwell Park on Saturday 17th July 2019. If you plan to attend please purchase tickets via the link below to raise £1 per ticket for the PTA at no additional cost to yourselves.


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%.   This week there were 48 lates, but 25 of those were on the morning after the PGL with a lot of very tired Year 3&4s!


Dates for your diary 2018-20 19  
3GB Class assembly Thursday 20th June 2019 2:30pm
5OS Class assembly Thursday 27th June 2019 2:30pm
Sports Day Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (lower school a.m. / upper school p.m.)
4JT Class assembly Thursday 4th July 2019 2:30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 2.45pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.

Southend Food Bank

This half-term the Junior Governors, in conjunction with the Infant school’s Pupil Voice, have chosen for both schools to support Southend Foodbank.


We are kindly asking for donations to be brought in to school throughout the week commencing on Monday 17th June 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 –


We will announce the house-point totals in the newsletter the following week.


Thank you in advance for your support.

Wear Yellow Day

This term, the Junior Governors have chosen to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which is a charity that is important to one of our staff members.


We would like to hold a non-school uniform day to mark Wear Yellow Day on Friday 21st June 2019.


Children are more than welcome to wear something yellow, but this is not compulsory, non-school uniform is enough.  If your child wishes to participate, we would suggest a donation of £1.


Thanks so much for supporting this good cause and if you would like to find out more about the charity, please visit the following website:

Year 5 visits to secondary schools

Year 5 will be visiting two local secondary schools to experience the many different subjects available to them when they reach Year 7. The children have already had the opportunity to state preferences as to which workshops they would like to attend at the King John School and, with our Year 5 pupils having visited for the last two years, I can say that both days are extremely enjoyable.


Monday 1st July 2019

The King John School – we will be travelling by coach, leaving at 9.15am and returning by 12.00pm. The children get to take part in two sample lessons, before returning to school for a normal lunchtime. The children will be offered a snack while at King John, so will only need to bring a water bottle. Please make sure this has their name on.


Thursday 4th July 2019

Chase High School – we will be walking to the school so please ensure children have coats or hats and sun cream, whichever is most weather appropriate! We will be leaving at 9.00am and shall be returning at approximately 3.00pm. The children will be taking part in three sessions and get to watch a show at the end. Children will also need to bring a packed lunch and water bottle.


If your child is eligible for free school meals and requires a packed lunch provided by the school for our visit to Chase High, please indicate on the slip in the letter which was sent out today.


Please make sure that your child has their P.E kit in school as on both days they will all be changing into them before we leave for both school visits.

Newsletter – 7th June 2019

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a great half term. We’ve got straight back into the swing of things with Bikeability for Year 6, secondary schools coming in to speak to the children ahead of their move to “big school”, the borough swimming gala and today we are off to East Sussex again for this year’s PGL trip. 150 Children and 15 adults off for adventure in the sun – fingers crossed! Lots of fears will be faced, lots of fun will be had and I’m pretty sure very little sleep will be the norm. For those collecting children on Sunday, I’ll be back before the coaches to let you on to the playground. Please be patient when collecting – everyone will be very tired! My thanks to the staff who are willing, once again, to give up their weekends to give the children this amazing opportunity.

Year 6 have been learning how to be safe on the roads on their bikes, essential as they move off to secondary school in September. Lots of the children have definitely increased their awareness this week – good stuff! After winning the Borough B swimming tournament last year, our swimming team competed in the A league this week and the step up was noticeable. Our boys and girls did us proud, showed great Chalkwell team spirit and, as a bonus, we were informed by the organisers that we were the best behaved school there! We are proud of them as always.


Some of our pupils entered artwork into a competition based at St Pierre School and we have some prize winners who have been personally invited to attend an awards ceremony to receive their prizes. We also have a few children who have won prizes for being a ‘budding artist’.  Please invite your friends and family down to Saint Pierre to visit the exhibition and take part in the Children’s art trail and Art trail in general.  There will be lots of activities going on at Saint Pierre, Library Gardens and all around the Leigh on Sea community. Exhibition & activities take place on Saturday 8th June – 10am-5pm, Sunday 9th June – 11am-3pm, Saturday 15th June – 10am-5pm and Sunday 16th June – 11am-3pm.


One of our uniform suppliers, Pauls, has just released their summer price list. Please see the link for details:


PTA news

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Welcome back to all, we hope you had a fun and “relaxing” half term.  This is an exciting month for the PTA when we host our biggest event of the year, the Summer Fete – full details of which will follow shortly.


Next week, we will be sending out details of and raffle tickets for our PTA Summer Raffle. The fantastic prizes this year include an overnight campervan experience, a weekend Jaguar car experience, tickets to see Florence and the Machine at the British Summertime music festival in Hyde Park, an evening out including dinner at Lords, the home of English cricket, to see Essex v Middlesex in the T20 Vitality Blast, £100 cash plus many more exciting prizes.

The Summer Fete is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the money we collect from the raffle makes a big difference to the funds we are able to provide to our wonderful schools so we hope you can support us, as you have done so amazingly in the past, by either buying tickets yourself or selling them to family and friends.


A big THANK YOU to everyone who has either donated their time or a prize to support the raffle this year.

Adventure Island ticket sales

Discounted tickets for Adventure Island, featuring the all new £1m white knuckle ride “Axis” are once again available to buy on the PTA website. Just purchase your tickets by selecting “Shop” then “Uniform and Merchandise” from the bar across the top of the site and you will be taken to the ticket sales page.


Once tickets have been purchased, we will email you to confirm when the tickets are available to collect from the school offices but please allow at least 24 hours for delivery.

Madam Butterfly

If you have always wanted to experience a night at the Opera but have been put off by the high price tag we are delighted to announce that we have reserved discounted tickets in rows H to J of the central stalls for the award winning “Madam Butterfly” which is being performed for one night only at the Cliffs Pavilion on Friday 27 March 2020 at 7:30pm. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madam Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results!


Theatre tickets

A full list of the theatre tickets we are currently selling is set out below. If you wish to purchase discounted tickets for any of these shows then please do so via the “Shop” then “Uniform and Merchandise” link on the PTA website.

Show Date Performance PTA price Box office price
Closing date
The Woman in Black Saturday 18th Jan 2020 8:00pm £26.00 £32.00 30 Sep 2019
Riverdance Tuesday 31st March 2020 7:30pm £51.50 £57.50 30 Sep 2019
Beautiful (Carole King Musical) Saturday 2nd May 2020 8:00pm £39.00 £47:00 30 Sep 2019
New this week          
Pricilla Queen of the Desert Friday 28th February 2020 8:00pm £37.00 £45.50 30 Sep 2019
Madam Butterfly Friday 27th March 2020 7:30pm £35.50 £40.00 30 Sep 2019

And finally….


There are a number of wonderful organisations that support charities like our PTA by providing cash grants for individual projects aimed at improving or enhancing the educational opportunities and experiences for school children.  If you have experience with regards to the sourcing of Grant Funding and could help us with future applications, please email our PTA treasurer (David Baldwin) at


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%.   This week there were 33 lates.


Dates for your diary 2018-20 19  
5CF Class assembly Thursday 13th June 2019 2:30pm
Class Photographs Friday 14th June 2019
3GB Class assembly Thursday 20th June 2019 2:30pm
5OS Class assembly Thursday 27th June 2019 2:30pm
Sports Day Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (lower school a.m. / upper school p.m.)
4JT Class assembly Thursday 4th July 2019 2:30pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.


Year 3 Visit to Southend Seafront and Old Leigh

We plan to take Year 3 on a trip to Old Leigh and Southend Seafront on Tuesday 11th June 2019, as part of our topic How can a picture tell a story?


Our topic is going to be focused on the local artist Paul Alcock and we will be visiting two of the local areas which are featured in his work: the Southend Seafront Lagoon and Old Leigh.   During our trip we will be carrying out a series of observational drawings, which we will use to inspire the artwork and creative writing that we are going to carry out during the term.


The children will need to bring a packed lunch and water bottle (in a bag they can comfortably carry all day) and wear weather appropriate clothing. School uniform will still be worn and please ensure they have a suitable jacket and footwear. If your child is entitled to free school meals and would like a packed lunch provided by the school, please indicate on the slip in the letter.


There will be no cost for the trip; however, we will need some parents/carers to help with this trip, which will last for the whole school day. If you are available to assist please indicate on the slip in the letter.


You only need to return the reply slip if you are requesting a school packed lunch or are available to help.  We already have permission to take children on local visits during school time.


southend seafront visit jun 19

23rd May 2019

Another half term has flown by and it’s been just as much fun and had just as much to celebrate as all the others! Go Bonkers was fantastic last Friday, our thanks to all who helped run it and also to those and came along to bounce – or watch and drink Pimms!

Our girls had the amazing experience of playing football on the pitch at Roots Hall last Friday. Having won their league, they qualified for the Champion of Champions game against West Leigh. The girls did an amazing job and showed lots of determination against formidable opponents but sadly could not get the win on the day. They did, however, collect their League Winners medals and trophies and should be incredibly proud of their achievements this year.


Our athletes from all year groups took to the track and field at Garon Park yesterday and represented us superbly. Some great individual performances in the team across all four events that they participated in. Stars of the future on display!

Jobs at school

A reminder that we are looking to recruit our own team of in house cleaners at Chalkwell Hall. We are looking for 4 cleaners and 1 cleaning supervisor. Cleaners will be required from 4pm to 6:15pm and the Supervisor will be required from 4pm to 6:30pm. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested please have a look at the adverts on our website

PTA news

What a fabulous afternoon and evening last Friday was at our Inflatable Fun Day with Go Bonkers. It was so lovely to see the happy smiles on the children’s faces and them thoroughly enjoying themselves! Thank you to everyone who volunteered and supported the event; together we raised over a fantastic £3,000!

Preparations for the biggest event on our calendar, the Summer Fete on Saturday 29th June, 12-3pm, are now in full swing.

We are kindly asking for volunteers to help set up on the day, help to run a stall and/or clear away. If you are able to volunteer any time, even just an hour, please email; all help is very much appreciated.


Don’t forget you can purchase your discounted tickets for Adventure Island throughout the Half Term holiday at Coulson James on Leigh Broadway.


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 Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%.   This week there were 26 lates.


Dates for your diary 2018-20 19  
Non-pupil day Friday 24th May 2019
Half Term Monday 27th May 2019 to Friday 31st May 2019
4TF Class assembly Thursday 6th June 2019 2:30pm
PGL Activity Weekend for Year 3 & 4 Friday 7th June 2019 to Sunday 9th June 2019
5CF Class assembly Thursday 13th June 2019 2:30pm
Class Photographs Friday 14th June 2019
3GB Class assembly Thursday 20th June 2019 2:30pm
5OS Class assembly Thursday 27th June 2019 2:30pm
Sports Day Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (lower school a.m. / upper school p.m.)
4JT Class assembly Thursday 4th July 2019 2:30pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.