Author of the Month

We had a tremendous rise in book reviews completed this month – thank you parents and teachers!

We have two very popular authors for this month, so hopefully the children will enjoy reading their chosen books and book reviews will continue to flood in!

We will be celebrating World Book Day on 1st March 2018 with our theme ‘The Big Bedtime Story’. Ideas for dressing up were discussed with the Junior Governors and then class votes were taken. The outcome was that instead of dressing up as a favourite book character, children can come to school in their pyjamas and bring their favourite bedtime story with them (far easier to plan than a costume!). We agreed that, as they dressed up as a character for Roald Dahl Day, it would be a nice change. There are many exciting activities planned for the actual day, more details will follow.

The chosen authors for February are:

Lower School – Jeremy Strong     https://www.jeremystrong.co.uk/

Upper School – David Walliams   https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/

Thank you once again for encouraging your children to develop a love of reading!

Newsletter – 2nd February 2018

It was great to see so many parents in school on Wednesday evening for our 11+ information session. If you missed it, all the slides from the presentation are on our website under ‘Community/News’ and key information is available at http://www.csse.org.uk/.

Also, the same session is on at WHSB on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7pm. It is exactly the same presentation, so there is no need for those who were here on Wednesday to go along.

We have a Maths workshop for parents who would like to know more about ways to help their children with their studies next Tuesday in school so why not join us for a coffee and a croissant after you have dropped your child at school and stay for the workshop. Mr Birkinshaw and Mr Maskell, the school’s Maths team, will be available for a short time after the session for any follow up or specific questions you may have.

It’s not often you get money for nothing but for once we can. Please take a minute to sign up with www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ChalkwellHallsch and help raise funds for both the Infant and Junior schools. So far £466 has been raised with just 67 people having signed up. Just think how much we could raise with everyone using it!

Safer Internet Day

This year’s Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations will take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018. The 2018 theme, “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” is a call to action for everybody to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular our youngest users. More than that, it is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience.

In order to do this, we have attached a couple of useful links all about SID which include great ways to get involved. Across the school, we will be running a competition to complete a school-wise jigsaw puzzle to show how we can make a positive impact online. Use the link to find out more information. Competition closes Monday 19th February 2018, with the winner being announced on Friday 23rd February 2018. Good luck!

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/sid2018-social-media-campaign/itstartswithus

 Sports news

The Year 3&4 boys took part in the Borough Football Tournament last Friday at the Len Forge Centre and did really well to make it through to the “Super 10s” part of the competition but couldn’t quite get the results to make it through to the semi-finals.

Our indoor athletics teams performed on Wednesday at Garon Park against over 20 other local schools in a noisy and action packed event. Both teams performed really well and represented Chalkwell Hall superbly with the Year 5&6 team finishing a very creditable 5th.

Our netball team played at Earls Hall on Monday and, despite losing the match by a few goals, showed that they are improving week on week and played some very good netball at times. All our teams, as ever, represented us brilliantly in the community – further enhancing our reputation as not only being good and competitive but, more importantly, having great sportsmanship and teamwork. Well done teams!

PTA news

Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraisers this year and helped to make them such a success. So far this academic year you have helped to raise £6,721. This academic year we are working towards raising enough funds to purchase IT equipment for both schools, including computers and mobile trollies for the infants, a mixer deck for the sound system and any money remaining at the end of the school year will be saved to go towards a second minibus. We have many more exciting fundraisers planned for the spring and summer terms with full details being announced soon.

We will be holding another Pre-Loved Uniform sale today, Friday 2nd February, at 3pm in the playground (weather permitting). We will also have Bounce Village tickets and Adventure Island bands for sale, as well as tickets to enter our Luxury Hamper Raffle, kindly donated by Adele de la Perelle.

Congratulations to The 500 Club December draw winners; 7 – Dean Price, 2 – Lucy Lock, 96 – Carol Farrow, your cheques are in the school office ready for collection.

Thank you to everyone who has been making online purchases via easyfundraising.org.uk, you have helped to raise £466 for our schools so far. Please ask you friends, family and even colleagues at work to register and make all their online purchases through the app or website so that our schools receive donations. If work colleagues purchase company stationery and book company travel through this site our donations could be substantially boosted!! Please help to support us, register today and buy online the easy way!! www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ChalkwellHallsch

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 36. Our overall attendance so far is 96.3%.

 

Dates for your diary 2018
Open Afternoon Tuesday 6th February 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
4SB class assembly Thursday 8th February 2018 at 2.30pm
NON PUPIL DAY Friday 9th February 2018
HALF TERM Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 16th February 2018
Book Fair Monday 19th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018
Year 6 Parent Consultations Tuesday 20th February 2018
5OS class assembly Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 5 Parent Consultations Tuesday 27th February 2018
6NM class assembly Thursday 1st March 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 4 Parent Consultations Tuesday 6th March 2018
6SH class assembly Thursday 8th March 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 3 Parent Consultations Tuesday 13th March 2018
3GT class assembly Thursday 15th March 2018 at 2.30pm
6AF class assembly Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
6RM class assembly Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2.30pm
LAST DAY OF TERM Thursday 29th March 2018

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher/Child Consultations – Year 5

We would like to invite parents of Year 5 children to a 15 minute session with your child and their class teacher to discuss their progress in Year 5.

Due to the length of time offered to every parent, the meeting will take place during the day on Tuesday 27th February 2018 from 9.00am to 5.30pm. If you are unable to make this date please contact your child’s class teacher to arrange an alternative date, as we feel it is very important that we meet with all parents and their children.

On 27th February 2018 your child will meet you in the reception area 10 minutes before your appointment time, this will give you an opportunity to view your child’s work books.

In order for us to arrange a timetable, please select a first and second choice time slot on the letter below and return it to school and we will accommodate you as best we can.

parentteacherchild consultations jan 18 Y5

Solving Problems with Maths Workshop – Tuesday 6th February 2018 @ 8.45am

Are you looking for ways to support your child at home with maths? Would you like to learn more about how we support and challenge all pupils within lessons?

Next week we will be running a Maths workshop to look at how you can best support your child in the Juniors, which we hope will help to answer the questions above, and a few more.

The workshop is designed to show you how we teach mathematics, explaining the progression in our calculation strategies and how we develop children’s problem solving skills.  There will be ideas and games for you to use to support your child at home, both in areas that they struggle with or are confident in. The session will be covering areas and skills relevant to all year groups and abilities.

Mr Birkinshaw and Mr Maskell, the school’s Maths team, will also be available for a short time after the session for any follow up or specific questions you may have.

Why not join us for a coffee and a croissant after you have dropped your child at school and stay for the workshop.

To help us plan this event, please complete and return the slip attached to the letter.

maths workshop feb 18

Newsletter – 26th January 2018

I had the pleasure of attending the latest graduation ceremony of The Children’s University on Tuesday evening at Southend University. Along with 5 other local schools, our latest group of graduates were being awarded diplomas and degrees celebrating the many hours they put in to their extra-curricular activities both in and outside of school. It’s wonderful to see the dedication of the children and their ‘give it a go’ attitudes towards the opportunities offered to them in our many and varied clubs.

Well done to the children for their enthusiasm and thanks to our staff team for giving up so many hours to provide these opportunities. Passports for logging hours attended are available in the office, at a cost of £5, if you would like to sign up and work towards bronze, silver or even gold!

We are on the hunt for help! We have a fantastic team of volunteers who come in and listen to the children read aloud on a regular basis but we are always on the lookout for a few more if you can spare a little bit of time on a regular basis. We have a number of children who really benefit from reading aloud more regularly and there are only so many staff and hours in the school day! If you could offer a little bit of time once a week in the afternoon please contact the office.

 

We have a position available on our Midday Assistant Team working from 11:45am to 1:15pm every lunchtime as a maternity cover until June. If you are interested please see Mrs Leaback in the office.

 Sports news

Our Year 5&6 boys were in action at the finals of the Bournes Green 6 a side tournament on Saturday. Despite the constant rain and increasingly slippery conditions, the boys dominated their first two games and played some very good football. Unfortunately the opposition goalkeepers were in tremendous form and that meant both games ended up 0-0. The final group game was a must win against the hosts, Bournes Green, and was a more even match but again finished 0-0 which meant we couldn’t quite get through to the semi-finals. Still a good achievement to get through to the finals and a very good defensive performance but we just couldn’t get the ball in the net. Hopefully we will have a bit more luck in front of goal when the boys continue with their league games in the next few weeks!

The Year 3&4 boys are in action this afternoon at the Len Forge Centre against all the other local schools, good luck boys!

PTA News

We are thrilled to announce that our recent Christmas Fundraisers raised a fantastic £9551. Thank you to everyone for supporting us and helping to make these events so successful, we couldn’t do it without you!

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated and bought the pre-loved uniform yesterday. Don’t forget to label all your new purchases with your child’s name and to further support us, purchase a name stamp from Stamptastic.co.uk and enter code SS93NL at the checkout, which will earn our schools 20-30% cash back at NO additional cost to yourself! We will be announcing our next collection date for donations and next pre-loved sale soon.

Congratulations to The 500 Club November draw winners; 265 – Charli Davis, 88 – Kirsty Wingrove, 280 – Darren James, your cheques are in the school office ready for collection.

Don’t forget to register with easyfundraising.org.uk and make all your online purchases through their app or website so that our schools receive donations at NO additional cost to yourself. Over 3,300 shops and sites are available including John Lewis, M&S, Ebay, Amazon, Argos and Sainsburys, so whether its groceries or getaways, buy it all via this site! Just a few clicks to register and all your online shopping will earn our schools extra money, so please help to support us and register today. There are over 240 travel companies to choose from at easyfundraising.org.uk, including Tui, First Choice, Thomas Cook and Expedia so if you have the winter blues and are now planning a holiday, please can you book through www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ChalkwellHallsch

Thank you for you continued support.

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 59.  Our overall attendance so far is 96.3%.

 

Dates for your diary 2018
5DS class assembly Thursday 1st February 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 6th February 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
4SB class assembly Thursday 8th February 2018 at 2.30pm
NON PUPIL DAY Friday 9th February 2018
HALF TERM Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 16th February 2018
Book Fair Monday 19th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018
Year 6 Parent Consultations Tuesday 20th February 2018
5OS class assembly Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 5 Parent Consultations Tuesday 27th February 2018
6NM class assembly Thursday 1st March 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 4 Parent Consultations Tuesday 6th March 2018
6SH class assembly Thursday 8th March 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 3 Parent Consultations Tuesday 13th March 2018
3GT class assembly Thursday 15th March 2018 at 2.30pm
6AF class assembly Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
6RM class assembly Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2.30pm
LAST DAY OF TERM Thursday 29th March 2018

Thank you for your continued support.

Cabinet papers and recommendations for Admission Arrangements 2019/20

Please find below a link to the cabinet report and appendices in relation to the recent consultation for community school admission arrangements for academic year 2019/20.

http://democracy.southend.gov.uk/ieIssueDetails.aspx?IId=7320&PlanId=0&Opt=3#AI4758

Appendix 1 provides the full statistical feedback from the surveys in regards to all community schools, including the recommendation that has been agreed by Cllr Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children & Learning, Simon Leftley, Deputy Chief Executive and Brin Martin, Director of Learning, to discuss at Cabinet on the 29th January 2018.

The decision now lies with Cabinet Members and as such remains open to further change. For information the Cabinet cycle is as follows:

  • Cabinet 29th January 2018
  • People Scrutiny 30th January 2018
  • Full Council 13th February 2018 (if still not agreed at Scrutiny).
  • Determination 28th February 2018 (Admission Code)

If you have any queries, please contact Catherine Braun – Group Manager, Access and Inclusion – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, 01702 215066 or cathybraun@southend.gov.uk.

Newsletter – 19th January 2018

Chalkwell Hall is going green! Pupil voice is important to us – we have our Junior Governors, we have Digital Leaders and now we have Eco Warriors! Our new team of Eco Warriors will be our environment and energy saving champions around school, raising awareness and tackling issues in school like reducing waste, making sure we recycle efficiently and saving energy where we can amongst a host of other things. Well done to the team for being voted in by their peers – we are looking forward to being greener than ever!

 

Year 5 have had students from Westcliff High School for Boys working with them this week running science experiments as part of their lessons.

On Tuesday and Wednesday Year 6 went to Southend Museum to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the Saxons as part of their topic work this term. They had the opportunity to explore the museum as well as a talk all about the Saxon prince uncovered in Prittlewell.

Our Year 3 and 4 girls took part in the borough football tournament on Wednesday in cold and windy conditions but the weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm at all. After winning all three of their group games in the morning they progressed on to the “Super Eights” and came top of that group as well to move into the semi-finals which they managed to win with a goal scored by the goalkeeper from one to the other! In the final luck was not on their side as they succumbed to a “golden goal” in extra time but to come away as runners up in a very tough competition is an amazing result and we are exceptionally proud of them, not just for their performance but for their fantastic sporting attitude all through a very chilly day – well done girls!

The girls played netball at West Leigh Juniors last night in rather soggy conditions. Despite being beaten by a strong team the girls showed great resilience and kept working all the way to the end of the game. Plenty of encouraging signs for future performances though and all played with a smile on their faces – top effort all round!

A couple of reminders for everyone:

Please do not park in the school car park; it is just for staff members and deliveries to the office, this includes before and after school.  Please bring in Bikeability slips for Year 6 pupils, we need to get all the permissions sorted before the team join us in a couple of weeks.

 

PTA news

Pre-Loved Uniform Sale straight after school, in the playground, on Thursday 25th January (weather permitting). We have good stocks of all uniform, including PE kit, so please support us and come and save yourself a small fortune and buy pre-loved!

Please register with easyfundraising.org.uk and make all your online purchases through their app or website so that our schools receive donations at NO additional cost to yourself. Over 3,300 shops and sites are available including John Lewis, M&S, Ebay, Amazon, Argos and Sainsburys, so whether its groceries or getaways, buy it all via this site! Just a few clicks to register and all your online shopping will earn our schools extra money, so please help to support us and register today.

There are over 240 travel companies to choose from at easyfundraising.org.uk, including Tui, First Choice, Thomas Cook and Expedia so if you have the winter blues and are now planning a holiday, please can you book through www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ChalkwellHallsch

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 25 which is a massive improvement on recent weeks – thank you!  Our overall attendance so far is 96.4%.

Dates for your diary 2018
5JW class assembly

Thursday 25th January 2018 at 2.30pm

5DS class assembly

Thursday 1st February 2018 at 2.30pm

Open Afternoon Tuesday 6th February 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
4SB class assembly Thursday 8th February 2018 at 2.30pm
NON PUPIL DAY Friday 9th February 2018
HALF TERM Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 16th February 2018
Book Fair Monday 19th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018
Year 6 Parent Consultations Tuesday 20th February 2018
5OS class assembly Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 5 Parent Consultations Tuesday 27th February 2018
6NM class assembly Thursday 1st March 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 4 Parent Consultations Tuesday 6th March 2018
6SH class assembly Thursday 8th March 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 3 Parent Consultations Tuesday 13th March 2018
3GT class assembly Thursday 15th March 2018 at 2.30pm
6AF class assembly Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
6RM class assembly

Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2.30pm

LAST DAY OF TERM

Thursday 29th March 2018

Thank you for your continued support.

Adult Cycle Training

Southend Borough Council’s Cycle Southend department have a new initiative that they have asked us to circulate to parents/carers.

 

 

ADULT CYCLE TRAINING

As part of the South Essex Active Travel (SEAT) project we are able to offer subsidized adult cycle training. So, have you ever thought about using your bike for a way of getting to work, getting fit and saving money at the same time? Well, we can help you!

We have friendly qualified instructors that can offer 1:1 training, training in a group, which could be with a group of friends, a group of work colleagues – we can be flexible to meet your needs.

Each session normally lasts for 2 hours, and we will even give you a goodie bag at the end to help you on your future journeys.

We can work with adults wanting to learn to ride a bike from scratch, from building on your confidence and control skills, up to tackling busy roundabouts, dual carriageways and traffic lights. In addition you will learn how your bike works and how to check for faults.

To further support you, we can even work out your route and give you a buddy to cycle into work with on that first day.

No bike, no problem as we can lend you all the equipment needed!

No Lycra required, we teach people to cycle in their everyday clothes, we just want you to be comfortable.

Contact us if you would like to discuss any matters, we are always happy to help. Should you wish to set up your own group or training, just give us a call and we will tailor it to your needs.

This service is available to adults in the Southend, Rochford, Castlepoint, Basildon and Thurrock areas.

There is a £10 commitment fee for 1:1 bookings, but bookings for groups are free!

For further details or to book a training session please email ideasinmotionsouthend@southend.gov.uk or phone 01702 215595 or 01702 215338

 

 

Department for Place | Southend on Sea Borough Council | Floor 12 Civic Centre | Victoria Avenue | Southend on Sea | SS2 6ER

 

Bikeability for Year 6

Every year Southend Borough Council’s ‘Ideas in Motion’ Cycle Training Team offers free Bikeability cycle training, Level 2, to every Year 6 child in Southend. This really prepares children to ride safely on the journey to secondary school and is an essential life skill.  It is our aim that all pupils pass Bikeability Level 2 in Year 6.

Southend Borough Council’s Ideas in Motion Team work closely with Southend’s Sustran’s Bike-It Officer on a project to embed cycling into the curriculum in schools across Southend. This includes an intensive programme of cycle training. This starts by ensuring every child, in a school, can ride a bike safely.  Chalkwell Hall Junior School are part of this programme and the team are coming to school to work with the children in Year 6.

The dates for the cycle training programmes are as follows:

6RM

DATE 5/2/18 6/2/18 7/2/18 8/2/18
LESSON TIME 10.00 – 12.00 10.00 – 12.00 10.00 – 12.00 10.00 – 12.00

 

6AF

DATE 5/2/18 6/2/18 7/2/18 8/2/18
LESSON TIME 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00

 

6AH

DATE 19/2/18 21/2/18 22/2/18 23/2/18
LESSON TIME 10.00 – 12.00 10.00 – 12.00 10.00 – 12.00 10.00 – 12.00

 

6NM

DATE 19/2/18 21/2/18 22/2/18 23/2/18
LESSON TIME 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00

 

6SH

DATE 26/2/18 27/2/18 28/2/18 1/3/18
LESSON TIME 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00 13.00 – 15.00

 

Question: What do I need to do?

Answer:  The same as whenever your child rides their bike. On the day your child will need:

  1. A bike that is of the correct size and is roadworthy (see M-Check leaflet attached);
  2. Please remove stabilisers;
  3. A cycle helmet, that fits (see overleaf);
  4. The right clothes and footwear for riding a bike outdoors and the weather conditions on the day, possibly gloves;
  5. Please bring your child’s bike to school each day of the training, bikes can be left in the playground first thing in the morning, however, they should be locked up. Please make sure your child has a key or the correct combination to unlock the bike.  Bikes should not be left in the playground overnight.

Your child must be able to cycle unaided in order for them to take part in this road safety cycle training course.  If they do not have a bike or helmet the team have a small number to borrow by prior arrangement, by returning the reply slip below. If you have any issues with anything at all please let the office know immediately and we will help where we can.

Remember practice does make perfect so the more opportunities you can give your child to cycle the better. If you have not done it already why not try cycling with them. It’s fun, it’s free and it does you all good, whatever the weather!

Helmets – Ensure the helmet is the correct size. It should fit snugly and be comfortable to wear. When the child shakes or nods their head, with the chin straps unfastened, the helmet should remain secure. The helmet rim should sit on the forehead, just above the eyebrows. The helmet should NOT be tilted back leaving the forehead exposed or tipped so far forward it covers the eyes and obstructs the child’s ability to see. The straps must not be twisted and there should be no slack in them. Most helmet straps form a ‘V’ shape just under the ear lobe.  Approved cycle helmets will have a label inside confirming they meet the safety standard EN1078.

Full face helmets are not appropriate for training as they can affect vision and the wearer’s ability to hear instructions.

Bikes – All bikes must be roadworthy with two working brakes. If you are in any doubt please take it to a bike shop to have it checked. You could perform a simple check yourself referring to the attached leaflet.

There will be a small number of bikes and helmets available to borrow, but only by prior arrangement. This is not ideal as it could delay the start of lessons. Children will benefit most from riding their own bikes, using their own helmets and being able to practice at home between sessions.

Please complete and return the slip to the office as soon as possible.  Please also complete the  permission form.  Click below for the letter and permission form.

 

BIKEABILITY consent form Level 2 school

Bikeability ltr jan 18