Year 4 Activity Day – “What makes me incredible?’

 Next term, Year 4‘s topic will be ‘What makes me incredible?’. On Friday 8th November 2019, we will be having an activity day in which the pupils will be participating in a number of incredible workshops.

 

To gain the most out of this day we would like the children to dress up as an ‘incredible’ character or person; this could be a superhero, a person they respect such as a doctor or fire fighter, or an inspirational person (past or present). If your child would prefer not to dress up, then they are welcome to bring a fact file about an incredible person of their choice.

 

There will be no charge for the activity day.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

PG Rated Film – Year 6 – The Breadwinner

As we are approaching the beginning of our new topic “Parvana’s Journey”, we would like to watch the prequel to the film, entitled ‘The Breadwinner.’ It is an animation drama in which a young Afghan girl named Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

 

The film has been rated a 12 on the British Board of Film Classification due to the following reasons:

 

THREAT

A child is caught amidst gunfire and bombing. Two young children are chased by a machine gun-wielding Taliban member. Prisoners are marched at gunpoint by Taliban soldiers; it is implied that they are to be executed. A man threatens a woman with a knife. Milder threat occurs in fantasy sequences in which a boy encounters fearsome creatures and dangerous storms.

VIOLENCE

Two women are beaten: we hear the sounds of the impacts but the blows occur off-screen. A man is shot, resulting in his shirt sleeve being covered in blood. A man punches a child in the stomach, knocking her to the ground.

As the above content is quite sparse, having watched the film, we are able to edit out anything deemed inappropriate without disrupting the story line, leaving the children with an age appropriate version. We believe that it would give them a greater context into the book that we are going to be reading this term and will provide them with some of the answers that they will have regarding the book.

 

We would like to stress to you all that the conversations behind life in Afghanistan during the war will be had with the children and we will be answering any questions that they may have with due care and sensitivity.

 

If you would like any more information on the film, or would like to see the trailer, please find the link below.

 

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/breadwinner-2017#bbfcinsight

 

If you are not comfortable with your child watching the film ‘The Breadwinner’, please return the slip attached to the letter which has been sent out today by Monday 4th November 2019. Otherwise, there is no need to return a slip.

 

Thank you for your continued co-operation.

PG Rated Film for Year 3 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

As part of Year 3’s ‘do you believe in magic?’ topic next half term, we would like to watch clips from the PG rated film ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. We are using clips to inspire our writing, our science work on forces and computing work based around the Daily Prophet newspaper.

 

We always consider the clips we use carefully to make sure they are appropriate for their purpose and audience. If you wish to see more information on why the film has a PG rating, then details can be found on the British Board of Film Classification website here: https://bbfc.co.uk/releases/harry-potter-and-philosophers-stone-2001

 

If you are happy for your child to participate in these enrichment activities, you do not need to return the reply slip.

 

We will be watching clips throughout the second half of term, with the first clips on our wow day on Monday 4th November 2019 to introduce the topic. These clips do not include any listed in the PG classification guidance.

 

Please indicate on the slip in the letter which has been sent out today only if you do not give permission for your child to watch the film.  If you wish to opt your child out of watching the clips, please return the slip by the morning of 4th November 2019.

 

Thank you for your continued co-operation.

Year 5 – PG Rated Film

As part of Y5’s creative curriculum we would like to watch the PG rated film ‘Maleficent’. The film is for general viewing and we feel fits perfectly with our current topic about The Tudors.  We are using it as a comparison with Macbeth by William Shakespeare. If you are happy for your child to participate in this enrichment activity, you do not need to return the slip.

 

We will be watching the film on Friday 8th November 2019. Please indicate, by this date, on the slip in the letter which was sent out, only if you do not give permission for your child to watch ‘Maleficent’.

 

Thank you for your continued co-operation.

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.