Year 3 & 4 Author Visit

We are pleased to inform you that the author, Ellie Irving, will be visiting Year 3 and 4 on Thursday 5th December 2019 at 2pm.

 

Ellie Irving has written several children’s books including the inspirational ‘The Matilda Effect.’ I met Ellie at the Village Green last year where she did a fantastic talk to children. She lives locally and is keen to visit schools to chat with the children and inspire them.  For more information about her please go to www.ellieirving.com.

 

There will be an opportunity for your child to purchase one of her books (signed in person by the author!) from 3.15pm onwards from class 3GB.  To avoid congestion in the hall please enter 3GB from the playground door.

 

 

Newsletter – 22nd June 2018

A successful week all round here at school.  With dance workshops, art trips, athletics competitions and poetry festivals we’ve had a bit of something for everyone to show their talents!

Our Drama Club performed/competed at the Leigh Art Festival this morning, showing 3 pieces of spoken word performance poetry. Both groups were fantastic and showed great skill and confidence to perform in front of the judges. Their level of performance was genuinely outstanding and we are incredibly proud of them to both come away with gold medals and honours. The effort that they have put into rehearsals with Mr Fleury has very much paid off and we are the first non-private school to have our name on one of the trophies!

Our athletes were also performing at their peak this week at the annual Borough Sports at Garon Park. Every point counts from all the events with over 60 children taking part in track or field events. I am delighted to announce that we won the track event and came 2nd in the overall competition. A fantastic effort by all the team and I’m even prouder of the way that our children conducted themselves whilst out representing us in the community again. Great work team!

I would love to share photos of all this success with you, as well as our PGL photos, but we still have lots of children without their permission slips returned so we are struggling to publish anything at the moment, particularly group and team photos. Please get them back to us!

Year 6 have taken part in a dance and body percussion workshop this week, in preparation for their leavers’ assembly. They have been working with Omari Carter, a professional screen-dance producer, choreographer and director of the Motion Dance Collective dance company.

Omari Carter used to work with the London and touring cast of the West End hit, ‘Stomp’. It has been an honour having him at Chalkwell and we know that the children have had a great time learning new skills.

Year 5 have also been getting creative this week with an art trip to the beach. They showed off their creative flair using materials they found on the shoreline to create all sorts of impressive pieces!

 

The final non-pupils days have been booked for the 2018-2019 academic year. They are all attached to the assigned holidays so hopefully they should enable families to book slightly cheaper holidays. The dates are:

Weds 5th September 2018

Monday 29th October 2018

Thursday 20th December 2018

25th February 2019

24th May 2019

 

Club letters went out on Wednesday electronically to those who receive emails, those that have declined emails got a hard copy. If anyone would like a paper copy, please ask in the office and they will be happy to provide one.  Choices need to be back in the office by Friday 29th June at the latest.

 

The Secondary School Booklet for Southend-on-Sea schools and residents is now available on the Council website with the aim of providing you with details as early as possible, however the application window is only between 1st September 2018 and 31st October 2018 and therefore applications can only be submitted during this time.

 

file:///C:/Users/nathan/Downloads/FINAL_Secondary_Booklet_2019.pdf

 

And finally a couple of reminders. Class photo requests must be back by 27th June please and we are having to put up the cost of school dinners from September. A small rise means the new price will be £2.30.

PTA news

We have some fantastic raffle prizes to win at this year’s Summer Fete including £500 cash, Aladdin theatre tickets, Pol Roger champagne, Cliffs Pavilion theatre tickets, Adventure Island wristbands, Marsh Farm tickets & Base Jump tickets!! We have sent home raffle tickets for you to buy/sell in advance and return to school with correct payment ASAP, with a contact name and number clearly written on EACH ticket. We will also be selling tickets at the Summer Fete on Saturday 30th June where the draw will take place and winners will be contacted if they are not there, so why not try your luck to hopefully win one of these fabulous prizes!

Attention all Little Mix fans, you should have now received a letter detailing an amazing opportunity to enter a prize draw to win 6 tickets to their concert on Sunday 8th July at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester. Entries are £5 each, so please return your slips and money to school ASAP. We will also be selling tickets at the Summer Fete on Saturday 30th June where the draw will take place and winners will be contacted if they are not there. If you didn’t receive a letter please ask your class teacher or email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com.

We are looking for volunteers for the Summer Fete, Saturday 30th June, to help set up on the day, help on the gate, help to run a stall and/or clear away. If you are able to volunteer any time, even for just an hour, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com, it would be very much appreciated.

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 35. Our overall attendance so far is 95.6%.

Dates for your diary 2018
5JW Class Assembly Thursday 28th June 2018 at 2.30pm
Sports Day Monday 2nd July 2018 – Lower school – am, Upper school – pm
4JT Class Assembly Thursday 5th July 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 2.45pm to 3.15pm
4SB Class Assembly Thursday 12th July 2018 at 2.30pm
Last day of term Friday 20th July 2018

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Year 5 Beach Trip

Year 5 are planning to walk to the beach on Monday 18th June 2018. The focus is to explore art within nature and re-create/design pieces inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.

 

We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning by 1.00pm, walking down to Chalkwell Beach. We kindly ask that all children have a packed lunch on the day and bring a water bottle too. If your child is entitled to free school meals and requires a packed lunch provided by the school, please complete the slip on the letter and return it to the school office by Thursday 14th June 2018.

 

Full school uniform is to be worn but please make sure that your child has weather appropriate clothing i.e coat, sunhat, etc.

 

If you have any concerns about the trip please speak to your child’s teacher or Mrs. Walkom.

 

chalkwell beach trip jun 18

Author of the Half Term

We have decided that, for the Summer Term, we will be choosing an author for the first half term and then second half term. We hope that this will be easier to manage, due to some months being interrupted by holidays. I will be working with the Junior Governors later in the term to discuss possible changes to ‘Author of the Month’ for next year.

 

This half term the authors are:

 

Lower School – Cressida Cowell  https://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/

Upper School –    Enid Blyton  https://www.enidblyton.co.uk/

 

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