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.




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

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, 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

Upper School –    Enid Blyton


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

Newsletter – 29th March 2018

29th March 2018


We’ve had a great Spring Term with plenty of success to celebrate both inside and outside the classroom. Most recently, our creative and talented artists entered this year’s South East Essex Design Competition with a range of pieces from Years 3-6 and from our Pottery, Art and Sewing Clubs.

The exhibition was held at Westwood Academy with the judges interviewing the children about their artistic learning journey.  The awards ceremony took place at The Deanes School on Monday and we are thrilled to announce that every group that entered won an award! Years 3, 4 and the Pottery Club won bronze certificates for their Egyptian cartouches, Batik designs, class collage of the journey of a river and wave coil pots.  Years 5 & 6 also won gold awards for the Art Club and Sewing Club with their ‘beside the sea’ themed appliqué wall mural, Diwali lamps and stunning Saxon jewellery designs. Fantastic effort from all of our children – we’re very proud!

Our Drama Club performed their version of the classic Annie last night and what a brilliant job they did! A tremendous level of performance from all involved clearly showing all the hard work they have put in during rehearsals with Mr Fleury to underpin their talent. Well done all!

Continuing with the creative theme, a group of children in Year 5 – the 3D Printing Pioneers- have designed, personalised and printed creations using our new 3D printers. These children will be the leaders in their classes when every child will experience 3D printing and computer aided design when we roll it out with the rest of the school. An exciting step into the future and I can’t wait to see what they produce next!

Sports news  

A fantastic team of Year 6 boys represented us brilliantly against Darlinghurst last Friday. For many it was their first time representing school at football and they came away with a well-deserved 5-0 victory. Great work team!

Year 5&6 boys also completed their league campaign with a 2-2 draw against Temple Sutton Primary last night after battling back from being two nil down at half time. It was the first game that they haven’t won this season but still enough to see them crowned league champions and it also gives them the opportunity to play at Roots Hall on the 18th May 2018 in the cup final against the winners of league 2.  Another great year and our fourth year on the trot winning the league! Brilliant work team, and thanks to Mr

Robinson and Mr Moltino for giving up so much of their time to organise and take the boys to all these fixtures.

Our Year 5&6 girls are in action this evening with a possibility of also winning their league. Good luck girls!


Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 31. Our overall attendance so far is 96.2%.


Dates for your diary 2018
LAST DAY OF TERM Thursday 29th March 2018
Children return to school Monday 16th April 2018
3HH Class Assembly Thursday 19th April 2018 at 2.30pm
4TF Class Assembly Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 2.30pm
5CF Class Assembly Thursday 11th May 2018 at 2.30pm
5DS Class Assembly Thursday 17th May 2018 at 2.30pm
Go Bonkers Friday 18th May 2018
Open Afternoon Tuesday 22nd May 2018 from 2.45pm
3SR Class Assembly Thursday 24th May 2018 at 2.30pm
HALF TERM 29th May 2018 to 1st June 2018
NON PUPIL DAY Monday 4th June 2018
Class Photographs Thursday 7th June 2018
Year 3 & 4 PGL Weekend Friday 8th June 2018 to Sunday 10th June 2018
3GB Class Assembly Thursday 14th June 2018 at 2.30pm
4AH Class Assembly Thursday 21st June 2018 at 2.30pm
5JW Class Assembly Thursday 28th June 2018 at 2.30pm
4JT Class Assembly Thursday 5th July 2018 at 2.30pm
4SB Class Assembly Thursday 12th July 2018 at 2.30pm


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely,



Mr Linfield




Well the snow was fun for a while and then, as usual, became a bit of a nuisance! It’s good to be back in our normal routines without it. The decision to close a school is never taken lightly and is always a hard one to make. The biggest factor is always the safety of children, parents and staff. Anyone that was driving or walking around the area last week will know first-hand how icy it was. It would have been dangerous to move over a thousand people to, from and around school at the same time. We came in, skidded about on the ice both in cars and on foot, cleared paths, put salt/grit down and then watched them promptly fill up with snow and ice over!

Some of our Year 3s got to take part in their trip to Hadleigh Country Park before the snow got in the way and had a cracking time despite the rather chilly conditions. The Year 3 team are rearranging for the other children at a later date.

During the Autumn Term 2017 our young coders from Code Club worked in small teams on a project sponsored by the European Space Agency to sense and digitally display the temperature on board the International Space Station, supporting the astronauts with their daily work. All four teams had the code quality passed by ESA after which their code was run on 1st February, 400km above the Earth. Certificates from ESA and AstroPi were presented at assembly to mark their great achievement. They should all be justly proud at becoming young space scientists, well done.

Southend Makes Music at The Palace Theatre was moved to this Wednesday evening because of the snow but the delay didn’t stop our Glee Club performing brilliantly.

World Book Day was today and everyone enjoyed sharing their favourite bedtime stories with each other.

And finally, in a very busy week, Year 4 have been out and about exploring our local history in Leigh and at Southend Pier. A great time had by all learning about our heritage.

 A few reminders:

We have discovered that some enterprising children are making their own slime and selling it in school, no doubt for extra pocket money.  Monetary value aside, there is a safety issue as some of the ingredients to make this slime can be irritable to certain skin types, and children are using a wide variety of different recipes to make and sell this slime.  We are aware of an incident where a child has received burns due to handling the slime. Therefore we are putting a ban on bringing in homemade slime to school.

6NM’s class assembly will now be on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 2:30pm.

If your child is performing at the Southend Music Festival, please put your ticket orders in by Monday 12th March 2018.

Most people are brilliant at this but we have a few dogs sneaking their way in through the gates – please leave them outside and remind others that aren’t.

Sports news

The boys won their last match at Greenways before the snow fell and ran out comfortable winners which leaves us top of the league, well done boys!

PTA News

We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Debbie Belton and her family for their kind generosity in offering us so many wonderful donations from the Lynn Tait Gallery. As you may know, Lynn sadly passed away last June and the difficult decision was made by the family to close the shop on Christmas Eve, after serving the community for over 30 years. In February, they held a final closing down sale and we were very privileged to receive so many donations from the Gallery. We are truly grateful for these, thank you.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Burger Night at Henry Burgers on Tuesday 6th March 2018, you helped raise £131 for our schools. Due to the high interest for this event we are looking to hold another night at Henry’s soon!

Thank you to everyone who has recently bought a name stamp from and used our code SS93NL. Up to the 31st January, you have helped to raise £142.99 for our schools.

We hope you have all enjoyed reading our brand new Newsletter and have marked the dates in your diaries! Our next Donation Day for pre-loved uniform is week commencing Monday 12th March 2018. Please bring all your donations to the school offices. We kindly ask that all uniform is clean and has no holes or stains.

Governor news

Mrs Ford has been in school recently to talk to members of staff and see how we work on various aspects of school life:

In January I visited school to discuss SEN and More Able pupils with Mrs Bower. As this was my first visit as parent governor, Mrs Bower gave me an overview of how the school helps children in need of additional support. I felt the approach of the school, with an emphasis on pastoral care was both positive and effective, with inclusion for all being a primary goal. We also discussed how SEN is implemented now that she works across both the infants and juniors, with the new system providing a more seamless approach to school life for many children who need it.    At the end of last month I met with Mrs Thompson to learn about history teaching at Chalkwell Hall. I was pleased to hear about how engaged the children are with the subject, and that history is taught in an exciting and interesting way. I was particularly interested in how school trips often tie in with history, and in particular how many opportunities the children are given to visit places that help them broaden their understanding of local history.

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 38 which isn’t too bad at all, thank you. Our overall attendance so far is 96%.

Dates for your diary 2018
Year 3 Parent Consultations Tuesday 13th March 2018
6NM class assembly Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 2.30pm
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.

Yours sincerely,



Mr Linfield