Newsletter – 25th September 2020

I cannot believe that we are at the midway point of the first half term already! It is great to see the children are still coming to school with smiles on their faces. We are at a point where the weather is starting to turn inclement. To remain as fit and healthy as we possibly can, please ensure that your child wears the appropriate outer clothing and that you drop your child off within the 10-minute window, so that we can continue to run a smooth, staggered entry time. If it helps with the morning run, please drop off all siblings to school at the end of the earliest sibling’s time slot.

 

Our number one priority as a school since our return in September has been to focus on the wellbeing of all pupils, staff and families. We are always looking for ways that we can tweak our plans and routines to make small positive steps forward wherever possible. Now that the pupils have all settled in and have done a good job of adjusting to the new measures and expectations, we are looking to make three small but important changes to the daily routines from Monday.

 

Firstly, we are now in a position to create a fifth playground space to allow all of Year 5 & 6 classes out at the same time every day. We are confident the classes know the expectations around not crossing bubbles and the pathways around the playground, we can create a 3rd space within the netball courts.

 

Secondly, we are going to extend our morning breaks for all year groups to 20 minutes. Our small site limits our opportunities to extend breaks fully back to where they were pre-lockdown whilst ensuring everyone’s safety. However, with routines settled down and pupils settling into learning quicker, we want to give them the chance to get as much time outside as we can. It is a careful balance of ensuring that we do not also impact significantly on their teacher-led learning time which so many missed out on during the lockdown. We want to reassure you that class teachers are always looking for other opportunities for short brain or movement breaks in the classroom or opportunities to take the learning outside.

 

Thirdly, we are reintroducing assemblies from next Monday, albeit in a different way to how they were run pre-lockdown. Assemblies are a hugely important part of school life as a collective sharing of positive stories, experiences and at time reminders of expectations. Having assemblies back will help the community feel of the school to grow again. In order to ensure your child and the safety of the whole class bubble, there will only be two classes (in Year 3/4) or three classes (in Year 5/6) in a hall at any one time, with at least a 2m gap between groups. The hall and classrooms windows are open allowing good airflow to further reduce any transmission risks.

 

Thank you to those who have continued to engage with Microsoft Teams and the homework. Just to reiterate, much the same as before the pandemic, if your child is at home unwell, there is no expectation to complete the ‘Home Learning Work’, therefore feedback will only be provided to those children who are unable to attend school because they are isolating due to the fact that someone in their bubble, or someone at home, has symptoms and is awaiting test results.

 

Attendance Matters.

Overall attendance this week is 96%.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

Letter from Public Health England

Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. 

The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.

Please click on the link below to access the letter.

23rd September – PHE letter to parents and guardians

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.