Newsletter – 17th January 2020

Business as usual in school this week with plenty going on. All our clubs are up and running with more children than ever taking part in something extra-curricular before, during or after school. We have over 700 club spaces filled up with around 80% of our children getting involved which is great. We have been talking to the children about what they would like to do in clubs (within reason!) and we are always looking at ways of getting even more attending.

It was great to see lots of people at our 11+ meeting on Wednesday. If you couldn’t make the meeting, or would just like a recap, the slides from the presentation are on our website in the letters section. https://chalkwellhall.co.uk/2020/01/16/11-presentation/

 

On the sporting front, Year 3 have started their swimming lessons this week, having a great time working on their skills in the pool at Earls Hall and our indoor athletics team have been out training at Southend High School for Girls ahead of their next competition.

 

Our basketball team are playing at the University of East Anglia in Colchester today, representing us in the Essex finals after doing so well in the Southend competition (they had won 3 out of 3 when I had to come back to school so fingers crossed!) and our Year 5 & 6 boys are competing in the finals of the Southend 6-a-side tomorrow at Bournes Green Juniors. Good luck everybody!

 

PTA NEWS

Despite the cold, wet weather, it is now the Spring Term and we are excited for all our forthcoming fundraisers, with dates for your diaries to be advised ASAP. Thank you again for all your wonderful support last term, we had the most successful Autumn Term to date!

 

The 500 Club – Congratulations to the December draw winners – Simone Isaacs (85), Greg Oberbeck (58) and Chloe Danby (176).

 

The 500 Club is our school lottery, with numbers sold to parents, grandparents & carers at £1 per number and you can have as many numbers as you would like! Half of the funds raised are retained to contribute towards the upkeep of our much valued and well used school minibuses and the balance is paid in monthly cash prizes, with 3 winning numbers drawn in assembly by the children each month. If you would like to join, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com … you’ve got to be in it, to win it!

 

Christmas Panto 2020 – We have secured discounted tickets for the opening show of the 2020 Christmas Panto of Peter Pan at Cliffs Pavilion on Saturday 12th December at 2.30pm and Sunday 13th December at 2.30pm. Tickets for both performances will be £33.50 per person (instead of £38 per person at the box office).

  • Saturday 12th December 2020 – seats are in the Stalls, rows D-H
  • Sunday 13th December 2020 – seats are in the Stalls, rows G-J

 

Please email ptachstheatre@gmail.com to register your interest and to secure your tickets at a discounted price through us ASAP. Please note we will not need payment until Easter.

Go Bonkers Inflatable Afternoon – Friday 15th May (3.30-5.30pm / 6-8pm)

Summer Fete – Saturday 27th June (12-3pm)

 

Attendance Matters

This week there were 34 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

 

Dates for your diary – 2020  
Thursday 23rd January 2:30pm 6RW  class assembly
Thursday 30th January 2:30pm 3GB  class assembly
Thursday 6th February 2:30pm 5CF  class assembly
Tuesday 11th February 2:45pm-3:15pm Open afternoon
Tuesday 11th February all day Year 6 parent consultations
Thursday 13th February 2:30pm 6AD  class assembly
Friday 14th February Last day of half term
Monday 17th – Friday 21st February Half term holiday
Tuesday 25th February all day Year 5 parent consultations
Tuesday 3rd March all day Year 4 parent consultations
Tuesday 10th March all day Year 3 parent consultations

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Mr Linfield

Newsletter – 10th January 2020

Welcome back one and all! After a rest and a recharge, the children and staff have picked up where we left off. Diving straight back into our usual busy schedules with year groups getting stuck in to their new topics across the school.

 

Year 6 took part in a crime scene investigation day on Tuesday to support their understanding of their new topic, “Does the punishment fit the crime?”. The Detective Project South East Essex, who are real police detectives themselves, came in and asked the children to solve a murder that took place in the backstage of The Palace Theatre. The children quickly got to work and they spent the day dusting fingerprints, reading witness statements, creating timelines, narrowing down suspects by referencing where they were at the time and analysing data, such as tyre treads and footprints. Their workshops were followed by a science lesson, where the children learnt more about DNA – building double helix models and even extracting DNA from strawberries!

Year 5 are looking at “What makes a great adventure?” and spent a day looking at different cultures and practices from around the globe. Sport from the USA, Aboriginal art form Australia, cave paintings from South Africa, origami from Japan and food from France with Mr Fleury who encouraged children to be adventurous with their food by conducting a taste test for five different French foods. Many children surprised themselves in trying food that they had, up until now, avoided only to find they actually liked it!

Year 4’s topic, “How can you weather a storm?” saw them start the term by finding out all about the beginning of The Tempest through song. They also acted in role as members of the cast, investigated Shakespeare and participated in an art workshop developing their sketching technique and taking inspiration from Hokusai’s The Wave.

 

Year 3 are looking at “Who were the ancient Egyptians?” this term and they started by studying Egyptian artefacts, building pyramids, designing headdresses and even mummifying a tomato!

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 43 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

 

Dates for your diary – 2020  
Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 6:00pm 11+ meeting for parents
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3AH  class assembly
Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 2:30pm 6RW  class assembly
Thursday 30th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3GB  class assembly
Thursday 6th February 2020 at 2:30pm 5CF  class assembly
Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 2:45pm-3:15pm Open afternoon
Tuesday 11th February 2020 all day Year 6 parent consultations
Thursday 13th February 2020 at 2:30pm 6AD  class assembly
Friday 14th February 2020 Last day of half term
Monday 17th – Friday 21st February 2020 Half term holiday
Tuesday 25th February 2020 all day Year 5 parent consultations
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 all day Year 4 parent consultations
Tuesday 10th March 2020 all day Year 3 parent consultations

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, schools are required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to Year 4 pupils.  This will take place during a 3-week window in June.

 

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables (up to and including 12 x 12) fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics, eg. supporting work in fractions, division and word problems.

 

During the Spring Term, we will continue to administer our fortnightly Times Tables Stars challenge.  In addition, in Year 4 we will be carrying out a ‘Cold’ Test on Mondays (on a specific table or tables) and a ‘Hot’ Test on Fridays, to encourage the children to improve their times tables recall.  The children will be made aware of the focus times table(s) on Friday for the following week.

 

Regular practice of times tables at home is extremely beneficial and we would appreciate your support. This can be carried out in a variety of ways, including the use of programs such as Times Tables Rockstars and Hit the Button; Sound Check on TT Rockstars actually replicates the online MTC.

 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact Mrs Weir or Mrs Harris.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Newsletter – 19th December 2019

The holidays are here so it is time to say Merry Christmas one and all and our thanks to everyone for making this another wonderfully successful term at Chalkwell Hall. We finished our festive fun this week with our Carol Concert, Christmas dinner, Christmas Jumper Day for Save The Children and our Santa Run this afternoon.

 

We had our final celebration assembly this morning where the whole school got to witness the beautiful singing of our choir, who had performed so wonderfully at St Saviour’s church on Monday evening, along with the musical talents of our staff as a bonus surprise too!

 

Our enormous thanks to the efforts of our PTA team and their army of volunteers for helping organise and run so many different events over the course of the year. The money raised means we can keep the minibuses running, which are really important to our children taking part in so many events outside school, and it has helped pay for new playground equipment and new interactive screens in school which make learning a lot more interesting for our children. We wouldn’t be able to stretch budgets as far without our community rallying around us so thank you all for getting involved!

 

Governor news

Mr Neife came in to visit us this week:

I met with Mr Robinson with his year 4 table tennis group and it was overwhelming to see so much enthusiasm from the kids to play. I noticed that there were potential stars among the group as a table tennis player myself. The kids were hitting very tricky shots so I had to dig deep to save face. Anyway, it was worth the visit and I shall be back to help coach them.  The staff have been undoubtedly working tirelessly to help the children, you are all stars and on this, I say THANK YOU and WELL DONE!

Attendance matters

This week there were 40 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Monday 6th January 2020 Children return to school
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 2:30pm 5JT class assembly
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3AH  class assembly
Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 2:30pm 6RW  class assembly
Thursday 30th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3GB  class assembly
Thursday 6th February 2020 at 2:30pm 5CF  class assembly
Thursday 13th February 2020 at 2:30pm 6AD  class assembly

 

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

 

Newsletter – 13th December 2019

It’s very nearly the end of term but we still have time for a bit more festive fun before we break up. Our Christmas Carol Concert is on Monday evening at St Saviour’s Church, Christmas dinner on Wednesday (please return slips!) which is also our Christmas jumper day, and we have our festive fun run on the final afternoon to burn off a few calories and finish with a giggle!

Our choir and orchestra members spread some Christmas cheers on Saturday when they performed beautifully at Leigh Fire Station. Our sitting volleyball team have also been out representing school this week at the annual SPSSA tournament where they finished runners up and will go on to represent Southend in the Essex finals – well done all!

PTA NEWS

Thank you to everyone who kindly had a Sorrell board to advertise our Christmas Fayre. This week we received their cheque and we are thrilled to announce that Sorrell have donated an incredibly generous £5000! Thank you Sorrell for sponsoring our Christmas Fayre!

We still have a few Adventure Wonderland Santa Experience tickets available, so if you would like to have a fun filled festive day out at Adventure Island please purchase your discounted ticket for just £25 (compared to £50 on the day). You do not have to book in advance! Discounted tickets available via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta

Our final Christmas fundraiser, the Festive Fun Run, will take place on Thursday 19th December during school hours at Chalkwell Park. Every child is invited to run and will be given festive boppers or if preferred they can wear a festive hat of their choice! A small Christmas treat will be given to every child that takes part.

We have just managed to secure discounted tickets for the opening show of the 2020 Christmas Panto of Peter Pan at Cliffs Pavilion on Saturday 12th December at 2.30pm and Sunday 13th December at 2.30pm. Tickets for both performances will be £33.50 per person (instead of £38 per person at the box office).

Saturday 12th December 2020 – seats are in the Stalls, rows D-H

Sunday 13th December 2020 – seats are in the Stalls, rows G-J

Please email ptachstheatre@gmail.com to secure your tickets at a discounted price through us ASAP. Please note we will not need payment until next Spring.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your wonderful support and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a happy New Year!

Attendance matters

This week there were 31 times when a child arrived late to school which is much better than last week – thank you! Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

 

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Monday 16th December 2019 at 7pm Christmas Carol Concert at St Saviour’s Church
Wednesday 18th December 2019 Christmas dinner (and Christmas Jumper day)
Thursday 19th December 2019 Festive Fun Run
Thursday 19th December 2019 LAST DAY OF TERM
Monday 6th January 2020 Children return to school

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Festive Fun Run

On Thursday 19th December, all junior school children are invited to a Festive Fun Run at Chalkwell Park, during the school day.

 

Every child is invited to run and will be given festive boppers to wear, but please feel free to wear a festive hat of your choice if you prefer. A small Christmas treat will be given to every child that takes part.

 

This is a great way for the children to end the term and start to feel truly festive and we kindly ask for a suggested donation per child of £1.

 

We take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with the PTA events that enable us to raise funds for our schools.

 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Newsletter – 6th December 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Christmas Fayre was a great success – our thanks to all who helped organise (particularly our hard-working PTA members) and to all who attended or donated for the raffle or one of the stalls. The Christmas trees are up, Reverend Loh took assembly on Tuesday to talk to the children about Advent, Father Christmas came to visit yesterday, we had the bazaar today (thanks again to all the volunteers!) and Christmas cards are being delivered around school by the elves (or Year 6 as we like to call them!) so the festive season has well and truly begun.

 

We have had lots of children out representing school again. Our Boccia team fought hard to retain their title from last year and played really well but couldn’t quite make the semi-finals after reaching the Super10s. Our Kurling team, also defending the title, made it to the semi-finals but were edged out in the kurling equivalent of a penalty shoot out to come home with bronze medals – great work team!

 

 

Our Year 3&4 girls played football against Earls Hall and performed brilliantly in what, for some, was their first competitive match. They had a great time and learned a lot in their first outing and were great flag bearers for Chalkwell in freezing conditions!

 

Our handball team took on the local competition at Garons and worked their socks off to come 2nd overall. A tough set of matches for them but they performed well as a team all the way through. It was a pleasure, as always, this week to see our children representing Chalkwell Hall so fantastically in our community – well done all!

 

We have open afternoon next Tuesday as it’s our last full week of the term and we look forward to seeing lots of you in school. It will also be a good time to have a look through the lost property mountain that always appears at this time of year in the lower hall. Please remember that we need to empty classrooms by 3:15 as teachers have clubs to run and meetings to get to!

 

A quick reminder that deadlines for deposits for both the Year 3&4 and the Year 6 have arrived so please get signed up and don’t miss out!

 

PTA NEWS

Wow what a week! It was lovely to see the children so excited and beaming from ear to ear and we hope you have all had lots of fabulous festive fun! 

 

 THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that with your wonderful support and generosity, our Christmas Fayre raised a fantastic £5,700! To everyone who kindly donated, supported and volunteered to help make our Fayre such a wonderful event, we thank you. Special thanks go to Sorrell for sponsoring our event, our wonderful local businesses for their prize donations including, Lila’s Spa, Stark Hair, Create98, and to our very generous parent donations for the raffle. We are overwhelmed at your generosity and so very thankful. Congratulations to all the raffle prize winners, you will all be contacted ASAP, in the order drawn to arrange collection of your prizes.

 

Thank you to everyone who bought glow sticks and necklaces at our Leigh Lights Playground sale last Friday, you helped to raise £220!

 

The children have had a very busy fun filled festive week visiting the Christmas Bazaar and Santa’s Grotto! The Bazaar was a great success, with the children excited to treat themselves, friends and family. Thank you to everyone who supported this festive fundraiser, including those who helped to set up, run the stalls and provide Jolly Jar and cake donations. The children loved visiting Santa in his Winter Wonderland Grotto with his team of cheeky elves to find out if they are on the Nice or Naughty List and photos of your child will be sent home by the end of term.

 

Our discounted ticket sales to see Mary Poppins The Musical will end this Sunday 8th December at midnight, so to secure your tickets please purchase ASAP via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta

We are also pleased to announce that we have just reserved discounted tickets to The Phantom Of The Opera, so to secure your tickets to this award winning show visit our website today!

 

Congratulations to The 500 Club November draw winners – Richard Goodacre (185), Julie Bird (217) and Joanne Dickinson (275).

 

Thank you for your wonderful support!

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 79 times when a child arrived late to school which is way too many. Late arrivals impact on a settled start to the day for the individual child and also the rest of the class that they interrupt. Where regular lateness is an issue we will be in touch to see how we can help.  Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 2.45pm to 3.15pm OPEN AFTERNOON
Thursday 12th December 2019 at 2.30pm 4AB Class assembly
Monday 16th December 2019 at 7pm Christmas Carol Concert at St Saviour’s Church
Wednesday 18th December 2019 Christmas dinner
Thursday 19th December 2019 LAST DAY OF TERM
Monday 6th January 2020 Children return to school

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Newsletter – 29th November 2019

We have had another really successful week in school with plenty to celebrate. On Saturday we were presented with a cheque for over £5000 from our local Co-op which came from shoppers picking us as their preferred good cause so a massive thank you to our local community! We have had plenty of children representing us in different events this week with 2 dodgeball teams competing at Garons on Wednesday, our boys taking part in the Essex football finals yesterday and our basketball team playing in the Southend finals this afternoon. They all performed superbly and have been incredible representatives for our school – great work Team Chalkwell!

I had the pleasure of attending the Active Southend annual awards on Wednesday evening where we won School of the Year in recognition of the success we have had and how much there is on offer for our pupils in extra-curricular activities and competitive sports. Thanks to all of the teachers who give up so much of their free time to make the opportunities and to the children in particular for throwing themselves into everything and generally being brilliant!

A couple of reminders that homework can be sent in to homework@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk and that the cut off for deposits for the Year 3 & 4 PGL trip is the 4th December – don’t miss out!

PTA NEWS

It’s almost time for our Christmas Fayre and we cannot wait!!! Tomorrow, Saturday 30th November from 12-4pm, our school will once again be transformed into a twinkling Winter Wonderland & Marketplace for our Christmas Fayre. There will be plenty to entertain the family, including Festive Mini Golf, Disco Dome, bouncy castle, face painting and games stalls to enjoy, as well as a variety of craft and gift stalls for you to buy some Christmas presents or treat yourself! There will also be live music from local young musicians and Santa will be arriving on his sleigh. We will be holding another wonderful raffle with amazing prizes on offer, including an Apple iPad, £100 cash, Panto theatre tickets and many more!!! Tickets will be available to buy at the Fayre so be sure to enter!!

 

There will be plenty of refreshments including Prosecco, beer, mulled wine and mince pies as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate, candy floss and popcorn. Food will be a plenty with pizzas from The Fire Within, jacket potatoes from The Perfect Potato, hotdogs and marshmallow toasting!! Wrap up warm, get into the festive spirit and come and have lots of fun! We hope to see you there!!!

 

A huge thank you to everyone who chose Chalkwell Hall Schools as their local Co-op cause. With your support as Co-op members, you have helped to raise a fantastic £5,097.16 for our schools and last Saturday we were presented with our cheque!

The Junior Christmas Bazaar will be held on Friday 6th December during the school day. The children will have the opportunity to treat their family, friends and even themselves to an array of gifts, priced between 50p and £1.50 each. Please send your child into school with money in a named purse, together with a carrier bag to bring home their gifts. Full details have been sent out via Ping and a letter has been sent home.

 

Please don’t forget to bring your Jolly Jars into school by Thursday 5th December for the bazaar, the children absolutely love these!!! Any cake donations (please NO NUTS) are greatly received as these are always popular with the children – please bring into school on Thursday 5th December.

 

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us again this year at school and see the junior school children on Thursday 5th December. Letters have been sent home this week with full details, so please return your slip with correct payment by next Wednesday 4th December for your child to visit the Grotto and receive a gift and photo.

 

Governor news

 

We had a visit from one of our Governing Body members, Dr Pickup, recently:

I met with Miss Brady to discuss Computing provision. The primary focus of the visit was a review of a new learning assessment approach for Computing (and all non-core subjects). Each child has a single A4 page inserted in their books outlining their objectives for each subject every half term. The children then complete the form when they believe they have achieved their goals and this is reviewed/moderated by the teacher subsequently. It seems a good, simple and practical way of providing a measure of progress in areas such as Computing. There have been some reliability issues with the main learning tablets in the Lower School that will be monitored closely and may require further investment to resolve.

 

Attendance matters

 

This week there were 38 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

 

 

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 2:30pm 5JW Class assembly
Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 2.45pm to 3.15pm OPEN AFTERNOON
Thursday 12th December 2019 at 2.30pm 4AB Class assembly
Monday 16th December 2019 at 7.00pm Christmas Carol Concert at St Saviour’s Church
Wednesday 18th December 2019 Christmas dinner
Thursday 19th December 2019 LAST DAY OF TERM
Monday 6th January 2020 Children return to school

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Spring Term 2020 Clubs

Clubs will commence on Monday 6th January 2020 (with the exception of Southend United which will commence on 13th January 2020).  The attached clubs list lets you know the wide variety of after school, lunch time and before school clubs available to our children.  The majority of our clubs (before, during and after school) are run by the staff in their own free time as they are dedicated to building relationships with the children and giving them opportunities they may not otherwise have.

 

Most clubs are free of charge.  In most cases where we are using an external provider, the school is bearing the cost of this to make access fairer to all.

 

Information regarding chargeable clubs such as music tuition, drum lessons, Speech and Drama and Little Musketeers will be sent to you separately.  These are run privately by external companies.

 

Our aim is to give all children equal opportunity to take part in clubs. We are striving to make this as fair as possible to all which means we look termly at the number of children wanting to do each activity by asking you to fill in your preferences on the reply form. If the same 20 or 30 children want to do the same activity for the following term, great; however, if 30 different pupils would like to give it a go then it is only fair that we share out the spaces accordingly over the year. There will be a few exceptions for the Spring Term as the following clubs are already working towards performances or are already training for upcoming sports events:  Drama, Dance, Glee and Girls Football.  Children already in these clubs should put them down as their first preference. There are a few spaces available in Dance, Drama and Girls Football.

 

We have more children participating in extra-curricular activities than ever before which is fantastic. There are only so many days in the week and hours in the day but we are always looking to find ways of getting more children involved so watch this space!

 

NEW FOR SPRING TERM 2020      NEW FOR SPRING TERM 2020

**Stop Animation Club** (Directors will have the opportunity to make their own short stop animation films using apps and props of their choice. Complete creative freedom for the subject of the film but there will be suggested projects each week).

**Book Club** (A book club is one of the best ways to combine learning and fun. We will be exploring books together and carrying out fun, book related activities).

**Dodgeball** Friday lunchtimes for Years 5 & 6 and Thursday lunchtimes for Years 3 & 4.

 

Clubs will be running weeks commencing:

 

Monday 6th January 2020                               Monday 24th February 2020

Monday 13th January 2020                              Monday 2nd March 2020

Monday 20th January 2020                              Monday 9th March 2020

Monday 27th January 2020                              Monday 16th March 2020

Monday 3rd February 2020                              Monday 23rd March 2020

Monday 10th February 2020                            Monday 30th March 2020

 

Please note Knitting Club will not be continuing in the Spring Term.

11+ club commences for Year 5 children (no maximum)

Wednesdays at 8.00am to 8.30am – a separate letter will be coming out shortly.

 

CLUB RULES/IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

  • Forms to be returned by Friday 6th December 2019 at the latest.
  • Please indicate your order of preference so club places can be fairly distributed, with ‘1’ indicating the club your child most wishes to attend. Please do not put 1’s down for every club.
  • Waiting lists will be kept should a club become oversubscribed.
  • Club letters will be sent out before the end of term.
  • Clubs will commence on Monday 6th January 2020 (apart from Southend United which will commence on Monday 13th January 2020).
  • Please collect children promptly after their club.
  • Conkers After School Club needs to be booked separately through the Kids Club HQ bookings system https://chalkwellhall.kidsclubhq.co.uk/.
  • Please tell a member of the office staff if your child will not be attending on a particular night, to avoid unnecessary searching and phone calls.
  • Cookery and Pottery run on a half termly basis.
  • Times Table Rock Stars is a lunch time club for Years 3 & 4, no need to register, just come along when you want to.
  • Marathon Club on a Friday – children must be able to run/jog continuously for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  • Homework Club on a Monday and Wednesday lunchtime is open to everyone, no need to register, just come along when you want to.
  • 11+ club will commence on Wednesday mornings from 8.00am to 8.30am until the 11+ takes place. This club is open to all Year 5 children and you do not need to register for it.  Separate letters will be sent out to Year 5 shortly.
  • Clubs will end for the Spring term on Friday 3rd April 2020 unless otherwise informed.

 

 

After School Club Opportunities SPRING Term 2020