Village Green – 12th July 2019

On Friday 12th July 2019, we will be going to Chalkwell Park to take part in a range of activities, workshops and performances as part of The Village Green Festival. We will be going over in the morning, returning to school for lunch and then going back to the park for the afternoon.


Please ensure your child is suitably dressed for the weather on the day, sun screen will need to be applied if it is sunny, or a rain proof coat will be needed if it is wet.


Pupils may bring a maximum of £2 to spend on an ice cream or a drink.


Thank you for your continued support.

Newsletter – 5th July 2019

A very hot and sporty week at school. Temperatures at another very well attended summer fete were pretty extreme at the weekend – I’ve only just recovered from manning the BBQ! Our thanks to all who attended and even more so to all who gave up their time to help set up, run stalls and tidy away – not an easy job in sweltering conditions!

We had a fantastic sports day on Wednesday with lots of fun and some very competitive parent races. Thank you for all your support, it was lovely to have so many of our community together in the park!

Our talented young sports stars were at it again this week with the boys and the girls both reaching the Essex finals and representing Chalkwell Hall brilliantly at Billericay Cricket Club. A tremendous crowd supported us on both days and were treated to some great cricket and some even better sportsmanship. I couldn’t be prouder of the attitude, teamwork and effort our teams showed and to finish this year as the 6th and 7th best teams in the whole of Essex is just a bonus!

Our athletes, fresh from borough sports success, took to the track and field in the “Super Sports” competition which is for the very best in Southend where all the individual winners from the 4 borough competitions go head to head. The amount of success stories is staggering with Gold in 600m, Yr 6 ball throwing, Yr 4 standing long jump, Yr 3&4 sprints, 4x100m relay in Yr 4 boys & girls, Yr 5 boys and Yr 6 boys, backed up by silvers or bronze in Yr 3 sprint, Yr 4 400m, Yr 3 4x100m relay, Yr 6 sprint, Yr 6 shot putt, Yr 6 long jump, Yr 6 ball throwing as well!

A remarkable year for our athletes and deserved reward for hard work and a great attitude, well done team Chalkwell! Way too many trophies and medal pictures to put all of them on here – they will be on our Facebook page!

That’s it for sporting fixtures this year. We are delighted with how hard our children have worked and how well they have represented school – go Team Chalkwell!

A quick reminder from the office – please remember to pick up medication on the last day.


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We are thrilled to announce that our Summer Fete raised a profit of over £5,000!!! It was an amazing day and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Congratulations to all the winners of the raffle and games, you will be contacted ASAP to arrange collection of your prizes.


Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of you for your wonderful help, support and generosity; we couldn’t have done it without you!


Don’t forget you can always purchase discounted tickets for Adventure Island at Coulson James on Leigh Broadway.

Green – £13   Blue – £16

We are pleased to announce that we have managed to reserve amazing discounted tickets to this award winning musical comedy. To secure your tickets please purchase via we must have payment by Tuesday 16th July at the latest.


Dates – Thursday 24th October & Thursday 14th November

Time – 7:30pm 

Venue – Prince of Wales Theatre, London

Price – £49 per person (normally £83 per person from the box office)

Seats – Central Stalls, rows J-L



Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%   This week there were just 13 lates – well done and thank you!



Dates for your diary 2018-2019  
Open Afternoon Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 2.45pm
Leavers Assembly Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 1.45pm
Leavers Disco Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.

RSE in Year 4

As I hope you are aware, we teach our Relationships and Sex Education using the Yasmine and Tom scheme of work in line with Southend schools.


I am writing to advise you that during the week of 1st July 2019, Year 4 will be completing a unit of work from the Yasmine and Tom scheme of work which looks at the correct terminology for male and female sexual body parts.


This forms part of our Science teaching to do with life cycles and also responds to the need to give pupils the correct knowledge and understanding to safeguard themselves.  We will also be covering the NSPCC PANTS Campaign, which helps pupils to understand that particular parts of their bodies are private.


If you would like to discuss this work further please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

Newsletter – 28th June 2019

The amount of success our children have had this year is nothing short of phenomenal and this week carried on in exactly that fashion!


Our Drama Club and Glee Club entered the Leigh Music and Drama Festival Competition and blew away the judges with some absolutely stunning performances. The children performed with a skill and confidence level of those much, much older and it was a genuine joy to watch them. The Drama Club won both their categories and the Glee Club came away with 2 silver medals. A wonderful display of what our children’s natural talent coupled with hard work can achieve – well done all!

Our rounders teams have had a great week with Year 6 coming 4th in the Essex finals, Year 4 coming 4th in the borough tournament and our Year 5s winning gold in their competition!

To cap off another great week, our Year 4 tennis team played in the Essex finals, having come runners up in the borough tournament, and came away with gold as well!

A quick reminder for those that haven’t had a junior school sports day letter that we welcome parents to come and have a picnic at lunch on 3rd July in between the Year 3&4 and Year 5&6 sessions.

Our Year 6’s writing was moderated by the Local Authority this week, as they have to every few years, and I’m delighted to say they confirmed our team’s views on the strengths of our Year 6 children’s work. Great results for the team and the children who have worked so hard together this year!


Finally, a quick reminder from the office – could parents return the food allergy/intolerance forms as soon as possible please?


Many thanks!


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Summer fete

The sun is shining, the stalls and games are ready and the Pimm’s is on ice so please join us tomorrow for our biggest, fun-filled, fundraiser of the year, the “Summer Fete”.

A BIG thank you, as always, to everyone who has offered to help at the fete or provided donations for some of our stalls and raffle, to our event sponsor Coulson James and especially to all of you who are planning to come along tomorrow and support this event. We hope you all have a great afternoon.

Access will be via the Junior School gate from 12:00pm and the fete is planned to end around 3:00pm. Please bring plenty of change as there will be face painting, lots of games, refreshments and craft stalls (including revelation arts & crafts, children’s clothing and accessories, homewares by Cockle Crew and many more) plus plenty of other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

A few points to note:

For anyone planning to donate cakes and cookies to our fete stall could you please bring them to the playground from 9am on Saturday morning but please note they MUST NOT CONTAIN NUTS.

We are still in need of volunteers to help clear away at the end of the fete so if anyone is able to kindly volunteer from 3pm please email


If you would like to purchase tickets for the raffle and have not yet done so then tickets will be available to purchase at the event with the draw taking place outside the school library at 2:30pm.


Book of Mormon

Following a number of requests, we have reserved tickets to “The Book of Mormon” which continues to delight and shock London audiences. A winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards with a number of sensational reviews and sell-out shows under its belt, The Book of Mormon tickets remain among the hottest in the West End.

Discounted tickets are available for performances on Monday – Thursday evenings and so, following the recent release of additional dates, we have been able to move quickly and reserve fantastic seats in rows J-L of the Central Stalls for two evening performances on either Thursday 24th October 2019 or Thursday 14th November 2019 at the Prince of Wales theatre in London’s West End.

Tickets are a fantastically discounted £49 compared with the box office price of £83 but please note, due to the fast approaching school summer break, our reservation for these tickets will need to close by 16th July 2019.

If you wish to purchase discounted tickets for the Book of Mormon or any of the Cliffs Pavilion shows we are currently selling then please do so via the “Shop” then “Uniform and Merchandise” link on the PTA website set out above.



Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 95.9%   This week there were 31 lates.


Dates for your diary 2018-2019  
Sports Day Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (lower school a.m. / upper school p.m.)
4JT Class assembly Thursday 4th July 2019 2:30pm
Meet the Teacher Friday 5th July 2019 at 10.30am
Open Afternoon Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 2.45pm
Leavers Assembly Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 1.45pm
Leavers Disco Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.


Sports Day – 3rd July 2019

Weather permitting, we will be holding our annual Sports Day on Wednesday 3rd July 2019. Years 3 & 4 will be competing at 10.00am until 12.00pm, with Years 5 & 6 competing from 1.00pm until 3.00pm.


Please provide your child with a packed lunch on this day as we will be having a whole school picnic over in Chalkwell Park.  If your child is entitled to free school meals and requires a packed lunch provided by the school, please indicate on the slip below.


We would like to invite all parents/carers to bring a picnic and a blanket and join us from 12.00pm to 12.45pm (between the two sporting events).


If we are lucky enough to enjoy a sunny day, please provide your child with suitable protection from the sun, e.g. sun hat, sun cream and plenty of water to drink.


Your child should come to school in their school uniform and bring with them suitable clothing for sporting activities.  Children should be in their house colours, as indicated below.  Children can wear a t-shirt, headband, wristband, socks, any item of clothing to represent their house colour.


Mountfitchet   Green

Hadleigh          Blue

Heddingham    Yellow

Colchester       Red


Thank you for your continued support.

Food Allergies and Food Intolerances

Our school cook has asked us to make sure the information we hold on the children around allergies and intolerances is as up to date as possible. Please read through the information below and fill in the form where it applies to your child.


A food allergy is defined as:


When the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to a certain food.  Symptoms may include an itchy sensation in the mouth, a red skin rash, swelling of the face, eyes, lips and tongue.


A food intolerance is defined as:


When the body’s digestive system reacts abnormally to a certain food.  Symptoms may include bloating, nausea, diarrhoea and stomach cramps but no allergic reaction will take place.


The important differences:


  • The symptoms of a food intolerance can take hours to appear, with an allergy they will start much quicker, sometimes within seconds;
  • You need to eat a larger amount of food to trigger a food intolerance, sometimes with an allergy just smelling the food can cause a reaction to occur;
  • An allergic reaction can be life threatening, food intolerances are never of this magnitude.


The EU have issued a list of 14 recognised foods which cause allergic or intolerant reactions.  These are not the only foods that can cause a food allergy or intolerance but they have been recognised in a large enough proportion of the EU population to set them as a standard.  The 14 allergens are:


  • Celery
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lupin
  • Mustard
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Soybeans
  • Milk
  • Suplhur Dioxide and Sulphites
  • Crustaceans
  • Molluscs
  • Peanut
  • Tree Nuts
  • Cereal containing gluten (including what, rye, oats, barley)


Further details on what these recognised food groups include are listed overleaf.


Please indicate below whether your child has an allergy or an intolerance to the following recognised foods which cause allergic or intolerant reactions:












Where will we find celery? stock/bouillon, Gravy, ready meals, crisps, celery salt, sauces, spice mixes


Where will we find eggs? quiches, flans, cakes, biscuits, pancakes, pasta, noodles, mayonnaise, some Quorn products, chocolate bars, doughnuts, processed meats and fish, mousses


Where will we find fish? fish fingers or nuggets, sushi, salads (i.e. Caesar salad), oyster sauces, fish sauce, Worcester sauce, dips, prawn crackers/crisps


Where will we find lupin? pastry cases, pies, waffles, pancakes, pizzas, onion rings, lupin flour


Where will we find mustard?  mayonnaise, processed meats, pickles, salad dressings, ketchup, barbeque sauce, marinades, mustard seeds and leaves (often used in curries)

Sesame seeds

Where will we find sesame? hummus, tahini, halvah, biscuits, crackers, breads, rice cakes, bagels, burger buns, muesli, dips, spreads, mixed spices, sesame oil, vege-burgers


Where will we find soy? Edamame, soy sauce, soya flour, tofu, soya lecithin, soy milk


Where will we find milk? milk, milk powder, milk drinks, all cheeses (unless specified), butter, margarine, yoghurt, cream, ice cream, processed meat (i.e. sausages), sauces, breakfast cereals, ready meals, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, batters


Where will we find sulphites? soup mixes, jams, pickled foods, prawns, molasses, dried fruit, peeled potatoes, guacamole, vegetable juices, canned vegetables


Where will we find crustaceans? crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, prawn


Where will we find molluscs?  mussels, clams, scallops, oysters, limpets, snails, squid, octopus, cuttlefish, cockles


Where will we find peanuts? oils, biscuits, peanut butter, chocolate spread, sweet mincemeat, cakes (in particular fruit cakes), muesli, desserts, sweets, satay

Tree nuts

Where will we find tree nuts?  almonds, cashews, macadamia, pecans, walnut, pistachio, marzipan, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, nut butters, cereals, crackers, nut oils, chocolates

Cereals containing gluten

Where will we find gluten? any products containing wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, bread, pizza bases, crackers, muffins, couscous, bulgar wheat, porridge oats, stock/bouillon, soy sauce, pasta and noodles, breaded fish, chicken or vegetables, breakfast cereals, suet, pretzels, liquorice,  sausages and processed meats


Please indicate any other allergies/intolerances below:






□  My child does not suffer from any food allergies or food intolerances.


Signed: ………………………………………………………………………………….. Parent/Carer             Date: ………………………….


Please return this form to the school office by Monday 22nd July 2019.


Newsletter – 21st June 2019

We have had a lot of success in the sporting arena over the last few years and this year has been particularly trophy laden. We have been runners up in the borough’s most prestigious competition on a number of occasions and the team really wanted to go one step further this time around. The children have been working hard at lunchtimes and after school with the support of many of our dedicated team to prepare for the event and our athletics squad of over 60 certainly delivered! The team performed superbly, all chipping in with points from their events and many coming away with individual medals and moving on to the “SuperSports” event on July 1st and 2nd. Our Year 6 boys even managed to break the borough record for the 4×100 relay! A wonderful afternoon of high quality athletics and a deserved victory for a talented and, just as importantly, hard-working team who represented Chalkwell Hall brilliantly – well done all, we are very proud of you!


Our Year 6s are representing Southend today at the Essex Rounders Finals in Saffron Walden – good luck!

The Junior Governors would like to thank everyone for the kind contributions they have made to our Southend Foodbank collection, the response has been brilliant. We are going to continue to collect items for the Foodbank, so any further contributions will be gratefully received.

The Eco-Warriors are holding a Waste Free Lunch on Thursday. The class with the lowest amount of waste will win 15 minutes extra break which is always a popular prize! The Eco-Warriors team will be giving an assembly on Monday to let everyone know all about it.


PTA news

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PTA events and ticket sales website:

For general enquiries please email:


School website

We have updated the PTA page on each school’s website to include refreshed details not only of the PTA and our fundraising but also to provide links to both the “PTA Events and Ticket Sales website” as well as the recently announced “ donation site” – where donations can be made for either the Infant School classroom fit out or General donations in connection with the PTA’s usual fundraising (which this year includes, amongst other things, the replacement of the playground Treehouse with new, modern play equipment).


To access the PTA page, simply click on the drop-down menu of each school’s website, select “Parents” then “PTA” and you will find details about the PTA including, on the first page directly below the cheque photograph, links to each of the donation and ticket sales sites.


Infant School fundraiser

We would like to send a “BIG” thank you to those of you who have already made a donation to the fit out of the new Infant School classrooms.


As was announced last week, the Infant School have, after a lengthy struggle, managed to obtain funding and planning consent for the new classroom block but are looking for our help to raise money for the fit out of these classrooms. If you are able to help us with this special fundraiser then please donate via the link below. Your support, at whatever amount, will make a big difference to the facilities the school will be able to offer in the new classrooms for both the children currently attending the school and for future generations, so please help us if you can.


Ticket sales

In addition to the usual Adventure Island wristbands we are currently selling, on the Events and ticket sales website, the following discounted tickets for shows at the Cliffs Pavilion. Our closing date for the sale of tickets to all these shows will be 30th September 2019. If you would like to attend then please purchase tickets at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.


Show Date Performance PTA price Box office price
The Woman in Black Saturday 18th Jan 2020 8:00pm £26.00 £32.00
Pricilla Queen of the Desert Friday 28th February 2020 8:00pm £37.00 £45.50
Madam Butterfly Friday 27th March 2020 7:30pm £35.50 £40.00
Riverdance Tuesday 31st March 2020 7:30pm £51.50 £57.50
Beautiful (Carole King Musical) Saturday 2nd May 2020 8:00pm £39.00 £47.00


Other things to remember

  • Please help make our Summer Fete as fun and successful as possible by continuing to bring your donations of soft toys, children’s books and pre loved uniform to each school office next week.
  • If you would like to take part and be in with a chance of winning one of the exciting prizes on offer in our Summer Fete raffle this year don’t forget to send in, via each school, your payment and tickets (with your name and phone number written on the back of each ticket) at the latest by Friday 28th June 2019.

And finally – Thank you to those of you that spotted the typo in the PTA newsletter last week which made reference to the Village Green music festival being on Saturday 17th July 2019. The correct date should have been Saturday 13th July 2019.


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%.   This week there were 24 lates which is nice and low again – thank you!


Dates for your diary 2018-20 19  
5OS Class assembly Thursday 27th June 2019 2:30pm
Sports Day Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (lower school a.m. / upper school p.m.)
4JT Class assembly Thursday 4th July 2019 2:30pm
Meet the Teacher Friday 5th July 2019 at 10.30am
Open Afternoon Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 2.45pm
Leavers Assembly Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 1.45pm
Leavers Disco Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.


Newsletter – 14th June 2019

We have just about made it to the end of the week after another very successful PGL trip with Year 3&4. Very little sleep but lots and lots of fun with 150 children all taking on challenges, facing their fears and (sort of) learning how to pack a bag themselves! My enormous thanks to the 15 staff (and particularly Mr Robinson who organises it) who gave up their weekends away from their families to give our children such a wonderful opportunity.

Last night was the annual music festival at the Cliffs Pavilion and it was just as fantastic as usual. Our talented musicians and singers, along with the other schools on the stage, performed brilliantly and entertained us from start to finish. A tremendous showcase of the talent we have in school and across the area!

Our Year 3s have also been out and about as part of their studies in Southend. They always do well on trips and this time I even received a phone call to say how well they represented us while out in public – great work Year 3!

Our Year 6 boys represented us at football in a mini tournament against Earls Hall and Leigh North Street on Monday and did us proud. A number of the boys were playing their first ever match for school and they all did brilliantly with fantastic sporting attitudes and great team spirit on display!


The Rounders was called off again for Year 6 due to the rather unseasonal weather but we have been asked to represent Southend in the Essex finals due to how well the team performed when in Year 5!


And finally, a couple of reminders. We’ve had a number of people move house or change mobile phone number over the last few months, please make sure we have up to date contact details for you. Also, please remember that we do not allow dogs on school grounds – no matter how small, friendly or cute!


PTA news

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New build

We are delighted to hear that the Infant School is now able to progress with its vision to create a new state of the art classroom block and are excited to be able to support the school in fundraising for the fit out of these classrooms.


As a registered charity, we are able to claim Gift Aid on donations made by UK taxpayers to the PTA which increases the amount of each donation by 25%. As such, we have registered with, a not for profit organisation, that will process and pay to our charity 100% (including the associated Gift Aid) of all donations, up to £1,000 each.


If you would like to make a donation (up to £1,000) to this special fundraiser, please click on the link below where you will be taken to the charity’s “Infant School classroom fit out” sponsorship page and where you will find a wonderfully entertaining video from the Infant School children explaining why this project is so important to them.


If you wish to make an extremely generous donation, in excess of the £1,000 limit set by, please contact the Infant School reception where arrangements can be made for collection of both the donation and Gift Aid.


Please note:

The site includes 2 pages for our PTA charity. The first for the Classroom fit out fundraiser, accessed via the link above, plus a second page where General donations can be made to our usual fundraising, which this year includes the replacement of the playground treehouse. On our pages of the website, if you click the “Sponsor” or “Sponsor Chalkwell Hall” green buttons that will enable you to make a donation just to the Classroom fit out fundraiser. If you click on the green “Donate now” button, that will allow you to make a general donation to our usual fundraising for both schools.


Match funding

Following on from the classroom fit out fundraiser above and in advance of our biggest event of the year, the Summer Fete, we would once again ask, if you work for a company that operates a “match funding” scheme, that you consider registering the PTA as your nominated charity.


Not all companies offer match funding but those that do will pledge a sum of money relating to the amount an employee has raised for or donated to their nominated charity (often £ for £). Generally speaking, banks and building societies, insurance companies, supermarkets, utility providers, phone companies and car manufacturers are known historically to offer match funding schemes. So, if you plan to volunteer to help at our Summer Fete or make a donation to the PTA charity then please contact your company’s Human Resources department to check whether they operate such a scheme.


Just to repeat the example we previously mentioned, one parent, who volunteered to help on a stall at our Summer Fete last year, was given a £500 donation to the PTA by their employer from match funding. Contributions like this make a huge difference to the success of the PTA and the support we can give to the schools so if you are able to help us in this way please email


Village Green

Just a reminder that Southend’s best loved arts and music festival returns to Chalkwell Park on Saturday 17th July 2019. If you plan to attend please purchase tickets via the link below to raise £1 per ticket for the PTA at no additional cost to yourselves.


Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96%.   This week there were 48 lates, but 25 of those were on the morning after the PGL with a lot of very tired Year 3&4s!


Dates for your diary 2018-20 19  
3GB Class assembly Thursday 20th June 2019 2:30pm
5OS Class assembly Thursday 27th June 2019 2:30pm
Sports Day Wednesday 3rd July 2019 (lower school a.m. / upper school p.m.)
4JT Class assembly Thursday 4th July 2019 2:30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 2.45pm
Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2019
Non-pupil days 3rd & 4th September 2019
Non-pupil days 20th, 21st & 22nd July 2020


Thank you for your continued support.

Southend Food Bank

This half-term the Junior Governors, in conjunction with the Infant school’s Pupil Voice, have chosen for both schools to support Southend Foodbank.


We are kindly asking for donations to be brought in to school throughout the week commencing on Monday 17th June 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 –


We will announce the house-point totals in the newsletter the following week.


Thank you in advance for your support.