World Book Day

World Book Day is rapidly approaching (Thursday 5th March 2020) and plans are afoot for celebrations and activities within school!

 

The theme of our day is ‘Books Rock!’ and, as the children did such a fantastic job of dressing up for Roald Dahl day, we have decided to give you an alternative for dressing up as your favourite book character.

 

We would like children to choose their favourite book from home and then paint the book cover or main character onto a rock (please put child’s name and class on the back).

 

 

 

 

 

Each class will then hold a secret vote to decide on one winner whose name will then go forward into a Lower School and an Upper School draw to win a £10 book voucher. Competition winners will be announced in Celebration Assembly.

 

We are, of course, more than happy for anyone who wishes to come in dressed as their favourite book character on the day to do so (we all enjoy seeing the variety of costumes!), but the main focus of our day is the activity above (far cheaper and easier to complete at home than buying/making a new costume!).

 

Your child will come home with a World Book Day voucher, see the back for details on how/where to spend it. The official website https://www.worldbookday.com/ is also definitely worth a glance. There are book trailers and videos to watch, competitions to enter and lots of wonderful ideas for futures reads.

 

We are very grateful for the support that you give your children at home in helping them develop a love of reading, and hope that your children enjoy World Book Day as we will!

 

 

Health Questionnaire for Years 4 & 6

Our school, along with several others, has agreed to participate in a very important Health Behaviour Survey amongst young people.  We have been asked to support the work of the Local Authority and Public Health and we stand to benefit substantially through our participation in the survey.

 

The survey data in schools may prompt review of the curriculum and have also been used in a variety of ways including:

 

  1. As a starting point for discussion in classroom activities;
  2. As a guide in the choice of resources;
  3. As a prompt for appropriate timing of courses;
  4. As a beginning for further enquiry to strengthen existing programmes, e.g. in PE;
  5. As a starting point for discussions between parents and schools.

 

The survey method that we are using has been developed by the Schools Health Education Unit, Exeter and has been in use now for over 30 years. Over 3000 schools have used the survey, many of them regularly repeating the survey. The questions concern a wide range of health behaviours, for example:

 

  • Home and family;
  • Relationships, emotional health and well-being;
  • Tobacco;
  • Alcohol (Y6);
  • Leisure and money;
  • Healthy eating;
  • Exercise;
  • Drugs (Y6)

                       

The Local Authority and Public Health will also have a reliable database upon which it can objectively plan health care provision for young people. Links between the school and Public Health can be strengthened.  Both the Local Authority and the school find the content of the questionnaire acceptable; it has been customised to suit our local setting.

 

Each questionnaire is anonymous and confidential, and no pupil will be identified when the data is returned to your school.  The Local Authority will receive only the summary of all schools in which individual schools are not identified. Data Protection concerns are covered in the Privacy Notice for pupils, which can be found on the reverse of this sheet.

I hope you will agree with us that this is an exercise in which we wish to co-operate fully.  I will assume you do approve unless I hear otherwise and I look forward to working with you in planning improved health promotion for our pupils. We hold a copy of the questionnaire in the school office, and if you would like to examine it, you are welcome to do so by appointment.

 

As part of the survey it will be helpful if your son/daughter knows their postcode (or brings it into school) (this will be used only for drawing maps of results in the area; your house will not be identified).

 

The survey will be carried out this half term.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4 Roman Activity Day

Roman Activity Day

 

This term, Year 4’s topic is ‘What did the Romans do for us?’. On Friday 6th March 2020, we will be having a Roman activity day where the children will have the opportunity to learn more about Roman life.

 

To gain the most out of this day we would like the children to dress up as a person from Ancient Roman times. For those children who were with us last year, they could reuse parts of their Greek costumes.

 

Here are some useful websites that may help with the costume:

 

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/romans/clothes.htm

https://www.ehow.com/how_5892498_make-ancient-roman-costume-kids.html

 

Staff will lead a variety of activities for the classes to participate in on the day, across different areas of Roman life and their impact on modern day Britain.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Newsletter – 24th February 2020

 

The end of another successful half term at Chalkwell Hall is upon us – it’s amazing how much is packed into a single half term. It is down to how keen our children are to get involved, along with the hard work of our staff and the support of our community, that makes our school such an exciting and fun place to be. My thanks to everyone for their efforts and long may it continue!

 

This week Year 5 had a visit from artist John Wonnacott who showed them how he works and gave them opportunities to try out his methods for themselves. It was a fascinating visit for the children and hopefully has inspired even more of them in their creative endeavours!

 

The boys did really well in the two friendly matches against Bournes Green last Friday, winning 5-2 and losing 3-2 in a couple of very good games. Our second league fixture, against West Leigh, ended in a 4-4 draw after a very competitive and hard-fought encounter in blustery conditions.

 

Our Year 3&4 football team are playing at Len Forge today. They have won all 3 games so far this morning – fingers crossed for the rest of the day!

All the boys who represented us over the last week have done so brilliantly and are a credit to Chalkwell Hall – well done all!

 

PTA NEWS

Looking to keep the children entertained over Half Term without spending a fortune? You can purchase our discounted tickets for Adventure Island & Sea Life Adventure from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway!

 

Adventure Island will re-open tomorrow Saturday 15th February and will be open every day of the Half Term holiday. Please purchase our discounted tickets from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway at any time.

  • Blue Band – £16 each (normally £32 on the gate)
  • Green Band – £13 each (normally £25 on the gate)
  • Sea Life Adventure Wild – £7 each (normally £17.50 per adult and £12.50 per child)

 

We are currently looking into more discounted theatre tickets for West End musicals and hope to confirm new shows and dates soon. If there is anything you’d like to see please vote in our poll on the Chalkwell Hall Parent Facebook Page.

 

Our available discounted theatre tickets are for sale via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta , go to ‘Shop’ and then select ‘Events & Tickets’.

  • The Buddy Holly Story
  • Strictly Ballroom, The Musical
  • The Commitments

 

 

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 47 times when a child arrived late to school which is higher than we would like it to be. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

Dates for your diary – 2020  
Monday 17th – Friday 21st February Half term holiday
Tuesday 25th February all day Year 5 parent consultations
Thursday 27th February 2:30pm 5LR class assembly
Tuesday 3rd March all day Year 4 parent consultations
Thursday 5th March 2:30pm 4TF class assembly
Tuesday 10th March all day Year 3 parent consultations
Thursday 12th March 2:30pm 3NM class assembly
Thursday 19th March 2:30pm 5DS class assembly
Thursday 26th March 2:30pm 4SR class assembly
Thursday 2nd April 2:30pm 4GW class assembly

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Allergy Awareness

In school, as I am sure you will appreciate, we need to be mindful of the many allergies that children suffer from.  We have a child who has a severe allergy to some of the ingredients contained in hand sanitiser.  We have already taken the decision to remove hand sanitisers from the school and replace them with soap but we have found that children are bringing their own mini sanitisers in to school.

 

We should be grateful therefore if you would refrain from sending your children into school with the mini hand sanitisers.  Children are able to wash their hands with soap in the classroom and in the toilets when necessary.

Newsletter – 7th February 2020

This week we focused on all things science. Our Science Fair was a great success with an incredible variety of experiments on display for children across the school to get involved in ranging from crime scene forensics to how Star Wars blaster noises are created!  It was a fascinating trip around the school and a great way to share some of the superb science learning that is happening in all year groups with children teaching each other new things.

Today we have been lucky enough to have a visit from The Science Museum and the children have been treated to the “Out Of This World” show where they learned all about the universe and had the chance to watch and take part in all sorts of fun experiments and displays including rockets taking off and freezing astronauts!

We have also had children representing us this week on the sports field. The Year 5&6 girls played football against West Leigh, comfortably winning their league match 2-0, whilst our netball team took on St Mary’s Primary and had a tougher challenge, ending in a close 8-5 defeat. Excellent skills and team spirit on display from both teams who, as ever, did Chalkwell proud. Our Year 5&6 boys are taking on Bournes Green this afternoon so good luck to them too!

A request for parents who have children on bikes, scooters, skateboards etc when they collect at the end of the day – please could you keep those whizzing around on the various modes of transport at a pedestrian speed? There are lots out there at the moment and a crash seems inevitable unless we slow them down a bit!

 

PTA NEWS

We have updated our website to make ticket purchases even easier. Please note all discounted tickets are now available under the ‘Events & Tickets’ tab. Visit our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta , go to ‘Shop’ and then select ‘Events & Tickets’.

 

Adventure Island will re-open on Saturday 15th February and will be open every day of the Half Term holiday. Our discounted tickets will remain at the same price as last year and are available to buy via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta.  Order yours today and receive them in time for Half Term! Alternatively, you can buy our discounted tickets from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway

 

  • Blue Band – £16 each (normally £32 on the gate)
  • Green Band – £13 each (normally £25 on the gate)

 

We are pleased to announce that we are now selling tickets for Sea Life Adventure Wild at a fantastic discounted price of £7 each (normal entry prices are £17.50 per adult and £12.50 per child)! These are now available to buy via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta

Our available discounted theatre tickets are for sale via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta

  • The Buddy Holly Story
  • Strictly Ballroom, The Musical
  • The Commitments

Race Night – Friday 27th March (8pm)

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 38 times when a child arrived late to school  Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

Dates for your diary – 2020  
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

 

 

Year 4 Colchester Castle Visit

To support our topic ‘What did the Romans do for us?, Year 4 are visiting Colchester Castle on Monday 16th March 2020 to explore Roman artefacts and discover more about the Roman way of life.

 

We will be travelling by coach to Colchester Castle.  The cost of the trip will be £15 per child.  Please make payment for this trip using SIMS Pay.  If you have not registered for the system, please speak to a member of the office staff and they will provide you with an invitation code.

 

For the visit, all children should wear their normal school uniform (including coats) along with comfortable walking shoes. Children will also require a packed lunch and drink of water for the day (in a plastic bag rather than their packed lunch box – so that all rubbish can be disposed of easily.)  If your child is entitled to a free school meal and requires a packed lunch, please indicate on the slip below. On the day of the visit, children should arrive at school at 8.15am in order to leave by 8.45am. We aim to return to school at 3.30pm dependent on traffic.

 

We will need parental assistance with this trip, please indicate on the reply slip if you would like to assist.

 

When organising school activities which will enrich the curriculum experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute towards the cost. All contributions are voluntary, unfortunately, if we do not receive sufficient contributions, we will have to cancel this visit.

 

Please return the permission slip to your child’s class teacher by Friday 28th February 2020. If you are unable to contribute financially please inform your child’s teacher by letter.

 

Colchester Castle ltr Feb 20

 

Newsletter – 31st January 2020

Next Friday we have a non-uniform day to raise money for Havens Hospice as part of the exciting Hares About Town art trail that starts in July. https://www.haresabouttown.co.uk/. Our Junior Governors have decided that we will also be sharing the money raised with the Lily’s ‘£1 Warriors’ Campaign which I am sure most people are aware of. Our children lead the decision making on which charities we support across the year and it’s fantastic to see how much thought they put into which causes are chosen when they are representing the views of their classmates in meetings.

 

Also next week, we will be celebrating science in school with a Science Fair on Thursday and a visit from The Science Museum on Friday who will be holding their “Out of this World” workshop with all year groups. The children will discover what it takes to become an astronaut, launch a rocket, explore the Solar System and look for alien life.

 

Year 3 have been out in our community this week visiting Westcliff library. They represented us brilliantly and had a very interesting time looking at the vast range of books held in a “proper” library.

Our Year 3&4 girls are representing us at football today at the Len Forge Centre. I had the chance to watch a couple of games this morning and they did us proud, competing well in a draw and a closely fought defeat. Good luck girls!

PTA NEWS

Discounted tickets to all available shows are currently for sale via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta . Shows currently available are Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story and The Commitments.

 

Summer Fete Raffle – The Summer Fete may seem like a long way away, however, it’ll be here before we know it! We are kindly asking for prize donations for our raffle, so if you or your employer would be kind enough to make a donation please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com. Wonderfully generous past donations have included iPhone X, iPad, £500 cash, Jaguar experience, Beatles memorabilia hamper.

 

Christmas Panto 2020 – We have secured discounted tickets for the opening show of the 2020 Christmas Panto of Peter Pan at the 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 46 times when a child arrived late to school. It really does affect the start of the day for all pupils in a class when children walk in after the lesson has begun and can certainly have a negative impact on the progress of the individual child if they are regularly missing the start of maths.  Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.

 

Dates for your diary – 2020  
Thursday 6th February 2:30pm 5CF  class assembly
Friday 7th February Non-uniform day
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

 

Swimming Gala

 

As part of our continued drive to ensure the children from Chalkwell Hall Junior School take part in lots of sporting events, we will once again be entering the swimming gala this year.  As we are lacking our own swimming pool I am writing to ask parents/carers for your assistance with identifying our more able swimmers.

 

We need you to provide us with the your child’s 25m length times so that we can identify our strongest swimmers in each stroke and organise some trials and training sessions with those children.

 

A large number of our children swim regularly with clubs such as BOSS or SOS and their times should be easy to obtain from their coaches. We also have talented swimmers who do not belong to clubs. If your child does not swim for a club but is a strong, competent swimmer and you would like to put them forward for the competition, then please fill in the information on the return slip for any of the strokes that they would like to be considered for (they don’t need to be able to do all 4!).

 

From the information received, we will select children for swimming trials and, if successful, notify parents in due course with information about the borough gala. Letters should be returned by 28th February 2020.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mrs A. Fox

 

swimming gala ltr jan 20

 

Hares About Town – Non Uniform Day

 

We are excited to announce that this Summer Chalkwell Hall Schools will be taking part in the Havens Hospice Hares About Town art trail!

 

We will be sponsoring and decorating a model of a hare which will be part of the family-friendly trail that will weave its way across Southend for nine weeks, commencing in July.

 

On the Friday 7th February 2020 we will be holding a non-school uniform day to raise money to fund this exciting project (which will raise further funds for the charity and is a fantastic opportunity for the children to display their contribution to the public) we are asking for the suggested donation of £1 for the non-uniform day.

 

Further information can be found here www.haresabouttown.co.uk. We will be sure to keep you updated on our project!

 

We are also aware of the plight of a local girl, Lily Wythe, who desperately needs to raise funds for treatment in America. We believe it is important for our school to support this local girl and therefore we have decided to share the donations raised on this non-uniform day with Lily’s ‘£1 Warriors’ Campaign. Further information regarding Lily’s story can be found here https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/lilys-one-pound-warriors-full-3759534

 

We thank you in advance for your support and generosity.