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

Holiday Club – February Half Term 2020

We are delighted to announce that our hugely popular fun filled, holiday camps are coming to Chalkwell Hall in 2020.

 

In response to demand from busy parents that are seeking good quality, affordable childcare during the school holidays we are pleased to be able to confirm that we will be operating a holiday camp at Chalkwell Hall during the February half term and provided it gets well supported, for every other school holiday period for the remainder of the academic year!  We have decided to offer our successful multi-activity days at highly competitive prices that suit the working patterns of most parents.  Times and prices are as follows:

Hours        Price
8am- 5pm Just    £22.50
9am- 3pm Just    £18.00
9am- 1pm Just    £12.00
1pm- 5pm Just    £12.00

 

Parents that book at least 2 weeks in advance will also receive a 15% discount and there is also a 15% discount for siblings too* Our provision will be open to Primary School aged children.  Children aged 5-11 can attend any time whereas 4 year olds may only attend for a maximum of four hours per day**

 

Activities for each day are weather dependant but most days will feature an energetic mix of popular sports and playground games and some more sedate arts and crafts activities.  Our accredited, experienced staff members will ensure that your child is safe and has fun whilst socialising with other children of a similar age.

 

Now is the best time to take advantage of this fantastic offer.  We only have 32 spaces available each day and these can be booked on a first come first served basis on our website using this link.  Children from other schools will be welcome but right now priority places are being offered to children of the Chalkwell Hall Schools.  Leaflets will be distributed to other local schools to fill any remaining spaces in January 2020.  So, don’t delay, book today!

https://family.premier-education.com/courses/venue/chalkwell-hall-infant-school/id/7612

 

Should you require any further information please call 01474 703300 or email northkentsouthessex@premier-education.com

 

Please note we are unable to prepare food so parents are required to provide their children with snacks, a packed lunch (no nuts or nut related products) and a non-fizzy drink in a refillable bottle.

 

*Discounts cannot be combined and only one will be applied to each booking automatically at the checkout.

** To be eligible 4 year olds must be attending school already in Reception year.

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.

 

 

Junior Christmas Bazaar

On Friday 6th December, all junior school children are invited to our annual Junior Bazaar, which is held during the school day.

 

 

There will be various stalls for the children to purchase treats for themselves and small gifts for their family and friends. Stalls will include novelty toys, stationery, crafts, decorations and sweet treats!

 

 

Items will cost between 50p and £1.50 each. Please send your child into school with their money in a named purse/wallet, together with a carrier bag for them to bring their items home.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Please don’t forget to send children in with any cake donations and their Jolly Jars by Thursday 5th December, as these are always very popular at the bazaar!!!

Newsletter – 22nd November 2019

I have had the huge privilege of being able to watch lots of different groups of our children represent school this week. We kicked off with the Year 5&6 netballers away to Thorpe Hall on Monday who performed superbly. They all played with great team spirit passing well to create lots of chances to score but couldn’t quite get the win despite dominating for large periods of the match. Well played girls, there will be plenty of victories in the near future!

Our Year 3&4 dodgeballers competed in the first ever competition for this age group and they were fantastic. They won two and lost two, coming 3rd in their group and showing some superb skills in the process.

Our Year 5&6 boys played two matches at Our Lady of Lourdes and came out victorious with 4-1 and 5-3 wins. They are also playing today at the Len Forge Centre in the annual SPSSA tournament so fingers crossed for some more wins!

To top off an amazingly successful week, our Year 5&6 girls competed in the Essex finals in Chelmsford after qualifying as runners up in the Southend competition. An incredible team effort through the group stages (winning all 5 games and not conceding a single goal), saw the team move into the final and dominate that as well to bring home the trophy as Essex Champions! Despite the freezing cold weather, the whole squad were outstanding from beginning to end. They have now qualified for the regional competition against other area champions from the South East and London.

The winning is great but what makes me even prouder is the brilliant teamwork, effort and sporting attitude that our children display when they are out representing us and showcasing their talents. Also, my thanks to the travelling fans who brave the cold to support and cheer the teams on. Well done all of you – we couldn’t be prouder!

A word from our Junior Governors

This term we have organised various charity events. The first was supporting Southend Foodbank through our harvest collections. The next was the Big Sleep Out in support of HARP, when certain children, who were voted by their classes, got to experience what it would be like to be homeless. Finally, we have supported Children in Need by everyone coming to school in non-school uniform and donating £1. We would like to say thank you to everyone for supporting our events!

 Governor news

We had a visit from one of our Governing Body members, Mrs Ford, last week: “Today I met with Mr Hanshaw to find out about children achieving a greater depth level in their work at school. It was interesting to find out how this is measured and how teachers ensure children make good progress as they move through the school. I am encouraged to hear that the school wants children working at a higher level to achieve mastery of a subject, where they not only understand what they are doing but are able to explain it to and assist their peers, making them all round great learners!”

 PTA NEWS

CAN YOU HELP?

With just 1 week to go until our Christmas Events begin, we are still looking for a few more volunteers to help with the following:

  • FAYRE SET UP (Saturday 30th November, anytime from 9am)
  • RUNNING A STALL AT THE FAYRE (Saturday 30th November, anytime between 12-4pm)
  • CLEARING UP THE FAYRE (Saturday 30th November, from 4pm)

So if you have any time to spare (even just 1 hour would be wonderful) please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com, all offers of help are greatly appreciated and without you these events wouldn’t be possible.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE – Thanks to some fabulously generous donations from parents and local companies, we have some fantastic prizes to be won this year, including an Apple iPad, £100 cash and Christmas Panto theatre tickets!!!  Tickets for the Christmas Fayre Raffle have now been sent home so please return your counter tickets, EACH with a name and contact number on the back, together with payment by Friday 29th November to be entered into the draw. If you require any more tickets these are available from the school reception.

NON-UNIFORM DONATION DAY – All children can wear non-uniform next Friday 29th November, in exchange we kindly ask for a donation of wine or chocolate for our tombolas or cakes for our cake stall at the Christmas Fayre.

LEIGH LIGHTS PLAYGROUND SALE – We will be selling glow in the dark items on Friday 29th November in the playground straight after school, so please support us and get ready for Leigh Lights!

JOLLY JARS – Please start saving your jars to kindly create Jolly Jars for the Infant & Junior Bazaars. Any clean jar can be used (such as jam, coffee, pasta sauce etc) and filled with wrapped sweets, chocolate, stickers, small toys and anything you may find in a party bag, but please NO NUTS! These are always extremely popular with children and sell out very quickly so please feel free to make a few! Please bring into school w/c 2nd December.

ADVENTURE WONDERLAND CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE – Discounted tickets are available for £25 via our website   www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta  (£50 from Adventure Island on the day). A truly magical Santa experience which also includes unlimited access to rides, soft play, crafts, a Sealife entry voucher and a child meal voucher at Clarence Yard. You do not need to confirm a date now as your ticket will be valid for any day!

MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL – We are pleased to announce that we have finally been able to reserve discounted tickets to this fabulous West End show! To secure your tickets, please purchase via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta, sales will close at midnight on Sunday 8th December.

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  
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 2:30pm 6AF Class assembly
Friday 29th November 2019 Non school uniform donation day
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.

 

Christmas Movie Night

Do you need some extra Christmas shopping time but you have to get back for the school run at 3.15pm?  Don’t worry – we are here to help!  After having run these successful events for the past two years, we will again be running a Christmas movie and hot dog night.

 

Our team of volunteers will supervise the children and screen a Christmas film to keep them entertained.  Hot dogs, popcorn and a drink will be served to keep the children’s hunger at bay!  All for a bargain price of £5.  The Christmas films on offer are listed below.  Children need to tick a first and second choice movie on the reply slip in the letter. We will endeavour to keep year groups together where possible.

 

When:               Thursday 12th December 2019              Where: Chalkwell Hall Junior School

What time:         3:15pm – 5:30pm                                 Cost:     £5

 

Spaces are limited so please return your reply slip from the letter, as soon as possible, along with payment of £5 in cash or cheque made payable to Chalkwell Hall Junior School.  Your child will not be allocated a place without correct payment and a signed permission slip. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If your child chooses a PG rated film, it will be assumed that you give your approval for your child to watch the film.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Children will exit from the Year 3 classrooms into the playground for collection.  Please look out for signs on the classroom doors on the night.

 

MOVIE 1st CHOICE 2nd CHOICE
The Grinch 2000 (PG)
Arthur Christmas (PG)
Elf (PG)
Nativity One (U)
Home Alone (PG)
Polar Express (U)
Nativity Two (U)
Christmas Chronicles (PG)

 

Christmas Movie Night Nov 19

Newsletter – 15th November 2019

 

Our book fair is on next week, Monday to Friday, so please make a little time available at the end of the day to come in and have a look in the lower hall. We’ll make sure that the children have a chance to have a look during school hours too. All proceeds go to helping us keep the library really well stocked with interesting reads!

 

We are also looking for any volunteers that might like to help out in the library itself in the period at the end of the day from 2:50pm until around 3:30pm when we have the library open for parents to visit when doing pick up. If anyone has any spare time at the end of the school day they could offer it would be very gratefully received!

 

Please find attached an updated school dinner menu – next week is week 1.

Menu -November 2019 v3

 

Sports news

Our Goalball team represented us this week in the annual tournament at Garons and did us proud. They performed really well with lots of laughs (even though it is supposed to be a silent game!) and came 4th overall – well done team!

 

 

PTA NEWS

Thank you to everyone who came to Quiz Night last Friday, another great evening hosted by Clips & Pieces. Congratulations to all the raffle winners and to the winning team The Five Finder Outers. Thank you to everyone for your support, we raised almost £800!

 

CAN YOU HELP? With just 2 weeks to go until our Christmas Events begin, we are still looking for lots of volunteers to help with the following:

  • FAYRE SET UP (Saturday 30th November, anytime from 9am)
  • RUNNING A STALL AT THE FAYRE (Saturday 30th November, anytime between 12-4pm)
  • CLEARING UP THE FAYRE (Saturday 30th November, from 4pm)
  • GROTTO DECORATION (on Sunday 1st December from 1pm)

 

So if you have any time to spare please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com, all offers of help are greatly appreciated.

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE – Thanks to some fabulously generous donations from parents and local companies, we have some fantastic prizes to be won this year, including an Apple iPad, £100 cash and Christmas Panto theatre tickets!!!  Tickets for the Christmas Fayre Raffle should be sent home tonight so please return your counter tickets, EACH with a name and contact number on the back, together with payment by Friday 29th November to be entered into the draw. If you require any more tickets these are available from the school reception.

 

CASH4COINS – Congratulations to class 4GW, who collected the heaviest amount, a huge 3kg 600g! Thank you to everyone for your support, both infants and juniors collected a massive total weight of 39kg 407g! As soon as we receive notification from Cash4coins of the amount raised we will advise.

Sales for our discounted tickets to Priscilla Queen of the Desert will close tonight, Friday 15th November, at midnight. To secure your tickets, please purchase via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta.

 

Attendance matters

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

 

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 2:30pm 4GW Class assembly
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 2:30pm 6AF Class assembly
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

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Year 5 Southchurch Hall Trip

Year 5 Southchurch Hall Trip

 

The Year 5 team have been working very hard to plan many exciting opportunities to enhance the curriculum throughout the year. Our trip this term will be to Southchurch Hall situated at the heart of Southchurch Hall Gardens, as part of our ‘Who was the real Horrid Henry?’ topic.

We have a fantastic half day planned for the children that will allow them to immerse themselves in our Tudor-based topic, especially focusing on Christmas traditions from this time. This trip will support many subjects across the Curriculum.

 

Class 5JT will be going on Friday 29th November 2019 at 9:15am, travelling by train and returning by lunchtime.

 

Class 5CF will be going on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at 9:15am, travelling by train and returning by lunchtime. This will be followed by Class 5JW at 12 noon, to return to school by home time.

 

Class 5DS will be going on Friday 6th December 2019 at 9:15am, travelling by train and returning by lunchtime. This will be followed by Class 5LR at 12 noon, to return to school by home time.

 

All children will be required to bring a healthy snack, drink of water and a packed lunch.  If your child is entitled to free school meals and requires a packed lunch provided by the school, please request this on the slip on the letter. Children will need to wear school uniform and have suitable outerwear for the weather.

The cost of the trip is £7.00, including the cost of train travel. 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, and unfortunately if we do not receive sufficient contributions, we will have to cancel this visit.  If you are unable to contribute financial, please inform your child’s teacher by letter.

 

Payment should be made through the SIMs Pay on-line payment system.  If you have forgotten your invitation code or need assistance with SIMs Pay, please see a member of the office staff.

 

We will require parental assistance on this trip, so please indicate on the reply slip if you are available or speak directly to your child’s class teacher. Any assistance offered is greatly appreciated.

 

southchurch hall ltr nov 19