Year 6 Residential Journey in September 2020 (for current Y5!)

 

We had another really successful Year 6 residential this September and we are proposing to go away again at a similar time next year.

 

A huge advantage of going early in the year is that the children and teachers get to know each other very well on the trip and come back with strong relationships which will help academic progress throughout the rest of their time with us before moving up to secondary school.

 

I will be holding an information meeting on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 6.00pm for any parents/carers who would like to attend.

 

Please have a look online at https://www.pgl.co.uk/en-gb/adventure-holidays/centres/marchants-hill for some more details in advance of the meeting.

 

The attributes children need to be effective learners include being resilient, organised, sociable, independent and having the ability to work in a team, all of which are enhanced by such weeks.  The increase in self-confidence has helped many children in the past to make the transition to secondary school an easier process as well as having the positive impact on their studies as outlined above.

 

These centres are booked well in advance and in order to secure our place we must collect deposits by Wednesday 4th December 2019. The total cost of the week includes coach travel, full board, all the activities with provision of all equipment, a school commemorative hoodie and will be £295. We hope this will encourage many to join what has become a very popular event in the lives of children attending our school. A payment schedule is outlined below, with the final payment to be made by Friday 3rd July 2020.

 

Please see payment schedule:

 

  Amount Payable by
Deposit £55 Wednesday 4th December 2019
2nd payment £80 Friday 31st January 2020
3rd payment £80 Friday 1st May 2020
Final payment £80 Friday 3rd July 2020

 

Those children who do not wish to go will take part in a full activity week back at school, going on activities and visits such as Kids Kingdom, mini-golf, Belchamps Activity Centre and to a variety of local places of interest.  We aim to keep the cost of these local visits as low as possible, the approximate cost will be £50.  A letter with further details on this will be sent nearer the time.

If you would like your child to go on the PGL residential trip in September 2020, a non-refundable deposit of £55 will be required by 4th December 2019. Deposits will need to be made through the school’s on-line payment system, SIMs Pay and will be made available to purchase from 21st November 2019 through to 4th December 2019.  Please also complete the slip attached to the letter and return after the deposit has been paid.   Please note all instalments will be non-refundable once payment has been received by PGL.

 

All payments should be made through our on-line payment system SIMs Pay.  If you have not yet registered, please see a member of the office staff to obtain an invitation code to sign up to the system.

 

I would hate anyone to miss out because of the cost so if this is a struggle, particularly for those whose children are eligible for free school meals or pupil premium, please contact us and we will see how we can help.

PGL residential journey letter Oct 19

 

Newsletter – 11th October 2019

We will be holding our Big Sleep In on Thursday 7th November for 18 pupils chosen by their classmates.

This is our 4th year of raising money for HARP, as chosen by the children of our school. Last year, our target was £1500 and we smashed it, raising over £1800! So whether you are the one child voted by your classmates to rise to the Big Sleep In challenge at school on Thursday 7th November or you choose to raise money by hosting a sleepover in your house or garden between now and the 16th December, every penny counts! If you would like to donate, our Just Giving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chalkwell-hall-junior-school

If your child is chosen, you will receive a letter on the 14th October with full details which must be returned by Friday 18th October. A brief parent meeting will be held at 3:30pm on Tuesday 22nd October to answer any questions that you may have about the event.

Please could I take this chance to remind parents to let us know if there is a change to the usual picking up arrangements for your child as it will help speed up going home and make life a lot easier for teachers sending children home!

A reminder that the school dinner menu is on a 2 week rotation. Next week is week 1. You can find the menu here https://www.chalkwellhallinfants.co.uk/school-dinner-menu/

My last reminder is that clubs will still be going ahead next week even though parent meetings are taking place.

PGL for Years 3&4

You will have received a letter recently about the PGL trip. Please don’t try and send money in yet as the SIMS Pay system is set up to receive payments from the 24th October (the day after the meeting). There’s no rush and we will have enough places for everyone!

Sports news

Our Year 5&6 boys played against Earls Hall Primary School on Tuesday in a mini tournament. Our two teams played against their two teams and performed superbly recording 2 wins and 2 draws in the 4 matches. There was some great football on display with a few cracking goals too!

We also sent our footballers off to Milton Hall Primary yesterday and, again, they represented us brilliantly but couldn’t quite get a win on this occasion. Fantastic sportsmanship and attitudes in all games – well played team Chalkwell!

We have had the results back from last week’s huge cross country competition where 26 schools competed and we came 5th overall. Each team results were as follows:

 

Girls, Year 3 – 11th, Year 4 – 6th, Year 5 – 5th, Year 6 – 6th.

Boys, Year 3 – 11th, Year 4 – 7th, Year 5 – 1st, Year 6 – 7th.

 

A tremendous effort all round and some of our runners will be competing in the Essex finals – great work!

 

PTA NEWS

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday for Curry Night, it was lovely to see you all and hope you had a great evening. With your wonderful support we raised over £250!

Quiz Night will be held in the school dining hall on Friday 8th November at 8pm and will cost £5 per person; teams are a maximum of 8 but you don’t need a team to take part. The fabulous Clips and Pieces will be hosting the evening again, so return your slip with correct payment ASAP to guarantee your space and we look forward to spending an evening of fun and laughter with you! Letters have been sent home with children today.

 

 

Half term is just 2 weeks away, so why not buy your discounted Adventure Island tickets in advance online via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta . With the Firework Spectaculars held every Saturday night until 16th November and the Fright Fantastic Halloween Event throughout half term (Monday 28th October – Sunday 3rd November), there’s never been a better time to buy your discounted wristbands.

 

To help advertise our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 30th November from 12-4pm and raise additional much needed funds, Sorrell Estate Agents have kindly offered to supply boards and make a cash donation to the PTA for each one that goes up! If you are able to support us by having a board outside your property advertising our Christmas Fayre, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com  with your name, address and postcode.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 49 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
14th and 16th October 2019 Parent teacher consultations
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly
Monday 28th October 2019 to Friday 1st November 2019 Half term
Thursday 7th November 2019 at 2:30pm 4SR Class assembly
Thursday 14th November 2019 at 2:30pm 3OS Class assembly
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
Thursday 12th December 2019 at 2.30pm 4AB Class assembly

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Southend Food Bank

We are again collecting donations of food for Southend Foodbank to coincide with celebrating Harvest Festival and are kindly asking for donations to be brought in to school over the course of four weeks, commencing on Monday 14th October 2019 and ending on 7th November 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 – https://southend.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Rescheduled Flu Immunisation Date

 

 

The School Nurses have advised us that the new date for the flu immunisation to take place will be Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

 

The existing completed forms that have been returned still stand, so there is no need to complete new forms.  However, if things have changed in any way, or your child has now been immunised, please inform the School Nurses on 01702 220181.

 

Copies of the blank form are available in the school office.

 

 

Newsletter – 4th October 2019

Congratulations to our newly appointed Junior Governor and Eco Warrior teams. These pupils have been nominated by their peers to be the class representatives and put forward the pupil voice in lots of important matters. Our Junior Governors make important decisions on behalf of the school around fundraising activities, which charities we support and how we do that, represent us in the community and are the first point of contact for their classmates for any great ideas or concerns they may have and want to share with the rest of the school.

Our Eco Warriors take the lead in various project around school over the course of the year and help keep a check on the adults to make sure we are being as eco-friendly as we can possibly be! Well done to both teams on your nominations, we look forward to working with you this year.

 

We have set up a specific email address for the submission of homework via email (memory sticks can carry viruses so it’s best not to use them) if children need to submit it electronically rather than on paper. The address is homework@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk

Our first cross country event of the year saw all four year groups competing as teams in very competitive races with around 150 runners in each one! All year group teams performed superbly and we are awaiting the final results to see which teams make it through to the Essex finals.

 

Our Year 5 mixed football team had a great day at Chase high on Thursday. They played some great football, scored plenty of goals and came 2nd overall – well done team!

PTA NEWS

Congratulations to The 500 Club September draw winners, Rosie Willy (309), Melissa Calvy (122) and Janice Trustram (74). If you are interested in joining, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com … you’ve got to be in it to win it!

 

Meridian Kung Fu are kindly donating £15 to the PTA for every booking made for a Chalkwell Hall child, so if you are looking for a new club for your child, please contact Meridian quoting promo code CHALKH.

 

Cockle Crew are now offering teepee themed parties for children and are kindly donating 10% of each booking made for a Chalkwell Hall child to the PTA. Don’t forget to mention CHS when making a booking.

 

Southend Seafront fireworks start this Saturday 5th October and run until Saturday 16th November. You can buy your discounted Adventure Island tickets in advance online via our website www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta (select ‘shop’, then ‘uniform & merchanidise’) or from Coulson James on Leigh Broadway.

 

CURRY NIGHT will be held at the Taj Mahal next Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm and will cost £14 per person for a buffet style meal. If you haven’t returned your slips and payment, don’t worry, please just hand them in on Monday or email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com. We look forward to enjoying the evening with you.

 

We are kindly asking for raffle prize donations for our upcoming events, so if you are able to donate a prize (or know someone who may be able to, perhaps even your employer) please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 34 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97.8%

 

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Tuesday 8th October 2019 Individual Photographs
14th and 16th October 2019 Parent teacher consultations
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

PGL Activity Weekend 2020

As many of you are aware we have been running a variety of successful residential trips for many years.  Last year we had a hugely successful trip to Windmill Hill PGL Activity Centre taking over 150 Year 3 and 4 children.  We would like to offer the Year 3 and 4 children the opportunity to once again take part in this trip.  The Centre is near Hastings in East Sussex and is a great location to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

The children will have the chance to try out a variety of activities such as rafting, archery, team building and many more.  Although I would recommend the children try each activity, they are NOT compulsory and the children are not forced to do anything they don’t want to.  There is also a huge range of food available to choose from at meal times.

The skills identified for children to be effective learners include being organised, sociable, independent and having the ability to work in a team, all of which are enhanced by such residential trips.  These centres are booked well in advance and in order to secure our place we must collect deposits as soon as possible.

The total cost of the weekend which includes coach travel, full board and all the activities with provision of all equipment will be £195.  Whilst we realise this is a lot of money, we feel it is an experience of a lifetime and represents good value for this sort of trip.  The payments would need to be collected in three amounts over the next six months.

If you would like to come and hear more about this trip and ask any questions before you make a decision, we will be holding a meeting in the lower Junior hall on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at 6.00pm.

If you would like your child to go on the residential trip a non-refundable deposit of £65 will be required to secure your child’s place.  Deposits will need to be made through the school’s on-line payment system, SIMs Pay and will be made available to purchase from Thursday 24th October 2019 through to Wednesday 4th December 2019.  Please also complete the slip below and return after the deposit has been paid.   Instalment dates will be notified nearer the time.  Please note instalments will be non-refundable once payment has been received by PGL.

All payment should be made through our on-line payment system SIMs Pay.  If you have not yet registered, please see a member of the office staff to obtain an invitation code to sign up to the system.

 

Please click below for the letter and reply slip.

PGL 2020 ltr Oct 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – 27th September 2019

It has been a fairly quiet week at school with Year 6 either out on Activity Week or at Kingswood and with Year 3 visiting Thorndon Country Park on Monday.

 

Year 3 had a great time at Thorndon Country Park, where they enjoyed a range of dinosaur-themed activities. They got to build their own clay dinosaur models, measured out dinosaur footprints and calculated how many of their own footsteps it took between one dinosaur footstep.

We are expecting a very tired group of Year 6 children (and staff) home this afternoon and will post some pictures in next week’s newsletter.

 

Mr Robinson took the boys and girls Table Tennis teams to a tournament at Thorpe Hall on Wednesday. The teams played well and won several matches, but on this occasion could not quite make it through to the semi finals.

Just a reminder that we are collecting ‘Aldi’s Kit for Schools’ stickers. To obtain stickers, you need to spend £30 or more in any Aldi store on each visit; they are issued at the checkout.  If you do bring stickers in and they come through the office, please indicate if they are for Upper or Lower school.

 

We welcome volunteers in school, particularly those who can give a bit of time to help listen to children read. If you can give a bit of regular time, please get in touch with the office team.

 

We are trying to get everyone to sign up to SIMS Pay as it will dramatically improve safety and security and will reduce time spent on payment administration. If your invitation code has expired, please come into the school office and request a new code.

 

Children will shortly be bringing home Christmas card designs in time for you to purchase cards to send out to family and friends, you will be able to make payment for these cards on the SIMS Pay system, so make sure you have registered if you would like to pay on-line.  Christmas cards will be available to purchase under the ‘On-line Shop’ tab. Your support in adopting SIMS Pay would be greatly appreciated.

 

If your child isn’t attending an after school club on a particular night, please let the office staff know so that they do not spend time looking for your child.  Children who do not turn up for a club need to be located.

 

A reminder to pay dinner money in advance, preferably through SIMS Pay please.

 

Due to the school census taking place next Thursday and Universal Free School Meals for the Infant school, the dinner menu will change next Thursday to the following:

 

 

Week 1 Hot dinner choices Cold dinner choices:
·         Oven Baked Pork Sausage

·         Vegetarian Sausage

·         Baked Beans

·         Sweetcorn

·         Chipped Potatoes

·         Jacket Potato

·         High Fibre Baps/wraps

·         Cucumber Sticks

·         Cherry Tomatoes

·         Sliced Peppers

·         Carrot Sticks

·         Cheese

·         Pink Coleslaw

·         Tuna

Strawberry Jelly, Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit, Milk and Water

 

The menu on Friday 4th October 2019 will be the same as week 1, Thursday.

 

PTA News

Following the AGM we are thrilled to announce that with everyone’s hard work, support and donations we raised over a fantastic £40,000 for our schools last year! This has enabled the schools to provide brand new playground equipment for our children to enjoy as well as new science equipment and classroom resources for the junior school and an EYFS playground refurbishment for the infants. Thank you to everyone as we couldn’t do it without you!! Let’s make this year even bigger and better!!

 

We are kindly asking for raffle prize donations for our upcoming events, so if you are able to donate a prize (or know someone who may be able to, perhaps even your employer) please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

 

Congratulations to The 500 Club August draw winners, Carol Farrow (99), Keely Prince (67) and Gary Firman (255). If you are interested in joining, please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com … you’ve got to be in it to win it!

 

Ticket sales will be closing for The Woman in Black on Monday 30th September, so if you would like to see this show please urgently purchase your tickets via our events page www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta

 

We are pleased to announce that we have managed to reserve discounted tickets to THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at Cliffs Pavilion on Saturday 18th July 2020, 8pm. Tickets will cost £35 per person (normally £43 per person from the box office). To purchase your tickets, please use our PTA events website, www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta

 

CURRY NIGHT will be held at the Taj Mahal on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm and will cost £14 per person for a buffet style meal. Don’t forget to please return your slips and payment ASAP.

 

CASH4COINS collections have now started in each classroom, so please dig out your left over foreign currency from your holidays and/or any UK coins or notes to add you your child’s class collection. The class with the heaviest amount will win a prize and Cash4Coins will turn all the old, new, foreign and U.K. coins into much needed funds for our schools.

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 31 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
Friday 4th October 2019 Flu Immunisation Day
Tuesday 8th October 2019 Individual Photographs
14th and 16th October 2019 Parent teacher consultations
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly

 

 

Newsletter – 20th September 2019

Another busy week ends with Year 5 and lots of staff heading off to Brentwood Nuclear Races today. This is a fantastic team building event that we take part in at the beginning of Year 5 to help develop teamwork, communication and resilience (and also to have fun and get muddy!). It’s always a great success and I’m sure today will be just as brilliant. Pictures to follow!

On the theme of team building and developing resilience, Year 6 will be out and about all next week taking on challenges and trying new things, either locally or further afield, and we look forward to seeing what they can all achieve.

We are now collecting ‘Aldi’s Kit for Schools’ stickers, in Lower and Upper school. For each completed poster (300 stickers), we will receive a sports equipment kit and the chance to win £20,000! To obtain stickers, you need to spend £30 or more in any Aldi store on each visit; they are issued at the checkout.

We welcome volunteers in school, particularly those who can give a bit of time to help listen to children read. If you can give a bit of regular time, please get in touch with the office team.

 

PTA News

CURRY NIGHT will be held at the Taj Mahal on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm and will cost £14 per person for a buffet style meal. Letters have now been sent home so please return your slips and payment ASAP.

 

Discounted tickets to the wonderful Christmas experience ADVENTURE WONDERLAND AT ADVENTURE ISLAND are now available to buy via our events page www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta.  It’s bigger and better than ever before and only £25 each (£50 on the day). Each ticket includes 1 free adult, unlimited access to 4 Fun-tastic indoor rides, plus 5 outdoor rides (including Rage), Adventure Inside soft play, arts & crafts at the Post Office, meeting Snowie Ted, the trail through the incredible “Christmasville” grotto where you’ll get to meet the big man himself and a choice of toy from the Toy Factory!!! Adventure Wonderland is packed with Christmas magic every good boy and girl will love.

 

We are pleased to announce that we have managed to reserve discounted tickets to THE SNOWMAN at Peacock Theatre, London on Sunday 8th December, 11am. Tickets will cost £37 per person (normally £45 per person from the box office). To purchase your tickets, please use our PTA events website, www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta . These tickets are very limited and will only be available to purchase from us until 2nd October, so don’t delay and secure yours today!

 

Due to popular demand we have secured an additional date to see PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL at Piccadilly Theatre, London on Thursday 18th June 2020, 7.30pm. Tickets will cost a fabulous discounted £38 per person (normally £83 per person from the box office). To purchase your tickets for this show and all other shows, please use our PTA events website, www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta.

 

CASH4COINS collections have now started in each classroom, so please dig out your left over foreign currency from your holidays and/or any UK coins or notes to add to your child’s class collection. The class with the heaviest amount will win a prize and Cash4Coins will turn all the old, new, foreign and U.K. coins into much needed funds for our schools. Last year we raised £354.75, so let’s try to beat it!!!

 

Attendance matters

This week there were 25 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this term is 97%.

 

Dates for your diary 2019-2020  
23rd -27th September 2019 Kingswood residential trip Year 6
Friday 4th October 2019 Flu Immunisation Day
Tuesday 8th October 2019 Class Photographs
14th and 16th October 2019 Parent teacher consultations
Thursday 10th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5DS Class assembly
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 2:30pm 6RM Class assembly
Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2:30pm 5JT Class assembly