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Dear All,

Welcome back to term 1 2017-18.  This is this first blog for our new school website.  Please bear with us whilst we make sure all the information you may need is here to find.  We are very excited about the new site and trust that it will be easy to navigate and find out all about the great learning and engaging activities taking place at SJM.  Have a great year, I look forward to catching up with you all over the coming weeks.

2017-04-23: New Nursery Sandpit and Play Area

WOW!  Huge THANKS go to James Maillardet and Blake Coleman for the stunning efforts they have put into moving, rebuilding and renovating our Nursery sandpit and play area.  The hours and hard work given by these wonderful gentlemen has ensured a play area the children will be delighted to explore tomorrow.  These two parents definitely demonstrated a growth mindset approach to life, learning and problem solving!  Thank you!  If you would also like to be involved in revitalising the outdoor learning environment please let us know; we will be holding a Saturday Working Party very soon - watch this space.


2017-03-26: Comic Relief

Our thanks go to everyone who was able to support our Red Nose Day Mufti on Friday.  We raised just over £200.


2017-03-05: Congratulations to the SJM Swimmers

Congratulations to the Junior Swimming Team for doing so well at the Saturday Swimming Gala yesterday - not only did the Year 5/6 team win the 4 x 25m relay, it looks like they have set a new course record.  Photo and more info to follow.  Huge thanks go to Mrs Pritchard (who supported the team all evening) and Mrs Hodey for all their help.


2017-01-31: E-Safety Assembly

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our Digital Leaders who created and led an interesting, informative assembly today about keeping safe in the electronic world.  The team focused upon protecting yourself from revealing personal information online.  The Digital Leaders also launched a competition to raise awareness about keeping safe with the closing date Tuesday 7th February.  


2017-01-20: Isaac's Art Competition 'Space'

I have been so impressed with the effort and care Isaac B has put into developing this term's Art Competition.  The theme is 'Space'.  To enter children need to bring their art work in, labelled on the back with their name, class name and title of their artwork with 50p per entry.  All work will be on display the last week of term in the Library.  All entries need to be handed in by Wednesday 1st February.  Happy Art Times!


2017-01-13: Digital Leaders!

Congratulations to our new Digital Leaders who were selected from a very big field to represent their classes as the Digital Leader.  Mr Swanson was very impressed with the level of interest, one member had already been nominated by their class teacher as Star of the Week for their IT skills and helpful attitude.  We look forward to hearing more about their work in the coming weeks.


2016-12-05: PTA Christmas Fair and Victorian Day

I am sure you will all join us in thanking Selina and the PTA for another enjoyable Christmas Fair raising £1000 for new outdoor play equipment.  

The revamped coconut shy looked stunning during the Victorian Day.  Thanks go to Niamh's parents for brightening and jazzing up this enjoyable fundraising activity and to everyone who was able to help on the day.  Your time for these events is really appreciated and the money raised enhances your children's learning experiences.  Thank you!


2016-11-02: Tudor Day

Today our Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful surprise Tudor Day.  The teachers hired fabulous Tudor costumes for the children to wear and arranged a wonderful banquet in the Main Hall.  Our thanks go to the PTA for providing the 'Wow' money for the event - it was a special day that the Upper Juniors are sure to remember.  The teachers would also like to mention Ethan G who showed thankfulness for the day - reflecting our school values.


2016-10-20: Growth Mindset Coffee Morning

WOW! What a wonderful turnout from our parents this morning for the Growth Mindset meeting.  The session was an opportunity to find out a little more about what we are doing as a school and how we can support our children (and ourselves) employ a growth mindset approach towards life and learning.  Follow-up coffee mornings will provide opportunities to share ideas, resources and ideas.  It was great to hear how many parents were already hearing their children reflecting this positive approach.  We will be reading your suggestions and feeding back to everyone further information about our school's journey and we want to hear from you too.  Our thanks to everyone who was able to attend and join in so positively. In the meantime, have a pleasant rest of the week and an enjoyable half term.


2016-10-19: Early Years Nursery Challenge

Well the day started with a big smile on our faces as Nursery and Reception sang and recited their Nursery Rhymes and songs with great enthusiasm which was a joy to see.  Thank you to everyone who came along to watch and join in!.  Mrs Welsh and Miss Hewson led the Shark Song with gusto (and great props!) and I have been humming the song all day.  The coffee morning raised just over £100 for Macmillan nurses - we know they will be very grateful for your generous contributions.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our Growth Mindset coffee morning in the Main Hall at 9am.


2016-10-06: Oliver Twist comes to SJM.

Huge thanks go to the PTA for funding the ever popular theatre company performance at SJM.  This is something the children always enjoy and it creates memories they will cherish.  Thanks also go to everyone who supports the PTA's fundraising events. We hope to show you the new spotlights in action very soon!


2016-09-08: Tour of Britain Today

Well the children (and whole school community) are getting excited about the cycling event this afternoon.  Jamie W and Lexie J have been given the opportunity to attend the awards event this Saturday and actually go on the podium so we look forward to hearing about that too.  You are welcome to join us this afternoon.  Please do not worry if you get held up by the road closures - we will look after your children until you arrive.  


2016-09-08: House Captains 2016-17

Congratulations to our new house captains who have been elected, in the spirit of democracy, by their peers: Carla, Alfie (Red House, St. George); Jodie, Vegas (Green House, St. Patrick) Ethan, Anya (Blue House, St. Andrew);Tommy and Evie (Yellow House, St. David).  We know that they will represent their houses with great care and effort.  


2016-07-21: Children's Fair

What a wonderful morning!  The children organised a fabulous fair with a wide range of stalls for everyone to enjoy.  I'm typing this with very bright orange nails thanks to Sienna-Jade and her team!  Apparently Brazil was the chosen country, Candyfloss the name of the bear and 200+ the record for 'keepie-uppies'.  Huge thanks to all the parents and grandparents who supported the event by providing prizes, resources and loose change.  Everyone had a great time and the money raised will go to charities of the children's choosing.


2016-07-21: PTA Children's Disco

Huge THANKS go to Mr Wesley Henderson-Figg who saved the day last night by stepping in to run the Children's Disco due to a last minute family emergency of the previously booked company.  It was a fun night and there was some fabulous dancing.  A special mention to Phoebe for her wonderful dancing and Chantelle too! 


2016-07-18: Year 6 Leavers

Congratulations to our fabulous Year 6 who had us laughing and crying during their final performance and Leavers' Service in the church today.  Every child reminisced through anecdotes, poems or prayers and the singing was a joyful celebration of their time at SJM.  There was hardly a dry eye in the hall last Friday either.  Thanks to Mrs Sillick for the photo show afterwards showing the children through their years at primary school.  Now it is time for the Leavers' Lunch! 


2016-06-23: Carnival Club Success

Huge congratulations to all the children, parents and staff involved in the successful Carnival Club.  The float won second place but more importantly everyone had a fabulous time.  Special thanks to Matt List who as Creative Director and float constructer did a fantastic job.  We would not have been able to do this without him and all the wonderful parents and children who worked so hard developing the float and costumes and to the extremely generous SODBURY FUELS who lent us their lorry for the carnival.  Welll done everyone!


2016-06-09: football galore

Well done to our Year 2s who took part in a Football Festival at Chipping Sodbury School yesterday.  The team: 

Isobel, Lily, Zoe, Isabelle, Layla, William, Finley, Reece, Oscar and Maxi had a great time.  Our thanks go to their team manager Miss Williams.

Congratulations also to our Football Team who won a tightly fought match against St. Pauls on Thursday.


2016-06-09: Sporting Superstars

Our school running success continues this year with an impressive 38 SJM children taking part in the recent South Glos Cross Country Events.  All our  children impressed us with their determination and perseverance.  Congratulations to: the Year 5 Girls and 4 Boys who both came third in their year groups, and Year 6 Girls who came second and Year 6 Boys who came first.  A special well done to Caitlin G and Charlie C who both came third in their year. 



Congratulations to our fabulous football team who played their first match on Thursday and won conclusively 12 - 0. It was a terrific team effort - they even shared the match report to the school on Friday.


2016-04-25: Saturday Working Party

A huge THANK YOU to all the parents, governors, staff and children who made Saturday's Working Party so successful.  As always, the day was a fun one filled with good cheer with everyone working together to make the school grounds look wonderful.  Special thanks to Mark, Ian and Tim (and children) who removed and replaced the benches in the KS2 playground.  There are a few more to replace so do not worry if your favourite spot has disappeared.  Planters were weeded, repaired, painted and sometimes removed and replaced; trees trimmed and hedges hacked.  I am sure you will agree, it all looks great.  Thanks also to all those who contribued wonderful cakes and soups to keep us going throughout the day - yum!  Our thanks from the whole school community. 


2016-04-25: PTA Family Bingo

Wow, what a fun evening!  Thank you Mrs Heritage for being such a fabulous Bingo Caller Extraordinaire and to the PTA for organising such an enjoyable event.


2016-03-24: Bug Alert

There are quite a lot of bugs going around at the moment - viruses and two cases of Scarlet Fever.  We wish our poorly children a speedy recovery.  Have a happy, healthy Easter.


2016-03-24: Engineers of the future...

Our KS1 children continue to impress us with their team work and creative and technical skills.  It has been wonderful seeing everyone working well together following their plans to make impressive model bridges.  We've had the Golden Gate Bridge made in class Discovery (which is huge!) and then, building on that, Charlie's group in Endeavour have made their own Silver Gate Bridge (you can guess what colour it is!).  It has been a real joy seeing how well our children work together and their obvious engagement in their learning.  We' will be adding photos of their bridges to the showcase soon.


2016-03-24: Mystery of the Missing Underpants Solved!

Good news!  The aliens have returned Reception's underpants!  This has been a huge relief to Miss Hewson who has had a few puzzled looks from parents recently due to the washing line of underpants across the classroom.  They were new ones by the way. 



Wow, take a moment to look at our showcase page to see photographs of some of the recent events at SJM including Miss Harris' Dance Troupe who performed to their parents last term.  

I have seen many children today for their fabulous effort and perseverance.  A huge well done to: Drew L, Theo P and Jack R for their thoughtful work in R.E. and to Reece W for his stunning homework.

Congratulations to our new house captains: Regan and Bethany (Blue, St. Andrew);  Zane and Sophie (Green, St. Patrick; Ruby and Alex (Red, St. George); and Heidi and Harrison (Yellow, St. David).


2016-02-03: Perseverance Galore!

The children of SJM continue to delight with their positive attitudes towards learning.  I have been very impressed with Years 3 and 4 and their knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians.  Ella B, Jamie W, Charlie C, Harvey Q and Katie R have been telling me all about cartouches and shadufs (I had to look up how to spell them!).   It is also fabulous to hear each week how children continue to persevere with their learning; this is a great life skill.    


2015-12-07: EYFS Christmas Performance

Today we had wonderful performances of Whoops-a-Daisy-Angel by the Reception classes and Nursery. The children sang beautifully and took part with enthusiasm and some examples of great confidence. We even had a duet by Beth and Jessica. The day concluded with the return of our Nursery children from their Christmas steam train outing so big smiles all round.


2015-11-20: Out of this World!

Wow!  The children's costumes (and adults) were wonderful!  As always, we are incredibly impressed with the effort and ingenuity that goes into the different outfits.  We've had dinosaurs, aliens in pants and other guises, Alice in Wonderland characters, Cats in Hats and trips Back to the Future!  To see the wonderful characters please join us for our 3pm Parade across the Playground.


2015-09-24: What a fabulous day!

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our 25th Anniversary Open Afternoon.  Please check out the Showcase section of the website for photographs of the day.  Huge thanks go to Mrs Britton and all the staff, governors and visitors who made the day so special.  As always our children did us proud!


2015-09-14: House Captains

Congratulations to Chloe and Mkenzy who are the House Captains for the Red Team; James and Phoebe for the Blue Team; Lloyd and Caitlin for the Green Team and Rosie and Jack for the Yellow Team.  All captains have already shown great responsibility and joyfulness in their role.  It is fabulous to see our children embodying our school values and motto: 'Valuing effort, valuing others, valuing self'.


2015-09-12: Welcome Back!

I am sure you share our delight in the rewire going to plan and the school is looking good.  As many of our children have stated, the lighting looks great and we are getting used to the new bells! 

I have also been impressed with how quickly our children have settled into their new classes and the house captains have already embraced their new roles.  Congratulations to them all.

The 25 year celebrations are due to start in a few weeks with the Open Afternoon 1:30pm-3pm on Wednesday 23rd September and Barn Dance, Friday 25th September at 7pm, as part of the events scheduled for the year.


2015-07-01: Chipping Sodbury Carnival

Well done SJM on winning the Carnival Float 2015 with the fabulous Wizard of Oz entry.  The spectacular Emerald City and stunning walking procession led by the wicked witch of the West was a sight to behold.  Huge thanks go to all the children, parents and staff who helped make the day such a success.  Special thanks go to the carnival team who spend hours constructing and making the float and costumes!  Let me know, or see Carene Whiting or Liz Ranger, if you are interested in joining the carnival committee for 2016!


2015-06-15: Lunchtime Concert.

Wow!  I have just come back from hearing our choir sing in the Town Hall (see Showcase for a photo!).  This was part of the Chipping Sodbury Festival and our children started off the musical celebration with their lunchtime concert.  Huge thanks go to our fabulous Miss Carr who has inspired and guided our children to great heights.  There will be an opportunity to hear our children sing again this week as on Friday the older children will be performing in the Combined Schools Concert in the Town Hall.  With the Carnival on Saturday and lots of events during the week, it is an exciting time at SJM!


2015-06-09: Sports Day

I am so proud of our children as they consistently show our christian values in action.  As a church school we know it is important to show 'Valuing effort, valuing others, valuing self' and, as usual, this has been apparent in so many in and out of school events recently.  During the Festival of Sport our children recognised the importance of respect (and were rather affronted when they saw examples of this not taking place!).  The Rugby team did very well coming second and the Athletics team also did well - a full report will be given on Friday.  

Huge thanks go to Mrs Judith Welsh and team for organising today's Reception and KS1 Sports Day.  Feedback from parents, staff and governors has already been positive:

'I spotted one child in particular who spent most of  the morning cheering for his team mates and watching what they were doing with 'oooooh'  if something was missed and 'yes' on success.  Also,  the children in the running races were happy and accepted not winning! The atmosphere was warm (unlike the wind) and encouraging with all taking part either with or without some support.' 


Fabulous to see our value of Humility in action!  Let's hope tomorrow's weather is equally dry for our KS2 (Junior) Sports Day.  Nursery's sports day is on Monday 15th.


2015-05-08: Netball Match Report by Lily and Fiona

This afternoon our netballers will be reporting back on their latest match.  See below for a sneak preview of their match report:


On Wednesday SJM played the Ridge in a netball match. We started off the game scoring one within a few minutes. Winning the first quarter, we went into the second quarter very positive however, that didn’t go as well as the first quarter. Losing4-1 out of the two quarters, we didn’t go into the third quarter so positive. Trying as hard as we could, it didn’t go to plan. We lost 6-2. Determined to get a goal, we played as hard as we could, it paid off. We were now only three goals away,(6-3) But they scored 3 goals in the final quarter. Then it was time, we had lost 9-3.


2015-02-26: New House Captains

Wow, the weeks are flying by and it is already halfway through the school year so time to say thank you to our old House Captains and a big welcome to our new ones.

Congratulations to Grace C and Jack S (Yellow), Danielle G and Callum R (Red), Abi B and Edward L (Blue) and Emma C and Oliver C (Green).  All these children were nominated by their peers to represent their house teams and I know they will do a fabulous job as House Captains. 


2014-12-11: Christmas Performances

WOW!  All our children have performed so wonderfully this week in their Christmas performances.  The singing across the school has been fabulous as demonstrated by the SJM Now That's What We Call Christmas CD!  I'm looking forward to hearing our choir sing with the Westerleigh Brass Band tonight.


2014-12-09: Grandparents' Day

What a fabulous morning spent with our grandparents.  The KS1 children enjoyed performing their play, the choir sang and grandparents were shown around the classrooms.  At 2pm it is the turn of KS2 to perform their dress rehearsal to grandparents and parents/carers with small children.  Exciting, it is definitely the Christmas season!


2014-12-04: Netball Match Tension

Wow, what an exciting netball match last night!  It was a thrilling match as SJM fought back from 2:0 to win 5:4.  I was so proud of how well the team played.  Wohoo, well done Team SJM!


2014-12-04: Christmas Performances

The school is filled with the wonderful sound of singing at the moment.  Today KS2 put up the stage for the first time.  I was going to put it up just with staff at lunchtime but year 6s asked to help too.  It turned out that nearly every year 6 pupil came in to help and it took no time at all.  To get us in the mood for our first KS2 rehearsal we put on the CD as we worked to find everyone spontaneously joining in with the different dances.  The atmosphere was so joyous I have been smiling ever since.  Well done Year 6, I'm so proud of your happy, positive and thoughtful approach to life.


2014-11-19: Pyjama Party

A huge thank you to the staff for hosting such a fabulous evening and a massive thank you to the PTA for making sure it was a great success with tasty cookies and hot chocolate.  Mrs Cook probably fell asleep last night counting hot chocolate cups - most of the school had turned up. As I'm sure the approximate 200 children who came back for the party will agree, it was a fabulous night.  Thanks also go to the parents who attended the SPAG workshop, this should help support your children.


2014-10-10: Wondrous Writing!

It has been fabulous hearing our children challenging themselves to use more powerful vocabulary.  They were like sponges taking on the teachers' different words to describe emotions in years 3 and 4 this week and they have been keen to use them in their writing. 

Congratulations to the children who have already achieved their Bronze Reading Award and Number Clubs.  Giles impressed us all with his reading this week.  Following on from the PTA funded theatre production of 'The Hobbit' Giles has been engrossed in the book ever since. 


2014-09-29: Harvest Service

We're looking forward to our Harvest Service this morning although I'm just going to have to dash out of school now to get something for the Food Bank (the charity we are supporting)!  Come along and join us if you are free.



Well the school council have just decided which charities to support this year and our school council secretaries are currently updating their web page and uploading the minutes.  Check out their efforts via the pupil page on the icon bar above.


2014-09-05: Stars of the Week

A big well done to all our  children who have settled back to the new school year so quickly.  We have been impressed with the quality of homework and projects completed over the summer ranging from wonderful 3D models of castles, booklets and fact files to comprehensive diaries of the holidays.  Well done also to all the children who had a go at the Summer Reading Challenge (the smelly stickers sound interesting!).  Congratulations to the Green Team who earned the most house points this week. 


2014-09-03: New House Captains

Congratulations to our new House Captains who have been elected by their peers to lead their house teams.  Well done to:  Guy McE and Lexie H (Blue); Rosie T and Ellis C (Red); Edward W and Fiona B (Yellow) and Lily G and Jacob P (Green).  We know they will lead their teams well.


2014-07-17: 100% Attendance

Congratulations to all our children who have achieved 100% over the year.  Very impressive!

Well done to:

Fiona B, John B, Philip B, AshtonB , Katherine D, Elin S-D, Channon-Marie D, Courtney D, Gabby D, Max E, Elliot F, Shay G, Jessica H, Joshua H, Grace M, Bethany P-J, Ellie P, Max R, Sebastian R, Alex R, Katie R, Emelia S, Saffron S, Chloe S, Bailee W.



The Year 5 children have had a fabulous trip and look set to arrive back on time.  Click on 'showcase' to see some photographs.  If you look at the showcase for Year 5 click to see other photos attached.  I particularly like the mystery tour!


2014-07-03: Year 5 Kilve

Children slept well.  Apparently they were ready to go to bed and went without a fuss!  Sounds like they've been busy.


2014-07-02: Kilve Year 5

Well our Year 6s have arrived home safely, looking tired but happy after having a great time at Kilve.  The 'messy cabin' raised their game to pass the room inspection so that's good news too! 

Year 5 arrived safely and were quick to get involved in the activities and join in the lunchtime football match.  After being rather quiet waiting for the coach this morning, it sounds like they are happily settled.


2014-07-01: Kilve Day 1.

The children had a great time on the steam train and arrived safely at Kilve.  There they settled quickly in the cabins and enjoyed having two activities.  After being well fed they finished the evening with team games.  Sounds like they are having a lot of fun!


2014-06-30: Kilve Trip

Well our Year 6s have arrived safely at Kilve after their trip on a steam train and visit to the beach.  Not a bad way to start their adventure.  Apparently no buckets were used on the journey so everyone travelled well!  The weather forecast also looks promising for them so it should be a good trip.



Well we are all getting very excited about the Carnival tomorrow.  A huge thank you to Carene and Sue who have been putting in a tremendous effort with their team of children and fellow helpers (thanks Sam and Anne-Marie, Lucy and Co.) to get the float completed.  We would not have a float without the amazing skills and efforts of Mr Hayes and Bill so thanks to them too. Come along to watch the procession tomorrow to find out what Disney theme we picked.  It's also going to be an exciting evening with some of our choir and orchestra performing in the Town Hall as part of the Cotswold Cluster Schools Musical Extravaganza.  On top of two sports days, various visits and visitors to reception, meeting our new reception children, singing in the Town Hall, taking part in Festival events, puppet shows for year 5, book illustrator talks for year 2 among some of the events and activities happening this week it has been a fun and rather busy 5 days!


2014-06-18: Sports Days

What fabulous sports days we have had for all key stages.  We were lucky on all three days with the weather and there was a wonderful atmosphere for each of the events.  Well done to our Nursery Dads who took part in the obstacle race with good cheer and great gusto.  Congratulations to the all the teams for your great efforts and positive team spirit.  A special thank you to the PTA for organizing the refreshments.


2014-06-09: Collective Worship

Huge thanks go to our fabulous house captains who performed a play in collective worship today all about respecting others.  The mayor, his wife and dignitaries were hilarious!  Well done Frank and Ernest - I am hope we learn, like them, to show respect for others.

Our house captains are:

Jamie G and Katie B (blue), Billie G and Max E (yellow), Holly M and Miles W (red) and Axel and Robyn (green).


2014-04-25: Stars of the Week

This term our value is perseverance and this was shown clearly today in our Celebrations Assembly.  All our Stars of the Week were nominated for persistently trying hard in all that they do and as a result they are making great progress.  Well done to our Reception Stars of the Week:  James, Patrick, Liam, Lily, Daisy and Alfie; the children have impressed Miss Dolan and Mrs Welsh with their great use of connectives and enthusiastic Talk for Writing.  To find out more about this all Reception parents and carers are warmly invited into class on Weds 30th April.  Congratulations to Jemima, Demi Ma, Leo, Eleanor, Zane, Callum G, Ellis, Calum, Ayesha, Cole, Scott, Guy, Miles, Charlotte, Ryan, Seren, Florence, Joshua Sa, Isabelle F, Elliott, Lexie, Lucy, Daniel who were also our Stars of the Week.  Keep persevering everyone - we are very proud of your hard work and great effort. 



A big well done to our new House Captains who have taken over from the previous fabulous Captains almost seamlessly.  A huge thank you to  Reece's dad (and family ) for fitting our new bird box and camera.  We look forward to seeing little visitors soon.


2014-03-28: Bunny Bingo

Huge thanks to the PTA for hosting such an enjoyable evening and special thanks go to Mr Paul Robins for being such a fabulous caller.  I am sure everyone who attended would agree, it was a great night.  It almost made up for having to miss our children singing at the Bath Forum, an opportunity I am sure they will all cherish and remember. 


On Monday it's our Easter Service so we look forward to seeing you if you are free to join us.


2014-01-13: Stars of the Week.

Happy New Year!  It is wonderful to see our children coming back to school enthusiastic and raring to go.  A special big well done to our Stars of the Week: Ellis and Courtney for good effort with their learning; Tate, Jess, Madison and Oliver for fabulous homework and great presentation; Ryan and Jensen for applying their VCOP skills to their writing; Callum for being all round great!  Phoebe for effort and kindness, Alfie, Melissa, Jonathan, Caitlin, Ciaran, Abi, Evie Daniel, Elin and Sebastian for great effort in subjects such as reading, maths, homework, behaviour  and attitude.  WELL DONE!


2013-12-11: Christmas performances

I am so proud of our children.  What wonderful singing and performances from all our key stages this week.  Reception and Nursery started the Christmas spirit off with 'Humph the Camel' and KS1 performed 'Born in a Barn' with great gusto too.  The choir, Reception and KS2 sang joyfully to our special grandparents yesterday and tomorrow the Juniors will be performing their Christmas production.  Thank you for your positive support and wonderful feedback.  We are proud of your children too!


2013-11-18: Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week:

Cameron, Theo, Chloe for all round progress especially in reading; Sienna and Philippa for good focusing and participation and to Alyssa and Elliot for great maths working hard on place value and inverse maths respectively.  A big well done to Jemma for her effort with her presentation and to Evie for trying her best.  Regan was celebrated for settling well at his new school and the effort he had made with his literacy.  Wren, William C-H and Dean were celebrated for their maths, Jack, Chloe Giles and Brandon for their great work in literacy; Lexie, Carolyn and Liam for fabulous writing and homework; Sammy and Cassie for their hard work and Katie B for her helpfulness.  Well done everyone!


2013-10-21: Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week:

Jessica, Erin, Lucy, Lillie May H, Elena, Shannon, Callum, Jessie, Oscar Anya, Sian, Reuben and Liam P for their great efforts.  Also to Maddie, Jack and Isaac for their great homework; Poppy, Ellis, Dean, Lily G and Holly for their positive attitude to learning and to Lily Mach, Callum G and Chloe W for such improved work and good presentation.

On Thursday our Risk Assessment Team carried out a health and safety audit of the school.  The children will be feeding back their findings on Monday.  They were very thorough apparently so watch this space!  Congratulations to our Year 6 voulunteers- parents have been very impressed with your tour guides.


2013-10-16: Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our wonderful Stars of the Week.  We had a lot of children nominated this week for great effort and perseverance in particular some great maths work.  Well done to our maths stars: Wren, Zane, Shay, Jensen, Philippa and Alfie.  Congratulations also to Jimmy (work and handwriting), William (using great wow words), Matthew and Rosalia (reading) , Madison (attitude to learning), Cayden, Aaron, Joshua and Dion (for their writing), Miles (effort and presentation), Mason and Vegas(enthusiasm, helpfulness and maturity), Cole, Abi R and Chloe W (good effort and perseverance), Abi B (good homework), and Oliver (completing his targets).  Well done to everyone!


Thanks to all the parents and carers who attended the KS1 Maths Workshop.  It was a very popular event.  Please give us your feedback during parents' evenings so we continue to support you in your child's learning.


2013-10-01: Stars of the Week

It's been a great week.  I've been so impressed with how well the school councillors have taken to their responsibilities, in particular the school council secretaries who have been writing fabulous minutes.  Watch out for them being put on the website soon via the children's page.  

Stars of the Week: 

Tyler, Sebastian H , Lily, Andrew S, Philip B, Florence S, Lexie, Ian, Elliot B, Paige, Jemima, Amman, Phoebe, Mckenzy, Carla, Maddie, Callum H, Giles, Carolyn P, Jacob P, Reuben F, Dean M, Thomas C and Chloe J.  Many children were nominated for their great effort, perseverance and also showing true friendship to others.  Well done stars!


2013-09-13: Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our stars of the week who have impressed us with all their hard work, perseverance and positive attitude to learning and each other:  Dawson, Lucy R, Vegas, Armela, Ben, Katie R, Cerys, Joshua H, Ellie-Mae, Laura, John, Lennon, Robyn, Liam D, Katie D, Isobel, Joshua G, Sol, James D, Megan B, Alex, William C, Joe, William L, Charlie H and Rosie T.


2013-09-04: House Captains 2013

Congratulations to our new House Captains:  Katie Mc and Reuben F (Yellow); Brandon J and Adele W (Green); Jenson F and Poppy S (Red) and Charlotte M and Isaac H (Blue).  I am sure you will be wonderful ambassadors for the school.


2013-06-12: Year 6 etc...

Wow, this term is a busy one.  Year 6 are learning great organisational skills from fundraising for their end of term trip.  They are also learning to wash cars and the important skill of getting more water on the vehicle than themselves (this is a work in progress- as evidenced by the photo on showcase!).  I have been impressed with their increasing ability to coordinate events and their homebaking is a delight to sample.  I am going to have to do a lot more running after buying all these cakes!  The next cake sale is this afternoon outside the Orange Hall.

Well done to our Stars of the Week:

Charlie, Jamie, Callum R, Alfie, Callum G, Jamie, Isaac, Scott, Josh, Rowan, Matthew, Edward, Grace, Megan, Evie, Lloyd, Ryan, Joseph, Hollly, Poppy, James, Alex, Danielle, Fiona, Max, Elena, Charlie Hi.   All these children were nominated by their teachers for being fabulous.  This includes showing great effort with their work, kindness, generosity, care with their work (especially presentation) and doing the right thing. Well done!


2013-05-03: A busy Friday...

Check out the School Council page via Pupils link (see above) to read the latest school council minutes.  Well done Sam F and Thomas P-J, Council Secretaries, for doing this.  We have had a fabulous day meeting Anne and Doreen, the Head Teacher and Deputy Head of Hosanna School, Uganda today.  Ask your children all about it.


2013-04-24: Stars of the Week

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week:  Ian, Charlie, Elena, Jessie, Evie, Amman, Alfie, Ellie, Jemma, Jonathan, Jack B, Cassie, Bailee, Jacob, Edward, Cami, Cole, Mason, Katie, Hayden, Joseph, Charlotte, Macey and Tom.  Well done to all these children for being so fabulous through hard work, perseverance and a positive attitude. 


2013-04-24: Recycling: Request for Items

Mr Barker's Green Power club is doing wonderfully but now they need your help.  If you have any clean, empty drink cans (non-alcoholic only) please send them into class Sputnik; thank you.


Miss Dolan is also planning exciting things with clean and empty plastic 4 or 6 pint milk bottles.  If they have any left over the rest will be donated to the PTA.  Please send donations of these items into the Reception classes Apollo and Atlantis.


And finally, the Carnival club would appreciate any large pieces of cardboard, wood etc. 

So, lots of opportunities to recycle your clean, waste items!  Thank you.



Well the term started with a WOW- our thanks go to the PTA for supporting the Year 3 and 4 circus skills event.  More info will be in the newsletter this week. 

Congratulations to our stars of the week: Ellis, Charlie C and Sienna-Jade for their great musical composition.  This was beautifully conduced by Ellis and performed by Charlie and Sienna-Jade.  Well done to John, Millie, Ellie M, Cayden, Ashton, Max R, Seth, Jemma S, Charlie B, Kacey W, Laura W, Dean, Scott, Courtney, Sol, Giles, Alex R, James D, Fiona, Candia and Shay.  Children were nominated for a range of subjects and values but mostly for perseverance, behaviour and effort.  Great progress has been seen in children who are concentrating harder with their learning at home and at school.  Fabulous!



Whoops!  I seem to have lost the last blog which outlined our recent football match against Raysfield Juniors and listed our fabulous stars of the week.  Just to recap (in case I don't find it) SJM won 1-0 against Raysfield.  It was a very good game as both teams and spectators agreed. 

Stars of the week for this term will have a particular focus on children who make great progress and show good effort with the presentation of their work.  This is in addition to demonstrating the school's motto of 'Valuing Effort, Valuing Others and Valuing Self' and reflecting school values.



Well Term 3 flew by.  Our Stars of the Week were:  James D, Armella B, Callum R, Sammy H, Kane P, Adele W, Liam D, Sol WH, Matthew D, Josh O, Jemma S, Grace M, Sam F, Emma B, Joe M, Casey M, Megan C, Lisa B, Philip B and Oscar N.  All these children were nominated for their great effort, hard work and positive attitude.  Well done!

Thanks to all the parents, governors, staff and children who came to help during our Saturday Gardening Working Party.  The day, despite being wet, was a positive one.  A corridor got painted, trees pruned, gardens and reception area tidied and planted.  Sarah worked her magic looking after everyone (the cakes were delicious). I am sure everyone will notice the difference on Monday.   Look out for our next Working Party in May.



Our thanks go to the UKS2 teachers for hosting such a positive Literacy workshop on Friday and to all the parents, carers and grandparents who attended.  It was wonderful to see everyone working together and we hope the morning was a positive, informative one for you all.  It was fabulous to see the hall packed and your children were delighted to see, and work with you. 

Congratulations to last Friday's Stars of the Week: Charlie and Levelle for great maths; Luke for fabulous listening.  Also Taite, Joe, James, Ryan, Kacey, Anya, Isaac C, Tom L, James L, Adele, Kate, Caroline, Guy, Liam P, Kate, Jemma, Carla, Aaron, Nathan, Abby and Tommy.  Qualities demonstrated included great perseverance, hard work and great effort as well as helpfulness and being ready to learn.  WELL DONE!



WELL DONE STARS OF THE WEEK: Luke, Abigail, Harvey, Tiffany, Jack, Danielle, Chloe, Scott, Axel, Zack, Charlotte, Tilly, Max, Rowan, William, Leon,Grace, Ellie, Ellie B, Lucy, Maya, Jemma, Cerys, Jess and Sian.  All these children have shown a great attitude and all round positive approach to learning.  Well done.



Well done to everyone for such a good start back at school and for continuing your great attitude, hard work and positive approach to learning into 2013.  A special well done to all those children who gained the Head Teacher's Award for demonstrating great effort, progress and school values: Mason D, Axel H, Robyn B, John B, Edward L, William H, Katie S, Leon S, Charlie C, Cerys T, Skye J, Billie G, Ellie P, Reuben A, Alfie B, Alfie D, Tilly E, Grace M, Thomas P-J, Niamh R, Elis H, Harry A, William C, Elena H.

Congratulations to Mr Swanson on the birth of his baby son, Theo.


2013-01-09: Term 3

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a pleasant Christmas holidays.  It was lovely seeing everyone back at school yesterday- well nearly everyone- we do have a case of chicken pox doing the rounds in Reception at the moment.  A special welcome to our new children too.  The school football club run by Mr Swanson and Mr Barker will commence later in the term with some new fixtures, as will Netball.  Sports First clubs are all back and running this week.


2012-12-21: Last Day of Term

Today our children had the treat of watching a staff panto (oh yes they did).   Thanks go to Sian, our PCSO, who came in to deal with issue of Emperor Cowell who was not demonstrating the Christmas spirit!

Congratulations to Fiona B, Courtney D and Lily C for winning the PTA colouring competition. 

Best wishes to you all.  We wish you a happy and healthy 2013.


2012-12-14: Christmas performances etc.

What a busy fortnight!  The children's performances were wonderful with great singing, acting and audience participation.  After school we have our PTA Christmas Fayre and the school is full of delicious looking cakes we are showing great restraint over.  Thank you for your generosity supporting this important fund raising event.  The money is going towards the replacement play flooring and WOW events so thank you!

Stars of the Week:  Charlie H (kindness), Cayden (great reading), Ashton (great behaviour), Ciaran (good thinking), Matthew (consistently great effort), Alexander, Ellie-Mae (working hard), Paige (reading), Jamie (perseverance especially with handwriting), Maya (great work), Jemima (kind and caring), Reuben (history expert), Scott (musical expertise), Jodie (good computer work), Cami (courage performing in the play), whole of year 6 but a special mention to Charlotte (work), Charlie (listening well resulting in great progress in maths), Ciara (always delightfully polite), Ayesha (spellings), Abi (perseverance and positive attitude), Grace (singing), Jonathan (effort), Finlay and Bethany (great participation in the Christmas performance), Dean (great writing), Hayden (rapping and writing!)and Sam (effort and always getting on well with others). 



What a fabulous book week.  I hope you all enjoyed the Pyjama Party- it was well attended and had a great atmosphere.  Special thanks to the PTA for the yummy cookies and hot chocolate.  A huge well done to all our children for doing so well with their reading- perserverance and a positive attitude pays off.  A special well done to our Stars of the Week who were all nominated for their reading: Cami, Hayden, Oliver, Anya K, Bethany, Kayleigh, Charlie, Cerys and William. 


Thanks also go to all parents and carers for such great costumes on Friday.  One of the best range of book characters we have ever had.  See the newsletter on Thursday for more details.


2012-11-12: Stars of the Week

Congratulations to all the children who achieved the Head Teacher's Award on Friday:

Harvey, Seren, Cayden, Fiona, Caitlin, James, Appoline, Ella, Jess, Nida, Laura, Kathryn, Sol, Reuben, Katie, Drew, Max, Taylor, Evie, Jessica, Jack, Kacey D, Maya and Sammy.  The children demonstrated great effort, a positive attitude to learning and friendship to others.  Well done Stars of the Week!


Well done to Isaac, Hayden, Adele, Jessica and Poppy for their efforts in the cross country race recently.  A special well done to Isaac who came 3rd in the county for his age.

On Weds 14th Sian PCSO will be available in the afternoon to security mark scooters and bicycles.


Christmas is definitely on its way- we started our first run through of the KS2 script during a rather wet lunchtime today.  It's amazing how quiet year 6 can be when they need to be loud!