Newsletter: 26 May 2011

Headteacher’s Comments

204 children and 32 adults were safely returned from The Tower of London yesterday.  Thank you for getting to your child to school extra early, it made a huge difference.  We were all inside the Tower by 10am and had a fantastic 5 hours mooching around and learning lots.  At the end of the day a lady approached me to say how well behaved the children were.  I have a lot of tired, but extremely happy children and adults around school today.

I already have a few ideas where to take the children on our whole school trip next year, but if you or your child has an idea, please return the slip at the bottom of the page.  It is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year so any ideas with a ‘Royal’ theme would be appreciated.

I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to Devon Beach in Miss Gordon/ Mrs Tysterman’s class.  He is moving down to Cornwall.  Good luck in your new school, Devon.

Whole School Photograph

As last year, at the end of our visit yesterday we had a whole school photograph taken.  If you would like to purchase the photograph (9” by 6”), please return the slip at the bottom of the page.  The cost is £3.

Achievements

The week started off well.  I had three year six children, Peter Bird, Melissa Zerman and Lily McManus, come to me.  They wrote an excellent diary entry pretending to be Macbeth.  Ceylan Corakkum and Victoria Fry from Ms Stafford’s class finished off my week with a smile, because they had been rewarded with a green card today.  Also, well done to Albie Paris who has become the first year three pupil this year to become a times table tester.

Attendance

Well done to Ms Stafford’s class who had the best attendance last week and are ‘jumping the queue’ this week!

Sports Day

As you know our Sports Day this year is on the 29th June starting at 9.15. On the same day we have a special school dinner which is ‘Wimbledon’; to link our special days together we are going to change from our usual coloured t-shirts to wearing sports wear of a particular sport. Your child will be given a team on Thursday 26th May, please can you unsure your child has either the colour given or the kit suggest for their team by the 29th June. The teams are as follows:

Football                        Football shirt or red t-shirt

Tennis                          All white or white t shirt

Volleyball                     Beachwear or yellow t shirt

Runner                         Vest top with a number on or green t-shirt

We hope that this will make the morning even more exciting and competitive for the children.

Tesco Vouchers

Mr Pacitto has been busy counting all the vouchers.  Please check in your wallets, shopping bags and down the back of the sofa for any remaining vouchers and return them to school by Friday 10 June.

INSET Day

This is just a reminder that school is closed tomorrow (Friday 27 May) due to a staff INSET day.

First day back

We return on Monday 6 June.  The bell will go at the usual time of 8:45am.

Dates for your diary

Fri 27 May                               No School – INSET day

Mon 30 May- Fri 3 June          Half Term

Mon 6 June                              Back to School

Tues 7 June                              PTA Meeting 9:00am

Tues 21 June                            Open Evening 5-7pm

Fri 24 June                               Transition day (Children meet their new class teacher)

Mon 27 June                            Sports Day (if fine) 9:30am

Fri 1 July                                  Sports day (Reserve) 9:30am

Mon 4 July                               District Sports (Field Events)

Thurs 7 July                              District Sports (Track Events)

Mon 11 July- Tues 12 July        Year 6 Residential

Tues 19 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (2pm)

Wed 20 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (5pm)

Thurs 21 July                            Last day of term

Wed 7 September                    Return to school

Fri 21 October                         Break up for half term

Tues 1 November                     Return to school

Fri 16 December                      Break up from school

Tuesday 3 January 2012           Return to school

Friday 10 February                   Break up from school

Monday 20 February                Return to school

Fri 30 March                            Break up from school

Mon 16 April                           Return to school

Mon 7 May                              Bank Holiday

Thurs 31 May                           Break up from school

Mon 11 June                            Return to school

Fri 20 July 2012                       Break up from school

Newsletter: 20 May 2011

Headteacher’s Comments

You may have noticed that this newsletter is on different coloured paper.  This was one of the many suggestions made by parents who attended the coffee mornings this week.  Thank you to everyone who attended; I hope you found them useful.  I know Ms Cromwell, Mrs Ferris and I did and we will be looking at all your comments over the next few weeks.

Achievements

There must have been something in the water on Tuesday.  I had 11 children sent to me from Miss Gordon’s class because they had worked so hard in their guided reading group.  This was quickly followed by Aaliyah Margetson and Megan Doherty (Miss Gibbs’s Class) who had been working hard in their maths lesson.  Then Amber Brooks, Victoria Fry and Mai-Lei Chan (Ms Stafford’s Class) brought their literacy work to show me.  Well done to everyone who received green cards this week!

Attendance

Well done to Mrs Sach and Mrs Chapman’s classes for a perfect 100% attendance this week.  Mrs Sach’s class won Percy because fewer children were late.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

I am setting up a Parent Teacher Association to help with fundraising at our school.  I am hosting our first meeting on Tuesday 7 June at 9:00am in the school dining room.  If you would like to attend please let the school office know.

Mr Woollcott’s 10km Run

Thank you for all your words of encouragement and sponsorship.  I managed to get round the course (running all the way) in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 51 seconds.  Altogether I have raised over £450 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Drink Stall

During Monday playtime the Year 6 children will be making and selling drinks/smoothies at 50p each.

Whole School trip

This is just a reminder that we will be leaving school at 8:30am prompt on Wednesday and not returning until 5pm.  Please make sure your child is on time and in full school uniform (packed lunches should be in their black school bag).  If you have not already done so, please complete the permission slip and bring in the £10.  I have put a slip at the bottom of the page.  Please make sure your child has their medication (named) in school on the day.

 There will be an opportunity to visit the Tower of London shop.  If you would like your child to buy something, please provide them with no more than £3.

INSET Day

This is just a reminder that next week school is closed on Friday 27 May due to an INSET day.  We return on Monday 6 June.

Dates for your diary

Mon 23 May                            Fundraising Fashion Show

Wed 25 May                            Whole School Trip to the ‘Tower of London’ 8:30am to 5:00pm

Fri 27 May                               No School – INSET day

Mon 30 May- Fri 3 June          Half Term

Mon 6 June                              Back to School

Tues 7 June                              PTA Meeting 9:00am

Tues 21 June                            Open Evening 5-7pm

Fri 24 June                               Transition day (Children meet their new class teacher)

Mon 27 June                            Sports Day (if fine) 9:30am

Fri 1 July                                  Sports day (Reserve) 9:30am

Mon 4 July                               District Sports (Field Events)

Thurs 7 July                              District Sports (Track Events)

Mon 11 July- Tues 12 July        Year 6 Residential

Tues 19 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (2pm)

Wed 20 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (5pm)

Thurs 21 July                            Last day of term

Wed 7 September                    Return to school

Fri 21 October                         Break up for half term

Tues 1 November                     Return to school

Fri 16 December                      Break up from school

Tuesday 3 January 2012           Return to school

Friday 10 February                   Break up from school

Monday 20 February                Return to school

Fri 30 March                            Break up from school

Mon 16 April                           Return to school

Mon 7 May                              Bank Holiday

Thurs 31 May                           Break up from school

Mon 11 June                            Return to school

Fri 20 July                                Break up from school

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Dear Mr Woollcott,

 

I give permission for my child _________________________ to attend the whole school trip to The Tower of London on Wednesday 25 May 2011.  I enclose £10 towards the cost of the trip.

 

Signed ___________________________

Newsletter: 13 May 2011

Headteacher’s Comments

What a load of rubbish!  That is what I have been sent this week.  Children from year three have been busy with junk modelling and costumes made out of junk.  Some great work has been produced.

A big thank you to all the children and parents who have supported our recent drive to improve uniform.  The small change has made a huge difference and the children look very smart.  Over the next couple of weeks, please make sure that you replace any of your children’s uniform to comply with the school’s uniform policy.

Achievements

Tuesday saw 6 children from Ms Stafford’s class visit me who had received a green card throughout the day.  Well done to Cole McFadyen, Teddy White, Kasey Lane, Cameron Gilder, Theodora Shiakallis and Sophie Lewis.  Sian Coleman-Adu (Miss Gibbs’s Class) was sent to me because she had completed some beautifully presented work during Mrs Dean’s science lesson.  Sam Richards (Miss Smith’s Class) visited me this morning because he has been ‘knuckling down’ and working hard.

Attendance

We have another class who achieved 100% last week.  Well done Mrs Sach’s class!

Mud

You may have seen me on ‘mud duty’ this week.  Last Friday I received a complaint and a bag full of mud from our neighbour.  Children throughout the day, including after school, have been throwing the mud over the fence and on one occasion hit our neighbour.  I have spoken to all the children in an assembly about this, but I am asking parents with smaller children to make sure they keep away from our neighbour’s fence while they are waiting for brothers and sisters after school.

Coffee Mornings

This is a quick reminder that I will be holding coffee mornings next week for parents to come and hear how I would like to move the school forward.  Please join Ms Cromwell, Mrs Ferris and myself in the school’s dining room at 9:00am.

Assembly

Today we shared an assembly with the Infant’s school.  I know all the children involved really enjoyed themselves and it was great to be introduced to the children who will one day be at our school.  We are intending to repeat the assemblies next term!

Mr Woollcott’s 10km Run

Well I managed to run 10km on Monday night, so I should be able to make it around Manchester on Sunday.  Watch out for me on the TV, I won’t be next to Mo Farrah, but I will be there!  If you would still like to sponsor me then return the slip at the bottom of the page or visit www.justgiving.com/neil-woollcott.

Year 6 SATs

Well, the week is over.  Well done to all the year six children, teachers and learning assistants who have worked so hard this week.  After the tests, the papers were sealed in an envelope and sent to be marked.  We should get the results back by the beginning of July.

Whole School trip

Only half the children in our school have returned their slip and money for school trip.  If you haven’t already done so, please return the slip and money by next Friday.  If you have any questions or have problems with paying, please come and speak with me.

Next Year Term dates

I can now confirm the term dates for next year.  The children return to school on Wednesday 7 September.  The rest of the school dates are below.  (Please note that the summer half term is later due to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations).

Dates for your diary

Sun 15 May                             Mr Woollcott’s 10km run

Tues 17 May                            Coffee Morning for Year 3 Parents 9:00am in Dining Room

Wed 18 May                            Coffee Morning for Year 4 Parents 9:00am in Dining Room

Thurs 19 May                           Coffee Morning for Year 5 Parents 9:00am in Dining Room

Fri 20 May                               Coffee Morning for Year 6 Parents 9:00am in Dining Room

Mon 23 May                            Fundraising Fashion Show

Wed 25 May                            Whole School Trip to the ‘Tower of London’ 8:30am to 5:00pm

Fri 27 May                               No School- INSET day

Mon 30 May- Fri 3 June          Half Term

Mon 6 June                              Back to School

Tuesday 21 June                       Open Evening 5-7pm

Fri 24 June                               Transition day (Children meet their new class teacher)

Mon 27 June                            Sports Day (if fine) 9:30am

Fri 1 July                                  Sports day (Reserve) 9:30am

Mon 11 July- Tues 12 July        Year 6 Residential

Tues 19 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (2pm)

Wed 20 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (5pm)

Thurs 21 July                            Last day of term

Wed 7 September                    Return to school

Fri 21 October                         Break up for half term

Tues 1 November                     Return to school

Fri 16 December                      Break up from school

Tuesday 3 January                    Return to school

Friday 10 February                   Break up from school

Monday 20 February                Return to school

Fri 30 March                            Break up from school

Mon 16 April                           Return to school

Mon 7 May                              Bank Holiday

Thurs 31 May                           Break up from school

Mon 11 June                            Return to school

Fri 20 July                                Break up from school

Newsletter: 6 May 2011

Headteacher’s Comments

I could get used to these long weekends.  I am a bit nervous as I not sure how I will cope with having to work for the full 5 days next week!

Classes have been busy launching this term’s themes.  Year 3 are starting their topic on the Olympic Games, Year 4 are studying India, Year 5 are contrasting Waltham Abbey with Hastings and Year 6 (after SATs) will be launching their topic on Shakespeare.

Achievements

Tommy Watson (Mrs Sach’s Class) took Percy home over the weekend.  Natalia (Miss Gibb’s class) visited me this week because she has been working extremely hard in her maths lessons.  Megan Woodward (Mrs Chapman’s Class) also visited me this week because she had been rewarded a Green Card for completing some extra homework about the Royal Wedding.  Albie Paris (Miss Gordon/ Mrs Tsyterman’s Class) is the latest year three child to learn all of his times tables and start learning his platinum awards.  I have also had visits from another 10 children too.  Well done to everyone!

Attendance

The class with the best attendance last week was Miss Smith’s with 100%.

Dinner money

This is just a reminder that school dinners now cost £1.90 per day, £9.50 for all week.

School Website

The school website has been suffering problems recently.  Everything is now working.  Stay updated by visiting www.lps.myschools.net.  I also post a copy of the newsletter up on the website.

Come Dine with Me

Those of you watching TV on the day of the Royal Wedding may have spotted a familiar face on our screens.  Isaac and Rebecca Hamilton’s mum hosted a street party and won the competition.  Congratulations!

Mr Woollcott’s 10km Run

Thank you to all who have sponsored me.  Training is progressing and I am hoping to do a trial 10km run on Monday.  There is still time to sponsor me, just return the slip at the bottom of the page or visit www.justgiving.com/neil-woollcott.

Year 6 SATs

Good luck to all the year six pupils who are sitting their SATs next week.  Early to bed and a good breakfast will ensure that everyone is alert for the week ahead.

Whole School trip

You should have received details about the whole school trip to The Tower of London on Wednesday 25 May.  Please return the slip and payment of £10 as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions or have problems with paying, please come and speak with me.

Dates for your diary

Mon 9 May to 12 May Year 6 SAT Tests

Sun 15 May                             Mr Woollcott’s 10km run

Tues 17 May                            Coffee Morning for Year 3 Parents 9:00am in Dining Room

Wed 18 May                            Coffee Morning for Year 4 Parents 9:00am in Dining Room

Thurs 19 May                           Coffee Morning for Year 5 Parents 9:00am in Dining Room

Fri 20 May                               Coffee Morning for Year 6 Parents 9:00am in Dining Room

Mon 23 May                            Fundraising Fashion Show

Wed 25 May                            Whole School Trip to the ‘Tower of London’ 8:30am to 5:00pm

Fri 27 May                               No School- INSET day

Mon 30 May- Fri 3 June          Half Term

Mon 6 June                              Back to School

Tuesday 21 June                       Open Evening 5-7pm

Fri 24 June                               Transition day (Children meet their new class teacher)

Mon 27 June                            Sports Day (if fine) 9:30am

Fri 1 July                                  Sports day (Reserve) 9:30am

Mon 11 July- Tues 12 July        Year 6 Residential

Tues 19 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (2pm)

Wed 20 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (5pm)

Thurs 21 July                            Last day of term

Newsletter: 28 April 2011

Headteacher’s Comments

As I told the children in assembly on Monday, I am proud to become headteacher of the Junior School and I look forward to working with everyone to help move the school forward.  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs Chapman, our new year-4 teacher and Ms Cromwell, our new Deputy Headteacher to our school.  Along with the rest of the staff, we have a strong team in place to continue to move the school forward.

Although only a three day week, it has certainly been an extremely busy one!  The highlight of the week was the ‘Street Party’ lunch held today.  Bunting, sandwiches and music, now that is what I call a party!

Whatever you are doing this weekend, whether celebrating the Royal wedding or taking this opportunity to spend more time as a family, I hope you have an enjoyable long bank holiday weekend.

Behaviour

During the last half term 47 children received more than 3 Green cards.  Parents of these children should have received a post card congratulating their child on this well-deserved achievement.

Attendance

Before we broke up the following children received a certificate for having 100% (being in school every day) attendance: Tim Akpuda, Samantha Burton, Cody Cassar, Millie Eastwood, Victoria Fry, Niklas Heinen, DeAndre Johnson-Trent, Jamel Johnson-Trent, Shanice Lolomari, Voeulya Mbakadi, Cole McFadyen, Alex Mead, Nicholas Murphy, Alfie Plowman, George Plowman, Erin Rumens, Steven Skinner, Luke Spinks, Charandeep Tak, Amy Vallance, Ryan White.  Well done to all you!

Parking

Please be considerate when parking on the roads around the school.  If parking on a pavement, you should leave enough space for a double buggy to pass and you should not under any circumstances park across our neighbours’ drives.

Maths Competition

Leonora Trosupha, Owen McDonnell, Zach Antonio and Peter Bird represented the school yesterday at a Maths Competition with other schools in Epping Forest.  Our team came 3rd.  Well done!

Mr Woollcott’s 10km Run

As some of you may know, I have taken up running.  I have entered a couple of 5km runs earlier in the year and have recently completed the Loughton 4km fun run.  I am now in training for a 10km run in Manchester on Sunday 15 May.  I am hoping to complete the run in less than an hour.  I am raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.  If you would like to sponsor me, please return the slip at the bottom of the page or visit www.justgiving.com/neil-woollcott.

Dates for your diary

Fri 29 April                              No School- Royal Wedding

Mon 2 May                              No School- Bank Holiday

Mon 9 May to 12 May        Year 6 SAT Tests

Sun 15 May                             Mr Woollcott’s 10km run

Tues 17 May                            Coffee Morning for Year 3 Parent 9:00am in Dining Room

Wed 18 May                            Coffee Morning for Year 4 Parent 9:00am in Dining Room

Thurs 19 May                           Coffee Morning for Year 5 Parent 9:00am in Dining Room

Fri 20 May                               Coffee Morning for Year 6 Parent 9:00am in Dining Room

Wed 25 May                            Whole School Trip to the ‘Tower of London’ 8:30am to 5:00pm

Fri 27 May                               No School- INSET day

Mon 30 May- Fri 3 June          Half Term

Mon 6 June                              Back to School

Tuesday 21 June                       Open Evening 5-7pm

Fri 24 June                               Transition day (Children meet their new class teacher)

Mon 27 June                            Sports Day (if fine) 9:30am

Fri 1 July                                  Sports day (Reserve) 9:30am

Mon 11 July- Tues 12 July        Year 6 Residential

Tues 19 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (2pm)

Wed 20 July                             Year 6 End of Year Production (5pm)

Thurs 21 July                            Last day of term

The Leverton Junior School says farewell to Headteacher

The staff and children at The Leverton Junior School said a fond farewell to their much-loved headteacher Louise Martin at the end of last term.

Louise Martin has been teaching at the school in Waltham Abbey for 18 years, including the last 6 years as headteacher.

 

There have many successes since Mrs Martin, who is taking early retirement, became headteacher.  These include a complete renovation of the school building to include a state of the art library and ICT suite, an adventure playground and seating shelter in the playground and most significantly a rise in standards.  For two years out of the last three, The Leverton Junior School has been the 6th highest in Essex for the value the school adds to pupil progress.

 

More recently, under Mrs Martin’s headship, OFSTED graded the school as ‘Good’.

 

To celebrate Mrs Martin’s retirement, parents, staff and governors purchased a return trip to York on the Orient Express for Mrs Martin and her husband and presented her with collection of photographs and messages from her time at The Leverton Junior School.

 

A whole school photograph was taken (Mrs Martin is seated in the centre).

 

Deputy headteacher Neil Woollcott said: “Mrs Martin has had a huge impact during her time at The Leverton Junior School.  Her legacy will live with the school for many years to come.”

Staff and pupils celebrate recent OFSTED inspection

Pupils, parents, staff and governors are celebrating after the recent OFSTED inspection of The Leverton Junior School.

The inspection carried out during 14-15 March found that the school in Waltham Abbey was a good school.  The main findings in the report include:

  • This is a good school, which has successfully focused on improving standards and pupils’ progress since the last inspection.  It benefits from strong leadership provided by the headteacher and deputy headteacher, well supported by a mix of experienced and more recently qualified staff,
  • The school has established a purposeful and supportive learning context that engages pupils and encourages them to apply themselves and act responsibly,  Consequently pupils feel safe, behave well in lessons and attend school with better than average regularity.
  • Teachers and support staff work very hard to plan and deliver effective lessons that have a clear learning purpose and successfully engage pupils’ interests.
  • The curriculum has a number of key strengths hat include a focus on both literacy and numeracy developing a creative, thematic approach that actively involves pupils in their learning.
  • Care and guidance is strong overall.
  • The school is well run by the senior leadership team, which has successfully involved staff in school leadership at all levels.

Commenting on the report, Mrs Martin said “I am very proud of the journey the school has taken since the last inspection.  All members of the school staff work hard to ensure that the children in our care receive the very best education.”

Pupils sing at Royal Albert Hall

Last Tuesday 19 pupils and 3 teachers from The Leverton Junior School in Waltham Abbey joined a massed choir to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

The concert, in aid of the Barnardo’s charity, brought together over 1,500 pupils from 40 schools to sing a range of numbers from an old time musical melody to pop favourites ‘Tragedy’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’

The pupils had been practising the songs for the past couple of months and spent all day Tuesday practising with the conductor, Susannah Edom.  The show was performed to a full house and presented by former Blue Peter presenter, Zoe Salmon.

Music Curriculum Leader Leah Whitaker said “It was a once in a lifetime experience for the children.  The dedication shown was amazing.  Everyone left The Royal Albert hall with a buzz.”

Year five pupil Sophie Burling added: “I was really shocked how big The Royal Albert Hall was.  We practised all day and at the last minute we had to put actions to the words.  I really enjoyed the performance.  I thought it was a fantastic day and I would do it again.”

World Book Day Activities

An author who has roots in the Waltham Abbey area worked with a local school to help celebrate World Book Day.

Tracey Rolfe who originates from Waltham Abbey is the author of two books, The White Witch of Spiton and the Serpent of Anata and The White Witch of Spiton and the Book of Dreams.  She visited The Leverton Junior School to read extracts from her books followed by a question and answer session with children in years five and six.  Afterwards, she worked with children in the school’s Gifted and Talented Club and the school’s Poetry Club.

The visit organised by the school’s Literacy Curriculum Leader, Claire Campbell, was part of a week of activities to celebrate World Book Day.  Each day the children have been split up into smaller groups and have studied a book or author in more detail.

On World Book Day itself, the whole school took part in ‘Read to a Million Kids’. Videos were made of authors who read their own book.  These videos were made available to watch on the internet and shown during the school’s daily assembly.

Claire Campbell said “The children have been really enjoying out book week.  Tracey Rolfe has really inspired the children and many of them are eager to get stuck into reading her books.”