Newsletter: 19 July 2013

Headteacher’s Comments

Small writing, lots on!  Sorry for the small text this week, but there is a lot on the Newsletter.  I have tried to add as many dates as possible to the calendar, so you are informed in advance of important dates.   Please put them in your diary now!  Well done to the Year 6 who performed ‘Grease’ this week.  As I said last night, I am always surprised at the number of lines that the lead characters have to remember; the quiet children in class who stand up and shine; the organisation of the stage hands and the courage of the boys who dressed up in curlers and wings!


Well done to Ella Dewing, Oliver Roberts, Faith Wade (Mrs Watson’s Class), Tia Joseph (Mrs Raddon’s Class), Raymond Bull, Katie Square (Mrs Westney/ Ms Cromwell’s Class) who received Green Cards this week.


Well done to Miss Biggs’s who had the best attendance last week.

Fabulous Finish (Monday 22 July)

Next Monday the whole school will be celebrating their learning with a ‘Fabulous Finish’.  If your child wishes, they can dress up in their favourite Launch Day clothing.  There will also be a special menu on Monday linked to our themes (Lasagne accompanied by fresh vegetables and a Greek salad followed by Ice-Cream).

Last Day of Term (Tuesday 23 July- 3:15pm)

We finish school next Tuesday (23 July) at the usual time of 3:15pm.

Meet the Teacher Evening (Thursday 5 September 7pm)

Advance notice that our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening is on Thursday 5 September starting at 7.00pm.  This is your chance to meet your child’s new teacher and hear what your child will be getting up to next year.


This morning two cars were involved in an accident by the gate.  I would like to remind parents they should not be parking by the gate and should park on Honey Lane and walk into school.

Swimming Update

When the results were published this week, we noticed that our score hadn’t been added up correctly.  Overall we scored 183 points, coming joint second.  Well done!


SchoolGirls (pts)PositionBoys (pts)PositionRelay & Butterfly (pts)Final TotalFinal Position
St JF5252869896
Staples Road1011971272251

New Email Address

Our school email address has now changed to

Parent Helpline

Essex County Council runs a Parent Helpline that offers advice on managing your child’s behaviour.  Their number is changing to 01279 404432 and is open every Tuesday between 9:30 and 11:30am and Thursday between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.


Essex Libraries Summer Reading Challenge 2013- Sensory Story Times

During the summer holidays Essex Libraries will be hosting a series of sensory story times aimed at children. The story times are open to all and we would particularly welcome children with special needs and their families to come along. The sessions will be interactive and focus on one of two stories and will last approximately 30 minutes. They are free to all. Sessions take place at the following libraries:


Harlow Library                      Thursday 15th August 10.30am

Waltham Abbey                     Monday 19th August at 2:00 pm


40 Days of Summer – Make everyday an adventure at your Essex Country Park

Car parking on site at one of the Essex Country Parks usually costs a family £2.20 or £3; why not give parents and carers the opportunity to buy a summer special parking ticket for just £10 to cover unlimited parking throughout the full 40 Days of Summer holidays?  Parking tickets will be valid from day of purchase until Monday 2 September 2013 and can be bought online from Monday 1 July 2013 at


Free Learn to Fish Taster Sessions

Free Learn to Fish Taster Sessions are taking place at Puddledock Farm, Upminster RM14 3NX on 29 and 30 July 2013 and Chigboro Fishery, MaldonCM9 4RE on 6 August 2013.  This is the fifth year the sessions are taking place and are funded by the Environment Agency.


Each session lasts 30 minutes and are provided by a qualified angling coach.  All ages and abilities are welcome, although children aged between 3 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  The first session begins at 9.30am and will run until 4pm, when the last session begins.  It will be offered on a first come first served basis. Due to popularity, there is no pre-booking system available, but as sessions are short there is seldom a lengthy wait!


Further details and upcoming event information can be found on the All About Coarse Angling Facebook page.  For further information: Contact: Nick Watkins on 07704284103



Dates for your Diary

Tues 23 July                          Break up from school (3:15pm)

Wed 4 September                 Return to school (8:45am)

Thurs 5 September               Meet the Teacher Evening (7.00pm)

Tues 10 September              Dads’ Drinks with Mr Woollcott (7pm Volunteer Pub)

Wed 11 September               SunStreetMuseum  (Year 4)

Wed 18 September               Coffee Morning (9am-Year 3/4 Parents)

Thurs 19 September             Mrs Raddon’s Class starts Swimming

Fri 20 September                   Coffee Morning (9am- Year 5/6 Parents)

Sat 28 September                  Autumn Fair

Wed 2 October                     King Harold Road Show for Year 5 and 6 Parents/ Children (6:00pm)

Wed 16 October                   Family Fun Time (3:15-4:15)

Fri 25 October                       Break up from school (3:15pm)

Tues 5 November                 Return to school (8:45am)

Thurs 7 November               Miss O’Riordan’s Class starts Swimming

Fri 8 November                     Individual Photographs

Fri 8 November                     Firework Evening

Wed 13 November               Pupil Progress Meetings (3:30- 6:00pm)

Thurs 13 November             Pupil Progress Meetings (5:00pm- 7:30pm)

Wed 4 December                  Family Fun Time (3:15-4:15)

Mon 16 December                Christmas Parties

Tues 17 December               Christmas Carol Concert (1:30pm)

Wed 18 December                Christmas Dinner

Thurs 19 December              Christmas Pantomime

Fri 20 December                    Christmas Market (2:00pm)

Fri 20 December                    Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 6 January 2014            Return to school (8:45am)

Wed 12 February                 Family Fun Time (3:15-4:15)

Thurs 13 February               Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 24 February                 Return to school (8:45am)

Wed 26 March                      Family Fun Time (3:15-4:15)

Fri 4 April                              Break up from school (3:15pm)

Tues 22April                         Return to school (8:45am)

Mon 5 May                           May Bank Holiday

Mon 12 May                         Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Tues 13 May                         Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Wed 14 May                         Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Thurs 15 May                       Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Fri 16 May                             Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Thurs 22 May                       Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 2 June                           Return to school (8:45am)

Wed 18 June                         Family Fun Time (3:15-4:15)

Fri 27 June                             Transition Day (All Years)

Tues 22 July                          Break up from school (3:15pm)