Newsletter: 23 May 2013

Headteacher’s Comments

238 children taken and 238 children returned safely from Colchester Zoo.  I hope your child had as good time as all the staff did.  I received this message from a governor who accompanied us on the trip yesterday:

“Quick note to say well done to all staff and pupils on yet another very successful school trip. You have some very polite kids and I had a fantastic time.

On behalf of my achy feet!!! Thanks again”


Well done to Mika Cox-Cunningham, James Warner (Mrs Raddon’s Class), Albert Paris, Jemma Johnson, Evie Moss, Lia Morris, Gabriela Musollari, Mia Taylor, Mia Opinel, Lola Fetta, Aaron Jones, Sophie Square (Mrs Cromwell/Mrs Westney’s Class), Hermione Scott, Cameron Straughan, Ayisa Burke, Antonia Mills-Chance (Mrs Sach’s Class), Milan Sharman and Fern White (Miss O’Riordan’s Class), Teddy White (Miss Gibbs’s Class) who received Green Cards this week.


Well done to Miss Wood’s class who had the best attendance this week. 


Well done to Rishi Aggarwal, Billy Burns, Danik Bondars, Samantha Burton, Lewis Clark, William Dudley, Lucy Hiscott, Demi Hoffman, Jamel Johnson-Trent, Clarence Kelly, Aiden Kohle, Darren Ojuade, Oliver Roberts, Jamie Schooling, Amy Vallance, Lewis Vowles and Alfie Willis who have all achieved 100% attendance so far for this academic year.

Half Term Activities in Daws Heath and Belfairs Living Landscape (Half Term)

Essex Wildlife Trust is pleased to offer a range of sessions over the half term holiday that provides something for everyone:


Mobile Monday 27 May 2013                      Time: 10am -12noon

A bug day at Daws Heath                                 £5 Donation


Tree-mendous Tuesday 28 May 2013          Time: 10am – 3pm

Deadly 60 day for 8-13yr olds.                         £10 Donation


Green Bunch Wednesday 29 May 2013        Time: 10am – 3pm.

Practical conservation drop off session


Fun Thursday 30 May 2013                         Time: 1:30-3:30pm

May-hem & May-flies                                      £5 Donation


Owls That! Friday 31 May 2013                    Time10am-12noon.

Owl crafts and adventure                                  £5 Donation


More details can be seen by visiting

The Big Lunch – Free Picnic Event at CressingTemple (2 June)

On Sunday 2 June everyone is invited to bring along a picnic to CressingTemple and to share at The Big Lunch.  Since the Big Lunch was started by the Eden Project in 2009, thousands of events of all shapes and sizes have taken place across the country each year.  CressingTemple is an idyllic location for a county-wide picnic to take place, with the medieval barns and TudorWalledGarden all adding to the atmosphere for the day.


Families are encouraged to bring some garden games to enjoy, plus on-site Country Park Rangers will be leading a fun and game session for everyone to get involved in, as well as introducing other games on the green such as croquet, skittles and a knights and princesses trail.

 CressingTemple and the Templar Tearoom will be open to visitors for FREE entry between 11am – 4.30pm.  The Big Lunch will take place between 12 noon and 3 pm, with children’s fun and games planned for 1.30 – 2.30 pm

First Day Back (3 June)

This is a reminder to parents that our first day back is Monday, 3 June starting at the usual time of 8:45 am.

Class Photographs (3 June)

The photographer will be in on Monday, 3 June to take class photographs.

Year 6 Sex Education (3 June/ 4 June)

The school nurse will be speaking with the Year 6 children about growing/changes in their bodies and relationships on Tuesday, 4 June.  If any parents would like to find out more about what will be discussed or to ask questions, the school nurse is available at 2:30 pm on Monday, 3 June in the school.

First Aid Course (12 June)

A First Aid Course will run for 3 weeks starting 12 June between 10am and 12pm.  A leaflet will be sent home after half term.

Photograph Competition (14 June)

A lot of children took cameras with them to the zoo yesterday so it was decided that we would have a photograph competition.  There will be two categories, one for a picture with animals in and one for pictures with humans in.  If your child, wants to take part please print the picture and write their name on the back and send into school by Friday 14 June 2013.

Dates for your Diary

Mon 3 June                  Return to school (8:45am)

Mon 3 June                  Class Photographs

Wed 5 June                  First Aid Courses (10:00-11:30am)

Thurs 6 June                 Inflatable Day (3.30pm onwards)

Wed 12 June                First Aid Course (10am)

Thurs 13 June               Year 3 Family Time

Mon 24 June                Sports Day (9am)

Tues 25 June                Open Evening (5:30-7:30 pm)

Fri 28 June                   Transition Day

Mon 1 July                   Reserved Sports Day (9am)

Tues 9 July                   Bags2School Collection

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

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

Sat 28 September         Autumn Fair

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

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

Fri 8 November            Firework Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mon 5 May                  May Bank Holiday

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

Mon2 June                   Return to school (8:45am)

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