July Newsletter

Sept. 7, 2017, 8:15 a.m.

Dear Parents/Carers,
Fond Farewell
We come to the end of another academic year when we have to say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils. We thank them for their effort and commitment during their time with us and wish them well in secondary school.
We also say a sad farewell to some members of staff. Miss Smith, Miss Turnbull, Ms Hughes, Mrs Elsom, Mrs Bains, Mrs Perkins from our teaching team and Mr Hart, our Site Supervisor, are all moving on to pastures new. Mrs Byrne, our Assistant School Keeper is also retiring this summer after working at Squirrels Heath for over 20 years. On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank them for their service to the school and wish them well in their future endeavours.
New Staff
We would like to welcome Miss Beasley, Miss Black, Mrs Procopio, Mrs Aarons, Mrs Karim, Mr Fowles and Mr Fry to the teaching team. We would also like to welcome Mr Rowlands our new Finance Officer and Mr Walsh our new school keeper. We hope that they will be happy with us.
From September, all of our classes will be named after trees. Our new class arrangements in will be as follows:
Old Class New Class Teacher
Dolphins 3 Oak Mrs Bush
Whales 3 Elm Miss Black
Sharks 3 Ash Miss Beasley
3B 4 Pine Mr Fry
3S 4 Beech Mrs Karim /
Mrs Aarons
3K 4 Fir Mrs Procopio
3E 4 Cedar Mr Steele
4NK 5 Palm Mrs Hammel (nee Miss Cook)
4S 5 Willow Mrs Chestnutt / Mrs Sharma
4T 5 Poplar Mr Fowles
5CS 6 Holly Mrs Atkinson
5B 6 Birch Mr Hackett
5H 6 Maple Mrs Marshall

SATs Results
We would like to congratulate Year 6 pupils and staff for their fantastic SATs results! Our results this year are above both National and Havering averages in all subject areas, We are particularly proud of our results in Maths which show a significant improvement over last year. Well done to everyone for your perseverance and hard work!

Summer Fete
Thank you to those of you who attended our Summer Fete on 24th of June. It was lovely to see so many of you there! The Summer Fete was a big success and was incredibly well organised. We managed to raise £2895 in total for both schools.
On behalf of the whole school community I would like to thank FOSH for their work not only in organising the fete, which in itself is a massive undertaking, but also for their hard work, commitment and dedication throughout the school year. Were it not for this small group of parents, our school would lose out on some much needed funds and the pupils would also miss out on some fantastic events.
I would ask that if any of you are able to give some time to consider joining the committee next year or helping out at future events your assistance and support would be gratefully received!
Maths Challenge
A small group of out Year 6 pupils represented our school at a maths quiz which took place on Friday 7th July at Hall Mead Secondary School. Twenty six primary schools took part and the competition was fierce. I am pleased to say that we were awarded third place. This is a remarkable achievement especially as Maths was a focus area for us this year. Congratulations to Dishon, Alex, Emily B and Ruby. We are very proud of your accomplishments.
Dance Competition
On Wednesday 12th July, a group of pupils took part in a dance competition at the Broadway Theatre in Barking. I am pleased to announce that the group were awarded second place for their efforts and were presented with a lovely trophy! Well done and congratulations to Georgia G, Lily, Ellie Mae, Georgie Mai, Gemma, Gracie, Sasha, Ria, Scarlett Rose and Charlotte.
French Day
On Friday 14th July the children and staff marked Bastille Day by taking part in French activities in school. The activities ranged from food tasting to playing French games and learning new vocabulary. Lots of fun was had by all. Many thanks to Mrs Atkinson, our Modern Foreign Languages Lead for organising the event as well as the pupils and staff at Emerson Park Secondary school who helped lead some of the activities.
Book Fair
Thank you to all those parents who supported our Book Fair which raised a total of £414. We hope that the children enjoy reading their new books over the summer.

Y6 Production
Thank you to all the Y6 parents who came along to the Y6 Leavers Production. Y6 chose to raise money for the Grenfell Tower Victims. We raised a total of £183.48. Many thanks for your contributions.
Attendance
Our overall school attendance this year is 96.5%. This falls just shy of our target of 97%. We would like to say a big thank you to parents and pupils for maintaining good attendance in school this year as this contributes greatly to the progress that pupils make.
Unfortunately we still have some pupils missing school due to planned family holidays during term time. We kindly ask all parents to support the school in our aims and ensure that all pupils maintain good school attendance. A copy of our attendance policy is available on our school website.
Online SafetyWe have noticed an increase in the number of incidents being brought to our attention involving pupils using social media inappropriately. Some pupils are posting images, videos and comments on social media sites which put themselves or others at risk. Others are accessing sites which are not suitable for young children. We ask that you regularly monitor your child’s internet use and access to social media. If you need any help or guidance, there are some materials on our website which may be of some assistance. Staff in school are also happy to assist where we can so please do not hesitate to ask.
Dates for the Diary – Autumn 2017
September
4th & 5th Inset Days (School Closed)
6th Children return to school
18th Y3 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am
19th Y4 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am
20th Y5 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am
21st Y6 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am
25th Maths workshop for parents at 9am – Addition, subtraction and place value.
October
4th Maths Open morning for parents at 9am
9th Maths workshop for parents at 9am – Multiplication & Division
17th Y3 Harvest Assembly to parents at 2pm
18th Individual Photos
19th Y3 Harvest Assembly to parents at 9am
23rd – 27th Half Term

Lastly, on behalf of the staff and governors at Squirrels Heath Junior School, I would like to say a big thank you to all parents for your support and patience throughout this academic year. I hope that all of you are able to enjoy a lovely summer break with your children. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Wednesday 6th September.
With all good wishes,
Mrs M Shipton
Headteacher