March 2018 Newsletter

March 13, 2018, 9:54 a.m.


 March 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

School Playground

I am pleased to inform you that during the Easter holidays our playground will be re-tarmacked. This is a costly project that the school has been working on for some time. I would like to thank parents and pupils who have taken part in various fundraising activities organised by both FOSH and the school. The project would not be possible were it not for your generosity and support.

I am also happy to report that we have been successful in a Lottery Bid for £10,000 of additional funds to further improve our playground. Thank you to Mrs Scannell-Wood for her assistance in putting the bid together. The additional funds will allow us to re-line the playground as well as purchase some additional equipment. We hope to have all the work complete before the end of the summer term so that the children can enjoy the outdoor space as the weather improves. We will keep you informed about any further developments.

Public Speaking Competition

Squirrels Heath Junior School, along with 4 other local primary schools, were invited to take part in a Public Speaking Competition at Benhurst Primary School on Friday 9th March.  The competition was for Year 5 children and was judged by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende.  Children from Year 5 were selected to take part and talk for 5 minutes about the topic: "Are the rainforests really that important?".  ‚ÄčOur children performed so well and went on to win the trophy!  Well done to Isabelle, Claudia, Aayla and William.  Also, well done to Bryce for contributing his ideas to the topic.

We are very proud of their achievement as it was a tough competition.

WE Day 2018

On Wednesday 7th March our Year 4 and 5 School Councilors travelled to Wembley to attend WE day.

WE Day is a celebration of young people making a difference in their local and global communities. WE Schools is a year long programme that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change.

We started the day very early to travel up to Wembley for the event.   The day included inspirational stories from people such as Princess Beatrix and Princess Eugene, Katie Piper, Lily Collins and lots others that the children knew from YouTube.  There were also performances from Alexander Burke and Tokyio Myers. 

It was a fantastic day which has given the children lots of ideas for making the World a better place for themselves and others.

Orange Week

The School Council raised a total of £332.12 for Muscular Dystrophy during Orange Week. Well done to everyone who helped to organise the event as well as those who took part.

Science Week – 12th to 16th March

Science week promises to be a very exciting week in school! The week will begin with a special assembly on Monday led by Mr Hackett. Throughout the week the children will be taking part in science investigations and experiments as well as learning about the work of a particular scientist.

Thank you to those who have already brought their Science projects into school. Some of the entries have been very impressive! The last day to bring projects into school is Monday 12th March. We hope to announce the winners in assembly next Friday.

Just a reminder that if you wish to attend our Science Open lesson on Wednesday 14th March, please don’t forget to return your reply slip.

World Book Day

As you may recall, we had to postpone World Book Day due to snow. This has now been rescheduled to take place on Thursday 15th March. To celebrate this, we would like to invite the children to dress up as their favourite character from a book. This could be a book they have studied in school or one that they enjoy reading at home.

Parents Evening

We would like to remind you that our Spring term Parents’ Evening meetings will now take place on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March. In order to avoid confusion with allocated times we would like to request the following:

Parents who had appointment times on Wednesday 28th February keep the same appointment times for Wednesday 21st March.

Parents who had appointment times on Thursday 1st March keep the same appointment times for Tuesday 20th March.

If you are unable to attend your allocated time on the new dates please let us know as soon as possible.