The calm before the storm. Great table manners 6W boys!
Many congratulations to our dodgeball team who finished 2nd overall in the Essex Primary Schools Dodgeball Finals.
We seem to be having a very historical time at the moment; year 4 spent the day as romans on Monday to bring their learning to life!
The Year 5/6 section of our school choir sang at St Mary’s church fete on Saturday.
When Denis came over in September to teach us about Pedal Power, we gave him some old notebook computers to take back to our partner school. Here they are opening them for the first time.
Year 3 spent the day as egyptians to bring their history topic to life.
Best Children’s Performer 2013
Congratulations to ex-pupil Bobby Lockwood who won Best Performer at the children’s BAFTAs last night for his role as Rhydian in Wolfblood. We are so proud of you. Well done.
Primary Maths Challenge
Selected mathematicians from years 5 & 6 took part in the Primary Maths Challenge today.
Parents Do SATs!
Children in Need
Today we supported Children in Need by having a non-uniform day and a special school dinner menu. Altogether we raised £?
Sophie & Ella roller skated to school and raised £190 – WELL DONE!
Congratuations to our Dodgeball team who won the Wickford round of the tournament and will now play in the finals against the winners of the other Essex rounds.
Children in year 5 spent the day as tudors with Henry VIII to bring to life their learning about the Tudor period.
Year 6 Residential
88 children headed off to West Runton on Monday for their week-long extravaganza. Click the link below to see what they’ve been up to.
High 5 Netball
We celebrated harvest festival today by donating food to the Gateway project run by Wickford Salvation Army.
Paul came into assembly to tell us all about the food store and how it helps people in our town.
Denis & Emma from Pedal Power came into school to show us their film about gorilla conservation in Uganda. The film was powered by pedalling the bikes. Denis also brought us some gifts made by the children at our partner school in Mutolere.
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Williams on the birth of their daughter Emily.
Our choir sang at Wickford library’s 50th anniversary celebrations last week and our talented artists displayed their portraits.
Olympic fencer, Phil, came into assembly this morning to talk to the children about fencing. He is starting a club after school on Mondays and also runs school holiday activities in the area.
Our summer holiday reading challenge was to take a photo reading in the wackiest place. The winners were Miles, for reading buried in the sand, & Will, for reading underwater in the swimming pool.
Well done to everyone who took part:
We will continue to add photos to this display throughout the year. So if you read in a wacky place, take a photo and give it to Miss Styles.
Our Guinea Pigs
As part of our community work, we are fostering two female guinea pigs, for Squeaky Pigs Animal Rescue based in Wickford, until they can be found a ‘Forever Home’. The children will be naming them very shortly and will learn how to take care of them whilst the guinea pigs learn to be calm and confident. They are already settling in very well and love being stroked and cuddled.
Shortlisted names are Bubble & Squeak or Cookie & Crumble. Children will vote in assembly on Monday. (Another nameless weekend!)
Year 6 Leaver’s BBQ & disco.
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Goodbye & good luck to Mrs Cavalier……………………
…………. and best wishes to Mrs Slattery for her forthcoming wedding.
We were the only school in the Basildon district where every pupil who was tested passed their water safety award. These children were chosen to pose for the picture because they have shown commitment, enthusiasm and effort in their swimming lessons.
Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
The winner was Erin with her Cup Song. Runners up were Aaron (singing) & Teagan (gymnastics). WELL DONE!
Wickford Library is 50
8 talented artists were chosen to create canvas pictures of the library staff in 1960s style. These pictures will be displayed in the library to commemorate the library’s 50th year.
Andy Warhol – screen print-style Psychedelic Andy Warhol – Monroe style
Lichtenstein comic strip-style
Year 6 Leaver’s Production
PE Nightmare Arty Party SATs Blues
School Trip Boogie Silent Night? Lunchtime Frontline
Press release from the Community Safety Team – Essex Police
Police in Wickford are investigating two reports of accosting in the town Wednesday evening and are appealing for any witnesses. Police are also liaising with local schools to give “stranger danger” advice.
A 10 year old boy reported to his parents that around 7.40pm a man wearing a mask got out of a small black car in Kingsley Meadows, shouted and chased him a short distance down the road. Police searched the area but this appears to be an attempt to scare the boy, who was left upset. The man is described as having grey hair.
A short time later a 16 year old girl reported that she was walking near the High Street, junction with Market Road, when the driver of a black car, described as white in his 20s, tried to persuade her to get into his car. He did not get out and only spoke to her however she was left upset by the encounter.
Police are increasing patrols in the area and will be reviewing CCTV to identify the car and driver.
Youth officer Pc Julie Dawes said: “While both of these incidents are worrying, there is no evidence of a serious intention to take these children. I do however want to ask parents to speak and warn their children. We need to speak to anyone who was in the relevant area around 7.30pm last night and remembers seeing a small black car in the area, or anyone who has any other information.”
Community Safety Team
Billericay Police Station
Billericay Essex CM12 9AB
Within Essex 101
Outside Essex 0300 333 4444
Fax 01277 632904 or Internal 385338
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Billericay Police Station opening hours Mon-Sat 12-8pm
Basildon Police Station 0800-midnight
Another group of children successfully passed level 1 & 2 Bikeability, showing they’re well on their way to becoming proficient cyclists on the road.
Year 5 Mexicolore
Year 4 Music Performance
After several weeks of practising, year 4 put on an open air performance to show what they had learnt on the recorder and percussion instruments, thanks to Essex Music Services.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored Mrs Ramet to complete the Southend 13 mile moonlight walk along the seafront last night. So far she has raised over £200 for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
Congratulations to the choir and musicians who put on a wonderful performance tonight.
Year 5 have spent the week learning basic emergency first aid skills – testing tomorrow!
Junior Warden Scheme
Community Wardens from Basildon have been teaching 5W as part of a Junior Warden Scheme. The wardens look after the community in a variety of ways; part of this is reducing anti-social behaviour, clearing up litter to protect wildlife, cleaning up graffiti and teaching people how to prevent the risk of fire. Each week different people have come in to teach the children what’s right and wrong.
Mr Rhys-Morgan took the choir to the Leign-on-Sea Festival of Music & Drama and they won!. They scored 88 out of 90 points which meant they achieved ‘Honours’ and won the cup. Well done!
District Athletics Qualifiers
Relay: Y3 girls & boys, Y4 girls, Y5 & 6 girls & boys.
Sprint: Evie, Aaron, Bailey & Molly.
Vertical jump: Harry.
Year 4 girls (Rianna, Brooke, Abbie & Mae) won bronze and year 5 boys (William, Max, Robbie & Lewis) won gold. WELL DONE!
Author Kes Gray visited today to kick off our mini book week. He started the day with a whole school assembly then visited every class to answer questions He finished the day signing autographs and selling some of his entertaining books.
Water house wins sports day 2013!
Creative Arts Festival
The Wickford Schools creative arts festival took place today, for the first time ever, indoors. Unfortunately, the evening performance had to be cancelled due to an unfavourable weather forecast. Nevertheless, the children performed well and Oscars were exchanged between schools. 3E will perform Happy Feet to their parents next Wednesday 9am and to the rest of the school at 10am.
Photos from Mutolere
MS Society Fundraising
Chloe-Ann Morris, now a pupil at Bromfords School, returned to WJS today, along with her mum, to hand over the £3000 cheque to the MS Society.
Chloe nominated the MS Society to be our charity of the year whilst she was in year 6. She presented her idea in assembly and won the votes of the other pupils, so we dedicated our fundrasing efforts during 2012 to this charity.
Year 4 visted Colchester zoo today as part of their topic work.
This term’s theme was ‘Take One Painting’ so children spent the day studying a famous picture related to their house. Water house looked at ‘A Waterfall’ by William Muller, Earth house looked at ‘A Tiger in a Tropical Rainfall’ and Fire house looked at a range of pictures depicting fire & fireworks. Children had a great time creating drama, poetry, pictures and music inspired by these paintings.
Emily came to visit year 3 to show them that even though she is disabled, she can do the same as other people, she may just do it differently. The children learned to show empathy and not sympathy, and had the opportunity to try out Emily”s basketball wheelchair.
and the stagehand……
Year 4 performed four shows during the week – the acting was amazing, singing was superb and narration was humorous. Well done year 4! Profits raised from DVD sales were shared between our charity of the year and our performing arts fund.
During maths week, Y3 & 4 children opened a shop, parents came in to play games with their children ………….
we had a biggest potato and longest carrot competition, we measured………………….we built ……………………………..
we made hats
and the teachers competed at countdown.
Countdown winners (Water House) Maths week winners
District Swimming Gala
Year 6 squad Year 5 squad
Year 5 & 6 pupils competed in the Basildon District Swimming Gala at Basildon sporting village last week. They all qualified for the finals which took place today.
Here are the finalists:
Christian Malcom Visits
Children participated in sponsored athletics today and had their photo taken with this popular olympic athlete. At the end of the day, Christian answered the children’s questions about his life during a whole school assembly. The money raised will help support athletes with their training to represent Team GB, and some will help our charity of the year.
Year 3 tasted different kinds of bread and sandwich fillings today. They will design and make their own sandwiches later in the term.
World War II Tea Party
Year 6 hosted a world war II tea party this afternoon for parents and grandparents. Children read poems, letters and other literacy work and sang a collection of world war II songs. Grandparents shared their memories of life during the war.
The Echo came to visit!
Congratulations to Mrs Earle who became Mrs Godwin over the holidays.
Year 4 spent the day as vikings and learnt more about viking life: