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News 2011

Christmas Parties

Each house had a party during the week where they played a variety of traditional and modern party games. One of Earth House's challenges was to wrap up a child in toilet roll to make a snowman!




Christmas Lunch

14th Dec

Today we enjoyed our Christmas lunch. . . . . . . . . . and so did our community police officers.



Polly Parrot Appeal

12th Dec

We raised £2215 for our charity of the year this year and Polly Parrot came to collect the cheque today.




Christmas Fayre

9th Dec

Every class organised and ran their own stall. Thanks to all the parents for their donations of gifts and cakes.

A great time was had by all and we raised £952.




Carol Services

6th, 7th Dec

Our carol services took place again at St Andrew's Church, after snow forced us to hold them at school last year. The children sang beautifully, played tunefully and read expressively. Well done to Mr Rhys-Morgan for putting it all together.



Y6 Visit the Synagogue

Year 6 visited the synagogue in Southend to learn more about modern Judaism as part of their World War II topic.



New Babies

Congratulations to Mrs Reilly, on the birth of her son Max, and Mr Martin, on the birth of his son Thomas.


Year 3 Egyptian Day

16th Nov

Year 3 spent the day as either explorers or ancient egyptians to learn more about life in ancient Egypt.




Netball & Football v North Crescent

15th Nov


Well done to the football team for a fantastic 7-1 win at North Crescent. Goals were scored by Luke 6E (2), James 6F (3), Nathan 6E and James 5W. Well done to all the boys for some superb football and a wonderful attitude. They were a credit to the school. Congratulations to Aman 6E who was awarded Man of the Match.

The netball team also achieved another great result when they won 4-1. The fantastic support from parents was really appreciated.




Braintree Victorian Museum

14th Nov


Year 5 visited Braintree museum this week to learn more about Victorian Britain.




Netball & Football v Grange

9th Nov


The school netball and football teams played against Grange today. It was the first match of the season for the girls and they won confidently 6-0. For many, this was their first ever netball match so it made the result even more of an achievement. Congratulations!


The boys played a very entertaining game. After some fantastic passing they were denied a win by some great saves. Grange were tough opposition and it took two fantastic goals to beat us. It was a good team performance and the boys were a credit to the school. Congratulations to Luke who was awarded Man of the Match.

Both teams are playing away at North Crescent next Tuesday.




Year 6 Residential

10th-14th Oct

86 children set off for Kingswood activity centre in West Runton, Norfolk, for a week's residential visit. See the Year 6 Residential page on the Year Groups page for more details.



Gardening Club

Gardening club have had a productive year - here they are with their potatoes, onions & tomatoes.



Year 6 7-a-side

27th Sep

The year 6 team played in their first tournament of the year and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the finals. They all played fantastically and showed great team spirit. Bad luck boys!




End of Term Oscars

21st Jul

To celebrate another successful year, and to recognise the hard word and dedication of our school community, we had an Oscars Ceremony this afternoon. And just for fun, we had teacher oscars too to raise money for our charity of the year, the Polly Parrot Appeal.

Stars of the Year                                               Oscar Winners

More photos on Year Groups page.


Teacher . .

most likey to become famous = Mrs Earle

with the tidiest classroom, and the happiest = Mrs Hall

most likely to appear in Eastenders = Mrs Hernaman

funniest = Mr Rhys-Morgan

most likely to break the rules = Mrs Ramet

with the worst memory = Mr Flitman

most likely to win the Apprentice = Mr Williams



Year 6 Leaver's Production

19th Jul


Another emotional performance from our year 6 leavers:



Sports Day

13th Jul

Water House wins sports day.



Police Station

Year 3 visited the police station to learn about how the police help our community.



District Athletics Finals

5th July

This year 19 children qualified for the Basildon district finals today! All the children were a real credit to the school and Brooke brought home a silver medal for 600m. Well done!



Creative art Festival

29th Jun

The annual, open air Creative Arts Festival, hosted collectively by the Wickford schools, took place at Abacus Primary. The theme of this year's festival was Musicals and our school perfomed a dance from Peter Pan - I Won't Grown Up.



Summer Concert

28th Jun

More than 50 children took part in this year's music concert. The choir sang, the orchestra played and a range of musicians performed. It was a very enjoyable evening.





Summer Fun Day

24th Jun

Our Summer fete was a fun afternoon this year. Over 300 children came to enjoy the fun with Go Bonkers and plenty of parents came to enjoy the refreshments. Unfortunately the rain arrived just after 7pm so we had to pack away a little early but we still managed to raise £1200. Thank you!


Swimming Gala Finals

23rd Jun

Year 6 squad are Basildon District Swimming Champions!

The finals of the Basildon District Swimming Gala took place today, with 16 year 5 & 6 pupils qualifying from the heats. The results were:


Holly GOLD



Ella 4th



Thomas L 6th

Georgia GOLD

Hayden GOLD


Demetria BRONZE


Brooke GOLD



Y5 girls 8th

Y5 boys 4th

Y6 girls GOLD

Y6 boys BRONZE

Whilst the year 6 squad came first, our school finished in 3rd place overall. Well done to everyone who participated and can proudly claim to be among the top eight swimmers in the Basildon District.




22nd Jun

Year 6 visited Legoland for their end of year treat. Although it was quite a rainy day, everyone had a great time.

View the photos on their Year 6 page.



Learning Ratios

21st Jun

Mrs Manfield's maths group made cookies today to show they understood ratios and scales.




Year 6 Swimming Gala

16th Jun

We participated in the year 6 heats of the Basildon District swimming gala.



Ella (qualified)

& Nathan


Georgia (qualified)

& Hayden (qualified)


Holly (qualified)

& Red (qualified)


Brooke (qualified)

& Harry (qualified)

Both relay teams also qualified, so the whole squad will be representing the school at the finals next week. WELL DONE! Spectators need tickets for the final.

Puzzle Day

15th Jun

Years 4 and 5 enjoyed a puzzle solving day to show maths is fun!




District Athletics Championships

14th Jun

Today, a squad of 53 pupils participated in the Wickford heats of the Basildon District Athletics, held at the refurbished Gloucester Park track. The events were sprint, long distance, throwing, vertical jump, standing long jump, running long jump and relay. The children were a credit to the school with their determination and team spirit. We will find out soon who has qualified for the finals.




Year 5 Swimming Gala

25th May

We participated in the Year 5 heats of the Basildon District gala at the new Sporting Village in Basildon. The 6 fastest times overall from each stroke qualified for the finals in June.



Francesca & Thomas H


Meghan (qualified)

& Thomas L(qualified)


Megan & Oliver


Demitria (qualified)

& Luis (qualified)

Boys relay & girls relay both qualified.

As both relay teams have qualified, the whole squad will be representing the school at the finals - WELL DONE!

Finals are being held at Basildon Sporting Village on Thursday 23rd June at 1pm.



Healthy Living Week

16th-20th May

We had a variety of fun activities and visitors this week, helping us all to remember how important it is to play our part in enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

Click this link to view some of the fun.



Polly Parrot Competition

6th May

Choosing a winner was a difficult decision as the standard and number of entries was very high. Well done and thank you to everyone who entered. You can see all the entries on display in the front entrance.




St Mary's Fete

2nd May

Our choir performed at St Mary's fete on bank holiday Monday. Among the audience was Mrs George (Wickford Infant's retired headteacher).




Royal Wedding Buffet

28th Apr

We joined the Royal Wedding celebrations today with a red, white and blue non-uniform day and a celebration buffet.



Tag Rugby Festival

Year 4 competed in the Basildon District tag Rugby festival, winning 3 games and losing 1.





Mrs Wood's Retirement

Friday 8th Apr

After 15 and a half years as office manager, Mrs Wood has decided to retire so she can enjoy more time in her garden and travel with her husband. We will all miss her and wish her well.

The Retirement assembly




Maths Challenge

30th Mar

On Thursday, our top 4 mathematicians competed in a maths challenge against 7 other primary schools. The competition was held at our school and the children had a lot of fun. Joseph, Harrison, Nicole and Luke finished in 3rd place overall. WELL DONE!



Netball Rally

Year 5 & 6 girls played in the Wickford Schools netball rally, finishing in 3rd place.



Rock Day

23rd Mar

Year 3 children enjoyed a day learning about rocks from expert rockman Graham.




Comic Relief

Sponsored Run

18th Mar

Hayden and Brooke, our Sports Ambassadors, organised a sponsored run around out school field this morning. They led warm-up exercises with each year group then encouraged them around the 1km route.


Children also took part in red nose day challenges in their classrooms, raising over £1700 for Comic Relief and The Polly Parrot Appeal.


Primary Challenge

17th Mar

Joseph and Harrison reached the finals of a national maths competition, 'The Primary Challenge'. They narrowly missed winning a medal but did really well to qualify for the finals in the first place. Congratulations to both of them.




Hansel and Gretel

15th Mar

Year 4 produced an amazing performance of Hansel and Gretel; wonderful choreography, beautiful singing, confident solos and acting, brilliant costumes and excellent scenery. WELL DONE to everyone!




Fairtrade Cake Sale

7th Mar

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, children and their families made cakes with as many fairtrade ingredients as possible. These were sold during the afternoon, with the help of year 5 pupils, raising £90 for our charity of the year, The Polly Parrot Appeal. During the week children also learnt more about fairtrade.


These are some of the logos companies are already using; during the week children designed some of their own.


Children wrapped up books they had enjoyed reading then sold them for £1 to other children within their year group. In this way good books were shared and £185 was raised for our charity of the year, The Polly Parrot Appeal. Children also enjoyed various activities based on each class' chosen book.



Year 5 football

17th Feb

The Year 5 7-a-side team played in a Wickford tournament at North Crescent school today. They won two games, drew two and unfortunately narrowly lost one, leaving them in third position overall.

Well played boys.




Henry VIII Visits

16th Feb

Year 5 spent the day learning all about tudor times from King Henry VIII himself.




House Day

2nd Feb

The theme of this term's house day was WEATHER. Earth house focussed on wind, Water house looked at all types of weather and Fire house looked at the story of the north wind and the sun.




Netball Match

1st Feb

The netball and football teams played home matches against Grange school on Tuesday. They played brilliantly; the girls won 4-2 and the boys drew 1-1.



World War II Tea Party

21st Jan

Year 6 pupils spent the day as evacuees and entertained their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents in the afternoon with wartime songs, WWII facts, tea and cakes. In return the children heard their families' wartime memories, bringing their learning to life.




Charity Fundraising

17th Jan

Today we presented a cheque to the Gorilla Organisation for £2535 which was the result of our fundraising activities last year. This money will help children at our link school in Mutolere as well as supporting the work of protecting the gorillas and their habitat.



World War II songs

6th Jan

Year 6 have been learning about World War II and were entertained by Lili La Scala singing a selection of wartime songs.


News 2010

Christmas Fayre

10th Dec

Our Christmas fayre finally took place on Friday after the snow closure last week. Although it coincided with the switching-on of Wickford High Street's lights, it was a fun evening and many of our ex-pupils popped in. Thanks to Santa for making a special visit.

Mantle of the Expert

6th Dec

Year 4 and year 6 spent a week becoming experts in their chosen areas then opened museums to display this knowledge to the rest of the school. Year 4 focussed on the Roman Invasion and year 6 focussed on World War II.

Dance Show

24th Nov

Class 6W performed at the Bromfords School dance show alongside all the other Wickford primary schools.

Backstage before the performance. Pack Up Your Troubles.

The finale.

MP Mark Francois visits

12th Nov

Mr Francois visited to congratulate us on achieving the Artsmark GOLD Award. He also took a tour around our school and was very impressed with the children's attitudes and the work they were doing.


2nd Nov

Wickford Juniors will be the first school in the Basildon District to have green recycling bins.

The Healthy Schools task group met with Mr Hendry from Basildon Council and

discussed how we could improve the amount of waste school recycles. We already have paper recycling bins in every room but will now use these to recycle card and plastic too. We will have additional bins in the playground, hall and kitchen to recycle food waste and the council will provide us with green bins to empty these into.

This means that we will be recycling 80% of our rubbish by the end of November.

Hopefully other schools will follow our lead very soon.

(Click an image to find out what happens to the rubbish in your pink sack.)

Year 6 Residential Trip

11th-15th Oct

89 year 6 pupils spent an energetic week at Kingswood activity centre in West Runton, Norfolk. We had a fantastic time. To find out more click the picture link below.

Polly Parrot Appeal

6th Oct

The year 6 school councillors attended, and spoke at, the launch of the Polly Parrot Appeal at Orsett Hall. They explained why our school has chosen this as our charity of the year; raising money to furnish and decorate the new children's accident and emergency department being built at Basildon hospital. One of the zones will be a sensory area as pictured below, to calm distressed children and help those with special needs.

House Day

6th Oct

Our first House Day of the year took place today. The theme of the morning was the name of each house; so Water House learnt more about water, Fire House learnt more about fire and Earth House learnt more about the planet earth. As usual the children worked with different children from all the classes in their house.




Swallow's Tale

1st Oct

Our school choir finally managed to perform their Swallow's Tale after it was disappointingly cancelled before the summer holidays. Instead of singing at Chelmsford Cathedral though, it was performed at Wickford Junior School. Everyone had a wonderful evening singing songs to tell the story of swallows migrating from England to Africa. Even the audience participated! Thank you to the ladies from Chelmsofrd Cathedral Choir for making it all possible.

Relaxation at Retreat Farm

29th Sept

Two children from each class had a relaxation afternoon in tepees with Play Pause Unwind. After a relaxing guided visualisation we made indian drums and learnt to breathe in time to our drum beats.

Leavers' DIsco

21st July

Goodbye and good luck to all our year 6 pupils. We wish them every success for their future and look forward to welcoming them back to our events during the year.

Talent Show

21st July

CONGRATULATIONS to Callum in 6F for his superb Michael Jackson performance. Well done also to Stanley 6E for his guitar solo and Izzy 3E for her beautiful singing.

4F 6W 3W

5F 5E 5W

4W 3F 4E

Wotta Lotta Bother

20th July

This year's Year 6 Leavers' production was based on children's memories whilst they sat in detention, the play took the audience on a journey through the children's school days. The children acted and danced well and sang tunefully.

Sports Day

7th July

FIRE house wins sports day!

District Sports

6th July

Congratulations to the 4 children who qualified for the finals of the Basildon District Athletics Championships at Gloucester Park.

Tommy - 800m, Ella - 600m, Elizabeth - throwing and Mitchell - sprint.

Around the world

30th June

Pupils from year 5 performed a Sri Lankan dance at the Wickford schools creative arts festival held this year at North Cresent School. Each school represented a different country and joined in with collective singing.

World Cup Maths Week

21st - 25th June

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, children worked in their House groups to solve maths puzzles related to the World Cup. By the end of the week, every child had worked with every teacher in the school.

District Swimming Gala

24th June

Our gala squad came 2nd overall in the Basildon district.

Year 2 Transition Day

17th June

The children who will be joining our school in September, spent the day here on Thursday. They drew and wrote about themselves using ICT . . . . played parachute games . . . .

. . . created symmetrical bugs in art . . . . . and had a great day.

Year 6 Legoland

16th June

As an end of year treat, year 6 pupils spent the day at Legoland in Windsor.

Healthy Living Week

17th - 21st May

This week was packed full of activities to develop healthy bodies, healthy minds and a healthy community. There were activities designed to encourage children to be active, consider the food they eat and learn how to keep their bodies clean and safe. There were activities aimed at helping children to relax, be happy, use their minds creatively and to challenge their thinking. There were also opportunities for helping the local and international communities.

Please click here to view our photo diary.

Sport Relief Mile

19th March

Almost every single pupil in our school community participated in the mile challenge today. Pupils, and some teachers and learning support assistants, ran 3 laps of our school field in aid of Sport Relief and our charity of the year; The Gorilla Organization and Mutolere School. The event was organised by our Young Ambassadors for sport who promoted the event in assemblies, led all the warm-ups and ran around the field several times to encourage their fellow pupils, and members of staff! WELL DONE to everyone. We raised in excess of £2000!

The inspiration behind today's successful 99% participation was our year 3 pupil who managed to complete the mile in her wheelchair and finished on her crutches:

Essex Cross Country Championships

Hylands Park, Chelmsford

17th March

Year 6 girls Year 5 girls

Year 6 boys Year 5 boys

Hi Visibility Jackets

To help keep us safe, Bardon Concrete kindly donated 100 hi-vis jackets for us to use when we go out and about.

Y4 Dick Whittington

17th & 18th March

The evening performances were a huge success. Parents were delighted with the professionalism of their children's performances. We raised a staggering £1300 for our performing arts collection, from which we hope to buy microphones for the front of the stage. Thanks to all the year 4 teachers and the director, Mr Rhys-Morgan.

Dress rehearsal to the rest of the school; 15th March.

Rehearsals during February:

BBC Essex

School of the Week

8th February

Ray Clark's team visited to interview a range of people and take a look at what we do.

Year 4 Viking Day

3rd February

A Viking came to WJS for the day:

Year 5 Victorian Day

1st February

Year 5 visited Braintree museum to find out more about Victorian life:

Building Snowmen

8th January

Mr Flitman & our teachers took us out onto the school field on Friday afternoon to build snowmen. Here are some of them:

News 2009

The Gorilla Organization

14th December

Today was House Day so each house focussed on one of our partner schools; in either Sri Lanka, Spain or Uganda . In assembly we were visited by a gorilla from The Gorilla Organization and he stayed with Fire house for the morning to help them learn more about Uganda.

Winter Discos

27th November

Our winter discos were another popular event. Years 3 & 4 enjoyed party games as well as dancing, whilst years 5 & 6 had a masked parade. Here are the winners:

World War II Tea Party

27th November

Year 6 presented an afternoon of world war II songs, dances, poems and readings to an audience of parents and grandparents. Then, whilst the guests were enjoying tea and home-made cakes, they chatted to the children about their own world war II experiences. 'We'll Meet Again' brought a tear to everyone's eye.

High Flyers Dance Show

26th November

Our boys' dance club, Boyzone, participated in the Bromfords School's annual High Flyers dance show. They performed a street dance to Madonna's '4 minutes'. They wowed the audience with their attitude and because they were the only all-boys dance group.

This is a photo of the boys performing to their classmates back at WJS.

Jack's recount: I have been dancing at Boyzone club for 4 weeks.Jan, my dance teacher, asked us if we would like to be in a dance competition at Bromfords. Mrs.Ramet told us that we had to walk to Bromfords.

When we got there, I was shattered. Luckily I had some fruit juice with me.

We had to dance next. I was terrified because there were hundreds of people staring at us and everyone was screaming for us. There wasn’t any safety mats for us to dance on so I was frightened of hurting myself. Luckily we didn’t get injured and after our dance we watched the other acts.

Afterwards we walked back to school and our parents picked us up.

George's recount: On Wednesday 25th November 2009 the boyzone group, including me, went to rehearse a highflyers dance show at Bromfords School. There were gymnasts who also performed.

Firstly we had to walk from Wickford Juniors (my school) to Bromfords, it was exhausting.

Then, we arrived at our destination. We performed our dance just to practise, I was extremely nervous.

I thought that I was going to do it wrong, I just thought about the dance it was all I could think about.

Next when all the parents arrived, we had to do the real thing however once I got used to it, it was really fun!

Finally, we had to walk all the way back to school. I had two blisters when I got home. Also, I almost lost my fleece but it was in my schoolbag.

I had a great time at Bromfords and I want to do it again.

Press Release

20th November

John Baron MP presents certificates to winners of Big Ben Xmas Card Competition

MP congratulates schools which entered competition to

celebrate the 150th anniversary.

During this morning's assembly John Baron MP presented a certificate and badge to Stanley (year 6) at Wickford Junior School. The School was the last of five schools which John has presented certificates to in the last few months. In total seven pupils from across the constituency won certificates and badges. The competition was organized by Parliament to celebrate the 150th Anniversary this year of Big Ben, The Clock Tower, the Great Clock and the Great Bell.

John said: “The standard of entries from all schools was very high and this was commented upon by the Parliamentary organizers of the competition, so well done to all who entered and to the schools for taking part.”

“I am particularly proud that we had so many winners from the Constituency, and well done to Rebecca, Abbie, Aimee, Copper, Molly, Amy and Stanley. All the winners, their parents and their teachers will be joining me in Parliament for a treat in the New Year. I will also be using the winning entries on my own Christmas card this year”.

Lili La Scala

16th November

Year 6 were privileged to a performance of wartime songs from singer Lila La Scala, accompanied by Mr Rhys-Morgan.

Jennifer's Trust

13th November

A cheque for £2185 was presented to Jennifer's Trust today - the result of a year's fundraising. Jennifer's Trust was our chosen charity of the year last year after Michaela persuaded the rest of the school to vote for her in assembly. Thank you to everyone who donated money.

Year 2 DT Afternoons

5th, 6th and 9th November

Year 2 pupils from Wickford Infants and the Church of England Infants spent an afternoon designing a paper bag to hold Mr Flitman's shopping. They were assisted by year 5 pupils.


19th October

We celebrated harvest festival this week.

Father Jo kicked it off in Monday's assembly and the children finished the week by sharing their work about harvest on Friday afternoon.

We collected a generous amount of food which was donated to Basildon Community Resource Centre.

Year 3 Egyptian Day

14th October

Year 3 spent the day dressed as egyptians and took part in a variety of activites to learn about ancient Egypt. Click on the year 3 page to see more images.

Year 6 Residential

5th - 9th October

88 year 6 pupils with their teachers and Mrs Pearce, Miss Withers, Mr White and Mrs Ramet, spent the week at Kingswood Activity Centre in West Runton, Norfolk. Click the link above or below to view their week.

The Studio

15th August

The new multi-purpose building in the quad is now finished and ready to be used for Breakfast Club, cookery lessons, dance and much more . . . . .

The outside space has been landscaped to provide different zones for playing and learning:

Year 6 Leavers' Disco

17th July

Goodbye and good luck

at secondary school.

Year 6 Leavers' Assembly

13th July

All three year 6 classes performed a joint class assembly, written by the children, to celebrate their memories of the past 4 years and portray their hopes and fears for the future.

British Olympic Athlete Visited

8th July

Victoria Barr, 400m runner, visited as part of the Team Superschools fund raising challenge. Children were sponsored to complete as many multiskills exercises as possible in a set time. They had their photo individually taken with Vicky and asked her questions about being an international athlete.

We raised in excess of £1700 thanks to family and friends sponsoring pupils; over £1200 of which will go to our charity of the year, Jennifer's Trust.

District Athletic Championship Finals

7th July

After competing at Bromfords against the other wickford schools, 14 of our pupils qualified for the finals of the Basildon District Athletics. Year 4 sprint: Thomas, Mitchell & Olivia; Year 5 sprint: Ella & Charlotte; Year 6 sprint: Ben; Standing long jump: Jack; Distance: Elishia & Matthew; Year 4 relay; Thomas, Mitchell, Hayden & Harvey; Year 6 relay: Ben, Michael, Seb & Matthew. Matthew came home with a silver medal for 800m and the year 4 boys won bronze in the relay. Congratulations!

Sports Day

1st July

This year's winners were Earth House:

Hockey dribbling . . . . . Bean bag . . . .

. . and the teacher's race.

Summer Concert

29th & 30th June

Children from the choir and orchestra, and others who have been learning an instrument this year, performed a variety of pieces to demonstrate their musical talents.

Swimming Gala - Finals Night

27th June

11 pupils from year 5 and 6 qualified for the finals of the Basildon Disrict Swimming Gala. Amazingly every child came home with a medal! Reece 1st backstroke; Tom 3rd breastroke; Rebecca 3rd breastroke; Michaela 1st front crawl; Tommy 3rd butterfly; Darby 3rd butterfly; Mitchell 2nd butterfly; year 5 girls' relay 3rd; year 6 girls' relay 3rd. WELL DONE.


All these pupils have the opportunity to try Phoenix swimming club free for one month (see the 'Letters' page).

Journey Through Time

23rd June

Wickford Schools' open air creative arts festival was held at Grange School. The theme, Journey Through Time, celebrated the year each school was built. Our school was built in 1936, so children from the early morning dance group and afterschool Boyzone performed a 1930s dance to Sing, Sing, Sing, with a Swing.

They also performed an open air assembly to the rest of the school on Friday:

Choir at Chelmsford Cathedral