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Monday 8th May 2017

Our Year 6 children are taking their KS2 SATs this week; we wish them luck.  After all their hard work throughout the year, I am sure they will all be successful.

Our Year 2 children are also taking their KS1 SATs throughout this month; we wish them luck although they won't need it as they also have worked really hard all year.

 

 

 

Monday 8th May 2017

 

Yesterday, Sunday 7th May 2017, many of our Year 3 children celebrated their First Holy Communion.  Family and friends joined together for a special Mass in the church.  It was a very moving and spiritual occasion as our children, after a lot of preparation, were able to receive the body and blood of Jesus for the first time.  We wish them love and joy as they continue on their faith journey.  We thank Fr. Paul for making the day so memorable for everyone.

 

 

 

Wednesday 19th April 2017

WELCOME BACK! 

Welcome back to a new term, one we hope will be filled with sunny days, excitement and lots of outdoor learning.  The children have returned full of enthusiasm as have the staff!  We look forward to a term packed with special events such as our Art Week, Marian Procession, Sports Week, various assemblies, Exhibition Evening, Poetry Competition, residential visit to Sussex and theatre visits. As well as the special fun events organised by the Parents' Association.  Keep an eye on the website and the school  newsletter for all the details.  We hope parents, relations and friends will be able to join us for many of our events. 

 

 

 

 

Friday 31st March 2017

                                                                                The children have been involved in so many exciting and fun filled activities this term that the time has flown by and it is the d of the term already!  Please see class pages and our newsletters for more information about the different events this term.

Today Georgia House Team presented a cheque to Farleigh Hospice for £423.72; they raised this money through a sponsored walk, very well done to all the children who participated.

I wish everyone a very Happy Easter and a relaxing, restful holiday.  I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday 18th April 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Today Foundation Stage children accompanied by several members of staff, walked to our parish church of the Blessed Sacrament.  They were greeted by Fr. Paul who showed them around the church, explaining what all the different items were called and what they were used for, e.g. font, tabernacle, thurible, presidential chair etc.  Fr. Paul told the children why we genuflect in church and make the sign of the cross.  He also showed them his special vestments, the children particularly liked the purple and red ones.

 

 

 

The week beginning Monday 27th February was BOOK WEEK

The children enjoyed a variety of different activities connected to books all week.  They all received a Book Token to buy a book of their choice in their favourite book shop.  On Thursday 2nd March it was WORLD BOOK DAY and all children came to school dressed in their favourite book character.  Some of our staff also came dressed as characters!!  All the children came to the school hall in the afternoon so we could see all their outfits and each class recited a poem. The poems were very different, some of them quite difficult but they were all read with enthusiasm and enjoyed by everyone!  Well done to every class!

 

 

Monday 6th February 2017

This week is 'Go Green' week in school.  All children are encouraged to think about the environment and how we can make it better for everyone.  Mr Daley presented an assembly to remind children that they can all help in our quest to make the world a better place to live.  The children were encouraged to 're-use', recycle and reduce everyday.  Our Eco Monitors are working hard to ensure that as a school we take our responsibility for the planet seriously.  They are reminding everyone to save water and electricity; make sure litter is collected and recycled, that we plant trees when possible and generally try to make sure that we look after our world for future generations. 

 

 

Thursday 26th January 2017

Today I entertained seven special children at one of my famous Tea Parties.  We always have sandwiches, crisps, cakes, chocolate biscuits and juice as a special treat.  We do lots of different things during the tea party; this time the children were asked 'how could teachers make lessons more exciting?'  I have lots of ideas for the teachers, such as: playing rock music, having less writing, more visitors, more art, more PE and perhaps teachers could bring in props to make writing stories more interesting.  Lots of fantastic ideas, I hope the teachers are reading this and taking notice!  Thank you children for your brilliant ideas; I think we may have some budding teachers in our school.

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Today it was the turn of Year 1 children to present their Assembly. The children were brilliant telling everyone about special people in their lives and how important it is to do something for someone else.  All the children spoke really well, even better than some of the older children in our school.  Well done to everyone and thank you to the staff, Miss Revill, Mrs Moore and Mrs Baker for their help in preparing the children so well.

Monday 23rd January 2017

Some of our KS2 boys visited Great Waltham Primary School for a Creative Writing enrichment experience.  They all thoroughly enjoyed the day even though it challenged their writing skills.  Feedback from members of staff was very positive and as always we were commended on the behaviour of our pupils.

Friday 13th January 2017

The PA organised another very successful Disco evening for all our children.  They had great fun dancing to some very loud music and enjoyed the great snacks and drinks too!  A big thank you to the PA for all their hard work.

Thursday 5th January 2017

Welcome back to school and a Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope you all had a restful, relaxing and happy Christmas and New Year!

Even on this very cold morning the children appeared to be quite enthusiastic about their return to school and have been pleased to meet up with friends; telling them all about their really great Christmas time.

I had a fantastic start to my day this morning with an unexpected meeting with the Chair (Mrs Bell) and Treasurer (Mrs O'Connell) of The Parents Association.  They came armed with a cheque for £4,500 to enable us to buy new reading material for our library and classrooms.  What a fantastic way to start a new term!  A huge thank you to the Committee members who work so hard to organise fund raising events throughout the year; also to you as parents who come along and support the events.  All your efforts are very much appreciated by the children and staff.

 

 

Tuesday 20th December 2016

Since last week, we have been seriously involved in preparations for Christmas!  The children enjoyed their special Christmas lunch wearing their Christmas jumpers; they all looked extra sparkly and festive.  The money raised from donations was £150.20, this went to Save the Children who will ensure that less fortunate children also have a happy Christmas.  Thank you to everyone who donated £1.00.

 

On Wednesday 14th December, the children all walked to the Civic Theatre for a production of Jack and the Bean Stalk which they thoroughly enjoyed.  Oh Yes they did!

 

On Thursday 15th December, we held our last Celebration Assembly of 2016.  Lots of children received certificates for their many achievements and many of our budding pianists showed off their talent by playing for us. Well done everyone!

 

 

The children of Foundation Stage and KS1 performed 'Angel Express' (Nativity story) on Tuesday 13th and Friday 16th December.  They were all fantastic and had a great time acting and singing.  We had huge audiences on both days so thank you to the many parents, relatives and friends who came along to support the children and enjoy the performances.

 

 

 

 

On Monday 19th December, we held our Carol Concert in the church.  A variety of songs and hymns were sung by class groups, the choir and soloists.  The singing was excellent making the whole concert very enjoyable.  Unfortunately, we had very few parents who were able to come along during the afternoon.  We will, therefore, re-think this event for next year.  Thank you to those parents who were able to come along and support the children.

Monday 12th December 2016

On Friday evening (9th December) our school choir performed Christmas carols outside Chelmsford Station. Schools across Chelmsford were asked to participate in half hourly slots to raise money for 'Health Poverty Action'. Our choir managed to raise over £185.00 during their half an hour of singing.  Didn't they do well!!  Very well done to everyone in the choir for making the effort to take part in this special and worthwhile event and to Miss Ross who escorted the children. 

Monday 12th December 2016

Our Christmas Fayre on Friday evening was very well attended and a great success!  Thank you to everyone for coming and spending money to raise funds for the school.  We hope you had an enjoyable time.  Our thanks and much appreciation go to members of the Parents' Association Committee for organising the event which takes a lot of preparation time as well as work on the day.  Our grateful thanks also to everyone who helped in any way on the day.  If anyone has any further ideas for raising much needed funds, or would like to be part of the committee to organise events, please let us know.

 

 

 

Tuesday 6th December 2016

 

Today all the children made a Christingle in preparation for our Christingle Service during the afternoon.  We were very fortunate to have our parish priest Fr. Paul to lead the service which reminded us all of the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.  The children all enjoyed the inspirational, candlelight service which was very well attended by parents, relatives and friends.  The children enjoyed making their Christingles and were able to take them home at the end of the school day.

Monday 28th November 2016

 

Last Friday, the Choir travelled to Brentwood Cathedral for the Diocesan Schools Carol Concert.  They rehearsed all day and performed in the evening along with seven other schools.  Each school had one song to sing as an individual choir, afterwards they all joined together to perform Hosanna Rock; a musical nativity by Sheila Wilson.  The Choir sang their hearts out and were brilliant - well done everyone, we are very proud of you all! Thank you to the staff for taking and looking after the children so well; also to parents who came along to support the children and take them home afterwards. 

A fantastic way to start our Christmas preparations.

 

Friday 18th November 2016

 

Today is Children In Need day and our children participated in a talent show to raise money for this very worthwhile charity.

The children excelled with their brilliant singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrument playing, and joke telling performances.  The audience loved the acts cheering and clapping each one.  All the children received a certificate for participating and helping to raise money.  We have raised over £1,200.00 with more still to be collected.  A very big 'thank you' to everyone; those performing, those who bought tickets to see the show and staff members for their help on the day.  A special thank you to Mrs Gladwin one of our governors, who helped to judge the acts and give out the certificates.

 

 

11th November 2016

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY

A group of children including our Head Girl and Boy, House Captains and Vice Captains, Prefects and School Counsellors attended a Remembrance Service in Broomfield today.  They laid a wreath and crosses at the war memorial and sang 'Abide with Me' together with members of the British Legion and the general public.  The children were invited into St. Mary's & St. Leonard's Church afterwards by the vicar for a tour.  The British Legion were very appreciative of us being there and urged us to continue to attend, as it meant a great deal to them, to know that old comrades and friends who died in both world wars would not be forgotten.

 

 

 

At school children participated in a Remembrance Day assembly lead by Mr Daley.  They presented crosses and prayers for loved ones.  We all observed a two minute silence in respect of those who have given 'their today for our tomorrows'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th November 2016

OFSTED CELEBRATION

All the children and staff met on the school field today to participate in a group photograph to celebrate our recent Ofsted success.

The photograph will be sent to two local newspapers who are writing articles about our school; they are the Essex Chronicle and the Weekly News, do look out for them.

 

 

8th November 2016

Great news from our newly formed Tag Rugby Team; yesterday they played in their first ever competition at Corporation Park and came third out of fifteen schools.  A fantastic achievement and we are very proud of them. 

Our St. Pius X Tag Rugby Team:   Ryan, Dominic, Daira, Daniella, Luke, Jack, Grace, Daniel, Amelia, Louis, Megan - well done!

See our next newsletter for more details.

 

 

Also yesterday the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head Girl (Alexandra) and Head Boy (James) attended Mass for the closing of the Year of Mercy for Schools in Brentwood Cathedral.  This was a very special occasion with Bishop Alan presiding; many schools had travelled from all over the diocese to attend and everyone enjoyed a wonderful morning of prayer and thanksgiving. 

 

 

7th November 2016

Today, Ofsted Reports have been sent out to parents and I am sure that you are as delighted as I am about the grading of Good with areas that are outstanding.  Although Governors and staff are exceptionally pleased at the result of the recent inspection we will not be sitting back and relaxing; there is still much work to be done as our next mission is to be an 'Outstanding' school.

Thank you to all parents for your support in everything we try to achieve for your children here at St. Pius X.

 

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Our English Workshop for parents yesterday evening was well attended.  My thanks to all those who made the effort to come into school to see how English is taught in school and to see presentations made by children.  All parents said they enjoyed seeing how children progress through the year groups and what they need to know to achieve well in the SATs tests.  Feedback forms that were returned stated that parents found the evening valuable and helpful; with suggestions made for other events that we might wish to consider in the future.  All suggestions made by parents are considered carefully by senior leaders and where possible we will arrange events to support and inform parents.  My thanks to staff for giving up their evening to set up displays and talk to parents.

Friday 21st October 2016

It has been a very full week with Parents' Consultation Evenings, the Year 3 Assembly and Parents' Coffee Morning.  Thank you to all parents who attended Consultation evenings on Monday and Wednesday; we hope you found them useful.  Many parents have commented favourably on the new half termly reports indicating their child's progress which we hope will keep you up to date with their efforts and achievement. 

In their assembly Year 3 children reminded us about making promises and how important it was to keep them.  The message was that God always keeps his promises to each and every one of us.  Well done to all the children who worked hard during a busy two weeks to prepare. 

Thank you also to the parents who came along to our Coffee Morning today.  Mrs Evans gave a talk on E-safety, especially relevant with so many young children having access to mobile phones, tablets and computers etc.  It's a frightening world out there and we must all be vigilant where our children's safety is concerned. 

Next week is half term; have a really lovely week with your children, let's hope the sun shines brightly all week!

 

Thursday 13th October 2016

This week has been Maths Week, all children in every class have experienced maths activities that make learning fun.  They have enjoyed the slightly less formal way of learning.  I have visited classes during the week and seen maths raps, really difficult problem solving challenges and practical activities with shapes and measures.  The Foundation Stage children left the classroom completely and went outside to solve problems using sticks - they were so excited!  Today we welcomed the 'Happy Puzzle Company' who came to share games and activities in the hall.  The children worked collaboratively in groups to work and solve problems using practical resources. 

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Our visitors from Ofsted have gone and we now await their report and what they have graded the school.  All of the staff in school have worked very hard over the past two years to make the school a better place to learn, socialise and be happy.  We showed the Inspectors all the good things about the school; they looked at lessons in every class, they spoke to a variety of different children, asked subject leaders about their role in the school; they went to view breakfast Club and after school clubs, talked to parents at the gate and much more. It was a very thorough inspection and we hope that all the hard work pays off.  The report should be issued sometime during the week after half term.  As soon as we receive it , parents will be sent a copy.

Friday 7th October 2016

 

A big 'thank you' to parents who donated food this week for CHESS.  We had a huge display of food which I am sure the homeless of Chelmsford will appreciate.  The children attended a special Harvest Assembly and wore bright clothes to 'Brighten Up Harvest' and paid £1.00 for CAFOD.  Thank you to everyone for helping the children to come in bright colours and for your fantastic donations which amounted to £192.40. 

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Thank you to all our parents who made a huge effort to ensure their child/ren came dressed as historical characters.  We had some fantastic costumes and the children had all done their homework to find out as much information as they could about their particular character.  The children, who were very excited, all enjoyed drama sessions from a specialist teacher who visited our school.  The children also had a wonderful time during lessons acting in character; as it was also 'No Pens' day they were delighted that no work had to be completed in their books.  My thanks also to our staff members who joined in the fun and dressed up as a variety of different characters.  A very exciting and enjoyable way to learn - definitely one to be repeated next year!

HISTORY CHARACTER DAY 2016

Friday 30th September 2016

This morning we welcomed over thirty parents to our first of many Coffee Mornings.  Mr Daley gave a presentation on how assessment works within the school.  Parents were very interested and raised a lot of relevant questions which I hope we answered satisfactorily.  A discussion followed about setting and achieving targets, marking and feedback as well as how 'Growth Mindset' works within the school.  Coffee and cake was enjoyed by all and we look forward to the next meeting on Friday 21st October 2016 at 9.30am.  My thanks to all the parents who attended.

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Today parents and children enjoyed the Year 6 Harvest Assembly.  The children had produced posters and pictures to illustrate just how many people in the world do not have enough food to eat.  They informed parents and children that next week we would be collecting food and toiletries to help homeless people in our local area.  On Friday 7th October 2016 we will be supporting CAFOD in their work for the poor in developing countries; their theme this year for harvest is 'Brighten Up Harvest Day'.  We will be holding a non-uniform day and children will be able to come to school dressed in bright colours supporting those in need by donating £1.00.  We look forward to a very bright day indeed!

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Yesterday evening we held a Parents' Information Evening; all staff made presentations on their particular curriculum area and information was given regarding the school's recent success in the SATs tests and the Phonic Screening check.  Parents heard how the school has improved during the past year and the further developments planned for this year. Parents who attended commented that the evening was useful and gave them a good idea of what their children are learning and why; they also gained an insight into in where the school was heading in the future. 

 

Friday 16th September 2016

During our Friday Celebration assembly today, our Head Boy and Head Girl, Prefects, House Captains and Vice Captains were appointed.  They were given their special badges and gold ties to wear so that everyone knows who they are.  We wish them luck as they take on the extra responsibilities of being part of our Leadership Team.

We also celebrated with children who had participated in outside activities during the holidays; many of them achieved certificates or trophies for their efforts.  Well done everyone!

Children received Star of the Week awards from their teachers for extra special work or behaviour.  We are very proud of them!

Well done everyone!  Class 2 achieved the best Attendance Certificate for last week and Year 6 achieved the award for this week.

We welcomed lots of parents this week, which was lovely for the children.  Thank you to all those who attended and we look forward to seeing you again.

Wednesday 14th September 2016

Today the children were very excited as we held our election to decide who our House Captains and Vice Captains would be for our four House Teams (Montana, Iowa, Georgia and Missouri).  Year 6 pupils who wished to be considered all had to complete an application form and then give a presentation to children in their house teams. All the pupils who gave presentations did extremely well, speaking clearly and with great enthusiasm.  After the presentations the whole school including staff were able to vote for who they thought would make the best House Captain and Vice Captain for their team.  The vote was overseen by nominated electoral officers from Year 5 who ensured that all children had a vote and only voted once.  The results of the vote will be given on Friday at our weekly Celebration Assembly.  Head Boy, Head Girl and our Prefects will also be chosen this week; all children will be presented with their badges and gold ties at the assembly on Friday.  Very well done to everyone who participated today!

Thursday 8th September 2016

Whole school Mass was celebrated by Fr. Pius this morning.  The Mass celebrated friendship and the children brought flowers and a globe (representing friendship across the world) to the altar. Today is the birthday of Our Lady Mary, the mother of Christ, we remembered this very special mother in our prayers.

We welcomed parents and members of our parish to the Mass

 

 

 

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Welcome back to the start of a new school year.  The children have returned full of enthusiasm and very excited to see their friends.  They have all settled in to their new classes really well.  We look forward to a term full of exciting events and really great learning opportunities for all children. 

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