We are really looking forward to the various activities taking place throughout our Healthy Week. All our children are visiting Excel Studios to take part in dance and martial arts workshops. The smoothie bike will be visiting school, as well at St John’s Ambulance Service who will be teaching us some basic first aid techniques. Everyone will be taking part in a ‘Daily Run’ and in addition to this we would love our children to actively travel to school, maybe on their bike or scooter. If you travel to school by bus or car, maybe park up or jump off the bus a stop early and walk the last part of your journey!
BREAKFAST CLUB – REMINDER
Our 'Great Start' breakfast club is open to all children every day from 8.00am. There is a selection of hot and cold breakfasts and drinks, including a daily special. We also provide fun games and activities including pool, table football and giant snakes and ladders! Parents and families need to book, and pay, for Breakfast Club, in advance, via ParentPay. The cost is £2 per day for a single child or £3 per day for families with siblings. Children will need a small amount of cash if they wish to purchase food from the kitchen (prices from 20p-£1.10). Example menu items include cereals, teacakes, toast & jam, fresh fruit, yogurts, bacon sandwiches, beans, eggs or cheese on toast.
Following recent press and social media coverage, we would like to remind parents and families about the importance of safe internet use. We would always recommend that parents monitor their children’s social media use, especially if they are young or particularly vulnerable. Children should only join groups, which they know other people are using if they are safe and secure. For further advice and to stay up to date with the digital world, click here to access the NSPCC website. You can sign up to receive regular newsletters about new social networks, apps and games. You may also want to change your search engine to a more child friendly version such as Kiddle or Google Safe Search. These search engines provide safe browsing and ensure the highest level of security.
COMIC RELIEF – RED NOSE DAY –
FRIDAY 15TH MARCH
On Friday 15th March, we are supporting Comic Reliefs Red Nose Day. Our School Councillors have organised this year’s events. They have asked that children wear something red and donate £1 but they ask that children do not wear football shirts. Check the newsletter for full details!
PARENT IN PARTNERSHIP
Parent in Partnership meetings will take place on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March, between 3.30pm-6.30pm. We will be using Parent’s Evening Manager on ParentMail – so you can book your parents’ evening appointments from your smartphone, tablet or computer. You will be alerted once the appointment booking goes live. You will be able to select appointment times that are convenient to you. It is all very straightforward, but if you need help you can visit the ParentMail help site: www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/
WORLD BOOK DAY – THURSDAY 7TH MARCH
Look out for a letter with full details of our World Book Day activities. During the week, every child will be given a £1 book token, which can be redeemed at WH Smith’s, Waterstones or any other participating store. The voucher can be exchanged for an exclusive, new and completely free World Book Day book!
In the event of bad weather, there may be occasions when we need to close the school. We will only close school if it is absolutely necessary. In the event of closure, we will let you know in the first instance by text message. We will also update the school’s website and twitter feed. Please remember to let the office know of any changes to your mobile number so we can keep you up to date. You can also sign up for alerts from Sheffield City Council. To receive these alerts please go to the following website www.sheffield.gov.uk/schoolclosures
INTERNET SAFETY WEEK
Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February 2019. The theme this year is Together for a Better Internet. For more details, follow the link https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019.
Y6 MEET A CREATURE
Y6 come face to face with a range of exotic creatures in our Meet a Creatre workshops! Check out the gallery for more pictures.
CAROL CONCERT – FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER
Our carol concert will be held on Friday 21st December at 10:30am. Why not join us for a warm drink and mince pie before we head out onto the playground for the main event from 9:50am (this is a change in time due to the high number of people expected). Because the concert will be held outside make sure you wrap up warmly! Also, please make sure you send your child in with suitable clothing for the event (coat, hat scarf etc.).
CHRISTMAS MARKET – FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER
Parents and Families are welcome to join us for our Christmas Market event when children will be selling the items they have been making in class. There will be refreshments and additional stalls in the hall. On the day children can bring £2 - £3 to spend at the market (in a labelled purse or wallet please). If you can spare some time during the afternoon we would appreciate your help to staff one of the stalls. Please let a member of the office team know if you are able to lend a hand. Santa’s Grotto and Festive Tea tickets have been sent home today, please check your ticket carefully for your time slots. The doors open at 1.30pm and children can be collected from class after this time, an assembly pass will be given to you to hand in to the office if you leave before 3.10pm. Children who are not collected will also have an opportunity to visit the market with a member of HJS staff. We look forward to seeing you there!
CHILDREN IN NEED – FRIDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
Once again, we are supporting Children in Need by wearing something spotty or wearing our PJ’s to school! We would like everyone who is taking part to pay £1 and all monies raised will go directly to Children in Need. On the day, we are having a cake sale; you can help us make this event a success by donating some delicious cakes or biscuits and by joining us on the day. A timetable will be sent home so that you can arrange your visit to meet up with your children. We will also have a ‘name the bear’ competition costing 50p, the winner will win the bear!
To mark Remembrance Week and the end of the First World War all our children will be making a poppy in class this week. The poppies will be displayed in a waterfall cascade in the school hall. The poppy display will remain on display next week, please pop in and take a look. Children will take part in a remembrance assembly next Monday at 11am.
Best. Residential. Ever!!! Some of our Y5/6 children visited Kingswood Residential Centre where they enjoyed some fantastic experiences together. The activities included a 3G swing, archery, bouldering, abseiling and a fire lighting session. Everyone enjoyed three tasty meals a day and the food was fantastic! Thank you to all the children who attended and represented our school with their impeccable behaviour and thank you to our staff for giving up their time to make the visit such a memorable experience for everyone.
PARENT IN PARTNERSHIP – REMINDER
Parent in Partnership meetings will take place on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October, between 3.30pm-6.30pm. From today, we will be using Parent’s Evening Manager on ParentMail – so you can book your parents’ evening appointments from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
You will need to be registered on ParentMail to be able to book appointments!
If you haven’t received a registration email or text, please contact the school office. Once registered we would highly recommend you download the Halfway Junior School app, so you can book appointments on your phone as soon as the appointment booking goes live! To do this, simply search for “Halfway Junior School” in your App store.
PARENT AND COMMUNITY GROUP
Here at Halfway Junior School our Parent and Community Group meets regularly and provides support towards events in school. We currently have a very small group of dedicated members that we would like to grow. If you have a commitment to improving our school and making it a great place to be, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved, please let the school office know. We are always keen to hear new idea and see fresh faces at our PAC Group meetings.
Y6 – TRANSITION TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
Our local secondary schools are holding open evenings for prospective Y7 students. Please see below for details.
YEAR GROUP EXPECTATION MEETINGS
All Y4, 5 and 6 parents and carers are invited to their child’s Year Group meeting to find out more about their child’s curriculum this year. The Y4/5 meeting is on Tuesday 25th September at 5.30pm and the Y6 meeting is the week after on Thursday 4th October at 5.30pm. We will be discussing the teaching, learning and expectations for the year and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Y3 parents received this information during transition week, however if you still have any questions, your child’s class teacher will be happy to answer them. Please look out for a ParentMail form where you can indicate if you will be attending.
ASSEMBLY CHANGES - GOLDEN CHILD
Our Friday assemblies are changing – and you are invited! Each week there will be a Golden Child nominated from each class. During that week the Golden Child will be encouraged to demonstrate the Halfway Learner Value of the week . Then, in celebration assembly on Friday each Golden Child will be celebrated by their class teacher, as to where they have shown the Halfway Learner Value of the week. When it is your child’s turn to be Golden Child, you will be sent a text message on Friday to tell you they are their classes Golden Child for the following week and invited to join us in celebrating their successes in Celebration Assembly (Friday at 9am).