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Newsletter - 16th July 2009
Dear Parents,

As the academic year 2008-09 comes to an end I would like to thank all the parents, children, governors and PTA who have contributed to the school in so many ways this year

Quiz Team
The Katherine Semar Junior School Science Quiz team were in the National final at Potters Bar on Monday July 13th. It was a thrilling contest and our team came second, a fantastic achievement! Well done to all those who took part.

Year 6
It’s ‘Goodbye’ to year 6 children and parents, a fantastic year everyone!
Of all children who took the key stage 2 SATs tests the results were:

English level 4+ above 94%
Maths level 4+ above 95%
Science level 4+ above 100%

There have been great sporting events this year with many successes e.g. cricket. We are thrilled the PTA are buying a set of ‘cricket whites’ for the children to wear during next years events.

In music this year we have had a new school orchestra and a fantastic choir who have represented the school at several events.

All parents of year 6 children, please don’t forget the leaver’s assembly at 1.15pm tomorrow. Please could you arrive for this no earlier than 1pm. The assembly will be recorded and copies will be available to buy at £5.00 each. Please indicate on the slip below how many copies you would like and these will be sent to you during the new September term.

Year 3 Parents
Please note that your child will need to wear the new PE kit from September. This is available at Gray Palmers.

To all parents and children, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and safe summer holiday. We wish year 6 the very best as they move onto their new schools and look forward to seeing everyone else on their return on September 3rd .

Yours sincerely 

Mrs R C Callaghan

Child's Name_____________________________________________

Parents' Name/s_____________________________/_____________________________

I would like to order _______copies of the 2008/2009 Year 6 leavers assembly at £5.00 each. 

Please ensure money is enclosed with your order

Please send my DVDs to the below address:______________________________________________________________________________

Signed ____________________________________


Newsletter 48

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the fantastic collection of vouchers this year. 78,000 and still counting!
We have ordered 8 visualisers. These will make a huge difference to each class in many ways.

Sports day
It’s sports day next Thursday July 2nd. The PTA will be selling tea and coffee. Please come along and support the children.

Year 3 news
Miss Davey will be leaving us on July 3rd. We wish her all the best for the future and many thanks for all her hard work in the time she’s been with us.

Staffing changes for September 2009
Sadly we say goodbye to Miss Spearpoint who will be moving to teach in a school in Cambridge. We wish her every success for the future.
Mrs Sheil will be retiring in July and I’m sure you will all join me in wishing her well for a relaxed future.
Mrs Lewin will be emigrating to Australia in August. We look forward to hearing about her exciting new adventures and wish her all the best.

Staffing for September 2009
Year 3 will be taught by Miss C Willdigg
Year 4 will be taught by Mrs J Archer, Miss L Walbanke and Mr A Wallace
Year 5 will be taught by Mr M Johnson and Mrs C Graham
Year 6 will be taught by Mr A Hull and Mr N Lloyd

The children will meet their new teachers on July 9th.
Please note that whilst year 4 is three classes at the present time this is subject to change.

I am sure 2009 2010 will be an exciting year for us all.

Summer Fete
Please come and join us at the summer fete tomorrow, July 27th 

News this week
All the children in every year group have had a very exciting week and everybody has enjoyed the schools International day today.
Please look on the web site to see the photos.

Yours sincerely

R C Callaghan


11th June 2009 - PTA NEWSLETTER

It has come to that time of the year again with lots of things happening over the last few weeks of the school term. We are asking again, for a little of your time, in making the Summer Fete as successful as the Christmas Bazaar. As it may be the last for some of you we hope you can help us make it the best.
On Monday 22nd June we will be holding a non uniform day for which we ask please that the children bring in something for either the child or adult tombola.
Also on that day we will be sending out plates which we would be grateful if you would fill with lovely cakes for the cake stall. We will also be sending a strip of raffle tickets which we would encourage you to buy. They are £1.00 per strip and this is for the raffle which will include a Waitrose Hamper and many other exciting prizes.
As you may be aware the Father’s Day Secret Room is on Thursday 18th June. This has been a great success and we hope all fathers have a lovely day.
The fete is on Saturday 27th June from 10am to 2pm. There will be lots of stalls and pocket money activities including tombolas, bouncy castles, BBQ, animals, vintage vehicles and a car boot. If you are interested in having a pitch for the car boot. please feel free to book a pitch at £10.00 per car by completing the form below.
If you would like to help on the day or before just complete the form below and return to school.
Thanking you all in advance of your help
Car Boot
I _________________________________________would like ________pitches
For the car boot at the summer fair and I enclose the sum of £____________

I can help
Name ____________________________________________________
Phone Number_____________________________________________

When I can help____________________________________________

News Letter Number 47
12th June 2009

Dear Parents,

Inter-house School Swimming Gala
Due to the Year 6 ‘Taster Day’ at Saffron Walden County High School now being 6th July the gala will be held on Monday 13th July. All children must have their swimwear in school on that day. The cost of the session will be £2 for Year 6. All other year groups have paid. All children must of course wear swim hats.

Non Pupil Day
Just a reminder that 19th June is a non-pupil day.

ACE Kids Club 
Will be open as usual from 8.00 am 6.00 pm for all your childcare needs. Please phone 01799 520356 or call in to reserve a place.

Tesco Vouchers
Thank you for the amazing collection of vouchers this year, so far we have collected over 60,000! Please send in any more vouchers as soon as possible as the mail date is 23rd June.

Science Quiz
Well done to the children who took part in the Science Quiz on Wednesday 10th June. Christian Shaw, Georgina Dunham 10th June. Christian Shaw, Georgina Dunham (Yr 5), Tom Moran and Brody Thomson (Yr 6) worked well as a team to win their area event by over 400 points! They’re now only one round away from the final!

Non Uniform Day
Please note that 22nd June is a non-uniform day. Children are asked to bring something for the child or adult tombola. (Please see the PTA Letter).
Let’s all hope for a warm, dry sunny weekend!
Yours sincerely

R C Callaghan
International Day
3rd June, 2009 

Dear Parents,

On Friday 26th June Katherine Semar Juniors will be holding an International Day to celebrate the different cultures within the school. The day will include many fun activities and will provide the children with opportunities to learn about the difference and diversity of our world. 

To make this an enjoyable day for all we would like the children to represent a different country by creating a hat or a flag at home and bringing it in on the day. Traditional dress could even be worn! 

We hope that all children will participate and we look forward to seeing their creations.

Newsletter 46 22nd May 2009
Dear Parents,


Please note that Years 3, 4 and 5 reports will be in your child’s Friday folder. There is a parental reply slip and I would be very grateful if you could complete these with any comments and return them after half term. You may send them back to your class teacher, or to me, via the school office.

Year 3, 4 and 5 residential visits

All three residentials were very successful, with all children and staff having a great time. The weather was kind to everybody and no activities were missed. We shall be evaluating all the residential visits this year to inform any changes that need to be made in the future.


The Year 6 children have now completed their SATs tests. Well done to everybody for all your hard work and support. Year 6 are now working on their transition projects, in preparation for their move to the Saffron Walden County High School.


Some children have undertaken training to be playleaders, beginning next half term. They will be working with year groups in both the Junior and Infant schools. This is a really exciting new project, and both schools are looking forward to it.

Tesco and Sainbury’s vouchers

We are still actively collecting vouchers from supermarkets. Please send them in to school with your children. They make a valuable contribution to adding to the resources available for children in school. So far we have collected over 32,000 vouchers. Our best year was 2008, where we collected 54,000 vouchers in total so please keep collecting!

Ace Holiday Club

If you need childcare during the half term holiday, please call Ace Kids Club on 01799 520 356 or Email 

This week we have been:
Year 3 have been planting seeds to find out how they grow.

Year 4 have finished their clay mummies, wrapped them in bandages and placed them in their beautiful cases.

Year 5 have enjoyed their Kessingland visit. Children who remained at school created wild and wacky chairs in a ‘Thrones’ project. Make sure you come and see them!

Year 6 are starting their transition projects, in preparation for High School and rehearsing for the end of year show.

We hope you all have a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 1st June.

Yours sincerely,

R. Callaghan
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEWSLETTER NUMBER 45
1ST MAY 2009
Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school for the summer term, the weather so far has been glorious. Let s hope it continues.

Water bottles 
As the weather warms up, it becomes increasingly important the children remember to bring their water bottles to school. Equally, they must remember to bring them home again each evening to be washed. Water bottles can be purchased from reception for £1.25.
Although the weather is good, children still need to bring their coats or a waterproof jacket to school in case it rains.

Book Fair
On the 15th, 18th and 19th May there will be a Scholastic Book Fair at Katherine Semar Juniors. This will provide a great opportunity for our pupils to celebrate reading and to purchase some fantastic children s books. Each year group will be able to browse through the books during school time and then come along to the fair which will take place after school in the main hall. We hope to see you there!

We are still busily collecting Sainsbury's, Tesco's and Times book vouchers. Please continue to send them in with your child.

Bank Holiday
Please remember that school is not open this Monday, 4th May, as it is a bank holiday. School resumes on Tuesday 5th May.

Year 6 SATs
Just a quick reminder that the year 6 national assessment tests (SATs) begin on the week beginning Monday 11th May. The children have been working very hard with their revision and deserve to do well.

Residential visits
Year 4 are off to Holt Hall on Wednesday 6th May for their 3 day residential visit. Year 3 are off to St Mark s College for their residential. We wish them all a safe and enjoyable trip. Photos and recounts will appear on the website once they return.

Year 3 and 5 continue to swim this half term, with years 2 and 4 swimming from Monday 8th June.

This week the different year groups have been... 

Year 3 Have been learning about play scripts and writing their own stage directions to set the scene! In maths, we have been working with multiples of 5 and 10.
Year 4 Have been enjoying learning all about King Henry VIII.
Year 5 We are working on making film trailers and finding out about Ancient Greece.
Year 6 Are developing their cricketing skills in PE and also revising hard for their SATs tests.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs R Callaghan


Friday 20th March 2009
Dear Parents,

Roof works
The roof works are now nearing completion. May I say a huge thank you to all parents, children and staff who have put up with a new reception and lots of walking around the building to find your way to classrooms, etc!

From Monday 23rd March, reception will be back to normal.

Parents’ Evening
Parents’ evenings were very well attended.

Please make sure you do not park on the yellow or zig-zag lines outside school. Parking there is very dangerous to both parents and children. 

The local community police will be checking these areas before and after school in the next few weeks.

The front of the school has been planted with hundreds of bulbs. Please keep to the paths to give them a chance to grow into a colourful display in the next few weeks.

Tesco and Sainsbury’s vouchers
We are now actively collecting the vouchers from these major supermarkets. Each class is part of a competition to collect the most. Please donate your vouchers. Get your friends, neighbours and relatives to rally round to beat our total from last year.

Sports news
We are very proud to announce that our netball team won the Inter-school Netball Tournament for large schools. They were presented their winning shield during assembly.

We participated in the Inter-school swimming gala. They children were well prepared and swam fantastically well, coming second in the squadron race! Certificates will be presented to the children during assembly next week.

Around the school
Year 3 have been planning an ‘Aboriginal Menu’ in their topic work. In Maths, they have been adding in 10s and solving word problems.
Year 4 have continued their Ancient Egypt topic and have nearly completed their mummy cases!
Year 5 have been reflecting on their trip to the mosque last week. In maths they are dividing and using fractions.
Year 6 have just begun a new science topic of dissolving and separating.

Yours sincerely 
R C Callaghan


Violin lessons
Dear Parents or Guardians, 

I am delighted to say that violin lessons will once again be offered at Katherine Semar Junior School from Thursday 19th March 2009. The lessons will be taught by the experienced and successful Mrs. Cath Chandler and will be at a cost of £12 for a thirty minute lesson. 

The school has violins available to any pupils who are interested and there is no charge for using the school’s violins, only a £25 pound security deposit, refundable on return of the instrument. 

Learning any new skill requires determination and support and of course, practise makes perfect, but this is an excellent opportunity for any child to develop new skills and confidence. As the pupil’s progress, there will be opportunities to join the school’s new orchestra and practice playing with others as well as for an audience. 

If your child is interested, or if you require any further information, please contact me via the school or through your child’s planner. I hope that many children will be excited at this opportunity to be part of the continually developing traditions of music and performing arts at the school and I thank you in advance for your support 

Yours sincerely, 

Mr. N. Lloyd 
Music Subject Leader


Friday 6th March 2009 

Dear Parents, 

World Book Day 

We would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who made a ‘book hat’ or donated books and cakes in celebration of World Book Day. The hats were amazing and the staff were impressed by the variety of books represented and the quality of the hats. All profits from the book and cake sale will be donated to ‘World Book Aid International’. The charity send much needed books to sub-Saharan Africa. The day was hugely enjoyable and helped us to appreciate that books really can change lives! 

Building Works 

We are now in week 3 of our building works. I am very impressed how our school has kept running so smoothly despite so much of our building being out of bounds. Thank you to all staff, parents and children for their consideration during this time of change. 

Sports News 

Four of our netball teams travelled to the County High last week to compete in an inter-school tournament. Our children did very well, with our A and B teams coming second and third overall. We are very proud of the way all our children represented the school. 

In football, it’s all honours even after our A team drew one all with Dame Bradbury’s and our B team drew three all. 

Comic Relief 

Next Friday, we will be holding a cup cake and biscuit sale in aid of Comic Relief. We would be really grateful if you could donate a small selection for us to sell on the day. Your child will be able to buy a biscuit or cake during break time, for 50p. 

During the morning, we will be holding a ‘Pin the nose on the clown’ 
competition, which children can participate in for 50p. Thank you very much for your support. 

Tesco Vouchers for schools 

It’s that time of year again when Tescos are giving away vouchers for schools. If you shop in Tescos, please collect the vouchers for your child to take to school. We will be holding our annual competition to see which class can collect the most. Last year, we managed to buy 12 digital video cameras for the children to use. 

Governor News 

On behalf of the school governors, we would like to thank Mrs. Margaret Bevan for her work on the school’s governing body. Her term of office is expiring after four years of service. She has made valuable contributions towards our school’s improvement. 

School Council 

Many thanks to the Year 6 school council members, who reported on their role within school to the school governors at a meeting last Thursday. Their contribution to school life is really appreciated. 

Marie Curie Cancer Care 

We are taking part in this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal, on behalf of the Marie Curie Cancer care trust. If you would like to donate, our daffodil box is located in our temporary reception area. The recommended donation is £1.00. 

Around the school 

Year 3 have been decorating sunshine biscuits as part of their work in writing instructions. 
Year 4 have started their new Forces topic in science, working with Magnets.. 
Year 5 have enjoyed the singing with Mrs. Wheeler. 
Year 6 have been looking at all the different types of fiction genres in reading. 

Yours sincerely 
R C Callaghan



World Book Day
Friday 27th February 2009 

Dear Parents / Guardians, 

We have pleasure in informing you about forthcoming exciting events at Katherine Semar Junior School. 

Thursday 5th March, 2009 - World Book Day 
Book Hat Competition! 
In celebration of World Book Day, we are inviting children to design a ‘book hat’ to represent their favourite book or character from a story. Prizes will be awarded for original and imaginative designs within each year group. The hats should be worn to school on World Book Day. 

We will also be holding a Book and Cake Sale on Thursday 5th March at 3.10 in the school hall to raise money for Book Aid International. The charity distributes much needed books to children in Africa. We would be extremely grateful for donations of any unwanted books for all ages that can be sold on the day. Donations of cakes to help with our money raising effort would also be appreciated. Books should be sent into school from Monday 2nd March. 

During the school day the children will have opportunities to enjoy reading related activities. We would like all children to bring in a book of choice to share with their class on that day. 

In order to promote and celebrate reading within the school, we are launching a 
‘Get Caught Reading’ display in the library. This will be an ongoing competition whereby a half-termly prize will be awarded to the child bringing in a photograph of themselves reading in an unusual place! As the competition is ongoing, a prize will be awarded for our favourite picture on World Book Day, entries will be accepted from Monday 2nd March. 

We would also be grateful for any donations of Children’s comics/magazines which can be enjoyed across the school by children during Golden Time and wet play. 

Comic Relief – Friday 13th March 

As part of Comic Relief’s Fundraising efforts, we are selling Red Noses for £1. Children will be able to buy these in school from Monday 2nd March. 

We are also holding a Cake Sale during break time on Friday 13th March. We would be grateful if you could donate a small number of cupcakes or biscuits that we can sell on the day. Children can bring in 50p to buy a cake or biscuit. 

We are also going be holding a ‘Pin the Nose on the Clown’ competition in which children can win a prize. If your child would like to take part, the cost will be 50p. 

We would be grateful if you could send in money towards the Comic Relief events on the day itself, rather than beforehand.

There will be a number of other opportunities related to Comic Relief on this day to help raise awareness of those less fortunate than ourselves. 

We really appreciate your continued support with all our fundraising efforts and thank you for helping us to make a difference. 

Mrs Graham and Miss Spearpoint. 
Thursday 12th February 2009 

Dear Parents,

Holiday Dates 

Please note half term 16th – 20th February 2009. 
On Friday 13th February we have a non-pupil day. 

ACE Club 

Ace club will be open from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm on 13th February and throughout the half term holiday should you need fun, safe childcare. Please phone 520356 to book a place or e-mail. 

Snow Days 

What a difficult week we had last week 2nd – 6th February with snow and ice 

Any children who were absent during that week will be marked as a ‘C’ which means exceptional circumstances. I hope this clears up any confusion. 

The website is a great way to communicate urgent messages and if the website states school is open then it is. Should any other messages be given out please ignore them and send your child into school. 

Roof Works 

The final phase of the roof strengthening works will start at half term and be completed by the end of the Spring term. This means we will have new steel works, electrics and ceilings in the school hall, offices, art room, staff room and medical room. 

The reception desk will be resited during this time in the new build entrance way. 

The art room is to have a totally new roof which should look fantastic! 

Year 3 – have been writing exciting adventure stories. 

Year 4 – have been working on their ‘How to make a Mummy’ instruction sheets. 

Year 5 – have been researching into the ‘History of Space’ and designed an information sheet. Have also started to make musical instruments. 

Year 6 – have created a range of artwork using perspective. 

Yours sincerely 
R C Callaghan 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PTA Letter and Bug Buster
30th January 2009 

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to a new year of fundraising for Katherine Semar Junior School. 

If you ordered Chocoholic chocolates through us last year you will know how yummy they are. If you didn’t manage to order any last year or even if you did manage to order and would like to place another order we are fortunate to have catalogues in reception again. These are just in time for Mothers Day and Easter and as usual any sales we receive Chocoholics have kindly agreed to give us the commission, so please feel free to come and get a catalogue and place an order. Orders need to be back with us by Friday 6th March and will be delivered to the school on Monday 16th March just in time for Mothers Day. 

In relation to Mothers Day we will be holding a secret room for the children to purchase gifts for their mums, grans or carers. Presents will already be wrapped so it’s a lovely surprise for mums to open on the day. This will be held on Friday 20th March and more details on this will follow. 

There will be a school Easter Disco for the whole school. This has been arranged for 20th March from 4.30pm until 6.00pm. It will cost £3.50 per child which includes the admission price, a drink and snack. 

Please help support your school. 

Thank you. 

The PTA Committee 
National Bug Buster Day 
30th January, 2009 
Dear Parents, 

Headlice are, unfortunately, endemic to the population. 
From time to time we are informed by parents that their child/children have or has had headlice. 
This can be upsetting for the children and is certainly very irritating for the parents to be faced with the problem especially if it reoccurs. 
As schools we can only absorb your complaints and recommend courses of action. 
We send out leaflets and information from time to time, and this term the School Nurse ran a Headlice Workshop for parents. 
There is a national campaign which recommends that parents are particularly vigilant once a term. All parents are therefore asked to check their children’s hair this Saturday, 31st January (we will advise you of the other dates as appropriate). Please visit website for more information. 
Please note that the School Nurse no longer has the remit or authority to check the children’s hair. 
If you have any questions or concerns about this matter please come to the school offices. 

Yours sincerely,

Jane Gilmour and Rachel Callaghan 
Head Teachers, Katherine Semar Infant School and Katherine Semar Junior School

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------St St. Marks Residential Visit 
Wednesday 13th May to Friday 15th May 2009  - Year 3 
Dear Parents, 

We again are pleased to offer this fun packed residential visit to St Marks for year 3 children. 
The children will travel by coach to the venue and will partake of many exciting activities that St Marks provide. 

The children will have full board consisting of breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
They will sleep in dorms with en suite bathrooms. 

This has been a very successful trip in the past and the places are limited. 
The cost for this visit is £120.00 
Payment plan Deposit £30 Feb £30.00 March 30.00 April £30.00 

To ensure a place for your child please complete the form below and return it to school as soon as possible and before 30th Jan 2009 with the deposit of £30. 
If you wish to talk to me about any of the forgoing please do not hesitate in contacting my office staff for an appointment. 

Yours sincerely 
R C Callaghan 

St Marks Residential Visit 2009 

I/we my child ____________________________Class _______ 
to attend the visit to St Marks. 

I enclose the deposit of £30 which I understand will be non refundable once it has been paid to St Marks. 

I agree to comply with the payment plan of instalments. 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEWSLETTER NUMBER 41 
23rd January 2009 
Dear Parents,

Chinese New Year 
On 27th January it is Chinese New Year. To celebrate this we will be having a Chinese lunch menu which will be as follows: 

Blue – Sweet and Sour Pork 
Yellow – Noodles with Beef and Veg 
Vegetarian – Sweetcorn Fritters and Chilli Sauce 
All with the usual accompaniments. 

Please note the attached exciting new menus. These will start from Monday 26th January. 

New Sports Kit 
I am pleased to be able to inform you that the new sports kit – sports easy care T shirts and rugby shirts are now in stock at Gray Palmer. The T shirt is wash and non iron as is the rugby shirt and this will also keep the children warm during the outside PE lessons in the colder weather. Please call into school if you would like to see them. 

Year 4 appeal 
Mrs Archer and Miss Walbanke need as many Ben and Jerry large ice cream cartons as possible for their Egyptian topic this term. 

Book tokens 
You may have heard on Heart FM (used to be Q103) that the Times are giving away book tokens daily (3 on a Sunday) for books for schools, can you help? 

We will be collecting them from now on. 
Don’t forget to ask people you know to collect them too! 

Maths Week – Happy Puzzle Company and NSPCC Fundraising Activity 
Our Maths Puzzle week has once again been a great success with the children having many opportunities to solve a variety of puzzles and investigations both in their classes and in their year groups. Do look at the school website to see exactly what the children have been up to. All the school really enjoyed the Happy Company Puzzle workshops and many children and parents came after school to buy some of the puzzles for themselves. Thank you also to those of you who have been busy collecting sponsor money, all children have now taken part in their activity successfully on Thursday and we ask that the money can be collected and brought into school. We will let you know how much money we have raised for the NSPCC. Thank you to all parents for your continued support with your child’s Maths education. 

Year 3 – Have really enjoyed completing lots of different challenges and investigations in maths. 
Year 4 – Have been looking at different types of instruction texts. 
Year 5 – Have been solving problems and puzzles in maths. 
Year 6 – Have been writing arguments in literacy. 

Could all parents please note that children should not be in the school grounds before 8.30am. Children can be booked into ACE from 8.00am at a cost of £3.50. 

Yours sincerely 
R C Callaghan 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Katherine Semar Junior School : Fitness Club
Fitness Club 
Includes Body Combat and Circuits 
Dear Parents, 

We are pleased again to be able to offer this exciting and enjoyable club to both boys and girls for all year groups. 
Classes will be held on Monday 
Start date: 19th January 2009 – to and including 9th March 2009. 
Times: 3.15 – 4.15 p.m. 
Cost: £2 per session total £14 
If you would like you child to take part in this very popular club please complete the form below and return it to school with the correct monies by Monday 26th January. Cheques should be made payable to T James. 

Fitness Club 
Includes Body Combat and Circuits 

Child’s Name_____________________________________Class________ 

Would like to take part in the Fitness Club. 

I enclose the sum of £______ 

Signed ____________________________________________Date________ 

My child will walk home on their own Yes/No. 
My child will be collected by _________________________________________From the hall door 
Please give your contact number for the duration of the club. 

Home Phone No. ___________________Mobile No _________________ 


Katherine Semar Junior School 
Ross Close 
Saffron Walden 
CB11 4DU
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ofsted Questionnaire

Please open the link and submit your thoughts and feelings about our school.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEWSLETTER NUMBER 40 
9th January 2009 

Welcome back to the Spring Term and some real winter weather! In the event of extreme weather, school closure notices will be on: 
- the school website ticker bar 
- radio Essex 
- Heart FM 

Can I politely remind you not to drop your children off in the school car park. There have also been complaints from tenants in Ozier Court about parking. 

Lunch boxes 
The children should not bring cans of drinks or any fizzy drinks in their lunch boxes and as always sweets are not allowed. 

Cinders and Mr Humbug 
Copies of the Christmas performances are now available. If you have not ordered a copy but would like to order one please fill in the form overleaf.. 

There are still tickets available. Please call in the school office if you would like some. 

Progress Reports 
Progress reports for all the children will go out in next weeks Friday folder. 

R C Callaghan 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Head Lice
8th January 2009 
Dear Parents,

Our School Nurse, Joanne Crake, has organised a workshop for parents of Katherine Semar Infants and Katherine Semar Juniors about headlice. 
The session will take place in the Infant School on Thursday 21st January from 2.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. 
If you are interested in attending please complete the slip below and return to school by Tuesday 13th January 2009. 

Yours sincerely 

R C Callaghan and J Gilmour

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Christmas DVDs
18th December 2008. 

Dear Parents, 

We would like to offer you the opportunity of purchasing a DVD of the schools Christmas performances. 
The cost will be £5 per copy and orders can only be accepted with the correct monies. 
All cheques should be made payable to KSJ. 
Please complete the form below if you would like to purchase a copy/copies. 
The final date for orders will be Friday 16th January 2009. 
This is a new service we are offering which we feel will be a great memory for you and your children. 

Yours sincerely 
R C Callaghan 

DVD order form. 


I would like to order the following: 

Upper School 'Cinders' number of copies [ ] 

Lower School 'Mr Humbug Sees the Light' number of copies [ ] 

I enclose the sum of £_______________ 

Copies will be issued in the New Year 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEWSLETTER 39 
Dear Parents, 

With the Autumn term drawing to a close there are just a few items to bring to your attention. 

Poppy Appeal 
I am pleased to report that our school collected £19.50 towards this worthwhile appeal. Thank you to all those who contributed. 

Teenage Cancer Trust 
The collection at the end of the performances of years 5 and 6 Cinderella and years 3 and 4 Mr Humbug sees the light was fantastic. Years 5 and 6 collected £177.43 and years 3 and 4 collected £163.11 making a grand total of £340.54. Many thanks to all of you who took part, supported and came to enjoy this years productions. 

School Meals 
If you wish to pay for either a half term or termly for the spring term school meals, the cost will be £54 for a half term or £108 for the full spring term. 

End of term 
School closes at 2pm tomorrow Friday 19th December and will re-open at 8.35am on Monday 5th January 2009. 
On behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. 

Year 3 – Have been enjoying making cards and calendars. 
Year 4 – Have been rehearsing their Christmas production Mr Humbug sees the light. 
Year 5 – Have been decorating Christmas cards and their calendars. 
Year 6 – Have performed ‘Cinders’ and enjoyed their Christmas Parties 

Yours sincerely 
R C Callaghan

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Years 3 & 4 Christmas Production

Years 3 and 4 Christmas Production: Mr Humbug Sees the Light 

Dear Parents / Guardians, 

On Wednesday 17th December, Years 3 and 4 proudly present their Christmas production: Mr Humbug Sees the Light. The first performance starts at 2:00pm and the evening performance begins at 6:00pm. 

All the children in Years 3 and 4 have been working very hard on this production and in order to ensure that everyone can attend; tickets will initially be limited to two per family. A few days before the performance begins, a further notice will be issued through ParentMail, allowing families to have additional tickets. 

If you plan to take young children (Under 7s) to the Production, please attend the afternoon performance. Children under 7 years will be unable to attend the evening performance. 

Tickets will come in the form of a Programme, and they will be needed on the day to gain entry. Please complete the form below to reserve your tickets. 

On the evening of the 17th December, please bring your child to school at the following times: 
5.30: If they are an actor and need to get into their costume. 
5.45. All other children including those in the choir. 
No child will be admitted before 5.30. 
Please note that no child will be allowed in to school before this time. 

It is important that every child attends the evening performance, regardless of their role. Please ensure that your child is not late as the performance will start promptly. 

The tickets for the performance are free, however, at the end of the performance there will be a silver collection in aid of charity (Kate and Malcolm White’s ‘Ward for Teenagers with Cancer’). Please give generously. The tickets will be issued next Friday in your child’s Friday Folder. 

Yours sincerely, 

Mrs Archer, Miss Walbanke, Mrs Graham and Miss Spearpoint. 

(If this has been received via ParentMail – please print out the reply slip below and return to your child’s class teacher.) 

Years 3 and 4 Christmas Production: Mr Humbug Sees the Light. 

Please reserve me [ 1 ] [ 2 ] * tickets for the Years 3 and 4 Christmas Production. 
I would like to attend the [Daytime] [Evening] * performance. 

(*Please delete as appropriate) 

Child’s name: ____________________________________ Class: __________

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEWSLETTER 38
5th DECEMBER 2008 

Dear Parents, 

With the term drawing to a close we are in full swing with Christmas productions, parties etc! Thank you to all of you who came to the Christmas bazaar and made it such a success. 

School T Towels 
The T Towels are now in school, they make ideal Christmas presents for Grandparents etc. Please pop into the reception to buy one at a cost of £5.00. 

Last week Emma from Q103 FM breakfast show contacted the school to ask if we would take part in the singing schools countdown to Christmas. We of course said YES! The choir plus other children sang the jingle for ‘13 sleeps to go’ on Thursday and it will be broadcast on the 12th December just after 8.00am in the morning. You can access it on the Q103 website or via a link from the KSJS website. 

The girls’ football team played a friendly match against Gt. Chesterford girls last week; the score was 3-1 to Gt. Chesterford. However, it was a lovely game and provided excellent training for the girls before the tournament next year. 

Miss Fretz 
Miss Fretz, our American student teacher who has worked in year 3 since September is leaving us today. She has been an asset to the school and will be missed by staff and pupils. We wish her all the best for her teaching career and a safe journey back to the USA on Tuesday. 

Spirit of Christmas 
The Spirit of Christmas is on Saturday 6th December. Our choir have been rehearsing since October for the event and it is the showcase event of the year for our choir. 
We have submitted several Christmas carols written by some of our children to the annual carol competition. We will let you know how we get on. 
Children who are performing in the Spirit of Christmas concert should meet on the steps of St Mary’s church at 1pm. There is a rehearsal before the main concert which begins at 2.00pm. 

Operation Christmas Child 
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated a shoe box towards our ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Appeal. We collected a total of 68 boxes, which is a record for our school. The boxes full of little gifts and treats will certainly be very much appreciated by children around the world during the festive season. 

Dropping off your children 
Please could parents not drop their children off in cars at the lollipop lady’s safe crossing area. If you could drive just a little further on to drop them off it will help her keep this area a safe crossing place for those walking to and from school. 

Children’s Christmas Meal 
The annual children’s Christmas meal is on Wednesday 10th December. Returns were due in today (Friday 5th December). Please phone the school office by 4.30pm today if you wish to book a meal for your child and have not done so already. 

Saffron Walden Museum 
Saffron Walden Museum would like to remind pupils and parents that they are welcome to join in our Christmas Family Activities, which will take place this Sunday, 7th December, drop-in 2.30-4pm. 

We will be making Christmas Tree Decorations inspired by our current exhibition about clocks, make shiny cogwheels or colourful clocks, help us decorate our Christmas tree and make a decoration to take home too. 

Activities are suitable for all ages but children must bring an adult. Museum entrance adult £1, Discounts .50p, children 18 and under free. 

Letters and Events 
Please make sure you read the other parent mail letters about Secret Santa and Christmas performances. 

The Christmas party for lower and upper school is on Thursday 18th December, 1 - 3pm for years 3 and 4, 2 - 4pm for years 5 and 6. There will be a children’s entertainer, games and a snack and drinks. This day will be a non-uniform day (dress up in your party clothes) £1.00 donation please. 

Carol Concert 
There will be a carol concert on Friday 19th December at 1.15pm in the school playground; parents and friends are very welcome. 
We will finish at 2.00pm after the concert. In the event of bad weather the concert will be in the school hall. Please note in this case places will limited. 
If you have any questions about any events please contact either your child’s class teacher or myself. 

Year 3 – Have been using ‘when’ sentences to improve their writing. 
Year 4 – Really enjoyed their trip to Bhaldivedanta Manor (the Hindu Temple) 
Year 5 – Have been using literacy checklists to improve their stories. 
Year 6 – Have enjoyed the development sessions of problem solving maths with SWCHS 

R Callaghan 
Head teacher

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PTA NEWSLETTER
2nd December 2008 

Firstly, the PTA and staff of Katherine Semar Junior School would like to say a VERY big thank you to all the people who supported the Christmas Bazaar at the weekend and helping to make the day go well and raising lots of money for the school. 

We have now had delivery of the T-towels, which look amazing, We should be grateful if people who have already placed an order would bring in their money and collect their T-towel If anyone hasn’t already placed an order but would like a t-towel or two, please feel free to come to the reception where you will be able to purchase your own for £5.00 each. A Tea-towel will be displayed on the reception door for you to look at. 

Don’t forget that Secret Santa is on 11th December where children can purchase present for their loved ones at a price of £2.50 each. There will be male and female presents so please indicate which you require when returning your form and money. 

We shall be sending out a more detailed PTA newsletter shortly but this is just to let you know about the t-towels and the secret Santa. 

Thank you 
Katherine Semar Junior School PTA

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Cinders - Upper school production
2nd December 2008 Cinders Years 5 and 6 

Dear Parents / Guardians, 

On Friday 12th December, Years 5 and 6 proudly present their Christmas pantomime ‘Cinders’. The first performance starts at 2:00pm and the evening performance begins at 6:00pm. 

All the children in Years 5 and 6 have been working very hard on this production and in order to ensure that everyone can attend; tickets will initially be limited to two per family. A few days before the pantomime begins, a further notice will be issued through ParentMail, allowing families to have additional tickets. 

If you plan to take young children (Under 7s) to the Production, please attend the afternoon performance. Children under 7 years will be unable to attend the evening performance. 

Tickets will come in the form of a Programme, and they will be needed on the day to gain entry. Please complete the form below to reserve your tickets. 

On the evening of the 12th December, please bring your child/ children to school at the following times: 

• Actors who need costumes / make up – 5:15pm 
• Dancers – 5:30pm 
• Choir, stage hands, props mangers, Front of house and musicians – 5:45pm 
• No children will be admitted into the school before 5.15 p.m. 

It is important that every child attends the evening performance, regardless of their role. Please ensure that your child is not late as the performance will start promptly. 

The tickets for the performance are free, however, at the end of the performance there will be a silver collection in aid of charity (Kate and Malcolm White’s ward for teenagers with cancer). Please give generously. 
Yours sincerely, 
Mr. A. Hull, Mr. N. Lloyd, Mr. M. Johnson, Mrs. M. Sheil and Mr. A. Wallace 

Katherine Semar Junior School Production of Cinders 
Friday 12th December 

Please reserve me [ 1 ] [ 2 ] * tickets for the Pantomime ‘Cinders’ 
I would like to attend the [Daytime] [Evening] * performance. 

Child’s name: ____________________________________ Class: __________ 

* Delete as appropriate

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lonsdale English, Maths and Science Year 6 revision guides. 

Dear Parents or Guardians, 

As you are aware, your child will be taking the Year 6 National Curriculum Tests (SATs) in May. As part of the preparation for these exams, the children will need Lonsdale revision guides. 

These revision guides provide a concise summary of the work covered through Years 3-6 and cover all the necessary skills which will be tested in the SATs in English, Maths and Science for levels 3-5, inclusive. 

As a structured revision programme taught daily in school, and completed independently each night as homework, these books ensure complete coverage of all National Curriculum test content. They have a user-friendly layout, simple language, diagrams and colour to enhance understanding with tasks and practice questions are included throughout to test and reinforce knowledge. 

For each subject of English, Maths and Science, there will be a pair of books; one revision text book and one revision answer book. The school will be able to lend one copy of each text book to each child which should be returned following the SATs in the same condition as it was when received. 

The revision workbooks will need to be purchased from the school at a cost of £2.00 each (a total of £6.00). These books can then be completed throughout the programme with your child’s answers and will be kept by the child after the SATs. Although we understand that it is a cost to you, the books form a necessary part of the exam preparation and are offered at a greatly reduced price (R.R.P. £3.99 each). The children will also find them useful in year 7. 

Please send the correct money into school clearly labelled with ‘Lonsdale Revision Guides’ and your child’s name. For information about the guides themselves, you could visit the ‘Lonsdale – KS2’ section of: 
We thank you for your continued support. 

Yours sincerely, 

Mr. A. Hull and Mr. N. Lloyd 
Year 6 Class Teachers

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Christmas Dinner 
10th December 2008 

Dear Parents, 

The children’s Christmas dinner will take place on 10th December 2008. 

If your child would like a Christmas dinner we would ask you to either return the reply slip or write in your child’s planner which they must show to their teacher. The only choice we need to know is if your child would like a roast Turkey dinner or a vegetable Wellington dinner. 

If your child has a free school meal award we still need to know their choice. 

Choices MUST be in school by Friday 5th December so that food may be ordered. 

Payment of £2 for the Christmas dinner must be in on Monday 8th December. 

The Menu: 
Roast Turkey or Vegetable Wellington 
Yorkshire pudding, Stuffing, Bacon, Sausage, roast potatoes, carrots peas and sweet corn. 

Chocolate Log 
Crackers and juice 

All this for just £2.00 

Christmas Dinner 

My Child ___________________________________________Class __________ 

Would like a Turkey dinner/Vegetable Wellington 

Signed _________________________________________ 

NB dinners must be ordered

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NewsLetter 37 

On Friday 14th November years 4, 5 and 6 walked to SWCHS to take part in an inter school cross country competition. It was a lovely opportunity for every child to take part in a sport and represent their school. Two of our year 6 children qualified for the final which will be with schools across Essex, as several hundred children took part this was a great achievement. 

As mentioned in the last newsletter you will soon be able to buy a new PE top (football style) and warmer rugby style top. As well as looking smarter they will also be easier to wash and do not need ironing! The final design has been selected and will be appearing on the website very soon.

Thank you to all the parents who completed and returned the school meals survey, as always your views and comments will be listened to. A polite reminder that school meals must be paid for in advance. 

The Christmas bazaar is on Saturday 29th November, it will be an enjoyable family event, there are lots of games, tombolas and Father Christmas of course. 

With the Christmas holidays on the way don’t forget to book your child into ACE club if you need childcare during the holidays. Opening dates and times are: 
Monday 21st December 8.00am – 6.00 pm 
Tuesday 22nd December 8.00 am – 6.00 pm 
Wednesday 23rd December 8.00 am – 6.00 pm 
Thursday 24th December 8.00 am – 6.00 pm 
Monday 28th December 8.00 am – 6.00 pm 
Tuesday 29th December 8.00 am – 6.00 pm 
Wednesday 30th December 8.00 am – 6.00 pm 
Thursday 31st December 8.00 am – 6.00 pm 

The book fair will be in school from 29th November (at the Xmas Fair) and after school on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 

The choir will be singing at the Spirit of Christmas at St Marys Church, Saffron Walden on Saturday 6th December at 1.15pm (rehearsal) and the performance starts at 2.00 pm. 
The cost of tickets is £6.00 each, Accompanied under 18 £1.00, Concessions £4.00 or family tickets £12.00 (2 adults and 3 children. Tickets can be purchased from the school office. The Spirit of Christmas is always a lovely part of the Christmas season. 

Year 3 – have started learning about the Romans. Class 3CG have been practising for a Roman assembly! 
Year 4 – have started the science topic solids, liquids and how they can be separated. 
Year 5 – have been learning different skills in Netball. We have been practising the chest-pass and how to find space on the court. 
Year 6 – have enjoyed problem solving maths lessons with a teacher from County High. 

R Callaghan 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PTA NEWSLETTER

Just a quick note on the progress in the run up to the Bazaar. As you know the Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday 29th November 10.30 am until 1.00 pm. We have many different and exciting stalls so please come along and support your child’s school. We have a good selection of raffle prizes including a hamper, haircut and various vouchers. Please return any monies with one copy of your raffle numbers, please put your name and telephone number on the raffle ticket, so we know who to get in contact with if you are the winning number. 

We will be sending home next week a paper plate for you to kindly donate a cake for the cake stall and a cup for your children to decorate and fill with some lovely goodies. 

Don’t forget there is also a car boot sale on the day so book a pitch and start selling. 

The Chocoholics catalogue is still available in the school until the 18th November and any orders together with the money needs to be in by that day and the delivery day will be 25th November. 

The Children's disco is on the 21st November, years 3 and 4 is 4.00 – 5.30 pm and years 5 and 6 is 6.00 – 7.30 pm. The children love to come along and show off the latest dance moves, tickets cost £3.50 which includes a drink, packet of crisps and a sweet. 

Plant sales are doing well. Please place an order for a lovely container or two filled with bulbs, which will add a splash of colour to your garden or patio; or make a super Christmas gift. 

Don’t forget Friday 21st November is also non-uniform day when the children can come in either red or green clothes (but not blue jeans, hair dye or face paints). The forfeit for coming in non-uniform is to bring something in for the tombola. The children can use tinsel to decorate themselves if they wish. 

Lastly, we shall be holding another PTA meeting at the school on Tuesday 18th at 9.30 am. Please come along and show your support. 

Thank you. 

Katherine Semar Junior School PTA

Holt Hall
Year 4 - Residential Visit to Holt Hall 

6th May 2009 – 8th May 2009. 

Dear Parents, 

This year we are able to offer a residential trip to Holt Hall in Norfolk for year 4 children. 
The children will travel by coach to Holt Hall Country House Norfolk, which is set in eighty three acres of woodland, lakes, fields, lawns and gardens. 

The accommodation is in rooms with a shared bathroom. The children will require a sleeping bag and pillow case. 

Proposed activities: Green Man – according to legend the Green Man cares for the trees and plants, children will create their own Green Man. 
On the Rocks - how plants and animals adapted to life on a rocky shore, this will include a half day excursion to the beach. 
Mini Beasts – investigate what lives under the leaves. 
Underwater Life – discover what lives in the lakes by taking part in the ever poplar pond dipping. 

Evening activities – disco, games and quizzes. 

All activities are organised and supervised by trained Holt Hall staff and each activity is attended by a member of the schools accompanying staff. 

The total cost of the visit (excluding pocket money) is £158.00 based on thirty children attending. 

All meals are included. 

If you would like your child to attend please complete the form below and enclose the required non returnable deposit of £20. 

The payments are as follows: November deposit 20.00 
January instalment 46.00 
February instalment 46.00 
March instalment 46.00 

Final date for deposits is 28th November 2008. 

Yours sincerely, 

R C Callaghan 


My Child_____________________________would like to take part in this residential. 

I enclose the non returnable deposit of £20 and will comply with the payment plan. 

Signed______________________________________Parent Date____________

Swimming Club News
14th November 2008 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We hope you have had a great half term. 

This half term we will be doing a lot of work using the width of the pool. The children will be working on their Breaststroke and also practice starts and turns. 

May I take this opportunity to explain that each term children will be invited by letter to join the after school swimming club. Each term will have a different focus and be for children of different abilities. This is to give as many children in the school, whatever their ability, a wonderful chance to improve their swimming. 

As the school has a Gala in March 2009. The January term will be for training. We will do our best to let all children who have been selected know who they are by the end of this term, so we can start training the first Monday back to school in January. We will be choosing 4 Boys and 4 Girls from each year for the first half term and then another 2 from each year who will act as a reserve for the Gala. 

I would also like to thank all parents for getting all children to the pool as soon as possible. It is a great help to have your support. 

Please note, that swimming club runs all the way up to Christmas and restarts the first week back after Christmas. 

Many thanks, 

Janet Rogers and Mr Hull