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July 2018

Summer Term Events
This may be the last News Round-Up of the current academic year, but there is still so much going on during the final few weeks of term that we will all be keeping busy right until the last day. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Wednesday 4th sees the welcome return of M&M Theatre Company, who will be performing their interpretation of 'The Railway Children'.
  • We will be holding our annual Open Afternoon on Tuesday 10th from 2.30pm, giving parents and carers the opportunity to see the work their children have produced over the course of the year.
  • Year 5 pupils will conclude their Geography topic on 'The Americas' with a fun-filled Americas Day on Friday 13th. Children and staff are invited to wear a costume to represent one of the countries of North, South or Central America.
  • On the evening of Tuesday 24th, our Year 6 pupils will entertain friends and families with their Leavers' Celebration. Between tears of laughter and tears of pride, there won't be a dry eye in the house!

Details of these and other events can be found in our School Diary, while photographs of past events can be found in our online Gallery and in the Forefield Archives.

Year 6 pupils in AmblesideOnce the pressure of SATs was over, the Year 6 pupils enjoyed a well-earned change of scene during their five-day residential visit to Ambleside. They returned on Bank Holiday Monday – tired but exhilarated and full of tales of ghyll scrambling, climbing, canoeing, walking and raft building.

It is no mean feat to plan and run a residential for ninety pupils and ensure that every child has the right equipment for the right activity... and is with the right group! Hats off to Mrs Russell and the team of staff and helpers that supported the children day and night. It is hard work – but they take immense pleasure from seeing the children succeed at every challenge and develop new skills. Photographs of this memorable event will feature on our website in the coming weeks.

Children dancingArts Week
We have loved having the Liverpool Empire Education Department in school during our Arts Week. Every pupil from Year 3 to Year 6 has participated in dance, drama and music workshops exploring the history of musical theatre. On the final day, we enjoyed staging a performance, sharing our talents and celebrating 'The Arts' in style! Thank you to everyone who helped with costumes, make-up and hair – it has been like the West End at FJS!

Children playing trombonesOn the Thursday of Arts Week, our Year 4 pupils and a selection of musicians from Year 5 and Year 6, visited the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to perform in a special 'Come and Play' concert with the Halle Orchestra. Having worked with the Schools Music Service all year, the children were well prepared for the fantastic opportunity to accompany the professional musicians and thoroughly enjoyed the inspirational experience. Year 4 will be staging their own concert for parents on 5th July at 2:30pm

Children compete in various sporting activities.Sports Afternoons
Two great afternoons of sport took place, recently, as children competed to earn points for their teams. Representing places like the Bahamas and Australia, at times it felt like we were actually there! Thank you to everyone who helped to set up the events; the enthusiastic spectators; pupils from Chesterfield and of course the children themselves, who really showed determination and team spirit.

Children compete in various sporting activities.Dance and Music Exams
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have enjoyed the after-school Contemporary Dance Club. All their hard work was put to the test, this month, when the children took the Grade 1 Contemporary Dance exam. The young dancers performed in groups before an external examiner, who assessed their performance. We are grateful to Mrs Chellew who has been running this popular club in our Dance Studio.

Meanwhile, Year 6 pupils Lola Thomas and Harry Morrin have been studying Music Theory with Mr Marriott, this year, in preparation for the ABRSM Grade 1 exam. Results for both the Dance and Theory exams will be published by the relevant examining bodies before the end of term.

Classes for 2018/19
Whilst most of Year 6 were out visiting their respective high schools for an induction day, we were able to organise time for all of our Year 3, 4 & 5 pupils (along with Year 2 pupils from the Infant School) to spend some time with their new teacher for September. The classes for the next academic year are as follows:

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Miss Mawdsley
Mrs Lambrianides
(formerly 3M)
Miss Berry
(formerly 4L)
Mr Croot
(formerly 5M)
Miss Smith
Mr Parry
(formerly 3P)
Mrs Harding*
(formerly 4P)
Miss Cain
(formerly 5S)
Mr Shannon
Mrs Schwartz
(formerly 3S)
Mrs Brook
(formerly 4S)
Mr Wood
(formerly 5H)

*Following a summer wedding, Miss Sprawson will be returning to school in September as Mrs Harding.

We are pleased to welcome Miss Berry, who will be joining us as a Year 5 teacher in September. Conversely, we will be sorry to say goodbye to Mr Hetherington, who is seizing the opportunity to travel and explore new countries. We all wish him the best of luck - even though we wish he was staying at Forefield.

Summer Holidays
School will close at 2.00pm on Wednesday 25th July for the start of the summer holidays. Children return to school on Wednesday 5th September, following staff INSET Days on the 3rd and 4th.

We hope that you enjoy your summer break, and we look forward to welcoming you all once again in September.

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