Head of School update

Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot…….. 

Whilst there is thankfully nothing quite like that in Mundesley (!) we have ended our first week back with bonfire night upon us.  The children settled in well after their half term break and for the most part we have been enjoying some lovely autumn weather.  In class, the children have been working on all sorts of wonderful topics including the warrior Queen Boudicca and her exploits and even making jam sandwiches!  Please read the class updates to see what they have been up to.

On Thursday the Reverend Joanna Hayward held our rescheduled Harvest Assembly with all the children. We took the opportunity to revisit what we are thankful for and see all the donations that our families had so generously given.  Our School Council representatives will be taking them to the Cromer Foodbank for us to present on behalf of the school.  

This week has also seen the opening of the Mundesley Merit Book Shop, where the children can spend their well earned merits. The items in the shop include stickers, stationary items, bookmarks and a selection of books. The children who have visited the shop so far have all been incredibly excited, either choosing to spend their merits or to save them to make a bigger purchase in the future. Children can earn merits in a range of ways in school, however the best way for them to earn merits is through regular reading at home. 

Poppy Appeal 2022 – As per our letter emailed out yesterday, we will be supporting the Royal British Legion in their annual Poppy Appeal. Details of how to purchase items were on the letter, and can also be found on the web site.  We will also be representing the school at the Mundesley Royal British Legion Armistice service on Friday 11 with our Year 6 children assisting.  This is an event that the children and veterans that attend on the day find very moving.  I am sure the children will do us proud again this year.

Friday also saw the children enjoy their themed lunch of “Bangers” prepared by our lovely catering team from Norse.  Don’t forget we have themed events each term – check out the menus available on the website. We will be sending out details of all the events for this term shortly, plus details of the Christmas performance dates and lunch etc.  It may seem early but there are only a few weeks to go!

Community Warm Hubs:- Please check out the noticeboards and flyers being sent out tonight advertising our local offering.  Whether it is a one off or regular, please take the opportunity to chat and enjoy a warm space in our communities.  

PTFA Halloween Disco – thank you to everyone who attended. The children all had a great time. Check out the photo gallery for some of the spooky characters we had attend!

Lastly, if you and your family are going to be enjoying fireworks this weekend, we wish you a lovely time and please stay safe – remember remember the Firework Code  Firework Code – Norfolk

Reminders and Letters this week: Poppy Appeal 2022, Term Dates 2023/24

Monday:   

Tuesday  :  MJS Free Afterschool Football club – Please note ALL children will need collecting at the end of the session even if they have permission to walk home as it is now getting dark at the end of the day. 

Wednesday:

Thursday  : MIS Free Afterschool Multisports club 

Friday  :  Year 6 attendance at Armistice Service All Saints Church Mundesley /  Year 5 Swimming

Head of School update

Harvest Festival has made us all think about the things that we have to be grateful for. 

At the moment it can seem quite difficult as we will all be aware of either ourselves or friends and  family who are feeling the pinch as the cost of living continues to rise.  However, as always we have been blown away by the kindness and generosity of all our families to help those with the things that matter and providing donations for the Food Bank.  On behalf of our community may be extend an enormous thank you to you all.

We had a lovely afternoon with our families at the Learning event that took place. Thank you to all the parents and carers that were able to attend and spend time with the children at school.  Hopefully you all had fun completing the activities!  Unfortunately, due to the rain forecasted we had to make a last minute change to proceedings, however, Reverend Joanna will be joining the whole school for an assembly the first week we are back after half term.

On Tuesday we welcomed prospective parents with children who are due to start school in Reception next academic year.  We are proud of our children and schools but it is lovely to have feedback from the outside.  All the parents commented on the quietness of the children, how attentive they were and we will hopefully be welcoming them to our community next year.  For any one interested, we are holding further tours on Thursday 9 November. Please contact the school office if you would like to book in.

We also saw our Year 6 children attending the Crucial Crew event which takes place annually.  Crucial Crew is a multi agency safety education event which involves the staging of theatrical safety serts for students to learn about safety by experiencing risk in a strictly controlled environment.  The event delivers age appropriate information covering aspects of fire safety, in the home, making calls and is hosted by Community Fire Safety personnel.  The children were really well behaved and asked some really interesting questions.

PTFA News: Wednesday evening saw children enjoying the PTFA Halloween Disco and Pumpkin colouring competition.  There were some amazing costumes and we will keep you posted on what was raised.

Lastly as we all begin a well earned break, if you are experiencing any hardship please let us know.  We have access to lots of information and resources and will be able to help in most circumstances.  To talk to someone in confidence please contact Trish Webster on 01263 720401 option 3. As part of an ongoing feature we will be sharing information and tips to help us all make our £’s stretch a little bit further.  This week’s link is to the BBC Good Food site with budget family meals for £1.  The choices include recipes and shopping lists for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. Please check out the link and have a look at it.

BBC Good Food Budget Meals for a £1

We will welcome you all back on Monday 31st October.

REMINDER: Our last day of term is Thursday 20 October and we will welcome you all back on Monday 31 October.

Reminders and Letters this week: Year 3 and 4 Update

Monday:   

Tuesday  :  MJS Free Afterschool Football club – Please note ALL children will need collecting at the end of the session even if they have permission to walk home as it is now getting dark at the end of the day. 

Wednesday:

Thursday  : MIS Free Afterschool Multisports club 

Friday  :  Year 5 Swimming – Please ensure you complete the permission survey.

Head of School update

This week started with Hello Yellow Day to mark World Mental Health Day. Hello Yellow Day was hosted with lots of our children in a variety of yellow items.  It was an insightful and thought provoking day, and the children as always had lots to ask and say!  

Following our successful MacMillan Coffee morning last week we will keep you updated on how much was raised.  Thank you again to all those donations of amazing cakes!

We have had a busy week this week, with all of the children working hard as their class updates will show. Year 3 and 4 went to the Castle Museum on Thursday for a day with the Romans and Iceni. They completed a number of activities and even got to meet a Roman soldier! 

Thursday also saw Knapple, a local graffiti artist come into school to work with our Year 5 and 6 children as part of their topic, Freedom and Justice. As part of this topic they have explored different ways to evoke change, including through the use of protest and imagery. The children all created a design to represent our school values, how together we are better and how everyone is welcome and equal. The children were incredibly inspired by this work. We are very proud that the story even made the EDP – https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/knapple-mundesley-junior-school-freedom-justice-9326586 

Next week we are celebrating our Harvest Festival with a Family Learning event on Thursday.  Please see the letter being sent out today with all the details.  We would welcome your Harvest Donations again this year, in support of the Cromer Foodbank.  Donations can be left at the school offices all through the week.

We very much hope to see you on Thursday.  

PTFA UPDATE: Tickets are available to purchase online for the Halloween fancy dress disco and pumpkin colouring competition

REMINDER: Our last day of term is Thursday 20 October and we will welcome you all back on Monday 31 October.

Reminders and Letters this week:

Letters: Harvest Festival Family Learning Event 

Monday:   

Tuesday  :  MJS Free Afterschool Football club 

Wednesday:

Thursday  : MIS Free Afterschool Multisports club /  LAST DAY OF TERM

Friday  :  October Half Term Holiday – return Monday 31 October

Head of School update

Autumn has arrived……

and we have had a brilliant week!  

On Monday we went to Colby for a Multi Skills event with Year 1 and 2.  All the children did brilliantly and we were so proud of them.  They all put in their best efforts and were very tired when they returned. 

On Tuesday morning our Key Stage 1 children took part in a Bhangra dance workshop as part of their celebrations topic. They did amazingly well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! 

It was lovely to welcome parents in on Friday for our first face to face Macmillan Coffee Morning and Reading Cafe for nearly 2 years! Thank you to everyone who managed to attend.  We had some lovely cake donations and the children loved sharing a story and completing a range of different activities in class with your support.  We will keep you updated on the amount raised in the end, but your generosity is very warmly welcomed.

Thank you to all those parents who booked our census meal, the children certainly enjoyed their waffles as a special treat.  Please check out the new menu which will be sent out next week ready for booking after half term.  There is so much choice, please do take advantage. Providing a hot meal and dessert for your child each day really does positively affect their learning.

On Monday next week we will begin with our Mental Health Awareness Day supporting #Hello Yellow day.  We are asking children to wear an item of Yellow to show their support and teachers will be running lots of activities through the day.  

Reminders and Letters this week:

Letters: #Hello Yellow Monday; Harvest Festival Family Learning Event 

Monday:   #Hello Yellow Mental Health Awareness Day

Tuesday  :  MJS Free Afterschool Football club 

Wednesday:

Thursday  : MIS Free Afterschool Multisports club

Friday: Year 6 swimming

Head of School update

This week at school….

The children have all been working super hard this week!  We have been learning how footballers dance, exploring the autumn colours and understanding our Monsters in phonics to name a few.  Check out the class updates for more information.

On Monday afternoon we had our first Celebration Assembly of the year and for the first time since before the pandemic, we had both the Infant and Junior School together. It was fantastic to see the children altogether as they celebrated the achievements of children across both schools. We have two new awards this year, alongside our JONK certificates. These are our citizen of the week and reader of the week awards. For those children who receive the reader of the week for their class, they are then invited to spend a Tuesday breaktime with me in the new MJS library to share a story, have a cookie and hot chocolate!

This week we invited parents in to sample some of the food that will be on the new menu after October half term.  Thank you to everyone who came.  We were able to taste lasagne, Teriyaki chicken and a range of tasty cakes!  We will be holding a similar event for the children so they get a chance to try out the new dishes.  In addition our School Council attended their first meeting, this was with the Manager of our Norse catering team and talked about the things they liked on the menu, items they wanted to change and wanted more or less of.  They really did well and came up with lots of feedback.  We will be using this to influence the menu going forward.

Next week there will be a special street food menu on Thursday 6 October. This is census day and the amount of children having a school lunch really makes a difference to the funding we get for the next academic year.  PLease support us by booking a lunch for your child.  Remember there are main menus, snack packs, and jacket potato options every day.  If you have any questions please contact the school office.

Macmillan Coffee Morning and Reading Cafe Friday 7 October.  We will be hosting this parent event again this year and would welcome any donations that you are able to provide.  Please remember we are a nut free school.  Donations can be left with the school office.  Please see the letter that is being resent out as a reminder for more information.  

Uniform reminder:  Please ensure children are wearing the correct uniform and PE kit.  From Monday we will be contacting you if children are not in uniform.  Remember logo’d items can be older versions, or the newer version.  You do not need to replace these unless they are worn out!

School Money:  We will be chasing any outstanding accounts over the next week. Please ensure that any payments overdue are paid promptly.  Thank you.

Reminders and Letters this week:

Letters: Parent Event – MacMillan Coffee Morning and Reading Cafe; 

Monday:   

Tuesday  :  MJS Free Afterschool Football club 

Wednesday:

Thursday  : MIS Free Afterschool Multisports club 

Friday  :  Macmillan Coffee Morning & Reading Cafe 9.15am / Swimming for Year 6

Head of School update

This week at school….

It has been a short week..

With Monday being a public holiday, this week has flown by.

Our new houses and points reward system in school has gone down really well and the children are already earning merits. The children are all looking forward to earning and spending the fruits of their hard work!

Next week is the start of a number of parent events that we will be holding in school. You will see them in the calendar and we will send reminders.  There are a number of letters this week so please do read them to keep up to date with the latest news.  All information is available on the school website. 

Uniform reminder:  Please ensure children are wearing the correct uniform and PE kit.

Coats and warmer clothing:  Now that Autumn has well and truly arrived please send your child in with a warm, preferably rain proof coat every day.  

School Money:  The platform is now running normally. Please ensure you book your child’s lunches in good time.  If you do not book a lunch for your child, then we will call and ask you to bring in a packed lunch from home.  

Reminders and Letters this week:

Letters: Parent Event – MacMillan Coffee Morning and Reading Cafe; Parent School Meal Taster Session; Year 3 & 4 Norwich Castle Trip; Uniform Letter 

Monday:   

Tuesday  :  MJS Free Afterschool Football club 

Wednesday:

Thursday  : Parent School Meal Taster Session 2:45pm @ MJS / MIS Free Afterschool Multisports club 

Friday  :  Swimming for Year 6

Head of School update

This week at school….

The Weather has arrived!

We have had a busy week in school and the children have adapted well to being back in their routines. We have been particularly impressed with how well our new Reception children have done in their first full week of school. From playing on the field with the whole Infant and Junior Schools, going to assembly and eating lunch in the hall, they’ve done amazingly! Please check out the class updates to see what they have all been doing.

Friday afternoon saw our Eco Warriors from Year 6 harvesting apples, pears and plums from the trees in our grounds and running a stall to hand these out for free to parents and children.  We hope you enjoy the “fruits” of their labour!

This week, we have also launched our new houses and points reward system in school. The children each voted for the House names and with 80% of the vote, chose to name our houses after book characters – Gruffalo, Potter, Paddington and Matilda. We have relaunched our reward points and the children will now receive Mundesley Merits! Our merits are a mark of excellence and can be earned in different ways around school and for reading at home. Each read at home will earn the children a merit, up to 5 merits a week. These merits can then be used to purchase items from the new Mundesley Merit Book Shop, as well as house rewards. See the assembly powerpoint on the website for more details. 

Uniform: A further reminder letter will be sent out next week. We will be working with children and parents to support this.  If you have any queries about uniform please check the parent area of the website for information.

Coats and warmer clothing:  Now that Autumn has well and truly arrived please send your child in with a warm, preferably rain proof coat every day.  We are out with the children whatever the weather so they really do need a coat each day. We may call home and ask you to bring a coat in.  All the children have lockers so they can always pop them in their bag and leave them in the locker.  In addition, if children want to bring wellies in they may, though they will need trainers to go on the play equipment as wellies do not provide any “grip”. 

Last day of term:  Whilst it may seem early, please note that the last day of this term is Thursday 20 October.  The term calendar is available on the website.

School Money:  The platform is now running normally. Please ensure you book your child’s lunches in good time.  If you do not book a lunch for your child, then we will call and ask you to bring in a packed lunch from home.  

Reminders:

Monday:   SCHOOL CLOSED – PUBLIC HOLIDAY for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II state funeral 

Tuesday  :  MJS Free Afterschool Football club 

Wednesday

Thursday  : MIS Free Afterschool Multisports club 

Friday  :  Swimming for Year 6

Head of School Update

This week at school….

The end of this week has, of course, been marked with the sad news of the death of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.   We will be supporting the children during this period of official mourning if they have questions.  The school will remain open as usual, if anything changes then we will of course be in contact.  During our all school assembly I was incredibly proud of the mature and respectful behaviour of every child as we remembered the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The Queen’s life of duty and service to the country is a great example to us all and underpins our British values.  We extend our condolences to everyone who is feeling the effect of her passing.

In school it has been lovely to see all our children and parents back after the long summer holidays.  This year we were so lucky with the weather and all the staff have enjoyed listening to the children’s experiences of fun on the beach, in parks and around our lovely county spending time with family and friends.

The children have all settled in well to their new classes and we are very proud of how they have embraced a return to learning in school so quickly.

Uniform: Please read the letter sent out yesterday with all of our reminders on.  We will be working with children and parents to support this.  If you have any queries about uniform please check the parent area of the website for information.

Last day of term:  Whilst it may seem early, please note that the last day of this term is Thursday 20 October.  The term calendar is available on the website.

Clubs:  After school clubs will return for next week.  Please complete the surveys to book a place.  All applications are accepted in order and we will hold a waiting list if needed.

School Money:  Thank you for your patience while we experienced issues with the platform.  Now they have been resolved, please go on and rebook your child’s lunches.  Previous bookings will have been deleted.  We will send out a reminder each week.  If you do not book a lunch for your child, then please provide a packed lunch from home.  

Reminders:

Monday

Tuesday  :  MJS Free Afterschool Football club – please complete the survey to book a place for your child

Wednesday

Thursday  : MIS Free Afterschool Multisports club – please complete the survey to book a place for your child

Friday  :  Swimming for Year 6

Head of School update

This week at school….

We are celebrating the end of term and the end of the academic year!

What a hot week we have had!  The children have all coped really well, and we were able to navigate through the heatwave without completely melting away – though it was a close call! Adopting a more “mediterranean” approach by staying in during the lunch times and going out early and later worked really well and the children were very resilient.

This week we saw the Year 2 performance delivered to our parents and then children and parents walked through a guard of honour by our Junior School children and staff to welcome them to the Juniors.  This was followed by a welcome assembly and the current Year 3 class sang a song for the Year 2’s.  There were a few misty eyes but the children did a fantastic job of presenting the “2042 reunion”.  Well done to everyone!

Thursday during the morning the year 6’s presented a full dress rehearsal of their leavers play to the Infant and Junior schools.  In the evening they did the full performance in front of their parents and guests and there was definitely a lump in many throats as they performed an emotional final song!  This afternoon we will see them in their very final leavers assembly.  We would like to wish them all our very best for their future and we will miss them all.

Movers and shakers:  We are saying goodbye and welcome to a number of staff at the end of this academic year and I am sure you will join me and all the staff of the schools in wishing them heartfelt thanks for their service for those that are moving on and a very warm welcome for our new staff.  

PTFA UPDATE – We really cannot express enough how thankful we are for the support we have had from everyone. We have a super year lined up but in the meantime enjoy the summer holidays and a well deserved rest. From us all on the PTFA Committee.  

P.S. Don’t forget it’s Freezer Friday Today (22nd) as it’s the last day of term. So grab your pound coins and come and find us in the infant school playground. Not only will you enjoy delicious ice cream, but you will also support our school.

All that remains is to wish you and your family all the best for a brilliant summer break and we look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 6th September!

Head of School update

This week at school….

We are having a heatwave……

It’s certainly been fantastic weather this week and we have been taking advantage of it but also taking care!

On Tuesday Robin and Owl class went to Bewilderwood. They had a brilliant time looking for twiggles and getting a chance to explore the woods. Photos are on the class update.

This week we have been able to share SATs results with our Year 6 parents and Year 2.  The children have worked so hard and we are all very proud of them.  End of year reports and details of next week’s transition days are coming home today so please take a chance to review them.  Monday and Tuesday are a rehearsal for children and parents to experience drop off, the school day and pick up in readiness for September.  Individual letters have been sent to Year 3 and 4 parents and for all other years a more generic letter.  

PTFA UPDATE – Wow, there isn’t long to go now! We have our end-of-year newsletter going out next week and can’t wait for you to see what we already have planned for next year, what has been raised so far and some more exciting news!  

Don’t forget it’s Freezer Friday Today (15th) and next week (22nd) as it’s the last day of term. So grab your pound coins and come and find us in the infant school playground. Not only will you enjoy delicious ice cream, but you will also support our school.

School library Books:  please ensure your child brings in any books they have borrowed from school on Monday.  We will be sending children’s work books home too over the next few days as we prepare for the close out of this year and look forward to September.

After school clubs:  Next week we will have after school clubs on Monday but no further clubs for the rest of the week.  Please see the reminders for events taking place.  

Have a good week everyone.

Reminders/Dates for the Diary 

Letters this week: Transition Days/Class Structures/Warm Weather

REMINDERS

Please continue to inform us if you or a member of your family has tested positive for Covid.

Sports Equipment for Schools: Our local newspapers are again running their campaign to provide sports equipment to Norfolk Schools.  All tokens can be left at either the Infant or Junior School Offices.

My School Fund:  https://www.myschoolfund.org Sign up to spend and save and raise funds for the school.

Monday MIS Free Music after school club

Tuesday

Wednesday MIS Year 2 Leavers Assembly 2:30pm

Thursday MJS Yr 3 and 4 Ancient Egypt Museum pop up/MJS Year 6 Leavers production 6:30pm

Friday         MJS Year 6 Leavers Assembly