Governors’ update: behaviour

Last Friday myself and fellow governor, Lesley Walter, came into school to conduct our annual behaviour survey with children.

We interviewed eight children from across the school and asked them a list of questions about school rules, rewards, sanctions and fairness.

It is the third year I have done this and, as always, it was an absolute pleasure to meet the children, who were a credit to the school and their families.

Just to pick a couple of highlights – all the children answered an emphatic ‘yes’ to the following two questions:

Do you feel safe in school? And

Is everybody treated the same?

Additionally, all the children showed a great knowledge of the school rules.

Georgina Godden, Vice-Chair of Governors

Kwik Cricket Tournament

On Monday 18th June 2018, me and fellow FJS students went to a Kwik Cricket tournament in Fawley. We all loved it and I personally thought it was awesome. We played 160 minutes altogether and we were left exhausted. We won 2 out of 4 games, which is good for not having much experience.

From Year 6 Connor, Sam, Max, Will and Ethan played. From Year 4, Sid and Hector played.

A big thank you to Ms Mays and Mr Harris for taking us. 🙂

Written by Hector, 4HL

Year 5 – River Trip

Who doesn’t like messing about in rivers?

This week, Year 5 found a geographical reason to do just that.  In past years, we have worried about muddy  banks, sudden water surges and rain. Our biggest concerns this year were heat stroke and whether there would be much water in our local streams. On the coolest day in a long while, we set off to measure widths, depths and speeds.

Our two, contrasting locations were Sweatford Water Meadows (where many local people walk their dogs) and the Parsonage Park part of Sweatford Water.

Many, many thanks to the intrepid adults who accompanied us and without whom we would not be able to undertake ‘hazardous pursuits’ in our local area.

Year 5 – Science at The Burgate

As an extra special treat Year 5 were invited to a Science session at The Burgate School. After walking across the field in the morning sun, we were greeted and the rules of the lab were explained. Protected by our safety goggles we explored chemical reactions, electricity, telescopes and the art of diffusion.

As you can see from the pictures below all children enjoyed themselves and really developed their scientific thinking through meaningful conversations. Thank you to Mrs Barratt at Burgate for some extremely fun and scientific tasks.

Big Sing for Schools Festival

We had BIG fun at the BIG Singing Festival at St Mary’s Church on Monday this week surrounded by the wonderful banners made by our school the previous week.  As part of the Fordingbridge Music and Arts Festival, our school together with other schools in the area, were invited to a singing workshop to learn new songs.

Twenty children from school gathered at the church and were taught many different songs, including lots of fun warm-up songs and African songs which sounded amazing.  Susie Lamb from Salisbury Cathedral School ran the workshop and parents and spectators were able to watch them perform at the end.

Everyone enjoyed themselves.  Thank you to Revd Canon Gary Philbrick for arranging this festival and to Susie Lamb for teaching such inspirational songs.

Mrs Pring

Music Leader

Year 4 – Story Writing Success

One of our year 4 boys enjoyed a star-studded day out in London last week, as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 500 words competition.

Hector reached the top 50 of the short story competition out of a record 135,000 entries.
His story – Bob and the Plastic Pirates – was recorded by the BBC Radio Drama Company and can be heard/read here:
The final was held at Hampton Court Palace during the recording of the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, with the Duchess of Cornwall – the competition’s honorary judge – in attendance.
Hector’s friends in year 4 were able to listen in!
On the day he was lucky enough to meet celebrities including David Walliams, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Burke and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films).
Hector also chatted with children’s author Malorie Blackman who, when she knew 4HL had read her book, Operation Gadgetman, asked Hector to say hello to the class from her.

Federation Consultation Begins

This week Fordingbridge Junior School and Fordingbridge Infant School Governors began the consultation process associated with their proposals to federate the two schools.

The Governors are keen to hear views from parents/carers, staff and the community about the proposals. All the related documents can be found on the school website by clicking here.

Please drop your completed consultation forms into the box in either school reception by midday on 16 July 2018.

Georgina Godden, Vice-Chair, FJS Governors