Events

Winter Wellbeing – January 2021

We really enjoyed the ‘Connect’ activities from the Winter Wellbeing project because we were able to make really interesting discoveries about each other and learn facts that we didn’t already know about people in our class.’

‘ We liked having an enjoyable activity where we could communicate with everyone – even the teachers!’

‘ Sharing facts about ourselves made me feel more confident in sharing my own hobbies as everyone had lots of different interests, so I didn’t feel different.’

Written by Gracey-May, Joseph, Laila-Brooke, Rachel and Amelia (Year 6)

 

 

 

Road Safety Week – November 2020

Last week was Road Safety Week and all years had the opportunity to take part in wearing a bright piece of clothing or accessory. Us, the JRSOs, did an assembly at the start of the week and told all students about how important it is to be bright on and around roads. Each time someone wore a bright piece of clothing their house got awarded 10 house points. On Monday, all classes got shown an assembly of the total points of each house. The results were:

1st place was stars with 1585 points

2nd place was asteroids with 1475 points

3rd place was moons with 1386 points

Last place was comets with 1215 points

Written by Delilah (Crescent) and Honor (Heath)

Anti-Bullying Week ‘United Against Bullying’ – November 2020

Last week, our school took part in Anti-Bullying Week. Once we had listened to an assembly which taught us how to prevent bullying, we created jigsaw pieces to show what we could do to help. In Wykeham class (year 6) we were given a secret name. Our challenge was to say nice things about them and help the person out. Some of our ideas to prevent bullying were: to be kind to everyone in our class, to help others and to respect our peer’s thoughts and ideas. We choose to not bully others because we all try to be the best that we can be.

Our school wants to put banish bullying because we want to set an example to other schools; to show that our school’s students are kind and respectful. All the classes have risen spectacularly to the challenge of standing up to bullies and if we all work together we can be ‘United Against Bullying’.

Written by Lana and Evie (Wykeham)

 

 

 

 

 

Remembrance Day – November 2020

On Wednesday 11th November we commemorated Remembrance Day by remembering the people who fought for Britain. Throughout the week, we created artwork displays for the poppy trail around Netley. Many children took their artwork home to display in their windows – have you spotted them? We also worked as a whole school team to decorate our front gates with giant poppies which include messages from each class.

On Remembrance Day, Mrs Graham, the ukulele teacher, played The Last Post on her violin for some classes during their lesson. Wykeham class were lucky enough to have the Last Post performed to them just before the two minutes of silence – this really helped them to understand the importance of the day.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the school have not been able to gather in the school hall to have our usual assembly so we have completed it online within our classes.

Written by Maddison and Benjamin (Beach)

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Book Fair – November 2020

Our annual Book Fair moved online this year, with a range of books available to purchase through the Scholastic website. Although our Book Fair has been slightly different from previous years, we have still managed to total £950 in orders, earning nearly £200 in Scholastic rewards for the school. With this money, classes will now have the opportunity to choose new books for their class ‘Reading for Pleasure’ time.

In addition, well done to all children who entered the competition to write a poem or story; I have really enjoyed reading all of the entries and was really impressed by the imagination shown!

A special well done to the following children, who have won a book of their choice from the Scholastic website:

Sophie (Seaview), Aston (Grange), Bella (Crescent) and Megan (Wykeham)

Thank you so much for your support with this event!

Miss G Whittlesea – English Leader

 

Road Safety Week – October 2020

Last week we took part in Walk to School Week, and we, the JRSO’s want to thank everyone for taking part. We launched the event by creating a PowerPoint for assembly to make people aware that it was walk to school week in the coming days.

During the week we launched Travel Tracker, which is a website we use to record our active journeys to school. People that walked to school at least once a week, every week will receive a badge at the end of the month.

Each child who walked three times during the week received a certificate. We would like to say a well done to Seaview and Westwood for having the highest engagement on Travel Tracker. We also want to say a thank you to Moore and Wykeham for being the most active.

Written by Honor and Delilah

Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO)

 

House Cup Winners – July 2020

Asteroids 26,151 points

Stars 25,420 points

Moons 25,351 points

Comets 24,490 points

Congratulations to Asteroids for winning the House Cup!

I have been so impressed with all of the House Captains this year. Each one has worked hard to lead their team and organise multiple events. They worked together to discuss ideas and lead their teams to success.

It was also brilliant to see them add home learning competitions during our partial closure to give the children even more chances to gain points for their houses. This was all completed independently, from the ideas to the creation of the task and finally deciding who the winners were.

Well done to all of you, you are inspirational and roles models for future captains.

House Captains – Lily (Stars), Poppy (Asteroids), Saffi (Comets), Josh (Moons)

Vice Captains – David (Stars), Elliot (Asteroids), Ben and Eleanor (Comets), Riley (Moons)

Good luck to you all in your adventures during year seven; you are the leaders of the future!

Mr Archer – Class Teacher

 

Virtual Sports Day 2020 – July 2020

Our first ever Virtual Sports Day took place last week during National School Sports Week. It was fantastic to see all those who took part by sending photos and videos in on Seesaw to play their part in their House team. We had 120 children take up the decathlon challenge, each playing a vital role in helping their team to score points.

I must say Mr Cull and I enjoyed watching the videos of your efforts, I especially liked seeing your creative skills being applied in designing the obstacle courses. Did any of your adults try them? They were super!

All the children showed great physical and personal skills when completing their personal best challenges. Some even encouraging other members of their family to get involved. We saw resilience, determination, and self-belief from many of you; all extremely important attributes to have.

So, we have added up all the results and contributions, and the results are in. We have a winning team! A big congratulations to an outstanding team effort by Asteroids.

Following close behind were Stars, Moons and Comets. We are very proud of every one of you that got involved. Certificates and Special Mentions will be emailed very soon.

Thank you to all the children, and their adults for supporting this opportunity. I am so glad that we haven’t had to miss out on this special day this term.

Mrs Kenway
PE Specialist

World Book Day

This year, our theme for World Book Day was ‘Share a Million Stories’ and we dressed up as someone else’s favourite book character. Here are some examples of the characters we saw today: Harry Potter, Dorothy, different Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters and the Mad Hatter.

In class, we watched different author masterclasses, made bookmarks, took part in quizzes and shared what we had dressed up as. We also got to listen to different teachers read stories and did reading with classes from the Infant school.

As part of our theme, we did a ‘Read-athon’, where classes and adults across the school read in the library and counted how many books we could read across the whole school day. We’re looking forward to finding out our total!

In assembly, the whole school showed off their costumes and the teachers decided who was the overall winner of each class and whole year group. It was fun seeing everybody’s costumes and we cannot wait for next year’s World Book Day.

Written by Maddie (Crescent) and Delilah (Wykeham).

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School Theatre Trip

On Tuesday 10th December, Netley Abbey Junior School enjoyed their annual Christmas trip to the Nuffield Theatre. This year we saw the show called Cinder Ella, which was a modern twist on the traditional story of Cinderella.

Our trip started by going on a coach to Southampton. When we got there, the cast were ready and the show started. We really liked how the cast were also the musicians!

The set was also very clever and even changed half way through. We watched it carefully and even clapped in time with the music.

We would definitely recommend other children to watch it too.

Miss Taylor and Miss Hansell

 

Humpty Dumpty Goes on his Travels

20191121_152350[1] HumptyThe children at the school have been super busy over the last four weeks with the task of making a character from the story of ‘The Christmas Postman’.

So, meet Humpty Dumpty!

Why? To join the beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Chapel in the Royal Victoria Country Park during ‘Christmas in the Park’.

Humpty is made from recycled materials; his body is made from two industrial lamp shades and his legs are old cardboard tubes.

The finished Humpty Dumpty is covered in papier-mâché and then painted. The children were asked to design his face and he is dressed in clothes and fabric from the local charity shops.

Humpty will be on display at ‘Christmas in the Park’ (Royal Victoria Country Park) from 14th December 2019.

 

Children in Need

On the 15th November we took part in Children in Need. We raised a grand total of £228.47. On the day, we had the opportunity to swap one item of clothing with something spotty. There were many different types of clothing: amazing t-shirts, trousers, socks and hair accessories. To wear a piece of spotty clothing we were asked to bring in a voluntary contribution. We would like to thank everybody who took part and brought in a donation. You’ve made a huge difference to children lives all across the UK.

By Beth and Eleanor

Book Fair

This year’s book fair was, again, a massive success. From Tuesday 8th October until Monday 14th October, a huge range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, were on display in the school library. Altogether, we sold over £1920.14 worth of books entitling us to £1135.11 worth of free books for the school and library which, as you can imagine, is an invaluable resource. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the school in this way.

In addition to this, we ran a very successful competition for the children to write a short story on a given stimulus and received more entries this year than ever before. Please pop into reception to have a read of all of the entries, which have been published into two books: one for year 3/4 and one for year 5/6. Well done to all of our competition winners; it was very hard to decide who they would be!

Year 3 Winner – Jonas (Castle)

Year 4 Winner – Archie (Wykeham)

Year 5 Winner – Tilly (Sellwood)

Year 6 Winner – Rosie (Beach)

Overall Winner – Bella (Priory)

Sports Day

Sports day this year was fantastic as we were able to do lots of different activities to previous years. My favourite was trying to throw a tennis ball as far as I could which I managed to do on several occasions! During the races we cheered each other on from the sides and all the children did a wonderful job. This was the result:

1st Comets with 1764 points

2nd Moons with 1684 points

3rd Stars with 1629 points

4th Asteroids with 1463 points

Well done to everyone who took part and especially to Comets on your victory!

Zack, Stars House Captain

Plastic-Free Day 8th May

Thank you for your support in providing children with plastic-free lunches, water bottles or alternative packaging for snacks on the 8th May. In assemblies last week, children learnt about the impact plastic is currently having on many areas of the environment, and came up with lots of great suggestions about how they could reduce their use of single-use plastic. We would love to see children continuing to consider this when bringing in packed lunches; additionally, please ensure children are coming to school with a reusable water bottle.

A special well done to Asteroids, who won the House Competition for participation in Plastic-Free Day!

Red Nose Day

 

On Red Nose Day, also known as Comic Relief, we raised money for children with life changing disabilities or kids who are currently trying to survive in refugee camps because they had to flee their home country. Together our school managed to raise an amazing amount of money. Comic relief will really appreciate this because they are trying to do the best that they can to help those children who deserve a better life. We have managed to raise £379; the most we have ever raised! Thank you for all your support.

By Daisie, Oscar, Maisie, Jess and Ellie (School Council)

World Book Day

As soon as we got to school, everyone was dressed in different costumes that they thought were inspirational. After we had got into class, we all went to the hall for assembly. Every year group then had to stand up and show everyone their costumes. Everyone had a dance off and the teachers would vote on whose costume was the most original, whose costume was the best homemade one and whose dancing was the best.

After this, Year 3 partnered with Year 5 and Year 4 partnered up with Year 6 to do fun book day maths activities. These activities included a book scavenger hunt, a problem solving mystery and a word search.

Just before lunch, we looked at some Spanish books and tried to figure out what some of the words meant. Some had the English in as well, but most of them were just written in Spanish!

Finally, we watched a book day live lesson in class and which showed some of our favourite authors. Each child got a £1 book token to spend in any book store.

By Jessica and Esme

 

Young Voices

On Thursday 31st January, it was a pleasure to take 33 enthusiastic singers to the O2 Arena in London for our Young Voices choir concert event. Along with 7,700 other children, we sang a collection of songs which we have been diligently practicing in Young Voices club since September. The children were in awe at the size of the arena, but loved the experience and performed professionally! Miss Blundell and I were incredibly proud of the year 5s and 6s, whose behaviour was excellent under very tiring conditions, particularly at the end of the concert, late at night. We would like to give a special thank you to all of the parents and family members who joined us on the day, particularly Mr Phelps who met us in the car park and helped us locate our coach! We would also like to thank Mrs Chapman, Mrs Anders and Mrs Webb who supported us with the children for the entire day.

Well done Young Voices, 2019!

Christingle Service – Lower School

On Monday, Lower School learnt about what the different parts of a Christingle represent. They then walked down to St Edwards Church to take part in a service, where they heard the Christmas story from Reverend Sanday and learnt why oranges were used to symbolise the world. The adults were all very impressed with their singing and behaviour, representing Netley Abbey Junior School perfectly!

A big thank you to all the adults that helped out.

Hampshire Music Service Assembly

On Thursday 6th December, the whole school and staff were treated to a music assembly provided by Hampshire Music Service. Sue demonstrated her skills on four instruments, including the flute, piccolo, clarinet and alto saxophone, and explained to us how these instruments produced a range of sounds and notes. We also heard her play some film music from popular films such as Moana, Pink Panther and Beauty and the Beast, as well as some classical pieces such as Dance in the Hall of the Mountain King. The children had lots of questions and thoroughly enjoyed the performances.                                                                         

Festive Friday

Thank you to all the children and staff who took part in ‘Festive Friday’ last week, we filled 10 boxes with donations for Hound Food bank and raised £116.81 for Save the Children! Thank you so much for your generous donations. The children really enjoyed their Christmas lunch which was very festive and thank you to the all staff that helped on the day.

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Road Safety Week

On the week beginning 19th November, we held a house competition for road safety week. This year we invited the children to wear high visibility clothing on their trip to school. Every time they wore high visibility clothing they were tallied and each tally mark counted for 10 house points. The winners were stars who are now in the lead to win the house cup at the end of the year. In our role as Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO), we held an assembly to make the children aware of the dangers of the road. We hosted a quiz and gave out prizes for every correct answer. Keep up the great work of being safe on the roads!

Written by Kye and Harry

Road Safety Week

 

Children in Need

On Friday 16th November, we raised money for Children in Need. We had an assembly informing others about the day and telling them what happens to the money we raised. The children were allowed to wear one piece of spotty clothing or accessories. Thank you for all of your donations, we have raised an amazing £231.61 for this valued charity.

By Ella (Year 6) and Sienna (Year 3)

Children in Need

Anti-Bulling Week

On the week beginning the 12th November we took part in Anti-Bullying Week. This is where we started thinking about the five questions to help us sort out conflicts between the children in school, which are:

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking about at the time?
  • What have been your thoughts since?
  • Who has been affected?
  • What do you think you need to do to make things right?

We loved wearing odd socks on Monday to remind us that everyone is different!

By Bethan (Year 6) and Peyton (Year 4)

Anti-Bulling Week

The Book Fair

This year’s book fair was, again, a massive success. From Tuesday 9th October until Monday 15th October, a huge range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, was on display in the school library.

Altogether, we sold £1483.45 worth of books entitling us to £890 worth of free books for the school and library which, as you can imagine, is an invaluable resource.

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the school in this way.

In addition to this, we ran a very successful competition for the children to design a new character for an existing book and received more entries this year than ever before.

Well done to all of our competition winners; it was very hard to decide who they would be!

Year 3 Winner – Keyan (Grange Class)

Year 4 Winner – Evie (Priory)

Year 5 Winner – Skye (Crescent)

Year 6 Winner – Milly (Beach Class)

Year 3 Local Area Walk

On Thursday 4th October Year 3 went on their first school trip around the Village of Netley Abbey to take a closer look at our local area.

Despite the foggy morning and cold weather, Year 3 were still very keen to go on the trip. We were able to put our road safety instructions to the test and we all made sure we stopped, looked and listened.

We stopped at many places throughout our walk which included St Edwards’s church, Abbey Hall and our classes’ road names. We particularly liked looking at the water front. We all spotted the Isle of Wight Ferries, Calshot and even saw some cruise liners. We also enjoyed looking at the Abbey ruins and couldn’t believe people once lived there.

We had a great morning stretching our legs and will be able to apply all our knowledge to our Geography learning.

Outdoor Education Day

The whole school enjoyed a wonderful morning outside last week after participating in National Outdoor Classroom Day.

All of the children had a fantastic time exploring the school grounds and it was a wonderful opportunity for children to take part in a range of teambuilding activities, as well as some exciting learning experiences.

Each class explored the pond area, Bat Cave, field and playground.

Children enjoyed spotting wildlife, pond dipping, creating art using natural resources and even going on bug hunts and nature walks!

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Royal Wedding Picnic and Dress Up Day

On Friday 18th May our school celebrated Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding by having a picnic lunch in our school grounds. Our playground was decorated with red, white and blue bunting and Union Jack flags. At lunchtime, each year group was gathered onto tables in our playground to eat a picnic fit for a king! We would like to thank our kitchen staff for preparing many delicious picnic boxes which included a chocolate crown cookie. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed our picnic and partied in style wearing their wedding outfits.

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World Book Day   

On Tuesday 6th March, we celebrated World Book Day. As well as taking part in book themed activities during school time, the children and staff were invited to come into school dressed as a character from their favourite ‘Out of this world’ book. It was inspiring to see so many children taking part and sharing their love for reading.

I would like to extend an especially big thank you to the incredible amount of parents who helped the children to create a home-made costume this year.

Emma Blundell – English Manager

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Rock Challenge

Last week, 70 of our finest performers took to the Southampton Guildhall stage to compete in Junior Rock Challenge. They absolutely blew us all away with their performance of “Fading Memories”, sharing a story of dementia and how it impacts individuals and their families. I could not be more proud of them and how they portrayed such a sensitive theme with such mature attitudes. Not only did they win an outstanding 10 certificates, they also came third place. This is particularly impressive given the high standard of entries from the other schools.

I would like to say a massive thank you to the governors and parents who have helped us this year; Mr Lochhead, Mrs Nevard, Mrs Phelps, Ms Thorn, Miss Fisher, Mr Forder, Mrs Sigournay and Mrs Gough.

An additional thank you to ‘The Friends of Netley Abbey Junior School’ and ‘Netley Abbey and Butlocks Heath Educational Trust’ for their financial help with scenery and face paint.

Our success would not have been possible without their time and contributions!

For those of you who wish to view their performance, we shall be showing the video in the hall straight after school on Friday 16th March.

Everybody is welcome!

Miss Hansell

Rock Challenge Team

A visit from the Deputy Mayor

On Monday 22nd January 2018, we had a special visit from the Deputy Mayor and the Sustainability Officer from Eastleigh (who has been working with our Eco-Explorers group). Each class entered the Eastleigh competition to name one of the recycling vehicles and the winning name was announced by the Deputy Mayor during a very special assembly. The winning class were Heath Class, with their chosen name: RORIE (Recycle Our Rubbish In Eastleigh) – thank you to each of the classes for their imaginative names and look out for RORIE on bin collection days!

Fairthorne Manor Trip

On Friday 19th January 2018, some of our children were given the opportunity to try-out some of the activities at Fairthorne Manor, as a team-building and outdoor adventure day. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed their trip and experienced a taste of some of the excitement that they will get to explore when they attend their residential trip in Year 6. They were wonderful ambassadors for the school!

Children In Need 2017

On Friday 17th November, Netley Abbey Junior School joined the country in celebrating Children In Need. The children swapped an item of clothing for something spotty; we witnessed spotty t-shirts, spotty tights and even multi-coloured faces! All of the children had great fun seeing one another’s spotty choices throughout the day.

Anti-Bullying Week

During the week of 13th-17th November, we took part in Anti-Bullying Week. We carried out a range of Anti-Bullying awareness activities surrounding this year’s theme of ‘All Different, All Equal’. Each class were asked to create a collaborative piece of work to share in an assembly and put on display. See below for some of our creative ideas.

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Remembrance Day

On Friday 10th November, we had a special assembly to mark Remembrance Day. We wrote messages of remembrance on individual poppies which we brought together to create a large poppy in the centre of the hall. Our Chair of Governors led the assembly where we remembered the soldiers who fought for Britain during the First and Second World War. The poppies have now been collated to create an amazing display.

Remembrance Display

Year 4 Minstead Residential

At the end of last term, Year 4 went to Minstead Study Centre. We had an amazing time! We learnt lots about the environment, thinking about how we can all play a role in saving it. Throughout our activities, we took turns in carrying a “thenga”. This was a special stick that we passed about to symbolise how we are all responsible for looking after the planet.

We each were given a creature to represent, learning their names in Latin and discovering their diets. We displayed our names on our badges which we used to collect our beads. These badges and beads are a reminder of our time there. Whilst there, we went on a hike, cared for the animals, took part in a treasure hunt, played games and found out about poorer countries.

In the evenings we spent time in the roundhouse or around the bonfire, telling jokes and singing songs. Because we were all so fantastic, we even managed to earn a gold bead for teamwork.

Well done Year 4. Your behaviour was exemplary and we enjoyed taking you.

Red Nose Day 2017

On Friday 24th March, we celebrated Red Nose Day. The children were invited to wear red noses and learnt the official red nose day song ‘Put your nose on it!’. Click on the video below to hear the performance from the whole school.

 

Year 3 Tea Talk

On Thursday 9th March, Year 3 have had the opportunity to spend some time with local people from the community. They were able to ask the guests questions about their lives, families and growing up in the local area. The children really enjoyed eating homemade cakes and asking lots of interesting questions. Year 3 would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who supplied cakes and biscuits and a big thank you to our guests.

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Junior Rock Challenge

On Thursday 16th February, 70 children from Year 5 and 6 took part in Junior Rock Challenge at Southampton Guildhall.  Adults and children alike had a fantastic day – dancing, singing, spectating and cheering on other schools. Our performance looked incredible and it was clear how hard our pupils had worked over the last 5 months.  We are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them – they were a real credit to our school.

A massive thank you to all the help received from parents, governors and staff. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Young Voices

The upper school choir made Netley Abbey Junior School proud at their Young Voices singing event at the O2 arena, on Monday16th January. After 4 months of rehearsals, we travelled to London to perform an array of songs with over 7,000 other children. The children sang beautifully and their remarkable behaviour and enthusiasm must be commended. Many thanks to the parents who came along and supported us in the audience, we loved performing for you! We’d also like to thank the office team for all their hard work in helping to organise the trip, and Mrs Hance, Mrs Green, Mrs Pickett and Mrs Cunniam for helping us on the day.

Well done, Young Voices!

Humpty Dumpty Goes on his Travels

20191121_152350[1] HumptyThe children at the school have been super busy over the last four weeks with the task of making a character from the story of ‘The Christmas Postman’.

So, meet Humpty Dumpty!

Why? To join the beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Chapel in the Royal Victoria Country Park during ‘Christmas in the Park’.

Humpty is made from recycled materials; his body is made from two industrial lamp shades and his legs are old cardboard tubes.

The finished Humpty Dumpty is covered in papier-mâché and then painted. The children were asked to design his face and he is dressed in clothes and fabric from the local charity shops.

Humpty will be on display at ‘Christmas in the Park’ (Royal Victoria Country Park) from 14th December 2019.

 

Children in Need

On the 15th November we took part in Children in Need. We raised a grand total of £228.47. On the day, we had the opportunity to swap one item of clothing with something spotty. There were many different types of clothing: amazing t-shirts, trousers, socks and hair accessories. To wear a piece of spotty clothing we were asked to bring in a voluntary contribution. We would like to thank everybody who took part and brought in a donation. You’ve made a huge difference to children lives all across the UK.

By Beth and Eleanor

Book Fair

This year’s book fair was, again, a massive success. From Tuesday 8th October until Monday 14th October, a huge range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, were on display in the school library. Altogether, we sold over £1920.14 worth of books entitling us to £1135.11 worth of free books for the school and library which, as you can imagine, is an invaluable resource. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the school in this way.

In addition to this, we ran a very successful competition for the children to write a short story on a given stimulus and received more entries this year than ever before. Please pop into reception to have a read of all of the entries, which have been published into two books: one for year 3/4 and one for year 5/6. Well done to all of our competition winners; it was very hard to decide who they would be!

Year 3 Winner – Jonas (Castle)

Year 4 Winner – Archie (Wykeham)

Year 5 Winner – Tilly (Sellwood)

Year 6 Winner – Rosie (Beach)

Overall Winner – Bella (Priory)

Sports Day

Sports day this year was fantastic as we were able to do lots of different activities to previous years. My favourite was trying to throw a tennis ball as far as I could which I managed to do on several occasions! During the races we cheered each other on from the sides and all the children did a wonderful job. This was the result:

1st Comets with 1764 points

2nd Moons with 1684 points

3rd Stars with 1629 points

4th Asteroids with 1463 points

Well done to everyone who took part and especially to Comets on your victory!

Zack, Stars House Captain

Plastic-Free Day 8th May

Thank you for your support in providing children with plastic-free lunches, water bottles or alternative packaging for snacks on the 8th May. In assemblies last week, children learnt about the impact plastic is currently having on many areas of the environment, and came up with lots of great suggestions about how they could reduce their use of single-use plastic. We would love to see children continuing to consider this when bringing in packed lunches; additionally, please ensure children are coming to school with a reusable water bottle.

A special well done to Asteroids, who won the House Competition for participation in Plastic-Free Day!

Red Nose Day

 

On Red Nose Day, also known as Comic Relief, we raised money for children with life changing disabilities or kids who are currently trying to survive in refugee camps because they had to flee their home country. Together our school managed to raise an amazing amount of money. Comic relief will really appreciate this because they are trying to do the best that they can to help those children who deserve a better life. We have managed to raise £379; the most we have ever raised! Thank you for all your support.

By Daisie, Oscar, Maisie, Jess and Ellie (School Council)

World Book Day

As soon as we got to school, everyone was dressed in different costumes that they thought were inspirational. After we had got into class, we all went to the hall for assembly. Every year group then had to stand up and show everyone their costumes. Everyone had a dance off and the teachers would vote on whose costume was the most original, whose costume was the best homemade one and whose dancing was the best.

After this, Year 3 partnered with Year 5 and Year 4 partnered up with Year 6 to do fun book day maths activities. These activities included a book scavenger hunt, a problem solving mystery and a word search.

Just before lunch, we looked at some Spanish books and tried to figure out what some of the words meant. Some had the English in as well, but most of them were just written in Spanish!

Finally, we watched a book day live lesson in class and which showed some of our favourite authors. Each child got a £1 book token to spend in any book store.

By Jessica and Esme

 

Young Voices

On Thursday 31st January, it was a pleasure to take 33 enthusiastic singers to the O2 Arena in London for our Young Voices choir concert event. Along with 7,700 other children, we sang a collection of songs which we have been diligently practicing in Young Voices club since September. The children were in awe at the size of the arena, but loved the experience and performed professionally! Miss Blundell and I were incredibly proud of the year 5s and 6s, whose behaviour was excellent under very tiring conditions, particularly at the end of the concert, late at night. We would like to give a special thank you to all of the parents and family members who joined us on the day, particularly Mr Phelps who met us in the car park and helped us locate our coach! We would also like to thank Mrs Chapman, Mrs Anders and Mrs Webb who supported us with the children for the entire day.

Well done Young Voices, 2019!

Christingle Service – Lower School

On Monday, Lower School learnt about what the different parts of a Christingle represent. They then walked down to St Edwards Church to take part in a service, where they heard the Christmas story from Reverend Sanday and learnt why oranges were used to symbolise the world. The adults were all very impressed with their singing and behaviour, representing Netley Abbey Junior School perfectly!

A big thank you to all the adults that helped out.

Hampshire Music Service Assembly

On Thursday 6th December, the whole school and staff were treated to a music assembly provided by Hampshire Music Service. Sue demonstrated her skills on four instruments, including the flute, piccolo, clarinet and alto saxophone, and explained to us how these instruments produced a range of sounds and notes. We also heard her play some film music from popular films such as Moana, Pink Panther and Beauty and the Beast, as well as some classical pieces such as Dance in the Hall of the Mountain King. The children had lots of questions and thoroughly enjoyed the performances.                                                                         

Festive Friday

Thank you to all the children and staff who took part in ‘Festive Friday’ last week, we filled 10 boxes with donations for Hound Food bank and raised £116.81 for Save the Children! Thank you so much for your generous donations. The children really enjoyed their Christmas lunch which was very festive and thank you to the all staff that helped on the day.

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Road Safety Week

On the week beginning 19th November, we held a house competition for road safety week. This year we invited the children to wear high visibility clothing on their trip to school. Every time they wore high visibility clothing they were tallied and each tally mark counted for 10 house points. The winners were stars who are now in the lead to win the house cup at the end of the year. In our role as Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO), we held an assembly to make the children aware of the dangers of the road. We hosted a quiz and gave out prizes for every correct answer. Keep up the great work of being safe on the roads!

Written by Kye and Harry

Road Safety Week

 

Children in Need

On Friday 16th November, we raised money for Children in Need. We had an assembly informing others about the day and telling them what happens to the money we raised. The children were allowed to wear one piece of spotty clothing or accessories. Thank you for all of your donations, we have raised an amazing £231.61 for this valued charity.

By Ella (Year 6) and Sienna (Year 3)

Children in Need

Anti-Bulling Week

On the week beginning the 12th November we took part in Anti-Bullying Week. This is where we started thinking about the five questions to help us sort out conflicts between the children in school, which are:

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking about at the time?
  • What have been your thoughts since?
  • Who has been affected?
  • What do you think you need to do to make things right?

We loved wearing odd socks on Monday to remind us that everyone is different!

By Bethan (Year 6) and Peyton (Year 4)

Anti-Bulling Week

The Book Fair

This year’s book fair was, again, a massive success. From Tuesday 9th October until Monday 15th October, a huge range of books, both fiction and non-fiction, was on display in the school library.

Altogether, we sold £1483.45 worth of books entitling us to £890 worth of free books for the school and library which, as you can imagine, is an invaluable resource.

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the school in this way.

In addition to this, we ran a very successful competition for the children to design a new character for an existing book and received more entries this year than ever before.

Well done to all of our competition winners; it was very hard to decide who they would be!

Year 3 Winner – Keyan (Grange Class)

Year 4 Winner – Evie (Priory)

Year 5 Winner – Skye (Crescent)

Year 6 Winner – Milly (Beach Class)

Year 3 Local Area Walk

On Thursday 4th October Year 3 went on their first school trip around the Village of Netley Abbey to take a closer look at our local area.

Despite the foggy morning and cold weather, Year 3 were still very keen to go on the trip. We were able to put our road safety instructions to the test and we all made sure we stopped, looked and listened.

We stopped at many places throughout our walk which included St Edwards’s church, Abbey Hall and our classes’ road names. We particularly liked looking at the water front. We all spotted the Isle of Wight Ferries, Calshot and even saw some cruise liners. We also enjoyed looking at the Abbey ruins and couldn’t believe people once lived there.

We had a great morning stretching our legs and will be able to apply all our knowledge to our Geography learning.

Outdoor Education Day

The whole school enjoyed a wonderful morning outside last week after participating in National Outdoor Classroom Day.

All of the children had a fantastic time exploring the school grounds and it was a wonderful opportunity for children to take part in a range of teambuilding activities, as well as some exciting learning experiences.

Each class explored the pond area, Bat Cave, field and playground.

Children enjoyed spotting wildlife, pond dipping, creating art using natural resources and even going on bug hunts and nature walks!

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Royal Wedding Picnic and Dress Up Day

On Friday 18th May our school celebrated Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding by having a picnic lunch in our school grounds. Our playground was decorated with red, white and blue bunting and Union Jack flags. At lunchtime, each year group was gathered onto tables in our playground to eat a picnic fit for a king! We would like to thank our kitchen staff for preparing many delicious picnic boxes which included a chocolate crown cookie. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed our picnic and partied in style wearing their wedding outfits.

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World Book Day   

On Tuesday 6th March, we celebrated World Book Day. As well as taking part in book themed activities during school time, the children and staff were invited to come into school dressed as a character from their favourite ‘Out of this world’ book. It was inspiring to see so many children taking part and sharing their love for reading.

I would like to extend an especially big thank you to the incredible amount of parents who helped the children to create a home-made costume this year.

Emma Blundell – English Manager

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Rock Challenge

Last week, 70 of our finest performers took to the Southampton Guildhall stage to compete in Junior Rock Challenge. They absolutely blew us all away with their performance of “Fading Memories”, sharing a story of dementia and how it impacts individuals and their families. I could not be more proud of them and how they portrayed such a sensitive theme with such mature attitudes. Not only did they win an outstanding 10 certificates, they also came third place. This is particularly impressive given the high standard of entries from the other schools.

I would like to say a massive thank you to the governors and parents who have helped us this year; Mr Lochhead, Mrs Nevard, Mrs Phelps, Ms Thorn, Miss Fisher, Mr Forder, Mrs Sigournay and Mrs Gough.

An additional thank you to ‘The Friends of Netley Abbey Junior School’ and ‘Netley Abbey and Butlocks Heath Educational Trust’ for their financial help with scenery and face paint.

Our success would not have been possible without their time and contributions!

For those of you who wish to view their performance, we shall be showing the video in the hall straight after school on Friday 16th March.

Everybody is welcome!

Miss Hansell

Rock Challenge Team

A visit from the Deputy Mayor

On Monday 22nd January 2018, we had a special visit from the Deputy Mayor and the Sustainability Officer from Eastleigh (who has been working with our Eco-Explorers group). Each class entered the Eastleigh competition to name one of the recycling vehicles and the winning name was announced by the Deputy Mayor during a very special assembly. The winning class were Heath Class, with their chosen name: RORIE (Recycle Our Rubbish In Eastleigh) – thank you to each of the classes for their imaginative names and look out for RORIE on bin collection days!

Fairthorne Manor Trip

On Friday 19th January 2018, some of our children were given the opportunity to try-out some of the activities at Fairthorne Manor, as a team-building and outdoor adventure day. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed their trip and experienced a taste of some of the excitement that they will get to explore when they attend their residential trip in Year 6. They were wonderful ambassadors for the school!

Children In Need 2017

On Friday 17th November, Netley Abbey Junior School joined the country in celebrating Children In Need. The children swapped an item of clothing for something spotty; we witnessed spotty t-shirts, spotty tights and even multi-coloured faces! All of the children had great fun seeing one another’s spotty choices throughout the day.

Anti-Bullying Week

During the week of 13th-17th November, we took part in Anti-Bullying Week. We carried out a range of Anti-Bullying awareness activities surrounding this year’s theme of ‘All Different, All Equal’. Each class were asked to create a collaborative piece of work to share in an assembly and put on display. See below for some of our creative ideas.

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Remembrance Day

On Friday 10th November, we had a special assembly to mark Remembrance Day. We wrote messages of remembrance on individual poppies which we brought together to create a large poppy in the centre of the hall. Our Chair of Governors led the assembly where we remembered the soldiers who fought for Britain during the First and Second World War. The poppies have now been collated to create an amazing display.

Remembrance Display

Year 4 Minstead Residential

At the end of last term, Year 4 went to Minstead Study Centre. We had an amazing time! We learnt lots about the environment, thinking about how we can all play a role in saving it. Throughout our activities, we took turns in carrying a “thenga”. This was a special stick that we passed about to symbolise how we are all responsible for looking after the planet.

We each were given a creature to represent, learning their names in Latin and discovering their diets. We displayed our names on our badges which we used to collect our beads. These badges and beads are a reminder of our time there. Whilst there, we went on a hike, cared for the animals, took part in a treasure hunt, played games and found out about poorer countries.

In the evenings we spent time in the roundhouse or around the bonfire, telling jokes and singing songs. Because we were all so fantastic, we even managed to earn a gold bead for teamwork.

Well done Year 4. Your behaviour was exemplary and we enjoyed taking you.

Red Nose Day 2017

On Friday 24th March, we celebrated Red Nose Day. The children were invited to wear red noses and learnt the official red nose day song ‘Put your nose on it!’. Click on the video below to hear the performance from the whole school.

 

Year 3 Tea Talk

On Thursday 9th March, Year 3 have had the opportunity to spend some time with local people from the community. They were able to ask the guests questions about their lives, families and growing up in the local area. The children really enjoyed eating homemade cakes and asking lots of interesting questions. Year 3 would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who supplied cakes and biscuits and a big thank you to our guests.

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Junior Rock Challenge

On Thursday 16th February, 70 children from Year 5 and 6 took part in Junior Rock Challenge at Southampton Guildhall.  Adults and children alike had a fantastic day – dancing, singing, spectating and cheering on other schools. Our performance looked incredible and it was clear how hard our pupils had worked over the last 5 months.  We are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them – they were a real credit to our school.

A massive thank you to all the help received from parents, governors and staff. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Young Voices

The upper school choir made Netley Abbey Junior School proud at their Young Voices singing event at the O2 arena, on Monday16th January. After 4 months of rehearsals, we travelled to London to perform an array of songs with over 7,000 other children. The children sang beautifully and their remarkable behaviour and enthusiasm must be commended. Many thanks to the parents who came along and supported us in the audience, we loved performing for you! We’d also like to thank the office team for all their hard work in helping to organise the trip, and Mrs Hance, Mrs Green, Mrs Pickett and Mrs Cunniam for helping us on the day.

Well done, Young Voices!