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.


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!



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!