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 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
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.
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.
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
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)
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 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)
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.