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  • NEW SITE NEW SITE NEW SITE NEW SITE

    Dear everyone, The time has come when we have to say goodbye to our old website and move on to new things.  This website has served us very well over the years, attracting more than 50,000 visits; helping us keep in touch with you all; and acting as a tool for all kinds of communication.  In doing such a good job however, it has become perhaps a little too big, too cluttered and too much of an archive for the needs of our busy school community.  So if you're wanting to catch up with Low Mill 2014, check the diary, or just see what we're all about, please redirect your browser to our NEW WEBSITE!  Please bear in mind that the new site is in it's infancy and lots will be added in the next few weeks.  The new site will soon take the place of this site, although we will keep this one as an archive so you can check back when you feel like a trip down memory lane. Our new website - CLICK HERE
  • Newsletter 6 - 7th November 2014

      Newsletter 6 - Wrap up Warm! Welcome back everyone to a rather grey, cold and wet November.  I really hope you’ve had a good half-term rest and that all the children have recharged their batteries and are ready, for what is always a busy half-term in the run up to Christmas.  As the weather has now taken a rather significant turn for the worst,  please ensure your children are suitably dressed for the season ahead. Many children are coming to school without a proper coat - a zip up hoody is not appropriate for the colder weather and will not keep children dry.  We also have a number of children who are not wearing the correct uniform - our policy and Home School Agreement states that black shoes or plain black trainers should be worn. Unfortunately, children who do not have the correct uniform or suitable clothing will not be able to take part in outside breaks and activities. Children in Need Children in Need is fast approaching us again and this year the theme is Superheroes and Villains. If this is not an option your child may wear something yellow/spotty. The children should come to school in their outfit on Friday 14th November. To raise money for this we would appreciate a donation of £1 if your child wishes to dress up. Please be aware with the weather turning colder that your child will still need to bring something warm to wear. P.E. As the weather is turning colder, it is important that the children bring with them a warm P.E. kit. It is essential that they have full length warm trousers, which are dark in colour (for example jogging bottoms), a warm, dark coloured, jumper style top (for example a fleece/hoody) and trainers. Please can I remind you that we do sell Filey Junior School P.E. Hoodies in the School Office for £10.   Due to having no hall available to us at the moment the children will continue to undertake P.E. outside. It is essential that your child is able to keep warm during these session. Harvest Thank you to everyone who turned out for our Harvest Festival at the end of last term.  We had a packed church and everyone enjoyed sharing our harvest songs and messages.  We collected an excellent range and quantity of produce and I would like to thank you all very much for your donations.  The food we collected was donated to Saint Catherine’s Hospice and they were extremely grateful for the generosity shown. Lingotastic French Pupils are warmly invited to come and enjoy some fun French learning at 'LinGOtastics!' French Club - Two free taster sessions will be held over lunchtime at 12:30pm on Tuesday 25th November (for years 3 & 4) and Wednesday 26th November (for years 5 & 6) in Miss S Robson’s classroom. Children just need to simply turn up! 'LinGOtastics!' is a paid for fun filled extra-curricular activity which promotes French language learning using songs, books, games, puppets, rhymes, stories and craft activities.  Subject to demand, classes will resume in January 2015. Sports Girls' football: A huge well done to the girls' football team for their performance against Seamer this week. We won the match 2 - 0 thanks to some excellent goals from Amber Colling and Bethany Barnes. The girls played brilliantly as a team, and behaviour was excellent. Miss Robson would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the girls for their hard work and commitment on a Friday lunch time and after school. Due to other commitments, she is unable to continue girls' football, but Miss Atkinson has kindly offered to continue the club.   And we finally have the results of the cross-country races!  After 2 events our year 3/4 girls are in 2nd place, year 5/6 girls 2nd place and year 5/6 boys 3rd places.  It’s very close so we must make sure we enter a team in the remaining 3 races! Well done to you all and a big thank you to Mrs Mills, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Bosomworth. Poppies As part of our work around Remembrance Day, every child in school has produced a clay poppy.  These poppies have now been glazed and fired and we are now producing a permanent display on the front of the outside of the the school.  Please take time to have a look - hopefully your child’s poppy will still be there in 100 years time! As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss. Mr H McCarthey & Staff.
  • Class 11

    Welcome to class 11!  Important days to remember: Mondays we are given spellings and times-tables to learn for tests on Fridays. Tuesday and Wednesday we need our P.E. kit (indoor and outdoor please). Fridays we are given a piece of literacy and numeracy homework to complete for the following Monday.  We all need to make sure we bring our spelling books, reading books and reading record every day!!! 
  • Filey Junior School Calculation Policy.

    The following calculation policy has been devised to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 for the teaching and learning of mathematics. It is designed to: Ensure a commonality of approach across the school. Aid transition between stages as understanding develops. Enable children to progress onto formal written methods as understanding develops. Clarify the layout of calculations (and the exact recording of these) across the school. Enable children to appropriately record for understanding using the most efficient written method. The calculation policy is organised into stages which children progress through as their understanding develops. This enables children to be moved onto the next stage as soon as they are ready, or work at a lower stage until they are secure enough to move on. 
  • Newsletter 5 - 17.10.14

    Newsletter 5 - Green Cross Code   I know I have mentioned this several times already this year, but I do need to remind everyone again to please reinforce the message of road safety at home.  We have once again had reports of children not using the crossing facilities appropriately and of children taking risks on the roads.  Next week Mr Kenny, our crossing patrol officer, will be absent on Monday & Tuesday and unfortunately the local authority have not been able to arrange any cover.  I know this may sound very bureaucratic, but unfortunately we are not able to supervise the children crossing ourselves due to matters arising from insurance and appropriate training.  Please ensure you are taking appropriate measures to ensure your child’s safety on the journey to and from school.  Another issue which I need to make you aware of, is that we suspect some children are being dropped off in a morning at school, but they are then walking back into town, perhaps to visit the shops or meet friends, rather than coming directly into school.  If we are aware of specific children doing this, we will of course inform parents, but at the moment I would ask that you ensure your child comes directly into school once they are dropped off.   Parents Evening You will, by now, have received your appointments for Parents Evening (or afternoon if you are attending one of the other times).  As mentioned previously, I will be available in the ICT suite to discuss the technology we are using in school.  I will also be joined by members of Filey Library who would like to demonstrate some of the online resources our children are now able to access both at school and at home.   Harvest Apologies first of all for the short notice, but we are going to hold a last minute Harvest Festival at Filey Methodist Church next Thursday from 1:30pm.  We didn’t think we would be able to hold a service this year as we have not had a hall in school due to the building work for the new canteen.  Children and teachers were keen to put something together however and we have managed to book the church for Thursday afternoon.  This will be a little different to the usual service as we are hoping to take all the children at once to celebrate Harvest; sing some songs and hymns; and announce our Merit Award winners for the term.  You are welcome to join us for this celebration.   Book Fair The Travelling Book Fair will be open in school on Monday and Tuesday evening, straight after school in the main corridor until about 4:30pm.  It will also be open on Tuesday break time.   Sports A big well done this week to our two tag rugby teams on an excellent performance in the Year 5/6 Scarborough area tournament on Tuesday where they finished second!  Also, the Year 5/6 girls' football team were in action against Lindhead and Northstead. Although the girls were beaten in both fixtures, their team spirit and sportsmanship was a credit to them.  And finally, a big thank you to the parents and staff who transported children and came to watch - we couldn't have got there without them so they need a thank you!   Low Mill 2014 Our intrepid Year 6 children will be returning from their adventures at Low Mill today.  The children have been away for the week and have enjoyed a range of activities ranging from getting wet in a river, to getting cold up a mountain, to getting wet and cold in caves.  Due to some issues with YouTube, we had to take some of the video footage down earlier in the week, but you can now catch up with all of their adventures via our website.  Once again, if you have any ideas or suggestions for the new website, please let us know.   Shoe Box Appeal Once again this year we are hoping to fill shoeboxes to send to needy children around the world with "Operation Christmas Child". All the children have seen a DVD of last year's shoeboxes being opened by needy children in Romania. What joy on their faces!  We are encouraging each class to fill 2 boxes, one for a boy and another for a girl. It would be great if children were encouraged to bring just one thing for their class boxes, for example a small toy, a cuddly toy, ball, pens, pencils, crayons, felt pens, notebook, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, soap, woolly hat, gloves, or any other suggestion your child may have (no glass bottles please).  If as a family you would like to fill your own shoebox, Mrs Bosomworth can let you have a box and an information leaflet with all the details. Please return completed boxes to Mrs Bosomworth by 7th November. Thank you in anticipation.   As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss. Mr H McCarthey & Staff.
  • Low Mill III - Getting Tired....

    Another day, another dunking! Breakfast was cereal, waffles, tomato, sausage, bacon and poached egg. Archery, canoeing, bushcraft, abseiling were the daytime activities. Chicken cobbler with vegetables and rice pudding for tea. A village quiz and packing before bed. The children have been a delight to be with all week. True superstars. See you tomorrow, folks. Zzzzzzz.
  • Low Mill III - Soggy Doesn't Cover It!

    Bacon, sausage, hash browns and boiled egg followed cereal to fill our stomachs before Day Three's adventures. Group 3 had the pleasure of Barney's company venturing up Pen-y-Ghent while the others swapped between caving and climbing.  All groups got WET. Great fun though! Massive slabs of pizza, chips, potato salad and coleslaw awaited our return. Chocolate orange trifle followed. The children used their brains for quiz night and have written messages to you! Enjoy. Dear Mum, Col, Marc, Toby and Guppy, Having a lovely time I’m still alive been up massive mountains and had fun. Love from Alix.   Dear mum, dad, caleb, phoebe, grandma and anita, Having an absolute mint time. Done all the stuff I thought I would never be able to do Having lots of fun. Love from Jake J   Dear mum,dad I am having a good time see you when I get back I will tell you the things when I get back Love from Theo       Dear Mum, Dad and Sam, I miss you llooooaaadddss!! But, I am having a great time, and I’ve proved to myself that caving is probably one of the best activities YET and climbing was good because I didn’t even know we were doing it, like bush craft. We’re doing archery and then canoeing tomorrow (to me) and I’m looking forward to coming back but I’m having a good time! JJJ Loads of love, Kian xxxx J                   Dear Mum, Dad and Evie, I am missing you terribly but don’t worry about me I am having a epic time and the best thing so far is caving which is the best thing however I think I will have a even better time doing ab-sailing , hope you are having a great time! LOTS and LOTS of love, Paige xxxxx   Dear, mum , dad, Aaron and Jordan , I am enjoying myself very much, but I am missing all of you very much and I can’t wait to come home, and I went caving and I started crying because I am crossathorpek but after a bit I was fine also I am fine I haven’t hurt myself (yet) xxx lots of lovee Morgan xxxxxxxx Dear Mum and Dad, I am having a great time at low mill. On Monday we did boosh craft and we made our own den and made a fire and with it made bred and roasted marshmallows. Today we did caving and it was amazing, some of the spaces were really small and we just about made it through. Hope youre having a good time in Filey. From Jake C   Dear Mum and Dad,   I am enjoying my time at Low Mill, On Monday we went to a forest and did a activity called Bush Crafting, we made a tent from wooden sticks and we also made a fire, we roasted marshmallows and made bread, fruit bread and plain. I did caving and got wet in the streams and rapids. Iv having a good time and hope you are too. Love From Nia xx   Dear dad and Anna, At the moment I am enjoying everything we have done so far. The first day we got to low mill we unpacked our things and went on a night walk. We also went up the tallest mountain in Yorkshire. Today we went climbing and I was the first person to go up to the top first. Then we went down caves and some of the part of the cave was very hard to get throw. Love you lots Holly xxx Dear mum and dad At the moment I am am having fun Toddy we went caving and we went down a muddy silde and there were a maser puddle at the bottom and got wet. Lots of love from Jessicaxx   Dear mum  Yesterday we went climbing up a mountain it was quite hard but when we got to the top I was relived. Lots of love lizzie xxx   Dear: Mum, Dad, Dermot, Mia, Tadhg, Pippa, Lori, I’ve had a wonderful time and I loved the caving  however, I’ve been missing you – a lot! From Eoin.   To Mum, Dad, Ellie, I’m having a great time at Low Mill and I’m getting a Low Mill cooking book for you Mum. At caving today I was a bit nervous but it turned out okay. I hope your alright and I’ll see you on Friday. From Sam S   Dear Mum, Dad, Sid Having a great time it was a few hours to get up pennygent mountain I am having a great time at Low Mill it is really good hope your having a good time at home. From Sam H Dear Mum, Dad, Violet I’m having a great time at low mill. Today me and the rest of the group went caving and climbing. I’m really missing you a lot and I hope your having fun at home. From Saxon D Dear mum and dad Miss you lots I am having an amazing  time at low as we climbed the amazing penny gent yesterday. From Chloe   Dear Mum, Dad and Sophie, I am missing you lots but having a great time. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Is Sophie lonely? From Hannah   Dear Cows, I am missing you so much! Say hi to mum and dad for me. Love from Lara xxxx   Dear family , Had a head ace in the cave alright still Lots of love Kaine xxxx   Dear family Having a great time in low mill From Harrison   Dear Mum, Dad, Kell and Max, I hope you are all okay and well. I am having a great time in Low Mill, still alive and having fun. We have climbed a mountain and we have abseiled, gone caving and climbed.  I love you all loads, from Kai J     Dear Mum and taryn  I am having a great time at low mill, I hope your all ok(including Alfie and jax). I am exhausted from climbing  pen-y-eghent . Love you loads from megan   Dear Daddy and Natalie, I’m having a great time. Today, I climbed Pen-Y-Ghent. Happy B day Lewis, see you on Friday, don’t be jealous daddy I’ve only done caving, climbing, hiking, a night walk and abseiling,  bushcraft tomorrow and canoeing on Friday, Izzy xxx <3    8-B. Dear Mum and Dad, Today we climbed mount Pen-y-Ghent we had great fun fortunately I am still in one peace. Yesterday we were caving it was astonishing because there was a slide. The day before we absailed down a bridge. Lots of love Owen.   Dear mum, having fun love skye.   Dear dad  cant wait to see you love jessi   Dear  mum,dad,lexi and kylie. Missing you lots, Love Shakira.   Dear mum, Miss you lots Pen-y-Ghent was very wet. From Sam K   Dear family of long away, I’m enjoying my stay hope you’re ok From Tom   Dear family hope your all okay From Josh   Dear mum and dad   I hope you are okay love from Brooklyn 
  • Low Mill III - Highs and Lows!

    After a hearty breakfast of cereal, fried eggs, bacon, potato smiles and toast, the group split into two. One section climbed the heady heights of Pen-y-Ghent (694m above sea level) whilst the other group climbed the wall before being plunged deep underground! We enjoyed a roast beef dinner and strawberry mousse after which we enjoyed the egg challenge. Using limited materials we designed and made a device to (hopefully) protect an egg from a fall. We are so proud of our children who are incredibly brave and adventurous. Tomorrow we will be swapping activities. Bring it on!  
  • Low Mill III - This Time It's Windier!

    Day One - A great journey (only two sick bags filled) found a good chunk of Year Six arrive safely at Low Mill. After the annual wrestle with duvet covers, lunch was eaten. Massive thanks for the Low Mill team for rustling up lunches for the four who forgot theirs!     We split into our groups: abseiling, bushcraft and archery for a fun-packed afternoon. Fish, chips and peas, followed by treacle sponge and custard warmed us up before our spooky night walk.    Tiredness and a competitive streak meant that all children were desperate to get to sleep after drinking their hot chocolate! Mountain climbing, caving and rock climbing await us tomorrow!      
  • Newsletter 04 - 3rd October

    Newsletter 4 - A Big Thank You   I was very pleased to receive a letter from our Chair of Governors earlier this week.  The letter detailed a meeting between the Chair and a parent, held at the parent’s request, in which the parent thanked and praised the school and a number of teachers and staff for the hard work, care and attention given towards her children.  I have to say that this meeting and the letter we received has given the whole staff a real lift.  I know that many of our staff work very long hours and I’m often discussing school with them (via emails, text etc.) late into the evening.  This is a reflection of the commitment and work  which they put into providing an excellent quality of education and care to your children.  Obviously, we don’t get everything right every time, but everyone in school does give 100%.  I think it’s very important that we acknowledge this every once in a while and say thank you to everyone in school and thank you to those who support us.   Parent’s Evening You should be receiving slips to book appointments with your child’s class teacher in the next few days.  Parents’ Evening will be on Monday 20th October with other slots available throughout that week.  The Parents’ Evening will be a good opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, their targets, and how they have settled in to the new school year.   I will be available in the ICT suite, throughout the evening of the Monday to demonstrate some of the IT services which children are now accessing in school and, of course, to answer any questions you may have.   Jewellery & Nail Varnish Just a brief reminder that children should not wear any jewellery, makeup or nail varnish for school.  We do make an exception for watches and ‘stud’ earrings, but children must remove these for PE and it is the child’s responsibility to look after them.  Please do not allow children to wear any hoop, dangling or large stud earrings as these pose a health and safety risk and we would need to ask children to remove these.     We don’t have many children around school using makeup, but we do, quite often, need to speak to children regarding nail varnish.  Please ensure that if your child is using nail varnish that it is fully removed for school. Website We are currently in the process of redesigning our Website.  I’d like your ideas and thoughts about this and how we can provide you with a useable web presence.  If you have any ideas or thoughts, please let me know - phone, in person or email. Building Update Our canteen is moving at a pace now and every week we see another phase completed.  This week we have a roof!  The builders have been working long hours and have erected the timber roof structure which will be tiled next week.  I am reliably informed that we are on target for our October 31st completion date and we’re now wanting to involve the children a little more in the interior design of the canteen.   Maths A big thank you to Miss Randell who invited parents along to a Maths evening last night.  She has asked me to pass on this message: “A huge thank you to the parents and children (especially our invaluable staff and volunteers) who attended the Calculation Drop-in yesterday. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet some new parents and discuss opportunities to become more involved in your child's mathematical learning. If you were unable to attend and you have any questions, or would just like to be more involved, feel free to get in touch; we're always happy to have parents on board! In light of discussions from the Open Evening, I feel it is important to point out the use of Mathletics and Sumdog. These are fantastic internet based resources which the school pay for so children can access them both in school and at home. Each child has a login and password which enables them to use the service. All Teachers set weekly Mathletics tasks to extend and support children's learning. We hope you will support us by helping your child access these websites to complete these tasks. Children who don't have access to the Internet are welcome to attend lunchtime Mathletics clubs so they can still access the resource            www.mathletics.com       www.sumdog.co.uk   Miss A.Randell”   As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss. Mr H McCarthey & Staff.
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Low Mill III - Getting Tired....

Another day, another dunking!

Breakfast was cereal, waffles, tomato, sausage, bacon and poached egg.

Archery, canoeing, bushcraft, abseiling were the daytime activities.

Chicken cobbler with vegetables and rice pudding for tea.

A village quiz and packing before bed.

The children have been a delight to be with all week. True superstars.

See you tomorrow, folks. Zzzzzzz.

Low Mill III - Soggy Doesn't Cover It!

Bacon, sausage, hash browns and boiled egg followed cereal to fill our stomachs before Day Three's adventures. Group 3 had the pleasure of Barney's company venturing up Pen-y-Ghent while the others swapped between caving and climbing. 

All groups got WET. Great fun though!

Massive slabs of pizza, chips, potato salad and coleslaw awaited our return. Chocolate orange trifle followed.

The children used their brains for quiz night and have written messages to you! Enjoy.

Dear Mum, Col, Marc, Toby and Guppy,

Having a lovely time I’m still alive been up massive mountains and had fun.

Love from Alix.

 

Dear mum, dad, caleb, phoebe, grandma and anita,

Having an absolute mint time. Done all the stuff I thought I would never be able to do

Having lots of fun.

Love from Jake J

 

Dear mum,dad I am having a good time see you when I get back I will tell you the things when I get back

Love from Theo

 

    Dear Mum, Dad and Sam,

I miss you llooooaaadddss!! But, I am having a great time, and I’ve proved to myself that caving is probably one of the best activities YET and climbing was good because I didn’t even know we were doing it, like bush craft. We’re doing archery and then canoeing tomorrow (to me) and I’m looking forward to coming back but I’m having a good time! JJJ

Loads of love, Kian xxxx J

 

                Dear Mum, Dad and Evie,

I am missing you terribly but don’t worry about me I am having a epic time and the best thing so far is caving which is the best thing however I think I will have a even better time doing ab-sailing , hope you are having a great time!

LOTS and LOTS of love, Paige xxxxx

 

Dear, mum , dad, Aaron and Jordan ,

I am enjoying myself very much, but I am missing all of you very much and I can’t wait to come home, and I went caving and I started crying because I am crossathorpek but after a bit I was fine also I am fine I haven’t hurt myself (yet) xxx lots of lovee Morgan xxxxxxxx

Dear Mum and Dad,

I am having a great time at low mill. On Monday we did boosh craft and we made our own den and made a fire and with it made bred and roasted marshmallows. Today we did caving and it was amazing, some of the spaces were really small and we just about made it through. Hope youre having a good time in Filey.

From Jake C

 

Dear Mum and Dad,

 

I am enjoying my time at Low Mill, On Monday we went to a forest and did a activity called Bush Crafting, we made a tent from wooden sticks and we also made a fire, we roasted marshmallows and made bread, fruit bread and plain. I did caving and got wet in the streams and rapids. Iv having a good time and hope you are too.

Love From Nia xx

 

Dear dad and Anna,

At the moment I am enjoying everything we have done so far. The first day we got to low mill we unpacked our things and went on a night walk. We also went up the tallest mountain in Yorkshire. Today we went climbing and I was the first person to go up to the top first. Then we went down caves and some of the part of the cave was very hard to get throw.

Love you lots Holly xxx

Dear mum and dad

At the moment I am am having fun Toddy we went caving and we went down a muddy silde and there were a maser puddle at the bottom and got wet.

Lots of love from Jessicaxx

  Dear mum 

Yesterday we went climbing up a mountain it was quite hard but when we got to the top I was relived.

Lots of love lizzie xxx

 

Dear: Mum, Dad, Dermot, Mia, Tadhg, Pippa, Lori,

I’ve had a wonderful time and I loved the caving  however, I’ve been missing you – a lot! From Eoin.

 

To Mum, Dad, Ellie,

I’m having a great time at Low Mill and I’m getting a Low Mill cooking book for you Mum. At caving today I was a bit nervous but it turned out okay. I hope your alright and I’ll see you on Friday.

From Sam S

 

Dear Mum, Dad, Sid

Having a great time it was a few hours to get up pennygent mountain I am having a great time at Low Mill it is really good hope your having a good time at home.

From Sam H

Dear Mum, Dad, Violet

I’m having a great time at low mill. Today me and the rest of the group went caving and climbing. I’m really missing you a lot and I hope your having fun at home.

From Saxon D

Dear mum and dad

Miss you lots I am having an amazing  time at low as we climbed the amazing penny gent yesterday.

From Chloe

 

Dear Mum, Dad and Sophie,

I am missing you lots but having a great time. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Is Sophie lonely?

From Hannah

 

Dear Cows,

I am missing you so much! Say hi to mum and dad for me.

Love from Lara xxxx

 

Dear family ,

Had a head ace in the cave alright still

Lots of love Kaine xxxx

 

Dear family

Having a great time in low mill

From Harrison

 

Dear Mum, Dad, Kell and Max,

I hope you are all okay and well. I am having a great time in Low Mill, still alive and having fun. We have climbed a mountain and we have abseiled, gone caving and climbed.

 I love you all loads, from Kai J

   

Dear Mum and taryn

 I am having a great time at low mill, I hope your all ok(including Alfie and jax). I am exhausted from climbing  pen-y-eghent .

Love you loads from megan

 

Dear Daddy and Natalie,

I’m having a great time. Today, I climbed Pen-Y-Ghent. Happy B day Lewis, see you on Friday, don’t be jealous daddy I’ve only done caving, climbing, hiking, a night walk and abseiling,  bushcraft tomorrow and canoeing on Friday, Izzy xxx <3    8-B.

Dear Mum and Dad,

Today we climbed mount Pen-y-Ghent we had great fun fortunately I am still in one peace. Yesterday we were caving it was astonishing because there was a slide. The day before we absailed down a bridge.

Lots of love Owen.

 

Dear mum, having fun love skye.

 

Dear dad  cant wait to see you love jessi

 

Dear  mum,dad,lexi and kylie.

Missing you lots,

Love Shakira.

 

Dear mum,

Miss you lots Pen-y-Ghent was very wet.

From Sam K

 

Dear family of long away, I’m enjoying my stay hope you’re ok

From Tom

 

Dear family hope your all okay

From Josh

 

Dear mum and dad  

I hope you are okay

love from Brooklyn 

Low Mill III - Highs and Lows!

After a hearty breakfast of cereal, fried eggs, bacon, potato smiles and toast, the group split into two. One section climbed the heady heights of Pen-y-Ghent (694m above sea level) whilst the other group climbed the wall before being plunged deep underground!

We enjoyed a roast beef dinner and strawberry mousse after which we enjoyed the egg challenge. Using limited materials we designed and made a device to (hopefully) protect an egg from a fall.

We are so proud of our children who are incredibly brave and adventurous.

Tomorrow we will be swapping activities. Bring it on!

 

Low Mill III - This Time It's Windier!

Day One - A great journey (only two sick bags filled) found a good chunk of Year Six arrive safely at Low Mill. After the annual wrestle with duvet covers, lunch was eaten. Massive thanks for the Low Mill team for rustling up lunches for the four who forgot theirs! 

   We split into our groups: abseiling, bushcraft and archery for a fun-packed afternoon. Fish, chips and peas, followed by treacle sponge and custard warmed us up before our spooky night walk.

   Tiredness and a competitive streak meant that all children were desperate to get to sleep after drinking their hot chocolate! Mountain climbing, caving and rock climbing await us tomorrow!

   

 

Treasure Island!

Year 6 present : Treasure Island.

All the children in Year 6 went in search of treasure during their last week at junior school.

There were pirates and parrots: murderous, scallywags and mad marooned sailors. Luckily, there was also young Jim Hawkins to save the day and the treasure. 

The children produces a splendid  performance of this classic tale and their enthusiasm was wonderful to watch.  Their acting was brilliant, the narrators were word perfect and the songs were sung with such gusto that everyone in the audiences was tempted to join in. They really did themselves proud. Well done to each and everyone.

Please check out the photographs below.

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Teacher Training Day

Don't forget, school is closed on Monday 2nd June for Teacher Training.  School will open again on Tuesday 3rd June as normal.

Teacher Required!

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KEY STAGE 2 TEACHER REQUIRED

For September 2014

Full time, initially fixed term post to Aug 31st 2015

 

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and forward thinking teacher to join our team.  This is an exciting opportunity which would be well suited to both experienced and newly qualified teachers. 

 

Application packs are available to download from the school website or by contacting the school directly. 

 

Successful applicants will be subject to enhanced DBS checks.

 

School Visits:  Wednesday 4th June 2014 (4pm)

 Closing Date:  8:30am Monday 9th June 2014

 Interviews: WB 16th June 2014 

 

Please see the Vacancies section for an application pack.

London 2014

Homeward bound:

We've just received news that the children (and staff) are now on the last leg of their journey and should be arriving back in Scarborough at the planned time of 6:15pm.

11.30pm All in bed! The children and staff all loved the show. Fingers crossed for sleep!

Update!

We are currently on the train from York to London and tucking into our packed lunches!

 

Three more sleeps before London! We have 45 very excited children in school today and the staff are  equally excited!

Please check back here regularly throughout our trip for updates.

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Sport Relief

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Well done to everyone - children, staff, mums and dads, friends and family - who joined in our Sport Relief event this year.  We walked from school, to Filey beach, to Hunmanby Gap, and all the way back again!  Some stiff legs and a few blisters were had along the way but we had a brilliant day and as always the children were fantastic.  Big thank you to Mr Wales and the Filey Coastguard who escorted along the way.  Check back soon to see the total we managed to raise.

A Bit of a Drama

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Well done to all of our young actors who performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this week!  Both our Year 3 & 4 and the Year 5 & 6 drama groups made their debut performances at The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, performing to a packed house of paying guests.  Needless to say, they parformed brilliantly.  Big thanks to Mrs Clarke and Mrs Hedge for supporting the group!

Behaviour

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Just one of the ways we ensure behaviour in school remains good at all times!  Not really of course, we're just enjoying being Victorian at the moment.

Free Resources

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I know lots of you have asked in the past about resources to help your children prepare for their tests.  We have been approached this week by a company who provide free past test papers and they would like me to pass this information on to you.  Just visit :

http://www.freepastpapers.co.uk/

 

New Canteen

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Come and join us on Wednesday 11th December for a drop in look at our new canteen plans.  Scheduled for a summer 2014 build the new canteen will replace our beloved Horsa building (built in 1949 with a 10 year life span!).  The new canteen is an exciting opportunity for us and we'd like to share it with you.  Everyone welcome!

 

Ofsted Inspection 6th - 7th November 2013

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Our school was recently inspected by Ofsted.  You can download a copy of the report below.

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MSA Required

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We are currently looking to appoint new Midday Supervisory Assistants.  This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to join our school community and contribute to the care and provision given to our children.  The MSA role has come a long way in recent times, and the successful candidates will be given training and supervision in providing lunchtime clubs and activities for our children.  This is a demanding post, but one which we are sure will be very rewarding.

 

As with all of our posts, candidates will be subject to enhanced CRB checks.

 

Please see the Vacancies section of the website (use the menu on the left) to download an application pack.

Marvellously Murderous Maths

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A group of Y6 children (and Mr Grice) were treated to a fantastic morning courtesy of Filey School where we were entertained by Murderous Maths author Kjartan Poskitt. He amazed us with tricks, jokes and maths magic before personally signing Murderous Maths books for our pupils.

Kjartan reminded us how magical and mind-blowing numbers can be. Thanks so much to him and Mrs Mallender of Filey School for such a treat (including a gorgeous lunch!)

Visit Kjartan Poskitt's website here: http://www.murderousmaths.co.uk/

As well as the Murderous Maths books he also writes fiction including his Agatha Parrot series.

Highly recommended!!!

Bible Gifts

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Thanks to the charity Bibles for Schools and to the Freemasons in Filey, every child in our school received their very own Bible today.  The Bibles will stay with the children as they move through school and then be given as a gift as they leave school at the end of Year 6.  We were joined by members of the Freemasons and by members of the clergy from the Filey Parish for a presentation of the Bible.  We are sure the children will enjoy them for many years to come.

Surf's Up!

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Our Year 5 children have been trying their hand at surfing this week!  Thank you to the RNLI for offering us this fantastic opportunity to Hit The Surf!

News From London!

Monday 13:00 - Our brave Year 4 travellers have arrived in London following a relatively quiet train journey.  They are now making their way to the London Eye!

Monday 21:00 - Wicked! was wicked.  The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the performance.  Mr Grice was singing and dancing!

Tuesday 02:00 - Everyone's asleep!

Tuesday 07:00 - Everyone's awake!

Tuesday 09:00 - Off to the Science Museum!

Tuesday 10:00 - School receives an email message from a passenger on the train to London yesterday:

 "I was travelling to London yesterday, with important preparation to do on the train.  So imagine my 'horror' to see the train compartment fill with the bright red shirts of your pupils heading off for their London trip.

Well , I was mistaken in rushing to judgement - their behaviour was impeccable and a credit to the school!  Congratulations to all those involved"

Tuesday 13:00 - King's Cross waiting for the train home :(

Tuesday 18:00 - All home, safe and sound and rather tired. 

 

 

Head Lice Ain't Nice!

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Well done to everyone who took part in the Beat the Bug Challenge!  Thanks to your efforts and to the Friends of Filey Juniors for donating the fine toothed combs, Filey is a little more head lice free.  And we had some excellent pictures of extreme wet combing too!  Even the teachers got involved!  Each of our winner received a big egg!  An Easter egg that is, not a nasty nit!

Comic Relief

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What a funny time we had with our red noses and silly hair this year.  We raised money by telling lots of jokes - watch out for the 2013 Joke Book coming soon!  Mrs Mills saved the day when we ran out of Red Noses, she made the long trip to Scarborough to hunt down an extra box.  Thank you Mrs Mills.

Internet Safety

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Today is Internet Safety Day and your children will be doing a number activities throughout the week to promote online safety and security.  Please help support us in ensuring your chidren are safe whilst online by following these tips:

  • Encourage your children to keep their personal information private.
  • Don't give your children free reign. Limit the number of hours they spend online by allocating a set time when they can browse the web and social networks. 
  • Don't allow your pre-teen to have a social profile unless you have access to all usernames and passwords. Remember that Facebook has a minimum age requirement of 13 should you wish to have a profile. 
  • Communicate the dangers of the internet with your children. Explain the risks of meeting strangers who have made contact online and encourage open communication, making them feel comfortable enough to come to you with any concerns they may have.
  • Do insist that all downloads and software installations be cleared with you first so as to avoid your personal information being hacked or put at risk. 
  • Ensure that your children do not send photos or give out address details about themselves or the family to anyone, or post such information on any online forum.

Banish bullying 

With increasing incidents of cyber bullying, parents need to be more vigilant about monitoring their children's internet activity, ensuring that they only use moderated chat rooms and that the parental control software is on at all times. To protect your children against cyber bullies and ensure that they do not become perpetrators themselves, make sure that you communicate the following rules of online behaviour to them:
  • Never send emails, instant or text messages to others disguising yourself as another person.
  • Never send rude, harassing or threatening messages to others.
  • Never post embarrassing or inappropriate pictures or images of others on websites or social media.
  • Always inform a parent or teacher about threats or bullying.

Wes and the Writers

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We had a very special guest in school this week:  author and poet Wes Magee came to visit, along with children from our cluster of schools (Hunmanby, Staxton and Sherburn).  They spent the day writing poems and putting together their very own books.  A great day for everyone.

Message from Wes:

"A brief email to yourself & John to say “very many thanks” for setting-up such a first-class day for me at Filey Juniors. The able writers were excellent & worked diligently throughout the day. Good stuff!

            Best wishes to all...................Wes  (Magee)"

100%

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Well done to the 86 children who managed 100% attendance for the Autumn Term 2012.  An excellent achievement and everyone will receive a Bronze Certificate and Bronze 100% badge.  Not to mention... front page news in the Mercury!  Keep up the good work and go for Gold!

Chinese New Year 2013

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SPECIAL SCHOOL DINNER MENU

FRIDAY 8Th FEBRUARY

CHINESE CHICKEN CURRY WITH RICE

PRAWN CRACKERS

CHOCOLATE MUFFIN & FORTUNE COOKIE

£2.10 - Join the Celebration!

Attendance

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School attenendance has a dramatic effect on children's education.  Please download the letter below to keep in touch with all of the good work going on in school and read some IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding holidays in term time.
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Movember

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We were all a little surprised when our male staff turned up for work sporting 1970's style moustaches during November 2012.  We were even more surprised however, when the children did the same!  Movember was the occasion of course and we'd all decided to look just a little bit silly to help support men's cancer charities.  We raised well over £100 just in school donations and even more when we counted support from our friends and families.  Well done everyone, especially Mr Grice who organised and led the way in fund raising.  Time for a shave now!

French Christmas Anyone?

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Lots of our children have been coming to the French Club which runs in school.  As part of the run up to Christmas they are practicing a French carol.  Click the link below to download the song and practice at home.

You can also have a go at a French Advent Calendar by clicking this link:

http://www.jeannedelalune.co.uk/advent/Advent_Calendar_French.html

 

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A Fond Farewell to Filey Juniors

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Just a quick note to inform parents and children that I will be leaving the School at the end of this term.

It has been a pleasure to teach the children of Filey over the past 20 years. I will take many fond memories of Filey Juniors with me to my new full time teaching position.

I consider myself very fortunate to have had so many happy years at Filey Juniors and would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff, parents and children both past and present, for their support and friendship over the years.

As the teacher who's usually behind the camera, the above picture is one drawn by a pupil in one of the first classes I taught at Filey  - it's still the best picture I've ever seen of me!

Mrs Booth (nee Miss Daffern)

Movember

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You may have noticed a sudden trend amongst our male staff to grow some rather suspicious facial hair.  I have noticed one or two of our parents joining in too.  It is of course Movember and we have taken to growing moustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer and to raise money for this cause.  If you, or you children, would like to sponsor us, we would be delighted to hear from you!  Please complete the form on the reverse of the recent newsletter with any donations or use this link to sponsor us online: 

http://mobro.co/fileyjuniors

  Hopefully, we will have a group photo on the website at the end of the month where you will be able to judge out efforts.

Low Mill 2012

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Our annual residential trip has been booked for months and we've had our case packed and ready for the big event.  Why not check on our progress as we jump off viaducts, jump in rivers, canoe, cave, and climb the odd mountain.  We even get to wash up and make our own beds!

Please see the 'Residential Trips' section to keep up with our adventures.

Be Inspired

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Our girl's football team were lucky enough to make the long journey from Filey to Newcastle to see the Ladies Olympic Football at St. James' Park.  Canada vs Sweden proved to be an excellent game and our girls were awarded the loudest supporters in the stadium trophy (well not really, but they would have if there was one!).  Who knows, one day we may see some of our girls representing their country in a similar game.

Olympic Football Fun

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Morgan Richardson was the lucky winner of the Olympic tickets that the school received for the Men's Football.

Here are some photos that were taken to mark the occasion.

The Girls' Football team were awarded some tickets to see the Ladies' Football. Photos to follow...

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A Big Thank You From Mrs England

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Thank you to all of the children and parents for their lovely thoughts and gifts. The plate, vase and flowers were lovely and the wonderful sentiments that went alongside them were greatly appreciated.

Thankyou all.

Mrs England

(Please click on the Class 4 link for more photos)

Teacher Vacancy

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CLOSING DATE: 9:00am Wednesday 4th July 2012.

We are currently looking to appoint a new member to our team of teaching staff.  This is a full-time, fixed term (1 year) contract which would be suited to both newly qualified and more experienced teachers.  See our 'Vacancies' section for more details.

A Royal Celebration

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Our school uniform has turned red, white and blue and we've been invaded by royalty!  A street party, music from the 50's, party games and cucumber sandwiches were all part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrtaions.  And thanks to the Friends of Filey Junior School, every child received a jubilee medal!  What a great day!

Vacancies

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We are currently looking to appoint two new members of staff: a full-time teacher and a 0.5 fte SENCO.  Please see our Vacancies section on the left menu to view further details and download an application pack.

Happy Easter

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We've really enjoyed our Easter celebrations at Filey Methodist Church this week.  From Roman songs, to Easter poems; Viking longboats to expressive dance; recorder players to poetry writers; we've all had something good to share with our community and each other.  And our Easter bonnets and Easter egg competitions produced some wonderful work.  

Well done everybody"  Have a Happy Easter!

Sewing Club

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Sewing Club has had a very successful term with Year 5 children.  Our super, smiley sewers and our sunshine sewers have enjoyed making love hearts, cushions and Easter chicks and bunnies.  Watch out next term for some brilliant, colourful ideas.

And a big thank you to Mrs Price and Mrs Birkin for all their help and support - they've had us in stitches!!!

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Girls Bring Home The Silverware

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Our girls did a wonderful job this week, playing some wonderful football and really pulling together as a team.  They won games; they lost games; they drew games; but most importantly, they impressed everyone with their team spirit and fair play.  So much so in fact, they were awarded the 'Respect Cup' as recognition of their excellent attitude.  Well done girls!  Keep up the excellent work!

And They're Off!

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As part of this year's Comic Relief activities the whole school (and lots of mums, dads and friends) pull on their shorts and trainers to run a mile!  It was such a lovely day, where better to run than Filey beach?  Well done everyone on a very energetic and fun event which helped raise money for a good cause.

Teaching Vacancy

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Please see the Vacancies section of our web site (see the menu bar on the left) for details of an exciting opportunity to join our team of teaching staff.

A 'Treemendous' Effort!

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Year 6 Art Club prepared a set of decorations to garnish the school tree entry in the St John's church Christmas tree festival this year and class 8 made a beautiful set of 'Mini Maths Tree' decorations that believe it or not were covered in sums! The tree was kindly loaned by Class 1 - thank you class 1 - and the theme for the art club decorations was appropriately enough Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Owain and Kerry-Ann helped set up and decorate the tree and I think you will agree, it looked treeriffic.

We're SO Fit and Healthy

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It's a wonderful achievement to have 100% attendance at school, and this term over 75 children (and quite a few staff) managed just that!  75 children is approximately 30% of our school which shows just how well our children and families are doing at improving attendance.  Well done to all the 100% Club - let's see how many of you can achieve the Silver Award next term.  And remember, you can still win a Bronze next term, even if you didn't manage it this time around.

Prize Giving

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We had some very special VIP guests in school this week as Mr Whales and the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Filey came to school to announce the winners of our Christmas Nativity Competition!  Mr Wales had organised the event as part of the Filey Rotary Club's annual Grotto.  All the children did an excellent job and impressed all the judges and visitors to the Grotto.

Christmas Fair!

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As it was the 1st of December, it was time to start thinking about Christmas, and what better way than with a Christmas Fair?  

Parents, children, friends, staff and of course Father Christmas all turned up for an evening of carols, mince pies and good cheer.  A wide range of gifts, crafts, food and games were on offer and our Carol Singers, led by Mrs Lawson, entertained and helped bring the Christmas feeling to everyone.

A lovely evening which really helped to bring that Christmas feeling to everyone.  Thanks to everyone involved, especially the FoFs who organised the event.

The BIG Draw

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What an arty day we've had!  The BIG Draw came to Filey thanks to our friendly artist Mary and the Coast and Country team.  Every child, member of staff and quite a few parents had a go at creating our most ambitious piece of art yet!  The finished canvases will now be on display in school and on the playground (when the weather gets a bit better).  We'll post another picture when they are installed.  Well done everyone on a great BIG Draw.

Children In Need

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If there's one thing our children aren't in need of, it's buns!  Thanks to our Children In Need bun and cake sale we've raised over £150 to help children less fortunate than ourselves.  A massive thank you to everyone who donated to this event, and the children looked wonderful in their 'Spotty Dress'.

Bernard the Poet

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Our good friend Bernard visited school this week to deliver a very important road safety message through the use of poetry.  All of our children had the opportunity to listen, create and perform poetry with a road safety message.  A fun day, with a very serious message - well done everyone and thankyou Bernard and Mr Santon for your time and effort.

You may catch some of the work and an important message from Mr Santon on Yorkshire Coast Radio later in the month.

Shoebox Success

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A huge thank you to all of you who contributed gifts for our Christmas Shoebox Appeal. We managed to send 50 full boxes as part of Filey's collection which will be sent to Belarus and Kiev. Thanks to your generosity there will be many happy children on Christmas Day who otherwise would have had no presents.

Year 6 Residential

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Check the 2011 Y6 Residential link for all the latest news from Caythorpe.

The Caythorpe Video Diary and Blog

Spooky-Doo Two! Halloween Disco.

What a fantastic night we had when the ghost, ghouls, goblins and witches all came to our school disco!  Following the success of last year's event, it was time for Spooky-Doo Two, and this year it was even bigger and better.  Thanks as always to our DJ's - Adam and Mark, and to all the Friends of Filey Junior School for all their hard work.

 

Grub's Up!

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Just look at those leeks and carrots! Our gardening club have been harvesting their carefully tended crops, and despite the cold weather and the dark nights, our talented horticulturalists have harvested a bumper crop.  Well done to the green fingered children and to Mrs Bosomworth for making our gardens such a success.

Harvest Festival

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A BIG thank you to everyone who donated and supported our Harvest Festivals this year.  This is the first year we've held a Harvest Festival in quite a long time and it was very well received by both parents and children alike.  Our friends at Filey Methodist Church have been very accomodating and we look forward to many more events in the future.

The Rainbow Centre in Scarborough have been very greatful for all the wonderful donations given as part of our Harvest.  I know the produce will have been enjoyed by those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.  Thank you for your generosity.

School Dinners Get a Make-Over

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As part of the improvements to school dinners, we have asked the children to suggest a new name and logo for our ‘canteen’.  There were a wide range of ideas and many of these could have easily been chosen.  In the end however, our judges picked three entries which were all very similar.  The name and logo for our dining hall will be an amalgamation of the three winning entries – Sunshine Canteen (Oliver T); Sunrise Café (Jacob B); Junior Diner (Paige B).  I am therefore proud to reveal, school dinners will now be served in the…“Sunrise Diner”.

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Voucher Collection

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Please look out for the pound note tokens printed in the Scarborough Evening News between now and 22nd October.  If we collect the most (based on average number per pupil) we could win £3000!

And Don't forget the Morrisons vouchers for schools.  Please ask your family / friends / neighbours to help collect these as they have provided some excellent resources for gardening and cookery in the past.

Guess Who

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All of our chidren have been producing portraits to line the walls of our corridor and classrooms.  A range of styles and media were used.  There are some real masterpieces.  Can you guess who?

 

Parent and Pupil - Zumbatomic Time

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We are now offering a weekly parent and child Zumba session every Wednesday evening (starting 28th September) from 3:30pm until 4:30pm.  If you and your child would like to attend, please call in to school.  Please note, at the moment the sessions will only be available to one parent / carer and a child from our school, attending and joining in together.  Unfortunately, we can not allow younger children to attend.  If there are enough places, available at a later date we will look to open this up to other adults and children.  No prior knowledge or experience of Zumba is required for these sessions as our tutor, Zoe, will teach all the moves as part of the session.  There is no charge for this club.

Girls' Football Has Kicked Off

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Season 2011 - 2012 of the Friday night Girls' Football club has just kicked off.  Our new Year 3 children are very enthusiastic and we've had a record turn out for the openning of the new season.  Will they be able to match last year's winning teams?  Don't forget, boots and shin pads are essential!  Take a look at last year's video highlights...

Drum Club: Samba

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Following a very succedful first year, in which our very own Drum Club made several public performance and recorded their first CD (Drum & Drummer - see the Filey Juniors PLC link), we proudly present the very first Drum Club promo video.  Recorded on location in the school hall, the video took almost 30 minutes to shoot and cost over one pound in Wham bars!

Look out for Drum Club v2 coming soon.


Sing Up!

Below is a link to the song words PowerPoint so that you can learn the words for the Y5/6 Leavers' Assembly.

Please try to bring your old photographs into school at the start of next week, Y6!

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Homework Club

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Homework club will be starting again from February 7th.

The clubs are held in the computer suite and are an ideal opportunity for your child to complete homework tasks. They have use of computers and this is ideal for them to access websites such as Mathletics.co.uk. The school has purchased full access to this site as we think that it is very good for enhancing mathematical skills and understanding.

We are aware that some children do not have reliable internet access at home and we would especially encourage those children to attend the clubs. Also it is often the case that home computers are very much in demand by other family members and we would like to ensure that computer based homework can be accessed by all the children. However we have found that children are happy to bring a variety of homework tasks to complete at the clubs.

 Presently the club is for Years 5 and 6 children but could possibly be open to Year 4 children if they have not got access to a computer at home.  Please contact the school if you wish your Y4 child to attend.

 

 

What a performance!

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It's behind you!  Our school has been invaded by a host of pantomime characters form a variety of stories.  Cinderella and her sisters, Alladin, the 7 Dwarves, Jack and a Giant have all been playing a part in our Pantomime!  All the Year 5 & 6 children have been busy learning their lines and the songs for what has been a fantastic performance.  Well done to everyone involved!

Get Cooking

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There have been some delicious smells coming from the school kitchens recently, and it's not just at lunchtimes!  After school the kitchen is taken over by our very own Master Chefs!  Or Mrs Taylors Cookery Club as it's otherwise known.  This week it was pasta on the menu, but each week it's something new and exciting.  Thanks to Mrs Taylor and all the parents who come to help out.  Now where's my dinner?

It's not too late to pick up a calendar

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Have you seen the Filey Junior School PLC (Pupil Led Company) calendar?  These special calendars were produced using artwork from everyone involved witht the school and can be your for just £3 (two for £5).  As well as the original artwork, the calendar features important school dates for 2011.  Please see a member of Class 9, or the school office, to purchase one!

MATHLETICS

Since Christmas, an internet resource, MATHLETICS, has been available for your children to use at home and school. It is proving to be very popular and children are improving their mathematics skills as a result.

Some children have told me that they are experiencing difficulties getting it to work at home. Below is a link to a technical guide to (hopefully) solve any problems. Please get in touch with school if we can help further. Please encourage your child to use this resource.

www.mathletics.co.uk

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Ned Finds Christmas

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It was a special afternoon when our Year 3 & 4 children performed Ned The Donkey to a packed house of parents and friends.  All the children were involved with the production which saw Ned look for the real meaning of Christmas, visiting toy shops, kitchens and even meeting Santa along the way.  Finally Ned found christmas in a stable and sent everyone home with a smile on their faces and a warm, Christmas feeling.

Choir at Tesco - cancelled

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Unfortunately, our choir will not be performing carols at Tesco this Saturday.  Another victim of the weather.  Hopefully, there will be an opportunity to catch the choir before Christmas.

Spooky Doo! Where are you?

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Strange goings on in the school hall!  We've been invaded by a range of vampires, ghosts, witches and monsters.  The good news is, they're all very friendly and enjoy a good boogie!  Which is just as well as this was our Spooky Doo Halloween Disco!  Thanks to all the FoFs and the staff who made this such a fun night, and a special thank you to Mark and Adam for DJing all evening.  What a night!

Click Read More for a slide show, then click the pictures!

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Girl's Football

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Not to be outdone by the boys, our girls team have been playing a tournament of their own.  This time, the girls went home unbeaten in their games, managing to take a place in the second division for the season ahead!  Well done girls, and thanks again to Filey Lions for what has to be the pinkest kit in North Yorkshire!  The girls were all very proud.

Boys' Football

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Our boys were playing well and looking good at the Scarborough Area football tournament at Bramcote School.  Managing to win, lose and draw, the boys showed real character and teamwork, rotating the goalkeeper's shirt in order to give everyone a fair chance.  The new kit ensured we were the smartest team on the pitch - a big thank you to the Filey Lions for their kind sponsorship!

Vacancies

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We currently have a number of vacancies available within school.  Please see the vacancies section of our site for further details.

School Meals

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This terms school menu is available for download below.

Please can you ensure your child's dinner money is paid on Monday in an envelope with your childs name, class, which days you are paying for, and how much money is enclosed.

School meals now cost £2.10 a day (£1.90 for younger siblings if older child has 4 or more meals in that week). £10.50 a week or £9.50 a week for siblings.

Payment monthly, 1/2 termly or termly is also acceptable, any absences will be credited.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Clerk To Governors

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The Governors of Filey Junior School wish to appoint a Clerk to the Governing Body.  The Clerk will be accountable to the Governing Body, work effectively with the Chair, the Headteacher and other Governors.  The Clerk will be responsible for advising the Governing Body and working within the current legislative framework.  They will be required to prepare and distribute papers, and minute 6 Full Governing Body meetings per year, plus additional committee meetings as required.  Salary: £1,000 per annum. 

Closing Date: 22nd September 2010

Interviews: 29th September 2010

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These Children Are Animals!

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This week saw the whole school behaving like animals as we jumped into our final charity event of the year - Animal Day for Dogs Trust.  Children came to school dressed as their favourite animal and had the opportunity to do a variety of animal themed activities throughout the day.  There was even 'dog biscuits' available at the tuck shop!  In total we raised over £120 for our third charity of the year - Dogs Trust. 

A Bumper Crop

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It's been a great year fo strawberries and potatoes this year!  We've had super size strawberries and pots of potatoes thanks to our resident gardening experts.  But that's not all!  Cabbages, lettuce, onions, leeks and carrots are still bursting out from the allotment areas around school.  We'll soon be self sufficient at this rate!

All The Fun Of The (Summer) Fair

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What a way to mark the beginning of July - our Summer Fair!  From dancing to fire engines, welly wanging to retro arcades, there was something for everyone at this year's Summer Fair.  All the children played their part in organising and running the stalls at the fair.  Staff were fantastic organising the events.  The FoF Juniors were great at getting everything moving and ensuring the day went smoothly.  Well done everyone and a massive £1200 raised towards play equipment for the children.

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Filey Town Festival - Choir

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Following the success of the dancers, our school choir took their turn to entertain the crowds.  Singing a range of songs that included well known hits from musicals past and present, the choir couldn't fail to impress.  In a performance which lasted almost an hour and included many solos, Mrs Lawson led the children to a wonderful performance.  Well done children and thank you Mrs Lawson.

Filey Town Festival - Country Dancing

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Our children were out in force entertaining the crowds at Filey Town Festival this week.  The Country Dancers were a real hit, not putting a foot wrong as they performed their well rehearsed dances.  There was even an opportunity for the crowds to join in.  Look out for them again this Friday!

Sports Day

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Who needs the World Cup or the Olympic Games when you can catch some real sporting talent at the Filey Junior School Sports Day?  We had brilliant weather and a great turn out of parents, friends and Governors.  The children performed extremely well and supported each other in every event.  Let's hope the weather stays good for the Summer Fair! 

COME ON ENGLAND!

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Many children stayed after school to watch the England v Slovenia match. There was a fantastic atmosphere and thankfully the result went England's way!

Thanks to Friends of Filey Junior School for running a successful Tuck Shop.

Farewell Mr Mirfin

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Sadly Mr Mirfin has decided to leave Filey Junior School at the end of this term. He has been an outstanding Teacher who has played a very active role in school life over the past 23 years. During that time he has run various school clubs Football, Rugby,Cross-Country, Science and of course Cricket to name but a few, he has directed a plethora of school productions and organised many sporting activities as well as sports days.

Staff and pupils will miss him immensely.

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Teacher Vacancy

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We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and forward thinking teacher to join our team.  This is an exciting opportunity which will involve working with a Year 5 / 6 Class and supporting SEN children across the school.  As this is a varied role, experience of teaching across the primary age range and working with children with SEN is an essential. 

 

The Post is full-time and initially a one year fixed-term.  Successful applicants will be subject to enhanced CRB checks.  

 

Closing Date: 14th June

An application pack is available to Download below:

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Gardening Club

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Children have been busy developing their gardening skills with Mrs Taylor after school. We have been planting potatoes, lettuce, onions and leeks,  We are looking forward to sampling our home grown produce.

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A trip to see the Queen!

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On Thursday 20th May, 42 children had a very enjoyable morning watching the Queen opening Scarborough's Open Air Theatre. Everyone enjoyed the performances and joined in with the singing and dancing!

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A Great Night Out

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The first ever Filey Junior School Barn Dance was a great success!  Thanks to the FoF Juniors, parents, children and friends were able to dance the night away with live music provided by the Pied Piper Band.  Everyone enjoyed the Pie and Pea supper cooked by Mrs Colling and Mrs Cusick.  If only we all knew our left from our right, we may have even danced in time! 

The End Of The Season

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Our Y5 / Y6 girls football team have been very busy recently.  Having reached the semi-final of the Scarborough & District Cup, they faced Scarborough College.  After a very busy and hard fought game, neither side could find the goal and the game went to extra time.  Unfortunately, Scarborough College were just too strong and managed to grab a goal in the second period of extra time.  Good luck to them in the final!

With only a few days rest, the girls then went to Barrowcliffe to play in the league ladder.  Having just been promoted to the Premiership, the girls were facing some tough opposition.  Despite this being their first time in the league, the girls managed a win against Friarage, but lost games to Gladstone Road, Hunmanby and Barrowcliffe.  A disappointing end result, but everyone enjoyed the experience and considering this is the girl's first season, they've done incredibly well.  We're very proud of how well they've played and their strong team spirit and sportsmanship.

We're all looking forward to next season now and we are also looking to secure a sponsor for our new kit.  If you, or someone you know, owns a business and would like the opportunity for some publicity, please contact us at school.  A full kit is around £300, but this could be split amongst sponsors.

Next up, it's the Year 3 & 4 girls.

Barn Dance

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Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Filey Junior School Barn Dance priced at £6.50 for adults and £3.50 for children.  The evening will include live music from the Pied Piper Band and a pie & pea supper.  Don't worry if you've got two left feet - one of the band members will be calling out instruction to get everyone in time.  So dust down those dancing cowboy boots and get ready for Friday 14th May.  What better way to celebrate the end of SATs week?  See the FoF Juniors section for more details.

A Very Active School

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Walking around school today, you would have been forgiven for thinking you had walked in to a sports and physical activity centre.  It seemed like everyone was running, jumping, cycling, throwing or dancing.  From Freddy Fit to Cycling Proficiency to Tag Rugby, everyone (including the teachers) was getting healthy and doing some exercise.  And that was just the morning!

Match of the Day

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Our Girl's football team were in action last night (22nd April) playing Newby Primary School in the quarter finals of the Scarborough District Cup.  An early goal for our team made for a great start and the girls defended well to ensure they went in to half-time with a one goal lead.  In the second half it was Newby who took advantage and managed to equalise, setting up an action packed second half.  It looked like it was going to go to extra time until a great run and cross by Cara set up an easy tap in for our forwards. 

A great match and a great result.  Well done girls!  Now it's semi-final time.

What's that growing on the field?

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Strange structures have appeared on the school field, as the staff and children planted some willow hideouts on the last day of the Spring Term.  It was learning experience for everyone and by the end we were becoming experts in willow sculpture.  We're now hoping for some rain and looking forward to seeing our shelters grow.  Check back soon for updates.

Silly Dress Disco

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Thankfully, the April Fool's Disco wasn't an April Fool and everyone had a chance for a good end of term dance.  There were some interesting costumes including pink fairies, pyjamas, clowns and surfers - and that was just the teachers! 

Thanks to all the FoF Juniors for all their hard work in organising such a great evening and to Adam and Mark for their DJing skills.

Wire Flower Sculptures

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Spring has arrived and with it comes the new flowers.  Not Daffodils and Bluebells this year however, but wire flowers!  The children have been busy sculpting flowers from 1 meter lengths of flowers.  They bounce and are definitely springy!  Thank you to Mrs Westmoreland and Mrs Bosomworth for all their work in getting the flowers planted.

Easter Service

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Easter Services at Filey Methodist Church.  Although we had to brave the elements, arriving at Church a little damp, we still managed to brighten up Easter with our songs and celebrations.  Thank you to Rev. Kirkman for making the Easter story come to life. 

 

Happy Easter Everyone!

FoF Juniors

Minutes of the latest Friends of Filey Junior School meeting are now available.  Follow the link on the left.

Easter Service

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Please try to join us at Filey Methodist Church for our Easter Services.  Year 3 & Year 4 will be celebrating Easter and the work from this term on Tuesday 30th March from 2pm and Year 5 & Year 6 will be on Wednesdat 31st March at the same time.  Prize giving, Easter hymns & songs and an Easter message are promised.  We hope to see you there.

Extended Schools Holiday Activities

Extended Schools Holiday Activities.

There are various activities planned for the easter holidays organised by Filey Extended Schools. (See the Extended Schools link on the left).

If your child is in reciept of free school meals you are entitled to  Me Too! vouchers allowing your child a 75% discount on the cost of the activities.

If you think your child is entitled to free school meals but you do not claim this entitlement at the moment, please contact the school for an application form.

 

Sports Relief - Run A Sandy Mile

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We were out in force today to support Sports Relief by running a mile along the beach!  Every child in the school came ready for action, dressed in their trainers and sports gear.  We were also joined by lots of parents, family and friends which made a lovelyatmosphere.  Thanks to everyone who turned out and helped us to raise almost £300!

Victorian School Life

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This week have been visiting York Castle Museum as part of our work on the Victorians.  We walked along a Victorian street, filled with shops, sights and sounds. We went to school in the Victorian school room and had to learn our 3R's.  We did some drill in the middle of the street.  And we had our lunch - in prison!  The whole school enjoyed the experience but we're happy to return to the 21st Century.

Parents Update Meeting

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Just a reminder that the Parents Update will be on Tuesday the 16th March at 3:30pm

Teaching Assistant Vacancies

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We currently have two Teaching Assistant vacancies available at our school.  The first post is for a General Teaching Assistant (32hpw term time) to provide classroom support and complete general admin' duties. 

The second post is for an Advanced Teaching Assistant (12hpw over 4 afternoons).  This post will involve planning and delivering intervention programmes for individuals and small groups of children.  Relevant qualifications and experience are required.

Additional information and application packs can be downloaded below.  Please note, applicants will be subject to enhanced CRB checks.

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Governor Vacancies

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Due to relocations and work comitments, we now have vacancies for 3 Community Governors.  

Community governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. Community governors can be people who live or work in the community served by the school, or people who do not work or live close to the school but are committed to the good governance and success of the school.

If you would like more information about these roles, or about the school's governing body, please call in to school or ask to speak to a member of the governing body.

World Book Day and Puffin Book Club

World Book Day and Puffin Book Club.

To help celebrate World Book Day all the children have been given a voucher worth £1.

We are running the Puffin Book club and the children can use their voucher towards payment. Years 5 and 6 have already got their leaflets and Years 3 and 4 will get their leaflets week commencing 8th March. Alternatively you can order online at www.puffinbookclub.co.uk using our account number 7192582. Please return any orders by Friday 19th March with a cheque or card details filled in on the order form. (No cash please).

This is very beneficial to the school as we get 50% commision of the total spent by parents. So it is a great way to increase the class reading libraries.

World Maths Day

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Well done to all who took part in World Maths Day, at home and at school. For over a day, due to time zones, we competed with children from all over the world in quickfire mental maths competitions on the internet. The event created a real buzz around school as children aimed to answer more correct answers than their classmates!

Tesco for Schools Vouchers 2010

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Tesco for Schools Vouchers.

We are once again collecting Tesco for Schools vouchers.

You can collect vouchers instore from Monday 1st March to Sunday 9th May. Our collection box will be in the main school corridor.

Last year we collected over 6000 vouchers which enabled us to 'buy' a variery of musical instruments, including steel drums, hand bells, chime bars and Boomwhackers.

Help us make this our best year yet by collecting and sending in your vouchers.

Calculation strategies

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Thank you to all the parents who attended Mr Grice's Maths Awareness Evening.  There was a lot of discussion and a lot of opportunity to try some calculations the 'new' way.  As promised, although a little later than planned, the presentation from the evening can be downloaded below.  This is a great resource for helping you to help your child with maths.  Note: MS Powerpoint is required to run the presentation and you will need to click the 'READ ONLY' button when it asks for a password. 

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Muston Road Closure.

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Please be aware that Muston Road is closed due to Yorkshire Water roadworks. This will be in force until at least May 2010. If you need to get to Filey Junior School you will need to enter Filey using Scarborough Road.

Road Safety

Despite the rain and the cold, our year 3 children have been out and about on the streets around school learning some valuable road safety lessons.  They stopped; they looked; they listened; they got wet!  And they learnt how to stay safe on the road.

Hot Dinner Olympic Winner!

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There was a surprise in store for one of our pupils last week when a special guest came for dinner.  In fact Cameron was so delighted he's written his own article:

North Yorkshire Champ Upon Us!

Cameron, Class 5 pupil (Tutor Mr. J. Logue), won a competition hosted by North Yorkshire School Meals Association.  Cameron won a Beijing Olympic shirt signed by Tom Daley (world champion diver).  Cameron won it by asking Tom a question (what is it like being so high up?).   People from all over the county entered and the best question won.  It came down to Cameron!

Cameron was shocked when he found out in front of everyone in the dinner hall - he couldn’t speak (for the first time ever).

Well done Cameron and good luck in the future.

By Cameron

 

Sainsburys Active Kids

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Once again we are collecting Sainsburys active kids 2010 vouchers.

The scheme runs from 17th February to 8th June.

Last year we were able to use the vouchers to 'buy' lots of great equipment which is used at lunchtimes in the playground.

So get collecting and help us make this our best year yet!

Find out more at www.sainsburys.co.uk/activekids

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Swimmers Win the Cup

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On Tuesday 26th January our Year 5 & 6 swimming team entered the Scarborough and District Swimming Festival.  This was our first time at this event so we were a little unsure about what to expect.  The great news is... we won our division!  Now we can't wait for the next one!  Big thanks to Filey Lions for helping us with transport to and from Scarborough.

Mr Drewell's Palaeontologist Pupils

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There have been some exciting finds in Mr Drewell's class this week as the class go prehistoric and start looking at fossils.  The children talked fossils, looked at fossils, played with fossils, made fossils by designing a clay mould and filling it with plaster and finally wrote a set of instructions for others to follow should they wish to make their own.  Lots of smiles and happy faces were also discovered!

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The Cross Country Team

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Well done to everyone who took part in the Scarborough & District Cross Country events this year.  The final race was on Saturday 16th January at a very cold and very wet Scarborough College.  Our runners braved the elements and brought home 4 trophies in all: Year 5 / 6 Girls Team (3rd place); Year 3 / 4 Boys Team (3rd place); and two individual 3rd places.  Well done and a big thank you to Mr Mirfin, Mrs Mills and Mrs Bosomworth for getting cold and wet and helping to organise our team.

Scrooge 2009

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What a wonderful production!  The Year 5 & 6 children performed a version of a Christmas Carol to celebrate the festive season.  And when Scrooge returned to his past to see himself in the Nativity, who should be there but our Year 3 & 4 children. 

This production involved everyone in the school and was a launch event for the newly formed Friends of Filey Junior School who managed to raise over £850 which will be spent on providing new curtains for the stage. 

Thank you to everyone - this was a magical event and one which will be remembered for a long time to come.

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