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Hethersett Junior School

October 2007

Pupils at Hethersett Junior School are being encouraged to write more. 

In addition to the daily literacy lessons an hour is being set aside each week to practise literary skills in a fun and novel way. 

“With the pressure to cram more and more into an already busy timetable, writing is being squeezed out. Children are simply not being given enough opportunity to practise the skills they have been taught. The aim of the additional session is to raise the profile by motivating pupils to write and celebrate what they achieve,” said English co-ordinator Rowan Pim who is herself a trained journalist. 

Children have been provided with special notebooks which they are encouraged to decorate with wrapping paper and stickers to make them individual 

“The idea is to make the book special to individual children so they take pride in what they write inside,” Mrs Pim said. 

The school will also have a writer of the week in each class with the winner having their work displayed on a wall and they will also be awarded coveted house points. Children winning three “writer of the week” awards will be awarded a special certificate in morning assembly. 

The school will produce a termly newspaper featuring the best writing and articles. The scheme is also designed to improve children’s sentence construction and practise areas where they are weak. 

The school will be enjoying a busy first term as a junior school. Year Five will be learning about history and religion on visits to Walsingham on November 6th and 8th. Approaching Christmas, pupils will be taking part in the four. Schools carol service in St Remigius Parish Church on December 3rd and the whole school will be visiting the circus at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome on 17th December with the cost of the coaches being met by the parent-teacher Association. The traditional annual carols round the Christmas Tree will be held on December 18th.

Dr Fiona Doonan has been elected chair of governors to succeed Peter Steward who has retired.

Hethersett Junior School celebrated its change from Middle School status with a special open afternoon. 

Staff, children, governors, parents and grandparents joined together to admire displays, see the school working and view facilities and resources. Visitors were shown round the school by pupils from Year 5, whilst Year 6 youngsters took part in a business venture centred around the making of  chocolate boxes. This included learning about manufacturing, costings and marketing the finished product. 

“We operate an open door policy where people are always welcome to make an appointment and pop in an see us. We thought it would be nice to have a more formal afternoon when people could come in and enjoy the school during working ours,” said Head Teacher Andy Whittle.

Coming Events

October 5th - Harvest Festival

November 6th - Year 5 trip to Walsingham

November 7th - Year 6 News Day

November 8th - Year 5 trip to Walsingham

November 13th - Prospective parents evening

December 3rd - Four Schools Carol Service in St Remigius

December 17th - Whole school trip to Great Yarmouth Hippodrome circus

December 18th - Carols round the Christmas Tree