The last half term has been busy as usual with new routines to get used to for everyone. As you will know from the media, schools are working hard to keep open and provide high quality education both in-school and remotely when children have to learn from home...
On Tuesday 2nd June, we were delighted to welcome back over 80 Year 6 pupils as part of the wider re-opening of Southwater Junior Academy. Children entered the school through a cascade of bubbles, to meet their teacher, see their peers, and embark on their last few weeks of primary education before transferring to secondary school.
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The last few weeks have been very strange as we all try to get used to this ‘new normal’, whilst also trying to keep a sense of the SJA community going. I hope you and those close to you are keeping well. We’re looking forward to being able to see you all again, especially the children, when the decision is made to end school closures. In the meantime, staff will continue to share with you our home learning ’menus’, which I’m please to hear children have been both following and enjoying.
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The front cover of this half term’s newsletter captures the excitement experienced by year 6 at the O2 in January. Young Voices at the O2 is a showcase of children singing together as part of one of the world’s biggest massed choirs. On Friday 24th January, the year 6 children joined 8000 other pupils from primary schools up and down the country to sing alongside professional singers and musicians. Young Voices isn’t just about the event at the O2. It’s also weeks of rehearsing in school preparing for the performance experience of a lifetime. We’re incredibly grateful to Mrs Kerney-Haynes and Miss Ford for teaching the choir so they were able to reach their full potential on the night.
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As we near the end of the Autumn Term 2019, SJA has been buzzing with the excitement of Sparkle Dis-cos, festive non-uniform days, Christmas performances and end of term celebration assemblies.
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It’s been a busy start to the year and I’m pleased to see that our new year 3 cohort are settling into life at SJA really well.
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Families play an important role in the success children feel at school and so firstly, we would like to thank you for attending the most recent parent evenings in October where were able to discuss your child’s progress in school with you. There are many different ways that you can be involved and support your children’s learning. Whether you attend PTFA meetings, volunteer in your child’s classroom, help with events, or read with your child at home each night, you are making a contribution that will help your child to do well in school. Another way you can support your child’s learning is through completing the parent questionnaire which helps to inform our school plans for the future.
I am pleased to include a link to the online questionnaire for you to complete below and by Midday on Friday 15th November. If you would rather have access to a paper copy, please contact the school office who will be able to provide you with one.
As we come to the end of the academic year, I find myself reflecting on the wide variety of opportunities made available to our fabulous children here at SJA. The second half of this summer term has seen a con-tinuation—if not an increase—in the number of activities and events on offer.
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It was residentials week at Southwater Junior Academy just before half term for years 4,5 and 6. As it says on the front cover, “it doesn't get any better than this” during our acade-my year.
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Please have a look to see what we have been doing.