St. Margaret’s C of E Junior School
'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Day'
On Friday 3rd May the Federation of Briar Hill and St. Margaret's are holding a 'Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Day'. Children are invited to come into school in sports clothes, for a small donation and engage in a variety of activities to learn about keeping ourselves physically and mentally healthy. All donations will be gratefully received. We are raising awareness of a condition called Pulmonary Vein Stenosis, a rare and incurable heart disease.
Well done to our kitchen staff!
You may well know how popular our school dinners are with pupils and staff. It is a pleasure to celebrate that, following a recent kitchen inspection by the WDC Food Safety Team, that our school kitchen has been awarded a ‘full marks’ Food Hygiene Rating of 5. This includes super results for hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of kitchen facilities and management of food safety. This is all down to the hard work and commitment to high standards by Amanda, Lynsey and their team. Our kitchen staff also go ‘above and beyond’ by making lunchtimes even more enjoyable for the children with themed meals and decorations, participating in staff fun events for the children and helping us out with PTA events. Thank you very much to all the kitchen staff and congratulations for well-deserved recognition of the high standards in our school kitchen!
Advice for parents when buying and setting up devices for children
Please see the following advice documents on our Safeguarding page if you need tips on ensuring your children stay safe on line.
- Advice for Parents for Setting up Children's Devices
- A Guide to Buying Smart Toys
- Parental Controls for Nintendo Switch
Next week w/c Nov 26th – we will be starting the Advent Boxes – collections for the local food bank. They will welcome items such as toiletries and small gifts as well as food items – details will be in the next newsletter.
School in Action - Friday 9th November - 9.30-10.15am
Open Morning (for parents/carers of pupils starting St. Margaret’s in September 2019) Year 2 pupils who currently attend an Infant School take priority over Year 2 pupils who attend an all through Primary School. Please arrive promptly for 9.30 for our staff and School Ambassadors to take you on a tour lasting approximately 45 minutes.
Sporting News Cross Country
The Year 6 children who represented St. Margaret’s in the first Mid Warwickshire
Cross Country event of the season, on 22nd September at Southam College, showed superb determination and perseverance. Their positive attitude paid off with all of our runners doing very well and Kimmy placed in the top 20 in the girls’ race and Stephen and Jacob in the top 10 in the boys’ category. Our boys’ team were actually first in the boys’ team ranking! Congratulations to all who took part and best of luck for the next event!
Biathlon – On 26th September, twelve Year 5 and 6 children took part in the local schools’ biathlon at Warwick Boys’ School. They each had to swim 25 metres and then run 400 metres, with their endeavours being timed. All the children put in maximum effort, with ours boys’ team coming 4th out of 17 teams and the girls’ team coming 14th out of 22 teams. Thank you to all the children who represented St. Margaret’s so well. We are all VERY proud of you!
The children all looked really happy in their jeans last week and raised a fantastic £288.50 for the charity Jeans for Genes Day that raises money to support children with genetic disorders across the country. Thank you very much for donations and joining in the fun.
Wed 11 Jul 2018
Well done England for a fabulous win on Saturday. Further to our text message and letter of last week,we have not received any messages from families that moving the production forward would cause a problem.
Therefore, as stated in the contingency plan, we would like children to return to school at 4.30pm on Wednesday and 'The Pirates of the Currybean' will start at 5pm.
Thank you. 'Break a leg' Y6 and good luck England!
Wed 27 Jun 2018
A reminder that classes will be moving up as they are currently organised in classes for September. Children will learn who their new class teacher/s will be next Wednesday 27th June. After registering as usual, classes will spend the day with their teacher/s for next academic year; finding out which will be their classroom and learning a bit about what they can look forward to during their next year at St. Margaret’s. Our current Year 6 children will be visiting their new secondary schools.
Fri 25 May 2018
A huge “Well done!” to all our children involved in the athletics meetings at Campion School this week. This has been one of our most successful times at the local area athletics competition - coming 1st in 17 of the 20 races and 7 of the 20 field events! In the rest of the events our pupils either finished 2nd or 3rd. "Congratulations!” from us all.
Also the school football team were crowned league champions earlier this year, making this a 3rd league win in 5 years. The children received winning trophies and a league shield, hopefully we can make it two years in a row for league champions!
Thu 10 May 2018
The Cross of Nails from Coventry Cathedral came into school as part of the Diocesan Centenary celebrations. A welcoming committee of children, staff and our Chair of Governors, Mr. Hawke, received the Cross of Nails from the Head teacher and children from Bishops Tachbrook School. Through assembly time and class activities, children across the school explored the themes of Peace and Reconciliation. Before the Cross of Nails was taken to St. Margaret’s church to be shared with the church community in a family service led by Rev. Suffern, a group of children who make up our the Worship Group took the cross to Briar Hill and explained to the infant children about our school’s link to the Cross of Nails community. With the Cross of Nails back in school after the bank holiday, Rev. Suffern led school worship before a ‘Giving Party’ of staff and children from St. Margaret’s transported the cross past St. Margaret’s Church and across the fields to Radford Semele Primary School from where the cross has continued its pilgrimage around all of the C of E schools in the area. Well done to all of the children who took part in the events and for every class completing such thoughtful and reflective
Mon 19 Mar 2018
You are invited to an evening with Mrs Atkins and representatives from One World Link to hear all about their fabulous trip to
Bo, Sierra Leone.
Come and find out about the amazing experiences a team of five teachers had when they visited schools, and the lifelong friendships they made. Learn more about life at;
BDEC School, Messima,
St Margaret’s link school).
Where: St Margaret’s CE Junior School Hall
When: Monday 19th March 2018 (4-5pm)
All welcome, the more the merrier.
Wed 28 Feb 2018
Please see our new page in the Parents' section to access useful activities to help your child with Maths...
Tue 27 Feb 2018
Our visitor Tim Harrison delivered his award winning science show on 'Gases in the air'. There were fire balls, bangs, and gasps of delight from the children and staff! The children were challenged to make predictions, revised scientific vocabulary and really consolidated their understanding of solids, liquids and gases. Please view more information and photos on our Super Science page...
Thu 11 Jan 2018
DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT WITH ONLINE SAFETY?
Raising Online Safety Awareness: The importance of knowing the dangers on the internet
Date: Thursday 11th January
Venue: St. Margaret’s CofE Junior School
You are warmly invited to an online safety awareness workshop for all parents at St. Margaret’s and Briar Hill Schools. The Federation of St. Margaret’s and Briar Hill Schools recognise the difficult challenges parents can face with keeping their children safe on the internet, even more so at this time of year after new devices have been given for Christmas. The session will provide practical advice for setting restrictions on devices, safety tips to help manage online safety issues and discussions surrounding suitable behaviour online. The main purpose of the workshop will be to learn about specific online concerns and dangers, which your son/daughter may face or be exposed to, and to find out how you can minimise the risks. We hope at the end of the session you will feel you have a greater understanding and knowledge of the dangers your son/daughter may face and know where to go for help and advice if you have concerns.
We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. This session is designed to help you become more aware of the safety messages that your children receive in school in order to reinforce them in your home environment. We really hope that you will be able to attend and look forward to seeing you there.
*Please note that the session will be unsuitable for toddlers due to the content being covered. There will be no crèche available. Briar Hill staff will keep your child in their class until 3.15pm so please let your child’s teacher know in advance if you will be attending.