Newsletter 8 – January 19th 2016

This half-term is extremely short but also very busy. Every parent will have the opportunity to join us before the end of term, to learn about the importance of internet safety.  We also have Parents’ Evening, so we hope to welcome everyone during the course of the term.  We were delighted that 90% of you joined us for Parents’ Evening last term; it would be brilliant to see 100% this time around!

Community Success

Ella-ann Knowles for gaining her level 9 swimming badge and for being chosen as an exemplary role model with Maddison Jackson in Cubs.

Tia Llewellyn for receiving a medal for running.

Harvey Gooch and Mia Fuller performed in the Kessingland Community Players’ performance of Robin Hood.

Paige Kilduff shared her 7th-place rosette for horse riding.

Please continue to encourage your children to share their successes in the community.  We love hearing about them and celebrating with the children.

Assembly Demonstrations

Joshua Allard and Alice Ward performed the ‘Let Her Go’ song by Passenger.

Athletics Competition

The Kessingland Athletics team travelled to Water Lane Leisure Centre last week to compete against 23 other schools (and over 200 competitors) from around North Suffolk. After some fantastic performances, the team finished 12th in the overall competition, an achievement of which we are very proud. Although the whole team did incredibly well, a special mention must go to Braiden Raine for coming first in the long jump competition.


We will be introducing a number of new initiatives to encourage the children to read regularly over the next few weeks. We have ordered a lot of new books and will there will be rewards for children who read every day at home. We are asking parents to support the school by listening to your children read every night. It really will make a massive difference to your child making progress.

IEP Evening

In response to some parental feedback, we are going to trial completing IEP reviews during Parents’ Evening. If your child is currently on an IEP, you will be given a longer appointment so that the IEP can be reviewed. We would appreciate your feedback on this decision after Parents’ Evening, so that we can make an informed decision on how to timetable these evenings in the future.

Young Carers

This week we are supporting Young Carers by holding a number of events. Our children have already entered the Young Carers ’empty chair’ photograph competition and the children will be doing a different activity each day. We would be delighted if you are able to join us for our coffee morning on Thursday at 9:00am. The children will be able to wear non-uniform on Friday for a voluntary contribution which will be given to the Suffolk Young Carers Charity. This ties in with our ‘ different but normal’ theme for the week.

Owls Class Share Morning

We have been delighted with the number of parents that have joined us for the Family Thursdays in the Zebras Class and we are going to run a similar initiative for the Owls Class on Thursday 4th February. Parents with children in Reception are invited to join us between 8:45am-10:00am.

Internet Safety Day

The Internet Safety Day is on Tuesday 9th February. The children in Year 1 to Year 6 will be doing some work on this during the day and parents are invited to join us the following day to see what they have been learning. The share afternoon will be taking place on Wednesday 10th February and will be starting at 2:00pm

After School Clubs

We have had an amazing response to our after school clubs. One hundred and ninety places were taken up last week and we expect this figure to be over two hundred next week. We have managed to accommodate everyone who returned their slips last week. The only club that will not be running is the Year 3 and 4 Choir. This club did not get enough people wanting to join. We have decided to extend the Year 5 and 6 Choir to include Year 3 and 4 children so that the children wanting to participate, still can.  Some of the clubs are now full so please contact the school office if your child would like to attend a club in the future. We would also appreciate you contacting the school office if your child will not be attending the club, or if your child is going to be picked up by a different adult. These clubs will continue to run until Easter but will not be running during the last week of this half-term because of Parents’ Evening.

Dates for the Diary:

Important Note: The residential information evenings will be starting 15 minutes later than first advertised. This will allow the children playing basketball to attend the event.

Thursday 28th January –  Young Carers’ Coffee Morning (9:00am)

Tuesday 2nd February – Lowestoft & Beccles Basketball Tournament (3:30pm-5:00pm)

Tuesday 2nd February – Year 6 Hands on Heritage Parents’ Information Evening (5:15pm)

Tuesday 2nd February – Year 4 Horstead Parents’ Information Evening (6:00pm)

Thursday 4th February – Owl Class open morning (8:45am-10:00am)

Tuesday 9th February – Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 9th February – Parents’ Evening (3:30pm-6:30pm)

Wednesday 10th February – Safer Internet Day Share Project (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Wednesday 10th February – Parents’ Evening (3:30pm-6:30pm)

Newsletter 4 – November 9th 2015

As we start a new half-term, the diary is filling up with exciting events and we look forward to another term of learning and opportunities.  There have been many visitors to the school in the last few weeks and we have felt very proud of the positive and complimentary comments we have received.  We are proud of our children and their enthusiastic attitude towards our lovely school.

Community Success

Congratulations to the following children:

Rose Kirkwood for her ballet performance in the Snowflake production.

Jessica Drane for achieving her Level 5 Gymnastics Award.

Ava Shipley for receiving more rosettes with her pony.

Jack Knowles, Ben Knowles, Molly Knowles, Ella-ann Knowles and James Billington for completing the Glow Walk for charity.

Wayne Smith for winning a recent karate competition.

Ellie Block for winning the Imperial Classical Ballet competition in London.


House Elections

The first whole-school election was to decide the category of house names. The huge majority of pupils voted for Planets. Representatives of the School Learning Council then decided to assign a colour to each planet.

House Name Neptune Jupiter Mars Saturn
House Colour Blue Green Red Yellow
House Captains Harry Dyble and Amazon Dores Joshua Allard and Madison Forrest Mason Young and Cree Price Faith Harris and Molly Emmerson
House Deputy Alice Ward Tia Llewellyn Lily Fairweather Tayla Poppy


I would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work. The candidates who were not elected will become School Ambassadors.

Our 2015/16 School Ambassadors are: Mia Fuller, Caitlyn Holmes, Madison Cooper, Alicia Hart, Crystal Bensley, Leo Owens, William Baggott, Indira Gopee, Jamie Hutton and Samuel Crawley.


U11 North Suffolk Tag Rugby Tournament

A brilliant all-round effort ensured that the Kessingland team finished third in their group. They saved their best performances until the final two games. The team scored a fantastic winning try in the final seconds of the match against St Margaret’s and this was followed up with a very exciting final game against Carlton Colville. This end-to-end game finished 15-15. Hopefully this experience will inspire many of our youngsters to attend the rugby training at Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Rugby Club. Details can be found on our website.

Atrium Update

I am delighted to announce that the atrium will be back in use this week. Although there are still finishing touches to be added, we will be able to start using it from now.  We are looking forward to all the opportunities it will provide us with.

Monster Bash

The school would like to thank the Friends of the School for organising the fantastic Monster Bash. Everyone had a scarily good time and the children’s costumes were amazing!

Family Thursday

Thank you to all of the  parents and guardians of children in our Nursery who attended the first Family Thursday. This was so successful that we will be continuing to do this throughout the year.

Lemurs Parents’ Evening

Mr Holland has re-arranged for his Parent Interviews to be held on Wednesday 11th November. These will be held in the Headteacher’s office, so please enter the school through the main entrance.

Charity Events

This time of year always sees a number of events at the same time. We will be supporting three charities before Christmas and to enable everyone to participate in the activities, we are going to share the events that we are supporting now, and allow parents and guardians to decide if they are willing to support each event and plan how much they are willing to contribute to each charity.  

The first event we are supporting is the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal. Poppies will continue to be sold on the playground until the 11th November.

The second charity that we will be supporting is Children in Need. This is on Friday 13th November. The School Learning Council have decided to support this charity by donating an amount of money to bring in their teddy bears for the day.

The third event will be the House Finger-Spellathon competition. This event will take place on December 8th and  supports National Deaf Children’s Society. Many of your children can already show you what this involves.

Dates for the Diary:

Tuesday 10th November – Year 6 House Assembly for parents (2:30pm-3:15pm)

Wednesday 11th November – Mr Holland’s Parents Evening (3:30pm -6:00pm)

Friday 13th November – Children in Need

Thursday 19th November  – Year 6 Crucial Crew (pm)

Saturday 21st November – National Celebration of Kids in Museums (11:00am – 4:00pm @ Norwich Castle Museum)

Thursday 3rd  December – KS2 Gangsta Granny Theatre Experience.

Tues 8th December – Spellathon

Wednesday 16th December – Reception and the morning Nursery Nativity Play (9:00am)

Wednesday 16th December – Key Stage 1 Christmas Performance (10:30am)

Wednesday 16th December – Reception and the afternoon Nursery Nativity Play (1:00pm)

Wednesday 16th December – Key Stage 2 Christmas Performance (1:30pm)

Wednesday 16th December – Christmas Shop

Thursday 17th December –  Christmas Shop

Thursday 17th December – Christmas Lunch

Thursday 17th December –  KS1 Disco – 3:10pm – 4:20pm

Thursday 17th December – KS2 Disco – 4:30pm – 6:00pm

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Newsletter 3 – October 19th 2015

It is hard to believe we have already reached the end of the first half term. It has been a time of change and the children have responded to the changes in such a positive and mature manner. We have another very busy four days before the holiday and we hope to see all of you over the next few days at Parents’ Evening. I am very grateful to our PTA for offering to serve refreshments on the evenings and for organising the ‘Monster Bash’ as an end of term treat.

Community Success

Congratulations to the following children:

Molly Knowles for achieving orange belt in Karate.

Jessica Baird, Dylan Baird and Mia Fuller for painting and helping to improve the playground.

Forrest Dores, Mia Fuller and Samuel Dyble for completing the Library Service Book Challenge.

Maddison Jackson and Ella-Ann Knowles for receiving badges at Cubs.

Ruby Seddon for achieving the Proficiency 6 Award in Gymnastics.

We are very proud of your achievements. You are a credit to our school.

Dylan Baird was drawn out of the hat to receive tickets for the Ipswich Town V Huddersfield game.

56 Club

Samuel Dyble joined the 56 Club this week.

William Baggott, Indira Gopee and Amazon Dores have become the latest members of the 56* Club.Well done!

Years 3, 4 and 5 Share Afternoon

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who made this event so special. We welcomed over seventy of you during the afternoon and it was lovely for the children to show you how hard they have worked. We are very proud of what they have achieved and we were delighted that it was so well supported. As this event was so successful, we will plan to do similar events across the school.

Adventure Playground

Thank you to everyone who helped out last Saturday. The area looks fantastic and because so many people helped, we even managed to brighten up the fence next to the Nursery. The existing equipment will be externally checked to ensure it is safe to use and hopefully it will be back in use after the holiday.

U11 North Suffolk Tag Rugby Tournament

This tournament was postponed and will now commence after half-term.

House Elections

House Elections will now be held on Tuesday 3rd November.

Dates for the Diary:

Tuesday 20th October – Parents’ Evening (3:30pm-6:00pm)

Wednesday 21st October – School Photographs

Wednesday 21st October – Parents’ Evening (3:30pm-6:00pm)

Thursday 22nd October – KS1 Disco – 3:10pm – 4:20pm

Thursday 22nd October – KS2 Disco – 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Friday 23rd October – PD Day (Please do not bring your child to school!)

Monday 2nd November – Castle Museum Day 2 (The same Year 5 children who visited for Day 1)

Tuesday 3rd November – Kessingland C of E Primary Academy House Captain Election Day

Wednesday 4th November – U11 Tag Rugby Competition

Thursday 19th November  – Year 6 Crucial Crew (pm)

Thursday 3rd  December – KS2 Gangster Granny Theatre Experience.


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