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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Newsletter 2 – October 5th 2015

Our newsletter is now going to be issued on a Monday, as opposed to a Friday, in order to allow us to include, in full,  the previous two weeks. We have already had such a lot to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who has joined us for a Celebration Assembly; it is great to be able to share your child’s success with you.

Community Success

Congratulations to the following children:

Jonathan Fletcher (Meerkats) was a zookeeper for the day at Africa Alive.

Samuel Binks (Lemurs) received the award for: “Best Bowler of the Season” for Under 11s Beccles Cricket Club.

Ava Shipley (Giraffes) shared the rosettes and trophy that she won with her horse, Jerry.

Ty Knowles, Harvey Gooch, Shane Garner and Harrison Butcher‘s football team, Sole Bay, finished 2nd in a football tournament last week.

William Davis (Lemurs) won a silver medal for kickboxing. William was competing against people much older than him.

We are very proud of your achievements.

Spell Binder

On Wednesday, Spellbinder visited to share stories. The children all enjoyed hearing stories and joining in with songs. It was an exciting day for all the pupils. Many of the pupils have used some of the stories to inspire their writing and PSHE work during the week. Our website features some great photos of this experience, so do look to see a little more about what this involved.

Harvest Festival

Years 1 – 6 walked to St Edmund’s Church on Thursday to celebrate Harvest Festival.  It was an opportunity to reflect and say ‘Thank You’ for the gifts of the Harvest.  It was a joyous occasion with singing, poems, prayers and stories. Revd. Janet talked about Saint Francis and how the crops also provide for the animals and birds. Many thanks to Revd. Janet and Revd. Oddy for welcoming us so warmly to the church.

In the morning, Revd. Janet Wyer also visited the children in Reception and Nursery and talked about Harvest and showed some of the gifts of the Harvest.

Many of the children have donated Harvest Gifts. There is a wonderful display of produce in our school hall that will be distributed to people in our community and to the local food bank. Thank you to everyone for their generous donations.

Kids in Museums Takeover Day

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum. Five of our pupils: Ellie Block, Paige Kilduff, William Davis, Benjamin Brow and Samuel Binks were selected to participate in this year’s event, being held at The Norwich Castle Museum.

In preparation for this, our pupils were invited to The Open Academy in Norwich to meet with a member of the museum staff, to consider their roles and responsibilities for the day. This included discussions relating to the differing client groups and how to meet their needs, to considering what areas, relating to the theme of technology, they may like to participate in.  Our pupils then created their own computer animated programme and were presented by The Open Academy, with a Makey Makey Invention kit, which turns everyday objects into touchpads combined with the internet. On their return to school, our pupils astonished staff by turning a banana into a spacebar on the laptop!

So why not come and join our pupils for the “Kids in Museums Takeover Day” on Saturday 21 November, 10am to 4pm at the Norwich Castle Museum. Join them for a tech-tastic family day inspired by Build Your Own! Find out how 3D printing works and how to programme a robot.

Help our young tech experts build Norwich Castle in Minecraft on a big screen and take part in some fun workshops with Laboratory Media. (Free with museum admission)

Staff Changes

Mrs Hall has left the school to start her Maternity Leave. Antelopes Class received their own letters last week regarding this. I would like to thank Mrs Hall for all her hard work during her time with us. Mr Coy will be taking up the responsibility as the Antelopes Class teacher until half-term.

U11 Hockey Tournament

We were absolutely thrilled to finish 3rd out of 13 teams at the U11 hockey tournament last week.  Kessingland won three games and drew another, to finish top of their group, conceding only one goal in four games! This earned Kessingland a semi-final spot as group winners.

The semi-final saw us competing against Corton and a tight game finished 0-2.

This left our team facing St Margaret’s to see who finished on the podium. Kessingland rose to the challenge and finished with a 2-0 victory to claim the bronze medal!  A huge congratulations to everyone who took part – I was very proud of your commitment, enthusiasm and superb behaviour.

Gangster Granny

We are organising a trip to the Lowestoft Marina Theatre to watch Gangster Granny. The trip will be on Thursday 3rd December and I am delighted that the Friends have agreed to subsidise this opportunity by £5.00 per pupil. More details will be shared closer to the event.

56 Club

Samuel Binks, Samuel Crawley, Indira Gopee and Joshua Allard are the first four members of the ’56 Club’.  Very well done!

Samuel Binks and Samuel Crawley are also in the ’56 Star Club’.  We are looking forward to welcoming new members soon!

Adventure Playground

I am delighted that the PTA will be leading our Playground Project. We are hoping to have the area of playground that is currently closed to the children, open again as soon as possible. We will giving the area a ‘make over’ on Saturday 10th October between 9:30am – 12:00pm. The first tasks will be to remove the equipment that is unsafe, cut back the outside hedges, clean up the paving slabs and equipment that is staying, and paint the fence around the area. The PTA have also agreed to replace the equipment being removed. We would be grateful for any support during this morning. We have most of the equipment needed for the day but if willing volunteers brought a paint brush, we may be able to paint the nursery fence at the same time.  Even if you can only spare an hour, we would be hugely grateful, as it will make such a difference to our children.

Parent Governor Vacancy

We will shortly be advertising the position of Parent Governor. I would like to thank Sue Wallace on behalf of the school, for all of her support and hard work. Sarah Hammond will be in school on the afternoon of Friday 9th October if anyone would like the opportunity to find out more about the role. Please contact the school office if you would like to make an appointment.

Dates for the Diary:

Tuesday 6th October – Mad Science Show KS1 (1:30pm-1:50pm)  KS2 (2:15pm – 3:00pm)

Wednesday 7th October – Parent IEP Consultations (3:30pm – 4:30pm)

Saturday 10th October – The ‘Great Playground Makeover’ (9:30am – 12:00pm)

Wednesday 14th October – Tag Rugby competition (1:00pm -3:00pm) Lowestoft & Great Yarmouth Rugby Club

Tuesday 20th October – Kessingland C of E Primary Academy House Captain Election Day

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

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)

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

Thursday 3rd  December – Gangster Granny theatre trip.


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