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July 23, 2021

Friday 23rd July 2021 – Art Project Showcase Films

Filed under: Art,Whole School @ 1:31 pm

On the last morning of term, our whole-school art project came to a close with the children spending some time reflecting on this immersive creative experience and their feelings about Art as a subject. Each class watched the following three films (linked below), which showcase video footage and photos of the creative processes and final artistic outcomes for each element.




It would be wonderful if you could find the time to sit down with your child(ren) and watch the films together so that they can tell you all about it!

As the Art subject leader, I’ll admit to having high expectations from this project, and as you can see, I was certainly not disappointed. Hats off to all the teaching staff involved in the delivery of the series of lessons: I really have been bowled over by the standard of teaching and the enthusiasm shown, even from those who openly admit to being less artistically-inclined themselves!

I’ve had so many children come up to me over the last few weeks to tell me how much they have enjoyed their Art days, which is the most important thing. Hopefully lots of happy memories have been made! Several comments were overheard from children along the lines of being surprised at their own successes, and I really think the message got across that the PROCESS of learning and experimenting with artistic techniques is even more important than a perfect final outcome. It seems that confidence levels have risen all-round! So many new experiences were had across the year groups, from mono-printing to multi-layer relief printing; from blind contour drawing to continuous line and bottom-up drawing; from painting with acrylics to learning contemporary techniques for working with inks and watercolours.

The standard of the final pieces of art produced was also outstanding and every child should be feeling super-proud of their efforts.

I know several children have gone home and have already experimented further using what they have learnt and they are certainly armed with inspiration for rainy-day holiday activities now!

Wishing you all a relaxing Summer break, and please do let me know if you get up to anything creative!

Mrs Milne

July 22, 2021

Thursday 22nd July 2021 – Congratulations, Mrs Mars (Y6)

Filed under: Whole School @ 2:27 pm

Congratulations to Mrs Mars (Y6 Teacher) for successfully completing her ‘Excellence in Leadership Training.’

Thursday 22nd July – End of term message from Mr Campbell:

Filed under: Whole School @ 11:14 am

On behalf of the staff and govenrors at Bishop’s Waltham Junior, I wanted to thank all the parents/carers for the support they have shown the school over the course of the year. It really is so very much appreciated.


Have a wonderful summer. We go again on Monday 6th September 🙂

Darren Campbell


Thursday 22nd July – Governor News:

Filed under: Whole School @ 10:07 am

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that has made it possible for the school to continue to function so well during this difficult year and wish everyone a very happy, sunny summer holiday. We would also like to wish all the Year 6s good luck as they move up to secondary school.

The governing body has said goodbye to two governors at the end of this term; Mike Greenwood, who has been a parent governor for several years, and Helen Hills, our Local Authority governor. Helen has been a governor at BWJS for an incredible 40 years, during that time she has worked with 5 headteachers and seen the school grow and develop into what it is today. We would like to thank them both for their time and commitment to the school.

Helen Hills (Thank you)

Finally, a massive thank you to Mr Campbell and his senior team, all the teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, caretaker, site staff, lunchtime supervisors, kitchen staff, and especially to you, the parents and carers, who have been just amazing with your support and all the children for being brilliant.  

To the teachers:

On behalf of the school governors, I would like to thank you all for your hard work and dedication over the last year. It has been such a difficult year, not only contending with Covid but the building work as well. The overwhelmingly positive responses seen in the parents’ survey are a testament to everything that you do for the pupils, parents and whole school community.

Thank you also for completing the staff survey, it provides us with really valuable information on your views of working at BWJS. When the governors meet in September, we will discuss the results of the survey, particularly your suggestions and ideas for school improvement.

I hope you all have a very happy summer holidays, you totally deserve it!

Louise Neale

(Chair of Governors)

July 21, 2021

Wednesday 21st July 2021 – Year 6 Leavers’ Barbeque

Filed under: Year 6 @ 7:41 pm

Having finished their final performances yesterday, Year Six enjoyed their end of key stage barbeque last night – a beautiful evening in the sunshine with hot dogs and burgers to enjoy.

Wednesday 21st July 2021 – Year 6 Presents Ye Ha!

Filed under: Year 6 @ 7:36 pm

After a whole year bubble closure and some last minute rehearsals, Year 6 were able to present their production of Ye Ha on Monday and Tuesday this week. Our numbers were limited, but we had some enthusiastic audience members for all performances, and the children were thrilled to be able to actually perform.

Because of our risk of another bubble closure, we were also able to video some of our last rehearsals – the Ye Ha video presentation will be available to watch online from tomorrow.

Wednesday 21st July 2021 – Year 5 – Circus skills, History and Art

Filed under: Art,History,Whole School,Year 5 @ 11:53 am

Circus skills, there’s something I never thought I’d write about in a school blog! Last week, Year 5 took part in a morning of activities that could get us all a job in the circus. Skills learnt included tight rope walking, plate spinning, juggling, diabolo spinners and stilt walking! All the activities honed hand eye coordination, teamwork and resilience. The children had a wonderful time and were grateful for the chance to enjoy such a different experience.


After our overview of the Ancient Civilisations earlier in the term, this week we explored Ancient Egypt in greater depth. Initially, we investigated the major events of this period and discussed the impact of them on the people of the time. We looked at the everyday lives of people, the afterlife and compared them to our own.


For our final Art day, we experimented with watercolours and used lots of different techniques to create some fantastic effects.  The children really enjoyed mixing up new colours and putting them to good use on their paintings of teasels and seashore pebbles.

Mrs Arnold, Mr McKenna and the Year 5 team would like to thank you for all your support over the last year and we hope you have a lovely summer.

July 20, 2021

Tuesday 20th July 2021 – School Clubs (Autumn 2021)

Filed under: Whole School @ 4:38 pm

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we near the end of the academic year, I wanted to share with you the range of EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS that will be on offer (touch wood) at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, during the autumn term.

You will notice from the attached timetable that clubs take place before school, at lunchtime and after school.


* Clubs that are led by private hirers will incur a charge for the block of sessions. (School staff led clubs – there will be no charge)

* If your son/daughter is eligible for FREE SCHOOL MEALS – the school will fund 1 club (private hirer) per term (or music tuition) Please let the school office know if this is something you would like.

* You will need to book directly with the private hirers by following the hyperlink on the timetable. I SUGGEST YOU DO THIS EARLY TO SECURE YOUR CHILDS PLACE.

Please can you share the timetable with your child so they are aware of what opportunities there are.

During the first full week of term, pupils will choose which clubs (school led) they would like to be considered for and the teachers will input their choices into a spreadsheet. The programme will then randomly generate lists of pupils for the club (as some have a max number/year group specific etc) – to enable a fairer approach for all.

CHOIR AND DRAMA: You will notice there are NO other clubs on the Wednesday as we hope that LOTS of children will attend this club in order for us to put on a spectacular show at Christmas.

YOUNG VOICES CHOIR: Priority for this club will be given to Y5/6 – but pupils in the lower school are still welcome to apply. Pupils lucky enough to get a place in the club must be available to perform at the O2 for the Young Voices Event.

Any questions, please do get in touch.

The timetable will also be placed on the school website for easy reference.

Kind regards,

Darren Campbell

Tuesday 20th July 2021 – £20 for BWJS:

Filed under: Whole School @ 9:27 am

Phoebe (Y6) and Sadie Z (Y3) (and Hollie S) were involved in the Jumble Trail on Saturday, and were selling their old toys and books.  They also made some cakes and designed some games to play.

The girls wanted to raise some money for Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, and their efforts resulted in a donation of £20.

A super kind gesture – thank you, girls 🙂

Tuesday 20th July 2021 – Oral History Bench Installed:

Filed under: Whole School @ 8:18 am

An Oral History Bench has been installed – just behing Basingwell Street Car Park, in Bishop’s Waltham.

Sit and listen to recordings of local people talk about their lives over the decades in and around Bishop’s Waltham. Such a beautiful addition to the town 🙂

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