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December 7, 2018

Friday 7th December 2018 – This Week’s Value Award Winners

Filed under: Whole School @ 6:14 pm

November 29, 2018

Thursday 29th November 2018 – Year 4 – Digging for history

Filed under: History,Year 4 @ 4:05 pm

Yesterday, Year 4 started to explore the Anglo Saxons with an archaeological dig. Children sifted through the layers of time and discovered artefacts from different periods of history. They discovered an incomplete Anglo Saxon helmet and discussed how different materials survive through time. They are excited to learn more about the Anglo Saxons.

November 28, 2018

Wednesday 28th November 2018 – Caretaker Vacancy at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School:

Filed under: Whole School @ 5:17 pm

After nearly 20 years employment at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, Mr Newton will be leaving us at the end of the autumn term to take up a new job within Hampshire County Council.  Whilst it will be sad to see him leave, it does present an exciting opportunity for an individual to take over as Caretaker at this wonderful school.  The job advert has gone live on the Council website (link below).  If you know of anyone that might be interested in applying then please direct them to this site. 


Bishop’s Waltham Junior School
Closing date:  03/12/2018 at 12:00

Interview dates:  10/12/2018

Job Start Date:   07/01/2019

Contract/Hours:  Permanent , Full-time

Salary Type:  Support Staff

Salary Details:  Grade C

Hours of Work:   35 hours per week (Split Shift) – 6.30-10.00am & 3.00-6.30pm – Monday to Friday

Suitable for a job share:   Yes

Location of Role:  Bishop’s Waltham Junior School

Contact e-mail address:

Job/Person Summary
This role is a great opportunity for a hard working individual to join the school team. We are a growing school, with an on-site swimming pool and large grounds.

We are looking for a positive, dedicated, reliable, well-motivated and practical person to assist with security, safety, cleanliness and general maintenance of the school site. The role will also involve being the ‘Pool Plant Operator’ for the swimming pool (training provided)

Duties will be carried out across a split shift from 6.30am – 10.00am and 3.00 –6.30pm Monday to Friday.  The contract is for 52 weeks of the year so we will require work to be completed during the school holidays.  We would happily consider a job-share for the right applicants.

Are you…

* Friendly, enthusiastic, reliable, flexible and dedicated?
* Skilled in building maintenance, gardening and decorating activities?
* An individual that takes pride in their work?
* A good time manager – able to work under guidance and able to use your own initiative, prioritising workload?
* Able to manage members of the site cleaning team?
* Confident with communicating with all members of a school community, both orally and in written form?
* Able to use IT to support your role? (e.g. emails, Microsoft word)
*Physically able to operate heavy duty cleaning equipment and lift heavy objects?
*Willing to undertake training?

Main duties will include:

* Being responsible for site security including the daily opening of the school
* Acting as a key holder for the school and attending emergency call outs if/when necessary
* Appointed Pool Plant Operator (Full training provided) – Swimming Pool Maintenance 
* Regular checking and record keeping of the fire alarm system, including various other fire safety checks and documents
* Regular checking and record keeping to meet legislative Health & Safety requirements e.g. COSHH, legionella etc
* Arrange and supervise contractors on site during working hours
* Work in a flexible manner for the needs of the children and the school
* Liaise and manage a programme of general DIY repairs including planned and preventative maintenance and redecoration
* Take pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness throughout the school site including managing and supporting the
cleaning team, and grounds maintenance works, and being involved in cleaning activities
* Monitoring stocks and ordering supplies
* Liaising with all staff, including our Finance Officer, Headteacher and Governors

Previous caretaking experience is desirable but is not essential, as full training and support will be provided to the right candidate.

What will we offer? 

• Supportive colleagues in a very friendly and welcoming school
• Full access to local training

If you are ready to join the Bishop’s Waltham Junior School team, then come and see us in action to find out more about the school and what this role can offer. The successful candidate is expected to start no later than Monday 7th January 2019.  An earlier start date might be possible to aid with an overlap with current post-holder.

Application Procedure
Visits to the school prior to application are strongly encouraged and will be warmly welcomed.

The head teacher, Darren Campbell, would be delighted to meet you. There will also be an opportunity for potential candidates to look around the site with the current Caretaker.

Please contact the school office on 01489 892368 or email to receive an application pack/make an appointment to visit.

Please mark your email – CARETAKER.

Please send completed applications to the same email address.

Wednesday 28th November 2018 – Y6 Pupil to ‘Brave the Shave.’

Filed under: Whole School @ 5:06 pm

To help raise money for Cancer Research, Harvey (Y6) has taken it upon himself to arrange for his beloved hair to be shaved off.  This will take place during celebration assembly on 7th December.  For those of you who know Harvey – you will be fully aware of how much he loves his hair.

Our School Council has already decided upon the chosen charities that we are going to be supporting this year.  However, if you would like to find out more about Harvey’s story and/or donate via a just giving page – please use the link below.

Good luck Harvey….Not too short please.


Wednesday 28th November 2018 – Year 5 Maths masterclass

Filed under: Maths,Year 5 @ 2:13 pm

Over the past 2 weeks, 6 children from Year 5 have been attending a Maths Masterclass at Swanmore Secondary School. The children have been given very challenging maths problems to solve, using a variety of different skills in order to complete them. Other children from primary schools in our cluster have also been attending. The Masterclass runs for 1 hour every Tuesday, and in their last week, the children will attend Swanmore for a full day, with their parents invited to a prize giving too.

November 27, 2018

Tuesday 27th November 2018 – Year 4 – ‘Dragonologist’ visit

Filed under: English,Whole School,Year 4 @ 3:23 pm

After a mysterious creature visited the school grounds over the weekend, today we had the pleasure of a dragonologist answering all our questions. It was decided the creature was a Hampshire Hornback dragon! The year group enjoyed asking lots of questions that will help them write non chronological reports over the next few weeks.


November 24, 2018

Friday 23rd November 2018 – Friendly football match against Swanmore

Filed under: Football,Year 5,Year 6 @ 5:17 pm

Well done to the Year 5 and 6 football team who played a friendly match against Swanmore Primary. Both teams were very evenly matched and it was a great game to watch! As always, excellent team work, communication and enthusiasm was shown by all players.

Well done to Harvey W, Jack, Stanley, Harvey S, Riley, Elliot and Zoe. A big thank you to the parents and grandparents who offered transport and came to support our team

November 23, 2018

Friday 23rd November 2018 – Year Three Geography Field Trip

Filed under: Year 3 @ 5:44 pm

Today the children in Year 3 demonstrated their curiosity during their trip into Bishop’s Waltham. In groups of eight, the children took various routes from the school to the High Street, stopping along the way to discuss and draw interesting features. The groups then walked along the High Street, looking at the variety of shops, cafes and businesses in the town and discussing ways in which the town has changed over the years. This trip is the stimulus for our Geography unit about the local area and will also support our narrative writing in English – Binky the Bear will be having another adventure in Bishop’s Waltham very soon!

All the adults present were hugely impressed by the behaviour of the children and the level of interest they showed in their surroundings. The trip could not have gone ahead without the support of the parent volunteers, who were able to help us today – sincere thanks to Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Hammond, Mrs Warren and Mrs Pennock.

Friday 23rd November 2018 – This Week’s Value Winners

Filed under: Whole School @ 4:34 pm

November 20, 2018

Tuesday 20th November 2018 – Happy School Bag Collection Success:

Filed under: FOBs Events,Whole School @ 6:51 pm

Thanks to 582.5 kg of donations, we raised an incredible £349.50 for the school!
Thank you so much to the families that took the opportunity to declutter their wardrobe and bag up all their household’s unwanted clothes.  Your support is very much appreciated.

Happy School Bag

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