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         Latest news and postings from Bishop's Waltham Junior School.

July 21, 2016

Thursday 21st July 2016 – Happy Holidays & Good Luck Y6 at Secondary School:

Filed under: Whole School,Year 6 @ 12:39 pm

I can’t quite believe that another academic year has come to an end. On behalf of the staff and governors at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, I would like to thank all parents/carers and children for the support you have given us over the last year. HAVE A LOVELY SUMMER HOLIDAY – Fingers crossed we all get to enjoy some beautiful sunshine!

TO ALL OF THE YEAR 6 PUPILS: Good luck for the future – ENJOY SECONDARY SCHOOL! Remember to work hard and fully immerse yourself in all that secondary school life has to offer. You are all ready for the next chapter in your life and we wish you all every success in the world. Please do come back and visit us – you have been an amazing cohort.

Thursday 21st July 2016 – Farewell to Mr Fickling:

Filed under: Whole School @ 12:38 pm

It is with some sadness that as we come to the end of this term we have to say good bye and good luck to Mr Fickling.

Mr Fickling has worked as a teaching assistant at the school for the past 4 years. On behalf of the staff, pupils, governors and parents, I would like to wish him the very best of luck for the future.

Thursday 21st July 2016 – Marathon Swim:

Filed under: Whole School @ 12:35 pm

Way back in 1981 – the schools very first marathon swim took place. This annual event involves a team of 3 girls and 3 boys from Year 6 swimming lengths (as a relay) non-stop for ONE HOUR. The results over the years have ranged from 173 lengths – up to the school record (set in 2003) of a staggering 225 lengths.

This year’s team consisted of:
Tom S, Ollie H, Toby G, Jodi P, Anna S, Amy H
(Reserves – Rose C, Chloe G)

This team did really well. The support as usual was fantastic and the swimming team racked up a total of 211 lengths. . WELL DONE TO YOU ALL – AN AMAZNG ACHIEVEMENT!

Thursday 21st July 2016 – Year 6 Summer Production:

Filed under: Whole School @ 12:34 pm

Every child in Year 6 took to the stage last week to show pupils/parents their end of year production – ‘Hoodwinked.’ The show itself, as usual, was amazing and the children were complete professionals. We are so proud of the effort and dedication that all of the year 6 pupils put into making the show so successful. A special thank you must go to all of the Year 6 staff for organising the masterpiece.

July 13, 2016

Wednesday 13th July – Please give your views about BWJS

Filed under: Whole School @ 9:50 am


OFSTED (School Inspection) has a specific area on its website designed to allow PARENTS to give their VIEWS on their child’s school. Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and pupil behaviour.

Currently, there are only 12 comments from parents about our school. The governors and staff at Bishop’s Waltham Junior would like to make a special PLEA and ask for AS MANY of you as possible to take 5 minutes out of your schedule and complete the short online questionnaire – in order to give your views about the school. OFSTED are scheduled to return to inspect the school at some point in the autumn term so it would be great to have parents views recorded. With Y6 pupils about to embark upon their journey to secondary school, we hope that the large majority of Y6 parents will be able to record their views, too.

You can log onto the PARENTVIEW website using the following address:

Proceed by clicking on ‘GIVE YOUR VIEWS NOW’

You will then be required to register by supplying your email address.
Email addresses are only used to help prevent site misuse. Only OFSTED will have access to this information. More than one parent can log on in order to give their views.

This site is one of the first places OFSTED looks at before they visit/inspect a school. It would be wonderful if you could be pro-active and let them know how your child is getting on at Bishop’s Waltham Junior and what you think of the school.
Parents are asked to select one of the following answers in order to give their view on the areas of school listed below:

 Strongly agree
 Agree
 Disagree
 Strongly disagree
 Don’t know

1) My child is happy at this school

2) My child feels safe at this school

3) My child makes good progress at this school

4) My child is well looked after at this school

5) My child is taught well at this school

6) My child receives appropriate homework for their age

7) This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

8) This school deals effectively with bullying

9) This school is well led and managed

10) The school responds well to any concerns I raise

11) I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress

12) Would you recommend this school to another parent?

Thank you very much for your support.

Kind regards,

Mr. D Campbell
Head Teacher

July 12, 2016

Goodwood: Gathering of the Goblins

Filed under: Whole School @ 7:52 pm

On Sunday (the 10th July) Ben G, George O’L, Naomi I, Emily H, Oscar F, Alfie A, William H, Sam B, Rose C, Amelie G, Sophie H and Zoe W travelled to Goodwood motor circuit to race their two incredible cars; ‘Banana splits’ and ‘Solar Cell’.  Of the 91 cars in the competition, our ‘banana car’ won the competition for the best bodywork!

This opportunity was given to us by an after school activity on Tuesday-called ‘Car Club’ run by:  Mrs Bradley, Mr Fickling and Mr Neale, who has kindly volunteered to help us with the project.

At Car Club we all have learnt how to take-on corners professionally and change the front wheels and the back wheels as quickly as possible. We also have learnt how to work with other pupils who have different abilities to each-other.

‘Banana Split’ is made from Paper- Mache modelled over one of the previous cars called, ‘Field Flash.’ Then we painted it yellow and added black and green details.  Our other car (Solar Cell) is made out of card covered in gold space blankets giving the effect of solar panels covering the chassis.

At our pits we sold delicious banana muffins which were given to us ‘Josie’s Wine Bar’ in Bishop’s Waltham and we also had fresh bananas from Hylands-which is also in Bishop’s Waltham. We sold both of these things for 50p each and we have raised over £50, which we will then donate to Cancer Research UK.

Overall this was a thoroughly enjoyable event and the experience of a life-time.  Thanks to all the adults who made it possible, especially Mr Neale who came all the way from New Forest every Tuesday and supplied us with the transport to Goodwood.

Ben Grigg & Year 6


Special thanks go to:

Josie’s for generously donating 50 banana muffins

Hylands green grocers for generously donating 100 bananas

Jane Bidwell Flowers who provided the van and fuel for race-day

The Neale Family for recharging the batteries, and their technical support


Thanks to the fantastic effort of our children, and the generosity of our sponsors, we raised £67.50 for Cancer Research UK.

Many thanks for the wonderful support of Parents who accompanied us for a very long day, braved the rain and kept our spirits up!

Mrs Bradley

Monday 11th July 2016 – Fleur Wainwright

Filed under: Whole School @ 10:30 am

We are very sad to report the death of Fleur Wainwright on Monday morning.  Fleur passed away at home after a recent illness.

Although Fleur was not a member of staff here at BWJS, she felt like one.  For many years, she had taught weekly in Year Four, running ‘Listen to Me’ lessons on behalf of Hampshire Music Service.  She was an amazing musician: over the years, she taught keyboard, violin, ukulele, clarinet and vocal lessons.  Once a term, she would run a concert demonstrating what the children had learned – many of you will have been to one of these concerts and enjoyed the obvious fun and excitement she had nurtured in the children.  Children in Years 5 and 6 enjoyed going to these concerts and remembering what they had learned: most concerts ended in a mass sing-along of the favourite songs!  Fleur also ran further ukulele lessons at school, as well as teaching piano to a number of our pupils out of school.

Fleur was active in the community, and a committed member of St Peter’s Church.  Many of our children knew her through the junior choir which she ran at the church.  She was also a regular organist for our carol services, and she would often come and sing at our staff Christmas meal afterwards with her troupe of carol singers.

The children and staff here at BWJS will miss Fleur’s weekly visits, and her familiar face around school.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family now, particularly her husband Mark, and her children, Tim and Ben.

Tuesday 12th July 2016 – Y6 SATs Results

Filed under: Year 6 @ 9:06 am

This year’s SATS tests are the first which assess the new, more challenging national curriculum which was introduced in September 2014.
The school was exceptionally pleased with the results achieved and despite a lot of uncertainty surrounded the testing regime, we were delighted to see that our results were well above the national average.

Well done to all of the Y6 pupils, teachers and parents for their dedication and hard work that they have shown over the course of the year.

The table below shows the number of pupils meeting or exceeding the age related expectations for the end of Y6.

Reading (School 85% National 66%)
Writing (School 87% National 74%)
Maths (School 92% National 70%)
SPAG (School 90% National 72%)
Reading/Writing/Maths Combined (School 74% National 53%)

Tuesday 12th July 2016 – Aqua Splash Competition

Filed under: Swimming,Whole School @ 9:00 am

On the 30th June, eleven children from the lower school swim squad represented South Winchester and Eastleigh in the ‘Aqua Splash’ event at the Hampshire Games. The games took place at Aldershot Army Garrison where the sports facilities are all wonderful.

The day started with over 1000 children watching the opening ceremony of the games at the sports stadium and then we all walked behind our school banners with the rest of the swimming teams, around the track (Just like at the Olympics!)

Schools from all 6 areas of Hampshire, including Southampton and Portsmouth took part in the swimming races and the standard of swimming was very good indeed. Our team made up of Y3&4 boys and girls, was super and everyone put in 100% effort into their swimming. However, we did not know how well we were doing until the final races were over and the scores were announced.

Bishop’s Waltham Junior School had achieved 1st place – winning by a margin of 20 points!

Well done to all of the team members.

(Mrs Cooper)

Monday 11th July 2016 – Young Volunteer Award

Filed under: Year 6 @ 7:49 am

A number of Y6 pupils participated in an award ceremony on Tuesday 5th July to celebrate their completion of the Young Volunteer Award. 25 children made it to the end of the award by completing up to 50 hours of volunteering; around the school, home and local community. Many of them completed many more hours than required!

The children received their certificates from the vice-chair of the parish council, Tracey Conduct. As a reward for all their hard work they were also treated to an enjoyable and event filled evening at Fun City in Fareham.

Well done to all of the Y6 pupils. You showed real commitment and have hopefully come to understand the benefits and rewards of volunteering.

Sam B, Ben C, Amelie G, Chloe G, Toby G, Jaime H, Mia L, Georgia N, Lauren P, Jodi P, Shannon R, Tom S, Georgie S, Daniel S, Alfie A, John B, Rose C, Flora D, Naomi I, Cerys M, Lucy M, George O-L, Halle R, Anna S, Zoe W

‘I have found just being able to help very rewarding and I have learnt that you don’t need any thanks to feel good about what you have done’ (Lucy M)

‘From volunteering in and around the local community, I was thoroughly pleased with the opportunity to make a difference’ (Lauren P)

‘With my volunteering, I have found the smile on peoples’ faces and seeing them enjoying themselves most rewarding’ (Flora D)

‘I remember when I was in Year 3 and I was being helped out at swim squad by some Y6s. It makes me happy and proud to know that I’ve now become that role model’ (Toby G)

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