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March 10, 2017

Friday 10th March 2017 – Swimming Match V St Swithen’s

Filed under: Swimming,Whole School @ 2:53 pm

Thirty-three swim squad members from all our year groups travelled to Winchester after school on Monday 6th March for the annual swimming match against St Swithun’s School. This is always a very exciting match and a tough test for our swimmers who have to adapt quickly to their 25m ‘deck level’ pool.

Our backstroke swimmers roared off to start the match in fine style, gaining several first, second and third places but then the St Swithun’s team came back at us in the breast stroke, making it all very even. The 50m races for the mainly year 6 swimmers were then a test of stamina, style and turns. Many of the races were so very close and the standard of swimming was superb …this match was finely balanced!

With double points allocated to the relay races, it was important that we kept up the pressure…and that is exactly what we did. All our team members gave every morsel of energy into their performances and the work that we have been doing in training for starts and take-overs was certainly remembered.

At the end of the match we had no idea as to who had won and we waited with bated breath for the final announcement. Then the St Swithun’s swimming coach revealed that there was only 8 points between the two scores and that it was Bishop’s Waltham who had come out on top and won!

Well done to all our team members, they represented school with superb skill, determination and team spirit. Thanks must also go to Nicki Cresswell for her continued support and to our parents who helped on poolside to get everyone to the right place at the right time. Many thanks too to all our parents who helped with transport and for their support from the viewing gallery.
(Report from Mrs Cooper)

The following message, from Mrs Cooper, was left on Mr Campbell’s desk.

‘Mr Campbell – Delighted to tell you that BWJS swimming team beat St Swithen’s at the recent gals by 8 points! It was a fantastic match and the standard of swimming and competitive spirit was superb – makes it all so worthwhile! Lots of happy children and parents!!’

Congratulations to the school swimming team on such an amazing result.

Friday 10th March 2017 – Y5&6 Tag Rugby Competition

Filed under: PE,Whole School @ 2:50 pm

You can forget your Olympic Super Saturday. This week was Terrific Tuesday for Bishop’s Waltham Junior School and other local schools at the Pyramid School’s Rugby Tournament held at Droxford. The event was brilliantly organised by staff and children at Droxford School and the 5 teams that took part really put their all in to each game. The games were fast-flowing with some great attacking play, fancy footwork and accurate ‘tagging’.

The fact that Bishop’s Waltham Junior School made it through to the final for the first time that anyone can remember (eventually losing in an incredibly exciting game to the hosts Droxford) doesn’t seem to have been a disappointment for the children. The highlight for them was a win against local friendly rivals Swanmore in a game with a score line that see-sawed between the two teams before touching down as victory for BWJS.

Our team was resplendent in a new rugby kit kindly donated by FOBS, and the children were a credit to our school.

Our thanks to parents (and grandparents) for their support at pitch side and with transport.

Friday 10th March 2017 – Year 6 Update

Filed under: Whole School,Year 6 @ 2:46 pm

Before half term, Year Six enjoyed a fantastic time at Liddington, building our confidence and enjoying new challenges. After a week to recover, we came back into school ready for our final push towards SATs. This half term will include a good deal of revision and preparation for our reading, maths and SPAG tests, but we’ve also found time so far to perform our Olympic dances, finish our pottery decorations, learn about the events of Battle of Marathon and take part in the World Book Day celebrations.

Friday 10th March 2017 – Year 5 Update

Filed under: Whole School,Year 5 @ 2:45 pm

Since returning from the half term break, Year 5 have already enjoyed a range of activities as part of World Book Day. In English, we are currently looking at newspaper reports to identify key features in readiness for writing our own reports based on events in our class novel ‘Lionboy’. We are also beginning to compile our ‘Lionboy’ project books to display the range of work completed since the Christmas break. In maths we are consolidating our methods for addition and subtraction.

This half term we will be improving our netball skills in PE and in science we will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the warmer weather so that we can continue our longitudinal study into butterflies.
In geography we have been learning about regions in France and will be making a tourist information leaflet to present the information we have researched so far.

It promises to be another busy half term.

Friday 10th March 2017 – Year 4 Update

Filed under: Whole School,Year 4 @ 2:45 pm

Last Thursday, Year 4 went on a trip to Winchester Cathedral. During our visit we had a tour of the Cathedral, experience life as an archaeologist and see if we were talented enough to be a scribe for
King Alfred. One of the most exciting experiences was holding an Anglo-Saxon pot which was over 1000 years old. We had an incredible day!

In English, we have started looking at a diary from a lion’s perspective. It is interesting to see what the young cubs get up to! In our Maths lessons, we have been solving division problems with remainders. We have had to think carefully about whether the answer needed to be rounded up or down.

Friday 10th March 2017 – Year 3 Update

Filed under: Whole School @ 2:44 pm

Year 3 have started to design and make a photo frame in DT, using wood and card to hold their photograph in place. The children used digital cameras in their computing lessons to create a photograph which will sit within their frame. The children have also started to create a piece of dance, based on sports which are played in the Olympics. They are working in groups and recording their ideas in a ‘creative journal’ which they will build upon each week. In English, the children are learning to write persuasive letters and have really grasped the concept of using persuasive sentence openers in their writing.

Friday 10th March 2017 – Congratulations to Mrs Daniels

Filed under: Whole School @ 2:43 pm

At 7.19pm on Wednesday evening, Mrs Daniels gave birth to her first child. Elliot Steven Charles Daniels weighed in at 7lb 3oz. Mum, Elliot and Dad are all doing well. We wish them all the very best as they embark upon the journey of parenthood.

March 3, 2017

Friday 3rd March 2017 – World Book Day 2017

Filed under: Whole School @ 3:29 pm

BWJS have been celebrating World Book Day 2017 all day! We started with a whole school assembly promoting reading and ‘booky’ activities and the children then enjoyed a morning and afternoon full of fun and creative activities. The children’s costumes were amazing and it was great to hear them chat about their book character and share their stories with each other. Don’t forget that there will be P&G Wells Bookshop visiting school on Tuesday 7th where the children can use their £1 book tokens to purchase a special World Book Day book.


World Book Day 2017Kizoa Movie – Video – Slideshow Maker
March 2, 2017

Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Website Questionnaire

Filed under: Whole School @ 1:23 pm

We are looking for ways to ensure that our website is as useful as possible.  We would very much appreciate responses to the survey  below.  Thank you!

March 1, 2017

Wednesday 1st March 2017 – Bishop’s Waltham Junior is a ‘GOOD SCHOOL’ – Ofsted Feb 2017

Filed under: Whole School @ 10:47 am

As you know, Bishop’s Waltham Junior School was recently inspected by Ofsted. The inspectors have judged the school as ‘GOOD’ across ALL areas. During the inspection the pupils, as always, demonstrated an incredible enthusiasm for their learning and showed immense pride in their school. The whole team (staff and governors) at BWJS is delighted with the outcome and we will continue to strive for excellence.

I would like to thank parents/carers for their continued support of the school and hope you take pleasure in reading the report. I have taking the liberty of extracting a few of the statements included within the report. A full copy of the report will be sent via parent mail and a link placed onto the school website. Please contact the school office if you would like a hard copy.

• Teachers’ passion for their job and care for their pupils was apparent throughout this inspection.
• Good teaching inspires pupils to learn well.
• Teaching was described by a parent as ‘enthusiastic, full of energy and fun.’
• One pupil told an inspector, ‘My teacher always explains things again if at first I haven’t understood.’
• Teaching makes effective use of an exciting curriculum to provide pupils with memorable learning experiences.
• The curriculum is particularly well-enhanced by what parents describe as ‘a fantastic range of clubs.’
• Pupils make a significant contribution to their school being a happy, calm and purposeful learning environment.
• Pupils are very well behaved. Pupils care for each other and are respectful.
• Pupils told inspectors there is no bullying in the school, and they know what to do if any bullying happened.
• Pupils are prepared well for the next stage of their education.
• Pupils have developed a love of reading.
By the end of Year 6, pupils read fluently with good levels of comprehension and confidence.
• Since the last inspection, standards have risen and pupils make good progress. In 2016, the proportion of pupils that reached the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics was above the national average.

As with all inspections, the school was left with some areas for further development. The areas identified by the Ofsted inspection team closely mirror the priorities that make up the BWJ School Improvement Plan for 2016-2017 – providing further justification that we know our school.

In the coming weeks, the leadership team and governors will be devising a post-ofsted action plan as well as exploring further ways of making continued improvements to our school.

I consider myself a very fortunate individual to be headteacher of such a wonderful school. The staff, governors, parents and community work together so well to ensure that we provide the best possible education for the pupils that attend. And as for the pupils……well, they are a delight and a real credit not only to the school but to their parents and community of Bishop’s Waltham.

Thank you for your continued support.

Darren Campbell

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