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World Book Day at Emsworth Primary School
6 March 2014
We enjoyed celebrating World Book Day this week and would like to thank you for all your help with fancy dress and photographs. Many children enjoyed coming to school early and having breakfast in the hall dressed as one of their favourite book characters. We were delighted to be visited by Otis, an Italian Spinone from Pets as Therapy, and Una, a black Labrador who is being trained as a guide dog. They listened to children read and understandably there were queues of eager children!
Staff from Henry Adams Estate Agents also visited and judged our bookmark competition and generously awarded medals and book vouchers to the prize winners as well as issuing a certificate to every child who entered the competition. We really appreciate links with the local community and are looking forward to more projects with them during the rest of the academic year. The winning bookmarks will be on display in the estate agent’s window for everyone in Emsworth to see!
Children also enjoyed pairing up and sharing books and having stories from adults who are not usually their teachers.
Our book quiz winners were;
Year 2 – Mia Wyng
Year 3 – Ruby Chapman
Year 4 – Ben Faulkner
Year 5 – Piers Clouting
Year 6 – Sheila Wilson
who all received a £5 voucher.
Children in Bears and Giraffes were judged on their costumes and the
winners were Charlie Carver and Kye Cooper.
'Carriages' Tearoom opens at Emsworth Train Station
28 February 2014
In 2011, the Emsworth Residents Association discovered that the waiting room at Emsworth Station had been shut for a number of years but was in sound condition with lovely Victorian flooring and benches. As a result, opening it up for the local community became a major project for the Emsworth Residents Association working alongside Southern Rail.
The pupil governors from each year group at Emsworth Primary School visited the waiting room and their designs were put forward to the Emsworth Residents Association and Southern Rail. They also planted up the beds and window boxes on the platform while work was going on in the station. At the same time, the much needed ramp on Platform 1 was built giving better access to pushchair and wheelchair users.
In 2012 the waiting room had been restored to its original splendour and was opened to the public, along with the public toilet. The waiting room on Platform 2 is so well used and appreciated by the public that there is talk of Southern Rail investing in another waiting room on Platform 1. When the waiting room officially opened to the public, it was a grand community event with a live band, many local dignitaries and rail users along with Year 4 (the current Year 6 children) all dressed in Victorian costume.
Ever since the waiting room was completed, a local couple have been trying to open a small café adjoining the waiting room. On Friday 28 February, ‘Carriages’ celebrated their opening and they have great plans for the future including hiring bikes on Platform 2 so that people can travel on the train and use the hire bikes to explore Emsworth and surrounding areas. The Key Stage 2 governors were invited to attend this opening and sample the cakes from the café!
The Emsworth Residents Association is very pleased that the station is now a much more welcoming place for visitors and locals. The local Brownie groups are now involved as well, refreshing the planters along the platform. This was such a wonderful opportunity for the children at Emsworth Primary School to become so involved in a local community project. Let’s hope there are many more!
Emsworth Residents Association
Ebony's Magic Chair
28 February 2014
Ebony Marsh in Year 6 has entered a competition
run by science and technology company QinetiQ
to design the perfect ‘gaming chair’. Against stiff
competition she has successfully been named as
one of the four finalists. The overall winner will be
determined by the number of Facebook ‘likes’ and
tweets on Twitter.
Ebony said “ I was thinking about designing my
chair in the shape of an egg so that it would be
really cosy and enclosed. Then I thought that was
just like a Pacman. I have made the inside of the
chair like a waterbed so it is really comfortable.
My favourite part of the design is the glow in the
dark pacman ghosts and the double cup holder like
the pacman cherry.
You can like Ebonys chair on
until Monday 3rd March 2014.
(You need to be 13 to have a Facebook account
Thank you for your support!
Year 2 Emsworth Fire Station Visit
4 February 2014
Please take a look at our other photos in our Year 2 gallery.
Year 6 Rainforest Trip
20 January 2014
Year 6 had an interesting day on Monday when they visited the Living Rainforest just
outside Newbury. They enjoyed learning about the many plants that thrive in
rainforest conditions and animals including a sloth, Roulroul partidges, poison dart
frogs and a Caiman crocodile. Ebony Marsh said she liked all the animal noises,
Jamie Morrison was particularly interested in the carnivorous plants, Mrs Newton
learnt how Brazil nuts grow and how the agouti is the animal in the rainforest that
is strong enough to open the seed pods. The staff at the Living Rainforest
commented on how enthusiastic our children were and they were impressed with
the high quality of their questions.
More photos in our Year 6 gallery.
Year 4 Victorian Day
Year 4 dressed up for a themed Victorian day as a fitting end to their history unit.
Grace Kelly dressed as a rich Victorian girl, Millie Hayman and Daniel White enjoyed
making and eating Victoria Sponge cakes, Louis liked making Christmas crackers and
Ben Faulkner was trained to be a pickpocket, although he did tell me he wasn’t very
good at it! Thank you to the family members who visited the class to view the
activities and children’s work and to Mrs Mackie and Mrs Gray for making the day
Please take a look at our other photos of the day in the Year 4 gallery.
Rocking around the Xmas Tree Dance
13 December 2013
Gemsdance Club performed in our assembly today, showing us their fantastic dance
moves and impressive costumes. We had to ask them to perform twice as we
enjoyed it so much! A big Thank You to Gemma and the children for all their hard work.
For anyone who wasn't able to attend the assembly, we hope you enjoy the video!
Carol Singing at Emsworth Stroke Club
5 December 2013
Children from Years 5 and 6 attended the Emsworth Centre to sing carols to Emsworth Stroke Club.
They also met the Mayor and his wife and Simon Sayers, vicar of St James’ Church. The audience
were very appreciative and enjoyed chatting with the children afterwards. In the next couple of
weeks we will also be attending Mulberry Lodge and Springfield Nursing Home to sing carols and
wish everyone a Happy Christmas!
Year 6 D-Day Museum Trip
21 November 2013
Year 6 are learning about World War II and visited the D-Day Museum in Southsea.
On Tuesday 26 November the kitchen are cooking a special World War II lunch so
Please take a look at our other photos of the day in our Year 6 gallery.
Friendly Football Match V St James
21 November 2013
We were delighted to welcome St James’ football team after school on Thursday for a
Monday 11 November
|On Monday, Year 2 and Year 6 walked to the Memorial Garden in Emsworth for the ceremony
of Remembrance of the end of the First World War.
The weather wasn't quite as nice as it had been the previous day for the ceremony at the Cenotaph in
|After an introduction from Rev Sayers, two children from year 6 gave a reading, before all the children stood
quietly and respectfully during the two minutes silence. Then lots of wreaths were laid, including one by two
year 2 children.
After the ceremony, Rev Simon Sayers made a point of coming over to the children and thanking them for
Emsworth Community Fireworks
Year 2 trip to Wellow
10 October 2013
|This week Year 2 visited the Church of St Margaret, Wellow which is near to what used to be Florence Nightingale’s family home and is the site of the family burial ground. The children enjoyed the trip to enhance their history topic. Finn Piper described how Florence Nightingale kept an owl in the pocket of her dress, Hope Duffett enjoyed dressing up as a nurse and Ronnie Hunt and Oscar Ward particularly enjoyed dressing up as soldiers. All the children said it was very exciting to go on a bus! Thank you to parents who accompanied the class on this trip – we hope you enjoyed it too!|
|Please check out our other photos in the Year 2 Gallery!|
Trip to the Planetarium
2 October 2013
This week Year 5 were seen catching a train to Chichester to visit the South Downs Planetarium.
Lauren Cox learnt that Venus is the hottest planet, Paris Perkins enjoyed going in the dark dome, Annabel
Emsworth Primary School Open Day - 24 October 2013
22 & 23 July 2013
Well done to all the children who participated in our production of Oliver. The acting and chorus line performed with confidence and enthusiasm. Harvey Dodgson was fantastic as hungry Oliver facing the true evil of Tyler Fleet as Bill Sikes. He became more evil with each performance! An enormous thank you to Lisa Dulson who gave up so much of her time to help with rehearsals and on production nights. Also thank you to her able lighting assistant, Peter McCulloch, to Mr Andrews who spent many hours constructing the set, and to EPSA who served refreshments, including much needed ice-creams, and to Mrs Newton and Mrs Burt for tirelessly running through the scripts!
More photos coming soon in our gallery!
17 July 2013
Well done to all the children who performed in the Emsworth Primary School music concert, watched proudly by their friends and family. They gave a stunning performance despite the heat, and it was great to see so many who came to show their support.
Emsworth Primary School Sports Day
27 June 2013
It was fantastic to see so many children and families enjoying our sports day. It was a lovely opportunity for all children to participate and enjoy being part of a team but also to celebrate the many talented athletes in a competitive event. I hope we achieved that balance well and it was just a shame that we ran out of time for the staff race! Next year we plan to have a refreshment stall, as this would have been very popular in the sun!
We have lots of photos in our gallery pages - please take a look!
Summer Fair - Friday 21 June
Lights! Camera! Action! at the Kings Theatre
11 May 2013
Emsworth Primary School pupils had an amazing time performing at the Kings Theatre as part of Gemsdance School in Lights! Camera! Action! production on Saturday 11 May. Their performances were amazing, in front of a packed audience, and they confidently covered the whole stage, performing as a team and looked like they were really having fun!
Although it was a very long day, with the children arriving at 9.30am and staying until the end of the show at around 8.30pm, their behaviour and attitude was outstanding. They were a real credit to themselves and Emsworth Primary School.
Special mention and thanks must go to Gemma of Gemsdance for all her hard work and commitment to all of her pupils who attend any of her classes and for putting the whole show together. Also to Tora and Millie Hayman, who both came along for the whole day and chaperoned our pupils throughout. This was especially helpful considering some of our pupils taking part are in Key Stage 1.
It really was an amazing experience and one that I am sure the pupils will remember for ever!
Year 2 Trip to Arundel Castle
9 May 2013
Year 2 enjoyed a fantastic day trip to Arundel Castle as part of their Castles and Knights topic, enhancing their school learning with the "real thing!"
They explored the Castle and grounds: having a particularly informative session with their guide where they were shown and allowed to handle, many weapons and artefacts from the past. They also discussed and saw evidence of the key defences such as the Portcullis and the Drawbridge. They learnt about different historical figures involved in the Castle's past and how it came to be built. Typical costumes were provided for the children to dress up in, including those of Knights, Swordsmen and Maidens. This helped the topic really come alive for the children and provided some excellent dramatics!
A favourite part of the trip was a visit to the entrance of the Dungeon. The trap door revealed a large, bleak area where many died horrible deaths and was made all the more real when our guide, at exactly the right moment allowed the trap door to slam shut resulting in lots of screams! Another highlight was exploring the extensive grounds, especially the lawn maze and the gilded coronet "dancing" on the fountain.
The children were complimented on their superb behaviour and especially on their enthusiasm during question times, where our guide said she was most impressed with their knowledge and insight into life in Arundel Castle.
More photos on our gallery pages!
Sophie Lee, Governor
Year 3 & 4 Beaulieu Trip
We were all very proud of the Year 3 and 4 children who had a fantastic time at Beaulieu. They were polite and well behaved at all times, went to sleep at a reasonable hour, ate delicious food, milked goats, fed pigs, pond dipped and generally had a wonderful time with lots of new experiences. There are lots of photographs on display in the school and in our website gallery!
Mad Hatter Tea party & Easter Egg Hunt
24 March 2013
A BIG 'Thank You' to EPSA for organising the Easter egg hunt around Emsworth followed by refreshments and various activities back at the school. This was very well attended and great fun was had by everyone who came along.
Red Nose Day Talent Contest
15 March 2013
A Red Nose thank you to the Pupil Governors for organising and compering the talent show. Thank you for all your donations to Comic Relief and the children look fabulous in their red outfits.
We really enjoyed watching our talent show and celebrating the skills on display. Congratulations to the winners; KS1 – ‘Hula Hoop Girls’, Mia Wyng and Jessica Thorn; the street dancing Robbie White and Ruby Chapman and Gracie Chandler for their ballet and tap skills. From KS2 our winners were Lisa Fellows for her poing skills and our bands –‘Corn on the Cob’ and ‘Modify’. We raised an amazing £225.00 for Comic Relief.
Please take a look at our other photos in the Gallery.
Mad Hatter Tea Party
Join us on - 24 March 2013
After the Treasure Hunt around Emsworth, we will settle down for tea, coffee, soup, burgers and cakes (approximately noon).
For those not on the Treasure Hunt, we will have crafts, games and a cake sale on the school grounds from 11.30am!
RSVP for the Treasure Hunt at Emsworth Primary School £3 per family
Prizes for best Easter Bonnet and Treasure Hunt results.
Be sure to have your hat - whimsical, crazy, pretty or silly
To ensure the children’s safety all groups must be accompanied by at least one adult.
World Book Day
Thursday 7 March 2013
What a fantastic turn out for World Book Day! The children looked absolutely brilliant in their amazing costumes. The breakfast was attended by about 60 children and adults and staff served up toast, marmite, jam and beans and juice.
Throughout the day the children paraded in their costumes – we saw many characters from The Hobbit, Pinocchio, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Bond, Dracula, several Cats in Hats and of course many beautiful Cinderellas! We also had a special visitor called Otis from Pets as Therapy who sat in the library listening to stories, wagging his tail and behaving impeccably.
If you would like to see more photos of the day, please take a look in our gallery.
25 February 2013
As you know, Ofsted inspectors conducted an inspection of the school on 5/6 February. Their report will be accessible on the Ofsted site in a weeks time.
I'm delighted to report to parents that they found the school to be Good in all areas (last inspection 2009, graded Satisfactory). The full report is available to read by clicking here.
This result reflects the hard work of Head Teacher, staff, governors, pupils and parents in improving all areas of the school, from achievement through quality of teaching, behaviour, and leadership and management. The inspectors were particularly impressed by the courtesy and calmness demonstrated by the children during their visit.
On behalf of the Governors, I would like to thank all stakeholders for their contribution to achieving this result. That includes you, the parents. Your support for your children is vital for them to get the most from their educational experience at school.
As the report indicates, the school is now "well placed to improve further", and that is our clear objective: to build on the strengths of the school, which are now well validated, to further improve the learning opportunities for all the children at the school.
Chair of Governors
Year 2 Trip to Emsworth Fire Station
5 February 2013
Year 2 enjoyed a visit to Emsworth Fire Station, which they spent viewing and exploring the two year old fire engine, enthusiastically exhibited by firefighter Greg Vickery. The children all had a chance to sit in the driving seat, set off the lights, view the life saving equipment, judge the maximum water volume capacity of the engine (over 1000 litres) and use the heat sensor binoculars used to see in the dark. The children had great fun wearing the hats and jackets used by the firemen themselves, although decided not to try and walk in their heavy boots! They were shown how they cut into cars in an emergency as well as how they project water to put out a fire using different pipes and stands.
This trip had extra importance as Year 2 have been studying The Great Fire of London and they were able to discuss how fires would have been put out back in 1666, and now, noting the differences and similarities. The children really enjoyed and had fun on this trip, displaying excellent behaviour as well as asking many relevant questions and making their learning experience a huge success.
Please take a look in our Year 2 gallery for more photos of the trip.
Masked Winter Ball - Friday 15 February
Valentines Cake Sale - Monday 11 February
Language Festival at Portsmouth High School
22 January 2012
On Tuesday, a group of children were invited to attend a 'Language Festival' at Portsmouth High School for Girls. Two girls from Year 6 and two from Year 5 joined children from several other local primary schools in a morning of fun games designed to give them a taste of a number of different foreign languages. The school has a varied ethnic make up, and the children learnt several useful phrases, such as saying hello and goodbye, and counting up to ten, in TEN different languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Urdu, Hindi, Greek, Bengali, Farsi, Italian, and Swiss German. The girls really entered into the spirit of the event, even singing a song in Japanese!! Their tutors were a mix of staff and students at PHS. The morning event completed, participants were treated to a very nice lunch in the school canteen, before returning to Emsworth in the afternoon.
Weather Alert - Friday 18 January
School is open today with reduced staff, and will be finishing at 1.30pm to allow staff to get home.
If this is inconvenient please keep your child home with you.
Please take extra care in these conditions!
Emsworth Primary School - Enlargement Notice
Emsworth Primary School, Emsworth - Englargement
1. Notice is hereby given, in accordance with Section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, that Hampshire County Council intends to make a prescribed alteration to EMSWORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL, Victoria Road, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7LX (category of school - Community) by englarging the premises of the school, with effect from 1 September 2014.
2. The current capacity of the school is for 210 pupils and the proposed capacity will be 315. The current number of pupils registered at the school is 164. The current admission number for the school is 30 and this will be increased to 45 on the implementation of this proposal.
Dated 4 January 2013
Key Stage 1 Nativity Play
17 & 18 December 2012
The KS1 children celebrated Christmas with their performance of ‘Prickly Hay’. Fantastic singing and dancing accompanied the special visitors to Bethlehem and we were all glad that baby Jesus had soft rather than prickly hay by the end! Many of the local pre-schools and nurseries also attended and we were delighted to welcome them to our school. A big thank you to EPSA who provided drinks and cakes to the audience before and after the performance.
Christmas Fair and Shopping
What is the Christmas Shop?
It is an opportunity for the children at the school to buy gifts and wrap them up to
give to parents, grandparents, brother, sister or pet dog.
What gifts will be on hand?
There will be a good selection of gifts – cuddly toys, mugs, bath bombs, egg
cups, back scratchers, address books, a select of handmade gifts and more.
Prices ranging from 20p to £3.
What should parents/guardians do for the day?
Send a list in with your child of who they need to get gifts for and pocket money to
spend. Money should be in an envelope or wallet; it will be easier for volunteers to
make sure the change gets back home.
8.30am - for parents/guardians accompanying Reception children
3.15 - 5.30pm - for everyone else!
Doors will open at 8.30am for those wishing to help their child if they are in Reception class. Please note, children must still register in to their classrooms by 8.45am.
Year 6 are on hand to help the younger children to shop during the day.
Also, volunteers on the day are needed from 8.15am until lunch.
Trip to Chichester Harbour Conservancy
21 November 2012
On Wednesday Year 5 learnt about disappearing habitats, with the help of Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Starting at Chichester Marina, they discussed the natural and manmade features of the harbour environment and then saw a working lock being demonstrated. They then walked on towards Dell Quay, looking at the coastal erosion and considering the types of plants growing in the woodland area, discussing which animals may be found there. Finally they used grids to work out the percentages of different types of plants growing in a small area. It was a very informative day, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
9 November 2012
We enjoyed our first celebration assembly with parents today. Thank you to all who were able to attend and we hope you enjoyed the experience! The children were very proud to receive their certificates and awards with a wider audience. Please remember you are welcome to attend any Friday at 9am and you will receive a text message if your child is receiving an award.
Gardening at Emsworth Primary School
14 October 2012
On Sunday, the organisers of the work party at Emsworth Primary School were delighted to wake up to a blue sky. The work party had been planned for a few weeks and everyone was set for a morning of various jobs to improve the school grounds such as painting the fence, dismantling concrete planters (no mean feat!), planting trees, bulbs and a general tidy up. During the course of the morning more families turned up and the sun shone. Not only were all the jobs completed but everyone had a great time. It was also a chance to get to know the new Head Teacher, Mrs Fripp. Many thanks go to all the helpers, young and old, but particularly to our enthusiastic caretaker, Mr Andrews and Jessica Bateman and Russell Victory from Blooming Lovelies Ltd who donated plants, trees, equipment and their expertise.
Caroline Fisk, EPSA
Open Day at Emsworth Primary School
Please join us on Thursday 25 October 2012
New entrants for 2013/2014
If your child is due to start school in September 2013 we invite you to visit our school, meet the Head Teacher, Early Years team and see the school in action. Individual tours can then be arranged.
To make it easier for everyone to attend we have 3 sessions to choose from this year.
Thursday 25 October 2012
at 9am or 2.15pm or 7pm
We look forward to extending a very warm welcome to you!
Year 2 Florence Nightingale Trip to Wellow
2 October 2012
On Tuesday 2nd October, an excited Year 2 embarked on their first visit of the term, to the Church at Wellow, near Romsey, to find out all about Florence Nightingale, who is buried there. The last 400 yards of the journey took quite a while, as the narrow lanes around the church proved challenging for our 50 seat coach to negotiate!
Proposed School Extension Plans
1 October 2012
Hampshire County Council are proposing to increase the capacity of our school to allow us to offer 45 places in Year R for 2014 and subsequent years. The proposed plans and relevant information are attached below. Staff and governors at the school have been fully involved in the creation of these plans and we hope you will be interested in looking at them and being part of the exciting process ahead.
To view the Consultation letter please click here
For FAQs please click here
To view the Existing Elevation plans please click here
To view Proposed Elevation plans please click here
To view Proposed Floor Plan please click here
EPSA 'Teas & Cheers' morning!
17 September 2012
EPSA hosted a 'Teas and Cheers' morning on Monday in the Community Room. An informal and relaxed gathering with tea and biscuits to meet new parents whose children have just started school. It was lovely to meet everyone and to find out that many of them were eager to help support our fundraising efforts this year.
If you would like to get more involved, please come along to our Annual General Meeting on Friday 5 October at 2-3pm in the Community Room!
Mrs Law's Leaving Assembly
19 July 2012
It was an emotional day for all involved as the children and teachers at Emsworth Primary School bade a fond farewell to Mrs Law as she attended her last assembly. Unbeknown to Mrs Law the whole school had been secretly rehearsing a special song for her, to the tune of Summer Nights, and it was absolutely magical to watch them sing perfectly in unison together - prompting quite a few hankies to come out!
The pupils had also been working very hard to create Year Books, with marvellous pictures and comments so that Mrs Law has a keepsake to remind her of all the children in the school. She was then presented with some lovely gifts to enjoy in her retirement, including a beautiful garden seat and a Kobo reading tablet.
Mrs Law also had a surprise for the children as they eagerly unwrapped some rather large boxes - and were absolutely thrilled to discover a whole set of djembe drums for the school! These will undoubtedly bring much enjoyment for years to come. There was also a fabulous contemporary painting of Portsmouth which will inspire EPS's young artists to replicate their own pictures in this style.
We all wish Mrs Law a much deserved fun-filled (and relaxing!) retirement, and thank her for all she has done for Emsworth Primary School. We are sure she will be keeping in touch and look forward to her popping in to say hello in the future!
Year 6 Results
13 July 2012
Our Best Results
We are thrilled to announce that this year we have achieved the best set of whole school results we have ever had.
All the key stage results across the school Year R to Year 6 are consistently good with increased numbers of children attaining the higher levels at the end of year 2 and 6.
Many children have made rapid and at least good progress over the past year and it’s all down to the consistency, rigour and challenge we have insisted upon. The children have certainly risen to and enjoyed the challenge.
In Year 6 the results, which exceeded our ambitious targets, are as follows:
with 95% making at least 2 whole levels of progress since Year 2 in English and 90% in Maths.
Summer Fair Success
Well done to EPSA (Emsworth Primary School Association) for the success of their 'new style' school fair on 22 June, which fully utilised our fantastic school playing field. Although it was windy, the rain stayed away and there was a great atmosphere. Pupils, parents, staff and members of the community enjoyed the performances and activities on offer including clown shows, donkey rides, traditional stalls, inflatables and a range of large vehicles. Most of the stalls were outside thanks to the robust tents provided by the army.
There were some super puppets shows by the Key Stage 1 Drama Club; dance from Gem’s Dance; guitar playing from the Year 5; and Maypole dancing from Year 6, accompanied by some energetic parents, under the instruction of Lisa Dulson from TishBoom.
To all those who helped to support in any way, large or small, a big thank you - we could not have managed it without you!
The final total raised for school funds after expenses was £1630, and of course, this money goes to help all of our pupils, by paying for extra equipment and facilities for the school, as well as subsidising the cost of school trips for each child!
Key Stage 2 Reading & Spelling Open Morning
21 June 2012
On Thursday morning we welcomed a large number of parents and carers to a new type of Open Morning in Key Stage 2. In years 3, 4, 5 and 6 teachers work alongside small groups of children to teach the skills of reading and comprehension whilst the other children practice a variety of comprehension activities based around the text they are reading independently.
Thank you to all who were able to support the Open Morning!
Please take a look at the individual year group pages to see what each class activities involved.
EPS Summer Fair - Friday 22nd June
What's on in Emsworth
Don't forget to invite your friends and family to our forthcoming Summer Fair on Friday 22 June, from 3.30 - 6pm. Admission is FREE and open to all, so we warmly invite our local residents to pop in!
We have lots of exciting events this year including: Crazy M clown performance, Army Vehicle and Mini Spy Plane, Fire Engine, Throw a wet sponge at a Police Officer! Vintage Car Race, Car from Horndean Raceways, Pimm's Tent, BBQ Tea, Cake Tent, Green Machine Tractor, Double decker bus, Maypole Dancing, Puppet Shows, Youth Choir, Bouncy Castle and much more. Plus all the much-loved traditional stalls like coconut shy, hook a duck, face painting, tombola etc.
We look forward to seeing you.
Red, White and Blue Day
25 May 2012
It was great to see everyone dress up today in order to begin the celebrations of The Diamond Jubilee. Thank you to Mr Andrews and EPSA for putting up all the decorations around the front of the school.
During assembly we were able to show the children old film footage of the Queen’s Coronation following the death of King George V1th in 1952. John Gleadall, a popular local and talented retired music teacher, had prepared the CD presentation with songs and events from the 60 years including England winning the world cup in 1966!
Yesterday eight children from across Key Stage 2 joined other children from the local cluster of schools to learn 6 songs for the Jubilee. They will be helping to teach these songs to the school. All the local schools intend to sing the songs during the day of June 22nd.
We were lucky that the weather was perfect for the tea party in the afternoon during which EPSA organised a coin hunt which was a great success!
Please bear with us while we are in the process of updating the photo gallery. Our previous viewer was causing problems in the form of error messages, and whilst this has been replaced, we now need to reformat our photos to fit!
Multicultural World Book Day
1 March 2012
What a lovely day!
Practically every child came dressed in costume related to books or festivals and other cultures, which made a wonderful array of colours when they all met together in the hall.
Several parents contributed towards the assembly with their ideas, PowerPoint, photographs, books, spare costumes, Russian hat and dolls and even a Hungarian Kezer model. One of the pupils from Year R thrilled everyone with a recital in Hungarian of a verse which welcomes the spring and celebrates the end of winter accompanied with other children beating the percussion instruments to frighten away the ‘spirit of winter’. Our assembly finished with the oldest children in the school walking the Chinese Dragon onto the playground followed by the rest of the school.
During the rest of the day, the teachers swapped classes to read multicultural stories and those who contributed were able to swap books with one another. WH Smiths provided a stall at the end of the day so that children were able to use their £1 voucher or buy other books.
Tree Planting at Hollybank Wood
29 February 2012
Mr Leniston, our Chair of Governors, accompanied a group of children on a visit to Hollybank Wood, and has given us an insight of the trip below.
"A group of children from Emsworth Primary School were invited to visit Hollybank Wood to help plant young trees as part of the conservation programme under way there.
The group of children, accompanied by Mrs Robbins and myself, travelled to the site by minibus. We were met by Rodney, one of the conservation team, who led us to the cleared area in the middle of the woods. The team have been given a total of 500 young trees, which will be planted around the perimeter of the site, creating a delightful amenity for the local community for years to come. Children from other local schools have also been involved in planting the trees.
Rodney gave the children some information about the history of the site, and the kinds of trees they would be planting. He then helped them plant their individual trees in prepared holes, each with their name attached to a supporting stick. They will be able to visit the site at any time to see their trees grow.
There will be a big party there on Saturday May 26. Every one is invited! The children have been asked to make some paper models of the wildlife to be found in the wood, to decorate the area for the party. We hope that many parents will be able to join the party."
Keep a lookout in our gallery pages for more photos of the trip - coming soon!
Film Night at EPS
Emsworth Primary School is pleased to announce that 'Despicable Me' (cert U) will be showing on Friday 16 March.
Once again, entry for everyone is FREE but due to a maximum capacity in the school hall, the tickets will have to be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The last film night was extremely popular and the tickets sold out in 4 days, so please return your slips to the EPSA box located in the office as soon as possible to reserve your seats.
Doors will open at 5pm and there will be approx 20 minutes to buy pizza, popcorn and drinks.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Film Night - The Winner Announced!
Thank you for everyone who voted for their favourite film to be shown at our Film Night. The results are just in and the winning film is - THE SMURFS!
We look forward to seeing you on Friday 27 January at 5.00pm, when you will have time to buy popcorn, pizza and drinks which will be available to buy before the film begins.
As you will know, ENTRY for everyone IS FREE, but due to a maximum capacity in the school hall, the tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Don't forget to fill in the slip coming home in school-bags and post it in the EPSA film box located in the school office as soon as possible to reserve your place! Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.
A massive THANK YOU to Marie Zvezda Monro and the other EPSA members for all their hard work arranging this!
Governor Awards Assembly
14 December 2011
The Governors presented their awards in assembly this week:
Caring About Other People's Feelings - Tayla Alderson & Niamh Baldwin
Always Listening Carefully - Matthew Biggs & Oliver Langdown
Caring for the Environment - Harry Collins & Sienna Springett
Taking Responsibility - Piers Clouting & Olivia Webb
Using your Imagination - Sam Attfield & Betty Collins
Always Trying their Hardest - Freya Chapman & Hannah Kendall
Contribution to School Life - Harvey Dodgson & Elizabeth Clouting
Making Better Choices - Levi Harris
General Good Behaviour - Grace Fisk & Ethan Skelton
Always Being Happy & Calm - Alfie Lewis & Matthew Cooper
Janice Walter Music Cup - Michael Faulkner
Caroline Fisk Gardening Cup - Brooklyn Turner
Mary Skinner Sports Cup - Annabel Rees-Frometa
Tricia Gick Special Award Cup - Mark Richardson
Well done to all these children, as well as the many that received 100% attendance certificates!
TishBoom Drama KS1 & KS2 Productions
For the first time at Christmas Emsworth Primary School presented 2 performances from the KS1 and the KS2 TishBoom drama clubs.
The Key Stage 1 club produced ‘One Snowy Night’ with poor Percy the Park Keeper being so generous to the freezing animals that there was no room in the bed for him. This was followed by the children’s own story of ‘The Snowman’ in which a very cheeky squirrel repeatedly stole the snowman’s walnut eyes and carrot nose until she was caught red handed. Both productions were magical. Very well done to all the children involved.
The Key Stage 2 club produced ‘Scrooge’ adapted from ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. This ghostly tale was superbly acted and stage managed by all involved and revealed new talents and courage from all the children. Thank you also to those children from the choir who supported the evening with carols in the interval as the audience enjoyed the delicious refreshments sold by our very hard working EPSA Team.
A BIG THANK YOU to Lisa Dulson for all her hard work in the drama clubs as well as Pete, other parents who helped behind the scenes, and of course Mr Andrews the caretaker whose help we could not have done without.
Please take a look at our gallery to see more photos of the productions!
Key Stage 1 Nativity
5 & 6 December 2011
Very well done to all the children in Year R, 1 and 2 and the KS1 staff for their lovely nativity story of the ‘Owls and the Star’ this year. Both performances were vey well attended.
Halloween Cake Sale
17 October 2011
Many thanks to EPSA for arranging the Halloween Cake Sale, and to everyone who contributed to such an amazing array of goulish cakes. A grand total of £150 was raised!
Don't forget to buy your tickets for the Halloween Disco which is this Friday 21 October. Tickets can be purchased from the office.
A Visit from ZooLab19 September 2011
A big thank you to ZooLab who came to visit Emsworth Primary School with an array of creatures for the children to look at and hold, including Saturn the corn snake who proved very popular! The children were able to ask lots of questions and learnt interesting facts about each of the creatures.
Welcome back to the new academic year and we hope you had a good summer break.
We were thrilled to return to a very clean school and newly decorated hall after the holiday and thank Mr Andrews and his team of cleaners for their superb efforts.
We would like to extend a huge welcome to all new children and families who have joined Emsworth Primary School this September. Everyone is settling in well, responding to the caring, happy and calm ethos of the school. The new intake in Year R are now in full time following the highly successful Songs and Rhymes induction from last term.
This week one of the activities the reception children have enjoyed has been decorating cakes!
20 July 2011
Parents were treated to another excellent musical performance by the peripatetic musicians, and we would like to thank all the music teachers who came along to support the children and for giving us such an enjoyable evening.
Also thanks to Lisa Dulson and her ‘Tishboom’ drama group who rounded off the evening with yet another stunning performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
KS2 Sports Day - Finally!15 July 2011
At last we were able to have our KS2 sports morning and the weather was ideal. All the children took part and thoroughly enjoyed working as a team, and it was great to see parents, teachers and pre-school children enthusiastically take part in their own races too!
Please take a look in the gallery to see more photos from KS2 Sports Day.
The Quest for the Emerald Crown
13 & 14 July 2011
Congratulations to KS2 who performed so well in the ‘Quest for the Emerald Crown’ on Wednesday and Thursday evening. Both performances were well attended by family and friends who all thoroughly enjoyed the show. Many thanks to everyone who helped with costumes, staging and scenery and music. It really was a great team effort.
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A Splash of Colour Revealed!
25 May 2011
On Wednesday afternoon Delena Pickering organised a special outside assembly in which we celebrated the display of the excellent art work which is now brightening up the Extended Services outside play area. The children involved were able to explain how they created the beautiful panels under the supervision of artist Ami Lowen from ‘Making Space’. We were able to thank Southern Water again for funding the whole project.
Below is a press release from Southern Water, and please take a look at the children's fantastic artwork in the Gallery Pages!
YOUNG ARTISTS MAKE A SPLASH IN EMSWORTH
The walls of Emsworth Primary School have been brought to life by a group of budding young artists.
Students from the school have been involved in a project called “A Splash of Colour” with local artist Ami Lowman from Making Spaces. They have designed and painted large boards which will be displayed on the outside walls of the school’s community area in a project supported by Southern Water.
At a special assembly at the school the students presented their work to fellow pupils, teachers and parents and in true artist style, signed their boards.
The water-themed pictures range from seaside scenes to rainy days and fishing trips to underwater worlds and were carefully hand-painted by the children. They are now brightening up the area and providing young visitors with an exciting and stimulating environment.
The community area is used for after school and breakfast clubs as well as the Orchard Children’s Centre for parents and carers with children under the age of five, parenting programmes, workshops and confidential advice sessions for families delivered by the Parent Support Advisor.
Rosie Law, Headteacher at Emsworth Primary School, said: “I’d like to say a very special thank you to Southern Water for funding A Splash of Colour. The children have really enjoyed working with a professional artist and seeing their work magnified on to the large boards. It really has improved the area and brightened up the school.”
Ami Lowman from Making Spaces added: “It has been an amazing project and I have really been impressed with the hard work and enthusiasm of the children. They were a great bunch to work with.”
Geoff Loader, Director of Communications at Southern Water, who attended one of the workshops added: “Giving children the opportunity to work with professionals, such as artists, makes such a difference because they provide so much inspiration. The youngsters' creativity and attention to detail was outstanding and they produced some excellent water-related paintings.”
Joseph Performance at Fort Purbrook
22 May 2011
Well done to all the children of Emsworth Primary School who took part in the MADD production of Joseph's Amazing Technicoloured Dream Coat on Sunday 22 May at Fort Purbrook. Despite some technical hitches our pupils demonstrated true professionalism and carried on regardless when the radio microphones failed!
Happily, the children have now re-recorded their scene again, following an exciting trip to the recording studio at The Park Community School - and now have a CD of their super voices to share with their families. This singing will also be dubbed over the video of the production.
Thank you to all the children for making us so proud and to all the parents, carers and friends that showed their support by coming to watch the performance!
A Splash of Colour4 March 2011
The community room has been a hive of activity this week, as a group of pupils from year 1 to 6 have been very busy working on their paintings for the Splash of Colour project. The children also received a visit from the Mayor of Havant, who was very impressed with the hard work, imagination and wonderful works of art the children had created, and has asked to come back and view the finished articles!
A big "Thank You" to Southern Water who funded the project. Also to Ami Lowman, the artist from Making Spaces who worked with the children, and Tora, Millie Hayman's mum who spent the whole day helping out. Ami will be back this coming week to put the finishing touches to the paintings, so that they can be hung outside the community area for all to see.
Well done to everyone involved - and particularly Delena Pickering for organising such a smashing project!
The Tidy Tim Trophy
Mr Andrews, our Caretaker, will be awarding the Tidy Tim trophy each week to the tidiest class.
The very first class to win the award was Year 3, so well done to them!
This week the award went to the Bears in Year R & 1 - keep up the good work.
Chinese New Year
|As part of the theme celebrating what makes us special, our assemblies this week have been based on the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 4th.
All week the fabulous full sized Chinese Dragon that was given to us 2 years ago has been on display again in the hall for everyone to enjoy. Children have been bringing calendars, a puppet dragon and homemade Chinese lanterns to show in assembly and discussed the different symbols and meanings of the animals that represent the months and years. This is the year of the Rabbit.
One of our pupils has shown us how to say Happy New Year and how to write ‘happy’ in Chinese and Year 2 and the Key Board players have been learning which notes can be used to create Chinese music.