Hey with Zion at City Football Academy
January 20, 2017, 10:33 am
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I have received (and accepted) the following fantastic invitation for a football tournament during half term week. The children selected will be the same ones who played in the Oldham Athletic competition:

Dear Headteacher
This year your school has the opportunity to take part in the free competition held at Manchester City’s state of the art Academy and the winning team will go on to represent Manchester City Football Club at the national finals in May at the home of Chelsea FC (Stamford Bridge). An amazing opportunity to play on a Premier League pitch! The winners will also win a free coaching session, a stadium tour, match tickets (subject to availability) and a trophy.
Teams will compete initially in the group stage in an attempt to make the knock out stages on:
Friday 17th February 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm
Venue – City Football Academy, Alan Turing Way, (West Gate Entrance), M11 3QT
We hope that you can take part in this special opportunity to have your school play in the best football facility in the world and have the chance to represent Manchester City in the Premier League Schools Tournament.


Oldham Athletic v Peterborough tickets
January 19, 2017, 12:32 pm
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I have received a letter from Oldham Athletic F.C…
“Prior to Christmas we gave out some complimentary tickets to you for the Oldham Athletic v Peterborough United fixture which was sadly postponed and re-arranged for this Tuesday coming.
The club have now made this fixture free of charge to all fans with an allocated ticketing system, therefore the tickets handed out will now be invalid due to them being unreserved.
Should anyone wish to watch the game they can either come down to the ground and pick up some tickets or they can come on the night (queues are likely).”

Chess Recruits needed
January 18, 2017, 2:49 pm
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Our chess club is looking to recruit up to eight new members from Key Stage Two. We play during Wednesday lunchtimes. If your child is interested, please contact Mrs. Hodkinson on reception and they can join the club.

Anti Bullying
January 17, 2017, 12:49 pm
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Our Playground
January 17, 2017, 12:28 pm
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The playground improvements came in slightly over budget but our governors have managed the budget prudently so we can go ahead with our plans. The new playground markings will go down towards the end of next week, and the netball posts installed either then or very soon after.

Scientist visiting Year Six
January 11, 2017, 7:48 pm
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Professor Lorelly Wilson, honorary fellow of the universities of  Manchester and Chester, as well as of the British Science Association, will be visiting Year Six on 7th February for a day of Chemistry investigations. Professor Wilson won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Inspiration and Industry Award” in 2012 for her work with children.

We are greatly looking forward to her visit. In the meantime lots of fun Science activities can be found to try on her website:



Author visiting school
January 11, 2017, 7:33 pm
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Patrick Ryan, a story teller and author, will visit Hey with Zion on 6th February. He will tell stories to the children (Nursery to Year Four) in the morning, and run creative writing workshops for our Year Five and Six pupils in the afternoon.

Mr. Ryan has worked previously with Oldham and Lees libraries and we are sure his work will provide further stimulus to the children’s enjoyment of reading and writing.

His website can be accessed at http://www.patryanstoryteller.co.uk


Reading Challenge
January 11, 2017, 7:19 pm
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I was pleased to see the first children in Miss Hillson’s class receive their book mark rewards for reading 50 pages this week. All of our Year Three and Year Four pupils have been promised rewards every week this half term that they manage to read 50 pages.

January 10, 2017, 12:56 pm
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On the link below is, I think, a really useful set of suggestions (from the Samaritans) of how we can all learn to cope better with the stresses of everyday living:

managing stress making choices

Mind, the mental health charity, will be coming into school on 20th March to give age-appropriate assemblies to our Key Stage Two pupils, and to provide some staff training after school.

Scarlet Fever
January 10, 2017, 11:42 am
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We have had two confirmed cases of scarlet fever affect our pupils. A letter (see below) is being sent out today with all present pupils, and telephone calls are being made to those off school today.

Information from nhs.net ( http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Scarlet-fever/Pages/Introduction.aspx) advises… “Scarlet fever used to be a very serious illness, but nowadays most cases tend to be mild.

It can easily be treated with antibiotics. Liquid antibiotics, such as penicillin or amoxicillin, are often used to treat children. These must be taken for 10 days, even though most people recover after four to five days.

It’s important to be aware that your child will still be infectious for 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun, and therefore they shouldn’t attend nursery or school during this period (see below).

Without antibiotic treatment, your child will be infectious for 1-2 weeks after symptoms appear.”


Dear Parents,

Confirmed case of scarlet fever

We’ve had two confirmed cases of scarlet fever in school.  The children concerned have not been in school today.

The most commonly recognised scarlet fever symptom red blotches which turn into a fine pink red rash that feels like sandpaper to touch and looks like sunburn.  The recommended period for your child to be kept away from school is 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment.

However, even before the rash appears, your child may have:

  • sore throat
  • a high temperature (fever) of 38.3ºC (101ºF) or above
  • flushed face
  • headache
  • swollen tongue
  • distinctive pink-red rash develops 12 to 48 hours later

Please do not panic, but if you observe any of the above symptoms and are worried please consult your GP and inform school of the outcome.

Yours faithfully

Mr A Clowes


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