Oldham Athletic tickets
September 24, 2016, 10:47 pm
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Oldham Athletic have kindly pledged to provide for Hey with Zion 30 free children’s tickets to all their home league games this season. This is a fantastic offer to us and I am very grateful to the club.

Parents wishing to take up the offer for any match tickets should approach either me or Mrs. Hodknson and we shall hand them out on a first come first served basis, match by match.

Oldham Athletic fixtures can be found on the club website: http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk


Retirement of Canon Richard
September 24, 2016, 9:02 pm
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Thank you to all parents who attended our Harvest Festival at St. John’s Church on Friday. It was Richard’s final service with the school and we are ever so grateful for all he has done for us- a huge amount over seventeen and a half years. We wish him well in his retirement and know we shall also be ably served by Denise Elstub, who will be taking over for us as the “face” of St. John’s Church.

Thank you, too, for all the very many contribution of harvest for the Oldham Food Hub and Cold Nights.

Tapestry and the blog
September 23, 2016, 2:12 pm
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I was asked by a parent if we have plans to use Tapestry (our online assessment system allowing communication between teacher and parents in Foundation Stage) in Year One upwards.

The answer is currently no; I would like to explain why. I do understand that the Tapestry system is excellent- focused, encouraging of a proper dialogue between home and school and facilitating conversation at home between parent and child about their learning. It fulfils an excellent function in our Foundation Stage.

Ultimately, as children’s work evolves from the structured play context of Foundation Stage to work preparing our older children for secondary school, different assessment styles become needed. Research (Sutton Toolkit, John Hattie) tells us that feedback is the single most important factor in accelerating pupil learning, and book based learning is of course much more visible in e.g. Year Six than it is in Nursery. I cannot allow teachers to be distracted or prevented from spending the correct time necessary to give meaningful feedback in books. At some stage between Nursery and Year Six we have to make the switch and I choose the moment the children leave Foundation Stage.

Our standards at Foundation Stage are excellent, and they are also very good indeed higher up the school; Key Stage One’s outcomes have risen year on year since 2012 and are currently very good; last year’s leavers reached standards in the top 4% of the country and our progress in Key Stage Two has been in the top one per cent of the country for the last two years so our current practice is working well.

In terms of facilitating dialogue between parents and children, I believe homework is one good medium, but I ask you also to join with us in expanding the blog to include now comments from parents and children. I intend this to become not just a one way communication path but a proper dialogue, and I very much want children as well as parents to feel able to comment on activities. Of course parents will always supervise children’s activity on the internet, so I know they will be appropriate comments in one sense- I also ask parents to make sure their children write using standard English, not so-called text speak. An additional planned benefit of the children blogging is that their writing standards rise further.

Local Celebrity Liam
September 23, 2016, 12:47 pm
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We are pleased to announce that local celebrity Liam, from Miss Hillson’s class, arrived at school in a limousine this morning, courtesy of radio station Key 103. Further information about this will be found in the local press.


September 22, 2016, 5:34 pm
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 Secondary open day/ evening times are as follows:
 Saddleworth School
9.30am – 10.40am

Saddleworth School
9.30am – 10.40am and 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Newman College
4.30pm – 7.30pm
The Radclyffe
5.00pm – 8.00pm
North Chadderton
6.00pm – 8.00pm
4.30pm – 7.30pm
Royton & Crompton
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Blue Coat
By appointment only
Blue Coat
9.30am – 12noon
Crompton House
5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30 pm (by appointment only)
Hathershaw College
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Oasis Academy
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Waterhead Academy
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Oldham Academy North
4.00pm – 8.00pm
Collective Spirit Free School
09.30am – 10.30am and 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Free Latics tickets
September 20, 2016, 9:25 pm
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Oldham Athletic have kindly agreed to donate to Hey with Zion twenty free children’s tickets to this Saturday’s match at Boundary Park v Swindon Town. Anybody who would like to have some of these should approach me before or after school on Thursday or Friday. They will be given out on a first come, first served basis.


Football Events arranged
September 17, 2016, 9:14 am
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We have three football events arranged :

Friday 23rd September (after school): friendly tournament with two of our teams and two from St.Edward’s, playing matches simultaneously on our all weather and grass pitches. All players who have attended either of our first two Year Five and Six Friday football practices are selected. Children are to bring their own kit including white top (t shirt will do) and shin pads. Children without shin pads will not be allowed to play.

Thursday 6th October (a.m.): Kids Cup at Chapel Road; team to be confirmed.

Friday 7th October (after school): away to Holy Trinity Dobcross; team to be those children who attended our first (9th September) practice- all have been informed.


Standards of attainment and Progress, 2016
September 15, 2016, 5:07 pm
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2016 Standards of Attainment at Key Stage Two

Some statistics have reached school today; comparisons with individual schools will be made available within the next couple of months.

There are different way of measuring performance- by average “scaled score” and by percentages meeting “expected standards”.

Hey with Zion’s performance is as below:

  Attainment Progress
Average Scaled Score (English and Maths) 107.8 v national average 102.7 (top 4% of the country) Top 1% of the country
% Reaching “expected standard” in Reading, Writing and Maths 79% v national average 52%

(top 8% of the country)

Top 3% of the country
Reading scaled score 105.9 v national average 102.6

(top 18% of the country)

Top 4% of the country
Maths scaled score 109.7 v national average 103.0

(top 1% of the country)

Top 1% of the country


All “groups” of pupils at Hey with Zion e.g. boys/ girls/ different ethnic backgrounds achieved standards ahead of the national norm.

Manchester United Football Club at Hey with Zion
September 13, 2016, 2:52 pm
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Manchester United do a significant amount of work with Waterhead Academy, and on account of our good links with Waterhead, we have been invited to allow Manchester United to run some P.E. lessons with our older pupils.

Our Year Six pupils will receive a ten week “Physical Literacy” module in groups of twenty on Friday afternoons over the coming weeks; Year Five will follow.

We are very grateful to the football club and especially to Waterhead Academy for involving us in this project.

Nasal Flu Vaccine for Years One, Two and Three
September 13, 2016, 1:39 pm
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Below is a letter I have received, forwarded to Hey with Zion by Oldham Council. Consent forms are coming home with the children today.

Dear Headteacher

Nasal Flu Vaccination Year 1, Year 2 & Year 3

Following the successful implementation of the flu immunisation programme into the national schedule, NHS England has now extended the original year 1 & 2 school based delivery cohort to include children in year 3.  IntraHealth has been commissioned for the next two years to offer and deliver the vaccine to these children in your school.

IntraHealth has an enormous  amount  of  experience  in  this  area, and  have  been delivering vaccination programmes  in primary and secondary schools since 2011. Last year we delivered the nasal flu vaccine to five of the Greater Manchester boroughs and throughout Lancashire. This year we will be delivering to an additional five areas within Greater Manchester. Susan Daws our Clinical Lead for this service, along with her team have the skills and experience to ensure that everyone who attends will be given all the appropriate information about the vaccination, and all our staff can answer any concerns or questions that may arise.

We have recently started to use social media to widen our public audience and increase awareness within the community.  You can find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/IntrahealthImms/ and follow us on Twitter @IntraHealthImms.

The safety of this vaccine is already established and has been used for a number of years.  The vaccine not only benefits the children and their families, but has been successful in reducing absences from school.  Some sections of the local Muslim community may have concerns over the presence of porcine gelatine in the vaccine, and we are committed to ensuring that all parental decisions about the immunisation are fully informed with information on the vaccine content being covered on the consent form.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be contacting your school by telephone, to collect some basic data, arrange delivery of consent forms where we will introduce ourselves in person and to arrange a suitable date and time for the vaccinations.

If you have any questions about any element of this, or would like to know more about the service please contact our Locality Lead Samantha Minton on 07584590034 or 0161 785 7912 or by email sam.minton@intrahealth.co.uk

We hope you will participate in this programme for the benefit of the children and look forward to meeting you.

Yours faithfully

Phil Young

Director of Clinical Services

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