Dates For Diaries
August 24, 2016, 4:01 pm
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Some dates to be aware of:

23rd September- Harvest Festival at St. John’s Church

28th September- Spanish Day

20th October- parents’ evening

16 November- For The Love of Learning (fund raising day for Gambia)

11th December- Infant Nativity at Zion Methodist Church

15th December- termly reports out

9th February- parents’ evening

9th March- charity fund raising day

22nd March- bikeability (Y6)

30th March- termly reports out

22nd June- Dr Kershaw’s/ Cancer Research fund raising day

7th July- end of year reports out

These follow the usual format with the exception of bringing forward the Easter parents’ evening to February; this is in response to a parent’s request for us to spread out more evenly our reporting to parents. Thus there will either be a written report or a parents’ evening each half term until Easter, with the usual end of year report also being given out in July.


Extra curricular activities
August 11, 2016, 5:35 pm
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We all want as thriving and vibrant a school as possible, and I want this year to try and increase a) the quantity of extra curricular provision we offer and b) the equality of take up of that provision by all groups.

With regard to what activities we shall be able to offer, I shall keep parents up to date with arrangements as they develop. So far, we have arranged the following:

Autumn term:

Tuesdays Y5, Y6 Science (Oldham Regional Science Centre and Miss Morton, until half term) Y6 Higher Maths (me); Thursdays Y3, Y4 Football (Mr. Wild, until half term); Fridays: Y2 & Y3 dodgeball & benchball (inside, Oldham Athletic); Y4 & Y5 tag rugby (Oldham Athletic); Y5, Y6 Football (Mr. McConnell and me, until half term, also 6th October “Kids Cup”); Chess Club will run at a time to be confirmed; some Saturdays: Y6 English and Maths (Miss Light and Mrs Patterson)

Spring term:

Tuesdays Y6 Higher Maths (me); Wednesdays Y3, Y4 Science (Oldham Regional Science Centre, until half term); Thursdays Y3, Y4 Football (Mr. Wild); Fridays: Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 girls’ football (Oldham Athletic); Y5, Y6 Football (Mr. McConnell and me, after half term); Chess Club will run at a time to be confirmed; some Saturdays: Y6 English and Maths (Miss Light and Mrs Patterson)

Summer term:

Tuesdays Y6 Higher Maths (me) Wednesdays Y1, Y2 Science (Oldham Regional Science Centre, until half term) Thursdays Y3, Y4 Football (Mr. Wild, after half term); Fridays: Y1, Y2, Y3 football (Oldham Athletic); Y4, Y5, Y6 “Bat ‘n’ Ball” (cricket/ rounders/ tennis) (Oldham Athletic); Y5, Y6 Football (Mr. McConnell and me); Chess Club will run at a time to be confirmed

There will be a lot more than this once I have discussed with staff what they plan to offer- I shall place updated details on this blog when they are available.

As far as trying to facilitate a wide take up of activities, where we need to make a charge for attendance at clubs (and about half are free- none will be profit making) I intend limiting it to £1 per session per child (50p concessionary rate for children for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding).

I do not want finance to get in the way of whatever benefits there are in taking part in what we offer. If there are any obstacles to participation in extra curricular activities- financial or otherwise- that prevent your child joining in, please do let me know to see if there is any way we can remove those obstacles. Thank you.

The staff tell me they are keen to repeat the Christmas Fair and Valentine’s disco they organized last year; if any parents would like to organize any other fund raising social events, be they under the name of a P.T.F.A. or not, please feel free to speak with me. Thank you.

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Good Work Assemblies
August 11, 2016, 4:58 pm
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Good Work Assemblies will be moved from Friday mornings this year and be held instead on Thursday afternoons, at 2.40 p.m.

Good Work Assemblies will now focus only on the selected good work for the week and the nominated “Students of the week”. Presentation of certificates/ recognition of achievements in activities outside of school will now move to our Monday afternoon assembly. We believe this will allow for a less hurried approach, and better acknowledgement of the children’s efforts rather than trying to pack too much into too little a time.

There was a need to move the assembly as we had opted to become a partner school with Oldham Athletic, and Friday was their only available day. We shall be bringing in Oldham Athletic’s input to P.E. lessons and, as well as other things, using them to offer extra after school activities planned as follows:

Autumn term: Y2 & Y3 dodgeball & benchball (inside); Y4 & Y5 tag rugby

Spring term: Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6 girls’ football

Summer term: Y1, Y2, Y3 football; Y4, Y5, Y6 “Bat ‘n’ Ball” (cricket/ rounders/ tennis).

I have chosen to locate the assembly in the afternoon partly as it therefore retains the same position within the working week, i.e. after Thursday’s lessons but before Friday’s, and also because children learn better in the mornings, when they are fresher: this way we are opening up an extra hour per week of morning learning time.

Teachers have been asked to publicise each Tuesday the names of which children will have work shown in Thursday’s assembly, so that parents still have notice if they wish to make arrangements to come in.

I do hope that parents find this new time acceptable. An afternoon slot was actually the norm in earlier Hey with Zion times- some parents will remember those days; the reasons for the change- increasing the extra curricular provision at the school, improving the children’s capacity for learning with an increase in morning lesson time and avoiding an overloading of assembly with too much going on at once, I am sure all will agree are well intentioned.

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Message for all our new Nursery parents
August 2, 2016, 3:43 pm
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Below is an important message from Oldham Council for all parents of Nursery aged pupils.

Apply now for your child’s Primary School Place – September 2017

According to our records, you are the parent/carer of a child whose date of birth falls between 01 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and your child is due to start primary school in September 2017. It’s a very important and exciting time for you and your family so I want to make you aware of the admissions process to make it as easy as possible for you to apply.

Do I need to apply?

Yes, everybody needs to apply. Even if your child is in a school nursery you need to apply for a school place.

How do I apply? Complete the online application at You can only apply online – It’s quick and easy and means you get the school offer directly via email. You can find more information, a guide and links to school websites here too. The online system opened on 1 September 2016.

When do I need to complete my application?

The closing date for all applications is 15 January 2017 at 5pm.

What happens if I don’t complete my application on time?

This means you may not get a place at your preferred school. Your application won’t be looked at until after we’ve allocated places to all those that arrived on time.

Can I get help to do this online?

If you don’t have access to the internet there are computers in all Oldham libraries. Help to complete the application is available at the Civic Centre – Access Oldham between 10.00 am and 12 noon  every Thursday from 1 September 2016 to 12 January 2017.

What information will I be asked for?

You will need to provide information about yourself, your child, any siblings in school and your preferred school (some voluntary aided schools may ask you to complete a supplementary form and or provide a baptism certificate).

If you have any questions please contact the Admissions Team either by email or call 0161 770 4213.

Yours sincerely

Paula Green

School Partnerships and Placements Manager

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Local Children’s Football Team
August 2, 2016, 2:12 pm
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Just in case anybody’s interested… (the girls’ team and the under 11s use Hey with Zion as one of their training facilities). Hey with Zion pupils are well represented in this club, but pupils of other schools are also welcome.


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Helping children and young people stay safe on and offline
July 14, 2016, 2:15 pm
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Thinkuknow is an award-winning on and offline safety programme for children and young people, professionals and parents that has been developed by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.

Resources for parents and carers can be downloaded at


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Happy Summer Holiday
July 14, 2016, 2:04 pm
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Thank you all for the many kind words and more you have given to staff recently. We are very grateful to you for your continued fantastic support and encouragement. We wish you all a fabulous summer holiday.

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2016: Summer Reading Challenge
July 7, 2016, 12:32 pm
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The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4 to 11. Last year, in Oldham 3551 children took part.

The Summer Reading Challenge combines free access to books with fun, creative activities in the library during the summer holidays. Throughout the challenge, library staff and teenage volunteers support the children, helping them to discover new authors and to explore a wide range of different types of books and ways of reading,

How the challenge works: Children sign up at their local library and receive The Big Friendly Read collector folder
• Children borrow and read at least six library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting special cards to complete their folder and rewards along the way
• Library staff and teenage volunteers are on hand to advise and run family-friendly activities
• Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a certificate and medal

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SATs 2016
July 6, 2016, 12:33 pm
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Our Year Six pupils have again beaten the national norm by some distance in this year’s SATs.

The percentages reaching the “national standard” are as below:

Hey with Zion National
Reading 87% 66%
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling 92% 72%
Maths 95% 70%
All three 82% 53%


Average (mean) scaled scores:

  Hey with Zion National
Reading 106 103
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling 108 104
Maths 109 103


The “national standard” equates to a scaled score of 100, i.e. 100 meets the standard, 99 does not.

We are delighted with our pupils’ success, and I thank our school’s parents for their support.


Dahl are the champions!
July 6, 2016, 12:32 pm
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Congratulations to Dahl for winning the annual house challenge by just one point. Their reward is a non-uniform day on Friday, with pizza, popcorn and movie afternoon.

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