Safe Internet Usage
January 24, 2020, 12:51 pm
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A number of children have approached staff recently upset about communication via the internet in the evenings.

Please can I remind parents of the following ages at which children should usually be allowed to access different sites. Fortnite, for example, has an age rating of 12.



Relationship, Sex and Health Education draft policy
January 24, 2020, 11:02 am
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Around a dozen Hey with Zion parents attended the consultation this morning about our new draft R.S.H.E. policy. It is attached for your perusal, in English and Urdu.

I have tried to assure parents that while this lays down in more detail than previously what we teach and how we teach in R.S.H.E., there will be no significant change in direction at Hey with Zion.

The current children will be taught very similarly in this regard to how, for example, teenagers who have left Hey with Zion were taught when they were here.

We remain committed to teaching the children values of love, kindness and respectfulness, providing them with the building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships: focussing on friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and adults.

Governors will discuss this policy in committee meetings on 5th and 6th February, and aim to approve a policy on 10th March. If you were unable to attend this morning’s meeting but would like your opinion to be considered by governors, please write to me and I shall pass on any comments.

Thank you



Our girls qualify at Man City
January 16, 2020, 1:11 pm
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Our girls came second in their group this morning ( won 2, drew 2, lost 1) and qualified for the finals day on 7th February. The winner of that stage will represent Man City at Watford FC in May in a Premier League tournament.



Our boys at Man City
January 13, 2020, 7:48 pm
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Our boys won two, drew one and lost two in a super tournament today at the Man City football academy. I was really proud of them.
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Happy New year
January 10, 2020, 12:33 pm
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Happy new year to all. We have encounterd some technical difficulties with the blog recently, but all that appears to be resolved now.

The school term appears to have started well.

Extra curricular activities are again on offer. This half term’s offer includes:

Monday:

choir (years 2 to 6) FREE

Tuesday:

Science (years 3 and 4) £8 for the half term, £4 for children for whom we receive Pupil Premium. This is our most expensive club, but it is subsidised it as much as we can. It is provided by Oldham Regional Science Centre staff.

Ball games (Years 5 and 6) £6/ £3 for PP children

Wednesdays:

Lunchtime Chess (Years 3 to 6) £6/ £3 for PP children

Yoga (Years 5 and 6) FREE

Higher Maths (Year Six) FREE

Thursdays:

Afternoon engineering (Year Five)

Fridays:

Girls’ Football (Years 3 to 6)

We are looking to recruit a Man United coach to run an after school football club for our Key Stage One pupils very shortly, talks are in process with the churches about an after school “Messy Church” experience which may be introduced on a monthly basis, and I am also in discussions about putting in a Lottery bid for some street self defence classes too. I shall keep parents informed about progress.

As ever, we seek the highest standards of English, Maths and all the subjects, and the highest standards of behaviour; we also want to encourage children to take part in as many fun activities as possible beyond the National Curriculum.

I would like to say a special thank you to our school council for their sustained work each month helping me make the right decisions for the school, and to the school buddies for the friendship they offer to all. Also our brand new Play Leaders, Year Five pupils trained last half term to run play sessions for younger pupils at play times.

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The Snowman
December 18, 2019, 9:27 am
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Miss Seton-Jones’ class enjoyed a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hall yesterday to watch The Halle Orchestra perform The Snowman Tour by Raymond Briggs.

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U.K.E.F.F. Food Aid Hub at Christmas
December 17, 2019, 2:07 pm
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Below is a message from U.K.E.F.F.

For the last 6 years, we have supported people with a wide range of problems over Christmas, such as financial hardship, loneliness, domestic abuse, and homelessness. 

Christmas Day we will provide breakfast and lunch for those who are struggling and are in need of support and assistance. For service users with children, we will also provide family-based activities, with the hope of creating good memories and strengthening bonds.
 

Additionally, on Monday 30th December we will be holding our weekly Food Aid Hub – for food parcels, advice and support, and a hot meal. 
  
 

Christmas Week Opening Times

At Oldham Food Aid Hub at Oldham Unitarian Chapel, Connaught St, Oldham, OL8 1EU
 
Monday 23rd December
 
CLOSED
 

Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day)
OPEN
Christmas Breakfast & Lunch from 10.30am – 2.30pm

Monday 30th December
 
OPEN
11am – 1pm for food parcels & hot meal

Monetary and gift donations are gratefully accepted and can be made online at or can be dropped off at the UKeff charity shop at 72 Yorkshire Street, Oldham, OL1 1SR.

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Football 2020
December 17, 2019, 1:52 pm
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I am delighted that I have been able to enter a boys’ team and a girls’ team to Man City’s Primary Stars tournament to be played in January. The children selected have been informed.

Last year’s girls team at City

Recent football events have been competitive and it has been right to select strong teams; I know others will want to play so over the rest of the year there will be a variety of ways in which teams are picked. For example, when we play on the pitch at half time in the 21st March Oldham Athletic v Port Vale match, the team will be picked according to who has attended most frequently Mr. McConnell’s and Mr. Wild’s Friday football training during the first half of the Autumn term and the latter part of the Spring term.

on the pitch at Latics, October 2018

In the summer, we are likely to host another internal “World Cup”/ “Euros” event like last year where any Year Five or Six child who wishes to participate can experience the thrills and fun of competitive sport.

our World Cup winners, 2019
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Chess Event
December 16, 2019, 3:22 pm
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There is an Oldham Primary Schools Chess Association congress on Saturday 11th January 2020, 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., to be held at St. Edward’s Parish Hall, Spring Lane, Lees, OL4 5AJ.

Children’s chess in Oldham has an outstanding tradition, and as a local chess playing school, I would be delighted if any of our children were to attend.

The event is free of charge, only knowledge of the rules and how the pieces move are required.

The event is free; any who wish to find out more should telephone OPSCA chairman, Mr. Rigby, 07850015163

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Choir at Medlock Court
December 16, 2019, 1:00 pm
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Our choir sang carols today for the residents at Medlock Court.




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