May 24, 2018, 1:35 pm
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Our current attendance is 96.3%, which is fairly good, i.e. marginally above the national norm. It has dipped recently, though, due to a number of term time holidays having been taken. Please be aware that I cannot generally authorise term time holidays, and parents may be fined if they do take their child out of school for unauthorised holidays.

The school attendance policy is available on the school website and states:

Examples of Unauthorised Absence
Frequent absences attributed to minor ailments but not supported by medical evidence.
Day trips
Looking after siblings or sick parents.
Unexplained absence.


May 24, 2018, 12:30 pm
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… I’m told it went well this morning. Next papers: 7th and 12th June, early starts again.

40th Birthday!
May 24, 2018, 12:13 pm
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WE have had a wonderful birthday party. Below: highlights from our rocket launch!



All of our children will be coming home today with a commemorative 40th birthday book, which is our gift to you.

GCSE tomorrow
May 23, 2018, 3:30 pm
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Nine of our Year Six pupils will be travelling to Hulme Grammar School tomorrow to take their Maths GCSE. We are very proud of their sustained commitment and very high standards, and wish them all well.

Year One phonics tests will be upon us soon, but the Key Stage One and Two SATs are now pretty much behind us. We await the results later this term.

In the past our children have done well: via the link below you can compare the performance of Hey with Zion or any other school compared with schools of a similar type.



Reading Corner at home
May 17, 2018, 11:21 am
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I love this- we have tried hard to find room in school to create cosy reading corners in each classroom, where children will come to associate reading with a snug, comfortable feeling- something to feel at home with and at ease.

One of our pupils, Imogen, has done the same in her room at home…


Our school team at Anfield
May 16, 2018, 2:21 pm
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Our school team has been selected by Oldham Athletic  FC to represent the club in a Year 4 and 5 football tournament at Anfield Sports and Community centre during half term week (Wednesday 30th May, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Anfield). We’ll be competing against teams selected to represent Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End, Everton, Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool.This is a tremendous opportunity and I am delighted that our footballers can  access another fantastic sporting venue.


National Numeracy Day
May 16, 2018, 8:59 am
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Managing Anger seminar
May 15, 2018, 2:42 pm
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A managing anger seminar is open to all parents of children with autism at:

The Honeywell Centre

Hadfield Street


Oldham OL8 3BP

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

9.30m – 2.30pm 

National Smile Month
May 14, 2018, 1:32 pm
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National Smile Month starts today. Hey with Zion is supporting Oldham Council and NHS by aiming to raise awareness of a good toothbrushing routine for young children and promote the forthcoming GM Start Well Programme, supervised toothbrushing scheme.

The campaign messages will focus on:
• Brushing teeth twice a day especially at bedtime and at one other time in the day
• Using a family toothpaste containing the right amount of fluoride
• Using a smear of family toothpaste for children under three and from three use a small pea size amount
• Spitting out after brushing and do not rinse with water
• Help children to brush their teeth until they are at least seven years old.

Baby Teeth DO Matter Programme

12 Oldham dental practices have signed up to undertake the Baby Teeth DO Matter programme to see at least 100 additional children aged 0-5 years between April 2018 and March 2019.


They will offer services to all children with a focus on those who are not currently visiting the dentist, including those under 1 year old. Services to be offered will be evidence based preventative advice and resources regarding infant feeding, reducing sugar intake, improving oral hygiene and increasing the exposure to fluoride on teeth.

Oldham dental practices signed up the Baby Teeth DO Matter programme
M. Chaudhary – The Tooth Place 63 – 65 Yorkshire Street, Oldham OL1 3SL 652 1205
Pritchard’s Dental Practice 20 Union Street, Oldham OL1 1BE 678 7287
Ashton Road Limited Company 234 Ashton Road, Oldham OL8 1QN 628 5676
Glodwick Dental Centre 12 Abbeyhills Road, Oldham OL8 2BS 628 9567
Park House – Werneth 80 Manchester Rd, Werneth OL9 7AP 620 4213
D & N Doyle – M60 Dental Care 872-874 Hollins Road, Hollinwood, Oldham, OL8 4SR 624 2167
Pearl Smile Oldham 293 Oldham Rd, Failsworth M35 0AS 681 2100
Harvey Showman – Showman’s the Dentist 353 Oldham Rd, Failsworth  M35 0AN 682 4751
Park House – Springhead 74 Oldham Road, Springhead OL4 5SR 626 9246
DHS Dental Practices Limited 1 Bridge St, Uppermill OL3 6HZ 01457 874872
K. Khan – Lees Dental Centre 74 High Street, Lees Oldham OL4 5AA 633 8227
Peter Hughes – Royton Dental Care Ltd. Royton H&WB Centre, Park Street, Royton OL2 6QW 362 4005


Oral Health A4 poster

Mrs. Clayton to return
May 11, 2018, 2:06 pm
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I am pleased to tell you that Mrs. Clayton will be returning to work on Monday morning, 21st May to resume as Year One/ Year Two class teacher. Mrs. Machin will then return to Nursery. Thank you to all for your understanding during this difficult period.

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