Hey with Zion’s Year of Reading
October 23, 2017, 9:38 pm
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What’s been going on?


Gambia fund raising day
October 20, 2017, 3:14 pm
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Our school’s children have raised £247.24 for the children in Gambia- a fabulous amount which more than covers the commitment to sponsor eight pupils. We shall of course send every penny to “For The Love Of Learning”. I was so touched by one child bringing £20 of her own money to sponsor a child I have increased our school commitment to nine pupils. So an extra child can now have an education and escape route from poverty. Thank you to you all.

National Literacy Hero to Hey with Zion
October 18, 2017, 1:15 pm
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We are going to be treated to two visits from Richard O’Neill, a “National Literacy Hero”. http://richardthestoryteller.weebly.com/

He comes highly recommended by a professional contact, and his “hero” award was won at the same time as someone or other called J.K. Rowling.

On his website, a testimonial refers to him as ” Alan Bennett meets Peter Kay” which sounds quite fun. He will work with our younger pupils on 21st November, and Key Stage Two on 17th April next year.

We’re trying all we can to motivate and inspire our children to be the best they can be in their reading and writing!

Our choir at the G.M. Police Carol Service
October 17, 2017, 4:34 pm
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Our choir has accepted an invitation to sing three carols at the G.M. Police carol service to be held at Holy Trinity Church, Waterhead at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 12th December.

I have been to the equivalent service previously, when it was held at St. John’s Church and it is a fabulous occasion, well worth attending. Please come if you would like to.


Hey with Zion’s 40th Birthday Book- contributions requested
October 17, 2017, 11:42 am
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Hey with Zion will be celebrating its 40th birthday this summer (Thursday 24th May). We plan to produce a book of photographs and reminiscences by ex pupils and staff (which we shall distribute to all children free of charge) as well as holding a special day in school and, if there are enough parent volunteers, to run an after school celebration too.

We invite all ex pupils and members of staff to send any old photographs they may have, and write any (50 to 100 word) memories they may like to share. 

I remember what “On the mat!” used to mean, I’ve worked for every headteacher Hey with Zion has had- Mrs Charnock, Mrs Bolton, Mrs Luke, Mr Leach- I’ve seen our children play rugby at Watersheddings Rugby Ground, football at Boundary Park and Manchester City’s Football Academy, cricket at Old Trafford Cricket Ground- I’ve seen our pupils gain GCSEs while still at primary school, go on to become head boys and girls at their secondary schools, and I’m looking forward to witnessing more major achievements by our pupils in the future.

If you can help by contributing in word or photographic form, please would you send items to info@heywithzion.oldham.sch.uk or direct to our school office. Thank you.

Fund raising for Gambia
October 16, 2017, 10:36 am
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Three years ago we committed to sponsoring the education of eight children in extreme poverty in Gambia. For £20, a child is provided with an education for a year, with the intention that education can provide a lift out of the extraordinarily difficult circumstances which poverty can bring.

The keynote speech given three years ago can be seen here:


On Friday, we are again raising money for this cause.  We ask children to come to school wearing any of the colours of the Gambian flag (red/ blue/ green) and to make a suggested donation of £1.

The money is needed this year, I think, more than ever.

In 2016 the incumbent president of Gambia, Yaya Jammeh, was voted out after ruling for 22 years following a military coup in 1994.

Gambia was on the brink of civil war and some nationals were frightened. Some of the sponsored families of Abuko School fled to Senegal and Basse until peace resumed.

President Barrow is now in charge.

The school has been in existence long enough now to be witnessing some of the earliest sponsored children complete their education and secure employment. This has a significant impact on the quality of their life and allows the family to be self sufficient.

There have been sad times in the school over the last twelve months, including witnessing the drowning of one of their community in a riptide in the Atlantic Ocean. This has prompted investment in life saving equipment including ten rescue boards, two rescue tubes, whistles and further training for the lifeguards.

If you are able to help us help this community and this school, please support our fundraising on Friday. Thank you.


October 15, 2017, 8:12 am
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After the mix up of last week, I am assured that Taekwondo will go ahead as planned this Wednesday after school.

Our parents may like to know that any of our pupils who have taken a liking to Taekwondo and would like to enter the competition below are invited. The entry fee is to be waived to Hey with Zion pupils- it is entirely free to us.

Reading in school
October 12, 2017, 1:35 pm
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There is nothing which we do, in terms of the curriculum, which is more important than reading. We have invested heavily in recent years in a new library and books for it; we are again adding to our teaching with another £7000 allocated to supplement our resources.

Below are photographs of our children reading at school. It’s important, and to be enjoyed.

Chess in Year Four
October 11, 2017, 5:13 pm
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Our chess lessons in Year Four…

Our Wonderful House Captains
October 11, 2017, 10:35 am
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