Nativity at Zion Church
December 17, 2017, 12:56 pm
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Congratulations to Reception children for their marvellous nativity performance at Zion Church this morning. Thank you, too, to all parents and carers who came along, and the staff for organising the children so well.

Headteacher’s Christmas report to parents
December 15, 2017, 1:21 pm
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Accessible via the link is my Christmas report to parents:

report to parents Christmas 2017

Choir at Medlock Court
December 15, 2017, 9:27 am
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Our choir has rearranged its carol service for the residents of Medlock Court to Monday 18th December at 10.30 a.m.

Ryan wins Oldham Athletic Goal Of The Month!
December 14, 2017, 4:53 pm
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What an achievement! November goal of the month winner for Oldham Athletic, and he’s only in Year Six! Ryan here is being presented with a signed shirt by runner up Eoin Doyle, who surprised Ryan with a visit to our school during Thursday’s Science lesson.

Please click on the following link for the video and news from Oldham Athletic’s website:

Christmas Jumper Day
December 14, 2017, 11:30 am
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We shall have a Christmas jumper day tomorrow, where children are invited, should they wish, to wear a Christmas jumper over their usual school uniform.


Name The Gritter Winners
December 14, 2017, 11:23 am
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Evie and Alice Hobson won a council competition where children were invited to name the new gritters: Winston Churchill was the name they chose.

I do think Oldham’s roads have been very well cleared this last week in the snowy weather, and I want to express my huge thanks to our site manager, Miss Farrar, who has come to work well in advance of her usual 6.30 a.m. start to clear snow and grit paths to make it safe for us all in school. She is a massive asset to Hey with Zion.


Christina Balit
December 14, 2017, 11:02 am
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Sometimes, I go into class and feel very humble about how our young teachers have, with the help of modern technology, moved on children’s learning so much from the times when I trained, when bander machines were in full use, blotting paper was essential and high tech classroom resources meant a rolling blackboard and coloured chalk.

This morning, as a follow on from their English lessons in which Miss Ogden’s class had been studying the above text, the children were skyping Christina Balit, who read her book to them and answered lots of their questions. This had all been arranged over Hey with Zion’s Twitter account.

We didn’t get P.P.A. in those days, though!


School League Tables
December 14, 2017, 10:22 am
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The school league tables are out today. To me, they’re old news as they rank performances in exams taken last May by children who have since moved on to secondary schools.

However: if you want to explore the full tables you can do so here:

… and if you just want to have a look at Hey with Zion’s performance you can do so here:

The tables present Hey with Zion in a very positive light: out of 98 Oldham primary schools, Hey with Zion came:

% reaching expected standard- 2nd in Oldham (top was Oasis Limeside)

% reaching higher level- 4th in Oldham (top was Crompton)

Ave score in reading- 109- joint 1st in Oldham, (with Holy Trinity Dobcross and Buckstones)

Ave score in maths- 4th in Oldham (top was Westwood)

Ave scores- maths and reading combined- 2nd in Oldham (top was Westwood).

Thank you to all parents who help us and support the work of the school in so many ways. These scores indicate last year’s leavers were well served by their school, their families and by their own high levels of commitment. Let’s keep it going.




Brass Band Christmas concert this morning
December 14, 2017, 9:38 am
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The pupils of Miss Seton-Jones’ class performed a brass Christmas concert this morning for an audience of family and fellow pupils.

Esafety advice re Christmas Presents
December 12, 2017, 9:13 pm
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