City Winners
January 17, 2019, 4:52 pm
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Our girls won through in the first group stage of this year’s Manchester City Primary Stars tournament  winning all four matches: 3-0, 5-0, 4-0 and 7-1.

They will join the seven other group winners on February 1st to find out who will represent Man City at Molineux (Wolves) in May.

More data
January 11, 2019, 3:21 pm
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It’s the time of year for more data to arrive in primary schools. We received 2018’s data in the Autumn, and we were mostly very happy with how our children fared last summer:

In 2018, 95% of pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, 20 percentage points above the national. This was a statistically significant difference.

In 2018, 95% of pupils achieved the expected standard in Maths, 19 percentage points above the national. This was a statistically significant difference.

In 2018, 88% of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, 23 percentage points above the national proportion. This was a statistically significant difference.

Schools can have good cohorts though and year on year comparisons can fluctuate. A rolling, three year average can provide a more stable picture of a school. For this I am happy to report that we are told:

The three-year average reading attainment score (107.7) was in the top 10%.

The three-year average mathematics attainment score (108.4) was in the top 10%.

This has only been achieved, of course, thanks to the unstinting support of our parents. Thank you.

Coding Club at Uppermill Library
January 11, 2019, 11:49 am
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Uppermill Library Code Club

Learn to code using Scratch

Coding sessions for children age 9 – 11 starting

 Tuesday 15th January

5pm – 6pm Uppermill Library

Code Club is FREE but the places are limited so booking is essential.

Book on Eventbrite – search ‘Uppermill Code Club’

Oldham Athletic Holiday Club
January 11, 2019, 9:15 am
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This club is open to all children in Key Stage Two (even those not quite eight years old). Twenty places are available, which will be granted to the first twenty to hand in, signed by parents, the consent form.

The consent forms can be requested from Mrs Hodkinson either by parents or by children.

UKEFF Food Bank
January 10, 2019, 3:45 pm
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We shall again be collecting food for the Oldham Food Aid Hub.

Anybody who wishes to do so may donate food such as cereal, pot noodles, baked beans, tinned tomatoes, tinned chick peas, lentils, 1 litre cooking oils, tomato paste, instant mash, pasta, pasta sauce, fruit juice, instant coffee, long life milk, rice, biscuits, tea bags, tinned tuna, sugar, washing powder, toothpaste or soap bars. Children should hand such donations, if they so wish, to their class teacher.

Any foods donated will be collected and taken to the Unitarian Chapel, Connaught Street, (off King Street roundabout), Oldham OL8 1EB for distribution at their weekly Monday food bank.

Hey with Zion’s vision statement
January 8, 2019, 10:24 am
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I am asking for the input of parents here.

We have what I think is a very effective “mission statement” of Within the love of God, we strive to do the best we can for ourselves and others.

This has served us well- the children and staff know it, and it acts as a moral anchor on what we do: at all times we should a) recognise that we have God’s support, and b) we should put in our best efforts and c) do our best for others as well as ourselves.

We are expected as a church school to be distinctively Christian, and while I shall always insist that Hey with Zion be a school which exists for all- of any faith and of no faith- it has been pointed out to me that our current statement could apply equally to another monotheistic religion.

Our school vision statement must fit all sectors of our community. The school council has been consulted, so have staff. Now is the turn of parents before governors are offered the opportunity to reflect and confirm our vision statement going forward.

After the input of the school council and staff, we currently have:

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Within the love of God, we strive to do the best we can for ourselves and others.”

This way, we have a direct quotation from the Bible which affirms our Christian heritage, a quotation which supports our desire for children to try their best in all sorts of ways, and we continue our current mission statement.

If parents would like to comment upon or endorse this, I invite you to leave a comment below or to contact our info email address. Thank you


5 Stars again for Hey with Zion
December 28, 2018, 11:02 am
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Hey  with Zion has again been awarded five stars from

Their league table of local schools’ performance is available here:

Excellent Attendance
December 20, 2018, 12:20 pm
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Our attendance figures for the Autumn terms, improving every year over the last five years:

2014-15: 95.1%

2015-16 95.6%

2016-17 95.8%

2017-18 96.3%

2018-19 96.8%

Thank you for your support with this; good attendance makes a clear difference to the children’s education.

Happy Christmas to you all.

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Elf Hunt Prize winners, 2018
December 18, 2018, 1:49 pm
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Congratulations to Elf Hunt winners 2018

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Favourite subjects- results
December 17, 2018, 12:04 pm
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Aimee, Jennifer and Jameel have been working with me to find out the children’s favourite subjects besides English and Maths. Aimee and Jennifer devised a questionnaire which was circulated to every Key Stage Two class. Jameel and Aimee devised a scoring system and all three analysed the results.

The top four subjects, in order, were:

P.E. 113
Art and Design 85
History 58
Science 42

Reasons for the children’s preferences were stated as:


“You can have fun and stay active.”

“You get to try out new sports.”

“I like doing handball.”

“I like running about.”

“It is physical and it helps us get along by using teamwork.”

“I like to find out about schooling and clothing in the past.”

We do sports and it’s fun.”

“You get to express your sporting skills.”

“It’s a bit of fitness in the school week.”

Art & Design:

“I love drawing.”

“You can get creative with your own ideas and make your own pieces of art.”

“It is fun.”

“I like making fun things like paper masks.”

“I like art because of all the different ideas we can come up with and how you can make your pieces of art different to everyone else’s.”

“I like drawing, painting and decorating.”

“I like that different people see different things in a picture.”


“It is fascinating when you find out about people from earlier stages of life.”

“I find the topic WW1 interesting and I like learning about what life was like in the past.”

“I like learning about different things that happened a long time ago but don’t happen now.”

“I like learning about the war and also ancient things.”


“We do a lot of experiments.”

“I like Science because it is used in everyday things like temperature, cars and light.”

Looking at the results, Aimee said, “I’m quite surprised- I didn’t know P.E. would be so popular.” Jennifer was also surprised that Art & Design was so well loved. She said, “I didn’t know so many people enjoyed it that much.”

Jameel expressed shock that Geography did not make the top four. He explained, “It’s a really good subject, where you learn about different features of the world. My teacher loves it too.” Jennifer was even a bit sad that R.E. did not make the top four: she said, “You get to learn about different religions and their cultures.”

I suppose not every subject can squeeze into the top four!

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