Football congratulations
May 26, 2017, 1:21 pm
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Congratulations to the Years 5 & 6 footballers who won their match v St. Thomas’ 3-1 last night.

A Healthy School
May 26, 2017, 1:07 pm
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The National Child Measurement Programme takes measurements of children to gauge national and local trends in obesity. Our 2017 summary, using data spanning 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 indicates that Hey with Zion pupils are healthier than the local and national norms. These figures do not include this year’s measurements, which we hope and anticipate will show further improvements due to our increased sporting provision.

We are currently working towards a healthy schools award which involves increasing the children’s exercise, alongside educating children regarding the importance of a good diet.

The summary data are below; I stress that no individual data are kept and individual measurements are entirely unknown by myself and Hey with Zion, at the time and ever after.

  % overweight or obese in Reception % overweight or obese in Year Six
Hey with Zion 17 27
Oldham 23 36
National 22 34


Details of what’s on at local leisure centres for the half term can be found via the link below:


GCSE morning
May 25, 2017, 1:02 pm
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Fourteen of our Year Six pupils sat their first Maths Foundation GCSE paper this morning at Hulme Grammar. This is an optional examination we offer for our most advanced mathematicians. In previous years, almost all of our pupils entered have achieved a “C” or above; this year there is a new Foundation GCSE, where the top grade available is a “5”. (“4” represents the old grade C).

They all seemed to cope well with the morning; I am very proud of them for having the character as well as the aptitude to take on this challenge.

Hey with Zion’s 40th birthday celebrations
May 24, 2017, 4:01 pm
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At the end of next school year, i.e. July 2018, it will be Hey with Zion’s 40th birthday. It’s a long way off, but I’d like to open up discussions now about how best to mark the occasion.

Jason Robinson (Ethan’s dad) has kindly volunteered to coordinate the celebrations- please could people leave suggestions and pledges of support via the comment link below. Thank you.

Girls’ Football Team
May 24, 2017, 1:16 pm
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Congratulations and commiserations to our girls’ football team, which participated today in the Manchester United tournament at Waterhead Academy. Our girls won three matches out of four, including a victory over the eventual winners, but sadly were eliminated on goal difference. Well done to all involved.

Traffic Petition: Acorn Street
May 23, 2017, 9:05 pm
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One of our parents, Dawn Speller, is collecting signatures on a petition to campaign for a crossing on Acorn Street. Parents wishing to add their names to the petition will be able to find it in our foyer from Thursday this week.

New extra curricular activities
May 22, 2017, 3:15 pm
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Next half term’s menu of extra-curricular activities is available via the tab at the top of the page; thank you to all staff and volunteers who are putting on what I think is a good range of activities either free or at a reasonable price.

Chess club will return in the Autumn term, as will Science club; our singing club will reform in school time.


New Staff appointment
May 20, 2017, 7:43 am
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We have appointed a new member of staff, Mrs. Poole, to join our team to cover Mrs. Dawson’s role while she is on maternity leave. Mrs. Poole is an experienced teacher and we look forward to her starting with us immediately after half term.

Working with the University of London
May 19, 2017, 3:17 pm
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Hey with Zion has agreed to work towards the University of London’s “Excellence in Literacy” Award over the next twelve months, with the intention of being ready to receive the award next summer. We believe this work will help us improve Literacy outcomes for all of our children.

A public thank you
May 18, 2017, 6:40 pm
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I want to say a public thank you to Mr. McConnell and Mr. Wild, Hey with Zion parents who have been giving their time freely all school year (and before then too) to provide free football after school for our Year 3 and 4 children on Wednesdays, Year 5 and 6 children on Fridays.

We are ever so fortunate in having such committed parents so generous with their time. Most schools do not have this good fortune and parents at such schools either have to pay- in some cases over £100 per year for something similar- or else there is no such activity.

Hey with Zion has tried hard to increase its extra curricular provision this year, and to do so at affordable prices for parents. I am very grateful indeed for these two dads, as I am sure we should all be, for adding to the children’s fun in this way.

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