Kindle Fire Winners
July 20, 2017, 9:36 pm
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Congratulations to Layton and Hayden on winning the Kindle Fires we gave out today as good attendance incentives. 164 children achieved an attendance of over 96% this year, and so were entered into a draw for a lucky two winners.

I would appreciate opinions via the comments below as to whether parents think it will be more effective next year to give high profile prizes such as Kindles (this year) and bicycles (last year) to a lucky two, or instead to give a fun afternoon experience for the full collection of, say, 164 children with a good attendance.

The point for the school is to encourage good attendance habits and to incentivise as many children as possible to come to school whenever possible, as we know that good attendance is closely linked to good academic achievement.



Oldham Athletic tickets
July 19, 2017, 10:36 am
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I have free tickets to give out for the following Oldham Athletic home matches:

5th August v Oxford United

19th August v Wigan Athletic

2nd September v Charlton Athletic

If you would like some, please let me know how many adult and how many child tickets you require and I shall send you them via your child.



GCSE results
July 15, 2017, 10:01 am
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GCSE Results Day Thursday 24th August
Information received from  the examination centre includes the following: “Results will emailed the morning of release and will also be available to be collected from reception between 9am and 1pm; any remaining results will be posted the same day. ”

I shall arrive at Hulme Grammar School for 11 a.m. on 24th August to meet with any of our pupils who would like to collect their results at that time. Avoiding 9 a.m. is usually a good thing as there is likely to be a rush of Year 11 pupils first thing in the morning. Any parent unable to be at Hulme Grammar that day may email me at head@heywithzion.oldham.sch.uk for their own children’s results.

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Fourteen of our pupils are awaiting their Maths GCSE result. Our pupils are encouraged to take the exam challenge completely without stress, where they are not chasing grades but simply enjoying the challenge and the experience. Nobody really knows what the new grading system will produce by way of results- we are told grade 4 equates with the old grade C- but whether the children receive grade 1,2,3,4 or 5 (the maximum on the Foundation paper) we are proud of every one of our children and they are all now better at Maths and therefore better prepared for secondary school than they would have been if they had not taken up the challenge, aware of what lies ahead in several years’ time and, I hope, very confident that they can do very well indeed at secondary school.

A couple of pupils from another school joined with us this year, another school has approached us to see if they can, too, next year; I am convinced this is a good thing for our most able mathematicians so long as it remains completely optional and they are unconcerned by outcomes.

For the record, almost all of the 25 children we have previously entered for Maths GCSE attained Grade C or above, and I am aware of an ex pupil who has used this primary school experience to support an application to study with Cambridge University.

We’re doing the best we can, and hopefully enjoying it as we go.

 



Year Six production
July 14, 2017, 11:22 am
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A photograph from the “Pirates and the Currybean” show…



N.S.P.C.C. chosen
July 13, 2017, 6:56 pm
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Our school council today chose N.S.P.C.C. to be the charity we shall raise money for in March 2018.

We shall consult the school council when it is re-elected in the new year for ideas as to what exactly we shall do as the fund raising event.

I am very grateful to our council members for their work this year; they have been splendid, and this decision is a fitting final act of their term in office.



Nominate a Charity
July 7, 2017, 9:58 am
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Please can parents, staff and children in the Hey with Zion community nominate charities they would like to be beneficiaries of our Spring term fund raising event. Our school council will select a beneficiary from those nominated at their meeting next Thursday.

Next year, our fund raising days will be:

Friday 20th October 2017– for the children in Gambia whose education we sponsor. This is a commitment we have made for the duration of their education

Friday 16th March 2018– t.b.c.

Friday 22nd June 2018– proceeds to be shared between Cancer Research U.K. and Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice.

Typically, our fund raisers generate between £200 and £300, although for the last two summers where the beneficiaries have been Cancer Research and Dr. Kershaw’s, the sums raised have been approaching ten times that amount. Hence the decision to repeat the fund raising around cancer.

Nominations should be made via the comments link below.

 



Joshua, Engineering winner
July 6, 2017, 6:34 pm
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Joshua has this evening received his winner’s award in the prestigious Greater Manchester Primary Engineers competition for his outstanding invention of a fridge app to reduce food wastage. We are ever so proud of him.



Dr Kershaw’s/ Cancer Research
July 6, 2017, 6:31 pm
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The final figure raised from the fancy dress fun is an amazing £2574, to be shared equally between the two charities. Many, many thanks.



Healthy Schools Award (Diamond)
July 5, 2017, 2:13 pm
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Hey with Zion has been awarded the diamond (highest level) Healthy Schools Award on account of its work improving children’s (and staff’s) health through increased education about healthy eating and provision of increased physical exercise. We are one of only three primary schools in Oldham to have this award- S.S. Aidan and Oswald’s in Royton, and Kingfisher Special School being the other two.

Congratulations in particular to Miss Daley’s class and to Miss Seton-Jones’ class for setting the example with their in-class projects for others to follow.



Key Stage Two SATs
July 4, 2017, 10:57 am
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Key Stage Two SATs results came out today. Hey with Zion has matched its scores of last year, which were in the top few percent of the country. We are delighted that every single child who took the Reading and Mathematics tests reached the expected standard. Congratulations to the children and to the staff who taught them throughout school, also of course to the parents for the first rate support you have given your children and Hey with Zion.

% Meeting expectations:

Hey with Zion 2016 National 2016 Hey with Zion 2017
Reading 87% 66% 98%
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling 92% 72% 95%
Maths 95% 70% 98%
All three 82% 53% 95%

Average (mean) scaled scores:

  Hey with Zion

2016

National

2016

Hey with Zion2017
Reading 106 103 108
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling 108 104 108
Maths 110 103 108

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40481689




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