Some year 3 and 4 children went to a tri golf tournament with some other schools. They had a great time practicing their short distance target and long distance throwing. It was a lovely sunny day for them.
On Wednesday, 34 children from across MJS visited the Sportspark, UEA, to compete against other schools in Sportshall Athletics. We were really proud of the children’s attitude to the games, with many of them suffering from a few beginners nerves at the start of the day. Everyone who attended tried their best and had varying levels of success across their different games. They were incredibly supportive of each other and respectful towards the other schools too. Well done to everyone involved.
An enormous thank you to those who came and/or supported our first family bingo night at MIJS. Everyone we spoke to said they had a great night and we can’t wait to plan another one next term.
Alongside the movie nights we held, you helped us raise £624.52!! We are currently in discussions about the next stage of our field development so plan to use the money towards some of this project. The school councils will be meeting this term to discuss possible options which we will share with you in the near future. We’d like to publicly thank our bingo caller Maggie who kindly gave up her time to lead the proceedings.
Thank you again for your support, it’s very much appreciated and means we can continue to improve the things we can offer your children.
On Thursday 15th November Kym from The Co-Op came to talk to the school council about democracy. Kym told us all about how the Co-Op was set up and how they formed a council. We thought about how this compared with our own and realised we were voted and formed in the same way.
Kym also shared some chocolate with us to teach us about the importance of fair trade. Did you know, that in the UK we eat 50 billion bananas every year!?
‘For your tomorrow, we gave our today’
Mundesley Junior School organised its own Remembrance service, to bring together the community and each other, to help us all remember the sacrifices that were made for us during the great wars. Rev’d Andrew kindly led the service alongside the Royal British Legion. The children read some moving pieces of poetry – mostly written by themselves and performed ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’. We sang Silent Night in both English and German to help us picture the Christmas day surrender of fighting, when both sides in their trenches stopped firing at each other and played football and sang carols.
It was a very moving service and alongside the displays of fantastic clay poppies which the children had made, pieces of art and poetry and 3D models of trenches made for a very memorable event.
2nd November 2018
On Friday 2nd of November we held our ‘Heads’ Meeting’ – it’s called ‘Head’s Meeting because it involves all of the Heads across our Federation – Mrs Hutt (Head of Schools MIJS), Mr Hopkins (Head of School Bacton), Mr Wakeman (Executive Head), Mrs Edwards (Chair of Govs) and our 3 Head Girls (Sarah-Jane, Charley and Daisy) 3 Head Boys (Patrick, Nathan and Noah)
We met at a local cafe to have a drink and a piece of cake and then talked about all sorts of school related issues. We started by asking them to fill in an OfSTED Pupil Survey which helped us to understand how they feel about school life. More detail on that later.
We then asked them to tell us what they liked about being a Head Girl/Boy – they said that they liked; doing assemblies, visiting the foodbank, reading out poems for Harvest, Tours of the schools involving meet and greets. We also asked them what else they would like to do and they said they’d like to; perhaps have a place on the News Sheet to write something, do a whole school assembly by themselves (perhaps to do with online-bullying during Anti-bullying week) and help us to see how they could improve the schools further by completing an evaluation with us.
As you can see from the photographs, whilst we worked very hard, we also had some fun which is what being a good Head Girl and Boy is all about – balancing learning with having fun!
We will be meeting again after Christmas
Jack and Paul from North Walsham Rotary Club visited us a couple of weeks ago to lead an assembly at MJS, related to the work that Rotary do supporting Polio Awareness. The majority of children were unaware of the disease, which thankfully is not very common in the UK anymore, due to mass vaccinations. He talked about how it was still a challenging disease to fight in parts of the world such as Pakistan. One of the things which fascinated the MJS children was the use of purple dye which the vaccination recipients dip their fingers into, to help the nurses know who has received the sugar lump of vaccine.
Jack invited a small group of children to plant around 1500 crocus bulbs in a circle shape next to the Mundesley Village Sign on Water Lane. Hopefully in March/April we should see a beautiful circle of purple appear!
Thank you to Jack and his colleagues at the Rotary for getting us involved.
On Friday 5th October, we had an eye-opening visit from Funtrition. He visited every class to talk to us about keeping healthy and snacks we might eat. The recommended daily sugar intake is 24g for children and 30g for adults. We were amazed by the amount of sugar in some snacks and fizzy drinks. Lots of labels on food can trick you so look carefully! There are 54g of sugar in one bottle of coke – wow!