This week Year 3 had a wonderful time finding out about ancient Egypt at Ipswich Museum. Some of the activities included: handling real life Egyptian artefacts that were several thousand years old, making amulets and shabtis out of clay, learning how mummies were made in the Egyptian Gallery and creating our own Egyptian Gods.
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We planned out den-day to introduce our pupils to outdoor learning and the Geography curriculum. Each class spent half a day building dens outside with smores (marshmallows in biscuits) provided around a campfire and the other half a day doing orienteering and map reading exercises which also included hot chocolate. They loved it!
Everyone learned loads about working together and the wider environment and the behaviour was superb. We hope to hold more outdoor learning days in the future.
I am Mr Stollenmaier. I was a Year 5 teacher at Great Clacton Junior School last year and a Year 4 teacher at the school this year. As I love computing and everything to do with software and websites (and Apple, as everyone at the school will confirm) I enjoyed building and maintaining this website.
That said, the hardest contribution to our regular blog that I had to make is this one. Several members of staff have left to pursue other careers and I was one of them. I have never left a school (I worked at several throughout the years) feeling as sad and deeply affected as I have leaving GCJS. The staff are a strong, loving and caring team and the children have made our working lives truly rewarding. Below, I post some of the photos I took on the last day of school - the most difficult day of all for so many who leave with fond memories...
In the morning, Mrs Syred-Paul gave out certificates to those who had attended that school year every day without fail. Four of these children had never even missed a day since they began their journey with us in Year 3. Simply amazing!
The names of all the children that had 100% attendance were put in a prize draw. The name of the child that got picked won a fantastic prize: a Kindle Fire...
Alex - The Winner - Well done!
Then we said goodbye to staff...
Elliott - a truly committed and hard-working member of our kitchen staff...
Myself, Mr Stollenmaier (Year 4 teacher)
(I very much wanted to thank all the children for their love and devotion to our school and staff, but couldn't get a word out for all the emotion.) So, THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU...
And Mrs Wight (Head of English) who is leaving to become Deputy Head at another school:
We followed the assembly with a Year 4 picnic, while others had fun playing sports in the field...
Lastly, we said goodbye to Year 6. All the best to you all in your new ventures at high school...
...and as I manage this website...
...I would like to take this opportunity to say "Thank you" to Mrs Syred-Paul and Mr Joy for having led the school to achieving a fantastic result in the SIAMS and OFSTED inspections and to all the staff who have made this possible by creating a supportive and very caring environment. The school has a team of very talented teachers and just as important as that, has a team of very talented classroom assistants. I know (and I am not trying to flatter anyone) that my LSA, Karen, has achieved truly magical results with many of the children who struggled for some time and (one child in particular) came out top of the class.
Long may it continue!
Year 6 have put on a fabulous variety show. Have a look at the 'School Events' page, or click the button below:
This week, several of our children competed in the 'Coastal District Athletic Championships' at the Garrisons in Colchester. A total of 17 schools competed and our team won third place.
An amazing result!
We are very proud of you: Lenny, Lexie, Harry, Olivia, Rhys, Sophie, Morgan, Grace, Mason, Emily, Lloyd and Mia.
Our school has a new logo. To begin with, our only intention was to produce a slightly more modern version (almost a copy) of the original logo. However, during the design process we noticed that the fact that we are a Church of England school is in no way represented in the original logo (which was designed some time before the school became a Church of England school). The new design now reflects this with the depiction of a crucifix and a peace dove in the barge's sails.
Over the coming months, this new logo will appear on more and more items relating to the school, such as letterheads and badges, for example.
Parents, please do worry about replacing your child's uniform. This is not at all necessary, as we will not produce new uniform clothing items for some months, yet.
New Logo (left) - Old Logo (right):
Great Clacton CoE Junior School
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