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We have come to the end of a rather short but very fun packed half term.

Well done to our Year 2 pupils who have completed their KS1 SATs recently. Everyone has worked extremely hard to showcase their knowledge and learning of the past two years. They should be very proud of themselves, we are certainly proud of them all.

There has been sporting success at Hamstel this half term, with Tag Rugby and Quad Kids competitions and our Race for Life. The Hamstel Infants Race for Life Event was a huge success. The sun shone and all the children ran or walked the 2km, and were presented with a medal for their efforts. Thank you for all those who have donated so far.

The final half term of the year is full of events; with sports day, a visit from Gemma’s Farm, various sporting competitions and the Year 2 leavers assembly. We are looking forward to an eventful, and exciting all be it rather long half term.

We wish you a restful half term holiday, full of fun and (hopefully) a little bit of sun! We will see you on Monday 3rd June.

Race for Life

Wow! What a fabulous time all the children had yesterday taking part in our very own ‘Hamstel Infants Race for Life’ event. The atmosphere was lovely and everyone got into the spirit of the event. All the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 took part in a 2km run around our school field. This was a total of 5 laps! Every single one of the children were amazing and ran, walked or jogged the 2km, completing the race with a smile on their face. All the staff joined the children by supporting them either by running or walking with them, cheering them on or giving out medals.

The children felt such a sense of achievement when they had finished and were very proud to receive their very well deserved medal. We are so proud of everyone who took part and for such a worthy cause. So a big thank you to everyone who has sponsored or donated so far on the Just Giving Page, there is still plenty of time to donate or sponsor over the next few days. The final total raised will be shared after half term.

WELL DONE HAMSTEL INFANTS!

Reception visit Weald Country Park

The Reception children have enjoyed a Billy Goats Gruff themed visit to Weald Country Park. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the park looking for Trolls bring their learning of The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff to life!

They found the (mole) hills where the trolls hid their lunch, the ‘troll holes’ in the trees, and more troll holes in the ground (disguised as badger setts!!) They made bridges for the goats and troll houses from natural materials.

They constructed a bridge and tried to creep across without the troll hearing us and finally rolled down the hill to see what it is like move like a troll!!

Reception had a great time on their visit and there certainly were some tired children on the way home! A big thank you to all the volunteers who were able to help.

Tag Rugby Tournament

On Thursday 23rd May, 12 of our Year 2 children represented Hamstel Infants at the Southend Primary Schools Sports Association KS1 Tag Rugby Competition at Southend Rugby Club. It was a fantastic afternoon of Tag Rugby, the sun was shining brightly and so did the team!

They competed against 7 other schools, in some very exciting matches.

The group matches started off in an exhilarating end to end 6-6 score, followed by a magnificent 6-2 victory to Hamstel. The final group match saw us win 8-4 making the team winners of the group and going into the semi-finals.

The semi-final match was against West Leigh Infants, it was a thrilling game which we won 2-1 sending us through to the final.

The final against Fairway School was an extremely close and tense game with Fairways just scraping ahead with a 3-2 win.

The children played fantastically, working as a team especially in the heat, which resulted in a well-earned 2nd place.

A big thank you for the support from all the parents and carers who came, we could hear their cheers on every corner of the pitch

Attendance

Attendance is an important focus for our school. Our attendance is slightly down on this time last year which is disappointing. Remember if your child is well enough to be in school, bring them! If they have a headache, feel tired or just a bit under the weather but are playing normally at home, they should be with us. Arriving on time is important, some children do get upset when they are late for school and then find it difficult to settle. We do understand that sometimes emergencies occur which result in being late; however, better late than absent!

Just a reminder that requests for leave will only be authorised by Mrs Clark in exceptional circumstances; a holiday is not an exceptional circumstance. You may be issued with a penalty notice if your child misses too much school. Time off school is disruptive for your child and they will miss important learning which may be hard for them to catch up on.

Congratulations to Peacock classes who have won the attendance cup every week this half term!

School dinners

The school dinner menu can be found on our website. We will be returning on 'Week One' menu.

Medical Reminders

Please let the school know if anything changes to your child’s medication and or care plan. It is important that we have all the relevant information in order to support your child. It is up to parents to ensure that the medicine kept in school is not out of date, however, we will send home reminders when medication is near to its expiry date.

Sainsbury's Active Kids Holiday club

We are pleased to announce that Sainsbury’s Active Kids Holiday Camp will operate from Hamstel Infants during the Summer Holidays this year. The Club will operate from Thursday 25th July to Friday 30th August. The days will include a range of sports activities, arts and crafts, drama and games. Please take a look for yourself on the link below.

https://activekids.sainsburys.co.uk/venue/5752

Sessions are all bookable through this link. But be quick to be sure to secure a place as sessions are already being booked up!

9:00 – 4:00pm - £7.50 per day including a healthy lunch and snacks.

Sun hats & sun cream

With the weather warming up, we encourage all children to follow the ‘Wrap, Splat, Hat’ sun awareness programme. Wrap up in a t-shirt and shorts, Splat on some suncream to all parts of the body, always wear a Hat with a wide brim to keep your neck and face in the shade. Please ensure hats are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Hats are available to buy from the school office priced at £2.40 each.

Children can wear a peaked hat at school, however, we do not allow sunglasses unless for medical reasons.

Dates for the diary

  • Monday 3rd June -Return to school
  • Thursday 13th June - PTA Father’s day sale
  • Friday 14th June - INSET - School closed for pupils
  • Monday 17th - Friday 21st June - Health Week
  • Monday 17th June - Reception artist visit
  • Tuesday 18th June - Nursery sports day - 9.00am
  • Reception sports day - 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 19th June - Yr 1 Sports day - 9.00am
  • Yr 2 Sports day - 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 25th June - Yr 2 treasure hunt
  • Sept’ 19 nursery and reception cohort Stay & play - 2-3pm
  • Wednesday 26th June - Yr 2 treasure hunt
  • Thursday 27th June - Yr2 More able Lego Robotics day
  • Yr 2 treasure hunt
  • Art exhibition in foyer
  • Friday 28th June - KS1 3 tee’s cricket
  • Wednesday 3rd July - Gemma’s Farm visit
  • Thursday 4th July - Gemma’s Farm visit
  • Portico cricket event
  • Transition day
  • Friday 5th July - Sept’ 19 Reception stay & play
  • NSPCC Assembly
  • KS1 Borough Sports
  • Monday 8th July - Rev Goodliff assembly
  • Friday 12th July - Village Green festival
  • Wednesday 17th July - Yr 2 leavers assembly
  • Thursday 18th July - Yr 2 leavers assembly
  • Wednesday 24th July - INSET DAY
  • Thursday 25th July - SUMMER HOLIDAYS

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