Please see menu below for November 2023
I hope you have all enjoyed some time off from work and days spent with your families over the summer, it has certainly been a rather wet summer in the UK! The staff cannot wait to hear about all the children’s adventures over the holidays!
As you know Monday is staff training day and we are closed to children. School reopens on Tuesday 5th September, we hope the children are really excited to come back and see all their friends.
Six weeks is a long time so below are a few reminders for families.
The start of the school day
The gates open at 8.40 am for children to enter the playground. The yard is staffed by Breakfast club staff from 8.35am.
The school day starts at 8.55 am and at this point each class should make a line in their classes at set points on the playground. All staff will be on the playground from 8.55 am to collect their classes.
Registration takes place at 9.00 am in the classroom.
Any child not in school by 9.10 am is to be registered as late. If children are not in school by 9.20 am, and no message has been received, we will make contact with parents/carers to establish the reason for absence. Attendance is a key priority for CJS and if we have concerns over attendance we will follow all necessary steps to ensure children attend school regularly and on time. We would strongly encourage you to work with us if we identify issues with your child’s attendance. Children arriving after 9.20 am will be registered under a ‘U’ code, which means they attended after registers closed and it is an unauthorised mark.
Breakfast club runs from 7.45 am, parents do not need to register children, a daily register is managed by Breakfast staff at the main reception, which is then added to ParentPay. Children can come anytime between 7.45 am and 8.30am, children can access a range of breakfast food and drinks. Several members of staff manage breakfast club. Children go outside with staff from 8.35am until the bell goes at 8.55 am. We are pleased to say that we will continue to offer free breakfast club to children who are entitled to free school meals and those we receive Pupil Premium funding, if we no longer receive funding for your child we will let you know over the coming weeks. If you wish to use childcare vouchers to pay for this service you must ensure Mrs Raine is aware.
If your child’s timetable states they have PE, they need to come to school wearing their school PE kit. All timetables have been received by staff they have been added to the website and within the ‘Hub’ of the school app.
Please be mindful of the weather on PE days, they may need extra layers, if this is the case they can wear their school jumper over the top. It is important that children are wearing our school uniform.
Swimming lessons resume in the first week of term and for the start of the autumn term they are for children in Class 5 (Mr Meadows/Mrs Taylor) only.
School Meal Arrangements
All children must remain on the meal arrangement they accessed before the holidays, unless you informed Mrs Raine otherwise. There is a two week notice period required for a change to school meal arrangements. If you change without notifying the office then your ParentPay account will be charged the daily rate. School meals are charged at a daily rate of £2.50 and the weekly rate is £12.50. Children on packed lunches can access a dinner on a Friday as part of an on-going Fun Friday arrangement we run, but this must be pre-ordered, either on a one off basis or permanently. Therefore, if your child accessed this last year it will automatically continue, if you are a Year 3 family you will have received confirmation of this in a ‘forms’ link shared in July. Children on packed lunches must not bring in nuts of any kind, this includes peanut butter – we have children in school with allergies.
Our extra curricular clubs will be back in full swing from day 1. This half term sees the return of many new and long-standing clubs.
Our clubs are extra-curricular only, not childcare, most clubs cost £1 and some are free. They all last for a half term and it relies on our staff giving up their time to run them. They change regularly in a bid to reach out to a range of interests for all year groups. Club details are shared via the app and a date/time is given to book a place, they are all on a first come basis.
Emergency contact information
If you have moved house, changed your contact number, or your listed contacts have changed, please forward this information to Mrs Raine on the first day (or before by email). If you are a family who require two sets of important information, you must inform us of this. If you are a parent who does not live with your child, we can post important information to your address, i.e. school reports, however, our app shares information with all families.
Water bottles – Children in year 3, and children new to our school, were provided with a school water bottle (and homework bag) on their transition day. Additional water bottles can be bought from Mrs Raine for £2.00. Water bottles should go home everyday.
School fund can still be paid in the same way (ParentPay). School fund is £1 per week (or a donation if you prefer) and is used for resources for the children throughout the year. We do rely on school fund but it is voluntary.
Medicines in school
We can administer medication in school but you must complete a form for us to do so. Medicines must be prescribed and in the pharmacy packaging that clearly states this. No medicine will be administered if these things are not in place. If your child requires medicine as part of a care plan or long-term medication only one form needs to be completed unless doses change, medicines in relation to short illnesses require a new form each time. If your child uses an inhaler their is also a form to complete so please request this from Mrs Raine.
End of school day – we have a staggered end of the day
Year 3 & 4 finish school at 3.25 pm – they are brought onto the school yard and handed over to parents/family members.
Year 5 & 6 finish at 3.30 pm – teachers/members of staff will walk children out in a line to the edge of the school site and dismiss them from here. This is to mitigate noise and ensure calmness.
If children are not collected at 3.30 pm they will be brought back into school and primary contacts telephoned. Please talk to your child about the importance of only leaving with a trusted adult, if they are not collected they must return to school so we can contact their parent/carer.
We hope this information is useful, especially for those new to our school. Please contact us should you need any further help. No question is a ‘silly’ one! A short newsletter will be shared in the first few days of term.
Looking forward to seeing and meeting you all over the next few weeks.
We have a vacancy for an Apprentice Teaching Assistant – THIS POSITION HAS NOW BEEN FILLED.
Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice
We are looking for a Teaching Assistant Apprentices to join our team.
Hours: 37 hours
Contract: The post is a Fixed Term position for 18 months. The First 12 months is at the National Apprentice wage of £4.81, the wage rises to the National Minimum wage after 12 months.
You will undertake the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Standard with Derwentside College.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
At Consett Junior School we provide a welcoming, supportive environment for all our pupils and staff.
We work hard to build strong relationships with pupils, their guardians, visitors and the wider community of professionals.
To this end we aim to:
* provide the highest standards of teaching and learning
* have high expectations of pupils’ work and behaviour and to develop self-motivation through praise and encouragement
* develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle for every pupil
* maximise all available opportunities for inclusion within the local community
* treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve
* ensure all involved with the school feel that they have a voice and a view that is valued
* provide working surroundings of a high standard for pupils and staff which create a happy and safe environment
You will help them learn, monitor work and help raise their self-esteem. You will need to be very resilient and dedicated to the wellbeing of our young people.
Duties may involve supporting an individual or a group of pupils with a particular assignment, or providing invaluable general support to the teacher in the classroom, which makes the work very rewarding.
As part of the apprenticeship, you will complete a level 3 qualification with the equivalent of one day per week on day release.
You will have good numeracy and literacy skills and be comfortable working with children. You must be reliable and punctual, friendly and polite, be proactive with the ability to show initiative and have the desire to develop in the role. You will also need to be able to form effective relationships with staff.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced criminal records check is required for this post.
The Job specifications are attached for this post.
If you are interested please complete the attached application form.
Closing Date: Thursday 10th November 2022
Buckingham Palace have released a statement regarding the Funeral of the Queen. It will be held on Monday 19th.
As per the instructions from the King, the school and all other public institutions will close.
God save the King.
Please see menu below for September 2022
By now you should have received a few class DoJo messages from the Infant school on our behalf, reference in these DoJo alerts related to:
- Uniform ordering in preparation for September (please do not leave it too late if ordering from Tots to Teams) https://www.consett-jun.durham.sch.uk/parents/our-school-uniform/
- Early access to our school app https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Uv_fRWSDc02_Oo-YvfENhzGYEp0zDERAnxWCoX5eIjVUOTRCNEdPVzdZTkhHNkhYWUVQNUFHWExCNC4u
We are now in a position to share with you our plans for transition. We have uploaded a letter to this post, please read and make a note of the dates.
We are also hoping that paper welcome packs will be ready and distributed to you (via the infant school) no later than Monday 16th May. We have requested that the completed forms are returned to us no later than Thursday 30th June. You can bring these with you on the transition days or drop them off to the Junior school anytime before then, we would be happy for you to drop by and say a quick ‘hello’. Please do not return them to the Infant school, this is a busy time of year for them also so we are trying not to over-burden them.
There is lots of information in the welcome pack, and there will also be opportunity for you to ask further questions at the transition events. It is also worth having a look at videos on our CJS YouTube page, this will give you a feel for our school and the children will enjoy them too!
If you are planning summer holidays please note that our school new term start date is Tuesday 6th September.
School Operations Manager
To help parents/carers here are the answers to some questions received after reading the attached letter. I will add questions as they are asked.
- Can I order uniform to Consett Junior School? You can order uniform to this school, we will just take it to the Infant school or let you know it has arrived and you can collect, either way is fine. Please do not order for delivery in July, it is unlikely to arrive in time.
- My child usually attends after school childcare, what will happen on transition day? One of our Year 3 teachers will walk these children back to Consett Infant School.
- How long are the ‘drop in’ sessions? Parents/carers can come and go in these sessions to suit them. If parents/carers want to stay to the end then the morning session finishes at 11.00 a.m. and the afternoon session finishes at 3.00/15 p.m. as we need the hall for a club.
Just a reminder to all that we now communicate to all families with children on roll in our school via our new CJS app (Weduc).
The pages on this website are still in use, therefore polices, class pages, contact forms etc are still valid and updated for parents/carers. If you are related to a child in our school we can give you access to the app, but you will need to contact Mrs Raine for this.
Our app contains a regularly updated calendar, absence recording, message facility and a daily updated newsfeed. We strongly encourage all families to access this.
Currently the website team are working to embed a page to our website where all newsfeed items can also be displayed – we recognise the website is a well used tool for families not in our school and we want you to see the amazing things we do at CJS.
On Wednesday 8th September 2021 we went live with our new app. All parents/carers were sent enrollment codes via text and email several times in that week. We have 219 children on roll and 182 of these children have at least one parent/carer who has engaged with the app (84%). This means that only 182 families will receive the information we share. It is vitally important that all families have this app as they will miss out on all school communication including; special days, trips, clubs and all other events.
In memory and in celebration of David Jackson who lives on in the hearts and memories of everyone he nurtured while he was here.
In order to treasure the time and memories we have of Mr Jackson, we are choosing to fundraise for him over the academic year 21/22.
Our main goal is to raise enough money for a special bespoke seat to be placed in Blackhill Park, a place where he enjoyed spending time. We hope to go above and beyond in our fundraising so that we can also raise money for the Consett Salvation Army Band and Cancer Research.
As our planned sport’s day could not go ahead and Year 6 are leaving us. they decided to have their own!