Celebration Assembly

In our final celebration assembly of the term we had a lot to celebrate. Firstly there was the winner of the Lip Sync Battle to announce. Well done to Shane in Year 5 for his winning performance. We also had a range of sporting achievements to acknowledge including Year 3 and 4 football, Year 1 and 2 gymnastics and Mia for her running abilities. A big well done goes to all of our healthy eaters who were acknowledged for making healthy lunch box choices and for eating healthy foods in breakfast club. We also had some very lucky winners of our first attendance raffle. The two first prizes were £50 vouchers! Thank you to Southend Lions for sponsoring the raffle. Finally, congratulations to Wind

Healthy Schools

At Friars we want our children to grow into healthy young adults. With this in mind, we focus on getting the children physically active as often as possible and attempt to find a sport to suit everyone. We invite a variety of agencies into the school to promote healthy living. We held a healthy eating focus week and found it so successful that we are going to continue this throughout the year. What does this mean? There will be only healthy choices I breakfast club, including fruit and yogurt and wholemeal bread Snack bar will be 25p and will sell milk, yogurts, fruit and healthy wraps or rolls There will be awards for healthy packed lunches – try to ditch the crisps in favor of fruit and ch

Rock Steady

On Wednesday 29th March, Steven from Rock Steady, came and delivered a very exciting assembly based on electric instruments. He was able to play electric guitar, drums, keyboard and sing (not all at the same time) and made some great sounds. We were all encouraged to join in and ‘rock’ with him as he played a selection of songs which we all knew. It was a very enjoyable experience for everyone.


We were absolutely thrilled to have taken part in and attended the SEEDC (South East Essex Design Competition) awards ceremony at Chase High School on the evening of Monday 27th March. The SEEDC sees many local primary and secondary schools create showcases of their amazing art and design projects from school. We created an exhibition using work from years 3-6, using ‘Journey Through Time’ as our theme, demonstrating our cross-curricular approach to art and also the progression of skills across the year groups. Year 5 pupils – Paige Hopkirk and Suhailah Baungally – represented the school and did an amazing job, wowing the judges with their knowledge of the processes undertaken to complete t

Red Nose Day

What a brilliant day! The children and staff had a dress down day and donated to Comic Relief in order to wear their jeans and football strips. During the week the children had ‘lip sync’ battles to find the best in each year group and then on Friday there was a battle of the best! The audience was delighted by the performances and the ‘lip syncers’ were all very professional with some fabulous dance moves included. It was very hard to pick the best, but staff voted for Shane in Year 5, who performed ‘Play That Song’ on his own and held the audience in the palm of his hand. The children in KS2 had a special treat when Mr Boatwright performed Adele’s ‘Hello’ with great panache and enthusiasm.

KS2 Celebration Assembly

Well done to our certificate winners this week. We were not able to take the photo on Friday due to the Comic Relief activities but we were able to catch up with them on Monday. Congratulations also go to Stirling for winning the House Cup and to 5G for winning the Attendance Cup (again).

KS2 Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to our certificate winners. It was great to hear how hard you have been working this week. We heard how fantastically well our new members of Year 3 have settled into Friars and we were joined for the first time by Mrs Frost (formerly Miss James) after her recent wedding. Congratulations once again to 5G for winning the Attendance Cup. Their attendance is consistently good. Finally, congratulations to Caernarfon for winning the House Cup. The termly competition between the houses is really heating up going into the final couple of weeks.

Year one campfires

In Year 1, as part of our great fire of London learning, Mrs Bennett's friend Sue came and helped us to make a campfire. She brought her fire pit and we stood around the outside in a circle. We had to use different sized sticks to make the fire. Stick one was as thick as a match. Stick two was as thick as your finger and stick 3 as thick as your wrist! The flames were beautiful and we could feel the warmth even from the edge of the circle. The fire was very smoky so it was good we were wearing old clothes! Once the fire was hot, we toasted our brioche rolls on skewers over the fire. We had to turn them so they didn't get burned. Then Sue showed us how to remove them safely and we sat down an

KS1 Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to all of our achievement leaf winners this week who received leaves for a range of reasons including handwriting improvements, great attitude to work and for producing brilliant work in foundation subjects. Also well done to the children nominated by their class mates as good ‘Buddies.’ Our attendance cup was won by Robins class this week with 98% and the team points were won by Windsor for the second week running.

KS2 Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to everybody for their certificates. They were for a range of reasons including some superb writing and excellent perseverance in maths. Well done Stirling for wi nning the House Cup and to 5G for achieving 100% attendance!

Walk it

On Monday, Year 5 had some special visitors from the local Road Safety Team, who took them outside to highlight the importance of safe roadside behaviour. In class, the children were presented with their very own fluorescent drawstring backpack to ensure they are visible as they are walking to and from school. They reiterated that it is important to make sure we are seen as we travel around near the road. After this, the children were given a demonstration on how long it takes cars to break when there is a hazard in the road. The children were shocked to see the distance it actually takes for a driver’s reactions to take place and the breaks to work effectively! Next, the children took part

World Book Day

Friars celebrated World Book day with a whole week of reading based fun around the theme, “Do Something Booky”. Throughout the week the children took part in reading activities such as ‘drop everything and read’, library visits and class stories read by a mystery guest. We also had the travelling book fair in school all week. A big thank you to everybody who bought books, as proceeds from the book fair will go towards buying top quality books for our own school library. On the Wednesday of Book Week , over 120 parents of children in Reception to Year 3 visited the school for a reading workshop and the opportunity to read with their children in class. For World Book Day itself, there were so

KS2 Celebration assembly

Congratulation to everybody who received a certificate this week. It was an unusual celebration assembly as we had a fantastic display of costumes as children dressed up as a book character to celebrate the conclusion of our Book Week. We didn’t have a chance to take our usual group photo of our certificate winners as we were joined by KS1 to announce the winners of various book related competitions. However, you have all clearly produced excellent work over the course of the week and your teachers were very proud of you. Well done everybody and keep up the hard work.

An unexpected visitor

We had a very unusual visitor after school on Monday 20th February. At 4.30pm the Air Ambulance landed on our school field to deliver a paramedic doctor to an emergency in our local area. As the pilots climbed out, we were very surprised to see that one of them was Prince William! We were talking to them about their very valuable role in the emergency service, when they received a call to say the patient was going to be transported by ambulance to hospital. Before they left, they had a cup of tea made by Mrs Dyer and Miss Gibbons and then went on their way back to base. We were able to take a video of the helicopter as it took off to share with the children during assembly. Prince William g

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