Family Picnic

We had a wonderful afternoon on picnic day! It was lovely to see so many of you. Mr Reeve led a great warm-up – who knew he had so many moves? Mrs Monk and the cheerleaders gave us a brilliant demonstration and then showed us a short routine to follow. Miss Linden and the Dance Crew were next and got lots of you up and moving in the chorus. There were lots of children having a go at ‘beat the goalie’, and parachute games. There is a real community spirit around Friars and it was also great to see how well everyone cleared up the field. We are sorry the event had to be cut short due to the incredibly hot weather. A big thank you to Mrs Stephens and her team for making a lovely picnic and once

Attendance Raffle

If a child has 100% attendance a raffle ticket is added to the key stage 1/reception or key stage 2 attendance raffle box. At the end of the term, tickets are drawn from the box and children win prizes. This term our prizes included tickets for the Sealife Centre, Adventure Island and Marsh Farm – all kindly donated by the Parents Association. The Southend Lions Club support our raffle each term with a £100 donation. This enables us to give a £50 gift card to each key stage as a prize! We are very grateful for this very generous gift! Congratulations to all of the prize winners! I hope you enjoy your prizes!

High 5 Netball

Team Friars have been at another Essex Finals, this time in High 5 Netball. After qualifying at the Southend event the team were up against the best in Essex at the Summer Games in Basildon. The Team played together well, demonstrating their passing and movement around court to a high standard. The team came away with a few wins but were unable to medal this time. However this is the best a Friars Netball Team have achieved for some time and we are very proud of your success this year.

KS2 Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to last week's certificate winners. It is late in the term but it is great to hear that you are all still working hard. Well done to 3VL for winning the Attendance Cup and to Windsor for winning the House Cup.

KS1 Sports day

It was a scorching hot day that saw lots of parents, grandparents and siblings come out to support their children in the Key Stage 1 sports day. After many amazing races involving egg and spoons, bean bags, skipping ropes, footballs and space hoppers, the children then sat back to watch two epic parent’s shuttle ball races. The scores were then counted up and after a very close contest, the yellow team of Caernarfon were crowned Key Stage 1 winners. A huge well done to all of the children taking part and a big thank you to everybody who came to support the children so well.

Year 2 visit Colchester Zoo

After what seemed like an eternal wait, the Year two trip to Colchester Zoo finally arrived. Sixty very excited children and 10 equally excited teachers climbed on board the bus and left Friars behind for an amazing day seeing lots of the animals they had been learning about during the summer term. The children were fascinated to see over 30 different species of animal including sea lions, lions, tigers, snakes, piranha fish and penguins up close but the highlight of the day had to be feeding the giraffes and elephants. The children were very brave as they stood perfectly still to let a huge African elephant take fruit straight from their hand with their trunks or an extremely tall giraffe t

Dogs Trust visit

In the summer term, we were very excited to welcome Dogs Trust to Friars. They gave very informative and interesting workshops. Year 4 had a workshop called Dogs in War that linked to their history topic of WW2. Year 5 had a literacy workshop. They learnt about how to be responsible dog owners and explained this through letter writing. All of the children were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed their visits.

Year 4 assembly - grandparent feedback

Each year our children have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through their year group assembly which they perform to the school and to parents and carers. A lot of work goes into writing and rehearsing for these assemblies, which meant it was greatly appreciated when we received the following note. We are glad that you enjoyed it.

Thriftwood trip

Year 5 had a fantastic week at Thriftwood Scout Camp in Brentwood. We were lucky with the weather as we spent time outside in tents and completing a number of activities including the climbing wall, a 3D maze, problem solving, a cresta run, archery and nerf guns, as well as the water activities rafting and kayaking on the final day. The children were a credit to the school with their enthusiasm and good behaviour and returned home suitably tired after an amazing three days at the camp. Well done Year 5!

KS2 Celebration assembly

Congratulations to our certificate winners this week. 6D managed to win the Attendance cup and there was a three way tie for the House Cup between Stirling, Stormont and Windsor!

London Bus Theatre Company visit

Last week, Year 6 were visited by the London Bus Theatre Company. After some fun warm-up activities, the children took part in discussions about alcohol and its effects. The workshop also informed them of important choices they may need to make as they move into secondary school and beyond. It talked about the pressures they may face from peers and how to make the right decisions. The children learnt a lot and enjoyed themselves at the same time.

Year 6 - Southend week

During the week beginning Monday 4th June, whilst the vast majority of Year 6 were on their way to the Isle of Wight, a small group of Year 6 children were tucked up in bed, because Monday was an Inset day. Tuesday was when the fun really began. The children trouped down to ‘The Toby Carvery’ along Eastern Esplanade where after games and a taste test, they were treated to a full roast dinner. They spend the afternoon in Southchurch Park, where some of them still have enough room for an ice-cream. Wednesday was spent on an ‘egg-speriment’ – scrambled, fried, boiled, poached. The children then made sandwiches for their lunch and angel cakes for an afternoon treat. The RNLI station at the end

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