Netball Festival

Congratulations to Team Friars netballers who secured 3rd place in the Netball League this season. A fabulous achievement with so many talented schools competing in this every year. The team have worked very well together showing and highlighting the School Games Values and demonstrating again to Southend what an amazing school Friars is. Well done, we are very proud of you all.

Year 2 Visit Colchester Zoo

We had a very exciting trip to Colchester Zoo this month. The children all enjoyed the coach trip with lots of singing and travelling games. While we were there we were able to touch a giant African snail, feed giraffes and elephants and commandeer the land train for our own exclusive visit to the lemur enclosure. While we were in there the children were so quiet that the lemurs were brave enough to jump on them. Mrs Snow, Mr Roche, Mr Smith, Mrs Poulton and Mrs James were all lucky enough to experience a lemur on their shoulder. The zoo keeper said he had never seen the lemurs be so friendly, especially with a large group. We enjoyed our picnic lunch near the otter enclosure and also saw li

KS1 Celebration Assembly

We started our assembly today with a celebration of our brilliant KS1 borough sports team – They came second overall and performed amazingly, in true Friars fashion…. They never gave up!! – Well done Team Friars! Super effort from KS1 this week on our keywords. We gave out over 20 certificates, proving that Friars children keep learning and pushing themselves right up until the end of term. We even awarded a record 5 penguin certificates to Brayden, Taylor, Hollie, Rebecca and Charlie, who now know all of their keywords Well done to all of our achievement leaf winners who received awards for independence, perseverance, acting on constructive comments and working hard to get great results We

KS2 Celebration Assembly

We had a very busy celebration assembly today. We heard about our Year 4 girls who decided to do fundraising for the school off their own back and were recognised in the Echo; our fantastic cheerleaders who performed amazingly at an international competition; some star performances from sports day; and a host of other brilliant achievements from across the week. Well done to Stormont who have levelled up the House Cup competition with Windsor heading into the final week and to 3WL for winning the Attendance Cup with 100%.

The Mini Games Festival

Team Friars were at Eastwood Academy for the final sporting event of the calendar year, The Mini Games Festival. The children participated in an inclusive event participating in activities based around sports that include athletics, football, tennis, dodgeball plus many others. All the schools attending where encouraged to work on the School Games Values of ‘Team Work’, ‘Honesty’, ‘Passion’, ‘Determination’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Self Belief’. Friars children have been looking at these values this year and were chosen by Eastwood Academy Young Leaders as a School who displayed these values throughout this event. Well done to the team, you are all amazing young athletes and role models.

Family Picnic

This year, Friars Primary School and Nursery, decided to have the Sports Days and Summer Picnic on the same day. The Parent Council had suggested this would help working families who would need to take time off work. What a brilliant success! The weather certainly smiled on everyone – it was supposed to rain by lunch – instead there was blazing sunshine. Families enjoyed the school picnic with a gift of bubbles, or brought their own, and enjoyed the company of others as they relaxed on the field. Ice-lollies, ice-creams and cold drinks were sold and these proved very popular on such a hot day! Everyone soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed the delicious food and it was lovely to see whole famil

NSPCC Assembly & workshops

Following on from our informative KS2 NSPCC assembly on Thursday 4th July, Year 6 took part in an important NSPCC workshop on Monday 8th July. To begin, the children recapped their learning from the assembly by being reintroduced to Buddy the speech bubble. They were reminded that Childline is always open 365 days of the year and ready to listen to any problem, big or small. In addition, the children learnt that phone calls made to Childline are kept confidential unless the counsellors feel they are in danger or if the caller asks for them to make further contact with the appropriate agencies. The students recalled that phone calls to 0800 1111 are free from any phone and that there is also

KS1 Borough Sports

Today our KS1 Athletics team were at Garons for the Borough Sports. The team raced well in the space hopper, egg and spoon, skipping and relay running races to finish up in a very impressive 2nd place. Well done to the whole team.

Cricket Festival

This week our Boys and Girls Cricket Teams were at Southchurch Park for the Chance to Shine Cricket Festival. 10 schools from Southend were able to play friendly matches and pick up some cricket knowledge from the young coaches who were there to help run the event. Both teams played exceptionally well winning many of their games.

Gemma's Farm

Reception children had a wonderful end of year experience when Gemma’s Farm came to visit Friars. We were all amazed with how many animals there were. Farmer Gemma, along with her assistant Holly quickly engaged the children with facts and information about the animals. Some children enjoyed taking the pony for a walk, others were able to bottle feed the lambs whilst some bravely held ducks, chickens, mice and chicks. All children and staff had a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day which provided the stimulus for many further activities.

Year 6 Metrobank

This half term, year 6 have been visited by staff from Southend’s branch of Metrobank. Through the use of an activity book, the children have learnt amount money, savings and budgeting. Over the course of 3 workshops, the children have learnt about the benefits of saving money with a bank and the meaning of interest. In addition, year 6 looked at the difference between spending on ‘wants’ such holidays and ‘needs’ such as rent when they are older. They are aware that sometimes we need to make cut backs in our day to day spending in order to save for items we really want. Additionally, they learnt that it is a good idea to plan for their savings, setting themselves a target and identifying ho

Alphabet Poem

By Marley Duncombe, 4G Air raid sirens screaming their orders, BOOM! BANG! go bombs against borders, Colossal buildings crumble to crusts, Digging a shelter is a must, Echoes of children’s evacuation, Farewells, goodbyes, sad occasion, Good billets, nervous minutes, Heartbroken men dodging bullets, In the sky, grumbling, growling planes, Joyless parents, full of pain.

NSPCC Assembly & Workshops

We were delighted to welcome Ann from the NSPCC to deliver assemblies and workshops at Friars. The children met Buddy the Mascot and learned about the different abuse children can suffer and how important it is to speak out. They talked about all of the different people they can to talk to and heard about how to contact help through Childline (0800 1111). They listened attentively to two stories of children who had problems and how they shared them with Childline. A big thank you to the NSPCC for making this so child friendly and encouraging the children to SPEAK OUT, STAY SAFE!

Isle of Wight 2019

On Monday 3rd June, Year 6 set forth once again for the annual residential trip to the Isle of Wight. Again, they stayed at St. Michael’s Hotel in the Sandown, where the company was great, the food was amazing and every single child (well almost) was asleep by 11:00pm. The journey down was obstacle free and we arrived on the island in time to visit the beach before dinner and were able to return again after dinner. Tuesday morning was at Alum Bay where the children watched sweets and glass being made. The sweets – candy floss flavour – were delicious, the final object created from the glass blowing was as exquisite as ever. The children also had the opportunity to fill an object of their cho

Year 3 Home Safety Visit

Essex fire and rescue service in collaboration with Essex police visited Year 3 on Monday 1st July to give a presentation on home safety and crime prevention. The children all listened carefully to the presentation and answered questions relating to home safety showing an excellent awareness of the main topics. They learnt what to do in the event of a fire in the home, focusing on the three outs: get out, stay out and call the fire brigade out. In addition, they learnt to recognise other potential fire hazards in the home, including electrical hazards such as the safest surfaces for charging a mobile phone. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed the visit and produced some safety posters of their own af

Portico Art and Design Exhibition

We were delighted to showcase art and design work from across the Portico Academy Trust at Friars. There were exhibits from EYFS to Year 6 and the standard of the work was excellent across all five schools. Thank you to all of the parents who joined us to view the exhibition. The children really loved visiting the exhibition and it inspired some further artwork in some classes. We are sure that this will be built on next year as it was such a lovely experience for all involved.

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