2008 - 2009 Events

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School Visits & Trips
We feel that visits from school to places which will support and enhance the children's learning area an important part of school life.
Most classes will make one or two visits per year to further the Curriculum. We also arrange visits to school by authors and poets, actors, theatre groups, scientific and historical re-enactment groups or individuals who are of interest and relevant to the study focus.
Each year group has the opportunity to go on a Residential Extended Journey during the year. These vary in length depending on the age group of the children and are to a variety of areas in the country.
Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of each trip. Residential trips can be paid for over a period of months with a contribution towards the total cost being paid monthly.

School Productions
One of the highlights of the year are the school productions which are held at Christmas. There is one lower school and one upper school production, with every child in the school participating on stage. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff, the plays are always of a very high standard.



End of Year Assembly
Cycling Proficiency, Gold and Silver House Point Awards, Attendance Certificates and Beech win the House Points competition for 2009. Read about it all here.

Year 6 leavers' BBQ
The weather was kind on Thursday 16th July for the Year 6 leavers' BBQ. Parents and children were welcome and enjoyed a feast of burgers, hotdogs and salad on the warm July evening.
The BBQ was to mark the end of the children's time at Katherine Semar Junior School.

A Holiday and a Half
Year 6 ended the academic year on a high with their production of A Holiday and a Half. The plot is set in a low-budget holiday camp (Bunter's) where the prized racing camels go missing. The hunt is on to find out which of the disgruntled employees would have committed this heinous crime!


Saffron Walden District Sports
The following pupils all took in the Saffron Walden Family Athletics meet on Wednesday 8th July at Helena Romanes School.

Saffron Hawks is launched
KSJ is proud to be involved in the creation of new sports clubs to serve the community of Saffron Walden.
Click here for more information on our linked clubs for Football and Netball.

KSJ Girls' new football kit
The manager of Saffron Walden Girls’ Football Club visited Katherine Semar Junior School to present the girls’ team with a new football kit.


Sports Day 2009
Great fun and a friendly competitive spirit was on show on Thursday 2nd July as the whole school took part in our annual Spots Day. The weather was hot, and every child was asked to wear their hat, carry their water bottle and bring their sun cream in to school, to ensure no one got burnt!

Tesco Vouchers 2009
A big thank you to everyone who gave us Tesco vouchers this year.
We collected more than ever!

West Stow Educational Visit - 2009
On Wednesday 10th June, the Year 3 children enjoyed a visit to West Stow Anglo-Saxon village.

 The children have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings in their Topic work. When the children first arrived at West Stow, they were shown around the marvellous museum and were able to try on Anglo-Saxon costumes!

International Day - 2009
On Friday 26th June 2009 KSJ celebrated International Day. Our school is made up of children of many nationalities and our diversity was celebrated through a whole day of activities and an assembly.



4JA class assembly
On Thursday 25th June, Mrs Archer’s class preformed their class assembly to the whole school about: food chains in science and King Henry the VIII in History.
Pictures to follow...


3AS class assembly
On Friday 18th June, Miss Spearpoint’s class performed their class assembly to the whole school (KSJS) and this is what happened…

Firstly, we were told that they have been studying: Anglo Saxons, Romans and Vikings. We were told a small amount of information about them both.

KSJ win Essex Science Quiz
On Wednesday the 10th of June, 4 pupils from Katherine Semar Junior School went to Lawford Mead Primary School to participate in the Essex heat of a science quiz and WON!


KSJ win Inter-school Rounders tournament
On Friday 5th June, KSJ were due to play in an Inter-School tournament at the SWCHS. Unfortunately, it was cancelled on the day.
Undeterred, the teams from Henham and Ugley came to KSJ, and we spontaneously hosted an eight team tournament. (6 teams from KSJ and 2 teams from Henham and Ugley.)

Year 5 - Kessingland Residential
On Wednesday 20th May, until Friday 22nd may, Year 5 travelled to Kessingland, for a 3 day residential.
Read the recount of their trip and view the photos here...

Thrones and unique chairs!
Most of the Year 5 children went to Kessingland for a three day residential. For those who stayed behind, there was a three day Art and Design project waiting for them! After two days, the chairs were almost finished and what a make over they had received!

4LW's Class assembly
On Thursday 21st May Miss Walbanke’s (Year 4) class presented their assembly. The assembly was about Henry the VIII and his 6 wives. The children presented it to us in a TV show style, (Was I really a bad husband?) with the hosts as Ruby H and Chloe S.

Year 3 residential to St. Mark's College
The Year 3 children who went on the residential trip had a really enjoyable time. For many it was one of the first experiences of being away from home and all of the children rose to the occasion! St Mark’s is a perfect location for a Year 3 residential; the children slept in ‘cottage style’ dormitories and enjoyed three wonderfully homemade meals each day.

Year 5 Visit to Kessingland
Year 5 have gone to Kessingland, Suffolk, for their residential visit.
Catch up with their latest news here.

KSJ Vs Friends - Cricket
Read all about our nail-biting match between Katherine Semar Junior School and Friends School.

The league is balanced, with every team having won and lost one match. Our fate this year hangs on the result between us and RAB, which will happen next week. Good luck KSJ!

Year 4 residential visit - Holt Hall

Read all about Year 4's residential visit to Holt Hall, in Norfolk. Now many more photos!

Year 3 are getting greener!

On Thursday 7th May, children from Year 3 were given the opportunity to meet Mr Clarke, the Waste & Recycling Officer from Uttlesford District Council.

SWCHS Tri-Golf Tournament 2009
Children from Year 3 took part in a Tri-Golf tournament at Saffron Walden County High School.

The children competed in teams of 10-12, practising various golf skills against the clock. There were twelve bases and each team got an opportunity to try their hand at different golfing techniques.

KSJ knock Gt. Chesterford for Six!

KSJ do it again, this time in Cricket, beating Gt. Chesterford by 57 runs in a cricket held at the Anglo-American Cricket Club.


3CG's Class Assembly
On Thursday 7th May, 3CG performed an amusing and interactive class assembly about: turning our world in to a greener place to live!


Year 4 residential visit - News

The residential visit page will be updated daily.

Give us a 'K' - Give us a 'S' - Give us a 'J' ...

On Tuesday 5th May, children from Years 4 and 5 were given the opportunity to practise their cheerleading skills with a qualified instructor.

They are hoping to be included in a Cheerleading club that is to start in the Autumn.

Spring Term Assembly 2009

Another term draws to a close, and it's time to celebrate all the good things that have happened this term.

The children who have been present each day this year, without ever being late were awarded their attendance certificates.

Children who have reached the Bronze and Silver House Point awards received their certificates.

the House Points were added up, and the winning house were awarded the shield.

KSJ Football Team win Tournament
Huge congratulations are due to the school boys football team. After 5 gruelling matches, KSJ won the SWCHS tournament. Matches were against: Dame Bradbury's; Thaxted, Dunmow, St. Mary's (Dunmow) and RAB. The boys were presented with their first place medals.

Quiz Club 2009

On March 12th 2009 - the Katherine Semar Quiz Club team competed in the regional heats of the Quiz Club Competition.

National Science Week

As part of National Science and Engineering Week, all pupils took part in a series of investigations and experiments in school last week. Many local schools also carried out these investigations as heats for a local 'Science Olympiad'.

Comic Relief 2009

Red nose day was celebrated in style at Katherine Semar Juniors with games and cakes sales.

A total of £487.81 was raised. Thank you to all that helped raise the money.

KSJ Netball team win League (Large Schools)

A huge congratulations to Katherine Semar's Netball team.

On March 11th 2009, they travelled to SWCHS to take part in a Netball tournament.

Challenge of the week

Take part in Mr. Johnson's Challenge of the week.

World Book Day – Celebrating our love of reading

A huge thank you to everyone who made a ‘book hat’ or donated books and cakes in celebration of World Book Day. The hats were amazing and the staff were impressed by the variety of books represented and the quality of the hats.


Netball Tournament 2009

On Friday 27th February 2009, Katherine Semar sent four teams to the County High to take part in an Inter-school Netball Tournament.


Ofsted Report - January 2009

Our latest Ofsted report is now available to read.

Snowmen pictures! - Now 50 photos!
Unfortunately, the snowman competition is now over.
Thank you for the 50 snowmen we received!

House Points will be issued on Wednesday 4th February.

All photos will be published on the website and House Points given for the most creative!

Add a piece of Katherine Semar uniform for extra House Points!

Good luck, and happy building!

Saffron Walden Dance Festival 2009
A group of children from Year 3 took part in the Key Stage 2 Gymnastics and Dance festival at Saffron Walden County High School.

KSJ's new P.E. Kit

We are pleased to unveil our new P.E. Kit.

Children may still choose to wear either dark blue or black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, but we have introduced two distinct styles of P.E. shirts. Both are available at Grey Palmer's clothing store in Saffron Walden.

During the warmer weather, we have a lightweight 'football' style shirt. This is made from breathable materials, which will help keep the children cool during the summer. It is stylish and in school colours.

When the weather is cold, we have a thicker 'rugby' style shirt. This will keep our children warmer when working outside. As the shirt is reversible, it can also be used to quickly distinguish between teams during games. If the weather feels cold enough, the children may choose to put both tops on, removing their top layer once they have warmed up.

Maths Puzzle Week Photos
This week, we held a Maths Puzzle week and it has once again been a great success with the children having many opportunities to solve a variety of puzzles and investigations both in their classes and in their year groups. All the school really enjoyed the Happy Company Puzzle workshops and many children and parents came after school to buy some of the puzzles for themselves.

Maths Puzzle Week
Monday 19th to Friday 23rd January is Katherine Semar's Puzzle Week. The Happy Puzzle Company will be visiting us, and we have a sponsored Maths event, to raise money for the NSPCC.

To help you prepare for the week, try the puzzles below. If you can complete 3 or more of the puzzles, print it out and take them to Mr. Hull. You will be rewarded with House Points.

We have completed our Ofsted successfully. The report will be sent to parents and placed on the website as soon as it arrives, which will be in approximately two weeks. Thank you to all parents who sent back the questionnaire.

Activemark Award for KSJ
We are very proud to announce that Katherine Semar Junior School has achieved the Activemark status.
All schools are now automatically assessed for one of the marks through the national school sport survey, which all School Sport Partnership schools take part in.

Christmas Carol Concert 2008
On Friday 19th December, Katherine Semar Junior School held their first outdoor Christmas Carol Concert.
By performing outdoors, we were able to invite all our parents to celebrate this event with us. Over 140 parents attended.

End of Term Parties
To celebrate the end of term, our classes held Christmas Parties. The children were allowed to attend school in their best party clothes.
Each year groups designed a menu of games and activities and were amused by an entertainer who performed magic tricks and hosted 'The X factor.'

End of the Autumn Term Assembly
On Thursday 18th December we celebrated the end of term through our assembly.
The children were not in school uniform in preparation for their afternoon parties! Firstly, Mrs. Callaghan announced all the children who had not missed a single day of term and had never been later either. They were awarded 10 house points each.

Mr. Humbug Sees The Light - Y3 + 4 Production
On Wednesday 17th December Years 3 and 4 performed their Christmas production 'Mr Humbug Sees the Light'. The play is a modern version of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'.

Cinders - Upper School Production
On Friday 12th December, Katherine Semar's Upper School proudly presented Cinders, a traditional fairytale with a twist! The children performed at 2:00pm and 6:00pm with both performances running smoothly.

An Interview with Mrs. Seymour
Mrs. Seymour has worked at Katherine Semar Junior School since 2006. She is a Learning Support Assistant in school, but also runs Ace Kids Club (Katherine Semar's breakfast, after school and holiday club).
Read more information about her here...

T-Towels for Christmas
During November, the children decided to help raise funds for the school by producing a T-towel with their pictures on it. As you can see, the results are fantastic and they are now on sale from the PTA or through the school, priced at £5.00. These would make great Christmas presents for friends and family.

Q103FM - Katherine Semar's Got Talent!
On Thursday 4th December, presenters from Q103FM's breakfast show arrived at Katherine Semar Junior School to make a recording.
The school choir, plus 3 deserving additional singers from each class sang a Christmas jingle.
An Interview with Mrs. C. Graham
Mrs. Graham joined KSJ in 2008. She is a Literacy specialist and has made an immediate impact on the way Literacy is taught in school. She currently works in Year 3 with Miss. Spearpoint.
Christmas Fair - 2008
Katherine Semar Junior held its Christmas fair on Saturday 29th November. The annual event was organised by the school's thriving PTA and included: Father Christmas; a BBQ; Lucky dip; Guess the number of sweets in a jar; a School Council stall; cake stall; tombola and plenty of activities and games.

Year 4 visit to Bhaketivedanta Manor
On 27 November, Year 4 visited Bhaketivedanta Manor.
As it is near Watford, we had to be at school at 8am.

Once we got to Bhaktivedanta Manor and met Indriyesha, who runs the temple...

An Interview with Mr. Boland
Mr. Boland is the Site Manager for both the Junior school and the Infant school.
We sent two Year 6 pupils off to find out more about him (and improve their interviewing skills!)

Find out more about him here...
An Interview with Mme. Rowden
Every child at KSJ receives a weekly French lesson. Madame Rowden has worked at Katherine Semar since 2004 and she is responsible for Modern Foreign Languages.

Find out more about her here...

An Interview with Mrs. Archer
Mrs. Archer has worked at KSJ since April 2007. She is responsible for History and Geography throughout the school.  Find out more about her here...

An Interview with Mr. Wallace
Mr. Wallace has worked at KSJ since 2007. Find out more about him here...

Bournemouth 2008
In October 2008, Year 6 students went to Bournemouth for a 4 day residential.

Model Village
While most of Year 6 were on their residential in Bournemouth, the remaining children merged into a single class under the direction of Mr. Hull. They planned and created a model village based on 1:76 scale, using nets of 3D shapes to create buildings like houses, pubs, shops, churches and inns.

Year 3 visit to New Life Pentecostal Church

Year 3 very much enjoyed their visit to the New Life Pentecostal Church on Shire Hall, Saffron Walden. The children went to visit the church as part of their R.E. work on Christianity and found it interesting to compare it with St. Mary' Church

The Big Sing
On Tuesday 21st October 2008, children from Year5 and 6 took part in the Big Sing. A group of five primary schools sang in a concert. Along with Katherine Semar Juniors were Ashdon Primary school, Dame Bradbury's School, St. Mary's C of E Primary School and St. Thomas More RC primary school.
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Harvest Assembly
On Friday 17th October, the children at KSJ celebrated Harvest with an assembly. Each class performed a song, and presented some work on the theme of Harvest.

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RAF Duxford
On Thursday 2nd October, Year 6 took a trip to RAF Duxford, visiting the Battle of Britain Hanger, Airspace hanger and the Land Warfare hanger as part of their work on World War 2.
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St. Mary's Church Visit
Year 3 went to St. Mary's Church as part of their RE topic on Christianity. Miss Spearpoint guided them around the church discussing it's features and the various uses of the church in the local community. They walked there and had a great time.
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Jiangsu Theatre
On Tuesday the 30th September, Year 6 were invited to County High School to attend a performance of the travelling Jiangsu Theatre company from China. The theatre company is in Essex as part of the recent cultural festival establishing and celebrating links between China and Essex.
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Audley End - Year 5 visit
On Wednesday 24th September Year 5 went on an educational visit to Audley End in Saffron Walden.

The children are currently studying the Victorians and the visit would make the learning feel more interactive for them. The day consisted of a tour inside Audley End house looking at the various rooms downstairs. In contrast, they were also taken through the servants quarters upstairs.   >> more information

Michaelmas Fair
On Saturday 20th September, the Katherine Semar Junior school choir performed as part of the Saffron Walden Michaelmas celebrations. The day's celebrations, organised by the Saffron Walden Lions Club, included Morris Dancing, performances by the town's swing band and a fun fair on the common.
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Watch this SPACE!
On Tuesday 9th September,
Peter Ingram, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an affiliate of the University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy visited Katherine Semar Junior School to talk to the children about meteors, asteroids and comets.
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Updated Term Dates
Our Year's term dates are now updated.

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Updated Meal Menus
We now work on a four week meal menu cycle. Please check out our delicious and healthy menu.

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Newsletter and Autumn Term letters
Please read all the information regarding our new academic year.

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