School Events for the year 2009/2010

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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.



Leavers' BBQ
The children in Year 6, together with their parents, were invited to school on Thursday 18th July to a leavers' BBQ.

The event, which took place from 6pm until 7:45pm, was very well attended as over 130 guests came.


A Blast from the Past!
On Friday 16th July, Year 6 performed their end of year play, A Blast From The Past.' A comical look at the childhood their parents would have endured!
From Navy Blue Knickers, to Janet and John, the play took the audience on a merry tour of the past.

Rounders Tournament 2010
On Wednesday 7th July, KSJ sent their Rounders team to Newport to compete in a Rounders tournament. Although we did not win the whole tournament (due in part to terrible umpiring by the VI form students,) we played well. Four wins, one draw and one defeat.

Swap Shop Frenzy!!!
On Friday 25th June, Katherine Semar Juniors held their first official 'Swap Shop'! Boys and girls from all year groups enjoyed trading cards and sharing their collections with one another. Beckham, Messi and Ronaldo were the talk of the town as children frantically tried to complete their collections!

Rounder Competition 2010
On Friday 25th June, KSJ sent teams down to compete in a Rounders tournament. We played schools from all over the district.
There were 5 groups that are teams were put into. We won 2 groups and were runners up in 2 groups.

PowerPoint Presentation

Year 2/3 induction
On Wednesday 23rd June, the Junior School gave a presentation to Year 2 parents regarding their children's transition to Key Stage 2.
If you missed the presentation, or would like to read through it again, please click here...




Aims, Objectives and Ethos
Our school has updated our School Aims, the objectives of the school and the Ethos we have.
Please read them here...

Year 5 visit Writtle Farming Festival
On 27th May, 2010, the Year 5 children participated in the Essex Schools’ Food and Farming Day. The event was held at Writtle College and provided opportunities for the children to develop a better understanding of where their food comes from and why the countryside around Essex looks the way it does.

Year 5 Curriculum Update
During the year, the Year 5 children have covered a wide range of history and geography topics. We recently enjoyed the opportunity to re-visit our work on the Victorians when Oliver Naylor came into school to take us on a journey back to the Victorian era. Oliver used drama to bring aspects of Victorian life to our school. The workshop was very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed by us all. 

Eco Club~ Week 4
This week in eco club we carried on tidying up the wildlife area and started to weed the forest. Not only did we continue that, we continued filling the compost bin and it had even started to compost at the bottom. As we were digging weeds out, we found more of the battered mysterious path at both ends of the wildlife area.

Cricket results - KSJ win league, but lose play off
On Wednesday 19th May, KSJS took three cricket teams, two teams of boys and one girl team - to Saffron Walden Cricket Club to play in the local schools tournament. All teams played well and really enjoyed the afternoon and the first boys' team won their two qualifying matches against RAB and St. Thomas More and finished runners up - only narrowly losing to Radwinter in the final.

Katherine Semar has successfully applied for a free energy display meter. Find out what it will do for us here...

Eco Club~ Week 2
This week at eco club, we have begun to clean up the wildlife area. Not only did we clear up rubbish, we also discovered a path under the mud and soil.

All year groups were involved in the clean up and managed to fill the compost bin at least twice.

What a load of rubbish!
On Thursday 20th May 2010, Cat Auckland visited 3CW to talk about recycling. Having studied recycling within our environment topic, 3CW were able to show off their knowledge and ask interesting questions about recycling within Saffron Walden.


Essex Netball Champions!
KSJ win the Essex County Netball Finals, making us the best school in Essex at Netball!
There are 577 schools in Essex. After 3 rounds there is only one undefeated team!

Well done Katherine Semar Netball Team!

Eco-Club Update
This term, children and staff at Katherine Semar Juniors are going green and are looking to transform the school's environment. The aim is to rejuvenate the wildlife area and create a sustainable area where we can grown fruits and vegetables. Here are a selection of pictures that we took before our project begins!

The History Man visits KSJ
On Thursday 20th May 2010, Oliver Naylor came to KSJ to perform a show to Year 6. It depicted life during WW2 for an evacuee. There was an interactive workshop, where the children hot seated the main character, Donny.

Walk to school week 2010
This week is Walk to School Week and all children are invited to participate. This is a great opportunity to encourage our children to be active and healthy by walking to school every day for one week. If your child lives too far to walk to school, you could consider cycling together, catching a bus or car sharing with a friend to school and parking a safe walking distance from the entrance.
Golfing success for Katherine Semar!
On Friday 7th May, children from Year 4 took part in a Tri-Golf tournament at Saffron Walden County High School.
Pupils worked in small groups, and at the end, the scores from all the schools were revealed. The children from KSJ came in first, second and third place!

Year 3 Library Visit
On Thursday 22nd April 2010, an excited 3CW were invited to Saffron Walden town library. When we arrived we met 3 ladies who kindly told us about the Dewey decimal system which helps the library keep track of where the books are and helps visitors to find the book they need.


Year 3’s class assembly

On May the 6th, year three did their absolutely amazing class assembly...


Year 5 make use of the library
On Thursday 29th April, the Year 5 children enjoyed a morning at Saffron Walden library.

 During the visit, the children had the opportunity to help create a Mind Map about the Ancient Greeks and to use a selection of non-fiction texts to help them research a particular aspect of life in Ancient Greece.

Katherine Semar Win Orienteering Competition
Years 3/4 win their tournament!
Years 5/6 come second!
Congratulations again children!

Impressive third place for KSJ in maths tournament.
Our Year 6 worked hard and achieved well in the annual maths challenge. Out of 13 schools, we came 3rd overall, and were joint leaders for many rounds.

Read about it here...

Year 4 residential to Holt Hall

Look at the photos here..!

Year 4 visit the Saffron Walden Museum
Year 4 visited Saffron Walden Museum during the last week of the Spring term..

It was to support their Ancient Egypt topic and also give a taste of next term’s work on the Tudors.

End of Spring Term Assembly
House Points, Attendance and Bronze, Silver and Gold awards issued during the last day of term assembly.


Haiti Earthquake Appeal
Thank you to all of our parents, children and staff who contributed to our Haiti Earthquake Appeal. We were amazed at the response and are delighted to have raised £211.65!  

KSJ win netball playoff
On Wednesday 17th March, the victorious Netball A team travelled to Newport Free Grammar School to play St. Mary's, Stansted.

KSJ had won the North Uttlesford Netball tournament the previous week, and St. Mary's had won the South Uttlesford Netball tournament. Only one team could be selected for the Essex finals...

KSJ take part in National Science and Engineering Week
March 12-21 this year was National Science and Engineering Week in the U.K.
As part of this celebration of science, all KSJ pupils took part in a variety of activities and investigations in a week-long science fair. The tasks ranged from designing outstanding paper aeroplanes to building a wind powered winch...

KSJ play Dame Bradbury's at football

On Wednesday 10th March Katherine Semar played Dame Bradbury's school in two football matches.
The A team lost 2:1
The B team won 2:0
A mixed set of results, but the children played to a very high standard.

Sports Relief 2010

To take part in this year's Sports Relief, you'll need to open the following file.

Sports Relief picture board.

KSJ win Partnership Netball Championships in style
On Wednesday 10th March, the netball A team travelled to the County High School to take part in a netball competition.

There were 8 teams and KSJ played them all, winning all of their matches with ease. During the 7 matches, KSJ scored 67 goals and conceded only 2.

6NL and 6AH visit the library
Thursday 4th March was World Book Day. As part of their celebration of reading and of literature, 6NL made hats and masks on the theme of the book being used in English at the moment: Chocolate Mousse For Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson. They also took the opportunity to visit the town's Library. 6AH visited a week later, on Thursday 11th March.

KSJ win Netball tournament
On Friday 5th March 3 teams from KSJ went to SWCHS to play against 3 teams from The Meadows primary school from Balsham.
After the success of the family netball tournament the previous week, it was decided to let our D, E and F teams play.
Our D and E teams won all their matches, while team F won one and lost two.

KSJ celebrates World Book Day
On Thursday 4th March, 2010, the children at Katherine Semar Junior School were joined by children from all around the world in celebrating ‘World Book Day’. The day provided an opportunity for children to celebrate their love of reading and of books.


Year 5 visit the Cambridge Botanical Gardens
As part of our Topic work on the Rainforests, the Year 5 children and staff recently enjoyed a visit to the Cambridge Botanical Gardens.
During the day, the children took part in a variety of workshops and were able to develop their understanding of the types of wildlife that can be found in the rainforests of the world. The children enjoyed a tour of the gardens and were amazed to discover a tree that the experts explained was around at the same time as the dinosaurs! (Yes – a tree even older than the teachers!).

Bethany’s Judo victory for KSJ
It was the 28th of February and I was pumped and a bit nervous as I was heading towards a Judo competition (Dacorum Police Championships at Berkhamsted)

I weighed in at 19.5kg making the lightest weight of  U-32kg catagory. As I was eventually called up to fight- I felt ready and prepared. I came out aggressive but foolishly made a simple mistake but luckily I held down the girl I was fighting which won me the fight.

KSJ victorious at every level during Netball tournament
It was smiles and cheers all round as Katherine Semar won each and every group of a netball tournament held at the Saffron Walden County High School. On Friday 26th February 2010, during a blustery winter's day, 8 teams from KSJ ventured down to the County High to play against other schools.

The tournament was held in 5 groups,  each one running as a separate competition. KSJ won each and every group.

Spartak 78 v Saffron Hawks
On Saturday 6th February Saffron Hawks played their away match against Spartak 78.

The game started well with Saffron Hawks keeping a good shape and putting Spartak under a great deal of pressure. Saffron Hawks were rewarded for their continued pressing with 3 goals in the opening 15 minutes of the game, including one long range spectacular strike from Tom S, and two other well worked goals finished off by Callum C. and Tom S.

Final score Spartak 1 – 4 Saffron Hawks

Saffron Hawks 4 - 2 Cheshunt
The under 11s continued their fine form winning another game. The Hawks had plenty of possession but failed to take all their chances until Alice fired in three goals. Read more here...

Gt. Chesterford Girls 3 Katherine Semar Girls 0
Luck wasn't on our side on Thursday 4th February, as our girls' football team failed to hit the back of the net.
As the girls' team played, they showed good passing skills and applied pressure on the Gt. Chesterford team. The girls, who train each Wednesday afternoon, played well, but couldn't convert their chances.

Year 4 visit the Saffron Walden Library
On Thursday 4th February, the children in Year 4 visited Saffron Walden Library.

They attended an Ancient Egyptian workshop and were shown how to locate different resources on Ancient Egyptians.

Gym and Dance performance
On Thursday 28th January, 3CW were invited to take part in a gym and dance performance at Saffron Walden County High School to showcase their talent to 11 other schools from the area.


Linton Zoo Visits Year 5
On Wednesday 20th January the rainforest animals of South America visited Year 5 pupils.

If snakes, spiders, giant cockroaches and bearded dragons aren't your thing, you won't want to view the photos!

Katherine Semar awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark
Katherine Semar Junior School has been recognised for making all its lessons and activities accessible to all students. We are proud to be awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark in January 2010.


Christmas Carol Concert and last day fun!
The snow did not stop KSJ from ending the Autumn term in style. The traditional Christmas movies were interrupted by snowman building fun and then our school carol concert.


End of Autumn Term Assembly 2009
It was victory for Beech this term in our House Point competition and see who has attended school every day this term.

Upper School Christmas Production
On Friday 11th December, Years 5 and 6 present their Christmas production. in anticipation of the event, please look at the cast photos.

Lower School Christmas Production
On Monday 7th December, Years 3 and 4 present their Christmas production. In anticipation of the event, please look at the cast photos.

Music Assembly - Autumn 2009
As the end of term draws nearer, KSJ hold their annual Autumn term music assembly. Pieces were performed by individual musicians, groups, the choir and the school orchestra. The quality of music was as high as ever. Well done to all those who took part.


KSJ Choir sing at Audley End House
Saturday 28th November saw the school's choir go carolling at Audley End House as part of the 'Festive Fun' weekend being held there.

Give Blood
The National Blood Service is having a blood donor session in your local area and we would like to invite you along to the session to donate a pint and save a life.

4AW’s Class Assembly
On Thursday 26th November 2009, 4AW performed their class assembly.
The assembly was about fairytales in Literacy. The main character was Ned, and they recreated the story after …they told Ned (Jacob Hill) to put in adjectives and adverbs to make the story interesting.

Colchester Castle
On Thursday 26th November, 3CW travelled to Colchester Castle as part of their topic on the Romans.

KSJ's Christmas Fair a success
Father Christmas, tombolas, raffles, cafes and games were the order of the day on Saturday 21st November as Katherine Semar Junior School raised almost £2000 during their Christmas fair.
Boys play in large tournament, and girls beat a team that hadn't lost a match for three and a half years! - Football news.
Boys play in gruelling tournament and girls chalk up a 4 - 1 victory. Read about it here...

4LW hold their class assembly
4LW held their class assembly on Thursday 19th November.

They shared information about their topic of India, looking at the culture, faith and traditions of villagers in Sothern India.

Design a Christmas Cup
As part of the preparations for our Christmas fair, children were asked to design a Christmas cup. The quality of the competition was high, and the photo here shows the cups and the winners.


Two wins against St. Thomas More in football.
A team win 3 - 2
B team win 2 - 0.


Results from the Partnership Cross Country
Due to their success in the Family Event, the following children represented the school at the Partnership Cross Country Event. The children competed against many other schools in Essex. The children were a credit to the school and competed superbly. Mr Wallace, Mrs Howett and Mrs Sandwell were all very proud with they way the children behaved themselves.

Hawks take the Victory!
Saffron Hawks 16 - 2 Turnford C

A huge victory for the netball team made up of players from KSJ, and playing in a weekend league.

Author Jose Hofstede visits KSJ
On Wednesday 11th November, the children enjoyed a visit from author, Jose Hofstede. Jose Hofstede has written the Brave Hunter series of children’s books which describe the adventures of Brave Hunter battling pirates, outsmarting dragons and fooling giants!


Year 4 visit  Bhaketivedanta Manor
On 12th November, Year 4 visited Bhaketivedanta Manor. Once we got to Bhaktivedanta Manor and met Indriyesha, who runs the temple, the children were separated into two groups. Whilst at the temple, the children dressed up in saris or as Hindu warriors, taken on an bull cart to view the Manor's cattle and watched a Hindu celebration.

USSP Tag Rugby Finals
Katherine Semar won the tag rugby tournament against the local schools, which meant they qualified in the finals against schools from all over Essex.
Read all the results here...


6AH's Class Assembly 2009
On Thursday 5th November, 6AH performed their class assembly.

The theme of the assembly revolved around their World War 2 topic. The children showed artefacts from the war era including machine gun bullets, shrapnel from exploded mortar bombs, gas masks and ration books.

KSJ successful at the annual Cross Country Event
On Wednesday 4th November, the whole of KSJ walked down to the County High School to take part in the annual Cross Country event. Many schools from North Uttlesford were there, each competing for the honour of representing Uttlesford in the Partnership finals. The top two teams in each race would qualify.

Year 3 Visit local churches
On Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th November, 3CW braved the rainy conditions and embarked on two trips into Saffron Walden to compare two very different Christian churches; the New Life Church and St Mary’s church.


Primary Maths Challenge
Can you answer the following questions from the Primary Mathematics Challenge run by the Mathematical Association?
The Primary Arts Festival 2009
Year 6 children from Katherine Semar, Ashdon, R.A.B., Crishall, St. Thomas More, Great Chesterford and Dame Bradburys all travelled to the 'wrong' schools on Tuesday 3rd November to take part in the Primary Arts Festival.

The mixed up children chose from Art, Music, Dance, Drama and ICT workshops based at the different school, all working on the painting 'The Ambassadors' by Hans Holbein.

Netball Report - Saffron Hawks 10-10 Turnford B
All the girls that played in this game are from Katherine Semar Junior School. This is a club / schools link which we are pleased to recommend to pupils.
It helps improve our game, playing in a weekend league against teams who train netballers that end up playing for England!
Bournemouth Photographs
Take a look at the photos from the Bournemouth visit.
Katherine Screamer's Monster Project
While most of Year 6 were 'sunning' themselves in Bournemouth, the remaining children set about an Art and DT project.
They were commissioned to design and then build a series of 'Monsters.'

3CW's class assembly
On Thursday 22nd October, 3CW had their first class assembly. First of all they gave us a recount about the famous shipwreck of the 'Sepoy' that they have learnt about.

Then they read us coast poems that they have been doing in literacy they used interesting adjectives and WOW words.

Shoe Aid Appeal
Thank you to everyone who donated shoes to the Shoe Aid for Africa appeal. This was a huge success and we now have two boxes overflowing with pairs of shoes ready to be sent to Africa. They have been counted and there are over 200 pairs of shoes that will be sent.

The Big Sing 2009
On Tuesday 20
th October, the Year 5 children participated in the ‘Big Sing Africa!’ at Saffron Walden County High. The ‘Big Sing’ is a charity concert on behalf of WaterAid, a charity providing clean water in developing nations.

KSJ celebrate Harvest
Each class in the school played their part in a whole school assembly on Friday 16th October.
Children and parents generously donated tinned and fresh food, which was donated to the Salvation Army.
Then each year groups displayed their work on Harvest and sang a song to the school.

Latest football news
KSJ girls' team played against Felsted on Thursday 15th October.
Read all about it here.

KSJ dominate and win Tag Rugby Tournament

  • We win 3 of  the 5 pool groups we entered
  • We win the top group, giving us qualification to the Partnership finals
  • We are runner up in the 4th group

Multi-skills festival
On Friday 9th October, children from Year 4 took part in a Multi-Skills Festival at Saffron Walden County High School.



4JA's class assembly
On Thursday 8th October 4JA performed their class assembly.

Firstly they introduced us to their History and R.E. topic Hinduism and India.


100% success rate in netball against St. Thomas More
It was cheers all round for KSJ as our netball teams chalked up convincing victories in the wind and rain.
The A team won 6:0
The B team won 8:1
Read all about it here!

Years 2 and 5 celebrate National Children's Book Week
In Celebration of National Children’s Book Week, the Year 2 and Year 5 children from Katherine Semar Infants and Junior schools worked together to produce some wonderful Literacy and art work. The children’s work was based on the book ‘Into the Forest’ by the Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne.

Year 3 Visit to Cromer
Year three took a visit to Cromer, Norfolk, to continue their studies on coasts. read Corey and Liam's recount here...


Year 6 Trip to RAF Duxford
On Thursday 1st October, Year 6 visited RAF Duxford as part of their studies on World War 2.


Year 5 go to Audley End House
On Wednesday 30th September, the Year 5 children visited Audley End House as part of their Topic work on the Victorians. To enhance their experience, the children dressed up in Victorian style costumes for the day – they looked fantastic!


KSJ celebrates 'Yellow' Day!
Last week, the Essex Air Ambulance landed in our school field to raise awareness for their service.
On Friday 25th September, pupils had a non uniform day to raise money for the Essex Air Ambulance. The only twist being that they had to wear an item of clothing that was yellow.

SATs results 2009
Our 2009 SATs results are now ready for publication. We are very proud of the children's achievements. Please take a look.


6NL’s class assembly
On Thursday the 24th September 6NL had their class assembly.
First of all they introduced us to Science; they told what is in a circuit:


Football Report
On Wednesday 23rd September 2009, KSJ played St. Mary's in 2 football matches.
Team A won 5:1
Team B won 7:0

Creative Writing Workshop
On Friday 18th September, a group of Year 5 children had the opportunity to attend a Creative Workshop at the Friends’ School.
During the morning, the children worked in groups to create a ‘woven’ blanket based upon a forest or a mountain theme. The finished results were a real celebration of the children’s creative and artistic talents!

Essex Air Ambulance visits Katherine Semar Schools
On Friday 18th September, children from Katherine Semar Junior and Infant schools enjoyed a visit from the Essex Air Ambulance helicopter.


Virtual Tour
Take the virtual tour of our school. Check out the classrooms, facilities and grounds.
It has been two years since our last update... Take a look at the changes that have taken place in that time.

Updated Meal Menus
Our meal menus have changed slightly. Please take a look at what is on offer each day.
Updated Term Dates
The dates for the 2009/2010 academic year are now available on-line.