School Events for the year 2010/2011


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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.



Leaver's BBQ (Better late than never!)
At the end of the Summer term, the former Year 6 pupils, together with their parents, visited Katherine Semar for a leavers' BBQ.
The weather was lovely and the atmosphere pleasant.
Due to popular request (Julia B to be precise) the photos are finally uploaded to the website.

Meet the Governors
Mrs. Jane Boyle is our newest School Governor. Read about her here and meet the other Governors...

Year 6 Leavers' Production
What a hero!
What an inspiration!
What a knight!

Year 6 visit RAF Duxford
On 28th June 2011, Year 6 visited RAF Duxford as part of their topic on World war 2 and Britain since 1948.
The Homefront talk was a fascinating insight into lives of children during World War 2. We learnt about fashion, evacuation, music from the time, rationing and how to extinguish an incendiary bomb!

4th Place out of 22 schools in Rounders Tournament
KSJS (8 1/2) beat Debden (2 1/2)
KSJS (8 1/2) beat Great Chesterford (1 1/2)
KSJS (7) beat Friends school (4)

Out of school achievement
A pupil shared her success in the recent local horticultural competition held at Golden Acre. Pupils have been busy winning swimming club galas, tennis club competitions, gaining ballet and gymnastics awards and competing and winning trampolining competitions. One of our pupils has even achieved a Chief Scout silver award!

New Meal Menus
We have updated our meal menus. Take a look here...

Four Teams top the Rounders leagues
On Friday 27th May, Katherine Semar sent Year 6 and a handful of Year 5 pupils to the County High School to take part in a Rounders tournament.

The hard work and training paid off handsomely, as we won four out of the five groups. We were runners up in the group we didn't win.

Cream of the County - Triumph in County Finals
On Wednesday 25th May, Katherine Semar Juniors travelled to Basildon Sporting Village to compete in the County High 5s netball tournament. The team were representing Uttlesford and were keen to retain their trophy. They were placed in Pool A with six other schools with the aim of coming in the top two to qualify for the finals.

Katherine Semar Summer Fete
The bunting was out and the sun shone as the PTA led Summer Fair took place on Saturday 21st May 2011. A huge number of helpers moved tables, chairs and stock out to the field to prepare a fantastic day of activities.

Katherine Semar Netballers win Play-off
On Monday 16th May, Katherine Semar played Manuden School in a High-5s netball match. The winner of this match would go on to represent Uttlesford at the County event held in Basildon.
Read here for a full report on a great win.

KSJ Win Cricket Match against Dame Bradbury's
On Wednesday 11th May, Katherine Semar played Dame Bradburys 'B' team in Kwik Cricket. The team made their down to the Anglo American sports fields to play their first of three fixtures in pool B.

Katherine Semar Triumph at Netball Tournament
On Wednesday 5th May, Katherine Semar Juniors competed in the Uttlesford School Sports Partnership 'Large Schools' High 5s Netball tournament. They had to play five matches against schools from the Uttlesford area. The team with the most points would face another school in a play-off match to determine who would represent Uttlesford in the County tournament.

Year 6 perform 'The Big Sing'
On Wednesday 30th March, 52 Year 6 pupils took part in this year's Big Sing concert. There were around 200 primary school pupils from KSJS, Dame Bradbury's, Great Chesterford, Stanley Drapkin and St. Mary's and in addition to them, the Intermediate and Chamber choirs from the High School.

Year 4 residential.. Photos
Just before half term, Year 4 went on their residential visit. Here are some additional photos of their trip.

Day 50
The chickens move out...
Find out more about chickens here.

End of term Assembly
The end of term assembly showed off the children's achievements throughout the term. In particular, the children who achieved 100% attendance were rewarded with a certificate recognising their achievement, and each was awarded 10 house points.
The House points for the term were added up, with Sycamore winning by a narrow margin of 42 House points. In the Spring term they collected over 4,000!

Year 4 Fun at Kingswood
We arrived safely at Kingswood yesterday after a great day out and a picnic lunch at Thetford Forest.
On our arrival at Kingswood, we were welcomed by our team leaders who gave the children and staff a tour of the site. We were amazed at just how beautiful the grounds are! After the tour, the children were shown to their rooms and allowed time to unpack. More...

Year 4 visit the library 
On Thursday 24th March, 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. As well as this, the children were introduced to the fantastic facilities that the library has to offer.

Year 6 complete their Slipper day
On Tuesday 22nd March, Year 6 enjoyed a whole day of Design & Technology. The project was to produce a prototype slipper and, having completed initial designs last week, the pupils had collected materials and were raring to get started.



Cooking Cupcakes
On Friday 18th March, Year 4 did some cookery with Mrs Kelly. The children were very excited about using the new cooking facilities that the school has to offer and set about making Ancient Egyptian cupcakes.



Student Voice Conference
On Thursday 10th March, the school councillors of Katherine Semar Juniors went to the County High school for a student voice conference. As well as Katherine Semar, there was R.A.B, Mountfitchet MCC, St Thomas More and St Mary's.


4AW Perform their class assembly
On Thursday 17th March, 4AW performed their class assembly. The children showed their work they had been doing on Ancient Egypt. This included: sharing knowledge they had researched on Egypt and fact files they had produced;


Hot and Bothered!
Children in Year 3 have been learning how to keep their cool when it comes to fire safety. On Tuesday 15th March, Year 3 were very excited to welcome 2 professional firemen to the school - and that was just the teachers!

Katherine Semar Win all Six Netball Competitions!
The teachers were very impressed, and the children were delighted when we won every group in the annual netball competition against RA Butler, St. Thomas More and Radwinter.
 Here are the results and photos.

Patsy Receives Award for Service to her Community
On Wednesday 9th March, Patsy in Year 6 was invited by the Rotary Club in Saffron Walden to receive a prize for service to the community. A child from Dame Bradbury's; Friends School, Chrishall, Gt. Chesterford and Katherine Semar were selected because they fitted the Rotary Club's message of 'Others before self'.

Chicken week has arrived!
Find out more...

Paul Cookson and Jenny Lockyer visits for World Book Day
On Thursday 3rd March, 2011, the children at Katherine Semar Junior School joined children from all around the world in celebrating ‘World Book Day’. The day provides an opportunity for children to celebrate their love of reading and of books.

Students take part in World Maths Day
On Tuesday 1st March, the children of Katherine Semar Juniors joined others from around the world in celebrating World Maths Day.
The children had the opportunity to test their maths skills against pupils from all around the world.

KSJ draw and win against Dame Bradbury's
On Wednesday 2nd March 2011, Katherine Semar travelled to Dame Bradbury's school to play in two football matches.

Both matches were extremely close with either side looking capable getting a victory. In the end, the 'A' team came back from being 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw and the 'B' team secured a victory with a last minute own goal making it 1-0.

KSJ shine in Dance Festival
On Thursday 10 February 2011, Katherine Semar put on their dancing shoes to take part in the Partnership Gym and Dance festival. The event took place in the evening at Saffron Walden County High School. The dance team, who had been expertly choreographed by Mrs Gypps, were made up of boys and girls from Years 3-6. Watch the video and see the photos.

Year 5 Visit Botanical Gardens
On Wednesday this week, the Year 5 children escaped the cold and headed to the Botanical Gardens in Cambridge to explore the more tropical climate of the Rainforest!  The children have been learning about rainforests in their Topic, Literacy and Art work and enjoyed the opportunity to see some of the plants of the rainforests first hand.

Year 4 compete in Swimathon   
On Wednesday 9th February, Katherine Semar Juniors competed in a Year 4 Swimathon. This saw the children compete in teams of 8-10 against children from other schools. The aim was to swim as many widths as possible in 20 minutes. Here are some of the children's recounts...
A Team beat St. Thomas More, but Brave B team lose
A team chalk up a 3:1 victory. A well fought match with a brace of goals from Tom S and a cracking goal from George B. Special mention to Rowan for superb goalkeeping.

B team lose 7:2. A hard match against a well organised team. Our Year 5 pupils will have a year of training and practise before meeting St. Thomas More again.

The Student Voice is an important part of our school ethos and this allows the children to share their views and ideas on various issues.
It is divided into three groups: Blue Voice, Purple Voice and Green Voice.
Each voice has one member per class representing it and they meet up regularly to discuss their group's relevant issues. To find out more about our Student Voice please click here. You can also visit this site by clicking on the 'Student Voice' tab which can be found down the left hand side of our homepage.

Girls' Team Do it Again!
Gt. Chesterford 0 Katherine Semar 1

Read the report, written by Chloe and Bella about the match on February 3rd 2011.

Languages Week
In January 2011, the children of Katherine Semar Junior School celebrated languages week.
 During the week, the children had the opportunity to explore the different languages and cultures of the pupils of the school. The theme of the week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


Katherine Semar clinch the Victory
Read the report, written by Jade about Katherine Semar's Girls football victory against St. Thomas More...
Final score: St. Thomas More 2 Katherine Semar 3

Science Week 2011
Katherine Semar pupils have just enjoyed their own 'Science Week' in school. All the pupils took part in a range of activities, quizzes, games and investigations aiming to become super scientists.
Enjoy the Year 3 and Year 5 photos.

Sixth place in County Football Finals
On Tuesday 11th January 2011, Katherine Semar represented the Uttlesford District at the Essex County Football Finals. This took place at Thurstable Sports College, Tiptree, Colchester. The tournament involved sixteen teams who were split into four groups. Firstly, each team would play each other once and your final position would determine which group you would qualify for in the afternoon.

End of the Autumn Term - Assembly

The end of term was marked with an assembly where we celebrated the achievements of the children over the term.

The children with perfect attendance, and who have never been late either, were awarded ten house points and given their Autumn term certificate. How many of them will keep up this tremendous run by attending all year? Time will tell. We hope to beat last years total of 27 children attending for the whole year.

And Horse Chestnut win the Autumn Term House Point Shield.

School Choir sing at Audley End House
For the second Saturday in a row, the children in the school choir sang in celebration of Christmas. Saturday 11th saw the choir carolling at Audley End house as part of their festive activities. In front of the beautiful Victorian stable block, the pupils sang a mix of contemporary and traditional carols in glorious winter sunshine and then spent the rest of the day enjoying the activities at the house.

Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
On Thursday and Friday 9th and 10th December, Years 5 and 6 performed their Christmas production, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
With Bella and Max playing the title role of Joseph and a sterling performance from the choir, actors and stagehands, the production was a show to remember. Enjoy the photos.

Year 6 explore the meaning of Christmas
On Wednesday 8th December 2010, Year 6 walked down to Saffron Walden Baptist Church, where they were welcomed by a dedicated team of church members who explained Christmas.
The children watched a fast moving presentation of Christmas, enjoyed a craft activity, played games and completed workbooks on Christmas traditions and what Christmas means to Christians.

Oh No! Santa's On Strike!
On Monday 6th December, children from Year 3 and 4 performed 'Santa's on Strike'. The children performed superbly and should feel very proud for putting on such an excellent show. During both performances, their was a collection for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and we managed to raise a fantastic £186 for this worthy cause.

Christmas fete 2010
On Saturday 27th November, KSJ held their annual Christmas fair. Thank you to the PTA, volunteers and staff who worked hard to make it such a success. Please enjoy the photos.


Year 3 visit Colchester Castle
On Thursday 25th November, Year 3 travelled to Colchester Castle as part of our topic on the Romans. On arrival, we had the opportunity to look around the museum. We saw and felt lots of Roman and Celtic artefacts, as well as this, we made coin rubbings and dressed up in traditional Roman and Celtic clothing.
Read more....

ALL Eight Teams Qualify for Cross Country Finals
Wednesday 18th November, Katherine Semar Juniors competed in the Uttlesford School Sports Partnership Cross Country event. Due to their success in the Family Event, the following children represented the school at the event. where they competed against many other schools in Uttlesford. Despite it being extremely cold, the children were a credit to the school and competed superbly.

Year 4 visit Bhaktivedanta Manor
On Friday 12th November, Year 4 visited Bhaktivedanta Manor. Once we got to Bhaktivedanta Manor and met Indriyesha, who runs the temple, the children were separated into two groups... Read more...


York Updates
Find out how Year 6 are getting along by watching our video of the day.
Day 1 - Long coach trip, traditional fish and chips, boat rides and settling into our hotel.


Netball tournament against The Meadows School
On Friday 15th October, two teams from Katherine Semar Juniors went to SWCHS to play two teams from Meadow School from Balsham.
The two teams played extremely well with the 'A' team winning 15-7 and the 'B' team winning 11-3.


Tag Rugby Festival
On Friday 15th October, Year 6 (and a few year 5s) walked to the County High School to compete in a Tag Rugby competition. 62 children were split into 7 teams, who played in different leagues.

Our top team won the league. Other teams performed very well too, missing out on the certificates by goal difference alone.

Multi-Skills Festival
On Friday 8th October, children from Year 3 and 4 took part in a Multi-Skills Festival at Saffron Walden County High School.

The children were divided into teams of 10 and practised various sporting skills and techniques. These ranged from throwing and catching; dribbling using a hockey stick; speed and agility tasks and learning how to dribble a football correctly.

Year 5 Visit Audley End House
On Thursday 7th October, the Year 5 children visited Audley End House to find out more about Victorian life. The children wore amazing Victorian costumes to make the day even more of a memorable experience.




Newsletter 3 - 8th October 2010.

Church Callings
Year 3 have had a busy few weeks visiting various places of interest. Most recently, we braved the miserable weathers and ventured into Saffron Walden to compare the New Life Pentecostal Church and St Mary’s.


6AH Class Assembly
On Thursday 30th September, class 6AH performed their class assembly.
The children showed off the curriculum they were engaged with, focusing on the topic of World War 2.

Parents' Maths Workshop
On Monday 27th September 2010, parents' of pupils at Katherine Semar Juniors attended a maths workshop. The session was led by Mrs. Graham, with Mr. Hull and Mr. Lloyd working on different aspects of maths.


Latest Sports Results
KSJ A team win 15:4 against Dame Bradbury's A
KSJ B team lose 9:0 against Dame Bradbury's B
KSJ A lose 4:1 to St Thomas More A
KSJ B win 2:1 against St. Thomas More B


Ships Ahoy!
On a very windy Friday 24th September 2010, Year 3 enjoyed a day out at the seaside in Cromer.
After a long coach journey the children were all very excited and in our fluorescent yellow, high-visual jackets, we battled our way along the promenade against some very strong winds!

Newsletters Newsletter 2 - 24th September 2010

Fundraising for the Essex Air Ambulance
On Friday 24th September, Katherine Semar Infant and Junior Schools marked the 1 year anniversary of the Essex Air Ambulance visiting the school by holding a 'Yellow' Day.
The children were allowed to wear non uniform, on condition that it contained yellow clothing, and they bought in a donation towards the charity. A total of £184.34 was raised.

Pupils meet with Sir Alan Haselhurst
On the 23rd September, Mr. Hull, the Deputy Head teacher and two pupils, Callum and Olivia, from Katherine Semar Juniors and staff and two pupils from St Thomas More, attended an award gathering with Sir Alan Haselhurst, the Saffron Walden MP. The event, organised by Tesco was to present the schools with a goodies box from their Computers for schools catalogue.

Charlie the Shoe Shine Boy - A journey into the past.
On Thursday 16th September, the Year 5 children were transported back to the Victorian times through an exciting performance by actor, Oliver Naylor.

Oliver took the children on a tour through a Victorian market and introduced them to a number of interesting characters...

Choir Sing in town's Michaelmas Celebrations
On Saturday 18th September, our school choir sang in Saffron Walden town centre as part of the town's Michaelmas Celebrations. Everyone looked smart and smiley in their school uniforms and it was fantastic to see so many family members friends of the school and many passers by (some of whom were from the Saffron Walden Chorale Society) support the choir's wonderful singing.

World War 2 reaches KSJ
On Wednesday 15th September, an Actor named Oliver Naylor visited Katherine Semar Junior School.

He gave Year 6 a fantastic travel through time with a spectacular World War 2 performance.

Newsletters Newsletter 1 - 10th September 2010
Updated Term Dates
The dates for the 2010/2011 academic year are now available on-line.

Updated Meal Menus
Our meal menus have changed. Please take a look at what is on offer each day.