School Events for the year 2011/2012


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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.



Ace Kids Club
Ace Kids Club have launched a new, updated website. Take a look at it here.

Leavers' Assembly
On Friday 20th July 2012, Year 6 said their final farewell in their leavers' assembly.

Summer Term Music Assembly
On Tuesday 17th July, Katherine Semar held its final music concert of the academic year. Read about it here...

Olympic torch visits Katherine Semar
On Monday 16th July, the children of Katherine Semar were visited by Mrs. Claire Thompson, who was an Olympic torch bearer through the streets of Saffron Walden.

Find the new Geocache!
A second Geocache has been hidden inside school. Crack the puzzle to reveal the location.
Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Year 6 Leavers' production
The children are performing The Pirates Of The Curry Bean on Friday 13th July. Take a look at their costumes here.

4AW Class Assembly
On Tuesday 3rd July 4AW held their final assembly of this academic year. The focus of the assembly was the work carried out during the the summer term.

Year 4 visit Melford Hall, Long Melford
A recount of Year 4's visit to Long Melford, Written by Kate F.

Katherine Semar Schools hold a Mimi Olympics
On the 27th and 28th June 2012, Katherine Semar schools joined together to hold a Mini Olympics.

Katherine Semar Schools hold a Mini Olympics
On the 27th and 28th June 2012, Katherine Semar schools joined together to hold a Mini Olympics.

Year 4 visit to Kingswood - Daily updates
Find out what has happened on day 1.

Year 5 visit Thaxted
On Tuesday 19th June Class 5JD went to Thaxted as part of their study of the local area and also to support their literacy unit “The Highwayman”.

Uttlesford Athletic Tournament 
The following pupils all took in the Uttlesford Schools Partnership Athletics meet on Wednesday 27th June at Helena Romanes School.

Year 4 Drama Day
On Friday 15th June, Year 4 took part in a drama workshop. The workshop was led by Mrs. Page and Mrs. Seymour who taught the children about 'physical theatre.

Find the geocache hidden in school
Try the Website Clubs quiz.
We have a series of tricky questions for you to answer. If you solve them all, you'll be given the location of a geocache that has been hidden in school. Good luck!

3LT Class Assembly
On Tuesday 19th June, 3LT performed their class assembly. The children focused on their Geography project, the Aborigines.

7 out of 10 for KSJ Rounders team!
On Wednesday 13th June 2012, the KSJ rounders team enjoyed a great day at Newport Free Grammar School, playing in a rounders competition against 18 other schools from around North Essex.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
On Friday 1st June, the children and staff of Katherine Semar Infant and Junior Schools joined together to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Year 6 visit Anglesey Abbey
On the 31st May 2012, Year 6 pupil took the coach to Anglesey Abby, Cambridgeshire for a day of exploring. We visited the Lode Mill, House and gardens.

Year 6 visit Hatfield Forest
On Wednesday 30th of May, the whole of year 6 visited Hatfield Forest for a day of team-building and orienteering. Written by Katie S.


Talent Artists Day
On Tuesday 29th May, selected children from throughout the school were chosen to take part in an Olympic based Art workshop. The theme for the day was 'Olympics in Action'.

An Interview with Mrs. Graham
We sent Elliott to interview Mrs. Graham. This is what he found out.

An interview with Mrs. Deller
We sent Toby and Ben to find out about Mrs. Deller. Find out all about her here..!


An Interview with Mr. Wallace
The website club were sent round to interview Mr. Wallace. this is what they found out..! An interview by Marta and Aleyna


Summer Fete 2012
On Saturday 26th May 2012, Katherine Semar Infant and Junior Schools held their joint Summer fete. The two PTAs worked tirelessly to create a memorable experience. The weather was on our side and the feel and atmosphere at the event was happy and relaxed. See the photos here...


KSJ win 2 out of 4 Rounder Groups
On Wednesday 23rd May 2012, KSJ sent 5 teams down to Friends' School in Saffron Walden to play in a friendly tournament against local schools.
The children had not had much practise time, as the weather has been so poor for weeks. However, we still won half the groups!

Cricket match Reports
KSJ have played two league cricket matches so far this season. Find out what happened here...

Year 6 have a WW2 experience!
On the 22nd of May 2012 (or October the 12th 1940) year 6 excitingly came into school dressed (amazingly) as World War 2 evacuees.
A report by Grace and Katie S.


Chickens Update
Find out how our chickens are doing, one year on.

An Interview with Mr. Hull
Find out all about Mr. hull here!
Interviewed by Charlotte S and Katie S

An Interview with Mrs. Taylor
Find out all about the life and times of Mrs. Taylor.
An interview by the ICT Website Club, written by Matilda and Hanri

Mr. Wallace's Swap Shop
'Swap Shop 2012! To help Mr. Wallace complete his Euro 2012 sticker collection, he will be running a break time swap shop club on Fridays from 10:20-10:35am in his classroom.

KSJ triumph at Netball Tournament
On Wednesday 9th May 2012, KSJ braved the rain to play in a tournament against 13 teams from North West Essex. We won all our matches. Here are the results...

Girls' Football Tournament 2012
On Wednesday 28th of March, Katherine Semar Juniors Girls' football team competed in the Uttlesford Schools' Sports Partnership large schools' tournament. We came third overall, which is an excellent achievement. Read more...


Mission X Landing Day
On Tuesday 27th March 2012 5JD returned to Stansted Mountfitchet Maths and Computing College for the landing day of Mission X. The children had a fabulous day, participating in various activities. They tested their dexterity skills – eating jelly and completing puzzles with gloves on! The children continued to “train like an astronaut”, completing a variety of PE activities.

End of Spring Term Assembly
The end of the Spring term was celebrated with an End of Term Assembly. There were 60 children with perfect attendance, who each were congratulated and given certificates. 85 other children were given good attendance certificates. Many congratulations to all of them.
Beech also won the House shield for the Spring Term!


Out of School Hours Achievement Assembly
On Monday 26th March, Mrs. Moy held her termly 'Out of School Hours Achievement Assembly' where children were invited to share their achievements that we the school may not otherwise have been aware of.

Stansted Mountfitchet Castle
On Tuesday 20th March, Year 3 embarked on a journey back in time when we invaded Stansted Mountfitchet Castle. Having scaled the steep hill, we were impressed by what we saw behind the wooden-staked fence.

On Friday the 9th of March, most school councillors went to Stansted Mountfitchit for a conference.


KSJ V ST. MARYS - Football
On Wednesday the 21st of March, KSJ A team played ST .Marys football team. We won 5:0! Read the report here...

Year 5 visit the Botanic Gardens
On Thursday 22nd March, 5JD (Mrs Deller’s class) went by bus to Cambridge Botanical Gardens. We arrived at 10am and spent the morning split into three groups doing different activities.

KSJ 2nd Place in Town Swim Gala
Congratulations to our gala team who came second in this exciting event.  It was a tense an thrilling afternoon with lots of support from our parents.

Katherine Semar have not been second in the swimming gala since the mid 1980s!

KSJ Netball Team Win
On Wednesday 21 March Katherine Semar played St. Thomas More in a netball match. We played high five. We won 17:1!


Modern Foreign Language Day for Year 4 pupils
On Friday 16 March, KSJ school was delighted to welcome 11 students from SWCHS to lead our MFL morning. These Y11 students have completed their French GCSE early and are spending this year extending their linguistic knowledge and speaking skills.


Mothering Sunday Flowers
On Thursday and Friday of last week, all children were given to the chance not just to buy but also make their very own floral arrangement for their own mum. School Governors, aided by members of the PTA helped more than seventy children to produce a beautiful gift to delight any mother. Please enjoy the pictures...

4JA class assembly
On Tuesday 13th March, 4JA presented their class assembly to the school and their parents. The Year 4 topic this term is all about Ancient Egypt and 4JA revealed just how much they had learned this ancient civilisation. This included the discovery of pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb, detailed instructions on how to make an ancient Egyptian style mummy and they showed artwork about ancient Egyptian gods.

3CW Class Assembly
On Tuesday 6th March, 3CW marched back in time to deliver their class assembly about Roman Life. They compared Roman and Celtic soldiers as well as Roman villas and Celtic roundhouses and displayed their own Roman mosaics made from either paint or plastic tiles. Read more...

Sport Relief
'To get ourselves ready for Sport Relief, you have all been set a challenge. Download the 'Question of Sport Relief' pictureboard and try to name the fifteen sports stars, many of whom will be helping to raise money for Sport Relief. When you have completed the sheet, make sure you put your name and class on it and hand in to Mr. Wallace before 3:10pm on Thursday 22nd March.

World Book Day Recount
On Thursday 1st March, the children at Katherine Semar Junior School joined children from around the World in celebrating World Book Day. As part our celebrations, the children wrote a selection of their own exciting stories to experience just what is was like to be an author!

World Book Day Podcasts
As part of World Book Day, all the children in Year 6 wrote short stories as part of a competition. The children selected some of these stories and made them into podcasts. Please listen to a few of these stories.

Sports Hall Athletics
On Wednesday 29th February, Katherine Semar embraced the spirit of the day by doing something different and took part in their Sports Hall Athletics festival. 16 pupils were selected, 8 boys and 8 girls, who competed in 6 field events and 6 track events all under one roof.

Semar Players Panto Photos
Semar Players are a group of budding thespians, based in Saffron Walden, Essex. They pride themselves as specialists in corny Pantomime.
At the end of January 2012, the Semar Players put on the pantomime 'Aladdin'.

KSJ boys football teams beat Dame Bradburys
Both matches were highly competitive and very entertaining to watch. The teams took a while to get use to the wide pitch but soon found their rhythm. In the end, the 'A' finished 4-1 winners and the 'B' won convincing 6-0 winners. Congratulations to Toby for scoring a hat trick for the 'B' team.

KSJ host Girls' football tournament
On Wednesday 22nd February, Katherine Semar Girls' football team took part in a football festival hosted at Katherine Semar and led by the Essex F.A.
We came third overall. Congratulations to the girls' team.

KSJ recognised for it's sporting excellence
During half term Mrs. Callaghan, Mr. Hull and Mr. Wallace attended a Sports Award ceremony at Felsted School. We had been nominated under the 'School of the Year' category. The evening was held to celebrate sporting excellence throughout Uttlesford and having the school nominated was an honour.

Gym and Dance Display
On Wednesday 8th February 2012, 37 children from Katherine Semar Junior took part in the annual Gym and Dance Festival at Helena Romanes School. See the photos, read the report and watch the videos.

KSJ B team Vs St. Mary's A team - Football
On Wednesday 1st February 2012, Katherine Semar Junior School play St. Mary's football team in their first match of 2012. We were asked to field our B team, while St. Mary's fielded their A team.

Victory for KSJ netball team
The first league match of the season ended with a 4:0 win.
Read the match report, written by Charlotte and Skye, here...


Year 6 attend the Holocaust Memorial Service
On Friday 27th January, the Year 6 children joined pupils from other local primary schools in a ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.


Mission X Blasts off
Year 5 have embarked on a 6 week mission to Train like an Astronaut. On Friday 27th January 2012 they visited MMCC, where they joined children from other local primary schools to launch a Science and Fitness topic.

Online Protection for Children
The following information will be useful for parents who wish to review their child's protection while using the internet. The internet is an integral part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to a world of information and experiences.

Y4 visit the Fitzwilliam Museum
Read the recounts by some of the year 4 pupils about their visit to the Fitzwilliam museum.

Swimming Gala
On the 18th January KSJ swimming team took part in a Friendly Swimming gala and won!
Read all about it and view the team photo.


Days in a month
Mrs. Callaghan has given the whole school the task of learning the number of days in each month (a very useful Maths skill) This page will help you learn the months poem and show another useful way to learn the days in a month.

Carol Concert in the Snow
On Friday 16th December, the children of Katherine Semar Junior School, together with the staff and family and friends of the school celebrated the end of term and the beginning of the Christmas holidays with a Carol Concert.


End of Term Assembly
The end of term assembly was a forum for those children with perfect attendance to be celebrated. It's a great achievement to attend every day (without being late) and we're pleased that 60 children in the Junior School achieved this. Mrs. Callaghan promised that if, in the Spring term, 100 children get the certificate we would have 2 double breaktimes! Don't be ill!

Orchestra and choir perform in Assembly 
On Thursday 15th December, Katherine Semar Juniors started getting into the Christmas spirit with performances from the choir and the school orchestra.


Upper School Christmas Production
The children of Year 5 and 6 have worked hard on their fantastic version of the Wizard of Oz. They performed on Friday 9th December to a packed house of friends and family.

Lower School Christmas Production
For the past few weeks Lower School have been busily preparing for the production of 'Stargazers'.
This is a story about three wise men and the journey they embark on after being sent a sign in the stars.


Year 6 Duxford Visit
On Wednesday 23rd November 2011, Year 6 visited RAF Duxford. We entered as the museum opened, and visited Hanger 4, where we learnt about the Battle Of Britain. We saw a Hurricane, Spitfire and a V1 rocket among other things.

5JD Class Assembly
On Tuesday 15th November, 5JD had their class assembly.
The assembly focused on the lives of children in Victorian Britain. The children acted scenes from the book Street Child by Berlie Doherty, a text they have been reading in their literacy lessons this term.

Year 3 Cromer Visit
Apologies for the delay with the Year 3 Cromer photographs. Please enjoy the pictures below.


Children in Need - Thank you
Thank you to everyone who bought a Pudsey Bear biscuit for Children in Need Day last Friday and to those who generously donated their spare change. We raised over £200!

Year 4 perform a traditional Indian dance
On Thursday 17th November, Year 4 performed a traditional Indian dance to the rest of the school.
The dance was accompanied by words from a traditional Hindu folk story, Rama and Sita.

Football match reports
The last fixtures of 2011 saw both teams contest in highly competitive matches.
The A team lost 1:0 against RA Butler
The B team drew 3:3 against Dame Bradbury's

6CG Class Assembly
On Tuesday 8th November, 6CG had their class assembly. The assembly topic was based on Remembrance Day and why we should remember the people who gave their lives for our freedom.

Disco Fever!
On Friday 11th November, the children of Katherine Semar met up after school and danced the night away! The PTA had arranged a disco as a fundraising event and it was attended by 150 of the children.


KSJ gets into the Olympic Spirit
'Pupils and teachers at Katherine Semar Junior School celebrated today when they were officially welcomed in to London 2012’s Get Set network, in recognition of their commitment to the Olympic and Paralympics Values.

KSJ Girls play in County Football Tournament
On Thursday 10th November, Katherine Semar Girl's Football team competed in the U11s 7-a-side Schools Cup for Girls (Outer Essex Region.) This was hosted at Chigwell School and would feature thirteen teams from the different sports partnerships in Essex.

KSJ Vs St. Thomas More Football
A team draw 2:2
B team win 3:0


Music Assembly
On Friday 4th November, Katherine Semar Juniors hosted their Autumn Term music concert. This was an opportunity for all musicians within the school to show off their talent and perform for the whole school. There were performances from the school orchestra and the ever-growing school choir and also Year 4 and Year 6.

National School Meals Week 2011
In celebration of ‘National School Meals Week’, we will be offering an exciting themed lunch menu during the week beginning 7th November, 2011. Each day will have a different theme, including: foods from around the world; eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day and a ‘remembering our Armed Forces day’ on 11th November.

Local Author and Illustrator visits Year 6
On Thursday 3rd November, local author and illustrator Brian Sanders visited Year 6. The children in Year 6 have been finding out about the events of World War II and the effect the war had on children. 


The Primary Arts Festival
On Tuesday 1st November, our Year 6 pupils joined pupils from five other local primary schools to take part in the annual ‘Primary Arts Festival’.


3CW Class Assembly and Cromer Visit
The focus of the assembly was the work carried out during the first half term. Our topic was A Message at Sea and began when Year 3 found a mysterious message in a bottle...

KSJ play St. Thomas More at football
Pain for A team as they lose for the first time this season, but joy for B team who carry on their 100% record!


The Big Sing
On Tuesday 18th October, some of the Year 6 children performed in the ‘Big Sing’ concert at Dame Bradbury’s School. The theme of the concert was ‘Time Stands Still’. The children performed a variety of songs from different periods of time.  Alyssia B, Charly C and Skye S performed a small group solo.

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.


York Residential
Day 5 - Friday 21st October 2011

York Minster and home!

Tag Rugby Finals
On Wednesday 19th October, Katherine Semar participated in the Uttlesford Sports Partnership Tag-Rugby finals at Saffron Walden Rugby Club. The team had qualified after performing well in the 'Family' event at SWCHS. However, some of the players from that team were in York so the team was a mixture of Year 6 and Year 5 pupils.

York Residential
Day 4 - Thursday 20th October 2011

The Dig, Jorvik Centre, Bus tour and Ghost walk - Find out what went on!

York Residential
Day 3 - Wednesday 19th October 2011

Eden Camp and York Minster - Find out what went on!

York Residential
Day 2 - Tuesday 18th October 2011

Find out what went on!

York Residential
Day 1 - Monday 17th October 2011

Find out what went on!

Guy Fawkes Competition Results
Here come the Guys! Year 6 were set the optional homework of creating a Guy for the Guy Fawkes competition held in Saffron Walden. One Guy would be chosen to represent Katherine Semar, with the chance of becoming the Guy for the upcoming Fireworks display in November.

Years 3 and 4 multi-skills Festival
On Wednesday 12th October, children from Year 3 and 4 took part in a Multi-Skills Festival at Katherine Semar Junior School.


4AW hold their class assembly
On Tuesday 11th October 4AW held their first assembly.

The focus of the assembly was the work carried out during the first 5 weeks of term. In particular, the knowledge, skills and understanding in the Topic, India.

Tag Rugby Tournament 2011
Winning ways at Tag Rugby tournament. Katherine Semar through to the finals! Congratulations to the winning team and all those who took part in this enjoyable tournament.

Year 5 visit 'Victorian' Audley End
On Friday 30th September, a very hot day, 5JD walked down to Audley End House. We were dressed in Victorian clothes and were very excited about going.

3LT hold their class assembly
On Tuesday 4th October 2011, Year 3LT held their first assembly in the Junior School. The children spoke about their transition to Junior school and, in particular, the book 'The Huge Bag of Worries.'


Katherine Semar football results
A team beat RA Butler 4:2
B team beat RA Butler 2:1

Read the reports here...

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.

Sparks fly as Year 6 make burglar alarms
On Wednesday 28th September, the children of year 6 were set a challenge by their teachers. Could they design a burglar alarm using all the knowledge and skills they had gained in their Science topic, Electricity.


4JA hold their Class Assembly.
On the 27.09.11 4JA showed their hard work to the school and their parents .

They drew pretty Indian patterns on a sheet of paper which was drawn round their hand.


Harvest Festival
On Friday 23rd September, the children and staff of Katherine Semar Juniors held their harvest celebration in the united Reformed Church in Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden.
Major Carol, from the Salvation Army accepted the gifts of food that the children had collected and it will be distributed to those in need within the community.
Class 6AH hold their assembly
On Tuesday20th September 2011, class 6AH launched the new season of class assemblies with their look at the rights and responsibilities of being in Year 6.
The children started by sharing the roles that year 6 have to perform, including: House Captains, Librarians, School Councillors and other monitors.
Mr. Wallace weds Miss Hayes
Hot on the heel's on Miss Walbanke's wedding, Mr. Wallace was married on the 29th August.

We wish the happy couple a long and happy future togther.


Miss Walbanke weds Mr. Taylor
Miss Walbanke has become Mrs. Taylor. She married Ben Taylor during the summer holidays in a church service in Thaxted.

Updated Term Dates
The dates for the 2011/2012 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.