On Saturday 17th September we were honoured to welcome His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent to Herne Bay Juniors for a reception after the unveiling of the statue of Amy Johnson on Herne Bay Sea front.
Despite the blustery weather, Prince Michael, who had made good time in his journey from Kensington Palace, , arrived early and had a cup of coffee and refreshments at the school before going on to unveil the statue. He spent time looking at the exhibition of wonderful work completed by the children about which he was very complimentary. He was interested in the school and asked many pertinent and relevant questions.
As has become our custom, it falls to the Chair of Governors to provide an end of year summary on progress; although these days it is a pleasure to do so.
Last year, I was able to tell you about the progress being made across the school since our 2014 Ofsted inspection, and to assure you that the hard work of our staff and pupils alike had built a strong foundation for us to build upon this year.
The recent Ofsted report and SATS results both serve as clear evidence of the high standards within the school. In terms of benchmarking, our outcomes for year six pupils are significantly above national and local averages. Whilst other schools will look to close the gap on us in the coming years, there is ample evidence within the school to suggest that high standards of teaching and learning are embedded across all year groups and that we will continue to see similar levels of progress and attainment being made by all of our pupils.
Our enrichment programme has seen large numbers of pupils undertaking extracurricular activities. With yet another fantastic year six production, high achieving sports teams, a wide range of clubs on offer, amazing school trips and some great school concerts thrown into the mix, it seems very clear that HBJS is a good place at which to be a pupil.
Next year will, once again, see us looking to raise the bar, as we continue on our journey towards being an outstanding school. There will be some challenges along the way but we have a fantastic, well led, staff and willing learners: between us, we will turn those challenges into opportunities for further successes.
As always, I ask all of our parents and carers for your co-operation next year; in ensuring that all pupils are at school on time every day and ready to learn. Despite the recent ruling, our policy on taking children out of school during term time remains unchanged and for one simple reason: our pupils make excellent progress because they learn well and at a pace, and that can only be achieved if they are in school for all lessons.
To our staff and pupils: it’s been a long year of hard work, so please make sure you enjoy the summer break, taking some time to reflect upon your individual successes during this year as you prepare for September.
Finally, I would like to bid a fond farewell to a friend and colleague, Sandy Winkworth, who is leaving the Governing Body at the end of this term. Sandy has been a school Governor for nineteen years, first at Simon Langton Boys and for the last eleven years with us at HBJS. She ran the chess club, is a former Chair of Governors and has been a big contributor towards the success that the school now is.
Chair of Governors.
After keeping our fingers crossed the weather was nice for annual Sports Day which took place on Friday 8th July. It was great to see so many parents, family members and friends come along to support their children.
Just recently, at Herne Bay Junior School, we discovered the perfect recipe for a most successful art week!
It all began around a table, when the Coastal Alliance Art Group were in discussion about potential links we could share within our chosen annual art theme of Line. A voice piped up, “There is a poem, Nation’s Ode to the Coast, commissioned this year by The National Trust. It is written by Dr John Cooper Clarke and includes words and lines depicting memories and reflections of the nation’s coast. People were invited to send in their thoughts and experiences of the coast.”
That was it. That’s all it took for a fountain of ideas, enthusiasm and activities! Each school took these away to share with their staff, along with a chosen verse from the poem. It was agreed that we would reconvene, at a chosen public and reputable exhibition space, with the resulting pieces that we hoped would evolve and grow from the words of Dr. John Cooper Clarke.