Today we celebrated Mrs Nation’s time at Herne Bay Junior School with an assembly reflecting on all the wonderful and inspirational opportunities she has brought to so many of our children… and staff members too!
The children had written her a poem ‘An Ode to Mrs Nation’ which was recorded by Dr John Cooper Clarke; one of the many visitors who she invited to our school.
A song was also written to ‘Hallelujah’ where the words were adapted and sung to an emotional audience, including Patrick Leeson and Helena Evans from the Local Authority.
The staff and children had also made a video for her to the song ‘Time of my Life’ which gave many laughs along with a few tears.
Mrs Nation has brought so much to so many people; children, staff and parents but she leaves behind a legacy that will take the school forward from strength to strength.
For this we thank her.
Dear Staff, Pupils, Parents and Carers,
This year has been an outstanding year for Herne Bay Junior School and the whole school community can be truly proud and delighted by what has been achieved.
In January this year, the Kent Real School Guide ranked us 8th in the county, based on 36 different measures. Since then, the school has gone from strength to strength, achieving outstanding end of year results. It is clear that Herne Bay Junior School is recognised locally and county wide as a school that gets results.
By now, you will all be aware of the excellent Year 6 SATS results. Year 6 can be truly proud of themselves and I know the whole school will join me in congratulating them on their effort and results. As a governor, I have witnessed first-hand how individual children are nurtured to do the very best they can and those children will now go on to their secondary schools well equipped with knowledge, skills and an enthusiasm for learning.
There are always many people to thank at the end of a school year and I would like to start by thanking all the parents and carers for supporting their children in their educational journey. The role that parents play in their children’s education has long been recognised as a significant factor in their educational success. The school cannot achieve such high standards without their support.
I would also like to thank all the teaching and support staff at Herne Bay Juniors. The governors never cease to be impressed by their commitment and they richly deserve our thanks and good wishes at the end of such a strong year. As governors, we see just how much hard work goes into helping the children realise their potential. Please enjoy the successes of this year as you prepare for September.
And last but not least, the governors would like to thank the children themselves, who deserve recognition for all their hard work and effort this year. The pupils of Herne Bay Junior School sing, dance, play instruments, win sports tournaments and matches, run the school council, collect money for charity, kip on ships, sleep next to dinosaurs, exhibit their art… the list is endless! Have a good holiday, you have earned it.
Finally, on behalf of the governing body I would like to say goodbye to everyone who is leaving our school this year.
The Year 6 children will be going on to their new schools, where I am sure they will enjoy demonstrating all that they learned in their time at our school. Anyone who was in the audience of Hamlet will know what a talented group of children they are.
We also say farewell to a number of members of staff. We wish them the very best in the future and thank them for their significant contribution to school life at HBJS.
And finally we say goodbye to Mrs Nation. She has been an outstanding headteacher and we are very sorry to see her go. As many of you know, she is leaving to take on a challenging role with Ofsted and will be promoting her high standards throughout the South East. She has led the school through a period of immense improvement and leaves it in a very strong position. We wish her every success in her new career and trust that she will drop in to see us from time to time. She leaves the school in the very capable hands of Mrs Kingman and we look forward to another successful year for the school and its pupils.
On behalf of the school governing body, I would like to wish everyone a relaxing and happy summer break.
Jackie Smith (Chair of Governors)
On Monday 17th July all the children took part in our annual Herne Bay Juniors Sports Day.
It was wonderful to be back at Swattenden for the year 6 residential this year. We had an excellent week and enjoyed some lovely weather - plus a little rain! One of the highlights of any week like this is the opportunity to see another side of the children.
Well done to Luke Cope, Mr Hobbs, our Sports Crew and our Tri-golf team who were all shortlisted for awards at the Sports Award Evening held at Herne Bay High School.