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A visit to Buckingham Palace

On Tuesday, we went to Buckingham Palace to explore and have a wonderful tour. Sadly, there was no Queen to be seen, but we got to have a sneak peek at all of her luxurious belongings. Willow and Emma absolutely loved seeing the gold-crusted ceremonial carriage while Aaliyah felt regal as she climbed the royal stairs to view Queen Victoria’s family portraits.

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The School Council visit the Houses of Parliament

On Monday 23rd September our newly elected School Council made their way to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. After an early start the children enjoyed a ride down the River Thames on the Thames Clipper. We then disembarked at the Houses of Parliament. Our School Council enjoyed a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament, including visiting the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

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Arts Week

Beach Creative recently offered Herne Bay Junior School a sponsored exhibition week with the suggested title of Climate Change. In response, this week (23rd September – 27th September), children at HBJS will take part in our annual Arts Week – Climate Change. A range of experiences will be enjoyed, with the topical theme of climate change. From this we hope your child will gain a sense of knowledge and understanding, alongside an opportunity to participate in an eclectic mix of arts activities that will enable them to make informed choices in this current and topical subject.
The exhibition itself will take place early October. More of that to come!

Claire Murdoch National Director for Mental Health for NHS England visits HBJS

On Monday 9th September, Herne Bay Junior School welcomed Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s Mental Health Director, to the school.

She was accompanied by Kathryn Pugh, Deputy Head of Mental Health, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme Lead.

Claire and Kathryn learnt about our journey to achieving Silver status through the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health in Schools Award, as well as the approaches and resources we use in school to promote positive well-being for all.

Our next step of the journey is to achieve the Gold standard over the next year. This will entail us continuing our commitment to mental health in school by endeavouring to “go the extra mile” to meet the needs of all and also extending links to other schools and services.

Claire was inspired by the work we have done to support our children. She commented on ‘our vision, practical action and passion to equip our young to talk about MH, look after themselves and others’.

Claire delivered an assembly to the children in Years 3, 5 & 6 during the afternoon which she described as a privilege.

BBC South East filmed throughout the day with Rowena Evett-Collins, Deputy Headteacher and Hollie Edwards, Director of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Our pupils proudly spoke with confidence and demonstrated a range of the activities we have on offer for all to support mental health and wellbeing.

Plese click here to view the BBC report.

Tri-County Finals

On Tuesday 16th July, HBJS took their 2019 golf champions to represent their county (Kent) in the inaugural Tri-County Finals. For the first time in history, Kent, Sussex and Surrey would all compete at the same event across a range of four sports. After winning the county finals, our Year 3 and 4 golf team would represent Kent at Tri-Golf. However, this would mean that they were competing against the best golf teams across Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

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