Mrs Gaymond's Blog

Stocksbridge Junior School in the Spotlight at the Poppy Memorial Trail

posted 2 Nov 2015, 07:43 by   [ updated 2 Nov 2015, 14:10 by L Ross ]


Time to Celebrate!

posted 5 Mar 2015, 06:35 by S Gaymond   [ updated 5 Mar 2015, 06:35 by L Ross ]

Our school has achieved a remarkable milestone - eighteen years after it was first told it was outstanding by Ofsted (in 1997), the school has maintained its impressive record and has been awarded top honours once again!  

Inspectors visited the school in February 2015 and judged it to be outstanding in every area.  This means that it has been one of the most successful schools in the country for nearly two decades. 

We are thoroughly delighted with this report and everyone who works in the school feels incredibly proud of its success.  Our children and parents are a pleasure to work with and make the school what it is.  Pupils, staff, governors and parents have proved yet again what an exceptional team we are.  

Everyone associated with Stocksbridge Juniors is thrilled that the inspectors were able to see exactly what makes the school so remarkable.  The report states that ‘Pupils are proud to be part of a school, which they describe as being ‘amazing’, ‘fun’, ‘friendly’, ‘caring’ and ‘loving’.’  It was also acknowledged that ‘Pupils’ polite, courteous and considerate behaviour ensures that everyone enjoys working in, and being part of, this harmonious community.’ 

The on-going dedication and ambition of an enthusiastic and highly skilled staff, alongside a lively, rich curriculum, ensures the sustainability of this recipe for success.  To summarise this outstanding report, Ofsted concluded that ‘The school has an unquestionable commitment to ensuring every pupil has an equal opportunity to succeed, resulting in outstanding academic achievement.’

I hope that you will share my pride in this wonderful accolade and agree that the report reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff, children, parents and governors at Stocksbridge Junior School consistently over time.  

Thank you for your overwhelming support now and over the years.

The Spelling Bee semi-final Buzz!

posted 28 Feb 2015, 08:24 by S Gaymond   [ updated 28 Feb 2015, 08:24 by L Ross ]

Yesterday, our forty semi-finalists competed for the ten places available in the final. Having completed a test of learned spellings to earn ‘lives’, children then went head-to-head in a knockout in front of the rest of lower/upper school. Children were tested on words that they hadn’t previously been given and dazzled audience members with their ability to spell some incredibly tricky words. Both the Y3/4 and Y5/6 contests were extremely tough but children rose to the challenge with such enthusiasm and positivity as the audience supported with gusto! Congratulations to the following children who have progressed to the Grand Final and equally to the other semi - finalists who were so graceful in defeat.  

Burying the Time Capsule at Fox Valley

posted 22 Feb 2015, 09:29 by Unknown user   [ updated 22 Feb 2015, 09:29 by L Ross ]

Take a look at this link to see the children in action.

Time Capsule at Fox Valley!

posted 12 Feb 2015, 09:28 by Unknown user   [ updated 12 Feb 2015, 09:28 by L Ross ]

At SJS, we have been asked to take part in a Time Capsule that will be buried under the new Fox Valley Development.

Here are our Team Captains packing it.

Planting in our Local Community

posted 22 Nov 2014, 04:15 by L Ross   [ updated 22 Nov 2014, 04:16 ]

Our Team Captains recently walked into Stocksbridge Town Centre to plant flowers with The Valley in Bloom team.

Whizz-banger of a Roald Dahl Week!

posted 19 Sep 2014, 08:35 by S Gaymond   [ updated 22 Nov 2014, 06:49 by L Ross ]

What an incredible fizz-popping, whizz-banger of a Roald Dahl Week!  Monday’s assembly set the scene for what has definitely been a most enjoyable five days!

All of Tuesday’s SMART day activities (creating Dream Jars, baking up Revolting Recipes, singing songs inspired by Roald Dahl books, wonderful choreographed dancing by many oompa loompas and budding Sir Quentin Blakes, illustrating the most amazing inspired book characters) have allowed for a fun and vibrant week’s learning.

Wednesday we were all treated to a visit and story-telling performance from the BFG which was magical and entrancing. On Thursday, all the children disappeared only to be replaced by a treasure of wonderful and imaginative characters from all of the Roald Dahl books! I think the staff all disappeared too, as the only adults in school were Mr Willy Wonka himself and his Oompa Loompas!

Well done everyone for such a fantastic effort!

Thankfully, our plague free Y5 children, who were superb on their visit to Eyam, enjoyed finding out more interesting information for their topic: Peasants, Princes and Pestilence.

Finally, several Y6 children have completed two days intensive training to become our new Peer Mediators in school. They have valued the time and support from CRESST (Conflict Resolution Education) staff to help them develop their skills.

Keep collecting your tokens everyone - your house tubes are filling up fast!

Welcome Back

posted 14 Sep 2014, 10:06 by S Gaymond   [ updated 14 Sep 2014, 10:06 by L Ross ]

Welcome back to the start of the new academic year at SJS.  What a fabulous start it has been for everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday.

Everyone seems excited and happy to be back at school and I am pleased to write that all of our new children and staff have settled in well. 

This academic year will enable many exciting changes to be embedded, including a new, and challenging, National Curriculum.  Look out for regular updates in our Curriculum Newsletters and children’s blogs. 

The school has also redesigned a new behaviour system which you may have seen in your child’s diary.  Pupils’ behaviour continues to impress and everyone is ‘proud to be green’.  Tokens are awarded for exemplar behaviour and attitude, with children working towards their overall team performance.  So far, 4,000 tokens have been received by the children for good behaviour.  It probably comes as no surprise that we have already run out and have had to order another 20,000!

Many children have also been keen to take on responsibilities in school; many have applied for the roles of Prefect, Peer Mediator, Team Captain and School Council Representative.  Well done to all the children who have been successful.  I am sure you will do an amazing job in contributing to the running of your school.

Finally, next week is Roald Dahl Week in school.  Check Friday’s newsletter for more information.  I know I am looking forward to SMART Day on Tuesday and the BFG story-telling performance on Wednesday.  Don’t forget to dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl character on Thursday.  I can’t wait for all the fizz-popping fun and whizz-licious learning next week!

SJS Super Swimmers

posted 24 May 2014, 10:17 by L Ross   [ updated 24 May 2014, 10:17 ]

Congratulations to our AMAZING swimming squad who have soared their way through the Sheffield Schools Swimming Gala to finish an impressive 2nd place!!!

FA Cup Mascot

posted 15 Apr 2014, 03:42 by L Ross   [ updated 15 Apr 2014, 03:48 ]

We are very proud of our very own Archie Price who made his début appearance at Wembley this weekend!  Archie won the chance to walk out for the FA Cup semi-final onto Wembley turf as a team mascot with one of his favourite Sheffield United players.  See if you can spot him 2 minutes and 54 seconds into this tunnel cam video.

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