Farley Junior School News Archive
Child of Hope
Thank you so much to all the children who joined in with the Smartie Challenge to raise money for Child of Hope, the school charity that supports a school in Uganda. Altogether, we raised £162.87 which is a phenomenal amount. 5B raised a staggering £89, however, perhaps more heartwarming was one child from 4A who raised £0.90. This girl had clearly saved her pocket money and her generosity enabled a family of 4 to eat 3 meals for a day. Every little bit helps and I know how proud this girl was because she came and identified herself to me after assembly.
Remembrance Day 2018
On Monday, Ms Mustardé led an assembly about Remembrance Day. She read the poem ‘On Flanders Field’ and told the children how the tradition of wearing poppies began. To commemorate this special anniversary, 100 years since the end of World War One, Ms Mustardé has created a poppy for every child and adult in school to ‘plant’ in our own poppy field at the far end of the playground. The children have responded wonderfully to this lovely idea and the result is a very special display of red poppies.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
A big thank you from the Family Workers at Farley. We held our MacMillan coffee morning today and it was a huge success. We will let you know the final total of how much we have raised next week.
Again a huge thank you to all the children, families and carers for donating or baking cakes!
This years Sports Day was a hot but exciting one! All pupils at Farley Junior School participated in a variety of track and field events to compete for the Sports Day trophy. Congratulations to all of the pupils who took part in the event and thank you to allow family members and friends who showed great support throughout the day.
The winning house this year is Dragons!
Thank you for all the support shown from the parents/carers that joined us to celebrate our Eid assembly on Wednesday 20th June. The children worked really hard rehearsing and thoroughly enjoyed taking part.
The assembly started with the children reciting verses from the Quran and performing the Azan call to prayer. This was followed by interesting facts and information about Ramadan. Finally, a Farley assembly would not have been the same without some famous dancing. The children were joined by staff and even a parent for two energetic dance routines. As it happens, lots of children in the audience have shown a keen interest to take part in future events.
So, watch this space!
Farley @ Luton Carnival
After lots of practise the 'Farley Pan Players' performed two pieces of music brilliantly on the community stage on Sunday at the Luton Carnival. Children from years 3 and 4 took part in the parade and were judged on their dances moves. We would like to thank the parents that joined us on our walk. It was a great day and fun was had by all.
Farley on the News
During Fridays final preparations for the carnival, we had a visit from both BBC news and ITV news. who filmed our Pan Players and Carnival Dancers doing their final run through and making their final parts for their costumes before their performance on Sunday. they even interviewed some of the children playing the pans. They all done the school proud!
Dance @ London Stadium with Tokio Myres
On Saturday 24th March, 45 students from Farley Junior School performed with Tokio Myers in front of 55,329 fans at the London Stadium.
Our students had the amazing opportunity to perform with Britain's Got Talent winner, Tokio Myers, during the half-time show of the Saracens versus Harlequins rugby game. The students and staff worked tirelessly for 3 weeks to practice the dance routines taught to them by the Saracens Foundation dance instructors. All of the hard work payed off, as they were given tickets to watch the Saracens match as well as taking part in a once in a lifetime performance. We would like to congratulate everyone who attended this unforgettable experience, well done!
World Book Day 2018
All classes studied an exciting lesson focused on "The Angels of Nitshill Road.' To improve standards in reading, all of our students have been developing their inferential skills. During assembly, staff and pupils were tested on their knowledge of children's books in our 'Big Quiz' assembly. At Farley, we aim to become a book loving school and judging by the level of enthusiasm for reading on 'World Book Day' we are well on our way!
Online Safety Concerns
Following our recent launch of our Anti-Bullying Pro-Kindness Initiative, some children have voiced their concern about others activity online, specifically on social media.
We believe all our children should be able to use the Internet safely and have the skills and tools to keep their selves and others safe. While in school all internet activity is closely monitored and we try to teach everyone these skills, we are unable to control their online activities outside of school and at home.
Members of our SLT have compiled a document specially focused on Social Media, to help Parents and Careers keep their children safe online, this will be handed out during our parent’s evenings and is also available on our online safety Page (link below) or from our school office.
Our Online safety page contains links to numerous sites which are focused on Online Safety, Additionally please do not hesitate to contact Mr Rowe or your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.
Parent Zone Online-Safety Sessions
Wednesday (17th Jan), Ollie from Parent Zone lead sessions on Online Safety for our year 4, 5 and 6 children. helping them to understand how to get the most out of their time on the internet, safely. The session covered topics such as keeping their Personal information safe, spotting fake news and what they should do if they have any problems while online. for more information see both our online safety page, and the Parent Zone website. Any questions about online safety, please speak with Mr Rowe or Mr Mellett
Today has seen our Christmas Market which has been very well attended. Thank you to all of you who came in person or who gave your children generous amounts of money to spend. I hope you like the resulting presents! A massive thank you to our wonderful family workers for arranging the event and Mrs Prothero and Mrs Ghajjar for decorating our hall so beautifully.
Sadly, the weather this week meant that we had to miss out on our carol singing at St John’s Church. However, as I said to the children, every cloud has a silver lining, and it meant that we all had one big, whole school celebration. It was great to welcome Reverend Rob O’Neill and his helpers, Ash and Clive. I particularly enjoyed the vicar’s annual Christmas quiz – won by Team Turkey this year- and the biggest game of pass the parcel ever!
Every year we participate in the Poppy appeal to help support The Royal British Legion. This year though sales of poppies and poppy bracelets we are proud to have helped contribute £179.
Thank you to everyone who donated!
Children in need - Non-Uniform Day
To raise money for children in need we held a non-uniform day, allowing out children to wear their choice of Spotty clothes to school for the day. some of our children rose to the occasion, even designing their own clothes to show their support!
Year 6 Visit the Hilton - Enabling Enterprise
Tuesday (7th Nov) 6B took a Business Trip to the Hilton in Watford to take part in a 'Recruitment Race' challenge.
House Captain Hustings
On Thursday 5th October, many politically minded Year 6 students presented their promises to their house groups in our annual hustings event.
We hosted four simultaneous assemblies around the school and Year 6 pupils read the persuasive letters that they had written in their English lessons and tried to persuade the children in their house to vote for them. The letters were excellently written.
Candidates promised great leadership, a growth mindset and their support to other pupils. All pupils across the school voted after hustings and then the top two candidates were interviewed by the heads of house.
It was an extremely exciting day and we are extremely proud of all of the children that were brave enough to enter. We are proud of the children that were gracious in their defeat and we are proud of the eight new magnificent house captains. Well done Karson, Tahira, Ayman, Mya, Ekrem, Kasia, Areeda and Rayyan.
On Friday 6th October our new house captains rehearsed and then delivered their first house captain assembly with confidence and authority.
Today year 5 performed their Harvest Festival Assembly in front of all the other pupils, staff and parents. It was a great success despite their nerves and stage fright. They sung beautifully, both traditional hymns and up-to- date songs, making us very proud of each and every child. The narrators were clear and accurate ensuring that the whole audience could hear the well-rehearsed lines. It was lovely to see the reaction from friends and families. Well done year 5!
Farley’s First Poetry Busk
Wednesday 27th September 9.30 -11.30
Why recite poetry?
If we want a literate school, we have to teach children that they have poetry flowing through their veins. Poetry, like songs, speaks to people’s emotions. At weddings, births and funerals it is poetry that people turn to. It is a vehicle for self-expression. A way to profess love, fear, happiness and sorrow. It is a way to communicate beyond the literal and if we want our children to have the best life-chances then above all they must be literate.
What poems did we perform?
Pupils from Year 3 performed ‘Try, Try, Try, again' by T J Palmer, Year 4 performed ‘The Road Less Travelled,’ by Robert Frost, Year 5 performed ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling and Year 6 performed ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley. All of the poems are linked to ‘The Growth Mindset.'
We raised £213.09 and 136 parents attended the event. Thank you to all of the parents that attended the event and to our wonderful pupils for learning the poems and performing them so expertly.