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General Knowledge Quiz Club
On Monday, the school took part in the General Knowledge Quiz Club qualifying stage. All the children enjoyed taking part and displaying their general knowledge. Both teams did well with our highest position of 6th. Well done all!

National Science Quiz Club Final
On Friday 3rd March Daniel F, Sean N, George C and Freddie D took part in the Science Quiz final at Oxford University.  Despite the very long drive down and the awful weather in Oxford they all had a fantastic time.  They represented our school brilliantly showing what bright and well behaved children we have at Junction Farm.  There were some really tricky questions that even the adults in the audience couldn’t answer, myself included.  We have four scientists in the making.

On Thursday KS2 took part in skateboarding. We were all taught lots of amazing tricks and the instructor was able to jump over a stack of skateboards. We learnt how to turn, move and push the skateboard. He told us what inspired him to start skateboarding and when you find something you love stick with it. We all really enjoyed skateboarding.

By Jessica v.d.G and Dyma.S

Richard Kilty Visit to school
On Friday afternoon Junction Farm was lucky enough to meet Richard Kilty. Richard is one of the world’s fastest men and last weekend he won the European Indoor 60m final in Belgrade. He showed the children some videos of him running, he brought in medals that he has won and he spoke to the children about his career. All the children had a brilliant afternoon and felt very inspired after meeting him.

General Knowledge Quiz Area Heat
We are very proud and happy to be hosting the area heat on Monday at 2pm. We have 2 teams involved in this and wish them the best of luck. Each child can invite 1 adult spectator, speak to Mr Dalton if you require further information.

KS2 Girls Football
On Thursday afternoon the KS2 girls’ football team went to Darlington to represent Stockton and play in the Tees Valley Finals. We had fantastic football from all the girls and had some brilliant goals from Freya R, Ellie S.T and Alex L. Thank you to Emma G for stepping in as goal keeper. We ended up in 4th place out the whole Tees Valley which is an amazing achievement and the last match even ended up as extra time and then penalties that is how close it was. Well done to the full team Ellie S.T, Alex L, Freya R, Sophie D, Olivia L, Althea J, Marissa G, Molly M, Emma G and Abbie J.

Thursday 9th March a skateboarding company is coming in to teach KS2 children basic skateboarding skills. This is a brilliant opportunity for children in KS2 as skateboarding has recently been listed as an Olympic Sport. Please make sure your child has their P.E kit, a water bottle and tracksuit bottoms in school on this day.

School Sports-Chris Tomlinson Event
On Friday the 24th Feb Sports for school came to Junction Farm and we did all of our activities with the one and only Chris Tomlinson! Chris Tomlinson is a world class long jumper who has jumped many times for Great Britain! He’s also achieved many awards and medals.

His longest jump was a whopping 8.2 metres, which is about as long as our school hall!

Our activities were spotty dogs, press ups, star jumps and mountain climbers.

Afterwards we all had a really interactive assembly which was led by Chris Tomlinson and his assistant, we even had a long jump competition! Over all, we all had a really good time doing the activities and the assembly and we all agreed that we’d do it again, if we could!  By Luke H

Chris Tomlinson Sponsored Sport Event
We had a fantastic morning. The children all really enjoyed participating in the fitness circuit and they all tried very hard with the various exercises. Chris Tomlinson talked to the children about sport and showed them how far he could jump we were all very impressed. Thank you for all your support so far with the sponsor forms and money, children have one week left to bring their forms and money in to school. Thank you.

Year 3 / 4 Football
We had a fantastic evening on Tuesday. Our year 3 and year 4 football team competed at their monthly tournament. We had brilliant team work from all the children and fantastic goals from Ollie S. Well done to all the children involved. Our player of the tournament was Faris E well done.

Internet Safety Day
This week we took part in raising awareness of online safety for Internet Safety Day. In classes, children discussed how to be safe online and what to do in the event they see or hear something they are unsure of. Each class produced fantastic work which will be displayed in our computing suite.

Swimming Gala
On Tuesday afternoon 33 children took part in a swimming gala at Thornaby Pool. We had a fantastic afternoon and had some fantastic performances from children. Marissa G came first in the Y6 girls breaststroke and the open girls butterfly, Masie W came first in the Y6 girls backstroke and Georgia B came 3rd in the Y5 girls breaststroke. Well done to all the children who took part.

Cross Country Final
On Wednesday afternoon 16 children took part in the Stockton Cross Country Finals at Preston Park. We were very lucky with the weather conditions as the rain decided to stay away. All the children managed to get extremely muddy but they all ran well and enjoyed the afternoon. Althea J came 8th and has qualified to represent Stockton in the Tees Valley Primary Level 3 School Games Cross Country Final on Wednesday the 29th March, well done Althea. Luke H ran a very good race and came in 12th place, well done Luke. Well done to all the children who took part we are all very proud of you.

Netball Festival
A group of 30 Y3/4 children attended a netball festival on Monday morning. We took part in a range of different activities to help develop our netball skills. Children had a fantastic morning and worked very hard on each activity station. Luke A said “We had a really fun morning and I enjoyed all the activities.”

Visit from GB Bobsleigh Team Member
We had a very special visitor come in to school and talk to Key Stage 2 children last Friday afternoon. Nathan Togan an athlete that competes for Great Britain in Bobsleigh talked to the children about the sport, why he decided to take the path of bobsleigh and the positives and negatives of the sport. The children were all really interested in the sport and he offered an insight in to a sport that many children will not know much about. Nathan was asked many questions by the children and at the end Mrs Norton asked if any children would like to try bobsleigh and the majority of the hall raised their hands including Mr Clayton. It was an informative afternoon that we all enjoyed.

Football News
We have had two football competitions this week. Our first was the mixed 5/6 Stockton Final competition at Conyers on Wednesday. The children all played brilliantly and played together as a team. We had fabulous goals from Reuben B and Harry S-T. I would like to thank the parents for coming to support. Children involved were Alex L, Freya R, Ellie S T, Harry S T, Reuben B, Finley W, Jamie S, Isaac B, Sean N and James N. Well done all involved.

Our second football competition was the KS2 girls Stockton Final at Northfield on Thursday. All the girls involved played extremely well and the talent the girls have was lovely to watch. They played extremely well as a team and always supported each other. It was lovely to see children in different year groups working so well together. We had some amazing goals from Alex, Ellie and Emma. We managed to come in 1st place overall and qualify through to represent Stockton in the Tees Valley Finals on Thursday 2nd March. The whole team should be very proud of themselves. I would like to thank the parents for coming to support and a big thank you to Mrs Belshaw for driving the Egglescliffe mini bus and supporting our team. Children involved were Alex L, Freya R, Ellie S T, Emma G, Althea J, Olivia L, Sophie D, Abbie J and Marissa G.

Football News
On Wednesday afternoon the 5/6 football team played at a fantastic tournament ran by MFC in Eston. We played three matches, the first match we won 2-0 we had 2 great goals from Reuben B. Unfortunately in the second match we lost but we still played really good football and defended very well. In the third match we won 1-0 and had a brilliant goal from Alex L. Well done 5/6 team you played really well. Let’s look forward to the finals next week. Children that took part were Harry S-T, Ellie S-T, Reuben B, Alex L, Freya R, Jamie S, Isaac B and Finley W.

HoopStarz Festival
Last Friday 30 children from Y3/4 went to Marsh House in Billingham and took part in a Hoopstarz festival. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and they learnt numerous tricks with the hula-hoop. All children took part in a hula-hooping competition and Jessica v. d. G. won and she received a great new hula-hoop to practise on. We had a brilliant afternoon thank you Year 3/4.

Sports Leaders
On Tuesday 12 children took part in a Primary Leadership P.E course where they participated in various leadership activities. The children really enjoyed it and showed great leadership qualities with all of the activities they took part in. They were able to describe what a great sport leader is and the qualities they need. All children came away with some exciting activities for the rest of the children to take part in. We are all looking forward to seeing what the leaders have planned. The children involved were Ethan P, Freddie D, Zach J, Harry S-T, Finley W, Isaac B, Jack H, Georgia B, Sienna C, Katie M, James N and George C.

Mobile Library
This week the mobile library began its visits to our school. The mobile library will visit our school every 3 weeks; this will work on an alternate cycle with Year 1 and 2 visiting one week and Year 3/4 visiting the next. The Year 1 and 2 children enjoyed their visit this week and have taken out books to read in school. The next visit scheduled will be Year 3/4 on 8th February.

Football News
We had a fantastic evening at football on Tuesday night. We played really well as a team and I was very impressed by the standard of football from our children. I can see an improvement from the first game we played. We had two fantastic goals from Lewis H and Noah H. Our player of the tournament was Lewis H, who played some brilliant football. Well done to all our 3 / 4 team that went to the tournament on Tuesday you all played very well.

Children involved were Ollie S-T, Faris E, Max S, Noah H, Harry J, Charlie J, Sophie D, Lewis H, Luke A and Kieran L.

Year 5/6 Mathematics with Mr Whyte
This week, Year 6 had a visit from Mr Whyte (Mathematics Teacher), from Egglescliffe School. He was looking at how Mathematics is taught in upper Key Stage 2, to enable good transition into Year 7. He spent the Mathematics lesson with Mr Clayton, working alongside the children, looking at how the mathematics curriculum is delivered. He was very impressed, and commented on: how the children had excellent reasoning and problem solving skills; how focused the children were and how well they supported each other’s’ learning; the pace of the lesson and how much teaching and learning had taken place in the hour. He thoroughly enjoyed his time with the children- credit to them!

Junction Farm Facebook
We have now launched our new Facebook page which we will use as another form of communication with parents to update them of important events throughout school. Last week your child brought home a letter outlining how we will use Facebook and the expectations of those who follow us. A copy of the letter was sent via Parentmail and a copy can also be found on the Facebook page. You can find our page by searching for ‘Junction Farm Primary School’. We hope you find this a useful communication tool.

Miss Barron
Welcome to Miss Barron who has joined us for two terms to replace Miss Fallowfield. She has settled in really well and is starting to learn all the little traits of the children in her class with the help of her staff team. Miss Fallowfield has arrived in Dubai and is settled in her flat and has started working in a very large school within the Early Years Department.

Year 5/6 children attended the Sports Hall Athletics Competition at Marsh House in Billingham and we all had a fantastic morning. The children participated in a variety of activities and we had exceptional performances from the children. I was very impressed with our children and how we motivate each other to compete. We managed to qualify for the Tees Valley Indoor Athletics Competition where we will be competing for Stockton against other areas in the Tees Valley. This is an amazing achievement and all children involved should be very proud of themselves. The next stage of the competition is on Monday 16th January at Eston Leisure Centre.

Year 6 took part in Bikeability last week .We thoroughly enjoyed it as it was a good way to develop our cycling skills. In this activity, we learnt how to signal while turning round bends and also do u-turns! We loved this activity and the instructors were so helpful. We found last week a fun way of learning how to properly ride our bikes. Thank you for letting us have this experience. Esther Watson


Christmas Shoe Boxes – Operation Christmas Child
A huge thank you to all who participated in the Operation Christmas Child collection. We were overwhelmed with your generosity and kindness and we are sure this will be greatly appreciated by those children who receive the boxes. We collected a huge total of 93 shoeboxes! Thank you!

Year 5/6 Life Centre Visit
Last Friday, Year 5/6 visited the Life Centre in Newcastle as part of their curriculum topics. It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all! Here are some comments from the children:

“I really enjoyed the Animals Inside Out Exhibition. It was so interesting to see what it’s like inside of us and inside of different animals! My favourite was inside of a giraffe.” – Emma Smith

“My favourite part of the trip was the Mummification workshop. We all mummified a vulture!” – Lily-Mai Shepherd.

“I loved the Science Theatre Show. We learned about the different signs of life.” – Christopher-Kenneth Bradley

“The 4D motion ride was so fun! We watched Ice Age and our chairs moved! It was funny when Jack H poked a hole in his 4D glasses as he was moving his arms with excitement!”- Finley Ward

Pupil Ambassadors
On Wednesday we had our first introduction to the Pupil Ambassador Project at Fairfield Primary. We met other Y5 Ambassadors from 7 different schools that we will be visiting. It was a great chance to get to know everyone playing games in teams to work together. Our first visit is in December and we can’t wait to get some new ideas for our school.

Georgia Brown, Christopher Bradley and Harry Martin.

Mayor’s visit to school
On Tuesday, we were very privileged to have a special visit from the Civic Mayor and Mayoress of Stockton Borough Council. The Mayor delivered an assembly informing the children all about his role and the duties which he carries out. The Mayor is the first citizen of the Borough and the Queen’s Representative here. The children were able to ask the Mayor questions, one of which included, ‘Do you like to go on sleepovers?’ We certainly gave the Mayor a giggle! Following the assembly, school council were able to meet with the Mayor and Mayoress and ask further questions. The children were very interested in the mace that is carried and the history behind it. We all thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

We had a fantastic morning at the Sports Hall Athletics Competition at Marsh House in Billingham. The children participated in a variety of activities from obstacle relay to vertical Jump. All children performed brilliantly and the staff were very impressed by the talent from our children. We managed to qualify for the Stockton Indoor Athletics Competition on Wednesday 23rd March. Well done to all the children who took part.

3 / 4 Football
Y3/4 footballers played some fantastic football on Tuesday night in their football league at Egglescliffe School. We played really well as a team and managed to draw in two matches and win one match with a brilliant goal in one match by Noah Hardwick. Player of the tournament was selected from each school and Harry Jones was awarded with it from our school. He played superbly in goal. Well played Y3/4.

Children involved were Lucas Appleby, Jacob Clark, Ollie Stewart Titchiner, Ismail Abid, Faris Elabd, Max Smith, Aaron Wheatley, Noah Hardwick, Harry Jones and Charlie Jones.

KS2 Girls Football
We had a fantastic afternoon on Wednesday with our KS2 girl’s football team. They attended a tournament at Egglescliffe School against primary schools in the local area. We played brilliantly as a team and I was extremely impressed by the standard of football from our team. We managed to win every match we played with some fabulous goals from Ellie Stewart-Tichiner, Alex Lyons, Sophie Dacombe and Olivia Little. Player of the tournament was awarded to Sophie Dacombe for playing exceptionally well. Really well done girls everyone was very impressed.

Children involved were Ellie Stewart-Tichiner, Alex Lyons, Sophie Dacombe, Olivia Little, Freya Robinson, Emma Smith, Ebony Scott, Althea Johnson, Emma Gutteridge and Abigail Johnson

School Council
School Councillors from Y2-6 spent Wednesday morning with a very special visitor this week. Throughout the morning, children worked with Hillaire to develop our roles as leaders. We discussed various ways in which we can improve our School Council to become more effective and further encourage pupil voice throughout school. Overall, we had a fantastic morning and have come away with lots of brilliant new ideas.


Fire Brigade Visit
On Thursday, we had a visit from Yarm Fire Brigade. They gave us lots of facts and safety tips for Bonfire Night. We hope you all enjoy the fireworks this weekend and remember the messages about keeping safe.

Science Quiz
Congratulations to Team A who took part in today’s area heat of the National Science Championship Quiz which was held today at Junction Farm. Both teams had trained for the event with Mrs Crinnion and had worked really hard. Four schools took part in today’s heat, each with two teams. I’m thrilled to say that Team B scored 640 points and Team A won the heat with 1150 points. Team A will now go through to the next round of the quiz in the New Year. Good luck! Thank you to all parents and friends who came to support the children.

Team A – Daniel Fergie, Sean Nzekwe, George Cronin, Freddie Dawson.

Team B – Esther Watson, Georgia Brown, Ethan Parks, Emma Smith.

3/4 Football League
We had brilliant football from our Y3/4 footballers on Tuesday night. They attended the football league at Egglescliffe Comprehensive against local primary schools. We played really well as a team and managed to draw in two matches with an impressive goal in one match by Ollie Stewart-Titchiner. Player of the tournament was selected from each school and Ollie Stewart-Titchiner was awarded with it from our school. Well played Y3/4.

Children involved were Lucas Appleby, Jacob Clark, Ollie Steward Titchiner, Ismail Abid, Faris Elabd, Max Smith, Aaron Wheatley, Noah Hardwick, Harry Jones and Charlie Jones.

5/6 Stockton Rugby Final
We had a fantastic afternoon on Wednesday with our 5/6 Rugby Team. They attended the Stockton Rugby Finals at Billingham Rugby Club against primary schools across Stockton. This is the first time we have ever qualified for this event so it was a massive achievement. We played brilliantly and I was extremely impressed by the standard of rugby from our team. We managed to come 4th overall out of 16 teams. Well done 5/6 you played brilliantly.

Children involved were Ted Trenchard, Joe Manning, Joseph Taylor, Alex Lyons, Ellie Stewart-Titchiner, Shaun Nzekwe, Freddi Dawson, Freya Robinson, Masie Connelly and Reuben Brass.

Sports News
Fantastic success for our Y5/6 Tag Rugby teams yesterday. They attended a competition at Egglescliffe Comprehensive between local primary schools. We came first and second!
Teams were as follows:
Second team (first place) – Chloe Hopper, Esther Watson, Georgia Brown, Lily-Mai Shepherd, Harry Stewart-Titchiner, Finley Ward, James Nicholson, Jamie Storey, Finlay Thomas, Luke Hall.

First Team (second place) – Teddy Trenchard, Sean Nzekwe, Freddie Dawson, Ellie Stewart-Titchiner, Alex Lyons, Freya Robinson, Maisie Connelly, Joseph Taylor, Reuben Brass, Joe Manning.

Well done to both teams, an amazing result!

Sponsored Fun Run
On Monday 20th June, Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 took part in the sponsored fun run, organised by School Council. Our aim was to raise money to be able to buy new and exciting equipment for our playgrounds. We managed to raise a staggering £2483.50. Children completed the run with great determination, stamina and huge smiles. They even cheered on their teachers who completed the run alongside them. We would like to say a huge thank you for helping us raise so much money, we could not have managed it without your support. Take a look at our website to see a few pictures from the day.

Boggle Hole
On the 8th June, Year 5 went on an amazing school trip to Boggle Hole in North Yorkshire. This was a first for Junction Farm Primary and a huge success. Not only was the weather fantastic, but the children engaged in a range of exciting activities on the beach such as rock pooling and sand sculpturing, as well as night time activities round the fire. We even had a pirate party, where Mrs Crapper was voted as the best dressed teacher. Although the children were exhausted, they all seemed to love the experience and freedom of socialising and interacting in such a beautiful setting.

Georgina described Boggle Hole as ‘an amazing experience’ and Marissa added that ‘Boggle Hole was wonderful. The best bit was the hot chocolate and marshmallows!’

Carlton Lodge Year 6
Despite having very variable weather the Year 6s have had a fantastic week at Carlton! They settled quickly and entered into every activity with great enthusiasm, just as we would expect from Junction Farm children. I spent Monday and Tuesday with them and thoroughly enjoyed watching them wallowing in the mud in the Obstacle Course and getting soaked to the skin canoeing and raft-building on the lake. I was invited to join them but chickened out! I did have my own challenge though, trying to fit 31 sets of sopping wet clothes into the tiny drying room. Word from Mr. Clayton this morning reports that the children are all exhausted; I think the staff will have had to wake them up for breakfast this morning. Mrs. Hall

Sports Week
This week is National Sports Week and we have had a wonderful variety of sporting activities to coincide with our sports week timetable. Freddy Fit, Rugrats Rugby, Hula, Zumba, Kwik Cricket and Cycling are just some of the great activities that the children have enjoyed in school. The week had a great opening activity with our Sponsored Fun Run and has ended with our annual sports day at Middlesbrough Sports Village for KS1 and 2. Foundation Stage children have also enjoyed their own fun sports days and deservedly showed off their medals with huge pride. On Tuesday we had our finalists for the Tees Valley School Games take part in their events at Middlesbrough Sports Village against finalists from Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland. We brought back 3 medals and all of the children showed excellent passion and determination in their events. To know that they are one of the best in the region at their event was very exciting for them. Well done everyone!

My Money Week
As part of My Money Week, we have had lots of exciting activities taking place in school. To kick start our week, we had a great assembly, delivered by Steph McGovern from BBC Breakfast News. She told us lots about jobs and managing our money.

Each class has worked with staff from the Barclays Money Skills Team looking at a variety of money based activities. This has been a great learning experience.

We have also had our ‘Cheap Cooking Challenge’ taking place, where children had to make a well-presented meal for the cheapest possible price after comparing different supermarkets. We had lots of super entries and it was great to see the efforts that children had put into their meals and learning about comparing prices. Thank you to those who took part! KS1 Winner was Chloe Rosser with runners up Ben Hollins and Phoebe Parnham. KS2 winner was Aaron Godden with runners up Maisie Connelly and Esmé Henderson. Super cooking and budgeting – well done, enjoy your restaurant vouchers!

Ayah Nzekwe: “I need to check for bargains in different shops to get the cheapest prices”.

George Davies: “It is good to shop around to find the cheapest items”.

Esmé Henderson: “I found out that shops own brands are often cheaper than famous brands”.


Y4 Robinwood
After one fantastic residential, it was time for another as Year 4 spent their weekend at Robinwood with fun, laughter and challenge! Here are some comments from the children:

Reece Hart: When we got to the top of the giant swing, it was the best feeling ever!

Dylan Fagan: It was a life-changing experience because I have now conquered my fears.

Teddy Trenchard: I loved the trapeze, especially when I came down like Superman and landed like a starfish!

Y3 Carlton
Last week, Year 3 spent an excellent 3 days at Carlton Outdoor Education Centre! For many, it was their first time away from home. So much fun and numerous achievements were accomplished by all during Weaselling, High Challenge and Shelter Building.

Lucas Appleby: I loved shelter building the most, especially when we got to drink hot chocolate!

Grace Coverdale: It was fun when we got to climb and squeeze through the tight holes during weaselling.

Raby Castle Educational Visit.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Year 1 and Year 2 went to Raby Castle. We were given guided tours by three very knowledgeable guides to help us with our work as part of our ‘Castles, Knights and Dragons’ topic.  All the guides commented on how wonderfully behaved and receptive our children were. We had two very enjoyable days out which were full of learning and fun!

It was perfect weather for the final set of matches in the Year 4/5 cricket league. The children had a fantastic time and scored lots of runs. Overall we came 2nd which is a fantastic achievement. Well done to all those who took part!

Cross Country Results
We would like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to those children who qualified for the final round in the Tees Valley Cross Country Championships on March 23rd.

Max Butler (Year 6) Dylan Appleby (Year 6) and Georgia Brown (Year 4) displayed fantastic stamina and determination to run the full course at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough. This final round showed the ‘best of the best’ runners in the region, taking in schools across Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland. Our results were amazing and out of the 70 runners in their age group Max came 14th, Dylan 23rd and Georgia 16th. What a truly outstanding achievement; we are all so proud of you – Mrs Wilks

Tuesday saw some year 4/5 children take part in two kwik cricket matches at Egglescliffe Comp. It was glorious sunshine and a perfect relaxing afternoon. The children showed some excellent batting skills and amazing catches in their fielding. As 2 teams were unable to attend, the final round on the 3rd May has been cancelled so next week is the last week. A huge well done to all of those involved: Reuben Brass, Ellie Stewart-Titchiner, Joseph Taylor, Finley Thomas, Freddie Dawson, Ted Trenchard, Joshua Goodwin & Fahad Agha

Yesterday, Max Butler in Year 6 went to the Dolphin Centre in Darlington to represent Stockton in the backstroke and two relay competitions. He was among the elite swimmers in the Tees Valley area and swam with 3 other Stockton Northfield swimmers to make up the relay team. He was amazing and came away with two bronze medals in the relays.

Talking with Max I expressed how proud we are of him and emphasised how proud he himself should be, knowing that he was one of the top 4 swimmers in Stockton Northfield and among the best swimmers from Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar & Eston, Stockton Central & Cleveland. Overall Stockton Northfield won too! A fantastic achievement Max – Mrs Wilks

St John’s Billingham Ambassador Visit
Emma and I travelled with Mrs Norton to St John’s Evangelist Primary School. We enjoyed looking around, they had a class room upstairs called the lilac room this was for relaxation and peace. The presentation at the end of the visit was also interesting because it was telling us all about the books that the classes had read.  Looking around all of these schools made Emma and I think that we should all appreciate what we have in our school.

Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2016
The Year 6 children have been reading a selection of exciting books from five short-listed authors. The children were then asked to complete a book review: Roxanne Moghareh has won the best review and Milly Bassett has been recognised for best effort. On Tuesday 22nd March we have one of the short-listed authors in school (Ellie Irving), to talk to the children about literature and their books. We will be joined by children from The Links and Egglescliffe Primary. In addition, a photographer will capture moments from the event (if you do not wish your child to have their photograph published, please inform school). Meeting an author is always a special experience for everyone involved.

Roxanne and Milly are invited to an awards ceremony on Tuesday at Stockton Central Library accompanied by their parents and Mrs Norton.

Well done to all children who participated.

Swimming Gala – 17th March
We had an amazing night at the Bilingham Forum, although a little long – we didn’t leave until 8.45pm! Our children were superb as always and performed to the highest standard. I was very proud of them.

Maisie Wallace – 1st in her heat and 3rd overall – Y5 Girls Backstroke

Marissa Grieves – 2nd in her heat and 2nd overall – Y5 Girls Breaststroke

Jessica Goodwin – 4th in her heat and 4th overall – Y6 Girls Freestyle

Max Butler – 2nd in his heat and 2nd overall – Y6 Boys Freestyle

Y5 Girls Freestyle Relay – Georgina O’Neil, Maisie Wallace, Marissa Grieves & Hollie Chapman – came 6th overall.

Year 6 Girls Freestyle Relay – Jessica Goodwin, Marianne Johnson, Ellie Gallazzi-Ritchie and Roxanne Moghareh – came 4th overall.

Huge thanks to Marissa whose very healthy sweets kept me going for hours!!!

Gladiator Experience
Today, Year 3 and 4 had a special visitor: a real Roman Centurion. They dressed up in Roman armour and took part in a Roman battle. Here is what some of the children had to say about their day: Georgia Brown, “We had a fantastic time dressing up as real Roman soldiers. We learned all of the different commands and movements”. Thomas Farrow, “The Roman centurion shouted unexpectedly and made me jump, but I had a great time learning about the Romans”. Jack Hopper, “We had an amazing time because we got to learn all about the Romans and being in their army”. The rest of the school also had chance to meet the Centurion during assembly – a great day!

What a fantastic display of determination we saw last night from our Year 3/4 football team at their final set of matches. We never conceded a goal and with 3 wins and 2 draws we knew it would be tight at the top of the table. We were overwhelmed when the results were read out and it was announced that we had WON the league.

Over the course of the league we had scored an outstanding 29 goals and accumulated 84 points in total. The team saw all of their hard work pay off and were so excited with the results.

I would like to say a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to all of the team and a big thank you to all of the parents and grandparents for your amazing support over the months especially in all of the cold and wet conditions. You were fantastic – a real Junction Farm team spirit from everyone. I could not be prouder – Mrs Wilks

Team: Harry Stewart-Titchiner (captain) James Nicholson, Zach Johnson, Finley Ward, Jack Newman, Oscar Finch, Christopher Bradley, Isaac Broughton and Jack Hopper (goalkeeper).

Academy Update
Just to let you know that the Governing Body met last night. They resolved that the Governing Body agree in principal to being part of a Multi Academy Trust – entitled VENN Academy Learning Trust.To that aim I made a formal application to the Department of Education today to pursue the application process. I will endeavour to keep you fully informed as the process moves ahead. Mrs Norton.

School Council Design a Badge Competition
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the School Council Design a Badge Competition. After meeting yesterday and voting, the School Council would like to congratulate Georgina O’Neill in Y5/6HC for her winning design. Congratulations!

Swimming Gala
Before half term we had a group of children take part in the Stockton Swimming Gala at Thornaby Pool. All of them had a great time and we had the following children qualify for the next round on Thursday 17th March.

Maisie Wallace – Backstroke

Marissa Grieves – Breaststroke

Jessica Goodwin – Freestyle

Max Butler – Freestyle.

We also had the following girls qualify for the freestyle relay:

Y5 – Georgina O’ Neill, Maisie Wallace, Marissa Grieves & Hollie Chapman.

Y6 – Jessica Goodwin, Roxanne Moghareh, Ellie Gallazzi-Ritchie & Marianne Johnson.

Well done to everyone who took part & good luck for the next round!

Cross Country
On Wednesday 10th February we had the second round of the Stockton Cross Country finals at Preston Park. It was extremely difficult running conditions with the thick mud along the track and we even returned to school with one less shoe! The children were fantastic to watch especially as there were up to 80 children per age group. A fantastic achievement to all who participated:

Year 3/4 – Althea Johnson, Georgia Brown, Teddy Trenchard & Harry Stewart-Titchiner

Year 5 – Freya Robinson, Esther Watson, Luke Hall, Reuben Brass & Sean Nzekwe

Year 6 – Milly Bassett, Libby Taylor, Max Butler & Dylan Appleby

A huge congratulations to Max and Dylan for qualifying for the next round and Georgia who amazingly WON her competition. Fantastic talent!

On Wednesday we had our fantastic KS2 girls football team take part in the next round of the Stockton football finals. They displayed amazing skill and determination only letting in 3 goals in total. Our captain Ellie Stewart-Titchiner said ‘It was very tough but good fun. We all tried our hardest and showed great teamwork.’ Overall they came a brilliant 4th in their group. Well done to you all: Ellie Stewart- Titchiner, Marissa Grieves, Olivia Little, Alex Lyons, Milly Bassett, Libby Taylor, Leenah Elabd, Freya Robinson and Sophie Dacombe.

Pupil Ambassador Visit
Every year we ask two year 5 pupils to represent our school as ambassadors. The aim is to share ideas with other schools in area. This year our two ambassadors are Marissa Grieves and Emma Martin. Yesterday, following their visit, they returned from Fairfield Primary school full of excitement.

Marissa said “It was a really interesting day. I loved the art work and sculptures throughout school and they even have an after school club with an architect!”

Well done girls.

Governor Appointment
Thank you to the three candidates who came forward to declare an interest in being one of our Governors. The result of the parent ballot was very close but I would like to announce that Josie Graham has been successful in her appointment of parent governor. Welcome to the team!

SCITT Interviews
We are part of the Stockton School Centred Initial Teacher Training Partnership, an alternative route to teacher training rather than a PGCE, students already with a suitable degree can spend the year mainly within schools learning on the job. Four of our current staff trained in such a way.  Part of the application process is to be interviewed in school by current Headteachers, staff and their pupils. I was very proud of the following pupils, Thomas van der Graaf, Sophie Younger, Ellie Gallazzi-Ritchie, George Oram, Marianne Johnson & Dylan Appleby who interviewed a total of 6 candidates over the last few weeks. Our pupils were extremely professional, and had great insight into which candidates would make good teachers who could relate to children.

Parents Academy Consultation

We held two evenings this week for consultation with parents re our proposed Academy Conversion. Thank you to the small number of parents who came with questions.

The main areas of concern were the following

  • Concern for staff terms and conditions of employment – we are not changing any terms or conditions for staff, these will just TUPE over to the Academy.
  • A few parents didn’t realise that by Egglescliffe we meant Egglescliffe Comp therefore giving us a seamless Academy from 3-18. Hugely beneficial for our children.
  • There was concern about my role changing and the possibility of me leaving. Each school will have its own Headteacher, not Principal, who will have autonomy in their own schools. When we became a Teaching School I had to agree to stay in post here for three years, so I will be in post for a while yet.
  • If our uniform was changing – The Links School uniform will change for September 2016, I propose to spend the next year consulting parents re uniform and if we decide to change then it will be for September 2017.

I hope that alleviates some of the common worries.

A group of Year 5 and Year 6 children had a fab time at the Stockton School Swimming Gala at Thornaby Swimming Pool on Tuesday. Everyone gave 100% and we have our fingers crossed that when all the results are analysed at the end of the week when all school have taken part, that we have some times in the top 6. This would get us through to the next round. Thank you swimmers for giving me an afternoon full of pride!


Libby and Milly report:
“We won the tournament! Our team worked very well together so as a result we scored 15 goals and we didn’t concede any goals. We are very proud of our team. These are the people who represented our school: Ellie Stewart- Titchiner, Olivia Little, Milly Bassett, Libby Taylor, Leenah Elabd, Freya Robinson and Sophie Dacombe.” Well done to you all!!!!


Cluster Reading and Maths Class
Mrs McCourt an English teacher from Egglescliffe introduced mastery Reading Classes for a group of Year 6 children from each of the feeder primary schools, based at Durham Lane once a week – our children have loved attending these sessions and really look forward to them. This week Mr White the Maths lead from Egglescliffe started a mastery Maths Class for a similar group of children but this time based in Junction Farm. The children find these sessions really interesting and as the majority hope to attend Egglescliffe for Year 7 it introduces them to a couple of the staff already. Great transition work.

Peter Pan Pantomime
The children had great fun watching the performance, but who better to tell you about it than them?

Mason Mulroy (Year 1): “I thought it was fabulous! When Tick Tock the crocodile ate Captain Hook it was hilarious. Wendy also made a funny voice!”

Jacob Clark (Year 2): “I liked it when Captain Hook got old because he had said the wrong magic words. It made me chuckle when Peter Pan was chasing his shadow. It was very entertaining!”

Chloe Gilsenan (Year 3): “The show was fantastic! It was so funny when Peter and Wendy were singing a Little Mix song. I would recommend it to my friends.”

Amy Nicholson (Year 4): “It was absolutely amazing. Mind blowing! The best part was when Captain Hook automatically went old before being eaten.”

Cross Country
A huge well done to all our children who competed in the local round of the Cross Country at Allens West. I can honestly say it was freezing, but the children had an amazing time, behaved perfectly, competed with drive and enthusiasm and were fantastic ambassadors for our school.
427 children competed in total with differing numbers in each race. Please see below the names of the children who competed and their positions for their races and I am sure that you will agree they were a total credit.
120 Year 3 / 4 Girls – Bonnie Carswell (30), Hannah Dawson (16), Sophie Barlow (43), Georgia Brown (1), Althea Johnson (7) & Aimee Stock (23)
108 Year 3 / 4 Boys – Teddy Trenchard (5), Finley Ward (11), Zach Johnson (10), James Nicholson (21), Harry Stewart-Titchiner (1), Isaac Broughton (20), Jack Newman (9) and Liam Kirby (31).
49 Year 5 Girls – Freya Robinson (3), Esther Watson (7), Alex Lyons (26) and Sophie White (13)
57 Year 5 Boys – Reuban Brass (7), Finley Thomas (14), Luke Hall (2), Sean Nzekwe (8) Alfie Ward (15) & Joe Manning (11)

45 Year 6 Girls – Milly Bassett (4), Libby Taylor (8), Ellie Gallazzi- Ritchie (10), Catherine Gerretsen (6) & Freya Bentley- Taylor (17)
48 Year 6 Boys – Dylan Appleby (4), Max Butler (2), Alex Carter (24) and Thomas van der Graaf (18)
We should find out very soon who will qualify to the next round which is Wednesday 10th February at Preston Park.

Christmas Fair
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Fair last Friday, we raised just over £1000 which was wonderful. All the money raised will be ploughed back into school for the benefit of your children. A huge thank you to Karen Connelly and the rest of the Friends of Junction Farm who worked so hard to make the event a success. Thank you also to the volunteers who came to help in the afternoon and everyone who helped during the event.