All posts by Kelly Davies

Headteacher’s Tea Party

Congratulations to the following children for working hard and following the  school rules for term 6:

EYFS:  Alana, Lexi

Year 1: Rachel, Sidney

Year 2: Finley, Roy

Year 3: Olly, Lewis

Year 4: Rhoary-Lee, Tobi, Anieya

Year 5: Keona, Lola,  Taila

Year 6: Edward, Petal

Term Dates 2018/19

Autumn Term 

Staff Development Day 1 – Monday 3rd September 2018 – school closed to children

Start: Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 8.40am

Half Term: Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October 2018

Staff Development Day 2 – Monday 29th October 2018 – school closed to children

Start: Tuesday 30th October 2018

Term Ends: Wednesday 19th December 2018

Christmas Holiday: Thursday 20th December 2018 – Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Spring Term 

Start: Thursday 3rd January 2019

Half Term: Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February 2019

Start: Monday 25th February 2019

Term Ends: Friday 5th April 2019

Easter Holiday:  – Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April 2019

Summer Term

Start: Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Bank Holiday: Monday 6th May 2019

Half Term: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2019

Start: Monday 3rd June 2019

Staff Development Day 3 – Friday 5th July 2019 – school closed to children

Term Ends: Friday 19th July 2019

Staff Development Day 4 – Monday 22nd July 2019 – school closed to children

Staff Development Day 5 – Tuesday 23rd July 2019 – school closed to children

Summer Holiday: Wednesday 24th July – Friday 30th August 2019

Staff Development Days

Children are in school for 190 days a year and teachers for 195 days a year. The additional five days are for staff training. These can either be whole day training sessions when the school is closed to children or Twilight Training sessions, two of which total a Staff Development day. If two Twilights are taken, staff will then have the time off when one Staff Development day has been allocated. At Great Chart we look closely at the term dates to see when we can arrange training. We are also dependent on the availability for some guest speakers and trainers as to when we can arrange our development days. As with other schools, any Twilight Training sessions are in addition to our normal weekly staff meetings.

Harvest Festival Service

Today we held our Harvest Service and welcomed our visitors, Nathan Wilson who shared a story from the bible and Craig and Tony from the Ashford Family Food Bank who spoke to the children about how they support the local community.

Thank you for your kind contributions to the Ashford Family Foodbank.

Headteacher’s Tea Party

Congratulations to the following children for working hard and following the  school rules for term 4:

EYFS:  Aidan and Harry V

Year 1: Freya and Harley

Year 2: Poppy and Ruby L

Year 3: Poppy, Mollie and Phoebe

Year 4: Millie, Linden and Isaac

Year 5: Evie and Charlie

Year 6: Leyla and Tanya

Year 3 Roman Day

 Year 3 greatly enjoyed their Roman Day on 30th March.  Children arrived to school wearing superb costumes (thank you parents) and they all looked fantastic.  We started the day by making and painting shields, followed by learning the roman numerals.  In the afternoon the children went to battle and then made laurel wreaths.  All staff and children had an excellent day and it was a wonderful way to end this topic. Please click on the photo to see more pictures.

Musical Theatre Performance

Today The Musical Theatre group performed to the whole school in assembly. They were brilliant and really enjoyed performing in front of such a large audience. I would like to thank them for all their hard work this term and hope to have made some stars of the future.

Mrs Barker.

Easter Bonnets

The Key Stage 1 classes were invited to enter the Hobby Craft Easter Bonnet competition. Mrs Newington-Growns kindly delivered the kits and the children in each class set to designing and creating their masterpieces with a range of craft accessories. All the bonnets looked amazing and were sent off to Hobby Craft where they were displayed and the public could vote on the winning entry. We look forward to hearing the results. To view all Bonnets please visit the gallery by clicking here.


Joe Wicks Gets Great Chart Active

On Tuesday 28th March at 10am, Joe Wicks, Fitness Coach led a nationwide campaign to get children across all primary schools in the U.K to get active! We decided we wanted to be a part of this as we know that being healthy and exercising supports our well being.

He streamed his video live on You Tube and the Foundation and year 1 classes went into the hall for their fitness session, joining other schools all across the country.

Just before lunch, 4GW also took part in the session and really enjoyed it.

All the children were very hot and sweaty by the end of their 20 minute class but certainly seemed to have fun!