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Newsletter No 188

Friday 4 April 2014


Yesterday morning I was happy to show two visitors from the Variety Club around the school. During our visit it was clear that much activity was focussed on Easter with learners excitedly preparing for Easter egg hunting.

The Easter theme continued into the afternoon assembly with an Easter egg competition which I was invited to judge. Learners had decorated small polystyrene eggs and the results were amazing. I thought choosing the best entry would be hard but with so many imaginative entries, it proved an incredibly difficult task. However, after considerable soul searching, I managed to identify two outstanding entries. These were from Ella (Yellow Class) and Jessica (Class 3).

I was also pleased to join Julian in presenting achievement awards to the following learners

The Jack Petchey Award

Summa (Post 16)

Lower School Sports Award

Bailey (Nursery) and Abigail (Yellow Class)

Upper School Sports Award

Joshua (Class 2) and Alison (Class 4)

Best Teamn Player

George (Class 4)

Headteacher Merit Award

Amy  (Class 2)

Our congratulations go to all our award winners.

Parents, carers and family members were invited to the assembly and they came along in fantastic numbers - the hall walls were indeed bulging.  It really is a great pleasure to have so many attending our school events. We were treated to performances by Nursery, Yellow Class and Middle school, with Post 16 testing us with an Easter quiz.  As usual all the performances were impressive, demonstrating the commitment of both learners and staff. The enthusiasm and enjoyment of the youngsters was clear to see.

The adopted school song followed with the audience joining in by signing the chorus. The Easter raffle at the end of a wonderful afternoon added a little extra Easter joy for the winners.

On behalf of the whole Governing Body may I wish you all a happy Easter period.

Ray Brown, Chair of Governors



Classes 3, 4 and Yellow have been decorating some lovely Easter eggs this week. They have learned about the religious meaning of the Easter eggs and why we decorate them at Eastertime.

In Yellow Class the focus was on making choices (choosing our design and the egg to use). In Classes 3 and 4 the focus was on the religious meaning.

We hope you all enjoyed the eggs when the learners brought them home.




On Wednesday Post 16 went to Wyevale in Braintree. We bought some plants and pots for our outside patio area using the Jack Petchey money we had left from last year. Here are some photos of our learners at the centre.

Luke (Post 16)


For a good few weeks on a Monday, Post 16 have been making things out of recycled materials, which we asked people to bring in.  We made wind chimes out of old knives and forks and jewellery, planted old boots with pansies, made bows and mats with magazines and corks, used plastic bottles and old cups and saucers to create pretty candles and we also made an assortment of Easter gifts for people to buy.

When we held our Easter sale we asked all the other classes and staff to come down to see at what we were selling and a lot of people came to buy gifts. The sale was a big success and we raised about £100!

Thank you to everyone who supported us.

Alex and Lori (Post 16)


Yesterday, the Communication Group held their Easter egg hunt for learners in the lower school and Classes 1 and 2.

The objective for the Group was to communicate with different people and to find out and give important information to adults and learners about the event. The Group Leader was Stephanie, who allocated her peers tasks to do and a class to work in.

Learners had told the Communication group their favourite things. The group then hid four eggs for each learner, with a picture of one of their favourite things on it. On the morning of the egg hunt, each learner was given a picture of their favourite item which they had to go and match with the picture on the hidden eggs. On bringing these back to the Communication Group, they received a chocolate egg or small prize in return.

 It was a very enjoyable event and everyone had a great time.

We would like to thank Tesco and Morrisons stores in Witham for kindly donating Easter eggs for this event.


Last Friday, Class 2 invited their mums, grandmothers and aunties for a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea.

It was a lovely afternoon and everyone seemed to enjoy the sandwiches, cakes and tea.

Many thanks to Ray Brown, our class governor, who joined us to meet our guests and also helped with the washing up!


Blue Tomcat trike, suit 3 – 8 year old. Excellent condition. Comes with gloves and steering pole at rear. Bought for £1,200. Will take £400.

If you are interested in this item, please contact Mel on 01376 341525 or 07530554525


We are delighted that the Easter bunnies have once again visited Southview this year for our annual Easter egg hunt. 


Different coloured tokens have been placed around the school and the learners are having great fun finding these and them exchanging them for Easter eggs from the Easter bunnies.



Learners in Middle School have today enjoyed selling Hot Cross Buns to staff and other learners to raise money for the Little Havens Hospice. We are delighted to let you know that they raised £19.71.


May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very enjoyable Easter holiday and remind you that the learners return to school for the Summer Term on Wednesday, 23 April.

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