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Harvest Festival

Thank you for the generous donations of produce for today’s harvest festival.  The donations will be delivered to Horsham Foodbank and then will be distributed to foodbanks in the Storrington / Pulborough area.  Your donations will be gratefully received by families who really need support.



Art Enrichment Day at Fittleworth Village Hall.

Three children participated in an Arts Enrichment Day with children from other local schools. The children made springs and icosahedrons and bags out of cereal boxes. The children enjoyed the day – “It was really fun,” said Lily.


Trip to St .Martin’s C of E Primary School

On Friday 29th September, Yew class together with Year 6 from Amberley went to visit our link school, St. Martins’ C of E Primary in Brighton.  The key purpose of the trip was not only to establish links but for our children to note the similarities and differences between a Village and an Urban School.  The day was really enjoyed by all the children - St. Martin’s Year 6 children gave us a tour of the whole school and then all the children had a chance to play with children from St. Martins at lunchtime.  The Head of St. Martin’s also took us for a walk to their local church so the children could have some time to explore a church on a bigger scale.  Overall it was a fantastic opportunity and the children have written some follow-up work about their visit.  We hope to receive visitors from St. Martin’s in the not too distant future. 


Residential Trip to Cobnor Activities Centre

The Year 5 and 6 children have returned from their 3 day residential trip to Cobnor Activities Centre.  The children took part in sailing, archery, canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, raft building and orienteering.  They have all learnt valuable lessons about team work and persevering to overcome fears and challenges.   

One member of staff at Cobnor said that “it was a true pleasure” working with the children.  Gary, head of the centre, described his highlight of the trip as seeing Hope and Aamir sailing their Wayfarer dinghy all by themselves: a true achievement.  



West Sussex County Times

St James’ School are in the news again, with two articles in this week’s West Sussex County Times.  There is an article celebrating Tracey Nicholson’s 10 years on the Crossing Patrol.  There is also a photograph of the Reception children new to Ash Class this September.


Harvest Festival – Friday 13th October

The Harvest Festival Service is at St Giles on Friday 13th October at 9.00am.  Everyone is welcome to the service.  Please bring donations of non-perishable food which will be passed to Horsham and District Food Bank.  This year they have especially asked for donations of long life milk, fruit juice and sponge puddings.  Also tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes and instant mashed potato would be welcomed.


Yew Class Trip to the River Rother

On 15th September, Yew Class spent a day studying features of the River Rother near Petworth.  They were privileged to have the opportunity to explore the usually private Leconfield Estate, to gain first-hand experience of river features such as meanders, erosion and deposition.  They also had fun exploring wildlife in and around the river and even watched a demonstration of fly fishing by a kind fisherman who was passing.  There were also many opportunities for the children to sit and reflect on the beauty of their surroundings, recording sketches and poems in their field journals.       


Year 5 Maths Challenge

Four children from Year 5 represented St James’ at the annual Christ’s Hospital Maths Challenge.  They were invited to watch the spectacle of the Christ’s Hospital students marching in for lunch accompanied by the marching band. 


Africa Day – Monday 30th October

St James’ and Amberley schools will be having a joint activity day at Amberley School on Monday 30th October.  We will be learning about Africa and have already booked in an African drummer and dancer.  If you have any experience of Africa or know someone who does and are able to donate some skills for the day, we would be very interested to hear from you; we are particularly keen to provide African art and African cooking activities.  Please let the office know if you can help.


Open Morning

The school will be holding an Open Morning for prospective parents on Thursday 28th September from 10am-12pm.  There will be some exciting activities for children to participate in.  Please do take a poster from outside the school office to display in a prominent place and use social media to advertise the day for us by sending out the electronic poster attached.  The best advert for our school though is recommendations from other parents, so please do tell other parents about the school and the Open Day.



Most of you will be aware that the school was recently left a legacy of over £230,000 from a local resident. The will stipulated that the money was to be spent on:


‘a permanent structure or amenities that would further enhance facilities and learning for the benefit of the pupils and the reputation of the school.’


The legacy committee have gathered all the ideas from all stakeholders and it has been decided that the money will be spent on a ‘Curriculum Enrichment Facility’. We will be inviting a number of designers into the school in the next few weeks as well as advisers from the Local Authority and Diocese and they will be adding flesh to the bones of the project.  The committee are also keen that children at the top end of the school benefit from the legacy funding and there are smaller more immediate projects planned so all pupils currently at the school will benefit.  More details will follow shortly.


Friends of St James’ (FOSJ)

I am delighted to inform parents that 10 new high spec laptops have been purchased and are now fully operational enabling the children to access the internet and learn computing skills.  The laptops were fully funded by FOSJ and all the children will benefit from the spectacular fund raising efforts.  FOSJ are always looking for new recruits so if you are able to support the school fund raising team, please see Florrie and Lillie-Belle’s/Harrison’s mums.


Whole School Trip to the Beach - 13th July 2017

On Thursday the 13th July we went to West Wittering beach.  One of my favourite things was paddling because it was lots of fun! We could even see Chichester Harbour from the beach! The sea was very cold but it was nice because it was a very hot day!


At our visit to West Wittering beach we also did sand sculpting and sand art.  I worked in a group with Daisy, Lily Co and Lillie-Belle.  We made a rock pool by making a hill in a circle and making rocks out of sand.  We also made a fish out of seaweed and out it in the middle!  Our trip to West Wittering beach was really fun and I would recommend it to everyone!  Report by Ellie Hindman

 Beach Trip 1


Peace Child

What a fabulous end of term production we all enjoyed this week.  Well done to all our wonderful performers and staff for all their hard work in making it so successful.  One parent commented:

Thanks for a splendid production. I know how much effort goes into these things and it was fun to watch. I appreciated the Christian message buried at the heart of the play; some of the performances were quite extraordinary.


 Peace Child 1    Peace Child 2


Clubs for September

I am delighted to inform parents that we will be offering our usual array of after school sports clubs in the autumn term with the addition of a gymnastics and recorder club.  Details will follow on our return to school in September.


Link Schools

I am delighted to inform parents that both Amberley and St James’ Schools have now linked with a school in inner-city Brighton. The older children will be visiting St Martin’s School in the autumn term to see the contrast between a rural and urban school and we will be welcoming a return visit. 


School Fete 8th July

Thank you to everyone who came to the summer Fete it was a wonderful day and lots of fun was had by all.  There was lots to do from a huge inflatable slide, nerf knock out, water into wine and of course our brilliant raffle with amazing prizes up for grabs.  This year we saw the first St James Bake Off and we were overwhelmed by the number of entries in both the over and under 12 categories.  A huge thank you to our judges and of course Mrs North’s mum for running our delicious cake stall and crowning the winners who were Laura Catton-Strugnell, Matilda North and Fifi Craig.

We raised over £1,000 so a huge thank you to all the parents who helped in making the day possible and the FOSJ for putting on another successful event.

If you would like to be a part of FOSJ or get more involved with our events and fundraisers then please see a member of FOSJ.  Report by Charlotte Catton

Fete 2       

End of Year Service at St Giles’ Church

There will be an end of Year service in St Giles’ church on Tuesday 25th July at 2:30pm.  All parents are very welcome to join us, not just those parents whose children are moving on to secondary school.


St James’ Celebrates Tracey Nicholson’s 10 years as a Lollipop Lady

Tracey was invited to a special assembly this week to celebrate the 10 years she has spent assisting the children across the A29.  She received some beautiful flowers and messages from the children.  We are all grateful for her guidance and cheerful greeting every morning and afternoon.  Thank you, Tracey.



Pop Up Art festival, Petworth

The Art Club has contributed artwork to the Popup Art Exhibition held within the Petworth Festival from 12th to 15th of July in the United Reformed Church in Golden Square, Petworth.   Open between noon and 5.30pm each day with the official opening on Wednesday 12th at 4.30pm, to which you are warmly invited.  Contributions from other local schools promises a great diversity and vibrancy of work.  In the previous exhibition there were over four hundred amazing art works, celebrating the creativity and imagination of our children. Please support the exhibition, taking your young people with you, you will be inspired and they will be very proud!


Leavers Service at Chichester Cathedral – Monday 26th June 2017

The Year 6’s attended Chichester Cathedral on Monday 26th June to attend a service to mark the end of their time at Primary school. 



Team Point Treat

Vikings received their team point treat on Tuesday when an ice-cream van arrived at the school to deliver a free ice cream.



Coultershaw Heritage Site – Year 4 Trip

The children of Year 4 visited Coultershaw Heritage site this week.  They took part in workshops to help them understand the history of the site from the Stone Age right up to the time when the canal was built.



Cricket Tournament at Horsham Cricket Club 14.07.2017

There were some very good displays all round from the children both in attitude on and off the pitch as well as their cricket skills. 


Computers for School

I am delighted to inform parents that we have now ordered a set of 10 high spec laptops costing £3,172.  These laptops have been fully funded by the Friends of St James’ and will be fully operational and in class as soon as possible.  Thanks go to all parents who have been involved with FOSJ in successfully fund raising for the school.


Stedham Football Tournament – 26th May 2017

Player behaviour was impeccable, with lots of hard work throughout and also lots of support for each other. The children also took the time to sit and watch the other games sensibly and enjoyed the day as a whole. In terms of football, the results certainly do not tell the story. Despite drawing one and losing the others, St James' played some of the best passing football at the tournament. The way that they were always looking to keep the ball on the floor and pass it to each other was a joy to watch.  (Report by Matt Dingle)




Elm Class – Farms for City Children

The children were given £5 each to start up an enterprise which would make a profit. The children came up with a name for their business and a product;  friendship bracelets and slime were amongst the products made.  The children advertised their products before selling them in the playground.  The children made £78.55 in total, which is a profit of £53.55. All profits raise went to Farms for City Children.


St James’ School in the Community – Sandham Hall

Last week Sally Cleaver and the children from the Gardening Club put the finishing touches to the commemorative planter at Sandham Hall by filling it with summer flowers.  Thank you to Sally for organising this.



Waltham Fest

Thanks go to Laura, Charlotte and Natalie and all members of the Friends of St James’ for organising such a successful event.  It was lovely to see so many members of the school and village community enjoying the music, food and drink and the inflatable obstacle course.  Thanks also go to Paul Stenton for arranging to play with Oli and Willie Austin at no cost to the school.  The event raised over £1,250 which is being used to purchase ten much needed laptop computers.

Willie Austen



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