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"The Nativity"

The children in Reception to Year 4 are performing their nativity play this week. 




Legacy Update

Following lengthy consultations and visits, the Governing body have approved the first spending of the legacy fund.  The school will be leasing a 17 seater minibus and are expecting to take delivery early in the New Year. This will enable the children to access school visits, sports events, local library, forest school, swimming etc at a reduced rate. There are also plans to collect children from the Pulborough area in the morning, thus alleviating some of the parking issues in the morning. The minibus will be partially funded from sponsorship of panels and doors; if your business (or if you know of a business) would like to sponsor the bus, please do let Mrs Kirby know in the office.  We expect the minibus will be operational most days so this is another way of getting our school name out there. 

The governors have also approved the funding of the replacement of the climbing equipment on the school field which is reaching the end of its useful life.  These are two projects which will benefit the children who are currently at the school. 

The bulk of the money is to be spent building a multi-functional outside classroom which will serve as a facility for outdoor learning to enhance the curriculum, for dance and drama productions and for technology.  The legacy committee is exploring the possibility of match funding for the project which could result in an additional 60% funds.  Plans for the building will shortly be going out to tender.


Children in Need

St James’ and Chuckleberries raised a combined total of £100.00 for Children in Need at the break time and after school cake sales.  Thank you for your support.


Visit by Nick Herbert

Nick Herbert, MP, will be visiting the school on Friday 15th December; he is interested to learn how small schools like St James’ can continue to function in the current financial climate.


Elm Class – Living Water Topic

Elm class were visited by an Engineer from Southern Water and volunteers from the charity WaterAid.  They have learnt how precious water is. Did you know that because of the endless cycle of water, the water we are drinking was around at the time of the dinosaurs?


Planting Bulbs at Sandham Hall

Year 4 visited Sandham Hall last week.  They planted bulbs around the car park and popped into the coffee morning to chat with people from the local community.



The Nativity Play

The children from Reception to Year 4 are rehearsing for the Nativity Play.  There will be a dress rehearsal at 1.30pm on Tuesday 12th December and younger siblings are welcome to come along to watch.  The nativity play performances are on Wednesday 13th December at 1.30pm and 6.00pm.  Space in the hall is limited, so please encourage grandparents, siblings etc to come for the afternoon performance where possible.


Football Matches

A team of children took part in a small tournament with Petworth Area Schools at Amberley School last week and this week there was a match at Northchapel. The children all played very well but were beaten by Northchapel 6-4.


Christingle Service  and Christmas Lunch - 15th December 2017

The Christingle Service will take place at 9.00am on Friday 15th December 2017 at St Giles’ Church.  All parents, grandparents and carers are welcome to come along.  The Elm Class Worship previously scheduled for this day will now take place next term.

The Christmas Lunch will also take place on this day.  The children are welcome to make festive additions to their normal school uniform, such as a Christmas jumper or hat.


Anti Bullying Week

The children have been learning strategies to deal with bullying this week. They have been discussing plays which the older children have been performing during the week and have been recognising the difference between ’fall outs’ and bullying. Thank you for supporting the ‘odd socks’ week and please do ask your children about what they have learnt about bullying this week. 


Christmas Market and Fete - 9th December 11:30 - 14:00

This year our Christmas market has expanded with lots of exciting stalls including The Flower Shop, Saffron’s Gifts & Home, Tropic Skincare, Body Shop and Forelock books to name a few. A great opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts and wreaths!

There will also be a special guest appearance from Father Christmas, lots of children’s games and crafts, our very own Christmas Bake off and of course our infamous Raffle!

Hot food and drinks will be available so make sure you bring lots of friends and family to our fabulous event!                                


Yew Class Walk Around the Village

On the morning of Monday 6th November, the children of Yew class went on a local walk around Coldwaltham, to immerse them in the next phase of our ‘All Along the Arun’ topic, which will focus on aspects of local geography and history.  This walk gave the children first-hand experience of creating sketch maps and associated geographical skills, provided a creative stimulus for our writing over the next few weeks and allowed the children to explore the history of local buildings and landmarks. 



Africa Day at Amberley School   

The children thoroughly enjoyed an African themed day with the children at Amberley School last week.  African dancers and drummers gave tuition in these performing arts and visiting speakers shared their experiences and taught African songs. The children also took part in African arts and crafts as well as learning about what it would be like to go to school in Africa (and of course how different it is to rural Sussex).

The day culminated in a dance and drum performance enjoyed by the parents, staff and children of both schools. As rural schools, we are very conscious we need to ensure our children are aware of the wider world.  Global links are important to help our children learn about different cultures across the world and we hope to begin a link with an African school shortly.



Elm Class Trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Elm class enjoyed their field trip to Pulborough Brooks.  They took part in workshops on ‘Pond Dipping’ and ‘Rocks and Soils’ had a break during the afternoon for a hot chocolate.  Thank you to the parents and grandparents who came along to help.


Rachel Long - Visiting Poet

We were very lucky to have a visit from the poet, Rachel Long, on Thursday 2nd November.  She visited Yew and Elm classes where the children did free flow writing. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit

‘I learnt never to stop writing,’ said William in Elm Class.


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.  



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. 




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


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 have St Martin’s School 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        

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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