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W/E 15th November

This week has been KINDNESS WEEK. We have had a number of assemblies and lessons looking at acts of kindness and how to be a kind person. As always our children have shown great empathy, kindness and respect for others. All around school we have seen kind, caring and respectful behaviours and these have been put onto our kindness wall. Our Kindness Ambassadors will be announced next week.

We commemorated Armistice day on Monday with a 2 minute silence and the children were involved in interesting discussions and activities to help them understand the importance of Remembrance and it's significance today. The children in Year 6 had a fantastic workshop with the Young Shakespeare Company experiencing the play Macbeth which initiated lots of fabulous learning.

It was lovely to see so many parents in school for our Parents' Evenings. The staff really appreciated all the very positive conversations that were had during the two evenings.

The week ended with our Children in Need Day. Thanks to your generosity we raised £335.

Congratulations to our winners.

Congratulations to our winners. 1 Congratulations to Meredith (Y6), Lois (Y5)
Congratulations to our winners. 2 Congratulations to Daisy (Y4) and Matilda (Y3)
Congratulations to our winners. 3
Congratulations to our winners. 4

Great Portway Bake-Off

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w/e8th November

We have had a fabulous week at Portway Juniors. As it is Parliament Week we have had our school parliament elections which started with our Year 6s presenting their ideas to the whole school. The children were amazing and had excellent ideas including; becoming a plastic free school, traffic congestion and pollution, kindness to the environment and friendship. These were all ideas that the whole school agreed with. Following the vote we were able to announce our Party Leaders and call a general election. The votes were counted and our MPs appointed. This enabled us to see which party had got the most members and our Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister were announced. The Members and leaders then met today to swear the oath and our Parliament is now all ready to get to work. (Our members and oath are on the website under Children)

We also showed off our new sports kit for school events which looked very smart.

We have had an amazing response to the Great Portway Bake-off. Judging is currently happening with our PTFA members, Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. We will announce the results on Monday.

Next week is our Kindness Week so we would love to hear about any acts of kindness your children show or are shown by others.

Show Racism the Red Card

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w/e 25th October

The last day of Autumn 1 term may have been rainy but it certainly hasn't been dull. The children had a great assembly and videos on the important topic 'Show Racism the Red Card.' (The PowerPoint is on the children's page.) Yesterday we were treated to the Year 4 Assembly which involved time travelling/Jumanji playing adventurers saving the planet from the dinosaurs! I love a happy ending, and the singing was great too.

After the holidays we will be joined by Miss Alice Rubini as she joins our team as a Teaching Assistant.

We hope you have a fabulous and safe half term week and enjoy your extra hour in bed on Sunday.

Head Teacher becomes a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching

Talking Mental Health

w/e 18th October

This week we focussed on Kindness and Mental well-being. Our assembly presentations are under the Children's tab on the website.

Relationships with others is often the hardest thing children deal with in school. We spend a great deal of time supporting and reminding all the children to be kind, friendly and helpful. Most of the time this is successful but when it goes wrong we talk about the impact this has on others and themselves.

Next week we are looking forward to our Year 4 Assembly and we will be discussing with the children the 'Show Racism the Red Card' campaign.

w/e 11th October

This was an incredibly busy week especially for showing our independence and resilience. The Year 6shad a fabulous time at their residential at Whitemoor Lakes. All adults involved were very impressed with the behaviour and determination of the children to face new challenges including highwires, abseiling, yachting and climbing. A huge thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to make this possible. Great effort Year 6!

The rest of the school was involved with our Cultural Campus Days with Acting masterclasses, Choreography, Composing, Theatre studies and Art. The children worked incredibly hard and have created the beginnings of our Production of 'The Four Realms'.

A great week with lots of positivity - Well done Team Portway!


w/e 4th October

Macmillan Coffee morning: Congratulations to Year 5 who organised and ran a wonderful coffee morning for parents and families of Portway Juniors. Following the making of their own cakes and delights we were also spoilt with a super selection of cakes to sell. They raised a magnificent £200 which will be donated to Macmillan and everyone had a lovely morning.

Well done Year 5.

w/e 27th September

It has been a fantastic couple of weeks with the Year 3s being a great addition to Team Portway. We have had a very calm and orderly fire practice, a Fantastique Foreign Languages Day, a fun Stand Up Derbyshire active learning day (interrupted a little by school photos) so we will do some more next week.

Congratulations to our football teams that represented the school so well this week. Coaches commented on how well the children performed and what excellent sportsmanship they demonstrated.

We have added a new tab to our Children's Pages for school assemblies so that the children can share with parents or revisit themselves .topics we have covered.

I'm looking forward to our PTFA AGM next Tuesday (1st October) at 4pm

A very warm welcome to everyone. It has been a lovely to see so many smiling faces and keen learners this week. The Year 3 children have settled remarkably well and I look forward to watching them grow and develop over the coming years.

We are still very much at the settling in stage with basic expectations being revisited. Our meet the teacher events will explain this more and allow parents and carers to get to know the staff a bit better.

You may have noticed some additions to the school grounds, our polytunnel, the Y3/Y6 pathway with stepping stones made by Miro class last summer. We also have the new Table Tennis table now installed. This was bought for from the 10K sponsored run, so many thanks for your support.

We have also welcomed new staff this week; Miss Hughes (Y3), Mrs Abbott (Y4), Mrs Foster (Y4), Miss Mosedale (TA), Mr Wilbur-Evans (TA) and Miss Bull (TA). It is a pleasure to have them with us.

Here's to an exciting and positive year.


Our new Polytunnel

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