September Newsletter 2015

Head Boy and Head Girl

The Academy is proud to announce the appointment of

Head Girl and Head Boy for Newquay Junior Academy as Matilda Rigolli and Lowen Mears Ollerenshaw.

We are sure you will join us in congratulating them both in this most well-earned achievement.

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back everyone.  It’s been fantastic to see the Academy get off to a flying start, with pupils settling back into their learning, looking very proud in their new uniforms, and enjoying and taking part in the activities and opportunities in and out of the Academy.

Our new Year 3 pupils have settled in brilliantly, already proving to be well mannered, hardworking and taking on all the opportunities on offer to them here.  If your child hasn’t already joined one of our clubs or extra-curricular activities then check the NJAwebsite for details and please do encourage them to do so.

Work on the new hall is progressing well, but I do appreciate that this will cause some ongoing disruption to drop off and home time periods. As you would expect, our priority has to be the safety of all our pupils, staff and visitors. However, can I pass on our appreciation to all of you for your patience and
co-operation in supporting the current drop off and home time arrangements.  As part of the hall build there will be a bigger and safer area at the front of the Academy that will really improve the drop off and home time arrangements.
Finally, we are excited to welcome two new teachers to the staff – Miss Furze and Miss Linnell who join Y4 and Y5 respectively.
I know we have a fantastic term ahead, and I look forward to seeing many of you over the coming weeks.
Year 5 pupils and staff enjoyed starting the new term with a 3 day camp at Porthpean, enjoying a range of activities including: archery, cycling, high ropes, climbing, kayaking, body boarding, surfing and orienteering. It was a great opportunity for children to spend time with friends and get to know their new teachers and TA’s. Lots of new memories made for all!


Those unable to attend camp were also given the opportunity to take part in: problem solving, hit the surf and a visit to the zoo.
Thanks to all those involved, making it a great start to the term for Year 5.

Medal Achievements


Bronze – Nancy Marney, Grace Isaac,

Lacey McCormack, Holly Beadle, Jasmin Kaur,

Annai Somerville, Toby Row, Heath Coombs,

Finlay Burgess, George Smitheringale

 Medal of Honour – Harvey France

Year 3 staff have had a great time welcoming and getting to know all the new Year 3 children so far this term. The Cornish Guardian photographer has visited to take the annual picture of ‘New Starters’ for the newspaper so keep your eyes peeled! We have many exciting activities planned for this term so be sure to check your child’s bags for letters and information we will be sending home.

Year 4 – The Year 4 team are enjoying the term so far and have offered a big warm welcome to their new teacher Miss Furze to Year 4.


On Monday 14th the children arrived in the morning to find class set out like a Victorian School House! Staff dressed in costume, punishments were issued and the children had a real taste of how education has changed in the last 150 years! A Victorian day dedicated to dressing up and learning about life in

Victorian times will take place later in the term, dates will follow.

Year 6 started the term with a visit to Flambards where they experienced ‘Britain in the Blitz’, and gave the children a real taste of what life in London was like, during World War II. Of course, pupils also enjoyed the rest of Flambards as well!

NJA Winter Uniform

Just a reminder that when we return after the half term break we ask that all pupils wear our winter uniform:

Boys should be wearing black trousers, white shirt and academy tie, black jumper complete with badge. For girls, a black knee-length skirt or trousers, white blouse and academy tie and a black cardigan, jumper complete with badge. We respectfully ask that all pupils wear sensible black shoes. Plain grey socks are preferred for boys, white socks or black tights for girls. Uniform is available from Studs Sports Shop, Chester Road, Newquay.


We do appreciate your support in this as it helps to confirm a feeling of pride and sense of identity. As a result, our pupils look really smart, neat and tidy and are a credit to the Academy which has so much pride in them.

SEN Parent Course

We are hosting a Parents Course for 6 further mornings from Thursday 1st October at 9.30am – 12noon at NJA, with a view to inform, discuss, and answer any questions parents may have about the new SEN reforms and Code of Practice. Please see our website for further details.

Park and Stride 2015/16

Parking Permits for the Park & Stride facility at the Heron Tennis Centre car park are available for parents from the Academy Office (1 per family). We hope parents will support us in easing the traffic congestion outside the Academy at both 2.55pm and at the end of after-school clubs at 4.00pm.


NJA Clubs A current copy of our Clubs List is attached and is also available on our Newquay Junior Academy website, on the Newquay Junior Academy Facebook page and also at the Academy Office.


Our Homework Club and ICT Club run each day until 4pm. As the ICT Club activities are task and homework based we encourage children to stay for the duration of the club until 4.00pm.

ParentPayWe would like to remind all parents to ensure that their ParentPay account is up-to-date. We would like to assure you that your child will always be provided with a lunch, however, tuck may be refused if your account is in debit.


We hope this action will help parents to manage their accounts. Thank you for your continued support.

Medication – Should your child need any prescribed medication during the day then we ask that parents sign a permission slip which can be obtained from the office. All medication has to be handed in at the office, where it will be kept in locked storage. Unfortunately no prescribed medication can be administered without written consent from the parent or guardian.

Academy Counsellor

We are fortunate to have a qualified Counsellor who works alongside a trainee counsellor offering support required by our pupils.


Lateness and Absence

**Please remember that Academy lessons start promptly at 8.50am**

As it is important for all children to arrive in time for morning registration could you please ensure that your child is on premises by 8.45am. Should any child be late for registration could they please report to the office to sign in.


We need to keep an accurate record of attendance/absence and, while we greatly appreciate letters sent to the classteacher, we ask parents to telephone the office (874543) on the morning of absence before 9.20am as this is officially recorded and the classteacher is informed.


Could you also please ensure that the office is kept up-to-date with any change of address and/or telephone numbers (especially work and mobile). This is particularly important as we use a system of texting for absence and academy closures (this automatically texts the number 1 contact of a pupil). Your e-mail details would also be gratefully received.


If you feel this service would be beneficial to your child please contact your child’s classteacher