Hilltop Residential Trip ~ Day Two ~ Tuesday 20th February 2018
So we all woke up bright and early and guess what? It was still raining! The children were all really excited for the day ahead!
We all met for breakfast at 7.45am and we had bacon, scrambled eggs and waffles.
Then our day really started! We met on the decking at 9am and headed off to our first activity. My group had Crates and orienteering and Mr Mason’s group had Climbing Wall and Archery.
The weather has not been kind to us unfortunately and we had to reward ourselves mid morning with a hot chocolate.
Lunch was jacket potatoes with tuna, cheese or beans and then we all met outside ready for our afternoon activities at 1pm.
This afternoon was the highlight of my trip - Super Swing!
My group did Super Swing and mountain bikes and Mr Mason’s group did Tree Top Trail.
The children were incredible and Lacie was really brave in my group and went to the highest stage on super swing! I had to do the Macarena in return though!
Miss Holman and Mrs Allen commented on how brilliant Ryan was during Tree Top Trail but Mrs Smith commented that the award for the muddiest child goes to Nicola! Who managed to fall in the mud several times and still keep smiling!
Dinner was lasagne and garlic bread and ice cream for dessert.
Then Adam DJed the Hilltop Cheesy disco. The children all had a great time.
Children were all in bed by 8.45.
See you all tomorrow!
Hilltop Residential Trip ~ Day One ~ Monday 19th February 2018
What a brilliant first day we have had here at Hilltop!!
We were all in school by 6am and Mrs Symes didn’t have to go and get anyone! Apart from the coach, that didn’t turn up on time so Ms Bird had to phone them to check they were on their way!
We eventually left school at 6.50am and begun our journey to Norfolk. Unfortunately, we were met with some traffic but we eventually arrived just before 11am.
Then the rain continued to fall! We met our Course Director, Jacob and we started our team tasks.
We had chicken pasta bake for lunch and then we went outside for our afternoon activities.
Group 1 with Mrs Smith, Mr Richards, Mrs Banks and I did Archery and the Climbing Wall. The children all had a go and we were really proud.
Group 2 with Mr Mason, Mrs Allen, Miss Holman and Ms Bird did Crates and Orienteering. The children were all brilliant
This evening we had hamburger and chips for dinner and apple crumble for dessert.
Mr Mason and Mrs Banks then opened the tuck shop and the children went outside for Owls and Mice.
We have had a brilliant first day here!
See you all on Wednesday!
Well done to team Phoenix who raised £455.97 for St.Luke's Hospice.
All the children enjoyed meeting Luke during assembly 😊
An extra well done to 2G who raised the most money and won the cakes!
Years 5 & 6 had the best morning at Phoenix Primary School today when we welcomed people who work in the community to share their work experiences. As part of a Vocational Visit initiative we hosted a Careers Event. The children heard from a pilot, a fire fighter, a forensic scientist, and a radio frequency and security engineer. They had a great insight to the various roles showcased and learned how working hard at school now, increases their opportunities in the world of work when they are older.
The children are absolutely buzzing with all the opportunities that lie ahead of them and they understand how hard work at school will contribute to their own success.
On Thursday 14th December our Phoenix Salon Stylists were presented with their portfolios and certificates of achievement.
Hairdressing club hopes to run again from the end of February 2018.
Eight children were served at the Royal Table on Tuesday 12th December. After a half-term of showing Mrs Butler how well they use cutlery to eat their dinner each day, these children enjoyed the Royal treatment. (Check out the delicious cakes made by our cook Jackie!)
On Tuesday 28th November, Year 5 went to see the final dress rehearsal for Aladdin.
We played games in the foyer while we waited to be called in.
We all had a wonderful afternoon. We loved the spectacular song and dance routines and the 'funnies' that were constantly coming. The children were amazed at the flying scene and thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the theatre.
New Basildon Challenge ~ KS2 Public Speaking ~ The Great Debate ~ 22nd November 2017
All the competitors had a wonderful time and showed how BRILLIANT our Basildon schools are.
Ten schools from across Basildon came to The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery today with their Year 2 teams to compete in a Public Speaking Competition. Judges, Julia Jones - Headteacher at Barons Court Primary School in Southend and Tim Hudson, Managing Director at Manheim Ltd were very impressed with all the speakers. Certificates of Achievement were given to all the children taking part. Well done to Lee Chapel who came 1st, to Ryedene who came 2nd and to Lincewood who came 3rd. All the competitors had a wonderful morning and showed how BRILLIANT our Basildon schools are.
We have 6 new apprentices from Year 6 training with Daniel Lethbridge, franchaise owner of Toni & Guy Basildon. During this course the children will learn to blow dry, straighten and curl hair using salon tools.
Vocational Visit to Basildon Fire Station ~ 18.10.17
We had a great tour of the Fire Station, finding out where the Fire Fighters rest, train and work out.
We learned how important our school work will be, especially Maths, English, Science, Geography and PE.
We looked at where their equipment is stored on the Fire Truck and learned how to use a thermal camera.
We saw the cars with weighted dummies that they practise on for Road Traffic Accidents.
Last year Basildon Fire Station were called out to more than 1700 emergencies out of the 30,700+ in Essex.
KS1 Royal Table ~ 17th October 2017
Congratulations to those children who have earned the right to sit at the Royal Table today. They have all been working hard on their table manners and using their cutlery correctly during the school lunch time.
Phoenix entered 2 teams for the 2017 Maths Challenge at James Hornsby School. Both teams enjoyed the day. Watch out Year 6 - our Year 5 team beat you this time!
Year 6 Football Tournament ~ Friday 29th September 2017
On Friday FA Referee, Brian Taylor, visited Phoenix to Referee our Year 6 Football Tournament. We had a great day playing football and learning new football skills. The winning Girls team and Boys team were presented with medals. Brian monitored all players throughout the day and awarded Girls Player of the Tournament to Rheanna and Boys Player of the Tournament to Ollie.
On Monday, Mrs BP took an ex-pupil (now in Year 7 at James Hornsby) to London to attend the Fiver Challenge Awards Ceremony.
They were lucky enough to have a tour of Muggles; a private award-winning walking tour exploring the Harry Potter movie locations and uncovering the places that inspired JK Rowling. After a special lunch they attended the awards ceremony at Havas Media Company. It was a very grand affair, which saw our ex-pupil as representative of the Sweet 'n' Light Company awarded 1st Nationwide Runner-up for Best Pop-Up Shop. 34,560 students took part in this year's Fiver Challenge and only 30 were invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.
Careers Day ~ Wednesday 20th September
Years 5 & 6 had another great careers day on Wednesday when they heard from a variety of representatives from different working backgrounds. Our visitors included a Police Officer, a Paramedic, Service Sales Manager from a Car Auction Company, a Project and Field manager from UK Power and Toni & Guy hair stylists. All the children enjoyed learning about the different jobs and how they needed to work hard now at school so that they can choose their own career.
"This day made me feel like I can do anything..." K F-K
Congratulations to Sweet 'n' Light who made the most profit from company sales. They chose to spend the Year 6 profit on a bouncy castle assault course and ice creams for the afternoon!
In the KS1 dining hall, we have been focusing on table manners and dining etiquette. Congratulations to Riley, Imogen , Archie , Katrina , Atila , Holly and Darcy.
Congratulations go to 31 of our pupils who have come to school on time everyday since the start of the school year. As a reward for 100% attendance, the children played on a bouncy castle assault course.
What a lovely day the children had on Tuesday for our Districts Sports Day held at Basildon Sporting Village.
The children arrived with lots of enthusiasm and excitement for the events ahead.
Isoken from year six got the medals underway with a bronze in long jump, this was followed by 2 more in both the year 5 and year 6 girls relay.
We are awaiting news of the final scores.
Thank you for all the children who took part their behaviour was a credit to the school.
Alien Autopsy! What a brilliant day at James Hornsby School.
Four of our Year 5s had a great time investigating the origins of the Alien.
In Chemistry we looked at the pH levels of the Alien, testing parts of the Alien, such as skin and sweat - we needed to make sure it was safe to touch!
In Physics we made parachutes, using a boiled egg for our model Alien drop.
In Biology we tested the Alien to see if it contained protein, carbohydrates and sugars in its brain, snot and poo!
It was good to have hands-on experience in a laboratory.
Work Experience Taster at Toni & Guy Basildon
Two of our talented hairdressers, Libby Stevens and Hayley Tiller, had the opportunity to practise their skills at the Toni & Guy Basildon salon. Both the girls did incredibly well at washing hair, cutting and blowdrying the hair of real models!
The 'Infant School Games' were held at Laindon Park Primary School on Wednesday 14th June 2017. Activities included; running , throwing and dribbling a football. They also met new friends from other schools around Basildon, and were all delighted to come home with a certificate.
Well done key stage one!
Year 6 have been absolutely buzzing today! Products are being packaged, stands being decorated and quality items are ready for the 'Sale Day'.
Sale starts tomorrow, Wednesday 14th June at 3pm prompt in the KS1 playground.
Please come along and support Year 6’s Fiver Challenge
A busy, busy day! We watched a clip from Dragons Den to help us with writing our own sales pitch. Advertising posters needed to be designed and products made in readiness for the sale day on Wednesday. It's all go in Year 6!
Day 3 was shopping day. All our teams walked to Basildon town centre, in the glorious sunshine, to buy all the bits they needed to make and package their products. Everything was going so well... until... the heavens opened!! Thankfully everyone got back safely; albeit drenched!
On Thursday, our Year 6 Business teams made a great start to their week of being entrepreneurs! Company names have been confirmed, business plans formed, shopping lists written and logos designed!
On Wednesday 7th June 2017, Angela Hyde from Fiver Challenge kick started our Business Week with a masterclass. The children learned about buying, selling and producing goods. They calculated their profits after repaying the initial investment and tax. Year 6 will spend the next few days building up their own businesses in teams; competing against each other for the most profitable company.
We are proud to announce that our Phoenix Salon Stylists have completed the advanced Hairdressing course. Special Congratulations go to Libby Stevens and Hayley Tiller who have been chosen, by Daniel Lethbridge of Toni & Guy Basildon, to attend a work experience taster at the salon in June!
For their final style, the girls cut and shaped their model's hair around the face; being sure to keep the line straight. Then they rough dried the hair and finished the style off after choosing a heated tool to work with.
Based on the styles and progress made, Daniel will choose 2 stylists to go and spend an afternoon working on real people at Toni & Guy Basildon.
On Friday we welcomed Jac Bottjer from Poetry to Succeed to work with Year 5
In the morning we learnt how to write and expand our poems with figurative language. Jac is a published poet and shared some of his work with us. In the afternoon, Jac demonstrated how to perform, using a microphone. Most of us were brave enough to read our poems out using the microphone techniques that Jac had told us about. A few of us performed our poems in assembly!
This week we actually cut hair!
It was quite daunting, but Daniel demonstrated one step at a time with each of us and we all managed to give an even cut!
For our first session we welcomed Christie Carr from Toni & Guy to show us how to create 'Up-dos'. We are looking forward to learning how to do a 'volume' blow-dry and cutting skills!
Last week our latest group of Hairdressing Graduates were presented with their portfolios and certificates. We are looking forward to running an advanced course next term!
Year 5 and 6 Residential Trip to Hilltop Update
Monday Evening: The children are having a brilliant time at Hilltop, they have enjoyed their first set of activities and are relaxing in the centre.
In our outdoor shoes now, read for the first activity! Can't wait!
We have arrived safely! Very excited about the activities!
Five representatives from various working backgrounds came to Phoenix to showcase their careers to Years 5 & 6. The job roles included a Homicide Detective, an Irish Guard, a Physiotherapist, a Quantity Surveyor and a Sales Manager. The children learned about their day to day work and how it is so important to work hard at school now to be able to follow their own dreams. One of the quotes that particularly inspired the children was:
“BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE,
WORK HARD FOR WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE,
Our 4th hairdressing course has just started with our new stylists showing lots of promise. Daniel Lethbridge from Toni & Guy Basildon is coming in to train our children each week. Look out for their end of year presentation styles before half term!
Hairdressing Club Final Presentation
Week 6 at The Phoenix Salon saw our hairdressers styling some of our staff! Although nervous about working on real people to begin with, I think you'll agree that our girls did a very good job!
What fantastic afternoon at the theatre. Year 5 were invited to see the final dress rehearsal of this year's Christmas panto, Sleeping Beauty at the Towngate Theatre.
This week Daniel demonstrated curling hair using heated straighteners. We curled hair using a different tool to the one we used last week.
We are very excited to report that the Phoenix Salon is back up and running! Our new stylists have made a fantastic start learning the how to straighten hair the Toni & Guy way.
Nursery Fireworks Dance
Harvest Festival ~ October 2016
Year One visit St Nicholas Church
John Baron MP visit ~ 30th September 2016
On Friday 30th September, John Baron MP came to visit our Junior Governing Body and Years 5 & 6. He spoke about how democracy works in Britain and about the different jobs he had before becoming an MP in 2001. He was very pleased to have a tour of Phoenix Primary School and Nursery and very impressed by our Head Boy and Girl, Kieron and Scarlett.
'Brave Art' Mural
Wow, just WOW! 50 of of our artistic pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 has a fantastic day creating our amazing mural. Brave Arts came in with a tailor made design for Phoenix and our budding artists learned how to use spray cans to create this striking street art.
Careers Day ~ 21st September 2016
Six representatives from different working backgrounds came to showcase their careers to our year 5 & 6 pupils. All the children enjoyed hearing about the different roles for a dog behavourist, a marine engineer, an IT consultant, a theatre manager, a car design engineer and a hotel manager. It was great to learn how important it is to work hard at school now for a better future.
Tim Hudson visited Phoenix to spend the day with our Years 5 & 6. He played PE games and read with the children. Tim grew up in Basildon and worked incredibly hard at school to climb the career ladder. He has travelled all over the world and is now MD of Manheim, one of the UK’s leading Auction companies. Tim and the Manheim Foundation kindly donated more than 100 books exclusively for use in Years 5 & 6 and inspired our pupils to "Be the best that you can be" and to work towards their goals. This whole event was a great kick-start to this year's Vocational Visits.
100% Attendance Lunch ~ 21st July 2016
A fabulous lunch held at the Holiday Inn for all the pupils who had attended school and arrived on time every single day for the whole school year. In September we'll start again so make sure that you don't miss out! Be in school on time everyday, ready to learn.
On Tuesday 19th 4 pupils styled 4 members of staff under the supervision of Daniel Lethbridge, Toni & Guy Basildon Franchise Owner.
Year 6 have been taking part in the nationwide Fiver Challenge for the last month.
They have entered competitions for the best company logo, best sales pitch, best advertising and the best sales stand.
All 5 teams have made a profit and learned about buying, production line, selling and account keeping.
The 3 successful candidates for the job of 'Stall Holders' made £100 in 2 hours selling cakes and drinks. The cake sale in aid of 'Polly Parrot' was held at 'The Holiday Inn', Basildon. Paris, Brooke and Chloe worked hard all morning and were awarded a certificate and a prize. They learned a lot about customer service, waitressing skills and cashing up.
Mrs Jones and Mr Hann visited Redrow's new housing development, St Nicholas Mews. They were both very impressed with the new houses.
Following interviews with 'The Holiday Inn' for the post of stall holder at their Polly Parrot charity event, congratulations go to Chloe, Brooke and Paris for getting the job! Eight children from Year 6 were interviewed following their CV and written application. All 8 children came across very well, making it a very tough decision.