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Past Pupil Coffee Morning

Well done to Harriet for winning the Creatively Award during the multi sports event at Deanes on Friday

4B Took part in a multi-sports tournament at the Deanes school.


HFJS Rochford District School of the Year 2017 Nominated with distinction!

Winners of our lunchtime challenge

It's a spotacular day at HFJS! Raising funds and awareness of Children In Need!

Anti Bullying Week
Odd Socks Day At HFJS

This is an opportunity for children and adults to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness! Throughout the week the children are taking part in various activities to support Anti–Bullying. 

This week Staff from the Essex Fire and Rescue Team team visited Year 3 to help develop fire safety awareness skills and promote the importance of home security. In the session there was an emphasis on pupils taking greater responsibility for their own safety.

We are selling poppies and other remembrance merchandise all week during the school day and after school from the main office.


‘Shiver me timbers!’ What a super start to our Book Week.

Yesterday, children brought home information about our sponsored read and we would appreciate your support in helping children to take part so that we can buy even more books to improve our book corners. Today, it has been fantastic to see so many children and adults embracing our author day by dressing up as pirates (and even as a parrot). Jack Trewlawny shared lots of ideas to inspire children’s writing and reading and signed nearly 100 books for children to enjoy. He was full of praise for the active listening, quality questions and answers that the children demonstrated.  Well done to everybody. Don’t forget the parents’ workshop on Thursday and the book and cake sale on Friday.
Jack Trelawny visiting HFJS
Staff looking forward to a visit from the author Jack Trelawny
Our firework safety assembly led by Stuart from thr Essex Fire and Rescue team.
Next weeks activities...
Year 5 Greek Workshop



Year 3 trip to Southend Airport (part 2)
Our first league match v Great Wakering. Boys are proud to wear their new kits!
Year 3 visiting Southend Airport as part of their Gateways to the World Topic!

 Our new football kit!
Girls Football Tournament. 3rd place out of 14. Well done HFJS!
Our 2017 Sports Council
A great first netball match against Great Wakering!

Highlights from our 60th birthday! 

HFJS 60th video v2.mp4

Holt Farm Junior School's 60th Birthday
 60 reasons why we are proud of HFJS!
Anton Ferdinand, Southend United helped us within PE today!

John from ESafety training led Online Safety workshops for all year groups! Children from Rochford Primary and Holt Farm Infant School also joined us! 

Several children from Year 3 and 4 took part in a Multisports Festival at Deans school on Tuesday 19th September. It gave children a chance to sample various physical activities in a non-competitive environment. 

Year 6 attended the Business and Enterprise day at KES today! 

This week children have had first-hand experience of living in a democracy, which forms part of our curriculum, where we have considered British Values. It was fantastic to see so many children throughout the junior school sharing their manifestoes in their bid to become their class’ School Councillor for this academic year. Each class found out more about elections and how voting takes place before actually filling in their own ballot paper and posting it into the ballot box. During Friday’s ‘Celebration Assembly’ Mrs Richardson is looking forwards to presenting our eleven new School Councillors with their badges ready to attend their first meeting next week.

Our new Senior Pupil Team.

Some of the fantastic examples of models designed and produced by our pupils during the holidays.
 Year 3 
 Year 4 
 Year 5  
 Year 6 

Sports Day-Vikings are the 2017 champions!

Thank you to all the parents and carers that attended our Online Safety workshop led by The 2 Johns from E Safety Training. http://www.esafetytraining.org/

Thank you to Lucy Hodges this morning. What an inspiration!

Great fun was had by all at Belchamps today.

Thank you to all our parents and carers that attended our Online World workshop on Monday evening. 

Well done to all the children that took part in the swimming gala at Clements Hall this morning. HUGE improvement from last year. Medals awarded to Harrison and Zeev in Year 3 ! Thank you to Mrs Lee, Miss Beard, Mr Knight and Mrs Robinson for supporting and training the children. 

2017 Summer Fete - Raised over £2000 for HFJS


Well done to Freya, Drew, Boden and Darcey in Year 5 who took part in a series of workshops throughout a recent sports leadership conference. They were very excited to be joined for the day by Tim Prendergast (Paralympic Gold Medalist in sprints)

Southend Music Festival
Last Tuesday evening, 30 children in Years 5 and 6 who were part of the Upper School Choir performed in front of over 1500 people as part of the Southend Music Festival. Joining forces with lots of different schools around Southend, the children performed 17 songs accompanied by school orchestras and musical sign language. They conquered nerves and fears singing their hearts out and showed what Holt Farm - Hard Working, Organised, Listeners, Team Players, Focussed, Ambitious, Respectful and Motivated - students are all about! It was a real team effort. We are so proud of all the children for the dedication, hardwork and commitment they put in to learning each and every lyric and every action! Music was most definitely Magic and they certainly went the distance! WELL DONE HOLT FARM!

A message from Kiren Chima from the NSPCC

Thank You so much for all your support with our NSPCC speak out stay safe programme this term.    Holt Farm Junior have raised a wonderful total of £509.43 to help other children – wow!   What an amazing amount, I am so very proud of all their hard work and efforts to help the NSPCC.    


I have left the office with some spare badges today and a form of how to forward on money just in case there are any late forms.  Head office will shortly be issuing a thank you certificate which will reach you in the post.


It’s been so lovely working with everyone and I just wanted to say thank you again for all your support, it really has been appreciated.  I look forward to working with everyone again in the future.


Enjoy the rest of the term


Warmest regards



We are 2017 District Sports Champions! 

We was delighted to welcome Mia Chantree (Rochford Sports Person of the Year and Chelmsford Sports Ambassador) and Kate Cowley (GB Athlete and member of the 2003 European Cup winning team and also AAA's U23 double gold medalist in Long Jump and 100m Hurdles), from The FitzWimarc School. 

Speak out, Stay safe with Buddy!

Well done on an amazing total so far….. £489.23…. WOW!


Don’t forget to bring back any late forms before 15th June.

Our PTA have very kindly given the school a contribution from their successful fundraising to spend on sports equipment.

This week Holt Farm Infant School are supporting National Pet Week. Mrs Wass and Oliver  visited  to see the chickens! 

Year 5 Trip To Mersey Island



2 teams of 6 from year 3/4 took part in a tough Key steps competition at Deanes, the children all learnt a routine and performed, they were  marked on the way they executed their skills and also performed a vault. The scores were all added together to give a group score, overall we finished 6th and 7th.  The children worked really hard to  learn their routines and are looking forward to improving on the performances. 

The children did so well and should all be very proud. 


Year 4 Trip to Belchamps

Year 3 and 4 Tennis Tournament At Deanes
Mrs Robinson organised a team of eight children to take part in a tennis competition at Deanes Academy. Our children played really well coming second in their group narrowly missing out on a semi-final place. The children all enjoyed their morning of tennis and were great ambassadors for HFJS.

Total raised for Comic Relief was £337.13
Comic Relief 2017
The children and staff at Holt Farm Junior School in Rochford really had an exciting day whilst raising money for Comic Relief 2017 today!

Children and staff wore red for the day and in the afternoon, there was a 'Pie the Teacher' event in the hall.  

Head of School, Mrs Lucy Wass, said, 'There was a great deal of excitement as members of staff lined up, ready to receive a splattering.  Thanks to all the staff who got wet and sticky this afternoon - all in a good cause though!  We have raised hundreds of pounds and still counting'.



Celebrating Pi Day at HFJS ON 14th March 

Well done to our Pi competition winners: 3A Holly, 3B Kacie, 3G Ella Rose, 4M Scarlet, 4C Chloe, 4V Isabel, 5N1 Caroline, 5N2 Hayley, 6F Harrison and 6L Amelia! 

Harrison in 6F was our whole school winner. He was able to recite 202 digits of Pi!
Today we were delighted to receive a visit from MP Mark Francois.


What fantastic performances by all cross country runners today.  We came away with two medalists who will go on to compete in a district event.  4 further top 20 finishers.  Our largest team to date participated in a huge event against 20 plus other schools at Deanes, each race had over 120 competitors in it.  The course was tough with hills to contend with, everyone put in their best efforts and should be very proud of themselves, I was particularly impressed with the organisation of our team this year, everyone was kitted out appropriately.  Well done!

GOSH Update we presented a cheque today for an amazing £1,190.53. Thank you everyone for your support.

Year 6 visit to Westcliff High School for Girls, to watch production of 'Ghost'

The final amount raised for G.O.S.H was a whopping £907.53! Well done everyone.

A very successful cross country competition at Great Wakering School

We are SO excited about our new HFJS swimming hats for the gala!


Thank you to Dan and Aiden for visiting us this morning. They led an assembly about the importance of remaining focused. Being focused is our key value of the week. Aiden plays for the England U21 disability team. Thank you for answering our questions!

G.O.S.H. Fundraising Day


Safer Internet Day 2017


Holt Farm Junior School is joining the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2016 with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, Safer Internet Day will see HFJS join hundreds of organisations right across the UK and globally to ‘be the change’ and help create a better internet.

Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said:

“Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all ‘be the change’ and take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.”

Find out more and get involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk. Remember to check our Parents eSafety page for the latest resources.

Our Year 6 students have made their own Emoji based online safety messages.

GOSH Charity Day!

We will be raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital on Thursday! There will be a dress-down day (come in a character from Peter Pan or have a mad-hair day!) as well as a cake sale at the end of the day (please bring your donation into the school office).

Well done to Amelia and Millie who are already fund raising! They are going round school with a bucket and collection tin to collect spare change. The day is sure to be a great deal of fun and we hope to raise plenty of cash for GOSH!

The first Meat Free Monday!


As mentioned, we are the first school in this part of Essex to sign up for the scheme that is a simple, effective and fun way to become more responsible global citizens. We already have the Health Schools Award.

Head of School Mrs Wass said, 'It’s about coming together as a school community to help the planet and promote healthy food. We are going to have so much fun on Monday's, with the help of Mrs Val Masser, the Infant School Catering Manager, who supplies our hot food lunches and the Infant School will also be MFM from now on. I used the Paul McCartney MFM video during assembly this morning, and I know that the children will love his MFM song!

https://www.youtube.com/user/SupportMFM. Today, we had our Chef’s Special Homemade Macaroni Cheese with Garlic Bread and Salad selection, followed by a Muller Corner Yoghurt. The Jacket Potato Option is Grated Cheese, Tuna Mayo or Baked Beans...... YUM! '

Mrs Masser said, 'We get all our fruit and vegetables fresh in from market from Rayleigh Fruit & Veg in Rayleigh. Essex County Council need to 'follow the trail' and can spot-check suppliers. Rayleigh Fruit & Veg really are fantastic suppliers for us!'

Our new Deputy Headtacher, Claire Richardson said, It's been great to see the children enjoying MFM today and really taking on-board this new initiative!'

Meat Free Monday!On 6th February, we will have a very special, homemade lunch to launch our Meat Free Monday initiative! There will be our Chef’s Special Homemade Macaroni Cheese with Garlic Bread and Salad selection, followed by a Muller Corner Yoghurt. The Jacket Potato Option is Grated Cheese, Tuna Mayo or Baked Beans...YUM!

On Monday 6th February, Holt Farm Junior School will launch Meat Free Monday, a first for a school in this area of Essex! Head of School, Mrs Wass said, 'Meat Free Monday is a simple, effective and fun way to become more responsible global citizens. It’s about coming together as a school community to help the planet and promote healthy food. We are going to have so much fun on Monday's, with the help of Mrs Masser, the Infant School Catering Manager, who supplies our hot food lunches. I will be using the Paul McCartney MFM video during an assembly on Monday and I know that the children will love his MFM song!https://www.youtube.com/user/SupportMFM

For fun and tasty lunchbox ideas visit:


Dance Festival


Sports Hall Athletics Competition


The children at Holt Farm Junior School (and staff too!) were so excited to celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day today! (19/1/17)

On the menu was Tigger's Tasty Tummy Tickling Sausages, Eeyore's Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Piglet's Perfect Peas and ........ Winnie's favourite, Pancakes with Squeezy Honey!

One of the cuddliest holidays around has to be Winnie the Pooh Day, celebrated on the birthday of author A A Milne. It’s one special anniversary fans just can’t bear to miss! Winnie the Pooh first appeared on the printed page in 1926, together with friends Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore. All of them were based on toys owned by the author’s son, who also featured in the famous stories as Christopher Robin. The character later starred in a series of much-loved Disney films.

The school has their dinner's supplied by the Infants School next door (Holt Farm Infants School were one of the highest take up schools in Essex and also nationally). Catering Manager Mrs Val Masser, jumped at the opportunity to celebrate Winnie the Pooh!

Mrs Masser said, 'Menus are chosen to ensure that a balanced nutritious meal is provided daily. All of the ingredients are sourced from local butchers and greengrocers, and cooked freshly on the premises each day. The school adheres to the Schools Food Standards, which govern what can be served to children in terms of food groups (protein, dairy, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables) and portion size. As well as a main or vegetarian option, they offer a Jacket Potato Option with the choice of cheese, beans or Tuna mayo, together with a fresh salad. We have spent a great deal of time ensuring that the children enjoy their dining experience and we hold various themed meals, competitions, prizes and outdoor activities in the summer months to generate the children's interest in healthy eating! The feedback we have from our parents is overwhelmingly positive when we invite them in to have lunch with their child.'

Holt Farm Values




Team players





Mrs Wass delivered an assembly this week, the theme was the first Value - HARDWORKING!

Inspired by former colleagues Danny and Nicky Cowley, Mrs Wass explained how they had worked so hard as PE teachers at The FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh, and have now become Manager and Assistant Manager at Lincoln Town FC. Last night, they won their 3rd round replay against Ipswich Town FC, to progress into the next round of the FA Cup!

Wednesday 11th January 2017 Eamonn Reilly visits Holt Farm Junior School

The children's author Eamonn Reilly led an inspiring assembly this morning to support our raising the profile of writing. Eamonn has several books published and there is something there for all year groups. There are funny parts within his stories to amuse the younger children , together with a good deal of dramatic tension for developing advanced readers. He gave the children tips for writing stories, read extracts from his books and led a question and answer session.


How proud are we - ranked 103rd in Essex and 3566 Nationally out of 14,456 Primary schools! Wow!

Holt Farm Values




Team players





New for 2017! PARENT COUNCIL

Would you like to make suggestions and give feed-back to further improve our school? Sign up for our new Parent Council NOW! Attend monthly meetings …work in partnership with us! Please contact Mrs Wass, via our admin email admin@holtfarm-jun.essex.sch.uk

Visit to Coachman Court

On 16th December, a group of HFJS children visited a local care home. Coachman Court, in Ashingdon Road, welcomed the group and listened as they sang a selection of Christmas songs and carols.

Mrs Wass said, 'It was really lovely for the children to visit Coachman Court and entertain the elderly residents. We are proud to have supported the elderly within our community recently with our 'Helping Hand' project that has been a fantastic success!'

HFJS Christmas Carol Services 2016!

On Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December, we held our Christmas Carol Services at Hawkwell Baptist Church.

Both evening were a fantastic success with songs, readings and musical pieces, much to the delight of the packed audiences.

Mrs Wass said, 'The evenings really were a great opportunity for HFJS to showcase their talents. The children worked so hard in their preparation for these events and really did us proud. A selection of work was proudly on show in the foyer as well.'

Helping Hands 2016

Dear staff, children and helpers,

I would like to extend a big thank you to all the children and staff who must have put in a lot of their own time to prepare the Christmas parcels left at the Rochford Day centre to-day.

I received one and was pleasantly surprised and grateful for it, would you thank everybody very much and I am sure I speak for all the Day Centre members.

Thank you,

Local resident

Christmas dinner is fun!

On 14th December, members of staff served up a Christmas dinner treat for the children. It was a traditional meal with an ice-cream Christmas tree for dessert. The hall was packed as Christmas songs played; the children really enjoyed the event!

Chairman's Wild Woods Christmas Card Competition 2016

Tia Louise and Scarlet in Year 4 were selected as runners up!

Helping Hands 2016


This morning has been a fantastic success for the children and staff at Holt Farm Junior School in Rochford!

100 large shopping bags were packed up, and delivered locally, to elderly residents offering them a bit of cheer at this cold and sometimes lonely time of year. The 'Helping Hand' scheme organised by the school is a real community project that breaks down the generation gap, and brings all ages together!

Head of School Mrs Wass said, 'A huge thanks to AGEUK Essex who not only provided us with blankets and woolly items, but also helped us pack and deliver. Rayleigh Lions and Sainsbury's supplied us with tea-bags and biscuits, Greggs in Rochford donated 100 large chocolate muffins, RRAVS gave a generous donation and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG supplied us with calendars and also donated items. The organising and packing up this morning was like a military operation! A huge thanks to Mrs Jaques and Mrs Raymond for their hard work and, of course, our children who were magnificent!'

Carmela and Nicola's Poster Wins 2nd Prize!

A poster designed by two pupils in year 6 has won 2nd prize in a competition run by The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex

Oliver jumps for joy at Nationals!

Well done to Oliver in 3B! 
Oliver competed in a National Schools Competitions on 4th December, in the under 11's category, and came 4th. This competition was for the Reception to Year 6 age-group, so coming 4th place nationally, is amazing!


The Holt Farm Helping Hand 2016!

Great news! Marks and Spencer in Rayleigh donated 100 large carrier bags for our scheme. Thank you very much Marks and Spencer!

Road safety Week