This Week in PCJ

Week commencing 22nd May 2017

Playground Gate  As some of you may have noticed, the playground gate is not being opened in the mornings until 8.15am.  For those that arrive earlier, for breakfast club, the visitor gate will still be open to allow access into the school and the back gate will be open as usual.  The playground gate will be locked again at 3.45pm.

We want to ensure safety of all the children and we would ask that your children are not on site before 8.30am as the playground is not supervised until this time.   If you have any questions regarding this change, Mr Clarke can be found on the playground most mornings.


Cross Country  Monday afternoon saw our annual cross-country event.  The glorious weather combined with the determination and resilience of all the runners and the support from our energising crowd ensured that the event was enjoyed by everyone. 

Well done to all the children who showed their inner strength and fortitude, pushing themselves to complete the course and beat their own personal best.
Massive congratulations to our winners from each of the races: 

Year 3

Girls:  1st  Cloe Travers, 2nd  Hope Scott, 3rd  Madeline Rigby

Boys:  1st  Lennon Forster, 2nd  Evan Bennett, 3rd  Owen Smith

Year 4

Girls:  1st  Lucie Emmett, 2nd  Eve Bairstow, 3rd  Kacey Arkley                 

Boys:  1st  Logan Cooke, 2nd  Alfie Plested, 3rd  Adam Sims

Year 5

Girls:  1st  Elena Gregory, 2nd  Olivia Forster, 3rd  Lacey-Mai Pownall        

Boys:  1st  Elliott Vass, 2nd  Kieran Wightman, 3rd  Jayden Keteku

Year 6

Girls:  1st  Jess Smith, 2nd  Molly Cheese, 3rd  Grace Tkachenko-Davies                  

Boys:  1st  Curtis Vincent, 2nd  Lucas Shepherd, 3rd  Kian Towse

Thank you to all parents who came to support both their children and all the other runners and to all those Year 6 parents who donated towards our cake sale.  We managed to raise £230 which will go towards the Year 6 Leavers party. 

We look forward to another cracking day of competition and fun in a couple of weeks on our Sports Day.


Charity Day  For their Civic Award, some of the Year 6 children organised a non-school uniform day and activities and a cake sale at break.  They raised an incredible total of £248.95 which will go towards their chosen charity ‘Marvels and Meltdowns’. 


Week commencing 1st May 2017 

PCSO Visit  On Tuesday the children were lucky enough to receive a visit from two local Police Community Support Officers, Keren and Andy.  They delivered an assembly introducing themselves to the school and informing the children about 999 calls, the emergency services and answered lots of questions.


PRIDE Assembly  This week we decided to take a different approach to how the class PRIDE nominee in each class was chosen.  We gave the children responsibility to nominate their peers to receive this week’s PRIDE Certificate.  The children from each class gave reasons why the children were nominated.  It was so nice to hear the lovely positive comments from the children all about our PRIDE winners.  Well done to all those who got a certificate and all of their children for their thoughtful comments.


Year 5 Brazil Day  Today year 5 had their Brazilian Day. What a day! We have spent the morning making Rio masks and headdresses.  They looked fantastic, especially during the Samba dancing.  After break, the children tasted Brazilian lemonade, a sweet drink made with limes and condensed milk and researched and created a poster about different aspects of Brazil.  We created Artistic Brazil inspired calligrams before the parents arrived for the Showdown.  A thoroughly enjoyable and colourful day had by all.



Week commencing 24th April 2017 

Parent and Pupil Consultations  Thank you so much to those of you who were able to make parents evenings this week.  These meetings are a really important opportunity to share with you the progress of your children and how you can support us and your child in their future learning. We would still like to receive your parent questionnaires by next Friday (5th April) so we can begin to address or respond to, any issues raised.


Week commencing 3rd April 2017 

Easter Raffle  A huge thank you to the Friends of PCJ this week who have raised the total sum of £322.00 selling raffle tickets for our annual Easter Draw which was held on Friday 7th April.  Thanks also to everyone who donated eggs for our non-uniform day last week which helped make this event possible.

Guy Bass  Another fantastic highlight this week was a visit from the award winning author Guy Bass who gave an extremely entertaining and inspiring talk on Tuesday afternoon.  An experience that we're sure the children will remember into adulthood.

Staff Changes and Celebrations  We have said a sad farewell this week to two valued members of staff, Mrs Tatem and Mrs Trask, both of whom will be extremely missed by children and staff.  We would like to thank them both for thier contributions to the school and wish them well in their future ventures.  We are also excited to welcome back this week Mrs Marchant-White who is resuming her role as a highly skilled teacher in Year 4 after taking time away from PCJ for maternity leave.

This term has also marked a very special anniversary for Mrs Ryan.  She has been a teacher with us now for 20 years!  As a well liked and very much valued member of staff we are sure that pupils, parents and staff, past and present have many reasons to thank her for her outstanding contributions to PCJ.


Week commencing 27th March 2017

Civic Award  For my Civic Award, I did a Mother’s Day Bingo raffle.  Miss Walpole won 2nd prize.  As a school we raised £69 and I raised £647 altogether.  All of this will go to a charity called Stella’s voice.  Stella’s voice helps vulnerable children from human trafficking.  Thank you to any of the parents who gave their children money for this cause.  From Dominic.

Red Nose Day  After a hugely successful Red Nose Day last week, we have been collecting sponsorship forms in from some of the children this week.  We have collected in 14 sheets so far and raised an incredible £184.65!  A huge thank you to all of those families that sponsored their children and helped us raise money towards this worthy cause.  So far, Alfie Plested has raised the most money with an impressive £35 followed closely by Jack Murden with £25.  Well done to you all.

Our PCJ current total given Comic Relief is £428.50!

Easter Egg Raffle  A huge thank you for all the Easter Eggs donated towards the raffle next week, we would still welcome any donations next week to make this fund raising even more successful!  Don’t forget that tickets are on sale every morning next week in the hall 8.30am-8.45am.  Tickets will be 50p a strip.  Good luck to you all!


Week commencing 20th March 2017

Red Nose Day   Red Nose Day today was a huge success, lots of fun was had by all and we have raised a massive £243.85 for this worthy cause.  This total is just from our cake sale, activities at break and non-school uniform donations.  We have not yet totalled up the amount raised by the children as sponsorship for the fun run.  A huge well done to the School Council for doing such a fantastic job of organising the activities and well done to everyone who took part in the fun run – keep your eyes posted for pictures coming up on the website.

Mother’s Day Secret Room   We hope that you all enjoy your Mother’s Day this weekend and receive a lovely gift from our very successful ‘Secret Room’.  We would like to thank Mr Westcombe for giving up so much of his time and making some beautiful hand decorated gifts.  I am sure those of you fortunate enough to receive one will join us in admiring them.  He also raised £225.57 which will go alongside the PCJ Friends fund and go into further improvements around the school grounds. 


Week commencing 13th March 2017

A Little Princess   We were fortunate once again to be delighted by the talents of M&M Productions with their retelling of A Little Princess.  Every member of the school was enthralled throughout and with such an engaging performance including audience participation in making magic we really hope we will be able to see them return. 

Sumdog Competition  Get your maths and gaming skills geared up because a Hampshire Sumdog competition starts Friday 17th March.  Mr Pearce has entered every class, and Sumdog will post daily winners, the top 10 classes and the top 10 students on the leaderboards.  The competition runs until the end of Thursday 23rd March.

Get yourselves on Sumdog and do the school proud!

Mrs Taylor  The children aren’t the only ones who have shown virtuous acts of kindness or selflessness recently.  On 12th March our dedicated Head of Kitchen, Mrs Taylor completed a skydive in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester, who support patients living with terminal illness and their family and friends.  We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate her on a huge accomplishment


Week commencing 13th February 2017

Mrs Barley  Today we bid a sad farewell to Mrs Barley.  Mrs Barley has been a valued member of the PCJ team since 2010.  She was a dedicated and highly skilled staff member who was very motivated and passionate about your children’s learning and PCJ.  All the children who have been fortunate enough to work with her will be very sad to see her leave.  She was a very popular, active and valued member of the school community and she will be sorely missed by all.  From all of us at Peel Common Junior School we would like to say a big thank you and wish you the very best of luck for the future.

Motor Neurone Disease Non-Uniform Day  The Civic award children organised a non school uniform day to raise donations for Motor Neurone Disease, a huge well done to all the children involved and many thanks for all your generous donations.  We raised an impressive £229.47.  


Week Commencing 30th January 2017

School Dinner Price Increase   We would like to bring your attention to a decision made by Hampshire County Council to introduce a 5p increase to the cost of a school lunch raising the price to £2.15 per day.  This will take effect from 1st April 2017.  To keep in line with the new school dinner policy, please ensure lunches are paid for in advance using our online payment facility where possible.

Football Report from Children   Well done boys and girls, we had a great tournament.  As you know, we won one, lost two and drew one.  This was not a competitive tournament; it was just to catch up on the games we had missed.  In our first game we went up against Grange.  Unfortunately, we lost that game 1-0.  They played a great ball through and our goalie couldn’t get to it although he got close.  In our second game, we went up against Woodcot and we again unfortunately lost 2-0.  Both times our two defenders pushed too far up the field and they booted a long ball over the top twice and they scored both times.  Our 3rd game was against Leesland, in that game we won 2-1.  Kye scored an amazing goal, Dominic played a good ball into the box and Kian with a good finish. Also, the final game was a great game and we nearly won but unfortunately it was only 1-1.  Their goal was good and placed in the bottom right corner.  Our equaliser was from an amazing cross by Dominic and Kian with a lovely finish. ~ Regan Branson and James Cramp

Week Commencing 9th January 2017

Staff News We are extremely pleased to announce that Mrs Blossom in Year 3 and her husband are expecting their first baby in May.  We would all like to congratulate the expectant parents and wish them every happiness for the future.

Friends Meeting  PCJ Friends met this week with Mr Clarke to organise exciting events for Spring Term.  We would like to take this opportunity to extend our invitation to any parents who may wish to join the Friends.  If you have any queries regarding the Friends and what they do, please submit these to the office where they will be forwarded to Mrs Westcombe.  The next meeting will be held in March, keep an eye on the weekly update letter for further details. 


Week Commencing 3rd January 2017

Mr Andy Clarke  This week we welcome our new Interim Headteacher Mr Andy Clarke to our team here at PCJ. He will be in the school full time and will be working closely with Mr Beadell and all the team to continue the upward journey of the school.

Dinner Money  The office would like to say many thanks to all the parents who are now paying online for their school dinners and a big thank you for bringing your dinner money accounts up to date and in credit. This will ensure that the school budget is used directly for our pupil’s education.


Week Commencing 9th December 2016

Carol Concert  The two Carol Concerts went well.  The children walked to the church without fuss and were good ambassadors for the school.  We were very proud to hear parents comment on the lovely singing.  Money raised by donations at the end of the Carol Concert totalled £176.00.  Half of this has been donated to the church and the other half will go to a children's charity that will be decided by the school council in the New Year.

Mrs Liz Blake  This week we say goodbye to Mrs Blake who has been our interim Headteacher for the last term.  On behalf of all the staff at PCJ we would like to thank Mrs Blake for all her hard work and we wish her all the best in her next venture.

Week Commencing 9th December 2016

Christmas Fayre  Last Friday PCJ hosted a magical Christmas Fayre.  Children really enjoyed their visit to Santa’s grotto and everyone had a good time trying their luck in the organised games.  Well done to all those lucky winners!  A huge thank you for all of your support and generous contributions.  The PCJ Friends worked tirelessly to make the fayre a success and their efforts did not go unnoticed with an amazing total raised of £645 which will go towards our new adventure playground.

Marie Mason  Today is Mrs Masons last day at PCJ.  Mrs Mason has been a valued member of staff for the last 8 years.  She has been an excellent support teacher for children, providing group work as well as 1:1 and all those children who have been fortunate to work with her over her time here will be sad to see her leave.  She is very creative and her work on our board displays, especially in the library will be a constant reminder of her commitment to the school.  Mrs Mason has been an active member of the school community and she will be missed.  From all of us at Peel Common Junior School we would like to say a big thank you and best of luck in your new venture.

Football Report from Children  PCJ vs Brockhurst      Final Score 3-2 to PCJ
On Thursday the 8th of December, PCJ fought a battle of skill.  First we scored one to make it 1-0.  Then after a handball from Bradley, letting them have a free kick.  Shay managed to get a hand but it rebounded off the post in 1-1.  End of half.

Firstly, they scored leaving Shay down but PCJ persevered and scored 1-2.  Amazingly, Dom scored top corner.  Dominic set up Kian and he scored the winner!  Special mentions; Bradley (defender), Regan (defender), Jess (centre-mid), Kian (left-wing), Dom (right-wing), Josh, Callum and Shay – the amazing goalkeeper. ~ Shay Denham


Week Commencing 21st November 2016

Football Report from Children  On Thursday the 24th November 2016, PCJ played a match at home against Rowner Junior School.  It was a good game as each and every one of us tried our hardest and worked as a team.  We kicked it off with a 1-0 start from Dominic and then Kian scored a header from Jess’s throw and then Dominic scored again.  Rowner luckily scored a team goal which bought us to half time.

Both teams discussed their tactics and the second half was in play.  Kian scored 3 more goals and then Kye scored another.  They snuck in but Edwin and Bradley tackled their player.  Ronaldo, our goal keeper, saved some hard and powerful shots which kept us in the game.  Regan did some great passes up the line to Dominic.  Dominic then went onto a 4 goal streak and they were all very good goals.  Leon made some good runs up the wings and passes.  Jess did some good crosses to both wingers and strikers.  All players played incredibly well and should be proud of themselves.  We gave Rowner 3 cheers at the end as they all played well. ~ Jess and Kye


Week Commencing 14th November 2016

Anti-Bullying Week  Throughout this week children up and down the country have been doing additional activities with particular focus on bullying as it has been National Anti-Bullying Week.

All children took part in a wide range of activities suited to their age and understanding of what is a very broad and sensitive subject.  These included badge making, advice walls, scenario discussions and comic strips with a focus on how to prevent, recognise and put a stop to bullying.


Week Commencing 7th November 2016

Football Report from Children  On Thursday the school played a match versus Elson, the first half no one scored but we played well and in the second half we had a counter-attack and Kian passed the ball to Dominic and he smashed the ball into the top corner.  That was the only goal scored so we won 1-0. ~ Dominic Cupid

Front Door As some of you may have noticed we have had a new entry system installed on the front door into the school.  This will be locked if you are arriving at school during lesson times and you will need to press the buzzer and wait for a member of staff to let you in, this has been put in place for the safety of the children and the staff.


Week Commencing 11th July 2016

School Disco   On Thursday the Year 6's attended their last ever PCJ Disco with the rest of the school.  It is always so nice to see all the children dressed up ready for an evening of dancing and fun.  Half way through the evening we had to make a mad dash to the shops to replenish our stock of orange juice and lemonade for the very popular 'Mocktails'.  We had the usual glo sticks, raffle tickets, sweets and refreshments for sale and when we have the final total we will add this to our fundraising board in the entrance to the office.  Congratulations to Harvey-John Beale, the winner of the door prize and also to Amy McCall and Dominic Cupid, winners of the 'Best Dressed' boy and girl.

Prefect and Peer Mentor Breakfast  Today (Friday 14th) also saw the final Prefect and Peer Mentor Breakfast for the Year 6's.  Sausages, bacon, scotch pancakes and bread and spread were on offer.  A nice little tradition for the newly elected children to look forward to when they take up their duties in September.

PCJ Uni Art Exhibition  We hope you enjoyed the Art exhibition today in the hall hosted by the PCJ Enterprise group, showing some lovely pieces of art work by the children.  Staff also brought in photographs of when we were 'very' small so the children could hold a 'match the baby' game.  We hope  you had lots of fun matching our baby photo's to much more recent pictures of us!  Cakes and drinks were also on sale raising funds to enable us to continue with PCJ Uni next year. 


Week Commencing 4th July 2016

This week we have welcomed two new staff members to our team.  Mrs Dawson, our new Home School Link Worker and Miss Walpole our new Administration Assistant.  We hope you'll join us is wishing them a happy and memorable time at PCJ.

SATs News  The team at PCJ would like to say a huge well done to all of Year 6 on their fantastic SATs results this week.

We are so proud of their achievements over what has been a gruelling and demanding year of new curriculum changes and they have truly risen to every challenge they have faced - with great success.
















Combined Reading, Writing and Maths:  PCJ – 58%, National – 53%

As you can see, many of our results exceeded national and we couldn't be more delighted with the children's hard work and effort.  Reading results this year are slightly below, however this is not a reflection of their ability but a result of a very difficult test.

It is a pleasure to celebrate such a positive set of results and we are sure they will continue to succeed as they begin their journeys through secondary school.

Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies  It has been lovely to see so many of you at our show performances this week.  For the final showing of 'Robing and the Sherwood Hoodies' on Friday we had a full house and hope you all enjoyed a great night of entertainment on whichever show you saw.

We are so proud of the hard work that the children have put into this over the last few weeks, working tirelessly at after school clubs, Saturday morning and at home, learning lines.

So many staff and parents have given up their time to make this a success and I am especially grateful to Mrs Blossom, our show director this year.

Don't forget we have photo CDs and DVDs for sale - order forms emailed out and are also available from the office. ~ Mrs Bishop

Week Commencing 27th June 2016

We would like to apologise for the lack of updates this term.  Due to understaffing time has not permitted us to share with you all the things we have been busy with to date.   The following entries we hope, will cover recent events.

Charitable Donation  On 27th May (the day we broke up for half term) Mrs Bishop, along with two Year 6’s, Jasmine Paice and James Barker were invited to attend an awards ceremony hosted by the Gosport Masonic Lodge Freemasons.  The Freemason’s fundraise and donate huge amounts of money every year to various charitable causes.  This is the second year we have been fortunate enough to be included in their fundraising efforts receiving two cheques totalling the sum of £1000.00, £750.00 from The Prince of Wales Lodge and £250.00 from Lee Britten Chapter.  These cheques represented a small part of an incredible sum of over £20,000.00 donated by the Freemasons to their chosen causes this year.

Sports Day  On 10th June we thoroughly enjoyed a full day of exercise during our Sainsbury’s Sports Day.  Over the course of the morning all children took part in a track event and then In the afternoon ran in a variety of traditional and novelty races.  It was a day full of excitement, drama and fun.  The wrens, led by Shannon Russell and Jamie Palmer; secured their place as Sports Day Champions for the 4th year in a row.  We would like to thank all parents, family and friends for the support they showed to all participants.

Year 6 Cricket Tournament  On 29th June, 8 members of Year 6 represented Peel Common in the final of the local schools cricket competition against Alverstoke.  The team earned their place in this final by coming joint first in a competition against multiple teams from other schools in the Gosport area as well as 2 teams other teams from PCJ.  Our team were narrowly beaten by a very strong opposition but did themselves proud throughout both sections of the competition – Well done children!


Week Commencing 23rdMay 2016

On Thursday 26th May the Enterprise Uni group organised a little summer fair after school.  Everyone had so much fun.  We had 5 weeks to prepare the event.  There were lots of activities such as nail painting, disco dome, tombola, raffle and guess the name of the monkey.  Everyone had so much fun. ~ Ellie Goddard

Girl's Football  On 26th May Peel Common Junior School girl's team took part in a away match at Grange.  It was an amazing match with the end result finishing 2-1 to PCJ.  In the first half we scored a free kick which was scored by Jess.  Unfortunatelyl we had many injuries that day.  Most from Shannon getting hit with the ball or falling over and chinning somebody.  And then to the negative Grange then sprinted through the middle and scored a powerful shot against Macey-Rose which made it 1-1.  Although she let one in, she also kept us in the game with countless saves.  With final minutes to go, Jess then scored another goal which gave us the win at a final score of 2-1.  All the girls that played shoudl be extremely proud of themselves. ~ by Jess Smith and Macey-Rose Peak.


Week Commencing 16th May 2016

Girl's Football  On Thursday 19th May PCJ girls football team played against Castle.  In the 1st half, Castle scored 3-0 against Aysha and then in the 2nd half Jess scored two amazing goals, 1 from a free kick and 1 from another amazing opportunity.  All the girls who played did a great job.  Well done!


Week Commencing 9th May 2016

SATS Week!  All staff would like to say how proud we have been of all our Year 6's during SATS week.  Every child has demonstrated huge committment and determination to achieve their very best and their focus and effort could not be faulted during the demainding tests.  We would also like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Taylor and Mrs Ely for setting us all up for the day with their delicious breakfasts this week.  Well done Year 6 - you are all amazing!

Playground Adventure Area  Sadly, as predicted, our annual equipment inspection has resulted in the adventure play area as being deamed unsafe.  This means the children will no longer be allowed to play on it.  As you know, we are working hard to raise funds for a replacement and we will keep you informed of any updates.

Girl's Football  On the 12th May Peel Common girl's football team played Holbrook and we won 4-1.  In the first half 1 goal was scored by Ellie May assisted by Jess Smith.  Macey-Rose Peak did countless saves.  In the second half, Faith Hull scored an amazing goal.  And then Jess scored an astonishing goal.  The Holbrook scored a powerful goal against Aysha.  Jess then scored another goal to make it 4-1.  All the girl's who played did a great job and they should be very proud of themselves.


Week Commencing 2nd May 2016

New Deputy Head  After a long, gruelling day of interviews we are delighted to tell you that we have successfully appointed a new Deputy Headteacher.  Mr Warren Beadell, who is currently assistant Headteacher at Orchard Lea Junior School in Fareham, will be taking up his post in September.  We very much look forward to him being part of the PCJ team.

Girl's Football  On Tuesday 4th May PCJ girl's football team lost 4-2 against Gomer school.  In the first half Gomer scored 1 goal.  In the second half Ellie May scored a goal.  Then Jess Smith scored an amazing goal and then Gomer scored another 3 goals against Jasmine Barker.  All the girls did very well. ~ Macey-Rose Peak & Shannon Russell

Water Bottles  There are a huge number of children who have not been bringing a water bottle to school.  Now the weather is warming up, it is essential that the children have access to water throughout the day so please ensure that your chlid has a bottle in school (these can be school water bottles or bottles from home provided they have a lid).


Week Commencing 25th April 2016

Cross-Country  On Monday, despite the risk of rain, everyone spent the afternoon enjoying the annual cross-country competition.  Each race was a thrill to watch, with some closely fought battles for every position.  Congratulations to all that took part, it was fantastic to see such determination from so many.  Many thanks to all spectators who supported the event.  As always it was a great turn-out.

Girl's Football  A really well fought battle from our girls this week against an incredibly strong Alverstoke team.  We battled throughout and thanks to the great goal-keeping of Macey-Rose and tirelesss work of Jess Smith kept the score to a 4-0 loss.  A result to be proud of even though it wasn't a win.  Well done girls!

Next match at home on Wednesday 4th May - letters will be given out on Tuesday 3rd to those playing.


Week Commencing 18th April 2016

Girl's Football  On Thursday 21st of April PCJs girl's football team played their first match against St John's at home.  Afeter a delay in their arrival, the match finally started at 4:14pm.  No goals were scored until the 2nd half.  Shannon Russell (wing) scored an amazing goal which was set up by Faith Hull (wing).  Everyone who played for the girls PCJ's football team tried their hardest and their best and they all did great.  They should be very proud of themselves.  At the end of the match the score was 1-1. ~ By Macey-Rose Peak

Portsmouth Cathedral Trip  On Tuesday the Year 5's were invited to go to Portsmouth Cathedral to participate in a mini-concert and a range of activities.  The children were able to dress up as the monks who built the Cathedral and learn about the Christian symbolism that is embedded in the building.  We'd like to thank the Cathedral for hosting such an interesting event.

Bikeability  Over the course of the last two weeks, the year 5 classes have been enjoying, and learning from the bikeability sessions.  This course teaches children how to be safe on the roads whilst riding their bicycles.  Many thanks to all those involved for helping our children keep themselves safe on their journeys too and from school.