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Sport events taking place in spring, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 12th Mar 2018 @ 9:22am

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve got loads of sporty things going on in the run up to Sport Relief day on Friday 23rd March.

Next week we will be doing the Joe Wicks Body Coach Schools Fitness Week live sessions every day (lower KS2 twice, upper KS2 twice and the winning House Team on Friday).

We are also going to get the pupils back into the habit of doing 1K a day on our running track. We would like this to continue as the year goes on.


In addition to the usual PE kit, the pupils will definitely need a pair of trainers or pumps for outdoors in their PE bags and it would also be great if they had jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit etc. for the rest of this spring term. From September 2018, we will be expanding our School Uniform policy to include navy/black/grey winter PE kits, but for now we aren’t going to dictate any colours – it’s not reasonable at short notice, so please provide what you think your child will need until the weather warms up!

We are already looking forward to Sports Day this year and will be asking you for your suggestions on the Open Week feedback sheets.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS

February Newsletter, by Miss Higson

Date: 22nd Feb 2018 @ 12:25pm

Moss Park Junior School Spring 1 2018 Newsletter 5

Learn, Respect, Achieve

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

I was really pleased to send out our first MPJS Parents Teachers and Friends Association newsletter this week as it’s a step towards our goal of embedding really strong home and school partnerships. As well as being able to organise events for pupils and families, and sharing our skills and talents, the PTFA will be able to apply for funding grants to enhance provision for all our children. We’ve got a really enthusiastic team of parents in the committee and they welcome all kinds of support from parents, however big or small. We’ve got Open Week (English focus) next month and then a second Parents Evening that come with a written report on your child’s latest achievements and targets – all things that you requested when I first started. I do hope you feel welcome in school. We’ve just asked the pupils about their experiences via a questionnaire. They say they’d like more opportunities to talk about their work and progress in detail with their teacher before each Parents Evening – so we are putting this into place and will be sharing their reports with them. Results of our Pupil Questionnaire will follow with our next newsletter. I will be seeking your views via our Open Week feedback and also through our informal Headteacher Coffee Forums. If you want to see me about an individual issue, please don’t hesitate to drop in – if I am not in a meeting or lesson, I’ll always do my best to accommodate you either then or as soon as I am free.

Term Time Holiday Requests

I’m starting to get an increasing number of requests coming in for holidays – some of them requesting one or two weeks off in the middle of term. We circulated the term time absence section of the Attendance Policy to parents in the summer, copies of this are in the office area and a copy is always given out when parents request holidays. The criteria for having a holiday authorised at Moss Park Junior School (the same as all schools in England and Wales) is extremely narrow and if it doesn’t meet all the criteria (broadly described as Rare, Unavoidable, Significant and Short) it will not be authorised. It is not a personal decision – the school governors and I worked carefully on the policy to make it fair for all parents and to reinforce our belief that high attendance = high achievement. Before you decide to take your child out of school, please read the policy and fill in the school form, which is available from the school office. Please be aware that a fixed penalty fine will be applied by Trafford if the unauthorised absence is 4 days or more.

Magic Moments at Moss Park Junior School

  • We had a special themed lunch and Year 5 and 6 created some fantastic art work to celebrate Chinese New Year. We want to celebrate our diversity at Moss Park and will be holding themed weeks throughout the school year – organised by the School Council and the Ethos Team
  • We’ve continued our drama sessions with our teacher Swoosh from ARTIS – these sessions have been so successful and pupils couldn’t think of any ways to improve the sessions when Mrs Richardson questioned them. The sessions are linked to the books the classes are studying and have increased the confidence of pupils to express themselves and their views
  • One of our MPJS ‘graduates’ and uncle of two current pupils came in to talk to Y6 about the different careers available in the digital and creative industries. We had a parent and STEM Grammar School teacher visit Year 6 last year and we think it helps pupils think about future learning and career possibilities so we’d like to increase these sorts of visits
  • Y4/5 Swimming GALA was a triumph and we won the boys and girls competitions – well done everyone
  • Sign2sing charity day raised awareness and money for the Deaf Charity SignHealth
  • Our E Safety Digital leaders organised a Safer Internet Day and we held separate lower and upper school assemblies around the issues and challenges of the internet

Coming Soon

  • Our schools, led by Mrs Plant and Mr Boyer have teamed up to lead a Moss Park Junior and Infant Traffic Warden Week. Pupils from the Road Safety Teams will be outside acting as junior traffic wardens with visits from local councillors
  • Kate Green MP is visiting us to talk about her work in parliament and in the local community representing Stretford. The School Council have invited her to talk to them and all our pupils about local democracy and how they can use their voice in school and in the wider world
  • Our School Journalists are creating a weekly newsletter called the “Moss Park Messenger” that will include all our weekly winners, a class and club focus report and key dates for the upcoming week – first launch is on Friday 23rd February. We are sending them out by email and paper copies will be in the school foyer.

World Book Day – 1st March 2018

Pupils will be able to dress up as a character from a book or represent that book in some way – bring the book in with them, make a poster for their book or write a book review for us to read in class! We will show off all our costumes and books in a special assembly at 9.00 am. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes – these will be a book chosen from the Book Fair. World Book Day vouchers will be given out and these can be spent at the Book Fair too, as well as all participating shops.

All good wishes,

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at Moss Park Junior School

Dates for your Diary


Friday 9th February

NEW! Holiday homework topic challenges are sent home today – don’t forget to practise your times tables to get your next sticker too!

School closes for the week on Friday 9th February and re-opens on Monday 19th February

Wednesday 21st February

4T start swimming today

Monday 26th February to Thursday 1st

Bikeability in Year 6

Monday 26th February

Fair Trade Fortnight – please try and choose Fair trade products and if possible bring in wrappers for a whole school display

Tuesday 27th February & Wednesday 28th February

Freddie Fit is in both days – please make sure your child has their full school PE kit in school otherwise they will not be able to participate.

Thursday 1st March

World Book Day – come in your costumes!

Friday 2nd March

Kate Green MP visiting school

Wednesday 7th March

Class Photographs (and Year 6 Leavers’ photos) FULL school uniform please including school sweatshirts/cardigans

Monday 5th March

MPIS and MPJS Road Safety pupil teams will be acting as traffic wardens on Moss Park Road this week

Friday 16th March

PTFA Family and Friends Quiz Night and Buffet event – all welcome!

Monday 19th March

Tuesday 20th March

Author Visit “Damien Harvey” – working in various classes to stimulate writing with the children. http://damianharvey.co.uk/

Monday 19th March to Thursday 22nd March

Open Week 2 – parents can book a slot to sit in lessons with their child and learn alongside them. These sessions run from 9 am to 11am and the focus will be English this time round.

Friday 23rd March

  • Clubs end this week (and club letters for summer term going out)
  • Sport Relief Day – details to follow from the Sports Ambassadors
  • 2.30pm Headteacher and Parents’ Coffee Forum

Wednesday 28th March

  • Y3 Class Assembly 9am – The Romans (families welcome)
  • Spring Parents’ Evening (plus Spring Attainment & Progress written report) 3.30 pm – 7.00 pm

Thursday 29th March

  • Spring Term Achievement Assembly – we will notify you if your child is getting a certificate. 9 am in the hall.
  • Golden Day (Enrichment Activities earned as per the Behaviour Policy)

School closes for the two week Easter break on Thursday 29th March and re-opens on Monday 16th April

Save the Date: Year 6 SATS test week = Monday 14th May (all week)



December Newsletter, by Miss Higson

Date: 13th Dec 2017 @ 4:15pm

Moss Park Junior School December 2017 Newsletter 4

Learn, Respect, Achieve


Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

Well, we are now a third of the way through the school year! Thanks to all parents who came to the autumn parents’ evening. We had 82% of all our pupils represented and the ‘Parent Champions’, with an amazing attendance of 94%, were those in 6I – no certificates, unfortunately! We hope you found the assessment reports useful and look forward to welcoming you to our spring Open Week, where you will be able to see your children ‘in action’ and work alongside them in English.

Magic Moments at Moss Park Junior School

Cross Country Running – Saturday, 9th December 2017. Very well done to all the pupils who took part and to Mr Boyer, staff and parents who give up their Saturday mornings to support our children at these events. Winners were: Year 6 girls – Team Bronze (Olivia, Tianii and Sylvie); Year 5 boys – Team Silver (Kwame, Noah and James). OIivia Holbrook also got the individual Bronze – fantastic performance!


The Y3 Christmas Performance was a triumph and the hall was packed on both days. Year 3 are a talented bunch!


The Y4/5 and Y6 concerts have showcased the musical talents across school. It’s such an amazing opportunity to play and take home instruments and we are proud of our strong links with Trafford Music Service. These events are always well organised by Ms Butler and we hope you enjoyed them.

Coming Soon

You’ve had our key dates in previous newsletters and you will receive individual letters from your children giving details of arrangements for the Christmas parties. We’ve got our brand new PTFA Discos in the last week of school and the response has been fantastic for these!

Homework Re-launch

Your child will be getting new homework books on their return to school in January – these will have an overview sheet that communicates our systems for Homework – including spelling, reading, and times tables. Pupils told us they’d like to do some topic related projects so we will be starting those too. We’ll also be launching the MyMaths program which pupils can access from home and is tailored to your child’s needs. It’s a great homework tool. We’ll be trialling it with the pupils in class first so they can find their way around the site.

School Bulletin

Road Safety on Moss Park Road

I am aware that there have been public concerns expressed about the road outside our school – a child narrowly missed getting knocked down last week. We continue to try to push the Council for more waiting and parking restrictions outside school, but we aren’t getting anywhere. We’ve also asked for help from local wardens and traffic enforcement officers. At the end of the day, the only people who can change this is our families – please just make time in your day to park or wait just a little further away from school at the beginning and end of the day. Nothing is more valuable than the safety of our children.

Severe Weather Protocol

Whilst it is unlikely that we will have to close the school, we do have an Incident Team in school to decide any school closures and communicate this to you in a timely fashion. Any communication will be through our teachers2parents text system and on the front page of our school website. We are part of the Key 103 School Closure scheme, and we also report any closure to Trafford Council – on their website. If the weather deteriorates rapidly during the day, we may ask you to voluntarily pick up children wherever possible in the interest of safety, but would keep the school open for those pupils who couldn’t be picked up earlier.

New Year, New Start!

Gates are open from 8.40 am at Moss Park Junior School (supervised so you can drop and go) and lessons begin at 8.50 am. If your child is running through the gate after the whistle is blown – they are late. Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time. Thank you for your cooperation.

We hope you enjoy a peaceful holiday and look forward to working alongside you all in 2018.

All good wishes,

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at Moss Park Junior School

Friday 15th December

Save the Children  Christmas/Winter Jumper charity day £1 donation

Friday 15th December

Y3 Party Afternoon

Monday 18th December

Y5/6 Party Afternoon

Monday 18th December

Y5/6 PTFA Disco (straight after school)

Tuesday 19th December

Y4 Party Afternoon

Tuesday 19th December

Y3/4 PTFA Disco (straight after school)

Wednesday 20th December

  • Autumn Achievement Assembly (parents will be notified if their child is getting a certificate and may attend)
  • Snow White Pantomime (Bitesize Theatre) @ 2pm
  • School breaks up for the holidays

School re-opens on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 8.50 am

N.B. Clubs start on Monday 15th January (except Mr Myer’s clubs will start on Monday 8th). Letters will go out this Friday detailing club offers – please return before we break up to avoid disappointment – initial ‘you’ve got a place’ texts will go out at the end of the day on Wednesday 20th December.


November Newsletter, by Miss Higson

Date: 13th Dec 2017 @ 4:13pm


Moss Park Junior School November 2017 Newsletter 3

Learn, Respect, Achieve

Dear Parents and Carers,

You will see that the winning motto for our school as chosen by parents, pupils, staff and governors is now written above. We think it does reflect what we are about in just a few words. We feel that our mutual respect helps us all get along and is why behaviour and relationships are outstanding. We are proud of the achievement – academic and personal development - of the pupils at Moss Park Junior School and we will strive to make sure each child makes outstanding progress from their individual starting points.

We had our first meeting of the Ethos Team on Friday and we noticed that of the 6 key school values chosen by the pupils, each teacher is represented by their surname initial – this is a total coincidence!

Respect, Tolerance, Cooperation, Friendship, Hope, Love

So the children have decided to add an ‘I’ value for Miss Isbister (Independence or Individuality?) and we need a ‘B’ for Mr Boyer (Bold, Brave, Be the Best?) so watch this space for their choices. Each class will have that value as their theme and they will be responsible for designing a large piece of artwork to present in a short assembly to the rest of the school.



I’m so pleased to report that we now have an official Parents, Teachers and Friends Association at Moss Park Junior School to organise social activities and raise money for pupil and parent-led school projects. Thanks to those who attended last night and agreed to the formal roles we needed and also to those who agreed to be ‘ordinary’ committee members. Now we have a formal PTFA, they can be a strong parent voice in school, continue to develop our partnership working and even apply for their own lottery grants each year!

Chair: Sabina Bangue (children in Y3 and Y5)

Secretary: Dina Pieri (child in Y4)

Treasurer: Eleni Mrad (children in Y4)

We’ve already saved the date for two new exciting events at the end of this term – an after school disco for Y5/6 and another for Y3/4 J

We do need casual helpers and volunteers and we’d love to see you at a meeting to discuss what we need to buy/organise, for helpers at the Discos and also to share your ideas for future events you’d like to see at MPJS. Our meeting is going to be on Monday 4th December at 3.30pm. We will accommodate our pupils in one of the after school clubs and young children are welcome to stay with you.


Magic Moments at Moss Park Junior School


  1. Cinema trips – this has been amazing to have all our pupils visiting the cinema in their year group teams for National Film Festival
  2. Freddie Fit entertained us all as usual and the pupils learned interesting facts about their body and health
  3. We have a broad curriculum at MPJS which is enhanced by external specialist providers – our pupils are currently enjoying Drama, Dance and also football with an FA coach
  4. Y5 have attended a Rainforest Roadshow at Flixton Girls High

Coming Soon

Parents Evening – slip attached

We hope to see you at our autumn term parents’ evening where you can have a look through your child’s work and speak to your teacher about their achievements and next steps. From this year you will all receive a termly written report on attainment and progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. The statements will be taken from our assessment system ‘Target Tracker’ and reflect national curriculum age related expectations. We will also be informing you of any targeted support your child receives in school. As always, my door is open for any of your concerns, questions or compliments!

Dates for your Diaries (some new added)

Thursday 30th November

10.00 am Guitar Assembly (musicians’ families welcome)

Friday 1st December

Decorating the School Christmas Tree in the hall  - the youngest child in school will turn the lights on

Monday 4th December

Academy photos coming to take pictures for our school website/photos around school – please make sure you sent your annual consent form back if you don’t want your child on any of the photos

Thursday 7th 2.30pm &

Friday 8th December 9.15am

Y3 Christmas play (tickets to follow)

Tuesday 12th December 2.30 p.m.

  • Y6 Clarinet Concert 2.45 pm (Y6 families welcome)
  • Parents Evening (3.30 – 6.30 pm)

Wednesday 13th December

Christmas Lunch

Wednesday 13th December

Y4/5 Music concert 2.45 pm (Y4/5 families welcome)

Club letters for spring term out

Friday 15th December

NSPCC Christmas Jumper charity day £1 donation

Friday 15th December

Y3 Party Afternoon – letters to follow

Monday 18th December

Y5/6 Party Afternoon – letters to follow

Monday 18th December

Y5/6 PTFA Disco (straight after school)

Tuesday 19th December

Y4 Party Afternoon – letters to follow

Tuesday 19th December

Y3/4 PTFA Disco (straight after school)

Wednesday 20th December

  • Autumn Achievement Assembly (parents will be notified if their child is getting a certificate and may attend)
  • Snow White Pantomime (Bitesize Theatre) @ 2pm
  • School breaks up for the holidays

Wednesday, 3rd January 2018 - SCHOOL REOPENS FOR SPRING TERM

Spring term – clubs will start week beginning Monday 8th January 2018 and run for a 10 week block until Friday 23rd March 2018

School will close again for a week on Friday 9th February and re-open on Monday 19th February 2018




October 2017 Newsletter, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 31st Oct 2017 @ 1:10pm

Moss Park Junior School October 2017 Newsletter

“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi

As we come to the end of our first half term it is a chance to reflect on our many achievements so far at Moss Park Junior School. We have shown our generosity as a school community for what we have through our generous giving to Macmillan Cancer and the Food Bank. We’ve continued to open up school to parents by launching our Open Week. Our Governors have financed, and continue to finance improvements to the school and its grounds. Working together with your support from home, the staff (and pupils) continue to strive for excellence in learning. We really have lots to be thankful for. I hope that you will vote in our election to choose the School Motto. Please take some time to think about which phrase sums up what you think we stand for. The School Council will announce the winner in Celebration Assembly and we can start publishing this around school, the local community and globally on our website.


Magic Moments at Moss Park Junior School


Harvest Festival


Year 5 led our Harvest Festival Assembly again and it was really well attended by family members. All donations have been distributed within the community through Stretford Food Bank. Some pupils from the Ethos Team visited the Food bank earlier in the month and presented everything they had learned to the rest of the school. Thank you for your generosity as always.


Open Week


I am delighted to announce that we had 105 parents visit this week to learn alongside their child in Maths and your verbal and written feedback was unanimously positive. We’ve contacted parents individually if they had any questions or asked for further information.


Around School


  • In Science, Year 3 have been busy making chocolate rocks to show how different rocks are formed. It was tricky to show all the different layers of the rocks using the white and dark chocolate but we had fun trying. We became palaeontologists for the week and studied different fossils, and then made our own 'pretend' fossils which were amazing!
  • Year 3 have been practising their football skills and working with the Football Association each week.
  • NSPCC visited us to help explain what we can do if we are worried about something. We learnt the Child line phone number and talked about how others could help us if we needed it.
  • Y3 and 4 Hockey Club went to the School Hockey Festival at Brooklands Hockey Club.
  • Some of our Y6 Play Leaders went to Old Trafford for a Primary Leaders Workshop.

Coming Soon


Freddy Fit

Always a hit with the children and staff - a very active, entertaining day. Children need full PE kit to be able to take part – without exception. There is no cost to parents as we fund this event via the PE and Sports Funding grant.

Judo Education are doing workshops for anti-bullying week and the School Council will visit the People's History Museum

Visit from Trafford Magistrates Year 6 pupils will be visited by Trafford Magistrates the second week back; they talk to the two classes about the British Justice system, what happens to offenders and then answer the children’s questions. This is part of our Citizenship and Fundamental British Values curriculum for our older pupils.

Manchester Storm Ice Hockey Team (top of the national league) are visiting us Thursday 23rd November - PM. The team will run assemblies for lower school then upper school.

Cinema Visits – throughout November

A couple of years ago we asked our children what they would like to do before they left our school; one of their requests was to visit a cinema so Miss Higson has arranged the following visits, which form part of National Film month. All transport is funded by school this year.


Wednesday, 8th November (am) Year 5 go to the AMC Manchester to see Rock Dog

Friday, 10th November (am) Year 4 visit the Printworks to see Sing!

Thursday, 16th November (am) Year 3 visit the Printworks to see Beauty and the Beast

Thursday, 23rd November (am) Year 6 visit the Home Manchester to see Phantom Boy


Trailers for all these films can be found by going on the British Board of Film Classification website: http://www.bbfc.co.uk/search/releases


Individual/Family Photographs – Tuesday, 15th November


Children will have their individual or family photographs taken on this day. We are trying something a bit different this year. As well as our usual photos of children in their school uniform, pupils have the option to wear a top from home to give a more casual feel to the photos. I’ve taken this idea from my daughter’s primary school. It was nice to try something new after 5 years in the same uniform and the photos look great! If you decide to do this, please make sure school uniform is brought in to change into after the photos.

Please will you help us with our Cloakroom Problem?

As winter approaches, we are having huge problems hanging up winter coats, reading book bags, PE drawstring bags and huge rucksacks pupils are bringing in. Please will you either send pupils in with a book bag and traditional drawstring PE bag OR put everything into one rucksack including PE Kit and reading things? We are adding pegs but they just can’t hold all the items and weight. Thank you so much for your support. I know that buying new school bags is a big thing with children but I’m worried about a trip or slip on the items on the floor.

Dates for your Diaries (some new added)

Monday 30th October

Back to School

Thursday 2nd November

Freddy Fit

Wednesday 8th November

Y5 @ AMC Cinema Film Festival

Monday 6th November/9th November

Y6 Science workshops

Friday 10th November

Y4 @Printworks Film Festival

Thursday 16th November

Y3@Printworks Film Festival

Wednesday 22nd November

Individual Photographs

Thursday 23rd November

Y6@ HOME cinema Film Festival

Friday 1st December

Decorating the School Christmas Tree in the hall - the youngest child in school will turn the lights on

Tuesday 5th December

Parents Evening

Thursday 7th /Friday 8th December

Y3 Christmas play

Friday 15th December

Christmas Jumper charity day

Friday/Monday/Tuesday 15th/18th/19th December

Party Days

Wednesday 20th December

Autumn Achievement Assembly and Break up

Wednesday, 3rd January 2018 - SCHOOL REOPENS FOR SPRING 1 HALF TERM