Harvest Festival Change of Time

Unfortunately we have had to change the time of the Harvest Festival as we have realised it clashes with Apple Tree swimming. The service will still be on Thursday 25th September but it will now be at 2pm instead of 10am. 

Welcome to new staff and children

A huge welcome to Mr Clifton who joins us in Cherry Tree Class and Mrs Smith who joins us as our new Sports Instructor. We also welcome Amber to Horse Chestnut Tree Class and Ryan to Oak Class! Of course we are also delighted to see the return of Mrs Gurney and also Mrs Harrison in her new role as a trainee teacher.

Free School Meals

Don't forget that if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 they can be provided with a free school meal. The menus for this term are on the website in the parents section.

Road Safety Competition

This week we have launched a Road Safety Poster competition in partnership with the Parish Council. We are encouraging the children to use the half term holiday to make a poster that will be displayed around the village reminding people of the need to park and drive safely. All children can enter and the winning entry from each class will receive £50. The Parish Council are contributing the prizes and ask that the winner spends it on something that can be used by the whole class at school. Entries can be created on A4 paper either by hand or on the computer. The deadline will be Monday 2nd June. 

Kwik Sticks Report by William & Finley

Kwik Sticks Match Report

Yesterday William, Finley, Jonathan, Jacob, Ryan, Jason, Travis, Ezra, Simone, Elizabeth, Kalli and Ruth, all went to Hedingham School to participate in a kwik sticks tournament, along with 7 other schools. We were split into two even teams, Team A and Team B.

Both teams played their first match at the same time. Team A played Pebmarsh A, Team B played Pebmarsh B. Team A dramatically drew 0-0, whilst a goal from Finley gave Team B a 1-0 win. Both teams had an interval, Team A’s interval being significantly longer, to practise new techniques for upcoming games. Next, Team A played Bulmer, in which another 0-0 draw took place. Team B played De Vere B, the result was a nail-biting 0-0 draw. Potentially our last games, Team A played De Vere A, this was Team As’ victory, Ezra, William and Jonathan gave Team A a 4-0 win. Team B played Pebmarsh C, Travis and Jacob both scored to give Team B a 3-0 win.

All the matches were finished, the only thing that both teams were thinking about was whether their team would get to the semi-finals. First, AJ announced that Pebmarsh A topped the A group with Team A getting second and also going through to the semi- final. Next, AJ declared that Team B had topped their group, with De Vere B coming second. Both teams were ecstatic that they got through to the semi-final. However, AJ explained that Team A would play Team B in the semi-final. Team A beat Team B 2-0, progressing through to the final against Pebmarsh A.

Both teams played exceptionally well but there had to be a victor, William scored a last minute winner to make Team A the winner of the whole tournament.

All the 12 people who went, played exceptionally well and played their part in getting their team to an amazing stage in the competition. It was a great performance by the whole school, both teams deserved to win.

 Each player’s performance:


Ruth proved to be a key cog in Team B’s success and was a solid player in defence.


Good positioning around the pitch, and played well when attacking


A good, solid defender, quick around the field.


Solid defender, good passer and fantastic at going forward.


A very good defender, very accurate and powerful shot, amazing going forward.


A good midfielder, positioned well, had a good link up with Travis.


A very good striker, skilful, positioned himself well around the pitch


A very good striker, skilful, strong, powerful. Good at shooting


A clinical striker, skilful, showed a good link up with Finley, good at turning opponents


A good midfielder also accurate at shooting, good movement around the pitch.


A good striker and midfielder, very pacey, light on his feet.


A solid defender, clean passer, a powerful shot.

Great Yeldham primary school, Essex