School History - 2010


Monday 11th January 2010 - Snow!

After last weeks extraordinary weather, Bishop's Waltham Junior School was open as usual today. As the photos below show, there was still plenty of snow around!


Thursday 25th February 2010 - Wizkid Launches in Year Three

Year Three had their first taste of Wizkid, our Virtual Learning environment today. They are the first children in the school to have had this opportunity. They were given their logon information, and allowed a chance to explore the activities currently avaliable in the Year Three folder.


Thursday 8th July 2010 - What A Knight!

After weeks of rehearsal, preparations and line-learning, Year Six performed their end of year production, 'What A Knight' yesterday. The first performance was to the rest of the school - Years Three, Four and Five, and the school staff. We were joined for this performance by Year Two from the Infant School. In the evening, the hall was filled with family and friends for the final performance. It was an emotional time for many - lots of the children had been involved in the school productions since Year Three, and they took every opportunity to leave a good impression for their last one. It was also Miss Manchester's final production with the school before she moves in at the end of the term.


Sunday 18th July 2010 - Racing at Goodwood Motor Circuit


After weeks of construction, preparation and building upon their engineering skills eager “wacky scientist” pupils entered the Greenpower car racing at Goodwood race track on Sunday 18th July. There were 65 cars and 450 drivers in this year’s event with teams entering from afar afield as Cornwall and the North-East.

It was an early start for all as we had to be at Goodwood for 8:30 where we went straight to the pits to complete last minute preparations for the days racing. The children were extremely well supported by Mr Dennis, Miss Pearmain, several parents, siblings, friends and grand-parents all eagerly waiting the opening race.

It was a sight to behold to see numerous dads from all teams in their element making the final adjustments to the battery powered cars. At 9.15 our 1st race started badly; our drive belt had broken. Had we fully read the instructions we would have known to put the spare on the drive shaft, but we hadn’t. So it was back to the pits for the children (aka dads) to make the change. Well done to Ian for holding his nerve and driving a near-perfect 1st race. The car and children continued to perform well. Sadly disaster struck again in the slalom when the drive-belt worked loose, this was again quickly fixed and racing resumed after lunch in the glorious sunshine.


Best driving skills should go to Michael who narrowly avoided a stopped car to win his heat. Kieran’s name was drawn from the hat to join the other 64 drivers in the finale and drive the 2.38 miles round the Goodwood track; it's obvious that most parents were envious of this unique opportunity.
Once again the children were a credit to us all showing true sportsmanship and competitive spirit. The parents and pupils would like to give a huge thank-you to Mr Dennis and Mrs Thorne for their support with this event. To the Rotary Club and other companies who generously donated money for the purchase of the car and to parents who dedicated their time to achieving the event. One can only dream of next year, maybe a second car and of future F1 success.
Well done to Max, Luke, Ray, Kieran, Ian, Catriona, Michael, Daisy, Kyle, Sam, Sam, Alex and Michael.

Report by Andy Harris (Chair of Governors)


Friday 23rd July 2010 - Goodbye!

As ever, the end of a school year brings some sad moments, as well as the moments of celebration. As well as saying goodbye to Year Six, we also say goodbye to some members of staff today.
Mrs Fawbert came to our school two years ago. She spent a year working as a teaching assistant in Year Six, before embarking on a Graduate Teacher Programme this year. This year, she has predominantly worked in Year Six, but she has spent time across every year group in the school, and the children have all come to know her well. Having completed her GTP, Mrs Fawbert is moving to Cupernam Junior School in Romsey to begin work with her very own class.


Miss Manchester has been part of the BWJS team for eight years. During that time, she has taught across the school from Year Three to Year Six. She has also co-ordinated music, and been responsible for singing assemblies, the school choir, and a huge number of ambitious school productions. She has also been responsible for training the cross country team, and running our school rockets. Her lively enthusiasm in these areas will be missed by everyone here. She is leaving to take a promotion at St John’s, Waltham Chase.


Tuesday 19th October 2010 - Jeremy Strong Visits BWJS

Children in Year Five were lucky enough to experience a visit today from celebrated author Jeremy Strong. After spending a good deal of time reading some of Jeremy Strong's books in school, we were able to hear today about how, when and why he writes his stories. We were joined by children from five other schools, and we had the oppurtunity to have our books signed at the end of the day - an exciting way to end our half term!


Friday 17th December 2010 – Goodbye Mrs Harding!

Today’s celebrations had a sad note too.  After many, many years at   Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, Mrs Harding is retiring from her position in the school office.  We will all miss Mrs Harding’s presence at school, but we wish her every happiness as she spends more time with her family.


Bishop's Waltham Junior School Staff, 2010



Darren Cambell - Headteacher
Gen Marsh - Deputy Head
Gill Cooper
Monica Carter
Lynne Hope
Harriet Manchester (until July)
Elizabeth Rye
Katy Zillwood
Katie Philips
Jon Senior
Jo Sudbury (from April, Jo Milne)
Lloyd Dennis (until July)
Lucy Pearmain
Lesley Peach (from February)

Leslie McLay
Debbie Barclay
Jeannette Mars
Debbie Simpson
Julie Johnson
Claire Davey
Sarah May-Miller (until May)
Jane Fawbert (until July)
Rachel Macdonald
Wendy Harris

Liz Channon (Administration officer)
June Harding (Assistant administration officer)
Debbie Holley (Assistant administration officer)
Karen Langston (Assistant administration officer)
Graham Newton (caretaker)
Susan Stoop (cleaner)
Sharon Burt (cleaner)
Sam Baldwin (librarian & technician)