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Classes 2017

Dear Parents

I am writing today to let you know the class arrangements for next year.

In September we will have three classes:-

Class 1 - Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, taught by Mrs Games. (22 Children)

Class 2 - Year 3 and Year 4, taught by Mrs Radcliffe. (25 Children)

Class 3 - Year 5 and Year 6, taught by Mrs Cranmer. (18 Children)

Miss Lace will still be working in our school for 2 and half days a week, covering teachers’ preparation, planning and assessment time (PPA), which is a legal entitlement, as well as providing additional support in classes.

At the end of this term Mrs Kelly will be retiring and will of course be sadly missed by us all. We will shortly be recruiting a replacement for Mrs Kelly and this person will work alongside Mrs Games in Class 1 full time.

At this moment in time I am still waiting for confirmation of the number of Education Support Officers we will be allocated to support our Elms Room, provide classroom support and small group interventions. I can confirm though that all classes will receive additional support from these members of staff, either through small group support or whole class support.

If you have any questions, or queries about this please do not hesitate to come and talk to me.

Yours Sincerely

Mr W Nelson


Parents Evening

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4th October 2016
Dear Parents

Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 11th October

Our first Parents’ Evening of the year takes place after school on Tuesday 11th October. Each appointment is scheduled to last 10 minutes, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, although we will do our very best to provide appointments for siblings in different classes as close together as possible.

Parents’ evening is an important event in your child’s education as it allows you the opportunity to find out how your child is progressing as well as for both parties to discuss any concerns that they have about your child’s overall development. For this reason we would encourage both of the child’s parents to attend. If both parents are unable to attend at the same time it does limit the conversation that can take place as we are legally obliged to provide the same information to both parents. Therefore notes will need to be taken during both meetings to ensure that information given to one parent is also given to the other.

Please fill in the slip below and tick the time(s) that are most convenient to you.

Yours sincerely

Will Nelson


Newsletter 29.9.16

Staff Changes
As many of you are aware Mrs Scott is leaving us tomorrow (Friday 30th) to take up a new post working in the prison. I would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to her for all her hard work over the last two years and wish her the very best of luck for the future.

I have not yet appointed a replacement for Mrs Scott but I am delighted to say that Mrs Williamson has agreed to return to us until a permanent replacement is appointed. Mrs Williamson currently works at Sulby School from 8.30am - 9.30am every day so will be unable to start work at Jurby until approximately 9.45am, and will be leaving at 1.45pm (12.00 noon on Tuesdays). I will do my very best to be in the office myself at the start and end of the day but this will not be possible every day. If you do have something for the office and no one is there please put it in an envelope with your child’s name on it and pop it into the red post box.

Over the next few weeks the core office hours will be :
Monday 9.45am - 1.45pm
Tuesday 9.45am - 12.00 Noon
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.45am - 1.45pm

I am aware that this is not an ideal situation and would ask that you bear with us whilst Mrs Scott’s replacement is appointed.

Mrs Waddell
Mrs Waddell is currently not at school whilst she recovers from an operation. During her absence Mrs Dobbie is working with the children that Mrs Waddell normally works with and Mrs Quaggin is working in the Evergreen Class.

Harvest Festival
Next Friday (7th October) is our Harvest Festival starting at 2.45pm in the School Hall. All of our children will be taking part and everyone is welcome to attend.
We would welcome donations of Harvest Gifts, which we will make up into hampers, which will then be raffled off at our Bingo Evening that night. The profit from this will be split between the Jurby Church Fund and the School.

One of our aims in school is to encourage independence in our children. A small but key part of this is that all children from Reception all the way to Year 6 can come into school at the start of the day with the rest of their class, and settle themselves into their classrooms by hanging their coat and bag up, putting their lunch box and water bottle away and sitting down with their friends. Can I please ask that you allow your child the opportunity to do this and not accompany them down to their classroom. All children should line up in the playground at 9.00am when the bell rings and come in with their line, rather than coming into school with you through the main door.

Similarly at the end of the day we would ask that all parents wait in the playground for their child rather than coming to the classroom to collect them. Thank you.

A teacher from every class is available in the playground from 8.55am if you need to have a quick word. If you need to talk for longer than this please make an appointment to see your child’s teacher at a mutually convenient time. Recently we have had a number of parents come in before school for unplanned longer chats which has resulted in the teachers not having enough time to fully prepare for the day. Thank you for your support with this.

The Friends of Jurby School AGM will take place on Wednesday 19th October at 3.00pm in the School Hall. This is your opportunity to have your say on how the Friends of Jurby School operates and it is important that as many of you as possible attend in order that we can hear your views. There will be no pressure to join the committee, although we always welcome new members. Please try to spare half an hour to come along.

Mile Run
We are planning on continuing our mile run as often as we can over the winter. It would be of a great help if your child had in school a pair of trainers that they can put on for the run to save their school shoes from getting muddy, and their feet getting wet if they wear their black pumps. Thank You.

Our Classes
Just a quick reminder that this year our classes are :-
Willow Class - Children in Reception and Year 1
Chestnut Class - Year 2 children
Evergreen Class - Year 3 and 4 Children
Firs - Year 5 and 6
Elms - Year 5 and 6

Some Children in Willow Class still owe Snack and Cookery Money. Please can you make these payments as soon as possible.

Future Dates
Fri 7th Oct Harvest Assembly - 2.45pm
Fri 7th Oct FOJS Bingo Evening
Tue 11th Oct Parents Evening 3.30pm - 6.00pm
Thur 20th Oct Hop-Tu-Naa Disco - 6.00pm
Fri 21st Oct Non Uniform Day - Item for Christmas Hamper
Break up for Half Term
Mon 31st Oct Back to School
Fri 4th Nov Parents Information Letters to go out
Thur 17th Nov Class 3 and 4 Open Afternoon 2.45pm
Thur 24th Nov Class 2 Open Morning 11.00am
Thur 1st Dec Class 1 Open Afternoon 2.45pm
Fri 2nd Dec FOJS Christmas Fair
Wed 14th Dec Christmas Concert - 6.30pm
Thur 15th Dec Christmas Parties
Fri 16th Dec Non Uniform Day - £1 for School Charity
Break up for Christmas Holiday


Newsletter 7.9.16

Welcome back

I would like to say a big welcome to all the new pupils who have joined us today, and welcome back to all the other children. It was great to see all their happy smiling faces in the playground this morning, and so many children looking very smart in their new school uniform.

I would also like to welcome to our School Miss Lace who is teaching the Year 2 children, and Mrs Dobbie who will be working alongside Mrs Radcliffe in Class 3. Please say hello and introduce yourself when you see them.


This year we have 4 classes in school, and in order to avoid confusion we have decided to give each class a name this year rather than a number.

Willow Class - Children in Reception and Year 1 who are taught by Mrs Games (Nee Barks) and Mrs Kelly. In the afternoons Miss Wade will also be working in this room.

Chestnut Class - Children in Year 2 who are taught by Miss Lace in the morning and will be joining Willow Class in the afternoon, along with Miss Wade.

Evergreen Class - Children in Year 3 and 4 who are taught by Mrs Radcliffe and Mrs Dobbie

Fir Class - Children in Year 5 and 6, who are taught by Mrs Cranmer

The Community Room

Over the Summer holiday we have re-furbished our community room and set it up as an Enhanced Learning area which we are going to refer to as The Elms. This room has been designed to support our pupils who are in need of a little bit of extra help and who often struggle in a larger and noisier classroom environment. If your child is going to be accessing this provision on a regular basis we will talk to you about it.


Over the summer holidays we have been informed that a Nursery Provider has successfully tendered to open up a Nursery in our mobile. They hope to have the Nursery up and running shortly and as soon as I have further information about this exciting venture I will let you know.

In the meantime in order to avoid any delay to the opening of the Nursery we have made changes to the classroom arrangements that I had told you about in July. The Chestnuts (Year 2) will now be based in the classroom that Mrs Radcliffe was in last year next to the main playground, rather than being in the mobile. Mrs Radcliffe and Mrs Cranmer are therefore sharing the ‘double’ room that Miss Barks and Mrs Cranmer had last year.

Dates for the Year

Enclosed with this letter is a copy of our key dates for the year. Please take a few minutes over the next day or two to study them and put them into your diaries etc so that you don’t miss any important events.

This term each class is holding an ‘open’ session where parents will be invited to come in to their child’s class and see them at work, rather than the traditional class assembly. More details about this will be sent home nearer the time.

Download file "Dates Flyer 16:17.pages.pdf"

Breakfast Club

This year Breakfast Club will be taking place in the Dining Room, not the Community Room. Children attending Breakfast Club will be able to come into school using the double doors from the car park that go straight into the dining area.

Breakfast Club starts at 8.10am every day. Please don’t send your child earlier than this. Thank You.


If your child would like to have Milk this term please ensure that you return the attached slip before Friday, along with payment of £5.70. If we do not receive this slip back by Friday we will not order milk for your child.

Is your child’s jumper named?

We can only return school uniform to you if it is named. A quick check this afternoon showed that around 30% of jumpers were either un-named or the name was so faint we could not read it. Please make sure your child’s uniform is named.


Summer Ball 16

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22nd June 2016

Dear Parents

Leavers’ Ball – Saturday 9th July 2016 – Ramsey Golf Club

On Saturday 9th July we will be holding the Year 5 & 6 Leavers’ Ball at Ramsey Golf Club from 7.00 p.m. until 10.00 p.m.

Tickets for this event are now on sale in the school office. Children in Years 5 & 6 all receive a complimentary ticket. All other children from the age of 11 – 16 years will be £10.00 per head. Adult tickets are £12.00 per head.

Transport will be available to take people to and from Ramsey, but must be booked in advance. This will be leaving Jurby School at 6.30 p.m., and returning to Jurby School from the Ramsey Golf Club at 10.00 p.m.

If you would like tickets please return the slip below, together with payment, by Friday 1st July at the very latest. We regret that we will be unable to accommodate any requests for tickets or transport after this date.

Yours sincerely

Will Nelson


Leavers’ Ball – Saturday 9th July 2015 – Ramsey Golf Club

Yes, we would like ……………. (number of tickets) for adults and ………………. tickets for children.

I enclose a cheque made payable to ‘Friends of Jurby School’ for £……………..….

We will need ...................... places on the mini bus.

Name of child ………………………………………………

Signature of Parent/Guardian…………………………….. Date ……………………..


Parents Evening

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14th June 2016

Dear Parents

Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 21st June

Our second Parents’ Evening of the year takes place after school on Tuesday 21st June. Each appointment is scheduled to last 10 minutes, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, although we will do our very best to provide appointments for siblings in different classes as close together as possible.

Parents’ evening is an important event in your child’s education as it allows you the opportunity to find out how your child is progressing as well as for both parties to discuss any concerns that they have about your child’s overall development. For this reason we would encourage both of the child’s parents to attend. If both parents are unable to attend at the same time it does limit the conversation that can take place as we are legally obliged to provide the same information to both parents. Therefore notes will need to be taken during both meetings to ensure that information given to one parent is also given to the other.

Please download the slip above and tick the time(s) that are most convenient to you.

Yours sincerely

Will Nelson



Classes for September 2016

Monday 13th June

Dear Parents

I am writing to you today with information about staffing and class arrangements for September 2016.

At the end of last half term Mrs Horisk decided that she would like to take a career break to enable her to spend more time with her young family, and therefore will be leaving us at the end of this term. Mrs Horisk has worked at Jurby School for 14 years and will be greatly missed by both the staff and children, but we hope that she will still come back to visit us, and has already indicated a desire to come back on a ‘Supply’ basis whenever a teacher is ill or on a course. I would like to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication to the school and wish her the best of luck for the future.

Mrs Reynolds has also decided not to return to teaching immediately, but to spend more time with her young family when her official period of maternity leave ends in July. She will therefore not be returning in September as originally planned.

I am currently advertising both of these positions and as soon as I have appointed new teachers I will let you know.

Based on our predicted numbers we have been allocated 3.5 teachers for September. The breakdown of each year group is shown on the reverse of this letter, and following discussions with the Staff and Governors I have decided to arrange the classes as follows:-


Class 1 - Reception and Year 1 (12 Children)

Class 2 - Year 2 (13 Children)

Class 3 - Year 3 and 4 (20 Children)

Class 4 - Year 5 and 6 (16 Children)

In the afternoons Class 2 will join with Class 1 making a class of 25 children, and Class 3 and Class 4 will remain the same as the mornings.

Until I have appointed replacements for Mrs Horrisk and Mrs Reynolds I am unable to confirm who will be the class teacher for each class, as I want to ensure that I appoint the best candidates possible. As soon as I am able to confirm class teachers I will let you know, but this won’t be for several weeks.

Yours Sincerely

Mr W Nelson






































Newsletter 3.2.15

Jurby Community School Vision

Over this half term the staff and governors have been working together to develop the school vision, based on the work that the children and parents in Class 2 and 3 did on values and beliefs over Christmas. The staff and Governors identified the values that you and your children thought were most important and looked to see how they fitted in with what we teach the children in school, and from that wrote our vision, which is;

We are a happy safe and caring community of independent and motivated learners, inspired to achieve personal successes.

We then came up with the strap line of ‘Believe it; Achieve it’.

Following on from this we felt that it was important to make it clear how we would make our vision happen and what it would look like in school, by writing our ‘mission statement’ which is written below.

Our Mission Statement

In our school we believe in the core values of honesty, trust, care, compassion, respect, responsibility and inclusion.

At the centre of Our School Community is the belief that everyone should be treated fairly and given every opportunity to succeed. Each day is a new day.

We actively encourage children to be open and honest, to take responsibility for their words and actions, to admit their mistakes and to then learn from them.

We teach the children to have respect for all members of Our Community, to accept that other people may have a different point of view to their own, and to take care of, and treat with respect, their own and other people’s property.

We treat everyone within Our Community with care and compassion, taking time to think how our words and actions will affect and influence everyone around us.

We encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning, to work independently and in small groups, discussing and developing their own ideas to achieve success.

We understand that learning is a continuous journey throughout our life. We work towards personal goals, whilst celebrating all success along the way.

We act as positive role models for children in Our Community, teaching them the skills of mediation and problem solving, alongside the understanding that we do not need to interfere in issues that do not concern us, and that sometimes saying and doing nothing is the best policy.

We believe that ‘soft skills’ such as teamwork, commitment and flexibility are as important as academic success, and that most important of all is discernment i.e. being able to use the right skills at the right time.

Our new vision and mission statement will be central to everything we do at our school, what we teach the children, how we teach the children, and how we hope everybody within Our Community will act towards each other. I am, therefore, keen to have the opportunity to explain the vision and mission statement in more depth with you and to give you the opportunity to ask questions about it. To enable this to happen I am planning to hold a presentation about our vision, along with a question and answer session on Tuesday 17th February at 9.00am. This will then be repeated again on Wednesday 18th February at 2.30pm and again on Wednesday 18th at 7.30pm. The session should last no longer than an hour.

Super Heroes and Princesses Disco

Don’t forget FOJS are holding a disco on Thursday 5th February from 6.00pm - 7.00pm. Entrance is just 50p, and pop and crisps will be on sale. Prizes for the best dressed children in each class.

Non Uniform Day

As usual Friday will be a non uniform day. In return FOJS have asked if you can send in an item that could be used to make an Easter Hamper. Thank you for your support.

Class 2 Cake Bake

Thank you to everybody who supported Class 2’s recent cake bake. They managed to raise £117, enough to adopt 3 endangered animals for a year. Class 2 have decided to adopt a Tiger and have given Class 1 and 3 the opportunity to also choose an animal to adopt.

Lunch time clubs and activities

We have recently started up a number of clubs for the children at lunch time, details of which are below. As a result of this the Sports Club on a Thursday after school has been moved to a lunch time as well. We hope that this will help to alleviate the problems caused for you by it not always taking place.


Year Groups



Reception, Y1, Y2



Y3 - Y6


Cross Country



Y4, 5 and 6



Y1, 2 and 3



Y4, 5 and 6


Don’t miss Class 2’s assembly on Wednesday (4th Feb) at 3.00pm. All welcome.



Jurby School is now on Twitter.
Details about this service are below.
The reply slip can be downloaded using this link.
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20th September 2013

Dear Parents,

In order to improve communication between School and yourselves I have set up a Twitter account. This will allow us to send out short factual messages e.g reminders about non uniform days.

If you wish to receive these messages you will need to set up your own free account with Twitter and then ‘follow’ the school. The account is set up as a private account in order to ensure that we are not giving out potentially sensitive information to those who do not need it. Therefore when you request to follow us it will not allow you to do so until I have approved this request. In order to make this job easier please could you return the form overleaf. As I am sure you will appreciate as it is a School run account we will not approve users with inappropriate or explicit user names.

We are quite happy to allow access to extended family members e.g. grandparents who will find the information useful as well. Please feel free to add their username on to the reply slip as well.

Twitter does allow for you to comment or reply to our messages, however we would prefer to use it simply for us to send messages to you. Whilst we always welcome comments and feedback, both good and bad, we would prefer to receive them directly rather than via a public forum. If you wish to comment please do so preferably by speaking directly to the school, or if this is not possible, then by e-mail, either jurby@online.sch.im or enquires@jurby.sch.im The reason behind this request is that anything you post is visible to all users, and unfortunately in this modern age even the most innocent of comments can be used by strangers to help them build up background knowledge about your child which could potentially be used in an unpleasant way. For this reason the school reserves the right to remove individual users if they do not follow this request.

We have chosen to use Twitter for this service as it will work on any computer, both Windows and Mac OSX, through your web browser and through dedicated Twitter applications, as well as the majority of smartphones. To register for a Twitter account or to find out more information please visit http://twitter.com/ (Please note that if you access it through a smartphone you may incur data usage charges from either Manx Telecom or Sure depending on the package you have with them. If you are unsure please contact them directly.)

Important Information

User Name - ‘Jurbyschool’

E-mail address - jurby@online.sch.im

If you have any suggestions or comments to make, both good or bad, about this service please feel free to e-mail me on jurby@online.sch.im

Yours sincerely

Mr W Nelson




Information about treating Headlice can be found using the link below.

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