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Christmas door Characters 2019

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The students were treated to a new character each day on the last week of term. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed seeing who was at the door!

This week is Culture week at Pioneer School we have had lots of lovely activities going on and the Students have learnt lots about other countries.

Jo and Steve have been greeting students at the door in the morning in a very interesting way!


Paddington Bears 60th Anniversary

We had a visit from Paddington Bear this morning !

All the staff and Students have come to school wearing Red and Blue in honor of Paddingtons Anniversary!

Who's at the Door?




Christmas Dinner Day

Everyone enjoyed their Christmas Dinner.

The hall looked amazing and the food was delicious!

Christmas Tree Competition

This was our winning Tree

Well done to all the classes for their brilliant work!

Christmas Productions

Mary Poppins

Signing the Christmas Alphabet

Culture Week 2018

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest festival went off with a bang this year, all of the students enjoyed visiting the different classes tables doing some lovely activities and sampling the lovely food they had made.

CO-OP Healthy Eating Campaign

The Co-op Have offered us free fruit and veg to help prompt the government initiative of health eating. They also gave us a set of their 'Goodness Gang' soft toys to help make fruit and vegetables more appealing to young children.

Health Week

Sponsored Walk

Everyone had a lovely time at the Sponsored walk, we were lucky enough to have Scott from the band "Five" start the walk off for us and Mickey and Minnie cheered everyone on.

Royal Wedding celebrations

We had a visit from Megan and Harry on Friday morning and the Queen popped in to say hello!

We then had a lovely tea party in the afternoon students made wonderful hats and enjoyed some cake.

Visit from Ghyllgrove Nursing home May 4th 2018

The local residents from the Ghyllgrove Nursing home came in for one of their regular visits to our school this morning. They joined the pupils from Blue 2 and Green 2 for cakes and tea followed by an Attention Autism and Time to Sign session.

Easter Assembly & Bonnet Parade March 28th 2018

We had lots of fun things planned to showcase at the Easter Assembly:

  • Key stage 2 performed circus skills
  • The choir performed songs from Joseph the musical
  • Red 1 performed The Wizard of Oz
  • Classes showed off their Easter bonnets
  • Awards given for 100% attendance, Jack Petchey & Behaviour Champions

Easter Egg Hunt - March 26th 2018

Ronnie's way charity group came in to school today and organised an Easter egg hunt for the pupils.

They're a charity that arranges events & activities throughout the school holiday for children with special needs their families & friends!!

Book Week - March 8th 2018

Math's Week - January 29th 2018

During Math's week each class were asked to design a robot using 3-D materials. The Chair of Governors had the hard task of judging them.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party - January 18th 2018

Who's at the door today?

This Week our Vice Principal Joanne Allain and our Site Manager Steve Turner have been dressing up to greet the Students at the door!

All of the students were excited and pleased to see the various characters waving as they arrived on their buses.

Joseph and the Donkey


Mrs Claus

Penguin and Reindeer

Turkey and Sprout

Elf on the Shelf


Culture Week November 2017

Green 6 - Rice picking

Green 2 - Sticking coloured maize flower on an African Flag

Red 2 - Making pizza

Celebration of New Gardens - 15th September 2017

On Friday 15th September we had a 'Garden Party' to celebrate and thank the many people who had supported us to raise funds to redevelop the garden in Blue corridor. We welcomed a number of parents,children, staff and Kate our chair of Governors, to enjoy a few cakes and the opportunity to see and experience our new outdoor learning space. We also welcomed the men from Cadent (National Grid) who kindly cleared the site for us free of charge, saving us thousands of pounds. This enabled the work to be completed over the summer break. We also had a number of members of the Dove choir who kindly donated the proceeds from their last concert to the garden fund. Everyone felt that it was a vast improvement and that it was now an outside learning space that the children could explore safely.

The children have been making full use of the outside learning space since we have come back in September. The new car track has been a huge success with many children enjoying role-play, by filling cars with petrol at the wooden play pump. Another firm favourite activity is swinging in the hammocks; the children are sharing with their peers and are starting to develop the concept of turn taking. We have also purchased a number of new free standing equipment which we can rotate around the garden to continually add interest for the children, These include: textured stepping stones, tunnels, tents, trampolines and role play pirate costumes for our wooden play ship.

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank the people who were unable to attend the 'Garden Party' and extend our most heartfelt gratitude as we would not have been able to achieve this fantastic outcome without your support; The parents who raised so much for the Pioneer Steps sponsored walk , the family and friends of Marcia Kirby for your most generous donation, Gaiety Balloons in Brentwood and the Oasis cafe of Peace in St Martins Church Basildon.

National Citizen Service - August 2017

National Citizen service (NCS) is a part-residential youth programme that is available to all young people aged 16-17. The Government invests at least £1300 for each young person to take part and NSC asks for a £50 contribution from Parents/Carers to secure a place. To date over 300.000 teenagers have participated with another 100.000 due to take part this year.

NCS is a three to four week programme that runs outside term time. Young people work in teams, take part in outdoor adventure activities and contribute the their community. The programme offers participants the opportunity to boost their CV and increase their confidence. Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue that they are passionate about and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.

We had 15 students and a leader come into School and work in our garden areas for 2 days, weeding, digging and clearing up the area they did a fabulous job and were all very polite, helpful and hardworking individuals.

There are some before and after pictures below i'm sure you will agree the area now looks wonderful.

Thank You to our Volunteers! - 21st July 2017

On Friday 21st July we had our first annual Volunteers tea Party, to say a great bit Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers that have helped us through the year.

They were served Cakes and tea and coffee as well as cards made by the children and boxes of Heroes chocolates.