News and Events

Year 3 Parents' Lunch

Please see letter below re Parents' Lunch.

Year 6 Leavers' Evening - information

Derby County Ladies Development Days 2018

Year 4 Drugs Education

During the summer term, Year 3 children will be taught Drugs Education through their PSHE lessons. Please download the Drugs Education Letter.

Chellaston PrimaryFest at Chellaston Academy on 6th July 2018 details & application form

Cycle Derby Activities click here


Year 3 Drugs Education

During the summer term, Year 3 children will be taught Drugs Education through their PSHE lessons. Please download the Drugs Education letter.

Parent Governor Elections

March 2018.  Please read the following information regarding the currcent vacancies:- Parent Governor Elections

Sport Relief 2018

CJS will walk 500 miles and raise £500 for Sport Relief

On Thursday, 22nd March every class will be taking part in a fun activity session to promote physical activity and help money for Sport Relief.

Every class will have an allotted time on either the playing field or playground (depending on the weather) to take part in our Sport Relief challenge.  They will walk around a marked course and try and get as many laps as they can.  There will be a winning class from each year group, announced in the afternoon assembly.

On the day – children can come to school wearing something sporty. They will need a change of footwear (a spare pair of trainers/shoes) to change into after they have done their session.  Please bring these in to school on the day in a carrier bag.

We are not collecting sponsorship money but are suggesting that each child brings in £1 so that we try and raise £500 for Sport Relief.

World Book Day and #Reading Rams Competition

Coming to CJS on 28th February 2018 - World Book Day

The theme this year is sharing books. We will be dressing up on the day and children are free to come dressed as a book character (no football kits please) or a non-fiction character from history. There will be no charge for this. Please encourage your child to get involved and be creative.

Also see the #ReadingRams competition in conjunction with Derby county and on the school Twitter feed to see how you can get involved in Extreme Reading - take a photograph of yourself reading in an unusual place and then upload it to the school twitter and Derby County twitter accounts. DCFC Competition #Reading Rams - download the information here - #Reading Rams

Ms Onion is hoping to create a display in school of children reading in unusual places so if you do not wish to enter the competition and would like a photo included on the school display, please send a picture with your child to school and pass to Ms Onion in Newtown.

DCFC Competition #Reading Rams - download the information here - #Reading Rams

Conversion to Academy Status Consultation Document

Please download the Consultation Document (February 2018) for information

Family Bingo Night - Friday 16 March

Please download the flyer for more information!

Ashbourne Class

Please download the letter to parents for information.

Glossop Class

Please download the letter to parents for information.

Year 5 RSE 

During the spring term, Year 5 children will be taught Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) through their PSHE lessons. Please download the file below for more information.

Community Carol Concert

Wednesday, 13th December at 2.00 pm - please download the file below for more information.

Year 4 Visit to see The Snowman

8 December 2017. See Educational Visits Page for more information.

Table Top Decoration Competition - Thursday, 7 December

Please see the file below about this year's competition. All entries to be brought in to school on Thursday, 7th December.

PTFA Christmas Discos - Thursday, 7 December

Download the flyer for more information. Please reserve your child's place via your ParentPay account. Places are limited.

Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair is fast approaching and as always, promises to be a festive fun-filled event. There will be a variety of stalls including games, tombola and crafts. We are appealing for your help to make this year another bumper fund-raising Christmas Fair; if you are able to donate any of the following we would be immensely grateful.

  • Second hand toys and soft/cuddly toys and teddies (if you could please ensure these are clean and in a decent condition we would be very grateful)
  • Good quality second-hand books and DVDs
  • Raffle/tombola prizes
  • Cakes and biscuits - please bring these to the school office either on the day before the Christmas Fair or on the day itself (after 11.00 am).

Non Uniform Day – Friday 1 December 2017                                  

We will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 1 December to help support our Christmas Fair.  In return for your child wearing non-uniform, we would like you to either send in a prize suitable for our raffle or tombola for the Fair or make a donation of 50p.  Please send any prizes or donations in with your child on the day.

Thank you in advance for all your support.

Safety and End of Day Routines

Please download the Safety Letter to Parents (2 November 2017) for important information for all parents. 

Year 5 Food Technology

Food Allergies or Intolerances for Design & Technology Lessons

As part of our Design and Technology lessons, pupils will have an opportunity to make and taste a variety of foods.  This term, in Year 5, the children will be making and tasting bread. One of the health and safety requirements of this is that parents inform us of any known food allergies or intolerances that may prevent their child from participating in tasting the foods that have been prepared. Please could you inform us in writing by Friday, 3 November- if we do not receive a letter from you, then your child will take part in these sessions.

Harvest Festival - Updated 11 October 2017


Dear Year 4 Parents,

Having listened to feedback from a small number of parents, we do appreciate that the opportunity to see your child perform in the Harvest Assembly is very much welcomed.

The reason we had not planned for parents to attend was because of building work that was scheduled to start in the school hall which would have limited the number of people we would be allowed to accommodate (for health & safety purposes). However, this building work has now been postponed, so we are now able to invite parents.

The Harvest Assembly for parents is now planned for Monday, 16th October at 2.45 pm.  Please note that we can only accommodate a maximum of two family members per child.  The assembly will not include our display of harvest produce, not our guest speaker from The Padley Centre, Derby, both of which will be part of the assembly to the school on the following morning (Tuesday, 17th).

With regard to what the children ned to wear; they have been asked to wear something of an Autumn colour such as yellow, green or brown. Parents are not expected to buy anything new for the assembly.

This year, I asked Miss Ballington and the Year 4 team to keep the assembly simple, as we need to balance the amount of lesson time such a performance takes in terms of rehearsal time.

Thank you to those parents who have spoken directly to staff at school, rather than take to social media to voice opinions. We are always happy to listen to the feedback from parents so that we can work together.

Mr J Emery


Harvest Produce

We would be very grateful if every child could bring something for our Harvest Display.  Gifts of all types of food in packets, tins, bottles, as well as fresh vegetables and fruit will all be welcome. 

Please send in your produce on Tuesday morning 17th October – children will be able to take their gifts straight to the hall from the playground.

Produce is being donated to the Padley Centre, Derby which helps people with nowhere else to go.  The Project aims to help people rebuild their self-esteem and confidence, so they feel more able to re-enter the community. 

Thank you in advance for your help us in supporting this worthy cause.

NSPCC's Speak Out. Stay Safe. programme

The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

We will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe. programme on 22nd and 30th November 2017. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Years 5 and 6. 

For more information, please click on the file below.

Year 6 Parents' Information Meeting

For more information about this, please download the Powerpoint presentation file below from the Information Meeting for Y6 parents which was held on 5th October.  There is also the 'Reading for Activities Comprehension' presentation to download.

Bug Club Reading and Coffee Mornings 

Please send your reply slip back to the office by this Friday - thank you.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who baked cakes, bought cakes, ate cakes and helped the school to raise £702 for this wonderful charity. At break time in the morning we managed to sell over 1,000 cakes to 500 children! We all know someone who has suffered due to cancer and it is great to support the fantastic work that Macmillan nurses do to care for families in very difficult times. Mrs Dolby did an assembly last Tuesday to help the children understand what Macmillan Cancer Support is all about (this presentation is available to download - please see below). Thank you for your tremendous support.

Hot House Music

Hot House Music Schools visited CJS last Wednesday to demonstrate some of the instrumental lessons that they provide during school time.  Please see the file below for more information.

Y6 Meeting for Parents - Thursday 5th October 2017

Please download and read the letter below and reply to the text message to let us know if you are able to attend this important meeting.

Y6 Parents - Chellaston Academy Open Evening Thursday 28th September 2017

Chellaston Academy's Open Evening letter for all Y6 parents is available to download below.

Y6 Parents - Saint Benedict Open Evening

Please see the flyer below regarding this event.


Try Rugby! - download the flyer below for information from Melbourne RFC


Welcome back to CJS!

It has been great to see all the children back at school this week. I have been very impressed with their enthusiasm and positivity. I have spoken to many children who have all said they couldn’t wait to come back to start the new school year and see all their friends again. Thank you to all parents who support the school by ensuring that children come to school in the correct school uniform. I have noticed how smart the children look and this helps everyone maintain a real sense of pride in what we do at CJS.


Year 3

A special welcome to all the new Year 3 children and their parents. It is indeed a big step up to the Juniors and the transition can be tricky. We will do all we can to make it as smooth as possible and help the children settle in as quickly as possible. The Year 3 staff will be bringing their class on to the playground at 3.35 pm during the next week, so if you have any questions or concerns, then please just ask and we will do our best to help. 

A reminder that, from Monday 11th September, all children are to make their own way through the school gates, between 8.45 and 8.55 in the morning. There will be several members of staff to help supervise them as they make their way to the class rooms. Parents are asked not to come through the gates in the morning. In this way the children can develop their independence and get themselves ready for the school day.

School Uniform

To help us all maintain the high standards of school uniform, the following was sent out in The Buzz at the end of term and I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the following:

Shoes - school uniform is for plain, black school shoes. Training shoes are not considered smart school uniform.

Hair – Smart haircuts are promoted at CJS. Any shaved patterns or part-shaved/longer hair combinations are not considered as appropriate for school. A reminder to girls that plain hair bands/bobbles in school colours are expected. Jo-Jo bows and other bright hair accessories are not allowed.

Nail Varnish – nail varnish of any description is not allowed.

Earrings – any jewellery is not encouraged. However, small, stud earrings are acceptable. If children do want to get their ears pierced, then please do so over the holidays so that pupils can participate in PE in September.


A reminder that parents wishing their child to ride to school on a bike, need to complete a cycle permit found in the Home/School diary. Scooters are not allowed. Parents with younger children are asked to ensure that children do not ride round the school playground on scooters.

Mobile Phones

The school have reviewed the rules regarding mobile phones. We are not able to accept responsibility for mobile phones on school premises. There is also a concern regarding safeguarding, due to the use of phones, including messages and photographs, which is impossible to monitor. Therefore, the school policy from September 2017 is that mobile phones are NOT allowed in school. Thank you for your co-operation. Any mobile phone discovered in school will be kept in the school office and parents informed.

Growth Mindset

The first days of the new term are always important as we establish the new routines and set our goals for the year ahead. Every class has been thinking about how we make this the best year ever, by having a Growth Mindset. This means that we approach every challenge or new activity with a positive attitude. Each new day is an opportunity to learn, grow and build friendships. We aim to rise to every challenge and overcome any worries about making mistakes. Indeed, we learn best from mistakes and this helps us to grow. Assemblies and class activities have focused on this theme, which have included the following resources:

Panyee Football Team (This is an inspirational video about how a small seaside village in Thailand built their football pitch in the sea and became Youth Champions of South Thailand.) Panyee Football Team - click here.

The Dot (This is a great story about how “I can’t do that” can be transformed into a huge success by just having a go at the most simple idea.) The Dot - click here.

Growth Mindset PowerPoint (This helps to explain Growth Mindset and the difference it can make to each and every one of us.) Click on the file below "Growth Mindset"

Stepping to Success - I can do it

The school song is called “Stepping to Success”. The words of one of verse fits in very nicely to the theme of Growth Mindset:

Just believe you can do it, you are smarter than you think. We believe in ourselves and persevere

Do the simple things well and youre certain to excel. We can rise to the challenge without fear.

Parents as Partners

Important dates for the term ahead will be sent out to parents next week. Parents’ Evenings are scheduled for October, but if parents have any questions or concerns in the next few weeks, then please let myself or class teachers know and will be happy to discuss these with you.

We look forward to your continued support as we work together to help all children to enjoy school, “Step to Success” and achieve their very best.

Yours sincerely,

J Emery

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Chellaston Junior School

Maple Drive, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 6PZ

Main Contact: Marie Lewis, School Office Manager

Tel: 01332 701460

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