April 26th 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was lovely to see the children ready to come back to school after the Easter break. Reception have been making the most of the weather and have been in the garden planting sunflower seeds and also demonstrating their artistic skills painting flowers in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. Year 1 have begun this half term’s topic ‘Enchanted Woodland’ by reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Year 2 have been dissecting flowers in science. Years 3 and 4 have been reading Ted Hughes’ story ‘The Iron Man’ and having fun using musical instruments to respond to the story. Our Year 5 football team have been on top form again, coming 3rd out of all Kingston & Richmond schools in a tournament on Thursday, which is a fantastic achievement. You can see photos of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Infant Site Gate Duty

A senior member of staff will now always be present at the gate to welcome parents and children at the Infants during both drop off and pick up times. We will be standing by the tree near the nursery gate. Please do come and speak to us!

Skipping Workshop Reminder

We will be holding a skipping workshop on Thursday 2nd May for the Infants and Wednesday 5th June for the Juniors. You should have received further information about these by email yesterday.

Reporting Absences

If your child is absent due to illness, please contact the school office each day, via the ParentMail app, by telephone or by email office@ccnm.rbksch.org by 9.30 a.m. on that day. In cases where absences remain unexplained, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and may be referred to the Attendance Service. It is also vital that we are kept updated as we are keen to ensure that any child who walks to school on their own is safe.

Medical / dental appointments / music exams

Wherever possible please try to make appointments out of school hours. If your child needs to miss part of the day to attend an appointment, please provide the office with written confirmation, which can be an email, handwritten note or copy of the appointment letter where appropriate. Your child will need to be collected from the School Office where they will need to sign out and, if returning the same day, sign back into school.

Read for Good’s Readathon

This term we are taking part in Read for Good’s Readathon, a wonderful and time-tested way of motivating children to read for pleasure. Pupils choose whatever they like to read – from comics to classics, and audio books to blogs – and the money they raise in sponsorship helps to provide books for schools, as well as a regular supply of brand new books and storyteller visits to your local major children’s hospital and hospitals all over the UK. Plus, we will receive 20% of the money raised to buy books – it’s amazing!

Your child will come home with a sponsorship form and bookmark on Monday where they can keep track of their target. ​ You can sponsor your child online at https://readathon.secure.force.com/sponsor  and find out more about how the money raised helps children in hospital https://readforgood.org/helping-kids-in-hospital/our-hospital-programme/. As a school, we cannot accept cash or cheques so please use the link above. Readathon is all about students having fun and reading on their own terms, in their own time. Please encourage your child to choose whatever they feel like reading – not just books – newspapers, magazines, audio books, or read a book together – it all counts! The children’s page features fun games, videos and other activities to inspire them.

It is now well known that children and young people who choose to read for pleasure regularly are more likely to succeed in all areas of life and recent research carried out by the National Literacy Trust has shown that children who participate in Readathon are more likely to read widely, use the library more and think that reading is cool – what more could we want?!

Book Bus Visit

Unfortunately, the book bus, which was due to visit the Junior site on Wednesday 1st May, has had to be postponed due to staff illness. We will let you know the new date once it has been confirmed and more details about the arrangements for the day.

Kingston Festival of School Choirs 2019

Kingston Music Service and Primary Schools from across the borough are once again taking part in this annual singing showcase. Our School will be taking part on Monday 17th June and tickets are now on sale via the Rose Theatre box office and are available on a first come first served basis – https://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on/kingston-festival-of-school-choirs-2019

 Bank of Christ Church School

It is with regret that we must temporarily close the Bank of Christ Church School. Our credit union partners -Thamesbank- have decided to no longer support junior savers and so have withdrawn from our arrangement. This is a real shame as some of our many members have accrued over £100 in savings! We fully intend to re-open the bank in September with a new credit union partner – watch this space for more details! We will be contacting all our existing members with regard to moving their savings. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the banking leaders who have given up their Thursday mornings and many break times to run the bank – counting the money, managing the spreadsheets, completing the savings books, dealing with customers and supporting staff. We couldn’t have done it without you. If you would like any further information please contact Mrs Wogan.

Gill Hines Course

Gill Hines is running a three session course for parents of children currently in Years 5 and 6 to help parents help their child with transition to secondary school and the pre-teen years in general. If this is of interest to you, please see the attached flyer for further information and details on how to book.

Infant Garden

You may have spotted how beautiful our Infant garden (next to Owl Class) is looking. Thank you so much to Mrs Johnson who gave up her time in the holidays to work on this. It is so lovely to see it restored to its former glory.

Gardening Volunteers

We are going to start doing gardening again, both at the Infants and in the raised beds at the Juniors. If you would be able to spare some time to help the children with this please let the office know (office@ccnm.rbksch.org).

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher