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September 20th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We’ve come to the end of another productive week. It is fantastic to see the works on the infant playground underway – so exciting!  This afternoon we had a lovely service in church where children in Year 5 welcomed the new Reception children. On Monday, Eagle Class enjoyed their trip to Hogsmill Sewage Works and Macaw Class are looking forward to their turn next week. Year 2 have been learning about Laika, the first dog in space and dazzling visitors with their factual knowledge. With next week’s bulletin will come the first of our monthly newsletters, packed full of photos of what we have done in September.

Junior PE – Big Change!

To maximise the time that children at the juniors have in their outside PE lessons children will change in to their PE kit at the end of their morning lessons and go home at the end of the day in their PE kit taking with them their PE bag with their school uniform and shoes in it.

This will mean that, starting next week, children in Years 3 and 4 will go home in their PE kits on Tuesdays and Years 5 and 6 on Thursdays.

Teachers will ask children to check they have put all their school uniform and shoes in their PE bag after they have changed. Obviously, if things are left behind in school or go home in somebody else’s bag it will be far more likely to be returned if it is clearly named.

Medications in School

If your child needs regular medication to be available during the day (inhalers, allergy medication), please ensure you complete a medical form, available from the school office, and that this is handed in to the school office together with the medication as soon as possible.

School Trips Reminder

If children are going out of school for the day on a school trip, please can we remind you that they need to bring a packed lunch with them and you should cancel their hot meal with ISS if you have already ordered one for that day.

SCL Holiday Club

Already the clock is ticking towards October so we have attached for your information a flyer for the SCL October Holiday Club at half term held at Christ Church. As usual parents have access to an exclusive 15% discount, which expires on 18th October.

Year 6 Secondary School transfer and SATs talk

On Monday evening we held a talk for parents to explain the Secondary School transfer process and to discuss SATs and how we can work together to ensure children achieve their best. We will be sending home paper copies of the presentations for those parents/carers who were unable to make it and they will also be available to download on the Years 5 & 6 class page of our website.

Secondary School Open Evenings

We have been sent the two attached flyers regarding The Holy Cross and Greenshaw High School Open Evenings taking place this month.

Lunchtime Supervisors Vacancy

We are looking for lunchtime supervisors to join the team at the juniors looking after our children at lunchtimes and ensuring that the children have a happy and safe time. Lunchtime Supervisors look after children when they play in the playground and when they eat their lunch in the school hall including checking that they have the correct meal. The hours of work are 12.15 p.m. to 1.20 p.m. Monday-Friday during Term Time plus a half termly meeting. For more information go to the vacancies page on our website.

Clerk to Governors Vacancy – Hollyfield School

Hollyfield School have informed us that they currently have a vacancy for the Clerk to Governors position at their school. Full details are available on the vacancy section of their school website www.hollyfield.kingston.sch.uk for anyone interested in applying. The advert closes at 9am on Monday 23.09.19.

Yoga Class

Yogareef has been successfully running yoga classes for all levels in London and internationally for over a decade. Yogareef founder Emma is delighted to have opened a beginners/intermediate yoga class at Christ Church New Malden Juniors Site on Wednesdays 5.45pm-6.45pm. Places are still available so please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact emma@yogareef.com for more information.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for this half-term:

  • Monday 23rd September – Macaw Class to Hogsmill Sewage Works @ 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday 4th October – Harvest Service in the Church @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 11th October – Phonics Talk (Infant Hall) @ 9:00 a.m. (Year 1)*
  • Friday 18th October – Year 3 Trip to Natural History Museum
  • Tuesday 22nd October – Flu Vaccinations (Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Tuesday 22nd October – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 24th October – Parents’ Evening from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.* SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

September 16th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have come to the end of our first full week this term, with Wednesday being especially eventful. Year 1 enjoyed their visit to the Dinodome for their topic learning all about dinosaurs. Year 2 were very enthusiastic in their Space Dome experience and have been impressing their teachers about what they already know about the moon landing. Year 5 went on a trip to Hampton Court and were very lucky to be given the tour by Historian, Author and TV Presenter, Tracy Borman, who is also a Christ Church mum. Photos of some of these will be featured in our new monthly newsletter at the end of the month.

Child Collection Policy

At Christ Church we endeavour to keep children safe at all times and promote the welfare of children by following our Safeguarding policy. As part of this policy we are reviewing our procedures for collecting and the non-collection of children.

Please remember to let your class teacher know if someone else will be picking up your child in plenty of time. Over the next couple of weeks we will be introducing some measures to refine our current procedures and, as part of this, all parents/carers will be receiving an email via ParentMail requesting a password that families can use when someone that is not known to the school is collecting a child at the end of the day. Class teachers will then ask the person collecting a child to confirm this password before releasing a child. Please bear with us if it takes us a little longer to dismiss children.

Reception – Parent Talk & Welcome Service – Friday 20th September

Next Friday, parents of Reception children are invited to a talk at 1:20 p.m. to learn how you can support your child’s learning. Strategies for helping your child with their reading, writing and maths will be shared. Following that, parents are invited to walk with their children to Christ Church, where Year 5 will be welcoming the children at 2:30 p.m. Reception parents will take their children home at the end of the service.

School Lunches – Feeding Hungry Minds

Please see attached an updated leaflet from our hot meals provider detailing instructions on payment and meal selection.

Clubs

Please remember to look on our website for links to clubs running at both sites. There are still spaces available in some clubs including:

  • Chess at the Juniors (you can also telephone Debbie Casey on 07989 156996)
  • Drama at the Infants
  • EDA Dance for both Infants and Juniors.
  • Tennis club at both Infants and Juniors

Orchestra
Mrs Huggett has requested that to join orchestra, your child should have at least one year’s experience playing their instrument. Unfortunately piano players are not needed, but advanced recorders are very welcome.

Reading Challenge – Juniors

This term our reading challenge at the Juniors is book bingo and bingo boards were sent home today. Once they have completed a box, they need to write the name of the book in it and have it signed by a parent or guardian. Lines can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. For every line your child completes, they will receive a raffle ticket which will go into a draw held on Friday 8th November.

Parking at School

Please can we remind parents/carers to park their cars with consideration to other drivers, pedestrians and local residents, especially at drop off and pick up times. We have already received complaints this week about parents blocking our neighbours’ driveways and parking on the pavement. Please park with care and help make the area near and around our school a safer place for our children, their families and the local community.

Gill Hines Workshop – Supporting your anxious child – Saturday 28th September

Please see the attached flyer if you would be interested in attending a two hour workshop for parents to explore some of the causes and ways of supporting anxious children of any age. It will take place on Saturday 28th September and is run by Gill Hines, Education and Parenting Consultant.

Nursery and Reception Tours

If you know anyone who is considering applying for a place at Christ Church, do let them know of the dates of our tours. If they want to come, they should let the school office know on 020 8336 7800.

Nursery (Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.)

  • November – 12th, 26th
  • January 14th, 21st, 28th
  • February 4th, 11th, 25th

Reception (Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.)

  • September – 12th, 19th 26th
  • October 3rd, 10th, 17th 24th
  • November 7th 14th, 21st, 28th

NEW Beginners/ intermediate Yoga class

One of our parents will be running yoga sessions open to all levels looking to get fitter and enhance their emotional, physical and mental strength. They will take place on Wednesday Sep 18th- Wed Dec 4th. (No class on Wed October 30th for half term) at 5:45p.m. in our Junior Hall. Please email emma@yogareef.com to reserve a place.

Farewell and best wishes to Mrs Cook

We were very sad to see Sarah Cook, Nursery Assistant, leave at the end of the summer holidays. She has gone to King Athelstan as Receptionist in their school office.  She has worked at Christ Church for 7 years and was a great asset to the nursery.  I know the Nursery team will really miss her, but we also know that they will be thrilled to have her!

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for this half-term:

  • Monday 16th September – Secondary School Transfer & SATs Talk @ 7:00 p.m.*
  • Monday 16th September – Eagle Class to Hogsmill Sewage Works @ 9:30 a.m.#
  • Friday 20th September – Reception Talk (Infant Hall) @ 1:20 p.m. followed by Church Welcome Service*#
  • Monday 23rd September – Macaw Class to Hogsmill Sewage Works @ 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday 4th October – Harvest Service in the Church @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 11th October – Phonics Talk (Infant Hall) @ 9:00 a.m. (Year 1)*
  • Friday 18th October – Year 3 Trip to Natural History Museum
  • Tuesday 22nd October – Flu Vaccinations (Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Tuesday 22nd October – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 24th October – Parents’ Evening from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.* SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

 

September 6th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have all had a restful summer break and are ready for the start of the new school year. I know many parents are delighted that their children are back at school! The children all seemed to be enjoying their new classes on Thursday, especially Year 2 who experienced an alien spaceship landing!

Lunch

As I am sure you will have heard we have also introduced our new lunchtime system at both sites, in order to promote a ‘restaurant style approach’. We have done this in response to concerns from parents and children that the dining room can be noisy, that some children are quite exclusive about who they sit with and that children come home hungry because they do not have enough time to eat their lunch. We are very fortunate that this is a funded project through Kingston Council, and I know parents who met the consultant, Paul Aagaard, in July were very excited.

There is now a seating plan on each site to ensure that every child has a suitable place to sit and others to sit with and also quality time to eat, rather than being rushed. Children are encouraged to look after each other and to chat about different topics. Members of staff will also be joining them. We have been so impressed by the transformation that has already been achieved. The dining rooms are much quieter and more pleasant to be in. We are aware that, as with any new system, there are adjustments which still need to be made and we have promised the children that we will review the seating plan over the next week, particularly in the juniors. It will also be something we discuss at our first parent reps meeting.

Coats

With the unpredictable British weather, please can we remind you that all children should bring coats to school.

Music Award

We were delighted to receive a message from Kingston Music Service to say that they had awarded a Music Award in light of our ‘dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum’. They thank us for all we do ‘to ensure that pupils at our school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education.’

Infant Playground development

The playground installation works are due to commence on 23rd September and are expected to take 3 weeks to complete. As you may have seen the preparatory work has already taken place in the holidays and we are thrilled by the amount of space it has created. It will certainly transform playtimes for the infants when it is finished. I have attached the plan of the new area and the 3D image, should you not have already seen what we have planned.

School Admissions – September 2020 entry

As you may be aware, hard copies of the admissions brochures are no longer being published and are now only available online on each Council’s website. However, if you require a hard copy, the school office can print a copy for you upon request. The online brochures can be accessed on the Councils’ websites via the following links:

Secondary School Transfer – September 2020 entry – Meeting Monday 16th September 2019 @ 7p.m.

Please also find attached an information leaflet for Y6 parents detailing key information regarding the transfer process and the dates of school open events. We will also be holding a talk for parents to explain the process and to discuss SATs and how we can work together to ensure your child achieves his/her best on Monday 16th September at 7pm – 8pm in the Junior Hall.

Charity Walk for Peace Update

In June pupils, Áedán and Aoife Jenkins (along with their parents) took part in a national Charity Walk for Peace to help raise awareness of the charity as well as to raise much needed funds for our school, through a generous matched funding scheme run by the charity. They say:

We are still accepting donations for the next 3 weeks on our CWFP JustGiving fundraiser page. There is a potential £2,000 of matched funding by the CWFP open to the PTA, so please do give what you can as ALL donated and matched funds will go back to our school! With the revamp of the infant playground, which is being funded mostly by the PTA, we need to work hard to replenish our funds so your help is needed more than ever so that we can continue to support our school. To donate, please click here:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/denise-lieu-jenkins. Donations are also eligible for gift aid. You can also donate in person via the school office. Just mark your donation for the attention of CWFP/Denise Lieu-Jenkins.

Eat Well for Less

If you would be interested in taking part in the BBC1 show ‘Eat Well for Less?’ please see their casting call below for further information.

BBC1’s hit show ‘Eat Well For Less?’ is BACK and looking for households to take part!

Eat Well For Less? is on the hunt for families / households looking to save money on their food shop!

Is the cost of your weekly food shop spiralling out of control? Perhaps you’re desperate to save but under pressure to keep providing the household favourites? Or do your health requirements affect your diet? Are you in need of some new inspiration? Maybe you need help adjusting to a new financial situation? Or are you just bored of buying and cooking the same foods every week?

… Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace & award winning grocer Chris Bavin are on a mission to prove that it is possible for families to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition. They hope that by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food. We’re currently on the hunt for families / households to take part in our new series – so get in touch with the team TODAY!

Email: eatwell@rdftelevision.com or Call: 0117 970 7682 *Any information which you give us will be processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice, a copy of which is available on request*

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

July 19th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our final week this term has been one full of celebration. This morning we had our End of Year Church Service and a very emotional Year 6 Leavers’ Service. Years 2 and 6 gave an impressive display of their dancing skills at their leavers’ discos on Wednesday. Years 1 & 2 also marked the end of term with their own beach parties and Fox Class had a tea party to celebrate being the class with the highest attendance rate this term. We also celebrated the amazing musical ability of Year 6 for the last time at their Music Concert on Tuesday morning. You can see photos of some of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Reports Feedback

As I wrote in my letter accompanying reports, I would like your views on the reports children receive at the end of the year. I know how valuable they can be to parents and also how many hours staff put in to writing them. Please use the survey to let us know what you find most helpful about the reports.

>>>>>CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY<<<<<

 Advance Warning: Uniform Updates 2020/2021

Many of you will have already heard that we are working with Rhys Jones to update our uniform in response to comments from parents and children alike. This will involve:

  • The launch of a more contemporary logo which will be printed rather than stitched to reduce skin irritation;
  • The use of more cotton to reduce allergies and itching;
  • The school selling the uniform in order to ensure that any profits can be used to help our children and their learning.

This will be launched for September 2020, but we wanted to alert people now so that they could plan how much new uniform to buy this year.  Children will still be able to wear the current uniform even when the new version has been launched and items such as the trousers, pinafores and summer dresses will remain unchanged.

An update from the school reports of the children we sponsor for Lunchbowl

Peter Makoha

Peter loves coming to school on the big school bus and his favourite activity is riding toy cars and constructing with blocks. He is an energetic boy who embraces school life with enthusiasm and pleasure. Peter has had a successful year and he continues to grow from strength to strength.

Trezor Wambui

Trezor is well mannered and hardworking. She has had a fantastic year and continues to embrace all aspects of school routine in the new school with great interest and enthusiasm. She is a quick learner and handles her set tasks with great accuracy and competency. She continues to be a valued member of our class and being a friendly child has earned her great popularity in school.

Charity Walk for Peace (CWFP) Fundraiser

We are still accepting donations until mid September on our CWFP JustGiving fundraiser page. There is a potential £2,000 of matched funding by the CWFP open to the PTA, so please do give what you can as ALL donated and matched funds will go back to the school! To donate, please click here:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/denise-lieu-jenkins. You can also donate in person via the school office. Just mark your donation for the attention of CWFP /Denise Lieu-Jenkins.

Wanted – Scrabble Players

If you can spare an hour on a Thursday afternoon (2.30p.m. – 3.30p.m.) and enjoy a game of Scrabble, we would love to hear from you. Every week, children from a different junior class have the chance to hone their word skills in a cut throat game of Scrabble. Sessions are run by our dedicated volunteers – Mr & Mrs Harris, who have been doing a fantastic job for many years. We urgently need some new adults to join in and keep our sessions going. If you can help, please contact Mrs Wogan a.s.a.p.

Additional Staff for Connect

Our After School Club, Connect@ Christ Church, is dedicated to providing outstanding extended care: engaging children in various activities, inside and outside, and preparing, serving and supervising breakfast and tea. We are seeking to appoint two enthusiastic people who have a commitment to high quality child care and who are passionate about working with children to join the team. It is vitally important to us that the children have an enjoyable experience. If you are someone who likes helping children and would be able to organise and supervise a wide variety of different activities (sporting, academic and relaxing) with children and support and help serve tea then we are interested in hearing from you. Please go to the job vacancies page of the school’s website

Lunchtime Supervisors Required

We are looking for lunchtime supervisors to join the team at the juniors looking after our children at lunchtimes and ensuring that the children have a happy and safe time. Lunchtime Supervisors look after children when they play in the playground and when they eat their lunch in the school hall including checking that they have the correct meal. The hours of work are 12.15 p.m. to 1.20 p.m. Monday-Friday during Term Time plus a half termly meeting. For more information go to the vacancies page on our website.

First Day of Term

For children in Years 1 – 6, the first day of term is Thursday 5th September.

I wish you all a restful and enjoyable summer break.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

July 12th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a fantastic sports day we had at the Infants this morning. I hope you all enjoyed watching the children take part in their various activities. I was so impressed by their skills, their sportsmanship and the progression from Reception to Year 2. This week has also seen the Nursery transformed into a café, where parents and teachers enjoyed being served by their children, looking very smart with their bow ties. Year 1 have been making the most of the weather, looking for and learning all about snails and Year 3 were given the opportunity on Monday to visit the Green Lane Recreation Ground in New Malden to take part in Project Kingfisher. This is an educational programme, run by the South East Rivers Trust, designed to challenge children to learn more about their local river, its history, wildlife and the role we can all play in protecting rivers for the future. We have also welcomed Year 6 back from their trip to the Isle of Wight this afternoon, from what I’m sure was an amazing experience for them all.

Thank you to Mrs Greenfield and Miss Han

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Greenfield for all her dedication and hard work covering maternity leave in Tiger class. It was so kind of her to return to us specially to support this class. We are very grateful for her valuable teaching expertise and she will be missed by staff and pupils alike. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Coltman back from maternity leave in September.

I would also like to thank Miss Han who joined us for 1 year as an additional teaching assistant in Year 4. She has been an invaluable support and we wish her every happiness in the future.

 Lunchtime experience

Paul Aagaard, our lunchtime consultant, met with Parent Reps in the Infant Hall this afternoon to discuss his new plans, transforming lunchtimes into a restaurant style experience. We will launch the new approach at the start of the Autumn term. In particular, we will be introducing:

  • longer periods for children to sit and eat,
  • mixed age seating plans,
  • bread baskets on each table,
  • topics for discussion in order to promote children’s social skills and
  • more opportunities for adults to sit with children and to teach good table manners.

End of Year Church Service

Next Friday is our end of year Church Service. You are warmly invited to join our celebration, which starts at 9.45am.   Following this, at 10.45am, there will be a Year 6 Leavers’ service to which parents/carers are also invited. (This will last for approximately 1 hour). Do bring tissues!

Additional Staff required for Connect

Our After School Club, Connect@ Christ Church, is dedicated to providing outstanding extended care: engaging children in various activities, inside and outside, and preparing, serving and supervising breakfast and tea. We are seeking to appoint two enthusiastic people who have a commitment to high quality child care and who are passionate about working with children to join the team. It is vitally important to us that the children have an enjoyable experience. If you are someone who likes helping children and would be able to organise and supervise a wide variety of different activities (sporting, academic and relaxing) with children and support and help serve tea then we are interested in hearing from you. Please go to the job vacancies page of the school’s website

Lunchtime Supervisors Required

We are looking for lunchtime supervisors to join the team at the juniors looking after our children at lunchtimes and ensuring that the children have a happy and safe time. Lunchtime Supervisors look after children when they play in the playground and when they eat their lunch in the school hall including checking that they have the correct meal. The hours of work are 12.15 p.m. to 1.20 p.m. Monday-Friday during Term Time plus a half termly meeting. For more information go to the vacancies page on our website.

Last Day of Term – Friday 19th July

As is usual on the last day of term, School finishes early:

  • AM Nursery @ 10.45 a.m.
  • Infants @ 2.15 p.m.
  • PM & Full Time Nursery @ 2.20 p.m.
  • Juniors @ 2.30 p.m.
  • Connect @ 5.15 p.m.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of the summer term.

  • Wednesday 17th July – Leavers Discos (Years 2 and 6)#
  • Friday 19th July – End of Year Service @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Service @ 10:45 a.m.*

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

July 5th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We’ve had another extremely busy week. It has been lovely to see the children enjoying spending time in their new classrooms and meeting their new teachers. I also really enjoyed watching pupils from Year 2 and 4 at the Country Dance Festival on Tuesday. There was such a positive community feel. They all worked extremely hard and I was impressed by how well they managed all the complicated dance steps. Year 3 were very excited to have their photo taken for the Steve McQueen art project on Wednesday, which is to be displayed in the Tate Britain. On Thursday, we also had lots of fun at the Juniors, where classes set up stalls to raise money for ‘Enterprise Week’. These funds will be used to start saving schemes for each child. Year 2 came up to the Juniors to take part as well, and there was much enthusiasm from all the children to see who could raise the most profit! This morning I saw many of you at our Junior Sports Day and I’m sure you’ll agree that it was a fantastic effort from everyone involved. We have enjoyed an action replay this afternoon through a montage of photos.

Thank you to Miss Sinclair

We would like to congratulate Miss Sinclair on being awarded a post in another school in our cluster. It is lovely that she will still be local to us. I would like to thank her all for her hard work teaching Turtle class. I am impressed by how smooth the transition has been.

Lunchtime experience

Paul Aagaard, our lunchtime consultant, is meeting with Parent Reps in the Infant Hall on Friday 12th July at 2 p.m. to discuss his new plans. I would like to extend an invitation to this meeting to all parents/carers who would like to come in and join us to hear his proposals. ISS will also be offering an opportunity to sample food from their menu.

Increase in Hot Meal price from September

The contract between ISS and RBK allows for an increase in the charge to the school for hot meals in September each year. Whilst in previous years the school has absorbed any increase, this year the pressure on budgets means we are unable to do so. This means that the price of a hot meal, which has been £2.20 since September 2015, will increase by 10p to £2.30.

Infant Sports Day – Friday 12th July

We hope that you can make it to our Infant Sports Day next Friday. A timetable for the morning is below:

Time                                     Year

9:15 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.     Reception

10:15 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.   Year 1

11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.   Year 2

Clubs from September 2019

Please note that the following clubs have links to their letters on our website.

  • Music clubs
  • School sports clubs
  • Art club
  • Knitting club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Miss O’Connor’s Gymnastic club
  • Miss O’Connor’s Dance club
  • Good News Club

Some of these clubs, including internal school clubs, have specific booking times which are detailed in the letters.

Sex and Relationships Education

Before the end of term, we will be delivering our Sex and Relationship Education curriculum for Y1 to Y6 as part of Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE) lessons. For further information on our Sex and Sex and Relationship Education curriculum, please click here.​

Charity Walk for Peace

On Sunday 30th June, Denise, Gary and their children Áedán (Macaw) and Aoife (Fox) completed the official Charity Walk for Peace on behalf of the School PTA in order to access a £2,000 matched funding scheme. Now we need your help to raise £2,000 in order to fully benefit from the scheme as this will enable us to earn DOUBLE what you donate. Further details of the charity and how to donate can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/denise-lieu-jenkins

SCL Holiday Club at Christ Church New Malden Primary

With the summer holidays fast approaching, we would like to remind parents/carers that this Sunday 7th July marks the expiry of SCL’s HOST15 promo code for a 15% discount on bookings. A flyer is attached for further details.

Additional Staff required for Connect

Our After School Club, Connect@ Christ Church, is dedicated to providing outstanding extended care: engaging children in various activities, inside and outside, and preparing, serving and supervising breakfast and tea. We are seeking to appoint two enthusiastic people who have a commitment to high quality child care and who are passionate about working with children to join the team. It is vitally important to us that the children have an enjoyable experience. If you are someone who likes helping children and would be able to organise and supervise a wide variety of different activities (sporting, academic and relaxing) with children and support and help serve tea then we are interested in hearing from you. Please go to the job vacancies page of the school’s website

Lunchtime Supervisors Required

We are looking for lunchtime supervisors to join the team at the juniors looking after our children at lunchtimes and ensuring that the children have a happy and safe time. Lunchtime Supervisors look after children when they play in the playground and when they eat their lunch in the school hall including checking that they have the correct meal. The hours of work are 12.15 p.m. to 1.20 p.m. Monday-Friday during Term Time plus a half termly meeting. For more information go to the vacancies page on our website.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of the summer term.

  • Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July – Residential Trip to the Isle of Wight (Year 6)
  • Monday 8th July – Y2 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 1)*
  • Tuesday 9th July – Y4 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 3)*
  • Wednesday 10th July – Y5 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 4)*
  • Thursday 11th July – Y1 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Reception)*
  • Friday 12th July – Infant Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Infants)*
  • Monday 15th July – Reserve date for Junior sports day
  • Wednesday 17th July – Leavers Discos (Years 2 and 6)#
  • Friday 19th July – End of Year Service @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Service @ 10:45 a.m.*
  • Friday 19th July – School Finishes early
    • AM Nursery @ 10.45am
    • Infants @ 2.15pm
    • PM & Full time Nursery @ 2.20pm
    • Juniors @ 2.30pm
    • Connect @ 5.15pm

#Parent help needed*Parents invited

June 28th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Yesterday, we learnt that we have once again been awarded a Gold Sports Mark! This award recognises our success in taking part in competitions and in school sports clubs, something we have certainly seen this week! On Tuesday, Year 1’s mixed football team was in action at Chessington Community College, yesterday teams from Year 2 and Year 4 took part in the cluster swimming gala and today, our Year 6 mixed rounders’ team came first in the a borough festival. This week, I was dazzled by Year 6’s production of Beauty and the Beast. I was so impressed by the children’s confident delivery of their lines, the way the whole junior hall was so effectively used and the amazing props and costumes. This morning, our sports’ days kicked off with the Nursery Fun Day, it was lovely to see the enthusiasm with which the children tackled the various challenges. You can see photos of some of these events in the attached newsletter.

Who’s Who for next year?
It is the time of year which I approach with a mixture of excitement and sadness as I contemplate which staff will be joining us and which leaving.  Above all, I am filled with gratitude for our fantastic team, for all their hard work and the unique contribution that they have all made this year.

In 2019/20, there will be far fewer changes than is usual for schools.  We have only one teacher who will be leaving: Mr Ganyon.  We will really miss his passion for maths and his humour. He has been a great colleague to work with.  However, we are very pleased that he will be able to pursue his passion for maths by teaching it full time at a private school. Likewise, there will be only one teaching assistant who will be moving on: Mrs Scribbins will be moving with her family to Andover. She has brought fantastic systems to our school and provided exceptional care and support for the children in Year 3. I know her next school will be very lucky to have her. We are delighted that Miss Tickner will return from maternity leave on 4th November and Mrs Belcher (formerly Miss Langder) on 6th January 2020.

We are excited to welcome three new members of staff.  Mrs Cook will be joining us as a Year 3 teacher. A former solicitor, Mrs Cook is an experienced teacher, having taught in both the UK and Canada. We are also welcoming back Miss Mahoney, who has proved so popular that we took the first possible opportunity there was to have her as a permanent member of staff. Finally, Miss Tully will be joining us as a teaching assistant in Year 3. Her last school was very sad to see her leave.

There will, however, be two other important changes. Mrs Bishop, who has worked at the school for 13 years, as a teaching assistant, an accompanist, an organiser of superb concerts and a teacher of recorders, has decided that it is time to free up time for other things.  She has made such an impressive contribution that we will be calling on a number of different people to fill the gaps.  Mrs Bond and Mr Marsh will be teaching recorder groups, alongside Mrs Brooks. Mrs Bond and Mrs Huggett will be maintaining the tradition of excellent concerts. Mrs Bae will be accompanying on occasions.  I am glad that it will not be a final goodbye as Mrs Bishop has kindly offered to accompany still the choirs and  the evening concerts.

Mrs O’Connor has decided to leave the school’s employment as Sports, Dance and Aerobics Coach, to concentrate on her after school clubs at Christ Church New Malden Primary School. We wish her all the best for the future and thank her for her contribution to the school over the last 17 years.

Next Year’s Classes
Here are the details of classes and teachers for next year:

  • Seahorse to Squirrel with Mrs Honeybone & Mrs Ward (Teachers) and Mrs Hampton (TA)
  • Turtle to Owl with Mr Boa and  Miss Tickner (Teachers) and Mrs Johnson (TA)
  • Squirrel  to Fox with Miss Bruen (Teacher) and Mrs Forte (TA)
  • Owl to Hedgehog with Miss Clements (Teacher) and Miss Pratt (TA)
  • Fox to Tiger with Mrs Cook (Teacher) and Miss Tully (TA)
  • Hedgehog to Lion with Miss Hunt (Teacher) and Miss Tully (TA)
  • Lion to Macaw with Miss Ahn (Teacher) and Mrs Fereday (TA)
  • Tiger to Eagle with Mrs Burkinshaw & Mrs Coltman (Teachers) and Mrs Fereday (TA)
  • Eagle to Gazelle  with Mrs Brooks (Teacher) and Mrs Winnett (TA)
  • Macaw to Antelope with Miss Mullens (Teacher) and Mrs Winnett (TA)
  • Herriot  to Kipling with Mrs Summers (Teacher) and Mrs Erlebach (TA)
  • Durrell to Potter with Miss Stray (Teacher) and Mrs Erlebach (TA)

Next Wednesday, children will spend the morning in their new classes with their new teachers.

Meet the Teacher Meetings
There will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s new teacher and to hear about transition to the new year group at the Meet the Teacher meetings:

  • Year 1 (for Reception parents) Thursday 11th July @ 9 a.m.
  • Year 2 (for Year 1 parents) Monday 8th July @ 9 a.m.
  • Year 3 (for Year 2 parents) Tuesday 2nd July @ 3:45 p.m. at the juniors. Children will be looked after in a different classroom.
  • Year 4 (for Year 3 parents) Tuesday 9th July @ 9 a.m.
  • Year 5 (for Year 4 parents) Wednesday 10th July @ 9 a.m.
  • Year 6 (for Year 5 parents) Thursday 4th July @ 9 a.m.

Economic Awareness Day – Thursday 4th July
Next Thursday, children from Year 2 to Year 6 will be coming to our Economic Awareness Fair at the juniors. Each class is organising a game that children will pay to take part in and at the end we will find out which class has been most successful in raising money. Profits will be taxed, with the tax going towards the establishment of a savings account for every child in the school, profits after tax will be spent on something for the class. Please send in each child with up to £3 to spend.

Additions to our Music Clubs (message from music teachers)
There will be a few changes to recorder groups next year, now that Mrs Bishop will no longer be with us. Recorder clubs will be taken by Mr Marsh and Mrs Bond at the juniors, and also after an exciting trial this term, in year 2.  There will be different groups according to your child’s ability and we will look forward to showcasing our recorder talent at concerts and performances through the year. As you know, school budgets are getting tighter, and under advice from the School Governors we will be asking for a small (voluntary) contribution of £1 per session to cover costs – this is remarkable value compared to Kingston Music Service where junior group lessons are £95 per term. We are hoping that our current recorder players will all sign up – and are really excited at the prospect of lots of new children starting, particularly our current year 1 and 2 children. In summary, we will be offering:

  • Year 3 and 4 Choir Tuesday 8.00am-8.45am (Mrs Bond)
  • Year 5 and 6 Choir Thursday 8.00am-8.45am (Mrs Huggett)
  • Orchestra Wednesday 3.30pm-4.30pm (Mrs Huggett)
  • Beginner recorders (Year 2) Wednesday 12.15pm-12.45pm (Mrs Bond)
  • Beginner recorders (Juniors) Wednesday 12.50pm-1.20pm (Mr Marsh)
  • Intermediate recorders (Juniors) Tuesday 12.20pm-12.50pm (Mrs Bond)
  • Advanced recorders (Juniors) Thursday 12.50pm-1.20pm (Mr Marsh)

(We will be asking for the same contribution of £1 per session for our choirs and orchestra)

Club List
The list of clubs for next year is attached. Links to club’s website or their letter will go on our website club list as we get them, but we hope to have most by the end of next week. Please be aware that some clubs, including internal school clubs, will have a specific time/day when booking is available, so please check the relevant letters/website. Please note that there will be no clubs running the week commencing 21st October, week before the half term holiday.

Junior Sports Day – Friday 5th July, on the field
Please see below the arrangements for the Junior Sports Day. We are opening at 9.15 a.m. with a display of Country Dancing from the Year 4 Country Dancing Team.
Order of events:

  • Year group races – two girls and boys from each year group
  • Mixed Parent’s race – warm up first and bring your trainers – the winner receives the pride of their child for ever!
  • Teachers’ race – medals for style and speed!
  • Carousel of competitions around the field – feel free to come and cheer on the children.  Coombe Girls and Boys will be helping run each event, so it’s a great chance to see some ex-pupils too.

The whole event will be over by noon.

The PTA are selling refreshments, tea, coffee, muffins, and croissants etc. for adults only.  We are also selling second hand school uniform. Please remember to bring some change! Please do not buy food or drink for your or other children.  We will supply top up water and biscuits for energy. We will then return to school for lunch.  The winning team order will be announced in a special assembly at the end of the day. Your child will come home on Thursday with their PE kit.  They need to come in their PE kit on Friday morning (plus hat and re-fillable water bottle). They can stay in their kit for the rest of the day.

Choir, Orchestra & Recorders
Please can members of the Orchestra and recorder groups bring in their instruments for an afternoon rehearsal on Monday 1st. There will be no more choir, orchestra or recorders after the concert on Thursday 4th July – 7.30 p.m. at Church. There is no advanced recorders next Wednesday 3rd July.

School Uniform for September 2019
To ensure that your child has their school uniform in time for September, PMG Schoolwear have asked us to inform parents that the purchase deadline, whether you place your order online or in store, is Friday 16th August 2019.

Drama Class Introductory Discount
We were very pleased to receive a visit from ‘Perform’ a few weeks ago. The children had a wonderfully energetic time exploring the theme of Peter Pan and using drama, dance and singing to help develop their confidence, concentration and social skills. Perform run regular weekly classes in the local area and they are offering a special introductory discount to all parents of our School if they come along for a free trial session before Monday 1st July. To claim your discount, just call Perform on 020 7255 9120 quoting CHCH010719 or visit perform.org.uk to find out more.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates
Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of the summer term.

  • Tuesday, 2nd July – Country Dancing Festival a.m.*#
  • Tuesday 2nd July – Y3 Meet the New Teacher @ 3:45 p.m. (Year 2)*
  • Wednesday 3rd July – New Classes Day (All)
  • Thursday 4th July – Y6 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 5)*
  • Thursday 4th July – Summer Music Concert @ 7:30 p.m. *
  • Friday 5th July – Junior Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Juniors)*
  • Friday 5th July – Nursery closed for current pupils
  • Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July – Residential Trip to the Isle of Wight (Year 6)
  • Monday 8th July – Y2 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 1)*
  • Tuesday 9th July – Y4 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 3)*
  • Wednesday 10th July – Y5 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 4)*
  • Thursday 11th July – Y1 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Reception)*
  • Friday 12th July – Infant Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Infants)*
  • Monday 15th July – Reserve date for Junior sports day
  • Wednesday 17th July – Leavers Discos (Years 2 and 6)#
  • Friday 19th July – End of Year Service @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Service @ 10:45 a.m.*
  • Friday 19th July – School Finishes early
    • AM Nursery @ 10.45am
    • Infants @ 2.15pm
    • PM & Full time Nursery @ 2.20pm
    • Juniors @ 2.30pm
    • Connect @ 5.15pm

#Parent help needed
*Parents invited

June 21st 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Summer Fair last Saturday. It certainly seemed to be a very successful event, despite the rain and I hope to be able to share with you the total amount raised shortly.

What a week of performances we’ve had! This morning I was very impressed with all the talent on display at the Year 3-5 music concert. Equally the Year 5 & 6 choir gave an outstanding performance at the Festival of School Choirs at the Rose Theatre on Monday evening. In sport too, our Year 2 football team played in a competition at Kew Association Football Ground on Tuesday, winning three games and drawing one. I’m looking forward to the Year 6 performances next week of their play, Beauty and the Beast. I know they’ve all been working really hard in rehearsals and I’m sure we’re all going to be amazed. They have been keeping all the details top secret, so I am waiting with great anticipation and interest! You can see photos of some of these events and more in the attached newsletter.

Class photographs

The recent class photographs taken by Pret-a-Portrait are now ready for you to view. A viewing instructions card has been sent home with all children this week. Any orders placed by 28th June 2019 will receive a 10% early bird discount. 

Clubs for Autumn Term 2019

We are finalising the list of before and after-school clubs (not Connect) for next term and are aiming to have the complete list available by Friday 5th July. We anticipate that the same activities will be running, although there may be some changes to the day they run.  We are delighted to be able to share that we have contracted Roger Wallbank, an experienced sports teacher who used to lead sports at Rokeby School, to teach outdoor sports across the school. It is lovely to have that combination of sports and teaching expertise. He has also agreed to run clubs after school (Year 2 football, Junior football and cricket). Mr Newman will run Year 1 football. This will mean that we can have much closer links between our clubs and our in-school sport. We would like to thank AMSA, Chelsea FC and Twenty20 Cricket for all the clubs that they have run for us to date. Next year the equivalent Football and Cricket clubs will be offered by the school instead. 

Charity Walk for Peace

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association, who are behind the Charity Walk for Peace® were also at the fair to support the School. They worked tirelessly to bring to us home cooked goods to sell at the fair. Thanks to their generosity, they raised £430 on the day, which will be matched funded by their organisation, meaning an incredible £860.00 will be donated to the school.

On Friday 28th June, our school will be hosting a Charity Walk for Peace ® (CWFP) on the school playing field. Teachers and junior pupils will be provided with a short presentation of the work of the Charity which explains that 100% of all donations collected are distributed back to charitable causes. The pupils will walk around the internal perimeter of the field three times and upon completion will be awarded a medal, certificate and refreshments, all courtesy of the Charity. This first walk is to raise awareness of the charity and its peaceful “Love for all, hate for none” message. We hope you will encourage your children to participate, and you are also invited to participate yourselves. Details of the event are also on their website, which you are welcome to share as all are welcome  https://charitywalkforpeace.org/christ-church-school-charity-walk-for-peace/. Please note; presentation 12:20 – 1:20 is only for Teachers.

CWFP’s national charity walk is 2 days after our school walk and they expect over 4,000 participants raising over £1million in 2019. To date they have raised £5.2 million and distributed these funds to UK based charities and schools, ours included. For further information their website address is: https://charitywalkforpeace.org/

 Stikins Name Labels

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Stikins to offer parents the opportunity to purchase quality labels for your children’s school uniform, whilst earning the school commission at the same time. This money can then be used to continue to help purchase some of the fantastic resources that benefit our children’s learning.

As we all know, lost property is a problem in all schools. We are aware that time is precious, which is why we think these labels are such a great idea; they simply stick onto the wash-care label of clothing. They can even be used in shoes! Parents can order online (a link is available on the uniform section of our school website), by phone, or by post and just need to quote our fundraising number – 4309 – in order for us to receive commission. Naming of clothing is a school requirement and we are hoping that with this opportunity we can start to eliminate some of parents’ frustrations that surround these issues. An order form with further details has been sent home this week.

Head Lice Alert

We have received reports from parents recently regarding children with head lice. Please would all parents check their children’s heads for either lice, small eggs that attach themselves to the hair follicles or for live insects. If all parents check their children regularly and treat as soon as possible, the number of cases will go down. 

For Year 5 parents – Transfer to secondary school 2020 – Arrangements for applying to selective schools in Kingston

The leaflet here explains the process for parents wishing to apply to selective schools in the boroughs of Kingston. Parents of children currently in Year 5 need to be aware of dates and timescales. Please check on the individual school’s websites for further details.

Mental Well-being Festival, Monday 1 July 2019

Kingston Adult Education will be hosting a Mental Well-being Festival, Monday 1 July 2019, 3pm – 6pm at the King Charles Centre.  On the day there will be talks from a selection of speakers and a variety of local services will be on hand to share information and advice.  The festival is open to all and enrolment is now open to join one of our taster sessions, please see the attached flyer for further details.

Warm weather reminder
The weather is forecast to be hot next week. Please remember to put sun-cream on children before they come to school and make sure they have a water bottle and sun hat.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of the summer term.

  • Tuesday, 25th June – New Reception Parents @ 7 p.m.*
  • Wednesday 26th June – Year 6 Performance @ 7 p.m. (Year 6)*
  • Thursday 27th June – Year 6 Performance @ 7 p.m. (Year 6)*
  • Friday 28th June – Nursery Fun Day @ 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, 2nd July – Country Dancing Festival a.m.*#
  • Tuesday 2nd July – Y3 Meet the New Teacher @ 3:45 p.m. (Year 2)*
  • Wednesday 3rd July – New Classes Day (All)
  • Thursday 4th July – Y6 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 5)*
  • Thursday 4th July – Summer Music Concert @ 7:30 p.m. *
  • Friday 5th July – Junior Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Juniors)*
  • Friday 5th July – Nursery closed for current pupils
  • Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July – Residential Trip to the Isle of Wight (Year 6)
  • Monday 8th July – Y2 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 1)*
  • Tuesday 9th July – Y4 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 3)*
  • Wednesday 10th July – Y5 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 4)*
  • Thursday 11th July – Y1 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Reception)*
  • Friday 12th July – Infant Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Infants)*
  • Monday 15th July – Reserve date for Junior sports day
  • Wednesday 17th July – Leavers Discos (Years 2 and 6)#
  • Friday 19th July – End of Year Service @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Service @ 10:45 a.m.*
  • Friday 19th July – School Finishes early
    • AM Nursery @ 10.45am
    • Infants @ 2.15pm
    • PM & Full time Nursery @ 2.20pm
    • Juniors @ 2.30pm
    • Connect @ 5.15pm

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

June 14th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Despite the wet weather this week we have still managed to do some outdoor activities. Nursery have been investigating snails, worms and spiders, Year 3 have been hunting for bugs and our Year 5 cricket team took part in a competition on Wednesday at Kingston Grammar School playing fields. Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a Peter Pan workshop on Monday and the Year 3 and 4 choir performed beautifully at the Malden and Coombe Cluster Concert at the Rose Theatre on Tuesday afternoon. I think it was the best cluster concert I have been to and it was lovely to see two ex-pupils hosting the whole event, with great finesse. I’m looking forward to returning to the theatre on Monday to watch the Year 5&6 choir perform at the Festival of School Choirs. Year 6 have taken part today in a workshop led by Sustrans. They have been creating nature designs for interpretation boards and wooden bollards which will be installed along the new walking and cycling link between New Malden and Raynes Park. I would also like to thank the school health service for offering, for the first time, drop in sessions for Year 6s to help them work through any concerns they may have about transfer to secondary school. You can see photos of some of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Summer Fair Tomorrow

Please come along to our Summer Fair tomorrow at the Infant site from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

Year 2/3/4 – combined choirs will be singing at 1:00pm and the orchestra will be performing at 1:30pm.

Free Yoga Taster Session

One of our parents has very kindly offered to give a free one hour yoga taster session for all parents and staff. Yogareef classes are open to all levels looking to get fitter and enhance their emotional, physical and mental strength. If you are interested, please come along to the free, no obligation session at 5.45pm on Wednesday 19th June in the Junior hall. All parents and staff are welcome. Please email emma@yogareef.com to reserve a place.

We are looking for a Teaching Assistant at the Junior Site: final notice

We are looking to appoint someone who has a commitment to high quality child centered learning and who is passionate about working creatively with children and their families: 8.45am – 1.25pm, Monday-Friday, Term Time including INSET days 22.50 hours per week ~ £11,000 per annum. Closing date for applications is Sunday 16th June 2019. For more information and an application form please go to the vacancies page of the school’s website.

Adjustment to term dates for 2019/20

It has come to our attention that our planned term dates for 2019/20 are one day short. We do not want to short –change you, so we will no longer be holding an INSET day on 22nd November 2019. We will also adjust the website accordingly.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of the summer term.

  • Saturday 15th June – Summer Fair 12p.m. – 4 p.m. (Infants)
  • Tuesday, 25th June – New Reception Parents @ 7 p.m.*
  • Wednesday 26th June – Year 6 Performance @ 7 p.m. (Year 6)*
  • Thursday 27th June – Year 6 Performance @ 7 p.m. (Year 6)*
  • Friday 28th June – Nursery Fun Day @ 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, 2nd July – Country Dancing Festival a.m.*#
  • Tuesday 2nd July – Y3 Meet the New Teacher @ 3:45 p.m. (Year 2)*
  • Wednesday 3rd July – New Classes Day (All)
  • Thursday 4th July – Y6 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 5)*
  • Thursday 4th July – Summer Music Concert @ 7 p.m. *
  • Friday 5th July – Junior Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Juniors)*
  • Friday 5th July – Nursery closed for current pupils
  • Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July – Residential Trip to the Isle of Wight (Year 6)
  • Monday 8th July – Y2 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 1)*
  • Tuesday 9th July – Y4 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 3)*
  • Wednesday 10th July – Y5 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 4)*
  • Thursday 11th July – Y1 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Reception)*
  • Friday 12th July – Infant Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Infants)*
  • Monday 15th July – Reserve date for Junior sports day
  • Wednesday 17th July – Leavers Discos (Years 2 and 6)#
  • Friday 19th July – End of Year Service @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Service @ 10:45 a.m.*
  • Friday 19th July – School Finishes early
    • AM Nursery @ 10.45am
    • Infants @ 2.15pm
    • PM & Full time Nursery @ 2.20pm
    • Juniors @ 2.30pm
    • Connect @ 5.15pm

#Parent help needed*Parents invited

June 7th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have made it to the end of a very busy first week back after half term! The skipping workshop on Monday was a lovely way to start the second half of the summer term. The children really enjoyed themselves and I was very impressed by their skills and excellent behaviour. Reception have been learning about animals that live in the ocean and Year 2 have been writing postcards from the perspective of the snail in ‘The Snail and the Whale’. Years 3 and 4 have been learning all about rivers, and Year 6 have intriguingly been writing a sales pitch asking adults to buy a ‘Child Pleaser’ machine. Our Year 6 Girls’ Cricket team also did well on Wednesday at the Kingston Borough Kwik Cricket competition. It was lovely to receive so many compliments about both their playing and their manners. You can see photos of some of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Charity Walk for Peace – Juniors

On Friday 28th June, our school is hosting a Charity Walk for Peace ® (CWFP) on the school playing field. Teachers and junior pupils will be provided with a short presentation of the work of the Charity which explains that 100% of all donations collected are distributed back to charitable causes. The pupils will walk around the internal perimeter of the field three times and upon completion will be awarded a medal and certificate. The Charity will also be providing refreshments as approved by the school. This first walk is to raise awareness of the charity and its peaceful “Love for all, hate for none” message. We hope you will encourage your children to participate, and you are also invited to participate yourselves. CWFP’s national charity walk is 2 days after our school walk and they expect over 4,000 participants raising over £1million in 2019. To date they have raised £5.2 million and distributed these funds to UK based charities and schools, ours included. For further information their website address is: https://charitywalkforpeace.org/

Lunchtime experience

I have already shared with you that we are working with a consultant, Paul Aagaard, in an effort to improve our school lunch experience. He would now like to meet with Parent Reps to discuss his proposals and give them the opportunity to offer feedback on Friday 12th July at 2:00pm at the Infants.

Summer Fair 15th June – Choir & Orchestra Performances

  • Year 2/3/4 – combined choirs will be singing at 1:00pm.
  • Orchestra will be performing at 1:30pm.

An evening with Historian, Author and TV Presenter Tracy Borman – Thursday 13 June 8pm, Christ Church

A reminder that this talk is taking place next Thursday 13th June at 8pm at the church. Tracy, a Christ Church mum is an acclaimed historian and writer who has kindly accepted to run this event for the PTA. In this talk, inspired by her debut novels (The King’s Witch and its sequel, The Devil’s Slave), Tracy will take us into the turbulent world of the early Stuart court, where King James I waged a war on witches and Catholics alike. Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection at the end of the evening. Bring your friends, neighbours, book club along with you. It promises to be a fantastic evening.

Sponsored Readathon – Juniors – Deadline extension to Monday 10th June

A reminder that this term at the juniors there is a sponsored readathon. Your child should have come home with an information leaflet. You can sponsor your child online.  There is a £10 National Book Token for the child who raises the most money! We are extending the deadline slightly and children will need to bring the sponsorship form to school and hand in to their teacher by Monday 10th June at the latest.

Free Yoga Taster Session

One of our parents has very kindly offered to give a free one hour yoga taster session for all parents and staff. Yogareef classes are open to all levels looking to get fitter and enhance their emotional, physical and mental strength. If you are interested, please come along to the free, no obligation session at 5.45pm on Wednesday 19th June in the Junior hall. All parents and staff are welcome. Please email emma@yogareef.com to reserve a place.

New Malden Fire Station Open Day – 24th August

Should you be interested in attending, New Malden Fire Station are holding an Open Day on Saturday 24th August from 11:00am – 4:00pm. (180 Burlington Road, New Malden, KT3 4RW). They will be offering fire safety advice, arranging free smoke alarm fittings and an opportunity to meet local firefighters and see their latest fire service equipment.

Mental Health Wellbeing & Stress Management Course

If you are interested in attending a free 3 week course to learn about stress and stress management techniques please see the attached flyer.

Rose Theatre

You may already be aware that The Rose Theatre in Kingston has warned that it faces possible closure following the planned withdrawal of funding from the local council. A parent has alerted us that there is currently a petition circulating in response to this news should you be interested in signing it:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-kingston-s-rose-theatre?bucket=&source=whatsapp-share-button

Gates at Juniors

Please can you keep younger children behind the painted yellow line until the gate opens – if they climb on / shake the gates then the sensor which prevents an accident will stop the gates opening automatically which is frustrating for us all.

We are looking for a Teaching Assistant at the Junior Site

We are looking to appoint someone who has a commitment to high quality child centered learning and who is passionate about working creatively with children and their families: 8.45am – 1.25pm, Monday-Friday Term Time including INSET days 22.50 hours per week ~ £11,000 per annum. For more information and an application form please go to the vacancies page of the school’s website.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of the summer term.

  • Saturday 15th June – Summer Fair 12-4pm (Infants)
  • Tuesday, 25th June New Reception Parents @ 7 p.m.*
  • Wednesday 26th June Year 6 Performance @ 7 p.m. (Year 6)*
  • Thursday 27th June Year 6 Performance @ 7 p.m. (Year 6)*
  • Tuesday, 2nd July – Country Dancing Festival a.m.*#
  • Tuesday 2nd July – Y3 Meet the New Teacher @ 3:45 p.m. (Year 2)*
  • Wednesday 3rd July – New Classes Day (All)
  • Thursday 4th July – Y6 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 5)*
  • Thursday 4th July – Summer Music Concert @ 7 p.m. *
  • Friday 5th July – Junior Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Juniors)*
  • Friday 5th July – Nursery closed for current pupils
  • Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July – Residential Trip to the Isle of Wight (Year 6)
  • Monday 8th July – Y2 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 1)*
  • Tuesday 9th July – Y4 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 3)*
  • Wednesday 10th July – Y5 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Year 4)*
  • Thursday 11th July – Y1 Meet the New Teacher @ 9 a.m. (Reception)*
  • Friday 12th July – Infant Sports Day @ 9:15 a.m. (Infants)*
  • Monday 15th July – Reserve date for Junior sports day
  • Wednesday 17th July – Leavers Discos (Years 2 and 6)#
  • Friday 19th July – End of Year Service @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers’ Service @ 10:45 a.m.*
  • Friday 19th July – School Finishes early
    • AM Nursery @ 10.45am
    • Infants @ 2.15pm
    • PM & Full time Nursery @ 2.20pm
    • Juniors @ 2.30pm
    • Connect @ 5.15pm

#Parent help needed*Parents invited