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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

May 24th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been another short but fun-packed week! Children at the Juniors really enjoyed themselves yesterday lunchtime as they paid for the opportunity to throw wet sponges at their teachers, Mr Burkinshaw and myself to raise money for the Year 6 play, Beauty and the Beast. Thank you to all the teachers who volunteered to be soaked and to all the children who managed to raise a fantastic £411! This week has also been ‘Respect Week’ where classes have been mixed and children have worked together, focusing on the impact of what we say and do on others and taking part in PSHE respect linked activities. Kingston Police Safer Schools Team visited Years 5&6 on Wednesday to talk to them about internet safety and how to stay safe in difficult situations. In sporting activities this week, our Year 6 cricketers played well in a competition at Kingston Grammar School and our Years 5/6 tennis team won the majority of their matches at Surbiton Racket Club yesterday, coming fifth overall. You can see photos of these and more in the attached newsletter.

New Malden to Raynes Park Walking & Cycling link launch

A new walking and cycling link between New Malden and Raynes Park will be opening on Saturday 13th July in collaboration with Merton and Kingston Councils. Sustrans, a UK sustainable transport charity, will be installing some ‘Nature Trail’ features along the link including 3 interpretation boards and several wooden bollards with nature designs on them and we are very excited that our Year 5 & 6 pupils will be involved in creating these designs. To co-ordinate this, members of their staff will be coming to school to run design sessions with the children sometime in early June.

On the launch day of the route (Saturday 13th July), there will be an opening event with London’s walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman and local councillors in attendance, as well as activities including chainsaw woodcarving, cargo bike rides and a nature trail activity.

Meeting with Zac Goldsmith

Several governors and I met with Zac Goldsmith to seek his support with the budget in such difficult times. He, Ed Davy and Vince Cable have an appointment to meet with Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education. He has promised to update us after this and we will share his feedback.

Sponsored Readathon – Juniors

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! Please can your child bring the sponsorship form to school and hand in to their teacher by Friday 7th June.

Princess Alice Hospice – Teacher Triathlon

Two of our teachers – Mrs Bond and Mrs Robinson – have been training whenever possible, in preparation for a super sprint triathlon at Blenheim Palace on June 1st. They are raising money for Princess Alice Hospice. If you’d like to sponsor them, follow the link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matthew-robinson45

Apron Donations

We would be very grateful for any donations of childrens’ aprons or old shirts at the Infant site. If anyone has any old ones that are too small or they no longer use, especially if they have sleeves, please could you hand in to the office.

Diabetes UK Good Diabetes Care in School Award

I am very pleased to inform you that our School has been nominated for the Diabetes UK Good Diabetes Care in School Award. The award celebrates and showcases schools that deliver good care and support to children and teenagers with Type 1 diabetes. As part of the nomination, Diabetes UK is inviting parents and carers to complete a brief online parent survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/school-nomination

Please follow the link to the survey if you would like to show your support or to oppose this nomination. The survey should take no more than two minutes to complete. You can answer this survey anonymously if you want to. Please be advised that you have until Friday 7th June to respond to this parent survey. Responses to this parent survey will be used by Diabetes UK to assess our school’s nomination for the award.

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.

Year 6 Residential Talk – Thursday 6th June @ 7 p.m.

There will be a talk for parents about Year 6’s trip to the Isle of Wight on Thursday 6th June at 7 p.m. in the Junior Hall. Year 6 are welcome to attend.

Skipping Workshop – Juniors

The skipping workshop at the Juniors will take place on the first day back after half term, Monday 3rd June. Ropes will be on sale after school on the day.

Term Dates 2020/2021

Term dates for 2020/2021 have now been finalised. Please see our website for details.

I hope you all have a relaxing half term.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

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

  • Monday, 3rd June – First day back after half term & Junior Skipping Workshop
  • Thursday 6th June – Y6 Isle of Wight Parents’ Talk @ 7 p.m. (Year 6)*
  • 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 @ 2:15 p.m. (Infants) and 2:30 p.m. (Juniors)

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

May 17th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

I have been very proud of our Year 6 children this week; they have worked so hard in their SATs and have all supported each other so well. It was lovely to see them together at breakfast every morning. Some children have even commented that they have enjoyed doing SATs, but I think we are all glad they are now over! On Thursday, Nursery and Reception classes had a fantastic time in a visit from some interesting animals from an exotic animal rescue centre. They saw a skunk, chameleons, an African Pygmy hedgehog, a macaw, snakes (beware of the very large one on the front cover of the newsletter!) and lots more with everyone getting a turn to touch them.  Years 1 and 2 have been making the most of the sunshine planting seeds in pots that they have painted themselves. You can see photos of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Behaviour Code

At Christ Church we are generally proud of the behaviour of our children. Visitors frequently comment on how lovely our children are to talk to, their excellent manners and their focus on learning. However, we know that it only takes a couple of children to call out, answer back or chat to distract from learning in any lesson. We are committed to maintaining high standards and will therefore be contacting parents if children breach our behaviour code, as we know you will wish to work in partnership with us in this vital area.

Class Photographs – 21st May

Pret-a-Portrait will be coming to take class photographs for the whole school on Tuesday 21st May. Please make sure children are sent to school in the correct uniform.

Soak the Teachers – Juniors – Message from Year 6

Our spectacular event of face soaking is coming up soon. Children are invited to throw sponges at teachers on Thursday 23rd May. It will cost 50p per sponge, or £1 for three sponges. We are raising money for the Year 6 play, Beauty and the Beast and we hope you can help us. Now to announce the soakees: Miss Ahn, Mr Boa, Mr Burkinshaw, Mr Ganyon, Miss Hunt, Mr Newman, Miss Scribbins, Miss Stray, Mrs Summers Mrs Wogan and even Miss White! We know your children will enjoy this unusual activity! Isabel and Dorsa (Year 6)

Sponsored Readathon – Juniors

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!

Year 3 &4 Choir – Cluster Concert at the Rose Theatre – Tuesday 11th June

The Year 3 and 4 choir will be performing at the Malden and Coombe Cluster Concert at the Rose Theatre on Tuesday 11th June at 2pm. Tickets are now available from the Rose Theatre via telephone, in person or via their website.

Year 6 Residential Talk – Thursday 6th June @ 7 p.m.

There will be a talk for parents about Year 6’s trip to the Isle of Wight on Thursday 6th June at 7 p.m. in the Junior Hall. Year 6 are welcome to attend.

Music Tuition from September 2019

If you are interested in your child learning an instrument at school from September 2019, the attached flyer from Kingston Music Service details the instruments available. Also attached is a flyer for their Come and Play Day at All Saints Church tomorrow where children and parents can try out their range of instruments and speak with the tutors.

Skipping Workshop – Juniors – Change of date

The skipping workshop at the Juniors, which was originally scheduled for 5th June, will now take place on the first day back after half term, Monday 3rd June. If you would like to pre-order any skipping ropes please remember to hand in to the office the order form together with a cheque or cash in an envelope with your child’s name and class on the front. Ropes will also be on sale after school on the day.

Developing Resilience and Independence – Workshop – Wednesday 22nd May

Please see the attached flyer if you would be interested in attending a two hour workshop for parents on developing resilience and independence and what you can do to support your child as they grow. It will take place on Wednesday 22nd May and is run by Gill Hines, Education and Parenting Consultant.

Lunchtime Experience

Kingston are very aware of concerns that parents have raised about the quality of lunches and have responded with a very exciting offer. We are delighted to be the only school in Kingston to have been selected by ‘Achieving for Children’ to work with a consultant, who specialises in school lunch service, to make lunchtimes more pleasant for children. The consultant’s aim is to “make it feel restaurant style” so watch this space!

Gardening

Now that we are getting better weather, we are embarking on our gardening for this year. Each junior class will choose a different plant to grow, so watch out for the tallest sunflower, longest runner bean, biggest courgette and the sweetest tomato! I was delighted to see that Year 5 have even created their own pots out of newspaper in order to reduce our use of plastic.

Friday 24th May – INSET Day

Please remember next Friday is an INSET day so school finishes for half term at the normal time on Thursday 23rd May. We return to school on Monday 3rd June.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

May 10th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had another short week but there has still been plenty of activity. Nursery have continued their topic on patterns, looking at sequences and using lego to make their own. Reception have been learning all about meerkats whilst Year 1 have been impressing their teachers with their multiplication skills. Year 2 have had a go at some gardening and have enjoyed seed planting. Year 3 have been raising money for Lunchbowl this week and we have seen a variety of colourful pyjamas this afternoon at their pyjama party. A huge congratulations to our Year 4 tennis team who, competed along with 15 other schools, and won the Yr3/4 Mini Red Tennis competition at Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club yesterday. They have now been selected to represent Kingston at the London Youth Games in July which is an amazing achievement. You can see photos of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Class Photographs – 21st May

Pret-a-Portrait will be coming to take class photographs for the whole school on Tuesday 21st May. Please make sure children are sent to school in the correct uniform.

ISS Green Fingers Promotion – 13th– 17th May

For the past 7 years ISS has held a green fingers promotion in the spring to help teach pupils about the seed to plate journey. It is a great opportunity to get children gardening and encourage them to try new foods. For all pupils enjoying a school lunch, there will be daily prizes and food tastings during the week. Please see attached flyer for more details.

Women’s Day at Lords – 29th May

We have received an open invitation from Middlesex Cricket Foundation for a women’s cricket day taking place at Lords on Wednesday 29th May. Middlesex Cricket Women and Surrey Cricket Women will be competing for The London Cup. If you would be interested in attending please see the attached flyer for how to book tickets and further details.

PTA Request – Summer Fair Sponsorship Boards

Thank you to those who have already responded to our previous pleas for addresses to display a SeOUL Residential sponsorship board. We are still short on addresses, so if you can help the school secure the largest single sponsorship from our generous donor, please email your name and address to ccnmptaboards@hotmail.com by tomorrow.  

Sponsored Readathon – Juniors

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 at https://readathon.secure.force.com/sponsor.  There is a £10 National Book Token for the child who raises the most money!

Request for tyres for seating at the junior field

We are looking for donations of 8 -10 tyres to help create some outdoor seating at our junior field. We have 3 x 3m scaffold boards and would like to create benches by supporting them with these tyres.  If you feel you can help, or indeed have other ideas to support these boards, please contact either office.

Parent Rep Meeting

The next Parent Rep meeting will be on Friday 17th May at 2pm in the Infant Staff Room. Please let your Rep know about anything you have appreciated or any queries before next Friday.

Recycle with Michael

Thank you to everyone who brought in their unwanted clothes and shoes for Recycle with Michael last term. We managed to collect 490kg of clothing and shoes raising valuable funds for The Salvation Army and £57.58 for our School.

Y6 SATs

Next week is SATs week for Year 6. Well done to all the children who have been working so hard towards these and I am sure all their efforts will be rewarded next week. Good luck!

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

May 3rd 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week I have seen the children getting lots of exercise. The infants took part in skipping workshops, held for each class, on Thursday and at the end of the day selected children were chosen to demonstrate their skills in the Hall for the whole School. I was also most impressed to see the staff skip with two ropes in their workshop! I look forward to seeing what the Juniors can do when they have their workshop on 5th June. Year 1 were also given tennis lessons this week and appear to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Years 3 and 4 have continued learning about the Iron Age with some food tasting and Year 5 have designed their own board games whilst learning about angles. You can see photos of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity – Talk for Parents – Friday 7 June 2019

For all schools in Kingston & Richmond, help is at hand with reading, spelling and homework. There will be a talk for parents on Friday 7th June 2019 from 9am – 10:30am at Collis School, Teddington. All are welcome. The presenter is Claire Hughes, an experienced specialist teacher and educational consultant with Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity. Should this be of interest to you, there is limited seating so please reserve your ticket by email to: awilson@collis.richmond.sch.uk

Road Safety

Please can we remind all parents and carers who drive to school to be vigilant and mindful of pedestrians, especially small children, during the busy drop-off and pick-up times. We have been notified of an incident this week by a parent whose child was almost hit by a car in Lime Grove.

School Uniform

We strive to maintain the highest standards in our appearance, but have noticed recently that standards are in danger of slipping. Wearing a uniform helps both to keep the focus on education, as opposed to fashion choices, and instil a sense of school pride in our pupils. Please can parents ensure that children are sent to school in the correct uniform, in particular with regard to footwear.

Summer Fair – PTA Request

We are delighted to announce that SeOUL Residential Estate Agents will, once again, be sponsoring our upcoming fair, which will open up a potential £1,050 of funding for the school, in return for 70 local addresses to display their advertising boards, which will also advertise the fair. If you would be happy to have an agency board outside your home to advertise the fair, please email your full name and address to ccnmpta.boards@hotmail.com

 Y6 SATS Breakfast

The ever popular Year 6 SATs breakfast returns. This must be booked in advance and Year 6 parents should have already received an email with further details.

Please remember it is bank holiday on Monday so we are back to school on Tuesday.

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

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

April 5th 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a busy last week of term it has been, finishing with a wonderful Easter service in church this morning. It was lovely to see so many of you there. Well done to Seahorse Class, this term’s best attendance winners, who celebrated with a tea party on Monday. We had an amazing display of Easter bonnets for our parade on Wednesday and some beautifully decorated scooters, skateboards and bikes in school on Thursday for Big Wheels Day. You can see photos of some of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Junior Book Project Winners

I was very impressed with the quality of work that has gone into the junior book projects submitted this week. I found it impossible to decide which project to vote for! I am pleased to announce the winners, voted for by the children and parents:

LKS2 winners:

1st – Mei Bush

2nd – Nicki Petrov

3rd – Nell Postlethwaite

UKS2 winners:

1st – Anna Plummer

2nd – Noah Holloway

3rd – Yeha Kim

Congratulations to you all and well done to everybody for all their hard work.

Date Change – Infant Sports Day – Friday 12th July

The infant sports day will now be on Friday 12th July, instead of Friday 28th June. It has changed to enable Year 2 to go on a school trip.

PTA Easter Egg Trail

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Easter Egg Trail. It was a very successful and fun event. The winner of the large egg was Lucy in Hedgehog class. Well done Lucy!

Hot Meals – New Menu

Please find attached the new menu for ISS starting after the Easter holiday on 23rd April 2019. Printed copies of this and the new Special Diet menus will be provided after Easter. Any children currently on a Special Diet Menu can continue on their current menu until the Parent Consent Form for the April menu is signed.

Skipping Workshop – Advance Notice

We will be holding a skipping workshop on Thursday 2nd May for the Infants and Wednesday 5th June for the Juniors. Further details will be sent out after Easter.

Book Bus Visit

Your child will have brought home yesterday a leaflet regarding the book bus, that will be visiting the Junior site on Wednesday 1st May. More details to follow.

Homework Club Next Term

There is no homework club in the first week back after Easter.

Choirs & Orchestra Next Term

​The Year 3/4 choir, the Year 5/6 choir and the orchestra all start in the first week back after Easter – Tuesday 23rd April for Year 3/4, Wednesday 24th for the orchestra and 25th April for Year 5/6. It is very important all children attend as we have lots of exciting performances coming up during the summer term.

Year 3/4 choir will be performing at the Malden & Coombe Cluster Concert on Tuesday 11th June at 2pm.  Please save the date and I will let you know further details and ticket information when it becomes available.

Infant Group Recorder Lessons 

For anyone interested in infant group recorder lessons, please click on Kingston Music Service (KMS) and contact them directly. These lessons have been very popular in the past and can lead to lots of other exciting opportunities further up the school. If you have any questions, please see Mrs Bond.

Summer Term

School opens for pupils on Tuesday 23rd April at the usual times.

I wish you all a very happy and restful break over the Easter holidays.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 29th 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

What an amazing time our Year 4 had at Carroty Wood this week. I went on Tuesday and watched them take part in a variety of fun (and some very muddy!) activities, including Go-Karting, archery and high wires. This morning we were treated to a music concert by some of our Year 3 pupils, who dazzled us with their performances. Well done to all those who took part and were involved in the organisation. Other trips and events this week have included a trip to Norbiton this afternoon by Year 5 for an ‘Easter Experience’, a football competition for some of our Year 6 pupils on Tuesday at Chessington Community College and a netball match against Corpus Christi for a Year 6 team after school on Wednesday. You can see photos of some of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Responses to Parent Questionnaires

Thank you so much for your many positive comments that you made in response to our parent questionnaires and also your helpful feedback about ways to become even better.  I am attaching a flyer which gives a flavour of the aspects which the parent community particularly values about the school. We have also met with parent representatives this afternoon and shared our plans for the main areas for development. Please see the attached sheet for more information.

Big Wheels Day – Thursday 4th April

On Thursday 4th April we are having a Big Wheels Day, as part of the Sustrans Big Pedal. Children can bring their bike, scooter, skateboard or roller skates into school and there will be activities during the day. There will be prizes for those children who want to decorate what they bring in.

Easter Bonnet Parade – Infants only

Next Wednesday is our Easter Bonnet Parade at the Infants and children are encouraged to come to school wearing an Easter bonnet that they have made or decorated. For those parents who have not made an Easter bonnet before, children can decorate an existing hat (e.g. a straw bonnet or a baseball cap), buy a new one or wear a pair of rabbit ears.

PTA Easter Egg Trail

Please be reminded that the PTA are holding Christ Church’s first ever Easter Egg Trail! The Trail takes place tomorrow and will be open between 12 and 4 p.m., starting outside the Reception classrooms. It will involve following clues around the residential area surrounding the school, with the aim of collecting letters that will make an Easter related word. All correct answers will receive a small Easter egg reward at the end and will also be entered into a prize draw for a larger Easter surprise! The suggested donation is £2.00 per child. Funds raised will go towards improving the playground.

Reminder – Junior Reading Projects

Please remember that children at the Juniors need to bring their reading projects into school on Monday morning (1st April). Two from each class will then be on display in the school hall on Friday 5th April, where children and parents will have an opportunity to vote for an UKS2 and LKS2 winner.  Parents are invited into the school hall from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on Friday where they can cast their vote. Please note that projects must be individual and not in a group.

Staff Leavers

I would like to thank a few members of staff who are leaving us this week.

  • Lucinda Cooper – Teaching Assistant I would like to thank Lucinda for her dedication and the support she has given to children in Reception during her time with us. We wish her all the best in her new job and, as one of our parents, I’m sure we will still see her in school occasionally.
  • Amy Day – Sports Leader I would like to thank Amy for all her enthusiasm and the support that she has provided to our School to help strengthen our profile in sporting events and competitions. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours as she focuses more on her exciting volunteering projects and hope that she will keep in touch. It has been invaluable to have a period of overlap with Mrs Brooks who took over as Sports Leader in the Autumn term.
  • Ray Robinson – Lunchtime Supervisor Ray, who will be so familiar to all of you, and who is our oldest member of staff has decided that it is time to take it a bit easier and to relinquish his lunch duties. We would like to thank him both for his dedication to his role and for the impressive example he has set for all of us.  He will still be continuing as lolly pop man, so he will still be a key member of our community.

Infant Group Recorder Lessons 

For anyone interested in infant group recorder lessons, please click on Kingston Music Service (KMS) and contact them directly. These lessons have been very popular in the past and can lead to lots of other exciting opportunities further up the school. If you have any questions, please see Mrs Bond.

Clubs

Knitting club has also now opened for registration for next term.  Please see the clubs page on our website for details.

Lunchtime Supervisors

We are looking for two lunchtime supervisors (one at the Infants and one at the Juniors) to join the team 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.

Connect Playleader

Connect 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 someone to join our enthusiastic 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 with breakfast and tea then we are interested in hearing from you. For more information go to the vacancies page on our website.

Road Safety – Update from Mr Walker

Following the successful presentation of the petition at the Malden and Coombe Neighbourhood Committee, we are moving towards a working group consisting of residents, schools and councillors. This group will review evidence from new surveys of the area and make recommendations to Kingston Council in an attempt to improve the road safety in the Groves. This is the first step in hopefully seeing some action. We were well represented at the meeting, showing community support for change. Thank you to all those who attending and of course all those who signed the petition.

Traffic Incident – Outside School Yesterday

We have been asked to kindly remind one of our parents, who was involved in a collision with another car outside the Infants yesterday, that the owner of the other car is still awaiting a telephone call from you.

Last day of term – Friday 5th July – early finish

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 at 5.15 p.m.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 22nd 2019

Dear Parent/Carers,

It was lovely to see so many parents at parent consultations this week. Many of the children told me how excited they were for their parents to see their books and hear how well they have been learning. I have certainly been impressed to see the progress that the children have made from the start of September. I do hope you found the sessions helpful – do remember that you can email the teacher if you have any follow up questions.

Last Friday, some of our Year 6 children were locked up! They were visiting Lavender Hill Magistrates Court and, as well as having a tour, took part in a role play. Some of the children were magistrates, dispensing justice, some were witness and one was the accused. After hearing all the evidence, the defendant was convicted and duly sentenced. It was a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about the justice system.

There are photos of that, and last week’s outdoor learning, in the attached newsletter, as well as some of the creative maths I have seen around the school – weighing in Year 1, fractions in Year 3 and decimals in Year 4.

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

Next week is the start of Sustrans Big Pedal, which this runs from 25th March – 5th April. On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking, scooting, skating or using a wheelchair to school.

Plans for the Infant Playground

We have now received some very exciting plans for the infant playground from a designer. The PTA will then meet with the designer and a surveyor next week in order to agree both our immediate priorities and a long term plan for all areas. (It looks as though we will start with a climbing canyon!).

In the short term, we would like to give the infant garden and planters an overhaul. We would love donations of compost, wood chips and plants. Please contact the office if you have anything to donate or know a contact we could approach.

Big Wheels Day – Thursday 4th April

On Thursday 4th April we are having a Big Wheels Day, as part of the Sustrans Big Pedal. Children can bring their bike, scooter, skateboard or roller skates into school and there will be activities during the day. There will be prizes for those children who want to decorate what they bring in.

 Clubs

The following clubs have also now opened for registration for next term. Please see the clubs page on our website for details.

  • Chess
  • Drama
  • EDA Dance
  • French
  • Tennis

We will also be starting a Junior Art Club on Monday afternoons. More details will follow next week.

Cleaning Staff Sought

We are looking to expand our cleaning staff. If you know anyone who might be interested, please ask them to contact Ian Duncan, our Business Manager, via the offices or by email jobs@ccnm.rbksch.org

No Gymnastics next week

Please remember there is no Miss O’Connor Gymnastics session next week (Monday 25th March).

Developing resilience and independence workshop

Please see the attached if you would be interested in attending a two hour workshop for parents on developing resilience and independence and what you can do to support your child as they grow. It will take place on Wednesday 3rd April and is run by Gill Hines, Education and Parenting Consultant.

PTA Quiz Night
What a great night!! Thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm, generosity and support at the quiz night last week. It was certainly a fun filled night. There were lots of celebratory photos on the staff WhatsApp! We have raised a great sum of £1367.27! This money will go towards the new Infant playground.  See you again next year!  ​

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher