February 8th 2019

Dear Parent/Carers,

What you think is really important to us, so we were very concerned to see that less than 10% of families had managed to complete the parent questionnaire. We are therefore going to extend the deadline for responses in order to give everyone a chance to add their comments. Whether you are happy with everything the way it is, or want to see something change, do use the questionnaire to help us plan for the future. We really value the lovely comments that some parents have already written, but also want to know what parents would like to see change. Please click on the link below to complete the questionnaire, which will be held open for one more week.

>>>>CLICK HERE FOR THE PARENT/CARER SURVEY<<<<

On Wednesday, Seahorse Class visited Pizza Express, where every child got to make and take home their own pizza. I trust they were very tasty! Year 1 and 2 have been learning about the consequences of poor baking, as they study the Great Fire of London, which started at a bakery in Pudding Lane. As part of it, the children have been making Tudor houses and will be recreating the Great Fire themselves! Normally, we tell the children not to write on the table, but this week, Durrell Class have been writing fraction number lines on their desks. Do look at the attached newsletter for photos of this and more. You will also find last week’s newsletter attached, as it was only posted on the website last week.

Parent Reps

Thank you to all the parent reps who came to the meeting this afternoon. Thank you, too, to the parents who sent in comments – we had fewer than ever before! It was lovely to also hear so much positive feedback. We had a good discussion about the exciting infant plans for the infant playground, sports across the school and road safety in the local area. For more information, please see the attached note.

World Book Day – 7th March – Dressing Up Alert!

Advance warning: this is the day where children and adults will to come to school dressed as their favourite character.

Road Safety

We understand that at least one parent was stopped by the police this week, because their child was not in the correct car seat. Please can we remind parents that you must make sure that any children in the vehicle you’re driving are:

  • in the correct car seat for their height or weight until they reach 135 centimetres tall or their 12th birthday, whichever is first
  • wearing a seat belt if they’re 12 or 13 years old, or younger and over 135cm tall

Dangerous Driving Petition – Update

Parent Sam Walker says: “Thank you to everyone who signed the petition to keep our children safe on the streets. We’ve now reached the 500 signatures required to get the situation discussed at a full council meeting. If you haven’t signed, please do – the more signatures we get, the stronger our case is for action.”

Infant Singing Festival – March 2019

This event usually takes place in June but will be taking place in March this year instead. This event is run by the Borough and they have decided to change the format of the event this year. The festival will be in two parts:

  • Week 1 (11th -15th March) Infant Singing Workshops – Workshops within school for Year 1 and/or Year 2 pupils
  • Week 2: (18th – 22nd March) Cluster workshop and performances at allocated locations and times around the borough. We will be taking part in a concert on Tuesday 19th March at our Infant site.

I know that some parents were disappointed to see that the concert will not be at the Rose Theatre this year. We understand that there were two main reasons that Kingston Music Service made this change: the first being to reduce the workload of school choir leaders and music coordinators in the summer term, many of whom also conduct their junior choirs. The second reason is to make the festival more inclusive and increase the profile of the already popular school concerts at the end of the workshops which are accessible to all KS1 children, not just those who opt-in to the choir.

Quiz night

This has been set for the 15th March at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now!

Threadworms

We have been notified this week of an instance of a child with threadworms. As these can spread easily, please can we ask parents to be vigilant. Further information on threadworms can be found on the NHS website.

No Year 5 & 6 Choir or Orchestra next week

Please be aware that there will be no Orchestra on Wednesday 13th February and no Year 5 & 6 Choir on Thursday 14th February.

Closing Date – Nursery Applications 2019

Please note that the closing date for Nursery applications is Friday, 8th March 2019.

Year 6 Cake Sale

Well done to everyone who baked, bought and helped sell at the Year 6 cake sale last Friday. They raised a fantastic £197.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher