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