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