March 1st 2019

Dear Parent/Carers,

The sunshine was a lovely start to the half-term and when you went out in the playground you could be forgiven for thinking it was the summer term! The children have come back full of energy, which they have put to good use! We were delighted by the success of our Year 4 tennis players, who came first in the borough’s Indoor Tennis Festival in Surbiton, on Wednesday. Congratulations to all the team.

We’ve started reading new books this week, Reception are reading The Little Red Hen, Years 3 and 4, Varjak Paw, and Years 5 and 6, Wolf Brother. Already, I have seen work that the children have produced, inspired by the stories. Year 1 and 2 are learning about the African savannah, as part of their On Safari topic, and thinking about the animals that live there. You can see photos of some of these, and more, in the attached newsletter.

DRESSING UP DAY – World Book Day – Thursday 7th March

Next Thursday is World Book Day. All children are encouraged to bring a book and come dressed as a character from that book. There are some helpful costume ideas here on Mumsnet.

Reading Challenge – Juniors

This half term we are asking that children read a book of their choice and then produce a project on it. Children will need to bring their project in on Monday 1st April. Classes will then vote for what they think are the three most impressive projects in their class and these will then be displayed in the hall on Friday 5th April. Parents and children will then be able to come and vote for an overall LKS2 and UKS2 winner (details to follow). Projects may include (but are not limited to) artwork, models, information boards, games and animations. We do ask that food is not brought in, due to the volume of people that will be looking at the projects.

Recycle with Michael

Spring Clean, recycle and raise money for our school all at once! Your child will bring home a bag today for you to fill with clothes, shoes and household linen should you wish. Please bring this to school next week, preferably on Wednesday or Thursday. On Friday 8th March, the Salvation Army will come to both sites to collect and weigh the bags. Christ Church then receives a percentage of the value of all the recycled materials. See www.recyclewithmichael.co.uk for further information.

Parents Evening/Year 6 Learning Reviews

There will be two parents evening sessions for Nursery – Year 5 on Wednesday 20th March from 4.00 p.m. -7.00 p.m. and Thursday 21st March from 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Year 6 will have a learning review on Friday 22nd March, during the day, for parents and pupil. You should have received a separate email with further details and how to book.

Momo Challenge

You may have heard about the Momo Challenge on social media. The UK Safer Internet Centre has advised that it is a hoax and it presents no risk to children, for more information, please see these stories on the BBC and the Guardian. It does present an opportunity for parents to discuss safer use of the Internet with their children.

Scrabble

Do you like playing Scrabble? Can you spare an hour or so on a Thursday afternoon? We are looking for more volunteers to come and play Scrabble with the children each week. Every class at the junior school has the chance to play, hone their vocabulary and spelling skills and have fun, however, we are in need of some more adults to play with us. If you can help, please contact Mrs Wogan to let her know.

Red Noses

Red Nose Day is Friday 15th March and we will be selling red noses at both sites from next Monday.
Please note that this year the cost of a red nose is a minimum donation of £1.25.

Road Safety – Update from Mr Walker

After much back and forth about our petition, Kingston Council have agreed to put together a report for the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood Committee on 20th March at 7.30 p.m. at the Richard Challoner School. The agenda for this Committee will be published by 5 p.m. on Tuesday 12th March and will be available to view online here. The report will outline what options are available to the Committee to agree a way forward.

At the meeting we will have the opportunity to speak on the issue and raise the points outlined in the submitted petition.

We need to show the level of support for this issue. If you can attend, please do – the more people we get there, the more they will have to take notice. If you want to speak, please let me know so we can draw up a list of speakers – this is open to everyone – if your children want to speak that would be great.

Donation of Tights for Lunchbowl Network

The Lunchbowl Network are going to Kenya later this month and they have asked if we would like to donate any new pairs of tights that they could take with them. They are really short of grey tights in ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 years.  If you would like to make a donation, please could you hand them in to the office at either site by Friday 8th March at the latest.

Closing Date – Nursery Applications 2019

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

PTA Quiz – Friday 15th March

Ticket are still available for the PTA Quiz on Friday 15th March! Closing date to get your tickets is Wednesday 13th March.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher