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