April 30th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is so exciting to be able to start to open up again and to plan exciting developments once more. This week, we started our singing assemblies again and I loved being serenaded as I worked! Year 6 have auditioned for and even started to rehearse their end of year play. Next week, Reception will start sharing their outside area once more as one bubble, and I know the children are very excited. Mr Burkinshaw and I are also planning a number of events for later in the term as it looks highly likely that the restrictions will lift and the infection rate is continuing to drop in the area. (Please see the section below).

We are also planning exciting developments in relation to teaching and learning.  We are aware that the repeated lockdowns, restrictions and individual circumstances have put enormous pressure on the country, our community and each one of us in different ways. If you have any concerns about your child, or how they are doing at school or in their friendships, please do not hesitate to contact us. No worry is too small to share. You are most welcome to use the class email, myself via tabitha.white@ccnm.uk, Andrew Burkinshaw (andrew.burkinshaw@ccnm.uk) or Alex Roe (alex.roe@ccnm.uk). 

Becoming the people God made us to be

We would like to empower children to show respect at all times for each other;  increasing their awareness of their own rights and of those of others and recognising the significant contribution that each and every one of us can make to improve the world around us.  I thought you would be interested in hearing about three initiatives which we are introducing:

1. High quality books to promote an understanding of the uniqueness of each individual

Thanks to generous donations from parents, we have been able to purchase a variety of different books that promote diversity. These have been added to class libraries and will be regularly swapped between classes so that children get the opportunity to read the variety of new books on offer.

2. Courageous advocacy

Each year group has selected a way in which they can positively impact upon the world around them, starting with Reception thinking about their own class, Years 1 and 2 about the Infants, Years 3 and 4 the local community and Years 5 and 6 the wider world.

Their projects are as follows:

  • Reception are really interested in recycling so are going to use the book 10 Things I can do to help my world. They will focus on advocating the small things we can do within their classroom that will make a difference. The book includes little things the children can do every day e.g. turning the light switches off when we leave the room and using scrap paper rather than a fresh sheet of white paper.
  • Year 1 are going to write letters to send to Miss White & Mr Burkinshaw to encourage us to be able to do more gardening and to have an outside assembly with the rest of the infants at least once a term.
  • The Year 2 children recognise their responsibility to be excellent role models to their younger peers in the school.  Using the text ‘How Full is your Bucket?’ the children would like to promote positive playtimes by carrying out kind acts in order to fill other children’s “buckets”. The idea of filling a bucket is used as an analogy for offering encouragement, appreciation, and acknowledgement. We have a choice every day: We can fill one another’s buckets, or we can dip from them!
  • Year 3 plan to turn one of the trees in Beverley Park or along the High Street into a “tree of encouragement” using handmade pom-poms, laminated quotes etc, all advocating things we can do to improve ourselves and our community.
  • Year 4 are concerned about traffic on Elm Road, particularly the speed at which cars drive up and down. They will gather evidence and then write to the police and Kingston Council.
  • Year 5 have decided to support the Million Miles Clean movement which is encouraging people around the UK to collect litter. As they do this, they track their miles and it adds to the total. It can be done on beaches, parks, streets or anywhere! The children are also very keen to reduce the amount of single use plastic, therefore we are going to write to the chief executives of Supermarkets with some ideas on how to reduce the amount of plastic that is used!
  • Year 6’s RE topic is entitled ‘Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy’. In it they are looking at the spread of basic amenities, e.g. toilets and how they are developing compostable ones in Africa, child labour via a Red Cross lesson, human rights, linking with a food bank and celebrating inspirational musicians who have shone a light onto world issues through song.

3. Rights Respecting Schools

We are embarking upon a three year plan to become a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. To quote from the scheme ‘Together young people and the school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day. The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools, children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.’…’It gives children a powerful language to use to express themselves and to challenge the way they are treated. They are also able to challenge injustices for other children.’

We will launch this programme the week before half term. We intend to achieve Bronze by Christmas this year, Silver by the end of 2022 and Gold by the end of 2023.

Thank You for our Mud Kitchen

We would like to say a big thank you to William Brooks, an ex parent of our school. Having recently started up a woodwork business, he has handmade and donated a mud kitchen to our Reception classes. It is so beautiful and very generous as it has saved us hundreds of pounds. The children spent the afternoon watching him assemble it on the field and were desperate for him to finish so they could play with it. I’m sure it’s going to prove extremely popular and we are very grateful. Thank you. 

Junior Music Concert – Invitation to all Junior Instrumentalists

We are very excited to announce that Mrs Huggett and Mrs Bond will be co-ordinating and producing a video music concert this half term. If your child is interested in taking part, the schedule for this will run as follows:

  • w/c 3rd May – children to practise their performance at home
  • w/c 10th May – auditions will take place in front of their class. Each class will have an allocated day during this week and we will confirm these in next Friday’s bulletin
  • w/c 17th May – selected individuals will be recorded
  • w/c 24th May – parents will receive a video concert via ParentMail

Class Photographs – Tuesday 18th May

Imago will be taking class photographs for the whole school at both sites on Tuesday 18th May. All children should wear full school uniform on this day. No P.E. kit should be worn; children will be able to do P.E. in their uniform.

Parents Welcome!

As restrictions are lifted, it is wonderful to be able to welcome parents back into school. We wanted to tell you about some things that you may want to put in the diary now:

  • Friday 9th July – Junior Sports Day 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. 
  • Friday 16th July – Infants Sports Day 9 a.m. until 12 noon
  • Wednesday 21st July – Celebratory Afternoon – parents are invited in to visit their child’s class and find out what they have been learning about. 

Heroes Stamp Design Competition

We are delighted to be taking part in the Royal Mail’s Heroes Stamp Competition. Your child has the chance to become the designer of stamps that will be printed on millions of parcels and letters across the country. The theme is ‘heroes’, a few examples are, teachers, NHS staff, police, refuse workers, supermarket workers. To enter you must simply, draw your design on this official entry form (hard copies also available from your teacher) and fill in your details. Return your entry to the school office by Friday 14th May 2021 and we will send the entries to the judges.

Please see the attached letter for more information. Have fun designing!! 

Proposed new Church of England Secondary School in Kingston

You are probably aware that there are three Roman Catholic primary schools in Kingston and two secondaries. There are nine Church of England Primaries, but no secondary schools. The borough has consulted on addressing this gap by building a new Church of England secondary school, and will (due to a procedural challenge) be rerunning its consultation from Friday 23rd April to Friday 21st May. There is a particular concern that there have been 158 pupils who were not allocated places in secondary schools this year. If you would like to support this proposal, please send an email or short letter to Matthew Paul, Associate Director for School Place Planning for Kingston (matthew.paul@achievingforchildren.org.uk)

Reminder – PTA Meeting: Tuesday 4th May

Please join us on Tuesday at 8:00pm via Zoom for a PTA catch up. Zoom details have been sent to parents/carers. We hope to see you there!

For Year 5 parents – Transfer to secondary school 2022 – Arrangements for applying to selective schools in Sutton

Please see the attached leaflet for information and key dates for Year 5 parents wishing to apply to selective schools in the boroughs of Sutton. Please check on the individual school’s websites for further details.

I wish you all a relaxing bank holiday weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher