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October 19th 2018

Dear Parent/Carers,

It is hard to believe it is half-term already! Everyone has settled into their new classes and can be proud of all they have achieved in the seven weeks since the summer. We ended this half-term with an outdoor day, with children taking part in a variety of outdoor activities. Children were even “flossing 4 funding”. This week our Year 6 girls’ football team has been in action at Chessington Community College. Their hearts will have been pumping, something Years 5 and 6 have been learning about, and on Wednesday Dr Michael Wilde, a Consultant Respiratory Physician and Christ Church parent, talked to the children about lungs and hearts. Year 1 have been learning about the five senses in science and, this week, did a tasting and touching experiment to guess what fruit it was without looking. You can see photos of this, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Parents’ Evenings

Can I once again apologise for the ParentMail glitch which meant that many parents had to book for a second time. I am aware of the difficulty in finding a time to book that suits everybody and know it was inconvenient for some people to do that twice. We will be reviewing our approach to find out if there is any way we can improve our system.

Cubs and Scouts

If your child is aged between 8 and 10 (Cubs) and 10 and 14 (Scouts) and you think your child would like to join the Scout Group, you can get in touch through this website at http://www.7thmalden.org.uk/recruiting-now/ .

Local Residents of the Infant Site

There have been some complaints by local residents about cars being parked in front of their property and children walking on to their property. Please could we politely remind anyone coming to and from Lime Grove to be mindful of local residents’ property.

Infant Garden area

Outside Owl class at the Infants we have a small garden area that needs a bit of care. We would like to ask if any parents or relatives have compost or bark that they are able to donate to the school. We would also appreciate the donation of one or two garden forks, rakes, shovels and watering cans. It is a lovely area that we would like to capitalise on and get the children involved in some gardening and maintenance.

PTA Reminder

We are delighted to announce that we can get up to £1,050 from local Estate Agency, SeOUL Residential, for advertising the fair on their agency boards. This is really generous of them and will more than double what we can usually make but WE NEED YOUR HELP. We will need 70 residential addresses where SeOUL Residential can display one of their boards in the run up to the fair (December 1st). The agency board will display the fair details which should help to publicise the event! If you are happy to volunteer, please email ccnm.pta@hotmail.com ASAP with your name and address and we will do the rest.

This year all funds raised at the fair will go towards essential and immediate work required in the playgrounds. This is one of the easiest ways to help the PTA raise funds, so we hope to hear from you!

Year 6 Secondary School Applications

Urgent reminder to complete the application form by Wednesday, 31st October.  If you are having difficulties you can contact the admissions team on 020 8547 4610 between 08:45 – 14:00 Monday to Friday.  If you cannot complete the form on-line and need a paper copy, please come into the Junior Office on Monday, 29th October.  Any applications received after 31st October will be considered as late and this may severely affect the school your child is offered.

I do hope that you all manage to have a special time with your family at some point over the next week.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

October 12th 2018

Dear Parent/Carers,

Today, we had our first meeting of the parent reps. It is an important conduit for information, questions and concerns and we are grateful to all the parents who give up their time to take on the role. This afternoon we held a Returners’ Tea, for the children in Year 7 who left Christ Church last summer. It was lovely to see so many Year 7s come, and to hear how well they have settled in to secondary school. It was the first time we have done this but, after the success of this afternoon’s tea, it looks certain to become a tradition!

For those of you following the campaign for better school funding, please see the attached letter from Kingston headteachers.

Parent Reps

We had reps from every class at the meeting and had a wide ranging discussion. There were three main issues that had been raised by parents, two of which, unfortunately, we have little control over!

Parents are concerned about road safety on Lime Grove and Elm Road, as are we. Vehicles drive down both roads at great speed and are frequently parked badly. We know that the previous and current councillors are concerned about this and we are happy to organise a meeting with them.

Parents are concerned about the size of portions at school dinners. The portion sizes follow Government guidelines, which are partly aimed at tackling obesity, but children may eat larger portions at home. We are part of a borough wide contract and don’t have very limited input into its; operation.

There was positive feedback about our new system of home learning, though some parents ask if we could send home work on paper. We moved to the online system of home learning, because it engages the children, gives more information to parents and allows work to be better targeted. The feedback from children has been very positive.

We also discussed plans for the infant playground, to re-landscape the grass area and replace the trim trail.

Parents Evening – Nursery – Year 5

This term we have the following opportunities for parents of Nursery to Year 5 pupils to meet with their child’s teacher:
•Wednesday 14th November (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
•Thursday 15th November (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

Booking for Parents’ Evening will be through ParentMail, and will be available from 7.00 a.m. on Monday 15th October. You will need to log in to your ParentMail account to do this.

If you are booking appointments for more than one child, you need to allow at least the following gaps to give you time to get to the next appointment:
•Multiple appointments on one site – 10 minute gap after the end of your previous appointment (e.g., Infant child 1 – 6.00 p.m. and Infant child 2 – 6.20 p.m.)
•Multiple appointments on two sites – 20 minute gap after the end of your previous appointment (e.g., Infant child – 6.00 p.m. and Junior child – 6.30 p.m.)

We are really pleased that you can access a facility which enables you to add notes to your booking for the teacher, so you can let them know of any areas that you particularly want to focus on during the appointment. Book your appointment first, and then you will be able to add your notes. This will help the teacher with any additional preparation.

Appointments are for 10 minutes. If you need more than 10 minutes, you should make a separate appointment directly with the child’s teacher.

You can only book one appointment per child. If there are reasons why individual parents require separate appointments, please contact the Office on office@ccnm.rbksch.org.

Please note that school will be closing early on Thursday 15th November (2.15 p.m. Infants and 2.30 p.m. Juniors). This is in recognition of the considerable time and effort that teachers put into both the preparation for and the actual meetings with parents. We are hoping that this little alteration will keep teachers fresher for both the meetings and their teaching the next day. We are also following the pattern of neighbouring schools. Connect will offer an extra hour of child care on this day for those who have already booked.

Year 6 Learning Reviews

For the past few years, we have invited Year 6 parents to a longer Learning Review instead of the usual parents evening meeting. The review, which will also involve the child, allows parents to meet their child’s literacy and maths teachers. The review will be 15 minutes in total, split between the class, maths and English teachers. It acts as an invaluable transition for children as the approach used by secondary schools. In order to accommodate this, we will not be holding these reviews on days of the Parents’ Evenings.

The reviews will take place on Friday 16th November between 8.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.

The form will be available to complete from 7.30 a.m. on Monday 15th October. Please indicate which of the timeslots will be most convenient to you. We will then allocate appointments and split the time between both teachers. You will receive confirmation of your appointment times.

Year 6 Secondary School Applications

Just to remind you that the deadline for secondary school applications is quite close. Please remember to complete your on-line application by 31st October. If you are having any problems with your application, please contact the Junior Office.

The Infant Artificial Grass & Nursery Area

​Please note that the infant artificial grass and nursery area should only be used by children when they are supervised by school staff or coaches from clubs. Tempting as it may be, we would ask you not to let your children use it before or after school. Otherwise there is a danger of both injuries and the breakage of equipment, and we would not be insured for either in such circumstances.

Sickness – Vomiting and/or Diarrhoea

Please remember that children should not come to school for 48 hour after the last incident of diarrhoea or vomiting. If a child tells us that they have had diarrhoea or vomited in the past 48 hours, we will ask parents to collect them to reduce the spread of illness to other children.

Photograph Day – Friday 9th November – Sibling Photos

Pret-a-Portrait will be at the Junior site on Friday 9th November to take individual photographs of all the children. Infant classes will be walked up to the Junior site during the morning for their photographs.

As we did last year, and to reduce the disruption to lessons, sibling group photographs will be optional. These will be available before school (7.45 a.m. – 8.45 a.m.) or after school (3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.) on the same day.

If you would like to book a sibling group photograph, please complete the form on ParentMail indicating a first and second choice. Each family will then be given a five minute appointment time. We will do our best to give you one of your choices. Please note that this is only for children who attend Christ Church New Malden Primary, not younger or older siblings not attending this school.

Parents/Carers are responsible for bringing their children to the Junior site for their time slot. Please note there will be no supervision for your children before/after your time slot. For before school slots you will need to take your children home/supervise them until start of school or you are welcome to book them in to Connect. For after school slots you will need to collect your children at end of school and take them home/supervise them until your slot.

The form will be available for booking from 4.00 p.m. on Monday 15th October.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

October 5th 2018

Dear Parent/Carers,

It was lovely to see so many of you in church, this afternoon, for our Harvest service. Thank you to all parents and children who have donated food for the church to distribute to those in need. Today, we have also smiled on World Smile Day, raising money for children born with cleft palates. Throughout the school, children have been practising acts of kindness and doing fun activities for five minutes – the length of time it takes to repair a cleft palate. At the juniors, the children were challenged to create their own version of the viral song Baby Shark. Potter class stole the show with a flash mob. You can see photos of this, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Photograph Day – Friday 9th November

All reception – Year 6 pupils will be photographed individually on Friday 9th November. As last year, sibling group photographs can be arranged by booked appointment, either before or after school on that day. More details to follow next week.

Parents Evening/Year 6 Learning Reviews

There will be two parents evening sessions after half term for Nursery – Year 5 on Wednesday 14th 4.00 p.m. -7.00 p.m. and Thursday 15th November 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Reminder, for children in Reception to Year 6, school finishes one hour earlier on Thursday 15th November. For children already booked into Connect, their booking will be automatically extended by an hour.  

Year 6 will have a learning review on Friday 16th November, during the day, for parents and pupil. More details to follow.

Parent Reps

Our first parent reps meeting of the year is next Friday, 12th October. As part of the meeting, we will be answering questions that classes have raised. Do remember, many queries are much better resolved by speaking to the class teacher, or the office and it would not be appropriate to discuss them at this meeting. This meeting is designed to explore more general suggestions for the school.

Returners’ Tea – Year 7s

Next Friday, the 12th October, at 4 p.m. at the juniors, we are having a returners tea for all the Year 7s who left Christ Church in the summer. If you know any of the Year 7s who left, do remind them and their families of the invitation. No need to RSVP!  

PE Kits

Children should now bring in their outdoor PE kits – tracksuit top and bottoms, trainers and socks. Also, girls should bring in a spare pair of socks to keep at school for when they are wearing tights. PE kits should be in school every day.

Board Games for Juniors  

We would be very thankful to have donations of used (but complete) board games that would be suitable for our Junior pupils to play either at break or lunch time.  Donations can be made at both the Infant and Junior site; please place your games in the boxes provided in each foyer.  

Connect – Timing of breakfast

Children are welcome to join us at Connect at any time from 7.30 a.m. onwards.  However, please note that they need to arrive by 8.15 a.m., if they are going to eat breakfast. Otherwise, they should eat breakfast at home first.

Outdoor seating for the Field

We would like to create an outdoor seating area in our Junior field, comprising 3 planks of wood (long enough to sit 30 pupils) and 4 crates and or wooden boxes to support these planks.  If you are able to help in any way with this project please contact either office who will put you in contact with the Outdoor Team.

Infants Playground Enhancements

We would like to ask for help please with the following Infant playground enhancement projects: repair of playground sandpit; installation of sun shading on the infant playground and infant field and repair of the gazebo roof and repainting of the gazebo. If you feel you are able to help in any way, and have not already expressed an interest to help, please could you contact either office, who will put you in touch with the Outdoor Team.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

September 28th 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today, I joined hundreds of other Headteachers from across the country in support of a mass event intended to gain much improved funding for all schools. You may have seen it featured in news headlines this morning and I thought you would like to see the joint letter created by the headteachers to share the reasons for the event. I, personally, have never known headteachers to take such a step before and it shows the pressures that schools are experiencing.

We have had two sports teams out this week. Our Year 5 footballers and Year 6 swimmers did fantastically and were a credit to the school. Children in Year 1 and Year 2 were transported back in time to the dinosaurs when the Dino Dome visited. It was lovely to hear their roars! There were roars of anger when Year 6 re-enacted the divorce of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, rustling up some impressive Tudor costumes. Do have a look at photos of these events – and more – in the attached bulletin.

World Smile Day & Harvest – Friday 5th October.

We will be supporting Smile Train to raise awareness and money for life changing cleft and lip palate surgery. Millions of children with clefts around the world live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Throughout the day at school, children will:

  • Perform random acts of kindness to put a smile on someone’s face.
  • Take on a number of 5 minute challenges (Every five minutes Smile Train carries out life changing surgery)
  • Have access to a photo booth to capture their best smiles to commemorate the day!

Please send in any donations throughout the week. Each class will have a collection pot. We hope to raise £150 to fund a life changing operation.

Harvest – Friday 5th October

We will celebrate Harvest with a service at Christ Church at 2 p.m. on Friday 5th October. Children are encouraged to bring in some non-perishable food, e.g. food in tins. Parents are invited to come to the service and we do need parents to help walk to and from church. If you can help, please let your class teacher know.

Sad news about our trim trails (climbing equipment)

Sadly, both our trim trails failed their annual inspection this morning.  The one on the junior site needs some replacement ropes and then we will be able to use it again.  However, the one on the infant site is past repairing and needs replacing.  Please do come to our PTA AGM on Wednesday 3rd October at 7pm to help decide whether and how the PTA would be able to raise funds to replace the infant trim trail, as it is much loved by the children and will be sadly missed.

Thank you

As you will be aware, our gates failed to open on the junior site earlier this week.  We think it was due to some children triggering the sensor by climbing on them while they waited for their older siblings. I apologise for any confusion which arose and would like to thank all the parents/ carers who waited so patiently while we ensured that children were safely handed over to the correct adult.

The Bank of Christ Church School

The Bank of Christ Church School is once again open for business, just in time for children to save for Christmas. Every Thursday before school children can bring in money to save in their own account. Deposits can be made from 20p upwards.

The bank is run by children, under the supervision of staff and volunteers and is affiliated to Thamesbank Credit Union. Once each term, children will have the opportunity to withdraw money from their account.  Our top saver has over £70 in her account! To open an account or for more details, contact Mrs Wogan via the Junior office.

The aims of the Bank of Christ Church School are:

  • To teach children real and transferable life skills with a focus on financial awareness and financial security.
  • To educate children about the importance of good money habits and have the chance to build up their own savings in a child led, community based, ethical scheme.
  • To ensure that all activities reflect the school’s aim of Becoming the people God made us to be.

Christmas Fair – Saturday 1st December

The school’s Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 1st December – only 71 days away!

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

September 21st 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

This afternoon we had a lovely service in the church, where the children from Year 5 welcomed the new Reception children. The Year 5 children were remembering their own service, in 2013, and saying how big the older children seemed to them, then! One of the best things about being an all-through primary school is that we get to see the children develop while they are at Christ Church and we look forward to seeing our Reception children change and grow over the next seven years.

It has been a busy week at school. Yesterday was our first sports event of the year. A team of seven boys and girls went to Goals New Malden for the borough’s Year 2 Football Festival. The team played fantastically together, winning all but one game, and we were really proud of all of them. Years 5 and 6 have been learning about our circulatory systems. This week, they dissected lambs hearts. You can see photos of both of these things, and more, in the attached newsletter.

EducationCity

If your child is in Years 1 to 6, they should have brought home a letter about EducationCity, which included their username and password. All children can use it at home, but Year 2 and children in the juniors will also be set their home learning there. If your child has mislaid their letter please email the office and we will send you your details.

PTA – Drinks Reception & AGM – Wednesday 3rd October

The PTA are holding their annual AGM on Wednesday 3rd October at 7 p.m. at the Infant site. We will be electing a new Chair, a new secretary and a new treasurer. The evening will start with a drinks reception followed by the formal meeting at 7.30 p.m. Do come along to meet other parents, enjoy the cheese and wine and discuss plans for the year. A flyer with information about the PTA can be found here.

Year 1 Phonics Talk – Friday 5th October at 9 a.m.

Children in Year 1 are assessed on their phonics knowledge at the end of Year 1 – this is the statutory Phonics Check. To help parents support their child, we will be having a parents meeting on Friday 5th October, at 9 a.m. in the Infant Hall. We will explain what the check is, how phonics work and different resources you can use at home.

Harvest – Friday 5th October

We will celebrate Harvest with a service at Christ Church at 2 p.m. on Friday 5th October. Children are encouraged to bring in some non-perishable food, e.g. food in tins. Parents are invited to come to the service and we do need parents to help walk to and from church. If you can help, please let your class teacher know.

Christmas Fair – Saturday 1st December

The school’s Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 1st December – only 71 days away!

School Council

The Infant and Junior school councils met for their first meetings this week. Congratulations to the children who have been elected by their class – there was some stiff competition!

Infant School Council

  • Owl Class – Bryan & June
  • Squirrel Class – Lara & Scott
  • Fox Class – Amy & Joe
  • Hedgehog Class – Meghan & William

Junior School Council

  • Lion Class – Amelie & Sebastian W
  • Tiger Class – Alex & Florrie
  • Eagle Class – Finn & Darcey
  • Macaw Class – Sebastian B & Mei
  • Durrell  Class – Beau & Lara
  • Herriot Class – Faris & Millie
  • Kipling   Class – Maddie & Craig
  • Potter Class – Arek & Lucy

Parent Prayer Group

The first Parents’ Prayer & Coffee morning is this coming Monday, 24th September. They will be meeting in the Orchard Room at Christ Church church 9.15 a.m. to 10.15 a.m. For more information click here.

Parent Talks

We have had three parent talks this week, for parents who were not able to make it, click on the link for the presentations:

Driving Minibuses

Are there any parents who are interested in supporting the school by driving a minibus to events? Full training, and a minibus, is provided. If you are interested, or you know someone who is, please email office@ccnm.rbksch.org.

No Nuts

Please be reminded: Do not include any form of nut or peanut butter in your child’s pack lunch or snack as we have pupils with severe nut allergies.

Collecting ‘junk’ for Nursery

In Nursery, we love to make models. We would be grateful for donations of ‘junk.’ Because of severe allergies in our class, please do not bring in any food packaging.  However we would love any non-food packaging that is smaller than a shoe box eg toilet roll tubes, kitchen roll tubes, tubes, toothpaste boxes, light bulb boxes, make up boxes, mobile phone boxes, small Amazon packages. You can drop off any bags of junk at Nursery throughout the year: please leave them on the patio under the roof near the sandpit. Thank you!

Gardening

Some keen gardeners have been clearing the beds at the Juniors during playtimes and lunchtimes. We have some plants and seeds ready to grow, but the soil is rather dry. If you could donate a bag of compost we would be very grateful. If any parents would like to help, do contact the office.

Quiet Room

The children using the quiet room at lunch time really enjoy making pompoms from old balls of wool. Do you have any you could donate? Mr Robinson (our lollipop man and current quiet room supervisor) has said supplies are running low.

Keeping your child safe using devices

Many children in Y5 and Y6 bring phones to school. This in itself can bring challenges as they learn to navigate how to use devices safely and wisely. Please find attached some information from our Local Safeguarding Children’s Board to support parents on setting up children’s devices with parental controls.

As part of our commitment to keeping children safe online, Y6 are currently creating videos to promote staying safe online and when using their phones. Please ask them about what they are learning.

Someone else collecting your child?

If someone else is picking up your child from school, and you know before the school day starts, please email the class email address. If there is a change in pick up arrangements during the day, please contact the school office.

Nursery and Reception Tours

If you know anyone who is considering applying for a place at Christ Church, do let them know of the dates of our tours. If they want to come, they should let the school office know on 020 8336 7800.

Reception Tours

  • Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • September 27th
  • October 4th, 11th, 18th
  • November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Open Evenings

  • Tuesday 25th September at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 27th November at 7 p.m.

Nursery Tours

  • Mondays at 9:30 a.m.
  • November 19th, December 3rd
  • January 14th, 21st, 28th
  • February 4th, 11th, 25th, March 4th

Open Evening

  • Wednesday 7th November at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 30th January at 7 p.m.

Please note the following dates for Reception applications:

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

September 14th 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our new Reception and Nursery classes started this week. All the children seemed excited to be at school and some looked like they had been waiting to come for months! They will soon settle in and, before you know it, will be dressed as shepherds and angels for their Christmas performance! At the other end of the school, the children in Year 6 have made a flying start. As the oldest in the school they know what is expected of them and I am thrilled that they have already applied for different leadership roles.

This week, Year 3 have being making marvellous medicines, like George in Roald Dahl’s book. The ingredients sound disgusting – goats wee, deer poo, tree bark, dirt from a fox’s nail, mud from a drain, laces from a giant’s shoe and wax from a bear’s ear. Mr Burkinshaw was even brave enough to have a taste! There are photos of this, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Reminder – Monday 17th September Secondary School Transfer Talk @ 7 p.m.Y5 & Y6 and Y6 SATs Talk @ 7:45 p.m.Y6.

We will be holding a parent information evening at the Junior site on Monday 17th September at 7.00 p.m. Although the talk is primarily for parents of children in Year 6, parents of children in Year 5 are very welcome too. This will be designed to help you find your way through a complex process smoothly and to allay your fears.

There will be staff from Coombe Girls’, Coombe Boys’ and St Cecilia’s at the meeting to talk about their school and answer parent questions.

At 7:45 p.m. there will be a talk for Year 6 parents about the summer SATS. This will explain the different assessments the children will be taking and how we can best work together to prepare the children for them.

Reception Welcome – Talk and Service – Friday 21st September 2018

Next Friday, at 1:20 p.m. there will a talk for Reception parents, where we will share ways you can help your child progress in Reception. After the meeting, we will walk together to the church, where we will have a Welcome Service at 2:30 p.m. Reception parents can take their child home straight from church.

Weekly Email

This afternoon, you will receive the first of what will be a weekly email to parents. From next week, children at the juniors will also receive online tasks as part of that.

Book Bingo at the Juniors

Each term, children at the juniors will have a new reading challenge. This half-term, they are doing Christ Church Book Bingo. They have been given a copy today, and all the rules are on there. The children have been reminded that they need a different book for each square.

Parent Reps

If you are a parent rep this year, please email Mr Burkinshaw (deputy@ccnm.rbksch.org) with your name and class. The first meeting will be at the Infants at 2 p.m. on Friday 20th October.

Clubs

Clubs have started again this week. It is one of the wonderful things about school that we can offer so many clubs – enabling children to improve as singers, dancers, knitters and sportsmen (to name just a few). We are always looking to improve our club offering, so if you have any thoughts or ideas, email ideas@ccnm.rbksch.org.

Reception & Nursery Entry 2019

Click here for a leaflet about reception and nursery entry in 2019. If you know anyone who has a child who will start nursery or reception next year and is interested in our school, do forward them our leaflet.

Head’s March

On Friday 28th September, I am joining head teachers from Kingston and across the country to march to Downing Street to call for increased investment in our schools. We are calling for fair and sufficient funding for all schools, much improved teacher supply and retention and enhanced social mobility for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Arriving at the Juniors

It is not safe for children to arrive at the juniors before 8:30 a.m., unless they have a club. If you need your child to be at school before 8:30 a.m. you can book your child in to Connect, our popular before-and-after school club.

Reporting Absences

Do remember, you can now report your child’s absence through the ParentMail App, making it easier for you to tell us that your child will be absent. Absence reporting will only work through the mobile App, so it’s important that you have downloaded the App onto your iPhone or Android device. Click here for more information. We will review how successful this is at the end of term.

Community Passion Play

Next April, the members of the New Malden community are putting on an open air play about the trial, suffering and death of Jesus.  If you, or your children, are interested in getting involved, there is a meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday 22nd September at the United Reformed Church. For more information about the passion play, click here.

Nuts

Do remember we are a nut free school. Several children have life threatening allergies and no nuts should be brought in, either as a snack or as an ingredient.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

September 11th 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

A new year has begun! It has been lovely to see the children’s excitement as they move up a year and get used to their new classrooms and teachers. As I have walked round the school there has been a real buzz, and it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which children are engaging with their learning. We have a busy term ahead of us, as the children learn about dinosaurs or rainforests or the human heart, as well as becoming better readers, writers and mathematicians. It is also lovely to see the smart refurbished toilets and classroom for Hedgehog class.

We want to partner with parents, so from next week you will get a weekly ParentMail from your child’s year group, with information about learning and tasks you can do at home. We want also want you to contact us, if you have any questions or concerns – do use the attached information sheet to help you.

Reporting Absences

You can now report your child’s absence through the ParentMail App, making it easier for you to tell us that your child will be absent. Absence reporting will only work through the mobile App, so it’s important that you have downloaded the App onto your iPhone or Android device. Click here for more information. We will review how successful this is at the end of term.

PE Kits

Children should have their full PE kit in school every day, regardless of whether it is their PE lesson that day.

Monday 17th September Secondary School Transfer Talk @ 7 p.m.Y5 & Y6 and Y6 SATs Talk @ 7:45 p.m.Y6.

We will be holding a parent information evening at the Junior site on Monday 17th September at 7.00 p.m. Although the talk is primarily for parents of children in Year 6, parents of children in Year 5 are very welcome too. This will be designed to help you find your way through a complex process smoothly and to allay your fears.

There will be staff from Coombe Girls’, Coombe Boys’ and St Cecilia’s at the meeting to answer parent questions.

At 7:45 p.m. there will be a talk for Year 6 parents about the summer SATS. This will explain the different assessments the children will be taking and how we can best work together to prepare the children for them.

Year 1 – Favourite Book – Friday 14th September

Please could Year 1 children bring in their favourite story book for Friday 14th September.

Farewell

This week sadly, we have heard that Mrs Timmins, who has worked in the school office for 16 years, will not be returning to us. She has been a familiar face to hundreds of children and parents and we know that you will join us in expressing gratitude for all the care and support she has provided over these years.  We will also be happy to pass on any cards that you would like to send.

Jobs

We are looking for people for the following roles:

  • Learning Support Every morning and lunchtime in Year 4. (16 ¼ hours per week)
  • Learning Support Every morning and lunchtime in nursery (hours to be confirmed)
  • Infant Lunchtime Assistant Every lunchtime at the infants (6 1/4hours).

If you would like any more information about any of these roles, please email jobs@ccnm.rbksch.org.

Parking

Kingston Council have installed cameras outside both sites to photograph people illegally parked. Please remember not to park on the yellow zig-zagged line at drop off or pick up, or in front of neighbours drives.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

July 20th 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is hard to believe we have come to the end of the year! It has been packed with adventure and excitement, enthusiasm and determination and success and accomplishment. One of the joys of my job is celebrating with children the milestones in their learning. I hope, when you received your child’s exercise books yesterday, you were able to celebrate with them all the progress they have made.

Our last week has been busy, with Year 1 and Year 2 enjoying the sun at their beach parties, Year 2 and Year 3 having fun on the field and, yesterday, Year 6’s presenting their final music concert, wonderfully organised by Mrs Bishop. You can see photos of all these things in the attached newsletter.

This morning, it was lovely to see so many of you in church where we said goodbye to Year 6. They were in Reception when I first arrived at Christ Church and it has been lovely watching them grow up. We will miss them, when we come back in September, but are excited for them as they continue their journeys at Secondary School. At the service, we did show a video of this year’s highlights.

Please see the end of this email for key dates for next term.

Assessments

We are delighted to be able to share with you our assessment results for this year. We are pleased that we exceed national in every statutory measure:

Here are some of the details:

EYFS – Reception

  • 84% (national 2017 71%)

Phonics Check – Year 1

  • 92% (national 2017 81%)

KS1 – Year 2

  • Reading 90% (national 2017 76%)
  • Writing 81% (national 2017 68%)
  • Maths 88% (national 2017 75%)
  • Reading, Writing & Maths 80% (national 2017 60%)

KS2 – Year 6

  • Reading 90% (national 2017 71%)
  • Writing 88% (national 2017 76%)
  • Maths 84% (national 2017 75%)
  • Reading, Writing & Maths 80% (national 2017 61%)

Thank you so much, to all the teachers and teaching assistants and, of course, children, who worked so hard to achieve this.

​Exciting Opportunity at School

We are looking for a new member of our office staff, focusing primarily on communications and leadership support, as well as arranging sports events. If you, or anyone who you know, has experience in communication and/or marketing and would like to work at a school, do look at our jobs page.

Attendance

Each term, the class with the highest attendance celebrates with a tea party in the last week. This week, Yellow Class had their tea party, managing an impressive termly attendance of 98%. In celebration assembly, every Tuesday, we celebrate the top three classes for the week, and the term so far. This week, we also shared the full ranking:

1 Yellow 98.1%
2 Red 97.9%
3= Green 97.6%
3= 3BC 97.6%
5= Orange 97.4%
5= 5S 97.4%
7 4G 97.1%
8 3H 97.0%
9= 4A 96.8%
9= 6B 96.8%
10 6S 96.6%
11 5W 96.5%
12 Blue 96.2%
13 Purple 95.9%

School football kit
If your child has used a school football kit, and it has not been returned to school, please can it be returned as soon as possible.

Autumn Term

School starts at the normal time on Tuesday 4th September. School will be closed on Monday 3rd, for some exciting staff training about learning outside the classroom. (The SCL Holiday Club will still be open).

Holidays

We hope that you have a good summer and manage to get a break, too. We look forward to seeing you in September.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates for the Autumn Term

Tuesday 4th September Term begins – ALL
Monday 17th September Secondary School Transfer Talk @ 7 p.m.Y5 & Y6 and Y6 SATs Talk @ 7:45 p.m.Y6.
Friday 21st September Parent Talk: Helping Your Child in Reception @ 1:15 p.m. and Reception Welcome Service ´2:30 p.m. Reception
Friday 5th October Parent Talk: Phonics @ 9 a.m. – Y1
Friday 12th October Returners Tea – for 2017 Y6 Leavers @ 4 p.m.
Wednesday 14th November Parents’ Consultations @ 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Nursery – Y5 (not Y6
Thursday 15th November SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY 2:15 P.M. INFANTS, 2:30 P.M. JUNIORS Parents’ Consultations @ 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Nursery – Y5 (not Y6)
Friday 16th November Parent Talk: KS1 SATs @ 9 a.m. – Y2, Y6 Parent Reviews @ 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Y6

Christmas! 

This year, each infant class will do their own Christmas production. This will enable more children to perform on stage and also help parents get a better view:

Thursday 6th December Seahorse Class Christmas Production @ 9:15 a.m., Christmas Music Concert @ 7 p.m.
Friday 7th December Turtle Class Christmas Production @ 9:15 a.m.
Monday 10th December Owl Class Christmas Production @ 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday 11th December Squirrel Class Christmas Production @ 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday 12th December Fox Class Christmas Production @ 9:15 a.m.
Thursday 13th December Hedgehog Class Christmas Production @ 9:15 a.m., Nursery Class Christmas Production @ 11 a.m. and Year 3 Christmas Production @ 7 p.m.
Friday 14th December Christmas Jumper Day – ALL
Thursday 20th December Class Christmas Party Day – ALL
Friday 21st December Christmas Service @ 9:45 a.m. Term Ends 2:15 p.m. Infants, 2:30 p.m. Juniors

July 6th 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today, your child should bring home their Record of Achievement. It’s been lovely reading through them, seeing what the child and the teacher have written, and reflecting on the countless individual achievements and successes this year has brought. I hope they will help you understand your child’s attainment and progress and see the steps they can take next year to help them progress. We do value parents’ feedback, so do return the comments slip enclosed with the report. If your child is in Year 6, you will get your child’s report on Monday 16th July, as we don’t get the SATs results until next Tuesday.

Last night was the summer concert, a wonderful celebration of music. I am always amazed at the standard of our music, and how the children and their teachers perform such challenging pieces with such skill. Thank you to Mrs Huggett, Mrs Bond, Mrs Brooks, Mrs Bishop and Mrs Robinson, for organising it so well. (Do also see the newsletter for photos of the fantastic country dancing event on Tuesday.  I am so pleased that Kingston has continued this tradition for over 40 years).

Parent Governor

Thank you to both Nina Burich and Warren Speller for being willing to stand in the election for parent governor and to give up their time to support the school. It was lovely to see how many votes were cast and the involvement of our whole parent body in the process (far better than national elections!). Congratulations to Nina who received most votes and has been elected.

Choir, Orchestra and Recorder clubs

This week was the last week for music clubs this term. There will be no choir, orchestra or recorder clubs next week.

Last Day of Term – Friday 20th July

You are warmly invited to join us at Christ Church for our end of year service which begins at 9.45am.

As is usual on the last day of term, School finishes early:

  • AM Nursery @ 10.45am
  • Infants @ 2.15pm
  • PM & Full time Nursery @ 2.20pm
  • Juniors @ 2.30pm
  • Connect @ 5.15pm

Another Farewell

Mrs Ferguson has retrained to work with children with a hearing impairment and, this week, she got a job at a school for children with hearing impairments. She has been a wonderful TA in Year 6 and a lunchtime supervisor for two years and while we will miss her, we are really pleased that she has got a job which uses all her new skills.

Further to the information we gave out in last week’s bulletin, we wish to clarify that Mrs. Robertson is, in fact, retiring after 26 years of teaching.

Parking

Following complaints from parents and neighbours about unsafe parking and driving we are having receiving visits from the Coombe Vale Safer Neighbourhood team and they have asked us to remind you that it is illegal to park:

  • on the zig zags outside school at the designated times
  • on the double yellow lines
  • on the pavement

They have already issued a number of enforcement tickets and also that they are willing to take action following reports of abusive behaviour by drivers. Please do drive safely and courteously and keep our children safe.

Tombola Prize – DogFest

A pair of tickets to DogFest were included in the summer fair tombola. Unfortunately, due to the very hot weather the event has been cancelled. If you have won the prize and wish to transfer your tickets to next year’s event, please email the organisers at info@dog-fest.com.

Yours sincerely,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

This week’s ParentMail messages

Juniors – Cricket club flyer, Chelsea Football Club, Girls Football Club Monday 9th July, Year 6 Collective Worship Music concert (selected children)

Infants

Whole school – AMSA Football club registration,