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January 15th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are now at the end of the initial two weeks of school closure. It is reassuring to see that the infection rate has started to drop, but it is still very high (707 per 100 000), and indeed higher than it was before the Christmas holidays. I would therefore like to thank all of you who are managing to keep your children at home, often whilst juggling the demands of a busy job with online meetings, phone calls, emails etc.  When we heard that lockdown was extending until at least the February half term, we promised to review our approach. We have therefore considered additional requests which we received from families and also the needs of individuals and balanced these with the importance of keeping numbers down, offering a range of support where possible.  We have offered a small number of extra places. If, however, you feel your circumstances have changed, please contact myself (head@ccnm.rbksch.org) or Mr Burkinshaw (deputy@ccnm.rbksch.org). Likewise, if we can help in any way to make accessing teaching and learning easier at home do contact the classteacher, Mr Burkinshaw, Mrs Roe or myself.

Gratitude Exercises

At the end of my last celebration assembly, I encouraged children to reflect each day on three things they were thankful for and to let me know. It was lovely to hear how many juniors are enjoying their new Chromebooks, and the timing of their arrival seems perfect for lockdown. I also chuckled when they mentioned seeing Mrs Forte’s new dog online and we look forward to the time when they can actually see Ernie at the Infants. Do send in your child’s thank yous to head@ccnm.rbksch.org.

Application for Reception 2021

Please note that today (Friday 15th January) is the last date for applying for a Reception space for 2021. If you have not submitted your application yet, it needs to happen today!

Tabitha White, Headteacher

January 8th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a start to 2021. I think it would be an understatement to say that it has felt rather flat and a disappointment!  Thank you so much for bearing with so many messages and last minute communications. Thank you also for supporting us as we venture into the brave new world of live lessons at such a pace. I hope that they will be a game changer in engaging children in their learning and helping them not feel forgotten. I would like to thank the teachers for their incredible hard work in planning for and adapting to the new normal so rapidly. As always, I am so proud of the team that I work with! As time goes on, we would like to expand what we are offering to include some social times for chatting with break out rooms. Watch this space!

As you have had a number of messages from me this week, this will be a very brief update. It just remains for me to wish you a peaceful and relaxing weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

December 18th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we come to the end of such a strange year, I would like to thank you all for your words of support and encouragement, even when I was having to ask people to self isolate! I think we will all be glad to see the end of 2020! Having said that, it has been a year full of special moments as well. I have loved seeing the smiles on children’s faces as they returned to school and feeling the excitement in the air. I have loved the sense of community and all the little (or not so little!) treats you have shared with us. I have loved working with a team I am so proud of, who have all pulled together and been willing to take the risk of catching Covid- 19 for the sake of the children. I know that for some of you, this year has brought great sadness and our thoughts are with you. This year has also given us many special memories, and I hope that watching your children’s performances will give you some more too!

I wish you all the following blessing:

The wisdom of the Wonderful Counsellor guide you,

The strength of the Mighty God defend you,

The love of the Everlasting Father enfold you, and

The peace of the Prince of Peace be upon you.

Miss Stray’s Local Area Photography Competition – best photographs win prizes

Over the Christmas break, we will be holding a photography competition to help promote the geography of the local area. This is a great opportunity to explore some picturesque local sites while out and about. The only rules are that photos need to be taken by the children and within the borough of Kingston. Other than that, be as creative as you want! Not only will there be a prize for the winner but a special newsletter will go out to showcase the variety of the entries received.

Please send all entries to potter@ccnm.rbksch.org by Wednesday 6th January.

Online Christingle Services – Saturday 19th AND Christmas Eve, both at 4 p.m.

St John’s Church would love to invite you all to join them for their popular Christingle service which is happening online this year. Please contact them at eilsosgood@sjnm.org to sign up for your free Christingle pack and then join Geoff the Puppet and others on your preferred date for a fun-packed service at sjnm.online.church

Christ Church Christmas Trail

Christ Church is doing a ‘Christmas Trail’ for children. It’s free, but people do need to book a timed ticket in advance – it’s designed to be Covid safe and only one family will be able to walk through at a time.

‘This Christmas, our hall will be transformed into a magical Christmas Trail, so that children can come and experience the nativity story for themselves! It will be open for five afternoons from 1-4pm from Saturday 19th December until Wednesday 23rd December . Entry is FREE but timed tickets must be booked in advance, one household/support bubble per ticket to ensure social distancing.

Please sign up everyone in your group and let us know the names and ages of the children.

Face coverings must be worn by adults once inside the building (unless you are exempt).’

People can book tickets online here: https://ccnm.churchsuite.co.uk/events/yxzde7cx

They are also doing an online Children’s Carol Service on Sunday which will be available to watch on their YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2FMkGdQ

It will have Christmas Carol singalongs, and costumes etc. so hopefully good fun for any children who want to join in at home! (The video hasn’t gone live yet but it will be there on Sunday!)

Mental Health Services

Should you find these helpful, we have attached the following information which provide the details of the mental health crisis lines and online counselling services available over the holiday period.

Online Drama Club

Drama Workshops will again be offering online drama courses for infant and junior children next term. Please see the attached form for booking and further details.

Keeping everyone safe at Christmas

It was a relief not to hear about any more cases on our final day. However we do still need families to keep us informed about any positive cases at the start of the holidays, as we will be expected to lead the ‘track and trace’.

  • Up until 23rd December, if a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the pupil may have been infectious whilst in school.
  • The school should only be contacted if the child has developed symptoms or tested positive within 48 hours of last being in school. In this situation, please contact us via our dedicated email covid@ccnm.rbksch.org and we will contact you and anybody who has been a close contact of your child.
  • Where a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and every blessing in 2021.

Tabitha White,

Headteacher

December 11th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

As I write this, I am surrounded by a school full of children with the most amazing Christmas jumpers, and a sense of excitement in the air! The juniors are filming their Christmas poems and the infants are making final edits on their performances. We will send you private links to your classes’ performance next week so you can enjoy watching them with your children at home.

This week, it has been lovely to hear all your messages of thanks and support via our parent representatives. I think it also turned out to be the shortest list of queries and concerns that we have ever had.  A summary of the points discussed which affect more than one class has been sent to all parents/carers.

Thank you once again for your generous donations, which keep coming in. This week we would like to thank our anonymous donors. We will be using our latest sums to buy more Pritt Sticks, which are so invaluable! We would also like to thank you all on behalf of the governors for your very generous donations (more than ever before!).

Keeping everyone safe and ensuring a happy Christmas

Please could I urge everyone to be very cautious next week. We have been so fortunate as a school to have so few positive cases. Whilst I would usually want to see as high an attendance rate as possible, next week I would ask you to keep your child at home if you have any concerns about their health.  If we have to ask people to self-isolate now, it will obviously affect their Christmas and everyone is hoping for a good time after such a challenging year. If your child does show potential symptoms and you need to seek a test, please tell us straightaway and also advise us about the outcome of the test.

Likewise, we will need families to keep us informed about any positive cases at the start of the holidays, as we will be expected to lead the ‘track and trace’.

  • For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the pupil may have been infectious whilst in school.
  • The school should only be contacted if the child has developed symptoms or tested positive within 48 hours of last being in school. In this situation, please contact us via our dedicated email covid@ccnm.rbksch.org and we will contact you and anybody who has been a close contact of your child.
  • Where a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Christmas Parties – Thursday 17th December

Next Thursday, every class will have their Christmas party. Children can wear their own clothes, but may well have some of the party outside, so their clothes may get dirty! Children will be given some individually wrapped party food, please go to the ParentMail shop to donate £1 towards the cost of this.

Last Day of Term – Thursday 17th December

Thursday 17th December will be our last day in school. On Friday 18th December we will provide remote learning which will feature our end of term service, which you are welcome to enjoy as a family, and other creative activities. As this is a day earlier than originally planned, we will finish on Thursday 17th at our normal time and our final activity will be our class parties.

SCL have agreed to offer an extra day of their holiday club on 18th December for any families needing childcare. They would need to have a minimum of 8 children to run the club. Please could you complete the ParentMail form “Additional SCL Holiday Club” by lunchtime on Monday 14th December to express an interest.

Children will return to school as planned on Tuesday 5th January.

Online Christingle Services – Saturday 19th AND Christmas Eve, both at 4 p.m.

St John’s Church would love to invite you all to join them for their popular Christingle service which is happening online this year. Please contact them at eilsosgood@sjnm.org to sign up for your free Christingle pack and then join Geoff the Puppet and others on your preferred date for a fun-packed service at sjnm.online.church

The Good Food Co-op

The Good Food Co-op is a new local not-for-profit organisation supplying fruit and veg boxes with a difference! Like other similar schemes, you can subscribe for a regular fruit or veg box, but every box purchased will help a local individual or family in need to receive fresh produce for free.

Working in partnership with Kingston Borough Council, Voices of Hope, the Foodbank and various churches, charities and businesses across the borough, the Good Food Co-op aims to make ethically and sustainably sourced fresh produce accessible for everybody.

St John’s Church (Kingston Road, opposite Aldi) is one of the local pick-up hubs, with boxes available for collection on Thursdays afternoons. To find out more, or to order a fruit or veg box, please visit the website – www.goodfoodcoop.org.uk

Emotional Wellbeing

Please see the attached guidance from our Junior Pastoral Mentor, Claire Stevens, for this week’s suggestions about ways of looking after our wellbeing.

Reminder – Primary School Applications 

For any parents making primary school applications for September 2021 entry, you can apply online here. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021. You must submit your application and any supplementary information forms by this date. We will be offering socially distanced tours at 3.45pm everyday between 4th and 15th January 2021. Please contact the office to book a place.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

December 4th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week the preparations for Christmas have started in earnest. I have been very impressed by the creativity of the teachers as they tackle the challenge of creating and filming performances, whilst avoiding singing in order to keep everyone safe. You may have heard that the Government has just given schools permission to offer live performances, with real audiences. However, we would not wish to compromise anyone’s safety, particularly as we approach Christmas. We are pleased that we have had to ask so few people to self-isolate to date. We would hate to be asking groups to self-isolate over the Christmas period. We will send you private links so you can watch the performances in the comfort of your home with your families.

Thank you once again for your generous donations, which keep coming in. This week we would like to thank the families of the following pupils:

  • Daniel and Angela Kim
  • Grace Lee

and our anonymous donors.

We will use the latest funds to buy a class set of dictionaries.

Keeping Everyone Safe at Christ Church

As we approach Christmas, we are particularly keen to avoid having to close any bubbles and to keep any transmission of the infection to a minimum. If your child does show one of the key symptoms, please keep them at home and arrange a test. Please could we also remind everyone that if one person in a family has to seek a test, the whole household should self- isolate until a negative test result has been received. If, of course a positive result is received then the person tested needs to self-isolate for 10 days and the rest of the household for 14 days.

Thank You Message from Elleray Hall

Elleray Hall is a registered charity and daytime social centre where people living in and around Teddington can go to meet friends and take part in a range of activities, chat over tea and coffee and enjoy a good home cooked lunch. Many of our children have been busy making cards and decorated hearts with messages to go in Christmas gift bags for their members and they have sent us the following message:

 “Huge thanks goes to Christ Church New Malden C of E Primary School for fabulous homemade cards and gifts to send to Elleray Hall members this Christmas. They will be very much appreciated”.

Sponsored run for JDRF

Congratulations to Macaw class who ran 50 laps around the playground on Wednesday to raise money for JDRF – the type 1 Diabetes research charity. The run marked three years since classmate Oli was diagnosed with type 1, the autoimmune condition that requires 24/7 care and for which there is at present no cure. To date the class has raised an amazing £2,272. It is the third fundraising effort led by Oli who, with the help of family and friends, has raised over £15,000 for type 1 research.

“A huge thank you from Oli and his family for all the support shown by the school community. It means so much to us and our type 1 friends.”

Christmas Jumper Day

Next Friday 11th December is Christmas Jumper Day where children and staff can bring £1 to school and wear festive jumpers for the day over their uniform. All proceeds will go to support Lunchbowl, which funds Kindergarten places and hot meals for children in the Kibera slums. I was very sad to hear the latest update which said ‘The children in Kenya have been struck hard this year by covid. With schools being forced to close, many of the children have struggled to find food and of course nobody has access to online learning.’ It also spoke of a lack of basic clothing, even underwear. Let’s have a fun day and help others at the same time.

Safeguarding update: Domestic Abuse

As reported in the news, it is widely accepted that incidences of Domestic Abuse have increased during Covid.  The Safer Kingston Partnership have sent all schools a 1-page leaflet with information on support that is available locally.  This resource will be put onto the school’s Safeguarding website page should you know someone who may need help. 

If you feel that a child here at Christ Church needs help with dealing with issues of domestic violence, then please contact Alex Roe, Designated Safeguarding Lead, in confidence. 

Reminder: Christmas Lunch Order

If you would like your child to have a Christmas lunch on Wednesday 16th December, please go to the Feeding Hungry Minds website to order one. If you have already ordered a lunch for this day your original selection will have been deleted and you will need to go to the website to update your order.

Reminder: Nasal Flu Vaccination Catch Up

The school nurses will be returning to both the Infant and Junior site on Wednesday 9th December to administer the nasal flu vaccination to children whose parents consented but were unable to have the vaccine or were absent when these were carried out on 16th November. 

PTA Meeting – 9th December

Please join us for the final PTA meeting of term on Wednesday 9th December at 8pm. We will be reviewing spending needs and fundraising progress and developing the plan for next term. Hope to see you there!

Zoom dial in details have been sent to parents/carers.

Reminder: Parent Representatives Meeting

The term is speedily passing by, and it is time for another parent representative meeting. This will be on Thursday 10th December at 2 p.m. by Zoom. Mr Burkinshaw will send out the link by email. Do let your representatives have any comments or suggestions you would like to make. We do of course welcome the positive and celebratory, but also any ideas for ‘even better if….’

Reminder – Primary School Applications 

For any parents making primary school applications for September 2021 entry, you can apply online here. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021. You must submit your application and any supplementary information forms by this date. We will be offering socially distanced tours at 3.45pm everyday between 4th and 15th January 2021. Please contact the office to book a place.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

November 27th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

As I write, I can hear lots of excited children who are loving ‘break the rules’ day. I have enjoyed seeing the amazing hair styles, the stripy tights, countless tattoos, sparkly nails, and fun hats. I also know that they are looking forward to the squash to drink. Thank you so much to the PTA for bringing this sparkle to the school.

Thank you once again for your generous donations, which keep coming in. This week we would like to thank the families of the following pupils:

  • Anna, William and George Tutton
  • Minyik and Min Woo Cha
  • Elise Nasrallah
  • Jakov Akrap

and our anonymous donors

We will be using the latest funds to participate in the Spark Richmond and Kingston Book Awards. This is a very exciting new opportunity to promote reading in a different way in our school and also link to a bigger community of readers across both our boroughs. Currently, there are a team of teachers, librarians, AFC advisors and book-sellers deciding on a shortlist of quality new books which we will then find out in early January. There are three categories: 4-7 picture books, 7-9 fiction and 9-11 fiction and we have decided to take part in all.  Once they are selected, our children will have the chance to read the books in their category and then vote for their favourite with the winner being announced in May. As well as this, we will have access to virtual author visits from those on the shortlist in the new year!

To all instrumental players – Juniors

We are excited to be organising an online Junior music concert for the end of term. If your child can play a Christmas piece, no matter how short, we would love them to perform it in front of their class.

Then a select few will be chosen for the School Christmas Concert Video. Please encourage them to remember their music and instruments (we will supply keyboards) on the following days:

  • Tues 1st Dec – Years 4 & 5
  • Weds 2nd Dec – Year 6​
  • Thurs 3rd Dec – Year 3

Reverse Advent

This year, Year 5 are participating in ‘Reverse Advent’ which means that each day a child gives something to our Advent Calendar. We have decided to focus on bringing long-life food and other essential items that could then be donated to our local foodbank (via the Baptist church). Year 5 are very happy to be helping the local communities and we would like to offer other children in different classes the opportunity to donate things to our Advent Calendar. One bag of food feeds a family for 1 week, so every little helps! Below is a list of items that can be donated although any long-life food items can be given! Miss Brown (Antelope class) will be collecting all donations and taking to the food bank on the last day of term. Thank you for your support.

Items to be donated:

  • Long-life food: Tinned meat and fish, Instant Mash, Tinned Vegetables (peas, carrots, potatoes, sweetcorn), Pasta sauce, Rice pudding, Custard, Steam puddings, Jams and spreads, Coffee, Tinned soups, Long life milk, Long life fruit juice, Squash, Tinned tomatoes, Chocolate/sweets
  • Toiletries (deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes)
  • Household items (laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid),
  • Feminine products (sanitary towels and tampons),
  • Baby supplies (nappies, baby wipes and baby food),
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser.

School Uniform Orders

We are so sorry to have to share that there has been another delay in uniform orders. Apparently the printers have been overloaded with orders, as other printers have gone out of business. We do understand your frustrations and would like to thank you for your patience.

Coronavirus tests

If parents or children should have a coronavirus test, please can parents provide the school with a copy of the test result by email to office@ccnm.rbksch.org.  It is always reassuring to hear when tests come back negative, and of course we would need to start contacting others if the test were to be positive.

Tours of the school

We are going to make the most of the opportunity that the end of lockdown offers us and schedule some tours of the Infants for parents who are considering applying for spaces in Reception. If you know anyone who might be interested, please ask them to look at our website or contact the office for more information.

Reminder – Primary School Applications For any parents making primary school applications for September 2021 entry, you can apply online here. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021. You must submit your application and any supplementary information forms by this date.

Parent representatives

The term is speedily passing by, and it is time for another parent representative meeting. This will be on Thursday 10th December at 2 p.m. by zoom. Mr Burkinshaw will send out the link by email. Do let your representatives have any comments or suggestions you would like to make. We do of course welcome the positive and celebratory, but also any ideas for ‘even better if….’

Christmas Tree Sale

The Christmas Tree Sale organised each year on behalf of a number of local schools will be selling trees 7 days a week from Saturday 28th November from outside the Methodist Church in the High Street. All profits go to Burlington Primary & Junior, Corpus Christi, Christ Church Primary, Richard Challoner and 7th Malden Scouts.

Perform Christmas Holiday Courses

As you know, Perform Drama Workshops have visited our school in the past for free drama workshops. You may be interested to know they are running a drama, dance and singing holiday course for 4-10 year olds based on Beauty and the Beast from 21-23rd December. To book or find out more, call 020 7255 9120 or visit their website.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

November 20th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been lovely to be able to reintroduce hot meals once more. Whilst this has proved quite complex, in our mission to keep bubbles separate and everyone safe, the positive comments from children and the clean plates have made it all worthwhile! (Sadly today, I understand there has been a hiccup at the Juniors as a member of staff was not able to come in today and they could not send a replacement due to Covid. I have been reassured normal service will be resumed on Monday).

Thank you once again for your generous donations, which keep coming in. The arrival of Amazon parcels is making it feel like Christmas come early. We have also now raised enough to pay for special Christmas craft materials for the Infants. Watch out for lots of sparkle and bling! This week we would like to thank the families of the following pupils:

Izzie and Edward Berry

Max Wild

Yera and Yeseo Cha

and our anonymous donors.

School Lunches

When we changed to the new ordering system for school lunches there was an initial error and you may not have been able to order a specific dessert for your child.  This has now been rectified but to be able to order a dessert you will need to access your account, cancel your initial orders and re-order including the choice of dessert.  In the meantime, all children without a dessert choice have been given the main dessert option each day.

Please also remember to cancel your lunch order if your child is unwell and not attending school as this will save the kitchen cooking meals that are not required and if you pay for school lunches you will not then be charged for them.  This can be done up until 9.30am on the day.

Class Amazon Book Wishlists

Some parents have been asking about ways that they can help us celebrate their child’s birthday in school. As you will have read in the previous bulletins, we will hold special celebrations on Friday afternoons and also mention every child in our celebration assemblies to make sure that no one misses out. You are also most welcome to purchase a book for the class libraries for all to enjoy, as a new book is so special.  The teachers have worked with the children to choose books that they would enjoy. If you would like to order one, please click on the link below which will take you to the relevant wishlist and then to Amazon to order it.

Christmas Jumper Competition

This term we are running a ‘Design a Christmas Jumper’ competition. For the chance to win a prize, please can children complete their design on the attached sheet by Wednesday 9th December and hand it in to their class teacher.  Winners will be announced in the celebration assembly on Friday 11th December.

5k run in aid of JDRF – Message from our pupil, Oli

Hi – I’m Oli in Year 4 and I have type 1 diabetes. This means I have to manage my blood glucose with insulin and sugar all the time which can be really annoying like when I get woken up in the night to have a juice or I have to sit out sport because I’m too low. I want to end type 1 so I’m fundraising for JDRF, the type 1 research charity. Due to Covid we can’t do our usual friends and family Parkrun so my teacher suggested that we run 5k in the playground instead. Some of my Macaw classmates have run with me before but this year my whole class is going to give it a try. 5k is a long way – we will have to run 50 laps of the running track! If you would like to support us please sponsor our run here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oliwalker20

Thank you so much.

PTA Meeting Minutes

Please see attached the minutes from the PTA Meeting on 10th November 2020. The next PTA Meeting will be Wednesday 9th December.

The Good Food Co-op

The Good Food Co-op is a not-for-profit service supplying fruit and veg boxes, but with a huge difference. Every box you purchase helps a local family or individual in need to receive a box – making healthy food accessible to all. This exciting new Kingston project is a partnership between RBK, Voices of Hope, KingsGate Church and Kingston Voluntary Action.

Please see their website for more information.

Safeguarding update: WhatsApp launches new disappearing messages option

We have been alerted to a new and worrying function being introduced in WhatsApp during November.  The ‘disappearing messages’ functionality will allow WhatsApp users to enable disappearing messages on chat conversations between friends, to automatically delete messages after seven days. Wiping will also apply to videos and photos. This may not sound significant, but it means that if anyone misuses WhatsApp, the evidence swiftly disappears. Whilst WhatsApp’s minimum user age is 16, many children and young people have accounts.  If your child does ever receive unpleasant messages do screenshot them and let us know immediately so we can address this as this can form a type of bullying and we take it very seriously.

Emotional Wellbeing support for children

Introducing Ollee – a virtual friend (ParentZone/BBC Children In Need)

Ollee is a digital friend for children aged 8-11, created by Parent Zone and funded by BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me initiative, which aims to make a difference to children’s emotional wellbeing.

It’s designed to help children reflect on how they feel and to process their experiences with the support and help of their parents and carers – and it does this by offering them advice about a range of subjects: school, family, friends, their body, the internet and the world.

For each of these subjects, children can choose an emotion that matches how they feel about it: happy, angry, sad, confused, frustrated, stressed or worried.

Next, they can choose from a list of topics – for instance, a child who was worried about school might be able to select ‘I haven’t done my homework’ as the cause of their worry. Finally, they’ll see a page of advice about the topic, presented in child-friendly bite-sized chunks they can read then or save for later.

You can more information and download the Ollee app here: https://parentzone.org.uk/Ollee

Please also see the attached guidance from our Junior Pastoral Mentor, Claire Stevens, for this week’s suggestions about ways of looking after our wellbeing. 

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

November 13th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you so much for all your generous donations. It has been fantastic to see so many parcels come for Reception and Nursery. There has been such a buzz as they have started to use the different gifts.  We have also been very excited that the donations for the older year groups have already enabled us to order:

  • a set of rechargeable stopwatches,
  • an outdoor table tennis table for the juniors (we have drawn on the funds we were given as there could not be a Korean Food stall this year at the Summer Fair),
  • ‘Digimaps’ – an online mapping system, and
  • an inspiring scheme for teaching computing across the infants and the juniors, which we know the children will enjoy.

Next we will look to fund Christmas art materials for the infants. We have also seen that there have been many contributions to the Governors’ Fund. Not only has it been lovely to buy things that we would not be able to fund otherwise, it has also been so encouraging to know we have such a supportive parent community.

We would like in particular to thank the families of the following pupils:

Orla and Emily Tompsett

Finlay and Joey Bruce

Bella and Samuel Edwards

Yeonju Kang

Hannah and Holly Albert

Euan Bae

Joshua and Daniel Han

Kristina Bardhi

and our many donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Reminder – Nasal Flu Vaccinations – Monday 16th November

The Kingston School Aged Immunisation Team are attending Christ Church Infant and Junior School on Monday 16th November for the Nasal Flu vaccination for children in Reception class and Years 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

Reminder – Hot lunches

We will resume serving hot lunches from Monday 16th November. Please see attached a menu for your information. You are also able to view these choices on the online ordering system. Don’t forget, you are now able to amend/cancel orders until 9:30 a.m. on the day.

Break the Rules Day – 27th November

The PTA are running a ‘break the rules day’ on 27th November to raise funds for the school. Please see the attached poster for details.

When to send your child to school

Please see the attached message from local GP, Annette Pautz, to help families to decide when to send children to school and when to keep them at home.

SCL Xmas Camp

Please see the attached poster for details of the SCL Christmas Camp running on the 21st to 23rd  December 2020 at the Junior site.

Women’s Return to Work Service

Are you a woman living in the borough of Kingston upon Thames? Are you ready to start, or have started your search for a job or are you perhaps looking to enrol in a course after taking some time out caring for others? Are you not quite sure how to get started or need help with your CV or interviewing?

If so, please see that attached leaflet regarding a service run by Balance, a charity based in Surbiton.  They recognised that it can be challenging for a woman to return to work after taking time out and applied for funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to provide this new and free service to provide coaching and support.

Job Vacancy

We have received additional funding to support a child with SEN and are looking for a teaching assistant to support them while they transition to another setting – this is a temporary, short term appointment hours to be worked: 08:45am – 12:15pm (17.5 hours per week from £11.40 per hour) Monday- Friday Term Time including INSET days. Please email Ian Duncan, School Business Manager, using jobs@ccnm.rbksch.org if you are interested in applying.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

November 6th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

The start of lockdown has felt so different this time. It has been so lovely to be able to stay open and to have all the children in school, even though there have been bureaucratic challenges and the need for enhanced risk assessments behind the scenes. I would also like to publicly thank staff for their dedication and positivity, being willing to continue working throughout this time despite the added risk of infection.  I know from the lovely messages that you have been sending me, that you feel the same.

Support in keeping our school special

As you can imagine, the cost of keeping the school open has soared through this challenging time, with additional staffing, utilities and equipment (individual sets of resources) and yet our sources of funds have reduced.  We would therefore value your support more than ever before in contributing towards purchases which will help us provide the same rich curriculum and positive experiences.  I know that these times will be financially challenging for many, so any contributions small or large will be appreciated according to people’s situations.  If you are a UK taxpayer, we will be able to increase the amount by claiming Gift Aid and, if you are a higher rate taxpayer, you will also be able to offset it against your tax commitment. It may also be that your company would be interested in donating as part of their corporate social responsibility.

There are two ways you can donate to support the school:

  • Regularly, through the Governors’ Fund
  • One off, through a targeted donation

If you could donate in both ways, it would be very much appreciated. Whichever you choose, please know that we are very grateful for the support you are giving us to help the school become an even better place for our children to learn and grow.

Targeted Donations

You can make targeted donations via ParentMail in the payments section.

To help you decide upon the size of your donation, the teachers have made the following suggestions.

  • £2 will buy a hula hoop
  • £2 will buy a dictionary
  • £2.95 will buy a ball of string
  • £3 will buy Christmas craft materials for one child
  • £3.50 will buy a pack of 52 jumbo chalk
  • £4 will buy 6 x 600ml bottles of paint
  • £4 will buy 100 laminating pouches
  • £5 will buy 15 whiteboard pens
  • £6 will buy a football
  • £6 will buy 1000 craft lolly sticks
  • £6 will buy 250 paper art straws
  • £7 will buy 12.5kg of clay
  • £7.14 will buy 12 packs of Blu Tack
  • £9 will buy 9 packs of masking tape
  • £10 will buy a packet of 2 double Dutch skipping ropes
  • £13 will buy pack of 144 coloured pencils
  • £18 will buy 3750 hand towels!!
  • £20 will buy 24 boxes of tissues
  • £48 will buy 1500 pencils
  • £34 will buy a motorised model of the solar system
  • £60 will buy 100 large glue sticks
  • £99 will buy an annual subscription to Digimaps – all Ordnance Survey maps (current and historic)
  • £100 will buy a set of 16 rechargeable stopwatches
  • £129.85 will buy a set of 15 atlases
  • £200 will buy an indoor table tennis table
  • £700 will buy an outdoor table tennis table
  • £1250 will buy an exciting new computing resource for the whole school
  • £5000 will buy a set of large blue building bricks for the junior playground (like those in the infants)

We would love to acknowledge donations on our website and in our newsletter, unless people would rather make them anonymously.

We are also trialling a different approach for nursery and reception who have set up an Amazon wish list.

>>> CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION <<<

Regular Giving – the Governors’ Fund

The Governor’s Fund is a charitable fund and all the money it raises directly supports the school. Some of the ways the Governors’ Fund is supporting the school this year include:

  • Chromebooks for every junior child
  • Fencing for the wildlife area at the infants
  • Working with the PTA on the development of the school playing fields

In the past the Governors’ Fund has helped fund very important items such as the infant climbing area, reroofing the infants site, creating footings for changing rooms on the playing field and the refurbishment of both the junior and Hedgehog toilets. (The governors also have to contribute towards the cost of any building works in order to trigger government funding. If the governors contribute 10%, these funds trigger the other 90% of the funding).

You should have received an email earlier this afternoon from the Treasurer of the Governors’ Fund, Jenny Cropper with more information.

Currently only 15% of families regularly support this vital fund.

You can make a donation to the Governors’ Fund via ParentMail in the payments section.

Petition

Whether you are able to support us financially or not, your help would be appreciated in signing this petition, which calls on the Government to fully fund schools for Covid-19 costs and provide relief for loss of income.

>>> CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION <<<

Reminder – Lunches

On Thursday we moved over to a new online parent ordering system for school lunches which can be accessed via the website https://parents.feedinghungryminds.co.uk

You will need to register on this new system to be able to order school lunches and any remaining balance on your old account will transfer over to the new account. Please see the attached leaflet for instructions on how to register. On this new system parents will be able to amend or cancel orders up to 9:30 a.m. on the day.

As mentioned in the previous bulletin, for the first two weeks we are continuing with cold lunches but from Monday 16th November we will resume serving hot lunches.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

October 23rd 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I cannot believe that we have already reached half term (although the number of tired faces is a reminder just how busy school life is!).  I would like to thank you all for all your support with staggered start and finish times and changes to our systems. I have been impressed and reassured by how happy the atmosphere has been in school. School Council have been telling me just how pleased they have been both to be back with their friends and also to be learning in a classroom again. I wish you all a lovely time with your families and hope that your time is not adversely affected by the restrictions of moving to Tier 2.

How to help everyone stay safe at Christ Church:

COVID 19 –Self Isolation

The local authority has asked us to clarify for families that if anyone in a household has coronavirus symptoms, a test should be arranged for the person with symptoms and the whole household should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptoms started, unless the test comes back negative within this time. This is designed to reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible.

Making contact over half term

Please could you let us know if anyone in your household has a positive test result, even if it is at half term.  The best way of doing this is via the email address office@ccnm.rbksch.org

Keeping warm

The latest government guidance stresses the importance of ventilation in keeping everyone safe. We are therefore keeping doors and windows open as much as possible. However, as temperatures drop, this can prove hard, particularly for children who are sitting near open doors. Please could you ensure that they are wearing as many warm layers as possible, including vests, and that they always wear their school jumper, sweatshirt or hoodie.

Lunches after half term

We will be moving over to a new online parent ordering system for school lunches after half term which can be accessed via the website https://parents.feedinghungryminds.co.uk

You will be able to register on this system from today but any remaining balance on your old account will not transfer over until 5th November. Please see the attached leaflet for instructions on how to register. On this new system parents will be able to amend or cancel orders up to 9:30 a.m. on the day.

As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, for the first two weeks we will continue with cold lunches but from Monday 16th November we will resume serving hot lunches and we will send you the hot meals menu after half term.

Christmas Card Project

This year, the PTA are again running a Christmas Card Project in partnership with Class Fundraising Ltd. They are hoping to raise funds for the school by giving you the opportunity to purchase personalised Christmas cards, gift tags, mugs, tea towels & eco shopper bags showing your child’s own unique Christmas design. For every item purchased the school will receive a commission payment.

Class Fundraising Ltd are a UK based carbon neutral company.  All of their paper based products are printed on certified FSC paper and all inks used are non-solvent vegetable based.

The children have been busy in class over the past few weeks creating their Christmas designs and the sample cards have been sent home with order forms this week. Cards will be available in packs of 12 for just £5.00, making them great to send out to family and friends. All orders will be delivered to school and distributed at the beginning of December.  Please return your orders to the school office by Friday, 6th November.

SouperSoup

From Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October between 12 noon and 2pm The Community Brain will be running ‘SouperSoup’ from the Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Road, KT6 5NJ for children and families. This is for those who may have difficult budget choices to make during half term. A choice of two soups, bread and piece of cake to take away. Remember the King’s Soup story – soup that is made from love tastes better.

Half Term Activities

Harvest Hunt (all school)

Sign up for the Christ Church PTA Harvest Hunt on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October. Details can be found in the poster attached and tickets can be purchased from the following website https://harvesthunt.square.site/. All who enter will receive (via email) a link where they will be able to access the clues.

Pumpkin seeds (Juniors)

If you decorate a pumpkin over the half term holiday, you could dry the seeds and send them into school in a named packet.  Mrs Georgiou will plant them with the different classes next spring in our raised beds.

Kingston Libraries

Kingston Libraries have asked us to inform our families that public libraries are open again for borrowing and browsing.  Please see the attached poster for details of opening hours.

Kingstonian CC Cricket Sessions – Spring Term 2021

Kingstonian CC will be holding winter cricket sessions on Saturdays at Richard Challoner starting Jan 9th and on Sundays at Shrewsbury House School starting Jan 10th. Please see attached flyer for details. For U9 upwards, please ensure your child has the correct protection equipment including pads, helmet, abdo guard, thigh guard and gloves. You can purchase the sessions via the club’s Team App shop which is available to download on the Apple App Store or Google Play. If you have already used this before, simply go to the club shop and purchase the session. Please see the attached user guide to help through the process if needed. If you want to guarantee a place they recommend signing up in the next week.

Reminder – Primary School Applications

For any parents making primary school applications for September 2021 entry, you can apply online here. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021. You must submit your application and any supplementary information forms by this date.

Deadline Approaching – Secondary School Applications – Year 6 parents

If you haven’t already done so, please apply online for your child’s secondary school place. You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas. The closing date for applications is next Saturday, 31 October 2020.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher