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June 26th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

This has been a lovely week as we have welcomed back some of the children from our year groups that are not in school yet. Their excitement and enthusiasm was certainly infectious (although I know it was mixed with a few nerves as well, which quickly went).  Indeed, it was hard to get them to leave afterwards. We look forward to seeing the next groups next week.

We have heard that some people have been concerned by rumours that some of the children in our reduced provision do not qualify. Let us reassure you, we have allocated those places following Government guidelines and as fairly as possible. It won’t always be clear to other parents why a child is in the reduced provision, but it can only be if they are either a child of a key worker or a vulnerable child. We have been proud to have been able to offer this support, and the Council have commended us for it.

We are thrilled that we will be opening for all children in September. I would like to thank teachers for working so hard to support children in school, through Google Classroom and working tirelessly to contact families who are not in touch.

Plans for the end of term

On Thursday 16th July, we will hold our end of term service (virtually!) at 9.30 a.m. Everyone will be most welcome to join us, whether in school or at home. This will be followed by a Leavers’ service for Year 6 at 11.00 a.m.

Launch of our new school uniform

I am thrilled to be able to announce that we will launch our new school uniform in September 2020. As you can imagine, lockdown must be the most challenging time possible to commission something as large as a new school uniform. However, Rhys Jones, who will be known to some of you, has worked tirelessly to sources suppliers and to create a contemporary update of our logo.

This new uniform offers a number of improvements:

  • It is higher quality
  • The logo will be screen printed rather than sewed to avoid chaffing
  • There will be a hoodie, designed to form part of the PE kit, which children are welcome to wear at any time if they wish
  • The logo will be more contemporary, building on the original design
  • There will be a comfortable and smart backpack for juniors
  • Children will be allowed to wear trainers to school rather than traditional shoes, provided they are plain black
  • It will be sold directly by the school, so that any profits can be spent once again on your children’s education.

Children will now be asked to wear their PE kit to and from school on every PE day, to avoid items getting lost and to ensure that precious PE time is not wasted on getting changed. Children, therefore, no longer need PE bags.  On PE days, children can wear trainers of their choice, but on other days should they wish to wear trainers they need to be plain black.

To help us ensure that your uniform is ready for September, we would ask you to place orders via ParentMail by Friday 10th July. Any order placed before this time will be entered into a draw for a free hoodie. Children who are entitled to ‘Pupil Premium’ will also be given a free hoodie in celebration of our launch. The uniform will be made available for collection from school on Tuesday 1st September.

Children are also welcome to continue wearing the current uniform. As this time of heightened awareness of the importance of reusing and recycling, we would not wish to be wasteful. We will also hold a sale of second hand uniform at the start of next term.

Please see this flyer with more information.

Support for emotional wellbeing

I am aware that all of us, adults and children alike are at times experiencing waves of anxiety prompted by these unique times and so I asked Claire Stevens our Junior Pastoral Mentor for suggestions about ways of looking after our wellbeing. Please see the attached.

Other people collecting your child from school

Until 4th July, to comply with current Government guidelines on social distancing, we are asking that children are not dropped off/collected by anyone other than their parent/carer or a member of their ‘support’ bubble, in order to prevent a crossover of households.

Request for DT Resources

Following our previous request for donations, thank you for the items we have received so far.

We are still, however, a little short on real world examples in some areas. Therefore, if you have any of the following you are thinking of getting rid of, we would be very grateful to receive them:

  • Any toys or objects which have levers e.g.  diggers (large or small)
  • Automata
  • Cushion covers
  • Toy cars
  • Puppets (any type)
  • Bags (rucksacks, shoulder, waist, clutch etc)
  • Purses/wallets
  • Mobiles (e.g. the sort that go over a baby’s cot)
  • Unwanted Knex, Meccano, Lego or similar building kits and
  • Any examples of waterproof fabric e.g. tents, clothing, umbrellas.

Any donations can be left at either office in sealed bags. The bags will not be opened for a week after receipt and we will ensure the contents have been thoroughly cleaned to help combat any possible threat of spreading Covid 19 before they are used.

2019/20 School photos

Pret-a-Portrait are having an End of School Year, School Photo Sale. From now until 20th July a 25% early bird discount has been re-instated for all pictures taken in the 2019/20 academic year. If you are interested please click on this link.

CAPA – Coombe Academy of Performing Arts

Please see the attached letter and flyer regarding the relaunch of CAPA – Coombe Academy of Performing Arts.

KMS Midsummer Music Festival – Tues 30 June – Sat 4th July

KMS Midsummer Music Festival promises to be an action-packed week of events – from bands, orchestras and an all-age gospel choir, to ukulele and guitar groups and a Stomp-style percussion workshop. Whatever your age or ability, you can experience the joy of making music with others – albeit online – and for the choir and percussion group you don’t even need any specialist equipment.

In addition to the activities listed on their website they are pleased to announce an extra workshop to the programme; Virtual Children’s Choir (age 7-11) – Tuesday 30 June, at 4pm. The inspirational Voices Foundation practitioner Matthew Roughley will be running a singing workshop aimed at KS2 (children in school Years 3-6). It will include a vocal warm up and musical games alongside learning a range of fun songs that will lift your spirits and put a spring in your step. Singing teachers and primary school music co-ordinators are welcome to join as observers.

To book for this – or for any other activity – please click on the following link and complete the registration form.

Yours sincerely,

Tabitha White

Headteacher

June 19th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to start with a big apology to the families that I upset by my clumsy wording in the start of the bulletin last week. We would love to have all the children back in school again and this whole horrible situation over. Sadly, this has not proved possible yet, because, in order to be able to partially reopen and yet protect everyone, the Government has set out two key conditions:

  • Children and adults must be in ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15 children (half the size of a normal class);
  • There must be no mixing between ‘bubbles’, even by adults.

These measures are designed to keep everyone as safe as possible. However, it meant that the partial reopening has led to the introduction of as many ‘bubbles’ as we had classes previously. We needed to allocate two adults to each bubble in order to facilitate breaks and lunchtimes etc. (and these staff could not work in any other bubble). Our teachers have kindly increased their hours and adjusted their work patterns, but we have been left with no spare staff. In addition, we cannot use the same space with two groups in succession unless we can ensure thorough cleaning in between.

Last week, I was relieved that Government recognised what schools leaders had been saying, since the Prime Minister first announced other year groups would come back – that it would be impossible as long as the Government still requires groups no larger than 15 and for primary schools not to use rotas. As a headteacher, I believe all children should be at school and I am distressed that this epidemic, and the consequent Government guidelines, prevent me from opening up every class now.

We are determined to ensure that all children in the years which have not yet opened have the opportunity to come into school again, agreed with the Governors, following advice from the health and safety lead at Kingston Council and the London Coronavirus Response Cell (LCRC) (the LCRC is part of Public Health England). We will therefore invite children in Years 2 to 5 who are not in school in to school to see each other and meet their class teacher. They will form their own special ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15 children. We will set up a careful rota, so that the staff teach the reduced provision one week and meet the returning ‘bubble’ the next week to reduce risk. Wherever possible groups will use the playing field or the playgrounds to seek the benefit of outdoors and if they need to be indoors teachers will maintain a social distance of more than two metres. During one of the two occasions they are in, their next teacher will be able to introduce themselves and to set their minds at rest about next year.

Next year’s teacher will also say hello to the children who are already in school.

Alongside this, we will look to enhance our virtual connection with children:

  • Teachers will provide a video welcome and introduction to each week
  • Teachers will offer opportunities for children in Year 2 to Year 5 to meet together virtually in small groups, together with the teacher
  • There will be more videos filmed by the teachers, providing teaching and introducing new concepts for Year 2 to Year 5.
  • We will offer a ‘meet the teacher’ video which will let families see the new teacher and find out key information about the following year. (Whilst this will not be in person, we trust that this will prove invaluable as it will enable everyone to see it whether they are attending school or not, and it can even be re-watched over the summer, to refresh the memory)
  • We are writing Records of Achievement (reports) for every child, whether they have been in school or working at home in order to celebrate all they have achieved this year.
  • We will do a virtual end of year celebration, as we will not be able to have our traditional end of year service.

I would like to thank staff for constantly responding to so many changes and rapidly learning new skills, and overcoming technological challenges to make this work.

I know that people are concerned about September and would like to know what is going to happen. Whilst, we have to wait for Government directives (and we all know that they can come at any time), we are hoping and indeed planning for the return of all the children to a full time curriculum.  Alongside this, we are prepared in case we need to modify these plans. I give you my commitment, that, unless I am directed otherwise by the Government, we will open for every child on Thursday 3rd September.

KMS Midsummer Music Festival – Tuesday 30 June to Saturday 4 July

Kingston Music Service has announced its first ever Midsummer Music Festival – a series of online musical activities for all ages and abilities led by expert tutors and conductors. Whether you are a beginner or experienced player or singer, there is something on offer to suit you – and in every musical style from classical and world music to jazz, pop and gospel. And if you don’t have an instrument at home then you can join a virtual choir or create rhythms on household objects in their percussion group.  A full list of activities and further information is attached.

Yours sincerely,

Tabitha White

Headteacher

June 12th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will have heard the Government’s announcement this week that they will not be expecting schools to reopen to more year groups before the summer holidays. As you can imagine, this came as a relief, as we could not see how we had the staff or the space to manage this safely.  However, we are keen to offer an opportunity for children to say their ‘goodbyes’ and ‘thank yous’ to this year’s teachers and to meet their new teacher(s) before the holidays. This would be in safe ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15. We will therefore be sending out more information early next week. We believe that this will prove particularly valuable for those children at key transition points, such as Reception to Year 1 and Year 2 to Year 3, but we would like to extend this opportunity to everyone. We will also create videos with key information and photos of staff for families to share at home.

Drama Workshops

Drama Workshops is a company run by professional actors, providing drama workshops for children.  Due to the current pandemic, they are starting online drama clubs next week for each school they usually work at.  If this is of interest to you, please see the attached flyer or see the ‘Local events’ page on our website for further details.

Kingston Music Service – Online lessons

If you would be interested in your child having online music lessons in the Autumn Term 2020, please see the attached poster from KMS for more details.

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival – 9th – 14th June

Barnes is the largest dedicated children’s literature festival in London and is returning online this year from 9th to 14th June. The Barnes Festival organisers believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience live literature and programme books as theatre, music, maths, science, art, craft, cookery, film, and football, whatever it takes to get children excited about literacy, literature and creativity.  If you are interested please see their website for details.

Yours sincerely,

Tabitha White

Headteacher

June 5th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a week this has been! The start of a new phase of schooling as we have never seen it before!  It has been lovely to see more children return to school. Thank you to everyone for playing their part in making this work so well, coping with staggered start times and respecting social distancing. It is sad that we cannot yet all be back together, but it is so vital that we promote everyone’s safety. We are therefore continuing to polish the ways that we can stay in touch and promote learning at home. I would like to thank everyone, parents, staff and children alike for coping so well with the changes and the many updates and messages! I know staff have worked incredibly hard to prepare and clean ready for the return of children, whilst keeping on with promoting home learning. I would also like to thank parents for their many encouraging messages which have meant so much to us at this challenging time.

Lessons from this week

It has been lovely to see how smoothly this week has gone, given the complexity and newness of our new systems. As things settle down, please could we ask families to come to school as close to their time slot as possible. If families are either early or late, then they run the risk of crossing with another ‘bubble’. Could each child also come with their own named water bottle each day as we cannot share the water fountains.

Plans for our new PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum

As you will be aware, the Government has introduced two new statutory subjects in primary education: Relationships education and Health education. These are to be taught in full from September 2020 as part of the basic school curriculum. Over this year we have been reviewing the guidance and consulting with the Diocesan Board and the Local Authority and we are now able to share our plans with you. This would have taken the form of a parents’ workshop, but sadly we are not able to offer this at the moment, for understandable reasons! We have therefore created a presentation to share our plans for Relationships Education (as we know that this is the area that parents will wish to know more about), a more formal policy and a helpful set of FAQs from the Diocesan Board.  You will see that the presentation gives a clear outline of the content for each year group and then at the end there are a number of recommendations for books which we hope parents will find helpful to use at home with their children. I would like to thank Amy Brown for all her hard work finding these resources.

If you have any queries or comments, you are most welcome to submit them to pshe@ccnm.rbksch.org

Donations of laptops update: Christ Church benefits from donations

​Keeping Children Connected is a local initiative set up to support children who do not have access to a device to enable them to continue with their online-learning.  Over half-term, we were delighted to receive a delivery of some devices which we have already been able to give to some of our families at Christ Church.

The ‘Dons action group’ are seeking donations of laptops or tablets to distribute to local schools to give to children who may benefit.  (Devices are fully erased prior to distribution).   Please see the attached flyer if you have a device you may be able to donate to this cause.​

Face Mask Fundraiser

One of our parents, Denise Lieu-Jenkins, has been making environmentally friendly, washable cotton fabric masks to sell with all profits going to charity; NHS Charities Together and two local charities; Refugee Action Kingston and Momentum Children’s Charity. If you would be interested in purchasing any of these please see her Facebook posting for more details.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Tabitha White

Headteacher

March 20th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

The following quote from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring sums up how I feel today:

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

School closes today and we don’t know when we will reopen. Until we do, we will be educating our children from afar.

We still want to remain a community and will be working out how best we can do that. The children will all be doing the same work, whether in the reduced provision or at home. For the next two weeks we will be posting timetables, structuring the day with activities for children to do at home. To find next week’s activities, please click here and look at the timetable first and that will explain how to use the resources.

After Easter, assuming school is still closed, we will move to more interactive distance learning and we will share more details of how we are going to do this next week.

Music

The juniors had a lovely music concert this morning, which was very powerful. The children had obviously practised very hard; for some of them it was the first time in front of an audience (albeit a small one). It was videoed and we will put the video on our website next week.

Keeping in Touch

We will be publishing a weekly newsletter. For next week, do email a photo of your child doing something interesting at home. Maybe cooking, playing a board game, build Lego, reading a book, dressing up or something else…

Reduced Provision

We are worked hard to ensure that key worker’s children – who cannot be cared for at home by another parent and/or another person – plus our vulnerable children can come into school from Monday. Everyone who has applied should have received an email from Mr. Burkinshaw, if you have not and are eligible for it please email office@ccnm.rbksch.org by 6 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

Kingston Libraries

While children are not at school we would encourage them to read every day. To help this, children can tap into a huge resource bank of free ebooks, audio books and reference information including Britannica Online, on Kingston’s online library – all you need is a library card.

I would like to end with a prayer that I wish as a blessing for us all at this uncertain time:

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields

and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 13th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a busy week at school – with much washing of hands fitting in amongst the lessons! The uncertainty about Coronavirus does lead people to worry and I am aware that children can easily pick up misinformation and become anxious. We have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus amongst pupils and staff, although the children tend to think that anyone absent is suffering with it. We will continue to make school as normal as possible and repeatedly remind children of the precautions we can take to stop catching and spreading the virus – namely washing our hands.    I’d like to thank all parents for their support and encouragement at this confusing time.

We have seen a lot of creativity across the school this week. Year 1 have enjoyed making their own family trees, Year 3 have made tin foil models and written and performed poetry about the Iron Man whilst Year 4 have investigated the world of journalism. Year 2 also enjoyed their trip to Shrek’s Adventure at the beginning of the week. I have also enjoyed hearing the children audition, ready for what promises to be an inspiring music concert.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the parents’ evenings on Tuesday and Thursday, and at the Year 6 learning reviews on Friday. As some of you are already aware, Mrs. Roe is absent at the moment. Any emails sent to her are being checked. We had hoped that she would be back and available to parents at these meetings but she will not be. I know I have met with many parents of children with SEN individually, but if you have any concerns about your child and their SEN, or potential SEN, please speak to Mr. Burkinshaw or myself at the parents’ evenings.

Coronavirus

As you will no doubt have seen on the news, yesterday evening the government updated its guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • the recent start of new continuous cough and/or
  • the recent start of high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher)

Key messages

  •  if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for more information)
  • this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • sleep alone, if that is possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
  • you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Reporting your child’s absence

Please do not send your children to school if they have the above symptom/s. Please report any absence, as normal each day, preferably using the Notify Absence facility on ParentMail.

Hand cream

Children will be allowed to bring in hand cream, if they have skin problems caused by the increased frequency of handwashing. Cream should be in a named container and must not be shared. Children must ask the permission of the class teacher before they use it.

Contingency

We have been advised that schools are an essential service and should stay open, unless advised to close by Public Health England. Unless this advice changes, the only instance we would close was if we had insufficient staff in school to run safely. However, we have put contingency plans in place, just in case, so please can you make sure that you and your child know their EducationCity logon and password. If you don’t then please email your class using the class email address.

Little Green Fingers

We are launching an exciting new gardening club, Little Green Fingers for our Year 1 and 2 pupils after Easter (for which there will be a charge). The sessions will be very hands-on with pupils developing a variety of gardening skills, mostly within our wonderful natural area. Mrs Honeybone will run the club during lunch break on Tuesdays. If you would like to volunteer to help Mrs Honeybone, she would be delighted to hear from you. Please email her directly using squirrel@ccnm.rbksch.org. Look out for booking information when we release next term’s club information.

Thank you

Mrs Honeybone would like to extend a huge thank you to all the parents who came in last Sunday to continue to develop our natural area – it was lovely to see so many willing helpers and it is so encouraging to see the progress we are making together. You’ll be pleased to hear that many of our classes have visited the pond this week to see the abundance of frog spawn!

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘If I borrow a million pounds, am I a millionaire?’

Reminder – No clubs next week

Please remember there will be no clubs running at either site next week due to parents’ evening.

Apprentice Vacancies

We are looking for two Apprentice Teaching Assistants whose role will be to support individual children and a Business Administration Apprentice to join the Office Team. All roles are 36 hours per week term time plus INSET days. If you or anyone you know are interested in applying and would like more details please contact Mary Castledine at Way2 Work 020 8734 3380 or email way2work@achievingforchildren.org.uk.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of this half term:

  • Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – Junior Music Concert (selected pupils) – 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • Friday 27th March – Gold Day (Fundraising for Momentum Children’s Charity)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #
  • Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*
  • Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early
    • @ 10.45 a.m. AM Nursery
    • @ 2:15 p.m. Infants
    • @ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery
    • @ 2:30 p.m. Juniors
    • @ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

February 14th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have made it to half term! I’m sure the children are all ready for the break after working so hard this half term. This week Reception have enjoyed reading Aliens Love Underpants and have written letters to the Aliens. Years 1 and 2 have been improving their skills in poetry writing and Year 4 have been writing fact files about life in Ancient Rome. Year 6 have been busy completing their diary entries about what life would have been like in the workhouse as well as participating in a trip to Chessington for Junior Citizenship Day on Tuesday. In sport, this morning our Year 6 netball team participated in a competition at Kingston Grammar School and although they didn’t make it through to the group stage, they gave a great performance.

Reminder: Closing dates for Nursery Applications 2020

Please note that the closing date for on-line applications for Nursery applications is Friday, 6th March 2020.

 Junior Music Concert – Friday 20th March

I am sure that many of the junior parents will have heard from excited children that they are auditioning to take part in the upcoming music concert on Friday 20th March. If your child is one of them, do pencil the date in your diary, as I know they would love you to attend if they are successful.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please see the attached advice received from the Director of Public Health Kingston Council in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Parking in private car park

It has been reported that some parents have been using a private car park for flats in Lime Grove at drop-off and pick up. There was also an incident on Monday where a car was reversing out of the car park drive and nearly hit a child. Please only park in designated spaces for the safety of our children and to avoid disruption to our neighbours.

Some else collecting your child

If someone else is collecting your child, please let the class know in advance by emailing the class. Class email addresses are “class name”@ccnm.rbksch.org e.g., potter@ccnm.rbksch.org, seahorse@ccnm.rbksch.org . If it is a very last minute change, during the school day, please contact the school office as the email may not be seen.

Casting Call

VJN Casting have informed us that they are currently conducting a casting search with Jina Jay Casting for an exciting television opportunity. They are looking for girls aged 9-11 with Korean heritage that live in the UK and will be available for filming in Budapest from May 2020 – July 2020. More information can be found on the attached flyer.

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘Do you miss someone more when they’re away from you or when you’re away from them?’

I wish you all a pleasant and restful half term.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for next half term:

  • Tuesday 25th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 3rd March @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Thursday 5th March – World Book Day
  • Friday 6th March – Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Workshop at 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #
  • Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*
  • Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early
    • @ 10.45 a.m. AM Nursery
    • @ 2:15 p.m. Infants
    • @ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery
    • @ 2:30 p.m. Juniors
    • @ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

February 7th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we approach the end of this half term, with only one more week to go, we have still been a hive of activity this week. Year 1 have responded very enthusiastically to a talk on Antarctica given by one of our grandparents on Tuesday and enjoyed a visit from their Year 4 chums on Monday. Year 2 have been busy working on their sewing skills in an effort to finish making their bags next week. Year 3 have making (and tasting!) Stone Age food whilst Year 4 have been exhibiting their creative writing skills, creating ‘Who am I?’ poems. Year 5 managed to make it to the Baitul Futuh Mosque on Monday, despite the lack of trains and Year 6 were invited to Coombe Girls School on Wednesday to watch their performance of Billy Elliot. It was lovely to hear about how many of our ex- pupils were performing and indeed how talented they were.

Reminder: Rhythm of the Word Concert – Monday, 8th June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Royal Festival Hall, London

Tickets for this concert on 8th June, in which the Year 5/6 Choir are performing, have been released for sale today from the Royal Festival Hall. Please see the attached poster for details.

Parent Reps

Thank you to the parents who joined us for the parent reps meeting this afternoon. We had very few questions, which is an encouraging sign of how things are going well! We discussed:

  • New Report Format We looked at an idea for the new report format for reporting to parents at the end of the year. Parents valued the shift to more specific reporting, whilst valuing the comments by the class teacher and Headteacher. Parents felt that it was important that the burden on teachers was reduced while the value to parents was increased.
  • Sports Kits We recapped that, at the juniors, children come in in their sports kit on the days they do outside PE:
      • Tuesday: Years 4 and 5
      • Thursday: Years 3 and 6
  • New Uniform Although the logo in our uniform will change in September, it will only affect the polo shirt, PE top and sweatshirt, as the rest of the uniform will stay the same. We will also introduce an outdoor sports kit (hoodie and tracksuit trousers). We are aware that parents will have a lot of our current uniform, so there will be a lengthy grace period where you can wear both.
  • Zones of Regulation Parents welcomed the Zones of Regulation. They said that that their children are finding it helpful and also how useful it is at home. Feedback from the parents talk has been positive, parents asked if we could arrange a repeat talk in the evening and we will be letting people know as soon as a date is set. We have attached an updated version of the presentation that was given at last Friday’s talk.

Reminder: Gardening Volunteers – Sunday 9th February

A few of our parents have kindly volunteered to do some gardening at the Infant site from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday 9th February. If anyone can spare some time to help, they would be very happy to see you! If you can come, please bring gardening gloves and a fork. However, as the weather forecast does not look good, a message will be posted at 10 a.m. on the PTA Facebook page on Sunday to confirm whether or not this is going ahead.

World Book Day

This year World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March. This year, we thought it would be fun (and not too demanding!) for everyone, staff and children alike, to wear a hat to school for World Book day and we will learn about books with hats in!

Poetry Competition

As part of ‘Book Week’, the English team have organised poetry recitals on each site. The infants will perform a poem as a class, but the juniors can perform a poem of their choice. Every child will be given the opportunity to recite or read a poem (or part of a poem) in classes between Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th February. Teachers will then choose two children who will go forward to the final. Children are free to choose any classic, well-loved poem, but if you would like suggestions please click below:

Junior Music Concert

The next junior concert will be on Friday 20th March. The focus will be on instruments, so there will be a limit to one singing act per class. Children will audition in their music lessons in front of their whole class. They should come with their instrument and any sheet music for accompanying on the relevant day:

  •  Tuesday 25th February – Antelope & Macaw
  • Thursday 27th February – Potter & Tiger
  • Tuesday 3rd March – Gazelle, Eagle
  • Thursday 5th March – Kipling & Lion

Reminder: Closing dates for Nursery Applications 2020 

Please note that the closing date for on-line applications for Nursery applications is Friday, 6th March 2020.

Parking 

Further to last week’s bulletin, I have now been made aware of several cars parking on the zig zag area outside the Infants last week. I have been informed that on Thursday alone, there were 3 incidents of parents parking and dropping off; registration numbers EO03 GJG, LY68 UKZ and BJ57 MHY. This is not a drop off zone and parking is strictly prohibited Monday – Friday during term time between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. These restrictions are for the safety of our children. Do not park or stop even for a short moment on these markings.

In addition we have been notified that a silver Toyota Verso, registration LC64 CXK blocked one of our neighbour’s driveways in Lime Grove this morning and left their young child alone on the other side of the road whilst they moved their car. Please do not leave young children unattended on the roadside as it is not always easy for drivers to see small children, especially at busy drop off and pick up times.

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘Can you ever be too happy?’

AFC Wimbledon – Kids go for £1

AFC Wimbledon are currently offering tickets for under 18s for £1 to watch AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Town FC on Saturday 8th February. Please note U14s must be accompanied by an adult at this game and the deal only applies for the Ry Terrace and Chemflow Terrace. Please see the attached poster for details.

 Gill Hines Workshop – Tuesday 11th February

Gill Hines is running a workshop on Helping Children Manage the behaviour of others. This workshop will be of particular relevance to parents in year 4 and above as that tends to be when so many upsets between friends and classmates happen. It’s all about helping children deal with upsets themselves in an appropriate way. If this would be of interest to you, please see the attached flyer for more details. I know that these workshops have been very favorably received in the past.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of this term:

  • Tuesday 11th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February – Year 6 Junior Citizen 2020 Programme, Chessington World of Adventures @ 12:00 p.m. #
  • Tuesday 25th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 3rd March @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Thursday 5th March – World Book Day
  • Friday 6th March – Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Workshop at 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #
  • Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*
  • Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early
    • @ 10.45 a.m. AM Nursery
    • @ 2:15 p.m. Infants
    • @ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery
    • @ 2:30 p.m. Juniors
    • @ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

January 31st 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

What a wonderful way to start the week with the Year 3 and 4 choir performing at the Rose Theatre on Monday. The children behaved and sang beautifully and were a real credit to our school. I was so impressed by the soloists with their radio mikes. Reception have thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ and creating their own magical creatures. Year 1 have been busy learning about a new penguin breed and making comparisons between the Emperor and Gentoo penguins and Year 2 have been making drums to celebrate Chinese New Year. Year 3 have enjoyed getting muddy making Stone Age houses (all your donations of cardboard have been worth it!) and Year 4 have been writing stories on the life of a gladiator. Year 5 have started writing their newspaper reports about the Thai Football Team rescue and Year 6 have been looking at how people inherit traits from previous generations. Finally, the first children have received their badges today for completing the reading challenge. Please see the attached newsletter for more details of what has been happening this month.

We also held a very interesting talk for parents this afternoon on the Zones of Regulation. We are finding this approach so helpful in school in supporting both children and adults with handing their emotions. Thank you to all those who came along. We know that some people expressed disappointment that they were not able to attend and so we have included a link to the presentation for the talk. We will also look to see whether we could offer an evening talk as well.

Professor Robert Winston Visit – Monday 2nd March

We are very privileged to be welcoming Professor Robert Winston to our school on Monday 2nd March to give a talk at the Juniors (to Years 2-6). Robert Winston is a medical doctor, Professor at Imperial College and a member of the House of Lords, best known for his work on human fertility. He is also a popular broadcaster and communicator, having done much to further the popular understanding of science and presented a number of radio and television documentaries, including the acclaimed BBC series Walking with Cavemen, Your Life in Their Hands, Making Babies, Superhuman, The Secret Life of Twins, Child of Our Time, Human Instinct, The Human Mind, Frontiers of Medicine and the BAFTA award-winner The Human Body.

Professor Winston has over 300 scientific publications and has kindly agreed to do a book signing at the end of his talk for any children who would like to bring to school any copies they have of his various ‘IndoorLab’, ‘OutdoorLab’ and ‘Ask a Scientist’ books.

Parent Representatives meeting: Friday 7th February at 2pm, Infant staffroom

We will be holding our next Parent Representative meeting on Friday 7th February and we will be continuing our discussions about revisions to our reports to parents in order to make them both helpful for parents and manageable for staff.

Do also pass on your comments to your reps. We would value both celebratory comments about things you have appreciated recently, so we can continue them and also queries about possible areas for development or clarification.

Your orchestra needs you! 

Calling all instrumentalists (not piano or guitar): if you have been playing a string, wind or brass instrument for two terms plus, and you can read some music, please join us.  Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Please contact the Junior Office to sign up.

Rhythm of the Word Concert – Monday, 8th June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Royal Festival Hall, London

We have been informed that tickets for this concert on 8th June, in which the Year 5/6 Choir are performing, will be released for sale from the Royal Festival Hall next Friday 7th February.

Gardening Volunteers – Sunday 9th February

A few of our parents have kindly volunteered to do some gardening at the Infant site from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday 9th February. If anyone can spare some time to help, they would be very happy to see you! If you can come, please bring gardening gloves and a fork.

Reporting Pupil Absence

Please can we remind parents of the importance of informing the school as soon as possible if a child is absent. To report a child’s absence please contact the school via the ParentMail App, telephone or email to the office. You must contact the school either each day of absence or advise the school on the first day of absence how long your child will be absent. It is vital that we are kept updated as we are keen to ensure that any child who walks to school on their own is safe.

Parking

I am sorry to be writing to you again about inconsiderate parking. We have received yet another complaint from one of our neighbours on Lime Grove that they were blocked in by parents, for a third time within a week, when they needed to get out to collect their children from school, the most recent being a Red VW – registration number AL11 HLS. This is completely unacceptable and, given the number of complaints we have received in recent weeks, very embarrassing. Please could people not park in the wrong place even for a moment.

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘If elephants ruled the world, what changes would you see?’

PTA Quiz Night
Important date for the diary: Friday 13th March 2020! PTA Quiz night! Buy your tickets via the ParentMail shop (See attached letter for all details and how to purchase tickets).

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of this term:

  • Monday 3rd February @ 10:00 a.m. – Year 5 to visit Baitul Futuh Mosque#
  • Tuesday 4th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February – Year 6 Junior Citizen 2020 Programme, Chessington World of Adventures @ 12:00 p.m. #
  • Tuesday 25th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 3rd March @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Thursday 5th March – World Book Day
  • Friday 6th March – Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Workshop at 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #
  • Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*
  • Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early
    • @ 10.45 a.m. AM Nursery
    • @ 2:15 p.m. Infants
    • @ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery
    • @ 2:30 p.m. Juniors
    • @ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited

January 24th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Finally, the opening of the infant play equipment has happened. I am sure you will have heard about it as the children are loving playing on it. One child described it as their best day in school, ever! I know that it has also become an additional attraction to the ever popular Connect.

Across the school, we have continued to be busy as usual. Reception have enjoyed writing about what happens in the story ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ and Year 1 have been exploring primary colours, through looking at the work of the artist, Mondrian. Yesterday, Year 2 visited Christ Church to learn about how people make commitments to God and were shown how special events are carried out in the Church. Year 3 have tried their hand at being an estate agent; looking at how persuasive language is used on websites to make houses sound attractive. Year 4 are now experts in Roman culture following their Roman workshops today and Year 5 have continued in their study of Shackleton’s trip to the South Pole; writing letters from the perspective of the explorer. Year 6 have been looking at local history, comparing maps of New Malden and seeing how it has changed since Victorian times.

Zones of Regulation Talk – Friday 31st January @ 2:15 p.m. Junior Hall

The Zones of Regulation is a strategy to help children understand and articulate how they are feeling. We have started using it throughout the school and children are already finding it helpful. Next Friday, Mrs Burkinshaw and Mrs Stevens will be explaining to parents how the Zones work, how to talk about the size of the problem and strategies to help children manage their feelings. It can be used at home as well as at school. You don’t need to book, just turn up.

If you have children at the infants and would like them walked up to the juniors for 3:30 p.m. please email the office (office@ccnm.rbksch.org). We can’t walk all the infants up, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.

Parent Volunteers at the juniors – just 15 minutes per week!

We would love to provide more support for our children who are still taking off with their reading and spelling. We are therefore looking for volunteers who could give 15 minutes around drop off times. This could be 8:40 – 8:55 a.m.; 8:50 – 9:05 a.m.; 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. on any day. If you would be interested, please contact the office.

World Book Day: Thursday 5th March

This year, we thought it would be fun (and not too demanding!) for everyone to wear a hat to school for World Book day and we will learn about books with hats in!

Message from Mrs Honeybone

A huge thank you to our parent gardeners who came in at the weekend to begin the huge task of clearing our nature area around our pond.  What an amazing difference already!  We are hoping to open up the area and know our pupils will be so excited to take their learning there.

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘Is it natural to be greedy and if so, does that make it ok?’

Reminder: SCL Holiday Club

Please see the attached e-flyer for SCL holiday club in February half term and note the exclusive early booking discount of 15% by using code HOST15 when you book by next Friday 31st January.

FREE Girls Community Basketball Session

Please see the attached flyer if you would be interested in a free Girls Community Basketball Session on Saturday 1st February at The Kingston Academy. School Years 3-10. All abilities welcome!

Chelsea Women’s Football – Free tickets

We have 4 four complimentary tickets to give away to the Chelsea FC Women v West Ham United Women’s game on 2nd February at 2:00 p.m. If you would like some or all of these, please contact Mrs Brooks who will issue them on a first come first served basis.

Growth Mindset Workshop – Thursday 30th January

Gill Hines is running a workshop on the Growth Mindset; a theory centred around the belief that intelligence and learning can be developed and improved. The workshop is about the things a parent can do, say and demonstrate that will help their child or young person develop a more exciting outlook on themselves and their world. These workshops have been very positively received by our parents in the past. If this would be of interest to you, please see the attached flyer.

Year 5 Cake Sale

Well done to Year 5 who managed to raise £115.15 at their cake sale last Friday.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of this term:

  • Monday 27th January – Year 3 & 4 Choir at Malden & Coombe Cluster Concert, Rose Theatre @ 2:00 p.m. #*
  • Tuesday 28th January @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Friday 31st January @ 2:15 p.m. – Introductory Talk for Parents on Zones of Regulation (Junior Hall)*
  • Monday 3rd February @ 10:00 a.m. – Year 5 to visit Baitul Futuh Mosque#
  • Tuesday 4th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February – Year 6 Junior Citizen 2020 Programme, Chessington World of Adventures @ 12:00 p.m. #
  • Tuesday 25th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 3rd March @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Thursday 5th March – World Book Day
  • Friday 6th March – Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Workshop at 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #
  • Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*
  • Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early
    • @ 10.45 a.m. AM Nursery
    • @ 2:15 p.m. Infants
    • @ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery
    • @ 2:30 p.m. Juniors
    • @ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited