It has been lovely to welcome Miss Bruen back to school, after her wedding in Ireland. The sun shone and the photos look beautiful. From September she will be called Mrs Edmondson, but we will use Miss Bruen until then to avoid confusion.
This week has been a very busy week with both robotic workshops for the Upper Juniors and drama workshops for the Infants. It was lovely to be back to the old normal. Miss Pratt and I also went on a pig rearing course yesterday in preparation for our purchase of micro pigs in September. It was certainly not a normal day in headship, but it was great fun and we feel much better prepared now. We will take time to digest all the information and then fill you in on our more detailed plans.
This week we have had respect week. It has been lovely to see the excellent discussions and activities which have taken place in classes. This is such an important theme and will prove invaluable in promoting happiness amongst all. We will continue to develop a common commitment to being a respectful school, in which unkind behaviour and rudeness are seen as disrespectful and where there is a recognition that it is possible to move on from poor decisions, to say sorry and to have a fresh start.
Kingston Council COVID-19 update: Advice regarding contacts of a positive case
Kingston Council are currently recommending that contacts of a positive case have a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms. These PCR tests will help us identify further cases in the borough and guide us as to how we can take other actions needed to break chains of transmission. The PCR tests can be ordered online for home delivery or a slot can be booked at a test site: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. When booking the test, please select the option ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’ when asked the question ’Why are you asking for a test?’. Even if you have tested negative for COVID-19 recently, please still complete this PCR test. If anyone in your household develops symptoms of a new cough, temperature or loss of sense of taste or smell following a negative test result, please take another test.
A negative result won’t mean a shortening of the 10 days isolation period, but it does help detect other positive cases quickly and enables us to offer support to these individuals accordingly.
Local support is available to anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been told to self isolate, or whose child has to self isolate, to help with access to food and medicine deliveries, financial assistance if you are eligible, and support with health and wellbeing. This help can be accessed by visiting www.kingston.gov.uk/Covid19-needhelp or calling 020 8547 5000.
Alongside taking part in this PCR testing, it’s really important that you and your household continue to follow all the guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
• Washing hands regularly, for 20 seconds
• Wearing a face covering in indoor spaces
• Keeping a safe distance from those not in your household or support bubble
• Maintaining a good flow of fresh air in indoor spaces by keeping doors and windows open
Staff and households should continue doing twice-weekly LFT rapid testing as normal. This is also a reminder that if you have a positive LFD test, you are legally obliged to isolate while you await the result of a PCR test.
Kingston Council COVID-19 update: Surge testing
Cases of coronavirus are rising in Kingston, driven by the Delta variant (first identified in India). The borough currently has one of the highest case rates in London. We have all done so much to keep Kingston safe. Our testing and vaccine uptakes have consistently been above average, demonstrating the collective commitment of our borough to defeat this virus.
Now, again, we need to act fast. To make sure our sacrifices so far do not go to waste, and to stop this rise in cases from getting out of control, we need to take action. So, let’s do what we can. Let’s follow the rules, and get tested. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get the jab when it’s our turn. To stop the spread, surge testing is being introduced in Kingston for 3 weeks from 9th June 2021.
Take a look at the graphic attached to see, at a glance, what this means for you.
Rates have been rising fastest among young people, which is why we are especially encouraging you to get tested if you are aged 19-24, and are not already accessing tests through your work or education setting.
However, we all have a part to play! Everyone can now access free PCR tests at our local sites, whether you have any symptoms of the virus or not.
Collection and Drop Off
Please remember that only one person should drop off and collect each child. Obviously, if you have primary aged or younger children you can have them with you, but please don’t bring secondary aged children or other adults with you at drop off and collection.
Children in Years 2 to 6 need to have headphones in school for the next fortnight. I know most junior children already do, but please check if your child either has some in school already or will bring them in on Monday.
Sunny Weather – Protection and Uniform
Now that the sunny weather has arrived, please can we remind parents/carers to apply sun cream to your child before they come to school, especially on outdoor PE days (The application of sunscreen is not the responsibility of school staff). We would also encourage you to ensure that children bring named sun hats into school. When the weather is hot, children should not wear sweatshirts, cardigans or hoodies, please don’t send them into school wearing them.
During a visit from an animal behaviour specialist, Eddie (Mrs Johnson’s dog) passed his character assessment with flying colours and is well on his way to becoming an official member of staff and will be spending three days a week in school. While many of the children enjoy and benefit from interacting with dogs we understand that not all do – so if you would rather your child didn’t meet Eddie, for whatever reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect Plus: Summer
We still have spaces at Connect Plus, our new holiday club, which will run from Monday 26th-Friday 30th July and Monday 23rd August to Wednesday 1st September (INSET day). It will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on each day and there will be an exciting set of activities. The cost will be £34.50 full day. To book a place, please visit – https://christchurchnm.kidsclubhq.co.uk/rdr?u=book&id=4164
Junior Singing Concert
If you would like to take part in the digital Junior Singing Concert this term, please film your performance and email it into school by Wednesday 23rd June, having checked the information below:
- You can perform as a solo or a group
- Make sure the lyrics are appropriate
- It would be much better to sing to a backing track
- Not too many verses (approx 90 seconds maximum)
- Wear your school uniform and try to be aware of any surrounding area (and noises) on your video
- Video in landscape
- INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND SONG IN A CLEAR VOICE
We will choose some songs from each year group for the concert – trying to get a good balance of ages, repertoire etc. If you don’t make it into the final concert this time, we will make sure that your class teacher has a copy of your video to show to your class (as long as it follows the guidelines above)! Happy singing!
Please email to: (Year 3/4) email@example.com and (Year 5/6) firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday 25th June
We are planning to hold a second hand uniform sale after school on Friday 25th June at both infant and junior sites. We are looking for volunteers to help sell and to set up beforehand from 2:15pm. Please let us know if you can help: email@example.com.
Also if you have any pre-loved but clean, good quality donations for the sale, please drop them at either infant or junior offices.
School Cookbook – Final Call!
This is the final call for recipes for the school cookbook. We really need more recipes for a cookbook to be viable this term, so please contribute if you can – savoury, sweet, simple or sophisticated – anything goes! You can submit using the form sent out previously, or if preferred, just jot down the details in an email or word doc and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. However you choose, please include the following sections:
• Your name, your child’s name, child’s class
• Your email address
• Recipe name
• Ingredients including measurements (Include number of portions if you know)
• Personal quote about why you chose the recipe and / or what it means to you (optional)
• Photograph (optional)
PTA Meeting – Tuesday 8pm via Zoom
Please join us on Zoom this Tuesday, 15th June at 8pm to discuss the way forward for the Summer Celebration based on Monday’s government announcement. Zoom details have been sent out to parents/carers.
Mental Health: Introducing Educational Wellbeing Practitioners
We are working with our local Mental Health Support Team (MHST) who deliver a short-term series of sessions to support children with mild to moderate anxiety or low mood. The aim of the work with the children and parents is to support the development of coping strategies. The attached flyer has details of the programme. If you would like further information or to discuss a referral to the programme, please contact Mrs Roe, in confidence, via email SENCO@ccnm.uk
We were very pleased to receive a visit from Perform at the Infants on Tuesday 8th June. The children had a wonderful time exploring the theme of Under The Sea and using drama, dance and singing to help develop their confidence, concentration and social skills.
To complement the workshop, there is a free educational app for iPhones and iPads based around the theme of Under The Sea. It contains fun games, creative tasks and videos of the themed songs and dances. Click here to download it for free.
Perform run regular weekly classes in the local area and they are offering a special introductory discount to all parents of Christ Church New Malden School if they come along for a free trial session before Tuesday 29th June. To claim your discount, just call Perform on 020 7255 9120 quoting CHCH290621 or book online at perform.org.uk.
Please see the attached for more information about their drama classes and their summer holiday courses.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
Tabitha White, Headteacher