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May 14th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are very excited about the reduction of restrictions which will be introduced on Monday 17th May. We will now be able to have more flexibility about our seating arrangements in classrooms, using group tables where helpful, and even allowing whole year groups to play together or have interventions together. We will continue to monitor the infection rate closely and we will take it one step at a time, but these are all very positive moves and most welcome after this difficult time.

In our latest assemblies, we are focusing on Becoming the people God made us to be, part of which is living in community. We are aware that relationships may need strengthening once again after lockdown. We are encouraging children to:

  • THINK before they speak, and ask them to only say something if it is: 
    • True,
    • Helpful,
    • Inspiring,
    • Necessary, and 
    • Kind.
  • Reflect on the impact their words and actions can have on other people.
  • The importance of forgiveness and what it means
  • Building resilience 
  • Who we can talk to when we are upset

It would be really helpful if you could reinforce these points at home as well. We will be holding a whole school week about ‘ Respect’ from 7th – 11th June, in which we will be supporting children in recognising their own rights and showing respect for those of others.

Books to support your child in gaining a positive awareness of diversity

Parents have been asking me for suggestions about books which they can use at home to promote an awareness and understanding of diversity.  I thought it would be helpful to share our suggestions with everyone

Parents can also go to Waterstones.com and use the children’s category link. This will take you to the children’s page where a simple keyword search will find a large range of books suitable for children and parents to read on inclusion and diversity.

Stick Insects

Lion class have some stick insects that are looking for a new home. We are concerned that they are being left alone over the weekends and with the holidays approaching we think they deserve a permanent and stable home. They will come with their own tank and we would be happy to transport them to their new home. If you would be interested in giving them a home, or know of anyone who can, please let us know.

PTA Meeting

Please save the date for the next PTA meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 8th June at 8pm. We will be discussing the Summer Celebration and all parents and carers are welcome! Zoom link to follow nearer the time.

Break the Rules Day

We will be holding another Break the Rules day on Friday 28th May (last day before half term) to raise money for the PTA. See attached poster for more details.

Reminder: Class Photographs

Class photographs are being taken at both sites next Tuesday 18th May. Please ensure your child is wearing full school uniform. No P.E. kit should be worn; children will be able to do P.E. in their uniform.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

May 7th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are delighted to be able to announce that, after a careful tendering process led by external catering consultants, the governors have chosen a new catering contractor to start in September 2021.  We had a number of criteria which we used for our selection, including:

  • Quality of food
  • Opportunities for parents and children to be involved in the selection of menus
  • Responsiveness to feedback.

We were keen to select a smaller company with whom we could work more closely in order to ensure that the meals become much more popular, and families have more confidence in what is being provided. Nourish is a family run company and have a very loyal staff managing their teams. They impressed us with their passion about their food, and their commitment to delivering  Gold Food For Life Standards (They currently use 15% organic food and 86% fresh produce). We look forward to the change and are keen to involve parents in decision making when the time comes.

Thank you to Emma Scott (on behalf of the Governors) and Kate Gordon (on behalf of the PTA) for giving us wise advice to help with the final selection.

ParentSafe – new dedicated portal to help parents keep children safe online 

DigiSafe have launched ParentSafe, a new one-stop portal offering parents support and advice on safe settings, parental controls and monitoring, apps and games, talking to children about life online, screentime and key topics from bullying to accessing pornography, extremism and gangs, fake news and more.

Edible Drugs

The School Health Team has brought to our attention that there has been an occasion of children in the local area consuming Cannabis edibles (sweets containing Cannabis) where a number of children were hospitalised. These products are designed to look like normal sweets and we have attached some visuals to give you an idea of what they look like. You may wish to discuss this with your child. 

Junior Music Concert for Junior Instrumentalists

Further to last week’s bulletin, please see below the allocated days next week for each year group to audition for the video music concert. Please ensure your child brings their instrument to school on the appropriate day:

  • Y3 are videoing at home and emailing it in to their class teacher
  • Y4 – Tuesday
  • Y5 – Thursday
  • Y6 – Thursday

Selected individuals will be recorded the following week.

Name the New Malden – Raynes Park Link 

Many of us will have enjoyed the new link between Raynes Park and New Malden. The council are keen to give it a name and are asking people to choose from one of the following shortlisted names:

  • Wagtail Way
  • Teasel Way
  • Daisy Way
  • Maunsell Way

To vote for your preferred name, please click here

Could You Foster?

Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency, based in Harrow, who are urgently seeking full-time and respite foster carers throughout the area. The agency is rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ in all areas and place a high premium on the quality of support and care that they provide to every one of the foster carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them.

To find out more about becoming a foster carer or a respite carer in Harrow and surrounding areas please call 0800 389 0143 or email foster@nexusfostering.co.uk

Tabitha White, Headteacher

April 30th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

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

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

Becoming the people God made us to be

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

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

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

2. Courageous advocacy

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

Their projects are as follows:

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

3. Rights Respecting Schools

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

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

Thank You for our Mud Kitchen

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

Junior Music Concert – Invitation to all Junior Instrumentalists

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

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

Class Photographs – Tuesday 18th May

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

Parents Welcome!

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

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

Heroes Stamp Design Competition

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

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

Proposed new Church of England Secondary School in Kingston

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

Reminder – PTA Meeting: Tuesday 4th May

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

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

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

I wish you all a relaxing bank holiday weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

April 23rd 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been so lovely to have a normal return to the Summer term. The reduction in the infection rate, the sunshine and the gradual removal of restrictions gives a very welcome sense of hope. Both Andrew Burkinshaw and I have been thrilled to be able to cross between sites once again and to see all the children once again.

It is also good to be able to resume more of the elements that enrich school life. As you will be aware we will be starting some of our clubs next week and we will also be following the latest Government guidelines and allowing Connect bubbles to play together outside. On Wednesday, the Sports Council will be taking part in leadership training with GB Dodgeball. We will then continue to consider further relaxations of restrictions as the term continues.

Reminder: Clubs this term

The following clubs will be taking place this term, all starting next week, with the exception of Year 4 Handbell Club which will start the following week (w/c 3rd May):

  • Football – Mr Newman will be running four football clubs:
    • Monday
      • Junior girls 7.40 a.m. to 8.40 a.m.
      • Years 1 and 2 – 3:25 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.
    • Wednesday – Years 5 and 6 – 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday – Years 3 and 4 – 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Running – Mrs Cooney will be starting running clubs on Mondays (Beginners) and Tuesdays (Intermediate) at 3:30p.m.
  • Orchestra – Mrs Huggett will be starting Y6 orchestra before school on Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
  • Y6 Choir – Mrs Huggett will be teaching Year 6 choir on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Y4 Handbells – Mrs Bond will be running a handbell club in Year 4 on Tuesday lunchtimes. Mrs Bond will be doing a demonstration of the bells in the Year 4 music lesson next week and will begin the club the week after. If your child is interested, please sign up by Wednesday 28th April at the latest.
  • Recorders
    • Mrs Bond will be running Y3 recorders on Thursdays before school at 8 a.m.
    • Mr Marsh will be running Y4 recorders on Wednesday lunchtimes and Y5 on Friday lunchtimes.

If you haven’t already booked a place for any of these and would like to, please go to the payments section on ParentMail where you will be able to make a payment for the relevant club if spaces are still available. Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis, and payment will confirm your child’s place.

If your child is doing a sports club they should wear their PE kit to school.

Yours sincerely

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 31st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today has certainly been an exciting end to the end of term. I started this morning at the infants, where all the children were able to process around the playground showing us all their fantastic Easter bonnets. Then we had our virtual Easter service, where each class told us a part of the Easter story, we had some songs from Year 3 and Year 6, and a talk from Eils and Geoff – do watch, via the link below. It proved to be our own Passion Play as the children acted in different parts of the buildings and playgrounds. They really captured the drama and tension of the events. The day ended with a DT egg dropping challenge at the juniors, where children had designed a device to safely transport an egg from the roof of the school to the floor. The children had lots of fun, celebrating if their egg didn’t break and when it did!

I would like to thank all the staff, parents and children alike for coping with so many changes over the term. Everyone’s technology skills have improved dramatically and I am proud to be part of such a supportive community.

I wish everyone a very happy Easter, and hope that its message of triumph over adversity proves an encouragement to us all, at a time when it is certainly needed.

Testing over the holidays

We are delighted that we have not had to shut a single bubble since reopening. Thank you for all your support in taking precautions and being so vigilant.

The Government asks that staff, students, parents and carers inform the school of a positive case if your child develops symptoms or has a positive lateral flow test within 2 days of them being in school, so that we can identify and contact close cases. Please do this by email to positivecovid@ccnm.uk.  If either of these happen more than 2 days since the child was last at their education setting, this does not need to be reported to us. Where this is the case, staff, students, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

We have sent home today with each child a box of lateral flow tests. These are for adults in the household or support bubble and may prove reassuring when you are about to meet up with others. Please could you also use them before we return to school, so that we can start the new term safely.

Next Term: PE Days 

On PE days, children should wear their PE kit all day. They should also wear their PE kit on any day they are doing a football or running club. PE days for next half-term are:

  • Seahorse – Tuesday & Friday
  • Turtle – Tuesday & Friday
  • Owl – Monday & Thursday
  • Squirrel – Tuesday & Thursday
  • Fox – Wednesday & Friday
  • Hedgehog – Wednesday & Friday
  • Lion – Monday & Thursday
  • Tiger – Monday & Thursday
  • Eagle – Monday & Thursday
  • Macaw – Monday & Thursday
  • Antelope – Wednesday & Friday
  • Gazelle – Wednesday & Friday
  • Kipling – Wednesday & Friday
  • Potter – Wednesday & Friday

Return to school date: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Please note that Monday 19th April will be an INSET day as planned. The children will therefore return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

Juniors – Start of Day

Some junior children are arriving quite early at the start of the day. This can mean that they are unsupervised outside of school. This is particularly concerning as we restart early morning interventions before school after Easter and we need staff to be free to run them.

From Tuesday, 20th April:

  • Year 3 and Year 5 should not arrive before 8:30 a.m. – doors to the classroom will open at 8:40 a.m.
  • Year 4 and Year 6 should not arrive before 8:40 a.m. – doors to the classroom will open at 8:50 a.m.

If you need to drop your child off earlier than those times, please book them in to Connect.

Save the Date – PTA Summer Celebration 

The PTA have set a potential date of Saturday 10th July in the afternoon for a paired back “Summer Celebration” with drinks, BBQ, Korean Food and bouncy castle. This will of course need to be confirmed as we see how the Government’s road map develops, but do pencil this in your diary.

Best wishes for a relaxing and happy Easter,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 26th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are already nearing the end of a very strange, but also very successful term. We are hoping that after Easter, we will be able to gradually reduce some of our restrictions. We hope that we will be able to give children more opportunity to play together and work in small intervention groups across year groups.  Mr Burkinshaw and I are planning to alternate our time on each site once again. I will be on the infant site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the junior site Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mr Burkinshaw will do the opposite. We can still be contacted by phone or email at any time for a query about either site.

We are also excited that we can plan some extra curricular clubs and activities again. We will start with those led by our own staff as this will give us more flexibility if needed.

Parents’ Evening

I know teachers valued the opportunity to talk to parents at our virtual parents’ evenings. It was the first time we had held online consultations and would value your feedback. Please help us by filling in our parents’ evening survey sent to parents/carers.

Eggciting last day of term at the Juniors

Next week, amongst other things, the Juniors will be busy enjoying a virtual Easter Experience, meeting a scientist and be designing a safe carriage for an egg to land in from its journey off the school roof – rest assured no children will be inadvertently flying off with their egg as Mr Burkinshaw has very kindly agreed to be the egg-launcher extraordinaire. We still need egg boxes, newspapers, cereal boxes or other thin card, bubble wrap or other packaging so please send these in and we would also be very grateful for any donations of eggs that you are able to make.

Music

From next term, if the lifting of restrictions continue as planned, Mrs Bond will have a weekly singing session with children in Years 2 to 5, and prepare them for a performance at the end of term.
There are also plans for two online concerts, instrumental in the first half term, singing in the second half term – so get practising!

Connect Plus

We are delighted to be able to confirm that we will be able to offer Connect Plus, 9 a.m -4 p.m. on the following dates

  • Friday 2nd July (INSET Day)
  • Monday 5th July (INSET Day)
  • Monday 26th July
  • Tuesday 27th July
  • Wednesday 28th July
  • Thursday 29th July
  • Friday 30th July
  • Monday 23rd August
  • Tuesday 24th August
  • Wednesday 25th August
  • Thursday 26th August
  • Friday 27th August
  • Tuesday 31st August
  • Wednesday 1st September (INSET Day)

The places will be offered on a first come first served basis, so do book promptly to secure your place. The cost is £34 .50 per day. Please book via our website: https://christchurchnm.kidsclubhq.co.uk/cust#/auth 
There will be a rich and varied programme of activities. The provisional programme for July is as follows:

Themes Friday 2nd July Monday 5th July
Be challenged scavenger hunt blue bricks
Be outdoors pond dipping plants seeds
Be connected play card games construction
Be active wide games football/ outdoor equipment
Be relaxed yoga bubble blowing
Be expressive soap making card making

Micropigs

We are exploring the possibility of hiring two micropigs again or even having our own. However, the biggest challenge is the holidays, especially the summer holidays as it is not good to move the pigs too often. Is there anyone who might be interested in looking after the pigs during holidays. If so, please let the offices know.

COVID Tests

Testing Children 

Public Health England (PHE), have advised that pupils in primary schools and children in nursery settings are not included in the rapid asymptomatic testing programme. If a child is showing signs of COVID they should be given a PCR test, either at a centre or a postal one.

Testing Adults 

All adults in the household, support bubbles and child care bubbles should be tested regularly, using the lateral flow tests. Many of our staff have not been able to access vaccinations yet and they appreciate your support in keeping both themselves and the children safe. (Staff are testing twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays). We would particularly appreciate your vigilance in testing this weekend, as no one would like to self-isolate over the Easter Holidays.

School closes early – Last day of term

As is usual, school will close early on the last day of term, on Wednesday 31st March, at the following times:

  • AM Nursery @ 10:45am
  • Reception and Year 1 @ 2:15pm
  • PM & Full Time Nursery @ 2.20 pm
  • Year 2 @ 2:25pm
  • Years 3 and 5 @ 2:20pm
  • Year 4 and 6 @ 2:30pm
  • Connect @ 5:15pm.

Return to school date: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Please note that Monday 19th April will be an INSET day as planned. The children will therefore return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

RBK Culture Club Events Brochure

The April edition of the RBK Culture Club brochure has been published, where you’ll find all the activities and promotions on offer from Kingston Arts, Libraries, Adult Education, Music Service and Museum & Heritage, for the coming month: https://en.calameo.com/read/0057156808b2b092509f2 

Clarks, Kingston – Booking Appointments

With non essential shops due to reopen on 12th April, Clarks in Kingston have sent us the attached newsletter for your information with details of their new booking system for making appointments.

Best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 19th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I cannot believe that we are already at the end of the second week back. Things continue to be going very well, although I think everyone is having to make adjustments to all being back together again, which I am sure will settle once again over time.

We have been thinking how to make life as fun as possible for the children, despite restrictions in wider life. I am therefore very pleased that the PTA are organising a ‘Break the Rules’ day on Friday 26th March. Please see below for more details. We will also hold celebrations of this term’s children’s birthdays in the afternoon of that day, as we know they are missing their parties. On Wednesday 31st March, our final day, as well as our Easter service, we will hold our traditional Easter bonnet parade for the Infants and a junior egg challenge for a ‘smashing’ end of term!

Keeping Everyone Safe

Positive COVID cases have been creeping up slowly. This started before the end of lockdown and we are obviously now at a risky time as we all join together again.  We would therefore urge everyone to play their part in reducing any possible spread. Please remember:

  • If your child is showing any of the symptoms of COVID: loss of taste or smell, persistent cough, high temperature – 38 degrees +: the child must not come to school, the whole family must self-isolate and you should book a PCR test for your child. It is important to do this even if your child only showed the symptoms for a short period of time. When someone is showing symptoms Lateral Flow Tests cannot be used
  • Use the Lateral Flow Tests twice a week to check for asymptomatic COVID in your household. You can get a lateral flow test:
    • Through your employer, if they offer workplace testing
    • BOOK an appointment at one of our community test sites for people without symptoms
    • COLLECT home test kits from local test sites at Cocks Crescent, New Malden or Milner Road, Kingston, available daily from 1 – 8pm, no need to pre-order.
    • ORDER home test kits online from the gov.uk website
  • If you have to self-isolate you can get support from the Kingston Stronger Together hub which offers support with:
    • Food deliveries
    • Medicine deliveries
    • Support with your health and wellbeing
    • Access to financial support payments

Residents can go to kingston.gov.uk/Covid19-needhelp or call 020 8547 5000 to access support.

Parent Governor Election

We received a single nomination for Parent Governor and so Claire Caldwell is appointed to the Governing Body with immediate effect. The Governors would like to express their thanks to Nina Burich, the outgoing Parent Governor, for her contribution to the Governing Body and the school.

School Closes Early – Thursday 25th March

We are looking forward to our virtual Parents’ Evening next week. In order to accommodate this, please note that school will finish 1 hour earlier than usual on Thursday 25th March at the following times:

  • Reception and Year 1 @ 2:15pm
  • PM & Full Time Nursery @ 2.20 p.m.
  • Year 2 @ 2:25pm
  • Years 3 and 5 @ 2:20pm
  • Year 4 and 6 @ 2:30pm
  • Connect will run until the usual time of 6:15pm.

Covid Winter Grant Scheme (for children resident in Richmond or Kingston)

Grants are still available for vulnerable families who may be struggling to afford food, utility bills, warm clothing (including school uniforms) or other essentials.  The funding is available until the 16th April and if you would like us to refer you, please contact Mrs Roe (aroe2@ccnm.uk) as soon as possible.

PTA Meeting, 8 p.m. via Zoom, Thursday 25th March

Please join us for our final PTA meeting of term on Thursday 25th March at 8pm. We will be finalising details for the Easter Egg Trail on 10th April and discussing ideas and plans for the Summer Term.  Zoom details have been sent out to parents/carers.

Break the Rules Day – Friday 26th March

Following the success of our previous Break the Rules Day, the PTA are running this again next Friday 26th March. Pay a 50p fine for every rule set out that you break. You can choose how many rules you break! Simply bring the cash into your teacher on the day. All money raised will go to the PTA fund. See attached poster for all the rules that your child can break!

Return to school date: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Please note that Monday 19th April will be an INSET day as planned. The children will therefore return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

SCL Easter Holiday Camp

Please see the attached poster for details of the SCL Easter Camp running from 6th – 16th April 2021 at the Junior site.

Reminder: Spark! Book Award Competitions

Don’t forget, children can participate in the Spark! Awards competitions. There are prizes for individual pupils and also £100 of books for the library of the school with the best all-round response from any age group. Winners’ work will be shown or read in their online winners’ ceremony on 17th June. Competition entry forms and further details can be found on their website.

Kingstonian CC Summer Colts 

Kingstonian CC will be holding 2021 summer sessions for their Colts’ section on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This will be running from 21st April 2021 through to 19th August 2021 with a break for half term on the 2nd/3rd of June. If you are interested in booking sessions, please see the attached for more details.

Kingston Environment Centre – Seedy Sunday

The Kingston Environment Centre in New Malden (next to Nandos) are running a seed swap on Sunday 4th April from 11am until 4pm. Seeds can be donated, taken or swapped free of charge. Children can design their own seeds bags to donate seeds in. Please seal and label seeds you donate which can be dropped off on or before the day as there is a box outside the main door.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 12th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

What a lovely week it has been! The children have settled in much more smoothly than I expected! They have been so excited to see their friends and play together. We are still getting used to the noise once more, but it is very welcome! It has also been great to see the nursery using their new climbing frame and mud kitchen. The timing of its installation could not have been better. Thank you so much to the PTA and Jason Brown for all the planning and to all of you for all your fundraising. I do suspect that they are all very tired now and that you see the evidence this weekend. I hope you manage to get some refreshing time outside and that everyone sleeps very well.

Keeping Everyone Safe

We are delighted that we have not had a single positive case in school this week. Staff are testing themselves on Sundays and Wednesdays so that we can identify any possible infection very rapidly.  We would seek your support in also continuing to test at home. We know there were difficulties in accessing tests last Sunday, but Kingston is advising that tests should be still available and indeed that it will be possible to have a lateral flow test on site from 15th March if you prefer. The Government is recommending that households, child care bubbles and support bubbles should all test themselves twice a week. This would provide a great reassurance to everyone that we are keeping our children and therefore our families as safe as possible.

Connect Plus

Thank you to those people who have already expressed interest in either childcare on the two INSET days or a holiday club. We are therefore planning a holiday club from Monday 26th- Friday 30th July and Monday 23rd August to Wednesday 1st September (INSET day). We are also planning to offer Connect Plus on the two INSET days. We cannot quite tell if we have enough bookings to make it viable. However, we know that it will be important for people to know for sure if it will go ahead. We would therefore ask people to express a firm interest by Wednesday 24th March (and indicate the days) using the form emailed to parents/carers.

Headphones 

Do remember to ensure that your junior child has a set of headphones or earphones that they can keep in school from next Monday. They will be using them next week.

Lost Property 

Please could you label your child’s uniform clearly with their name this weekend, if you have not already done so.  A sharpie or a biro will work perfectly well and can be speedy to use.  Every week we seem to have a number of unclaimed items and we cannot find the owners. We are also not able to keep a central store of lost property.

St John’s Church – Online Mother’s Day Service

St John’s Church are hosting a special all-age online service for Mother’s Day at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday morning, including songs, a craft activity and featuring our good friend Geoff! All are very welcome to join in, just head to sjnm.online.church a few minutes before the service starts. If you want to join in the craft activity, please come prepared with a sheet of A4 paper, some scissors and some glue!

Kingston Parent Carer Forum

Kingston Parent Carer Forum (KPCF) is part of a national network of forums aiming to give a voice to ALL families who have members with a special educational need or disability (SEND).

They are made up of local parents who are passionate about improving the local facilities and activities for all our children. Meeting regularly with a wide range of agencies and service providers in Kingston, including the council, children’s services, health, and education they are able to give feedback on the availability, quality, and effectiveness of services in the borough, and to challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.

Learn more and join them to have your voice heard or support them by following their Facebook page.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 5th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday. We know that this will be triggering a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative. All of us will welcome this key step in a return to normality and the opportunity to move away from remote learning.  However, change is often accompanied by anxiety and children may be nervous about the return, or changes within school even if they have been in reduced provision. Do not hesitate to alert us if your child may be worried. Our pastoral mentors are on standby to support as of course are the teachers and teaching assistants.

Preparation for return: testing

As we have discovered in school, undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. The Government has now advised that households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at home. This includes childcare and support bubbles. This should make the process much smoother and easier.

To quote the latest government update: ‘Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests [you can collect the tests from the COVID test centre at Cocks Crescent, New Malden (behind Lidl) between 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – you do not need to give any information, other than that you are a parent of a child at primary school and you have come for your tests.]
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.’

Drop Off and Pick Up

Do remember, we have staggered drop off and pick up times but also expect parents to social distance at those times. Please follow the signs and instructions from staff.

Infants Please enter the infant site through the entrance nearest your gate. Parents should not use the path along the front of the infant site, as there will be people waiting outside the office entrance.

  • Nursery 8:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Early Years Gate
  • Seahorse 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Early Years Gate
  • Turtle 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Early Years Gate
  • Owl 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Fox Class Gate
  • Squirrel 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Squirrel Front Door
  • Fox 9 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. – Fox Class Gate
  • Hedgehog 9 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. – Infant Office

Juniors There are some changes at the juniors:

  • Year 3 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Main Gate
  • Year 4 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Side Gate in the morning, Main Gate in the afternoon
  • Year 5 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Side Gate
  • Year 6 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Office

P.E. Days

For the rest of this half term P.E. days will be as follows:

  • Reception – Monday & Thursday
  • Year 1 – Squirrel Class – Monday & Wednesday
  • Year 1 – Owl Class – Monday & Thursday
  • Year 2 – Wednesday & Friday
  • Year 3 – Monday & Thursday
  • Year 4 – Monday & Thursday
  • Year 5 – Wednesday & Friday
  • Year 6 – Wednesday & Friday

Connect – open

Connect is open for bookings. In order to keep everyone safe we are planning 3 separate bubbles on each site.  This means that it is most important that people book in advance and do not change bookings unless there is an emergency. Please could we ask for people to book at least a week in advance.

Plans for a summer holiday club

A number of parents have asked if we could run our own holiday club in the summer as an extension of Connect, as their children enjoy Connect so much. We are therefore exploring the possibility of offering two weeks of holiday club (Connect Plus) this summer as a trial. It is likely to cost £30 per day (with a discount of 10% for a whole week’s booking). It will be led by our own staff and we will be prioritising our own children. The timings will be 9 a.m – 4 p.m. and there will be a range of craft and sporting activities each day in order to cater for a range of interests.

We are also considering offering two days of Connect Plus on our INSET days (Friday 2nd and Monday 5th July). It would be most helpful if you could let us know if you would be likely to book these as well.

Parents’ Evening – 23rd and 25th March

As we are currently unable to offer face-to-face meetings we have decided to trial online video appointments through School Cloud, an online appointment booking system. The system allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. It is not something we have used before, so please bear with us if there are a few teething problems.

Only one appointment should be made for each child. For this reason, we will only be giving one parent/guardian access to the system to avoid accidental double bookings. This will be the parent/guardian you listed as the primary contact on your contact details form when your child joined the school. Once an appointment for your child has been booked there is then an option for you to invite another parent/guardian if they need to join from a different location should you wish.

We anticipate that the booking system will go live on Tuesday 9th March at 7 a.m. but confirmation of this, together with instructions on how to book, will be emailed to each primary contact on Monday.

Lent Projects

Each class has been asked to think about ways in which we can help others in order to boost wellbeing and come up with a project for Lent that would achieve this. I can now share with you what each year group has chosen for their project:

  • Nursery will be making Easter cards for people in a senior care home.
  • Reception will be making cards for Elleray Hall (a drop in centre for older people).
  • Year 1 will be making Easter cards for Elleray Hall.
  • Year 2 have voted to support a local charity called ‘Small Steps’, who support parents of children who are physically disabled. The children will be doing jobs at home to raise money to donate.
  • Year 3 are doing postcards of kindness.
  • Year 4 will be making a book of kindness to send to the Groves Pharmacy in New Malden.
  • Antelope class are creating cards/letters and a small Easter gift for children’s cancer charities.
  • Gazelle class will write letters and make Easter boxes for a senior care home.
  • Year 6 will be making thank you cards/bookmarks to give to the Dons food bank collection point at Tesco so they can give them to the people who donate. They will have interesting facts about food banks on them. This is linked to some of their future PSHE and RE topics.

Parent Governor Election

A vacancy has arisen for a parent governor and parents now have the opportunity to elect a new governor. I invite you to stand for election as a parent governor, or to nominate another parent. The term of office is for 4 years. Parent governors are representatives and not delegates. No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. You will receive a separate email with more information together with a nomination form shortly. If you would like to stand for election please complete the nomination form (hard copies also available from either school office) and return it to the school no later than 3.30 p.m. on Friday 12th March.

Class photographs

I know some parents have been asking about whether we have any further school photography sessions scheduled for this year and I can confirm that, subject to any Covid restrictions, class photographs are due to take place on Tuesday 18th May.

Chromebooks

Please be reminded that ALL children must bring their Chromebook and charger to school on Monday morning. We will check off the return of all devices, and all children will be using their device on Monday for lessons. Please see the separate ParentMail about Chromebooks.

Parking in Elm Road

Please can I remind parents not to park in front of our neighbours’ driveways on Elm Road at dismissal time.

Dogs on Premises

Please be reminded that dogs should not be on the premises during drop off or pick up times. Please wait with them on the pavement.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

February 26th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

It was so exciting to receive on Monday the official confirmation that school will be able to reopen from 8th March. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on that day. It should be nice and straightforward this time. We will use the same start and end times which we were using before the holidays; likewise, we will use the same entrances and exits. We will continue to offer Connect on the same sites as before.

It has been very reassuring to see the infection rate drop in the area. However, we are aware that there are still more positive cases than there were last summer. We would therefore like to remind everyone of the measures that we will take to keep people safe.

We will continue to

  • Ensure staff take lateral flow tests (rapid tests) twice a week in order to identify any asymptomatic infection or any other cases promptly.
  • Keep the two sites separate in the weeks up to Easter and then we will review the situation.
  • Organise regular handwashing/ hand sanitising. (You are most welcome to send your child in with their own sanitiser and/or hand cream if their hands are sensitive, as we know it can prove uncomfortable for some).
  • Ensure that classrooms and other spaces are well ventilated
  • Keep bubbles separate at all times including playtimes.

We would ask you to

  • Maintain social distancing outside school and always wear a mask. If you keep as close to your time slot as possible then there should be less congestion.
  • Keep your child off school if they show any of the main symptoms (even if briefly) and seek a test.
  • Alert us immediately if you have any concerns, and particularly if someone in your family receives a positive test result (positivecovid@ccnm.uk)
  • Seek a weekly lateral flow (rapid) test for your child (the weekend is the best time as it allows us to start the new week with confidence). This is not compulsory, but we know that it is valued by staff and families alike, who wish to reduce the risks to the minimum. Indeed, we have managed to identify a number of asymptomatic cases rapidly this way, and therefore potentially reduced wider spread. We would also appreciate to hear the result via negativecovid@ccnm.uk (or positivecovid@ccnm.uk) as that provides further reassurance. Do contact me if you wish to discuss individual circumstances further.
  • Limit your use of multiple out-of-school settings providers, and only use one out-of-school setting in addition to school as far as possible. Do check providers have put in place their own protective measures.

We need everyone to play their part, as this will both avoid new people becoming infected and also the need to shut a bubble. (I would be so sad to have to do so, when we have only just reopened again).  I would like to thank you in advance for all your support. One of the great blessings and encouragements of this difficult time has been experiencing the richness of being in such a special community.

Welcoming Back

There are four weeks from the full reopening of schools and the Easter holidays. This how we will use these weeks:

  • Week 1 (8th – 12th March) – Resettling – We will help the children get back in the rhythm and routines of school life and help them all feel happy and settled back at school. Please do contact us even before this week if you have any concerns about your child that we can help with.
  • Week 2 (15th – 19th March) – Identifying – We will begin the process of identifying gaps in learning due to the school closures and establishing where each child is in their learning. Starting this week, Mr Burkinshaw and I will meet with every class teacher and talk through how every child is doing.
  • Week 3 (22nd – 26th March) – Communicating – There will be two virtual parents’ evenings, giving parents and teachers the opportunity to discuss how their child is getting on. This will enable you to share with us your child’s individual experiences during lockdown, your insights and concerns and also our insights on return.
    • Tuesday 23rd March – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Thursday 25th March – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (School will finish early on this day)
  • Week 4 (29th – 31st March) – Celebrating – We will use the last three days of term to celebrate being back together and the coming Easter festival. We will end the term with a virtual Easter Celebration on Wednesday 31st March.

Email Addresses

Over half-term, we changed our email system. If you want to email your child’s class teacher, please email classname@ccnm.uk, e.g. rainbownursery@ccnm.uk or eagle@ccnm.uk. If you want to contact Mr. Burkinshaw or me, our addresses are tabitha.white@ccnm.uk and andrew.burkinshaw@ccnm.uk.

Advanced planning for the summer term

We wish to maximise the opportunities for learning during the summer term. We will therefore be delaying our assessments and our report writing until after half term in order to celebrate the progress that your child will have made.  We therefore propose to delay our INSET day, which was initially scheduled for Friday 28th May until Friday 2nd July. We will also hold another INSET day on Monday 5th July (this is the INSET day which was postponed from March).  This will enable the teachers to use the time to write reports and give you a very clear picture of your child’s development. We hope that it also will enable you to enjoy some good weather as the restrictions start to lift! Please do not hesitate to contact us, if these changes will present a challenge to you.

PTA Sponsored Climb

Congratulations to all of our intrepid climbers. Together as a school and PTA we have climbed an amazing 408,130 stairs, equivalent to summiting Everest 8 times!

In so-doing, we have raised an extremely impressive £3,299 in sponsorship this term and a total of £4,299 in donations since the start of the appeal in November.

Thank you all so much for your generosity, which has allowed the speedy ordering of the new nursery climbing frame, ready for the school’s reopening on the 8th March! As I write, we have just been advised that the work is completed and it looks very smart indeed. We would like to thank both the PTA and Mr Brown for their dedication in overseeing such a successful project.

Reminder: Closing dates for Nursery Applications 2021

Please note that the closing date for Nursery applications is next Friday, 5th March 2021.

Online Drama Club

Drama Workshops are again running their online drama courses this half term for infant and junior children. For more information and booking details see the Clubs page on our website.

World Book Day – 4th March

As you know, next Thursday is World Book Day. The World Book Day website has lots of free audiobooks in the run up to this. In addition, an activity we thought it might be fun for children to participate in at home is a book hunt! Book covers can be hidden round the house or garden and children need to find them all then figure out the missing letters to discover a message. Please the attached book hunt challenge materials if you’d like to have a go at this.

Kingston Libraries – Upcoming Workshops in March

Celebrate World Book Day with this special event from our favourite storytellers Cat & Hutch. They’re back to take you on another magical book journey – this time to The Secret Garden, based on the classic children’s story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. A live storytelling event on Zoom for ages 7 – 11 on Thursday 4 March 2021 at 4pm. Approx 50 mins long.

We’re celebrating British Science week in March by launching a series of maths workshops for children ages 5-11 brought to you by Explore Learning. These will be hosted on Zoom and taught in small groups.

  • Friday 5 March at 4pm. Maths Wizard. (ages 5-7)
  • Friday 12 March at 4pm. Maths Sorcerer. (ages 8-9)
  • Friday 19 March at 4pm. A Piece of Cake. (ages 9-11)
  • Friday 27 March at 4pm. Word Problems. (ages 9-11)

Please make sure to book online if you would like your child to take part.

Free Tennis Lessons for School Children

Hit The Line Tennis are offering every school child a chance to play and learn tennis for free.

When the restrictions are eased, and tennis is permitted again in April, they would love to invite as many children to play tennis with them at New Malden Sports Club. Their sessions take place outside and over multiple courts where needed. They also have hand washing and social distancing procedures in place for all lessons.

The dates of the lessons will be confirmed in the next few weeks, when they have seen what interest they have, but will be during the month of April.

Please email Paul at info@hittheline.co.uk to register your interest and get more information.

Tabitha White, Headteacher