Category Archives: Bulletin

March 31st

Newsletter

This week’s newsletter includes photos from Carroty Wood! Click on the picture

Dear Parents /Carers,

The Easter service this morning was a lovely way to end the term. It gave a time to reflect on all the different opportunities the children have had, this term. The children and staff have all worked so hard, and I hope they, and you, have a good break over Easter.

Parent Questionnaire
Education is a partnership between parents and teachers, we really value your views about our school, and how we support your child. We would, therefore, be grateful if you would take our parent survey, over the holidays. Please take a moment to celebrate our strengths with us, and also to make suggestions for further improvement.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Attendance
On Monday, we found out which class had the best attendance this term and they won a tea party. The results were:
1. Green & 6P 97.5%
2. 3OB 97.4%
3. Yellow 97.2%

Next term
The first day of next term in Tuesday 18th April, the day after Easter Monday. There is no INSET day at the start of next term.

Reading Projects
Next half-term, children in Years 2-6 will be doing another reading home learning project, based on a book. Details of the projects will be shared the first week back, but if you’d like to get ahead on reading the books with your child, here they are:

  • Year 2 Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr or George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell.
  •  Years 3 & 4 Varjak Paw by S. F. Said and illustrated by Dave McKean
  •  Year 5 Wonder by R J Palacio
  •  Year 6 Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

If we receive an additional Pupil Premium payment for your child, you will be given a copy of the relevant book.

Launch of the Bank of Christ Church School – Thursday 20th April @ 8.30am in the Junior School Hall.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our savings scheme – The Bank of Christ Church School or as we like to call it B Cee CeeS. Our aim is to provide children with the chance to save between 20p and £2 a week in a bank created and run by them! Children will handle cash, have a savings book and have the chance to work at the bank if they choose to.

We are working with Thamesbank, a local credit union – see their website https://thamesbank.org for more details.

A separate leaflet with an application form for children to open their account and details of Thamesbank’s services is being sent out in addition to the newsletter. If you have any questions please contact Ruth Wogan, via the office, who will be happy to help.

Torches!
All children at the juniors will be studying light next half-term. Years 3 and 4 will be looking a light, dark and shows, and Year 5 and 6 will be looking at how light travels and how the eye processes it. If you have a torch that your child could bring in and keep at school, please send it in with them next term. Please ensure it is named.

Green Fingers
Next half-term, Years 1 and 2 will be focusing on plants. In preparation, the teachers would be very grateful for donations of plastic planters/ troughs for outside their classrooms. The classes would like to create their own mini-gardens. More on that next term, however, if over the holidays, you are having a spring clean in the garden and are happy to donate planters, compost and even seeds (lettuce, radish, peppers etc…) the teachers would be very grateful. Red class parents have already created a wonderful garden – thank you – so Red class do not need any more gardening equipment.

Thank you to all parents who helped fill the planters at the juniors last Saturday. The children will begin planting next term, but if you have any gardening equipment, like watering cans, garden tools or canes that you no longer need, please hand it in at the juniors.

Houses – A School Council Project
This week, the school council asked children to suggest names for the houses, and most children have already made their suggestions, therefore they probably won’t be bringing home a form on which they can suggest four possible names for houses. Several children have suggested Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin – but I think they have been used before!

With best wishes for a very happy Easter.

Yours sincerely,
Tabitha White,
Headteacher

March 24th

March Newsletter

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Dear Parents /Carers,

It has been lovely to see the ducklings in Reception. They are quacking loudly, and the children were lucky enough to see one hatch, yesterday morning. You can see some duck ponds the children have made, and much more, in the attached newsletter. On Monday, we find out which class has had the best attendance this term and they will win a tea party. It is surprising how close the competition is, the top three scores for this term are as follows:
97.5% (two classes)
97.4% (one class)
97.2% (one class)
All will be revealed on Monday!

End of Term
Next Friday is the end of term, and in the morning, we have our Easter service at Christ Church at 9:45 a.m. I hope to see many of you there. Please remember that school finishes early next Friday, the Infants at 2:15 p.m. and the Juniors at 2:30 p.m.

Next term
The first day of next term is Tuesday 18th April, the day after Easter Monday. There is no INSET day at the start of next term.

Easter Bonnets
Next Wednesday, children at the Infants are encouraged to come wearing an Easter bonnet. For those parents who have not made an Easter bonnet before, children decorate an existing hat (e.g. a straw bonnet or a baseball cap), buy a new one or wear a pair of rabbit ears.

Home Learning Projects – Years 3,5 and 6
Parents of children in Year 3, 5 and 6 are invited to see the children’s projects on Wednesday 29th March at 2.45p.m. If your child is in the Year 5 and 6 mixed football team, you are invited to see projects at 2.30p.m.

Choirs Spring Concert
On Thursday 20th April, at 7 p.m. in the Junior Hall, the Year 3 and 4 and the Year 5 and 6 choirs will be performing a showcase of songs. It will be a lovely start to the summer term.

Parent Reps’ Meeting
Thank you to all the parent reps who attended last night’s meeting, and to those who forwarded comments from their classes. I will summarise the main points of our discussions at the meeting:
Purpose of Parent Rep Meetings – Parent Rep Meetings are for issues that affect more than one class, where a wide range of views can be heard. If an issue relates to one child, or to one class, do raise that issue with the class teacher, either at pick up or via office@ccnm.rbksch.org.
Meet the Teacher Meetings – At the end of each year, parents of children in Reception to Year 5 are invited to meet the teacher their child will have the next year. We are developing these meetings, so that more information can be given about how things work in the new class, for example, about changing books and book banding and home learning. This will reduce the number of queries that arise.
Budget – As I have written previously, schools across the country are facing increasing budget pressures. We are committed to doing all we can not to compromise quality, whilst looking at every way we can to save money. You can read more about the parent led campaign to fight the cuts here. Letters from parents to local and national politicians can only help to raise awareness.
Advanced Notice of Trips & Events – We plan to give notice of key trips and events at the Meet the Teacher meetings, mentioned above. This would include trips, visitors to school and dressing up days. Where other trips and events are subsequently planned, we will give several weeks’ notice. We are also planning to reduce the number of dressing up days.
Clubs – We are reviewing all our clubs for Autumn 2016. As part of this, we plan to send out one mailing, towards the end of the summer term, which will contain the information about all the clubs for the following term.
Home Learning – We will be reviewing the pitch of home learning. Next half term, all children in Years 2-6 will be doing a reading project. We are pleased that parent representatives felt we are offering an appropriate amount of work.
Costs of Trips – I know parents would like trips in the infants. As we discussed last night, the challenge is transport. To take one year group anywhere in a coach costs about £700, add to that the cost of any activities. We will therefore aim to give as much notice as possible of any trip and to ensure that we balance these with high quality experiences, such as theatre groups, in school.

Hot Meals at Connect
Thank you to Mrs Allum and Mrs Johnson, who have introduced hot meals at Connect, in response to requests from parents. The children tell me how much they enjoy the meals, one boy told me that the tuna pasta was his favourite!

Houses – A School Council Project
Next week, the school councillors will be sharing with their class plans to introduce houses (teams), across the school. There will be four houses and the children will all be put in one of them. The school council will be asking children to suggest names for the houses, and at some point during the next week, your child will bring home a form on which they can suggest four possible names for houses. The school council will help choose the best names.

Animal Projects – Years 1-2
I have seen some lovely animal projects in Year 1 and 2. If your child has made a project, but not brought it in to school, please could they do so next week. If your child has already brought in their project, please do send it in again.

Let’s Lead at Christ Church
Congratulations to Maisy McCarthy and Freddie Eglin, both in Year 6, who have completed Let’s Lead Bronze. Maisie has been a gardening leader, tending the flowerbeds outside the juniors, Freddie has been a hygiene leader, expert at reminding children to wash their hands!

Digital Cameras
Thank you to parents who have handed in cameras, as I wrote last week, If you have any digital cameras you no longer need, and would be happy to give them to school, please hand them in at either office, together with any leads.

To view the full newsletter click here.

Yours sincerely,
Tabitha White,
Headteacher

March 17th

Dear Parents /Carers,

It has been a busy week. Today, the farm has visited nursery and reception, and the juniors put on a music concert. Earlier this week, our gymnasts competed in the borough finals, with one of our teams making it through to represent Kingston in the regional finals. Do read about both of those, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Fair-Funding for Schools

Thank you to those who attended the Fair Funding meeting at Burlington on Monday night. The parent organisers of the local campaign have written:
On Monday 13th March we had a well-attended meeting highlighting the funding difficulties facing all schools. If you were able to attend you will be aware of the government consultation “The National Funding Formula” that closes on the 22nd March.

The funding formula is felt to be a positive move as some schools in rural areas are really struggling. But to take away funds from other schools that are already facing inflationary budget squeezes doesn’t make sense. By completing the consultation using the model answers provided by the ‘Fair Funding for all’ campaign, they are asking for a 0% floor instead of the 3% floor on budget cuts to schools.

We are hoping that by responding to the consultation, it is another way to make government see that schools are struggling and implementing more school budget cuts is just another burden on already stretched schools.

The document is technical so you will find answering the other questions difficult, but it is worth making the model answers that are provided in the attached word document particular to your borough/school/experience if you can.

Thank you.

Click here to access the online survey.

Digital Cameras

It is lovely to take photos of children to share with parents. We could take even more if we had more cameras. Do you have any old digital cameras that you no longer need? If you do, and would be happy to give them to school, please hand them in at either office, together with any leads.

Cake Sales

Thank you to parents and children in Year 5 and Reception, who baked (and bought) lovely cakes and biscuits, at their cake sales, last Friday. Year 5 raised £118 for team building activities and Reception an amazing £306 for their ducklings, which is a record!

Charity Walk for Peace

Advanced warning for your diary: On Sunday 14th May, starting at 10am in Newham there will be another Charity Walk for Peace run by the Ahmadiyya community. They have kindly agreed once again to match fund donations which Lunchbowl collects during the year. This is a charity close to our hearts, which has created kindergardens in the Kibera slums in Nigeria. You are most welcome to join the walk with your children as a sign of appreciation of their generosity. More details will follow nearer the time.

Lunchbowl Hearts

Your children may well have paid a £1 to buy a heart as part of Lunchbowl’s Have a Heart campaign. Heidi Gomes, from Lunchbowl, wrote to thank us, telling us we raised an amazing £515.75, which will provide 1547 meals for the Lunchbowl children. Thank you to everyone who bought a heart.

Sponsored Goods

In the past, we have had kind donations of things like pencils, table tennis bats and computers that parents have sources from surplus goods or equipment at work. Sometimes they are branded and are left over from a campaign, on other occasions they might be because of an office move. Do please let the office know, if you might be able to help with anything (office@ccnm.rbksch.org).

To view the full newsletter click here.
Yours sincerely,
Tabitha White,
Headteacher