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November 20th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

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

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

Izzie and Edward Berry

Max Wild

Yera and Yeseo Cha

and our anonymous donors.

School Lunches

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

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

Class Amazon Book Wishlists

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

Christmas Jumper Competition

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

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

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

Thank you so much.

PTA Meeting Minutes

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

The Good Food Co-op

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

Please see their website for more information.

Safeguarding update: WhatsApp launches new disappearing messages option

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

Emotional Wellbeing support for children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

November 13th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

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

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

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

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

Orla and Emily Tompsett

Finlay and Joey Bruce

Bella and Samuel Edwards

Yeonju Kang

Hannah and Holly Albert

Euan Bae

Joshua and Daniel Han

Kristina Bardhi

and our many donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Reminder – Nasal Flu Vaccinations – Monday 16th November

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

Reminder – Hot lunches

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

Break the Rules Day – 27th November

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

When to send your child to school

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

SCL Xmas Camp

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

Women’s Return to Work Service

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

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

Job Vacancy

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

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

October 23rd 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

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

How to help everyone stay safe at Christ Church:

COVID 19 –Self Isolation

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

Making contact over half term

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

Keeping warm

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

Lunches after half term

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

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

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

Christmas Card Project

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

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

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

SouperSoup

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

Half Term Activities

Harvest Hunt (all school)

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

Pumpkin seeds (Juniors)

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

Kingston Libraries

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

Kingstonian CC Cricket Sessions – Spring Term 2021

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

Reminder – Primary School Applications

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

Deadline Approaching – Secondary School Applications – Year 6 parents

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

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

October 16th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Although many of us will have been saddened by the need for London to be placed on Tier 2 Covid alert, it has been encouraging to hear that there is a strong commitment to keeping schools open. Please remember than from midnight tonight we cannot:

  • Mix with other households indoors (including in homes, pubs or restaurants)
  • Mix with groups of more than six outdoors

Whilst we have not yet had a positive case to date amongst our own children or staff, we are aware that some children are having to miss 2-3 days schooling whilst they seek tests. We have therefore created a 3 day stand-alone programme of teaching for families to access whilst they stay at home. We are also preparing for the provision of a fuller programme of teaching and learning in the case of the eventuality of children having to self-isolate for longer. Please see below for more information.

We are committed to keeping our community safe both in the environs of the school site and also at school. I would therefore urge adults to remember to wear their masks when bringing children to and from school. Could parents also keep the pavements as clear as possible by moving into the spaces we have created near the school while they wait?

 Coronavirus quick reference guide

We have attached a quick reference guide for parents that details what to do in different scenarios which you may find helpful. A version in Korean is also available here.

 After school football and craft clubs

We are aware that children are missing clubs and are going to trial some after school clubs for those attending Connect and others that would like to join with them.

  • Craft clubs
    • Infants: Mondays 3.25-4.25 p.m. (Book from 12.00pm Mon 19thOct)
    • Lower Juniors: Wednesdays 3.30-4.30 p.m. (Book from 12.10pm Mon 19thOct)
    • Upper Juniors: Mondays 3.30-4.30 p.m. (Book from 12.20pm Mon 19thOct)
  • Football clubs
    • Upper Juniors: Thursdays 3.30pm – 4.30 p.m. (Book from 12.30pm Mon 19thOct)
    • Lower Juniors: Fridays 3.30-4.30 p.m. (Book from 12.40pm Mon 19thOct)

The clubs will run for 6 weeks starting w/c 2nd November to w/c 7th December with spaces limited to 20 children per group. The charge will be £42.00, however, those children already attending Connect on the day will not be charged extra for the club.

Spaces will need to be booked for all children, even those at Connect, and you will get confirmation of a place and will then be asked for payment, if your child does not attend Connect. The places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and can be accessed via ParentMail on Monday 19th October.

(Children attending the football clubs will be able to wear their PE kit to school on these club days, even if it is not a PE day for their class.)

Hot meals

You will be very pleased to hear that we are working with our catering company to reintroduce hot meals from 16th November. We will still be keeping our ‘bubbles’ separate in order to keep everyone safe and Year 2 upwards will be eating in their classrooms, but hot meals will be taken to them.

Parent Reps

Thank you to all the parent reps who sent in questions and were able to join this afternoon’s virtual meeting. Here is a summary of the key points raised:

  • School Uniform It is lovely to walk around the school seeing children smart in their new uniform. Supply chain problems caused by Coronavirus did mean that some of the uniform was late and we do apologise for that. In answer to specific queries:
    • Children can wear non-branded clothes that are the same colour and style as the uniform.
    • Hair accessories should be blue, black or yellow.
    • Junior children should bring a school rucksack, or their own drawstring bag.
  • School Lunches ISS, our caterer, will start providing hot meals after half term. There will be three options each day, one of which is vegetarian. Long term, we have joined with several local schools to seek a new caterer to replace ISS when their contract ends at the end of the year. Our focus will be on quality and price, not just price as Kingston does.
  • Remote Learning From next week,if a child is absent due to a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus their parents will be emailed by a three day timetable with activities to be done at home. Most children return within three days because of a negative test. If a test is positive and a child needs to isolate for longer we will shift to making learning match that of the children in class. If a bubble is closed, then learning will shift fully online.
  • Parents’ Evening It was encouraging to hear that parents found the phone conversations with parents helpful. In answer to specific questions:
    • If we are not able to have a face to face parents’ evening in the spring we will use video, rather than phones, to speak to parents.
    • Nursery parents will be able to book specific timeslots.
  • Assessments The Government are clear that statutory assessments in Reception (EYFS profile), Year 1 (phonics check), Year 2 (KS1 SATS), Year 4 (multiplication tables’ check) and Year 6 (KS2 SATS) will go ahead as planned.
  • Nursery Climbing Frame We have met with suppliers to discuss replacement of the condemned nursery climbing frame. Although there is a significant lead time, the PTA have generously agreed to support the replacement.
  • Singing Sadly we are not able to sing in class, in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
  • Christmas Coronavirus means that Christmas will not be the same! Each infant year group will produce a Christmas presentation using still images or stop motion animations, but sadly, there will be no nativities and no events parents will be invited in to school to see.
  • Clubs We are not able to offer a full range of clubs, however, as you will see above in the bulletin, we will be introducing a few clubs as part of our Connect provision.

Online Drama Club

Drama Workshops are continuing to offer online classes after half term. These are now available to book and details can be found on the clubs page of our website.

Courses for Parents

  • Wellbeing course for parents– Starting November 2020 and running for 5 months, Collective Arts is offering five, 5-week arts for wellbeing workshops. These online or face-to-face groups are suitable for parents seeking creative ways to enhance their resilience and emotional wellbeing. No artistic skills required. The programme is funded by the UK Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund. Visit their website for more information.
  • Rejuvenation workshop for parents– At the Wild Mind Project they understand how overwhelming it can be looking after a child or young person with special educational needs or mental health issues. Their workshops provide a safe and creative environment to build support networks of people just like you, that know how necessary it is to take time to look after yourself. They offer experienced therapeutic support in helping you to cope through mindfulness, reconnecting with nature and art based activities. More information can be found here.

Reminder – Primary School Applications

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

Reminder – Secondary School Applications – Year 6 parents

If you haven’t already done so, please apply online for your child’s secondary school place. You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020. We will not be offering an in-school talk this year, but you are most welcome to phone us if you would like any advice on completing your application.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

October 9th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was lovely to feel that we had a more normal week this week with enrichment from a theatre company telling fairy tales to Year 1 and 2 and skipping workshops for the juniors. (I hear that the adults even joined in).  We do miss seeing parents and families on site and I would encourage you to chat to myself or Mr Burkinshaw at the beginning or end of the day. We do value your comments and suggestions and even informal chats. I am also looking forward to the parent representatives meeting at the end of next week and would remind you to pass on any questions, suggestions or even ‘thank yous’ that you may have.

Extra layers of clothing

We are ensuring that our classrooms are well ventilated in order to keep everyone safe. However, we are aware that it is becoming considerably colder! Do make sure your child has a number of layers and a warm coat. It would be worth considering warm vests.

New lunch ordering system

We will be moving over to a new online parent ordering system for school lunches in November. The attached flyer gives some more information about the system, which will be available through Feeding Hungry Minds.

Preparations for hot meals
Good news! We are currently in promising discussions with ISS our catering company about safe ways we can reintroduce hot meals after half term. We will be able to share more detailed plans with parent reps next week.

Tours of the school
We have been exploring safe ways of offering tours for prospective parents. We have already uploaded a welcome talk onto our website and the virtual tours which we gave to our new Reception and Nursery children in the summer. We will very shortly upload another video which shows our Reception classes enjoying a normal school day. Do encourage friends or neighbours to look at these videos if they have a child who is approaching school age.

After half term, we will also offer socially distanced tours for groups of up to 5 adults. These will need to be prebooked so that we can ensure we keep them to a safe number. We will chat to parents outside on the infant astroturf and invite them to look into the school from doorways. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. We would ask all adults to wear masks and to use hand sanitiser on entrance to the site. These tours will be limited to parents who are new to the school. Please advise interested parents to contact the office to book a tour. We will also advertise them on our website. The tours will be on:

  • Monday 9th November 2020
  • Thursday 19th November 2020
  • Friday 27th November 2020
  • Tuesday 1st December 2020.

We may arrange further tours according to demand.

Donations of second hand books to school

Every year our school benefits from the generous donations of second hand books to the Christmas Fair. Many of these prove to be welcome additions to our class book stocks. Whilst we will not be able to have our usual Christmas Fair, we would still value donations of books for the classrooms. This could help you with decluttering and help us have a wider range of books for our children. (Please could you make sure that any donations are in good condition and also high quality literature).

Remote Learning

When children are self-isolating due to a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus we will provide work for children to do at home. So far, most children have had to self-isolate while they, or a member of their household is awaiting a test result which turns out to be negative. Therefore, we will provide a programme of work, in the form of a timetable that can be followed for the first three days of self-isolation. If a child has to self-isolate after that, they will be given work by their teacher.

Artwork Competition

FarleyWood is a new local estate agent who have contacted us about an artwork competition they are running for schools in the local area. If your child would like to enter please see the attached flyer for details. The winner will receive an educational game as a prize and will also earn a £50 donation from FarleyWood to the school for art supplies.

Primary School Applications – September 2021

We have included below a summary of key dates for any parents making primary school applications for September 2021 entry.  

  • School open days are likely to be virtual. For full details please see each individual school’s website.
  • The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021. You must submit your application and any supplementary information forms by this date.
  • National Offer Day – You will be sent the outcome of your application by email during the evening of Friday 16 April 2021.
  • You must accept or decline your offer by Friday 30 April 2021, either through the eAdmissions system if you applied online, or by email if you applied on paper.

Apply online at www.eAdmissions.org.uk

Please ensure that you read the complete Admission to Kingston’s Primary Schools brochure online

Secondary School Applications – Year 6 parents

If you haven’t already done so, please apply online for your child’s secondary school place. You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020. We will not be offering an in-school talk this year, but you are most welcome to phone us if you would like any advice on completing your application.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

October 2nd 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am pleased by how well the children have settled back into school and re-established their friendships.  I can already see high quality work being produced and we are working hard on improving standards of handwriting once again! I am glad that we have scheduled parents’ evenings for earlier dates this term as this will enable teachers to share very timely updates about your child and their strengths and areas for development after lockdown.

Parent Representatives’ Meeting

Although we cannot yet have face to face meetings, we are committed to continue our programme of meeting with parent representatives. Indeed, I think that this partnership is particularly important at such a strange time. Our first meeting of the year will be on Friday 16th October by Zoom.  In order to make this as smooth a meeting as possible, we would ask you to send your comments to your parent representatives by Friday 9th October, so that your parent representatives can share them with us before the meeting. Do remember to celebrate things that are going well as well as suggestions for the future. This will ensure we keep up the positive as well as plan to make things even better.

 Uniform

It is lovely to see the children wearing their new uniform, it does make them look smart around the school. Please remember:

  • Children should wear a school cardigan, sweatshirt or hoodie. They are not allowed to wear any other type.
  • Junior children should only bring in a school rucksack or a plain drawstring bag.
  • If hair can be tied back it should be, and any hair ties or headbands must be in the school colours.

Next week, we will be checking that everyone is following our uniform code.

Uniform orders

We do know that Covid has led to problems with the supply of our uniform. We met with our supplier this week and, unfortunately, they are unable to guarantee when the next delivery will be. (in particular we are waiting for cardigans (smaller sizes), hoodies and PE tops.  As soon as we have a date we will let you know and will deliver via your child.  I am sorry that this has proved so complex and we will take this into account when checking uniform.

Naming Uniform

Please make sure you name all your children’s uniform. If a child loses an item of uniform at school, it is impossible to reunite it with its owner if it is not named.

 Coats

Please make sure your child wears a warm, waterproof coat. Following Government advice, we want children to be outside for all their playtimes so will only keep them inside if it rain is heavy.

Skipping Workshops – Next Week

Skipping Workshops will be joining us at the Juniors next week, teaching different skipping skills to every class. Workshops for Year 3 and Year 6 will be on Monday and for Year 4 and Year 5 they will be on Wednesday. Children should come to school wearing their PE kit on the day of their workshop. Ropes can be ordered to receive on the day by completing the order form you will already have received by email separately or can be purchased through their website www.skipping-workshops.co.uk.

Perform Drama Classes – KS1 & KS2

We were very pleased to receive a visit from Perform on Monday 28th September. The children had a wonderful time exploring the theme of Fairytales & Fables and using drama and dance 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 Fairytales & Fables. Click here to download it free or here to find out more about the Fairytales & Fables theme.

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 Monday 19th October. To claim your discount, just call Perform on 020 7255 9120 quoting CHCH191020 or book online at perform.org.uk. Please also see attached for further information on their October holiday workshops.

Considerate Parking

Further to my message previously asking that parents/carers do not park in the small car park at Kavanagh Court in Lime Grove at drop off or pick up times. It would appear that parents/carers are still using this and inconveniencing our neighbours. This is a small car park which is strictly for use of residents only and should not, under any circumstances be used for parking by parents/carers at drop off or pick up times.

Children being collected by someone else

We are committed to keeping all our children safe and to ensuring that they only go home with the right person. If your child is being collected by someone else, please email the class email address to let the teacher know in advance. If it is a late change, which you need to let us know during the day, please email or phone the office.

Secondary School Applications – Year 6 parents

If you haven’t already done so, please apply online for your child’s secondary school place. You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020. We will not be offering an in-school talk this year, but you are most welcome to phone us if you would like any advice on completing your application.

Secondary School Virtual Open Events

The Richard Challoner School virtual ‘Open Evening’ is currently available to view on their website.

Parents are most welcome to contact the school should they have any queries.

Kingston Grammar School are holding a virtual Open Day on Saturday 10th October. Book your virtual seat here by 10pm on Monday 5th October in order to receive the pre-event information and resources in time for the day.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

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

  • Tuesday 6th October – Parents’ Evening & Y6 Learning Reviews (by telephone)
  • Thursday 8th October – Parents’ Evening & Y6 Learning Reviews (by telephone)

September 25th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is always lovely walking around school and seeing what the children are doing. This week, I have watched reception children explore the dynamics of the marble run, Year 1 discovering dinosaurs and Year 5 imagining what it would be like to be married to Henry VIII. Do ask your children what they have most enjoyed this week.

Donation from Parents

One of the highlights of the Christmas and summer fairs is the Korean food. The parents who run the stall are sad at not being able to support the school this way this year, so have raised £570, which they have donated to school. We are very grateful to the parents for this very generous gift.

Parents’ Evenings & Year 6 Learning Reviews

These are both taking place by telephone on Tuesday 6th October and Thursday 8th October between 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. You will have received a separate email with more details for each of these. Please note that we will be allocating a specific time for the Reception to Year 5 meetings, but we would like to be more flexible with the Year 6 reviews and commit to phoning you within a wider time slot. This will let us manage the complexity of both English and mathematics reviews in the same evening. Nursery will also be using the same system as Year 6 and teachers will call parents within the 4.00 p.m. – 7. 00 p.m. timeslot.

Coronavirus – When to get a test

Please see this letter from NHS Test & Trace about when you should get a test for your child.

No Nuts

A reminder that we are a nut free school – please do not send your child in with any product that contains nuts – proximity to or contact with them is potentially life threatening for those children with allergies to them.

Secondary School Applications – Year 6 parents

If you haven’t already done so, please apply online for your child’s secondary school place. You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020. We will not be offering an in-school talk this year, but you are most welcome to phone us if you would like any advice on completing your application.

Coombe Girls’ and Coombe Boys’ School Prospective Parents Evenings 2020

Virtual Open Evenings will be taking place on Wednesday 30th September for Coombe Girls’ School and Wednesday 7th October for Coombe Boys’ School. Please see attached for further details.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

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

  • Tuesday 6th October – Parents’ Evening & Y6 Learning Reviews (by telephone)
  • Thursday 8th October – Parents’ Evening & Y6 Learning Reviews (by telephone)

September 18th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been another very positive week in the school. I am so impressed by how well Nursery and Reception are settling in. Reception even managed to walk beautifully between the Infants and the Juniors and back again so that they could have their photographs taken. School life is also much smoother now that children come to school in their PE kit on PE days. I trust that there have been far fewer lost items of clothing.

Congestion around the juniors

I know that a number of people have been concerned about the congestion at pick up time at the juniors, particularly for Year 4. We have therefore been reviewing our approach and would like to trial a modified approach from Monday 21st September. We will put the details in the year group updates, but in short the key change is that Year 4 will now be dismissed via the car park (where there is more room) and those collecting will be invited to wait on the paved area outside the school hall, to reduce the number of people on the pavement and to avoid anyone waiting in the road.  Could we also ask people to come as close to their pick up/ drop off time as possible and to move away quickly afterwards, not pausing to chat. Whilst this seems unfriendly, I’m sure you will agree that everyone’s safety is paramount. I would also like to thank people for all the arrangements you have made to share the drop off and collection of children in order to reduce the congestion.

I have contacted the council as well to see whether there are any measures they can introduce to help.  There is a website where people can log their concerns about congestion https://kingstonletstalk.co.uk/makingspace/maps/making-space1. It would be helpful if as many people could log their concerns by placing a pin on the map to ensure that we are seen as a priority for the council.

How to apply for free school meals

We are aware that a number of people’s circumstances will have changed recently due to the impact of the pandemic.  It might be that your family is now eligible for free school meals. If this is the case, do apply (even if your child is in the infants) as it will be both helpful for you and trigger extra funding for the school. Every child who is shown to be eligible will be given a free hoodie. The link for applications is https://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200130/education_schools_and_nurseries/364/form_apply_for_free_school_meals

What to do if your child is unwell

The start of a new term always seem to bring with it sneezes and colds which, during the current pandemic, can be a worry. In order to try and keep pupils and staff safe and well, and follow the guidance we have received from the government, we will be using the attached to determine if we ask you to take you child for a corona virus test. (We’ve also attached a chart which gives an indication of the differences between Corona, Cold & Flu symptoms)

Please note that, as would be our usual practice, if your child becomes unwell at school we will call you and ask you to take them home (even if we do not think that this is corona related). It is our policy that we do not give non-prescription medicines in school. If, for example, a child requires Calpol then they should stay at home.

Reporting Absence

To report a child’s absence please contact the school via the ParentMail App or email to the office.  The telephone absence line is no longer available. 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.

Staying Safe

In order to promote social distancing and keep everyone safe, we would like to ask only one person to come into our lobby areas at a time. As you will appreciate these are rather confined spaces. Please could visitors queue outside until the lobby becomes free.

School Uniform

Thank you for your patience while we wait for the order to be completed. As soon as we receive we will send it home with your child – so we can avoid congestion in either school Reception area.

Year 7 Virtual Open Events – Year 5 & 6 Parents

Please see the posters attached for details of virtual open events for Year 7 entry in September 2021 for The Holy Cross School  and Greenshaw High School.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

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

  • Tuesday 6th October – Parents’ Evening (by telephone)
  • Thursday 8th October – Parents’ Evening (by telephone)

September 11th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been so lovely to see the children enjoying their time in school, although I think many (children and adults alike!) are very tired at the end of a full week! They certainly seem to be enjoying their new topics. As I enter classrooms, I hear them roaring like dinosaurs, discussing the life skills needed for an astronaut or working out where all the internal organs are located.

Collection and drop off has become smoother, but could I continue to urge everyone to come to school as close to their time as possible and also to move away from school speedily and not to stay and chat. Could people also be very aware of the need to socially distance. We want to take every step we can to keep people safe.

We have had a number of queries from parents about Covid-19 so we are attaching a quick reference guide which we hope will be helpful.

Coronavirus Message from Met Police

On Monday 14th September 2020 new Covid legislation comes into force making it illegal to meet in groups of more than six either indoors or outdoors. This will include groups of parents gathering after drop off in the morning and before pick up in the afternoon. Also, when walking to or from school with your children, be aware of the number in your group if you are walking with another family. Please be aware of the legislation and alert to the number of people you are socialising with. The only exemptions to this legislation are in the workplace, education and organised sports. Police will be patrolling the areas around schools and have been granted powers to disperse groups of more than six if they come from multiple households.

Home Reading Books – New Colours!

We are delighted to be able to announce that we are introducing a new, fun phonics scheme, Floppy’s Phonics this September.  As part of this change, we have changed the banding scheme on our reading books from a number based scheme to a colour coded one.  Children’s reading will progress in the same manner and they will move to the next coloured book, as their decoding and comprehension skills develop. (It may be that the level seems cautious to you at the moment. This will partly be because we wish to consolidate key learning and skills, it will also be because we need to keep assessing children’s stage of development after lockdown).  The scheme includes the option for you to access the books electronically at home for free, details to follow soon.

Drama Club

Drama Workshops are running their after school drama club online this term. If you are interested in your child taking part, further information can be found on the clubs page of our website.

Old Uniform Donations

Thank you for all your donations of old school uniform. We now have sufficient supplies at both sites.

Reminder – Photograph Day – Wednesday 16th September

Please ensure your child is wearing their school uniform on this day. Year 2 and Year 5 can wear their uniform for outdoor PE on this occasion and may bring in trainers to change into. There will be no indoor PE for Year 6.

SeOUL Residential Boards Sponsorship – We need your help!

The Coronavirus has really impacted what the PTA can do to fundraise for the school. However, with thanks to SeOUL Residential, we have been able to secure sponsorship via their advertising boards. During this term, parents can help the school earn sponsorship from SeOUL Residential by having one of their boards on display on their property for about 4 weeks. In addition, the agent have also upped the number of boards they can sponsor!

The boards normally bear advertising of our school fairs, but as we are unlikely to be running one this term, we will be bearing a positive message along with a drawing from a pupil. The winning drawing chosen to be displayed was by Hannah in Macaw class in Year 4. Well done Hannah! So, if you haven’t already, please consider signing up to have a board on display at your property to support our fundraising efforts.  Please email ccnmpta.boards@hotmail.com with your full name (including title) and full postal address. Your support is needed more than ever!

Kingston Voluntary Action Resources

I would like to make you aware that Kingston Voluntary Action have the following new resources and training available for parents this Autumn term:

  • Starting or returning to work: This is for anyone looking for work, anxious about going back to work, or wanting to develop new skills.
  • Worried about money: This is for people who are worried about money, their housing situation or other financial pressures.
  • New to benefits: This is for people who need help understanding and/or applying for benefits.

Kingston Libraries

RBK are carrying out a major review of library services in the borough and they would like to get as much feedback as possible from children and their families about what parts of the service are important to them. They have asked us to send the attached flyer for details on how to access their online questionnaire.

New Uniform/PE Kit

We are aware that some people are still waiting for their new uniform orders.  We are hoping it will come next week. We have been advised that the uniform will come for the younger children at the start of the week and the others towards the end of the week.  Do not worry if your child doesn’t have their full PE kit for their PE lessons; as long as they have trainers to wear they will be fine.

Our uniform supplier has also provided us with the attached laundry care instructions for your information.

Considerate Parking

Please could I ask that parents/carers do not park in the small car park at Kavanagh Court in Lime Grove at drop off or pick up times. This is a small car park which is strictly for use of residents only and should not, under any circumstances be used as a public car park.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

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

  • Wednesday 16th September – Photograph Day for Reception – Year 6
  • Tuesday 6th October – Parents’ Evening (by telephone)
  • Thursday 8th October – Parents’ Evening (by telephone)

September 4th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have already reached the end of the first week! I have already seen children take home new creations, challenge themselves to produce their best writing, renew friendships and enjoy ball games. When I have asked them what they have enjoyed about being at school, a number of them have said everything!

I am pleased that drop off and collection at the juniors was much smoother today. The drop off ‘windows’ seemed to really help. Thank you also for all the steps you have taken to reduce the number of people congregating at the same time. I have set Year 6 the challenge of arriving neither too early nor too late next week (although it has been lovely to see their eagerness to be in school).

Next week we will also be welcoming the new Nursery and Reception children. Then it will feel as if the term is really under way.

Headphones

Over the next fortnight, all children at the juniors will be doing online assessments for which they need headphones or earphones. Obviously, we are no longer able to have shared headphones so all junior children will need to bring in a set of headphones or earphones from next week. They do need to be wired, as we cannot connect wireless headphones.

If any parent works for an organisation that might have a number of unused headphones or earphones that they would be happy to donate to the school, do let the office know.

School Lunch Menu

Please see the attached menu for your information which we have received from our caterers. This will be used for the foreseeable future although is subject to change. (The children did not seem to enjoy the fish fingers bap today and so we have asked them to find a replacement meal for Fridays)

Free Fruit Scheme

As you are aware, the scheme which delivers free fruit to the Infants is not currently operating but they have now been in touch and we are hoping that this will be reinstated within the next couple of weeks. We will let you know when we receive an update.

Photograph Day – Wednesday 16th September

On Wednesday 16th September, Pret-a-Portrait, our school photographers, will be at the Junior site to take individual photographs of all the children in Reception to Year 6. Infant classes will be walked up to the Junior site during the morning for their photographs. Unfortunately, with the current restrictions in place for COVID-19, we are unable to safely facilitate sibling photographs this year. We’re sorry if this comes as a disappointment. The decision has not been taken lightly but the safety of our school community is paramount.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher