December 14th 2018

Dear Parent/Carers,

The Christmas season has been in full swing at School this week. What a variety of fantastic festive performances we have been treated to. We have been entertained every morning this week at the Infants with all the class nativities and a spectacular evening performance from Year 3 yesterday. Each Nativity had its own unique and special features and it was lovely to see how different they were as the children mature throughout the years. Thank you so much for your generous donations after our wonderful nativities, we raised a fantastic £595.22 at the Infants for JDRF the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research. This will be added to the £5.5k raised by one of our pupils, Oli Walker. As we mentioned in a previous bulletin, he has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and marked World Diabetes Day this year by running his first 5K for JDRF. The Year 3 production raised £200.97 which will be going to Princess Alice Hospice.

The choirs have also brought festive cheer to a number of venues this week including Fairview Court, John Lewis in Kingston and the Baptist Church.

Today the staff and children all look very colourful in their Christmas jumpers. Thank you again for your generosity, we have raised an amazing £287.50 for Save the Children.

You can see pictures of these, and more in the attached bulletin.

Success in School League Tables

I would like to thank all staff for their contribution to our position in the recently published school league tables. Whilst I believe there are many other contributing factors to the successful performance of a school and these results should not be used as a singular indicator, our 4th place position in the borough is a notable achievement. I know that staff and children worked very hard to reach this. (It also shows that we have successfully addressed our OFSTED target of improving standards in writing).

Class Christmas Parties – Thursday 20th December

In the afternoon of the last Thursday of term, children have their class parties. This year, rather than asking parents to provide food we will buy the refreshments and ask parents to contribute £2, via ParentMail. Thank you to all the parents who have already paid. Children can come to school in party clothes. They should, however, wear sensible shoes and no jewellery or make-up.

Christmas Service – Friday 21st December @ 9:45 a.m.

You are warmly invited to join us at Christ Church for our end of term service, which begins at 9.45 a.m. Classes do need one or two parents to walk with them, if you are able to help please either speak to or email your class teacher. Unless your class teacher has accepted the offer of help, please go straight to the church.

Amy Day – Sports Leader

As we approach the end of term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Amy Day for all her hard work and the support she has given the School in raising our profile in sporting events and competitions. She will continue to work with us next term, teaching some of our upper junior sport and supporting with competitions, but Mrs Brooks will be taking on the mantle of Sports Leader.

Music Clubs

There will be no music clubs in the last week of term.

Important Reminder – next term, Orchestra is moving to a Wednesday afternoon and will finish at 4:30 p.m. The first session will be on 16th January.

Lunchbowl Network

As you will remember from last week, Heidi Gomes shared with the children and staff the very exciting news that Lunchbowl will be opening a new school in the Kibera slums, Kenya. This will provide education for the children until they are 14. As part of their fundraising, they are selling gorgeous hippos for £2 and dishes for £3 and they will have a stall after school on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December.

Road Safety Event – Monday 14th January – Coombe Girls School 7.30pm

Road Safety is the primary concern of the Coombe Vale Ward. With fatalities in the last couple of years, this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Everyone should get involved in providing a solution to the road safety issues around this area. Speakers including: Coombe Girls’ students, Traffic Officer, Councillors. The will be looking at options including Hard traffic calming measures and a softer approach encouraging behaviour change.

Pret-a-Portrait Photographs

Please can we remind you that if you have not yet ordered school photographs, they are still available from the Pret-a-Portrait website and orders can still be received in time for Christmas.

Closing dates for Reception/Nursery Applications 2019

Please note that the closing date for on-line applications for Reception 2019 is Tuesday, 15th January 2019.  The closing date for Nursery applications is Friday, 8th March 2019.

Last Day of Term – Friday 21st December

As is usual on the last day of term, School finishes early:

  • AM Nursery @ 10.45 a.m.
  • Infants @ 2.15 p.m.
  • PM & Full Time Nursery @ 2.20 p.m.
  • Juniors @ 2.30 p.m.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher