As we come to the end of such a strange year, I would like to thank you all for your words of support and encouragement, even when I was having to ask people to self isolate! I think we will all be glad to see the end of 2020! Having said that, it has been a year full of special moments as well. I have loved seeing the smiles on children’s faces as they returned to school and feeling the excitement in the air. I have loved the sense of community and all the little (or not so little!) treats you have shared with us. I have loved working with a team I am so proud of, who have all pulled together and been willing to take the risk of catching Covid- 19 for the sake of the children. I know that for some of you, this year has brought great sadness and our thoughts are with you. This year has also given us many special memories, and I hope that watching your children’s performances will give you some more too!
I wish you all the following blessing:
The wisdom of the Wonderful Counsellor guide you,
The strength of the Mighty God defend you,
The love of the Everlasting Father enfold you, and
The peace of the Prince of Peace be upon you.
Miss Stray’s Local Area Photography Competition – best photographs win prizes
Over the Christmas break, we will be holding a photography competition to help promote the geography of the local area. This is a great opportunity to explore some picturesque local sites while out and about. The only rules are that photos need to be taken by the children and within the borough of Kingston. Other than that, be as creative as you want! Not only will there be a prize for the winner but a special newsletter will go out to showcase the variety of the entries received.
Please send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 6th January.
Online Christingle Services – Saturday 19th AND Christmas Eve, both at 4 p.m.
St John’s Church would love to invite you all to join them for their popular Christingle service which is happening online this year. Please contact them at email@example.com to sign up for your free Christingle pack and then join Geoff the Puppet and others on your preferred date for a fun-packed service at sjnm.online.church
Christ Church Christmas Trail
Christ Church is doing a ‘Christmas Trail’ for children. It’s free, but people do need to book a timed ticket in advance – it’s designed to be Covid safe and only one family will be able to walk through at a time.
‘This Christmas, our hall will be transformed into a magical Christmas Trail, so that children can come and experience the nativity story for themselves! It will be open for five afternoons from 1-4pm from Saturday 19th December until Wednesday 23rd December . Entry is FREE but timed tickets must be booked in advance, one household/support bubble per ticket to ensure social distancing.
Please sign up everyone in your group and let us know the names and ages of the children.
Face coverings must be worn by adults once inside the building (unless you are exempt).’
People can book tickets online here: https://ccnm.churchsuite.co.uk/events/yxzde7cx
They are also doing an online Children’s Carol Service on Sunday which will be available to watch on their YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2FMkGdQ
It will have Christmas Carol singalongs, and costumes etc. so hopefully good fun for any children who want to join in at home! (The video hasn’t gone live yet but it will be there on Sunday!)
Mental Health Services
Should you find these helpful, we have attached the following information which provide the details of the mental health crisis lines and online counselling services available over the holiday period.
Online Drama Club
Drama Workshops will again be offering online drama courses for infant and junior children next term. Please see the attached form for booking and further details.
Keeping everyone safe at Christmas
It was a relief not to hear about any more cases on our final day. However we do still need families to keep us informed about any positive cases at the start of the holidays, as we will be expected to lead the ‘track and trace’.
- Up until 23rd December, if a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the pupil may have been infectious whilst in school.
- The school should only be contacted if the child has developed symptoms or tested positive within 48 hours of last being in school. In this situation, please contact us via our dedicated email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you and anybody who has been a close contact of your child.
- Where a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and every blessing in 2021.