December 4th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week the preparations for Christmas have started in earnest. I have been very impressed by the creativity of the teachers as they tackle the challenge of creating and filming performances, whilst avoiding singing in order to keep everyone safe. You may have heard that the Government has just given schools permission to offer live performances, with real audiences. However, we would not wish to compromise anyone’s safety, particularly as we approach Christmas. We are pleased that we have had to ask so few people to self-isolate to date. We would hate to be asking groups to self-isolate over the Christmas period. We will send you private links so you can watch the performances in the comfort of your home with your families.

Thank you once again for your generous donations, which keep coming in. This week we would like to thank the families of the following pupils:

  • Daniel and Angela Kim
  • Grace Lee

and our anonymous donors.

We will use the latest funds to buy a class set of dictionaries.

Keeping Everyone Safe at Christ Church

As we approach Christmas, we are particularly keen to avoid having to close any bubbles and to keep any transmission of the infection to a minimum. If your child does show one of the key symptoms, please keep them at home and arrange a test. Please could we also remind everyone that if one person in a family has to seek a test, the whole household should self- isolate until a negative test result has been received. If, of course a positive result is received then the person tested needs to self-isolate for 10 days and the rest of the household for 14 days.

Thank You Message from Elleray Hall

Elleray Hall is a registered charity and daytime social centre where people living in and around Teddington can go to meet friends and take part in a range of activities, chat over tea and coffee and enjoy a good home cooked lunch. Many of our children have been busy making cards and decorated hearts with messages to go in Christmas gift bags for their members and they have sent us the following message:

 “Huge thanks goes to Christ Church New Malden C of E Primary School for fabulous homemade cards and gifts to send to Elleray Hall members this Christmas. They will be very much appreciated”.

Sponsored run for JDRF

Congratulations to Macaw class who ran 50 laps around the playground on Wednesday to raise money for JDRF – the type 1 Diabetes research charity. The run marked three years since classmate Oli was diagnosed with type 1, the autoimmune condition that requires 24/7 care and for which there is at present no cure. To date the class has raised an amazing £2,272. It is the third fundraising effort led by Oli who, with the help of family and friends, has raised over £15,000 for type 1 research.

“A huge thank you from Oli and his family for all the support shown by the school community. It means so much to us and our type 1 friends.”

Christmas Jumper Day

Next Friday 11th December is Christmas Jumper Day where children and staff can bring £1 to school and wear festive jumpers for the day over their uniform. All proceeds will go to support Lunchbowl, which funds Kindergarten places and hot meals for children in the Kibera slums. I was very sad to hear the latest update which said ‘The children in Kenya have been struck hard this year by covid. With schools being forced to close, many of the children have struggled to find food and of course nobody has access to online learning.’ It also spoke of a lack of basic clothing, even underwear. Let’s have a fun day and help others at the same time.

Safeguarding update: Domestic Abuse

As reported in the news, it is widely accepted that incidences of Domestic Abuse have increased during Covid.  The Safer Kingston Partnership have sent all schools a 1-page leaflet with information on support that is available locally.  This resource will be put onto the school’s Safeguarding website page should you know someone who may need help. 

If you feel that a child here at Christ Church needs help with dealing with issues of domestic violence, then please contact Alex Roe, Designated Safeguarding Lead, in confidence. 

Reminder: Christmas Lunch Order

If you would like your child to have a Christmas lunch on Wednesday 16th December, please go to the Feeding Hungry Minds website to order one. If you have already ordered a lunch for this day your original selection will have been deleted and you will need to go to the website to update your order.

Reminder: Nasal Flu Vaccination Catch Up

The school nurses will be returning to both the Infant and Junior site on Wednesday 9th December to administer the nasal flu vaccination to children whose parents consented but were unable to have the vaccine or were absent when these were carried out on 16th November. 

PTA Meeting – 9th December

Please join us for the final PTA meeting of term on Wednesday 9th December at 8pm. We will be reviewing spending needs and fundraising progress and developing the plan for next term. Hope to see you there!

Zoom dial in details have been sent to parents/carers.

Reminder: Parent Representatives Meeting

The term is speedily passing by, and it is time for another parent representative meeting. This will be on Thursday 10th December at 2 p.m. by Zoom. Mr Burkinshaw will send out the link by email. Do let your representatives have any comments or suggestions you would like to make. We do of course welcome the positive and celebratory, but also any ideas for ‘even better if….’

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. We will be offering socially distanced tours at 3.45pm everyday between 4th and 15th January 2021. Please contact the office to book a place.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher