February 15th 2019

Dear Parent/Carers,

It was very exciting to have William Grill visit on Tuesday. He is the illustrator and author of Shackleton’s Journey; a Year 5 and 6 book for this term. He shared with us all some artistic tips and discussed the need for perseverance and the importance of learning from mistakes. Each Year 5 and 6 class also had a workshop with him, where they produced some amazing art. He has promised to visit us again.

It was a real treat to see some of the Mr. Benn videos Years 1 and 2 have made of the Great Fire of London. I was so impressed by the work the children, and teachers, had put in to make the films so good. You can enjoy them yourself, by clicking here. We all enjoyed watching a re-enactment of the great fire of London in the school playground this morning. It was a fantastic finale to the topic. This week, Nursery have been making silly soup with objects that rhyme and Years 3 and 4 have been creating their own Greek Myths and making masks for some of their characters. You can see pictures of some of these and more in the attached newsletter.

Reading Challenge

As you know, this half term we set a reading challenge at the Juniors for children in all classes to read as many pages as they can in a week. The results were announced in assembly this morning and we can now reveal the winners:

  • Upper KS2 winner – Kipling Class
  • Lower KS2 winner – Macaw Class

These two classes will be allowed to wear their own clothes on the first Friday back after half term (1st March).

Dangerous driving petition (update from Mr Walker)

We currently have 520 signatures on the petition. Sadly, Kingston Council won’t accept over half of these as they don’t specifically state that they are from people in New Malden or Kingston (London and Surrey aren’t accepted). This was not specified in the petition guidelines. The petition is still with the council for them to make any decision on its future. Thank you to all those who signed.

High 5 Netball Competition today

Congratulations to our netball players, who did extremely well at the High 5 Netball competition at Kingston Grammar School this morning. We scored 21 goals, won our group stage, went on to the final cup stage and finished 6th out of 32 schools. Photos will follow in the next newsletter.

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

Once again, we are taking part in the Sustrans Big Pedal, which this runs from 25th March – 5th April. On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking, scooting or using a wheelchair to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position and schools at the top of their leaderboards will receive an exclusive Sustrans Big Pedal Trophy. We will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards if over 15% of our school cycle, walk or scoot on each day of the challenge.

Anxiety Awareness Support

The school is currently part of a pilot project working with the Kingston Child Wellbeing Service. As part of the scheme we have been offered the following support:

    • Parental workshop – Friday 1st March.  1:45 – 3:15 at the Junior Hall
      A free information workshop aimed at all parents / carers who want to understand more about anxiety in general or for parents with children with mild anxiety.
      Numbers are limited to 28 for this session.
    • 1:1 support – direct parental support based on a coaching method for 4 face-to-face sessions and 4 telephone sessions. These sessions aim to empower parents/carers by providing tools and strategies that can used with your children to manage their difficulties. Currently our practitioner has availability for one other family.   Please see the attached leaflet for further details of their offer.  If you feel that you could benefit from this, please contact Alex Roe (senco@ccnm.rbksch.org) in confidence to find out more.
  • Y6 workshops in class will support children to identify and manage worries, including some support for the transition to secondary school.


Infant Singing Festival – March 2019: update

This event usually takes place in June but will be taking place in March this year instead. This event is run by the Borough and they have decided to change the format of the event this year. The festival will be in two parts:

  • Week 1 (11th -15th March) Infant Singing Workshops – Workshops within school for Year 2 pupils only
  • Week 2: (18th – 22nd March) Cluster workshop and performances at allocated locations and times around the borough. We will be taking part in a concert on Tuesday 19th March at the Church (not the School, as stated in last week’s bulletin).

 Lending Varjak Paw

Next term, Years 3 and 4 will be studying the book of Varjak Paw by SF Said in English, and we would love every child to have a copy in front of them while we do. If you have a copy that you could lend or give to the school, please drop it off at reception – with your child’s name and class if you are lending it.

New Malden Passion Play

The New Malden Passion Play is a community event organised by Churches Together in New Malden. They are currently running rehearsals to perform the story of Jesus’ final week. Should you be interested in going along to watch the performance will be on Saturday 13th April 2019 at Blagdon Road Recreation Ground at 12 noon.

Recruiting for a study ‘Children’s Science Knowledge’

We have been contacted by the Child Development and Learning Difficulties Lab at Surrey University to help advertise a research study they are conducting to measure children’s science knowledge. They are looking for children living in Kingston, Surrey or Guildford area aged three to five years to take part. If you think you may be interested please see the attached flyer for further information.

Closing Date – Nursery Applications 2019

Please note that the closing date for Nursery applications is Friday, 8th March 2019.

Year 1 Cake Sale

Well done Year 1 for raising £144.85 at their cake sale last Friday, despite the pouring rain!

I hope you all have an enjoyable and restful half term.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher