February 28th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you all enjoyed the half term break. This week there has been a big focus on reading and exploring books. Year 1 have been reading their new book ‘Lila and The Secret of Rain’ and talking about the differences between the homes in their Kenyan village and making their own mud huts.  Year 2 have been looking closely at the structure of stories, discussing the features in the beginning, middle and end of stories. Years 5 and 6 have been looking at setting descriptions using different techniques.

Also this week, congratulations to our Year 5 Girls’ Football team who, on only their second day back to school, won their tournament at Chessington School and are now through to the finals on 23rd April. You can see photos of some of the highlights of this month in the attached newsletter.

Reminder: Professor Robert Winston Visit – Monday 2nd March

Professor Robert Winston is visiting next Monday to give a talk at the Juniors (to Years 2-6). If the children have any copies of his books that they would like him to sign, please can children remember to bring them in on Monday.

World Book Day – last reminder!

This year World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March. This year, we thought it would be fun (and not too demanding!) for everyone, staff and children alike, to wear a hat to school for World Book day and we will learn about books with hats in!

Supporting our children with their Year 2 SATs – Friday 20th March

On Friday 20th March at 9 a.m. in the infant hall, we will be offering a talk to help parents understand how we will assess children’s learning at the end of Year 2 and report these assessments to parents. We will talk about how we can work together to enable your child to achieve his/her full potential. This talk is likely to take a maximum of 45 minutes, including questions. We will also put the presentation on our website for those who are not able to attend, although I am sure people will find the discussions helpful to listen to in person, if possible.

Gold Day – Friday 27th March

On Friday 27th March we will be having a ‘Gold Day’ to support Momentum, a local charity that supports families of children with cancer. Everyone is encouraged to bring in a £1 and come in wearing something gold. Families of children in school have received support from Momentum and the charity will be coming in to school to take assemblies at both sites on Monday 23rd March to explain to the children about what they do.

Reminder: Closing dates for Nursery Applications 2020

Please note that the closing date for Nursery applications is next Friday, 6th March 2020.

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘Are lions more important than worms?’

CBeebies Filming Opportunity

The popular children’s cooking show ‘My World Kitchen’ on CBeebies are looking for bubbly, confident children in the Surrey area, aged between 5 and 9 years old, to cook a family recipe for their friends to enjoy. Filming will be taking place in May, and they are hoping to meet interested families within the next few weeks. Please see the attached flyer if you are interested in applying.

Kingston Mobile Mop Up Campaign

We have agreed to take part in this campaign where we can raise money for charity while doing our bit to help the environment – all by just recycling old mobile phones.  The campaign lasts from Monday 24th February until Sunday 8th March.  Please dig out any old phones and bring them to the school office where we have a collection box. All profits from the campaign will go to the Mayor’s Charitable Trust, which helps two amazing local causes – Kingston Centre for Independent Living and Oxygen. More information about the project can be found on their website – https://www.kingston.gov.uk/mobilemopup.

Easter Holiday – Wild Play Days – Hawker Centre, Kingston

The Hawker Centre are back this year with Wild Play Days for children aged 4-11 years in their outdoor tent. Children will be involved in a range of outdoor activities including building shelters, discovering nature, woodland art and for our older children we will also be exploring the local areas woodlands and outdoor spaces.  Prices are £30/£35 depending on the length of the session. For more information email: info.childrenswork@ymcaspg.org or you can register and book via their online booking system.

SCL Easter Holiday Club

The SCL Easter & May Holiday Clubs are now available to book, and for Easter they have an exciting programme with six themes rolled into one. Please see the attached Easter club flyer for further details and note the HOST15 exclusive 15% discount code which expires on 20th March.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

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

Tuesday 3rd March @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day

Friday 6th March – Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Workshop – 9:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*

Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors

Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*

Friday 20th March – Junior Music Concert (selected pupils) – 9:00 a.m.

Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*

Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #

Friday 27th March – Gold Day (Fundraising for Momentum Children’s Charity)

Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)

Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #

Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*

Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early

@ 10.45 a.m. AM Nursery

@ 2:15 p.m. Infants

@ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery

@ 2:30 p.m. Juniors

@ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited