February 7th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we approach the end of this half term, with only one more week to go, we have still been a hive of activity this week. Year 1 have responded very enthusiastically to a talk on Antarctica given by one of our grandparents on Tuesday and enjoyed a visit from their Year 4 chums on Monday. Year 2 have been busy working on their sewing skills in an effort to finish making their bags next week. Year 3 have making (and tasting!) Stone Age food whilst Year 4 have been exhibiting their creative writing skills, creating ‘Who am I?’ poems. Year 5 managed to make it to the Baitul Futuh Mosque on Monday, despite the lack of trains and Year 6 were invited to Coombe Girls School on Wednesday to watch their performance of Billy Elliot. It was lovely to hear about how many of our ex- pupils were performing and indeed how talented they were.

Reminder: Rhythm of the Word Concert – Monday, 8th June 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Royal Festival Hall, London

Tickets for this concert on 8th June, in which the Year 5/6 Choir are performing, have been released for sale today from the Royal Festival Hall. Please see the attached poster for details.

Parent Reps

Thank you to the parents who joined us for the parent reps meeting this afternoon. We had very few questions, which is an encouraging sign of how things are going well! We discussed:

  • New Report Format We looked at an idea for the new report format for reporting to parents at the end of the year. Parents valued the shift to more specific reporting, whilst valuing the comments by the class teacher and Headteacher. Parents felt that it was important that the burden on teachers was reduced while the value to parents was increased.
  • Sports Kits We recapped that, at the juniors, children come in in their sports kit on the days they do outside PE:
      • Tuesday: Years 4 and 5
      • Thursday: Years 3 and 6
  • New Uniform Although the logo in our uniform will change in September, it will only affect the polo shirt, PE top and sweatshirt, as the rest of the uniform will stay the same. We will also introduce an outdoor sports kit (hoodie and tracksuit trousers). We are aware that parents will have a lot of our current uniform, so there will be a lengthy grace period where you can wear both.
  • Zones of Regulation Parents welcomed the Zones of Regulation. They said that that their children are finding it helpful and also how useful it is at home. Feedback from the parents talk has been positive, parents asked if we could arrange a repeat talk in the evening and we will be letting people know as soon as a date is set. We have attached an updated version of the presentation that was given at last Friday’s talk.

Reminder: Gardening Volunteers – Sunday 9th February

A few of our parents have kindly volunteered to do some gardening at the Infant site from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday 9th February. If anyone can spare some time to help, they would be very happy to see you! If you can come, please bring gardening gloves and a fork. However, as the weather forecast does not look good, a message will be posted at 10 a.m. on the PTA Facebook page on Sunday to confirm whether or not this is going ahead.

World Book Day

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!

Poetry Competition

As part of ‘Book Week’, the English team have organised poetry recitals on each site. The infants will perform a poem as a class, but the juniors can perform a poem of their choice. Every child will be given the opportunity to recite or read a poem (or part of a poem) in classes between Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th February. Teachers will then choose two children who will go forward to the final. Children are free to choose any classic, well-loved poem, but if you would like suggestions please click below:

Junior Music Concert

The next junior concert will be on Friday 20th March. The focus will be on instruments, so there will be a limit to one singing act per class. Children will audition in their music lessons in front of their whole class. They should come with their instrument and any sheet music for accompanying on the relevant day:

  •  Tuesday 25th February – Antelope & Macaw
  • Thursday 27th February – Potter & Tiger
  • Tuesday 3rd March – Gazelle, Eagle
  • Thursday 5th March – Kipling & Lion

Reminder: Closing dates for Nursery Applications 2020 

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

Parking 

Further to last week’s bulletin, I have now been made aware of several cars parking on the zig zag area outside the Infants last week. I have been informed that on Thursday alone, there were 3 incidents of parents parking and dropping off; registration numbers EO03 GJG, LY68 UKZ and BJ57 MHY. This is not a drop off zone and parking is strictly prohibited Monday – Friday during term time between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. These restrictions are for the safety of our children. Do not park or stop even for a short moment on these markings.

In addition we have been notified that a silver Toyota Verso, registration LC64 CXK blocked one of our neighbour’s driveways in Lime Grove this morning and left their young child alone on the other side of the road whilst they moved their car. Please do not leave young children unattended on the roadside as it is not always easy for drivers to see small children, especially at busy drop off and pick up times.

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘Can you ever be too happy?’

AFC Wimbledon – Kids go for £1

AFC Wimbledon are currently offering tickets for under 18s for £1 to watch AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Town FC on Saturday 8th February. Please note U14s must be accompanied by an adult at this game and the deal only applies for the Ry Terrace and Chemflow Terrace. Please see the attached poster for details.

 Gill Hines Workshop – Tuesday 11th February

Gill Hines is running a workshop on Helping Children Manage the behaviour of others. This workshop will be of particular relevance to parents in year 4 and above as that tends to be when so many upsets between friends and classmates happen. It’s all about helping children deal with upsets themselves in an appropriate way. If this would be of interest to you, please see the attached flyer for more details. I know that these workshops have been very favorably received in the past.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of this term:

  • Tuesday 11th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • Tuesday 11th February – Year 6 Junior Citizen 2020 Programme, Chessington World of Adventures @ 12:00 p.m. #
  • Tuesday 25th February @ 9:30 a.m. – Nursery tour
  • 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 at 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 – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • 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