July 23rd 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I cannot quite believe we have reached the end of the strangest year. In some ways it has been the hardest year we have all known with so many changes and uncertainties. In other ways, it has been the proudest as everyone has pulled together to support each other through it. I would like to thank you all, both personally and on behalf of my staff for all the supportive messages you have sent, which have been so encouraging and kept us going. I also thank all the staff for their dedication and for working tirelessly to make school such a positive experience for the children whether in or out, whether in ‘bubbles’ or in ‘zones’. We are all eagerly planning for a reduction in restrictions in September, common start and finish times and Connect together once more on one site (unless we are instructed otherwise) although we will of course keep up all the safety measures of handwashing and extra cleaning.

I hope you all manage to have a good summer and to get away if that’s what you’ve planned. Stay safe and then I look forward to catching up with everyone’s news in September.

End of Year Service

This morning we were able to join together, virtually, for a lovely end of year service. Thank you to all the children who took part and all the people who worked behind the scenes to make it happen. A link to watch it has been sent to parents/carers.

A message from Mrs Lawrence

Thank you so much to the PTA and parents who so kindly sent me so many touching messages in my retirement card. I couldn’t get past the first page without tears. I absolutely love my rose and pot and will think of you all and my very happy times at Christ Church every year when it flowers. Words fail me with the generosity of my voucher. You are the kindest, most generous and supportive parents and you have made my retirement very special. I was an emotional wreck yesterday! Thank you SO much!

GL Assessments

There was a technical problem with ParentMail yesterday, which meant that some parents in Years 2 to 6 did not receive all their GL Assessments Reports for English or maths. We are very sorry about that. If you did not, please complete the form you have been sent for each report that is missing. Please note: you may not have received a report because your child was absent for or did not sit the assessment.

School Lunches

We are delighted that Nourish will be providing hot dinners from September. The School Council were excited to meet Mr Nourish last week – for those of you who didn’t and to find out more about Nourish please click here. This will bring about a change in the way that meals are ordered. At both sites, those children who are having a hot lunch will choose their option at the counter –  the experience at other schools shows that children are much more satisfied with their meal and that there is much less waste.

At the Infants, where every Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 child is entitled to a free meal as part of the government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) Scheme, those children who do not bring in a packed lunch will be able to eat a hot lunch.

At the Juniors, parents will pay for meals (£2.40 per meal) using ParentMail – there will be no requirement to take a meal every day, you can pick and choose when and how often. More details will follow.

The menu for next term is attached.

If you still have credit on your Feeding Hungry Minds account, please remember to request a refund from them by clicking on the relevant button when signed in to your account.

School Uniform

There is some uniform (notably school cardigans) still available to buy on ParentMail (for collection when we re-open after the summer break) but from today you will also be able to buy uniform from Garbmann, our new uniform supplier. Garbmann supply many schools nationally so we can avoid the supply issues we suffered last autumn – you can choose to have uniform delivered directly to home  or, as part of a bulk delivery, to school (last Friday of the month). There is a link on the uniform page of our school website.

Connect – Autumn 2021

Bookings can now be made for the Autumn term via the Connect page of the school website (if you already have a contract, this will automatically roll over). Connect will take place at the Infant Site with Junior children walked by Connect staff at the end of school or at 4.30pm if they are attending an after-school club. Charges from September will be £7.00 per morning session and £15.00 per evening session. Nourish will be providing the catering in the evenings with a hot snack Monday – Thursday and sandwich style on Fridays. (Menu to follow.)

Year 3 Bumblesnouts Performance

A link to this performance has been sent to parents/carers. Well done to everyone involved.

Junior Singing Concert

Unfortunately, one child’s video was inadvertently missed out of the video we shared last week. It has now been included and an updated link has been sent to parents/carers.

Emotional Wellbeing over the Summer – a message from our Junior Pastoral Mentor, Claire Stevens

This summer we are no doubt hoping for lots of fun times of play and adventure as well as opportunities to connect with family and friends, all of which are part of the Wellbeing Star. Holidays are a great time to practise some of the deep breathing and relaxation exercises. why not try “Slimy Hands Breathing” you might like to try it with real slime and not just imaginary!

Slimy Hands Breathing 

Find a comfortable position and close your eyes. Imagine that you have a ball of slime in the palm of each hand. Feel how cool it is. Now try squeezing it as hard as you can. As you squeeze breathe in through your nose. Then breathe out through pursed lips as you open your hands and imagine the slime has spread across your hands and through your fingers. Repeat this a few times and notice your breathing. Do you feel relaxed?

All of us at times have feelings of stress and worry and so practising our breathing when things are going well for us is so helpful for knowing what to do if we feel worried or anxious. Young Minds have produced a great resource for parents to turn to, if they are wondering about signs of anxiety in their children. Click here to see it. Happy holidays.

Kingston Youth Choir

Kingston Music Service is launching a new youth choir in September 2021. It will bring together young people aged 8-13 who love to sing, and will rehearse weekly as four separate vocal ensembles in venues across the borough, meeting as a massed choir for one or two events per term.

The choir is an opportunity for young singers to develop their vocal skills, improve their musicianship, learn new music and make new friends. Rehearsals take place in a relaxed atmosphere and are a chance to explore a wide range of music – classical, folk, pop, jazz and music theatre as well as songs from a variety of different cultures – as well as meeting like-minded young people.

There are two launch events this autumn:

  • Thursday 9 September 5pm – Online launch
  • Saturday 11 September 10am – Free taster workshop at the Hook Centre in Chessington

These events are opportunities to meet the team and learn some fun warm ups and songs that the vocal ensembles will be working on over the Autumn Term. Both events are free to participants. You can book a place at a launch event or a free trial here

Parent Representatives’ meeting 16th July 2021

Thank you to all the Parent Representatives who met with me in person(!) on the Infant astroturf. Here is a summary of the points which were discussed.

KMS Music Clubs

Kingston Music Service is launching new music clubs for complete beginners in September 2021. The groups offer those aged 8-13 the opportunity to make music with like-minded young people. They will meet weekly at venues around the borough of Kingston and are led by expert tutors. There is no experience needed – just a love of music – as group members can learn everything from scratch. All instruments are supplied, with the exception of the ukulele club where students are asked to buy or hire instruments in advance of the first session.

There is a free taster session at the Hook Centre in Chessington on Saturday 11 September 10am. (Ukuleles will be available to borrow for this event). You can also sign up for a free trial and go along to another session. Term will begin the week commencing Saturday 18th September. To book for the taster session or a FREE TRIAL click here. 

Have a lovely summer holiday and I look forward to seeing all the children back in school on Thursday 2nd September (the gates will open at 8.40 a.m. on the Junior site and 8.50 a.m. on the Infant site).

Tabitha White

Headteacher

July 16th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

The weeks just seem to get busier and busier. Each week it has been lovely to see more enrichment activities on each site. This week, I was amazed to see nursery children on a tightrope and others juggling and walking on stilts. Today, as I write, the sun is shining ready for our Infant sports day and the Year 6 are finishing a very full and rich time on the Isle of Wight. I would like to thank all the staff who are working so hard at the end of an incredibly challenging year to make these things happen. In particular, an enormous thank you to Mr Burkinshaw, who has worked tirelessly to make school journey happen, is sending back amazing photos every day and yet is still masterminding many plans for next year at the same time.

Welcomes and goodbyes

We have reached that time of the year when there are very mixed emotions. We will be saying goodbye to some members of staff who are very close to our hearts. This year there will be two retirements and two teachers moving onto pastures new:

  • Mrs Lawrence, nursery teacher, will be retiring after more than seven years at Christ Church, as an invaluable teacher in nursery and also our Early Years Leader for a period.  Her wisdom, humour and all her insights into young children will be greatly missed.
  • Mrs Huggett , Music Leader, will be retiring after an impressive twenty two years of links with the school and fifteen years of working in the school. She should be so proud of the way she has developed exceptional music provision across the school. I do not think I am biased when I say that our orchestra and our choirs are unparalleled and I know that many young adults will acknowledge that their passion for music started here.
  • Miss Tickner first joined us in September 2011. She left us briefly, but then returned again to our delight. Sadly, it is now time for her to spread her wings with a promotion to phase leader. She has taught across the ages from Reception to Year 5, bringing good humour, creativity and delicious cakes!
  • Miss Stray, Year 6 teacher, will be leaving us after four years of inspiring our children to achieve their best, leading the staff in hilarious pantomimes and taking us to great strengths in Literacy. She will be moving back up North.
  • Mrs Belcher will also be starting her maternity leave in September and we look forward to seeing the new addition to the family next term.

I know you will join us in wishing them all every happiness in the next phase of their lives.

We also will be welcoming;

  • Mrs Berry as Nursery teacher, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. I know she is very well known in our parent community.
  • Miss Jeeva, as Year 1 teacher. She is very familiar to children who have attended Abacus and had a very warm welcome when she came in this term.
  • Mrs Rizi, as Year 6 teacher and English Leader. She will bring a wealth of experience with her, both as Year 6 teacher and also in running a tuition school.
  • Mrs Bond will now be leading music across the school and Mr Marsh will lead the orchestra.

Classes for Next Year

We will be telling the children this afternoon who their new teacher will be and their new classroom and we wanted to let you know at the same time so you can chat about it at the weekend. The children will then have an opportunity to visit their new classroom and meet their new teacher(s) on Wednesday 21st July in the morning. The classes will be as follows:

  • Rainbow Nursery with Mrs Timmins and Mrs Berry and Ms Dare and Miss Pratt (TAs)
  • Seahorse Class with Miss Hempston and Miss Webb (TA)
  • Turtle Class with Miss Mahoney with Mrs Forte (TA)
  • Turtle will move to Owl Class with Miss Jeeva and Mrs Johnson (TA)
  • Seahorse will move to Squirrel Class with Mrs Honeybone (M-W) & Mrs Ward (Th-F) and Mrs Hampton (TA)
  • Squirrel will move to Fox Class With Mrs Edmondson (formerly Miss Bruen) (M – W a.m. & Th) and Mrs Kilby (W p.m. & F) and Miss Rogers (TA)
  • Owl will move to Hedgehog Class with Mrs Ahmed and Miss Pratt (TA)
  • Hedgehog will move to Lion Class with Mrs Hornby and Mrs Fereday (TA)
  • Fox will move to Tiger Class with Mrs Wogan and Mrs Fereday (TA)
  • Tiger will move to Eagle Class with Miss Brown and Miss Tully (TA)
  • Lion will move to Macaw Class with Miss Galbraith and Miss Tully (TA)
  • Macaw will move to Antelope Class with Mrs Kinnear (M-W) & Mrs Coltman (Th – F) and Mrs Newman (TA)
  • Eagle will move to Gazelle Class with Mrs Brooks (M a.m., Tu, W, Th) & Mrs Burkinshaw (M p.m. & F), and Mrs Newman (TA)
  • Antelope will move to Kipling Class with Mrs Summers and Miss Lawrence (TA)
  • Gazelle will move to Potter Class with Mrs Rizi and Miss Lawrence (TA)

Timings of the school day from September

You will be pleased to hear that we intend to cease our staggered start and finish times. We will return to common start times and common finish times. You will find more information in the welcome booklets which you will receive in your weekly email from the teachers.

Clubs

Thank you for all your responses to our questionnaires about clubs. There was much interest in both a wide range of music clubs and sports.  We will need to build up to this gradually. We will therefore start with a programme of clubs which are run by school staff and gradually supplement with others. Please see a separate ParentMail which will give more information.

Connect

From September, we are pleased to announce that Connect will all be reunited on the Infant site. We will be expanding our provision. There will be three bases: an activity room with art and craft, games and cards, outdoor provision with sport and construction equipment, and a quiet room for Reception and for other children who would like a quieter environment. Connect will resume its practice of collecting children after school and after any clubs which are held at the juniors. Booking will be open before the end of term please go to the school website.

Music Concert

This term, children and the juniors have performed in two wonderful music concerts. One was instrumental, and the children showed the results of the hard work they had put in and played us some lovely pieces of music. The second was a singing concert, with children performing some well known songs. Links to both have been sent to parents/carers.

Track & Trace

From Monday, schools are no longer responsible for informing contacts of a confirmed COVID test. Instead NHS Test & Trace will speak to the family of any child who tests positive and, with them, identify any contacts. From 16th August children who are identified as a close contact will not have to self-isolate. Please see this standard letter from the DfE with more information.

Solar Power

The Infant Site has benefited from the Mayor of London’s REFIt programme, with all the lighting replaced with LEDs and Solar Panels installed (in case you wondered why the scaffolding had appeared). Even though the installation was only complete this week we are already seeing the benefits.

Exercise Books

On Wednesday, children will bring home their exercise books, so you can see what they have achieved this year. Please send your child in with a sturdy carrier bag on Wednesday, so they can take the books safely home.

Early Finish – Friday 23rd July

Next Friday, on the last day of term we will finish early for the holidays:

  • AM Nursery:   10:45 a.m.
  • PM & FT Nursery:  2:20 p.m.
  • Reception:   2:15 p.m.
  • Year 1:    2:15 p.m.
  • Year 2:    2:25 p.m.
  • Year 3:    2:20 p.m.
  • Year 4:    2:30 p.m.
  • Year 5:    2:20 p.m.
  • Year 6:    2:30 p.m.
  • Connect:   5:15 p.m.

Have a lovely weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

July 9th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

It was lovely to see so many junior parents at sports’ day this morning. It felt like things were beginning to get back to normal! The children did fantastically and Mrs Kinnear and Mr Newman did a great job organising it.

The European Championship final is the first time in 55 years that we will see England in the final of an international championship. No doubt many of the children will stay up and watch all, or part, of the match and, hopefully, see England triumph – Mr Newman tells me they have the stronger team! School will start at the normal time on Monday, but teachers will be sensitive to tired children.

Parent Representatives meeting 2 p.m. Friday 16th July

On Friday 16th July we will be holding our next Parent Representatives’ meeting at 2p.m. on the infant site.  Please could you send any queries or suggestions to your representatives by the beginning of next week. Could Parent Representatives then forward them to me (head@ccnm.uk) as Andrew Burkinshaw will be on the Isle of Wight with Year 6. This will include an opportunity to meet our new catering company, Nourish, and to find out more about their approach and the proposals for the menus. They will also be meeting with children from the infants and the Junior School Council on the same day.

Pencil Cases 

Next year, we are asking children at the juniors to bring in their own pencil case and stationery. We have found that this year when, due to COVID, children had their own allocated supply of equipment, children enjoyed having their own equipment and they took pride in it, ensuring it lasted longer. However, children have said they would like a bit more personalisation so next year, at the juniors, children will have that choice. Here are the details of what should be included, which can be bought from any supplier, but we have worked with Suttles of New Malden and you will be able to buy everything at a discount there. If we receive the Pupil Premium for your child, you will be emailed your voucher for these items:

  • HB Pencils x3
  • Blue Handwriting Pen
  • Eraser
  • Ruler (30cm)
  • Gluestick
  • Black Whiteboard Pen
  • Small set of colouring pencils
  • Pencil sharpener that retains the sharpenings (rather than letting them fall on the floor)
  • Protractor – Y5 & 6 only
  • Safety scissors – Y3 & 4 only

If you buy all these items from Suttles of New Malden you will get a 10% discount.

All of these items should be individually named and should be brought to school on the first day of term, Thursday 2nd September, in a soft pencil case.

Circus Workshops Next Week

There will be an exciting Circus Days Workshop for the whole school next week.  The children will be taught various circus skills by a professional circus skills performer and instructor. This will take place on Thursday, 15th July at the Infants and Friday, 16 July at the Juniors. Please could children come to school in their PE kit on their workshop day.

Local Business Donates 13 Chromebooks

We would like to thank CNM Estates. a local company who have generously donated 13 brand new chromebooks to the school.  Our thanks too, to Barbara Delamere for putting CNM Estates in contact with the school. In their letter to the school CNM Estates say:

“CNM Estates are delighted to be donating laptops to Christ Church Primary School.  During tremendously difficult times for all, schools have had to face new challenges, like making sure education of the highest quality is accessible for everyone.   We are grateful to be in a position where we can offer something back to the community.  At CNM, we want to be a vital part of making our local community flourish and grow in these difficult times, offering something back to our local schools.  We hope that these laptops can significantly improve the learning environment for the children at Christ Church School.”

Surbiton High School – Year 7 2022 Entrance Examination Update

Surbiton High School have informed us that they have decided to move their examination date to Saturday 27 November 2021. This change is to allow for a new two-stage process for the Entrance Examination, with an interview in early January 2022 forming the second stage for those who have passed the Entrance Exam requirements. Please also note the earlier deadline for Scholarship and Bursary applications which is 5 October 2021 (please note that the child must be registered by this date too). Details of the entry process can be found on their website – www.surbitonhigh.com

Message from Met Police – Plant to Plate 

Children in Years 5 & 6 are invited to take part in a fun police initiative at Alric Allotments in New Malden from 10am – 12.30pm every Wednesday from the 4th – 25th August 2021. Police youth engagement officers will be leading activities such as scarecrow making, planting, general maintenance of the allotment and other hands-on activities. As an extension of our ‘Plant to Plate’ project which launched back in the spring, we are running a summer club. Normally the plant to plate project is aimed at vulnerable young people, to come to the allotment twice a week to help with planting and gardening in order to grow their own vegetables. These children have produced onions, sweetcorn and cabbages, and once the vegetables are ready to harvest, the children will usually cook a meal for their parents and guardians with the veg they have grown. The aim is to divert children away from crime and provide them with a safe space and positive experiences with police. We want to open up this project to other children in the borough to take part in some planting activities. We hope that our summer club will be just as successful. If you would like your child to take part in our summer club or if you have any questions, please email: dolly.hunt@met.police. Places are limited. Allocation will be first come, first served. Your child must live or go to school in Kingston.

Have a lovely weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

July 1st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week has been very varied, combining both the very practical and the cultural. Year 1 have been very successful with their gardening and have a bountiful crop of potatoes and radishes (the carrots and courgettes are still awaited!). Year 6 performed their play, with great maturity and confidence. I was uniquely privileged to be able to see it in person, but it has also been recorded so that others will be able to view it as well. I think it will have created many proud and happy memories. All across the school, children have been working hard at their writing. On Monday, we had the first visit from our School Improvement Partner for over a year and it was lovely to be able to celebrate the progress that they had made with her. She was very positive and commented on the pride they were taking in their work, their sustained concentration and (despite the challenges of lockdowns) the rich vocabulary that they are using. This was particularly satisfying to hear as writing was historically an area for development in our last OFSTED. Thank you for all your hard work during home schooling to help them on their journey!

Saying Goodbye and Thank You!

Miss Stray will be leaving us a little early this term (her last day will be 14th July) as she will be self-isolating before her wedding. It is so lovely that this will be able to go ahead after these difficult times. Sadly she will not be returning to us in September as she will be moving to York, but I know you will wish to join me in thanking her for being such a fantastic Year 6 teacher, a perfect combination of fun and high standards and for leading us expertly in English. We wish her every happiness in the future.

PE Uniform for Tuesday

We are very excited to be welcoming Adrian Patrick, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist 4 x 400m and Steve Frew, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist for gymnastics to school on Tuesday to work with children in Reception to Year 6. All children should wear PE kits on Tuesday.

Keeping Everyone Safe

We had a visit this week from an Infection Control Nurse from the Council who was pleased with what we are doing. Here are some highlights from her report:

You and your staff are doing a really good job. What a fantastic place, which is used to its absolute optimum. It is obvious that the whole school makes every effort to adhere to the current guidance. This is apparent from the minute you enter the school with hand sanitiser and wipes available for use prior to and after signing in including email addresses for Track and Trace purposes. A zero tolerance for coughs and colds with children and staff being sent home if they display any symptoms until they have resolved.  The day to day management of school activities to mitigate the risk of transmission has clearly been thought through very thoroughly. 

Please can you encourage parents to socially distance at the gate and in fact when outside the gates in communal play areas.

Staff members, parents and carers will need to:

  • book a PCR test if they or their child has symptoms – the main symptoms are:
    • a high temperature, however briefly
    • a new continuous cough
    • a loss or change to  sense of smell or taste
  • self-isolate immediately and not come to school if:
    • they develop symptoms
    • they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19
    • anyone in their household or support or childcare bubble develops symptoms of
    • they are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the common travel area
    • they have been advised to isolate by NHS test and trace or the PHE local health protection team

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place over the summer holidays throughout the UK. Run by national charity The Reading Agency, and delivered with the support of the UK public library network, it is the UK’s biggest free reading promotion for primary-aged children. Each year the Summer Reading Challenge has a new theme. For 2021, The Reading Agency is partnering with WWF for Wild World Heroes, a nature-themed Challenge that will inspire children to engage with environmental issues.

The Summer Reading Challenge is running in Kingston libraries and online at Wild World Heroes.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone back in school next Tuesday.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

June 25th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been so lovely to be able to plan exciting activities once more. This week, our revised plans came together for our School Journey to the Isle of Wight for Year 6. Thank you to Mr Burkinshaw who worked so hard to make this possible. On Wednesday, we had a fun and thought provoking transition morning for Year 6. Thank you so much to Mrs Plummer and all the people who supported her in making it such a success. On Thursday, the Infants had their skipping workshop and I have seen them enthusiastically practising their skills today. We have also been able to welcome the new Reception parents on site in a series of socially distanced talks. It all gave us a very pleasant foretaste of September and bodes well for us to be able to offer our usual ‘meet your new teacher morning’ for children on Wednesday 21st July. (We will therefore share with you which class your child will be transferring to on Friday 16th July, so that you know in advance).

Clubs: Next Year

We are intending to reintroduce a full programme of clubs from September 2021. Our previous programme of clubs evolved over time. This therefore seems an excellent opportunity to review our offer, before reintroducing more clubs again. Parents/Carers have been sent a form to complete to help us with this process.

Sports Day Booking

We are so pleased that we can invite parents to Sports Day; Friday 9th July for Juniors and Friday 16th July for Infants. To keep everyone safe, only one adult will be able to attend sports day for any child and you will be required to book your place in advance. All adults will be required to wear face masks, unless exempt, and have evidence of a recent negative lateral flow test result or of a double vaccination. Parents/Carers have been emailed with links to book tickets.

Pencil Cases

Next year, we are asking children at the juniors to bring in their own pencil case and stationery. We have found that this year when, due to COVID, children had their own allocated supply of equipment, children enjoyed having their own equipment and they took pride in it, ensuring it lasted longer. However, children have said they would like a bit more personalisation so next year, at the juniors, children will have that choice. Next week, we will give you the details of what should be included, which can be bought from any supplier, but we are working with Suttles of New Malden so you will be able to buy everything at a discount there. If we receive the Pupil Premium for your child, you will get a voucher for the items.

INSET days: Friday 2nd and Monday 5th July

Do remember that Friday 2nd and Monday 5th July are INSET days. Children should only be in school if you have booked spaces at Connect Plus. This will be held on the Infant site (9am- 4pm) for both Infants and Juniors.

Junior Singing Concert – Video submission deadline extension

Thanks to all those performers who have already sent in singing videos. For those who are not quite ready, please send them in by Monday 28th June – last chance! Please email to (Year 3/4) lucy.bond@ccnm.uk and (Year 5/6) janet.huggett@ccnm.uk having checked the information below:

  • You can perform as a solo or a group
  • Make sure the lyrics are appropriate
  • It would be much better to sing to a backing track
  • Not too many verses (approx 90 seconds maximum)
  • Wear your school uniform and try to be aware of any surrounding area (and noises) on your video
  • Video in landscape
  • INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND SONG IN A CLEAR VOICE

Have a lovely weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

June 18th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I know that many of you will share our disappointment at the need for continuing restrictions, although we recognise the importance of taking any measures needed to keep people safe. This week our staff all accessed highly accurate PCR tests as part of Kingston’s surge testing. I am very pleased to be able to share that the results are coming back very swiftly and so far we have not heard of a single positive case. We have been reviewing all our plans for the end of term and would like to continue with as many as we can organise safely. You will see below that we are so pleased that we have been able to design sports day, so that parents can attend and we can keep everyone safe.

It was sad to have to postpone the Summer Fair, but I trust that this will prove a truly celebratory event in September and it will be much more enjoyable to be able to have a proper fair with performances than a paired back version.

Sports Days 

We are thrilled that the latest guidance from the Government does allow parents to attend sports days this year. We have a sports day for the children on each site, and there are different timings for each year group:

  • Juniors – Friday 9th July
    • Y3: 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
    • Y4: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
    • Y5: 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Y6: 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Infants – Friday 16th July
    • Reception: 9:15 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
    • Year 1: 10:20 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    • Year 2: 11:25 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

To keep everyone safe, only one adult will be able to attend sports day for any child and you will be required to book your place in advance. All adults will be required to wear face masks, unless exempt, and have evidence of a recent negative lateral flow test result or of a double vaccination. We will organise spaces for groups of adults to stand at a safe distance from the children. At the end of your child’s session, please leave promptly as the equipment needs to be cleaned ahead of the next class and cohort of parents arriving.

Keeping Everyone Safe

If a member of your family shows potential COVID symptoms, do seek a PCR test in order to protect everyone. If in doubt, get a test and don’t send your child to school. The whole family should self-isolate until the result has been returned. If the result does come back positive, please let us know immediately on positivecovid@ccnm.uk

TT Rock Stars

We are really excited this week to have launched TT Rock Stars at the Juniors.  We had a visit from a famous rockstar – Sir Duke – who told all the children how important it was to choose your rockstar name carefully as well as practising your times tables!  All the children are now logged in and playing gigs and jamming as often as they can.  We have even had some inter class Battle of the Bands and student v teacher epic competitions!

Please could you support your child by allowing them to practise at home for a few minutes every day.  The children can earn coins to buy accessories and upgrade their rockstar the more they practise and the quicker they get.

You can find the link to the TT Rock Stars website here on the curriculum page of our school website. A parent guide is also on the website which should cover any questions that arise.  Please contact the office if your child has forgotten their log in. We cannot stress enough the importance of speedy accurate table knowledge and I am sure you will not be able to stop your child in this vital part of home learning!

Thank You to our Parent Gardeners 

A big thank you to Sasha, Emma, Sophie, Lori and Ullrika – we really appreciate your time and support in developing our natural wilderness area last weekend.  Every gardening session really makes a difference and we absolutely love the logs around the pond!  Later in the week our gardening club, Little Green Fingers, hung bird feeders, installed a bird bath and spotted a few newts and lily pads too.

It is really taking shape, but lots of jobs still to do, so if you’d like to get involved, please do let Mrs Honeybone know.

Have a lovely weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

June 11th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been lovely to welcome Miss Bruen back to school, after her wedding in Ireland. The sun shone and the photos look beautiful. From September she will be called Mrs Edmondson, but we will use Miss Bruen until then to avoid confusion.

This week has been a very busy week with both robotic workshops for the Upper Juniors and drama workshops for the Infants. It was lovely to be back to the old normal. Miss Pratt and I also went on a pig rearing course yesterday in preparation for our purchase of micro pigs in September.  It was certainly not a normal day in headship, but it was great fun and we feel much better prepared now. We will take time to digest all the information and then fill you in on our more detailed plans.

Respect Week

This week we have had respect week. It has been lovely to see the excellent discussions and activities which have taken place in classes. This is such an important theme and will prove invaluable in promoting happiness amongst all.  We will continue to develop a common commitment to being a respectful school, in which unkind behaviour and rudeness are seen as disrespectful and where there is a recognition that it is possible to move on from poor decisions, to say sorry and to have a fresh start.

Kingston Council COVID-19 update: Advice regarding contacts of a positive case

Kingston Council are currently recommending that contacts of a positive case have a PCR test even if they do not have symptoms. These PCR tests will help us identify further cases in the borough and guide us as to how we can take other actions needed to break chains of transmission. The PCR tests can be ordered online for home delivery or a slot can be booked at a test site: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. When booking the test, please select the option ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’ when asked the question ’Why are you asking for a test?’. Even if you have tested negative for COVID-19 recently, please still complete this PCR test. If anyone in your household develops symptoms of a new cough, temperature or loss of sense of taste or smell following a negative test result, please take another test.

A negative result won’t mean a shortening of the 10 days isolation period, but it does help detect other positive cases quickly and enables us to offer support to these individuals accordingly.

Local support is available to anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been told to self isolate, or whose child has to self isolate, to help with access to food and medicine deliveries, financial assistance if you are eligible, and support with health and wellbeing. This help can be accessed by visiting www.kingston.gov.uk/Covid19-needhelp  or calling 020 8547 5000.

Alongside taking part in this PCR testing, it’s really important that you and your household continue to follow all the guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

•    Washing hands regularly, for 20 seconds
•    Wearing a face covering in indoor spaces
•    Keeping a safe distance from those not in your household or support bubble
•    Maintaining a good flow of fresh air in indoor spaces by keeping doors and windows open

Staff and households should continue doing twice-weekly LFT rapid testing as normal. This is also a reminder that if you have a positive LFD test, you are legally obliged to isolate while you await the result of a PCR test.

Kingston Council COVID-19 update: Surge testing

Cases of coronavirus are rising in Kingston, driven by the Delta variant (first identified in India). The borough currently has one of the highest case rates in London. We have all done so much to keep Kingston safe. Our testing and vaccine uptakes have consistently been above average, demonstrating the collective commitment of our borough to defeat this virus.

Now, again, we need to act fast. To make sure our sacrifices so far do not go to waste, and to stop this rise in cases from getting out of control, we need to take action. So, let’s do what we can. Let’s follow the rules, and get tested. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get the jab when it’s our turn. To stop the spread, surge testing is being introduced in Kingston for 3 weeks from 9th June 2021.

Take a look at the graphic attached to see, at a glance, what this means for you.

Rates have been rising fastest among young people, which is why we are especially encouraging you to get tested if you are aged 19-24, and are not already accessing tests through your work or education setting.

However, we all have a part to play! Everyone can now access free PCR tests at our local sites, whether you have any symptoms of the virus or not.

Collection and Drop Off 

Please remember that only one person should drop off and collect each child. Obviously, if you have primary aged or younger children you can have them with you, but please don’t bring secondary aged children or other adults with you at drop off and collection.

Headphones

Children in Years 2 to 6 need to have headphones in school for the next fortnight. I know most junior children already do, but please check if your child either has some in school already or will bring them in on Monday.

Sunny Weather – Protection and Uniform

Now that the sunny weather has arrived, please can we remind parents/carers to apply sun cream to your child before they come to school, especially on outdoor PE days (The application of sunscreen is not the responsibility of school staff). We would also encourage you to ensure that children bring named sun hats into school. When the weather is hot, children should not wear sweatshirts, cardigans or hoodies, please don’t send them into school wearing them.

School Dog

During a visit from an animal behaviour specialist, Eddie (Mrs Johnson’s dog) passed his character assessment with flying colours and is well on his way to becoming an official member of staff and will be spending three days a week in school. While many of the children enjoy and benefit from interacting with dogs we understand that not all do – so if you would rather your child didn’t meet Eddie, for whatever reason, please email office@ccnm.uk.

Connect Plus: Summer

We still have spaces at Connect Plus, our new holiday club, which will run from Monday 26th-Friday 30th July and Monday 23rd August to Wednesday 1st September (INSET day). It will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on each day and there will be an exciting set of activities. The cost will be £34.50 full day. To book a place, please visit – https://christchurchnm.kidsclubhq.co.uk/rdr?u=book&id=4164 

Junior Singing Concert

If you would like to take part in the digital Junior Singing Concert this term, please film your performance and email it into school by Wednesday 23rd June, having checked the information below:

  • You can perform as a solo or a group
  • Make sure the lyrics are appropriate
  • It would be much better to sing to a backing track
  • Not too many verses (approx 90 seconds maximum)
  • Wear your school uniform and try to be aware of any surrounding area (and noises) on your video
  • Video in landscape
  • INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND SONG IN A CLEAR VOICE

We will choose some songs from each year group for the concert – trying to get a good balance of ages, repertoire etc. If you don’t make it into the final concert this time, we will make sure that your class teacher has a copy of your video to show to your class (as long as it follows the guidelines above)! Happy singing!

Please email to:  (Year 3/4)  lbond18@ccnm.uk  and (Year 5/6)  jhugge2@ccnm.uk

PTA Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday 25th June

We are planning to hold a second hand uniform sale after school on Friday 25th June at both infant and junior sites. We are looking for volunteers to help sell and to set up beforehand from 2:15pm. Please let us know if you can help: ccnm.pta@hotmail.com.

Also if you have any pre-loved but clean, good quality donations for the sale, please drop them at either infant or junior offices.

School Cookbook – Final Call!

This is the final call for recipes for the school cookbook. We really need more recipes for a cookbook to be viable this term, so please contribute if you can – savoury, sweet, simple or sophisticated – anything goes! You can submit using the form sent out previously, or if preferred, just jot down the details in an email or word doc and send to: ccnm.pta@hotmail.com. However you choose, please include the following sections:

•    Your name, your child’s name, child’s class
•    Your email address
•    Recipe name
•    Ingredients including measurements (Include number of portions if you know)
•    Method
•    Personal quote about why you chose the recipe and / or what it means to you (optional)
•    Photograph (optional)

PTA Meeting – Tuesday 8pm via Zoom

Please join us on Zoom this Tuesday, 15th June at 8pm to discuss the way forward for the Summer Celebration based on Monday’s government announcement.  Zoom details have been sent out to parents/carers.

Mental Health: Introducing Educational Wellbeing Practitioners

We are working with our local Mental Health Support Team (MHST) who deliver a short-term series of sessions to support children with mild to moderate anxiety or low mood.  The aim of the work with the children and parents is to support the development of coping strategies. The attached flyer has details of the programme.   If you would like further information or to discuss a referral to the programme, please contact Mrs Roe, in confidence, via email SENCO@ccnm.uk

Perform

We were very pleased to receive a visit from Perform at the Infants on Tuesday 8th June. The children had a wonderful time exploring the theme of Under The Sea and using drama, dance and singing to help develop their confidence, concentration and social skills.

To complement the workshop, there is a free educational app for iPhones and iPads based around the theme of Under The Sea. It contains fun games, creative tasks and videos of the themed songs and dances. Click here to download it for free.

Perform run regular weekly classes in the local area and they are offering a special introductory discount to all parents of Christ Church New Malden School if they come along for a free trial session before Tuesday 29th June. To claim your discount, just call Perform on 020 7255 9120 quoting CHCH290621 or book online at perform.org.uk.

Please see the attached for more information about their drama classes and their summer holiday courses.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Tabitha White, Headteacher

May 28th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

What an exciting end to the half term it has proved to be with children sporting many hair styles and colours for ‘break the rules’ day! It has also been lovely to be able to have our first trip of the year and to welcome a theatre company. Whilst we are still being very cautious, it is so encouraging to be able to plan enrichment activities again and to reintroduce ‘normal life’.

It is also encouraging to see the weather change. I hope you manage to enjoy the sunshine with your family over the next week.

Positive COVID Cases Over Half Term

Let’s hope that this proves to be an unnecessary paragraph – we have been doing so well so far. However, if anyone does develop symptoms within 2 days of the end of term and then tests positive, please send a message to positivecovid@ccnm.uk as we would be responsible for tracking and tracing school contacts.

School Shoes: Black Trainers from September

To improve the smartness of our children and to reduce the number of shoes parents need to buy for their children, children should only wear plain black trainers in school from September, with soles and any embellishments or decorations black. They will need these for PE days, but they are also welcome to wear them on the other days of the week as well. We have checked out the possible prices to make sure that they are affordable and we have discovered that there are ranges available on Amazon from £12.99, Shoezone from £9.99, Primark from £10 and Next from £22. If your child’s trainers are not plain black, we will ask you to provide some.

Recorder Clubs

As we said in the email of 30th March regarding clubs for this term, we would review the recorder clubs at half term. The clubs will remain as year group clubs and will run for years 3, 4 and 5 after half term until w/c 5th July. Payment of £10.00, which will confirm your child’s place, will be available on ParentMail tomorrow, Saturday 29th May, as follows:

  • Year 3 recorders (Thursdays 8.00am) – booking from 9.00am tomorrow
  • Year 4 recorders (Wednesday lunchtime) – booking from 9.15am tomorrow
  • Year 5 recorders (Friday lunchtime) – booking from 9.30am tomorrow

Junior Singing Concert

Next term we will be organising a SINGING concert. Anybody in the Juniors can audition (via home videos) as a soloist or in groups. These are the guidelines:

  1. Make sure the lyrics are appropriate.
  2. It would be better to have some kind of backing.
  3. Keep it short (not too many verses) – max one and a half minutes (90 seconds)

Further details regarding the deadline and where to send video submissions will follow after half term.

Parent Representative Meeting: Friday 16th July at 2pm

We would like to ensure that we have an opportunity to meet face to face with parent representatives before the end of the school year. This will give us an opportunity to review the year and share our plans for the year to come. We have therefore scheduled a meeting for Friday 16th July at 2 p.m. on the infant site, in the hope that restrictions will have lifted by then.

We have invited our new catering company, Nourish, to join us so that there will be an opportunity to discuss the plans and the menus for September (they will also be meeting with our school council earlier in the same day).

Reminder: PTA School Cookbook

Calling all parents, carers, teachers and staff! The PTA still need more recipes for the cookbook they are creating, which will be printed for you to purchase, with proceeds going to the school. They are looking for your favourite recipes, recipes that have been passed down through your family, or that you’ve invented yourself. They would love to have a diverse range of recipes from around the world, or indeed a national dish. They would also love to have vegetarian, vegan, everyday recipes that are quick and easy and recipes that you’ve adapted for allergies. The half term holiday may provide an ideal opportunity for you to make and take photos of your recipe with your child. Please complete the recipe form attached below and email it to ccnm.pta@hotmail.com by Tuesday 8th June.

Year 5 Parents – Tours of Saint Cecilia’s Church of England School 

Saint Cecilia’s Church of England School are running tours for Year 5 parents on Friday 2nd July (from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m). Due to COVID restrictions, they have to limit numbers, and parents need to book in advance.  The link for bookings is: https://saintceciliasjulytour.eventbrite.co.uk.

Although these tours are just for Year 5, they will have open events this Autumn on the following dates which will be open to pupils and families from all years:

  • Monday 13th September (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Thursday 16th September (6.30 p.m. -8.30 p.m.)
  • Monday 11th October (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Kingston Magical Market

Kingston First, the Business Improvement District for Kingston town centre, has launched its first ever augmented reality trail in Kingston town centre. The trail is based on a hidden market that can only be seen through the magic of augmented reality technology. Last year, children from across the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames aged between four and thirteen took part in a competition to design characters that sell their wares in the magical market. Twelve winning designs were selected and have now been turned into moving, dancing and wiggling 3D creations that can be found on a walking trail around the town centre. Please see the attached poster for more details.

The trail begins at the ‘Out of Order’ art installation on Old London Road (red telephone boxes), and there are twelve characters at different locations across the town centre that can be accessed by either downloading the app or by scanning the QR code which can be found on the posters.

I hope you all enjoy the half term break next week and look forward to seeing all the children back in school on Monday 7th June.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

May 21st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been lovely to see special items appear around the school, as classes spend the £200 kindly donated by the PTA.  There is a real buzz as mud kitchens, water play units and sound systems are delivered.  I know there is still more to come! Thank you so much for your generosity. These are the things that make a real difference to the children’s enjoyment of school.

I am writing with mixed emotions as I contemplate next week. I am thrilled to be able to share that Miss Bruen will be getting married at half term.  I know that you will join us in wishing a very special day and every happiness in the years to come. I am sad to announce that Mrs Erlebach will be leaving us at half term in order to spend more time with her family.  I would like to thank her for all the support she has given to both Year 5 and Year 6, in her calm and positive way. We will certainly miss her, but wish her well for the future.

Micro Pigs

Thank you to all the families who contacted us to say they would help look after our pigs in the holidays. We want to make sure that we prepare really carefully for the welfare of the pigs and so we are going to spend this term raising funds and researching and then hope to purchase the pigs in September. I know that we will really welcome support in future holidays. As a first step, Miss Pratt and I are both going on a course on 10th June which promises to be a ‘comprehensive guide to pig keeping’. This is becoming a rather surprising but fun addition to my job description!

Connect Plus

It is not too late to book places at Connect Plus on 2nd and/or 5th July (our INSET days). It will run from 9am – 4pm on each day and there will be an exciting set of activities, including soap making, a scavenger hunt, bubble blowing, card making, pond dipping and seed planting. Cost is £34.50 full day. To book a place, please visit – https://christchurchnm.kidsclubhq.co.uk/rdr?u=book&id=4164 

Pond Area

We’d like to say a big thank you to Mr Fellows for tidying up the pond area. It looks fantastic. The classes are very keen to use it.

For Year 5 parents – Wilson’s School, Wallington

In place of their usual Open Evening in June, Wilson’s School are offering pre-bookable visits to the school across dates in June for prospective pupils currently in Year 5. Please see the attached leaflet for more details.

Reminder: Break the Rules Day

We will be holding another Break the Rules day next Friday 28th May (last day before half term) to raise money for the PTA. See attached poster for more details.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

May 14th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are very excited about the reduction of restrictions which will be introduced on Monday 17th May. We will now be able to have more flexibility about our seating arrangements in classrooms, using group tables where helpful, and even allowing whole year groups to play together or have interventions together. We will continue to monitor the infection rate closely and we will take it one step at a time, but these are all very positive moves and most welcome after this difficult time.

In our latest assemblies, we are focusing on Becoming the people God made us to be, part of which is living in community. We are aware that relationships may need strengthening once again after lockdown. We are encouraging children to:

  • THINK before they speak, and ask them to only say something if it is: 
    • True,
    • Helpful,
    • Inspiring,
    • Necessary, and 
    • Kind.
  • Reflect on the impact their words and actions can have on other people.
  • The importance of forgiveness and what it means
  • Building resilience 
  • Who we can talk to when we are upset

It would be really helpful if you could reinforce these points at home as well. We will be holding a whole school week about ‘ Respect’ from 7th – 11th June, in which we will be supporting children in recognising their own rights and showing respect for those of others.

Books to support your child in gaining a positive awareness of diversity

Parents have been asking me for suggestions about books which they can use at home to promote an awareness and understanding of diversity.  I thought it would be helpful to share our suggestions with everyone

Parents can also go to Waterstones.com and use the children’s category link. This will take you to the children’s page where a simple keyword search will find a large range of books suitable for children and parents to read on inclusion and diversity.

Stick Insects

Lion class have some stick insects that are looking for a new home. We are concerned that they are being left alone over the weekends and with the holidays approaching we think they deserve a permanent and stable home. They will come with their own tank and we would be happy to transport them to their new home. If you would be interested in giving them a home, or know of anyone who can, please let us know.

PTA Meeting

Please save the date for the next PTA meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 8th June at 8pm. We will be discussing the Summer Celebration and all parents and carers are welcome! Zoom link to follow nearer the time.

Break the Rules Day

We will be holding another Break the Rules day on Friday 28th May (last day before half term) to raise money for the PTA. See attached poster for more details.

Reminder: Class Photographs

Class photographs are being taken at both sites next Tuesday 18th May. Please ensure your child is wearing full school uniform. No P.E. kit should be worn; children will be able to do P.E. in their uniform.

Tabitha White, Headteacher