October 15th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to everyone who has responded so quickly to the COVID outbreak in school, by seeking further tests, keeping children off with any potential symptoms, coping with some cancellations and even remote learning. I know that this has proved challenging, but the speedy action has meant that the number of cases has dropped significantly very quickly. I am optimistic that we have caught it before it has spread more widely and that we will all be able to have a good half term. I would also like to thank staff who have worked tirelessly to keep everyone safe and to step in to cover at a moment’s notice where needed. Thank you, too, for the words of encouragement which have kept us all going, including myself!

Choir

We are delighted that the junior choir will be on again next week. We will be rehearsing outside so please make sure that your child is wearing a coat.

Christmas Carol Celebration – Thursday 9th December at 5 p.m.

Calling all instrumentalists! We are looking for orchestral instrumentalists to support our school orchestra at our outdoor Chrsitmas carol celebration. The repertoire will be mostly well known carols and Christmas songs, and music will be available in advance. If you are available to help please email Mrs Bond (lucy.bond@ccnm.uk). A great fun opportunity for parents to be a part of the school community and support our children. Anyone who can play is welcome (ex pupils also) – so please dust off those music cases and come and play.  

Notifying the school about a child’s absence

I understand that some parents/carers are contacting the class teacher directly if their child is going to be absent. Please could you notify the office, via ParentMail, if your child is going to be absent. This means that we can authorise their absence in the register and the teacher will also be able to see this information. (You are of course welcome to contact the teacher as well if there is something else you wish to ask/share.)

Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st October

Please remember to book your online appointments through School Cloud if you haven’t already done so. Do remember that school finishes an hour early next Thursday:

  • Nursery – 2:20 p.m.
  • Infants – 2:15 p.m.
  • Juniors – 2:30 p.m. 

Have a lovely weekend. Stay safe!

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates – Autumn 2021

  • Wednesday 20th October – Parents’ Evening 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (School finishes an hour earlier)
  • Friday 22nd October – Parent Reps 2 p.m. 
  • Friday 5th November – Open Afternoon 2.15p.m. Infants, 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Wednesday 10th November – School Photograph Day
  • Friday 19th November – Year 2 SATS Talk at 9 a.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday 2nd December – Nursery Nativity at 9:15 a.m. 
  • Friday 3rd December – Seahorse Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Monday 6th December  – Turtle Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Tuesday 7th December – Owl Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8th December – Squirrel Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Hedgehog Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Christmas Carol Concert at 5 p.m. in the junior playground
  • Friday 10th December – Christmas Jumper Day
  • Wednesday 15th December – Fox Nativity at 9:10 a.m. 
  • Friday 17th December – Christmas Service and end of term

October 8th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

This half term, I have been meeting with groups of Year 3 for a hot chocolate and a catch up, both to welcome them to the juniors and to find out more about their experiences.  It has been encouraging to see how smoothly they have transferred between the two sites and how quickly they have settled into the juniors. They tell me that they love the size of the junior playground, the upstairs and the exciting topics such as ‘skeletons’. They are proud of their progress in maths and English. However, my favorite comment was ‘I love the way the juniors is just like the infants. I love the whole school’!

Harvest reminder – Thursday 14th October

As you will have read last week, next week we will be collecting items for Kingston’s Foodbank, as part of our Harvest Service. We are aware that people in the local community are experiencing more challenges than ever before as a consequence of the pandemic and that foodbanks are finding it hard to meet the levels of need. Please help us to give a generous donation.

This is the list of items that can be brought in: 

  • Sugar
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Rice
  • Juice & squash
  • Shower gel
  • Shaving foam
  • Toothbrushes
  • Household cleaning items
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing machine tablets
  • Christmas items (puddings, cakes or chocolates – still in date at Christmas)

Open afternoon – Friday 5th November: Time – 2:15 p.m. (Infants) and 2:30 p.m. (Juniors)

As you will be aware, we will be continuing with online parents’ evenings this term (after our successful trial last term). This has proved very successful for working parents and also for parents with more than one child. Likewise, the teachers really valued the opportunity to share their time fairly between all families. However, we know that people will miss the opportunity to look at their children’s books and see the progress they are making for themselves. We are therefore going to offer an open afternoon on Friday 5th November where we will welcome parents and carers into the classroom. It will be so lovely to be able to do this after such a long time. (This will be on Thursday 4th November for Kipling, as they swim on Fridays.)

Parent Reps

The first parent reps’ meeting of this term will be on Friday 22nd of October at 2 p.m. on the infant site. This will be an opportunity to discuss issues that affect more than one class, or the whole school. We will send more information about the meeting to parent reps.

Mr Nourish’s Birthday – Thursday 14th

Mr Nourish’s birthday is being celebrated with a special menu including hot dogs and birthday cake. Please see the attached menu and please remember to order a meal on ParentMail for your Junior child if they’d like to join the party (Infant children will automatically be offered the birthday meal if they do not have a packed lunch in school that day).

Have a lovely weekend. 

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates – Autumn 2021

  • Wednesday 20th October – Parents’ Evening 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (School finishes an hour earlier)
  • Friday 22nd October – Parent Reps 2 p.m. 
  • Friday 5th November – Open Afternoon 2.15p.m. Infants, 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Wednesday 10th November – School Photograph Day
  • Friday 19th November – Year 2 SATS Talk at 9 a.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday 2nd December – Nursery Nativity at 9:15 a.m. (changed from 11 a.m.)
  • Friday 3rd December – Seahorse Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Monday 6th December  – Turtle Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Tuesday 7th December – Owl Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8th December – Squirrel Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Hedgehog Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Christmas Carol Concert at 5 p.m. in the junior playground
  • Friday 10th December – Christmas Jumper Day
  • Wednesday 15th December – Fox Nativity at 9:10 a.m. 
  • Friday 17th December – Christmas Service and end of term 

October 1st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Since I wrote last week, we have had a most successful Summer Celebration. It was lovely to see so many people come and also stay for a long time. It gave a very welcome sense of normality after such difficult times. I was very impressed by all the organisation which went into making it go so smoothly. Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen.

This week, Year 5 had a very successful three day trip to Carroty Wood. It was lovely to hear about their team spirit, their willingness to try new things and their resilience.  They will certainly sleep well this weekend after all the excitement (as will the adults!).  Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this such a success.

This week, our Children’s Steering Group has met for the first time to discuss our plans for our Rights’ Respecting Schools Award. They were amazed to discover that children have 42 different rights and they will be sharing their findings with their classes.

Harvest

This year, Christ Church have encouraged us to ask children for donations to the Kingston Foodbank and it is good to know that what is donated will benefit people in need in the local area.  We will be having our Harvest services in school on Thursday 14th October, and children should bring in their items on that day. This is the list of items that can be brought in: 

  • Sugar
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Rice
  • Juice & squash
  • Shower gel
  • Shaving foam
  • Toothbrushes
  • Household cleaning items
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing machine tablets
  • Christmas items (puddings, cakes or chocolates – still in date at Christmas)

School Meals – Food Supply Issues – a Message from Nourish

As you will have heard in the news, a shortage of HGV drivers is having a major effect on the food industry. As a food provider to the education sector, our suppliers are prioritising us and we have worked hard, in conjunction with them, to ensure that our service is not affected. However, the issues will not be resolved in the near future and new challenges are occurring all the time.

Nourish will endeavour to continue providing all dishes on their menus and options from our normal service. However, there may be occasions where we will need to adjust the menu depending on the supplies available and we will inform the schools as early as possible.

School Meals – Balance from ISS / Feeding Hungry Minds

Balances have now been transferred from ISS onto Parentmail – in the event that an older sibling has moved on to secondary school their balance has been transferred to a younger one.

School Meals at the Juniors – Please check booking

Our apologies, we have had teething problems with the ordering system and some orders from next week onwards may have been cancelled from the system (if this is the case your account will have been credited with the appropriate amount) please check the upcoming weeks and re-book if necessary.

Reporting Sickness Absences

Please can we remind parents to use the ParentMail app to report a child’s absence rather than telephone. You must report their absence either each day of absence or advise on the first day of absence how long your child will be absent.

If your child suffers from either vomiting or diarrhoea they must be kept off school and can only return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. It is vital that we are kept updated as we are keen to ensure that any child who walks to school on their own is safe.

If they have any of the coronavirus symptoms, cough, high temperature, loss to their sense of taste then they should stay off school for ten days or until they receive a negative PCR test.

Term Dates 2022-2023

Term dates for the 2022-2023 academic year have now been agreed and can be found on our school website.

Year 5 & 6 Parents Only – Hollyfield School – Open Evening Moved to Virtual Event

Hollyfield School have moved their open evening to a virtual event on Tuesday 5 October and therefore tickets to the event that was scheduled to be held in school have been cancelled. Full details of the amended open events as well as links to book your places for any of the events, including the new virtual open evening Headteacher’s talk, can be found by following the link https://www.hollyfield.kingston.sch.uk/.  Please re-book your place if you would like to attend the virtual live Headteacher’s talk on 5 October.  Please see the attached poster for details of all their October open events. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates – Autumn 2021

  • Wednesday 20th October – Parents’ Evening 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (School finishes an hour earlier)
  • Wednesday 10th November – School Photograph Day
  • Friday 19th November – Year 2 SATS Talk at 9 a.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday 2nd December – Nursery Nativity at 11 a.m.
  • Friday 3rd December – Seahorse Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Monday 6th December  – Turtle Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Tuesday 7th December – Owl Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8th December – Squirrel Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Hedgehog Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Christmas Carol Concert at 5 p.m. in the junior playground
  • Wednesday 15th December – Fox Nativity at 9:10 a.m. (moved from Friday 10th Dec)
  • Friday 17th December – Christmas Service and end of term  

September 24th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

As I write this, preparations are in full flow for our Summer Celebration tomorrow. I do hope you will be able to join us as it will be so lovely to be able to have a proper face-to-face event after such a long time. Indeed, I think the term ‘celebration’ is perfect! The forecast indicates that it will be a dry, warm day, which is a great relief!

Keeping Everyone Safe 

Fortunately the infection rate seems to be dropping slowly. Thank you for bearing with the mask wearing – we know it is tedious. We will now make it a matter for personal discretion as to whether you wear a mask or not, and will be telling staff the same. However, we know there are lots of colds around so do still wear them if you are suffering from an infection and in very crowded places, such as at the Summer Celebration.

Keeping the Pigs Safe

I know that many people will be interested in seeing our pigs, Dotty and Truffle,  on Saturday. We will be erecting barriers, to keep people back a bit, so that we do not stress them as it will be a very busy day. We would also urge you not to feed them. They have a very carefully controlled diet and the wrong food could make them seriously ill (and leave me at risk of imprisonment!). Year 6 have kindly agreed to supervise the pigs and to remind people about the rules.

Donations of Wellies

Now the pigs are more settled, we are taking groups of children and classes to see them. It would be really helpful to have a stock of wellies. If you have any that your children have grown out of, please give them to one of the offices. All sizes welcome.

Reminder: Summer Fair Singing

All children from Years 1-6 (not just choir) are welcome to join in the singing performance at the summer fair on Saturday 25th September. This is the running order:

  • 3 p.m.  – Years 1 and 2
  • 3:30 p.m. – Years 3 and 4
  • 4 p.m. – Years 5 and 6

Please come along and support your child. They do not need to wear school uniform.

Hot Meal Ordering – a clarification

Please note that, under the new system on ParentMail, you can order a hot meal for your child up to midnight the day before (not until 9am on the day as previously stated).

Primary and Secondary School Application Deadlines

If you have children due to start Primary School or transfer to Secondary School next academic year, details of how to apply are in the attached posters for the Transfer to Secondary School and Starting Primary School for September 2022 entry.

For Year 5 & 6 Parents only – The Holy Cross School Open Event

The Holy Cross School are inviting prospective Year 5 and 6 girls and their parents to their Year 7 bookable open event on Monday 27th September. Please use the link on their school website to book a place on one of the three sessions. For further information please see the attached flyer.

We are becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School!

We aim to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.  As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

Our pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.

We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. It would be great if you could spend a few minutes reading through our questions & answers, and also find a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc. For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:  www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

Kingston Adult Education 

Please see this information from Kingston Adult Education about some courses that they offer:

  • How to reduce anxiety and develop resilience in your child. This course will give you practical tools to guide your child to building resilience and coping with change. A fully interactive 5 week course which means you can work out the best way to help you and your child improve their emotional wellbeing and enjoy life more. Tuesdays, 21st September-19th October at 6.30pm to 8.30pm. ONLINE ( A couple of spaces left)
  • Sleep workshops: If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep there are many practical steps you can take to improve the quality of your sleep. Find out what you can do during the day and evening to help yourself sleep better and wake up more refreshed. There are two dates on offer: Wednesday, 29 Sept 2021 at 6.30pm~8pm ONLINE Cost: £6 or FREE* or Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 6.30pm~8pm ONLINE Cost: £6 or FREE*
  • Managing stress and anxiety. With a focus on your wellbeing, this 3-week course will provide guidance and offer practical tips for coping – particularly useful in these unprecedented times. You’ll discover ways to deal with stress and anxiety and feel better able to manage your immediate circumstances. Thursday, 11 Nov ~ 25 Nov 2021 at 7pm-8.30pm ONLINE Cost: £18 or FREE* .
  • Manage your menopause. If you would like to improve your understanding of what lifestyle changes you can make to help you manage your menopause, this 4-week course is for you. You’ll increase your confidence in speaking out to the people in your life about what support you need from them during this time. Tuesday, 16 Nov ~ 7 Dec 2021 at 7pm-8.30pm ONLINE Cost: £24 or FREE*

To enrol on any of the above courses, please complete our application form by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/KAE-CLwell2122

*FREE: if your personal annual income is below the London Living Wage of £21,157.50

Have a lovely weekend. I do hope to see you tomorrow.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates – Autumn 2021

  • Wednesday 20th October – Parents’ Evening 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (School finishes an hour earlier)
  • Wednesday 10th November – School Photograph Day
  • Friday 19th November – Year 2 SATS Talk at 9 a.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday 2nd December – Nursery Nativity at 11 a.m.
  • Friday 3rd December – Seahorse Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Monday 6th December  – Turtle Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Tuesday 7th December – Owl Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8th December – Squirrel Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Hedgehog Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Christmas Carol Concert at 5 p.m. in the junior playground
  • Wednesday 15th December – Fox Nativity at 9:10 a.m. (moved from Friday 10th Dec)
  • Friday 17th December – Christmas Service and end of term

September 17th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are three weeks into term and it has been wonderful to see how the children have settled into their new classes. This week we welcomed back the team from Open the Book, who started from the beginning with the story of creation. It was very special to see them in school once again.

This week has seen the arrival of our pigs! The infant children have been excited to meet them, and the juniors hope to next week. Their names are Dotty and Truffle. Congratulations to Remi in Year 3 and to Mrs Ward who proposed these names. They have settled into their new home and I am very grateful to Mr Allum, who has built it, inventively recycling several items from school, including the old toilet doors from Fox Class, and wood from demolished sheds.

Summer Fair Singing

All children from Years 1-6 (not just choir) are welcome to join in the singing performance at the summer fair on Saturday 25th September. This is the running order:

  • 3 p.m.  – Years 1 and 2
  • 3:30 p.m. – Years 3 and 4
  • 4 p.m. – Years 5 and 6

Please come along and support your child.

Key Dates

Here are some of the key dates for this term. We have organised the Parents’ Evenings for earlier in the term so we can talk about how the children have settled in and what progress they are making. Following the success of last year these will be via video, with face to face appointments available. We are also able to return to some of our traditional Christmas activities, including the infant nativities, but we are also having a Christmas Carol Concert in the junior playground, to which all children and parents are invited. Obviously, all these events are subject to any changes due to COVID restrictions.

  • Wednesday 20th October – Parents’ Evening 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (School finishes an hour earlier)
  • Friday 19th November – Year 2 SATS Talk at 9 a.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday 2nd December – Nursery Nativity at 11 a.m.
  • Friday 3rd December – Seahorse Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Monday 6th December  – Turtle Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Tuesday 7th December – Owl Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8th December – Squirrel Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Hedgehog Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Christmas Carol Concert at 5 p.m. in the junior playground
  • Friday 10th December – Fox Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Friday 17th December – Christmas Service and end of term

Extra Bank Holiday – To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee there will be an additional bank holiday in 2022. As this falls in the summer half term, schools have been told to add an extra day’s holiday in school time. We will be having an extra day’s holiday on Monday 6th June and are moving the INSET day schedule for that date to Friday 24th June.

Pigs

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to help look after our pigs over the weekends and during school holidays. We believe we have now contacted everyone who has expressed an interest but would welcome more offers so please let us know if you would like to help via office@ccnm.uk.

Have a lovely weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

September 10th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you for gifts at the end of summer for non-class based staff. This has enabled us to purchase £10 vouchers for each member of staff, which is incredibly generous of you. Thank you, also, for purchasing pencil cases for your junior children with all the key items, as teachers report that the children are loving them and taking great care of their possessions.

It has been lovely to see the new Reception children start this week (and the first nursery children). I think they have done incredibly well, even coping with the changes that a power cut brought, but I also suspect they will be very tired this weekend! We have also had the fun that the Sciencedome brought to the Infants, and I was most impressed by the new knowledge that they gained.

Next week, our two pigs should be arriving on Wednesday 15th September. If you have not suggested any names yet, please do it by Monday (and also send in the £2 which will be invaluable for their food). We cannot use any fruit and vegetables which have been in a kitchen, but if anyone has left over produce from an allotment or garden, please do donate them. We will shortly be contacting the families who kindly offered to pop in to care for the pigs at weekends to arrange dates and to share more information.

Uniform

We believe that it is important for children to wear our smart school uniform. Over the next fortnight, we will be checking that every child does have the correct uniform. Please ensure that your child is wearing the uniform specified in your year group’s welcome booklet, paying particular attention to the shoes, which must be:

  • On non-PE Days: Supportive black shoes, or completely black trainers with black soles and logos.
  • On PE Days:  Completely black, supportive trainers with black soles and logos.

MHST Workshop: Separation anxiety

Following lockdown, a lot of children and young people are finding it hard to separate from parents and caregivers. The MHST will be running a live 90 minute workshop on separation anxiety for parents/carers. The aim of this workshop is to help you identify anxious behaviours, think about what maintains these and provide you with some ideas on what you can do to help your child or young person overcome these challenges. The MHST will be running one workshop over 6 dates (same workshop offered on each date). Please book your tickets for one workshop using the Eventbrite link sent out to parents/carers.

For further information, please read this leaflet.

Soundsteps Music School – Free Trial Piano/Keyboard Sessions

Soundsteps Music School are reopening their local centres offering Face to Face Keyboard/Piano and Music theory lessons for children from reception year and upwards. Over the next few weeks they are offering free trial sessions and have sent the attached flyer with more information.

Tabitha White

Headteacher

September 3rd 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am delighted by the way term has started, and I hope you are too!

It has been lovely to be able to return to a more normal approach to school life, to be able to invite parents into the playground, to have year groups or even a couple of year groups playing together in the playground, to have Collective Worship together in the halls and of course to sing!

As you will have heard, our new catering company, Nourish, has started and the children’s responses to the food have been very positive. I have not heard a single criticism yet; indeed I hear that it is all that some children are talking about. I understand that children are very positive about the quality of the food, the opportunity to choose for themselves and even the quantities.

It has also been lovely to start the term with a bouncy castle on the playing field for the juniors.  Thank you once again to the PTA for their generous donations to each class which has enabled this to happen. You have certainly enabled us to offer a very memorable day!

Keeping everyone safe

We are committed to ensuring that this term runs smoothly and we have as few interruptions as possible. The rules with regards to self-isolation have now relaxed. We no longer need to keep children in bubbles or ask a whole class to self-isolate. Instead, track and trace will contact anyone with a positive COVID test, ask them to identify close contacts and then ask those close contacts to seek PCR tests. 

In many ways this sounds a positive way forward in that it should reduce the amount of disruption to learning and school. However, it is vital that this is dovetailed with us being very vigilant about possible cases to ensure that infections do not spread. Please could you be very alert to possible symptoms and not send your child into school if you are in doubt.

The Government’s official symptoms to be aware of are:

  1. High temperature (38 degrees or above)
  2. New, continuous cough
  3. Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

There is also guidance from research conducted by the health science company, ZOE via the COVID Symptom Study App, that we should also be watching out for the following top 5 symptoms in vaccinated people and children:

  1. Runny nose
  2. Headache
  3. Sneezing
  4. Sore throat
  5. Loss of smell

Please could visitors to the school ensure they have a negative lateral flow test prior to arrival and also wear a mask on entering the building.

Update on the micro pigs

If everything runs smoothly, our two micro pigs should be joining us during the week of 13th September. They are two sisters who are 9 months old. They will live on the Infant site, but they will be able to be walked to the juniors.  We will be training up Young Keepers to look after them each day, and Connect will be able to support. We would also value help from families who could pop in at weekends to give them food and water and clean their pen. We could provide a key to the gate so that people could come at a time that suits them, and of course enjoy a special time with the pigs.  Thank you to the people who have already volunteered. Do let the office know if you could also help. We would welcome both one offs and regular commitments.

The first thing we need to do is to name the pigs!  Try to think of two names that work well together, like Peaches & Cream, or Salt & Pepper, then click on the link emailed to parents/carers to suggest your names by Friday 10th September . 

If you suggest your two names, bring a £2 donation to school next Wednesday and put it in the piggy bank that visits your class to collect them! Miss Pratt and Mrs Johnson (the main pig keepers) will look at all the names and choose two for the piggies and if they choose yours, you will win a prize. 

Sports Clubs

If your child is doing a sports club at school, they should wear their PE kit on that day – even if it is not one of the days their class does PE. 

Eddie, the school dog

This is going to be the year of animals! Eddie, the dog, will also be a regular visitor to the Infants. He has his own harness in school colours with the school initials, a bandana with the school logo, and his own cage in the Infant Office. We will display his photo on the door to the Infant Office when he is in residence.  He passed his official character check with flying colours. We hope that his lovely, friendly personality will prove an invaluable boost to the wellbeing of children and staff alike, particularly at times of anxiety.

School Meals – Balance from ISS / Feeding Hungry Minds

We are working with ISS to return the balances to you as soon as possible and will let you know as soon as we have a system in place.

Online Drama Club

Drama Workshops are again running their online drama courses this term for junior children. For more information and booking details see the local events page on our website.

Year 5 & 6 Parents only – Saint Cecilia’s Open Events

Saint Cecilia’s Church of England School in Southfields is running open events this term. Please see the attached flyer for details of how to book your free tickets to one of their events.

Sign up for FREE taster sessions with Kingston Music Service this September 

On Saturday 11th September KMS have a number of free workshops for 8-13 year olds at the Hook Centre, Hook Road, Chessington:

    • 10.00-11.00 – singing workshop and the launch of Kingston Youth Choir
    • 11.15-12.00 – creative music making workshop and the launch of the ‘Hook Music Project’ (no instruments required)
    • 12.15-13.00 – ukulele workshop bring your own ukulele or borrow one on arrival (no prior experience needed)

There is limited space for each workshop available so please book in advance HERE. You can also book a tour of the Hook Centre recording studio. 

This event is part of the Hook Centre Creative Community Morning and there will be lots of other free activities on site for the whole family to join in, from dinosaur making and junk instrument workshops for children, to storytelling and chinese brush painting for adults. These activities do not need to be pre-booked. 

Other taster sessions

The new Kingston Youth Choir also has an online taster session on Thursday 9th September at 5-6pm. This is open to young people aged 8-13 who love to sing. Please book your place HERE.

Lastly, you can sign up for a free trial of a choir, music club or youth instrumental ensemble from Saturday 18th September when our music centres reopen for the Autumn Term. There are bands and orchestras at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels as well as groups for complete beginners. Please email musicservice@kingston.org.uk to find out more and book a place. 

I wish you all a very happy and indeed very safe and uninterrupted term!

Tabitha White 

Headteacher

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