March 31st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today has certainly been an exciting end to the end of term. I started this morning at the infants, where all the children were able to process around the playground showing us all their fantastic Easter bonnets. Then we had our virtual Easter service, where each class told us a part of the Easter story, we had some songs from Year 3 and Year 6, and a talk from Eils and Geoff – do watch, via the link below. It proved to be our own Passion Play as the children acted in different parts of the buildings and playgrounds. They really captured the drama and tension of the events. The day ended with a DT egg dropping challenge at the juniors, where children had designed a device to safely transport an egg from the roof of the school to the floor. The children had lots of fun, celebrating if their egg didn’t break and when it did!

I would like to thank all the staff, parents and children alike for coping with so many changes over the term. Everyone’s technology skills have improved dramatically and I am proud to be part of such a supportive community.

I wish everyone a very happy Easter, and hope that its message of triumph over adversity proves an encouragement to us all, at a time when it is certainly needed.

Testing over the holidays

We are delighted that we have not had to shut a single bubble since reopening. Thank you for all your support in taking precautions and being so vigilant.

The Government asks that staff, students, parents and carers inform the school of a positive case if your child develops symptoms or has a positive lateral flow test within 2 days of them being in school, so that we can identify and contact close cases. Please do this by email to positivecovid@ccnm.uk.  If either of these happen more than 2 days since the child was last at their education setting, this does not need to be reported to us. Where this is the case, staff, students, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

We have sent home today with each child a box of lateral flow tests. These are for adults in the household or support bubble and may prove reassuring when you are about to meet up with others. Please could you also use them before we return to school, so that we can start the new term safely.

Next Term: PE Days 

On PE days, children should wear their PE kit all day. They should also wear their PE kit on any day they are doing a football or running club. PE days for next half-term are:

  • Seahorse – Tuesday & Friday
  • Turtle – Tuesday & Friday
  • Owl – Monday & Thursday
  • Squirrel – Tuesday & Thursday
  • Fox – Wednesday & Friday
  • Hedgehog – Wednesday & Friday
  • Lion – Monday & Thursday
  • Tiger – Monday & Thursday
  • Eagle – Monday & Thursday
  • Macaw – Monday & Thursday
  • Antelope – Wednesday & Friday
  • Gazelle – Wednesday & Friday
  • Kipling – Wednesday & Friday
  • Potter – Wednesday & Friday

Return to school date: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Please note that Monday 19th April will be an INSET day as planned. The children will therefore return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

Juniors – Start of Day

Some junior children are arriving quite early at the start of the day. This can mean that they are unsupervised outside of school. This is particularly concerning as we restart early morning interventions before school after Easter and we need staff to be free to run them.

From Tuesday, 20th April:

  • Year 3 and Year 5 should not arrive before 8:30 a.m. – doors to the classroom will open at 8:40 a.m.
  • Year 4 and Year 6 should not arrive before 8:40 a.m. – doors to the classroom will open at 8:50 a.m.

If you need to drop your child off earlier than those times, please book them in to Connect.

Save the Date – PTA Summer Celebration 

The PTA have set a potential date of Saturday 10th July in the afternoon for a paired back “Summer Celebration” with drinks, BBQ, Korean Food and bouncy castle. This will of course need to be confirmed as we see how the Government’s road map develops, but do pencil this in your diary.

Best wishes for a relaxing and happy Easter,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 26th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are already nearing the end of a very strange, but also very successful term. We are hoping that after Easter, we will be able to gradually reduce some of our restrictions. We hope that we will be able to give children more opportunity to play together and work in small intervention groups across year groups.  Mr Burkinshaw and I are planning to alternate our time on each site once again. I will be on the infant site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the junior site Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mr Burkinshaw will do the opposite. We can still be contacted by phone or email at any time for a query about either site.

We are also excited that we can plan some extra curricular clubs and activities again. We will start with those led by our own staff as this will give us more flexibility if needed.

Parents’ Evening

I know teachers valued the opportunity to talk to parents at our virtual parents’ evenings. It was the first time we had held online consultations and would value your feedback. Please help us by filling in our parents’ evening survey sent to parents/carers.

Eggciting last day of term at the Juniors

Next week, amongst other things, the Juniors will be busy enjoying a virtual Easter Experience, meeting a scientist and be designing a safe carriage for an egg to land in from its journey off the school roof – rest assured no children will be inadvertently flying off with their egg as Mr Burkinshaw has very kindly agreed to be the egg-launcher extraordinaire. We still need egg boxes, newspapers, cereal boxes or other thin card, bubble wrap or other packaging so please send these in and we would also be very grateful for any donations of eggs that you are able to make.

Music

From next term, if the lifting of restrictions continue as planned, Mrs Bond will have a weekly singing session with children in Years 2 to 5, and prepare them for a performance at the end of term.
There are also plans for two online concerts, instrumental in the first half term, singing in the second half term – so get practising!

Connect Plus

We are delighted to be able to confirm that we will be able to offer Connect Plus, 9 a.m -4 p.m. on the following dates

  • Friday 2nd July (INSET Day)
  • Monday 5th July (INSET Day)
  • Monday 26th July
  • Tuesday 27th July
  • Wednesday 28th July
  • Thursday 29th July
  • Friday 30th July
  • Monday 23rd August
  • Tuesday 24th August
  • Wednesday 25th August
  • Thursday 26th August
  • Friday 27th August
  • Tuesday 31st August
  • Wednesday 1st September (INSET Day)

The places will be offered on a first come first served basis, so do book promptly to secure your place. The cost is £34 .50 per day. Please book via our website: https://christchurchnm.kidsclubhq.co.uk/cust#/auth 
There will be a rich and varied programme of activities. The provisional programme for July is as follows:

Themes Friday 2nd July Monday 5th July
Be challenged scavenger hunt blue bricks
Be outdoors pond dipping plants seeds
Be connected play card games construction
Be active wide games football/ outdoor equipment
Be relaxed yoga bubble blowing
Be expressive soap making card making

Micropigs

We are exploring the possibility of hiring two micropigs again or even having our own. However, the biggest challenge is the holidays, especially the summer holidays as it is not good to move the pigs too often. Is there anyone who might be interested in looking after the pigs during holidays. If so, please let the offices know.

COVID Tests

Testing Children 

Public Health England (PHE), have advised that pupils in primary schools and children in nursery settings are not included in the rapid asymptomatic testing programme. If a child is showing signs of COVID they should be given a PCR test, either at a centre or a postal one.

Testing Adults 

All adults in the household, support bubbles and child care bubbles should be tested regularly, using the lateral flow tests. Many of our staff have not been able to access vaccinations yet and they appreciate your support in keeping both themselves and the children safe. (Staff are testing twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays). We would particularly appreciate your vigilance in testing this weekend, as no one would like to self-isolate over the Easter Holidays.

School closes early – Last day of term

As is usual, school will close early on the last day of term, on Wednesday 31st March, at the following times:

  • AM Nursery @ 10:45am
  • Reception and Year 1 @ 2:15pm
  • PM & Full Time Nursery @ 2.20 pm
  • Year 2 @ 2:25pm
  • Years 3 and 5 @ 2:20pm
  • Year 4 and 6 @ 2:30pm
  • Connect @ 5:15pm.

Return to school date: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Please note that Monday 19th April will be an INSET day as planned. The children will therefore return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

RBK Culture Club Events Brochure

The April edition of the RBK Culture Club brochure has been published, where you’ll find all the activities and promotions on offer from Kingston Arts, Libraries, Adult Education, Music Service and Museum & Heritage, for the coming month: https://en.calameo.com/read/0057156808b2b092509f2 

Clarks, Kingston – Booking Appointments

With non essential shops due to reopen on 12th April, Clarks in Kingston have sent us the attached newsletter for your information with details of their new booking system for making appointments.

Best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 19th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

I cannot believe that we are already at the end of the second week back. Things continue to be going very well, although I think everyone is having to make adjustments to all being back together again, which I am sure will settle once again over time.

We have been thinking how to make life as fun as possible for the children, despite restrictions in wider life. I am therefore very pleased that the PTA are organising a ‘Break the Rules’ day on Friday 26th March. Please see below for more details. We will also hold celebrations of this term’s children’s birthdays in the afternoon of that day, as we know they are missing their parties. On Wednesday 31st March, our final day, as well as our Easter service, we will hold our traditional Easter bonnet parade for the Infants and a junior egg challenge for a ‘smashing’ end of term!

Keeping Everyone Safe

Positive COVID cases have been creeping up slowly. This started before the end of lockdown and we are obviously now at a risky time as we all join together again.  We would therefore urge everyone to play their part in reducing any possible spread. Please remember:

  • If your child is showing any of the symptoms of COVID: loss of taste or smell, persistent cough, high temperature – 38 degrees +: the child must not come to school, the whole family must self-isolate and you should book a PCR test for your child. It is important to do this even if your child only showed the symptoms for a short period of time. When someone is showing symptoms Lateral Flow Tests cannot be used
  • Use the Lateral Flow Tests twice a week to check for asymptomatic COVID in your household. You can get a lateral flow test:
    • Through your employer, if they offer workplace testing
    • BOOK an appointment at one of our community test sites for people without symptoms
    • COLLECT home test kits from local test sites at Cocks Crescent, New Malden or Milner Road, Kingston, available daily from 1 – 8pm, no need to pre-order.
    • ORDER home test kits online from the gov.uk website
  • If you have to self-isolate you can get support from the Kingston Stronger Together hub which offers support with:
    • Food deliveries
    • Medicine deliveries
    • Support with your health and wellbeing
    • Access to financial support payments

Residents can go to kingston.gov.uk/Covid19-needhelp or call 020 8547 5000 to access support.

Parent Governor Election

We received a single nomination for Parent Governor and so Claire Caldwell is appointed to the Governing Body with immediate effect. The Governors would like to express their thanks to Nina Burich, the outgoing Parent Governor, for her contribution to the Governing Body and the school.

School Closes Early – Thursday 25th March

We are looking forward to our virtual Parents’ Evening next week. In order to accommodate this, please note that school will finish 1 hour earlier than usual on Thursday 25th March at the following times:

  • Reception and Year 1 @ 2:15pm
  • PM & Full Time Nursery @ 2.20 p.m.
  • Year 2 @ 2:25pm
  • Years 3 and 5 @ 2:20pm
  • Year 4 and 6 @ 2:30pm
  • Connect will run until the usual time of 6:15pm.

Covid Winter Grant Scheme (for children resident in Richmond or Kingston)

Grants are still available for vulnerable families who may be struggling to afford food, utility bills, warm clothing (including school uniforms) or other essentials.  The funding is available until the 16th April and if you would like us to refer you, please contact Mrs Roe (aroe2@ccnm.uk) as soon as possible.

PTA Meeting, 8 p.m. via Zoom, Thursday 25th March

Please join us for our final PTA meeting of term on Thursday 25th March at 8pm. We will be finalising details for the Easter Egg Trail on 10th April and discussing ideas and plans for the Summer Term.  Zoom details have been sent out to parents/carers.

Break the Rules Day – Friday 26th March

Following the success of our previous Break the Rules Day, the PTA are running this again next Friday 26th March. Pay a 50p fine for every rule set out that you break. You can choose how many rules you break! Simply bring the cash into your teacher on the day. All money raised will go to the PTA fund. See attached poster for all the rules that your child can break!

Return to school date: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Please note that Monday 19th April will be an INSET day as planned. The children will therefore return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

SCL Easter Holiday Camp

Please see the attached poster for details of the SCL Easter Camp running from 6th – 16th April 2021 at the Junior site.

Reminder: Spark! Book Award Competitions

Don’t forget, children can participate in the Spark! Awards competitions. There are prizes for individual pupils and also £100 of books for the library of the school with the best all-round response from any age group. Winners’ work will be shown or read in their online winners’ ceremony on 17th June. Competition entry forms and further details can be found on their website.

Kingstonian CC Summer Colts 

Kingstonian CC will be holding 2021 summer sessions for their Colts’ section on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This will be running from 21st April 2021 through to 19th August 2021 with a break for half term on the 2nd/3rd of June. If you are interested in booking sessions, please see the attached for more details.

Kingston Environment Centre – Seedy Sunday

The Kingston Environment Centre in New Malden (next to Nandos) are running a seed swap on Sunday 4th April from 11am until 4pm. Seeds can be donated, taken or swapped free of charge. Children can design their own seeds bags to donate seeds in. Please seal and label seeds you donate which can be dropped off on or before the day as there is a box outside the main door.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 12th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

What a lovely week it has been! The children have settled in much more smoothly than I expected! They have been so excited to see their friends and play together. We are still getting used to the noise once more, but it is very welcome! It has also been great to see the nursery using their new climbing frame and mud kitchen. The timing of its installation could not have been better. Thank you so much to the PTA and Jason Brown for all the planning and to all of you for all your fundraising. I do suspect that they are all very tired now and that you see the evidence this weekend. I hope you manage to get some refreshing time outside and that everyone sleeps very well.

Keeping Everyone Safe

We are delighted that we have not had a single positive case in school this week. Staff are testing themselves on Sundays and Wednesdays so that we can identify any possible infection very rapidly.  We would seek your support in also continuing to test at home. We know there were difficulties in accessing tests last Sunday, but Kingston is advising that tests should be still available and indeed that it will be possible to have a lateral flow test on site from 15th March if you prefer. The Government is recommending that households, child care bubbles and support bubbles should all test themselves twice a week. This would provide a great reassurance to everyone that we are keeping our children and therefore our families as safe as possible.

Connect Plus

Thank you to those people who have already expressed interest in either childcare on the two INSET days or a holiday club. We are therefore planning a holiday club from Monday 26th- Friday 30th July and Monday 23rd August to Wednesday 1st September (INSET day). We are also planning to offer Connect Plus on the two INSET days. We cannot quite tell if we have enough bookings to make it viable. However, we know that it will be important for people to know for sure if it will go ahead. We would therefore ask people to express a firm interest by Wednesday 24th March (and indicate the days) using the form emailed to parents/carers.

Headphones 

Do remember to ensure that your junior child has a set of headphones or earphones that they can keep in school from next Monday. They will be using them next week.

Lost Property 

Please could you label your child’s uniform clearly with their name this weekend, if you have not already done so.  A sharpie or a biro will work perfectly well and can be speedy to use.  Every week we seem to have a number of unclaimed items and we cannot find the owners. We are also not able to keep a central store of lost property.

St John’s Church – Online Mother’s Day Service

St John’s Church are hosting a special all-age online service for Mother’s Day at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday morning, including songs, a craft activity and featuring our good friend Geoff! All are very welcome to join in, just head to sjnm.online.church a few minutes before the service starts. If you want to join in the craft activity, please come prepared with a sheet of A4 paper, some scissors and some glue!

Kingston Parent Carer Forum

Kingston Parent Carer Forum (KPCF) is part of a national network of forums aiming to give a voice to ALL families who have members with a special educational need or disability (SEND).

They are made up of local parents who are passionate about improving the local facilities and activities for all our children. Meeting regularly with a wide range of agencies and service providers in Kingston, including the council, children’s services, health, and education they are able to give feedback on the availability, quality, and effectiveness of services in the borough, and to challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.

Learn more and join them to have your voice heard or support them by following their Facebook page.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

March 5th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday. We know that this will be triggering a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative. All of us will welcome this key step in a return to normality and the opportunity to move away from remote learning.  However, change is often accompanied by anxiety and children may be nervous about the return, or changes within school even if they have been in reduced provision. Do not hesitate to alert us if your child may be worried. Our pastoral mentors are on standby to support as of course are the teachers and teaching assistants.

Preparation for return: testing

As we have discovered in school, undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. The Government has now advised that households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at home. This includes childcare and support bubbles. This should make the process much smoother and easier.

To quote the latest government update: ‘Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests [you can collect the tests from the COVID test centre at Cocks Crescent, New Malden (behind Lidl) between 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. – you do not need to give any information, other than that you are a parent of a child at primary school and you have come for your tests.]
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.’

Drop Off and Pick Up

Do remember, we have staggered drop off and pick up times but also expect parents to social distance at those times. Please follow the signs and instructions from staff.

Infants Please enter the infant site through the entrance nearest your gate. Parents should not use the path along the front of the infant site, as there will be people waiting outside the office entrance.

  • Nursery 8:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Early Years Gate
  • Seahorse 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Early Years Gate
  • Turtle 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Early Years Gate
  • Owl 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Fox Class Gate
  • Squirrel 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Squirrel Front Door
  • Fox 9 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. – Fox Class Gate
  • Hedgehog 9 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. – Infant Office

Juniors There are some changes at the juniors:

  • Year 3 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Main Gate
  • Year 4 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Side Gate in the morning, Main Gate in the afternoon
  • Year 5 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Side Gate
  • Year 6 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Office

P.E. Days

For the rest of this half term P.E. days will be as follows:

  • Reception – Monday & Thursday
  • Year 1 – Squirrel Class – Monday & Wednesday
  • Year 1 – Owl Class – Monday & Thursday
  • Year 2 – Wednesday & Friday
  • Year 3 – Monday & Thursday
  • Year 4 – Monday & Thursday
  • Year 5 – Wednesday & Friday
  • Year 6 – Wednesday & Friday

Connect – open

Connect is open for bookings. In order to keep everyone safe we are planning 3 separate bubbles on each site.  This means that it is most important that people book in advance and do not change bookings unless there is an emergency. Please could we ask for people to book at least a week in advance.

Plans for a summer holiday club

A number of parents have asked if we could run our own holiday club in the summer as an extension of Connect, as their children enjoy Connect so much. We are therefore exploring the possibility of offering two weeks of holiday club (Connect Plus) this summer as a trial. It is likely to cost £30 per day (with a discount of 10% for a whole week’s booking). It will be led by our own staff and we will be prioritising our own children. The timings will be 9 a.m – 4 p.m. and there will be a range of craft and sporting activities each day in order to cater for a range of interests.

We are also considering offering two days of Connect Plus on our INSET days (Friday 2nd and Monday 5th July). It would be most helpful if you could let us know if you would be likely to book these as well.

Parents’ Evening – 23rd and 25th March

As we are currently unable to offer face-to-face meetings we have decided to trial online video appointments through School Cloud, an online appointment booking system. The system allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments. It is not something we have used before, so please bear with us if there are a few teething problems.

Only one appointment should be made for each child. For this reason, we will only be giving one parent/guardian access to the system to avoid accidental double bookings. This will be the parent/guardian you listed as the primary contact on your contact details form when your child joined the school. Once an appointment for your child has been booked there is then an option for you to invite another parent/guardian if they need to join from a different location should you wish.

We anticipate that the booking system will go live on Tuesday 9th March at 7 a.m. but confirmation of this, together with instructions on how to book, will be emailed to each primary contact on Monday.

Lent Projects

Each class has been asked to think about ways in which we can help others in order to boost wellbeing and come up with a project for Lent that would achieve this. I can now share with you what each year group has chosen for their project:

  • Nursery will be making Easter cards for people in a senior care home.
  • Reception will be making cards for Elleray Hall (a drop in centre for older people).
  • Year 1 will be making Easter cards for Elleray Hall.
  • Year 2 have voted to support a local charity called ‘Small Steps’, who support parents of children who are physically disabled. The children will be doing jobs at home to raise money to donate.
  • Year 3 are doing postcards of kindness.
  • Year 4 will be making a book of kindness to send to the Groves Pharmacy in New Malden.
  • Antelope class are creating cards/letters and a small Easter gift for children’s cancer charities.
  • Gazelle class will write letters and make Easter boxes for a senior care home.
  • Year 6 will be making thank you cards/bookmarks to give to the Dons food bank collection point at Tesco so they can give them to the people who donate. They will have interesting facts about food banks on them. This is linked to some of their future PSHE and RE topics.

Parent Governor Election

A vacancy has arisen for a parent governor and parents now have the opportunity to elect a new governor. I invite you to stand for election as a parent governor, or to nominate another parent. The term of office is for 4 years. Parent governors are representatives and not delegates. No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. You will receive a separate email with more information together with a nomination form shortly. If you would like to stand for election please complete the nomination form (hard copies also available from either school office) and return it to the school no later than 3.30 p.m. on Friday 12th March.

Class photographs

I know some parents have been asking about whether we have any further school photography sessions scheduled for this year and I can confirm that, subject to any Covid restrictions, class photographs are due to take place on Tuesday 18th May.

Chromebooks

Please be reminded that ALL children must bring their Chromebook and charger to school on Monday morning. We will check off the return of all devices, and all children will be using their device on Monday for lessons. Please see the separate ParentMail about Chromebooks.

Parking in Elm Road

Please can I remind parents not to park in front of our neighbours’ driveways on Elm Road at dismissal time.

Dogs on Premises

Please be reminded that dogs should not be on the premises during drop off or pick up times. Please wait with them on the pavement.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

February 26th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

It was so exciting to receive on Monday the official confirmation that school will be able to reopen from 8th March. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on that day. It should be nice and straightforward this time. We will use the same start and end times which we were using before the holidays; likewise, we will use the same entrances and exits. We will continue to offer Connect on the same sites as before.

It has been very reassuring to see the infection rate drop in the area. However, we are aware that there are still more positive cases than there were last summer. We would therefore like to remind everyone of the measures that we will take to keep people safe.

We will continue to

  • Ensure staff take lateral flow tests (rapid tests) twice a week in order to identify any asymptomatic infection or any other cases promptly.
  • Keep the two sites separate in the weeks up to Easter and then we will review the situation.
  • Organise regular handwashing/ hand sanitising. (You are most welcome to send your child in with their own sanitiser and/or hand cream if their hands are sensitive, as we know it can prove uncomfortable for some).
  • Ensure that classrooms and other spaces are well ventilated
  • Keep bubbles separate at all times including playtimes.

We would ask you to

  • Maintain social distancing outside school and always wear a mask. If you keep as close to your time slot as possible then there should be less congestion.
  • Keep your child off school if they show any of the main symptoms (even if briefly) and seek a test.
  • Alert us immediately if you have any concerns, and particularly if someone in your family receives a positive test result (positivecovid@ccnm.uk)
  • Seek a weekly lateral flow (rapid) test for your child (the weekend is the best time as it allows us to start the new week with confidence). This is not compulsory, but we know that it is valued by staff and families alike, who wish to reduce the risks to the minimum. Indeed, we have managed to identify a number of asymptomatic cases rapidly this way, and therefore potentially reduced wider spread. We would also appreciate to hear the result via negativecovid@ccnm.uk (or positivecovid@ccnm.uk) as that provides further reassurance. Do contact me if you wish to discuss individual circumstances further.
  • Limit your use of multiple out-of-school settings providers, and only use one out-of-school setting in addition to school as far as possible. Do check providers have put in place their own protective measures.

We need everyone to play their part, as this will both avoid new people becoming infected and also the need to shut a bubble. (I would be so sad to have to do so, when we have only just reopened again).  I would like to thank you in advance for all your support. One of the great blessings and encouragements of this difficult time has been experiencing the richness of being in such a special community.

Welcoming Back

There are four weeks from the full reopening of schools and the Easter holidays. This how we will use these weeks:

  • Week 1 (8th – 12th March) – Resettling – We will help the children get back in the rhythm and routines of school life and help them all feel happy and settled back at school. Please do contact us even before this week if you have any concerns about your child that we can help with.
  • Week 2 (15th – 19th March) – Identifying – We will begin the process of identifying gaps in learning due to the school closures and establishing where each child is in their learning. Starting this week, Mr Burkinshaw and I will meet with every class teacher and talk through how every child is doing.
  • Week 3 (22nd – 26th March) – Communicating – There will be two virtual parents’ evenings, giving parents and teachers the opportunity to discuss how their child is getting on. This will enable you to share with us your child’s individual experiences during lockdown, your insights and concerns and also our insights on return.
    • Tuesday 23rd March – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Thursday 25th March – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (School will finish early on this day)
  • Week 4 (29th – 31st March) – Celebrating – We will use the last three days of term to celebrate being back together and the coming Easter festival. We will end the term with a virtual Easter Celebration on Wednesday 31st March.

Email Addresses

Over half-term, we changed our email system. If you want to email your child’s class teacher, please email classname@ccnm.uk, e.g. rainbownursery@ccnm.uk or eagle@ccnm.uk. If you want to contact Mr. Burkinshaw or me, our addresses are tabitha.white@ccnm.uk and andrew.burkinshaw@ccnm.uk.

Advanced planning for the summer term

We wish to maximise the opportunities for learning during the summer term. We will therefore be delaying our assessments and our report writing until after half term in order to celebrate the progress that your child will have made.  We therefore propose to delay our INSET day, which was initially scheduled for Friday 28th May until Friday 2nd July. We will also hold another INSET day on Monday 5th July (this is the INSET day which was postponed from March).  This will enable the teachers to use the time to write reports and give you a very clear picture of your child’s development. We hope that it also will enable you to enjoy some good weather as the restrictions start to lift! Please do not hesitate to contact us, if these changes will present a challenge to you.

PTA Sponsored Climb

Congratulations to all of our intrepid climbers. Together as a school and PTA we have climbed an amazing 408,130 stairs, equivalent to summiting Everest 8 times!

In so-doing, we have raised an extremely impressive £3,299 in sponsorship this term and a total of £4,299 in donations since the start of the appeal in November.

Thank you all so much for your generosity, which has allowed the speedy ordering of the new nursery climbing frame, ready for the school’s reopening on the 8th March! As I write, we have just been advised that the work is completed and it looks very smart indeed. We would like to thank both the PTA and Mr Brown for their dedication in overseeing such a successful project.

Reminder: Closing dates for Nursery Applications 2021

Please note that the closing date for Nursery applications is next Friday, 5th March 2021.

Online Drama Club

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

World Book Day – 4th March

As you know, next Thursday is World Book Day. The World Book Day website has lots of free audiobooks in the run up to this. In addition, an activity we thought it might be fun for children to participate in at home is a book hunt! Book covers can be hidden round the house or garden and children need to find them all then figure out the missing letters to discover a message. Please the attached book hunt challenge materials if you’d like to have a go at this.

Kingston Libraries – Upcoming Workshops in March

Celebrate World Book Day with this special event from our favourite storytellers Cat & Hutch. They’re back to take you on another magical book journey – this time to The Secret Garden, based on the classic children’s story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. A live storytelling event on Zoom for ages 7 – 11 on Thursday 4 March 2021 at 4pm. Approx 50 mins long.

We’re celebrating British Science week in March by launching a series of maths workshops for children ages 5-11 brought to you by Explore Learning. These will be hosted on Zoom and taught in small groups.

  • Friday 5 March at 4pm. Maths Wizard. (ages 5-7)
  • Friday 12 March at 4pm. Maths Sorcerer. (ages 8-9)
  • Friday 19 March at 4pm. A Piece of Cake. (ages 9-11)
  • Friday 27 March at 4pm. Word Problems. (ages 9-11)

Please make sure to book online if you would like your child to take part.

Free Tennis Lessons for School Children

Hit The Line Tennis are offering every school child a chance to play and learn tennis for free.

When the restrictions are eased, and tennis is permitted again in April, they would love to invite as many children to play tennis with them at New Malden Sports Club. Their sessions take place outside and over multiple courts where needed. They also have hand washing and social distancing procedures in place for all lessons.

The dates of the lessons will be confirmed in the next few weeks, when they have seen what interest they have, but will be during the month of April.

Please email Paul at info@hittheline.co.uk to register your interest and get more information.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

February 12th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

Well, we have made it to half term! It is very encouraging to see the infection rate dropping. Indeed, as I write, we have had no positive cases in school over the last two weeks. I hope that this trend continues and that the government will announce that we can reopen on 8th March. We await their ‘road map’ on 22nd February.

I know that the range of possibilities available at half term will be limited, but I hope that you all enjoy the possibilities for later starts in the morning and more relaxed days. I know that the children will enjoy a pause from Google Classroom, as indeed will the adults who are looking forward to screen free days! I think we should all be very proud of our children who have tried so hard to engage with learning, even though they are missing their friends and normality.

Half Term Challenges

In his assembly on Monday, Mr Burkinshaw gave the children three challenges they could do over half-term:

  • Challenge 1 Could they be an action movie kid, like the child in this video? There are plenty of free apps parents can download on their phones so their child can make their own special effect video.
  • Challenge 2 The artist, Andy Goldsworthy, makes art out of nature. Mr Burkinshaw encouraged children to go for a walk and collect some natural things and use them to make some art, like in this video. When they have done it, take a picture and send it in.
  • Challenge 3 It cheers us all up to laugh, so Mr Burkinshaw’s last challenge was for children to video themselves telling a joke to make us all laugh.

Mr Burkinshaw did tell the children that they did not have to do any of the challenges, but if they did they should talk to their parents and ask them to email videos or photos of completed challenges to him at deputy@ccnm.rbksch.org.

World Book Day

World Book Day this year falls on Thursday 4th March. We would love for those both in school and at home to come to lessons dressed as a book character. This year we are having a theme of ‘make your own’ where we are encouraging children to create their costumes from things they already have at home.  This may prove to be an excellent project over half term!

Staying Safe over Half Term 

After a very tough winter we are all looking forward to nicer weather and brighter days, but right now we are at a very important moment of the pandemic.

Cases of COVID-19 in Kingston are falling, but not as quickly as we need them to. The next four weeks are critical in our battle to suppress the spread of the virus. We must make sure the sacrifices we have all made in lockdown don’t go to waste.

It remains as important as ever to continue following the rules:

  • Stay local – we are still in a national lockdown. Do not travel around the country and don’t mix households
  • Continue to follow the rules if you have had a vaccination. This will help prevent the virus from spreading, protecting others and the NHS
  • Testing and self-isolation rules remain the same. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must start to self-isolate immediately and book a test. Self-isolation should happen for ten days from when you first get symptoms and those in your household must also self-isolate
  • Stay vigilant – practice ‘Hands, Face, Space’ at all times

For more information about keeping safe over February half term visit the Public Health blog.

Class Emails

We are updating our email system over half-term. Whilst most emails will automatically migrate to our new host, please don’t send any emails to class email addresses until after half-term.

Children’s Safeguarding Newsletter

We all know that these have been such challenging times for children and adults alike. Your child may find this newsletter written by children for children helpful in both expressing their feelings and in thinking of ways to help with them.

Eligibility for Free School Meals

We are aware that some family’s circumstances will have changed because of the pandemic. Do check if you might be entitled to ‘free school meals’. If you apply and are successful, this will help you by providing free school meals, even if your child is in the juniors, meal vouchers over the holidays and a free hoodie from school. It will also bring extra funds into the school which we can use to support your child.

Please see the application form. (We would also like to advise you that there have been temporary changes to the awards of free school meals for a few families in light of the epidemic. These are families with no recourse to public funds. The changes include the increase in the income threshold from £16,190 per annum to £31,500 per annum for London. If this might apply to you, do apply.)

PTA Virtual Gin Masterclass, 8pm on Friday 26th February

Please join us for a one hour collaboration between No 97 Gin Bar and CCNM PTA on Friday 26th Feb at 8pm. Taste three different locally brewed “Goodlife” gins paired with three different tonics – £20 per person with £5 per ticket sold being donated to our PTA. Local collection or delivery only.

Tickets will be available in the ParentMail shop until next Sunday (Feb 21st). Why not buy a ticket for your partner too so that you both get to taste?

To contact the PTA organisers: ccnmgintasting@gmail.com or No 97 Gin Bar: hello@no-97.co.uk

Half Term Online Drama Workshops 

During February half term, Perform are running online drama workshops for Reception to Year 6 children. You can read all about the classes here.

For one hour each day, their team of theatre professionals will inspire and encourage the children as they combine drama, dance and singing into a magical experience. They’ll encourage them to project their voices, learn energetic dance routines, sing catchy songs and develop the Perform 4 Cs: Confidence, Concentration, Communication and Coordination. The course costs £60 for the 5 days.

I hope you are able to get a break over the half-term holiday. 

Tabitha White, Headteacher

February 5th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the survey about remote learning and for all your positive comments. I would agree with you that the staff have been so impressive in the way they have risen very rapidly to the challenge of another lockdown and developed their skills to new heights. I know that they have worked tirelessly to do so and we are, like you, hoping that the next major announcement says that we can reopen again on 8th March.

The vast majority of you agreed that the amount of work set seems right. However, I know that everyone’s circumstances are different.  Above all, we must all focus on coming through this difficult time as positively as possible. If that means that your child is not able to attend all the lessons or submit all the work, we do understand, particularly if they are younger members of the school. (The older children should be able to work more independently and use their chromebooks to access the learning). We would just ask you to keep us informed. Do let us know if we can help in any way and also encourage your child to do the same.

I do have a sense that many families and children have found this week particularly hard as they miss seeing other people, both relations and friends and as they feel stretched in many different directions. We have therefore added a new ‘Worry Button’ to our Google Classrooms so that children can themselves let us know if they are feeling sad or worried about anything. We have shared this with them in this week’s Friday Celebration Assembly.

Planning for the rest of the term

It does not seem wise to draw up too many plans for the rest of term, while our return date is uncertain. However, we have decided to postpone the INSET day which had been scheduled for Friday 12th March 2021. There has been enough disruption already to the term and so we will save this for later in the school year.

As soon as we know the ‘road map’ for reopening schools, we will be able to let you know about our plans for parents’ evenings as well.

School Health Virtual Drop In Appointments – 23rd February

School Health are currently offering all parents of CCNM pupils a virtual drop in appointment on Tuesday 23rd February to discuss any health concerns/worries they have. Please see the attached letter for more details and how to book.

vPlus Festival

Looking for something to do during half term? Join the vPlus Festival 15th-26th February 2021 – fun online festival for curious and enquiring minds!

This 12 day online festival from Potential Plus UK provides a programme of live presentations and creative challenges, some especially for children, some specifically for parents, and others for the whole family to enjoy. All 2021 vPlus Festival events are FREE OF CHARGE due to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

Your free registration to the festival includes:

  • Full Access to over 50 sessions for children, families, schools and parents
  • Over 40 Brilliant Presenters including: Bobby Seagull, Jeff Forshaw, Roma Agrawal, Simon Singh, Alex Bellos, Jonathan Hare, Ben England, Barry Hymer, Peter Wells, Verity Jones, Helen Dennis and Bob Cox.
  • Saturday and Sunday Challenges, social sessions, chess exhibition, family quiz and a Private Minecraft Server for children
  • Festival Community via a Private Facebook Group
  • Video Recordings of the Sessions

View the programme and register here: https://virtualplusfestival.org/

Tabitha White, Headteacher

January 29th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers

The Government have made clear that the earliest date schools will fully reopen is Monday 8th March. This is far longer than we expected when we were told at the start of the year that schools would be closed to most pupils. For parents, this means at least eight weeks of supporting your children’s learning at home and we are very aware of the pressures that causes. We know that many parents are finding it so hard to juggle the demands of home life, whether younger children or work, and supporting their child’s remote learning. We would like to reassure you that the most important factor in this all is your family’s wellbeing. You may not be able to support your children in the same way that we can in school. (Indeed, it would be a surprise if you could, as that is what we are qualified to do!). If, however, you can keep a routine going and help build stamina, that will mean that the return to school will not be so challenging.  We appreciate your support of the school and of the community in keeping the children at home where possible. We know you will be concerned about the impact on children’s academic and social development and we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to remedy this, this year and in the future. Above all, please keep us informed. No problem is too small – we may just be able to help!

As remote learning will be continuing for longer than we thought, we would like to review our approach and your experiences at home. We are aware that there is a fine line between supporting your child’s learning and creating too much pressure for the family. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to meet the Government’s high expectations for remote learning, and it has been lovely to read your messages of gratitude. We have worked hard to deliver daily live lessons and set work for children to do at home, but we are aware that it is not possible to fully teach subjects like PE, art, DT and science as effectively remotely as in the classroom.  We are also aware that some families are finding it hard to complete all the tasks in light of their own circumstances. I would urge you to contact your child’s teacher if that is the case as some tasks are more important than others.

We have sent parents/carers a short remote learning survey to help us design remote learning for the next four weeks. It would be very helpful if you completed the survey by Monday 1st February to allow us to reflect on and implement any changes.

Wimbledon Dons – Foodbank Collection – Thursday 4th February

We have been fortunate to be able to support some of our families to access online learning with donated devices from the ‘Keeping Kids Connected’ initiative run by the ‘Wimbledon Dons’.  (You may have seen them outside a local supermarket for food donations.)

As part of their Christmas charity initiative, Y5 were collecting for the foodbank, but sadly the collection had to be postponed.  This has now been rearranged for Thursday 4th February.  Please can we encourage you, if you are able, to support this charity as a way of giving back and to recognise their support to the school.

If your child is in school – please send in donations to the class on Monday 1st/Tuesday 2nd.

If your child is learning from home, please consider donating at their collection points at the   supermarket.

Emotional Wellbeing

Please see the attached flyer from Claire Stevens, our Junior Pastoral Mentor, for some suggestions about ways of looking after our wellbeing.

PTA events for your diary

  • Lockdown III Family Quiz
    Join us on Sunday 7th February at 4pm on Zoom for the third installment of our fun, family-friendly quiz. Please see the attached poster. Tickets available on ParentMail NOW! Entry £10 per family. Places are limited so get your ticket soon! (Visit the shop in ParentMail).
  • PTA sponsored climb
    The PTA are organising a sponsored climb for classes to complete between 8th and 22nd February.  Each class can choose their challenge – who will take on Everest?  More information and links to sponsor forms will follow. We hope all the children can enjoy an active few weeks and help the PTA raise money to fund new outdoor play equipment for the school.
  • Gin Tasting
    One for the adults! Please save the date for a gin tasting evening via Zoom on Friday 26th February at 8pm. Look out for more details and how to book in the coming weeks.


Tabitha White, Headteacher

January 22nd 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

It seems strange to think that my main form of communication with your families is now via a camera or a written bulletin!  Thank you so much for all you have done to make arrangements to keep your children at home where possible and to keep everyone safe. I am enjoying the opportunity to see the children, at least virtually, via the live lessons and to celebrate all their enthusiasm and creative ideas.

This week, we are focusing on promoting reading. What perfect escapism! You will already have received a letter about the Spark Reading Awards and the children will be able to watch a video in today’s celebration assembly telling them more. Below, you will see two other suggestions about ways of supporting your child’s reading: let’s read, read, read!

New Chatterbooks Reading Clubs

Kingston Libraries has launched two new monthly Chatterbooks Reading Clubs for children aged 6-8 and 9-11, on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Find new recommended reads, chat about books, take quizzes and try your hand at creative writing and illustrating. This fun club is completely free. Please use this link to book through Eventbrite.

Free books for your child to read during lockdown

The National Literacy Trust have liaised with Oak Academy to offer high quality books for children to read online during lockdown. Use this link to find out more https://library.thenational.academy/  Their first Virtual School Library author of the week is Jacqueline Wilson! You can read her most popular book, The Story of Tracy Beaker, for FREE, find out more about Jacqueline’s inspiration for writing in an exclusive video and download fun activities to try at home, including a mask, a wordsearch and a brilliant quiz. They have also now uploaded The Girl Who Stole an Elephant.

Perform Online Sessions

Perform is running online drama, dance and singing classes during the lockdown via Zoom. All children are welcome to try a Free Trial Session. If this is of interest to you, please see their website for further details.

Have a lovely, if strange weekend!

Tabitha White, Headteacher