July 7th 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a week filled with music and sport. On Tuesday, Year 2 and Year 4 took part in the Kingston Country Dancing Festival and in the evening we were at the church for the summer concert. The children performed beautifully, a tribute to them and their teachers, Mrs Huggett, Miss Peto, Mrs Brooks and Mrs Bishop.

Yesterday, Miss O’Connor took a group of our gymnasts to represent Kingston at the London Youth Games. Today was our junior sports day, wonderfully organised by Mrs Day and a team of Year 9s from Coombe Boys. Congratulations to all the children who managed to keep on competing in the heat.

You can read about all these events, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Infants sports day: Friday 14th July 2017

Our Infant Sports Day is fast approaching and all the children have been practising hard. It will take place on Friday 14th July and the timetable is as follows:

  • 9.15-10.00 Reception Sports Day
  • 10.00-10.15 Reception Medal Ceremony
  • 10.15-11.00 Year 1 Sports Day
  • 11.00-11.15 Year 1 Medal Ceremony
  • 11.15-12.00 Year 2 Sports Day
  • 12.00-12.15 Year 2 Medal Ceremony

Please ensure that your child comes into school dressed in their PE kit, with a water bottle and hat. Please also ensure that they have sun cream on if the weather is hot. You are very welcome to come along and support your child and their class in both the Sports Day and Medal Ceremony. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to talk to your class teacher.

Trips for infants

At our parent representatives’ meeting last night, parents were suggesting that they would like more trips for infants.  We do love to take children on trips, but we have been hesitant about the costs which can be involved, once a coach is needed. (It can cost £12 per child just for the coach).  The cost can be reduced considerably for juniors as they can usually use free public transport. We have therefore focused on booking visitors to the school such as theatre companies, farm animals, or Dinodome, where we only have to pay for the event and not the transport.

To help us make the best decisions for next year, please could you fill in this survey to guide us.

Toilets

A number of parents have expressed their concerns about the junior toilets, and we share their frustrations! Unfortunately, it seems that the initial locks that were fitted were not easy for the children to use, and sometimes children locked themselves inside and at other times the locks broke. We have been in consultation with our surveyors to secure better locks, and we have finally been assured that they will be fitted next week. The situation has proved even more frustrating because it has been hard to keep the toilets smelling fresh, despite their being cleaned twice a day. Therefore, we have secured funding to completely refurbish all the children’s toilets, which will happen in the summer holidays.

Snapchat… keeping ourselves safe

We have recently been made aware of a new mapping feature of the Snapchat app. You can read the account of the warning from Lancashire police in this story in The Daily Telegraph here. This is a feature that could potentially be misused and present a danger to unsuspecting children and families. It is recommended that the ‘ghost mode’ is used to ensure that the location is not shared with strangers.

The following was stated by the UK Safer Internet Centre from the story: “It is important to be careful about who you share your location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time. Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat – giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map – we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person.”

Summer Holiday Activities for Children

There is lots of information about summer holiday activities for children on the Local Events page of the school website.

School Dinners

We know from your surveys for Ofsted that a number of parents continue to be concerned about the quality of the school dinners. As you will be aware, they are externally provided, however, we continue to represent your views to them – forcefully! To help us do this, please will you complete this brief questionnaire.

Parking at the Infants

Please don’t park in the staff car park. We have had several incidences where parents’ cars have come out of the car park and nearly hit children being dropped off or picked up.

PTA AGM

The annual meeting of the PTA will be on Wednesday 20th September, at 8 p.m.  Do put the date in your diary.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White

Headteacher