June 18th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

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

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

Sports Days 

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

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

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

Keeping Everyone Safe

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

TT Rock Stars

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

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

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

Thank You to our Parent Gardeners 

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

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

Have a lovely weekend.

Tabitha White, Headteacher