June 26th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

This has been a lovely week as we have welcomed back some of the children from our year groups that are not in school yet. Their excitement and enthusiasm was certainly infectious (although I know it was mixed with a few nerves as well, which quickly went).  Indeed, it was hard to get them to leave afterwards. We look forward to seeing the next groups next week.

We have heard that some people have been concerned by rumours that some of the children in our reduced provision do not qualify. Let us reassure you, we have allocated those places following Government guidelines and as fairly as possible. It won’t always be clear to other parents why a child is in the reduced provision, but it can only be if they are either a child of a key worker or a vulnerable child. We have been proud to have been able to offer this support, and the Council have commended us for it.

We are thrilled that we will be opening for all children in September. I would like to thank teachers for working so hard to support children in school, through Google Classroom and working tirelessly to contact families who are not in touch.

Plans for the end of term

On Thursday 16th July, we will hold our end of term service (virtually!) at 9.30 a.m. Everyone will be most welcome to join us, whether in school or at home. This will be followed by a Leavers’ service for Year 6 at 11.00 a.m.

Launch of our new school uniform

I am thrilled to be able to announce that we will launch our new school uniform in September 2020. As you can imagine, lockdown must be the most challenging time possible to commission something as large as a new school uniform. However, Rhys Jones, who will be known to some of you, has worked tirelessly to sources suppliers and to create a contemporary update of our logo.

This new uniform offers a number of improvements:

  • It is higher quality
  • The logo will be screen printed rather than sewed to avoid chaffing
  • There will be a hoodie, designed to form part of the PE kit, which children are welcome to wear at any time if they wish
  • The logo will be more contemporary, building on the original design
  • There will be a comfortable and smart backpack for juniors
  • Children will be allowed to wear trainers to school rather than traditional shoes, provided they are plain black
  • It will be sold directly by the school, so that any profits can be spent once again on your children’s education.

Children will now be asked to wear their PE kit to and from school on every PE day, to avoid items getting lost and to ensure that precious PE time is not wasted on getting changed. Children, therefore, no longer need PE bags.  On PE days, children can wear trainers of their choice, but on other days should they wish to wear trainers they need to be plain black.

To help us ensure that your uniform is ready for September, we would ask you to place orders via ParentMail by Friday 10th July. Any order placed before this time will be entered into a draw for a free hoodie. Children who are entitled to ‘Pupil Premium’ will also be given a free hoodie in celebration of our launch. The uniform will be made available for collection from school on Tuesday 1st September.

Children are also welcome to continue wearing the current uniform. As this time of heightened awareness of the importance of reusing and recycling, we would not wish to be wasteful. We will also hold a sale of second hand uniform at the start of next term.

Please see this flyer with more information.

Support for emotional wellbeing

I am aware that all of us, adults and children alike are at times experiencing waves of anxiety prompted by these unique times and so I asked Claire Stevens our Junior Pastoral Mentor for suggestions about ways of looking after our wellbeing. Please see the attached.

Other people collecting your child from school

Until 4th July, to comply with current Government guidelines on social distancing, we are asking that children are not dropped off/collected by anyone other than their parent/carer or a member of their ‘support’ bubble, in order to prevent a crossover of households.

Request for DT Resources

Following our previous request for donations, thank you for the items we have received so far.

We are still, however, a little short on real world examples in some areas. Therefore, if you have any of the following you are thinking of getting rid of, we would be very grateful to receive them:

  • Any toys or objects which have levers e.g.  diggers (large or small)
  • Automata
  • Cushion covers
  • Toy cars
  • Puppets (any type)
  • Bags (rucksacks, shoulder, waist, clutch etc)
  • Purses/wallets
  • Mobiles (e.g. the sort that go over a baby’s cot)
  • Unwanted Knex, Meccano, Lego or similar building kits and
  • Any examples of waterproof fabric e.g. tents, clothing, umbrellas.

Any donations can be left at either office in sealed bags. The bags will not be opened for a week after receipt and we will ensure the contents have been thoroughly cleaned to help combat any possible threat of spreading Covid 19 before they are used.

2019/20 School photos

Pret-a-Portrait are having an End of School Year, School Photo Sale. From now until 20th July a 25% early bird discount has been re-instated for all pictures taken in the 2019/20 academic year. If you are interested please click on this link.

CAPA – Coombe Academy of Performing Arts

Please see the attached letter and flyer regarding the relaunch of CAPA – Coombe Academy of Performing Arts.

KMS Midsummer Music Festival – Tues 30 June – Sat 4th July

KMS Midsummer Music Festival promises to be an action-packed week of events – from bands, orchestras and an all-age gospel choir, to ukulele and guitar groups and a Stomp-style percussion workshop. Whatever your age or ability, you can experience the joy of making music with others – albeit online – and for the choir and percussion group you don’t even need any specialist equipment.

In addition to the activities listed on their website they are pleased to announce an extra workshop to the programme; Virtual Children’s Choir (age 7-11) – Tuesday 30 June, at 4pm. The inspirational Voices Foundation practitioner Matthew Roughley will be running a singing workshop aimed at KS2 (children in school Years 3-6). It will include a vocal warm up and musical games alongside learning a range of fun songs that will lift your spirits and put a spring in your step. Singing teachers and primary school music co-ordinators are welcome to join as observers.

To book for this – or for any other activity – please click on the following link and complete the registration form.

Yours sincerely,

Tabitha White

Headteacher