March 23rd 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today, we have celebrated International Day. It has been lovely seeing the creative and beautiful costumes that the children and teachers have worn. Children have taught each other to say ‘hello’ in different languages, gone on journeys overseas and tasted food from near and far. Year 5 and 6 were very fortunate to have a Korean chef, Hyung So Yim, from the Institute of Traditional Korean Food, teach them to make bibimbap, whilst other classes enjoyed an international food feast. Thank you to all the parents who provided food and helped their children with their costumes. You will see photos of today, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Yesterday, I went to Year 2’s wonderful singing performance. Mrs Bond had arranged for staff from Kingston Music Service to come in. They taught the children the songs on Tuesday and practised on Thursday, before performing to their parents. I was so proud of all the children, and am grateful to Mrs Bond for organising it and to the parents whose voluntary contributions meant that we could offer such a fantastic opportunity. One parent captured the spirit of it for me by saying that it was ‘full of joy’.

Y4 Trip to Carroty Wood

Please make sure your child is at school by 8:50 a.m. at the latest, as we will be making a prompt departure. You should bring them to the junior hall, entering through the fire doors.

Correction of date: Charity walk for peace will be on 29th April

Thank you to the people who spotted the error in the last newsletter, where I mistakenly said the Charity walk for Peace will be in March. The correct date is 29th April.

Reminder PTA DISCO – Friday 20th April 2018, Junior Hall

If you haven’t done so already then book your child’s place, they are going fast. (R-Y2, 4pm-5.30pm; Y3-6, 6pm-7.30pm). £7 per child. This includes a pizza tea and a treat bag to take home. (Parents, please provide a packed tea if pizza does not suit due to allergies/preference). Payment must be made via ParentMail by Tuesday 17th April to secure a place. We are unable to take cash payments via the school office or on the door.

“Thank you” from Lunch Club

Thank you so much to all who have generously donated new and used books, games and toys to Lunch Club at both the Infant and the Junior sites. The children have been really enjoying playing with them.

Year 2 Trip to Wisley Gardens – Thursday 19th April

We are desperately short of parent helpers for this trip. If you can help, please let the office know.

Clubs – This Term

Most clubs have now finished for this term. Next week there is Girls’ Football Club (Monday morning), Good News Club, Advanced recorders, Year 1/2 Dance. There is no Choir or Orchestra next week.

Music Clubs – Next Term

Next term, Advanced Recorders will begin Wednesday 18th April. Year 5/6 Choir will begin Thursday 19th April. Orchestra and the Year 3/4 Choir will begin Tuesday 24th April. There will be no Year 3/4 Choir or orchestra on Tuesday 17th April.

Concerns regarding Hot Meals

We are meeting with representatives of the Royal Borough of Kingston and ISS next week to raise our concerns once again over the service provided, as we feel that we have not so far reached a satisfactory resolution for the issues you have raised. If there are any complaints that you have made to ISS which have not been resolved to your satisfaction, please let us know before Wednesday and we will raise them at our meeting.

Double Marathon!

Paul Forsyth, dad of Lucas in Year 3, is running both the Brighton marathon and London marathon in April, seven days apart! He’s running for local charity “best beginnings” who work on mental health issues, especially new parents, this is under the umbrella of the Princes charity “heads together” promoting mental health charities! When we have more details, we will put them on our website.

Easter Holiday Club

SCL will be running a Holiday Club at the Junior Site on the following dates: Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th April and Monday 9th – Friday 13th April. For more information and to book, please visit their website or call SCL on 0345 644 5747.

Tag Rugby League

For the past 5 weeks, Year 4 have been enjoying PE lessons led by a professional Rugby League coach, where they learned some of the basic skills and rules of Tag Rugby League. Some children went to the Kingston Schools Sports Partnership (KSSP) tournament, today, and you can see their report in the newsletter.

Chris, the coach, would like to encourage all of our pupils to have a go at Tag Rugby League by attending a Primary Rugby League Open Day this Saturday, 24th March from 10.00-11.30, at Elmbridge Eagles, Oaken Lane, Claygate, KT10 9BZ. In addition to this being a fun and free event, it also will help us to maintain links with professional organisations such as the Rugby League Foundation, who in turn, provide free, high quality PE instruction.

Last Day of Term – Thursday 29th March

You are warmly invited to join us at Christ Church for our end of term Easter service which begins at 9.45am. As is usual on the last day of term, School finishes early:
•AM Nursery @ 10.45am
•Infants @ 2.15pm
•PM & Full time Nursery @ 2.20pm
•Juniors @ 2.30pm
•Connect @ 5.15pm

Summer Term – School opens for pupils on Tuesday 17th April at the usual times.

Yours sincerely,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

This week’s ParentMail messages
Juniors – Tennis Club Summer term, Girls’ Football Club Summer term,
Infants – Year 1, 2 & 3 Cooking Club Summer term
Whole school – SCL Holiday Club (leaflet via bookbag), Statement by Christ Church PCC