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