March 6th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We had a wonderful start to the week, with the visit of Professor Lord Robert Winston, or Robert, as he preferred to be called! The children were enthralled with his gravity experiments, which did involve a lot of broken eggs, and some fantastic questions at the end. I am grateful to Ian Parker, dad of Sam in Year 3, who organised the visit.

Yesterday was World Book Day. It was lovely to see the children in their hats, we had a wide variety of sizes, colours and shapes. Of course, we should celebrate books every day and research shows the importance of parents reading with their child, so do try and build that in to the busyness of life!

Applications for Rainbow Nursery September 2020 close today!

Please make sure that all documentation is received by the Infant Office by close of school today.

PTA Working Party

On Sunday 8th March there will be a PTA working party coming together at the Infants site between 10.30am and 1pm to finish off tidying up the pond area. If you are able to help, please do come along.

Supporting our children with their Year 2 SATs – Friday 20th March

On Friday 20th March at 9 a.m. in the infant hall, we will be offering a talk to help parents understand how we will assess children’s learning at the end of Year 2 and report these assessments to parents. We will talk about how we can work together to enable your child to achieve his/her full potential. This talk is likely to take a maximum of 45 minutes, including questions. We will also put the presentation on our website for those who are not able to attend, although I am sure people will find the discussions helpful to listen to in person, if possible.

Gold Day – Friday 27th March

On Friday 27th March we will be having a ‘Gold Day’ to support Momentum, a local charity that supports families of children with cancer. Everyone is encouraged to bring in a £1 and come in wearing something gold. Families of children in school have received support from Momentum and the charity will be coming in to school to take assemblies at both sites on Monday 23rd March to explain to the children about what they do.

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘If you paint over a window is it still a window?’

Bikeability Holiday Programme

This is for pupils that may have missed Bikeability Level 1&2 at their school or want to do their Bikeability Level 3, an important step for independent cycling. There is a poster attached.

CBeebies Filming Opportunity

The popular children’s cooking show ‘My World Kitchen’ on CBeebies are looking for bubbly, confident children in the Surrey area, aged between 5 and 9 years old, to cook a family recipe for their friends to enjoy. Filming will be taking place in May, and they are hoping to meet interested families within the next few weeks. Please click here if you are interested in applying.

Kingston Mobile Mop Up Campaign

We have agreed to take part in this campaign where we can raise money for charity while doing our bit to help the environment – all by just recycling old mobile phones.  The campaign lasts from Monday 24th February until Sunday 8th March.  Please dig out any old phones and bring them to the school office where we have a collection box – which is . All profits from the campaign will go to the Mayor’s Charitable Trust, which helps two amazing local causes – Kingston Centre for Independent Living and Oxygen. More information about the project can be found on their website – https://www.kingston.gov.uk/mobilemopup.

SCL Easter Holiday Club

The SCL Easter & May Holiday Clubs are now available to book, and for Easter they have an exciting programme with six themes rolled into one. Please see the attached Easter club flyer for further details and note the HOST15 exclusive 15% discount code which expires on 20th March.

Job Vacancy

We are looking for someone who can teach classes across the school, primarily focussed on PE / Sports lessons releasing class teachers.  This could either be 2 to 4 afternoons per week or 2 full days and we would be most interested to discuss what would suit individual circumstances. This would be an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to have some additional work, but not work full time. We are seeking to appoint enthusiastic practitioners, who have a commitment to high quality child centred learning and who are passionate about working creatively with children and their families.   Fore more details go to the vacancies page of the school website.

Government Coronavirus Action Plan

The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

The document includes:

  • what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
  • how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak
  • the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
  • what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes
  • the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline: the DFE has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687. Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

If you are worried about your symptoms or those of your child please call NHS 111Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for this half term:

  • Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – Junior Music Concert (selected pupils) – 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • Friday 27th March – Gold Day (Fundraising for Momentum Children’s Charity)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #
  • Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*
  • Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early
    • @ 10.45 a.m. AM Nursery
    • @ 2:15 p.m. Infants
    • @ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery
    • @ 2:30 p.m. Juniors
    • @ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited