November 16th 2018

Dear Parent/Carers,

Last Sunday I was so proud to see two children from our school carry and lay wreaths at the New Malden Remembrance Parade and one of our Year 6 pupils who spoke beautifully during the service. I was also pleased to see many of you at parents’ evening this week. I hope we were able to share lots of information with you about your child’s progress.

The children have all been very busy this week with sporting activities and working hard. You can see photos of these, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Absence Reporting

If your child is absent please phone and leave a message on our Absence voicemail box or use the Notify Absence tab on Parentmail. Please do not email the class email address, which should only be used for messages that you only need the teacher to know. For example, if you know that someone else will be picking up your child at the end of the day you should send an email to the class email address.

Christmas Fair Music – Saturday 1st December

Here are the times for the school music groups that are performing at the Christmas Fair. The children will need to arrive by the stage in the junior hall ten minutes before their slot. They do not wear school uniform but Christmas hats etc. would be great!

  • Year 3/4 Choir – 1 p.m.
  • Year 2 Choir – 2 p.m.
  • School Orchestra – 2:30 p.m.

 Christmas School Concert – 6th December

This year’s concert in the Church will take place on Thursday 6th December at 7 p.m. Further details regarding pupils involved will be sent out next week.

School bags

A number of children are bringing in very large school bags that are not always full. Please can we request that children only bring in large bags when necessary as we only have a limited amount of storage space.

Fundraising

Earlier this year I attended a charity walk for peace organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association. They have very generously offered to match fund the PTA £2,000 and I would like to say a big thank you for their very kind donation.

World Diabetes Day

Wednesday was World Diabetes Day, which is marked every year on 14th November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

One of our pupils, Oli Walker, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last year. He decided to mark World Diabetes Day by running his first 5K for JDRF, the diabetes research charity. He would be very grateful for any sponsorship to help fund the research seeking a cure for diabetes. Many of his classmates are running 5k with him and are also seeking sponsorship. His original target was £200. He has now raised an amazing £1,700 and counting for diabetes research (JDRF). If you would like to sponsor him you can do so on his Justgiving page at the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oli-walker1

Supporting our children with their Year 2 SATs – Friday 16th November

This morning we gave 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 send home handouts of the presentation and also put it on our website for those who were unable to attend.

Baby News

We are delighted to announce that Mrs Coltman, Tiger Class teacher, has given birth to a healthy baby boy, George.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher