November 20th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been lovely to be able to reintroduce hot meals once more. Whilst this has proved quite complex, in our mission to keep bubbles separate and everyone safe, the positive comments from children and the clean plates have made it all worthwhile! (Sadly today, I understand there has been a hiccup at the Juniors as a member of staff was not able to come in today and they could not send a replacement due to Covid. I have been reassured normal service will be resumed on Monday).

Thank you once again for your generous donations, which keep coming in. The arrival of Amazon parcels is making it feel like Christmas come early. We have also now raised enough to pay for special Christmas craft materials for the Infants. Watch out for lots of sparkle and bling! This week we would like to thank the families of the following pupils:

Izzie and Edward Berry

Max Wild

Yera and Yeseo Cha

and our anonymous donors.

School Lunches

When we changed to the new ordering system for school lunches there was an initial error and you may not have been able to order a specific dessert for your child.  This has now been rectified but to be able to order a dessert you will need to access your account, cancel your initial orders and re-order including the choice of dessert.  In the meantime, all children without a dessert choice have been given the main dessert option each day.

Please also remember to cancel your lunch order if your child is unwell and not attending school as this will save the kitchen cooking meals that are not required and if you pay for school lunches you will not then be charged for them.  This can be done up until 9.30am on the day.

Class Amazon Book Wishlists

Some parents have been asking about ways that they can help us celebrate their child’s birthday in school. As you will have read in the previous bulletins, we will hold special celebrations on Friday afternoons and also mention every child in our celebration assemblies to make sure that no one misses out. You are also most welcome to purchase a book for the class libraries for all to enjoy, as a new book is so special.  The teachers have worked with the children to choose books that they would enjoy. If you would like to order one, please click on the link below which will take you to the relevant wishlist and then to Amazon to order it.

Christmas Jumper Competition

This term we are running a ‘Design a Christmas Jumper’ competition. For the chance to win a prize, please can children complete their design on the attached sheet by Wednesday 9th December and hand it in to their class teacher.  Winners will be announced in the celebration assembly on Friday 11th December.

5k run in aid of JDRF – Message from our pupil, Oli

Hi – I’m Oli in Year 4 and I have type 1 diabetes. This means I have to manage my blood glucose with insulin and sugar all the time which can be really annoying like when I get woken up in the night to have a juice or I have to sit out sport because I’m too low. I want to end type 1 so I’m fundraising for JDRF, the type 1 research charity. Due to Covid we can’t do our usual friends and family Parkrun so my teacher suggested that we run 5k in the playground instead. Some of my Macaw classmates have run with me before but this year my whole class is going to give it a try. 5k is a long way – we will have to run 50 laps of the running track! If you would like to support us please sponsor our run here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oliwalker20

Thank you so much.

PTA Meeting Minutes

Please see attached the minutes from the PTA Meeting on 10th November 2020. The next PTA Meeting will be Wednesday 9th December.

The Good Food Co-op

The Good Food Co-op is a not-for-profit service supplying fruit and veg boxes, but with a huge difference. Every box you purchase helps a local family or individual in need to receive a box – making healthy food accessible to all. This exciting new Kingston project is a partnership between RBK, Voices of Hope, KingsGate Church and Kingston Voluntary Action.

Please see their website for more information.

Safeguarding update: WhatsApp launches new disappearing messages option

We have been alerted to a new and worrying function being introduced in WhatsApp during November.  The ‘disappearing messages’ functionality will allow WhatsApp users to enable disappearing messages on chat conversations between friends, to automatically delete messages after seven days. Wiping will also apply to videos and photos. This may not sound significant, but it means that if anyone misuses WhatsApp, the evidence swiftly disappears. Whilst WhatsApp’s minimum user age is 16, many children and young people have accounts.  If your child does ever receive unpleasant messages do screenshot them and let us know immediately so we can address this as this can form a type of bullying and we take it very seriously.

Emotional Wellbeing support for children

Introducing Ollee – a virtual friend (ParentZone/BBC Children In Need)

Ollee is a digital friend for children aged 8-11, created by Parent Zone and funded by BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me initiative, which aims to make a difference to children’s emotional wellbeing.

It’s designed to help children reflect on how they feel and to process their experiences with the support and help of their parents and carers – and it does this by offering them advice about a range of subjects: school, family, friends, their body, the internet and the world.

For each of these subjects, children can choose an emotion that matches how they feel about it: happy, angry, sad, confused, frustrated, stressed or worried.

Next, they can choose from a list of topics – for instance, a child who was worried about school might be able to select ‘I haven’t done my homework’ as the cause of their worry. Finally, they’ll see a page of advice about the topic, presented in child-friendly bite-sized chunks they can read then or save for later.

You can more information and download the Ollee app here: https://parentzone.org.uk/Ollee

Please also see the attached guidance from our Junior Pastoral Mentor, Claire Stevens, for this week’s suggestions about ways of looking after our wellbeing. 

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher