October 16th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Although many of us will have been saddened by the need for London to be placed on Tier 2 Covid alert, it has been encouraging to hear that there is a strong commitment to keeping schools open. Please remember than from midnight tonight we cannot:

  • Mix with other households indoors (including in homes, pubs or restaurants)
  • Mix with groups of more than six outdoors

Whilst we have not yet had a positive case to date amongst our own children or staff, we are aware that some children are having to miss 2-3 days schooling whilst they seek tests. We have therefore created a 3 day stand-alone programme of teaching for families to access whilst they stay at home. We are also preparing for the provision of a fuller programme of teaching and learning in the case of the eventuality of children having to self-isolate for longer. Please see below for more information.

We are committed to keeping our community safe both in the environs of the school site and also at school. I would therefore urge adults to remember to wear their masks when bringing children to and from school. Could parents also keep the pavements as clear as possible by moving into the spaces we have created near the school while they wait?

 Coronavirus quick reference guide

We have attached a quick reference guide for parents that details what to do in different scenarios which you may find helpful. A version in Korean is also available here.

 After school football and craft clubs

We are aware that children are missing clubs and are going to trial some after school clubs for those attending Connect and others that would like to join with them.

  • Craft clubs
    • Infants: Mondays 3.25-4.25 p.m. (Book from 12.00pm Mon 19thOct)
    • Lower Juniors: Wednesdays 3.30-4.30 p.m. (Book from 12.10pm Mon 19thOct)
    • Upper Juniors: Mondays 3.30-4.30 p.m. (Book from 12.20pm Mon 19thOct)
  • Football clubs
    • Upper Juniors: Thursdays 3.30pm – 4.30 p.m. (Book from 12.30pm Mon 19thOct)
    • Lower Juniors: Fridays 3.30-4.30 p.m. (Book from 12.40pm Mon 19thOct)

The clubs will run for 6 weeks starting w/c 2nd November to w/c 7th December with spaces limited to 20 children per group. The charge will be £42.00, however, those children already attending Connect on the day will not be charged extra for the club.

Spaces will need to be booked for all children, even those at Connect, and you will get confirmation of a place and will then be asked for payment, if your child does not attend Connect. The places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and can be accessed via ParentMail on Monday 19th October.

(Children attending the football clubs will be able to wear their PE kit to school on these club days, even if it is not a PE day for their class.)

Hot meals

You will be very pleased to hear that we are working with our catering company to reintroduce hot meals from 16th November. We will still be keeping our ‘bubbles’ separate in order to keep everyone safe and Year 2 upwards will be eating in their classrooms, but hot meals will be taken to them.

Parent Reps

Thank you to all the parent reps who sent in questions and were able to join this afternoon’s virtual meeting. Here is a summary of the key points raised:

  • School Uniform It is lovely to walk around the school seeing children smart in their new uniform. Supply chain problems caused by Coronavirus did mean that some of the uniform was late and we do apologise for that. In answer to specific queries:
    • Children can wear non-branded clothes that are the same colour and style as the uniform.
    • Hair accessories should be blue, black or yellow.
    • Junior children should bring a school rucksack, or their own drawstring bag.
  • School Lunches ISS, our caterer, will start providing hot meals after half term. There will be three options each day, one of which is vegetarian. Long term, we have joined with several local schools to seek a new caterer to replace ISS when their contract ends at the end of the year. Our focus will be on quality and price, not just price as Kingston does.
  • Remote Learning From next week,if a child is absent due to a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus their parents will be emailed by a three day timetable with activities to be done at home. Most children return within three days because of a negative test. If a test is positive and a child needs to isolate for longer we will shift to making learning match that of the children in class. If a bubble is closed, then learning will shift fully online.
  • Parents’ Evening It was encouraging to hear that parents found the phone conversations with parents helpful. In answer to specific questions:
    • If we are not able to have a face to face parents’ evening in the spring we will use video, rather than phones, to speak to parents.
    • Nursery parents will be able to book specific timeslots.
  • Assessments The Government are clear that statutory assessments in Reception (EYFS profile), Year 1 (phonics check), Year 2 (KS1 SATS), Year 4 (multiplication tables’ check) and Year 6 (KS2 SATS) will go ahead as planned.
  • Nursery Climbing Frame We have met with suppliers to discuss replacement of the condemned nursery climbing frame. Although there is a significant lead time, the PTA have generously agreed to support the replacement.
  • Singing Sadly we are not able to sing in class, in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
  • Christmas Coronavirus means that Christmas will not be the same! Each infant year group will produce a Christmas presentation using still images or stop motion animations, but sadly, there will be no nativities and no events parents will be invited in to school to see.
  • Clubs We are not able to offer a full range of clubs, however, as you will see above in the bulletin, we will be introducing a few clubs as part of our Connect provision.

Online Drama Club

Drama Workshops are continuing to offer online classes after half term. These are now available to book and details can be found on the clubs page of our website.

Courses for Parents

  • Wellbeing course for parents– Starting November 2020 and running for 5 months, Collective Arts is offering five, 5-week arts for wellbeing workshops. These online or face-to-face groups are suitable for parents seeking creative ways to enhance their resilience and emotional wellbeing. No artistic skills required. The programme is funded by the UK Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund. Visit their website for more information.
  • Rejuvenation workshop for parents– At the Wild Mind Project they understand how overwhelming it can be looking after a child or young person with special educational needs or mental health issues. Their workshops provide a safe and creative environment to build support networks of people just like you, that know how necessary it is to take time to look after yourself. They offer experienced therapeutic support in helping you to cope through mindfulness, reconnecting with nature and art based activities. More information can be found here.

Reminder – Primary School Applications

For any parents making primary school applications for September 2021 entry, you can apply online here. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021. You must submit your application and any supplementary information forms by this date.

Reminder – Secondary School Applications – Year 6 parents

If you haven’t already done so, please apply online for your child’s secondary school place. You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020. We will not be offering an in-school talk this year, but you are most welcome to phone us if you would like any advice on completing your application.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher