October 18th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

With only one more week to go until half term, there has still been a lot of activity, both in and outside school. Squirrel Class enjoyed their first Chums visit from Eagle Class on Monday and Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed finishing off their Moon Buggies. Year 3 have been very busy, exploring Superhero poetry as well as looking at different skeletons, using oil pastels to create observational drawings of different animal skeletons. They have also visited the Natural History Museum today and I would like to thank all parents who kindly volunteered to accompany them. I would also like to congratulate the Year 6 girls’ football team who won their football tournament at Chessington School on Tuesday, which means they have qualified for the Borough Cup Finals in December. You will be able to see photos of some of these and more in our newsletter next week.

Phonics

Last week, Mrs Ward gave a very helpful talk about how to support our children in learning phonics, with a key focus on Year 1. In her talk, she explained that there have been changes in the way sounds are pronounced and she referred to short videos on our website which show children saying each of the key sounds they will be learning. To access these, go to https://www.christchurchnm.kingston.sch.uk/phonics/.

Infant Playground – Latest Developments

Some parents have been wondering when the exciting works will be finished in the infant playground. This spate of torrential rain has proved very helpful in testing out the drainage on the site! We would like the company to do further works to reduce standing water, before they install the astroturf. Although, the delay is frustrating, I am sure you will agree with us that we want to make sure the final installation can be used in all conditions.

 Hot Dinners

Please tell your child if they are having hot dinners and, if so, what they are having. We do remind children, but sometimes they are quite confused about what they are having for lunch!

Photograph Day – Wednesday 13th November

All reception – Year 6 pupils will be photographed individually on Wednesday 13th November. As last year, sibling group photographs can be arranged by booked appointment, either before or after school on that day. You should have received a separate ParentMail with details on how to book these.

Owl Class Outside Area

Thank you to the parents and children who gave up their Saturday to transform the garden area outside Owl Class. They battled the rain to uncover a really lovely garden area, which now includes a herb garden, insect house and children’s garden equipment which had all been buried beneath undergrowth and debris. You will be able to see some pictures in the newsletter next week. We will be involving Connect in maintaining this area, but we would also love to have support from parent volunteers. Do contact the office if you would be available to spend some time gardening with the children.

REMINDERS There are two changes next week because of parents’ evening:

  • No clubs next week There are no clubs for children running at either site all next week. This includes early bird and night owl sessions. (Adult yoga will still take place).
  • Early finish on Thursday 24th October Please remember that School finishes early next Thursday in preparation for Parents Evening. Infants will finish at 2:15 p.m. and the Juniors at 2:30 p.m. Children who normally attend Connect after school will be collected at these times and it will run to the usual time of 6:15 p.m.

Charity Walk for Peace Update – Double your donations to the PTA!!

In June pupils, Áedán and Aoife Jenkins (along with their parents) took part in a national Charity Walk for Peace to help raise awareness of the charity as well as to raise much needed funds for our school, through a generous matched funding scheme run by the charity. They say:

We are still accepting donations for the rest of this month on our CWFP Just Giving fundraiser page. We have achieved almost 75% of the required £2,000, in order to fully benefit from the £2,000 matched funding scheme run by the CWFP, so please do give what you can as ALL donated and matched funds will go back to our school! With the revamp of the infant playground, which is being funded mostly by the PTA, we need to work hard to replenish our funds so that we can continue to support our school. To donate, please click here:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/denise-lieu-jenkins. Donations are also eligible for gift aid. You can also donate in person via the school office. Just mark your donation for the attention of CWFP/Denise Lieu-Jenkins.

Reminder – SeOUL Residential Fair Sponsorship – We Need Your Help and Drawing Competition!

The PTA are delighted to announce that SeOUL Residential Estate Agents will, once again, be sponsoring our upcoming fair, which will open up a potential £1,050 of funding for the school, in return for 70 local addresses to display their advertising boards, which will also advertise the fair.

If you are happy to volunteer, please email ccnmpta.boards@hotmail.com ASAP (and by 22nd October) with your name and address and they will do the rest.

In addition, we also have the opportunity of having a festive drawing by a pupil printed on all 70 boards and fair banners. If your child would like the chance of the drawing being theirs, please enter our drawing competition (form attached to print off or hard copies available from the office). Owing to the strict print deadlines, entrants must be submitted to the school offices by 9:00a.m. on Tuesday 22nd October.

Inconsiderate Parking

A resident of Chestnut Grove has informed us that a parent (car registration FY66 JXB) parked partly over their drive one morning this week and left the vehicle there for 10 minutes. Please could we ask that parents do respect our local neighbours and do not park across or obstruct driveways.

Before school clubs/groups

Children should not be arriving at school for clubs or early bird reading groups more than 5 minutes before the club/group starts. Some children have been arriving 20 minutes early, when there may not be a member of staff in the office. It is lovely that they are so keen to join us, but we are worried for their safety. When you drop your child off for a morning club/group, please make sure that office staff have let them into the building before leaving them.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

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

  • Tuesday 22nd October – Flu Vaccinations (Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Tuesday 22nd October – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 24th October – Parents’ Evening from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.* SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY
  • Friday 25th October – Year 6 Learning Reviews*