I cannot believe that we have already reached half term (although the number of tired faces is a reminder just how busy school life is!). I would like to thank you all for all your support with staggered start and finish times and changes to our systems. I have been impressed and reassured by how happy the atmosphere has been in school. School Council have been telling me just how pleased they have been both to be back with their friends and also to be learning in a classroom again. I wish you all a lovely time with your families and hope that your time is not adversely affected by the restrictions of moving to Tier 2.
How to help everyone stay safe at Christ Church:
COVID 19 –Self Isolation
The local authority has asked us to clarify for families that if anyone in a household has coronavirus symptoms, a test should be arranged for the person with symptoms and the whole household should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptoms started, unless the test comes back negative within this time. This is designed to reduce the spread of the virus as much as possible.
Making contact over half term
Please could you let us know if anyone in your household has a positive test result, even if it is at half term. The best way of doing this is via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest government guidance stresses the importance of ventilation in keeping everyone safe. We are therefore keeping doors and windows open as much as possible. However, as temperatures drop, this can prove hard, particularly for children who are sitting near open doors. Please could you ensure that they are wearing as many warm layers as possible, including vests, and that they always wear their school jumper, sweatshirt or hoodie.
Lunches after half term
We will be moving over to a new online parent ordering system for school lunches after half term which can be accessed via the website https://parents.feedinghungryminds.co.uk
You will be able to register on this system from today but any remaining balance on your old account will not transfer over until 5th November. Please see the attached leaflet for instructions on how to register. On this new system parents will be able to amend or cancel orders up to 9:30 a.m. on the day.
As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, for the first two weeks we will continue with cold lunches but from Monday 16th November we will resume serving hot lunches and we will send you the hot meals menu after half term.
Christmas Card Project
This year, the PTA are again running a Christmas Card Project in partnership with Class Fundraising Ltd. They are hoping to raise funds for the school by giving you the opportunity to purchase personalised Christmas cards, gift tags, mugs, tea towels & eco shopper bags showing your child’s own unique Christmas design. For every item purchased the school will receive a commission payment.
Class Fundraising Ltd are a UK based carbon neutral company. All of their paper based products are printed on certified FSC paper and all inks used are non-solvent vegetable based.
The children have been busy in class over the past few weeks creating their Christmas designs and the sample cards have been sent home with order forms this week. Cards will be available in packs of 12 for just £5.00, making them great to send out to family and friends. All orders will be delivered to school and distributed at the beginning of December. Please return your orders to the school office by Friday, 6th November.
From Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October between 12 noon and 2pm The Community Brain will be running ‘SouperSoup’ from the Museum of Futures, 117 Brighton Road, KT6 5NJ for children and families. This is for those who may have difficult budget choices to make during half term. A choice of two soups, bread and piece of cake to take away. Remember the King’s Soup story – soup that is made from love tastes better.
Half Term Activities
Harvest Hunt (all school)
Sign up for the Christ Church PTA Harvest Hunt on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October. Details can be found in the poster attached and tickets can be purchased from the following website https://harvesthunt.square.site/. All who enter will receive (via email) a link where they will be able to access the clues.
Pumpkin seeds (Juniors)
If you decorate a pumpkin over the half term holiday, you could dry the seeds and send them into school in a named packet. Mrs Georgiou will plant them with the different classes next spring in our raised beds.
Kingston Libraries have asked us to inform our families that public libraries are open again for borrowing and browsing. Please see the attached poster for details of opening hours.
Kingstonian CC Cricket Sessions – Spring Term 2021
Kingstonian CC will be holding winter cricket sessions on Saturdays at Richard Challoner starting Jan 9th and on Sundays at Shrewsbury House School starting Jan 10th. Please see attached flyer for details. For U9 upwards, please ensure your child has the correct protection equipment including pads, helmet, abdo guard, thigh guard and gloves. You can purchase the sessions via the club’s Team App shop which is available to download on the Apple App Store or Google Play. If you have already used this before, simply go to the club shop and purchase the session. Please see the attached user guide to help through the process if needed. If you want to guarantee a place they recommend signing up in the next week.
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.
Deadline Approaching – 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 next Saturday, 31 October 2020.
Tabitha White, Headteacher