October 6th 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Looking through the attached newsletter, I am amazed to see the variety of things that children have been doing this week. Today, I was showing a visitor from Southwark Diocese round the school, and she commented on the wonderful behaviour for learning that she saw. It was lovely to hear ambassadors from each class share what they have been learning.

Wellbeing Day – Tuesday 10th October 2017

On Tuesday, we will be promoting ‘Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies’ throughout the school. Children across the school will learn relaxation techniques including meditation and yoga. We will be ‘earthing’ ourselves on a nature walk and, throughout the day, children will have the opportunity to engage in mindful activities, including a visit from Milo, the reading dog, and his owner Hannah. Children will have the chance to make mind jars (like a snow globe) to help calm them when they feel anxious or angry, laughter workshops, as well as learning how to use sport as a way to deal with stress. In order to make the day a success for your child, please can we ask you to ensure your child has the following:

  • A jam jar/small empty bottle with a lid,
  • Appropriate footwear for walking on the field, e.g. trainers or boots.
  • Infant children may also bring in a small cuddly toy to help them with their meditations!

All children can come to school in comfortable shoes, for example trainers or bring in slippers or flip-flops to wear inside.

Year 5 & 6 Street Party – Friday 13th October at 9:15 a.m.

Parents/carers in years 5 and 6 are cordially invited to a street party at the Juniors on Friday 13th October at 9.15. Please could the children come in 1940s costume and bring their autumn food project for us all to share. If your child has an allergy, please provide appropriate food.  Please let your class teacher know if you can volunteer to make cups of tea.

Parent Reps

Thank you to all the parent reps who came to our meeting, this afternoon. Here are some of the key points we discussed.

  • Questionnaires In the summer, we asked parents about infant trips and hot meals. A lot of parents responded to this survey, and it was clear that the majority of parents wanted two trips a year, and were happy to pay up to £15. Year 2 will be booking two trips, in the spring and summer term. Fewer parents responded to the school meals survey, however, those that did, did express concerns about both quality and quantity. In response, the governors have looked at the meals: they recognised that the portion size might be less than children wanted, but were in line with government guidelines. They observed that there was a lot of wastage, and that food was not necessarily prepared in a way that was attractive to children. The governors are writing to Kingston Council, as the people responsible for meals at school.
  • Communication We discussed communication, and parent reps felt that the use of ParentMail had improved. They welcomed the introduction of class email addresses, as described in last week’s bulletin. Reps shared things that they wished they had known before their child had started in a year group.
  • Changing Reading Books In reception, children’s books are changed on a Monday, when they are given two new books. However, they should bring in their book and book bag, everyday. In Years 1 and 2, children can change their books on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
  • Volunteers Several parents have told their reps that they would like to volunteer. We are always looking for volunteers, to help with reading, maths games and gardening. If you would like to volunteer, please email Andrew Burkinshaw (deputy@ccnm.rbksch.org). Training will be provided, where appropriate.
  • Rewards In addition to verbal praise, there are three main school rewards. All focus on the effort of a child, whether for their behaviour choices, or the progress they have made in their learning. Children might be spotted and be given a You’ve Been Spotted card, be given a certificate in Celebration Assembly or be sent a postcard.
  • Hand washing Children are always encouraged to wash their hands after they have been to the toilet and before they eat. This is particularly important as winter approaches.
  • Juniors’ Gate A parent raised whether staff could stand at the external gate at the juniors, instead of the playground gate. We stand at the gate into the junior playground so we can keep children safe in the playground, and stop them leaving the school site without their parent/career.
  • Clubs Parents raised the difficulty for infant parents, when they have to take their child to a club at the juniors. We will pass on parent concerns to those who run the club.
  • Sports Clubs We want to send a competitive team to all competitions, children are selected based on their ability. Amy Day, our sports leader, chooses teams for all sports, frequently following trials.
  • Lost Property Lost property is always checked, and, if it is named, it is handed back. However, the best time to check is as soon as possible as something has gone missing, and parents are always welcome to check the lost property. We have also appointed “property leaders” who will check lost property.
  • Junior Toilets We share parents’ concern about the state of the junior toilets. Unfortunately, the problems are worse than we first thought, we are receiving reviewing quotes at the moment and are committed to having the toilets refurbished as soon as possible. We are also raising our concerns with both the Diocesan Board and the architect who designed the new build.

Borough Cross Country Competition

We are taking part in the annual Cross Country race at the Kingston Grammar School fields on Wednesday morning, 7th November. Year 5 and Year 6 children have been given the opportunity to sign up. If your child would like to be considered for a team, please ensure that they have trainers in school on Monday, and ideally throughout next week, as we will be doing some training sessions on the field, weather permitting.

Parent Parking

Please can we remind all parent’s that when you come and collect your child from school NOT to park across people’s driveways as some need to get out to pick their own children up from school, and cannot because they are blocked in.

6S Library Visit – Friday 13th October

If you are able to help walk 6S to and from the library this Friday 6th October, please let the office or the class teacher know.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White

Headteacher