September 11th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been so lovely to see the children enjoying their time in school, although I think many (children and adults alike!) are very tired at the end of a full week! They certainly seem to be enjoying their new topics. As I enter classrooms, I hear them roaring like dinosaurs, discussing the life skills needed for an astronaut or working out where all the internal organs are located.

Collection and drop off has become smoother, but could I continue to urge everyone to come to school as close to their time as possible and also to move away from school speedily and not to stay and chat. Could people also be very aware of the need to socially distance. We want to take every step we can to keep people safe.

We have had a number of queries from parents about Covid-19 so we are attaching a quick reference guide which we hope will be helpful.

Coronavirus Message from Met Police

On Monday 14th September 2020 new Covid legislation comes into force making it illegal to meet in groups of more than six either indoors or outdoors. This will include groups of parents gathering after drop off in the morning and before pick up in the afternoon. Also, when walking to or from school with your children, be aware of the number in your group if you are walking with another family. Please be aware of the legislation and alert to the number of people you are socialising with. The only exemptions to this legislation are in the workplace, education and organised sports. Police will be patrolling the areas around schools and have been granted powers to disperse groups of more than six if they come from multiple households.

Home Reading Books – New Colours!

We are delighted to be able to announce that we are introducing a new, fun phonics scheme, Floppy’s Phonics this September.  As part of this change, we have changed the banding scheme on our reading books from a number based scheme to a colour coded one.  Children’s reading will progress in the same manner and they will move to the next coloured book, as their decoding and comprehension skills develop. (It may be that the level seems cautious to you at the moment. This will partly be because we wish to consolidate key learning and skills, it will also be because we need to keep assessing children’s stage of development after lockdown).  The scheme includes the option for you to access the books electronically at home for free, details to follow soon.

Drama Club

Drama Workshops are running their after school drama club online this term. If you are interested in your child taking part, further information can be found on the clubs page of our website.

Old Uniform Donations

Thank you for all your donations of old school uniform. We now have sufficient supplies at both sites.

Reminder – Photograph Day – Wednesday 16th September

Please ensure your child is wearing their school uniform on this day. Year 2 and Year 5 can wear their uniform for outdoor PE on this occasion and may bring in trainers to change into. There will be no indoor PE for Year 6.

SeOUL Residential Boards Sponsorship – We need your help!

The Coronavirus has really impacted what the PTA can do to fundraise for the school. However, with thanks to SeOUL Residential, we have been able to secure sponsorship via their advertising boards. During this term, parents can help the school earn sponsorship from SeOUL Residential by having one of their boards on display on their property for about 4 weeks. In addition, the agent have also upped the number of boards they can sponsor!

The boards normally bear advertising of our school fairs, but as we are unlikely to be running one this term, we will be bearing a positive message along with a drawing from a pupil. The winning drawing chosen to be displayed was by Hannah in Macaw class in Year 4. Well done Hannah! So, if you haven’t already, please consider signing up to have a board on display at your property to support our fundraising efforts.  Please email with your full name (including title) and full postal address. Your support is needed more than ever!

Kingston Voluntary Action Resources

I would like to make you aware that Kingston Voluntary Action have the following new resources and training available for parents this Autumn term:

  • Starting or returning to work: This is for anyone looking for work, anxious about going back to work, or wanting to develop new skills.
  • Worried about money: This is for people who are worried about money, their housing situation or other financial pressures.
  • New to benefits: This is for people who need help understanding and/or applying for benefits.

Kingston Libraries

RBK are carrying out a major review of library services in the borough and they would like to get as much feedback as possible from children and their families about what parts of the service are important to them. They have asked us to send the attached flyer for details on how to access their online questionnaire.

New Uniform/PE Kit

We are aware that some people are still waiting for their new uniform orders.  We are hoping it will come next week. We have been advised that the uniform will come for the younger children at the start of the week and the others towards the end of the week.  Do not worry if your child doesn’t have their full PE kit for their PE lessons; as long as they have trainers to wear they will be fine.

Our uniform supplier has also provided us with the attached laundry care instructions for your information.

Considerate Parking

Please could I ask that parents/carers do not park in the small car park at Kavanagh Court in Lime Grove at drop off or pick up times. This is a small car park which is strictly for use of residents only and should not, under any circumstances be used as a public car park.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

Key Dates

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

  • Wednesday 16th September – Photograph Day for Reception – Year 6
  • Tuesday 6th October – Parents’ Evening (by telephone)
  • Thursday 8th October – Parents’ Evening (by telephone)