September 14th 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our new Reception and Nursery classes started this week. All the children seemed excited to be at school and some looked like they had been waiting to come for months! They will soon settle in and, before you know it, will be dressed as shepherds and angels for their Christmas performance! At the other end of the school, the children in Year 6 have made a flying start. As the oldest in the school they know what is expected of them and I am thrilled that they have already applied for different leadership roles.

This week, Year 3 have being making marvellous medicines, like George in Roald Dahl’s book. The ingredients sound disgusting – goats wee, deer poo, tree bark, dirt from a fox’s nail, mud from a drain, laces from a giant’s shoe and wax from a bear’s ear. Mr Burkinshaw was even brave enough to have a taste! There are photos of this, and more, in the attached newsletter.

Reminder – Monday 17th September Secondary School Transfer Talk @ 7 p.m.Y5 & Y6 and Y6 SATs Talk @ 7:45 p.m.Y6.

We will be holding a parent information evening at the Junior site on Monday 17th September at 7.00 p.m. Although the talk is primarily for parents of children in Year 6, parents of children in Year 5 are very welcome too. This will be designed to help you find your way through a complex process smoothly and to allay your fears.

There will be staff from Coombe Girls’, Coombe Boys’ and St Cecilia’s at the meeting to talk about their school and answer parent questions.

At 7:45 p.m. there will be a talk for Year 6 parents about the summer SATS. This will explain the different assessments the children will be taking and how we can best work together to prepare the children for them.

Reception Welcome – Talk and Service – Friday 21st September 2018

Next Friday, at 1:20 p.m. there will a talk for Reception parents, where we will share ways you can help your child progress in Reception. After the meeting, we will walk together to the church, where we will have a Welcome Service at 2:30 p.m. Reception parents can take their child home straight from church.

Weekly Email

This afternoon, you will receive the first of what will be a weekly email to parents. From next week, children at the juniors will also receive online tasks as part of that.

Book Bingo at the Juniors

Each term, children at the juniors will have a new reading challenge. This half-term, they are doing Christ Church Book Bingo. They have been given a copy today, and all the rules are on there. The children have been reminded that they need a different book for each square.

Parent Reps

If you are a parent rep this year, please email Mr Burkinshaw (deputy@ccnm.rbksch.org) with your name and class. The first meeting will be at the Infants at 2 p.m. on Friday 20th October.

Clubs

Clubs have started again this week. It is one of the wonderful things about school that we can offer so many clubs – enabling children to improve as singers, dancers, knitters and sportsmen (to name just a few). We are always looking to improve our club offering, so if you have any thoughts or ideas, email ideas@ccnm.rbksch.org.

Reception & Nursery Entry 2019

Click here for a leaflet about reception and nursery entry in 2019. If you know anyone who has a child who will start nursery or reception next year and is interested in our school, do forward them our leaflet.

Head’s March

On Friday 28th September, I am joining head teachers from Kingston and across the country to march to Downing Street to call for increased investment in our schools. We are calling for fair and sufficient funding for all schools, much improved teacher supply and retention and enhanced social mobility for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Arriving at the Juniors

It is not safe for children to arrive at the juniors before 8:30 a.m., unless they have a club. If you need your child to be at school before 8:30 a.m. you can book your child in to Connect, our popular before-and-after school club.

Reporting Absences

Do remember, you can now report your child’s absence through the ParentMail App, making it easier for you to tell us that your child will be absent. Absence reporting will only work through the mobile App, so it’s important that you have downloaded the App onto your iPhone or Android device. Click here for more information. We will review how successful this is at the end of term.

Community Passion Play

Next April, the members of the New Malden community are putting on an open air play about the trial, suffering and death of Jesus.  If you, or your children, are interested in getting involved, there is a meeting at 3 p.m. on Saturday 22nd September at the United Reformed Church. For more information about the passion play, click here.

Nuts

Do remember we are a nut free school. Several children have life threatening allergies and no nuts should be brought in, either as a snack or as an ingredient.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher