September 24th 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

As I write this, preparations are in full flow for our Summer Celebration tomorrow. I do hope you will be able to join us as it will be so lovely to be able to have a proper face-to-face event after such a long time. Indeed, I think the term ‘celebration’ is perfect! The forecast indicates that it will be a dry, warm day, which is a great relief!

Keeping Everyone Safe 

Fortunately the infection rate seems to be dropping slowly. Thank you for bearing with the mask wearing – we know it is tedious. We will now make it a matter for personal discretion as to whether you wear a mask or not, and will be telling staff the same. However, we know there are lots of colds around so do still wear them if you are suffering from an infection and in very crowded places, such as at the Summer Celebration.

Keeping the Pigs Safe

I know that many people will be interested in seeing our pigs, Dotty and Truffle,  on Saturday. We will be erecting barriers, to keep people back a bit, so that we do not stress them as it will be a very busy day. We would also urge you not to feed them. They have a very carefully controlled diet and the wrong food could make them seriously ill (and leave me at risk of imprisonment!). Year 6 have kindly agreed to supervise the pigs and to remind people about the rules.

Donations of Wellies

Now the pigs are more settled, we are taking groups of children and classes to see them. It would be really helpful to have a stock of wellies. If you have any that your children have grown out of, please give them to one of the offices. All sizes welcome.

Reminder: Summer Fair Singing

All children from Years 1-6 (not just choir) are welcome to join in the singing performance at the summer fair on Saturday 25th September. This is the running order:

  • 3 p.m.  – Years 1 and 2
  • 3:30 p.m. – Years 3 and 4
  • 4 p.m. – Years 5 and 6

Please come along and support your child. They do not need to wear school uniform.

Hot Meal Ordering – a clarification

Please note that, under the new system on ParentMail, you can order a hot meal for your child up to midnight the day before (not until 9am on the day as previously stated).

Primary and Secondary School Application Deadlines

If you have children due to start Primary School or transfer to Secondary School next academic year, details of how to apply are in the attached posters for the Transfer to Secondary School and Starting Primary School for September 2022 entry.

For Year 5 & 6 Parents only – The Holy Cross School Open Event

The Holy Cross School are inviting prospective Year 5 and 6 girls and their parents to their Year 7 bookable open event on Monday 27th September. Please use the link on their school website to book a place on one of the three sessions. For further information please see the attached flyer.

We are becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School!

We aim to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.  As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

Our pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.

We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. It would be great if you could spend a few minutes reading through our questions & answers, and also find a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc. For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:  www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa

Kingston Adult Education 

Please see this information from Kingston Adult Education about some courses that they offer:

  • How to reduce anxiety and develop resilience in your child. This course will give you practical tools to guide your child to building resilience and coping with change. A fully interactive 5 week course which means you can work out the best way to help you and your child improve their emotional wellbeing and enjoy life more. Tuesdays, 21st September-19th October at 6.30pm to 8.30pm. ONLINE ( A couple of spaces left)
  • Sleep workshops: If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep there are many practical steps you can take to improve the quality of your sleep. Find out what you can do during the day and evening to help yourself sleep better and wake up more refreshed. There are two dates on offer: Wednesday, 29 Sept 2021 at 6.30pm~8pm ONLINE Cost: £6 or FREE* or Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 6.30pm~8pm ONLINE Cost: £6 or FREE*
  • Managing stress and anxiety. With a focus on your wellbeing, this 3-week course will provide guidance and offer practical tips for coping – particularly useful in these unprecedented times. You’ll discover ways to deal with stress and anxiety and feel better able to manage your immediate circumstances. Thursday, 11 Nov ~ 25 Nov 2021 at 7pm-8.30pm ONLINE Cost: £18 or FREE* .
  • Manage your menopause. If you would like to improve your understanding of what lifestyle changes you can make to help you manage your menopause, this 4-week course is for you. You’ll increase your confidence in speaking out to the people in your life about what support you need from them during this time. Tuesday, 16 Nov ~ 7 Dec 2021 at 7pm-8.30pm ONLINE Cost: £24 or FREE*

To enrol on any of the above courses, please complete our application form by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/KAE-CLwell2122

*FREE: if your personal annual income is below the London Living Wage of £21,157.50

Have a lovely weekend. I do hope to see you tomorrow.

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates – Autumn 2021

  • Wednesday 20th October – Parents’ Evening 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (School finishes an hour earlier)
  • Wednesday 10th November – School Photograph Day
  • Friday 19th November – Year 2 SATS Talk at 9 a.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday 2nd December – Nursery Nativity at 11 a.m.
  • Friday 3rd December – Seahorse Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Monday 6th December  – Turtle Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Tuesday 7th December – Owl Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8th December – Squirrel Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Hedgehog Nativity at 9:10 a.m.
  • Thursday 9th December – Christmas Carol Concert at 5 p.m. in the junior playground
  • Wednesday 15th December – Fox Nativity at 9:10 a.m. (moved from Friday 10th Dec)
  • Friday 17th December – Christmas Service and end of term