September 28th 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today, I joined hundreds of other Headteachers from across the country in support of a mass event intended to gain much improved funding for all schools. You may have seen it featured in news headlines this morning and I thought you would like to see the joint letter created by the headteachers to share the reasons for the event. I, personally, have never known headteachers to take such a step before and it shows the pressures that schools are experiencing.

We have had two sports teams out this week. Our Year 5 footballers and Year 6 swimmers did fantastically and were a credit to the school. Children in Year 1 and Year 2 were transported back in time to the dinosaurs when the Dino Dome visited. It was lovely to hear their roars! There were roars of anger when Year 6 re-enacted the divorce of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, rustling up some impressive Tudor costumes. Do have a look at photos of these events – and more – in the attached bulletin.

World Smile Day & Harvest – Friday 5th October.

We will be supporting Smile Train to raise awareness and money for life changing cleft and lip palate surgery. Millions of children with clefts around the world live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Throughout the day at school, children will:

  • Perform random acts of kindness to put a smile on someone’s face.
  • Take on a number of 5 minute challenges (Every five minutes Smile Train carries out life changing surgery)
  • Have access to a photo booth to capture their best smiles to commemorate the day!

Please send in any donations throughout the week. Each class will have a collection pot. We hope to raise £150 to fund a life changing operation.

Harvest – Friday 5th October

We will celebrate Harvest with a service at Christ Church at 2 p.m. on Friday 5th October. Children are encouraged to bring in some non-perishable food, e.g. food in tins. Parents are invited to come to the service and we do need parents to help walk to and from church. If you can help, please let your class teacher know.

Sad news about our trim trails (climbing equipment)

Sadly, both our trim trails failed their annual inspection this morning.  The one on the junior site needs some replacement ropes and then we will be able to use it again.  However, the one on the infant site is past repairing and needs replacing.  Please do come to our PTA AGM on Wednesday 3rd October at 7pm to help decide whether and how the PTA would be able to raise funds to replace the infant trim trail, as it is much loved by the children and will be sadly missed.

Thank you

As you will be aware, our gates failed to open on the junior site earlier this week.  We think it was due to some children triggering the sensor by climbing on them while they waited for their older siblings. I apologise for any confusion which arose and would like to thank all the parents/ carers who waited so patiently while we ensured that children were safely handed over to the correct adult.

The Bank of Christ Church School

The Bank of Christ Church School is once again open for business, just in time for children to save for Christmas. Every Thursday before school children can bring in money to save in their own account. Deposits can be made from 20p upwards.

The bank is run by children, under the supervision of staff and volunteers and is affiliated to Thamesbank Credit Union. Once each term, children will have the opportunity to withdraw money from their account.  Our top saver has over £70 in her account! To open an account or for more details, contact Mrs Wogan via the Junior office.

The aims of the Bank of Christ Church School are:

  • To teach children real and transferable life skills with a focus on financial awareness and financial security.
  • To educate children about the importance of good money habits and have the chance to build up their own savings in a child led, community based, ethical scheme.
  • To ensure that all activities reflect the school’s aim of Becoming the people God made us to be.

Christmas Fair – Saturday 1st December

The school’s Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 1st December – only 71 days away!

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher