September 6th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have all had a restful summer break and are ready for the start of the new school year. I know many parents are delighted that their children are back at school! The children all seemed to be enjoying their new classes on Thursday, especially Year 2 who experienced an alien spaceship landing!

Lunch

As I am sure you will have heard we have also introduced our new lunchtime system at both sites, in order to promote a ‘restaurant style approach’. We have done this in response to concerns from parents and children that the dining room can be noisy, that some children are quite exclusive about who they sit with and that children come home hungry because they do not have enough time to eat their lunch. We are very fortunate that this is a funded project through Kingston Council, and I know parents who met the consultant, Paul Aagaard, in July were very excited.

There is now a seating plan on each site to ensure that every child has a suitable place to sit and others to sit with and also quality time to eat, rather than being rushed. Children are encouraged to look after each other and to chat about different topics. Members of staff will also be joining them. We have been so impressed by the transformation that has already been achieved. The dining rooms are much quieter and more pleasant to be in. We are aware that, as with any new system, there are adjustments which still need to be made and we have promised the children that we will review the seating plan over the next week, particularly in the juniors. It will also be something we discuss at our first parent reps meeting.

Coats

With the unpredictable British weather, please can we remind you that all children should bring coats to school.

Music Award

We were delighted to receive a message from Kingston Music Service to say that they had awarded a Music Award in light of our ‘dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum’. They thank us for all we do ‘to ensure that pupils at our school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education.’

Infant Playground development

The playground installation works are due to commence on 23rd September and are expected to take 3 weeks to complete. As you may have seen the preparatory work has already taken place in the holidays and we are thrilled by the amount of space it has created. It will certainly transform playtimes for the infants when it is finished. I have attached the plan of the new area and the 3D image, should you not have already seen what we have planned.

School Admissions – September 2020 entry

As you may be aware, hard copies of the admissions brochures are no longer being published and are now only available online on each Council’s website. However, if you require a hard copy, the school office can print a copy for you upon request. The online brochures can be accessed on the Councils’ websites via the following links:

Secondary School Transfer – September 2020 entry – Meeting Monday 16th September 2019 @ 7p.m.

Please also find attached an information leaflet for Y6 parents detailing key information regarding the transfer process and the dates of school open events. We will also be holding a talk for parents to explain the process and to discuss SATs and how we can work together to ensure your child achieves his/her best on Monday 16th September at 7pm – 8pm in the Junior Hall.

Charity Walk for Peace Update

In June pupils, Áedán and Aoife Jenkins (along with their parents) took part in a national Charity Walk for Peace to help raise awareness of the charity as well as to raise much needed funds for our school, through a generous matched funding scheme run by the charity. They say:

We are still accepting donations for the next 3 weeks on our CWFP JustGiving fundraiser page. There is a potential £2,000 of matched funding by the CWFP open to the PTA, so please do give what you can as ALL donated and matched funds will go back to our school! With the revamp of the infant playground, which is being funded mostly by the PTA, we need to work hard to replenish our funds so your help is needed more than ever so that we can continue to support our school. To donate, please click here:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/denise-lieu-jenkins. Donations are also eligible for gift aid. You can also donate in person via the school office. Just mark your donation for the attention of CWFP/Denise Lieu-Jenkins.

Eat Well for Less

If you would be interested in taking part in the BBC1 show ‘Eat Well for Less?’ please see their casting call below for further information.

BBC1’s hit show ‘Eat Well For Less?’ is BACK and looking for households to take part!

Eat Well For Less? is on the hunt for families / households looking to save money on their food shop!

Is the cost of your weekly food shop spiralling out of control? Perhaps you’re desperate to save but under pressure to keep providing the household favourites? Or do your health requirements affect your diet? Are you in need of some new inspiration? Maybe you need help adjusting to a new financial situation? Or are you just bored of buying and cooking the same foods every week?

… Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace & award winning grocer Chris Bavin are on a mission to prove that it is possible for families to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition. They hope that by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food. We’re currently on the hunt for families / households to take part in our new series – so get in touch with the team TODAY!

Email: eatwell@rdftelevision.com or Call: 0117 970 7682 *Any information which you give us will be processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice, a copy of which is available on request*

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher