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Newsletter 10, 22.11.2019

Headteacher’s Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week saw the first of our fortnightly ‘plogging’ events. It was fantastic to see our children out in the community; jogging, collecting litter and making a difference to our local area. Our school council members were excellent representatives for the school and were shocked at the amount of litter they found in the local area. Please see the school’s Twitter feed for more information (@DarellSchool). This week, our children have also participated in the Borough’s Cross Country run in Richmond Park. In cold, muddy conditions, the children ran 2.2 kilometres with some of the course including significant hills! Once again, the children represented the school fantastically and we were very impressed with the effort they put in. A big thank you to Mr Fitzgerald for all the organisation that went into the event.

Looking ahead to next week, it is going to be another busy week at school! Year 2 will be visiting Kew Archives on Tuesday and Wednesday and our Basketball teams will be representing the school at two separate events! We are also very excited about the Headteacher interviews that will be taking place on Wednesday and Thursday. We look forward to welcoming the candidates to the school and are confident that we will find the right person for the role. Finally, please do add the dates for our school Christmas events to your diary as we know how busy the festive period gets.

Kind regards,

Paul Gilbert & Joe Porter

Acting Headteachers

Updates from the Office team

Our Christmas lunch this year will be on Thursday 19th December 2019 and is being offered to all children. The cost of the lunch will be £2.20 which is payable on Your Arbor meal account. Please see the menu attached for the meal options.

We need to know the number of children who will be taking up this offer by Monday 2nd December.

Please email if you would like your child to have a Christmas lunch including your meal option of 1 or 2. Alternatively please drop into the office and we will assist you.

Upcoming diary dates:

Monday, 25th November:

 Years 3 and 4 Basketball Tournament

Tuesday, 26th November:

 Weir Class, National Archives Trip

 Swimming for Year 5

Wednesday, 27th November:

 Simmonds Class, National Archives Trip

Thursday, 28th November:

 Years 5 and 6 Basketball Tournament

Friday, 29th December:

Mufti day – please donate a small gift for the giving room or a mystery box/bag

Giving room gifts could include, mini toiletries such as shampoos, conditioner soap etc or a mini note book, candle, socks etc

Mystery box gifts could include, age appropriate small toys, slime, hair slides etc

 Or something you would like to regift

Festive Dates:

Darell Christmas fair

This year our Christmas fair will be on Friday, 13th December from 3:15-6:00pm

Nursery Christmas Sing-Song

We shall be having sing-song to celebrate the festive season and would love Nursery parents and carers to join us.

There will be two sessions:

Wednesday, 18th December 11:00 am

Wednesday, 18th December 3.00 pm

Reception and Key Stage 1 Nativity Performances

The festive season is fast approaching and we are delighted to invite you to our nativity performance of ‘Wriggly Nativity’.

There will be two performances:

Tuesday, 17th December 9:45 am - 10:45 am Wednesday, 18th December 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you there.

KS2 Carol Service

We would like to invite you to join us at the Barn Church, Atwood Avenue for our Carol service.

Thursday, 19th December 2.00 – 3.00 pm at the Barn Church

Letters/Communications sent out this week:

 St Paul’s Cathedral trip letter

Choir Immediate Media trip reminder

 Christmas Lunch menu

 Year 3 and 4 basketball tournament letter

 Year 5 and 6 basketball tournament letter

Fizz Pop Science Club flyer

 Richmond Knights Basketball flyer

 Barn Church Christmas Fair flyer

Parent Governor Election


Overall, school attendance last week was 95.9% our target is 96.8%.

Well done to Simmonds and Weir Class for the highest attendance with 100% last week. Best for punctuality was Mozart, Newton and Mandela Class (with 0 lates). Let us do our best for next week!

Star of the Week

Mozart: Sanveer – for coming in nicely from play and working well with adults

Newton: Alfie – for outstanding reading this year

Packham: Zayan – for working hard and trying his best in phonics

Peake: Jack – for super teamwork and being a great learning partner

Weir: Charlie – for trying hard to remember his finger spaces in his super character description

Simmonds: Hania – for her kind and positive attitude

Thunberg: Hayes – for his handwriting and enthusiasm in class

Malala: Raphael – for great teamwork in maths

Darwin: Max – for continuing his learning at home

Attenborough: Isla – for always being so mature and helpful

Parks: Sahar – for perfect learning behaviour

Mandela: Jack – for his fantastic writing in English

Mandela: Victor – for his explanations in maths

Maths Challenge:

Last week’s Maths Challenge 1 winner was Katy C from Darwin Class, well done!

Last week’s Maths Challenge 2 winner was James from Mandela Class, well done!

Please see the attachment with the newsletter for next week’s Maths Challenge.