We have had a ball!. This week has probably been my favourite week since beginning my time at Darell. It feels as though a weight has been lifted from our shoulders. As promised, the music played and our children returned in their droves. The energy within the school this week has been incredible. We have held virtual live whole school assemblies every day this week and it has been so lovely to come together and re-establish the bonds that have previously been so strong. As well as celebrating International women's day all week we have focussed on the values that drive the school.
Equality - we celebrate our differences and treat everyone equally and fairly.
Responsibility - we take responsibility for our behaviour. We are kind and caring to ourselves and others.
Enjoyment - we are passionate about learning and look for enjoyment in everything we do.
Aspiration - we place no ceiling on what we can achieve. We challenge each other to be the best that we can be.
We have found that returning to our values at all times has allowed us to make informed decisions about what is best in any given situation. This applies to whole school decisions and when working individually with children or staff. I have had a number of children sent to me this week for showing responsible behaviours on their return to school.
I am very excited to announce that we have new screens in our main hall and even more excited that the PSA has provided the funding. In a short space of time the PSA has become very organised and efficient and as a school we are benefiting from this. Budgets are tight in nearly every school and this sort of help is invaluable. It has also meant that we have been able to take down the awful projector that previously sat in the hall. When full assemblies return children will actually be able to see the presentations provided. Moving forward it will also be very useful for parent workshops and the like.
To continue the development of the hall as a communal space, we are planning to have the Darell tree in the space above the old projector and large paintings of our values in the remaining large alcoves.
You may find that your children will be tired this weekend. It has been quite a week for them. Earlier mornings, adapting to routines, seeing lots of new friendly faces and adapting to learning expectations. They have been superb. As I write a group of Year 3 children are being sent to me to celebrate how well they have adapted back to school life. It is times like this that you love your job. We are back and this time we are better than ever. (And if we are not we will work tirelessly to ensure that we are.)
Have a lovely weekend. Be kind to yourself, and enjoy spending time with your precious families.
Earlier this week we sent out a Clubs questionnaire for the parent and pupil voice. If you haven't had time to complete the questionnaire please do so before 4pm on Monday, 15th March. We would love to hear your feedback and implement some changes to our previous clubs and activities.
Please can we ask all parents and carers to top up their child's meal account on Arbor if they are having hot meals.
Can we remind all parents and carers that we are a Nut Free School. Please be especially careful when using chocolate spread and chocolate filled crepes, as often it is chocolate and hazelnut. We have several children that suffer from nut allergies and sitting next to someone who has eaten nuts could be enough to cause a reaction. We thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Please note the office is closed to all parents and visitors.
Please do not enter the office area unless you have a pre arranged meeting.
We are contactable via telephone and email between 8am and 4pm on 0208 876 6721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrome books and Chargers
If you have any devices or charges remaining at home please can you return them to school as soon as possible so we can continue to use them in class.
Spring Term Ends
Communications Sent Home
We just wanted to remind everyone that here at Darell Primary and Nursery school we feel that wellbeing, including your physical and mental health are extremely important. We want to support the whole family during this time.
It is important that our parents and carers feel supported and well in themselves so the tips and links you will find within this section are to support adults and children.
The Reading Corner
Welcome to our weekly section of the newsletter all about reading. Every week, we will share a question (or two) with you about the book your child is reading in school. Please use these questions to help you find out a little more about what your child has been reading in school and continue to develop their love of reading.
Packham - Where did Emma Jane go in her aeroplane and who did she find?
Peake - Explain how Tomato treated Avocado. How does this compare to how the other fruit and vegetables treated him?
Weir - What do you predict will happen in the deep, dense forest?
Mozart - What would you take to the Teddy Bear's picnic?
Newton - What were all the things that spoke to the farmer?
Thunberg - How could you make a difference like The Black Mambas have in your local community? (for example, picking up litter to protect animals)
Darwin - How can trees help poor people?
Attenborough - How can the children return the Anubis jar to its rightful place?
Parks - What vocabulary choices, phrases and actions show that Karl is utterly depressed?
How does Sir Ironsoul work and how do you think Dr Kalmenius created him??
The mighty maths challenge is back!
Each week you will find a new maths challenge in this section of the newsletter and your Google Classroom along with the winner of the previous week.
Please email your answers to email@example.com
Balancing Screen time
Typically at this age children will start to be more active online so it’s important to equip them with the tools to strike a healthy balance between the time they spend on and offline, especially as they start to get their own devices. Find tips and advice to help them do just that.
Gaming is a fun and sociable way to spend time, encouraging teamwork and developing skills. All good stuff, but there are a few risks you need to be aware to help them stay safe and have positive gaming experience.
Overall school attendance this week was 94.1% our target is 96.8%.
Well done to Thunberg Class for the highest attendance with 99% this week.
Best for Punctuality was Mozart Thunberg and Darwin class with 0 lates!
Let's do our best for next week!
Easter is on its way!
To celebrate, the PSA and our fabulous Class Reps are organising three exciting weeks packed with delicious Cake Sales on Friday 19th March, a thrilling weekend Easter Hunt on 27/28 of March as well as our famous Darell Easter Bonnet Celebration.
One week to the first cake sale of the year!
Friday March 19th will be the first cake sale hosted by Year 3 and Year 5. Please take the opportunity to contact your class representative in Year 3 Christina Sánchez Graham and Year 5 Vasiliki Panou to make your class cake sale a success.
Volunteers will be needed for packaging, set up and sales. Children (and parents) love the cake sales so much and it will give them another reason to look forward to being at school again. Keep some change or a Darell Coin aside for the sale in the playground on March 19th.
This year the PSA will be holding an Easter treasure hunt in North Sheen Rec over the last weekend in March. Maps will be available to buy for £2 and will include a prize when the returned puzzle is completed.
Darell Easter Bonnets Celebration
Reuse your last bonnet creations, get creative and build your very own one or simply buy a new kit (bonnet and decoration kit) available at school for £3 from 15th of March onwards.
After the Easter holidays we are back with another exciting movie night and our second 2nd hand book Sale. Book donations are highly appreciated! Please drop them in front of the office in the boxes provided.
Looking for working couples for research about the impact of Covid-19 impact in the Wandsworth and Richmond area!
Researchers from the University of Roehampton and University of Bath are investigating the experiences of working couples in Richmond & Wandsworth during Covid-19. They aim to study the immediate challenges faced and strategies developed by couples to respond to changes in their working and family lives.
They are looking for couples who are willing to be interviewed together via zoom or by phone. The interview will last between 60 and 90 min. Couples will be offered a compensation of £40 per couple for their time.