It is lovely to be able to write this newsletter with the sun streaming into the office and the sounds of a full school filtering in from every doorway. We have had a great start to the Summer term with your children returning refreshed and raring to go. I have managed to get into every class this week and what strikes me is how happy all our children seem. It is as though a weight has been lifted from them and there is a definite sense of relief that we are looking forward to a full Summer term.
Next week we are looking forward to parents evenings. Please make sure you have made an appointment as this is an invaluable opportunity to hear from your child’s teacher. As a parent I recognise that it is important to know how my child is getting on academically and what I can do to support but for me what I really want to know is does the teacher really know and value my child? Have they built a positive relationship with my child and is my child happy? We aim to give you both perspectives, an update on academic and personal growth. As ever we welcome any feedback on the process. Please bear with us regarding the technological aspect of these meetings. The leadership team will be manning the switchboard so please phone the school if you are having difficulties.
I am very excited to announce that we will be producing a Darell newspaper in the next couple of weeks. Today I went out to the school for volunteers to provide the content and we have already had a number of children sign up for the various roles on offer. Reporters and art directors have been the most popular so far. We are aiming to produce and distribute this newspaper on a monthly basis. Any child who signs up for a role will be given an opportunity to contribute in the upcoming editions. As a teacher, I find that giving writing a purpose motivates children and I am really looking forward to reading the results. This week one of our Year 6 children wrote to a local councillor regarding the bin in Darell Road that unfortunately spills into our Key Stage 1 playground. I would like to give great credit to the councillor who replied almost immediately. Here is what he wrote.
Thank you for your email and for sharing your concern of the bin and the overflowing waste.
I will email our Council Waste and Recycling Officer to look into this matter and to ask for this bin to be moved to a more appropriate place.
Please let me know if there is anything else that I can help you with.
Cllr J-F Burford BEM
I am really proud of Sa’ra who has lived our motto of ‘Make a Difference’ and shows what direct action can do. I really want all the children at Darell to believe that they have a voice and be able to stand up for what they think is right.
Have a lovely weekend, continue to stay safe and enjoy spending time with those that you love and love you.
Education Grants - Richmond Parish Lands
Are you looking to study or retrain but not sure you can afford it? RPLC offers non-repayable education grants to residents from low-income households in TW9, TW10, SW13 & SW14. Grants can be used towards expenses, such as course fees, travel, childcare, equipment and materials. For more information, contact Amy Vogel: email@example.com or apply online for an education grant: rplc.org.uk/education-support.
Parent consultations are next week. If you haven't booked your slot with your child's teacher already, please book now by logging in to your Arbor account.
If your child is participating in a sports extracurricular club after school, please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day (black shorts, leggings or joggers and a white t shirt no logos)
Class photos will be taking place on Wednesday, 19th May.
Hello everyone! I hope that you don't mind me using the newsletter to promote a great fundraiser that I am taking part in. On 26th June I will be walking up Mount Snowdon in the middle of the night to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. My best friend was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 25. It is now 10 years since that diagnosis and he is in great health and will be taking on the challenge with me. If it wasn't for the amazing work of the Royal Marsden, I may have been taking this challenge on alone so this is our small way of trying to give something back and 'Make a Difference'. Whilst we were due to complete the challenge last year, it has been rescheduled for this June and we are very excited to raise money for this good cause. If you are able to donate then please follow the Just Giving link below and make whatever donation you can. Finally, please be nice to me when you see me in school that week as I am sure I will be quite tired!
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 - Why did the Dump call Little Blue Truck 'Little Brother'?
Peake - Why do you think the author-illustrator chose a rock to be Felipe’s friend?
Weir - Which beetle is your favourite? Why?
Mozart - We have been learning about weather and reading non-fiction books. Can you describe what the weather is like today?
Newton - What do you predict the story will be about?
Thunberg - No one is too small to make a difference. How can you help stop deforestation?
Darwin - If you met the Gentle Giant what would you tell him?
Attenborough - Do you think it is a good idea for the children to take that journey to Johannesburg to find their mum?
Parks - Summarise the book you are currently reading for pleasure.
Describe the protagonist from your book. What kind of person are they?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our challenge winner last week was Vivien from Thunberg class
During this period, we understand that more children may have been playing computer games and talking to each other online to try to keep connected. I just wanted to make you aware that there have been some particularly inappropriate advertising ‘pops ups’ on social media and computer games. TikTok seems to be a particular problem with some nasty content.
As all the above apps are recommended for at least 13+ it is a parental responsibility to make sure children have the correct safety settings and that you are monitoring them closely so that the children are safe and using them appropriately.
KS1 Star of the Week
Nikki- for taking responsibility for her own reading and reading every day to mum
Elise - for showing enjoyment in her learning and using her woodwork skills to create a fantastic rabbit
Ibriham - for being a resilient and determined reader
Caleb - for having a positive attitude towards learning and always being happy and kind. Well done, Caleb!
KS2 Star of the Week
Sanveer - for fantastic independence in lessons
Arya - forbeing such an encouraging friend and for always trying her best in all she does
Seona - for making an excellent start to the term
Lauren - for her fantastic attitude to all her work and her brilliant home learning
Dilana - for taking responsibility and driving her own progress in both maths and reading
Sa'ra - for championing our school ethos every day and fighting for what is right!
Our wonderful Year 1 artists have been outside to look for signs of spring. They have also been learning how to mix colours and have been hard at work creating beautiful paintings of the blossom trees in our playground.#spring #sunshine #art https://t.co/4KSmdcqVXD
Overall school attendance this week was 96% our target is 96.8%.
Well done to Thunberg class for the highest attendance of 99% this week.
Best for Punctuality was Mozart class with 0 lates!
Let's do our best for next week!
Tickets are for Sale for £5 from today on. Includes Movie, Popcorn, KitKat and fruits
Payable via Paypal or in front of reception in the drop box
Please write your child’s name and class on the envelope
Pupils are allowed to come to school in their own choice of clothes (Mufti day) on their Movie Night Day. Independent if they attend the Movie Night or not.
Your fabulous class reps have been choosing:
Tuesday, April 27th Reception: Willy and the Guardians of Lakeside
Wednesday, April 28th Year 1: Secret Life of Pets
Wednesday, April 28th Mozart: Secret Life of Pets
Thursday, April 29th Year 2: Mulan
Friday, April 30th Year 3: Raya and the Last Dragon
Tuesday, May 4th Year 4: Abominable
Tuesday, May 4th Newton: Abominable
Wednesday, May 5th Year 5: Descendants 3
Thursday, May 6th Year 6: Descendants 3
2nd Hand Book Sale
Next book sale will be on 20-21 May
Book donations are highly appreciated! Please drop them in front of the office. Since we need to store books for minimum 72 hours to stop the spread of the virus, please drop your book donations at your earliest convenience.
A massive THANK YOU for the generous donation from Emma Shane.
Summer Term Cake Sales - Volunteers needed - can you help?
We know the children love the Darell cakes sales and the PSA feel that these events are an important way to help keep the Darell community spirit thriving. With is in mind we are planning several cake sales through the summer term. As well as being fun events, the sales help towards PSA fundraising and so benefiting all the children at Darell.
In order for these events to go ahead, we need volunteers to set up and run the stalls. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us through Classlist or via your class rep. We are currently really struggling to get enough volunteers and so would very much appreciate your support. This is just half an hour of your time and a fun opportunity to engage with other parents as well as the children. If we cannot get sufficient volunteer support, we may sadly have to cancel the planned future cakes sales for this term.