I hope you are all well. First the coronavirus update. We have seen an increase in cases locally but thankfully have not had any reported positive cases within school. We recognise that it is a time to be extra vigilant and would urge you to continue to follow government guidelines. If possible, please ensure that you wear a face mask when you collect your children. This is in line with the current recommendations from Richmond council. We have very clear plans in place should the school have a positive test and I am very confident that we will deal with it calmly and sensibly.
Myself and Mr Gilbert have just finished our weekly live whole school assembly and I want to share some of the news that we shared with your children. We have started a new reading incentive scheme across the school. Each child will have the following in their reading record;
Whenever they read at home the class teacher or TA will dot their record. They will receive a certificate when they get to 50 dots and wait for it….. a free book of their choice when they get to 100. As an added incentive, when they get to 100, they will be invited into the hall to have a hot chocolate or fruit juice with Mr Porter and Mr Gilbert and have the opportunity to discuss the book they are reading. This may sound a little bit complicated but please do not worry. Effectively your role continues to be as it was. Please sign their reading record when they have read or you have read to them. We will do all the admin in school. Please also remember to ask your child about their reading using the prompts provided in the newsletter.
I would like to offer a big thank you to the school community for your support of our walk into school on Monday. At 4.30am walking down an A road in Staines, devoid of any pavements, I did question the whole escapade. However when I found out we had raised £700 it seemed worthwhile and made me think we need to go bigger and better next time! This money will be used directly to buy books for the school and I already have order forms on my desk from our English coordinators.
I wanted to talk to you about a difficult subject. You may have noticed that we have had some children leave the school recently. I have spoken to several heads in the locality and our picture is similar and in some cases much better than theirs. The Coronavirus has seen some families move from the area opening up spaces in schools that were previously full. For example we have recently had 3 children move schools. Apparently they had been on the waiting list for a number of years and other schools in the borough losing children has opened up spaces.
It is difficult for me to comment on the past but I would say that our current offer as a school matches those in the locality and our most recent SATs scores match and exceed Richmond averages. I am fiercely ambitious for this school and will leave no stone unturned in making it the school of choice in the locality. I would urge anybody who is considering a move to meet with me to discuss their concerns. Whilst I know that all schools in this area will offer a high quality of education for all children, I am confident that by living our values and ensuring that we make a difference to each and every one of our families, we can create a school community that thrives and flourishes. Please remember that our door always remains open, despite the current restrictions in place. Do not hesitate to contact the school if you would like to discuss anything with us.
Take care of yourselves and your families,
Make a difference
As Mr Porter made reference to, we completed our walk early Monday morning and felt it in our legs for the rest of the week! We also made it into the Richmond Twickenham Times - please see the link below!
If you would like to make a donation then please use the school's bank details below. We have already hit our £500 taraget for new books across the school but would like to raise even more if we can!. If you would like to donate, please make a payment to the school's account and use the payment reference 'books'.
Please may we remind you that due to coronavirus restrictions, we are not allowing parents or visitors into the office with out a pre-arranged appointment.
Miss Gavin will be outside school at 8:40 every morning to answer any questions or queries. Please do keep to the social distancing of 2 meters.
Arbor Emergency Contacts and Consents
Please to log into their Arbor account and check we hold the correct emergency contact details and that the consents for your child is correct. If you can not access your Arbor Account please let us know in the office and we will re send your details.
It is that time of year when the runny noses and sneezes begin. Please can we ask for donations of tissues as we can never have enough.
All donations can be dropped at the office. For health and safety reasons we will keep them for 72 hours before distributing to classes.
Thank you in advance
Please can we ask all parents and carers, to not stop or park on the yellow zig zag lines surrounding the school. These areas must be kept clear at all times for the safety of our children and access for the emergency services.+
With the colder and wet weather approaching, please ensure your child attends school in a jumper and has a coat.
Hoodies and fleeces are not suitable for outer wear as they are not water resistant.
Year Group Reminders
This year's individual photos are taking place on Monday, 12th October.
Don't forget your time slot if you have booked for sibling photos session.
Promotional Video Consent
We will be filming at school on the week commencing 12th October 2020 to create a promotional video for our website. The filming will take place following our risk assessments and social distancing at all times. We have most of your consents on Arbor regarding your children being on the website but we wanted to give you all an additional opportunity to let us know if you do not want your child to be in the video even as a blurred imagine or, for instance just a hand in the frame.
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 - What happened to the little bear?
Peake - Who is your class story about? What do you think she really loves and how do you know? Is there something that you really love as much as she loves space?
Weir - What do you think the bear should do next? Why?
Mozart - How did the boy make his shadow change?
Newton - What does mole learn in this story?
Thunberg - Why do you think the farmer believes the eagle is a chicken? Do you think the friend will prove the farmer wrong?
Darwin - 'What would you ask the Tinderbox dogs to bring you?'
Attenborough - Who was Alexander von Humboldt and where did he go?Who was Joseph Hooker and how was he connected to Kew?
Parks - Why is Olive dishonest in her letter home to her mother? (‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll)
Communications Sent Home
Christs School virtual open evening letter - Year 6
Teddington School virtual open evening letter - Year 6
Minute Mile Letter - Year 1 - Year 6
Monday, 12th October - Individual Photos Whole School
Tuesday, 13th October - Year 5 Tennis at Pensford Field
Wednesday, 14th October - Year 3 Tennis at Pensford Field
Thursday 15th Ocober - Weekly Mile launch (KS2)
Friday, 16th October- Year 6 Tennis at Pensford Field
Year 1 have been captivated by their woodwork bench. They have been using their new skills to experiment with joining pieces of wood together in different ways. It was hard work, but they are delighted with the results. https://t.co/LTUMcb80X5