It suddenly feels like we are well into autumn. It’s dark when I get up for school and on a bad day, it’s dark when I get home.
It feels like the first term has flown by and I have been so impressed with the children on their return to school. Attitudes and behaviours are positive and set the tone for good learning.
I want to talk to you a little about attendance and punctuality. It has been a difficult couple of years with regards to attending school and now, still there is a balance to strike between being at school and being off when unwell and tested when appropriate. Please can you ensure your child is in school unless they are unwell. The new minister for Education has already looked at tougher measures to deal with persistent absenteeism, that is any child who has attendance below 90%. We know that children who have poor attendance achieve less well than their peers.
Most of you have adjusted to the new timings. Thank you – this had added quality learning time to the day.
For those of you who don’t walk to school and can’t use public transport, I reluctantly accept that you need to drive, but please, please do not attempt to park and drop off at the top of Dallas Road. Some days I stand and watch cars reversing, passing each other and often nearly running our children over. An idea might be that you park at the bottom of Dallas Road or further away and enjoy these beautiful autumn mornings with a five minute walk. Please also be vigilant on Kelvin Grove as we are adjusting the gates times to match the school’s new start time.
Our enrichment clubs have got off to a great start this term and it’s wonderful to see so many children enjoying the many exciting activities on offer.
We are now offering Y3 pupils available places in Environmental Awareness Club (Thursday £27), so sign up now on Pay360 / EVENTS if you are interested.
Don’t worry if you missed out signing up for other club places as we still have some limited spaces available. Simply contact the school office to discuss our remaining club options. Next term we will include club choices for Reception children, so watch this space for further information coming soon!
A reminder that Blake Faucher-Culver is fund raising for The Little Princess Trust. Blake will be donating his hair on Tuesday 19th October so that it can be made into a wig to help a child who is suffering from cancer. You can donate to the Little Princess Trust through Blake’s JUST GIVING link. Well done Blake – we are all excited for next Tuesday!
Children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, has just launched Parenting Smart, a new site for parents and carers. Parenting Smart offers practical advice on supporting your child and managing behaviour, with short articles and videos on a range of topics such as transition to secondary school, meltdowns, and sleep difficulties. To learn more, go to: https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/ If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dessert School needs your help
From the Governors
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Coffee Morning. It was great to see so many faces, old and new. We are very excited about the potential of everyone getting involved in the school and helping KG thrive. We will be sending out information for those who couldn’t make it shortly, so look out for info on becoming a Governor, being involved in the PTA or Class Reps.
The Pupils, Parents & Community Committee met earlier this week. One of the priorities for this committee is wellbeing; of pupils, staff and parents. We want to do everything we can as a school to ensure that everyone in our community feels able to look after both their physical & mental health. Covid has set a big societal challenge, and as a school we can only do so much, but we would like to encourage everyone to ensure they are taking time to think about how they are feeling, and talk to someone if they need to. Enabling our children to talk about their feelings is really important, which PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic) lessons encourage. As governors we are always available to listen to everyone.
As ever, please do get in touch on email@example.com
Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank on Mondays 10.00-11.30
Mama & Papa workout with Ng on Mondays 11.00-12.00 at TNG and then on Thursdays ONLINE 7.20-8.00 via Zoom from the comfort of your home for £15 per calendar month.
Book your sessions HERE
Latino Bambino Toddlers 9.30-10.15 & Latino Bambino Babies 10.15-11.00 at TNG on Tuesdays
Adventure Time (soft play) at TNG on Wednesday 13/10/2021 @ 10.00-11.30
Messy Play at TNG on Wednesday 6/10/2021 @ 10.00-11.30
KGEB Community Supermarket at Kelvin Grove on Thursdays 9.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
£3.50 membership fee per week
Vegan cooking delights with toddlers (age 2-5) Ref WFJlP26EB, 18/11/21-16/12/21 @13.00-15.00, Cost £10 full, £5 Reduced, £5 Concession, Free for all those on benefits
Call 020 8314 6959 or 0208 314 7775 quote reference number
L.I.F.E. Cooking Sessions for mums aged 16-35 at Eliot Bank on Fridays @ 11.00-13.15
October 2021 HALF TERM timetable: CLICK HERE
Free Top-Up SChool Swimming Lessons
Saxon Crown Swimming Club, funded by Lewisham Council, is providing free school top-up swimming sessions to students of Lewisham primary schools. The sessions are provided to help swimmers achieve the National Curriculum standard in swimming, which requires children to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. The sessions are for Lewisham primary school pupils in Year 3 and above, and will be running at Glass Mill Leisure Centre during October half term holiday 2021 on the dates below:
Monday 25th-Friday 29th October 2021
To register interest please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings can only be made via this email address, not through the centre directly. Each top up course runs from Monday to Friday and participants are expected to attend every day. When registering your interest, please include the following information in your email:
- Contact name and mobile telephone number
- Your child’s name, date of birth, the school they attend and their year group
- Stage level of swimmer: ASA Stages 1 – 7 or equivalent, if known*
- Any relevant medical information or special requirements.
*If you are unsure of your child’s ability, please select from the following:
- Confident: can swim lengths (25m) comfortably on their front and back and in deep water, and all four strokes
- Improver: can swim comfortably on their front and back for 10m + unaided
- Beginner: comfortable in water but cannot swim on both front and back unaided
- Non-Swimmer: no or limited previous swimming experience.
NB: Please select carefully. If the wrong session is chosen, your child may not be able to swim in that session and we may not have a place available for them in the correct session.
There will be four sessions per day:
9.00-9.45 am. 9.45-10.30 am. 10.30-11.15 am. 11.15-12.00 am.
After you apply, you will be assigned a time slot. Session times are based on swimming ability, therefore, you must attend the session you are allocated. This will be the same time slot daily for the week. Places are limited and will be allocated via email on a first come, first served basis.
Half Term Activities - with Global Camps
If you are looking for something to keep the children busy over half term – look no further than Global Camps. Half term camp is running at Kelvin Grove School from Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October.
To find out more information or sign up, visit the Global Camps website here: