I had the pleasure of meeting with our School Council yesterday. A wonderful group of children who have been elected by the pupils in each year group to represent them and give children a voice in sharing the future of the school.
The topics we talked about were school dinners, not just the quality of the food, but about logistics and timings. We spoke about children’s toilets, about the possibility of refurbishment and the ideas they had for making sure students used them respectfully. We spoke about the playgrounds and equipment, about the curriculum and the opportunities it afforded them. We also had a discussion about clubs and the range of extended provision available.
They also mentioned the hall floors in Paxton and the dinner hall and how they limited the activities we could do. I explained that we were currently working with Lewisham Council as to how we can ensure the floors are replaced so they are fit for the purpose of sport, gymnastics and drama.
There was a real drive from the children about wanting to be a part of shaping the school’s future and a real understanding of finances leading to choices. I look forward to meeting the School Council again in January.
The next two weeks will be incredibly busy for us all. We will still celebrate Christmas but our shows will be videoed and available on the website.
Please be aware that the number of COVID cases is steadily rising again. If a member of your household shows any symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) – please ensure that you get a PCR test, lateral flow tests are less accurate. If you are alerted to the fact that any member of your household has the new variant ‘Omicron’, then the whole family should isolate and children should not attend school. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation with this.
This week, Apricot class have been making up songs about their favourite foods, and playing them on the harmonica 🎶
Apricot class harmonica and song
KG Toy Swap
Please bring in good condition toys to Apricot class from 1st December. On Saturday 18th December (between 10am – 2pm) you will be able to swap for a new toy and do your bit for the planet. Free gift wrap will be available.
Today Mr Hyde joined our School Council meeting. We were able to talk to him about our key issues and he listened to us and shared information with us which helped explain why some things happen the way that they do. Through the discussion we were able to come up with some suggestions of how things could be changed to make lunchtimes flow more easily. We are going to have a noticeboard with the menus on so that we can see what is for lunch each day before we get to the front of the line. We also talked about the toilets and how they can be improved and Mr Hyde agreed that the conditions needed improving. We shared our concerns about the environment and Mr Hyde agreed that recycling, heating, idling and parking were all key issues.
We are still collecting posters about how we can improve the environment by improving our school.
Christmas jumper day & Dinner
The whole school are invited to wear Christmas or festive jumpers on Friday 10th December and give a £1 donation to Save the Children, if they wish to.
Children are also invited to wear Christmas or festive jumpers for the whole day as we tuck into our special Christmas meal with all the traditional trimmings!
Don’t forget to book your child’s meal (Wed 15th Dec) if they are usually packed lunch, via the school office (KS2 £2.30 – KS1 eat FREE).
Our School library will be opening soon. We have twelve Year 5 librarians who will help us run the library on a daily basis. They will be scanning, sorting and displaying books. They are very excited about their new role – as are we for our new library. If you are interested in volunteering please email Katie Campbell on firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
Letters sent home
From the Governors
Christmas is just around the corner, and whilst it’s still not deemed safe to hold large gatherings, we hope all the children and staff manage to create some strong Christmas vibes in these last couple of weeks of term. Parties, performances and Christmas dinner will surely fill KG with Christmas spirit!
What have the Governors been up to?
We all recently undertook safeguarding training. It was a useful reminder how keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility and even as Governors we have a role to play in that.
Each Governor has an area that they are linked to, and they are responsible for visiting the school and observing these areas. We couldn’t visit in person over lockdown, but we have been able to get in this term; Link visits took place recently on Literacy and also Early Years. Link Governors were really impressed to see all the great work that is taking place, and the positive and enthusiastic learning that is happening in the classroom.
Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank on Mondays 10.00 – 11.30 – last session will take place on 13/12/2021
Latino Bambino Toddlers 9.30 – 10.15 & Latino Bambino Babies 10.15 – 11.00 at TNG on Tuesdays – last session will take place on 14/12/2021
Adventure Time (soft play) at TNG on Wednesday 17/11 & 1/12 @ 10.00 – 11.30 – last session will take place on 15/12/2021
Giant Messy Play at TNG on Wednesday 24/11 @ 10.00 – 11.30 – last session will take place on 15/12/2021
KGEB Community Supermarket at Kelvin Grove on Thursdays 9.00 – 13.00 & 14.00-16.00 £3.50 membership fee per week – last session will take place on 16/12/2021, will open again from 06/01/2022
L.I.F.E. Cooking Sessions for mums aged 16-35 at Eliot Bank on Fridays @ 11.00 – 13.15
If you would like to make a donation to support our Community Supermarket, please click on this link: https://gofund.me/c5b83467. Alternatively you can support us by joining the Lewisham Community Lottery here: Lewisham Community Lottery
Read our latest time table here: CHILDREN’S CENTRE TIMETABLE – AUTUMN 2 2021
The Children’s Centre will reopen on 5/01/2022 and sessions will commence from 10/01/2022.
Global Camps - Christmas
A unique mixture of language learning, sports coaching, arts and crafts and outdoor adventure to keep your young ones active and engaged during the school holidays.
Book your child a place here: https://www.globalcamps.co.uk/book/
Saturday Sports Stars
Don’t miss out on Santa’s Saturday Sports Stars, with a very important guest making a special appearance!
Mountsfield Park (George Lane Entrance – behind the tennis courts)
9.30 – 10, 2-3 years old / 10.15 – 11, 3-5 years old / 11 – 12, 6-8 years old
Call Jade Hattam on 07415 706 081 or email on email@example.com