It is far too easy sometimes to look at news from around the world and feel glum, to focus in what is difficult or hard and what’s gone wrong. This past few weeks I have tried really hard to avoid doing this and instead taken a look at what really is around me. Firstly, our children did a fantastic job of raising funds for the people of Ukraine. Thank you to all our families who donated cash and bought cakes at the cake sale. We raised a fantastic £1,313.68 for the appeal, which is being match funded by one of our parent’s employer (WPP) to double it to £2,627.36. We also received some late donations so our new total is £2,762.67. The funds will be donated to The UN Refugee Agency United Kingdom for UNHCR who have partnered with .
It was great to see so many of you at Parents’ Evenings this week. It was our first opportunity for a long while to be face to face and to share with you success and targets for the year. It really did feel like a happy school family again. I was so pleased with all the positive comments from parents as they left. This makes our staff feel so valued. Your children, our children are resilient and brilliant individuals that contribute to a wonderful community.
Despite the orange rain and sand filled sky on Wednesday, Spring feels like it is finally here. Please take some time to read this wonderful poem (click to enlarge) and don’t miss the amazing musical talent of Jenny and Angel under music news. At times it can feel really hard but let’s make sure we take some time to celebrate all that is good in the next two weeks.
Watch two of our amazing Year 6 children perform an impromptu concert for the children in Blue class. Needless to say they LOVED it.
The song is called ‘Lost Boys’ by Beth. Well done from everyone at Kelvin Grove – we all love it too.
May Polling Day
The offsite reception classes will be closed on Thursday 5th May for polling day. Magenta and Orchid classes will be provided with online learning via Tapestry. Cerise class will be open as normal. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
This week in school council we talked about school larking, like mudlarking but in school!
If we are going to plan for the future, then we need to understand our past and the history of our school.
We talked about looking around the building in our last meeting and what we had noticed about the buildings. As we were sitting in the music room, we noticed that this part of the school was newer than other parts and thought about why we thought this was. It was explained that this part of the school had caught fire many years ago and that we should try and find out more about this.
We then looked at the Newsround page about Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’ that has been found in the Antarctic. Some children knew about Endurance and of Shackleton’s expeditions. Others knew that he had lived nearby and one child had been to his old house. We found out that at one point our school had been called Shackleton School.
We went over to the Paxton Building to look at the information boards about the history of our school, the designers and influences.
Have a look at our school buildings and see what you can spot. Do you know something about our school’s history or have a story to tell about being at our school in the past? If so, let us know.
Jubilee Bank Holiday
With the announcement of an extra bank holiday for workers in the UK, the government took the decision to allow schools to plan an additional bank holiday if the Jubilee bank holiday was to fall during half term. We have, therefore, planned an additional bank holiday for Friday 1st July. Our term dates have been amended to reflect the change and can be viewed here:
Letters sent home
Governors' and Friends News
We held this term’s Full Governing Body meeting earlier this week. We heard reports from the Resources, Achievement & Pupils, Parents & Community committees, which fostered rich discussion around a lot of topics. Regardless of topic, as a Governing Body and a school we are determined to ensure that ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ run deep within everything we do, and we hold ourselves up to scrutiny across all areas, driving high standards – this was a common theme throughout the meeting and will continue to be an area of focus across everything we do.
Several governors have been on visits to the school recently, getting involved in their areas of specialism. Every single one of us has been impressed with what we’ve seen in terms of learning, behaviour and curriculum. We have some pretty special teachers and staff here at KG and we really hope that they do feel appreciated.
Just a quick note on parking/driving: If you are dropping children off at the Y2 gate, please do not drive up to the gate. This is dangerous and poses a risk to all of our children. Please find a safe place to park and walk your children to to the gate.
As ever, if you have any questions or would like to talk to any of the Governors, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Latino Bambino Toddlers 9.30-10.15 & Latino Bambino Babies 10.15-11.00 at TNG on Tuesdays
Adventure Time (soft play) or Giant Messy Play at TNG on Wednesdays 10.00-11.30
KGEB Community Supermarket at Kelvin Grove CFC on Thursdays 9.00 – 12.30 & 14.00-16.00 £4 membership fee per week
L.I.F.E. Cooking Sessions for mums aged 16-35 at Eliot Bank CFC on Fridays 11.00 -13.15
Free Legal Advice Duncan Lewis via phone on Friday 10.00-12.00
Please join our Facebook page: Eliot and Kelvin for the latest updates.
Global Camps April 2022
A unique mixture of language learning, sports coaching, arts & crafts and outdoor adventure to keep your young ones active and engaged during the school holidays.
Find out more information or make a booking through our website:
Little Red Riding Hood
This is a brand-new version of the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood – but as always, with Spontaneous Productions expect a few twists! The show will be performed Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre, 44a Sydenham Rd SE26 5QX 2pm & 4pm, every Sat & Sun, until Sun 3rd April.
We have had some great feedback so far:
‘Congratulations on another great show. Such a clever retelling of a classic. Our [son] was transfixed and will be coming again to watch! Great work from all involved!’,
‘Great production and adaptation!’ ‘Story told from three perspectives, you choose which one to believe. Very clever, yet fun for the whole family!’,
‘Great as usual – good to have diverse actors (ethnicity)’, ‘Very interactive, really enjoyed it!’.
Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre – Tickets on sale now!