This week Year 6 children completed their SATs tests in grammar, spelling, reading and maths. I was really pleased with the way they approached the tests and the effort they and the staff team have put in to ensure they are properly prepared.
These test are incredibly challenging but remember, they are not a measure of the whole curriculum or indeed our children. They are simply a measure of how well children perform in grammar, spelling, reading and writing tests.
You may have heard or read recently that the Government is challenging schools to improve attendance and punctuality nationally, this has suffered after the pandemic for a number of reasons. As a headteacher, for a number of years now, I know that the life chances of children are significantly increased if they attend school regularly and on time. Teaching is planned carefully, timetabled and sequenced. Children who arrive late miss vital sessions in phonics and reading. Children who have odd days off miss the next steps in learning and although we put things into place, these children are constantly trying to “catch up”. The only reason children should miss days of schooling is when they are too ill to attend and the school’s ability to grant leave in ‘exceptional circumstances’ is being greatly reduced.
Children learn and achieve the best when they are in school.
The Fourth Plinth
Congratulations to Matilda, who was awarded a special prize from the artist, Samson Kambalu, at the Fourth Plinth Schools Award ceremony. Organised by the Mayor of London, the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards is an annual competition open to all primary and secondary schools in the capital for children aged between 5-15. Matilda won the borough award for Lewisham with her entry titled ‘Colourful London Life’. She was presented her award by Samson and Justine Simons, London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries.
In her design Matilda included London landmarks and famous buildings depicted in a range of bright colours to represent all the different people that live in London. It’s a beautiful and thoughtful artwork and we are immensely proud of Matilda’s achievement.
All the winning works are on showcase online here: FOURTH PLINTH GALLERY and in an exhibition at New City Hall, which is open to the pubic over the summer. We encourage you to make a visit to see Matilda’s artwork and the other creative winners on show.
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This week in School Council we met three PTA members who came to talk to us about the school fair and raising money for the school. We shared our ideas with them and they are going to see which ideas they can make happen. The School Fair is on the 24th June. If you have any ideas about the fair or want to help then they would love to hear from you too.
Next week is Walk to School Week. Children will be talking about the different ways they come to school and how they would prefer to come to school. If you walk to school, tag a photo on social media of you walking to school and share it with us on and Lewisham Council on Twitter here: @KG_Sydenham and tag @LewishamCouncil and the hashtag #PowerUp
We also looked at some old photographs of around our school and looked at what has changed and what has stayed the same. We are really interested in finding out more about this so if you have any information about the history of the local area or know anyone who has information about the history of our school, please share this with us.
Children are invited to come to school dressed in red, white and blue clothing, and will take part in learning about the Platinum Jubilee. On this special day, we will also be celebrating with a ‘regal afternoon tea’ style school dinner!
If your child is usually packed lunch but would like to have the special Jubilee Day menu, SEE MENU HERE, you will need to pre-order their school meal. For more information and to book, READ the Jubilee letter HERE.
If you have any artefacts or first-hand accounts from previous jubilees please contact your child’s class teacher, as we would love to include these on the big day.
Lavender have learned a new pattern on the Djembe in their African drumming with Remi – watch here:
Letters sent home
Governors' and Friends News
This week we held the termly Achievement Committee meeting. Broadly, the role of this committee is to look at the curriculum, teaching & learning and pupil progress.
In this meeting we heard about the early reading strategy and plans at KG to ensure our young people become the best readers they can. Everyone at KG is passionate about reading and we would like to encourage parents to read with their children, as often as they can as this really helps with their learning and love of reading.
We also heard how in February a teaching and learning review was carried out by external reviewers, leaders from Kelvin Grove and other local schools. We received some really useful feedback. Of the many strengths highlighted by the review this stood out to governors:
“This is a delightful school with an amazing and caring atmosphere which encourages a calm learning environment” This is great feedback and we would like to congratulate all staff and pupils.
And a final ‘well done’ to all of our pupils who took their SATs this week, and to the staff and families who supported them. We hope you feel proud of yourselves!
We’re excited to be gearing up for the Summer Fair on 24th June – look out for the posters around school. We need an army of volunteers to make the summer fair a success so if you’d like to help, even if you can only spare an hour in the lead up, then please drop us an email (PTA@kelvingrove.lewisham.sch.uk). An easy way to help is to start saving jam jars – we’ll be having a Jolly Jam Jar stall at the fair, as well as a tombola.
On Friday 10th June there’ll be an ‘own clothes day’ at school when children don’t have to wear uniform in return for bringing in empty jam jars (or you can fill them with sweets), new tombola prizes (e.g. a bottle of something or a box of chocolates) or a teddy for the teddy bear tombola.
The main purpose of the fair is to raise money for the school (whilst also having a lot of fun), so we think it’s important that the children have a say in where the money is spent. Yesterday we met with the School Council to hear their ideas and answer their questions – I’ll report back next week on some of the ideas that came up.
Janine, Jenni, Georgina & Simone
Seaside trip to Westbrook Bay on Thursday 18th August, tickets can be purchased at Kelvin Grove Children centre on Mondays, Tuesdays 09.00-15.00
Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank CFC on Monday 10.00 – 11.30
Art Attack at Eliot Bank CFC on Mondays 13.30-14.30
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
All sessions held at TNG will be charged @ £2 per adult. Low income families are free
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Summer Half Term Camp
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: