You are all aware that school will be closed on Monday for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
We can use this time to mourn, reflect and remember the Queen in our own way. I spoke to the children in assembly this week about the two times I saw Queen Elizabeth.
In 1977, as a 12 year old, I paraded in my scout uniform and stood to attention in the streets of Nottingham. As the Queen walked past, I hoped above anything that she would stop, chat to me, smile and move on, but amongst the crowds of people and rows and rows of smart boy scouts, I went home having seen her, but slightly disappointed. On reflection, I realised that she was in fact the Nation’s Queen and it was unrealistic for me to imagine that the visit to Nottingham was just to see me.
Years later, during my first year of teaching, I had just moved to a rented room in North London. I decided one lovely autumn morning to explore. I got on the 73 bus towards Westminster and walked towards Green Park. London felt big and I felt lost, and homesick, and I wondered if I wanted to be here at all. Even The Mall felt empty. I crossed over to St James’ Park when suddenly two police cars with blue flashing lights passed slowly in front of me, then came along a huge black Rolls Royce with no number plate, right in front of me – there she was! I didn’t know what to do, I was barely a few feet away from her and she looked out of the window. She looked exactly as she did on a stamp or a coin. I waved and she waved back. I looked either side of me. No-one. There was only me. She waved at me.
And that somehow sums it up. The Nation’s Queen, my Queen . . .
If you are using Breakfast Club or ClubXtra, please ensure that you sign a new contract for this academic year. Our charges and terms & conditions can be found on the school website:
If you plan to change your child’s meal pattern, please complete our pupil meal choices form, as it is important we pre-order the correct amount of meals for the children from the kitchen:
We also ask that ALL outstanding fees from last year are paid in full.
Our club programme will start back W/C 26th September. Look out for our clubs letter explaining how to book individual clubs on Pay/360 for your child/ren.
However, Mr Glenn’s Music Menu (Rocksteady / Groove School and Piano Club) will commence next week and club places will be confirmed via text or email (Rocksteady).
Just a reminder to all parents and carers to register with SIMS Parent where you can access your child’s records and make any necessary changes as and when you need to; even if you don’t need to make changes we, would greatly appreciate it if you could please still double check the details we have on record for you child and confirm that no changes need to be made.
Thank you to all those parents and carers that have already registered with SIMS Parent and have updated changes on their child’s records. If you need help, you can read the instructions here: INSTRUCTIONS or contact Neisha in the school office.
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Governors' and Friends News
For those new to KG, the Governing Board is made up of parents, community members, staff and co-opted governors. We work as a whole but also meet as three sub-committees; Resources, Achievement & Pupils, Parents & Community. This means we can ensure in-depth focus and scrutiny, in these important areas.
As a Governing Board we will be holding our first meeting before the end of September, where we will look at the priorities for the year, as well as for the individual committees.
As ever, if you have any questions or anything you would like to discuss with us, please get in touch on: email@example.com
We hope you’ve all had a lovely and restful summer, and your children are settling happily back into their new school term. Our focus just now is very much on creating fun and inclusive fundraising initiatives for the school to build on the success of the summer fair, we have a few ideas bubbling, so please keep an eye out for news coming very soon.
*Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank CFC on Mondays 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
*Happy Child, Happy Life (for parents) Tuesdays 10.00-12.00 at Eliot Bank CFC 4 wks course 20.09.2022-11.10.22 call Adult Learning Lewisham 02083146959/0208314775ref WFA1A17EB
*Sensory Story & Rhyme Time (under5’s) Tuesdays 13.00-14.30 at Eliot Bank CFC 4 wks course 20.09.2022-11.10.22 call Adult Learning Lewisham 02083146959/0208314775 ref WFJ1P17EB
*Mum & Baby Yoga (6wks to crawling) Wednesdays 10.00-11.30 at Eliot Bank CFC 21.09.2022-19.10.22 call Adult Learning Lewisham 02083146959/0208314775 ref WFJ1A16EB
*Adventure Time (soft play) or Giant Messy Play at TNG on Wednesdays 10.00-11.30
*Mini Music Players at TNG on Thursdays 10.00-11.00 NEW
*Sydenham Community Supermarket at Kelvin Grove CFC on Thursdays 9.00-12.30 & 14.00-16.00 £3.50 membership fee per week
*Employment & Training Back to work advice and support at Kelvin Grove CFC on Thursdays 10.00-14.00 call 020 8613 0172 to book an appointment
*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 Fridays 10.00-12.00
We are currently looking for donation items for Harvest Festival to share with our families this year. If you can help, please look at the Harvest Festival donation list 2022 and bring your donations to either Eliot Bank or Kelvin Grove children’s centres – thank you in advance.
Please join our Facebook page: Eliot and Kelvin for the latest updates.
Online Safety Training for Parents
What do children do online? What are the risks? How can I keep children safe online? This course looks at the risks associated with online and mobile technology and demonstrates ways that you can help create a safer digital environment for children and young people.
- Know the risks associated with mobile and online technology.
- Know how to tackle these risks.
It also enables people to immediately report anything online which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour.
Sydenham Fun Palace
Calling out to all Sydenham residents, traders, businesses and students young and old alike! Do you have a particular hobby or skill? Please come share it with the rest of the community at the Sydenham Fun Palace.
Fun Palaces have become a worldwide phenomenon where members of the public share their skills, talent and/or knowledge for free. No need to be a professional, just come join the fun by giving an hour of your time. If you are a professional, however, this is a great opportunity to showcase what you do and, the possibility of reaching a wider audience or clientele. This is a great event that brings our community together; allows you to meet new neighbours, teaches you a new skill and generally have a great time. In the past we’ve had crime detection, photography, dance, drawing, bee-keeping, singing and a whole lot more besides!
To express your interest please email Liam.Curran@lewisham.gov.uk
SYDENHAM FUN PALACE
Christmas Card design competition
– Create a Christmas card using any medium
– Deadline is 30th September
– Winning entries will be on sale locally
– All proceeds will go to improving the Christmas lights in Sydenham
– email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
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