We started the term talking to the children about Diwali and the significance of light in the story. At the same time the clocks have gone back and we are suddenly in the depths of autumn and heading towards Christmas and Hanukkah which coincide this year. Halloween was last Monday, Bonfire Night on Saturday and we will discuss the important of Remembrance Day next week with the children – a whole heap of celebrations, events and special days embedded in our school curriculum.
As it is getting darker in the evenings, please talk to your child if they walk home unaccompanied by an adult about the importance of going home quickly and safely.
Next week some year 5 children are going to Nethercott Farm with a number of staff, there will be a couple of changes in school staffing to accommodate this.
It has been a great start to the term. I have received a really pleasing report about teaching and learning here at Kelvin Grove and our “wonderful children”, that is something to really celebrate.
Anti Bullying Week
Lewisham Legends is a project funded by London Borough of Culture 2022. Earlier this year anyone could put forward any local person to be celebrated as a legend and trailblazer in Lewisham Council. The finalists were commemorated through commissioned public murals. Nominees could be anyone from musicians and sporting stars, to Lewisham activists or local community heroes. Hundreds of entries were made. The finalists were those who have given back to the community. Six artworks were commissioned honouring different community trailblazing work. One of Kelvin Grove’s volunteers was nominated (Alex Bourdelon) and therefore Kelvin Grove was recognised and highlighted in the mural dedicated to all the educators, school support staff, mentors and volunteers in education by having its white dove logo represented. The artwork, by Shauna Blanchfield, is a two sided chalkboard – immediately symbolic of schools – where one section remains a usable chalkboard for the public to interact with. Come see all the murals in Lewisham shopping Centre and write your own tribute!
School Council News
School Council – Street Trees for Living
Last year the School Council worked closely with Street Trees for Living to have four new trees planted alongside the Paxton Playground. Two trees are to be planted on Kirkdale and two trees on Fransfield Grove. The trees we have chosen will, in time, provide carbon capture and will make sure that the air we breathe will be cleaner and protect us from the fumes produced by cars and vehicles from Kirkdale, the busy road alongside the playground.
We are delighted to see that the tree pits have been put in place on Kirkdale and Fransfield Grove. Once the trees are in place, as a school community, we will need to work together to look after the trees, particularly in the hot summer months when they will need watering.
See THIS FLYER for information about an event in Mayow Park in celebration of the new trees being planted by Street Trees for Living.
School Council – new representatives
In the next week new school council representatives will be selected in classes. If you have good ideas about how we can celebrate and improve our school and would like to be part of the school council, let your teacher know.
This year we will also be looking for representatives for the Eco Committee who will work with Mrs Jupp to find new ways to ensure that as a school we are less wasteful.
We are currently looking for donations of Christmas jumpers. If you have any in good condition that you’d like to donate, please bring them to the office as we’d love to be able to find them a new home! And don’t forget, if you would like to order up-cycled school uniform, you can do so here:
All lost property is stored in the Club Xtra cupboard. Alison Jupp, our Club Xtra Manager, will get the lost property out every couple of weeks for parents to look through and find anything they may have lost. Unnamed and uncollected items will be sent to the local charity shop. Alison will next display the lost property by the pod in the main playground on Friday 11th November from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.
Cerise Class News
What a great first week back in school especially as we have started our new topic ‘We are explorers!’ The children have been broadening their understanding
Apricot Class News
Apricot Class were lucky enough to start the term by attending a toy workshop at the Horniman Museum. We had a fantastic time learning about toys
Azure Class News
After a restful half term, Azure class have enjoyed the return to learning, kicking off the week with an exciting launch ‘From Farm to Fork’. We
Brass Class News
After such a positive first half term, Brass class has quickly got back in to the swing of things! Today, we began publishing our autobiographies ready to be
Lavender Class News
We have had such an exciting start to term with Mr History’s visit. Getting to learn about World War II from someone who knows so much
Jade Class News
This half term, Jade Class has been learning all about the Stone Age. They learned about how prehistoric tools changed from the Stone Age to the
Copper Class News
Copper Class have had a great first half term in Year 6. It’s been so much fun – and nowhere near as scary as we all thought
Cinnamon Class News
Year 2 have had a fantastic day at The London Transport Museum. We’ve been working hard to gather evidence to answer our depth enquiry question ‘How
Nursery Class News
We have enjoyed our introduction to number and nursery rhymes in nursery. Over the last two weeks we have learnt the number rhymes: ‘5 Little Ducks’,
Cobalt Class News
This week in English, we finished writing our diary entries based on our focus text “The King who banned the dark”. We discussed the negative impact
Letters sent home
Welcome back to school everyone. We hope you all had a good half term and have returned to school refreshed. This term is likely to be busy, with the run up to Christmas and everything that entails. We are looking forward to shows, festivities and celebrations at KG.
On a Christmas note, if you have any unwanted/outgrown Christmas jumpers, please donate them to the school office now, so that they can be rehomed! Christmas jumper day will be on 8th December and this way we can make sure that everyone who wants to, is able to take part.
A couple of pleas from the governors; please ensure your children are at school on time in the morning. Late arrivals cause disruption and mean that vital learning is missed. Also, please be careful when driving and parking around school – consider parking safely and not blocking corners. Also, please do not drive directly up to the back gate (Y1 playground) as this causes a danger to the children and families using this entrance.
If you need to contact the governors, you can email us on: email@example.com
Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank CFC on Mondays 10.00-11.30
Snack & Chat at Eliot Bank CFC on Mondays 11.45-12.30
Latino Bambino Toddlers 9.30-10.15& Latino Bambino Babies 10.15-11.00 at TNG on Tuesdays
Mum & Baby Yoga (6wks to crawling) Wednesdays 10.00-11.30 at Eliot Bank CFC 09.11.2022-14.12.22 call Adult Learning Lewisham 02083146959/0208314775 ref: WFJ1A16EB
Giant Messy Play at TNG on Wednesdays 10.00-11.30
Adventure Time (soft play) at TNG on Thursdays 10.00-11.30
Sydenham Community Supermarket at Kelvin Grove CFC on Thursdays 9.00-12.30 & 13.00-14.30 £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
Mini Chefs at Eliot Bank CFC on Thursdays 13.00-14.30 NEW
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
Children’s Centre Timetable Autumn 2 2022
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Join us as we come together for a spectacular finale to celebrate our year as London Borough of Culture 2022.
This winter, fantastic festive events for all ages will bring light to Beckenham Place Park at the darkest point of the year.
Visit to explore a free, magical Illumination Trail, 20th-22nd December and discover the hidden beauty of the park at night. Make an evening of it with a programme of music, DJs, winter crafts and festive food and drink at the Homestead, plus a cosy bar at Beckenham Place Park Mansion. A family fun fair will run 15th December – 7th January.
Join The Revel Puck Circus for a joyous, alternative festive experience in the heated big top. Performances of their five star show, The Wing Scuffle Spectacular will run 15th December – 8th January with acrobatics, break dance, incredible feats and contemporary performance. Tickets will be released on Friday 28 October.
Felix's Rock Choir
Because singing is good for your heart and your soul, I’m starting a choir for grown ups on Mondays 7-9pm at the Greyhound, upstairs in their beautiful function room.
– £7.50 a session and concessions available.
– No auditions necessary, just a willingness to join in and have a go.
If your mind is saying “…but I can’t sing…” then among friends, I will show you how
Please join us!
It’s gonna be creative, healthy and fun with guest musicians, song writing and song writers, AND homework, plus a YouTube channel for practice and learning words.
Starting after half term November 7th to December 12th.
Culturally Diverse Befriending Service in Lewisham
Do you understand the emotional and physical pressures of pregnancy and the first year after birth? Have you had to balance these challenges with complexities that relate to your culture or upbringing?
Become a Mindful Mums Volunteer Befriender and help women from culturally diverse communities positively deal with the changes that pregnancy and motherhood bring.
Befriending support is provided on a one-to-one basis, in the home and local community. Training and ongoing support are provided and expenses covered.
Find out more, contact:
Selina Stewart or Tuginder Kaur
Tel: 07704 536 424
Come along and enjoy some ‘Stand Up Comedy’ at the Poodle Club, Sydenham High Street, on Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm.
RAFFLE – DRINKS – LAUGHS
All proceeds go to the improve the High Street Christmas Lights fund
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