Visitors to school always comment on the beautiful displays of children’s work. The wider curriculum and diversity of the school is so evident and showcased in our classrooms, corridors and halls.
The main school itself is over 150 years old and the outbuildings, playgrounds and spaces are a hotch potch of add ons, temporary buildings and repairs over time. The up-keep of our school is incredibly costly and our children deserve to learn in the very best environment, have nice new toilets, wonderful play facilities in a school they can be proud of. Over the next few weeks the school may be affected by the strike action of teachers.
We know that their action is not only to highlight that salaries have fallen significantly compared to the cost of living in the past ten years, but also to highlight how school funding in general has been so inadequately matched to rising costs. School leadership are then left with choices between building up-keep, and the jobs of staff who help your children learn.
Thank you to all the Year 4 parents and carers for such a fantastic turn out to the multiplication workshop. I hope to see you all at Parents’ Evening.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at Parents’ Evenings on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th February. We sent home a letter on Monday with details of how to book your child’s slot. You can read the letter in the ‘letters sent home’ section below or book directly here: BOOK PARENTS EVENING We look forward to seeing you all.
This week in School Council we also met with Mrs Jupp and the new Eco Warriors. The Eco Warriors will be working to help maintain the cleanliness of the school grounds and ensuring that we have a healthy school environment. They will be monitoring litter and litter picking, monitoring lights around the school and checking that they are turned off when not needed, and the same for the the boards in classrooms. The Eco Warriors will also be maintaining the flowerbeds and making sure that the plants are watered regularly, and when needed.
Hopefully you have noticed the new trees which have been planted for us by Street Trees for Living. The School Council chose these carefully according to their size, colour and most importantly, carbon capture. There four new trees on the corner of Fransfield Grove and Kirkdale. We will be asking the school community and local businesses to help us look after the trees.
This weekend is the big birdwatch. Spend time watching in a garden or in the park and record the birds you see. We talked about the different birds that visit our grounds and hope to see them around our play areas.
Save on your Club Fees
Did you know that you can receive up to £2,000 Tax-Free Childcare (per child) by registering with HM Government Childcare Choices (and up to £4,000 per annum if your child is disabled).
For every £8 that working parents spend, the Government will add £2 to your account making your money go much, much further! These vouchers can be used to pay for our ClubXtra, Breakfast Club, enrichment clubs, residential trips and holiday camps.
If you receive Universal Credits (and are not claiming Tax Free Childcare), you can apply to claim for up to 85% of your eligible childcare costs.
For further information click here Save 20% to 85% Off Your Childcare Costs
The KG Library Bear
This term we are running a competition across all year groups to help us find out more about the Library Bear. To enter the competition you can do any one of these activities…
Can you write a fact file about the Library Bear?
- What is the Library Bear’s name?
- What type of books does the Library Bear love to read when we’ve all gone home?
- Does the Library Bear have a favourite book?
Can you draw a picture of the front cover of the Library Bear’s favourite book?
Can you draw a picture of the Library Bear reading their favourite book?
Can you write a story about the Library Bear’s adventures after we all go home at night?
Remember to put your name and class on the back of your entry. Put it in the ‘Competition Entry’ tray in the Library by Wednesday 8th February 2023.
There will be a prize for each year group!
We are pleased to announce the return of Girls’ Only Football Club (Y3,4,5&6) on Wednesday 3:30pm to 4:30pm. We would love to encourage more girls to participate in sports, especially football, the nation’s favourite sporting activity.
If your daughter would like to join the club, or even try a taster session, please contact the school office.
We also have a limited number of other club places still available – via the school office, read more here: School Clubs
Medicine in School
A polite reminder to parents and carers that all medication required by your children whilst at school must be handed in to the main school office. We must also have a signed agreement from you, the permission to administer medication form must be completed before we can give medicine to your child. This can be found on the Kelvin Grove website under Quick Links. or here: Permission to administer medicine
World Book Day Costumes
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 missing. 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 27th January from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.
Letters sent home
We held our first meeting of 2023 this week; a meeting of the Pupils, Parents and Community Committee. This committee is seeing a few changes, with long serving Hilary Lafinhan leaving to have a baby, and Alison Jupp joining as a new co-opted staff governor. We would like to thank Hilary for all of her brilliant contributions over the years, and wish her the best of luck with her new arrival. We also welcome Alison and look forward to her involvement in governors meetings and goings on.
The Friends of Kelvin Grove will be holding a coffee morning / Annual General Meeting on Friday 10th February at 9am. Please come along if you would like to be involved with the FoKG on any level. If you can’t make the meeting but would still like to be involved, check your text messages; there’s a letter with a form which will enable you to register your interest and share how you would like to be involved.
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
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 9.00-12.00 & 13.00-15.00 £3.50 membership fee per week
Mini Chefs at Eliot Bank CFC on Thursdays 13.00-14.30
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
All sessions held at TNG will be charged £2 per adult/Low income families are free
Please join our Facebook page: Eliot and Kelvin for the latest updates.
ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Forest Hill SE23 3PQ
020 8699 1872
Global Camps - February Half Term
If you are looking for childcare over the half term holiday, then look no further. Global Camps will be running at Kelvin Grove School from 13th to 17th February.
A Global Experience…
At Global Camps we pride ourselves on our innovative programme, which offers a rounded mixture of foreign language learning, sports and outdoor and creative education, to keep kids active and engaged during the school holidays. Children feel safe, fulfilled and make lasting friends and memories. That’s why children come back to us again and again!
Open Day: Dacres Wood Nature Reserve
Explore and take part in activities –
*Bird survey at 2.30pm led by James Newton.
* “Pull that Reed” at 1.30pm. Conservation of the pond area for 14+ age group
Bring your wellies and gloves.
Interested contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread joy in your neighbourhood in 2023!
How about clubbing together with your neighours for a tree?
All the information you need to help you choose a tree, apply, and understand how to look after your tree is here: https://www.streettreesforliving.org/
Local volunteering opportunity - Lewisham Foodbank needs drivers
If interested, email email@example.com