Today we celebrate World Book Day which gives me an opportunity to talk to children about the importance of reading, the enjoyment of reading, and the enjoyment of books.
When I was at school (it was a long time ago), I really struggled to get to grips with words and reading. I was presented with books from various schemes and I remember them to this day. ‘Peter and Jane’, ‘Pirates, Pirates, Pirates’ and ‘The Village with Three Corners’ – but – they didn’t excite me or fill me with the desire to interpret the jumbled up letters that appeared in front of me on the page.
The inspiration to want to read came from the stories my mum or dad would read to me before bedtime. The places those stories took me to as I fell asleep. They were stories from books I could not have accessed as a reader, full of words I’d never heard before, and I would ask for explanations of the things that I didn’t understand. We would leave it at the end of a chapter and I would eagerly await the following evening to find out what was going to happen next. Learning to read has to go hand in hand with the love of books and stories.
World Book Day is for everyone. Please enjoy reading with your child. We will add photos to our album throughout the day, you can view them here: WORLD BOOK DAY 2023
Thank you so much to all our families who donated to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal before half term. We raised a massive £350.20. Thanks too to our Year 5 children and teachers for arranging the collection. Mrs Campbell has deposited the money with DEC. It’s not too late to donate if you haven’t already done so, here is the link: https://donation.dec.org.uk/turkey-syria-earthquake-appeal
Arabella and Pierce raised £250 for Turkey & Syria, they sold their personal belongings, lots of homemade art work, and homemade Valentine’s Day cards too! They did it over half term!
We are all amazed at how much you raised Arabella and Pierce. Well done from everyone at Kelvin Grove.
The KG Library Bear
We received some amazing entries for the KG Library Bear competition. You can view some of them here.
Every child that entered will receive a certificate in today’s assembly, and the winners will also receive a certificate and a prize, here are our winners:
Year 1 – Kenny (Amber)
Year 2 – Isaiah (Ochre)
Year 3 – Sreeprabha (Emerald)
Year 4 – Eloise (Cobalt)
Year 5 – Akbar (Lavender)
Year 6 – Alice G (Copper)
In our last School Council we talked about the playgrounds and each year group had an opportunity to talk about the areas that they play in. Year 4 and Year 5 felt particularly fortunate as they get to play in different areas at different times, and felt that this was a huge positive.
Children talked about what they liked and didn’t like about each area, and then thought about how each area could be improved. Year 5 have been working on the school environment and shared some of the plans that they have come up with.
The Problem with Glitter ..
In Club Xtra this week we have learned that glitter is not good for the environment. Most glitter products are made from plastic, which contributes to the growing problem of microplastics in the environment. These microplastics are consumed by plankton, fish, and birds, and have a detrimental impact.
So we decided to reuse the little bottles that we got from Lewisham freecycle to create glitter art. We made a funnel from scrap paper, then we poured the glitter into jars in colourful layers. This way we locked away all of the glitter in Club Xtra to help keep our world safe.
Plastic Bottles please ..
Alison Jupp has asked if you could donate her your old plastic bottles, (small ones, big ones and giant ones) to Club Xtra.
The children in Club Xtra will be upcycling the bottles, but we can’t tell you into what just yet – it’s a surprise!
If you can help us, please bring your bottles to the school office where Alison will collect them.
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 10th March from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.
News from Indigo class: Welcome to Ancient Egypt! The land of Pharaohs, pyramids, mummies and more…. Did you know that most Ancient Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs
It’s World Book Day! What an exciting day we have had; we have loved looking at what everyone has dressed up as. Some of the many characters Violet Class have
Amber have been excited and enthralled about the launch of our new topic ‘extraordinary explorers’. In English we have started learning about the fascinating text ‘Chalk’. We
What a fantastic start to the term we have had in Orchid class! This half term our topic is ‘We Are Gardeners!’ In English we have
Ochre Class have had a great start to our new topic: Animals and Me. We started the week with a visitor who had heard some rumours
Bronze Class have made an exciting start to this half term with a visit from Mr History. His workshop was a fantastic way to end their
In Green Class we have been writing our own poems for our new topic “Ready Steady Cook”. We learnt a poem off by heart and then
Turquoise Class News
This term in turquoise class, our topic is ‘Source to Sea’ where we will be learning about states of matter and the water cycle in science,
Emerald Class News
Emerald class have had a fantastic launch into our Groovy Greeks topic! We learned about the origin of the Olympic games, designed our own medals and
Blue Class News
The last week of term for Blue class was a jam packed one! In English we learnt about animal habitats and created our own acrostic poem
Letters sent home
Friends of KG
The AGM was held on Friday 10th February to appoint a new Friends Of Kelvin Grove committee, and invite new members into the group. A new committee has been formed with these positions now being held;
- Sam Rodney (Secretary)
- Jenni Whiteside (Chair)
- Becky Rodgers (Committee member)
- Einat Tahor Aronberg (Committee member)
- Cora Robertson (Committee member)
Wei Kelly will continue to act as treasurer, however after many years of hard work will be stepping down as soon as we have a suitable replacement. If you’re interested in the treasurer position please come and have a chat to us! We’re also looking for more committee members and volunteers to join us and support future events and initiatives – the more help we have, the more fun events we can arrange for our Kelvin Grove kids, families and the community.
Dates for your diary;
- World Book Day cake sale – Friday 3rd March
- Spring event – Thursday 30th March
- EID cake sale – Friday 21st April
We look forward to sharing more news and events with you very soon!
Sam, Jenni, Becky & Wei, Einat & Cora
Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank CFC on Mondays 10.00-11.30
Snack & Chat at Eliot Bank CFC on Mondays 11.45-12.30
Parents Job Club at Eliot Bank CFC on Mondays 13.00-14.30 NEW! Read more HERE
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
Children’s Centre Timetable Spring 2 2023
Please join our Facebook page: Eliot and Kelvin for the latest updates.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us in celebrating the launch of Kid’s Support Tree and for all your generous donations for the community centre!
It was great to see you all in green and congratulations to everyone who won an Easter egg! We raised £307.33, so thank you all very much!
If you found a green ticket or a gold coin at the cookie sale, please come to the office with your coin or ticket to collect your prize.
We will be announcing our next event soon. Keep an eye on our noticeboard for the latest updates and ways to help.
Facebook: Kid’s Support Tree
Global Camps - Easter Holidays
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 3rd to 14th 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!
Junior Park Run
The Beckenham Place Park junior parkrun launched on 23rd January 2022.
Junior parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 2km walk, jog or run event for 4 to 14 year olds, and their adults, at 9am every Sunday. The aim is for children and families to have fun, enjoy the fresh air and feel good.
Meet behind the Mansion…come along and join the fun! You can register for free here. Please tell your friends too!
All parkrun events are run entirely by volunteers, and there is the opportunity to get involved in that side of things too. The parkrun community is a sociable bunch, and there is often a post-run trip to one of the park cafés for a chat!
Email email@example.com if you’d like to volunteer – we can’t run it without you!
To see a map of the junior parkrun course, including the start location, click here.
The Aquarium @ Horniman
- Watch South American fish swimming around in the flooded mangrove roots.
- Get close to a live coral display and see reef fish move between and interact with this complex and vibrant habitat. Observe the symbiotic relationship between a clown fish and its host anemone.
- Wonder at the bizarre structure and movement of jellyfish, as they journey around their purpose built aquarium
Aladdin @ The Sydenham Centre
Treat your family to an unforgettable musical experience this spring with ALADDIN, a brand new twist on the classic Arabian Nights tale. With original songs, video effects, and eye-catching costumes, your children will be transported to a world of magic, mystery, and mayhem. Also, making a very special appearance on video is Spontaneous regular William Hastings as the Genie!
Young Aladdin dreams of a life of lazing around, maybe kicking a ball now and again, and one day being rich and marrying a Princess. So, when the dastardly magician Abanazar promises him a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, how can he resist? But when he finds himself trapped in a cave with only a dusty lamp for company, what’s a poor boy to do?
The show will be performed Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre, 44a Sydenham Rd SE26 5QX 3pm & 4.30pm, every Sat & Sun, from Sat 4 March-Sun 26 March 2023
We have created a special scaled ticket price to keep tickets as affordable as possible.
Tickets: Standard price £10 adults, £5 children aged 3+
Pay a little less £8 adults, £4 children aged 3+
Pay a little more £12 adults, £6 children aged 3+
(as always all under 3’s are free but must sit on laps)
Here is the link to our website – tickets are on sale now Aladdin – from Saturday 4 March 2023 – Spontaneous Productions
Gospel Music Day Taster
A fantastic opportunity to spend a Saturday 11am-4pm learning how to sing Gospel music with professional singers.
Please follow the link below to find out more, and if it appeals to your child, register them as soon as possible.
This is a FREE singing day provided by the amazing Lewisham Music Service, the people who organised ‘The Turning Of The Year’ concert.