A wonderful end to a great school year. We are saying goodbye to our Year 6 who have done incredibly well, both academically and in the way they have contributed to our school community.
We also sadly say goodbye to Miss Crooks who is moving on to further her career, Miss Mayo who is having a baby and to David Kite, who has been our incredible Premises Manager for the last few years. Those of you who know him well, know that he is so much more than that.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable summer and that we all get a chance to relax and recharge batteries.
I would like to thank my staff team, right across the school who have put so much into improving learning here at KG. These are challenging times, especially in education and we have to constantly find ways of providing the very best education we can offer for our children, with ever diminishing resources. This requires us to do things differently year on year.
I am pleased that the government awarded teacher pay rises and it appears unions are advising members to accept this even though they are lower than the rate of inflation. I am pleased that these pay rises will be at least partly funded so that schools aren’t forced to cut resources beyond those already planned.
Teachers, teaching assistants, support staff across the school continue to do an amazing job, looking after and inspiring children in their learning.
Enjoy summer and see you all in September.
FArewell Year 6!
Year 2 have continued to impress us with their fantastic Home Learning!
And Sara in Year 5 made an out of this world Solar System!
This year in School Council we welcomed the planting of the four new trees on Kirkdale and Fransfield Grove. These trees have significantly improved the environment around our school and we look forward their future blossoming and protecting us from the nitrous dioxide from the traffic fumes from Kirkdale. A big thank you to the KG Circle who made a donation to Street Trees for Living, who sourced and planted the trees. Thanks also goes to the Scouts Group who meet in our school building, who have taken on the responsibility of watering the trees as part of their badge work.
Active Travel and Clean Air
Many discussions have taken place about how busy the roads are around our school and the impact this has on our health and wellbeing. It was concluded that it would be better for our health and the environment if children were able to come to school in more active ways. Children said that when they come to school in the car it feels more stressful as they are often late and get stuck in traffic.
We carried out traffic surveys on different days and different times and discovered that between 10 and 46 vehicles pass our school, on Kirkdale, every minute. It goes without saying that the busiest times are at the beginning and the end of each school day. We talked about how this makes it more dangerous for children who are walking to school. As part of Clean Air Day, we carried out hands up survey to find out how children come to school. We discovered that only 54% of children walk to school. We have installed air quality monitors to record the levels of a polluting gas, known as nitrogen dioxide and these will give us an indication of how bad the pollution is around our school.
Making improvements to our school site
We were joined by Bryan Strom, governor and architect, who supported us in looking at our school site and evaluating how the spaces we used. We have been looking at how we can improve the biodiversity of our school and make our school site ‘greener’ and more sustainable. Children are keen for there to be more plants and more opportunity for plants to grow around the school. We also met with KG Circle and put forward proposals on how our play and learning spaces can be improved in a sustainable way and the impact this would have on children and their learning experiences. We hope that some of our suggestions will inform future plans.
We are also celebrating our success in encouraging Lewisham Council to collect our foodwaste. Like food waste collected from Lewisham’s homes, school food waste is now sent for anaerobic digestion and converted into renewable energy and fertiliser.
The Eco Warriors helped maintain the cleanliness of the school grounds and ensuring that we have a healthy environment. They worked hard litter picking and making sure that plants in the planters were watered regularly in the hot weather.
I look forward to new welcoming new School Council representatives being elected in September.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who turned out for the children’s Sports Days, it was wonderful to see so many of you cheering on the children.
Thank you to Mr Gibbs for the fantastic organisation and to Mr Djavit and Coach Taryn for all their help running the days.
Free School Meals KS2
Free School Meals for ALL Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 Pupils
We are delighted to inform you that the Mayor of London is ensuring all primary school children in London will receive free school meals for the next academic year – (September 2023 to July 2024).
The Mayor knows families are struggling with the current cost-of-living crisis, and has taken the decision to fund this free school meal offer.
The Government currently funds all Reception, Y1 & Y2 pupil meals (universal free school meals), so only Nursery pupils will be required to pay for school meals from September.
We would still encourage ALL parents/carers to apply for free school meals (means tested) to help raise much needed extra funding for our school. If your application is successful you will also receive the ‘free school meal holiday vouchers’ championed by Marcus Rashford, as well reduced-price clubs and residential trips.
Please note that this scheme will not clear any previous school dinner debt, and we ask that you make full payment this week via Pay360 or cash via the school office.
If you plan to change your child’s meal pattern for September, please don’t forget to fill out our Pupil Meal Choices form.
FSM Tesco Holiday Vouchers
We will once again be proving holiday vouchers for families in receipt of ‘means tested’ free school meals. The £90 Tesco voucher will be emailed out early next week.
Breakfast Club & ClubXtra
You will be pleased to know that both Breakfast Club and ClubXtra will not increase in price next year.
All club users will need to complete a new contract and pay any outstanding fees. We reserve the right to deny access to our childcare services if you have outstanding debt and have not arranged an affordable repayment plan.
Please 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 your child, and confirm that no changes need to be made.
If you need help, you can read the instructions here: INSTRUCTIONS or contact the school office.
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 15th September from 3.15pm.
Letters sent home
Governors' and Friends News
the KG Circle
A huge thank you to everyone who attended, supported, and participated in our Summer Fair last month. It was a lovely afternoon filled with fun and laughter and the perfect way to celebrate the end of a great year for all. The KG Circle would like to extend their thanks to all of the brilliant volunteers, staff, and Y6 helpers, whom without the event wouldn’t have been possible.
A wonderful £3100 was made from the event which will go towards resources for the school, including playground improvements, plants and trees. We are working closely with the school council, listening to the children’s ideas and understanding how and where the money made from our events and initiatives can be best spent to benefit the school and our children. We will keep you informed on all forthcoming projects in the new term, and what these funds will be spent on.
Westbrook Bay Seaside trip 17th August 2023 You can purchase tickets at Kelvin Grove Community Centre Monday- Thursday 9.00am – 15.30pm
Battersea Zoo Day trip 3rd August 2023 You can purchase tickets at Kelvin Grove Community Centre Monday- Thursday 9.00am – 15.30pm CASH only
Comedy Special Saturday 29th July 2023
Fundraising event for the Community Supermarket
Tickets for the event can be purchased online here
and tickets for the raffle fundraiser can be purchased from the Sydenham Community Supermarket. See the poster for all the prizes!
Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank CFC on Monday 10.00am – 11.30am
Stay & Play at Eliot Bank CFC on Mondays 11.45am – 12.30am
Little Green Fingers Day AM 10.ooam-11.30am & PM Sessions 12.00pm – 1.30pm at Kelvin Grove CFC on Tuesdays
Baby Massage at Eliot Bank CFC on Wednesdays 10.00am – 11.30am
Summer Splash at Eliot Bank CFC on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.00pm on 27th July and 10th August
Sydenham Community Supermarket at Kelvin Grove CFC on Thursdays 09.00am – 14.00pm £3.50 membership fee per week
Free Legal Advice Duncan Lewis via phone call 0208 613 0172 for appointment
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.
Please check out our noticeboard in the main playground for all the latest news, updates and ways to help.
#KST #GIVEBACK #TCT
Our gofundme page, with all donations going directly to the Kelvin Grove Community Centre is here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/kids-support-tree
Facebook: Kid’s Support Tree
Open trails season 23/24
Ballers SE are holding open trials to add players to their teams for 23/24 season.
Every Saturday and Sunday in JUNE & JULY
10.30am – 11.30am
Age groups from Year 2 – Year 7
Kangley Bridge Road
Free Summer Holiday Camp
Starting in July, Lewisham Borough are hosting free Summer Camps which are available for four weeks, Monday to Thursday from 10.00am – 2.00pm.
The camp is FREE for all those who qualify for Benefit related free school meals. We also have paid spaces available at the camp for those who are not eligible for free school meals.
St Marks Downham, Baudwin Road, Catford, SE6 1RN
Week 1: 24th – 27th July
Week 2: 31st – 3rd August
Week 3: 7th – 10th August
Week 4: 14th – 17th August
02081389663 or 07756826105 Email
S-Factor Athletics Academy
S-Factor Academy is a dynamic, inclusive athletics club catering to the Kent and South East regions. Inspiring young people to develop life skills and achieve their full potential through sport.
All athletes and abilities welcome:
Age 7+ years and all abilities
Led by Coach Adam
10.00am – 11.00am &
11:15am – 12:15pm
Age 7-12 years
Led by Coach Darren and Cal
Wednesday 6.00pm – 7:30pm
Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm
Led by Coach Mensah
Wednesday 6.00pm – 7:30pm
Find us at the trackside
Ladywell Arena, Silvermere Rd, London SE6 4QX
Festival14: Family Fun
Festival14 is back with a packed programme of activities from theatre, music, comedy and family activities. Whilst most of our events are family-friendly, we’ve put together a special programme for our youngest festivalgoers to keep them entertained.
With a wide range of events including face painting sessions, family concerts, art workshops (including drawing and sculpting with clay) , Theatre and Dance shows. See the full children’s programme here.
Friday 28th July to Sunday 30th July 2023, times vary
Perform in the Park
Children aged 4-10 can join us on an exciting adventure as we skip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man to see the Wizard. Your child will delight in discovering the Ruby Slippers and exploring the magical world of Oz with our friendly team of singers, dancers and actors
These five-day course run over the following weeks during the summer holidays:
Monday 24th to Friday 28th July
Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August
Monday 7th to Friday 11th August
Monday 14th to Friday 18th August
Monday 21th to Friday 25th August
For more information visit Perform.org.uk/wizard
or call: 02072559120
Jack and the Beanstalk panto
This year Joy Producitons are bringing Jack and the Beanstalk to the wonderful, newly refurbished, Catford Broadway Theatre. This new adaption has been especially written and directed by Susie McKenna for South London.
Jack, his mum and their cow Caroline live in the Kingdom of Lewishfarm and life is tough; the people are poorer, and the rich are getting richer.
Everyone is at the mercy of Giant Blunderbore and his evil cockroach henchman Boris (who, by the way, secretly wants to destroy humanity)
Will Jack fulfil his destiny? Will Caroline the Cow become a Tik Tok star? Will Jack’s Mum find love in the audience?
Wednesday 13th December – Sunday 31st December 2023
Range between £8.50 – £35.00