Parent’s Evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday were a great opportunity for you to come into school, meet your child’s teacher and celebrate the wonderful start your children have made to this school year.
The first part of the autumn term is so important. Learning behaviours across the school are exemplary. I try to walk into every classroom, every day and feel incredibly proud when I do.
School attendance is a real focus this year, not just here at KG but nationally. The importance of high and consistent attendance at school is closely linked not only to children’s academic success, but also their mental wellbeing. Please ensure that children are only kept off school if they are too ill to attend.
A pupil who is persistently absent (below 90%) would have had at least 20 days off by the end of the year so we are expected to write to and remind parents when their child’s attendance falls below (90%). Our school target remains 96%.
I hope you all have a restful half term break.
Black History Celebrations
As part of our Black History celebrations, children learnt about a number of influential Black women who have been awarded a Blue Plaque.
We were blown away by all the incredible pieces of work we received for our Black History Celebration Gallery. Children from all year groups chose and researched Black women, who do not currently have a Blue Plaque, and told us all the reasons why they deserve one. We had posters, plaques, diorama’s, sculptures and presentations, all displayed in the main hall.
Thank you to all the children who participated and all the parents who visited the exhibition.
We will be counting the votes and announcing the chosen woman to be put forth to English Heritage after half term!
See more of the amazing work here.
We held a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 13th October in remembrance of KG staff: Jim Gibbs, Caroline Louden, Al Moore and Jeena Sanchez who all worked and gave so much to our school.
Year 5 finished their portrait and illustration work this week which culminated in redesigning their very own Spider-Man (or Woman!). Everyone made great progress, developing their own artistic style and painted fabulous works in watercolours.
Enrichment Clubs Autumn 2023
Our enrichment clubs returned on Monday 2nd October. Please see the letter detailing clubs available. We still have some club places available via your SCOPAY account in Trips and Events.
All lost property is stored in the ClubXtra cupboard. Alison Jupp, our ClubXtra 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 Fridays from 3.00pm.
Governors' and Friends News
The KG Circle
Happy Friday all.
We would like to thank everyone who completed a IQ celebration design card, amazingly nearly 100 children got involved with their fabulous, imaginative designs for all types of celebrations.
Well done to the children for your creativity and to the parents and carers for getting them in to us on time.
We are happy to share the date for our next event on Tuesday 31st October, where we will be having a Black History Celebration between 3:15-4.00pm for you all to enjoy. Expect some yummy African and Caribbean treats, both savoury and sweet, on sale on the day too.
We welcome all families to join in with making something sweet or savoury to contribute to the event. PLEASE NO NUTS due to allergies.
If you would like to join the team or just find out more information about what we do, please do join us at – The KG Circle Welcome Morning & Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 9am Friday 3rd November 2023.
We will share with you; who we are and our aims, what the AGM is about, and how you can sign up to become a team member or event volunteer, helping on the day or with preparation before. Working together is so important and we will be sharing all news and plans with you at the Welcome Morning. We hope to see you there.
Enjoy the half term break!
Adiós til then.
Wei, Jen, Sam, Emily, Einat, Julie & Becky
See the poster for all the activities happening over half term!
Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank CFC on Monday 10.00am – 11.30am
Mini Music Players at Eliot Bank CFC on Monday 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Stay & Play at Eliot Bank CFC on Tuesday 10.00am-11.30am
Mini Art Attack at Eliot Bank CFC on Wednesday 10.00am – 11.00am
Mini Chefs at Eliot Bank CFC on Wednesday 12.30pm – 2.00pm Fully booked
Sydenham Community Supermarket at Kelvin Grove on Thursdays 9.00am – 2.00pm Half term opening time £3.50 membership fee per week
Employment and Training Back to Work advice and support at Kelvin Grove CFC on Thursdays 10.00am – 2.00pm
Health Visitor Clinic at Eliot Bank CFC on Thursdays 10.00am – 2.00pm by appointment only
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.
#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
Gallery in the air
A fantastic series of free, open-air exhibitions giving a platform to local young, black artists. Taking place each Saturday throughout October from 10.00am – 4.00pm in Deptford Market Yard. There will also be an indoor space showcasing and celebrating the rich heritage and history of Britain’s black communities – from miners to dockworkers, from Britain’s Black Panthers to the roots of the Notting Hill Carnival.
When: Saturday 21st and 28th October
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Where: Deptford Market Yard, SE8
Black History Month at The Green Man
Join us on Tuesday 24th October 2023, 5.00pm – 7.00pm, at The Green Man to celebrate Black History Month and this year’s theme: Celebrating Our Sisters.
Enjoy a Zen-den, massages, arts and crafts, information stalls and more. Plus, we’ll have talks by special guest speakers Phoenix Resident and Chair of the Board, Carmen Simpson and Councillor Rachel Onikosi.
Find out more here.
This is a free event that is open to everyone however spaces are limited, so book your place now! Children must be accompanied.
When: Tuesday 24th October 2023
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Where: The Green Man, 355 Bromley Road, London, SE6 2RP
Black Book Festival 2023
Black Book Festival 2023 Event at Goldsmiths, University of London
This grassroots festival will showcase the Black community’s worldwide contribution to literature and books. Visitors can browse 30 stalls which showcase African-Caribbean books. It includes opportunities to hear from new and exciting Black authors, family sessions and workshops for budding writers, publishers and those who would like to understand more about the global book industry.
This event is free to attend but there is a cost for some of the seminars – please book ahead.
When: Saturday 21st October
Time: 11.00am – 7.00pm
Where: Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 6NW
Isis Damali at Catford Library
Catford Library are excited to be hosting an author talk and book launch with 9 year old author, Isis Damali!
Come along and meet Isis, for a reading of her debut picture book ‘Isis Meets Isis’. This will be a fun and informative event for the whole family, and a great way to inspire children and young people. ‘Isis Meets Isis’ is a book about finding the meaning of your name and exploring your identity. Take part in fun Egyptian themed crafts and purchase a signed copy of Isis’s book.
When: Saturday 28th October
Time: 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Where: Catford Library, SE6 4JU
2.30 pm – In the first section of the event you will hear from Isis and find out what inspired her to write her book. With a reading and Q&A.
3.00pm – Crafts and Activities – feel free to stay for as little or long as you like. You will have the chance to find out about your name and identity with the help of library staff.
Black British Book Festival Southbank
The Black British Book Festival is a vibrant and inclusive celebration for the whole family! Mark your calendars for an unforgettable weekend on 27th and 28th October. We’ve dedicated ourselves to curating an exceptional festival program that showcases the incredible talent of Black British authors hailing from all corners of the United Kingdom.
To kick off this extraordinary event, we are thrilled to announce that the internationally renowned singer-songwriter, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, will grace our opening ceremony with the launch of her book ‘Believe’,
Join us as we bring together literary enthusiasts, aspiring writers, and avid readers to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Black British literature. With a diverse lineup of talented authors, engaging discussions, inspiring workshops, and interactive activities, including a dance workshop for children with Oti Mabuse, this festival promises to be an unforgettable experience for all ages.
With free events throughout our book tour and the majority of events at the festival also being free, we have made it a priority to ensure accessibility for all. Come and join us for an inclusive and unforgettable experience.
Ballers Half Term Camp
Ballers October Half Term Camp
Boys and girls of all abilities are invited to join 5 days full of multi-sports and fun!
Ages: 4 – 14
All of our coached are:
Child Safeguarding Trained
When: Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October (Please note that your child can attend one or all dates)
Time: 9am- 4pm (Please provide your child with a packed lunch for the day)
Price: £25 per day
the national Sleep helpline
At any given time up to 40% of adults and 50% of children (this rises to 80% with a SEND diagnosis) have difficulties with their sleep. Yet in a recent survey, almost 60% of adults felt there was a lack of support for sleep issues. Sleep problems can leave people feeling isolated and lonely.
Our free helpline is run by trained sleep advisors, many of whom are specialists in working with SEND. We can talk to young people directly, or parents (we can also talk to adults, including older people, about their sleep issues).
The helpline is open five times a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings 7.00pm – 9.00pm, and Monday, Wednesday mornings 9.00 -11.00 am. The number is 03303 530 541.