Discussions with children around war and conflict sometimes feel difficult but necessary. You can’t turn on the news and not be deeply affected by the suffering in the Middle East at the moment.
Remembrance Day is a time when we are all asked to reflect and remember all those lives given in wars fighting for freedom and democracy.
As well as supporting the Poppy Appeal, we will be collecting money for Save the Children UK Gaza Emergency Appeal. Christmas Jumper Day donations will be added to this.
Thank you for your support.
Last week we discussed with children the importance of light and hope and across many celebrations and religions. It was Diwali, the festival of light, this weekend and we hope all our families who celebrated it had a wonderful weekend. Key to any discussions with children about conflict and suffering is the idea of hope for resolution and peace.
Sadly at the beginning of this term, we said goodbye to Helen Heavey who has been at the heart of KG and our office. After 16 years of service she has decided to retire. I pass on the thanks of the whole community for her service and wish her a long and happy retirement. She is part of the local community and will still be popping in and out of school.
Topic Launch Trips!
Year 4 have had wonderful visits to Surrey Dock Farms learning about how animals are cared for and where our food comes from. It was an eye opening experience and especially fun feeding the animals!
Year 6 had a blast visiting Queen Mary University’s Centre of the Cell to launch their science driven topic this term ‘Pump It Up!’ The children were able to play interactive games about cell biology, many of them based on the research from Queen Mary’s own scientists working in the laboratories below the STEM Pod. It was amazing to meet one of the scientists and see their labs as we walked through the building. Read more about their visit here!
Odd Socks Day!
Friday 17th November we will be Odd Socks day at KG in support of Anti-Bullying Week.
The idea behind Odd Socks Day is that it’s not bad to stand out, and kids can be proud of their uniqueness and differences.
Year 3 Choir
The children in choir have been working on their performance skills alongside their singing. Check out their spooky rendition of Haunted Houses!
Enrichment Clubs Autumn 2023
Our enrichment clubs continue this term, 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 3.15pm.
Coding Expert Wanted!
We are in search of a coder or two! If you have knowledge of and skills using; Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python, and are interested in running a Coding Club at Kelvin Grove please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with Mrs Jupp or Miss Gibbs.
Letters sent home
Governors' and Friends News
The KG Circle
Last Friday The KG Circle held its annual AGM to discuss our plans and welcome new volunteers into our group. Thank you to all of you who showed up and expressed an interest in getting involved, we welcomed several new parents into the group and as always would love to hear from more of you who couldn’t attend, but are interested in learning more about the KG Circle and how you can help.
Friday 15th December 2023
Winter Fair, 3.15 pm – 5.00 pm
See the poster for all the activities happening over half term!
Babies & Crawlers at Eliot Bank CFC on Monday 10.00am – 11.30am
Sharing REAL with parents at Eliot Bank CFC on Monday 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Latino Bambino Toddlers at TNG on Tuesdays 9.30am-10.15am
Latino Bambino Mum & Baby at TNG on Tuesdays 10.00am-11.30am
Adventure Time (soft play) at TNG on Wednesdays 10.00am-11.30am
Messy Play at TNG on Thursdays 10.00am – 11.30am
Sydenham Community Supermarket at Kelvin Grove on Thursdays 9.00am – 2.00pm Half term opening time £3.50 membership fee per week.
We can now accept healthy start vouchers for your shopping at Sydenham Community supermarket. Do you have children under 4? Have you registered for your Healthy Start vouchers? Use this link to register for your vouchers now.
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
Mini Chefs at Eliot Bank CFC on Thursdays 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Parent and Toddler Sound & Movement at Eliot Bank CFC on Fridays 9.30am – 11.00am
L.I.F.E. Cooking Sessions for mums aged 16-35 at Eliot Bank CFC on Fridays 11.00am – 1.15pm
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.
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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
Honor Oak Baptist Church Winter Fair
Raising funds for several charities including St. Christopher’s Hospice, Traidcraft, African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Stop by for tea and cake, pick up a bargain, meet friends and neighbours, take a moment to view the church and church hall – a popular venue available for hire – ideal for children’s parties.
Bric-a-brac, handmade crafts, books, toys, cards, coffee, tea, cakes and more!
When: Saturday 18th November 2023
Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm
Location: Honor Oak Baptist Church
More info on the website: www.hobc.org.uk
Honor Oak Baptist Church,
East Dulwich, Southwark, SE22 0SG
Family Craft Saturdays
Join Horniman Museum’s volunteer team on Saturday afternoons for family craft activities inspired by the Museum’s collections. Learn about some of the 350,000 objects in the Horniman’s collections, and discover more about music, nature, wildlife, and the world around us.
Get stuck into some crafts and have fun with Horniman’s wonderful volunteers at these free, drop-in sessions.
Time: 2pm- 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)
Perfect for children aged 3 and above. (Children must be accompanied by an adult).
Why do leaves change colour and fall in autumn? Join this session on 18th and 25th November to learn why and get crafty by creating your own leaves mask!
Tell a story of YOU
This activity is inspired by Naomi Hobson exhibition ‘Adolescent Wonderland’. On 2nd December, join us to create a piece of collage by decorating a box with all the things you like to create and tell the story of you.
Christmas card recycling
Join us on 9th and 16th December to discover a fun way to make new Christmas decorations recycling old Christmas cards!
Location: Education Centre – near the entrance
Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ
The Kiln Rooms Xmas Sale
The Kilm Rooms shows act as a showcase for between 80-100 up and coming artists and designers working with ceramics and takes place across their Bellenden Road and Copeland Park studios. It’s a great opportunity to see a range of handmade work, meet the makers and see the studios where the work itself was made. All work on display is for sale and in buying work you’re helping support the maker’s ongoing practice. Check out a few of their makers on the Members page or on Instagram.
5% of all sales from the Christmas Sale will go to FiredUp4, helping to bring ceramics facilities and education to young people who need it most.
£2 for drinks
Family and dog friendly
Friday 24th November
5.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 25th November & Sunday 26th November
11.00am – 5.00pm
Bach to Baby Festive Family Concert
Magical music, festive frolics, sparkles and spices, oh my! Grab your friends, harness up your fastest reindeer and meet us at a Bach to Baby Christmas concert for the perfect prelude to the holiday season! Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed concert series for babies, toddlers and their families to enjoy together.
The Snowman and Other Tales
When: Friday 24th November
Let it Snow!
When: Wednesday 13th December
Doors open 30 minutes before the concert starts The concert lasts around 45 minutes.
Tickets: Adults £15.00 – with up to 2 children FREE with every adult ticket
Where: St Bartholomew’s Church, 4 Westwood Hill, London SE26 6QR
For more info check the website
Havelock Walk Winter Weekend
Havelock Walk Studios will be back with their annual festive weekend of open art studios where you can see a range of different local artists work in their personal studios. Painting, photography, prints, sculpture, design and lots of festive fun in Forest Hill. Expect Food, drinks and music!
2nd and 3rd December
11am – 5pm
Havelock Walk, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3HG
In partnership with Canvas and Cream as part of Havelockwalk’s awesome Winter Weekend.
Sisterhood Arts will be taking over the gallery space in Canvas and Cream with different stalls showcasing the work and wares of phenomenal female creatives.
Come and bask in Forest Hill’s collective festive creativity, shop small this Christmas and you will not be disappointed!
When: 2nd and 3rd December
Time: 11am – 6pm
Where: Canvas & Cream,
18 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3HF
Lewisham Parent Carers Forum
Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum (LPCF) are a registered charity. We are a group of parent carers who have children or young people with a disability or additional need, living in the Borough of Lewisham.
The aim of the Parent Forum is to encourage parent participation and engagement and to get the best services for our children. Working with the local authority, education, health and social care, voluntary organisations and universal services, we feedback your views, provide support and run workshops.
We provide free training workshops on SEN Support, EHCPs, Preparing for Adulthood, The Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and many other topics. We run coffee mornings, parent forum meetings with professional speakers. We have a transitions project, benefits and finances adviser and family support worker. We also run an up to date website and monthly newsletters. We are currently running a Girls Autism Group every fortnight – ages 10 to 18 years.
Please do join our Parent Forum by
Calling: 075345 68020