Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 1 - Autumn Term 14th September 2018
Monday 17th September
Year 1 Drama Workshop
Wednesday 19th September
Reception Parents Meeting, 9.00am in the Large Hall
Thursday 20th September
Year 6 Trip to France (overnight)
Friday 21st September
Year 3 Recorder lessons begin
Year 5 cake sale
Monday 24th September
Nursery Parents Meeting, 9.00am & 2.45pm in the Large Hall
Friday 28th September
PSA Macmillan Coffee Morning, 9.00 - 10.30am in the Small Hall
Wednesday 3rd October
PSA Welcome Evening for new parents, 6.30 - 7.30pm PSA Annual General Meeting, 7.30 - 9.00pm
Friday 5th October
Year 6 cake sale
Please can we ask parents and carers NOT to park on the slip road at Tiffin Girls' School at any time.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Parent Meetings for Years 1 - 6. We hope you found them useful. The presentations for each year group are now available on the website under the appropriate Year Group page along with their Learning Map for the first half of this term. Please click on 'Year Groups' in the drop down Menu box to find your Year Group page.
There will be a meeting for our new Reception parents on Wednesday 19th September at 9.00 am and our Nursery parents on Monday 24th September. Parents of children who attend the Daisy AM session are invited to the 9.00 am meeting and Daisy PM, the 2.45 pm meeting. The presentations and Learning Maps will be posted on the website after the meetings.
Year group weekly newsletters
Our after school clubs started this week with two exceptions: Orchestra club will start on Friday 21st September and Start to Sing club will start after half term, on Monday 5th November. If your child is attending a lunchtime club, they will need a packed lunch from home for that day. All after school club information, including dates, can be found on the school website under 'After School & Lunchtime Clubs'.
Kingston Music Service school tuition lessons start next week. Please remember to send your child to school with their instrument on the day of their lesson. If you have any queries regarding your child's tuition with Kingston Music Service, please contact them directly by telephone on 0208 547 5050 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pupil expectations and general information for parents
At the start of this new school year, we will be talking to the children about how they should present themselves and behave in school. You can find further information on our expectations on the website here. We ask all families to support us in making our school a place where everyone can work together in a calm and well-ordered environment which is conducive to teaching and learning and would be very grateful if you could discuss them with your child at home. Please note in particular that children may not wear earrings in school. We would also like to remind you that we are are nut free school - please do not send your child into school with nuts or products containing nuts.
PSA News & Events
Second hand uniform sale
We will be holding a second hand uniform sale on Friday 21st September from 2.45 to 3.30 pm outside school reception. If you have any school uniform items including shoes, PE kit, ties and book bags in good, reusable condition that you can donate, please complete the donation form (attached to this newsletter) and attach it to a bag with your items inside. Donations can be left in a marked plastic crate which will be outside school reception from drop-off through to pick-up each morning next week from next Monday to Thursday. Please ensure all items are washed and ready to sell! All money raised will go to the PSA school funds. Thank you in advance for your donations.
Dates for your diary
A full list of all PSA events for this academic year will be sent out via Parent Pay next week. In the meantime, please put the following dates for September and October in your diary.
Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September from 9.00 to 10.30am.
PSA Welcome for New Parents on Wednesday 3rd October from 6.30 to 7.30pm
PSA Committee Meeting on Wednesday 3rd October from 7.30 to 9.00pm
Dads' Breakfast on Friday 12th October from 8.00 to 8.45am
Full information about these and other events will be sent out soon and we look forward to seeing many of you there!
Bedtime Story Writing Competition
During assembly this week we told all the children from Year 1 to Year 6 about a bedtime story writing competition run by the Book People. There are three age categories: 5-7, 8-9 and 10-11 with the opportunity to win £250 of books. The overall winner will have their story illustrated and published! The closing date is 29th October 2018 and you can find all the details of the competition here at www.bookpeople.co.uk
If your child does decide to enter, please do ask them to give Mrs Stephenson a copy of their story to share with everyone. Happy writing!
Year 2 Trip to West Wittering
Year 2 had a brilliant time on their trip to West Wittering beach trip this week. We were all very pleased that the weather was so sunny! The children were exceptionally well behaved and had great fun collecting shells and building amazing sand sculptures on the beach. A huge thank you to all the parents that gave up their time to join us. A special thank you to Mr Pantling too for all his support on the day!
Mrs Farr & the Year 2 team.
Year 3 Trip to Thames Young Mariners
This week, Year 3 children spent a day at Thames Young Mariners, a unique 25 acre site alongside the River Thames between Richmond and Kingston dedicated to learning and discovery in the natural environment. The children all took part in a variety of challenging outdoor activities which focused on developing their collaborative skills, ranging from orienteering to build their map reading skills to team challenges and archery. Plenty of fun was had by all despite the chilly weather!
Mrs Haughton & the Year 3 team