Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 11 - Autumn Term - 9th December 2022
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December
Christmas tree sale outside school
Monday 12th December
Year 1 Festive Concert at 9:15 am in the Large Hall
Year 2 Festive Concert at 2:45 pm in the Large Hall
Tuesday 13th December
Year 3 & 4 Festive Concert at All Saints Church, Kingston at 10:15 - 11:00 am
Year 5 & 6 Festive Concert at All Saints Church, Kingston at 1:30 - 2:30 pm
PSA Pre-loved Fashion Event at 7:00 pm in school
Wednesday 14th December
Christmas Lunch in school
Thursday 15th December
Class Christmas parties (MUFTI / dress up day) and pantomime performances
Friday 16th December - last day of term & MUFTI (non-uniform) day
SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1:30 PM
Saturday 17th December
Christmas tree sale outside school
Monday 19th December - Tuesday 3rd January
Tuesday 3rd January
INSET Day - children are not in school
Wednesday 4th January
Children return to school
Last day of term
Friday 16th is the last day of term. It is a mufti day and the children may wear their own clothes to school - but no football kits please!
School closes early on Friday, and we are staggering dismissal to ensure the children can be collected promptly.
Reception, Year 1 & 2 - 1:25 pm Nursery and Years 3 - 6 - 1:30 pm
If your child missed their nasal flu immunisation in school last month, there is an opportunity to receive it at one of the community catch-up clinics. Please see the letter from the Healthcare Immunisation Team attached below for further information.
If you are a volunteer reader or regularly help in the classroom, please check with your class teacher to confirm if you are needed in school next week. Timetables tend to change in the last week of term, especially at this festive time of year! Thank you for your continuing support – it is greatly appreciated by all staff and the children you work with.
Flu Immunisation Community Catch Up Clinics
Clubs Schedule Spring Term 2023
Lunches for the first half of the spring term will be available to order through ParentPay next week. Please look out for an email.
The order deadline for the first week back after the Christmas break is midnight Sunday 25th December.
Next term's extracurricular lunchtime and after school clubs for children in Years 1 through to 6 are now available to book. The club timetable and information on how to book is attached below and published on our website.
For school run clubs, payment must be made through ParentPay. For clubs run by external providers, bookings should be made directly with the providers and not school. Click here for their contact details.
The club timetable for next week is as follows:
Monday 12th December - all Monday clubs as usual (due to the extra bank holiday on 19th September)
Keyboards - Monday 12th (lunchtime)
JA Invasion Games - Tuesday 13th
Athletics - Friday 16th at 1:30 pm
Christmas Jumper Day
Children and staff looked absolutely fantastic in their Christmas jumpers on Thursday! Thank you to everyone for showing your support for Save the Children, a charity working to improve the lives of children all over the world. If you would like to donate, please click here and enter our Christmas Jumper Day reference number: CJD220011631. When you donate to Christmas Jumper Day before 1st March, the UK government will match your donation.
Well done to all the children in Nursery and Reception who performed to their families this week. It takes lots of courage to sing in front of so many people! We hope you will be able to join us next week for the Year 1 and Year 2 concerts in school on Monday and the juniors' concert at All Saints Church on Tuesday.
Class Christmas Party Day
The children will have their class Christmas parties next Thursday 15th December. It is a mufti (non-uniform) day and the children may wear party clothes to school.Thank you so much to all the Class Reps who are coordinating food donations and parent helpers for the party. Please may we remind you that we are a nut-free school and to be mindful of any food allergies or dietary requirements in your class. There will be NO school lunches served on this day – the children will have a party lunch together in their classrooms. If you have ordered a school lunch via ParentPay for this day, your order will be cancelled and, if your child is in Year 3 or above, your account credited.
Children in Reception through to Year 6 will also enjoy a very special performance of the pantomime Aladdin and our Nursery children will be entertained by Froggle the Magican. Thank you so much to the PSA for funding this.
Don't forget, if your child would like to give Christmas cards to their friends, please send them into school by Monday 12th December. The children can post them in their class post boxes, and they will be handed out during the week.
Book of the Week
'Tyger' by SF Said
In a strange alternate world, where the British Empire has never ended, a young boy called Adam has uncovered something incredible in a rubbish dump in London – a mysterious, mythical, magical animal. A Tyger.
'Tyger' is a spellbinding, lyrical story about the spark inside all of us that has the potential to change the world. It is also an exquisitely illustrated book and would make an excellent gift. Highly recommended!
Fern Hill Footballers...what a win!
"Fern Hill Year 5 and 6 footballers won 8 - 0 against Alexandra School in the match on Tuesday 6th December. Each team had seven players, but there had to be at least three girls and 3 boys on the pitch. Fern Hill started on the attack and were leading 6 - 0 at half-time. Alexandra School, playing away from their home pitch, had a few chances in the second-half, but Fern Hill scored another two goals to secure their place in the next round of the competition! At the end of the match, sportsmanship was shown with shaking hands and lots of "well done" being offered by both teams. Congratulations to the Fern Hill players on this big win!"
~ Seraphina and Kian, Year 6
"Thank you to all the parents who came and supported the team - it was great to see so many of you. And a big thank you to the three students from The Kingston Academy who came and officiated the match for us.
We find out who we are playing after Christmas, so watch this space for news of the next match!"
~ Mrs Lawn, Sports Lead
The overall winner this week is COOMBE
PSA News & Events
Festive Magic Show - thank you!
Thank you so much to the organisers and all the volunteers who helped make the Festive Magic Show such a brilliant event! The children had a wonderful time.
Festive Hamper Raffle - prize collection
Our Festive Hamper Raffle has now been drawn! Make sure you check your emails to see if you have won a prize. Winners can collect their prizes from the Discovery Zone at drop-off and pick-up times from this Friday until the end of term. The Discovery Zone is in the infants' playground, by the Forest Fun area and on the way to the Secret Garden. If you cannot collect from school at these times, PLEASE email the PSA at: firstname.lastname@example.org, as we need to hand over all prizes before the end of term.
Pre-Loved Fashion Sale - Tuesday 13th December
There is still time to book your ticket for our Pre-Loved Fashion Sale, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Small Hall - please click here. Tickets cost £2, and you can enjoy a glass of fizz and a mince pie while you browse the bargains! Thank you to everyone who has donated clothing.
Christmas tree sale - this weekend
Christmas trees will be for sale outside school over this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday and also next Saturday 17th December.
PSA Comedy Night - Saturday 4th February 2023
A date for your diaries! The PSA will be holding a Comedy Night in the Large Hall on the evening of Saturday 4th February. More details of the brilliant acts and how to book tickets will be sent out in the new year.