Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 11 - Spring Term 29th March 2019
Tuesday 2nd April
Curriculum Evening at 6.45 pm in the Large Hall
Wednesday 3rd April
Year 4 drama workshop in school
Friday 5th April - last day of term
Easter bonnet parade in school
School closes at 1.30 pm
Tuesday 23rd April
Children return to school for the summer term
Wednesday 24th April
Year 4 Chestnut class visit the Kingston Mosque
Thursday 25th April
Year 5 Football team compete in the Football Festival at Kew AFC
Friday 26th April
School Journey meeting for Year 5 parents at 2.15 pm
Monday 29th April
Year 4 Larch & Yew classes visit the Kingston Mosque
Monday 29th April
Year 4 Chestnut class swimming lessons begin at the Kingfisher Centre
Tuesday 30th April
Year 3 Elm class visits Gatton Park
Wednesday 1st May
Year 4 Larch class swimming lessons begin at the Kingfisher Centre
Thursday 2nd May
Lavender class parent assembly at 9.00 am in the Large Hall
Friday 3rd May
Year 2 drama workshop in school
Friday 3rd May
Year 2 cake sale at 3.00 pm
Monday 6th May
BANK HOLIDAY - children are not in school
Tuesday 7th May
Year 4 Yew class swimming lessons begin at the Kingfisher Centre
Tuesday 7th May
Year 5 leave for the School Journey at Grosvenor Hall (returning 10th May)
Tuesday 7th May
Year 3 Beech & Rowan classes visit Gatton Park
Thursday 9th May
Cornflower class parent assembly at 9.00 am in the Large Hall
Thursday 9th May
Year 3 drama workshop in school
Friday 10th May
Year 5 return from the School Journey at Grosvenor Hall (afternoon)
Key dates for the summer term are available on the website here.
Please don’t forget to book your child’s lunches for the first half of the summer term. You can find the menu and information on how to book on our website here.
The deadline for booking lunches for the first week back after the Easter break is Monday 1st April 2019.
After School & Lunchtime Clubs
Clubs are now available to book for the summer term. They will start week beginning Monday 29th April and will run for 10 sessions. Please note that places are available for children in Year 1 – 6 only and are allocated on a first come first served basis. The deadline for booking varies from club to club so check on our website here for further information and application forms. The last day for booking Fern Hill run clubs is Tuesday 23rd April. You can find the details of all the clubs on our website under 'Extra Curricular Clubs & Activities'. An application form is attached below.
Year Group Newsletters
Fern Hill Clubs Application Form
Lunch Menu Summer Term
London Scottish Rugby Taster
Autism Awareness Week
Next week, we will be taking part in Autism Awareness Week. Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families, this means that autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. Autism Awareness Week offers the children the opportunity to reflect on what makes us all different and how this can be celebrated. Some of the resources we will be using can be found on the National Autistic Society website here.
After School Club Notices
The following catch up sessions will run next week:
Monday 1st April – Start to Sing
Tuesday 2nd April – Choir, Tag Rugby & Advanced Chess (a free bonus session!)
Wednesday 3rd April – Junior Football, Dance/Zumba & Hockey
Friday 5th April – Orchestra, which will run after school closes, from 1.30 - 2.30 pm.
Don’t forget to register your place at this year’s Curriculum Evening which will be held on Tuesday 2nd April at 6.45 pm. It’s an opportunity for parents and carers across all year groups to gain a greater insight into teaching and learning at Fern Hill through four workshops which will cover a wide range of topics: teaching ‘maths for mastery’, learning platforms for you to use at home, excellence in behaviour, and how our curriculum inspires a love of learning. A summary of the content of each workshop is available on our website here.
We wish Mrs Brock a temporary fond farewell as she begins her maternity leave next week. Good luck Mrs Brock, we are looking forward to meeting your new addition very soon!
Keep up to date with information about local events and activities on our Community page. There are a few new posts, including an invitation to SpringFest at Latchmere Recreation Ground this weekend and details of local swimming lessons and an athletics and hockey club. If you would like an item included on this page, please email the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org with details. You can find the Community page in the main menu of the website here.
We welcomed Spring at Fern Hill this week with the return of our ‘living eggs’. On Monday, ten eggs arrived in an incubator and by Wednesday we had ten beautiful chicks! The children have been amazed and excited to watch the first stages of a chicken’s life cycle, from hatching to a chick. The chicks will be spending the weekend with Miss Davies and next week, they will spend time with the children in their classrooms. Did you know chicks can take one to twenty fours hours to hatch and that breaking out of their shell is called “pipping”? To help them break out of their shell, chicks have a lump on their top beak called an “egg tooth” which falls off soon after hatching.
'A Glint of Gold'
Year 4 children rounded off their learning about the Egyptians with two rousing performances of 'A Glint of Gold'. The hall rafters were raised by their amazing singing! Well done to everyone for learning their lines, dance moves, actions and lyrics; we are all so proud of you!
Reception have had a fantastic week with two very special visits. On Tuesday, the Learning Street arrived to bring their ‘People Who Help Us’ topic to life. The children had the opportunity to play Dr. Doolittle in the veterinary surgery, investigate the latest crime scene as police officers, role-play as construction workers and dig for dinosaur bones as palaeontologists! They rounded off the week with an appointment with Mr Prickles, a gorgeous African Pygmy hedgehog who lives with Miss Evans.
Kingston Infant Singing Festival
Last Friday, all the Year 2 children performed at All Saints Church in Kingston as part of the Infant Singing Festival with four other schools from the Borough. It was a long afternoon but all the children did fantastically well and really sang their hearts out. Their own ‘Fern Hill’ song, which was all about a peanut vendor from Cuba, was a huge hit and they performed it wonderfully with great joy and enthusiasm. Well done to all the children and thank you very much to the parents and carers who walked with us to the Church and to the families who came along to the performance to support us.
An end to another busy sporting term. We've seen hockey, netball, rugby and lots of football for many of the year groups. Well done to everyone who has attended a trial this term and giving themselves the opportunity. If you didn't make the team this time, keep trying - there are lots more events to come in the summer.
Finally, a special mention to the Year 6 girls’ football team. In October, they qualified for the December finals - and a place at the London Youth Games this week. They have also competed in the Kingston District Cup, getting as far as the as the semi-finals. We all travelled to Barkingside, Essex on Tuesday for the Games…
“We had an exhilarating time, it was such an achievement to get this far, and an experience we will never forget. We are all very proud of each other for putting in so much effort and everyone has become a much stronger football player. This is something that we hope other passionate football players in our school can one day experience.”
- Year 6 girls' team
Attached to this newsletter are details about a girls-only rugby taster session at London Scottish RFC. They have a thriving girls section, and this year, the U18s got through to the area final of the National Cup. Although they narrowly lost (by only 2 points!), this places them as the 7th best team in the country - so a great inspiration to the younger girls who want to play. All the details are on the flyer, or please come and see me, Mrs Lawn, and I will be happy to provide more information.
Looking forward to a break, and then coming back with Year 5 football in the first week of term - a kick off to another busy season. It's going to be good!
Mrs Lawn, PE Lead & Year 6 Class Teacher
Easter Holiday Activities at Fern Hill
There are a number of exciting activities taking place on the school premises during the first week of the Easter Break and you can find all the details on our website here. Pleiades are running a holiday camp from Monday 8th to Friday 12th April and you can book for one day or all five. Masquerade are holding two fantastic performing arts workshops (one based on the classic Roald Dahl story, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory for children aged 7 years and over, and the other on the much loved children's story Peter Rabbit for children aged 4-6 years) and Mother Nature Science are running a 'Science Blast' activity camp. Don’t forget Stagecoach join us next term, every Saturday, and are holding a Discovery Day on 6th April from 10.00 - 11.30 am for children who may be interested in joining.
The overall winner this week is Kingston
PSA News & Events
EYFS Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Monday 25th March
Thank you to all the children, parents, carers and bears who came along to our EYFS Teddy Bears’ Picnic earlier this week. The children had a really lovely time and enjoyed themselves immensely – as did the bears! A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped organise and run this very special event.
Mothers’ Day Breakfast – Friday 29th March
Our Mothers’ Day Breakfast proved extremely popular this morning and it was great to see so many Fern Hill mums in the Main Hall enjoying breakfast with their children. As always, we couldn’t run the event without our fantastic volunteer dads, so a very big thank you to all the helpers and organisers who made this event possible. There was a collection of voluntary donations and we will let you know how much we raised next week.
Second hand uniform sale
Last week’s second hand uniform sale raised £122.25. Thank you to all those who donated items and to those who came along and bought things at the sale.
Planning is well underway for this year’s Summer Fair. If you would like to get involved in helping organise this event, please get in touch with us at email@example.com
Thank you for your support, Fern Hill PSA
Well done to Reception who have had the best year group attendance for this week.
The Attendance Cup is awarded once again to Beech class for the best attendance with 100%.
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Nursery Newsletter 29th March 2019
Reception Newsletter 29th March 2019
Year 1 Newsletter 29th March 2019
Year 2 Newsletter 29th March 2019
Year 3 Newsletter 29th March 2019
Year 4 Newsletter 29th March 2019
Year 5 Newsletter 29th March 2019
Year 6 Newsletter 29th March 2019
Fern Hill Clubs Application Form Summer Term 2019
Lunch Menu Summer Term 1 2019
London Scottish Rugby Taster