Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 12 Autumn - 1st December 2017
Tuesday 5th December
Beech Class Assembly 2.45pm
Story Storks theatre visit the nursery
Wednesday 6th December
Christmas lunch day
Year 1 Christmas concert 9.15am FernSpeak Finals - 1.30pm (by invitation only)
Thursday 7th December
Year 2 Christmas concert 9.15am
Nursery AM Christmas concert 11am
Nursery PM Christmas concert 2.30pm
Story Storks theatre visit Reception
Year 6 Synagogue trip
Friday 8th December
Christmas Fair 3-5pm
Monday 11th December
Christmas Cards in School
Tuesday 12th December
EYFS Christmas pantomime (Nursery AM closed)
Year 1 visit to Tudor Drive Library
Wednesday 13th December
KS2 Christmas concert - All Saints Church 2pm
Year Group News
Christmas Shopping Event
Christmas Around The World
Last year Mr. Scott asked some children to share their Christmas celebrations in assembly.
He received presentations, posters and photographs from children who celebrate in Austria, India, South Korea, South Africa, Spain & Denmark!
He would love to hear from any children who would like to present (with his help) any traditions they may have within their culture. This may include a presentation, bringing in photo's or drawings or simply explaining their cultural Christmas celebrations in assembly.
Local Scout Jumble
Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts Jumble Sale at Grey Court School, Sandy Lane entrance Saturday 2nd December at 2.00pm. Entry £1. Refreshments available.
Proceeds to the 'New Phoenix' new scout hut/community centre building fund
Deaf Awareness Training Session
Free Deaf Awareness Training Session delivered by Paediatric Audiology and Achieving for Children. This session will develop participants’ skills in communicating with hearing impaired children, including children with glue ear. For further information please see this link .
30 hours information video for parents
AfC has launched a 30 hours information video for parents. This is available on the
AfC Info website and has also been shared via social media.
Reception Christmas Concert
A HUGE WELL DONE to all of our reception children who got the festive season going today with their Christmas concert. They looked absolutely gorgeous in their Christmas themed costumes, and sang really beautifully. Thank you for your support in providing lovely costumes, and to all of the parents who came to watch and support the children. Well done to all of the staff involved in preparing the children for such a fantastic festive performance.
The new menu and order forms for the first half of the Spring term are available on the website - please email or hand in your completed orders, with payment, by
Monday 11th December
We will be serving a Carnival themed lunch on Thursday 1st February, to fit in with other activities in school that week. We also have another Free Taster lunch planned for Thursday 18th January – don’t miss out on the planned jumbo sausage roll/ cheese and vegetable roll on that day. See the menu for more details on both days.
Any questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School lunch balance
School lunch balance slips will be sent home in book bags in the next few days. Please don’t forget to adjust your next lunches payment by the amount shown. Any questions, please email email@example.com.
Parents are invited to attend the Christmas concerts:
Nursery Concerts - Thursday 7th December 11am & 2.30pm
Year 1 Concert - Wednesday 6th December 9.15am
Year 2 Concert - Thursday 7th December 9.15am
KS2 Concert - Wednesday 13th December 2-3pm All Saints Church Kingston (please return consent forms to class teacher's by Friday 8th December)
Traditional Christmas Lunch - Wednesday 6th December
Last day of Term - Thursday 21st December. School closes at 1.30pm (Mufti Day)
Christmas Cards can come to school - Monday 11th December
PSA Christmas Fair - Friday 8th December 3.15-5pm
Clubs - Please note that there will not be any clubs running on Friday 8th December due to the Christmas Fair. Fit for Sport will be running as usual.
Christmas Party Dates
Nursery - Tuesday 12th December. Nursery AM closed for Daisy party & pantomime
Reception KS1 & KS2 - Wednesday 20th December
(Please note there are no school meals or packed lunches required on party days, parents will be asked to provide a party lunch for their classes. Your class rep will be able to give you further information).
The overall winner this week is School Kingston
Year 6 Visit the Synagogue
Willow Class enjoyed a visit to the Kingston synagogue this week, Mark & Noa have written a short report.
Noa: ‘I found it very interesting how other cultures have similar beliefs. The scroll was very decorative and you couldn't’t touch it; it was made of animal skin! The synagogue looked like a normal building but had the shape of a church. There was a stained glass window which represented the story of Moses and his people.’
Mark: ‘ It was a great experience to see what they do differently to similar cultures. We ate some bread that they said they brought from a shop. I did not know that the Jewish bread is sold in supermarkets! Some people there explained what they do, and their festivals. I knew what the “Moses story” was because I am Christian. This was one of my favourite trips and I hope the year 5's will enjoy the trip to the synagogue as well as we did.
Next week is the last week for most school clubs.
Friday 8th December: Athletics, Guitar, Infant dance, Netball and Karate will all be postponed until Friday 15th December due to the PSA Christmas Fair
Only the following clubs will run in week beginning 11th December:
Monday 11th Dec: Aerobics, Science, Start to Sing, Infant Football, Sewing and Cricket (to make up for the Inset Day)
Wednesday 13th Dec: Healthy Cooking, Fencing and Hockey
Thursday: Healthy Cooking and Tennis
Friday 15th Dec: Athletics, Guitar, Infant Dance, Netball and Karate
Monday 18th Dec: Start to Sing will run to make up for the missed session this week
Please also note that Guitar club will finish at 5pm tonight (1st December) and on Friday 15th December, to make up for a missed session earlier in the term.
Spring Term Clubs
The application form for Spring Clubs has been sent out today by ParentMail and is also available on the school website.
Application forms should be completed and returned, along with payment by Monday 11th December.
Christmas Fair – Friday 8th December, 3.00-5.00 pm
Thank you to all the parents, children and local businesses who gave so generously to the Christmas Fair tombola and festive hamper collection today. There is still time to contribute if you would like to and you can leave donations with the school office.
Raffle tickets to win one of the amazing hampers we are making up, are already on sale outside school at drop-off and pick-up and will be available to buy at the Fair before the draw. Tickets are £1 each. If you would like to buy the book of raffle tickets that was sent home with your child last week, please make sure your contact details are clearly written on the counterfoil of each ticket and return them with payment to the PSA post box in school reception by 9.00 am on Friday 8th December. We’d really appreciate the return of any unsold ticket books by then too so that they can be sold at the Fair. A big thank you to T.B. Davis, Domestic Gas & Heating Services, a local Fern Hill family business that is sponsoring our Christmas Fair raffle this year.
Don’t forget that high quality, freshly cut Christmas trees will be on sale outside school every Saturday and Sunday in the run up to Christmas, starting this Saturday 2nd December. A percentage of profits from this sale go to school funds.
We’d really appreciate donations of Christmas themed cakes, cupcakes and biscuits for the Café at the Fair next week - please leave these at school reception on the morning of the 8th or drop them off at the Café in the Small Hall in the afternoon.
Thank you very much for your support!
Well done to Poppy class year who achieved 100% attendance this week!
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