Monday 23rd May
Year 1 visit to Windsor Castle
Year 4 (Larch class) visit to the Chocolate Museum
Year 6 magistrates' visit in school
Tuesday 24th May
Year 4 (Yew class) visit to the Chocolate Museum
Year 6 (Willow class) visit to the Kingston Liberal Synagogue
Cath Howe book signing event - see below for further details
Tuesday 24th May
Year 6 (Oak class) visit to the Kingston Liberal Synagogue
Wednesday 25th May
Year 5's Big Jubilee Lunch
Thursday 26th May
PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATION including the Big Jubilee Lunch - children may dress up in clothes from their decade (further details below)
Cornflower class parent assembly at 9:00 am in the Large Hall
Year 5 visit to Hampton Court Palace
Friday 27th May
SCHOOL CLOSED in lieu of the national Jubilee holiday being held over the half-term break
Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June
HALF TERM HOLIDAY
Monday 6th June
CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL
Key dates for the summer term are available here.
Year group weekly news
Your year group weekly news is published every Friday afternoon on your child's Home Learning Google Classroom. Click here for information about how we use the Google Classroom.
Please don't forget that school is CLOSED on Friday 27th May. This is in lieu of the additional Bank Holiday day taking place over the half-term break, as advised by the Department for Education.
After school & lunchtime clubs
Please note there is no Karate club on Tuesday 24th May.
Lunch Menu for Summer Term 2
School lunches for the second half of this term are now available to order on ParentPay. The menu is attached below and also published on the website here.
The ParentPay deadline for ordering for the first week back after the half-term break is midnight Sunday 29th May. However, to guarantee your child’s choice of meal, please place your orders by Wednesday 25th May.
The deadline for entry to our exciting competition to design a piece of commemorative artwork for the new Fern Garden is Monday 23rd May. The winning design will be judged by Mr Scott and the winner will take part in a special workshop to replicate their design as a plaque. Click here for all the details.
We are all disappointed that Sports Day and our whole school picnic lunch couldn’t happen as planned. The children were fantastic this morning, in spite of the worsening weather – we are very, very proud of their enthusiasm and resilience. Thank you so very much to all the families who persevered through the rain to cheer them on.
We are very grateful for your patience and support today – our hope was to continue with Sports Day this afternoon as the rain eased off but unfortunately the ground was just too wet to safely run the events we had planned. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have their Sports Day during the morning of Friday 10th June and we will send out further information as soon as possible.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
On Thursday 26th May, we will celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in school, to mark her 70 years of service to the nation and Commonwealth. As part of the celebrations, each year group has been given a decade to study. During next week, the children will investigate key events from their decade and explore the diversity of the nation and Commonwealth by learning more about the artists, musicians, fashion and design that influenced the time.
The children may come to school wearing clothes that were worn during their decade - and we would love them to represent their own heritage in their choice of clothes.
Nursery & Reception: 2010-2019 (dress up theme of Kings & Queens)
Year 1: 2000-2009 Year 2: 1990-1999
Year 3: 1980-1989 Year 4: 1970-1979
Year 5: 1960-1969 Year 6: 1950-1959
We will be holding our own Big Jubilee Lunch on the day as a whole school picnic outside. The children should bring a party packed lunch and Vicky and her team in the kitchen will be providing pizza and ‘jubilee’ brownies too. Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 will have their picnic on the astroturf so may like to bring in a picnic blanket or cushion to sit on. Year 5 are lucky enough to be visiting Hampton Court Palace on Thursday 26th May, so they will have their Big Jubilee Lunch on Wednesday 25th May instead - followed by an extended playtime!
Click here to find out more about The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and all the celebratory events being staged across the UK in the lead up to the special extended bank holiday weekend over half-term.
The Fern Hill Parent Council’s purpose is to create a welcoming environment where parents can be assured that their views matter, and where they feel confident and comfortable in discussions. Its objectives are to promote parent partnership with the school, and it meets every term to discuss and share the views of our parent community with the Senior Leadership Team.
We are very keen to ensure that the Parent Council can fulfil its objectives effectively by representing the WHOLE school community. To do that, we need your feedback and, in particular, your input to the questionnaire that we use to collate the parent community’s views on a topic. Your views are vital to inform the improvements we make to promote the education and welfare of pupils.
This term, the Parent Council topic is focused on the children’s personal development, and we have created a short survey to gather your views on the extracurricular activities we offer and how we celebrate equality and diversity within the school.
You can access the survey here. The deadline for responses is 6:00 pm on Friday 3rd June. We look forward to hearing from you.
Cath Howe Book Signing
We are delighted to have the children’s author Cath Howe with us in school on Tuesday 24th May when she will host an assembly for children in Years 4, 5 and 6 based around the themes of her new book, The Insiders. After school, Cath will be signing copies of her book for us. The deadline for pre-orders has now passed, but you will also be able to buy a copy on the day, priced at £8. Payment will be cash only.
The overall winner this week is KINGSTON
PSA News & Events
The annual Summer Fair is back for 2022, and this year we have a festival theme! FernFest will take place on 25th June from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Watch this space for further details!
FernFest Brochure - advertise your business!
We will be producing a brochure to advertise the Fair. One side will have a map of the Fair, and the other a 2022/23 calendar with key dates for the next school year. If you have a business and would like to buy advertising space around the edge of the calendar, please email email@example.com and we can run through the various placement, size, and pricing options.
This calendar usually ends up parents’ fridges/noticeboards, so you could get a year’s worth of advertising in over 400 local homes!
Summer Raffle - prizes needed!
Following on from the tremendous success of our Christmas Fair Raffle, kindly supported by so many individuals and local businesses, we are starting to collect prizes for our Summer Raffle (which will be online again).
If you have any business contacts who would be happy to donate a prize to our raffle it would be very much appreciated (in return, they will receive free advertising to the school community as part of the raffle promotion). Please email Caroline at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Thank you.