Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 4 - Autumn Term - 7th October 2022
Monday 10th October
Bag2School collection at drop off and pick up times
Tuesday 11th October
Year 5 Viking workshop in school
Year 1 Cornflower visit to Gatton Park
Year 6 Oak local geography walk
Wednesday 12th October
Parents' Evening, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday 13th October
Parents' Evening, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1:30 PM ON THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER
Friday 14th October
Home Learning Showcase
Harvest Festival collection for the Kingston Foodbank
Year 3 visit to Butser Ancient Farm
Year 4 Yew visit to Thames Explorers
Year 6 Elder & Willow local geography walk
Tuesday 18th October
PSA Quiz Night (Boaters Inn)
Thursday 20th October – Friday 21st October
INSET days — children are not in school
Monday 24th — Friday 28th October
HALF TERM HOLIDAY
Monday 31st October
CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL
Key dates for this school year are published here.
Safety on site
Please do not ride scooters or bikes anywhere on the school site for safety reasons. This includes the car park and pedestrian area running between Fern Hill and The Kingston Academy. Adults and children should dismount before entering the site at the Richmond Road entrance.
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.
Consent for Local Visits 2022
Polio Vaccination Programme Letter
Masquerade Half-term Workshops
Our Curriculum Evening will be held on Thursday 10th November and run from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. All parents and carers are invited to attend and there will be an opportunity for Q&A with the Senior Leadership Team. Further information on the workshop topics and how to reserve a place will be sent out before the half-term break. If you would like to know more about our past Curriculum Evenings, please click here.
The term dates and INSET days for the 2023/2024 school year are now available on the school website here
INSET days will be on Monday 4th September 2023, Thursday 19th October 2023, Friday 20th October 2023, Thursday 21st December 2023 and Monday 8th January 2024.
This year in Britain, Harvest Festival falls on Sunday 11th October and next week the children will take part in assemblies that explore the significance of this celebration around the world and reflect on the food hardship so many families are facing.
To support our local community, on Friday 14th October we will be collecting for the Kingston Foodbank and welcome any donations of non-perishable foods at drop off in the morning or at pickup. Click here for a list of items the Foodbank are most in need of right now. A trolley will be at the infant’s playground gates for you to leave your donations or you are welcome to bring them directly into the Large Hall on the way to the juniors’ playground. Thank you for your support. If you would like to explore Harvest with your child at home, CBeebies have produced a short programme: What is Harvest Festival?
Half-term Activities at Fern Hill
Masquerade and Mother Nature Science are both running exciting Halloween themed workshops at school over the half-term break. On the INSET days, Pleiades is offering a two-day holiday camp led by Mr Guyatt, our outdoor PE teacher. Further information and details of discounts for Fern Hill pupils are on the website here.
The Parents’ Evening System is now closed for bookings. If you have not yet made an appointment to speak to your class teacher next week, please contact the school office.
School closes early on Thursday 13th October at 1:30 pm. Thursday’s after school clubs will run at the earlier time of 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Please collect your child promptly at 2:30 pm from the usual collection point.
Colin Stuart Author Visit
On Tuesday, Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils enjoyed a fascinating talk from astronomy author, Colin Stuart, who had been visiting TKA to open their new school library.
The first person to visit Mars is probably in primary school today, so Colin gave us some tips on what it would be like to voyage to Mars including: how you would exercise without gravity, what you might do for fun, and how you would go to the toilet! Ask your children what shooting stars are made of...
~ Mrs Rouillard, School Librarian
If you missed out on the book orders, you can still order a signed book from Colin's website here and it will be delivered to school.
PSA Quiz Night
Put your thinking caps on, assemble your top team, and book your tickets for the Fern Hill PSA Quiz Night! Our fundraising Quiz Night in aid of the PSA will be held on Tuesday 18th October from 7:00 pm at The Boaters Inn.
Tickets cost £10 per person, and include your first drink (small house wine, beer, or soft drink).
Please book your table by Friday 14th October here. All tickets for your team must be booked and paid for at the same time.
TEAM POINTS - THEY'RE BACK!
In the lead so far this half-term is COOMBE
PSA News & Events
Bag2School Collection - Monday 10th October
This year we will be repeating our successful Bag2School collection. Bag2School specialises in the reuse and recycling of good quality second-hand clothing. The PSA will receive funds from the company based on the weight of clothing we collect, so if you are decluttering this weekend, please consider setting some items aside for this collection! Please use the bag your child has brought home to collect together your donations and bring them to school at drop off or pick up on Monday 10th October.
Here is the list of permitted donations: Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing; Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around); Handbags; Hats; Bags; Scarves and ties; Jewellery; Lingerie; Socks; Belts; Soft toys; Household linen; Household curtains; Household towels; Household bedding (bedsheets, pillow cases and duvet covers).
Macmillan Coffee Morning - Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Macmillan coffee morning last Friday; you helped us raise just over £410 for this wonderful charity. Thank you also to everyone who baked and to our lovely team of volunteers.