Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 7 - Autumn Term 13th November 2020
Wednesday 25th November
Fern Speak Finals for children in Years 4 & 6
Thursday 26th November
Parent Council meeting at 10:00 am via Zoom
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December
Christmas tree sale outside school
Monday 7th December
Flu immunisation catch-up session in school
Thursday 10th December
Whole school Christmas lunch
Friday 11th December
Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December
Christmas tree sale outside school
Thursday 17th December
Class Christmas party day
Friday 18th December - last day of term & mufti (non-uniform) day
SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1:30 PM
Saturday 19th December
Christmas tree sale outside school
Staff and the PSA are busy planning festive events and activities for the children in the run up to Christmas and we hope to share them with you next week. Watch this space!
The School Nursing Team called today to congratulate us on how well organised our flu immunisation sessions were this week. They told us that the children were sensible and respectful and an absolute pleasure to meet! There is a catch up session planned for Monday 7th December for those children who were absent for these sessions. If your child has recently joined Fern Hill or you did not get a chance to return your consent form in time, or perhaps have changed your mind and would now like your child to have the vaccination, please email the school office at: firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you a consent form to complete for the catch-up session.
Year Group Newsletters
Single Use Plastics (3 attachments)
Home Learning Grids
Home Learning Grids for children in Year 1 - 6 are now available on the website under your child's year group page. They offer a variety of curriculum and topic linked activities for your child to chose from for their home learning this half term. Completed work is shared with the class towards the end of term during a Home Learning Show and Tell session.
Your child will have brought home their school photograph proof postcards this week. If you did not receive one for your child, please contact our school photographer, Kans Bahara, by email at: info@inTime-Photography.com to request your website link and passcode.
Thank you to all the families who have placed an order already. Please remember that to take advantage of free delivery to school, your order must be placed by Sunday 22nd November. Orders placed after this date will be subject to a £3 delivery charge. Processing and printing is taking longer than usual due to the lockdown so please place your order as soon as possible. Please also note the new money-saving multi-pose packages that allow you to order a variety of poses for one child or photographs of siblings.
The term dates and INSET days for the 2021/2022 school year are now available on the school website here. Please note that there are three INSET days planned before the October half term break, along with one at the start of the autumn term in 2021 and another at the start of the spring term in 2022.
After focusing on their wellbeing this week with the BBC Children in Need 'Five to Thrive' programme, children and staff had a fantastic time this morning cheering on Joe Wicks as he finished his epic 24 hour PE challenge!
Thank you so much to all the children who showed their support by coming to school in sportswear and to all the families who donated through our dedicated JustGiving page.
At the time of writing, a staggering £1,427 had been donated - the most we have ever raised for this charity. Any coins that the children brought in today will be added to this next week.
What an amazing community we are!
There’s still time to donate as we will be keeping the page open for a few more days. Please click here or use the QR below and give what you can. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. The money you donate via our page goes directly to BBC Children in Need, so it's the most efficient way to give - saving time and cutting costs for the charity. Thank you.
On Wednesday 11th November, children marked Armistice Day with a school silence at 11.00 am and reflected, in class, about what Remembrance means to society today. As an act of Remembrance, each class created their own paper poppies, using a variety of different media, to build a sweeping whole school display along the corridor outside the Main Hall.
If your child is in Year 5 or 6, do have a look at Bali Rai's book Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story.
Based on real events that took place in World War Two, this book tells the story of 15-year-old, Fazal, from Rawalpindi in India, who lies about his age in order to enlist in the Royal Indian Army Service Corps. As a young Muslim solider, his role is to look after the mules used to carry supplies to the front line, which he performs with diligence and pride. However, Fazal’s romantic views of duty, loyalty and honour are challenged when he arrives in France during the freezing winter of 1939 and experiences the harsh realities of war.
Single use plastic...and what you can do to help!
Did you know that you can recycle things such as pens, toothbrushes and even spray bottle trigger tops and save them from landfill?! These items are not currently collected by the council’s recycling service but the great news is that they can be recycled!
We will be arranging a collection outside of school in the next few weeks and working with the Sunray Community Centre in Tolworth to recycle these items with TerraCycle. Please start collecting them at home now and we'll let you know when to bring them into school.
Kam Williams, a Fern Hill parent, is co-ordinating this. Thank you Kam! If you need anymore information, please contact her directly at: email@example.com
Please see the attachments below to see what items can be recycled. All we ask is that they are cleaned and empty.
The overall winner this week is COOMBE
PSA News & Events
A quick reminder about the two online shopping platforms that we are registered with – easyfundraising and AmazonSmile. With Black Friday events coming up, please do sign up - every donated penny really does count. Friends and family can register too so please spread the word!
Christmas Tree Sales – at the school
We are delighted that Niki and her team are back again to support us with the annual Christmas Tree sale, outside the school main entrance over the weekends of Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th and Saturday 19th December.
With lockdown restricting early Christmas tree purchases, Niki and her team are offering families and friends of Fern Hill Primary School the opportunity to order in advance and have a beautiful Nordman Fir Tree delivered to their home on 28th & 29th November. Delivery is restricted to the local proximity of the school.
Orders should be placed by the end of day on Thursday 26th November by emailing Niki at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please state the size of tree required, full name and address and a contact telephone number. An email confirmation will be sent along with a delivery time slot. Payment can be made by bank transfer prior to delivery or by cash or contactless card on delivery. If you have any queries, please contact Niki directly on 0788 458 9930.
The Nordman Fir trees are priced as follows:
3-4ft = £30; 4-5ft = £35; 5-6ft = £40; 6-7ft =£45; 7-8ft = £50
Thank you to everyone who gave their consent to have a Curchods sponsorship boards outside their house advertising the Christmas Tree Sale. There are 13 boards left up for grabs so still time to sign up by completing the consent form available via this link: https://forms.gle/nzLRbLy4HF2Ws2FL. Curchods will donate £10 to Fern Hill for each one.