Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 9 - Spring Term - 1st April 2022
Monday 4th April - Monday 18th April
EASTER HOLIDAY - school closed
Tuesday 19th April
Children return to school
Wednesday 20th April
Parents' Evening — video appointments 4:00 - 7:00 pm
SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY AT 1:30 PM ON THURSDAY 21ST APRIL
Parents' Evening — in person appointments 1:45 - 6:00 pm
Friday 22nd April
PSA second-hand uniform sale at 3:00 pm outside school
Monday 25th April
Nursery parents' evening - in person appointments 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 26th April
School Journey meeting for Year 5 parents 9:00 am in the Large Hall
Thursday 28th April
Sycamore class assembly at 9:00 am in the Large Hall
Friday 29th April
PSA Bag2School collection
Monday 2nd May
BANK HOLIDAY - school closed
Wednesday 4th May
Year 2 Great Fire of London workshop in school
Year 3 Roman workshop in school
Thursday 5th May
Larch class assembly at 9:00 am in the Large Hall
Monday 9th May - Thursday 12th May
Year 6 SATs in school
Friday 13th May
Parent Council meeting 9:00 - 10:00 am in 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.
Tree Tops on Thursday 21st April
Please be aware that Tree Tops is now full on Thursday 21st April. Any further bookings made through ParentPay for this day will be automatically cancelled. If you would like your child to be placed on the waiting list, please email email@example.com.
Lunch Menu Summer Term First Half
Extracurricular Clubs Timetable
Next term's extracurricular lunchtime and after school clubs for children in Years 1 through to 6 are now available to book. The club timetable is published on the website here.
For school run clubs, application and payment is through ParentPay. For clubs run by external providers, bookings should be made directly with the providers and not school. Click here for their contact details.
Easter Bonnet Parade
Well done to all the children for some incredible bonnets today at the Parade - definitely the best yet! Despite the wind (and even a bit of snow!), the children had a great time showing off their creations.
Message from Mr Scott
As we come to the end of this transitional term, I would like to express my gratitude to all our families for their continued support. We’ve eased back into the rhythm of school life as it was pre-COVID, and I am very proud of the children’s endless resilience, always modelling our values and making the most of the rich and exciting learning opportunities we can once again offer.
It’s been a real pleasure to welcome so many visitors back into school; we’ve seen a very busy calendar of workshops and expert talks this term. There have been lots of visits out of school too with plenty more planned for the summer term. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to talk about their profession and share their career journey with the Year 5 and 6 children at our Careers Fair; it was a great success.
In January, we joined the Kingston Educational Trust (KET). I am delighted that we have already benefited from the special relationship with The Kingston Academy (TKA) that membership of the Trust affords. Thank you to all the students from TKA who have supported our children in the classroom, with Homework Club, and as sports ambassadors in the playground. KET has just published its first termly newsletter which includes highlights of what has been happening this term at both Fern Hill and TKA. You can read it here.
One of the Fern Hill highlights is fundraising and I am always so impressed by the children’s passion to put the needs of others before their own. The PSA has certainly been making up for lost time with more great events - thank you to all the parents and carers involved for their dedication and energy in leading these and raising vital funds for our school. It was fantastic to have Bounce 4 Books back again and with it the opportunity to restock our library.
Literacy has been a focus for us this term, with World Book Day and the Spark! Book Awards, and it was timely to be able to welcome our new librarian, Mrs Rouillard. Mrs Rouillard will be working across both Fern Hill and TKA to oversee the running of the schools’ libraries and support the children in the choice of books.
This term, we also welcomed Mrs Fernandes as our new Finance Officer. Sadly, Miss Gillard, Chestnut class teacher, and Miss Allen, Foxglove class teacher, leave us today and we wish them all the best in the next stage of their teaching careers.
I hope you are all able to have a well-deserved break and that the children return after Easter reenergised and ready for the exciting summer term we have planned. Please do have a look at the key dates for next term, published here. We have a great deal to look forward to and celebrate together.
This week, Year 5 enjoyed a STEM skills session with Andy from Beyond Blocks. Following this year's British Science Week theme of growth, the children built a LEGO model based on the subject of the Frog's life cycle, and learnt to program it to come alive.
"We made and programmed Lego to show the life cycle of a frog. We started by making a tadpole together. We put all of the pieces together carefully and that made a back leg that didn't move. Next we transformed the tadpole into a frog by taking off the tail and adding some wheels to the back legs. We changed the wheels in to legs, to make it look more like a frog. Lastly, we programmed the frog, using computer code and then playing the program to make the frog move!"
~ Daisy H, Livvy and Alden, Lime Class
At the end of term, the number of team points each House receives is allocated based on their position (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th) each week of the term.
This term, Kingston are the winners - congratulations!
PSA News & Events
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea - THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Mother’s Day tea such a success last Friday! Our mums had a lovely time being served delicious homemade cake and other treats by our brilliant team of dads. Thanks to everyone’s support we raised over £500 for the school, so a big thank you to everyone who helped out and came along!
Pre-loved SUMMER uniform sale - Friday 22nd April
We will be holding a pre-loved uniform sale after school on Friday 22nd April. Summer uniform will be the key feature of this sale, so come along to pick up your bargain summer dresses and shorts!
Bag2School - Friday 29th April
While you are checking your uniform stash, we’d be grateful if you could start to put aside items for donation to another Bag2School collection, which will be held on 29th April, to raise money for the school. The full list of accepted items is as follows:
- Men’s, ladies’ and children’s clothing
- Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
- Scarves and ties
- Soft toys
- Household linen
- Household curtains
- Household towels
- Household bedding (bedsheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)
And finally, a thank you from your PSA…
The PSA committee would like to send a big thank you to all parents and carers who have supported us this term, whether by volunteering their time, donating items and money, or coming along to events. We have raised lots of money for our school and other good causes, thanks to your generosity and support!
We have lots more summery fun planned for next term, including celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee, kids’ discos and of course the Summer Fair. We are always keen to hear your ideas and welcome all offers of help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions.