Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 5 - Spring Term 8th February 2019
Monday 11th February
Year 4 visit the British Museum
Tuesday 12th February
Year 1 visit Tudor Drive library
Wednesday 13th February
Year 6 attend a junior citizenship workshop at Chessington
Thursday 14th February
Clover class parent assembly at 9.00 am in the Large Hall
Friday 15th February
Year 5 cake sale at 3.00 pm
Monday 18th - Friday 22nd February
Half term holiday
Monday 25th February
Children return to school
Monday 25th February
RSE talk for Year 5 parents at 9.00 am in the Small Hall
Tuesday 26th February
Height and weight check with the school nurse for Reception & Year 6
Wednesday 27th February
Year 6 Elder class visit the Houses of Parliament
Thursday 28th February
Swimming talk for Year 4 parents at 2.45 pm in the Small Hall
Friday 1st March
National Secondary School offers sent to parents
Friday 1st March
Reception classes visit the Kingston Fire Station
Friday 1st March
Year 4 cake sale at 3.00 pm
Friday 1st March
PSA Quiz Night at 7.30 pm in the Large Hall
Monday 4th March
RSE talk for Year 6 parents at 9.00 am in the Small Hall
Tuesday 5th March
Year 2 drama workshop with the Rainbow Theatre
Thursday 7th March
World Book Day - children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character
Friday 8th March
PSA Bounce for Books in the Large Hall
Key dates for the spring term are available on the website here.
Lunches for the second half of the spring term are now available to book online via ParentPay. You can find the menu and information on how to book on our website here. The deadline for booking lunches is always midnight on the Sunday before the previous school week. Please don't miss the deadline for the first week back after half term, week commencing 25th February, which is midnight on Sunday 17th February. To mark Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday 5th March, we’ll be serving pancakes with raspberries for dessert!
Year Group Newsletters
PSA Quiz Night Poster
CMH Week - Activities for Families
Half Term Activities
There are a number of exciting activities taking place at school during February half term so if you are still looking for something for your children to do, please have a look at our holiday activities page on the website here. Pleiades and Mother Nature Science are running a holiday camp every day, Monday to Friday, and Masquerade Theatre Arts have workshops on the Wednesday and Thursday.
Please save the date for our 2019 Curriculum Evening which will be held on Tuesday 2nd April at 6.45 pm. Last year’s evening was a great success with very positive feedback from the parents who attended. Further details will be sent to you after the half term break. If you’d like to know more about the Curriculum Evening held last year, please click here.
We have created a new page on the school website to post information about local events and activities that may be of interest to Fern Hill families. If you would like an item included on this page, please email the school office at email@example.com with details. You can find the Community page in the main menu of the website here.
This week, we are proud to have been supporting Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2019, as part of our journey to becoming a Rights Respecting School.
The children have explored the theme of ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’ and thought about how to look after their bodies and their minds. When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep. However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well.
Mr Waiting held a whole school assembly on Monday, introducing the theme of ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’ and reminded the children about sharing any worries they have with their ‘trusted adults’ and a friend. Our Rights Respecting School Ambassadors have been thinking about the barriers children sometimes feel when talking to adults and ways we can all work together to make it easier and more comfortable to have difficult conversations with a grown up. Plenty has gone on in classrooms too: sharing videos from Place2Be, the Children’s Mental Health Week campaigners, enjoying a spot of yoga and practising mindfulness by creating a Grumpy Jar!
The Place2Be website is an excellent source of information on how to support your child’s health with top tips for both parents and children. You may even like to have a go at creating a Grumpy Jar at home, a perfect mindfulness activity designed to help children manage their emotions. Have a look at this video clip for more information. There’s an activities sheet attached below too.
Sports Round Up
The busy sporting weeks just keep on coming - Year 5 and Year 2 in action this week.
The Year 5 boys’ football team competed in a qualifying round to see who would go through to the Kingston v Richmond finals in April. Six matches, ending in a tough battle with Green Lane Primary, took place at a very cold Chessington School. With 3 victories and 3 draws, Fern Hill boys came second in the round, and have joined the Year 5 girls representing Kingston at the finals. Well done, boys, you played brilliantly, with some amazing teamwork to get the results you deserved. Good luck in April.
Not to be outdone by the older children, some of the Year 2s went to Surbiton High Playing Ground to participate in a mixed football festival. A little damp underfoot and again very cold, but the children had a great afternoon. Playing 6 games in 2 rounds of the festival, the footballers scored a few goals and saved a few as well! Well done to all of you.
Next week sees the Year 6 netball team in action at the High5 tournament. Good luck, and I look forward to sharing their results as soon as possible (hopefully in next week's newsletter if we get back in time).
- Mrs Lawn, Year 6 class teacher and PE lead
And finally, a plea to all parents and carers!
Please return any outstanding sports team kit to Mrs Lawn (or your class teacher) by Tuesday 12th February, so that it can be made ready for the next half term's sports events.
For the sporting events that return to school later than normal pick up time, we would be very grateful if you are at school to meet your child by the expected return time. Staff will always wait for the last child to be picked up but the school does close at 6.00 pm when the Premises team lock the site. There have been a number of occasions when children have been collected past 6.00 pm which means a late night for both the teaching staff and Mr Morrow. Thank you.
Year 5 and the Ancient Greeks
"Yesterday, Year 5 were lucky enough to go on another trip, this time to the British Museum. It was a really enjoyable experience as we learnt a lot about the history of the Ancient Greeks. We saw a variety of different artefacts like carved statues, pots and stone carvings. One of the most interesting things we saw was the Erechtheum, which we found out was the most important religious building in Greece. We also saw all ninety-two metopes of the Parthenon - square plaques of marble that were carved in high relief with scenes from Greek mythology."
- by Eloisa, Belle and Jamie, Year 5
Parent consultations will take place on Wednesday 20th March from 4.00 – 7.00 pm and Thursday 21st March from 2.30 – 6.00 pm. To facilitate the consultations, on Thursday 21st March, school will close at 2.00 pm. After school clubs will run from 2.00 – 3.00 pm and Tree Tops will be open from 2.00 – 6.00 pm.
The booking system will go live on Sunday 17th February at 7.00 pm and close at 12.00 pm on Friday 8th March and we will send you further information on how to book a consultation with your class teachers next week.
The overall winner this week is Hampton
PSA News & Events
Cinema Night is tonight!
If your child is coming to Cinema Night, please remember their ticket, contact labels and a drink bottle. Popcorn and sweets will be available to buy. Doors open at 5.25pm and collection is at 7.45pm. Please bear with us as we check the children in and out – it is for their safety and security.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and staff who have kindly volunteered their time to help at tonight’s KS2 Cinema Night. Without this support, the PSA would not be able to put on these events. Thank you to all our helpers and we’re sure the children will have a great evening!
Fern Hill PSA Quiz Night - Friday 1st March at 7.30pm
Tickets for Quiz Night are selling fast – have you got yours yet? We will be selling tickets outside the school office all next week from at drop off (from 8.30 to 9.00am) and at pick up (from 3.00 to 3.45pm) BUT ONLY AS LONG AS THERE ARE TICKETS LEFT! This event has already proved very popular this week, so please get your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
Tickets are £10 each and include fish ‘n’ chips from the Frying Squad Van (freshly cooked on site with meat and veggie options available). Please bring your own drinks, nibbles and pudding.
Make up a team of up to 10 people or join others and make a team on the night. This event is for adults only, but you’re welcome to bring friends who don’t have children at the school.
Doors open at 7.15pm, quiz starts at 7.30pm, food is served from 8.30pm and the evening finishes at 10.30pm.
For more information, please see the poster attached below.
If you have already bought your ticket and would specifically like the vegetarian option, please email the PSA at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know.
Summer Fair planning
Yes, it may only be February, but we’re already planning this year’s PSA Summer Fair! If you’d like to get involved in helping organise this event, please get in touch at email@example.com
Fern Hill PSA
Well done to Year 2 who have had the best year group attendance for this week.
This week the Attendance Cup goes to Yew for the best class attendance with 99.67%.
|Year||Attendance %||Star Year ★|
|Year 2||96.6%||Well done!|
Nursery Newsletter 8th February 2019
Reception Newsletter 8th February 2019
Year 1 Newsletter 8th February 2019
Year 2 Newsletter 8th February 2019
Year 3 Newsletter 8th February 2019
Year 4 Newsletter 8th February 2019
Year 5 Newsletter 8th February 2019
Year 6 Newsletter 8th February 2019
PSA Quiz Night
CMH Week - Activities for Families