Keep reading over the summer!
Thank you for all your support with your child’s reading journal this year. It’s lovely to see the progress the children make when we all work together to encourage and support them to read and love books and stories.
Check out Summer Reading Challenges at Lewisham & Deptford Lounge libraries. This year’s challenge has a space theme and looks really fun. Find more info here:
Your child can also have fun developing their reading and maths skills on SUMDOG which has a range of Maths and Literacy games and activities linked to the National Curriculum. Your child’s individual SUMDOG login details are attached to the front of their homework folder. Go to https://www.sumdog.com/
Please check at home for any stray Myatt Garden books and return them to us as soon as possible.
If you want to get out and about this summer, the following website has some great ideas for trips within London and around the country.
For completely free activities in London, the following link has some great ideas.
Remember wherever you are and whatever you do, there are always opportunities to read!
Have a restful and safe summer and we’ll see you on September 3rd at our ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings and we look forward to seeing all the children for the start of the new term on Wednesday 4th September.
School Play Street Event
We are excited that for two days in July, Myatt Garden will be implementing a School Play Street on the roads surrounding the school by closing the roads to all traffic between 3pm to 5pm.
Dates and Locations:
Friday 12th July (3-5pm) – for Rokeby Road and part of Upper Brockley Road by ‘the bank’ (western side of the school)
Thursday 18th July (3-5pm) – for Upper Brockley Road (partial) that runs past the school (eastern side of the school)
School Streets is a test programme (https://www.sustrans.org.uk/SustransSchoolStreets) that aims to ease the congestion, poor air quality and road safety concerns that many schools experience during drop-off and pick-up times, by facilitating timed traffic restrictions on the road outside the school gates.
Myatt Garden Primary School has permission from Lewisham Council to temporarily close the roads next to the school on the dates and times above.
Why are we doing this? It’s a trial to see how School Street works in practice with a view to creating a real School Street that will be enforced by cameras or bollards.
What will happen? The road will be closed to through traffic so cars that want to drive through the road, but not residents, will be restricted (residents will be receiving letters in the next few days).
From school closing until 4.30pm, the children will have an opportunity to play in the street, supervised by their parents. We will have giant connect 4, hula hoops, skipping ropes, street chalk and other fun and games! Come along and make the most of a car free street!
Who’s involved? Volunteer parents, residents and Myatt Garden School. Everyone in the community is welcome.
Can I get involved? Yes please!
We urgently need people to volunteer between 2.45pm to 5pm to help steward the event on both of the dates above. Please get in contact via the details below or directly with the school if you can help.
We hope we have covered the key questions. However, if you have any thoughts, concerns or feedback you’d like to share. Please contact the Myatt Garden Clean Air Campaign by email:
The Myatt Garden Clean Air Team
Year 6 Production: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Tickets for the Year 6 production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ will be on sale on the bridge outside of the Year 6 classrooms from 8.45am – 9am on the following days:
Monday 8th July: Year 6 only (limited to 3 tickets per child)
Tuesday 9th July: General sale (1 additional ticket per Year 6 child only)
Wednesday 10th July: General sale
Tickets cost £4 each (no charge for children under 3 on knees). Please bring correct change where possible.
The performance will take place on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 7.00pm.
Myatt Garden’s Summer Music Festival – Saturday 29th June
Join us for Mestival – Myatt Garden’s big fundraising Summer Music Festival – from 12-3pm.
All funds raised from our host of activities, arts and craft stalls, including T-shirt printing and making shakers for the interactive performance, games, hot food, café, bar and Raffle will go towards the the school. Now that’s worth singing about!
Magical Mestival Raffle
Get in early to buy your raffle tickets, which will be on sale under the canopy in the playground after school today. There is a host of prizes up for grabs including two fantastic bicycles, a scooter, theatre tickets, pamper treatments, restaurant vouchers and much more besides.
Climate justice through art
Art specialist teacher Karen will be printing on old T-shirts and fleeces at the school fair to promote environmental and climate justice messages. Using printing block techniques Karen will be sharing skills and communicating climate change messages believing art is a tool of being communities together, fighting for climate justice and sharing love.
Would you like to play some drums?
Lily May (Mother of Eva Year 4 and Elias Year 1) will be running two Brazilian rhythm and drumming workshops tomorrow culminating in a performance at the end of the fair.
The immersive musical experience will explore instruments, rhythms and playing techniques from northeast Brazil (no previous experience necessary).
Come along early if you like to take part in the workshops from 12.20-12.40 and 12.50-13.10 in the Well area under the year 4 staircase. There are only 30 places for each workshop, so get there early to avoid disappointment. You will then take to the Mestival stage for a performance from 2.35 to 2.50pm.
Volunteers to help on the day (email: email@example.com if you can help);
This year we are trialling the use of prepaid wristbands at the fair. You can buy bands for £2.50 (5 x 50p) at the wristband stall using iZettle for card payments. The children can then wander around without the worry of losing their money.
It looks like it’s going to be a scorcher so don’t forget to bring your hats, sunblock and water bottles!
One week to go until Mestival 2019!
One week to go until Mestival, Myatt Garden’s Fundraising Summer Music Festival and planning is in full swing.
Here are a few things to make a note of:
Bring along a T-shirt or tote bag that could do with some funking up at the printing craft stall being run by our super-creative art specialist, Karen.
Any books and toys in good condition that you would like to re-home would be gratefully received for the bric-a-brac stall.
And we still need donations of Beer, Pimms, Prosecco, Rum, Lemonade. Drop them into the office next week or put some cash in an envelope and we’ll do the buying for you, if that is easier!
If you can lend us a gazebo, please bring it along to protect stallholders from the sun or rain.
We need parent volunteers for set-up on the morning of the fair, particularly from 9.30am-10.30am when all the heavy lifting happens. If you can help, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and come along and help.
Finally, don’t forget to bake for the cake sale. You can drop cakes off at the office on Friday or bring them to the fair on Saturday.
Many thanks for your support.
Friends of Myatt Garden (FOMG)
Open afternoons are an important event each term, when we share our exciting learning with families. Please make sure your child’s open afternoon is in your diary:-
Year 1 – Friday 12th July 2.45pm
Year 2 – Wednesday 17th July 2.45pm
Year 3 – Wednesday 10th July 9.30am
Year 4 – Monday 15th July – time tbc
Year 5 – Friday 19th July – time tbc
Year 6 will be our end of term production of Joseph
It’s two week until Mestival 2019 – Myatt’s Summer Music Festival and excitement is building.
There are still lots of ways to get involved but, most importantly, come along and support us – all the money we raise will go straight to the school.
The less we need to spend to stage the fair, the more money we raise, so any help you can give by donating, would be hugely appreciated:
Beer, Pimms, Rum, Prosecco & Lemonade for the bar
Cakes and biscuits for the cafe
Nearly-new books and toys for the Bric-a-brac stall
Cash donations to buy meat for the BBQ and cover other costs
Loan a gazebo or umbrella to protect us from the sun or rain!
Donations can be dropped off at the school office from Thursday 27 June (cakes on Friday 28th or on the day)
If you would like to help run a stall or get a group of friends together to oversee one on the day, keep an eye out for signup lists in the playground or email: email@example.com
We have a great line up again this year with parent DJs, parent bands, drumming workshops and a drumming performance, an Environmental Performance, T-shirt printing, Raffle, Bouncy Castle, Games, Arts & Crafts and so much more.
Art specialist teacher Karen will be printing on old T-shirts and fleeces at the school fair. Using printing block techniques Karen will be using art to bring our community together, fight for climate justice and share the love.
Brazilian Drumming Workshops
Would you like to play some drums?
Lily May (Mother of Eva yr4 and Elias yr1) will be running two Brazilian rhythm workshops culminating in a performance at the summer fair.
Sign up at the office the week of the fair. There will be 2 workshops with 30 participants per session.
Look forward to seeing you there !
Summer Play Scheme
As some of you may be aware, the summer play scheme that is usually held at Myatt Garden will not be taking place this year. We are due to have roof works completed on the main block and will not be able to have children on the school site for Health and Safety reasons.
We understand that Beecroft Garden School are planning to have a summer camp and we are attaching the form in case it is of interest. If you would like any more information, the contact number for Beecroft is: 020 8692 2762.
Walk to School Week
Next week is Walk to School Week and we want every family to get involved.
Walking or choosing more active ways to travel is good for everyone, so we are challenging you to:
- Get off the bus a stop further away
- Leave the car at home
- Or if you really, really have to take the car park a few roads away and walk the last part of your journey.
Children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.
One in four cars during the morning rush hour are taking children to school – the school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. By walking to school just once per week you can help improve the quality of air your child is growing up in.
The Walk to school is another opportunity for your child to learn road safety.
If you walk to school with your child, you will get fitter too!
Fed up of the traffic and finding a parking space at the school gate? Walking to school can be just as quick as driving and is a nice way to spend a few moments chatting with your child about their day and yours.
Please join us next week making active choices about how we journey to school.
More information can be found at https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-to-school/parents#wins
Art Project: Frida Kahlo
As part of our aim to provide varying challenges for children across the school, we are launching a new art project for the summer term.
In Key Stage Assemblies this week we will be introducing all students to the life and work of Frida Kahlo. We will then be inviting the children to respond by coming up with their own pieces of art which will eventually be displayed in the Canopy Room.
Children do not have to take part if they don’t want to, but we will be encouraging all our passionate artists to get involved.
This will be an extra-curricular activity, not worked on within class. We are hoping parents and carers will get involved in their child’s art work, but where time and resources might not be available, we will also be offering children the chance to work on their art work within Karen’s art club and at weekly lunch time sessions in Miss Corker’s room.
Children who wish to take part will need to produce one piece of art work for the display. They are of course welcome to make more and then pick their favourite effort to bring in. This can be a painting, drawing, sculpture or whatever they are inspired to make!
Work can be submitted as soon as they are ready, with the final submission date on Friday 7th June (the Friday after half term). Please bring works of art to Miss Corker’s classroom (Y1).
Children will have the opportunity to visit the ‘exhibition’ during the following week and parents will be able to come and have a look after school on Friday 14th June, from 3.45 to 4.15pm.
We look forward to seeing what the children come up with!
EYFS Garden Party – Saturday 18th May
You are invited to a party!
EYFS Garden Party – Saturday 18th May (12 noon – 3pm)
This is a great time for families of children in Nursery and Reception to come together for a fun day of bouncy castle, face painting, barbecue, cakes, games and excitement as well as raising valuable funds to support our learning.
However, this day is not possible without lots of support from parents! We desperately need parents to help with the following:
We would love your help to prepare for our garden party. These are things you can do to help:
• Sign up to help out on a stall on the day (sign-up sheets will be outside classes soon);
• Volunteer to ask local businesses to donate raffle prizes (see a member of staff);
• Donate a raffle prize or ask your boss to donate on behalf of your work place;
• Donate unwanted gifts, bottles and other suitable prizes for the tombola;
• Find unwanted toys, books and teddies for our second hand stall and teddy hoopla;
• Bake cakes and biscuits to bring in on the day;
• Invite friends and family to come along on the day, especially if children may come to Myatt in the future;
• Contact local supermarket to request donation of bread rolls;
• Slice and cook onions to bring in on the morning of the garden party;
• Slice fruit for Pimms to bring in on the morning of the garden party;
• Pick up meat order from butchers and bring in on the morning of the garden party.
Please speak to a member of staff ASAP if you can help with any of the above so that this is a really special day for everyone come rain or shine!
Thanks as always for your support.
School Meals – Price Increase
We have been informed that the price of a school meal will be increasing from £2.20 to £2.30 per meal from 1st May 2019. This price will have no impact on those children entitled to Free School Meals.
At £2.30 Lewisham meals will continue to provide all of the Government nutritional requirements and compares favourably with other local authorities. We believe the increased meal price continues to provide extraordinarily good value for money. Our two course daily menus vary throughout a three weekly cycle and the Authority is constantly striving to improve the quality of the ingredients. Over 80% of the meal offer uses fresh, quality products from sustainable sources.
Please remember that meals must be paid for in advance online via ParentPay at: https://www.parentpay.com/
If you have not yet signed up for Parentpay, please speak to a member of staff in the school office.
Mindfulness Taster Sessions
We are very excited to be able to offer parents and carers the opportunity to try something new. We all lead busy lives and it is too easy to neglect ourselves.
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed as a parent?
Would you like to learn how mindfulness can help you
effectively support your children and yourself with a
greater awareness and compassion?
Want to learn if Mindfulness can make a
difference to you as a parent or carer?
Mindfulness is simply paying attention to what is happening in the here and now (your thoughts, emotions and sensations) in a non-judgemental way. With practice, mindfulness can be become a very powerful tool to help cope with life’s stresses and strains.
There are 2 free sessions available to parents and carers to drop into:
Wednesday 20th March 2019, 9.30-10.30am
Tuesday 26th March 2019, 9.30-10.30am
The taster will comprise of guided meditation and access to audios that can be used after the session.
There is no need to book, just turn up at the Blue House (Breakfast club room) and sign in there from 9.15am for a prompt start at 9.30am.
Give yourself the gift of pausing.
Following these taster sessions, you may decide to join a more in-depth Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), the most recognised and established mindfulness course, taught all over the world, and scientifically proven to help people cope better with stress, depression and anxiety.
School Council: Comic Relief 2019
As part of our charity work, School Council would like us all to raise money for Comic Relief this year.
They’d love you to support us by:
- Wearing something red to school on Friday 15th March and donating £1 or as much as you can afford to the charity.
- Baking cakes for our playtime cake sale. Please bring them to your class on Friday morning. Cakes will be on sale for 20p, 50p and £1, so don’t forget to bring some money. Any extra cakes will be sold after school.
Take One Picture Exhibition 2019
You are invited to a fantastic art exhibition of our pupil’s work – everyone has something
At: The Arthouse on Lewisham Way
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March from 3.30 – 5.30pm
Saturday 9th March 10 – 3pm
Come along and be amazed at all the work that one painting can stimulate!
Book Week 2019
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, we have a number of activities planned in school:
BOOK SWAP: on Friday 1st March, every child will have the chance to choose a free book donated by someone else in the school. This is kindly organised by The Friends of Myatt Garden.
POETRY WEEK: from Monday 4th to Friday 8th March, Nursery will focus on learning nursery rhymes. Each Reception class will focus on a rhyming story.
Years 1-6 will learn a poem by heart, that they will perform for Key Stages 1 and 2 in an extra special assembly on Friday 8th.
BOOK TOKENS: A £1 book token will be given to every child. These can be swapped for one of 12 special World Book Day books, or put towards the cost of another book.
WE WILL NOT BE DRESSING UP FOR WORLD BOOK DAY
Thank you for all the books you have donated so far. It’s not too late to donate good quality children’s book for ages 3-11, no adult books, activity or colouring books please.
Boxes are located outside classrooms and in the office, so please bring in any books in good condition that you have sorted out over half term for our Book Swap on Friday 1st March.
Let’s try to fill all the boxes with interesting books so the kids have fun choosing on the day!
Call for Volunteers!
We need people to help sort the books after drop-off on Thursday 28th February 9:00-11:00.
We also need help with the Book Swap itself on Friday 1st March 9:15-11:15 and 1:30-3:00.
If you can help for just 30 minutes we would love you to come along. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available.
Safer Internet Day 2019
E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Myatt Garden Primary School and to develop our pupil’s understanding, e-safety was the focus of our whole school assembly. It will also be discussed in circle time this week and is a key strand of our computing curriculum in every year group.
It is important that we are all vigilant when children are using the internet and act to ensure they are protected from potential risks. Many children now regularly use their own or family mobile phones, games consoles, laptops, tablets or PCs to access the internet. It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games or know how to keep them safe. Just like in real life, children need your help to stay safe online.
For more information and helpful information please see here: E-Safety Advice for Parents
School Disco – Tickets Sold Out!
Tickets for Friday’s School Disco have sold out.
All children attending the disco need to be accompanied by an adult.
Looking forward to seeing everyone’s dance moves!
Early Years and Screens Session
I’m sure you are aware of increasing coverage in the press about young children’s use of screens. We have arranged an information session on Thursday 7th February at 09.15am in the Blue House for parents to help you sort the facts from the scare stories.
What is clear is that there are downsides, but what is also clear is that they are not universal downsides for all children. While 1 hours use of a games console might be okay for one child, it might be far too much for another.
This session will:
- Look at the risks, particularly for under 5’s;
- Identify things to be looking out for in your child, and
- Aim to give you the benefits, alongside the downsides.
There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
Trefor Lloyd works in schools, mainly with 3-5 year-olds and their families, and has looked at the research, especially for 0-5’s. He won’t be making anyone feel guilty, simply highlighting information that might be important for you to know.
To book a place please email email@example.com with your name and “Early Years and Screens” as the subject or speak to a member of staff in the school office.
We really hope you can make it!