Myatt Garden – Scholastic Book Fair
We will be raising money to buy books in school by running a Book Fair from the 9th – 11th of March. Scholastic offer a range of new and exciting books for all ages alongside classic titles, prices start at just £2.99.
The more books we sell at the fair, the more money we have as a school to spend with them on books to update our book corners and provide new reading books to support the teaching of reading.
We look forward to welcoming you along!
Deadline for New Reception Starters
Just a reminder to any of you that have a child that is due to start school next September (Born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016) that the deadline for 2020 is fast approaching. Applications MUST be made by 15th January 2020. It is really important that you get your applications in on time.
The applications must be made online at: https://www.eadmissions.org.uk/eAdmissions/app?page=Login&service=page.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff at the school office or speak directly to Ms Gray in the nursery.
FREE Mindfulness Taster sessions
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 3 free hour long sessions available to parents and carers to drop into:
Monday 13 January 9.30 – 10.30am
Tuesday 14 January 9.30 – 10.30am
Wednesday 15 January 9.30 – 10.30am
Whilst the introductory / theory part of each session will be repeated in each, you are welcome to attend just one or more sessions if you would like. These tasters will comprise of guided meditation and access to audios that can be used after the session.
There is no need to book, simply 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.
I look forward to supporting your wellbeing.
Breakfast Club – Information for Parents
As you may know, our Breakfast Club is open daily from 8.00am and currently costs £2.50 a session. From January 2020, the price will be increasing to £3.00 a session.
We will also be setting the club up on ParentPay, which means you will be able to pay for the sessions online as you do for school meals. Children’s attendance will be recorded on their account for each morning you register them at the club and £3.00 will be deducted from your Breakfast Club balance. Please make sure that you have a credit on the account at all times so that the sessions can be booked. If you have not yet registered for Parentpay, please see a member of staff in the school office.
Please note that this will not go live until January 2020. Any credit balance you may have will be added to your child’s ParentPay account. If your child qualifies for Pupil Premium, your contribution will be covered by funding we receive and there is no need for you to do anything on ParentPay.
If you have any questions or queries, please speak to the school office or email: email@example.com
Open Afternoon Dates
These are important opportunities to share in your child’s learning journey. We look forward to seeing you there!
Reception: Mon 16th Dec 2.30 pm Year 3: Thurs 12th Dec 9.30am
Year 1: Thurs 12th Dec 2.45pm Year 4: Fri 13th Dec 9.30am
Year 2: Tues 17th Dec 2pm and Year 5: Wed 11th Dec 2.30pm
Wed 18th Dec 2pm Year 6: Fri 13th Dec 2.30pm
Our Christmas lunch is an important tradition at Myatt Garden when the majority of our children enjoy sitting down for a roast dinner together. This year the lunch will be on Wednesday 11th December.
The lunch costs £2.30 and should be paid for on Parentpay (KS1 children and FSM children do not need to pay)
A copy of the menu can be viewed here: Chartwells Festive Menu 2019
KS1 Maths Workshop
There will be a KS1 Maths Workshop on Wednesday 4th December at 09.15am in the Canopy Room. All Parents and Carers are invited to come and find out how you can support your child with their maths learning.
The session will be repeated after school at 3.45pm in Ms Mahardy/Mrs Morkus’s classrooms.
Parent Survey 2019
At the end of the Summer term, we asked the children what they thought about Myatt Garden and they told us that 96% think Myatt is a friendly school, 95% think it is fun, 95% enjoy their learning and 93% know they are making good progress.
Now the new year is underway, it’s your turn. We want to know what you think in order to inform our planning for the rest of the year. We are focused on continual improvement and in line with that, we want to know what you value about the school, together with any suggestions for improvement.
Please follow the link here:Parent Survey 2019
The link will be live until Thursday 28th November 2019.
Thursday 21st November at 6.30pm
An evening to meet other families and celebrate the diversity of our school.
We would love you to bring a dish that is special to your family, for everyone to share.
We will feature African songs performed by the choir, Djembe rhythms & interactive performances, family bingo challenge and lots more.
All welcome to attend and join in the fun, food and music.
Myatt Garden Christmas Party
Myatt Garden Christmas Party will take place on:
Friday 29th November
Nursery – Year 2 from 3.30pm-5pm
Years 3-6 from 5pm-6.30pm (arrive from 4.45pm)
Fun for all with Christmas Disco in the Main Hall,
Mega Tombola and Raffle,
Christmas Cafe with Hot Food, Cake Stall,
Minced Pies and Mulled Wine,
Face & Body Art & Tattoos
Volunteers and Donations welcome.
We need cakes, chocolate and drinks for the Tombola, drinks for the bar, and red wine for the mulled wine:
For further information and to see how you can help, please visit: Myatt Christmas Party – Help
Tickets for the Christmas Party as well as Raffle Tickets will be on sale UNDER THE CANOPY
on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November
(from 08.50 – 09.20 and 15.15 – 15.45)
TICKETS COST £1.00
ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PAYING ADULT
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS REPLACING THE CHRISTMAS FAIR
Myatt Garden Christmas Trees and Luxury Wreaths
are available to order for collection on the 14th December.
For more information, please see here: FOMG Christmas Trees and Wreaths 2019
Don’t forget you can raise money for the school when you shop
online through easyfundraising.org.uk
search Myatt Garden Primary School
No Idling Banners – Please Help!
We are keen to get some banners up outside of the school reminding all families about the importance of switching off car engines and not idling.
But we need more art work. Can you help us out this weekend? We are asking children to paint, crayon or use felt tips to create colourful pictures of traffic, congestion, pollution etc that we can use to fill the letters inside our message about clean air, avoiding unnecessary car journeys and idling.
Big shout out to all KS1 parents!
Learning to read is the most important skill children will learn during their early schooling and has far-reaching implications for life-long confidence and well-being. Come along to our reading meeting for on Wednesday 16th at 9.30am or 3.45pm in the Canopy Room to learn more about how we teach reading and how you can support your child at home to establish good reading habits for life
Applying to start Secondary School 2019-20
If you need advice on how to apply for a secondary school for your child, further information can be found here:
Reminder: The deadline for Secondary School applications is 31 October 2019.
All of our Year 6 children are having so much fun on their Swanage Trip. They have all arrived safely and have settled in well.
They have been enjoying the good weather and having lots of fun.
School Open Mornings for 2020 Reception Children
If your child is starting school in September 2020 and you would like to come and visit Myatt Garden, please book a place on one of our Open Mornings. The dates are:
- Wednesday 30th October
Tuesday 5th November– CANCELLED
- Thursday 7th November
- Thursday 21st November
- Friday 6th December
- Tuesday 10th December
All sessions start at 9.30am. If you would like to attend, please book your place by calling our school office on 0208 691 0611. Thank you.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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