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Information Update: 1. 4. 20
As we head into the Easter holiday, we will be sending home some fun ideas, activities to help entertain your children over the 2 weeks holiday – we thought this might help whilst we are all still isolated. You will receive your next set of home learning on Friday 17thApril, ready for the first week of the new term.
‘Sam at Myatt Garden’ Youtube
I’m really pleased to let you know that Sam, our legendary Sports Coach, has launched his very own Youtube channel for Myatt Garden children whilst the school is shut. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday he will be posting challenges for your children to do at home, though I suspect once watched, this may become a family challenge. Most importantly it will be a way for pupils to stay connected with a friendly Myatt face.
Check him out today at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUJhUEZm04jKoV5UzSs6TSw
Free audio books
Audible have released lots of free audio books for children, for as long as schools are closed. You can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help children continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Sadly, I have to report that a few Year 5 families have been in touch as some children have had their Spelling Shed account hacked by other children. In order to keep things simple, although user names are individual, everyone’s password is the same. It is incredibly disappointing, Spelling Shed is a learning resource which we hope children will enjoy whilst improving their spelling. However, I like to focus on the positive so I would suggest that this is a good opportunity to discuss online safety with your child and the importance of behaving responsibly online. This could be really useful to guide to look at together: http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online
We have been informed of a local Covid/coronavirus support group who are working on a project with The Hill Station to buy food from their wholesalers and use their own fundraising efforts to deliver these boxes for free weekly to those suffering financial hardship due to coronavirus.
A typical box contains the following items:
Lentils, free range eggs, milk, sugar, porridge oats, rice, bread, some tinned food and a selection of fruit and veg (such as bananas, apples, oranges, lemons, broccoli, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots, and we try to put some of each in every box).
They are making up the first boxes this week and are very much responding to the local community’s needs as they go. They intend to do this weekly as long as the need exists and our wholesale supplier are able to deliver. To get in touch if you need a box or if you want to volunteer, contact Victoria on 07462574516.
They are also running a parallel initiative to distribute these boxes locally at cost to people who are 70+/self-isolating/NHS personnel. These boxes can be ordered by calling or texting Tineke on 07748713212, by the end of Sunday each week, for distribution on Tuesday.
If you have a printer at home, I’ve been told the attached Times-tables—Top-Trumps top trump cards have been working well at home to help children with their tables. Simply print and hours of fun, whilst gaining rapid recall of key multiplication facts.
Free School Meals
If you are entitled to FSM, you should have received an email from us regarding vouchers. We need your permission to use your email address as a means of getting vouchers to you. If you haven’t done this already, please do it as a matter of urgency so the issue of vouchers is not delayed. If you need help please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond.
A reminder that even though school is not open, we are here for you and are keen to help if you need advice or support. You can get in contact via: email@example.com or calling us on 0208 691 0611 or 07742 967605.
It will be an Easter like no other, let’s hope for some sunshine!
I wish you all a good one! Stay well.
Supporting our NHS
Some of the children of our key worker parents worked together to share some joy using the rainbow theme of #frommywindow campaign.
Information: Update 25.3.20
Even though school is not open to the majority of children, I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are here for you and are keen to help if you need advice or support. Below I have included information on Free School Meals, Foodbanks and looking after our mental well-being. You can get in contact via: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 0208 691 0611 or 0774 2967605.
Free School Meals
PLEASE BEWARE scam emails – there is one circulating asking families for bank details in order to transfer money for lunches. You will never be asked for this information from us, Lewisham or the DfE so DO NOT RESPOND.
Lewisham are currently working with Chartwells, our meal providers, to supply families who qualify for Free School Meals with lunches for their children. They are hoping that this will be in the form of a hamper each week that will provide food to make lunches for each child. We will let you know more details as soon as we have them.
Whilst this is being sorted, we are working hard to get supermarket vouchers to all FSM families, so please watch out for more information in your Inbox. In the meantime if you need help please email: email@example.com and we will respond.
Lewisham Foodbank Organisations
Due to the current crisis, Lewisham Foodbank Organisation are making changes to the way they work. They will, as much as possible, continue to provide services for those who need them in these very difficult times.
Requesting a voucher:
If you need to make a visit to one of Lewisham’s foodbanks please send an e-mail for the attention of either Orlaine McDonald or Elaine Dempsey with the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• full name
· Contact telephone number
· number of adults and children in the household
Alternatively, call 0774 2967605 and leave a voicemail for the attention of either Orlaine McDonald or Elaine Dempsey with the above information required. We will then e-mail Lewisham Foodbank Organisation with your request.
Changes to opening:
• Catford Elim (Saturday) – closed until further notice
• St James New Cross (Monday) – closed until further notice
• Lewisham Tabernacle – open Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 to 2pm, as usual
• Hope Centre – open Wednesdays 10am to 12pm and Fridays 12 to 2pm, as usual
In line with advice, they have also changed the way they distribute food at the centres to reduce the time spent there and contact with others.
Here are some useful sites that can provide helpful advice for you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health. You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people which can feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.
These are truly exceptional times, but we are all doing our bit to prevent the spread of this virus by staying at home and isolating ourselves and our families.
Information: Update 24.3.20
In these difficult times, it’s important to keep our spirits up.
Thousands of families across the country are using art to spread some positivity despite many people facing periods of self-isolation. The #FromMyWindow campaign encourages people to create rainbow artwork and write positive messages that they can hang up in their windows. This week the theme is rainbows and people are being asked to display them in their street facing windows.
Myatt Garden will be working on their rainbow today and we have chosen to use our positive message to show our support for the NHS in appreciation for all they are doing for us. In an attempt to keep a community spirit, we thought you might all want to join in at home.
To find out more and see some examples of art work https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51988671
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation. The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Next week Myatt Garden will be open to provide care for a limited number of children, whilst Lewisham plans for how best to provide care over the forthcoming weeks.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response and you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals.
Key public services
This includes those running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and those responsible for the management of the deceased.
Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services
Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue service employees.
Those who keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes.
Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff needed for essential financial services provision, the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector.
Thank you to families that have already responded. Please email the following information to: email@example.com as soon as you can to allow us to plan:-
Your child’s name
Your role and place of work
The days that you require
We will be providing breakfast club (hopefully we will have food!) for these children each day next week. At this time I am unable to confirm whether Rocks and Pebbles will be providing after school provision, but we will organise cover for any children that normally attend.
Coronovirus Update: 19.3.20
Most of you will now know that yesterday, the government ordered schools in the UK to close on Friday afternoon until further notice. I realise this is distressing news for the entire school community and will leave many anxious, but I want to reassure everyone that we have spent time preparing for this announcement and I feel very confident that we have everything in place to ensure that we continue to support you and your children in the coming weeks and months.
• Myatt Garden will be shutting for most children on Friday;
• Some children e.g. if their parent is a nurse or care worker will still be able to come to school (not sure where at present);
• Even though many of you won’t be coming to school, school will still be here and we will be available to provide advice and assistance should you need it. You can phone us on: 020 8691 0611 or 07742967605 or you can email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org;
• We will be providing learning for you to do at home;
• Year 6 SATs will not go ahead
We don’t know
• How long school will be shut;
• Which children will be still coming to school
Our staff have worked tirelessly this week to ensure we have ‘home learning’ arrangements in place and to make sure this will be a seamless transition for the children. Home learning will be sent to you at the beginning of every week via ParentPay. Children will be bringing home an exercise book and pencil tonight. If your child is already off school, please come into school tomorrow (Friday) to pick up a pack; we will try our best to deliver packs to any remaining children.
During today and tomorrow we will be working hard to see if we can offer a service to look after the children of our key workers and other children that the government wants us to keep in school. At this point we cannot give you any more details, but we will let you know what our plans are as soon as possible.
Many of our children (and parents too!) are experiencing a whole range of mixed emotions – elation at finishing early for Easter; anxiety at being away from their friends; confusion at what’s happening; worry that they may get ill. We have been talking to the children today about what is happening and how things might be in order to reassure them. We have told them that if they are worried they should talk to a trusted adult, tell them how they are feeling and ask their questions.
More advice can be found at: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
I am sure that you will join me in thanking all our fantastic staff for working so hard at this difficult time.
Once again, I would like to thank you for working with us and for your continued support for the school at this time. I have had many kind offers of practical help from parents and governors, as well as staff willing to go above and beyond their normal duties. I will be in touch if/when we are able to put this help to good use. It is at times such as this that we are reminded what a special community Myatt Garden is.
Please be assured that we will continue to update you and communicate with you regularly during the closure.
Coronovirus/COVID 19: Update
Thank you for your ongoing support as we steer our way through this unprecedented and ever changing situation. At the time for writing we have no new news with regard to closures, however I would like to assure all families that we will be providing home learning if the schools are closed. Whilst some schools have already closed, thanks to the wonderful team that work at Myatt Garden, we are still able to teach classes and have managed staff absence ‘in-house’ so far.
The latest guidance issued by the government means that
- any child with a cough and / or fever will now have to stay off school for 14 days
- any child who lives with anyone else who has a cough and / or fever also now has to stay off school for 14 days.
I appreciate that this is not easy for anyone, but it is critical that we all follow this advice in order to slow down / prevent the spread of this virus. For those children who are already home from school, some ideas for home learning can be accessed from the home page on the school website at: http://www.myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk/
More detailed work will be coming via ParentPay if / when we close.
Please note before and after school clubs will continue as normal.
Some children have been reporting that their hands are sore due to the amount of washing that they are doing. In order to help, we are happy for a hand cream/vaseline product, clearly labelled with the child’s name, to be given to the class teacher who will keep these safe and supervise application.
We have had many families wanting to do something to support those that may find the next few weeks particularly challenging. In light of this, we will be putting a box at the main office, where anyone wishing to donate can place non-perishable food supplies. If you would prefer you can donate to the Myatt Garden Community fund by putting money or a cheque (payable to Myatt Garden School) in an envelope marked Myatt Community Fund and post at the school office desk. Alternatively, email us for details of how to transfer money directly into the fund. The food and money from the Community Fund will be used to directly support our families who are facing particular hardship at this time.
Thank you once again for your support. We will endeavor to keep smiling and keep you informed.
Coronavirus: Home Learning Information
Please see below lots of information for learning you can do with your children during the coronavirus isolation period:-
- NRICH – Click on the primary hub to access maths problem solving activities for children.
- Topmarks – Daily Ten and other maths games.
- Reading Zone Live – authors, writing and poetry
- Spell Blast – on LGFL – practise your spellings
- Oxford Owl
- Read a book and write a review
- Write a diary entry as a character from your book
- Dance-mat Typing skills – this is a great opportunity for children to improve their typing skills.
- Code Club – self-led coding projects using Scratch or HTML/CSS projects.
- Scratch – children can watch the tutorials and practise their skills. They can set up their own accounts with parental permission. For KS1 we recommend Scratch Junior which is a free app on ipads and tablets (but not PC’s yet). You can view these free tutorials and activities to get you started.
Coronavirus/COVID 19: Update
I am sure that you are all following the news closely and are aware of the new Coronavirus advice that came out on Friday.
Following updated government guidance, if any pupils or staff members develop the following symptoms, they must stay at home for seven days:-
• a high temperature
• a new continuous cough
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
Do not go (or take your child) to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you are staying at home.
For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection but if symptoms get worse or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online:
If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Stay at home guidance can be found at:
Please let the school know as soon as possible if your child is unwell.
If anyone becomes ill during the school day they will need to go home and will be asked to remain at home for 7 days. Please make sure that the school has up-to-date contact details for you and that you keep phones on so we can get in touch with you if necessary.
We do not have any confirmed COVID-19 cases at school, but we have been informed by a member of staff and a family that they are following the medical advice and are self-isolating at this time. We wish them all well.
Public Health England and Department for Education current advice for schools in London is that staff and pupils should monitor themselves for symptoms and self-isolate if they experience symptoms. People who do not have symptoms are advised to carry on as normal and do not need to self-isolate.
We understand that parents are concerned about the risk of their children catching Coronavirus and that some may want to keep children at home even though they are not required to do so by the medical advice. All pupils who are well enough to come to school and who do not fall into the two categories described above, should attend school as normal.
We continue to follow the advice of the Department for Education and Public Health England in school. We are encouraging all children and staff to wash hands properly and regularly and we are taking extra care with cleaning. We will continue to follow advice and we will keep you informed of the situation and what we are doing about it.
We continue to review our practice and in light of this at Myatt Garden we will:
• Continue to spend time talking about the importance of hand-washing and practice how to do it thoroughly;
• Make sure all children are being asked to wash their hands regularly throughout the day ;
• Remove all plastic cups from sink areas – please make sure your child brings in a labelled bottle;
• Give fruit to children by TAs once they have washed their hands;
• Stop any activities that involve objects are being passed around between the children e.g. Show & Tell
In addition, we will be cancelling all trips that require public transport. Whilst we are reluctant to do this, we feel that this is a sensible precaution at this stage.
Please make sure you check the NHS and government websites daily:
I realise that this is a very worrying time for all of us. Rest assured that the safety of pupils, staff and the school community remains our priority and we will keep you updated with any new information.
Sports Relief 2020
We will be raising money for Sports Relief next week.
On Thursday 12th we will be inviting everyone to wear their sports kit to school and donate £1 to this charity.
Sport Relief supports people living incredibly tough lives, in the UK and around the world.
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.
Books will be on sale in the Canopy Room at the following times:
Monday 9th March: 08.45 – 09.15am & 3.30 – 4pm
Tuesday 10th March: 08.45 – 09.15am & 3.30 – 4pm
Wednesday 11th March: all day (INSET Day – Parent Meetings)
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.
Children will be able to redeem their World Book Day tokens at the fair. Please save your pennies and pocket money and come along to look at the range of books on offer. We will take payment via contactless card reader, cash or cheque. We look forward to seeing you there!
We look forward to welcoming you along!
Stay Safe Online!
Tuesday 11th February was Safer Internet Day and we marked the event with special assemblies and follow-up discussions in class.
This is a really important subject, especially in a world where an increasing number of children are able to access the internet from tablets, mobile phones and games consoles.
Please ask your children what they know about staying safe online – this year the theme was online and offline identity!
A few helpful reminders:-
- Agree ground rules before buying devices;
- No phones or devices in bedrooms over night;
- Regularly check what your child is accessing;
- Visit Net Aware for information on setting parental controls;
- Talk to your child about what they’re doing online.
Really useful advice is available from:
Making Myatt Garden Safer and Cleaner
Pupils have created a bold and colourful collection of artworks to encourage drivers to stop idling around the school. A montage of all the children’s art has been turned into banners by local Brockley estate agent Conran, forming part of its on-going support of art enrichment projects at Myatt Garden.
The banners have been placed in three key locations around the perimeter of the school and states: NO IDLING – SWITCH OFF!
You can view the banner here: No Idling Banner
It’s all part of our campaign to remind drivers to care about clean air, and to cut air-pollution by turning off their engines close to their school gates.
We’re asking ALL drivers to:
- Not to leave engines running when you stop outside the school
- Park further from the school
COME ON EVERYBODY, this is about our children’s lungs – we can make a difference!
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.