All of the children have had a fantastic week at Swanage and are looking forward to returning home to their families.
Day 2 in Swanage – They’ve been fishing, team building, made catapults, started fires (safely!) and made bread and cooked it on the fires.
Year 6 have started the week with a visit to the beach….
School Open Days for 2019 Reception Children
If your child is starting school in September 2019 and you would like to come and visit Myatt Garden, please book a place on one of our Open Mornings. The dates are:
- Tuesday 30th October 2018
- Friday 2nd November 2018
- Thursday 8th November 2018
- Thursday 13th November 2018
- Tuesday 20th November 2018
All sessions start at 10am and you can book your place by calling our school office on 0208 691 0611.
INSET DAY: Tuesday 25th September
We have an additional INSET day on Tuesday 25th September. School will be closed to children.
Meet the Teacher Afternoon 2018
Come along and join us on Tuesday 4th September at 2pm to meet your child’s new teacher. Find out about what they will be learning, the weekly routine and expectations for the year.
Children start school on Wednesday 5th September.
Parent Survey 2018
We have recently asked the children what they think about Myatt Garden and they told us that 98% think Myatt is a friendly school, 99% think it is fun, 98% enjoy their learning and 99% know they are making good progress.
As we near the end of the term, now it’s your turn. We want to know what you think in order to inform our planning for next year. We are focused on continual improvement and in line with that, we want to know what you value about the school, alongside any suggestions for improvement.
Please follow the link here: Parent Survey 2018 and complete this simple survey – it should take no more than five minutes.
The link will be live until Friday 7th September 2018.
Year 6 Production: Bugsy Malone
We are all getting excited about Year 6’s upcoming production of Bugsy Malone. This year 90 children will be performing over the two nights so we know there will be lots of demand for tickets!
Tickets will go on sale on the bridge outside Year 6 to Year 6 parents only on Monday 9th July. Parents will be able to buy two tickets initially, on Wednesday they will able to buy an additional two tickets.
Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Thursday.
Tickets will be £4 each this year; this is to cover the costs of the props and costumes, as well as the price of the performance licence
Open Afternoons for Myatt Parents
Open afternoons are important occasions at Myatt Garden and provide families with a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the learning that has been going on in your children’s class.
Please check you have these dates in your diary
Year 1 Wednesday 11th July 2.30pm
Year 2 Friday 6th July 2.45pm
Year 3 Thursday 12th July 2. 30pm
Year 4 Wednesday 11th July 2.30pm
Year 5 Thursday 12th July 2.30pm
Year 6 Bugsy Malone Show
We look forward to seeing you there!
Myatt Garden Mestival – Saturday 30th June
We hope you are able to attend our Summer Festival. For full details on what is available, please see programme here: Myatt Garden Fair Programme
Nursery Spaces Available
We have got off to a flying start at our superb nursery!
We are just about to offer places to start at our wonderful nursery class for children who have their 3rd birthday before September. We have nursery places available for families who are eligible for 30 hours free childcare ( 09.15 – 3.15) and also morning places (09.15 – 12.15) for 15 hours which all families qualify for.
We asked parents why you should apply their replies included:
“We knew that our son was ready for Nursery and he was turning 3 in January but it had to be the right one. Myatt Garden Nursery provides a motivating and caring environment that puts children’s personal development first. To say that my son loves his nursery is an understatement. He is excited each and every day. Their approach to child led learning encourages my son to explore, experiment and challenge himself and he is supported through those all important social skills by a fantastic team of teaching staff.”
“Myatt nursery is truly a unique place. My daughter has been there since she was 3 and initially I was worried that she was too young and that I would miss her- but what an amazing experience it has been. She’s grown and developed so much, she’s made friends independently and learnt how to sort conflict in a peaceful way. The skills she has learnt will prepare her so well for the rest of her life. Kindness and gentle encouragement from the staff has enabled her to have faith in her skills and abilities. It’s a cliché but it’s a jewel in Brockley’s crown.”
If you have a child of relevant age, please complete an application form here: Nursery Application Form and return to: firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the school office and pick up a copy, as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
Visit to Queens Tennis Club
Two children from Myatt Garden were chosen to visit Queens Tennis Club in West Kensington to watch the Fever Tree Championships. This is an annual tournament for male tennis players, held on grass courts. This is one of the most prestigious grass court tournaments, as well as one of the oldest Tennis tournaments in the world.
They were very lucky to watch John Millman and Novak Djokovic. After the match, they were given a behind the scenes tour by David Law, Media Director. The visit was organised by Matthew Ojavewaju, who is a professional camera operator specialising in filming Tennis for Sky Sports. Matthew attended one of our aspirational assemblies and delivered a brilliant presentation to the children about his role.
To watch a short video on their visit, please click here: https://youtu.be/4wufwIx15oI
Mestival – Myatt’s Summer Fair – Saturday 30th June
It’s one week until Mestival – Myatt’s Summer Music Festival and excitement is building.
There are still lots of ways you can help in the lead-up to the festival and on the day but, most importantly, come along and support us because all the money we raise will be used to fund new playground equipment.
The less we need to spend to stage the fair, the more we can put towards the playground, so any help you can give by donating the following, would be hugely appreciated:
Nearly-new books and toys for the Bric-a-brac stall
Pimms and Prosecco for the bar
Cash donations to buy meat for the barbecue
Cakes and biscuits for the cafe
Loan of gazebos and umbrellas to protect us from the sun or rain!
Donations can be dropped off at the school office from Thursday 28 June (cakes on Friday 29th 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 look on Classlist or email: email@example.com.
Boho Chic or Far Out Fashion
Start thinking about what to wear – there will be prizes for the best-dressed child and adult. Channel your inner flower child by coming to the fair in your best festival gear.
We had a great response to last week’s appeal for performers and have three more parents signed up to sing, in addition to our Myatt musos. If you are keen to perform or if you know someone else who is, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there on Saturday June 30th, 12pm-3pm.
Sports Week 2018
In the week beginning Monday 25th June, we will be staging our annual Sports Week. This will involve all the children participating in a range of PE with various coaches, on different occasions from Monday through to Friday. Please see attached timetable for more information. Sports Week 2018
On Friday 29th June, Sports Day will take place at the playing field at Goldsmiths University
- KS1 morning – leaving school at 09.30am , 10.00am at the field
- KS2 afternoon – leaving school at 1.30pm , 1.45pm at the field
If you are available to help walk the children to the playing field, would you please speak to your child’s class teacher by Monday 25th June.
All children will be entering the university via the entrance in Laurie Grove Road SE14. Any Parents/Carers wishing to watch the Sports Day but who are unable to accompany the children should also use this entrance. All children must return to school with their class after Sports Day and cannot be taken directly home from Goldsmiths.
Please make sure your child has the necessary ‘kit’ for the entire PE week, including any medication / asthma pumps etc., they may require. It is also advisable to have a drink, a hat, and some sun cream for Sports Day.
As with all school events, parents are able to photograph or film their own child, but please ensure that any photos or filming containing other students are not to be uploaded to the internet or social media. Photos can only be for personal use as some children cannot be photographed for safeguarding reasons
Should you have any further questions about Sports Week or Sports Day please do not hesitate to contact myself or your child’s class teacher.
Myatt’s Summer Music Festival on SATURDAY 30th JUNE
It’s just three weeks to go until Mestival – and there are loads of ways to get involved.
Fancy strutting your stuff? We have the school choir, the school band and the Djembe Club performing as well as a parent band and a parent DJ, but how about a Steel Band or Arabic Music or Brazilian drums? Let’s get some live World Music to represent the diversity of the Myatt Garden family. If that’s your thing (or you know a friend who would be interested), contact Friends of Myatt Garden on: email@example.com to book your slot.
More of a behind-the-scenes kind of person? We need volunteers to help run activities, crafts and stalls. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up to Classlist to get notifications with more details.
Time poor but want to help? We will need donations of drinks, cakes, craft materials as well as ‘nearly new’ books and toys for the Bric-a-Brac stall. Keep an eye out for more details on the next newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook and Classlist.
Careers Fair 2018
Myatt Garden ran their first Careers Fair on Tuesday 22nd May. The event was hosted by Urban Synergy, who run seminars which brings together professionals from different industries and from a wide range of careers to talk to students in an informal setting about their paths to success and also failures, so that they don’t make the same mistakes.
The panel included an Economist, Barrister, Fashion Designer and a Trainee Orthopaedic Surgeon. Our Year 6 children were kept engaged by the panel members who talked about their career journey, experience and future ambitions. The children then had the opportunity to break out into groups and to have discussions with each of the panel members.
Early Years Garden Party
Our Annual Garden Party will take place on Saturday 12th May from 12pm.
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.
Kelly Smith MBE, visits Myatt Garden
As part of our ongoing Aspirations Assembly, the children at Myatt Garden were delighted and honoured to have a visit from Kelly Smith MBE.
Kelly was the first British woman to play football professionally in the USA and she holds the record for the highest number of goals scored for England. Kelly played for Arsenal and was also England Captain. She has won the FA , UEFA and Continental Cup and has 117 caps for England.
The children learned about her experience and her travels around the world playing football. Kelly retired from football in 2017 and is now a full time Coach on the women’s reserve team at Arsenal.
Election for Parent Governors
Following the expiry of the term of office for two of our parent governors, elections for new parent governors will take place shortly. All governors serve a four year term of office.
Eligibility to stand: All parents and guardians of children at the school are eligible to stand as candidates in the election EXCEPT
- if s/he is an elected member of the local education authority; (local councillor)
- if s/he is paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours in any twelve month period beginning 1 August and finishing 31 July (an academic year).
Eligibility to vote: Each parent will have one vote for every parent governor vacancy. Some people who are not parents but who act as parents and take care of a child at the school may also be able to take part. If you or someone else living with you look after a child in this way, please contact me to check if you will be able to take part in the election.
Information about the role of a parent governor is attached. If you would like to speak to one of our current parent governors about what is involved then please let me know and I can put you in touch with them. The names of our current parent governors are on the school website.
The important dates are – Tuesday 24th April 2018: If you want to be a candidate you should return the attached nomination form by the end of the school day on this date. You can nominate yourself to stand. If you want to nominate another parent, please check with them first that they are willing to stand and ask them to sign the nomination form in the space provided. Extra copies of the nomination form are available from the school office.
Thursday 26th April 2018: A further letter will be sent to you with information of the nominees.
Thursday 10th May 2018: Voting will take place in the Main Hall between 8.30 and 9.30am and at the school office between 9.30am and 5pm. This is to allow as much time as possible for working parents to get to school to vote. If you cannot come to the school to vote then you can apply for a postal vote which you must request by Tuesday 24th April 2018.
All new governors are required by law to undergo a check on their suitability to serve. This will include an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check and checks on barring list, overseas checks and the DfE list of people whose employment has been barred or restricted either on grounds of misconduct or for medical reasons.
Parent governors are very important to the life of the school and I hope very much that you will vote and also consider being a candidate.
Role of the Parent Governor
E- Safety Session for Parents – Tuesday 27th March
This one hour session will now take place at 7pm on Tuesday 27th March. It aims to provide an overview of the positive, inspiring ways that children can discover, connect and create online, combined with identification of potential risks faced by the internet user.
You will be offered simple and thorough strategies to help model and reinforce internet safety.
The session will take place in the main hall and we look forward to seeing lots of you there. All parents and carers are welcome to attend.
Sports Relief – Friday 23rd March
Next Friday Myatt Garden will be raising money for Sports Relief.
The money we raise will help vulnerable people, both across the UK and the world, to live happier, healthier and safer lives.
Throughout the week Sam will be planning special sports activities for PE to get us all in the mood!
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Please bring £1 to school on Friday 23rd March and dress up in your favourite sports kit and join in the fun!
School Meal Price Increase
We have been informed that the price of a school meal will be increasing from £2.10 to £2.20 per meal from 1st May 2018. This price will have no impact on those children who are entitled to Free School Meals.
At £2.20 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 school meals must be paid for in advance. An email will be sent at the start of term with cost information.