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.
School Disco – Tickets Sold Out
Unfortunately, due to high demand, tickets for the disco are now sold out. Please note that tickets will not be available on the door.
The gate on Rokeby Road (by the pond) will be controlled by an entry system after school, from 3.35pm at the end of the school day.
This means that there will be some changes to procedures for collecting children after this time.
If you are collecting a child from Rocks and Pebbles after school care, you will need to use the entry system to request that the gate is opened. There will be a release button on the inside for exit. When using this gate, please help us to keep the school safe by making sure the gate is closed behind you.
If you are collecting your child from one of Myatt Garden’s after school clubs e.g. chess, art or football etc., you will now need to enter the school through the main school office gate.
If you have any questions about this change, please contact the school office.
Myatt Garden PTA: Book Swap – Thursday 1st March
It’s time for our annual book swap where the children bring in books that they have finished reading and get to choose another book to take home. This is the (third/fourth) year that we have run this project which is very popular with the children. Please have a look at home over the holidays for good quality books for children aged 3-11 which can be donated by placing them in the boxes outside your child’s classroom. There is also a box in the school office.
We especially need books for 9-11 year olds. If you know any children in Year 7 or 8, please ask them if they have any books they are finished with that they would like to donate. No adult books, activity or colouring books please!
We need Volunteers!
We need people to help sort the books after drop off on Wednesday 28th February at 9.15am and help with the Book Swap onThursday 1st March at 9.30am and 1.30pm.
If you can help for just 30 minutes we would love you to come along. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day is celebrated around the world on Tuesday 6th February 2018 and this year the theme is Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you.
Everyone has their part to play in making the internet a better place, including you!
We will be holding a special assembly next week, children will be following this learning up in class and after half term we have organised an evening session for parents on Tuesday 27th March at 7pm in the Main Hall.
Safer Internet Day is a fantastic opportunity to have a conversation with your child about using the internet safely, responsibly and positively. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, foster carer, aunt, uncle or older sibling – we can all play a role in empowering children to enjoy their time online!
This year, there is a particular focus on the role of the internet in young people’s lives in terms of their relationships and digital wellbeing.
You will find some great resources at: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/sid2018-education-packs/education-pack-parents-and-carers
Local Artist Visits Myatt Garden
As part of Take One Picture week, Year 6 were lucky enough to be visited by Liz Atkin, a local artist. She demonstrated her incredible charcoal work and the children all had a go at creating their own pieces. You can find out more about Liz and her work from her website www.lizatkin.com
Take One Picture Week
Monday 29th January will mark the start of our annual Take One Picture Week.
Once again the whole school will be inspired by a painting that the National Gallery has chosen and will be using it as a stimulus for their learning for the week.
An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump,1768 by Joseph Wright.
Every class will be exhibiting their work at the Arthouse from 23rd – 24th February – please put the date in your diary and come along and see their wonderful art work.
Chinese Themed Menu
Chartwells are holding a special menu day on Wednesday 17th January. Lunch on this day will have a Chinese theme.
Children can choose from Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice or Chinese Veggie Noodles. The full menu can be viewed here:
Chartwells – China Menu 2018
If your child doesn’t normally have lunch on this day but would like to, please pay £2.10 at the school office. If your child is entitled to a free school meal, there is no charge, they just need to let their teacher know on the day, when the register is taken.
Our open afternoons are always an important opportunity for us to share our term’s learning with you.
This term the dates are:
Year 1 – Thursday 14th December @ 2.30pm
Year 3 -Thursday 14th December @ 2.30pm
Year 4 -Tuesday 12th December @ 2.30pm
Year 5 – Friday 15th December @ 2pm
Year 6 -Wednesday 13th December @ 2.30pm
Year 2 will preforming their show ‘Snow White’ on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December @ 2pm.
School Council: The Big Red Box Project
This year, our wonderful School Council have decided to focus on bringing some happiness into our local community. The Big Red Box Project is a project that supports families in Lewisham and the South East who are struggling to make ends meet and who will find it hard to enjoy Christmas.
In 2016 the charity received 1760 boxes. We would like to send 17 this year. The Big Red Box Project works with charities and other organisations to help families in need and these include:
- Elderly people;
- People with terminal illnesses;
- Families with young children;
- Families with housing problems
This year we will be putting red boxes in each class from Nursery to Year 6. We would love each class to work together to fill a box with food.
We are asking you and your children to sign up for 1 or 2 things from the list by writing your name on the list outside each classroom. Each box needs to contain 20 very specific items e.g. long-life milk, jam, tea bags. It is important that you don’t send random items or that boxes end up with 3 pots of jam, so please check the list or check with your child before purchasing your item for the box.
Once you have signed up for an item, please send the food into school as soon as possible and put it in your class box. Your child will tick the sheet to show it has been delivered
ALL THE FOOD NEEDS TO BE IN SCHOOL BY FRIDAY 15TH DECEMBER, BUT WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO TRY AND SEND IT IN AS SOON AS YOU CAN.
More information on the Big Red Box Project can be found here: www.bigredbox.org
School Open Days 2018
If your child is starting school in September 2018 and you would like to come and visit Myatt Garden, please book a place on one of our Open Mornings. The dates are:
- Tuesday 21st November 2017
- Thursday 30th November 2017
- Tuesday 9th January 2018
All sessions start at 9.30am and you can book your place by calling our school office on 0208 691 0611. Thank you.
Myatt PTA: Christmas Fair – Volunteers Needed!
Preparations are already under way for the Christmas Fair on Friday 1 December and with your help, we hope to match the £2,700 we raised last year. The Fair is one of our biggest fundraising events and one of the most popular with the kids but it takes a huge effort to make it happen.
Knowing in advance what ‘parentpower’ we have lined up will help us to organise the Fair more efficiently. So, we are asking parents to sign up to run a stall or help with set up, or clear up, by Friday 17 November, so that we can plan the event based on the resources we have.
To run all the activities we had last year, we need volunteers to fill 42 one-hour time slots. And with a bit of creative time management, perhaps share childcare and volunteering with another parent or volunteer for a child-friendly activity where your child can stay with you – I’m sure we can meet that target.
Most urgently, we need two volunteers to cook two trays of sausages in the school oven and transfer them to a warming plate for serving in hot dog rolls. Could you and a friend do this together?
If you can’t help out on the day, there are lots of other ways to get involved, from making sweets for the Craft Stall, baking or buying cakes and biscuits for the cake stall, returning your money tree envelope, donating chocolate and bottles for the chocolate tombola stall, donating raffle prizes or asking local businesses to do so, or donating money to cover the costs associated with the event.
Any help you can offer is appreciated enormously. Email: email@example.com or contact Sara Baladi via Classlist to offer your help and support.
Myatt Garden PTA
Bonfire Night Menu
Chartwells are holding a special menu day on Wednesday 8th November 2017. Lunch on this day will have a Bonfire Night theme.
Children can choose from Sausage or Veggie hotdog with onions or Bean Puff Pastry. You can find more details of the menu for the day here:
Chartwells – November Bonfire Night Theme
If your child doesn’t normally have lunch on this day but would like to, please pay £2.10 at the school office.
On Thursday 2nd November, from 6.30pm we will be holding our annual International Evening.
International evening is a really important night in our school’s social calendar. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fabulous diversity of our school community.
The choir will be singing, families always generously donate special dishes for us to share and this year, we will be showcasing the wonderful, traditional clothes that our pupils wear as part of their individual cultures. Please come along and support the ‘Myatt Garden International Fashion Show’ as pupils show off their special outfits.
Black History Month
Chartwells are holding a special menu day on Wednesday 18th October 2017. Lunch on this day will be in celebration of Black History Month.
Children can choose from Jerk Chicken or Jamaican vegetable pattie. You can find more details of the menu for the day here:
Chartwells – Black History Month Theme
If your child doesn’t normally have lunch on this day but would like to, please pay £2.10 at the school office.