Information for Families: 12.11.21

Parents’ Evening

Thanks to a range of carefully considered measures, so far this term we have been able to limit the level of COVID infection to one staff member and four children. We regularly reflect on risks and benefits and continue to prioritise some activities over others. In an environment where infection rates are rising, we are currently prioritising continuing to allow families onto site, children experiencing OPAL playtimes together, not changing seating plans or restricting learning opportunities and participation in trips to enhance further learning.

It was with all this in mind, that we decided that virtual meetings were the best option this term. The meetings worked well last year, but for a number of reasons we were unable to use Zoom this year. We therefore researched alternatives and took recommendations from other schools and parents. We eventually decided on School Cloud, the market leader.

This worked well for many families; thank you for your positive feedback. However, we are aware that some of you had a few technical difficulties – two family members did not work as well as it should have and for some of your broadband issues meant pictures and sound was too much!  We apologise if your meeting was disrupted.  If you were unable to make an appointment or log into the call, please contact the school and your child’s teacher will be in touch.

Children in Need

Our newly elected School Council are excited about the whole school celebrating ‘Children in Need’ next Friday (19th November). We’d love children to join in by dressing up or wearing something spotty or wearing something yellow. If they can, we’d like them to bring  £1 to donate to the charity.  Please feel free to join in!

RAFT

Today our Year 4 pupils were invited to be part of a special 6-school assembly where children presented their inspiring work with RAFT on the theme of Zero Carbon Schools.

Pupils from Myatt shared 2 entertaining videos:

  • one on our retrofit construction works taking place at school, including insulation, airtightness, new heat recovery ventilation and decarbonised heat – through removing boilers and replacing with air source heat pumps.
  • the other was about what they had learnt working with Harry.

It was a lively and informative event and coincided with the last day of COP26.

Anti-bullying week

Next week we will be marking anti-bullying week at Myatt Garden with special assemblies and lessons. We adopt the national Anti-Bullying Alliance definition of bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.

This year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’. We will be kicking off by embracing Odd Socks Day on Monday to celebrate that we are all unique. The day sends an important message that we should all be allowed to be ourselves free from bullying and helps us celebrate Anti-Bullying Week in a fun and positive way.  Please see leaflet attached.

Attendance

Good school attendance gives your child the opportunity for success and helps develop skills for life. Therefore, we expect attendance to be 95% or above and children should attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable cause, like illness. They should never miss school for reasons like shopping, birthdays or to wait in for a repair person. We know missing school seriously affects life opportunities.

At Myatt, Orlaine McDonald monitors attendance on a regular basis and contacts any families where attendance drops below 90%.  She will discuss the reasons for any absence and how she can support any families who need additional help.  Alternatively, you can always contact Orlaine, if you know you are struggling and would benefit from some help. She can be contacted on 020 8691 0611 or at: o.mcdonald@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk

Letting us know about absence

If your child is unable to come to school, please make sure you inform us before 9am. You can leave a message on the school answer phone on 020 8691 0611 or you can email: attendance@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk.

If you don’t let us know that your child won’t be attending, we have a duty of care to check they are okay. This often means the office spending unnecessary time calling you. If we can’t contact you or any of your named contacts, we then have to make a home visit. This involves two members of staff leaving school and attending your house to ensure everyone is safe and well.  This can be easily avoided, please just let us know!

Christmas Trees and Wreaths

The Myatt Garden Christmas Trees and Wreaths are on sale now! With all proceeds supporting the children of Myatt Garden Primary School.

Follow the link here:   https://patchworkit.com/34929/Myatttrees2021/?ptid=tOdfZhYHTm2w 

We provide the best quality (and best priced) Christmas trees in town! With luxury Nordmann Firs and Norway Spruce in various sizes.  This year we are introducing a 3ft Pot Grown Norway Spruce which will thrive and grow after Christmas. Due to customer demand, this is replacing the potted Norway Spruce.

Our luxury wreaths are made with fresh Christmas tree branches and are handmade to order.  These truly beautiful wreaths and are often bought as gifts. This year the ‘Emperor Wreath’ with white ribbons replaces our citrus wreaths.

Delivery and collection dates:

  1. Sunday 27th November 2021      *deadline: order by 19th Nov for trees and wreaths
  2. Sunday 11th December 2021       *deadline: order by 4th Dec for trees and 19th Nov for wreaths

Collections are from the Myatt Garden car park, Rokeby Road, SE4 1DF. All collections and deliveries are between 10am and 12 midday. Collect from the Myatt Garden car park, Rokeby Road, SE4 1DF. 

Home deliveries can be arranged for local Myatt Garden friends and families. We simply ask for a £5 donation with all deliveries. Remember to add your contact and address details when you book your delivery.

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