Information for Families: 14.05.21

School Dinners

I am aware that there has been considerable discussion about school dinners amongst families. I would like to assure everyone that now that this has been shared, I will be following up each of the issues raised e.g. quality of food, choice and quantity of options and reporting back to families following discussions with Chartwells and close monitoring of the lunch hall.

Whilst I know this year has meant communication is more difficult, I am always available and will always listen when issues are raised. It is always better to deal with things at an early stage, so we can address them immediately. Children are at the heart of everything that we do and working together we can ensure the best outcomes.

Walk to School Week

Next week is ‘Walk to School Week’. We will be recording how children come to school on a wall chart and each child will be given a walking diary. The idea is the diary is taken home and then filled in daily.  This year’s challenge will focus on the walking superpowers that benefit individuals, communities and the planet.  Each day pupils will be introduced to a brand new ‘Walking Superpower’ taking the form of a fun comic-book inspired design.  

Walking has so many benefits from physical to mental wellbeing; aiding concentration and creativity and creating safer, less polluted and more welcoming streets. All this makes for a happy, healthy child set up for success in and out of the classroom.  HUGE thank you to Friends of Myatt Garden for funding the class packs – we know this will make a big difference to our children’s engagement in the week.

Parents’ Meetings

We will be starting three weeks of parents’ meetings next week. If you haven’t had time to do this yet, please follow the link below to choose as many time slots as possible on the day of your appointment.  Parent Meeting Link: https://forms.office.com/r/dg617DvKp8

This will be a good opportunity to find out more about how your child has settled back into their learning at school and what our priorities are for their next steps.

Year 3 workshop

Year 3 took part in their second workshop with Retrofit this week, learning more about our carbon footprint. As well as calculating our waste by tipping out bins (looking not delving in!) they have been exploring our school as an ecosystem, exploring how carbon flows in and out! It’s all very exciting.

Punctuality and Attendance

Punctuality and attendance is monitored by Orlaine McDonald (Pastoral/Safeguarding Lead) on a weekly basis and Orlaine and I review the figures half termly.  The focus is to identify families early, where patterns of low attendance may impact on their child’s learning. Any child whose attendance falls below 90% is regarded nationally as a child who has persistent absence. In this instance, Orlaine will contact families to offer support and discuss ways in which the situation can be improved. Further information can be found in our Attendance Policy.

Due to the challenges all schools have faced this year, Lewisham Attendance has made the decision that formal monitoring of attendance & punctuality is to start from April 19th 2021.   We really value working together, especially where there may be tricky issues to solve, so if you have any worries or concerns regarding your child’s attendance or are having difficulty getting them into school on time, then please do contact Orlaine at: o.mcdonald@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk or 020 8691 0611.

Wavelengths

Some of you may be aware that Deptford’s Wavelengths Leisure Pool is under threat of closure. There are no plans to reopen Wavelengths Leisure Pool now that lockdown has ended due to the need for a substantial refurbishment. This is an important resource for our children and families and as children recover from the impact of Covid, it’s even more important to invest in their wellbeing.

You may want to sign/share this petition: https://www.change.org/savewavelengths and there will be a stall on Saturday, 11-1pm at Deptford Market if you want to find out more or get more involved.

The campaign is also hoping to collect children’s artwork to share on social media #savewavelengths and with local Councillors. A fun way that everyone can get involved.

 Too Good to Go

‘TooGoodTo Go’ is an app that allows you to identify local restaurants and shops that have heavily discounted bags of food available – usually towards the end of the day. You won’t know what will be in the bag, it will depend on what hasn’t sold during the day. This can be a great way of obtaining more reasonably priced food, but also cut down on food waste.  You can find more at: https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb/

 

 

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