Information for Families: 22.10.21

And here we are at the end of another half-term…. where did all those weeks go?

I hope your child(ren) have been reporting back on the fabulous learning they have been doing. A few highlights for me so far have included being able to hold ‘in person’ assemblies, watching the awe and wonder on the faces of Reception children as they settle into Lion and Tiger class, the two PGL residential trips for Year 5 and Year 6, a visiting artist working with Year 3, our 50th birthday celebrations, Year 5’s migration theatre project, seeing our children’s enthusiasm for music lessons and singing assembly with Mr Bray, Black History learning this month, the introduction of Times Tables Rockstars from Year 2 and Year 6 dissecting lambs’ hearts in science.

Wow – no wonder we’re all in need of a break!!!

FSM half-term vouchers

Lewisham Council have once again decided to prioritise this support, providing £15 for each child and all families that are entitled to Free School Meals should have received their half-term Wonde vouchers yesterday.

We often find that KS1 families who are entitled to this support, do not apply because their children receive the universal free meal that all Reception and KS1 children receive. However, applying for FSM provides additional benefits for you and your child, including free school trips, free breakfast club and vouchers in the school holidays.  You do not need to be on benefits to be entitled.

Your child can get free school meals if your combined annual household income is below £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC) and you get one of the following benefits:

  • income-based: income support or jobseeker’s allowance (not eligible if on contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance);
  • income-related: employment support allowance (not eligible if on contribution-based employment support allowance);
  • universal credit;
  • income support;
  • the guaranteed element of state pension credit;
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • child tax credit only.

You can apply at: https://eyproviders.lewisham.gov.uk/SynergyWeb/Parents/default.aspx from Monday 1st November.

Little Amal

Little Amal is a 3.5 metre tall puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian refugee girl, created by the Handspring Puppet Company, who also created War Horse.  Amal’s search for her mother has taken her on an epic journey from the Syrian border right across Europe and shines a light on the millions of displaced refugee children she represents. Her first stop in London was in Deptford this morning and our Year 4 children had the opportunity to go and join in the fun.

This was Lewisham’s first major event as they prepare to be the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture in 2022 and as the country’s first Borough of Sanctuary. They created a family-friendly interactive celebration, during which Amal explored Deptford High Street with local children who taught her all about life in Lewisham and they learnt about her journey.

You can find out more about where she will be in the next few days at: https://www.walkwithamal.org/events/

 Black History Month

KS1 and KS2 celebrated the end of Black History Month in school today with a special assembly to share their learning. From nursery to Year 6, everyone has been learning about something special, including carnival, the Bristol Boy Boycott, activism and John Blanke. Please ask your child what they have been learning when they get home!

 Scholastic Book Club

Don’t forget that our latest Scholastic Book Club is now online at: https://schools.scholastic.co.uk/myatt-garden/digital-book-club. There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 20p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.  This month’s deadline for orders is October 30th.

 Twitter

We are busy posting snapshots of life at Myatt Garden most days on Twitter – please follow us to get a real taste of what we are doing each and every day! Thank you Ms Teager for all your posting.

Lewisham Mental Health Service Team

The Lewisham MHST work together with school-aged children and young people, parents/carers and school staff at specific Lewisham schools to support everyone to thrive emotionally. As part of this they offer wellbeing activities, such as workshops, groups and 1-1 sessions.

We are one of the schools that they support and they have worked very successfully with a number of our families. They are keen to hear from our parents/carers to learn more about how we can continue making our service accessible to you and your child/ren.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspxid=SuTPoS5olUqOctA7m1iHqiI8HR44vdJMsx4ZigCYgtdUNVUzVjlYUVI0TkNXREc3RzlTVk02WVJDTy4u

The form should take no longer than 7 minutes to complete.

Important dates

  • Back to school – Monday 1st November
  • New Reception parent tours – 4th, 16th, 19th, 25th November & 1st All at 9.30am.
  • Flu vaccines – Friday 5th November
  • Parents’ meetings – Tuesday 9th November (4-6pm) and Wednesday 10th November (4 – 8pm)
  • Year 3 Greenwich Park trip – Wednesday 17th November
  • Choir performing at Turning of the Year concert at Blackheath Concert Halls – Tuesday 30th November
  • Break up – Friday 17th December 12pm

Have a lovely week and we will see you back at school on Monday 1st November

 

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