Information for Families: 23.4.21

 

I hope you had a lovely break over the Easter holidays. Coming back to school has certainly been made easier by the sunshine!

School Street

Great news that the School Street is now in operation. Hopefully, the small number of cars/ vans that have been using the roads will gradually decrease as everyone gets used to the closures.  It’s really important that you continue to carefully supervise your children as there will always be certain cars that will have permission to travel along the road during these times. Please take care.

Year 1/2 Playground

When we returned to school this week, we changed our Key Stage 1 play-times. Since September Year 1 and 2 have each been playing in a separate section of the top playground. This has been far from ideal, but was what we needed to do due to the restrictions. However, now that the infection rate in Lewisham is 10.8, we feel that the benefits of a better playtime far outweigh the risks.  It does mean that we will now be treating Year 1 and 2 as a bubble, although they will still be distancing inside the building. We have adjusted our risk assessment in light of this small change and will keep it under constant review should the situation change.

Packed Lunch/School Dinner

A reminder that due to the COVID restrictions we are unable to be as flexible as we normally are about swapping between school dinner and packed lunch. You and your child will need to decide whether to be school dinner or packed lunch for a minimum of half a term.

If you decide to change you should email: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk and we will make the necessary arrangements.

Arriving Late

You have all been amazing in your support of the school during what has been a long, difficult time. In order to accommodate social distancing, we have 10 minute windows for each year group to arrive.  Please do your very best to ensure you arrive on time.  If for any reason you are late, please remember that you will need to ring the office to inform us that you will be bringing your child to the Rokeby Rd office and agree a time.

After-School Club

We have been able to be really flexible at After-School Club whilst numbers have been low, accommodating families as and when they need a place. However, numbers are now rising and in order to manage staffing levels, we need to ask all families that use the club to commit to the afternoons that they need.  We may well be able to help families out for additional days at short notice, but once booked children will need to attend or you will have to pay for unattended sessions.   If you would like your child to attend, please contact: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk.

The club runs from the end of the school day until 6pm. Children are offered a range of art & craft, lego, games, outdoor play and a snack e.g. pasta, soup, rolls, beans on toast. The charge is £11 a session or £50 for the week. Sessions need to be paid for in advance via Parentpay.

Big Change poster

As part of our focus on Earth Day this week, we have given the children information about TfL’s The Big Change competition that they may want to take part in at home.  For this competition, TfL want children to get creative and make something that shows how we can make big changes to how we travel to help improve the quality of the environment.

They can choose any form, such as:

  • A poster;
  • Art: such as a sculpture or collage;
  • Film: a short film or animation (Please note they can’t accept films including identifiable close-ups of individuals);
  • Writing: such as a poem or short story;

They want to hear your own message in your own unique way. As young people, your message can be extremely powerful for other people your age.

This competition is open to all London school children and in two categories:

  • Under 7s
  • 8-10

Prizes

There will be a winner in each category. They will win a gift bundle from the London Transport Museum shop worth £75.  All winners and 2 runners up from each category will be displayed in our online gallery.

The competition closes on 5 May. Winning entries will be contacted via the email provided in the entry form in the week starting 24 May. Families can post their child’s entry to: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/stars/big-change or alternatively children can bring their entries into school and Ms O’Brien will enter them on their behalf.

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