Information for Families: 25.6.21

With the extension of restrictions until 19th July, we will not be changing any of our procedures and routines before the end of term. We expect to return to ‘normal‘ in September.

Sports Week
All of our children will be taking part in Sports Week in the week beginning 12th July. Sam, our wonderful PE coach, is busy organising a range of activities for each bubble during the week. Even though there will be no Sports Day this year, we will all be having lots of sporting fun. More information will be available soon.

Lewisham’s Race Equality Survey
Last week we shared the Lewisham Race Equality pledge. This week Lewisham has launched a pupil survey and want as many Year 5 and 6 pupils to input. The aim is to collect invaluable baseline information for their race equality work moving forward. If your child is in Year 5 or 6, please do encourage them to complete the survey at:

https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6254090/Lewisham-Race-Equality-Student-Survey   The survey runs until the end of term.

Music Teacher
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new music teacher for September. Mr Bray is an experienced music teacher with a real passion for increasing children’s confidence, encouraging creativity and developing a love of music. We were super impressed by his teaching and the Year 4 class loved his lesson. He will be working 2 days a week and teaching music across the school. We’re really excited and can’t wait to get singing again.

Art Teacher
Sadly, financial restraints mean that we are unable to afford a specialist art teacher at the present time. This has always been a valued post and remains a role we would prioritise should funding improve in future years. In the meantime, we are hoping to be involved in two creative projects with external agencies next year, as well as continuing to strengthen our curriculum offer and embrace opportunities like Take One Picture. Having worked with Karen for so many years, we are fortunate that our teachers are skilled at teaching art.

Congratulations to ex-pupil Martin Griffiths
Martin Griffiths, Consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust and National Clinical Director for violence reduction for NHS England attended Myatt Garden in the 1970’s. He was recently awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. Martin returned to Myatt in 2020 to do an Aspiration Assembly and we are all feeling very proud of him. He not only cares for patients affected by violence but also their families and communities, and works tirelessly with local government to prevent further violence.

Can you help our nursery?
Our nursery is looking for a regular supply of:
• Offcuts of wood;
• Corks from bottles;
• Plastic bottle lids (e.g. from milk or juice);
• Smaller pieces/slices of cut tree branches

We’d love to hear from anyone who is able to provide us with any of these things from their home or workplace.

Parent Tech Safety
With the summer holidays fast approaching, we know children and young people may spend more time online. Lewisham Council has commissioned the Athena Refuge to deliver a free workshop to empower parents to support their children to access technology safely and positively and what to do if you have any concerns. Removing technology from our children can seem like a logical solution, but sometimes this can in fact increase risks of unsupervised use.

The purpose of this workshop is to increase awareness and provide some useful skills to support parents. By the end of this workshop you should be able to:

• Recognise how modern technology can be used to jeopardise young people’s safety;
• Distinguish between different types of technological abuse that could affect children and young people;
• Assess the risk factors involved in cases where technology is being used to abuse children and young people;
• List different ways in which you can empower your children to use technology safely and positively.

For details of the four available dates, please see here: Tech Safety for Parents – Summer Workshops

 

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