Christmas Lunch: Tuesday 14th December

Our Christmas lunch this year will be held on Tuesday 14th December. This is a special lunch and one where the children enjoy coming together and getting into the Christmas spirit.  You can view the festive menu here: Chartwell Festive Menu 2021

If your child normally has school dinners you don’t need to do anything. However, if they are in KS2 and are normally packed lunch and you want then to join in with this lunch you will need to book a lunch via ParentPay at: https://www.parentpay.com/. The cost is £2.30 and must be paid for by Friday 10th December. 

If your child is in Reception class or KS1 then no payment is required and you will only need to notify the school office that your child will be having a Christmas lunch on the 14th.  Please note that all children entitled to FSM do not need to pay.

We would like to encourage all children to join in on this festive day; we look forward to some wonderful food and Christmassy music.

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Information for Families: 26.11.21

I would like to thank everyone for working with us this week as COVID cases have risen. Please be assured that we are monitoring the situation closely to ensure the additional measures we have put in place are working.

Here’s how you can continue to help. Please:

  • Masks – wear a mask when you come into the school site.
  • LFD – use a lateral flow test more regularly to ensure you are not positive
  • Symptoms – if your child has any symptoms, please keep your child at home and get them tested

A few reminders about breakfast club

Breakfast club is available to anyone who needs it from 8 – 8.45am each morning. Please note that 8.45am is the latest time that children can be dropped off at breakfast club. This is due to the safeguarding risk of the gate being open for all pupils after this time.

We stop serving breakfast at 8.45am, so please make sure your child arrives by 8.40am if they want breakfast.  Breakfast club is £3.00 a session and should be paid for in advance via Parent Pay. Pupil premium children go free.

Migration Project – Peoplescape Theatre

Our Year 5 children are lucky enough to be working with Peoplescape Theatre this term. Grandparents of children in Lewisham schools have inspired and informed ‘A Place for Me’ which is their new professional theatre show. Inspired by the show, Year 5 are currently working with a brilliant team of drama practitioners to devise their own Lewisham Migration Story.

RAFT

RAFT were back again this week to deliver another workshop to Year 4, who have previously had three sessions in Year 3. In this final session they focussed on creating an A4 binder with the children & which will help drive forward ideas on how to make the school zero carbon. As part of the session our school signed up to ‘Let’s Go Zero’ – a national network of schools and organisations working together with local councils to help schools become zero carbon.

Myatt Book Club

Thank you so much for all your support with this month’s book club. Each order you place is earning us money to spend on new and exciting books for the school. Orders for this last book club of the year must be made by Tuesday 30th of November. Please follow this link to shop at the Myatt Garden Book Club https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/myatt-garden/digital-book-club​ 

 Turning of the Year

On Tuesday Mr Bray will be taking our choir to the Blackheath Concert Halls. 30 of our Year 5 & 6 children will be performing in Lewisham’s Turning of the Year concert where local schools perform over three evenings of song performed in collaboration with Lewisham Music.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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FOMG: Our School Christmas Fun-Raiser

The Brockley Christmas Window Trail

On the 10th December, windows across Brockley will light up with Angels, Santa’s, Snowflakes and many other imaginative creations inspired by Christmas stories and traditions. These will be part of a charity project led by the Friends of Myatt Garden, which aims to bring the Brockley community together as we head into the festive season.

Residents are invited to create light-up Christmas windows in homes, shops, restaurants and other businesses so the town is aglow with Christmassy images. We hope this will be a great outlet for local creativity and give the community the opportunity to connect and feel part of something.

How to register your Christmas window: Follow the link and add your details to be included in the Brockley Christmas Window Trail.  Your street may already be planning Christmas windows, or this could be the first year; our aim is for all of Brockley to share in the joy! Also, if you aim to add alternative festive flair, such as carol singing, performing music or DJ’ing on your doorstep, please let us know so we can include that information. Click here: https://forms.gle/Mc8P8wrhe9b48kpx7

The Brockley Christmas Window Trail is a wonderful way for friends and families to get together and enjoy the trail from 10th December until 12th December; although we suspect most windows will glow all the way to Christmas. We need volunteers to flyer drop to promote the trail in the streets nearest to Myatt Garden between 28th and 30th November.

Can you help on your street –  click here to help us out: https://forms.gle/TY8TZdnsYoZg8Y7z6

We hope to make this a tradition and there are no hard fast rules, other than to keep it celebratory and fun. You may be given a really colourful Santa filled idea by your child and you run with it, or you may create a Skandi inspired window. Perhaps you’re a sculptor, artist, photographer, filmmaker, florist, student, or graphic designer and you want to share your creativity this Christmas with your neighbours. The most creative or fun windows will be shared on social media.

Fundraising: Our aim is to build community and raise money for the school.  We will be selling premium quality prints featuring the artwork of illustrator and ex-Myatt parent Leanne Stelmaszczyk.The exclusive prints are £5 each, and people will be invited to make a bigger donation if they wish. All participating window displays will be listed on the reverse.  There will also be a handy fold-out programme available for £1.

School Event Friday 10th December: We will launch the beginning of the trail with a festive fundraiser after school on Friday 10thDecember. Expect mince pies and mulled wine, drinks for the kids, Christmas music, festive stories and more if the weather is kind to us. We are hoping that the sale of our beautiful prints and a small festive outdoor event will support our fundraising. Please put this in your calendar as we would love lots of families to join in.

Whether you create a window, buy our exclusive print and handy pocket programme or come along for mince pies, we hope you enjoy the Brockley Christmas Window Trail, supporting the children of Myatt Garden Primary School.

We are so grateful for the generosity of our amazing volunteers and partners. We want to extend a huge thank you to ex-Myatt parent and illustrator Leanne Stelmaszczyk  @lelu.dots (Instagram), Myatt parents Adam Giles and Benna Schellhorn and a massive thank you to Guy at Conran Brockley for helping to fund this project.

Follow the project on Instagram @brockleychristmaswindowtrail and on our Facebook page @friendsofmyattgarden

Thank you.

From the Friends of Myatt Garden.

 

The Friends of Myatt Garden registered charity number 1106997. All proceeds from this event support the Children of Myatt Garden Primary School with fun and educational experiences.  

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FOMG: Help Required

We need your help – we are looking for volunteers to help this Saturday.

Please email: myattgardenchristmastrees@gmail.com if you can help with tree collections between 9am and midday. Whether you can spare an hour or the whole morning we would love to hear from you.

We would also like to hear from you if you have a van or a large car that can help with our deliveries. Our fundraising activities only work when we pull together as a community and make things happen. 

Thank you to everyone who has already ordered their luxury Christmas trees and wreaths. This is an invaluable part of our Christmas fundraising and all proceeds support the children of Myatt Garden. We hope that this can become a part of your family tradition too.

If you have booked your tree or wreath for this Saturday please collect from our school carpark on Rokeby Road between 9am-12 midday. Deliveries will also take place between 9am and midday. Doorstep deliveries are for local SE4 and for Myatt Garden Families only and include a minimum £5 donation.

We are no longer taking orders for wreaths or Christmas trees for this Saturday 27th November.   We are however taking orders up to December 4th for our December 11th Christmas tree delivery date. Please support our fundraising and order your Christmas tree from us. Follow the link to pre-order your perfect tree now. https://patchworkit.com/34929/Myatttrees2021/?ptid=tOdfZhYHTm2w

Merry Christmas and thank you for your support.

The Myatt Garden Christmas Tree Team

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Information for Families: 19.11.21

Happy Friday Everyone!

Proud to Be….

We were so impressed with the high quality posters that children submitted for our recent competition. As part of our Black History Month, we asked children to design a poster all about what they are proud of. Among other things, they told us they were proud of where they were born, their family, their talents, their religion and their achievements.  It was really difficult to choose some winners, but we finally decided on:

            Key Stage One & Early Years – winner Kaya (Yr 1) and runner-up Seth (Rec)

            Key Stage Two – winner Inika (Yr 3) and runner-up Ellen (Yr 3)

Thank you to everyone who took part. We loved the way you embraced and celebrated your identity – well done everyone on your bold designs!

Anti-bullying week

This week we kicked off our week with Odd Socks day to remind everyone that at Myatt Garden we celebrate difference and the uniqueness of every child.

All staff and children from Year 1 – 6 participated in a special assembly where we focussed on the definition of bullying, different sorts of bullying and what we do at Myatt Garden to tackle bullying. We emphasised that the most important word is TELL and how we ensure that issues are addressed.   Every class also learnt about bullying in specific lessons adapted for each year group.

Visit from Lewisham’s Executive Director

We gave a warm Myatt welcome to Pinaki Goshal (Executive Director Children & Young People’s Services) this week. Having started this role in June 2020, he has only recently been able to get out into Lewisham schools. He spent Monday morning visiting classes and the playground. We were proud to show him our vibrant classrooms, polite, enthusiastic children and engaging learning. He was impressed with how articulate our pupils were, the positive energy in classrooms and warm, community feel of our school.

Children in Need

It was lovely to see lots of our children dressing up and wearing yellow or spots today for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who contributed some money, we have raised over £330.

Book Club

The deadline for our Scholastic Book Club has changed to better help with your Christmas Shopping! 

The latest date you can place your order at: https://schools.scholastic.co.uk/myatt-garden/digital-book-club is now November 30th, 2021.

If you haven’t ordered yet, why not take a look at some of the great offers across a huge range of titles. Every order earns free books for our school. Thank you for your continued support.

Myatt Mentors

We now have a team of over 60 Year 5 and 6 mentors who are busy helping out at lunch-time play. The children work in four teams supporting our youngest children in the top playground and helping out in the dining halls. We love the fact that they want to get stuck in and contribute to making Myatt Garden a better place.

New Reception parent tours

If you know anyone looking for a school place for their child next September, we have two dates left for our new parent tours on Thursday 25th November and Wednesday 1st December – both at 9.30am. To book a slot, please call the office at 020 8691 0611 or email us at: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk 

Myatt Garden Christmas Trees

FOMG are working hard to raise important funds through the sale of trees and wreaths for Christmas.

Please use the link below to pre-order your perfect Christmas Tree and Wreath now: https://patchworkit.com/34929/Myatttrees2021/?ptid=tOdfZhYHTm2w 

Flu vaccine

The School Health Immunisation Team will be delivering 2 catch up clinics at the Downham Health Centre, BR1 5P, the Waldron Health Centre, SE14 6LD or Kaleidoscope, Rushey Green SE6 4JD . If your child is in Reception to Year 11 and did not get the FLU vaccination in school you can contact the Immunisation Team to book an appointment or simply walk-in. See attached poster here: Flu Catch Up Clinic Poster 2021

Important upcoming dates

  • Friday 19th November last date to order a Christmas wreath or a Christmas tree for 27th November collections
  • Wednesday 24th November – final RAFT workshop with Year 4
  • Thursday 25th November – New Reception parent tour 9.30am
  • Tuesday 30th November – Myatt Graden Choir performing at Blackheath Concert Hall
  • Wednesday 1st December – New Reception parent tour 9.30am
  • Saturday 4th December last date to order a Christmas tree for 11th December collections.
  • Wednesday 8th December – Reception trip to the Albany
  • Tuesday 14th December – Children’s Christmas Lunch
  • Wednesday 15th December – Year 2 concert for families
  • Thursday 16th December – Year 2 concert for families
  • Friday 17th December – Break up 12pm
  • Tuesday 4th January – Back to School

 

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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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FOMG: Christmas Trees and Wreaths are on sale now!

The Friends of Myatt Garden have been wearing their Christmas jumpers for a few weeks and all this merriment means you can do your Christmas shopping with us. Drum roll and jingle bells… 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.  See more information here: FOMG – Christmas Tree 2021

Our luxury wreaths are made with fresh Christmas tree branches and are handmade to order. These are 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. Saturday 27th November 2021*deadline: order by 19th Nov for trees and wreaths
2. Saturday 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 1DY. All collections and deliveries are between 10am and 12 midday. Home deliveries are for Myatt Garden families and local friends and addresses only. We ask for a £5 donation with all deliveries. Remember to add your contact and address details when you book your delivery.

As a registered charity, we are able to claim Gift Aid on all donations. You simply need to opt in online. For every £1 donated, HMRC gives a further 25p. So, £5 = £6.25 to the Friends of Myatt Garden.

Can you help?
We rely on volunteers to help with our deliveries – we still need to confirm a van or large cars, if you have either and can assist with deliveries please email: myattgardenchristmastrees@gmail.com or follow the link on our sales page.

We also need hands on helpers on the Saturday 27th Nov and Saturday 11th Dec, this is to greet our merry customers and help them select their tree and wreaths.

Thank you so much for looking. We hope you find the perfect tree or wreath for you.

FOMG Christmas Tree Team

 

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Information for Families: 5.11.21

I hope you were all able to enjoy a good half-term and that your children have been excited about their first week back.

Parents meetings
I hope you have all found the new booking system straightforward. If you have not yet booked your appointment, please do so here: https://myattgarden.schoolcloud.co.uk/

The booking closes at 8pm today. After this time, you will not be able to make appointments online, but can phone the school office on 020 8691 0611 and ask for Pauline or email us at: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk – we will be happy to help you make an appointment.

On the day of the meeting
In order to manage these appointments efficiently for everyone, please ensure you join at least 5 minutes before your virtual meeting on the day. You will be held in a waiting room until your time, when you will be entered into the meeting. Each meeting will be a maximum of eight minutes, after which time the system will automatically close the meeting. If you are late to the meeting, please note that the system will allocate whatever time is remaining of your 8 minutes. More details on how to book and what to do on the day of your appointment, can be found here: https://support.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/article/801-video-parents-how-to-attend-appointments-over-video-call

Book Club
Thank you to everyone who ordered through our first Scholastic Book Club. This is a great way for Myatt Garden to earn money that we can spend on books when you shop for books at home. There are a great range of titles to look out for and ordering online is simple. You can select home delivery or delivery to school and we earn 20% back from your orders. This helps us improve our book libraries in class and keep up to date with the latest releases and interests of our pupils.

We have set up another Book Club to help you with your Christmas Shopping! Orders must be in by the 15th of December. Below is a link to the Myatt Garden Primary School Book Club, click on there to go straight to our page and browse from the titles on offer: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/myatt-garden/digital-book-club

Next week, your child will receive a leaflet with details of some of their best sellers and best offers, including new titles from Julia Donaldson and Liz Pichon, perfect stocking fillers! Thank you again for your support.

RAFT Assembly
Last year our Year 3 children worked with RAFT in a series of workshops to understand our building and look at how we could reduce our carbon retrofit. Next Friday 12th November, these children (current Year 4) will be taking part in a live streaming assembly with RAFT and other local schools. We would like to invite you to attend remotely if you would like. In order to attend, please follow the link below to book your free ticket. This needs to be done in advance.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lewisham-zero-carbon-schools-zoom-assembly-autumn-2021-tickets-187787265767

The assembly will be an opportunity for the children, alongside other schools, to teach the wider school, and local, community about retrofit, as well as the work RAFT have been doing with Myatt Garden over the last year.

Flu Vaccines
Today the school nurses have been administering flu vaccines to everyone that requested one. If you failed to respond, but would like your child to be vaccinated there are clinics running every Saturday – please see information here: Flu Catch Up Clinic Poster 

Diwali
We celebrated Diwali in assembly this week. We’d like to use this opportunity to wish all of our families a Happy Diwali.

New Reception Parent meetings
This week we held our first open morning for parents looking for a school next year. This includes a 30 min talk and is followed by a tour of Reception and Key Stage 1.  We have four more dates available – Tuesday 16th Nov, Friday 19th Nov, Thursday 25th Nov or Wednesday 1st Dec all at 9.30am. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested. They can book a space on any date by contacting the school office at: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk or 020 8691 0611.

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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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Information for Families: 15.10.21

 

50 Challenge

Thank you so much to everyone who got involved in our recent 50 challenge to celebrate the school’s birthday!  So far we have received over £2,900 from you wonderful people – THANK YOU!   If you still have some sponsorship money at home, please send it in before half term. Once we have a collected all of the money, Ms Whelan our literacy lead will be purchasing top quality books for every class. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you see them coming home!

Parents’ Evenings

You will have received a letter this week informing you about our plans to use School Cloud for our upcoming meetings. Please let us know by the end of Monday if you are not happy for us to share your contact information. More detail is available in the original letter which was sent on Tuesday morning.

Arriving at school

A gentle reminder that KS1 and Reception children need to stay with the adult that brings them to school until they are handed over to the teacher. They should be supervised at all times and are not allowed on the slope outside of the classrooms.

Classes start at 9.15am prompt in KS1 – please do not be late as this delays the start of our phonics lessons. The gates will now be closing more promptly as all children should be in class at 9.15am.

Little Amal

Some of you may be aware that Little Amal will be arriving in Deptford next Friday. Little Amal, a 3.5-metre-tall puppet of a nine-year-old girl, has been walking 8,000km from the Turkey-Syria border all the way to Manchester.

The giant puppet is part of a new project from Britain’s Good Chance Theatre that aims to bring attention to the urgent needs of young refugees and the arduous journeys they have to make in search of a better life. On her grand voyage, which began last month, Amal is calling at 70 towns and cities in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving in the UK, where she will start her journey in Deptford.  Please see more details here at: https://www.timeout.com/london/news/little-amal-the-giant-puppets-final-london-itinerary-has-been-announced-092021

We are unable to take all of the children to this exciting event, but we are happy to authorise an absence if you wish to take your child(ren). All we ask is that you email or call so that we know you will not be in for the morning and whether your child requires a lunch when they return.

Used clothes wanted for nursery!

We are developing our ‘real life’ dressing up provision at nursery and would really welcome donations of any of the following:

  • Children’s size 7-12 year olds: suit jackets, waistcoats, clothes from outside the UK, button up shirts/blouses or cardigans
  • Adults size: firm type hats such as straw hats or hats with brims (no bucket hats or woolly hats please)
  • Unwanted costume jewellery, purses and small bags

Thanks in advance for your support.

 Support for protecting children online

Children are accessing technology and the internet at a younger age than ever before. It’s never too early to talk to your child about what they do online and who to tell if they come across anything online that makes them feel worried, scared or sad.

There are lots of great resources and advice at: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. The website provides practical information for children, young people, parents & carers, plus you can download online safety home activity packs. Each of these family activity sheets have a selection of short conversation starters, practical tips and fun tasks to do as a family.

Squid Game

Many of you will know the popular Netflix drama Squid game. The series centres on a contest where 456 players, drawn from different walks of life but each deeply in debt, compete with hundreds of others to the death, in violent children’s games, all supervised by eerie masked henchmen.  This programme has a rating of 15 for a reason. Sadly, we are seeing children as young as Year 3 playing ‘Squid game’ in the playground. Please make sure you are monitoring what your child is watching and be clear about why you are not prepared for them to watch certain programmes, regardless of what they tell you their friends watch. You are the grown-up and it is important you set clear boundaries.

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Open mornings for admission to Reception in September 2022

If your child is due to start school in Reception in September 2022, we would be pleased to show you around our school.

Our Open Mornings, consists of a short presentation, a tour of the school followed by a Q & A. They are a great opportunity for parents to take a look at the school and ask any questions they may have about our provision. We are really proud of our school and look forward to telling you more about it.

We have tried to offer a range of days and times to suit everyone. All open mornings will be led by the Head Teacher.

DATES:

  • Thursday 4th Nov 9.30am
  • Tuesday 16th Nov 9.30am
  • Friday 19th Nov 9.30am
  • Thursday 25th Nov 9.30am
  • Wednesday 1st Dec 9.30am

Places will need to be booked in advance, please call the school office on 0208 691 0611 or email: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

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Information for Families: 8.10.21

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you have had a good week.

COVID Update

We have had our first case of COVID this week (in Reception). Schools are no longer involved in identifying close contacts – this is now done by ‘Test and Trace’. However, following an outbreak of coughing we are asking all families to be hyper-vigilant. If your child has any of the symptoms listed below:

  • A new continuous cough;
  • A high temperature or fever (37.8⁰C or above);
  • A loss or change in normal sense of taste or smell.

Please keep them at home and do a PCR test. Lateral flow tests should only be used when someone does not have any of the main three symptoms.  A wider set of symptoms include loss of appetite, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, extreme tiredness, headaches, joint pain, muscle ache, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing.

We know that there are lots of colds out there at the moment, but we need to take all new symptoms seriously. Please inform us if your child has symptoms and/or the results of any tests taken. We really appreciate your continued support as we continue to limit any spread of the virus.

First Myatt Garden Head’s Visit

On Monday, Mrs Hilary Marvel visited our school. Mrs Marvel was appointed as Head Teacher at Myatt Garden in 1971 and opened the school in the summer term for 91 children.  She was keen to tour the school and visit all of the classes to see how the building had changed.  She was fascinated to meet some ex-pupils from the 70’s when she was head, but also to talk to present pupils about what they loved about the school and their learning.

She was impressed with our children’s politeness, attitude to their learning and the standard of work throughout the school.  Another highlight for Mrs Marvel was having the opportunity to look at some old photos and remember good times with the original staff team.

Mrs Marvel was kind enough to be interviewed by four of our Year 6 children which they plan to share with you next week.

Black History Month

October is Black History Month.

Have a look at some of the great activities and challenges that you can get involved in: https://lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/events/black-history-month.  More free activities are also on offer in Greenwich – see details here: BHM Leaflet

Parents’ Evening

We will be holding two evenings of meeting with parents next half term. Please make a note of these dates Tuesday 89h November 4 -6pm and Wednesday 10th November 4 – 8pm. These will be virtual meetings or phone calls.  More information to follow soon.

Millwall 

If anyone in your house is interested in getting involved in football, please see the flyers below – one provides information about half-term football and multi-sports club and the other a range of Saturday football clubs: Millwall Saturday Club and Millwall Football and Multi Sports

Lewisham Zoom Choir

Does your child like to sing, why not encourage your them to join Lewisham’s online choir from the comfort of your own home! 

Lewisham Music’s live and interactive Zoooom Choirs will be led by Vocal Leader, Clare Caddick, on Fridays at 4.30pm with lots of musical fun, activities and singing! The sessions involve fun warm-ups followed by a programme of uplifting songs from around the world. The selected songs will challenge and hopefully inspire family singing at home. Imagine the sound of singing pouring out of all the homes across Lewisham!   It’s free and you can find out more at: https://www.lewishammusic.org/onlinelearninglab/getlearning/learnwithus/zoooom-choirs/

Lewisham Music Centre

Lewisham’s Saturday Music Centre runs during school term time and offers instrumentalists and singers at all levels (beginner to advanced) a wide range of bands, choirs, groups and ensembles covering a variety of genres, as well as music theory classes and individual instrumental tuition.   Whether your child is picking up an instrument for the first time or has been playing for years, the Saturday Music Centre is ideal for children and young people who wish to develop their skills. They will have the opportunity to play or sing with other young people in a supportive environment and work towards performing in local concerts and projects.

More information at https://www.lewishammusic.org/learn-with-us/saturday-music-centre/

Have a good weekend everyone.

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Information for Families: 01.10.21

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you have all had a good week – I know that our Year 6 have! They went off to the Windmill Hill PGL centre for 3 days of fun and adventure! They have all had an amazing time – abseiling, raft-building, flying through the air on a giant swing and zip-wire and all topped off with camp-fires and night-time hunts.  If you want to see more of what they have got up to, have a look at the Year 6 Our Learning page on the school website here: https://www.myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk/ourlearning/year-6/    A massive thank you to Ms Kerr, Ms Morgan, Ms Brocklebank, Ms Griffiths and Tom who kept smiling and encouraging, despite limited sleep!!  It’s a huge responsibility and commitment and we are very lucky that we have teachers prepared to take children away on these important residential experiences.

Black History Month

Black History Month starts today and we will be celebrating the culture, history and achievements of black and ethnic majority communities throughout October. This morning, we held a special assembly and discussed why it is important to celebrate Black History Month (BHM) and how our school community will be celebrating.

The theme of BHM this year is ‘Proud to be ….’ and we will be encouraging all children to feel proud of who they are.

During October, we will be learning about Black British history in each year group, and reinforcing that black history IS British history; since Roman times, black communities have made huge contributions to British society, but have been excluded from our history books.  Each class will be contributing to a timeline of black British history at the end of the month and we will come together as a school to share our learning.

Photographer visit reminder

The school photographer will be visiting Myatt Garden on Wednesday 6th October to take the children’s photos. Please note that due to COVID restrictions we will only be doing individual photo’s – there will be no sibling photos this year.

A few reminders

Punctuality – last year, in order to avoid congestion at the gate, all classes had a 10 min slot at both the beginning and end of the day. This is no longer the situation. KS2 children now start at 9am prompt and KS1 and nursery children at 9.15am. All children should be collected at 3.25pm. Please make sure your child is in school in time to be at the classroom at the correct time and that you are in school ready to collect them at 3.25pm.

Packed lunch – whilst we are happy for children to have a biscuit snack in their packed lunch box, please remember no chocolate bars or sweets.

Messages at end of day – the office is a busy place, but we are always willing to help out. However, we have recently had a huge increase in calls involving getting messages to children at the end of the day. We know that occasionally emergencies happen and arrangements change, but this should be minimal. Please try to ensure your child is clear about arrangements after school when they leave home in the morning.

Food containers – there are still a small number of plates/containers in the office that were left after the 50th party. Any not collected by the end of next week will be recycled.

School Census Reminder

The school census will take place on Thursday next week. This is a really important day which will inform future funding for our school. It is therefore really important that all families that are entitled, whatever year group they are in, claim Free School Meals. This provides the school with additional funding which we can use to support children’s learning.

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://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/student-pupil-support/free-school-meals-and-extra-support-for-your-child.  

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Information for Families: 24.9.21

50th Birthday Celebrations

Thank you to everyone who has helped get our 50th Anniversary Party ready and to all the parents and carers who have volunteered to help tomorrow. We really appreciate your support and we hope you all have fun at this community event. It’s set to be a wonderful afternoon.

Any Year 5 and 6 children that are taking part in the ABBA singing, should meet Mr Bray in the playground at 12:30 ready to sing at 12.40pm.

Free School Meals

The school census will take place on the 7th October. This is a really important day which will inform future funding for our school. It is therefore really important that all families that are entitled, whatever year group they are in, claim Free School Meals. This provides the school with additional funding which we can use to support children’s learning.

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://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/student-pupil-support/free-school-meals-and-extra-support-for-your-child.

Please call the office and ask to speak to Trish for more advice.

Year 6 PGL Trip

Our wonderful Year 6 are off to PGL centre at Windmill Hill next week. This will be three days of fun, thrills and challenges that focus on team work and pushing themselves to try new things.

Photographer visit

The school photographer will be coming to school to take the children’s photos on Wednesday 6th October. Please note that due to COVID restrictions we will only be doing individual photo’s – there will be no sibling photos this year.

 

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Exhibition – 50 Years of Myatt Garden

We are really looking forward to sharing our 50 Years of Myatt Garden Exhibition with you and we hope you can join us this Saturday as we celebrate our anniversary party from 12-3pm.  (See school noticeboards for details).

If you would like to contribute but are unable to help during the party maybe these roles are more you:

Bring and Share: Bring to school on Saturday between 10am and 12pm (enter via gate on Rokeby Road)

  • If you are planning to bring hot and cold party food, here is an example of what you may like to bring along:
    • Sausage rolls, samosas, bhajis, mini sausages, chicken drumsticks;
    • Cakes, doughnuts (Imagine the party joy if we had 50 cakes);
    • Carrot, cucumber, sweet pepper sticks (crudités);
    • Soft drinks (such as Elderflower, squash, no fizzy cans please);
    • NO NUTS in any food donations – please check shop bought food for ingredients.

Hands on:

  • We need help from 9am to help us set up / please tick on the form
  • After 3pm we need help putting everything away / just stay at the end.

If you would like to help on an activity, but haven’t done so already please fill in the volunteer form using the link below and select a slot. It is going to be a great afternoon, but currently we do not have enough volunteers so please sign up if you can: https://forms.gle/ucBmVgJRDcnbGyho9

The exhibition and all the activities will be free, so we hope that as many of our families come and enjoy the event.

Thank you so much!

 

 

 

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Information for Families: 17.9.21

It is really lovely to have you all back in the playground and to be able to have more regular conversations with you all.  Please remember that there is no opportunity to play at the end of the day – we need you to leave the site as soon as you have collected your children. This is just one of a number of measures that we have in place to manage the risk of spreading COVID.

Myatt’s 50th Birthday

We are so excited about our celebrations next week.

  • Every class is tackling our 50 Challenge – hopefully your child will have brought home their sponsorship form. Please support the school by helping your child ask friends and families for their support. The money raised will enable us to buy the whole school a birthday present – brand new top quality books for each classroom;
  • A 1970’s school dinner on Wednesday (more details below);
  • Special activities throughout the week – this will range from finding out about the 70’s, research on Farmer Myatt, exploring strawberries and rhubarbs, 50 maths, time capsules;
  • Birthday party celebrations on Saturday (more details below)

1970’s School Dinner

On Wednesday, Chartwell’s have designed us a special dinner menu. This will be organised in the same way as our Christmas lunch and children will have the choice of:

  • Toad-in-the-hole
  • Cheese and onion quiche
  • Quorn mince and dumplings

AND

  • Cake with hundreds and thousands
  • Jam roly poly and custard

This will be a big celebration and all children can join in. If your child normally has a packed lunch you can book them a school dinner by emailing us at admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk and paying on Parentpay. You MUST let us know by Monday 20th September.  Alternatively, if you’d rather, why not send your child with a 1970s themed packed lunch.

Birthday Celebrations

We are looking forward to getting our funky groove on next Saturday (25th) from 12 – 3pm to celebrate with the whole school community. The whole event is FREE.

You can contribute to the birthday spread – sausage rolls, sandwiches, samosas, individual quiches, cheese and pineapple, sausages on sticks, vegetable sticks, cupcakes, fruit tarts, mini rolls, chocolate crispies and anything else that you like that can be picked up and shared. Please remember to label your food and NO NUTS! Food can be dropped off from 10am on the morning.

What else will there be:

  • Bouncy castle
  • Bubble show
  • Live music and DJ
  • Exhibition of memories and childrens work in the hall
  • Abba sing-a-long
  • T-shirt printing – just bring along a plain t-shirt
  • Photo booth
  • Face-painting

We’d love some help on the day – setting up, helping on activities and clearing up. Many hands make light work!!! If you can help, please look out for an email from your child’s teacher coming later today.

Sad Goodbye to Mo

I’m sad to share that Mo, our wonderful School Business Manager, will be leaving us next Friday. Mo has been our SBM since 2011 and before that worked in the office, volunteered in class and was a parent at Myatt. Many will have experienced her kindness and efficiency – she will be greatly missed by us all. We wish her well as she moves to a special school in Southwark for a new challenge.

We are delighted to be welcoming Eli Tabiri to Myatt Garden as our new SBM. I’m sure you will get to meet him soon.

Twitter 

If you don’t already follow us on Twitter, please do. It’s one way that we can share snapshots of what happens at Myatt Garden on a daily basis. We desperately want to illustrate this better, but to do this we need more families to give us permission to use their child’s image. It’s hard to capture everything we do without including children!!  If you haven’t done this already, please complete an Image Permission form here:  Image Consent Form  and return it to admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk or drop it off at the office.

Board games, puzzles and books. 

If your children have outgrown any of their games and puzzles, but they are still in good condition, we would love to provide them with a new home. These make perfect ‘wet play’ activities. We can reduce waste by recycling games and save the school money.

Thank you to everyone who has sorted through and donated books to school. We’ve been overwhelmed by your generosity, but we can’t take anymore at the moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Keyboards

Eltham College have kindly donated 10 keyboards to the school. We do not need them for music teaching, but we felt that there may be some of our pupils that learn the piano and would like a keyboard to practice. They are only 2 years old and are looking for a good home. If you would like one, please email admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk with ‘Keyboard’ as the subject. If we have more than 10 requests, we will pull names out of the hat.

 

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For Reception and Year 6 only: NCMP 2021-2022 : Height & weights

For Reception and Year 6 Parents only

All parent/carers will need to read the information below, before making the decision whether they would like their child to OPT-OUT of the height and weights measurement checks. Reception and Year 6 children will be automatically measured unless the parent/carer specifies they do not want their child to be measured. 

If they DO NOT want their child be measured they will need to either print the OPT-OUT part of the letter (page 3) or ask the school office to do so and hand back in time for our team to collect on the day of the measurements. 

Reception – Year 6 – Height and Weight Checks

NCMP_Pre-measurement_Leaflet_for_Parents__School_height_and_weight_measurements 21-22

 

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Happy Birthday Myatt Garden!

Happy Birthday Myatt Garden!

We are excited to be celebrating our 50th birthday with a whole week of fun activities from 20th – 25th September.

Some key information and dates for your diaries:

50 Challenge
Each class will be taking part in their very own 50 challenge – 50 laps of the football cage, 50-minute danceathon, 50 hours without electronics…it could be anything! In the next couple of days, your child(ren) will be bringing home a sponsorship form to tell you what their class will be aiming to achieve. They will also have an envelope to collect their sponsorship money in; please help them to collect a few pennies or pounds from friends, family and neighbours, so we can reach our fundraising target of £500 per year group.

1970s School Dinner
On Wednesday 22nd September, we will be celebrating together with a modern (and delicious!) take on a 1970s themed school dinner. The hall will be decorated and 70s music will be aiding our digestion! Children who usually bring a packed lunch are welcome to join the 1970s dinner, but MUST let us know by Friday this week.

If your child normally has packed lunch, please email us at: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk before Friday. KS2 families will also need to make a payment of £2.30 via Parentpay. This is free for KS1 and Reception.

Our Birthday Party!
Saturday 25th September – 12pm – 3pm
Cost: This a party so all activities – including food – are FREE!

Optional to bring:
Food to share (see details below), picnic rug to place on the bank, T-shirt for printing and fancy dress if you choose.
The Friends of Myatt Garden have done a fabulous job helping us organise our birthday party and we’d love for you all to join us and enjoy the amazing activities:

• Bubble Show and bubble workshop;
• Bouncy Castle;
• Live Music and DJs;
• Mandala stencil printing on T-shirts (bring your own T-shirt or similar);
• 1970s campervan photo booth;
• Face painting;
• 50th anniversary exhibition in the hall;
• Riverford Organic with free prize draw of a veg box and a fruit box, and apples for all to try.
• Fancy dress – 1970s or otherwise – funky bright colours welcomed!

This is a Bring and Share party, so please contribute and donate some food if you can (bring on the day from 10am).
Finger food is best, but it must not contain nuts. Our suggestions include: cakes, cupcakes, sandwiches, doughnuts, sausage rolls, samosas, pakoras, naan/chapattis, corn cakes, saltfish fritters, mini-quiche, chicken drumsticks, cheese and pineapple on sticks, breadsticks, cheese and crackers and bread rolls or similar. We also need soft drinks and will be making homemade lemonade – donations of lemon or sugar can be brought to the office for Friday 17th September.

We need volunteers from each year group to help, and we would be grateful if parents and carers could fill in a slot on this form: https://forms.gle/ucBmVgJRDcnbGyho9.

Activities are allocated to year groups to give parents an opportunity to meet and spend time with other parents in their child’s year group. This will be a fun day, but we can only make it happen with willing volunteers. If you can join us from 9am to help set-up or stay at the end to help clear away we would really appreciate your support.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you all!

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Information for Families: 13.9.21

I hope you have all been hearing lovely things from your children as they have settled back into their first full week of the new term. It’s an exciting time and we have all been impressed with the way they have got back into routines and responded to the challenges of their new class.

Drop off / pick up
Thank you for bearing with us whilst we have tried to find better ways for you to drop off and collect your children – the scaffolding around the KS2 building has just added to the difficulties.

Drop off
A reminder that the playground opens at 8.50am. KS2 children can walk to school independently in Year 5 and 6 if you have completed a form. School starts for KS2 at 9am prompt. Year 3 and 4 children will be encouraged to walk down to class at 8.55am in order to reduce congestion.

KS1 and Reception start at 9.15am. Adults must supervise their children in the playground or outside the classroom door until they go into class.

Pick up
In order to ease congestion, we will:
• open the middle gate on Upper Brockley Rd
• dismiss Year 3 from the top playground

Please wait in spaces that allow class lines to move smoothly into the playground and wait for the class to be ready before taking your child. This is the only way that we can be sure all children have been handed over safely.

At both drop off and pick up, please leave the site promptly and avoid gathering around the KS2 steps and the walkway by the pond gate.

Calling all gardening enthusiasts:
We have a great school allotment, where Reception and Year 1 classes grow fruit and vegetables with the support of parent volunteers. It’s an amazing opportunity for children to learn where food comes from, to learn gardening skills and to enjoy being in the natural world.

We have a lovely parent (Mo) who will head up the allotments this year, with the help of parent volunteers.

There is an informal meeting on Tuesday 14th September at 9:20 for anyone who is interested in working with small groups of children in the allotment. We will meet in the bottom playground, next to the canopy. All volunteers will need an enhanced DBS check before working with children, which will be arranged by school.

Clear out your cupboards
We are restocking our loose parts store in the playground and would love any donations of:
• wheeled suitcases
• buggies
• dolls/action figures
• cars/trucks/wheeled toys
• dressing up clothes/hats
• tarpaulin
• pots and pans
• wood

Basically, if you have anything a child could use imaginatively in their play and it does not have sharp edges, we’d love to take it off your hands!

Secondary Transfer
Over the next two months, all of our Year 6 parents and some Year 5 will be thinking about choosing the right secondary school for their child. We will be holding a Zoom meeting for Year 6 parents on Friday 17th at 4.00pm.

In the meantime you can check out when and how to visit local schools at: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/schools/school-admission/applying-to-start-secondary-school/secondary-schools-open-days

Year 5 and 6 Pupil survey for Lewisham’s Embedding Race Equality Programme
Lewisham are inviting Year 5 and 6 pupils to share their views. The survey will be used to ascertain baseline information for the borough’s race equality work in schools. We are committed to developing our practice and ensuring we are an anti-racist school. It is essential that we know how young people really feel and therefore we would encourage Year 5 and 6 children to click the link and share their feedback.

Responses will be stored securely and results reported in the aggregate, rather than in terms of individuals or schools.
Link to Pupil Survey: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6254090/Lewisham-Race-Equality-Student-Survey

Scholastic Online Book Club
Six times a year, Scholastic select a range of quality children’s books at discounted prices. The books are carefully chosen to get children reading for pleasure – and to keep them reading right through their teenage years. Our new Scholastic Book Club is live now!

You can go to our book club page at: https://schools.scholastic.co.uk/myatt-garden/digital-book-club to browse the latest books. There is no obligation to order, but for every £1 that parents spend on a school’s Book Club order Myatt Garden will receive 20p in FREE BOOKS for the school.

If you want to purchase any books, please place your order online by October 30th, 2021. Please select School Group Order at checkout to have your books delivered to school and enter code SEPTBOOKCLUB to get an extra 10% off (valid until 7th October) and free books for our school.

Consultation
The Consultation on Lewisham’s draft Air Quality Action Plan 2022–2027 is now live. This will be live until 28th September 2021. If you would like to share your views you can do so at:Lewisham Council – Consultation on our draft Air Quality Action Plan 2022–2027.

 

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Information for Families: Return to School

I hope you have had a good summer and are looking forward to the return to school this week.

We have been working closely with the Local Authority, Public Health and Unions to implement changes for the new term. We are aiming to take a sensible approach which moves us towards a more ‘normal’ school day, whilst ensuring we hold onto key actions that will help us minimize the spread of any infection.

We have needed to wait as long as possible to ensure any new guidance is included, after the last 18 months we have become expert at understanding the ‘last minute’ nature of reviewed guidance from the DfE. We have produced a helpful parent handbook which we hope will help to clarify many of the daily routines and procedures – see handbook here: Sept 22 Handbook for Parents

We are desperately keen to get families back onto the site, but need to do this in a measured way, so please try to limit your contacts with other adults, keep your distance and leave promptly once you have dropped or collected your children. We currently have scaffolding on site on the KS2 block which is further restricting access so if you have a child in KS2, please bring them into the playground and wait with them there from 8.50am. Staff will be around in the playground to help them get use to walking to their classroom when the bell goes. At the end of the day KS2 classes will be escorted out to the main playground where they will be collected by you.

Please wait in the playground for KS2 children, not at the classroom door.

I would like to thank you in advance for your continued support, you have all been amazing throughout this time.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday – 9am for all KS2 classes and 9.15am for KS1.

 

 

 

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