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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:
- Cheese and onion quiche
- Quorn mince and dumplings
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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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:
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: email@example.com 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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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.
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.
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
• dolls/action figures
• cars/trucks/wheeled toys
• dressing up clothes/hats
• pots and pans
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!
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.
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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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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It’s going to be a hot week – please make sure your child wears a hat, loose cool clothes and brings a water bottle to school. We will be sign-posting shaded areas, encouraging more sedate playtimes and keeping them as hydrated as we can!
Like so many schools and organisations, we are reeling from the recent surge in COVID cases. As you know, over the last few weeks we have had a number of bubbles closed. Sadly, this has meant that Year 2 are unable to return to school this term – this is devastating for everyone.
As we move into Stage 4 this week, we would urge everyone to maintain the present procedures in place. We will be continuing to work in bubbles and would ask all families to continue to wear masks at the gate, unless they are exempt. We are desperate to keep all other bubbles in school until the end of term.
Each class will be meeting their new teacher this week and finding out about the exciting learning ahead. We will be sharing this information with you on Wednesday as well.
Next year will start with two INSET days – Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September. The children from Year 1 – Year 6 will return to school on Friday 3rd September.
Your child will be bringing their annual report home this week – they will be available to collect from the gate each afternoon. Any that are not collected by the end of Wednesday will be available for collection from the main school office from Thursday.
If anyone would like to celebrate the end of the year by donating to a Myatt Garden Fund for books, you can donate at: https://donatemyschool.com/friends-of-myatt-garden-2615
Please pay no attention to the target amount, this has to be there in order to set up the page – we will be delighted with any donation. Any money collected will be used to provide additional quality books for our class book areas.
Free summer scheme places for FSM children
I hope you have seen the email sent out last week with details of summer play schemes. This provision is free for child that qualify for free school meals, on a first come first served basis.
If you need any help accessing this provision please email Orlaine at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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We currently have three year groups self-isolating at Myatt Garden – Reception are back to school on Monday, Year 6 on Tuesday and Year 5 on Friday.
As the rest of society is enjoying greater freedom and socialising more, it is unsurprising that the rates of infection are rising in the community. The current rate of infection in Lewisham is 137.1 and is predicted to continue to rise. Thankfully the vaccine seems to be having a dramatic impact on the link between infection and hospitalisation, however with so many more cases out there, it is not surprising that we have had more cases in school.
The media is full of stories about how many children are having to isolate and the rules are changing soon. However, in the meantime we have to follow the existing guidance and close bubbles where children could have had contact. The current advice encourages anyone (whether they have symptoms or not) to take a PCR test. This will allow Public Health to map cases and limit further spread. Please note if you or your child has been identified as a possible contact and told to self-isolate, a negative PCR test does not mean that they can stop isolating!
We love our allotment. Every year children from Year 1 and Reception go out to the allotment each week and dig, plant, grow and pick! They marvel at the magic of seeds gradually turning into something delicious to eat! We have been SO lucky to have had Martin, Mima and Hardy, three amazing parents that have regularly volunteered. Their commitment to children gardening has led to us being awarded the level 4 RHS School Gardening Award – see here: RHS_Certificate Award
Sadly, they all have other lives that means that they will be unable to continue next year. Mo (Scarlett’s mum – Year 4) has volunteered but she will definitely need some help on a regular basis. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact us at: email@example.com
It’s a well-known fact that gardening is great for children and we desperately want to continue to offer this to pupils at Myatt Garden. Children love the great outdoors, the fresh air works wonders for them, and outdoor activities keep them active. Gardening also:
- brings science learning to life – they can learn about the different species of plants and what those plants need to help them grow. They also get to learn about the different seasons, weather and the affects they have on the plants.
- offers an opportunity to learn about different animals and insects they might come across.
- engages all sorts of senses and helps children to develop and recognise them without even realising. They can feel the texture of soil, seeds, flower and petals. They get to smell all the amazing flower scents and see all the colourful petals.
- is quite physical and requires the body to work hard digging, carrying, lifting, sieving, watering etc.
- encourages children to eat healthy foods and enjoy them. Growing vegetables not only teaches them the hard work that it takes to grow them, but they get a sense of achievement knowing they are eating food they have grown themselves. It’s good to teach children about the preparation of food too, from harvest to cooking. There are so many valuable lessons they can learn which all help towards encouraging healthier lifestyles moving through their lives.
- teaches responsibility & patience – growing any sort of plant or vegetable from the seedling or bulb stage requires daily attention and care. Children will quickly learn they get out what they put in. If the plants aren’t regularly watered and taken care of, they won’t flourish.
- develops social skills – gardening can be a very sociable activity. Children can learn to work together and presents wonderful opportunities for children to bond and help each other look after and nurture their flowers.
I’m delighted to report that our courageous group of dads successfully completed their Wales 3000 challenge last weekend. They finished at 2.30am on Sunday morning after 22.5 hours of walking!! They were pretty exhausted, who wouldn’t be!!!
Residents being harassed
A polite reminder to all friends and families to please not approach any cars driving on Upper Brockley Road. I have been approached by two residents who feel that they are being harassed by parents from our school. It is important to remember that residents are allowed to drive up the road – I think we can all agree that this is not unreasonable when they live on the road. This means that you must keep a close eye on your children and not let them go too far from you.
PLEASE leave approaching cars to the member of staff on duty in the road.
Next week was due to be our Sports Week with a whole host of special activities, but sadly Sam our sports coach has had to self-isolate.
Whilst we can’t offer the same range of activities without him, every class will have some sport next week – teachers will organise a year group rounders match and each class will have an additional activity from an external provider e.g. street dance, mini-sports. We will move some of Sam’s sporting activities into the final week of school.
If anyone would like to celebrate the end of the year by donating to a Myatt Garden fund for books (see email sent earlier this week), you can donate at: friends-of-myatt-garden-2615
Please pay no attention to the target amount, this has to be there in order to set up the page – we will be delighted with any donations. Please note these can be made anonymously with your child’s current year group in brackets (Year x)
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As some of you will know, we had our first positive lateral flow test this week and therefore, we had to close Reception for two days, whilst a PCR test was done. Thankfully, this proved negative and we were able to reopen again on Wednesday.
Public Health are reporting increasing numbers of positive tests and one local school has had to shut due to the number of positive cases. Whilst there is currently a lot being said in the press, etc. about bubbles and sending classes home, we currently have to work with the guidance that is in place.
- Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate, this includes everyone in their household and will need to get a PCR test. PLEASE NOTE a lateral flow test cannot be used if someone has symptoms. If the PCR test is negative they return to school, if positive they will need to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. Again, this includes everyone in their household.
- Anyone who tests positive on a lateral flow test, will then need to isolate with their household and get a PCR test. If negative, children can return to school.
- Any positive test results (lateral flow or PCR) need to be reported to NHS Test and Trace, as well as to the school.
- We will contact you and close bubbles if your child has been exposed to anyone that has tested positive, either on a lateral flow (this would be temporary until a PCR test has been done) or a PCR test. At this stage your child will need to self-isolate. This does not impact on the rest of the household, unless anyone in your household develops symptoms.
Because of the current rates of infection in London, anyone that has been in contact with someone who has tested positive should now get a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
Three dads do Snowdonia!
Please spare a thought for John, James and Brian this weekend – they will be taking on the Welsh 3000 challenge on Saturday. Let’s all send them lots of positive thoughts. We very much appreciate their fundraising for Myatt – currently at £ 9,721.25.
You can contribute at: https://donatemyschool.com/friends-of-myatt-garden-2586
Summer Reading Challenge
Why not get your child involved in this year’s library reading challenge. A fun way to keep your children reading and engaging with books. Find out more at: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
The challenge launches on Saturday 10th July from 10am – 12.30pm! You can join the Deptford Lounge Library launch in the Albany Garden and be part of a very special, free nature-themed challenge that will inspire you to stand up for the planet! You can find out more at: https://www.thealbany.org.uk/shows/summer-reading-challenge/
50 Year Anniversary
We are still looking for your help in preparation for our 50th anniversary celebrations in the autumn term. We will be holding a week of special events from 20th – 25th September, culminating in a family event on the Saturday.
What we still need!
- Photos for the exhibition – children, staff, school building, building work from 1970s to recent years;
- Memories/funny stories to display;
- Former students/staff – please ask them to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Retweet/share Twitter and Facebook posts when you see them;
- Help during the Saturday event – FOMG will be sending home information asking for your help
- Share any other ideas: email@example.com
Sedgehill Open Morning
If you are a Parent/Carer of a child who will be in Year 4 or 5 next year, please see the attached information here: Sedgehill – Open Morning Flyer 2021
Whilst some of the dates have passed (it only arrived this week), there are still two opportunities to visit to find out more about the school. Please note there will be opportunities next term for all current Year 5 parents to visit all local secondary schools, including Sedgehill.
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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.
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.
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.
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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We are delighted to share this important letter: Race Equality Letter from Lewisham Learning, that outlines the significant work all Lewisham schools are doing to tackle race inequality. This is work that we take very seriously and committed to in this year’s School Improvement Plan.
Our work at Myatt Garden is focused on:
- Achieving equity for engagement in learning and academic outcomes for BAME children;
- Celebrating difference and diversity;
- Promoting the achievements of other cultures and BAME individuals;
- Developing an anti-racist school.
Our Governors have signed the Lewisham pledge on behalf of the school, which will be officially launched on the 22nd June, Windrush Day (more information in the letter above). As a school we have held two INSET days to develop this work and were lucky enough to work with Jeffrey Boakye during our most recent INSET. Jeffrey is an author, broadcaster, commentator, educator, journalist and teacher with a particular interest in issues surrounding education, race, masculinity and popular culture. He provided us with a hard-hitting and thought-provoking morning that explored the history of racism, white-privilege and racial literacy.
In addition, a large number of staff have attended a wide range of training including unconscious bias and decolonising the curriculum and a steering group has been established using the NEU’s Anti-racism Framework to start evaluating elements of our practice and develop next steps. Curriculum coordinators have been looking at our history, science and geography curriculum and we are continuing to diversify our book stock across the school.
Our anti-racist work will remain a priority on the School Improvement Plan and will continue to be a long-term focus for all Lewisham schools. Next year, working with families and our extended community will be a particular focus.
We will be holding a special assembly to mark Windrush Day and celebrate contributions of the Windrush generation and their families who have contributed to every part of British life.
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Three of our fabulous parents are planning a sponsored walk to raise money to support the school, specifically to support the school in bolstering its technology resources.
On July 3rd, John Beech (dad of Albie), James Dutson (dad of Emilia) and Brian Garvan (dad of Magnus and Rory) will all attempt to complete the Welsh 3,000s challenge in a day.
The challenge involves reaching the peak of all 15 of the mountains over 3,000ft in Wales within the space of 24 hours, without using any form of transport. The walk which begins at the foot of Snowden, is 32 miles in length and includes a total ascent and descent of over 4,000m – equivalent to half of the altitude of Everest. The estimated time to complete it – for someone who is fit and active – is 22 hours. More often this challenge is attempted over three days.
Over the last year, Myatt Garden has faced the extremely difficult challenge of trying to give all of its pupils the same educational opportunities whilst contending with very different levels of access to technology, the internet, and a quiet space in which to work. Increasing the school’s technology resources will enhance teaching and learning throughout the school, as well as empowering the children to use technology as a tool through computer lessons.
These ambitious dads are hoping to raise £8,800 to purchase a smart-charging trolley and a set of 15 new laptops.
If you feel you would like to help, you can sponsor their walk so that we can make this possible. To make it easy to donate you can use the Friends of Myatt Garden donation page: https://donatemyschool.com/friends-of-myatt-garden-2586 or scan the QR code here: QR code
All donations will then be forwarded to the school and can benefit from gift aid.
Massive thanks to John, James and Brian, we’ll all be cheering you on!
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What a glorious week! It might have been a short week, but it has certainly been a busy three days at Myatt.
Take One Picture
This week we have been having great fun being inspired by this year’s selected painting from The National Gallery. Take One Picture is our national programme for primary schools, which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning. Every year, they take one picture from their collection to inspire art and cross-curricular work in primary classrooms.
This year the painting is The Finding of Moses by Orazio Gentileschi: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/orazio-gentileschi-the-finding-of-moses
In three days, across the school, we have had so much art going on! We have had Year 5 children hammering away to create nail and string art, Year 6 weaving representations of their identity and Year 1 exploring hands in a host of different media. In Year 2 they have been creating water tones through collage, marbling, painting and Year 3 have been creating self-portraits on woven textures. Reception have been making baskets, Year 4 visited Hilly Fields to research to draw landscapes for their own photographic poses and nursery have been exploring hand prints and baby pictures. Once all the work has been completed we will be sharing a virtual tour of all our art with you.
We are all awaiting the government’s announcements on Monday. Once we know what has been decided, we will be reviewing our risk assessments and procedures for the rest of the term in light of the new guidance. Please continue to be vigilant; Lewisham’s current infection rate has risen to 44.5 with numbers of new cases doubling from the previous week.
Eat them to Defeat Them
Every child from Reception to Year 6 should have brought home a pack this week that aims to encourage them to eat more vegetables. This is a 6 week national campaign and you may have seen the adverts on TV. 80% of children are not eating enough vegetables. Veg Power is on a mission to inspire kids from early years through primary school and into their teens to veggie loving habits they will keep for life. Each week a different veg is highlighted, this week is tomato (I know it’s technically a fruit!!) Children will be encouraged to try the veg of the week and get stickers when they do. See here: Vegtastic-Lunchbox-Hacks for ways to get more vegetables into packed lunches. Veg Power have lots of good ideas to help you at home with this. Here are some recipe ideas for seasonal veg: https://vegpower.org.uk/seasonalveg/
Advice on how to keep kids safe in the sun
- Use a good sun cream
Make sure your child wears sunscreen that covers any exposed skin – use plenty, and don’t forget their shoulders, the back of their neck, the tops of their ears, nose and cheeks. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15, and at least 4 stars for UVA protection.
Try and put sun cream on your child at least half an hour before heading out – remember that long-lasting sun cream is now available. Alternatively, please send a clearly labelled tube of sun cream to school that they can reapply at lunch-time.
- Wear a sunhat
It’s a good idea for children to wear a floppy sunhat that protects their face and neck whenever they’re out in the sun. Wearing a hat yourself can really encourage a reluctant child to follow suit.
- Drink lots of water
Make sure you child has a water bottle so that they have access to water throughout the day. We will encourage them to drink regularly – particularly when they’ve been running around.
- Wear appropriate clothing
No sunscreen offers 100% protection so it helps to cover up with loose fitting clothing (such as cotton) which allows air to reach your child’s body and sweat to evaporate rather than stick to the skin and cause irritation. A tight weave will block as many of the sun’s rays as possible. You can check this by holding clothing up to the sun – the less light that shines through, the better. Please take care with your child’s footwear – not all summer sandals are suited to running and climbing, etc.
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As we approach the final half term, I’d like to thank you all for your continued support. I think we are all understandably ground down by the current restrictions and are keen to get things back to normal. Please bear with us, we will be continuing to follow national and local guidance as we navigate the final few weeks of the summer term.
I have attached a letter below, regarding the notification of confirmed cases where symptom onset/positive test occurs within 48 hours of the child last being in school and travel arrangements.
Please remember Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th June are both INSET days. Children will be returning to school on Wednesday 9th June.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete this year’s parent survey. We have collated the responses slightly differently this year, using your scores to provide a numerical average. We have attached below a summary of your feedback and will be producing an information sheet and action plan in response.
I have continued to sample school dinners every day this week – chickpea curry, vegetarian sausages, chicken breast burger, macaroni chees, roast turkey, vegetable pie, lamb Bolognese, cheese and tomato pizza, fish fingers and quorn dippers. This week I have also been encouraging children to try a sample of dishes that they have not chosen and have even converted a few to Jackie’s delicious chickpea and potato curry!! The meals have continued to be really tasty and as a result of feedback, Jackie will be trying her best to brown the vegetarian sausages and serve the gravy separately. All of the other meals have had a positive response.
I have also had a productive meeting with Chartwells this week who have increased their quality assurance to now include taking photos of each service. We have a number of plans including giving the children the opportunity to try taster pots and a parent tasting in the Autumn term. We will share more information after half term.
Please remember that chocolate bars are not permitted in packed lunch boxes. We encourage a healthy balance of foods e.g. sandwich, carrot sticks, yogurt, banana and a biscuit/small cake.
You can find more ideas here: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes#lunchbox-recipes
Book Trust Resources
If you need some ideas to keep your children entertained this half term why not head over to the Book Trust website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/activities/#!?q=&sortOption=MostRecent&pageNo=1
You’ll find a wide range of fun reading activities.
Half Term Ideas
- If you’re looking for new ideas of things to do outdoors next week, why not have a look at: https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/openspace/101-things-to-do-outdoors-in-london
- Or how about watching a performance of The Gingerbread Man? Head over to Mayow Park in Forest Hill for a brand new musical version of the beloved fairy tale.
Saturday May 29 – Sunday June 6
Tickets: £5 (under 3s are free)
Tickets may be purchased in advance online at https://spontaneousproductions.co.uk/events/the-gingerbread-man-june-2021/#bookings …or at Kirkdale Bookshop, 272 Kirkdale, Sydenham SE26 4RS in person or by phone 020 8778 4701 (Mon-Sat 9.30-5pm).
- Or try out the National Maritime Museum. It is offering free workshops that explore the ways sailors kept their spirits up and their moods positive through activities promoting wellbeing. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
Please Note: Free tickets. £1 non-refundable booking fee applicable to bookings online and over the phone.
Folklore at Sea: Tales, Songs and Facts
Date: Sunday 30 May Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm
Join Olivia for an interactive storytelling session for the whole family. With sea-bound folktales and stories of life on board ship, explore how sailors kept busy and kept their spirits up whilst away from home.
Sea Shanty: Spin Drum & Tambourines
Date: Tuesday 1 June Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm
Music, singing and entertainment kept homesick sailors’ spirits up! Create your own spin drum with artist Charlotte, and discover how they are used as part of sea shanties.
Explorers: Sailing the Polar Seas
Date: Thursday 3 June Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm
Inspired by polar exploration, join storyteller Dani and work as a family to create your own story to keep you entertained on a long sea voyage into the ice!
Sailors: A Day on Board Ship
Date: Sunday 6 June Time: 10.30am | 12pm | 2pm | 3.30pm
Sea travel was slow and often sailors could be away for years. They needed a way to keep entertained and playing games with others on board was the solution. Come along and create your own game that you can take away to play at home.
Hopefully the sun will keep shining and we are all able to enjoy some relaxing days ahead!
See you back at school on Wednesday 9th June!
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Important message from the Police
Please see letter below from the Safer Schools Partnership following reported suspicious activity around some schools. Please be assured that we have not had any reports at Myatt Garden or the local area. Suspicious Activity Reports Information for Parents
Whilst the rules are relaxing in the wider world, we are remaining vigilant at Myatt Garden. The infection rate in Lewisham has risen to 18.3 and there are currently a small number of local cases involving the more transmissible variant. Public Health are taking this very seriously and are convinced that there will be another surge in infection. They are encouraging us all to take a very cautious approach.
In line with this we will not be making any changes to our current policies and procedures. Whilst we will keep this under review, we really appreciate the way you have worked with us under the current restrictions. Thank you for your continued support.
Important Upcoming Dates
- Friday 28th May – last day of this half-term
- Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th June – INSET days
- Wednesday 9th & Friday 11th – Take One Picture
- Friday 23rd July – break up for Summer
Myatt Garden is 50!
Myatt Garden is 50 years old! As part of the celebrations, we are looking for any former students/members of staff who might want to be interviewed by our children or send a video message about their time at Myatt. Also, anyone who has old photos, memorabilia etc. or who lived nearby while the school was being built. It would be especially great if we could find some of the original students from the 1970s.
If you know of anyone who might be able to help us out, please pass on the attached info and/or ask them to email: firstname.lastname@example.org . I’m also sharing this on Twitter and local Facebook groups so please retweet/share/comment if you see the posts. We are planning a week of events and activities for the beginning of the Autumn Term.
At present we should only be booking holidays in green list countries. The government guidance states that people should only travel to destinations on its amber list in “exceptional circumstances”. Myatt Garden re-opens for the children on Friday 3rd September. Please make sure that you build in enough time to allow for any periods of quarantine and still be ready to return to school on time.
Being on time is a skill for life. Due to the current restrictions every year group has a ten minute window. If you are someone that struggles to make it to the gate on time, please aim for the opening, not the closing time to allow for any delays.
The current Lewisham contract for school dinners is currently out to tender. This is now in the final stages and we should know soon who will be providing school dinners in September.
In the meantime, I have sampled every school dinner on offer this week (a meat or vegetarian option each day or baked potato) and I am delighted to report they have genuinely tasted great. From the tender roast lamb to the lasagna, cheese and tomato pizza to the vegetable roll, chicken curry to vegetarian bolognese. Each day this has been accompanied by rice, pasta or potatoes, two vegetables, salad and fresh bread.
Jackie, our Chef, is very proud of her cooking, but has to cook the recipes provided by Chartwells. The burger and meatballs on Monday were not such a success and following feedback, Jackie has happily agreed to swap the burger option and tone down the heat of the meatball’s tomato sauce. I will keep you updated as I continue to investigate.
The menu is available on the school website – next week we will be on Week 3.
Walk to School Week
Well done everyone for embracing walking to school this week. Where 70% of primary school children in the 1970s used to walk to school, this has now dropped to just over half (51%) in the UK. The number of Myatt children that walk to school is always well above this, but across the school this week we have seen levels of active travel increase with 100% of children reporting that they have made an effort this week. We have walked, cycled and scooted our way through the week. Well done Myatt Garden!
FSM Vouchers for half-term
Lewisham have once again agreed to fund FSM vouchers for this half-term. We will be distributing vouchers for £18 per child (includes our previous Bank Holiday) on Wednesday next week at the gate.
Every week I film two assemblies for the children. These have recently covered a whole range of topics including World Earth Day, Asthma Awareness, Ramadan, Fairtrade and mental health. If you don’t hear about them already, please ask your children to tell you about what we have discussed. This is a great opportunity for the children to articulate their learning and discuss issues at home. This week our assemblies focused on Walk to School week and food waste.
Thank you to everyone for booking slots for parent meetings. As the date of your meeting approaches, you will get an email confirming your agreed time.
We have all probably spent a lot more time online over the last few months. This has also been many children’s experience too. Across the borough there has been a significant increase in incidents related to primary school age children having watched inappropriate sexual content, some reported as young as Year 2.
It is important to talk to children about staying safe online as soon as they start using technology. Children can accidentally stumble across pornography either by following links, clicking on adverts or sometimes through typos in their searching. They might also actively look for this content online as they are curious or are unsure what something is or means. Whichever way a child accesses this type of content it can leave them feeling shocked, disgusted or worried and it may prompt questions about sex and relationships.
You can find out more at:
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Myatt Garden is 50 years old!
As part of the celebrations, we are looking for any former students/members of staff who might want to be interviewed by our children or send a video message about their time at Myatt.
Also anyone who has old photos, memorabilia etc or who lived nearby while the school was being built. It would be especially great if we could find some of the original students from the 1970s.
If you know of anyone who might be able to help us out please pass on the attached info and/or ask them to email: email@example.com.
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8691 0611.
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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We will be taking part in Walk to School Week (17-21 May). This nationwide event is organised by walking charity Living Streets and designed to help pupils experience first-hand the importance of walking to school. Children will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, but it will also help create healthy habits for life.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Walking Superpowers’ and through the week, pupils will be introduced to five different Walking Superpowers who will teach them all about these benefits and reinforce the power of walking, superhero style!
Each pupil will be challenged to travel sustainably (walk, wheel, scoot, cycle or Park and Stride) to school every day for one week using wallchart and stickers to log their journeys. Each class will work collectively to make as many active journeys to school as possible across the week. Individual activity diaries, daily stickers and end of week pupil rewards will complement this activity, reinforcing the benefits and keeping children engaged.
What do we want you to do as a parent/carer? We are asking every family to try to travel actively to school on w/c 17 May, helping our school reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates. In return, your child will earn special stickers and a badge! Walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling all count!
If you live far away from school and need to drive or take public transport, try parking the car or hopping off the bus/train ten minutes away and walking the rest of the journey.
We’re well on our way, but it would be great to get to 100%!!!
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The news continues to be positive with regard to COVID. The current infection rate in Lewisham 14.1 compared to 21.9 across London and 23.4 across England. The R rate is estimated at between 0.8 – 1.1. Thank you to everyone for working with us to keep Myatt Garden safe and open. Please be assured staff are continuing to take lateral flow tests twice a week as an additional precaution.
You will be shortly receiving information about an opportunity for you to meet with class teachers to discuss your child’s learning. It has been important to get all of the children back in school and allow them time to settle, but we are now in a position to provide you with relevant, up-to-date information. These meetings will be virtual and will take a similar format to those in the autumn term. Please tick as many boxes as you can when choosing your slot so that we can do our very best to accommodate all families.
Summer holiday play-scheme
Once again, substantial works will be being carried out at Myatt during the summer holidays. This will involve the nursery, KS1 and KS2 building. This means that the site will be handed over to the building contractors and therefore sadly there will be no play-scheme at the school this summer. Lewisham are currently putting together a comprehensive programme across the borough, which includes being able to offer all pupil premium children that would like a place the opportunity to attend. As we receive more information we will ensure we keep you informed.
The Big Change
A huge well done to all of the children who made an entry to TfL’s The Big Change competition. Ms O’Brien was delighted with such a variety of entries including posters, animation and 3D models. Every entry depicted how changing our mode of transport from cars and buses to cycling, walking or scooting can have a huge impact on the air quality in and around our local area. Well done everybody. Golden Tickets will be awarded to all pupils who entered.
Walk to School Week
We will be taking part in Walk to School Week (17-21 May). This nationwide event is organised by walking charity Living Streets and designed to help pupils experience first-hand the importance of walking to school. Children will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, but it will also help create healthy habits for life.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Walking Superpowers’ and through the week, pupils will be introduced to five different Walking Superpowers who will teach them all about these benefits and reinforce the power of walking, superhero style! Each pupil will be challenged to travel sustainably (walk, wheel, scoot, cycle or Park and Stride) to school every day for one week using wallchart and stickers to log their journeys. Each class will work collectively to make as many active journeys to school as possible across the week. Individual activity diaries, daily stickers and end of week pupil rewards will complement this activity, reinforcing the benefits and keeping children engaged. What do we want you to do as a parent/carer? We are asking every family to try to travel actively to school on w/c 17 May, helping our school reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates. In return, your child will earn special stickers and a badge!. Walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling all count! If you live far away from school and need to drive or take public transport, try parking the car or hopping off the bus/train ten minutes away and walking the rest of the journey. We’re well on our way, but it would be great to get to 100%!!!
Mental Health Awareness Week
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we will be using it to focus on ‘7 days of Kindness’. We will be encouraging Myatt Garden to improve everyone’s mental health by spreading a little kindness and encouraging pupils to do two acts of kindness each day – one for someone else and one for themselves. We aim to help children feel good, improve relationships, make us all happy and bond our community, class or family together.
You may want to develop this further at home …. we’d love to hear about it.
If you would like more information Mental Health Awareness Week you can go to: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-days/mental-health-awareness-week/ This year’s theme is ‘Nature’. Recent National Trust research found a link between feeling connected to nature and having improved wellbeing. Some simple ideas you may want to try:
- Cloud watching is a fun activity for younger children and can provide a moment for mindfulness anywhere. It is also a simple way to get children out and about in nature, which has significant links to good mental health and wellbeing. Suggested ideas can be found here: Cloud-Watching
- Make mud pies. Early exposure to dirt/germs helps to build up a more robust immune system. ‘Friendly bacteria’ or probiotics present in the soil, can naturally increase the levels of serotonin in the brain resulting in a similar effect to prescription antidepressants. Getting your hands dirty can make you happier as well as healthier!
- Hug a tree. Scientific data shows that trees can improve the symptoms of many health issues, including mental illness, ADHD, depression and concentration levels. The act of hugging itself is believed to be beneficial as it can influence levels of ‘happiness’ hormones.
- Barefoot walking. It is thought that walking barefoot on the Earth enhances health and provides feelings of well-being. This practice occurs in diverse cultures around the world. Walking barefoot on uneven ground helps to strengthen core muscles and supports balance development. Simply choose an appropriate spot, check the area is safe and encourage your learners to remove shoes and socks. Stand still on the grass, soil, sand, etc. and take a moment to check on how this feels.
Understandably, we are seeing an increased number of children showing signs of anxiety. This looks different in different children from a pain in the tummy, to a reluctance to go to school, not sleeping or angry outbursts and is particularly hard for children to understand and verbalise what is happening to them and why.
We thought it may be helpful to resend some links that offer good advice about how to help your child if this is something you are dealing with at home:
Please remember, we are also here to offer support and advice. You can contact us at: email@example.com or call on 020 8691 0611.
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The term has got off to a great start at Myatt Garden and throughout the school children have been excited about getting stuck into their new learning. In Year 6 they have been enjoying learning all about light refraction through practical science, whilst in Year 5 they have been busy creating their very own erupting volcanoes. In Year 4 children have been building Anderson shelters as they start to learn about the Home Front and Year 3 have been mummifying tomatoes, as well as preparing costumes for a upcoming Greek day.
In Key Stage 1, Year 2 went on a long flight to Africa where once they arrived they listened to African music and tasted tropical fruits. In Year 1 it’s been all about the minibeasts!
And it doesn’t stop there ….. in Early Years nursery have hatched 3 ducklings and a chick (bit of a surprise!) and in Reception they are loving finding out about all things under the sea! So much so that they’re carrying on into next week. Myatt Garden classrooms are a wonderful, uplifting place to be right now!
Remember, next week starts with a Bank Holiday, so we will look forward to seeing you back at school on Tuesday morning.
Important School Dates
- Monday 3rd May – Bank Holiday (No school)
- Thursday 6th May – Nursery only closed for elections
- Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th June – 2 INSET days
- Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June – Half Term
- Friday 23rd July – Break Up
- Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September – 2 INSET Days
- Friday 3rd September – Children return to school
FOLLOW THE RULES – Message from Lewisham Council
You can reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 by minimising the time spent with people you don’t live with. Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus – go outdoors, where it is safer and there is more space, wear a face covering and maintain a 2m distance from others. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test. Go to: nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
If you’re asked to self-isolate, it’s really important you stay at home, even if you don’t feel unwell. You could still be infectious for up to 10 days. Help is available if you’re worried about self-isolating. You may be eligible for £500 support grant. Find out more by calling 020 8314 3535
If you are worried about money or need free impartial advice, there is support available. Visit https://debtfree.london/ or call free on 0800 808 5700 (open 24 hours a day).
Lateral flow / PCR tests
Please remember that anyone that has COVID symptoms, must take a PCR test (not a rapid lateral flow). These can be booked at: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and you should get results back in 1/2 days. The rapid, lateral flow tests should only be used if you have no symptoms, but want to check that you do not have COVID. More information about these tests can be found here: Rapid Testing Information
Lewisham will once again be providing food vouchers for families that qualify for FSM during the May half term. This time the voucher will be for £18 to include an extra £3 for this week’s Bank Holiday Monday. Vouchers will be given out in the final week of this half-term.
Puzzles and games wanted
Do you have any puzzles or board games that your children have outgrown, but are still in good condition? Our Breakfast and After-School Club can put them to great use. Just drop them off at the main office and you’ll make some children very happy!
The Big Ask
The Big Ask is a survey for children and young people aged 4–17 in England. It has been split into different age groups, so children can fill in a version appropriate for their age.
It won’t ask for your child’s name; phone number or email and they’ll keep any information safe and private – it won’t be shared with anyone else. Children don’t have to answer any question they don’t want to.
The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Rachel de Souza has written to say “My job is to speak up for children in England, stand up for their rights, and make sure that the people in power listen to what children need and want. It’s time to give something big back to young people like you after COVID – and we need your help to do it. This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. We’ll use what you tell us to show the government what you think, and what children need to live happier lives.”
Myatt Garden children are so thoughtful and have such great ideas, I think the government should hear what they have to say! The survey will only take you 5-10 minutes.
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I hope you had a lovely break over the Easter holidays. Coming back to school has certainly been made easier by the sunshine!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make the necessary arrangements.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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
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.