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I hope you are all staying well. I am so proud of our families, you are doing an awesome job of juggling work, home learning and childcare.
It has been great to see the amount of lovely work that children across the school have been posting this week – from creative dragons in Year 3 to fabulous Ice Trap! Work in Year 6 to ‘The Snail and the Whale’ in Year 1. At Myatt Garden we’ve certainly been around the world and back this week.
If you want to see more, please join us on Twitter:@MyattGarden
It’s a great way to stay connected with the local community during lockdown. At Myatt, we’re using it to show off the fabulous work that children are completing, both at home and in the bubbles in school. Reception have had their baking skills celebrated by Paul Hollywood, Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin and Year 5 have had an amazing video message from author Tony Bradman, who wrote their class book!
IMPORTANT DATES – UPCOMING INSET Day
School will be closed for an INSET day on Friday 29th January.
We will be working with a virtual visiting speaker to develop our work on further diversifying Myatt Garden’s curriculum so that it better reflects, celebrates and responds to the community we serve.
The infection rate in Lewisham has risen to 1080, with an 8.3% rise in cases this week. Lewisham’s Public health team have reported that there are now a wider range of outbreaks across the borough, with many people testing positive who are experiencing headaches and cold like symptoms. PLEASE follow the rules and keep your interactions outside of the home to a minimum. Your children should not be having play-dates and you should only be using childcare bubbles as an absolute last resort, not as an opportunity to socialise. We all want schools to re-open and it is your actions in the community that will help the number of cases to reduce for this to happen.
It was lovely to see so many of you on our live assemblies this week. These will happen at the same time every week with one change.
Year 6 – 9.30am Year 3 – 9.30am
Year 5 – 10am Year 2 – 10am
Year 4 – 10.30am Year 1 – 10.30am
The link for these sessions have been emailed to all parents.
Early Years will also be meeting on Friday’s every week with Reception and then Nursery.
These are great opportunities for the children to see each other and still feel part of the school community. They are not compulsory, but we hope that more children will join each week. Please note that we will only be able to let you into the meeting if your device is clearly labelled with your child’s name. This is a safeguarding issue and ensures that we keep everyone safe in the meeting, by knowing who we are letting in. We are also not able to record the meeting, as we do not have permission from everyone attending.
There has been much in the media this week about the hampers being provided to Free School Meal children. We were initially told that for the 2 week closure we would be provided with food hampers and if we bought food vouchers the cost would not be reimbursed. As Chartwells were unable to provide hampers at such short notice in week 1, we purchased and distributed Asda vouchers for our families. For this week food hampers provided lunches for each child for 5 days.
Yesterday the DfE changed its guidance and we are now able to purchase vouchers each week for the remainder of this half-term, which we know the majority of our families would prefer. We will be providing Edenred online vouchers from next week, however the time-scale will not be confirmed until next week.
Local support available
Feed the Hill is a local community resource on Telegraph Hill which allows families to do a weekly shop for £2.
Please see leaflet here: Feed the Hill – social supermarket
or follow the link for more details here: https://www.lewishamlocal.com/places/united-kingdom/greater-london/london/food-banks/feed-the-hill/
More information on local food banks can also be found at:
As always, we are here to help, if you would like support accessing any of these resources or would like help on any other matter please call us and ask for Orlaine on: 020 8691 0611 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We received 19 laptops from the government last week to help families that were struggling to access remote learning. In addition, we re-purposed a number of the school laptops in order to be ready to help when needed. We would love to be able to provide one for every individual child that does not have one, but this is currently impossible. We have prioritised ensuring all families have a device to use and know that many families are sharing devices.
If you or your work place, have laptops or tablets available for us to donate, please email us at: email@example.com. Devices need to be less than 5 years old, but we would love to find them a new home.
With children being indoors more and spending more time online, it is really important that we are keeping them safe. Children may ask for your login details or borrow devices to download or access apps. It is important to set up parental controls and password-protect your devices. Older children may set up new social media profiles to keep in touch with friends, family or peers. Again, it is important to set privacy and security settings on social media to prevent personal information being shared with strangers. We recommend a condition of allowing your child to access any social media is regular checking of their phone.
With children using new apps to communicate during the pandemic, it’s important that parents and carers continue to have regular conversations with children about what they are doing online and what social networks, apps and games they are using. You should listen to any worries or anxieties your children may have and let them know they can always come to them about anything.
The NSPCC website has advice for parents on:
- screen time
- livestreaming and video apps
- and social media safety.
You may also find advice about inappropriate or explicit content helpful.
Stay safe everyone.
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We are asking everyone who can, to keep their child at home so we can limit any risk of spreading the virus. We know that whilst children have on the whole not suffered when they have had COVID, they are super effective at spreading it in the community. This puts all of our staff, your families and the community at risk. Based on the figures from Lewisham, it is likely that 2/3 people are positive in school this week. We would love to have all of the children back in school, it’s where they should be…. but it’s just not safe at the moment. These are hard times. I understand that many of you are juggling your own work and your child’s learning, as are many of my staff. It is a stressful time for everyone. Many of you will be anxious and finding life tough right now.
We are trying to help in every way we can. We have been continuing to get laptops out to families in need throughout this week, as well as vouchers for all our FSM children and food hampers for next week. We are all having to dig deep in these most difficult of circumstances. Please remember we are here for you and a call to one of us may help to ease the pressure you are feeling.
I am pleading with everyone to try all other options before requesting a critical worker place at school and to re-consider whether there are any options open to them if you have already been given a place. We are trying to limit the children in school for all the reasons already stated and we have a number of vulnerable children that really need to be in school despite the virus.
I know lots of families are having to juggle full-time work and having children at home – it is far from ideal! There is simply no way that we can have all of these children in. If there is any way that you can release a place or avoid asking for a place, I will be better able to meet the needs of others whilst keeping everyone as safe as I can.
Thank you for the effort you have all put in to get to grips with remote learning. We have had some fabulous feedback about the learning your children are doing, but I’m also aware we still have some wrinkles to iron out! We are trying are very best and know that we will never be able to please everyone. Please bear with us we are only four days in.
Remember that it would be impossible to replicate what we do at school at home. Be kind to yourself as you support your child to do their best. Some children are getting through all of the work and posting it before lunch, others are finding the amount of work overwhelming. The government expects all children to do 3 hours (minimum) learning on line every day. Please prioritise the reading and maths, followed by any writing – we will understand if not all of the learning is completed.
In response to requests, work will now be posted so that it is available from 7am in the morning. This will allow those that want/need to, to scan the work for the day and organise their children before launching into their own work. Assemblies will also be shared via Seesaw next week.
Please note, this week Ms Fenton, Ms Smith, Ms Whelan, Ms Kerr and Ms Tracy will all be in school teaching bubbles.
Next week I will be hosting a Year group assembly/meet up for each year group so that any children that wish to attend, have the opportunity to see each other and we can maintain the sense of community that is so important in our school. More information and links will be sent out on Monday.
With the vast majority of students working at home, there has never been a better time to share the information about the Lewisham Zoooom Choirs see details here: Zoooom Choirs – spring 2021. As they start the new year, the choir will focus on songs which aim to raise spirits and inspire, bringing the joy of singing directly into the children’s homes. The choir is free of charge and open to all children living in or attending school within the borough of Lewisham.
Zoooom Choir will start:
Tuesday 11 January for children in Y2-4 at 4.30pm and Friday 14 January for children in Y5-8 at 4.30pm.
To receive the Zoom link for the sessions, families will need to register at:
Nursery would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Nursery Christmas Raffle by donating amazing prizes, by buying tickets and by encouraging friends and family to buy tickets too. We are overwhelmed to have raised £351.90 which is more than half way there to the woodwork station we are fundraising for! All the winners have been notified and either already have their prizes or have made arrangements to receive them. Thank you for your support!
Please take care of yourselves, follow the rules and stay safe.
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Work for each year group will be available on Seesaw from the 5.1.21.
You will have already received an email with a handy ‘Seesaw Getting Started’ guide to using Seesaw and a code to use if you have not logged on already. You do not need to do this again if you have logged on before.
We have reflected on feedback from the last lockdown, compared systems and used the government advice and criteria to inform our remote learning offer.
You can expect
• Daily learning posted by 9am every day;
• 2 videos from staff to introduce the day and provide a short taught session;
• A range of learning each day:
o One reading activity
o One maths activity (White Rose – video link and worksheet)
o One literacy activity
o One foundation subject – Science, geography, history, art etc.
• Online feedback from staff on your child’s work
Please note that we will not be providing paper copies of learning.
Learning at home
We would suggest in order to help your child, that you establish a ‘school day’ feel at home with a routine following the order in the list above with short breaks in between.
During this closure, we are expecting ALL children to complete the set work on line. Participation will be monitored by staff and we will be available to help anyone having any difficulties. Please make sure that your child is accessing the current learning and posting responses on the day the work is set.
We would like you to encourage the children to work independently and do their best. These are important life skills and I will be reinforcing this message in my assemblies that will be sent home twice each week.
As we are also running four bubbles for critical workers’ and vulnerable children, this week Ms Mushtaq, Ms Corker, Ms Morgan (Year 4) and Ms Pons will not be visible on Seesaw whilst they are busy each day in school.
As always, we are here to help. Please email your child’s year group (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any queries about learning and: email@example.com for queries regarding anything else.
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On-line learning will commence for all children from Tuesday 5th January 2021.
Information on How to Get Started on Seesaw, can be found here: Seesaw Getting Started
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By popular demand, we will be hosting a final virtual open morning on Friday 8th January 2021 at 10am via Zoom.
If your child is due to start school in Reception in September 2021, we would be pleased to show you around our school. This year our Open Mornings will be virtual and 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.
Please email the school office at: firstname.lastname@example.org confirming that you would like to attend on this date and a Zoom meeting link will be sent to you in advance of the event.
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Our Christmas lunch for children will be held on Tuesday 15th December.
A copy of the festive menu can be viewed here: Chartwell Festive Menu 2020
If you pay for meals, the cost is £2.30 and payment can be made via ParentPay at: https://www.parentpay.com/.
Please note that all children in KS1 and FSM children do not need to pay.
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Sunday was the first collection of our Myatt Garden Christmas trees and wreaths. We had a wonderful day meeting and greeting our lovely families and neighbours who were full of the joys of Christmas.
Thank you to everyone who jumped on board early and got to grips with the new online ordering system. All proceeds from the Christmas sales will support the children of Myatt Garden.
Friday will be your final opportunity to purchase a tree from us.
Please go to: https://patchworkit.com/34929/Myatttrees2020 where you can order your tree. Remember to book a delivery or collection before you check out, and leave your delivery address and telephone number in the messages.
Unfortunately we have now sold out of wreaths.
Important – Please place your order by Friday 5th December, to ensure delivery on Sunday 13th December.
If you would like to see some of our happy customers please go to our facebook page and follow us for more Christmas merriment at: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofMyattGarden (all photos have been approved for Facebook and social media by the parents present and in the photos).
And finally, a big Christmas thank you to our elf helpers, Naomi & Matt Davies, Sue and Mr Loddon, Sarah Conway, Selena Mirams and Andy Heald.
Merry Christmas & thank you,
Noreen (Chair, Friends of Myatt Garden) & Frances (Parent Volunteer).
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Thank you all for working with us as we continue to manage the current situation.
We are delighted that we have not needed to close any classes so far. You have really helped by:
- Arriving within the stated time slot at the gate each morning and afternoon, your punctuality really helps us start the day smoothly;
- Wearing masks at the gate;
- Avoiding gathering at the gate opening;
- Waiting by the wall/railings to leave space on pavement wherever possible;
- Ensuring you and your children stay 2m apart from others;
- Making sure that you Drop /Collect and go and not hang around outside the gate chatting with others;
- Keeping your children home if they are displaying any symptoms;
- Not bringing forgotten items to the main office.
We really appreciate all that you have done.
Drivers – please take care!
Whilst we await the closure of both Upper Brockley and Rokeby Rd, please take extra care if you are driving along either of these roads. There are children walking home on both sides of the school and it is important that we keep them safe.
Great news, Myatt Garden now has a twitter account and is tweeting away!! At present, we do not have permissions to use children’s images so we are busy sharing examples of children’s learning. Please look out for a permission request that will be coming soon. We are super excited about being able to share photos of your children doing their fab learning, especially at this time when you are not able to come into school.
As Christmas approaches here is your chance to win some amazing prizes which have been donated by our generous and talented nursery parents as well as helping nursery to fundraise towards a real wood working bench for our nursery garden. The wonderful prizes include (not ranked in any particular order):
- Personalised doorstep performance (birthday or Christmas) from well-known opera singer and principle bass trombonist from Royal Opera house, they will also deliver you mince pies and a bottle of prosecco;
- Mini ‘socially distanced’ photo session for one family in a local park;
- Handmade personalised bunting (choose the colours, theme or even add letters);
- Christmassy front door/window sill fresh plant pot;
- Hand drawn illustrations or hand painted plates;
- Private yoga or pregnancy yoga session via zoom;
- Bespoke artwork of your pet or existing print by local artist
For more details and to enter please go to: https://raffall.com/148638/enter-raffle-to-win-myatt-garden-nursery-raffle-hosted-by-myatt-garden-eyfs
Please feel free to share the link with your friends, family and neighbours. Please note any physical prizes can either be collected directly from the donor or collected from nursery after a 72 hour period of isolation.
We are delighted to be part of a trailblazer project with the Lewisham Mental Health School Team which provides us with advice and early help for children/families that are in need of some help. To find out more about the services that they offer, please see details here: Lewisham MSHT
If you would like support, please contact Orlaine McDonald at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 020 8691 0611. Alternatively, you can contact the team direct at: lewishamMHST@slam.nhs.uk
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We are delighted that our Christmas trees are now available for online orders with all proceeds supporting the children of Myatt Garden Primary School. This will be the only Friends of Myatt Garden Christmas fundraising event in school this Christmas, so if you are looking to bring some Christmas cheer to your family and friends by buying one of our trees or wreaths, this would be a great way to continue supporting the school.
We have real, freshly cut Christmas trees, potted Christmas trees, Christmas tree stands, and Christmas wreaths. All direct from Hole Park Christmas Tree Farm in Kent.
PLEASE ORDER ONLINE:
- Please use our online link https://patchworkit.com/34929/Myatttrees2020
- Choose your items by clicking on the image and select fund;
- Choose collection date;
- If you would prefer a delivery, simply choose a delivery date for a further £5 donation;
- Provide your name and contact details after placing your order;
- CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW: https://patchworkit.com/34929/Myatttrees2020
LAST ORDERS: MONDAY 23RD NOVEMBER – FOR SUNDAY 29TH NOVEMBER DELIVERY
LAST ORDERS: MONDAY 7TH DECEMBER – FOR SUNDAY 13TH DECEMBER DELIVERY
The Collection Venue: Car park, Myatt Garden Primary School, Rokeby Road, Brockley SE4 1DF
We will be working to ensure our festive tree sales take place in a fully Covid-safe way.
Contact: We are doing all we can to try and help as many of you as possible. If you have any queries, let us know and we will try and help. Please email Noreen & Frances at: email@example.com
- Due to Coronavirus Restrictions we’ve had to adapt the range we offer slightly and take online orders
- Payment at https://patchworkit.com/34929/Myatttrees2020 is via Swipe
- Gift Aid is optional and is redeemable by the FOMG against the delivery donation only.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We would appreciate some volunteers to help deliver the trees on Sunday 29th November and Sunday 13th December. If you have a large car or van we would love to hear from you.
Thank you and Merry Christmas.
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If your child is due to start school in Reception in September 2021, we would be pleased to show you around our school.
Despite the restrictions Covid has placed on everyone, we are keen to provide you with as much information as possible to help you decide whether we are the right school for your family.
We are offering a visit to our reception classrooms on Saturday 28th November 2020. As it is a Saturday, please note that the Reception teachers and teaching assistants will not be onsite.
In order to accommodate as many people as possible, the visit will last 15 minutes and be in groups of six. Unfortunately, we will have to restrict the visit to one person per household and we will not be able to accommodate children, as it will be difficult for them to avoid touching resources and surfaces in the classroom.
If you would like to visit, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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You will have received your child’s remote learning book at the beginning of this week, which includes your child’s log in details. This is for use should we have to close your child’s bubble and should be stored somewhere safe.
We are also encouraging any families who didn’t use Seesaw during Lockdown, to log on now so that everyone is ready to go in case we have to close a class. We are available to help, so give us a ring if you need help.
We are looking forward to starting our parent/carer meetings next week. All families that have meetings next week will have/or will receive an email with your date, time and joining instructions. Please also check your junk mail folder. If you have a later date for your meeting and haven’t responded with a suitable time, please do so as soon as possible.
Next week we will be celebrating Anti-bullying week with a special assembly, activities in class and encouraging the children to take part in Odd Socks day on Friday. It’s easy to get involved, just wear odd socks to school to highlight that it’s good to be different! Anti-bullying week is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on bullying and consider the steps we can take together to stop it. The theme this year is ‘United Against Bullying’. Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying can have a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. We all have our part to play in coming together to make a difference and together, we are united against bullying.
Greater flexibility at After School Club
We know that Lockdown has meant that work patterns are changing and many more people are now working from home. During this time, we feel we need to be as flexible as possible and will try our best to accommodate requests. Whilst we can, we will accept casual bookings, although please note Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our busy days in some year groups. If you want your child to go to After School Club, all you need to do is contact the school office and they will email you a link to complete a registration form. Please note that you will need to use Parentpay to pay in advance for the session.
If you know anyone who is looking for Reception place for next year, please encourage them to get in touch with us. We will be hosting Zoom meetings on Friday 20th November at 10am and Monday 23rd November at 1.30pm. Parents/carers simply need to email the school office at: email@example.com for more information. We will also be holding an open morning for prospective Reception parents to see the classrooms. This will be a short visit in groups of 6 on the morning of Saturday 28th November. Information will be on the school website and bookings can be made via email.
Nursery Places for January
We still have a few places available for January in our nursery, both 15 and 30 hours. If you, or someone you know, is interested in a place have a look at this wonderful presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk_3DE7B8jQ&feature=youtu.be and get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you help our nursery?
We are working hard to keep the learning fun across the school during these strange times. Nursery have got all sorts of ideas about ways to develop their learning over this half-term and wondered if you could help. Please have a look at the attached list and see if you have anything that you can donate. If you have anything. Please put it in a bag and hand it in at the nursery gate. They will quarantine everything for 72 hours and then have lots of fun with it!
• You will have noticed all staff now wearing masks at the gate. Please make sure that you remember your mask.
• It is important to maintain social distancing at the school gates – please stand back from the gate and line up along the wall/railings at a 2m distance.
• Please stay as close to the wall/railings as possible – we know that the pavements are not wide enough and there are a lot of people, but we want to encourage as many people as possible to stay on the pavement until the road closes.
• If you have a child in Year 5 or 6 and they have permission to walk home alone, please remind them that they should not be walking in large groups and should keep their distance from each other.
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If you are finding things tough right now, we want to help.
As a school community we are here for everyone and our Community Fund provides help to any family that needs it.
If you would like to talk to someone about this, please call us on: 020 8691 0611 and ask for Orlaine or you can email her directly at: email@example.com
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As the number of cases continues to rise, we have been working hard to ensure we are ready to switch smoothly into remote learning should we have to close a bubble. We want this process to be as easy, accessible and impactful as we can for all our children.
Where a class or year group needs to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we are ready with a high-quality offer that will align as closely as possible to our in-school provision.
In line with government expectations, we will:
- set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects;
- teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built in a clear and systematic way;
- provide regular, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos;
- regularly check work to gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks;
- ensure teachers adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding;
- plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school which includes daily contact with teachers.
If we have to close a bubble, on Day One you will be directed to the school website where you will find a range of learning for your child’s year group. This will allow teachers time to prepare all of the learning ready for Day Two when all children will move to Seesaw which worked well during Lockdown. We are all familiar with how it works, which should ease transition into online learning for everyone.
We have reflected on our offer and listened to feedback from families to make some important changes that will provide children with more staff contact and a set amount of work each day. By 9am each day, work will be available for the day that will include:
· a reading task;
· a writing task;
· and a foundation subject e.g geography, history, science.
Teachers will be posting videos each day to introduce and direct learning. Children will be expected to complete their tasks and post their work each day. Staff will be responding to the children’s work throughout the day between 9am -5pm.
We will be sending a workbook home for all children on Monday that will include all logging on instructions, as well as specific log in details. Please make sure that you keep this book somewhere safe so that your child can use it should their class have to self-isolate in the future.
Please be assured, we will continue to work with families to ensure we find ways to make the learning accessible to all. More details will be sent home if your child’s bubble needs to close.
In the meantime, I would ask everyone to take care and follow the rules – by working together we hope to keep school open!
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We have been working really hard to make sure that despite new playground procedures, our children have been able to continue with the OPAL play we introduced last year. This provides greater autonomy for children; opportunities for them to manage levels of risks for themselves; a wider range of physical activities; greater access to natural materials; provision of loose parts to stimulate imaginative play; the chance to engage with the natural world and the chance to develop nurturing relationships with other children.
We will be continuing to develop our provision further this year to ensure even better play-times, thanks to the greatly appreciated help of FOMG.
Whilst we are continuing to have a number of staff and children having to have tests as a precaution, the good news is that these are now much more available and results are being received within 3 days. Please remember that if anyone in your household has symptoms, the whole household should remain at home and self-isolate until a negative test result is returned for the person with symptoms. You should not take a test unless you have symptoms.
As London moves to tier 2 tonight, it is important to highlight what this means for Myatt Garden and our community:
• Schools will remain open;
• A maximum of six people can meet outside in parks, private gardens, etc;
• Indoor parties and play-dates are not allowed – people must not meet with anybody outside their household in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
In line with this, I would ask all families to take extra care socially distancing at the gate and continue wearing face masks at drop off and pick up.
A plea to all families that drive to school
If you drive to school, please, please, please avoid driving down Upper Brockley Rd. We all know this is very congested at the beginning and end of the day, with families often having to walk in the road and the majority of the cars going along the road belong to Myatt families.
I would urge everyone, if you really have to drive to school and have no alternative, to please park your car in Vulcan Rd, Ashby Rd, Manor Avenue or other surrounding roads and walk the short distance back to school.
Children should now be in the habit of returning books to school regularly on their reading bag day and selecting new books if needed. If your child forgets their book bag on their day, please simply send it in on the following day rather than bring it to the office later.
Thank you to all families that have had a Myatt Garden book hunt at home – we will gratefully receive any books that have been hiding under your stairs that belong to us. We will quarantine them and get them back into circulation asap.
Thank you for your continued support, we really appreciate the way families have worked with us.
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I hope you are all staying well. Thank you for working with us during this increasingly difficult time, I really appreciate the way adults have responded to wearing masks at the school gate. The number of infections is rising in Lewisham – it has doubled in the last week and with more cases out in the community it is crucial that we remain vigilant.
I am only too aware that most coughs are not COVID related, however it is my responsibility to keep all the children at Myatt Garden as safe as we can, and this means that we cannot take any risks. If your child is coughing continuously, with a new cough, we will be sending your child home. It may be a cold, it may be asthma, but like all schools, we are not prepared to take any risks.
We know it is not easy for any family to self-isolate, but it is important if we are going to keep schools, etc. open for us all to play our own small part. Whilst it’s frustrating, I hope everyone can appreciate why we are doing this. If your child is sent home with a cough, they and the rest of the household need to self-isolate (10 days for the person with symptoms and 14 days for everyone else) or until they have received a negative test result.
19 schools in Lewisham are currently closed to specific bubbles this week. In many of these cases the virus has been spread through parties and play-dates in the community. Please think very carefully about social gatherings of any sort outside of school and try to restrict any meet-ups to small numbers, outside and children within your child’s bubble. I have no doubt that at some point we will receive notification of a positive test, at this point I hope to be able to limit the number of children we have to send home to a maximum of one bubble.
For families experiencing some financial difficulties during these uncertain times, we have a Myatt Garden Community Fund. The fund is designed to provide practical help and support to the children and families who are most in need in our school community.
Please contact Orlaine McDonald, our Pastoral Support Manager if you would like to discuss how we could help you, by emailing her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As the weather changes and we move towards winter, please make sure that your child brings a rainproof coat to school every day, preferably with a hood. Due to our new procedures, children are more sedentary in our classrooms than ever before. This means it is particularly important that we can get them out in the playground whenever we can.
World Mental Health Day
Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. This year’s World Mental Health Day comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support. It also has a free NHS-approved online tool Every Mind Matters, Your Mind Plan. This free online resource helps people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others too.
You can find out more at: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Please take care, stay safe and enjoy your weekend.
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If your child is due to start school in Reception in September 2021, we would be pleased to show you around our school.
This year our Open Mornings will be virtual and 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.
Wednesday 4th November 10am
Tuesday 10th November 1.30pm
Friday 20th November 10am
Monday 23rd November 1.30pm
Please email the school office at: email@example.com letting us know what date you would like to book and a link will be sent to you in advance of the date selected.
If you do not already use Zoom then it may help to register with with Zoom in advance. We look forward to welcoming you into school (virtually) in the coming weeks.
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I would like to assure everyone that we are updated weekly by Lewisham’s Public Health team and are continually reviewing our procedures in light of the recent increase in cases.
We are trying hard to maintain the balance between having rigorous routines in place, whilst ensuring school is still a fun place to be with your friends and engage in exciting learning.
Small things can make a big difference, so a couple of reminders:
Dropping off at the school office
Unless it is urgent, e.g. my child has no lunch, please refrain from dropping things off at the school office. Every item sent in from home, is one more chance of the virus getting into school via surfaces. If your child forgets their book bag or water bottle, please simply send it into school the next day.
Arriving late in the morning
Thank you to everyone for working so hard to ensure that their children are arriving on time at the correct gate. Occasionally we know that extraordinary circumstances will mean that you may miss the 10 min slot allotted to your child’s year group.
Please aim for the gate opening time so as to minimise the risk of this happening. It is important that if on a rare occasion you miss the gate, you phone the office and arrange a time to drop your child off at the office. They will do their very best to accommodate and agree a time that suits you.
As we all know, good ventilation is really important at protecting us from the virus. This does mean that moving forward school will be colder than it normally would be. Please make sure your child has warm layers so they are comfortable in class, as well as coats and footwear appropriate to the weather conditions. We will be going out to play whenever possible and this will include light rain.
It is proving incredibly difficult to socially distance at the gates in both the morning and afternoon. As the infection rates rise and more cases are being reported, we are now asking all adults that come to the gate to wear a mask, unless of course they are medically exempt.
Please note, staff may not be wearing masks, as they will need to communicate clearly with children and families to ensure safety.
In the event of a positive case being reported to the school, we may well need to contact families in the evening or over a weekend. This will be sent via a ParentPay email home to the first contact of each affected student, informing the family that their class will be closed. In order to support our contingency plans, we need all parents/carers to ensure that they have signed up to ParentPay and that their contact details are up to date. Simply call the school office on: 020 8691 0611 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all families who have provided us with information about how you access the internet. This will be particularly important should we have a closure. If you have not received a form yet, one will be coming home soon.
Walking to School
Next week is Walk to School week and the beginning of Walk to School Month. This will be the focus of our virtual assembly on Monday. Please support us by leaving your car at home (the traffic is dreadful right now!) or if you really have to use the car, park further away from school and walk the last few streets. This is particularly important in keep all of our children safe on Upper Brockley Rd – please, if you are dropping off or collecting a child from Myatt Garden, park on a road away from the school and walk the last bit. This will really help keep everyone safe.
We know that walking to school is one of the best ways to start the day. But getting to school on foot isn’t always as easy as it should be. Whether you are exploring how walking to school can work for you, or want to campaign for better routes, please click on the following link for a Family Walk to School Kit:
Following our successful closing of both Upper Brockley Rd and Rokeby Rd in the summer of 2019, we put ourselves forward for a more permanent road closure under the School Street programme. Schools have been prioritised using a number of criteria and we were recently informed that we had been given the go ahead for Rokeby Rd to move to the final consultation stage for a closure for an hour each morning and afternoon. As a result of the changes we have had to make, we have asked for Upper Brockley Rd to be considered as our priority. We have been told that this is a much more difficult closure, but will now be considered by the engineers. I will keep you posted as I hear more.
Support for families
We have been through extraordinary times and no two families experiences have been the same. We have been notified this week of some new support for our school community’s emotional health and wellbeing. Details about the services being offered to parents can be downloaded below.
Virtual Coffee Mornings – every Thursday at 10.00
This is a safe space for you to:
• Hear about the new service and connect with others;
• Share and/or listen to experiences;
• Think about challenges during this time;
• Discuss ideas
They are also offering some return to school support for parents. This is 1.5 hrs each week, over 5 weeks to focus on how you can build your confidence in helping your child(ren) deal with their worries. If this is something you may be interested in, please contact Orlaine our Pastoral Support and Learning Mentor on: 020 8691 0611 or at: email@example.com.
Covid-19 Community Champions
Lewisham is looking to recruit COVID-19 Community Champions to help share up to date messages.
In this new role, individuals will work closely with the Council and the Public Health Team to help share messages out in the borough. We know this is the best way to bring about positive change in people’s attitudes and behaviours towards COVID-19.
COVID-19 Community Champions will remind residents how to keep safe, answer questions, offer advice to local businesses on how to trade safely and support the safe use of our parks and open spaces. You can sign up with the link below:
We have two pairs of children’s glasses at the school office. Please give us a call if your child has misplaced theirs – we may have them!!
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We are all very aware of the increasing number of new Covid-19 cases and the need for us all to remain vigilant.
We all want our school to stay open and so far, we have been able to keep all classes open at Myatt Garden. We are going to great lengths at school to keep everyone safe, but we need everyone who is part of our school community to work with us. This is particularly difficult when many children have very mild or no symptoms. Many children that have tested positive (not at our school!) have merely reported feeling a little unwell! We must therefore all follow the guidance and act as if others might be positive.
Some things you can do to help:
• A local primary school has had a number of confirmed cases following a play date. Please follow the new rules and do your bit to keep us all safe. This will mean limiting play dates, birthday parties and meet ups in the park outside of school time, as social gatherings of more than six people have been banned in an attempt to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.
• Provide your child with an additional layer of clothing e.g. jumper, fleece. We are having to keep windows and doors open to ensure good ventilation and therefore classrooms are not as warm as they would normally be.
• If children are walking home alone, please discuss with them how they stay safe – walking with 1 or 2 children from their bubble and keeping a distance from others.
• Make sure we have your current contact details. It is really important that we can get in touch with you if your child becomes unwell.
Free School Meals (FSM)
Please make sure you have applied for Free School Meals if you think you might be entitled. This means that as well as a free school dinner, at Myatt Garden you would get a food hamper each week if the school had to close your child’s class/bubble, alongside free breakfast club if you choose to use it, free trips and clubs (this does not include our After School club) once they restart.
Part of our school’s funding for each year is calculated on our number of FSM children on Thursday next week. If you think you may qualify, please claim asap. 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.
More information is available at: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/student-pupil-support/free-school-meals-and-extra-support-for-your-child
Breakfast and After-School club
Both our breakfast and after-school club have got off to a great start this week. If you would like to send your child to either of these, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0208 691 0611.
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The time has come for Year 6 families to be thinking about secondary schools and finalising their choices. Sadly, we are unable to hold our usual Secondary Transfer meeting for parents this year. Your child will be bringing home Lewisham’s ‘Bright Futures’ booklet tonight and I hope the Secondary Transfer Meeting sheet below will provide you with everything you need to help you through this process.
• Visit Lewisham’s website as soon as possible to gather information at: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/schools/school-admission/applying-to-start-secondary-school
• Sign up for Lewisham’s email alerts via the council website;
• Log on and register for an admissions account at: www.eadmissions.org.uk so it is ready for you when you know which choices you want to make.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need further help and guidance.
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Good news – the new procedures that we have put in place are working well and the children are getting used to our new rules and routines. Thank you for all of your support in sticking to the new guidance.
However, as you will all have read/heard in the media today, infection rates are increasing and government guidelines are changing. We do not feel that we need to change any of our procedures in school, but would ask that all families follow the guidance strictly outside of school and at the school gate. PLEASE stay 2 metres apart from other families – we should all act as if other people may be asymptomatic and keep our distance. We desperately want to keep school open and to do this we need everyone in our school community to do their part.
A few reminders that will help us all support the school:
Arriving and leaving school
– Please note each year group has been allocated a 10 minute slot for arriving at school. This is designed to ease congestion at the gate and it has really helped that families are staggering their arrival within these 10 mins, rather than all aiming to arrive at the opening time. Children will not be marked late if they arrive any time within this time slot;
– Please maintain social distancing at the gate;
– There is a list at each gate that lists the order and times of classes exiting at the end of the day. Please line up in a socially distanced way at the side of the gate ONLY if your child’s class is being dismissed. Please do not gather in a group in front of the gate;
– If you have arrived earlier than your time slot, please wait on the other side of the road;
– As soon as you have collected your child, please move away from the gate and do not gather to chat;
– If you arrive late (we will be shutting gates promptly), you must now phone the school office to arrange a time to drop your child off.
– Some of our KS2 children are now having a later lunch. Please send them with a piece of fruit if you would like them to have a snack during break-time;
– A reminder that children now need to be either school dinners or packed lunch and cannot change between the two options.
What do the children need
– All children need a named water bottle as there are no water fountains in operation. These bottles will be rinsed daily, but will be sent home each Friday for a thorough clean;
– Any child wearing a mask to school, must bring in a small re-sealable plastic bag to store it in during the day;
– Children should not bring a school bag, jewellery or a pencil case into school;
– Children should bring their book bag into school ONLY on their allocated book bag day;
– Children should wear their PE kit to school on the days they are doing PE. All KS2 classes have two PE lessons each week.
Monday: Year 4 & Year 3
Tuesday: Year 5 & Year 4
Wednesday: Year 6, Year 2 & Year 5
Thursday: Year 1 & Year 3
Friday: Year 6
Please make sure your child has everything they need when they arrive at school. We are limiting visits to classrooms and therefore want to avoid items being dropped off at the office to be delivered to class.
Thank you for your continued support.