The school is situated on the very edge of the London Borough of Merton and some of our pupils live in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
Year 3 will be heading off to Sayers Croft in Surrey for 3 days on Wednesday 8th June, taking part in a range of exciting activities such as raft building, orienteering, rope challenge and a World War 2 History Trail. The children will be accompanied by Sylvester Parris, Mr Walker and Miss Chambers. We wish them lots of fun and look forward to hearing all about the trip on their return.
Year 6 are spending the following week (June 13th to 17th) in Normandy in France, practising their French and learning all about life in rural Normandy. They will visit many places, including a goat farm, a bakery, a cider farm and will learn first-hand about the Normandy Landings in World War 2. Mrs Taylor, Miss Pickersgill, Mr Triggs and Sylvester Parris will be travelling with the children.
While our Headteacher, Mrs Taylor, is away in France, the school will be in the safe hands of Mrs McEwen, Deputy Headteacher. Bon Voyage, Year 6!
Our school is part of Parent Zone’s Digital Schools Membership programme, recognising our commitment to keeping our pupils safe online, and making sure we work with you and all of the school community to achieve this.
As part of this commitment, we are holding an evening meeting for parents at 6:30pm on April 18th in the top floor Hall. Sophie Linington, an expert in digital safety will be giving advice and training on how to help your children stay safe online. All parents and carers are most welcome.
Digital Schools membership also includes access to Parent Zone’s online digital parenting course, Parenting in the Digital Age. This short course gives you straightforward information and advice on how to manage and feel confident about your child’s online world.
For your free access to the programme, go to www.parentzone.org.uk/parentcourse . Simply click on the pink ‘Add to cart’ button to start your registration. You’ll then be asked to enter your email address. On the next page, you will need to enter the coupon code DSP16 to ensure you have free access to the programme.
Once you’ve completed the short registration you’ll receive two emails - one confirming your order and one with log in instructions. After logging into the parents’ training section of the website, you’ll be able to take the course whenever it suits you and come back to it at your convenience.
Another benefit of our Digital Schools membership is access to an email help service for parents, so if you have any questions about the course or any aspect of your family’s online life, you can email email@example.com for free, confidential advice.
I am disappointed that attendance has dropped slightly this term. Much of this is due to families taking extended holidays over the Christmas period. May I please remind you that the Government expects at least 95% attendance and many children are not currently achieving this. Our school average stands at 94.8%. The winning class this term is 5G with 97.7%. Well done Miss Geary's class! The most improved class this term is Class RA - keep up the good work Miss Anderson's class!
Please remember that I am not allowed to authorise any holiday absence and requests for special leave of absence must be accompanied by documentary evidence.
If your child has a hospital or other medical appointment, we must see an appointment card or letter. Most GPs will offer appointments to school age children after 4.00pm so please try hard to ensure your child does not miss important schooling.
You may have seen some of our pupils playing chess on ITV London News recently. We were invited to Reeds School in Cobham to showcase their outreach programme at the launch of the Tim Henman Foundation. Our children were excellent ambassadors for the school and enjoyed showing off their chess skills to the many visitors and celebrities.
We work very closely with Kingston University as a Partnership School, helping to train the teachers of the future. This term we are pleased to welcome a group of PGCE students to Links school who will receive lectures from some of our experienced members of staff, observe children and teachers in classrooms and undertake their first teaching practice.