Links News - 2nd December 2022
Dear Links families,
What a busy week! We’ve had so many trips this week that the school has felt empty at times.
Christmas Parties & Christmas Jumper Day
The children will be having Christmas parties in their classrooms on the afternoon of Monday 12th December. To get everyone in the festive mood, we will be having our Christmas Jumper Day on this day. If you are in a position to do so, we would be really grateful for any donations to Save the Children on this day.
One of the highlights of the run up to Christmas is the school Christmas Lunch. This will be taking place on Tuesday 13th December. If your child would like to have a Christmas lunch, this can now be ordered on ParentPay.
It’s great to see the majority of children coming to school in the correct PE kit on their PE days. This is just a reminder that PE kit should follow what is set out on our website. Non-Links hoodies and jumpers should not be worn as these are not part of our uniform. Children can wear either their school jumper or school hoodie over their PE t-shirt.
It’s great that we’re finally back to a full programme of educational visits this term. At the start of the week, Reception visited the Science Museum as part of their learning about space. On Wednesday we had four different trips happening! 5D went to Reed’s in Cobham to take part in the Launch Car Challenge that 5KT had taken part in earlier in the term. Well done to the winners, Oliver, Ahmad M and Fynn, who will go on to the finals later this year. Year 1 went on a trip to St Paul’s Church in Furzedown, where Rev. Belemo taught them all about the Christmas story. Year 3 went to Deen City Farm to take part in a live nativity, which I hear included a real donkey! Yesterday, all of the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 went to the Polka Theatre to see ‘Crackers: A Festive Family Farce.’ I’ve been told it was very funny and has been highly recommended by the children and staff. As well as all of this, Year 4 have continued their swimming lessons this week.
Thank you to all of you who have given up time to accompany the children on trips. We wouldn’t be able to do them without you!
Earlier this week, I sent a Parentmail to the parents of all children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 to invite you to a short attendance workshop which will be led by Jenny Foster, our Education Welfare Officer. The workshop will take place on Thursday 8th December at 10:30am. If you are able to come, please fill in this form.
If you would like to book a place for breakfast or after school club for this half term, please use this form. Don’t forget that all booked places will be charged for. I will send out the form for next half term in next week’s Links News.
I also wanted to give you advance notice that there will be no playscheme during February half term. This means that the next playscheme will take place during the Easter holidays.
Cost of Living
I know that the cost of living crisis is a real worry for many families at the moment. There is support out there and Merton have created a page on their website which puts all of the information together. There is also a link on this page with information on how to apply for free school meals. Even if your child has free school meals because they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, it is still worth applying. If you are eligible, this currently entitles you to supermarket vouchers during school holidays and access to the Holiday Activities and Food Clubs in the borough.
Well done to Amelia in 1P who was awarded with a certificate today. Well done for always demonstrating the Links Values.
Well done to Red House, who have kept the lead in the house points competition. The gap is closing though, and now with the added incentive of extra play time on the last day of term, let’s see who takes the title!
Finally, a quick reminder that the deadline for ordering school photos is next Monday, 5th December. If you have misplaced your child’s individual code, please speak to the office.
I’m looking forward to seeing lots of you at the Christmas Fair after school today.
Have a great weekend.
Lee and the Links Team