Links News- 8th November
8th November 2019
It has been another busy week at Links!
Learning outside the classroom
We are very fortunate to have a strong association with Reed’s School in Cobham. All of our children visit Reed’s School during their education at Links. Yesterday 5G went to Reed’s School in Cobham for the day. While there they learned in the Engineering Classroom and had the opportunity to use all the equipment the older children at Reed’s use for their engineering classes. 5P will be going to Reed’s next week.
We were very pleased this week to receive a bundle of certificates through the post for our children. In the first few weeks of term many of the year groups had the opportunity to attend Wimbledon Bookfest and meet an author. Along with these authors visits, Wimbledon Bookfest also runs a Young Writer’s Competition. We participate in this competition every year and we are always delighted when our children’s hard work is recognised. This year two of our children were highly commended and eleven of our children received commendation certificates. Those children will be coming home with their certificates today. Congratulations to them all.
I have received confirmation that Links Primary School will not be used as a Polling Station for the upcoming General Election. We will be open as usual on December 12th.
Interestingly, when looking through the school log books I found the following entry:
November 25th 1925
“This department was closed; the hall being required as a Polling Station.”
I don’t know if the school has been a polling station every year since then, but we do know we won’t be one in the near future.
Sport at Links
Congratulations to the boys and girls from Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 who participated in a Multi-Skills Sports Event at Raynes Park and the girls and boys from Year 5 & 6 who participated in a Netball competition last Friday. Also, congratulations to the Year 5 & 6 girls who participated in a football competition on Tuesday. Finally, congratulations to the Year 3, 4 & 5 children who participated in a Cross Country Athletics Competition early in October.
Today in assembly one child from every class in KS1 and KS2 was presented with a certificate from Merton School Sports Partnership in recognition of their hard work during their PE sessions with our Sports Coach Mr. Lay. Congratulations to all of those children.
The Christmas Fair this year will be held on Friday 13th December. Over the coming weeks we will need lots of help to organise this event. If you are interested in helping, please mail firstname.lastname@example.org and Michelle or Niki will get back to you. Thank you to all the parents who have already offered to help.
Donations of clothes for Early Years
Younger children often have accidents at school; we always buy new underwear for the children to change into and have underwear of various sizes in school ready for when needed. We really appreciate that many of our parents often donate clothes to us. At the moment our stocks of clothes are running low so, as your children grow bigger we would love if you could donate to us any good quality clothes that your children have grown out of, for example leggings, tracksuits, trousers, jeans etc. Ideally we need clothes for children age 3-6 year olds. Thank you in advance.
Congratulations to 1F who won this week’s attendance award with 100% attendance.
Well done to Dragon house who won the most house points this week.
Life after Links- Halloween Sleepover & Youth Club
Many of you may not be aware we run a Youth Club on a Thursday evening for children who attended Links and are now in Year 8 or above. We are very passionate about ensuring our children continue to have the support of the Links community. This youth club is run by Sylvester with a team of volunteers, whose time and effort we really appreciate.
Sylvester and his youth club team also organise a Halloween sleepover for the children who left Year 6 the previous July. The details of the sleepover are a closely kept secret, but I can reveal that Links school is transformed into a very scary house of horrors. The sleepover is a great opportunity for the children to catch up with their Links friends, many of whom they may not have seen since finishing at the end of the Summer Term. I want to thank all the school staff, youth club staff and former students who stayed and set up everything on Friday night, as well as everyone who helped over the weekend. I am far too scared to actually attend the sleepover on Saturday night, but I knew from seeing the set up on Friday that the children were in for a treat.
The children were fast asleep when I arrived to cook breakfast for them early on Sunday morning! It was lovely to catch up with them all and to hear about their lives in secondary school. Again, thank you to everyone who helped in anyway. I know the children really appreciated it and we look forward to welcoming them back to Links to join the Youth Club this time next year.
Please remember, important upcoming dates are available on our school calendar, which can be found at https://www.links.merton.sch.uk/Calendar/
Finally, as a follow on from last week’s Links News I am happy to report that our neighbour is recovering well.
Have a fabulous weekend, keep warm!
Ciara Parris and the Links team