16th July 2018
Summer Term 2018 NEWSLETTER No. 3
This is the last Newsletter for this school year, which has again flown by so fast, and my last Newsletter as Head Teacher at St Nick’s. Looking back over the past 14 years, one of the most significant changes has been the way the school engages with parents through the PTA. As you can see from the attached copy of my first Newsletter (Parentmail only) – in those days it was referred to as the PA (Parents Association) and in general school staff were not involved, or even expected to attend the main PA events. Bringing the ‘T’ (Teachers - school staff) into the acronym was one of my first actions. Over the years I have been massively impressed with the dedication and sheer hard work put in by active members of the PTA – never more apparent that at the most recent Party in the Pit! And I am proud that school staff are now involved and I feel we have a much stronger bond between parents and staff than back in 2004. My hope is that this bond will continue, and even strengthen further, to provide the full range of support for the children: be it through fundraising, or providing much needed additional supervision at Forest School or other school visits.
I feel immensely proud and fortunate to have occupied the role here as Head Teacher at St Nick’s for a small period in its long history - with such amazing children, supportive parents and inspirational staff – I will miss you all.
Church and community
Our next whole school family service will be on Thursday 19th July 2pm at St Nicholas Church and is our Year 6 Leavers’ Service, so priority seating will be allocated to parents of year 6 children.
Next term’s first whole school family service is on Thursday 6th September 9.10am at St Nicholas Church.
Leavers: Mrs Forgione, currently teaching our Year 1 class, will be leaving at the end of this term. Mrs Forgione has been a teacher at this school for sixteen years and during that time taught in Year 3, Year R as well as in Year 1.
Miss Griffiths, who joined us just after Easter to teach in Year 4, will be returning to teach at Blackheath High School.
Signings: We welcome Mrs Fuller and Mrs Donovan-Jones, both experienced teachers to go into our Year 4 and Year 1 classes respectively. I am also pleased to announce that Mrs Harris - who is already a qualified teacher, but has been working as a teaching cover/support assistant while her children were younger – will be returning to teaching in our Year 3 class alongside Mrs Atherton.
Leadership: Mrs Sear, our new Head Teacher, visited the staff and children here again today and will be present for part of our ‘Celebration of Work’ open evening tomorrow to meet with parents.
Mr Carere will be returning to be Deputy Head Teacher for part of the week at our school and he will continue to work as DHT at Parish for the rest of the week.
Ms Somers will return to her role as SENCO, family worker and year 1 teacher.
From September Aquinas have grouped their schools into ‘Hubs’ we are in a Hub along with St Mark’s and Parish. The executive head overseeing our Hub is Mrs Richards.
School Building Project
As you can see the external aspect of the building project is starting to take shape now and as soon as the children break up for summer holidays they will begin their task of altering the inside of the school.
When the children return to school in September they will continue to use the back entrance into the cloakrooms, because the front door will only be for parent and visitor access.
Summer Reading Challenge
Over the summer holidays the Bromley Libraries are again running the ‘Reading Challenge’, I have arranged with the new head of school for children who can bring in their certificates and medals demonstrating completion of the challenge to be rewarded with team points to start them off on their path towards the bronze star.
‘Raise the Roof’ Appeal
It was great to see so many parents, current and former, at the highly successful Walton Lodge garden party – money raised on that afternoon takes the total up to £66K!
For future RTR events see the RTR website.
Have a great summer holiday and thank you so much for all your donations to HHA in support of my Brownsea Island swim; I am truly humbled by the levels of your generosity!
For your fridge or memo board, from the school office:
List of dates for Parents at St Nicholas CofE Primary School, Chislehurst: 2018-19
Summer Term 2018
18th July PTA – “Schools Out - Break the Rules”
19th July End of Year Leaver’s Service at St Nicholas Church – 2pm
20th July End of Summer Term (school closes at 1.40pm)
Autumn Term 2018
5th September First Day of Autumn Term 2018 for children
29th September (Saturday) ‘Raise the Roof’ fundraiser The Little Big Draw 12.00-5.00pm in the Pit
5th October Harvest Festival 2pm at the Methodist Church
5th October Thames Riverboat Gala 6.45pm at Butler’s Wharf
9th & 11th October Parents’ Evenings
22nd October – 2nd November Half Term Holiday (Two Weeks)
8th November Year 6 Eucharist Service at St Nicholas Church
10th November Crystal Palace Cross Country Event
10th November (Saturday) PTA Fireworks Night from 4.30pm
19th & 20th Dec KS2 Carol Services
21st December Last Day of Term (School Closes at 1.40pm)
Spring Term 2019
7th January First Day of Spring Term 2019 for children
15th February School Closed – staff training day
18th – 22nd February Half Term Holiday
9th March Crystal Palace Cross Country Event
12th & 14th March Parents’ evenings
5th April End of Spring Term
23rd April (Tuesday) First Day of 1st Half of Summer Term 2019 for children
24th – 26th April Year 4 Carroty Wood Trip
20th – 24th May Year 6 France Trip
27th May – 31st May Half Term Holiday
3rd June First day of 2nd Half of Summer Term 2019 for children
26th July End of Summer Term