School Newsletter : 11 December 2020

| Issue 12 | Autumn 2 | Week 14 |

Christingle Service

On Monday 14th December, all the children will be making their ‘Christingle’, in preparation for a magical Christingle service on Tuesday 15th December. Please could every child bring in a whole orange (kindly note, not a mandarin or a satsuma) each so that they can make this.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, parents will sadly not be able to attend the service on Tuesday 15th December but we will once again record and share this via our newsletter next week.

Children’s Christmas Lunch

The children’s Christmas lunch will take place on Wednesday 16th of December. 

Regrettably it is now too late to register packed lunch children to receive the Christmas lunch. So if your child is not having a Christmas lunch on this day, please ensure that they bring a packed lunch.

  • Burdett-Coutts Christmas lunch menu (PDF) >
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  • Tasty Mains:
    Roast Turkey OR Roasted Veg & Cranberry Slice
    with Santa’s Crispy Roast Potatoes, Stuffing & Cocktail Sausage with Gravy
  • Scrummy Veggie Sides:
    Santa’s Veg (Broccoli & Carrots)
  • Yummy Desserts:
    Apple & Berry Avalanche Crumble
    with Vanilla Snow Balls {Ice Cream) / Crispy snow bar

Educational & Child Psychologist Q+A session for parents.

Alexander Haswell, Educational and Child Psychologist (Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea Educational Psychology Consultation Service), will be hosting a Q+A for parents of Burdett-Coutts’ children over video call on Friday 8th January at 9:30am.

This is a chance for you to ask any questions or share any concerns you have about your child / children (eg: sleep, behaviour, learning, etc).

  • Please use the Google Meet invite that will be sent out by text to virtually come along and join us at this workshop!

Intervention Groups

Intervention groups have finished for the term, and will not be running in the last week.

New intervention groups will start week beginning the 11th January 2021. Letters will be sent home next week informing you of your child’s participation in any intervention groups and the days that they will be on.

Intervention groups will continue to run between 15:00 and 16:00, with after school care provided for any siblings this may effect to ensure you only have to make one pick up time.

PE Lessons

As we are now firmly entering into winter, please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their winter PE kit. This comprises of:

  • Tracksuit bottoms or leggings
  • Long-sleeve top or t-shirt
  • PE sweatshirt (ideally not the same one they wear each day in school)
  • Trainers and socks

Can we please also ask that girls do not wear full tights under their PE kit, especially if their lesson that day is gymnastics, as it is unsafe to do gymnastics with full tights on and they will have to remove them.

This can be quite challenging for some of the KS1 children to do independently and can take up a large amount of the lesson time.

Many thanks for your assistance with this matter.

  • As always please ensure all items of your child’s PE kit are labelled with their name.
  • Kindly note that unless it is raining or the lesson is gymnastics, PE lessons will continue to be held outside.
  • Therefore ensuring that the children have the correct winter PE kit on is essential.

Christmas at St. Stephen’s Rochester Row.

The Revd. Graham Buckle would like to invite all families to come along to St Stephen with St John Westminster for some special Christmas services:

  • Sunday 13th December:
    18:00 Christmas Carol Service
    Outside with Congregational singing.
    Please dress warmly.
  • Christmas Eve, 24th December:
    17:00 Children’s Crib Service
    23:00 Midnight Mass
  • Christmas Day, 25th December:
    10:00 Family Eucharist
  • Boxing Day, 26th December:
    10:00 St. Stephen’s Day Eucharist

Everyone’s welcome!

  • All these events take place in the Church at St. Stephen’s Church, Rochester Row, SW1P 1LE or live on Zoom
  • For more information contact the Parish Office at St. Stephen’s House, Hide Place, SW1P 4NJ or parishoffice@sswsj.org or call 020 7834 0950

Covid-19 update

Please keep up to date with Covid-19 news via the radio and television over the next few days, as London may be moved to Tier 3 on Wednesday 16th December. Kindly note that if this happens, this will not effect the running of the school day.

Since Wednesday 2nd December, London is now in Tier 2 status. 

Please familiarise yourself with current guidance on what this means for you and your family. This Tier 2 status does not affect our school’s current operating hours and procedures and we will be open as normal.

Thank you to everyone for playing their part in ensuring that our Covid-19 procedures and protocols remain robust and secure. Please continue to help us by dropping off, collecting and leaving the school site as quickly as possible, and not mixing with people from other households.

At all times, please refer to NHS guidance for Covid-19 symptoms. If you or your child have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19), please get a test as soon as possible and stay at home until you get the result. Please do not hesitate to contact our school office if you have any queries before keeping your child off school.

NHS guidance:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, and a temperature of 38 degrees or higher.
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Please note a runny nose, sniffle, sore throat or a cough (not as described above) are NOT symptoms of Covid-19 or reasons to keep your child at home – these are just autumn/winter ailments that we all see in children year on year.

Early Years Funding and Free School Meals

Due to changes in the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals, and qualifying for 30 hours of funding for Nursery provision, many pupils currently enrolled may now be entitled to this funding.

Please contact Mrs Deary or the school office, if you have any change in circumstance, which may mean your child is now eligible for funding. It only takes a few minutes to check and complete any applications.

As this funding allows us to realise additional staffing hours to run booster groups, and hopefully in the new year an exciting range of extended day activities, the benefit for our school and your child through your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this difficult time.

Mathletics at home

We are continuing to use Mathletics this year for homework.

Pupils in Years 2 – 6 have been given their Mathletics passwords, which they can use straight away. If you need your password reissued or any help logging in, please ask your child’s teacher or Miss Mattey.

Our winners for this week are:

Silver certificates:

  • Jemison Class:
    Sophia & Nada

Bronze certificates:

  • Al-Khalili Class (Year 4):
    Aniyah,  Heilala, Lauren, Zain, Israa, Mickyas, Robel, Amin & Noah
  • Jemison Class (Year 5):
    Anwar, Yusuf, Alfred & Harper

Congratulations to all those pupils who have excelled in their Mathletics challenges. Keep up the hard work!

  • We encourage pupils to follow the topic they are learning in class but they can also explore any other topic.
  • Teachers will set specific topics for pupils to support and challenge them.
  • As pupils complete tasks, points are awarded1,000 points earns you a bronze certificate, 5 consecutive bronze earns you a silver certificate and 5 consecutive silver will earn you a gold certificate and a voucher
  • Each Monday, certificates will be presented to pupils and points reset.

Starting Reception or Nursery in 2021?

30 minute tours of our school’s Early Years provision continue to be available to parents and carers every Tuesday.

Tours are conducted in line with current Covid-19 guidance to ensure everyone’s safety. You’ll have the chance to view our Early Years provision, meet key staff and ask any questions that you may have about admissions and your child starting Reception or Nursery with us.

  • To book your appointment, please phone the school office on 0207 828 6790

Nursery Class:

Nursery are looking forward to the filming of our Nativity play tomorrow. Here we are trying on our amazing costumes!

Reception Class:

Reception have been working hard writing letters to Father Christmas this week. We used our knowledge of letters and sounds to help us. We really hope he grants us all our wishes!

Year 1 : Galileo Class

This half term we have been reading the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt. We enjoyed creating our own crayon characters based on our favourite colours and using them to think of alternative stories. We spent time looking at when and how to use question marks and exclamation marks in writing and how these were used within the book. We then wrote our own letters to Duncan from our crayon characters. We tried hard to include exclamation marks in the correct place and some of us were able to add in a question. We have thoroughly enjoyed this book and have had lots of fun imagining, creating and learning.

Year 2 : Snow Class

In RE this half term, Year 2 have been learning to reflect on the Christmas story and the reasons for Jesus’ birth. We read the story ‘George saves the world by lunchtime‘, and discussed what problems the world faces and how they can be solved. We also read the Christmas story and learnt that Christians believe that God sent Jesus to save the world and they look forward to Christmas as the time of his birth.

Year 3 : Newton Class

Year 3 have been looking at the main features of a newspaper report, looking specifically at its layout and language use. They then wrote their own newspaper report, based on a chapter in the novel ‘I was a Rat‘, which we are currently reading in our English lessons.

Year 4 : Al-Khalili Class

Year 4 have been working hard this half term in developing their gymnastic skills alongside core strength and flexibility. Team games as seen in the attached photos are used to provide opportunities for various muscle groups to be worked on. In addition, they help to promote a healthy lifestyle, and provide cardiovascular activities in each session.

Year 5 : Jemison Class

Pod 3 (Years 4, 5 & 6) had a lovely time at St John Smith Square last Friday for the 9 Lessons and Carols Service. We enjoyed looking at the beautiful building and hearing Mr Carden playing the organ at the end of the service. After all the singing and listening to the Christmas story, we all feel very festive now!

Year 6 : Curie Class

Over the past week, we have been working towards writing a newspaper report to describe the outbreak of WW2. We listened to Neville Chamberlain’s announcement, which would have been heard through the wireless (radio) and used this information to identify topical language to include within our reports. We also looked at a modelled example of a newspaper report and created a shared piece of writing before beginning to write our own reports. We have enjoyed linking our Writing with our Topic work, where we have been learning about WW2.

Dates to remember:

  • 14th December: Christingle Service
  • 16th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch
  • 18th December: END OF TERM
    School closes for all pupils at 13:30