We come to the end of another good week at Kender. The children have been focused and ready for learning, which was seen across the school. Thank you to all our parents and carers for getting children into school on time as this is important for their start to the school day. Our thanks to the parents, also, for ensuring that their children are in the correct school uniform. A gentle reminder, trainers should only be worn for PE.
We hope you are enjoying the good weather, despite the chill, and getting lots of exercise outside. The restrictions are lifting, but please still be mindful and stay safe. Monday is a bank holiday, so we will be back on Tuesday 2nd May.
BIG ASK SURVEY for all children in England
The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Rachel de Souza has written to say “My job is to speak up for children in England, stand up for their rights, and make sure that the people in power listen to what children need and want.
It’s time to give something back to young people after COVID-19 – and we need their help to do it.
This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. We’ll use what they tell us to show the government want they think, and what they need to live happier lives.
The survey will only take 5-10 minutes. Please help your child to take part in the Big Ask Campaign.”
The survey is for children and young people aged 4 -17, and has been split into the different age groups, so children can fill in the version appropriate for their age. No personal information will be asked for, and what children share will be safe and private – it won’t be shared with anyone else, and they don’t have to answer any questions if they don’t want to.
This is a real opportunity for our children and young people to have their say, please encourage and support them with completing the survey.
Thank you, to all our parents and carers, for helping us to continue keeping our school safe by wearing your face covering while on the school site. Thank you to those parents and carers who areexempt from wearing a face covering, and have let the office know. We appreciate our parents and carers continued support with this measure.
A gentle reminder. We are asking parents not to bring in cakes or party bags for children’s birthdays. We know this is upsetting but need to ensure we are following the guidelines. Once restrictions are lifted, children will be able to bring in treats to celebrate their birthdays. We appreciate your support with this.
The two vacancies for Parent Governors have been filled. We welcome; Ms Sarah Owhin, mother of Wisdom in year 3, and Mr Omer Bakhsh, father of Adam in year 3. Our thanks to both parents for standing, and we look forward to them visiting the school as governors.
Thank you to the parents and carers who have put forward suggestions for names for September. Suggestions so far are:
Atinuke – a Nigerian-born author, books include; Baby Goes to Market and Anna Hibiscus
Ken Wilson-Max – a Zimbabwean-born illustrator, books include Big Red Fire Truck and Astro Girl
Polly Ho-Yen - born in Northampton, books include; Boy in the Tower and Where Monsters Lie
Joseph Coelho – British-born Poet, books include; If All the World Where … and Luna Loves Library
Onjali Q Rauf – British-born author, books include A Boy Called Hope and Night Bus Hero
The Diversity Committee will be looking at all suggestions over the Summer term. Parents and carers will be informed of the new names as soon as possible, and in September each class will do a project to help them learn about their class name. If parents and carers still have suggestion they can be emailed to: Deborah.Ellison@kender.lewisham.sch.uk.
Friends of Kender are back!
A warm welcome back to the FOK Committee, who met on Wednesday to start planning celebration events for September, hailing we hope, the end of the Covid restrictions. We are also looking forward to the return of the fund-raising events, especially the cake sales, which will be resumed once the guidance allows. Our thanks to FOK for all their hard work and continued commitment to our children.
Wishing you a relaxed and safe weekend, and bank holiday.
Dear Mums, Dads and Carers
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