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Friday 18th October
This week at Alexandra School
Dear Parent and Carers,
I wanted to provide a reminder of the drop off and pick up arrangements at Alexandra:
At the start of the day
Pupils should not arrive before 8.40am, when the school gates are opened. Pupils are then allowed to walk into the school playground in a sensible and orderly manner. A senior member of staff will be on playground duty to welcome the children. A member of staff will also be in the classroom to supervise children as they settle into their early morning work. Electronic registers are taken at 9am promptly. The school gate is closed at 9am. Children arriving after this time will need to report to the main office to register.
At the end of the day
Pupils in upstairs classrooms will be brought down to the playground at the end of the day. To ensure we hand over your child at this point, staff will do a visual check to ensure a parent is present. If you are unable to pick up your child at the end of the school day it is expected that you confirm alternative arrangements with the school office or if there is a long term collection arrangement please put this in writing to the school.
We appreciate your support with our arrangements.
Please report your child’s absence either:
1. Via the Parentmail app – this is very easy to do and similar to sending a text
2. By leaving a telephone message before 9am – please clearly state your child’s name, class & reason for illness.
Any absence requests must be submitted on the school application form (available from the office or our website) at least 2 weeks’ in advance.
Many thanks for your support.
Did you know you can change the language on the school website – choose from the drop down menu.
Yr 6 Isle of Wight Trip
On Monday, our Year 6 children set off to the Isle of Wight on their outdoor sea based adventure. The staff have been keeping us posted on what an incredible time the children are all having. Mr. Waiting joined them on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can read about their experiences on our website https://www.alexandra.kingston.sch.uk/page/?title=Year+6&pid=140
Next week at Alexandra Primary School
Hedgehogs Class Cake sale today Friday 18th October
Please come and support the class by donating / buying cakes.
The class teachers are reliant on money raised from cake sales to purchase extra resources to enhance the children’s learning. Many thanks for your support.
Our annual Sparkle Night is coming up on Friday the 8th November. Tickets will be available on Parentpay this week so do get involved and come along!
There will be a disco, candy floss, glow products, sparklers in the ball court, marshmallows on the fire and a selection of cakes, hot dogs, soft drinks and a bar for the adults!
Tickets £5 per child (adults go free) available this Friday on Parentpay.
Friday 8th November 6.30-8pm
Governors also spent time looking at the nationally published results of last year's assessments. Our results were strong last year. Reception pupils meeting a 'Good level of development' were in line with national averages, our year 1 phonics screening results were significantly above national averages and all key stage 1 outcomes, including the number of pupils achieving 'greater depth' were above average levels. Governors are really pleased with this set of outcomes and it shows how well prepared our children are for the next stage of their education.
Job opportunities at Alexandra school
We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies.
Please refer to the website if you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities or know someone who might be interested.
Alternatively, please contact Liz Annesley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
Hamptons Estate Agents
Are you about to sell/let your house?
As a parent at Alexandra school you can sell for a 1% agent’s fee with them and for each successful sale the school will receive £500 / £200 if you let via them if you inform them that you are a school member.
This week we received £500 from Hamptons for a Successful house sale
Foster Care Recruitment
Give a child a home
Are you interested in becoming a foster carer? Might your school staff or parents be interested?
AfC provide children’s services across the boroughs of Richmond, Kingston, Windsor & Maidenhead, we are responsible for placing vulnerable children of all ages in care within the boroughs. We are looking to recruit foster carers to enable us to keep these children in the boroughs. AfC are able to come into school or attend any staff/parents event to either display a stand or present information.
Contact AfC: 0800 085 7072 www.afcfostering.org.uk
Parkrun is a timed 5km run, jog or walk for all ages and abilities.
Free weekly sessions are held locally, at Kingston YMCA Hawker Centre (Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5BH). The route is supported by stewards along the way and starts and finishes on the tow-path adjacent to the Hawker Centre. See the Parkrun site for more information. Parkruns are also held just outside the borough at Crane Park, Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Old Deer Park.
Surbiton junior parkrun is a FREE 2km event for junior runners of all standards, which takes place every Sunday at 9:00am in Alexandra Recreation Ground, King Charles Road, Surbiton, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, KT5 9BE. See the homepage for more details.
Whether you are interested in taking part as an established runner, aspiring runner or simply to improve your health and fitness, then parkrun is for you. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Before taking part, register for free at the parkrun website and your time can be recorded.
Walk for Health
Walk for Health is programme of free weekly, social, health walks of between 30 and 60 minutes duration for everyone.
The walks are for those who would like to improve their physical and mental wellbeing and enjoy the added benefit of exercising outdoors. The walks are graded to suit a range of abilities led by qualified walk leaders and take place in some of the most beautiful open spaces Kingston has to offer.
Children and young people under 16 years should be accompanied by an adult.
To get started, choose your walk location, turn up 10 minutes prior to the start time and the walk leader will give you all the information you need from there onwards.
Queen's Promenade walk
This entry level walk is just over 1.5 miles and is perfect for those who are not looking for anything too challenging. An ideal walk for new starters. A flat, level walk along the Queens Promenade by the river
with toilets at the start and end. Enjoy refreshments with the group afterwards in the café.
• Mondays at 10.30am
• meet at Staywell Bradbury Centre, Grange Road, Kingston, KT1 2RA
• lasting up to 60 minutes
Richmond Park walk
A perfect opportunity to see the largest of the royal parks in London, this walk through the national nature reserve of Richmond Park offers plenty to see; from Pembroke Lodge, to the Isabella Plantation and the many deer in between! Includes some hilly sections, grassy uneven slopes and off road terrain.
• Tuesdays at 10.30am
• meet at Kingston Gate entrance, Queens Road, Kingston, KT2 7SR
• toilets are at the beginning and half way point
• suitable for regular walkers
• lasting up to 90 minutes
River Thames walk
This popular River Thames walk starts at the Coronation Stone outside Guildhall. This 4 mile walk follows the Thames up to Teddington Lock and then returns. What better way to see the River than with company! A mostly flat level walk with a few steps at the start. Mainly off road along the river with toilets at mid-point and an opportunity to enjoy a well-earned hot drink locally.
• Fridays at 10.30am
• meet at Coronation Stone, High Street, Kingston, KT1 1EU
• mainly off road with some narrow paths with a break at half point
• lasting between 60-90 minutes
Covering the surrounding area of Chessington and the open spaces of Horton Country Park, this walk of around 3 miles offers all the views and much more!Enjoy the beautiful countryside around Chessington with its hilly sections, stiles and grassy slopes.
• Saturdays at 9.30am
• meet at St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Lane, Chessington, KT9 2DR
• mainly grassy terrain
• lasting between 60-90 minutes
Our school policy states that: Hairstyles, hair accessories, jewellery and trainers
• Hairstyles must be sensible and appropriate for school, extreme haircuts are not acceptable.
• Shaven heads (shorter than a number 2) or any haircut which involves the shaving of lines or symbols are not acceptable.
• Hair should not be coloured.
• Long hair must be tied back to reduce the possible transference of headlice and for health and safety reasons in PE.
• No jewellery should be worn to school; If your child has pierced ears a small plain stud should be worn.
• We do not allow hoodies, or non-school sweatshirts in class or long sleeved sports t-shirts under their school polo shirt.
• As we do so much physical activity during a normal day, children are allowed to wear black or blue trainers. However, brightly coloured designer trainers will not be allowed.
Thank you very much for your continued support in ensuring that our children look and feel smart in school.
PEGI ratings on Games
We have been alerted to the worrying fact that many of our children are playing the game FORTNITE. This is having an impact on the way some of our children are playing and in their behaviour and language at school. Please be advised that Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12, PEGI have said this is due to the: ‘frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age’. This PEGI rating only takes into account the content in the game and not the contact element, where players may be exposed to swearing and offensive language from strangers in voice or on-screen text chat.
What are PEGI ratings?
Age ratings are systems used to ensure that entertainment content, such as films, videos, DVDs, and computer games, are clearly labelled by age according to the content they contain. Age ratings provide guidance to consumers (particularly parents) to help them decide whether or not to buy a particular product.
The rating on a game confirms that it is suitable for players over a certain age. Accordingly, a PEGI 7 game is only suitable for those aged seven and above and an PEGI 18 game is only suitable for adults aged eighteen and above. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.
The content of games given this rating is considered suitable for all age groups. Some violence in a comical context (typically Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry cartoon-like forms of violence) is acceptable. The child should not be able to associate the character on the screen with real life characters, they should be totally fantasy. The game should not contain any sounds or pictures that are likely to scare or frighten young children. No bad language should be heard.
Any game that would normally be rated at 3 but contains some possibly frightening scenes or sounds may be considered suitable in this category.
Videogames that show violence of a slightly more graphic nature towards fantasy character and/or non graphic violence towards human-looking characters or recognisable animals, as well as videogames that show nudity of a slightly more graphic nature would fall in this age category. Any bad language in this category must be mild and fall short of sexual expletives.
This rating is applied once the depiction of violence (or sexual activity) reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life. More extreme bad language, the concept of the use of tobacco and drugs and the depiction of criminal activities can be content of games that are rated 16.
The adult classification is applied when the level of violence reaches a stage where it becomes a depiction of gross violence and/or includes elements of specific types of violence. Gross violence is the most difficult to define since it can be very subjective in many cases, but in general terms it can be classed as the depictions of violence that would make the viewer feel a sense of revulsion.
Descriptors shown on the back of the packaging indicate the main reasons why a game has received a particular age rating. There are eight such descriptors: violence, bad language, fear, drugs, sexual, discrimination, gambling and online gameplay with other people. Bad Language: Game contains bad language. Discrimination: Game contains depictions of, or material which may encourage, discrimination. Drugs: Game refers to or depicts the use of drugs. Fear: Game may be frightening or scary for young children. Gambling: Games that encourage or teach gambling. Sex: Game depicts nudity and/or sexual behaviour or sexual references. Violence: Game contains depictions of violence. Online gameplay: Game can be played online.
It is our school policy not to allow pupils to have mobile phones in school. However, if you child is in possession of their own phone can we strongly recommend that the installation of group chat apps such as WhatsApp are not allowed for children. We have been made aware of some upsetting incidences within our school community involving WhatsApp messaging. For further information and advice please see read the article below:
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