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Myatt Garden Primary School

Information for Families: 07.7.22

A day early this week due to the INSET day tomorrow. School will reopen on Monday as normal.

During the local elections, Vicky Foxcroft was canvassing and knocked on the door of Emil, one of our amazing school councillors. Emil told her all about the amazing work School Council have done to improve play at Myatt Garden and she was so impressed that she invited the whole of school council to a private tour of Parliament! Photos here.

Seventeen school council members headed off to Parliament on Monday. It was a bit daunting at first, as they passed through security and the police officers with guns, but once they were inside Westminster Hall, they relaxed. These are some of the things they learnt and did:

• Did you know that Westminster Hall is the oldest part of the building and Henry VIII played tennis there? Some of his tennis balls may still be lodged in the rafters!

• They had their photograph taken on the steps of Westminster Hall, where Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama gave speeches to members of the House of Commons and House of Lords;

• The Members' Lobby was beautiful and they stood where lots of news reporters do interviews;

• They visited the voting lobbies and learnt how the MPs are counted in when they vote on a Bill. They have to run to the aye or no lobby really quickly to cast their vote;

• They stood along the famous green benches in the House of Commons Chamber and were careful not to sit down (only elected MPs can put their bottoms on the seats!);

• They watched the sniffer dog checking the Chamber, just before MPs went in for the afternoon session;

• Finally, they went out on the terrace and had an amazing view of the city.

Vicky was SO impressed with the children and thought their knowledge, behaviour and the quality of their questions was exceptional. She is sure that we have future leaders in our school and we definitely agree.

Sports Week
Please make sure that your child is wearing appropriate clothes and footwear each day of Sports Week, Monday 11th July - Friday 15th July. There will be lots of sporting activities going on throughout the week including street dance, parkour, trips to the Herne Hill velodrome, rounders matches, and of course Sports Day at Goldsmiths’ College. Our Sports Week timetable is here.

It looks like it’s going to be a hot week. Please make sure you apply sunscreen to your child and that they bring a hat and water bottle each day.

Sports Day is on Monday 11th July
• Reception and KS1 classes will be walking down to the Goldsmiths’ Field after registration on Monday morning ready to start a range of sports challenges at 10am. We will need parents/carers to walk down and back with us, so please let your child’s class teacher know if you are available. Once at the field, each class will have the opportunity to try out a number of activities as they move around a circuit. It’s all about taking part and having fun. Everyone is welcome, but please ensure your child remains with their class in order to keep all children safe.

• KS2 classes will be going to Goldsmiths’ in the afternoon and will need adults to accompany them at 1.30pm. Once at the field they will be split into 12 mixed teams who will compete as a team for points on each of their sporting challenges. Medals will be presented in our Sports assembly for the winning teams.

All children will need to return to school with their classes and will be dismissed from their classrooms as normal at the end of the day.

Year 6 Show
After a two year break, this year our fabulous Year 6 will be putting on their very own performance of Alice in Wonderland. Tickets have gone on sale to the families of Year 6 and choir this week, but the remaining tickets will go on general sale on Monday 11th July at 5pm.

Early Years Seaside Trip
What a glorious day EYFS had at the seaside on Friday! It was wonderful to be able to share the time together with families relaxing and getting to know each other. For many of the children if was their first ever seaside experience and for others it is clearly a favourite day out. No matter their experience all had a brilliant time making sandcastles, paddling, digging really deep holes, jumping waves and playing in the sand dunes. Nearly all the children were asleep before the coach hit the motorway on the way back and lots of the adults were too. We are looking forward to next year’s trip already!  Photos here

Summer Activity Camp
This summer Teachsport will be running a summer club at Myatt Garden from 1st - 26th August. Please see Summer Camp Flyer if you would like more information.

Swimming Lessons
Wavelengths have new swimming lessons that started this week. The new lessons range from adult and child lessons (Swimbies), foundations and development at Wavelengths Leisure Centre. Please see Swimming Flyer for more details or at www.better.org.uk/wavelengths

Local Black Fathers Support Group
We have been sent some information to share for a Black Fathers Support Group. Their aim is to improve the Black community by investing in the well-being of our men and boys. Through mentorship, guidance, advice and support they help and aid those who need it most. They are organising a coach trip to Bournemouth on Saturday 30th July - for more information, please see BFSG Flyer or visit: Local Black Fathers Support Group

Enjoy the long weekend and we’ll see you all ready for Sports Day on Monday. Please make sure you apply sunscreen to your child and that they bring a hat and water bottle each day.