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Newsletter December 2020

www.academy.thomas-s.co.uk  
info@academy.thomas-s.co.uk
Twitter: @ThomassAcademy
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02077362318

Dates to Note (correct at time of publication):

Dec 3rd: Y6 Assembly via Zoom
WB Dec 7th: Year 2 phonics screening
Dec 7th-9th: Visits to St Dionis Church
Dec 8th: Chelsea FC Equality and Diversity Project
Dec 11th: Christmas Jumper Day (Donations to Save the Children)
Dec 11th: Christmas school lunch
Dec 14th: Y5 & Y6 WW2 workshop
Dec 15th: Chelsea FC Equality and Diversity Project
Dec 18th: Christmas Parties in class
Dec 18th: Surprise production for pupils
Dec 18th: Last day of Autumn Term - 2pm finish

Jan 4th: INSET Day
Jan 5th: Children return to school
Jan 5th: Year 5 to Hurlingham Club
Jan 12th: Year 5 to Hurlingham Club
Jan 15th: Sports for Champions Athlete Visit
Jan 19th: Year 5 to Hurlingham Club
Jan 20th: Year 5 & 6 Outdoor Learning
Jan 21st: Year 3 & 4 Outdoor Learning
Jan 22nd: Break the Rules Day (Y2-6)
Jan 26th: Rec, Year 1 & 2 Outdoor Learning
Jan 26th: Year 5 to Hurlingham Club

 

Third Space Learning Maths Tuition

In response to the impact of the national lockdown on pupil attainment and progress, we have recently bought into an online maths tuition programme.  Third Space Learning provide 1:1 personalised maths tutoring for Key Stage 2 children working to close the gaps in learning.  We have spaces for 10 children from each Key Stage 2 class and the sessions are being delivered after school Monday - Thursday.  The first 10 slots for each class have all been allocated but we are hoping to be able to offer this extra support to more children throughout the year as learning cycles progress. Furthermore, if a child who is registered on the programme is absent on the day of their tuition, we will also be able to offer one-off sessions to other children at short notice.  Please let the school know if you give consent to this - as we are paying for the service we would very much like to ensure it is utilised as much as possible. 

After-school Workouts with 'Move with Harry' (Mr Bates)

The past week saw classes getting a chance to have a fitness sessions with Mr Bates after school.  Each day had a different year group so children did not cross bubbles and all mats were sanitized.   Each session was 30 minutes long and involved a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool-down.  Children participated in 10 exercises targeting the full body and made sure to get everyone moving to increase heart rates.  Exercises included star-jumps, planks, squats, high-knees and press-ups. After 30 seconds, children were able to have a 30 second rest, very much like the YouTube work-outs 'Move with Harry'. 

Well done to all of the children who participated.  Keep up the healthy lifestyles!
 

 

Building Improvement

The project to upgrade the hot water and heating systems in the school has begun. The boilers are being replaced as are all of the radiators. A new mains pipe is being installed and the water tanks in the attic are being removed which will bring fresh drinking water to every sink in the building.  

In addition, you will soon see our new Clamber Wall along the side of the school which will provide children with more activities to do when they are outside.  We thank Thomas's for this donation. 

 

On 11th December, we invite you all to wear a Christmas jumper to school.  It can be home-made so don't feel that you need to buy one for this occasion.  We are collecting money for the Save the Children charity on this day however we ask that you make your donation on our charity site rather than send in money. The recommended donation is £2. Here's the link you need: justgiving.com
We are now registered with @easyuk, so over 4000 shops and sites will now donate to us for FREE every time you use use @easyuk to shop. Please press on the link below to organise this if you haven't already: 

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/thomassacademy/?utm_campaign=raise-more&utm_content=gs-t1
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Children in Need collection.  Thomas's Academy raised £533.00.  

Winter Hampers

This year has been a challenging time for us all and especially for vulnerable members of our community.  Thomas's Academy is teaming up with St Dionis Church to help make this winter a little happier by gifting them with a special hamper this winter. Thank you also to all the families who have contributed to their class hampers. Thank-you also to Miss Sam in Year 1 for organising this.  

Magic Breakfast

If you would like to sign up to Magic Breakfast parcel deliveries for the Christmas/New Year break, please contact the school office on office@academy.thomas-s.co.uk

The deliveries are made to families who request it once a week.  The deliveries consist of items including bagels, cereal and beans. 

Thank-you to Magic Breakfast and Amazon for helping those families who are struggling in our community during this time. 
To keep up to date with what's going on in the school, please refer to the school website which has had some recent updates.  Daily updates including pictures of what life is like in Thomas's Academy are available on our blog, Facebook page and Twitter. 
Facebook: Thomas's Academy
Twitter: @ThomassAcademy
Website: www.academy.thomas-s.co.uk  

School Uniform

At Thomas's Academy, we believe school uniform helps the children to feel part of the school community. We have seen how attitudes and behaviour are improved when the children look smart and are proud of their appearance.  That said, we have noticed a dip in uniform standards.  Please ensure all children are dressed in the correct school uniform at all times.  The main messages to remind parents of are:
  • black school shoes (not trainers or boots) should be worn (for cold/wet weather, children can wear other footwear to school then change into their shoes when they arrive)
  • School coats are the only coats that should be worn
  • Only one pair of stud earrings are allowed
  • For P.E., tops and grey tracksuit bottoms should either have the TA logo on or be plain
We appreciate your cooperation with this.  

Thomas's Academy Parents (TAPs)

We would like to say a big THANK-YOU to the school, children, parents and carers.  We have raised a fantastic £1273 since September and appreciate all your help and support. 

If you are planning to get a Christmas tree, you still have until the 13th December to take advantage of our discount code.  For every tree that is ordered at www.christmastreeexpress.co.uk with the 'THOMAS' code, £5 will be deducted from the bill and TAPs will receive £5.  

On the final day (18th December), we intend to have class parties.  For this to be successful, we are asking for contributions of food, drinks, paper plates etc. Please speak to your class representative for more information on this. Please remember that we are a nut-free school. 

The school has invested in this online resource for pupils in Years 1-6. It includes a spelling platform that aims to make spelling fun as well as being simple to manage. The maths area within Edshed includes maths facts and times table practice. Pupils can access this at home with their unique username and password. Please make good use of this resource and ask if you are having any difficulty. 
The school has invested in this online resource for pupils in Years 1-6. It includes a spelling platform that aims to make spelling fun as well as being simple to manage. The maths area within Edshed includes maths facts and times table practice. Pupils can access this at home with their unique username and password. Please make good use of this resource and ask if you are having any difficulty. 

Upbeat

We have a long running and successful partnership with Upbeat who deliver sessions at the Academy on Saturdays and during some school breaks.  They offer Thomas's Academy pupils 15% off the price of their first term. 

Chelsea FC

Thomas's Academy are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Chelsea FC to run six sessions for Years ' 4 - 6 focussed on diversity and equality.  Each session is an hour long and will run up to the end of term. The sessions will focus on :
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Celebrating Differences and Similarities
  • Respecting Religion
  • Disability Awareness
  • Racism and Discrimination within sport
  • Who I am 
So far, the pupils have been engaged and respectful.  They are already developing in their understanding of what makes us the same and different which are reasons to celebrate!

Mental Health

Hello, my name is Ellen and I'm an Education Mental Health Practitioner. I am based at Thomas's Academy every Thursday and work closely with the school link, Lyndsey Gale.  My role is to help children understand their feelings and emotions through workshops and groups.  I also work with staff and parents/carers through workshops, coffee morning and 1:1 interventions. 
We also have a telephone drop-in service for parents to talk about children's wellbeing.  This can include discussing challenging behaviour or any unpleasant thoughts or feelings they are experiencing.  In these drop-in calls we can support you to find the help that you need - this might involve a 1:1 intervention with us, or useful signposts to other services.  If you would like to book a 20-minute drop-in session, please follow the steps below:
1. Email dutyyouthservices@hfmind.org.uk
2. In the subject write 'Thomas's Academy drop-in service expression of interest'
3. Include your name and phone number
4. Select your preferred time - 3pm, 3.20pm, 3.40pm, 4pm or 4.20pm
Another way children can get support is online through Ollee - a digital friend for children aged 8-11, created by Parent Zone and funded by BBC Children in Need's A Million & Me initiative, which aims to make a difference to children's emotional wellbeing. 
It is designed to help children reflect on how they feel and to process their experiences with the support and help of their parents and carers - and it does this by offering them advice about a range of subjects. Find out more at: 
https://parentzone.org.uk/Ollee

Paying money to school

As you are aware, we now have an online system for parents to pay money to the school such as lunch money.  Thank you in advance to all of you who have been using this.  To use this, please download the app: Teachers2Parents.  

Aktiva Camps After School

Aktiva Camps is delighted  to be offering our Outstanding after school club for pupils at Thomas's Academy. 
Set within the school itself, Aktiva host the children in a dedicated room next to the lower hall with access to the playground for outside games (weather dependant). The Aktiva team get to know the children on an individual basis and together they plan inspiring and exciting activities that best meet the children's needs and wants. The team also devise active sessions that will inspire the children to try new things, building confidence and broadening their experience. In the afternoon, a substantial snack which includes wraps and sandwiches, fruit, cheese and crackers and crudities/dips is provided. 
Sessions run from the end of school to 6pm Monday - Friday term time (except national and bank holidays). 
Aktiva offer an annual pass which allows you to secure your place for all the days you need for the whole academic year.  They also offer last minute childcare for After School Club.  It is possible to book your child a space up to 1pm on the day (subject to availability). Booking and payment can be make on the Aktiva website at https://booking.aktivacamps.com/login Aktiva accept debit/credit card payments and childcare vouchers, for those of you who require further information on how this operates, please refer to the HMRC website: www.gov.uk
If you have any questions or wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact the team on bookings@activacamps.com

 

Leading Aktiva at Thomas's Academy is Nadine Douglas.

"I have been at Thomas's Academy since September and I have really enjoyed my time with the children.  I have 15 years' experience working with children in a variety of settings including nurseries, schools and as an after school nanny.  Currently, I am on a gap year from studying psychology at University of West London with plans to return next year and progress into child psychology as a master's degree.  This interest in child psychology has sparked my imagination when it comes to planning our sessions for all the different age groups.  As we get to know the children on an individual basis, together we plan inspiring and exciting activities that best meet the children's interests.  We also devise active sessions that will inspire the children to try new things, build confidence and broaden their experience.  Through my Aktiva development plan, I am paediatric first-aid trained, have a thorough understanding of child safeguarding and behaviour managements. If you want to find out more, please email TA@aktivacamps.com "

Absence

If your child is absent, please email the school on absent@academy.thomas-s.co.uk . This is the most efficient way to inform us. Please include as much information as you can.  This should be done for each day a child is absent. 

Personal Details

Please let the office know on info@academy.thomas-s.co.uk if you change any personal details such as your email address in order that you receive all our communications.  Also, let us know if someone different is collecting your child. 
Thomas's Academy places the safeguarding of children's welfare as our very highest priority. If you have any concerns about a child's safety or welfare, inside or outside school, please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads or call us on the number above.