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April 2021 Newsletter

www.academy.thomas-s.co.uk  
info@academy.thomas-s.co.uk
Twitter: @ThomassAcademy
Facebook: Thomas's Academy
Phone: 02077362318

Dates to Note:

April
1st: Easter Parade for Nursery -Y2
1st: Easter Egg Hunts led by TAPs
1st: Last day of Spring Term - 2pm finish

19th: INSET Day
20th: Children return to school
20th: Y5 to Hurlingham Club
23rd: Garden sessions for Y5 and Y6
23rd: St George's Day - Rose House wear red
26th: Breakfast club begins
26th: Extra-curricular clubs begin
27th: Individual guitar lessons begin
28th: Individual piano lessons begin
27th: Y5 to Hurlingham Club
30th: Garden sessions for Y1 and Y2

May
3rd: Nursery parents' meeting this week
4th: Y5 to Hurlingham Club
7th: Garden sessions for Y3 and Y4
10th: Diversity in Science Week
10th: Rec - Y6 Parents meetings this week
11th: Y5 to Hurlingham Club
14th: Garden sessions for Y5 and Y6
18th: Y5 to Hurlingham Club
25th: Y5 to Hurlingham Club
28th: Break the Rules Day Y2 - Y6

 

We continue to follow national guidance and our own policies (available on the website) in relation to COVID-19 and wish to thank the whole of Thomas's community for the support shown during this difficult time. With national restrictions gradually easing up, we are cautiously looking forward to an exciting Summer Term.  We have many things planned, some of which you will read about in this newsletter and some you'll hear about as we progress. 

The project to replace all of the hot and cold water systems in the school will be in full swing over the Easter Holidays.  This work has been taking place during evenings and weekends to date and will really accelerate over the next few weeks as the weather warms up and we can turn off the old heating system for he last time.  The project will return to out-of-hours working after the holidays and we are expecting a completion of date by the end of May half-term. 

During the Summer Term, pupils may wear the Summer uniform.  Please ensure you stock up on any items you need over the Easter break including school shoes and P.E. kits. Pupils can continue to wear P.E. kits to school on days that they are doing P.E. Please be advised that pupils' coats and bags should be those listed on the uniform policy.

Breakfast club will be starting on 26th April.  More detail about this will be sent in a separate correspondence. We are very pleased that extra-curricular clubs are restarting on this date also. Please email the school if you have any questions about this. 

As always, if you or a close contact shows symptoms of COVID or tests positive, please let us know and ensure you complete the whole isolation period.  

Middlesex Cricket

On 19th March, pupils at Thomas's Academy were fortunate enough to learn some cricket skills with Middlesex Cricket.  If your child is interested in taking part in this sport outside of school, please speak with Mr Bates: mbates@academy.thomas-s.co.uk

Safari Pete

Early years and Key Stage 1 children were delighted when we had some large, small, furry and scaly visitors on 11th March.  Children learnt about the different animals and had the chance to handle them also. The sessions were led by Safari Pete, a wildlife adventurer and conservationist.  To find out more about his organisation click here. 

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Please take the time to read the RSE Consultation material on the school website and complete the consultation form that was recently emailed to parents and carers. Having the input from parents and carers will be invaluable for us to ascertain whether our suggested approach needs further adaptions. 

Thanks to those who have already completed the form and those that attended the Zoom presentation by Mrs James. The deadline for responses is Monday 12th April 2021. Please let us know if you have problems using this format and we can get a paper response from you instead. 
Well done Thomas's Academy.  Together, we raised £275.00 for Red Nose Day. Thank you. 

Instrumental Lessons

We are pleased to announce that individual piano lessons will be returning to the Academy after the Easter Break from the week beginning 26th April.  Lessons take place during the school day on a Wednesday and are for 30 minutes.  The cost of the lessons are £16 for the half hour 1:1 lesson with Ben Hobbs, our piano tutor.  Each half-term must be paid for in advance and there are no refunds if a lesson is missed by the child. The cost for the 5 week half term will be £80 payable on our school money system. 

In addition to this, we can now offer guitar lessons, also starting the week beginning 26th April.  Tomas Frankson is a degree qualified teacher and is offering 30 minute, 1:1 lessons on Tuesdays at the Academy for £19.  These  must be paid in advance for the half-term via school money.  Next half term would therefore cost £95. 

If you are interested in your child having piano or guitar lessons at school, please contact the school on: office@academy.thomas-s.co.uk 

Family Gardening Days

As part of our gardening project being led by Miss Fraser, we are pleased to announce the first of our Family Gardening Days on Friday 16th April at Thomas's Academy.  Pascale, our gardener, will be on  hand in the back playground garden to support those that attend with their gardening. There are two timeslots to choose from (10-11am or 11.15-12.15pm).  The cost of each session is only £4 per family - payable in cash on the day.  Money raised will be used to invest in the school garden. 
Parents will remain responsible for their children during these sessions and are very much encouraged to join in. We will of course have COVID regulations which include handwashing and social distancing. 
To sign up, please complete this form
We look forward to seeing the garden as the peaceful green oasis it once was. 

Diversity in Science

The week beginning 10th May will mark the start of Diversity in Science Week for all at Thomas's Academy.  This week will see Years' 1 - 6 focussing on different famous female scientists such as Dr Willie Hobbs Moore and Dr Melanie Windridge.  Children will have the opportunity to consider how the scientists' work has impacted our world. 
In addition, there will be a science fair home learning challenge for you and your children to take part in at home judged by Mr Kilgannon.  Look our for more information on this via Seesaw in the coming weeks!

London Marathon

Mr Franks is excited to be running this year's London Marathon in aid of Mind.  This charity work tirelessly to give support to those dealing with mental illness which we have all been mindful of recently. 

If you are able to and would like to make a donation, please visit the fundraising page here: Thank you in advance and good luck to Mr Franks. 

Online Safety

Below is a poster which clearly shows age restrictions for users of social media which you may find useful when discussing social media with your children once they become interested. According to Digital Awareness UK: Screentime amongst young people has reportedly increased by 500% during lockdown, so keeping young people safe online has never been more important.  Online issues such as bullying, hate speech, fake news and exposure to upsetting content have increased at an alarming rate during the pandemic.  
If you have concerns about anything related to this, please speak to your child's teacher. 

Research 

An ex-parent of Thomas's Academy is looking for multilingual mothers to participate in her PHD study: 'Multilingual Mothering: Emotionality and Emotional Communication of Mothers Raising Multilingual Children'. If you are one, please complete this questionnaire which should only take 10 minutes.  The only stipulation is that if you have a co-parenting partner, they do not speak the same minority language to the child as you at home (they can also be speaking a different minority language but not the same to the children). Minority language is defined as not the majority language of the country of residence. 

Thank you in advance for your help. 
We are registered with @easyuk, so over 4000 shops and sites will now donate to us for FREE every time you use use @easyuk to shop. It doesn't cost you anything extra! So far, this initiative has raised £43.90 for our school. 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
To keep up to date with what's going on in the school, please refer to the school website which is regularly updated.  Daily blog posts, showing pictures of what life is like in Thomas's Academy are available on our blog, Facebook page and Twitter. Please show your appreciation by 'liking' and commenting. 
Facebook: Thomas's Academy
Twitter: @ThomassAcademy
Website: www.academy.thomas-s.co.uk  

Planet Super League and Fulham FC

Thomas's Academy has been selected by Planet Super League and Fulham FC Foundation to join in with Planet Super League season 2 an exciting football and sustainability project. Children will be representing Fulham FC in a league of 24 professional football clubs for points and prizes. 
If you wish to participate, you can register at http://psl.football . You will need to select 'Fulham' for the club you are representing. Then register your details (with parental permission) and select 'Thomas's Academy' from the pre-populated list. 
There will be a large selection of fun activities online which are simple to complete at home and can be done flexibly around your lives to make this easy, enjoyable and pressure-free for you and the family. 

Photo Permissions

As you can see from this newsletter, we use children's faces in our pictures to celebrate what we do at Thomas's Academy. Thank you to all the parents who have completed the permission form for this.  If you haven't responded to this request, please complete this form so that we know if you're happy for us to include pictures of your child.  Please be reassured that we use these photos to celebrate what is happening at school and that these photos will be of a positive nature only. Photos are posted on our school blog, Twitter, Facebook and soon Instagram.   You can also change your mind about your permission for this at any time.  

CAN Service

Hammersmith and Fulham CAN is the volunteer community aid network launched to support residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic.  Working with the voluntary and charity sector, and alongside the ward and street-level mutual aid groups, CAN offers support to residents who don't have friends or family close by to help them out.  To receive help or if you are worried about a friend, neighbour or relative, call  0800 145 6095, 8am - 6pm, seven days a week. 

Mental Health

Hello, my name is Ellen and I'm an Education Mental Health Practitioner based at Thomas's Academy.  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

Safeguarding

Please note that:
Miss Kelly, Associate Head Teacher, is our designated Safeguarding lead. Deputy safeguarding leads are Mr Chester, Miss White and Miss Shen. 
Please let us know if you have any safeguarding concerns. 

We have been asked to share information with you about a new dedicated, confidential helpline, run by NSPCC.  This has been launched to support current and past victims of abuse.  The number is 0800136663.  It is free to call and anonymous.  It will be open Monday - Friday 8am- 10pm and during the weekends, it is open 9am - 6pm.  

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.  

Absence

If your child is due into school but is going to be 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, please let us know if someone different is collecting your child. Many thanks in advance. 
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.