Copy
View this email in your browser

June 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:

June
7th: Children return to school
7th, 8th: Hinduism Focus Days
7th: Say No To Hate Campaign (Y6)
8th: Hurlingham Club (Y5)
9th: Ballet (EYFS)
9th: Y5 Gardening
11th: Dance (Y2)
11th: Y6 Gardening
14th: Say No To Hate Campaign (Y6)
15th: Hurlingham Club (Y5)
15th: Poetry Workshop (Y4)
16th: Ballet (EYFS)
16th: Y1 Gardening
18th: Dance (Y2)
18th: Y2 Gardening
21st: Say No To Hate Campaign (Y6)
22nd: Hurlingham Club (Y5)
23rd: Ballet (EYFS)
23rd: Y4 Gardening
25th: Sports Day
28th: Say No To Hate Campaign (Y6)
28th: Show and Share Y1 - Y6
29th: Hurlingham Club (Y5)
30th: Ballet (EYFS)
30th: Y5 Gardening

July
1st: Science Programme at Fulham Cross (Y5)
2nd: Y6 Gardening
5th: Say No To Hate Campaign (Y6)
6th: Hurlingham Club (Y5)
6th: Y5/6 Football Tournament 
7th: Ballet (EYFS)
7th: Meet the New Teacher Day for Pupils
8th: Bee Friendly Planting Workshop
12th: Festival of Outdoor Education (Y3, Y6)
13th: Hurlingham Club (Y5)
13th: Festival of Outdoor Education (Rec, Y2)
14th: Sayers Croft Residential (Y5-6)
14th: Festival of Outdoor Education (Y1, Y4)
16th: After school clubs finish (except street dance and ballet)
21st: Nursery last day of term
22nd, 23rd: New nursery families visit
23rd: Festival of Outdoor Education (Y5)
23rd: Rec - Y6 last day of term.  2pm finish

 

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. 

Please ensure your child is wearing the correct school uniform including school shoes (not trainers or sandals with school uniform) and P.E. kits. Moving forward, 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. We have noticed a dip in this area and are keen to re-establish the high standards we had prior to any school closures. 

We have lots of exciting events planned for the last half term of this academic year including sports day, our Y5/6 residential, our leavers production and a Festival of Outdoor Education. Please engage with school communication in order that you don't miss out on anything. 

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.  

Year 5 and 6 Residential

We are very pleased that we are able to proceed with this trip to Sayers Croft from 14th - 16th July.  Thank you to all the families who attended the information presentation on 19th May.  Sayers Croft is a beautiful, safe site with 56 acres of woodlands, meadows, ponds and fields and has been providing quality outdoor experiences for young people for decades. Thomas's Academy have been using this facility for years and are confident in going ahead and giving our oldest pupils a chance to experience this fantastic trip. 
For more information about Sayers Croft please visit their website. For information about the trip, please feel free to contact a member of staff. 

Break the Rules Day

Children from Years' 2 to 6 had great fun breaking school rules on 28th May.  Take a look at some of the rule breakers below. 

Diversity in Science

During the week of 10th May, Thomas's Academy participated in Diversity in Science Week for all at Thomas's Academy.  We focussed on different scientists such as Dr Willie Hobbs Moore and Dr Melanie Windridge  and even got to speak to scientists over Zoom. Thanks goes to Mr Kilgannon, our science lead, for organising this. 
 

DOCTOR ESPRESSO

Thank you to all the children who entered this competition last term.  All the designs were amazing. See below for the winners:
Anis (Year 4) - this drawing will be included on the DOCTOR ESPRESSO T shirt.  
Olivia (Year 3) - the employees found the design cheerful.
Albert (Reception) - customers were amazed by the yellow monster.

Sports Day - 25th June

Save the date! Parents are invited to join us for our sports day in South Park on 25th June. Children have been practising for this during their P.E. lessons. More details will follow soon from Mr Bates. 

Westminster City School's Masterclasses

Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 can register for fun and free masterclasses in science here

Online Safety

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 £52.81 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  

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

School Lunches

The Local Authority contract with Autograph Foods is coming to an end in July 21 and we are in the process of selecting a new school meals provider for September.  Our priorities have been to keep the lunches affordable, but also to ensure that the quality remains high, Halal meat and vegetarian options at every meal. 
The tendering process is nearly at an end now and so we should be able to announce an update soon.  

Safeguarding

Please note that:
Miss Kelly, Associate Head Teacher, is our designated Safeguarding lead. Deputy safeguarding leads are Mr Chester, Mrs James, Miss White and Miss Shen. 
To find out more about the role schools have regarding keeping children safe, please click here
At Thomas's Academy, Safeguarding if our top priority. Please let us know if you have any safeguarding concerns. 

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.