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July 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:

July
1st: Science Programme at Fulham Cross (Y5)
2nd: Sports Day for EY
5th: Say No To Hate Campaign (Y6)
5th: London Irish Tag Rugby (Y3)
6th: Hurlingham Club (Y5)
6th: Y5/6 Football Tournament 
6th: Bee Keeper visits (Y1-4)
7th: Ballet (EYFS)
7th: Meet the New Teacher Day for Pupils
8th: Bee Friendly Planting Workshop
12th: Festival of Outdoor Education (Y3, Y6)
12th: Say No to Hate Campaign (Y6)
12th: Y5 Open Games Session (1.45pm)
13th: Hurlingham Club (Y5)
13th: Festival of Outdoor Education (Y1, Y2)
13th: Y6 Open Games Session (1.45pm)
14th, 15th, 16th: Sayers Croft Residential (Y5-6)
14th: Festival of Outdoor Education (Rec, Y4)
14th: Y3 Open Games Session (1.45pm)
15th: Y4 Open Games Session (1.45pm)
15th: Y2 Open Games Session (11am)
16th: Y1 Open Games Session (1.45pm)
16th: After school clubs finish (except street dance and ballet)
19th: Y5 to Hurlingham Academy
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


The next academic year for children begins on 3rd September. 
 

As we finish off an academic year like no other, we wanted to thank the entire Thomas's Academy community for all their support. As we begin to evaluate the year, we reflect on how much we have achieved despite the challenges. Some examples of our successes include:

  • Enhancement of our wider school curriculum including science and PSHE.  In addition, the Early Years curriculum has been rewritten

  • Improved facilities in the computing suite and improvement in our use of technology to support learning and communicate

  • Our school site has been improved further including the playgrounds, the school garden and the instillation of new radiators and a hot water system (on-going)

  • We have developed in our ability to support wellbeing including many staff having been trained as mental health first aiders

 

We have got some exciting plans for next academic year to further enhance school life.  We will share these with you in the Autumn. 

We will continue to follow national guidance and our own policies (available on the website) in relation to COVID-19 and are very much hoping to not have social distancing measures when we return in September.  As always, if you show symptoms of COVID (including of the Delta variant described below) or test positive, please let us know and ensure you complete the whole isolation period. 
 

Sadly, you will have read that we have had to rethink our Sports Day this year due to staff absence. Early Years are able to continue as planned but Years 1 - 6 will have a different set-up. Children in Years 1 - 6 will go as a class to South Park for a class sports session on the dates below. Parents are invited to join us for these. We are sorry for the disappointment which we also feel.  
Ultimate Activity Camps are running their fun, safe and inspiring day camps this Summer!
26th July until 27th August for ALL children of 4-14yrs at the brand new site of 
The Fulham Boys School, Heckfield Place, SW6 5NL
The activity day runs from 8:30am until 5:15pm, (we offer extended hours of 8-6 for an extra £7/day)
£222/week or £49/day - *see online for special Introductory offers*
For more information please visit www.ultimateactivity.co.uk or call 0330 111 7077
Year 5 and Year 6 pupils took part in anti-racism workshops led by Red Card, an anti-racism charity. The topics of bullying and refugee life were both discussed.   To find out more about the charity who are delivering workshops around the country, please click 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

We are pleased to be working with a new catering company called Radish next academic year. They are currently formulating a new and exciting menu which will provide more choice for children. The cost of the school meals will be £12 per week from September.  Further information will be sent soon, including some special events that Radish will be holding to introduce their company and ethos.  To find out more, click here

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.