It has been a quieter week in school following our Ofsted inspection. The staff enjoyed an evening celebrating on Friday – thank you very much for the generous collection our families made.
Mental health is a huge focus in schools at the moment, both for children and staff. In the staff meeting this week, staff discussed what mental health means and brainstormed the things we can do to support our own mental health. We will also be doing this with the children in the next few weeks, when they will take part in a survey which will inform us of our next steps.
'Smile for Five' was a great success and the children are carrying on with the initiative, sharing warm smiles in our corridors and classrooms. The challenge was to share 5 smiles a day with a passer-by in school. All the teachers have found that this has had a positive impact in their classrooms. We are now officially a 'Smile for Five' certified school. We hope this makes its way into your homes, and you can discuss this challenge with your children. For evidence-based research on the science behind our smiles, please use this link.
Smiling Minds is a Mental Health charity that many of our borough psychologists recommend families to use if they wish to practice mindfulness at home. They provide an easy-to-use app, which you can download for free onto your phone. Simply find a quiet place to sit and rest, press play and close your eyes. They last from 2 to 10+ minutes and are adapted for the age of your child/ren. Smiling minds website will explain more.
Finally, I am sorry we had to cancel the flu vaccinations last week. We have rearranged them for December 11th.
We have asked that your child brings a navy book bag to school instead of a rucksack.
This is because we are unable to store rucksacks. In all three year groups the children’s bags are stored in large plastic boxes and there is not enough space to store rucksacks. Slim book bags fit perfectly into the plastic boxes and the children can access them easily.
Your children need to bring a water bottle, their reading folder and spare underwear, if they are in Reception, to school each day and do not need a larger bag.
The book bag does not need to have The Vineyard logo and The Vineyard rucksacks are too large.
Keeping children safe online with Peter Cowley, Achieving for Children’s Former Online Safety Adviser - 28th November, 8pm
Peter will be talking about online safety. He will specifically address topics to help parents understand the current and emerging risks online and support their children through them. You may be aware that a recent report from the Children’s Commissioner found that by age 13, half of children have seen online pornography. I highly recommend you attend this meeting if you can. Book here.
Vineyard Adventurers – Help wanted!
Our Vineyard Adventurers head out into the forest each week with Mrs Balaram to develop their knowledge of the curriculum subjects through outdoor learning. This is an extra activity that we offer at The Vineyard to Reception and Year 1 pupils, but unfortunately, we are unable to provide this opportunity without family support. Each week, Mrs Balaram needs adult volunteers to go to the forest with her and the children to ensure that she can run the different forest school-style activities safely and effectively. Therefore, we need your help! If you have a spare morning or afternoon on Thursday or Friday (and have a DBS check), we would love to have your support in the forest. It doesn’t matter if your child is in Year 6 or Reception – all volunteers are welcome. Please contact Mrs Balaram via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
If you and your family celebrate Hanukkah, would you consider coming into school to share this festival with the children in assembly? Or perhaps your child would like to share their Hanukkah experiences? This would be a fantastic opportunity for the school community to learn more about different cultures and celebrations. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Dempster using email@example.com
Thank you so much to all the families that shared their Diwali celebrations with the children in our assemblies this week. It was wonderful to hear about the story of Diwali and to learn how each family celebrates.
To all those celebrating, we would like to wish everyone a happy Diwali!
Vineyard Recommended Reads!Simply put, this is a beautiful book which celebrates children around the world. One of our school’s strengths is the variety of countries that the children come from and the incredible languages that they speak. In this beautifully illustrated book, young childr...
As you know, we really enjoy reading at the Vineyard and I hope to be able to pass that onto others less fortunate than ourselves, and the Book Project can help us do that. If you feel you can donate a few books, please bring them to school next week and pop them into the library box at reception. These can only be fiction books and must be in good condition as they will be gifted to the children that receive them. Please see a little more information in the links below, and THANK YOU in advance for your help and generosity.
Since autumn 2022, we have been working with the council on improvements to road safety outside our school. Based on responses received from the first consultation, the council is now re consultating on the following:
• The zebra crossing creates confusion and congestion at peak school times;
• A lollipop person/traffic signals should be considered rather than a zebra crossing;
• Loss of parking and poor parent parking;
• The island at the junction of Friars Stiles Road/Richmond Hill is well-used.
Well done to year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 for getting above 96%!
The classes that have got a slice of pizza on their chart (no lates) are Emerald, Ruby and Zircon! Ruby now has a complete pizza, so I will be organising their pizza party soon! Year 1 and 2 have had a few weeks of all classes getting lates. Come on year 1 and 2, let's get some pizza parties!!
Miss McArdle - Assistant Headteacher
MUFTI (own clothes) DAY - Friday 24th November
Children can wear their own clothes next Friday in exchange for donations to the Christmas Market. We are looking for donations of:
• Mince pies
• Kids’ juice cartons
Please ensure that all items are nut free and have a use by date after 2nd December.
Odd Socks Day
Next week is Anti Bullying Week across the UK, and we will celebrate through Odd Socks Day on Friday 1st December. All the children need to do is wear odd socks! It’s an opportunity to encourage our children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique.
Christmas Market - 2nd December - 11-2pm
A huge thank you to those who have volunteered their time at our Christmas Market. We will be in touch soon. If you haven’t signed up, but you’d like to help us out, please sign up here. Remember, more volunteers = a better event = more money raised for our kids.
Christmas Trees and Centrepieces
It’s not too late to order a Nordmann Fir Christmas tree via the PTA, for collection at the Christmas Market. Every tree sold benefits your kids by raising funds for the PTA. Please click the link here.
FLASH NEWS - why don't you add a beautiful handmade Christmas Table Centrepiece to your order? The centrepieces are made by some incredibly talented Vineyard parents and sales benefit the school as well! Order from the same link above.
Orders must be placed by 23rd November for delivery at the PTA Christmas Market on 2nd December.
*If you fancy making the centrepieces yourself, with expert guidance, why not book into one of these workshops here.
Christmas Card orders
*Christmas Card Orders*
The online ordering portal is OPEN NOW and UNTIL 18th November (TOMORROW!) *You should have received an email/text with your personal code and instructions.*
Please make sure you place your orders before the deadline as this will ensure your delivery by the Christmas Market.
*If you haven't received your order instructions and code via email or text message, please message firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP* so we can see if your child's artwork is registered.
Every purchase helps the school with a commission - please order! 😊
Shepherd’s Star Christmas Holiday Box Project 2023
We are aiming to feed 80 families in the Richmond upon Thames area during the Christmas holidays. Each box will cost around £65 and will include Christmas dinner, fruit, vegetables, tinned food, cornflakes, jam, cheese, milk, eggs and a lot more…
* Please donate* a box online, or whatever you’re able. 100% of the donations go to the boxes. All help is voluntary. LET's MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS COUNT!