We are sending out a parent survey (cliick here) for you to share your children's experiences of life at Cardinal Newman. The survey questions are partly based on the national parent survey used by Ofsted, though we have also included some other questions specific to our school. We would love you to answer them as honestly as possible, reflecting on your child's typical experience of school and on the hard work of the staff team to support your family.
As always, please raise any concerns you may have about your child through the usual channels - class teacher at the door, SLT on the gate, appointment or phone call via the school office - and we will do our best to help you.
All best wishes
Governors Fund Donation
We would be grateful for any donations to help us with our ongoing projects.
It's really easy to make a donation to the Governor's Fund. If you would like to donate online, please click here . Any contributions gratefully received. Thank you for your support.
Mobile phone use onsite
Please can we kindly remind you mobile phones should not be used onsite for safeguarding reasons. Thank you for your co-operation.
Wrap up London and Bag 2 School collection
Thank you for your support with these collections this week.
St. Erconwald's Advent
As we approach Christmas through the season of Advent, St Erconwald’s Catholic Church will be organising a range of activities for adults, children and families. Click here for the Advent leaflet of activities.
Please remember to book school dinners on Scopay at least 1 day in advance or ring the school office before 9am if you have left it too late to book/cancel online for that day.
If your child has an allergy please make sure the school office is informed. Please check the menu carefully before booking lunch for your child.
National Online Safety: Wake Up Wednesday Guides for Parents
We would like to make you aware of our ‘online safety’ advice, guidance and support page called ‘Wake Up Wednesday - what parents / carers need to know’.
Wake Up Wednesday, created by The National College, aims to inform parents and carers on topics such as social media platforms, gaming, and IPad security. They include top tips, important reminders and reality checks on a wide range of online safety topics. They are a great resource to keep up to date with the issues children may encounter.
Each week we will post relevant articles of interest to our newsletter that should help you and your child. Previous articles will be archived on a section of the 'computing' area of our website.
We thank you for your ongoing support in assuring the safety of our pupils online.
Please click here for information on Microtransmissions.
This week we completed our school eco action plan. We will be focusing on the school grounds this term, marine and the plight of plastic pollution in the spring term and healthy living in the summer term. The children came up with some fabulous ideas to help develop our school and community and we can't wait to get started!
Wellies, Waterproofs and Gloves
Please bring in some old trainers or wellies, waterproofs and gloves for your tree planting session. Please don't buy anything special for the event as we do have spares.
Blue, Violet, Emerald and Green
To help the trees grow they will have a bamboo support, but we need to make these safe for us when we go outside and play. Therefore, we need your eco help!
Please could each child make a cane topper using recycled materials. Old water bottles, yogurt pots, and broken tennis balls are ideal.
The main thing is that it needs to be able to secure easily on the cane and not fall off.
Year 2 welcomed Mr Campetti who led a Lego workshop to support our work in Design Technology. He spoke to us about the history of wheels and how they had evolved over time. Children were introduced to the word axel and came to understand how it works in a mechanism. Year 2 were challenged to bu...
Thank you to everyone who donated coats on Wednesday. Five massive bags were delivered to Surbiton Fire Station to be distributed across London this winter.
Still have coats you want to donate? Elmbridge Eco Hub behind Stagecoach in Walton are collecting coats and will take donations...
Music lessons - during school hours, music lessons can be arranged through Surrey Arts. Please contact them directly by telephone on 01483 519303, by email at email@example.com or visit the Surrey Arts web page for more information. You can subscribe to the Surrey Arts newsletter here.
Homework club runs from 3.15 pm - 4.15 pm Monday - Friday, cost is £5 (free if your child attends Whizz Kids after-school club). Please book and pay for via Scopay.
Please collect lost items from the lost property box in the KS1 playground. Please label everything clearly so it can be returned to the owner. Please note it can take some time for items to reach the lost property box depending on where they were lost.
Items not claimed from the lost property box will be disposed of periodically as it quickly builds up. Thank you.
Communicating with your child's teacher
Messages for teachers can be put in your child's reading/homework diary/bookbag, eg. pick up arrangements, homework issues, lost property, requesting a meeting with the teacher or anything else you would like the teacher to know.
For KS2 children, please remind your child to tell the teacher that the message is in there.
Absences should still be communicated via the office. (see below)
Please note that if someone other than a parent/carer is picking your child up, you need to let the teacher or the office know. Please put pick-up notes in your child's reading/ homework diary or bookbag.
For KS2 children, please remind your child to tell the teacher that the message is in there.
Children will not be released with someone else unless we have been notified of it.
If you do need to let the office know about a last minute pick-up change, please do so before 2 pm if possible.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Y6 Independent Walkers
If your child is in Y6 and you would like to let us know they will be walking home from school independently, please email the office.
Y6 Mobile Phones
If Y6 children wish to bring their mobile phone to school, they just need to drop the phone at the school office before school and collect it after school. Phones should be switched off please and not switched back on until children are off site.
No need to complete any form or email the office.
How to report your child being absent or sick
Please notify the school office every day your child is absent from school before 9 am so we can adjust dinner figures and complete the registers. Please either ring the school office on 01932 222536 and leave a voicemail or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email us about an absence, you will not receive an acknowledgement reply due to the large volume of emails we receive in relation to this daily.
If your child has a stomach bug, they should not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode of illness.
If you require a school absence for your child for some reason, please email the school office with the details.
Sleep and why it matters
Please click here for information on Sleep and why it matters. More videos can be found on the Childrens Health Surrey website here
National Sleep Helpline: We are here to help
At any given time up to 40% of adults and 50% of children (this rises to 80% with a SEND diagnosis) have difficulties with their sleep. Yet in a recent survey, almost 60% of adults felt there was a lack of support for sleep issues. Sleep problems can leave people feeling isolated and lonely.
Our free helpline is run by trained sleep advisors, many of whom are specialists in working with SEND. We can talk to young people directly, or parents (we can also talk to adults, including older people, about their sleep issues).
The helpline is open 5 times a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings 7-9pm, and Monday, Wednesday mornings 9-11am. The number is 03303 530 541.
Support groups and workshops for parents and carers
123 Magic Parenting course
No one has ever said parenting was easy. Living with children can be one of life’s most enjoyable experiences, but it can also be unbelievably frustrating. 123 Magic is a simple, precise and effective way of managing the behaviour of children. It’s not magic but works like magic! Please click flyer here for more information.
Parent Wellbeing Service, Barnardo's Referral Form
Please see information flyer here and referral form here for support from Barnardo's Parent Wellbeing Service.
eSafety and Safeguarding
Reminder: Keeping children safe online and in the real world
At Cardinal Newman School we are always reminding the children how they can keep themselves safe whether in the real world or in the virtual world. Class teachers regularly use the Zones of Regulation to assess how the children in their classes are feeling. Children are encouraged to share their worries using the ‘What I want my teacher to know boxes’ which are in each Key Stage 2 classrooms and the Worry Monsters which can be found in the Keys Stage 1 Classrooms.
Information to support parents can be found on the school website here.
Please continue to report any safeguarding concerns to Mr Flower (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Burnham (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).