Southwark Park News

April 2021

Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families,

What a lovely sunny start to the summer term. I would like to welcome everyone back to what has already been a very busy two weeks. Teachers have been working hard to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the children following assessments on returning to school last term, so it is full steam ahead for learning. We have lots of fun days planned for the next term so please keep checking the calendar and twitter. Teachers are looking forward to speaking with families next week during parents evening. Have a look below to read about the school council elections that happened this week, children put together some very strong arguments. Thank you for all your support.

Mr Vernalls


Parents' Evening

Parents' Evenings will be held the week of 4th May. These meetings will be held over the phone or on Google Meet. Please look out for an appointment reminder slip coming home with your child on Friday 30th April. Below are the dates and times for when parents' evenings will be held.


  • Tuesday 4th May 3:50 - 6:00
  • Thursday 6th May 3:50 - 6:00

Reception - Year 6:

  • Wednesday 5th May 3:50 - 6:30
  • Thursday 6th May 3:50 - 6:30

On the day, we ask that you keep to the timings as teachers have many families to meet with in a short period of time. We look forward to meeting with all of you throughout the week.

Wellies and Luggage for Nursery

Nursery is in need of old wellington boots for outdoor play and any old suitcases/children's luggage please. If you are able to donate any of these items to the school, please drop these off at the Nursery during drop-off or pick-up times. Thanks!

School Uniform Grant

Parents/carers of Year 6 children can apply for a clothing grant if they have a child aged 11 years old, that is moving from primary school to a secondary state or voluntary aided school in Southwark and the parent/carer and child live in the borough of Southwark. Click here to learn more about the grant and sign up for this financial support.

If you do not live in Southwark but will be attending a Southwark school, you can contact your home local authority to see if they are providing this service. Alternatively, if you live in Southwark but will be attending a school outside of the borough of Southwark, you can contact the local authority of the school your child will be attending in Year 7 to enquire about the support they are offering.

School Council Elections

Throughout the week the children have been learning about the importance of democracy, one of our British values. Each class explored how people make your voice heard and participate in the democratic process. Each year group read a different book to teach them about democracy.

After learning about the democratic process, the children engaged in political speeches and elections to select their class representatives to serve on the school council. These elections happened throughout the week and at a special whole school assembly we will announce our new school council. There has been a real buzz around school as children have been excited about making campaign speeches and participating in the voting process.

S.T.E.M Day

On May 6th, we are going to have a STEM day (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths). The theme of the day will be renewable energies. This day will help to raise the profile of science and get students thinking about science in the real world. It will also be an opportunity for children to learn about various jobs linked to STEM and have fun! Research shows that by the end of KS2, children have decided whether they wish to follow a science based career path. It is important we encourage them by educating them about the diverse job opportunities available. On May 6th, our assembly will be led by teacher who teaches about renewable energies at university- How exciting!

Earth Day

On 22nd April, Earth Day was celebrated all around the world. Here at Southwark Park, we thought about the impact that we humans are having on the planet, and what we can do to reduce it. We discussed different ways in which the world is polluted, from plastic in the oceans to air pollution. We thought about how and why this has happened, and wondered if there was anything we could do to make it better.

We were lucky enough to stream an online staged performance of Dr Suess' The Lorax from the Old Vic theatre. Although it was written 50 years ago, the story of the Lorax remains incredibly relevant today, especially the final take home message that things will not improve unless we care enough to do something about it!

Celebrations Assembly

During the end of March and beginning of April, there were many religious celebrations that were celebrated by children at our school. These celebrations included: Holi, Ramadan, and Easter. To highlight the rich diversity at our school and learn more about our classmates traditions, we had staff and children teach the school about their holiday celebrations during a special whole school assembly. You can see this assembly and learn more about these holidays by watching the video below.
SPPS- Celebrations Assembly

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Heroes Stamp Design Competition

For more than 50 years, Royal Mail has had a special stamp program to commemorate the U.K.'s heritage. This year, they would like highlight the many heroes that have supported our community during the coronavirus pandemic. Royal Mail wants to honour their work by producing a set of eight hero stamps. The stamps will feature designs created by eight children from primary and secondary schools across the U.K. This competition is open to children from ages 4 - 14 years of age. The eight winners will receive £1,000 prize and other cash prizes for runner ups.

Once we have received the competition materials, they will be sent home with your child. All entries need to back to school on Friday 21 May 2021. If you would like more information please follow the link here. We look forward to seeing all of your creativity!

After School Club

Our after school club is open Monday to Friday from the end of the school day until 5:30. Each after school session costs £13.25 and includes fun activities for children and a snack. If you are interested in booking a place for your child, please contact the office or come into school to complete a registration form.

Accessing Digital Book through Southwark Libraries

The English team has created a video to show parents how to access digital books via the public library. In this video, you will find step-by-step instructions for the online platform. If you have your own library card, we ask that you use your details to help ensure children without library cards can access books using the class details provided. Below is the account information for each class. Please remember to only use your classes' account. When checking out a book, please remember to return your book when you are finished and only return the book that you have checked out. Happy reading!
Checking out Digital books from the public library
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Please checkout the calendar to see the different events that are coming up in December.


Please remember to check out the school website and Twitter account so you can stay up-to-date with all the things that are happening at Southwark Park.