Southwark Park News

May 2021

Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for making our first full half-term back after lockdown a success. The children got straight back into their learning straight away and have shown amazing resilience towards the current situation. So much has happened this half-term, a lot of which you can see below. There are a lot of exciting things happening next half-term including the Year 6 production, which judging by the noisy rehearsals taking place next to my office will be a must see!

We are going to keep the one way in and out system in place for the remainder of this academic year with the hope we will return to normal school procedures in September. Please have a great half term and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 7th June.

Mr Vernalls


New Lunch Service Starts 7th June

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From June 7th Lunchtime Co. will be serving delicious and nutritious meals at Southwark Park Primary School. All food is freshly prepared, sourced locally where possible, and is served by friendly staff in a safe and secure environment. We hope that the children enjoy the extensive salad and dessert tables, including a daily choice of fresh fruit and new natural yoghurt pots, served with a choice of healthy toppings.

Over the course of the year, there will be special theme days, fun activities, and community events - these will be advertised around the school and on the school website. We want all children to gain a gentle appreciation of good food, understand where it comes from, and the important role it plays in a healthy lifestyle.

The menu for the first week back can be seen above, and all other menus may be found on the school website.

We hope you enjoy the new lunches!

A Note for Parents

At Southwark Park, one of our value words is respect. It is important that we respect one another and work with each other in a way that promotes collaboration and models the behaviour we expect from our children.

When communicating with your child's class teacher and other adults, it is expected that teachers and parents will use respectful language, a kind tone, and work together to support children as best as possible. We do not tolerate any shouting or disrespectful language being used on the school grounds. Below are some guidelines that we can follow to help make sure we build strong home-school partnerships:

  • Be courteous when communicating and always assume positive intention
  • Promote the dignity and self worth of others
  • Avoid confrontations, profanity, and aggressive behavior

Redevelopment of the Plaza at the Blue

There is an exciting new development project happening at The Blue and the children at Southwark Park have been asked to take part in this exciting opportunity. Throughout the project schools and community members have been a key part in transforming this space. Within the heart of the market square there will be a new clock with a tin roof. The year four pupils will work with the architecture team to create patterns in the tin roof tiles using a hammer and a tin punch. The children will be shown different architectural designs, crests, and coats of arms that they can use to either copy or use for inspiration. The children are all very excited to be a part of the modern history of their community.

Here is what a few children had to say about this exciting opportunity:

"I really liked making the tiles for the new clocktower because I enjoyed being able to hammer the tin and build something. It was ready cool because I want to be an engineer when I grow up!"

"I liked being about to hammer the roof tiles because it will be a part of modern history and when I am older I will be able to show my children what I did when I was younger."

School Day

Please remember that school timings are as follows:

Beginning of the day:

8:50 - 9:00 Nursery, Reception, KS1, and Siblings

9:00 - 9:10 KS2

End of the Day:

3:15 - 3:25 Nursery, Reception, KS1, and Siblings

3:30 - 3:49 KS2

We know that the morning and afternoon routines are still a little bit different; however, because of this, it is important to make sure your children arrives to school on time so they are able to settle in the morning and are not missing out on valuable learning.

Parents, we need your help!

School council are creating a film about journeys. They are interviewing people about journeys that have meant a lot to them. They are particularly interested in journeys from one country to another. They would like to interview as many carers, parents and grandparents as possible to hear about their experiences. If you could help them with the film by talking about a journey you have made, please speak to Mr Sinko before or after school. We would like to film any volunteers on Tuesday 8th June after you have dropped your children off. The video will be the school's introduction to Refugee Week when we will explore the journeys made by refugees.

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.

Myzat Interview

What made you want to work at Southwark Park Primary School?

When I was younger I was a student at Southwark Park. I had heard great things about the school and wanted to become part of the team.

What makes you motivated to continue working at Southwark Park school?

Working with my class and knowing that I am making a difference and helping the children meet their full potential.

What did Southwark Park first look like when you came?

When I started at Southwark park we was at Galleywall Road the new building wasn't ready.

How long have you been working at Southwark Park?

I have been working here for 9 years and have no plans of leaving.

What do you love about Southwark Park?

The children the staff and just being part of a team!

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Eye Screening

Below is information on steps you need to take to ensure your child has good eye health. These are the recommendations of the CCEHC (Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning).

In many schools, children in reception year (aged 4-5 years) will have their vision checked through Child Vision Screening. However, COVID-19 has caused major interruptions in education and child health services. This has meant vision screening services have been delayed, postponed or cancelled for some of the children who started reception year in 2019.

Children often cope very well with eye problems. These need to be identified and treated early to avoid lifelong visual loss. For this reason, it is important that children with apparently normal vision should be tested. The screening assessment ensures that your child has good vision in both eyes, and that their vision is developing normally. It is performed at this age so that a sight problem can be picked up before the visual system is fully developed and any treatment can be started.

Please telephone the practice to book an appointment. You may have to wait a few weeks before an appointment can be offered. You will not have to pay for the sight test.

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.