Southwark Park News

July 2021

Message from the Headteacher

Dear Families,

I can’t believe this is the last newsletter of the academic year. It has been an interesting first year as Headteacher of Southwark Park but I have enjoyed every moment. I can only say thank you for how much EVERYONE has supported the school this year, through year group bubbles to remote learning to bubbles again. We have been closely monitoring the children’s learning this academic year and we have clear actions moving forward to ensure they continue to close any curriculum gaps that may have happened over the lockdowns.

We are looking forward to returning to some normal routines in September but as always with this pandemic we will be closely monitoring the situation to ensure we keep everyone safe. Please read below for more information on school routines from September.

We would like to wish a warm goodbye to our departing year 6, we wish you every success in your new settings and look forward to hearing how you are getting on. Thank you to the parents for arranging a lovely party in the park last Monday, it was a big success.

Please look at the wonderful things the children have been up to below as well as important notices. Have a lovely break and we are looking forward to welcoming you back on Thursday 2nd September.

Mr Vernalls


New School Routines for 2021-2022

Please follow the link below to find out about our new entrance and exit routines for the 2021-2022 school year. There will be some new procedures in place to help ensure we keep all pupils safe until they are back with their parents at dismissal. Please review this information book with your children before the start of the school year so the beginning and end of day can run as smoothly as possible.

Year 6 Performance

Southwark Park proudly introduces the Year 6 performers in the 2020-21 production of Peter Pan. We would like to, first and foremost, thank the the Y6 children for their dedication, enthusiasm and the tireless hours they put into the performance. We would also like to thank the Y6 team and Louise for being able to put this production on even while maintaining bubbles. We hope you enjoy the show!

Southwark Park Primary School Year 6 present: Peter Pan

Summer Activities

New website for parents to boost child's learning and wellbeing this summer

The Department for Education has launched a brand new site, designed especially for parents, with the support, information and resources they need to help their children enjoy the summer holidays and prepare for the next academic year.

The site features links to programmes, activities, resources and videos to boost children's learning and wellbeing aimed at parents of 0-19 year olds, with extra information for parents of SEND children.

Summer tutoring for your pupils

The National Tutoring Programme 2020/21 is available during the summer holidays, either in-schools if your school is open and running a summer school, or online at home.

There is flexibility with tutoring arrangements, with the option of starting sessions before the end of term and completing over the summer holidays, or alternatively for all sessions to take place during the summer holidays. You can email if you have any questions.

Fun learning for pupils with Oak this summer

Oak National Academy’s newly launched Summer Learning Support package offers optional lessons, formative tools and creative and active enrichment resources to help prepare pupils for next year. It can all be accessed by pupils with no charges for data, as mobile networks will continue to keep Oak’s site data free all summer.

Dr Alex George's ways to wellbeing

We have worked with our Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Dr Alex George, on a series of wellbeing videos based on his five core ‘ways to wellbeing,’ which build on content already in the relationships, sex and health education curriculum.

We are encouraging all education settings, including summer schools and Holiday Activities and Food programme providers, to download the videos and supporting resources and deliver them throughout the summer holidays, so children can better understand how to look after their own mental health and wellbeing.

Year 6 Leavers Assembly

On Monday afternoon, Year 6 made their way over to Southwark Park for their leavers’ assembly picnic. As Sycamore and Maple classes approached the dazzling display of balloons and array of delicious food that had been so generously provided by the parents, relatives and staff members erupted into the first of many rounds of applause. Emotions were running high as the celebrations commenced.

After enjoying a picnic in the sunshine, Mr Vernalls kicked off the speeches by thanking the Year 6 children for acting as wonderful ambassadors for our school and wishing them luck as they continue on their learning journeys. Miss Harries also said a few words before introducing the nine brave students who were poised to read their speeches to the audience. As they recounted their best achievements, favourite memories of SPPS and hopes and dreams for the future, the tissues started coming out and the tears started to flow.

To quote one of the speeches, this year has certainly been a ‘worrying yet unique’ time to be a Year 6 pupil but the resilient and mature way in which this cohort has overcome the challenges they have faced has been immensely admirable and we wish them every luck at secondary school, where we know they will thrive.

Online Summer Safety Activities

Be Internet Legends has plenty of ideas for fun activities for parents to explore with their children over the holidays. Here are a few that support online safety for children.

  • Interland - join the Internauts in this interactive online game designed to teach children the five pillars of the Be Internet Legends code

  • The Legends Family Adventure - follow the Legends Family as they go on an adventure to Interland and learn some important lessons about online safety - from spotting scams to creating safe passwords - along the way

  • Fun free activities for legendary families - take part in games, activities and challenges to help children be safer and savvier when they go online

  • Practical tips about online safety - recordings of the Be Internet Legends parent sessions which provide tips and advice about staying safer and more secure online, including sessions on cyberbullying, protecting personal information and sharing carefullyv

Summer Forest Activities

Enjoy the summer holidays with these forest themed activities - there’s something for everyone:

  1. Challenge your pupils and families over the summer holidays with our free weekly summer ActiviTree Challenge! You'll discover some great ways to stay active and connect with nature, plus a chance to win some prizes.
  2. Teachers, this is just for you! Enjoy 15 mins with Karen’s relaxing yoga session set in the beauty of the forest.
  3. Discover more about the nation’s forests with our activity sheets, perfect for 5 to 14 year olds. Don't forget to find a Gruffalo Spotters trail near you and gain a 1 hour stamp.

Article of the Week

Wellbeing at Southwark Park

Pupils well-being and mental health is at the heart of everything we do at Southwark Park. Ms Hogg, our Health and Well-being Lead, and Ms Casey have created a video in conjunction with Southwark Council to highlight all of the amazing things we are doing at Southwark Park for our children. Please take some time to watch the video below to see how we support mental health, build resilience, and use the restorative approach to solve conflict.
Mental Health and Wellbeing at Southwark Park School

Summer Reading

Remember that over the summer you can use the school account to check out digital library books using the Barrow Box application. Below are the details for each of the class accounts so you can keep good reading routines over the summer. Alternatively, you can visit always visit the library and check out physical books.
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Southwark Summer Food Programme

This year Southwark Council will be running a Food and Fun holiday programme. The programme is funded by the Department for Education.

We want to help local families who are in need of additional support to get free, healthy food and fun activities - aimed at children and young people aged between 5 and 16 years.

Each programme will provide:

  • Free, nutritious and tasty food
  • Fun physical activity sessions
  • A wide range of other exciting activities to suit different ages and personalities
  • Opportunities to learn more about food and nutrition for children and their families

Please follow the link above to learn more and find a location for a summer food site near you!

After School Club

Next year will be be offering breakfast club as a school in the mornings and after school club will be provided by Energy Kidz. If you would like more information on signing up for Energy Kids, please follow this link. If you would like more information regarding breakfast club, please see Paula in the main office.

Please checkout the calendar to see the different events that are coming up in the coming months.


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.