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Mallard Messenger - 9 February 2012

Dear Parents and Carers

On Friday we said a sad goodbye to our Spanish student teacher from Barcelona – after four weeks in school all of our children had learnt some Spanish and we were able to refresh our link with our partner school in Barcelona.  Year 3 have been busy writing letters to children in our link school!  In addition, as a British Council International School, we will be receiving two teachers from our other link school in Chile after half term, when we can put our Spanish speaking skills to the test!

Over the last two weeks I have also been meeting with class teachers from Nursery to Year 6 to talk about the progress of every child in their class – these meetings are always great to find out just how much each child has learnt and noting the progress they have made in all aspects of school life. Do note the dates of the next parent / teacher meetings on your calendars and in your diaries, as this will be your opportunity to find out what we have been talking about!

We are now exactly half way through the academic year and next week is half term, so I wish you and your family a fabulous week.  The children return to school on Monday 20 February at 8.55am.

Kind regards,
Rob Meakin

Friends of Meadlands - Annual Disco

We will be holding a 1950s/Diamond themed Disco for children this evening (Thursday 9 February).  The disco will be split into two groups:
4.30-5.30pm Nursery to Year 1
5.30-7.00pm Year 2 to Year 6.
Entrance is 50p for children – adults go free! 
We look forward to seeing you there!
Children in Nursery to Year 2 must be accompanied by an adult

Rosin, Melissa and Charlotte
Friends of Meadlands

Chatter Matters

Our Chatter Matters topic this week is Internet Safety. The children have been learning about how to stay safe when using the internet.  Please watch the videos on the link below, and have a ten minute conversation with your child, ensuring no distractions, on this subject:

Attendance and Punctuality

Each week in school we hold a competition between each class to encourage good attendance.  A special trophy is awarded to the class with the highest attendance that week to keep in their classroom.  Our target is 96% or above!  Last week (ending 26 January) the figures were:






Year 1


Winners – well done! 


Year 5


On target! 


Year 3


On target! 


Year 6


1.2% off target


Year 4


1.3% off target




5.7% off target


Year 2


7.2% off target

Congratulations to Mrs Charlesworth’s class, who achieved 97.3% attendance that week and won the trophy!

Celebrate Our School – Nominate for the Teaching Awards!

Now is your chance to nominate your favourite teacher, teaching assistant, Headteacher, governor or the whole school for a Teaching Award.  Anyone can nominate – children, parents or staff.  For more information, or to make a nomination, please go to

Certificates of Achievement

Children who were awarded certificates of achievement in last Friday’s assembly are:






Worked well together programming the beebots





Completed her comprehension within allotted time two weeks in a row



Articulated his thoughts wonderfully



For their work on '‘Quest Myths' – beautifully creative writing





Such a hard worker, always going the extra mile



Really working hard in class and at home



Great attitude to work



Excellent attitude to swimming and class work



Hard work and enthusiasm during Spanish sessions



House Points

The house points totals currently stand at:

Earned this week New Total Last week
Neville 365 3128 2763
Lovell 275 3007 2732
Bowes Lyon 222 2725 2503
Burnell 251 2582 2331

Well done to Neville, who have increased their lead by 121 and now have 3128 points!  Please remember that house points can be gained for good manners and behaviour, as well as for class work and team challenges. You can check out house point scores on our homepage:

Cold and Icy Weather

During the current period of cold or icy weather it is essential for your child to have the correct equipment at school so that we can ensure that activities are safe and accessible:
 - Sturdy Outdoor Shoes
 - Gloves / Hat / Scarf
 - Winter Coat
Of course all of the above needs to be labelled clearly with the child’s name – it is useful to show your child where you have written their name in case another child has similar kit!

PE Kit

Please ensure that your child has jogging bottoms and trainers in school for PE. Shorts and plimsolls are not enough during this cold weather. All PE kits are returned home this week for washing over half term. Do check that your child has brought it home. Many thanks.

Sickness and Diarrhoea

Please remember that, if your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea, they must be kept off school for 48 hours after the symptoms have subsided.  Please also remember that regular hand washing helps to prevent passing symptoms on.  Thank you.

You Said, We Did!

In parent surveys, you said that you would like our Rise and Shine Breakfast Club to start earlier.  As a result, since September it has been running from 7.30am to 8.45am for children in Reception to Year 6.
Please use this early start service, otherwise we may have to lose it!

Breakfast Club costs £2 per day for an 8am start, or £4 a day for a 7.30am start.  Please note: 7.30am early start must be booked in advance.

Attention all prospective Nursery parents!

“The Foundation Stage is outstanding” - Ofsted July 2011

Registration for a place in our Nursery for September 2012 closes this Friday (10 February).  If your child’s birthday falls between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, please be sure to register with the School Office on the yellow form before this date to avoid disappointment.

Ham and Petersham Safer Neighbourhoods Team

The Safer Neighbourhoods Team is comprised of Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), and they are dedicated to making our neighbourhood a safer place to live in, work in and visit.  If you are worried about something unusual, or a non-urgent crime related incident in our locality, please contact the team.  Their details are:
Address: Ham and Petersham SNT Office, 14 Ashburnham Road, Ham, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7NF.  Telephone: 020 8247 7074

Dates for Your Diary

Please go to the diary dates page.

Working at Meadlands

School Cleaner
Scale 1, Spine Point 6 (£7.98 per hour)
We would like to appoint a reliable and flexible person to help us ensure that the school is a clean and safe environment for teaching and learning on a relief basis.  The successful candidate will be able to work as a member of a team, under the direction of the Caretaker, to clean areas of the school to a high standard. 

Relief Lunchtime Supervisor and Activity Leader
Scale 1, Spine Point 10 (£8.70 per hour)

We are seeking a reliable and enthusiastic person to join our lunchtime team on a relief basis.  We believe lunchtimes and playtime are part of learning too, and need someone who shares this view!
You will help our children understand the Golden Rules, learn good manners and stay safe, and also encourage them to learn and have fun by leading play, games and activities.  Sounds fun?

Please contact the School Office for further details and an application form.
Closing date for both posts: Monday 20 February at 12pm

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful applicants’ appointments will be subject to satisfactory references and enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks.

Community Notices

One to One Cycle Training
Richmond Council’s Safety Education Team is offering one to one cycle training to adults and children who live, work or study in the borough.  The training costs £5 for a two hour session, and must end on 1 March 2012.  Please see this link for details and a booking form: or telephone June Grainger on 020 8487 5131.

Landmark Arts Centre
Children’s half term art activities, including Drawing in the Art Studio, Mini Kids’ Art and Craft Club, Creative Sculpture and Natural  Forms, Kids’ Art Club, Comics and Cartoons and Classical Babies.  For more information, please visit or telephone 020 8977 7558.

Orleans House Gallery
The Orleans House Gallery are running workshops for children ranging from 4 to 14.  These include Sculpted Landscapes, Skyline of a Far Off Planet, Clay Workshops and Paint Workshops.  Booking is essential – please visit
 or ring 020 8831 6000.

Museum of Richmond
Crown Jewels Making Workshops repeated every day between 14 and 17 February from 10am to 12pm.  Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by decorating your very own royal crown inspired by the Crown Jewels.  £2.50 donation.  Pre-booking necessary – please ring 020 8332 1141.

St Peter’s Church
Lieutenant Commander K E Bourn (Rtd) will be giving a talk, ‘The Birth of Australia – the Real Reasons Why the British Sent the First Fleet’ at Petersham Village Hall, on Wednesday 15 February at 7pm for 7.30pm.  Entrance is £5 for adults (includes a glass of wine), and children are free.  To book, please telephone 07985 331116.  In aid of St Peter’s Church archives.

Friends of Richmond Park
Win a wildlife safari by night in Richmond Park!  The Friends of Richmond Park are launching Discoverers, an activity programme for families and young people aged 5 to 11 years.  Visit for details of how to enter this exciting competition.  Closing date is Tuesday 21 February.

Ham and Petersham Association
Twickenham Residents’ Action Group (TRAG) are campaigning for a low rise alternative for Twickenham Station redevelopment so that the view from Richmond Hill is not threatened.  They have collected some 4,000 signatures and plan to present them to City Hall.  For more information, please visit the TRAG website,

Ham Children’s Centre
The Children’s Centre are running some sessions that may be beneficial to new mums and their babies:  Bumps and Babies on Mondays 10-11am, Baby Bumpkin on Wednesdays 2-3pm and Stay and Play for twins, which runs once a month on a Tuesday, 12.30-2.30pm (21 February and 20 March).  For more information, please ring 020 8734 3400.



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