24th June 2022


Dear Parents,


Next Week’s Events


Mon 27 th June Juniper Class Trip to The Royal Mews
Tues 28 th June Yr 3 Assembly to parents - 9.10am
Thurs 30 th June Yr 1 Trip to Polka Theatre
Thurs 30 th June Holly Class Trip to The Royal Mews
Fri 1 st July Yr 3 India Day
Fri 1 st July Mulberry Class Trip to The Royal Mews
Fri 1 st July Rec “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Hobgoblin Travelling

Theatre

Advance Notice


Mon 4 th July Yr 5 D&T Workshops
Tues 5 th July Yr 4 D&T Workshops
Tues 5 th July Yrs 5 & 6 Ashes Day at Old Ruts
Thurs 7 th July Eco Council Trip to Hampton Court (details sent out)
Fri 8 th July Yrs 1-6 Mufti Day – no school uniform
Mon 11 th July Juniper and Holly Classes D&T Workshops (details to follow)
Tues 12 th July Mulberry Class D&T Workshops (details to follow)
Tues 12 th July Yrs 1-6 Sports Day at Old Ruts (times to be confirmed)
Fri 15 th July Nursery and Reception Mufti Day – no school uniform
Mon 18 th July Yr 6 Leavers Production (9.30am) (details to follow)
Tues 19 th July Yr 4 Trip to Godstone Farm (details to follow)
Tues 19 th July Yr 6 Leavers Production (6.30pm) (details to follow)
Weds 20 th July Yr 6 Leavers Assembly at 9.15am
Weds 20th July Yr 6 Leavers Disco (details) at 6.30pm
Sat 16 th July Whole School Summer Fair – 12noon to 3pm
Weds 20 th July Nursery Last day of Term – pick up at normal times
Thursday 21 st July Rec-Yr6 Last day of Term – School closes at 1.30pm
Friday 22 nd July Whole School INSET day


Staff News
We are sorry to be saying goodbye to Mrs Hedges and Mr. Mullen at the end of the summer term. Mrs Hedges is currently
working as a TA in one of our Year 2 classes and is retiring after more than 20 years! Thank you Mrs Hedges for all your hard
work and being a constant ray of sunshine – the children and staff will miss you! Mr. Mullen is currently a TA in Year 6 and
after 2 years has decided to leave us to take up teacher training. We wish them both the very best of luck in their future
pursuits.


New App
Our new Poplar App is up and running. This will replace our existing App, so from now on all messages and notifications will
be going out via the new App. All pupil absences should now be reported using this App. To download the App onto your
phone/tablet please go to the App Store or Google Play and search for Greenhouse schools. Enter the school name and select
'Poplar Primary School'. You will then be asked for the school code. This is: 6989. It is important that you go into the 'notification
settings' and select the correct year group for your children, so that you receive the relevant messages! For more details please
see the attached instructions. We would be very grateful if all parents could download the App as soon as possible.


Engineering Competition - Leaders Award Update by Mrs Eades and Miss Reynolds
Well done to everyone who entered the competition.  There were some fantastic entries, and everyone should have already
received their certificates. We are proud to announce that Poplar had two winners! Congratulations to Mari in Reception for her
entry 'The Watering Plant' and Sophia C in Year 2 for her design 'Plastic Detector'.  Both children have been invited to an
awards ceremony at Kingston University. 

 

A special mention should also go to Caia in Year 2 for her entry 'Red Booster' and Charlotte in Year 3 for her entry 'Deep Sea
Cleaner' they were both highly commended!
An exhibition at Kingston University is open to all on Thursday 30 th June until 5.30 pm. They hope to be showcasing Distinction
and Distinction-Shortlisted entries from the region so the other children who received a distinction or distinction-shortlisted
certificate might see their own designs up on display too!  Well done everyone and congratulations to our winners!
Young Writers Competition Wimbledon Bookfest - Congratulations to the children below who were successful with their writing
entries. We are very proud of you.
Amélie Y2 WINNER
Sasha Y6 Highly Commended
Danae Y4 Commended
Imogen Y5 Commended
Lish Y6 Commended
Siyana Y4 Commended
 
Covid
Covid cases are rising in school – Even though we have a low number of cases in Rec, Yrs 1,3 5 and 6 we are seeing a rise.
Please follow the NHS guidance regarding Covid symptoms and keep your child at home if they show any signs. Thank you
for your support.


Updates from Miss Davies
In our themed assembly this week, we learnt about the work the Lunchbowl Network does with the children in the slums of
Kibera in Kenya. Poplar has been supporting this charity for many years. We looked at how the charity supports children with
food and education. Some of our pupils were very surprised to see the living conditions and asked many relevant questions.
This week, the school council has been selling “Generous giraffes” to raise money for the charity. Thank you for your support.
 
We did not have an AABA gathering today. But last Friday, we had such fun as we discovered just how many different
languages were spoken by the children who were sitting around the table. We heard children speak in Hebrew, Slovak, Polish,
Russian, Chinese, Bulgarian, Czech, Portuguese, French and even a little Welsh from me.


News from the PTA
Calling all our little gardeners! Our Grow Your Own Garden Competition ends next week on Thursday 30th June. Please
make sure you send us pictures of what you’ve grown to poplarprimarypta@gmail.com. Your entries will be judged by Poplar’s
Eco council and the winner will receive a Library of Things Morden voucher!
Our Summer Silent Auction is coming! We have lots of fantastic prizes including a Cotswolds getaway, fun days out, holiday
camps and garden makeovers! We will go live early next week so watch this space for more details.
SUMMER FAIR – Saturday 16th July (12pm - 3pm)


Business Donations
We are still working hard to secure more prizes for the fair and raffle. If you run a business and would like to donate, or know of
a business which might be interested in donating or advertising on the Summer Fair Programme, please email us
at poplarprimarypta@gmail.com. We have a new Business Sponsorship Plan for sponsors and now offer Bronze, Silver and
Gold advertising through social media in return for business donations. Please get in touch if you are interested.


Volunteers
Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for a slot at the Summer Fair! Each class or year group has been assigned a
stall or game to help with, as listed in last week’s Friday flyer. Our volunteer list is growing but there are still plenty of slots
available so please sign up here: https://signup.com/go/BRbQyhC. Please contact your class rep or the PTA
at poplarprimaryPTA@gmail.com if you’re not sure what stall your class has been assigned.

 

Shout-out for extra-special helpers at the fair:
- Food Hall Stall: We are looking for people to cook dishes/prepare salads from around the world for this stall. If you have a
Food Hygiene Level 2 certificate or would be willing to take a free online Food Hygiene Course, we’d love to hear from you! The
dishes do not need to be elaborate or complicated and we would be very grateful for even just a few portions to sell!
- Chips: Could you help cook chips for our chip stall? This is one of our most popular food stalls so please let us know if you
can join the team.
- BBQ: We’re looking for barbecue chefs to work alongside our long-standing barbecue master so if you can lend a hand
please get in touch.
- Henna Designs: Please contact us if you can join the Henna/Mehndi Design team!
- Health and Safety: We would welcome anyone who has experience or training in Health and Safety to assist us in
preparations for the Fair. Please email us at poplarprimaryPTA@gmail.com or speak to a committee member if you can help
with any of the above.


Donations
Do you have any new leftover party bag toys, such as medals, spinning tops, bouncy balls, etc? Donate them to us for the
summer fair! Just pop them into our bins outside the PTA Room. We are also still seeking donations of nearly new toys,
games (with all their pieces) and bric-a-brac. Thank you very much to all those who have donated already!


Social media
Are you on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Connect with the PTA for more updates on the Summer Fair and more!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofpoplarprimary
Instagram: @poplarprimarypta
Twitter: @PoplarPTA


“One of the greatest victories you can gain over anyone, is to beat them at politeness”


Best wishes for the weekend.


Elaine Spick
Headteacher