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Dear Parents, 


As we break up for Easter next week this will be the last Friday Flyer until we return for the Summer Term.   


Advance Notice

Friday 26th March

Whole School

PTA Zoom Disco

Tuesday 30th March


Last day of the spring term – pick up normal times.

Tuesday 30th March

Reception – Year 6 

Virtual Parent/Teacher Meetings (see below)

Wednesday 31st March

Rec to Yr 2

Last day of the spring term – pick up at 1.30pm

Wednesday 31st March

Yrs 3-6

Last day of the spring term – pick up 1.45pm

Monday 19th April

Rec-Yr 6

School re-opens (normal times – summer term)

Tuesday 20th April


Nursery re-opens (normal times)

Friday 23rd April

Yr 5

Victorian Day (details below)

Tuesday 11th May

Whole School

Class Photos

Monday 7th June

Whole School

INSET day – school closed

Mlon–Thurs 28th June -1st July

Yr 6

Bikeability Course (tbc)


Covid at Easter

If your child has symptoms on the afternoon of Wednesday 31st March or Thursday 1st and up to Friday 2nd April at 2pm, you must ring on the following number: 07729 614 231 to leave a message and a member of staff  will get back to you.  Any symptoms after 2pm on Friday DO NOT need to be telephoned in.  If the school has no symptoms reported by 2pm on Friday 2nd April, we will be able to “stand down” as track and trace.  However, the phone will still be checked at 9am every morning up until Wednesday 7th April.  DO NOT leave a message on the school answerphone as it will not be checked.  If your child has to isolate an email will be sent, an alert will go out and a text message will be sent.  The telephone will not be answered, you must leave a message.  The above phone number is only to be used to report Covid symptoms and/or a positive test result.       

Staff News

We are delighted to announce the birth of a baby girl to Mrs Campbell (one of our Year 2 teachers) weighing in at 6lb 8ounces on Tuesday morning last week. Mum and daughter are both doing very well and we wish them all the very best.  

Parent Consultations

Our virtual Parent Consultations take place on Tuesday.  This is a valuable opportunity for you to talk with your child’s class teacher and exchange information about your child’s general progress in school. The deadline for booking appointments is Monday 29th March at 11.55pm.  You will not be able to make an appointment after this time.  


We are concerned about the number of children arriving late for school.  During the pandemic, it more important than ever that children arrive and leave on time so that the bubbles do not cross over and to avoid unnecessary disruption to the class and office staff.  Please make every effort to drop off/pick up your children on time.  Thank you for your co-operation.  

Un-named Uniform

Please could we remind parents to name each and every item of school uniform.  As the weather starts to improve and the days get warmer, children tend to take jumpers/cardigans off and leave them in the playground.   We can only return named items of clothing to their owners.   Any un-named items of clothing (once quarantined) will be given to the PTA for their second hand uniform sale.

Water Bottles

We are seeing an increase in the number of children not bringing in their water bottles.  Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day, this is especially important as the weather gets warmer.  Thank you.

School Dinners

If your child wishes to have a school dinner on the first day back (Monday 19th April) you must book by the Friday (16th April) before we return to school.  We return on the Week 2 Menu.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour takes place tomorrow 27th March from 8.30pm - 9.30pm   Earth Hour focuses the world on the issue of climate change. We have taken part in this campaign over many years. Switch off lights and do something different. Here is a link for ideas of things you can do in this hour   Be creative and upload your pictures or videos to social media to spread the word.  #EarthHour2021 


The message this year is to shine a 'Virtual Spotlight' on the Earth. Earth Hour are releasing a new film which will make you see our planet in a new light at 16:00 on Friday. Look out for this video and please share it with as many people as possible. Help get the world watching and the world talking about climate change.

Assembly update from Miss Davies

This week, we celebrated two themes in assemblies. We thought about International day of Happiness and what happiness means to the children. The answers included "gymnastics, maths, home time, chicken nuggets, my family, playing with my friends, ice cream and the seaside." Then we went on to celebrate World Poetry day. This was great fun with Michael Rosen coming up time and time again as one of their favourite poets. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to his rendition of "Chocolate cake". Check this out on YouTube if you haven't seen it. The children were very sad to hear how poorly he has been due to Covid and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that he makes a full recovery.

Red Nose Day update

We were quite astounded with your generosity last week, in fact we could hardly lift the bucket in the end when all the donations were piled into one. We are delighted to say that a staggering £905.37 was raised by Poplar school. Well done Poplar-we have such a supportive community even when times are hard. The children and staff also looked resplendent in their superhero costumes and their red clothes. Thank you so much for your continued support. 

Illness at School

If you think your child has a cold and are giving Calpol to take down a temperature, can we please ask you to keep your child at home and get a test as a temperature is a sign of Covid.

Year 5 - Victorian Day

To end our topic on the Victorians all Year 5 classes will experience a Victorian school day on Friday 23rd April. We will be taking part in 19th century style lessons to understand what life was like for Victorian school children. We encourage pupils to come to school dressed as Victorian children on the day to help get themselves ‘into character’ if they wish. Some costume ideas include: a chimney sweep, a housemaid, a miner, a flower seller, a mill/farm worker, a young lady/gentleman, a farm hand or a factory worker. There is no need for you to buy a costume; these can be easily put together from old clothing/uniforms and a bit of imagination!

Concerns regarding children out of school

During the weekend and the holidays, if you have a concern about a child’s safety, please ring the Merton Safeguarding Hub or the local police.  Please do not leave messages on the school phone or email as these may not be heard or read for a number of days. 

PTA News

There are two Easter themed competitions for Poplar children that we are launching today (please see the posters attached).  We have launched a photography competition, The Easter Photographer, where we ask each child to photograph 10 items from our nature list (i.e. a squirrel, a tree). It is a great way to explore and embrace nature. Follow this link for more information: Our second competition is Easter colouring competition. 


We have created an Easter egg template for you to decorate as creatively as you wish. Just send a photo of your final entry to for a chance to win! Both closing dates are Sunday 18th April 2021. Good luck!


Remember you can still order school uniforms and items directly from us. Just send us an email with your item order, size and quantity (i.e. one summer dress size 5-6) once we confirm your order, we will then be able to arrange a collection. Email: for any questions or orders. 


As we await for COVID restrictions to ease, we have decided to delay our Spring Auction until June. Further details will follow shortly. We thank you for your patience and all your kind donations so far!  Thinking about what to do with the family this weekend? Why not have a look at our Pinterest boards. We have lots of lockdown activities, Easter treats, crafts and appropriate activities for all ages! Follow this link: Poplar Primary PTA Pinterest




Year 1 and 2 Cricket Taster Day  - by Mr. Edwards

We had lots of cheering going on today in the playground. All the children in years 1 and 2 were treated to a special cricket taster session hosted by Amy Gordon from Surrey Cricket Club. They have all had a great time taking part in the games which included batting and fielding skills. All which helps to develop not only their hand and eye coordination skills but also the working together as a team. 


If your child is interested in playing more cricket and in a fun and inclusive environment you might be interested to hear about the 'All Stars Cricket' set up by the ECB. For a small fee the children get kitted out with everything they need to get started and attend eight 1 hour sessions. You can find out more information on the flyer attached or by clicking here. 


As the national lock down slowly starts lifting and with outdoor sports facilities and formally organised outdoor sports starting to reopen from 29th March I wanted to let you know of some of our local clubs links and what they have on offer during. From Easter holiday camps to the summer term clubs.   


Sean McInnes Sports Coaching are offering FREE football sessions to children in years 2 to 6 at our school. These sessions start from 21st April and will be held at Morley Park, Cottenham Park Road, SW20 0SZ. For more information see flyer attached

Target SportsCranleigh Tennis club and Merton Hockey are all hosting Easter holiday camps over the holidays as well as sessions during the Summer term. If you are interested in signing your child up to and of these camps you will be able to get more information on either the flyers attached or by clicking on the links above.


Best wishes for the weekend!



Elaine Spick




Please remember the clocks go forward this weekend!




  1. Elaine Spick