All things are ready, if our mind be so.William Shakespeare
Midnight at Christmas
The milky saucer of the moon The gold plate rising soon A star sodden sky Waiting patiently for the sun to make it dry A world below of small sequin like lights And a million warm woolly tights Christmas trees spangle And decorations dangle Memories are forever As families come together By: Noa Y6
It has been a busy week of rehearsals but the infant and junior Christmas shows are guaranteed to warm your hearts so please ensure that you have a ticket. Y6 also managed to find time to go to St Alban’s this week as part of their learning on pilgrimage. Mr McIntyre was delighted to be escorting some of our girls in the juniors to an engineering workshop day at UCL and as you can see they were very productive!
Due to the Queen’s funeral, the Monday clubs will be on next week. In addition to this, choir will run to the end of the term as they are preparing for various performances. All other clubs have now finished for the term.
There is a new method for signing up for spring clubs:
The club sign-up process will be electronic from now on. Clubs will go live for payment on www.parentpay.com on Wednesday 7 December at 6pm. Parents can now only sign up to clubs by paying for them. Please ensure your log-ins are working. There are limited spaces and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If your payment goes through, you have a space. The school relies on payments to be able to organise clubs and is not able to refund parents who have paid for spaces in multiple clubs on the same day, or changed their mind about a club. Please carefully choose when paying for your clubs. If you do not receive a place you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and request to go on the waiting list.
Christmas Card Competition
The London Diocesan Board of Schools (LDBS) are on the lookout for budding artists to create the image that will be used on the front of their electronic Christmas card and also used on their website during advent. They would like children to create an A4 landscape or portrait image. The image can be painted, coloured in using felt tips, colour pencils, crayons etc. or can even be a collage. The theme this year is “follow the star”, whether that is the wise men following or Santa or angels or reindeers is completely up to the artist. Whether they are on camels, sleighs, mopeds, skateboards or roller-skates is also up to the artist!
Please send to Stuart Webster, LDBS, 36 Causton Street, London, SW1P 4AU by Friday 9 December. Don’t forget to put your child’s name, year group and the name of the school or church on the back of the image so that it can be returned to you.
There are two prizes of £20 book tokens as prizes (£20 for the winner and £20 for the school). Any questions please contact email@example.com.
KS1 – Thursday 8th December at 2pm & Friday 9th December at 10am
KS2 – Tuesday 6th December at 6pm & Wednesday 7th December at 10am & 2pm
Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch & Christmas Fair – Friday 9th December
Piano concerts : Wednesday 14th (Y1-Y4) and Thursday 15th December (Y5&Y6) in Holy Trinity Church 9.00-9.30. Parents/carers of the performers are very welcome to attend.
Class brass band performance: Wednesday 14th December in Holy Trinity Church at 3pm. All are welcome!
School ends at 1.30pm on Friday 16th December.
Coach Steve’s Christmas Multisports Camp
Christian Value of Service
As Advent begins and excitement starts to grow in preparation for Christmas, people are beginning to prepare in different ways. For Christians, this is a time not only for getting ready but also for being ready to welcome God into our hearts. In the seven days leading up to the birth of Jesus, people in church sing antiphons each with a different theme, all beginning with the letter ‘O’. This week our focus was ‘O Radix Jesse’, which leads us to reflect on the Jesse tree which was created to help people link the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading up to Jesus’ birth. In order to associate the custom more clearly with Christianity, people made Jesse trees—Christmas trees with decorations related to the events of Jesus’ birth and the prophecies about him in the Old Testament. Many parishes and families make Jesse trees during Advent to remind them of these events as they prepare for Christmas. The decorations that adorn a Jesse tree remind us of the importance of reflecting on those prophets in the Old Testament that served God and prepared the way for Jesus.
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.Isaiah 11:1
We were proud once again of our football teams on Tuesday this week. The boys drew 1-1 with Brookfield and lost 5-2 to St Dominics; the girls lost 2-1 to Brookfield and beat St Dominics 6-0. More importantly, they were superb ambassadors for our school as usual, and whatever the result showed care, courage and cooperation in abundance! Special mentions go to Oliver and Guy, who showed fantastic resilience; Kimberly for her tireless tackling; and Jasmine for scoring a double hat-trick in the second match! The next set of fixtures is on Tuesday 13th December.
Attendance and Punctuality
This week’s attendance was 95% with Y2 winning the attendance bear in the infants and Y5 in the juniors.
Infants: Y1 Juniors: Year 4
Infants: Y2 Juniors: Year 5
Please see flyers below about support from Castlehaven. Click on links for further information.
Friday assemblies take place in the church hall, 2.55pm-3.25pm.
|Friday 9th December||Awards Assembly|
Free Counselling Service for Parents
We highly recommend the free counselling service for parents through Camden. You can find out more and register your interest via this leaflet.
CAMHS Open Minded Webinars
The school also recommends the “Open Minded” webinars. Find our more by clicking here.
“Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities” Courses
Camden Music Service
From Y1 onwards, you can sign your child up to learn an instrument in school. For more information and to download the Camden Music Service application form, please click here.
Term dates for 2022 – 2023
|First day of autumn term||Monday 5th September|
|Half term||Monday 24th – Friday 28th October|
|Last day of autumn term||Friday 16th December|
|First day of spring term||Wednesday 4th January 2022|
|Half term||Monday 13th – Friday 17th February|
|Last day of spring term||Friday 31st March|
|First day of summer term||Monday 17th April|
|Half term||Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June|
|Last day of summer term||Friday 21st July|