Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.

Michael Josephson

Welcome back to the spring term! We look forward to the spring blossom appearing in the not too distant future. In the meantime the children are enjoying settling into their new topics of this half term. A reminder that our Shakespeare project is now in the summer term.

Thanks again to PiP and all our families for a wonderful Christmas Fair. We raised an excellent total of £2209.76 towards our arts projects and working with specialists.

Clubs begin next week along with bands and instrumental lessons.

Wellbeing Tip of the Week

The New Year is a great time for self-reflection and being inspired to change – but be kind to yourself! Try not to be so critical of ‘last year’s you’. There is no need to change your whole self! Here are some tips for creating some new healthy habits with a focus on your wellbeing:

  • Don’t feel pressure to achieve everything all at once. You have a whole year to set and work on your goals. Focus on what is most meaningful to you and give yourself a realistic timeline.
  • Avoid getting into a negative spiral and overthinking the things you don’t like about yourself that you want to change. Instead, think about all the great qualities you already have and try to build on them.
  • Practise gratitude! The most powerful way to feel good about ourselves and to change to a positive mindset is to look for good in the world and to appreciate what we have. Every day, find a moment to name the good things in your life and everything you’re thankful for!

Take care, be kind to yourself, and take each day as it comes.  

Christian Value of Endurance

We understand endurance as human beings standing firm in the face of hardship, but it is important to realise that the Bible gives constant reassurance that God’s love, mercy, faithfulness and righteousness endure forever. Endurance, particularly where there is suffering, is character building and it is important not to give up when there is hardship. Nothing in life is handed to us on a plate and often the things that have taken the greatest endurance are the most significant factors in our growth. Developing greater endurance also links closely to our three c’s, particularly courage which is needed if we are to endure successfully.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Galatians 6:9

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Free Webinars

Nutrition and Mood – Assess impact of diet, understand which supplements are helpful, practical ideas to influence diet for the better.
Mindful Emotion Coaching – Neurodiversity inclusive, trauma-informed approach to wellness. FREE
Depression: Identifying and Supporting Children and Young People – Understand how depression presents, the role physical exercise may play, and tech and online interventions. FREE
Identifying and responding effectively to Traumatic BereavementDavid Trickey delivers a comprehensive session packed with tips and advice. FREE
FREE webinars from education professionals on Substance Use, Bereavement, Social Media

Attendance and Punctuality

The new year has seen an improvement in attendance which we hope will continue. Whole school attendance: 94%

Early Birds

Infants: Reception Juniors: Year 4

Attendance Bears

Infants: Year 2 with 97% Juniors: Year 4 with 96%

Community Activities/Events

Please see flyers below about support from Castlehaven. Click on links for further information.

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

Sign up to the course by clicking here. More information can be found here.

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 termMonday 24th – Friday 28th October
Last day of autumn term Friday 16th December
First day of spring termWednesday 4th January 2022
Half termMonday 13th – Friday 17th February
Last day of spring termFriday 31st March
First day of summer termMonday 17th April
Half termMonday 29th May – Friday 2nd June
Last day of summer termFriday 21st July