Teach thy tongue to say ‘I do not know’, and thou shalt progress.Maimondes
This has been a week of cheer where our spirits have been lifted by the success of the national football team, along with signs of increased normality returning in due course. As we approach the end of the academic year (the last school day being 16th July at 1:30pm) it is also the time when changes in school staff can happen. Your children will have spent the morning with their new class teachers today and we were delighted to be able to welcome our new Reception class with their parents too! From the class lists below, you will see that very sadly Miss Law is leaving us to take a little time out of teaching. We also have some happy news to share – Mrs Evans is expecting her first child and we hope she will be with us for the first half of the autumn term. In place of Miss Law, we are delighted to welcome Miss See who is joining us, having worked previously in a school in Haringey.
|Reception||Miss Petrou, Miss Dale & Mrs McQueen|
|Y1||Miss Sun, Miss Powley, Mrs Kabir & Miss Sanzi (PT)|
|Y2||Miss Woolway & Mrs Evans, Miss Hall Hall & Miss Sanzi (PT)|
|Y3||Miss See & Miss Clayton|
|Y4||Miss Risby, Mrs Gashi & Miss Bergin|
|Y5||Miss Wainer & Ms Hough|
|Y6||Miss Robey & Miss Buchanan|
Thank you for all the wonderful cakes created for the HTSS Bakeoff – we thoroughly enjoyed judging them!! A huge well done to the winning class Y3 who overall had a great range of creative and delicious cakes, with Y5 coming a close second. The winning class will have extra playtime next week.
We are very excited to announce that the artwork of one of our children in Y4, Jason, was chosen to be part of the online collection for the Young Artists’ Summer Show 2021 at the Royal Academy! They received over 33,000 submissions and were blown away by all of the entries this year so it is quite an achievement. The website will go live on 13th July – we will send out a link when we receive it.
Fundraising – Raffle
This is the last few days of selling raffle tickets before the draw on Tuesday 12th July – click here to see the list of great prizes to be won! So far, Y5 are in the lead for having sold the most tickets (65), Reception are right behind them with 60 tickets sold and then Y2 with 55 tickets sold. The year group with most tickets sold wins extra playtime next week.
We very much look forward to a whole school sports day on Wednesday 14th July at Parliament Hill on the grass behind the lido between 10am and 2pm. We look forward to parents joining us but will all need to work together to ensure that we are maintaining safe practices, in line with our school risk assessment.
Shakespeare Films & Concerts
We have our film makers working hard to ensure that the three Romeo and Juliet films (infants, Y3/Y4, Y5/Y6) are ready to share with the children and their families before the end of the term.
We have a wonderful display of children’s work based on Romeo and Juliet in Holy Trinity Church, which you are welcome to pop in and look at before or after school.
We have also recorded infant pianists and Y4, Y5 and Y6 band concerts, which are great! The password-protected videos are on the music page of our website, and Ms Stenmark has texted the passwords to parents and carers. Videos of Y3’s wonderful recorder playing and the junior pianists will follow next week. We were sad to say goodbye to Mr Da Silva who is leaving us to join a secondary school on their staff. Those of you that attend Camden’s music clubs at the weekends will still see him there. Mr Ashby will still be with us in September and we will welcome someone new to join him.
Summer Reading Challenge
As the summer approaches, we should be looking forward to having more time to get lost in a book. This is something that we also urge parents to be doing with their children. This is the time when you can really promote the enjoyment of reading and we want to help with this message by adding an element of competition which we hope will spur on all children!
London Rocks 2021! Times Tables Rock Stars Competition for Years 3 to 6
Well done to all the children in Years 3 to 6 for who logged into Times Tables Rocks Stars this week. As well as improving their maths fluency, they were competing in the London Rocks competition on behalf of the school! We didn’t manage to come in the top three schools (over 5,000 took part!) but the children did themselves proud nonetheless. Well done to Year 5 for achieving the most correct answers out of the classes in our school.
Attendance and Punctuality
The whole-school attendance dropped a bit this week to 96.8%, mainly due to the rise in COVID cases both locally and nationally. Well done to Year 1 for winning the bear this week and to Y3 for topping the table in KS2.
Y1: 97% Y4: 97.5%
Y1 & Y4
Christian Value – Service
This week we have been thinking about S. Silas as his feast day is on 13th July. All classes went to S. Silas Church for a special service. Fr Graeme taught us how Silas served God by travelling around the world teaching his good news with Paul. We also learnt how he paid the ultimate price for his service by giving his life for his faith. The Bible mentions Silas as being one of the “leading men among the brethren.” This is the sort of service that many of us would not commit to, which is why we must always keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.Matthew 16: 24-25
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Commit to something that brings you joy
This week we want to focus on committing regularly to something that makes you feel good. Joy and laughter are medicinal: research has shown that laughter increases serotonin and endorphins in the brain, replenishes the lungs, relaxes muscles, eases tension in the body and strengthens our immune system. Laughter also relieves everyday worry and stress, adds positivity and resilience to life, improves overall happiness and mood, and helps ease worry and fear.
Your go-to joy may be watching funny TV shows, playing with your pet, meeting friends or family, listening to music or going through old photos and videos. Whatever it is, investing in joy is not a waste of time. To start off, aim to have 30 minutes of joy every week, then increase this to at least 30 minutes a day. Enjoy!
Coach Steve’s Summer Multi Activity Camps
Where: Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Lupton St, NW5 2JA
When: Week 1 – Monday 26th to Friday 30th July
Week 2 – Monday 2nd to Friday 6th August
Week 3 – Monday 9th to Friday 13th August
Age: 5-11 year olds
Cost: Full week = £110 / Concession rate = £70
For more info, please email Coach Steve at – email@example.com
Secondary School Events
We will be hosting a Meet the Parents event on Wednesday September 29th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Families from Camden’s local secondaries will be here to talk openly about their experience of their schools, and answer any questions you might have. The project is also running two online events covering all Camden schools. For more information please go to: https://meettheparents.info/news/
Barnardos have a helpline for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children, young people and parents/carers, that are affected by Covid-19. They are available to hear about any worries, problems and stresses during this time, and can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.
Camden Healthy Eating Support Team
Camden Learning are offering FREE virtual healthy eating sessions for families. The sessions cover a range of healthy eating support, including: eating well at home; fun breakfast ideas and hidden sugars; understanding labels and portion sizes; and strategies to raise healthy eaters. ‘Fussy eating’ strategies are discussed in each topic. You are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. Times and contact details are listed on the flier here.
Term dates for 2020 – 2021
|First day of autumn term||Thursday 3rd September 2020|
|Half term||Monday 26th – Friday 30th October|
|Last day of autumn term||Friday 18th December|
|First day of spring term||Monday 4th January 2021|
|Half term||Monday 15th – Friday 19th February|
|Last day of spring term||Thursday 1st April|
|First day of summer term||Monday 19th April|
|Half term||Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June|
|Last day of summer term||Friday 16th July|