Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. 

Benjamin Franklin

We were both warmed and wowed by the performances of our infant children in the nativity and our juniors in their opera shows this week. It was wonderful to see children’s confidence and enjoyment of sharing their great performance skills and awesome singing with families. We were sorry that it was not possible for all parents to experience live performances but we had to follow the Camden guidance. We hope that by the Shakespeare shows in March, things will have improved and we can have a bigger audience. Links to the filming of the show will be made available for purchase from Parentpay on Monday afternoon.


The children will enjoy Christmas tales performed by our fabulous story spinner Phil McDermott on Tuesday. There are Christmas parties for classes at various times during the week – you should have information about these from the class teacher.

School ends on Friday 17th December at 1:30pm. School reopens on Wednesday 4th January 2022.

Weekend Advent Tasks

11th December – Take some time to think of three things you are grateful for

12th December – Offer to help whoever’s cooking at home today

Congratulations to….

Y5 for winning the raffle competition by selling £230 worth of raffle tickets! They will have a non-uniform day on Thursday 16th December.

Y3 for winning the ‘Jolly Jars’ competition – they will have a non-uniform day on Monday 13th December.

Wellbeing Tip of the Week: Take a break from the screen

Screens can be highly addictive: phones, iPads, TVs, gaming; it’s hard to put them down or turn them off. Screens trigger a release of dopamine, which activates our brain’s reward system, encouraging us to spend more time on a screen to chase that dopamine rush. Unfortunately, too much screen time can negatively affect:

  • Our sleep/our eyes – we often stay up too late staring at a screen and are exposed to lots of blue light, which affects the release of the sleep hormone melatonin and can lead to tiredness;
  • Our weight – if we are not fitting in enough movement/exercise, our physical health suffers;
  • Our mental health – screen time has been linked to increased anxiety and low-mood;
  • Our family relationships – if we’re spending more time staring at a screen than we are interacting with our family members.

If you notice any of these things are being affected, it might be a good idea to try and limit how much time you spend looking at a screen.

Avoid bringing your phone to bed and try to introduce a family rule that no one checks their devices during family meals.

Musical Performances

Our talented KS2 class bands have been working hard all term, and we are delighted once again to share videos of their performances via the music page on our school website. We have shared the passwords with parents of each class. We hope you enjoy the children’s recorder, trumpet and trombone playing skills, and also their hilarious Christmas jokes as they introduce each piece!

Next week we will share individual recorder players’ performances with their parents/carers.

Coach Steve’s December Multi Activity Camp 

Date: Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd December 

Venue: Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Lupton St, NW5 2JA

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm  Age: 5-11 (Reception to Yr 6)

To book your child’s place, please contact Coach Steve:

Attendance and Punctuality

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Whole school attendance has improved this week to 96.5% which was great to see!

Attendance Bears are awarded to:

KS1: Y1 at 96.5% KS2: Y4 at 99.3%

Early Birds are awarded to:

KS1: Y2 KS2: Y3

Christian Values – Wisdom

We must be reflective of our words and deeds. There is great personal and interpersonal value in trying to ensure that all our steps are wise and lead us to making the best use of our time. These actions also need careful thought rather than haste if they are truly to make a difference to ourselves and to others. There are those whom we can look to as role models, with the understanding that it is the values they display that we can learn from and then nurture in our own way. We must always be open to learning from the past and think ahead to how we can better ourselves in the future.

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Proverbs 19:20

Consultation on 2023-24 admissions arrangements

The governors of Holy Trinity & S. Silas are consulting on the admissions criteria (the “Admissions Policy” for 2023-24. There are no changes to the policy. They are consulting because it is a while since they last did so.

The consultation period for the proposed admissions arrangements will run from Monday 13 December 2021 to Thursday 27 January 2022.

Please send any comments on the proposed arrangements to with “Admissions consultation 2023-24” in the subject line.

Camden Music Services

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.

Girls Football Development Class (with Coach Steve)

Where: Fleet Primary School, Agincourt Rd, NW3 2QT

When: Every Tuesday  Time: 5.30-6.30pm  Age: 6-10 year olds (Year 2 to Year 5)

Cost: First class is FREE (£6 per class thereafter)

For more info, please email Coach Steve –

Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Webinar Series for Parents/Carers of Primary and Secondary School aged Young People

The MHST are pleased to offer parents/carers a series of workshops to support their children’s wellbeing.

Webinars that are for both Parents/Carers of Primary and Secondary aged children and young people

  • Why Early Intervention Matters: Introducing the MHST
  • All about sleep
  • Therapeutic conversations with your child and young person
  • Screen Time

Webinars for Parents/Carers of Primary aged children

  • Parent-child interactions
  • Managing child worries

Each workshop will last up to 60 minutes and have an optional follow-up of 30 minutes for parents/carers to ask questions or discuss the topic further.

Parents and carers can register for any webinars through Eventbrite by clicking here.

The scheduled topics, dates and times are:

Webinar topicIntended Parent AudienceDateTime
Parent-child interactions  PrimaryThursday 20th January 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Managing child worries  PrimaryThursday 27th January 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Supporting your Young Person with Anxiety   SecondaryThursday 3rd February 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Understanding Adolescent Development  SecondaryThursday 10th February 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Therapeutic conversations with your Child and Young Person.Primary & SecondaryThursday 24th February 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Screen TimePrimary & SecondaryThursday 3rd March 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
All about sleepPrimary & SecondaryThursday 10th March 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30

Term dates for 2021 – 2022

First day of autumn term Friday 3rd September
Half termMonday 25th – Friday 29th October
Last day of autumn term Friday 17th December
First day of spring termWednesday 5th January 2022
Half termMonday 14th – Friday 18th February
Last day of spring termFriday 1st April
First day of summer termTuesday 19th April
Half termMonday 30th May – Friday 3rd June
Last day of summer termWednesday 20th July