Late February days; and now, at last, Might you have thought that winter’s woe was past. So fair the sky was and so soft the air.William Morris
We finish our half term feeling that the shoots of spring and a more positive outlook are on the horizon…..
In terms of reporting positive COVID tests results, that is not necessary for this holiday. We do however ask that parents ensure that children complete a lateral flow test the day before returning to school on Monday 21st February.
As part of Children’s Mental Health week, classes were inspired into learning how to look after their mental health through various activities this week including a workshop lead by the Lily-Jo Project. They also have a great website that children and families can freely access to find out more by going to: https://www.thelilyjoproject.com/
Next half term will see preparation for Shakespeare performances step. We very much look forward to all parents being able to enjoy live performances.
ZONES OF REGULATION PARENT WORKSHOP: we are sorry that this had to be postponed. It has now been rescheduled to Tuesday 22nd February at 9am in school. There are still a few places available; if you would like to get a better understanding of this fantastic programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Evening Sign-up
Sign-up for parents evenings (which are on 1st, 2nd and 3rd March) has begun on Doodle Poll. All parents are expected to attend a meeting but parents can request a Zoom meeting if they prefer.
Wellbeing Tip of the Week: Children’s Mental Health Week (7th-13th February)
Children’s Mental Health Week is run by the children’s mental health charity, Place2Be. They focus on the importance of looking after our emotional wellbeing from an early age.
This year’s theme is GROWING TOGETHER.
As humans, we are changing and growing all the time, and in lots of different ways. Physical growth is easy to see: we know that we grow from babies, to children, to teenagers, to adults. Our minds are also growing, as we gain new knowledge and skills every day at school, or at work and beyond. But GROWING TOGETHER is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow.
At HTSS children have been involved in a range of activities to celebrate the week, including yoga, mental health workshops, wellbeing challenges and sharing stories based on the theme of emotional growth. Here are some top tips for parents and carers on how you can encourage emotional growth at home:
Christian Values – Endurance
We cannot but recognise that life can be really difficult at times and in different ways but it is important that we focus less on reducing or escaping challenges and more on perseverance and growth. Many would see this as developing ‘resilience’ and in biblical language, we might see it as ‘Christian endurance’. Resilience isn’t just a character trait of a few special people, but something which can be taught and learned in collaboration with others. We are designed to thrive in a caring community that promotes forgiveness, values and optimism. Resilience and endurance teaches people to go out from themselves to others and to seek solutions to difficulties. As Christians, the good news of Jesus’ love, the power of the Spirit and the fellowship of the church are core to deepening this endurance and finding inner comfort.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!Psalm 31:24
Attendance and Punctuality
Well done everyone! Our overall attendance has picked up to 97%, and we look forward to seeing this continue to increase after the half-term break.
Attendance Bears are awarded to:
KS1: Reception at 100% (Wow!) KS2: Y3 at 99%
Early Birds are awarded to:
KS1: Y1 KS2: Y5
Half term Support & Activities
A reminder that if your parents or carers receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support and have dependent children up to the age of 18, or if their child attends a Camden school and receives free school meals, they should receive a letter from Camden Council during the week beginning 14th February about Government-funded supermarket vouchers to support the cost of food over half-term week (14th to 18th February). If the letter doesn’t arrive, or they need any other support, parents/carers can call 020 7974 4444 (option 9).
There’s plenty for children and young people of all ages to get involved in and enjoy across Camden during half-term week (14th to 18th February). Please share with parents/carers in your bulletins and newsletters:
- Find play schemes near you
- Other youth and play activities, including half-term youth projects
- Sport and physical activities, including mixed and girls-only football sessions at Cantelowes Sports Pitch; Girls Get Moving Mondays, Active Wednesdays, Multi-Sport Scheme and Gymnastics Mini-Camp at Talacre Community Sports Centre, as well as Multi-Sport Sessions at Kilburn Grange Park.
Coach Steve’s Half-Term Multi Sports Camp
Date: Monday 14th – Friday 18th February
Venue: Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Lupton St, NW5 2JA
Age: 5-11 (Reception to Yr 6)
To book your child’s place, please contact Coach Steve:
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 – email@example.com
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 topic||Intended Parent Audience||Date||Time|
|Supporting your Young Person with Anxiety||Secondary||Thursday 3rd February 2022||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Understanding Adolescent Development||Secondary||Thursday 10th February 2022||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Therapeutic conversations with your Child and Young Person.||Primary & Secondary||Thursday 24th February 2022||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Screen Time||Primary & Secondary||Thursday 3rd March 2022||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|All about sleep||Primary & Secondary||Thursday 10th March 2022||12.00 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 term||Monday 25th – Friday 29th October|
|Last day of autumn term||Friday 17th December|
|First day of spring term||Wednesday 5th January 2022|
|Half term||Monday 14th – Friday 18th February|
|Last day of spring term||Friday 1st April|
|First day of summer term||Tuesday 19th April|
|Half term||Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June|
|Last day of summer term||Wednesday 20th July|