Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.

Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

This week we reflect on the life of Phillis Wheatley. Born in about 1753, the girl who was to become Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped and placed aboard a slave ship bound for Boston, Massachusetts, when she was seven or eight years old.

In Boston, she was purchased directly from the ship by a local tailor, John Wheatley. She became the personal servant of Wheatley’s wife, Susanna. When Phillis’s abilities as a reader and writer became apparent, the Wheatleys encouraged her learning, and within two years Susanna and her daughter taught Phillis to read and write English. Phillis also learned Greek and became proficient in Latin. By the age of 14 she had mastered popular poetic styles of the time. When she was 18 years old, Phillis travelled to England with the Wheatleys’ son. There she met a wealthy friend of the family who helped get her book published. Phillis was the first African American and the first enslaved person to publish a book of poems. Phillis’s achievements showed that African Americans were equally capable, creative, intelligent human beings who could benefit from an education and in turn helped the cause of the abolitionist movement.

Look out for the Black History Month events happening in and around Camden. Click on this link to find out more.

A reminder about our whole school celebration on Friday 20th October from 3pm, where we hope families will share food, music and activities – more details to follow.

Christian Vision

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, by encouraging one another.

Hebrews 10:24-25

The world has been rocked this week by the atrocities that have happened in the Holy Land, the details of which continue to shock us on a daily basis. We know that there are those in our community that have been directly impacted and who are suffering. In this time of anguish and uncertainly, we must continue to spur one another on in showing love and care in all that we do and say.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost someone in the terrible events of last weekend. Our hearts also go out to all who are suffering in the war that has erupted as a result. We pray that this time of darkness will pass. We hope that world leaders show wisdom in their words and deeds so that the region can have the peace it needs, in which all communities can repair and heal.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist in its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Sporting News

Earlier this week, we took 12 children from Year 4 to a benchball competition which was held at Talacre Sports Centre. At the start, they were all mixed up into separate coloured teams, with children from various other Camden primary schools. For most of them, it was their first ever time playing in a school competition and  they seemed to really enjoy meeting new children and working together with their friends. A huge well done to all of the children that were involved and a fantastic display of sportsmanship all round. A few special mentions go to Jason, Ruksana and Riley showing care, courage and cooperation throughout the entire event. 

Half Term Sports Club

Coach Steve’s highly acclaimed holiday sports camp is open for bookings!

Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October

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Class Assemblies – Fridays at 3pm in the Church Hall

Friday 20th OctoberBlack History Celebration
Friday 3rd NovemberY5
Friday 10th NovemberY6 – Remembrance Day
Friday 17th NovemberReception
Friday 24th NovemberAwards Assembly
Friday 1st DecemberAwards Assembly
Friday 8th DecemberAwards Assembly
Friday 15th DecemberAwards Assembly

Whole School Flu Immunisation

The flu immunisation nasal spray has been scheduled to take place during school hours on 19th October. NHS immunisation team have offered to administer the spray to Reception all the way through to Y6. We encourage all our families to consent, as it will help keep the whole school community fit and healthy in the winter months. Please sign your child up by clicking here.

Attendance and Punctuality

Our attendance this week has put us almost top of the Camden attendance table at 98.7%. A huge well done to Y2 & Y3 for 100% attendance!

Attendance Bears

Infants: Year 1 with 99% Juniors: Year 3 with 98%

Early Birds

Infants: Y1 Juniors: Year 5

Coach Steve’s ‘Match Play Only’ football class.

Age: Year 2 to Year 6

Book a free taster via email –

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.

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.

Other Community Initiatives

Click this link for the Camden Online Safety Leaflet

Term dates for 2023 – 2024

First day of autumn term Wednesday 6th September
Half termMonday 23rd – Friday 27th October
INSET DAYMonday 30th October
Last day of autumn term Friday 22nd December
First day of spring termMonday 8th January 2024
Half termMonday 12th – Friday 16th February
Last day of spring termFriday 28th March
First day of summer termMonday 15th April
Half termMonday 29th May – Friday 2nd June
INSET DAYMonday 3rd June
Last day of summer termWednesday 24th July