Life is a long pilgrimage from fear to love.

Paulo Coelho

Today we welcomed back our Year 5 class, who spent the latter half of this week at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk. They had an enjoyable and rewarding time visiting a beautiful and peaceful place, but for many it will also have been challenging to be away from home and from their families. They (and their parents/carers!) should feel proud of the courage and resilience they showed. Next week, Year 6 will benefit from the courage they developed during their own time at Walsingham last year when they embark on their school journey.

Camden Primary Shakespeare Festival

On Thursday our talented Year 6 class took part in the Camden Primary Shakespeare Festival at The Place Theatre. In a wonderfully inventive and entertaining retelling of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, they collaborated with several other Camden primary schools, under the direction of our very own Mr Williams. We are hugely proud of the care, courage and cooperation they showed, not just in the performance but throughout a long afternoon of rehearsal too. For the parents, carers and staff who attended, it was also great to have a foretaste of what awaits in the Year 5 & 6 performance later this term!

Art Bytes Award

We proudly announced last week that Cali, Clara and Maya O from Year 5 were selected as our school winners in this year’s Art Bytes competition, with Cali winning the audience vote overall. The exhibition event at the Chisenhale Gallery was scheduled to take place this week, but unfortunately the gallery had to postpone it. When we know the new date, we will of course share more information. Find out more and see our school gallery at: https://artbytes.co.uk/browse-schools/. Below are the three winning works of art.

Sporting News

We are excited to share the outstanding achievements of our Year 5 and 6 pupils, who this week participated in the CSSA Athletics competition. Competing against 13 schools, our team secured the remarkable position of runners up, demonstrating their exceptional skills and teamwork throughout the event. In addition to this achievement, our school was also crowned the small school champions, highlighting the incredible efforts from all of the children.

Individually, we had some standout performers who deserve special recognition. Charlotte displayed her exceptional speed and agility, winning both the 80m and 200m sprints. Ariana showcased her endurance and determination, securing victory in the 800m race. Cali exhibited her remarkable jumping skills, triumphing in the long jump event. Kimberly and Jack displayed their precision and strength, emerging as winners in the vortex event. Last but not least, Aaron showcased his versatility and talent, winning both the long jump and triple jump events.

A huge congratulations to all the children who competed and represented our school with pride. Your hard work, commitment, and sportsmanship were truly commendable. We are proud of every one of you.

As promised in last week’s newsletter, here are some photos from the Y3 and Y4 athletics competition too!

Key dates for your diaries:

  • Summer Fair: Friday 28th June – after school
  • Julius Caesar performances: Infants: Monday 15th July 2.30pm and Tuesday 16th July 10.00am Y3 & Y4: Tuesday 16th at 2:30pm and Thursday 18th July 10.00am Y5 & Y6: Thursday 18th July 2.30pm and 6.00pm
  • Sports Day: Friday 19th July at Parliament Hill Sports Field

Christian Vision

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

This week we reflected on those who choose to live their lives away from worldly goods and temptations: people who choose to become monks or nuns. In assembly, we learnt about St Antony, one of the founders of this way of life, who was so keen to follow the advice Jesus gave to the rich young man in the gospels that he sold all of his possessions and lived a simple life of prayer and contemplation alone in the desert. We also learnt about St Benedict and the Rule he developed for monastic life, which involved oaths of poverty, chastity and obedience. Of course, simply being away from friends and family can often be difficult too – Year 5 had a taste of this challenge this week.

We do not all have the resilience or fortitude to live such an extreme life of privation as that followed by St Antony. In fact, society would probably come to a halt if we all did! The monasteries that followed St Benedict’s Rule still needed to be protected and provided for by others; even St Antony relied on his friends, people who worked hard and earned money as engaged members of society, to keep him alive by bringing him food. However, the example of these ascetic men and women does provide us with a challenge: it spurs us to consider what we truly value, and what we spend our time pursuing. Getting too fixated on money and material possessions is unlikely to be the route to true happiness and spiritual peace; much better as Jesus says to store up treasures in heaven. By encouraging one another towards love and good deeds, we can attain the treasure of feeling close to God and His love.

Jesus said, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.’

Matthew 19:21

Summer Fair – a message from PiP

Our Summer Fair is just two weeks away! This year, we will be celebrating the diversity of our school community through an international food experience.

We need your support to make this a success! 

Please bring in a dish – whether it’s a traditional dish, a family favourite or a culinary creation you’d love to share, your contributions will help create a vibrant and delicious experience for all to enjoy.

Drop off your donations on the morning of the fair or just before it starts. Remember, no nuts and an ingredients list would be really helpful.

Thank you for your support!

Our LabTech Sponsors

We are delighted to have a new partner onboard this year: LabTech. Through their Community Grants Programme, LabTech support a wide range of local initiatives to improve our neighbourhood and enhance Camden residents’ quality of life. LabTech’s funding is helping to financially support the 2024 Shakespeare Project, Julius Caesar. LabTech is a local organisation in the heart of Camden Market; find out more about LabTech by clicking the link below. 

Class Collective Worship

Friday 21st June   Y1
Friday 28th June Reception

Attendance and Punctuality

We remain at a steady 96.5% overall- well done to everybody. A special shout out to Y1 who have achieved 100% attendance this week. Wow!

Attendance Bears

Infants: Y1 with 100% Juniors: Y4 with 98.67%

Early Birds

Infants: Y1 Juniors: Y5

Free Counselling Service for Parents

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with many years of experience working with UK schools to improve children’s wellbeing and behaviour. The charity also supports parents and families and has a wealth of practical tips and advice on many areas of parenting, all of which can be accessed online, including: dealing with changes and endings; building resilience; separation anxiety; de-escalation techniques; positive body image; friendship issues; perfectionism; sleep; gaming habits; and many more. Click on the link here to access and explore the support

We highly recommend the free counselling service for parents through Camden. You can find out more and register your interest via this leaflet.

New Emotional Wellbeing Website for Young People and Families

A new NHS website, packed with emotional wellbeing and mental health information and resources, has been launched to help young people and families, as well as professionals working with them, to navigate support options.

NCL Waiting Room was produced with the help and input of young people, families and professionals. It aims to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for information on specialist mental health services, community groups, emotional wellbeing and self-care resources.

It allows young people and their parents or carers to search for, filter and share resources based on their needs and preferences.

NCL Waiting Room will continue to grow and develop, so watch this space for more details. You can visit the website here and try out the Support Hub resource navigation feature here.

If you have any feedback on the website, you can do this on the relevant pages of the site, or email rtown@tavi-port.nhs.uk

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

This is an incredible music night run by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. All sorts of different acts plus wood-fired pizza etc. It’s in a fortnight: https://oae.co.uk/event/live-at-the-hex-4/

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

Camden Library Activities
We highly recommend these. Click here for the catalogue.

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
INSET DAYMonday 8th January 2024
First day of spring termTuesday 9th January
Half termMonday 12th – Friday 16th February
Last day of spring termThursday 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