All that matters is kindness and the capacity to recognise the existence of people other than you.

Zadie Smith

Congratulations to our new school leaders in Year 6 – we were hugely impressed with the quality of their applications. One thing that they were all united in, was wanting to positively impact the school and our children in a range of different ways. We too look forward to see them flourish and grow in their roles.

  • Sports leaders: Freya, Kady-Rose, George, Alice, Jason, Damian
  • Ambassadors: Noa, Kayden, Sao, Askale
  • Eco leaders: Georgia, Darcy, Veronica, Maxwell
  • Librarians: Eliana, Lexi, Corey, Charlie

Black History Month

We look forward to the Black History Month workshops next week:

  • We welcome the wonderfully inspiring Valerie Bloom to share her poems and help the children create their own
  • We are also excited about the steel band workshops next Friday which families too will get to enjoy at our celebration event!
  • The children will continue completing their art work

The celebration of Black History Month is on 21st October from 3.00pm-4.30pm. There will be music, food and lots of crafts activities so please ensure that you join us! Look out for requests from PiP as to how you can help with organising this event. We are also planning a whole school dance which we will be teaching the children next week. Below is the link so that the children and adults can practise – we would love you to join in too!!

Camden has various events for children and families; find out more in the following links:

Sporting News

Earlier this week, a group of Year 3 and Year 4 children took part in an after-school benchball tournament at Talacre Sports Centre. The children had to mix up into teams with pupils from various Camden primary schools and compete in a series of games. For most of them, it was their first time playing in a school competition and what they seemed to enjoy the most was meeting new children and competing with their friends. A huge well done to all of them but some special mentions go to Blaise, Asinat and Ariana for their excellent display of sportsmanship throughout the entire event.

Early Reading and Phonics Workshops for Reception Parents/Carers

You are invited to come into school to learn more about the reading and phonics programmes we use in school and how best to support children at home with this vital life skill.

Areas covered will include:

• How positive attitudes to reading, and choosing to read, have academic, social and emotional benefits for children.
• What phonics is, including how to say the phonic sounds; how to blend phonic sounds to read words; how to increase your child’s fluency in reading sounds, words and books.
• Parents’ and carers’ roles in home reading, including the importance of reading practice to develop fluency, as well as the importance of reading to your child to encourage a love of books, along with developing vocabulary and discussion.

Reception parent/carer workshop – Tuesday 15th November click here to sign up

The workshop will be 9.00-9.45am in the art room. Please sign up via the Doodle poll or by the school office to secure a place. We hope to see lots of you there!

Nasal Spray Flu Immunisation

The school nurses will be here to immunise the whole school against flu on Tuesday 18th October (next week). Parents need to fill in an electronic consent for the nurses to be able to go ahead with this. We strongly recommend that all parents do this, as it will help the school community keep flu at bay this winter. Please click here to register and complete the form.

Wellbeing Tip

By Agnes, Christ Church NW3

Worrying thoughts stop many people from having a nice time with their friends and family. Visualising a happy memory or relaxing with the people you love can smooth out and blow away worrying thoughts that get in the way of having a nice time. Remember there are always people who love you and will always have time to help you. Just take it one thing at a time. Here are some more ideas to help you overcome your worries:

  • Write your worry on a piece of paper and put it away in a box
  • Tell your worry to someone (saying it out loud will help)
  • Say it to a cloud or into a bubble and blow it away.
  • Take some time to be around nature
  • Do something you love (a hobby perhaps)
  • Place yourself in a peaceful place and feel all your senses around (or use your imagination if you can’t go to your peaceful place)

Autumn 1 Christian Value – Koinonia

Fr Graeme teaches us that whenever we pray, we are never doing it on our own; it is part of all that we share together and one of the many ways in which we help and support one another. Prayer does not just change us, it changes the world around us and helps us to see other people and ourselves in a new way.

All these (the Apostles) joined in continuous prayer together with several women including Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers.

Acts 1:14

Attendance and Punctuality

Having started the week very positively, we were hit with a sickness bug that took our school attendance down to 95.2%. Hopefully the weekend will aid recovery and bring our attendance back up!

Early Birds

Infants: Year 1 Juniors: Year 4

Attendance Bears

Infants: Year 2 Juniors: Year 5

After School Sports

Class Assemblies

Friday assemblies take place in the church hall, 2.55pm-3.25pm.

Friday 21st October Black History Celebration 3-4:30pm
24th October – 28th OctoberHalf term
Friday 4th NovemberY3
Friday 11th NovemberY6 – Remembrance Day
Friday 18th NovemberReception
Friday 25th NovemberAwards Assembly
Friday 2nd DecemberNo assembly – rehearsals
Friday 9th DecemberAwards Assembly

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.

CAMHS Open Minded Webinars

The school also recommends the “Open Minded” webinars. Find our more by clicking here.

“Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities” Courses

Sign up to the course by clicking here. More information can be found here.

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.

Term dates for 2022 – 2023

First day of autumn term Monday 5th September
Half termMonday 24th – Friday 28th October
Last day of autumn term Friday 16th December
First day of spring termWednesday 4th January 2022
Half termMonday 13th – Friday 17th February
Last day of spring termFriday 31st March
First day of summer termMonday 17th April
Half termMonday 29th May – Friday 2nd June
Last day of summer termFriday 21st July