All great achievements require time.Maya Angelou
Parents will have received information about parents evening meetings for after half term. Please ensure that you sign up for an appointment. Parents are expected to attend so please ensure that you have a way of remembering the date and time you have booked. There are a couple of differences of days and timings in some classes. Ideally, to support the building of relationships post COVID restrictions, it is better for parents to attend in person but if any parents would prefer, a Zoom meeting could be arranged by contacting the school office.
Black History Month
The theme for this year’s Black History Month 2021 is ‘Proud to Be…’ The Black History Month organisation is actively encouraging all Black people, especially children, to be proud of their African and/or Caribbean roots.
There is also a drive to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout our history. Click this link to find out more about the themes your children will be exploring.
We were delighted that earlier this week, a group of our Year 3 and Year 4 children took part in an after-school benchball competition, held at Talacre Sports Centre. The children had to all mix up into teams with pupils from various other Camden primary schools and compete in a series of games. They really enjoyed meeting new people and competing against one another. A huge well done to the whole team and a special mention to Ad-din, Elias and James for their excellent display of sportsmanship throughout the entire event.
Wellbeing tip of the week: Reflecting on inequalities in Mental Health
World Mental Health Day
Sunday 10th October 2021 marked World Mental Health Day and the theme for this year was inequalities in mental health. It can be positive for our wellbeing to take the time to think about the perspective of others and how their experience of mental health may affect them. For example, we know that:
- In 2020, 1 in 6 young people had a mental health problem compared to 1 in 10 in 2017;
- People from communities that suffer racial abuse are at a higher risk of developing a mental health difficulty but less likely to get support;
- Black people are 4x more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than white people.
This week, you might like to think about how you can use your voice and your knowledge to speak out, spread the word and help to make small changes to these inequalities. You can use the above information to start conversations with friends, check in with someone who you know struggles with their mental health or is having a hard time at the moment. Think about how you can help someone to get some additional support, if they need it. You might even like to do some research to find out more about mental health inequalities and how you can raise awareness of the issue.
For more information, visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day
Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Webinar Series for Parents/Carers of Primary School aged Children and Secondary School aged Young People
The MHST are pleased to offer parents/carers a series of workshops to support their children’s wellbeing. There are 8 topics in total with workshops being offered until the end of the spring term.
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
Webinars for Parents/Carers of Secondary aged Young People
- Supporting your Anxious Young Person
- Understanding Adolescent Development
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 of the above webinars through Eventbrite by clicking here.
Parents and carers can opt in for all topics, or whichever most appeals to them. The webinar series will run from Friday 12th November 2021 until Thursday 10th March 2022.
The scheduled topics, dates and times are:
|Webinar topic||Intended Parent Audience||Date||Time|
|Why Early intervention matter: Introducing the MHST||Primary & Secondary||Friday 12th November 2021||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Parent-child interactions||Primary||Friday 19th November 2021||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Managing child worries||Primary||Friday 26th November 2021||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Supporting your Young Person with Anxiety||Secondary||Friday 3rd December 2021||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Understanding Adolescent Development||Secondary||Friday 10th December 2021||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Parent-child interactions||Primary||Thursday 20th January 2022||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|Managing child worries||Primary||Thursday 27th January 2022||12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30|
|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|
Attendance and Punctuality
Whole school attendance this week was 92.9% – quite a drastic reduction for us, due to a stomach illness in Reception class.
Attendance Bears are awarded to:
KS1: Y1 at 95.3% KS2: Y3 at 100%
Early Birds are awarded to:
KS1: Y1 KS2: Y5
Christian Values – Koinonia
Our Autumn Fair is a wonderful community event that brings us together in a month that has also seen Harvest Festival, a time when Christians are reminded of all the good things God gives them. This spurs people on to share with others who are not so fortunate by bringing food from home to donate. It also helps Christians to remember that not everyone has as much as they do and challenges them to be generous to others; they are equally reminded of God’s faithfulness in continuing to provide for us.
As with our Autumn Fair, Harvest Festival is a time for feasting, celebrating and giving thanks, which in turn can only bring joy and happiness.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9
Coach Steve’s Half-Term Multi Activity Camp
Location: Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Lupton St, NW5 2JA
Age: 5-11 years (Reception to Yr 6); Time: 9:00-3:00pm
Cost: Full week = £110 ; Concession = £70; Sibling discount = £10 off each child
Limited spaces available.
We’re hosting an ECO day in collaboration with TfL, Sustrans and Camden Clean Air on Friday 22 October. Dr Bike will be back on that morning so if anyone wants to have their bikes checked/repaired, please sign up by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There are only 27 spaces, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.
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
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
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|