If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die.

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Workshop for Parents

The world of social media can be a great way of bringing us together and sharing ideas as well as offering alternative ways of thinking. That said, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see the positives when we see and hear of the damage it can have on the mental health and well being of the susceptible young minds in our care.

The obvious fact that children do not access social media at school means that it is parents who have to navigate and monitor their child’s online activity and presence. While some parents understandably choose to distance young children from this world, there will come a time when they will have the independence to use social media. We want to support parents in managing this fast moving industry with the most up to date information through this training so please do sign up.

Sports day – Friday 23rd June at Castlehaven Pitch from 10am – 1pm

All are welcome although other than PiP representatives running events and refreshments, parents will stand on the outside of the fencing. This will make it easier to follow the classes around the pitch as they move between events.

Children will need to bring a packed lunch. They will return to school to have their lunches and will continue with the rest of the day as normal. Parents will be able to leave once the sports events have finished at around 1pm.

Save the date: Saturday 8th July – HTSS Summer Fair

We urgently need raffle prizes so please could parents focus on seeking these from friends, family and any local or known businesses.

Class Assemblies

Friday class assemblies this term are a collective worship session led by each class on the following dates. Thank you to Y2 who helped us this week to think about how we do not need riches to enter heaven but we do need to give in our care and love for one another and trust in God always being there for us.

  • Friday 30th June – Y1

Shakespeare Performances

Infants: Tuesday 11th July – 10am & 2pm

Y3/Y4: Friday 14th July – 10am & 2pm

Y5/Y6: Tuesday 18th July at 6pm; Wednesday 19th July at 10am

Christian Value of Wisdom

Our collective worship focus for this week has been monastic life. We learnt how people gave up their worldly goods, formed communities devoted to God’s work and focused on living their lives following certain rules. The first monks were people who went to live on their own on the edge of the desert but many found this too difficult so they started to meet this challenge together. One of the earliest examples of this is Anthony of Egypt, whose care for others led to the growth of a community around him based on his example of living an ascetic and isolated life devoted to serving God. Many people wanted to follow his spiritual way of life.

We also heard about S. Benedict, whose life was marked by education, prayer, penitence and miracles. The Benedictine Rule (the rule Benedict wrote for his monks) was designed to enable his followers to open their hearts and minds to God.

Monastic life gives us an example of how some Christians have found a way to focus on what they need, rather than on what they want. While we might not follow the same strict rules as Anthony and Benedict, we can still hope to be inspired by their wisdom and make similarly wise choices in our lives, and seek spiritual enrichment not just earthly desires.

 It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Matthew 4:4

Wellbeing Tip

Attendance and Punctuality

Early Birds

Infants: Year 2 Juniors: Year 4

Attendance Bears

Infants: Year 1 with 94% Juniors: Year 3 with 100%!

Parent Support


Camden Mental Health Support Team (MHST) free webinar and in-person workshop for June & July:

* Secondary transition webinar for parents of Y6 children

* Emotion Coaching in-person workshop for primary age children (Emotion Coaching is a strategy we use in school to support children with identifying emotions, validating feelings and setting boundaries and limits around children’s behaviour).

  1. For parents and carers of Year 6 children moving to secondary school in September 2023

The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) are running a parent and carer webinar around supporting young people currently in Year 6 with the move from primary to secondary school. The webinar will be held online via Zoom and lasts for 60 minutes, with an optional follow-up slot of 30 minutes for questions and comments:

Friday 23rd June, 12:00-13:30

To sign up, please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-transition-from-year-6-to-secondary-school-universal-tickets-602552449597

2. For parents and carers of primary school age children: Emotion Coaching

On Monday 10th July and Monday 17th July from 12:15 to 14:15, the MHST are holding a two-part, in person workshop at the Tavistock Centre on Emotion Coaching. This is a parenting approach that explores steps to support identifying a child’s emotions, validating their feelings and setting boundaries and limits around children’s behaviour. It is hoped that this workshop will provide a space where parents and carers can come together to hear about Emotion Coaching but also to learn from one another and to share their experiences.

To sign up, please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/147523519819

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.

Community Activities/Events

Castlehaven Events

  • Camden Father’s Day Event – Saturday 17th June 2023, 11am-3pm on the Castlehaven Sports pitch and park – Completely free event for Camden Fathers and Male carers of children.
  • Zen in Mind – Thursday 22nd June 2023, 12pm-4pm on paved Hawley Road (opposite the Castlehaven Community Centre), The Zen Bus is back for a 4th time. Providing free workshops & activities, mindfulness sessions, massage, yoga and meditation plus loads more. Food and refreshments provided. Completely free event. All welcome.  
  • Windrush 75th Celebration PartySat 24th June between 12pm-4pm, we are still waiting on promotional items to be sent. This event will be celebrating the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary OF HMT Empires Windrush’s arrival at the port of Tilbury in 1948.  Please come and join us in a celebration of Afro Caribbean music, food, art, dance and history – this event is completely free!
  • LGBTIQ+ Outsider Pride Sober PicnicWednesday 28th June 2023 12.30pm till 4pm, in Castlehaven Community Park, this event is a sober and inclusive gathering free from corporate branding and rainbow logos. Families, activists, and allies are all welcome to come together and commemorate the Stonewall riots and the LGBTIQ+ homeless individuals who bravely fought for their rights.
  • Summer Scheme with Activ8 & Rebound (8-17yrs)Starting on Monday 24th July until Thursday 17th August 2023. Please see attached flyer for more details. Bookings are essential and all sessions are free. Children must live in the Camden borough to attend.

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 2023
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