Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.Tom Stoppard
It was a very fitting end to a disrupted academic year to come together on Parliament Hill for such a wonderful sports day! This is how we will move forward in the autumn term: as a whole school working, playing and being together – parents included! We will contact you at the beginning of September with details of how we are reuniting. Unfortunately we are having to start the year on a Friday (3rd Sept) but this will be a special day during which children will be involved in various teambuilding activities so we expect to be welcoming all children back.
In relation to COVID 19 – as you will be aware, cases continue to rise and we do need you to keep us informed if your child tests positive over the next 10 days. Please contact Ms Dolan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you a wonderful summer break and some very special family time, along with some much needed sunshine!
Governor Reports to Parents
Please do take the time to read the end of year report from our governing body.
Staffing for Next Year
|Reception||Miss Petrou, Miss Dale & Mrs McQueen|
|Y1||Miss Sun, Miss Powley, Mrs Kabir & Miss Sanzi (PT)|
|Y2||Miss Woolway & Mrs Evans, Miss Hall Hall & Miss Sanzi (PT)|
|Y3||Miss See & Miss Clayton|
|Y4||Miss Risby, Mrs Gashi & Miss Bergin|
|Y5||Miss Wainer & Mrs Hough|
|Y6||Miss Robey & Miss Buchanan|
Mental Health support over the summer holidays
Both the Camden Mental Health Service Team (MHST) and Children and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS), collectively ‘Open Minded,’ are available and take self-referrals. Follow this link to find out more information and to fill in a form for self-referral. You can also refer through your GP. https://tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/care-and-treatment/our-clinical-services/camden-camhs-open-minded/
The North Central London (NCL) crisis line, which has CAMHS specific input, is open 24/7/365, providing support to people of all ages in crisis across the NCL area (which covers the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington).
The line also includes additional specific CAMHS resources to support children and parents/carers between 9am and midnight every day. Between midnight and 9am, the call centre staff will manage all calls to the line, with a follow-up from specialist CAMHS from 9am if required. When children or young people call the line during the hours in which the additional CAMHS resource is operating, they will be triaged by the crisis line. If there is no immediate high risk to the patient, they will be passed on to their local CAMHS team, whether there is an active referral or not.
Open Minded can also be contacted for self-referrals: South Admin phone is 020 8938 2700; North Admin phone is 020 8938 2232.
Shakespeare Films & Concerts
We hope that families love the Romeo and Juliet films (infants, Y3/Y4, Y5/Y6). Your children have shone through and are now captured for life in this incredibly special and unique performance. Enjoy the many years of pleasure these films will bring!
All pianists and Y4, Y5 and Y6 band concerts have now been shared with you. The password-protected videos are on the music page of our website, and Ms Stenmark has texted the passwords to parents and carers.
Summer Reading Challenge
As the summer approaches, we should be looking forward to having more time to get lost in a book. This is something that we also urge parents to be doing with their children. This is the time when you can really promote the enjoyment of reading and we want to help with this message by adding an element of competition which we hope will spur on all children!
Times Tables Rock Stars Challenge
Please make sure your child continues to practise their times tables over the summer. Number fluency is the most important aspect of maths and underpins all other areas of the subject, but very quickly gets ‘rusty’ if not practised regularly! If your child keeps improving their multiplication and division skills during the holiday, they can hit the ground running in September when they join their new class and begin their year feeling confident.
‘Little and often’ is the best approach, rather than infrequent, lengthy sessions of screen time. The final two weeks of holiday are particularly vital; in September, there will be a prize for the three children in each class (Years 3 to 6) who have improved the most on Times Tables Rock Stars in the final two weeks of holiday. Good luck!
Attendance and Punctuality
The whole-school attendance dropped a bit this week to 96.8%, mainly due to the rise in COVID cases both locally and nationally. Well done to Year 1 for winning the bear this week and to Y3 for topping the table in KS2.
Y1: 97% Y4: 97.5%
Y1 & Y4
Christian Values – Koinonia, Wisdom, Endurance, Forgiveness, Compassion & Service
As we come to the end of our academic year, we must stop to reflect on our school Christian values. These are at the heart of school life and are shared daily with the whole community through relationships, school practices, teaching and collective worship. While we focus on each one every half term, they are intertwined and mutually beneficial. We urge that the Christian values are not left at the school gate – to fully understand and embrace them, children need to see them in action both in their community and at home.
We believe these values empower our pupils to develop their spirituality and guide them in personal development as effective learners and good citizens.
And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.Luke 11: 9-10
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Pause for Reflection
As we approach the end of another academic year, we might like to spend some time reflecting on the past year, whilst also thinking about what the coming year may bring us. Practising reflection is one of the best ways to shift our mindset, increase positivity, and discover a greater understanding of ourselves. The past year and a half has been difficult for many of us, having to deal with lockdowns, uncertainty, stress and loss. However, it was also a time where we could re-assess our lives and consider any changes we want to make to improve our overall wellbeing.
Here are some examples of what you might like to reflect on:
- Challenges I faced over the last year and how I overcame them;
- New skills/games/activities I learnt and how they helped me;
- Different ways I learnt to connect with friends/family;
- Positive things I discovered about myself and how I like to cope;
- Any goals/aspirations I want to set myself for the year ahead.
Coach Steve’s Summer Multi Activity Camps
Where: Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Lupton St, NW5 2JA
When: Week 1 – Monday 26th to Friday 30th July
Week 2 – Monday 2nd to Friday 6th August
Week 3 – Monday 9th to Friday 13th August
Age: 5-11 year olds
Cost: Full week = £110 / Concession rate = £70
For more info, please email Coach Steve at – email@example.com
Secondary School Events
We will be hosting a Meet the Parents event on Wednesday September 29th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Families from Camden’s local secondaries will be here to talk openly about their experience of their schools, and answer any questions you might have. The project is also running two online events covering all Camden schools. For more information please go to: https://meettheparents.info/news/
Barnardos have a helpline for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children, young people and parents/carers, that are affected by Covid-19. They are available to hear about any worries, problems and stresses during this time, and can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.
Camden Healthy Eating Support Team
Camden Learning are offering FREE virtual healthy eating sessions for families. The sessions cover a range of healthy eating support, including: eating well at home; fun breakfast ideas and hidden sugars; understanding labels and portion sizes; and strategies to raise healthy eaters. ‘Fussy eating’ strategies are discussed in each topic. You are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. Times and contact details are listed on the flier here.
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|