Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop        questioning.

Albert Einstein

We look forward to having a full Reception class next week; our new additions this week have been such a joy!

It was lovely to welcome parents and carers into school on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning this week for our ‘Meet the Teacher’ events. We look forward to working in partnership with you all throughout the coming year, as we strive to provide a rich education and caring community for your wonderful children. If you were unable to attend, please do remember that you are welcome to speak to your child’s class teacher at pick-up time, and of course Ms Dolan and Mr McIntyre are available at the start and end of each school day. For a longer talk, please arrange to meet your child’s teacher by calling the school office.

Moving On to Secondary School in Camden event – 28 September

Camden’s Moving On event for parents of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils is taking place on Wednesday, 28 September, from 4pm to 6.30pm, at Arlington House, Arlington Road, Camden Town NW1 7HE.

This is parents’ opportunity to:

  • Get advice on how to apply for a Year 7 secondary school place from Camden admissions team
  • Find out what Camden secondary schools have to offer their child
  • Speak with heads, students and staff from our secondary schools.

Parents / carers need to register on eventbrite.co.uk (search for ‘Camden Moving On’).

Parents of children in Y6, please arrange a meeting with me if you would like to discuss secondary transfer.

Reading at home

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a significant difference to children’s educational performance. Children who read for enjoyment every day develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

Reading for pleasure is also more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background. We believe that teaching children to read is fundamental and aim to empower children with this skill as young as possible in order for them to use reading to learn.

We ask parents to support their children in reading daily at home; please see the attached guidance.

Polio vaccine

As parents will be aware, some traces of polio were found in a water sewage site in North London that serves eight boroughs – including Camden. There haven’t been any confirmed cases of polio yet, and the NHS has said that the risk to people is low. However, the sewage samples do suggest that polio may be circulating in the community. We know that this might raise concerns, but we can help to protect children and the wider community by making sure every child is up to date with their polio vaccinations. The vaccine is safe, effective and free, and it will help to protect your child and others across Camden and London from polio. We urge families to ensure that if they have a child aged between 1-9 years old, they are vaccinated as soon as possible. If you want to find out more about polio and the vaccine, you can visit nhs.uk/polio; nhs.uk/vaccinations or speak to your GP.

Autumn 1 Christian Value – Koinonia

Koinonia, meaning ‘fellowship’ or ‘shared community’, is a value that we have seen in action recently as the country has come together to mourn the loss of our late Queen, whether by following her final journey from Balmoral to London or even by visiting Westminster Hall where she is lying in state, and on Monday people of all faiths and communities will be represented at her funeral.  At this time, we remember in our thoughts and prayers all those who have lost loved ones. We are thankful for the supportive families and communities around us, including our school community. It is a great comfort that at difficult times, we have people around us to whom we can turn for support, care and compassion.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4

Attendance and Punctuality

This week our school attendance was 97%.

Early Birds

KS1: Y1 KS2: Y4

Attendance Bears

KS1: Y1 KS2: Y4

Class Assemblies

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

Friday 23rd SeptemberY5
Friday 30th SeptemberY1
Friday 7th OctoberY4
Friday 14th OctoberY2
Friday 21st OctoberBlack History
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.

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.

Community Events/Activities

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