As we begin to prepare for a slightly different summer holiday break, I urge you to take time for the following: read for pleasure each day, be active, minimise screen time and show care for one another.
We were delighted that Y6 were able to mark their end of primary school with some very special memories. One of these was performing in a wonderful film of The Tempest. We were able to watch the premiere together with families in Holy Trinity Church yesterday and now want to share it with the rest of the school. There is also a film where Y6 share their memories of HTSS and their aspirations for the future.
We want to wish our incredible Y6 children nothing but the best for their future endeavours, successes and happiness. We will miss them dearly!
“You can encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou
As an added motivation for reading, I am delighted to share the Summer Reading Challenge 2020. The theme this year is ‘Silly Squad’ celebrating funny books and laughter which can only be a boost! See the link below for further information.
“Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some to be chewed and digested.” — Francis Bacon
I would also like to remind families of the fantastic ‘Creativity Book,’ made and designed by Y6 and Ms Periton. It has been posted on class Purple Mash pages but this link will also take you to it.
We very much look forward to welcoming all children back to school on Thursday 3rd September. Please ensure that you have read the letter with information about the return to school. A copy has also been e-mailed out today and it can be found under School Term Dates on the website.
A reminder of class teachers and teaching assistants from September:
|Reception||Ms Petrou, Ms Powley & Mrs McQueen|
|Year 1||Ms Sun & Mrs Gashi & Ms Sandzi|
|Year 2||Mrs Evans & Mrs Kabir|
|Year 3||Ms Law & Ms Bergin|
|Year 4||Ms Risby & Ms Clayton|
|Year 5||Ms Wainer & Mrs Hough|
|Year 6||Ms Robey, Ms Woolway (part time) & Ms Hall|
For families of children going into Y6, secondary transfer is looking a little unclear at the moment. The advice from Camden is to look on the individual school websites for information on open evening events. There is also a booklet on the Camden website: https://www.camden.gov.uk/secondary-school-admissions
A reminder that the closing date for ordering uniform has passed. Any uniform ordered in the summer holidays will not be available until three weeks into the term. This is due to current restrictions in the ordering process.
From September all children will be expected to be in full school uniform and wearing black footwear.
Summer in Camden – activities for children and young people in Camden
Coach Steve’s Summer Sports Camps
Coach Steve will be running 3 Football & Multi Activity Camps in the summer holidays. He has planned and set up for all of the camps to meet the same health and safety guidance as we are operating under: 3 bubble groups of 15, good hand hygiene and LOTS of outdoor activities.
Week 1: Monday 20th – Friday 24th July (Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Kentish Town, NW5 2JA)
Week 2: Monday 27th – Friday 31st July (Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Kentish Town, NW5 2JA)
Week 3: Monday 24th – Friday 28th August (Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath, NW5 1LT)
Age: 5-11 years (Reception to Yr 6) Time: 9am – 3pm
Cost: Full week = £100 (to keep bubble intact, he cannot take single day bookings); Concession = £65; Sibling discount = 20% off second child
To book a place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07540 613539.
Castlehaven have organised a summer holiday course – click on this link for more details. They are prioritising the bursary places for local children so I encourage you to fill out the short form which can be found here: https://bloomsburyfootball.com/kca-financial-assistance-summer-2020
Camden Summer University. Bookings for more than 30 free courses in arts, fashion, sport, media, business and life skills are now open for 13 to 19 year olds who live in Camden or attend a local school or youth centre. The programme runs from 27 July to 28 August, with courses taking place either online or in a face-to-face, socially distanced way. To view courses and book places, visit www.cmdn.co.uk
Bloomsbury Football is running holiday courses this summer from 20 July onwards at three venues: Acland Burghley School in Tufnell Park, King’s Cross Academy in the new King’s Cross Development, and Castlehaven Pitch, Camden. Due to Government guidance, courses are capped at a reduced maximum capacity and are likely to be oversubscribed. Please visit their website, contact Marcus on 07565 959 951 or at email@example.com for all holiday course enquiries.
Youth centres. These are due to reopen during the summer and a programme of activities, run by Council youth centres, local sports clubs and voluntary youth and play projects, will be published before the end of term on the Camden Rise website: www.camdenrise.co.uk/things-to-do
Play schemes. Play centres in Camden are preparing to welcome children aged four to 12 on site when the school holiday begins. Most providers plan to open from 27 July to 21 August, though places are limited and children with disabilities, those in need and children of critical workers are being given priority. Visit www.camden.gov.uk/play
Eco Cook-up Competition. Calling all young chefs – come up with a creative, eco-friendly recipe in Camden’s Eco Cook-up Competition, run by the Council with Think & Do Camden and Camden Climate Change Alliance. Your winning entry could end up on the school lunch menu. See flyer attached or find more and enter here: www.thinkanddocamden.org.uk/eco-cook-up-competition
For families of older children, through Camden Learning, CoachBright will be offering 10 to 12 pupils, from each secondary school in KS4, the opportunity to receive one-to-one tutoring in either English or maths for four sessions in order to support pupils to fill in gaps they may have due to school closures. This can be done by setting up a meeting through Calendly here.
5 x 5 Mindfulness for Children online sessions for primary aged children – Camden Educational Psychology Service
Here are some exciting new resources, which are now available on Camden’s YouTube channel for families to use.
The 5 x 5 Mindfulness for Children online sessions are, as their name suggests, in five parts and each is about five minutes long, and they have been developed and filmed by Dr Gemma Atkinson, of Camden’s Educational Psychology Service, specifically for Camden schools and families.
Gemma is an educational psychologist in Camden and a Rainbow children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher who works in many of our schools to support the learning and social and emotional development of children and young people.
She said: “I am passionate about promoting positive mental health and wellbeing and believe that mindfulness is an essential life skill that can promote feelings of calm and contentment (a key pre-requisite for learning).
“Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to our direct experience in the present moment and without judgement. These short videos are designed to help children to develop their very own toolbox of mindfulness-based strategies that they can use at any time to feel calm, relaxed and at ease in the present moment.”
The practices in the videos are aimed at primary aged children (ages 4 to 11). However, younger children may need an adult to support them with some of the activities. All of the videos come with full English subtitles – please click the icon in the lower right hand side of the screen to switch them on.
The videos (see links to each episode below) can be used flexibly – at home or in school – and can be practised individually or in a group e.g. for the whole family at home:
- 5 x 5 Mindfulness for Children – Episode 1. Breathing is Brilliant
- 5 x 5 Mindfulness for Children – Episode 2. Magical Movement – Calm Yoga
- 5 x 5 Mindfulness for Children – Episode 3. Relaxing Raisins
- 5 x 5 Mindfulness for Children – Episode 4. Super Stories
- 5 x 5 Mindfulness for Children – Episode 5. The Power of Positivity
Building relationships for stronger families – a new programme for parents
Life has many challenges that impact our relationships but the current situation may well have stretched families to breaking point. The Tavistock Centre are offering: The ‘Building Relationships for Stronger Families’ programme which may be able to help you if you feel that stress and conflict in your relationship are affecting your family. Click here to find out more.
Thankfulness is much more than saying “Thank you” because we have to. Thankfulness is a way to experience the world, a way to perceive, a way to be surprised. Thankfulness is having open eyes and a short distance between the eyes and the heart.
To acknowledge others, to say thank you, is a mark of greatness. The courage to thank changes not only the person who gains this insight. It also changes the environment, the world, and those who surround that person.
Gratitude is creative. People bound together by gratitude are always discovering and awakening abundant sources of strength. The more thankful a person is, the richer he or she is within. Thankful people store up in their grateful memory all the good experiences of the past, just as the French proverb states: “Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”
“Jesus exclaimed, I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.” Matthew 11:25
Church Opening Times
S. Silas Church is open daily at 12-1:30pm and on a Sunday 10:30-12:30pm.
Holy Trinity Church is open on Sundays from 9-10:15am
Sunday Masses are at the usual times of 9:30am at Holy Trinity, 11am & 6pm at S. Silas. Until Sunday School can resume the Homily at 9:30am Mass will specifically include the children.
Donations via ParentPay
We would like to remind parents that they can donate to our appeal for classroom iPads on ParentPay.
Term dates for 2020 – 2021
|First day of autumn term||Thursday 3rd September 2020|
|Half term||Monday 26th – Friday 30th October|
|Last day of autumn term||Friday 18th December|
|First day of spring term||Monday 4th January 2021|
|Half term||Monday 15th – Friday 19th February|
|Last day of spring term||Thursday 1st April|
|First day of summer term||Monday 19th April|
|Half term||Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June|
|Last day of summer term||Friday 16th July|