Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

Michael Jordan

Huge congratulations to our junior girls football team whose consistently strong performances throughout the season in the Camden Central League resulted in them being declared champions this week!

The girls lost their first game 1-0 to Rosary, which put them under a lot of pressure because this meant that they had to win their final match, if they were going to win the league. They played a really hard fought match against Eleanor Palmer and through their extreme perseverance, our star striker Jasmine scored a super goal and they went on to win the game 1-0. The girls ended the season with 7 wins, 0 draws, 2 losses and a total of 30 points. The girls will now go on to compete against the other 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams from around the borough, in the Camden Football League Finals. This will be played on Tuesday 21st February, at Talacre Sports Centre. More information to come…

They are the first girls team in the history of HTSS playing the Camden Schools Football League to come 1st place. What an amazing achievement; we are all super proud! We also want to thank Miss Hall for her energy and support of the team throughout the season.

We are equally proud of our boys team who were equally committed and showed incredible teamwork throughout the season. Unfortunately it was not their time but it certainly was not for lack of effort.

Final appreciation must go to our amazing Coach Steve whose passion, commitment and belief in every child’s sporting capability ensures that all our children compete against other schools at such a high level. Please see information below on Coach Steve’s February half term club.

Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Give Yourself a Compliment!

Do you ever catch yourself being overly self critical, or thinking mean thoughts about yourself? Being overly negative or telling ourselves we are no good can really damage our self-esteem and can stop us from trying. Giving yourself a compliment and practising positive self-talk is crucial to achieving a healthy mindset, boosting our self-esteem and giving us the confidence to accomplish our goals. Give yourself credit for the things you do well, don’t take them for granted or brush them off as nothing.

Starting your day with positive self-talk focuses your attention on positive things and improves our overall well-being. Here are some things you could try:

  • I’m proud of myself for trying
  • I forgive myself for my mistakes and I’m going to learn from them
  • I’m doing my best and that’s all that matters
  • 3 things I did well today are….
  • I am strong, I am smart, I am enough!

Christian Value of Endurance

This week we continued to look at the birth and early life of Jesus. It is actually quite difficult to follow the order of events which are retold in only two of the four gospels – those of Matthew and Luke. Just as it is a challenge to organise the events of Jesus’ early life into chronological order, it is even more challenging for us to follow the example of Jesus in all that we do and say. The easy thing would be not even to attempt to live up to his perfect example. However, God knows that we are flawed and that we will make mistakes, therefore the reward for our endurance and courage in never giving up trying is God’s forgiveness.

 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them.  And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”  And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 5: 27-33

Attendance and Punctuality

We continue with good attendance and have been mentioned in the Camden attendance newsletter for our super attendance! Whole school attendance this week was 97%

Early Birds

Infants: Reception Juniors: Year 3

Attendance Bears

Infants: Reception with 98% Juniors: Year 6 with 99%

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Free Webinars

Nutrition and Mood – Assess impact of diet, understand which supplements are helpful, practical ideas to influence diet for the better.
Mindful Emotion Coaching – Neurodiversity inclusive, trauma-informed approach to wellness. FREE
Depression: Identifying and Supporting Children and Young People – Understand how depression presents, the role physical exercise may play, and tech and online interventions. FREE
Identifying and responding effectively to Traumatic BereavementDavid Trickey delivers a comprehensive session packed with tips and advice. FREE
FREE webinars from education professionals on Substance Use, Bereavement, Social Media

Community Activities/Events

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.

“Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities” Courses

Sign up to the course by clicking here. More information can be found here.

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 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