While we are all inundated by national and world news, for updates on COVID from a Camden perspective go to the Camden New Journal via this link.
It may be helpful for families to know that for the latest 7 day period (November 01 – November 07), Camden has the 3rd lowest rate of COVID-19 cases amongst the 32 London boroughs at 108.9 per 100,000 population. The overall London rate is 158.5. Thank you for playing an important part in keeping infection rates down by maintaining social distancing at drop-off and pick-up times.
There is an online event for parents with concerns related to the pandemic and schools next Thursday. To sign up, follow the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/back-at-school-parent-covid-19-event-tickets-127695028267
FLU VACCINE: This year Camden are aiming for at least 75% uptake across eligible groups for the flu vaccine. As you know, the nursing team has inoculated many of our children, however approximately one third of our pupils have not taken up the offer of this important vaccine.
Flu is a respiratory virus that kills on average 11,000 people a year and children are super spreaders of flu, passing it on to other members of their families and the community. That’s one of the reasons the flu vaccine is offered free for all children aged 2-12 years old.
An intramuscular (IM) injection is available for children who parents refuse the nasal vaccine on the basis of the porcine content, and for those that require the IM injection for health reasons. The IM injection is offered in catch up clinics. Telephone: 020 3317 5076 (Immunisation office) or 020 3317 5074 (Immunisation Nurse).
Our communal displays have been adorned with a sea of faces created using different media and the style of various artists through the genre of portraiture.
Thank you to families for supporting Mitzvah Day with so many food donations.
The Castlehaven Foodbank were very appreciative of your contributions.
Winter Fest Photography Competition with Castlehaven Community Centre
Castlehaven community centre, in collaboration with our school, invite the local community to get behind their cameras in time for the festive season this year. You can use phone cameras, digital, manual or indeed any camera to capture a winter mood that has inspired you, whether it be an object, a person, a self portrait, an interior, an urban setting or a scene from nature. Children and parents competing from Holy Trinity & S Silas can submit images directly to school: firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date of the competition will be Tuesday 1st December at 6pm. We will be announcing three prize winners via a live Zoom ceremony taking place on December 9th at 5pm. Zoom details for the session will be sent out nearer the date by email. Please be sure to give your name, gender and age when submitting your photographic entry and please ensure to send your photo as an attachment on your email…We look forward to all your entries! Information on prizes to follow…
Geography Dress Up Day – Friday 27th November
This half term has seen a focus on geography. As a celebration of the subject we have organised a day to get creative and dress up in some relative way to a country, a landmark or a geographical feature!
The money raised will go towards the Royal Geographic Society, a charity who reach millions of people each year through their work in advancing geography and supporting geographers.
Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas School Dinner
We are having Christmas dinner on Christmas Jumper day, Friday 11th December. Please find the Christmas Menu attached. The dinner is a one off payment of £2.45 and payable on Parentpay on the day. You will also need to bring £1 to school if you are sporting your Christmas jumpers.
Please would you let Miss Stenmark know ASAP if your child is having the vegetarian option or if you do not want your child to have the Christmas dinner at all. E-mail: email@example.com
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Quality time with family or friends
Try to find some time to do an activity as a family or household, such as going to the park, playing a board game, cooking together, or making arts and crafts. Spending quality time together can strengthen our relationships, help us to reconnect with others and encourage positive communication. Bonding with loved ones increases dopamine levels, which helps us to feel good and promotes positive wellbeing.
Relationships Education Policy and PSHE Curriculum
You will have received an email requesting your time to look at the teaching of relationships at our school and share any thoughts or feedback that you might have. The deadline for this is Friday 27th November.
Follow this link to see our updated art page.
Attendance and Early Birds
Reception – 99.3% Y4 – 99.3%
Y2 & Y4
Well done to the classes with the highest attendance and best punctuality. Please can we remind parents of the importance of children arriving in time for the start of the school day. Lateness is extremely unsettling for children and can often negatively impact their day.
We need of your support for prizes: despite not having a Christmas Fair, the very popular Christmas raffle will still go ahead! Please confirm if you can provide an item, such as: vouchers (books/stores/experiences); items that children (and parents!) would love to win; homemade goodies such as a tray of cookies. Please let the school office know via email or phone ASAP if you have something to donate.
The tea-towels have been sent to the printers but we have been given a small extention over the weekend. You can follow this link to place your order by Monday morning.
Here is a sneak preview of our two wonderful designs. They have brought cheer to us this week and they are sure to bring some smiles to our families as well.
Please see the table below for days and times.
|Before school (8.00-8.40am)|| ||Y6 multi-sport|| Y1 multi-sport|
|After school (3.30-4.30pm)||Y4 multi-sport||Y3 multi-sport||Y5 multi-sport||Y2 multi-sport |
Donations via ParentPay for iPads
Boost your donations by 25%! Any donations you have recently made to the school towards our iPad fundraising, or any future donations to the school, could be eligible for Gift Aid. If you are a UK tax payer and want to boost your donations click here for a Gift Aid form. Please email an electronically completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring back to school with your child. This will help us get even closer to our target. Thank you for your continued support.
- Individual and group lessons are now taking place; if you would like to take up an instrument, please contact Camden Music
- Recorder for Y3 is on Wednesdays
- Class bands for Y4, Y5 & Y6 are on Thursdays. If you would like an additional one to one brass lesson, please contact Camden Music.
When we reflect on the wisdom of working together, there is a need for a common language to understand each other. Some people think that they can manage everything on their own. The same people might try to make themselves more important than others, and have more possessions. Working together is not always smooth and has many challenges, but the outcome is always sweeter and more fulfilling when we show the wisdom to listen to others and value what is shared.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.James 1:19
Castlehaven Community Centre is a hub of opportunities and events so please go to their website for details of what they have to offer including the projects below:
- Activ8 Programme is a new after school club for children from 8-13 years old.
- The Community Park and and Horticulture Hub runs various family events and activities.
- C-19 Foodbank is currently running for people and families in need at Clarence Hall in the Clarence Way Estate.
- Recent months have seen many changes at Littlehaven Nursery resulting in the provision being recognised as being ‘good’ by Ofsted. Some of our new Reception families speak highly of the nursery and about how much their children enjoyed it. They currently have nursery spaces so please contact them if you would like to find out more.
- We also wanted to let you know that Littlehaven Nursery is currently running a breakfast club for children in Reception and Year 1
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|