It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci

As we close for a much needed half-term break, we are delighted to be able to share some great news! Following a long and rigorous application process, the school has been awarded Platinum Artsmark status – the highest possible accolade for arts provision that a school can reach. Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England. To achieve Platinum level we had to demonstrate embedded and exciting arts in the curriculum, extracurricular activities, working with artists and arts organisations, arts outreach work with other schools and organisations and evaluating the impact of the arts on the whole community.

The arts is a fundamental part of the curriculum. This is a commitment which is shared by all staff ensuring that all children have access to the highest quality cultural education. Creativity permeates every aspect of our teaching and learning and is reflected in the high standards our children achieve in all subjects at the end of their educational journey with us.

Children are naturally creative. It is our job to give them the freedom, materials and space to let their creativity blossom to its full potential. We applaud our families for their support in enabling us to achieve this.

Pupil Leadership Team

We are delighted to have our new Y6 leadership team for 2021-22. The roles this year include leading on music, reading, wellbeing and community, sports and environment. We look forward to seeing our responsible young leaders develop skills that build confidence, enable them to solve problems creatively, work in a team, as well as work collaboratively with others in the school. We know they will inspire us all!

Autumn Fair

Huge thanks to PiP and all those that organised a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a school, after such a long period of social drought. Thank you to families for giving generously: we raised £1025 which will go towards our arts curriculum projects.

We would also like to thank Morrisons for their generous donations of doughnuts – the doughnut bobbing activity was definitely a big success!

Coach Steve’s Half-Term Multi Activity Camp

Location: Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Lupton St, NW5 2JA

Age: 5-11 years (Reception to Yr 6); Time: 9:00-3:00pm

Cost: Full week = £110 ; Concession = £70; Sibling discount = £10 off each child

To book a place, please email: or phone: 07540 613539

Hurry, a few places still remaining….

Wellbeing Tip of the Week: Belly Breathing

Have you ever noticed how you breathe when you feel relaxed? The next time you first wake up in the morning or just before you fall asleep, try and notice your breathing. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax, which then signals your body to relax.

Belly breathing is easy to do and very relaxing. Try this basic exercise anytime you need to relax or relieve stress:

  1. Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
  2. Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
  4. Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in and use it to push all the air out.
  5. Do this breathing 3 to 10 times. Take your time with each breath.
  6. Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.

Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Webinar Series for Parents/Carers of Primary School aged Children and Secondary School aged Young People

The MHST are pleased to offer parents/carers a series of workshops to support their children’s wellbeing. There are 8 topics in total with workshops being offered until the end of the spring term.

Webinars that are for both Parents/Carers of Primary and Secondary aged children and young people

  • Why Early Intervention Matters: Introducing the MHST
  • All about sleep
  • Therapeutic conversations with your child and young person
  • Screen Time

Webinars for Parents/Carers of Primary aged children

  • Parent-child interactions
  • Managing child worries

Webinars for Parents/Carers of Secondary aged Young People

  • Supporting your Anxious Young Person
  • Understanding Adolescent Development

Each workshop will last up to 60 minutes and have an optional follow-up of 30 minutes for parents/carers to ask questions or discuss the topic further.

Parents and carers can register for any of the above webinars through Eventbrite by clicking here.

Parents and carers can opt in for all topics, or whichever most appeals to them.  The webinar series will run from Friday 12th November 2021 until Thursday 10th March 2022.

The scheduled topics, dates and times are:

Webinar topicIntended Parent AudienceDateTime
Why Early intervention matter: Introducing the MHSTPrimary & SecondaryFriday 12th November 202112.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Parent-child interactions  PrimaryFriday 19th November 202112.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Managing child worries  PrimaryFriday 26th November 202112.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Supporting your Young Person with Anxiety  SecondaryFriday 3rd December 202112.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Understanding Adolescent Development    SecondaryFriday 10th December 2021  12.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Parent-child interactions  PrimaryThursday 20th January 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Managing child worries  PrimaryThursday 27th January 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Supporting your Young Person with Anxiety   SecondaryThursday 3rd February 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Understanding Adolescent Development  SecondaryThursday 10th February 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Therapeutic conversations with your Child and Young Person.Primary & SecondaryThursday 24th February 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
Screen TimePrimary & SecondaryThursday 3rd March 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30
All about sleepPrimary & SecondaryThursday 10th March 202212.00 to 13:00 Q and A 13:00 to 13.30

Attendance and Punctuality

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Whole school attendance picked up this week to 95.2% although we are mindful that tummy bugs and colds are still prevalent.

Attendance Bears are awarded to:

KS1: Y1 at 96.5% KS2: Y6 at 99.3%

Early Birds are awarded to:

KS1: Y2 KS2: Y6

Christian Values – Koinonia

There have been many occasions this term that have enabled us to come together, to reflect, to appreciate and to value all those that make up our school community. We of course have our children at the centre of our purpose but there are so many times that members of our community give something of themselves to us all. This care and generosity is something we then carry with us in our lives, boosted in the knowledge that we are part of something very special – this is the true essence of koinonia.

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Corinthians 1:10

Coming up after half term….

  • Parents Evenings
  • Mitzvah Day
  • Christmas Shows
  • Christmas storytelling

Camden Music Services

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.

Girls Football Development Class (with Coach Steve)

Where: Fleet Primary School, Agincourt Rd, NW3 2QT

When: Every Tuesday 

Time: 5.30-6.30pm 

Age: 6-10 year olds (Year 2 to Year 5)

Cost: First class is FREE (£6 per class thereafter)

For more info, please email Coach Steve –

Term dates for 2021 – 2022

First day of autumn term Friday 3rd September
Half termMonday 25th – Friday 29th October
Last day of autumn term Friday 17th December
First day of spring termWednesday 5th January 2022
Half termMonday 14th – Friday 18th February
Last day of spring termFriday 1st April
First day of summer termTuesday 19th April
Half termMonday 30th May – Friday 3rd June
Last day of summer termWednesday 20th July