As we approach the end of a busy half term, it has been both a comfort and a joy to see children’s enthusiasm for learning exploding out of the bubbles! While we are still living in a time of such uncertainty, we will continue to forge ahead and look forward to providing alternative opportunities for children to develop and share their performance skills in the next half of term.
Black History Month
The last couple of weeks have seen our children inspired by the lives, actions and culture of black people both in the UK and beyond. Younger children have learnt about well known individuals: Rosa Parks, who confronted the problem of racial discrimination in order to wake people up to racial injustice; and Mary Seacole, who set an inspiring example of courage and compassion. The older classes have explored specific times in history where people of colour have had significant disadvantages due to race, such as Windrush and Apartheid. We believe in educating our future generations that change does not come without struggle and sacrifice – and that rarely does a lone individual, no matter how successful, change society without community support. While the ‘Black Lives Matter’ cause is another step forward, we know that it is the young minds in front of us that have to make change happen and make it stick!
Go to the class blogs to find out more.
A taste of art inspired by black artists….
Reception/Year 1 – Frank Bowling.
Guyana-born British abstract artist who studied alongside Hockney but who only had his first retrospective at the age of 85.
Year 2 – Alma Woodsey Thomas
Abstract artist who was the first African American artist to show at the Whitney Museum in New York.
Year 3 – Kara Walker
African American artist whose work with silhouettes explores race, identity and folklore.
Year 4 – Jean Michel Basquiat
American artist of Haitian- Puerto Rican descent, who celebrated black heroes in his graffiti-inspired paintings and achieved success despite trouble background and periods of homelessness.
Year 5 – Chris Offili
British artist of Nigerian heritage, won Turner Prize and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, famous for large scale iconic paintings of black figures.
Year 6 – Emory Douglas and the Black Panther Art Movement Graphic artist whose poster work represented the struggles of black people in America in the 60s and 70s
Follow this link to see our updated art page.
Attendance and Early Birds
Y1 – 99.3% Y9 – 99.3%
Y1 & Y6
Well done to Y1 and Y6 for both 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 unsettling for children who need to be able to begin their day smoothly with their peers.
Enjoy Year 4’s wonderful assembly about Windrush. A password has been sent out along with the newsletter texting message.
Thank you to parents and carers for helping your children enjoy dressing up as someone from the past. It was wonderful to hear about historical people from all over the world.
Secondary Schools in Camden
A reminder for Y6 parents that the closing date for applications is Saturday 31st October.
Assemblies this term:
|Fri 6th Nov||Y6|
|Fri 13th Nov||Y1|
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.
We should never treat people unfairly because they look different or sound different, but as we know, this happens. Christians and members of other faiths believe that God wants us to treat everyone with love and respect, however they differ from us. We want to celebrate that we are all different, while also rejoicing in our shared humanity.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.Romans 12:16
Details on half-term activities for children and young people are on the Camden Rise website here.
Teaching – the best job in the world!
Are you interested in training to teach – or know someone who is? Here in Camden, led by our partners at Eleanor Palmer, we run an outstanding primary teacher training programme (PGCE) in conjunction with UCL/Institute of Education where you will get the chance to train in fantastic local schools. This programme brought us our own fantastic Miss Sun, Miss Risby, Ms Woolway and Ms Periton to name a few. Recruitment has just launched for entry in September 2021. If you would like to hear about our programme and what we can offer please do book to attend the next virtual Open Morning – on Thursday 5 November 10.30am-11.30am to find out more about our teacher training programme. To book your place or for more information email Vicky@eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk, call her on 020 7485 2155 or follow the teacher training link on EP’s website https://www.eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk/school-direct/.
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|