We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you to parents/carers for the very helpful feedback through the questionnaire. We will update you on this and on adaptations that we can make in our practices after half term. I would however like to apologise for our inconsistent communication (or lack of it) about the school photos earlier this week. We will ensure better clarification of what you need to know with more notice. It was a shame that the day was marred by awful weather which meant all the photos had to be taken inside but I am sure that the children will still shine through and make us all smile!

It has been a busy half term with lots to celebrate! The last half of term of the year will focus on transition and preparing children for the changes to come. The year will end with our children performing Julius Caesar for their families which will be spectacular!

While we try to keep the calendar on our website updated, here are a couple of key dates for your diaries:

  • Summer Fair: Friday 28th June – after school
  • Julius Caesar performances: Monday 15th July 2pm and Tuesday 16th July 10am (infants); Thursday 18th July 10am (Y3 & Y4); Thursday 18th July 2pm and 6pm (Y5 & Y6).
  • Sports Day: Friday 19th July at Parliament Hill Sports Field

We hope that our families have a lovely half term break. A reminder that school starts again on Tuesday 4th June from 8:40am.

Christian Vision

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, by encouraging one another.

Last week we reflected on how God forgives us and expects us to forgive others too. We now come to the final part of the Lord’s Prayer where we ask God to help us stay away from the things that we know are wrong for us to do: ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’  

In the Bible we can find quotations such as: ’Say no to bad things or you will get into trouble,’ (James 1.15); ‘Don’t listen when friends tempt you,’ (Proverbs 1.10); ‘Ask God to help you say no,’ (Ephesians 6.11).

This line of the prayer is our asking God to both keep us from doing the wrong thing as well as protecting us from the wrong things other people might do to us. Right at the beginning, before Jesus started travelling around healing and helping people, before he started telling them and showing them what God is like, Jesus put himself into a place where he knew he would be tested and tempted – in the desert with the devil. It was this experience that strengthened him in the time that followed, which involved many occasions when he met people who were against him, who tried to trick him or catch him out.

It is up to us whether we give into temptation but Jesus teaches us to pray for strength from God that we are not tempted any further than we can resist.

Class Collective Worship

Friday 7th JuneY5
Friday 14th June Y6
Friday 21st June   Y1
Friday 28th June Reception

Art Challenge – The Three Cs

At Holy Trinity ‘the three Cs’ of CARE, COOPERATION and COURAGE are integral to our school life. We would like to create some visuals to represent these values – these will be used on school documentation and displays to reinforce the importance of the three Cs.

We would like to set the children a challenge to create an artwork at home that illustrates ONE of the three Cs. This artwork can be created in any media: pencil, pen, paint, collage… the choice is yours. Children should bring their artwork to school, clearly labelled with their name, by Tuesday 4th June.

Please do encourage your child to participate – we can’t wait to see what they create!

The Big Listen – Ofsted

Some of you might already know about this but Ofsted are going through a period of consultation and there is a questionnaire to complete following this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/ofsted-big-listen

The closing date is 31st May.

Attendance and Punctuality

This week our attendance improved to 97.4%. We hope it remains strong throughout summer term.

Attendance Bears

Infants: Y2 with 99% Juniors: Y3 with 99%

Early Birds

Infants: Reception Juniors: Y5

Camden Moving on to Secondary School Event – 13 June 2024 (Philip McCorkell, Philip.McCorkell@camden.gov.uk)

Parents of children in current primary school Years 4 and 5 can join our Camden Moving On event at the Francis Crick Institute, in King’s Cross on Thursday 13th June, from 4.15pm to 6.45pm. The event is an opportunity for parents whose children will be starting secondary school in September 2025 or September 2026 to:

  • receive advice on how to apply for a Year 7 place from the Camden Admissions Team;
  • find out more about what Camden secondary schools have to offer their child;
  • speak with headteachers, student ambassadors and staff from Camden secondary schools.

Parents should register for this event online. We’ve also produced the this flyer, which includes a QR code that takes you to the Eventbrite booking page when you scan it. Printed copies are being sent to all primary schools for Year 4 and 5 pupils to take home to their parents. This is a timed ticket event, so parents should please make sure that they arrive for the time slot they booked. The event is aimed at adults, rather than children. Any children attending are the sole responsibility of their parents.

Free Counselling Service for Parents

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with many years of experience working with UK schools to improve children’s wellbeing and behaviour. The charity also supports parents and families and has a wealth of practical tips and advice on many areas of parenting, all of which can be accessed online, including: dealing with changes and endings; building resilience; separation anxiety; de-escalation techniques; positive body image; friendship issues; perfectionism; sleep; gaming habits; and many more. Click on the link here to access and explore the support

We highly recommend the free counselling service for parents through Camden. You can find out more and register your interest via this leaflet.

New Emotional Wellbeing Website for Young People and Families

A new NHS website, packed with emotional wellbeing and mental health information and resources, has been launched to help young people and families, as well as professionals working with them, to navigate support options.

NCL Waiting Room was produced with the help and input of young people, families and professionals. It aims to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for information on specialist mental health services, community groups, emotional wellbeing and self-care resources.

It allows young people and their parents or carers to search for, filter and share resources based on their needs and preferences.

NCL Waiting Room will continue to grow and develop, so watch this space for more details. You can visit the website here and try out the Support Hub resource navigation feature here.

If you have any feedback on the website, you can do this on the relevant pages of the site, or email rtown@tavi-port.nhs.uk

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

This is an incredible music night run by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. All sorts of different acts plus wood-fired pizza etc. It’s in a fortnight: https://oae.co.uk/event/live-at-the-hex-4/

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.

Other Community Initiatives

Camden Library Activities
We highly recommend these. Click here for the catalogue.

Term dates for 2023 – 2024

First day of autumn term Wednesday 6th September
Half termMonday 23rd – Friday 27th October
INSET DAYMonday 30th October
Last day of autumn term Friday 22nd December
INSET DAYMonday 8th January 2024
First day of spring termTuesday 9th January
Half termMonday 12th – Friday 16th February
Last day of spring termThursday 28th March
First day of summer termMonday 15th April
Half termMonday 29th May – Friday 2nd June
INSET DAYMonday 3rd June
Last day of summer termWednesday 24th July