Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

Mahatma Gandhi

It has come to the time of year when the whole school is preparing to transition, either to another class or to a completely new setting – no matter how great or small this may seem, it impacts us all and we need to support one another. Our staff team is sadly seeing some changes this year.

  • Ms Petrou is leaving us to take up a teaching post in Cambodia;
  • Ms Robey is taking up a teaching post in a larger school;
  • Ms Sandzi is beginning a degree in speech and language;
  • Ms Dale is pursuing other career opportunities in Australia;
  • Finally, Ms Woolway is going on maternity leave – as you can see, it won’t be long before she has a new addition to her family.

While these are great losses to us, we have to remind ourselves of how lucky we are to have had them at all. They have all positively impacted our children and our school, so for this we must be thankful. We wish them all the very best in their next posts.

The classes for September are as follows:

Class  TeacherTeaching assistant  
Reception  Ms SeeMrs McQueen Ms Ricketts (PT)
Y1  Ms SunMrs Kabir Ms Ricketts (PT)
Y2  Mrs Evans (3 days) Ms Hale (2 days)Ms Bergin
Y3  Ms DoadesMs Powley
Y4Ms RisbyMs Hall  
Y5Ms Wainer  Mrs Hough and Mrs Gashi  
Y6Mr Martisius  Ms Clayton

Prayer Week

We celebrated Prayer Week at school this week and children had opportunities to learn about the importance of prayer in all religions. Please look on class blogs for more pictures.

Year 4 and Year 5 Bandstand Trip!

On Thursday next week, instead of the usual class band sessions, our talented Y4 and Y5 classes will be going to the bandstand at Parliament Hill (see map below) to take part in an open-air concert alongside bands from other schools. It should be a lovely event, and any parents who are free are very welcome to go and listen. Hopefully the weather will be great, and there is a cafe right next to the bandstand – perfect for your morning coffee! It runs from 10.15 until 11.30, so the children will be back at school in time for the normal lunch arrangements. Please just ensure every Y4 and Y5 child brings their instrument that day.

Pip Fundraising

Quiz Night – Thursday 7th July– See information below and buy your tickets here.

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Summer Fair – Saturday 9th July, 11am-2pm

Thank you to the families that have generously donated gifts for the raffle; all donations are very much appreciated. Please look out for raffle tickets that will go out next week.


  • Ten Minutes Peace morning for parents – 5th July at 9am. Sign up here.
  • Sports Day Tuesday 12th July
  • Y1-Y4 Piano concert Tuesday 5th July 2.15pm
  • Y5-Y6 Piano concert Thursday 14th July 2.15pm
  • Y4-Y6 Band Concert Thursday 7th July 2pm

Summer Holiday Activities & Food

All HAF participants will receive free access to physical and enriching activities and nutritional education each day. In addition, some providers will do onsite cooking where children and young people will be involved in activities and make their lunch on the day. In addition, there are various activities, including sports such as football, basketball and cricket, and creative activities including photography, drama, dancing, and arts and crafts. Camden’s providers are organising many enriching workshops, trips, and fun-packed experiences, all waiting to kick off this summer. Look out for an email from school with this information. Click here to sign up for activities.

Christian Value – Service

What a wonderful piece of engineering the human hand is. The hand is one of the reasons why human beings have been so successful. They help us grip things, pick up small items, play musical instruments, communicate and create works of art. Some religious believers don’t believe that God has hands in the way that we do. Instead, they see the image of God’s hands as a symbol.

Artists use this symbol to show that God is involved in some way in the picture they have painted and also to show that God makes things happen. One of the ways in which God makes things happen in the world is by working through the hands of people who love Him. All of us have the opportunity to be ‘God’s hands’ every day. Our actions are important – we can use our hands for good or in a harmful way. Let us all think of ways in which we can use our hands every day to help those around us.

I have shown you in every way, by labouring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.  

Acts 20:35

June’s Wellbeing Tip – The Joy of Laughter

It’s true, laughter is a strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens our immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects us from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Here are some ways to start thinking about adding more humour to our routines this month:

  • Smile – Smiling is the beginning of laughter, and like laughter, it’s contagious. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practise smiling.
  • Bring humour into conversations – Ask people what funny things they have seen recently, or if anything funny has happened to them.
  • Engage with comical media – If you know there are certain shows, video clips, writers or comedians that make you laugh, make time to engage with them.
  • Spend time with fun, playful people. As humans, we take on the energies of people around us so try and spend time with those who laugh easily – both at themselves and at life, and who routinely find the humour in everyday events.​

Classes assembly dates

Friday 1st JulyYear 1
Friday 8th JulyAwards assembly
Friday 15th JulyYear 6 (leavers’ assembly)

Attendance and Punctuality

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The whole school attendance level this week is 97%.

Attendance Bears are awarded to:

KS1: Y2 97.6% KS2: Y6 100%

Early Birds are awarded to: KS1: Y2 KS2: Y3


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.

Community Events/Activities

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 –

At St Partick’s Catholic Primary School on Holmes Road NW5 3AH

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 1.30pm
First day of summer termTuesday 19th April
Half termMonday 30th May – Friday 3rd June
Last day of summer termWednesday 20th July 1.30pm