You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne

Mitzvah Day Photos

Key Dates this term

  • Mon 4th & Tues 5th Dec – Ticket sales for shows – before and after school
  • Tues 12th Dec 10am & 2pm – Infant Nativity performance
  • Weds 13th Dec – 2pm & 6pm – Junior performance
  • Thurs14th December – 9.30am  – Junior performance
  • Fri 15th December – Christmas Fair, Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch


Ms Periton has registered our school to take part in the Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Show! The standard for this annual competition is VERY high, but pupils from HTSS have been selected before. If your child has made an artwork they are proud of, we can submit it on their behalf. ONE artwork per child only. The submission period runs from JAN – MARCH 2024, so we have plenty of time. Perhaps you can get creative over the holidays? From January, please bring the NAMED ARTWORK to school for Ms Periton to photograph, along with A SHORT PIECE OF WRITING explaining what you have made and why. To find out more and see examples of work from previous years:

Christian Vision

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

Hebrews 10:24-25

Today’s date marks the birthday of Grace Darling, the north-east of England’s most famous heroine. She was born on 24th November 1815 in Bamburgh, Northumberland. The daughter of a lighthouse keeper, Darling grew up on Longstone in the Farne Islands. Intensely shy and private, she became the focus of national attention after the steamship Forfarshire sank during a severe storm in September 1838. Grace saw the emergency from a window in the lighthouse and raised the alarm. Nine people managed to find refuge on nearby rocks, and Darling and her father battled rough water to row a small boat to their rescue. The incident made Darling an overnight celebrity. Touched by her simple bravery and virtue, thousands of people from all over Britain sent gifts, awards and donations to her, including Queen Victoria. For the modest, quiet young woman, this unexpected role as the nation’s heroine sat uneasily with her.

There is a concept in philosophy called ‘virtue ethics’, which argues that the most virtuous people act the way they do because they have built their ethical behaviour deeply into their character. The aim is for us to be motivated towards love and good deeds almost unthinkingly, because we have worked hard to develop our characters towards virtue. Grace Darling acted immediately, courageously and at great personal risk not because of a desire for fame, nor in the hope of rewards from God, nor from any consideration of abstract ethical concepts, but because her character was such that she couldn’t possibly have acted in any other way. Jesus expected the same deep, profound transformation of character in his followers – called metanoia in Greek (often translated as ‘repentance’ or ‘change of heart’). If we are to achieve this, then the motivation to spur each other on towards love and good deeds should come from deep in our hearts; it should be ingrained in our characters, rather than in a shallow hope of reward. The following verse captures this idea very poetically: that we should prove by the way we live that we have deeply repented and turned to God.

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

Matthew 3:8

Class Assemblies – Fridays at 2.55pm in the Church Hall

Friday 1st DecemberAwards Assembly
Friday 8th DecemberAwards Assembly
Friday 15th DecemberAwards Assembly

Attendance and Punctuality

Our attendance

Our attendance this week is back on track. We are at the school standard of 97%.

Attendance Bears

Infants: Reception 100% Juniors: Year 3 with 99%

Early Birds

Infants: Reception Juniors: Year 4

Coach Steve’s ‘Match Play Only’ football class.

Age: Year 2 to Year 6

Book a free taster via email –

Free Counselling Service for Parents

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

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.

Chess tournament at UCL Academy

Click here to sign up.

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 termFriday 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