“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”Anonymous
The next two weeks are going to be busy filming Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We are making three films: infants, Y3/Y4 and Y5/Y6 – all of which will showcase the performance talents of your children. We will let you know how you will be able to access the films in due course.
Please can we remind all parents that the roads are still active roads and cars, along with other vehicles going at speed, are still able to drive along those that surround the school. There are residents that need to drive along Clarence Way and it seems that at the end of the day, the road is full of parents and children. Please prioritise the safety of your and everyone’s children by keeping to the pavement.
Many parents also stand on Hartland Road at the beginning and end of the school day – please be mindful that bicycles can still come through and therefore accidents could still happen. Let’s all do our best to avoid this happening and to live in harmony with our local community.
HTSS Bake Off
We very much look forward to a whole school sports day that parents are able to join. That said, we will all need to work together to ensure that we are maintaining safe practices, in line with our school risk assessment. We will give out guidance ahead of the day that we need parents to follow.
The day will be held on Wednesday 14th July at Parliament Hill on the grass behind the lido between 10am and 2pm. All children will be taken back to school to be dismissed. Parents will be unable to escort us to the park but we have enough adults with the school staff.
Race to Health
Well done to all the children that have been super active this week! We are still currently 3rd in the Camden league with a total of 29,817 active minutes logged, meaning that as a school we’ve travelled as far as Moscow, Russia and are well on the way to Ottowa, Canada, which is the next stop on our virtual journey to Tokyo! A particular well done to Year 3, who are currently in front as the most active class with Year 5 in second place. However, we are confident that we could do even better! In the last week of this competition let’s get everyone moving more and logging their activity too. The more active you are the greater chance you have of earning a virtual medal!
London Rocks 2021! Times Tables Rock Stars Competition for Years 3 to 6
As part of our commitment to make maths exciting and high profile in our school, we are taking part in a friendly competition involving schools from all over London from Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July. It’s all done online via play.ttrockstars.com; children in the KS2 classes will be familiar with this website, as they use it frequently to practise their times tables fluency.
For every correct answer in any game mode, your child will earn their class a point. The Times Tables Rock Stars platform will calculate the class average (the number of correct answers per pupil in the class who play during the competition hours). Winning classes in the school and in the competition as a whole will be the ones with the highest average. There will be certificates for some individuals, and if any of our KS2 classes are among the top three in London, they will win Amazon vouchers to spend on class books! KS2 parents have been sent an email with more details. Good luck everyone!
Attendance and Punctuality
The whole school attendance this week increased to 97.7% in spite of the rise in COVID cases both nationally and locally. Well done to Year 2 for winning the bear this week and to Y5 for topping the table in KS2 with a full house!
Y2: 98.7% Y5: 100%
Reception & Y4
Christian Value – Service
We might think that service is something that others do and that we have nothing to give that is good enough. We must open minds to seeing that we all have something to give someone. While we should serve without the expectation of something in return, it is a positive action and does bring self-fulfilment and increased happiness. True fulfilment comes in serving God by serving others. When we give ourselves away in service to others, we find meaning and purpose in life that inaction can never equal.
So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”Matthew 5:16
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
The NHS Mental Health Support Team who work across school in Camden are excited to be able to offer an online webinar series for all parents and carers of primary school children in Camden.
Next week is the final workshops via Zoom at the following times:
|4) Routine and summer activities||Friday 2nd July||9.30 to 10:30 Q and A 10:30 to 11.00|
Each workshop will last up to 60 minutes, with an optional follow-up slot of 30 minutes for further questions for those parents that are interested. You can opt-in to all four workshops, or select one or more topics that most appeal to you. We offer two options of the same workshop on ‘Supporting Transition to Secondary School’. You can select:
To find out more information and to register for any of the workshops for free, please go to the Eventbrite webpage at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mhst-parent-and-carer-wellbeing-webinar-series-tickets-154740568205
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Mindful of Mind-full? (Part 2)
Last week we looked at how we can focus our minds to pay full attention to one single activity. This week we are going to think about one specific aspect of mindfulness, mindful eating. Mindful eating is all about paying attention to the way we eat. Research has shown eating mindfully improves digestion, regulates our appetite, and helps us enjoy our food much more.
Start by having a good look at what you’re about to eat, notice the textures, shapes and colours, and any smells and sounds.
When you take a bite, notice the temperature, the texture and all the different tastes and how they feel in your mouth.
Take the time to eat your food, focus on your mouth chewing and your breathing as you go. Aim to chew each bite for at least 20 seconds.
Being mindful when we are eating allows the body to respond effectively to what it’s doing. If you eat whilst worrying about school or work, the body is in stress mode and digestion is compromised. Eating mindfully also helps our brain to recognise when we’re full, preventing us from overeating. When you’ve finished eating become aware of your breathing, try to notice the feelings of fullness and any tastes that linger.
Girls Football Development Class (with Coach Steve)
Where: Fleet Primary School, Agincourt Rd, NW3 2QT
When: Every Tuesday
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike It Day
Thank you Sustrans for successful bike it day. 28 students attended a Healthy hearts classroom session, 21 students joined the after school cycle sessions, and Dr Bike serviced 22 bikes (15 from students, 4 from staff and 3 from parents.
Many of you spoke with Jake from Sustrans outside Holy Trinity and St Silas last Tuesday about the trial changes to a number of streets as part Camden Council’s Safe and Healthy Streets programme. One of these trial schemes, Clarence Way and Hartland Road Safe and Healthy Streets, includes the droppable bollard outside your child’s school and is going live for consultation this Thursday 24th June.
Proof cards were sent home in children’s bags today. Place your orders with Hayley Lehmann before Thursday 8 July and get free delivery.
Barnardos have a helpline for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children, young people and parents/carers, that are affected by Covid-19. They are available to hear about any worries, problems and stresses during this time, and can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.
Camden Healthy Eating Support Team
Camden Learning are offering FREE virtual healthy eating sessions for families. The sessions cover a range of healthy eating support, including: eating well at home; fun breakfast ideas and hidden sugars; understanding labels and portion sizes; and strategies to raise healthy eaters. ‘Fussy eating’ strategies are discussed in each topic. You are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. Times and contact details are listed on the flier here.
Easyfundraising – While shopping online during lockdown, don’t forget you can keep raising money for the school via many major retailers. Please click on the link and sign up if you have not already done so.
All music lessons are now face to face at school including:
- Individual and group lessons
- Class bands
- Class recorder
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|