“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”Maya Angelou
Thank you to the parents that have shared their views via the parent questionnaire; we have had over 90 responses so far but would love to hear from you all! The closing date is Monday 29th March so please take a few minutes over the weekend to complete the form: share your thoughts about HTSS by completing the online questionnaire.
Our apologies for any lack of clarity – the school term ends next Thursday (1st April) at 3:15pm.
Lateral Flow Tests
We are supporting a pilot scheme that Camden are trialling for giving out lateral flow tests for the adults in our school community. They are currently available from community centres but the hope is that it will be easier for households to collect these kits from schools. Ms Stenmark in the school office has sent out a request for interest from our families. This needs an urgent response in order for us to be fully equipped for the possible demand. We are hoping that the kits will be available for pick up before the Easter holidays but will notify you with details as we receive them from Camden.
Dress as a rock star day!
Remember that on Wednesday next week, children can come to school in costume as a rock star! We will be celebrating and encouraging maths fluency, particularly through a new maths programme we are using called Times Tables Rock Stars. Years 2 and 3 have PE that day but they can join in with the dressing up too – they don’t need to wear their PE kit on this occasion. Face paint and temporary coloured hair are allowed, but please just ensure that these can be washed off on Wednesday evening, as normal expectations for uniform will resume on Thursday!
Helping us to keep everyone safe
Please can we remind parents of how they can help to keep our school community as safe as possible:
- Maintain social distancing outside school at drop off and pick up;
- As per government guidelines, it is not obligatory for people to wear masks outside unless you cannot maintain the necessary distance;
- Parents/carers are unable to enter the school building or playgrounds and must drop off at/pick up from the allocated gate;
- It is recommended that only one parent/carer drops off and picks up;
- If parents/carers are attending a prearranged meeting in school and the necessary distance is not possible, masks will need to be worn.
The response to our call to action, in relation to the proposed change of license to a building under the arches opposite school, has been overwhelming! Thank you so much for your care for the school and the local residents, your courage in speaking out and your co-operation in working together as one incredibly powerful voice. We hope the just response will follow.
Christian Value – Forgiveness
In Proverbs, God tells us that we will be healthier if we guard our hearts from hate and holding grudges. If we do not forgive from our hearts, then God will not forgive us. God commands His people to love others as they love themselves (Galatians 5:14, James 2:8).
New 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: ONLINE – Pupil Blog Competition
We would like our children to be able to share their views about the teaching of religious education. We are signposting the children to a competition where they are asked to write a 500-word blog about why Religion and Worldviews (or RE) matters to them as a school subject. Click on the link below for further information.
Food Bank Requests
Thank you to those that have delivered donations to school. Please do keep dropping food off as the need is still great. All non-perishables are welcome but there is a particular need for toiletries, loo paper, baby formula, chocolate treats and nappies in all sizes. Many thanks for your support.
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.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Getting your self-drive back
Do you find yourself feeling a bit demotivated or like you’ve lost your sense of drive? It’s hard to get back into the swing of things or feel excited about the future when your life has been disrupted for so long. Try to get your drive back by reflecting on what inspires you or what you’re curious about and then come up with some goals that you would like to achieve. Develop an action plan with realistic ways of how you’re going to accomplish these goals, including a timeline and think about support you’ll need in order to complete them. When we feel motivated we have greater confidence, are more creative, can make plans, work on our talents and improve our focus. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” William James
Camden Mental Health Support Team
Our school Mental Health Support Team (MHST) are running a series of free webinars for parents and carers, covering the following topics: parent/carer self-care; understanding and supporting your child with worries; routines; and parent/carer and child interactions. Please click here for more information about when they are and how to book a place via Eventbrite.
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.
Royal Academy Young Artist Competition 2021
We have registered our school for this competition. Children can enter up to 3 artworks for a chance to be selected for the RA Young Artists’ show in the summer. Adults can enter their children’s work online (make sure you link to our school), send your artwork to email@example.com or contact Ms Periton if you need help. This information has also been posted on all the class blogs and on the art blogs.
The closing date is 26 April 2021. For more information go to: https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk
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.
Children and Dental Hygiene Parent Advice
Parents may not be fully aware of the fact that dental surgeries are up and running. We urge you to ensure that you take your child to the dentist in order to prevent any unnecessary long term damage or ill health. See additional information and support from the Community Dental Service.
All music lessons are now to 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|