Newsletter 25th Sept

Curriculum news

Further Summer Reading Scheme Success

Congratulations to the following children who also managed to complete this Summer’s Reading Challenge:

Annie (2G)
Sam M (2L)
Jacob (1L)
Bryan (4E)

Y2 and Y1 Curriculum Meetings
Thank you to all those parents/carers who attended last week’s curriculum meetings. This week it is the turn of Years 1 and 2 and we look forward to seeing lots of you in the lower hall at 9am on Tuesday (Y2) and Thursday (Y1).

Feedback regarding KS1 Soft Starts
This Wednesday, Mark will be holding a meeting with parents/carers in the lower hall regarding the newly introduced Soft Starts in the KS1 playground. Do come along if you have any feedback to provide.

A big week of Running
This week we have 2 fantastic running events. On Friday we will be defending our CSSA Cross Country Championship on Parliament Hill Fields and we would love you to come along and cheer on the team. For more details please refer to Haseeb’s sports section. Then on Saturday morning, we have our annual sponsored ‘Fun Run’ on Hampstead Heath where the theme of this year’s run will be outer space. If you would like to form a team and collect a sponsorship form, it still isn’t too late. For more de- tails, please see the PTA newsletter.

Hegarty Maths
Please remember on Wednesday 27th September at 3:30pm, in 6B’s classroom, there will be a parents and carers meeting to introduce ‘Hegarty Maths’, online software which Year 6 children will use for Maths homework from this week. The meeting will be led by Colin Hegarty, UK teacher of the Year 2015 and creator of ‘Hegarty Maths’. If you are in Y6, please make every effort to attend.

Other news

Meet The Parents meeting
Last Thursday we held a very successful ‘Meet the Parents’ meeting in the lower hall. In all, we had over 30 people in attendance. Pupils and families from Acland Burghley, Parliament Hill and William Ellis shared their experiences of attending these schools and spoke with real confidence and insight. Many thanks extends extends to Madeleine, Issie and Justine for organising and running the event and to all those families who took part.

Harvest Assembly
Many thanks to all those families who donated items towards last Friday’s Harvest assembly. We were able to take round lots of produce to Highgate and Newtown Food Bank and are delighted that we can continue to support this local enterprise through our assembly and our food collection point in the lower corridor. If you would like to continue supporting the food bank do pop some items into the bin on the lower corridor and we’ll make sure they are taken around.

Sports News

Our netball team have two matches tomorrow (Tuesday 26th Sept) and we will finish our last game at 4:55pm, returning to school by 5:10pm at the latest.

The school football team has now been selected, there will be no further trials. Children who have been selected will receive letters to confirm their position in the team.

This Friday 29th September we have the CSSA Cross Country competition. We would love to have a huge parental turn out to cheer our team on, please come down and support if you can! It will take place on the Heath, opposite the running track from approximately 10am-1pm.

Y4 had their first swimming lesson today. Please can parents remember to pack swim caps, towels and the correct swim wear.

Tomorrow will be the last morning cross country training session. For those of you who actually enjoyed it (and not just the hot chocolate!) let me know if it’s something you’d like to continue. If there is enough interest we could continue to meet up once a week.

“The pain you feel today is the strength you will feel tomorrow” – Train hard gang, Haseeb.

Clubs News

Letters will be out later this week detailing the after school clubs on offer this year (including music clubs). Clubs are due to start after half-term however we are hoping to be able to offer one or two trial weeks before half term in order for the children to try out the club before payment is due.

News from the office

This half term’s lunches will be £79.20.

With the weather starting to turn, please make sure to send your children in with warm clothes and remember to write your child’s name in their coat. It makes it a lot easier to reunite lost items with their owners!

Trips Letters
Permission slips for Y1-Y6 trips were due back today. If you haven’t yet returned your slip please do so as soon as possible or your child may be unable to attend. If your child is not in receipt of pupil premium, we would be very grateful if you could make the suggested voluntary contribution, given the current financial situation. Letters from YR and Nursery teachers will be sent home this week.

Texting Service
We have recently encountered some issues with our texting service. If you have registered a second number with us in the past, you may find that this number is no longer receiving our messages. If this is the case please pop into the office and let us know so that we are able to update our records. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Flu Vaccinations
Nasal Flu Vaccines 19th October 2017
The NHS recommend nasal flu vaccines for all children in Reception and Years 1-4. The vaccinations – a simple spray up the nose – will be administered in school on 19th October. Full information – an explanatory letter and leaflet, plus a consent form – will be emailed to you next week. If you wish your child to have this vaccination, please return signed hard copy of your consent form by 13th October. Printed consent forms can be collected from the Office.

Highgate Newtown Gymnastics Club

As you may be aware, Highgate Newtown Gym Club are now running recreational gymnastics classes from our Hall on Tuesday and Fridays after school.

Tuesday Class One: Reception-Y1 4-5pm
Tuesday Class Two: Y2-Y3 5-6pm
Tuesday Class Three: Y4-Y5 6-7pm
Tuesday Class Four: Y6+ 7-8pm
Friday Class One: Reception-Y1 4-5pm
Friday Class Two: Y2-Y3 5-6pm
There are still spaces for this term. Please get in touch to arrange a trial:

Earthquake in Mexico
As you may know, Mexico was devastated by an earthquake last week. As a Franco-Mexican family, Salomé Y6, Blanche and Céleste Y3 and their parents are planning to raise fundraise for an organisation working to minimise the long-term effects of earthquakes. Please contact Juliette on if you would like to donate.