Newsletter – 19th March

Events this week…

Monday 19th – Pupil Premium Cookery workshops

Tuesday 20th – Parkour session for Y3 and Maths masterclass for Y5

Wednesday 21st – Shakespeare Schools Foundation workshops for Y3 and Y4

Thursday 22nd – Open Afternoon and Y2 Bake Sale

Friday 23rd – KS2 Wake’n’Shake, 1L to CLC and 3C Voice Projection workshop with Louise

Curriculum news

Nursery Applications

I am delighted to report that current applications for next year’s Nursery stand at 35 and are rising. Having experienced a dip in numbers at the  start of the year, we are delighted that there has been a revival in interest for 2018 – 19. This is very good news!

We are still accepting applications for start dates in January 2019. The Nursery offers:

> Creative, child centered and rich provision

> Excellent outdoor area

> Weekly Forest School

> Full time and part time place

> Up to 30 free hours available (subject to eligibility)

Please call 020 7272 9627 or visit the school office for further information. We’d love to hear from you!

Parents Evening – Thursday March 22nd

Thank you to all those who have already signed up for Parents’ Evening. You would have received a slip back last Friday confirming the time,with the exception of Nursery and YR who are operating a slightly different system. If you haven’t already signed up for an appointment, it isn’t too late. Please contact your child’s class teacher asap.  During the afternoon, the PTA will be providing refreshments in the lower hall and the the Owl Bookshop will also be selling a wide range of fabulous books. A creche is also available in the library and computing suite for your children’s safe keeping. Please don’t forget that your children will need picking up at 1.45pm.

Camden Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall

Wow – what an occasion! This year’s Camden Music Festival was bigger and better than ever before with over 2000 performers taking part in the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

The Festival was compered by Jon Snow (Channel 4 presenter) and included choirs from every primary and secondary school as well as instrumentalists drawn from various schools and the Camden Music Service. There were several world premiers including ‘Wondrous Machine’ – a collaboration between the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and several Camden schools and ‘Mind the Gap’ a piece written by Rod Arran and Sheena Masson at Camden’s Music Learning Centre using music sequencing software to combine found sounds and to compose patterns and melodies based on the rhythms of tube train announcements. Our Junior choir sang with great enthusiasm and were brilliantly supported by Julia, Faye and Alex.

Thank you to all the parents / carers who attended and especially to Julia for preparing the children so well for their parts. A video of the finale  – ‘Bring me Sunshine’ – has been uploaded to the school’s website. Do look out for the surprise ending! If you are interested in supporting the work of the Camden Music Trust, then do visit their website:


Auction Items

Several auction experiences took place last week including Lucy’s Film Night and the first of Laurel’s Afternoon Teas.

Emma and Rob (Juno and Albi Jay’s parents) emailed their thanks.

Dear Laurel

Thank you so much for this afternoon, for putting in so much effort to make it so very special. The kids have been talking about nothing else all evening, and are currently planning on having an auction in the garden to sell off tea at home with their friends. They have a lot to live up to!

Not to be outdone, Mark is currently practising his plies and plans to run his Ballet Master Class after the holidays when muscle damage can be averted.

New Stage in the Reception Tunnel

Many thanks to our very own Bob the Builder (Derek) for constructing a wonderful stage in the Reception tunnel. The stage comes with some swish curtains and a spotlight and will provide lots of opportunities for children to engage in imaginative play etc.

Whole school Evacuation to La Sainte Union

Many thanks for your patience and understanding last Friday when we had to unexpectedly evacuate the whole school to La Sainte Union as part of a precautionary measure. The children and staff were magnificent. I am particularly indebted to Sophie Fegan (Headteacher of La Sainte Union) and her team for the way they looked after us and made us feel so welcome.

A short article was reported in the Camden New Journal.


What a busy week for sport we’ve just had! Our Y5’s performed at the Camden School Dance Festival on Tuesday and the Y6 ​squad performed on Wednesday! After a long journey through many many rehearsals the children finally got their moment on stage and took the opportunity by the horns and gave an amazing performance! I am so proud of all of them! This year there is no DVD available but a ‘link’ which I will send to parents when I receive it. A MASSIVE thank you from me to all the parents who helped out on the day!

The KS2 gymnastic competition also went well . The Y4’s came 5th overall and the Y6’s came 3rd. Congratulations to both teams! Thank you to Anna for supporting with the event. (It has been a very busy few weeks).

The gala trials for Y3 will be Monday 26th March. Please note, only one boy and one girl can be selected. Only the children in the higher swim group will have trials as they can swim 25m unaided.

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says ‘I will try again tomorrow. – Wise old Haseeb

News from the Office

This half terms lunches are £69.60

William Ellis Fundraiser

Grace Livingstone (Y6 parent) writes

The William Ellis School SPRING SHINDIG is on Friday 23rd March at 7pm.

It’s bands night with jazz, rock and pop performances by students and staff. The host will be CNJ editor, Dan Carrier. The Hall will be arranged in a ‘jazz café’ style and we’ll be serving food and drink throughout the evening. Everyone is welcome. It’s a great chance to get to see the school and meet parents and teachers. So please come and bring friends and relations.

Tickets are only £3 suggested donation on door (£1 for students and children). All funds raised are going to help buy a new instruments and equipment for the music department.

Scarlett fever

For your information, we have had several cases of scarlet fever confirmed in school. Although contagious it is a mild illness. Please visit GP if you have concerns, children can return to school 24hrs after starting antibiotics if they are feeling well enough.