Newsletter – 21st May

Events this week… 

Monday 21st – Globe Storytelling workshops with Y1

Tuesday 22nd – Mark’s ballet masterclass and Brookfield Pupils competing at debating tournament at Highgate school

Wednesday 23rd – Year 6 kayaking at Pirates Castle, RS (1.50pm) and RKS (2.40pm) Shakespeare showcases, School Council and Rights Ambassadors meetings

Thursday 24th – Nursery Shakespeare showcase (1.45pm)

Friday 25th – last day of half term


Looking ahead to next half – term, here are a few key dates to be reminded of:

Monday 4th June – INSET day

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June – Class Photos

w/c Monday 18th June – Assessment Week

Tuesday 19th June – CSSA Athletics Competition for Y5 and Y6

Tuesday 26th June – KS2 Sports Day

w/c Monday 2nd July – School Council and Rights Ambassadors Elections

Thursday 5th July – KS1 Sports Day

Friday 6th July – Reading Progress Prize Assembly

Saturday 7th July – PTA Summer Fair

Monday 9th July – Children to meet their new teachers

Tuesday 10th July – YR Sports Day

Wednesday 11th July – Y6 Production

Thursday 12th July – Open Afternoon (3:30pm onwards)

Wednesday 25th July – Leavers Assembly and last day of term (early finish at 1:45pm)

Curriculum news


Congratulations to Y6 children and their team for approaching the KS2 SATs in such a calm, supportive and positive manner. I was invigilating during the week and didn’t see any children get visibly stressed – an amazing achievement in of itself. The children were incredibly focused and worked hard to complete the questions in time. This week is KS1 SATs and we would like to wish all our Y2 pupils the very best of luck over the coming 4 days. The children and staff have been working incredibly hard and deserve to do well.


This week it’s the turn of Nursery and YR to share their work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The children have been working enthusiastically with Shakespeare Schools Foundation and are looking forward to sharing their learning with parents/carers. The times of the showcases are as follows: Wednesday RS (1:50pm), RKS (2:40pm) and Thursday Nursery (1:45pm). We’d like to wish all the children and staff the very best of luck!


Thank you to all those parents who have taken the time and trouble to fill in the annual parent/carers survey via the following link;

We would really appreciate it, if as many of you as possible could fill in the survey. With this in mind, Dave Bodger (our IT technician) will be setting up iPads in the lower hall after drop off on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Do come along and use these to pass on your feedback. The deadline for this year’s survey has been extended to this Friday.


Today marks the beginning of Walk to School Week and many of your children would have brought home a 5 day Walking Challenge Diary on Friday and a covering letter. Regardless of whether you received a diary or not, we would love as many of you as possible to take part in the Walking Challenge. Our Rights Ambassadors gave a great presentation in Friday’s assembly explaining why it’s important to take healthy exercise and suggestions for what you could do if you have to use public transport or travel to school by car. The diary highlights a range of activities which the children can participate in each day and children who complete the diary and hand it in after half term, will receive a small packet of sunflower seeds and be entered into a competition to win a pedometer. The activities link to nature and include listing all the different types of insects and birds which they see, taking a bark rubbing, writing a poem and imagining an ideal walk to school.


Good luck to all those Year 5s  who will be taking part in cycle proficiency training this week. We are very grateful to Camden for providing this and to Mel (Upper KS2 phase leader) for setting it up.


Lizzie (chair of Dartmouth Park Film Club) came into assembly on Friday and launched an animation competition linked to the forthcoming screening of Disney’s original 101 Dalmations. Anyone can enter and the most original, and interesting, animations will be shown on the big screen at the DPFC Kids screening on June 14th. Children can enter as teams or individuals. Animations can be on any subject at all but must be less than two minutes long.

Find more information and instructions on how to enter here

For those interested, this Tuesay at 7:30pm, Paddy Wivell (one of our parents) will be speaking about his films and career at Dartmouth Park Film Club in Highgate Library’s side room. First in, first served – so turn up close to 7pm if you want a good seat. Refreshments will be provided – just pay what you think the evening is worth!


A massive congratulations to the Y3 and Y4 boys football team. They qualified for the finals, played really well and made us all very proud! The girls team also played incredibly well and came 3rd out of 20 schools which means they have reached the semi finals! Both teams showing great potential for the future!

*Parents – we have experienced a high level of success in recent years and I am aware that this might place a certain level of expectation on the teams who follow. As much as we’d love to win every competition (me more than anyone)​ the growth of the children’s skill and their mental and physical well being will always outweigh any trophy! This is not the destination but stops in the journey!

This Tuesday 22nd May Y5 and Y6 have the sprint trials on the track after school. It is not too late to return permission slips as we are not returning to school.

This Wednesday 23rd May, Y6 are going to go Kayaking! Please send the children with a full set of spare clothes and a towel as a precaution.

There will be no morning football this week or the week we return to school. We are working very hard during lunch times to prepare the team for the upcoming competition Friday 8th June.

In other news, the morning running club will be moving to every Wednesday morning after half term.

Don’t underestimate me because I’m quiet. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and observe more than you know – wise old Haseeb 

H A P P Y  Ramadan 


Those attending the debating competition tomorrow- we will need to have a slightly early lunch at 12pm, ready to leave school at 12:30pm and walk up to Highgate School. If there are any parents who’d like to attend and are happy to accompany us on the walk up, please let me know! We are expecting to be back to school for 4pm.

Don’t forget to sign up for the last half term of clubs this school year! Slips should be handed into the office by the end of the day tomorrow. Offer letters will go out towards the end of the week.

News from the Office

As we approach half term, please ensure your accounts are up to date. This half terms lunches were £69.60.


Lost property will be laid out in the infant playground on Friday after school. Please do take this opportunity to check for anything your children may have misplaced. Anything left unclaimed will be disposed of over the half term break.


Like me, I’m sure many of you watched the Royal Wedding on Saturday and would have been struck by the joyous memorable occasion. On behalf of the school, I’d  like to wish Prince Harry and Meghan all the best for their future lives together as they settle to their royal duties and future lives together .


Following on from my text last week, I would like to wish all our Muslim families a Happy Ramadan over the coming few weeks. Ramadan started on the 16th May and will be finishing on the 14th June.


It just goes for me to wish everybody a very happy half – term and to thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.