|Winter Fair – see separate news||Saturday 11th December|
|Eco-committee meeting with Amy (Science Lead)||Monday 13th December|
|Year 2 Christmas Show 2pm||Tuesday 14th December|
|11am Blossom and Catkin songs in the nursery garden with parents and carers||Wednesday 15th December|
|Christmas lunch (festive clothing encouraged!), pm year 5 classes sharing West African drumming||Wednesday 15th December|
|Conker and Acorn classes sharing festive songs with parents and carers||Thursday 16th December|
|Last day of the Autumn term, school closes usual times||Friday 17th December|
|INSET day – School Closed to all children||Tuesday 4th January|
|All children return from 8.45am||Wednesday 5th January|
|Open afternoon – parent/carer teacher meetings school closes 1-1.15pm||Thursday 27th January|
|Spring INSET day||Friday 28th January|
|Year 6 Oak trip to see &Juliet||TBC|
I am writing this in anticipation of taking Elm class, year 6, to see the new musical & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre. I can’t wait to see their reaction and we have rearranged this experience for Oak class who are currently an in school bubble class.
Other highlights this week have included: Reception’s visit to St Mary Brookfield Church where Fr. Damian talked to the children about Christmas and how Christians celebrate, year 1 classes benefiting from outdoor learning inspired by Forest School at Hampstead Heath’s Secret Garden and year 5 children loving the performance of Annie presented by Parliament Hill School for Girls.
There is lots to look forward to next week starting with tomorrow’s winter fair (12-3pm). We will also be sharing performances from Nursery, Reception, Year 2 and 5 with parents. We are asking all parents and carers to wear masks during these visits and to take a Lateral Flow Device tests on the morning before coming to school. These shows will be outside or in our well ventilated hall. A maximum of 2 adults for each child will be welcomed into school.
For our Jewish families, Chanukah began last Sunday & ends this Sunday, and is a very important festival in the Jewish calendar. For anyone celebrating Happy Chanukah!
Please arrive at the right time for our staggered starts. If children do arrive early (e.g. if they have an older sibling) they are now asked to sit on a bench and wait for their lining up time.
After School Club
Some After School Clubs will be changing for the Spring term with regards to year groups. Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s newsletter to see our Spring Term offer and remember to book on!
Year 2 Christmas Show
Year 2 are excited to be performing ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ on Tuesday at 2pm. The performance will be held in the bottom hall and audience members will be required to wear a face mask. Please do a lateral flow test in the 24 hour period before. Please enter school through the office entrance. We look forward to seeing you then.
Year 1 Trip to Hampstead Heath
Bluebell and Daisy class enjoyed a trip to the Heath this week for their outdoor learning, inspired by Forest School. They built dens, used sticks and explored the environment.
Reception trip to St Mary Brookfield
Reception visited St Mary Brookfield on Tuesday to make Christingles and learn about the importance of light in the Christian story of Christmas. It reminded us of the Hanukkah and Diwali stories that we learnt about earlier this term. We enjoyed listening to Fr Damien playing the organ, hearing the church bells ring as we left the church and enjoying some sweet treats. Thanks to Fr Damien for having us and to the adult helpers who accompanied us!
Healthy Packed Lunches
In line with the Healthy Schools Programme, please read the following guidelines for packed lunches.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this.
Winter HAF (Holiday Activities & Food) Programme
Children registered for free school meals will be able to attend the final Camden HAF WINTER PROGRAMME taking place this month, offering free activities and healthy meal for five to 16-year-olds in Camden schools. There will be a strong focus on safety, wellbeing, playing and learningand the provision will follow government guidelines about the current restrictions and will be COVID-secure.
Places are free for children and young people aged five to 16 who are registered for free school meals.
It is important to ensure that families have information that is accessible to them with regards to regular testing and vaccinations.
On GOV.UK there is information and guidance on how to take and report lateral flow tests at home translated in Polish, Chinese, Punjabi, Romanian, Arabic, Gujarati, Persian, Urdu, Slovakian, Turkish, Welsh, Somalian, Bengali, Hindi, Dari and Pashto.
Doctors of the world have also translated information on vaccines, how to register with a GP and COVID-19 topics which you may find useful.
Winter support, advice and activities for children, young people and families in Camden
Camden Council’s Winter 2021 booklet / magazine, which has been delivered to homes and businesses across the borough, is available online here. It has lots of information and advice about where to find support and activities – this winter, including the Camden Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme, which is takingplace at various venues in December.
Places for the Winter HAF 2021 Programme are free for children and young people aged five to 16 who are registered for free school meals. If you have any questions, please email:email@example.com. Also available is the Council’s fortnightly COVID-19 update from the Camden New Journal – the digital / online version is here. Following Wednesday’s announcement from the Government, there’s updated information about the latest guidance and support available, including support for children and young people through the Winter HAF Programme, and those who are privately renting and may be struggling, as well as signposting to the Winter 2021 booklet
Festive Fun at Kentish Town Farm
See below 4 days of Christmas festive fun which will take place on 17, 18 19 and 20 December from 12:00-3:00!
>> Please see everything you need to know about the Winter Fair here.
But the TL/DR version: it’s 12-3, do come, please help if you can, and do a lateral flow test first.
Do you want the School Tree?
The school’s 9ft Christmas tree can be bought and collected on the last day of term. It’s worth £95, but the PTA would love £50 or as close to. Decorations not included.
Christmas Card payment reminder
Thank you to everyone that took part in the Christmas Card Project. You should have received your orders this week. We hope you all enjoying taking part in this project. If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t already paid, please do so by following this link or giving the exact money in an envelope with your child’s name and class on to Carole in the office. If you are unsure about what you ordered we can let you know if you email email@example.com.