Friday 28 April 2017

‘Sweet April showers do spring May flowers’……. Thomas Tusser

Introduction

Headteacher’s Comments

Welcome to the Summer Term

The children all returned after the Spring break looking relaxed and ready for a very busy summer term ahead. We have started the term with a focus on wellbeing and being healthy. We will be launching our whole school food policy and useful resources on the website/learning zone next week. We continue to encourage the children to make healthy food choices and work in partnership with all the NES families. We appreciate that it can be a challenge at times to consistently provide healthy lunches but we think that together we can make a difference. We will continue to work with Harrisons to ensure school meals are healthy. There will be plenty of ideas and discussions available on the learning zone to help.

We are also really excited to announce that we have been awarded with the funding for a second daily mile track in our Upper Key Stage playground and are just waiting for the lines to be painted. Please can we remind everyone to have trainers in school and that from September 2017 black trainers will be officially a part of the uniform.

Achievements

Whole School

 

PTA

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone in the school community and particularly the PTA who provided us with the funding for the new mound in the Year2/3 playground. It has been wonderful to see the children enjoying the space and without the critical fundraising these projects would not be possible. Contrary to media coverage the cuts to school budgets are very real and we need all the support we can get in order to maintain NES as the amazing school it is.

Please, please don’t forget the school Fete Saturday 20th May, there is so much you can do to help on the day, during the build-up and behind the scenes. Please contact your class rep or the PTA directly.

 

Tesco Funding

Mrs Gordon has been very busy looking at alternative funding streams to add to the school budget and to add to the funding raised by the PTA. We have been successful in our Tesco bag bid. Please see below for the stores participating and if you can choose NES as the charity.

 

Organisation Name – North Ealing Primary School; Project Title – Sensory Garden

Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting on your project.

 

ACTON EXPRESS    W3 9RH

ACTON METRO    W3 7RR

EALING BROADWAY METRO    W5 5JY

GREENFORD LMAR RD EXP    UB1 2QQ

GREENFORD METRO    UB6 8QY

GREENFORD OLDFLD EXP    UB6 8PP

HAVEN GRN EALING EXP    W5 2PB

HOOVER BUILDING    UB6 8DW

NORTH ACTON HEIGH EXP    W3 6BX

NORTHFIELDS ELING EXP    W13 9QR

NORTHOLT EXPRESS    UB5 5AU

SOUTHALL KING ST EXP    UB2 4DB

UXBRIDGE RD W EAL EXP    W13 8SB

 

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website here:

http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/

 

Gymnastics

There are just short of 100 pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 attending the fortnightly Gymnastics Clubs after school on Tuesdays and Fridays at North Ealing, where the British Amateur Gymnastics Awards are practiced and regularly achieved. From these children, 17 were chosen last term to compete in the Borough Competitions against other Ealing Schools. The Year 5/6 teams came a commendable 7th out of 27 teams entered; and the Year 4 team came 5th out of 21 teams – missing out on medals by only a couple of points.

All the competitors have great ability and hopefully will have learnt from performing in front of judges, to take their performances to an even higher level in the future.

Pupil Achievements

 

Year 6 Writing

Congratulations to Rayan from 6M who has written ideas towards a final chapter of the class reader ‘Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman.

 

‘Sitting on a tattered, weather-beaten bench, kicking piles of crispy rusty shaded leaves Bod pondered the journey ahead of him. Almost unbelievably Bod’s life was no longer in danger having finally defeated the Jacks of all trades. Above the clouds, the sun beams brightly as did Bod’s heart – he did not have to live in hiding anymore. On the one hand Bod’s life was full of peace and relief; he no longer had to be afraid of an attack. On the other hand, he was swollen with fear and dread for what the new world held in store for him.

Although safe and secure now Bod had to leave the graveyard so that he could start his own life in the living world. Silas had told him that he was too old to remain here and had to move on. The thought of striking out on his own was unbearable. Silas had been his friend, influential role- model and most importantly his guardian for most of his life. Silas had fulfilled his promise; he had stayed with him until he was grown up. Bod was distraught at the thought of not having Silas or anyone else at his side as he embarked on unknown territory. On the outside Silas was being brave for Bod. In the inside Silas was devastated at losing Bod forever.

Mournfully as Bod walked towards his parents’ house, he contemplated breaking the tragic news to them. This was a heart-breaking situation, heart-breaking because Bod was their only child whom they loved dearly. As he approached his parents, they knew by the anguished look on his face that something was terribly wrong. “What’s wrong, what’s wrong?” they repeatedly screamed as they ran up to him. Choking up, he managed to finally tell them that it was time for him to leave. His parents knew this day was inevitable and imminent as Bod had grown up, but now, the day had arrived, they felt a volcano of sorrow erupting in their heart. “I must leave today,” Bod informed them. Inside they gasped, outside they put on a brave face. Masking their emotions like a clown they encouraged Bod “It will be fine, you will get used to it.”

As nightfall draped its curtain over the graveyard, Bod stood by the gate ready to leave. He tapped his pocket to ensure that his passport and money that Silas had thoughtfully given him was still there. Surrounded by distraught faces, Bod despaired the journey of the graveyard! He wailed loudly as he realised that he would never see his family again. How would he possibly live without them? Inconsolable tears gushed from his eyes like a waterfall. Grief-stricken his parents embraced Bod so tightly that he thought his ribs would break, Silas gently pulled Bod away and said, “You must go now,” then pushed him out of the gate.

Bod walked into his new life bereft and morose. Questions burned in his head, “Where can I stay?, “How will I eat?”. Although he had never been alone, he surprisingly knew it would be OK. As he set off to find a new home he was quite looking forward to the change ahead…’

Chess Success

During the 2017 spring term North Ealing took part in the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. This involved playing seven games of chess against other children in North Ealing School over seven weeks. Because of the short spring term and our late start we only completed all seven rounds of the tournament during the last week of the spring term.

The results were;

1st – Christo S (3G), 2nd – Shiang T (5C), 3rd – Kaito O (2SH)

The highest scoring girl was Parnika P (5D) and the highest scoring Year 4 boy , under 9, was Christian L (4B).

Well done to these five children – they qualify for the next round of the chess tournament playing against children from other schools in the local area Megafinal to be held in Richmond on 3 June. And well done to all the children who took part in the North Ealing chess tournament.

Five North Ealing children also participated in a Schools On Line chess tournament playing against a number of other schools on Wednesday afternoon. The five players were Christo S (3G), Shiang T (5C), Sina N (5D), Parnika P (5D) and Aneesh C (5D). They played three other schools in January and won all three of their matches to finish top of their mini league. They will also be taking part in a Schools On Line chess tournament again this term.

We also hope to have a match, this term, with a group from Ealing Chess Club team. More details to follow.  Mrs Bruley and Mr Housego.

Attendance

Last half term, 20 February to 31 March, we achieved 97.23% attendance for the whole school. 3G had the best class attendance by achieving an impressive 97.9% and 6F had the best class for the fewest amount of late children.  Well done everyone!

Please remember to keep advising the School Office of any absences.  You can do this by leaving a message on our absence line, texting or emailing the school. Many thanks for your help in this matter.

Be In The Know

EYFS

 

Nursery have welcomed new classmates in after the Easter break. They are all settling really well into life at North Ealing and we look forward to a productive summer term.

Key Stage 1

 

The children in Key Stage 1 have returned refreshed and ready for a busy Summer term. There are plenty of exciting things to look forward to over the next few weeks with trips, fetes and sports days all on the horizon over the term. Let’s hope the weather gives us a helping hand.

 

SATs

 

A reminder that Year 2 SATs week will take place week beginning 15th May 2017. Although the SATs get a fair amount of coverage in the press, please reassure your children and minimise anxiety; the tests form only one part of the overall teacher assessment. It is helpful to make sure that the children are getting plenty of rest, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast.

 

The Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) test remains optional this year and we have decided not to administer this particular test; the assessment for this aspect is to come from the children’s writing over the term so please continue to help with the weekly spellings as they come home.

 

Please avoid booking appointments and holidays during this time.

Key Stage 2

KS2 SATs

The term is moving on and the Year 6 SATs exams will take place from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th May. This can be a stressful time for the children (and for parents) and it is important to provide plenty of encouragement and support to minimise any anxieties they may be feeling. The children have worked very hard and are determined to do their best. In the build up to SATs we encourage you to ensure that your child:

  • Is in school that week and they are on time
  • has everything ready for school the night before
  • has a good night’s sleep
  • has a good breakfast

Signpost

 

Interfaith Week

Interfaith week begins June 12th 2017.

We will be looking for volunteers to run workshops, storytelling, cooking and a range of activities linked to the different faiths and cultures found at North Ealing. Please contact Miss Twyman via the school office by Monday 5th June for further information and if you are interested in helping during the week.

 

Harrison Catering – Outstanding Balances

Important information – please ensure your account is in credit

 

Year 6 Information

Please remember that any pupil in Year 6 taking lunches and paying for meals must have paid for their meal in advance in order to take a lunch. Any Year 6 pupil that has any debt will not be allowed to have a Harrison’s lunch and will have to bring in a packed lunch until their account is back in credit.

Year 3 – Year 5 Information

Year 3 – 5 school dinner accounts with a debt of £23.00 or more will not be served a Harrison’s lunch. These children will need to bring in a packed lunch until the debt is cleared.

Home Start: VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED –  MAY 2017

  • Do you have 2 – 3 hours a week to spare?
  • Do you have parenting experience and an understanding of the issues local families face?
  • Can you provide help, support and friendship to a local family (under the age of 5 years)?
  • We welcome volunteers with language skills? In particular, Polish, Somali, Arabic, Urdu, Panjabi, Gujarati, Persian/Farsi and Tamil.
  • You can make a significant difference to a family in your local community.

Our Volunteer Preparation Course starts on Wednesday 17th May 2017 (with a break for half term).

Please contact our office on 020 8842 1617 or email admin@homestartealing.org for an application pack.

WE HAVE FAMILIES READY AND WAITING FOR VOLUNTEERS!

News from the Appalachian Trail

It has been nearly a month (27 days) since we’ve set out on our trek along the Appalachian Trail! We have travelled over 340 miles on foot. Aidan and I have each lost a stone in body weight – but eat every hour of our days. Our longest day was 23 miles and took 11 hours of near non-stop hiking to complete. We have done additional 20 mile days, but we hike about 15 miles a day on average. We climbed many tall Mountains, the tallest being Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee at 2,025 meters tall. We have seen lots of wildlife along the way – bears, snakes, bobcats, salamanders, wild turkeys, owls, cardinals, hawks, goldfinches, chipmunks, woodchucks, deer and millions of insects. 

Spring has been peeking out from the dormant woods, but besides the abundant wildflowers, hasn’t yet shown its full bounty. We have hiked through snowstorms and wind gusts and hail and thunder and lightning. It has been biting cold and blistering hot. We have walked through large areas of forest ravaged by wildfire (caused by two boys playing with matches) and past a neighbouring mountain currently burning with wildfire from a lightning strike. It has rained everyday for the last nine days and all of our gear is soaking wet. Aidan thinks the hardest thing so far is having to put on cold and wet clothes in the mornings – I tend to agree. 

Aidan and Scott (Phena’s 3C Brother and Dad)

Uniform Reminder

Please remember to send your child to school in full uniform.

 

NURSERY CLASS Boys and Girls: Navy blue school logo sweatshirt, navy tracksuit trousers, white polo shirt. Sensible, dark coloured school shoes or black trainers.

RECEPTION YEAR Boys: grey trousers, socks, white polo shirt, navy blue school logo sweatshirt. Summer: grey shorts and polo shirt. Girls: grey pinafore dress, skirt or grey trousers, white polo shirt, navy blue school logo sweatshirt. Summer: dress in blue/white stripes or blue/white checks, or white polo shirt “Working & Learning Together”

YEARS 1-6 Boys: grey trousers, socks, white buttoned shirt, school tie and grey jumper. Summer grey shorts Girls: grey pinafore dress, skirt or grey trousers, white buttoned blouse, school tie and grey cardigans. Summer: dress in blue/white stripes or blue/white checks

SHOES (RECEPTION – YEAR 6) Boys and Girls: sensible, dark coloured school shoes. Children should not wear open-toed sandals or Crocs. Black trainers.

P.E. KIT Navy shorts, yellow school logo T-shirt and black plimsolls – all in a labelled bag. Tracksuits may be worn for outdoor games in winter – school logo sweatshirt and plain navy tracksuit trousers PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD’S NAME IS ON EVERY ITEM OF SCHOOL CLOTHING

Scooters and Bikes

Please remember that scooters and bikes should be dismounted from before entering the school playground.  They then need to be walked to the relevant bike sheds located by the school house and the Summerfield Road entrance, to be stored.

Friday 31st March 2017

‘Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life’……SD Gordon

Introduction

Head Teacher’s Comments

March is always an incredibly busy month and the children have enjoyed an exciting range of extra-curricular activities alongside their usual schedule.

World Book Day

Book day was a huge success and thanks to all those who made it so special. Miss Matkin and Ms Webber worked very hard to make the parades fun and by organising the book sale.Thanks also to Nathan Tomlinson for coming to school and telling the children about writing his second novel.  The children were very excited to get hold of his second book and catch up on the ‘Bike Shed Bully Hunters.’

Science Week

Thanks to Miss Page and Mrs McCready for organising a fun and interesting week for all. The children really benefit from a more enquiry based approach to learning and Science has been a focus for this term, please look out for the displays around school. The week ended with the school turning off as much electricity as possible for Earth Hour, it was very peaceful in school for a change!

School Council

The team have had a very busy month organising Earth Hour, Red Nose Day/ PJ day, which raised an amazing £455, and working alongside Harrisons on our Healthy Eating campaign.

Healthy Eating

Thanks to all those parents who completed the packed lunch questionnaire. Following the Spring Break we will be launching our new Heathy Eating Policy. We continue to work with Harrisons to make our school dinners healthier but also we will focus on helping people to make their pack lunches healthier. Please read the new policy when it is published in April. We will be putting slips in lunch boxes to remind everyone how to make lunches healthier, during the Summer Term

Assemblies 

Some of our highlights this term have been a visit from a Dad at the school, who is embarking on a very exciting journey,

‘Beginning March 31st 2017, my teenaged son Aidan and I will be hiking the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail.  The trail follows the Appalachian Mountain Range across 14 of the United States of America. Traversing one of the oldest ranges on the planet, the trail begins in the south at Springer Mountain in Georgia and finishes far to the north on the summit of Mount Katahdin in the Maine wilderness. Hiking the “AT” has been a life-long goal. Aidan and I are in a unique and extremely fortunate position in our lives to be able to embark on this journey.’

Please follow the link for more information:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/coddiwomple  

We have also been talking about Kindness at school and each class have been given a special award cup from Place 2 Be. This cup will be awarded to children who show acts of kindness within school and will encourage all of us to be that bit kinder each day.  We are linking this to our school values concerned with Nurture and being Harmonious. Please support this initiative at home as much as possible.

Ofsted

The long awaited report was produced on 7th March 2017 and can be found on the school website, please take the time to read the report. It was a very tough process but we were very pleased with the outcome.  After reading the report a number of parents have asked why we did not achieve an outstanding grade and I thought it would be useful to explain the reasons behind that. North Ealing had a section 8 inspection which is a short inspection to confirm how a school self-evaluates itself based on a range of evidence. The criteria for achieving good within the framework is very different to the last Inspection carried out 5 years ago, since the bar has been raised significantly. We were confident that we would achieve a secure good.  In order to achieve outstanding we would have to a section 5 Inspection which is a much longer process for schools and converts the grade.

Staffing

We would like to congratulate Miss Matkin who has returned to New Zealand to get married over the Spring Break.

We would also like to congratulate Mr Facey and his wife and send our best wishes on the birth of their son.

School Gardens

We are so fortunate to have two wonderful Mums who volunteer in school to keep the gardens and playgrounds tidy and full of bright plants. They are also running a gardening club with the Year 3 and 4 children who are learning a fantastic skill and having fun. Each week there is a new plant or area developing and it really adds to the high quality of our environment.

PTA

Well done to the continued hard work of the PTA this term, the quiz night, Phil the Bag and Easter activities have once again raised much needed funds for the school. We are particularly grateful to the PTA for funding the first phase of the playground development in the Year 2 and Year 3 playground. Please get involved with the PTA as I know that they are always desperate for more people to help. We are hoping that everyone will be able to attend the Summer Fete on Saturday 20th May.

Spring Concert

On Wednesday night parents, carers and staff were invited to attend our annual concert where they enjoyed high quality performances by our choir, orchestra, individual instrumentalists, singers and Irish dancers. The children are always so well supported by Mr Mehew and Mrs Goodall whose passion and commitment to raising the status of music in NES was evident on the night. Thanks to all the children for their incredibly enthusiastic participation and we look forward to the summer music events.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing and fun Spring Break and we look forward to a very active Summer Term.

Achievements

Pupil Achievements

 

 

The following poem was a runner up for a NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) competition.  It was written by Luca in 5D.

New Beginnings/New Boy

My heart is beating fast

I now must give up the past

A place came up at a good school

They say new beginnings are cool

So why do I feel so scared

As I walk to my new school

Feeling so unprepared

Change is not an easy thing

North Ealing School I admit

Does have a nice ring

Will I make friends

How will it begin?

I worry I may not fit in

Please don’t leave me mum

I don’t want to be the new boy in this place

I try to put on a brave face

Good luck Luca

Mrs DeGale is your new teacher

She smiles, phew it’s good to meet her!

We are going to assembly

As the head teacher tells us a story

About the Quangle Wangle hat

And I start to relax when I hear that

We start lessons one about freedom

And how in some places it had to be won

Now at art lesson it’s Halloween

Kind of fun it has been

I was not alone

Everyone tried to make me feel at home

Tomorrow is a new day

A few children call out my name

I am feeling in a good mood

New beginnings maybe can be quite good

 

Here are a few other poems written by children in Year 4:

 

My Dreams by Nina in 4N

My dreams conjure up spectacular images

Young dreams of child heroes and peace in the world

Dreams of birds flying free and slaves running with glee

Righteous adults help the poor and do what it takes to stop the war

Every soul on Earth breaking through from their birth

A dream that will need effort and care

Miraculously changing everywhere

Some dreams fail some succeed my one won’t because it has the greatest need

 

My Dreams by Sienna 4N

If I could catch my dreams and keep them in a jar

I’d watch them like fireflies, flicking like stars

They would grow and I’d let them go to see how far they can fly

Lighting the pitch black sky

As they soar throughout the night

 

My Dreams by Abigail in 4N

My dream is for girls to be equal to boys

Every child to have its very own toys

War to be gone and peace here

Love all around us, leaving us smiling ear to ear

Every child to have an education

Something to come out of my pure dedication

Air to be clean, people not to be mean

Peace, laughter and joy filling the world

 

My Dreams by Maria 4N

Hold fast dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly

Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a barren filled frozen with snow

You can list reasons not to chase dreams

You could reel them off all day or you could stop making excuses and get out of your own way

Sometimes the best thing that you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess

Just breath and have faith that everything will work out for the best

 

Below in an excerpt from a story by Suzie in 6M:

Every day the same people come in and out of my tattered old butchers shop. Mrs Barnsley is one of my most cheerful customers. She compliments me on my ragged shorts and asks “How are you Mr Nute?” day after day. She skips in with her coupons at the ready and doesn’t take any time choosing the plumpest leg of lamb not like Mr Willow who spends 10 mins picking at each and every one. Miss Angelina can always be seen darting from shop to shop doing errands for her poor mum who is very ill at the moment and cannot use her legs. I know everyone in town except for a thin puny girl with short home cut hair and dirty rags to wear. She gazes longingly at the hunks of meat and tender legs of lamb every day. I used to wander outside hoping for her name or where she lives, but she sprints away before I can even get outside.

Attendance

The updated Attendance Policy is attached to the newsletter and can also be found on the school website. Please familiarise yourself with the new policy.

IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE THE IMPORTANT CHANGE TO THE SCHOOL’S ATTENDANCE POLICY:

IF A CHILD’S ABSENCE IS REPORTED AS ILLNESS IN THE WEEK PRIOR TO THE END OF TERM

AND/OR AT THE START OF TERM THE SCHOOL MAY REQUIRE MEDICAL EVIDENCE IN ORDER

TO AUTHORISE THE ABSENCE. IF THIS IS NOT AVAILABLE THE SCHOOL MAY RECORD THE

ABSENCE AS UNAUTHORISED.

Be In The Know

EYFS

Nursery children were enchanted by the visit of the Rainbow Fairy last week. She took them on a tour of all the healthy food around us and, agreeing with our aims at North Ealing, encouraged the children to make healthy choices when eating. In one lesson, the children showed me how I could make myself a healthy vegetable soup and I am impressed by the number of budding chefs we have at North Ealing.

In Reception the children learnt more about the great outdoors with a trip to Perivale Woods. Here they learnt how to make a trap for the Wizard Lizard, went on a mini beast hunt and brought back to school their very own wormery. It is fantastic to have such a great resource on our doorstep.

Key Stage 1

Last week Year 1 all visited the Barbican to take part in an interactive retelling of the Stan and Mabel story. They sang songs they had been learning in school and were accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra – the children were really excited and engaged in the whole event which was lovely to see.

We also had two class assemblies from Year 1. The pupils in 1J had worked very hard on their assembly. They spoke very clearly and were word perfect with their lines and the choreography of movement in the three songs they sang. They told us about the traditional tales they had been studying in class and gave a dramatised reading of the Snow White story. It was truly dramatic when Snow White collapsed after eating the apple! The assembly also focussed on the importance of friendship and the children shared their thoughts on friendship with their audience.

1H also gave a fantastic display last Friday. After singing everyone a very good morning, they went on to share with us their learning on animals. We saw a wonderful retelling of ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ and through this we explored how we are all different but we have all got ways in which we can contribute and participate. As well as their thoughts on friendship, the children also had examples of their written work to share. As always, a big thank you to the teachers who helped the children to put on such a great show.

Year 2 have spent some time getting in the mood for the holiday by plotting journeys and thinking about what it would be like to be in different locations across the world. They also spent time visiting Reception classes to read them their stories that they had written earlier in the term. It was much enjoyed by all who took part.

Key Stage 2

It has been a busy half term for KS2 and this is continuing to the end of term.  The classes are taking advantage of the more clement weather and have been out and about. Year 5 enjoyed a visit to the St Benedict’s School Science fair which was hosted by the Year 8 students, including former NES pupils. The following week the Year 5 pupils were invited back to St Benedict’s to attend a Dance Show. Year 6 visited the Houses of Parliament, took part in a debate arranged by the education service and met out local MP Steve Pound. Year 3 have visited the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden and Year 4 attended a concert at the Barbican this week.  In school, Year 6 turned back time to Ancient Greece and recreated the experience in their classrooms as the finale of this term’s history topic.

This half term, class assemblies, so far, have had a focus on science. 6MW took a forensic approach and used a court room setting to decide on the guilt of a suspect using the science of light in evidence. 5J took ‘A Night at the Museum’ as a theme for their assembly. This adventure in science included gravity, forces, a rap about the phases of the moon – and a stray gorilla!  In both assemblies both the pupils and staff need to be thanked for their hard work and inspiration. 4G’s assembly was today and a report will appear in the next newsletter.

Year 6 are busy preparing for their SATs tests next term. Two parent information talks were given on the 15th March – the information for these talks can be found on the school website.

Next term, Year 5 will be visiting the Isle of Wight and in preparation for this the Year 5 staff gave information talks for parents on Tuesday 28th March. The information from these talks will be posted on the school website.

Signpost

Home Start Training Course Volunteers Required – For May 2017 Training Course:

  • Do you have 2 – 3 hours a week to spare?
  • Do you have parenting experience and an understanding of the issues local families face?
  • Can you provide help, support and friendship to a local family (under the age of 5 years)?
  • You can make a significant difference to a family in your local community.

A Volunteer Preparation Course starts on Wednesday 17th May 2017

Sessions will run from 9:45am – 2:30pm and will take place on every Wednesday for 6 weeks, (with a break for half term).

Please contact 020 8842 1617 or email admin@homestartealing.org for an application pack.

THERE ARE FAMILIES READY AND WAITING FOR VOLUNTEERS!

 

Fit for Sport Easter Holiday Camp at Montpelier School

Fit For Sport the UK’s leaders in engaging and educating children through physical activity has,  for over 25 years, been running Activity Camps in over 100 venues across the country each and every holiday period. As such, we believe that you would be interested to know that Fit for Sport are running Activity Camps at the following venues this coming Easter.:

Montpelier Primary School <https://www.fitforsport.co.uk/activity-camps/find-your-nearest-camp/detail/montpelier-primary-school>

Twyford Sports Centre <https://www.fitforsport.co.uk/activity-camps/find-your-nearest-camp/detail/twyford-sports-centre>

and Oxygen <https://www.fitforsport.co.uk/activity-camps/find-your-nearest-camp/detail/oxygen-free-jumping

School holidays can be a real struggle for parents to take time out of work to look after their children. Fit for Sport’s solution is to provide action-packed activity days full of variety for children from 8.30am – 5.30pm each day. Please click on the relevant links to find out the full details including costs and timetables of the activities on offer.

Basketball

Pete’s basketball club at North Ealing is recruiting new members for the Summer term 2017.

Help improve your child’s coordination, agility, strength, speed, throwing and catching etc. by contacting Pete, a qualified basketball level 2 coach, on 07956 127 904 alternatively you can email him at petergiles.pwg@googlemail.com

 

Friday 27 January 2017

‘Education is not preparation for life – education is life itself’………… John Dewey

Introduction

Headteacher’s Comments

Welcome back and we hope everyone had a good break, even though it may now feel like a long time ago. It was lovely to see all the children together in our first whole school assembly looking refreshed and ready for the new term. We also welcome all the new children who have joined us this term and Mrs Ward, our new teacher who is job sharing with Ms McCready in 6MW – she is the ‘W’ of 6MW.

Thank you to all the staff for getting the school ready for the term and particularly the site staff for keeping things going over the festive period.

The teachers returned to school a day before the pupils for a ‘training day’. The theme of this day was the sharing of good practice and members of staff gave their time with presentations and mini-workshops to share with their colleagues. The day was both interesting and informative and contributed to a positive start to the New Year.

We will be holding an Arts Week at school from Monday 6th to Friday 10th February. This will be a great opportunity for children to develop their artistic skills and learn about different artists and art forms. Further information about activities and exhibitions will be sent over the next two weeks.

Achievements

Whole School

The School Council is comprised of two class representatives, from each class (Years 2 – 6). The representatives meet at lunchtime, once a week and discuss a variety of issues relating to school life. The group is mostly self-governing and is led by two Year 6 pupils.

The representatives are currently consulting their classmates to choose a charity to fundraise for this term. Each class will have a vote and the results will be collated at next week’s meeting.

A discussion was held about the Daily Mile, which officially started this week. The reps will feedback to the group about how their class responds to this physical challenge.

A representative from Harrisons Catering is scheduled to attend a meeting at the end of January, to gauge pupils’ views on school dinners.

Ms Webber, Assistant Head

Pupil Achievements

Opinions Expressed About ‘Light’ Artists

James Turrell’s artwork lights up the whole room and his artwork is very luminous, yet simple. On the other hand, Lori Hersberger’s work is very complex and most of his artwork plays with the power that light can be reflected. Bruce Nauman uses words to act upon his artwork in a very visual way. He also uses a lot of lines in his artwork. Dan Flavin mostly uses straight lines in his very simple artwork.

Parsa, Stan, Sam, Hamza, Alastair. 6MW

Attendance

Last half term, 31 October 2016 -16 December 2016, we achieved 97% attendance for the whole school. 5D had the best class attendance by achieving an impressive 98.9% and 6F had the best class for the fewest amount of late children.  Well done everyone!

Please remember to keep advising the School Office of any absences.  You can do this by leaving a message on our absence line, texting or emailing the school. This also relates to any school interviews your child may have. Many thanks for your help in this matter.

Did You Know ?…. If your child is statutory school age and you take any unauthorised absence e.g. family holiday, you may be liable for a fine, as in line with Government guidelines all our attendance statistics are monitored by the Local Authority.

Be In The Know

EYFS

EYFS have returned from the Christmas break and been joined by new classmates in Nursery. All children are settling well into school life and have enjoyed hearing traditional stories being read to them in different languages – some by our parents. A big thank you to all who volunteered their time.

In Reception, children have been practising their special superhero moves in preparation for National Storytelling Week. They are looking forward to making up their own stories next week and dressing up as their favourite superhero.

Next week, EYFS teachers will be offering workshops on Maths. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible at 9.00am or 3.30pm in the New Hall.

Key Stage 1

Year 1 children eased their way back into school after any indulgences over the Christmas period with a healthy look at making fruit kebabs; we are aiming to get a clip of the young chefs at work on our website, so keep a lookout! Today they are scheduled to go to the park to continue their study of the seasons by completing an observational sketch of a tree which they are following through all the seasons in the year.

Thank you to Ms Webber who put on two talks on Phonics for Y1 parents this week. This is an important part of the children’s learning which they are then tested on in the National Phonics Screening check later in the year. We hope these sessions are useful in providing you all with ways in which you can help your children with their reading.

Last week we were treated to a wonderful assembly by Class 2T. It was an occasion to share their learning with all of us and we found out what they had learnt about shapes and animals and then we were treated to a lively retelling of the story of the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Through this story they showed us how they had used a variety of strategies to produce some amazing pieces of written work which they read to us.

This week the classes in Year 2 went on a trip to the Tate Modern where they supplemented their art lessons in school with the experience of seeing the real work of Matisse and Rothko. It was a wonderful learning experience for all.

What a busy few weeks it has been – it will be half term before we know it!

Key Stage 2

KS2 pupils should be congratulated on their calm start after the Christmas holidays and their positive attitude to school.

Early in the term Year 3 invited their parents to an assembly to celebrate their skills in drumming. This was to showcase the results of their autumn term drumming workshops. They performed very well and their efforts were much appreciated by the audience.

Mr Gerrard led an assembly on the theme of Perseverance, illustrating it with a demonstration of Circus Skills. The children were enthusiastic in their appreciation of these skills and took away from the assembly that perseverance can help you achieve almost anything (even riding a unicycle).

Year 3 got off to a ‘foodie’ start as all three classes have had the opportunity to visit Pizza Express on Ealing Broadway and have a go at making pizzas. Year 4 have been visiting the Bank of England this week

6F had the ‘honour’ of being the first KS2 class assembly of 2017. This took place today and sent us on a journey to Ancient Greece combined with Grease the Movie.  Their historical knowledge combined with dance and drama skills made for an unfortunate and entertaining assembly.  Well done!

Signpost

North Ealing Nursery – APRIL 2017 Intake

This year as there are spaces in the Nursery we shall be having an April intake following the Easter holidays. Children are eligible to apply if they have their 3rd Birthday by 31st March 2017.

If you would like to make an application, please visit the school website and click on the ‘admissions’ tab. www.northealingprimary.org

April places are available for the afternoon sessions only (12.15pm – 3.15pm). Children will be expected to attend Monday to Friday during term time.

Children will begin a phased entry from Wednesday 19th April 2017

Nursery Tour

There is a Nursery Tour taking place on: Wednesday 1st February at 10.15am.

If you would like to book a place please email: nursery@northealing.ealing.sch.uk

Please note that booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Please report promptly to the Pitshanger Lane entrance to the school. Regretfully we ask that young children do not attend the tour.

Parking

Please remember to park and stride if you drive your children to school. Please avoid using Summerfield Road and Woodbury Park. We would be grateful if you could all be considerate to others and in the spirit of courtesy please address any concerns in an appropriate and civil manner. We are considering a range of options to improve the situation. Thank you for your cooperation.

Extra Funding – Does Your Child Qualify For The Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is a sum of money which is allocated to the school and which must be used to directly benefit eligible children through targeted activities, additional staffing or focused interventions. The grant is allocated according to household income and benefit entitlements and takes into account yourentitlement as far back as six years ago. The Grant forms a much-needed element of overall school funding and we would strongly encourage each of you to apply for free school meals ifyou believe your child is eligible. Once your child is confirmed to receive free school meals then the school can access this grant.

The School Stomp

The school stomp takes place today, Friday 27th January. The children will participate in a ‘stomp’ around the school grounds in order to raise money for the charity Health, Poverty, Action.

FUNdango

Little Creatives is back doing the FUNdango this Spring!

FUNdango is creativity and FUN mixed together – the very best combination – and we are back this Spring for more madness and mayhem!

For five days your budding creatives will be stretching their imaginations, creating their very own story which they will then bring to life!  Acting, singing, dancing, making costumes and props, with the big finale at the end – the world premiere of their show to friends and family!

With Miss Sarah and Miss Cheryl leading the way this is fun and games a-plenty!!

Dates:    3rd – 7th April 2017

Times:   10am – 3pm

Price:     £150  (Book before 29th February to catch the Early Bird rate £135)

Ages:     7-12yrs

Email info@sarahcuthbertson.co.uk for a booking form, check out our website  www.littlecreatives.co.uk or call 07543 259 926 for more information

Previous participants have said:

  • FUNdango Awesome Awesome Awesome
  • Imaginative, Engaging and lots of Fun
  • Fantastic 12/10 Loved it
  • It was brilliant.  Very creative.  Very different. I loved it
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the show!  So great to see the boys enjoying themselves

Half Term Event at Pitshanger Library

Half-term storytelling event with RICHARD NEVILLE at Pitshanger library. Richard is a popular storyteller and runs his sessions with puppets and instruments for children aged 6+.

Date:           Wednesday 15th February

Time:          11am

Admission:  Free

Booking:      Essential

Pop into Pitshanger Library to book your place.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2017

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers are back!  We will be participating in the Active Kids programme again this year.  Vouchers will be available to collect at any Sainsbury’s store and online between Wednesday 25th January and Friday 30th June.  The collection box for the vouchers will be located in the Link, just outside the school office so please deposit any vouchers you collect.

Thank you for supporting us in this programme, as all vouchers help with the provision of extra PE equipment.

Important Announcement re After School Club

Unfortunately we have to say ‘goodbye’ to Hayley who is leaving the After School Club due to family commitments.  Hayley has been Deputy Manager for the past 6 years and will be sadly missed.  Hayley’s last day will be Friday 10th February.  If anyone would like to contribute towards a leaving present for her, please see Sue.  Karen John will be appointed Deputy Manager from Monday 20th February.

NSPCC

The recent NSPCC Full Stop campaign has raised £816.04 for the school.  Each child who completed their sponsorship form will be receiving a badge.  Many thanks for your generosity!

Friday 16th December 2016

‘What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace’……..Agnes M. Pharo               

Introduction

Head Teacher’s Comments

Thanks to All Staff

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our teaching staff, support staff, office and site staff

for their incredible hard work, commitment and dedication over the past term. It has been a very busy and productive term and I know all the children have thrived in the many areas of school life.

The PTA has also worked relentlessly hard this term raising much needed funds for the school. The Christmas Fete was a wonderful affair enjoyed by many with the NES Santa’s Grotto being a true highlight.

A big thank you to all our volunteers who have helped and supported the school with great enthusiasm, we could not do it all without them.

Christmas Concerts

We would also like to say thank you to all those parent volunteers for serving teas and coffees at the concerts this week. We hope you enjoyed a warm drink and a mince pie as well as the wonderful performances.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable holiday break and hope that everyone benefits from some quality family time together.

Assemblies

Our final assembly this term will be about being kind and finding Joy at Christmas and the learning value will be living in harmony together. We wish all the families a peaceful and restful holiday and a Happy New Year.

Violin and Cello

Our young violinists and cellists gave a delightful recital with their teachers on Monday 5th December playing a selection of well-known Christmas songs and carols. Thanks to Orpheus and Rebecca, our wonderful music teachers, for all their help and support.

The Snowman Piano Performance

The piano group, with three recorder players, performed to KS2 during assembly this week. This group included children from Year 1 to Year 6.  They provided the musical accompaniment to the story of ‘The Snowman’. The children played beautifully and captured the magic of the Snowman story. Many thanks go to Zillah Myers, piano teacher, who arranged the production and to Mr Mehew who provided support and the illustrated power point background.

Achievements

Whole School

Governor Visit Day

I would also like to thank our very committed NES governing body who work closely with the school in order to secure a clear focus on continuous school improvement. This term we held a governor visit day where we invited a group of governors to join lessons, speak to children, have lunch and take part in staff training and discussions. The focus of the day included our school improvement priorities including our continued focus on raising standards in writing, developing confidence in maths mastery, philosophy and thinking skills, focus intervention groups and our newly introduced music lessons. The governors also spoke to a selection of school and sports council representatives and joined debating society who happened to be discussing whether tax payers should pay for the repairs to Buckingham Palace! The day provided the governors with a very detailed picture of an average day at North Ealing and will help them in their role as critical friends to the school.

Thanks to the School council who worked hard this term to promote the’ Power of Good’

during anti-bullying week which was a huge success. All our classes celebrated the ‘Power of Good,’ and discussed the different ways to be kind to one another.

The recent Poppy Appeal raised £257.27- thanks to all who gave so generously.

Sports Values Art Competition

The sports council recently organised and judged a poster/piece of art competition for Years 3-6 demonstrating the sport partnership’s values of:

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Passion
  • Self-belief
  • Team work
  • Determination

Congratulations to Ria (6F), Sobha (4B) and Mia (3B) who were our overall winners and received a special prize each. Thank you for the many entries we received. 

Boys’ Football Success

Very well done to the boys’ football team who finished top of the ‘Championship League’ in the sport partnership’s tournament recently. They played against schools from all over the borough and after some tough battles they managed to finish triumphant. Well done boys – onwards and upwards!

Pupil Achievements

Aneesh C in 5D has been selected to play for the Ealing Borough under-10 cricket team.  Well done!

Heyday Film Festival

A selection of our Year 6 pupils attended the premiere of their film titled ‘Worry’ all about self-esteem and resilience at the British Film Institute on the South Bank. This was part of a London wide project to get young people into film making. The school screening will take place in early January.

Attendance

Medical Appointments During School Time

Please can we ask that all parent/carers make sure that non-urgent medical appointments are taken out of school time. It is very disruptive to the class when children are taken in and out of learning time. If your child has an underlying health concern, please communicate this with the school. Whilst we do understand that hospital appointments are sometimes very difficult to rearrange, please ensure you give the school office 24 hours notice and provide evidence such as the appointment letter or a medical card.

Please note that all appointments are recorded as an absence.

Be In The Know

EYFS

It has been a busy end to this eventful first term in the EYFS. Nursery have hosted a couple of really well attended soft starts on mark making and the learning journals which children were really proud to show their parents. They have made several trips to our own library to pick up class books and in the last week went on a walk down the Lane to look for the Advent Calendar posters which are being opened every day. They were excited to see their own posters had already been opened.

In Reception the children have had a focus on writing labels and captions culminating in a letter to Santa just in time for Christmas. The term ended in festive mood with a fabulous Christmas concert and a trip to watch the Snow Show at the Watermans Theatre. Not even our adults were safe, two of whom were pulled onto the stage for most of the performance, much to the children’s amusement.

A big thank you to all our EYFS staff for their hard work and preparations to make this such a successful end of term.

Please Do Not Bring Balls Into School

For health and safety reasons children will no longer be allowed to bring balls from home into school. We will be buying new resources for the playground including a range of balls and other equipment. This will be enforced from Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Key Stage 1

KS1 put on two wonderful shows for their parents in this last week of term. The children were beautifully dressed, expertly prepared and all enthusiastic to sing out their Christmas songs.

But it has not all been preparations for the end of term! The children in Year 1 were fortunate to have a visit from Toby’s dad to talk about Thanksgiving, which was a lovely way to enhance their learning – thank you to Mr Burkhart for making the time to come in. It was no surprise that the Year 2 concert was visited by aliens from outer space; the children have been spending time learning about a very famous astronaut as part of their History topic on significant people – Neil Armstrong. They wrote letters home from the moon talking about what they could see and feel.

As always, thanks to all the staff in the team who have worked hard to make the term so enjoyable and successful for all the children.

Key Stage 2

There were two class assemblies in KS2 over the past month. 3G celebrated Black History month in a very informative and moving assembly, whilst 5D took us back to the Victorian era to explain what life would have been like for a child at that time. Thank you to all the children and adults involved for all their hard work.

Last week, Year 5 carried on the Victorian theme and turned themselves into Victorians for the day. The three Year 5 classrooms became a school room, a Workhouse and a Rich person’s house, and the children got to experience Victorian life at each of these levels (the Workhouse came as a bit of a shock to some!).

Linking to their history topic of World War 2, Year 6 had a visit from someone who had experienced life as an evacuee during that time. This provided them with a first-hand account of what it would have been like. Many thanks go to Sheila Turner, the grandmother of Laura and Gregory Turner, who gave her time generously to all three Year 6 classes.

Year 5 have been studying the musical composition, Red Riding Hood by Paul Patterson (based on the Roald Dahl version) and enjoyed a trip to the Barbican to join with other schools to listen to a live performance of the music. Year 6 also visited the Sky Skills studio.

The children’s author S.F. Said came to talk to K.S.2 pupils. This was a great success with the children as he is a very popular author and for days afterwards children could be seen in the playgrounds and corridors with their heads deep in one of his books.

Seasonal Concerts KS2

It is always a great pleasure watching our children perform at St Barnabas at this special time of year. Both concerts consisted of readings, singing, drama and dance. The children rose to the occasion with their fantastic performances. All aspects of the concerts were special but it was particularly moving to hear the children sing ‘Ninna Nanna’ by Year 3 and 4, ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ and ‘Oh Holy Night’ by Years 5 and 6. Thank you to all the staff who have worked so hard in a very short space of time in producing such high quality concerts. A special thanks to Mr Mehew who played so beautifully accompanying the children all day and also to Mrs Goodall and the Orchestra. Thanks also to the staff for providing the refreshments adding to the atmosphere of the evening. North Ealing would also like to thank St Barnabas for letting us use the church.  Finally, I would like to thank all parents/carers and governors for attending the concerts and being such a warm and supportive audience.

Finally, in January we will be welcoming Mrs Ward to Class 6MW. She was appointed before the summer but was unable to start until January – she is the ‘W’ of Class MW. Mrs Ward has already met the children and will be visiting again this week. We extend a big thank you to Mrs O’Neill, who has taught 6MW on a Friday this term.

Signpost

Last day of term is Friday 16th December with a 1.30pm finish. Children return on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

MLE (managed learning environment) please take the time to look at the new website over the holiday (www.neslearningzone.com)

Extra Funding – Does Your Child Qualify For The Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is a sum of money which is allocated to the school and which must be used to directly benefit eligible children through targeted activities, additional staffing or focused interventions. The grant is allocated according to household income and benefit entitlements and takes into account yourentitlement as far back as six years ago. The Grant forms a much-needed element of overall school funding and we would strongly encourage each of you to apply for free school meals ifyou believe your child is eligible. Once your child is confirmed to receive free school meals then the school can access this grant.

North Twyford High School

Following a meeting of the the Twyford CofE Academies trustees on 7th December 2016 we regretfully announce that North Twyford School will have to defer opening until 2018.This delay has come about because the arrangements for the securing of the permanent site by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) are not well enough advanced. The Local Authority have indicated to the EFA that there was much interest locally for the new school from parents and seeks to reassure parents that there are sufficient places available in existing local schools to cater for those joining Year 7 in September 2017. We will keep you updated for the 2018 opening schedule.

Parking

Unfortunately we are still having problems with parking near the school particularly on Summerfield Road.  Please consider parking on one of the surrounding roads further away from the school and walking the last 5 minutes. We all have to put the safety of the children first and foremost in our minds and need to respect the community that the school serves and balance our individual needs with that of the local area. Please be very mindful of the local residents and do not obstruct their driveways or properties at any times. We make a plea to everyone to remain civil in their dealings with each other particularly in the presence of our children. We are considering a range of options to improve the situation. Thank you for your cooperation.

Parent View

We encourage all of our parents/carers to go to the tab on our website taking you to Parent View, an online questionnaire that enables you to give your views on North Ealing Primary. Please click on the ‘Parent’ tab, and then click on the link.

Friday 11th November 2016

Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow’ ……. Anthony J. D’Angelo

Introduction

Headteacher’s Comments

The Launch of our New Learning Zone

A big thank you to the PTA for funding our new Managed Learning Environment please log on and take a look. You can reach it from the school website or by searching for: neslearningzone.com

Anti-Bullying Week 2016

The week beginning 14 November 2016 is the annual anti-bullying week. Our School Council have been very active in organising a poster competition for the children to design anti- bullying posters including strategies for dealing with any occurrences in bullying. During our whole school assembly we will be debating issues such as: 

  • If someone is being bullied online, should they just shut down their account?               
  • Should all forms of bullying be against the law?
  • When does banter become bullying?
  • Bullying only happens in schools?

Of course at NES we work hard with the children all the time in order to recognise and combat any bullying that happens in their lives and the anti-bullying week allows us to raise the profile of this very serious issue.

Please encourage you children to enter the poster competition, wear blue to school on Friday 18th November and enter into the debate about bullying. Please look at our new neslearningzone.com for further information.

Home School Agreement

You will see that a Home School Agreement has been sent home today. We needed to update this agreement in line with our learning values and felt it was important to continue to emphasise the strong partnership between home and school. Please can you take the time to read through with your child/children and if your child is in KS2 please sign and return a copy to school. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Gardening Club

We are so grateful that the NES Gardening club has been resurrected by two very kind Mums, if anyone has any additional time to help this great cause please let us know. We have also organised an assembly about growing food at school and we will be looking at how we can get this off the ground in the Spring Term.

Homework and Reading Records

Please can we remind all parents and children that homework should be handed in on time every week. Our NES surveys show that the community want regular homework and we are very committed to this as a school. We also ask that the children all have their reading records in school signed by the person they read with at home. We will start sending regular reminders home to any children who are regularly forgetting homework or their reading records. It is also essential that you spend a little bit of time each day reading or sharing a book with your children. I have recently been reading with a number of children across the school who are telling me that they do not read with anyone at home on a regular basis, so please get reading.

Staff Training

At last week’s staff training session we were fortunate to have an external trainer, Bill Bolloten, who is an expert on SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development). SMSC is an important part of the school curriculum as it helps to enrich and develop the children’s awareness of the world around them. The training enabled the teachers to reach a deeper understanding of how we can use the curriculum to help pupils develop these values further.

Achievements

Whole School

School Council Updates

The School Council have been particularly busy this term discussing the pros and cons of our school uniform. There has been a majority vote to keep the uniform as it is. We were impressed with the debate and how the different points of view have been expressed. However, we have also made it clear that if we are keeping the uniform it must be worn correctly and the children must make a continuous effort to look smart at all times. For example, the white shirts must be tucked in and ties worn correctly and the correct PE kits worn and in school when needed. Please see our school uniform policy on the school website for more information.

Football – North Ealing 3  St. Joseph’s 1

Our school boys’ team played a brilliant football match on Thursday 3rd November in the second match of the season.

Mr Burns has a great array of players to choose from, as talent is ripe in the squad this season. Four players made their North Ealing debut in this match; Elliot (Y6), Joe, Adam and Daniel (Y5). All three excellent goals came from Aston (Y6) one of which was assisted by Daniel (Y5) on his debut. Captain and goalkeeper Greg (Y6) did a great job of keeping the boys motivated when we conceded a goal. There were also strong performances from Shun, Adam, Aidan and Tom (Y6). This match was our second win in the Peal Shield Competition and our next fixture will be away to Mount Carmel in December.

Pupil Achievements

I had the pleasure last week of visiting two Year 6 English lessons. The focus of the lessons was the use of figurative language in poems and a comparison with the use of literal language. The standard of work in the Year 6 English books is phenomenal and the level of discussion in the lessons was outstanding. We are publishing a poem by Alix in 6F, something to be framed and kept for life. I particularly enjoyed the note to Mr Facey at the end of the poem, an amazing display of our positive behaviours for learning at work. Mrs Flowers.

The Monster

Look out!

Another slice of mouldy pizza

Heading our way!

We better run,

We better hide,

Unless we want to end our lives!

Here he comes,

The monster’s here,

And his expression’s very clear!

He wants to shout,

He wants to scream,

All he wants is to be mean!

He’s crying and he’s pouting,

He’s stomping and he’s shouting,

He’s throwing us against the wall,

I’ve broken my arm,

I’ve broken my leg,

All we can do now is beg!

A putrid sock covers me

Another one disguises Lily!

We’re just toy lions,

Stop we plead,

Your smelly room’s enough for me!

By Alix

6F

I have very recently started to enjoy writing poems of all sorts and I absolutely love them. I do think I may become a poet when I am older……Alix.

Mr Facey’s reply:

Of course you can Alix – you have a natural talent for writing

Attendance

Last half term, 6th September to 21st October, the whole school attendance figures were 97.6%.

3G had the best class attendance as well as the best lateness record along with 1J and 6F. E-cards have been sent out to all class attendees.  Well done everyone for a fantastic achievement.  Keep it up!

Be In The Know

EYFS

Reception classes, whilst exploring stories and rhymes, have been fortunate to have several of their parents come into school to read stories in different languages. This has been great for all children as a real celebration of the diversity within our school. Nursery children have been introduced to Teddy who will be visiting all of them over the course of the year and feeding back to the classes about all the exciting things that happen outside of school.

This time of year brings with it many festivals and events and the EYFS have been learning about Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day. It was lovely to join in with all the school for a two minute silence on Friday 11th November to mark this special day.

Through all of this the children have been thinking about our School Values and particularly how we can show that we are Harmonious and Independent.

Key Stage 1

October was Black History Month and children have been busy learning about this important time of year in assemblies and in lessons. They have thought of and written questions to Rosa Parks and they have also written some very impressive pieces of poetry on the theme of peace. In Year 2 children have been studying the exciting topic of space and have been learning about Neil Armstrong. On the horizon is a trip to a Gurdwara which we are all excited about.

Key Stage 2

So far this term KS2 have had two Class Assemblies. 4B was about Fairtrade and in an informative and entertaining way traced the journey of a banana from tree to supermarket. 6M’s assembly focus was on freedom and they looked at key people who have been instrumental in fighting for Human Rights. Many thanks to Mrs Bruley, Miss Matkin and both classes for all their hard work.

Year 4 visited Ealing Abbey last week as part of their R.E. work and Year 5 had the opportunity to visit the Sky Skills Studio this week.

Finally, our KS2 netball team competed in a tournament at Ellen Wilkinson High School. They made a great team effort and came 4th in their group, by 1 point. Special thanks go to Edie (Y6) who was the coach and manager on the day.

Signpost

Pick Up Arrangements

Please can we remind parent/carers to inform their class teacher first thing in the morning if there are any changes to your regular pick up arrangements. Please only contact the school office if your arrangements have been changed unexpectedly or in an emergency. This minimises the disruption caused to the children’s learning as all new arrangements have to be telephoned through to the class.

Schoolcomms Update

If you are experiencing difficulty getting on to the school gateway or you are not receiving emails, please come to the school office and ask for a ‘how to’ guide to reinstate. The problem may lie with messages going into the junk mail folder rather than your inbox and Schoolcomms have sent us some instructions on how to rectify this.

Harrisons

As you are aware all children who pay for a school lunch must be in credit on their Harrison’s account to receive a meal. If your account is in debit we will contact you to bring in a packed lunch. Please ensure you have made provision for your child to have a lunch every day.

Parent Governor Elections

Please can we remind you that the ballot papers issued to families earlier this week should be returned to the school by 3pm on Tuesday 15th November 2016. The voting papers should be returned by post to the school in an envelope marked ‘Parent Governor Elections – November 2016’ or placed in the ballot box which is in the school link. The results of the election will be displayed in the entrance to the school for a period of 7 days from Wednesday 16th November 2016 and will be circulated to all parents at the schools earliest convenience.

Healthy Lunchbox Survey

Next week we will be sending out a Healthy Lunchbox Survey which is linked to our Healthy Schools Policy.  Please ensure that you complete and return the survey accordingly.

Parking

Please remember to park and stride if you drive your children to school. Please avoid using Summerfield Road and Woodbury Park. We would be grateful if you could all be considerate to others and in the spirit of courtesy please address any concerns in an appropriate and civil manner.

 

Friday 7th October 2016

“Education is the movement from darkness to light”……Allan Bloom

Head Teacher’s Comments

We have had a wonderful start to the academic year with our Tea Party for Peace and Harvest Festival. We raised over £500 for peace and UNICEF were so impressed they have matched the fundraising. It was a fantastic event and the queue to hand in cakes was one of the most heart-warming events I have ever witnessed at NES-Thank you for all the support and kindness. We had a great Harvest assembly this week and managed to send a few boxes of much needed food to the Ealing foodbank. It is always a good opportunity to remind everyone about those people in our immediate community who do not have enough food to eat and what we can do to help. 

Achievements

Whole School

2016-17 School and Sport Council Elected

Congratulations to our new School and Sport Council representatives and well done for already having some meetings last week. The School Council got to work immediately choosing the winners of the NESSIE Poster Competition, run by Mr Mehew. The winners were Nina (4N) overall winner, Maya (6F), Mylla (3G) and Frankie (5D). The Sports Council met on Monday afternoon to appoint our new Sports Ambassadors for the school, Mia (6MW) and Rithi (6F). We also discussed the exciting playground leader programme which all Sport Councillors will be taking part in. More information to follow in the coming weeks, watch this space.

Pupil Achievements

The following poem is by Saleem in 6M:  

THE STORM                                                        

The branches swaying from side to side

Murmuring and whispering, the trees had their conversation.

A rabbit’s footsteps were faint but clear.

The pitter-patter of raindrops was one of the only sounds.

Clinging on to each leaf.

But just pathetically sliding down.

A storm was on its way.

Suddenly the sky opened

And a scar of lightning appeared on the sky.

It was like someone had a pen and was drawing everything.

HAIL.

It was pouring down like the Earth had an unlimited supply of it.

Then calm peace.

And from a ferocious looking black cloud, the sun appeared.

The pitter-patter of rain drops.

THEN A MAJESTIC RAINBOW.

The following poem is by Miles, who was previously in Year 4:

Noisy children

Old school

Running around

Thinking hard

Hand bells ringing

Eating fruit

Art poster

Listening quietly

Ideas come

Neat writing

Go home

Attendance

Please remember to advise the office if your child is absent from school.  You can do this by phoning the school absence line, texting or emailing us. We would be grateful if you could provide the full reason for absence so that we can update our records accordingly.

Be In The Know

EYFS

A big well done to all the children who have started in the EYFS. All the children are now in and settled and are getting to grips with all the routines. Many thanks to all the parents who have helped to make the start to the new year so smooth.

Thanks to the teachers who put on sessions after school to help parents with children new to the school as well as those who were returning in Nursery and Reception. The Meet the Teacher sessions were packed with information and well attended and there was lots of positive feedback on the Phonics talk put on by Ms Webber. Thanks to all the parents who attended; we hope to being offering regular sessions to keep you up to speed on the children and the curriculum.

Key Stage 1

The children in Key Stage 1 have all settled well at the start of the new year. The children have been studying some exciting topics recently. They have been tying in their scientific learning of materials with the English work when writing about superheroes in Year 2 and they have been to the park to draw maps of the local area and learn about the use of keys. In Year 1, the children have also been to the park to make their observations on the changes of the seasons; it has certainly felt very autumnal this week with the winds and drop in temperature!

Key Stage 2

The children in KS2 have worked hard over the last month and have settled down well into the routine of school life. Class assemblies started this week with Class 4B, and Class 6M will follow in a couple of weeks.

Class visits and talks are beginning to start, as well, with Year 3 shortly to be visiting Walpole Park Education Centre’s ‘Unpacking the Trunk’ as part of Black History Month. Year 4 have a visit planned to Ealing Abbey before the half term holiday and Year 5 will be visiting the Barbican after half term. Next week Year 6, as part of their World War Two topic, will be experiencing what it was like to be evacuated,

Year 3 were fortunate to have a visit from Dr Eleanor Sandhu as part of their science topic on ‘Animals including humans’ which they found very informative. Year 5 are expecting a visit from the Fire Service and Year 6 have just had a day’s workshop with the Guardian newspaper education service when they had the opportunity to try their hands at journalism.

This has been a busy and productive start to the school year – well done to everyone involved.

Signpost

Your Child’s ‘Thinking School’

We continue to develop the thinking-skills of our pupils in order to maximise their potential for reasoning, for being creative and for increasing their understanding of the world both in and out of school. This is a key factor in their growth both academically and socially.

On October 12th, you will be able to see how our new home-school website encourages this exciting development in the curriculum and how we are creating new opportunities for home/school interaction. We hope that as many as possible of you will be able to attend the 3:30-4:30pm or the 5:00-6:00pm meeting (crèche available).

Philosophy

The focus for this term is ‘Freedom’ and, so far, Year 4, Year 2 and some of Year 6 have explored this theme in amazing detail. The presentation will shortly be available on the new NES site and you will be invited to join in the discussion forum! Is a goldfish in a bowl free? Does it know it’s free? Would it be happier to be in a larger bowl? Is ‘being watched’ a good/bad thing? Control – how much is needed? If we could ‘control’ lying, stealing and harming people with a microchip, would the world be a better place? How much freedom should we have?

These ideas, explored by Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, Plato and UNICEF help our pupils to face everyday challenges and issues in a safe and inclusive environment. By listening and sharing ideas, they go way beyond the often-limited world in which they live.

Debating Society

The Debating Society meets on Tuesdays between 12:30pm and 1:05pm in the Music Room and is open to Years 4-6. New members are always welcome to ensure a good mixture of ages and genders. Our debates will also be published on the new website for home/family use and have, so far, been based on ‘London Fashion Week’, ( are ‘super-models’ really super?); ‘Junk Food’, (should we be told what to eat? ) and ‘Freedom’, ( to link in with our Philosophy sessions).

Ms Anderson recently delivered staff training on ‘Critical Thinking’ skills complementing this work. It is clear that the next generation(s) will need to be ever more ‘aware’ of how to use their flexibility of thinking and approach to ‘issues’, as well as appreciating and harnessing the energy of the increasingly-diverse nature of society.

 “Children are not vessels to be filled but lamps to be lit.” – Swami Chinmayananda, Indian Spiritual Leader

 “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything one learned in school.” - Albert Einstein

Volunteers

Would you like to be a school volunteer?

The teachers are really keen to welcome volunteers to help in school. The volunteers at NES are essential part of daily life, helping prepare resources, reading with children and generally helping to make the school environment as good as it can be for all the children.  If you are interested please can you email admin@northealing.ealing.sch.uk or drop into the office and leave your details.

E-Safety Talk

Please attend our E-safety talk in the new hall Wednesday 12th October at 3.30pm until 4.30pm or 5.00pm until 6.00pm

Parent Consultations

Parent consultations will be happening on the following dates:

Tuesday 18th October from 3.30pm – 5.30pm (Nursery – Year 6)

Wednesday 19th October from 3.30pm – 7.30pm (Nursery – Year 6)

Letters have been sent home and you will be advised of the time allotted to you directly by the class teachers.

School Photographs

On Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October Cliff Harris Photographers will be in the school taking the individual and sibling photos. Please ensure your child comes to school in full school uniform and wearing their best smile!

Puzzle Day

We are delighted to be having The Happy Puzzle Company running puzzle challenge workshops for all classes in Year 2-6 on Monday and Tuesday next week.

There will be a Puzzle Shop,to buy your very own challenge puzzles and games, open on Monday after school from 3.30pm in the playground outside the New Hall, if dry, or in RW, if wet.

We hope your children enjoy thinking outside the box and having fun with their peers.

Think Before You Park

Please can you ensure that you do not drive and park in Summerfield Road, Woodbury Park and near the gates on Pitshanger Lane. It’s good to walk to school, October is walk to school month so we would encourage everyone to walk to school and enjoy the many benefits of this. If you live too far away then one option is to park your car a few streets away so that you enjoy at least a five minute walk to the school gates. Please check out our online resources on the school website.

Birthday Celebrations

To celebrate your child’s birthday, we highly recommend you take advantage of our new school initiative where we encourage parents to buy a book for the new library. We will insert a dedication name plate in the front of the book and the class teacher will present it to the class for their library. We kindly request that you do not distribute cakes or sweets to the class at the end of the school day as we have children with strict dietary requirements, some have severe allergies and we are working towards making NES a Healthy School.

 

Friday 9th September 2016

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’…Nelson Mandela

Introduction

Head Teacher’s Comments

Welcome back to Autumn Term 2016

We hope you have all had a long and restful summer. The children certainly looked refreshed and eager to be back at school on Tuesday. During the whole school assembly we looked back at the amazing successes at the Rio Olympics and spoke about our learning values particularly  ’Determined to do our Best’.  We reminded ourselves of the whole school code of conduct and playground rules. The children displayed impeccable behaviour during the assembly and all looked ready for learning. Well done.

We welcome all the new members of staff to North Ealing: Ms Jenkins who will be teaching in Year 5, Mrs McCready who has joined the Year 6 team. Mr Gerrard has a permanent position with us now and will continue to work in Year 4. We welcome Ms Tzanavara who will be teaching the children Italian over the course of the year.

We have also welcomed new children and families this week and hope you settle into the community quickly.

Thank you to the staff team who have worked so hard in getting the school ready to open this week. Mr Monger, Mr Cox, Mrs Gordon and our wonderful team of cleaners did a superb job over the summer not only supervising the wide range of activities running throughout the holiday but giving the school site a much needed deep cleanse and clear. Some of the work completed to improve the environment for the school community included; New Year 1 toilets installed, redecorating  in the New Hall, a new floor and decoration in UKS2 cloakrooms, new blinds in some KS2 classrooms and of course our much needed new security gates. As usual thank you also to Mr Edmonds for all his hard work ensuring the I.T. was up and running for the start of term.

Achievements

Whole School

Year 5 Local History Project and Whole School Summer Competition

Last term, our Y5s (now Y6s) embarked on an exciting project to find out about the history of our local area, which culminated in an interesting tour of, and talk about, the Brentham Estate and Brentham Club by local historians. There is now a fascinating display up in the Brentham Club Reception showing the results of this project. Do go and have a look and find out more about the history of our unique environs.

Included in the display is an example of what you could create for our Summer Competition, which is to create a board game inspired by your local community. All entries for this competition should be handed to Mrs Stonebridge by the end of September.

Pupil Achievement

We would like to share with you some poems from some of our Year 6 children:

6F have written poems describing themselves.

Rashid

Mad, crazy, chatty

Son of Khadro

Who loves tech, basketball and every sport

Who feels sad about war

Who needs love, family and friends

Who gives happiness, friendship and love

Who fears separation, strangers and being new

Who’d like to see his grandad

Who dreams of staying in this school

A student of Mr Facey​

Rana

Excitable, goofy, forgetful

Sister of Sakra

Who loves stories, daydreaming and jokes

Who feels crazy about everything

Who needs companionship, love and freedom

Who gives loyalty, friendship and excitement

Who fears burglars, terrorists and loneliness

Who’d like to see the Sydney Opera House

Who dreams of peace

Student of Mr Facey

Be In The Know

EYFS

We welcome the new Reception children who start school on Monday 12th September and the new Nursery children who start, on a staggered basis, on Wednesday 14th September.  We hope they all settle into life at North Ealing and enjoy becoming part of our school community.

Signpost

Thank You from Mr Wareing

I would like to thank all the parents who took time out to write cards and to come and wish me a Happy Retirement at the end of last term; and in particular those who contributed towards buying me an engraved school bell to celebrate my 33yrs at North Ealing. The kind gift token enclosed with my present also bought me the top of the range hedge trimmer – to keep me busy at home when the weather allows. I will be keeping up my connection with School by still running many of my after school sports clubs, and popping in to help in class when invited – so I hope that I have the opportunity to still meet up with many of you in the coming term. Thank you again for all your kind thoughts and wishes.

Mr. Wareing.

Thank You from Mrs Burton

Dear Children, Parents and Friends,

Thank you so much for all your beautiful gifts and presents and your wonderful messages wishing me success in my new teaching post.  I have had a brilliant eleven year at NES and will miss everyone terribly.  Although I feel sad, I needed to find a position closer to home as I was spending two hours a day travelling.

I have fond memories and will visit you all when I can.

Thank you once again.

Juliet Burton

Year 1 Parents and Gardening

Thanks very much to the group of Year 1 parents who came in during the holidays to help clear the outside area. We are desperate for keen gardeners to work across the school with the children. Even if you can only give this time occasionally or even better every couple of weeks. Giving your time to the school is just as valuable as contributions and would be much appreciated.

Volunteers WE NEED YOU!

Mr Belsito will be hosting a volunteer coffee morning on Friday 16th September at 9.10am in the School House. If you are interested in helping the school, please pop along and find out more.

New Kits for the School Football Team!

Towards the end of last term, some children from Year 3 were lucky enough to help with research for Chelsea Football Club. David Hollinshead (parent of Rosie 5D), came into school and asked the children to complete a short task about the club mascots; Stamford and Bridget. In exchange for the children’s help, David and Chelsea FC have given the school brand new kits for the school football team. Thank you David and well done to the children who took part!

Marathon Update

Please Sponsor the NES Half Marathon Team

The Big Day, 25 September, is coming up. It would be great to have your support. The PTA needs to raise £10,000 for the school’s new ICT suite. We have 30+ parents, 3 Governors and 4 teachers all running as part of the school team.

There has been lots of blood, sweat and tears shed over the summer! A few of the team have suffered from bad falls, including Mrs Flowers but thankfully, nearly everyone, is still on course to make the big day.

All donations will go to the PTA and be put towards the ICT suite, all amounts gratefully received.

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/northealingrun/299652

Thanks in advance for your support,

The NES Half Marathon Team

P.S. If you are not running come along and cheer and/or volunteer as a helper. The Ealing Half Marathon needs 600 volunteers on the day!

School Uniform Reminder

Please remember to send your child to school in the full and correct school uniform. All the information about what boys and girls should be wearing are found on the school website. From the home page click ‘Parent’ tab then the ‘Welcome Pack/Prospectus’ link and click on the ‘School Uniform’ tab.  This will then display all the information you need to know.

Parent Survey

A big thank you to all those people who completed the parent survey.  Feedback from the community is absolutely essential to us, adding quality to our self-evaluation and constant improvement.  The overview of the survey will be located on the website so that everyone can view it. The highlights are overwhelmingly positive and most of the individual comments were very constructive. The good news was 97% of those that completed the survey feel the school is very safe and that the children are happy at school. There was feedback concerning information about the curriculum and we are discussing how to make this more accessible for parents. Last year there were so many changes to primary education nationally and it was a challenge for all the staff but we feel a great deal more confident in the system and what we need to communicate to you as parents.  There were a number of comments about the Harrison meals and we have worked hard with the company to make the meals healthier. This has resulted in twice a week the pudding being fruit and yoghurt rather than cake! However, you must feedback directly to Harrisons as a company since they are independent of the school even though we work very closely with them. Also there were a number of comments about where to find our policies and in particular the complaints policy.  All of our policies can be found on the school website.  From the home page, click on the ‘About Us’ tab then follow the link to ‘School Policies’ and this will show you an alphabetical list.

Over the next few weeks we will be using the survey to improve life at NES and we want to encourage everyone to contact us at any time with praise or constructive criticism.

Meet the Teacher Reminders

Wednesday 14th September is Meet the Teacher evening and the times are as follows:

Reception:    5.30 – 6.15pm (new hall)

Year 1 – 5:   5.30 – 6.15pm or 6.30 – 7.15pm

Year 6:         5.30 – 6.30pm or 6.30 – 7.30pm

Club Reminders

Most clubs will be starting next week. Please see the Club List on the school’s website for more details.

Diary Dates

This term’s diary dates have been circulated and will be available on the school website.  Please familiarise yourself with the various events happening throughout the Autumn Term.

Eid

Currently, millions of people from around the world have travelled to Makkah in Saudia Arabia.  They are taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage.  Some of our families will be thinking about this special journey and celebrating Eid-ul-Adha on Monday 12th September.

Music

Both our Orchestra and Main Choir start next week on Wednesday. Orchestra runs from 8:15 to 8:50 and Choir will be at lunchtime from 12:40 – 1.10pm. Early lunches will be organised for choir members.

A small Chamber Choir will be run by Miss Newman on Wednesdays after school and details about this will follow.

The Key Stage 1 Singing Club starts on Monday 19th September in the Music Room from 3:20 -3:40. This club is for those pupils in Years 1 and 2 who wish to enjoy their singing and we do insist that attendance is regular and committed. Details will follow in due course.

Details of instrumental lessons (flute, clarinet, guitar, piano violin and cello) are available from the school office.

Philosophy

Our theme for this half term is ‘Freedom’ and on our new learning website will enable you to see what we are doing in more detail.

Mr Mehew

Harrison Catering – Year 6 Information

Please remember that any pupil in Year 6 taking lunches and paying for meals, must have paid for their meal in advance in order to take a lunch. Any Year 6 pupil that has any debt will not be allowed to have lunch and will have to bring in a packed lunch until their account is back in credit. This new rule has been put in place by the ESCC in order to reduce the level of debt that is left with the school and the ESCC at the end of the academic year. Please ensure now that your child has moved up to Year 6 you have settled any outstanding amount on your account to enable them to enjoy a cooked meal. You need to allow 24 hours for any payment to show as a credit on your meals account.  This is to discourage a minority of parents who do not pay in advance. Thank you for your help and support with this initiative.

Harrison Catering – Year 3 – Year 5 Information

Last year saw a significant change to the cash collection arrangements with the introduction of stopping school meals after 3 weeks which equated to £34.50 worth of parental debt. This has proved very successful in reducing the volume of debt that will have to be covered by both the school and the ESCC this year. In order to further reduce the debt liability it has been decided that the parental level of debt shall reduce from 3 weeks (£34.50) to 2 weeks (£23.00).  Therefore from the beginning of September the cost of lunch will remain at £2.30 and if you owe £23.00 on your Harrison Catering account your child will need to bring in a packed lunch to school until your account is cleared and back in credit. You need to allow 24 hours for any payment to show as a credit on your meals account.  This is to discourage a minority of parents who do not pay in advance. Once again, thank you for your help and support with this new initiative.

Year 6 Balloons

At the end of last academic year our previous Year 6s released some balloons and we have had a few labels returned from various places where the balloons eventually landed.  More details will follow in due course.

BEAT Open Studios 2016 (Borough of Ealing Arts Trail)

If you are interested in viewing some artwork, Alan Senior will be hosting the first BEAT Open Studios over two weekends in September.  It will be a great opportunity to talk about painting and the arts in general and also a chance to purchase something, if so inclined. The event details are as follows:

Venue: 31 Bellevue Road – Studio No.46

Dates: 9th -11th and 16th – 18th September

Times: Fridays 4pm – 8pm.  Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 6pm

The art on this year’s BEAT Trail is a great mix of styles.  In all, there are 54 open studios and there will also be some group exhibitions including at the Brentham Club and the Cinnamon Coffee Shop.  Maps can be found at www.ealingbeat.org

Home Start Ealing – Volunteers Required

  • Do you have 2 – 3 hours a week to spare?
  • Do you have parenting experience and an understanding of the issues families face?
  • Can you provide support and friendship to a local family (under the age of 5 years)?

Home Start Ealing’s Volunteer Preparation Course starts on Wednesday 28th September 2016.

Sessions will run from 9:30am – 2:30pm and will take place on every Wednesday for 5 weeks (with a break for half term).  The date of the last session will be Wednesday 2nd November 2016.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact our office on 020 8842 1617 or email admin@homestartealing.org for an application pack.

World Peace Day

Wednesday 21st September is World Peace Day and we will be celebrating this with a cake sale.  All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Unicef.

Friday 22nd July 2016

Introduction

Head Teacher’s Comments

Summer is here at last….. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the school community for all their hard work and support as the academic year comes to a close. The back drop of the ever changing national picture in Education has made things incredibly hard and a truly grueling time for the teaching profession and schools as a whole. However, here at North Ealing the pupils have looked as happy as ever and indeed have made strides in terms of progress. The children have really benefited from very clear targets added to their books and a greater clarity about their next steps in learning and how to improve. As a school we have really focused on meeting the increasing demands of the new national curriculum and standards have risen as we see greater challenge embedded. We have developed an enquiry based approach to teaching in classes, using a range of questions at the beginning and the end of themes in learning and have started to teach Philosophy/Thinking skills across the whole school. We are determined to continue to build on this wonderful approach to learning in order to develop a more bespoke curriculum alongside our vision and values. We are incredibly fortunate in being able to develop a new online managed learning environment alongside our website with funds from the PTA. This will be a learning platform for parents and children enabling the school to publish the curriculum, spellings, homework, daily timetables and special links like internet safety and health. Watch this space as this will be up and running in September. Thanks to all those parents who have completed the school survey. We have not had a chance to analyse the data, a summer job for me. We will use this information alongside our school self evaluation and test results to shape our whole school development plan for 2016-17. We do strive for improvement at all times and your voice is essential in driving that process.

Of course at this time of year we are saying goodbye to several members of staff. Mrs Conacher who has worked relentlessly in the school office for 14 years is retiring this summer and will be greatly missed by the whole school community. Mrs Burton leaves after several years of service to join a new school much closer to her home. We are very grateful for her loyal contribution to NES and in particular her hard work in KS1. Miss Fagan is also leaving after three years to join a school nearer to her home as she has a very long commute and is engaged to be married; we wish her all the best. Miss Voysey is also moving to a private school in September and we thank her for her commitment to the school and in particular to the school council. She will be returning to run with the NES marathon team so we look forward to seeing her then. Mrs Graham who has a part time teaching post in a Brentford school and will finally be leaving us having come back to help us on many occasions this year, thank you. We are also sad to be saying good bye to some of our learning support assistants and in-class support staff whose children are now moving to secondary school; Mrs S O’Neill, Miss Ostuni, Miss Orosz, Mrs Obhrai, Miss Doyle and Mrs Nicholl. Thanks so much to them and their hard work in this vital role supporting children and teachers within the school. We would also like to thank Mr Nicolaou who has worked as a temporary class teacher in year 6 and Miss Darwish who has been one of the Nursery team for most of the year.

We would also like to congratulate Miss Housego who is getting married over the summer and will return as Mrs De Gale, have a fantastic wedding.

We are also very pleased to welcome some new members of staff; Ms McCready 6(MW), Miss Jenkins (5J) Mrs Clement (3C) who has recently been successful in becoming a qualified teacher, Mr Gerrard (4G) who has agreed to stay on as a permanent member of staff, Mrs Hussain will be working in Year 2 with Mrs Symes and Mrs Wareing will be working in Reception alongside Mrs Webber, Mrs McDonald will be returning to her teaching role and is taking over the maternity cover post in Nursery. Mrs Harnett who will be moving to the EYFS, Miss Tzanavara who will be teaching Italian across the school, Ms Ashton is going to join the office staff and we welcome Mrs Kearney as a learning support assistant.

Year 6
Congratulations to our 2016 Year 6 children who graduate today. Extract from their yearbook 2016:
‘The 2016 Year 6 are very special to North Ealing not only because they are the first year to become 3 form entry but because of their positive and energetic attitude to school life. All the children have made good progress and achieved high standards in the different areas of school life. They are a particularly kind, helpful and friendly group of children who give their best at all times. Some of the highlights have been the annual trip to Parliament, a visit to the Albert Hall where the children explored the links between music and maths, film making with the Hey Day film company, a range of exciting sporting achievements, great success in the National Young Mathematician Awards and of course their regular help around school in assemblies and general duties. The children have made a significant contribution to the development of NES and we look forward to hearing about the next stage of their educational journey. We are very proud of all the children and hope NES has helped in preparing them to be conscientious citizens of the future.’
The show ‘Shakespeare Rocks’ was phenomenal and there were tears shed by many of the staff in the audience. It was a brilliant way to end the Year and we are so proud of all the children. Thanks to the Year 6 team who worked above and beyond this year. Well done to all.
Good luck as you move to all the wonderful secondary schools, we will miss you all.

Farewell to Big Foot
In order to provide all the children with distinct music lessons every week we have chosen not to renew our contract with the Big Foot Company. We are very excited that all classes will now have Music, Fit for Sport and a modern foreign language or social skills sessions.

Finally can we wish everyone a wonderful summer holiday, we hope you have lots of fun and quality family time together. Keep safe and return to school in September fresh and ready for the new exciting year ahead. First day back to school for the children is Tuesday 6th September 2016.

Achievements

Whole School

Latin Success Again
For the third consecutive year the children at NES have won the Minimus Mythology Competition. The children made a short film of a play they made in Latin and this was their entry into the competition. We would like to thank Mr Smith and his Year 12 students from Notting Hill and Ealing High School for running this fun group and we hope to be booking them in again in
2016-17.

Sainsbury’s Games Kite Mark
NES was awarded the Silver Kite Mark for 2015-16 in recognition of child participation and leadership in sports. Well done and thanks to Mr Burns and his wonderful Sports Council.

Pupil Achievement

Tennis Competition
On Friday 10th June, 20 teams from primary schools attended the Year 3 / 4 Mini – Tennis Red Competition at Ealing Lawn Tennis Club.The competition was split into morning and afternoon sessions with nine and eleven school teams attending respectively. We are very proud to report that the North Ealing team came 2nd in the afternoon competition, each receiving a silver medal. North Ealing also won the ‘teamwork’ award for showing outstanding team work throughout the day. Well done to the Year 3 /4 tennis team!

Fun Run
Many thanks and well done go to Lara (5H) for raising £150.00 from a recent fun run that she participated in.

EYFS
It has been a very busy end to the year for Reception and a very exciting one too. Mr Swarc visited us in his police uniform and talked to the children about the work of a police officer – the children were thrilled and had many questions. Carrying on with the theme of animals, the year group followed up their trip to the pet shop with a visit to the Wetlands Centre. Here they enjoyed a variety of activities including pond dipping. This learning went into wonderful assemblies; RH captivated us with their assembly on the Great Pet Sale and RC went on to give us a treat on the last Friday of the year with the story of Mr Gumpy’s Outing. Many thanks to our parents who have helped and visited the school. Well done to all for a fantastic year’s work and have a great summer.

Key Stage 1
Like others throughout the school, the classes in KS1 have spent time over the past weeks getting ready for the move to their new classes in September. The children had several sessions moving up to their new classrooms, using new playgrounds and meeting teachers. There has been key transition work done between Reception and Year 1 in particular and we are all raring to go (after a long summer break) for the new year.
To wrap up the year, 2T gave us all a wonderful assembly on explorers. They celebrated the achievements of people such as Darwin as well as our more modern heroes David Attenborough and Tim Peake. A fantastic way to set us all up for our own exciting journeys ahead. Well done to all in KS1 and have a fun and safe holiday.

Key Stage 2
July has been a busy month for KS2 and packed full of trips for every year group. Year 3 visited Kew Gardens where, amongst other experiences, they were lucky enough to walk through the tree tops. Year 4 had a wonderful time at the Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre (HOAC) and even managed to dodge most of the rain. Year 5 have been using their history and map skills to explore the difference between Victorian East and West London and to understand the reasons why people moved to Ealing. This topic finished with a visit to the Brentham Estate to see where people had settled at that time.
On the 1st of July it was the Ealing High Schools’ Common Induction Day and many of the Year 6 children got their first official taste of high school. They followed this with a week at PGL and returned on the Friday with their enthusiasm intact and their bags full of dirty washing. Year 6 has also been very busy with the rehearsals for their show ‘Shakespeare Rocks’. The songs have been drifting through the school for several weeks and everyone, staff and children, have worked extremely hard. The final performance of the show was a triumph and the Year 6 children and staff deserve a huge round of applause for their success. Thanks should go also to the parents for providing the costumes which were wonderful and to the many other people involved across the school.

Signpost

Harrison Catering – Year 6 Information
From Monday 6th June, the Ealing School Catering Consortium (ESCC) decided that any pupil in Year 6 taking lunches and paying for meals, must have paid for their meal in advance in order to take a lunch. Any Year 6 pupil that has any debt will not be allowed to have lunch and will have to bring in a packed lunch until their account is back in credit. This new rule has been put in place by the ESCC in order to reduce the level of debt that is left with the school and the ESCC at the end of the academic year. Please ensure that as your child moves up to Year 6 you have settled any outstanding amount on your account to enable them to enjoy a cooked meal. You need to allow 24 hours for any payment to show as a credit on your meals account. This is to discourage a minority of parents who do not pay in advance. Thank you for your help and support with this initiative.

Harrison Catering – Year 3 – Year 5 Information
Last year saw a significant change to the cash collection arrangements with the introduction of stopping school meals after 3 weeks which equated to £34.50 worth of parental debt. This has proved very successful in reducing the volume of debt that will have to be covered by both the school and the ESCC this year. In order to further reduce the debt liability it has been decided that the parental level of debt shall reduce from 3 weeks (£34.50) to 2 weeks (£23.00). Therefore from the beginning of September the cost of lunch will remain at £2.30 and if you owe £23.00 on your Harrison Catering account your child will need to bring in a packed lunch to school until your account is cleared and back in credit. You need to allow 24 hours for any payment to show as a credit on your meals account. This is to discourage a minority of parents who do not pay in advance. Once again, thank you for your help and support with this new initiative.

I Love Sportz
We will be running for 3 full FUN-FILLED weeks over the holidays.
25-29 July
1-5 August
8-12 August
All you need to do is let us know what you are interested in and we will do the rest.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon. Patrick & Jane
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Mega Makers Holiday Club at St Stephen’s Church Dates: Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September from 10am – 12.30pm Venue: St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Rd, Ealing W13 8HB Come and join Boffin and Brainwave as they get up to lots of silly antics in the Great Inventor’s mad laboratory and hear about the greatest inventor of all—God! Register on website or email for a registration for completion. Price £10 per child, £5 for each extra child in a family. www.ststephens-ealing.org events@ststephens-ealing.org

Donations Needed
We desperately need PE tops and shorts for children aged eight and upwards to have as spares in the office. If you have any that you can donate, please drop them off at the office at the start of the new academic year. Many thanks.
Gunnersbury Park Museum Gunnersbury Park Museum (Ealing and Hounslow Councils) will be running a free, week-long children’s Arts Award project for 7 – 11 year olds, from Monday 25th – Friday 29th July. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to work with a professional artist, get creative, and achieve a nationally recognized qualification at the same time. To book please contact Ellie at gunnersburylearning@ealing.gov.uk or call 020 8993 8809.

Nurturing Programme for Parents
North Ealing Children’s Centre and school will be running the 10-week Nurturing Programme for Parents next term. To find out more about it, please come to our coffee morning at North Ealing Children’s Centre on Tuesday 19th July at 9.15am or contact Naomi Rattrey for further information nrattrey.307@lgflmail.org / 07944482977.
Flute and Clarinet Lessons
If you would like your child to learn the flute or clarinet, please contact our wonderful music teacher, Michal Wesolowski on the following email ne@michalwesolowski.com He will advise you of availability and costs.

Piano Lessons
New piano lessons will be starting in September during school hours on a Friday. Please get in touch with Zillah Myers on zillahmeyers@hotmail.com to discuss arrangements. National Archives On Saturday 6th August, families are invited to visit The National Archives to learn more about food and drink in the First and the Second World Wars. Families who book onto the event will attend a learning workshop run by Education Officers, which includes original documents, and then complete a ‘learning trail’ of activities. The whole event is completely free to attendees- all you need to do is book in advance, see details below. Adults do not need to book tickets for themselves. Where: The National Archives – Bessant Dr, Kew, TW9 4DU. When: There are two sessions which last about 2 hours each. You can either book for 10.30am or 13.00pm. Who: Families with children aged 5-11 (but older and younger are also welcome!) Booking Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/potatoes-in-bread-and-other-delicacies-tickets-25905563237

Looking For Something To Do Over The Summer?
During our Year 5s local history project, pupils went on a tour of the Brentham Estate and Brentham Club. They have produced a beautiful display which will be going up in the Brentham Club foyer in the next day or two. Please do go and visit it and take the time to wander around the estate while you area there. We are very lucky to be living in such a beautiful area.

PTA End of Year Update
What a year!
It’s hard to believe we are almost at the end of another school year. Ahead of wishing you all a glorious summer break we wanted to share some fantastic news on this year’s PTA fundraising efforts.
We are proud to announce that in the last academic year we raised just over £24,000 .This would not have been possible without your support for PTA sponsored events so a huge thank you to you all. Thank you also to all the class representatives and volunteers who have together contributed towards such a magnificent fundraising effort. Look out for the PTA newsletter in the autumn term, providing more details on the figures and areas in the school where the money raised will be used.

PTA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Interested in finding out more then come along to our next AGM. It is an opportunity to learn more about the role of the PTA in school and some of the activities we are involved in and ways in which you can volunteer your time and or skills. We will be publishing the date of the next AGM in September.
Wishing you and your families a safe and wonderful summer break and we look forward to catching up in September!

Best wishes
PTA Communications Team

Let’s Get Out & About Newsletter
Please click below to view the newsletter from Ealing Council

Let’s get out and about Summer 2016

Friday 24th June 2016

“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” ……….Mohammad Ali”

Introduction

Head teacher’s Comment

The final half term of the school year is always a very busy and exciting time. It is wonderful to see so many parents and families at all the events. Please keep an eye on the diary dates, School Comms communications and updates sent out with information.

School Fete

Thank you to everyone for supporting the school fete.

We were so lucky with the weather and the clouds were chased away by the music, cakes, crown competitions, games and so much more. The huge variety of food was enjoyed by all and had indeed sold out by 3.30pm, thanks to all the chefs for providing such a wonderful spread from around the world. Thanks to all the children who participated at the fete particularly the choir, Year 1 and 2 singing club, the dance acts and all those children who entered the cake and crown competitions. Thank you to Year 6s who ran their stalls very efficiently and their teachers for supporting them with their creative ideas! A particular thanks to the PTA committee who worked so hard to ensure that the day was a great success and all the volunteers who ran the stalls, helped clear up and of course counted the money. Thanks also to the staff who supported the fete in a variety of ways. We are so fortunate in this community to be able to have such successful events and raise so much money for the school. All the funds go towards essential projects that will benefit the learning environment for all the children and would not be possible otherwise.

School Site

Thanks to Mr Monger and Mr Cox who have been working so hard to improve our school site this term. We are constantly striving to improve our school environment for the whole community. Please can you support us in ensuring respect and responsibility for the school site by not allowing the children to litter the site and respect the outside furniture and equipment. We would also like to remind you that you should be off the school site by 3.45pm each day and please use the park after school rather than the school play areas.

We have sadly not had any news about the pigeon tree even after the petition and are continuing follow up with the council but hopefully over the summer there may be some action.

Achievements

Whole School

Music Concert

On Wednesday 22nd June we hosted our second NES music evening. It was wonderful to see all the children who played individually or in groups as is playing increasing their abilities and confidence in playing a range of instruments, singing and dancing.   The school choir demonstrated what a strong group they are and their final song about the environment was a beautiful way to end the concert. Thanks to all the children in the school orchestra, who have really grown this year, captivating the audience particularly with the rendition of ‘Tourdion’.  All the children who participated must be congratulated on doing their best and showing such engagement with the whole concert. We must thank our wonderful peripatetic music teachers Rebecca, Harry, Michal and Orpheus who contributed to the evening with great enthusiasm and are really developing their groups of children.  Finally, without the hard work and dedication of Mrs Goodall and Mr Mehew the evening would not have taken place at all and we thank them for their continuing dedication in developing music at NES.

Please encourage your child to join the choir/orchestra next year. Contact Mrs Goodall/Mr Mehew for further information.                       

Attendance

Please remember to state the exact reason for all absences, e.g vomiting and diarrhoea, when contacting the school. This can be done via email, text or leaving a message on our school voicemail. Please try to avoid using the ‘unwell’ phrase as we need a valid reason to authorise any absences and these are monitored by the Local Authority. 

Last half term 5F had the best overall punctuality and 6M had the best attendance rate with 98.5%.  Well done everyone and try to keep this up!

Be In The Know

EYFS

What a busy few weeks these have been in the EYFS!

Nursery children returned from half term in time to get ready for the Queen’s birthday. Children enjoyed making crowns for the school fete and on 9th June they held a fabulous street party to mark the special event. The week after, they continued in their celebration of British Values by creating a parent and child giant handprint British flag.

Reception celebrated Book Week with a visit by the author Chloe Inkpen who thrilled them with her stories, as well as a visiting Theatre Company who also captivated the children with their storytelling.

Reception took inspiration from the Inkpen family and studied the book The Great Pet Sale, travelling to a local pet shop on the bus to enhance their learning – and next week they will be off to look at the animals at the Barnes Wetland Centre.

Last Friday RL put on a terrific assembly for their parents. Following on from the author visit, they led us through the story The Magic Hoop and surprised us all with their hula hoop skills. Thank you to all the staff for their hard work in preparing the children.

Key Stage 1

On 15th June, Year 1 went on a trip to the Hounslow Urban Farm. It was a great day, packed with interesting workshops and lessons for the children and, of course, plenty of chance to enjoy the outdoors. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

A big thank you to all the staff who have prepared the children for their KS1 Phonics test and who organised everything so that it ran so smoothly last week. 

Year 2 had a lovely reunion with Nathan who used to take the children for drama sessions until recently. They went to see him perform in the star role in James and the Giant Peach at the Polka Theatre and were treated to a VIP backstage pass where they had a special question and answer session with the star himself. What an experience!

Today we were all treated to a great assembly by 2P on their study of the rainforests. They had some really important and relevant messages for all the audience on thinking through the consequences of our actions; their confident voices singing out that they are our future filled all of us with hope. Thank you to Ms Page and her team for all their hard work.

Key Stage 2

Year 6 has been busy this month. On June 13th, they attended a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre. The focus was on ‘the instruments of the orchestra’ and the runaway favourite piece proved to be music from ‘Star Wars’! The concert included music by Ravel, Haydn and Britten.

Then on June 14th the transition team from Drayton Manor High School came to visit Year with their ‘Passport to High School’ workshop. This involved 23 Year 7 to 9 students from Drayton, including one former NES pupil, and all 90 of our Year 6 pupils. The visit was a great success and very informative about life at high school – we have booked them again for next year.

KS2 sports day will be on the morning of Tuesday 28th June in Pitshanger Park (9.30am). Please could all KS2 pupils come to school wearing their P.E. kit and trainers. Remember to send them with a bottle of water and with sun cream already applied.

Signpost

Harrison Catering – Year 6 Information

From Monday 6th June, the Ealing School Catering Consortium (ESCC) has decided that any pupil in Year 6 taking lunches and paying for meals, must have paid for their meal in advance in order to take a lunch. Any Year 6 pupil that has any debt will not be allowed to have lunch and will have to bring in a packed lunch until their account is back in credit. This new rule has been put in place by the ESCC in order to reduce the level of debt that is left with the school and the ESCC at the end of the academic year. Thank you for your help and support with this initiative.

Harrison Catering – Year 3 – Year 5 Information

Last year saw a significant change to the cash collection arrangements with the introduction of stopping school meals after 3 weeks which equates to £34.50 worth of parental debt. This has proved very successful in reducing the volume of debt that will have to be covered by both the school and the ESCC this year. In order to further reduce the debt liability it has been decided that the parental level of debt shall reduce from 3 weeks (£34.50) to 2 weeks (£23.00).  Therefore from the beginning of September if you owe £23.00 on your Harrison Catering account your child will need to bring in a packed lunch to school until your account is cleared and back in credit.  Once again, thank you for your help and support with this new initiative.

Speech and Language Therapy Parent and Practitioner Workshops Summer 2016

 

The following free parent and practitioner workshops are running in the borough of Ealing:

Venue: Havelock Children’s Centre

Date: Each Monday

Time: 1.30pm – 3pm various workshops

Please call 020 8825 8856 to book a place and for further information.

Nursery Parking

SUMMERFIELD ROAD – We urge you to please ensure you do not drive into Summerfield Road when you are picking up/dropping off your child. Please park and stride.

Invitation to Ealing Parent Forum’s Summer Party

Ealing Parent Forum’s Summer Party, for children with additional needs and their familires, is taking place on Saturday 2 July 2016 at the Enterprise Lodge, Stockdove Way, Perivale UB6 8TJ.  Please contact info@epcf.org.uk for more information.

Party in the Park

Volunteers are needed to help at Party in the Park on the weekend of Sunday 26th June. If you can offer a few hours of your time, please contact mike.fox@pitshanger.org.uk or visit the Pitshanger Community Association website at:

https://www.pitshanger.org.uk/news/volunteers-required-for-party-in-the-park-2016 for further information.

I Love Sportz

Patrick and Jane will be running sessions for 3 full FUN-FILLED weeks over the holidays on the following dates:

25-29 July

1-5 August

8-12 August

All you need to do is let them know what you are interested in and they will do the rest. Please contact them to book a place.

ilovesportz.co.uk or contact admin@ilovesportz.co.ukor phone 07894 540 257/ 07584 250 035

National Book Tokens Competition

Our school needs you! Help us win £5,000 of National Book Tokens for the school library – and get £100 for yourself! Just enter the competition online, it only takes a minute: http://po.st/schoolprize  Many thanks for your support.

Will to Win

Will to Win offer free walk-on tennis court access for juniors. Please contact 020 8991 9844 or email pitshanger@willtowin.co.uk for further information about dates and times.

Flower Beds

You may have notice that around the school the flower beds have had some care and attention. Please can you ensure your children do not climb on the newly planted flower beds to enable the plants to flourish.  Many thanks for your help and support on this.

If anyone could spare a few hours to help out with the gardening around the school we would be very grateful. Please email the school office: admin@northealing.ealing.sch.uk

 

 

27 May 2016

“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May……” William Shakespeare

Introduction

The children in Year 2 and Year 6 have all had tests this half term and we have been very proud of how well they have approached the whole process, particularly in light of the high profile in the media. We are all aware in school that these tests are one part of the jigsaw. Thanks to all the staff involved in making the process as smooth and supportive as possible. It takes an enormous amount of work to get the balance right and make sure the children all do their best. We thought we would share with you our view of what education should be and that we take pride in trying to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to meet the needs of all the children.

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
Margaret Mead

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

We wish everyone a great half term break and hope the sun shines on us all.

Achievements

Whole School

Assemblies

During our whole school assemblies we have been thinking hard about our learning values and how we show respect and responsibility throughout our busy school days. The children have been brilliant in discussing the need for a polite, engaged and conscientious school. We have also looked at the British value of mutual respect and how we apply that each day in our richly diverse school community. It is essential that the children are encouraged to share their views at home and at school but also that they listen to others and respect differing points of view.

Unveiling Ceremony of Plaque to Celebrate Pitshanger Lane Winning GB High Street London Award.

On Tuesday 24 May, a small group of pupils, who took part in our Model Pitshanger Lane project, represented NES and the youth of our community at an unveiling ceremony of a plaque to celebrate Pitshanger Lane winning GB High Street London award 2015.

The plaque was unveiled by the Minister for Local Government, Marcus Jones MP and the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Dr Patricia Walker in the presence of our local MP Stephen Pound and chairman of the Pitshanger Village Traders Association, John Martin.

Competition judges praised Pitshanger Lane’s “great community spirit, social media campaign and a commitment to supporting local retailers.” Councillor Dr Patricia Walker said: “Pitshanger Lane has a delightful variety of independent shops and small businesses. The traders should feel very proud of their achievements and I would encourage everyone to pop along and see what makes it such a deserving winner.”

Please do pop along the Lane to have a look at the plaque which is situated outside John Martin Estates.

Congratulations to the Pitshanger Community of which our school is an integral part.

Pupil Achievements

NES Pupils Enter Inter-School Shakespeare Quiz at Westminster Abbey

Congratulations to all our pupils who entered the Shakespeare Quiz run at school a couple of weeks ago. We were impressed by your knowledge. 

The winners from this competition, having spent the weekend after revising more facts, went on to represent North Ealing at an Inter-School Shakespeare Quiz at Westminster Abbey. We received the following letter from the organisers. Well done team!

“Many thanks for bringing your North Ealing team to the quiz yesterday. The standard of all the teams was very high and North Ealing’s performance of 39/50 was impressive. However, the 6 semi-finalists all scored 42 or above so I am afraid the North Ealing team will not go forward this year – but we do hope you will visit us again in the near future. Most importantly, please congratulate Leena, Stan, Anthony and Philip on their achievement and thank them, from us, for all their hard work in preparation for the quiz. We hope they found it fun and that they continue to enjoy Shakespeare as they grow up.”

There are many plays being performed this year to celebrate the 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Try watching one or have a go at reading one of the many plays he has written over the half-term break.

Enjoy!

Attendance

Please remember to state the exact reason for all absences, e.g vomiting and diarrhoea, when contacting the school. This can be done via email, text or leaving a message on our school voicemail. Please try to avoid using the ‘unwell’ phrase as we need a valid reason to authorise any absences and these are monitored by the Local Authority. Our attendance rate is currently 97.1% and our target is 96.9%.  Well done everyone!

Be In The Know

EYFS

Over the past weeks, the Early Years classes have been learning about life-cycles. It is one thing to read about it in The Hungry Caterpillar (as they did) but it is really exciting to watch the process unfold in front of their eyes. Reception classes were mesmerised as they watched caterpillars turn into butterflies and, with Nursery, as ten chicks hatched from their eggs. The classes have kept a close eye on their new classmates and will be sorry to see them go.

Nursery classes enjoyed a trip to Hounslow Urban Farm last week. Thankfully the weather was kind and everyone had a fun-filled day. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help the staff make this such a successful day.

Mrs Finnerty has run a couple of parent sessions over the past weeks focussing on phonics – these have been extremely useful for parents to help with working with children at home. Keep your eyes peeled for similar events in the future!

Key Stage 1

1HM presented their class assembly earlier in the month and they made an impressive display of their knowledge of how texts help them with their writing. They have been looking at the texts “Dear Greenpeace” and “A Whale Song” and they presented a wonderful selection of poems, writing and songs to all, so enthusiastically. Well done to all the children and to Mrs Hayre-Milne and her team for all their hard work.

Year 2 received a visit from a police officer who was none other than Ms Webber’s son! He came to school to talk to the children following their recent PSHE work on people in the community who help us and the children were full of questions – they did tend to centre more on action, tasers and arrests than helping the old lady across the road, it has to be said! A big thank you to Dominic for making the time to come in.

And once again, a big well done to all the children in Year 2 who worked so hard during the SATs week.

Key Stage 2

Assemblies

It has been the turn of two of the year 4 classes this month and they presented diverse but equally informative assemblies. 4G took us back to Anglo-Saxon times through a mixture of fact, music and drama and painted a vivid picture of life back then. 4N took Science as their focus and were informative and entertaining in their explanation of the three states of matter – they even managed to alter the words to a Taylor Swift song to fit in with the theme. Our thanks to Miss Newman, Mr Gerrard and all the other adults involved for their hard work, inspiration and creativity.

Visits

At the beginning of the month Year 4 enjoyed a trip to the Museum of London and the links to their current history topic of Anglo-Saxons.

Year 5 are now settling back down to ordinary school life after their stay on the Isle of Wight. Their assembly is on the last day of this half term and we are looking forward to more information about what they got up to.

KS2 SATs

Year 6 worked extremely hard during their exams and the week proved to be intense and focussed. We are all very proud of the children and the effort they have made and are grateful to all the school staff who contributed to the success of the week.

However, the work of Year 6 is not yet finished…  They still have half a term to go and will be required to do a little more work at least!

RSE Talks

Mr Facey presented the new curriculum for the RSE syllabus (Relationship and Sex Education) to KS2 parents at two talks on Wednesday evening – many thanks to him and for the support of Mrs Bruley and Miss Housego. The powerpoint presentation and curriculum information from the talk will be available on the school website.

Signpost

Harrison Catering – Year 6 Information

From Monday 6th June, the Ealing School Catering Consortium (ESCC) has decided that any pupil in Year 6 taking lunches and paying for meals, must have paid for their meal in advance in order to take a lunch. Any Year 6 pupil that has any debt will not be allowed to have lunch and will have to bring in a packed lunch until their account is back in credit. This new rule has been put in place by the ESCC in order to reduce the level of debt that is left with the school and the ESCC at the end of the academic year. Thank you for your help and support with this new initiative.

Speech and Language Therapy Parent and Practitioner Workshops Summer 2016

The following free parent and practitioner workshops are running in the borough of Ealing:

Venue: Havelock Children’s Centre

Date: Each Monday

Time: 1.30pm – 3pm various workshops

Please call 020 8825 8856 to book a place and for further information.

FUNdango’s Returns This Summer!

FUNdango’s is creativity and FUN mixed together – the very best combination – and it’s arriving back with a splosh at North Ealing this Summer! For five days your budding creatives will be stretching their imaginations, creating their very own story which they will then bring to life!  Acting, singing, dancing, making costumes and props, with the big finale at the end – the world premiere of their show to friends and family!

With Miss Sarah and Miss Cheryl leading the way this is fun and games a-plenty!!

Dates & Times: 22nd – 26th August 2016/ 10am – 3pm

Price: £150 (Book before 22nd June to catch the Early Bird rate £135)

Ages: 7-12yrs

Email info@sarahcuthbertson.co.uk for a booking form or www.littlecreatives.co.uk for more information.

Previous participants have said:

FUNdango Awesome Awesome Awesome

Imaginative, Engaging and lots of Fun

Fantastic 12/10 Loved it

It was brilliant.  Very creative.  Very different. I loved it

Thoroughly enjoyed the show!  So great to see the boys enjoying themselves

Absolutely Fantastic!!  Awesome!

Thank you it was epic

School Photographs – Class Photos and Sports Teams

Cliff Harris photographers will be returning to the school on Monday June 20th to take all our class and sports teams photos.  Please ensure that your child arrives in full uniform.

Spanish Club

This July join the SPANISH SUMMER CAMP!

Running from 25th to 29th of July 10.00am to 12.30pm here at North Ealing Primary School
Fees £87.50.

A combination of activities, games and songs. Snacks & refreshment provided.

To book a place contact MARIA SANCHEZ on 07980 667442.

Children’s Ward Closure

Despite all the protests, petitions, and letters, the Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group Board voted unanimously to close the Children’s Ward and Children’s A&E. To find out more information and to get involved please email info@ealingsaveournhs.org.uk  You can also copy and paste the link below into your browser, to read the related news article:

 http://www.ealingsaveournhs.org.uk/2016/05/21/parents-reaction-at-the-news-of-the-closure-of-the-childrens-ward-at-ealing-hospital/

Library

Could we please remind everyone to return all school library books. This area of school is such a precious resource and everyone including the PTA have worked so hard to build up such a beautiful range of books. Can we also remind everyone to respect the books and keep them in good condition for the next person who chooses the book. Sadly a few books have been returned to school very badly damaged. We will be asking parents to replace any damaged books in order to keep the high quality of stock. This is an excellent opportunity to teach all the children about respect and responsibility!

Parking

Please consider parking on one of the surrounding roads further away from the school and walking the last 5 minutes. We always need to respect the community that the school serves and balance our individual needs with that of the local area. Please be very mindful of the local residents and do not obstruct their drive ways or properties at any times.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Parent View

We encourage all of our parents/carers to go to the tab on our website taking you to Parent View, an online questionnaire that enables you to give your views on North Ealing Primary. Please click on the ‘Parent’ tab, and then click on the link shown.