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.

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