“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.
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.
The following poem is by Saleem in 6M:
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.
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:
Hand bells ringing
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
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.
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).
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into the office and leave your details.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.