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.

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