We're having lots of difficulties with getting pictures this year from the residential Centre in Wales. The centre are experiencing some connectivity issues and 4G coverage is very patchy. Rest assured we are in touch each day with the the team. Today's tasks included canoeing and mountain walking. Emily also joined the team this morning.
We're planning to make some changes to the school day.
We currently finish the school day about 10 minutes earlier than most primary schools. We want to change the length of the school day by adding ten minutes to the end of EYFS, Key Stage One and Two from 1st September, 2017.
As a result of these changes, children in Classes 3 to 6 will finish the day at 3.30pm. Children in Key Stage One and the early years will finish the day at 3.25pm. The slightly earlier finish of the younger children is to enable collections of siblings from both playgrounds.
We want to make these changes to enable more time to be spent on foundation subjects in school. There are lots of pressures on curriculum time at the moment and it will assist teachers fitting everything in!
So far we have consulted with staff who are positive about the changes. We will be discussing the changes with our school council in the coming weeks. Governors have also discussed these proposals and approved them.
These changes will be implemented from September, 2017 to provide enough time for you to make any necessary arrangements.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns about these proposals, we'd be happy to consider them- simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with a member of the leadership team.
We’re looking for volunteers to help out on the Roof Garden of the school after the Easter Holidays. Mr Wilson currently runs a gardening club on a Thursday lunchtime and is joined by Ms Lucas and Ms Caunter when their teaching commitments permit. We’d love some additional help earlier in the week either at a lunchtime or after school. Are you interested in gardening? Might you like to help out? Please speak to Mr Wilson if you are able to help.
From 1st September 2017, if you have a child aged between 3 and 4 years old, you may be eligible to claim 30 hours of free childcare per week. The City of London and Sir John Cass’s Foundation primary school already offer additional childcare from the term of your child’s 4th birthday, so these changes will have a limited effect in our setting.
These are our provisional arrangements for next year. We will write to parents and carers individually when we have further confirmation from the City of London.
All children are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare from the start of the term after your child turns 3. This means a child born between:
· 1 September and 31 December is eligible from 1 January
· 1 January and 31 March is eligible from 1 April
· 1 April and 31 August is eligible from 1 September
You may also be eligible to apply for an additional 15 hours of childcare, taking the total to 30 hours of free childcare per week.
Am I eligible?
· You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).
· If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
· If you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more a year then you will not be eligible for the 30 hours free childcare.
How can these additional hours be taken?
The way the school operates full time and part time places remains in place. If eligible, your additional free hours may be taken in addition to your part time place meaning that your child will be in our Nursery from 8.55am to 3.15pm every day. This is offered for 38 weeks of the school year (term time only).
If you wish for your child to attend breakfast club, tea club and holiday club these will be chargeable extras. If, during the course of the year, your child is absent from school for any reason you will not be refunded for the hours your child missed (due to holding the place for the child).
Parents who are not eligible for the 30 hours free childcare will continue to be entitled to 15 hours free per week, as is currently available. You can top up this childcare by paying additional childcare fees.
When do I stop claiming?
The City of London and Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School already offer free childcare for 30 hours from the term of your child’s 4th birthday. At this point you will no longer be eligible to claim.
Ms Alex Allan
Deputy Headteacher and Head of Children’s Centre
We’ve enjoyed lots of special activities during the last couple of weeks of the Spring term. This week the children from the Year 3 and 4 performing arts put on a super performance in the school hall, re-telling the Easter story through dance, drama and song. You can catch a glimpse of their performance on my blog. But our thanks go to the Performing Arts Teaching team who as ever went the extra mile to ensure the children were able to shine.
This week we also witnessed some wonderful creations of Easter hats and bonnets. As I told the children in assembly, we can’t all win competitions like this one but part of the fun is taking part, getting a great idea and seeing it to fruition. I’ve put just a few snaps on this page; but again you can see more photos from the day on our school website. The winners and runners up in each category were awarded with an Easter egg. Our thanks to Governor and Common Councilman, John Fletcher, who joined us for the judging of this important competition.
We also had our half termly Christian Values Tea Party this week celebrating the conduct of our children and the way in which they demonstrate our core Christian values each day in the school.
I read Brian Wildsmith's “The Easter Story” to the children in assembly yesterday. If you haven't read the book, it's the most beautifully illustrated retelling of Easter through the eyes of a little donkey who carries a ‘kind man’ and sees the final events of Jesus’s life and resurrection. One of the most powerful aspects of the Easter story for me is the idea of forgiveness. Just when you might have thought Jesus would be angry and wounded by those who had wronged him, he appeared to them with only forgiveness and peace.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20 v19-23
Have a restful, joyous Easter holiday. We will see you back in school on Monday 24th April, 2017.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
What a day?! What a race! The children really enjoyed our first egg roll. Check out some of the pictures below.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you
and also with you.
The Ultimate Latymer Strings Party!!!
Monday 27th March 2017
Workshops 4.15 – 6.15pm
Concert 7.00pm, Recital Hall
Visiting presenters: Joe Townsend and Neil Valentine
Event designed and coordinated by Helen Neilson, Head of Strings
It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to our Ultimate Latymer Strings Party! We are delighted to be joined in this event by students from Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School in Aldgate, where I teach them every week on their whole class strings programme. Our visiting presenters are going to be doing some really exciting work with our students on world music and creative composition, encouraging understanding and appreciation of different cultures through music and developing paths of communication through music.
Our concert will showcase many of our chamber music groups who rehearse regularly throughout the term from both the prep and upper school. This is a valuable opportunity for our prep students to hear our upper school students, and vice versa. Gaining windows of perspective on the longer journey is an essential part of developing as a string player, and here we have an opportunity to share with each other.
Thank you for joining us for this special event.
Strings Day concert: Monday 27th March 7.00pm, Recital Hall
Year 7 chamber music group: Mozart: Divertimento in F, 1st movement, Allegro
Kenza Stamselberg, Christina Stoniav, Simone Vestergaard-Poulsen, Leyla Robertson, Freya Sutaria, Daniel Orton, Michela Ashworth, Taisia Novoselova; with Helen Neilson (double bass) – coached by Helen Neilson
Martinu: Nonet 1st movement
Lexie Fielding, James Kelly, Alex Tolokonnikov, Christina Stoianov, Kenza Stamselberg, Olga Devine, Michela Ashworth, Taisia Novoselova – coached by Stephen O’Regan
Prep String Quartet: Trad Russian: Dark Eyes
Madeleine Grambow, Rebecca Alishaw, Phoebe Lowe, Stella Konshina, with Liz Bradley (double bass) – coached by Lauren Abbott
Yr 9/10 String Quartet: Arlen, arr. Ryden: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Laura Flenley, Tianrun Xu, Nikolas Brown, Clodagh Bottomley – coached by Helen Neilson
Yr 8/9 String Quartet: Haydn String quartet in G major, op. 76, no. 1 – 1st movement, Allegro con Spirito
Alexander Goodbody, Priya Caswell, Alexia von Ag……, Yuling Hewitt – coached by Helen Neilson
Bass trio: Jan Alm: Astounding Antelopes
Jan Kelly, Lottie James, Archan Walters – coached by Liz Bradley
Latymer Prep cello group joined by students from Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School: Thomas Gregory: Blue Blazes, Ballad, Pineapples are Juicy
Latymer: Constantine nur Shah, Tom Bradford, Jai Patel, Piyush Garodia
Cass: James Moukoue, Markos Panoutsou, Iris Birchall, Jasmine Collins, Orson Teckman, Marcel Jarrold-Manning, Frankie Vasseur, Eyoel Kassa
Workshop items presented by Joe Townsend and Neil Valentine themed on world music and creative composition.
A bit about our visiting presenters:
Joe Townsend is currently Head of CoLab at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and teaches creative leadership for The National Youth Orchestra, Serious Productions and the V&A Leadership Programme.
Joe is a violinist. His work as a composer and performer is around the core themes of folk music and culture through improvised and devised performance in music, theatre and opera. The central themes in his teaching and academic work are collaborative learning; the cultural industries and early career survival for the emerging artist. He firmly believes in music as a tool for social change and empowerment.
As a teenager he left school at sixteen to study art and design and performed on the electric bass in both punk and folk bands. At eighteen he moved to Paris and after a four years immersed in jazz, theatre, travel and street culture he returned to the UK to study jazz violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.Through the 1980s he was inspired in the possibility of music as a tool for social change and empowerment. He worked with Community Music delivering music workshops and training with John Stevens and played with his own trio and other free improvisation groups such as People's Liberation Music and the Lapis String Quartet.
Since then, as a composer he has created works for Opera North (The Gypsy Bible, Foiea Verde, St George), The National Theatre (Oresteia, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet), Shakespeare’s Globe and the Unicorn Theatre, and has collaborated with a range of different artists such as: Gavin Bryars, Nik Baertsch, Laurie Anderson, Roma musicians and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
His work in Education has ranged from work with LPO, Welsh National Opera and Opera North in addition to running workshops in collaborative performance in China South Korea and Japan.
Joe will be assisted by Hannah Thomas, cello.
Neil Valentine began his musical career as a violinist, until he grew really tall and at 14 switched to the viola, never to look back. He studied at York University and Trinity College of music and was a member of Southbank Sinfonia. Now he is an Associate Musician of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has delivered music projects, workshops and performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, LSO, Wigmore Hall, London Music Masters and many others.
He works in all areas of the community including people suffering from dementia. The music and dementia project he leads 'Music for a While' was shortlisted for the Arts & Health Award at this year's RSPH Health and Wellbeing Awards.
He is passionate about music making in all settings and with all groups of people. He believes everybody is musical and that anyone can make music with anyone else. He is privileged to be able to facilitate this process; it is a source of unending inspiration and enjoyment.
Neil will be assisted by Mark Lipski, double bass.
Grant us, O Lord, the will to accomplish all that pleases you; the strength to do all that you command and the reverence to respect all that you have made; for your own name's sake. Amen.
Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
School Council met last week and one topic on the agenda was sandals! Councillors were concerned that shoes could be very hot and uncomfortable in the summer months. We agreed that during the summer term, sandals could be worn in school. We had a long discussion about the types of sandals which we thought would be safe on the school playground and the type which wouldn’t be safe to wear.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the horrific incident this week in Westminster. The City of London Police have asked that we pass on the following guidance to parents, carers and staff.
You will all be aware of the shocking events at Westminster this week. The Metropolitan Police Service is not advising that people change their plans, lock down buildings, or anything of this kind. We do continue to advise, however, that all our communities and partners remain alert but not alarmed.
Businesses in the Westminster area should be prepared for likely congestion that will potentially last for several days.
In common with all Police Forces across the UK, the Metropolitan Police continually trains and plans for incidents of this type and several of those plans are being put into place now.
Many of you will have customers or staff who will look to you for advice/guidance.
Our advice to you is:
· Remain alert not alarmed
· Review your plans
· Report all suspicious sightings as soon as possible
We regularly review our safety plans and emergency arrangements. We have provided additional guidance today for school trip leaders about managing risks during educational visits around London. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Did you know that in Tower Hamlets and the City we have some of the poorest dental health in the country? You may have seen a recent report on the news about the huge increase in the number of extractions of baby teeth: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39327425
The NHS Community Dental Services will be visiting the Children’s Centre on 2nd May, 2017 from 9.30-11.30am. All parents are more than welcome to attend.
If you’re interested in improving your family’s oral health or would like information and advice about keeping your children’s teeth clean and healthy come along to our workshop.
The Governing Body of the school met last week for its termly meeting. Among topics for discussion were pupil progress, residential trips, and new initiatives in mathematics.
Governors also approved a new policy on Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) that had been proposed by Mr Wilson and the Senior Leadership Team. The policy emphasises the importance of safe and healthy relationships and brings forward the teaching on body changes during puberty to ensure children within the school are adequately prepared for these.
The review of this policy is well timed as Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, recently announced proposals that will make elements of SRE mandatory in all schools from 2019.
We are aware that SRE has the potential to be a controversial subject amongst parents. The new curriculum has been designed to sit within the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme and makes use of the PSHE Association scheme of work, which teachers have already begun to use in other areas. It has also been the subject of extensive consultation with governors and parents, through discussion groups and a questionnaire. We hope you were able to contribute to that.
Parents expressed a range of views during the consultation process. There was general and broad support for the new curriculum and a clear feeling that the subject should be taught in the same manner as other topics in the PSHE curriculum. Parents also requested that faith and cultural contexts be explained and that teaching should be sensitive to these. The teaching team already considers such sensitivities in its delivery of the Religious Education curriculum and we are confident that topics within SRE will be delivered in the same manner.
If you wish to contact the Governing Body on this, or on any other matter relating to school strategy, you are very welcome to do so via the school office.
Mr Matt Piper
Vice Chair of Governors
We held a meeting with parents and carers today about the Key Stage 2 assessments. If you didn't get chance to come along, take a look at the video below for all the information you need.
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