Dates for your diary
Here are the important dates as we go through the school year:Keystage 2 SATS are 12 to 16 May, Keystage 3 SATS are 06 to 09 May and GCSEs are 14 May to 20 June.
Summer Term Assemblies
- Fri 16 May Year 5
- Fri 23 May Year 4 Tudors 9.30 (please note change of date and time)
- Fri 6 June Whole School: Art
- Fri 13 June Year 4
- Fri 13 June Geography & History
- Fri 20 June Year 3
- Fri 27 June Whole School Maths
- Fri 4 July Year 2
- Fri 11 July Whole School Spanish
- Fri 18 July Year 6 Leavers assembly & Prize Giving
Parents and carers are welcome to attend any Friday assembly, which run from 9.10 9.30am.
- Nursery: Monday & Wednesday
- Reception: Monday & Friday
- Year 1: Thursday & Friday
- Year 2: Thursday (double session)
- Year 3: Thursday & Friday
- Year 4: Thursday (swimming) & Friday
- Year 5: Wednesday & Friday
- Year 6: Wednesday & Thursday (swimming)
Summer Term Dates
- Fri 16 May FROGS Treasure Hunt Evening
- Mon 19 May Year 2 visit Museum of London
- Wed 21 May Year 6 Kwik Cricket Competition
- W/C Mon 12 May Year 6 SATS Tests
- Year 3 Rounder Festival, London Fields
- Thurs 22 May Year 4 visit Science Museum
- Thurs 22 May Swimming Gala
- Fri 23 May Year 6 visit Lords Cricket Ground
- Fri 23 May Nursery & Reception visit Ashlyns Organic Farm
- Mon 2 June Ashlyns Organics start school meals provision
- Tues 3 June Year 6 visit Laburnum Boat Club
- Tues 3 June Year 5 start Sailing lessons
- Tues 3 June Mini Red Tennis Finals, Clissold Park 9.00 12.30
- Wed 4 June Junior Athletics Festival
- Thurs 5 June Year 6 visit Natural History Museum
- Fri 6 June Heat 2 Swimming Gala (TBC)
- Mon 9 June Year 6 Girls Cricket Competition
- Tues 10 June Mini Orange tennis Finals 9.00 12.30, Clissold Park
- Wed 11 June Year 5 Road Safety Drama Session
- Thurs 12 June Year 6 visit London Zoo
- Thurs 12 June Reception start swimming
- Mon 16 June Swimming Gala Finals (TBC)
- Thurs 19 June Year 6 visit Tate Britain
- Fri 20 June Mini Green tennis Finals, Clissold Park 9.00 12.30
- Wed 25 June Music Evening 6.30
- Thurs 26 June Year 6 visit Imperial War Museum
- Fri 27 June Summer Fair
- Thurs 3 July Year 6 Lea Valley Ice Skating visit
- Thurs 3 - Fri 4 July Lake District visit
- Fri 4 July Year 5 Proms In The Park PM
- Mon 7 July Infant Music Festival PM (Y2)
- Wed 9 July Junior Music Festival PM (Y4)
- Thurs 10 July Year 6 visit Kew Gardens
- Thurs 10 July Parents Consultations
- Nursery & Year 4 AM
- Reception & Year 3 PM
- Whole School 3.45 6.30
- Fri 11 July Parent Consultations
- Year 5 & 6 AM
- Year 1 & 2 PM
- Mon 14 July Secondary School Transfer Day
- Tues 15 July Sports Day
- Thurs 17 July Whole School Cinema Trip
- Fri 18 July Year 6 Leavers Assembly & Prize-Giving
- Fri18 July last day of school
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The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has announced a national strike taking place on Thursday 24th April 2008. Union members did not have to inform the school until 14th April of their decision to strike or not. Unfortunately this is during the 2-week holiday and has meant that this gives the school limited opportunity to contact parents to make arrangements for child care on that day.
Grasmere Primary School has a number of Union members, some of whom have decided to support the strike. This means that we will not have full complement of teaching staff on that day and some children in classes will not be able to attend school on that day. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Classes closed are as follows:
Fortunately we will be able to open some classes. All junior Classes (Years 3 to 6) will remain open as usual.
Registers for children unable to attend school on 24th April due to the strike will be recorded as absent for "exceptional circumstances".
Parents will be written to on Monday 21st April giving them further information.
Thanks you for your support,
Vicky Jassy has places available on a Monday from 4.30 – 5.30 for beginner drummers. Sessions cost £4.00. Please speak with Mark for further details.
The Grasmere Cricket team came 3rd in the London finals at Lords last week. Well done to the following children who represented the school so effectively: Asa, Ellie, Sam, Livvy, Rahmar, Maisie, Max, Rajan, Ebony, Matty, Weyland, Savannah, Esme, Dexter H and Dexter G.
I am pleased to announce that our new Parent Governor is Diane Tuckey. Diane has 3 children in school Mia, Alex and Charlie. Diane has also been an active member of FROGS and the SEN and Diverse Heritage parents' groups.
Parents will have received letters this week detailing the allocation of Secondary School places for their children. If you have not heard about your child’s application or you are unhappy with the place offered please contact Ian or Mark for further advice. Deadlines for appeals procedures close shortly.
Stoke Newington Media Arts and Science College Year 7 Dates
Stoke Newington have announced dates for parents and carers of pupils starting the school in September.
Monday 19 & Wednesday 21 May
Interviews for Year 6 pupils and parents/carers 8.00am – 1.00pm. Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes. Times to be allocated shortly.
Monday 14 July
Induction Day with taster lessons, meeting tutors and the Head of Year 7.
We are pleased to announce exciting changes to the school meals provided at Grasmere Primary School. The school has decided to terminate the contract with Sunway Catering, who currently provide school meals. During May Ashlyn Organics will become the school meal providers. Changes will include:
- * Improved quality of ingredients and food produced
- * New menus
- * In depth training for staff creating meals
- * Use of organic and locally sourced fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products
- * No increase in price of meals
Simon Owen from Ashlyn’s Organics will be coming to the Parents Mile Stone Meeting on 26 March to explain changes. We will shortly be announcing the date of a free taster session for parents and children.
We are positive that you will see a big improvement in the quality of food provided.
We will be starting Netball training for girls in Years 4 to 6 each Wednesday starting W/C 3rd March, starting at 3.45 – 4.45pm at Stoke Newington Arts & Media College. Children will need to be collected by parents or make their way home. Grasmere staff will escort children to training sessions.
HALF TERM HOLIDAY
- Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February
- Return to school Monday 25th February
- Bank Holiday Friday 21st March
- Bank Holiday Monday 25th March
- Monday 7th – Friday 18th April
- Return to school 21st April
HALF TERM HOLIDAY
- Monday 26th – 30th May
- Return to school Monday 2nd June
- Break up Friday 18th July for Summer Holidays
Well done to the Grasmere Primary School Chess Club who narrowly missed out in in going forward to the Under 9’s and Under 11’s Chess finals by only _ point!
Congratulations to James, Gabby, Jack, Rosie, Alex, Ellie H, Ricco, Emily, Fraser, Marla, Sol and Arthur. Many thanks to Henry for his coaching of the children.
Well done to the Girls Basketball team who came second in last week’s Stoke Newington Cluster Competition. Thanks go to Daniel for his coaching of children.
The Stoke Newington Extended Schools Cluster, which Grasmere Primary School is part of will be organising a half term project called “Mummies and Mayhem” on Monday 18 to Thursday 21st February at William Patten Primary. Sessions are free and available to a limited number of Year 4 and 5 pupils from local schools. The sessions will include a trip to the 02 Centre in Greenwich to see the Tutankhamen exhibition.
Places on the scheme are free but application must be returned to the school no later than 7th February. Details of the programme and registration form have been sent home with children.
The Netball team are Leah, Darcy, Sophia,Tian, Jude, Joshua, Gabey, Bobbie
All players played very well and worked as a team. Jude receive the player of the tournament award for his hard work and scoring in the last second of the game.
- Wednesday 19t: Year 1 & 4 AM / Year 3 & 5 PM
- Thursday 20th March Nursery & Year 2 AM / Nursery & Year 6 PM
- Thursday 20th March All Classes 3.45 – 6.30
Teachers will be meeting with parents to discuss the social and academic development of pupils and pupil targets for the next term on:
Wednesday 19 March:
- Year 1 & 4 AM
- Year 3 & 5 PM
Thursday 20 March
- Nursery & Year 2 AM
- Nursery & Year 6 PM
- All Classes 3.45 – 6.30
We are pleased to announce that from January Grasmere will be using the Clissold Leisure Centre again for swimming lessons. This is good news for us as not only does it mean we can cut down on unnecessary travel time (which cuts into learning opportunities for children) but also offer swimming on the curriculum to more year groups.
From January the following year groups will be going swimming Year 4 and 6 on Thursday mornings (until half term) and Year 2 on Thursday afternoon. Sessions will start Thursday 10th January 2008.
Please remember that these lessons are to teach your child vital survival skills as swimming is a life-skill that will enrich their whole lives. Your children will not fall in a pool, lake or canal wearing goggles and will need to have the presence of mind to get themselves to safety. They will inform you that their eyeballs will pop out if they wear goggles so read this before supporting their pleas to wear goggles.
Year 1 and 2 Cycle Training
Year 1 and 2 parents will be informed shortly of details of Cycle Training available on Tuesday 15th January onwards.
Adults Cycle Training
We are pleased to announce that Cycle Training for adults will be available for 5 sessions starting Tuesday 15th January. You don’t have to own a bike to take part. If you would like further details please contact Ian or Gail directly
From January 2008 we will be focussing upon a language of the half term in assemblies, classes and displays, learning key words and phrases which children can use regularly. Languages studied will relate to the diversity of the 25 languages spoken within school. Each half term another language will be focussed upon following the same format of words and phrases learned, as well as an understanding of where languages come from and how they have influenced society.
Next half-term’s language will be Makaton which is a system of communication using sign to support speech and graphic symbols to support the written word and is used in over 40 countries.Activities each half term will focus upon:
- First words
- Questions and answers