George Spicer newsletter - Thursday 9th September 2021
Welcome message from Mr Spong
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year; we are very excited as we head into a new school year and I have asked the children to begin the year with the mindset of ‘Nothing is Impossible’. The last two years were different from any school years any of us have ever experienced. We are looking forward to returning to a more normal school year this year – for us our new normal will be using the best of the old normal and combining it with improvements and innovations to ensure the children receive the very best learning experience. The safety and health of our entire community is still our number one priority and we will continue to work with local and national guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can for everyone at George Spicer. Looking forward to seeing you all throughout the year, many thanks for your continued support.
School Streets - We are no longer coordinating School Streets, so please remind your child to walk on the pavements and not on the road
Communication with school - A reminder that the main contact with the school is via the Offices:
Absences must be reported in writing or by phone by 9am daily.
ParentPay – ‘we are a cashless school’ -Every child at the school has a ParentPay account (If you are new to George Spicer, a login will be issued shortly). If your child attends Breakfast and After School Club or has school dinners, please ensure that your account has at least 2 weeks’ worth of payments in advance.
PE Days - Children are to wear PE kits into school on PE Days. Please remember; NO JEWELLERY for PE; earrings must be removed or taped (staff WILL NOT tape the earrings back)
Quote of the week
“I want to tell everybody that nothing is impossible, and everybody should work hard for what you love and what you think is good for yourself”
Update on premises works during the summer
Once again, it’s been busy with the premises team coordinating contractors and making improvements to the school sites. Continuing the rolling decorating programme, the rest of the Year 5 classrooms plus Navajo in Year 3 have been completed, some with new sink units and flooring. Photos below show Miss Dawson teaching Year 5's Ra class in her pristine new room and Miss Foster’s room, Thoth. Enfield Council’s contractors continue to replace the windows along the East side of Sketty site, which will be completed by the end of September.
At Kimberley Gardens, a set of toilet cubicles in Year 1 has been fully refurbished, some air conditioning units have been replaced in Year 2 and a new Nurture room is being created in a room next to the Reception classrooms. When you come back into the school this year, we hope you agree that the improvements are all great for the community, especially the children.
Attendance week ending 09/09/2021
Overall school = 95.16% Lates = 37
Best attendance: 1st Oak 99.17% 2nd Spitfire97.98% 3rd Anubis 97.58%
Punctuality: Well done to Sparrow, Achilles, Defiants, Theseus, Apache, Sioux, Ra and Hurricanes who obtained 100% for punctuality
Year 1 have had a successful transition week. They have had an opportunity to be a scientist in Science and discover the different types of materials in the classroom and outdoors. They have also been counting to 20 using representations. Well done Year 1, you have worked super hard this week. Keep up the great work!
To start the year, we have been thinking about what makes us happy as part of an art project. We created a mood board of all the different things that make us happy, which we developed into our final piece. We thought carefully about our colour choices and brush control.
Year 3 have had a brilliant start to the year and have already got on with lots of learning. We have been studying Pablo Picasso and his contributions to the world of art. We even got to create our very own piece of artwork based on the style Picasso invented which was cubism!
Year 4 have had a brilliant start to the term and have done lots of exciting learning.
In History, we were introduced to Harriet Tubman and created some questions that we would like to ask her about her journey through the Underground Railroads. Here are the children's questions to Harriet Tubman:
In Art we have started critiquing the portrayal of Harriet Tubman by Elizabeth Catlett discussing the colours used, facial expressions and Harriet Tubman's clothing.
Year 5 have made a fantastic start to the year! All the children have shown resilience and determination in their learning this week. The Year 5 team are incredibly proud of how the children have worked together, especially during play times where children have shown kindness and respect towards one another.
In Science this week, we have been outside enjoying the glorious weather and learning about gravity! We have enjoyed linking this to our topic this term (The Fall of Icarus) and have worked in groups to understand the force of gravity, using scientific language to explain, evaluate and communicate findings!
They've also been working hard on their class charter promises.
Well done to Year 5 for an excellent start to the year!
Year 6 have had a busy week settling into new routines and getting to know their new teachers. The children have all settled in incredibly well and we are already so proud to see how calm, focused and ready to work they are. In Science this week, we looked at different forces, explaining the effect that each force had. We then looked at pictures of different activities and described the forces in action that we could see in each picture.
Hi parents and carers,
We hope you've had a wonderful Summer break and welcome you all back.
We have a closed Facebook group for the latest fundraising news and correspondence which you can join by clicking on the link below:
FoGS, with the help of Captain Fantastic, have planned an Epic Disco Party for children in Year 4 (6pm-7.15pm) and Year 6 (7.45pm-9pm)! This Epic Disco is guaranteed to provide non-stop dancing games, laughing and fun for all children! The disco, will be led by Captain Fantastic, and will be fully interactive with state-of-the-art disco equipment and plenty of bubbles.
Ticket includes entry to the disco, unlimited water, as well as a bag of crisps and an ice pole. Please notify us of ANY food allergies when booking.
Please note: Tickets bought on the door on the day of the disco will be £7, if there is any left.
Parent Helpers - If you are able to help to set up before the disco, help during or clear up after, please let us know in the checkout form.
Academic Year 2021/22
• Tuesday 14th September, 8pm
• Wednesday 13th October, 8pm
• Tuesday 9th November, 8pm
• Wednesday 8th December, 8pm
• Tuesday 11th January 2022, 8pm
• Tuesday 1st Feb, 8pm
• Wednesday 9th March, 8pm
• AGM Tuesday 26th April, 8pm
• Wednesday 18th May, 8pm
• Tuesday 7th June, 8pm
• Wednesday 13th July, 8pm - Social
Please click the link below for the September/October edition of Families North London magazine.