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October 2021

Week 2

Kingfisher Celebration

Year 4 Harvest Festival

This week has been a time to reflect and rejoice on what Livingstone has achieved as a community over the past 20 years in Special Educational Needs as we celebrated Kingfisher's birthday on Tuesday.

The whole event was organised by Mrs Ferdenzi and Miss Nicholson. They did an incredible job getting so many former staff, parents and pupils to attend the celebration as well as share some fond memories of their time spent here.

On Tuesday 19th October we would like all pupils to bring in tinned and dry goods so we can donate them to the local charity and food bank. It has been a tough time for many families in Barnet, so this will be an easy way to help our community.

Year 4 parents can come to the Main Hall and watch their children perform a Harvest assembly at 9am. Please can you bring a mask with you.

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Week 1

Happy Birthday Kingfisher!

Next week, on Tuesday 12th October, our Kingfisher Provision will be celebrating 20 happy years of Education.

Pupils, parents/carers, staff and friends of Livingstone both past and present, will share memories in a special assembly that go back to when it all started 20 years ago to the present day.

Next week, the newsletter will feature this special event and we will share the history of the Kingfisher provision.

All Kingfisher Parents/Carers are invited to join us at 2pm

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September 2021

Week 3

Parent Consultations

Thank you to all the parents/carers who were able to come to the 'Meet the Teacher ' meetings. All the information from the meetings have been sent via email and are available on the school website.

There will be an opportunity to meet up with your child's teacher for Parent Consultations to discuss how they have settled into their new classes. Consultations will take place on:

Wednesday 20th October at 9:00 - 11:15 am for Year 3,4,5,6, Nightingales and KF2

Wednesday 20th October at 1:00 - 3.15 pm for Rec, Year 1, 2 and KF1

Thursday 21st October at 3.30 to 5.45 for all year groups

Invitations to make an appointment will be sent nearer the time.

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Week 2

Welcome!

This week we have welcomed our second group of new Reception pupils, some more Nursery children and all their families to the Livingstone community. We are pleased that they are all well on their way to settling into their new routines. Parents/carers may still be looking for guidance especially if new to the school. Please do not hesitate to ask the teaching team and the office staff questions who will be happy to help.

Soon we will be holding our first parent representative meeting of the year.

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Week 1

Time is passing in a flash!!

Unbelievably, time is passing in a flash and we have just completed week 2 of the academic year. The pupils who are new to us in Reception and Nursery have all settled in well and next week we welcome our second group of Reception pupils as well as more newcomers to the Nursery.

Please check the diary dates and look out for texts reminding parents/carers of the dates and times of the ' Meet the Teacher' for each class.

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July 2021

Week 2

Newsletter Champions!

For everyone reading this, this will be the last Newsletter for this year's present year 6's (unfortunately). But that doesn't mean the Newsletter will end! The next year 6's will hopefully join writing and organising the Newsletter for everyone to enjoy and see what all the years have been up to! And for everyone who have done the Newsletter thank you, Mr Madle also wishes to thank you all who have helped writing the newsletter. So great work Newsletter Crew!

Lillie-As The Main Editor And Writer

Alexia-As The Editor For 6L And Writer

Scarlett-As The Editor For 6B And Writer

Sammie-As The Editor For 6S And Writer

6L Writers-Erin, Hailey, Jannah And Advay

6B Writers-Adya, Alan And Kalo

6S Writers-Adon, Eleni And Jacob

You've worked so hard on the Newsletter so thank you so much Newsletter Champions.

-Alexia 6L

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Week 1

Football is coming home!!

We have had requests from the parents/carers of younger pupils to let their children stay up late for the football on Sunday by opening the school later on Monday. Given that there is so much at stake and history in the making, we would understand if children came in later the next morning.

Year 6 will need to be in by 9.15 am as they are timetabled to go swimming and all other year groups should be in by 10.30 am at the very latest.

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June 2021

Week 4

Catch Up!

It is very important to us that parents/carers feel reassured that we are doing everything possible to ensure all pupils are back on track, both educationally and emotionally. Here is an overview of our post lockdown action plan.

All the pupils were assessed when they returned in March after lockdown ended and we began the process of identifying where pupils were in terms of achieving National Expectations or above by the end of the academic year. Some pupils got back on track very quickly and others have needed more time.

We are currently running Catch-Up sessions before and after school for selected pupils across all year groups.

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Week 3

You will notice that there is something a little different in this week's newsletter....

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with SchoLy Uk, a company co-founded by one of our parents, Paul Demetriades. The aim of the company is to support local businesses and schools through advertising.

Once every half of a term, our families will be able to see what local businesses are providing and take advantage of generous discounts on offer. The idea is to help businesses, within our local area, generate more interest and income; and for some, help build their businesses back up following the struggles endured due to the pandemic. For us as a school, the adverts will provide funding to areas of Livingstone life that our pupils will be able to benefit from.

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Week 2

The good news is that we are all back in school and moving back to relative normality!

The bad news is seeing last minute changes reversing the progress being made. We are now waiting for the decisions to be taken on June 21st to see if we can continue this positive journey and keep activities such as competitive sports and school visits that we have reinstated.

Our hope is that if the news is good, we can bring parents/ carers back into school for events such as the Year 6 Leavers Assembly. More information will follow when we know more.

Letters will be sent home soon inviting pupils to a Summer School. As part of the Catch-Up programme, we will be opening the school to pupils as ‘Keep in touch days’ to avoid making the holidays feel like another prolonged lockdown. Pupils will have the opportunity to do some work supported by a teacher and guided on activities to do over the Summer.

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May 2021

Week 4

We have had such a fantastic first half of the Summer term!

The pupil's learning over the last six weeks has been filled with endless amounts of fun and engaging activities; curricular and extra-curricular. There are too many highlights of this half of the term to mention and everyone's most favourite would probably vary.

The end of such a positive Summer 1 has left us looking forward to an exciting Summer 2 term with more class trips being arranged thanks to the easing of COVID restrictions as well as the re-introduction of football fixtures. Keep checking our diary dates in our weekly newsletter as new events are being regularly added.

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Pupil Newsletter

This newsletter was made by some of the children in Y6 - we hope you enjoy reading this as much as we have enjoyed making it!

Heart Dissection in Yr 6 Science!

In Y6, all of the classes have been looking at how the heart works, and so the teachers let us dissect a lamb's heart. For all who don't know what dissection means, it is to take apart or open up to study the internal parts (what its inside it) of that certain part. If you are reading this and feel sick, don't worry, I did too. To be honest, once I found out we were going to do it, my stomach didn't feel very well!😅 On the day, I was reassured by Mr. Madle and my teacher (shout out to Miss Lax) that it would be fine and, when me and my class did it, it was amazing! It was so much fun!

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Week 2

Happy Eid to all our Muslim Families!

Dunelm Community Competition Update

We wish all our pupils a happy Eid and hope they have a wonderful time celebrating the end of Ramadan with their family and friends.

We just missed out again to winning another Dunelm competition! This time they were offering key worker organisations the chance to win a £40 gift card to spruce up their staff rooms.

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Week 1

Another busy week at Livingstone!

Our catch - up interventions have started in the mainstream classes and Saturday School for Yrs 4 and 5 pupils begins tomorrow. In school, the teachers have had training in Maths and on challenging the More Able pupils with their reasoning skills. It was very nice that two school governors also attended the training to see what we are implementing. Despite being tired, the pupils are well settled and are producing some very impressive work. It has been very pleasing to see how well all of the children are settling into routines.

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April 2021

Week 4

Livingstone are Looking for a Parent Governor!

National Daily Mile

If you love being part of the Livingstone family, then you are the ideal candidate for a position on the Governing Body. We are a really approachable bunch of parents, staff and ex-parents who adore the school and love supporting it. Once you are in, you are only committed to attending the Full Governing Body meeting which is one per term. There are also opportunities to join other interesting committees such as the curriculum, welfare and finance.

I am sure we all agree that the physical and mental health of our children is incredibly important. Even more so with all the lockdowns they have experienced!

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Week 3

Time Keeping and Catch-up

Now that we are all back in school, it is important that we re-establish routines to learning. To help us achieve this, please ensure that your child/ren come into school and are collected on time.

Parents in Years 1 and 2 should wait until 3.15 before they go to the classrooms to collect their children as waiting outside the rooms is very distracting for the younger pupils.

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March 2021

31st March

Yr 5 treated the whole school to an Easter Assembly this week!

Thanks to an amazing job by Year 6, the phone cases that were destined for the skip have been up-cycled into usable objects.

Yr 5 treated the whole school to an Easter Assembly this week. They told us the Easter Story through some beautiful reading and some great acting. Thank you to Miss Smith, Miss Kwan, Ms Gordon and Mrs Barrett who created a video for all the classes to watch. Well done Yr 5!

Thanks to an amazing job by Year 6, the phone cases that were destined for the skip have been up-cycled into usable objects. Well done Scarlett and Erin for running a socially distanced shop in the playground and in the Library.

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Week 4

We are very happy to announce that as we are coming to the end of this very short term, for the vast majority of the pupils, the return to school has been very positive on their physical and mental health. On an equally positive note, the assessments carried out by the teachers have revealed some small gaps in learning but overall the work done over the lockdown period has sustained attainment.

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Week 3

We are so pleased, but not at all surprised, to tell you how brilliantly the pupils and staff have all settled back into school life together this week!

As you would expect, pupils are thrilled to be back with each other and at school as we return to some normality. Staff have been building back routines, rehearsing our expectations and starting to see where the pupil's strengths are now and where we will want to put more focus through our planning and teaching.

We are looking forward to welcoming back Year 1, they have done so well in their home learning this week!

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Week 2

We are all relieved and elated that we have managed to complete the first week back to some normality in school. The pupils have settled back into good work patterns and are very keen to build on everything that they have achieved during the lockdown.

We have had such positive outcomes with the use of the chrome books and tablets that the pupils in KS2 are continuing to work on them in school and we are developing a continuation of online-learning for our younger pupils on the VLE.

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Week 1

We finally received the wonderful news that schools are going to re-open!

As you know, after many weeks of lockdown, we finally received the wonderful news that schools are going to re-open.

From Monday 8th March it will be mandatory for all school age children to return and due to good hygiene practices, a new testing regime and the programme of vaccinations, we are ready to bring pupils back safely.

Following guidance from the government we are going to be having staggered start and finish times.

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February 2021

Week 4

We hope that everyone is looking forward to the re- opening of Livingstone on Monday 8th March to all of our pupils. Teachers and support staff have been working very hard to ensure pupils have been taught to the highest possible standards in and out of school and they have felt incredibly supported by the positive attitudes from pupils and parents/carers.

Next week we will be preparing school for the re-start so please check your emails and messages as we will sending home information on what to expect on the return to school. Despite the setbacks in the last few weeks, due to the resilience everyone has demonstrated, both individually and collectively, we are very much looking forward to the new start.

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Week 2

We made it! Well done to all pupils, staff, parents and carers for making it to half term!

Reflecting upon the many challenges of this half term, we are truly proud of the achievements of all of our pupils and of our parents, carers and staff. Between us all, we recorded over 90% engagement in remote learning across almost all classes. This is an amazing achievement coupled with the challenges and anxieties we have all felt about keeping our community safe, whether at home or at school. We have refined and embedded our ‘remote learning’ and we have been able to replicate this learning very successfully in school. We are extremely proud of this combined effort which has, undoubtedly, led to very good learning outcomes for our pupils.

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Week 1

We are now into week five of remote learning and reduced-scaled school learning; we have been very grateful for the positive feedback we have received for both these modes of learning.

A special thanks to Miss Papas, Miss Kwan and Miss Lax for organising such a wonderful 'Creative Wednesday' this week, it was full of exciting activities based on the theme of children’s mental health awareness.

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January 2021

Week 4

We continue to be so grateful for all the hard work you are doing at home together.

This week, we have seen our best- ever attendance online; and the quality of the work and dedication you have all shown is VERY impressive! Thank you for supporting your children with their timetables - and for all your encouragement and perseverance.

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Week 3

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well and that you are settling well into the routine of either remote or school -based learning.

Our tracking shows a high level of attendance overall with our online provision this week, so a huge THANK YOU for your support in helping your children to establish such good routines. You are all doing a brilliant job in supporting remote learning whilst managing your own work, schedules, family life and other commitments. We know this can be very tricky to balance and we are so grateful for your time in doing this.

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Week 2

Another school week is coming to an end today, which makes it two weeks under lockdown.

I am happy to report that everyone has settled well and the technological problems with the VLE that we initially had have now been resolved.

We have had very positive feedback about the home learning programme, however we know that we still have some families finding it difficult at times to manage the balance of working from home as well as supporting their child/ren. Therefore, if you are experiencing difficulties please speak to the class teachers and they will try to help manage your circumstances.

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COVID 19 Update and School Closure

First I would like to thank everyone involved in the re- opening of Livingstone to our vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Also, to all the teachers and support staff who have set up online learning to ensure all pupils have access to the best quality learning under the current circumstances.

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School Closure

Dear Parent/Carers,

As you may have seen in the news, Livingstone is one of the primary schools
that has had to remain closed due to the rise of COVID cases in London.

As Monday is an INSET day, the teaching teams are using the day to prepare a programme of online classes for pupils who are having to stay at home. So any
family who need a laptop or tablet to access online learning materials will need to contact the school and arrange a time to collect one.


 

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