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March 2023


Week 3

Happy Mother's Day!

Thank you to Mrs Cavozzi and Diane for tirelessly working to get the Mother's Day Stall up and running for today. Thank you also to our parent volunteers Paula Falco, Mapilar Rafter, Jen Naval and Kate Orr who helped to run the stall. All of them are Mums and we appreciate what they do!

Have a lovely weekend!



Week 2

Dance Festival

This week, many schools in Barnet, including Livingstone have participated in the annual Barnet Dance Festival at The Arts Depot. It is a fantastic opportunity for children to perform on a stage in an auditorium in front of a packed audience. Our Year 6 class have been practicing and practicing every week ahead of their big debut on Wednesday evening and their hard work paid off. What a show! To see the class come together and dance so beautifully was a joy to watch. We are very fortunate that the children can take part as it is an experience that they will never forget. Well done, Year 6!




Week 1

World Book Day 2023!

We had a fabulous week celebrating World Book Day and the wonder that reading brings. The children enjoyed having different staff members reading to them everyday, as well as the buddy reading they did with different classes.

Mrs Armstrong organised a fantastic 'Mystery Book Swap' this afternoon and everyone was amazed by the costumes and pyjamas today. Thank you to all the parents, children and staff for making such an effort!

Even though today we celebrate reading, please remember that reading is important everyday of the year! Please encourage your child to read at home, visit their local library and read a wide range of books.



February 2023

Week 4

Goodbye Mrs Barrett

After 22 years of outstanding service to the school, we are saying goodbye to Mrs Barrett as she moves on to enjoy her well- deserved retirement.

She has been an integral part of the success of Livingstone and all of the pupils that she has worked with. Her last day of service will be Tuesday and she will be missed by everyone. We wish her well in her retirement. Best wishes!




Week 2

Goodbye Mrs Boucon!

After 20+ years, Mrs Boucon is leaving us at the end of this week. Mrs Boucon has been a very much valued key member of the Kingfisher teaching team and The Cabin Club but has also spent a number of years supporting pupils as well as Teachers in the mainstream classes. It is lovely to hear that she is beginning a new chapter of her life by moving to Belgium. She will be missed by everyone in the school after many years of service. Bon Voyage!

Ms Knappett and Mrs Craddock will be taking over Mrs Boucon's role in The Cabin Club.



Week 1

National Education Union - Teacher Strike

Livingstone School was able to open this week following the industrial action. However, we are alerting all parents/carers not to assume that this will be the case next time there is a strike. As soon as we have more information on the situation you will be notified if the school is going to be affected.



January 2023


Week 4

Strike Action Update - School Open!

You may be aware from media coverage that teaching union(s) have declared strike action, which will take place on Wednesday 1st February. The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the government over teachers’ pay. As we have notified everyone by text this week, the school will be open as normal on Wednesday.



Week 3

Happy Chinese New Year!

To all our families celebrating this weekend, we wish you a Happy Chinese New Year!




Week 2

Updated Summer Term Dates!

The Summer Term now has two INSET Days as we have added the final one to our school term dates. An additional Bank Holiday has also been added for The King's Coronation. Please see below for these new dates and add them to your diaries/ calendars.

Summer Term 2023

Inset Days: Monday 26th June and Friday 21st July (school closed)

First Half: Monday 17th April – Friday 26th May

May Day: Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday) school closed for this day

Coronation Day: Monday 8th May school closed for this day

Half term: Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June (Spring Bank Holiday 29th May)

Second Half: Monday 5th June – Friday 21st July (school closes 2 pm Thursday 20th July for Summer Holiday)



Week 1

Challenge Clubs!

Year 6 Saturday School and Thursday after school Challenge Club have finished for this academic year.

Since the return to school after lockdown, we have found that the early mornings sessions have had more of an uptake and have been more impactful. Please look out for the letters that will be inviting children to attend in rotation. In addition, Mr Madle and Miss Papas will be providing extra support in classes.



December 2022


Week 3

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Finally, after two years of uncertainty, there are clear signs of returning to normality. In school, nothing showcases this better than the amazing Christmas Performances. Our Christmas Play was spectacular and despite the disappointment of not being able to go to the church, the pupils performed beautifully in the Christmas Assembly.



Week 2

Christmas at Livingstone!

A Wonderful Christmas Fair!

We love everything about Christmas at Livingstone!

The Christmas fair was a huge success, and everyone was willing to offer a supportive helping hand, even Mrs Phelan, who had to clear up the left-over raffle tickets from her Secret Santa stall!

We have more to tell you about this week's Christmas festivities as well as other events that have taken place over the last few weeks, so enjoy the read, we have worked very hard!

On Friday 2nd December, we had a Christmas Fair, it was from 3-6pm. We had lots of fun stalls: gift and cake stalls. Everyone enjoyed tombolas, popcorn, refreshments and a BBQ. There was a raffle and many people won different prizes. Children had face paint and glitter tattoos and fun games to keep everyone entertained. There was a Santa's grotto and everyone had a fun time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

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Week 1

Christmas at Livingstone!

Livingstone are starting the Christmas Season with the wonderful Christmas Fair and an annual visit from Santa. Thank you to everyone who has contributed with their generosity of time and effort as well as all the amazing donations. More on this is to follow in next week's newsletter.

We hope that when you receive today's newsletter you will be with us enjoying the festivities of the event and don't forget, it's not too late to bring family and friends!



November 2022

Week 4

EYFS Fit Bags

At Livingstone, we strive to be a healthy and active school. We want our children to adopt healthy lifestyles, and this starts at an early age.

Reception and Nursery will start to take home Fit Bags that have been made up to increase physical activity at home.

Every Friday, three children will take these bags home and inside you will find a range of equipment and a selection of fun games to play together. These bags must be returned by Wednesday so that they are ready for Friday to go to new children.

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Week 3

Remembrance Sunday!

Children in Need!

We are extremely proud of the pupils who laid a wreath on behalf of Livingstone last Sunday. Kaitlin, Lois, Catherine and Daisy took part in the event as well as Jaydon who participated as part of the Sea Cadets. Thank you to everyone who went along to pay their respects and thank you to everyone who bought a poppy.

You would have expected that coming after the Autumn Statement and the financial difficulties high-lighted in the Budget, that donations for Children in Need, would have been impacted. In fact, we had lots of pupils coming to school in their Pudsey outfits this morning and lots of very generous contributions made to this very special event. We are grateful to all the donations made to this and to all the charitable causes that we support throughout the year. Thank you Livingstone parents and carers we managed to raise just over £360.



Week 2

World Cup Pop-Up Shop

Thank you to everyone in the PTA who helped sell merchandise
in preparation for the World Cup. We hope that the children
enjoy creating a carnival atmosphere when it starts on the 20th

The school will be closed for INSET on the 21st November,
which by coincidence, happens to be the day when England
play their first match against Iran. Good luck to all the teams but
we hope England win!

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Week 1

Celebrations and Upcoming Event!

Firstly, a belated Happy Diwali to all our Hindu families, and just as they have celebrated with fireworks, we are due to have more on Bonfire Night this Saturday 5th November.

We hope all our families have a wonderful time. Please keep safe and be responsible when letting off fireworks and we recommend attending organised events.



October 2022

Week 3

Spooky Adventure

veryone had a spooktacular day on Thursday at the PTA's Spooky Adventure and it was so lovely to see so many ghoulishly great costumes. Usually, we hold our annual event in the pond area but due to the poor weather, we held it in the main hall. Although this was a last-minute change of plan, the PTA worked effortlessly to ensure the hall was decorated just as spookily as it would be the pond area. Pupils enjoyed the frightfully fantastic activities organised for them and were spoilt for choice when deciding which of the enchanting goodies to buy. A big, big thank you to our PTA and all our families who helped to make this event possible and really fun!

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Week 2

Hello from the new Writers Team.

Welcome to the new pupil newsletter 2022!

We are very pleased to introduce the Livingstone pupil newsletter editors...

Katerina and Lois Y6!!

This year we have many new exciting articles about what we as a school will be doing. We have some new writers from Y5 and Y6 to help us write about the action that will be going on at our school. We have new subjects every term, like Cultural Capital, Y4 Swimming and PGL.

We are very exited for the new term and to write about new subjects.

By Katerina and Lois Y6 :)



Week 1

Parent Consultation Meetings

Parent Consultation Meetings are coming up. The children will have been in school for half a term and the teachers can use their evaluations to feedback to parents/carers on their progress so far as well as any areas for improvement. It is also an opportunity for parents/carers to ask questions, especially for our parents/carers of children in Reception class or children new to the school.

Next week, we will be sending a text message to Reception Class and Years 1 - 5 with a link for parents/carers to book a consultation with their child's teacher. Nursery parents/carers will receive a letter to make their appointments. Please check the dates and times below that will be available for your child's class. Please note, Year 6 consultations will take place after half term and the Year 6 link to make bookings will also be sent after half term.

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September 2022


Week 3

Read with Me

Thank you to all our parents/carers for joining us in this week's Read with Me session. It was really lovely to see so many of you enjoying a story with your children.

Also, we warmly welcome our new Reception families to their first Read with Me Session.

We look forward to seeing you next week!



Week 2

Challenge Clubs

Thank you to all the parents/carers who were able to come to our 'Meet the Teacher' sessions. Impact meetings giving more details about the subjects and methods of teaching will be scheduled throughout the year. However, please do not hesitate to ask if you require more information about the Curriculum.

We are also going to be re-starting Saturday School and Challenge Clubs in the mornings and afternoons. We are very fortunate to have funding that we can allocate to providing these services, so please ensure that pupils identified for this additional teaching attend each session.

Pupils not included in these classes will be supported through interventions and classroom support timetabled during the school day.

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Week 1

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is with sadness that Buckingham Palace announced yesterday the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

Today all the pupils and staff paid tribute to her life, as our Monarch in assembly. Our thoughts were also with The Royal Family who have lost their Mother and Grandmother.

Incredibly poignant was the fact that only this week we received a letter from the Queen thanking the pupils of Livingstone in response to their letter of best wishes for the Platinum Jubilee (see below)



July 2022

Week 2

Goodbye Year 6

It has come to the end of the school year which also means it has come to the end of Primary School for year 6 ☹. Each and every one of us are devastated to be leaving because Livingstone has been our family since we were toddlers. We would all like to thank our teachers for helping us along our journey and preparing us for Secondary School. The feeling that we are leaving Livingstone behind and entering the unknown is overwhelming but we know we can push through it. Sometimes I wish that I could freeze time and stay at Livingstone forever, but sadly we don’t always get our way. We cannot thank Livingstone enough for the experiences you have so freely given to every individual. You encouraged us and assisted us. I don’t want to say goodbye because this one means forever, but (with a shower of expected despair) it has come to an end.


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Week 1

Reception Graduatio

Livingstone Pupil Excels at the London

Gymnastic Championships

This week, we got to enjoy one of the Livingstone high- lights of the Year - The Livingstone Reception Graduation Assembly. Congratulations to the Reception Class of 2022! We are so proud of all of the progress the children have made this year and their incredible enthusiasm for learning. They have had an amazing year and are ready to move to their new class. Thank you to Ms Purse, Ms Knappett and Ms Edwards and also to the Kingfisher team of Mrs Ferdenzi, Mrs Kotracova, Mrs Craddock and Mrs Cavozzi.

Lily McMahon, in Year 6 came first out of 20 top rated competitors in the Rhythmic Gymnastic Ribbon Competition. This highly prestigious event is part of Lily's journey to represent Great Britain in the 2028 or 2032 Olympics. Congratulations Lily!

Remember, you saw her here first!



June 2022

Diary Dates

JULY 2022

Friday 1st:

  • INSET Day - School closed to pupils

Monday 4th:

  • INSET Day - School closed to pupils
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Week 4

Barnet Education Arts Trust

Key Stage 2 Livingstone Choir performed brilliantly at the Barnet Music Festival!

Our Key Stage 2 Livingstone Choir performed brilliantly at the Barnet Music Festival on Tuesday. They all worked incredibly hard learning six festival songs as well as our own individual item at weekly rehearsals for months. On the day, they made us all so proud as they sang their hearts out on stage in front of a live, enthusiastic audience at the Arts Depot. Well done to all of our choir! Keep singing!



Week 3

Sunny Weather

We may not have sunny weather again this year, but if we do, please remember to put sun cream on your child and send them in with a sun hat.

Pupils are bringing in sunglasses but please be mindful that they can get broken when the children are actively playing.

We know the importance of Vitamin D for everyone and so we like to encourage pupils to go outside but when the weather is as hot as today we will bring them indoors.

Reminder - School uniform hats are available from the school office for £3.50!

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Week 2

Father's Day Stall

P.E Councillor

On Friday 17th June there will be a Father's Day stall held at school which will take place throughout the day. Gifts will be available to buy at a cost of between 50p and £5.00.

If you would like your child to purchase a special Father's Day gift, please send them to school on the day with their money in a named envelope or purse and a carrier bag to bring their gift home in.

Our P.E councillors were fortunate to have some sports leadership training from our local school games organiser, Barnet Partnership for School Sport. On Thursday, children from Years 5 and 6 worked collaboratively to design activity stations linked to the Commonwealth Games and on Friday, they led these sporting activities for some children in Years 3 and 4 where they took control, modelled the activities clearly and were motivantional and helpful. The children who took part were also perfectly behaved and had lots of fun taking part.



May 2022


Week 3

Founder's Day Platinum Jubilee Picni

On Friday 27th May we will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a family picnic and dance performances from the pupils. The dances have been chosen to reflect the Queen's role as head of state for the UK and the Commonwealth and will be showcased in the All Weather Sports Pitch from 1.30pm.

Please bring a picnic and join us on the field from 12pm onwards and stay to watch the dancing at 1.30pm. Pupils can sit and eat the picnic with their families or join them with the school dinner of sausage and chips served in a bag, followed by a Jubilee Cup Cake.



Week 2

Year 6 SATs!

Founders Day and Jubilee Celebrations!

We are always being amazed by our Livingstone pupils and never more so than this week when Year 6 completed their SATs. After two years of disruption and a mountain of work to complete, you would have expected some nerves.

Most of Year 6 took advantage this week of the free Breakfast Club, kindly provided by Mrs Hunter and Mrs Reynolds and the Yoga sessions delivered by Kate Orr that were organised by Mrs Kelly to help them start each day relaxed and focused. We were pleasantly surprised by the calm and resilient attitude they all had to each test. Everyone of them took the exams in their stride and their behaviour throughout was exceptional.

Join us on Friday 27th May for our Founders Day celebration and Jubilee Picnic.



Week 1

Athletics Competittion

Last week, children from Years 5 and 6 represented our school at an athletics competition where we competed against seven other teams. Each child had to take part in four different sporting activities: 80 m sprint, 600 m run, vortex throw and long jump. The children worked hard to complete each activity to the best of their ability to collect points for our team. All of the scores were tallied together and we proudly placed 5th. It was a great day out and it gave the children a taste of athletics! Well done to Zeynep, Hattie, Lois, Katerina, Qamazarda, Alex, Zach and Mattero.



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