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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.


 

December 2020

Week 1

BBC returned to film Year 2 working on Zog by Julia Donaldson. 

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November 2020

Week 4

Mr Sudbury has been working hard to make school festive.

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Week 3

 Livingstone bunnies have been named

 

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Newsletter 20th November(1)

Week 2

Meet the Livingstone bunnies.

A wreath from Livingstone was laid at East Barnet war memorial by Kaitlain in Year 4. 

 

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September 2020

July 2020

Week 3

After a very challenging year we say goodbye and good luck for the future to our wonderful Year 6.

We are also saying goodbye to Mrs Madejczyk, Mr Dawson, and Mr Mitchell. Everyone has made an amazing contribution to our school, and we are looking forward to hearing what happens next in their lives after Livingstone.

The staff team at Livingstone would like to thank everyone for the generous gifts and kind words.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.

Welcome back on Wednesday 2nd September when school re-opens at staggered opening times 8.30 onwards.

(Breakfast and CABIN Club open as normal)

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June 2020

Week 1

We have come to the end of another very successful week in school. Just a final reminder that parents/carers wishing their children to finish the academic year in school should contact  the office for places,  as we still have a limited number of places in each year bubble.

Please contact the office if you have changed your contact details as we will be sending lots of information home including end of year reports. If you would like to register two sets of contact details with the office, let us know so that we can send messages and reports to both parents separately.

Reports will be emailed to all parents/carers on Friday 10th July and we will post the ‘Meet the Teacher’ videos on the VLE. Parents/carers wishing to have an end of year consultation will be offered a time and will be contacted by the class teacher by telephone in the final week. 

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June

Week 4

Next week all the pupils who have requested a ‘return to school’ place will be back at school, which is a positive end to the school year.

There is a lot of information that needs to go home about the end of the year and the start of the new academic year, so please keep an eye on your emails and text messages, so nothing is missed.

The teachers will be in school for the final week, so the last Home Learning Grids will be created for the WB 6th July. Reading is going to be even more important this Summer, so please use our online resources and visit the Barnet libraries website. There will be no grid sent on the WB 13th July, however a final grid will be sent home for the summer holiday, which will suggest activities to help with transferring to the next year group. This work will not be marked and pupils will not receive feedback online. We are also asking that laptops be returned in the week beginning the 13th July. Subject to government funding and match funding it may be possible for families eligible for PPG to get financial assistance to purchase a chrome book for home learning. More information to follow.

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Week 4

Next week all the pupils who have requested a ‘return to school’ place will be back at school, which is a positive end to the school year.

There is a lot of information that needs to go home about the end of the year and the start of the new academic year, so please keep an eye on your emails and text messages, so nothing is missed.

The teachers will be in school for the final week, so the last Home Learning Grids will be created for the WB 6th July. Reading is going to be even more important this Summer, so please use our online resources and visit the Barnet libraries website. There will be no grid sent on the WB 13th July, however a final grid will be sent home for the summer holiday, which will suggest activities to help with transferring to the next year group. This work will not be marked and pupils will not receive feedback online. We are also asking that laptops be returned in the week beginning the 13th July. Subject to government funding and match funding it may be possible for families eligible for PPG to get financial assistance to purchase a chrome book for home learning. More information to follow.

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Week 3

Having taken part in a meeting of Barnet Headteachers and Local Authority Representatives, the emerging picture in Barnet regarding Covid 19 is a positive one and schools like Livingstone can consider bringing more year groups back into school subject to space and availability of staff.

The tentative take up of places by Year 5s has meant that we have been able to offer to 2 days to every member of this cohort wishing to return. We have now put together the bubbles and pupils in this group will be starting this coming Monday.

Based on the numbers returning across the different year groups, we feel that we can start to explore the possibility of bringing in the other cohorts and next week we will review the impact of having the 5s and decide if it is feasible to expand numbers.

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Week 2

Now that the government plans for re-opening the school to other year groups have been postponed, we are having to re-evaluate what we are doing for these and every year group.

Dear Parents / Carers,

Now that the government plans for re-opening the school to other year groups have been postponed, we are having to re-evaluate what we are doing for these and every year group. Each school and local authority are deciding how to move forward and whilst the current situation does not allow for all year groups to return simultaneously, there is a consensus that more has to be done for pupils seriously at risk of falling behind.

At Livingstone, we know that we can make up the learning for the majority of the pupils as we have always provided, additional classes, however these interventions require extra time. If the SATs are re-instated in 2021, we are particularly concerned for the year 5 pupils as there are children in this cohort that we feel would be very difficult to prepare for the tests, especially if there is delay in opening in September.

 

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Week 1

I am happy to announce that the first week of re-opening the school has been very successful and we are confident that with one or two slight adjustments, the school was well prepared for the re-opening.

Now that the lockdown is being relaxed, more pupils are coming under key worker status so we are looking to expand our provision for these pupils. We are also having to look how we can meet the needs of pupils at risk of falling substantially behind in their work and not meeting National Expectations. The teachers have continued to work hard producing resources and they have been tracking the work being produced online, but because of the time away from school, we have noticed quite variable outcomes for our some pupils. Due to their learning needs and home circumstances, some of our pupils have not been able to access what has been made available to them.  Even with the distribution of laptops and copies of worksheets, it has not always been possible for these pupils to access sufficient differentiated lessons, to enable them to make progress.  For this reason we will be contacting some families to offer additional support and possibly offer school places under the ‘vulnerable’ category.

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May

Week 4

Newsletter—Re-opening of school Monday June 1st

 Parents will not be permitted to enter the school office unless an appointment has been made. Please email or leave a telephone message if you urgently need to speak to someone on Monday.

Dear Parents / Carers,

Today we have been working in school completing the preparations for the re-opening of the school for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and Key Worker pupils on Monday.

Please ensure that you read this letter carefully as it sets out the instructions which will enable the school to re-open and operate, while keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Preferably one parent/carer only should drop off and collect on time at the designated points.

If parents/carers arrive early, please use the grass verge across the road and do not congregate outside the school gates or line up along the pavement. Please maintain physical distancing and leave immediately.

All the areas are clearly sign-posted and, when you do leave, please ensure that you follow the arrows in one direction to allow for social distancing and no contact.

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Letter to Parents

Re-opening of school June 1st - Information for all Parents including  Yr 2, Yr 3, Yr 4 and Yr 5 Parents!

As I indicated in last Friday’s newsletter, staff have been risk assessing and planning for school to open more widely.

On the basis of our current risk assessments and staff availability our plans for reopening are as follows:

Timetabling

Rec, Yr 1 and Yr 6 will be split into two groups of 15 and will attend 2 days a week –

Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday

Nursery are offering  two morning or afternoon sessions on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday

Kingfisher 1 and 2 will be returning for the morning sessions on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday

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Week 3

I am that sure many of you will have watched the Prime Minister speaking on Sunday evening saying that it may be possible to have a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June, starting with pupils in nurseries, reception, year one and year six. 

The safety of everyone in the school community is paramount.  We all want to get more pupils back into school.  However, I do want to stress that our first priority has to be the health and well-being of all our children, families and our staff.   

So, if we are able to open some classes on this date, it is extremely unlikely that school will look anything like it did before lockdown.  Social distancing is difficult for many of our children and especially the youngest.  People are still advised to minimize their social contact. This is likely to have a significant impact on the number of adults available to work in our school and therefore the number of children in school at any one time will/may need to be much reduced. This means that we have much planning (including maintaining our virtual learning), risk assessments and safeguarding issues to work through before we can open the school safely.

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Week 2

This weekend we commemorate the end of the Second World War, and the courage and sacrifice of those who fought in it and suffered from it!

Watch our VE assembly on the VLE!

We should, perhaps, take some encouragement from the fact that they endured six years of hardship, and not just the six weeks of lockdown that we have had to deal with. Let’s draw inspiration from them, and look forward in a spirit of hope. 

Thank you to all our families for sending in photos of your children’s work. We can see they are working really hard and hope they are enjoying the variety of activities on their home learning grids.

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Week 1

It is incredible to think that we are now entering our sixth week of lockdown with no indication of when this will end or how the easing of restrictions will be implemented.

Next week, teachers will be contacting you directly, so please be aware that if you get a call and the number is unfamiliar or protected it is likely to a member of staff calling you. 

 We are hoping that the news will continue to be positive next week so small steps can be taken to bring the lockdown to a close. However, even with the most optimistic outlook it may take a while before we get back to the way school used to be.

 It is therefore imperative that all pupils continue to work on the learning grids and, just as importantly, that they post, download, or send the work they have done to their teachers.

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April

Easter Newsletter

The last couple of weeks have been very challenging. It seems incredible to think that the schools have only been closed for two weeks!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Mr and Mrs Bach, the parents of Lucas in Reception, we have been able to order 27 computers for the school, and so make laptops available to families who have none in the household. We are extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Bach for making this possible.

Please do not worry if your children have not managed to complete all of the work that has been available to them over this period.  The work is there to help pupils engage with learning and to provide structure to the day. The learning grids and VLE are there to help, and are not meant as a substitute for school.

By now, all families should have been contacted by class teachers, either by VLE or by telephone. If you haven’t heard from us, please telephone the school and leave a message on the answerphone; we will get back to you on Monday.

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March

Week 2

Well done to the Year 6 pupils who went to the Barnet Schools Dance Festival at the Artsdepot North Finchley! 

Based on the latest government news conference, we are keeping up the handwashing and we are cancelling the trip to Paris. All other trips are being evaluated and no further trips are being booked!

Please do not send children into school if they are unwell and self-isolate as recommended in the Coronavirus health guidelines if anyone in your family has the symptoms or has been tested positive and finally, let the school know.

Please ensure that your contact details are up to date so that the school can contact you by text or by email. Please let the office know of any changes and if you have problems with any pupil logins.

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Week 1

World Book Day, a fantastic effort, and some of the best costumes ever!

The Coronavirus is affecting everyone globally, therefore our response to the outbreak is based on advice given at government level. 

So far we have implemented everything we have been asked to do, which means pupils are washing their hands at regular intervals. We have cancelled the trip to the Buddhist Temple and are reviewing all future trips and events on the basis of advice given.

On Thursday 5th, we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book characters; being read to by different teachers; buddy reading with different year groups; and having an 'author-meets-artist' Art day. Some children also created a 'Book-in-a-Box' project. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and have shown a real love of reading - thank you to everyone who made our Book Day a success!

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February

Week 3

Sponsor Your Child for the Sports Station Challenge 10 Activities. One week to complete them all. Sponsorship forms coming home soon! 

PTA Family Fun Evening!

Pupils must bring sponsorship money in an envelope with their name and year group and hand to the office on Friday 13th March.

On Friday 6th March the PTA are hosting a FUN evening which will consist of quizzes, activities and fun games. There will be something for everyone, both children and adults, on the night and we are very much looking forward to it. It is a great way to meet new people and have lots of fun at the same time.

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Week 2

World War 2 Workshops supports our Curriculum!

Mathletics Treat for hard work!

Lately, 6B and 6S had a World War 2 workshop. An expert came in from the Imperial War Museum a showed us a short film about a Jewish boy called Leo who lives in Berlin, Germany. 

On Thursday 6th February, the top 25 from KS1 and KS2 were chosen to participate in a fun activity, led by Smart Play. The children took part in fun circus tricks, and were all happy and excited. 

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Week 1

Mathletic Reward Circus Skills!

No-Entry Sign! 

A big congratulations to all of the children who scored the highest points in TT Rockstars and Mathletics!  They enjoyed a well-deserved treat learning to perform circus skills.

Please note there are changes to Baring Road.  There is a no entry sign from the bus stop on Grove Road.  New double yellow lines are on both sides of the road.  Tickets have been issued to parents, so please park responsibly.

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January

Week 5

Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated pet food for the animal shelter!

Next week we will be announcing the class with the most donation, so keep sending in the food.

We have to start with congratulating the boys on how their sporting attitude has improved significantly along with their organisation and general team play. Their passing and movement with the ball would have embarrassed lots of premiership players because it was well calculated and skilled.  

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Week 4

Naomi, Karolina and Jana presenting an excellent assembly on de-forestation!

This week, Year 6 experienced a workshop provided by the National Holocaust Centre which informed them all about Kinder transport to support their learning about World War II

Naomi, Karolina and Jana presenting an excellent assembly on de-forestation. Isabella also helped but was unwell on the day. Well done!

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Week 3

Year 3/4 Kurling 15.1.20
Children were selected to represent Livingstone at a New Age Kurling event!

On behalf of all the staff, thank you for all your good wishes and generous gifts.

The children modelled superb sporting values and excellent skills where they progressed into the semi-finals placing 4th.  Well done to Jamie, Emmanuel, Zack (Y4), Aiden and Nathan (Y3) Thank you to Miss Nicholson and Alfie.

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Week 2

If you want to help, help Children in Need!

Please Come and join us in sampling a school dinner at Lunchtime on Thursday 16th January 2020. Let the office know by Wednesday 15th January if you are interested for £2.35!!

On Friday 15 November, Livingstone School participated in Children in Need Day. On the day, children from every class gave money and stored it in bottles to be counted later on. On behalf of the school, I am delighted to say that lots of children gave money for the cause and that many children wore Pugsy accessories for the occasion. I am proud to say that Livingstone School raised £284.18. By Isabella 6B

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