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19th November



Last week ten children visited City Hall, in London as part of a competition organised by The Voice Newspaper.
The competition invited pupils from all over the UK to write an essay of no more than 500 words on the theme of the Windrush Generation. 
The Windrush Generation refers to Caribbean migrants who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Bermuda and Barbados.
The word ‘Windrush’ derives from the ship ‘Empire Windrush’ on which more than 500 Caribbean workers travelled, landing at Tilbury Docks, Essex on 22nd June, 1948 in response to post-war labour shortages in the UK.
Although the children did not win the competition this year, they received a certificate in a ceremony hosted by Levi Roots and should be very proud of their work. We would like to congratulate them all. 


Parents’ Evening takes place on Thursday, 22nd November between 3.40pm and 8pm. 

All bookings should be made online for the event using the link in the text message or email. 

Please note that each meeting will last for up to 10 minutes on the night. 



We are delighted to offer you a new way to access information and news from Anson Primary School. 
TheSchoolApp (on Android and iOS devices) is FREE to download from the store. Once installed on your device, parents simply select Anson Primary School  and your device will sync all our content in an easy to navigate form. The App has the school calendar along the top of the screen, access to the latest newsletters as well as information from our social media. There are also links to term dates, curriculum content and contact information. 
On top of this you can also select groups to receive extra notifications. For example, you can sign up to your child’s class, school clubs or receive messages sent to all parents about class assemblies.  
We highly recommend signing up to the app as a way of staying up to date in 2019. As the app is now live, we will have the option of going paperless with the Anson Weekly from January 2019.
At present every child gets a copy of the newsletter to try and ensure that every family always has access to the latest school information and events. However, it impacts on the environment, is costly and for some families  it means multiple copies are coming home. 
A link to the survey to sign up for paperless newsletters will be sent home this week and we hope you will take advantage of this new app to stay up to date with our school.  



The Into Film Festival offers school children from all over the UK, free access to cinemas and films in a bid to give children a cinematic experience, meet some of the film makers and have discussions about film. 
Due to travel restrictions imposed on London schools we are unable to access the early screenings timetabled for this year. However, working with Into Film, every child in the school will still be spending time this week watching films, discussing their themes and sharing their thoughts. 
The theme this year is well-being and so we will be screening The Emoji Movie (Reception), Ferdinand (Year 1&2), Inside Out (Year 3&4) and The Man Who Invented Christmas (Year 5&6). Following the films we will be talking about how the film made us feel, discussing how to deal with our emotions and they will be taking part in activities to support a good sense of well-being. 



The school health questionnaire that Reception parents are asked to complete by the NHS  is changing. The NHS are replacing the paper questionnaires with an electronic version.  This can be accessed via the Health Matters website or via the link below. If you have a child in Reception please click the link and follow the instructions:



12th November 



On Thursday, 22 children took to the stage at The Shaw Theatre in London and performed The Tempest. 
As part of the annual School’s Shakespeare Week three schools were invited to perform in front of a public audience at this special event.  
They arrived early at the theatre to go through the same process as seasoned performers who have trodden the boards before them. They got into costume and character in the very dressing room graced previously by names such as Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance. They had a technical rehearsal where the actors rehearse the lighting and sound for the show. This was followed by a full dress rehearsal. 
The evening performance was sold out. Anson were the last school to perform following performances of Romeo and Juliet and A Winters Tale by the two other schools. 
The professionalism, confidence, staging, presence and energy of the children were sensational. From the moment that Prospero opened her mouth, Ariel cartwheeled onto the stage and the characters aboard the boat rose up, the audience were transfixed. 
There were gasps. There was laughter. There were melting moments of tenderness and above all an admiration for what our children were doing on the stage. The children of Anson did themselves proud, shone for the school and captured the imagination of the whole auditorium. 
Thanks must go to the staff involved. Mr Clargo and Mr Waters have led the rehearsals and directed the performance working with the children tirelessly to help them reach such high standards. Miss Dixon who worked with the cast on musical elements of the production and Mr Diamond designed some amazing costumes also deserve huge thanks. An event like this takes a team effort. Thank you to the teachers who facilitated the rehearsals, gave their time to support the actors and directors and thank you to the parents for their support and encouragement. It was a remarkable evening. 



Today all the children in Reception are bringing home a copy of Little Monkey. 
The BookTrust are passionate about getting children and families reading together for fun. 
One of the best ways to get children excited about reading is to make it as interactive as possible. We encourage all parents and families to be loud, be silly, put on scary voices and laugh when they are reading. 
This is critical as research shows that children who read for pleasure will do much better at school, not just in reading, but across the curriculum. So, enjoy the book with the whole family, and if your child isn’t in Reception, make it your mission to have fun with a book this week! 




In 2019, you will have the option of selecting to go paperless with the Anson Weekly. 
At present every child gets a copy of the newsletter to try and ensure that every family always has access to the latest school information and events. However, it impacts on the environment, is costly and for some families means multiple copies are coming home. 
By opting to go paperless you will only receive a digital version of the newsletter via a text link. This can be saved to your phone or read online. It will also give us the option to make it interactive in the future. So, look out for the option to go paperless, which will be sent to you soon. 



The school health questionnaire that Reception parents are asked to complete by the NHS  is changing. The NHS are replacing the paper questionnaires with an electronic version.  This can be accessed via the Health Matters website or via the link below. If you have a child in Reception please click the link and follow the instructions:


Anti-bullying Week 2018 is being held between the 12th November and 16th November and is organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance. 
This year the theme is ‘Choose Respect’. The idea is to encourage young people across the United Kingdom to choose respect over bullying. There are four aims. Firstly for young people to understand what respect means. Secondly that bullying is a behaviour choice. Thirdly that we can respectfully disagree with each other and finally that we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online. 
The children will be working on lessons in the classroom and during assembly time to encourage these four aims. 





You have not missed the opportunity to book an appointment for the Parents’ Evening. The bookings will open this week. 


A text message will be sent home on Tuesday when the booking system opens.


Please click on the text link, select your child’s name and book an appointment. 


The appointments are available from 3.40pm to 8pm on Thursday, 22nd November. 



5th November 2018



The Anson Primary School football team took part in the Elms Inter Primary School Football Tournament on Friday. 
The tournament saw 18 teams go head to head to find the top four teams to progress to the finals of the tournament later in the year. 
In the first round of the competition Anson played against Our Lady of Lourdes, Lady Bankes, Preston Manor and St. Mary’s. Having won three of those games the team qualified for the second round, which was knockout football. They played a well-fought match against St. Andrews and St. Francis and won with a solitary goal scored by Mohammed. The Quarter Final saw Uxendon Manor take on Anson. Goals from Mohammed and Bilal were enough to defeat them 2-1. 
By reaching the semi-final, the team are already assured a place at the finals later in the year. John Keble were the opposition for the semi-final and proved strong competition. Anson came very close to winning, narrowly losing 2 - 1. John Keble went on to win this section of the tournament
The final match saw Anson end on a high, winning the 3rd place play-off against John Perrin 2-1. With the B-team and a new girls’ team also in action (and winning their first game), it was a superb effort from everyone and to finish 3rd out of 18 teams and progress to the next stage of the tournament is a wonderful achievement. 

Round 1
vs Our Lady of Lourdes        2 - 1        Mohammed & Bilal
vs Lady Bankes            2 - 1         Mohammed (2)
vs Preston Manor         4 - 0         Bilal & Mohammed (3)
vs St. Mary’s             1 - 1        Bilal 
2nd Round
vs St. Andrews & St. Francis    1 - 0        Mohammed
Quarter Final 
vs Uxendon Manor         2 - 1         Bilal  & Mohammed
Semi Final 
vs John Keble             1 - 2        Mohammed
3rd Place Playoff
vs John Perrin            2 - 1        Bilal & Mohammed



Next Monday is Photo Day for all the children in the school and we’ll be taking individual photographs of children who attend Anson.
We thought we’d take the opportunity to talk about how to make sure your child’s photo is a perfect present for granny!
What will they wear? The background of the photos is always a neutral colour so whatever they wear will look great. Let them wear something nice, that they feel comfortable in. However, avoid clothes that have crazy patterns or really tiny prints as the camera doesn’t like them.

Hair Styling
You may want your child’s hair trimmed for the big day. If your child has longer hair try to avoid it being slicked back or in a tight pony tail. With the lights pointing at the children it can make them look a little bald.

Breakfast plays a crucial role on photo day. It’s not about energy, it’s about ketchup! If you’re wearing your best clothes when you eat, it’ll end in tears if there is a spillage. Tears and puffy eyes don’t make a good gift for granny!

Special Instructions
This week is definitely a week for selfies at home. Tickle them. Pull funny faces and make them see their natural smile so they don’t force a funny face on the day. 

Of course we’re saying all this with a big smile on our face. We know all the children will look adorable in their photos. The most important thing is that you know that photo day is next Monday for children who attend Anson.



In 2019, Waltham Forest will be the first ever London Borough of Culture, giving locals the chance to experience world-class culture on their doorstep. 
Their programme is packed with stand-out projects and unmissable moments that will capture the attention of the whole city. Then in 2020, Brent will become the London Borough of Culture. 
Everyone in Brent will have the chance to get involved in the programme that Brent is putting together and the children of Anson are no exception with some projects already beginning. 
However, as parents, there are opportunities for you to get involved too and we’d love to see some of you sharing your skills and talents with the team. Head over to the website to see what opportunities are on offer:


29th October 2018



On Monday the children in Key Stage Two were given the opportunity to hear and listen to author Joe Craig, creator of the character Jimmy Coates. 
The Jimmy Coates novels are action thrillers aimed at the 8-13 age group and are often enjoyed by children who are usually reluctant readers. 
Joe spoke to the children in Key Stage Two about his creativity, story writing tricks and his love of reading. He also touched on some of his other career highlights, including his work on some Hollywood movies. 
The session at Anson was high-energy and very interactive with the aim of helping the children unlock some crazy ideas that could be moulded into brilliant stories.
Who knows. Joe may well have unlocked the next great children’s novelist during his visit to Anson. 



Can you believe we are almost in November? Traditionally this is a time when we look at how the children have settled in and are developing as learners. 
The teachers are currently writing the Autumn Term reports, which will give an indication of the strengths and areas for development for your child. 
The reports will be sent home on Monday, 19th November and this will be followed by our Parents’ Evening on Thursday 22nd November. The evening will begin at 3.40pm and end with the last appointment at 7.45pm.
Appointments for the Parents’ Evening must be made online and a text message will be sent to you this week so that you can book your appointment. Simply follow the link on your phone and click the menu to select your child and the appointment you wish to book. 
All appointments last for ten minutes. Please ensure your book an appointment as soon as possible as no other dates are available this term. 



This week saw a special assembly to celebrate those children who have been showing the four elements of collaboration on our learning wheel. In the assembly children were given a certificate and a special badge in recognition of their work with others, how they share their ideas, the way they respect people’s point of view and how they are taking an active role in the classroom. 
So congratulations to Robin-Ameen and Yusra (RG), James and Jessica (RR), Katie and Rania (1R), Dylan and Razane (1Q), Summar and Sara (2H), Hasan and Thalita (2R), Huda and Rayan (3A), Amera and Ahmad (3M), Sana and Shemaree (4B), Paris and Maira (4V), Alice and Laila (5H), Aadam and Samuel (5K), Samad and Sebastian (6H) and Karolina and Kashif (6P). 
During the next half term we’ll be exploring independence and looking out for some more children to reward. 



So our new learning behaviour focus during this half term is independence. 
The children will be encouraged to say ‘I can’, be motivated in their learning and take some control over how they learn. This will help them become more able to help themselves when they are stuck.
At home we’d love to see the skills of independence being celebrated. The checklist comes from our 50 Ways to Learn poster which you can download from the school website on the Parent Page and contains lots of activities in line with our 6 key skills at Anson. At school we see lots of children who are often unable to do things for themselves, such as tying shoelaces, cutting with scissors or simply giving up when they get stuck and not just amongst our youngest learners. So, see how independent your child can be around the home. 



A number of our children will be performing at the Shaw Theatre as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival. 
Anson takes to the stage on the 8th November and tickets are available from Ticketmaster. We’d love to see as many parents as possible at the event, so please do look online for details.

16th October 



This week we say thank you and well done to our current School Council members. Every October the term of service for School Council membership expires and new children take their places on the student body to help support the development of the school. They are elected by their fellow classmates.

The elections are conducted in accordance with the same procedures which govern the election of our local councillors and politicians. Every child will have two votes and they will decide on one boy and one girl who they feel will represent their class views effectively over the next 12 months. Once the vote has been counted the two pupils with the most votes will be selected to join the School Council. 


This year the School Council will continue to organise events to raise money for charity. During the last few years they have successfully supported a number of children’s charities with discos, cakes sales, and dressing up days.  They also take an active role in our WE Day celebrations. 
One of their first responsibilities is to discuss the results of our parent and pupil surveys last year and talk about whether there are any changes we could make at the school to help improve our work.


Last year we began a new initiative to develop our Eco Council. Pupils who just miss out on a place in the Key Stage Two ballot will be asked if they would like to join the school’s Eco Council which is responsible for the whole school environment. Last year this group successfully planned and implemented the vision for every pupil to have an eco-friendly water solution. This year the group will be working towards the school achieving an Eco-School accreditation.
By the end of the month, the School Council, Eco Council, Digital Leaders and Peer Mentors will all be in place and the school will be well represented by pupils who want to make a difference to their school. 


We would like to say thank you to the outgoing School Council. They have been professional, hard working and helped to make the school a better place. 



Following the newsletter last week which focused on attendance we thought we’d take a look at how the figures have been this half term.
You will now all be fully aware of how important attendance is, the impact of missing school and the financial cost it can have on families. 
However, it is always worth celebrating good news and as you can see from the graph below, our target of 97% is being hit by 11 of the 14 classes.
Admittedly some of the classes have only hit the target because figures were above 96.5% and were rounded up to 97%, but the overall picture is very strong. If this continues through the whole year we will continue our vision to be one of the best attended schools in the country.  



As you will be aware, our focus during this first half term has been collaboration. 
The children have been learning to work together to solve problems, share their ideas, take an active role and respect other people’s point of view. 
At home we’d love to see the skills of collaboration being celebrated during the half term. 
The checklist comes from our 50 Ways to Learn poster which you can download from the school website on the Parent Page and contains lots of activities in line with our 6 key skills at Anson.



If you are waiting for your child’s class assembly to appear on the school website they should be available to watch very soon. 
As you know, recent changes to data protection mean that we needed to obtain consent to publish images and video of the children on our school website. With a small number of parents withdrawing consent, we have spent extra time ensuring that these children are blurred in the final edits. This is a lengthy process and has caused the delay. We will send a text message once your child’s assembly is up on Anson TV. 







10th October: The Attendance Issue



Everyone at Anson is having a wonderful start to the term. We’ve already seen lots of awesome activities, wonderful work and extreme effort from the children and the staff.   
It’s a good time to remind everyone about the importance of being at school every day and the negative impact absence has on children’s learning. Good attendance and punctuality are vital for success at school and establish positive life habits that are necessary for future success. Regular attendance ensures that children can:

Build friendships and develop social groups
Develop lifelong skills
Engage in every aspect of their learning

We appreciate that mornings can be stressful, that children are not robots and that they don’t always do things the first time they are asked. However, we also know that when everyone promotes good attendance and punctuality, and we work together to reward it, celebrate it and share why it matters, we end up with happier children. And happier children are better learners. 



You may not know what the law actually says about attendance at school. 
All children of compulsory school age, between 5 to 16, must receive a suitable full-time education. As a school we must make sure that we offer a suitable education and are inspected on this provision. As a parent you are responsible for ensuring that this happens. This means that you have a legal responsibility for ensuring your child attends school regularly. If you fail to do this, even if your child misses school without you knowing, legal action can be take by the London Borough of Brent. So, we work together to ensure this does not happen. 



There are times when children do not come to school. When a pupil is absent from school this will be classified as either ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’. 
Term time absences can only be authorised in the following cases:


emergency medical appointments
religious observances (such as Eid, Diwali or Rosh Hashanah)
family bereavement
school visits (Year 5&6)


Wherever possible parents should always try to arrange medical and dental appointments during school holidays or after school hours. 


Unauthorised absences are those which are not considered essential or reasonable such as:


forgetting term dates
family weddings
day trips or family outings
absences which have not been explained



The school will not authorise an absence for a holiday during term time and are not allowed to do so in guidelines set by the Government. 
Taking holidays during term time means that pupils miss important activities and it becomes difficult for them to catch up. At the end of a term it is important that children continue to attend school as this is when important transition events happen to ready them for the holiday and the next term. 
The Governing Body have agreed for the school  to work with Brent to address this issue. As a result, you may receive a penalty notice from Brent if you take your child on holiday during term time. A penalty notice of £60 per child, per parent, per day may be issued. This will rise to £120 per child, per parent, per day if it is not paid within 21 days. So for a family with 2 children and 2 parents a 2 week holiday in term time could cost almost £5,000 in penalty fines.
We do not want any of our families to experience this so please seriously consider if the risk is worth the holiday. 
Special leave of absence can be requested are at the discretion of the Headteacher. Exceptional circumstances do not include cheaper flights, family availability or family weddings. If you need a special leave of absence make sure this is requested as far in advance as possible and before flights are booked. 



We believe that attendance is crucial to success now and in latter life. Even the smallest level of absence has an impact. 

98% attendance means 4 days of school missed

95% attendance means 10 days of school missed (two weeks)

90% attendance means 19 days of school missed (4 weeks)

80% attendance means 38 days of school missed (7 weeks)


If your child is ten minutes late every day this equates to one week of missed school. 


Please help us to promote good attendance throughout our school - you really do play such an important role. 


If you have any queries please contact us or download the attendance policy from the school website. 




1st October



Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK since 1987. It begins on the 1st of October and ends on the 31st of October.  
It is a time to celebrate all aspects of black history and culture. However, the topics and themes that come up this month are true for many of us Anson. Migration, conflict, music, culture, protest and carnival are issues, achievements and events that affect all our cultures. At Anson, our approach has always been to encourage the idea of ‘community’ so that together we become stronger each year, appreciating the sacrifices people have made in the past so we can live our lives today. Over the next month your child will focus on one aspect of black history that opens up the discussions for the whole class into how we should be treated, how we should treat others and how we can achieve anything we want to if we truly believe it to be the right thing to do. 



Thank you to everyone who came along to our parent meetings over the last couple of weeks. We hope you found it a useful experience, a chance to meet the teachers and a way to find out what is going to happen this year.

Following the parent meetings we release our updated brochures for the year. The brochures include all the information you were given at the parent meetings and more besides. Included in each brochure are the targets for your child by the end of the year, a list of the teachers so you know who is working with your child and information about online safety, homework physical education, assemblies and much much more. 
You can download a copy from the school website and keep it on your phone, tablet or computer for the year and we hope that it reminds you of the content shared at the meetings. Thanks again if you made it along. 



The new menu from Oasis Catering begins today in the Anson kitchen. 
The team have devised a menu that fits with the Government standards set out by the School’s Trust a number of years ago.  This means that as well as offering a meat course and a vegetarian option, there is also a balance of fruit, vegetables, salads and water on offer at each lunch time. The menus are available to download from the website.



Online safety is one of the most important issues affecting children today and is part of our responsibility when considering the safeguarding of all children.
In school we have filters in place to stop inappropriate content reaching the children. We also have a clear behaviour policy which treats behaviour online in the same way as behaviour on the playground. Behaviour is key. Devices are very rarely the problem, it’s what you do with them that causes issues. Last year we had no online safety issues during school time. 
However, there were a number of issues caused by children playing violent online games - with chat features - and children using apps made for people aged 13, or even 16, years of age. This year, once again with the support of Childnet, we are encouraging the Parent Pledge and we would like every parent to follow these 6 points of action in your home. Doing so will increase safety and the enjoyment of mobile devices and computers for the whole family. So, get those devices out of bedrooms, embrace them as part of family life and let’s work together to make the children safer online. 


I will know the applications my child is using and whether they are age appropriate.


I will set rules for using devices and display these in my home.


I will not to overreact if my child has a problem online.


I will not use my devices as an electronic babysitter.


I will use the Internet with my children to plan trips and play together.


I will try to know who my child’s online friends are just as I do in real life. 



The Calendar



Black History Month

Team Brochures published on the website 

Highbury Assembly at 9.10am

Hyde Assembly at 9.10am 

School Council Elections

Kensington Assembly

20th - 28th:
Half Term Holiday


Alexandra Assembly*

Mapesbury Assembly*