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4th December 



Thank you to everyone who came along to our Parents’ Evening events last week. Whether you attended at the big event on Thursday, face-to-face on another day or online, you were one of the 93% of parents who met with the class teachers last week. 
For our staff, Parents’ Evening is an exhausting yet exhilarating event. With our setup in the hall it means we can keep much closer to time than in previous years which means less waiting around for most of you, but a relentless run of meetings for our staff. 
Thank you to everyone for your patience, support and feedback. It was lovely to see so many of you and watch you connect with each other around the school.  



The Anson Choir have begun their winter performances with a stunning set at the Willesden Court Care Home. 
Connecting with our community is an important part of our work and the children did Anson proud with beautiful renditions of some classics tunes. Next they will be heading to the Westfield Choir Competition to try and regain their crown. The choir won the title in 2019 and held it for 3 years (mainly due to the small matter of a pandemic) and they are determined to sing their hearts out to win the title once again. Whatever happens their music is fuel for the soul on these cold winter days. The team will also be performing in Trafalgar Square and the O2 this year. It’s a most wonderful time of the year!  



Clubs for the Spring Term go live later this week. 
The clubs will be run by Anson staff, DFY and Moving Waves. DFY will be continuing with skateboarding, football, commercial dance, gymnastics and kick-boxing. They will also be introducing cricket to the club list. 

Moving Waves will be running Arts and Crafts, Musical Theatre and Stand-up Comedy. Miss Murray will continue with Taskmaster Club for Key Stage Two while Mr Pile will be running Lego Club as well as the all-new Wonka Club. Watch out for the text message so that you can begin booking and applying for places at our clubs. 



Due to the time it is taking to help the children get ready for their first performance on the Anson stage we have moved the Reception event to Tuesday 19th December. 
Reception parents are welcome to join us for the event which will begin at 9.30am in the school hall. This will be the first of two performance this year for the children in Reception as they will also tread the boards in the Summer Term. 



The Winter Fair is just a few days away and so tickets have gone on sale to enter the Friends of Anson Grotto. 
There are just 300 tickets available for the grotto  with 240 available online and just 60 ready for purchase on the day.
When you purchase your tickets you will need to indicate how many tickets you wish to buy. This is so you can purchase tickets for younger siblings 
not yet at school.
The grotto experience, based near our Dining Room, will include a number of small gifts for every visitor. We would encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.  



27th November 



I am sure you would have heard about our ‘big’ visitor this week as Lunar the dragon came to say hello to the children. 
The visit came about because of a magical book, discovered in our outdoor library. The book appeared to be completely empty, but using a special light it revealed an ancient story about a young explorer who stumbled across a baby dragon and raised it to love humans. 
The children had a wonderful day meeting the dragon, exploring the story and handling baby dragons too.  The teachers also got involved starring in their own dragon adventure using the power of green screen. Their dancing skills were             something very special.  



Over the next few weeks, children in Year 3, 4 and 5 will visit the Unicorn Theatre to watch the stage version of The Bolds. 
The book, by Julian Clary, is the story of two hyenas, who leave Africa to live as humans in Teddington. It is a wonderful story packed full of humour and is the first in a series of books focusing on the Bolds and their work to humanise animals across the area. 
The book is available to buy and download from all booksellers and would be a wonderful bedtime read to enjoy with your child. 



Thank you to everyone who has booked an appointment with the class teachers for Parents Evening. Some of you have used the online bookings while others have spoken directly to teachers. 
The appointments on Thursday last for 10 minutes and will take place in the hall. This is so we can ensure we keep to time as much as possible. We hope you will find the appointments very useful and look forward to seeing you all. 



Children in Year 1 to Year 6 watched a film version of Pinocchio last week as part of our Film Festival. 
We compared the film to the theatre version and discussed honesty, wishes and friendship. 



The Lawn Tennis Association began working with the children this week. 

As part of a huge promotion they are offering two weeks of free training in Brent for children.


Last week saw another example of sporting prowess from the children of Anson. 
Children across Key Stage Two took part in the Brent Boccia Festival. 
This was a fantastic event that the children enjoyed very much. They did Anson proud on the day with some incredible boccia shots including the recently learned KOFF shot. Thank you to each of them for the effort, manners and smiles!





18th November 



There was a huge sense of anticipation as the children entered the school on Friday for our first Break the Rules Day at Anson. 
As you will be aware, the excitement around the idea of breaking the rules built throughout the week, with the children keen to explore how far they could go while choosing the unhealthy snacks they could consume, the makeup they could wear and the size of the soft toys they could bring along. 
By playtime on Friday the atmosphere was amazing, with children enjoying a wonderful break time sharing snacks and treats with each other on the playground. 
Of course, the aim was to raise money for Children in Need and I am delighted to announce that the Break the Rules Day raised £362.80 for the charity. 
Thank you to everyone who embraced the fun. The children have already asked when the next Break The Rules Day will happen, so expect the School Council to make this a regular feature in our calendar.  



On Friday our girls’ football team took part in the Brent Cup Competition and did the school proud.
Having drawn three games 0-0, the team entered the last game knowing that only a win would give them a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. Their performance was outstanding winning that last game 1-0. This resulted in a penalty shootout to decide on the semi-final places, which unfortunately we lost by one goal. However, finishing 5th out of 15 teams is a great result and meant we left the tournament without having conceded a single goal. Well done to all the team and thank you to Miss Da Silva and Mr Bukhari for their support. 



Thank you to everyone for your donations to the Christmas Fair tombola. 
We have so many kind donations that the prizes on offer will include a huge selection of festive food and treats. Thank you for your generosity. Please watch out for others ways to help in the next few weeks. We are still on the look out for lights to make the best light trail ever seen at Anson. 



On Friday the children from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed a wonderful production of Pinocchio from our friends at Wizard Theatre. 
The children were an amazing audience, laughing along and enjoying the action throughout. 
This week all the children from Year 1 to Year 6 will enjoy a screening of a film version of the story as part of our Anson Film Festival. This will be a great opportunity for them compare the theatre to the screen. 



Bookings for Parent’s Evening will open later this week. 
There have been a number of technical issues with the portal so we are hoping the process is a smooth one once we have rectified some last minute problems.  
Some parents will not need to book as you will meet with the class teachers on different days. Teachers will reach out to your directly. This is so we can spend longer talking to you about your child’s needs, arrange translations, or have other staff present to support your child’s progress. 

Please note:

The Alexandra Class event will take place on Monday 27th November. All other classes are on Thursday 30th November between 3:30pm and 7:00pm. 

On the Thursday, teachers will be in the school hall. This is to ensure we can stick to the appointment times and keep parents waiting for as shorter time as possible.



13th November 



The Winter Fair takes place on Friday 15th December with the fun beginning at 3.30pm. The event sees the community come together to share festive fun. 
Among the attractions will be a small number of stalls selling toys and crafts. There will also be lots of games including the return of Spin A Gift and the Big Festive Tombola. Plus there will be lots of food and drink available. 
Bookings will also open soon for the grotto with 120 places available in the first release of tickets. This is your chance to meet the man in the big red suit and take home a festive gift. There is also a free light trail for you to enjoy. 
However, we still need your help.  


The Big Festive Tombola
We are asking every pupil to bring in something from the festive aisle in the supermarket. This could be a tube of sweets, a Christmas pudding, a chocolate or a box of mince pies. Anything in the aisle counts and this will form the prizes for the stall. Please bring in your donation by Friday 24th November.  


We are still looking for people who wish to run their own stall at the fair. Members of the Anson Family can run a stall for £15. If you know someone in the local community running a business or craft, who would like a stall, they can rent a pitch for £30. Please email:


Our light trail is coming together but we need even more lights. If you would like to lend us some lights please bring them in by Thursday 30th November (clearly labelled) and we will return them to you after the event. If you’d like to donate some lights to Friends of Anson forever, that would be amazing!  


Festive Bake Competition
Are you a baker? Then watch out for the 
Great Anson Bake Off. It’s your chance to 
bake a cake and win a trophy. There are lots 
of categories so keep an eye out for more
details soon.


On the day every pupil attending the event must be accompanied by an adult so that we can ensure the safety of all pupils. 


So, please save the date and come along to join in the fun. It’s going to be a lovely event which we hope will pull the whole community together once again. 


Friends of Anson is now a registered charity. This will help the team access more charity donations. Our Registered Charity Number is 1205603.




On Friday 17th November we are celebrating Children in Need 2023. 

The theme of the day at Anson is Break the Rules! There are a list of rules that can be broken and children pay 50p for each rule they break. 

All the money raised will be sent to Children in Need. 

So, how many rules will you break?

Break one rule for 50p or all 6 rules for £3. 


No unhealthy break time snacks
No squash/juice in water bottle
No crazy hairstyles
No soft toys at school
No make-up/temporary tattoos
No nail varnish


Our annual indoor theatre season kicks off this week with the return of Wizard Theatre. 
The children (Year 1 to Year 6) will be treated to a production of Pinocchio in the school hall. Geppetto the carpenter carves a puppet called Pinocchio from a block of wood.
But the naughty puppet abandons Gepetto in favour of a life of adventure. Jealous of his new friends, Pinocchio is desperate to become a real boy, but what sacrifices will he have to make before he can achieve his dream? This extraordinary story of redemption is also a hysterical satire on growing up and features a leading actor whose nose really does grow live on stage!

6th November



The Anson Film Festival has begun this week as we work with our partners at Into Film to celebrate the world of film and filmmaking.
During the month the children will be watching films linked to some of the enrichment activities taking place at Anson. This includes the visit of our dragon and the theatrical return of Wizard Theatre. 
Today we are launching our one-minute film challenge. Over the next few weeks all the children in the school from Nursery to Year 6 are challenged to create a film on a theme. This year it’s all about making a film through something. So, you could point your camera through a window in your home or a car window. If you are out and about and spend time in a coffee shop you could point your camera to film through a glass as you stir a drink. You could film through a fish bowl or aquarium. How about making a film by pointing the camera through sunglasses or a toilet roll? There are no limits to the view you create and what you film through. There will be a special assembly with some top tips on Thursday. This will be on Anson TV.
There are no edits needed. On a phone simply open the camera, hold your phone still for one minute and press record. You could also explore time-lapse or slow-motion as part of the project. 
Send your videos in through Seesaw or Google Classroom or email 
All the videos will be shared on our school website so please make sure your films are appropriate to share. There will be our special badges and certificates for everyone who takes part. 


It is time for Reception Parents to take over the Big Bake at Anson. 
As many parents in Reception are new to the school, here is how it works:

Bake or buy some cakes. 
Bring them in on Friday 17th November at drop-off
Return at pick-up to help sell the cakes!

Simple! All the money raised goes to Friends of Anson including supporting Going for Gold.  



The team from Kittle Photography are in school this Monday to take photographs of all the children. 
The team will take individual photos and sibling photographs. 
At the end of the day your child will bring home their QR code so that you can order the photos on the Kittle Photography portal. They make great gifts for the extended family so we hope you like the final images.  


Due to a number of staff being away from school on the Parents’ Evening dates we have moved the sessions to Thursday 30th November from 3.40pm to 7.00pm.

Please note that Alexandra Class will meet Mrs Diksson on Monday 27th November. 

Class teachers may also make alternative appointments with parents in the week of Parents’ Evening. This may be to discuss specific issues, to arrange a slightly longer appointment or in collaboration with siblings in other classes who have an alternative appointment.

The booking system will go live later this week and we look forward to seeing you in the school hall for the meetings. It is a great opportunity to see you child’s class teacher, discuss their progress and see some of the work the children have completed in their books. 

We hope to see you there.


Plans are well underway for the Winter Fair at Anson. 
If you would like to run a craft stall or have a business which could benefit from trading at the Winter Fair email the team at

Stalls for the Anson Family cost £15. External stall holders are £30. 



At the Winter Fair we are hoping to put together a wonderful light trail for all the guests. 
We have a number lights already, but if you can donate or lend any festive lights to Friends of Anson please send them in (fully labelled) by Thursday 30th November. There will be a table at Parents’ Evening for any final donations. Lights will be returned before the end of the term.

20th October 



Thank you to everyone on the Friends of Anson team who helped us host another amazing Halloween Disco at Anson. 
Children from Nursery to Year 6 came along to join in the dancing, ghost smash game and take part in musical zombies. 
It was a wonderful way to finish the half term, particularly seeing so many children laughing and having fun. 
As you can see, not all the costumes were scary and alongside witches, zombies and cats we also saw dinosaurs, pandas and even police officers! Roll on next year for more Halloween fun!


All schools are required by law to provide a daily act of collective worship for all pupils. This should be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ unless a school has what is referred to as a ‘determination’. In Brent this means that schools then have the choice of following a multi-faith approach recommended by Brent SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) or following an approach devised by the school. 

At this school we do not promote any particular faith and we aim to provide collective worship that can include the whole school community, pupil and adults. Collective worship contributes to pupils’ spiritual and moral development and can help to develop the values shared by the whole school community. 

For over 20 years we have had a ‘determination’ and have been following the Brent SACRE’s multi-faith approach and it would be suitable for our school to continue this approach. This is our intention. A ‘determination’ must be renewed every five years and is approved by Governors and parents are consulted. 

The time has come to do this again and, before we apply to Brent SACRE for this, we would like to seek your views. If you do not agree with our decision to adopt Brent’s multi-faith approach please email with any questions or concerns. 

If we do not hear from the community we will assume that you agree with our decision. 
The deadline for any issues raised is the date of our next Governing Body Meeting,
Thursday 23rd October.  At this meeting the final decision will be formally approved and we will contact Brent with our declaration. Thank you in advance for your consideration. 



Thank you to everyone who came along to our first Open Classroom of the year. 

We were thrilled to see so many of you come along to see your child’s classroom, talk to the teachers and spend time looking at their work. 

There will be an opportunity every half term to come and spend time with us. It’s a great way to get you involved in the daily life of your children. 

The next event will take place on Wednesday 20th December at 8.45am until 9.15pm. We hope to see you there!


🗓️On: Sunday 29 Oct ’23.
⏰Time: 1 pm – 4 pm.
🏫Where: Anson Primary School - To include a 🍎Post-Walk Healthy Snack Bar!🥑
🗓️Save the Date and get sponsored and join this walk and raise additional funds to host the interactive arts-based Funday event on Sat 9 March ‘24 at Anson Primary School.

If you would like to join the walk see if you can get yourself sponsored and then join the fun on Sunday!


A video from Norwich City Football Club went viral this week. The video deals with issues around well-being and mental health and is a thought-provoking and difficult watch. Holidays can also be difficult for everyone. Please remember that you are not alone. 



13th October




Many children at Anson Primary are living with the challenges and delights of dyslexia. 
In essence, dyslexia primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Many children and adults with dyslexia find phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speeds challenging. 
However, the joys of dyslexia also mean that individuals with dyslexia are often great problem solvers, highly creative, very observant and can often see the ‘big picture’. These skills are why organisations such as GCHQ seek people with dyslexia to join their workforce. 
As dyslexia impacts on so many people we are delighted to be hosting the  Dyslexia Feel Good Funday in March 2024. The event, for dyslexics and neurodivergent people, will include a variety of interactive arts based activities run by experts and supported by a team of trained volunteers. The event is part-funded by the Arts Council of England. 


However, in order to ensure the event is fully funded Anson Primary School will be hosting a sponsored walk on Sunday, 29th October 2023. 
We would like as many people as possible from our school community to join the walk. The fun begins at 1pm and will see participants walking 3km around our school playground. Refreshments will also be available along with music from Anson Radio. Come and join the fun for the Dyslexia Feel Good Funday

🗓️On: Sunday 29 Oct ’23.
⏰Time: 1 pm – 4 pm.
🏫Where: Anson Primary School - To include a 🍎Post-Walk Healthy Snack Bar!🥑
🗓️Save the Date and get sponsored and join this walk and raise additional funds to 
host the interactive arts-based Funday event on Sat 9 March ‘24 at Anson Primary School.
Dee, Dyslexia FeelGood Funday (DFGF) Project Lead &
Andree, DFGF Supporter & Waltham Forest Dyslexia Asso. (WFDA) Advocate.


More information about Dyslexia and ways to find support can be found on the British Dyslexia Association website:





Come along on Wednesday 18th October for Open Classrooms at Anson.

This is an event we’ve held many times in Nursery and Reception which you may know better as ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. 

However, we want to try and open up our classrooms across the school more often to all parents so you can see the rooms your children spend their time in each day and the work they are completing. 

In our younger year groups you will be able to join us from 8.45am to 9.15am and take part in activities laid out around the classroom. In older year groups the children will be sharing some of their work with you at their tables with the same timings.

So, come along, visit the classrooms, see the children’s work and let’s begin this new way of helping you to connect with your child’s learning.  


Unfortunately our dragon was unable to attend school on Wednesday due to illness. We have rescheduled the event for November so that the children can still experience this inspirational event.  

6th October



Next week the children will take part in an amazing experience when a dragon visits Anson Primary School. 
The visit of this enormous beast follows the successful, and safe, visit of a T-Rex and a gorilla last year. The idea of the visit is to inspire the children in their speaking and writing. When children are writing they sometimes struggle to know what to write about. This is because the amount of things children have to write about is limited by their experience and interactions. As they are young, their experiences are obviously less than an adult. However, with inspiring moments like this, the children have a range of opportunities which give them the emotional responses, language and vocabulary to improve their expressive language and written word. 
We know that the visit of our dragon is going to be very memorable for the children and we can’t wait to hear what they think and how they use the experience in their work. It takes place on Wednesday 11th October.  



Mr Pile has been selected for Jury Service and may not be in school for the next 10 days. 
Although he will still be working from the rooms in the court building in-between cases, we may not see him on the school site until after Half Term. 
In his absence Miss Callaghan will be the Acting Headteacher.



We have had a few reported cases of headlice. To help prevent the spread, please ensure that any long hair is tied up for school and if you detect headlice
in your child's hair, please treat it ASAP to protect others and support your child.

The NHS website has some information on what you can do at home:



Can you help with the Winter Fair? 
The Friends of Anson team are looking to borrow as many twinkly lights as possible to create an amazing winter fair light trail. 
If you have a set of twinkly lights or an inflatable snowman or something magical the team could borrow please reach out to us. 
We want to make the Winter Fair the best we can, so if you have anything we could 
borrow get in touch on the playground or email us. 



Some of our staff have recently experienced rude and aggressive behaviour towards them from parents. 
Please remember to treat everyone at Anson with respect. Everyone is working hard to do the best for your child each day. If you see or hear inappropriate behaviour towards our staff, please do report it to Miss Callaghan immediately. 

29th September 


October sees the start of Black History Month. 
While we are a school that celebrates diversity throughout the year with our creative curriculum, October will see us spending extra time celebrating the achievements and contributions of black women. 
As the Black History website states, “Black people have always been at the forefront of social justice movements, fighting against oppression and paving the way for change. However, despite their countless contributions to society, the achievements of black women, in particular, have too often been overlooked or forgotten. That is why, this year, we will be celebrating the exceptional achievements of black women.”
Each class will be focusing on a different person with some of the names including Malorie Blackman, Dr. Shirley Thompson. Dina Asher Smith, Betty Campbell, Mwasksy Mudenda and Floella Benjamin. Throughout the month the children will be sharing their work in a creative way and we will be looking to place their content on the school website. 
We hope that this month will shine a light on the role everyone can play in society and encourage children to remember that they can each achieve wonderful things in their lives. 


The Friends of Anson Halloween Disco takes place on Friday 20th October
Tickets are available to purchase on the Gateway app. The £3 admission includes a special treat and unlimited drinks. On the day there will be lots of games and activities for the children to take part in, alongside the wonderful music to celebrate the season. 
Tickets must be booked by Friday 13th October. This gives us time to ensure that allergies are catered for and the event is fully staffed. There will be no admission after this date. 
For children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1&2 the fun begins at 3.30pm and ends at 4.30pm. 
Key Stage Two will have their disco at 5pm until 6pm.



The Winter Fair will take place at Anson Primary School on Friday 15th December from 3.30pm to 6.00pm.

The event will include a grotto, lots of creative crafts, games, stalls and a wonderful light trail. 

If you are a creative person and would like to run a stall please get in touch. Perhaps you knit festive characters. Maybe you carve Christmas gifts. Do you make soap, toys or clothes? If you do pitches cost £15 to Anson families. 

If you have a friend who runs a craft business they can come along too. Pitches cost £30. 

The team of volunteers also need your help. 

To make the light trail a success we need to borrow as many lights as possible. 

If you have any lights, festive inflatables or colourful figures you could lend the school, or donate to the Friends of Anson stocks, please get in touch. 

It is the first Anson Winter Fair and together we are going to have the most fabulous time. 



On Monday the children begin working with artist Amy Leung. 
Every pupil from Year 1 to Year 6 will spend time working with the Camden 
Arts Centre on a creative project called ‘Spaces’ at some point this year. 
Year 1 kick off the process on Monday but where we end up by the time Year 6 are involved in the summer, nobody knows because the children drive the art & the creative direction. 

Safeguarding Week

On Monday we launched Safeguarding Week 2023 with an assembly all about respect. 
In the assembly we spent some time asking the children to think about the words freedom and diversity. 
We are lucky we live in a free country where we can move around and enjoy the freedom to speak and dress and eat whatever we please. Indeed the freedom of movement has meant that throughout history many different cultures have helped to build this country into the amazing place that it is. Just look at the food on offer, the sports we can take part in and the music we listen to. It is all representative of the rich diversity which exists. 
This week we encouraged everyone to think about that wonderful mix, the choices we are allowed to make, the food we like, the music we love, the way we dress and to  remember that the person next to us has the freedom and right to do the same. And while they are likely to be different we can live side by side. 


Year One Bake Sale

The Year One Bake Sale will take place on Friday 6th October. 
Parents in Year One will ‘bake or buy’ cakes for the sale. Throughout the year every year group will get the chance to host a bake sale. It’s a great way for us to come together and to help raise funds for some of the events which are coming up this year with Friends of Anson. 



Thank you to those of you who have signed up and paid for the Autumn Term clubs. 

The clubs begin on Monday and will run for the next ten weeks. The exception to this is Taskmaster Club (which runs for 8 weeks) and Lego Club (which is also 8 weeks this term and breaks for two weeks in October). We have a great selection of clubs and are already planning the Spring Term. 



We are delighted to be welcoming Banji Alexander back to Anson this year. 
Banjo is currently visiting schools in Brent to advertise the Saturday school and so the start date will now be January 2024. We have around 15 children signed up from Anson and if you are still interested in your child joining the fun you can signup by reading all the information at: 



You will have received a text last week with a link to our diary dates for the 2023/24 year. 
Please note the Year 2 Bake Sale and Bingo Night dates have been corrected. Year 6 Assembly dates have also been removed as the team will now be doing a big summer show instead next July! 




On Tuesday, 26th September we will be hosting Oral Health Day! This special day is a chance for the parents and children to work with the NHS specialist team on all things oral health. 
The day will begin with a coffee morning. During the event the NHS team will support parents to understand how to keep your child’s teeth healthy. There will be tips about which foods and drinks should be avoided and we will see how tooth decay can be prevented. 


Following the coffee morning every pupil in the school will take part in a workshop with the team. These are aimed at helping them to help you so that when you ask them to brush their teeth - they just do it!

Here is the timetable for the day. 


9am - 9.45am - Parent Coffee Morning
Nursery workshop - 9.45am - 10.15am
Reception workshops (1/2hr in each class) - 10.30am - 11.30am
Year 1 and 2 (in the hall) -1.15pm - 2.00pm
Year 3 and 4 (in the hall) - 2.00pm - 2.45pm
Year 5 and 6 (in the hall) - 2.45pm - 3.25pm



Please ensure that children are not wearing rings or bracelets to school. Stud earrings are acceptable. We would also request that long hair is tied back on PE days. This is to prevent accidents and injuries when the children are running around in PE lessons and at playtimes.