Headteacher's Blog - December 2018

 Head Teacher’s Blog December 2018

The children and staff are always excited this time of year.  The school building has been festively decorated and we are all looking forward to the Christmas break following all the hard work that has gone into the autumn term.

Earlier this autumn, the Rt Hon Nick Gibbs visited Park Lane Primary School to present music teacher, Ms. Kovacs, with a Yamaha Clavinova piano following her winning entry to the Classical 100 competition. Musicians from the ABRSM, who ran the competition, joined 360 of our pupils who participated in the challenge, set to Car Orff’s ‘O Fortuna,’ on Wednesday 31st October.  Mr Gibb said, “I want to congratulate the children and staff at Park Lane Primary School, whose inspired musical creativity has been rightly rewarded with this generous Classical 100 award.”  Following the special assembly, Nick Gibb MP enjoyed a learning walk through the school, and then joined some of the children and staff for morning tea.

I am proud of the children in year 5 who represented Park Lane Primary School at the launch of National Anti-bullying week at the Brent Civic Centre. The children read their own poetry compositions based on this year’s theme ‘Choose Respect.’  I am also proud of the achievements made by our school choir; they meet regularly to rehearse and will be participating in Brent’s ‘Voice in a Million’ during the New Year.  This December, the choir performed at Beachwood Court Retirement Home and at St. John the Evangelist Church in Wembley, during their annual Carol’s event.

The children have attended a range of school trips to enhance what they have been learning as part of the curriculum. These trips include year 2’s visit to Santa’s Grotto in Watford and Reception’s attendance at the Nativity at the London Zoo.  My favourite trip this autumn however, was KS2’s visit to the Lyceum theatre to see The Lion King.  For many children, this has been the highlight of the year so far, for others it was the school disco on Friday 14th December.

Staff and children enjoyed a festive meal on Wednesday 12th December, with all the trimmings and Christmas crackers, and the children in year 6 exchanged gifts during their Secret Santa event.

Art week was celebrated earlier this term and each class took part in a weaving project which produced various patterns, and now combined, has formed the new display in the foyer outside of the school hall. The display represents our newly adopted school values of –

  • EYFS : Friendship
  • Year 1 : Determination
  • Year 2 : Patience
  • Year 3 : Resilience
  • Year 4 : Perseverance
  • Year 5 : Independence
  • Year 6 : Responsibility

Park Lane Primary School also celebrated Diwali with a range of activities that were designed to introduce the children to the beliefs and traditions associated with this major religious event in the Hindu calendar.

Class 2G carried the Diwali theme over into their assembly, when they told the story of Rama and Sita. Beowulf was the theme of 5G’s class assembly, while 2Y reminded us why we think of Guy Fawkes during Bon Fire night.  4G used their experience of The Lion King theatre visit to influence their class assembly, and ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!’ was the subject of 3G’s class assembly.  A big ‘well done’ to the children in EYFS and KS1 for all their hard work in preparing for, and the performance of, their Nativity productions.

I am pleased with the overall participation and attendance of parents/carers who have joined us at school for the Triple P Parenting course. Likewise, we had a great turn out at Nursery and Reception Stay and Play sessions, the E-Safety workshop and the Phonics training session.  During the Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning, we discussed punctuality, attendance and lost property as well as ‘young carers’.  This was also the topic of a special assembly attended by years 4, 5 and 6.  They learned how to identify a young carer and who to turn to in order to access support.

Finally, I would like to wish 3G class teacher, Mr. van Amstel, and LSA – Miss Elkins, every success as they move on from their time here at Park Lane Primary School.

To pupils, staff and parents/carers, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.


Headteacher's Blog -  October 2018

We ended this first half term of the 2018/19 school year, celebrating Black History Month.  The African Drummers made their annual return to Park Lane Primary School, and years 3 to 6 participated in African Dance Workshops.  The day was also a non-uniform day and children were asked to dress in traditional costume, reflective of their cultural background or heritage.  The children in Early Years and KS1 were treated to a visit from Spud and Yam earlier during the month.

On 8th October the Worshipful Mayor of Brent, Cllr Arshad Mahmood, attended a special assembly to announce the school councillors for the 2018/19 school year.  The Red Hats and Play Leaders were also formally introduced.  We held our first Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning for the school year in October, when we discussed the importance of reading with your children, phonics and supporting your children with their homework.  Staff from Place2Be spoke to parents/carers about safeguarding and ensuring our children are happy and safe in an environment conducive for learning.

Also this month, year 4 were delighted by performers when they attended the Primary Proms at Royal Albert Hall.  For many of our children, this was truly a unique experience and the highlight of the year so far.  The children in year 6 visited the library at the Brent Civic Centre where they were given a brief history lesson on the suffragettes, from British children’s illustrator, David Roberts.  Year 5 also attended the library later in the month.

During September, the staff held a charity coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, children in year 6 sold cakes to raise money and, along with the proceeds of the non-uniform day, we raised a phenomenal £753.35.  Also in September, we held a Parents’ Information Evening when class teachers set expectations for the year ahead and highlighted school requirements regarding uniform, homework and attendance.

The children in Nursery and Reception classes that are new to our school, have settled in nicely to their week day routines and have started to form valuable friendships with their peers. Most children are now enthusiastic about school and have excellent behaviour for learning.  Parents who attend the Triple P Parenting Workshops, which commenced three weeks ago, have provided positive feedback.  We plan to run more courses for parents/carers at the school and will advise parents/carers via email as details become available.

A warm welcome to 1G class teacher, Miss Belle Hunter, who joins our family here at Park Lane Primary School. Miss Gabaldon, who you may recall returned to Spain earlier this year, has recently given birth to a healthy baby boy, Enrique.

Parents/carers, staff and children have also seen some amazing performances from children in years 6, 5 and 4 during the class assemblies.  Both year 6 classes spoke about ‘responsibilities’ which is one of our key values.  Class 5Y’s assembly was all about the dangers of lying, and 4Y recited their own poetry compositions!  I look forward to some more outstanding performances when we return from half term on 29th October.