Headteacher's Blog

It is with deep regret that we informed you of the death of Mrs Zakia Khanji. The school has lost a dear friend and a valued colleague. I would like to remind you that the school will be closing early at 2pm next Wednesday 22nd November and that Mrs Kanji’s memorial service will start at 2.30pm. Children who would like to attend the service are welcome to do so if they are accompanied by an adult.

It has been a busy few weeks. Firstly, I would like to congratulate all the children who participated in the interschool Football Tournament on Friday 03rd November. Park Lane Primary School came third and the team will now be entering the national competition in June 2018.

Last week, year 6 attended Junior Citizens’ Day at the Bridge Park Leisure Centre and on 16th November year 4 visited the British Museum to enhance their understanding of Ancient Rome which they have been learning about.

The week commencing 13th November was National Anti-Bullying Week. Children have been taking part in many activities in their classes. This year’s theme is “All different, All equal”. A few children from year 6 have been selected to talk to younger children from KS1 about how wrong bullying is and how we can stop it. We also had the visit of Terry, a student from the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College, on Friday 10th November who came to talk to the children during a whole School Assembly. Next week will be Road Safety Week.

We are delighted to inform you that our Leading Practitioner Beverley Wilson has published a children’s book called Tafari The Special Child. The book is available to buy from Amazon and we would like to encourage all parents to buy a copy.

The build up to the Easter holiday break was a very exciting time for the children and staff. Year 4 overwhelmed us with their outstanding Easter production – The Resurrection Rock.  Along with staff, the children auditioned and rehearsed their parts for a month preceding the performance, which left us in no doubt of their talent.

Also prior to the break, Park Lane Primary School’s Annual Easter Bonnet Parade was a wave of colour, and the PSA raised £226.50 towards the school bus fund through the sale of raffle tickets for their Easter prize draw.

Park Lane Primary School raised £435 when we took part in Red Nose Day on March 24th; this worthy charity transforms lives across the UK and in the world’s poorest communities. Thank you to students, staff and parents/carers for your generous contributions.

Earlier in March, we celebrated Maths week with a visit from the Maths Magician and a range of activities designed to challenge and arouse the children’s enthusiasm for maths.  We raised an additional £288.65 towards the school bus fund when children dressed up as ‘anything money can buy’ and made a financial contribution to this non uniform event.

During English week we were treated to a performance of ‘The Unusual Adventures of Robin Hood’ by the Hobgoblin Theatre Company.  And on World Book Day, the children had the opportunity of dressing up as their favourite character from a book.

The children in years 2, 3 and 4 participated in workshops run by the artists in residence at Wembley Library.  Year 3 also visited Wembley Stadium during March, to enhance their knowledge of landmarks of significance in our local area.  Reception enjoyed a performance of ‘Red Riding Hood’ when they visited the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield on March 29th.

The parents/carers of children who attend our nursery were invited to a stay and play session on March 10th.  This workshop enabled parents/carers to experience first-hand what their children get up to while at nursery.  It also gave them the opportunity to speak to nursery staff about the best way to support their child with his/her home learning.

The children and staff have presented many entertaining and informative class assemblies this half term. 5G enlightened us on ancient Greek gods and myths; 6Y told us all about Charles Darwin and his theory of Evolution, and Butterfly reception class sang ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm’ in Spanish during their class assembly which was all about animals.

Park Lane Primary School achieved second place in the Annual Regional Spelling Bee competition, which took place on March 28th at Wykeham Primary School. Mrs. Givans-Haynes coached a team of extremely talented pupils, which resulted in Mitali taking first place for year 3, Dylan taking second place for year 5 and Aliza achieving third place in the year 4 competitions.  Congratulations and well done!

Finally, we bid a fond farewell to Mrs. Pauline Bookal who leaves Park Lane Primary School after 17 years of service.

A very happy new year to all! The children continue to work hard during the first half of the spring term, and we are now officially half way through the school year.

Year 6 Booster Sessions commenced on Saturday 7th January.  The children in year 6 attend the English and Maths booster programme from 9am to 12 midday every Saturday; we aim to ensure they meet or exceed their target grades by the end of the school year.  The Booster Sessions ran Monday to Friday during half term and will also run during one week of the Easter holiday break.

This month we said goodbye to music teacher Abigail White, and to Place2Be School Project Manager Jemima Marriott. We welcome the following new staff members to Park Lane Primary School:

Miss Anna Kostinoudi, Year 5G Class Teacher
Miss Anduena Ahmetaj, Learning Mentor
Mrs Saima Qaisrani, Welfare Officer
Mrs Alkaben Patel, Midday Assistant
Miss Marinella Valeri, Place2Be School Project Manager
On Thursday 12th January parent/carers had the opportunity of discussing their child’s progress with their class teacher during parents’ evening; and on February 7th parents/carers were invited to join us for Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning. Place2Be spoke to parents/carers about the essential work they undertake at our school, and also about Children’s Mental Health Week.  Place2Be also held a special assembly with the whole school where they spoke about the importance of speaking to an adult or friend if you are unhappy, and the importance of kindness and how we can all make it a part of our everyday behaviour.

We’ve seen some entertaining and informative performances from our children during their class assemblies. Year 1Y read their poetry compositions, 6G enlightened us on Chinese New Year, and Ladybird gave an enchanting assembly all about fairy tales.  The Debate Club also demonstrated their formal disputing skills when they argued the pros and cons of animal testing during achievement assembly.

Our Science Team achieved third place when they competed in the semi-final of the National Science Quiz.  Year 6 visited the London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre to reinforce what they have learnt during R.E.  The biggest event of the school calendar so far this term, was Number Day which took place on February 3rd.  The children and staff were asked to wear an item of clothing with a number on it, during our ‘Dress Up For Digits’ non-uniform day.  The money raised on the day and through sponsorship totalled a phenomenal £962.30 all in aide of the NSPCC which funds valuable projects like ChildLine.

This half term the children in years 3 to 6 had the opportunity of ice skating at the LDO.  This was an experience they all enjoyed regardless of their ability on the ice.  The children from EYFS and KS1 were treated to a special Halloween Disco on 3rd November, and the whole school had the opportunity to show off their dance moves, on December 9th at the annual PSA School Disco.

There have been several curriculum trips, including year 4’s visit to the Verulamium Museum where they went on an exciting journey back in time to Verulamium during the reign of Ancient Rome.  Year 5 visited the British Museum to view Anglo Saxon treasures, and year 1 went on a scientific trip to the Bracknell Discovery Centre.  Year 3 were fortunate to take part in an onsite, science workshop about lovely light and Reception attended their first school trip to see the living nativity at the London Zoo.

Anti-bullying Week took place on November 14 to 18th and all classes participated in various discussions about this year’s theme Power for Good.  Dr Bike spoke to the children about the benefits of riding their bikes to school during an assembly on November 15th, and on November 17th the children who rode their bikes/scooters to school, were treated to a healthy free breakfast whilst Dr Bike and his team of mechanics performed safety checks and basic maintenance on their bikes.

Some of the children’s art work is currently on display in the waiting room at Wembley Central Station.  If you have the opportunity, do be sure to pop in and have a look!

During our cake sale and coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, Park Lane Primary School raised £742.38; and during our Children in Need non-uniform day, we raised £331.16.  Thank you to all the children, parents and staff for their generosity.

There have been many outstanding performances during class assemblies over the last two months.  Well done to all the children for learning their lines and to the staff for these wonderful presentations.  Two assemblies that require special mention are the KS1 Nativity and the EYFS nativity; I am sure all the parents/carers agree that the children were adorable.

On December 14th, the children sat down together to enjoy a special Christmas school dinner.  They had lots of fun as the children wore paper crowns, shared crackers and jokes whilst they ate their meals.

I enjoyed seeing so many parents/carers at the second of our Head Teacher’s Coffee Mornings for the school year.  During the coffee morning, the Brent oral health nurse spoke about maintaining good oral health and the school nurse spoke about healthy eating. 

I would like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and a joyous start to the New Year! 

Welcome back from half term! The staff and children at Park Lane Primary School have had a busy start to the 2016/17 school year.  On Friday 23rd September, Strategic Director Children and Young People, Gail Tolley made a tour of our school.  She spent the morning visiting class rooms and attended 6Y’s assembly about the importance of honesty.  Ms. Tolley was impressed with the behaviour of our children and commented on the outstanding displays in each class and around the school.

During September, the school was inspected by Ofsted. We retain our ‘Good School’ status and a link to their report, which has now been published, can be found on our website.

On October 10th the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Parvez Ahmed, attended a special assembly where he announced the school councillors for the 2016/17 school year.  He also acknowledged and congratulated the JRSOs (Junior Road Safety Officers), the Red Hats and Play Leaders.  The Mayor enjoyed his visit immensely and spoke to the children about maintaining their honesty and sincerity in all dealings, throughout their life.

I enjoyed seeing all the parents and carers who attended the Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning on 12th October.  During the meeting, parents/carers were encouraged to send their children to the various language clubs offered free of charge and run on different mornings throughout the week, from 8am.  I also enjoyed seeing all the parents/carers who attended Parents’ Evening on September 29th.  This is the first of three evenings throughout the year, where parents/carers have the opportunity to speak to their child’s class teacher about their children’s learning.

Just prior to the half term break, Park Lane Primary School celebrated Black History with a week of activities and learning. The children in each year group explored famous black people in various fields, from different eras.  The week culminated in a very special whole school assembly, and a visit from African Drummers who worked with the children in KS2 year groups.

The 2016/17 school year is now under way for students in years 1 to 6, with the children in Nursery and Reception gradually joining their perspective classes, through to mid-September. I hope everyone enjoyed the long summer break and is now enthusiastic about their return to school.  I would like to welcome all new students to Park Lane Primary School and look forward to working with staff, governors and parents/carers to ensure their children develop as independent, lifelong learners ready to face the challenges of the future.

I hope you will join me in welcoming several new members of staff to the Park Lane Primary School team:

            Zainab Moosa – 2G Class teacher

            Benjamin Mansour – 3Y Class teacher

            Jason White – 5G Class teacher

            Lucy Smith – 6G Class teacher

            Abigail White – Music Teacher, and

            Melanie Sparrow – Inclusion Leader.

A warm welcome back to the familiar faces of existing staff members and students!

It was an emotional end to the 2015/16 school year as we waved goodbye to our year 6 pupils, who are now attending High School.  We hope they have enjoyed their time here at Park Lane Primary School and wish them luck and success, in whatever the future holds.

Just prior to their departure, Year 6 attended PGL where they engaged in a range of activities designed to promote a love of the outdoors, team building and self-reliance.  The children and staff had fun participating in archery, quad biking and on the zip wire.  A PGL trip has been planned for the 2016/17 school year for students from the current year 6 classes.

During the Graduation Ceremony of the class of 2016, Park Lane Primary School bid a fond farewell to governor David Knight, who retired after 20 years of service to our school.  We thank him for all the contributions he has made during this time.

This summer term commenced with the expected anticipation of the children who participated in the Regional Spelling Bee competition.  The competition took place at Chalkhill Primary School on April 28th, and Park Lane Primary School finished in third place, with Dylan of 4G taking first place for year 4.

Children in each class have planned, planted and maintained a small garden patch at the far end of the playground.  The children have eagerly watched their gardens grow and develop from week to week, and have written about the experience during their lessons.

In April, we learned that our school has achieved Healthy Schools Status (Bronze) and is now working to achieve silver status.  Year 1 received a visit from Annamarie of Veolia on April 14th; she spoke about the importance of recycling and encouraged the children to get involved in recycling at home.

Year 6 children undertook their SATS during the second week of May.  They were rewarded with a pizza party and day out at Preston Park upon the completion of the tests.  We wish them the best of luck and look forward to their results later this school year.  Year 2 also sat tests in the last weeks before half term.  We applaud them for their performance and hard work.

Parents joined their reception aged children on May 12th, for a morning of Phonics and to learn how to support their children with their home learning.  Reception classes also learnt all about sea life when they visited the London Aquarium on May 26th.

PC Anthony Rawcliffe visited Park Lane Primary School to speak to year 6 about modern day crime and punishment.  The children in year 6 have been learning all about this subject during their history lessons.

Since our return from the Easter break, we have seen some entertaining and informative class assemblies from 2G, 1Y, 1G, Ladybird and Butterfly classes. However, the highlight for many children and staff during the first half of the summer term was the Annual International Evening.  This event provided the children with an opportunity to show off their national dress, and to showcase their dancing skills and vocal talents.  We had traditional dances from various countries including New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.  There were two keyboard performances and Mrs. Martin’s choir sang Bob Marley’s One Love and SING – a song to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  I think many would agree however, that Butterfly class almost stole the show with their rendition of Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).

The concert ended with a fashion show where children in all year levels, representing a vast array of cultural backgrounds, displayed their national attire in all its glory.  The party then moved to the school dinner hall where we were able to sample food from around the world.

A few days later on May 25th, parents and carers joined students and staff again for the PSA Summer Fair. 

We have many plans for the second half of the summer term.  Children are looking forward to their end of year class trips, students from year 5 will attend Gordon Brown Outdoor Centre and year 6 will stay at PGL.  Other year 5 and 6 students will see the West End performance of The Railway Children. I wish everyone a safe and restful half term break.

The spring term has been short, but eventful.  The children and staff have participated in several exciting projects, classes have presented entertaining and informative assemblies, and in line with what they’ve been learning as part of the curriculum, the children have attended excursions to various relevant locations.

Early in March, the school was honoured to receive a visit from a member of the Royal family when we participated in the Clean For the Queen campaign.  HRH Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, attended an assembly celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday and highlighting HM’s achievements during her 64 years of reign.  The Duke, accompanied by the Mayor of Brent Leslie Jones MBE, Councillor Mohammed Butt, and senior members of staff, joined 30 children and several governors to clean and tidy King Edward 7th Park, adjacent to the school.  Photographs taken during this momentous event can be seen on the school website.

Earlier this term, I met with the parents/carers who attended the Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning.  Among other things, we discussed the curriculum and got to sample some of the school dinners provided by our caterer Taylor Shaw.

Park Lane Primary School received a visit from the Wembley Fire Brigade to educate Key Stage 1 on how to stay safe during a fire.  Year 1 were introduced to the 7 Day Healthy Challenge, designed to promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle, when A-Life visited the school during the spring term.

Year 6 has been busy attending booster sessions on Saturdays, as part of our constant drive to raise standards and ensure that every child reaches their potential.  These sessions also took place during half term and will continue throughout the 1st week of the Easter holiday break.  Year 6 also participated in Staying Safe Workshops, which aim to assist with the transition from Primary to Secondary school.

In January, the school celebrated English week with a performance by the Hobgoblin Theatre of The Greatest Fairy Tale Ever Told.  During Maths’ week, all the children participated in maths workshops run by The Problem Solving Company, and on March 3rd, the children dressed as a character from their favourite book, for World Book Day.

During this spring term, there have been several class trips to reinforce what the children have learnt as part of the curriculum.  Both Year 2 and the Nursery have visited the Science Museum.  Year 4 attended the British Museum and Year 5, the London Maritime Museum.  Reception enjoyed a fantastic day out at Odd’s farm, while Year 3 made a tour of Wembley Stadium.

The PSA raised money towards their ‘school bus’ fund during their Valentine’s Day cake sale, and their prize draw at the Annual Easter Bonnet Parade.  The children and staff produced some spectacular Easter bonnets and enjoyed participating in the class Easter egg hunts.

We have also seen some spectacular class assemblies, with subjects ranging from Ancient Greeks, Beowulf and Moses, to Beauty and the Beast, and the Little Red Hen.  The year 4 Easter production was one of the highlights of the spring term.

This last week of term, the school celebrated Art Week.  All children, in every year level, participated in art workshops run by renowned artist Ainsley Yearwood.  The children produced amazing paintings, sketches, sculptures and masks.  Parents were also invited to attend special workshops designed for children and parents, enabling them to demonstrate their artistic talents.  Mr. Yearwood has worked with the recipients of Pupil Premium Grants throughout the term.  Their art work, along with the work produced during Art Week was on display in the school hall during the last day of term.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and a well-deserved break during the holidays.  Miss. Olive Barbulescu , our Spanish teacher, is moving on and we would like to thank her for her time at Park Lane Primary School and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours.  Please encourage your children to participate in the Readathon during the holiday period.  All money raised goes towards buying books for children’s hospice, and promotes the improvement of your child’s reading skills.

The first term of the 2015/16 school year, has been an exciting time at Park Lane Primary School.  The highlight for most staff and students was the school trip to the musical Matilda.  After studying Roald Dahl’s fantastic book earlier in the term, the children really enjoyed seeing the story come to life on the West End stage.

We have seen some amazing performances delivered by the children during the Early Years and Key Stage 1 Nativity assemblies.  During Road Safety Week, the Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) educated us on the importance of staying alert and visible when near the road, and during Anti-Bullying Week our newly elected School Councillors advised us to speak out against bullying in their assembly entitled ‘Make a Noise about Bullying.’

On December 4th the annual school disco was held in the hall, to the delight of all the children attending.  It raised almost £800 to add to the PSA’s fund for a new school bus.  We also raised £600 for Macmillan Cancer trust following a cake sale and non-uniform day.

The children have also enjoyed school trips to various destinations to supplement what they’ve learnt as part of the curriculum.  Year 5 visited the British Museum to view Saxon treasures; year4 went to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple as part of their R.E. studies.  During a trip to the Natural History Museum, year 3 learnt more about rock formations, and year 1 revised what they have been learning about parts of the body, personal hygiene, keeping healthy and feelings, at the Bracknell Discovery Centre.  The Nursery staff, parents/carers and children had an enjoyable day at Brent Cross looking at Chanukah and Christmas decorations, and earlier this month Ladybird and Butterfly classes had a fun day out at the London Zoo.  Reception classes were also fortunate enough to receive a visit from the Wembley Fire Brigade who spoke to the children about staying safe and what to do when a fire occurs.

Finally, we say goodbye to Interim Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Clare Spence and School Meal Supervisory Assistant, Mrs Urmila Patel who has worked for the school for over 33 years! We look forward to welcoming new Deputy Head Teacher, Miss Nicola Rawcliffe, at the beginning of the Spring term.

We’ve had an interesting and eventful start to the school year at Park Lane Primary School. During this first half-term, the children have produced some excellent pieces of writing in literacy, based on their investigation and analysis of Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

There have been some fantastic class assemblies from 6y, 5y, 6G, 4y and 2y, in addition to a special assembly held on October 12th, when the Mayor of Brent announced the 2015/16 school councillors.  Mayor Leslie Jones MBE awarded the councillors’ their council badges and she presented Certificates of Apprecitation to last year’s school council representatives.  The Mayor also formally congratulated the new Junior Road Safety Officers, Prefects, Red Hats, Monitors – Line Checkers and Play Leaders.

The school received a Gold Award for Road Safety and Travel Initiatives which recognises all the work Mrs. Ogbebor and her team of Junior Road Safety Officers have done to promote road safety in and around the school.  Faizan (5G) and Tara (5Y) accompanied Mrs. Ogbebor to the STARS Gold Accredited Seminar in London, where they received this prestigious honour.

Also this half term, both year 4 classes have commenced swimming lessons at Vale Farm Sports Centre.  The children in years 3 and 4 have had a fun visit to the public library at the Brent Civic Centre.  And I was happy to welcome some familiar faces and some new, to the first Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning of the school year.

On Tuesday October 20th we celebrated Happy Shoes Day, when the children and staff were encouraged to wear the shoes that make them happy and donate £1 to Living Streets.  This UK charity supports schools wanting to get more families walking to school.

During the week of October 19th to 23rd, Park Lane Primary School celebrated Black History and this year’s theme was Now and Then Black People in Time.  Teachers covered a range of subjects relating to this theme, and African Drummers/Dancers spent time with each class in KS2, while ‘Spuds and Yam’ performed with Early Years and KS1.  Children from each class contributed to the Black History Assembly at the end of the week.

Finally, the school congratulated Ms. Robson, who has given birth to a beautiful baby girl, Florence Ivy.  We also welcomed back Mrs. Wassel, but bid a fond farewell to Mr. Quinn who leaves us after almost 2 years.  Mr. Quinn will travel through some parts of Europe and Japan, before returning to his homeland Australia.

The term resumes after a week’s break, on Monday November 2nd at 8.50am.  I look forward to seeing you all then.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer holiday, is well rested and excited to be starting the 2015/16 school year.  It has been lovely to see all the familiar faces of children and staff returning to Park Lane Primary School. I would like to welcome all the new children starting in the Nursery, in Ladybird and Butterfly Reception classes, and in other year levels, joining us from other schools.

Welcome also, to our new staff members who are joining an existing team of enthusiastic and dynamic educators and carers.

Let us set and maintain a high standard at Park Lane Primary School by ensuring our children arrive at school on time, having had a nutritious breakfast and in the correct uniform.  School starts promptly at 8:50 AM so children should arrive with at least 5 minutes to spare; they can greet their friends while lining up before the school bell rings.  Children should also be collected promptly from their class teachers, at 3:15 PM (KS1) and 3:20 PM (KS2).

Parents/carers should encourage their children to complete their homework several days prior to its due date.  This will ensure children enjoy their home learning, rather than feeling the pressure of completing work under time constraints.

As we wave goodbye to the summer and the cooler months approach, it's the perfect time to sit down with your children and read their favorite stories.  Older children may wish to read to you.  This is a fantastic way to nurture a love of reading, inspire imagination and develop all aspects of literacy.

We are back here after a busy week. Well Done! To the Year 6 class for their hard work to complete all the SATs Exams. They have taken the tests in their stride and done their very best, we are very proud of them all. It’s time to also say a big “Thank You!” to all the children of the school who maintained a very calm environment during the SAT exams. Post the exams the Year 6 children took a break from the hectic exam week and went to Queen’s Park to relax and have fun.

One other major development at school has been the successful implementation of Fronter and MyMaths. We have shared the Username and Passwords to the children so that the parents and children can go and see the virtual classrooms which are loaded with activities and worksheet. We have also been rolling out the MyMaths Website so that children can access their homework online.

The next week is half term and we are back in School on 01 Jun 2015. Hope you all have a restful break and come back with the more energy as the next half term is packed with many events like International Evening, Summer Fair, Music Concert, Class Excursions, PGL for Year 6 etc….