Winter Candyland this Friday 9 December 4:30pm – 6.30pm

Preparation for Winter Candyland is now in full swing.   Your £1 entrance fee includes a welcome drink, a visit to Santa’s grotto (and a present) and entrance to the games room and the legendary snow pit and disco.  Timings to see Santa are at the end of this post.

In the meantime we need:

  • help setting up.  If you are able to help please put your name on the sign up sheet in the lobby.  We need people to help set up from 2.30pm on Friday, help on stalls and help clear up afterwards
  • cakes and biscuits (ideally star shaped!) on the day
  • to borrow fairy lights (preferably battery operated) and extension leads. Please email us on if you can help
  • your raffle stubs or unused tickets.  Please give these back to Andrea.  The raffle will be called the following week in assembly
  • donations of jolly jars for our jolly jar tombola.  Please give them to Andrea in the lobby.  You should have received a letter about this already.  There’s also a poster and example in the lobby (along with some spare empty jars) and to inspire you further here is a picture of some gorgeous jolly jars already made by a Cygnus parent








Timetable to see Santa

Nursery                  4:40

Cygnus                    4:50

Delphinus               5:00

Andromeda             5:10

Ursa                          5:20

Aquila                      5:30

Draco                       5:40

Columba                  5:50

Orion                        6:00

Perseus/Heracles  6:10

Thank you!

Cygnus and nursery picnic photos

It might seem a while ago now (hopefully that means everyone is settling in nicely!) but here are some photos to remind you of the fun that was had at the Cygnus and nursery welcome picnic at the start of term – taken on Cygnus’ very own camera:

Photos from International Evening last Thursday

What a wonderful evening it was with delicious food, fabulous performances and inspirational poetry (of course it was National Poetry Day as well).   The event raised around £500, which will be donated to the Syrian refugee cause.   A big thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success.  Here are some reminders:

International Evening – Thursday 6 October 5pm – 7pm – performance times

A reminder that Tufnell Park Primary School’s renowned International Evening is this Thursday 6 October at 5pm until 7pm.   Come and enjoy a feast of culinary delights from around the globe and please bring a dish of food to share if you can.

As well as delicious food from around the world there will be fabulous performances of international entertainment from each class.  Make a note of the following performance times for each class so that your child arrives in good time and you don’t miss the show:

5.30pm     Delphinus

5.40pm     Andromeda

5.50pm     Ursa

6pm           Aquila

6.10pm     Draco

6.20pm     Columba

6.30pm      Orion

6.40pm     Perseus

6.50pm     Heracles


Food spectacular at the Family Feast

DD jolly farmers of Tufnell Park get ready for dinner.

Do you think salad’s on the menu?

Family Feast on Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day in just about every way. Abundant crops, glorious sunshine – perfect for washing muddy spuds in tubs of cold water – and many hands available to share the work: all great ingredients for camaraderie.

Thank you, everyone who came along.  And thank you, particularly, to the parents and staff who first designed a four-country menu around the veggies that the children had grown, and then set us all to work on the day. (Of course, they themselves worked hardest of all.) It was so much fun, and the meal was absolutely delicious.

Perhaps best of all, this cross-cultural gardening and cooking project – an HSA Learning Treat, made possible by grants from Thames Water Community Fund and Santander Community Fund – has helped inspire ongoing gardening and cooking at the school as part of the curriculum next year.

In advance of the full gallery – these things take time! – here are a few images that capture the times we had.  Thank you, Fiona Cushley, for the pictures.

Further news from this blog is that the author has officially changed: we’re incredibly grateful to Rachel, mother of Francesca, for stepping up as blog-master so that Leonie can retire after three years at the keyboard.  In fact, Rachel’s been writing the HSA posts since Easter as part of a seamless handover, and will take sole charge from now on.  Please help her out by sending in your photos… we always, ALWAYS need them.

Family Feast this Sunday

This Sunday 17 July, come to school and help the children pick and eat the vegetables that they have been growing all term. Family and friends are welcome.  Wear clothes suitable for gardening that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.

In the school hall we’ll use the vegetables to prepare food from Turkey, Somalia, Bangladesh and the UK.  Snacks, drinks and extra ingredients are all provided.

The plan is as follows:

10am ish: kids harvest vegetables

by 11am: cooking will have started

12:30ish: we hope to begin eating

13:30ish: clearing up

Here are some photos of the vegetables being planted, where it all began:


This Sunday 10 July is the last day for fun run donations online

There is a lot going on at Tufnell Park Primary as we near the end of term.  In all the excitement of the summer fair on Saturday 9 July, don’t forget to make any final fun run sponsorship donations by the end of Sunday 10 July, when the website for payments closes, which you can find here.

With gift aid we have almost reached the £3000 target – it would be brilliant if we could exceed it so that we can organise even more learning treats for all pupils.

Once again we are grateful to photographer Juliette Neale for capturing the whole event – a gallery of her fabulous photos will follow as soon as possible.  In the meantime here is a selection of our wonderful runners in action…


Get your skates on

2 fast approaching deadlines:

First, the summer fair is on Saturday 9 July.  We need lots and lots of bottles for the bottle tombola – anything in a bottle, from nail varnish to champagne to bubble bath to ketchup.  Anything in a bottle will be gratefully received. Please leave them with Andrea on reception in the school lobby.

Remember also to bring in your raffle ticket stubs and cash this week so that you don’t miss out.  We can also sell any unused tickets so please return any you may have.  Again please leave them with reception in the school lobby.

We also need more gazebos and people to help set them up, as well as the rest of the stalls, so do come along from 8.30am on Saturday 9 July, the morning of the fair itself, if you are able to lend a hand (for as long or as little as you want, you don’t have to stay all morning).  

Secondly, there is just less than a week left to pay fun run sponsorship money online.  Sunday 10 July is the last day for sponsorship donations so remember to make them here before it’s too late:

Off they go

Off they go



Sign up for the summer fair

Saddle up to prepare for the summer fair.  The sign up sheet is now in the lobby/reception – if you are able to help please put your name down for the slot that suits you either helping to set up the stalls, or running the stalls for an hour or more during the fair itself or clearing up afterwards.

Never too young to lend a hand

Never too young to lend a hand


The next (and final) meeting about organising the summer fair will be on Friday 1 July right after morning drop off.  Please meet in the school lobby/reception if you want to help.

And last but not least please remember to bring in your raffle ticket money and raffle ticket stubs so that you don’t miss out on the day…