Totems Ahoy! + Carlee’s Cause

A native of Tufnell Park celebrates our new playground installation

A native of Tufnell Park celebrates the  addition to our playground.

Which segment did YOU create?

Which segment did YOU create?

This week saw the final installation of the totem poles our children have been crafting with artist-in-residence Claire Bevacqua. And what a tremendously cheerful addition they are: as fun to look at as they were to make!

Meanwhile, one of our Cygnus pupils is intent on spreading a different sort of sunshine with her fundraising effort this coming weekend. As you can read on her “Just Giving” page, Carlee’s Mum spent some time in the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital when she was pregnant. Now, with a sponsored cut of her long hair, Carlee is helping to give something back to the hospital and to The Little Princess Trust. Support her efforts by clicking here, or donate £10 by texting MVRF90 £10 to 70070.

This notice appeared in the window of Cygnus class last week...

This notice appeared in the window of Cygnus class last week…

Dig for Victory!

Him again!  But he's shrunk...

Him again! But he’s shrunk…

Many hands – and spades – really did make light work this morning, as parents turned out in numbers to help dig the foundations for the ceramic totem poles our children have been making since half term.  The artist-in-residence, Claire Bevacqua, will be finishing the job over the next couple of weekends.

Thanks a million to everyone who came to help. Having so many people made it just a half-hour job, and everyone was able to get on with their day.

She means business.

She clearly means business.

Maybe plant some potatoes while you're there?

Maybe plant some potatoes while you’re there?

What a line-up.

It’s a dream line-up along the Juniors’ playground.

Amazing Clay + World Book Day

2photo 1 photo 1 photo 2 photo 4 photo 5There’s superb ceramic work going on in the mobile as, class by class, the whole school gets involved with Artist-in-Residence Claire Bevacqua’s totem pole project.

On Thursday 13th March we need volunteers with spades to pitch up at school at 9:00am and help prepare the ground for the nine totems being created.

Before that, though, there’s World Book Day to think about! Next Thursday, 6th March (or 7th March for Cygnus children), every child is invited to dress as a favourite character and donate £1.00 to the school.

While you’re searching for inspiration, don’t forget the Delphinus & Heracles cake sale tomorrow! “The Incredible Book-Eating Boy”, anyone?

Tufnell Park School goes mad for maths

IMG_0357If you think of yourself as an “arts person” or a “maths person”, think again!  Perseus class are working with artist Veronika Seifert on an absorbing maths-based art project, facilitated by Acland Burghley school‘s Community Arts Co-ordinator, Basil Olton.

Perseus class's young artists - or are they mathematicians? Both, of course!

Perseus class’s young artists – or are they mathematicians? Both, of course!

Intrigued? The results will be displayed in the school reception area in a couple of weeks time – with luck, in time for NSPCC Number Day, Tuesday 3rd December.

On Number Day, we will be fundraising for this vitally important children’s charity with a slew of maths-based events, including a Dressing up with Digits costume day (£1 to participate), maths challenges involving our teachers and, we hope, a very special visitor to the school…

Watch your PACT folders and this site – there’s more news to come!

Sunflowers in the rain

It's raining - but there's plenty to smile about!

It’s raining – but there’s plenty to smile about!

A whole field of sunflowers moved to Tufnell Park today! Thanks to a TPS parent’s contact, our gardening club was invited to St Pancras to adopt plants left over from garden designer Ian Drummond’s stunning “Living with Nature” exhibition (now closed – but you can read about it). The sunny plants should be appearing around the school from Monday. Our kids were joined by a Ham & High photographer – so look out for a picture in that paper next week!

Did that man in the middle not get the memo?

Did that man in the middle not get the memo?

TPS gardening club with their new flowery friends

TPS gardening club with their new flowery friends

Tufnell Park kids get creative

Heracles class make memories at Tate Modern

Heracles class make memories at Tate Modern

Thanks to Ms Khan’s quick initiative, Heracles class were the first school group to take advantage of Tate Modern’s new Art Exchange programme, two weeks ago. A parent from the school made the connection, and Year 6 leaped in to spend a day working on the themes of history and memory at the gallery. They’re currently the featured school on the Tate’s website.

Beautiful plant and seed collages by TPS gardening club

Beautiful plant and seed collages by TPS gardening club

Meanwhile, up in Highgate, the school’s gardening club made their mark at the Highgate Horticultural Society’s annual awards: they scooped the Junior Competitors’ Award of Merit as well as 1st prize for their vase of mixed flowers. On our re-vamped Links page you can see more of the seed collages they also created.

And if there’s any site you’d like other parents to know about, please let us know and we’ll post a link.