Let’s put the world in “World Book Day”

World Book Day 2016 colour poster for websiteWe know Tufnell Park’s a magical place, right?  But even so, it’s not every day that you meet Pippi Longstocking, Pocahontas, Aladdin and an Oompa Loompa before you even reach the school gates. THAT only happens on World Book Day.

Great characters have been created in every language: let’s see how many our children recreate when they arrive at school on Thursday.

This year, we’re using World Book Day to celebrate the variety of literature, language and culture available to our children through their own school community. There will be a mini-festival after school with children and families reading poems and songs in languages from around the worldplease contribute if you can (contact us in advance, or just turn up ready to read).

Lawrence of Arabia, you are massively welcome here.

Lawrence of Arabia, please come again this year!

The snack stall at the event is also going global in celebration of our community’s multi-national roots (and frankly, ‘cos Tufnell Park LOVES an international feast!). Again, please donate snacks or finger food if you can.  The money raised will be used for a gardening and international cooking project for children and families during the summer term, and you’ll hear more about that on Thursday afternoon, too.

Screaming success for Fundraising Fridays

Welcome to Tufnell Park!

Welcome to Tufnell Park – dead or alive!

The whole school pulled together to make a massive success of the first Fundraising Friday.

Donations from Halloween dress-up raised c. £180 (final figure tbc), while the afterschool sale of Spooky Snacks, plus “Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin”, brought in a giant £223.93.

What a truly incredible effort, resulting in at least £403.93 to be shared between Cygnus class and the playground supervision team, who are going to buy toys and games for children’s break time.

Thank you so much, all you super-creative parents and families, for helping the children produce fabulous outfits, and for providing truly spooky snacks for sale. Take a good, long look at the gallery of photographs from school assembly, plus snaps from the playground before and after school (below).

Yeuuucccchhhh! Get your pennies ready…

Is that a vegetarian sausage?  All tastes catered for at Cygnus Spooky Snacks stall.

Yum! Can’t wait to see the vegetarian option.

Has it come to this? Looks like we’re selling body parts to raise cash for classes…

…and indeed, frankfurter fingers will be among the Spooky Snacks on offer at the after-school not-just-cake sale in aid of Cygnus class this Friday, 23rd October.

Of course, the kids eating them will probably look the part, as it’s also a Halloween dress-up day to help raise money for playground toys. There’s many a young witch or ghoul will be dying to get their gnashers into one of these.

Stand by tomorrow evening for photos – if you dare… (and please send some, if you take them): WO-A-HA-HA-HA-HAAA!

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?