Fresh & Fruity Sport Relief raises £107.00

A little help from our local business friends... the fantastic guys at Fam on Fortess Road (aka "Best Greengrocer In the World") were super-generous with their donation for Sport Relief.

A little help from our local business friends… the fantastic guys at Fam on Fortess Road (aka “Best Greengrocer In the World”) were super-generous with their donation for Sport Relief.

Despite a grey and chilly day that seemed to call for hot chocolate and pies rather than fresh fruit platters, there was still joy to be had at the snack stall after school today.

The call for healthy food brings out the genius in parents…  those frozen yoghurt cupcakes fooled many a hungry child!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped to organise and who donated food.  £107.00 for Sport Relief represents a whole lot of snacks sold (214 portions, to be precise) and a lot of sourcing and chopping.

Parents! Please Pop for Childnet this Friday

What’s a trip to the cinema without popcorn?

The eagerly-awaited Tufnell Park kids’ Animated Film Show is to be held in the hall after school on Friday 12th February, only 50p per (adult) ticket. We need supplies of healthy snacks for families to nibble as they watch.

Fruit kebabs are a massively popular choice at our new healthy snack sales.

Fruit kebabs are a massively popular choice at our new healthy snack sales.

Specifically, if you can, please donate popcorn, fruit kebabs and small sandwiches for sale before and during the event.

All proceeds go to Childnet as part of Safer Internet Week.




Staff vs pupils football this Friday afternoon

Tufnell Park Primary School Fair 11th July 2015

Our staff have got the passion… but have they the skill and the stamina to beat the kids’ football teams?

An exciting attraction has just been announced at Friday’s Football Fundraiser: our girls’ and boys’ football teams will be competing with each other and with a specially-convened staff team to see who really does rule the pitch at Tufnell Park.

It promises to be unmissable! Get over to the hall after school, grab yourself a snack from the healthy snack stall or smoothie bar and get out in the playground by 3:45pm to see the short-but-ferocious tournament.  All in excellent fun, of course.

Guess the Lucky Number – you’ve got just three days!!!

What's in the box? Come along on Friday and see if it's YOUR Lucky Number.

What’s in the box? Come along on Friday and find out if it’s YOUR Lucky Number.

Have you seen the amazing prizes on offer in the lobby of Tufnell Park School?  Restaurant meals, cinema tickets, footballs and keepers’ gloves,  gift vouchers and swimming sessions… Get down there in the next three days and make your guess – at £1 a go, they’re practically giving them away!

It’s all in aid of raising money for our school’s fantastic football teams. The winners will be announced at the Football Fundraising Friday at the end of this week.

Come along at 3:30pm for snacks and games, put in a bid for the signed photo of the Arsenal squad (auction at 4:00pm), and find out if your number came up. With this many prizes, you’re almost bound to win.

How cool is school?


They’ve got everything an artist needs: pencils, blank paper and time.

“It was wonderful to see all the children so engaged,” said one parent who attended the launch of Tufnell Park’s latest Learning Treat at assembly this morning. “I had to leave for work but I wanted to stay all day!”

The mystery subject is an ITC-based project that will have all the children from years 1-6 involved in making their own stop-go animation films.  The 10-second shorts will be screened at the end of Safer Internet Week, on Friday 12th February (last day of half term), and the show is open to all families for 50p a ticket, to be donated to Childnet.  It’s after school at 3:30pm: put the date in your diary, because it’s already sounding unmissable.

Before then, help from parents and carers is needed to get all those movies made.  If you’ve got any time on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th or Thursday 28th January and you’d like to be part of it, please contact the HSA and we’ll let Ms del Pozo know.  You certainly don’t need to be any kind of expert – the animators from Film & Video workshop are running the project, and will tell you all you need to know.

Great result for Children in Need

The school welcomed a lovely new head for the day today - very generous with the Head teacher's awards.

The school welcomed a lovely new head for the day today.

Well done, Tufnell Park!

The grand total for our fundraising efforts on behalf of Children in Need came just a tenner short of £400 today.

The after-school snack sale and balloon cartooning brought in £162, despite being crammed into the lobby as the weather turned unreliable. During the week, “Guess the number of sweets in the jar” plus the madly popular “Head for a Day” draw raised £228 (£227.78 to be precise).

Thanks to everyone who contributed cash, cakes, time and effort – particularly Diane, for her tireless all-weather ticket-selling at the gate.

What the HSA Committee talked about…

…on Tuesday 20th October.

Who’s thinking about Christmas already?

Recognize the School Hall? It will be JUST LIKE THIS at Winter Wonderland (maybe).

Recognize the School Hall? With your help, it will look JUST LIKE THIS at Winter Wonderland.

The HSA, of course. And it’s to be an Alpine Christmas this year: discussions for Winter Wonderland – after school on Friday 4th December – have begun, and they involve pine trees, gingerbread, sausages, sledges, and jolly old St Nikolaus, aka Santa, ho ho ho.

Lou (mother of Frieda in Delphinus) and Bev (mother of Jasmine in Orion) have already started organizing and will welcome loads of help and suggestions. Winter Wonderland planning meetings are:

  • Monday 16th November at 8:00pm in the Tufnell Park Tavern (contact us to confirm before you come as evening committee meetings sometimes change)
  • Friday 27th November at 2:00pm in school

Before that, Friday 13th November is a Fundraising Friday for Children in Need. HSA Co-Treasurer, Carolyne, volunteered to lead on this one, and we can expect a reprisal of the super-popular “Head for the Day” competition, plus biscuit and spotty balloon decorating after school… and an old-fashioned cake sale, too.

Learning Treats were also up for discussion. The committee approved £1,500 to spend on an ICT Learning Treat during Internet Safety Week in February, culminating in an ICT fair for parents and a Fundraising Friday for Childline. Ms del Pozo (teacher, Columba Class) will lead for the school. Caroline (mother of Nina in Aquila and Annika in Cygnus) had an exciting additional suggestion for a (free) project based on mobile technology developed by a friend of hers, who would lend the necessary equipment and also take part. Thank you, Caroline – she and Ms del Pozo will take discussions forward.

The HSA usually funds three Learning Treats in a year and is very much guided by the school’s priorities. Gardening & Growing is likely to be the second project, already part-funded with a grant from Thames Water’s Community fund.

Reading for pleasure is the theme of a third probable Learning Treat. Reading and writing are of course core priorities for our school and the HSA is researching writers who might work with all the children to write and create their own printed book, with copies available to read in every classroom. Please get in touch if this inspires you – anyone out there friends with Jacqueline Wilson?


  1.  The HSA still very much needs a Fundraising Friday co-ordinator for the rest of the year. Please consider it if you’re interested in getting more familiar with the school but you don’t have a massive amount of time to commit. It’s the same job as being the cake sale person, really. You’d need to be free for hour or so after school on one Friday each month, plus have time to pop in for a quick advance chat with the fundraiser (teacher or club) a week or two beforehand, to check what they’ve got planned and that it’s all underway.
  2. And co-Chair Mags is still lonely at the top… could you see yourself in a co-Chair role? Occasional availability during the school day (which could be just at drop-off or pick-up) is probably the most important criterion at present – plus, of course, a desire to help the school. You don’t need to know how any of it works (yet), because Mags has plenty of that knowledge to share.
Our kids are so brilliant at running - let's let them run!

Our kids are so brilliant at running – would it help them to do more of it?

Finally… there’s a school in Stirling that’s caused a nationwide stir by implementing a “daily mile” run for all their children, every school day. Several parents have forwarded the suggestion of trying this at our school, where a mile – which sounds long – is just eight laps of the annual Fun Run course. The benefits to children’s health are demonstrable and teachers feel it improves their concentration, too. Fitting it into the school day is another matter but the HSA is certainly keen… watch this space.

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!