All around the World Book Day…

Our bold leaders set the tone for a fantastic fun Book Day.

Our bold leaders set the tone for a fantastic fun Book Day.

What a day it was! The classrooms thronged with characters sprung from an enormous range of reading materials. Everywhere there were children comparing notes on who they were and where they came from. Talking about books… it’s the whole point.

The after-school poetry and music event zig-zagged through the world from England through Bangladesh to Turkey, Somalia to Columbia and Wales to Georgia, returning only for pretzels from Germany and an English jam tart.

If you’d like to delve deeper into our twin themes of world food and language, take the time to go and examine the wonderful, witty food-related art displays in the hall that were created just for the occasion.

And thank you, everyone who contributed snacks for the international snack sale, which made £196.93.  That’s a Tufnell Park Snack Record.

Before we close the cover, let’s flick once more through the day’s events…

We’re singing… and dancing… in the rain

...with apologies to Mr Flatley - but our magnificent staff will stop at literally nothing to raise a smile despite the pouring rain.

All this, and they can teach, too!  Mr Flatley, it’s not too late to get your PGCE…

It was certainly the wettest International Evening in the school’s history tonight, but the show very much went on.  A quick very-wet-weather plan meant that all the food, drink and entertainment occupied a network of corridors and classrooms: the crush was considerable, but the joy and excitement undiminished.

Thank you: all you spectacular cooks; everyone who helped organize, set up and run the event; to the Holloway and Acland Burghley students who worked so hard and generously to help everything run smoothly; and to the wonderful performers.  Thanks, too, to the iPhone snappers who sent their pictures to the HSA for us to share.  There will be more to come.



School fun goes global

Dish it up! Think of home and bring along the food you like(d) best.

Dish it up! Think of home and bring along the food you like(d) best.

This Wednesday, 16th September, it’s one of the school’s favourite events of the year: International Evening, 5-7pm, with food, songs and dancing from around the world.

To help you get to school before your child performs, please see the timetable below. Performances later in the schedule may run slightly late but…

…to prevent that happening, classes need to assemble 10 minutes before their allotted performance time.  Anyone bringing a child, please try and be prompt.

And everyone needs time before the grand finale to travel the culinary continents in the playground and load their plates high. No need to panic, though! There’s always been plenty of food to go round…



Andromeda 5:10
Ursa 5:20
Aquila 5:30
Draco 5:40
Columba 5:50
Orion 6:00
Perseus 6:10
Heracles 6:20
Surprise finale 6:30

*Cygnus and Delphinus do not perform.



Bingo Ker-chinggo!!

The cash registers are now shut to further sponsors of this year’s Weight Loss Club. Congratulations to our healthy eaters, who brought in contributions of £710.50. With Gift Aid, that represents a total donation of £825.63 towards materials for our soon-to-be revamped lobby and corridor.  Thank you so much to everyone who donated.  We also owe a massive thank you to the lovely Kim in Cygnus, who has sourced Jewson’s vouchers worth £400.00 to buy paint for the project.

And the fundraising fun goes on…  Anyone with a child at the school should find a flyer in their PACT folder today, looking a lot like this:

Fun and food for all ages after school this Thursday.Come along! There are prizes for adults and children, plus parents and families across the school are donating delicious international fare so that we can provide a plate of food for every ticket holder. There’s even a small kiddie-craft area for those children who aren’t Bingo fans.

As if all that weren’t enough, you’ll have the chance to sneak preview the Tufnell Park Family Cookbook, to which so many of you contributed recipes from around the globe. Bring cash and order your copy on the night (kerchinggg!): perhaps you’ll be cooking Tadjine Zitoune with Yorkshire Pudding by morning.

And all that lovely cash? It comes back to our children in the end, of course, so everybody wins.

Tufnell Park School loves to cook…

Glossy biscuits for cook book

Is it a fish? Is it a biscuit? It’s certainly a work of art…

…so please try to get those recipes to us by Tuesday 24th February (aka TOMORROW) for our International Evening school cookbook. Don’t forget to tell us if there’s a story behind your contribution – we’d like to include as many of those as we can. In case you’ve mislaid the form, it’s right here:

Cook Book recipe form – print out and bring to school.

When you’ve filled out that one, don’t put your pen down! This week is also your chance to let us know what you want from the redesign of the school lobby and long corridor.  The design teams will be gathering up feedback forms at the end of the day on Wednesday 25th February (THIS WEDNESDAY). Have your say now – download the form here:

Love Your Lobby feedback form – print out and fill in

What the HSA Committee talked about…

…on Monday 9th February 2015.

Yum! We just couldn't wait for next International Evening to eat it all again...

Yum! We just couldn’t wait for next International Evening to eat it all again…

Family bingo is definitely going to happen! It’s a fundraising event planned for Thursday 19th March, 5:30-7:30pm (the second-last week of term), and it’s going to be something of a feast too. We know from our International Evenings what delicious fare our school community can cook up, so we’ve put the word out for donations of dishes from around the world to feed bingo night, too. Many families have already responded with an enthusiastic, “Yes, of course!” Please contribute if you can.

As a further celebration of our community and its food, we’re putting together a cook book of recipes from International Evening. The plan is to sell copies at bingo night, so you can run home and recreate the fantastic food you’ve eaten. If you’ve got a recipe and need our form, download it here: Cook Book recipe form – print out and bring to school.

Other events, closer at hand, were high up on the Committee’s agenda. Straight after half term, on Tuesday 24th February, we’ve got a wonderful Learning Treat that’s been dubbed the Big Think. The Philosophy Man is coming to school for the day, working with every class and with teachers, too, to get everybody thinking.

Posters are going up after half term, and look out for the schedule in PACT folders, too.

Posters are going up after half term, and look out for the schedule in PACT folders, too.

Then it’s Bring a Parent / Carer to School week (2nd-6th March), and HSA co-chair Fiona unveiled a week’s worth of related activities: special assemblies on Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th March (come if you can), plus World Book Day on Thursday 5th.

Children are invited to come dressed as a favourite character and talk about it after school at our “Just-a-Minute Character Challenge” in the hall, where there will also be a cake sale. Parents get their chance to speak, too, at a multi-language poetry session. If your native language is not English and you’d like to take part: let us know.

Both the cake sale and the dress-up day will raise money towards the Rural Libraries Project, providing books for children in Peru. Ms Heery will tell us all about it at assembly on World Book Day.

Other items on the packed agenda were: discussions about the music Learning Treat we hope to provide this year, an update on our Give & Gain projects, some new fundraising opportunities and, yes, a very hopeful look at some fresh options for that whole-school Trip of a Lifetime! It really is going to happen, and there will be news soon.

Next HSA Committee meeting: Tuesday 10th March.



Great big world in one little school

We're thinking of bringing in a new school uniform... for the staff.

We’re thinking of bringing in a new school uniform… for the staff.

It was International Evening at Tufnell Park Primary School tonight and in due course, we hope to have the photos that really do it justice. The performances, the feasting, the festivities, the grand finale – it was absolutely brilliant. Here are some quick snaps, meanwhile, to keep you going.

And in case you wake up on a big sugar LOW on Friday, don’t forget that there’s a cake sale after school to raise money for props and costumes for the school’s Shakespeare production. You can see the performance – Romeo & Juliet – at the Pleasance Theatre on Monday 13th October.  So eat up for art and help buy a bodice or two.

The fun has only just begun

DSC_1266 we loved the mathmagician tooIf your home is all a-warble with Maori songs and Italian nursery rhymes, it’s likely a harbinger of Tufnell Park Primary School’s much-celebrated, eagerly anticipated International Evening – this Thursday, 25th September, from 5-7pm.

The children are rehearsing songs and dances, and families are cooking up a feast from every corner of the globe that’s represented by our school community. As for the staff, it’s always a mystery what they’re up to for this event – but we know it will be worth waiting for.

There’s a £4.00 door charge for adults only; all children come in free and once you’re inside, there are no further charges. If you’re able to contribute a dish that reflects your own origins – UK included! – it will be very welcome.

But everyone is just as welcome with or without one.

Stop - check that diary! It's International Evening this Thursday at Tufnell Park School.

Stop – check that diary! It’s International Evening this Thursday at Tufnell Park School.