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Friday Flier - 11th March 2016
Our new ducklings
Dear All,

Here are the new additions to Class IV

Seven little ducklings were born in the office this week under the caring and watchful eye of Pam, and to the delight of everyone.

We have named them ( in order of appearance ): Bubble, Chick-pea, Squeak, Sunny, Cracker & Sparky (the twins) and little Neo.

They are all absolutely gorgeous and have very different personalities .

Some of them were ready for their first play-date today , and went to visit Class I and II this morning. This was followed by a quick dip and paddle in the water and then an afternoon nap.

The ducklings are domesticated Pekin Ducks. They are very sociable and grow rapidly! They are farmed for eggs and meat and also make great pets ( you can house train them!).

They will be spending the weekend with Ms Freeman who will be thoroughly enjoying herself!

All good wishes for a joyful Spring!

Ms Freeman
Tuesday 15th - Kindergarten support group; 7.30pm
Wednesday 16 - Apple Tree Kindergarten Parents' Evening  7pm
Friday 18th - Class VIII Project Presentation; 6pm
Monday 21st - Class I, II and III Parents' Evening 6.30pm
Wednesday 23rd - Kindergarten End of Term Festival
Thursday 24th - Class I to VIII End of Term Festival 11am

Saturday 16th - Work day
Monday 18th - Summer Term Starts 8.30am (doors open at 8.15am)

Please refer to the website before phoning the office for dates.
All dates regarding the school are available at:
Jumble News
They came... they saw... they jumbled.

One down, one to go. Another successful jumble is under our belts, thank you to all of you who donated, sorted, sold, bought and baked. We made a magnificent £1256.79 and with the money that we get from Clothes Aid, we should break the £1300 mark.

It was a funny one this time, quite quiet and you kept us guessing on the food front - at 9.45 on Saturday we only had a plate of biscuits but, you came through again and we had a fantastic spread, with the very welcome addition of freshly baked waffles (thank you Claudia). 'Til the next time ladies and gents.

Jo + Lindsey xx

Please please can we just remind you for the next time, we cannot sell dirty, ripped, paint spattered, mouldy stuff... we are not that kind of recycling - we need to maintain a reputation for good quality, good value items or our customers won’t come back and this is a great, fun, fundraiser for the school.

Thank you
 Parents' Evening Classes I to III

Dear Parents of Class One, Two and Three,

The parents' evening on the 21st of March will consist of a joint Class I, II and III meeting in the Nave at 18:30 with the topic of Literacy.

Each Class teacher will then hold their own class parents' evening in their classrooms.

We look forward to seeing you all there,

Warm regards

Ms Mellor, Miss McCarthy and Mrs Ramelow
Facilitation Group
As you know the school is currently advertising for a new Principal.

In the meantime the Trustees have set up a Facilitation Group, the  members of which were elected by College. They are Anna Retsler, Sarah Newby and Jane Akuwudike.

The role of the Facilitation Group will be to ensure the mandates  are running smoothly.  We will publish an up to date list in the coming days.

The College of Teachers.
Questions or Concerns
If you have a question or concern about any aspect of the School, please speak to the person directly responsible for the subject of your concern. Normally this would be:
  • Concerns about teaching or aspects of the education – your child’s Kindergarten or Class Teacher,
  • Concerns about general administrative aspects of the School – the School Administrator Angelita Ravizzoli,
  • Concerns about general financial aspects of the School – the School Bursar Helen Smither,
  • Concerns about safeguarding – the school designated safeguarding lead Angelita Ravizzoli. The deputy designated safeguarding lead is Elena Oliver Andres.
To make an appointment with a member of staff or the facilitators please contact the school office: 020 7226 4454
Communication Policy
The school's new Communication Policy was published yesterday. It's available from the website:  or you can download it directly from here:
An Invitation from Class VIII
Please come to celebrate the hard work of our Class VIII, free tickets available from school office.
Summer Fair - call for performers
Contact your class rep, or
Research Paper
Television Viewing Habits and Sleep Disturbance in Small Children

Download this report by clicking on the image above, or here. (PDF)
Islington cycling at Easter
Islington Council are running a range of free cycling courses for children over the Easter holidays. 
  • Beginners (age 5-12) for children who can't yet ride without stabilisers
  • Bikeability Level 1 (age 5-9) teaches bike control skills off road
  • Bikeability Level 2 (age 9-12) get the skills to ride safely on road
They will be running the courses at four different venues in N19, N1 and NW3. For full details and to book, click here.

For adults
If you’re a beginner (or an improver) and want to practice off-road to learn to ride a bike, you can do a free adult weekend courses. There are even some places available this weekend (12/13 March) for beginners and improvers (Level 1). And for more advanced cyclists wanting to improve their on-road skills, you can book individual training.

For families
To learn how to ride together as a family, you can book a family training session.

All together
Explore the borough on an Islington By Bike ride. There are two rides on Friday 1 April setting out at 10am from Rosemary Gardens and Elthorne Park. There’s a rest stop halfway and you should be back by noon. These family-friendly rides are run by Islington Council and led by qualified instructors. Free of charge, but places are limited, please book in advance here.

Looking for a bigger challenge?
Islington Cycling Club are staging a 100km bike ride that starts and finishes in Finsbury Park. The ride is called The Italian Job and it takes place on 12 June, the same day as the Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling! You’ll go out to Hertfordshire as far as Little Chalfont and be back in time for the festival. It costs £9 and you can enter here.
Woodlark Duo
Tickets available here
The Bird Book - this Sunday 13 March
Sunday 13th March, 2pm at Greenwich Steiner School

One Moment In Time  presents The Bird Book  a storytelling show with puppets and props performed by storyteller and puppeteer Bronia Evers. 

This is a public performance open to all, and hosted by Greenwich Steiner School.

About the story: A great adventure across continents featuring two small puppet boys who journey in an air balloon to follow a rare Osprey as it migrates from Africa to Britain. Featuring hand crafted puppets, storytelling, live accordion music and lots of joining in! 
'"Magical, enchanting storytelling and puppetry. Beautiful handmade sets and puppets - thank you for this very special show" - audience member at Lifeways family conference, Emerson College 2015

About One Moment In Time: A London-based puppetry and storytelling company formed in 2006 by Bronia Evers and Gerry Spiller. We tell stories in schools, theatres, libraries, festivals and at private events around Britain. 

Suitable for everyone age 3+

Tickets £10 per child, siblings £7.50
Adults go free. Discounts for groups of more than 10 little ones.

For bookings, e-mail, or pop in the school's office.

For more about The Bird Book, visit our website:
For details of the event :
Futon or sofa wanted
Mulberry Bush Kindgergarten are looking for a small futon or mattress or a soft rug to create a cosier corner in our Kindergarten.

Big pillows are also welcome. If you have something that could help please email Julia via the office.

Thank you
Community Notices

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See for more details, but much lower rates will apply.

Email for more information.

My Aunt rents out her traditional lakeland stone cottage in a remote valley in the Northern Lake District for aprox. £600 per week.

It has 3 bedrooms - a double, triple and a bunk bed room plus sofa bed downstairs. Open fire in sitting room and large kitchen with amazing view. The cottage sits at 1,200 foot above sea level so you are up in the hills (and the weather!). From the door it is a 3 to 4 hours walk to the summit of Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England. Call 07973 294 766 or email
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