Anne Bragg Marie Simpson Kelly McKinnon Sid Slaney
Autumn Term 2017
The Family Liaison Team would like to say a warm welcome back to all of our Parents/Carers Children and Staff at Gascoigne Primary School.
We have lots of new and exciting events planned for this term.
So watch this space!
Our Parents and Teachers Association otherwise known as the F.R.O.G.S have now been established for a year and meet every other Monday at 1.20pm on the Shaftesburys Site.
They are always looking for new members to join this innovative team and bring new ideas to help raise money to support all children in our learning environment.
If you would like to join the team please come along to one of the meetings or contact
Anne Bragg 07496-473846
Kelly McKinnon 07951-898669
Dates for PTA MEETINGS
Monday 18th September
Monday 25th September
Monday 9th October
Monday 30th of October
The 12 week change4life programme will be coming to an end next Wednesday 26/07/2017.
The feedback from parents who have participated in the course with their children has been really positive. The aim of the programme was to help families make healthy changes to their diet by learning about nutrition in a fun, interactive way engaging with all the family.
In week 9 the children and their parents learned how to prepare and cook a healthy meal.
These are some of the comments from the children and their parents.
"I did not know healthy food could be so yummy"
"Cooking with mum is fun, I like choosing healthy food for my dinner"
"I have really found this course helpful, it has taught me how to get my daughter to eat healthy food, she is now choosing to eat healthy snacks rather than just eating chocolate or crisps.
The next change4life programme will be in September 2017. Please contact either Anne Bragg or Kelly McKinnon for more information.
Fun at the Fete 1st July 2017
The children, their families and lots of members of staff enjoyed a fun filled day of entertainment on Saturday at our 2nd annual summer fete. This year proved to be an even bigger and better event than last year.
There were many highlights of the day but I think most of the children would agree that their favourite part was watching the ice bucket challenge.
This year's event was organised by our fabulous P.T.A the F.R.O.G.S Family Representatives of Gascoigne School who are already busy planning next years event.
The event raised a fantastic £1555.00 that will go towards creating a secret garden for all the children to enjoy. A massive thank you to all those who came along and participated in the fun.
If you would like to be involved in helping to organise next years event and supporting the children of Gascoigne School, please contact either Kelly or Anne via the school office.
The change4life healthy lifestyle programme starts tomorrow 3rd May on the Shaftesburys site from
LOST AND UNCLAIMED UNIFORM.
Friday 12th of May
There will be some tables in the playground by the gates in the year 3 and 4 playground with unclaimed uniform.
This will be an opportunity for parents to look for items their children may have lost or be able to take items their children may need.
Our children continue to lose items of clothing so please wherever possible try and mark their clothing with an indelible pen.
Thanks as always for your support .
Gascoigne's school Fete
1st July 2017
Gascoigne PTA (FROGS) are pleased to announce that we are now in the process of organizing our annual school fete.
Following feedback from last years fete, this year we are now in a position to offer the hire of tables to parents.
If you would like to hire a table please contact
Anne on 07496 473838
Kelly on 07951 898669
This will be at a cost of £20 per table and on a 1st come basis.
SO HURRY AS SPACES WILL BE QUICKLY SNAPPED UP!
Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities
On the 26th of April 11 parents received certificates after graduating on the strengthening families strengthening communities programme.
This is a parenting programme delivered over 12 weeks which is sponsored by the Race Equality Foundation .
There are plans for a new course to be run in September.
New date to be advised in due course.
EASTER CAKE SALE
On Wednesday the 5th of April Gascoigne's PTA (FROGS) held a cake sale to raise money for the school. It was a huge success with many parents donating cakes and others coming along to buy them. The amount raised was £200.66.
MAY WE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIAPTED IN THE EVENT.
Shiza Hossain – “I have liked every part of the Creative English classes especially meeting new people from the school and the wonderful teachers (Facilitators). I have so much more confidence in speaking in English to new people and the acting we have done has been very funny and enjoyable. I wish this class ran 3 days a week! I have used my new skills when booking GP appointments and asking for things I need for my children when they have been ill at the pharmacy. Now this class is nearly finishing I would like to do an ESOL class to make my English even better and better.”
Nadia Sultana – “This class has been very good for me and my family and it’s also very good for mothers like me. As a housewife, I stay at home a lot but now I go out more and have improved my English. At home I speak to my husband only in Bengali and a little bit of English with my children. My daughter used to always tell me that I can’t speak English well but now she is impressed that I have got better. When I help my children with their homework it’s important to me that I can read and understand English. This is why I want to learn English more and more, I would like to start an ESOL class in September.”
Nazeema Rafeek – “I have gained so much confidence in speaking English from this class. I would like to start an ESOL class to improve my speaking, reading and writing skills especially now that my son will be starting secondary school in September. As I have six children and I am a housewife, I need English skills to manage my household. I make sure that my children are getting a good education and it’s important to me that I can support them with their homework and attend parents meetings. I feel upset when I can’t help my children with their homework this course has helped me improved my confidence in helping my children more.
As I am pregnant, I was recently unwell and visited Newham hospital to get help. I found it easier to explain my symptoms and how I was feeling with the doctors and nurses after all I have learnt in creative English.”
Boby Ray – “I would like many more English class to improve my speaking skills. This class has helped me so much and it has been fun. I can understand English well but I lacked confidence in speaking English. When I am in class I talk in English only but when I am at home not so much. My child would like me to speak in English a lot more at home and since I started this course I have gradually improved. I work as a TV news presenter for Bangla TV but I only speak in Bengali whilst at work. I feel that improving my English skills will improve my home life as well as my career. I’m a lot more confident approaching strangers in shops like when I go shopping in Tesco or Westfield to ask for things I want.”
Minnat Zahan – “I enjoy this course so much, I love the acting and the crafts we have done. My children are surprised that I can speak to them in English a little more.”
Gascoigne Primary School is delighted to announce that we have teamed up with change4life (as seen on TV) and as a result of this we are running a 12 week after school club for children and their parents.
The change4life program provides an opportunity for children and their parents to learn about nutrition and exercise through participating in fun and enjoyable activities, aimed at promoting a healthier lifestyle in and out of school.
The club will begin after the Easter Holiday and will start on Wednesday 3rd May from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Shaftesburys site.
If you would like to register your interest please speak to a member of the Family Liaison Team.
Easter Bake Sale
Gascoigne's PTA (F.R.O.G.S) are organising an Easter bake sale to raise funds for new resources and equipment for the children of Gascoigne Primary School.
The event will take place on:
Wednesday 5th April
at 2:45 - 4:15
In the Shaftesburys Dining Hall.
Any donations of cakes, cupcakes, biscuits or doughnuts would be really appreciated and welcomed (All homemade cakes will need to be labelled with the ingredients). If you wish to donate please give any cakes to your child's class teacher by the morning of the event.
Many thanks for your continued support.
"A night under the stars"
Following our recent charity event "A night under the star's", we are delighted to report that the event was a massive success.
The staff who camped at the gate in their sleeping bags every morning were a big hit with the children; as were the assemblies and classroom debates. This helped with the children's learning and made the event a real talking point in our school community.
We are proud to announce that we raised a massive £3488.67 in aid of Hope for Barking and Dagenham homeless charity and the children are now able to identify with the plight of the homeless.
Gascoigne Primary School would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your generosity; the event would not have been successful without your support.
Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities
Myself Kelly, Anne and David McFarlane a targeted support worker for the borough are currently mid way through delivering our third Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Programme.
Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities is a 12 week inclusive parenting programme. This culturally sensitive programme is structured with an introductory session and 12 weekly three hour sessions, and presents information within a cultural framework to address the needs of a variety of different ethnic and cultural groups. This programme addresses violence against the self(drugs, alcohol), and violence against others (child abuse, domestic violence, crime, gangs) through five curriculum component areas; Cultural/Spiritual Rites of Passage, Enhancing Relationships, Positive Discipline and Community Involvement. All developing strong ethnic, cultural, family and spiritual roots, a positive parent-child relationship, and life skills necessary for functioning in today's society.
Here are some of the comments from parents who have participated in previous SFSC courses:
" This course has changed my perspective, I am now more focused and better equipped to deal with different situations. Anne & Kelly have helped me to think more about what is right, and what I am doing, so thank you guys, it was a wonderful time we spend together."
"I have learned a lot from this course and achieved lot's of things. Anne and Kelly were the best and still are the best! we shared lots of things and respected each other and made lots of friends and worked as a team."
"The course has helped me to have a strong bond with my child".
If you feel you would like to take part in this amazing course, we will be running the course again in the Autumn. We will let you know a date and time as soon as we have finalised the details.
World Book Day Friday 3rd March 2017
We will be celebrating world book day on Friday 3rd March by asking the children to come to school dressed as a character from their favourite book. So it's a good opportunity to get creative, we will also be having a swap shop in the phase 1 hall on Thursday 2nd March from 8:30-9:30 am where you can come along and swap old fancy dress costumes. We look forward to seeing the children dressed as their favourite book character on Friday!.
Week beginning 30th January 2017
The issue of homelessness is being placed firmly in the spotlight at Gascoigne this week, as members of staff prepare for an extraordinary challenge in order to raise both awareness and money.
In aid of the local organisation that provides a shelter for the homeless (Hope 4 Barking and Dagenham), a number of members of staff will brave freezing conditions next Friday, and spend one night sleeping on the roof of the Shaftesburys Site!
Pupils have already been busy learning about the challenges faced by people who live on the streets, and are producing work in response to this important social issue. Look out for members of staff collecting money around the school this week.
At Gascoigne, we pride ourselves on our commitment to equality and social justice. We kindly ask all our local community to donate generously to this very worthy cause.
What a Brilliant Night !!!!One to remember and memories to really Cherish.
It just shows what an Amazing Team we have at Gascoigne and how we all can pull together for such a Worthy cause ( Hope Homeless Charity)!!
I also learnt, that i have quite a skill for netball!!! but am terrible at Anne Braggs Frog game ,sorry guys!!!!
A Huge Thank you to all those who organised the event .
Well done everyone. Sorry I had to pull out at the last minute but if I'd left my teenager by himself all night, I may not have had a home to come back to! 🙈😂
Fantastic effort from everyone. So proud 🙂
Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement.
For those of us on the roof I think we will all take something different away from the experience.
For me it was the fact that i was in a safe environment amongst people i know, however it felt very strange!!!
Being away from everyone and everything that provides love, security and comfort for me.
I have been able to come home have a shower and be warm, not having to look for somewhere to wash or think about where I am going to sleep tonight or how cold it is going to be.
I think we have all done an amazing job of raising awareness of the plight that many homeless suffer and hopefully lots of money for Hope for Barking and Dagenham.
Please can you email me any photos taken during the night as the Dagenham Post want to do a follow up article for this weeks issue.
Once again thank you for making this happen⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟🌟⭐️🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️
Coffee Morning 13th January 2017
Today at our coffee morning we had the pleasure of welcoming over 20 parents; for some it was their first time of attending.
We welcomed Alex Jones who came to talk to us about healthy lifestyles and the healthy programmes that the Borough provides for all families to access.
The parents decided that they would like a healthy lifestyle programme to be run at Gascoigne School.
Details of this programme will be confirmed and advertised on the website as soon as possible.
A big thank you to all the parents and children who came to support our first Christmas Bazaar. A great time was had by all!
We raised a £135.00, which will go towards resources for all of the children at Gascoigne Primary School.
The bazaar was largely supported by our newly formed Parents Teachers Association: F.R.O.G.S (Family Representatives of Gascoigne School) their support contributed to making it a successful event.
Would you like the chance to win a netbook for your Child?
Come along to our coffee morning @ 9.15 on 2nd December in the FLP room on the Shaftesburys Site for more information.
To celebrate the festive season Gascoigne Primary school is hosting a Christmas Bazaar for the children and families.
Friday 16th December 2016
3:30pm to 6:00pm
Gascoigne Dining Hall
Festive food, Arts and crafts, Games and Prizes to be won!!!
Keeping Fit and Healthy
As part of our aim to increase well-being within the community, we will be offering a four week exercise taster session for all parents at the new Shaftsburys Site after half term.
Classes will begin on Monday 7th November at 9.30 am - 10.15 am and run for four weeks.
Please select the classes you wish to attend by completing the form which can be obtained from the office on either the Gascoigne Site or the Shaftsburys Site and returning it along with payment. Each session will cost only £3.00 per person.
Please note we need a minimum of 8 people to attend for the sessions to run so please make sure you register by Friday 4th November.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us
Family Liaison Practitioner Team
Monday 7th November - Zumba
Monday 14th November - Legs, Bums and Tums
Monday 21st November - Zumba
Monday 28th November Tummy Toning
Our Coffee Morning 21st October 2016
During our lovely coffee morning today, one of our many topics of conversation was how the parents view the school, here are some of their comments: All of the Parents felt there had been a big improvement in the school and many of the parents felt although the school had been good in the past they had really seen an improvement !
They said they had seen an improvement in their children's learning, the environment had improved dramatically and the parents felt that they were able to move more freely around the school when dropping the children off and collecting them .
They also felt the playgrounds were inspiring for the children now.
They particularly liked the way the parent's consultation was held this year and the fact the children were part of the process. They felt it was helping the children to take ownership of their learning.
They also commented that they had seen an improvement in their children's behaviour and thought the Stay on Green Policy had contributed to this due to the fact it provided consistency through out the year groups and the children knew what behaviour was expected of them.
Have a fantastic week off and the Family Liaison Team look forward to welcoming you all at the next coffee morning on Friday the 4th of November.
The FLP Team presents an afternoon of music from Black origin to celebrate Black history month 2016
Local Barking and Dagenham west end performer
Monday 17th October 2016
3:30 – 4:30pm
£1 per adult and 50p per child
Please purchase your tickets from the school office on both sites. Light refreshments will all be provided.
Parent View Questionnaire
Your views are very important to us and we are keen to know what you think of the school.
The only way of doing this now is to complete Ofsted's online questionnaire.
Please click on the link below.
Tours for the new Shaftesburys School site
We have arranged dates for parents to have a tour of the new school site. If you would like to attend please meet at the Reception office at the Shaftesburys site on the appropriate date.
Monday 10th October 3.30 - 4.30 Nursery & Reception
Tuesday 11th October 3.30 - 4.30 Years 1 & 2
Thursday 13th October 3.30 - 4.30 Years 3 & 4
Friday 14th October 3.30 - 4.30 Years 5 & 6
(English speaker of other languages)
If your first language is not English would you like to learn English?
Gascoigne School(Shaftesbury site)
If you have not already signed up for the Barking and Dagenham College ESOL course please contact a member of the Family Liaison Team to book your free assessment.
The assessments are taking place on Tuesday 27th of September between 9.00 - 11.00am.
The assessment will help ascertain what level you are at and what course will best suit your needs.
You will need to bring your passport or proof of residence documents so you can register for the course.
Please not that even if you have attended ESOL classes at Gascoigne school you will still need to be assessed.
Please note that there are no crèche facilities available.
Anne 07931 649 253
Kelly 07951 898 669
Marie 07951 898 165
Sidney 07496 824302
The Family Liaison Team would like to invite you to the Gascoigne School MACMILLAN CANCER Support coffee morning.
The Shaftesburys site
On 30th of September
Tea /Coffee & Cake
Every coffee/tea and cake sold helps give someone facing cancer the support they need to feel more in control of their life from the moment they are diagnosed through treatment and afterwards.
To help raise even more money please donate a home-made or shop bought cake that we can sell on the day.
Please come along and support this worthy cause. It will be a great opportunity to meet other parents.