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Dear All 

   

   Welcome back! We have missed you.

 

Kelly and I hope that you had a restful summer break and are ready for the new year ahead.

 

We are always here to help to offer emotional and practical support to parents, carers and families.

 

Kelly and I provide support and advice with improving attendance, managing behaviour, creating routines and developing positive family relationships.

 

Support for pupils who have moved from one learning environment to another or are finding school challenging.

 

Sign-posting or accompanying parents and young people to other services in the local area.

 

Assisting parents in finding work or training opportunities and organising groups to enable parents to support their children's learning potential.

 

We will support parents and families through challenging and difficult times.

 

We are always here with a listening ear!

 

Any information that is shared will be treated as confidential

 

This means it will not be shared with anyone else without your permission, except if we believe a child/person to be at risk.

 

 Kelly and I  are available to talk in the playground from 8.40 am

every morning.

 

If you would like to contact us you can call or email directly

 

KMckinnon@gascoigne.co.uk 07951-898 669 

Tues- Fri   8.00am-4.00pm

 

MAttard@gascoigne.co.uk-07496-473838

Mon-Fri    8.00am-5.00pm

 

Please leave a message and we will get back to you.

 

Hi All 

 

Please see below for some helplines & Websites:

 

Mental Health Direct Crisis Line (24 hour) - 0300 555 1000

 

Time to Talk – lists a number of support organisations with their contact details https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/help-and-support

 

Anxiety UK - https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ (03444 775774)

 

They have lots of helpful hints and tips to keep yourself well during this time via this website link - https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/

 

Samaritans (116 123)  24 hours, 7 days a week Website: www.samaritans.org

 

MIND

 

They have some helpful tips to help to plan to keep yourself well/entertained during this time. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

 

SANE

 

We are open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.Our helpline is here to support you when you feel you have reached a moment of crisis. We know that moment of crisis is different for everybody – some people can reach that point daily, and for some people it is a rare occurrence. http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support

 

Mental Health Foundation

 

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

 

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html

 

https://mentalhealthrecovery.com/info-center/developing-a-wellness-toolbox/

 

https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/blog/centre-mental-health-blog/managing-anxiety-disorder-coronavirus?utm_source=Centre+for+Mental+Health+E-bulletin&utm_campaign=dc38575011-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_SPRING_MARCH%2FAPRIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1b1a504c55-dc38575011-212069165&ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_SPRING_MARCH/APRIL)

 

https://www.good-thinking.uk/

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/sleep/

 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/anxiety/

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/moodzone-mental-wellbeing-audio-guides/

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/

Hi All

 

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the summer holidays. Please stay well, safe and happy, Kelly and I  look forward to meeting up with you all in September.

 

There are lots of things going on throughout the borough  and you can stay up to date by subscribing to the LBBD newsletter. Just visit;

 

https://mailchi.mp/lbbd.gov.uk/newsletter

 

If you want to know what activities are going on, please visit the Activities Hub which can be found at;

 

 https://oneboroughvoice.lbbd.gov.uk/activities-hub

 

or go straight to the home page and find out how you can get involved in activities, events, see the borough newsletter, find out about the Citizens alliance network, petitions, and much more. All at;

 

https://oneboroughvoice.lbbd.gov.uk

Please see attached for a copy of the latest newsletter the Gascoigne Gazette!

Come and join in the fun with Barking Carnival! Online Saturday 5th September 2020 2.00-5.00 pm

 Ukon Careers are going to deliver the Pre- Carnival Online workshops starting on 20/7/20

 

  • Week 1: Heritage week
  • Week 2: Creative week
  • Week 3:Dancing week
  • Week 4: Cooking week
  • Week 5: Drumming week 
  • Week 6: Discussion week
  • Week 7: Top tips week 

     

      www.ukoncareers.com      

Dear All 

 

Today we were sent a lovely message and photo from Ian Rider, of Molly our beautiful 'PAT' Therapy dog.

 

Ian and Molly hope that we are all safe and well. Ian and Molly are looking forward to coming back to our school after the summer holidays.

 

Kelly and I, the children and staff have missed their weekly visits and quite wait for them to return. 

 

Below is the photo that Ian sent of Molly enjoying a well-deserved rest, after playing in her local stream.smiley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molly our PAT Therapy dog having a little well deserved  rest

Dear Parents & Carers

 

Kelly and I hope that you and your family are safe and well.

 

The last couple of months have been challenging for us all but now we are slowly getting back to our new normal.

 

The Summer break will soon be here, below we have a programme of activities that you can enjoy with your families.smiley

Dear Parents& Carers

 

     smileyKelly and I have some very exciting news to announcesmiley

 

 As many of you know we have been working in partnership with BeFirst on a Creative competition for children at Gascoigne Primary School.

It was a great lockdown activity for your children with three amazing prizes.

BeFirst asked for children to create a piece of art in response to the changes taking place on the Gascoigne estate.

 

There were different activities for each key stage with an Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet prize for the best entry in each group but then more prizes were added.

 

 The talented winners received their tablets last week, and the runner ups have been sent their £50 Hobbycraft e-vouchers. We also introduced a ‘Special Mention – Landmark’ award, the recipient of this received a £50 Hobbycraft e-voucher.

 

All of the other 50 children who entered received their £10 Hobbycraft e-vouchers. 

 

Cllr Saima Ashraf arranged for Mark Noble from Westham United to buy colouring pen sets for all 57 children who took part. These will be given to the children when we return back to school in September.

 

The judges had a very difficult task of deciding who the winners would be and this took longer than they thought.

 

Drum Roll Please... 

 

And the winners are...

         EYFS

 Abulrahmaan Mohammed aged 5 yrs

 Runner up= Rithvi Vaddepally aged 5 yrs  

          KS1

 Pranav Menon aged 6 yrs

 Runner up= Jevon Dai aged 6 yrs

          KS2

Jenny Dai aged 8yrs

Runner up = Muhammed Qasim aged 8 yrs

 

Special Mention Landmark award

Liyana Hossain aged 6 yrs

 

The standard of work was simply outstanding. All of the children that entered deserve a huge pat on the back yes we have so many budding artists and designers at Gascoigne Primary school.

 

It is wonderful that BeFirst has recognised the creativity of every child who entered the competition and reward them for all the effort that they have put into the project

 

 All of the entries are on the

https://www.instagram.com/gascoigne yourplace/

And you can also download the PDF.

                                               

                                 Thank you BeFirst!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

How are you all? We hope that you are safe and well.

 

Over the past few months, Kelly and I have added lots of valuable information and links on our webpage. We hope that you have found these useful for you and your family.

 

We have continued to work from home during the Covid-19 outbreak, supporting parents and working with outside agencies in our borough through online Zoom meetings. We found this very strange at first and those who know Kelly and I, know we are very hands-on and are huggers but we have slowly adapted. Many of you have had to adapt to new changes in these uncertain times too.

 

There have been highs and lows and sadly people have lost their lives or that of their loved ones. We have all been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in many ways and experienced new and different emotions, that come over us in waves. Kelly and I have also felt that it has given us time to think and have a slightly slower pace of life. We have valued relationships and have a great appreciation of our families and each other.

 

Kelly and I are can't wait to see you and the children again. We have really missed you all and especially our coffee mornings. We know how important it is to you and us, to talk and get together, share ideas, learn new skills and make friends. It is needed for our mental health and wellbeing and when we do return, we will continue with coffee morning albeit in a socially distanced way.

 

 During the lockdown, we have seen people come together to help each other and those in need. Some of us have got to know our neighbours a little more through this time and especially during our weekly Thursday Clap Carers. Neighbours have formed new friendships and as lockdown eases, we really hope these new friendships remain just as strong.

 

 Kelly and I were sent this link on Friday and want to share this with you. It is a new project from Every One Every Day and Ikea's Live Lagom Programme. We have worked closely with them over the past few years and we were really happy to hear about this.

                               Tomorrow Today Streets

This new project starts today! it will give you and your neighbours an opportunity to start exciting new projects on your street and together make your community somewhere to be proud of.

 

Please see the link belowsmiley

 https://www.weareeveryone.org

 

 

 Dear Parents and Carers 

 

Kelly and I hope you and your family are well.

 

 

You may use this site already but if not, I highly recommend exploring it. We found it very informative. 

 

https://www.annafreud.org/

 

Take care and see you all soon

 

        Marie & Kelly

                 smiley         smiley

 

 

Hello everyone,

 

I hope you are all keeping well. An educational charity is giving away packs of 6 books to any parent or school which applies for their resources online- They are available in French, Spanish, and English.

 

They are totally free and focus on developing resilience, kindness, and emotional intelligence amongst under 7s. 

 

https://thinkequal.org/

 BeFirst Competition 'Win a Tablet!

 

Dear Parents & Carers

 

We hope that you and your families are safe and well.

 

Kelly and I have seen some of the AMAZING entries that have now been put forward for the Be First Competition. The standard of your work is excellent and you should feel very proud of yourself, as we are of you.

 

We are very lucky, the competition is for Gascoigne Pupils only, and Be First is now extending it for an extra week. If you didn't have time to finish your entry, now is the time to enter and for your chance win an Amazon fire tablet !!!!

 

The closing date is now, at 9 am on Monday 8th June!!

 

So let your imaginations run wild and create your masterpiece of the changes taking place on the Gascoigne Estate.

 

Remember, You've got to be in it to win it!

Visit https://yourcall.befirst.london/gascoigne-yourplace-competition

 

Take care and stay safe 

Hope to you all soon 

 

Marie & Kellysmileysmiley

 

 

Here's just a little reminder of what you have to do to enter the competition:

 

EYFS: Draw or paint a picture of a place in your neighbourhood that you like on your way to school.

 

KS1: Draw a map of your journey to school, with interesting new buildings, places, streets and playgrounds.

 

KS2: Make a drawing and write a few sentences describing how your neighbourhood is changing, and other ways you would like it to improve. For example: better homes, more parks, walks along the river, places to explore... 

 

To enter the competition, just take a photo of your entry and send it to communities@befirst.london with the heading "Gascoigne Your Place Competition". Make sure you include your name and age category. Entries must be submitted by 9:00 am on Monday 8th June.

 

The winning entries in each category will receive a special Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet.

 

Good Luck!

 

The full details for the competition are available below.

Note: the competition is only open to EYFS, KS1 and KS2. (It says KS3 on the form, this is an error - it should say KS2).

Gascoigne: Your Place Competition

Kelly and I would like to wish you and your family, Eid Mubarak!

Gascoigne: Your Place Competition

 

It's Competition Time - Win a Tablet!

 

We have teamed up with Be First to launch a special new competition, only for children at Gascoigne Primary School.

 

"Be First" are a regeneration company working with Barking and Dagenham Council. They are working hard to improve the Gascoigne Estate.

 

As you know, the area around our school is changing. There are new buildings, better streets and greener spaces. These changes will make the area around our school better for everyone. Now it's your turn to have your say on the changes and add some exciting new ideas of your own!

 

Here's what you have to do to enter the competition:

 

EYFS: Draw or paint a picture of a place in your neighbourhood that you like on your way to school.

 

KS1: Draw a map of your journey to school, with interesting new buildings, places, streets and playgrounds.

 

KS2: Make a drawing and write a few sentences describing how your neighbourhood is changing, and other ways you would like it to improve. For example: better homes, more parks, walks along the river, places to explore... 

 

To enter the competition, just take a photo of your entry and send it to communities@befirst.london with the heading "Gascoigne Your Place Competition". Make sure you include your name and age category. Entries must be submitted by 9:00am on Monday 1st June.

 

The winning entries in each category will receive a special Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet.

 

Good Luck!

 

The full details for the competition are available below.

Note: the competition is only open to EYFS, KS1 and KS2. (It says KS3 on the form, this is an error - it should say KS2).

Dear Parents & Carers 

 

First of all Kelly and I would like to send you a virtual hug. The past 8 weeks have been challenging but we have all pulled together in so many ways. From the adjustments we have made to a different way of life, our children being off from school, many of us working from home or not working, as well as not seeing our friend's families and colleagues.

This can cause us added stress and anxiety, we need to look after ourselves and each other.

 

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May - The theme is Kindness.

 

I have seen such lovely acts of kindness during the pandemic from neighbour's helping each other, communities coming together to help those who are vulnerable, clapping together every Thursday for our amazing NHS and Key workers, and people giving each other a phone call, just to see how they are. These are simple acts of kindness but can make such a difference to our own mental health as well as others.

 

Noosha Gibbs( Parent Governor & FRoGS Member) sent us this link below 

Thank you Nooshasmiley

 

Take a look and see what you can do for Mental Health Awareness Week.

 

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-we

              Take Care, Stay Safe and we hope to see you all soon!

 

                            smileyMarie                         Kelly smiley

               07496 473838  Mon-Fri - 07951 898669 Tues-Fri                                             

   Don't forget we are both still here for you 

 

Mental Health - Kindness Message

  Are you Missing our Coffee Morning Bingo? 

Play this Kindness Bingo game and support Mental Health Awareness Week.

Dear Parents/Carers

 

We hope you and your families are safe and well.

 

Kelly and I miss seeing you all at school and around the Gascoigne Estate. We are looking forward to the day that we can all be together again.

 

On Friday 8th May, it is VE Day: A celebration which marks the end of World War 2. It is the 75th Anniversary and normally we would celebrate with parties/gatherings and in school with activities and special assemblies.

 

As most of you know Kelly and I love a party and under normal circumstances, we would have had a VE Day Coffee morning with music, bunting, and delicious food.

 

But this year any public events are cancelled in order to obey social distancing rules. But that doesn't stop you from celebrating at home and with your own families.

 

Below is a selection of activities, songs, and recipes that you can enjoy. 

Click and listen to the song 'We'll meet again' by Dame Vera Lynn. Dame Vera sang this song as a message of hope to the troops during the war.

 

 Please don't forget, Kelly and I are always here if you need us. 

 

Stay Safe and we hope to see you all soonsmileysmiley

 

 

We'll meet again - Wartime Song - Dame Vera Lynn

 

 

Dear All, 

 

I hope this email finds you well,

 

Below is a fantastic Social Dis-Dancing Programme, so put on those dancing shoes and give it a try!

 

 This is the link you will need to join.

 

https://www.dancenetworkassociation.org.uk/social-dis-dancing-30-april-2020  

OR if in any doubt email chrissie@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk and she can help! 

 

Below is a timetable of what the day will include. 

 

 

 

 

                                                     smiley  Have Fun and Stay Safe !smiley

Dear All 

 

 Kelly and I hope you are all keeping well.smileysmiley

 

Here's a link that we feel, you may find useful!

 

www.mind.hub.org

                                           Reinforce

 

 

These action cards are designed to help you find ways to stress less, alongside gratitude and daily affirmations.

 

Pick from the selection of easy and effective actions and try to incorporate them in your daily routine.

 

You could choose to do one action card a day or once a week- it'sup to you.

 

Why not get started now and choose one action card to kick start your stress reduction.

 

 

 

 

These action cards are designed to help you to find ways to

stress less, alongside gratitude and daily affirmations.

          Dear Parents and Carers 

 

       Kelly and I hope you and your families are well and keeping safe.

       We have added a few more resources that we feel you may find useful.yes

 

       Please also remember Kelly and I are always here, just at the end of the phone

        if you need any advice or just to have a chat.smileysmiley

 

 

 

  • MindUp™ website (https://mindup.org.uk/mindup-activities/): An activities page for families that has been created to help bring mindful, positive and happy moments into the home. Doing MindUP™ activities and practices together will support wellbeing and help encourage a calmer, happier and more optimistic home.
  • Education Support website (http://www.educationsupport.org.uk/). UK’s only charity providing mental health and wellbeing support services to all education staff and organisations.
  • Anna Freud Centre website (https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus/). Resources for children and young people, parents and carers, and staff in schools and colleges.

Information Leaflet

Finance and General advice

Gascoigne Primary Family Liaison Team 

 

                 Kelly = 07951898669    Marie =07496473838

Tuesday-Fri 8.30-4.30    Mon-Fri 8.00-5.00

 

                                                              Early Help

 

  •    Domestic abuse and Sexual abuse= if you are being abused,     threatened, physically, or sexually assaulted by a partner,       or family member that is domestic violence=  Getting Help     ( In an emergency always call 999) 
  •    If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need help, you     can contact us by calling 0300 456 0174 or emailing               bdadvocacy@refuge.org.uk
  •     Refuge 0808 2000 247 247
  •     Victim Support 0208 -591 3498
  •     Men's Advice line victims of domestic abuse=       08088010327

                    

  •      E.S.OL- Judit Nahar Dibuz=0208-0903020   Ext 7540
  •      Triple P Groups- Kelly and Marie
  •      Triple P Online  Positive Parenting=Sign up today
  •      Ukon Careers -Ros@ukoncareers.com
  •      Everyone EveryDay-Rahela Begum {Project Designer}
  •      Sounding- Regeneration of Estate, Housing and Business
  •       Barking and Dagenham Young Carer's- Hannah Martin-(0208-593-4422 )  07712515517 
  •       Barking Learning Centre- General Advice  0208-0903055
  •       The Heathway Centre -General Advice 0208-2275500
  •       Food Bank Axe Street Barking= 07507648948-Bank-admin@hopefamilyuk.org  Mon, Wed, Fri 10.30-12.00
  •       Dagenham Food Bank= The Beacon 104 New RD Dagenham Wed-11.00-1.00& Sat 11.00-1.00
  •        John Smith House- Housing www.lbbd.gov.uk/housing advice and homelessness-prevention=0208 7241798
  •        Community Solution: Money and Debt problems, Housing problems, help getting a new job and new skills, children and family issues and adult social care issues -Community solutions lbbd.gov.uk
  •        Claire Coombe- Barking Riverside Employment and Skills Co-ordinator (Claire.Coomb@lbbd.gov.uk)
  •        Shpresa Programme- Luljeta Nuzi Language Ambassador Programme
  •        EERC East European Resource Centre Free Support and advice
  •        Excel Women's Centre-excelwomencentre.org.uk
  •        Studio Arts -www.studio3arts.org.uk
  •        Community Food Club = cfc.mg.op@lbbd.gov.uk-  0208 724 1924
  •        MacMillan Cancer Support = 0808 8080000 7 days a week 8am-8pm
  •        Samaritans contact a Samaritan day or night if you need someone to talk to, we won't judge or tell you what to do. Email jo@samaritans.org response time 24hrs
  •          Mind +0208 519-2122 =mind.org.uk/about-us/contact/us/   
  •             NELEFT NHS - Barking and Dagenham, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health service offers help to children and young people from birth up to the age of 18 who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and ,mental health difficulties.  nelft.nhs.uk
  •          Orangeline =St Francis Hospice for Bereavement, isolation and Loneliness= 0708 758649.              

 

     

           

Below is a link to child friendly information on the Coronavirus. smiley

 

The website is Spanish,but if you scroll down it is in English or

use the translation option

 

 https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

    Kelly and I thought this information would be useful from the BBC Online 17/3/2020

 

    Corona virus :How families can cope with Self isolating together.

 

 "Whether you are living in a massive 6 bedroom house or all sharing a smaller two bedroom flat, we are all going to feel the walls closing in a little bit more,"says Eloise Rickman, who runs courses on home schooling.

 

Feeling cooped up might have be just one of several knock on effects as more families self isolate together following the corona virus outbreak.

 

The Governments current advice is that if anyone develops symptoms,everyone they live with must self isolate and although school are currently open, the Government has warned closures might be necessary in the weeks ahead.

 

Among the families already in quarantine are Annie Ridout, 34, her husband and their 3  young children. Two of her children have developed symptoms.

 

 "Its a very weird time," she said. "We are focusing on being as upbeat as we can."

 

Ms Ridout who teacher for online courses for Free lancers and entrepreneurs, says She has created a schedule for her school-aged children.

 

" An hour of math's, my husband has been doing that in the morning. And an hour of Reading and writing. There will be creative time, art work, time in the garden, digging and getting muddy. And that will be it."

 

She says originally she planned a schedule with 30 minute chunks, but it is now less rigid and less focused on ticking off tasks each day."" We had to loosen up in terms of accepting that they are going to watch telly," she says.

 

 Ms Rickman, from South London, agrees that a schedule is important- especially for children who are already at nursery or school and are used to routine.

 

" Children really thrive on predictability, especially when life is changing around them," she says .

 But the 31-year-old, who already home-schools her children, stresses that any schedule should be more like a " Flow- rather than something strict.

 

 She suggests creating weekly or daily activities and then read the plan out or " Stick it on the wall".

 

 "Maybe Wednesday's have a family film afternoon. Or give Teenager some private time to Skype their friends," she suggests.

  

Educational psychologist Zubeida Dasgupta also stressed the importance of structure, from her home in Brighton and Hove  where she and her family are also currently self-isolating.

 

  " We know when people are faced with uncertainty or worry, having some certainties, for example through a bit structure, could really help" she says".

 

Although on the face of it, some children may feel excited about being off school, the reality is weeks-or months-on end playing Xbox and watching movies may not be as fun as we think.

 

"Its about getting a balance-having a structure and inter-grating some fun," she says.

 " It might be helpful to think about with distinguish week days and weekends."

 

 In terms of school work, some schools and teachers have already spoken about the possibility of setting work for pupils to access online.

 

The current health crisis is certainly a " Unique situation" for schooling, says Ms Rickman.

 

" For Parents who are suddenly plunged into it, i think it could be a challenge."

 

 But she adds:" I have had a few messages from families who said they have always to try home-schooling and are looking forward to ding it for the first time."

 

She says the most important thing in home- schooling is family relationships. A lot of siblings will not be used to being together all day, and "that's a lovely opportunity to build and strengthen your family relationships-but it will come with some bumps in the road."

 

She suggests parents try and carve out some one-on-one time with the children.

Thinking about the environment is also important she says- but " this is not about setting up a classroom in the living room ".

 

She Suggests making spaces for the children to do arts or craft- for example covering a coffee table with newspaper and arranging pens in mugs- an even moving furniture.

 

" If you don't want the kids looking at the TV  for  fives hours a day, think do we need to re jig the furniture? do we want to think about pushing tables back so the kids have space to run about if you have a flat".

 

"This is a time we need to prepare for our houses to be a bit messier. Having kids about all day, its going to get messy."

 

And she says learning at home is not simply replicating school at home. Its not necessary to do six hours of learning in school, she says, as lessons will be one-on-one and so more intense.

 

But its not just children who will be impacted as whole families in isolation. Parents too could find it a challenge.

 

Spending hours on end everyday with you children can be difficult, says Ms Rickman. She says the first piece of advise she would give to parents who are with their children at home is to"think about yourself first".

 

"Our children respond so much to ourselves and our leadership," she says. " Especially now when things are being disrupted. I would say as a parent the best thing to focus on before you go down rabbit holes looking for curriculum is to think about how to support yourself first because you are that bedrock.

 

"Even just opening a window  and taking ten deeps breaths, doing a tree minute meditation or writing down ten things you are grateful for. And things like limiting how much news your taking in in a day".

 

The advise for parents is also reiterated  by educational psychologist Ms Dasgupta.

 

 "People need time and space on their own", she says urging families to have conversations to negotiate uninterrupted time alone.

 

Ms Dasgupta says social contact with the outside world is also vital as well as exercise, such as going for a walk where you will not bump into anyone. If you are self isolating after having symptoms the NHS advises not going for a walk. 

 

" Being together could feel like cabin fever, not just being in the space for so long but also interacting only with people in your family" says Ms Dasgupta.

"Thank God for being able to Skype and WhatsApp." but there are positives, she adds.

 

"I suppose the positives are we can spend some time together, some nice, unhurried time. We don't have to get to places and juggle all the different commitments. 

 

" You can slow down. It can help you enjoy the moment a little bit more."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Marie and I always try our hardest to offer the best possible support for all of our families at Gascoigne Primary School and we both care very much for each and everyone of you.

 

For those of you who know Marie and I well, you will know we like to be prepared!!!!

 

For this reason should the school have to close due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, Marie and I would like you to feel reassured that we still be there for you!

 

We both would like you to know that you will still be able to contact us on our work mobile phone.

 

               smileyKelly 07951 898669            smiley  Marie  07496 473838

             Tues-Fri 8.30am-4.30 pm          Mon-Fri  8.00 am -5.00pm

         It is internet Safety Week at school and we wanted to share safety advice with our Parents and Carers.

Many children these days are using the internet for a variety of reasons. However, it's not as safe as we think it is. 

          So during Coffee morning, we had an internet safety Quiz and discussion.

              The Parents/Carers found the morning Fun, Interactive and Informative.

   

 

World Book Day is coming soon! Here are some easy and cost effective ideas, which you could make with your a children.

    smiley Young Carers Awareness Day was a huge Success!smiley

 

smiley We raised a FANTASTIC £ 376.18smiley

                         Thank you for your ongoing support 

                              

  Dear Parents and Carers

 

Kelly and I feel this was our BEST FESTIVE BAZAAR so far.

This was all down to the support, that you continue to give to us at Gascoigne Primary school.

We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU for this.

 

I'm sure you will all agree, this is demonstrated by the beautiful photo's.

 

Kelly and I would like to take this opportunity, to wish you all a family fun filled holiday and welcome you all back in the new year.

Well Done, We raised £331.38!!!! A huge Thank you to you all.

The Frog's jumped at the chance to decorate the Christmas tree, with the Reindeer's that they crafted, during coffee morning.

Drum Roll Please !!! The money we raised for Children in Need was an amazing £342.52 :) Thank you all for your continuous support.

Autumnal Crafts

Our Harvest Collection 2019 !
The Shpresa Programme
 'Bingo ' Eyes down for a Full House !

                 We had a very busy coffee morning this week, for Africian Rug Making.

        Many new parents and friends from our local community came along and joined in the fun. 

    

                    laugh Next week is 'BINGO' and there are prizes to be WON laugh 

                                                              All Welcome

    

 

Little Theo celebrated his 1st Birthday with us!
Theo and mummy blowing out the candles on his cake
Just look how busy it was today!
Lots of new friendships being made.
The rugs are looking good ladies
Mrs Nnochiri popped in to say hello
The rugs look amazing
We can't wait to see the finished rugs

   Kelly and I would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon.laugh

 

We had a great time and raised over £200 yes!!! 

 

 Our wonderful Mary, explained that she felt honoured to be asked to judge again this year and it even brought a tear to her eye.

 

 Congratulations to our lucky winners:

 

 Shay O'Conner from White Nursery, he won the tickets to Broadway Pantomine Barking.

 Leonna Warren from Year 1 Bulu class, she won the tickets to Premier Cinema Romford.

 

 We would sincerely like to thank the FRoGS for giving up their time and making the Coffee Afternoon the success that it was.laugh

Free* ESOL classes for adults.

 

*subject to status

 

at Gascoigne Primary School

 

Come to our assessment on

11th September 2019

at 9:15

Shaftesburys Site

 

 

 

Bring your passport or ID with you, please.

Dear Parent /Carers

 

smileyWelcome back !

We hope you all had a wonderful Summer break and are ready for an exciting term ahead.

 

 Starting the new term can be both exciting and worrying at the same time. Starting new classes, new routines and making new friends, can be challenging for both children and parents.

 

Please come and share any concerns you may have, no matter how big or small they may seem, to either Kelly or I and we will do our very best to work together to make a positive change.

 

     Marie Attard 07496473838   Kelly McKinnon 07951898669

 

   

 

 

   Coffee Mornings are held every Wednesday 9.00-10.00 At the Gascoigne site Living Room                                           

 

 

                                 Please see what's on the Coffee Morning calendar below 

                                           

      

 

 

    The Lucky winners of the Parent View Summer Term Questionnaire are:

 

Parent    -  Mrs Aktar Surma          Child-  Nusaibah Akol         (R Holud)

 

    Parent  -   Lesley Annor -Mensah    Child -Levi Annor- Mensah        (4 Alawo ewe

 

smileyThey have both won a £10.00 ASDA Vouchersmiley

 

     Congratulations

 

 

What a Wonderful time we had today. We all enjoyed Share a Dish and our favourite game 'Play Your Cards Right'. To end of Celebration we danced to the Macarena! Kelly and I wish you all a Safe and Happy family holiday.

Traditional Rug making, an activity at Coffee Morning Today!

Play your Cards right was such a huge success . Fun and Laughter had by everyone !!

Summer Hoildays 2019 !!

   Gascoigne School Fete 2019

 

     The Fete was a HUGE success, it was a day full of fun and laughter for the children and local community to enjoy.

 

 We raised an amazing £1,539.46, which will go towards enabling some children to attend Trewern residential activity camp.

 

 

        Kelly and I would like to Thank the F.R.O.G.S and Staff for their on-going support, without them the day would not be able to go ahead.

 

 

 

 

We were very lucky during our Coffee morning on Wednesday, as Roz from 'Ukon' came to to deliver a face painting tutorial. This was in preparation for our Summer Fete on Saturday 15th June 2019

  Marie and I alongside our coffee morning parents have been very busy over the last couple of weeks working on our" Secret Garden".

 

Many parents joined us, during our Wednesday coffee morning.. The first week we cleared the ground so we were ready for planting.

 

This week we planted vegetables and after the half term we will be planting strawberries.

 

We hope to be able to use the strawberries for our " Celebration Cream Tea" end of term event on Wednesday 17th July, which we hope weather permitting can take place in the garden.

 

It was a great team work and we had lots of fun in the process! A big thank you to everyone who came along to help with this.

 

Here are some of the comments from the parents who joined in with our gardening project.......

 

"I have really enjoyed the gardening today, I will now go home and grow something in a pot on my balcony."

Baheria

 

"It's so nice being outside, I would be stuck indoors otherwise."

Carly

 

"It reminds me of being back home in Italy. The families working together in our communal garden."

Peace

 

     The next big event is our annual Summer Fete on Saturday 15th June from 12.00-4.00pm. This year is the 4th for our fete and we are hoping that this year's event will be even more spectacular than previous years.

 

We will have a DJ, Dancing, Food Stall's, Bouncy Castle, Face painting, Snakes Alive and Games! So lots of fun for all of the family.

 

Raffle tickets will also be on sale, £1.00 per strip.

 

Prizes....

 

JD  Street Bug Scooter

Ice Skates

Beauty Hamper

Kiddy Ride along

Broadway Theatre Tickets

Premier Cinema Tickets

 

We would really like your help in preparing for this event, so if you are feel this is something you would be interested in and you can spare a little of your time, please give Marie or I a call.

 

                      Once again thank you for making Gascoigne Primary School

                                       such a great  community to be part of.

 

 

 

 

      We have had a busy few weeks at Coffee Morning.

 All working together to cook new delicious recipes.

                

                   'The Turkish Food Festival'  was a HUGE success.

                    It was enjoyed by all of the Gascoigne Community.

                  

                 Please come along to our Coffee Mornings

Every Wednesday 9.00-10.00 AM

                                            Great opportunity to make new friends

                                                               Hafa Mewa

    

 

      This is a healthy and delicious, traditional Afghan fruit and nut salad.

It was made by one of our reception class parents, Nawgis Shakevy, who 
 attended our coffee morning for the first time today.

               Nawgis explained, that the fruit and nuts are hand peeled and left to soak in natural juices.

       This dish is usually prepared for 'Norwuz' the Afghan New Year.

            

                          Dear Families of Gascoigne Primary School

         Kelly and I would like to wish you all a Very Happy 2019

 

     We were thinking of some changes that we would like to make in 2019:

 

    Kelly's is to treat everyday as a New Day and not to take troubles and worries into the next day.

 

    Mine is to use Time wisely and to Value Family Time Together.

 

           Please take a look at our new Coffee morning timetable,

we would really like for you to come along and share any changes that you might be making in 2019.

 

 

                                                 Living Joy Organisation

 

 

              We were so very lucky this year to receive the kind donation of 10 food Hampers.

                                   This was from 'The Living Joy Christian Organisation'

              Names were drawn at random and 10 lucky families received a  £10 Tesco voucher.

                      Here are two families who were delighted to receive their Hamper.

 

         

Festive Food Market 2018

 

Dear Parents/Carers

A huge Thank You to you all, for supporting the Festive Food Market .

The event was a great success and was well attended by the

 families of Gascoigne Primary school and the wider community.

                                               The Winners of the Festive Raffle 

                                                           Drum Roll Please !!!!!

 

                                                              Alexandra 5 Osan 

                                                             Shayden   2 Cas

                                                             Medansh E Verdhe

                    

 

                  Santa has arrived early with this Beautiful Festive Hamper.

                                 It is only 50p for a strip of Raffle tickets.

                 Attached to the raffle ticket,you will see a Pupil Premium Form.

 

                    Please can you complete and return it to your child's class

                       teacher, or bring it along to the Festive Food Market. 

 

                      Tuesday 11th December Shaftsburys Site  3.30-4.30  

                                       Where the Raffle will be drawn.

                                         no  Drum Roll Please ....no

                       We have raised a HUGE £504.90

                              For Children In Need 

                   smileyThank you for all your continued supportsmiley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  Hafsa will be demonstrating her skills at

                                                        ( Everyone Everyday Shop)

,                                                    55 Ripple Rd  Barking 1G11 7NT 

                                                   Wednesday 7th Ooctober ( 9.00am)

                                                  Look forward to seeing you all there.

Hafsa was a little late for Coffee Morning, but we didn't mind as look at what this creative lady made us to share.

Today during our Coffee Morning, we tried Leaf craft. The idea came from one of our many talented parents. Thank you Ms D Vaitkus, Villius and Kotryna's mummy in Green class, for the amazing idea and what a talent you have. The coffee morning parents had a great time trying to make the beautiful flowers.

Look at our Harvest Festival Table . Thank you for all your generous donations.

Harvest Festival

As we all know, there are people less fortunate who need our help. Between Monday 8th October and Friday 12th October, Gascoigne Primary School collects tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, instant mash, pasta, noodles, cereals, etc which will be donated to people in need.

To make the donation process as smoothly as possible there will be collecting boxes at the gates on both Gascoigne and Shaftesburys sites. Please drop your donations when you bring your children to school or when you collect them and help make a difference for people who need our help the most.

Additionally, your generosity will be an example for your children and it will teach them to be kind and sensible to other people needs.

We want to thank you for your goodwill and support!

Harvest Festival Donations

  We just want to say a Massive Thank You to everyone that made the Macmillan Cake Sale

2018 such a successful event.

 

                                           We raised £350.94!!!! which was amazing.

 

This would not have been possible without the children, parents /carers and staff working together.

Britain's Biggest Cake Sale in Aid of MacMillan Cancer Research

Free* ESOL classes for adults.

*subject to status

at Gascoigne Primary School

 

 

 

Come to our assessment on:

19th September 2018

at 9:15

Shaftesburys Site

 

 

Bring your passport or ID with you, please.

 

 

For more information please contact Kelly or Marie Family Liaison Practitioners.

 

on (0208 270 6805)

New Term - New Beginnings

 

Dear Parents, Carers and Children of Gascoigne School,

 

The Family Liaison team would like to wish you all a warm welcome back to school.  The new term can be both exciting and challenging and we would like to do all we can to make the new term as enjoyable for you all as possible. 

 

As some of you may already be aware two of the existing members of the Family Liaison team Anne Bragg and Marie Simpson have moved on to pastures new.  However we are fortunate to have had  Marie Attard take on the role of Family Liaison Practitioner.  Marie has worked at Gascoigne school for over 20 years so many of you may know her already.

 

Please come along and speak to either myself or Marie with any concerns you may have  and ideas you would like to share so we can continue to make Gascoigne School an incredible place for everyone to be. 

 

Kelly McKinnon & Marie Attard

Barking Carnival - Fun for all the family!!!!!

A Meal For Every One, a community lunch, for local people to come together, meet their neighbours, bring some food and share a meal on Saturday 16th June 2018 at Gascoigne Children Centre

Gascoigne 2018 Summer Fete!!!!

Oral Health workshop for Nursery and Reception Parents

Active Parent Gym

Chatting About Stuff Drop in Sessions

Community Meeting

Dear All,

Following the very tragic loss of young lives within the local community recently, we would like to come together to discuss what we can actively do to work towards making the Gascoigne/Shaftesburys Estate a safe place for all and one to be proud of.

 

We are holding an open meeting, for parents, staff, community leaders and groups to share ideas and help initiate positive change which will lead to successful outcomes for the young people who live here.

 

We would appreciate it if you were able to join us at the school on: Thursday 22nd March at 6 pm

I would appreciate it if you would pass this information onto anyone else who you feel would like to attend/be involved.

 

Together we can make a difference.

 

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Course

 

Where: Gascoigne School Shaftesburys Site

When: Tuesdays 9:15 am - 11:45 (starting 17th April)

 

This is a parenting course that runs for 13 weeks.  Each session targets parents of children between 3-18 years old from all cultural backgrounds.

 

Parents and carers will be provided with an environment that is relaxed.

 

They will enhance the effectiveness of the positive parenting skills they are already using.

 

Parents will have an opportunity to share experiences around parenting to promote positive behaviour.

If you would like to find out more information about this course we are having a taster session on Tuesday 20th March at 9:15 am in the Gascoigne School on the Shaftesbury's Site, please complete the slip on the letter that has been sent home with your child and return to school as soon as possible.

Easter Bake Sale

Gascoigne’s PTA are organising an Easter bake sale to raise funds for new resources and equipment for the children of Gascoigne Primary school.

 

 

    Tuesday 20th March

At 3:30– 4:15pm

In the Shaftesburys Dining Hall.

 

Any donations of cakes, cupcakes, biscuits or doughnuts would be greatly appreciated and welcomed (All homemade cakes will need to be labelled with the ingredients). If you wish to donate please give to your child’s class teacher by the morning of the event.

 

 

Many thanks for your continued support.

 

 

 

Coffee Morning

Wednesday 14th March 9-10.00 am

Tea/Coffee and Biscuits

 

Speaker from Participatory City to support planning and designing our Secret Garden.

Please come along and share your ideas and be part of this exciting project.

All welcome

Secret Garden

 

Over half term the first phase of our Secret Garden will take place. This will involve the repositioning of the planters and placing bark chippings on the floor, in preparation for the children to be planting flowers and vegetables in the spring.

If there are any green fingered parents/carers who would like to get involved in this project please contact Anne Bragg or Kelly Mckinnon

 

Parent toddler and baby coffee morning

 

Our parent toddler and baby weekly session are proving very popular.

Each  week during the session we have dancing, singing, informal conversation and refreshments.

Please come along and join in the fun.

 

 

 

 

Molly the Pets as Therapy Dog

 

The children have enjoyed their interactive time with "Molly" the pet therapy dog, who has been visiting the school every week.  It has been a pleasure watching some of the children who were initially wary of Molly, gain the confidence to stroke her, brush her fur and feed her treats.  During the sessions with Molly the children have been able to express their feelings. 

 

L said "I look forward to seeing Molly every week, she makes me feel really happy"

R said "Molly makes me feel happy, she makes me think of my Grandad who was kind like Molly and who has passed now"

 

A big thank you to Molly's human companion Ian Rider for giving the children at Gascoigne school this wonderful opportunity.

Baby Cook Session

Want to have a go at making healthy, freezable baby snacks? All for free!

Come along to our Baby Cook session at Gascoigne Children's Centre in Barking, this Thursday 18th January 2018 at 9:30am. Perfect if you've just dropped off the kids. Sign up here

https://www.weareeveryone.org/january-events-barking/2018/1/18/baby-cook

 

Participatory City

 

Gascoigne Primary School is very pleased to have the opportunity to be working alongside Participatory City on some very exciting projects including our very own "Secret Garden".  Participatory City kindly donated the green house that will be a feature in our garden.

 

Over the next 5 years Participatory City will work with local residents and organisations to create a high level of new activity.  Every One Every Day will work with 25,000+ people to grow a new network of 250 projects and 100 businesses.  Every One Every Day will combine the benefits of peer-to-peer co-production projects, with businesses and services - working together to improve the overall wellbeing of the neighbourhood, leaving no one behind.  Every One Every Day builds on the 'hands on' projects that people have been creating over the last few years in their own neighbourhoods.

 

So watch out for upcoming projects to participate in and through your support we will continue to make Gascoigne School the amazing place it is.

"Molly" the therapy dog

 

Gascoigne School are delighted to introduce two new members to our team "Molly" the therapy dog and Ian Rider Molly's owner.

 

Molly is a four and half year old Labra doodle who has been specially trained to work as a Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog.  This means Molly has undertaken training to ensure she has a calm and stable temperament and has proved that she is friendly and confident in all situations.  Molly is comfortable being petted and handled sometimes clumsily.

 

PAT dogs are trained to provide comfort and affection in retirement homes, nursing homes, hospices and schools.  Therapy dogs can help young people cope with emotions, disorders and developing relationships.  Therapy dogs provide an inexpensive way to assist children in focussing on their education.  They provide a comforting presence that research has shown is a benefit to children, they are very useful at encouraging children to talk and by giving the children the opportunity to read to them their reading skills improve.

 

Most adults are apprehensive when speaking in public.  It is very daunting.  Children are no different when reading to others in a group.  However when a PAT dog enters the group they often become less self-conscious and do not feel they are being judged.  Before long the children are starting to look forward to the reading experience.  The dog is a calming influence on the children, provides comfort and promotes positive behaviour, enhances self-esteem, motivates speech and inspires the children throughout the session.

 

We look forward to welcoming Molly and Ian to Gascoigne School in the New Year!

Christmas Bazaar 2017

 

The Christmas Bazaar this year was another huge success, many families attended and joined in with the festive fun.  The food stalls were very popular with lots of parents and children enjoying the home baked cakes, made by members of the P.T.A.  Many children also enjoyed visiting Santa in his grotto! and playing the games made by the P.T.A.

 

 Through organising the Christmas Bazaar the P.T.A raised a fabulous £472:71 which will go back into the School to help fund different projects.

 

The Family Liaison Team and the P.T.A would like to thank everyone for their continued support in making these community events such a success.

NEW ME MOVE MORE

Thursday 9.30-10.00am

Meeting point: Abbey Green

 

 

 Don't let  the  winter blues get you down

Turn your frown upside  down

Grab your coat and  comfy shoes

Meet  new friends  and walk away the winter blues .

 

For more information contact Anne or Kelly.

Wednesday's Coffee Mornings

 

The family liaison team are continuously looking at ways in which we can help support our parents and carers, to do the hardest job in the world raising children!

 

So we are delighted when we have a guest speaker at our coffee mornings.  Today 15/11/17  P C Scott Mahoney came to talk to  parents about issues concerning them and how to stay safe. 

 

On the 22nd November 2017 we have Peter Morgan from the healthy lifestyles team, who will be able to give parents advice on nutrition.

 

If you have a topic that you would like to learn more about please contact Anne or Kelly and we will try our best to organise a guest speaker.

 

Coffee Mornings

Wednesdays 9.15am-10.15am

Gascoigne site

 

 

Would you like to make friends?

Would you like to make a suggestion for a themed coffee morning?

Have you a talent or hobby that you would like to share with others?

Or even a favourite recipe?

 

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above please come along to one of our coffee mornings where there will be a warm welcome along with a hot drink, cakes and biscuits .

 

 

Everyone welcome!

Harvest Festival Appeal 2017

Here at Gascoigne primary school we have been celebrating Harvest Festival  by collecting dried food cereals and tinned food to donate to the Barking food bank.

This has been greatly supported by our families.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has  donated for their generosity.

Macmillan cancer support coffee morning

Well done !

Together we raised £74.53 for this fantastic charity.

May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to the coffee morning and for the PTA (F.R.OG.S) for organising .

 

School Nurse

 

Do you know about your School Nurse drop in service ?

 

It happens once a month in school where a school nurse/ nursery nurse will be there to discuss any concerns you may have for your child. These concerns can be around:

 

Height/Weight

Hearing

Behaviour

Development delays

Toileting

New or existing health issues

Fussy eating

 

Check with your school reception area for dates/times of drop in sessions.

 

Gascoigne school nurse drop in dates:

 

19th October........... Shaftesburys site

23rd November .......Gascoigne Site

14th December ........Shaftesburys Site

These sessions will be 2.30pm-3.30pm

Contact any member of the Family Liaison Practitioner (FLP) Team by completing this form.

Anne Bragg Marie Simpson Kelly McKinnon

The PTA would like to invite you to the Gascoigne Primary School MACMILLAN CANCER Support coffee morning.

@

Gascoigne Primary school

Gascoigne Site

 

On 27th  September 2017

9.15-10.30

 

ALL WELCOME

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.

Donations can be handed in to both sites at reception or you can simply bring your donation along on the day.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESOL

(English speaker of other languages )

 

ESOL Classes are due to start on the 4th of October 2017 at the Gascoigne School on the Shaftesburys Site.

 

If you would like to attend  the classes and have not  yet had an assessment on your level of English 

please contact Anne or Kelly on O208-270-6805

 

 

 

 

 

 

GASCOIGNE SCHOOL HARVEST FESTIVAL APPEAL

2nd-6th October

 

This year  we have decided to support our   local food bank   in Barking by collecting tinned and dried food.

 

Barking foodbank helps local individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplies donated by schools churches local businesses and the general public

 

We are asking all our families rally round to give items such as breakfast cereals, pasta sauces,  rice, sponge pudding , UHT milk, fruit juice , pasta and tinned meat,vegtables and tomatoes.

 

All donations can be brought to either site  when dropping your children to school.

 There will be a table on each site where food items can be placed.

May we take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your generosity  and support for this worthy cause.

 

Anne and Kelly

Family Liaison Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change4Life Programme

 

Do you want to make health changes to your lifestyle?

 

Is it time to make changes to your families' diet?

 

Would you like to learn about nutrition in a fun, interactive and engaging way?

 

 If  you have answered yes to any of the above questions please come along to the Shaftesbury Site on a Tuesday from

3.30pm -5.30pm

or for more information please contact Kelly or Anne on

0208-270 -6805

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

or

Kelly McKinnon 07951-898669

 

 

Dates for PTA MEETINGS

 

Monday  18th September

Monday 25th September

Monday  9th  October

Monday 30th of October

 

Change4Life Programme

 

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.

Ukon Carnival Celebration

 

 

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.

Gascoigne Primary School Summer Fete

 

Marcella Talks

Reminder!

 

The change4life healthy lifestyle programme starts tomorrow 3rd May on the Shaftesburys site from

3:30-5:30.

 

LOST AND UNCLAIMED UNIFORM.

 

Friday 12th of May

 

3.15-3.45

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 .

 

 

 

 

 

COMING SOON.....

Gascoigne's school Fete

1st July 2017

12-4pm

 

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

or

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.

 

Some of the amazing comment's we have received from the Creative English learner's here at Gascoigne school

 

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.”

Another amazing week at Creative English!! This week we looked at how to look for housing, we did some role play in speaking to landlords or estate agents and what we would like in our future dream houses!!! Creative English is held every Monday and Thursday from 1:15 to 3:00pm held in the Shaftesburys Dining Hall. Come along and Enjoy some fun and laughter whilst building your confidence in speaking English.

Look out for the next Healthy Eating Cooking Club and learn how to prepare healthy meals on a budget, make sugar snack swaps and healthy packed lunches for your children!!

Please visit the Mobile Green Grocer located at the front of the Shaftesburys Site every wednesday morning and at the rear of the Gascoigne site every Wednesday afternoon!!

PTA (FROGS) minutes 20/3/17

Change4life

 

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.

Fun and laughter at Creative English Classes whilst learning English speaking Skills....!!! Every Monday and Thursday, 1:15 - 3:00 in the Shaftesburys dining Hall.

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.  

A Night Under the Stars - Fundraising for 'Hope4Barking and Dagenham' - A Homelessness Charity

Gascoigne staff collecting for Hope4Barking and Dagenham - please spare some change. Thank you.

About Homelessness

Success of 'A Night Under The Stars'

Hi All
It sounds as though you all had a fantastic night and can now relate to the perils of sleeping homeless!! I wish I could have joined you but due to incubating my little baby I couldn't.
I am so proud of my team and everyone else that participated in this fantastic event and raised so much money for such a worthy cause, you really are superstar's!!!
Well done!!!
Marie Simpson
Family Liaison Practitioner

 

Big thanks too you all for your sponsors and support.
It was a experience that I won't forget, it makes you think of all the things you have in your life that we need to be grateful for and not take for granted. 
Just one night in the cold with a little sleep has made me feel sad, very tired and achy boned. I don't like to think what homeless people go though to survive on the streets in this cold conditions - it's just so sad!!
On a positive note, It was lovely to spend the evening with some lovely people, we had lots of belly laughs and giggles, we got to play netball and a bit of footy, we played Anne Braggs hard "Frog game" and "walls and ceilings" (myself and Marie wasn't no good at it -haha) and Michelle Schembri was live recording most of the night.
Thanks again everyone!! 
Same time next year Guys :)
Tanya 

 

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 .

Have a Fabulous weekend
Marie Attard

 

Well done everyone, your live videos made me laugh. My three boys and myself camped out in the front room last night because we couldn't be with you on the roof, I know it's not the same but we gave up our beds just like you. I'm so proud of all of you.
Much love 😘
Lisa

 

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 🙂
Gill

 
Thank you All! Very proud to be part of this and that we had played a small part in helping the most vulnerable.
Well done Kelly and FLPs for organising such a worthy event; I am also very mindful that I have other options available to me like a warm home and comfortable bed ..... but many don't.

Jo

 

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟🌟⭐️🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️
Kelly McKinnon

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Coffee Morning

Christmas Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar

 

 

Christmas Bazaar

 

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.

Would you like to join a Adult cycle club? Come along to our Coffee morning 25/11/16 @ 9:15 in the FLP room on the Shaftesburys site for more information.

Christmas Bazaar

To celebrate the festive season Gascoigne Primary school is hosting a Christmas Bazaar for the children and families.

 

When:

Friday 16th December 2016

 

Time:

3:30pm to 6:00pm

 

Where:

Gascoigne Dining Hall

 

Price:

Free!!!

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

 

Kind Regards

 

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

 

Music BY

Ruth Aguilera

Local Barking and Dagenham west end performer

 

 

When

Monday 17th October 2016

3:30 – 4:30pm

 

Where

Shaftesbury’s Hall

 

Price

£1 per adult and 50p per child

Please purchase your tickets from the school office on both sites. Light refreshments will all be provided.

If you would like to thank any member of the Family Liaison Team please click on the link below.

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

ESOL CLASSES

(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

 

 

Coffee Morning

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

9.15 -10.00am

ALL WELCOME

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.

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