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Family Liaison Practitioner Team

Come along to our Coffee Mornings and Join in with our fun weekly activities.

Every Wednesday 9-10AM

Gascoigne Site (Family Liaison Room)

Coffee Morning 30.3.22 Easter Craft Activity


smileySchool Nursesmiley


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:





Development delays


New or existing health issues

Fussy eating


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


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                20th April ....Gascoigne Site

                12th May .....Shaftesburys Site

                       6th June ….. Gascoigne Site

                15th June ....  Shaftesburys Site


These sessions will be 2.30pm-3.30pm




Any concerns or require support/advice, you can contact the


 smileyUniversal Children’s Team on = 03003001813.smiley                      

Coffee Morning (23.3.2022) Mr Reynolds PE Lead Promoting Ladies Cricket, Play Your Cards Right and a Wellbeing Clay activity.

Coffee Morning 16.3.22 Bingo and B&D College promoting a 'Motivational GOALS course'

Take a look at the Gascoigne Gazette!

Coffee Morning 2.3.22 Henry's free Healthy Families Programme & 9.3.2 Interactive Workshop, Can we make Gascoigne Road a Happier, Healthier and Safe place?

Can we make Gascoigne Road a happier, healthier and safer place?


Give us your views on how we can make Gascoigne Road a happier, healthier and safer place to walk, cycle and live. 

The Gascoigne Road project aims to explore how we might create a more harmonious use of a stretch of the road transforming it into a safer and more attractive environment for pedestrians and cyclists. This project is one of several open space and street improvement schemes that are planned in the neighbourhood, following the successes of Phoenix Park.

We are keen to hear from residents, schools, community facilities, businesses and people who use the road, so that we can identify the key concerns and work with local people to understand how we might make it a happier, healthier and safer place to be for all.

The aim of the project is to improve the setting of the educational and cultural buildings along the street through planting and surface improvements including:

  • improving pedestrian and cycle experience for school children, parents and residents moving through the area
  • better connecting east and west Gascoigne
  • creating new play space and safer routes for children and carers adjacent to school entrances
  • improving air quality adjacent to school entrances, and
  • improving the quality of the public realm and helping to improve perceptions of the area.

We will deliver a programme of engagement throughout March - June. This will include workshops, door knocking, on-site pop-ups and public consultations. Together we will create collaborative concept designs and recommendations to showcase and share possible solutions for the future of Gascoigne Road.

Get involved 

Come along to share your ideas on how we might make Gascoigne Road a happier, healthier and safer place to live, walk and cycle.

  • Join us at the Parents Coffee Morning at Gascoigne Primary School on Wednesday 9 March, 9-10am, to hear more about the project and take part in an interactive workshop.
  • We have a pop-up stall on Wednesday 9 March, 2-5pm on Gascoigne Road, find out more about the project, share your insights and ideas on how we can improve the road.

To find out more about the project, please visit:

Look at our Raised Beds and New Planters! A BIG THANK YOU to Tessa & Samantha from Wates, Neil Parkins and Getjar Colleages. You have transformed our playground!

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We hope that next year, Colin can play in Assembly and inspire our the children of Gascoigne Primary school.๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Winter Edition of the Gascoigne Gazette,

Henry ! Healthy Start Bright Future. The Healthy Families Growing up programme is free to join!

Downwell Demolition Challenge 2021 !

Residents Advisory Board


Ever wanted to design the ideal home? Or perhaps the perfect neighbourhood?

 We’re looking for local people to help us design the homes, spaces and places of the future. 

 We believe that engaging with residents is the key to designing better homes and future spaces, in our aim to develop an environment that nurtures community and wellbeing for all. We’re seeking to set up a Residents Advisory Board to give a voice to residents who are interested in shaping the future development of the borough, through a programme of exciting co-design activities and workshops.  


 You’ll work with a range of industry experts to explore what 21st century living looks like, and how it will be affected by our changing patterns of living, working, and socialising, in the delivery of the Baking and Dagenham Ideal Home Design Guide.

Together we’ll set new standards for high quality, affordable housing and exciting, active and sustainable neighbourhoods.

 For this to work, we need you!


 We’re seeking to recruit 20 local residents from across the borough, who best represent the culture, diversity and vibrancy of Barking and Dagenham to join the board. You don’t need any previous experience, just a passion for change, enjoy developing ideas with others and willing to get stuck in! 

Initially, were seeking to run 5 x 2 hour online workshops between January and March 2022 focused on the design of the “ideal home” culminating in a physical workshop where we’ll get together to celebrate your development of the Barking and Dagenham Ideal Home Design Guide. 


 We appreciate the fact that you’ll be giving up time to take part so for each session you attended you’ll receive a £20 voucher!


 If you’re interested in getting involved please register your interest at or email or call 020 7112 4828 by Wednesday 15 December 2021


Start the new year by taking part in something new and exciting! Further information about the Residents Advisory Board can be found here: Residents Advisory Board | Your Call Be First London


Come and Join our Coffee Morning Family ! Every Wednesday 9.00-10.00 am, Gascoigne Road Site Dining hall.

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Dear Parents & Carers


Below is the e-newsletter that was sent out last week to residents and stakeholders on our Gascoigne mailing list.


We are currently recruiting for new members for the Gascoigne Residents’ Forum, the deadline for Expression of Interests has been extended to Friday 1st October.


Please see attached for an information pack with some more details of what is involved and required.


Gascoigne Residents interested in joining will need to complete the Expression of Interest here:


Gascoigne Residents' Forum | Your Call Be First London


 Dear Parents & Carers


Please click on the PDF below to find out the latest information on ESOL Classes.

Assessments 15.9.21 and 22.9.21 at the Shaftsbury site.

Please bring your passport / Home office ID with you.


  smileysmileyDear Parents & Carers


Kelly and I would like to say 'Thank You' on behalf of Gascoigne Primary School for your continued support throughout the past year.


Many of us have had to overcome challenges and work in different ways, one of them being home-schooling your children during the pandemic, which we are aware that some of you may have found challenging.


Kelly and I would like you to know that we are always here with a listening ear for whatever you may wish to talk to us about.  We will always try our very best to help you and your family.


We would like to say 'Thank you' to everyone who joined us for our end of term coffee morning in Phoenix park and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back, fingers crossed when we return to our weekly Coffee Mornings in September.


Wishing everyone a safe and happy holidaysmileysmiley


                                    Marie and Kelly




    Celebrate 'The Phoenix Park '

        Abbey Road Barking


         (Saturday 31st July 21) 12-4 pm



Dear Parents and Carers


smileyPhoenix Park, Come along and join in the fun! 


 Where = Phoenix Park, Abbey Road, Barking, IG11 7DA

 When = Saturday 31st July, 12-4pm


Join in for music, entertainment and free activities to celebrate the new Phoenix Park. The Gascoigne Residents’ Forum supported by Be First is hosting a community fun day for all. 


It will be a fun-filled, informative afternoon for the whole community to enjoy.

You will have the opportunity to meet the Gascoigne Residents’ Forum members who helped create the park and find out what it has to offer. Talk to a green fingered expert about getting involved in communal growing in the park, and learn how you can be involved in the future of the park.

You can break a sweat with games of table tennis, and fitness challenges in “The Challenge Zone”. Children can take part in a drawing competition, play giant chess or join other visitors in learning more about the selected plants in the park and how to care for them.


Please register for a FREE ticket in advance via Eventbrite. Ticket allocation will be on a first come first serve basis.yes


Also share your Gascoigne memories and sign up for the Gascoigne Heritage Tour taking place at 1.30pm. Only 12 spots available so if you fancy taking a stroll around Gascoigne, taking in the views and learning about the rich history of the area you can sign up in advance at


Coffee Morning held at the ' New Phoenix Park', Abbey Road


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Dear Parents & Carers


smileyThe summer holidays are only a few weeks away.

Click on the link below and find out what fun activities you and your children can do to keep busy and active over the summer break.smiley

LBBD Summer Brochure!

           Ukon Careers Carnival Workshops

  Only 40 places available

  Please contact



Workshop (1) 17.6.2021- 3.30-4.30 Mask making

Workshop (2)   24.6.21 - 3.30-4.30 Mask making

Workshop (3) -  25.6.21- 3.30.-4.30 Soca Dance

Workshop (4)-  2.7.21- 3.30-4.30  Soca Dance



     Kelly                   Marie 

       07952898669        07496473838


 We would like to say  

'A BIG THANK YOU' to Alan Knight and Team at the Downwell Group.

Who kindly donated Hi Vis Vests to the children at Gascoigne Primary School.


Dear Parents & Carers


Welcome backyes


We hope you all had a great Easter break!


                   laughCompetition Time !laugh


We are currently working with UKON Careers and would like to invite the children to take part in an exciting competition!


UKON Careers would like the children to design a Poster for Barking & Dagenham Carnival 2021. The winner will have their design featured on the poster. 


This is a great opportunity for the children of Gascoigne Primary School to showcase their amazing talent and creativity!


Poster specifications:


  •  Leave a White Sponsors Logo strip at the bottom of the page.
  •  Size A4
  •  Context: must include that it is a 'Free Event'
  •  Please submit two versions of the poster one with text and one without.
  • Add UKON Careers Social media platforms.
  • Poster artwork should be based upon Carnival theme you can refer to


.Only finalists and the winners will be notified. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.


 Entries must be emailed to no other form of submission will be accepted.


  Please add your name and contact details with design.




                                Good Luck Everyone!


                                  smileyKelly & Mariesmiley

  We are part of Healthy Schools Programme 



       Click on the link below at some great

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    We would like to say a big


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                                                                         Together we raised 



Wear Something Red and Help Support Comic Relief ' Red Nose Day 2021'

 On Friday the 19th March we will be supporting Comic Relief by asking Staff and children to wear something RED. 


If you would like to make donation and help the many charities, both in the UK and around the world which Comet Relief support.


Please click on the link below.






    smiley Thank you all for you continued supportsmiley

Dear All


Kelly and I would like to say a Big Thank You to those who supported Young Carers Action Day yesterday. 

It was great to see the staff and children wearing something yellow in aid of this Fantastic charity.๐Ÿ™‚


๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘We raised £140๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

 smileyTuesday 16th March smiley


Gascoigne Primary school are Supporting  Young Carers Action Day 

by Wearing Something Yellow to school.


If you would like to donate,

please click on the link below.


Thank you for your continued support.


Dear all


Please see below and attached.  This is a really good service that Lifeline is running particularly for parents of young people aged between 11 and 25 years who have been at risk of youth violence, criminal or sexual exploitation or grooming. 


They have trained mentors to support parents in small groups and have a lot of services available for support and networking as well as some training sessions. 


Please see presentation attached for more information and training schedule. 


Closing date 31st March 2021


If you are interested please contact Marie Attard= 07496 473 838  Kelly McKinnon = 07591 898 669

Please click on the link below smiley

Hi All


Welcome back!


We hope you and your family are well and you had an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine over the weekend. 


This past year has been stressful for us all, especially if you are a parent during these uncertain times.


It is normal to feel overwhelmed and isolated but please remember you are not alone. Kelly and I are always here, for any support / advice or just a friendly listening ear. yes


Marie smiley- Mon- Fri ( 07496 473838)    Kellysmiley- Tues-Fri ( 07951 898669 ) 


There are also some fantastic online support groups, please see below.


  Talking Therapies

Come on children, get involved with Gascoigne Hoardings Competition. Three lucky winners will each win a ยฃ50.00 High street vouchers, provided by Be First.

The Hoardings design challenge has been extendedyes 

        The closing date is now 20.4.2021 


Click on the link below and for the COMPETITION details yes



Here’s the link for the video:

smileyKelly and I would like to say a huge 'THANK YOU' to Michelle McSorley Community Investment Manager Wates, Sadia Ur Rehman Community Engagement Coordinator Be First, Liza Vallance Artistic Director & the team at Studio 3 Arts and Willmott Dixon.

The Art Competition is fantastic and we cannot wait to see the Beautiful work on displayed on the hoardings.  smiley


Ukon Careers Bridging Divides Project

    Ukon Careers ‘Bridging Divides’ project


The project is open for everyone but Ukon Careers want to encourage any children who have a senior citizen or are living with a senior citizen to register for bridging divides. They then can take part in the activities with their senior family member during half term.


Please register via this private link below:


 Parents and Carers will only be able to retrieve a Free craft pack, once they have registered via this link. You will be informed of a date & time for collection of the packs.


There are only 50 spaces available, so be quick and sign up today!


Have Fun smiley

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Mayor's Resilience Fund (Bounce Forward)


Free online course!


This is a fantastic opportunity for you to join with an online resilience programme.

This is for parents and Carers who may be struggling during lockdown.


The programme is supported by Thrive London and delivered over 6x1 hour Free Sessions.


Click on the link below,

Free Digital Support Helpline!  Citizens Online 


Do you need help to get started using technology or want to build your confidence to do more online?


If so please call 0808 196 5883


A trained digital Champion will call you back and offer friendly, patient support over the phone.

 Helpful information


Mental health and wellbeing

Many children and young people may be feeling anxious, worried and isolated as a result of COVID-19 and the subsequent changes in their daily lives. Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been published on GOV.UK.

Keeping children safe online


Looking after your own mental health


As well as thinking about the children or young people in your care, it is important to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing. Children and young people react, in part, to what they see from the adults around them. When parents and carers deal with a situation calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children and young people. Parents and carers can be more supportive to others around them, especially children, when they are better prepared.

See guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic or visit Every Mind Matters for clear advice and actions to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.


Take a look at the BeFirst's latest Gascoigne Gazette.

Cooking activities for you all to enjoy!

Lockdown Learning


How BBC Bitesize can help you learn on TV and online in 2021 

Lockdown Learning: How BBC Bitesize can help you learn on TV and online in 2021

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Learn & revise

As a third national lockdown is under way, the BBC is bringing hundreds of educational resources together to help with home schooling.

Whether on TV, online or on social media, we have lots of brilliant content to help you learn at home.


  • Starting on Monday 11 January, CBBC will broadcast three hours of primary school programmes from 9am every weekday. They will include BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other much-loved shows with an educational twist, such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and more.

  • Secondary students will be able to watch two hours of programmes supporting the curriculum on BBC Two every weekday. These will be complemented by drama adaptations, as well as relevant BBC science, history and factual programmes.

  • Bitesize Daily Primary and Secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button, and episodes will be available on demand on BBC iPlayer.


Broadcast schedules

Click here for a full broadcast schedule for W/C 11 January (Primary)

Click here for a full broadcast schedule for W/C 11 January (Secondary)

Click here for a full broadcast schedule for W/C 11 January (BBC Scotland)



Of course, BBC Bitesize is here with lots of easy-to-follow lessons for home learning, as well as collections of resources for all ages.

Primary kids at home?

Help them keep up with our straightforward lessons in Maths and English. Developed by educational consultants, these Learning at Home lessons are curriculum-based and self-contained.

Go to the BBC Bitesize homepage, click on Start a Lesson, and choose your year group.

You can also get stuck in with collections of educational resources hand-picked from BBC Bitesize and the wider BBC, including collections for other subjects such as Science, History and Geography. Our best Primary content is organised by topic or theme to make it easy for you to find.

Just pick the year group and subject to get started.

For Years 7-9/S1-S3 we have some collections of resources hand-picked from BBC Bitesize and the wider BBC organised by topic.

Pick your year group and subject to get started.

Do you have teenagers in Year 10 or 11?

Help them stay on top of their studies with our GCSE revision guides.

They can also find support and advice on their well-being on Bitesize Support.

On social media

Bitesize’s social media channels will also be there to help. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts focus on parents and teachers, where information including TV schedules will be shared. There will also be articles for parents on supporting their kids learning from home.

Teenage students can still enjoy our Instagram and TikTok platforms, where explainers, support content and of course lighter relief in the form of memes will be at hand.

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    Cooking Competition



smileyFirst Prize !smiley


        Bogdan Cojocari & Zakaria Guenane






   Recipe 5  Yummy Golden Flapjacks




Makes 12

Prep 15 mins




250G Porridge oats

125g butter

125g light brown sugar

2-3tsp of cinnamon

2-3tbsp golden syrup (depending on how gooey you want it) ๐Ÿ˜Š




Heat the 200c/ 180c fan/ GAS 6

Mix the oats, butter, sugar, cinnamon and golden syrup together.

Lightly butter a baking tin and add the mixture

Press into the corners with the back of the spoon so the mixture is flat and score into 12 squares

Bake for around 15mins until golden brown.



A HUGE THANK YOU to' Living Joy Foundation' for the generous donation of Christmas Hampers

A BIG THANK YOU to Georgina Blondell (Community Champion at ASDA Barking) for donating the toys and Hampers to our school!

                    Recipe 4   Scones





Adult to supervise 

Wash & Dry hands


Serves 6-8




150g plain flour

100g Strong white flour

40g Salted butter

20g Baking powder

70g Caster sugar

150ml Butter milk

1 small cup of raisins (optional)

Beaten egg or milk to glaze

Clotted cream and jam to serve.




Pre heat the oven 200c, fan 180c Gas 6.


Grease the baking sheet


Rub both the flour, butter and baking powder together until you have fine bread crumbs and then add the sugar.

Gradually add the butter milk, the mixture should be soft now add raisons

Remove from bowl and bring together.

Roll out the dough until 2cm thick, and then use a cutter to cut out the scones

Place on the baking sheet, spacing well apart, then cover lightly with cling film and leave for 15mins in a warm place.


After this time remove the film, brush the scones with milk or beaten egg and bake for 12 -14 mins, or until well risen and light brown.


 Leave to cool down.


To serve, split the scones open and fill with clotted cream and jam.


Enjoy !smiley


Quality Time, with Molly our Wellbeing Champion!

Recipe 3 Tortilla Quiches

Recipe 3  Tortilla Quiches





  • 2 large tortilla wraps
  • eggs
  • chopped vegetables (optional)peppers, mushrooms, onions
  • cheese grated (optional)
  • cherry tomatoes , halved, plus extra to serve
  • handful basil leaves
  • vegetable sticks, to serve


  • STEP 1

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Using a 12cm cutter (or a small plate) cut circles from the large tortilla wraps – you should get 6. Use the circles to line 6 holes of a muffin tin, pushing them into the holes to make cases.

  • STEP 2

Beat the eggs and pour into the tortilla cases (you can add some chopped vegetables too, if you like and sprinkle 3 tbsp of cheese (optional). Top each and 1/2 a cherry tomato. Bake for 15 mins until the egg has set. Top with a few basil leaves, if you like, and serve with extra tomatoes and vegetable sticks.




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                       Cooking Competition

          smiley Recipe 2 Cupcakessmiley



Always supervise your children

Wash and dry your hands


Ingredients for 12 Cupcakes


100 g butter, softened

110g golden caster sugar

2 eggs

1tsp (teaspoons) Vanilla extract

110g Self- raising flour

1-2  Milk tbsp (tablespoons)

Cake cases


For the Icing Sugar


125g butter

185g icing sugar



Heat the oven to 180c/160fan/gas4 

Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy

Beat the eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl, beat in the butter mixture a little at a time.


Fold the flour into the mixture along with a little milk

The mixture should easily fall off the spoon

Put into cake cases


Cook the cakes for 12-15 minutes they should be firm to touch

Allow the cakes to cool before icing


To make the icing, beat the butter until soft, add a little icing sugar at a time and a

a splash of milk.

Have fun icing and decorating cakes 


We bet they taste DELICIOUS !smiley

  Dear Parents/Carers


We would just like to say a BIG Thank You to you all, as together we raised


                         £ 390


           smileyFor Children in Need.smiley

Take a look at some of the Amazing entries for our Cooking Competition

Another Master Chef hard at work

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Bruno Mars - Count on me lyrics

Listen to the song and enjoy our Coffee morning highlights

Cooking Competition Recipe 1

         smileyPizza Facesmiley



Please supervise your children throughout the cooking activity.

Wash and Dry your hands

Have Fun




Sliced Rolls/ Pizza base


Peppers, Red, Green and Yellow

Pizza Sauce


Red Onion

Tinned Sweetcorn




Spoon pizza sauce onto the roll or pizza base, spread with the back of a spoon.

Carefully slice vegetables

Add vegetables to make a face.smiley

Sprinkle on the cheese 


Grill for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.


Enjoy smiley

Dear Parent/Carers


Marie and I both know it can be extremely challenging keeping your children busy during this difficult time and choosing activities that do not involve screen time.


Marie and I thought it would be a good idea to have a cooking competition!


Each week Marie and I will put a simple recipe on our Family Liaison Web Page.


Please click on Gascoigne Primary School Website, Community and then Family Liaison Practitioner Team to access the page.

All you need to do is cook the recipe with your child and send us a photo or video of you cooking the recipe to:


The competition will be drawn on Thursday 17th December.




. Family swim at Abbey Leisure Centre

. Family visit to the Idol at Abbey Leisure Centre.


Good Luck Everyone, Marie and I cannot wait to see your photos and videos.


Kelly and Marie

Family Liaison Practitioners



              "Wear something "SPOTTY" 

                Friday 13th November 2020



Dear Parents/Carers


Next week Friday 13th November we will be Fundraising for Children-in-Need by wearing something "SPOTTY" and making a donation.


This year Children-in-Need are focusing on Children's Mental Health. Together, we can boost children's Mental Wellbeing.


All donations are online, if you would like to make a contribution, please click on the link below.




Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

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We’ll be back with the latest news, professional training, events, services and resources that may be relevant to you. If you need any help, our free Information Service is still open, supporting professionals to find the resources they need to keep children safe. Contact us today

 Dear All


Please find attached the latest Refuge leaflet for services across the borough.

A new service from Cranstoun is now also up and running for young people aged 10-18 who are using violent behaviours in relationships with their siblings, partners or parents.

                  Wates Book Presentation

        Published in the Barking and Dagenham Post


  Kelly McKinnon, Family Liaison Practitioner at Gascoigne, said: “The book will hopefully inspire this generation of children to not only take an interest in the construction work which is taking place on the estate now, but also highlight future career opportunities open to them as adults.”

The book shows youngsters how construction workers build and includes characters such as architect, Ella, and Yasmin, a quantity surveyor.

Developer Wates Residential, which is behind a £55 million development in the borough, is handing out 292 copies to children in Barking.

Kate Ives, the company’s development director, said: “We are passionate about inspiring children from all backgrounds and showing that the sector is open to all.”

Hi All


We hope you are safe and well.


Please see the link attached for a copy our Be First latest newsletter the Gascoigne Gazette with up to date information on all the development on the estate.


Hard copies were distributed to all residents over the weekend.



 Be First are recruiting to establish a Residents’ Forum for Gascoigne, to work with us to ensure that the concerns, aspirations and priorities of local residents are understood and addressed as the estate develops.


We would like to recruit 12 local Gascoigne residents’ from all age groups and backgrounds to join our forum. No previous experience is necessary. We want to meet residents who have ideas about the local area and want to get involved. Initially, were seeking to run 5-6 2 hour online workshops between November 2020 and February 2021, with a number of projects and initiatives on Gascoigne that we will involve our newly formed Residents Forum in post February. Residents will receive a £20 voucher per session.


Please see attached for the Info Pack with more detailed information and our Expression of Interest form. The Expression of Interest needs to be completed by Friday 30th October and emailed to or sent directly to the Be First office. If residents need more info or require a paper copy of the form, please get in touch on 020 8227 5104.

Hi All 


Kelly and I received an email from Boris Mackey (Community Outreach Manager).


Please see below and click on the link


 Boris Mackey and his team have created these educational guides to help increase understanding and awareness of all aspects of dealing with the stress of bereavment and the lockdown. With the current coronavirus pandemic, many people who live with depression are struggling to stay afloat during self or mandated isolation.

The aim is that this resource can be one of many stepping stones for those struggling and their loved ones to better understand their situation and lead them to find a supportive and safe environment, especially during the pandemic.

guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dear All


 Kelly and I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the parents and staff at Gascoigne.


        Our Virtual Coffee Morning

         Grand Total was £271.02


We are all going through one of the most uncertain times and we cannot express how grateful we are to come together and raise this huge amount of money for MacMillan Cancer Research such a worthy cause!



A Huge round of applause

A Huge Thank you to Ursula Asim, who donated food to the Gascoigne Community!

Join in with virtual Play and Communication sessions

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 07951-898 669 

Tues- Fri   8.00am-4.00pm

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


Anxiety UK - (03444 775774)


They have lots of helpful hints and tips to keep yourself well during this time via this website link -


Samaritans (116 123)  24 hours, 7 days a week Website:




They have some helpful tips to help to plan to keep yourself well/entertained during this time.




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.


Mental Health Foundation

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;


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


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;

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 


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







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...


 Abulrahmaan Mohammed aged 5 yrs

 Runner up= Rithvi Vaddepally aged 5 yrs  


 Pranav Menon aged 6 yrs

 Runner up= Jevon Dai aged 6 yrs


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 yourplace/

And you can also download the PDF.


                                 Thank you BeFirst!








 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.


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.

 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!



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 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 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.

              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.  

OR if in any doubt email 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!




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 ( 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 ( UK’s only charity providing mental health and wellbeing support services to all education staff and organisations.
  • Anna Freud Centre website ( 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     
  •     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
  •      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=  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 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
  •        Claire Coombe- Barking Riverside Employment and Skills Co-ordinator (
  •        Shpresa Programme- Luljeta Nuzi Language Ambassador Programme
  •        EERC East European Resource Centre Free Support and advice
  •        Excel Women's
  •        Studio Arts
  •        Community Food Club =  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 response time 24hrs
  •          Mind +0208 519-2122   
  •             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.
  •          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

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 ยฃ331.38!!!! 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 ยฃ342.52 :) Thank you all for your continuous support.

Autumnal Crafts

                 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



   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





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."



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



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



     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.




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

                       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.





                                                        Year 2017-18

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


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.


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:





Development delays


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




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.








(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








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


Kelly McKinnon 07951-898669





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



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





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.









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.







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.