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Word Up! Word Up!
Have you seen the Do It Dude videos? How about Gold Star Stories? Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss anything. You can also check the Word Up! page where you can see exactly what's going on and what's coming up. Look at the pictures for a taster!
Word Up! Word Up!
What an amazing first week of Word Up! Check out the Word Up! section of our website to see what we've been up to so far, watch the first two episodes of Gold Star Stories and so much more .
Golden Lights Festival!
Short performance, light festival and art exhibition
Monday 18th December
Y1 - 2.25pm
Y3 - 2.40pm
Y5 - 2.55pm
Tuesday 19th December
Y2 - 2.25pm
Y4 - 2.40pm
Y6 - 2.55pm
Nursery AM and Reception - Exhibition 9am
Nursery PM - Exhibition 12.30pm
I Can Token Store and Christmas Lunch
Another awesome week here saw the introduction of 'The Store' - children exchanged their 'I Can Tokens' earned for being brilliant this term, for all sorts of goodies. We also held our Christmas lunch - huge thanks to our amazing kitchen staff!
12 Days of Kindness
The 12 Days of Kindness kicked off this week as we welcomed our ‘Golden Oldies’ to watch our Year 6 classes perform, share a drink, a mince pie and a chat. Friday saw us support Alzheimer’s Research UK with glitterbrows! Thank you to everyone for donating.
Feeling Good and Doing Good
Feeling good is so important. We all do a better job when we feel good.
We are taking part in the November Mathletics Challenge. It ends on Sunday night so log on to get as many points as you can. We need to make the worldwide leaderboard!
Gold Star Fireworks Night
What a wonderful evening we had on Thursday 2nd November! Over 1000 children and families from The Orion and Goldbeaters arrived back at school for a stunning fireworks display. If you couldn't get a ticket and you didn't see the fireworks from your home then have a look on here. Thanks to all who supported the event for staying calm, being so smiley and polite and for having a great night.
Happy Autumn 2!
I hope you all had a good half term. Your children were fantastic during Autumn 1, very hard working and full of learning energy. Thank you for doing the DO MORE tasks too (cakes with your child and the sheet telling us where your family are from). Thanks!
What is Happening?
Rapid Routines: Champion Reader, Champion Number, early to bed, being on time, smart uniform…thanks!
Our History Week
This week we did a home task with our families to learn more about our countries of origin. Our children come from all around the world! On Thursday we celebrated our diversity with a Togetherness Day.
This week we have been celebrating British Apples which are in season right now. Have a look at our classroom displays. We have learnt apple facts, bobbed for apples and made apple tarts. Did you know an apple a day can really boost your memory?
Autumn Events Coming Up!
Rock On It's Rocktober
6th October - World Smile day
9th October - Apple Festival
16 October - Our History Week 2017
20 October - Inset Day - No school
23 October, 24th October, 25th October - Half Term Camp
31st October - Pumpkin Time
2nd November - Goldstar Fireworks Night at The Orion
GO Fest 2017 is finished!
Monday 5th June - Friday 7th July
Lots of new experiences this year, as well as a few familiar faces too! We had fun - did you?
Click here to visit our GO Fest page - we've loaded up some photos from the festival there...
Welcome to Summer!
Welcome back to an action packed term. We had a busy holiday with 250 children learning and being active with us across the two schools. The buildings are very clean and ready too! I hope you had some lovely times with your children.
I need you to really help your child. Tiredness was a huge issue last term please can you follow our guide and get your child to bed at the right time – it is attached. The campaign is called “Feel Bright, Sleep Right”. We are in a new era – children on phones and Ipads at bedtime means things are quiet but they are not going to feel tired. Blue light from the screen wakes you up. This is a national problem – traditional play, bath, book is much better.
Bright Yellow Thinking
In this half term we help everyone learn a bit faster! SATs tests and a serious academic period of learning needs some fun so we use a method called Bright Yellow Thinking. Quite simply we help children think more positively! This year there are 3 “MODES” to get in:
Dates – a Few
Champion Reader - Back in your child’s book bag
Have a great term!
Older news below...
The Amazing Word Up – week 8!
The Big Red “Yay” Day
Friday 24 March
A Million Thanks Parents - Contributions through the Cash Cans are reaching £2500
We are raising some money for a few causes:
This time we say - GIVE WHAT YOU CAN
Alarming Facts - More than 19 million people across East Africa are facing terrifying food shortages. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya - leaving millions facing starvation and desperately seeking a safe source of water. Brutal war in South Sudan has driven more than three million people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food.
Can you help us also by sending your child to bed early?
Many children are excessively tired!
We are researching why and finding out that bed times are far too late. Thanks
General Events and Most Dates
Please support your child with reading, homework and mathletics
Also NEW this term – Twitter, You Tube Channel
We all wish to thank parents and children for working hard at Word Up this year. There has been better reading, amazing writing and an incredible effort to complete the Make a Difference Task.
3 More Weeks of Word Up!
The Literacy Festival WORD UP has plenty more amazing learning….
General Events and Most Dates
Please support your child with reading, homework and mathletics
Also NEW this term – Twitter, You Tube Channel
Word Up! 23 Jan – March 24
This term we run our literacy Festival WORD UP! Over 8 weeks we do a little extra work in reading, writing and speaking. The normal curriculum continues on however we also have:
General Events and Most Dates
Golden Lights Event - Week of 12 Dec
Tuesday - Y1 are 2.30, Y2 are 2.50. PM nursery any time
Wednesday - Rec are 2.15, Y3 are 2.30, Y5 are 2.50
Thursday - Y4 are 2.30, Y6 are 2.50 AM nursery first thing.
A wonderland of lights and trees. Golden village of artwork and special messages for parents too.
OFSTED at Goldbeaters
The long awaited call came at 12.20 on Monday 5 December and our inspection started on Tuesday. The experience was very,very positive and the result is out in January. We managed to get to a second day which means they look to see if your school should be up-graded. Well the second day went very well too!
Go Goldies!! Thanks everyone. Mr F
(Clicking the link will take you to the news site)
Orange Days! NEW
For a few weeks either side of half term we have our usual fantastic events for this time of year:
In 2016 we felt that the children were not as connected with Autumn and its traditions as they could be.....so we have called this time of year Orange. The special and extra days are Orange Days. It really works.
Our Pop Up Museum was fantastic and so was the real London Fruit Market!
This year the Sats were very different and very challenging. We are proud to report to you that we did incredibly well:
KS1 (Y2) Overall Grade: Significantly higher than most schools nationally and 3rd highest achieving school in Barnet at KS1
Goldies’s Reading, Writing and Maths
KS2 (Y6) Overall Grade: Significantly higher than most schools nationally and 11th highest achieving school in Barnet (out of 81 schools).
Goldies’s Reading, Writing and Maths
50p too for cancer research.
We have a great term ahead! Here are a few highlights:
Thanks – yes already
The comments and feed back from our 6 week learning Festival GO FEST were so touching - THANKS. This event was just quite incredible and packed with REAL learning. Did you know that 3000 people attended our closing night. WOW what a great community.
Happy Learning Days
We are doing so much learning again! This half term we work even faster and harder - how? Well we have our own method called "Bright Yellow Thinking"! This year you just need to do 3 things to help yourself 1) Remind yourself "I am Smart" - yes you have done so much this year 2) Do "My best, nothing less" 3) Get in Sunny Mode - be POSITIVE even when things are tough.
Later this term we look forward to the incredible 6 week GO FEST with our friends at Orion!
Smart Mode and the Amazing Word Up Fest!
Thanks for a fantastic Spring 2 Term!
This half term we all got in Smart Mode! We got a bit smarter by stretching our brains and working really hard.
Thank you to everyone who did the “Make a Difference” Project! Nearly every child did something to improve life at home. Some children raised lots of money for charity too. Wow great kids – what an effort!
Our Word Up Fest was the best ever! Every child read on average 8 more books than normal this half term. We saw authors, we had book fairs, we studied Treasure Island and saw the play. We loved seeing our incredible word up characters - Lady Fabulous was our favourite! Mr Flathers was so pleased he said “The Festival was there to boost learning in literacy, to create more fun and interest for us all. The progress made in reading writing and talking was staggeringly good. Thanks everyone”
The half term had other highlights too – Voice in a Million for choir at Wembley arena, the Dance Festival, Sport Relief, Shakespeare, Mr Flathers reached 25 years as a Headteacher.
The new Saturday Arts Academy had 450 children attending most weeks – wow!
A Wonderful January and February at Goldbeaters – The Events
The Quest Moves on – Think Smart, Live Smart
We are all working hard to have a Happy Mind and a Happy Body. Everyone is learning how to be smarter by looking after our beautiful brains and fantastic bodies. Stretch your brain this winter!
We have been trying to make learning fun and exciting with some additional themes too… Boost with a Juice Day, Art for your Heart Day, Word Up launch day – wow.
Our winter literacy festival has started!! Please see the web page with extra info’. The children are excited about the Word Smart Squad, authors visiting, drama workshops and of course the amazing Doodle Books!
It is not all literacy this half term. We have run three science days across the Federation and with as huge helping hand from parents. Children did a series of 8 experiments!
The Go Shine Arts Academy
Each Saturday morning around 400 children came to weekend learning. What a success! We were able to do this project for 99p per session.
Mon 4 Jan - Fri 1 April
Golden Lights Day – New!
You are invited into school for a unique Goldies experience. You will spend time in class and also enjoy experiences in a tranformed hall and the new Sanctuary. We have organised drop in times for you as follows:
Thursday 17 Dec – Drop In Times
10.00 – 11.00 Y1, Y2, Y6
11.00 – 12.00 Rec and Nursery
1.30 – 2.30 Y3, Y4, Y5
Evening Slot 6.00 – 6.30 (Anyone can drop in)
Fundraising for Goldies – The Wonder Months!
Total for November £400 ! Wow and thanks to parents children and staff. Our library books are now increasing and the children loving the new Reading Lounge!
Friday 11 December – Donation Day/Winter Clothes Day (non uniform) 50p
Classes are collecting loose change all of the time
Shine Arts Academy – Saturdays at Gold Star Centre
Cinema Nights – 3 nights for Gold Star kids! December 7, 8, 9 (Tickets available in playground). At Gold Star Cinema.
Go Ticket Fun Club – reward event for regular reading at home (Champion Reader). Thurs 10 Dec.
Christmas Lunch Day – Tues 15 Dec. See office if you are packed lunch and want to have a dinner.
Show for the Children Beauty and the Beast – Tues 15 Dec FREE
Nativity Carol Concert – Monday 2PM Butterflies and PM Nursery
Tuesday 9.30 Frogs and AM Nursery
Amazing November Events!
Children in Need – a favourite event each year. This November we become Real Heroes…. we experienced a morning of “doing good” but in the form of 8 challenges. Thank you for your donations!
Anti – Bullying Day and Say Hello Day – Think before you speak is our way of approaching everyday life in school. We have a big focus on bullying and also how to do this skill. All adults are asked “when do you last really listen to a child”? We mix in Hello Day too!!
Character Development – our new character badges were launched. Each child can earn their GO Power badge throughout each year. Y5 and Y6 have a very different goal – 20 badges over 2 years.
Thanks for Supporting our October Events!
Autumn Fest and the big theme of apples pears and grapes! So many donation boxes went out this year. Thank you!
The Together Programme – meetings with parents in Rec and Nursery.
Opening of Go Shine Recordings and Go Shine Radio – yes we now have a recording label and radio station for the children in both our schools! Big thanks to Vanessa Feltz for opening these facilities.
Our History Week – this is a very special time when we think about our families and our diversity. We also look at Black history and our local history too.
Champions Academy – every child has a talent! Our Academy weekly sessions enable kids to work on their talents. Are you Art Smart or IT Smart??
Secretary of State for Education Praises Goldies!
We had a big visit from Nicky Morgan who came to see our work to promote Rugby and also to see how we teach Character Development. She said “What an impressive and high achieving school”. Ex England rugby stars were here to as were all the major newspapers. Pat on the back – everyone!
Start of a new term at Goldbeaters!
School started again on Wednesday 2nd September
We are looking forward to having you all back in school for a great Autumn term!
Race for Life
Here are all the Goldies kids at the Race for Life. We had great fun warming up and racing and we were so proud of our medals! We raised over £1000. Thanks to all the children, parents and carers for all your support.
GO FEST 2015
Friday Fundraiser for Nepal
The children learnt all about the crisis in Nepal in assembly following one major earthquake and another large earthquake which followed. The children and the community were clearly moved by the plight of the Nepalese people.
Children were asked to bring some money to donate to the cause and an overwhelming amount was brought in across our federation:
The Orion - £1008.94
Goldbeaters - £655
GRAND TOTAL - £1663.94!
Thank you everyone!
More Awards for 2015!
Goldbeaters is one of only a few schools nationally to gain the afPE Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport! We got it with distinction too!!!! Congratulations everyone - keep on pushing yourselves. Well done Miss Jones and the PE team.
Goldbeaters Award Winners!
Great news for everyone….. we received a letter from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson saying that we are an exceptional school and that our results over the last 3 years are some of the highest!! He goes on to congratulate us for also achieving excellence with disadvantaged pupils.
Goldbeaters is now part of an elite group of schools who are called the “Gold club” (good name for us). I hope you are all proud of this award and also the one we won in December. (That one was for 3 years of outstanding results). Thank you for supporting the school and your child!!
Half Term Holiday Camp Success
The half term learning camp was a great success with lots and lots of amazing kids! We run this ourselves with some fantastic staff. It all takes place in our shared facilities at the Gold Star Centre.
Word Up Fest Continues……
World Book Day – Thursday March 4 when children will receive a book token to spend.
Author’s week – starts next from Wednesday. Your year group has some special books to focus on!
Dress Up Day – Thursday March 5. Dress as character or come with a billboard sign.
Dictionary Man – Thursday March 5. Y5 and Y6 are coached by a very clever man who makes dictionary work really fun!
Other Authors Visits – Jean Ure, Dan Freedman, Shoo Raynor
Inter school Quiz – last week challenge against Goldbeaters
Book Fair – from today in the large hall
School Events and Other Info
WORD UP FEST 2015 is here!
Click below to see what's going on during our amazing 60 day literacy festival!
NEWSFLASH - We just won an award in The Pupil Premium Awards 2015!
We were selected because we are one of the high achieving schools in the country in terms of the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged pupils since 2011!
Y5 and Y6 Show is OUTSTANDING
The dancing, performance poetry and singing was good enough to show on the West End Stage. Parents said afterwards "Unbelieveable standard", "I never knew my child could do that!" Every child participated in everything. Mr Flathers said "Our presentations are something else - it is like seeing Y8 and Y9 children perform - exceptional standards is what our Federation is all about". The children loved it too "We really rocked it!"
Thanks to a very special team of staff espcially Miss "awesome" Maava and Mr "techno" Smith!
End of Term Shows
Children In Need on Friday 14 Nov
Dress as a hero bring 50p, contribute a pack of biscuits to your class, have fun. Staff will being GOING BACK TO SCHOOL to raise money! Yes lessons in DT, Art, Literacy, Maths and PE will be done. 100 staff have 50 challenges in 50 minutes - can you pledge them 50p?
We raised an amazing £1600 across the Federation!
Free Yoga Class for Parents/Caregivers
9.00am-10.00 am Monday the 10th of November in the small hall. Please bring a towel.
A Cre'che will be provided in the Golden Den. All Welcome!
Gold Star Soccer Course at Half Term ONLY £30 all week!
See the school office
INSET Day and Half Term - 24 Oct.
Our History Week - starts on 19 October
Our own history, the local area, the 1960's - it's a great week. Dress up in your country's colours on Thursday.
Parents in school: Tuesday - Y3, Y4, Y5 at 2.45 Wednesday nursery, reception, Y6,Y1,Y2
Coffee Morning Raised a Lot of Money for Macmillan Cancer.
Many thanks - we raised £1000 across the Federation. There was a really big effort this year by so many people.
Grand Opening of The Orion and Gold Star Centre - Sept 24
We welcome the Mayor and 50 guests to an incredible day. There will be a series of 6 launches through the morning. Look out for the balloon sculpture! Parents welcome 11.15.
Burnt Oak Festival
The joint choirs sung so well on Saturday 20 Sept! Thanks parents and staff.
Parents - take note!
Meet your child's new teacher...
Years 2,3,4 - Wednesday at 2.45pm in classrooms
Year 1,5 - Thursday at 2.45pm
Y6 meeting - Monday 15th September at 4.45pm
Golden Island receives a make over
Over the holidays Golden Island has been dramatically changed with lots of new space and areas for all our children to enjoy. We think it looks Golden!
Our exceptional year 5 kids are travelling back in time to the 1940s. There are lots of pictures of them on the WW2 page...
You must come and see our facilities at the Gold Star Centre. We have a free evening for you with tasters in soccer coaching, a free show, demonstrations and food. Tues 24 Wed 25 Thurs 26 June 5PM - 6.30PM See the astro pitches, theatre, dance studio. The Gold Star Centre is for your children. Grahame Park Way.
We join with Orion to perform our version of "Happy" at the festival on June 19 in the theatre at the Arts Depot. We take the rock band too. Wow!
Goldies children represented the school with pride at the Barnet Athletics competition. We came 3rd overall and many children had "personal bests".
GO FEST June 16 - 21 July
Now in its second year the amazing GO FEST has a special theme - "I am somebody".
We have special visitors, events and celebrations for your children.
Year 6 Paris Trip
Our Year 6s are off on their fantastic trip to France this week. Follow their adventure at this website:
Dad's Evening for our brilliant Fathers - Thursday 12 June
4.15 and 5.30. Please find the form in your child's book bag. Lots of fun at Goldies for you and your children.
Mill Hill County - applying through the test process
General test - complete "technology" application form.
Dance - complete "dance" application form
Music - complete "music" application form
Forms in by Wednesday of half term - the 28 May
Golden Day - Thursday 22 May. Proud to Goldbeaters, Proud of our badge!
Our annual day to be proud of our school, our parents and everything! Parents please come in from 9.00. We also have the World Cup draw, a special Go Ticket Store and other fun too.
Sats Week for Y6
Good luck Y6! Starts on Monday 12 May. Finishes on Thursday. Our children have worked very, very hard even in the holidays and weekends too.
When can you see the new Gold Star Centre?
In June GO FEST will be on again with new events. There will be a choice of 3 discovery evenings for parents and children to take part in fun activities at the new centre.
We start back on Tuesday 22 April. The holiday has been busy setting up the new Gold Star Centre.
Y6 enjoyed the new facilities for Goldies children during the holiday at Spring School.
End of Term
Friday 4 April at 1.15PM
Word Up Fest - Dressing up on the last day - 28 March
Please come as a Roald Dahl character or just in Roald Dahl bright colours
Sport Relief - Friday 21 March
Wow - Amazing and Proud - We sang with Matt Cardle
Children from both schools took part in the Barnet Dance Festival on Tues March 11 and then they sang at Wembley Arena on the Wednesday. We were incredible! Brilliant performances and tough kids who can rise to the challenge of two very late nights. Yes XFactor winner Matt sang with our children!
Parents Evenings Y1 - Y5
April 1 and April 2
Y6 Spring School
Holiday learning at the new Orion site - 9,10,11 April 9.15 - 12.15
Word Up Fest 2014
From January 27 to the end of March
Read for My School
Part of the Word Up Fest – all children in Y3 – Y6 will have a log in code. There are 100 books to read – all free! See their Champion Reader Cards
Website Launch – Friday 31 January
You found us! Hope you like this new website.
Champion Number – NEW Home Task
Every child needs to practise their times tables 3 times or more per week. Please go to the kid zone and find the maths games – your child needs to do 10 minutes or more and note it on their Champion Number Card!
Homework + Launched
If you want to help your child with some extra homework join our new scheme. Please hand your form into your child’s teacher.
New Orion School
The building will be ready on March 27. Orion children begin there in the summer term! Goldbeaters will join stay on the current site in Burnt Oak but will come up each week for sport and other sessions.