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Golden Lights

The hall was transformed into Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ for our Golden Lights Festival.  Have a look at the incredible artwork on show from our very talented children.  Thanks to everyone who came along.

12 Days of Kindness 

Our Kindness Kids have been busy during DO IT December, writing letters to different people each day. Can you help them spread messages of kindness?

Art Night

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Art Night.  It was lovely to see so many families sharing quality time together here at Goldies - thank you!


Check out what we've been up to during MOVEmber with Kaptain K, as we've all tried to get moving with a little extra kindness!


Thank you to everyone who came along to our fireworks night on Thursday.  It was lovely to see so many families from Orion and Goldbeaters come together for another special evening.  Thank you!

Monster Kindness Day!

We were blown away by the incredible effort from our families - you all looked amazing!  Another special day here at Goldies, as Kaptain K reminded everyone the importance of being kind and that it's what's on the inside that counts.  


Another special day here at Goldies, filled with the goodness of apples!  Check out the pictures from Friday and don't forget apples will be on sale every day at school this week.

World Smile Day!

It was lovely to see so many smiles and happy faces at school for another special day here at Goldies - thank you all!  We'll keep smiling throughout Rocktober as we help Kaptain K rock the world with kindness!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Huge thanks to everyone who made, donated, bought and ate cakes for Macmillan!  We are so proud of you all for helping us help such a worthy cause - thank you!

World Peace Day

What an awesome day of celebrations for World Peace Day!  Thanks to all our amazing readers, actors, musicians, dancers and of course Kaptain K and the Kindness Crew!  Another special day for the Goldbeaters and Orion family - thank you all!

TA Appreciation Day

We had a brilliant time saying thank you to our incredible team of TAs and support staff who really do go the extra mile to make a difference every single day - we couldn't do it without you. Thank you all so much!

Welcome back!

Welcome back!  We hope you all had an awesome summer and are ready for an incredible new year.  What a great start to 2019/20 and to our NEW quest - Power for Good! We'll all be working hard to become Power Learners, Power Players and Power Changers.


What a year!

Thank you all for an incredible 2018/19 - so many achievements, highlights and special memories for everyone!

Go Fest - One Last Time...

We couldn’t let Go Fest 2019 end without one final show. Huge thanks to Ilai, Jenny, Ben and everyone else involved in recreating the Go Fest vibe one last time. 

Blue Week

Wow! What an awesome Blue Week - the perfect way to end Go Fest 2019!  Topic Day, The Tech Time Machine, the incredible stage performances and Community Evening - so many special memories.  Thank you all for an incredible Go Fest, and don't forget to check out the Go Fest page to see even more highlights.

Red Week - Happy to help week 

Thank you all so much!  What an incredible week of energetic activities, fun and fundraising.  Thanks again!  You can see more over on the Go Fest page. 

Blue Week

Check out the show times for Blue Week below.  Ask your child if they are in any special music/dance group performances.  Remember, Community Evening is on Thursday 4th July - tickets are on sale now!

Green Week and The Pink Fringe!

Another awesome week which started with Britain's Got Talent's hilarious ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, Year 4's Big Green Adventure, Receptions's visit to the Environmental Centre and so many fun activities outside for 'I'm an adventurer get me out of here!'  If that wasn't enough we also had 26 events in 4 days for the Pink Fringe.  Take a closer look over on the Go Fest page 

Purple Week

Check out the artistic flair on show during Purple Week!  After the incredible Art Day on Monday, we had an amazing performance from Flamenco Guitarist Joncan, our Dad's Breakfast, inspiring engineer Richard Murdock and the one and only DNA from Britain's Got Talent - wow! You can see more pictures over on the Go Fest page 

Orange Week

Another awesome Orange week comes to a close and what a week it's been!  There's been so much going on, including The Colourful Creative Show, Shakespeare Festival, Relax Kids, Eid Celebrations and seeing the incredible African Dancers.  You can see more pictures over on the Go Fest page and find out what's happening next week in Purple Week!

Go Fest is here!

What a way to end the half-term and begin Go Fest 2019!  You can see our pre-show film, highlights from the show itself, more incredible pictures and find out what's going on over on our Go Fest page.  Have a great half-term and we'll see you back at school on Monday 3rd June for Orange Week!

French Bread Day

You can almost smell the fresh French bread just by looking at these pictures - another special day at Goldies!

Hello Yellow!

What a great way to start the new term - we've been saying Hello Yellow with BYT and Lemon Fresh Friday! 

What an awesome term!

Some great moments during the last week, including our Easter Raffle, Easter Assembly with Father Joseph and Mr Hammad as well as Sing Up!  Check out our embarrassing video from the staff below!  Thank you all for a brilliant term, have a great break and we will see you back at school on Tuesday 23rd April.

Word Up! Word Up!

What a way to finish Word Up - the Doodle Jamboree with Mark Weighton, the Poetry Slam with Sara Hirsch and saying goodbye to The Do It Dude!  We also held our annual Pamper Night - thanks so much to everyone who came along. 

Word Up - Week 7 

Another incredible week of Word Up as we said goodbye to our ducklings before they moved to Orion, we had a brilliant reading breakfast, an awesome performance of The Railway Children and our I Love Words Competition with special guest judge Vanessa Feltz- thank you.  The children have been really stepping it up throughout Word Up and we were blown away by their spooky story competition entries - amazing!

Word Up - Week 6

Wow - another awesome week here with so much going on.  Author and illustrator Paul Geraghty, BBC Sports Presenter John Watson, Red Nose Day and of course our incredible performances of Disney's The Lion King!  We are lucky to have so many talented children in our schools and to have so many dedicated adults who helped make the show such a success - thank you all!

Week 5 of Word Up!

What a week - we had some inspirational events like Child Genius Rahul Doshi, football author Matt Oldfield, Magic Lantern, World Book Day and of course the Do It Dude's trip to Asda - huge thanks to everyone!  You can see more pictures on our Word Up page. 

Welcome back

We hope you all had a brilliant half term!  We kick started our Lion King inspired Disney week with some incredible African drummers and dancers.  Find out more about Word Up and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Week Two of Word Up!

Another inspirational week of Word Up here, with so much going on - Neill Cameron, Words from Art, the start of Talk Love Love Talk, Song Writing, Safer Internet Day and so much more!  

Safer Internet Day

You might remember our video last year 'Do the Floss!' but now it's time to 'Do Your Thing!'

Word Up - Week One 

What an awesome start to Word Up!  Doodle books, song writing, adventurer Will Copestake and story teller George Hoyle were just some of the highlights.  Check out the Word Up section to see more of what we got up to!

Word Up! Word Up!

The wait is finally over - our incredible 8-week Literacy Festival is here - Word Up! Word Up!  So many fresh word adventures to look forward to!  Check out the Word Up section to make sure you don't miss a thing.

It's 2019!

Welcome back - what a great first week of 2019.  We've all been getting fresher and thinking PINK!  Lot's to look forward to this term, including Art for your Heart, Safer Internet Day and of course Word Up!  

Merry Christmas!

What an incredible end to the term and to 2018.  We've had Christmas lunch, parties, our Christmas Tree competition, token events - the list goes on!  Enjoy the break and we'll see you back at school on Monday 7th January - thanks!

Golden Lights

What a magical week of Golden Lights - thanks to everyone who came along!  The final night saw Oliver Jeffers’ book ‘Lost and Found’ take centre stage with the children from Nursery and Reception. 
Wednesday saw us transform the hall into the setting of ‘Here Comes Jack Frost’ by Kazuno Kohara.  Look at the amazing art from Year 1 and 2.

Thanks to all the parents and families who came along to the first two nights of our Golden Lights Festival. Have a look at Key Stage Two's art based on ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis. 

Golden Lights

Monday 10th 14:45 - Y3 and Y4

Tuesday 11th 14:45 Y5 and Y6

Wednesday 12th 14:45 Y1 and Y2

Thursday 13th 14:45 Nursery and Reception

BYT Pop Up Shop

It was lovely to see so many parents at Orion for the first Pop Up Shop from the BYT Project!  There were some incredible bargains which we hope will help our families before the expensive Christmas period. 

If you're shopping online you can join easyfundraising and collect free donations for The BYT Project and it won't cost you a penny.  You can also take advantage of another exclusive special offer for our parents - reduced pantomime tickets! Click here for more information.


We've all been making Fresh Moves in Movember, including the Cosy Hour on Friday!  

Anti-Bullying Week - Spot the Good

As part of Anti-Bullying week our children have been busy trying to 'Spot the Good' in others; giving our stickers to children who have been working hard, using their manners and their power, being helpful and of course, having fun!  This culminated in a fantastic day of raising money for Children In Need and The BYT Project - thank you all so much!

World War One Museum

Thanks to all the parents who came to see our museum to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.  If you didn't manage to come and see it, you can have a look here.

Sports Awards!

More awards for the federation at the Barnet Partnership for School Sports Awards - club of the year for Go Stars, Participation award for Goldies and Outstanding Contribution to Sport award for Mr Wilkinson. Thanks to our amazing team! 

Welcome back!

Wow - what an awesome first week of the new half term!  Halloween, Fireworks, Togetherness Day - the perfect way to round off Rocktober and kick start Movember!  

Pearson Headteacher of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Mr Flathers has been recognised as Headteacher of the Year by Pearson at the annual Teaching Awards!  Here's what he had to say:


"Winning Headteacher of the year is a prize for me this week but should be recognized as an award for ALL the unique people associated with The Orion and Goldbeaters. The communities of Grahame Park and Burnt Oak should be on the map of greatness. To our current pupils and families - you are the very best! To past pupils and staff - fantastic, fantastic times, thanks! To current staff - you are just amazing, yes truly. A million thanks to Mrs Goodwin (Mr Wilkinson too), Miss Hindle, Mrs Shear, Mrs Dawes and my outstanding leaders. This award is truly dedicated to you ALL....who's the best........YOU!

The very last and most special thanks to my wife Annie, children Millie, Tom and Beth for such love through all the years of very hard work."


Thank you to everyone who has tweeted messages of support and congratulations - you can find us at  The Pearson Teaching Awards will be shown on BBC2 on Sunday 28th October at 6pm, but for now, find out what Mr F had to say to Vanessa Feltz during her radio show this morning (1:37:35)

Apple Festival!

Are you going to take part in the 30 day apple detox?  We've had apples everywhere around school and you'll also be able to buy them on the playground next week!  Listen to what Mr F had to say about our apple festival to Vanessa Feltz on her radio show this morning (1:23:50) 

Schools for Success

We were incredibly proud to be recognised by London Mayor Sadiq Khan's Schools For Success award.  Representatives from both Orion and Goldbeaters were presented with the awards at City Hall by Deputy Mayor Joanne McCartney - have a look!

World Peace Day

What an awesome day of celebrations for World Peace Day!  Huge thanks to the very talented Sita, the incredible harpist who wowed us all with a very emotional performance...and don't forget our very own DJ Fresher too - what a great day!

Think Fresh Be Fresh!

Wow - what an amazing first week of the 2018/19 school year!  So much to look forward to as we all try to Think Fresh and Be Fresh.  What a great start!

All good things must come to an end, and what an end to this year's Go Fest - a brilliant Blue Week, rounded off with an incredible Community Evening.  Thank you so much for coming along, we hope you had an awesome time.  You can see more pictures on the Go Fest page and relive all the other moments from what has been an amazing Learning Festival - bring on next year!

Check out the show times for Blue Week!

Pearson Headteacher Award!

All of the adults in school had been keeping a very big secret from Mr Flathers - we had a huge celebration with some very important visitors as well as the whole Federation for his success in the Pearson Teaching Awards!  Watch out for the televised ceremony later on in the year.  What an achievement!

Green Week

How magical was Green Week?  Nature Rangers, Archaeology Dig, Our Wonderful World, Dad's Breakfast, Y4's Big Green Adventure, The Jambouree and so much more...and if that wasn't enough, we rounded the week off with the incredible Pink Fringe! So much talent on show in 20 awesome shows and performances. More pictures on the Go Fest page.

Purple Week

What an incredible week - magical art days, our Speed Artist, Illustrators, Shoe Designers, Magic Lantern and so much more!  The children have blown us away! Thanks to everyone who came along to our Family Art Evening too.  More pictures on our Go Fest page

Orange Week!

Wow - what an incredible first week of Go Fest.  The Ark Farm, Ilai Dance and Acrobatics Extravaganza, Shakespeare Fest and Britain's Got Talent star Maddox!  Huge thanks to all of our special visitors.  You can see more pictures on our Go Fest page.  Next week is Purple Week!

Go Fest is here!

Are you ready to 'Feel the Magic' at Go Fest this year? Check out the Go Fest page to see even more of what we get up to during our incredible Learning Festival.  

Celebrating The Royal Wedding!

The very Reverend Flathers conducted our very own Royal Wedding, complete with the national anthem, the beautiful bride Meghan, the handsome groom Prince Harry and the best man Prince William. The bridesmaid and page boys were wonderful and very well behaved!

Google Be Internet Legends!

We were very lucky to welcome Google and Parent Zone to Goldbeaters this week for an incredible Online Safety assembly - thank you so much!  You can explore Interland and play some great games here.  You can also check out our own Online Safety page and don't forget our 'Do The Floss' video for Safer Internet Day.  

Word Up! is over!

Wow - what a splendiferous 8 weeks of Word Up!  So many new words, improved writing, reading and talking - well done guys!  But there's one more chance to see the impact of Word Up! for yourself during Word Up! Live next week.  Check out the homepage for the dates and times of each performance.  Word Up! Word Up!

I Love Words Writing Competition!

Wow, what an incrdible display of writing and performing on show this year.  Everyone was blown away! Huge thanks to our talented writers and our panel of judges which included our good friend Vanessa Feltz

Have a listen to Vanessa's show where you can hear an interview with someone you might know!

Dads and Father Figures - Story Teller Night

Huge thanks to all the dads, grandads, brothers, uncles and everyone else who came along to our Story Teller evening with John Harris.  What a great night!

Ladies Pamper & Shopping Night

Celebrating International Women's Day and Mothering Sunday in a big way at Orion and Goldbeaters with our third annual Pamper Evening. Big thanks go to all the mums, sisters, aunties and grandmas who came to be pampered, have some food and do some shopping. You were so smiley, calm and fun to be around. More thanks go to all our staff volunteers who helped to paint nails, do henna art, make mothers day gifts with the children, serve food, run the raffle and make the evening such a success. If you missed this years event make sure you get yourself a ticket next year!

Word Up! Word Up! Two weeks left!

World Book Day!

Didn't you all look amazing for World Book Day?!  The snow and cold weather didn't put anyone off and we saw some incredible costumes and characters as well as the childrens' favourite books.  We also had a brilliant time at Asda with The Do It Dude!  Huge thanks to everyone who braved the weather to meet us, take a look and see if you can spot yourself!

Creatures in the Classroom

A huge well done to our incredible team of children who not only entered the Harry Potter Creatures in the Classroom competition, but won! 


Wow - we are so proud of our amazing children for their phenomenal performances of Aladdin!  Huge thanks to everyone who has helped make it happen.  Check out the Aladdin page to see their journey from their very first rehearsals through to this week!  The Do It Dude was also lucky enough to join them in the I Shine Theatre - take a look.  

Welcome back!

What a brilliant first week back and another awesome week of Word Up! with Disney, story teller Wendy Shearer and the Poetry Slam!  Make sure you check the Word Up! page to see exactly what has been going on and what's coming up - including the Do It Dude!

Safer Internet Day 

#ItStartsWithUs - Play your part, together we can build a better internet

If you're already following us on twitter you'll have seen some of the things we got up to for Safer Internet Day 2018 - check out our 'Do the floss' video for some tips on how to stay safe online.

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 .  

The Winter Slam

Introducing The Winter Slam. Our cross-federation times table competition has begun!

Golden Lights

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!

We've had a busy week here supporting Anti-Bullying Week, which included Odd Socks Day on Monday.  We had our Super Fruits Class Challenge, launched our third Do More Project with the Super Ball and had lots of fun raising money for Children In Need!  Thank you all for helping. Have a look 

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’s New?

  • Plans for a Foundation we are setting up which will help the school, our community, ex pupils and staff!
  • Our theme and Quest for 2017/18 moves on with coaching the children to be “Quicker Thinkers”. We are developing speed in work and also helping children improve self control.


What is Happening?


  • “Just Do It” Fridays including Children in Need
  • Firework Night – limited numbers due to safety. Food too!
  • Parents Evenings - see slip
  • Anti-bullying week
  • Inset Day 1 December
  • Golden Lights Festival 13 – 16 Dec
  • Clubs as normal – just colder
  • The Saturday Arts Academy – 2 Saturdays this half term with more Art!
  • Reading Champion Reader includes Champion Number!


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. 

Apple Festival

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?

World Smile Day!

Autumn Events Coming Up!

Rock On It's Rocktober


Image result for smile6th October - World Smile day



  • Find Something to Smile About
  • Smiliest Class Competition
  • Making a Smile Can 
  • A Juicy Smile for everyone
  • Best Smile Saying


9th October - Apple Festival

  • 5 varieties of English apples to taste and learn about
  • 3 varieties of apples from around the world to take home


Image result for clock old16 October - Our History Week 2017

  • A geography task to do at home about our families and where in the world they originate. Time to celebrate our diversity and learn more about each other

Image result for no school20 October - Inset Day - No school

23 October, 24th October, 25th October - Half Term Camp

  • Booking forms available in the school office
  • Available to download soon


31st October - Pumpkin Time

  • Bring in a pumpkin or carve one at home for our pumpkin display


2nd November - Goldstar Fireworks Night at The Orion

  • A fantastic firework display on The Orion field
  • Lots of light up things to buy
  • Hot dogs and chips for sale
  • Tickets are limited. 
  • Don't forget to dress up warm!

World Peace Day 2017 with Jack and Joel

Our 2017/18 Quest - Welcome to a CAN DO Year

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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...

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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.


Sleep Campaign


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:

  1. Zingy Mode The energy everyone needs when it is time to push ourselves. Zingy Mode is BUZZY, ALERT, FULL OF ENERGY
  2. Sunny Mode. Happy and positive. We help children to be able TO GIVE OFF A HAPPY VIBE. Can you?


Dates – a Few

  • Sats Period Y2 – starts May 2
  • Sats Week Y6 – week of May 8
  • Go Fest – starts on 5 June. Community week 3 July. Community evening is Thursday 6 July
  • May day – no school on Monday May 1


Champion Reader - Back in your child’s book bag

Have a great term!

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The Amazing Word Up week 8!


The Big Red “Yay” Day

Friday 24 March


  • We say congratulations to all children for doing so much more in literacy! The festival has its final day!.


  • We dress in something RED.


  • We complete some more Word Up tasks


  • We combine the day with RED NOSE DAY


A Million Thanks Parents - Contributions through the Cash Cans are reaching £2500


We are raising some money for a few causes:

  • Red Nose Charity
  • The crisis in East Africa
  • Cancer affecting children


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



  • Theatre Performance for most children – Charlotte’s Web


General Events and Most Dates


  • Arts Academy restarts on Sat 11 March for three weeks this half term
  • Cinema Night Movies – back this Thursday with Trolls
  • The BIG Maxi show at I shine Theatre for Federation kids in the last week.
  • Science days
  • World book day 2 March – Free book Tokens
  • Barnet Dance Festival 2 March for dance groups
  • Voice in a Million Concert at Wembley – 9 March
  • Ladies Pamper Night  - 23 March
  • Red Nose Day – the BIG RED YAY DAY for children who have collected lots of tokens. 24 March


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….

  • Author visits – Ian Beck and Tom Palmer
  • Special Visits – we have one or two exceptional guests including Jack and Joel
  • The Y6 Poetry Slam
  • The Non – Fiction Book Challenge continues
  • Quiz Time
  • Notebooks/Doodle…Skoodling – sketching as well as doodling.
  • Shakespeare Performance
  • Theatre Performance for most children – Charlotte’s Web


General Events and Most Dates


  • Parents evenings – this week
  • Arts Academy restarts on Sat 11 March for three weeks this half term
  • Cinema Night Movies – back this Thursday with Trolls
  • The BIG Maxi show at I shine Theatre for Federation kids in the last week.
  • Science days
  • World book day 2 March – Free book Tokens
  • Barnet Dance Festival 2 March for dance groups
  • Voice in a Million Concert at Wembley – 9 March
  • Ladies Pamper Night  - 23 March
  • Red Nose Day – the BIG RED YAY DAY for children who have collected loads of Love It tokens. 24 March


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:


  • Author visits
  • Special visits – we have one or two exceptional guests
  • Poetry every week and a Y6 Poetry Slam
  • The Non – Fiction Book Challenge
  • Quiz
  • Notebooks / doodle books and pencils for all children
  • Word Up fundraising – this year we need your help too!
  • Performances


General Events and Most Dates 


  • Art for your Heart Day Friday 20 Jan
  • Together Programme – Rec on 31 Jan and Nursery on 2 Feb
  • Arts Academy restarts on Sat 21 Jan for three weeks this half term
  • Cinema Night Gold Star Movies – 19 Jan and 2 Feb
  • Y6 parents evs – Tues 31 Jan and Tues 7 Feb
  • Science days – 8 Feb
  • Orion Birthday - Fri 27 Jan – Happy Hearts Day
  • Safer Internet Day - Tues 7 Feb
  • Make a Difference Week – half term
  • World Book Day - 2 March
  • Barnet Dance Festival (for training group only) – Early March
  • Voice in a Million Concert at Wembley – Early March
  • Red Nose Day - 24 March

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

Here are a few of our 76 strong Federation choir singing their hearts out live to millions to Lean on Me from the BBC studio in Elstree on Friday night for Children In Need. We are exceedingly proud of all the children for their hard work, dedication and professional performances.

Decorate your head for Children In Need

Some of our creative hair styles. The winner, Kacey from Year 2, left her bed at 6.30am to prepare her rainbow extravaganza! School was ablaze with colour and lots of money was raised through Brain boxes, the raffle, guess the bear (won by Rebecca in Year 3) and our Pudsey photobooth. Thankyou to all children and parents for their commitment to this cause.


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Orange Days! NEW

For a few weeks either side of half term we have our usual fantastic events for this time of year:

  • Our History
  • Harvest
  • Anti-bullying 

In 2016 we felt that the children were not as connected with Autumn and its traditions as they could 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!

Desserts go Haloween!

I Shine Lunch Leaders helped the kitchen staff to give todays dessert - cupcakes - a halloween theme, decorating them with faces!

School Success!

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




Friday 7 October World Smile Day


Friday 30 September Macmillan Fundraiser

  • Cake sale after school
  • Please use the recipe card and cake cases given to you to make 10 wonderful and tasty cup cakes. A great activity for you and your child!

50p too for cancer research.


Autumn at Gold Star Federation


We have a great term ahead! Here are a few highlights:


  • Our Quest: POWER ON! The Quest to Empower. This means doing things REALLY WELL.
  • World Peace Day
  • World Smile Day
  • Saturday Arts Academy – 3 mornings each half term
  • 70 weekly clubs and activities across the Federation
  • New staff including a bigger sports section!
  • Improved Discovery Time at Goldbeaters – learning at playtime
  • I Shine Gallery at Orion
  • All our learning has a new name…. I SHINE LEARNING


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 

Mr Flathers

The GO FEST 6 weeks are amazing and unique! See the GO FEST page.

Summer Term


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!


Special Days

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.



Word Up

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!


Science Fair

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.



   Spring Term                 

     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

  • Starts on Saturday 16 January and runs every Saturday morning in term time.
  • Sessions  - Drama, Music, Art, Tutoring, Recording Studio
  • Sessions for most ages even drama for Nursery and Reception
  • Cost 99p per session.  Yes can you believe it?


Other Info

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


  • End of Term 18 December at 1.15 Y1 – Y6
  • End of Term Nursery and Rec Thursday 17
  • New Term Monday 4 Jan

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!


Special Experiences for all our 1300 fantastic children in 2014/2015


  • World Smile Day
  • World Peace Day
  • MacMillan fundraiser
  • Our History week
  • Autumn Fest
  • Infant Music Festival
  • Children in Need
  • Trips to the theatre, museums etc
  • Y6 Paris 2015
  • Y6 France 2015
  • End of term shows – Goldbeaters
  • Starlight Festival - Orion
  • Mayor planting memorial snowdrops
  • Boost with a Juice Day
  • Art for your Heart Day
  • Voice in a Million – Wembley
  • Word Up Fest – 60 days
  • Handwriting Day
  • Maths and Science Day
  • Holocaust Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Orion Birthday
  • Football Champions U11 Orion
  • World Cancer Day
  • My Favourite book Day
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Doodle Day
  • Poetry Slam
  • Spring School
  • Saturday School
  • World Book day
  • Barnet Dance Fest
  • Barnet Music Festival
  • Red Nose Day
  • Sing Up Festival (Gold)
  • Spring Flowers Day
  • Andrew Travers visit
  • RAF Orion contribution to new exhibition
  • Yellow Pencil Day
  • Spring Celebration Day
  • Ocean Day
  • Doughnut Day
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Go Fest  2015
  • Race for Life
  • Go Gala  2015

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

This years event is just about ready to go - we kick off this week at both schools!

This year's theme is I Shine, We Shine! 


Click the I Shine, We Shine link below to find out more on our special GO Fest page!


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


  • Maths – your child will soon be using a times table practise method called The 99 Club.
  • Voice in a Million – Orion and Goldbeaters Choirs at Wembley Arena – March 11
  • Dance Festival – Orion and Goldbeaters dance team at Arts Depot – March 12
  • Y5 Residential Trip – March 9. Meeting on Thursday at 3.30 in small hall
  • Parents Evenings – Y1 – Y5 on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March
  • Red Nose Day Fundraiser – March 13

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

  • Y5 and Y6: Thursday 11 Dec at 6PM Ticket needed and no young childrenb in audience.
  • Y3 and Y4: Monday 15 Dec at 6PM Ticket needed and no young children in audience
  • Foundation Stage Friday 12 Dec at 9.30 and 1.15
  • Y1 and Y2: Wednesday 17 at 9.30


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!


WW2 Trip

Our exceptional year 5 kids are travelling back in time to the 1940s. There are lots of pictures of them on the WW2 page...


Discovery Evenings

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.  


Music Festival

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!


Sports Success!

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


Go to


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.  

Gold Star Centre

New Term

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 Marchcheeky

  • Bring £1
  • Come dressed in sporting outfits
  • Take part in the Golden Mile Challenge


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 Schoolno

Holiday learning at the new Orion site - 9,10,11 April 9.15 - 12.15


Word Up Fest 2014surprise

From January 27 to the end of March


  • We try to read as many books as we can in 60 days
  • We enter the amazing story writing competition - Radio 2
  • We complete a writing doodle book
  • We enjoy World Book Day
  • We get better at talking in our “Talk a lot” sessions


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.