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JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH
The Journey to the Centre of the Earth Extravaganza was an amazing retelling of the story by Year Five who have been working with the Tricycle Theatre Company.
The drama is that the World is about to run out of stories, and only by reaching the centre of the Earth can our super-heros save the world from this terrible fate.
Along with all the heroism, jokes and songs along the way, we even got a brilliant geology lesson - and a fanfare from our budding trumpeters! See more here.
NO LIMITS FOR OUR STARS
Fantastic work with fractions, excellent contributions to the Anti-Bullying workshops, and learning to take the consequences and move on - these were just a few of the great things we heard about at this weeks Achievements Assembly.
See all the star learners and role models on the Achievements Assembly page.
The Ofsted inspectors judged that at Mitchell Brook School, the leadership, teaching and learning, development and welfare, outcomes for pupils, and early years provision are all OUTSTANDING!
As part of Anti-Bullying week we saw a performance called 'Speaking Out' which showed us some effective ways of dealing with bullies. There is the 'broken record' - just keep repeating 'No, I don't want to do that', and 'fogging' - let a bully say what they say without contradicting or even caring.
We also learnt about how we can get help, even from people who seem too busy - making a noise does not mean just being loud!
After the performance children did workshops to explore more the role of bystanders. We say: 'Don’t be a hurricane, be someone’s shelter!'
NOISE ABOUT BULLYING - NO!
We are taking part in the national Anti-Bullying week and the children are learning about different kinds of bullying, why it happens, and most important how to prevent it.
The theme this year is 'Make a Noise about Bullying', and there will be a workshop on the role of on-lookers.
School is where we learn and become mature individuals who contribute to the community. For us bullying gets zero tolerance!
Article 36 of the UN Charter says that 'Children have the right to be protected from forms of bad treatment.' As an official rights-respecting school this fits right in with our anti-bullying learning and our whole school ethos!
The Banyan class extravaganza retold for us the great story of Rama and Sita, origin of the Hindu festival of Dwali, which is also a special day for members of the Sikh and Jain communities.
We heard how Rama upheld the principle of Dharma - righteousness - by fulfilling a promise to go into exile even though the people wanted him to be King. Then he had to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the jealous demon Ravana. Banyan class brought to life this beautiful story of the triumph of light over darkness.
A DAY AT THE OPERA
Pre-secondary have become deeply engrossed in a fantastic music and drama project with the English National Opera inspired by their production of The Mikado, the popular comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.
The project will give the children the opportunity to become involved in the production, exploring what happens in a rehearsal room, meeting the creative team, learning some of the music and working with a director to create their own, Mikado inspired mini ‘opera-in-a-day’.
The children have really taken to the project and have become intrigued by the whole process of learning and practice that takes place to put together a stage production.
DROP-INS FOR NEW PARENTS AND CARERS
If your child will be starting, or may be starting, in Mitchell Brook Reception next year, you are welcome to come to a drop-in session for new parents and carers.
They will be on Friday mornings 9.15-10.30am.
SUPPORT WITH THE NEXT STEP
The Pre-Secondary Year staff are providing as much information and support as possible with the important process of choosing and applying to the right secondary school.
Details of Open Mornings and Evenings for Brent Secondary Schools can be found here along with this Admission Guide. We strongly advise you to visit potential secondary schools to see the quality of education, extra-curricular activities and resources that the school provides.
The Pre-Secondary Team will be holding support sessions later in the half term to guide you through the application process. More information about these sessions will be posted on this website.
Are We Missing Out On Free School Meals?
There is now a quick on-line way to check if a child is eligible for free school meals.
Here is a letter to parents and carers about free school meals and why it is important for the school to apply if a child is eligible.
If you would like any help with this, speak to Bharti in the office.
(Looking for some of the events that happened earlier in the year? You can still read about them on the news archive page. )