School Newsletter : 24 March 2023

| Issue 10 | Spring 1 | Week 24 |

Friday 17th March: Giving thanks, celebration, fun & joy while helping others!

A huge thank you to all the Burdett-Coutts families who joined us last Friday to take part in a vast range of celebration and fundraising events held that day!

Firstly we had Red Nose Day activities, with everyone dressing in red and a range of children’s games & activities doing lunch break including a very yummy ‘red’ cupcake (thank you Mrs Baker). Collectively we raised an amazing £158.00 in donations which will go towards helping Comic Relief support the amazing projects and organisations making a difference for people across the UK and around the world.

Our Red Nose Day winners were:

  • Pin the Red Nose on the Orangutan: Mickyas (Year 6), Sarina (Year 5), Safiyah (Year 4), Safwan (Year 3), Samir (Year 2), Alexander (Year 1), Mickael (Reception) and Mahya (Nursery)
  • How Many Red Sweets in the Jar?: KS2 Aron (Year 4) and KS1 & EYFS Ezra (Year 1)

We then held a wonderful Mothers Day Service in church, where the children presented readings, artwork, prayers and songs – all in celebration of those who fulfil the role of mothering in our lives. Many thanks to Mr Carden for organising this event and to those parents who attended our service, it was wonderful to have you there.

Year 5 & 6 were given a special presentation by Chroma, a Young Enterprise team from The Tiffin Girls’ School in Kingston. The presentation – about their card game, ‘Hidden Heroes’, was led by Jasmin, Mary and Mia. Jasmin was a former student at Burdett-Coutts and she also helped answer questions the pupils had about what secondary school was like.

Our day concluded with a wonderful Easter Fete, that was brilliantly organised and led by our school’s PSA, The Friends of Burdett-Coutts. A huge thank you to all parents who have joined the schools PSA and for the time and energy they have generously donated leading up to and running this extremely successful event!

It was a wonderful opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to meet and take part in a range of fun events which included games, tombola, face & nail painting, art stalls and the very popular cake and sweet stalls and many more. The event raised an amazing £1366 and there was buckets of fun, laughter, celebration and competition across the afternoon.

If you would like to join the PSA, their next meeting is on Thursday 30th March. All parents are warmly welcome to join in to start planning for their next events.

Easter Bonnet Competition

WOW! What a wonderful array of Easter Bonnets were submitted for this popular competition. It’s clear that there’s been many, many busy moments of creative activity at home as children and parents worked on their creations.

Our guest judges, Narissa Bowles (Chair of Governors) and Graham Buckle (Vicar of St. Stephen’s), had an extremely difficult job in judging the bonnets.  However after much deliberation the winners for each year group are as listed below:


  • 1st: Jamie
  • 2nd: Alice
  • Highly Commended: Bonnie


  • 1st: Rayna
  • 2nd: Aayat
  • Highly Commended: Mickael

Year 1

  • 1st: Tahlia
  • 2nd: Jude
  • Highly Commended: Pari

Year 2

  • 1st: Thea
  • 2nd: Yaqub
  • Highly Commended: Andrew & Ivy

Year 3

  • 1st: Tomas
  • 2nd: Max
  • Highly Commended: Oscar

Year 4

  • 1st: Renaud
  • 2nd: Safiyah
  • Highly Commended: Kaylee

Year 5

  • 1st: Sara
  • 2nd: Eeman
  • Highly Commended: Sarina

Thank you once again for all the wonderful bonnets! Pupils will be wearing these (where possible) at our Easter Service next Wednesday. We look forward to next year’s competition – this year’s entrants have certainly set a high standard!

Easter Holiday Camp

Thank you to the parents who have signed up to the Easter Holiday Camp via the Our Camps website. I know that Howard from Our Camps, was really pleased to meet so many of you during the Easter Fete.

If you haven’t already signed up via the Our Camps website, or via the QR code on the leaflets handed out at the Easter Fete, you can register and collect an application form from the school office.

Please make sure you register by 4pm this Wednesday 29th March, so that we can ensure your child’s t-shirt (a free gift) is ready for them. The camp will run from 3rd – 6th April @ 10:00 – 14:30 each day, with a lunch and snacks provided.

Please see the leaflet below for more information.

Parents Evening

Our next Parents Evening will be on Thursday 20th April, and you can sign up for your appointment times at the school office from Monday 27th March.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment, so that you have time to review the work your child has selected with them, before meeting with your class teacher.

Club Updates

All clubs are running as normal next week, with the exception of After School Club, which will not be running on Friday as school closes for the Easter Holidays at 13:30 on the 31st March.

Due to the high demand for spaces at After School Club, those people on the register who have lapsed in use will be contacted next week by Miss Karen in the office, to check if you wish to keep your place.

If so, all places must be paid for in full, even if you choose not to use them. We will then be able to allocate out spaces for those families on the waiting list. Please note that ad-hoc days will not be possible if the request takes the number of pupils attending on that day over the ratio of pupils allowed.

In addition, please note that places for next September are already in high demand from new families who are starting. We will be asking all existing users to confirm their intention to continue attending After School Club in September during parents evening next term.

Extended School Day letters with application slips will be sent home on Monday 17th April.  You can sign up for clubs on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 18th April between 08:00 – 09:30 or from 15:00 – 16:00 on those days only.

Club Dates for the Summer Term:

  • Breakfast Club: Starts Monday 17th April and ends Friday 21st July
  • After School Club: Starts Monday 17th April and ends Wednesday 19th July
  • Extended School Day Clubs: Starts Monday 24th April and ends Friday 14th of July

2-year old Pre-school Provision

We are currently exploring (quite strongly) the prospect of offering 2-year old provision from September 2023. If this is something you would like to make use of, please register your interest at the school office as soon as possible.

Many thanks to those who have already registered, the responses have so far been quite overwhelmingly positive.

If you know of friends or family currently on a waiting list for a 2-year old place, who are not attending our school, please do ask them to make contact with the school

We will be confirming this decision shortly after the Easter Holiday, including the publication of fees, hours of operation etc.

Trips and Events: News round-up!

17th March: Fire Brigade Visit

Last week Year 5 and Year 2 had visit from the London Fire Brigade. They’ve learnt about the causes of fires around the home, how to prevent these, what to do if there is a fire and how to remain safe. The children were thoroughly engaged in the sessions, asking many sensible questions and learning a lot about keeping themselves and their families safe. Why not ask them what they’ve learnt?

20th March: Choir & Year 6 performance at the Barbican

On Monday 20th March, Year Six and members of the Choir Club had the massive privilege of singing in a concert in the Barbican Concert Hall, one of the biggest classical music venues in the country. We were invited by Mr Tim Garrard, Head of Music at Westminster School. The piece we had to learn was Benjamin Britten’s 20th Century Cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, one of the most difficult and challenging pieces ever sung by pupils at our school.

The experience of performing on a very large stage – with singers from several other schools including Westminster, Greycoat Hospital, Harris Academy and others – and being accompanied by the brilliant Ben Bloor (organist of Westminster School) was superb. This was definitely something you can’t learn from a book!

The lights on us were very bright, and quite hot, and we could see hundreds of people watching us from the three levels of the auditorium. Before we sang, we listened to Dvorak’s Violin Concerto played wonderfully by Rhys Evans (pupil at Westminster) and the National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Mr Heighway. We were thrilled to be sitting next to the orchestra, and therefore very close to the players.

Our piece was sung by a choir of approximately 100 singers, of which we were the youngest onstage. Singing in harmony with older school children and adults in this magnificent place to a large audience was absolutely thrilling and we will remember it for a very long time.

21st March: Year 5 trip to St. Gabriels Church

Year 5 were lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Pimlico Music Foundation and various other local primary schools on a singing project.

We learnt 2 songs linked to climate change and the environment: Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell. We had rehearsals with singers in the church before singing all together – it sounded amazing! Then some schools were chosen to perform a song of their choice – we sang ‘Just a Cold Tomb‘ as a round! Miss Mattey and Mr Carden were very proud of us.

23rd March: Reception & Year 2 Trip to London Zoo

This week Reception and Year 2 went on a trip to the London Zoo. They had a wonderful time and came back buzzing with excitement and full of amazing memories. The children spent the day admiring the wild animals, walking through a rainforest, greeting the meerkats, waddling with the penguins and swinging with the monkeys.

They saw a tortoise that was over 100 years old and a mother sloth and her baby sleeping in a corner of the rainforest. They walked around the aquarium looking at different fish of all colours, shapes and sizes!

Before having their lunch children went to watch the penguins being fed, they loved it as they were cute, and it was fun watching them dive into the water. It was an unforgettable experience for the children as well as the adults.

Are you getting to school on time?

A huge thank you to all of our families who are in school everyday and arrive on time! It is important that your child attends school every day and on time. Arriving late to school is unsettling for children and disrupts the start to their day.

Our school day starts at 09:00, and all pupils need to be in school by 08:55, to ensure that they are ready for learning at 09:00. Teachers are waiting in classes with learning ready to start at this time.

The main pupil entrance (gates) will open at 08:45 and will close at 08:55. After this time parents will need to bring their child/ren via school office. Please ensure your child is in school before 08:55.

From the February Half Term you will need to sign your children in if entering through the office. The time of entry and reason for lateness will be noted.

We are carefully monitoring attendance and punctuality as we have noticed an increasing trend of both becoming a pattern for some families.

Routines are the easiest way to ensure your child attends school on time every day, so try to create good routines for the start of your day, particularly if mornings are hectic in your household.

Try and prepare as much as possible the night before, and ensure that older children are taking much more responsibility for their readiness for school.

Did you know?!

  • 10 minutes late every day = 33 hours lost learning each year!
  • Lateness and absence has a significant impact not only on your child’s learning, but also others, as teachers may have to re-teach late arrivals to ensure they can participate in the lesson.

Upcoming Events


  • Monday 27th March @ 14:30 – 16:30: Coronation Club (Year 4) Trip to the Royal Mews
  • Wednesday 29th March: Easter Service at St.Stephens Church. Starts at 09:30 with doors opening to parents at 09:15.
  • Friday 31st March: Roll Back the Stone Production led by  Years 3 & 6 at St. Stephens Church. Starts at 09:30 with doors opening to parents at 09:15.
  • Friday 31st March: Last day of term. School closes at 13:30.

Community Corner

Collective Worship

The whole school attends acts of Collective Worship every day.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: key stage singing assemblies led by Mr Carden.
  • Wednesdays: Church service led by Graham or Helena, the clergy at St Stephens with St John on Rochester Row. These services are very child-friendly, and Year 6 take a leading role by processing, singing in the choir and reading the Bible readings and prayers.
  • Thursdays: We focus on celebrating achievements, led by a member of SLT, School Council or a class teacher with their class. When a class teacher leads the assembly, their class also recite a piece of poetry they have been learning. We would be very grateful if parents could support their children in learning these poems when it is their turn.
  • Friday: Opportunities for classes to share what they have been learning with their families and the rest of the school.

Class Assemblies

Class assemblies start at 9:00. Parents, kindly be seated by 8:55.

  • 31st March: Roll Back the Stone Year 3 & Year 6 Easter production @ 09:30 at St.Stephens Church.  Doors open to parents at 09:15.

Last Sunday was an important day in the Christian calendar and a special day for families: Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day (as it has more recently become known) is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

Mothering Sunday has been celebrated for hundreds of years, with people since the Middle Ages using the day to visit their ‘mother church‘: the place where they received the sacrament of baptism as a child. In more recent history, domestic servants who often lived far away from home, would traditionally be given the day off on Mothering Sunday so they could go home to visit their mothers.

Mothering Sunday is often associated with the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand in the Bible (John 2:1-14), prompted by the association of gifts from ‘Mother Earth‘. In Church last Wednesday we heard a different reading, this one with a focus on women, from John 4:5-42.

This is a long reading so Graham summarised it for us: it is the story of a woman from Samaria; in Jesus’ time the Samaritans were regarded by the Jews as sinful enemies and were hated. One day a Samaritan woman was by a well, drawing up water. She had been ostracised by other women collecting water but Jesus approached her and spoke with her.

He confronted her about her sins but comforted her with the truth of the gospel. This story demonstrates the compassion, love and care Jesus had for all, whilst also showing us the importance of water. He said: ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water I give them will never be thirsty.’

Community Questions

  • What’s your favourite drink when you are really thirsty? What do you like about it?
  • Jesus offers ‘living water’ that quenches the woman’s thirst for God. Do you ever feel thirsty for God?
  • What is different about the living water Jesus offered?

FREE family activities

Messy Cathedral, Saturday 1 April 10.30am – 1pm

St Paul’s Cathedral invites families to a FREE session of activities for all ages, including crafts, singing and storytelling, all journeying through the days of Holy Week. All the fun will culminate in a Holy Communion.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be ordered here >

Paren & Toddler Group @ St. Stephens Church

Do you have a baby or toddler and would like to meet other parents? Why not join our weekly Baby and Toddler group every Wednesday 10 – 11:30am at St. Stephen’s Church, Rochester Row? All are welcome – see details below.

Term Dates 2022-2023

Please find here the agreed term dates set by our school’s Governing Body for the upcoming academic year, starting September 2022.

Please remember that holidays will not be authorised during the school term, and that all children should be in school (on time) every day.

Please refer to the table below for the term dates, including INSET days and Bank Holidays when the school will be closed to pupils.

Alternatively, you can click on the image thumbnail on the right to view the PDF (please note this will open in a new window) or you can click on the link below:



Start of Term (for Years 1-6)


05 September 2022



21 October 2022

Half Term


24 October 2022



28 October 2022

Return on


31 October 2022

End of Term


16 December 2022



Start of Term


04 January 2023



10 February 2023

Half Term


13 February 2023



17 February 2023

Return on


20 February 2023

End of Term


31 March 2023



Start of Term


17 April 2023



26 May 2023

Half Term


29 May 2023



02 June 2023

Return on


05 June 2023

End of Term


21 July 2023


Teaching & Learning: Curriculum Map Autumn/Spring


01 September 2022

Teaching & Learning: Phonics


02 September 2022

Assessment & Pupil Progress


02 December 2022

Teaching & Learning: Curriculum Map Autumn/Spring


03 January 2023

Assessment & Pupil Progress


07 July 2023

BANK HOLIDAYS (school closed)
May Bank Holiday


01 May 2023

Coronation Bank Holiday


08 May 2023

PE Days

Classes will have PE lessons on the following days for the Spring Term.

  • Monday: Year 1 (PM)
  • Tuesday: Year 4 (PM)
  • Wednesday: Year 5 (AM)* and Year 2 (PM)
  • Thursday: Year 6 (PM)
  • Friday: Reception & Nursery (AM) and Year 3 (PM)

*Kindly note that ONLY Year 5 pupils will need to come to school in their school uniform and bring their PE kit to change into after attending Church, on their designated PE day (Wednesday).

Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct PE uniform to school on their designated PE day. If you have any questions about school uniforms, please call, email or pop in to the school office

Correct PE uniform:

  • Navy PE t-shirt (with school logo)
  • Navy sweatshirt (with school logo)
  • Navy jogging bottoms, leggings, skirt or shorts
  • Trainers or plimsolls (black)

September 2023: Nursery & Reception places available

If you are looking for a Nursery  or Reception Place, for your child from September 2023, please contact the school and make an appointment to join a school tour.

We’d be delighted for you to join us for a 30-minute bespoke EYFS tour, where you will have the chance explore our Early Years setting, speak to key staff and ask any questions regarding admissions and your child starting with us at Burdett-Coutts.

Please contact us to register for our tours which take place every Thursday, with times available from 09:30 – 14:30 during term time.

Funding eligibility letter for Pupil Premium, Early Years Funding & Free School Meals

Due to changes in the eligibility criteria for Pupil Premium, Free School Meals and qualifying for 30 hours of funding for Nursery provision, many pupils currently enrolled at our school may now be entitled to one of these funding allocations.

We will be issuing letters to families who are currently not in receipt of the above, asking you to complete the registration for the identified funding option your child/ren maybe eligible for. Thank you so much in advance for your help in completing this.

This funding allows us to increase additional staffing hours to run booster groups, and an exciting range of extended day activities, that benefit our school and your child, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this difficult time for school budgets.

  • If you should have any queries with regards to the letter sent to you, please contact Mrs Deary or the school office.


Inspired by the Year 1 sharing assembly, Nursery have been exploring the Gruffalo story themselves. We have delved into the world of woodland creatures and pondered over the question ‘If lying to protect yourself is alright?’ The children decided that the mouse was clever to make sure that she didn’t end up as anyone’s dinner, even if it meant that she had to lie. However, they also acknowledged that perhaps lying if you were just trying to get out of trouble wasn’t fair or ok.


Last week in Reception we were busy preparing for Mother’s Day. We learnt all about Mothering Sunday and how it is a special celebration for Christians. We talked about our mums and why they are so special to us. We then created cards with daffodils as these are often given to our mothers in church. We made sure to do our very best writing in the cards.

Year 1:

In PSHE we have been focusing on healthy and unhealthy social and emotional habits. We have been talking about how we can manage our emotions, and the strategies we can use to overcome conflict. We’ve also been talking a lot about problems and deciding whether our problems are big or small, and what we can do to overcome them. Have a chat to your child at home about conflict and come up with some ways you could deal with any problems.

Year 2:

Last week, Year 2 were learning how Mother’s Day is celebrated across the world as a chance to celebrate and thank the special people that care for us. We discussed that for some people, this is a mother or grandmother, while others might celebrate their foster parents, grandparents, siblings or other people that have loved and supported them. The pupils were then creative in showing their gratitude by making cards, and writing down what makes these people special to them. They shared their favourite memories: walking in the park, having a picnic, watching a movie, playing together, baking cupcakes, doing art and crafts etc. And discussed how important it is to have someone who values and views you as precious, who loves you no matter what and are always there for you.

Year 3:

This term in RE, Year 3 is learning to recall key events in the Easter story and understand why Jesus’ crucifixion symbolises hope for Christians. Children looked at the Last Supper and discussed the significance of the bread and wine, why Jesus used the bread to symbolise his body, the wine his blood, and how these words are a sign that Jesus knew what was coming. Children were introduced to the key question ‘What is good about Good Friday?‘ and explored, from a Christian perspective, how Jesus’ death was part of God’s plan to show people they can be forgiven and start afresh. Christians believe God made a beautiful world, but when people started forgetting how to be good to each other and how to look after the planet, He sent Jesus to make things better, to save the day, to redeem the situation. This meant forgiving people for what they had done wrong.

Year 4:

Our theme in RE this half term is Salvation and Forgiveness. We are asking ourselves whether forgiveness is always possible for Christians, and if there are actions that we could not forgive. We have looked at the New Testament {Matthew 18:21-22] to learn about Jesus’ teachings. We have also learnt some quotations from Martin Luther King Jr. and other religious people from different faiths. This ‘big question‘ about forgiveness is linked to the Easter story and Jesus’ sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins.

Year 5:

We have been celebrating Science Week with the theme of connections. We have been learning about Katherine Johnson, who was the first African American woman to work as a scientist at NASA. She was a pioneering mathematician and was known as the human computer because many of her colleagues trusted her calculations more than the computer. As we are writing to inform this half term, we made information posters about her.

Year 6:

This week in Maths we have been learning how to find percentages of amounts or missing values and then applying this to solving more complex reasoning problems. We are now able to confidently find 10% of an amount and use this knowledge to work out any given amount. We discussed how to use different strategies when finding percentages close to the whole. For example, to find 97 percent, it would be easier for us to find 3% and then take that amount away from the whole. We will continue to master percentages in our daily ‘fluent in five‘ sessions.