University of Cambridge
On Thursday 13th July 2016, 19 children from Years 4 and 5 visited Trinity College, part of the University of Cambridge. Eddie, who is studying maths, gave us a tour of the college. We saw some of the oldest books in the country in the library and the original Winnie the Pooh manuscripts. When we were in one of the courts, Eddie showed us how Newton worked out the speed of light! We had lunch in hall and then we got to play in the fellows' secret gardens. We also had a pool lesson from Mr Babu!
Year 6 - School Prom
Friday 8th July
The Right Honourable Speaker of the House Mr John Bercow MP visited St Francis de Sale School on Thursday the 30th of June 2016. Tottenham University students from St Pauls and All Hallows , Devonshire Hill Primary and Risley Avenue joined St Francis children and debated " The United Kingdom should take more refugee children from Syria into our lands"
Children from all the school spoke passioneltly and well. However we were all blown away by Mario's heart rendering speech, speaking for the motion; which described the two seas of Galilee and Dead Sea. The former has waters passing through with different tributaries and the latter did not. He finished his speech by saying "Let's not allow Britain to become the Dead Sea"
The children responded by shouting with approval and staff were in tears with the emotion of the moment.
The Speaker was so impressed he requested a copy of the speech so he could share it with The Right Honourable Theresa May MP Home Secretary. The irony was not lost on us as this may be the same Home Secretary who becomes the Prime Minster!
Friday 1st July
Year 5 - Royal Albert Hall
The choir and the year 5 musicians were able to sing and play their instruments at the Royal Albert Hall, along with 54 schools in Haringey. It showed what amazing talent we have in Haringey and was a wonderful experience.
Tottenham University Graduation 2016
After a gruelling year where children have completed Tottenham University 2016 Graduation at the prestigious venue of Alexander Palace.
The theme of the day is the quote that we have placed on their certificate says…
"Continuous effort not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential." Winston Churchill
Tottenham University is an exciting project that has been developed by the Tottenham Schools to ensure our brilliant children are exposed to some exciting opportunities to ensure they remain ambitious and want to aspire to be the best.
108 children from six schools in Tottenham have completed a number of challenges including additional reading, undertaking sports activities and visiting museums.
In addition the schools have organised visits to the House of Commons, Oxford University /Oxford Union, watched The Railway Children, North Middlesex University Hospital and Metropolitan Police Stables.
The children have kept a journal of their experiences and attended a Graduation Ceremony at Alexandra Palace on Monday the 20th of June 2016. The guest of honour is the BBC Broadcaster Reeta Chakrabati who presented certificates to the children.
We were please to have the Head teachers from
St Francis de Sales , Risley Avenue , St Pauls and All Hallows , Devonshire Hill and Lea valley schools at this exciting event . Along with the Chair of the North Middlesex University Hospital , Sir Quentin Blakes's House of Illustration Museum and Deputy Chief Executive of Haringey Council Zina Etheridge.
All the children and their guest had a great time and we are looking forward to next year's Tottenham University 2017!
Speakers Award Judging
As school trips they don't get any better than spending the afternoon at the House of Commons in Speaker's private office. Well that is what happened to Mario and Noa , two students who help on the 2015 School Council Awards winning project where St Francis de Sales School Council host older people for lunch every Tuesday. Annie Waddington contacted St Francis de sales school to help judge this year's competition along with Valerie Vaz MP ,Edge and Greg Sanders .
The children had a brilliant time Noa said "This is the best school trip ever" and Mario said " My mom was so excited particularly when she found out I was one of the judges"
The children are preparing an assembly on their experiences and want to ensure other children will continue to be excited about School Councils and the changes they can make.
Both Mario and Noa found it challenging to decide on what we're the best projects because the standard was so high. But they have some great ideas for what St Francis de Sales School Council can do next year.
St Francis de Sales
Olympic Opening Ceremony 2016
The Guardian Newspaper
On Wednesday 8th June a group of our children spent the day at the Guardian Newspaper where they became journalists for the day.
Wear it Wild. Dress wild. Raise money for wildlife.
Celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday
As I am sure you are all aware, Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her 90th Birthday this year and here at St Francis de Sales we decided we would celebrate her birthday too!
On Tuesday 17th May we held a Red, White and Blue Day where all the children and staff were invited to come to school wearing those colours. In the afternoon we held a ‘street party’ in our school playground.
The pupils and staff really enjoyed the picnic and dancing to old East End music.
Walk to School Week
16th May to 20th May
We are very excited to inform you that we have been awarded some funding from Haringey Council to develop the garden area behind the school house.
The garden will mainly be used during lesson time to help small groups of children develop key skills. Whole classes will also visit the garden as part of their topic and science work and it will be open during lunchtimes for use by children in Years 3 and 4.
Our aim is to have the garden up and running for September 2016. This term we will be clearing the site and constructing raised beds. We hope that lots of you will be able to help us with this process! Please contact the office if you would be able to donate or lend any tools (forks, shovels, wheelbarrows etc.) or if you have construction or gardening expertise that we could draw on in the next stages of the project.
On Saturday 14th May 2016, we completed the first stage of work – clearing the garden and levelling the ground. We think you’ll agree that our amazing team of staff, parents and community volunteers did an incredible job! Huge thanks to Andrew, Rajesh Jose, Vidas Uilimias, Kingsley Opara, Juan Loaiza, Bahta Tesfe, Ibrahim Mono, Selam Desta, Beatrice Yong, Juliet Maina, Ms. McGlade, Mr McCreadie, Bernard Daly, Miss Nobre, Alexandra Robert, Miss Foster, Mrs Shirley, Mrs Prah, Mr Tillson, Mr Petrousse, Mr Lane and Mr Babu.
Local History Workshop
3C took part in a local history workshop provided by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The children all learnt about the origin of the name Tottenham and how the area has changed over the years.
Friday 13th May
Leadership and Debating Club
As a club we debate about topics relevant to us. We perform public speeches in order to practise our oratory skills and develop them further.
The video you’re about to watch took more than 2 weeks to prepare because we wanted to make this debate not just good but great. This video is about children and whether badly behaved children should have the right to attend school.
What do you think the verdict will be?
Watch and find out.
3M commemorate 400 years since the death of
We've had a very exciting day, some of the eggs have hatched.
Thursday 21st March
Nursery and Reception have received a special delivery of chick eggs. The
children are very excited and can't wait for them to hatch.
19th April 2016
Maths Week 2016
18th April - 22nd April
Over 60s Club
The children from class 2S visited the Over 60s Club. The children sang a selection of songs and gave each person an Easter Egg.
St Francis de Sales School's school council has embarked on an exciting project with Virgin Money to develop business skills in young people. The idea is for young people to make £5 grow into a successful fundraising project for the school.
Natalie Bunn from Virgin Money said " We are delighted to be working with St Francis de Sales school and look forward to a successful initiative."
Eva Dercsenyi an independent music and film maker has agreed to work with the children to develop a DVD of the children singing their favourite songs. Eva said "I am looking forward to working on this exciting project."
The School Council will be working with Natalie to develop a business plan. Junior (Year 5 School Councillor) said " We are looking forward to making a DVD of our school and we will sell the DVD to help raise money for our school in Tottenham."
Dr Lane (Headteacher) said " St Francis de Sales has a track record for working with a wide range of organisations , we are delighted to be working with Virgin Money on this exciting initiative and particularly as Natalie Bunn project officer with Virgin Money is one of our ex pupils. The School Council is excited and we hope are children learn how to develop a successful business."
Mini-Vinnies and National Skipping Day
Part of our mission as a Catholic school is to support those people who need our help. The Mini-Vinnies (who take inspiration from St Vincent de Paul) are always looking for opportunities to support ’the common good’.
This term they have combined their fundraising with national skipping day. Pupils will be able to take part in a skipping competition for 10p a try. The proceeds this term will go to the British Heart Foundation.
Year 5 have been working hard on their topic
'The Great and the Bold and the Brave'. During the half term holiday, 5B researched Greek Gods and Goddesses.
29th February - 4th March
Book cover designs
Poet Rachel Piercey reading poetry to us
Nursery children making pancakes
British Values Displays
On Thursday 28th January 2016 our School Choir, along with thousands of other schools took part in the 20th Anniversary of Young Voices.
St Francis de Sales Choir singing Christmas Carols at North Middlesex Hospital
Year 2 singing Christmas Carols to the Over 60's Club
Nursery Nativity AM
Nursery Nativity PM
11th November 2015
Today Jonathan from the London Fire Brigade came into school. He told us how we can stay safe on Bonfire night.
3rd November 2015
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
On Thursday 17th September, pupils, staff and parents gathered together to celebrate the beginning of the new school term. We were very fortunate to have Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrate Mass with us and afterwards blessed our new school building.