Monday, 13 December 2010


The School Council are delighted to announce that £530 was raised at the Christmas Bazaar last week. We will make a decision on spending in the new year.
The School Council decided that £100 of the money raised will be sent to the homeless charity 'Shelter.'
Thank you to the PTA for all their help and to all the wonderful parents and children who donated items to sell at the Bazaar.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Nightingale Meets Father Christmas

This week Year 1 and Reception where lucky enough to meet up with Father Christmas via Video Conference.

Father Christmas talked to the children about where he went on holiday this year which looked quite exciting, he liked the cold places best.

Then the children asked him some questions. We has some great ideas from year 1 which included how does his reindeer fly and how doe he get round the whole world in one night.

Then the children sung a song.

It was a great time and the children where all very excited.

Thursday, 9 December 2010


The times for the Lower Junior play are as follows:
- Tuesday 14th December at 1.45
- Wednesday 15th December at 9.30

Please choose your preferred performance and we look forward to seeing you there. Due to lack of space, we would appreciate it if only 2 adults from each family attend.

Monday, 6 December 2010

School is open as usual

Friday, 3 December 2010


The school intends to open on Monday 6 December.
Parents and staff will be notified by text message if this situation changes.
Please see school website for updates.


Please note the following dates and times for this year's Christmas Concerts:
Nursery and Reception -
Tuesday 7th December 2.30
Wednesday 8th December 9.30
Year 1 -
Wednesday 8th December 2.15
Year 2 -
Thursday 9th December 9.30
We will inform you if these dates or times change


SNOW - due to weather conditions and ice which has built up around the school, Nightingale will remain shut today (Friday)

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Friday snow

Message left on thursday - please check this website in the morning for snow update. A message will also be sent on phones in the morning by 7.30



Wednesday, 1 December 2010


Well done to our girls' football team who got through to the next round at the tournament.
A good day!!

Swimming Gala

Congratulations to the Nightingale swimmers who successfully took part in the Redbridge swimming gala.
Well done to Bella Hoy who got to the finals for backstroke.


Nightingale is open today (1st December)

Tuesday, 30 November 2010


SNOW - Nightingale Primary school is open today (30th November)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Attendance assembly

Last week, both Key Stages held a special attendance assembly to congratulate the class for the best class attendance this year. Many of the children (from all classes) throughout the school received '100% attendance' stickers.

The classes with the best attendance from the Infants was 2LL and from the Junior class was 6LO - well done and keep it up for this half term!!

The classes were presented with new cups for attendance.

Netball Match

Nightingale played Parklands and won an incredible ................... 22-0
the children who played were: Alona, Ella, Hannah, Madeline, Louisa, Sophie, Rachel and Temisan.
Ella and Alona worked really well together scoring 22 goals. The team are unbeaten this year. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch.
A special well done Mrs Oshodi and Nicole Rosen for all their hard work!



We had an exciting day on Friday as we dressed up for Children in Need.

We followed the theme of 'Wear Spots! Raise Lots!' There was a sea of red and yellow in the school hall. Many children even designed their own outfits which were very imaginative.

Thank you very much to all those who filled the 'Pudsey bears' at school as we raised a superb £560 which will be sent to the Children in Need charities.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Samaritan's Purse

A massive THANK YOU to all parents and children who contributed a box for the Samaritan's Purse appeal. Due to your generosity, we managed to collect 130 BOXES which have now been sent to the charity. The appeal are exceptionally grateful and excited about our contribution.
THANK YOU again.


NETBALL - well done again for a superb win from our amazing netball team, who won 5-3 against Park school. An excellent win also as we played the St Albans A team and won an incredible 13-1 !!!!!

Friday, 5 November 2010


Congratulations to the netball and football teams for their recent success since starting the Autumn term.
The netball team had an INCREDIBLE WIN against Bancroft B team (15-1) and a fantastic 12-1 win against Chigwell school.
The High-5 netball team played very well against Churchfields school, as they won 7-1The children have to play as shooter, defender and a centre. Well done to Harsh and Brandon who represented the team extremely well.

A fantastic win for the football team who won 5-3 against Our Lady of Lourdes. Bella was the player of the match.

Congratulations and a superb start to the term.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Bugsy Malone

Thanks to all the parents who attended this years summer performance. It was well attended, standing room only in the evening. Thanks for all the praise. A big thanks to the staff and parents who made it happen.

If you missed it or would like to watch it again there is a video now in the Year 6 and Year 5 fronter room. Ask your children if you don't know how to log in.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Creativity Weeks

During the first two weeks back after half term, the Foundation Stage, KS 1 and KS 2 took part in a range of exciting activities as part of the Creativity Week theme "Around the World in 5 days!"

The children enjoyed specially prepared drama, singing and extra art lessons. There were numerous visitors to the school, including Ilford Ursuline Gospel Choir who delivered a stunning assembly performance then sang with some of the classes as part of a workshop. We were also lucky enough to work with an artist as well as an art historian who taught us plenty about painting styles around the world. The children had the opportunity to taste food from a range of cultures, and shared their work in a special assembly at the end of the week.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Many sporting successes!

Yr 4 athletics

Eight children accompanied Mr. Hawkins to the year 4 athletics competition at Ashton Playing Fields. The whole squad perfromed admirably, with some individual successes, notably in girls' 50 metre sprints. The school finished narrowly outside the top3 out of 10 schools.

Squad: Joseph Clark, Alex Suleyman, Joseph Bennet, Ankajan Sivagnanakumar, Arianna Yeboah, Jasseth Hippolyte, Sharee Davis, Jade Patel.

Yr 5 LBR netball trials

Last week five of our Y5 girls tried out for the LBR netball squad for next year. There was fierce competition, and three of our girls were successful: Madeline Oshodi, Aljona Cirkina, Louisa Gibson.

Two girls narrowly missed out, very unlucky and well done for trying. maybe next time: Sophie and Rachel Culver.

London mini-games

One of our Y6 pupils, Jake O'Neill, has been selected from 30 other pupils to represent LBR at the London mini-games for football. This event will be held at Crystal Palace. Excellent achievement, well done to him.

Football: King's Cup semi-final

Our school football team has reached the final of the Kingh's Cup (the most important and historic 11-a-side competition in LBR primary schools' football). On Tuesday 22nd June they beat a strong Fairlop team on their own pitch 7-4. Excellent stuff boys, bring on St. Anthony's in the final! (Squad as usual)

Football: girls 5-a-side

It has been a year of unprecedented success for our girls football team, which is almost wholly composed of Y5 pupils.

We have taken part in four tournaments, playing mainly against Y6, in the South west Essex Chhampionships. In all 4 tournaments our big rivals have been selwyn school. In 3 previous finals we have lost 1 and won 2 against Selwyn. On Wednesday 23rd June we reached the final yet again, beating various teams by scores such as 7-0, 4-0 etc. We lost the final (Selwyn again!) 3-0, but won the overall Championship spanning over the 4 tournaments as we had only ever lost 2 games!

Well done girls, the trophy is in the cabinet.

Squad: Marianne Aelmans, Franziska Beck, Rachel Culver, Warshika Gopikrishna, Bella Hoy, Iqrah Khan, Vanessa Madu, Madeline Oshodi

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

KS1 playground mural

We currently have a professional artist working with children from KS1 on a mural on the wall in the playground. take a minute to see how work is progressing!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Football success!!

Great news- we were informed yesterday, 25th May, that we are league champions! Redbridge schools are organised into mini-leagues based mainly on locality for each season, and after losing only one game, Nightingale primary School has been announced as champions of our league. This is an excellent effort, rewarding consistent success over a season.

Massive congratulations to the squad and Mr. Hawkins, who has put so much into the team this year. Furthermore, all the best of luck boys for our upcoming Cup semi-final against Fairlop Primary! Who knows- maybe we could add another trophy to the cabinet- it's getting crowded in there!

Squad: George Carlisle, Mahdi Ahmed, Jake O'Neill, Erman Afzali, Alfie Allpress, Nikolas Da Silva-McDonnell, Hugo Delgado, Joshua Hurst, Ryan Lloyd, Lewis Jacobs, Jospeh McKenzie, Tiwa Ofisuwa, Nicholas Shirlaw, George Wicker

All our pupils' trophy achievements can be seen in the trophy cabinet in the office foyer.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Young Writers award

Recently some of our Y6 pupils entered a creative writing competition, entitled "Mini sagas". The competition was run by the "Young Writers" company, who have been publishing work by children for over twenty years.

The winning children will have their stories published in a book called "Tiny Treasures London & The South of England", which is due for publication on 31st August 2010. A copy will be kept at the British Library, so the children's work will go down in history!

The super-talented winners (with the title of their story in brackets) were: Olivia Browning (Decisions), Agshaya Perinbanathan (The Beach), Tayszea Lai (My Sister Kate), Jasmine Bonsu-Hefford (Running Away), Laura Carlisle (My Secret Present) and Jessie Bosher (House).

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Up and coming Y5 netballers

On Saturday 15th May, Mrs. Oshodi took a Y5 netball team to a Redbridge tournament. The team had some experienced players, but it was also the first time some of the squad had played competitively.

Mrs. Oshodi had said that the aim was to try to win one game, and then see- well that was certainly achieved, as the team won plenty of games, including matches against traditional strong rivals Woodford Green Prep and Park School.

The team progressed all the way to the grand final, losing narrowly to Bancroft's 2-1, the victims of a last-minute goal.

Many congratulations to the squad (below), and thanks to Mrs. Oshodi and any parents who helped with transport.

Squad: Aljona Cirkina, Rachel Culver, Sophie Culver, Ella Blake, Madeline Oshodi, Louisa Gibson, Rhea Lempert, Temisan Karim and Franziska Beck.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Ofsted outstanding status

We have recently received our well-earned Ofsted 2009/10 Outstanding logo. As a result of our highly successful inspection, we can use this logo on all our documentation until the next inspection at least. We hope you are as proud of it as we are.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Sporting success continues

On Tuesday 27th April Mrs. Oshodi and Mrs. Rosen took two netball teams to the annual Redbridge netball rally, probably the biggest competition the team enters all year.

Both teams played superbly, the developing Blue team winning two matches and competing well in the other three, so this bodes well for the 2010/11 season!

The Maroon team won all their matches and played the very strong Park school in the semi-final. The result, after extra time, was 3-3, but the team progressed to the final on goal difference.

The final was against Bancroft "A", another very difficult class of opposition. It was a close, tense match, but the girls prevailed, winning 5-4 to bring back their FOURTH trophy of the year! Well done to all the squad (pictured) and Mrs. Rosen and Mrs. Oshodi, netball coaches extraordinaire!

Redbridge Mini Games, 28th April

On Wednesday 28th April, Mr Hawkins, Mrs Oshodi, Mrs Ransome and Mrs Lingard accompanied our football, netball and indoor athletics teams to the Redbridge mini-games at Redbridge Sports centre.

It was a brilliant, but long and tough day. The athletics team performed highly creditably, finishing 9th out of 20 schools, despite a couple of injury problems meaning that late-notice call-ups were required!

The football team (pictured) did fantastically well, especially bearing in mind that in recent years, we have not progressed past the group stages. This year we negotaited the group well, winning two and drawing two matches. We won a narrow quarter-final on penalties, thanks to our hero 'keeper George, and beat an excellent side in the semi-final 1-0. The final proved to be one match too far, and despite a rousing performance we went down 2-0. The team only conceded 3 goals on their way to the final, and to finish runners-up was a magnificent achievement.

By now you may well have guessed... the netball team won the netball section, beating all opposition including a 9-1 victory over Mossford Green in the final! The trophy was presented to the team by the Mayor of Redbridge.

The team this year has won all the tournaments they have entered, earning FIVE trophies which are all on display in the trophy cabinet in the office foyer. This has been an amazingly successful year for the netball team, and for Nightingale sport in general.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Governor tribute

You may remember that sadly, last year, our Chair of the Governing Body Councillor Allan Burgess passed away.

Councillor Burgess had been the Chair of Governors for many years and had provided great service to both Nightingale Primary School and Aldersbrook Primary, where he was also Chair of Governors. He was well known in the local area, and worked very hard to achieve improvements in the Wanstead and South Woodford areas, to which he was deeply committed.

As a tribute to Councillor Burgess a tree has been planted at the front of the school, with a stone plaque to commemorate his great service to our school.

"Walk on Wednesdays" competition winners

The Junior children recently took part in the Walk on Wednesday (WoW) competition to design a badge.

Walk on Wednesday is scheme designed to encourage children to walk to school. This has benefits for fitness, the environment and congestion in the mornings around school, as cars are used less.

Even if you live too far away from school to walk the whole way, you can still get involved: park the car 5-10 minutes walk away from school (parking should be easier as well!) and walk the rest of the way. Or, get off the bus a stop early!

The three lucky winners received a goody-bag selection including a t-shirt, frisbee, pencil case etc and they were:

Natalia Kubairsingh of class 5SO
Jane Burton of class 6JL
Molly Davisson of class 3MR

Well done to those three for their excellent designs, and thank you to all children who took part.

More netball silverware!

The Nightingale High 5 netball team has landed two trophies this week (w/b 19th April) to add to the already crowded trophy cabinet!

On Tuesday 20th April the team won a High 5 tournament in competition with 9 other local area schools. They won all the matches they played and, as usual, represented the school superbly.

The squad for this tournament was as follows:
Jessica Carlisle, Laura Carlisle, Hollie Wright, Madeline Oshodi, Natashya Holder and Olivia Browning.

The High 5 team ALSO secured the league trophy, having competed in many league games over the last two terms (see previous netball posts). This is a fantastic effort, squad is as follows:

Jessica Carlisle, Laura Carlisle, Hollie Wright, Jasmine Bonsu-Hefford, Madeline Oshodi, Tyler Larbi and Hassan Khan.

It has been a brilliant season for the netball team; congratulations to all the players named above and many thanks to Mrs Rosen and Mrs Oshodi for all their hard work and dedication.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

May 6th elections

In a change to previous information, we have been informed that the school is no longer required as a polling station. Therefore we will be open as normal on Thursday May 6th.

IT presentation Tuesday 27th April

The IT presentation goes ahead on Tuesday 27th April at 9.10am, however the venue has changed from the KS2 to the KS1 (infants) hall.

We hope you can join us for a highly informative meeting covering:
  • e-safety - tips to keep your children safe on-line
  • Fronter - our MLE (managed learning environment) giving remote access to school resources and curricular support, plus information, homework etc- a "Virtual school"!
  • Home access - details of access to laptops and internet under a new Governement scheme

Monday, 5 April 2010

Year 6 French Breakfast

The year 6's have been working hard learning French and worked hard on a assembly for their parents. If you missed the show here it is.

Afterwards the Year 6's had a french breakfast where they had to put their skills into practice.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Junk Orchestra play for the Mayor

Updated - Videos added.

On Thursday 1st April Nightingale hosted an outdoor concert in the lower junior playground. Among those attending were The Worshipful The Mayor of Redbridge and Madam Mayoress.

The concert was the culmination of a seven-day project called the "Junk Orchestra". Children from the juniors have had the chance during this project to play and make percussion and wind instruments out of household and industrial waste, proving that great things can be done with what might be seen as rubbish! Almost the whole school were able to attend, with years 1 to 6 making up the audience. Indeed, years 1 and 2 made and played their own shakers along with the orchestra!

Check out the video.

This musical project coincided with a environmental awareness project run by the school council whereby children designed and made t-shirts with "green" slogans on them. They looked fantastic, and were able to articulate their important message to the Mayor.

Well done to all involved- it was a really effective and important project, bringing the curriculum to life in a special way and highlighting the vital message of conservation for the children and adults involved.

The Mayor even try his hand at conducting the Orchestra and then stayed and answered some questions.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Great attendance

We had our termly Attendance Award assembly on Tuesday 30th March. Many children (far too many to list here!) achieved attendance award stickers, either "100% attendance"* for the Spring term, or "Good attendance" stickers, if their attendance was over 95%. Well done to all those children, and thank you to parents who have made sure their children are in school regularly.

In Key Stage 2, the class with the best attendance was 5OF, with 3FP a close second. This reverses the situation of the Autumn term, when 3FP won and 5OF were second. Well done to those two classes, and a big "Come on!" to all the other classes- can any of you bet 5OF and 3FP?
In Key Stage 1, 2SH had the best attendance, well done to them.

Please continue to ensure your child is in school whenever they are physically fit enough to be, it is vital for their education. Thank you.

* 100% stickers given to all children who had no absences, and also children who had missed just 1 or 2 half days during the term.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Girls football success!

Hot on the heels of our netballers, the girls' football team brought home the silverware from the district 6-a-side tournament they entered on Thursday 25th March.

They won all their games, with scores such as 9-0 and 10-0, then shaded a close final 3-2 against Selwyn school, whom we had beaten in the last tournament, and lost to in the tournament before that.

So we retained the trophy, and congratulations goes to the coach Mr. Hawkins and his team. Squad to follow.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Amazing netballers!

On Wednesday 24th March, Mrs. Oshodi and Mrs. Rosen took their intrepid squad of netballers to a tournament at Bancroft's Prep School.

There were twenty-three other teams in the tournament, and the standard of netball was very high. The girls played, and won, all eight games including a 4-0 victory in the final over Woodford Green Prep School.

The team returned to school with their medals, the shield and big smiles all over their faces! Their effort, commitment and attitude was top-notch all afternoon- no surprise, as they always represent Nightingale in such a positive way.

A hearty "WELL DONE" to all involved- Mrs. Rosen, Mrs. Oshodi and the squad, named below:

Laura Carlisle, Jessica Carlisle, Jasmine Bonsu-Hefford, Madeline Oshodi, Hollie Wright, Karanjit Kudhail, Olivia Browning, Katharina Beck, Natashya Holder.

Monday, 22 March 2010

ICT themed presentation

We are currently investigating the possibilty of running the ICT event as a morning slot in school time, and will publicise the date as soon as it is confirmed.The session comprises three elements:

  • e-safety
  • Managed learning environments (MLE)
  • Home access

It was extremely well received when run as an evening session, so we would like to encourage as many as possible to attend the re-run morning slot. Date TBA.

Update- it has unfortunately proved impossible to schedule this before the Easter break, so this event will now be re-run after Easter, on Tuesday April 27th at 9.10am in the KS2 hall.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Wanstead Library Display

If you're in Wanstead in the near future, pop into the library to enjoy the latest Nightingale Primary School display of children's work in the foyer. The display uses work generated from the recent "Book Week" event, and features lovely, bright and well-written work from many year groups across the school range.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Royal Albert Hall 2010


Short Video of some of the Choir's performance at a recent assembly.

On Wednesday 17th March, Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Ransome and Mrs. Lingard took a group of
musically talented Nightingale pupils to the Royal Albert Hall.

The event was the bi-annual Redbridge schools' festival- an evening of choral singing, orchestral performances and ....FUN!
The pupils had shown great commitment attending all the practices and rehearsals, and represented the school in an excellent fashion. Thank you and well done to you all.
Mrs. Ross and Mrs. Lingard both worked really hard preparing the pupils for the evening. Our appreciation of the brilliant efforts is noted- thank you!
The list of pupils involved:
Marianne Aelmans, Hannah Ahmed, Franziska Beck, Katharina Beck, Ella, Blake, Lily Bone, Olivia Browning, Amy Burns, Eleanor Burns, Jane Burton, Deepali Chhabra, Aljona Cirkina (who attended all the practices and rehearsals but was very unfortunately unable to attend the evening due to illness), Sophie Culver, Shona Deane, Louisa Gibson, Devindra Gunasrkara, Iqrah Khan, Karanjit Kudhail, Zahra Lahcini, Amna Mujahid, Madeline Oshodi, Agshaya Perinbanathan and Amy Stzroda.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Improving attendance

We are currently focussing on improving levels of pupil attendance. This was the area to improve Ofsted identified as being vital to further school improvement.

We would welcome your help in making this area a future strength of Nightingale Primary School.

If you have any ideas on encouraging great attendance, please contact the school via e-mail using the link on the website homepage, or the school admin address which is:

Thursday, 11 March 2010

School profile

Click on the link here to access the latest school profile.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Nightingale Primary judged "outstanding" by Ofsted

You should have now received the Ofsted report from the inspection conducted on February 4th and 5th.

We hope you are as proud of the "outstanding" judgement as we are! Under the new inspection framework commenced in September 2009, only about 6% of over 1,500 primary schools inspected have achieved this outcome.

As you will see, the only area to improve was pupil attendance, so we hope to work closely with you to ensure that this area soon becomes a strength of the school.

If you require extra, or digital copies of the report, it is available on the Ofsted website. Follow the link below:

Monday, 8 March 2010

Ofsted report

We have now received the final, validated version of the Ofsted report. It will be sent home to all parents and carers on Wednesday 10th March.

In addition children will each receive a copy of a letter written personally by the lead inspector thanking them for their hard work and welcoming natures.

When you have received and read the report, please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments you wish to make.