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Message from Headteacher

Fri 17 Jun 2016


What an amazing week we have had learning about democracy and the power of the people’s voice! The children have all been thinking about school, local and global issues and have been part of one of 5 parties campaigning for a new school Prime Minister! On Monday ,the children elected members of class who would then stand for Leader of their party. Party Leaders elected were: Robin Steer for People Power –Blue, Karmelle Alabi for Royals of Democracy –Orange, Suki Fitzwilliam for People have the Power -Purple, Asmaa Hajat for Shooting Stars –Green, Joseph Mattioli for Rightful Reds –Red. Each party had a Deputy and a team of supports as well as a Party Advisor working with them to work on manifesto pledges, speeches and the whole campaign. All the pupils have been busy making banners and rosettes to wear for today’s march to the Round Chapel. We literally stopped traffic, as the whole school walked down Lower Clapton Road, chanting and singing in support of their party. Shop staff came out to cheer, drivers beeped their horns, and pedestrians joined in and were very keen to ask what we were doing! One man said, ‘I wish they had done something like this when I was at school because that is why so many people now do not use their right to vote and feel they have a voice’. He congratulated staff and children.

There has also been a another, very important group of children working really hard behind the scenes this week, and that is the Millfields Press Team! They have been out and about gathering opinions and views and capturing the mood of the week, and producing a daily newspaper: Millfields Daily’ to keep us all informed. Well done to Abigail, Roisin, Oscar, Freya, Maura Mae, Rafael, and Taylor!

Good Luck to all the candidates! Voting takes place this afternoon and we will be finding out who is the new Prime Minister of Millfields on Monday 20th June , when  the new speaker of Hackney, Cllr Rosemary Sales will be coming in to make the announcement to the whole school.

Thank you to Governors, Joe Walker, Dez Veares, Allen Abramason and Hamza Yusuf for their time and support for the event this week. Thank you to teachers –Emma, Rana and Alex, and Governors -Dez and Joe who took on the role of Party Advisors,. And thank you to all the staff for being a part of an amazing week again! Finally a huge ‘thank you’ to Abbie and Lloyd for planning and organising the whole week.

As part of their curriculum this half term, Year 5 have been looking at the EU Referendum, and as part of Democracy Week they presented their work and some of the arguments for and against, to the children in a KS2 Assembly. I am sure that the children will be reminding you to vote next week –Thursday 23rd June.

Also this week, the Y6 Debating Team took part in an event at Clapton Academy against other local Hackney schools . The team have worked really hard with Kingsley and they won one and lost debate, so are through to Round 2 next week. Well done to Roisin, Charlotte, Martha, Joey, Taylor and Divyan.

Finally a reminder that the school is closed to children tomorrow for a staff training day, and also it is Sports week next week!

Have a good weekend . Best Wishes, Jane



Tue 14 Jun 2016


Democracy Week is here!


This week sees the election of the new Prime Minister of Millfields Community School. Parties have been formed and leaders have been elected. Below are some videos from our elected leaders – will they get your vote?

Asmaa Hajat

Joseph Mattioli

Karmelle Alabi

Robin Steer

Suki Fitzwilliam



Message from Headteacher

Fri 10 Jun 2016


Welcome back to everyone! It feels like we have hardly been away as it has been as busy as ever this week. Firstly, thank you to all the children and families who took part in the Science and DT competition at the end of term. We had some amazing models and creations, and it was a very hard task to choose the winners! Brilliant effort from everyone –thank you! We had a photographer here during Science and DT Week who has taken some lovely photos of the events during the week. They will be up on the website soon, and we are also having some posters made up that reflect the week’s work, that will be displayed around the school in the coming weeks.

This week Year 6 took part in a Sleep Study organised by Goldsmiths University. The children found the information session interesting and completed a survey that will feed in to the final results and findings of the survey. Year 5 will be taking part in the same research in a couple of weeks. The report will be published on the school website for everyone to read in due course.

On Wednesday, ‘Beat the Street’ got underway across Hackney. After a few technical issues with the box outside Millfields, and a few issues with some children using cards instead of the fobs –we are now up and running! Just to clarify, the fobs are for the children to use, and they are all already registered to the school, so points from using the fobs will go towards the Millfields total. The cards that you will have received are for adults to join in if they want, and they need to be registered separately. There are also prizes to be won over the next few weeks, so look out for more details soon! Let’s get using the fobs and see Millfields top the Hackney league again this year!

Yesterday, Year 6 children visited ‘Kidzania’ in Shepherds Bush. This is a great day out and was a treat for the Year 6 children after all their hard work preparing for the SAT tests this year. ( http://london.kidzania.com/ )

Also this week, we have been getting ready for ‘Democracy Week’ that starts on Monday13th June. Following on from last year, we will be having a very exciting week electing members of class, highlighting school, local, national and international issues, as well as campaigning and hustings that will see the election of a new Prime Minister. At this point, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Finlay McNally our outgoing PM, who gave a speech during assembly this week, to let the children know that he would be stepping down to make way for the new Prime Minister who will be announced on Monday 20th June by the new Speaker of Hackney Cllr Rosemary Sales.  During his time in post, Finlay has been influential in making some changes in class and around the school –most notably the creation of a changing room for the children. Let’s hope that your enthusiasm and participation in democracy events at school, continues at secondary school and beyond! Please talk to your children about elections and voting in elections and then look out for all the news and hype next week!

Following on from the Marvellous Me information session for parents/carers, we have set up a working group to discuss more about social media in schools. If you would like to get involved, please email info@millfields.hackney.sch.uk

Finally, have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 27 May 2016


We have an very exciting and busy week as it has been ‘Science and DT week’ at Mill fields! The theme this year is ‘Space’, and the staff and children have really got on board and created some amazing space-related models and resources. Reception children were learning about forces and gravity through outdoor games; Year 1 have been looking at the mechanisms of a pinball machine and how it works; Year 2 have been making sculptures that depict day and night; Year 3 have been designing a model village for a future planet; Year 4 have been learning about and making models of the solar system; Year 5 have been learning about the phases of the moon and designing moon sculptures; Year 6 have created and launched rockets and space buggies. There have also been special assemblies and the week finished with the entries for the home-learning project –parents and children designed and built space stations that can be used in the future –there were some fantastic models, and lots of prizes were handed out to all the winners for the most creative and most effort in making the space station. Thank you to everyone who took part, and a huge ‘thank you’ to Alex for organising us all!

On Wednesday evening, we held our end of term ‘Spring Concert’ with more than 150 children taking part –violins, trumpets, piano, guitars, KS1 and KS2 choir, Oxford Class and our Rock Bands. I can honestly say that it was probably the best concert I have seen at Millfields for a very long time. The talent that has been nurtured and developed and the children singing and playing in harmony to a very high standard was brilliant! Thank you to all the children taking part –I know it is a great experience to be part of the event and to perform in front of such a large audience. Thank you also to all the parents and carers who attended, and a huge ‘thank you’ to Roz and all the music tutors for their time and commitment to music at Millfields.

Thank you also, to the parents and carers who attended the ‘Marvellous Me’ meeting on Tuesday morning. The questions and debate around how we are using the app at school was very useful. Moving forward, I would like to thank all the parents who have already signed up. The school staff will be reviewing the use and effectiveness of the app after the half term break. The main purpose of the app is to communicate with parents and carers about all the ‘marvellous’ things that your child does at school each day. Currently this consists of only written messages or badges that tell you something positive that your child has done. We are setting up a Working Group that discusses social media and the use of this app in the future, so if you would like to join, please email Deputy Head, Kate Roberts on kroberts@millfields.hackney.sch.uk

Today is non-uniform day, and it has been great to see all the children dressed up in their sport kits/clothes. We chose the theme as we know there are lots of sporting events both locally, nationally and internationally, coming up and we will all be sporting fans! Thank you for all the donations at the gate. We also all took part in the Millfields Tennis Tournament at Millfields Park -results will be in after the break!

Finally have a good break over half term, and I look forward to seeing you all back refreshed for the busy half term before the summer. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 20 May 2016


We have had a very busy sporting week at Millfields and there is plenty more to come in the next few weeks with, not only the Euros in France, Wimbledon and the Olympics in Rio, but there is also Millfields’ Sports Week and Millfields’ Tennis tournament coming up! This week, the Year 3 and 4 tennis team played really well in their first school tournament and, as well as some outstanding individual performances, the team all played well too! Also, last Friday, the Cycling Team pulled off an amazing performance as a team, again, with some outstanding individual wins, to ensure that Millfields are now top of the Hackney Cycling League. There are only a couple more events and we are hoping that this year we will be the champions! Well done to all the children involved –we can do it! Yesterday, the ‘Always Good’ children enjoyed a trip to the European Swimming Championships. It was very exciting to be in the Olympic Pool.  Team GB managed to qualify in all the races we saw!  I think it was because we were cheering so loudly and waving our flags! A special thanks to the Year 6 pupils –Mansi, Milo, Freya, Naailah and Sohail who supported and guided the younger children so well!

Today, all of the children from Year1 –6 are taking part in an ‘Introduction to Tennis’ led by one of our Year 3 parents who is a tennis coach. This will be followed up next Friday by an whole school tennis tournament. Friday 27th May is also non-uniform day, so to support all the sports events coming up at Millfields, nationally and internationally, we are all dressing up in Sports gear! Please support this fundraising event by donating £1 to PSA funds or bring in a filled jar –sweets, toys or other small goodies, for the Summer Fair ‘Jambola’. I am looking forward to seeing everyone dressed up!

On Tuesday, the children in Years4 –6 took part in an hour long interactive assembly all about the importance of school attendance. The show really drove home the message that unless you are really unwell, you need to be in school as ‘if you miss school, you miss out!’

Also a reminder that on Tuesday 24th May at 9.10am, there is an information and Q&A session with the founder of the App: ‘Marvellous Me’. If you haven’t signed up already, and would like to know a bit more before you do –please join us. Thank you to all the parents who have signed up –the feedback from you and your children has been great! We now have more than half the school signed up and hope to have more signed up before half term.

Don’t forget that on Wednesday nest week –25th May, the Spring Music Concert is taking place in St James’ Church. Tickets are on sale at the front desk.

Finally, next week is Science and DT Week at Millfields. The theme is ‘Space’. Your child should be telling you all about the class projects and the home learning competition –this year, you and your child are being asked to build your own space station! The deadline for entries is 9am on Friday 27th May, and there will be a sharing event in the afternoon from 3pm -more details to follow…  If you have any junk model materials –old boxes etc. at home, please save them and bring them in for your class next week.

I hope you have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from Headteacher

Fri 13 May 2016


Well done to all the 150+ children that took part in the Hackney Vitality Run last Sunday. What amazing weather and a great turn out to cheer on the thousands of runners. Millfields children and parents were featured in photos in both the Hackney Gazette and Hackney Today, so have a look at one of the papers or online if you can. The children are rightly proud of their achievements and many are still wearing their medals to school! And one courageous Millfields pupil, Joe in Year 4, managed to finish the race in one of the fastest times, despite falling and hurting himself at the very beginning, so well done for having such a fighting spirit and steely determination.

A huge well done to all the Year 6 pupils who this week sat their ned of KS2 SATS tests. As you will have been hearing and reading in the news, the tests have been quite a challenge this year. The curriculum and expectations changed in September 2014, so the current Year 6have had to work exceptionally hard to make sure that they have covered all areas of the curriculum in Maths and English, as well as then have to sit a new-style test. I am so proud of all the children, most of whom, took in in their stride, and of course, tried their very best.

Also this week, 10 children from the ARP and school have been on a residential visit to Kench Hill in Kent. They have been very lucky with the weather and enjoyed a range of activities including baking bread, visiting the local swimming pool  going to the beach and swimming in the sea, and visiting the farm. Thank you to all the staff who gave up their time to support the children on this trip –they have had a fantastic time!

Sharon, Dwayne and 15 children from Year4 and Year 5 took part in a ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ event at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. The children were commended by staff there for their good behaviour and conduct. Well done everyone!

The Book Fair arrived yesterday and already we have seen lots of sales! Please do have a look and buy a book, as every book bought means a new book for our school library. Thank you as ever for your support, and to all the parents who are giving up their time to run it.

Finally, thank you to all the parents who have already signed up to ‘Marvellous Me’, our new school-home communication tool. There have been a couple of parents asking questions about the app, so please do contact the company directly as Adrian, the founder, will be very happy to  talk to you. Initial feedback from the vast majority of parents and teachers has been extremely positive. If you have not yet signed up, please do as soon as you can!

Science and DT Week is coming up soon, and the theme is space, so please start collecting boxes and  junk materials.  Look out for more info next week!

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from the headteacher

Fri 06 May 2016


Although this has been a short week, there has, as usual, been plenty happening at Millfields! Today, Cardiff and Birmingham Classes shared their work so far this term with parents/carers and others in the school community. Thank you for your enthusiasm and effort. The children were so proud of their achievements –well done!On Tuesday, I met with Fiona Ball from Goldsmiths College who is doing some research on sleep and will be working with our Year 5 and 6 pupils in June, on an interactive educational session.  The children will be taught about scientific methods, the nature and value of good quality sleep, and mindfulness. The session will also include a guided five minute mindfulness meditation.Research has shown poor sleep affects children in a number of ways, including mood, behaviour, and their ability to concentrate, attention, academic progress and even levels of obesity. The children will be asked to fill out some questionnaires as part of the study and we will be sharing the findings in coming months. Researchers hope this study will help develop new ways of helping children sleep better leading to improvements in their overall wellbeing, both in school and at home.With this is  mind, the Year 6 children will be taking the national SATS next week –we have a free breakfast club provision all week for the children to enable them to keep calm and relaxed before the tests and to ensure that they do their best! Good luck to them all!Also this week, we have been getting ready for the Hackney Challenge Run. All the practice runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings has paid off and the children are now ready for the final leg of the run! T-shirts will be coming home with the children today. Good luck to everyone – try your best and enjoy the day!As warmer weather seems to be with us, please can I remind you to ensure that your child is still wearing school uniform and that shoes are black or navy blue, and sandals are covered, not open-toe. Please ensure that your child wears a hat and bring sun screen to school to ensure that children are protected from over exposure to the sun. The school Sun Safety policy can be found on the school website. Also, children who bring PE clothes to school for days when their class is taking part in a PE lesson need to make sure that they have the correct uniform with them as well, to change back in to after the session. Also, please remind your child, mainly the older ones, that mobile phones are not allowed in school!Thank you for your support with all of the above.

I hope you have a good weekend.
Best Wishes, Jane