Upcoming Diary Dates

This week Event Details

Monday 15th May


May Day Festival Come and watch some Maypole dancing followed by a shared Afternoon Tea in our Back Garden. Please wear white and bring a dish to share from your own nationality (no nuts or chocolate, and please state ingredients).

Thursday 18th May

(afternoon in-school)

Sailing for Hazel, Chestnut and Oak Children

Get ready to set sail again! Sailing at Wimbledon Park will be taking place in school. Children will return to school in time for afterschool clubs. Emails have been sent with details.

Friday 19th May

(after drop-off)

Hazel Walk and Talk with Sarah A chance to meet our new Headteacher personally while enjoying springtime in the park.

Next week

Event Details
Monday 22nd May


Farms for City Children Assembly

(in-school event)

A Visiting Speaker from Farms for City Children – our new charity that we are supporting as a school – will be sharing about what they do in assembly.

Monday 22nd May


Kindergarten to Junior Transition Q&A Parents of children moving up to the new Class 1 (Willow Class) in September are welcome to attend a Q&A session to find out more about transitioning to the Junior School.

More details to follow.

Friday 26th May

(after drop-off)

Oak Walk and Talk with Sarah A chance to meet our new Headteacher personally while enjoying springtime in the park.

Friday 26th May

End of Half Term Have a great week off and see you all again on Monday 5th June!

Welcome from our Headteacher

I hope this finds you well. This week we are working with the positive behaviour that underpins our strong community culture. A culture strongly in evidence last Thursday, when I watched in amazement for over an hour as all school students listened with full engagement and enjoyment to the musical concert given by the talented young people of Oslo Steiner School. Kindergarten parents – whatever you are doing at home to promote contented focus, please keep doing it!

A healthy school culture is the foundation of learning, as it provides a positive environment where children can thrive and grow and develop the resilience to eventually tackle challenges beyond their comfort zones.

As parents, your continued role in supporting school culture is essential. Here are a few practical ways you can do so, which came up in recent discussions with parents:

  1. Foster open communication and help build resilience. Children often adore hearing about your childhood days, especially any difficulties you encountered, or mistakes you made and how you got over them. Sometimes this can present a great opportunity for humour, or indeed for presenting models for them to emulate, or just open up discussion. Telling children about your days now can encourage them to reciprocate with news of their own.
  2. If your child is drawing or writing at home and it feels right to comment, place less emphasis on aspects of performance (which even if praise, can provoke anxiety), and more on effort, with warm praise for how hard they have worked.
  3. Encourage positive behaviours at home and try to catch them showing respect, kindness and responsibility and then coming in with some specific light praise, describing what they did, and the specific positive impact that this will make.

Of course life isn’t always positive, and, especially if overwhelmed, children find it hard to display resilience or kindness. As we all know, this is normal, but, as their adult guides, our job here at school is to help them get them back on track in a positive manner.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you how our teachers use specific language to do this. If you choose to reflect some of that language in your wonderful home cultures this will further build our common positive culture that bridges the home/school gap. Thank you all for all that you do in this area.

With warmest regards,


Announcements, Reminders and Important Information

Thank you:

  • Wow! What a treat we had last week when Oslo City Steiner School honoured us with a spectacular concert. Everything from Mozart to David Bowie. Our students were spellbound. We can’t wait to invite them back next year and hopefully squeeze parents into the Hall as well next time! Our students were very keen to send thank you letters straightaway, sharing how the musicians “took their breath away” and were “on fire”. Apologies parents, I think every TLAS child may now want to play the accordion!


  • Sailing starts this Thursday for Hazel, Chestnut and Oak children. Please can children bring to school with them appropriate clothing and footwear as outlined in the email sent to parents. We look forward to having fun on the lake at Wimbledon Park! We will return children to school in time for pick-up and clubs.

Exciting opportunities:

  • Barnes Children’s Literature Festival is returning on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June. Not only have they got a legendary line-up of authors speaking, including Sir Michael Morpurgo, but they also have a rendition of The Wind in the Willows, great research for our own Wind in the Willows musical. For more information, visit https://www.barneskidslitfest.org/.

Kindergarten News

There is rain. There is sunshine. There are muddy puddles and winds that carry the songs of birds. Longer days and more active social lives may disrupt some young children’s sleep patterns, but luckily the gentleness of meadow and woodland surround us provides the best condition for them to relax, rest and recharge. Older Kinde children continued to work on allotment plots, they enjoyed digging so much that none of them wanted to stop!
Inside the classroom, we have successfully run a restaurant with high quality service and happy dinners; cleverly constructed pyramids as a cat house; a music studio with various instruments to play with, and a flag workshop in which children copied the national flags made by parents for festival decoration. Gabriel’s mummy came in to share Gabriel’s short biography with us. Happy Birthday, Gabriel!

Junior School News

Willow Class have been using the story of The Lorax to create their own wild characters and use a Story Mountain framework to plan their Lorax-inspired narratives.

Hazel Class have made a discovery! In their recent science experiment, they found out that Coca-Cola Zero Sugar is, in one student’s words, “suspicious” as it completely discoloured the eggshell. Hmm…

It’s been great to see these students developing their discernment, precision and clear methodology in Science, skills they can transfer to other areas of the curriculum.

Oak Class have been discussing different points of view in the same story and have written a shining collection of texts from the point of view of different characters in the ancient myth of Pandora.

Woodland Craft

Hazel Class

Students enjoyed pounding leaves of wild garlic and parsley together with olive oil and sea salt and lemon juice to make a pungent pesto. Then we ate oatcakes with this on it and some made their tea from nettle tops, which pleased a few. Peer knotting knowledge was passed on (the many-looped bow), and a lively discussion sprang up in the whole class about what honey is – poo or vomit? To be continued…

Oak and Chestnut Classes

We identified quite a few plants in the woodland, with their benefits to humans and non-humans,  and students improvised a hilarious ‘get the red scarf down from the tree’ game. Others played delightfully with mud balls on the river, while others just enjoyed the peacefulness of being out amongst the beautiful May sights and scents.

Lego Club Creations

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