Upcoming Diary Dates

This week Event Details
Monday 29th April Class Photos for Juniors and Kindergarten Let’s hope for a fine day for our school photos outdoors!
Wednesday 1st May Parent Bunting Workshop with Kindergarten at 2pm All parents across the school are welcome to come and decorate their national flag in preparation for our May Festival, where we celebrate our diversity with a shared international picnic in the Back Garden after enjoying May Pole Dancing.
Friday 3rd May Parent Workshop – The Voice in the Care of the Child

9am – 10am

Jo Pearce will be hosting our next parent workshop on ‘The Voice in the Care of the Child’. Please use this link to book a place: https://forms.office.com/e/qNB7ELZzMn
Friday 3rd May May Festival

12pm – 1pm

All of the community invited

It is a beautiful time of year when spring is in its fullest and we can celebrate the blossoming of life all around us. Please join us to watch the children Maypole dancing and afterwards for an international shared picnic in the Back Garden. Please carefully label your dish for any allergies.

Children will be wearing cheerful white, pastel, summery or floral patterns, you are welcome to join in. Children will also be making flower crowns in the morning, please provide flowers for your child to do so.

Next week Event

Monday 6th May

Wednesday 8th May Kindergarten Experience for Little Acorns at 10am Join Jo Pearce, our Little Acorns Parent and Toddler Group Leader, for an insight into our Kindergarten for Little Acorn parents with children between 2 and 4 years-old. The morning will involve bread-making and a Q&A session with Kindergarten staff. If you are interested, please contact Jo to book a limited space: littleacorns@thelondonacornschool.co.uk
Friday 10th May Willow Walk and Talk 8:45am – 9:15am An opportunity to join Sarah Thorne to ask questions and find out more about Willow Class’s transition to Birch in September.

Welcome from our Headteacher

“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”

– William Shakespeare

The children are enjoying their maypole practice and Friday’s festivities are looked forward to with eager anticipation. We start at midday. There is so much teamwork involved in learning to weave and work together with the maypole rhythms and ribbons. This year we thought we would also offer a grown up dance opportunity to any family member who fancies having a go. The spirit of this festival collaboration,  teamwork and, above all, fun. Please wear something white or floral.

The weather forecast for the week ahead is unsettled but it looks like it should be dry and sunny on Friday (fingers crossed!). Provided the weather smiles upon us we will set up to eat a shared picnic lunch together after the dancing, in the back garden. Food that reflects your family home culture and origins is very welcome and often makes this such a tasty and memorable feast to welcome summer in and share together. We will set up some long tables to display the food and ask that you bring along your own plates and cutlery and something to sit on. Roll on the sunshine!

Have a lovely week,


Announcements, Reminders and Important Information


We occasionally receive absence requests from our school families. In considering any request please understand that we must follow the UK  guidance from the Department for Education regarding school attendance. This states that parents are expected to ensure their child attends every day the school is open except when a statutory reason applies and this must be ‘exceptional’. Heads have very limited discretion and are not permitted to agree a Leave of Absence during term time unless the request meets this definition; holidays or travelling are not considered exceptional as exceptional circumstances are defined as ‘one off events’ such as close bereavement or illness. We try to interpret the guidance as fairly and supportively as possible and we monitor the attendance record of all children in school, as we are required to, and as research shows consistent school attendance as a habit is so very important to children’s attainment and can so impact their future lives.

Please note that UK schools have a safeguarding duty, under section 175 Education Act 2002, to investigate absences and report prolonged or repeated unauthorised absences. For further details please download our school attendance policy here.


Dear Parents,

Please find below the link to our Swimming Lessons for Willow, Birch, Chestnut and Oak Class.

All the information regarding the lessons is in the attached form.

These lessons will be:

May 13th – May 16th

May  20th – May 23rd


Please respond by the end of next week.

Thank you

Kindergarten News

It has been a peaceful week dotted with sparks of excitement here and there. The new grass made a soft carpet on which we ran, we laid down and search for treasures. Children brought nature into free play time. We have observed many types of birds and animals in our Kinde rooms. In nature, dandelions might have been blown away by winds; in Kinde, we preserved it with our magic dandelion wands made during craft sessions.

The highlight of the week must be the concert presented by Oslo Steiner School. Most Kinde children were totally absorbed by the performance with wide opened eyes. Towards the end of the week, we set up the Maypole and practiced Maypole songs, looking forward to this week’s festival!

Junior School News

Juniors have been doing daily Maypole practice every morning in preparation for Friday’s festival as part of their morning rhythmic time. This is a great opportunity for the children to start each day with movement, song and team work, something that we’ve learnt from watching the teenagers from Oslo City Steiner School last week in their phenomenal performance and from discovering more about life inside the honeycomb from our Beekeeping Workshop. It is also lovely to see the different ages groups coming together and supporting each other; this is one of the benefits of a small, family-style school.

Summer Term Calendar 2024

In a Nutshell Newsletter 22nd April: Beekeeping and a Norwegian Concert
In a Nutshell Newsletter 7th May: Kindergarten Experience Tomorrow