All posts by Rachael Ronan

Free Half Term Cycling Lessons – BOOK NOW

This October half term, children aged 7–13 who live, or go to school, in the Lewisham borough can get free cycle lessons.


There are three different types of lessons:

  • Bikeability level 1, Monday 22 October, 9.45am–12 noon: These are off-road cycle sessions for children aged 7+ who can already ride a bike. Children must have their own cycle helmet and a suitable bike in good working condition.
  • Family on-road cycle training, Monday 22 October, 12.45–3pm:These are on-road cycle sessions for families who would like to improve their bike skills. An adult family member must attend the session. Children must be aged 7+ and have their own cycle helmet and a suitable bike in good working condition
  • Bikeability level 2, Tuesday 23 October, 9.45am–2.30pm: These are on-road cycle sessions for children aged 9+ who have completed the off-road course that took place on Monday 22 October. (There are no exceptions or allowances for children who may have completed level 1 at an earlier date). Children must have their own cycle helmet and a suitable bike in good working condition.

All of the courses have limited places and we expect them to fill up quickly. Book now to secure your place.

Year 2&3 Overnight Bushcamp

Children from years 2 and 3 enjoyed a very authentic Bush Craft night at the infants last Friday. They learnt some basic survival techniques such as how to create a fire from natural objects and  they all had to prepare and cook their own evening meal over the campfire.

We began the evening setting up our beds for the night followed by our safety talk and then quickly got involved in lighting our own fires. We were not allowed to leave the fire pit until we had lit our fire and then we went to prepare our evening meals.

On the menu we had:

Macaroni cheese and bacon pasta bake


Sausage and conchiglie bake

Vegetarian pasta bake

Freshly made bread

Each team washed, prepared and cooked their meals in cast iron pots over the fire. Whilst the food was cooking we all took part in our Bush Tucker Trials! Have a look at the pictures to see what we got up to!

Around 9pm we sat down to enjoy our evening meal together watching the sun set. We then took turns making toasted marshmallows and smores – ask the children…these were amazing!!

Once the tidying up and washing up was over, we got into our pyjamas and all enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate. We then took to the school grounds searching for bats and wildlife with our torches. We also had to find the glow sticks which had been hidden around the grounds. At 11.15 we finally settled down in our sleeping bags to watch a film and lights went out at 12.15. Needless to say everyone was asleep by 12.16! Four very tired teachers began waking at 5.30am and the children were awake by 7am. After packing up our things ready for home, the children were treated to a delicious breakfast. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their very authentic experience and were keen to tell those who had missed out all about it. The staff who also had a wonderful time were keen to get to their beds that night!

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Celebrating London History Day 2017

The first ever London History Day was held on Wednesday 31st May 2017. However on Friday 26th May 2017, all children in London were encouraged to dress up as their favourite Londoner (or member of the London community) for the day! Here are a few of the attempts made at OLSPN. The children definitely won best dressed…the staff all tried their best! 🙂

Friends’ Association Easter Egg Activities

The ladies from the Friends’ Association had a real challenge on their hands this morning. They had to pick the winners of the Easter Bonnet competition. There were two winners in Nursery and one from 2AJ. Congratulations to them and well done to all the children who took part!

Well done also to the winners of the Big Easter Raffle.

1st Prize Winner  – The Large Chocolate Easter Bunny – Adi in 3VH

2nd Prize – Tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters – Liam in RJM

3rd Prize – Luxury hamper – Paulina in 12IBB

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who bought tickets to support the school.

Thank you also to the Friends’ Association for organising an Easter Egg hunt for all of the children in the school. They had a great time hunting for eggs!

Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday Fr Alfred came to the infants to lead a small Ash Wednesday service. The children were able to answer questions about what Ash Wednesday meant and where the ashes came from.

Everyone received the sign of the cross on the forehead with the ashes which were blessed during the service.

We have all made Lenten promises and are trying our very best to stick to them.


London Children’s Flower Society Competition

The infants have been busy over the past few months caring for their daffodils in preparation for Judgement Day! We received our bulbs back in October and planted them in their pots. They had to be kept in a dark cupboard for 10 weeks and were then brought out into the daylight. The children have done a fantastic job watering their plants, bringing them inside when it got too frosty and making sure they got plenty of sunshine.

On the 8th March 2016 Mr Glover our Flower Judge visited the school. He was overwhelmed with the array of daffodils and how beautiful they were all presented. He was also very impressed with our bulbs which we replanted in the ground from last years’ competition batch.

We received lots of Gold and Silver awards and now await to hear how we did in comparison to the other schools who were judged.

Thank you to Mrs Dwyer, Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Kelly, Mrs Dawkins and Mr Dodsworth for helping display the daffodils beautifully on the day.