Google Be Internet Legends!
We were very lucky to welcome Google and Parent Zone to Orion this week for an incredible Online Safety assembly - thank you so much! You can explore Interland and play some great games here. You can also check out our own Online Safety page and don't forget our 'Do The Floss' video for Safer Internet Day.
Wow - what a splendiferous 8 weeks of Word Up! So many new words, improved writing, reading and talking - well done guys! Thanks to all the parents who came along to see our Word Up! Live performances this week too. For the last time, Word Up! Word Up!
I Love Words Writing Competition!
Wow, what an incrdible display of writing and performing on show this year. Everyone was blown away! Huge thanks to our talented writers and our panel of judges which included our good friend Vanessa Feltz
Dads and Father Figures - Story Teller Night
Huge thanks to all the dads, grandads, brothers, uncles and everyone else who came along to our Story Teller evening with John Harris. What a great night!
Ladies Pamper & Shopping Night
Celebrating International Women's Day and Mothering Sunday in a big way at Orion and Goldbeaters with our third annual Pamper Evening. Big thanks go to all the mums, sisters, aunties and grandmas who came to be pampered, have some food and do some shopping. You were so smiley, calm and fun to be around. More thanks go to all our staff volunteers who helped to paint nails, do henna art, make mothers day gifts with the children, serve food, run the raffle and make the evening such a success. If you missed this years event make sure you get yourself a ticket next year!
World Book Day!
Didn't you all look amazing for World Book Day?! The snow and cold weather didn't put anyone off and we saw some incredible costumes and characters as well as the childrens' favourite books. Here's a taster but you can see even more photos on our Word Up! page.
Wow - we are so proud of our amazing children for their phenomenal performances of Aladdin! Huge thanks to everyone who has helped make it happen. Check out the Aladdin page to see their journey from their very first rehearsals through to this week! The Do It Dude was also lucky enough to join them in the I Shine Theatre - take a look.
What a brilliant first week back and another awesome week of Word Up! with Disney, story teller Wendy Shearer and the Poetry Slam! Make sure you check the Word Up! page to see exactly what has been going on and what's coming up - including the Do It Dude!
Safer Internet Day
#ItStartsWithUs - Play your part, together we can build a better internet
If you're already following us on twitter you'll have seen some of the things we got up to for Safer Internet Day 2018 - check out our 'Do the floss' video for some tips on how to stay safe online.
Word Up! Word Up!
Have you seen the Do It Dude videos? How about Gold Star Stories? Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss anything. You can also check the Word Up! page where you can see exactly what's going on and what's coming up. Look at the pictures for a taster!
Word Up! Word Up!
What an amazing first week of Word Up! Check out the Word Up! section of our website to see what we've been up to so far, watch the first two episodes of Gold Star Stories and so much more . It was also our 18th Birthday this week - huge thanks to everyone who has been a part of the journey. Take a look at some of our celebrations on Friday
Starlight and Christmas Lunch
Another awesome week here at Orion, with our incredible Starlight Festival and our Christmas Lunch! Lovely to see some amazing Art, Literacy and singing - thanks to all the parents who came along to support.
12 Days of Kindness
The 12 Days of Kindness kicked off this week as we welcomed our ‘Golden Oldies’ to watch our Year 6 classes perform, share a drink, a mince pie and a chat. Friday saw us support Alzheimer’s Research UK with glitterbrows! Thank you to everyone for donating.
Roots to Food!
We had a brilliant time learning about healthy eating and cooking meals from scratch! Check out these pictures and the delicious recipes below. A huge thank you to Darren and Roots to Food!
Feeling Good and Doing Good
Feeling good is so important. We all do a better job when we feel good.
We are taking part in the November Mathletics Challenge. It ends on Sunday night so log on to get as many points as you can. We need to make the worldwide leaderboard!
Gold Star Fireworks Night
What a wonderful evening we had on Thursday 2nd November! Over 1000 children and families from The Orion and Goldbeaters arrived back at school for a stunning fireworks display. If you couldn't get a ticket and you didn't see the fireworks from your home then have a look on here. Thanks to all who supported the event for staying calm, being so smiley and polite and for having a great night.
Happy Autumn 2!
I hope you all had a good half term. Your children were fantastic during Autumn 1, very hard working and full of learning energy. Thank you for doing the DO MORE tasks too (cakes with your child and the sheet telling us where your family are from). Thanks!
What is Happening?
Rapid Routines: Champion Reader, Champion Number, early to bed, being on time, smart uniform…thanks!
Our History Week
This week we did a home task with our families to learn more about our countries of origin. Orion children come from all around the world! On Thursday we celebrated our diversity with a Togetherness Day. We greeted each other with a togetherness handshake. We also talked live with The Fulun School in China during assembly. It was fantastic!
This week we have been celebrating British Apples which are in season right now. Have a look at our classroom displays. We have learnt apple facts, bobbed for apples and made apple tarts. Did you know an apple a day can really boost your memory?
"Can Do Kids" Make the Difference
What a huge effort our children and their parents made to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you everyone for baking and making donations. You are brilliant! Look how proud you looked coming to school on Friday! We reached our target of 6000 cakes.
Autumn Events Coming Up!
Rock On It's Rocktober
6th October - World Smile day
9th October - Apple Festival
16 October - Our History Week 2017
20 October - Inset Day - No school
23 October, 24th October, 25th October - Half Term Camp
31st October - Pumpkin Time
2nd November - Goldstar Fireworks Night at The Orion
News from 2016/17
GO Fest 2017 is finished!
Monday 5th June - Friday 7th July
Wow what a Festival.
Thanks to EVERYONE!
Click here to visit our GO Fest page - we've loaded up some photos from the festival there...
Welcome to the summer term!
Welcome back to an action packed term. We had a busy holiday with 250 children learning and being active with us across the two schools. The buildings are very clean and ready too! I hope you had some lovely times with your children.
I need you to really help your child. Tiredness was a huge issue last term please can you follow our guide and get your child to bed at the right time – it is attached. The campaign is called “Feel Bright, Sleep Right”. We are in a new era – children on phones and Ipads at bedtime means things are quiet but they are not going to feel tired. Blue light from the screen wakes you up. This is a national problem – traditional play, bath, book is much better.
Bright Yellow Thinking
In this half term we help everyone learn a bit faster! SATs tests and a serious academic period of learning needs some fun so we use a method called Bright Yellow Thinking. Quite simply we help children think more positively! This year there are 3 “MODES” to get in:
Dates – a few
Champion Reader - Back in your child’s book bag
Have a great term!
Older news below...
The Amazing Word Up – week 8!
The Big Red “Yay” Day
Friday 24 March
A Million Thanks Parents - Contributions through the Cash Cans are reaching £2500
We are raising some money for a few causes:
This time we say - GIVE WHAT YOU CAN
Alarming Facts - More than 19 million people across East Africa are facing terrifying food shortages. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya - leaving millions facing starvation and desperately seeking a safe source of water. Brutal war in South Sudan has driven more than three million people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food.
Can you help us also by sending your child to bed early?
Many children are excessively tired!
We are researching why and finding out that bed times are far too late. Thanks
General Events and Most Dates
Please support your child with reading, homework and mathletics
Also NEW this term – Twitter, You Tube Channel
Goldbeaters had OFSTED in December and the official result has not long been out. A huge congratulations - the grade was OUTSTANDING! It is not easy getting the top grade in today’s Inspection system. I am so pleased for the whole federation community. It is great to know that the quality of what we do in both schools still is recognised as the best in the country.
We also wish to thank parents and children for working hard at Word Up this year. There has been better reading, amazing writing and an incredible effort to complete the Make a Difference Task.
3 More Weeks of Word Up!
The Literacy Festival WORD UP has plenty more amazing learning….
General Events and Most Dates
Please support your child with reading, homework and mathletics
Also NEW this term – Twitter, You Tube Channel
Word Up! 23 Jan – March 24
This term we run our literacy Festival WORD UP! Over 8 weeks we do a little extra work in reading, writing and speaking. The normal curriculum continues on however we also have:
General Events and Most Dates
Starlight Festival - Week of 12 December
New this year is the Starlight Art Exhibition too!
Please come to class where the event starts:
Monday - Nursery and Jets
Tuesday - Y4,Y5,Y6 from 3PM
Wednesday - Y2, Y3 from 3PM
Thursday - Rec, Y1 from 3PM
Children In Need Choir 2016!
Here are a few of our 76-strong Federation choir singing their hearts out live to millions to Lean on Me from the BBC studio in Elstree on Friday night for Children In Need. We are exceedingly proud of all the children for their hard work, dedication and professional performances.
Click here to see the whole story...
(Clicking the link will take you to the news site)
Thanks for the amazing Pop-Up Museum and the replica London Fruit Market.
We think we did find our inner orange.
We have a great learning term ahead! Here are a few highlights:
Thanks – yes already!
The comments and feed back from our 6 week learning Festival GO FEST were so touching - THANKS. This event was just quite incredible and packed with REAL learning. Did you know that 3000 people attended our closing night. WOW what a great community.
Happy Days - Mr Flathers
6 Amazing Weeks. I Smile, You Smile
See the GO FEST page!
Summer Term 2016
So many exciting learning experiences ahead!
Bright Yellow Thinking helps us really push our learning during April and May.
In June the wonderful 6 week Arts and Cultural Festival starts - GO FEST
Smart Mode and the Amazing Word Up Fest!
Thanks for a fantastic Spring 2 Term!
This half term we all got in Smart Mode! We got a bit smarter by stretching our brains and working really hard.
Thank you to everyone who did the “Make a Difference” Project! Nearly every child did something to improve life at home. Some children raised lots of money for charity too. Wow great kids – what an effort!
Our Word Up Fest was the best ever! Every child read on average 8 more books than normal this half term. We saw authors, we had book fairs, we studied Treasure Island and saw the play. We loved seeing our incredible word up characters - Lady Fabulous was our favourite! Mr Flathers was so pleased he said “The Festival was there to boost learning in literacy, to create more fun and interest for us all. The progress made in reading writing and talking was staggeringly good. Thanks everyone”
The half term had other highlights too – Voice in a Million for choir at Wembley arena, the Dance Festival, Sport Relief, Shakespeare, Mr Flathers reached 25 years as a Headteacher.
The new Saturday Arts Academy had 450 children attending most weeks – wow!
A Warm January and February at The Orion
The Quest Moves on – Think Smart, Live Smart
We are all working hard to have a Happy Mind and a Happy Body. Everyone is learning how to be smarter by looking after our beautiful brains and fantastic bodies. Stretch your brain this winter!
We have been trying to make learning fun and exciting with some additional themes too… Boost with a Juice Day, Art for your Heart Day, Word Up launch day – wow.
Our winter literacy festival has started!! Please see the web page with extra info’. The children are excited about the Word Smart Squad, authors visiting, drama workshops and of course the amazing Doodle Books!
16 years old! We enjoyed special lunch, a magician and a very special up and coming new singer!
It is not all literacy this half term. We have run three science days across the Federation and with as huge helping hand from parents. Children did a series of 8 experiments!
The Go Shine Arts Academy
Each Saturday morning around 400 children came to weekend learning. What a success! We were able to do this project for 99p per session.
Orion opened a nursery on Grahame Park. We were asked to take over at Wingfield after they shut the nursery last June. Our new nursery is called Starbeam!
Happy Days at The Orion
Monday Jan 4 - Friday 1 April 2016
The Starlight Festival – 2nd Year
Last Week of Term at 3.30 – 4.15
Tues 15 Dec Reception and Nursery
Wed 16 Dec Y1, Y6, Y4
Thurs 17 Y2, Y3, Y5
Fundraising for Orion – The Wonder Months!
Total for November £725! Wow and thanks to parents children and staff.
Donation Day/Winter Clothes Day and FREE Show for Children Rec – Y6. 50p Friday 11 December
Classes are collecting loose change all of the time
Shine Arts Academy - Saturdays
Cinema Nights – 3 nights for Gold Star kids! December 7, 8, 9 (Tickets available in entrance after school)
Disco Night – Monday 14 December
(Tickets available in entrance after school)
Show “Wonder -Full Winter” – 10 Dec at 4PM and 5.30 presented by Junior singers and musicians. (Tickets available in entrance after school)
Amazing November Events!
Children in Need – a favourite event each year. This November we become Real Heroes…. we experienced a morning of “doing good” but in the form of 8 challenges. Thank you for your donations!
Anti – Bullying Day and Say Hello Day – Think before you speak is our way of approaching everyday life in school. We have a big focus on bullying and also how to do this skill. All adults are asked “when do you last really listen to a child”? We mix in Hello Day too!!
Character Development – our new character badges were launched. Each child can earn their GO Power badge throughout each year. Y5 and Y6 have a very different goal – 20 badges over 2 years.
Thanks for Supporting our October Events!
Autumn Fest and the big theme of apples pears and grapes! So many donation boxes went out this year. Thank you!
The Together Programme – meetings with parents in Rec and Nursery.
Opening of Go Shine Recordings and Go Shine Radio – yes we now have a recording label and radio station for the children in both our schools! Big thanks to Vanessa Feltz for opening these facilities.
Our History Week – this is a very special time when we think about our families and our diversity. We also look at Black history and our local history too.
Mr Flathers and the Orion staff helped parents and children start the day with a smile.
Start of a new term at The Orion!
School started again on Wednesday 2nd September. The new start time is 8.40am
We are looking forward to having you all back in school for a great Autumn term!
We are reflecting on the first year in our wonderful new school!
Special Experiences for all our 1300 fantastic children in 2014/2015
Friday Fundraiser for Nepal
The children learnt all about the crisis in Nepal in assembly following one major earthquake and another large earthquake which followed. The children and the community were clearly moved by the plight of the Nepalese people.
Children were asked to bring some money to donate to the cause and an overwhelming amount was brought in across our federation:
The Orion - £1008.94
Goldbeaters - £655
GRAND TOTAL - £1663.94!
Thank you everyone!
GO FEST 2015
You all know Jenny, our lovely photographer at The Goldstar Federation. She comes in for special events and captures the memories of our great days at Orion and Goldbeaters!
She's written about us on her website and we thought you might all like to see what she says about our wonderful schools.
Click this link to see her blog. Hooray!
Open Day for Candidates looking for a job at our Federation
Wednesday 15 April 9.30. Tours of the school. Meet leaders, NQTs. It is a nice morning.
Welcome back to a SUNNY summer at Orion!
It's the SUMMER TERM at Orion and the big news? Our new Ofsted report!
Here's the link to read the report!
Go to our Ofsted page (click the link below) to download the report from our website!
Orion Even Smarter
Our corridors and central spaces now have many lovely pictures and pieces of art work. The aim is to show that there is exceptional learning happening at Orion. Please have a look!
Word Up Fest continues……
World Book Day – Thursday March 4 when children will receive a book token to spend.
Wizard of Oz week – starts next week, show on Tuesday
Dress Up Day – Friday March 6. Dress as character from the Wizard of Oz story
Dictionary Man – Friday March 6. Y5 and Y6 are coached by a very clever man who makes dictionary work really fun!
Authors Visits – Jean Ure, Dan Freedman, Shoo Raynor
Inter school Quiz – last week challenge against Goldbeaters
WORD UP FEST 2015 is here!
Click below to see what's going on during our amazing 60 day literacy festival!
NEWSFLASH - We just won an award in The Pupil Premium Awards 2015!
We were selected because we are one of the high achieving schools in the country in terms of the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged pupils since 2011!
Orion Showcases Outstanding Music Students
On Thursday 11 December parents enjoyed hearing over 17 performances in the Gold Star Theatre. The range of music being learnt at Orion is exceptional. We heard:
Many thanks to the music team and Miss Foskett.
Music has never been as good as this at Orion!
Children In Need
Many thanks to the whol community across the Federation. We raised over £1500. Staff did an amazing job in their project - staff go back to school.
Barnet Council’s Snowdrop Project at Orion
We welcomed The Mayor Councillor, Hugh Rayner, to the school on November 25th 2014.
To plant a snowdrop in memory of every one the 1.5 million children killed in the holocaust. The project is to help young people think about the holocaust.
Each year a school is chosen to receive and plant 2000 bulbs. The Mayor plants the first few. Bulbs planted so far: 37,000!
The Holocaust (Shoah) was a unique event in 20th century history. It evolved slowly between 1933 and 1945. It began with discrimination; then the Jews were separated from their communities and persecuted; and finally they were treated as less than human beings and murdered.
During the Second World War the Nazis sought to murder the entire Jewish population of Europe and to destroy its culture. In 1941 there were about 11 million Jews living in Europe; by May 1945 the Nazis had murdered six million of them. One-and-a-half million of these were children.
We now call these events the Holocaust.
Whilst the Jews of Europe were the Nazis’ primary target, many millions of other people were also imprisoned, enslaved and murdered. These people included Roma, those with mental or physical disabilities, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, trade unionists, political opponents, Poles and Soviet prisoners of war.
The Nazis did not act alone. They were supported and assisted by people from within the countries they occupied across Europe. Most countries stood by while the Nazis and their accomplices carried out the mass murder of the Jewish people.
Find out more – be curious:
Children In Need Friday 14 Nov
Dress as a hero, sponsor the staff event, bring a packet of biscuits - it is a big event!
Staff go back to school - 100 staff are raising money this year by doing a 50 minute lesson. 50 challenges in 50 minutes in DT, literacy, maths, PE, Art. It is going to be fun.
Half Term and Inset - starts Friday 24 Oct
Our History Week 20 Oct
My History (all the children), local history, cultural diversity, food, languages - lots of great themes. Wed 22 Oct - dress in your country's traditional costume. Nursery - Y2 bring a baked something from your country, Y3 - Y6 bring a grain dish!
Big Thanks for all the contributions and donations. Baskets of food went to lovely people you nominated and also so to our neighbours. We had a fantastic letter from a resident saying Orion children were lovely!
Grand Opening of The Orion and Gold Star Centre - Sept 24
We welcome the Mayor and 50 guests to an incredible day. There will be a series of 6 launches through the morning. Look out for the balloon sculpture! Parents welcome 11.15.
Burnt Oak Festival
The joint choirs sung so well on Saturday 20 Sept! Thanks parents and staff.
Parents - take note!
Meet your child's new teacher...
Years 2,3,4 - Wednesday at 2.45pm in classrooms
Year 1,5 - Thursday at 2.45pm
Y6 meeting - Monday 15th September at 4.45pm
We start back on Thursday 4 September
What an Amazing Year for The Orion - Well done everyone!
We will keep up last years news for a while to remind you of great days and great success!
Orion and Goldbeaters appear together again at the Junior Music Festival at the Arts Depot performing our version of Happy. 2 choirs and Rock Band! Thursday 19 from 7PM.
Orion at Book Launch
We have been invited to the great launch of Boy Face - a terrific new book by
James Campbell with illustrations by Mark Weighton. Exciting!
This is the second year of our new Festival for Orion and Goldbeaters children.
The events run from 16 June until the end of term. Our theme is "I am Somebody".
Dads Evening/Fathers Day Event - Thursday 12 June
Please find the form in your child's book bag. Please come and join us for a fun evening. 4.15 or 5.30 and enjoy the new site too.
Mill Hill County - getting in through the test process
General test - complete "technology" application form.
Dance - complete "dance" application form
Music - complete "music" application form
Forms in by Wednesday of half term - the 28 May
Spring Celebration Day
Friday 23 May. Parents welcome to class at 9.00. A day to be proud of all at Orion. Balloon send off during the morning.
Y1, Y3, Y4, Y5 Parents Open Evening and Reports - Wednesday April 30th 3.30 - 5.00
Come and collect your child's report and chat with your child's teacher
The New Orion - News
"Goodbye Lanacre" Event and Celebration - Wednesday 26 March
During the Day - Film and Songs for Parents:
Reception - 9.10
Y1 - 10.00
Y2 - 2.40
Y3 and Y4 2.00
Y5 and Y6 10.45
6.15 - 7.15 - Current Parents and children in the playground for a bite to eat and Fireworks - FREE
4.00 - 5.45 - Event for old pupils and staff. Mr Flathers talks to you all at around 5.00.
Sport Relief Day - Friday 21 March
Wow - Amazing and Proud - We sang with Matt Cardle
Children from both schools took part in the Barnet Dance Festival on Tues March 11 and then they sang at Wembley Arena on the Wednesday. We were incredible! Brilliant performances and tough kids who can rise to the challenge of two very late nights. Yes XFactor winner Matt sang with our children!
Green Day - Wednesday 12 March
Wear something green and please try even more recycling!
Y6 Spring School
Holiday learning at the new site - 9,10,11 April 9.15 - 12.15
Orion Film Day
On February 28 we will be starting 4 short films. This is part of the New Orion celebrations. Please come looking smart. We hope to get you the film package by the end of March.
Word Up Fest 2014
From January 27 to the end of March
Read for My School
Part of the Word Up Fest – all children in Y3 – Y6 will have a log in code. There are 100 books to read – all free! See their Champion Reader Cards
Website Launch – Friday 31 January
You found us! Hope you like this new website.
Orion Birthday 14 years old! – Friday 31 January
We have some fantastic activities going on
Champion Number – NEW Home Task
Every child needs to practise their times tables 3 times or more per week. Please go to the kid zone and find the maths games – your child needs to do 10 minutes or more and note it on their Champion Number Card!
Homework + Launched
If you want to help your child with some extra homework join our new scheme. Please hand your form into your child’s teacher.
New Orion School
The building will be ready on March 27. Orion children begin there in the summer term! Goldbeaters will join stay on the current site in Burnt Oak but will come up each week for sport and other sessions.