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Back in school after half term looking smarter.  We are trying to stay switched on in all that we do and use our AWESOME WONDER POWER to experience WONDERMENT of the world. We are still looking for Hunky Dory World... This week we experienced the WONDER of WORDS with performance poet King Kimba,Y2 had some marvellous meditation in the ZEN DEN bus and Y6 presented their WORD UP experience to their parents in the I-Shine Theatre. Please DO MORE over the weekend. Stay SWITCHED ON!

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What an amazing week of visitors we have welcomed to Word Up this week! Orion children have had drama workshops and met 2 authors and storytellers. The stories have been captivating! Thanks to George Hoyle and James Campbell for inspiring us with language. Words Words Words! 


Children can take part in a Keep Safe competition for this year's Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 6th February

Safer Internet Day 2024 - Party Time!

Uploaded by The Orion Primary School on 2024-02-06.


WORD UP 2024

The Orion is 24 years old. We celebrated today with Mr F in the hall. We found out about the history of our school which made us feel even more proud than usual. We all got a birthday present of some dominoes and we are learning how to play.


WORD UP 2024

We have been learning all about Europe for 2 weeks. Hunky Dory World is not in Europe although we have learnt about some amazing places - Claude Monet's garden in Giverny, France; The Colosseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the canals and waterways of Venice. We've enjoyed Croissant Friday, Kevin Graal the Storyteller and a play called Muffin Don't Get Squished. Thanks Mr F for our Word Up safety lights!!

WORD UP STARTS! 12/01/24
This is the 10th anniversary of Word Up! Huge excitement counting down to the start at the end of this week. See the message below from the Do it Dude…wishing our whole school community a wonderful Word Up Festival. 

Word Up Begins

December in School - Docember

Lighting up lives this December. It's all about doing something to help make life a little brighter, especially when it's freezing outside!

Think it...Feel it...Give it...

  • Give EXTRA smiles throughout the day
  • Give time for laughter - share some jokes
  • Give kind words to those around you
  • Give some EXTRA time for a chat
  • Give the gift of helpfulness
  • Give WELL DONE's to others
  • Give EXTRA time to count your blessings
  • Give EXTRA greetings
  • Give time to TIDY time at home and in your classroom
  • Give some special to older people
  • Give to the BYT Kindness Kitchen

Throughout Docember you can see lots of our photos of giving and how we are lighting up lives.

What Happened Next in the I Shine Theatre

SuperJuice Pop Up Cafe

Orion & Goldbeaters Choirs Sing to the Elderly

Giving to others at Christmas

Christmas lunch

Winter Lights Art Exhibition

Giving Kindness, Care and Smiles at a Care Home

We felt soooo good this year for Children in Need thanks to the Superjuice Feel Good Campaign. Such amazing children and parents completing tasks at home to improve everyone’s wellbeing. Friday was a very special day in school! We raised £2500!!

Feeling Good!

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Feeling Good!

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All round the UK this week money will be raised to support BBC's Children in Need. At Orion and Goldbeaters children have tasks to do at home to feel good. We support Children in Need every year. Friday will be a special day in school. Please bring donations in to school and don't forget to wear your own clothes that make you feel good!

Be SPOTacular for BBC Children in Need! 🔵🟡🔴

FIREWORKS: 16/11/23

Better late than never…two weeks overdue because of the forecast storm we had a happy and dry fireworks display. As always our parent community were so positive and supportive and calm and we enjoyed a stunning display TOGETHER


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Fireworks Joy

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We are moving it every day this week with our learning...The Jets had a day out in London, Reception met the Gruffalo in Wendover Woods, children in Y5 and Y6 completed the Primary Maths Challenge, we flanked the corridors for a ceremony of rememberance  and Y2 performed a series of beautiful songs with Goldbeaters and other local schools at the Infant Music Festival. Children went home this weekend with a Feel Good Kit and will learn what to do with it from The Super Juice Children in Need film. 


We were honoured to welcome Madam Mayor - Nagus Narenthira to our schools today to launch Gen H - our happiness project. Nagus is both the current mayor and the Chair of our Governing Body and has worked tirelessly for both the school and the community of Barnet for 2 decades.


This year to celebrate Black History we learnt about British black women and men making history right now. Rosalie Jones, a firefighter, Solomon Golding, a ballet dancer, Jawahir Roble, a female hijab wearing football referee and many other amazing people! We ended this week with a wonderful cultural afternoon to celebrate Black History and many other cultures who make up our school

community. Thanks to all those who came and to the parents who cooked and offered a taste of their culture and heritage. We are so lucky to have such fantastic and culturally diverse families. 


This week we combined our annual apple festival with our mental health and well-being with Apple Chat. Children shared an apple on each day with some structured chat with each some comments below.

06/10/23 - WORLD SMILE DAY

Always celebrated at The Orion & Goldbeaters and a special day within our community. We started our day with a smile with children and families being greeted at the gates by staff and smiley faces. This year the children all bought their smile to school too. "The most important thing you will ever wear is a SMILE"

29/09/23 - Be Unlimited Friday - Using KND to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Showing kindness and determination today at The Orion. Children contributed money into their fruit fund to show their kindness and care for others. We are always astounded at the generosity of our school community. The new Super Juice film is out, mini juicers have been auditioning all week and children have worked hard this week to do their best work ever. September is over now and we will get ready for...Rockotber!!!

22/09/23 - Peace Day

We celebrated Peace Day today. All of Orion and Goldbeaters TOGETHER. We heard the beautiful music of a harpist and released 5 white doves - an international symbol of Peace. Captain K returned after 4 years! He launched Kindness Kids Unlimited Kindness. The sunflowers in our school are a new symbol for KND - Kindness aNd Determination. Check out the photos below

18/09/23 - This week is Organ Donation Awareness Week. 

The NHS are aiming to get 25,000 more people to register to become organ donors in order to save and improve the lives of thousands of people in need of an organ transplant. On Friday afternoon as part of our World Peace Day we did "Think Pink" with a pink milkshake to take part in this social media campaign. 


15/09/23 - It's been an UMLIMITED week of learning at The Orion. We have settled into our new classrooms and new year group routines. Our Reception children are now staying all day and enjoying their first school lunches. We are loving learning about new topics and developing new skills. Y6 have been Unlimited in making their own Viking costumes and starting a crochet club. We've had 2 Challenge 101 days this week. Thumbs Up Thursday (a Sunergy Day) and Sunflower Friday (an Unlimited Day). Jets 1 presented our lovely Teresa with sunflowers. We have a task this weekend to find out new facts about sunflowers. Did you know that sunflowers could be cuddly? This sunflower is called a teddy bear sunflower!

Welcome Back to School

Keep up to date with what happens each week at school for your children. We are looking smart and are excited to be back for a new school year. We welcome all our wonderful new children and familes.

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