All parents are welcome to come for a Friday morning coffee and breakfast in the school hall. There is always a short presentation (20 minutes). These include ways to really help support your child's learning at school, parenting advice and support and information about a wide range of things from safety to spellings and maths to mindfulness and more!
Why come in for a coffee morning?
Friday mornings are always fun and very informal. Parents can bring their toddlers and babies. There is lots of time to ask questions, share experiences and find out first what is happening in school.
Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers, Aunties, Uncles and friends of the family are ALL welcome
Parents comments about Friday Coffee Mornings (survey Oct 2019)
"each week is different and I love it"
"I like the positive energy"
"I have found new friends"
"you get updated with great topics"
"I get to catch up with the other mums"
"I find it very interesting"
"I feel part of a special community"
Friday 6th March 2020 - Times Tables
Thanks to Miss Chambers who led a very helpful coffee morning for parents on times tables, multiplication methods and what your children need to know/learn in each year. Please look at the presentation and some of the resources below to find out how to support your children with learning their multiplication facts.
Friday 28th February 2020 - Food!
A fantastic morning today. Food carvings created by Michael from Relish - we made watermelon frogs but check out the links below for other ideas. Mrs Shear shared a way to pack your children full of vegetables even if they don't like them! Recipe is below. We tasted some chocolate brownies that had beetroot and cauliflower hidden inside. They were delicious and have 50% less sugar than other brownies. Again the recipe is below. Loads of tips shared by parents and Michael on really nutritious, economical and tasty recipe ideas.
Friday 7th February 2020 - E-Safety Presentation
How do you make sure your children are safe online? Social Media, Gaming, Messaging and Youtube are huge parts of our children's lives now. Do you know what they are doing? How can you protect them from possible hazards? Loads of information shared today and you can always come into school and get advice from us. Look for E-Safety advice on our website!
Friday 24th January 2020 - Word Up Word Up!
All about words today! Lots of fun facts to share with your children about words and some games to play together to develop yours and your children's knowledge of words, use of words, spelling of words, memory and quick thinking. Parents were great today. Lots of laughing. A good start to the day. Word Up starts on Monday. NO COFFEE MORNING NEXT WEEK. Back on the 7th FEB!
Friday 17th January - Art for your Heart
Parents put heart and soul into today's coffee morning. Last week we talked about finding quiet time in the week for yourself and today we practiced it with some very calm and peaceful art. Parents produced Romero Britto style heart images in felt tip and Kandinsky inspired heart art in oil pastel. Toddlers had a go too. Look on the link below to try this at home with your children.
Friday 10th January - Think Pink 2020
Welcome to the first coffee morning of 2020! We have been meeting together on Friday mornings for 7 years! Lots of exciting things happening this term for children and parents. Come in on a Friday to find out a bit more...
Friday 13th December: The Big Quiz
Thanks to the 10 great teams of parents who took part in this mornings quiz - lots of laughter, kindness, teamwork and happiness. It's not the winning that matters it's the taking part.
See you back at coffee morning in 2020.
Friday 22nd November 2019 - Keeping Up With the Children in Maths
Incredible turnout today to find out how your children learn maths at school. It's very different to how you might have been taught. Miss Chambers explained how all children are taught to understand maths in a concrete way, then a pictoral way so that they can then understand maths and numbers in a more abstract way. Find out more by looking at the presentation below
Friday 15th November - Move your Buddy or Move with your Buddies
As usual a wonderful spirit and energy was demonstrated again this morning when we did some exercise all together! Thanks Miss Costin for coming down to model some easy HIT exercises that parents and children can do at home together. Of course we finished off with some ZUMBA! It's harder in the winter months but keep moving!
Friday 8th November - POSTCARD ART and UNITAS YOUTH ZONE
A Move It day today when parents created some postcard art. What's the idea behind it? Just send a positive vibe to someone else! Thanks too to Jennifer from the Unitas Youth Zone for coming along to encourage parents to sign up their children.
Friday 1st November: Movember and KIT
Did you know? - November is the ninth month of the ancient roman calendar and gets it's name from the Latin for nine "novem". The word nine in lots of languages including Farsi, Urdu, English, Spanish, Portugese, German derives from the Latin. Many historical events in British history took place in November - The Gunpowder Plot in 1605, The end of the first world war in 1918 and the launch of the BBC service in 1936.
Today our parent community demonstrated a Move It moment for Movember. KIT stands for Kindness Initiative Together and parents showed just that by collectively helping the preparation of the BYT charity Pop Up Shop. Thank you to all who gave some time and worked together. You are wonderful.
Friday 11th October: Common childhood illnesses and first aid tips
Thanks for coming in for this session led by Sarah Dickon our head of welfare. Lots of information was shared about very common children's illnesses and what to do. Parents shared ideas and advice. Some tips for general helpful first aid and links to good health websites are included in the presentation attached
Friday 4th October - World Smile Day/Dental Hygiene
A very smiley and well attended coffee morning today. We welcomed Dr Kinaree Patel from Colindale Dental Surgery on Colindale Avenue. She gave a very informative talk to parents on oral hygiene which you can click on below. Lots of great tips, advice and reminders for parents on how to best look after their children's teeth.
Friday 27th September: Macmillan Coffee Morning and Bingo
Thanks for coming in to play bingo this morning. Selling extra bingo cards raised £40! Well done to the 3 lucky winners!
Friday 20th September: Whirled Peace
Orion Parents model such peace, harmony and positivity. Thanks to those who came in this morning to enjoy a coffee and make a pinwheel for peace. Pinwheels are often symbols of childhood and represent happy joyful times. They can be made from most types of paper, card, and unwanted plastics. A good rainy day activity to do at home! There was a peaceful vibe in the hall due to all the concentration!! Check out the photos below.
AUTUMN TERM COFFEE MORNINGS 2019
Friday 6th September: New School Year and Back to Routines
What a great turnout today! Thanks for coming to coffee morning and a big welcome to all our new parents. Click the presentation below to find out about courses for adult learners that take place at The Orion, Goldbeaters or in and around Grahame Park and Burnt Oak. Need any tips about getting back into a firm school routine? Have a look here!
Friday 13th September : Reading
Reading is a huge area - today we discussed the importance of reading and how to foster love and enjoyment of reading at home. Thank you to those who shared tips of what works for them and their children at home and who asked questions and wanted to know more about great books to read. There are recommended books for you on this website. Go to Children - Academic Learning - Champion Reader.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARENTS WHO COME IN SMILING ON A FRIDAY MORNING. YOU MAKE COFFEE MORNINGS GREAT!
THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR NEW PARENTS TOO.
COME ALONG IN SEPTEMBER
The Big End of Year Quiz - Friday 19th July
Whilst the children were enjoying the last GoFest show of the year, parents celebrated the end of term and the upcoming summer with a table quiz. From knowing your Disney princesses to your crisp flavours it was a lovely session with lots of laughs and some healthy competition!
Thanks for coming in today and being such great sports!
Thank you - Friday 12th July
Welcome back to coffee morning - it's been a few weeks! A round up this week of some if the amazing learning experiences that children and adults have had this year. And a few thank yous to all the parents who have been so engaged and supportive of their children at school. We think you are amazing!
GO Fest Purple Week - Dad's Breakfast - Friday 14th June
A morning off for the mums this morning as dads, uncles and grandads brought their children to school. They celebrated Father's Day together with a buffet breakfast and some physical activity outside! Thanks to all those who came in and hope all our Orion dads had a special Father's Day!
GO Fest Orange Week Coffee Morning - Friday 7th June
It was a great turn out this week - thanks for coming in to find out What's Going On? Highlight from the week were shared and of course a sneak preview for parents as to what is happening next week.
Mum's morning off next Friday as Dad's are invited to bring the kids to school and enjoy a Father's Day breakfast. Coffee Morning back on 21st June.
Bright Yellow Coffee Morning - Friday 17th May
Mental Health Awareness Week
Having positive mental health and well-being allows us to realize our full potential, have healthy relationships, cope with stresses of life and work productively. Today we talked about some ways of keeping our mental health positive and how we can model emotional well-being for our children. We discussed healthy diet, good sleep routines, importance of physical activity. We looked in more detail at listening to our children and encouraging them to talk and at how to build resilience in our children.
It's really important to talk to someone if we don't feel ourselves. Sometimes talking to another parent can really help, joining a class or taking some time to do something for yourself.
Bright Yellow Coffee Morning - Friday 10th May
Today we learnt a little bit about autism. Autism is a spectrum condition which is often characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication. 1 in 80 primary school children are autistic. At our school we have children with varying degrees of autism throughout the school and also in The Jets which is an autistic resource provision. Big thanks to Miss Angus. Watch the animation below to find out more.
Bright Yellow Thinking Coffee Morning - Friday 3rd May
Shakespeare and the chicks!
A very inspiring coffee morning today with some information about William Shakespeare, a powerful presentation of Shakespeare verse from Y5 and a quiz about the language we use today that originated from Shakespeare's writing. You can find the quiz and some more resources on the presentation below. Big thanks to Miss Cowan who prepares our children to take part in Shakespeare Festival. The baby chicks also came for coffee with their very skilled pet club handlers. Have a look at the photos below.
Bright Yellow Coffee Morning - Friday 26th April
Healthy Eating Tip and Fitness
Huge welcome back to parents today with news about this half term. Lots of information and dates about what is coming up for children and parents. A big thank you to Yinka Thomas who gave some healthy eating tips and information about free fitness programmes for children and their families. Click on the presentation below to find out the contact details and for further information.
PAMPER NIGHT 2019
What a gorgeous evening for mums and kids this was. Thank you for your warm smiles and kindness and welcome to each other. We hope you enjoyed some pampering, some shopping and some food and some quality time with your friends or your daughters. It was a very happy event - check out the smiles in the photos.
SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) - Friday 22nd March
Thanks to all the parents who attended today's coffee morning. There were many! Miss MacDonald and Mrs Shear presented lots of information to parents about SRE lessons at school and provided parents with access to all the resources and lesson plans. Parents had a chance to give views, ask questions, clarify information and ask for advice. If you would like to know more to be informed please come in and ask.
E-Safety (keeping your children safe online) - Friday 8th March
Big thanks to Mr Remnant this morning on a terrific e-safety coffee morning. Technology is a brilliant thing and the advantages of the internet outweigh the disadvantages. Our responsibility as parents is not only to keep our children safe when they are using technology but also to make sure our children can come and talk to us when they need to (even if they have made a mistake!) Have clear and simple rules for your children and be fair and realistic. There is loads of advice in the parents section of this website (online safety) and always someone to ask here!
Science - Friday 1st March
It's Spring! Science is a core subject of the primary curriculum. We discussed the importance of science in our children's future and also had a "go" on the microscopes looking at some interesting slides. Thanks to Mrs Cohen and the Y6 Science leaders for assisting. Next week we will be having an E-Safety presentation. Please pop in.
Word Up 2019 - Vocabulary Games - Friday 8th February
Today we looked at the goal of Word Up and how parents can help their children at home develop their vocabulary. We shared some facts about words, a technique for remembering new words and some fun and informal games you can play at home that are great for learning and using more adventurous words. Click on the presentation to learn some of the games.
Board Games - Friday 25th January
Playing a game with your child is a great way of showing them that you want to spend time with them. There are lots of ways to play but today in coffee morning we had a try out of lots of different board and card games. These are great alternatives to "screen time" and teach your children lots of skills including - how to wait their turn, how to think ahead (be strategic), how to win and how to lose (well). Lots of board games encourage good communication skills and develop logic reasoning. Thanks to the parents who came in today. There was lots of laughing and chatting - perfect for a Friday!
Art for your heart and soul - Friday 18th January
A very thoughtful coffee morning - parents took part in some quiet heart art - quilling and painting. Doing something creative can have very positive effects on your brain and your well-being - for children and adults. Viewing art is also beneficial. Put a daily art app on your phone and share it with your child. Click below for more information
How to raise a resilient child - Friday 11th January
Thanks to those who made it this morning! We are "thinking pink" this half term. January weather can sometimes have an adverse effect on adults and children despite lots of positive thinking. Find out more about developing resilience in your child with some very simple tips in the presentation below. Want to learn more? Join Parent Gym for more positive parenting tips and techniques
Coming up next week and in January - Friday 14th December
It's been a few weeks and was great to have such a big turn out this morning. Click on the presentation below if you are interested in signing up for any courses in January. Includes hairdressing, creative writing, parent gym and a mindfulness workshop. Register early.
Pet Zone and Children in Need - Friday 16th November
A brilliant session today with Miss Goh, our Y5 pet experts and our special guest Kellog the cornsnake. Our experts delivered a really knowledgable presentation with clarity and confidence to a very large group of parents. Parents asked really thoughtful questions which were answered by the pet zone crew. A great opportunity to share a very unique feature of our school. Take a look at the engagement of the crowd below!
Love Reading - Friday 9th November
Reading is a skill for life. Encouraging a love of reading at home can make a huge difference. Lots of help, tips and advice here in the presentation below. Want a good book recommendation? Look on the childrens' page on our website and click on Academic Learning, Champion Reader. Lots of great books to choose from. Get them from the school library or Colindale library. Other book lists below too. Want to help your child more? Ask them lots of questions about what they have read or while you read with them. Need some ideas click below for great question prompts click on the link below.
Welcome back to Autumn 2 - Friday 2nd November
Thank you parents for celebrating Mr Flathers' award for Headteacher of the Year. We are a very proud school community. Did you know that Pearsons run a scheme where you can thank your child's teacher? Sending them a card to say thanks for free! Details below
Understanding Food Labels - Friday 12th October
Tina from the Grahame Park Health Centre did a really practical session with parents this morning to look at food labels and really understand what we are feeding our children. Healthy eating is for life. The information she gave was a great reminder of what to eat and what's a treat!
Unitas Youth Zone - Friday 5th October
Thanks to Tony Lewis who came in today to speak to us about the amazing new youth zone opening in Burnt Oak for children aged 8yrs plus. Incredible facilities have been planned for the centre which should open in June 2019.
Macmillan Coffee Morning - Friday 29th September
Big thanks to all the parents who joined us this morning for our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning. Thanks to Mika and Rubi for the incredible cakes they baked and donated to school. Our star bakers! Thanks to all of you who took part in the Great British Baking Quiz. Lots of fun along with some incredible fundraising. £750 was raised for cancer care. Proud to help at The Orion!
International Day of Peace - Friday 21st September
It was a lovely peaceful coffee morning today when parents took a few moments to be calm and make peace flowers for their children and each other. Thank you parents for your enthusiasm, smiles, kind words to each other and great spirit this morning. Couldn't come today? Have a look at how we made the flowers by clicking on the presentation below.
The National Curriculum - Friday 14th September
Today's coffee morning was an overview of how and what your children learn at primary school. Parents learnt more about the assessments and tests that children have to take and also how to enrich and really support their children's education. Couldn't come today? Click below for the presentation.
Samosa Drive - Thursday 5th July
No coffee morning for a couple of weeks but huge thanks to the wonderful parents who gave up their time to make samosas for GoFest Community Night. With parents also making samosas at home and donating them we had just under 1000 for our samosa stand.
Great British Bingo - Friday 18th May
A royal wedding celebration in the hall this morning for parents. Scones with jam and cream and tea were served and a game of bingo with some British prizes was played. Thanks to all who attended for being such fun - have a look at the photos below!
Feed the Body Feed the Mind - Friday 11th May
How does the food we give our children really make a difference to their brains and health. We looked at the "best" types of foods for children and how we could reduce some of the not so great things. Did you know that if your child eats a small pack of crisps everyday then over a year you will have given them 5 litres of vegetable oil to drink! Mrs Shear demonstrated a very simple 5 minute recipe for salmon fishcakes using a tin of red salmon. Good for very fussy eaters and very busy parents. See the recipe in the presentation below.
May Day Bank Holiday Activities - Friday 4th May
Why do we celebrate May Day in the UK? Families get a long weekend this weekend. The sun is coming out - get outside and get some well needed Vitamin D. Look for Spring. Lots of activities available this morning to take away and do at the weekend with the children. Scavenger hunts, nature trails, geocaching and more! Take a photo of your outdoor adventure and send it to Mrs Shear and have a happy sunny weekend.
SAT's - a parents guide to statutory tests - Friday 27th April
Thanks for such a positive turnout this morning. Parents of children from Reception to Year 6 came in to find out more about SATs. It was very eye opening to see the journey through school that our children have. There were lots of questions and great advice from parents to other parents. Parent POWER!
Click below to see the presentation
Welcome back - it's Summer! - Friday 20th April
Great turnout today! If you couldn't make it we talked about BYT and how it helps your children with their learning. We discussed homework and how parents can really help their children at home with this. Parents shared some great tips too. We also discussed other types of learning that enrich children and where to access swimming lessons, extra clubs, bike riding lessons etc.
A Look Back at The Term & Community Colindale - Friday 16th March
Thank you for your wonderful attendance at all the coffee mornings this term. Fridays are truly special. Today we looked back at Word Up this term and remembered the coffee mornings we have had. Jan & Hilary visited from the Community Colindale Trust to share some amazing opportunities for adults and kids that take place on Grahame Park. The One Stop Shop is a hive of information. Get your children engaged in the holidays and after school with some really fantastic clubs and activities. Click below to see more
Coffee Mornings will be back after the Easter break. If you like them...bring a friend! Not been before...come into the hall and find out more!
Ladies Pamper & Shopping Night - March 8th
No coffee morning at Orion this week but a wonderful evening on Thursday celebrating International Women's Day and Mothering Sunday with our parent community at our third annual Pamper Evening. Big thanks go to all the mums, sisters, aunties and grandmas from Orion and Goldbeaters 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. Even more thanks to those parents and children who took stands and fundraised for our new foundation. You are simply amazing! If you missed this years event make sure you get yourself a ticket next year!
Common Childhood Illnesses - Friday 2nd March
A huge thank you to Dr Mohammedabbas Khaki who visited today giving fantastic medical advice to our parents on treating common illnesses for our children at home. He talked about chicken pox, coughs, colds, viruses, asthma, stomach bugs. He gave advice as to when the GP should be seen, when an illness may be more serious and when you can see a pharmacist or a practice nurse. Lots of parents attended and Dr Mohammed answered lots of questions. We will welcome him back anytime.
Click below for his presentation
Healthy Cooking Live! Orion and Goldbeaters Together - 23rd February
Thanks to Hilde from ISS Catering and Theresa our wonderful kitchen manager for a fab coffee morning this morning. They prepared and demonstrated a recipe for Frittata - a budget, quick to cook and prepare and nutritious recipe to try at home. Heather answered parents questions about their children's diets and about portion size. She gave tips for healthy packed lunches and talked about what our children eat at school. You can look up more information on school lunches by clicking on the link below (School Food Standards)
Thanks to Goldies parents for coming over this morning!
Click below for a printable recipe
Anxiety in Children - Friday 19th January & Friday 2nd February
A fantastic turn out this morning (see below) to hear Sarah Konn (a psychological well-being advisor) talk about anxiety in our children, what it is and how it presents. In part 2 Sarah has presented some strategies to use to break a cycle of anxiety. Click on the presentation below to look again.
Learning to love reading - Friday 12th January
This week we looked at how to foster a love of reading in your homes and how children acquire really positive attitudes towards reading. We talked about reading for pleasure and the education, economic and health and well-being impacts. Click on the presentation for some tips and ideas for your children.
Children in Need Coffee Morning - Friday 17th November
This week parents just had some fun for Children in Need. We learnt about the importance of Children in Need and why we always support it at The Orion. Parents did a getting to know you better activity and then practised with some Super Balls for their Do More Challenge this weekend. Thanks for coming in this morning and joining in with so much enthusiasm!
Memory Skills - Friday 10th November
This week we learnt a little about our memory and what can help us remember information. In school the children are developing methods for quicker thinking and trying lots of techniques to make their memory more effective. Have a go at the verbal and visual memory test with your children. How many things can you both remember?
Games - Friday 3rd November
This week the coffee morning presentation was to learn some fun and useful games you can play at home, on the bus or walking to school. Word games are a great way of developing general knowledge, quicker thinking, turn taking and having fun together as a family. Click on the presentation below to find out more
Physical Activity - Friday 13th October
Thanks to Miss Costin who gave a fantastic presentation this morning on physical activity and healthy eating. Parents joined in with some easy ideas that they can do at home to allow their children to burn off some energy and be fitter. There were some shocking facts about sugar too. Click here to find out.
Encouraging Talk - Friday 6th October
Thanks to Mr Ellis this week who gave a fantastic presentation on learning to talk, developing talk and encouraging talk with your children. Take a look at the slides below for some great advice.
Macmillan Coffee Morning - Friday 30th September
Orion parents played Bingo for Macmillan on Friday during our coffee morning.
Bingo alone raised £55.00. We have added it to all the other generous donations for Macmillan and in total raised £765
Thanks for being such fun and good sports!
The Power of Praise - Friday 22nd September
Praising children develops their confidence and self esteem. Can Do Kids need great praise. Look at the presentation of the Power of Praise to find out how you can use praise really well.
The National Curriculum - Friday 15th September
Want to know more about what your child learns at school? Have a look at the slides below