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Another special day here at Orion, filled with the goodness of apples!  Check out the pictures from Friday and don't forget apples will be on sale every day at school this week.

World Smile Day!

It was lovely to see so many smiles and happy faces at school for another special day here at Orion - thank you all!  We'll keep smiling throughout Rocktober as we help Kaptain K rock the world with kindness!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Huge thanks to everyone who made, donated, bought and ate cakes for Macmillan!  We are so proud of you all for helping us help such a worthy cause - thank you!

World Peace Day

What an awesome day of celebrations for World Peace Day!  Thanks to all the parents who came to our 'whirled peace day' coffee morning, our amazing readers, actors, musicians, dancers and of course Kaptain K and the Kindness Crew!  Another special day for the Orion and Goldbeaters family - thank you all!

TA Appreciation Day

We had a brilliant time saying thank you to our incredible team of TAs and support staff who really do go the extra mile to make a difference every single day - we couldn't do it without you. Thank you all so much!

Welcome back!

Welcome back!  We hope you all had an awesome summer and are ready for an incredible new year.  What a great start to 2019/20 and to our NEW quest - Power for Good! We'll all be working hard to become Power Learners, Power Players and Power Changers.


What a year!

Thank you all for an incredible 2018/19 - so many achievements, highlights and special memories for everyone!

Go Fest - One Last Time...

We couldn’t let Go Fest 2019 end without one final show.  Huge thanks to Ilai, Jenny, Ben and everyone else involved in recreating the Go Fest vibe one last time.

L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre

A group of 30 keen scientists from year 4 recently visited the L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre based at the Royal Institution.  They had a great day in the lab studying Cosmetic Chemistry and measuring and mixing chemicals to make their own lip balms and bath bombs.  Their visit coincided with a visit from our local MP, Matthew Offord, so they got to meet him as well as visit this wonderful science venue.  See more on the Go Science page.

Blue Week

Wow! What an awesome Blue Week - the perfect way to end Go Fest 2019!  Topic Day, The Tech Time Machine, the incredible stage performances and Community Evening - so many special memories.  Thank you all for an incredible Go Fest, and don't forget to check out the Go Fest page to see even more highlights.

Red Week - Happy to help week 

Thank you all so much!  What an incredible week of energetic activities, fun and fundraising.  Thanks again!  You can see pictures from the Ilai Show, the market stall, Water Zone and our sky dive for the BYT Project over on the Go Fest page. 

Blue Week

Check out the show times for Blue Week below.  Ask your child if they are in any special music/dance group performances.  Remember, Community Evening is on Thursday 4th July - tickets are on sale now!

Green Week and The Pink Fringe!

Another awesome week which included Britain's Got Talent's hilarious ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, Year 4's The Big Green Adventure, Nursery's trip to Gulliver's Land, Reception's visit to the Environmental Centre, our Year 2 camp, Year 6's school journey to the Isle of Wight AND so many fun activities outside on the field for 'I'm an adventurer get me out of here!'  If all that wasn't enough we also had an incredible 26 events in 4 days for the Pink Fringe.  Thank you all!  Take a closer look over on the Go Fest page!

Purple Week

Check out the artistic flair on show during Purple Week!  After the incredible Art Day on Monday, we had an amazing performance from Flamenco Guitarist Joncan, an awesome Art Evening on Tuesday, inspiring engineer Richard Murdock, our Dad's Breakfast and the one and only DNA from Britain's Got Talent - wow!  You can see more pictures over on the Go Fest page!

Orange Week

Another awesome Orange week comes to a close and what a week it's been!  There's been so much going on, including The Colourful Creative Show, Shakespeare Festival, Relax Kids, Eid Celebrations and seeing the incredible African Dancers.  You can see more pictures over on the Go Fest page and find out what's happening next week in Purple Week!

Go Fest is here!

What a way to end the half-term and begin Go Fest 2019!  You can see our pre-show film, highlights from the show itself, more incredible pictures and find out what's going on over on our Go Fest page.  Have a great half-term and we'll see you back at school on Monday 3rd June for Orange Week!

French Bread Day

Check out the pictures from French Bread Day and have a look at the video to find out how to ask for exactly what you'd like in French!

The eggs have arrived!

Check out the LIVE stream on YouTube to see our new chicks!  The first hatched on Tuesday evening, shortly followed by two more early on Wednesday morning.  Who will be next?

Hello Yellow!

What a great way to start the new term - we've been saying Hello Yellow with BYT and Lemon Fresh Friday!

What an awesome term!

Some great moments during the last week, including our Easter Raffle, Easter Assembly with Father Joseph and Mr Hammad as well as Sing Up!  Check out our embarrassing video from the staff below!  Thank you all for a brilliant term, have a great break and we will see you back at school on Tuesday 23rd April.

Word Up! Word Up!

What a way to finish Word Up - the Doodle Jamboree with Mark Weighton, the Poetry Slam with Sara Hirsch and saying goodbye to The Do It Dude!  We also held our annual Pamper Night - thanks so much to everyone who came along.  You can see more pictures on the Coffee Morning page. 

Word Up - Week 7 

Another incredible week of Word Up here with the arrival of our new ducklings, an awesome performance of The Railway Children and our I Love Words Competition with special guest judge Vanessa Feltz - thank you.  The children have been really stepping it up throughout Word Up and we were blown away by their spooky story competition entries - amazing!

Word Up - Week 6

Wow - another awesome week here with so much going on.  Author and illustrator Paul Geraghty, BBC Sports Presenter John Watson, Red Nose Day and of course our incredible performances of Disney's The Lion King!  We are lucky to have so many talented children in our schools and to have so many dedicated adults who helped make the show such a success - thank you all!

Week 5 of Word Up!

What a week - we had some inspirational events like Child Genius Rahul Doshi, football author Matt Oldfield, Magic Lantern, World Book Day and of course the Do It Dude's trip to Asda - huge thanks to everyone!  You can see more pictures on our Word Up page

Welcome back

We hope you all had a brilliant half term!  We kick started our Lion King inspired Disney week with some incredible African drummers and dancers.  Find out more about Word Up and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Family Bread Baking Night

A very busy and messy night but full of smiles and love. Thank you to all those parents who came on Wednesday night to make bread with their children. Helped along by the Challah Mummy everyone left with delicious cinnamon star. You need great teamwork to bake together and it is always lots of fun. Have a look at the photos. Can you see loads of concentration and lots of delighted faces?


Week Two of Word Up!

Another inspirational week of Word Up here, with so much going on - Neill Cameron, Words from Art, the start of Talk Love Love Talk, Song Writing, Safer Internet Day and so much more!  

Safer Internet Day

You might remember our video last year 'Do the Floss!' but this year it's time to 'Do Your Thing!'

Word Up - Week One 

What an awesome start to Word Up!  Doodle books, song writing, adventurer Will Copestake and story teller George Hoyle were just some of the highlights.  Check out the Word Up section to see more of what we got up to!

Word Up! Word Up!

The wait is finally over - our incredible 8-week Literacy Festival is here - Word Up! Word Up!  So many fresh word adventures to look forward to!  Check out the Word Up section to make sure you don't miss a thing.

Huge sadness for one of Orion's greatest children

Zahra in 2A passed away on Monday evening after a long period of illness.  Many of you will have known her as a wonderful member of the class and many of you will also know her as a wonderful member of our community too. 

Zahra was a very, very unique person.  She was one of those very rare people who spread happiness and joy to everyone all of the time.  She battled her illness with an incredible bravery and so brilliantly kept going in order to see her baby brother arrive!  Zahra brought love and happiness to all around her here at Orion - she was truly, truly special. 

Feel free to help our charity support Zahra's incredible family - contribute to the new Pink Fund, send in something to 2A's flower display.

Thank you to so many families who have been to the house and are helping. 

It's 2019!

Welcome back - what a great first week of 2019.  We've all been getting fresher and thinking PINK!  Lot's to look forward to this term, including Art for your Heart, Safer Internet Day and of course Word Up!  

Food Bank

We didn’t want to let the excess party food go to waste, so it was delivered to the local Foodbank on Christmas Eve.  We hope it helps those who really need it - huge thanks to everyone who donated.  Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

What an incredible end to the term and to 2018.  We've had Christmas lunch, parties, our Christmas Tree competition, token events - the list goes on!  Enjoy the break and we'll see you back at school on Monday 7th January - thanks!


On Wednesday and Thursday the theatre was transformed into the winter wonderland of Narnia! Check out the stunning art from Key Stage 2 based on C. S. Lewis's classic story, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.
Tuesday saw us turn the theatre into the setting of ‘Here Comes Jack Frost’ by Kazuno Kohara.  Look at the amazing art from Year 1 and 2.

Thanks to all the parents and families who came along to the first night of our Starlight Festival.  Have a look at Nursery and Reception’s art based on the book ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. 


Monday 10th at 15:00 Nursery and Reception

Tuesday 11th at 15:00 Y1 and Y2

Wednesday 12th at 15:00 Y3 and Y4 

Thursday 13th at 15:00 Y5 and Y6 

BYT Pop Up Shop

It was lovely to see so many parents at Orion for the first Pop Up Shop from the BYT Project!  There were some incredible bargains which we hope will help our families before the expensive Christmas period. 

If you're shopping online you can join easyfundraising and collect free donations for The BYT Project and it won't cost you a penny. You can also take advantage of another exclusive special offer for our parents - reduced pantomime tickets! Click here for more information.


We've all been making Fresh Moves in Movember, including the Cosy Hour on Friday! 

Anti-Bullying Week - Spot the Good

As part of Anti-Bullying week our children have been busy trying to 'Spot the Good' in others; giving out stickers to children who have been working hard, using their manners and their power, being helpful and of course, having fun!  This culminated in a fantastic day of raising money for Children In Need and The BYT Project - thank you all so much!

Art Evening

It was lovely to see so many families come along to our Art Evening on Tuesday - thanks for coming and we hope you enjoy your mini masterpieces!  

World War One Museum

Thanks to all the parents who came to see our museum to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.  If you didn't manage to come and see it, you can have a look here.

Sports Awards!

More awards for the federation at the Barnet Partnership for School Sports Awards - club of the year for Go Stars, Participation award for Goldies and Outstanding Contribution to Sport award for Mr Wilkinson. Thanks to our amazing team! 

Welcome back!

Wow - what an awesome first week of the new half term!  Halloween, Fireworks, Togetherness Day - the perfect way to round off Rocktober and kick start Movember!  

Pearson Headteacher of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Mr Flathers has been recognised as Headteacher of the Year by Pearson at the annual Teaching Awards!  Here's what he had to say:


"Winning Headteacher of the year is a prize for me this week but should be recognized as an award for ALL the unique people associated with The Orion and Goldbeaters. The communities of Grahame Park and Burnt Oak should be on the map of greatness. To our current pupils and families - you are the very best! To past pupils and staff - fantastic, fantastic  times, thanks! To current staff - you are just amazing, yes truly. A million thanks to Mrs Goodwin (Mr Wilkinson too), Miss Hindle, Mrs Shear, Mrs Dawes and my outstanding leaders. This award is truly dedicated to you ALL....who's the best........YOU!

The very last and most special thanks to my wife Annie, children Millie, Tom and Beth for such love through all the years of very hard work."


Thank you to everyone who has tweeted messages of support and congratulations - you can find us at  The Pearson Teaching Awards will be shown on BBC2 on Sunday 28th October at 6pm, but for now, find out what Mr F had to say to Vanessa Feltz during her radio show this morning (1:37:35)

Apple Festival!

Are you going to take part in the 30 day apple detox?  We've had apples everywhere around school and you'll also be able to buy them on the playground next week!  Listen to what Mr F had to say about our apple festival to Vanessa Feltz on her radio show this morning (1:23:50) 

Schools For Success

We were incredibly proud to be recognised by London Mayor Sadiq Khan's Schools For Success award.  Representatives from both Orion and Goldbeaters were presented with the awards at City Hall by Deputy Mayor Joanne McCartney - have a look!

Baking Cakes for Macmillan - Friday 29th September

What a fantastic effort - we are so proud to help at The Orion. Every child came to school with cakes and money to donate to a very worthy cause. The cake sale ran all day long and Y6 leaders did a brilliant job running it.

Parents enjoyed a Macmillan coffee morning with donuts, quizzes and lots of laughs.



World Peace Day

What an incredible day of celebrations for World Peace Day!  Huge thanks to the very talented Sita, the incredible harpist who wowed us all with a very emotional performance...and don't forget our very own DJ Fresher too - what a great day!

Think Fresh Be Fresh!

Wow - what an amazing first week of the 2018/19 school year!  So much to look forward to as we all try to Think Fresh and Be Fresh.  What a great start!

Go Fest - see you next year!

All good things must come to an end, and what an end to this year's Go Fest - a brilliant Blue Week, rounded off with an incredible Community Evening.  Thank you so much for coming along, we hope you had an awesome time.  You can see more pictures on the Go Fest page and relive all the other moments from what has been an amazing Learning Festival - bring on next year!

Check out the show times for Blue Week!

Red Week

What an active week! Sports Day, Athletics, The Water Zone, Yoga, Taekwondo, Health Heroes and the Ballroom and Hip Hop Dance Show were just some of the highlights from an incredibly busy four day week!  More pictures on the Go Fest page.  Can you believe that it's almost the final week of Go Fest? Blue Week is up next! 

Pearson Headteacher Award!

All of the adults in school had been keeping a very big secret from Mr Flathers - we had a huge celebration with some very important visitors as well as the whole Federation for his success in the Pearson Teaching Awards!  Watch out for the televised ceremony later on in the year.  What an achievement!

Green Week

How magical was Green Week?  Nature Rangers, Archaeology Dig, Our Wonderful World, Dad's Breakfast, Y4's Big Green Adventure, The Jambouree and so much more...and if that wasn't enough, we rounded the week off with the incredible Pink Fringe! So much talent on show in 20 awesome shows and performances. More pictures on the Go Fest page.  

Purple Week

What an incredible week - magical art days, our Speed Artist, Illustrators, Shoe Designers, Magic Lantern and so much more!  The children have blown us away! Thanks to everyone who came along to our Family Art Evening too.  More pictures on our Go Fest page

Orange Week!

Wow - what an incredible first week of Go Fest.  The Ark Farm, Ilai Dance and Acrobatics Extravaganza, Shakespeare Fest  and Britain's Got Talent star Maddox!  Huge thanks to all of our special visitors.  You can see more pictures on our Go Fest page.  Next week is Purple Week!

Go Fest is here!

Are you ready to 'Feel the Magic' at Go Fest this year? Check out the Go Fest page to see even more of what we get up to during our incredible Learning Festival.  

Celebrating The Royal Wedding - Friday 18th May

The very Reverend Flathers conducted our very own Royal Weddings complete with the national anthem, the beautiful bride Meghan, the handsome groom Prince Harry and the best man Prince William. The bridesmaid and page boys were wonderful and very well behaved!

Having a street party style lunch!


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.  

Word Up! is over!

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!

Word Up Live is coming!

Get ready for an epic celebration of our Word Up Festival!

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

Have a listen to Vanessa's show where you can hear an interview with someone you might know!

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!

Word Up! Word Up! Last two weeks!

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.

We also had a brilliant time at Asda with The Do It Dude!  Huge thanks to everyone who braved the weather to meet us, take a look and see if you can spot yourself!


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.  

Welcome back!

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

Happy Birthday to us!

The Winter Slam

Introducing The Winter Slam! Our cross-federation times table competition has begun!

Jack (and Joel) in the box...

What an awesome way to start the last week of term - a surprise visit from our good friends Jack and Joel!  Thank you so much.
Jack and Joel say: "We had the most incredible, heart-warming day at The Orion Primary School. Why not spread the Christmas cheer by SHARING this with some loved ones?!"

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.  

Updated Starlight Times and Dates

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!

We've had a busy week here supporting Anti-Bullying Week, which included Odd Socks Day on Monday.  We had our Super Fruits Class Challenge, launched our third Do More Project with the Super Ball and had lots of fun raising money for Children In Need!  We managed to raise £1200! No to Bullying - Yes to helping!! Thank you everyone

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’s New?

  • Plans for a Foundation we are setting up which will help the school, our community, ex pupils and staff!
  • Our theme and Quest for 2017/18 moves on with coaching the children to be “Quicker Thinkers”. We are developing speed in work and also helping children improve self control.


What is Happening?


  • “Just Do It” Fridays including Children in Need
  • Firework Night – limited numbers due to safety. Food too!
  • Parents Evenings - see slip
  • Anti-bullying week
  • Inset Day 1 December
  • Golden Lights Festival 13 – 16 Dec
  • Clubs as normal – just colder
  • The Saturday Arts Academy – 2 Saturdays this half term with more Art!
  • Reading Champion Reader includes Champion Number!


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!

Apple Festival

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?

World Smile Day on Friday 6 October

Huge smiles this morning for World Smile Day! Have a look at us coming in to school. Staff gave parents lucky numbers. 3 Orion parents will be lucky and come it to get their prize! We hope it's you!

"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.

Macmillan Fundraising Photos

DO More Project - All Part of the "I Can We Can" Quest

Autumn Events Coming Up!

Rock On It's Rocktober

Image result for smile6th October - World Smile day


  • Find Something to Smile About
  • Smiliest Class Competition
  • Making a Smile Can 
  • A Juicy Smile for everyone
  • Best Smile Saying


9th October - Apple Festival

  • 5 varieties of English apples to taste and learn about
  • 3 varieties of apples from around the world to take home


Image result for clock old16 October - Our History Week 2017

  • A geography task to do at home about our families and where in the world they originate. Time to celebrate our diversity and learn more about each other

Image result for no school20 October - Inset Day - No school

23 October, 24th October, 25th October - Half Term Camp

  • Booking forms available in the school office
  • Available to download soon


31st October - Pumpkin Time

  • Bring in a pumpkin or carve one at home for our pumpkin display


2nd November - Goldstar Fireworks Night at The Orion

  • A fantastic firework display on The Orion field
  • Lots of light up things to buy
  • Hot dogs and chips for sale
  • Tickets are limited. 
  • Don't forget to dress up warm!

World Peace Day 2017 with Jack and Joel

Our 2017/18 Quest - Welcome to a CAN DO Year

       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...

Previous news items...

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.


Sleep Campaign


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:

  1. Zingy Mode The energy everyone needs when it is time to push ourselves. Zingy Mode is BUZZY, ALERT, FULL OF ENERGY
  2. Sunny Mode. Happy and positive. We help children to be able TO GIVE OFF A HAPPY VIBE. Can you?


Dates – a few

  • Sats Period Y2 – starts May 2
  • Sats Week Y6 – week of May 8
  • Go Fest – starts on 5 June. Community week 3 July. Community evening is Thursday 6 July
  • May day – no school on Monday May 1


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


  • We say congratulations to all children for doing so much more in literacy! The festival has its final day!.


  • We dress in something RED.


  • We complete some more Word Up tasks


  • We combine the day with RED NOSE DAY


A Million Thanks Parents - Contributions through the Cash Cans are reaching £2500


We are raising some money for a few causes:

  • Red Nose Charity
  • The crisis in East Africa
  • Cancer affecting children


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



  • Theatre Performance for most children – Charlotte’s Web


General Events and Most Dates


  • Arts Academy restarts on Sat 11 March for three weeks this half term
  • Cinema Night Movies – back this Thursday with Trolls
  • The BIG Maxi show at I shine Theatre for Federation kids in the last week.
  • Science days
  • World book day 2 March – Free book Tokens
  • Barnet Dance Festival 2 March for dance groups
  • Voice in a Million Concert at Wembley – 9 March
  • Ladies Pamper Night  - 23 March
  • Red Nose Day – the BIG RED YAY DAY for children who have collected lots of tokens. 24 March


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….


  • Author visits – Ian Beck and Tom Palmer
  • Special Visits – we have one or two exceptional guests including Jack and Joel
  • The Y6 Poetry Slam
  • The Non – Fiction Book Challenge continues
  • Quiz Time
  • Notebooks/Doodle…Skoodling – sketching as well as doodling.
  • Shakespeare Performance
  • Theatre Performance for most children – Charlotte’s Web


General Events and Most Dates


  • Arts Academy restarts on Sat 11 March for three weeks this half term
  • Cinema Night Movies – back this Thursday with Trolls
  • The BIG Maxi show at I shine Theatre for Federation kids in the last week.
  • Science days
  • World book day 2 March – Free book Tokens
  • Barnet Dance Festival 2 March for dance groups
  • Voice in a Million Concert at Wembley – 9 March
  • Ladies Pamper Night  - 23 March
  • Red Nose Day – the BIG RED YAY DAY for children who have collected lots of tokens. 24 March


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:


  • Author visits
  • Special visits – we have one or two exceptional guests
  • Poetry every week and a Y6 Poetry Slam
  • The Non – Fiction Book Challenge
  • Quiz
  • Notebooks / doodle books and pencils for all children
  • Word Up fundraising – this year we need your help too!
  • Performances


General Events and Most Dates 


  • Art for your Heart Day Friday 20 Jan
  • Together Programme – Rec on 31 Jan and Nursery on 2 Feb
  • Arts Academy restarts on Sat 21 Jan for three weeks this half term
  • Cinema Night Gold Star Movies – 19 Jan and 2 Feb
  • Y6 parents evs – Tues 31 Jan and Tues 7 Feb
  • Science days – 8 Feb
  • Orion Birthday - Fri 27 Jan – Happy Hearts Day
  • Safer Internet Day - Tues 7 Feb
  • Make a difference week – half term
  • World book day 2 March
  • Barnet Dance Festival (for training group only) – Early March
  • Voice in a Million Concert at Wembley – Early March
  • Red Nose Day 24 March

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)


Orange Days

  • Harvest
  • Our History
  • Fireworks - Thursday 3 Nov.
  • Anti-bullying


Thanks for the amazing Pop-Up Museum and the replica London Fruit Market.

We think we did find our inner orange.

Friday 7 October - World Smile Day


Friday 30th September - Macmillan Cake Event

  • Please bring you home made cakes to us on Friday 
  • 50p donation would also help cancer research.


Autumn at Gold Star Federation


We have a great learning term ahead! Here are a few highlights:


  • Our Quest: POWER ON! The Quest to Empower. This means doing things REALLY WELL.
  • World Peace Day
  • World Smile Day
  • Saturday Arts Academy – 3 mornings each half term
  • 70 weekly clubs and activities across the Federation
  • New staff including a bigger sports section!
  • Improved Discovery Time at Goldbeaters – learning at playtime
  • I Shine Gallery at Orion
  • All our learning has a new name…. I SHINE LEARNING


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!


Special Days

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.


Word Up

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!


Orion Birthday

16 years old! We enjoyed special lunch, a magician and a very special up and coming new singer!


Science Fair

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.


New Nursery

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

                    Spring Term

           Monday Jan 4 - Friday 1 April 2016               

 The Starlight Festival – 2nd Year

  Last Week of Term at 3.30 – 4.15

  • A “Light” Performance - 15 minutes in class hearing Performance Poetry and song.
  • Sparkling Trail - follow the “sparkling” tree trail around the school. 25 lit trees throughout the building.   
  • The Starlight Zone – visit the theatre to see a wonderland of light.

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

  • Starts on Saturday 16 January and runs every Saturday morning in term time.
  • Sessions  - Drama, Music, Art, Tutoring, Recording Studio
  • Sessions for most ages even drama for Nursery and Reception
  • Cost 99p per session.  Yes can you believe it!


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.

World Smile Day at the Orion

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


  • World Smile Day
  • World Peace Day
  • MacMillan fundraiser
  • Our History week
  • Autumn Fest
  • Infant Music Festival
  • Children in Need
  • Trips to the theatre, museums etc
  • Y6 Paris 2015
  • Y6 France 2015
  • End of term shows – Goldbeaters
  • Starlight Festival - Orion
  • Mayor planting memorial snowdrops
  • Boost with a Juice Day
  • Art for your Heart Day
  • Voice in a Million – Wembley
  • Word Up Fest – 60 days
  • Handwriting Day
  • Maths and Science Day
  • Holocaust Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Orion Birthday
  • Football Champions U11 Orion
  • World Cancer Day
  • My Favourite book Day
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Doodle Day
  • Poetry Slam
  • Spring School
  • Saturday School
  • World Book day
  • Barnet Dance Fest
  • Barnet Music Festival
  • Red Nose Day
  • Sing Up Festival (Gold)
  • Spring Flowers Day
  • Andrew Travers visit
  • RAF Orion contribution to new exhibition
  • Yellow Pencil Day
  • Spring Celebration Day
  • Ocean Day
  • Doughnut Day
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Go Fest  2015
  • Race for Life
  • Go Gala  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

This years event is ON! New photos have been added...

This year's theme is I Shine, We Shine! 


Click the I Shine, We Shine link below to find out more on our special GO Fest page!

Photography Blog


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


Other info:

  • Maths – your child will soon be using a times table practise method called The 99 Club.
  • The half term learning camp was a great success with lots and lots of amazing kids! We run this ourselves – staff are just fantastic.
  • Voice in a Million – Orion and Goldbeaters Choirs at Wembley Arena – March 11
  • Dance Festival – Orion and Goldbeaters dance team at Arts Depot – March 12
  • Orion Ambassadors in School – Author James Campbell and Artist Mark Weighton on March 26
  • Parents Evenings – Y1 – Y5 on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March
  • Red Nose Day Fundraiser – March 13

Orion's Birthday - Friday 30th January 2015

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:

  • Violins
  • Brass
  • Rock Band
  • Guitar groups
  • Glee Chamber Groups
  • Pianists
  • Choral work from the singing  tutor group
  • Ukelele groups
  • The Choir
  • An original work from the Music Smart Group
  • Staff too

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

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!


Autumn Fest

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

New Term

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!

Music Festival

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


Go to


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

  • What a job! Setting up the new school has been very tough and time consuming, all holiday. Staff have been amazing - thanks.
  • We are all ready for you! Start on Tuesday 22 April.
  • Spring School was a great success - 100 Y6 children from Orion and Goldbeaters on the new site this holiday.
  • The school building is likely to be named Orion Apollo
  • Parents can look around on Tuesday at 3PM Rec - Y2, Wednesday at 3PM Y3 - Y6.
  • School Bus - see the section in KEY INFORMATION


"Goodbye Lanacre" Event and Celebration - Wednesday 26 March

During the Day - Film and Songs for Parents:

oooReception - 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 Marchcheeky

  • Bring £1rr
  • Wear strong trainers
  • Have your PE kit in school for fun in the afternoon
  • Take part in our walking challenge in the morning.


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 Daysmiley

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 2014surprise

From January 27 to the end of Marchtt


  • We try to read as many books as we can in 60 days


  • We enter the amazing story writing competition - Radio 2


  • We complete a writing doodle book


  • We enjoy World Book Day


  • We get better at talking in our “Talk a lot” sessions


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.


Goldstar Federation