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Newsletter Friday 24th November 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,


Thank you for all your kind donations for the winter fair today. They are greatly appreciated and will really help. I hope we will see you next Saturday and if you are able to help at the event that would also be greatly appreciated. I am really looking forward to seeing you all there. Well done for raising over £6000 at the quiz night. That is a Betty Layward record amount and thank you to the organisers, quiz hosts and everyone who came. It was a fun evening.


As you know we are implementing Opal into our lunch playtimes. This is an opportunity for children to learn and play during their lunch play using a wide variety of resources. We would really appreciate some donations, so if you are able to donate any of the following please bring them in –

  • Tennis rackets and balls
  • Wellies
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers or all in ones
  • Small world – play mobile, small animals, cars, dinosaurs etc
  • Small lego
  • Large lego/mobilo
  • Building blocks
  • Chalk
  • Dressing up clothes in all sizes
  • Washing up bowls
  • Watering cans

I know this is a long list and I appreciate any of these items that you might not need at home anymore. Please bring them into school and thank you for the support. The children are going to really enjoy using them.


Team Betty, our wonderful PTFA, have designed some great new t shirts. These children’s t-shirts are going to become our PE t-shirts and we will be asking that children wear them on their PE days to school alongside long shorts or tracked suit bottoms. We have found that some of the items children are wearing on PE days are not suitable so introducing a special PE t-shirt will make this easier. These t-shirts will be on sale at the Winter Fair and we will be asking that children have to wear these as part of a PE kit from April so there is time to get hold of one. Thank you for supporting us with this.


Betty Layward Primary School has kindly been donated a Christmas tree by Pines and Needles and they would love to offer parents and carers a discount on Christmas trees in their pop-up stores! Our local pop up store is located in Clissold St Mary's at: St Mary's Church.



Keep an eye out on Pines and Needles social channels @pinesandneedles for fun activities at our local stores. Please visit for more details and other locations as they are all around London!


Matilde Bernocchi, Year 6 Ruby, has written about a competition that she and another Betty Layward child took part in. It is very impressive-

On Saturday 4th of November I competed in a martial arts championship, and although I won it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. There were many rules for children under the age of fourteen, some of which included: no strikes to the head, medium level strength and no sweeps. I wasn’t expecting it to be so big and with so many people! Nor the fact that it was NATIONAL, I knew mostly everything apart from something called an exit (when you push someone within one metre distance off the mat which makes you automatically win that round). There are 2 mats, one for girls and one for boys, I was the second person to fight on mat 2 (girls). On the first fight I was up against a girl called Jasmine but even though she took me down 3 times (which takes away six points) I still won a gold medal. Then on the second fight (13th fight on mat 2 for juniors) I was against a girl called Akia and she was very strong in my opinion but aside from that I still won. At the awarding ceremony I got to stand on a podium and was awarded by the president of BCCML, (British Council of Chinese Martial Arts) Bryan Andrew’s, the chairman. Thank you and I hope this will inspire others to follow the path of Martial Arts.


Well done Matilde and Tommi. What a great result.


I hope you have a lovely weekend,








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