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  1. Margaret said on July 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful gymnastics competition on the 28th. I’ve only just looked at the results! The Year 4 and 5 teams will be delighted we came 4th. So am I. It is a really great opportunity for the children to compete against other schools. If you ever need any help just ask. Hope you are feeling much better. You have been so brave.
    Best wishes and have a well-deserved rest in the summer

  2. Carlo said on July 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank Norbury School’s staff and management, as you made our son’s first school experience a happy and welcoming one. We are certain that he will cherish it for the rest of his life.

  3. Hussain said on April 25, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I wanted to express our gratitude for accommodating our request for our participants to visit your school and taking time out to communicate the Norburian Ethos. The experience of visiting the Norbury Schools has been rewarding. Ms Browning’s presentation and Ms Terri Louise RE lesson and tour of the Norbury school were informative. The participants were appreciative of the discussions they had. Our participants from seven different countries got an opportune glimpse of how RE is designed and implemented at secular schools in the UK. Once again, on behalf of the team, please allow me to thank you all for your support and for arranging such an enriching visit.
    Kind regards,

  4. Christian said on April 24, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I just wanted thank you, Louise, Nora and all the children for your fantastic contribution to the day. Your innovative presentation was very well received and contributed to a breadth of presentations that made for a really rounded day.

    It was a pleasure to meet you all and I hope you enjoyed the afternoon and found the discussion interesting and insightful. The feedback I’ve received thus far, particularly on twitter, has been positive.

  5. Leethen Bartholomew said on April 17, 2018 at 8:59 am

    We wanted to find a way of saying thank you to the school and children for allowing us to observe the session being taught. So we have put together this short video. https://app.goanimate.com/videos/7f30175c-0657-4ebf-8e35-fa292b79ec05

  6. Janet Fyle, MBE said on September 14, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Dear Louise

    On behalf of all our partners, I want to extend my sincerest thanks to you and your staff for coming to the launch of the FGM animations in the House of Commons. I know that such journeys with young children are not easy to arrange.

    Please give our best wishes and thanks to Hasna Yusuf, Tyrell Gorden, Xavier Goulding Laing and Divya Pillai. The pupils are exceptional and are a credit to the school as isTanya Mathiason and Nora Ibrahim. The minister was impressed with the school and so were many of the guests. I sincerely hope that they arrived safely and have lots to tell their friends.

  7. Firdous M said on September 14, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Thank you for being such a great school and to all the teachers and staff members who have made learning fun!

  8. Alison Stowe said on June 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Please will you pass on a huge thank you to all those who made last weeks’ syllabus launch such a success. Your staff were friendly and helpful and when I arrived (straight from school) the hall was perfectly set up and everything and everyone was in the right place at the right time. I am so grateful to you all. Your staff made the launch a great success.

    Many thanks indeed, your support makes such a difference.

  9. Simon Ford said on June 23, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Dear Ms Browning,

    I sit at my desk overlooking the front drive and on a daily basis I watch schools and visitors enter Quainton Hall. I have to congratulate your staff on the way they manage the children. Norbury is without doubt the best behaved, quietest and politest group to come through the school. It is a pleasure having them. You will have to give me the secret one day.

    Simon Ford

  10. Balwant said on June 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you very much for allowing us to tour Norbury school on 18th April 2017.

    The school has a great atmosphere and a real sense of direction around the shared vision and commitment to the articles of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Children and staff were happy and the facilities were amazing, the children and community of Norbury are extremely lucky to have such a visionary school. I know my niece’s Jaya and Millan Athi have love attending the school and Balvinder is extremely committed to its values.

    I was able to pick up a number of great ideas for our facility and welcome you to visit us.

    I wish you and the school a restful half term and prosperous future.

  11. Yvonne Edward said on May 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    “I heard the PANTS interview on BBC Radio 4 over the weekend and wanted to commend you for the great job that you are doing. I was very happy to hear that children are able to speak about ways to keep themselves safe.

    I was a teacher in school 1994 and tried hard to share with children how to keep themselves safe but often felt there was not much support to teachers or children to help keep safe. I was delighted to hear how Norbury is teaching children to keep themselves safe.”

  12. Claire Peters said on May 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Dear Tania/Reception Class Teachers,

    Hello from Queensland, Australia.

    Well done on the early implementation of your sex education program.

    I was listening on the iPM podcast when I woke up early this morning.

    Keep up the excellent work.

  13. Teri said on May 4, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the year 1 team.
    The activities were engaging and our pupils could not stop talking about what they has learnt on their way back to school. We even sang the Shalom song again!
    Thank you for an inspiring afternoon and a parent of ours wants to pass on her thank you as she enjoyed learning about Judiasm and the links it has with Islam. Your Synagogue is beautiful and it will be a trip that our pupils will remember and speak about for a very long time.

  14. Karen Moujahid said on April 25, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I was commuting to work today and some pupils and teachers from your school got on the Metropolitan line train about 9.40 a.m. and from your website I believe it was a trip to Holland Park.

    I was most taken with how well behaved the pupils were and how kind and attentive and enthusiastic the teacher was to the pupils (I think he was called Stephen as it said that on the back of his rucksack). The children sat quietly and politely and were making intelligent observations about the different trains running and the teacher was encouraging them by answering their questions about the trip and giving everyone his time and attention. I was really impressed by both the pupils and teacher. I would say they were the best behaved pupils I have seen on the trains going on trips – obviously some can get over-excited going out at times! Both the teacher and the pupils are a credit to your school, which is obviously doing an excellent job.

  15. Geoff Carr said on April 24, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I just wanted to say ‘Thank-you’ for making me so welcome in your school for the NFER tests this morning.

    Ms Amin’s preparations for the tests was perfect and made things very straightforward for me and I’d also like to say thanks to her colleague Jim who made me a lovely (and very welcome) cup of tea in the staffroom.

    Ms Amin’s class were a credit to her; they all stayed fully on task for the full 2 hours of the tests and if this morning’s performance was anything to go by, their prospects for the future are very bright. I’m sure they appreciate how fortunate they are to have such a brilliant teacher.

  16. Carol Taylor said on March 30, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    The group of Headteacherss were indeed ‘blown away’ yesterday and you clearly made an impact on them a leader – but your school and all your staff and children likewise. Comments in today’s workshop session (led by professor Louise Stoll about Professional Learning Communities and Cultures of Enquiry) were about their reflections from the day with you at Norbury, such as:

    • a sense of real professionalism from the staff – ‘authentic teachers’
    • the open doors that demonstrated trust across staff – and with and across leadership
    • open doors that also confirmed that implied that teachers were confident
    • the calmness in the school
    • the clarity of your vision that was seen in the way people behaved and spoke
    • the centrality of the Rights of the Child struck a chord
    • the behaviour and responses of children on the playground – the embeddedness of routines
    • adults working in small groups around the school – supporting children – sat in on corridor floors in found spaces – because that where they wanted/ needed to be
    • the quality of teaching and learning – they wanted to (very nicely) ‘kidnap’ your staff!
    • the independence of children plus their ability to work collaboratively
    • the enquiry based learning – seen in almost every lesson

    Louise talked this morning about PLC’s and ‘the way we do things around here’ … and that meant that they had probably seen and heard ‘the Norbury way’ as they walked around – and they absolutely agreed that they did!

    Thank you Lou – and Anna for spending time showing us around. Natasha too for being so helpful in the organisation of the day. We all loved it and felt both inspired and humbled. Please pass on our thanks to all your wonderful staff and children who made us feel so welcome.

    Have a lovely Easter!

  17. Clare Brown said on March 28, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I wanted to write and let you know that as from the end of the Spring term [2017] I will no longer be contracted to and therefore no longer working for HSIP. As you have bought into the PE package, if you require any support with PE please contact Rob Hawkes in the first instance.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the delivery of PE in your school and the skills-based curriculum. You have both been so positive in your approach to the teaching and learning of PE and the progress you have made at Norbury has been great to watch. You have led the way in so many areas of PE and your PE newsletter is something to be very proud of. I have loved working with you both. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. With the continued commitment to the PESP it is exciting times for primary PE.

    I will still be working independently as a PE Consultant so should this be of interest to you in the future please feel free to make contact with me.

  18. Margaret Atwill said on March 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for a great afternoon Caroline. I know the children all really enjoyed the experience. For almost all of them it was their first competition of any kind, particularly the year 3’s and they had never used a spring board before as we don’t have one!

  19. Dannie said on March 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    My compliments to Norbury School and having dealt with many different schools, that Norbury should be a ‘Flagship school’ for the borough and the country!

  20. Mandy and Paul said on February 22, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Dear Ms Browning,

    Just to say – thank you very much for showing us round your lovely school yesterday.

    It is a truly wonderful and welcoming place. Full of engaged and happy children.

    Your track record of child literacy is superb. And we loved the way you take inspirations from life events such as the Paralympics to draw themes of study for the terms.

    We also liked the attention to detail in the classrooms and play areas, and the excellent policies re healthy foods only on premises and keeping fit and active, the imaginative methods used to keep children’s interests, the sensory rooms to inspire creative thinking and the teaching of basic first aid. These are all brilliant examples of how you are training children about life skills
    and not just a curriculum.

    We absolutely loved the atmosphere – the ethos.The dedication, friendliness and care from the staff.

    I think our son might even have picked up some new dance moves seeing some of the Pinocchio dance routines going on in the hall.

    It’s a very special place indeed.

    Many thanks again for giving so much time in what we can only imagine is a squeezed flat time schedule to show us the school. Your enthusiasm and creative driving force is terrific. You are very right to feel extremely proud of what you and your team have created at Norbury.

  21. Emma said on January 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I just wanted to say that I have watched the video that your school have put together about FGM. It is brilliant. I wish more schools were brave enough to do it too.

  22. Lyndsey Linsdall said on January 16, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Thank you so much and your team for looking after us, we felt very cared for.
    We hope that you push this project forward throughout your 2 schools, Christ Church & St Lukes and into Lambeth

  23. KS1 Parent said on January 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

    “My son has enjoyed each and every day at Norbury School and I am incredibly impressed with the professional approach of teaching staff and other activities included every day in his school period starting from 2015 (Reception and year 1). Thank you so much for all you have done in making my son feel comfortable, cared and safe.”

  24. Anne Roebuck said on January 10, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Dear Ms Browning and staff,

    I want to thank you on the behalf of the girls and Patrick Ngigi for your lovely generous donation of £175 to the work at Mission with a vision.
    It was unexpected, so a lovely surprise on opening it.

    Please thank every one involved in the giving, on our behalf.

    I read your Webb site and noticed that you support the cause.

    Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart.

    God bless


  25. Gemma Diggle said on December 16, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I just wanted to pass on my thanks for the FGM training I attended with a colleague on Tuesday morning. The session was extremely informative and handled in a sensitive manner. The children who came and spoke to us were so impressive!

  26. Jeminah Francis-Pennant said on July 13, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to you all, for being a part of the ‘Reach a Parent’ program 2016. With a SPECIAL THANKS going out to Norbury School for accommodating each workshop. We had our final session this morning with a Healthy Start Workshop and the turnout was AMAZING!

    Whether you presented, promoted, or just popped in for a few minutes; we really enjoyed meeting you all and hope you also enjoyed the workshops!

    We have taken all of your feedback into consideration and will let you know if/when we plan more family focused workshops.

    Please look out for the ‘Harrow Outreach Schedule’ that will be circulated by the Autumn Term.

    Kind Regards,

    Jeminah Francis-Pennant

  27. Newham Council participant said on July 11, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Presentation form Norbury school was so enlightening. Clearly, students have a good grasp of safeguarding from FGM and other forms of abuse, it is not coached

  28. Rita Buhanda said on July 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Dear Tanya, Nora and Louise,

    This is to say thank you for sharing with us Norbury school safeguarding ethos. My phone has been buzzing as the word about your work is spreading across Newham Primary schools by those who attended.
    Huge thanks to the pupils for sharing with us the PANTS safeguarding model. A comment from a participant “ Presentation form Norbury school was so enlightening. Clearly, students have a good grasp of safeguarding from FGM and other forms of abuse, it is not coached”
    Again, thank you for the good work and my best wishes for the future.

  29. Anne said on June 17, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Dear Mrs Browning,

    We would like to thank you and the whole Norbury Team so much for the brilliant time our boys had at Norbury! You have been an inspiration for us, how to welcome foreign people with so much support, friendliness and respect.

    Thanks again,

  30. Nathan said on May 10, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I wanted to say thank you for everything this year. You have been so accommodating to me personally and, regardless of how well the children placed, they always came back beaming and said that they absolutely loved it. That is a reflection of you (Ms Burke) and your organisation (Norbury School). Thank you for putting on these events. I can only imagine how much work and effort goes into putting on one of these events and you selflessly run them throughout the year.
    Thank you again! We look forward to participating again next year.

  31. Clare Brown said on April 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

    On behalf of HSIP can I thank you both for making us so welcome today. Walking in to the room all laid out with goodies and drinks was most welcoming. I am only sorry that the delegates did not do justice to your platters of fruit.

    Thank you too for making the ICT accessible to the leaders. The room was comfortable and everyone appreciated the space; not always the case in a primary school ICT room. Please thank any class that may have been displaced because we were using it.

  32. Katy McAuley said on April 19, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Happy atmosphere at Norbury. Really felt it. Also, very impressed that the pupils felt they could walk up to you and speak to you. Loved RO and can’t wait for next week!

  33. Matthew Stone said on April 19, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Pupils and teacher were fantastic on Sunday for their performance. Teachers and pupils interaction was inspirational.
    Well done Norburians.

  34. Adult ICT Group said on April 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    ‘I was shocked but am pleased that the school is ready.’

    ‘Felt terrified- something going wrong, I understand why Ms Browning is doing this, thank you for showing the powerpoint so I can see what my child will be discussing’

    ‘relief that there are steps in place to protect, pleased Norbury is acting so quickly’

  35. Andrea said on April 12, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I had a really lovely day at Norbury today. Children were beautifully behaved and the staff were great. I would happily go back any time 🙂

  36. Nur ( Mariam saarah and fatma’s mummy) said on March 1, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I would like to thank Mrs Browning for an amazing reading assesment session this morning.

    Thank you for taking out your valuable time to explain the whole assessment process.

    It was clear and in depth explanation, just what i needed. And i must say i really like the new robort system.

    Well done. A special thank you to all the teachers for all the hardwork you put in for our kids. While we are busy working or cooking.

    Thank you

  37. Janine said on December 15, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I would like to formally thank you for hosting our training today at your school. There were 27 people attending from different agencies that your team were welcoming of and who guided us to the training room. The refreshments were well received too.

    It was also really kind and flexible of you to do the children’s presentation at the beginning of the morning instead of the end. It was a real highlight for me to hear them speak so passionately against this form of child abuse and also field questions so well from the audience. The work you have done with them has obviously had such an impact on them. We’d like to use some of the poster images and photos from their presentation today for our website.

    Your staff and pupils are all a credit to you.

    We look forward to having you run a workshop at our annual conference and will be in touch before then no doubt.

  38. Ineke said on December 15, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Dear Teri Louise and Headteacher

    Thank you so much for your hard work.
    We really appreciated being invited by Norbury Community as neighbours. We enjoyed the assembly very much. There was such a wonderful atmosphere. The children did an amazing production. Well done to all involved.
    We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
    Please be assured of our support.
    On behalf of David Varcoe, Rony and Karen Padilla.

    Best wishes


  39. Deirdre Monaghan said on December 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for training this morning. The children really did you proud- they were so mature, responsive and had impeccable behaviour.
    The 2 members of staff were great as well and we had a good follow up session with them.
    I would love to book them for staff training in the spring term please.

  40. Patsy said on December 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you all so much for the sharing all the fabulous work you are doing in your school.

    The feedback sheets do not capture the impact you have left on so many professionals who pledge to spread the word about this abhorrent practice amongst their peers to ensure we continue to safeguard children.

    Please pass on my thanks to the pupils who were fantastic at getting the point across and who showed so much maturity and understanding that put most of us professionals to shame!

    It’s a pity that more people did not attend this event but the 27 that did went away more knowledgeable and appreciative of the work that you and others are doing in the community to prevent FGM.

    Kind regards,


  41. George Couch said on November 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I have just shared a carriage on the jubilee line with four of your students and two teachers and would like to say how well behaved the pupils were despite the obvious excitement of the trip and the items collected during the day. Young children are often the subject of complaint but their behavior was such that credit must be given when it is merited. The staff were very professional and attentive to the needs of other train users, altogether a very pleasant experience. Well done to all they are a credit to the school.

  42. Claire Tompsett said on November 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

    We were all so impressed with your students and how polite, enthusiastic and motivated they were.

    Hopefully they will now be able to spread the message of health and well-being within your school.

    Thank you once again for making the day so successful.

  43. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on July 9, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    RE: Ordering School Uniform Online
    If you want to order your child’s school uniform online and want it to be delivered to school for the new session(to save the delivery cost), please order it after 10th August, so that they can deliver the item to school when it is opened.
    Recently the site has deactivated the option ‘Delivery to school’. So they were charging £4.20 extra, even if you chose school name in Delivery address. So this was the difficulty which was faced by me and some other parents.
    If we order it online after 10th August, and mention school name as place of delivery, then we don’t have to pay that extra amount as post and parcel cost.
    Thanks to Mrs. Yadav for contacting the site and clearing our confusion.

  44. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on July 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Norburians,
    Just want to share some information about the New online School Uniform Ordering System
    Thanks all associated with the workshop that provided the guidance on the above topic.
    The site not only provides school uniforms but also school bag and jackets. The price of the jackets seems good, not sure about the quality, hope it’s good(as I haven’t tried one). The shirts & pants seemed over-priced to me. But You can order jumpers, sweatshirts, P.E tee shirts which have school logo on them.

    After you logged in to the site, you have to click Norbury school(at your left hand side) which will show the entire range of products used by Norburians. You have to register with the site with your e-mail and some basic info, and then you can select
    the product and place your order.
    Need help regarding size? Just help yourself by picking up a leaflet from the leaflet rack placed inside the main school office gate or ask Mrs. Trivedi(The Welfare Lady)

    The process is quite easy, but………one problem I faced while ordering. Although the school says that we don’t have to pay the shipping cost(£4.20) if we collect the uniform from school, then also the site is charging us the shipping cost! This is quite confusing!!! The same thing happened with some other parents also.
    As per my knowledge, the site also gets money from school for uniform selling. So this was not expected from the site.
    Otherwise, no problem if you want your staff at your home address.

    But don’t worry, as Mrs. Jadav and Mrs. Trivedi are noting down the problems and will enquire about them.
    So, if you have faced any difficulty or confusion in choosing the item, placing the
    order or about the payment, just attend the other workshop this afternoon.
    It’s not necessary to buy now, you can decide later, but atleast you can register yourself with the site for browsing and future ordering.

    It takes minimum 2 weeks for delivery. So if you want to order anything and want to collect it from school to save the shipping cost, I would suggest you to place your order later, after the vacation, or to leave a comment in delivery section that you want your item to be delivered to school after the vacation(in September). That’s what Mrs. Yadav has also suggested.

    It’s a great thing about Norbury that if you have any problem or anything to discuss, the staff are always at their best to help you. There are several workshops held every year for various year group parents on various topics, please attend them. you will surely get lots of information.
    Have a nice vacation, but before the vacation don’t forget to join our 40th Years celebration, this Friday, 10th July. Awaiting for lots of entertainment, fun and amusement…….Bye and thanks for reading the long detailed review.

  45. Joy Collins said on May 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The children were all impressive and did Norbury proud. So confident in front of the Deputy Mayor, officer from the DfE, Harrow Council officers, GLA reps.

    Thank you very much for coming along. Nico was a little star

  46. Neetha Atukorale said on May 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    The pupils were fantastic – they spoke in public with great poise and seemed very relaxed – well done to the staff involved !

  47. Norbury School Parent said on May 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

    When I have to deal with people in other educational facilities, it reminds me of how WONDERFUL! ORGANISED! and PROFESSIONAL!
    The team at Norbury School are!
    Thanks to Tina who has calming words when I call up and and Lisa who keeps me on track with all of the meeting we have arranged!

    Keep up the wonderful work Ladies! You are amazing!!!!

  48. Brian said on April 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Thanks again for all the hard work, hosting the event and posting the results so promptly. Hope the stress on the day leading up to it was worth it for you. It certainly was for us as we had an unexpectedly successful day – 1st & 4th individually as well as team silver. Who would have thought it?

  49. Nur said on March 25, 2015 at 11:10 am

    What an amazing morning.. lovely tradional clothes.. beautiful colours.. mrs Browning you are the best.. Always inspiring us.. Happy birthday Norbury ..

  50. Morgan said on March 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Hello there,

    I hope I am not bothering you but I just wanted to send you a quick email on behalf of my daughter. This year my daughter Erin started the seventh grade. For the past few weekends, we have been working on one of her first research projects and to my surprise Erin has been so enthusiastic about doing the research on her own. My one requirement is that Erin can only go on safe and kid friendly websites if she wants to research on her own and of course I am over her shoulder most of the time. For her project she has been researching world geography. This past weekend, she came across your page https://www.norbury.harrow.sch.uk/curriculum/learning-links/geography . As a mother, I just wanted to personally thank you for making it. You have some great resources and information that we are defiantly going to use towards her research project.

    Erin also found this great page that I thought would fit really nicely with the information on your page. “Travel Guide for Kids- World Geography Facts” http://www.executivetravelservice.com/travel-guide-for-kids-world-geography-facts.html

  51. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on January 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for organising Fronter Workshop for KS2 parents. It was informative. Got to know that our children(Yr3-Yr5) can do Education City beyond school hours also. Thanks to that, I had some free time this Sunday afternoon as I knew my son was doing something productive(he was busy playing Education City interactive games in the computer).

  52. Nur Govani said on December 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Have a fantastic holidays everyone…
    will miss u all

  53. Nur Govani said on November 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I love the fruit stall.. and the lovely smiles from the staff

    Thats why i love norbury school

  54. Tina Richardson said on November 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    What a wonderful sight today on our fantastic Fruit and Vegetable Stall at Norbury.

    A reception parent bought fruit for all the pupils in her child’s class this morning as a gift to celebrate her child’s birthday. A truly healthy Birthday option.

    We often see pupil’s coming along to the stall to buy their healthy snacks and to learn about the various fruits and vegetables on offer.

    It’s a great privilege to be part of the the Fruit and Veg project at Norbury.
    Thank you so much

  55. misba rangwala said on July 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Hi all lovely parents and school staff.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the 40th centeniary celebrations.thank you Norbury for recognizing the various cultures from different countries and presenting it in a musical way..i wish norbury school success in their future endeavours and may they keep celebrating many more of such events in the coming years.
    i take pride in calling my self a fellow norbarian.

  56. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on July 7, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Feeling excited about much awaited Sports Day, Parent’s Evening and Summer fair!!

  57. Mrs. McAuley HLTA Year 3 said on May 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    On Thursday 1st May, 3J had their trip to Westminster Abbey. As we walked to the Abbey, a gentleman from Harrow Council identified himself to me, asked about our trip & said how well behaved we were. Plus, I heard the Education Centre staff were impressed by the whole years groups excellent behaviour!
    One of my many favourite parts of my 3 visits to the Abbey, was the lovely Father Dean giving a shout- out to Norbury School from the pulpit & ‘high- fiveing’ the children! I could go on….
    Yet again, Year 3 have attracted positive comments when representing Norbury in the community
    – Well done Year 3!!

  58. Marilia Mendes Soares said on March 15, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Voice in a Million for Year 5 at Wembley Arena was fantastic !!! I was impress with the organization . Thanks to Norbury teachers for taking care our kids and special thanks to the pupils from Norbury School to make that a SPECIAL night !!!!!

  59. Tina Richardson said on March 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    What a busy week at Norbury!
    Norbury Day celebrations in the sunshine
    Food Tasting afternoon getting ready for the Norbury Cook Book
    Song Fest for the School Choir at Harrow Arts Centre
    Voice in a Million for Year 5 at Wembley Arena
    Tree Planting with the Harrow Mayor for Team Norbury in Harrow Recreation Ground
    Team Norbury celebration assembly on Friday.
    Well done and a huge, huge thank you to pupils, staff and parents who have made all these wonderful events possible.

  60. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on March 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Enjoyed world- food serving and tasting session in Norbury on ‘Norbury day’, 10th March, 2014. Got a chance to taste and know the recipes of different dishes from different country and cultures. Thanks Norbury for being ‘a world within a school’.

    This morning, attended Team Norbury Celebration Assembly. The efforts and contributions made by the students and staff are really appreciated. We can see the hard work, planning and rehearsals behind it. But it was really hard to hear what they were saying. Henceforth, if they can use microphones in the assemblies, then their skills and efforts can be heard by all and more appreciated and enjoyed.

  61. Kristina Brennan said on March 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Well done to all the Year 5 pupils and staff who took part in Voice In A Million at Wembley Arena last night!! All your hard work and practice paid off and you represented Norbury beautifully. It was a fantastic event and raised awareness about the vast number of children in care waiting to be adopted.

  62. Tasneem Hussain said on March 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I very much enjoyed the International Day celebrations yesterday. Thanks to the school, the parents and children can feel they are welcome, recognised and valued as ‘family’ members of the lovely community of Norbury. What a diverse community it is too!
    I brought in a dish in the afternoon, which was polished off quite quickly by eager parents and children enjoying the tasting opportunity!

  63. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on March 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Hi fellow parents,
    Hope you all enjoyed the half-term break and after the break, all of you attended ‘Parents Evening’. I attended the meeting on Thursday.
    Here’s something I want to share with you——-
    First of all, I had a nice morning buying some fresh fruits and vegetables along with a jute bag with Norbury logo. I love the bag as it’s not an ordinary bag, it has our School logo on it.
    In the evening, I met my son’s class-teacher and discussed about his progress. We had discussion on different strategies for the development of learning. She was friendly and co-operative.
    My son did the ‘Book-Swap’ and I got NAHT Leaflet from PC4L table. I also represented PC4L table along with another parent volunteer.
    I got our respective Fronter ID and Password. for parents through which I accessed the school’s computer and got information about my son’s class and about the school. The informations are more or less same, but the new parent- Fronter page is nicely designed. We can also get to know about Team Norbury and Dance classes.
    what I most enjoyed was the Raspberry Pi training session in ICT room.
    Raspberry Pi is a programme where there is a chip called Raspberry. It is attached with different fruits and vegetables through wires. If you tap these things with your fingers, each of them makes different instrumental sound. It’s really interesting. Not only my child but me too enjoyed playing with Raspberry-Pi software. It will be developed further and introduced soon to the Norbury community.
    That’s all about what I experienced on that very day.
    Thanks Norbury School.

  64. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on January 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I like the teaching procedure in Norbury as it is mainly practical knowledge-based. Children learn more easily when they link their theoretical knowledge with practical experiences. My son is in Yr-2. In this class, first, they learnt about Healthy fruits and vegetables and Healthy habits, then they had an interactive assembly on the topic ‘Healthy Living’ and….last but not the least, this week, they cooked some healthy food with the kitchen staff. Wow, well done! The food was also tasty and healthy as my son brought something back home for me. This, I think really helped them to gain more knowledge on ‘Health and Hygiene’ and be more confident.
    Last year also, they did same kind of activity in Maths with the concept of money. I like this kind of ‘well-thought’, ‘well processed’ and ‘well applied’ learning procedure.

  65. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on January 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks to the Norbury Fresh Fruit -n- Vegetable Stall, yesterday, we got some good quality fruits n vegetables at affordable prices. The additional advantage was we did not have to go to the shops to buy them. It really saved our time. Thanks for this initiative to help the Norbury Community.

  66. nurjahan said on January 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    back to school… how exciting

    Good luck for the New Year everyone

  67. amrita said on December 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Congratulations for a great junior school Christmas production! It was very well presented, every bit of it was taken care of from the costumes to organizing the children..

    Fabulous singing by children..Loved all the songs..especially “ba ba”.

    Very Well done teachers!!

    Merry christmas to all..

  68. Tina Richardson said on December 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    If any parents or pupils have a spare hour during the holidays, you can learn to be a computer programmer and learn how to code! How about learning together?

    It is done in a fun way with the very popular Angry Birds theme. There are video clips to help you on your way.

    Challenge yourself and have a go! Follow the link below.


  69. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on December 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    Enjoyed a nice morning in Norbury, volunteering for Christmas Fair. Children were coming, having fun, getting gifts from Santa and there were smiles on everyone’s face. They loved having their face painted, getting a tattoo, making different art and craft items. We, as parents, were also enjoying doing our jobs and interacting with so many children. There was peppy Christmas music to enjoy and a nice tiffin too. I loved to be in the fair. I will be meeting my son in the afternoon and after that, I’m sure that he is going to write his own comment on the Fronter.
    Friends, Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,2014.
    Have Fun and Enjoy!!!!!…. and………….don’t forget to write your comments on the Parents Forum. ‘Parents Forum’ is under ‘Parents’ section and ‘Parents’ is under our School website: http://www.norbury.harrow.sch.uk.

  70. Faryal kahn said on December 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Today I have attended a maths workshop for year1. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and learnt lots of ways to help my daughter. I must thank the school for arranging such workshops to help parents and looking forward to attend upcomong sessions related to literacy.

  71. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on November 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Hi everyone, It’s a special day today—The Children In Need Day. It’s good to see that Norbury School is celebrating the day with positive energy and spirit. Children alongwith their teachers were dressed in their colourful casuals…spots, pyjamas, robes and onesies.
    They started the day with 2B’s Class Assembly on ‘Healthy Habits’ which has been attended by a good number of parents. The subject was good and informative and well represented.
    As a parent, I was also there to see my son performing alongwith his classmates. It was very good to see that all the children were given equal importance and they got equal opportunity to explore their knowledge, talent and ability. The most important thing was that they were all enjoying. The songs were really good, catchy and appealing. We, some of the parents had a chat after the Assembly and everyone was happy with the performances. It was well-organized and well-managed.
    We can easily see the hard work behind it. Thanks to the Class-Teacher, Supporting Staff and all associated with today’s Assembly…………..especially the ‘Children’. We all loved you to see performing….’WELL DONE!’.

  72. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on November 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

    The PC4L’s idea for writing the Review of Favourite TV Programme was very good. Children really enjoyed writing, drawing and representing their favourite TV Programme and their opinions on the programme. It’s good to see that as they said earlier, they have displayed some of the reviews on the PC4L Notice Board which the children can see during their playtime. With this type of encouragement, children get more and more inspired to do such kind of activity and as a result, their independent thinking and power of writing is developed.

  73. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on November 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Attended Family Play Workshop at Norbury. Me and my son really enjoyed spending some quality time playing together, exploring different ideas and imaginations. It’s really good, enjoying, helpful and useful.

  74. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on November 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Attended the 6week long ‘Family Play Workshop’ with Tanya and Nadja at Norbury School. It’s really good and helpful.
    If you want to know your child, the best way is to spend some ‘quality time’ with him/her. Through Family Play Workshop, you get a chance to spend some quality time with your son/daughter in his/her school hours only…you don’t have to come after school and your child’s study is also not hampered.
    Family Play is a kind of play when you and your child enjoy that special ‘us’ time ignoring all the boundaries like taking phone calls or attending someone else during the special play session. It creates a ‘bond’ between you and your child and helps you to know your child better. The ‘Child-Directed Play’ is helpful to explore their ideas and imaginations. This boosts their self-confidence and they also feel safe and secured in your presence. Children really love to see their parents at school and if you spend sometime with them in their school in presence of their teachers, their happiness knows no boundary. They really love it.
    We got a certificate at the end of the course and being in the first batch of this workshop we got a special gift box filled with Play Starter Kits also.
    My son is very happy and to see him happy, I’m also happy. Happy Child and Happy Parents together make a ‘Happy Family’.

  75. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on October 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Everybody,
    In my last post on Pyramid, please read ‘Year 4 and Year 5’ in place of ‘Year 4 And Year 5’. It should be ‘and’, not ‘And’. It was a typing error on my part.

  76. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on October 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks Tina.
    ‘Pyramid Net’ in Year 4 And Year 5 Maths Postcard really helped my son to understand the concept of Pyramid. I have made Pyramids by folding papers and joining the straws.

  77. Tina Richardson said on October 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Very useful E-safety presentation at Parents Evenings -Thank you.

    There are links to CEOP and the thinkuknow website from the school website, but how about having a quick guide to E-safety on it’s own page on the school website?
    The last page of the handout from the presentation has all the info needed to set this up.

    The video we watched called Jigsaw was very visual and in my opinion as must see for all parents. I did struggle to find it on the thinkuknow website but it is there under parent?carer? option, Primary option, Conversation Starters options, Go to the Movies option!!

    Finally, Vodaphone have published a Digital Parenting Magazine which is packed with useful information. Available online or to order copies FREE to schools which Norbury may want to consider. Here’s the link:-

  78. Tina Richardson said on October 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    In response to Saptaparna’s search for Pyramid making ideas:–
    How about making a pyramid net? There’s an example of this in the Year 4 shape postcards under the Parents tab, Parent Council for Learning,PC4L Maths Shapes Postcards or search for pyramid nets ( square or triangular ones).
    Also, you could make a pyramid from lego blocks or by using straws.
    Search online for examples of these.

  79. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on October 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This time, I’m going to write my views on ‘Year 2 Maths Shapes Postcard'(My son brought home a copy of those 3D shapes yesterday).
    It’s really good and helpful for children to know the 3D shapes and the ‘Lines of Symmetry'(The definition is clearly stated and is easy to understand).’Learning Ideas’ are good, especially linking the concept with everyday objects. Thus children can have practical knowledge on the subject.
    I think, it will be more enjoyable for children if we show them the transformation of objects from 2D to 3D. For example, they can draw two Squares and join the corners to make a Cube; or drawing and joining the corners of two Rectangles to form a Cuboid.
    I have shown my son how to convert these shapes and he was really enjoying drawing more and more of these shapes.
    We can also encourage them to draw the pictures of ‘Party Hat’ (Cone) ‘Log’ (Cylinder) and ‘Ball'(Sphere), which, in my opinion, is easy to draw.
    In case of Cube and Cuboids, we can show the inner sides with ‘dotted lines’.
    Regarding ‘Pyramid’, I’m not sure how much knowledge about this does my son have; I’m still searching for something so that he can see, touch and feel the shape and get a ‘First-Hand Experience’ and a firm concept of a Pyramid.
    If anybody has any idea regarding Pyramid, please post it to the forum, it will be really helpful for me and my child.

  80. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on October 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    This is to tell you that I had a wonderful evening today—-attending e-safety workshop, meeting my son’s Class-Teacher and last but not the least, serving as a member of Norbury PC4L.
    I really enjoyed interacting with the parents and doing the Survey on ‘How to develop our childrens’ writing’.

  81. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on October 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Hi everyone,
    Enjoyed a very yummy yummy ‘Big Breakfast’ morning today at Norbury alongwith my son(really yummy!!). It was very good to see the children alongwith their parents and teachers having breakfast together, sitting around the same table. Teachers were also serving breakfast alongwith Ms Browning And Ms Harkin. It was a nice atmosphere!! Children also got a chance to have their ‘Early Morning Play’ after finishing their breakfast. Thanks to the Office Staffs also who were giving us the tickets for the breakfast. Today, both me and my son had a really good start of our day. Yesterday also, my son was worried whether he would make it to the early morning breakfast or not due to the timing–‘8-45am’. But he prepared himself for today’s morning—– he got a holiday yesterday, took rest, went early to bed last night… and woke up early today…..at 6-50am …by himself….before the alarm. That was very good!!! Everyone present there was really enjoying the morning and the weather was also good.
    What a good way to support a charity!!!!

  82. Tina Richardson said on October 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    The bike sheds were full last week and there were many excited Year 5 and Year 6 pupils milling around the playground carrying cycle helmets and wearing waterproofs.

    The week long Cycle Training course was well organised, the instructors very professional and fun, the pupils learnt so much and all now have the confidence to cycle safely.

    Thank you Norbury for supporting this initiative.

  83. Rahma Haji said on October 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    HI everyone!

    The hijabs were very nice.I liked the material.No need to iron for those who are very busy.

    First time to be on the forum. To be a Norburian is Great.

    Thank you all.

  84. Saptaparna Dasgupta said on September 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    The best thing about Norbury is here we can see children and parents from different countries, different religious, cultural and linguistic background—-caring and respecting each other. Here we all help, share our views and work together for the betterment of ourselves and others. This ‘Unity among Diversity’ makes Norbury ‘The World in a School’ learning together to get the best out of ourselves and be responsible to serve our society.

  85. nurjahan said on September 19, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    How cool is the new head scarf for norbury school.. thank you to the head teacher…

    my daughter loves it

  86. Tina Richardson said on September 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I want to share with everyone a heart-warming experience I had this week in the Norbury playground.
    On Tuesday I introduced myself to a parent whose children are new pupils to Norbury. An existing Norburian was with me and we both started learning some phrases in the new pupils’ home language as English is not their first language.
    I joked with the existing Norburian that I would see how their newly learnt language skills were developing later in the week. I forgot but the pupil didn’t! The pupil asked me on Friday morning if I’d forgotten anything and then promptly started speaking in their new language.
    Both the new and existing pupils had been helping each other to develop their language skills.
    How wonderful! Learning from each other and making friends. Well done to both of them.

  87. Wendy said on September 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I know that we are looking forward to a new school year but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the celebrations that were held for the old year 6 before they left to take their next step in life. The show that they put on for their families, the books they were given to record their Norbury journey and their farewell assembly gave them many positive memories to take away. I wish them all luck in their future studies and where ever life may take them.

  88. Tina Richardson said on July 23, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Wow! What a truely outstanding year at Norbury. So many fantastic learning opportunities and treasured memories. A huge Thank you to all staff, volunteers and governors. Your hard work and dedication is very much appreciated by parents/carers.

    I’m very proud to be part of this wonderful world in a school, learning together.

    Enjoy your well deserved Summer break.

  89. Remi Baganza said on July 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I very much enjoyed the summer fair esp the school one in the afternoon my daughter was very excited and couldn’t wait to show me around and tell me all about how she has spend her money, prizes and how she was looking to sell on some of her prizes to make a profit later on. .even though I didn’t get a chance to look the stalls around as I was volunteering, It was nice to see parents and children come out and spending time together in a school environment and. I only wish there was more parents to help out. It would have been much better.

    A bouncy castle with candy floss in future will be an extra added bit of fun if weather permits.

  90. saptaparna dasgupta said on July 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

    It was my first summer fair at Norbury and I really enjoyed it!!!!!

  91. Tina Richardson said on July 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    The fair during the school day was wonderful! Being a parent volunteer, I could see the pure joy on the children’s faces as they hurried from stall to stall spending their own money and having fun with their Norbury friends. Congratulations to all involved as alot of hard work had clearly gone into making the day a great success.

  92. Annon said on July 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    What a truly wonderful day on Friday for the Summer Fair! The pupils were fantastic in running their businesses and creating stalls which really appealed to all ages and showed their entrepreneurial expertise! Well done Norbury!

  93. Somia Adams said on November 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Welcome to our friend from Uganda …hope you enjoy your stay
    At norbury and in the uk . Shame I missed the welcOme
    Assembly but did manage to catch up with warm coffee
    Provided in play ground by norbury staff , lovely idea and
    A chance to say a big welcome . I hope the children can learn
    And realise how luckily they truly are to have education avilable to
    All .,,,

  94. Ratna Sakeelan said on October 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Norbury is an excellent school. Teachers and staff are very friendly. Recently we moved home but we are not changing the school for my son.

  95. Balvinder Athi said on October 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Love the book swap idea. I have tried encouraging my daughter to swap her “Rainbow Magic” books with her friends (the latest craze amongst some of her fellow class friends). The idea has not taken off, but in my view some encouragement of this idea by the school could really make it work.

  96. Somia Adams said on September 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Attended meeting for parents … Good to hear school is progressing at a steady pace … Also I was glad to see suggest of my taken forward by Mrs Browning so thank you again for listening and putting idea into action .

  97. Somia Adams said on June 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Loving the now website…attended parent council tea/coffee morning today
    Nice to see lots of new faces and some old ones to.
    Raised concerned with members which hopefully will be looked into,
    Found out new information about norbury website, which I have just checked out
    Brilliant idea for the informative Maths Problems solving , on how children
    Are being taught.. So thank you .

  98. Rosa Harkin Deputy Head said on June 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Book Swap Idea is a great idea! Waterstones had a scheme called The Big Book Bank where children brought in books from home and wrote a book review before leaving the book for others to read. Waterstones provided vouchers for 30 children. The latest newsfrom them is that they are hoping to launch this again this year!
    I think it is definately something we could start up-probably without the vouchers- for all children to be able to take part in. I think once started this could be an ongoing process perhaps run in classes to begin with, but could be expanded across the key stages/school.

  99. Tina Richardson said on June 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Book Swap Idea
    In addition to the Home Reading books that children bring home, how about children bringing in
    books to swap to encourage reading for pleasure.
    There could be a sticker placed on the inside with a book rating ( say out of 5) by the person who bought the book in and may be a tally of the number of times it’s been swapped.
    This could be per class, year group or whole school and could be offered at various times to suit during the school year.

  100. Helen said on April 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Love the new Website, its great, just a quick suggestion – I came on looking at what uniform my kids would need for next year as to be ready, so maybe something for each year would be fantastic.

    Great Job, I enjoy looking at the photos, makes me feel very proud when I see my children and others that we know.

  101. Srividya said on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Love the new website.Very informative.Awesome job!!!!

  102. Parul Sood said on March 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Just had a quick look around the website, I love it, easy to use and particuarly the like feature for the fronter, much easier way to logon and the language translation, that is a brilliant idea.

    Look forward to looking around in further detail.

  103. Parul Sood said on March 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

    We attended the music celebration yesterday and have a wonderful time. It was amazing to see so much talent at Norbury.

    However, I did feel that some of the solo’s did not stand out and their full talent was not heard among all the noise in the background. As they were solo the instruments were not loud enough, particularly the guitars. Maybe if it was possible to have a microphone it would be better. It would make the performer be heard and it might help the audience to know to be quite as they would be able to hear better.

    Well done to all involved.

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