Practice makes perfect

Posted on 12:46pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

As the end of term approaches, Year 5 at St Francis de Sales work hard to make their nativity the greatest story ever told.

The Great Tottenham Spelling Bee

Posted on 11:38am Friday 5th December 2014

Five Tottenham schools organised a spelling competition at St Pauls All Hallows School on Wednesday the 3rd of December.

Jane Kiwanuka-Musoke

Haringey’s top skaters to perform ‘Snow Queen on Ice’

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Posted on 4:58pm Sunday 30th November 2014

December at Alexandra Palace can only mean one thing. Panto on ice.

Jane Kiwanuka-Musoke

Get your own skates on at Alexandra Palace

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Posted on 11:07pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

If your ankles fall in as you skate and you find it virtually impossible to glide in a straight line - you are probably wearing rental skates.

Dal Babu

Dreams of a dancer: one day in the Royal Ballet Academy

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Posted on 9:42pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

This week, St Francis de Sales School journalist and future prima ballerina Shabelle reports from inside the Royal Ballet and reminds us: “If you have a dream, please pursue it or you will be making an incorrigible mistake!”

Dal Babu

Tottenham school councils making Tottenham a better place to live

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Posted on 2:01pm Saturday 8th November 2014

Tottenham schools visited the newly opened Sir Quentin Blake House of Illustrations Exhibition in Kings Cross just before half term.

Dal Babu

Looking back on black history

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Posted on 10:01pm Sunday 2nd November 2014

St Francis de Sales has been celebrating Black History Month during October. Young journalists Shabelle, Arvin, Lovelace and Francis report on what pupils got up to.

Dal Babu

Welcome to The House of Illustration says Sir Quentin Blake

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Posted on 6:48am Sunday 26th October 2014

Children from St Pauls and All Hallows Primary, Lancasterian Primary and St Francis de Sales School in Tottenham visited a very special house last week. Legendary illustrator Sir Quentin invited them to The House of Illustration to talk about how Tottenham is developing – and of course his captivating drawings.

Dal Babu

Ladies and gentlemen who lunch

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Posted on 9:04pm Sunday 19th October 2014

As members of Tottenham's older generation join pupils from St Francis de Sales School for lunch, we talked to them about what had changed since they were at school.

Antonia Okwu

Simple Positive Reflections!

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Posted on 1:25pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Positive Reflections

Antonia Okwu

How To Be The Very Best Version Of ....... YOU!

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Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

After many years of deep soul searching and various life experiences, I finally discovered a pathway to becoming the very best version of myself. It is now my  pleasure to share some of these very simple tips with you in the hope that they will help you to establish for yourself a pathway to becoming the very best version of YOU!

Dal Babu

St Francis de Sales School welcomes the Metropolitan Police Commissioner

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Posted on 9:17pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Police officers are more used to asking the questions than answering them, but there was a definite role reversal on show when Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, visited St Francis de Sales School in Tottenham on Tuesday.

Dal Babu

The future of Scotland: pupils decide

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Posted on 1:47pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

St Francis de Sales pupils have a remarkable grasp of world affairs and the Scottish referendum was a hot topic in school this week. The St Francis de Sales School Council organised a ballot for the Junior School to vote on this important decision on the future of the 300-year-old union.

Dal Babu

We have just started another exciting year at St Francis de Sales School in Tottenham. Everyone is buzzing and positive about the new academic year. New teachers have joined our school and so we asked the two new deputies some questions.

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Posted on 10:08pm Thursday 11th September 2014

We have just started another exciting year at St Francis de Sales School in Tottenham. Everyone is buzzing and positive about the new academic year. New teachers have joined our school and so we asked the two new deputies some questions.

Adjoa Wiredu

From the very first moment I saw a leaflet with the Mill Co. logo in Tottenham, I knew another great thing was coming to area and it turned out to be true. A social enterprise scheme for creatives has arrived in the patch.

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Posted on 1:26pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

From the very first moment I saw a leaflet with the Mill Co. logo in Tottenham, I knew another great thing was coming to area and it turned out to be true. A social enterprise scheme for creatives has arrived in the patch. In the last four months, I have tried everything (except maybe beg) to get more info about our new residents (business partners, Claire Martin and Nick Hartwright). I have sent an embarrassing amount of emails, walked by far too many times and I even managed to sneak into the empty building with another local. Not my proudest moment.

Dal Babu

Famous book characters take over St Francis de Sales

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Posted on 7:51am Monday 14th July 2014

As the summer holidays draw near, it has been a busy few weeks at St Francis de Sales School. Catherine Manolo, Larisa Sandford, Kimberly Ward and Shabelle fill us in on news from Art and Book Week, a visit to the zoo and a football match to rival the World Cup final.

Dal Babu

Birds, Greeks and special visitors

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Posted on 5:16pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Bird Watch St Francis de Sales has had some special visitors this week. Brittany Kivuila reports on saving a young family of birds from a sticky end.

St Francis de Sales Sports Week: ‘Try your best and keep trying’

Posted on 4:24pm Monday 16th June 2014

During the past week, St Francis de Sales pupils have been finding out how to eat well and stay fit during Sports Week. We have trained and practised for Sports Day on Friday 12 June 2014. We came face to face with one of the most famous cups in the country on Thursday. And our eyes were shocked as we met Peter Waterfield who gave us a powerful message: ‘Try your best and keep trying.’

Dal Babu

Our staggering Science Week at St Francis de Sales

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Posted on 4:52pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

Pupils at St Francis de Sales are huge fans of science lessons and so they could barely contain their excitement this week. Science Week has given every pupil - from Year 1 to Year 6 - the chance to get stuck into some amazing, inspiring and sometimes messy experiments.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation helps young people turn hobbies in to careers

Posted on 10:07am Wednesday 21st May 2014

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Kicks project uses football to to break down barriers between young people and the police. The free sessions for 5 – 19 year olds are proven to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and increase interest in sports, while creating life changing opportunities leading young people to find employment and education.

Dal Babu

Fire safety and seeking success

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Posted on 9:55pm Sunday 11th May 2014

This week, children from St Francis de Sales School's Journalism Club reflect on a visit from London Fire Brigade, a workshop on staying safe and achieving success, and a favourite teacher.

Jane Kiwanuka-Musoke

Meet the man behind the wheel of Alexandra Palace's 'Zamborghini'

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Posted on 2:30pm Sunday 11th May 2014

“Everyone off the ice please!”

Dal Babu

Maths Week scores ten out of ten at St Francis de Sales School

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Posted on 7:15pm Monday 5th May 2014

This week every pupil at St Francis de Sales School participated in Maths Week. We took part in some amazing maths challenges, watched a maths theatre groups perform and worked with our parents in class.

Adjoa Wiredu

POST Artists will be at Tottenham's River Lea this bank holiday weekend with Canalology, a special exhibition which promises to awe in visuals and in taste.

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Posted on 8:17pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

POST Artists stake out public spaces that inspire them to create art projects by responding in various ways - in reflection of the site. POST is a network of artists that is open to new members, as long as they have experience and enthusiasm for making 'site-specific' work that is a creative response to a particular place. The group have selected Tottenham's canal as their next canvas; where 16 artists will come together, each producing their own interpretation of the River Lea canal. In a classic festival lineup, there will be workshops, talks, performance art, architecture, digital installation and storytelling. It is free and will take place from 12pm - 5pm, between Markfield Park along the towpath to Stonebridge Lock.

Dal Babu

St Francis de Sales School Council talks school dinners with head teacher

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Posted on 8:07pm Monday 28th April 2014

St Francis de Sales School Council has entered the House of Commons School Council Awards. Open to children across the country, we realise it will be very tough but we are very excited about how we have developed our Select Committee system. Over the next few months we will be interviewing people in our borough who are making important decisions on our future. This week we interviewed Mr Lane, the head teacher at St Francis de Sales School, about school dinners.

Adjoa Wiredu

Market special part one: Cheryl Cohen gives Tottenham another taste of a Ploughman's lunch at Mayfest

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Posted on 10:12pm Saturday 26th April 2014

The Ploughman Mayfest is around the corner - May 5th at Markfield Park for all of you sleepwalkers out there - so I had to post about Cheryl Cohen for part one of my market specials, I'm not sure how I have managed not to rave about her so far. I don't remember the first time I met Cheryl, well actually that's not true. I do remember, it was at an meet-up for the Tottenham Art Group but we didn't speak that night. The next time I met her (properly) was at a Tottenham festival ideas/crunch type meeting, where she told me about some remarkable things she was involved with and organising for the area. One of the biggest and most successful is her founding project - Tottenham Ploughman

Dal Babu

St Francis de Sales School Choir takes centre stage at the O2

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Posted on 1:22pm Saturday 19th April 2014

St Francis de Sales School may be closed for the Easter holidays but pupils are taking the time to reflect on a recent visit to the O2 Arena and to recognise the dedication of staff member Mrs Coffi.

Adjoa Wiredu

Ruth Lie at the V&A, talks to Adjoa Wiredu about the Tottenham Takeover, an evening celebrating local culture and 'creative Tottenham'

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Posted on 11:21am Sunday 13th April 2014

Last month, the V&A dedicated one evening to Tottenham. It was a showcase of our charming community spirit and a great moment for the creative groups growing all over the area. A proud night for us and also the shiny hard evidence of change on show for all to see.

Dal Babu

Sir Quentin's marvellous memories

Haringey Independent: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:23am Wednesday 9th April 2014

With a visit from legendary illustrator Sir Quentin Blake and preparations for Easter alongside our normal lessons, the last week of term was a busy one for everyone at St Francis de Sales School.

Jane Kiwanuka-Musoke

Haringey on Ice: Why we skate anticlockwise and other unusual things in the ice skating world

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Posted on 12:15am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Did you go ice skating in the late 80s/early 90s?

Dal Babu

St Francis de Sales School reports from inside the corridors of power

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Posted on 5:55pm Sunday 30th March 2014

MPs got more than they bargained for when the St Francis de Sales School Council arrived in parliament with some tough questions.

Victor Olisa

Who is really hard to reach - the criminals, or the police?

Haringey Independent: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 5:33pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Attending a recent ‘work’ social event I met a man who runs a charity which gets prisoners to help other prisoners learn to read.

Dal Babu

'It takes bravery to go to space': St Francis de Sales visits the Science Museum

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Posted on 6:10pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

This week, Rachel Johnny from St Francis de Sales School reports on a recent visit to the Science Museum as part of Year 5’s topic on Earth, Sun and Moon.

Adjoa Wiredu

Spring is set: local film screenings, drinking at the Beehive and Tottenham gets a date night at the V&A

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Posted on 10:41pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

Every now and again, I find myself falling in love with Tottenham, just a tad bit more. It's probably more like a 'rekindling' actually, the effect of the warm fuzzy feeling all over the borough. I had one down moment recently though and I wasn’t oozing 'love for my town' smugness - far from it. I witnessed a horrible violent fight, among five male youths in Bruce Grove and if I remember clearly, my first thoughts were to start walking, very quickly, before I heard sirens.

Dal Babu

Working seven to five: a day in the life of a deputy head

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Posted on 3:40pm Thursday 13th March 2014

This week we will be interviewing Mr David Chandler, deputy headteacher, from St Francis de Sales School.

Jane Kiwanuka-Musoke

Top 10 ice skating terms you need to know

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Posted on 12:37am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Here is our top 10 list of ice skating

Lyall Thomas

Spurs' Groundhog Day and why doubts over the futures of Vertonghen and Lloris are a real worry

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Posted on 11:41am Tuesday 4th March 2014

The longer-lasting repercussions of Daniel Levy's decision to sack Andre Villas-Boas may start with the departures of Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris in the summer.

Adjoa Wiredu

Haringey markets, street art and learning Spanish are all just a few cultural links to Barcelona and its beating heart, El Raval

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Posted on 3:36pm Friday 28th February 2014

I took a trip to Barcelona recently, to visit a friend who lives out there. After just four years in the city, the chica originally from Bow in East London, is hardly recognisable. She is now super organised, has the kind of techy business acumen that leaves you open mouthed in wonder and her newly acquired Spanish sass is her very own brand of ' a Londoner does Barce' - it's hysterical. Being in her company was a great memory jerker that all complaints aside, Londoners don't drag themselves around. We know what we want and we rarely mince our words. Instead, we hash a plan and we get on with it. It dawned on me that her amazing success in Spain is a direct correlation to her background of growing up in East London; she's a grafter and when she sees potential, she makes it happen.

Jane Kiwanuka-Musoke

Figure skating:The upside of falling down

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Posted on 11:39pm Friday 14th February 2014

If you haven’t already, then you probably will.

Victor Olisa

Time for healing...

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Posted on 5:28pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

The last few months have been quite a tense time in Haringey, even for a borough that has witnessed some remarkable events.

Lyall Thomas

Tottenham must beat Everton if they hope to finish in the top-four

Haringey Independent: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 6:06pm Thursday 6th February 2014

Tottenham's game with Everton is pivotal for their season and will go along way to measuring Tim Sherwood's long-term credentials.

Adjoa Wiredu

Arts and bric-a-brac at the Restore Community Projects in Tottenham Hale

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Posted on 2:54pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

The word bric-a-brac excites me beyond measure. I can't even pinpoint a specific reason why but I know it does. Equally, leave me at a market selling food, clothes, furniture or all of the above and I'm a very happy girl.

Alan Strickland

Tottenham's Future: Creative spaces key to bring community together

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Posted on 12:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

Councillor Alan Strickland explains his passion for the community-led redevelopment of Tottenham Green.

Jane Kiwanuka-Musoke

FIVE facts about Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

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Posted on 3:47pm Sunday 26th January 2014

Did you know?...

Adjoa Wiredu

The no frills approach: Erica Donovan does screen printing in Wood Green

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Posted on 2:33pm Friday 24th January 2014

We all know that this generation are extremely attached to the concept of restore and reclaim.

Jane Kiwanuka-Musoke

The Ice Factor: Why fun and fitness can go hand in hand

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Posted on 11:39pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

Two weeks ago, many of us made a new year’s resolution to be in better health in 2014. However, if the prospect of visits to the gym for the next eleven months brings you out in a sweat, then why not try something different this year?

Lyall Thomas

Tim Sherwood could win over Tottenham hearts with a massive FA Cup victory over Arsenal

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Posted on 4:35pm Friday 3rd January 2014

Tim Sherwood has the chance to win a permanent place in the hearts of Tottenham fans and win over another huge section of his skeptics if he can mastermind a victory at the Emirates on Saturday.

Adjoa Wiredu

Marigold Road: the boring cul-de-sac that could open new horizons

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Posted on 12:42pm Friday 3rd January 2014

This blog is named after a very short, boring road.

Lyall Thomas

Daniel Levy's decision-making must be called into question

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Posted on 1:18pm Tuesday 24th December 2013

There will undoubtedly be a tonne of Tottenham fans shaking their heads in disbelief on Christmas Day, mumbling “how did it come to this?”

Lyall Thomas

Sacking Andre Villas-Boas would be a catastrophic mistake

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Posted on 6:22pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

Sacking managers might be the trendy thing to do but it would be a catastrophic error for Tottenham to get rid of Andre Villas-Boas.

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