Bling Your Bike

As part of the Sustrans Bike It year at Osmani Primary School, we held our first cycling/scooting event: ‘Bling Your Bike/Scooter’.

All the children were invited to bring their bikes or scooters to school, decorated and as festive as possible! The entries were incredible with over 100 bikes and scooters in school for the prize giving assembly. The children got really creative and used Christmas decorations including tinsel, baubles and lights to make their bike or scooter look really fun and festive.

There were 14 winners in total who each received bike and scooter goodies. Well done to everybody that took part.

Stave Hill Eco-Park

Earlier this term the Pod group in Year 2 travelled to Stave Hill in Rotherhithe to work with the artist Ky Lewis.  We collected natural materials from the local environment and then made photograms (cyanotypes).

The process uses light and light sensitive paper to make distinctive blue prints.  Each child made a beautiful book of photograms to which they added maps, recounts and more prints at school.  Can you see the brown photogram? It was made by soaking it in tea!

We all had a very enjoyable and enlightening day.

Choir at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

On Friday 1st December, Osmani Choir were invited to sing at Age UK’s Christmas Lunch which is a yearly charitable event put on by the Bank of America.

The choir serenaded the guests with four different songs (a selection of carols and classics) with positive reviews all around.

As part of the experience for the choir they were also treated to a special 5* lunch, met Father Christmas and were given chocolate coins as a reward for their time and efforts.

We look forward to working with Bank of America again in the future!

Remembrance Day

At Osmani, children learnt about Remembrance Day and why the day is observed in the UK and across the world.

At 11am, we all observed a 2 minutes silence as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in various wars and conflicts around the world. After the 2 minutes silence, one of our teachers played the ‘Last Post’ on the trumpet.  Click here to view the video.

Black History Month

Osmani celebrated Black History Month by exploring the different sights and sounds of Africa.

We have been exploring eight African nations (Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Somalia), researching the culture and customs which make up part of this wonderful continent.

We were also visited by Iroko Theatre Group who put on an amazing performance of African stories from Nigeria for the Early Years and Key Stage One and Two.

Classes in KS1 and 2 also had the opportunity to take part in individual class workshops on African dance, African storytelling, jewellery making and mask making.

Having learnt about Mary Seacole as part of their topic, Year One were fortunate enough to have a special visit from this famous nurse and important historical figure who helped British soldiers during the Crimean War. Together the children explored her early life in Jamaica, her travels around the world and the many obstacles she bravely overcame in order to follow her nurse’s vocation.

Tower Hamlets Ambassadors of Faith and Belief.

At Osmani, we invited Sixth Form students from secondary schools in Tower Hamlets to deliver presentations and Q&A sessions as part of their final training session to become an Ambassador of Faith and Belief.  The group of children represented a range of religions, faith perspectives and cultures.

Each student finished the training day by visiting one of the classes at our school to work with the pupils and deliver their final presentations. All classes in Years 1 to 6 were visited.  It was a great opportunity for both the students and our pupils at Osmani and it was clear they all learnt lots and enjoyed the visit!

The visitors said: “We really enjoyed our experience and hope to become teachers one day. Thank you to all the staff at Osmani for their wonderful hospitality”.

We wish the students the best of luck with their ambassador work in Tower Hamlets and look forward to having them at Osmani again.

Election Day

On Thursday 15th September, Osmani held their 2nd annual ‘Election Day’. The students from Year 2-6 voted for one boy and one girl to represent their class as their new Right’s Respecting Ambassadors.  In true democratic style, each child voted for their representatives and placed their anonymous vote into a class ballot box.

Congratulations to all the candidates and I look forward to working with the new Ambassadors this year.

 

The Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES)

The Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. Since its formation in 2006, THAMES has worked with almost all schools in Tower Hamlets and they have supported pupils in having instrumental and vocal tuition on a weekly basis.

As part of the celebrations, our School Choir, Awards pupils and Year 4 instrumental learners performed as part of the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra, Awards Orchestra at The Barbican Main Hall in the City of London on Monday the 11th July 2016 at 7.00pm.
 
To view extracts of the musical performances, please click here.

Osmani is 30!

On Friday 27th May 2016, Osmani celebrated its 30th Anniversary as a primary school.

The theme for the day was the 1980’s so we went back to the future!

Staff and pupils came out in their best retro 1980’s costumes so the school was a sea of bright colours. Neon pink and green being most popular!

Each year group participated in an activity that was linked to learning about the 1980’s. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different fashions of the day, significant events, as well as what cartoons were popular during this decade.

Osmani is fortunate to have ex-pupils who are currently staff members.  So Year 6 pupils used their researching skills to interview Osmani’s ex-pupils to find out what life was like for them as pupils during the 1980’s and 1990’s. They presented their findings in a special assembly.

After the assembly pupils were treated to a special 1980’s cinema experience with KS1 watching The Little Mermaid and KS2 watching ET. What classics!

To party in style, children enjoyed celebrating our 30 years with a class party whilst also listening to 1980’s pop classics. This all happened whilst our governors and business partners enjoyed being hosted by Remi and other members of the senior leadership team to celebrate this momentous occasion.

We ended the day’s exciting events with a big sing off of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ a classic 1980’s hit!  Click here to view a short clip of the Happy Birthday sing off.

Pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and we all felt proud to be part of our amazing school.

Happy Birthday Osmani!

Tower Bridge Museum and Wilton’s Music Hall Shadow Puppet Project

Seven New to English families were chosen from Osmani to take a creative look at the history of London. Mum’s and Dad’s worked and performed alongside their children. They wrote a script, made shadow puppets and helped to compose the music to describe the story of Frank McClean who flew his hydroplane under Tower Bridge in 1912. Everybody really enjoyed the project which culminated in a public performance at Wilton’s. They shared the stage with other children from Tower Hamlets schools who had similarly been involved with preparing their own fascinating stories about the city we all live in.

To view the video please click here

Frank McClean flying his hydroplane under Tower Bridge in 1912.