Last term, the Osmani school councillors attended the annual Pupil Parliament event. During the course of the day, the children proposed an action plan to take back to school based on three topics. They were:
– Human Rights and Equality
– The Environment
– Opportunities for young people
On Friday 15th January we had our first Diversity Day to support equality for all. Both children and staff wore their culture’s traditional clothes so that we could celebrate the differences within our school and community.
Osmani Choir were given the fantastic opportunity of performing at TH-Real Estate’s Christmas function. The choir arrived at the prestigious Grange Hotel in St Paul’s and were greeted by a staggering audience of around 300 business professionals. The choir definitely put a smile on their faces by their renditions of Away in a Manger, Doo Wop Medley and We Wish You a Merry Christmas where the audience also participated in the final chorus of our final song.
TH-Real Estate also kindly donated a gift to all of the children as well as treating the children to a pizza lunch. Smiles were present all round from the children and the partners.
The choir would like to extend thanks to our partners for our lovely gifts and we would also like to thank Rebecca from Upstage for supporting us with our singing.
On Friday 11th 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 sang four different songs with positive reviews all around. As part of the experience for the choir they were also treated to a special lunch, met Father Christmas and were given sweets as a reward for their time and efforts.
Our KS2 pupils had a visit from wonderful author Karen McCombie. Karen has written 80 books now for children and she inspired us all by talking about her writing. She told us how she keeps a notebook about all the funny things that happen to her so that she can use them in her stories. The children enjoyed meeting her and had the chance to buy a book and get it signed by her.
It’s Science week at Osmani Primary School – our theme this year is SPIDERS! We have been: observing, identifying, investigating and researching some amazing Spider facts and information. For example, did you know that the largest spider in the world is called the Goliath, bird eating tarantula! And that some spiders do not spin webs!!!
So far, we have written spider poems and stories, studied the life cycle of a spider, created information posters, designed and made spider webs and created and conducted a questionnaire (about spiders of course!) to name a few.
So please do talk to your child, to find out more about the fantastic learning that has been taking place.
Five Year 6 pupils from Osmani School attended the Tower Hamlets Book Award at Swanlea School on Friday afternoon.
Nearly 300 pupils and teachers attended the award from 29 schools to watch performances based on the shortlisted books and find out which book would win the coveted Tower Hamlets award.
Kim Slater’s ‘Smart’ was voted best book by Tower Hamlets pupils in the 2015 Tower Hamlets Book Award. “Smart” is a powerful story of an autistic young boy with a difficult home life trying to discover the mystery behind the death of a homeless man in his neighbourhood.
Present at the finale were four of the shortlisted authors who met pupils and signed books throughout the afternoon – Kim Slater, Sam Gayton, G.R. Gemin, and Polly Ho-yen.
‘She’s behind you!’ The children from Year 1 to Year 6 experienced yet another exciting pantomime trip to the Hackney Empire. This years adventures were with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, introducing the children to a host of characters from Buttercup the Cow and Dame Daisy to two evil bugs and of course, Jack and the moody giant. The children enjoyed the performance of a range of songs and dances along with some interesting additions to the traditional tale. As always the children were invited to join in with the final song, with a few actions, this time to bring Buttercup home. Fun was had by all, including the staff!
At Osmani, we have been collecting food donations linked to Harvest festival. Our school councillors took all the donations to Whitechapel Mission- a homeless shelter. We were greeted by Sue, one of the members of staff who spends most of her time feeding and taking care of homeless people. We were humbled by the work that takes place at the mission and were surprised to see how many people were in need of our help. We learnt that the best way to make a difference was not only to donate but to pass on our knowledge and make others aware.
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 are really grateful to all the teachers and pupils who helped us and gave us feedback on our presentations and 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.