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The Voice Essay Writing Competition

In October, Key Stage Two pupils at Leopold Primary School entered The Voice newspaper’s Black History Month competition. They were challenged to write a 500-word essay about a black historical figure that they felt inspired by. The contest was entered by pupils from around London, and one of the winners was Zahra in Year Six. Zahra wrote about Mrs Kendall, and her essay was printed in The Voice newspaper. You can read it below.

Mrs Audrey Kendall, by Zahra Arshad

Mrs Audrey Kendall is my chosen inspirational black history figure. As the head teacher for over 30 years running Leopold Primary School, she is a great leader with many qualities. She consistently motivates us children and therefore the children want to achieve their best and aim for the sky.

She is strict and firm, but is always encouraging and gets the best out of each child. Mrs Kendall knows everyone’s name in school and so therefore it feels like she really cares. She has shown us, to succeed in life we have to keep trying – don’t give up if you fall at the first hurdle and even if you falter, you have to get back up and try again. We all agree that she runs the school extremely well. Mrs Kendall’s daughter Hannah Kendall wrote her first opera as a young adult, which was performed at the Roundhouse Theatre. Her son is driven to become a successful interior designer.

Although it is hard work, there are so many brilliant examples of people getting wonderful grades. They motivate children to go to Oxford and Cambridge. She has been a wonderful role model to her children and it is with this determined passion she encourages all of us to aim high. If Mrs Kendall can do it for her own two children, she can do it for us too.

Mrs Kendall is extremely passionate about our new school motto “Inspiring today’s learners to become tomorrow’s outstanding leaders”. I hear Mrs Kendall repeating this wonderful phrase wherever I go, whether it’s in our classroom or in assembly or at parents’ evening or in her office. In fact, she embraces the whole concept that Leopold’s young learners are the children that will grow up and then finally become the leaders of tomorrow. They could be lawyers, dentists, pharmacists… the world is their oyster.

Mrs Kendall has done many wonderful things during her early life. To me, she is exceptional because she believes in every child, but also she thinks that everyone has what it takes inside of them to succeed and she takes in any child no matter what their circumstance. Mrs Kendall is amazing because she encourages us by talking about her two children who have achieved high grades. If Mrs Kendall can do it for her two children, she can do it for us.

If I had three words to describe Mrs Kendall I would choose ‘motivational’ because she always pushes us to use our highest level of ability. I would also choose ‘determined’ because Mrs Kendall is a persistent young woman. Finally, I would choose ‘confident’ because Mrs Kendall is very brave.

As Leopold Primary School is so popular and over-subscribed, the authorities have given us another site with a total of 800 students on both sites! That is an excellent achievement for a black female role model! I know and I believe that I will do the very best in my life because Mrs Kendall has inspired me to become an exceptional person.

Computing At School Lead School

Leopold Primary School has recently been awarded Computing At School Lead School Status by The Chartered Institute for IT. This certification recognises teaching excellence within the subject of Computing, and demonstrates the school’s commitment to providing the highest quality education to all of our students.

Christmas Card Competition

This December, our pupils entered Dawn Butler MP’s annual Christmas card competition. They designed cards and drawings that celebrated the festive season. Primary schools from across Brent Central ward entered the contest, and the cards were judged by the Mayor of Brent. The winning design was drawn by Donalee in Year Four. It was used on the front of Dawn’s Christmas card for this year. Congratulations, Donalee!

Film Club Review of the Week

Leopold Primary School works in conjunction with IntoFilm to host a regular film club where pupils can watch movies, discuss them with their peers and write reviews of the features they have seen. These reviews are submitted to https://www.filmclub.org/, where they can be selected as Review of the Week. Saba’s review of Antz was recently chosen as the Review of the Week! Congratulations, Saba.

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Summer Reading Challenge

Over the summer, 100 pupils from Leopold Primary School took part in the Summer Reading Challenge at local Brent libraries. In honour of celebrated author Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, this year’s event was entitled The Big Friendly Read, with each child required to finish six books in order to complete the challenge successfully.

Between them, competing Leopold students read an amazing 384 books over the summer holidays, an impressive feat that earned the school second place in Brent! Well done to all children involved for this amazing achievement.


Big Cookathon

Leopold Primary School took part in the Big Cookathon event in May 2016. It is hosted in conjunction with Tesco and the Children’s Food Trust, and aims to teach the nation to cook healthy meals from scratch. Leopold’s Let’s Get Cooking Club entered the competition by making cottage pie with Ms Lewis and Ms Jo. They were chosen as one of the winning groups, receiving £200 worth of Tesco vouchers.