Past Events

Roald Dahl Day – 15th September

On Friday 15th September, pupils at Leopold Primary School celebrated Roald Dahl Day by dressing up as their favourite storybook character. Children’s costumes included Willy Wonka, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda and many more.

‘Leopold On Sea’ Summer Fayre – 15th July

On Saturday 15th July, Leopold Primary School Parent Teacher Friend Association (PTFA) worked together to host a spectacular themed summer fete – ‘Leopold on Sea’.

The event included a number of games such as; hook a fish, raffle, bouncy castle slide and even water zorbing!

Children and their families from both sites came, reflecting the school ethos of “two sites, one school”.  As well as games and stalls, visitors were also treated to food, drink and entertainment from the school’s talented steel pan players, dance troupe and choir.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Bhagwanji Chohan. The day was a great success and raised over £4,000 through takings on the day, sponsorship from Haart & Co. estate agents and match funding from Barclays.

Years 5 and 6 Residential Trip – 26th-30th June

A group of children from Years Five and Six recently spent a week at the Gordon Brown Outdoor Education Centre in Newnham. Despite some rain clouds, they took part in a number of exciting activities. These included aeroball, abseiling, ropes courses and quad-biking. At the end of the week, they enjoyed a disco.

Years 5 and 6 Sports Day – 21st June

The children spent a very hot summer’s day at Willesden Sports Centre on Wednesday 21st June and enjoyed a range of fun competitions and games. Races included: sack race, basketball dribble, relay, 200m sprint and inflatable obstacle course. At the end of the day, students took part in a giant tug of war competition.

Year 6 Visit from Cambridge University – 13th June

During June, the Hawkshead Road and Gwenneth Rickus sites were both visited by representatives from Cambridge University. They were given a talk about university life, and then children participated in a science workshop to show them what studying at university would be like.

Year 3 Visit to Harlesden Library – 31st May

On May 31st, a group of Year 3 pupils from Hawkshead Road visited Harlesden Library to attend a session with Rastamouse author Michael De Souza. After a fun-filled afternoon of activities, they were all given signed books to enjoy at home.

Kavele Kerr-Campbell Memorial Garden Opening Ceremony – 8th May

Kavele Kerr-Campbell was a former pupil of Leopold Primary School who sadly passed away in 2015. Kavele died suddenly due to complications relating to sickle cell disease and, in his memory, the school PTFA and the Sickle Cell Society collaborated to create a fantastic memorial garden.

On Monday 8th May, Kavele’s birthday, the opening ceremony took place at the school’s Gwenneth Rickus site. We welcomed a number of special guests, such as Kavele’s family, Society CEO John James, Society Chairman Kye Gbangbola, Society Chairwoman Michelle Salter, Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Labour MP for Brent Central Dawn Butler, ‘My Friend Jen’ author Jenica Leah, and many others. The choirs from Hawkshead Road and Gwenneth Rickus both sang tributes to Kavele, his former teachers and mentors shared their fond memories of him, and balloons were released from the garden.

The garden will be a peaceful place where current and future generations of Leopold pupils will be able to relax, reflect and enjoy moments of quiet.

Hawkshead Road vs. Gwenneth Rickus – 5th May

On Friday afternoon, boys from the Leopold Primary School football teams went head-to-head at Gibbons Recreation Ground in their first ever friendly match. Staff and students came together to compete; the final score was 11-0 to the Gwenneth Rickus site.

North London Schools’ Challenge – 12th March

Recently, Leopold Primary School pupils took part in the Vitality North London Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge. Children ran 13.1 miles in total, completing a mile a week at school and finishing the final stretch alongside parents and staff at Wembley Stadium. Each student received a special medal. Congratulations to all the runners!

Science Museum – 17th January

On January 17th, students from Year Four went on an exciting trip to the Science Museum. They spent the day enjoying the experiments, viewing the objects on display and taking a hands-on approach to learning. The children also got to visit the newly-opened Wonderlab, where they learnt more about science, technology and math using interactive exhibits. Lots of fun was had by all!

Art Exhibition – 1st December

Leopold Primary School’s art exhibition of the year was a showcase of the work local artist Jilly Topping has been doing with the children. In a drive to increase art participation at the school, Mrs Kendall and Ms Vohra approached Jilly to work with all year groups – from nursery up to year 6. The art sessions started in May 2016 and all children have had the chance to create artwork. Themes range from painting with acrylic and watercolour, to working with clay craft and foil art.

As a local artist and a parent at the school, Jilly loved working with the children, and they have really flourished under the guidance. The children’s artwork was displayed at an exhibition event, along with music, canapés and drinks. Prizes were awarded by the chair of governors, Malcolm Boyle, for the best pieces.

Brent Maths Competition – 30th November

At the end of November, two teams of children from Years 5 and 6 went to the Swaminaryan School to participate in the Brent Maths Challenge. The competition gave students three rounds of complex maths problems to solve – the team challenge, the logic round and finally, the relay section. At the end of the competition, the pupils joined up with other schools from the borough to build a tower of playing cards. The children enjoyed the challenge and all received certificates for taking part.

Moon-watching Morning – 18th November

Children arrived to school early on Friday morning to take turns studying the skies through a telescope set up in the school playground. Each pupil spent time looking at the moon and describing what they saw.

Charity Skipathon for British Heart Foundation – 21st October

This October, Leopold Primary School took part in the Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser. The event saw pupils take to the playground for an afternoon of skipping, dancing, hula-hooping and other fun activities to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. By the end of the event, £253.65 had been raised for the charity.

Harvest Assembly – 11th October

On October 11th, Leopold Primary School held a Harvest-themed assembly to celebrate the arrival of autumn. The event included songs, acrostic poems, and discussion about where our food comes from. Artwork by reception children was displayed, depicting all types of fruit and vegetables. Bread was shared with the parents, carers and special guests who came to the assembly.

All of the money raised at the harvest celebration was sent to UNICEF, and will help children in need around the world. Additionally, all of the food kindly donated by parents and carers was delivered to Brent Food Bank. The 97.5kg of food collected by Leopold Primary School is equivalent to 144 meals for disadvantaged individuals and families in the local community.

No Pens Day – 5th October

This year, Leopold Primary School participated in The Communication Trust’s annual No Pens Day. Students throughout the Key Stages took part in innovative activities to encourage them to try learning in ways other than with pens and paper. For example, Year 5 students used straws to help them remember their times-tables.

Bikeability – 20th September

Throughout September, some of our Key Stage Two pupils participated in Bikeability’s cycling proficiency course. They learned to ride their bikes in the local community, allowing them to become safer and more experienced cyclists.