18th January 2023 – Year 2 Multi-Skills Festival

Last Wednesday, we took a team of 8 children from Year 2 to the Lewisham Schools Multi-Skills Festival at
Sydenham School. The children had the opportunity to test their speed, agility, balance and co-ordination
through a range of exciting challenges. Well done to:
2F – Tyshawn, Lyla, Tali, Eleanor
2K – George, Gray, Ula, Jessica

16th January 2023 – Fairlawn 9-0 St. Mary’s

A huge well done to the Fairlawn boys football team who put in a clinical performance last week to thrash St. Mary’s 9-0 in the Monday Night Football League. Unfortunately, due to St Michael’s 4-1 win earlier in
the evening, the team required over 15 goals to take top-spot on goal difference. Despite knowing that they were facing a near-impossible mission, the boys played some wonderful football and deservedly went into half-time leading 6-0. Although they managed just three more goals in the second half, the team should be hugely proud of their achievement across the whole season.
Monday Night Squad:
Year 6 – Noah, Zack, Suleman, Leo R, Leo P, Yusuf
Year 5 – Joseph K, Thomas, Bradley, Beau

14th January 2023 – Blackheath Saturday League Update

Game 1 v Rangefield: 3-0

As the girls warmed up for the first league game against Rangefield, it became clear that Rangefield would be offering a physical test if nothing else. Looking rather like a Rugby team who’d got the wrong tournament, they kicked off against the mighty Fairlawn and in the first few minutes our girls seemed a little intimidated. However, it didn’t take us long to get a measure of them. Into the kind of headwind that would stop commercial aircraft, Marlena led the way, weaving her way through the opposition and before long slotting the first goal beautifully. Backed up by some great touches and passes from Nuala and Abigail, she soon went on to score a very composed second. It was time for the midfield and defence to help out and Anna and Muna delivered whenever they were tested while Frankie sat behind to sweep up any danger.  Emily in goal was rarely tested (that would come later) as the girls controlled the second half, keeping possession and eventually forcing a third goal, an own goal that was unfortunate but caused by the persistent pressure from Fairlawn and the debutant Isabelle. The game ended 3-0, a result that sets them up well for the rest of the tournament.

Game 2 v Prendergast: 0-0 Fairlawn progress on penalties

An opportunity to represent Lewisham Schools in the Pokemon London Schools Tournament arrived in the form of a one-off match against Prendergast. Alan got the girls prepared and well organised and the ageing parents wiped clean their glasses to get behind them. It was evident from the start that this would be a much bigger test and Prendergast were organised and had some good district players. However, the girls very quickly matched them tackle to tackle with Frankie and Anna doing some terrific work in the middle with Muna and Nuala behind, allowing Marlena to pressure the opposition goal on a regular basis. But this was always going to be a tight game and despite the second half advantage of the wind and relentless pressure on the Prendergast goal, one move in particular involving Muna, Anna, Frankie and Isobel almost resulting in a wonderful goal, the game finished all square. So, it would come down to penalties. A collective sigh worked its way through the parents who agreed they’d never seen a team they wanted to win come out on top of a penalty shoot out. But England aren’t Fairlawn, and as yet England don’t have Emily in goal. With the tension rising, Alan asked for hands and quick as a flash Marlena, Frankie and Muna stepped up, and after the first phase of the competition we were equal with the opposition on two scored and one missed. Alan looked around for the next brave souls ready to make a name for themselves, and as the heavens opened and the rest of the world was running for cover, up walked Anna and Molly. Anna stroked her penalty into the bottom corner with aplomb, and then Molly, who hadn’t been playing in the match moved up to the ball as if she was born to do it and smashed it past their keeper; it was left to Emily to face the final penalty. The Prendergast player stepped up and caught it beautifully. The ball was destined for the right hand corner, but it hadn’t reckoned on one thing….the mighty Emily flying to her right at full stretch to parry it past the post. A magnificent moment welcomed by screams of joy, tears and human pyramids, and the kids were enjoying it too. A truly great performance from the girls in atrocious conditions and now they march onto Walthamstow to represent Lewisham. We should be very proud of all of them.

(Report written by coach Ash)

Spring Term Sports Clubs

Tuesday – Years 5/6 Football Training (restarts 17th January)

Wednesday – Year 6 Basketball (starts 11th January)

Thursday (am) – Years 5/6 Girls Football Training

Thursday – Year 3 Hockey (starts 12th January)

Friday – Year 5 Hockey (starts 13th January)

Badminton Achievement

A huge well done to Abigail S (5T) who won a bronze medal at a recent badminton competition.

5th December 2022 – Fairlawn 3-1 Kilmorie

A huge well done to the boys’ football team who beat a very strong and physical Kilmorie team 3-1 in the latest round of the Monday Night Football League. Despite taking an early lead through an excellent finish by Yusuf, the opposition were almost immediately level through an excellent strike by their academy striker. Once the team had worked out how to keep him quiet, they quickly took control of the game with Noah scoring midway through the first half, and then an excellent strike from Beau into the bottom corner sealed the victory.

Year 6 Sports Leaders Revealed

A huge well done to the following children from 6C who successfully applied to be a sports leader for the Spring term:

Archer, Yasmine, Emily, Molly, Margo, Kit, Anna, Karina and Yusuf.

On Friday 6th January, they will receive their sports leader training from a Lewisham sports coach, and we look forward to seeing them supporting some of our youngest children in PE lessons next term and encouraging even more active play at lunchtimes.

29th November 2022 – Lewisham School Games Football Festival

A huge well done to the girls’ football team who finished with a fantastic record of 6 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat at the Lewisham School Games festival at Sedgehill Academy last Tuesday. Despite being drawn in the ‘group of death’, and facing both the eventual winners and runners-up at the start of the day, the team played with fantastic heart, spirit and skill. Incredibly, they only conceded one goal in the entire day.

Here are their results:

  1. Fairlawn 0-0 All Saint’s (eventual winners)
  2. Fairlawn 0-1 Haberdasher’s (eventual runner’s-up)
  3. Tidemill 0-2 Fairlawn
  4. Fairlawn 1-0 St. Francis Drake
  5. Turnham 0-1 Fairlawn
  6. Fairlawn 1-0 St Margaret’s Lee
  7. St. Stephen’s 0-1 Fairlawn
  8. Fairlawn 1-0 St. Francis Drake

28th November 2022 – St Michael’s 5-5 Fairlawn

A huge well done to the boys’ football team who drew 5-5 with St Michael’s last Monday in one of the best games that the Monday Night Football League has ever seen. Despite leading for the majority of the game, the team were cruelly denied a famous victory by a last gasp screamer. All the boys were fantastic with the goals coming from Yusuf (2) and an excellent hat-trick from Leo R.

19th November 2022 – Blackheath Football League

The bracing wind that is unique to this tournament ushered in the opening game of the season, which found the girls pitted against Edmund Waller.  Fairlawn dominated the game from the beginning, and with first half goals from Frankie and Marlena, any residual early tension was dissipated. Anna and Muna were strong at the back and Nuala and Abigail were always busy and causing problems for the Waller defence, culminating in a brilliant assist from Nuala that put Marlena in for her second and Fairlawn’s third. The game was over and although the opposition stepped up the pressure the defensive core held strong with Emily making a couple of good saves and Neriah causing some problems down the wing, all of which helped secure the points. 

Cooper’s Lane would be a stiffer challenge, arriving on the pitch as they did full of confidence and towering over the Fairlawn girls. However, the tactical acumen of Alan and Chris set the girls up to compete from the first whistle, and compete they did. The strength of Anna and Muna at the back marshalled by the peerless Emily behind them and the determined Frankie in front, created a foundation for the front three of Nuala, Abigail and Marlena to do their thing. An assist from Emily set Marlena on her way to score a goal which should already be a contender for goal of the season, as she beat most of Cooper’s team and slotted home. Marlena then followed that up with another, having received a through ball from Frankie she beat a couple of defenders and the resulting goal was never in doubt. The second half saw the introduction of Bea, who was strong in the tackle and added more much needed steel. The opposition came at the girls in waves but they defended as a team and never really looked like conceding. Cooper’s did however break free and got a powerful shot off only for Emily to make a fabulous save to push it round the post. A sterling display that sent Cooper’s Lane home with a lot more to think about than they’d initially bargained for. 

Two first class performances from the girls that bode well for the rest of the season.

17th November 2022 – LSSP Basketball Festival

Well done to the following members of the Years 5/6 basketball team who finished 3rd in the LSSP festival at Sydenham School. The team played with great skill and determination, and even ended the competition with an excellent victory over the eventual winning school.

Year 5 – Samy, Ayse

Year 6Noah, Zack, Ollie, Zhiqi, Molly

7th November 2022 – Haseltine 0-2 Fairlawn

A huge well done to the boys’ football team who maintained their 100% winning record in the Monday Night Football League with a 2-0 win against Haseltine. Despite coming up against quite physical opposition, the boys matched them in this department and played some lovely one-touch football at times. A special mention to Noah (6S) who scored both goals with two very clinical finishes.

The team’s next fixture will be on the 28th November.

Autumn 2 Sports Heroes

This half term, our sports heroes focus switches to international females:
Reception: Serena Williams
Year 1: Lindsey Vonn
Year 2: Billy Jean-King
Year 3: Nadia Comaneci
Year 4: Simone Biles
Year 5: Megan Rapinoe
Year 6: Katie Ledecky

19th October 2022 – Indoor Athletics Festival

Well done to the following members of the Years 5/6 Indoor Athletics team who comfortably won the mini festival at Sydenham School on Wednesday 19th October:

Year 6: Yusuf, Anna, Nigel, Noah, Frankie, Leo R, Isabelle and Amara.

Year 5: Samy, Beau, Lukas, Ada, Neriah, Bradley and Zion.

The team won 7 out of the 9 sprint races and finished top of the standings in all of the field events.

10th October 2022 – Fairlawn 7-2 St Bart’s

A huge well done to the boys’ football team who beat St Bart’s 7-2 in the opening game of the Monday Night Football League at Haseltine last week. The players all looked comfortable on the ball and were very supportive of each other. It was also great to see some clinical finishing with the goals scored by Yusuf (2), Noah (2), Beau (2) and Suleman.

Our next fixture is against Haseltine on Monday 7th November.

1st October 2022 – Mini Marathon

A huge well done to all the children and adults who took part in the London Mini Marathon around St James’ Park on Saturday. It was an amazing experience for everyone; here’s the list of entrants:

Year 2: Flo, Ella, Niall, Hunter, Alfie and George.

Year 3: Art, Amelie, Otis, Zachary, Jasper, Jesse, Shay, Poppy, Grace and Gabriel.

Year 4: Patrick, Honey, Poppy, Miguel, James, Maude, Maya, Thea, Albert, Hamish, Ivy and Angelica.

Year 5: Abigail S, Samy, Nuala, Joseph R, Axel, Isabella, Ada, Noah, Oisin, Beau, Matilda, Bruna, Bea.

Year 6: Abi, Frankie, Anna, Faith, Alex, Conrad, Marlena and Molly.

Autumn Term 2022 – After School Sports Clubs

Tuesday – Years 5/6 Boys Football Training

Wednesday – Year 3 Multi-Skills with Mr. Gomez

Thurs (am) – Years 5/6 Girls Football Training

Thursday (pm) – Year 4 Basketball with Mr. Gomez

Friday (pm) – Year 5 Basketball with Mr. Gomez

After-school sports clubs run from 3:30pm-4:30pm

Autumn 1 Sports Heroes

This half term, our sports heroes focus switches to international males:
Reception: Usain Bolt
Year 1: Michael Jordan
Year 2: Muhammad Ali
Year 3: Pele
Year 4: Arthur Ashe
Year 5: Tiger Woods
Year 6: Jessie Owens

Monday Night Football League – Fairlawn Crowned Champions!

A huge congratulations to our girls’ football team who have been crowned champions of the Monday Night Football League with one game still to play. The following children have all played their part in this hugely successful season:
Year 4 – Nuala
Year 5 – Emily, Marlena, Frankie, Anna
Year 6 – Lila, Cara, Zoe, Josie, Minnie, Margot, Pearl, Iris.
Also, a massive thanks to Sean Brazier, Paul Grace, Rob Wray, Ash Ditta and Alan Westaway who have give up their own personal time this season to coach the team and take them to their Monday matches.

Race for Life- HOPstars team

Congratulations to all our Fairlawn runners who finished the full Blackheath 5km Race for Life with smiles on their faces this weekend. Marlena & Leo (5M) Abi, Mia & Emre (5E) Jasper & Elif (2T) and Flo (1W). Marlena finished in an amazing 28 minutes! And even little Flo’s (1W) 5 year old legs didn’t stop once in
the whole race! The HOP stars team have already had amazing support from Fairlawn friends, but if anyone else felt moved to support these fantastic kids then any donations would be very much appreciated.

London Youth Games

Following our basketball team’s victory at the Lewisham School Games competition earlier in the year, we are expecting to receive an invite to compete in the London Youth Games on Monday 4th July. More information to follow.

Swimming Lessons Discounts

Forest Hill Pool is offering children a 5-day swimming short course (with a 25% discount) between the 1st of August and the 25th August. 30-minute lessons can be booked for foundation level swimmers between 9am – 11am, and at 11:30am for developmental swimmers. The discount code is SWIMHAPPY.
For more information, visit:

Intra School Competition

This term, the school will be taking part in a brand new intra school competition: hula hooping. Over the next few weeks, the children will have the opportunity to hone their skills at lunchtime led by our team of sports leaders. The competition itself will take place in July.

South London Girls Football Academy

On Saturday 2nd July, South London Girls Football Academy are offering a free fun taster session for all
girls aged 4-6 years old, giving them the opportunity to discover football and see if it is a hobby of interest to them in a fun and supportive environment. The free taster session, which will take place at
Lyndhurst Primary School in Camberwell, is part of their open day and you can confirm your child’s place by getting in touch with them via email at:

Summer 2 Sports Heroes

This half term, our sports heroes focus switches to British women:
Reception: Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
Year 1: Kelly Smith MBE
Year 2: Dina Asher-Smith MBE
Year 3: Virginia Wade OBE
Year 4: Nicola Adams OBE
Year 5: Dame Katherine Grainger
Year 6: Victoria Pendleton CBE

Executive Head Teacher : Ms Jeanette Brumby

Head Teacher : Ms Hania Ryans

(Contact via School Office)

Co-Chair of Governors : Sharon Long and Paula MacDonald

Fairlawn Primary School
Honor Oak Road
London SE23 3SB