Virtual Open Evening

Last night we had our virtual opening at the Gurukula and it went fantastically well. In an effort to give the attendees a little flavour of what the school is about we interviewed some students, teachers and parents, even parents whose children have now graduated from the Gurukula. This video is the highlights of some

Bhagavad Gita Verses

WOW!!! We came across this treasure from last year (or maybe the year before) with the lovely chiildren, 7 and 8 year olds, reciting verses from the Bhahgavad Gita and doing actions to them as well. They look like they are dressed up for a drama about Goverdhana lila too. How wonderful and this is

Mother Swati’s B’day

It must be something in the air but it is birthday season at the Gurukula and today there was a small celebration for our lovely Baladeva class teacher (Year 3 and 4), Mother Swati. Mother Swati is relatively new to the Gurukula, she started serving here in February. Joining us from an Outstanding School, she

Vegetarian Sushi Making

One of the nice things about the Gurukula is the community of parents who comprise it and who give their time to enrich the learning experience. This allows the children to learn and be exposed to very unique and diverse things. Today the Vrindavana Class, Year 5 and 6, had local business woman Hari Priya,

Indradyumna Swami Calls the Gurukula

Today at Gurukula we were very fortunate to have H.H Indradyumna Swami speak to the whole school. He shared stories of his preaching in various countries, the children asked him questions and he invited the children when they are older to join in his adventures with the festivals he puts on around the world. Thank

Mother Guru’s B’day

If the Gurukula has a heart and soul it has to be Mother Guru!!! Today is her birthday and everyone connected with the Gurukula including all the children send their love. Mother Guru initially joined the school in 1992 with what began as a supportive role led to her becoming the headteacher. She went on

Damodarastakam Prayers

Everyday during this auspicous month of Kartik, the children in every classroom start the day by singing the Damodasastkam prayers and offer a candle to Yashoda Damodar. Sri Yashoda Damodar Ki Jai!!!

Open Evening Filming

We did a little filming today at the Gurukula with the children, the teachers and some parents. They were all very brave!!!! The purpose of the filming is that this year we can’t have an open day, so we are doing a virtual one instead. With the films prospective parents get a glimpse of what


As this Sunday is Gopasthami, we thought it would be nice if the children could dress up as Gopas and learn about this auspicious past time. Gopasthami is where Krishna and Balarama were old enough to start to tend to the cows of Vrindavana, previously they looked after the calves. Srimati Radharani and Her friends

Gurukula Overview

This video gives you a brief glimpse of life at the Gurukula – The Hare Krishna Primary School.

Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance day

Today being the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada, the children at the Gurukula honoured this occasion by performing pushpanjali (flower offering) in their classrooms. The children were also very lucky to have senior Srila Prabhupada disciple and former teacher at the Gurukula, Mother Moksha, come to speak with the children about some of her pastimes with

Music Class

The lovely devotee children at Gurukula daily learn harmonium and are taught how to sing in kirtan by Lokabandhu prabhu. Lokabandhu prabhu is one of Gurukula’s treasures, he has been teaching the chidlren for many years and we can’t wait for the lockdown to end so that the children can once again sing for their

Diwali & Mother Moksa’s B’day

As well as it being Diwali today it is also our dearest Mother Moksha Laksmi birthday. She has lovingly and tirelessly taught and served many generations of devotee children at the Gurkula and has left a lasting impression on these special souls. We thank her for all her years of dedication and the energy and

Govardhana puja

We were lucky enough to have the head pujari from Bhaktivedanta Manor , Gadadhara Prabhu, come to the Gurukula yesterday to lead the offering for Govardhana with the children. Govardhana Ki Jai!!!!

Govardhana Keystage 2

Some of the Keystage 2 children making their offerings to Govardhana yesterday. Happy Govardhana to everyone!!!

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, therefore advised the cowherd men to stop the Indra-yajña and begin the Govardhana Puja in order to chastise Indra who was very much puffed up at being the supreme controller of the heavenly planets. The honest and simple cowherd men headed by Nanda Maharaja accepted Krishna’s proposal and executed

“It is very encouraging that you have got license from the Board of Education to continue our children’s school. Kindly organize it nicely and it shall be a great achievement. We have to concentrate to give them some idea about God–that should be our first business. In art class they should be encouraged to draw

Gurukula Virtual Open day 3rd December

Hare Krishna dear parents Thank you for being patient with us while we navigate through technology to virtually welcome you to the Gurukula. Our Virtual Open Day is almost upon us and here is the brief itinerary for your information: Date: Thursday 3rd December  Time: 6pm 6.00pm – Introduction from Chair of Governors 6.05pm – Video

Dear parents, Hare Krishna Hope you are doing well and making the most of the half-term break. We will be making a few changes to the drop-off and pick up procedures as well as break times at the Gurukula to further enhance our Covid safety protocol once we reopen on November 9th. If you have

Covid Symtoms Flow Chart

Dear Parents Hare Krishna Please find attached a covid symptoms flowchart which you may find useful should your child or anyone in your household show symptoms of Covid-19. COVID SYMPTOMS FLOWCHART

Meeting reminder

Dear Parents Hare Krishna Just to remind you that the Gurukula update meetings start tonight and go on till Wednesday night. If we can all attend our allotted year group sessions that would be great. If that is not possible feel free to join any session. Key topics of discussion are as follows: The agreement with

Parent feedback forms

Hare Krishna Everyone   It has been almost 3 weeks since we have been back at school. We hope that the children are now more settled in the Gurukula environment. To help us improve our services to the students and parents we would love to receive your feedback via the link below. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesI0G-6d92t7M_3oZ-EvvmEDtFmYkKKfwWW9-V-Fv_Lo7OJA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Hare Krishna dear parents    We would like to reiterate the importance of following the COVID-19 advice from gov.co.uk.  In these uncertain times and in light of recent information, we are depending on all our parents taking sensible precautions in order to minimise the risk to students and staff at the Gurukula especially those in the vulnerable

Attendance Update

Hare Krishna dear parents We would like to remind you that your child can attend school with minor coughs and common colds as advised on the NHS website:  https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/   Update on attendance for this week is 88%. Nationwide required attendance is 97%.  Jagannatha Class – 81% Baladeva Class – 89% Vrindavan Class – 94.6% The school starts

Free online books- Oxford Cambridge

Hare Krishna You may find the following link useful. Oxford Cambridge has announced all books free download until *30th Sept.* Includes primary, secondary, IB programme, Cambridge Assessment international and AQAAccess the below link http://bit.ly/CXCTextbooks

Illness, vomiting and diarrhea

Dear parents Hare Krishna to you all hope you had a well rested weekend. This is just a reminder that if your child is unwell and has vomited or had diarrhoea, they should stay away from school for 48 hours. Please note that vomiting and diarrhoea are NOT Covid-19 symptoms.   To protect yourself and others around

Attendance Update

Hare Krishna everyone We are writing to update you on overall attendance performance for this week. Jagannath class – 94% Baladeva Class – 92% Vrindavan Class – 97% Whole school attendance is at 94.6% and the national average is 97%. Thank you all for bringing the children in on time as lateness disrupts learning.

Hare Krishna Dear Parents, It is so lovely to see the kids back at Gurukula. They have settled in wonderfully and that is a credit to all of you. And amazingly we are doing great with punctuality!!! So a massive pat on the back there. As we get into the new school year we wanted to

Purushottam month children’s challenge

Hare Krishna Please see the link below for a fun 29 day challenge for your children to complete during the auspicious Purushottam adhika month. https://iskconchildren.com/2020/09/11/bhakti-super-sale/?fbclid=IwAR0YM5dVEFXJwK8FmlqdJ_d0bDkt8aiSckioPAmGkJ641-J1eCaIrISzbio I hope you will encourage them to take part and have Krishna conscious fun  as a family too. Also, just a heartfelt thank you to all the parents and volunteers

Sports Payment and Reminder

Hare Krishna everyone Just a reminder that sports will once again resume this week, with KS1 this afternoon and KS2 tomorrow afternoon. Please send the students to school wearing their sports kit. Children without a sports kit can not participate.  The cost of sports this year is £20 per term, which spread through the year calculates

Welcome to the new year in Gurukula

Dear parent, Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I hope you and your family are well and the children are ready and eager to return to gurukula tomorrow. We are certainly all looking forward to seeing our wonderful gurukula families again and we also welcome the new children who

Covid Safety Procedures

Hare Krishna Please find attached a list of the main health and safety procedures the gurukula will put in place for September. A detailed risk assessment document will be sent to you in the next few days. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Your servant, Gunacuda dasi   COVID health and

Hare Krishna Please find attached the full risk assessment for opening on 2nd September. Please pay particular attention to the temporary drop off and pick up times to help maintain the safety of the children. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada Gunacuda

Lunch Prasad

Hare Krishna Further to my earlier email, this is to confirm that the children will be served lunch prasadam from the temple from next week. Should your child bring a packed lunch from home please ensure there are no nuts or items containing nut products as we have a child in school with a severe nut allergy. Your

Absence Letters

Dear parent, I hope you and your family are well and that we might see you at some of our three events this week in gurukula: gardening afternoon (today), Radhastami programme and the 6 hour kirtan on 30th. I had emailed the attendance policy to you all a few weeks ago and explained that for

Attendance policy

Dear parents Hare Krishna. Please find attached the updated Attendance Policy which contains important information regarding the Gurukula’s policy and procedures for monitoring absence and attendance. With Ofsted due to visit this academic year we would like to show improvement in our attendance.  The children have also had a considerable amount of time out of

Dear parents, Hare Krishna As part of our preparation for welcoming all children back to the Gurukula in September the teachers and I are discussing how we will address the emotional and mental health needs of the children after lockdown. Your child may have been at home for 6 months by this point and be

January Newsletter

Bhaktivedanta Manor School welcome Hare Krishna, Welcome to the 4th edition of our school newsletter and the first of 2020! Now, although it’s great to celebrate all the extra things we do at the Gurukula, it’s also nice to give a mention to the things we do as part of our normal school week. This

Newsletter Nov 2019

Bhaktivedanta Manor School welcome   Hare Krishna, Welcome to the 3rd edition of our monthly newsletter! We had 5 new children start at our school this month and they’ve all made friends and are settling in very well: Amrita in Rama class Vasudev in Jagannath class Navaneet in Baladeva class and Mokshitha and Vishvambar in

Newsletter Oct 2019

    VISITORS TO OUR SCHOOL   8th October 2019 Change of clothes for Lord Jagannathan, Baladev and Subadra.                                                                         

Ratha Yatra at our school