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Newsletter 2                        

18 September 2020

Notices and Reminders

"Always be thankful".1 Thessalonians 5.16

This week our whole school worships have been lead by Mr Halls, Olivia and 4RD. We have been reflecting on how thankful we are for the wonderful world in which we live.

We have been particularly thankful for the beautiful weather over the past week; it has certainly benefitted the sixty year pupils who have been taking their Level 1 and Level 2 Bikeability training. For those Year 6 children who have passed Bikeability and wish to cycle to school, can parents and carers please complete the Cycle to School permission form which is available under the 'Forms' tab in the 'Downloads' section of our school website.

Meet the teacher

Last week, we informed you of the Meet the Teacher presentations available to view on the Castle Federation YouTube channel. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to watch these as well as email your questions to the school office. As mentioned, our parent consultation meetings will take place before half term and you will be sent further information on how to book later this month.

Ashlyns Virtual Open Evening

Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, as well as their parents and carers, are invited to take part in Ashlyns Virtual Open Evening. A personal invitation from Mr Shapland has been sent to all our pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 to view the videos and resources from 1 October on the Ashlyns School website.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment

At the start of term, the school shared its COVID-19 Risk Assessment with you. This has now been reviewed in the light of the Government's guidelines on face coverings, as well as guidance on music and drama. This revised risk assessment is available to view and read under the 'Health & Safety' tab in the 'Downloads' section of our school website.

Drop off and collection

Please remember to observe the recommended 2m distancing when waiting outside school and only to send one adult per child. This is particularly important in the light of recent government advice around 'the rule of 6'.


Your child will be bringing home their proof photograph today. Van Cols are returning to collect any orders on Friday 25 September so please make sure to return your order by Thursday 24 September at the latest.

Secondary transfer

The online application system has opened for parents and carers of children in Year 6 to apply for a secondary school place for entry in September 2021.  The application deadline is 31 October 2020. All the information you need is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions.

 Stars of the week

6RM - Ella D

6WT - Cora

6TS - Josie

6SW - Hannah

5JR - Elsie

5DH - Alex

5KS - Martha

5CT - Poppy L

4RP - Nathan

4FG - Sophie

4RD - The whole class

3SB - Alfie

3SG - The whole class

3KD - The whole class

3NH - The whole class


A full calendar is available here

  • Monday 1 October - Ashlyns Virtual Open Evening starts
  • Monday 5 October to Friday 9 October - Harvest week
  • Monday 19 October - first flu jab session
  • Friday 23 October  - Staff inset  (pupils not in school)
  • Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October - half term
  • Wednesday 25 November - second flu jab session

Information sent out this week

This week we sent out these letters and emails; letters are also available here:

  • Nasal Flu consent form
  • Teams and RMUnify information
  • Letter from Mrs Cutler - 15 September 2020
  • Ashlyns Virtual Open Evening - Yr5 & Yr6 only
  • Symptoms of Covid 19 - can be found on this link

This week at St Peter’s

Things are starting to return to normal at St Peter's and we're delighted to have Fr Stuart with us. We need to collect data for NHS Test and Trace, so if you plan to come on Sunday morning, please could you book in advance by clicking the link on the website  https://www.stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

We're delighted to be hosting some concerts again! The first one on Wednesday 30 September at 7pm will be an English Song Recital given by Phill Brown. For more information and to book tickets please email brown_phillip@yahoo.com