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Newsletter 18

Friday 29 January

Notices and Reminders

'Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us.' Hebrews 12.1-2

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and Father Stuart. We have been reflecting on how we need to persevere and do the right thing, even when we might find it hard to speak up for what is right or when someone might try to stop us from doing the right thing.

Mrs Cutler shared the story of Jeremiah, whose job was to pass on God's message to God's people, who weren't interested in what he had to say. It would have been much easier for Jeremiah to keep quiet and have an easy life but he knew that he had to speak out God's message to the king to give him a chance to change his ways.

Father Stuart used the parable of the shepherd and the lost sheep to show how it is important to persevere even when something is challenging. If we persevere now, new opportunities and experiences will be opened up to us.

Remote Learning
We understand that whilst we are closed, life at home can be tricky at times. Please try to prioritise both your and your child's well being and contact us if your child is struggling at home, especially with the Prime Minister's announcement that it will not be possible to resume face-to face learning immediately after the February half-term.

In school Provision during half term
The DfE announced this week that schools are not expected to open for critical workers' or vulnerable children during half term. We will, therefore, be closed for all pupils during the week 15 - 19 February.

Online Survey
As part of our Remote Learning offer, we made a commitment to regularly seek parent/carer views during the lockdown; we are going to do this once a fortnight. To complete this fortnight's survey, follow this link: Online survey. 

Changes in circumstances
If your circumstances have changed and you think your child may qualify for Free School Meals please click here for further details and how to apply.

A reminder that an essential eSafety session to help parents understand the latest trends and associated issues surrounding primary age online activity, including how to spot potential problems, reduce risk, and offer some helpful pointers for keeping your child as safe as possible when using electronic devices is being held on Wednesday 10 February.

Link for termly newsletter: eSafety newsletter

Routines and Boundaries
Lisa McGovern from Dacorum Family Services is running a virtual meeting on Routines and Boundaries please click here for further information and how to book your place.

Emergency Closure
As a school we use Groupcall to contact parents and carers using text messaging and/or email. There are some situations when we might not be able to use Groupcall to contact you. If the school is unable to open, as happened with the snow fall last Monday making Swing Gate Lane difficult to drive up, we will attempt to alert you via Groupcall as well as using social media and will put the information on our school website as soon as possible. Hertfordshire County Council has its own School Closure Notification System (Everbridge), which once registered will inform you via SMS (text) and/or email of any closure. Use this link to register:


Free learning resources from Hertfordshire Libraries
Knowing where to find free and reliable information resources is an important part of education. The library offers a gateway to such resources and Hertfordshire Libraries can help! Our Reference Library Online has a range of resources that library members (it's free to join) can use for free at home, or anywhere. All the resources are reliable and from trusted and established publishers. These are just some of the online resources we think you may find useful:

  • Britannica online - the online version of the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica - junior level.
  • Credo Reference - this is like having your own reference library and includes 66 titles from DK Eyewitness collection.
  • Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Dictionaries Pro.
  • Archive newspapers.

Anyone can join for free at https://herts.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/JOIN

Help and support
Please see two downloads here and here which you may find helpful for your families emotional and mental wellbeing.


Stars of the week


3KD - Erica - for continuing to work hard in all her home learning, Erica has shown great perseverance in her learning.

3NH - Christabel - for going above and beyond expectations in her work with long division this week.

3SB - Ava, Lois and Isaac - for their immaculate presentation and care in every task.

3SG - Matilda - for showing commitment and effort to the quality of her work while at home

4FG - Penny and Max - Penny for amazing effort with her Maths this week - creating two videos and explaining and comparing 2D shapes and their properties. Max for his fantastic effort in all his remote learning.

4RD - Holly - for her spectacular Maths work this week.

4RP - Stanley - for the effort he's been putting into writing an original myth in English this week.

5CT - Connie - for the fantastic effort she is putting into all her work and the impressive pieces of work she is producing.

5DH - Freya and William- for their great science work this week.

5JR - David- for his fantastic effort across all subjects.

5KS - Alfie- for his great work in Maths this week.

6RM - Poppy and Rose - for contributing great ideas, challenging themselves to improve by responding to feedback and always working hard.

6SW - Jack - for putting in lots of effort with his home learning and some really imaginative answers in guided reading.

6TS - Ellie- for regularly attending class sessions, always trying her best and contributing in morning and afternoon registration.

6WT - Dan and Caitlin - for attending every class session possible. Their work shows they are putting in a huge amount of effort and consequently, they have made great progress.


Reece - for working very hard at home and in the critical keyworker bubble. He always challenges himself to complete work to a high standard and to quickly respond to teacher feedback.

Dylan B - for some amazing writing in RE this week - he worked really hard.

Sophie - for being extremely helpful to both staff and her peers.

Elsa -  for her perseverance with some tricky  maths this week!


to Frenki, Drew and Mrs Bruguier who all celebrated their birthdays during the past week.


A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 8- Fri 12 Feb Feeling Good Week
  • Wed 10 Feb Internet Safety Day
  • Wed 10 Feb (pm) - Esafety talk for parents by Richard Maskrey (on MS Teams)

Information sent out this week

This week we sent out/are attaching these letters, emails and flyers; letters are also available here:

  •  Remote learning survey feedback
  • Letter from Mrs Cutler

This week at St Peter's

Sunday club will be meeting again via Zoom at 11am on Sunday morning. Children will need paper and coloured pencils or pens. Please email the church office churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk for the link.