Friday 23 April
Notices and Reminders
"Serve one another in love" Galatians 5.13
This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and the Year 6 Reflective Leaders, Father Stuart and 5DH. Our theme this week has been 'receiving as well as giving'. The reflective leaders performed a rap of the poem 'Jugs and Jars' which is a retelling of the Bible story about the widow who served by sharing all she had and was rewarded in an amazing way. This helped us to think about how relationships and friendships are made strong when we both give and receive from one another.
Father Stuart explained how it is good to serve and be served using the stories of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper and the story of the young boy how served Jesus by sharing the loaves and fish to help feed the crowd who came to hear Jesus. 5DH shared the story of 'Giving is better' to illustrate the words of Francis of Assisi: 'For it is in giving that we receive.'
This week we held our termly fire evacuation drill. The staff were very impressed with the maturity and behaviour of the pupils during the practice, with everyone leaving the building within two minutes.
A reminder that the booking window for our parent consultations evenings opened this week. The window to book an appointment for consultations on Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 April has now closed. Appointments can still be booked for Tuesday 4 and Thursday 6 May until 7pm on Thursday 29 April.
News from DFS
Dacorum Family Services (North & East) is offering support for families in the summer term who have been impacted by or who are struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic. During this term, they are offering targeted support covering a variety of topics. The next sessions focus on Routines and are being held on Monday 26 April at 6.30pm and Tuesday 27 April at 10am.Click here for further information.
After a problem with our school's YouTube Channel, we had to start again! We need to get back to 100+ subscribers to create a custom weblink (URL). If you followed us, can you give our new account a follow instead? If you didn't follow us, this is your chance - give our new account a follow! We were well over 100 subscribers: can we hit the target even more quickly this time?? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz2vcYHghOy9lFsTihZXe8w
Clean Air Day
Once again the school is supporting Clean Air Day on 17 June. According to modelling by the University of Manchester, and the charities Global Action Plan and the Philips Foundation, cutting air pollution levels by 20 per cent could improve the development of a child's working memory by six per cent - the equivalent of four weeks extra learning time per year.
Across a young person's entire time at school it could result in an improvement of more than a year. Therefore, in the interests of our children and the environment, if you are bringing or collecting your child to and from school by car, we would like to remind you not to leave the car engine idling while you are waiting for the children to enter or leave the school site.
Change to published lunch menu
On Monday 26 April, the vegetarian option will be cheese and tomato pizza wraps instead of the published vegetarian meatballs.
Banking update - Wrap around care
Childcare voucher and wisepay payments can now be made as usual for the sessions as the bank provider transfer is now complete. Bookings for summer 1 half term (up to 28 May) are now closed.
New parent/carer survey
Partners from across the Hertfordshire Mental Health system (led by the Public Health team at HCC) have worked together to develop a short survey for all parents/carers of children and young people living or being educated in Hertfordshire.
The survey is completely anonymous unless you choose to leave your email address at the end, and should take you around 10 minutes to complete.
Covid-19 has been a difficult time for many of us and mental health and well being information, we are supporting families across the county as effectively as possible - your answers to these questions will help us to do this.
The survey can be accessed via this link and will close on Monday 17 May.
Libraries welcome back families
As from Monday 12 April, families are now being able to visit most Hertfordshire libraries to choose their own books. We have been buying new titles throughout the year so there are lots of exciting new books to discover, as well as classic favourites. We have switched off our Ready Reads pre-ordering service and instead families can, if they wish, pick up Grab and Go packs of pre-selected picture or board books and packs for adults too. Children enjoy choosing their own books and they get to explore are huge range of quality titles that they would not find elsewhere. The great thing about the library is that they can try out new authors and genres and as they are borrowing books rather than buying them it does not matter if they decide they don't like a story, it can just be swapped for a new one on their next visit, all for free. While some smaller community libraries are not open quite yet, we are working towards a full service over the next few weeks for details and opening times visit our website.
Stars of the week
3KD - Charlotte - for sharing her ideas during class discussions and working really hard all week.
3NH - Fia- for a brilliant first week at Thomas Coram. She has settled really well and is a great addition to the class.
3SB - Isla and Louisa - for their brilliant, flowing paired performance of 'London Bridge is Falling Down' on the glockenspiel
3SG - Emily - for working very hard this week on poetry. She has particularly impressed Mrs Giles with how she concentrated on putting the correct number of syllables in her haiku and tanka.
4FG - Max C - for staying focused and producing a good standard of work.
4RD - James - for the fantastic effort he has been putting into his writing across the curriculum.
4RP - Niamh - for a super piece of work designing an Aztec God in History this week. She showed wonderful creativity and excellent focus.
5CT - Angharad - for her focus and hard work in all lessons this week.
5DH - Abbie - for being an excellent role model who promotes the core values of TC: respect, responsibility and friendship.
5JR - Emily- for a wonderful diary entry with excellent use of language.
5KS - Freya - for the extra effort she has been putting in at home to master fractions.
6RM - Lucas - for always challenging himself in Maths and he has been working hard on adding commas and clauses in his writing.
6SW - Benjy - for regularly contributing to class discussions.
6TS - Logan - for working sensibly and independently in English this week and for reciting a monologue to the class using performance techniques with confidence!
6WT - Sebastian- for a real improvement in his writing and his clever use of vocabulary has lent itself well to his WWII writing in English.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
William Dr, Ollie and Poppy, William B, Rory, Alfie G, Noah, Edward H, William DE, Lucas D, Zac C, Beatrice F, and Miss Beattie who all celebrated their birthdays this week.
A full calendar is available here
- Tues 27 April - Y3 & Y4 virtual parent consultations 4.00 - 6.00pm
- Thurs 29 April - Y5 & Y6 virtual parent consultations 4.00 - 6.00pm
- Tues 4 May - Y5 & Y6 virtual parent consultations 5.00- 7.30pm
- Thurs 6 May - Y3 & Y4 virtual parent consultations 5.00 - 7.30 pm
- Tuesday 4 May - Year 6 TLM online questionnaire
Information sent out this week
This week we sent out/are attaching these letters, emails and flyers; letters are also available here:
This week at St Peter's
Sunday club meets again this week in the St Catherine Chapel during the 9.30 service. Join Olivia and Tilly to hear the story of 'Jesus the Good Shepherd'. Choral Evensong is also back this week for the first time in a year at 6pm on Sunday. This is a traditional service of words and choral music lead by the choir. All our welcome.