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Newsletter 29

Friday 7 May

Notices and Reminders

"I did not come to be served, but to serve." Matthew 20.28

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Father Stuart and 5CT. Our theme this week has been 'looking at the heart'. As a school we have been reflecting that no matter what we look like it is inside us that matters, that like the proverb, we should not judge a book by its cover. None of us are too young or too old, too tall or too small to serve others in different ways, especially those who are feeling 'down hearted'. We heard the story of Queen Esther, who served by putting the needs of others before herself.

Parent Consultations
Thank you to all parents and carers who booked appointments to discuss their child's progress and next steps. The final opportunity to meet with class teachers will be in July once the annual reports have been sent home.

The Big Ask Survey
The Big Ask is the biggest survey of children in England and was launched last week by the children's commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza. It aims to gather children's views and experiences on important issues and will be used to inform recommendations to government and proposals to policy changes which affect them and their futures. Every single pupil's voice is important and it only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 28 May. Click here for the survey.

CREATE - Covid response programme
The family support worker team for this area has announced the next set of dates and sessions for the CREATE-Covid Response programme. These sessions will be running after half term (there are still 3 remaining weeks this term covering Sleep, Worries and Encouraging Positivity).

Parents can book on to a relevant zoom sessions for tips, strategies and tools. There are also a limited number of one to one sessions available with the Pupil Support and SEND Specialist workers following attendance at the zoom session if required. The zoom sessions are limited to 10 families per session and families can have cameras off and us the "chat" function if they prefer. Click here for further details.

Message from the office
We know that mornings can be busy with the rush to get to school. Please ensure that any equipment including water bottles and musical instruments come to school with the children. It can be disruptive to the children's learning when lessons are interrupted to pass on equipment which has been left behind.

Consideration for others
This morning, there was an incident when a car entered the coned area where pupils assemble before coming into school.  It was being driven too fast and narrowly missed a pupil.  Please can we remind all parents and carers that the coned off area must not be entered at drop off and collection times for the safety of everyone.

Unfortunately, a small minority of parents and carers are still parking without any thought for our local residents. Please can we remind parents and carers that parking on the kerb of the island which borders the turning circle outside of school and even on the yellow zigzag lines outside the main entrance is both dangerous and illegal.

This parking can post a safety risk to pupils and parents that do walk and cycle to school, as well as to other road users. Parking on the verges along the top half of Swing Gate Lane leading to Bottom Farm also prevents access for emergency vehicles should it be needed, let alone blocking access for the residents who live there.

Growing into Reading with Hertfordshire libraries
Hertfordshire Libraries are excited to launch their new initiative, 'Growing into Reading' to promote reading for pleasure and to encourage primary school aged children and families back into the habit of regularly visiting their local library.

From Thursday 13 May, children visiting the library will be gifted a FREE giant bookmark and a wildflower seed bomb (while stocks last). Each time the child returns to the library they can have their bookmark stamped.

With its environmental theme, 'Growing into Reading' is the perfect lead into this years Summer Reading Challenge 'Wild World Heroes'.

For further information please visit Hertfordshire Libraries.



Stars of the week


3KD - Riley - for kindly sharing some of the stories he has written with 3KD. The children loved hearing them!

3NH - Harry - for his improved attitude to work and really trying his best to succeed.

3SB - Millie - for her interest and enthusiasm in Maths.

3SG - All of 3SG - this week, every member of 3SG has worked in the multiplication lessons; they have all taken opportunities to challenge themselves.

4FG - Ava - for her excellent behaviour and working hard on all tasks. She has risen to the challenge of meeting her personal target spectacularly. 

4RD - Harrison - for his excellent work on the digestive system in Science.

4RP - Lucy - for always being a lively, bubbly and hard working member of the class.

5CT - Quinn - for great improvement in his focus in lessons. 

5DH - Freya - for thoughtful and sensitive contribution in English, RE and for also for giving considered argument in the class Athenian debate.

5JR - Isaac -  for the way in which he has settled into 5JR, contributing to discussions and working with others.

5KS - All of 5KS - for showing great enthusiasm and perseverance when summarising the story of MacBeth.

6RM - James - James is a good friend, works hard in every lesson and is always ready with a smile.

6SW - Alfred - for being incredibly engaged in all lessons this week. He has shared great ideas with the class in English.

6TS - Phoebe - for working hard in all subjects and showing a good attitude to learning and making improvements in her work.

6WT - Dan for showing perseverance in swimming lessons and making great progress as a result of this.



William N, Joe A, Henry W, Chloe G, Mrs Parker, Ms Rennie, Miss Williamson and Ms Davies who all celebrated their birthday this week.



A full calendar is available here

  • Wed 19 May - TLM Y6 only
  • Mon 31 May - Friday 4 June - Half term

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

Olivia and Katy are leading Sunday club this week. They'll be finding out more about the commandment to 'love one another as I have loved you'. All welcome to join them at 9.30am in the St Catherine chapel.

A Pentecost prayer vigil will be held over the weekend of 22 and 23 May. The doors of the church will be open from 9am on Saturday to 9am on Sunday. If you are walking past please drop in for a few minutes of stillness and peace.