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Friday 2 October 2020

Notices and Reminders

"Always be thankful".1 Thessalonians 5.16

This week our whole school worships have been led by Miss Williamson, Olivia and 5CT.  We have been reflecting on how it is important to be thankful even when we go through difficult times, and how music can help lift our spirits.

 World Mental Health Day

As a school, we are committed to supporting the emotional and mental wellbeing of our children. Next Friday (9 October) is World Mental Health Day and we are encouraging our children and staff to wear a yellow accessory (e.g socks, hair band,) to help raise awareness of mental health. Children should wear their school uniform/PE kit as usual.

 Secondary transfer application

There are four weeks left to apply for a secondary school place for September 2021. If    you have not already applied please go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions. The   deadline for applications is 31 October 2020. After this date your application is considered as late and this could affect your school choices.

 Wrap around care

 Bookings for wrap around care after half term will be opening shortly.

 Harvest

Friday 9 October is also our Harvest Celebration. Once again, we are supporting the local foodbank. Items can be brought to school on that day (and not beforehand please) and left by pupils in crates which will be situated at the pupil and pedestrian gates.

These are the items which have been requested. We have also be advised that the foodbank is currently running low on toiletries such as toothpaste, soap etc. Additional items required are:

Sponge Pudding
Custard
Tinned Ham/Corned Beef
Deodorant - Men and Women
Toothbrushes - Singles/pairs
Kitchen Towel
Cleaning Sprays
Dishwasher Tablets and Salt
Washing up Liquid
Cooking Utensils: Slotted Spoons; Spatulas; Fish Turner; Hand Whisk; Potato Masher; Kitchen Scissors
Men's new socks (sizes 6-9, 9-11 and 11-13
Women's new tights (sizes 8-20)
Please note: At the moment they have good supplies of Baked Beans, Cereal and Pasta

 School Games Recognition Award

Congratulations to the PE department led by Mrs Thomson and Miss Minter. Our school has been awarded the School Games Recognition Award for competitions completed during Autumn and Spring Terms 2019-2020. This week, all pupils in Years 4-6 will be bringing home their medal for their contribution to the Schools' Race for Life at the end of last term. We were delighted to have so many children involved, both in school and at home.

 Black History Month

As Black History Month begins, our children are learning about four figures who have had an impact on our world in different ways.

Year 3: Walter Tull (footballer)

Year 4: BB King (musician)

Year 5: Katherine Johnson (Mathematician and physicist)

Year 6: Paulette Wilson (Rights activist)

The children will be displaying their learning in the form of art work, poetry and even song lyrics.

 School Council

Our School Council reps are being taught how to sign using British Sign Language by Mrs Forbes. They, in turn, will be teaching their class how to sign. So far, they have been taught how to sign 'Hello, Good morning and Good afternoon.' 

 Wisepay

For parents wishing to access the Wisepay mobile app the organisation code is 9685599. Don't forget to check your child's balance and keep it topped up if necessary.

 SIMS Parent Lite

Please don't forget to have a look at SIMS parent lite to ensure the details we hold on your child(ren) are correct. Please see below for some instructions. We are aware that some parents are having issues with the system. If you experience problems please contact the school office. If you would prefer a paper copy please let the school office know.

 Nut free school

Please remember that we are a nut free school and no nuts of any description (including Nutella) should be brought into school including snack bars. A Nutella based snack was recently brought into school into a class with a pupil who has a severe nut allergy. Please make sure you check ingredients carefully.  Thank you for your help with this.

Stars of the week                                                                          

6RM - Fyena, Charlie, Aniya and Penelope - for excellent progress in Maths, rising to the challenge and working brilliantly independently.

6WT - Anton - for creating a wonderful diary entry with great vocabulary choices.

6TS - Leon - for working hard in class and being consistently kind and empathetic to all people in our school.

6SW - Brooke - for always being focused in lessons and sharing her amazing knowledge of mammals in Science.

5JR - Harry M - for focussing and working very hard, particularly in maths.

5DH - Evan - for an exemplary attitude to all school life.

5KS - Will - for persevering in Art this week even when he found it challenging. Well done!

5CT - Holly - for writing a fantastic sequel to the story the Wolves in the walls.

4RP - Oscar - for always being ready to learn and being a super learning partner.

4FG - Joe - for taking responsibility in improving his own work and carefully thinking about his presentation.

4RD - Emily - for the fantastic effort she has been making in Maths.

3SB - Tabitha - for her enthusiasm, smile and beautiful writing in all lessons.

3SG - Chloe S - for working hard on her handwriting and presentation and taking every opportunity to improve her work.

3KD - Marley - for fantastic effort with his story writing this week!

3NH - Ronnie - for working hard all week on his maths, and having the confidence to have a go independently on some really tricky problems!

Dates

A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 5 to Fri 9 October - Harvest week
  • Fri 9 October - World Mental Health Day - wear a yellow accessory
  • Tues 13 October - Yr3 & 5 Parent Consultation Evening 4.00-6.00pm
  • Thurs 15 October - Yr4 & 6 Parent Consultation Evening 4.00-6.00pm
  • Mon 19 October - first flu jab session
  • Tues 20 October - Yr4 & 6 Parent Consultation Evening 5.30-7.30pm
  • Thurs 22 October - Yr3 & 5 Parent Consultation Evening 5.30-7.30pm
  • Frid 23 October  - Staff inset  (pupils not in school)
  • Mon 26 to Fri 30 October - half term
  • Sat 31 October - Deadline for Secondary School application

Information sent out this week

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

This week at St Peter’s

Sunday school is back on at St Peter's on Sunday mornings during the 9.30am service for primary school aged children. Come and join Olivia and the team for stories and craft in the St Katherine chapel.

From Monday, the church will be open during the day from 9.15am - 5.00pm.