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Newsletter 11

Friday 25 November 2022

Notices and Reminders

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

This week at Thomas Coram
We started the week off in high spirits with the first England World Cup match on Monday. A large proportion of the school opted to watch the first game and it was lovely to see the whole community uniting in the hall altogether. For those who weren’t that interested in football (myself included) they stayed in their classrooms and completed different learning activities, I was fortunate enough to do some PE lessons with the Year 3’s and was unfortunately beaten by some very quick cup stackers. Yet again the children have been working hard this week and have completed a variety of different activities throughout the week. Year 3, have been focusing hard on their nativity and I am very excited for everyone to see it. Year 4 had a fantastic choir rehearsal with beautiful singing. Year 5, in DT have been looking at creating moving toys and Year 6 have been focusing on their non-chronological reports.                   

On Monday, we weren’t able to hold our whole school worship, but the children continued to look at trust in Father Joe’s worship on Wednesday. 5RG looked at Trust during their class worship today and about how we can have more trust in one another. 

As a school, we would like to reduce the air pollution created during drop off and pick ups, this is something we will be exploring this year and I will be discussing with the parent reps. One suggestion we have for the time being is, when parked outside the school, awaiting drop off or collection times, could you please turn off your engines. This will not only save the environment but will also save petrol, as your engine won’t be running unduly.  

RE Day  
On Tuesday 6th December, TC will be having a special RE day to celebrate the birth of Jesus and Christmas, the children will be completing different projects throughout the day, which we would like to invite you in to see at 2:50pm that afternoon. We will open the classrooms and you can then come in to see your child’s work. Dismissal will be the same and you will need to wait outside the classrooms for your child to be dismissed at 3:25pm. If you have children in more than one class, you will be able to go to each of the classes during that time. We think it will be a great opportunity to demonstrate our work and start to invite parents in. I hope to see as many as you as possible and will give more information closer to the time.  

Book Donations and Wish List 
Thank you to those parents who have donated books.  If you have any of the books form the Year 3 –6  recommended reading list, that you would be happy to donate to the school, please send them to the office.  

We are also going to be creating a wish list of new books for anyone who would like to buy a book for the library or reading corners in the classrooms. 

Rotary Boxes
Thomas Coram is participating in Berkhamsted Rotary Clubs Shoebox appeal and many of our children have already taken a box home to fill. There are four types of content for filling shoeboxes. Please make sure your filled box is returned to Thomas Coram by Wednesday 7 December. Thank you. 

Child/Toys for young children - Cars, trucks, etc, balls, complete jigsaws, action figures, colouring books, pens, crayons, lego blocks, yo-yo, bubble blowers, wooden and plastic toys, building blocks, pencil case, pencil sharpener, dominoes, modelling clay, plasticine & cutters, fluffy toys, dolls, stickers, writing pads, skipping rope, scarf, mittens / gloves, hat, harmonica, games, cards.
Baby age upto 12 months/new mothersThis is given to new mothers and can include baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby oil, talc powder, bonnet, bootees and mitts, baby grow, knitted matinee coat, small soft toy or plastic  rattle etc…
Teenager for young people upto the age of 18 - Sportswear, scarf, gloves, socks, hat, football memorabilia, writing materials, games, playing cards, tennis ball, tooth brush & paste, roll-on deodorants, comb, mirror, costume jewellery, make-up, hair brush, toiletries, school stationery, clothing repair kits, sketch pad, coloured pens / pencils…
Household for older folk and families - Scarves, gloves, hats, wrapped soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, disposable razors, shampoo, soap flakes, pan scourers, antiseptic cream, bandages, face or body creams, cosmetics, pens, writing pad & envelopes, T lights, candles, sewing kit, scissors…

What not to include - Please do not include in boxes the following: Food, sweets, chocolate & drinks, battery operated toys, conflict related items, matches, inflammable liquids, inflammable aerosols (e.g.: deodorants & hair spray), seeds or any other living material, automatic washing machine powders

For safety – Please securely sellotape tops of liquid containers. Protect anything sharp and do not put anything sharp into the Toys box.

Dinner money
Please make sure that you keep your child's dinner account in credit. The school cannot afford to carry debts.

Miss Minters Clubs
Miss  Minter is running the following clubs for the first half of next term. All clubs need to be booked via Arbor. It is a first come first serve basis. Bookings will open on Monday 28 November at 7.00pm. 

Dates and Day Club Year Group
Monday 9 January to Monday 6 February inclusive Multisports Years 3 - 6
Tuesday 10 January to Tuesday 7 February inclusive Gymnastics Years 3 - 6
Wednesday 11 January to Wednesday 8 January inclusive Dodgeball Years 4 - 6 

Captains Club - Spring Term
Bookings for Captains Club for the whole of the Spring Term will open on Thursday 1 December at 2.00pm (so office staff are available for support). Please note no current sessions are full.   

Just a reminder of how important attendance is for all children. We appreciate there will be times when children are unwell and need to remain off school, but please do try to ensure that children are coming in as much as possible.  

Friends of Thomas Coram
There is still time to sign up for our upcoming Christmas Events and don't forget to buy your raffle tickets here. We are also selling our wonderful FOTC Honey which will make a lovely stocking filler and don't forget to link your Amazon account to the FOTC. Free money from Amazon - just for doing your shopping! 

We have some exciting vacancies on Teach in Herts. If you know anyone that may be interested, please let them know.

Junior Admissions
Junior Admissions are now open and you can apply for your child(ren) to join Thomas Coram in Year 3 from September 2023. You will need to apply via Herts County Council Junior Admissions. You will also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form which can be found on the website or here

Stars of the week - 

3SB - Zainab and Alia - for working so hard with Mrs Bruguier whilst the football was on. 

3SG - Chloe - for always demonstrating the TC core values, persevering with challenging tasks and putting 100% effort into all that she does. 

3EW - Ryder - for his enthusiasm for learning and asking really thoughtful questions, especially in Science this week when he was a rock expert!

4HS - James  - for being kind, well-mannered, and producing outstanding work. 

4SW - Lucy - for always being kind, supportive and a good role model for others. 
4AP - Alex Newm - for  being a fabulous support to his classmates in computing this week. Thank you for being such a good helper.

5DH - Esme - for her contributions in our maths lessons this week.

5KS - Phoebe - for showing confidence and perseverance when tackling long and short term multiplication problems.

5RG - Lottie - for settling really well into 5RG and our school. It has been lovely to see her seamlessly adapt to becoming a new member of 5RG.

5JR - Launa - for the great effort she has put into all her lessons, well done and keep it up.  

6WT - Sophie - for exceptional effort in her homework about the Tudors. 

6RM - Niamh - for her excellent discussion text about whether Henry VIII should have closed the monasteries down.  

A full calendar is available here                   

  • Wed 30 Nov - Catch up flu vaccination session
  • Tues 6 Dec - RE Day parents invited in at 2:50pm
  • Thurs 8 Dec - Parent Forum meeting
  • Fri 9 Dec - FOTC dress down
  • Tues 13 Dec - Y3 Christmas Production 1.30pm
  • Wed 14 Dec - Y3 Christmas Production 6.30pm
  • Thurs 15 Dec - FOTC Christmas Parties
  • Fri 16 Dec - FOTC Christmas Parties
  • Fri 16 Dec - Whole School Panto 
  • Tues 20 Dec - Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper Day
  • Wed 21 Dec - End of term Christmas Service at St Peter's 10.30am
  • Wed 21 Dec - Last day of term 1.00pm finish

Information attached this week

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This week at St Peter's

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