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Newsletter 11                        Friday 27 November

Notices and Reminders

 '"My God is my strength in whom I trust" Psalm 18.2

This week we have been reflecting on knowing that Jesus is with us in stormy times. Our whole school worships have been led by 3SG and 4FG, using the Bible story of the storm on the lake. On Wednesday Fr Stuart used his love of walking to help the children understand how God's trust can be compared to a thick pair of woolly socks (letting us know that Jesus is there to comfort us), a GPS (God is there to give us guidance) and a bivvy jacket (God is there to offer us shelter).

RE Day
On Thursday, the school held an RE day based on the theme of religious buildings and religious leaders. Each year group studied a different religion: Year 3 Judaism; Year 4 Islam; Year 5 Sikhism and Year 6 Buddhism. Each year group took a virtual tour around their respective religious building and found out what is significant about the building, important features, how they use prayer or meditate, how they worship and their rules. In addition, they found about a day in the life of the religious leader. A comparison was made with Christianity.  Thank you to Mrs Griffiths for organising the day's activities.

Welcome Back
With the lifting of national restrictions, we are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Parker and Mrs Porter back into school next Wednesday. We'd like to thank Miss Beattie and Mrs Palmer for supporting the children in 4RP with their learning over the past few weeks.

Christmas Cards
We have received several enquiries as to whether the children will be able to bring in Christmas cards this year. Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions in place, we have decided that this year, our Christmas Post Box will not be in action.

Friday 4 December
This is a key date for several Friends of Thomas Coram events. The draw for the Christmas Hampers takes place at 12 noon on that day; thank you to all parents and carers for their generous donations. There was a fantastic response from the children for the Thomas Coram cookery book; this is available to buy through the FOTC until Friday 4 December. Finally, on that day (Friday 4 December), the children will be able to wear their own clothes to school for our termly non uniform day in exchange of a £1 contribution to the FOTC. Check out the FOTC updates section at the bottom of the Friends page on the school website for the latest news about this term's events.

Increased ventilation
With the increased ventilation that we have put in place, we are conscious that the school buildings are cooler than usual at the moment. Whilst the wearing of school uniform/PE kit is still a requirement, children may wear additional layers under their school uniform if they wish to.

Dacorum Heritage Trust
The Dacorum Heritage Trust are holding a young curators take over day on Sunday 10 January 2021 between 11 and 3 at Open Door, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted. If you are over 8 and would like the chance to be 'curator for the day' working with museum staff to curate a real exhibition, handle museum objects and learn all about working in museums. To book a place please email acm@dacorumheritage.org.uk. The event will take place with covid secure measures in place.

Mental Health and well being
Hertfordshire NHS have put together some information to help children and young people deal look after their mental health and well being during coronavirus. Please click
here for further information.

Recorder lessons
We still have some spaces available for Recorder lessons. Please visit http://www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/ to find out more.

If your child is going to be absent for any reason (other than illness) then a Leave of Absence form should be completed and sent into school either via your child or through email to admin@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk. We appreciate that some appointments will be last minute and it may not always be possible to submit a form before the appointment. If this is the case then please submit one retrospectively. Thank you. 

Wrap Around Care - Spring 2021 (Jan & Feb 2021)
Current users booking window will open on Thursday 3 December at 7.00pm in Wisepay. The booking window will be opened to all pupils from Monday 7 December 2020.

Berkhamsted Advent Windows
Berkhamsted Advent Windows is a community project to bring extra happiness to the town this December. Each evening from 1-24 December, two Berkhamsted residents unveil a festive themed window which is then lit up every subsequent night until 5 January. Lights go on in the windows from 6.00 - 10.00pm. By Christmas Day, 48 windows are revealed, creating a wonderful festive wonderland. Please enjoy the map digitally or print at home. Physical maps will be available from Woods in the town soon. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on facebook soon. https://www.facebook.com/groups/berkhamstedadventwindows



Stars of the week                                                                                 


6RM - William D - for showing great resilience in Maths to make progress and challenging himself to tackle areas he finds tricky.

6WT - Sebastian - for outstanding contributions in all lessons and his positive nature and attitude towards all tasks.

6SW - Ollie  - for always being a kind and helpful member of 6SW.

6TSAlex - for asking intelligent and careful questions, as well as answering questions in a comprehensive and through manner.

5CTAnna - for her high standard of work, particularly in English, with excellent participation in lessons.

5JR - Kieran - for showing great focus and determination in every lesson.

5DHEden - for showing increasing confidence in whole class activities and outstanding work in this week's Science lesson.

5KSMaya - for working so hard in Maths this week and challenging herself to solve harder problems in addition and subtraction.

4RPJarvis - for ALWAYS having an excellent attitude to learning.

4RD - All of 4RD - for the fantastic way they worked collaboratively on designing  and building their mosques on RE day.  

4FGJack - for really engaging in his learning for the last two weeks, contributing  to class discussions and working really hard on achieving his writing targets.

3SBTommy - for his increased independence with his work.

3KD - Alfie - for making more contributions to class discussions and using some good vocabulary in his writing.

3SGAll of 3SG - Mrs Giles is very proud of 3SG this week, they all wanted to be involved in the class worship whether it was acting or speaking. Every single member of the class participated  and it was great to see them working as a team. Well done.

3NH - Ruby - for being an excellent role mode for the rest of her class.



A full calendar is available here

  • Fri 4 Dec - Non uniform day £1 donation
  • Thurs 17 Dec - Christmas Dinner
  • Fri 18 Dec - End of term 1.00pm finish

Information sent out this week

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

  • Winter Food Fund 
  • FOTC November update

Remember, if you child exhibits COVID-symptoms and you book a test, do let us know over the weekend (and of the test result, when you receive it) by emailing covid@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk

This week at St Peter’s

Sunday club will have a zoom session at 11am on Sunday morning. If you would like to join please email the church office for the meeting code. churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk

Wait and Hope; online advent retreat for families
Saturday 5 December 10.30-2.30 - join families from around the St Albans Diocese for stories, activities and more to help reflect on the themes of advent: What are you waiting for, in your life and the world? How do we hold onto hope when things are tough? How does Jesus being born give us hope? Get more information and your free ticket here