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Newsletter 13                        Friday 11 December

Notices and Reminders

 '"No one who gossips can be trusted with a secret, but you can put confidence in someone who is trustworthy." Proverbs 11:13

This week we have been continuing to reflect on the value of Trust, with our theme 'Being trustworthy, not gossiping.' Our whole school worship on Monday was led by Mrs Cutler and the Year 6 Reflective leaders, who performed a role play which made us think about how we can be trustworthy friends.

On Wednesday, Olivia led our worship from a Year 6 classroom and challenged a pupil to get some squeezed toothpaste back into its tube. This was a useful reminder that once unkind works are out of our mouths, we can't put them back in. 3SB concluded the week with their class worship. They reminded us that like Chinese whispers, passing on gossip can become distorted and hurt other people. However, important information, like how to stay safe, is acceptable to pass onto others.

This Friday, all the children participated in a Santa Dash (daily mile) around the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and Upper Key Stage 2 playground as part the School Games National Santa dash.

Platinum Awards
Congratulations to Aksel, Kai and Poppy W who are the first to gain their Platinum Head Teacher Award by earning 50 house points. Next week, the winners of the House Cup for this term will be announced.

End of term arrangements
Mrs Cutler sent out a letter this week with the end of term arrangements; unfortunately, this term parents and carers are not able to view lost property. However, with the measures that are currently in place, including coming into school in PE kit, there has been a noticeable reduction in the amount lost. If any named uniform is found on site, it will be returned to your child(ren).  

Healthy Start Vouchers
Are you pregnant? Do you have a child under 4?Did you know you could be missing out on free fruit and vegetables or milk? worth up to £200 per year?

If you are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4 years old, and are in receipt of certain benefits, you could be entitled to healthy start vouchers worth £3.10 per child per week (£4.25 a week from April 2021), to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetable and instant formula milk. You can also use them to buy certain tinned pulses and canned fruit and vegetables. If you are entitled to healthy start vouchers you will also get free vitamins designed to help pregnant and breast feeding women and growing children. Pregnant women and every child over one and under four years old can get one voucher every week. Children under one year old can get £6.20 per week. Some supermarkets are also reducing the cost of shopping by an extra £1 for those redeeming the healthy start vouchers.

Check out your eligibility on www.gov.uk/healthy-start. You can also use the benefit checker on the County Councils website, and access free information about benefits that you might be missing out on. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/benefits

Hands, Face, Space
With one week to go please can we ask all parents to continue wearing a face mask at drop off and pick up, to leave the area promptly when your child goes in/comes out of school and to maintain social distance at all times. We would also ask that you wear your mask until well away from the school premises.

Key found
A key was found on Velvet Lawn earlier this week. Please contact the office if you think it could belong to you.

Safer schools news letter
Please click here for the latest safer schools newsletter from Hertfordshire constabulary.

Dacorum online parenting courses 2021
Please click here for the latest parent/carer communication from Dacorum DSPL - the Dacorum online parenting brochure for the Spring 2021 term.  It is also available on the DSPL website http://www.dacorumdspl.org.uk/courses-for-parents-carers-and-professionals/


Stars of the week                                                                                 

6RM - Bethany - for working hard every day and writing a great non chronological report about Trinidad.

6WTEmmie - for a super drawing of Mrs Pratchett, using the description in the text perfectly.

6SW - Brooke - for always being polite, kind and trying her best in all lessons.

6TSAll of 6TS - for being a kind, supportive and wonderful group of children and for always being an absolute pleasure to teach!

5CTOrla - for the kind and helpful attitude shown to peers in her class and for great improvement in the speed and quality of her work.

5JRLucas - for producing an amazing piece of artwork, paying attention to detail.

5DHDolly - for her constantly helpful attitude and excellent effort in Maths this week.

5KSEliza- for her high level of interest and participation in all class activities.

4RPCody - for some really fantastic work with his reading this week.

4RD - Kai- for the fantastic high quality artwork he has been producing all week.

4FGEleanor - for her fantastic effort in her reading and maths quizzes this week and for always being ready to learn.

3SBTabitha - for the amazing effort in her assessments. Concentrating and doing things thoroughly and following advice has paid off.

3KDNova - for always doing her best and being a kind member of 3KD.

3SGScarlett -  for working hard in all her lessons and being a kind and thoughtful member of 3SG.

3NHTed - for always being a wonderful role model for the rest of the class.



A full calendar is available here

  • Thurs 17 Dec - Christmas Dinner & Christmas jumper day!
  • Fri 18 Dec - End of term early finish bubble times
    • Y3 1.00pm
    • Y4 1.05pm
    • Y5 1.10pm
    • Y6 1.15pm

Information sent out this week

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

  • Bikeability March 2020 - Y5 only
  • End of term arrangements

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

We look forward to welcoming you to St Peter's this Christmas. Information on how to book for our service is on the website www.stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk. Spaces are limited and must be booked ahead on the website. The Nine Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Morning services will also be streamed on the website and on our Facebook page so you can watch and sing along at home.