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Newsletter 14

Friday 17 December 2021

Notices and Reminders

"Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.' Colossians 3:12

 

Worship
This week, we have come to the end of our value of Compassion. Our theme was 'God of the Unexpected.' In our whole school worship on Monday, the Reflective Leaders shared the part of the Christmas Story when the angels came to tell the shepherds of Jesus' birth. They used the poem, 'Angel's song' by Charles Causley. We reflected on how Jesus was not born into an important family but to an ordinary mother; he was not laid in a beautiful crib in a royal palace but in a feeding trough for animals; the announcement of his birth was not made to kings and world leaders but to poor shepherds on a dark hillside in the middle of the night. God sent His son into the world to offer love and compassion to ordinary everyday people in ordinary, everyday places. 

In our final whole school worship this week, this term's final House Points were announced. Congratulations to our pupils who have earned 11,775 house points this term. However, the winning House with 3,150 points was Mandela. Well done to all members of that house. 

Acts of Kindness
Well done to Seve (Year 4) and Darcy (Year 6) who have shown community spirit by carol singing, along with members of their village. On Wednesday night, they raised £298.00 for two charities: Dens and The Swan Youth Project in Berkhamsted.

Christmas in school
A reminder that Christmas lunch is on Monday 20 December. The children can wear a festive jumper and/or hat to school instead of their school jumper. They will be taking part in the festive dash in the morning before sitting down to lunch. In the afternoon, there will be entertainment kindly funded by the Friends of Thomas Coram.

As recently shared with parents and carers, our end of term service will now take place in school instead of St Peters. This is because we have two classes currently in 'bubbles' because of reaching the threshold of 5 confirmed COVID cases. By remaining at school, these classes will not feel left out. We shall be live streaming our service to these classes and will also share the link so children and families isolating at home can join us. 

Vacancy
We have a vacancy in our lovely School Office for an HR Administrator please click here for further details of the role and how to apply.

Holiday well being opportunities
Public Health Hertfordshire have put together some well being ideas for pupils for the holidays. They also have social media (@JustTalkHerts) on which they will be sharing practical tools and resources throughout the Christmas holidays. 

Wisepay
Please could we ask all parents and carers to check your child(ren)'s Wisepay balance before the start of the Spring term and top up as necessary. 

Lost Property
Unnamed lost property will be available to view and check at the end of Monday, just by the pupil gate. In addition to uniform, we have a collection of water bottles and tupperware pots. Please ensure that any uniform or items sent into school are named; it does make it easier to return items to the children. 

End of term
A reminder that term finishes at 1pm on Tuesday 21 December; children return on Thursday 6 January at the usual time (8.50am).

Delivering Special Provision Locally
Please find two communications from the DSPL one detailing free courses that are running in Spring Term 2022 and the other activities and camps that may be of interest.         

The Power of Pausing
We all need to press the pause button sometimes; even for those who love the Christmas season, if it often a time that can feel pressured and stressful. In addition to our usual busy lives with clubs for the children, work, school, homework and financial pressures, we are negotiating our way through and ever-changing Covid pandemic. 

How often do we say that we don't have time to stop? Yet if we do use our pause button, we can end up feeling exhausted, stressed and unable to fully enjoy the Christmas celebration. It is so important that we do remember to push the pause button and place time for some self-care at the top of our 'to do' lists. For children too, this is a 'full on' time of year with Christmas preparations and excitement added to the usual mix of school, clubs, friendships and more.           

If as parents and school staff, we show them how to use their own pause button, we will be equipping them for their future, enabling them to be much more resilient in coping with life's ups and downs. When we show that we use our own pause button and take care of our own mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing, not only will be cope with all the pressures of this season more effectively we will enable our children to do the same. 

Wishing you a Happy Christmas

Useful websites

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/five-steps-to-mental-wellbeing/

https://www.annafreud.org/

FOTC Update
Don't forget we have teamed up with the Hospice for a Festive Dash on Monday 20 December. Before we sit down to enjoy our scrumptious festive lunch we will dash round the school in our Christmas Jumpers. The suggested donation is £1 and all funds raised will be split between the Hospice and FOTC. You can make a donation on line (our preferred method) or bring a £1 in on Monday. 

COVID guidance
We hope that everyone has a restful break and the chance to relax and enjoy time with the family. The local authority has asked us to share the following information with our families:

As we head into the festive season, we'd like to say thank you for continuing to play your part in the fight against COVID-19 and helping to keep yourselves and others safe.

We are looking forward to spending time with friends and family this year, there are simple steps you can take to help make this festive period as safe as possible and reduce the risk of you and your family catching and spreading COVID-19:

Get vaccinated - Vaccination continues to offer the best protection for ourselves and others around us from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. You can also now get your booster three months after your second dose, to book this and any COVID-19 vaccinations, visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination. Young people aged 12 -17 yet to receive their COVID-19 vaccination(s) can find out more and book at: https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/vaccine-information-for-young-people

Test regularly - 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don't display symptoms. Regular rapid testing at home can help to prevent transmission. Find out all the ways to get home test kits (LFD tests) at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest. From 14 December, all adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of  someone with COVID-19 by NHS Test and Trace - whether Omicron or not - should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test everyday for 7 days instead of self-isolating.

Stay at home - If you have symptoms stay at home and book or order a PCR test online at: www.nhs.uk/get-tested. If you test positive you must self-isolate for the required period and not have people visit your home. There is support available to help people who need it to self isolate, call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044 or email info@hertshelp.net or visit www.hertshelp.net

Finally, please don't send children back to school in January if they have symptoms. Hertfordshire's childcare, nurseries, schools and colleges are working so hard to keep our communities safe and reduce disruption to children's learning and development so let's all work together to help them and each other.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe festive season.

Hertfordshire County Council

Stars of the week

3NH - Poppy, Ernie and Charlie - for stepping into brand new parts in the Christmas play at the very last minute and doing an excellent job. Learning their lines off by heart in just a few days and doing some beautiful solo singing. 

3SB - Christian, Alex Newm and Daisy - for the energy they continually gave as a band member. 

3SG - All of 3SG - for wonderful participation in the Christmas production. Their loud voices and singing were a joy to hear and watch. They have all successfully completed their first term at TC.

4AP - All of 4AP - for all their hard work and good humour over the past term. They have been a pleasure to teach. 

4KD - All of 4KD - for showing compassion to their new classmates. They have shown patience, kindness and perseverance. 

4KS - Alfie - for his sense of humour, enthusiasm and love of learning. 

4RD - All of 4RD - for being such a lovely class. 

5DH - All of 5DH - for an amazing first term in Year 5.

5JR -  All of 5JR including Mr McDermott- for being absolutely amazing this past week: for helping and supporting each other and upholding the TC values.

6RM - All of 6RM and Mrs Munro's maths class - for working so hard and being real pleasure to be with. 

6RT - Sofia - for a fabulous term - always helpful, hardworking and puts in 100% every day. 

6SW - Abbie - for great focus and hard work in Maths this half term.  

6WT - All of 6WT - for making Mrs Thomson, Mrs Gilchrist and Mrs Sharpin really proud with their efforts in their swimming lessons. 

Dates

A full calendar is available here       

  • Mon 20 Dec - Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper/hat day
  • Tues 21 Dec - End of term 1.00pm finish
  • Wed 5 Jan - Inset day no pupils in school
  • Thurs 6 Jan - Pupils return 
                                                                                             

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

Please click here for information on St Peter's church including service times.