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Newsletter 16

Friday 14 January 2022

Notices and Reminders

"Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" Joshua 1.9


This week our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and the Year 6 Reflective Leaders as well as Father Joe and 4KD. The stories of Esther and the Good Samaritan were used to illustrate how we need courage to help us do the right thing not the easy thing. 

Supporting your child with writing
Parents who are keen to support their child(ren) with writing may be interested in our English in Action workshop being held on Friday 21 January. Miss Williamson will explain and demonstrate how we teach the process of writing and how it is linked to reading. There are two sessions: 9am and 2pm - each session lasts 60 minutes. Contact the school office to book your place. 

Parenting in the 21st Century: Lessons in building post COVID resilience
Dr Kathy Weston will be delivering this talk on Monday 7 February at 7.30pm for parents of children at Thomas Coram, Victoria and Swing Gate schools. At the moment we are uncertain as to whether this will be a face-to-face or online event, but bookings are now open and you can reserve your place by clicking here. There is no charge for the event and we hope as many of you as possible will attend; Kathy is extremely knowledgeable and a very engaging speaker. She will undoubtedly have many useful insights into ways of supporting children's wellbeing and resilience in these difficult times.

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace. 

If the result of either their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. 

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Reporting absence
If your child is absent we need to know the reason why. This can be reported by telephone 01442 866757, option 1, email admin@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk or you can report it via the school app. If we haven't heard from you, we will text and email you via our Groupcall system. Failure to report an absence will result in your child having an unauthorised mark on their attendance record. 

Launch of Our Way Forward - Plan for children and young people 2021 - 2026
Hertfordshire County Councils Children's services is pleased to announce the publication of 'Our Way Forward - Plan for Children and Young People 2021-2026'. It sets out the ambitions to improve outcomes for children, young people and families within Hertfordshire to support them to get their lives back on track following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is supported by the Strategic Priorities, which will be updated annually, and will contribute to the achievement of the ambitions outlined within the plan. To view the Plan, Strategic Priorities and an animation of the ambitions click here.

Spring 2022 HfL Online safety newsletter
This terms online safety newsletter features a range of guidance, news, links and updates about online safety for all children and young people. The newsletter can be found here.

Free reliable online resources with Hertfordshire Libraries
Hertfordshire online reference library (www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/orlib) has a range of resources that library members (free to join) can use for free at home, or anywhere. Perfect for helping with homework, research, study or just for fun. All the resources are reliable and from trusted and established publishers. You can access Britannica Online, Credo Reference, Oxford English Dictionaries and archive newspapers among many things. If you would like to join the library please click here.

Herts County Council BeeZee Bodies
BeeZee Bodies next round of family programmes are due to start in February 2022, with both online and in person groups available. More information can be found here along with a new tasty recipe for you to enjoy.

Hertfordshire Music Service Survey
At Hertfordshire Music Service we understand how valuable feedback is, from you and your child(ren), so we can better understand your needs; ensuring we provide great musical opportunities. Please could you take 5-10 minutes to complete our feedback survey. The survey will be open until 15 January. 

Weekly Wellbeing 2022
Welcome to our first Weekly Wellbeing; a series of practical wellbeing tips
Putting yourself first
With the demands of everyday life, it can be easy to forget to look after your own wellbeing needs leading you to feel overwhelmed. Making time just for you, to unwind and recharge enables you to appreciate life's good moments and have the energy and patience to deal with more difficult times. Taking time for yourself is not selfish and can be something as simple as enjoying a coffee, soaking in the bath, listening to music or eating a favourite treat by yourself. Try to make time to put yourself first.. as with most things it gets easier with practice!

Stars of the week

3NH - Annabelle - for showing great enthusiasm and a lovely attitude to all aspects of school.  

3SB - Lucy & Jack - both of them have been working remotely and sending in amazing work. Mrs Brugiuer has loved reading  their English work particularly. 

3SG - Antonia - for being a pleasure to have in the class, she consistently puts effort into all subjects.

4AP - Maisie - for trying her best in all her lessons and having a positive start to the new term.

4KD - All of 4KD and Imogen L - 4KD for adapting so well to the changes in school and for a wonderful worship. Imogen for some amazing  work on decimals this week. 

4KS - All of 4KS - for having such a positive start to the term and showing enthusiasm for all aspects of their learning. 

4RD - Nova - for participating fully in all lessons and always working her hardest. Nova is a role model for the class. 

5DH - Eleanor, Kai & Poppy  - for their amazing descriptive writing.

5JR -  Patrick - for producing an emotive piece of writing to describe a scene.

6RM - William - for his excellent use of figurative  language and working hard in every lesson.  

6RT - Amelia - for her wonderful efforts in resilience and perseverance. She is also a kind and considerate member of the class who undertakes her Year 6 role diligently.

6SW - Lucas - for showing bravery in swimming lessons and really giving it a try.

6WT - Freya - for showing engagement in her learning, always listening carefully and contributing great ideas. 


A full calendar is available here       

  • Fri 21 Jan - English in Action writing workshop 9am and 2pm
  • Fri 21 Jan - FOTC film night for Y5 & Y6
  • Fri 28 Jan - FOTC film night Y4
  • Fri 4 Feb -  FOTC film night Y3

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.