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Newsletter 17

Friday 27 January 2023

Notices and Reminders

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9


This week at Thomas Coram
It was so great to see so many families yesterday. The school's displays are looking fantastic and look so creative with all the children’s work. A huge thank you to all staff for putting in such a big effort with making the school look so great. I loved the opportunity to read to the children and I am hoping after last night, the children are inspired to read some of the stories they heard. I know having spoken to lots of families, it was a fantastic experience and one we hope to do again. I was asked could we do it every night! We were also fortunate to have Angela Freer come in to do workshops with some of the children and hold a whole school assembly. All of the children I spoke to were so enthusiastic and eager to read her book. It is great to have authors in school and for the children to be able to think creatively. A big thank you to Angela from all of TC for coming in and sharing her passion. 

On Monday, we looked at our value: perseverance. We spoke about Jeremiah and how difficult it can be to continue to spread good words when people are not listening to you. On Wednesday, Chloe led worship on  her experience in persevering to complete the Berkhamsted half Marathon. On Friday, 6WT led our worship thinking about perseverance and how to keep going. 

We are very keen for all our pupils to have regular, punctual attendance at school. This enables children to be in the best position to progress with their education and fulfil their potential. An average attendance of 80% or less, across a child's school career, adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school. Being late for school, also reduces learning time. If your child is 5 minutes late every day, they will miss three days of learning each year. Please see the below diagram of attendance in relation to lost hours, days and weeks. 

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Save the date
Bridgewater annual cross-country event, which is open to all our pupils, will be held on Saturday 11th March. More details to follow next month.

Kingswood Green Park - Y4
The next payment of £100 is due by the end of January and can be paid via Arbor. 

Current Y5 PGL Liddington - September 2023
Please confirm your child's place and pay the deposit (£80) by the end of January. 

Air up bottles  
A reminder that air up bottles are not allowed in school. Thank you.  

Just a general reminder, for snacks at break, the children should not be provided with sweets, crisps, chocolates and fizzy drinks. Please also ensure the items are nut free. 

Reminder – if you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s class teacher face to face or send an email to admin, you can also speak to one of the phase leaders Mrs Giles for Year 3 and 4 and Mrs Munro for Year 5 and 6, Miss Williamson can also be contacted if you have any concerns. 

School site  
Recent Ofsted inspections have focused heavily on safeguarding, if you need to come onto the school site, please do so via the school office (if it is not a drop off or pick up time) as we cannot have parents walking through the building unless they are accompanied by staff. Can I also please request, that when on school premises appropriate language is used and that you are courteous towards staff members.  

School strike 
You should have received a letter this afternoon regarding Strike Action. A link to it is below.  

A general reminder that the children should have their hair tied up in school, if their hair is past their shoulders.  

Road Safety  
A reminder to not block the car parking area outside of the school at drop off and pick up times. Please park in the marked bays so people can continue to use the road to get in and out. Please also drive with care as it has been reported there has been some fast vehicles travelling up and down Swing Gate Lane.  

Idling cars 
Remember to email the office if you would like to be part of our working party to help make the roads safer and reduce pollution! I will be collating the adults we have and emailing out a time to meet next week.  

NHS Hertfordshire Community Trust
The Children's well being practitioner support team offers support, guidance and webinars covering  anxiety and behavioural problems. More information about how to access and services can be found here

Game On
Please check out the letter from Game On below regarding half term clubs. 

DSPL courses - Anxiety and Attendance Course
Please find below the link to view/download the Spring 2023 Parenting Courses and Support Brochure for Dacorum: They have a free online course on 24 January for Anxiety and Attendance (6pm-7.30pm) and 15 March for helping your child manage anger (1.30 - 3.00pm). You can book a place by emailing jnethercoat@hobshillwood.herts.sch.uk

3SB - Wilf for the reliably, polite manner and the well-thought out answers he always gives. A delight to have in the class. 

3SG - Ben - for working hard all week in English and sharing his fantastic ideas in the Author workshop.  

3EW - Aaron for writing a fantastic free verse poem, using a variety of the different poetic devices we have learnt within the class. Well done!

4HS - Eliza - for trying hard in Maths this week.

4SW - Lucy for an outstanding piece of writing in English which was really thoughtful and captured the point of view of Bess. 
4AP - Rubyfor her great effort in Maths this week and showing a positive attitude towards learning. 

5DH - Leofor his fabulous contributions and effort in all lessons.

5KS - Amber for approaching her school day with enthusiasm and cheerfulness and a willingness to do her best work. 

5RG - Erica - for her perseverance in writing this week. Well done Erica!

5JR - Joseph - for his clear explanation of the methods used in Maths to solve problems and help his class mates. Well Done!

6WT - Patrick for his super contributions in lessons this week.

6RM - Freddie  for always working hard in lessons and being a good learning partner. 

A full calendar is available here   

Friday 27 January FOTC Film Night 3.25pm
Thursday 2 February Parent Forum/FOTC Meeting 7pm
Monday 6 - Friday 10 February

Feeling Good Week

Monday 6 February

Y4 Boxing Workshop

Tuesday 7 February

Y3 Yoga Workshop

Internet Safety Day

Wednesday 8 February

Y6 Bootcamp Workshop

Thursday 9 February

Y5 Dance Workshop

Friday 10 February

Y3 Trip to Tring Museum

FOTC Dress Down and Doughnuts!


Information attached this week

This weeks flyers/attachments/letters are below please click on for more information;

This week at St Peter's

Details of services at St Peter's can be found here.

To read the latest news from St Peter's click here.