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Newsletter 17

Friday 22 January

Notices and Reminders

'Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us.' Hebrews 12.1-2

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and Olivia. We have been reflecting on how we need to keep going when obstacles make tasks impossible and we want to give up. Mrs Cutler shared the painting 'The Flight into Egypt' by James Tissot to illustrate how Mary and Joseph persevered on their journey to Egypt to escape Herod and stay safe. We also listened to the story of a modern day refugee who fled Iraq to travel to Greece. Olivia shared the story of Nehemiah who faced the challenge of rebuilding Jerusalem but with the support of others, and strength and determination persevered in his task.

Remote Learning
Our children and staff continue to show perseverance with their remote learning, especially when there are problems with the technology. Year 3 children have been producing their own news reports about Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. They have been creative in their use of resources and extremely enjoyable for the staff to watch.

Online survey
Thank you to those parents and carers who responded to last week's survey. Mrs Cutler will be sending out a letter next week with responses to the comments.

Acts of Kindness 
It is lovely to hear how our pupils live out the values and vision of our school, especially during these difficult times. William B has raised just under £1300 to be share between Crisis, Cancer Research and the MS Society by cycling 33.4 miles on Boxing day with his father. He was inspired to fund raise after noticing a homeless person on Berkhamsted High Street just before Christmas. William's goal was to cycle 35 miles and raise £75 for each charity; not only has he smashed his goal but he kept fit at the same time. Well done William!

eSafety Talk for Parents - Wednesday 10 Febuary 7- 8.30pm
Please save the date of this joint event for parents of children at Victoria, Thomas Coram and Swing Gate Schools. This essential eSafety session will help parents understand the latest trends and associated issues surrounding primary age online activity, tell them how to spot potential problems, reduce risk, and offer some helpful pointers for keeping your child as safe as possible when using electronic devices. The presenter, Richard Maskrey, has over 20 years experience as a teacher, school leader and Hertfordshire county lead for eSafety. He now runs an education consultancy specialising in online safety. Having presented eSafety advice on ITV's Good Morning Britain and having two school aged children of his own, he is well-placed to offer good advice on this important subject. It will be a live event on MS Teams and the link for you to join will be sent out via Groupcall in the 24 hours before the event.

Stars of the week


3KD - Zac - for putting effort into every piece of home learning.

3NH - Rosie - for keeping up a high standard of work with her home learning, just as she would with her work at school.

3SB - Evie & Mila - for the fabulous recordings of their news broadcasts.

3SG - Xander - for his excellent attitude to learning. He is putting a great deal of effort into his work.

4FG - Josh & Gregory - for fantastic effort in all their work (especially Gregory's English - he has become a writer overnight!)

4RD - Ruby - for the fantastic effort she has been putting into all her home learning, which is always beautifully presented.

4RP - William - for completing some really fantastic pieces of work this week, across all subjects.

5CT - Max - for producing excellent pieces of work in all his subjects. Both class teachers and staff at school are impressed with his positive attitude and dedicated approach to work.

5DH - Evan- for fabulous effort in English to produce a biography.

5JR - Luca- for producing a wonderful piece of writing based on the day of a Mayfly.

5KS - Izzy- for working hard and striving to achieve her best.

6RM - All of 6RM (and their families) - (for providing great support) for another week of working hard online and super engagement with their learning.

6SW - Bea - for creating some amazing artwork this week and really focusing on including Year 6 skills in her English work.

6TS - Edward- for taking time to carefully type in all his assignments, participating in registration sessions, checking work thoroughly and completing online learning to a very high standard.

6WT - Amelie- for a wonderful attitude to learning, Amelie has not let her standards slip.


Charlie - for being really engaged and resilient this week, producing some fabulous writing and challenging himself.

Joseph C - for working well independently and always trying his best.

Niamh - for her engagement with learning, particularly Science.

Charlotte -  for her fabulous, independent English writing  on the Three Little Pigs.


to Brooke, Keiran, Lainey, Niamh, Laci, Emily W, William Ro, Mr Jopp and Mr Steenvoorden who all celebrated their birthday during the past week.


A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 8- Fri 12 Feb Feeling Good Week
  • Wed 10 Feb Internet Safety Day
  • Wed 10 Feb (pm) - Esafety talk for parents by Richard Maskrey (on MS Teams)

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

Sunday club will be meeting again via Zoom at 11am on Sunday morning. If you would like to join Olivia for some stories and craft  please email churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk for the link.