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Newsletter 19

Friday 5 February

Notices and Reminders

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philippians (4.13)

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and Father Joe. We have been reflecting on how we sometimes need perseverance and courage to meet a personal challenge.

Earlier this term, we thought about how life can be a bit like a race. This week, we have described it as a journey. A journey can sometimes take longer than a race but it can be just as challenging. Sometimes the route can be easy, the weather is fine and sunny, there are lovely views and we reach our destination with no trouble at all. At other times the route can be difficult, the weather might be stormy, we can't see very far and we need lots of perseverance to reach our destination. Whether we are learning in school or remotely at home, we must not give up, even when there are obstacles in our way.

Remote Learning/Feeling Good Week
Next week, the school is celebrating Feeling Good Week, a Hertfordshire wide event delivered in schools and the wider community by a range of services and organisations. The week is an opportunity to promote the importance of emotional wellbeing and to raise awareness of mental health.

Next week, the teachers will continue to provide daily learning in English and Maths (including handwriting and spelling). However, for the rest of the day, there will be a variety of activities provided daily for the children to complete. Each day, the activities will be linked to one of the 5 ways to Wellbeing. On Tuesday, the activities will be linked to Safer Internet Day.

We are encouraging the children to take photographs and submit any examples of their work to their teachers. We will compile these and produce a video which will be shared during celebration assembly next Friday (12 February).

We understand that life at home can be tricky during these challenging times. This week's wellbeing advice provides eight ways to help children if they are struggling during lockdown. Please click here to see them.

The future belongs to you. What do you want it to look like?
This half-term, Hertfordshire schools are supporting the COP26 Creative Earth challenge. It's an art competition for people aged 16 and under from all across the UK, run by United Nations COP26 Climate Challenge Conference. Hertfordshire school children can paint, draw or design a piece of art which shows how they'd like our planet to look in the future.  You can download the official template and find more information about the campaign on the Together for Our Planet website.

A reminder that on Wednesday 10 February, Richard Maskrey is holding an e-safety session for parents and carers of children at Victoria, Thomas Coram and Swing Gate schools, who wish to understand the latest trends and associated issues surrounding primary age online activity. The link to this event will be sent on Wednesday morning.

Steve Biddulph Talks for Parents
Swing Gate School has arranged online screenings of two talks by Steve Biddulph, and is making these available for all Berkhamsted parents. Steve is an internationally renowned psychologist, parent, educator and author of numerous bestselling books: The Secret of Happy Children, Raising Boys and Raising Girls. The talks were filmed before the virus with a live audience and are unforgettably moving, funny and practical.

Please click below for further information.

Raising Boys                 Raising Girls


Stars of the week


3KD - Sophie - for a super diary entry and for putting 100% into all her home learning.

3NH - Amber - for always trying her very best, and persevering even when the work can get a little bit tough.

3SB - Issy- for attempting all tasks including extensions, and meeting deadlines and appointment times extremely punctually.

3SG - Ashton - for working really hard this week. Mrs Giles has been impressed that he has taken the opportunity to challenge himself by choosing extension tasks.

4FG - Max - for exceptional effort in all his home learning tasks, especially the piece trying to persuade Mrs Griffiths to go to the cinema!

4RD - Tommy - for the enthusiasm he has been putting into his learning across the board.

4RP - Raffy - for a consistently superb attitude to his learning. Raffy always puts 100% effort into his work.

5CT - Edward & Remi - Edward for producing superb pieces of work, particularly in Maths and English, and for a great approach to his learning. Remi for a positive attitude and great effort with his learning.

5DH - Dolly and Alex - for their kind IT support over the past weeks.

5JR - Kitty- for her excellent maths work this week.  

5KS - Matilda - for her excellent responsible attitude to all her learning, especially in her explanation text planning this week.

6RM - Lucas, William & Sonny- for fantastic work this week, for attending and contributing to live lessons.

6SW - Bree - for working incredibly hard in all remote learning activities; her work has been amazing.

6TS - Freya - for asking good questions, taking immense pride in her presentation and consistently showing an incredibly conscientious attitude to her learning during this difficult time.

6WT - Imogen and Stanley - for taking time to produce good quality work and always asking if they need clarification about anything.


Ella K - for always working hard at home and in the Critical Worker bubble. She always tries her hardest to complete work to the highest standard.

Leah - for being a kind and helpful member of the group. Leah has worked really well independently this week - especially in English.

Cody - for his great attitude to all his learning and being helpful and kind to the others in the group.

Marley -  for great improvement in his focus on learning this week, especially his brilliant diary entry work in English.


to Thomas B, Ryan, Julia, Matilda T, Raffy, Evie G and Henry L who all celebrated their birthdays during the past week.


A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 8- Fri 12 Feb Feeling Good Week
  • Tues 9 Feb Internet Safety Day
  • Wed 10 Feb (pm) - Esafety talk for parents by Richard Maskrey (on MS Teams)
  • Mon 15 - Fri 19 Feb - Half-term. School closed to all pupils.

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

This week at St Peter's, Olivia will be leading another fun Sunday Zoom club session at 11am with stories and craft. Please email the church office churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk for the link to join in from home.

During lockdown, St Peter's is open during the day Monday-Friday and all are welcome to drop in and enjoy the peace and stillness, light a candle or say a prayer.