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Newsletter 2

Friday 10 September 2021

Notices and Reminders

"Love your neighbour as yourself." Mark 12.31

This week, our whole school worship was led by Mrs Cutler, Father Joe and 5DH. Our value for the next five weeks is Generosity. We have been reflecting on how we can test how generous we are being to others by thinking about whether we are being as good to them as we are being to ourselves.

Last weekend, four Year 6 pupils demonstrated generosity by giving their time to represent the school at the dedication of the New War Memorial at Rectory Lane Cemetery, by leading the Act of Commitment. 

Dacorum Young Artists competition
We would like to congratulate Poppy R in Year 6 whose artwork was judged 'Best in School' in the Dacorum Young Artists competition organised by Rotary. Her entry will be on display at the Open Door Gallery on the High Street between 20 September and 1 October. 

National Governance Association (NGA) Awards
We are delighted to announce that Castle Church of England Federation was the winner of the Outstanding Governance in a Federation category at the Outstanding Governance Awards held at the House of Commons this week. These awards recognise the substantial and valuable contribution of governors, trustees and governance professionals to the education of children and young people.

Learning this week
A range of sports have been covered in this week's PE lessons: two Year 6 classes started swimming lessons, whilst in Year 5 the children are having hockey lessons from Berkhamsted Hockey Club. In Year 3, the children have started to learn archery whilst in Year 4 they have started gymnastics.

Meet the Teacher
A reminder that we are holding our face to face 'Meet the Teacher' evening on Monday 13 September. Presentations for parents and carers of children in Years 3 and 4 start at 6pm, followed by a talk by Mrs Cutler in the hall. Year 5 and Year 6 teachers will be meeting their pupils' parents and carers at 7pm, followed by a talk from Mrs Cutler at 7.30pm.

Menu Change
On Monday, the green (vegetarian) option is cheese and tomato pizza wraps instead of the published veggie meatballs.

Individual photographs are ready
Vancols Photographers have told us that the school photographs are ready to view using the QR code on your proof card. If you have already scanned the QR code on the proof and registered you will receive an automatic email notification. If you have not done it yet, you can still view by scanning the QR code on your proof and following the instructions. If you have not received a proof or it has been mislaid you can call Vancols Parent Line on 01206 273711; you will need to get your child's admission number from the school office first. The online cut off date for orders to be posted free of charge back to school is Wednesday 22 September 2021

Secondary Transfer
A reminder that the the online application system has opened for parents and carers of children in Year 6 to apply for a secondary school place for entry in September 2022 Please don't forget to apply for your child's place. The application deadline is 31 October 2021. All the information you need is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions.

Year 6 Bikeability
The much-postponed Bikeability training for some of our Year 6 pupils will be taking place during the week commencing 20 September. Those participating will need to wear clothes appropriate for cycling and the weather conditions, for example coats and gloves if it is wet or cold. Their school PE kits (joggers or leggings) are suitable. They will also need a correctly fitting cycle helmet. As this training is being held over from last year, unfortunately no further spaces are available.

Flu Sessions October 2021
Vaccination UK are administering flu nasal spray vaccinations on Wednesday 6 October on behalf of the NHS. Please find a link to a letter explaining the process here and the consent form here. The deadline for returning consent forms is Friday 24 September. If you do NOT want your child to have the vaccination, you still need to complete a form opting out. 

Free School Meals
If you think your child might be eligible for FSM then please visit the following link for the eligibility criteria and details of how to apply. Free School Meals.

Friends of Thomas Coram News
Thank you to everyone who attended our first Friends meeting of the year. It was lovely to welcome new faces. We will shortly be sending out a list of year group messengers who can help with all things Friends related and our diary dates for the upcoming year.

Our AGM will take place at Thomas Coram School on Wednesday 20 October at 7pm. All welcome. Please let us know here if you are able to attend. 

Tickets are now on sale for our Open Air Cinema on Friday 24 September. We will be showing Spacejam: A New Legacy. Click here to get your tickets.




Stars of the week

3NH - All of 3NH - for an excellent start to their time at Thomas Coram. They have all settled in really well with lots of confidence. 

3SB - Lorelei - for the care she has shown towards a member of the class. She has been so generous.

3SG - All of 3SG - Mrs Giles has been so impressed with how well the class has settled into the routine of Thomas Coram over the first week. 

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

4KD - All of 4KD - for having an amazing start to Year 4. They have impressed all the staff with their adaptability, kindness and hard-working attitude.

4KS - All of 4KS - for a great start to year 4. 

4RD - All of 4RD - for settling so well into Year 4. They've made a great start.

5DH - Joseph - for always listening to instructions and for putting in amazing effort in all that he has done this week. 

5JR - Riley - for making positive contributions in class and working hard in every subject. 

6RM - Summer & Laci - for being superb helpers in the lunch hall.

6RT - Ella and Violet - for having a fantastic first week in Year 6 at TC. They have settled in beautifully and have worked incredibly hard in all subjects, and coped well with the new routines of a new school.

6SW - Darcy D - for starting the year with a fantastic attitude. She listens carefully in lessons, shares her ideas and always offers to help others. 

6WT - All of 6WT - for making a wonderful start to Year 6; their teachers are really impressed with their attitude to learning and to each other. 


A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 13 Sept - Meet the teacher Yr3 & 4 6.00pm                                                                                                                 Yr 5 & 6 7.00pm
  • Mon 20 Sept - Bikeability - Y6 only
  • Wed 6 Oct - Vaccination UK

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.