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Newsletter 20

Friday 11 February 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

 

Worship
This week our whole school worships have been led by 6RM, Father Stuart and 6SW. Our theme has been encouraging others. Through role plays and poems, 6RM showed how our friends can build us up and encourage us. Father Stuart shared the story of Elijah in the wilderness. When he was on the point of giving up, he was encouraged by God, who provided him with food and water. 6SW used the story of Joshua, who was encouraged to follow in Moses' footsteps, as well as reminding us of the power of words.

Feeling Good Week
This week in school, we have been celebrating Feeling Good Week. The children have taken part in a range of activities including street dance and circus skills workshops, where they learnt to juggle, walk on stilts, spin plates and ride unicycles. They've worn comfy clothes and slippers in school; blown bubbles, tried not to laugh, practised yoga; written positive messages and learnt how to relieve stress. Thank you to the Friends of Thomas Coram for their financial support in organising the workshops for the children.

Safer Internet Day
Tuesday 8 February was Safer Internet Day and the theme this year was 'All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online.' In school, the children completed activities to help them understand how to create a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.  

Parent Consultations
It was lovely to welcome parents into school for our spring term parent consultations. Parents and carers also had the opportunity to view their children's books. 

 

Sporting achievements
Over the past few weeks, our children in Upper Key Stage 2 have taken part in a number of different competitions and matches organised by the Dacorum Schools Sports Network.

The Year 5 and 6 boys football team played against Hobletts Manor scoring an amazing 14 goals. This week, the team played against Maple Grove; unfortunately after a close game, they lost 1 - 0.

Our Year 6 girls' team was victorious in the Dacorum Primary Schools Cross Country Championship: congratulations to Freya, Darcey, Julia and Amelie B.

On Saturday 5 February, the Hertfordshire Schools Cross Country Championships took place. Congratulations to our Year 5 runners: Poppy (12th in the girls race of 90 runners); Henry (46) and James B (56) in the boys' race of 91 runners. In Year 6, congratulations to Freya (26) and Amelie B (68) out of 97 runners and Harry G (31), William D (43) and Max (59) out of 111 runners.

Many of the competitions which the children take part in are organised by the the Dacorum Schools Sports Network.  The teams are picked according to DSSN rules and criteria and we endeavour to select as many children as possible to represent the school.

Captains Club
Bookings for Captains Club SPR 2022 are absolutely finally closed.

Change to MIS system

A reminder that over half term, the school is migrating to a new management information system.  Please remember this when contacting the office at the start of next half term; it will be new to staff as well as parents and carers.

Extreme Reading
Don't forget to to take part in the library's Extreme Reading competition over half term, Mrs Rawlings, our librarian, is looking forward to finding Thomas Coram's most extreme reader! More details here.

Attendance
Please can we ask that if your child is going to be absent for any reason during the school day, a 'Leave of Absence' form should be completed. These can be found on the school website or here.

Friends of Thomas Coram update
Please find FOTC's spring update here which details the wonderful contributions they have made to the children's learning so far this year and future events to look forward too. 

Parent Survey
Our annual parent survey will be sent to parents after half term. Like our parent forum, this is an opportunity to share your views with the school. 

Extra-Curricular clubs
There have been a few changes to our offers of lunchtime clubs. Miss Williamson runs the Y3/4 Calm Club on Thursday lunchtimes. This is a quiet environment for those children who find the outside environment rather noisy. Mrs Bruguier runs a chess club on Thursday lunchtimes in the art room; this is aimed at children who can already  play, and after half term, Father Joe will be running a reflective club on Wednesday lunchtimes.

COVID Update
Year 6 parents will be aware that two classes have been in 'bubbles' for the past two weeks. After half term, these bubbles will 'pop' and the children will be able to return to the usual break and lunchtime arrangements. 

Hertfordshire County Council has asked schools to share the following information: Ahead of February half-term, we'd like to say thank you once again for continuing to play your part and for helping to keep yourselves and others safe from COVID-19.

If you're travelling abroad this half-term be sure to check and follow COVID-19 guidance for your country of travel and on re-entering the UK, you can find the latest travel guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-abroad-from-england-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Test regularly - 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don't display symptoms. Regular rapid testing at home can help to prevent transmission. Find out all the ways to get home test kits (LFD tests) at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest

If you test positive, you must self isolate for the required period and not have people visit you at home. There is support available to help people who need to self-isolate, call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044, email info@hertshelp.net or visit www.hertshelp.net

Please don't send children and young people back to school following half-term if they have symptoms or feel unwell. There continues to be a high number of outbreaks across Hertfordshire's childcare, nurseries, schools, special schools and colleges - they need your support to help protect our communities and have the least disruption to children's learning and development as possible. 

We hope you enjoy a healthy and safe half-term.

Hertfordshire County Council

 


Stars of the week

3NH - All of 3NH - for being enjoyable to teach and helpful.

3SB - Jack - for leading his group in maths research and presenting data clearly.

3SG - Imogen - for creating a brilliant plan for her traditional tale in English. She added character description and detail. 

4AP - Isabella - for working so hard in maths this week, producing some fantastic independent work on fractions. 

4KD - All of 4KD - Miss Beatie and Mrs Deery have been so proud of how well they have adapted this half-term. 

4KS - Tabitha - for her imaginative writing from a character's perspective in the poem 'The Highwayman' this week in English.

4RD - Phoebe - for fantastic perseverance throughout the Circus Skills workshop.

5DH - All of 5DH - for their outstanding effort all term; Mrs Hall is very proud of you all.

5JR -  Elliot - for stepping out of his comfort zone, taking part in new activities and finding that they can be enjoyable after all. 

6RM - All of 6RM - for amazing focus and hard work this half term. They are all stars. 

6RT - Summer - for her determination and perseverance in swimming. 

6SW - Josh - for great focus, effort and enthusiasm in English this week.

6WT - Rex - for super effort with the bonus round of the Primary Maths Challenge (as well as super effort in everything else he does!)

Dates

A full calendar is available here       

  • Mon 14 - Fri 18 Feb - Half term
  • Mon 21 Feb - Pupils and Staff return                                                                                       

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

St Peter's church weekly notices for week beginning Sunday 13 February can be found by clicking here.