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Newsletter 20

Friday 12 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 (supported by two Year 5 pupils) and Olivia. Concluding the value of Perseverance, we have been thinking about how we can encourage others to keep going. Olivia helped us to reflect on how we can use our hands to encourage others, by clapping, by writing or even playing a musical instrument, a bit like Barnabas in the Bible, who was never slow in offering help and practical assistance to those in need. 

Remote Learning
Our school family has been extremely busy over the past week as we have been celebrating Feeling Good Week. Each day there has been a range of activities linked to one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Give. A video was made of all the children's contributions and this was shared during Friday's celebration assembly with Mrs Cutler.

On Tuesday, it was Safer Internet Day and the children completed activities to help them judge whether information we see on-line is accurate and real or fake. Together with Victoria and Swing Gate Infant and Nursery schools, we held a Microsoft Live e-safety session for parents and carers who want to understand the latest trends and associated issues surrounding primary age online activity. During the talk Richard mentioned a fact sheet with useful links this can be found here. Those parents who were unable  to attend the live session can watch the recording of the session using the same link that was sent out via Groupcall.

Staying Safe: Hands, Face, Space
A reminder to those parents using our Critical Worker provision in school: in line with government guidance, we recommend that those who can, wear a face covering when dropping off and picking up, as well as keeping your distance from other adults in the waiting area.

Acts of Kindness
It is always heart-warming to hear how our pupils live out our Christian values. This week, we'd like to congratulate Amelie B in Year 5, who has so far raised over £268 in aid of Greenpeace by selling home-made cupcakes and cookies, all decorated to look like endangered species.

Last year, the school welcomed Susie from the Walser's Tanzania charity. Aniya in Year 6 was so inspired by the talk that she has spent the past year baking and selling cakes; washing cars; doing odd jobs around the house as well as clearing out books and toys to sell. She has raised £175 to sponsor a girl called Tamia and plans to continue this sponsorship until she leaves school. This is an incredible achievement; it is lovely to hear how are children are making a real difference during these challenging times.

Half term
Next week (15-19 February) is half term. Whilst we are not able to relax in the same way as we may have done during previous school holidays, we hope that you have the opportunity to spend quality time with your immediate family and we look forward to welcoming the children back to their remote learning on Monday 22 February. We'd also like to thank parents and carers for your support over the past half term as well as congratulate the children and thank the staff for their hard work.

Cold Weather Payments
In times of exceptional cold weather benefit top ups are available to help with fuel bills. Please see here for further details about how they work and eligibility.

Routines and Boundaries
There are still some places on the Routines and Boundaries course that is being virtually run by Lisa McGovern from Dacorum Family Services please click here for further information.        

Online Survey
We made a commitment to regularly seek parent/carer views during the lockdown; we'll do this once a fortnight. This week has been Feeling Good Week in Hertfordshire, and Tuesday was National Safer Internet Day. In addition to welcoming general comments on the provision this half term, we're asking particularly about activities this week. This survey will close at the end of Sunday. Please click here for the survey.

Message from Herts County Council
Thank you for playing your part and helping to keep our school safe by following current Government guidelines during the national lockdown.

It's so important that we don't become complacent during half term so we can all enjoy the break and hopefully come back to either remote, or face to face learning (for children considered vulnerable or children of critical workers) safely.

Hertfordshire County Council have asked us to share this leaflet with you as a reminder of what we all can and cannot do during the lockdown restrictions. Please do take the time to read it and remind your children that for now, we all have to play our part to protect ourselves, our families and our friends.



Stars of the week


3KD - All of 3KD - for a super half term of remote learning! They have demonstrated that they are all hard-working, resilient and determined.

3NH - Zac - for listening well to feedback and using this to create a brilliant retelling of the story of The Finger Eater!

3SB - Tess- for her superb Maths effort and fantastic personality.

3SG - Paige - Mrs Giles has been very impressed by her effort and the work sent in. This week she wrote her own version of The Finger Eater which had some great descriptions and included speech.

4FG - James - for phenomenal effort in all his remote learning and for always putting a smile on Mrs Griffiths face.

4RD - Freddie B - for the fantastic effort he has been putting into all his home learning.

4RP - Lucy - for really embracing the theme of 'giving' during Feeling Good Week and making your whole family smile.

5CT - Evan - for consistent effort, improved handwriting and for completing a wide range of tasks to a very high standard, including an amusing fake story as part of Online Safety day!

5DH - Eden & Mylo - for their perseverance with their remote learning.

5JR - Isabelle & Harry - Isabelle for her perseverance with online learning and the commitment she has shown across the whole curriculum. Harry for showing enthusiasm and determination to succeed in every subject, joining in on-line lessons and being kind and considerate to his peers.

5KS - Darcey & Joseph - for the fantastic effort they have put in writing their 'How to be an Explorer' guide.

6RM - All of 6RM - for all their hard work throughout this half term and for smiling throughout.

6SW - Sid - for always making Miss Walker smile in the morning with his cheery 'hello' in the meeting!

6TS - Henry - for always taking pictures of home learning, throwing himself into all challenges and keeping Mr Steenvorden updated with all of his lovely work and activities.

6WT - Anton, Freddie & Cora - Anton for working extremely hard and to a very high standard, always responding to feedback. Freddie for attending every live lesson, working hard and being engaged with his learning. Cora for her amazing Feeling Good Week activities.      


Penelope - for great work in the key worker bubble and at home.

James - for working incredibly hard in English; he has produced an amazing Explorers Guide to the Rainforest. It looks really professional!

Riley W - for the extra effort he has put into his Maths and English work, and for being thoughtful, kind and polite.

Emily - for always being happy and willing to give all the activities a go.

Eva -  for always doing her best and being enthusiastic in her learning. She demonstrates great listening skills in a busy classroom environment.



 Calum, Nicholas K, Ruby L, Bree & Freya, Josh G, Ella D, Mia B, Sophia L and Mrs Forbes who all celebrated their birthdays this week.


William B, Sophia B, Olive, Albert, Mrs Sharpin and Mrs Roberts who all celebrate their birthdays during half term.


A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 15 - Fri 19 Feb - Half-term. School closed to all pupils.
  • Thurs 25 Feb - Raising Boys online talk by Steve Biddulph
  • Mon 1 March - Secondary school allocation day - Y6 only
  • Thurs 4 March - World Book Day
  • Thurs 4 March - Raising Girls online talk by Steve Biddulph
  • Fri 19 March - Red Nose Day

Information sent out this week

This week we sent out/are attaching these letters, emails and flyers; letters are also available here:

  • Link to eSafety talk - now available as a recording

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.