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Newsletter 21

Friday 3 March 2023

Notices and Reminders

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

This week at Thomas Coram 
It was so lovely to be celebrating World Book Day yesterday. The children really thought carefully about the books they wanted to bring in and I saw some amazing designs for their billboards. I haven’t seen this idea before in schools and it was great to see the children’s creativity in their designs. I loved going to some of the classrooms yesterday to hear the children’s favourite books and to look at the creative designs the children made with the cardboard. I also had lunch with some of the Year 5 children today and heard about what they are enjoying about school at the moment, they are particularly enjoying sewing and designing their pencil cases.  

On Monday, we looked at justice again and the fact that sometimes it can be really difficult to make a decision. On Wednesday, Father Stuart led worship around our value of justice. On Thursday, Mrs Giles led signing assembly and was focusing on songs from Matilda and Reach for the Stars – all of the children loved reaching up and dancing along. Today, 3SB led an assembly based around making good choices and ensuring we do the right thing. 


A reminder to parents that if your child has a phone, please ensure you are monitoring what they are doing and the messages that they are sending. There have been reports of a few unkind messages being sent amongst Year 5 and 6 pupils within groups on WhatsApp. WhatsApp should only be used by children over 16 years of age, so please do keep a check on what is happening if your child is part of a WhatsApp group.  

Parent Reps 

A reminder to send any points to your parents reps for discussion at the parent forum by Friday 10th March. Thank you.  

Please could parents remind Year 5 and 6 pupils that if they are meeting an adult outside of the school gate and they cannot find them, they can come back into the school as we will be open.  

PE extra shoes
Please don't forget to send your child in with an extra pair of shoes/trainers on their PE day as classes are being held on the field until the end of term. Thank you. 

Captains Club
We have had to reduce the number of available spaces for the remainder of the Spring term. If you cannot book an after school session in Arbor, this means that the requested session is now full.

From next term, any Captain's Club session booked will be charged for even if subsequently cancelled. This is due to the number of cancellations received this term after staff recruitment and rota's have been committed to. 

Reporting Absence
Please can we remind all parents that you should contact the school by 9.00am if your child is going to be absent. This can be done by either phoning the absence line 01442 866757 option 1, emailing admin@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk or via The Thomas Coram App. Failure to report absences could result in your child being marked with an unauthorised absence. 

The Application for Leave form can now also be found on the website as a microsoft form. It can be found under Downloads/ Forms. The link is also available here Leave of Absence online form. This form should be completed for any absence during the school day other than your child being unwell.

Cold weather warning
A spell of cold weather is expected – please take care.

The Met Office have issued an “Alert and readiness warning” across the East Of England (which includes Hertfordshire) which states that there is a high probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between Monday 6th March and Thursday 9th March across England.

Please keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for a cold spell.  There may be some disruption to the delivery of services.  Please also check in on anyone who may struggle in cold weather.  Older people, children, babies under five and residents with underlying health conditions are amongst those particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold weather; icy pavements can be very slippery, and cold weather can stop people from going out.

The following Winter Health Flyer (Hertfordshire County Council) has lots of practical tips to help prepare for cold conditions.

If you or anyone you know is struggling to heat their home, or someone may need help to get shopping or medicines, please contact HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044

NHS advice about how to stay well in winter can be found here: How to stay well in winter - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

A reminder that children should be wearing black school shoes to school and not Ugg style boots.  

Dacorum Family Services
DFS are running a free workshop on Wednesday 15 March at 1.30 via Microsoft teams on 'Helping your child manage their anger'. More information can be found here

Raising money  
A few Year 5 girls, have come to me wanting to raise money for Turkey and Syria after the earthquake and for the RSPCA, we have now decided that there will be some different activities for the children to complete and they will donate money to take part in the activities. I will email next week regarding the full details. 

A general reminder that the children should have their hair tied up in school, if their hair is past their shoulders.  

Stars of the week                                                                                  

3SB - Florence and Arthur for their fantastic friendship, manners and wonderful paired work in English, giving an explanation of how to write a good story. 

3SG - Evie - for persevering in her maths lessons this week, working on fractions even when they got more tricky. Well done. 

3EW - Charlie for hard work and focus in lessons. 

4HS - Roxie - for fantastic effort in all her lessons this week, particularly with her explanation text about the Romans and poem about if the world were made of sweets. 

4SW - Effie - for her fantastic effort in all guided reading sessions this week. She has given some very thoughtful and mature responses to questions. 
4AP - Jack for working hard in lessons and having a positive attitude towards his work.  

5DH - Hamida for her outstanding effort with spellings this week. 

5KS - Eva for being keen and enthusiastic to share her thoughts. Eva has a positive approach to her own learning. 

5RG - Benjamin for his super range of persuasive ideas in his English writing. Well done Benjamin!

5JR - Tommy Ben- for persevering and working incredibly hard to improve his handwriting with excellent results. Well done. 

6WT - Max for his 'creativity' with a piece of cardboard in the cardboard challenge for World Book Day. 

6RM -  Poppy - Poppy represented the UK in Futsall in Barcelona, beating Spain. Well done Poppy!

A full calendar is available here   

Friday 10 March 

FOTC School Disco 


Saturday 11 March 

 Bridgewater Cross Country Event 

09:30 - 12:00 approx

Monday 13 – Friday 17 March  

Science Week  

All week  

Tuesday 14 March  

Outdoor Learning Day  

All day  

Friday 17 March  

Comic Relief Day  

All day  

Friday 24 March 

Dress Down Day and Doughnuts

All day and after school 

Monday 27 March Friday 31 March  

Autism Awareness Week  

All week  

Friday 31 March  

Last day of school  

1pm finish  


Information attached this week

This weeks flyers/attachments/letters are below please click on for more information;

This week at St Peter's

Details of services at St Peter's can be found here.

To read the latest news from St Peter's click here.