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Newsletter 21

Friday 26 February

Notices and Reminders

"What does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah (6.8)

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler, supported by Year 3 and Year 4 pupils, and Father Stuart. Our value for this half term is justice. In the Bible, when Justice is mentioned in stories, it is in the context of taking responsibility for one another, especially the poor and oppressed, and to see that no-one is excluded from the essentials of life. Over this half term, we shall be reflecting on how we can be fair and just within school; how we can demonstrate compassion and help those who have made mistakes.

Return to school arrangements
Thank you to those parents and carers who completed the last survey. We are delighted that the children enjoyed the activities planned for Feeling Good Week. As a result of parent feedback, next week there will be one day where there will be no screen based activities. This will coincide with the day that your child's teacher is in school preparing for the return of pupils on Monday 8 March. The morning and afternoon check in sessions with the teachers will be held; outside of these sessions, the teachers will not be available to contact. Please read the letter from Mrs Cutler sent to all parents and carers confirming the arrangements for the children's return. All the staff are really looking forward to welcoming the children.

Staying Safe: Hands, Face, Space
A reminder for when the children do return: 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.

Steve Biddulph Talks for Parents
Raising Girls, the second of two talks by Steve Biddulph, arranged by Swing Gate School is taking place on Thursday 4 March at 8:00pm. (This event is free for families whose children receive the Pupil Premium Grant. Contact the school office if you would like to book under these terms.

Please click here for further information.

Ukes for Unicef
Every year Dacorum Music School and local schools join the Berkhamsted Ukulele Festival 'Ukes for Unicef'. This year's festival is on Saturday 27 February. It's a great festival where ukulele players from schools perform and there are fantastic workshops to join too. This year the festival is online. And there will be a family workshop at 4pm. You will need a ukulele to join in.

If you would like to join with your family, there are some resources for you to get practising beforehand so please follow the link below (in blue) and select  interactive strumalongs and choose U4U10 Schools Strumalong Songbook.

The organisers have provided the following tips in order to get the best out of the workshop:

  • Firstly open Zoom on your device and make sure you have the latest version
  • Click here to check all your zoom settings are ready the tech about zoom meetings
  • Then open your internet browser and go to www.ukesforunicef.com
  • Click on Enter the festival
  • Add the passcode U4U111222
  • Click on strum-alongs and go into the breakout room 'Nyree O'Brien'

Ukes for Unicef is a public event and other families from across Dacorum may be there. A safeguarding official will be in the strum-along to make sure you get the best out of the workshop. This means an adult is required to be with any child under 11 in the strum-along and that children use the chat function with an adult present.

World Book Day
Next Thursday, 4 March, is World Book Day. Various members of staff are taking part in a recording of 'The Masked Reader'. We hope you join in with your children to try to guess the identity of the staff behind the masks!

Hertfordshire Libraries have informed us of some children's authors who are offering free virtual events, including:

Danny Pearson, who writes for The Beano (which is available free via the Library app and Pressreader).
Wednesday 3 March, 4:30PM,  Microsoft Teams. Please click here.

Tom Palmer, author of After the War and Over the Line (as well as Roy of the Rovers). Thursday 4 March, 4:30PM, Microsoft Teams. Please click here.

Dacorum Family Services
Dacorum Family Services are running a Drop in Surgery on 24 March and further details can be found here. They are also facilitating a Resilience and Wellbeing workshop on the 25 March and further information on that is here

Wrap around care
Wrap around care bookings for March 2021 will close  promptly at 9:00am on Monday 1 March. Due to restrictions on bubbles, no late bookings will be accepted.


Stars of the week


3KD - Elka - for continuing to work hard in all subjects and always being cheerful.

3NH - Max - for always trying his very best, and not being afraid to ask for help.

3SB - Alfie - for consistently contributing intelligent answers, every single day in live lessons.

3SG - Hallie - for coming back from half term refreshed and with a super attitude to learning. She has got straight back into her lessons, submitting some great work in English.

4FG - Eleanor - for great contribution to her remote learning and always sharing her answers/ideas during class check in sessions.

4RD - All of 4RD! - Mr Donald has been blown away by the standard of work he has received. The persuasive texts the class have completed this week have been outstanding.

4RP - Hetty - for always bring positivity and sharing insightful thoughts during live class sessions.

5CT - Evie - for her bright and sunny attitude, and for working hard with every task.

5DH - All of 5DH! - for their enthusiastic return to remote learning after the half term.

5JR - Drew - for persevering with his Maths and being able to explain his understanding with his peers.

5KS - William- for the fantastic effort he has been putting into his home learning.

6RM - Ella - for completing every piece of work to the highest standards, contributing her thoughtful ideas to live lessons and is kind to others.

6SW - Poppy - for always working hard in lessons and being a happy smiley face in live sessions.

6TS - Beatrix- for consistently producing a very high standard of home learning work in all subjects. Beatrix has shown a superb attitude with all tasks.

6WT - Ollie and LilyOllie and Lily have worked really hard in guided reading tasks and have shown a great understanding of the book. They are writing super detailed answers.      


Daniel - for outstanding Maths work, amazing independent writing and wonderful manners.

Sophie M - for working hard in the key worker bubble and always being polite and friendly.

Isabella - for writing a beautiful poem in English which really impressed the staff! She has a wonderful attitude to learning, always tries hard and is a delight to have in the classroom.

Sophie C - for fantastic work in Maths when converting time between the 12hr clock and a 24hr clock.

Phoebe -  for playing fairly and showing kindness to others on the playground.



 Freddie V, Elliot Gr, Evan Sc, Orla C, Kitty M, Amelia Sp and Mrs Telling who all celebrated their birthdays this week.



A full calendar is available here

  • 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
  • Mon 8 March - Pupils return
  • 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:

This week at St Peter's

Sunday club continues to meet online on Sunday mornings at 11am. Please email the parish office (churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk) if you'd like to join Olivia for stories, crafts and songs.