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Newsletter 22

Friday 5 March

Notices and Reminders

"Learn to do right. Seek justice" Isiah 1.17

 
Worship
This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and Father Joe. We have been reflecting on making wise choices. Deciding the right thing to do can be difficult. Sometimes life is complicated and there can be two sides to an argument: that is when we need 'wisdom'. Deciding the right thing to do may take time; we need to learn all that we can about a situation and think carefully about a wise solution. We also reflected on the qualities needed to make a wise decision: empathy; keeping a cool head; not taking sides or jumping to conclusions; allowing everyone to have their say and asking the right questions.

World Book Day
This week, we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as a story book character, by listening to authors reading their books aloud and completing a range of activities including a World Book Day quiz. The staff produced a video, 'The Masked Reader'.  They read aloud from their favourite book; how many did you guess correctly?

Library book amnesty
We are all very sad that we haven't been able to open the school library this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. We are really hopeful that as things improve, we will be able to get the children back in and borrowing books!

In the meantime, please could all the children have a good check around at home for any library books they may still have. If they can be returned to school and kept in the classroom, Mrs Rawlings will collect them during her library sessions and quarantine them in the library for when we can start lending again.

If anyone is not sure if they had a book, Mrs Rawlings can check for them. Many thanks everyone, and let's hope we are back enjoying the library space soon!

Online survey
As part of our Remote Learning offer, we made a commitment to regularly seek parent/carer views during the lockdown. As Remote Learning comes to an end with the return of pupils to school on Monday, we have one final survey we are asking you to complete. Please click here.

Return to school
We are looking forward to seeing the children on Monday and we would like to thank all the parents and carers for their support during this time. We have been asked to share several pieces of information with you by the Department for Education.

Asymptomatic testing
NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college aged children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site - anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests. https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
  • by ordering a home test kit online - please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open everyday from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Travelling to school
If you live a short distance from school, walk, cycle or scoot to and from school wherever it is possible and safe to do so. Please avoid sharing a car with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.

Collection and drop off
Government guidance states that 'gathering at the school gates is not allowed.' Therefore, it is very important that if parents or carers arrive earlier than the designated time slot that you do not wait in the drop off area to ensure that everyone is adhering to the social distancing measures. This is especially important in the area around the pupil gate and entrance to Year 5/6 cordoned off entry point. A reminder that only one adult should be dropping off or collecting a pupil.

Car Parking
A reminder that due to the school's drop off and collection arrangements, there is reduced car parking outside the school. Please can we encourage parents and carers to opt for walking or the park and stride option rather than park outside the school. We would also ask that you are mindful of those residents who live close to the school, especially in the upper part of Swing Gate Lane, and do not park across their drives

Secondary School Allocation September 2021
Please don't forget to accept or reject your secondary school place by Monday 15 March at the latest. Details regarding continuing interest lists and the appeals process can be accessed here.

Wisepay
Please review your child's wisepay account before the return to school to make sure school lunches can be paid for.

Dacorum Family Services
DFS have a drop in surgery on Wednesday 24 March details of which can be found here. They are also hosting a workshop on resilience and wellbeing on Thursday 25 March further details and how to book can be found here.   

Stars of the week

 

3KD - All of 3KD - for continuing to be upbeat, motivated and resilient throughout their remote learning experience. They have all produced some incredible and creative work.

3NH - All of 3NH - for how hard they have all worked while doing remote learning. It's been a challenging time for everyone but they have all shined like the stars they are.

3SB - All the pupils who attended live lessons - for keeping Mrs Bruguier going by making her smile and continually completing amazing work.

3SG - All of 3SG - for how they have adapted to the remote learning this term. They have demonstrated resilience and determination in completing their home learning to the best of their ability.

4FG - Evie - for her fantastic effort over the last two weeks with remote learning. Mrs Griffiths particularly enjoyed watching her stop-motion clip for computing and Mrs Forbes loved her display for the new playground.

4RD - Ozzie  - for working so hard and diligently with all lockdown learning and always having a smile on his face.

4RP - Jack - for some excellent work on multiplication in Maths this week.

5CT - All of 5CT - Star of the week is for all of 5CT's raps, cakes and potatoes their speciality. Your teachers want you to know how very proud we are, each and every one of you is a bright, super star.

5DH - Alfie - for his fantastic GPS poster.

5JR - All of 5JR - Who'd have known what great rappers you are - rapping and clapping and listening to the beat - can't wait to see you all in class next week.

5KS - All of 5KS- for their fantastic attitude to learning this week.

6RM - All of 6RM - for showing great resilience, perseverance and independence throughout the time that they have not been at school.

6SW - Everyone at TC! - Everyone has worked so hard in this lockdown, staying happy, completing work and supporting each other. A massive thank you to all the children and staff at TC!

6TS - Liam - for attending all morning, afternoon and optional meetings over the course of home learning, for never letting his attitude drop and always completing work to a good standard.

6WT - All of 6WTMrs Winfrow and Mrs Thomson are proud of every single member of the class.      

Keyworkers:

Mrs Gilchrist & Mrs Sharpin - for all the kindness, support and help that they have provided to the children in the Year 6 bubble throughout this difficult time.

Isabella A, Leah B, Seb B, Sofia B, Joseph C, Harry K, James O & Abbie W - they have been in school everyday throughout lockdown and have been amazing!

Cody- for awesome independent Maths and for always being so cheery.

Millie - for showing great perseverance even when she has found some work difficult.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

 Iris and Myles who both celebrated their birthdays this week.

 

Dates

A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 8 March - Pupils return
  • Mon 15 March - deadline for accepting secondary school place Y6 only
  • 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

Olivia and the team are continuing to meet on Zoom at 11am on Sunday mornings for stories and craft. We hope to be able to meet in person soon! If you'd like to join them, please email churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk.

Pandemic Week of Prayer - Tuesday 23 March marks the first anniversary of Prime Minister Johnson announcing that the country would be going into a time of 'lockdown', in an attempt to counter the spread of coronavirus. The past year has been a strange and difficult one for all of us, and it will have affected us all in different ways.

In the hope of giving people space to respond in faith to what we have been through, and are continuing to go through, we will be keeping a week of prayer at St Peter's, from Sunday 21 to Saturday 27 March, and the church will be open from 9am to 6.30pm daily. It will be a time for us to pray for those who have suffered as a consequence of the pandemic, and also a time of thanksgiving for those who have been our key workers: staff on intensive care wards, staff who have kept the shelves of supermarkets stocked, teachers, people who kept the trains and buses running, and countless more.

I'm sure that we will all have particular people for whose service we wish to give thanks to God. Our 8.30am Eucharist on Wednesday 24 will be offered in thanksgiving for the service of those key workers, and if there are any people whom you would like prayed for by name on that occasion, please contact Fr Stuart or the Parish Office with their names.

All bereavements over this past twelve months have been especially painful, with people unable to say goodbye to loved ones in the way that they would have wanted to, and with so many of our usual sources of support in such times of loss no longer available to us. On Tuesday 23 March at 7.30pm, there will be a Requiem Eucharist offered at St Peter's for all those who have died in the past twelve months. Again, please contact Fr Stuart or the Parish Office if there is anyone you would like to have prayed for by name.

I hope that you will join me in making this week a time of mourning for what has been lost, and yet also of thanksgiving for all that has been given over this past year.