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Newsletter 22

Friday 4 March 2022

Notices and Reminders

"Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others." Colossians 3:13


This week our whole school worships have been led by 5DH, Father Stuart and 5JR. We have reflected on the meaning of 'turning over a new leaf' as part of our value of Forgiveness. The Bible story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector, was used to illustrate how we can turn over a new lead and make amends for past behaviour. 

This week in school
On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day as part of our Big Reading Week. Staff and children came to school dressed in their pyjamas. Earlier in the week, local author, Pam Howard visited Year 6 pupils to talk about her books and the writing process, whilst our Year 3 children visited Berkhamsted Library.

Parent survey 2021-2022
A reminder that we are inviting you to complete our annual parent/carer survey.  For a paper copy which can be printed and then completed please click on paper copy highlighted in blue. Alternatively, you can complete the survey on-line by following this link: Parent survey 2021-2022. The window to submit your views closes on Wednesday 9 March; the deadline has been extended due to a technical hitch with last week's bulletin.

Sporting Events
Participation in different events continues. Our Year 5/6 football team continues to enjoy sporting success, winning matches against Hobletts Manor 9-0 and more recently against South Hill 7-0. We are also delighted to share that our Year 6 Boys team won the Dacorum heat of the U11s Sportshall Athletics in February. They will now be representing the borough at the U11s Sportshall Athletics County Competition School Games final in Ware later this month.

Privacy Notices
As we have now migrated our data from SIMS to Arbor, we've updated our Privacy Notices for pupils and parents/carers. You can view them on our website here: https://thomascoram.herts.sch.uk/Policies/

You will all be aware of the events taking place in Ukraine. As a school community, we shall be organising a fund-raising event later in the term. In the meantime, if you wish to support the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee and their local partners in the Ukraine, you can either donate directly on https://www.dec.org.uk/ or via the British Red Cross appeal page: British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal

Arbor school lunch payment portal
The payment portal for school lunches is now open in Arbor. Please can we ask that you check your child(ren)'s balance and top up as necessary. If you have any problems then please contact the school office. 

FOTC coin count
An amazing 71.7kg of coins were weighed at the FOTC coin count, with coins from over 27 different countries. Thank you so much for all your donations and the winner will be announced on Monday. 

Bridgewater Cross Country Saturday 12 March
All pupils are encouraged to take part in the Bridgewater cross country event on the morning on Saturday 12 March. All they need to do is turn up on the day (15 minutes before their race) with their Thomas Coram PE top as their top layer so they can be spotted easily. Mrs Thomson will be by the finish line and will write down their finishing positions as each race finishes. Parents must stay with their child/ren for this event - they run a superb cake/snack stall so please bring change. Pupils who take part will receive three house points. 

Time Race Approximate distance
9.30 Year 6 girls 1200m
9.45 Year 6 boys 1200m
10.00 Year 5 girls 1200m
10.15 Year 5 boys 1200m
10.30 Year 4 girls 800m
10.45 Year 4 boys 800m
11.00 Year 3 girls 600m
11.15 Year 3 boys 600m
11.35 Presentation (you do not need to stay for this if you are unable to).

University of Hertfordshire -YPAG
Are you interested in learning more about, and helping improve, research related to health, care, family lives and the communities we live in. If you are then you can join the University of Hertfordshire's Young Peoples Research Advisory Group.


Stars of the week

3NH - Max - for being an overall joy to have in class. Max always works hard and shows an excellent attitude to learning. 

3SB - Ivy - for her fantastic Book Day bunting based on 'Dog Man'. Ivy is very artistic.

3SG - Harvey & Freya - for their resilience when learning about fractions this week. They persevered even when it got tricky. 

4AP - Melissa - for working hard and putting great effort into her writing in English this week.

4KD - Edward - for being an all round super member of the class - hard-working, helpful and polite.

4KS - Isaac - for producing some fantastic descriptive writing this week of his invention in English.

4RD - Marley - for his focus this week in lessons, especially Maths.

5DH - Brook, Dexter & Penny - for their expert help with sewing.

5JR -  Harley - for showing a mature attitude to his learning since joining 5JR.

6RM - Isabella - for working hard to improve her spelling and atmospheric Red Scarf writing. 

6RT - Daisy - for her positive contribution in class and her well written Red Scarf recount.

6SW - Leah - for sharing great ideas and supporting a partner in English.

6WT - Joe - for putting super effort into using the 'power of 3' in his writing. 


A full calendar is available here       


Information sent out this week

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

  • Arbor - payment portal open for school meals

This week at St Peter's

St Peter's church information can be found here.