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Newsletter 23

Friday 11 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 Chloe and 4AP. Our theme for the value of Forgiveness this week has been forgiving others as God has forgiven you. Chloe linked the value to International Women's Day and retold the story of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American to attend a white elementary school in the 1960s in America. We reflected on how Ruby had shown forgiveness to the protesters, who led the boycott.

This week in school
Our Governors have visited the school over the course of this week, dropping into lessons to share our learning. We were also visited by two team members of Hemel Storm basketball team, who explained the importance of not giving up and working hard to achieve your goals. 

PE lessons this half term cover Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA). The children have been focusing on teamwork, following instructions and problem solving. So far they have used those skills to complete a set of games including a blindfold obstacle, 'cross a river' and a memory pattern game. 

In English, Year 6 children have been using a short film, Oktapodi, to inspire their writing and include pathetic fallacy. As part of their Young Leaders Award, Year 5 children have written letters about issues they feel strongly about. Two letters about smoking and air pollution which are addressed to parents and carers can be read by clicking here: Pupil letters.

Parent survey 2021-2022
A reminder that we are inviting you to complete our annual parent/carer survey.  Click on this link: Parent survey 2021-2022. The survey will close on Monday 14 March at 12 noon. 

Extreme Reading Challenge
Thank you to everyone for taking part in the challenge. Congratulations to Alex N'm in 3SB for being the winner.

Science Week
Science Week is taking place next week. Activities planned for the children include: whole school investigation to find out if there is any correlation between age and height; designing a creature to live on Mars; building and testing a nest for Gentoo penguins in Antarctica; and smashing stereotypes by researching a range of diverse scientists. Thank you all the parents an carers for sending in boxes and cartons for junk modelling. 

Parent Forum
Parent Forum had another successful meeting with Mrs Cutler and Miss Williamson. The minutes of the meeting can be found here or on the school website under News/Letters. 

Lunchtime Book Club
Following our Big Reading Week, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 book clubs will be held at lunchtimes from Monday 14 March. Children can take their favourite book along to read and share. 

Monday Years 3 and 4  Room 5 (3SG)
Years 5 and 6 Room 14 (6RM)
Tuesday Years 3 and 4 Room 6A (4KS)
Wednesday Years 5 and 6 Room 17 (6RT)
Friday Years 3 and 4 Art room

Comic Relief - Wacky Hair Day - Friday 18 March
We will be raising money for Comic Relief on Friday 18 March by coming to school with 'Wacky hair' in exchange for a suggested donation of £1.Comic Relief have made entirely plant-based noses this year. If children have brought one of these, they are welcome to wear it on the day. Those children without a red nose may choose to use face paint to create their own red nose. 

Year 6 swimming
By the end of the Spring term, all four Year 6 classes will have completed their swimming lessons. In the summer term, it will be the turn of the Year 5 classes. The children are taken by coach to Everyone Active in Hemel. 

The coach driver who transports the children has asked the school to request that parents do not block the entrance to the turning circle and leave a space for the coach to park in one of the bays so that the children can get off the coach safely when they return at the end of the school day. 

Arbor - Trip payments
Year 4 can now access information regarding payments for Cuffley Camp via Arbor. Year 6 will be able to access payment information shortly. 

FOTC coin count and update
Thanks to everyone who participated in our coin count. The winners are 3SB! Runners up were 6WT. Some parents wanted to donate but didn't have any coins, you can make a donation to FOTC here.  Monday 28 March is 'The Great TC Bake Off', categories and entry details will be sent out next Friday so keep your eyes peeled and get planning. The next FOTC meeting is Wednesday 23 March, 7.45pm at The Bull. Please come along as we will be planning our Silver Jubilee party so need all hands on deck.  

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).


Stars of the week

3NH - Samuel - for writing a brilliant explanation of how The Shirt Machine works. He worked so hard and wrote so much he even said he would never be able to write again his hand was hurting so much. 

3SB - Rosa and Nina - for their amazing ability to tell the time and their willingness to help others. 

3SG - Will and Sofia - for working so well together as a team in PSHE this week.

4AP - Rosie - for her excellent attitude to learning and for being helpful, hard working and polite. 

4KD - Benjamin - for his perseverance in Maths this week, despite it being a very challenging method. 

4KS - Evie - for the excellent effort she has been putting into all her learning. 

4RD - All of 4RD - for being enjoyable to teach and helpful.

5DH - Logan - for settling in to his new class so well. 

5JR -  Thomas - for his excellent work in Science - explaining the different methods of seed dispersal in plants, using the correct technical vocabulary

6RM - Melody - for her resilience and determination; it is lovely to see her smile everyday.

6RT - Nicholas - for his continued super efforts in his class and homework.

6SW - AJ - for working hard with renewed concentration.

6WT - William Ro - for super contribution in all lessons. 


A full calendar is available here       

  • Fri 18 Mar - Comic Relief - Wacky Hair     
  • Fri 25 Mar - Ukraine fundraiser
  • Wed 23 Mar - FOTC meeting 7.45pm The Bull
  • Mon 28 Mar - FOTC 'Great TC Bake Off'
  • Fri 1 April - Last day of term finish at 1.00pm                                          

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

St Peter's church information can be found here.