Friday 12 March
Notices and Reminders
"Learn to do right. Seek justice" Isiah 1.17
This week, our whole school worships have been led by Rebecca from Sunnyside and Olivia. Continuing with our value of Justice, we have been reflecting on God's love in action.
Rebecca used the parable of the 'Workers in the Vineyard' to help us understand that no matter which year group we are in (Year 3 or Year 6), we are all equally special and an important part of the school family. Olivia used the story, 'At the same moment around the world' to help us to think about where we can see God's love in action. Both these stories show everyone is important and loved; we can show this in our actions just as God loves us all equally.
Return to School
It was lovely to have the school family back together this week, with the reopening of schools to all. On Monday, everyone enjoyed the soft start which allowed us to share our experiences of learning from home and interact with our friends again. In the afternoons, the children have particularly enjoyed the cross curricular project to design their own theme park. They have mapped the layout, thought about the rides and the cost of the tickets as well as designed the brochure. There has been a lot of creative thinking and discussion going on and it has helped us all settle back into a routine.
Red Nose Day
Next Friday, 19 March, is Red Nose Day. To support Comic Relief this year, the children may either wear one of the red noses to school or paint their nose red with face paint. The children will be completing activities linked to Red Nose Day in the afternoon. We are not asking the children to bring in a £1 donation into school. Instead, can we ask that the donation is paid directly to Comic Relief: donate here.
Thank you to those parents and carers who completed the last survey before school reopened on 8 March. Mrs Cutler is writing a letter to address the questions raised and it will be sent out next week.
As a school we are doing everything we can do to provide a safe, COVID secure place to support your children. Whilst children may see each other within their bubbles at school, the guidelines currently do not allow for individuals/families to meet inside or outside unless it is on a 1 to 1 basis for a few more weeks.
We know that you appreciate that we all need to support the measures in place as best we can to ensure the safety of us all and we would appreciate everyone's cooperation in this matter so that we can all be safe by reducing social contacts and the mixing of families. Similarly, we ask that you respect the social distancing guidelines at drop off and collection times, and that you do not linger to talk to other parents.
Travel to and from school
Now we are all back at school please can we remind you of our travel rules. With over 300 families in the school, we must ensure the safety of all our children getting to and from school. It is just not feasible for everyone to drive and not always necessary. We also need to think of the local residents and how we park. For those reasons and several more, we encourage you to walk and where possible to at least park and stride.
Respecting the local community
This week, the school has heard from a local resident who is concerned that after school some of the children are gathering in the 'den' on Velvet Lawn which abuts his house. Rubbish is being thrown from the den into his garden. The children have been reminded today that these actions do not reflect the school's core values of Respect, Responsibility and Friendship. They need to go directly home and they should not be gathering or playing on Velvet Lawn without supervision by a parent and certainly not mixing with children from other bubbles.
Vacancy at Victoria Infant and Nursery School
Victoria school currently have a vacancy for a P/T After School Club Assistant for further details of the job please click here.
The DSPL Spring term communication for parents can be found here. They are running a number of webinars to support both you and your children. Amongst the webinars and leaflets available there is a Bounce Forward webinar designed to help children deal well with change and uncertainty and a leaflet to help you recognise and respond to anxiety.
School Lunch menu
Please be aware that the school lunch menu is out of synch. Next week, Mon 15 March, will be week 2 on the menu, starting with chicken and sweetcorn meatballs or vegetable fajitas.
Face to face music lessons have now resumed and we have a new Brass teacher (trumpet, trombone etc). If you think your child may be interested then please visit Herts Music Service to find out more about how to book lessons.
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. The deadline to submit an appeal is 4pm on Friday 26 March 2021.
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. They are also offering a number of Lite bite workshops on a whole range of different topics from money management to moving on (Year 6).
Stars of the week
3KD - All of 3KD - for settling back into school life and having an amazing first week.
3NH - Melissa - for coming back to school with great focus, ready to learn with a wonderful attitude.
3SB - Aaron - for being wonderful company to Mrs Nield and for all the wonderfully creative things he has made.
3SG - Nick - for settling back into school so well. He has been focused in lessons and is being a good friend on the playground.
4FG - All of 4FG - for showing such resilience and maturity this week - it has been impossible to choose just one star of the week.
4RD - All of 4RD - for settling back into school so happily and enthusiastically. It is great to see all the smiling faces in the morning.
4RP - Emily - for always bringing creativity and positivity to everything she does.
5CT - Melody- for being such a lovely member of the class and for putting great effort into her first week back.
5DH - Alana - for her confident start back to school offering great contributions to class discussions.
5JR - All of 5JR - for showing how wonderful they are at adapting to life back in school; they continue to work hard and show resilience.
5KS - Jack- for a consistently superb attitude to his learning. Jack always puts 100% effort into his work.
6RM - Aniya - for an amazing week of Maths and practising the compact method of long multiplication.
6SW - Josh - for returning to school with such a great attitude; he has contributed to all class discussions.
6TS - Ethan - for becoming a part of The Thomas Coram school community so quickly. He has had a successful first week, working hard, contributing in class and creating some lovely artwork.
6WT - Rory- for super effort and detail in both the superhero and theme park projects this week.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
Martha, Summer W, Alfie L, Poppy L, Joseph E, Lucas H, Jamie B, Eva C, Atlas, Harrison K and Charlie O who all celebrated their birthdays this week.
A full calendar is available here
- Mon 15 March - deadline for accepting secondary school place Y6 only
- Fri 19 March - Red Nose Day
- Fri 26 March - End of Spring term - Early closure dismissal times to follow.
Information sent out this week
This week we sent out/are attaching these letters, emails and flyers; letters are also available here:
- Letter from Jim McManus Director of Public Health
- Game on Easter Holiday courses
- Easter Holiday tech camp - revised dates
- Canvas Crew - Art in the holidays
- Jayne Marie Dancing School
This week at St Peter's
This week we celebrate Mothering Sunday. We give thanks to all who mother us. Sunday club will be meeting again via zoom at 11am. After the Easter Holidays we hope to be able to meet again in person!
Pandemic Week of Prayer - Sunday 21 - Saturday 27 March
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.
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.