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Newsletter 24

Friday 19 March

Notices and Reminders

"Our purpose is to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of one another. 2 Corinthians 8.21

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and Olivia. As part of our theme on the value of Justice, we have been reflecting on the importance of seeing the whole picture. Sometimes, in order to do the right thing, we need to work hard to seek out the whole story, so that we don't jump to conclusions.

Red Nose Day
On Friday, we celebrated Red Nose Day by either wearing a red nose or painting our noses red (with face paint) to support the work of Comic Relief.

In school this week
Next week marks the anniversary of the first national lockdown. After the past year when there have been times  when we have all been working remotely, we wanted to provide an opportunity which would bring us all together and give our school a sense of unity and shared perspective on what we've all experienced. We wanted something that enabled the children to reflect on the strange times we've been through in lockdown 2021 yet recognise the hope we can share for the future. The children have designed and painted a tea light holder, made from salt dough. The candle reminds us of the things lost but the light also reminds us of our hopes for the future. We hope that each time pupils light their candles, they will reflect on the past but also think positively about the future.

Acts of Kindness
It was lovely to hear this week from a set of grandparents. They wanted to share how amazing their grand-daughter, Eleanor, in Year 4 has been during the lockdowns. In their words, she has 'shown an amazing empathy for us old ones and has been our salvation during lockdown. She has read to us, organised quizzes, craft and cookery demonstrations, dance and exercise videos and there has hardly been any time when we haven't heard from her by WhatsApp or Zoom.' Eleanor has also organised a Zoom tea party, organised a book competition and even a rap competition. Many of her videos to them have also featured her brother, Jacob in Y5, who has joined in the spirit by adding 'laugh out loud' appearances in many of the videos and sent his own set of football coaching ones!

A reminder that if you haven't yet watch our Esafety talk by Richard Maskrey that is still available to watch. The topics covered range from settings to age restrictions for different apps as well as on-line gaming, grooming and acting responsibly.

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 closing date is Tuesday 23 March at midday.

DSPL Newsletter
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.

End of term
Dismissal times for Friday 26 March are;

Y3 1.00pm

Y4 1.05pm

Y5 1.10pm

Y6 1.15pm

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 - Kaya - for having a positive and hard-working attitude since we have returned to   school.

3NH - Aleissa - for being a kind and helpful friend, and for her interesting contributions to class discussions.

3SB - Mia - for her caring and compassionate nature. A wise head on young shoulders!

3SG - Henry - for his consistent effort and attitude in class. Henry always gives his work 100%

4FG - Theo - for fantastic effort in maths this week.

4RD - Spike- for being an all round top classmate! He will be missed by everyone in 4RD and we wish him all the best at his new school.

4RP - Rebecca - for showing a superb attitude to learning across all subjects and for being a supportive learning partner and an excellent role model at all times.

5CT - Amelie - for her sunny disposition and positivity, for always making her teachers smile.

5DH - All of 5DH - for making the two weeks we have been back at school so enjoyable.

5JR - Tilly - for the way in which she has settled into 5JR, showing a positive attitude to learning and making friends.

5KS - Danielle - for working extremely hard and listening well.

6RM - All of 6RM - for working hard on their assessments and a great start back at school.

6SW - Ben - for always being a cheerful member of the class and sharing his ideas in lessons.

6TS - Morgan - for having a calm, mature and industrious return to school.

6WT - Amy Amy puts amazing effort into everything she does and listens extremely carefully.



Georgia, Holly O, Riley C, Isabella A, Sid, William W, Holly M, Mrs Winfrow, Ms Furlong, Mrs Giles and Miss Walker, who all celebrated their birthdays this week.



A full calendar is available here

  • 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:

  • Parent survey response

This week at St Peter's

This week at St Peter's Sunday Club will be meeting by Zoom again at 11am. If you'd like to join, please email churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk for a link.

Pandemic Week of Prayer - Sunday 21 - Saturday 27 March

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 the 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 keyworkers: staff on intensive care wards, staff who kept the shelves of our 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 last twelve months. Again, please contact Fr Stuart or the Parish Office if there is anyone you would like to have prayed for by name. Please book for this service online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/requiem-mass-tickets-142079386269