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Newsletter 25

Friday 26 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

 
Worship
This week, our whole school worships have been led by Sharon (Youth Leader at Sunnyside) and Father Joe. As part of our theme on the value of Justice, we have been reflecting on keeping God's rules. We've thought about the rules we have to follow in our daily lives; how they help us and protect us. The Ten Commandments are God's rules to help us live our best lives and love should be the driving force in how we behave towards one another and how we treat each other.

Our end of term service was jointly led by Father Stuart, Father Joe, Rev. Rebecca and Olivia. Each leader retold a different part of the Easter Story: Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Following each story, we thought about who we would be excited to see (like the crowd welcoming Jesus); when we have done something to help another person (like Jesus washing the feet of his disciples); when we had done something we didn't want to do but knew that it would help others (Jesus dying on the cross) and what we are feeling hopeful about as the resurrection is a story of hope.

On Tuesday, we respected the one-minute silence for all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the anniversary of the first national lockdown occurred.

Acts of Kindness
This week, we have heard about the achievements of two pupils in Upper Key stage 2, who have given up their time in support of others.

Darcey H in Year 5 has just completed a marathon for charity. She enjoys running and when she heard about the People Not Borders challenge (in the St Peter's weekly newsletter), to run 26.2 miles across March to help provide food and shelter for refugees, she was inspired. In just three weeks, Darcey has run over 28 miles and raised approx. £200 for this deserving cause.

Ethan in Year 6 has completed the 'Forget Me Not Walk' in aid of Grief Encounter and in memory of his mother. This charity provides support to bereaved children, young people and their families. Ethan set himself a target of £1000 but to date has raised nearly £4000 so that children in a similar position to himself can receive this care which includes counselling.

Both pupils have shown determination and an incredible positive attitude in undertaking this fundraising and are superb ambassadors of the school's values: Respect, Responsibility and Friendship.

Autism Awareness Week
The National Autism Society (NAS) is seeking to raise national awareness during the week 29 March - 4 April. This is an event we have previously promoted in school and, as the week falls during the Easter Break, we shall be sharing a presentation during worship and following up the key messages of inclusion and celebrating difference in our PSHE lessons on our return to school.

Message from Hertfordshire County Council
As we go into the Easter Holidays, and some Government guidance changes around socialising outside and outdoor sport, it's so important that we don't let our guard down and increase the risk of Covid-19 outbreaks when schools return.

From Monday 29 March, you can;

  • Meet up outside (including in private gardens) with six other people, or as two households.
  • Take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will reopen).
  • Childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children.

You and your family can continue to keep yourselves and others safe by:

  • Washing your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water or using antibacterial hand sanitiser if soap and water isn't available.
  • Keeping socially distanced, staying at least 2 metres away from those not in your immediate household.
  • Wearing a face-covering where required and when it is difficult to socially distance.
  • Self Isolating and getting tested if you develop symptoms or receive a positive lateral flow test (LFT) result.
  • Not socialising indoors with anyone who isn't in your immediate household. You're not allowed to have sleepovers or playdates, even if your child is in a school bubble.
  • Not sending children back to school ill or with symptoms of Covid-19 after the Easter Break - if your child is sick, please keep them at home.

Children in primary schools should not be taking LFT, please don't do home tests on younger children. If you are worried about small children or they develop symptoms, please seek advice from your GP or call 111.

Thank you again for playing your part and helping to keep our schools safe and open for face to face learning.

We wish you all a safe and happy Easter. Hertfordshire County Council

Public Health - School Nursing
Please find some information that the school nursing team have put together for parents and carers who may have worries or concerns about their children here.

Wisepay
Please note the Wisepay portal will not be accepting payments from this evening, Friday 26 March, until 13 April 2021 as the school switches bank provider. Please do not attempt to make any payments in Wisepay over this period.

Aspire2Fitness
Aspire2Fitness which is based at Ashlyns school has a number of outdoor and virtual events running over the Easter holidays. Virtual events are free and outdoor sessions are £3. Please click here for more information.

Comics for Wraparound care
If anyone has any comics (particularly Beano) they no longer want, our wrap around care would love to have them. Any donations can be dropped at the office for quarantine before going to wrap around. Thank you.

Menu after EasterThe current school menu will continue after the Easter Holidays and will start with week one.

 

Stars of the week

 

3KD - All of 3KD - for a fantastic three weeks in school

3NH - Maisie - for trying hard with great enthusiasm this week with her fractions work

3SB - Amelie - for the huge improvement in the presentation of her work. Beautiful handwriting

3SG - Myley - for fantastic effort in maths this week and sharing her great ideas with the class

4FG - All of 4FG and Miss Beattie - for all being truly amazing over the last three weeks, working so hard and really impressing Mrs Griffiths from home

4FG - Charlie RG - for fantastic independent maths learning and being enthusiastic with his history learning

4RD - Ryan - for his great attitude towards his learning and for being such a kind and thoughtful member of 4RD

4RP - Jarvis - for always asking thoughtful questions about his learning and for sharing excellent ideas with the class

5CT - Noah - for a great improvement in the standard and effort he puts into his work

5DH - Jacob - for his amazing hand writing

5JR - Elizabeth - for her fabulous artwork, paying attention to detail and careful consideration of colour when designing her Greek vase

5KS - Laci  - for some fantastic work on problem solving in maths this week

6RM - Holly- for great focus and quiet perseverance in lessons. Holly presents her work beautifully works independently. In writing, she carefully considers which word choices and detail to include.

6SW - Brooke - for returning to school with a great attitude and contributing in maths and science lessons

6TS - All of 6TS - for helping make the return to school so enjoyable! They made sure the rest of the Spring term was full of enthusiasm, good behaviour and learning.

6WT - Harrison for really improving the effort he puts into his writing. He is using some super vocabulary and sentence structures.

 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Mason, Izzy N and Maisie T who all celebrated their birthdays this week.

 

Dates

A full calendar is available here

  • Tues 13 April - Pupils return

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

This week at St Peter's we celebrate Palm Sunday. Holy Week and Easter services are now all open for booking on the website. https://www.stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk/

At the 9.30 mass on Sunday, there will be an Easter trail for families to take part in during the service, perhaps with a chocolate treat at the end! As well as Easter activity bags for children to enjoy at the beginning and end of the service. Each family will take part in the trail individually in order to follow government guidelines.

A poster showing all the services over Easter is available here.