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Newsletter 28

Friday 30 April

Notices and Reminders

"I did not come to be served, but to serve." Matthew 20.28

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and the Y6 Reflective Leaders, Father Joe and 3KD. Our theme this week has been 'giving with no strings attached.' As a school we have been reflecting on how we can follow Jesus' example; we too should give without expecting any. The story of St Francis was retold by the children in 3KD as an example of someone who served God without expecting anything in return, whilst Father Joe shared the story of the Good Samaritan.

Captain Tom's 100 Challenge
On 6 April 2020, Captain Tom Moore set out round his garden to thank the NHS. One hundred laps later, he'd raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal. His simple  message of hope - "Tomorrow will be a good day" - inspired millions around the world and brought comfort and joy to so many during the pandemic.

Friday 30 April would have been his 101st birthday and to honour him and his amazing achievements, The Captain Tom Foundation is encouraging everyone, of all ages and abilities, to take part in the Captain Tom 100.

Our School Councillors have decided that they would like to support the challenge. They have shared lots of ideas with their classes. Children can take on a challenge around the number 100 anytime and anywhere between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May. Ideas range from walking 100 metres to baking 100 cakes or writing 100 letters. Lots more ideas are available to view on: https://youtu.be/3ZVAgjNWvOo. School Council would like those taking part to take a photo and send it to: 100@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk.

On-line Safety newsletter
Herts for Learning (HfL) has produced its termly newsletter for parents and carers. It includes reviews and details about: Parents and Carers Toolkit - from ChildNet; Connecting safely online - from Internetmatters.org; In-game chat: What parents and carers need to know - from Thinkuknow and Online safety videos - from Childnet. Click here to read.

Parent Consultations
A reminder that the booking window for our parent consultations evenings being held on Tuesday 4 May and Thursday 6 May has now closed.

We are currently advertising two posts for our wraparound care to start in the second half of the summer term. We need one assistant for our Breakfast Club and one for our after school club. Parents/carers with a child at this school would be eligible for a free place in our wraparound care whilst working in either post. Further details of both vacancies can be found by following these links: Wraparound Care - Breakfast Club and Wraparound Care - After School Club

Essential Schoolwear
Essential Schoolwear have updated their website; further details of new features can be found here.

Dacorum Family Services
DFS are still offering phone surgeries for parents with children aged 5-18 to find out more information about what is on offer please click here.

Attendance is vitally important in ensuring the children make progress and we would like to congratulate pupils in 4RD (best class); Year 5 (best year group) and Malala (best House) for their excellent attendance during the month of April. Year 3 has the best attendance to date this academic year.

The Lancaster Model questionnaire
Year 6 were due to take part in this on Tuesday 4 May. Unfortunately, it has been postponed until Wednesday 19 May.

Bank Holiday Monday
A reminder that Monday 3 May is a Bank Holiday. Children will be back in school on Tuesday 4 May.

Stars of the week


3KD - Ellie - for a great diary entry in English and for always working hard.

3NH - Violet - for being patient and kind, helping others in the computer room.

3SB - Atlas and Tommy Bo- for their supportive paired work in Maths and English.

3SG - Chloe - for impressing her teacher with her effort in her science lesson this week.

4FG - James - for pushing himself this week to achieve in work he finds challenging.

4RD - Maddison - for being such a sunny member of the class, always working hard and contributing eagerly to lessons.

4RP - Patrick - for some thoughtful predictions in English as he engaged with the new poetry unit.

5CT - Sofia - for her continued focus and commitment to her learning and for always being kind to others.

5DH - Mylo - for persevering in Maths this week.

5JR - Daisy -  for her wonderful work in science - explaining metamorphosis and the life cycles of a frog and a butterfly in detail.  

5KS - Oscar - for listening well and contributing to ideas under discussion.

6RM - Penelope - Penelope is very kind and a good friend to others.

6SW - Leila - for being a positive and helpful member of the class.

6TS - Charlie - for always taking the time to articulate an answer, being self-aware and communicative with all; for always trying his best to tackle extension problems in Maths and for using excellent vocabulary and writing techniques in English.

6WT - Harrison for his superb attitude to learning and being engaged in all lessons.



Phoebe S, Rose, Maddison and Leo who all celebrated their birthday this week.



A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 3 May - Bank Holiday - school closed
  • Tues 4 May - Y5 & Y6 virtual parent consultations 5.00 - 7.30 pm
  • Thurs 6 May - Y3 & Y4 virtual parent consultations 5.00 - 7.30 pm

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, Sunday club meet again at 9.30am in the St Catherine chapel. Primary aged children are welcome to join Olivia and Maddie for stories and crafts. We are starting a new walking group on Wednesdays at 10am. If you'd like some more information please contact the parish office churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk.