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Newsletter 3                        

25 September 2020

Notices and Reminders

"Always be thankful".1 Thessalonians 5.16

This week our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler supported by members of 6TS, Father Joe and 3KD. We have been reflecting on the importance of remembering to say thank you, and how we should be thankful for the food we have and try to not waste it.

Parking outside school

Thank you to all those parents and carers who have followed the guidance in Mrs Cutler's letter re: parking outside the school. We appreciate your co-operation and hope all parents and carers continue to be considerate when parking at drop off and collection.

Flu vaccinations

Flu vaccination forms are being collected on Monday. Please remember that you need to return a form regardless of whether your child is having the vaccination. Please email to admin@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk


On Friday 9 October, 5KS will be leading our Harvest celebrations. We are supporting the local foodbank as we have done in previous years. The list of items which are being accepted is more restrictive than in previous years.

Sponge Pudding


Tinned Ham/Corned Beef

Deodrant - Men and Women

Toothbrushes - Singles/pairs

Kitchen Towel

Cleaning Sprays

Dishwasher Tablets and Salt

Washing up Liquid

Cooking Utensils: Slotted Spoons; Spatulas; Fish Turner; Hand Whisk: Potato Masher; Kitchen Scissors

Men's new socks (sizes 6-9, 9-11 and 11-13)

Women's new tights (sizes 8 -20)

Please note: At the moment they have good supplies of Baked Beans, Cereal and Pasta

New Dinner menu

A new menu will be starting on Monday it can be viewed on the website or here.

Revised Policies

Our federation governing body had their first meeting (virtually) of the school year earlier this week. We discussed and reflected on the schools' approach to lockdown and re-opening, and will shortly be revising our Remote Learning policy to reflect the approach we will take, if necessary, in the future. Thank you for your comments at the end of the summer term, which contributed to this process - more details on this to follow. The governing body approved the Hertfordshire new policies on Child Protection, Complaints, and Online Safety; they also approved an amended version of the COVID addendum to our Behaviour Policy. All these policies are available here www.castlefederation.org/policies

SIMS Parent

An invite has been sent out asking you to join SIMS parent. This is a convenient way for you to access, review and request changes to data held on our database direct from your phone, tablet or PC. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact the school office.

Privacy Notice: Test and Trace

In addition to our Privacy Notices for parents, children, staff and governors, we have just published an additional Privacy Notice for everyone to explain our duty to comply with NHS Test and Trace. You can read our Privacy Notice here


Secondary transfer application

Please remember to apply online for a secondary school place for September 2021 if you have a child in Year 6. The application deadline is 31 October 2020. All the information you need is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions.


We have 2 vacancies for Learning Support Assistants (30hrs/wk Mon-Fri) for further information please click here

Stars of the week                                                                          


6RM - Penelope for having a great start in 6RM

6WT - Marcus for making great contributions in all lessons

6TS - Liam for being polite and having a GSOH!

6SW - Calum - for always being wonderful

5JR - Dylan for a fantastic piece of handwriting

5DH - Abbie for amazing  effort in maths

5KS - Joseph C for his positive, enthusiastic and mature approach to all tasks

5CT - Remi for working hard and contributing in all lessons

4RP - Charlotte for an excellent attitude to learning

4FG - Brooke for being a fantastic role model and always ready to learn

4RD - Lucas for his cheerful engagement with all aspects of his learning

3SB - Isla for politeness and increased pace with her work

3SG - Max for working hard on writing and great focus in lessons

3KD - Josie for some amazing maths work!

3NH - Mason for being a helpful member of the class to friends and adults


A full calendar is available here

  • Monday 1 October - Ashlyns Virtual Open Evening starts
  • Monday 5 October to Friday 9 October - Harvest week
  • Monday 19 October - first flu jab session
  • Friday 23 October  - Staff inset  (pupils not in school)
  • Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October - half term
  • Wednesday 25 November - second flu jab session

Information sent out this week

This week we sent out these letters and emails; letters are also available here:

This week at St Peter’s

This week at St Peter's we celebrate St Michaels and All Angels. Unfortunately,  Sunday Club isn't meeting yet, but there will be children's worksheets available on the door

We look forward to Phil Brown and John Lee's English Song recital on Wednesday 30 September 7.00pm-7.45pm. For tickets please contact  brown_phillip@yahoo.com