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Newsletter 30

Friday 13 May 2022

Notices and Reminders

"Encourage one another and build each other up." 1 Thessalonians 5.11


This week our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and Father Joe. Continuing with our value of Friendship, we have been reflecting on how important it is to make time for one another. 

This week in school
On Friday afternoon, we were visited by Willard Carter, a cellist who is currently studying in Madrid. Accompanied by Daniel King Smith, Willard played a range of pieces of children, including short excerpts from Stravinsky and Haydn. Willard is performing at St Peters on Sunday 15 May; 
click here for further details.

Our Year 6 pupils have been sitting the Key Stage 2 Statutory Assessment Tests in English and Mathematics this week. Before each test, staff prepared and served the children with a healthy breakfast. When the children were not taking tests, they took part in 'Beat the Boss', an enterprise activity which required the Year 6s to work in groups and devise a new flavour of ice cream. The staff are extremely proud of the way in which the children conducted themselves throughout the week and for their hard work leading up to the tests. 

The Year 4 pupils were all back in school this week, following their residential trip to Cuffley Camp. The staff were very impressed with their resilience and team working skills. These were demonstrated in many of the challenges including 'Buggy Build'; Nightline; Problem solving and Team Challenge. 

Dacorum Young Artists
We were delighted to hear that Josh in Year 5 was awarded 'Best in School' in the Dacorum Young Artists competition run by Rotary. Josh was commended for his artistic merit and for this interpretation of the theme 'What should your world look like in 2050?'. The award ceremony is being held this weekend at Ashlyns, where all the entries are being exhibited.

Sports Events
Game On recently held a football festival at Dundale School for Years 3 & 4. Teams from Brookmead, Dundale, Thomas Coram, St. Mary's, Bishop Wood and Wingrave School took part in a series of friendly games. Each team played the games in great spirit and the standard was very high. Congratulations to Alfie and Evren who were 'Players of the Festival'. 

A selection of Year 5 and 6 children were also chosen to represent Thomas Coram in a football league. They all showed brilliant determination and skill and due to this, we have progressed through the league; we won our semi-final and will be playing our final on Tuesday 17 May. 

Book Fair
Don't forget the travelling book fair is coming to the library from Monday! There are over 200 titles for you and your child to choose from and with prices starting at only £2.99, there is sure to be a book for everyone. The book fair will be open every lunchtime for children to browse and buy. We will also be open after school on Tuesday-Friday until 4pm. Payment can be in cash or online using a QR code that will be up in the library in the afternoons. Any cash should be in a named envelope  and given to your child's class teacher at morning registration for safe keeping. If you can't make our Book Fair gift vouchers are available at www.travellingbooks.co.uk/parent. They are a great way to make sure your child doesn't miss out. Don't forget that every book you buy can help get free books for our school library. 

Help for Ukrainian Refugees when they need it most
With growing numbers of refugees leaving Ukraine for the UK, and the visa process showing no sign of speeding up, hosts are increasingly using their own money to support their guests until they arrive.  The Berkhamsted and Tring Ukrainian Host Group has found homes for over 75 people in their local community, but now we need your help. With the money you give we can:

  • pay for temporary accommodation until visas are approved. Refugee centres are overwhelmed, and conditions are far from ideal. 
  • buy essentials for new arrivals, including school equipment, toys, clothes and books
  • pay travel costs for those needing to get to the UK

There are no admin costs or overheads. 100% of your donation will go to where it is most  needed. If you would like more information please don't hesitate to get in touch. Please do click on the link to read more about the group and to find out how to donate. Thank you in advance for your kind donation. 


Hertfordshire Music Service
Don't forget Monday 16 May is the last opportunity for you to change or cancel your child's music lessons for the Autumn term. You can cancel your child's lessons information can be found here. If you wish to change the type of lesson your child has this can be done here. .

Friends of Thomas Coram
Come along to FOTC's biggest fundraiser of the summer, the Jubilee Party!
Friday 10 June
6.30 - 10pm
Live band, bbq, bar, face paints, kids jubilee themed arts and crafts, kids film, ice cream van and more!

Book your tickets FOTC Jubilee Party Tickets

Lieutenancy of Hertfordshire - Platinum Jubilee Art Competition
The Lieutenancy of Hertfordshire are running an art competition to coincide with the Queen's platinum jubilee. It is open to all pupils in Hertfordshire! For more information and competition rules please click here

BerkoFest Children's Book Festival
BerkoFest Children's Book Festival returns in partnership with Chorleywood Bookshop on Saturday 18 June 2022, with a fantastic line-up of children's authors. The event takes place at Berkhamsted's Rectory Lane Cemetery, an accessible town centre green space and a truly atmospheric venue for storytelling. Exciting children's fiction authors - Olaf Falafel, Mo O'Hara, Jack Meggitt-Phillips, Bec Hill, Vashti Hardy and Logan Macx - will host sessions. From picture books to thrilling middle-grade novels, there will be something for all children to enjoy, along with other book-themed activities and inter-active workshops and refreshments.  A full programme will be published shortly at www.berkofest.com. Tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the day plus a booking fee (grown-ups and under 3s are free). Tickets give you entry for the whole day and to all the activities taking place. 

Vacancies at Ashlyns School
Ashlyns have 3 vacancies for the role of TA. The posts are part-time, term-time only (plus inset days) for 30 or 18 hours per week but there may be some flexibility with this that could be discussed at interview. To find out more information and apply please click here

Stars of the week

3NH - Lola - for showing great perseverance and determination in Maths this week. 

3SB - Maggie, Nina and Winston - for the improvements in their writing. Great empathy and persuasive shown, as Duncan from 'The Day the Crayons Quit.' 

3SG - Arthur - for his effort in school this week.

4AP - Christabel - for her enthusiasm in English this week and for producing some fantastic written work on our text Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters. 

4KD - Evren - for always having a positive attitude in all his learning and giving everything 100%.

4RD - Anwen - for her epic entertaining diary entry about a day at the beach rock pooling.

4KS - Amelie - for her fantastic work in English this week. 

5DH - All of 5DH - for their outstanding consideration shown all week to Year 6. Mrs Hall is extremely proud of you all.

5JR -  Gregory - for his effort and enthusiasm in his approach to his work in Monsterology.

6RM - All of 6RM - for their amazing focus and resilience in SATS week. I am very proud of you all. 

6RT - All of 6RT - for your super efforts in SATS. Well done for all of your hard work!

6SWAll of 6SW - for fantastic effort and focus during SATS week.

6WT - All of 6WT - for amazing focus and effort with this week's SATs tests. Everyone is really proud of you - not only for what you have achieved, but also your hard work and dedication. 


A full calendar is available here           

  • Mon 16 - Fri 20 May - Book Fair in school          
  • Friday 27 May - Occasional day 
  • Mon 30 May to Fri 3 June - Half term
  • Mon 6 June - 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

St Peter's church website with details of services and events can be found here.