Friday 21 May
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 6RM, Olivia and 3NH. Our theme this week has been 'serving the local community'. With Olivia we looked at the different service organisations within Berkhamsted and 3NH reflected on how we could serve the local community. Their suggestions included: caring for the environment by walking, cycling or scooting to school, picking up litter, growing your own produce, helping neighbours, supporting local businesses, being kind to others and sticking to the COVID-19 rules.
6RM reminded us of the work of the Trussell Trust, how it became involved in supporting food banks and the important role of the food banks during the pandemic. DENS (which is the hub for the local area) provided 6317 people with emergency food parcels - 2495 of these were for children. Earlier this academic year, our school collected donations for DENS in our Harvest appeal. This week we have received a thank you letter informing us that we had donated 67kg in support of this vital Foodbank service.
This week in Maths, Year 3 pupils have been learning how to use the bar model method to help with division; Year 4 pupils have been learning about fractions, with a focus on equivalent fractions; Year 5 pupils have been learning about percentages and solving problems involving percentages, whilst Year 6 pupils have been learning about pie charts and line graphs.
Walk to School Week
Thank you to all the pupils, parents and carers who have been participating in 'Walk to School Week' in spite of the cold and wet weather this week.
End of day collection
We'd like to remind parents and carers of children in Years 3 & 4 that in the interest of your child's safety, please let us know in advance if you are asking someone else to collect your child. This can be done either via an email to the office or a note in your child's planner.
With half term on the horizon, we have been asked by the local authority to remind parents and carers of the Department for Education guidance: 'As usual, parents should plan their holidays within school breaks and avoid seeking permission to take their children out of school during term time. Families should also consider that their children may need to self-isolate following trips overseas that require a period of quarantine.
All pupils travelling to England must adhere to government travel advice and you should bear in mind the impact on your child's education which may result from any requirement to quarantine or isolate upon return. Those arriving from a 'red list' country, or who have transited through one in the past 10 days, must quarantine in a government approved facility with a parent or legal guardian rather than at home.'
Free Sports Shoes
We all know how expensive sports shoes can be, especially when children are growing at a rate of knots. If your children (or you) need a pair of shoes to participate in sports activities, 1 Impossible Thing have been collecting pre-loved and out grown sports shoes to pass onto those who need them. They have trainers, football boots, rugby boots and astros.
They have joined up with The Swan Project to distribute them to people that need them. To request a free pair just email The Swan Project with the size and type you need: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow 1 Impossible Thing on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/1ImpossibleThing
Should you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact Mrs Parul Dix, Swan Youth Project Manager at the above email address.
Bookings are now open to all for Summer 2 wraparound care sessions.
Singing lessons have resumed with Mrs Chambers. If you would like to sign your child up for music lessons including singing or cancel lessons then please visit http://www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/register.
Healthy Start Food Vouchers
If you are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old you could be entitled to Healthy Start vouchers worth £4.25 per child per week (£8.50 if under 1) to spend on milk, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables, and instant formula milk. You can also use them to buy pulses and canned fruit and vegetables so long as they have no fat, salt, sugar or other flavouring added. The vouchers can be redeemed at local retailers.
If you are entitled to Healthy Start Vouchers you will also get free vitamins designed to help pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children. To be eligible you should be in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. Pregnant under 18 year olds qualify whether they are entitled to qualifying benefits for not.
Application leaflets are available from GP surgeries or baby clinics. Alternatively, a form can be obtained by calling 0345 607 6823 or by downloading and printing one. Please click here for further details.