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Newsletter 31

Friday 21 May

Notices and Reminders

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

Worship
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.

Learning
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.

Holidays
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: manager@swanyouthproject.co.uk 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.

Wraparound care
Bookings are now open to all for Summer 2 wraparound care sessions.

Singing lessons
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.



 

 

Stars of the week

 

3KD - Joseph - for putting great effort into his work this week. Staff have been particularly impressed with Joseph's creativity.

3NH - Dylan - for working hard to solve problems including comparing multiplication and division number sentences.

3SB - Evie - for having the courage to stand up and give her first ever violin concert to the class.

3SG - Lainey - for working hard on her mental arithmetic.  She is now much faster and accurate when answering addition and subtraction questions in fluency.

4FG - Penny - for working diligently in all her subjects this week, producing work that is both in depth and enthusiastic. She was particularly 'on fire' with her work on fractions.

4RD - Zac- for the fantastic effort he has been making with his handwriting.

4RP - Stanley - for the fantastic improvement to his writing and for some super work in the new English unit this week.

5CT - Archie - for his unending enthusiasm he brings to class everyday, always eager and taking part in lessons.

5DH - Jacob- for fantastic work in Maths this week, particularly with percentages and fractions.

5JR - Dylan  for making so many teachers smile last week. Staff are so proud of the work that he produced and the way in which he rose to the challenges set.

5KS - Martha - for writing an excellent detailed crime report based on the story of Macbeth.

6RM - Sonny - for his portrayal of a character in an 'Eastenders' style which was brilliant and very entertaining. He really captured the informal spoken language of such a character perfectly.

6SW - Benjy- for being a pie chart superstar and asking thoughtful questions in Science.

6TS - Josie - for continuing to talk more in class, talking to adults around the school more and for standing in front of the entire class and organising a quiz.

6WT - Christopherfor putting huge efforts into the presentation of his work this week and has really shown his best handwriting.

 


 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Kenny, Cody, Ozzie, Daniel S, Dylan H, Eleanor B, Imogen, Dylan B and Mrs Thomson who all celebrated their birthday this week.

 

Dates

A full calendar is available here

 

  • Mon 31 May - Friday 4 June - Half term
  • Mon 7 June - 5DH & 5JR Go Ape
  • Tues 8 June - 5CT & 5KS Go Ape
  • Mon 14 - Fri 18 June - Y6 activity week
  • 17 June - Clean Air Day

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 weekend the doors will be open from 9am on Saturday all through the night until after the service on Sunday morning for our Pentecost Prayer Vigil. Please drop in for a few minutes of peace and calm.