Friday 18 June 2021
Notices and Reminders
"Tell the truth to each other" Zechariah 8.16
This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler, who used the Bible story of Jacob and Esau to introduce our theme of 'living without lies'. On Wednesday, Fr Stuart led worship. He used an interactive story to remind the children about the importance of being truthful as it shows how we care for people. 3SG led our Friday whole school worship. They retold the story of George Washington who chopped down his father's prize cherry tree. However, he was honest and admitted he was responsible.
Year 6 Activity Week
Year 6 have had a busy week with trips to Whipsnade Zoo, Thorpe Park and Go Ape at Wendover Woods, as well as school-based activities including decorating pillowcases and circus skills. These activities have replaced the traditional residential week. Unfortunately, the wet weather put paid to the planned camping overnight on the school field but this has been carried over to next week.
We would like to thank all the parent volunteers who accompanied the children on the different trips. Without their support, the trips would not have been able to go ahead. A big thank you to all the Year 6 teachers, the teaching assistants and the office staff for making this week possible but particularly Miss Walker for the hours she spent organising all the activities.
The school sports day takes place on Thursday 8 July. This year, with restrictions still in place, the children will be taking part in their bubbles. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate parents on site this year but we shall post photos on the school Facebook and Twitter pages.
Next Tuesday, 23 June, we shall be hosting Year 2 pupils from Swing Gate and Victoria Infant and Nursery Schools for a sports morning alongside our Year 3 pupils. The children will be taking part in their bubbles, following the measures outlined in our whole school risk assessment. Our internal transition morning takes place on Tuesday 13 July, when the children will meet their new class teacher for the academic year 2021/22.
The Public Health team at Hertfordshire County Council has asked us to share the following information with you.
Firstly, we want to thank you for all you are doing to play your part and help protect your school community. As we head towards the end of the academic year, let's work together to reduce the number of cases in our nurseries, schools and colleges and make sure less children will need to learn remotely.
We are now at a crucial time in our fight against coronavirus. In line with the Government's recent announcement we're asking everyone to not drop your guard just yet - Covid 19 is still here.
There are simple things you can do right now to continue to protect yourself, your family and your school community:
Remember hands, face, space, fresh air - each school may have different rules around face coverings, but everyone aged over 11 should be wearing a face covering when in indoor venues. If you can still meet outside do.
Testing - parents and carers should take regular rapid tests along with the rest of the community, by doing this we can all help to reduce the spread of the virus. You can find your nearest collection site or order online at https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/coronavirus-tests.aspx#rapid
Vaccination - please get your vaccine once you are invited to.
Please do not send children back into education if they are sick or feel unwell - be cautious.
If you or your child/ren have symptoms (new, continuous cough, change or loss of taste or smell or a temperature) you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Please note that some settings with outbreaks are seeing sore throats and headaches included.
If you need help to self-isolate contact HertsHelp for advice and practical help with things like getting food and medicine and accessing financial support. Call 0300123 4044, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hertshelp.net.
We know none of this is easy, but if we throw our arms around schools to protect them now, we can all look forward to the summer holidays we're hoping for. Thank you again for helping to keep yourselves and your community safe.
Hertfordshire County Council
We'd like to remind you about the CREATE-Covid Response programme which is being run by Dacorum Family Services. Next week's sessions are all about Family Wellbeing, with two Zoom sessions being run: Monday 21 June at 6.30pm and Tuesday 22 June at 10am. Click here for further details.
We currently have the following vacancies; Learning Support Assistant for 30 hrs/week, and a Midday Lunchtime Supervisor 8hrs 20 minutes/week both roles are Monday to Friday. Further details of both positions can be found here.