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Newsletter 5                        

Friday 9 October 2020

Notices and Reminders

"Thankfulness"

We are coming to the end of our worship theme of Thankfulness. This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler and the Year 6 Reflective Leaders, Father Joe and 5KS. Our theme of living fruitful lives is linked to celebrating the season of harvest. We have been reflecting on how we can lead a healthy life by rooting ourselves in Jesus' teachings. Next week, we will be begin reflecting on the value of Responsibility, one of our school's core Christian values.

 Harvest

Thank you to all parents/carers who have supported our Harvest collection for the local foodbank. The donations received at the school gates filled an amazing nine crates!

 World Mental Health Day

The school was glowing with shades of yellow this morning as children and staff showed their support for World Mental Health Day by wearing a yellow accessory to school.

 Fire Drill

We recently had the first fire drill practice for this academic year. It ran very smoothly, in spite of the new arrangements due to COVID-19.

 Attendance September

Attendance is vitally important in ensuring children make progress and we would like to congratulate children in 4RD 99.1% (best class); Year 3 96.6% (best year group) and Malala 96.8% (best house) for their excellent attendance during the month of September. Year 3 have the best attendance so far this academic year.

 Secondary transfer application

There are three weeks left to apply for a secondary school place for September 2021. If you have not already applied please go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions. The   deadline for applications is 31 October 2020. However, Hertfordshire admissions recommend that you apply by Friday 23 October so if there are any queries they can be dealt with ahead of the deadline. We strongly recommend that you do not apply late. Late applicants last year were not allocated their first choice and had to appeal; not all appeals were successful.

 Stop means stop

Not stopping at a school crossing patrol can result in a fine of up to £1000 and three points on a driving licence, or even disqualification from driving if you don't stop your vehicle for the school crossing patrol, and much worse an avoidable road incident. It is a difficult job stopping traffic to cross the road with children and adults, and school crossing patrols do this with a smile ensuring that children and adults get safely across the road. Further information about this campaign run by Hertfordshire's Active and Safer Travel team can be found here.

 Wrap around care

 Bookings for wrap around care after half term will open on Monday 12 October at 7.00pm for Autumn 2.

 Essential maintenance work - Lower Kings Road

 We have been notified by Hertfordshire County Council that essential maintenance work will be taking place on Lower Kings Road Canal Bridge. The full programme of traffic management arrangements is here.

 Thank you

We would like to thank Atchinsons Estate Agents in Berkhamsted for their donation of office furniture to both Thomas Coram and Victoria.

 Stars of the week                                                                          

6RM - Elliot - for his excellent narrative about the Wisp and for fantastic effort in Maths and showing resilience this week.

6WT - Lara - for producing the most wonderful sketch of Paulette Wilson as part of our work in Black History Month.

6TS - Liliana - for showing resilience, determination and a superb attitude in all aspects of her learning so far in year 6, keep it up Liliana!

6SW - Kitty Mrtn - for working extremely hard in all areas and contributing brilliantly in lessons.

5JR - Nicholas -for his hard work in Maths recognising and writing decimal equivalents. Well done. 

5DH - Whole class - for being so focused in their learning even in Mrs Halls' absence.

5KS - Julia - for the enthusiastic manner in which you take part in all learning activities! Keep it up!

5CT - William D - for constantly working hard, trying his best and always contributing in lessons. Keep it up!

4RP - Maddie - for settling into Thomas Coram so well.

4FG - Ava - for trying really hard with all her written work this week. Keep it up Ava!

4RD - Noah- for his mature responses and work in class.

3SB - Isabella - for creating an imaginative wild thing with fantastic shading.

3SG - Elsa - for working hard in English this week and being a good friend at lunch which is lovely to see.

3KD - Seve- for being a kind member of Yr3 and ensuring everyone is always included. Seve clearly demonstrates the Thomas Coram Values. Thank you for being a star!

3NH - Isabella - for always doing her very best, and generally being a joy to have in the classroom.

Dates

A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 12 - Fri 16 Oct - Stop does mean Stop
  • Tues 13 October - Yr3 & 5 Parent Consultation Evening 4.00-6.00pm
  • Thurs 15 October - Yr4 & 6 Parent Consultation Evening 4.00-6.00pm
  • Mon 19 October - first flu jab session
  • Tues 20 October - Yr4 & 6 Parent Consultation Evening 5.30-7.30pm
  • Thurs 22 October - Yr3 & 5 Parent Consultation Evening 5.30-7.30pm
  • Fri 23 October  - Staff inset  (pupils not in school)
  • Mon 26 to Fri 30 October - half term
  • Sat 31 October - Deadline for Secondary School application

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 week at St Peter's we celebrate Harvest. There won't be a collection of tinned food, but a monetary collection on Sunday morning will be given to the Bishop's Harvest Appeal "Creating a Buzz in Nepal". For more information or to donate directly online see Creating a Buzz in Nepal.

Sunday club will be learning about the parable of the rich fool. Come and join them during the 9.30 service.