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Newsletter 6

Friday 8 October 2021

Notices and Reminders

"God loves a cheerful giver.' 2 Corinthians 9.7

This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler with the Year 6 reflective leaders, Chloe and 4KS. We have been reflecting on 'Giving our time' as this week's theme for the value of Generosity. In particular, we have considered how much can be achieved if everyone gave a bit of their time and we all worked together, just as the families helped to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in the story from the Old Testament.

Secondary Transfer
Hertfordshire Admissions have recommended that you make your application for a secondary school place by Friday 22 October, so any queries can be dealt with by Admissions ahead of the deadline of 31 October 2021. Applications can be made here.

News from the Governors
The federation governing body has published their annual governance statement about the work they did last year, and the plan for this year. Click here to read their statement. 

Census Day Lunch Menu
On behalf of Herts Catering Ltd, we would like to apologise for the mix up with the Census Day lunch menu. Mrs Cutler and Mr Halls are liaising with HCL to see how we can rectify the disappointment caused to the children (and parents).

Captains Club
Bookings for next term will be open to all from Monday 11 October. 

Cross Country event at Ashlyns
Next Tuesday, over half of the school will be attending the cross-country event at Ashlyns. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 will be participating in the morning, whilst pupils in Years 5 and 6 will be representing the school in the afternoon. If your child is taking part, please remember to send them in the appropriate PE kit and with an additional pair of shoes to change into on return to school. 

Road Safety
The school is once again supporting Hertfordshire's 'Be Bright, Be Seen' campaign. As the darker evenings are approaching, can we ask parents and carers to remind their children about crossing the road safely, namely finding a safe place to cross the road and remind them about parked cars. Following their Bikeability training, Year 6 pupils have now been presented with their certificates and badges. 

Berkhamsted Rotary are delighted to be running a covid safe fireworks display this year at the cricket club on Saturday 6 November. Tickets can be bought from the school office and if bought in advance cost £8 for an adult, £5 (under 16), free for under fives and £22 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). 

Friends of Thomas Coram News
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to the disco which is Friday 15 October.  Tickets sold out in record time but we have been able to extend the numbers as the gym is available. The last few tickets are still available, click here to book. The deadline to buy tickets is Tuesday 12 October at 3.30pm.

Friday 15 October - Disco - Year 3 & 4 disco straight after school to 4.45pm
                                               Year 5 & 6 5.00pm - 6.30pm

  • Trainers MUST be worn. We cannot let children into the gym if they do not have trainers as it will damage the gym floor.
  • Children can bring clothes into school to change into for the disco if they wish. 
  • Year 5 & 6 children are unable to enter school before 5.00pm (they are not able to come into school straight from Game on) as there will be no one available to take responsibility for them until 5.00pm.
  • Goody bags are available on the booking form (please select this option). All children receive fruit, crisps and a drink on arrival. 
  • Thank you to people who have offered to help, we really appreciate this. Please could helpers arrive at school at 3.00pm (Year 3 & 4 disco) and 4.45pm (Year 5 & 6 disco).

AGM/FOTC meeting
The FOTC AGM is on Wednesday 20 October, 7pm in school; all are welcome. This will be followed by a FOTC meeting in The Bull from 8pm. We had lots of people attend last time which was amazing; we hope to see as many people at the next one to plan the Christmas Fair! You can sign up here.

Pass the party
Do you have a party coming up? Hire the Friends' 'party pack' and do your bit for the environment whilst raising fund for the FOTC. The kit contains 36 place settings, 2 jugs and bunting for £10. Please email friends@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk to book. 

Dates to remember

Friday 12 November - Grown up Quiz Night

Saturday 4 December - Christmas Fair

Thanks for all your support, have a lovely weekend, Friends of Thomas Coram.





Stars of the week

3NH - Emma - for being a wonderful role model to her peers, always following instructions perfectly and continuing to challenge herself in her work. 

3SB - Oscar - for his brilliant behaviour in the classroom and the playground.

3SG - Charlie - for working very hard on his handwriting and presentation.

4AP - Paul - for a super introduction to his myth which used all the figurative language the class has been focussing on. 

4KD - Miss Beattie and Mrs Palmer - for helping 4KD on Monday; a huge thank you from all the children and Mrs Deery. 

4KS - Xavi - for his fantastic work in English this week. Well done for using lots of figurative language in his description of the Birth of Venus.

4RD - Joseph - for following all the Thomas Coram values.

5DH - James and Poppy - for being true ambassadors of the value of Friendship this week.

5JR -  Max - for his resilience and thoughtfulness. 

6RM - Jamie, Alfie and Dolly - for making amazing progress with their swimming; they have shown bravery and determination. 

6RT - Ella - for her superb descriptive narrative, which described the senses to draw the reader in. 

6SW - Albert - for adapting his handwriting, trying new things and writing a wonderful agony aunt reply in History. 

6WT - Orla and Alfie - for achieving the PSHE resilience challenge.


A full calendar is available here                                                                                                          

  • Fri 15 Oct - FOTC Disco Y3 & Y4 3.30 - 4.45 pm and  Y5 & Y6 5.00 - 6.30pm
  • Fri 22 Oct - Inset day (school closed to pupils)
  • Mon 25 - Fri 29 Oct - Half term
  • Mon 1 Nov - Back to school 
  • Mon 1 Nov - NCMP programme - Y6 only
  • Fri 5 Nov - English in Action Spelling

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 for families: after the period of restrictions, St Peter's is delighted that children of all ages can once again join us for Sunday School at 9.30 Parish Mass and that our Children's Corner has re-opened. We look forward to welcoming back families and to sharing Gospel-themed games and crafts with all our children.

Please click here for information on St Peter's church including service times.