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Newsletter 6                        Friday 16 October 2020

Notices and Reminders


This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler, Olivia and 6SW. The value we are focusing on over the next four weeks is Responsibility. We have been encouraging each other to think carefully about how we speak about other people.

Parent consultations
Our first virtual parent consultations have taken place this week. Thank you to those parents and carers who have given us such positive feedback on their experience. The second round of parent consultations takes place next week; the window for booking appointments is now closed.

Headteacher awards
All the children have been working hard this half term. During our Friday worship, Mrs Cutler handed out 69 Bronze Headteacher awards, 6 Silver Headteacher awards and the first Gold Headteacher award of the term.

281 Anniversary
This Saturday, 17 October, marks 281 years since Thomas Coram was granted a Royal Charter by King George II to establish the Foundling Hospital. This was the first purpose built home for children whose mothers were unable to care for them because of poverty or social exclusion. His actions remind us of the sense of responsibility he showed towards the Foundlings.

Social distancing
The school continues to receive reports of children and parents from multiple year groups gathering at the playground on Velvet Lawn after school. Given our collective responsibility to keep all our community safe, can we please remind you,  as we have the children, the importance of adherence to Covid-19 guidance and your role in protecting the school community (children and staff) as well as all those with whom you come into contact. Once again, we ask for your support in reiterating this message to your children.

Staffing update
As we move towards half term, we shall be saying goodbye to several members of staff: Mrs Ratcliffe (Year 5 teaching assistant) and Mr Ehiogu (1:1 Learning Support Assistant), and Miss Collins (Year4/5 class teacher). We all wish them well for the future.  After half term, we shall be welcoming Mrs Barrett (Year 5 teaching assistant), Miss Merrill and Mr Jopp (1:1 Learning Support Assistants). Mrs Rhodes will be taking over Miss Collins' teaching role.

Berkhamsted Rotary are offering a virtual fireworks display this year on Saturday 7 November, further details can be found by following this link www.berkobang.org.

Secondary transfer application
The deadline for applications is 31 October 2020. Please make sure you have applied by this date.

Covid notification
The admin@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk email address is monitored seven days a week. If your child has a confirmed positive test result please contact the school office immediately. If it is at the weekend this should be done via email.

Friends of Thomas Coram 
Friends of Thomas Coram have an October update here which is full of socially distanced fundraising events for this term.


 Stars of the week                                                                          

6RM - Eleanor - for trying her best in every lesson every day, always contributing ideas. Well done Eleanor - excellent learning behaviour.

6WT - Harry - for his superb contributions in all lessons

6TS - Rosetta - for contributing more in class, taking care over her English, pushing herself in maths and making mature decisions befitting a year 6 pupil, keep it up!

6SW - Amelie - for wonderful reading and expression during worship and the beginnings of a fabulous replica of an L.S.Lowry portrait.

5JR - Poppy -for approaching all lessons with enthusiasm and taking pride in her work. Well done for a wonderful diary entry using fabulous vocabulary.

5DH - Mylo- for his fabulous effort in all lessons this week. Mylo, you are AMAZING!

5KS - Amelie - for increasing her confidence and participation in class and for  her positive attitude towards all areas of learning.

5CT - Leo - for excellent perseverance! Tackling challenging tasks in lessons and not giving up.

4RP - Kenny -  for being a fantastic friend and wonderful role model within the class.

4FG - The whole of 4FG - for fantastic effort and participation in learning the alphabet in British Sign Language. Mrs Griffiths thoroughly enjoyed watching you practise!

4RD - Aksel- for his mature , calm and respectful manner; Aksel has produced some excellent work across all subjects, in particular maths. Well done!!

3SB - Mia - for her fabulous creative ideas in writing but also for her great alternative song names for pop songs in music.

3SG - Katy - for being focused and working really hard this week, writing a great story in English and some accurate estimating in maths.

3KD - Leo- for making better choices at break time and making fantastic contributions to class discussions. Keep it up Leo!

3NH - Phoebe - for going above and beyond in her maths this week, challenging herself and working so hard on estimating and rounding. Well done Phoebe!


A full calendar is available here

  • Mon 19 October -  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

Sunday Club will be running again this week in the St Catherine Chapel during the 9.30 service. All are welcome to join.

We have two special services coming up:
Monday 19 October at 12 noon there will be a Eucharist for St Luke with prayers for those who work in healthcare. If you would like someone in particular to be prayer for (e.g. a friend who is a doctor, nurse etc) please contact churchoffice@greatberkhamsted.org.uk

Sunday 1 November at 6pm is the All Souls Requiem where there is an opportunity to remember the departed and to light a candle in memory of a loved one. All are welcome to attend, but places must be booked in advance https://tinyurl.com/y5lrphub.