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Newsletter 7                        Thursday 22 October 2020

Notices and Reminders

"Responsibility"

This week, our whole school worships have been led by 6RM and Father Stuart. Continuing with the value of Responsibility, we have been reflecting on the  importance of using our time wisely, thinking about what we can achieve during a day. 6RM illustrated this through the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper, which is familiar to many of the children. Father Stuart celebrated leading his first worship at our school by wearing his jumper in the Thomas Coram colours of red and gold. He helped us think about how time is precious and how we need to use our time wisely, to be the best we can be, in order to flourish.

INSET day
A reminder that Friday 23 October is an INSET day and the school is closed to children. As it is half term next week, we hope that everyone uses their time wisely to relax; we look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 2 November.

Be Bright be Seen

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 find 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 booklets.

Staying safe
The school has worked very hard to maintain a safe and healthy environment over the past half term. We would like to thank our parents and carers for both their feedback and adhering to our guidelines. Over the half term week, please can we encourage everyone to follow the latest rules and guidelines, in particular, the Rule of 6 which means your household should not be meeting or gathering in large numbers of people inside or outside. If your son or daughter should test positive over the holiday period, please notify the school at one using: COVID@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk. This email  account will be monitored over the half term break.

Drop off and collection
As part of our drop off and collection procedures, we have coned off part of the turning circle in front of the school. We ask parents and carers to avoid driving through this part of the road between 8.45 and 9.10am and 3.20 and 3.35pm when the children are crossing the area.

Fund raiser
Last year, a Year 5 pupil spearheaded a campaign to raise funds for the areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Now in Year 6, Noah wishes to raise funds for the school by listing books in good condition on eBay. Over the half term, he would be grateful if you could look through your books at home and put aside any you may wish to donate to this good cause. Books will be collected at the school gates at drop off on Tuesday 3 November. Details on how to purchase books will be shared after half term. Books will be delivered locally to the HP4 area.

Stationery restock
Over half term, we would like to ask parents and carers to take this opportunity to restock their child(ren)'s pencil cases. Pupils only need 1 pencil case (preferably clear) containing some named, basic equipment: pencils (at least one to be 2H), a 30cm ruler, a pencil sharpener, a pair of scissors (small pair with rounded ends), a set of coloured pencils and a glue stick.

Winter Weather
With the weather becoming colder and wetter, please can we ask you to ensure that pupils have appropriate warm outerwear for break and lunchtimes, and outdoor PE lessons. We allow your child to wear a black/dark tracksuit if it is cold.

Fireworks
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. https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions. Your application may not be considered until after National Allocation day if you fail to apply by this date. 

FOTC
There are still a few spaces left for the Yr3 film night: to book your ticket click here. All the children have completed their Christmas cards and information on how to purchase them will be available after half term. We are still looking for Yr3 reps and people to join the committee. The link for Yr4 film night Earlyman on Friday 13 November will open on Monday 2 November.

Lunch Menu
After half term, the new lunch menu from Herts Catering Ltd (HCL) starts with week one on 2 November, it can be found here.

Raise Resilience  
Bounce Back in co-operation with Dacorum DSPL are offering the following 6 week course after half term to book a place please click the following link Raise Resilience.

Dates                                                                                                      

A full calendar is available here

  • 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
  • Mon 2 Nov - Pupils return
  • Fri 13 Nov - Children in Need - wear something spotty
  • Mon 16 Nov - Anti bullying week - wear odd socks!
  • Wed 25 Nov - Flu catch up session
  • Thurs 17 Dec - Christmas Dinner
  • Fri 18 Dec - End of term 1.00pm finish

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 Sunday Club will be learning about 'The Two Commandments'. All are welcome to come and join them during the 9.30 service. 

All Souls The All Souls Requiem will be Sunday 1 November at 6pm. If you would like to attend the service and would like the name of a departed loved one to be read out, please complete the booking form at https://tinyurl.com/y5lrphub.

If you know of anyone that would like to come but does not have access to a computer, please ask them to call the office and leave a message on 01442 878227.