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Newsletter 8

Friday 5 November 2021

Notices and Reminders

"My peace I give you' John 14.27

If you've not got much time please read:

  • Sporting Achievements
  • HCL Menu change
  • Parent Consultations
  • Uniform



Worship
This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler with the Year 6 reflective leaders, Father Joe and 6RT. Continuing with our value of Peace, we have been reflecting on living at peace with the world. The reflective leaders used a retelling of a text from Matthew 6 (Do not be worried about the food and drink you need to stay alive, or about the clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't  the body worth more than clothes?) to illustrate how important it is to reflect upon our priorities in life: it is not wrong to work hard for the right things but striving for and worrying about the wrong things will not bring us peace and satisfaction. Father Joe spoke about how we can live at peace with the world by caring for the environment; he also referred to the COP26 conference being held in Glasgow and we all thought about how we can play our part by not dropping litter, turning off lights when the room is empty and recycling. 

Learning

On Tuesday Year 4 pupils enjoyed an Ancient Egyptian themed day. Children and staff dressed up as Ancient Egyptians and the children enjoyed making cartouches, creating artwork, making flat bread and headdresses.

We apologise for the cancellation of the English in Action workshop on spelling this morning. This was due to staff sickness. This workshop will be rescheduled for later this term. You may also like to attend the English workshops on Reading on Friday 3 December and Writing on Friday 21 January. 

Next week in school
Next week will be a busy week in school. On Thursday, we shall be marking Armistice Day with two minutes silence. We are encouraging children and adults to wear a poppy to school; these are still available to buy at lunchtimes. It is also our Governor Drop in Week. Governors will be spending time visiting lessons and talking with pupils, whilst being mindful of the measures which are in place in school. Our Year 4 pupils are visiting Jamia mosque as part of their RE learning.

 

Sporting Achievements
We would like to congratulate our U11s Boys table tennis team who came third in the Dacorum competition played on Tuesday, and Jack R in Y5 who came second in the recent trampolining championship held at Everyone Active in Hemel Hempstead.

Parent Consultations
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended our remote parent consultations this week. If you missed an appointment or would still like to meet with the class teacher, please contact the class teacher via the school office so a mutually convenient time can be arranged.

HCL menu change
Next Wednesday (10 November) the red option will be Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding. 

We have reopened the window for ordering Christmas lunch. This will close on Sunday 7 November. Herts Catering Ltd provides the school meal service in the vast majority of Hertfordshire schools, nearly all of whom will have a Christmas dinner within the last week of term; our food order has to be with them by their deadline in order to enable them to order from their suppliers, hence the earlier deadline for orders. If your child prefers to have a pack lunch that day, they will still sit alongside their friends, staff and guests regardless of their meal.

Message from HOPE food bank
'I would like to say a HUGE thank you from the HOPE Food Bank at Kings Road Church for the incredibly generous donations of food from your parents and children! We have been overwhelmed by the response from many school sin Berkhamsted and are extremely grateful for the support you have given us which in turn allows us to support some of the most vulnerable people in our local community. Please convey our sincere thanks to your parents and children for their generosity and support of the HOPE Food Bank.' 

Attendance
Attendance is vitally important in ensuring the children make progress and we would like to congratulate pupils in 4RD (best class); Y4 (best year group) and Mandela (best house) for their excellent attendance during the month of October. Year 4 has the best attendance so far this academic year.

Uniform
Please can we ask that the children's jumpers are named. There is a growing collection in the reception area outside the main office. Any parents wishing to make use of our second-hand uniform service should contact the office; we have a large selection of jumpers, PE kits, trousers and skirts available.

DSPL8 Parent workshops
Dacorum Family Services offer a range of workshops to support parents. Details of these workshops can be found here and here.

FOTC
Please click here for the latest news from Friends of Thomas Coram. Tickets for the Quiz Night can be bought here.

Ashlyns Dragon Apprentice Group
A group of pupils from Year 12 at Ashlyns who are part of a Dragons Apprentice group  are finding ways of raising money to support charity. As part of this they have organised family canal boat trips in December. Further details of this can be found here.

BerkoFest Book Festival
BerkoFest Book Festival is taking place this Sunday at St Peters Church from 11.15am to 5.30pm. There are six wonderful children's authors going to the festival. Further details can be found here

 

 

Stars of the week

3NH - Harley - for an excellent week overall. He has been trying so hard all this week and keeping focused in the classroom. 

3SB - Winston - for his amazing confidence when speaking to the class about the Secret Society of Snacks. This is actually School Council talking about eating fruit and vegetables.

3SG - Mabel - for having such a positive start to the half term and showing enthusiasm for all aspects of her learning. 

4AP - Autumn - for being a fantastic role model to others, for always doing what is asked of her sensibly and to the best of her ability.

4KD - Hallie - for showing a resilient attitude and trying her best in all lessons. 

4KS - Tess - for working hard and striving to achieve your best. 

4RD - Anwen - for always following instructions without any fuss and always being reading to learn.

5DH - Harrison - for his kindness in class. 

5JR -  Luke - for upholding the Thomas Coram values, always doing his best and being a role model for his peers. 

6RM - Sofia - for being an excellent role model, hard working, a great learning partner, always friendly and kind. 

6RT - Eddie - for making a fantastic start at TC. He has settled will into routines and is a very welcome addition to 6RT.

6SW - Martha - for the most amazing illustration of the difference between a Catholic and Protestant Tudor church Mrs Thomson has ever seen.

6WT - Evan G - for always contributing well in lessons whilst also listening carefully to others.

Dates

A full calendar is available here                                                                                                          

  • Mon 8 - Fri 12 Nov - Governor drop in week
  • Tues 9 Nov - 4KD and 4RD visit to the Mosque
  • Wed 10/11 - 4AP and 4KS visit to the Mosque

Information sent out this week

This week we sent out/are attaching these letters, emails and flyers; letters are also available here:

  • Covid regulations update
  • Mosque visit final details - Year 4 only

This week at St Peter's

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