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Newsletter 8                        Friday 6 November

Notices and Reminders


This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler with the Year 6 Reflective Leaders, Father Stuart and 3NH. Continuing with the value of Responsibility, we have been reflecting on the  importance of using our gifts wisely.  Fr Stuart used the parable of the Prodigal Son to illustrate this, whilst Mrs Cutler retold the parable of the Three Servants. We have all thought about the things we are good at, whether it is a talent for sport, reading, art or kindness and making friends, and how we can use our special gifts to make our school, home and local community a better place.

Live Worship
We enjoyed welcoming Father Stuart for his first live worship which two of our Year 6 classes attended as a bubble. The rest of the school watched via our live stream. It was very unfortunate that the air ambulance chose that time to make a brief stop on our school field!

Armistice Day
Next week will be a busy week in school. On Wednesday, we shall be marking Armistice Day with two minutes silence. We are encouraging children and adults to wear a poppy to school. Friday 13 September is Children in Need. We shall be supporting this annual event by allowing children to wear something spotty to school in exchange for a donation of £1.

Winter Uniform
A reminder that children should now be wearing the winter uniform: navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan (with school logo); tie (red/yellow striped); school shirt (white long-sleeve with collar); grey school skirt or long trousers; black or white socks, plain black opaque or wool tights and black shoes.The Friends of Thomas Coram has plenty of second-hand uniform for sale, in addition to coats. Please contact the FOTC if you require any extra clothing. friends@thomascoram.herts.sch.uk

Christmas Lunch
A reminder that if you would like your child(ren) to have Christmas lunch this year, you need to order by
MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER. Herts Catering Ltd provides the school meal service in the vast majority of Hertfordshire schools, nearly all of whom have Christmas dinner within the last week of term; our food order has to be with them by their deadline to enable them to order from their suppliers, hence the deadline for orders is next week.  If your child prefers to have a packed lunch that day, they will sit with their friends and staff regardless of their meal.

Attendance October
Attendance is vitally important in ensuring the children make progress and we would like to congratulate pupils in 4RD (best class); Y3 (best year group) and Malala (best house) for their excellent attendance during the month of October. Year 3 has the best attendance so far this academic year.

The Friends of Thomas Coram are working hard to put together some socially distanced Christmas fund raisers for the school so please keep your eyes peeled for further information. They have also sent up an Amazon Smile account: follow this link and select start shopping. Log into your Amazon account this will then give you the option to always support Thomas Coram. When you do your shopping go to www.smileamazon.co.uk.

Working from home
As you know, England is subject to national restrictions until 2 December 2020. As a result of this, there are new national restrictions which impact on educational and childcare settings. Staff who are deemed as "extremely clinically vulnerable are advised to work from home and not to go into work".

Mrs Parker, our Senco, is happy for us to share with you that she falls into this category and is now working from home, in line with government guidance. She can still be contacted via the school office.

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.

The Rotary Club are holding their annual fireworks display (virtually this year) this Saturday at 7.00pm. To watch please go to www.berkobang.org.

Drum lessons
We have a new drum teacher starting on Monday who has a few spaces for new pupils. If you think your child would be interested in starting drums please visit http://www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/ for further information.

Stars of the week                                                                                 

6RM - Mrs Sharpin - the whole class (& Mrs Munro) would like Mrs Sharpin to be their superstar of the week. She is always very kind, helpful and supportive of us all, including Mrs Munro. Thank you - you are wonderful.

6WT - Emily - for her  superb language choice in her writing this week.

6SW - Leila - for writing a detailed and interesting spooky setting description.

6TS - Abigail - for volunteering to speak out in class more, showing more confidence when talking to others and trying very hard in her learning - keep it up!

5CT - Sofia - for working hard in every lesson, every day and for always having such a positive attitude towards her learning.

5JR - Adam - for persevering and rising to the challenge when faced with what seemed like an impossible maths problem. Well done.

5DH - Whole class - for their enthusiastic manner in which you all took part in all learning activities. Thank you for being so welcoming this week. Well done!

5KS - Mimi - for becoming increasingly confident to contribute to class discussions and her positive attitude towards her learning.

4RP - Albie - for some really thoughtful contributions in both English and Guided Reading this week. You are beginning to use increasingly adventurous vocabulary, particularly in class discussions. Well done!

4RD - Grace - for her cheerful engagement with learning and being an excellent role model for the class. Well done Grace!

4FG - Henry - for working hard in all subjects.

3SB - Nyke - for his amazing effort with Times Tables Rockstars and his speedy writing which looks beautiful.

3KD - Grace - for writing a thoughtful poem on nature and trying her best all week. Keep up the amazing work!

3SG - Evren - for working hard in all lessons, and completing a great report this week in English and concentrating on his presentation.

3NH - Beth - for writing an excellent, informative and beautifully presented report about "Earth Hounds".



A full calendar is available here

  • 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

We will be back to online worship at St Peter's this week as churches will be closed for public worship. The 9.30 service will be online on facebook or on our website www.stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

We hope to be able to remain open during the day for private prayer, so if you are passing the church during the day please do pop into pray, to light a candle or for a moment of quiet.