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Newsletter 9

Friday 12 November 2021

Notices and Reminders

"My peace I give you' John 14.27


This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler with the Year 6 reflective leaders, Father Stuart and 5JR. As we come to the end of our value of Peace, we have been thinking about peace makers and the work that Peer Mediators do in school. Peer Mediators are children who try to help others resolve their differences if some disagreement happens in the playground. By discussing the causes of the problems, the peer mediators try to bring understanding and peace. On Thursday, we observed the two-minute silence as part of Remembrance Day to remember those who lost their lives in conflict. 

Covid Rates and Face Coverings
Due to raising rates of COVID across Dacorum we are asking all parents and carers to be extra vigilant.  If your child is unwell and displays any symptoms that could be COVID related (these are quite varied for children) please can we ask that if possible you arrange a PCR test for your child. We would also like to remind all parents and carers that if you are entering the school building that you are required to wear a face covering unless you are exempt. 

Governor drop in week
Across this week, we have been visited by our governors who have visited our lessons and joined us for worship as part of their termly drop in week. On Friday, Mrs Bruguier organised an art gallery of work produced by the children over the past half term. The work on display included pencil portraits, pastels of still life and paintings. 

Learning in School
Year 6 pupils have started a unit on non-chronological reports in English. Based around the planet of Pandora (from Avatar), the children have designed their own creatures and will be writing a report about them. Year 5 pupils have been inspired by the paintings of Henry Rousseau to write recounts, whilst in Year 3, the children have been writing their own fables, having read a selection of fables from Aesop. All the classes in Year 4 visited Jamia Mosque in Watford as part of their RE learning this week. They listened carefully to the Imam who talked to the children about the prayer room, the washing room, the Koran and how Muslims pray by facing in the direction of Mecca. 

Next week in school
Next week is Anti-Bullying/Kindness Week. The theme is 'One Kind Word'. On Monday 15 November, we shall be celebrating our individuality by wearing odd socks to school. At the end of the week (Friday 19 November) is Children in Need. We shall be supporting this annual event by allowing the children to wear something spotty alongside their school uniform for a donation of £1.

It is also Road Safety Week next week. The theme is Road Safety Heroes. Parents and carers are encouraged to be Road Safety Heroes by discussing road safety on your school journey. As the evenings draw in and the mornings are darker, we are supporting Hertfordshire County Council's 'Be Bright, Be Seen' campaign. You may wish to wear bright or reflective clothing to Be Bright, Be Seen. 

Cuffley Camp
A quick reminder for Y4 parents that the deadline for the deposit for Cuffley Camp is due today. This can be made via wisepay or cash or a cheque to the office. 

Sports Events
We would like to congratulate Drew in Year 6 who participated in the British National Gymnastics Championships last weekend. His dedication to training (24 hours per week) resulted in his team being placed second overall and Drew was placed in eighth in the individual event.

Thomas Coram Blue 3 - 4 Holtsmere End Blue
The first game for the Blue team resulted in a narrow 3-4 defeat for Thomas Coram. After falling behind, they were able to get into it at half time with goals from Reuben and Jacob L. They fell behind again at half time but once again showed character to make the score 3-4 with another goal from Reuben. Despite huge pressure in the last 5 minutes, hitting the post twice and forcing the goalkeeper into several saves too. Unfortunately, they could not force the equaliser and the game ended Thomas Coram 3-4 Holtsmere End.

Thomas Coram Red 13-0 Holtsmere End Red
A comfortable win for the TC Red team against Holtsmere End. it was good to see constant attacking from the players with lots of good goals scored. Good performances all round, most notably from Sammy and Theo. 

Bishop Wood 6-0 Thomas Coram Blue
A tough second match saw Thomas Coram lose to a strong Bishop Wood side. Despite heroic defending early on, they fell behind after ten minutes with the score being 4-0 at half time. A battling second half saw the hosts score two more goals, making the final score 6-0. However, the team can take positives on a much better second half display against a strong side. 

Parent Forum
Many thanks to the parent representatives who met this week with Mrs Cutler and Miss Williamson. Many topics were discussed including trips and visits; home learning; reading routines and uniform. The minutes from the meeting will be posted on the school website and the link shared with parents. There was also positive feedback about how staff have supported children to settle into the new year groups, and the range of sports activities available to the children. 

Friends of Thomas Coram
Tonight sees the return of Quiz Night and we are looking forward to seeing those of you who have booked. Doors open at 7.30pm and the quiz will start at 8.00pm. Please remember to bring cash for the bar and pudding auction and a polite reminder that we kindly ask you to wear a mask when arriving and moving round the school. Other events including how to order Christmas Cards are detailed here.

DENS sponsored sleepout
DENS are holding a sponsored sleepout on Friday 26 November. Swap your cosy bed for a sleeping bag and take on the Sleepout Challenge at Hemel School (suitable for 8 years and over, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult) or from home. Anyone can take part by sleeping anywhere other than your bed! It's a great family night in, plus tune into our broadcast with fun and games for everyone.  Every penny raised through the sleepout will count towards supporting those facing homelessness, poverty and social exclusion take the next positive steps in their lives. For all the details please click here.

Positive minds resilience programme
Our Y6 children are currently following the Positive Minds Resilience programme in school. On Monday 15 November Positive Minds are delivering a virtual parent workshop as part of the Just talk week, 'Talking to your child about mental health and wellbeing' at 5.30pm. It is free of charge and will be presented via zoom. The link to sign up for the session is here.

For further information about Just Talk Week and parental resources please click here. There are also details of other webinars running across the week.  




Stars of the week

3NH - Clara - for working really hard all week in her group work with Miss Saunders.

3SB - Amelia - for the kindness she show to others and for the improvements in her  writing.

3SG - Parker - for a great plan and writing of a fable this week.

4AP - All of 4AP- for behaving beautifully during the trip to the Mosque this week and being fantastic ambassadors for Thomas Coram. 

4KD - All of 4KD - for positively representing the school on the trip to the Mosque. They showed respect, understanding and an inquisitive attitude whilst learning about Islam. All the staff were very impressed. 

4KS - All of 4KS - for their exemplary behaviour and engagement throughout the visit to the Mosque. 

4RD - Erica - for showing great perseverance in subjects that she sometimes finds difficult.

4RD - All of 4RD - for their outstanding behaviour throughout the visit to the Mosque.

5DH - Dexter - for his thoughtful contributions to class discussions in all subjects.

5JR -  Emily - for her perseverance and determination to improve her recount in English. 

6RM - Melody - for being a pleasure to have in class, contributing her great ideas to class discussions and working well independently and with others. 

6RT - Danielle - for the determination shown when completing her maths work, challenging herself to complete the harder tasks. 

6SW - Alex - for always being focused in lessons and polite and kind to others.

6WT - Riley - for going above and beyond in his play leader duty, supporting the Y3 pupils.


A full calendar is available here                                                                                                          

  • Mon 15 - Fri 19 Nov - Anti-bullying/Kindness week
  • Mon 15 Nov - Odd socks day
  • Fri 19 Nov - Children in Need - wear a spotty accessory for £1

Information sent out this week

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

  • Emergency Closure letter

This week at St Peter's

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