Headteacher’s Newsletter Friday 18th June 2021 – Summer 9

After a glorious week of excellent weather it has ended with a number of downpours! The children have worked incredibly hard despite the challenging circumstances becuase of the heat and have produced some excellent work. There are four weeks left until the end of term and the end of the academic year but there is much to be done. Families will receive their child’s annual report on July 9th. The format will be the same as last year but the comments and attainment will reflect the curriculum the children have been taught during a Covid affected year. Further details about this will follow in the next couple of weeks. We welcome Year 6 back from School Journey today after an amazing week down at Marchants Hill PGL centre. You can catch up with all of their activities by clicking on the latest news section here – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/latest-news/ Please can you make sure that your child comes to school in the correct uniform for the rest of the term.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE DURING THE WARM WEATHER CHILDREN MUST WEAR A HAT (WITH THEIR NAME EASILY IDENTIFIED ON THE INSIDE) TO SCHOOL AND BRING A BOTTLE OF WATER. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU APPLY SUNSCREEN BEFORE THEY COME TO SCHOOL BECUASE WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO APPLY IT.  Thank you

 

 

The word of the week is – SWULLOCKING –  an old East Anglian dialect meaning sweltering, sultry and sudiferous (sweat inducing).

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK – How Beautiful is the Rain – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“How Beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs!
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!

 

 

RECEPTION AND NURSERY PLACES (LAST TWO WEEKS) – We still have a few places available in our Nursery and Reception classes for September 2021. The school is performing very well and we have been recognised by the county and the government for the standards we set for the children. Please tell everyone you know about us!!

 

 

ABSENCES – IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU RING THE SCHOOL OFFICE ON THE DAYS WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL EVEN IF YOU HAVE TOLD YOUR CHILD’S CLASS TEACHER. THANK YOU.

 

 

SPORTS WEEK – The current Covid restrictions are to remain in place until July 19th which means that for another year we are not in a position to allow parents and carers on to the school site for Sports Day. Despite this, children will complete against classes in their bubble across a number of activities. They will score points for their class and the winning team will be awarded trophies and medals. We look forward to the competition starting next week. Good luck children!!

 

 

PLEASE CAN YOU AVOID SMOKING OUTSIDE SCHOOL WHEN DROPPING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL AND COLLECTING AT THE END OF THE DAY. THANK YOU. 

 

 

WD FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:45pm – 5:15pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.

 

PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF WHERE YOU PARK AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE DAY. WE HAVE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS FROM NEIGHBOURS THIS WEEK REGARDING THIS MATTER. 

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 10  children from 9 families who came late to school last week 0n 10 occasions. This is a significant improvement from last week and thank you to everyone to helping to reduce this number. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

Rec Pine –  92.8%
Rec Fir –  91.4%

1 Lime – 93.2%
1 Maple – 923.1%

2 Alder – 97.8%
2 Willow – 93.3%

3 Birch – 93.6%
4 Aspen – 94.3%

5 Ash – 91.5%
5 Cedar – 91.8%

6 Cherry – 94.3%
6 Oak – 94.3%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93.4%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Uriella Darius, Harley, Daisy, Layton, Anastasia, Patrick, Megan, Summer and Antoni and who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for displaying such a positive attitude and being such wonderful role models.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – This week the  food waste was  42.2 kgs or 287 grammes per child. A slight increase from last week.  Thank you children for making better choices and reducing the amount of waste. Please talk to your child about the school menu and encourage them to make a choice they will enjoy.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJcv-FZcRsQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoK6Mb85Vr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPrJKUvom1s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p0G3dLoI0w

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

Year 6 School Journey Day 5

Good morning from a very Marchants Hill. The children have had a wonderful week and are in the midst of completing their final activities and bags are packed. Miss Wood has informed me that you should expect to receive some very wet children later this afternoon. This morning activities are all outdoors so they will be running in between the raindrps to stay dry!

Today’s activities –

Group 1: Giant Swing and Archery
Group 2: Buggy Building and Archery
Group 3: Problem Solving and Climbing

 

THIS MORNING’S ACTIVITY UPDATES –

Year 6 School Journey Day 4

After a good night’s rest after a very long day the children face another day of challenges. Mr Wanless has sent through the schedule:

 

Today’s Plan
Group 1: Challenge Course, Abseiling, Sensory Trail and Buggy Building
Group 2: Abseiling, Challenge Course, Sensory Trail and Giant Swing
Group 3: Archery, Giant Swing, Buggy Building and Abseiling

 

And one last picture from last night’s game of ambush in the woods.

 

 

Breakfast on Day 4 –

 

The latest update from Marchant’s Hill – Day 4 –

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK18FLwWAN8

 

More pictures from the afternoon’s events –

 

Even more from the activities at Marchant’s Hill!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4UU9QKr4iI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRMUAd2tofs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQzkS0XrUls

 

Year 6 School Journey Day 3

It’s another adventure packed day down at Marchant’s Hill. You can follow today’s order of events below for the different groups. Mr Wanless and Miss Wood will be sending through images of the day so please keep a look out for the text messages which will redirect you to this page.

 

Group 1: Jacobs Ladder,  Climbing, Trapeze and Problem Solving

Group 2: Climbing , Jacobs ladder, Trapeze and Problem Solving

Group 3: sensory trail, Jacobs ladder, Rifles and Challenge Course

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwHWlJBO9aw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csxT1GXvclg

 

The children tackling the trapeze and Challenge Course

Year 6 School Journey Day 2

After a good night’s rest the children were ready for their breakfast and to tackle the day’s first set of activities – Survival and Rifle Shooting.

 

 

More updates from the day!

  

 

A FEW VIDEOS OF THE CHILDREN ENJOYING THEIR ACTIVITIES –

Video

Year 6 School Journey Day 1

Year 6 have safely arrived at Marchants Hill and are unpacking their things ready to familiarise themselves with the site. We are very pleased that they have arrived safely. Have a lovely week children and staff. Please remember to keep up to date with the latest events down at Marchants Hill PGL on the school Twitter Feed and Facebook Page and school website –

@headparkside – TWITTER

Parkside Community Primary School – FACEBOOK

www.parkside.herts.sch.uk

 

Preparing for our camp fire and our first dinner at Marchants Hill.

Just before bed at the end of Day 1.

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th June 2021 – Summer 8

THERE HAVE BEEN O RECORDED

 

The new half term started where the last one finished off with another whole school event – CIRCUIT TRAINING! Mr Wanless arranged for the children to take part in an hour’s activity on Wednesday which they thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to see everybody so active on such a warm day. Healthy body and healthy minds – the key to long lasting fitness. The grand opening of the WD 6 Food Support was a tremendous success. We were blessed with fine weather and the children families and staff were joined by members of the local council including the mayor and a couple of trustees from the charity who support the venture. Over 30 families accessed the food bank and left with some lovely treats and even a bunch of flowers or two. Please tell everyone you know about the food bank and how to access it. Details can be found below. Do keep abreast of the events that are taking place this term. Mrs Conway updates the dates for the diary on a regular basis so please keep checking to see what has been uploaded.

PLEASE NOTE DURING THE WARM WEATHER CHILDREN MUST WEAR A HAT (WITH THEIR NAME EASILY IDENTIFIED ON THE INSIDE) TO SCHOOL AND BRING A BOTTLE OF WATER. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU APPLY SUNSCREEN BEFORE THEY COME TO SCHOOL BECUASE WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO APPLY IT.  Thank you

 

 

The word of the week is – SPUDDLE – an obscure and rather beautiful way to describe something as rubbish.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

JUNE

“Far up in the deep blue sky,
Great white clouds are floating by;
All the world is dressed in green;
Many happy birds are seen,
Roses bright and sunshine clear
Show that lovely June is here.”

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

ATTENDANCE MONOPOLY – We have worked incredibly hard as a school to improve our attendance on a regular basis. Another new initiative we will be introducing over the next couple of weeks is Attendance Monopoly. If classes have attendance of 95% or over they will be rewarded with a treat, similar to the ones on the picture below. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that children come to school on time everyday. We look forward to celebrating the children’s discipline and excellent attendance records.

 

 

RECEPTION AND NURSERY PLACES – We still have a few places available in our Nursery and Reception classes for September 2021. The school is performing very well and we have been recognised by the county and the government for the standards we set for the children. Please tell everyone you know about us!!

 

 

 

AMAZON – Register here to get free money for the school from Amazon! To get donations click the link  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/chpf/homepage?q=1186025Then press select.

 

 

 

WD FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:45pm – 5:15pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 22  children from 18  families who came late to school last week 0n 33 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

Rec Pine – 91.4 %
Rec Fir –  96.7%

1 Lime – 97.3%
1 Maple – 100%

2 Alder – 96.7%
2 Willow – 99.4%

3 Birch – 92%
4 Aspen – 94%

5 Ash – 95%
5 Cedar – 92.7%

6 Cherry – 95.7%
6 Oak – 98.1%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 95%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Mina, Lorik, Thomas, Zakaria, Wesley Jaliyah, Anita, Cristian, Jasiah, Naveed, Joe and Kieron and who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for displaying such a positive attitude and being such wonderful role models.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – This week the  food waste was  54.9 kgs or 182.38 grammes per child. WOW! What a difference from the last week of last half term. Thank you children for making better choices and reducing the amount of waste. Please talk to your child about the school menu and encourage them to make a choice they will enjoy.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8etPRcBccnc&list=RD8etPRcBccnc&start_radio=1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zf0rMfTeaI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmNMDCZRQ_I

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE IN THE SUN!!

Maths Challenge

Year 5 finally have their certificates for taking part in the maths challenge. Although they did not progress to the next stage, they scored above the average out of 250 schools. Well done!

Mrs Taylor

Important PGL Information

For anyone who missed the Year 6 meeting regarding PGL on Thursday afternoon, there is a copy of the presentation which was shown during the meeting below.

If you require any more information, please contact Miss Wood or Mr Wanless

janette.wood@parkside.herts.sch.uk

liam.wanless@parkside.herts.sch.uk

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 28th May 2021 – Summer 7

What a wonderful time we have had here at Parkside this week. Farm Week has been a great success and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They have taken part in a range of activities linked to the theme of Farms and produced some lovely work. If they haven’t been making models of farms or turning over the earth in the beds at the top of the KS2 playground, they have been line dancing, answering maths questions based on farms, making butter from scratch, completing amazing farming designs and baking salt dough models of farm animals. As if all of this wasn’t enough all many classes took part in a Quidditch tournament on Tuesday and Year 2 made the first off site visit of the year when they spent the day at St Albans Abbey/ Cathedral on Thursday. You can keep up to date with many of the activities that take place in school or off site on the school’s Twitter  and Instagram feed and on the school’s Facebook page. If you haven’t already done so please become a follower.

 

 

ATTENDANCE NEWS – I am very pleased to share with you that attendance this week has been the best we have had at school for a very long time – 96% We must continue to make sure attendance is in line with figure or even higher for the rest of the term!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS RESPONDED TO THE MESSAGES AND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. 

 

 

RECEPTION AND NURSERY PLACES – We still have a few places available in our Nursery and Reception classes for September 2021. The school is performing very well and we have been recognised by the county and the government for the standards we set for the children. Please tell everyone you know about us!!

 

 

The word of the week is – SNUDGE – to nestle quietly and snugly with little attempt to move.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK 

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

ELETELEPHONY – by L Richards
Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

 

 

MODERATION VISIT – Andrew Boyes one of Herts for Learning Early Years Advisers came to school on Thursday to meet with our Reception teachers. Together they looked through the children’s work and discussed the challenges they have faced this year. He was very impressed by the quality of what he saw and commended the work Ms Chandler and Miss Hemsworth have done in developing the children’s education this year. Well done and thank you Kim and Ruby!

 

 

GOODBYE MISS HOPE AND KAREN FROM THE KITCHEN – After combined service of over 30 years between them we say goodbye to Viv and Karen today. We wish them all the very best for their futures and thank them for everything they have done for the children and their families during their time at Parkside.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – The school council have worked hard with Mrs Taylor and Vicky our cook to create a new menu which we hope will reduce the large amount of food waste we seem to be generating. Over the past three weeks the level of food the children have thrown away was as follows:

W/E 14th May – 476 grammes
W/E 21st May – 460 grammes
W/E 28th May – 576 grammes

 

 

WD 6 FOODBANK –  We are very excited to be able to host the WD6 Food Support from Wednesday 9th June. If you can share this important piece of news with as many people who may need access to this vital service I know Roz and the team will be extremely grateful. The GRAND OPENING commences at 3:15pm and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

 

 

AMAZON – Register here to get free money for the school from Amazon! To get donations click the link  https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/chpf/homepage?q=1186025Then press select.

 

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 19 children from 15  families who came late to school last week 0n 31 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number after half term.

Rec Pine – 92.7 %
Rec Fir –  96.2%

1 Lime – 96.0%
1 Maple – 96.3%

2 Alder – 100%
2 Willow – 98.9%

3 Birch – 90.6%
4 Aspen – 97.0%

5 Ash – 98.5%
5 Cedar – 93.2%

6 Cherry – 100%
6 Oak – 98.1%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 96%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Ediz, Ralphie, Kaycee, Debora, Lulia, Ainoa, Morgan, Skye, Finley, Ervis, Elijah and Diya and who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for displaying such a positive attitude and being such wonderful role models.

 

 

 

TUNES FOR THE HALF TERM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEWuAcMWDLY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX3rUFCo65I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYpVGBSS65o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX8y0hebI9g

 

HAVE A LOVELY HALF TERM AND DONT FORGET SCHOOL RECOMMENCES ON MONDAY 7th JUNE!!