Parkside vs Monksmead (Girls)

WOW! I’m not sure a report credits the girls highly enough after yesterday’s first performance. Unfortunately the score (8-1) suggests we were well beaten but in truth we had a number of chanceS and probably deserved more from the game or at least a few more goals. This was also the first game of football for a number of these girls and at the start of Friday morning, I only had 5 who were available to play, so I’m very grateful for those who came in at short notice. The attitude of the girls was fantastic, they battled so hard and kept smiling throughout. The more these girls play together, then I’m sure the wins will come, even the coach at Monksmead credited the girls on such a strong performance especially in the second half where they started to play more as a team. The joy and excitement after Sarayah had scored our first goal of the season in competitive sports was a very proud moment and to be honest  I just couldn’t contain my excitement on the sidelines.  Thank you all for a great Friday evening and for the support the parents gave on the sidelines, once again we have shown how united we are at Parkside by continuing to support each other.

Mr Wanless

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 8th November 2019 – Autumn 9

It has been an incredibly busy week here at Parkside as we returned after the half term holiday. The Firework Extravaganza was an incredible success and you came in great number to support the event. We hope that you liked the show, the feedback has been very positive. We want to keep it a regular event on the calendar for years to come. The Year 5 and 6 children who will represent the school at this year’s Children in Need treated us to a powerful and emotional rehearsal on Wednesday evening. They were accompanied by choirs from three other local schools and children from a charity. Next week’s performance will be something very special. They will be on air about 8 o’clock. Will Grill the wonderful author of Shackleton’s Journey spent the morning in Year 6 on Monday deepening their appreciation of his work and their understanding of the man’s true heroism and on Friday they shared with the school community their stories from this year’s school journey to Marchants Hill PGL. It has been a very full week!

The word of the week is – MUMPISMUS –  an incorrect view on something that a person refuses to let go of.

 

STAYING HEALTHY – Our attendance this week was an improvement from last week (see below) but there have been a number of children who have been off school because of illness. Please make sure that your child gets enough rest, comes to school in a jumper / cardigan, wears tights or long socks, a warm coat and scarf and hat when necessary. It is so important that they come to school every day. For every day lost their education suffers. Please do all you can to make sure your child stays healthy.

 

FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA – What a show! 14 minutes of pure joy and sheer delight. The look on the children’ faces was amazing and made everything all worthwhile. Thank you to everyone who came and bought a ticket, we couldn’t have done it without you. Our next Friends event is the ever popular disco with Marky Mark on Thursday 21st November. Tickets cost £3 which includes a drink and popcorn. Tickets can be bought on line or via the school office.

 

 

 

DISCO POSTERS

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN IN NEED – The rehearsal on Wednesday evening was nothing short of sensational. Please tune in on Friday 15th November to see a great performance and rendition of a well known pop classic.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

Reception Fir
91.9%
Year 1 Lime
92.3%
Year 1 Maple
85.7%
Year 2 Alder
96.1%
Year 2 Willow
95.6%
Year 3 Birch
90.6%
Year 4 Aspen
93.8%
Year 4 Rowan
86.7%
Year 5 Ash
97.3%
Year 5 Cedar
88.2%
Year 6 Cherry
94.8%
Year 6 Oak
94.4%
Totals
92.1%

 

PARENTVIEW –  We are always interested in the views of our parents and carers so we encourage you all to complete the questionnaire via the link – https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/login?destination=give-your-views

 

DATES – Please click the link for future dates of events – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/calendar/

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-fEr0kv-E4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQO2wEJefjM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOI0BZIecVw

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

Parkside vs Shenley

After a tough opening game against Meryfield in the league, having a game a few days later was just what the Parkside boys needed. Although they did not come out with the victory, the 4-0 scoreline did flatter Shenley as we had lots of good chances but unfortunately we just couldn’t get past their keeper.

Myself and Mr Honour were very proud of the boys, they showed great perseverance and battled hard in wet conditions right to the final whistle. I would also like to thank those parents/carers who came to support, it is always nice to hear lots of positive encouragement from the sidelines as it really does motivate our boys.

We look forward to the next fixtures after half term.

Mr Wanless

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 25th October 2019 – Autumn 8

The half term break has crept us on us all over the past few weeks and there has been much to look back on but more importantly a great deal to look forward to. We had a visit from one of the county maths advisers today which was very successful. The school has been asked to take part in a county wide project about the importance of developing children’s confidence around the understanding and application of mathematics. It is a very exciting project which the school has committed to being a part of for the next three years. We want to involve parents and carers as much as we can so watch this space for further updates. Don’t forget tickets the tickets for the firework extravaganza will be on sale on WEDNESDAY 30TH / THURSDAY 31ST OCTOBER AND FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER BETWEEN 10AM AND 11AM

 

The word of the week is – QUAGSWAG – To shake something backwards and forwards is to quagswag,

 

WORKSHOPS – Thank you to everyone who attended a workshop this half term. We hope that you found them useful. It is vitally important that we continue to support our parent / carer body and to engage with you about your child’s learning. There are many opportunities for you to involve yourself with your child in a number of different ways and the impact you can have is immeasurable. Click on the link for further information about how you can help your child.

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/learning-links/

 

FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA – Tickets are selling fast! We will be selling on the night at the same prices – £6 for adults £4 for children and £15 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Hot dogs including vegetarian option, sweets, tea and coffee for sale. A range of novelty gifts on sale on the evening too. Please make every effort to attend, it promises to be a great event. NEMSIS PYROTECHNICS are a renowned company who have won industry awards and know how to put on a show!

PLEASE NOTE –

TICKET HOLDERS TO ENTER VIA THE ENTRANCE ON ALLERTON ROAD

ON THE NIGHT TICKETS ENTRANCE ON AYCLIFFE ROAD

 

YEAR 2 VISIT THE MOSQUE IN WATFORD – The children from Year 2 visited the mosque in Watford as part of their RE topic. They learnt about the signs and symbols associated with the Muslim religion and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Not only were they wonderful ambassadors for our school they returned to school brimming with newfound knowledge.

 

PARENTVIEW – We are always interested in the views of our parents and carers so please follow the link to complete a short survey:

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/login?destination=give-your-views

 

FUTURE DATES

TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER FIREWORK DISPLAY 4:30PM

 

Wednesday 6th November 
Children in Need Rehearsal for children in Years 5+6 – 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Friday 8th November
Year 6 Class Assembly
9.05am

 

Monday 11th November
Remembrance Assembly
9:05am

Friday 15th November
Year 4 Class Assembly
9.05am

YEAR 5 AND 6 CHOIR TO APPEAR ON THE BBC CHILDREN IN NEED APPEAL

MONDAY 11TH – FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER ANTI – BULLYING WEEK – CHANGE STARTS WITH US

 

Thursday 21st November
Disco with Marky Mark
Nurs + Rec + KS1 – 3:30pm -4:30pm
Key Stage 2 – 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Friday 22nd November
Year 3 Class Assembly
9.05am

 

MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER –  FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER – BOOK FAYRE TO SCHOOL

 

Thursday 5th December 
Environmental Health Fair for Years 3 and 4 – Council Offices – AM

Tuesday 10th December
Key Stage 1 Christmas Performance to Parents/Carers
10.00am and 2.00pm

Wednesday 11th December
Nursery Christmas Performance to Parents/Carers
10.30am

Friday 13th December
Reception Christmas Performance to Parents/Carers
10.00am and 2.00pm

Tuesday 17th December
Years 3 + 4 Christmas Performance for Parents /Carers
2.00pm and 5.30pm

Wednesday 18th December
Christmas Dinner + Christmas Jumper Day
All day

FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE TERM AT 3:15PM

 

I CANNOT STRESS HIGHLY ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF SENDING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL AND TO BE ON TIME. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I HAVE BEEN AT THE SCHOOL THE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE FIGURE HAS DIPPED UNDER 90%.

PLEASE SUPPORT THE SCHOOL OVER THIS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE WANT TO SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN SO IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING PLEASE COME AND TALK TO US. WE ARE HERE TO HELP.

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS + HOT CHOCOLATE – Congratulations to Lucas, Anastasia, Vinnie, Lexie-May, Connor, George, Kieran, Owyn and Chrysoulla who shared hot chocolate together on Friday for being amazing through the week.

Our flyers this week were – Triya, Leonardo, Reyansh, Morgan, Melisa, Ervis, Daniel, Yaren and Ryan. Keep soaring high children and the world will be at your feet.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE HALF TERM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQncxrf1fWY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGQLXRTl3Z0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loF_zd6Ij0k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfGDvDGE7zk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f59lP-a-cZU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gcwkv1kCYA

 

HAVE A LOVELY HALF TERM. SCHOOL RECOMMENCES ON MONDAY 4TH OCTOBER

 

FIREWORK TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY 30TH / THURSDAY 31ST OCTOBER AND FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 18th October 2019 – Autumn 7

The penultimate week in any half term often tend to be the busiest and this week was no exception. It was lovely to see so many of you at our Harvest Festival assembly and at Family Learning Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. The children have been working incredibly hard over the term and based on the evidence from current learning walks and progress meetings that have taken place recently, standards are definitely improving. Please continue to support the school in all that we do. One way every member of the school community can help to get behind the changes, is to buy a ticket for the Friends of Parkside’s forthcoming Firework Extravaganza. Further details below.

 

The word of the week is – ERSTWHILE – this very British sounding word refers to things that are not current, that belong to a former time, rather like the word itself.

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL ASSEMBLY – There was standing room only at Thursday morning’s assembly which was fantastic to see. The children were well prepared by staff and they didn’t disappoint. We were treated to songs and poems about the richness of the harvest season. The children sang with harnessed energy and recited their poems with gusto. Thank you for your generous donations too, they were gratefully received. They will be collected by representatives from the Borehamwood Food Bank on Monday. It is incredibly important for parents/carers to stay until the end of an assembly unless it is absolutely necessary to leave part way through as a mark of respect for the children. 

 

 

 

 

FRIENDS OF PARKSIDE PRESENT …FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA  MONDAY 4th NOVEMBER 6:30PM – 8:00PM

The Friends of Parkside are very pleased to announce another BIG community event – their first ever Firework Extravaganza. We are asking that you support this event in a similar that you would support your child’s class assembly. You came in great number for the Harvest Festival and we hope that you will be able to support this fantastic event. The display will be set to music which will give it that extra special feel and the weather report on the long range forecast looks good.Please bring your family and friends and let us make this a night to remember. Tickets are on sale before and after school in the playground and at the school office.

PLEASE NOTE I WILL BE OPENING THE SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY OF HALF TERM FOR TICKET SALES. PLEASE COME TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

FAMILY TICKET – X2 ADULTS & X3 CHILDREN – £15

ADULTS – £6

CHILD – £4

GLO STICKS – GLO NECKLACES – OPTIC WANDS – GLOW EARS – GLOW HAIR – on sale on the night.

 

THE FRIENDS OF PARKSIDE FINAL

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – Due to the local roadworks there have been issues for families travelling to and from school this week. There have been 58 occasions where children came to school late this week. It is vital that families make provision for their journeys to and from school so that children are on time.

Congratulations to the children from 3 BIRCH who had the best attendance this week with 98.6%.

CLASS

 

% ATTENDANCE
Reception Fir

 

93.1
Year 1 Lime

 

93.6
Year 1 Maple

 

89.7
Year 2 Alder

 

97.9
Year 2 Willow

 

98.6
Year 3 Birch

 

98.9
Year 4 Aspen

 

89.7
Year 4 Rowan

 

92.6
Year 5 Ash

 

95.7
Year 5 Cedar

 

94.9
Year 6 Cherry

 

97.0
Year 6 Oak

 

96.5
Total 94.85
National Average 96%

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMjDc8MJotU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7YZqD7dZcQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opealh8N-C0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQsgE0L450

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIENDS OF PARKSIDE PRESENT – FIREWORK NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

Our first ever Friends of Parkside firework night extravaganza takes place on Monday 4th November at 6:30pm on our school field. We have teamed up with Nemesis Fireworks who will handle the presentation on the evening. They are a very reputable company and were the British Runner Up Firework Champions in 2017, so we are sure that they will put on a truly magnificent display.

http://www.fireworkuk.co.uk/

We are always looking for new ways to promote the school and the excellent work of the Friends. Whilst we understand that events will always cost, we want to build on the excellent reserves we raised last year through the events we put on for the school community.  We have thought long and hard about pricing to make the event affordable to everyone. As a result we have priced the event as follows:

TICKET PRICES

Adults – £6

Children – £4

Family Ticket – £15 – 2 Adults 3 children

There will also be a range of novelty goods on sale along with refreshments – hot dogs (including non vegetarian) tea, coffee and juice for the children.

NOVELTY GOODS

Glo Necklaces
Glo Bracelets
LED Bunny Ears
Fibre Optic Wands
LED Flashing Wand Stick
Fibre Optic Hair

Mr Soyka, the Office Staff and members of the Friends of Parkside will be selling tickets from tomorrow morning through to MONDAY 4th NOVEMBER on the playground and at the office. School will also be open for an hour every day between 10am and 11am on WEDNESDAY 30th THURSDAY 31st and FRIDAY 1st NOVEMBER during half term  to buy tickets from the school office. All proceeds will be used to buy new laptops for the children.

We want to make this a bespoke event for our school, something we feel that is unique to Parkside. Please tell your family and friends to join us on the evening and make every effort to buy a ticket. Events like this really help to bring the school community together. If we all get behind the Friends we can make it a night to remember which will be talked about for years to come.

THE FRIENDS OF PARKSIDE FINAL

Year 6 Residential Trip to Marchants Hill PGL – Day 5

The morning of the final day arrived but it was too wet for the children to take part in the Aeroball competition so they were set one last challenge…..to build a buggy that could seat two children powered by strength and determination. They could only use a couple of old barrels, a set of wheels and planks of wood. The results were incredible.

 

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Lunch was taken for the last time once the buggy building activity came to an end. The children gathered their belongings from far and wide and boarded the coach for their return journey home to Borehamwood safe in the knowledge that they had a fantastic time making memories on the the Surrey Hampshire border.

Year 5 Assembly – The Birth of Rome and The Rise of Ceasar

On Friday morning we were treated to a fantastic assembly by the children from year 5 . They shared their learning with the school community plus a large number of parents and carers about the birth of possibly the greatest ancient civilisation in history – THE ROMANS. We learnt about how the myth of Romulus and Remus gave birth to the city from the banks of the Tiber, right through to the period of peace that lasted in the empire for just over 200 years – PAX ROMANA. It was a full scale assembly which involved everyone including staff. Thank you children for sharing your new found knowledge and understanding about your history topic.

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th October 2019 – Autumn 6

It seems as if autumn is well and truly here but the wet weather hasn’t dampened spirits. Year 6 have had a fantastic time on their residential trip to the PGL centre in Marchants Hill (follow the link to read more https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/class-6/), Year 2 spent Thursday morning deepening their learning and understanding of the local area by visiting Elstree and Borehamwood museum and returned to school with fistfuls of seven inch records! I was very jealous. Oliver Dowden our local MP paid a visit to school today and met members of the school council and Year 4 spent the day furthering their knowledge about life in the Stone Age on Thursday as part of their history topic. It was great way of developing their key enquiry skills. There was even a parent/carer maths workshop too on Tuesday in Year 5. And so the learning journey continues.

 

PLEASE NOTE SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER FOR STAFF TRAINING

 

The word of the week is: HUM DURGEON – An imaginary illness. Sounds more like an imaginary word. Have you ever suffered from hum durgeon?

 

STAYING HEALTH – My grandmother would often tell me that this time of year brought dangerous weather. What she meant by this statement was, that a drop in temperature would lower our immune system and our bodies were susceptible to all sort of attacks from viruses and colds. Please ensure that your child stays healthy, by eating well, taking plenty of rest and comes to school in full winter uniform which will keep them warm. Thank you.

 

THE WALKING BUS WILL RESUME NEXT WEEK UP BY STANBOROUGH AVENUE – PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ACCOMAPNY THE CHILDREN ON THEIR JOURNEY TO SCHOOL SO THAT THEY ARE ON TIME

 

LOCAL MP OLIVER DOWDEN VISIT – When the school council visited parliament last week they missed out on the opportunity of meeting their local MP Mr Oliver Dowden the Pay Master General. He spent time talking to Mr Soyka about the challenges facing schools and the education system before meeting with the school council who asked him some very challenging questions. He was very engaging and listened very attentively to the children. Thank you Mr Dowden for taking the time to visit our school. We learnt a lot about your role as a member of parliament for Hertsmere.

 

 

 

 

WELCOME BACK YEAR 6 WE HOPE THAT YOU HAD A GREAT TIME AWAY ON SCHOOL JOURNEY IT LOOKED AMAZING!

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE FRIDAY – Congratulations to Lincoln, Anshith, Adelina, Skye, Connor, Chloe, Alicia and Jade who shared a cup of hot chocolate with Mr Soyka and two special guests this afternoon. Thank you for doing the right thing.

 

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Our pupils who soared this week were Rut, Halle, Kyle, Archie, Summer, Faith and Emma. Keep soaring children and the world will be yours.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 22 occasions where children were late arriving to school this week. Let’s make next week the week where we have under 5 occasions of children coming to school late!!

Congratulations to the children in Year 6 and 5 Cedar who achieved 100% attendance this week. A FANTASTIC EFFORT!!

Reception Fir

92.6%

1 Lime

88.6%

1 Maple

94.3%

2 Alder

98.3 %

2 Willow

95.9%

3 Birch

88.8%

4 Aspen

93.4%

4 Rowan

94.4%

5 Ash

99.1%

5 Cedar

100%

6 Cherry

100%

6 Oak

100%

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FIszOldFnk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKdl-GCsNJ0

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

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!

 

 

Year 6 Residential Trip to Marchants Hill PGL – Day 4

After a good night’s rest the children woke to Day 4 with the promise of the Zip Line and Jacob’s Ladder in front of them. Whilst some were a little bleary eyed others were waiting with trepidation for the activities to begin.

JACOB’S LADDER

Jacob’s Ladder is not an activity for those of you with a fear of heights. The children had to work together and support their partner to climb as high as they could to a height between 85 and 90 feet before taking the bravest step of all. Jumping off a small platform!

 

 

 

ZIP WIRE

Zip Wire always proves to be a popular activity even for the adults. The children derive great pleasure from the feeling they get as they zoom on down the wire at great speed feeling the wind rush past them.

 

 

 

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ARCHERY

Shooting an arrow is not as easy as it looks. The children had enormous fun trying their hand at archery on the range and some were very successful.

 

 

 

 

SURVIVAL

The art of survival is to be prepared. Judging by the children’s ability to whittle  stake and start a fire not to mention building a shelter the staff thought they were well set to try out their new found skills.