Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 13th May 2022 – Summer 4

I want to start this newsletter by saying how well our Year 6 children coped with their SATs papers this week. They were a credit to the school and all of the members of staff who were involved in preparing them for the tests. With just over a week to go until our whole school visit to watch the Changing of the Guard, you should have all received the itinerary for the day. It promises to be a great event and a wonderful way to start our celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Please make sure that you complete the online consent form before MONDAY 23rd MAY. Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

The word of the week is – IPSEDIXITISM – (19th Century) the insistence that something is ‘fact’ because someone else said so.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

Upbeat Inspirational Poems : Tomorrow Isn't Promised : DU Poetry

 

 

OLIVER DOWDEN MP VISIT – The MP for Hertsmere and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party visited school today/. He was put through his paces by the school council who grilled him on a number of issues that ranged from rubbish on the local streets to the role of the prime minister. He spoke passionately about the local area and his hopes for education. He then me with Mrs Forrester and myself where we continued to debate about the ongoing challenges we face as a school and the education system as a whole. All in all it was a very positive experience. Thank you Mr Dowden for giving us your time.

Mr Dowden being put through his paces by the School Council

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Year 6 relaxing in the local park after a challenging few days

This week’s examples of the children’s excellent work shared at Friday morning’s assembly.

 

 

FROM WELLWOOD PHARMACYHello, we are raising awareness amongst local primary schools in Borehamwood, to inform them that we are now offering the COVID-19 vaccination for children between the ages of 5-11. If possible,  could the headteacher or teachers inform parents that their children can get their vaccinations administered here, as we are trying to promote the service in this age group. 

Our contact number is 0208 207 6530, and our address is Fairway Avenue, WD6 1PU.  If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Regards, 

Samina Sheikh (Clinical lead Pharmacist at Wellswood)

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY – There were 23 children from 14 families who came late to school last week on 30 occasions. Unfortunately it is only a small number of the same families who make up this number, so if you are struggling with your morning routine please contact the school.

As Shakespeare said – ‘ Better three hours too soon than a minute late’

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE
 

Reception Pine

 

 

94.7%

 

1 Lime

 

 

97.0%

 

1Maple

 

 

95.2%

 

2 Willow

 

 

97.6%

 

3 Birch

 

 

98.8%

 

3 Elm

 

 

96.9%

 

4 Aspen

 

 

97.0%

 

5 Cedar

 

 

95.4%

 

6 Cherry

 

 

100%

 

6 Oak

 

 

100%

 

Weekly Totals

 

 

97.1%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Flori, Eunice, Harley, Leonardo, Wesley, Franke, Max and Ervis who will join Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Monday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Mollie, Alby, Stefan, Philip, Helena, Cole, Angela, K’Asia and Viviana. Your hard work, excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar. Please continue to work hard through the rest of the year.

THE COURAGE TO SOAR TO GREAT HEIGHTS IS IN ALL OF US

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GdvFiE2R5I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viD_Dz9e7EQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbUMKenn5l8

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND ENJOY THE GOOD WEATHER!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 6th May 2022 – Summer 3

To see the children enjoying the field and the meadow once again is a reinder that the summer term is well under way. It is such a pleasure to see them enjoying their play and lunch times together. Next week is SATs week for Year 6. Across the country, children in Year 6 will sit three maths papers, a reading paper and a spelling, punctuation and grammar paper. The Year 6 teaching team have prepared the children thoroughly for the tests and we wish each and everyone of them the best of luck!! They will enjoy an afternoon in the park as a treat next Friday afternoon. Oliver Dowden the MP for Hertsmere will visit school on Friday 6th June in the morning to speak to the school council and to hear about the many projects the school is involved with. We look forward to welcoming him. Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

The word of the week is –  SOSS –  to flop heavily into the nearest sofa / chair / bed.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

ATTENDANCE – Last week I spoke to you all about the incredibly important issue of attendance. I write again to tell you that to date we have issued 15 breach letters; they are a reminder that your child’s current attendance is causing a concern and without improvement you will be issued with penalty notice (fine). We have also issued 6 penalty notices. Failure to pay may and at times does lead to court proceedings. Families who contest the fine and the reasons why their child fails to attend school could find themselves in Crown Court. There are so many of you who send your child to school every day to give them the best opportunities to develop their life chances but there are so many families who seem to think that attendance is not a prioirity for their child. We will continue to support those of you who are struggling but I cannot stress highly enough the importance of this matter.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Examples of Year 6 William Moris prints


Well done and congratulations to our Year 4 who took part in their first ever tennis competition this week.

Looking after our physical wellbeing

Celebrating this week’s work at our Friday morning assembly

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE, PUNCTUALITY & FOOD WASTE – There were 11 children from 11 families who came late to school last week on  occasions. Unfortunately it is only a small number of the same families who make up this number, so if you are struggling with your morning routine please contact the school.

A PERSON WHO IS PUNCTUAL WILL ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO RESPECT THEIR TIME AND OTHERS AS WELL.

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET

 

TARGET MET
Y/N
 

Reception Pine

 

 

88.8%

 

 

1.8 kgs

 

2.5kgs – N

 

1 Lime

 

 

96.8%

 

 

1.5 kgs

 

1.15kgs – Y

 

1Maple

 

 

90.5%

 

1.6 kgs

 

1.05kgs – Y

 

2 Willow

 

 

90.3%

 

1.9 kgs

 

1.8kgs – Y

 

3 Birch

 

 

87.2%

 

1.0 kg

 

0.380kgs – Y

 

3 Elm

 

 

93.7%

 

1.0 kg

 

1.0kgs – Y

 

4 Aspen

 

 

93.5%

 

2.2 kgs

 

1.9kgs – Y

 

5 Cedar

 

 

90.6%

 

1.6 kgs

 

2.1kgs – N

 

6 Cherry

 

 

94.0%

 

1.7 kgs

 

0.950kgs – Y

 

6 Oak

 

 

90.3%

 

1.4 kgs

 

1.2kgs – Y

 

Weekly Totals

 

 

92.0%

 

15.7 kgs

 

14.030 kgs –  YES! 25.6 grammes per child

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Mollie, Aila, Eshaal, Anastasia, Katarina, Ela, Jack-Lee and Chloe who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Morade, Albie, Lily, Lincoln, Tada, Wesley, Morgan, David and Faith. Your hard work, excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar. Please continue to work hard through the rest of the year.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ANy6hrk8Zg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6lFzbB3uf4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaGZ1D8Q6b0

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!!

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 29th April 2022 – Summer 2

The weather has been very deceiving this week. There have been times when it has been glorious and times when it has felt quite fresh. I suppose it serves as a reminder that we are still in Spring and haven’t quite arrived at the much longed for summer days. That said, please remember to send your child in to school with their jumper and coat for the time being. We are looking forward to launching our off the curriculum week in a couple of weeks’ time, with a whole school trip to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard! The trip starts a week long celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee. The children will spend the week learning about various aspects of her reign and teachers have prepared a series of activities linked to this. It promises to be an exciting week. A full itinerary will be sent out in the next couple of weeks to give you more of an idea how the trip and the week will unfold.

 

The word of the week is – SPUDDLE – to work feebly and ineffectively, because your mind is either somewhere else, or hasn’t yet shifted in to gear.

 

 

ATTENDANCE – Ever since I have been at the school (JUNE 2018) there has not been a month where we have achieved 100% attendance. All too often we are given reasons for children’s leave of absence which, as a staff, we have to question. The impact absence has on a child’s education can never be underestimated. It is far reaching in so many ways: gaps appear in acquisition of skills and knowledge, its impact on friendship, teaches poor habits, demonstrates a lack of resilience and affects future opportunities.
IT HAS TO STOP! We are here to support you in any way we can but what is never justifiable, are reasons that stop your child from making the progress they deserve. We will issue breach warnings for those families who children are considered persistent absentees and eventually they will be fined. THE SCHOOL WILL ALSO MAKE REPRESENTATION IN COURT IF NECESSARY TO TACKLE THIS LONG STANDING ISSUE. 

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
May Day......Sara Teasdale | Sara teasdale, Poems, Poetry

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Year 6 have started their new well-being course – Positive Minds which is being led by Watford FC

Do you follow us on social media? Have you seen our social media display just outside the office?

The school council visit to the Houses of Parliament

 

 

THANK YOU – In last week’s newsletter you may recall that Mrs Forrester and a loyal band of supporters painted the fence in the KS2 playground and all of the picnic table tops. The paint was donated from Cuprinol for which we are extremely grateful.

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE, PUNCTUALITY & FOOD WASTE –  There were 17 children from 15 families who came late to school last week on 22 occasions. Unfortunately it is only a small number of the same families who make up this number, so if you are struggling with your morning routine please contact the school.

A PERSON WHO IS PUNCTUAL WILL ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO RESPECT THEIR TIME AND OTHERS AS WELL.

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET

 

TARGET MET
Y/N
 

Reception Pine

 

 

90.3%

 

 

1.8 kgs

 

3.85 kgs – N

 

1 Lime

 

 

99.0%

 

1.5 kgs

 

1.15 kgs – Y

 

1Maple

 

 

87.5%

 

1.6 kgs

 

2.1 kgs – N

 

2 Willow

 

 

91.3%

 

1.9 kgs

 

1.25 kgs – Y

 

3 Birch

 

 

88.9%

 

1.0 kg

 

0.85 kgs – Y

 

3 Elm

 

 

97.5%

 

1.0 kg

 

0.85 kgs – Y

 

4 Aspen

 

 

92.8%

 

2.2 kgs

 

1.65 kgs – Y

 

5 Cedar

 

 

93.1%

 

1.6 kgs

 

1.4 kgs – Y

 

6 Cherry

 

 

94.0%

 

1.7 kgs

 

1.0  kgs – Y

 

 

6 Oak

 

 

91.9%

 

1.4 kgs

 

0.8 kgs – Y

 

 

Weekly Totals

 

 

92.3%

 

16.0 kgs – 19.5 grammes per child

 

14.9 kgs – Y

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Roy, Stefan, Daisy, William, Jaliyah, Zakai, Dylan and Kelvin who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Thursday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Ayan, Rut, Delilah, Erika, Sophia, Barney, Atai and Bianca. Your hard work, excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar. Please continue to work hard through the rest of the year.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE BANK HOLIDAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRwCZI4ueyc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlS4fHuOG40
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7zunsgxv0U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh-oge3eaUg

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL BANK HOLIDAY AND PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON MONDAY!!!

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 22nd April 2022 – Summer 1

Welcome back to the start of the summer term. I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter holiday and feel rested. As always, it as a delight to welcome the children back to school on Wednesday morning. They settled in to their learning straight away with great gusto and have continued to produce a high standard of work. Our girls’ football team were in action once again this week as they took part in a tournament. They acquitted themselves incredibly well and reached the semi finals but lost to Woodlands 4-0. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Now that the warmer weather is with us once again please remember to label your child’s clothing and ensure that they wear a jumper and coat on the colder mornings. We look forward to a fantastic term ahead and to continue working together.

 

 

The word of the week is – BEEK – (13th century) – to luxuriate for a while in the warmth of the sun, moment or other people.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION – The next meeting of the PFA has been rearranged for Thursday 28th April after school in the Year 2 classroom. It is very important that as many of you who are available attend. We will discuss the arrangements for  the Summer Fayre, the open air cinema event and our last disco of the year before thinking about next year’s plans. Please make every effort to attend.

 

 

NEWLY PAINTED FENCES AND TABLES NOT FORGETTING THE SAPLINGS! – During the Easter holiday our Chair of Governors, Karen Forrester, her husband, Mr Honour and a few of her friends painted the fences in the KS2 playground unbeknown to anyone. I am sure that you’ll agree they did a fantastic job! A couple of weeks before Easter, Karen gave up a Sunday afternoon to plant a number of tree saplings which she applied for through a local grant so that future generations of Parkside children can enjoy them in years to come. You will see them dotted along the hedgerows that run along the school field if you walk up the pathway from Allerton Road. I think we owe them all a debt of gratitude and all of our thanks.

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE, PUNCTUALITY & FOOD WASTE –  There were 13 children from 9 families who came late to school last week on 14 occasions. Unfortunately it is only a small number of families who make up this number, so if you are struggling with your morning routine please contact the school.

A PERSON WHO IS PUNCTUAL WILL ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO RESPECT THEIR TIME AND OTHERS AS WELL.

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE  

WEEKLY WASTE

 

 

Reception Pine

 

 

89.6%

2.5kgs
 

1 Lime

 

 

98.2%

1.15kgs
 

1Maple

 

 

85.7%

 

1.9kgs

 

2 Willow

 

 

90%

1.05kgs
 

3 Birch

 

 

87.4%

1.0kg
 

3 Elm

 

 

97.4%

0.80kg
 

4 Aspen

 

 

92.7%

1.15kgs
 

5 Cedar

 

 

94.5%

1.2kgs
 

6 Cherry

 

 

93.3%

0.65kgs
 

6 Oak

 

 

99.1%

0.9kgs
 

Weekly Totals

 

 

93%

 

 12.3 kgs – 26 grammes per child

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EBYMl-f-wo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOWAxl2HD9g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HPThwy6Cek

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 1st April 2022 – Spring 12

Despite the snow and the cold the children had a wonderful end to the term. They wore their Easter bonnets with pride, hunted high and low for tokens to exchange and wore their brightly coloured clothes with style. It has been a very busy week for the children and once again they showed us just how hard they have worked. You will see from the pictures of the eggs below examples of their artistic talents and the lengths they went to to decorate them. Both of our football teams were in action once again this week and managed to make it to the semi finals of a local competition. Mr Wanless has written a little article below about their wonderful achievements. Marky Mark’s disco proved to be very popular once again and my sincere thanks must go to Nick and Nadia who worked incredibly hard to make the event a great success. This week’s newsletter is rather long so please don’t give up until the very end! All that is left to say is have a wonderful Easter and we look forward to welcoming you all back for the start of the summer term on WEDNESDAY 20th APRIL.

 

 

The word of the week is – THINKACHE – (19th Century): the bone-weariness that comes from too much thinking.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Some of our Easter bonnets on parade.

The great folk f the WD6 Food Support presenting the Easter poster competition winners with their prizes.

 

Just some of the examples of the children’s artistic flare.

Enjoying the spoils from the hunt.

 

 

BOYS AND GIRLS FOOTBALL REPORT – On Wednesday Borehamwood Football Club hosted a great day of football for our Girls and Boys.  Although the day ended with heartbreak, each one of our children should be immensely proud of their achievements. Both teams reached the Semi-Finals and just fell short of reaching the final, the girls eventually losing 2-0 and the boys ending their journey with a 3-2 loss on penalties.

As I said to the teams, myself, Mr Honour and Miss Bowers are so proud of them, and they should hold their heads up high with how they represented the school and how well they played throughout the whole tournament.

Thank You for playing with pride and determination – it is a joy and a privilege to be able to take you to these tournaments and watch you progress, not only as players and a team but as individuals too.

A final thank you must also go to Boreham Wood Football Club for hosting a fantastic day of football for our local schools. 👏

Mr Wanless

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT EASTER HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY 6th and WEDNESDAY 13th APRIL from 3:15pm – 4:30pm.  PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

LIVES NOT KNIVES WORKSHOP


Year 5 and Year 6 were visited this week by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Children & Young People Gangs and Schools’ Team giving them the chance to have their input.  PC Arnott and PC Ellis delivered an informative and fully interactive session about making positive choices, the reality of gangs, knife crime, anti-social behaviour, and online behaviour.

Listening carefully to the importance of staying safe on the streets.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 25 children from 19 families who came late to school last week on 34 occasions. It is often the same  families who make up this number, so if you are struggling with your morning routine please contact the school.

 

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers –  Alice, Lucas, Sibella, Charlie and Denilson. Your hard work, excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar. Please continue to work hard through the rest of the year.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE HOLIDAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjvxOowqAgA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=178ojX0Q4QA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi72iVtp568
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiQPlW-jm90
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxx7o2aXhRw

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER HOLIDAY AND SEE YOU ALL AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 20th

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter Friday 25th March 2022 – Spring 11

It’s been another very busy week at school and with one week left of the spring term our thoughts turn to next week’s Easter celebrations. Children will be decorating eggs, making bonnets and designing posters as part of a number of activities they will all take part in but the highlight of the week will be the Easter Egg hunt which is scheduled to take place next Friday. More about this exciting event below. The children continue to be a delight and have worked incredibly hard once again this week. Our English adviser came to school on Tuesday and their overall assessment of the children’s level of progress across the school was good. Gaps continue to close and levels of attainment are beginning to show that children are on track. Please don’t forget that clock go forward this weekend on Sunday. Tickets continue to be sold for Marky Mark’s Disco on Thursday 31st March. They can be bought on the playground after school everyday right up until the day of the event.

 

 

The word of the week is – RESPAIR – fresh hope; a recovery from despair.

 

 

POEM / THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Spring Poems 2019 |

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Congratulations to Michael on the silver medal he won at last week’s Ju Jistsu championship in London

 

Congratulations to our Year 6 children who took part in their first netball match. They played hard and gave a good account of themselves. Well done to you all.

 

The children enjoying this week’s music workshops. Thank you to everyone who took part and Miss Castell for organising the morning.

 

Two brilliant pieces of art from two very talented artists in Year 6 – Faith and T’Leyah.

Another excellent example of the children’s work in Year 6.

 

 

EASTER EGG HUNT FRIDAY 1st APRIL  – Everyone will take part in an Easter egg hunt on the last day of term as part of our Easter celebrations. Children will forage around the grounds to look for tokens which they will exchange for an egg. Every child who takes part will receive an egg. The children are very excited about the event and we look forward to giving them their eggs.

 

 

PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION – The next meeting of the PFA will be held on Thursday 21st April after school in the Year 2 classroom. It is very important that as many of you who are available attend. We will discuss the arrangements for  the Summer Fayre, the open air cinema event and our last disco of the year before thinking about next year’s plans. Please make every effort to attend.

 

 

MARKY MARK’S DISCO – THURSDAY 31st MARCH – ALL TICKETS £3
RECEPTION CLASS, YRS 1&2 3:30pm – 4:30pm
YEARS 3 – 6  – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

TICKETS ON SALE AFTER SCHOOL RIGHT UP UNTIL THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT. IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO LEND A HAND PLEASE SPEAK TO NADIA OR NICK ONCE YOU HAVE BOUGHT YOUR TICKET. 

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 16 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 26 occasions. Unfortunately it is only a small number of families who make up this number, so if you are struggling with your morning routine please contact the school.

A PERSON WHO IS PUNCTUAL WILL ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO RESPECT THEIR TIME AND OTHERS AS WELL.

Rec Pine – 91.8%

1 Lime –  94.2%
1 Maple – 92.4%

2 Willow – 95.6%

3 Birch – 89.5%
3 Elm  98.8%

4 Aspen – 92.4%
5 Cedar – 91.7%

6 Cherry – 96.3%
6 Oak – 96.5%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 94%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Ellie, Lyla, Maya, Skyla, Iulia, Angela, Marvin, Harvey and Jayden who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Gabriel, Nitay, Patrick, Leo, Lara, Thalir, William, Harry and Niti. Your hard work, excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar. Please continue to work hard through the rest of the year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 14.250 kgs of waste which equated to 18.6 grammes per child. THIS WAS THE LEAST AMOUNT OF FOOD WE HAVE EVER DISCARDED AND WAS A BRILLIANT EFFORT!! THANK YOU CHILDREN.  NEXT WEEK’S TARGET FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL WILL BE 20kgs.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIWdn4ePI7g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1IIZIXDyW8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7X2j41Qbg4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGaEceD74RU

 

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF OUR MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS, AUNTS AND SISTERS AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD AN HOUR ON SUNDAY MORNING!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 18th March 2022 – Spring 10

THERE HAS BEEN 1 RECORDED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

There are very few weeks in the academic year when everything seems to click but this week was one of those weeks. Over the past few days I have met with teachers, governors, parents and carers, our school improvement partner but most importantly I have spent a lot of time with the children this week. Every interaction was a celebration of the hard work and excellent standards we have at the school. The highlight of the week had to be the glowing tributes staff and children received during the school’s annual review which was carried out by Kelly Moss our improvement partner. She was very impressed by the progress the school has made (and continues to make) over the past 12 months; teaching, learning and safeguarding continues to be GOOD.  It really is a pleasure to come to work every day and to lead such a wonderful community. You should feel very proud of your child’s achievements because I know everyone at the school does!! Please continue to support the school in all that we do.

 

 

The word of the week is ‘PHILOCALY‘ – the love of beauty, and the ability to cherish small things in life.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

J. R. R. TOLKIEN All that is gold hand typed poem image 1

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Starting to make preparations for the Queen’s platinum jubilee

Exploring the fantastic goods at the Foodbank

Taking part in our first ever hockey tournament. Well done to those who represented the school so well.

Rewarding the children in Year 6 for managing to keep the food waste to a minimum.

Celebrating Red Nose Day in style

Year 1 enjoying their learning at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle.

 

 

PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION – If you a regular shopper on line why not give the school a hand by clicking on the links. To date you have helped to raise over £40 for which we are very grateful. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1186025-0
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pfaparkside/

The next meeting of the PFA will be held on Thursday 21st April after school in the Year 2 classroom. It is very important that as many people attend. We will discuss the arrangements for  the Summer Fayre, the open air cinema event and our last disco of the year before thinking about next year’s plans. Please make every effort to attend.

 

 

MARKY MARK’S DISCO – THURSDAY 31st MARCH – ALL TICKETS £3
RECEPTION CLASS, YRS 1&2 3:30pm – 4:30pm
YEARS 3 – 6  – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

TICKETS ON SALE AFTER SCHOOL RIGHT UP UNTIL THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT. IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO LEND A HAND PLEASE SPEAK TO NADIA OR NICK ONCE YOU HAVE BOUGHT YOUR TICKET. 

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 19 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 25 occasions. Unfortunately it is only a small number of families who make up this number, so if you are struggling with your morning routine please contact the school.

A PERSON WHO IS PUNCTUAL WILL ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO RESPECT THEIR TIME AND OTHERS AS WELL.

Rec Pine – 87.9%

1 Lime –  93.7%
1 Maple – 88.7%

2 Willow – 94.4%

3 Birch – 91.8%
3 Elm  94.4%

4 Aspen – 92.9%
5 Cedar – 92.9%

6 Cherry – 99.5%
6 Oak – 98.8%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to and Elli-May, Wiktoria, Nitay, Halle, Lavinia and Megan  who joined Mrs Taylor for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

This week’s hard workers enjoying a cup of hot chocolate with Mrs Taylor.

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Damian, Erika, Thomas, Ainoa, Bentleigh, Alisha, Archie and Naveed. Your hard work, excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar. Please continue to work hard through the rest of the year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 18.7 kgs of waste which equated to 25 grammes per child. Whilst this was a little higher than last week it still represents a very good effort by the children.  Each class was set a target amount of food they were allowed to throw away and I am incredibly pleased to say that NO classes went over their target. THIS WEEK’S TARGET FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL WILL BE 20kgs

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kyev30lTTc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo0nouRi_ws
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef1nJWtkprU

 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th March 2022- Spring 9

THERE HAS BEEN 1 RECORDED CASE OF CORONOVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

With just three weeks left of the term I can hardly believe that we are nearly at the end of the Spring term. The brighter mornings continue to lift everyone’s spirits and standards continue to improve. The change in the children’s eating habits are a testament to this and they continue to be a delight. If you recall from last week’s newsletter we threw away 50kgs of food waste, this week we threw away 15kgs which was an incredible achievement. Please thank your child for responding so positively to the new initiative we have introduced at lunchtimes. (see below for further information). We look forward to welcoming our school improvement partner next week. She will take a deep dive in to the teaching of history and spend time with myself and other senior leaders looking at the school’s safeguarding procedures which will include talking to the children. Don’t forget tickets for Marky Mark’s disco are selling fast so don’t miss out. Please keep supporting the school in all that we do.

 

The word of the week is – BATTOLOGIST – an individual who repeats the same story over and over, even when all the facts contradict them.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Rossetti poems Both poems

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Sharing the children’s work at our weekly celebration assembly

Supporting the boys’ football team at Wednesday evening’s 1-1 draw with Meryfield

Year 2 enjoying their trip to the Roman baths at Welwyn Garden City

Year 6 learning about Emily Wilding Davison the famous Suffragette

 

 

PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION – If you a regular shopper on line why not give the school a hand by clicking on the links. To date you have helped to raise over £40 for which we are very grateful. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1186025-0
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pfaparkside/

The next meeting of the PFA will be held on Thursday 21st April after school in the Year 2 classroom. It is very important that as many people attend. We will discuss the arrangements for  the Summer Fayre, the open air cinema event and our last disco of the year before thinking about next year’s plans. Please make every effort to attend.

 

 

MARKY MARK’S DISCO – THURSDAY 31st MARCH – ALL TICKETS £3
RECEPTION CLASS, YRS 1&2 3:30pm – 4:30pm
YEARS 3 – 6  – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

TICKETS ON SALE AFTER SCHOOL RIGHT UP UNTIL THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT. IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO LEND A HAND PLEASE SPEAK TO NADIA OR NICK ONCE YOU HAVE BOUGHT YOUR TICKET. 

OVER 90 TICKETS SOLD SO FAR!!

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 19 children from 15 families who came late to school last week on 35 occasions. Unfortunately it is only a small number of families who make up this number, so if you are struggling with your morning routine please contact the school.

A PERSON WHO IS PUNCTUAL WILL ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO RESPECT THEIR TIME AND OTHERS AS WELL.

Rec Pine – 91%

1 Lime –  86.2%
1 Maple – 92.9%

2 Willow – 90.5%

3 Birch – 98.8%
3 Elm  95.7%

4 Aspen – 93.9%
5 Cedar – 97.6%

6 Cherry – 95.4%
6 Oak – 94.9%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93.6%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Morode, Daniel, Shannon, David, Poppy, Vinnie, Zino and George  who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Ohen, Riyaad, Darius, Lorita, Johnny, Wesley, Alex, Yannis  and Finley. Your hard work, excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar. Please continue to work hard through the rest of the year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 13.3 kgs of waste which equated to 17.5 grammes per child. The children have really tried to think about the choices they made for their lunches this week which resulted in the lowest amount of discarded waste I have seen since I have been at the school. Each class was set a target amount of food they were allowed to throw away and I am incredibly pleased to say that NO classes went over their target. As a result we have reviewed the overall school target for next week and set much lower ones for each class.

In recognition of the children’s improved efforts at lunchtimes Year 6 will be the first year group who will enjoy cooking a recipe of their choice next Friday afternoon.

LET’S REALLY TRIED HARD NEXT WEEK CHILDREN TO REDUCE OUR WASTE EVEN MORE!! WELL DONE TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok935P4wUqc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRnDkv1Hka8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lnoM25D-js

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 4th March 2022 – Spring 8

THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTED CASES OF COVID-19 REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

Word Book Day always causes a stir and this year was no different. It was really lovely to see the children dressed as their favourite characters or in their pyjamas. They were joined by an author on Thursday morning and learnt about the writing process but most importantly how our imaginations can light a spark in all of us. Congratulations to the girls’ football team who acquitted themselves incredibly well at this week’s tournament which was organised by Watford FC. Thank you for representing the school so well and a special mention to Olivia in Year 6 who was the player of the tournament. Tickets for Marky Mark’s first disco in over two years go on sale after school on Monday 7th March and will continue to be sold right up until the day –  THURSDAY 31st MARCH. All tickets priced at £3.

 

THE PAINTING OF KS2 FENCES WILL TAKE PLACE ONCE THE WARMER WEATHER ARRIVES. THE FENCE PANEL NEED TO BE DRY SO THAT THE PAINT SOAKS IN TO THEM. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN TO TURN UP WITH YOUR BRUSHES OCE WE HAVE A BREAK IN THE WEATHER. 

 

 

The word of the week is – FORWALLOWED – wearied from tossing and turning night after night

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
March is Here Poem for Children | Woo! Jr. Kids Activities : Children's Publishing

 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

PFA FUNDRAISING PAGE- Are you a keen online shopper? Would you help raise funds for the school? If so please click the link for further details. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pfaparkside/

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

PARKING – This contentious issue has raised it head again this week. A very concerned member of the public spoke to me on Thursday afternoon about the dangerous and inconsiderate parking he continues to witness of a number of parents / carers who collect children from the Allerton Road gate. We do everything we can as a school to educate the children about following rules, working within boundaries and doing the right thing. It is so disappointing when members of  the school community don’t support us through inconsiderate parking. I have even seen cars parked on grass areas which is completely illegal and on the roundabout that links Allerton and Aycliffe Road! Please think about parking a few roads away from school to alleviate the difficulties at the end of the school day and walk the last few metres. Thank you to those of you who do follow the highway code and consider the safety of the children at the end of the school day.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 16 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 26 occasions. We will continue to contact families next week who repeatedly bring their child to school late on a regular basis. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

A PERSON WHO IS PUNCTUAL WILL ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO RESPECT THEIR TIME AND OTHERS AS WELL.

Rec Pine – 92.8%

1 Lime –  100%
1 Maple – 91.3%

2 Willow – 96%

3 Birch – 91.1%
3 Elm  100%

4 Aspen – 95.1%
5 Cedar – 97.2%

6 Cherry – 94.0%
6 Oak – 96.5%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 95.5%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Rahela, Alicja, Deyan, Helana, Donia, Elisa, Atai and Viviana  who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Gabriel, Holly, Nihad, Milly, Leonardo, Poppy, Scarlett, Yanis and Luca-James. Your hard work, excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar. Please continue to work hard through the rest of the year.

LAST WEEK’S FLYERS

THIS WEEK’S FLYERS

 

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 39.5 kgs of waste which equated to 50.9 grammes per child. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LOT LESS THAN LAST WEEK THIS IS A FANTASTIC IMPROVEMENT. The new menu has been finalised and will be sent out to families next week. The school council have been consulted and new choices have been made. WATCH THIS SPACE!!

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct-WTSsSVxA

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 25th February 2022 – Spring 7

THERE HAS BEEN ONE REPORTED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK.

After days of atrocious weather which included two storms the sun has made a very late appearance towards the end of the week. I hope that you all managed to survive the awful weather unscathed. Our thoughts this week turn to the events in Ukraine and the terrible situation hundreds of thousands of citzens find themselves in. Hopefully the dispute will be resolved peacefully and life can return to normal as soon as possible. You may have noticed that I have been absent from school this week. After nearly two years taking every precaution I tested positive for COVID- 19 last week. I am pleased to inform you that I have made a good recovery and all things being equal I will be back on Monday. I have been in regular contact with Mrs Taylor and the Office staff through the week and it sounds as if things have been relatively quiet. We look forward to welcoming Kelly Moss our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner in a few weeks’ time for our annual Spring visit so that we can share with her the excellent standards and progress the children and staff have made since we returned in January. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

 

 

The word of the week is – EMPLEOMANIA – the desire to hold office or wield power, whatever the cost.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

Spring Poems 2019 |

 

 

RESCHEDULED DATE – The painting of the KS2 fence will now take place on SATURDAY 5th MARCH FROM 10am. Bacon rolls and cups of tea and coffee will be served if you turn up with a paint brush!

 

 

WD6 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 MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Denis, Ava, Tada, Reyansh, Skye and Antoni  who will join Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Monday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Roy, Mino, Bobby, Karen, Halle, Rayan and Olivia .  Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

EASY FUNDRAISING – The members of the Parents and Friends Association have set up an easy fundraising page which you can access every time you shop on line. Please click the link for further details about how you can raise money for the school.  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pfaparkside/

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 20 children from 16 families who came late to school last week on 24 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number after half term it is so important.

Being punctual not only makes you dependable but also helps you to build your confidence.

Rec Pine – 92.8%

1 Lime –  93.7%
1 Maple – 89.4%

2 Willow – 94.8%

3 Birch – 98.8%
3 Elm  93.2%
4 Aspen – 94.5%

5 Cedar – 100%

6 Cherry – 85.6%
6 Oak – 93.4%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93.3%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 53.6 kgs of waste which equated to 68.9 grammes per child. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LOT LESS THAN LAST WEEK THIS IS STILL TOO MUCH. We have given great thought to setting a new menu which should help to reduce the school’s waste over the coming weeks. We have also taken stock of two new compost bins which will not only encourage the children to develop their gardening skills but will also reduce the amount of waste.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=326Sk_-K3TM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHl8lTcgjG8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVtKstRZ5vQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J99IGivUnG4

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!