Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 8th May 2020

This weekend we remember the brave men and women who fought and died during the Second World War to keep the country free from the evil and tyranny of the Nazi regime. I hope that you all marked the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe in a fun and enjoyable way and ensured that you kept two metres apart from friends and loved ones. We will find out on Sunday if the government will ease any of the lock down restrictions. Until then we will continue to drop packs of work to families and keep the website up to date with regular posts. Please remember to check your child’s class page for updates and of course the latest news section.

 

The word of the week is – QUARANITINI – The English word for what you drink whilst you’re at home!

 

BIRD WATCH – The chicks have hatched and are very very hungry. They wait impatiently with their beaks wide open waiting to be fed by their mother. Click on the link below for further updates and do show your children.
http://www.seenature.org.uk/schools/parkside-community-primary/

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA – Mr Wanless one of Year 6 teachers and senior leaders is working hard to keep the school’s social media feeds up to date. If you have pieces of work that your child is particularly proud of please send it to him so it can be shared with the school community. Keeping in touch with each other is crucial during these very different times. It is something we all need and helps bring a little cheer to our lives everyday. Mr Wanless can be found at the following email address –  liam.wanless@parkside.herts.sch.uk

Twitter – @headparkside
Instagram – parkside_primary_school621
Facebook – parksidecommunityprimaryschool@gmail.com

 

 

SOME WONDERFUL EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

 

 

 

TUNES FOR VE DAY AND WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfWc52smNs8

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAZcTSwOTe0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd55tQOmMZ4

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 1st May 2020 – Summer 2

As we begin a new month we were told by  the prime minister  yesterday that  we are now through the worst of the pandemic. Until we are given direction and guidance by the county the school remains closed. We should know more next week. New packs of work will be delivered to homes next week. Please keep in regular contact with your child’s classteacher until school reopens, they will answer any queries you may have about your child’s work. It is vitally important we keep lines of communication open at all times with you all. Please stay safe and stay at home.

 

The word of the week is – UHTCEARE – This means lying awake worrying before dawn. We all do this, we just didn’t know there was a word for it. Say it now, like this: oot-key-are-a.

 

 

MESSAGE TO THE STAFF AND CHILDREN – We all hope that you managed to view the special message that the staff sent to the children this week. It was great fun to make and our thanks go to Miss Chandler for putting it together. We are all missing the children enormously and look forward to welcoming them back when we reopen.  If you haven’t seen the message yet you can access it by clicking on the link.

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/a-parkside-message/

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA – Mr Wanless our Year 6 teacher is working very hard to keep you all up to date with the latest news and events that take place at school and at home! Please log in to your accounts to see what has been happening this week:

TWITTER – @headparkside
FACEBOOK – parksidecommunityprimaryschool@gmail.com
INSTAGRAM – parkside_primary_school621

 

 

SOME OF THE EXCELLENT WORK CHILDREN HAVE PRODUCED THIS WEEK

 

 

 

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBKhP4XEiXc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwxSfZ9cpew

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE!!

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 24th April- Summer 1

Firstly I would like to welcome you all back to possibly the strangest start to a term I have ever experienced as a teacher. I hope that you are all keeping well and managing to stay safe. I know the staff are missing the children terribly and have prepared a surprise for them which will be revealed next week. There has been no guidance from the government as to when schools will reopen, all we know is that the lock down will continue for another two weeks. Teachers and senior leaders have been in regular contact with many families over the past few weeks, something we will continue to do until we return. Please make sure that you check the school website everyday for the latest news and updates regarding learning activities that teachers have set for your children. If you are unable to access the site please send an email to your child’s class teacher who will prepare a pack of work which will be delivered to your house on a regular basis. Please stay safe and to maintain all forms of social distancing at all times.

 

 

The word of the week is – QUAALTAGH – The first person you see after you leave your house. Comes from an old Celtic New Year tradition in which the first person you see or speak to on the morning of January 1, the quaaltagh, was interpreted as a sign of what was to come in the year ahead. (Isle of Man)

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA – Mr Wanless is constantly updating the school’s Twitter feed and will be re-establishing the Facebook and Instagram account over the coming week. Further details to follow next week.
TWITTER HANDLE – @headparkside

 

 

EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN’S ART WORK

 

 

PARENT AND CARER SUPPORT – The school website has a number of links to support families in a variety of different ways. We have added a new page under the PARENT TAB called PARENT AND CARER SUPPORT. You will find a list of agencies you can access should you require them. It will be added to over the coming weeks with more information and suggestions about how we can support one another as families during these very unprecedented times. We also have a links page to educational resources which you can access at any time  too. Please make good use of them.

MRS MATTHOLIE WILL BE UPDATING THE PAGE THIS WEEK, PLEASE CHECK FOR NEW UPDATES
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/parent-and-carer-support/

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

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9ler4jPfU0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C7dq-AdRRU

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 3rd April 2020 – Spring 12

 

School reopened again this week for children of key workers and those identified as vulnerable according to the government. I must say that a school with just handful of children certainly has a different feel to it! The staff have been amazing this week setting work on line, talking to parents on the phone or via email exchange or dropping packs of work to families who have limited or restricted access to the internet.  It is vital in these very uncertain times that we stay in regular contact. Mrs Taylor and myself have made a large number of phone calls to families to make sure they are safe and well too. We will continue to do this on a regular basis for you. It was great to see so many people out on their local streets clapping and in some cases singing in support of the NHS and key workers last night. Please continue to show your appreciation every week by joining your neighbours for the communal clap but remember to adhere to the strict social distancing rules.
Today would have been the end of term and whilst the children are not here to say goodbye to I want to wish you all a safe and happy Easter. Please take care of one another and stay safe.

 

 

The word of the week is – SHACKBAGGERLY – An adjective describing anything left “in a loose, disorderly manner.”

 

 

PARENT AND CARER SUPPORT – The school website has a number of links to support families in a variety of different ways. We have added a new page under the PARENT TAB called PARENT AND CARER SUPPORT. You will find a list of agencies you can access should you require them. It will be added to over the coming weeks with more information and suggestions about how we can support one another as families during these very unprecedented times. We also have a links page to educational resources which you can access at any time  too. Please make good use of them.
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/parent-and-carer-support/

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

 

 

THE CHILDREN’S WORK –  It has been fantastic to see so many of you sending in your child’s work to their class teacher on a regular basis. We are all very aware how much of a strain you are all under at the moment and appreciate the efforts you are all going to in establishing routines for your child. Please keep this going and if there is anything we can do as a school to support you please email or call the school office at any time. Here are some examples of the children’s work:

 

 

 

 

 

HOME TIMETABLE – If you are struggling to establish a routine for your child at home we have put together a timetable for you to follow should you require one. We hope that it is some use to you all. Click on the link for further details.

homeschool timetable 30 March

 

 

TUNES FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MYdr8Fkah0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcvcaOtWP8A

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wPwcBKRfSU

 

HAVE A LOVELY EASTER AND STAY SAFE AND WELL! PLEASE REMEMBER TO STAY INDOORS AND FOLLOW ALL GUIDANCE

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 13th March – Spring 9

The main story this week has been about the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The school is well set should the situation change over the coming weeks. We will continue to implement advice from the Department for Education and the County to mitigate the risk of the virus spreading in our own community.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING :

Should you experience a high temperature
A new continuous cough
A shortness of breath
STAY AT HOME

This will help to protect others in the school community whilst you are infectious. The school has an Action Plan in place and we are currently at STAGE 3 – Mitigate Delay. This means we have taken the following steps :
AS FROM MONDAY 16TH MARCH ALL ASSEMBLIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED
ALL SCHOOL TRIPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED
ALL LARGE SCHOOL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED (EASTER EGG HUNT)
WHERE POSSIBLE CHILDREN WILL NOT SIT ON THEIR CLASS CARPET

We will continue to screen children should they present with symptoms similar to the virus. They will be sent home and families must self quarantine the child for 7 days.

The school will continue to clean the school thoroughly.

As a school we want to do every thing we possibly can to mitigate the risk of the virus spreading and expect that all families will support the interventions we have put in to place. Thank you for your continued support.

 

The word of the week is – FLOBLY- MOBLY  – the perfect word for describing the feeling of not being unwell, but not feeling your best.

 

POPCORN NIGHTS – Thank you to everyone who supported this event. Both nights were well attended and the children thoroughly enjoyed watching Toy Story 4 and Abominable whilst eating their popcorn. We managed to raise just under £300 which is a wonderful achievement. Our thanks must go to the Friends of Parkside and the staff who helped to organise the event.

 

 

SPORT RELIEF – Thank you to everyone to who donated to this excellent charity. The children really enjoyed coming to school in their favourite sports kit and completing different exercises through the day. If you haven’t donated your pounds you will be contacted to make a donation. The final figure will be given in next week’s newsletter.

 

 

ATTENDANCE + PUNCTUALITY – There were 34 sessions when children arrived late to school this week. It would be an amazing achievement if parents and carers were able to send their child to school on time everyday and as a school we were able to record that no child was late to school.

 

Congratulations to the children from 4 ROWAN who had the best attendance this  week with 97.7%

1 Lime – 86.1%
1 Maple – 92.4%

2 Alder – 96.1%
2 Willow – 96.9%

3 Birch – 89.4%

4 Aspen – 95.7%
4 Rowan – 97.7%

5 Ash – 97.1%
5 Cedar – 95%

6 Cherry – 91.2%
6 Oak – 89.6%

Total – 93.2%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

WINGS AND HOT CHOCOLATE – Congratulations to Max, Daisy, Cole, Skye, Connor, Freddie, Danielle, Ersi and Reece who shared a chat with Mr Soyka on Friday o celebrate their success at school.

Our Parkside Flyers this week were – Jessica, Oscar, Bella, Zakai, Anita, Megan, Jodie, Chloe, Diya, Yaren and Romeo.
Keep flying high children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WEEKEND TUNEShttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=david+ruffin+i+can%27t+stop+the+rain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BptwLU3vUfo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmMlVm85RRQ

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 6th March 2019 – Spring 8

The torrential rain of the past few weeks has given way to sunshine and the blooming of flowers across the school. Spring is well and truly with us. It has been another very busy week here at Parkside where many classes have participated in a range of events and activities. Everyone took part in a forensic science workshop on Friday which challenged the children’s thinking about their scientific enquiry skills. Fifteen children from Year 6 took part in the Hertsmere  Annual Youth conference which is in its thirteenth year and learnt about the basic rudiments of the political process in a fun and engaging way which deepened their appreciation of British Values. Year 2 paid a visit to the Roman baths over in Welwyn on Thursday and had a great time learning about the ancient way of life and put their learning to good use by discovering new things about this fascinating civilisation. The next Friends of Parkside event takes place next week – the ever popular Popcorn night. The children in the Early Years and Key Stage one will watch Abominable and the film for children in Key Stage 2 will be decided on Monday. Tickets cost £3 and can be bought on the playground and at the school office. Please make every effort to support this event.

POPCORN  NIGHT – KEY STAGE 2 THURSDAY 12TH MARCH 3:30PM – 5:00PM
EYFS AND KEY STAGE 1 FRIDAY 13TH MARCH 3:30PM – 5:00PM

 

The word of the week is – CULF The loose feathers that come out of a mattress or cushion—and which “adhere to the clothes of any one who has lain upon it,” according to Wright. (Cornwall)

 

NURSERY APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 – 2021 – WE STILL HAVE PLACES IN OUR NURSERY FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 – 2021. PLEASE SPEAK TO A MEMBER OF THE OFFICE STAFF FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON FIRDAY 13TH MARCH

 

WELCOME TO MRS MATTHIOLE – Mrs Matthiole will take up her position as the school’s new Parental Engagement Officer on Monday. She will replace Mrs Toms who retired last Friday. Mrs Matthiole has worked across Hertfordshire for a number of years supporting children and families. She would like to meet with the parent/carer body at a coffee morning over the coming week, so please make every effort to make her feel welcome.

 

EVENTS AT PARKSIDE THIS WEEK – Year 6 at the Youth Conference at the local council offices

Year 2 at The Roman Baths in Welwyn

 

 

 

Science Workshops

 

 

 

 

CORONA VIRUS – We are all very concerned about this world wide epidemic and as a school we are following the guidelines that come directly from the Government. The most important ways we can stop the spread of any germs is to wash hands regularly, sneeze in to tissues and to discard them straight away. Please encourage your child to maintain good standards and levels of cleanliness and hygiene.

PLEASE REFER TO THE EMAIL THAT WAS SENT EARLIER TODAY FOR FURTHER UPDATES

 

PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCE – There were 36 sessions where children came to school late this week. One of the first things Mrs Matthiole will focus on in her new role as the school’s Parental Engagement Officer is to identify those families who struggle to bring their child in to school on time and to find ways to support them.

Congratulations to the children from 5 Cedar who had the best attendance this week with 97%

1Lime – 94.8%
1 Maple – 92.7%

2 Alder – 94. 4%
Willlow – 96.9%

3 Birch – 93.3%

4 Aspen – 96.2%
4 Rowan – 89.3%

5 Cedar –  97.0%
5 Cherry – 92.5%

6 Cherry – 92.4%
6 Oak- 95.2%

School – 93.9%
National Average – 96%

DIFFERENTIAL – 2.1%

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Shannon, Morgan, Megan, Matei, Soham, Emma, Hillary and Sonny who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate this week. Keep doing the right thing children.

Our Flyers this week were: Thomas, Harshil, Olivia, Kelvin, Bawan, Daniella and Tyler. May you continue to soar and reach your goals children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEKEND TUNEShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA3aKUwu-Dk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srhY5o-Zfog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxVjtb6ZBIE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHbliT3cckY

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARENT GOVERNOR – If you are interested in joining the governing body please speak to Mr Soyka about this exciting role. The governors have three core functions: setting the strategic direction • holding the headteacher to account for improving the school • ensuring financial health, probity and value for money.

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE SKILLS TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL IN THIS WAY PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH.

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 28th February 2020 – Spring 7

Welcome back to another half term. I  hope that you managed to get some rest after a very busy start to the Spring term. The children have had a very busy week which culminated in three events; a cross country race for Years 5 and 6, an all day Maths workshop for children in years 4 and 5 and the ever popular disco run by Marky Mark Entertainment. Standards continue to rise across the school as we continue to nurture and inspire the children. We have booked another exciting event for the children staff and families after the Easter holiday, further details will be released next week. Watch this space!!

 

The word of the week is – WEATHER-MOUTH A bright, sunny patch of sky on the horizon flanked by two dense banks of cloud is the weather-mouth.

 

LOST PROPERTY – We have a large amount of lost property at the moment which is always a concern. Please can you ensure that all items of clothing are labelled clearly with you child’s name on.

 

DISCO – Thank you to everyone who supported what has become a well established event on the Friends of Parkside calendar. Over 175 children attended the two discos Thursday evening which proves how popular the event has become. Just over £300 was raised and represented a great effort. Please continue to support the wonderful work of the Friends of Parkside. Their next meeting is on Thursday 5th March at 3:30pm in Mr Soyka’s Office. If you available why not pop in and join us.

 

TESCO’S BAGS OF HELP – The school computing project is still being promoted at the local Borehamwood Tesco’s, so when you have finished your shopping don’t forget to ask for a blue token and support a very worthwhile cause. It will run until MARCH 31ST.

 

FUTURE DATES – Click on the link for future dates this half term –
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/calendar/

 

MATHS WORKSHOP – A group of children from Year 3 and 4 took part in a brilliant workshop on Wednesday with five other local schools. They were supported by Mrs Taylor  as they were led through a series of activities which tested and challenged their knowledge about tangrams, problem solving and reasoning. Mr Hall (who was returning to run a second workshop here at Parkside) was very impressed by the children’s ability and the way the schools supported each other. Thank you to Mrs Taylor for organising this exciting event.

 

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 41 occasions where children turned up to school late this week. Despite the ongoing bad weather many families were on time for school this week. Please make every effort to leave enough time for your child to arrive on time.

Congratulations to 4 Aspen who had the best attendance this week with 98.3%!! Well done children keep this going.

1 Lime – 97.4%
1 Maple – 89.5%

2 Alder – 96.1%
2 Willow – 97.5%

3 Birch – 89.1%

4 Aspen – 98.3%
4 Rowan – 93.0%

5 Ash – 92.2%
5 Cedar – 97.1%

6 Cherry – 94.0%
6 Oak – 94.0%

TOTAL – 94.2%
National Average – 96%

 

NURSERY APPLICATION – WE STILL HAVE PLACES IN OUR NURSERY FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 – 2021. PLEASE SPEAK TO A MEMBER OF THE OFFICE STAFF FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE FRIDAY: Congratulations to Zakaria, Barney, Riley, Summer, Soham, Darius, Zane and Calum who shared a cup of hot chocolate with Mr Soyka today. It was a real pleasure spending time with you. Keep working hard.

 

 

 

Our Parkside Flyers this week were: Debora, Desara, Ela, Bianca, Antoni, Hannah, Daniella and Amelia. May you continue to follow your dreams children.

 

 

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAfqguL88tA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_krwh1oVwbY

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

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 14th February 2020 – Spring 5

We have reached the halfway point of the year and the promise of spring is in the air! After what seems like the longest half term of the year we arrive at a much needed half term break. The children have worked very hard through the year and have made good progress. There has been much to celebrate and a lot to look forward too. Our Family Learning Conferences took place this week and I hope that you had an opportunity to hear from your child’s class teacher about their progress. If you were unable to make an appointment to see them please make every effort to speak to them after school so that another appointment can be made. Have a lovely half term and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday week.

 

The word of the week is : HANSPER: Pain and stiffness felt in the legs after a long walk.

 

COUNTY REVIEW – Kelly Moss our Improvement Partner visited school a couple of weeks ago to carry out the Spring review of the school. She picked up on the themes of Absence and Punctuality and took a deep dive in to Computing. She was concerned about the overall levels of attendance and felt satisfied that whilst the school is doing everything it can to support families, levels of attendance must improve. Mrs Conway in the school office will be introducing Bronze Silver and Gold certificate awards for attendance and smaller certificates that children can put on their bags or pencil cases which display their overall attendance on a weekly basis.
The teaching of Computing was judged to be good but there are still areas we need to improve on as a school. Mrs Moss will continue to work with the school through the rest of the year to ensure standards remain high.

 

 

OFSTED REPORT – It is now official that we are a “GOOD” school. The report has now been published on the Ofsted website and can be found at the following link – https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50144552

 

 

MARKY MARK’S DISCO – This ever popular event takes place on the first week back after half term on THURSDAY 27th FEBRUARY.  Tickets will be priced at £3 per child and will include squash and a bag of popcorn. Tickets will be on sale before and after school from MONDAY 24th FEBRUARY. Please make every effort to support the event.

 

 

FUTURE DATES –  Click on the link for future dates for the next half term –  https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/calendar/

 

 

PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCE – There were 20 occasions when pupils were late to school this week. A vast improvement of late but still too high.

Congratulations to the children from 2 ALDER who had 100% attendance this week!! Amazing efforts children, let your attendance be an inspiration to everyone!

1 Lime – 90.4%

1 Maple – 95.5%

2 Alder – 100%

2 Willow – 98.8%

3 Birch – 95.8%

4 Aspen – 98.6%

4 Rowan – 96.7%

5 Cedar – 96.1%

5 Ash – 97.4%

6 Oak – 90.4%

6 Cherry – 93.6%

Total – 95.6%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS & HOT CHOCOLATE FRIDAY – Congratulations to Lorita, Katarina, Harshil, Yannis, Henry, Faith, Amy, Naheid and Ram who were this week’s Hot Chocolate winners. It was a pleasure to share a cup with you all.

This week’s Flyers were – Ava, Joel, Elisa, Harvey,Jodie, Lillie, Brigitta, Hatice and Yurdal. May you continue to soar children and reach for the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HALF TERM VALENTINES TUNES – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r88uPqTz_k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cQURXodc4c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbXjzr6_2aA

 

HAVE A LOVELY HALF TERM AND SEE YOU ALL ON MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 31st January 2020 – Spring 4

It’s official – we are a GOOD school. As a community we should feel very proud of the achievement. The children and staff have worked incredibly hard over the past 27 months despite the many changes that have taken place. We are heading in the right direction and must continue to build on this wonderful result. I must offer a personal note of thanks to the parents and carers who have remained loyal to the school since the last inspection. You continued to  trust the leadership and more importantly the teaching. The large numbers of you who came to last night’s Talent Show was testament to that. To be judged GOOD in the four areas the school was inspected under demonstrates that whilst changes needed to happen they were fully vindicated.  We sail forward on our journey from GOOD to OUTSTANDING. Please continue to support the school in everything we do.

 

The word of the week is – FLENCH: When the weather looks like it’s going to improve but it never does, then it’s flenched!

 

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – Mrs Toms has asked me to highlight that next week is Children’s Mental Health Week.

Next week signals Children’s Mental Health Week which is to focus on the importance of looking after our emotional wellbeing from an early age.This year’s theme is  Find your Brave. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, it can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself. 
 
PSHE sessions will focus on ‘Finding your Brave’ as we try to promote the importance of our own emotional wellbeing and for our children.
 
THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY is ‘Inside Out Day’  when we’re asking children and staff to wear an item of clothing ‘Inside Out’ as a way of making us all stop and think about how someone may look OK on the outside but inside they might be feeling sad or worried.
 
There is an optional donation of £1 which will be forwarded to IFUCARESHARE
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SUPPORT THIS EXCELLENT CHARITY
HERTFORDSHIRE IMPROVEMENT PARTNER VISIT – On Monday we welcome Mrs Kelly Moss our Improvement Partner to school. The focus of her visit will follow on from the recent Ofsted inspection and she will carry out a spotlight activity on the way school deals with the ongoing issue of punctuality and lateness. She will look at the different ways the school supports and challenges families with these two important areas of school life. We look forward to learning how we can address and improve our current systems to help raise the level of attendance and reduce the number of families who are persistently late.
FAMILY LEARNING CONFERENCES (formerly TEACHER / PARENT CONSULTATIONS) TAKE PLACE ON 12TH AND 13TH OF FEBRUARY. PLEASE BE SURE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE THROUGH THE TEACHERS TO PARENTS APP.
PARENT / CARER GOVERNOR – We have 2 vacancies on the Governing Body for Parent /Carer governors. If you are interested in the role please make an appointment through the school office to discuss the opportunity further. For further information about the role please click the link.
FUTURE DATES – Please click the link for future events and dates https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/calendar/

 

 

TALENT SHOW – We all had a wonderful evening on Friday as many of our children took to the stage to sing, dance, perform gymnastic routines or recite poems and stories. Judging by the large numbers of you who turned up to support this event it proved once again to be very popular. Our thanks must go to the members of the Parents and Friends Association and the staff for running the event especially the refreshments! As the inspection report says: ” Pupils enjoy school. There is a real community feeling to the school.” On to the next event!

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO CATCH UP ON ALL THE LATEST NEWS AT THE FOLLOWING PLACES:

https://twitter.com/home?lang=en-gb

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/latest-news/

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY – There were 34 occasion where children were late to school this week. This figure is still too high.

Reception Fir – 86.5%
Reception Pine – 96.0%

1 Lime – 85.2%
1 Maple – 91.7%

2 Alder – 96.7%
2 Willow – 88.8%

3 Birch -91.8%

4 Aspen – 97.2%
4 Rowan – 84.8%

5 Ash – 90.9%
5 Cedar – 90.9%

6 Cherry 97.6%
6 Oak – 88.0%

School Total for the Week – 91.3%
National Average 96.0%

Congratulations to the children from 6 Cherry who had the best attendance this week with 97.6%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Amber, Kwadjo, Holly, Henry, George, Ajla, Zane and Daniel who were this week’s Flyer and Leo, Elisa, Layth, Michael, Abena, Thei, Elijah and Zubeida who will enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with Mr Soyka next week.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ZiNpNtGnQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6p5P2X8cbA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNqa8go0fXc

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 24th January 2020 – Spring 3

Life returned to normal once again after last week’s Ofsted inspection. The wheels of education never stop turning and we look to the next event on the calendar. Our improvement partner visits school on Monday 3rd February and will look at how the school deals with and supports families with attendance and punctuality. She will monitor our processes and procedures and speak with staff about what we undertake and do as a school to improve the rates of attendance. It is a very important area for development for the school moving forward. Whilst it has been an historic area of challenge we must address it once again with support from the county.  We look forward to seeing the acts at this year’s Talent Show which takes place on Friday 31st January from 4:30pm. Please make every effort to attend. Tickets are on sale after school from member of the PFA or via the school office. Pizzas and other refreshments will be available.

 

The word of the week is – PARWHOBBLE – to monopolise a conversation!

 

GIRLS ‘ FOOTBALL – Our girls’ football team took part in a 32 team competition at the Watford Training ground at London Colney on Friday and were cheered on by Mr Wanless and Mr Honour. They acquitted themselves very well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Please click for a write up about the event.
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/parkside-at-the-dome/
https://twitter.com/home?lang=en-gb

TALENT SHOW –  –  This wonderful event takes place on FRIDAY 31st JANUARY between 4:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are priced at £3 and can be purchased through the school office or after school on the playground. If this year’s show is as good as last year’s it will be another spectacular event. Refreshments will be provided for all.

 

 

PE KITS – Please click to read an important letter that was sent to all parents/carers regarding PE Kits. PE is a very important subject on the school curriculum. All children are expected to participate (unless they are ill) and wear the correct kit. Please ensure that your child brings the correct kit in to school on the day that they do PE. Thank you.
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/letter-about-pe-kits/

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 40 occasions where children turned up late to school this week. Please make sure you are on time for school it affects your child’s education dramatically if they are late.

Reception Fir – 77.6%
Reception Pine – 87.3%
1 Lime – 95.2%
1 Maple – 94.8%
2 Alder – 98.9%
2 Willow – 91.9%
3 Birch – 99.4%
4 Aspen – 96.6%
4 Rowan – 90.7%
5 Ash – 94.3%
5 Cedar – 90.9%
6 Cherry – 98.0%
6 Oak – 92.4%

Overall  – 93.6%
National Expectation – 96%

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHILDREN FROM 3 BIRCH WHO HAD THE BEST ATTENDANCE THIS WEEK!!

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS + HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Mikaela’Rose, Jaliyah, Selena, Brody, Haiyder, Jaydon, Kayla, Bianca, Yilmaz and Leo who enjoyed a hot chocolate with Mr Soyka on Tuesday.

Our Parkside Flyers this week were – Bobby, Sonny, Miriam, Hunni-Marie, Kermani, Niti,Kelvin, Thei Leona and Reece.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPLhTzq-TpY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcuMsZaisdo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhOyhK48lxs

 

 

HAVE A LOVE LY WEEKEND!!