Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 27th November 2020 – Autumn 11

THERE HAS BEEN 1 CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

After a very challenging couple of weeks we welcome the children and staff in Nursery, Reception and Year 6 back to school on Monday. We have managed to remain open despite the many difficulties we have had to face which goes to show how resilient we are as a school. I would like to thank the staff for the tireless efforts they have gone to to ensure that certain year groups managed to stay open. As the Christmas period starts once again we have good reason to enjoy a special time of year. Tomorrow sees the delivery of our annual Christmas tree and we ask that you send in your hand crafted decorations so that they can be hung on the tree. The children are working hard to learn their lines for their forthcoming Christmas concerts which always means the end of term is looming. All concerts and carol services will be filmed this year and embedded on the school website for everyone to enjoy. Please remember to send your child to school in a warm coat as the cold weather draws in.

 

 

The word of the week is – ZWODDER – A drowsy state of body or mind.

 

 

REDUCTION OF THE SCHOOL’S PUBLISHED ADMISSION NUMBER – This week we received confirmation that the office of the School’s Official Adjudicator agreed to reduce the school’s Published Admissions Number from 60 down to 30. This will take effect from September 2021. Parkside Community Primary School will therefore be take one form of 30 children from September 2021. This will not affect any other year group. 

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHIDLREN’S WORK

 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE – The good folk at Aylett’s Nursery in St Albans have donated this year’s Christmas tree. As you can see from the picture below it’s a lovely size and will go well in the main corridor that leads from the school hall to the staffroom. Please send in your decorations over the next couple of weeks so that the children can really begin to enjoy the tree.

 

 

SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS – The government’s COVID-19 Winter package sets out how schools will be able to help those families who receive Universal and Free School Meals over the Christmas period and February half term. Further information about this very important initiative will be sent out next early next week. If you are entitled or think that you may be entitled to a free school meal please click the following link: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

HERTSHELP – Families who do not qualify for Free School Meals but are worried about their finances or having enough food this winter can contact Hertshelp via email  – info@hertshelp.net or call 0300 123 4044 or visit www.hertshelp.net

 

 

WORK FOR YEAR 2 WILL CONTINUE TO BE SET ON LINE FOR THE NEXT WEEK. IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS THE WORK PACKS OF WORK CAN BE COLLECTED FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE 

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS – Children are welcome to write Christmas cards for their friends but they will go in to  a 72 hour ‘quarantine period’ before they are distributed in accordance with government and county guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE – ALL CHRISTMAS CARDS MUST BE BROUGHT IN TO SCHOOL BY
FRIDAY 11th DECEMBER TO BE DISTRIBUTED ON TUESDAY 15th AND WEDNESDAY 16th OF DECEMBER

 

 

SOCIAL  MEDIA – Mr Wanless does a fantastic job of keeping the school community up to date with the latest happenings at Parkside. Click on the link for the latest updates on the school’s Twitter page and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – @headparkside – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/social-wall/

The school also has a Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/parksideschool

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Michael, Dea, Sky, Thomas, Fernanda, and Runiya who were this week’s flyer. Keep soaring high and reaching for the sky children. Aspiration is everything.

McKenzie, Wiktoria, Zakariah and Rut all enjoyed a lovely cup of hot chocolate with myself on Friday afternoon. It was a lovely experience and I learnt a great deal about their learning which I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 

DATES FOR THE REST OF TERM – Please click on the link for the dates for the rest of the term. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/diary-dates-autumn-term-2019/

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX1XSOzDPik

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylXk1LBvIqU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGGFpm65d5Q&list=OLAK5uy_n3AXeuKcHjA9a7916caa7UnCTnqsnDPtk&index=2

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 20th November 2020 – Autumn 10

THERE WAS 1 CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

I want to start this week’s newsletter by offering you an apology. The unprecendented challenges the school has faced this week that led to the closure of five year groups and the subsequent challenges and demands it has placed on you all as families has been huge. The inconvenience the closure has caused in terms of child care arrangements and changes to work patterns has also been another hurdle that was placed in your way. And for this I am very sorry. Meetings with parents / carers will now take place on line and face to face meetings kept to a minimum. We have to mitigate risk as much as possible and by keeping face to face contact to a minimum we are in a far stronger position to combat the fight against the virus. Thank you to everyone who managed to keep two year groups open. I look forward to returning to school next week and seeing you all.

 

 

The word of the week is – SPINKIE-DEN – A woodland clearing full of flowers. (Scots)

 

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS – We are currently in the process of organising a food pack to be delivered to your home address through Morrisons PLC. These packs would be sent out as a replacement to your child receiving a free school meal at school and would be ordered during periods of Covid related school closure lasting a week or more or if your child is required to self isolate due to bubble closures. The food packs replace the current provision of collecting a lunch from school each day and do not extend to school holiday times. If you would like to receive a food pack for your child during covid related school closures or periods of self isolation please use the link below to fill out the consent form.
https://forms.gle/HNPexrN4MzEqKFzW8

PLEASE NOTE YOU SHOULD ONLY APPLY FOR THIS INITIATIVE IF YOU ARE IN RECEIPT OF BENEFIT FREE SCHOOL MEALS

If you think that you are entitled to a free school meal please click the link to complete the application form.
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS – Over the past two years the children have really enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree that lives on the main corridor from the hall that leads to the Year 2 classes. We will buy a tree in the next week and look forward to the children sending in their decorations.

 

 

 

WORK ON LINE – Teachers in the Nursery, Reception and Year 6 will continue to put work on line for the children over the next week. Please check your child’s class page for the daily activities.

 

 

 

SOCIAL  MEDIA – Mr Wanless does a fantastic job of keeping the school community up to date with the latest happenings at Parkside. Click on the link for the latest updates on the school’s Twitter page and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – @headparkside – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/social-wall/

The school also has a Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/parksideschool

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFOKc4Ppe9M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6lvSlnd4JI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmStlUk8dKE

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND PLEASE REMEMBER YEARS 1 2 3 4 & 5 RETURN TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 13th November – Autumn 9

THERE HAVE BEEN 2 CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

Two reported cases of Coronavirus were reported at school this week and the necessary measures and precautions were taken to ensure everyone’s continued safety. We closed the Year 5 bubble as soon as we heard that a confirmed case had been reported and reviewed our procedures to ensure everything we needed in place. This was confirmed by a visit from representatives from the Health and Safety Executive today. School is still the safest place for the children and it is my duty to remind you all that even though we are in the midst of a global pandemic there is a legal requirement for parents and carers to send their child to school. My thanks must be extended to the children and staff who continue to follow the guidelines set out in our Risk Assessment and through government updates. On Tuesday we had a visit from the school’s improvement partner. She was very complimentary about the hard work everyone has done to make sure that the children and staff remain safe and the standards that are being achieved by the children. It is a testament to our vision that through inspiration and nurture we are helping children relise a brighter future. Please continue to support the school in all that we do.

 

 

The word of the week is – BANG-A-BONK – It might not look like it, but this is a verb meaning “to sit lazily on a riverbank.” (Gloucestershire)

 

 

CONDUCT – Many of you are incredibly suportive of the school and abide by the rules we have in place that teach the children about the importance of  tolerance and respect. On too many occasions recently I have had to speak to parents / carers about their conduct, whether it is about their driving / parking habits, the way they conduct themselves in public or the way they speak to staff. If we want the best for our children it is our responsibility as adults to be the best example we can be. Parents / carers are their children’s first educators and have a responsibility to make sure they become responsible citizens of tomorrow. Please remember this when, you drop your child to school, speak to a member of staff or on your travels in and around the local area. Thank you.

 

 

CHILDREN IN NEED – Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to this fantastic charity. It always amazes me how quick times passes by because this time last year the children were on the live television show as part of the schools’ choir.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES – The school website has a dedicated page to any updates, risk assessments or letters that have been sent to families regarding Coronovirus. If you are unsure about anything regarding our procedures please click on the link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/covid-19/

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Stefan ,Thomas ,Triya, Wesley, Angela, Lily, and Odin
who were this week’s flyer. Keep soaring high and reaching for the sky children. Aspiration is everything.

 

 

DATES FOR THE REST OF TERM – Please click on the link for the dates for the rest of the term. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/diary-dates-autumn-term-2019/

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 11 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 14 occasions.  This is a decrease of 13 late arrivals which is a great improvement from last week. Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time. LET’S REALLY TRY AND MAKE NEXT WEEK THE WEEK WHERE WE HAVE NO CHILD COMING LATE TO SCHOOL!

Congratulations to  6 CHERRY who had the best attendance this week with 98.2. Please keep this going!!

Reception Fir – 90%
Reception Pine – 85.2%

1 Lime – 90%
1 Maple – 96.3%

2 Alder – 96.2%
2 Willow – 95.4%

3 Birch – 91.6%
4 Aspen – 93.4%

5 Ash – %
5 Cedar – %

6 Cherry – 98.2%
6 Oak – 97.7%

School Total for the week – 94%
School Total for the term – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYSK4Y2kgkM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu9Xg2dh33M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLcKmOwRk_c

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 6th November 2020 – Autumn 8

THERE WAS 1 CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS RECORDED OVER THE HALF TERM HOLIDAY  AND NO CONFIRMED CASES THIS WEEK.

After a very long first half term of the year and much needed break school resumed once again this week. The first round of lesson observations / study  were completed at the end of last term. Mrs Taylor and myself were very impressed with the overall quality of the teaching and learning that took place in all classes. The children have returned to school and are working hard to develop their knowledge and skills across a range of subjects which they are translating in to their learning. Late last term I wrote to you about submitting a request to the office of the Schools Official Adjudicator to reduce the school’s Published Admissions Number from 60 down to 30.  This has now been done. We won’t know the outcome regarding the decision for a number of weeks. I will keep you all informed as and when I receive any further information. For further information please click on the link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Letter-to-Parents-Carers-Reduction-of-PAN.pdf
Please continue to support the school in all that we do.

 

 

BURST WATER MAIN – On the very rare occasion when we experience a crisis we will always inform you of the measures we will take to reduce any absences or difficulties you may face as a family. If you are a use of Facebook or Twitter regular posts will be uploaded onto the school’s feeds and we will update our school website as necessary. Please do everything you can to make sure that your child attends school unless otherwise instructed.

 

 

The word of the week is – PADDY-NODDY – a long and tedious story (Lincolnshire)

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – On Monday I will write to you regarding the changes that we have had to make in light of the government’s second lockdown. An updated risk assessment will be uploaded on to the school website over the weekend. Any new changes will be highlighted in GREENPlease be sure to read the document carefully and be familiar with its content as we continue our fight against the virus.

Many of you will still be feeling anxious and unsure about the current pandemic we continue to lvoe through. I want to reassure you all that not only have we made sure that the school is a safe and happy place for your child, the best place for them to be is in a happy, learning environent with friends. If for any reaosn you are worried about the ongoing situation I ask that you call the school office to make an appointment to speak with me.

 

 

FOODBANK DONATIONS – Thank you to everyone who made a donation to our Harvest festival, we were overwhelmed by your generosity. Mrs Mattholie and Mr Honour took all your donations to the Borehamwood Foodbank on  Monday and they were gratefully received. Please continue to support the school in all that we do. Click on the link for a lovely thank you from the foodbank representatives.

Foodbank Harvest Thank you – 05.11.20 

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 17 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 27 occasions.  Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time. LET’S REALLY TRY AND MAKE NEXT WEEK THE WEEK WHERE WE HAVE NO CHILD COMING LATE TO SCHOOL!

Congratulations to  2 WILLOW who had the best attendance this week with 99.5%  . Please keep this going!!

Reception Fir – 89.8%
Reception Pine – 92.7%

1 Lime – 91.9%
1 Maple – 96.3%

2 Alder – 90.0%
2 Willow – 99.5%

3 Birch – 97.7%
4 Aspen – 89.7%

5 Ash – 98.1%
5 Cedar – 97.5%

6 Cherry – 97.5%
6 Oak – 96.4%

School Total for the week –  95%
School Total for the term – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Ellie, Erdal, Lincoln, Valery, Saffya, Leonardo, Harshil, Maya, Summer, Soham, Theo and Rio who were this week’s flyer. Keep soraing high and reaching for the sky children. Aspitation is everything.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MReDjx1FIaE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7mx8dDO3AQ

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND! 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 16th October 2020 – Autumn 7

THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

Another positive visit from our Maths adviser, lesson study and observations, preparations for parent/carer teacher consultations, laying plans for an outdoor gym, improved attendance and punctuality and vastly improved attitudes towards parking and road sense have made it a very successful week.  We head in to the last week of the half term knowing that the start of the academic year has been very positive and the children continue to produce some very good work.  As parts of the country move to Tier 2 over the weekend, it is more important than ever that we remain vigilant in combating the spread of Coronavirus. Please adhere to the strict guidelines that are in place to protect everyone and we ask that you keep supporting the school in all that we are doing to give your child the best education we can.

 

 

The word of the week is – SOUGH -make a moaning, whistling, or rushing sound – “the soughing of the wind in the canopy of branches”

 

 

PARENT/CARER – TEACHER CONSULTATIONS – These very important meetings take place next week – Wednesday 21st October 3:30pm – 5:30pm and on Thursday 22nd October 3:30pm – 7:00pm. All appointments must be booked on the Teachers2Parents app and meetings will take place using Zoom. Historically there have been a number of parents/carers who don’t make an appointment to meet with their child’s class teacher. I can not stress highly enough, especially during these challenging times, the importance of making an appointment. Further details can be found by clicking: https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Parent-Carer-Consultation-October-2020.pdf

 

 

NON UNIFORM DAY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN ITEM FOR HARVEST FESTIVALFRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER – We would like the children to come to school next Friday in their own clothes in exchange for an item of food to support the school’s Harvest Festival. All donations will be delivered to the Borehamwood Food bank. We are able to receive non perishable goods such as; tins of soup, pasta, cakes, biscuits and food in jars. Historically, you have been very supportive of this initiative and we hope that you will continue to be as generous this year.

 

 

SCHOOL LUNCHES – All year groups  have the option of taking a hot meal at lunch times. The new service in Key Stage 2 is going well and the children are enjoying eating their lunches in a calm and relaxed environment. The current arrangements will continue in to next half term and will be reviewed in the new year. If you wish for your child to have a hot meal please to speak to a member of staff in the office.

 

 

DATES FOR THE REST OF THE TERM – Please click on the link for important dates for the rest of the term.
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Parkside-dates-for-Parents-Autumn-2020-.pdf

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 9 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 15 occasions. This is a DECREASE of  8 occasions this week. Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time. LET’S REALLY TRY AND MAKE NEXT WEEK THE WEEK WHERE WE HAVE NO CHILD COMING LATE TO SCHOOL!

Congratulations to  5 CEDAR who had the best attendance this week with  100%. Please keep this going!!

Nursery Hazel – 84.3  %
Reception Fir – 94.1%
Reception Pine – 97.8%

1 Lime – 100%
1 Maple – 98.7%

2 Alder – 99.4%
2 Willow – 96.5%

3 Birch – 96.3%
4 Aspen – 94%

5 Ash – 96.3%
5 Cedar – 100%

6 Cherry – 91.2%
6 Oak – 94%

School Total for the week –  96%
School Total for the term – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Damian, Patrick, Daisy, Wiktoria, Poppy, Daisy, Naima, Amelia, Finley, Kayla, Yaren and Remel who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for demonstrating our values and working hard to have such a positive week.

I enjoyed sharing a cup of hot chocolate this afternoon with  Daisy, Harley, Daisy and Alfie.  Thank you children for upholding our school values. We are very proud of you.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjjtUl7w4ZU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kltz2-ofQ8E

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

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 9th October – Autumn 6

THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES OF CORONA VIRUS THIS WEEK AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Another week passes by and so much has taken place. We have had visits from our Maths and English advisers on Monday and Wednesday and they were very impressed with the children’s learning and teachers’ understanding of their needs. Mrs Conley and Mrs Taylor carried out a learning walk  on Friday morning and were encouraged by the way teachers are structuring learning in every year group so that no opportunity is wasted for children to develop. Everyone went to great efforts to wear yellow on Friday in support of Young Minds. The school was awash with colour which lifted everyone’s spirits. Lesson studies have also taken place this week. The quality of education teachers and leaders are providing has really helped the children’s confidence to grow ever since they returned to school last month. There is a lovely feeling of togetherness at school, something we will continue to build on through the year.

 

 

The word of the week is – DAUNCY – If someone looks noticeably unwell, then they’re dauncy. Originally an Irish and northern English word, this eventually spread into colloquial American English in the 19th century. (Ireland)

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA – You can catch up on the latest events and happenings at Parkside by clicking on the following link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/social-wall/
Don’t forget to follow the school on Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004375037530

 

 

I HAVE ADDED THIS SECTION OF THE NEWSLETTER FOR A SECOND WEEK 


PARKING – The new systems and protocols we have had to introduce since the beginning of term have regarding the dropping off and collection of your child have proved to be working well. The only difficulty we continue to experience is parking. I continue to receive complaints from neighbours about the way some parents / carers have a disregard for the safety of the children and the rules of the road because of the way they drive. There have been numerous occasions where I have seen parents / carers doing a u turn in the middle of Aycliffe and Allerton Road once they have dropped their child off at the school gate. I have also witnessed many cars double parking outside the school gate blocking oncoming and other traffic which is very inconsiderate. I urge you all to consider the safety of the children and their families first thing in the morning and when you collect your child after school. Please adhere to the following guidance:

  • Always find a safe place to park – this could mean that you may have to walk your child to the school gates
  • Never double park on Aycliffe or Allerton Road because it stops the flow of traffic
  • Use the mini round about at the top of Aycliffe Road to turn your car round
  • If you need to turn your car round on Allerton Road please do this on Berwick Road
  • Never stop and park your car outside the school gates
  • Never park across a dropped kerb or block a driveway

I have written to the county council this week to explain the issues we continue to experience with parking.  I will inform you once they have responded to my concerns with their decision. 

 

 

DATES FOR THE REST OF THE TERM – Please click on the link for important dates for the rest of the term.
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Parkside-dates-for-Parents-Autumn-2020-.pdf

 

 

PARENT / CARER CONSULTATIONS – We will send out information regarding these important meetings early next week. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions parents and carers are not permitted on to the school grounds, as a result these meetings will take place via ZOOM or phonecalls.

 

 

PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT OFFICER – If for any reason you are experiencing difficulty in any way the school is here to help you. Mrs Mattholie our Parental Engagement Officer is always here to lend a hand, offer an ear or signpost you to different services should you need help. Please ring the school office to make an appointment to meet with her or send her an email.

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 19 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 23 occasions. This is a DECREASE of 5 occasions this week. Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time.

Congratulations to 1MAPLE who had the best attendance this week with  99%. Please keep this going!!

Nursery Hazel – 92.1 %
Reception Fir – 97.3%
Reception Pine – 94%

1 Lime – 88%
1 Maple – 99%

2 Alder – 92%
2 Willow – 94%

3 Birch – 93%
4 Aspen – 94%

5 Ash – 93%
5 Cedar – 96%

6 Cherry – 94%
6 Oak – 96%

School Total for the week –  94%
School Total for the term93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Luke, Sia, Philip, Selena, Helena, Denilson, Megan, Niti, Lyssa, Demi-May, Brigitta and Amy who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for demonstrating our values and starting the school year in such a positive way.

I enjoyed sharing a cup of hot chocolate this afternoon with Anastasia and Wesley.  Thank you children for upholding our school values. We are very proud of you.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rCgM07uzq4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsH4URIWNRE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEf1hR6NBJ4

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 2nd October – Autumn 5

THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES OF CORONA VIRUS THIS WEEK AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

The wet weather has well and truly arrived and the taste of autumn is in the air but that didn’t affect the mood in school this week. Mrs Taylor and myself were very impressed by the positive attitudes the children demonstrated towards their learning this week. We were also encouraged by the level of challenge the teachers had planned for them on our Learning Walk on Wednesday morning. The children spoke confidently about their learning and were incredibly focused during lessons.  Our Early years Adviser was also impressed by the way our children in Nursery and Reception classes have settled well in to their routines and have really enjoyed their start to their education. Mrs Conley has written her first termly newsletter which has been uploaded on the school website and can be found by clicking the link –   https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SEN-Newsletter-Autumn-2020.pdf   This will become a regular feature over the next year and will signpost parents / carers to different agencies for advice and offer tips and guidance for those of you whose children may need that extra support. Please keep supporting the school in all that we do and please share the good news about Parkside with your friends and family.

 

 

The word of the week is – EEDLE-DODDLE – To show no initiative in a crisis. (Scots)

 

 

PARKING – The new systems and protocols we have had to introduce since the beginning of term have regarding the dropping off and collection of your child have proved to be working well. The only difficulty we continue to experience is parking. I continue to receive complaints from neighbours about the way some parents / carers have a disregard for the safety of the children and the rules of the road because of the way they drive. There have been numerous occasions where I have seen parents / carers doing a u turn in the middle of Aycliffe and Allerton Road once they have dropped their child off at the school gate. I have also witnessed many cars double parking outside the school gate blocking oncoming and other traffic which is very inconsiderate. I urge you all to consider the safety of the children and their families first thing in the morning and when you collect your child after school. Please adhere to the following guidance:

  • Always find a safe place to park – this could mean that you may have to walk your child to the school gates
  • Never double park on Aycliffe or Allerton Road because it stops the flow of traffic
  • Use the mini round about at the top of Aycliffe Road to turn your car round
  • If you need to turn your car round on Allerton Road please do this on Berwick Road
  • Never stop and park your car outside the school gates

 

 

SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION – In response to the consultation that was held earlier in the month we have updated the school’s website to reflect the requests made by parents and carers. By clicking the link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/sre/ you will find the SRE policy, an overview of the scheme of work the school uses to teach this important subject and a Frequently Asked Questions information sheet. If you have any further enquiries please contact the school office who will pass your concerns on to me.

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Jaida, Petar, Leo, Eldon, Halle, Harvey, Brody, Dylan, Harry, Naheid and Hannah who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for demonstrating our values and starting the school year in such a positive way.

I enjoyed sharing a cup of hot chocolate this afternoon with K’Asia, Jack and Christabel. Thank you children for upholding our school values. We are very proud of you.

 

 

DATES FOR THE REST OF THE TERM – Please click on the link for important dates for the rest of the term. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Parkside-dates-for-Parents-Autumn-2020-.pdf

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 15 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 28 occasions. Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time.

Congratulations to 1 Maple who had the best attendance this week with 97.5%. Please keep this going!!

Nursery Hazel – 88%
Reception Fir – 96.7%
Reception Pine – 98.6%

1 Lime – 94.4%
1 Maple – 97.5%

2 Alder – 88%
2 Willow – 88.4%

3 Birch – 97.1%
4 Aspen – 89.0%

5 Ash – 96.7%
5 Cedar – 90.3%

6 Cherry – 96.4%
6 Oak – 96.8%

School Total for the week –  94%
School Total for the term93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaQWOne1sfo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMUV8CgoWog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAiOjxkCS0g

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 25th September 2020 – Autumn 4

THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

It seems as if autumn has well and truly arrived now that Tuesdays’ equinox passed unannounced and sloped off in to the midst of time. It is very important to remember that as the days shorten and the nights lengthen, we do all we can stay fit and healthy. Hot dinners started again this week for the younger children and over the coming weeks will be rolled out across the school. We are in negotiations with Herts Cater Link about loaning of equipment whilst Vicky our cook will meet with myself and other senior leaders to discuss the logistics of serving 200 dinners across two buildings. Further details to follow. Please remember to keep fit and well over the months ahead as the cold weather takes hold. It is imperative that your child comes to school every day and on time. If you are experiencing difficulties we are always here to help in any way that we can.

 

 

The word of the week is – JARGOGLE – to confuse or jumble.

 

 

MEET THE TEACHER MEETINGS – Due to the current level of restrictions that have been placed on all schools we invite you all to look through the relevant slides on your child’s respective class pages. If you have any questions that you would like to ask your child’s class teacher please do send them an email and they will respond within 72 hours on receiving it.

Nursery Class – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/meet-the-teacher-nursery-hazel/
Reception Classes – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/meet-the-teacher-reception-fir-and-pine/
Year 1 – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/meet-the-teacher-5/
Year 2 – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/meet-the-teacher-6/
Year 3 – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/meet-the-teacher/
Year 4 – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/meet-the-teacher-2/
Year 5 – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/meet-the-teacher-3/
Year 6 – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/meet-the-teacher-4/

 

 

DISMISSAL FOR RECEPTION CHILDRENFrom Monday 28th September children in Reception classes need to be collected at 3:00pm from the gate that leads to school office   on Aycliffe Road. We have made the change to avoid any unnecessary congestion and potential dangers that could happen due to the large number of children who are collected at 3:15pm from gates on Aycliffe Road.

 

 

HOT MEALS – From Monday 28th September children in the Early Years and Years 1 and 2 will be able to take a hot meal once again. Vicky our cook has worked very hard to make sure that the ordering of food will be ready and the organisation and delivery will go smoothly. We are hoping that children in Key Stage 2 will be ready to take hot meals once again from Monday 12th October or sooner if arrangements can be in place before hand. Thank you for your patience with this important matter.

 

 

PUNCTUALITY AND LATENESS – There were 22 occasion when children were late to school this week. This is a decrease of 1 occasion from last week.

Congratulations to the children from Year 6 Cherry who has the best attendance this week with 98.1%

Year 1 Lime – 92.5%
Year 1 Maple – 95%

Year 2 Alder – 95.9%
Year 2 Willow – 87.5%

Year 3 Birch – 93.5%
Year 4 Aspen – 90.6%

Year 5 Ash – 93.1%
Year 5 Cedar – 94%

Year 6 Cherry – 98.1%
Year 6 Oak – 94.7%

% FOR WHOLE SCHOOL93.4%
NATIONAL AVERAGE –  96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Lilah, Mackenzie, Daisy, Bentleigh, Helena, Ela Finley, Jodie, Faye and Zane who were this week’s Parkside Flyers. Keep reaching for the skies children.

It was lovely to share a cup of social distance hot chocolate with Christabel, K’Asia and Michael on Friday afternoon. Thank you children for upholding our school values.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDRF0U2bthA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrh5kaWfyMQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQmy0pbrGXY

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 18th September – Autumn 3

The warm weather has been a  welcome blessing this week and the children have produced some fantastic pieces of work. Please go to our school twitter account – @headparkside – to see the children’s work.  Routines continue to be established and the children have adaped to them incredibly well. Mrs Taylor and myself will drop in to classes this week to see how well the children and staff are doing.  The school photographer comes to school this week on Thursday to take the children’s individual photographs. Please make sure that your child comes to school in full school uniform. This week’s attendance was 94.1% and national average is 95%. During these very difficult times it is more important then ever to send your child to school every day.

 

The word of the week is – CRUM-A-GRACKLE – Any awkward or difficult situation. (SW England)

 

SOCIAL  MEDIA – Mr Wanless works incredibly hard to keep the commuinty up to date with the latest news and going ons at school. Please follow the school on Twitter at the handle @headparkside and on Facebook.

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY – Congratulations to children from Nursery, Reception Pine, 3 Birch adn 5 Ash who all had 100% attendance this week. Thank you children, parents and carers of these 4 classes for upholding one of our Parkside values.

Nursery Hazel – 100%

Reception Fir – 88.2%
Reception Pine – 100%

1 Lime – 93.3%
1 Maple – 96.7%

2 Alder – 95%
2 Willow – 90%

3 Birch – 100%
4 Aspen – 93.9%

5 Ash – 100%
5 Cedar – 95.8%

6 Cherry – 95.5%
6 Oak – 95.5%

School Total – 94.1%
National Average – 95.6%

There were 23 occasions children turned up late to school this week. We are doing everything we can to support fmailies during this most difficult of times. Please make sure that you do everything you can to be on time for school. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT GATES ARE OPEN FROM 8:30am EVERYDAY AND SPACES ARE AVAILABLE AT BREAKFAST CLUB.

 

Diary Dates – Monday 21st September – Watford FC in to school to work with Year 3 and 4
Thursday 24th September – School photographer in to school to take individual photographs

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=richard+hawley+ride+the+long+black+train

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xqj3tL_eYw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9Zm07aaXsE

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th September 2020 – Autumn 2

The first full week of term has been very challenging adapting to new systems and protocols but everyone has coped very well. The children have adapted very quickly to the changes and we are all very proud of them. The system for collecting your child at the end of the day has changed quite a lot since we have returned and we are confident that the one that we have in place currently is working well. It is vital that you collect your child and leave with them as soon as they have been returned to you to keep the flow of people moving. If you stand around and by the gates it stops others from collecting their child. Please support the school with this very important issue. We hope to invite you to our assemblies over the coming weeks via ZOOM. Further details to follow.

 

The word of the week is – YAWMAGORP – A yawm is a yawn, and a gorp is a mouth. So a yawmagorp is  someone who seems constantly to be yawning and stretching wearily. (Yorkshire)

 

 

COLLECTION AT THE END OF THE DAY – We have been impressed as a school by the large numbers of parents and carers who are maintaining social distancing and waiting patiently (in line) to collect their child after school. There have been a number of changes to the procedures since we returned last week but the system we have in place will remain for the foreseeable future. I want to draw your attention to the following:

 

NURSERY
Nursery parents and carers must line up on the white dots to the right of the main gate that leads up to the school office. Your child should  be dropped off and collected at this gate.

RECEPTION
Reception parents and carers must line up on the white dots to the right of the main gate that leads up to the school office. Your child should be dropped off and collected at this gate.

YEAR 1
Year 1 parents and carers must line up on the path that leads to the outdoor area in Year 1 at the end of the day and enter and exit via the pedestrian gate next to the double gates that lead in to the car park.

PLEASE NOTE FROM MONDAY 14th SEPTEMBER ALL PARENTS AND CARERS MUST WEAR MASKS WHEN THEY ENTER THE SCHOOL SITE. THIS IS FOR ONLY YEAR 1 PARENTS AND CARERS

YEAR 2
Year 2 parents and carers must wait on the white dots to the left of the double gates that lead in to the playground on Aycliffe Road.

 

ALLERTON ROAD – COLLECTION POINTS FOR YEARS 3 – 6
Parents and carers in Year 3 to 6 must wait on the white dots that lead to the gate on Allerton Road at their respsective times.

  • PLEASE NOTE THAT CHILDREN WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO PARENTS / CARERS UNLESS THEY ARE IN THE QUEUE ON AYCLIFFE AND ALLERTON ROAD AT THE CORRECT TIMES. 
  • ONCE YOU HAVE COLLECTED YOU CHILD PLEASE VACATE THE AREA AROUND THE GATES ON AYCLIFFE AND ALLERTON ROAD AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID ANY UNNECESSARY HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES. 
  • STAFF WILL NO LONGER DROP CHILDREN TO FAMILY MEMBERS WHETHER THEY ARE WAITING ON PAVEMENTS OR IN CARS.

Thank you for your support over this very important matter.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – If your child develops symptoms of Coronavirus and are unsure what to do please follow the guidance from the NHS at the following link. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 14 occasions where children were late to school this week. This is far too many children coming to school late. We open the gates to the school from 8:30am to give parents / carers enough time to get their child to school on time. Thank you to those of you who do bring your child to school on time.

1 Lime – 94.6%
1 Maple – 88.7%

2 Willow – 88.7%
2 Alder – 89.5%

3 Birch – 99.1%
4 Aspen – 86.1%

5 Ash – 99.3%
5 Cedar – 95%

6 Cherry – 99.1%
6 Oak – 93.6%

TOTAL – 93.7%

NATIONAL AVERAGE95%

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE – Congratulations to Oscar, Sorin, Freddie and Callum who earned their wings this week for demonstrating our and living out our school values. Congratulations children.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D3sNczINh0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATFdgVjXw7g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQdMAzsj7Xc

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!