Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 30th September 2022 – Autumn 3

The big ship sails on the ally ally oh on the last day of September so says the children song and I can hardly believe tomorrow is the start of October! There has been a real sense of calm and purpose around the school ever since term began and the children have really started to enjoy their work. Our school improvement partner paid us a visit today and she inspected the way children learn how to read. She was incredibly impressed with the way reading is taught across the school. She also felt that the children receive a very good standard of education too. This was a very pleasing report to receive at such an early stage of the academic year which bodes well for the rest of the academic year. Please make every effort to attend next week’s Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Parkside. Nick and Nadia who did such a wonderful job over the past few years have now left the school and we desperately need new volunteers to take over from them. Please see below for further details.

 

 

The word of the week is – BETHINK –  to take thought and reflect; to return to oneself for a moment.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
I'm but an #autumn leaf upon the ground...." #jamesmcinerney #poet #poem #author | Autumn poetry, Autumn poems, Poetry quotes

 

 

 

MOBILE PHONES – Ever since I have been headteacher of the school I introduced a rule that parents and carers were not to use their mobile phones on the school grounds. We want families to be reunited at the end of the day with a smile and warm welcome. So if you are challenged by a member of staff to finish your call before entering the grounds please do so with grace and try not to be offended. We are asking you to think of your child. Our motto is SMILES NOT MOBILES. Thank you.

 

 

PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION – Over the past four years the Parents and Friends Association have raised over £10,000 for the school through a number of different events, namely summer fayres, firework displays, talent show nights, film nights and discos. Now that Nick and Nadia have left the school we are in need of some new people to take over from them. Are you interested in helping to raise funds for the school? Do you have a special talent or excellent organisation skills? If so please make every effort to attend the Annual General Meeting for the PFA of Parkside on THURSDAY 6th OCTOBER IN OUR SPARE YEAR 1 CLASSROOM 3:30pm -4:15pm. We want to hear your ideas and help to raise even more funds for the children. 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK – Our new corridor displays look amazing and we hope that you enjoy them as much as we do. Thank you children for producing such excellent work and thank you to the staff for making them look so brilliant.

 

Congratulations to Reyansh for completing the Taylor Trek in memory of the former Watford and England football manager.

 

 

PARENT/CARER TEACHER CONSULTATIONS – These very important meetings take place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th October for Years Nursery to Year 5 and on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October for Year 6 ONLY. Appointments can be made through the ARBOR app. All appointments will be held in the school hall for the first time in two years so please make every effort to attend. I cannot stress highly enough the importance of knowing how your child learns. The culture for learning we have at the school is one of nurture and inspiration so please come along and learn more about the way we do things at our school.

 

 

PREGNANT WOMEN WANTED! – Calling Third Trimester mums-to-be!!! I am looking for a third trimester mum-to-be (ideally due Oct/ Nov 2022) in the NW London area who would be willing to participate in an infant observation which forms part of my Child Psychotherapy Masters.
It would involve one-hour weekly visits to observe your baby at home over a two-year period. There is also lots of flexibility. All details of the observations will be kept strictly confidential.
I know it sounds like a bit commitment but studies show that mothers (and families) who participate find this experience  very rich and rewarding; providing one hour a week when they allow themselves to bond with their baby, without judgement and without distraction.
I am DBS checked and training with the Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education (www.artspsychotherapy.org). If you are interested or know anyone who might be interested, please do get in touch and I can give you more information.

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 18 children from 14 families who were late to school on 31 occasions this week. We really must make a good start to the term this year and set excellent standards, so please make every effort to be on time for school.

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET  TARGET MET
Y/N
Reception Pine 92.7% 2.0kgs 2.350 kgs – N
1 Maple  97.6% 1.5kgs 2.05 kgs – N
2 Alder 96.4%

 

1.5kgs 1.0kgs – Y
2 Willow 96.7%

 

1.5kgs 0.950gs – Y
3 Birch 95.2% 1.0kgs  0.750gs – Y
4 Rowan 88.3%

 

1.0kgs 0.90gs  – Y
4 Aspen 100%

 

1.0kgs 0.40gs – Y
5 Cedar 95.5%

 

2.0kgs 1.6kgs – Y
6 Cherry 97.1% 1.5kgs 0.450gs – Y
 Weekly Totals   95.5%  13.0 kgs  10.450kgs – Y
14.5 grammes per child

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Adriana, Denis, Ellie, Elliott, Valentin, Karen, Wesley, Georgey and Melchi who were given their wings this week for soaring high and making great progress. Keep this going children.

 

Congratulations to Poppy, Jackson, Jack, Delilah, Lincoln, Kenzie, Katerina, Frankie and Layth joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday to celebrate their efforts which were recognised by their teachers. Thank you children for upholding the standards we expect at our school.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTGjFpjOIP8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnYe6hWqfI8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvJtLgsPhdU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfL3qjvRmO0

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 23rd September 2022 – Autumn 2

The new academic year is well and truly underway and it was lovely to see so many of you at last week’s meet the teacher meetings. The slides from these meetings are on your child’s class webpage so please make sure that you review them. As the cold weather begins to draw in children must come to school in full school uniform. Can you please make sure that every item of clothing is labelled clearly. The mountain of lost property continues to grow every week and children must take care of their belongings. Tickets for the forthcoming firework display will go on sale from next week. This event has become something of a tradition and we look forward to our next display which takes place on THURSDAY 3rd NOVEMBER. I spent a couple of hours in classes on Wednesday and Friday morning to see how the children had settled in to their new classes. I was impressed by the standards that were in place and the quality of work they were producing at this stage in the year. We look forward to sharing more with you about their learning at our consultation evenings next month.

 

 

The word of the week is – DUMFUNGLED – wearied, befuddled, and just a little used up.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

PPT - Ode to Autumn PowerPoint Presentation, free download - ID:5318064

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

MOBILE PHONES – Ever since I have been headteacher of the school I introduced a rule that parents and carers were not to use their mobile phones on the school grounds. We want families to be reunited at the end of the day with a smile and warm welcome. So if you are challenged by a member of staff to finish your call before entering the grounds please do so with grace and try not to be offended. We are asking you to think of your child. Our motto is SMILES NOT MOBILES. Thank you.

 

 

DROPPING YOUR CHILD TO THEIR CLASSES IN THE MORNING – Now that we are three weeks in to the school year we expect your child to make their own way to their classes once you arrive at the school gate. It helps them with their independence and ensures a confident start to the day. The ONLY set of parents and carers that will be allowed on site are those families in Reception and Nursery. If your child does experience difficulties first thing in the morning then of course we will allow you to drop them to their class. Thank you for supporting us with this very important aspect of school life.

 

 

FOR YEAR 6 PARENTS AND CARERS – You can order your child’s hooded sweatshirt by clicking on the link below.
PGL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER AT 9:00am IN THE SPARE YEAR 6 CLASSROOM. MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

https://www.leavershoodies.com/parkside-community-primary-school-year-6-cherry-23

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 13 children from 10 families who were late to school on  14 occasions this week. We really must make a good start to the term this year and set excellent standards, so please make every effort to be on time for school.

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET  TARGET MET
Y/N
Reception Pine

 

96.2% 2.0kgs 3.45kgs – N
1 Maple

 

 97.4% 1.5kgs

 

1.05kgs – Y
2 Alder

 

 

100%

 

1.5kgs 1.55kgs – N
2 Willow

 

 

96.4%

 

1.5kgs 0.9kgs – Y
3 Birch

 

94.6% 1.0kgs 1.0 kgs – Y
4 Rowan

 

 

94.6%

 

1.0kgs 0.95kgs – Y
4 Aspen

 

 

94.1%

 

1.0kgs 0.75kgs – Y
5 Cedar

 

 

99.1%

 

2.0kgs 1.05kgs – Y
6 Cherry

 

95.2% 1.5kgs

 

1.00kgs – Y
 Weekly Totals

 

 97.0%  13.0 kgs  11.7kgs – Y
20.5 grammes per child

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Hunter, Charlotte, Sibella, Stefan, Lorita, Nitay, Abdi and Sorin who were given their wings this week for soaring high and making great progress. Keep this going children.

Skye, Button, Maks, Riley, Shannon, Helena, Leo, Mollie, Holly, Charlie, Ralphie, Kaycee, Harry, Amelia, Frankie and Skye joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday to celebrate their efforts which were recognised by their teachers. Thank you children for upholding the standards we expect at our school.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73lj5qJbrms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGKwkYpB3fI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWlPIAxDAA0

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!!

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 9th September 2022 – Autumn 1

QUEEN ELIZABETH II – 21st April 1926 – 8th September 2022 RIP – Yesterday afternoon Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at her residence in Balmoral. We stand alongside the rest of the country as we mourn her passing and think of her and her family during this most difficult time. May she rest in peace. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.

 

 

Welcome back to the start of the new school year. It was lovely to see the children return to school on Monday full of enthusiasm and looking smart in their uniforms. They have settled incredibly well in to their new routines and have begun to establish relationships with their class teachers. Meet the teacher meetings take place on MONDAY and TUESDAY next week so please make every effort to attend. Tea and coffee will be served from 8:30am in the hall and we look forward to welcoming you.

 

The word of the week is – FINIFUGAL – regretting the end of something, such as a good book or the end of summer.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Our first set of hard workers showing off their learning to the school at this morning’s assembly.

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Joyful Learning In KC: September Poem | Kindergarten poems, English poems for kids, Joyful learning

 

 

MEET THE TEACHER MEEETINGSMonday 10th September – Year N R 2 3 4 5 6
Tuesday 11th September Year 1 – Time 8:30am (tea and coffee served in the school hall) through to 9:30am. Meetings take place in your child’s class from 9:00am.

 

 

VACANCIES AT PARKSIDE – We currently have a vacancy for for a midday supervisory assistant and a cleaner. If you are interested in either role, please click for further details.

MSA Role – https://www.teachinherts.com/find-a-job/view,midday-supervisory-assistant-msa_76647.htm

CLEANER – https://www.teachinherts.com/find-a-job/view,cleaner-10-hours-per-week_76648.htm

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 4 children from 4 families who were late to school on 4 occasions this week. We really must make a good start to the term this year and set excellent standards, so please make every effort to be on time for school.

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET

 

TARGET MET
Y/N
 

Reception Pine

 

 

98.2%

 

2.0kgs

 

2.6kgs – N

 

1 Maple

 

 

96.3%

 

1.5kgs

 

1.150kgs – Y
 

2 Alder

 

 

95.2%

 

1.5kgs

 

2.8kgs – N

 

2 Willow

 

 

89.4%

 

1.5kgs

 

1.3kgs -Y

 

3 Birch

 

 

92.9%

 

1.0kgs

 

0.950kgs – Y

 

4 Rowan

 

 

100%

 

1.0kgs

 

1.1kgs – N

 

4 Aspen

 

 

98.5%

 

1.0kgs

 

0.850kgs – Y

 

5 Cedar

 

 

96.5%

 

2.0kgs

 

1.250kgs – Y

 

6 Cherry

 

 

94.2%

 

1.5kgs

 

1.0kgs – Y
 

Weekly Totals

 

 95.6%  13.0 kgs  13.0kgs – Y
22.6kgs per child

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy99BzElYtk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oGKWiaqOxc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzrV_Mdtym4

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND STAY DRY!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 15th July – Summer 11

This is the last newsletter of the year. It was lovely to see our new families on Thursday morning and to meet the children who will join our Nursery and Reception classes in September. I am sure that they will be wonderful additions to the Parkside community and we look forward to working with them. Preparations for our Year 6 leavers’ assembly are well under way and the children will perform twice next week, once for the school and again for parents and carers. The weather for the early part of next week is forecast to be incredibly hot, so by holding the assembly over two days it eases the burden on the school and makes it comfortable for everyone. We look forward to seeing our year 6 families at 9:15am on Tuesday morning. All that is left to say is to have a wonderful summer holiday and to thank you for your continued support during the course of the year. School reopens for the children on MONDAY 5th SEPTEMBER. 

 

 

GOODBYE – We say goodbye to a number of staff this week and it is only fitting and appropriate that we mark their leaving in the newsletter. Many of them would have either taught your child or had a hand in their education during their time at Parkside. So, Ms Chandler, Miss Hemsworth, Mrs Bryson, Miss Castell, Miss Daglish, Mrs Taha, Mrs Salter, Mrs Quinn, Miss Dunn, Miss Burke, Miss Cattini and Mrs A Lunniss we wish you every happiness and success in future ventures and thank you for everything you have done for the children, staff and families. You wont be forgotten.

 

 

The word of the week is – SUSURRUS – (19th century): the low, soft whispering of the trees in a summer breeze.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

Summer Kids Poems

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Over the past year Mrs Salter and a number of hardy and dedicated group of children from Year 4 and 5 have been busy in the KS2 playground growing vegetables! On Wednesday afternoon they were invited to the Vegfest presentation ceremony at St Theresa’s and were awarded with a number of prizes including the most improved vegetable patch. Our congratulations to the children for showing such dedication and commitment to the project and thank you to Mrs Salter for leading them. We look forward to seeing next year’s bounty.

Sharmila, Soham, Antoni and Demitris receiving their Service above Self certificate from the Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood. Congratulations children.

 

 

DISCO – Once again Nick and Nadia organised another great event for the children last night, the third disco of the year. The children danced the night away and feasted on popcorn and juice. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket in support of the event.

I CANNOT THANK NICK AND NADIA ENOUGH FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND TIME THEY HAVE GIVEN TO THE SCHOOL OVER THE PAST YEAR. THEY HAVE (PRACTICALLY) SINGLE HANDEDLY ORGANISED EVERY EVENT FOR THE CHILDREN. I THINK WE CAN AGREE THEY ARE ABSOUTELY AMAZING.

 

Next year we will looking for class representatives to join the Friends of Parkside to support the work and legacy that Nick and Nadia have created. The more people who can help the more events we can put on. I will write to you all again in early September with further information about the Friends of Parkside and how you can help to support them.

 

 

ATTENDANCE, PUNCTUALITY & FOOD WASTE –

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET TARGET MET
Y/N
Reception Pine 85.2% 1.8kgs 3.05kgs – N
1 Lime 90.9% 1.5kgs 1.65kgs – N
1 Maple 85.0% 1.6kgs 1.40kgs – Y
2 Willow 91.7% 1.9kgs 1.25kgs – Y
3 Birch 86.4% 1.0kgs 1.25kgs – N
3 Elm 99.4% 1.0kgs 0.900kgs – N
4 Aspen 94.6% 2.1kgs 2.85kgs – N
5 Cedar 92.7% 1.6kgs 1.10kgs – Y
6 Cherry 92.4% 1.7kgs 0.100kgs – Y
6 Oak 96.5% 1.4gs o.100kgs – Y
Weekly Totals 92% 15.600kgs 13.650kgs – YES

19.7 grammes / child

PUNCTUALITY – THERE WERE 24 CHILDREN FROM 18  FAMILIES WHO WERE LATE TO SCHOOL THIS WEEK ON 37 OCCASIONS. 

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE & PARKSIDE FLYERS –   Congratulations and well done to Morade, Holly, Nihad, Kenzie, Harry, Ela, Finley, Chloe and Kia who this week’s Parkside Flyers;  your excellent attitude and progress have helped you to soar this week. Well done to you all.

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

 

Alexis, Damian, Ellie, Danny-James, Selina, Desara, Charlie, Melissa and Darius joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon to celebrate the good work they had completed in class and for being a wonderful member of our school community.

 

 

SONGS FOR THE SUMMER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiQzlOaZiRA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0LpRJfH020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC_5VgMZU3E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAcdH2ZWOl8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P01aCZWtGUU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=But2kgfdDk0

 

 

HAVE A TRULY WONDERFUL SUMMER AND DONT FORGET THAT SCHOOL REOPENS ON MONDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER FROM 8:30am

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 8th July – Summer 10

There are only 8 school days left in the academic year and we have a lot do before then! You will receive your child’s annual report next week along with their Phonics tests result, Key Stage 1 SATs results, Multiplication Tables Check result and Keys Stage 2 SATs results if your child took a test this year. Please read the report carefully, the teachers spend a long time writing them and it takes an age to comment on every one. I must say that they make for very pleasant reading, you will be very proud of their efforts. The year 6 production on Thursday afternoon was well attended and the children were utterly amazing. My thanks must go to the year 6 team for preparing them so thoroughly. The last disco of the year takes place on Thursday next week are on sale already priced at £3 each. Please make every effort to attend, it promises to be a great event. The children will spend a day with their new teachers on Thursday morning. Transition day is an important date in the academic year because it signifies a new change for the school and helps the children to prepare for next year. Please ask them about it and discuss with them their feelings about next year and the changes that lie ahead.

 

 

The word of the week is – FILIPENDULOUS – hanging by a thread (19th century)

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Printable July Kids Poems Woo Jr Kids Activities – Otosection

 

 

PARENT AND CARER SURVEY RESULTS – A few weeks ago the governors asked you all to complete a questionnaire about a range of different aspects to do with school life. Thank you to those who completed it. The results were overwhelmingly positive: https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/letters/

 

 

 

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 –

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET TARGET MET
Y/N
Reception Pine 92.1% 1.8kgs 3.3kgs – N
1 Lime 93.9% 1.5kgs 2.75kgs – N
1 Maple 92.5% 1.6kgs 3.5kgs – N
2 Willow 92.9% 1.9kgs 1.9kgs – Y
3 Birch 93.9% 1.0kgs 1.7kgs – N
3 Elm 87.1% 1.0kgs 1.2kgs – N
4 Aspen 92.9% 2.1kgs 2.7kgs – N
5 Cedar 96.6% 1.6kgs 0.7kgs – N
6 Cherry 97.2% 1.7kgs 0.9kgs – Y
6 Oak 98.0% 1.4gs 0.650kgs – Y
Weekly Totals 94% 15.600kgs  24.125kgs – N

19.3 grammes per child

PUNCTUALITY – THERE WERE 16 CHILDREN FROM 16 FAMILIES WHO WERE LATE TO SCHOOL THIS WEEK ON 33 OCCASIONS. 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE & PARKSIDE FLYERS –   Congratulations and well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers  to Theodora, Frankie, Amelia, Iulia, Kwadjo, Holly and Naveed  – your 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

 

Leah, Riley, Leah, Tada, Halle, Harshil, David and Andrei joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon to celebrate the good work they had completed in class and for being a wonderful member of our school community.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At7BISnqG6Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5biEjyXNa2o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBFZNVxG86o

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 24th June – Summer 9

Another glorious week of warm weather has been enjoyed by everyone immensely. Our annual sports day took place today which was well supported once again. The children gave their very best which was lovely to see and everyone had a good day. Thank you to everyone who came last week’s Summer Fayre. The weather held and there was a steady trickle of people who left at the end of the day having bought a bag of popcorn, ate a burger or won on the raffle. My sincere thanks go to everyone who ran a stall, donated a prize or marshalled children on the bouncy slide, but I have to offer a special vote of thanks to Nick and Nadia parents of Hayden in Year 6. Together they organised the large majority of the day from organising the tokens (with Mrs Davis in the office) to buying the food. If you get a chance, why not show them how grateful you are by thanking them. There are three weeks left of the school year and there is a lot to be done. I am in the midst of reading your child’s annual report which will be sent by the 13th July. Please keep supporting the school in all that we do especially with uniform and attendance.

 

The word of the week is – OCHLOCRACY – (16th century) government by the crowd; mob rule.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Summer Kids Poem - Midsummer's Eve | Kids poems, Summer poems, My children quotes

 

 

ABSENCE DURING TERM TIME SECOND WEEK – This week has been yet another disappointing week for attendance. Many of you have asked me time and again for leave during term time to which I always give the same answer; NO.  I am not allowed to authorise any leave for a child during term time. Attendance has been a long standing issue at the school for many many years; the past three Ofsted inspection reports have highlighted this contentious issue. The school works incredibly hard to support every family by encouraging them to send their child to school every day but we can not seem to sustain a pattern of delivering attendance of 96% and over on a weekly basis. It is because of  this reason that absence during term time has been refused. There are a large number of families who continue to struggle to send their child to school every day and we have to monitor their attendance very carefully. Mrs Conway in the Office works tirelessly to make sure every child comes to school but she and other members of staff grow incredibly frustrated with this ongoing issue. Until attendance figures improve all absence requests will not be granted. I am sure that you understand why the school has to take this line when it comes to requests for absence.

 

 

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 –

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET TARGET MET
Y/N
Reception Pine 84.4% 1.8kgs 2.85kgs – N
1 Lime 98.5% 1.5kgs 1.95kgs – N
1Maple 96.1% 1.6kgs  2.9kgs– N
2 Willow 97.2% 1.9kgs 1.75kgs – Y
3 Birch 95.1% 1.0kgs 1.45kgs – Y
3 Elm 92.4% 1.0kgs 1.45kgs – N
4 Aspen 93.6% 2.1kgs 2.55kgs– N
5 Cedar 92.3% 1.6kgs 1.05kgs – Y
6 Cherry 94.9% 1.7kgs

 

0.650kgs – Y
6 Oak

 

92.9% 1.4gs 0.700kgs – Y
Weekly Totals 94% 15.600kgs  17.304kgs – N
21.5 grammes per child

There were 27 children from the same families who came late to school last week on 43 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.

I WILL BE CALLING THESE FAMILIES NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS THE REASONS WHY THEY CONTINUALLY COME LATE TO SCHOOL. 

PUNCTUALITY IS NOT JUST LIMITED TO ARRIVING AT A PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, IT IS ABOUT TAKING ACTIONS AT THE RIGHT TIME.

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE & PARKSIDE FLYERS –  Michelle, Skylar, Eshaal, Helena, Reyansh, Patrick Dylan and Faye. Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – your 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

 

Willow, Nihad, Rut, David, Saffiya, Anita, Yanis and Olivia will join Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate next week. Unfortunately due to Sports Day falling on a Friday this year we have had to move this weekly event to Wednesday of next week.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1v8jmW_sr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xea6Hqyxrfg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABVBWozXs4

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 17th June 2022 – Summer 8

Our annual Summer Fayre takes tomorrow place between 12pm and 3pm. You should have all received a plan of the day including an electronic map of the different stalls that will be on offer and we are hoping and praying that the thunderstorms that have been forecast hold off until Sunday. Please make every effort to attend and do bring your friends and family for what promises to be a wonderful event. All stalls will be cashless so you will need to buy a bag of tokens from the entrance gate on Allerton Road when you arrive. The children in the Nursery and Reception had a wonderful sports day yesterday and for many of them it was the first time they had experienced an event of this nature. My thanks must go to the staff for preparing the children but to Mr Wanless for organising the event. Please remember that we are not allowed to apply sunscreen to your child during the warmer months, please can you make sure that you do this before they come to school. They will also need to wear a hat and a bring a water bottle to school to keep them safe in the sun and hydrated through the day.

 

 

Expression of the week is – ‘IN A NUTSHELL‘ –  born out of a reference from ancient Rome to a copy of Homer’s Iliad, small enough to fit within the shell of a nut.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

35 Summer Poems for Kids of All Ages - We Are Teachers

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Year 5 enjoying their day visit at Queen Elizabeth Boys’ School solving a challenge using their forensic science skills

Children in Nursery & Reception enjoying their sports day

 

 

ABSENCE DURING TERM TIME – This week has been yet another disappointing week for attendance. Many of you have asked me time and again for leave during term time to which I always give the same answer; NO.  I am not allowed to authorise any leave for a child during term time. Attendance has been a long standing issue at the school for many many years; the past three Ofsted inspection reports have highlighted this contentious issue. The school works incredibly hard to support every family by encouraging them to send their child to school every day but we can not seem to sustain a pattern of delivering attendance of 96% and over on a weekly basis. It is because of  this reason that absence during term time has been refused. There are a large number of families who continue to struggle to send their child to school every day and we have to monitor their attendance very carefully. Mrs Conway in the Office works tirelessly to make sure every child comes to school but she and other members of staff grow incredibly frustrated with this ongoing issue. Until attendance figures improve all absence requests will not be granted. I am sure that you understand why the school has to take this line when it comes to requests for absence.

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 10th June 2022 – Summer 7

There is one week left until our Summer Fayre and we hope that you are all as excited as the children and staff about the event. The final plans  are taking shape and there is still time for you to lend a hand. Nadia the Chair of the PFA is looking for volunteers to run stalls, help set up and tidy things away or to support in any way you can. Please email her at pfaparkside@outlook.com Events of this nature rely heavily on parental and carer support so please make every effort to help. The last half term of the academic year is always packed with events so make sure you keep abreast of dates. Mrs Conway will be sending out a list of dates in the next couple of days so please make sure you keep it safe. Next Friday is Sports Day for the children and Mr Wanless will be sending out a letter regarding the arrangements early next week. You are all welcome to come and support your child for this very important annual event. Thank you to everyone who donated a bottle for bottle stall for next week’s Summer Fayre, your donations were gratefully received.

 

 

The word of the week is – CORRUMP– (14th century) to destroy something morally, or bring it down to nothing.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Pin on June to do list

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK –

The children in Years 2,5 and 6 enjoyed developing their cricket skills through the Chance to Shine programme.

Sharing this week’s work at Friday’s assembly.

 

 

SUMMER FAYRE – SATURDAY 18th JUNE 12pm – 3pm – FOR ALL THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING THE FAYRE PLEASE CLICK TO READ AN IMPORTANT LETTER –
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Summer-Fayre-letter-2.pdf

 

 

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

CLASS WEEKLY ATTENDANCE WEEKLY WASTE TARGET

 

TARGET MET
Y/N
 

Reception Pine

 

 

94.3%

 

 

1.8kgs

 

2.8kgs – N

 

1 Lime

 

 

95.5%

 

1.5kgs

 

 

1.150kgs – Y

 

1Maple

 

 

95.2%

 

1.6kgs

 

1.450kgs – Y

 

2 Willow

 

 

96.4%

 

1.9kgs

 

1.150kgs – Y

 

3 Birch

 

 

93.2%

 

1.0kgs

 

0.700 kgs – Y

 

3 Elm

 

 

93.2%

 

1.0kgs

 

0.650 – Y

 

4 Aspen

 

 

99.1%

 

2.1kgs

 

1.350kgs – Y

 

5 Cedar

 

 

96.1%

 

1.6kgs

 

0.750kgs – Y

 

6 Cherry

 

 

92.3%

 

1.7kgs

 

 

0.100kgs – Y

 

6 Oak

 

 

98.7%

 

1.4kgs

 

0.150kgs – Y

 

Weekly Totals

 

 

95.6%

 

15.600kgs

 

10.250 kgs
15.5 grammes per child

There were 20 children from 14 families who came late to school last week on 27 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.

PUNCTUALITY IS NOT JUST LIMITED TO ARRIVING AT A PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, IT IS ABOUT TAKING ATIONS AT THE RIGHT TIME.

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE & PARKSIDE FLYERS – Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Jonathan, Maks, Mino, Paul, Anastasia, Charlie, Amira, Sorin and Harry 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

Congratulations to Roy, Savannah, Milly, Aayat, Katarina, Abdi, Holly and Chloe who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday morning in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xgwXkULDCs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YDMk67BTaU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c1Ap2zzUYI

 

 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND DON’T FORGET TO SEND AN EMAIL TO THE PFA IF YOU CAN HELP AT NEXT WEEK’S SUMMER FAYRE!!

pfaparkside@outlook.com

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 27th May 2022 – Summer 6

It’s been quite an incredible ‘off the curiculum’ week at school which has left quite an impression on everybody. It started with our trips to Knebworth House and the Changing of the Guard and finished with a tremendous assembly where children shared examples of their work. The standards on display were really quite remarkable. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the week pass off so smoothly and for making it a roaring success. You would have all received a letter and a flyer about the forthcoming Summer Fayre which is to be held on SATURDAY 18th JUNE between the hours of 12pm and 3pm. It has been two years since we held our last one and this year’s fayre is shaping up to be just as good. Yet that said, we can not put on an event of this size unless we have parental / carer support. They rely heavily on all members of the community to come together for the good of  the school, so if you are able to lend a hand on the day or to run a stall please send an email to the Parents and Friends Association at – pfaparkside@outlook.com and they will get back to you with further details. We look forward to celebrating as a community after two very difficult and challenging years, so please make contact with the members of the PFA.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON MONDAY 6th JUNE FOR STAFF TRAINING

 

 

The word of the week is – MISKEN – 15th Century – to refuse to recognise something by pretending it’s not happening.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Smiling Is Infectious - A Beautiful Poem by Spike Milligan

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Watching the Gurkhas returning to Wellington Barracks having changed the guard.

We even had time to capture a mother duck and her ducklings.

The children even had time to get to know the beautiful police horses.

The children in Year 5 and 6 spent an afternoon at Haberdasher’s Aske on Thursday and it seems like they had a brilliant time.

Some excellent collage work celebrating the platinum jubilee.

Year 2 have been using their maths and English skills to great effect this week.

Year 6 using their culinary skills to bake platinum jubilee cakes

Year 5 have created some collages using the silhouette of the Queen’s head, using images inspired by the Jubilee.
We also created mobile phone cases made from felt, using the Jubilee as our inspiration!

 

 

SUMMER FAYRE SATURDAY JUNE 18th 12pm – 3pm – Our annual Summer Fayre is just around the corner and we need your help. We want as many of you as possible to come on the day and to bring your families and friends but the event can’t go ahead unless we have your full support. Please email the Parents and Friends Association at pfaparkside@outlook.com if you are able to lend a hand on the day. For further information please click the link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Summer-Fayre-June-22.pdf

 

 

HERTSMERE PARTNERSHIP BOARD VISIT – On Thursday Years 5 and 6 were visited by Daniel Fajardo, Hertsmere Schools’ Partnership Development Officer, and a very experienced Youth Worker to allay fears about Transitioning to Year 7.  He reassured and answered a wide range of questions on the many topics of school life such as making friends, peer pressure, resilience, homework, bullying, getting lost, detention and how to stay safe online.  He reminded the children to stay true to themselves and to keep following the values of Parkside into their next school experience.

Daniel works in 28 schools and remarked how engaged the children remained throughout  commenting especially how polite and well behaved the children were, and a credit to the school!
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 8 children from 7 families who came late to school last week on 8 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  

WEEKLY WASTE TARGET

 

TARGET MET
Y/N
 

Reception Pine

 

 

94.2%

1.8 kgs 3.650 kgs – N
 

1 Lime

 

 

92.9%

 

1.5 kgs

 

1.3 kgs – Y

 

1Maple

 

 

96.8%

1.6 kgs 1.2 kgs – Y
 

2 Willow

 

 

92.1%

1.9 kgs 1.0 kgs – Y
 

3 Birch

 

 

97.1%

1.1 kgs 0,150 kgs – Y
 

3 Elm

 

 

97.6%

1.0 kgs 0.700 kgs – Y
 

4 Aspen

 

 

90.6%

2.2 kgs 1.8 kgs – Y
 

5 Cedar

 

 

94.3%

1.6 kgs 0.550 kgs – Y
 

6 Cherry

 

 

92.1%

 

1.7 kgs

 

0.250 kgs – Y

 

6 Oak

 

 

87.9%

1.4 kgs 0.350 kgs – Y
 

Weekly Totals

 

 

93.3%

 15.700 kgs  10.950 kgs – Y / 17.08 grammes per child

 

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE & PARKSIDE FLYERS – Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Frankie, Runiya, Ediz, Patrick, Harvey, Selina, Megan, Patrick and Abena . 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

Congratulations to Anita, Frankie, Wesley, Lily, Roman, Michelle, Layton, Ela, Ervis and Danny-James who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday morning in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE HALF TERM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruJN7vTHnk0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2oPRhI7T8g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJDJ4rNxtIc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-knGjxcPms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEh4Vfzow5U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIWOhisqrP8

 

 

HAVE A GREAT HALF TERM AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL AGAIN ON TUESDAY 6th JUNE ANd DON’T FORGET TO EMAIL THE PFA – pfaparkside@outlook.com

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 20th May – Summer 5

The whole school is alive with excitement about Monday’s trip to watch the Changing of the Guard. Classes have already to start their activities for next week’s “Off the Curriculum Week” and teachers have planned a fantastic series of lessons for the children. It promises to be a great week to round off the half term. Coaches will leave at 9:15am sharp so if you are one of our families who struggle to be on time please make sure that you arrive in good time. Unfortunately if you are late we will leave without you.

We have had a number of incidents recently of parents/carers acting in an aggressive manner with staff. Whilst we will do everything we can to support your child and indeed yourselves, one thing we won’t tolerate is aggressive behaviour. We are a supportive and nurturing school, something I have been told by many families on many occasions and we will continue to fulfil our vision for your child by nurturing and inspiring them. Please remember that aggression only leads to disappointment. If you need to speak to your child’s class teacher for any reason please remember to make appointments through the school office. Thank you for your continued support with this very important issue.

 

 

The word of the week is – FANFRELUCHING – jumping aimlessly from one thing to another.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHLDREN’S WORK

Our Year 4 and 5 football team putting in a great performance to finish second in the league.

Year 6 discovering the importance of maintaining good mental health.

PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY FOR NEXT WEEK’S PLATINUM CELEBRATIONS!!

This week’s learners. They spoke with confidence and shared what they had learned with the school at this morning’s assembly.

 

 

VISIT FROM PASTOR ONYEKA – On Wednesday afternoon the children from Year 5 and 6 spent some time in the presence of Pastor Onyeka from a church in South Tottenham. He shared with the children his own personal story and how the importance of respect integrity and honesty can transform a life. The children were enthralled by his journey and took a great deal away from the session.

Listening to Pastor Onyeka’s story

 

 

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 15 children from 13 families who came late to school last week on 18 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 WEEKLY WASTE TARGET

 

TARGET MET
Y/N
 

Reception Pine

 

 

89.3%

 

1.8 kgs

 

4.2kgs /  N

 

1 Lime

 

 

98.5%

 

1.5 kgs

 

3.2kgs / N

 

1Maple

 

 

98.4%

 

1.6 kgs

 

3.9 kgs / N

 

2 Willow

 

 

95.6%

 

1.9 kgs

 

3.5 kgs / N

 

3 Birch

 

 

96.5%

 

1.0 kg

 

2.0 kgs /N

 

3 Elm

 

 

92.6%

 

1.0 kg

 

2.0 kgs / N

 

4 Aspen

 

 

93.3%

 

2.2 kgs

 

4.15 kgs / N

 

5 Cedar

 

 

96.9%

 

1.6 kgs

 

2.9 kgs / N

 

6 Cherry

 

 

91.7%

 

1.7 kgs

 

3.25 kgs / N

 

6 Oak

 

 

97.5%

 

1.4 kgs

 

2.15 kgs / N

 

Weekly Totals

 

 

95.0%

 

15.7 kgs

 

31.25kgs / N

39 grammes per child

 

 

 

 PARKSIDE FLYERS – Well done to last week’s Parkside Flyers – and . 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=6Xlo2abddXU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1igAH6Oo9HE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTCggmhbzRE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF3imVznXsQ

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!