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

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

 

 

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

 

 

POEM / THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Spring Poems 2019 |

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

Rec Pine – 91.8%

1 Lime –  94.2%
1 Maple – 92.4%

2 Willow – 95.6%

3 Birch – 89.5%
3 Elm  98.8%

4 Aspen – 92.4%
5 Cedar – 91.7%

6 Cherry – 96.3%
6 Oak – 96.5%

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

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

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Starting to make preparations for the Queen’s platinum jubilee

Exploring the fantastic goods at the Foodbank

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

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

Celebrating Red Nose Day in style

Year 1 enjoying their learning at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle.

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

Rec Pine – 87.9%

1 Lime –  93.7%
1 Maple – 88.7%

2 Willow – 94.4%

3 Birch – 91.8%
3 Elm  94.4%

4 Aspen – 92.9%
5 Cedar – 92.9%

6 Cherry – 99.5%
6 Oak – 98.8%

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Rossetti poems Both poems

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

Sharing the children’s work at our weekly celebration assembly

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

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

Year 6 learning about Emily Wilding Davison the famous Suffragette

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

OVER 90 TICKETS SOLD SO FAR!!

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

Rec Pine – 91%

1 Lime –  86.2%
1 Maple – 92.9%

2 Willow – 90.5%

3 Birch – 98.8%
3 Elm  95.7%

4 Aspen – 93.9%
5 Cedar – 97.6%

6 Cherry – 95.4%
6 Oak – 94.9%

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

Rec Pine – 92.8%

1 Lime –  100%
1 Maple – 91.3%

2 Willow – 96%

3 Birch – 91.1%
3 Elm  100%

4 Aspen – 95.1%
5 Cedar – 97.2%

6 Cherry – 94.0%
6 Oak – 96.5%

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

 

 

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

 

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

LAST WEEK’S FLYERS

THIS WEEK’S FLYERS

 

 

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

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – 

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

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

Spring Poems 2019 |

 

 

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

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:45pm – 5:15pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

Rec Pine – 92.8%

1 Lime –  93.7%
1 Maple – 89.4%

2 Willow – 94.8%

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

5 Cedar – 100%

6 Cherry – 85.6%
6 Oak – 93.4%

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th February – Spring 6

THERE HAVE BEEN 4 REPORTED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS RECORDED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

It has been Children’s Mental Health week at school this week. Teachers planned a series of lessons that explored the importance of nurturing and looking after mental health. The children took part in a series of workshops which helped to develop their confidence and explored how emotions affect responses to situations. It was lovely to hear the hall full of chat and laughter. I have spent a lot of time in the dinner hall this week monitoring the children’s eating habits. You will see from the amount of waste that was produced it was considerably less than in previous weeks. Please encourage your child to eat well and to respect the efforts everyone goes to in making lunchtimes a pleasurable experience for them. Have a wonderful half term and we look forward to welcoming you all back for the second half of the spring term on MONDAY 21st FEBRUARY.

 

The word of the week is –  INQUINATION – the act of polluting, defiling or corrupting.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

At Half Past Three, A Single Bird Poem by Emily Dickinson

 

 

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

Examples of children’s art work in Year 6

 

Winners of Schools’ Football Week

 

 

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – To celebrate Mental Health Week, the children were visited by Perform Theatre who ran workshops that explored ways of overcoming feelings of stress, discomfort, and sadness, as well as highlighting the importance of keeping a safe and healthy mind providing an opportunity to:

* Understand what emotions are* Explore how certain situations can affect us both physically and mentally* Create freeze frames to recognise when they, or someone they know is being bullied* Learn how to stay safe online* Learn techniques to help relax when feeling stressed or unhappy

Enjoying mental health week in Nursery

Exploring the positive side of mental health

DRESSING TO EXPRESS OURSELVES –

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 18 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 23 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number after half term it is so important.

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

Rec Pine – 93.4%

1 Lime –  97.8%
1 Maple – 91.6%

2 Willow – 89.7%

3 Birch – 97.1%
3 Elm  100%

4 Aspen – 90.1%
5 Cedar – 89.3%

6 Cherry – 90.3%
6 Oak – 89.4%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 90.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Jackson, Aila, Lincoln, Oscar, Benteigh, Archie and Andrei  who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Thursday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

Sharing a cup of hot chocolate together in recognition of hard work

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Zala, Habibulla, Lutfi, Shannon, Jaliyah, Harry, Holly and Soham.  Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year. WE HOPE THAT YOU LIKE OUR NEW WINGS DISPLAY.

My apologies to Helana in Year 3 for misspelling her name in last week’s newsletter

 

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 55.2 kgs of waste which equated to 71.1 grammes per child. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LOT LESS THAN LAST WEEK THIS IS STILL TOO MUCH. We have given great thought to setting a new menu which should help to reduce the school’s waste over the coming weeks. We have also taken stock of two new compost bins which will not only encourage the children to develop their gardening skills but will also reduce the amount of waste.

 

 

TUNES FOR HALF TERM –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1TW6X3Vwg0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCNoIUzmG7Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knIFMuppzpQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NFywQdeKSo

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL HALF TERM AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON MONDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 4th February 2022 – Spring 5

THERE HAVE BEEN 5 RECORDED CASES OF CORONOAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

At the end of next week we arrive at the half way point in the school year. January has come and gone and the long dark winter months slowly begin to fade and give way to spring. The promise of longer days often gives us all a lift and the children are no different. It has been a very busy week once again and for the children in Year 6 who took part in ‘Able Maths Day’ it was fantastic to see them pit their skills and knowledge against the boys and girls of Haberdahser’s Aske. Mr Wanless and Mrs Taylor were impressed by their team work and togetherness. Thank you children for representing the school so brilliantly. (see pictures below). I cannot stress once again the importance of sending your child in to school in the correct uniform. Thank you to those of you who support the school with this important aspect of school life; setting an example is such an crucial part of a young child’s education.

 

 

The word of the week is – FORWAKED – weary from watching and waiting for something that never seems to materialise.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

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

Our new wings display

Working hard to solve problems – Able Maths Day

A different method of solving multiplication problems

Examples of Year 6 homework on their new topic – Australia

Enjoying the different activities on offer in the playground

Using manipulatives to solve maths problems in Year 5

Year 2 enjoying refreshments after a hard morning

 

 

ABLE MATHS DAY – Yesterday 12 children in Year 6 took part in a Maths Able day. We hosted the event which included children from Haberdashers boys and Girls and Shenley. The day involved lots of challenging maths problems involving algebra, magic squares and the nth term. The children worked extremely hard and were a credit to the school. The visiting schools both commented on how polite our children were and enjoyed visiting Parkside for the day. A  big thank you to Mrs Taylor for organising the event and for preparing our children so well.

Solving reasoning problems at Able Maths Day

 

 

TEACHER / PARENT /CARER CONSULTATION SECOND WEEK – BOOKINGS ARE STILL OPEN FOR THESE VERY IMPORTANT MEETINGS WHICH TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK. Thank you to the 142 of you who have done this already. There are still another 104 appointments that need to be made before next Wednesday. If you haven’t done this please make sure you go online to make a booking. All meetings will take place on Zoom to mitigate against the spread of Coronavirus. Consultations will take place on Tuesday 8th between 3:30pm and 5:30pm and Wednesday 9th February between 3:30pm and 7:00pm. Please make sure that you book an appointment.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 22 children from 15 families who came late to school last week on 36 occasions. We will continue to contact families next week who repeatedly bring their child to school late on a regular basis. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

MANY OF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY WHICH HELPS TO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE. PART OF THE SCHOOL’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN AND THE SCHOOL. IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL.

Rec Pine – 87.2%

1 Lime –  89.3%
1 Maple – 86.7%

2 Willow – 91.9%

3 Birch – 95.3%
3 Elm  96.3%

4 Aspen – 92.1%
5 Cedar – 92.6%

6 Cherry – 99.1%
6 Oak – 95.5%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 92.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Ayan, Eden, Lorik, Triya, Harvey, Zuhra, Patrick, Melchi and Faye who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Thursday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Michal, Riley, Casey, Leonardo, William, Georgey,  Amelia-Lily and Luke . Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year. WE HOPE THAT YOU LIKE OUR NEW WINGS DISPLAY.

 

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 68.3  kgs of waste which equated to 92.4 grammes per child. THIS IS STILL TOO MUCH. We have given great thought to setting a new menu which should help to reduce the school’s waste over the coming weeks. We have also taken stock of two new compost bins which will not only encourage the children to develop their gardening skills but will also reduce the amount of waste.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNy5Yq3iDWo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpqgIYdZPKI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSgqO7LIFL8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrD58UE_uOQ

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND, STAY SAFE AND STAY WELL!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 28th January 2022 – Spring 4

THERE HAVE BEEN 22 RECORDED CASES OF CORONOAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

There has been a very sharp rise in the number of reported cases of Coronovirus this week. A number of staff and children have had to self-isolate because they contracted the virus and we  must continue to remain vigilant against the spread of the disease. Our scheduled film night will have to be moved to later in the year and teacher – parent consultations will take place online again. I wrote to you all yesterday about the ongoing issue the school faces regarding persistent absenteeism. I can not stress highly enough just how important it is for your child to be brought to school every day. All too often we have to speak to parents / carers about a child’s absence and the irreparable damage that is done because of this. Children struggle to close educational gaps and they find it embarrassing when they are unsure of their learning. Please send you child to school every day unless they are very ill. Thank you for your support with this very important matter. Click to read the letter that was sent out earlier in the week regarding this matter.

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Persistent-Absenteeism-letter-1.pdf

 

 

The word of the week is – BOFFOLA – an uproariously funny joke or a full-on heart laugh.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
February Quotes, Sayings, Poems, Observances, and Fun Facts - Holidappy

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

TEACHER / PARENT /CARER CONSULTATION – Bookings are now open on Arbor for you to make an appointment to speak with your child’s class teacher. All meetings will take place on Zoom to mitigate against the spread of Coronavirus. Consultations will take place on Tuesday 8th between 3:30pm and 5:30pm and Wednesday 9th February between 3:30pm and 7:00pm. Please make sure that you book an appointment.

 

 

PAINTING THE KEY STAGE 2 FENCES – SAVE THE DATE – Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? Can you spare an hour on SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY between 10am and 11am to lend a hand painting the fence panels at the back of the KS2 playground? Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be on offer so all you need to do is turn up and be willing to lend a hand. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to help give the playground environment a lift for the children.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 23 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 31 occasions. We will be contacting the families next week who repeatedly bring their child to school late on a regular basis. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

MANY OF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY WHICH HELPS TO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE. PART OF THE SCHOOL’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN AND THE SCHOOL. IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL.

Rec Pine – 90.7%

1 Lime –  93.0%
1 Maple – 81.1%

2 Willow – 98%

3 Birch – 92.4%
3 Elm  85.0%

4 Aspen – 81.5%
5 Cedar – 94%

6 Cherry – 80.5%
6 Oak – 83.2%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 88%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Button, Alicja, Wiktoria, Lexi, Layton, Christabel, Finley and Demetris  who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Elisha, Jack, Aila, Lyla, Ainoa, Vinnie, Louis, Eimantas and Kayla. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

FOOD WASTE – FOOD WASTE – This week there was 54.3 kgs of waste which equated to 75 grammes per child. THIS IS STILL TOO MUCH. I have spoken to Vicky our cook about changing the menu and discussions between the kitchen staff and the school council will take place next week. Watch this space.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-wcZsoTVMc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwC30oQcJAA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNeN5wPsalI

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND, STAY SAFE AND STAY WELL!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 21st January 2022 – Spring 3

THERE HAVE BEEN 9 CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK – 5 STAFF MEMBERS AND 4 CHILDREN

It has been a very challenging and testing week at school, but that said we have come through it despite the sharp rise of reported coronavirus cases. The cold weather continues to be with us and the children are working very hard. I have had the pleasure of listening to a number of children read and awarded headteacher’s stickers to a group of children from Year 6 who shared with me some of their fantastic descriptive writing. During these very challenging time please don’t forget that the food bank is open every Wednesday and Friday after school until 4:45pm. The wonderful staff of the WD6 Food Support do a great job and are more than happy to give you as much support as possible. Please continue to support the school in all that we do for the children and their families.

 

 

LATEST CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE – Due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases please follow the latest guidance carefully.
If your child develops symptoms, you must take them for a PCR test and they should not attend school. However if your child is not displaying symptoms they must continue to attend school every day. The Government strongly advise to take daily LFD tests for 7 days.

 

 

The word of the week is – SPARPLE – to deflect unwanted attention from one thing by making a big deal of another

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

I walked the lonely village street,
Where pavements glistened beneath my feet,
Above that building tall and grey,
Began the life of another new day,
My footsteps echoed loud and clear,
Soft morning breezes aroused my ear,
Cool running water at my side,
Let dry leaves hurriedly ride.

Pass the day and come the night,
Now the darkness, gone the light,
Winds blow and stars appear,
Gone is the day, rests drawing near.

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS/CARERS – During these cold months there is always a temptation when you drop your child to school to leave your car idling to stay warm or even defrost your car windows. Please can you defrost your cars before you drop your child to school and to turn off your engine when you pull up outside the school gates. Thank you for your support over this very important environmental issue.

 

 

PAINTING THE KEY STAGE 2 FENCES – SAVE THE DATE – Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? Can you spare an hour on SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY between 10am and 11am to lend a hand painting the fence panels at the back of the KS2 playground? Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be on offer so all you need to do is turn up and be willing to lend a hand. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to help give the playground environment a lift for the children.

 

 

SMILES NOT MOBILES  SECOND WEEK – I have had to speak to a number of parents and carers again this week about taking calls on their mobile phones at the end of the school day. This is a gentle reminder to remember to finish your call before entering the school grounds. As a school we believe that the end of the school day is one of the most precious and magical times for a child. They often want to share with their parent/carer what has happened in the school day but they can’t do this if you are on your phone.  Thank you for your continued support over this very important matter.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 27 children from 21 families who came late to school last week on 30 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

MANY OF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY WHICH HELPS TO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE. PART OF THE SCHOOL’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN AND THE SCHOOL. IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL.

Rec Pine – 95.8%

1 Lime –  97.9%
1 Maple – 95.0%

2 Willow – 93.7%

3 Birch – 95.6%
3 Elm  95.2%

4 Aspen – 90.5%
5 Cedar – 95.2%

6 Cherry – 94.9%
6 Oak – 92/9%

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

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Theodora, Holly, Leah, Nitay, William, Morgan, Cristian and Jayden who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Denis, Savannah, Petar, Daisy, Helena, Zuhra, David, Dharun  and Sharmila. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – FOOD WASTE – This week there was 89 kgs of waste which equated to 89  grammes per child. THIS IS TOO MUCH. We will start to look in to ways of reducing our food waste with the catering staff in the next couple of weeks, so please look out for news about this important change.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4_nikLTVGU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqmGZ_6LaUw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX0X0tx0TOU

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND PLEASE STAY SAFE AND STAY WARM!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 14th January 2022 – Spring 2

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

It has been a very cold week but the children haven’t let the weather affect their efforts. Everyone has settled back in to their routines and myself and Mrs Taylor have met with teachers this week to discuss the children’s progress. The gap experienced under lockdown is slowly being narrowed and the quality of the work we have seen has been very encouraging. After school tutoring has started well but please remember even on the days that the foodbank is open, to collect your child at 4:30pm from the gate on Aycliffe Road. It is important to be on time to collect your child because they would have had a long day  and will want to go home. Please continue to support the school in all that we do.

 

 

The word of the week is – FLIZZOMS – small flakes or particles in liquid, including the floaty bits in a mug of tea after you’ve dunked too many  biscuits.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
14 Delightful Winter Poems for Kids of All Ages

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM – At the beginning of every term it is useful to remind families of their responsibility of sending children to school in the correct uniform. This includes PE kit. Please remember that all children should wear the correct school jumper with the school logo on it, a white polo shirt, grey or charcoal trousers for boys / girls and or a pinafore, warm socks and most importantly black school shoes. They should also wear non branded PE kit. I cannot stress highly enough the importance of wearing the correct school uniform, it instils pride and gives a sense of belonging. Click for further details. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/uniform/

 

 

PAINTING THE KEY STAGE 2 FENCES – SAVE THE DATE – Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? Can you spare an hour on SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY between 10am and 11am to lend a hand painting the fence panels at the back of the KS2 playground? Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be on offer so all you need to do is turn up and be willing to lend a hand. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to help give the playground environment a lift for the children.

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:45pm – 5:15pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

SMILES NOT MOBILES – I have had to speak to a number of parents and carers this week about taking calls on their mobile phones at the end of the school day. This is a gentle reminder to remember to finish your call before entering the school grounds. As a school we believe that the end of the school day is one of the most precious and magical times for a child. They often want to share with their parent/carer what has happened in the school day but they can’t do this if you are on your phone.  Thank you for your continued support over this very important matter.

 

 

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

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 14 children from 10 families who came late to school last week on 21 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

MANY OF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY WHICH HELPS TO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE. PART OF THE SCHOOL’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN AND THE SCHOOL. IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL.

Rec Pine – 91.3%

1 Lime –  98.9%
1 Maple – 95.0%

2 Willow – 92.8%

3 Birch – 97.1%
3 Elm93.8%

4 Aspen – 94.1%
5 Cedar – 97.6%

6 Cherry – 97.2%
6 Oak – 94.3%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 95.0%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93.1%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Charlotte, Mino, Runiya, Leo, Selena, Alex, Layth and Jaydon who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Frankie, Mina, Ayomide, Leah, Karen, Saffya, Lexie-May, Arian and Kayla. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – FOOD WASTE – This week there was 66 kgs of waste which equated to 77 grammes per child. THIS IS TOO MUCH. We will start to look in to ways of reducing our food waste with the catering staff in the next couple of weeks, so please look out for news about this important change.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piKfnqIxggE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRWUoDpo2fo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psd-ANb6fwk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct-WTSsSVxA

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND PLEASE KEEP SAFE AND KEEP WARM!!!