Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 7th January 2022 – Spring 1

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

A happy new year to you all. I hope that you all had a happy and peaceful Christmas. The children returned on Thursday and it was lovely to see them all. A few new starters joined the our Nursery this week and we welcome those children and their families to the Parkside community. The cold weather has arrived and I cannot stress highly enough the importance of sending your child in to school with a school sweatshirt and a warm coat.  Please, please, please can you make sure that you put your child’s name on their belongings. The ever growing mountain of lost property continues to reach new heights on a weekly basis and there are many children who have unclaimed items of uniform sitting in the lost property bin outside my office. If you have lost an item of uniform you might just find it in in the lost property bin. Please come and look and don’t forget to check the school calendar for this term’s dates. Thank you.

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATED GUIDANCE – The pandemic is still with us and the latest guidance can be found by clicking on the link. Please spend some time reading it carefully and take note of the parts that apply to your family. Thank you.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person#contacts-who-are-required-to-self-isolate

 

 

The word of the week is – QUIDDLING –  18th century speak for paying extra attention to trivial matters as a way of avoiding the important ones.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
January

 

 

RECEPTION ADMISSIONS – The last day to apply for a place for Reception class 2022/23 is FRIDAY 15th JANUARY. DON’T FORGET!!

 

 

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.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoBzpdm_h0c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_yI7OpjQsY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN_CaSgK6GU

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND STAY WARM AND STAY WELL!!

 

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 17th December 2021 – Autumn 15

And so we come to the end of another year, the like of which we have never seen before. I would like to thank you for your understanding regarding the earlier than expected closure of the school today. Decisions of this nature are never taken lightly and are done in conjunction with the senior leaders and governing body. We must continue to do everything we can to mitigate for the spread of the disease especially since there has been a rapid spread of the Omicron variant in recent days. It was wonderful to see the children sing and act this week as they took to the stage to perform their Christmas productions. I was incredibly proud of each and everyone of them. Thank you children. All that is left for me to say is to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thank you for your continued support, your incredible generosity and understanding over the past 12 months. We have been through a lot of highs and lows but we can safely say that there has not been another year quite like it in living memory. You are a wonderful community and I am very proud to be the headteacher of such a wonderful school.

 

SCHOOL RECOMMENCES ON THURSDAY 6th JANUARY 2022 FOR ALL CHILDREN

 

 

The words of the week are – CAUSISTRY – the use of clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions

BOUN –  to decorate with evergreen branches during the Christmas period

CRAWMASSING – when gathering up or going through the remnants of a Christmas meal—in other words, all those little bits of leftovers that most people would discard

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem (PDF, Printable)

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK  LOTS OF CHRISTMAS CHEER!

 

 

GOODBYE MRS CONLEY – We say goodbye to Mrs Conley today after two years of service at Parkside. She takes up a new post as Assistant Headteacher and SENCO at a group of federated schools in Barnet. Her hard work, dedication and support of the children and their families will be sorely missed. Good luck Fran and stay in touch!

 

 

ANIMATED CHRISTMAS CARD – If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to watch the animated Christmas card which you can access by clicking the link: https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/

 

 

PFA CAKE SALE – Thank you to everyone who donated a cake or bought one at last week’s cake sale. The sum of £100 was raised in a very short space of time and the proceeds will go to buying resources for the children.

 

 

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 22nd DECEMBER FROM 12:00pm through to 3:00pm and 29th DECEMBER from 3:15pm – 4:30pm ONLYPLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 17 children from 14 families who came late to school last week on 26 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week, it is so important.

A large number of children who turn up late to school do so every week on a regular basis and are from the same families. If you need help with organising your time in the mornings we are here to help. Please speak to Mrs Mattholie for further advice and support.

 

Rec Pine – 95.2%

1 Lime –  88.9%
1 Maple – 88.3%

2 Willow – 88.1%

3 Birch – 95.3%
3 Elm90.7%

4 Aspen – 92.0%
5 Cedar – 94.4%

6 Cherry – 95.8%
6 Oak – 93.3%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 91.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

TUNES FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8V5rwkJ27c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k–OB_FQcIs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrcPJ75zZso
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBLbqHThbrc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NuJ3541Rzs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkbgtp-THag

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR. SEE YOU ALL AGAIN ON THURSDAY 6th JANUARY 2022!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 10th December – Autumn 14

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

 

Christmas has well and truly arrived. The Key Stage 1 Christmas performances took place this week and the children gave two wonderful performances. Thank you to everyone who attended and observed the guidelines we have in place at the school that keep everyone safe. Our Christmas events continue next week with the Nursery, Reception and Year 3/4 performances. Further details below. Thank you to those who donated a cake in support of this afternoon’s cake sale. It was lovely to see many of you enjoying a warm drink and a cake on a cold afternoon. All proceeds will be banked by the PFA to buy resources for the children. With the rise of Omicron cases across the country and the introduction of Plan B by the government we must remain vigilant in our fight against the spread of the disease. During the cold winter months please make sure that your child wears a school jumper and a warm coat. All items of uniform must be clearly labelled. Thank you.

 

 

The word of the week is – CIRCUMBENDIUS – an answer or argument so convoluted and evasive that it really isn’t really an answer.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK 

 

 

 

THE BIG TOY GIVE AWAY – The good folk at the WD6 Foodbank are hosting a big toy giveaway on  WEDNESDAY 15th DECEMBER – 11:00am –  5:00pm – ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH BROOK ROAD WD6 5EQ. Please click for further details.
Toy Giveaway Poster (1)

 

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

 

 

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/

 

 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME OF EVENTS – Many of you have asked me about the arrangements for your child’s Christmas performance, please make a note of the times and dates as set out below.

YEAR GROUP DATES TIME
 

Nursery

 

 

Wednesday 15th December

 

9:30am

 

Reception

 

 

Thursday 16th December

 

9:30am

 

Year 3 Families

 

 

Monday 13th December

 

2:30pm

 

Year 4 Families

 

 

Tuesday 14th December

 

2:30pm

 

Year 3 / 4

 

 

Wednesday 15th December at Tesco’s Borehamwood

 

 

10:00am

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU WEAR A FACE COVERING THROUGHOUT THE TIME YOU ARE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING UNLESS YOU ARE EXEMPT AND SANITISE YOUR HANDS AS YOU ENTER THE BUILDING AND AGAIN AS YOU LEAVE.

 

 

DRUMMING WORKSHOP – The children of Key Stage 2 took part in a series of drumming and percussion workshops led by Jack Morris of Logan Bros Music on Tuesday. The children learnt about the importance of keeping time, playing as a collective and how rhythm affects the structure of a piece of music. They were challenged in their learning and learnt a great deal from the lessons. Thanks Jack for leading such a great set of lessons.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 22 children from 15 families who came late to school last week on 43 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week, it is so important.

A large number of children who turn up late to school do so every week on a regular basis and are from the same families. If you need help with organising your time in the mornings we are here to help. Please speak to Mrs Mattholie for further advice and support.

 

Rec Pine – 87.8%

1 Lime –  83.9%
1 Maple – 79.1%

2 Willow – 89.7%

3 Birch – 92.4%
3 Elm 87.7%

4 Aspen – 90.1%
5 Cedar – 92.3%

6 Cherry – 82.9%
6 Oak – 92.1%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 90.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

FOOD WASTE – FOOD WASTE – This week there was 71.8 kgs of waste which equated to 104  grammes per child. THIS IS TOO MUCH. After Christmas we will look at the school’s menu to review the dishes that are served to the children and identify which ones create the most waste. Once we have done this (in conjunction with the kitchen staff) we should to see a reduction in food that is thrown away.

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Flori, Ellie, Patrick, Paul, Johnny, Vinnie, Denilson, Lara and Summer 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 – Leah, Damien, Ellie, Zakaria, Oscar, Donia, Elisa, K’Asia and Lillie. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

THE WEEKEND TUNES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-mpbR8stAc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Ejg74E7e8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccW_YiZJ1pA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdesQc_Mz2Y

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND,  STAY WARM AND STAY WELL!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 3rd December 2021 – Autumn 13

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

With just two and a half weeks left until the end of term we can begin to think of Christmas. The last week of rehearsals have begun and the final productions will be performed for parents / carers in the week commencing 6th December. Tickets for this year’s performances are limited due to current COVID -19 guidelines and teachers have sent, or will send out,  details in the next few few days about how the performances will run. The school Christmas tree has arrived and over the next few days we ask that the children bring in any decorations to hang on the tree. Class parties will also take place in the week commencing 13th December and we ask that parents/carers make a £2 contribution towards costs. Whilst we know that Christmas this year will be similar to last year we are doing everything we can to help the children enjoy the festive season. Thank you for your continued support.

PLEASE HELP TO DECORATE OUR TREE

 

 

The word of the week is – SMELLFUNGUS – an habitual grumbler who will find fault in anything and everything.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES – Please make a note of the following times and dates for this year’s Christmas performances:

YEAR GROUP DATES TIMES
Nursery Wednesday 15th December 9:30am
Reception Thursday 16th December 9:30am
Year 1 Tuesday 7th December 9:15am
Year 2 Wednesday 8th December 2:00pm
Year 3 Monday 13th December 2:30pm
Year 4 Tuesday 14th December 2:30pm

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU WEAR A FACE COVERING THROUGHOUT THE TIME YOU ARE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING UNLESS YOU ARE EXEMPT AND SANITISE YOUR HANDS AS YOU ENTER THE BUILDING AND AGAIN AS YOU LEAVE.

 

 

CAKE SALE – FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER – 3:15pm IN THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND – This is the next event on the PFA’s calendar and is always popular with children and families. All they ask is that you send your child in to school next THURSDAY AND FRIDAY with a cake. All proceeds will be used to buy resources for the children. We look forward to receiving your offerings and thank you in advance for your continued support.
ALL CAKES – 20 pence ALL DRINKS – 50 pence

 

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

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 24 children from 17 families who came late to school last week on 39 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 – 92.6%

1 Lime –  93.9%
1 Maple – 82.9%

2 Willow – 93.3%

3 Birch – 94.7%
3 Elm96.1%

4 Aspen – 90.8%
5 Cedar – 94.8%

6 Cherry – 92.3%
6 Oak – 86.6%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 90.7%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Elisha, Jack, Stefan, Amelia, Daisy, Charlie, Louie, David and Abena 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 – Mohamed, Luke, Alicja, Triya, Louie, Zuhra, Harshil, Charlie and Melissa. 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 69 kgs of waste which equated to 96  grammes per child. THIS IS TOO MUCH. After Christmas we will look at the school’s menu to review the dishes that are served to the children and identify which ones create the most waste. Once we have done this (in conjunction with the kitchen staff) we should to see a reduction in food that is thrown away.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP38wbJ_J7E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vel5wqOURMo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFwv1HZR1so
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avv2IIdDnnk

 

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND STAY WARM!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 26th November 2021 – Autumn 12

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

It is always a pleasure to welcome the school’s improvement partner to school. This morning she spent the morning reviewing the standards in Art across the school and was highly complimentary about the quality of teaching and learning she observed. The children produced some outstanding pieces of work and the teachers and support staff were very proud of their achievements. It is testament to the way the school continues to move forward in the pursuit of excellence. The children had great fun watching the films of their choice in support of the Parents and Friends Association and over £400 was raised; a tremendous amount. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for this event.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD COMES TO SCHOOL IN FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM INCLUDING A COAT IN THE WINTER MONTHS. ALL SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOULD BE CLEARLY LABELLED. 

 

 

The word of the week is – STRUTHIOUS – resembling an ostrich; avoiding reality of pretending it doesn’t exist.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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/

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Frankie, Lutfi, Alfie, Kenzie, Halle, Lavinia, Haiyder and Nasri who were this week’s Parkside Flyers. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – This week there was 57.7 kgs of waste which equated to 99.6 grammes per child. We need to look at the amount of waste the children are throwing away very closely but we can’ do it without your help. Please spend some time talking to your child about the choices they make about their dinner.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYPdfr5M8eI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrPVSz3bBq4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDOETShicDQ

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND STAY WARM!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 19th November 2021 – Autumn 11

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

 

This week has been Anti – Bullying week across the nation. The children have learnt about the power how one kind word can have on a person’s situation. Safeguarding workshops, assemblies led by the NSPCC and a visit from Flip Theatre helped the children to see this in action. The school works hard to eradicate any form of bullying and will continue to do so. We encourage anyone to speak out against all forms of bullying and to report it as soon as it comes to light. As parents and carers you are very good at letting us know when your child has experienced any bullying and I hope that you see how hard we work as a school to make sure it is investigated and addressed properly. If for any reason you feel your child has experienced any form of bullying please report it immediately to their class teacher. Thank you for your support with this very important matter.

 

 

The word of the week is –  QUOCKERWODGER – a toy puppet; one whose strings are pulled entirely by someone else.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

 

 

POPCORN NIGHT – Ticket sales are going well and the children have decided what films they want watch. Members of the PFA will continue to sell tickets afters school right through until next Thursday at a cost of £3. Please make every effort to attend.
Year 5 and 6 – Home Alone (The Original)
Year 3 and 4 – The Christmas Chronicles 1
Year 1 and 2 – Luca
Nursery and Reception – Happy Feet

 

 

VISIT TO THE MEAD CARE HOME – Earlier in the week members of the school council paid a visit to the residents of the Mead Care Home. They took with them the wonderful donations from this year’s Harvest Festival. As you can see by the look on the residents’ faces they were delighted with them. Thank you once again for your generosity and support.

 

 

BOYS’ FOOTBALL TEAM VICTORY OVER ST TERESA’S

On Thursday evening the boys’ football team played their first competitive match in over 18 months. It was a pulsating game which saw 12 goals scored and the boys run out 8 – 4 winners. It was their first victory in over 12 years against St Teresa’s so very well done to them. Thank you to Borehamwood FC for hosting the game and to Mr Wanless and other members of staff who supported 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

 

 

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/

 

 

CHILDREN IN NEED –  ODD SOCK DAY – It was lovely to see so many children taking the opportunity of wearing odd socks today in support of Children in Need . Here are some of them and their odd socks!!

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 17 children from 13  families who came late to school last week on 29 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

Rec Pine – 83.1%

1 Lime –  88.9%
1 Maple – 90.7%

2 Willow – 95.4%

3 Birch – 95.6%
3 Elm94.8%

4 Aspen – 98.1%
5 Cedar – 96.2%

6 Cherry – 95.8%
6 Oak – 97.6%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93.62%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

COME ON CHILDREN IN RECEPTION AND YEAR 1 YOU CAN REALLY HELP OUR ATTENDANCE BY COMING IN TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY. 

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Magdiel, Lutfi, Thomas, Oscar, Iulia, Desara, Ela and Abena 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.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers –  Marvin, Eliana, Taylor, Deyan, Anastasia, Cole, Lavinia, Jack and Sharmila. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUIU9D7iQFc
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+frank+and+walters+after+all
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr-9ae30dsw

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 12th November 2021 – Autumn 10

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

After  relatively quiet week which was punctuated by today’s dress to impress event, our attention turns to this weekend’s Remembrance Day services. The school observed yesterday’s two minutes silence and many children have bought a poppy, slap band, pencil or a school bag reflector to support the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal. Thank you for your support. Tickets go on sale on Monday for the PFA’s next event, the very popular FILM NIGHT. Tickets costs £3 and will be on sale after school from Monday 15th in the school playground. Children will choose a film to watch and eat freshly made popcorn washed down by a cup of juice. We look forward to putting on this lovely little event and selling lots of tickets.

 

 

The word of the week is – FLARNECKING – vulgar flaunting and shameless ostentation.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

MIDDAY SUPERVISORY ASSISTANT VACANY – We are looking to appoint a midday supervisory assistant as soon as possible. Are you interested in working in schools and supporting children’s learning through play? Are you available for an immediate start? Can you work 5 days a week?  If you would like more information about the position please make an appointment to speak to a member of the school office for further details.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN WORK

 

 

VISIT FROM PIERRE HENRY-FONTAINE – Sports for Champions ambassador Pierre Henry Fontaine paid us a visit on Wednesday morning. Pierre had a promising career ahead of him until tragedy struck. He says –
“My greatest achievement has to be when I ruptured my Achilles tendon twice in the space of two years. It ended up being a career ending experience but I decided to transfer my skill set into helping people by becoming an athlete and youth mentor which is a job that fills me with great pride.”
The children enjoyed their sessions with Pierre and really worked hard to improve their fitness through the day. A special mention to Skye who raised over £80 for the charity; a tremendous achievement. It was a really inspirational visit. Thank you Pierre.

 

 

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

 

 

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 17 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 29 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

Rec Pine – 90%

1 Lime –  91.1%
1 Maple – 94.4%

2 Willow – 92.5%

3 Birch – 95.9%
3 Elm95.1%

4 Aspen – 89.9%
5 Cedar – 98.7%

6 Cherry – 97.2%
6 Oak – 95.5%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93.9%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Zala, Ayomide, Daisy, Anastasia, Miriam, Brody, Samuel and Bella 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 – Flori, Delilah, Amelia, Aayat, Sofia, Zakai, Sorin and Harry . Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTEFOOD WASTE – This week there was 87.5 kgs of waste which equated to 117.6 grammes per child. THIS IS TOO MUCH. We need to look at the amount of waste the children are throwing away very closely but we can’ do it without your help. Please spend some time talking to your child about the choices they make about their dinner.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDyip7SIJkQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii0Q1FMwbg0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqCPRGnrBqQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av2QiZUi3NY

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 5th November 2021 – Autumn 9

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

 

After a very long wait the day eventually came and it didn’t disappoint. The quality of the firework display was spectacular and judging by the number of people who came to the event I think we can declare it a great success. It was lovely to see the the whole school community being represented and for everyone to be back together again after such a long time was a joy. I cannot thank everyone enough. There were so many people who helped to make the event run smoothly; staff, governors, partners of members of staff, children and their families but most of all the Parents and Friends Association of Parkside. We have already rebooked for next year! On a separate note please can you make sure that your child comes to school in a warm coat WITH THEIR NAME EASILY IDENTIFIABLE during the cold autumn and winter months.

 

 

COVID 19 UPDATE – PLEASE READ THE LETTER THAT WAS SENT EARLIER IN THE WEEK CAREFULLY. STAFF WILL WEAR FACE COVERINGS IN COMMUNAL AREAS UNTIL THE END OF TERM. CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Letter-to-parents-and-carers_COVID19AdditionalMeasures_final-1.pdf

 

 

The word of the week is – MALVERSATION –  the corrupt administration of power.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

PICTURES FROM THE FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA

 

 

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

 

 

AMAZON SHOPPING – Whenever you shop at Amazon go to smile.amazon.co.uk  instead of Amazon will donate 0.5% of the value of any qualifying purchase you make to the Parents and Friends of Parkside! There is no additional cost to you and your Amazon shopping experience is exactly the same. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/chpf/homepage?q=1186025

 

 

DRESS TO IMPRESS – WHEN? Friday 12th November WHY? To raise funds for the Parents and Friends Association HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? £1 per child.
We are asking everyone (staff included) to come to school on Friday 12th November in an outfit that will impress not matter how wacky or dapper. Please make every effort to send your child in to school in their outfit and with their money! We look forward to welcoming the children in their outfits.

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were  14 children from 11 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.

Rec Pine – 92.6%

1 Lime –  91.6%
1 Maple – 93.8%

2 Willow – 95.2%

3 Birch – 99.4%
3 Elm90.5%

4 Aspen – 90.4%
5 Cedar – 95.3%

6 Cherry – 93.9%
6 Oak – 93.4%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93.7%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Gabriel, Eldon, Jaliyah, Wesley, Amira, Amelia and Faye 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 –  Button, Ediz, Nihad, Harley, Alexi, Katerina, Anita, Cristian and Bella. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – This week there was 63.6 kgs of waste which equated to 89.3 grammes per child. We need to look at the amount of waste the children are throwing away very closely but we can’ do it without your help. Please spend some time talking to your child about the choices they make about their dinner.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tlOO02vXSQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvI3voBGaH8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APiiNdgcqCs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ahvctVWv18

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 22nd October 2021 – Autumn 8

THERE HAS BEEN 1 RECORDED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS THIS WEEK AT SCHOOL  

When we return after half term the clocks will have gone back by an hour and the days grow shorter by the week, but we don’t let the natural passing of time stand in the way of progress. The second half of the Michalemas (autumn) term is one full of promise and often where children make good progress. That being said this week has also been full of excitement, opportunities to develop and embed learning and the celebration of Harvest. We hope that you all have a good rest over half term and return to school on MONDAY NOVEMBER 1st refreshed and ready to welcome the new term.

 

 

The word of the week is – SUSPIRE – to breathe out with a sigh

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA –  Well over 200 tickets have been sold for this wonderful event. They will still be on sale right through to the evening of Wednesday 3rd. Click on the link for further details. Please make every effort to attend this excellent event. ALL TICKETS £4.

FIREWORKS POSTER

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

 

HARVEST ASSEMBLY – We were treated to a wonderful Harvest Assembly this morning. Every class performed a poem, rap or sung a song associated with harvest. The children were absolutely brilliant. Thank you to the staff for preparing them for a wonderful assembly and to everyone who donated much needed toiletries for the residents of the Mead Care Home.

 

 

LIBRARY PLAQUE UNVEILED IN MEMORY OF MAIREAD BOUCHERAT – After a delay of nearly 18 months we were able to unveil the plaque which commemorated the life of Mairead Boucherat a former member of the HfL Special Needs Team who worked at Parkside. We were joined by her former husband and son for the occasion and members of the School Council were also in attendance. Mairead and Marc paid for the building which is now our school library and to have such a wonderful resource available to develop the children’s love of learning is a real gift. We will be able to remember Mairead’s legacy for many years to come and thank her and Marc for their incredible generosity.

 

 

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

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 13 children from 10 families who came late to school last week on 23 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

Rec Pine – 89.4%

1 Lime –  95.5%
1 Maple – 96.7%

2 Willow – 91.1%

3 Birch – 95.5%
3 Elm96%

4 Aspen – 92.1%
5 Cedar – 96.1%

6 Cherry – 91.1%
6 Oak – 92.7%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93.4%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Leah, Ellie, Runiya, Leonardo, Harvey, Katarina, Tyler, Sorin, and Melisa 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 –   and Magdiel, Riyaad, Lily, Eshaal, Karen, Bentleigh, Loreta, Maya and Lillie. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – This week there was 46.2 kgs of waste which equated to  68.1 grammes per child. We need to look at the amount of waste the children are throwing away very closely but we can’ do it without your help. Please spend some time talking to your child about the choices they make about their dinner.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLkXMYgBIAA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r88uPqTz_k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRL6ebkVwr4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ1muUsO8Xc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR782qub7No
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6hrUwsDBE4

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL HALF TERM HOLIDAY AND SEE YOU ALL ON MONDAY 1st NOVEMBER

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 8th October 2021 – Autumn 6

It has been a relatively busy week in terms of teaching and learning; Mrs Taylor and myself carried out a learning walk on Wednesday morning and lesson studies/observations have begun. Standards remain high despite the many challenges the children and staff have had to face over the past 18 months. One area we will look to improve over the weeks ahead is the children’s exposure and acquisition of vocabulary and the quality of their handwriting. Ticket sales for next month’s Firework Extravaganza are going well. Members of the Parents and Friends of Parkside will continue to sell tickets after school on the playground for the next two and half weeks. All tickets are priced at £4 per person. Please make every effort to buy a ticket and to bring along friends and family.

 

 

The word of the week is – MELORISM – the belief that the world can be made a better place through compromise and concerted human effort.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

Gathering Leaves
by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for colour.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

 

 

PARENTS/CARERS CONCERNS – If you feel that you have a concern about your child please can you follow the guidance set out below:
1. In the first instance speak to your child’s classteacher either via email or through an appointment. This can be done through the school office.

2. If you still wish to speak to a senior member of staff please make an appointment to speak the following member of staff:
Miss Chandler if your child is in the Nursery or Reception class
Mrs Weinstein if your child is in Year 1 or Year 2
Miss Wood if your child is in Years 3 4 5 and 6

3. Mrs Taylor and myself will speak to parents if it is necessary, once you have gone through the previous channels of communication first.

Often, I am challenged in an aggressive manner about incidents I have no knowledge of because I trust teachers to do their job and to deal with incidents according to the school’s behaviour policy. Please remember to follow the guidance in order to keep everyone safe and to support the school in all that we do.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK 

 

 

FIREWORK NIGHT – WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Two years ago we held out first ever firework night. It was a tremendous success, something we want to build on. Members of the PFA will sell tickets every night after school for the next month and will cost a flat rate of £4. We will also be selling hotdogs, tea and coffee along with fibre optic wands and flashing wand sticks on the night. Please make every effort to attend this fantastic event.

 

 

CATS PROTECTION ASSEMBLY –  Representatives from the Cats Protection paid a visit on Wednesday morning and spoke to the children in Years 1 and 2. They enjoyed learning about how to look after a cat and what the Cats Protection Charity is all about.

 

 

WELCOME TO MARLEY OUR NEWEST MEMBER OF STAFF

Anna and Marley made their first visit to school on Thursday and listened to a number of children read in the school library. It is well known amongst educational researchers that reading aloud to dogs can increase a child’s confidence and help them to develop greater concentration – something we want for all of our children. Marley will be with us on a long term basis and we look forward to getting to know her and Anna over the months and years ahead.

 

 

 

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

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There werechildren from 9 families who came late to school last week on 12 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

Rec Pine – 86.7%

1 Lime – 97.8%
1 Maple – 96.3%

2 Willow – 94.4%

3 Birch – 86.9%
3 Elm93.8%

4 Aspen – 91.3%%
5 Cedar – 81.9%

6 Cherry – 100%
6 Oak – 99.6%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 93%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 94.2%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Charlotte, Eliana, Lincoln, Lexi, Halle, Scarlett and Holly 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 –  Jonathan, Roman, Ayomide, Runiya, Deyan, Reyansh, Abdifatah and Ela. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE –  This week we had to throw away 61.5kgs of waste which equated to  101 grammes per child. THIS IS THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF FOOD WE HAVE THROWN AWAY THIS TERM. We need to look at the amount of waste the children are throwing away very closely but we can’ do it without your help. Please spend some time talking to your child about the choices they make about their dinner.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClI_kiXfTmI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs_0z3DaIC4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKTIop7muAY

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!