Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th January

A belated happy new year to you all! I would like to thank you for your kind generosity that was shown to staff at the end of last term, it was very kind. The children have settled back in to their routines very well this week and the positive energy that was prevalent at the end of last term has returned once again. We want to harness this energy to create a new mission statement for our school. Mission statements are very important to schools, they let visitors and stakeholders know of their purpose and values, so I invite all of you to complete a short questionnaire. Your answers will help to formulate the wording of our new mission statement. All members of the school community have been asked to complete the questions including the children and once we have all of the results we will begin to formulate a draft of new mission statement.

The beginning of a new term is always a good time to remind parents and carers about the importance of wearing the correct school uniform. Please make sure that your child comes to school in the correct footwear; no trainers or boots should be worn to school.Please refer to the link to make sure that your child is dressed correctly for school.

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/uniform/

 

The word of the week is – MISSION –  something that you say when you have finished doing something that you were told to do/any work that someone believes it is their duty to do.

 

CATS PROTECTION ASSEMBLY – Children from Reception and Key Stage 1 enjoyed an assembly on Wednesday morning from representatives from the Cats Protection Society. They spoke to the children about the work they do to look after cats and how we should treat them as pets. The children were fully understanding of their vision by the end of the assembly – “Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.”

 

NEW LIBRARY – The new school library is now finished and ready to be opened. We are currently organising for a poet to come into school and be a part of the official opening in the next week or two before the children start to use the new resource which we hope they will enjoy.

 

FRIENDS OF PARKSIDE TALENT SHOW – On Friday 25th January the Friends of Parkside will host a talent show for the children in The Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from 5pm through to 8pm.

The Talent Show for children in Key Stage 2 will take place on Friday 1st February from 5pm through to 8pm

Tickets will go on sale from Monday next week and are strictly limited to two per family due to Health and Safety restrictions. The school hall is only allowed to hold 160 people and under strict legislation we have to adhere to this number. Refreshments will be served during the interval and we look forward to seeing the children and staff perform. Auditions take place from Monday 14th January. GOOD LUCK CHILDREN !

    

 

READING AND SPELLING WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS / CARERS – Our next round of workshops will take place  through the Spring term and will focus on the different strategies and techniques we use to help develop and support children’s Reading and Spelling. Please make a note of the time and date of the workshop relevant for your child.

DATE YEAR GROUP TIME
Friday 25th January Year 6 9.00am
Thursday 31st January Year 5 9.00am
Thursday 7th February Year 4 9.00am
Thursday 28th February Year 3 9.00am
Thursday 7th March Year 2 9.00am
Thursday 14th March Year 1 9.00am
Thursday 21st March Reception 9.00am
Thursday 28th March Nursery 9.00am

 

DATES FOR THE NEW TERM – A list of dates will be sent out today for the new term and can be found on the school website on the Calendar section for ease of reference.

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/events-calendar/

 

TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM – Please don’t forget to get all of the latest news about the school on Twitter and Instagram at the following handle: @headparkside

 

PROSPECTIVE NURSERY TOURS – If you are interested in joining Parkside Community Primary School on the next part of the journey and want your child educated in a school where the pursuit of excellence is our mission then join us for tour for prospective parents on the following dates:

Monday 14th January @ 10am

Tuesday 12th February @ 9.30am

Wednesday 13th March @9.30am

Please ring the school Office to book an appointment on 0208 387 3000. We look forward to welcoming you.

 

ACADEMIC DATES 2019 – 20 – The dates for the academic year 2019 – 2020 have been sent out to parents this week and can be found at the following link.

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/term-dates/

 

CODING CLUB  – There are still spaces available for this exciting new club. For further information about how coding can help your child understand how to program computers in a very simple way, please contact MAMA Codes on the following contacts:

m: 07956147841
w: mama.codes
t: @MamaCodes
f: facebook.com/mama.codes

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – Congratulations to the children from  Year 2 Willow Class who had the best attendance this week with 100%

CLASS

 

% ATTENDANCE
Reception Fir

 

87.3
Reception Pine

 

89.4
Year 1 Lime

 

97.2
Year 1 Maple

 

95.8
Year 2 Alder

 

83.3
Year 2 Willow

 

100
Year 3 Birch

 

93.9
Year 3 Elm

 

96.4
Year 4 Aspen

 

85.4
Year 4 Rowan

 

92.2
Year 5 Ash

 

97.7
Year 5 Cedar

 

95.8
Year 6 Cherry

 

95.2
Year 6 Oak

 

92.0
Total 92.9
National Average 96%

There were 25 children who were late this week to school. This is a marked improvement from last term. Please ensure that your child comes to school on time everyday.

 

TUNE OF THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuEYpxoo9Pk

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

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