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


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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

Reception Fir – 90%
Reception Pine – 85.2%

1 Lime – 90%
1 Maple – 96.3%

2 Alder – 96.2%
2 Willow – 95.4%

3 Birch – 91.6%
4 Aspen – 93.4%

5 Ash – %
5 Cedar – %

6 Cherry – 98.2%
6 Oak – 97.7%

School Total for the week – 94%
School Total for the term – 94%



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