Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 1st March 2019

I don’t think I can remember a start to a new half term which has been as busy as this one. There have been workshops, two discos, the final round of parent/carer teacher meetings, governors’ committee meetings, visits from county advisers, football competitions, and establishing a working partnership with Metro Bank!! But the wheels of education never stop turning. We are very excited about reshaping certain areas of the curriculum in the months ahead in preparation for the introduction of the new Ofsted framework. Initial plans are well under way and  further updates will be given as plans develop. Don’t forget to buy your ticket for the forthcoming Quiz Night on Friday 15th March on School Gateway. It promises to be a night of fun and lots of eating! The children continue to work hard and the pleasure we see as a staff in watching them develop and make progress is a daily privilege. Please remember that school uniform continues to be a priority across the school. This includes haircuts and correct footwear. Please ensure your child has a sensible haircut and wears the correct shoes to school – not trainers. Thank you for your support with this important issue.


The word of the week is : SERENITY – the state of being calm peaceful and untroubled. After a very busy week we are all looking forward to a little moment of serenity this weekend! Where do you find the opportunities for moments like this in your life?


DISCOS – Marky Mark was amazing, the children danced all night long , the staff had a great time and the Friends of Parkside were fantastic. The boys from KS2, led by Mr Soyka, won the dance off against the girls and everyone went home with huge smiles on their faces. The discos were a resounding success and raised £410 for the children. Thank you to everyone who came along bought a ticket, danced, ate popcorn and had a great time!


FOOTBALL COMPETITION AND WINS FOR THE GIRLS’ TEAM – Both our Boys and Girls teams were in action this week and tasted varying degrees of success. The boys were invited to take part in the National League Trust’s  competition which was organised by Borehamwood FC and played against some very strong academy sides. They enjoyed the experience and take their understanding in to future games. Well tried boys and thank you for representing our school.

The girls had a resounding success against Monksmead on Wednesday evening and went on to win 2-1. They played some fantastic football and deserved their victory. It was a great team performance and the result bodes well for the future. Keep going girls!!


QUIZ NIGHT – Our next Friends of Parkside event takes place on FRIDAY 15th MARCH. Doors open 6pm ready to start at 6:30pm. SAVE THE DATE!! It is a new event for the school, one which we hope will be well attended and is just for adults. Tickets are on sale on School Gateway priced at £3. Why not make a team with friends and family and be in with a chance of winning the Friends of Parkside Quiz Shield? The event promises to be a lot of fun with a little serious quizzing and a lot of eating!! It would be great to see many of you at the event to support the school.


NSPCC WORKSHOP – These excellent workshops were delivered in Year 5. The purpose of the visit is to encourage the children to SPEAK OUT & STAY SAFE from all kinds of harm.

“Speak out Stay safe is a session available to all primary schools in the UK. It aims to equip a generation of children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline.” from the NSPCC Website. 

The representatives from the National Society were very impressed by the children’s understanding and knowledge about this very important subject. Further information about the sessions can be found by clicking the link below.



ATTENDANCE – Congratulations to the children from Year 2 Alder who had 100% attendance!! Congratulations children.



Reception Fir


Reception Pine


Year 1 Lime


Year 1 Maple


Year 2 Alder


Year 2 Willow


Year 3 Birch


Year 3 Elm


Year 4 Aspen


Year 4 Rowan


Year 5 Ash


Year 5 Cedar


Year 6 Cherry


Year 6 Oak


Total 96.3
National Average 96%

This has been one of the best weeks for attendance this year. Let’s keep this going!


PUNCTUALITY – There were 39 times children arrived late to school this week. This was a little disappointing considering our attendance was in line with National Averages. Keep working hard at getting to school on time children and families.


WEEKEND TUNES – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kijpcUv-b8M




Week Beginning4th March 2019 ·4.3.19 Words in the Wood project begins All week
·6.3.19 Year 5 trip to London Zoo (Rainforest experience) All day
·7.3.19 Quantum theatre grammar show AM
·7.3.19 World Book day All day
·7.3.19 Year 2 reading and spelling workshops. 9am-10.15am
Week Beginning11th March 2019 ·13.3.19 New parents nursery visit 9.30am- 10.30am
·13.3.19 Choir performance 3.45pm – 4.45pm
·14.3.19 Year 1 reading and spelling workshops 9am-10.15am
·15.3.19 Comic Relief Day (wear red) All day
·15.3.19 Quiz night PFA
Week Beginning18th March 2019 ·18.3.19 Girls football match against Clore Shalom 3.45pm – 4.45pm
·19.3.19 New parents nursery visit 9.30am – 10.30am
·20.3.19  Attendance surgery 2.30pm
·21.3.19 Reception reading and spelling workshops 9am-10.15am
Week Beginning25th March 2019 ·26.3.19 Full Governors meeting 6.00pm – 8.00pm
·29.3.19 Bring Mum to school day TBC
Week Beginning1st April 2019 ·2.4.19 PE INSET for staff 3.30pm  – 5pm
·5.4.19 Last day of term SCHOOL CLOSES 1.30PM