Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 23rd April 2021 – Summer 2

It’s been another fantastic week at Parkside and the children have really enjoyed their learning. Mrs Taylor and myself have met with teachers to discuss their plans about the forthcoming set of observations and the outdoor facilities are open to all classes. The weather has been lovely which has raised everyone’s spirits and we are looking forward with excitement to delivering the learning opportunities that have been planned for this term. Watch out for news about the live farm that will be visiting school very soon. Please remember there are new arrangements which come in to place from Monday 26th April regarding collection at the end of the day. If you haven’t read the letter that was sent to families yesterday, please click on the link to familiarise yourself with them – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/End-of-the-day-arrangements-1.pdf
We say goodbye to Miss Kostova today. She has worked in Key Stage 1 for the past 18 months and will be missed. Good luck Maria with your new ventures. Please keep supporting the school in all that we do and please remember that we are here to support you no matter how difficult or small your concern.



The word of the week is – SUSPIRE – to let forth a sigh, and (finally) breathe out.



A baby sardine
Saw her first submarine
She was scared and watched through a peephole.

“Oh come, come come,”
said the sardine’s mum.
It’s only a tin full of people!

S Milligan



FOOD WASTE –   I have always been struck by the large amounts of food waste that is generated in schools across the country and here at Parkside we are no different. This week we have begun to weigh the food waste the children throw away once they have finished their dinner.

On Wednesday there was –18.65 kgs  / 115 grammes per child
On Thursday there was – 17. 050 kgs108 grammes per child
On Friday there was – 14.084 kgs / 80 grammes per child

If we were to take an average of the amount of waste each child threw away this week it equates to:
303 grammes which we need to reduce very quickly. THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO THE WEIGHT OF A CAN OF SOUP.  Mrs Taylor is currently working with the school council to understand why the children are throwing away so much food and I am working with Vicky our chef to see what changes can be made to the menu. The food waste will be recorded every day and shared with the children and parents/carers every week. Please speak to your child about this very important part of their education and ask them to share their thoughts with their class teacher.






ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 25 occasions this week where children came late to school from 13 families. Thank you to everyone who dropped their child to school on time this week.

Rec Pine – 93.3%
Rec Fir – 97.5%

1 Lime – 97.3%
1 Maple – 91.3%

2 Alder – 97.4%
2 Willow – 93.7%

3 Birch – 96.7%
4 Aspen – 92.7%

5 Ash – 97.3%
5 Cedar – 95.0%

6 Cherry –95.7%
6 Oak – 97.6%




PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Sibella, Jayden, Shannon, Alfie, Bentleigh, Danny-James, Scarlett, Finley, Olivia, Faith, Adem and Theo who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for displaying such a positive attitude.



DATES FOR THE DIARY – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Diary-Dates-for-parents-Summer-2021.pdf



TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxKjOOR9sPU