Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 23rd November 2018

The weeks are flying by and rehearsals for various Christmas productions have begun. The sound of children singing fills the air and the spirit of Christmas will soon be upon us. Please encourage your child to learn their lines and the words to the songs for their production. There are a number of “bugs” in the air at the moment and it is important that the children stay safe and well.During the cold winter months please make sure that your child comes to school in a warm coat, school sweatshirt and the correct footwear.  Whilst attendance is improving it is still an important focus for the school as we continue on our journey. It is vital that your child comes to school everyday. The number of children arriving late to school needs to improve. If you are experiencing difficulties coming to school in the morning it is very important that you make an appointment at the school office to discuss your concerns.  Thank you to everyone who has returned their slip regarding After School Club. It is proving to be very popular especially on Monday afternoons. Please make sure that you return your slips to the office as soon as possible. The school continues to work hard in providing the best education for your child and we thank you for your continued support.


The word of the week is HAPPINESS – Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness. Let’s make our school a happy and welcoming place for all.


COFFEE MORNING – The purpose of the coffee mornings is to offer parents/carers an opportunity to meet with myself and discuss any concerns or issues or indeed share any celebrations you have about the school. They are held in the new school library and run every Tuesday morning for about 20 to 25 minutes from 9am. Miss Ward and myself will speak to parents in December about the area of Special Educational Needs. Further details to follow.


FRIENDS ASSOCIATION – The Friends of Parkside and members of staff will be selling tickets to the film and popcorn night after school through next week – £3 per child. Children in the EYFS and  Key Stage 1 will watch Santa Claus the Movie whilst the children in Key Stage 2 will watch The Greatest Showman. Both films have been chosen by the School Council and are rated as Parental Guidance. If you would prefer for your child not to watch either films refunds can be given at the school office. The children will enjoy popcorn and juice whilst they watch their films and we look forward to welcoming them over the next two Fridays.


CHRISTMAS DINNER  FOR CHILDREN IN YEARS 3 4 5 +6  – If your child takes a packed lunch we would like to invite them to join the other children for Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 19th December. The cost of the dinner will be £2.40. Please speak to a member of the school office for further details. The deadline for anyone wishing to have a dinner is FRIDAY 30th NOVEMBER. Your child will be served by staff who will then join the children for lunch; a tradition that has taken place here at Parkside for number of years.


RECEPTION TOURS ADMISSIONS  2019 – 2020 – We look forward to welcoming prospective parents over the next few weeks to tour the school and to witness first hand the excellent work of our Early Years Team. To book a space on any of the tours please ring the school office on 0208 – 387 -3000. Spaces are filling up so please ring as soon as you can to avoid any disappointment. Places are limited.


BOOK FAYRE – The ever popular Scholastic Book Fayre returns to Parkside this week. Members of staff and the Friends Association will help to run the event. If you are looking to buy an early Christmas present or want to develop your child’s love of reading we look forward to welcoming you from Monday afternoon in the school hall/canteen.


RECEPTION CLASS CELEBRATE DIWALI – The children and staff enjoyed learning about and celebrating the important Hindu festival of Diwali last week. They enjoyed making and tasting their sweets whilst many experienced the sensation of having a henna tattoo inked on their hands. It was a wonderful way of celebrating the British value of mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.



ADMISSIONS  – Parkside Community Primary School is consulting on the proposed admissions arrangements for the school year 2020/21 and is seeking responses from parent/carers, schools and community groups.

The proposed changes are:

1. To amend the wording and definition of ‘Rule 2 – exceptional social and medical reasons to attend a specific school” – to include children previously looked after abroad and subsequently adopted.

The consultation on school admissions arrangements for 2020/21 opens on 19 November 2018 and closes on 6 January 2019. Any responses to the proposals need to be handed in to the school office by the 6th January 2019.


OVERALL ATTENDANCE FOR THE SCHOOL – 96.7 %. This a fantastic effort and is the best week we have had for attendance this year. Let’s keep this up!


There were 60 children who were late this week.This is very disappointing and is an increase on last week’s figure. Please make sure you ensure that your child comes to school on time everyday.



PARENT GOVERNOR – There is a vacancy on the Governing Body for a Parent Governors. If you are interested in the position please  speak with Mr Soyka for further details.



26th November 2018 26.11.18 – Reception new parents tour27.11.18 – Reception new parents tour

28.11.18 Coffee morning with Head

27.11.18 Book fayre

28.11.18 Book fayre

29.11.18 Boys football match against Kenilworth.

29.11.18 Book fayre

30.11.18 Year 4 assembly

30.11.18 Book Fayre

30.11.18 EYFS & KS1 Popcorn night



9am – 10am

3.15pm – 3.45pm

3.15pm – 3.45pm

3.30pm – 4.45pm


3.15pm – 3.45pm


3.15pm – 3.45pm




3rd December 2018 4.12.18 Coffee morning with Head5.12.18 – KS1 Dress rehearsal

5.12.18 – KS1 afternoon Performance to parents

7.12.18 KS2 Popcorn night


9am – 10am11am

2 PM


3.30pm – 5.30pm



AWARENESS EVENING – Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership (CSP) will be hosting an information evening for parents, carers and the wider community on Wednesday 28 November at Meryfields Primary School Theobald Street, Borehamwood WD6 4PA.

Refreshments (sandwiches and cakes) will be served from 5pm and the session will start at 6pm and will be finished by 9pm.
A fully supervised crèche will be available on site during the evening for younger children (those below 8 year olds).
During the evening you will hear from The St Giles Trustand Alison Cope who will talk about:
• Gangs • County lines* • Knife crime • Social media • Positive choices •
To book your place please contact Loran Kingston
on 020 8207 7801 / loran.kingston@hertsmere.gov.uk

If you haven’t already booked your ticket for this very important event please make every effort to attend. 


THE WEEKEND TUNEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNpx7CWLbCk