Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 24th May 2019

The warm weather has returned as we head in to the half term break and the children have had great fun using the meadow and the field this week. The preparations for the summer fair are taking shape very quickly. We really need your help on the day to make it a great success. Please remember to send in you reply slips to let the school know if you would like a pitch for the table top sale, prepare food for the school to buy from you or if you are able to help run a stall on the day. If we build it you will come, but we can’t do it without you!


Word of the week – BEDWARD – Exactly as it sounds, bedward means heading for bed. Who doesn’t like heading bedward after a hard day?


UNIFORM – This very important aspect of school life is so important when instilling the right values we want here at Parkside. Children should come to school in a clean uniform and the CORRECT shoes. Many children wear trainers to school, often brightly coloured. It is so disappointing to see children wearing the wrong foot wear to school when we are working incredibly hard to create an environment for the children to reach their full potential. It can be very challenging when we don’t pull together as a community to get things right. Please support the school with this key aspect of school life. If for any reason you are unable to provide your child with the necessary uniform please do come and speak to me. Thank you.


PUNCTUALITY AND LATENESS – There were 33 children who came late to school this week. If you are struggling to bring your child in to school on time please do speak with Mrs Toms our Pastoral Support Lead who can offer you advice about how to address this very important issue.


Congratulations to the children of Year 1 Lime Class who had 100% attendance this week.


 Many of you bring your children to school every day and are supportive of the school. Attendance, like uniform, is an incredibly important aspect of school life. If children aren’t at school they simply can not learn. A child who has an attendance rate of less than 90% is considered a persistent absentee which has a dramatic effect on their progress. As parents and carers and the first educators of your child, it is an important responsibility for you to ensure that your child comes to school every day. I can not stress the significance of this enough.  



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 92.2
National Average 96%


PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Leo, Sofia, Denilson, Maya, Abena, Luke, Theo, Kyla, Antosia and Lily who were this week’s flyers. These children often go unrecognised for doing the right thing. They understand the school’s virtues of Respect Belief and Achievement. Thank you children.


HOT CHOCOLATE FRIDAY– Leah, Daisy, Joel, Kyle, K’Asia, Viviana, Charlie and Alex all enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate this week with Mr Soyka to celebrate their wonderful achievements. I had a very interesting discussion with them about how they would like to see school improve. Watch this space! More history lessons so that they could learn more about and from the past and extra reading sessions!





Monday 3rd June SCHOOL CLOSED – Inset Day
Tuesday 4th June Children return to school
Thursday 5th June PFA Meeting 3.30pm in the Nursery
Tuesday 11th June Representatives in to school from Hertswood Academy to speak to Year 6 parents and carers 9.00am
Thursday 13th June Meeting for new Nursery Parents and Carers – 1.00pm – 2.00pm

and Reception Parents and Carers –

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Friday 14th June Bring Dad to School day
Saturday 15th June Borehamwood Community Civic Parade
Tuesday 18th June Governors’ Education Committee Meeting
Thursday 20th June Foundation Stage Sports Day
Friday 21st June KS1 + KS2 Sports Day
Saturday 22nd June Summer Fair 12.00pm – 3.00pm


POPCORN NIGHT AND BOOK FAIR – A huge congratulations must be given to the Friends of Parkside who have helped to raise a magnificent sum of £476 last week. They helped to run the book fair and two very successful popcorn nights for the children. It’s events like these which bring us together as a community and help to share the message that we want for our school of Respect Belief and Achievement.









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