Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 26th February 2021 – Spring 6

We welcomed the announcement by the prime minister earlier this week that children of school age will return to school on Monday 8th March. Teachers and support staff have been busy making preparations for their return but there is much to be done in between times. Our main focus over the weeks ahead will be on a return to learning and for the children to spend time as a class rekindling friendships, spending time learning outdoors and talking about their experiences through lockdown. The children’s wellbeing and emotional development will be key to helping them to ease back in to routines and start plugging the gaps that have been created because of the pandemic. Please remain patient over the next few weeks whilst we find ‘our groove’ as a school. We will continue to communicate with you in a variety of ways about the plans we have for the future and we look forward to welcoming the children back and an enjoyable summer term.



The word of the week is – WEATHER-MOUTH –  A bright, sunny patch of sky on the horizon flanked by two dense banks of cloud is the weather-mouth. (Scots)



CHILDREN’S RETURN TO LEARNING – When school reopens on Monday 8th March it is important for the children to refamilarise themselves of the high standards we want them to uphold. They must return to school in full school uniform  which includes; the wearing of proper school shoes – no trainers or boots, acceptable hair cuts and clean uniform. If for any reason you are struggling to source school uniform please make contact with the school where we will give you as much help as we can.



DROP OFF AND COLLECTION TIMES – We will continue to open the gates on Allerton and Aycliffe from 8:30am from Monday 8th March when ALL children are expected to return to school. Gates will close at 8:55am so please make sure that you are on time. There are a number of families who struggle to bring their child to school on time on a regular basis, please make every effort to set the right example by using the breakfast club which will be open from 7:45am if you experience difficulties with routines in the morning.

Year Group Drop Off Time Gate Collection Time / Gate Gate
Nursery 8:40am Main Gate to the school on Aycliffe Road 3:15pm Main Gate to the school on Aycliffe Road
Reception 8:40am Main Gate to the school on Aycliffe Road 3:00pm Main Gate to the school on Aycliffe Road
Year 1 8:30am Double Gate on Aycliffe Road 3:05pm Year 1 Gate on Aycliffe Road
Year 2 8:30am Double Gate on Aycliffe Road 3:15pm Double Gate on Aycliffe Road
Year 3 8:30am Gate on Allerton Road 3:00pm Gate on Allerton Road
Year 4 8:30am Gate on Allerton Road 3:05pm Gate on Allerton Road
Year 5 8:30am Gate on Allerton Road 3:10pm Gate on Allerton Road
Year 6 8:30am Gate on Allerton Road 3:15pm Gate on Allerton Road




WORLD BOOK DAY  – This year we would like the children to decorate a potato with a representation of  their favourite character from their favourite book. Please send a photo of your potatoes to your child’s classteacher via email or thorugh Google Classroom no later than THURSDAY 4th MARCH at MIDDAY. Winners will be selected by a panel of staff and will be presented with a £10 book token – 1 per class. Good luck everyone. Some examples to get you thinking!


The Rainbow Fish                     The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs             The Gruffalo



ACADEMIC DATES FOR 2021 – 2022 – Please click the link to take you to next year’s academic dates:https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/term-dates/ SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.







TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XX8P9NJjqk