Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 29th March 2019

The promise of good weather certainly held and the sun has begun to shine. After what seems like a long winter, we spring forward on Sunday with only one week to go until the end of term. The local fire brigade paid a visit to school on Thursday to put out burning houses, Year 5 paid a visit to Metro Bank to complete their project about money and the boys’ football team were in action against St Teresa’s on Friday evening. We also welcomed mums, aunts, nannies and other female family members to school on Wednesday and Friday to celebrate mother’s day. We hope that you enjoyed the time you spent with the children and placed your daffodil in a vase as a reminder of the day. As we move in to the last week of term, please remember to send your child to school in the correct uniform. The importance of wearing the correct uniform is essential in helping to maintain standards. Thank you for your continued support as we continue to build a community where everyone is valued.

The word of the week is – VERNAL – of, in, or appropriate to spring. The children are full of vernal energy as the days grow longer; long may it continue.

 

BRING MUM TO SCHOOL – It was lovely to see so many mums, nannies, aunts and other family members on Wednesday and Friday morning. We hope that you enjoyed making your cookies, pasta necklaces, origami pets, posters and most importantly spending time with your child. Have a wonderful mother’s day.

 

 

FIRE BRIGADE PUT OUT BURNING HOUSES! – Year 2 had a rather warm morning on Wednesday and wrote to me with the following about the visit:

We told the firemen facts that we knew about the Great Fire of London and they told us how the fire service is very different today.  They dressed Miss Oakley up in their fire kit and explained why it is important.  They told us what we should do if we ever found a fire and the importance of not making hoax calls.  Then we went outside and arranged the Tudor houses we made for homework in a street and they set fire to them.  It was fun watching the fire spread up the row of houses.

The visit was a very exciting way of developing the children’s learning and helped them to embed their knowledge about the Great Fire of London and the dangers associated with fire.

 

 

YEAR 6 YOUTH CONFERENCE – A small group of children from Year 6 made the visit to the Hertsmere Borough Council chambers earlier in the week to take part in the annual youth conference. They debated against other schools and learnt about the importance of working together as a team to support each other as they made their points in a constructive and poignant way. Thank you children for representing the school so well.

 

ST GEORGE’S DAY – To celebrate St George’s day Vicky our wonderful cook is offering every child the opportunity of enjoying the following menu on Wednesday 24th April:

Traditional roast beef or roast quorn served with all the trimmings with apple crumble and custard for desert.

If you would like your child to have a dinner on this day please please inform your child’s class teacher on the 24th April when you drop them to school. Payments should be made on School Gateway.

 

PUNCTUALITY – There were 47 times that children came late to school this week. There have been weeks when this figure has been much lower. It is incredibly important to teach your child about this vital life skill and to set them a good example. Every time your child is late or absent from school they don’t receive a full week’s worth of stamps which delays them receiving their attendance prize. If you are struggling to bring your child to school on time there are a number of ways the school can help. Do come and speak to Mrs Toms our Pastoral Support Coordinator .

 

ATTENDANCE – Congratulations to the children from Year 1 Lime class who had 100% attendance. WELL DONE CHILDREN!! We have worked incredibly hard to raise the attendance across the school, please make sure that you bring your child to school every day and on time.

 

CLASS

 

% ATTENDANCE
Reception Fir

 

93.7
Reception Pine

 

94.1
Year 1 Lime

 

100
Year 1 Maple

 

96.1
Year 2 Alder

 

99.5
Year 2 Willow

 

94.1
Year 3 Birch

 

96.4
Year 3 Elm

 

88.9
Year 4 Aspen

 

92.9
Year 4 Rowan

 

94.8
Year 5 Ash

 

97.7
Year 5 Cedar

 

91.7
Year 6 Cherry

 

94.7
Year 6 Oak

 

89.6
Total 94.4
National Average 96%

 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE WANT SMILES NOT MOBILES WHEN YOU GREET YOUR CHILD AFTER SCHOOL. ALL CALLS NEED TO BE FINISHED BEFORE ENTERING THE SCHOOL PREMISES. THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO KEEP TO THIS SIMPLE BUT IMPORTANT RULE.

 

HEALTHY PACKED LUNCHES – As a healthy school, we want children to understand the importance of eating a balanced and healthy diet. There have been a number of children who have brought crisps in to school to eat as part of their lunch over the past few weeks. Please remember that your child’s packed lunch should contain healthy foods which they enjoy. Alternatives to crisps and chocolate bars – raisins, fruit, vegetable sticks and rice cakes. Thank you to those of you who support the school to help your child make healthy choices about their lunches.

 

THE WEEKEND TUNES – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2NkE0biUfE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNKu1uNBVkU

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ON SUNDAY BY ONE HOUR!!

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