Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 2nd October – Autumn 5


The wet weather has well and truly arrived and the taste of autumn is in the air but that didn’t affect the mood in school this week. Mrs Taylor and myself were very impressed by the positive attitudes the children demonstrated towards their learning this week. We were also encouraged by the level of challenge the teachers had planned for them on our Learning Walk on Wednesday morning. The children spoke confidently about their learning and were incredibly focused during lessons.  Our Early years Adviser was also impressed by the way our children in Nursery and Reception classes have settled well in to their routines and have really enjoyed their start to their education. Mrs Conley has written her first termly newsletter which has been uploaded on the school website and can be found by clicking the link –   https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SEN-Newsletter-Autumn-2020.pdf   This will become a regular feature over the next year and will signpost parents / carers to different agencies for advice and offer tips and guidance for those of you whose children may need that extra support. Please keep supporting the school in all that we do and please share the good news about Parkside with your friends and family.



The word of the week is – EEDLE-DODDLE – To show no initiative in a crisis. (Scots)



PARKING – The new systems and protocols we have had to introduce since the beginning of term have regarding the dropping off and collection of your child have proved to be working well. The only difficulty we continue to experience is parking. I continue to receive complaints from neighbours about the way some parents / carers have a disregard for the safety of the children and the rules of the road because of the way they drive. There have been numerous occasions where I have seen parents / carers doing a u turn in the middle of Aycliffe and Allerton Road once they have dropped their child off at the school gate. I have also witnessed many cars double parking outside the school gate blocking oncoming and other traffic which is very inconsiderate. I urge you all to consider the safety of the children and their families first thing in the morning and when you collect your child after school. Please adhere to the following guidance:

  • Always find a safe place to park – this could mean that you may have to walk your child to the school gates
  • Never double park on Aycliffe or Allerton Road because it stops the flow of traffic
  • Use the mini round about at the top of Aycliffe Road to turn your car round
  • If you need to turn your car round on Allerton Road please do this on Berwick Road
  • Never stop and park your car outside the school gates



SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION – In response to the consultation that was held earlier in the month we have updated the school’s website to reflect the requests made by parents and carers. By clicking the link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/sre/ you will find the SRE policy, an overview of the scheme of work the school uses to teach this important subject and a Frequently Asked Questions information sheet. If you have any further enquiries please contact the school office who will pass your concerns on to me.



PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Jaida, Petar, Leo, Eldon, Halle, Harvey, Brody, Dylan, Harry, Naheid and Hannah who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for demonstrating our values and starting the school year in such a positive way.

I enjoyed sharing a cup of hot chocolate this afternoon with K’Asia, Jack and Christabel. Thank you children for upholding our school values. We are very proud of you.



DATES FOR THE REST OF THE TERM – Please click on the link for important dates for the rest of the term. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Parkside-dates-for-Parents-Autumn-2020-.pdf



ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 15 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 28 occasions. Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time.

Congratulations to 1 Maple who had the best attendance this week with 97.5%. Please keep this going!!

Nursery Hazel – 88%
Reception Fir – 96.7%
Reception Pine – 98.6%

1 Lime – 94.4%
1 Maple – 97.5%

2 Alder – 88%
2 Willow – 88.4%

3 Birch – 97.1%
4 Aspen – 89.0%

5 Ash – 96.7%
5 Cedar – 90.3%

6 Cherry – 96.4%
6 Oak – 96.8%

School Total for the week –  94%
School Total for the term93%



TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaQWOne1sfo