Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 4th December – Autumn 12

THERE HAVE BEEN NO CASES OF CORONAVIRUS RECORDED THIS WEEK AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Winter has well and truly arrived this week and temperatures have begun to reflect the season! It is incredibly important that you send your child in to school with a warm coat. Please make sure that their name is easily identifiable on the on the inside lining. The annual Christmas performance will take place next week and will be very different from our usual productions. Children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 will put on a shortened version of the nativity story and a Christmas themed production. Children in Year 3 and 4 are busy rehearsing a range of Christmas songs and carols which will also be filmed. All of the productions will be embedded on to the school website in the last week of term for everyone to enjoy. The cold weather is set to be with us over the next few weeks so please stay warm and safe and observe the guidance we all have to follow in the continued fight against the spread of Coronavirus.

 

 

The word of the week is – CULF – The loose feathers that come out of a mattress or cushion—and which “adhere to the clothes of any one who has lain upon it,” (Cornwall)

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

REDUCTION OF THE SCHOOL’S PUBLISHED ADMISSION NUMBER  (SECOND WEEK) –  Last week we received confirmation that the office of the School’s Official Adjudicator agreed to reduce the school’s Published Admissions Number from 60 down to 30. This will take effect from September 2021. Parkside Community Primary School will therefore be take one form of 30 children from September 2021. This will not affect any other year group. 

 

 

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES – This year’s Christmas performances take place next week. They will all be filmed and embedded on the school’s website for everyone to enjoy. We are very sorry that you won’t be able to join us this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic but we hope that by sharing the films of the children singing and acting this will go some way in bringing some much needed Christmas cheer.

 

 

SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS (SECOND WEEK)– The government’s COVID-19 Winter package sets out how schools will be able to help those families who receive Universal and Free School Meals over the Christmas period and February half term. WE ARE STILL WAITING FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE COUNTY ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE.

If you are entitled or think that you may be entitled to a free school meal please click the following link: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

HERTSHELP (SECOND WEEK) – Families who do not qualify for Free School Meals but are worried about their finances or having enough food this winter can contact Hertshelp via email  – info@hertshelp.net or call 0300 123 4044 or visit www.hertshelp.net

 

 

PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCE – There were 22 occasion where children came to school late this week. Whilst we understand that the cold mornings are very challenging and difficult please make every effort to bring your child to school on time.

This week’s attendance – ATTENDANCE FOR NOVEMBER – 93%
ATTENDANCE FOR THE TERM TO DATE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Riyaad, Bobby, Georgey, Kayden, Logan, Alex and Brigitta who were this week’s flyer. Keep soaring high and reaching for the sky children. Aspiration is everything.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYQi6h7qBnghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eopufSMODLo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFqwwpAXQdI

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!