Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 6th November 2020 – Autumn 8


After a very long first half term of the year and much needed break school resumed once again this week. The first round of lesson observations / study  were completed at the end of last term. Mrs Taylor and myself were very impressed with the overall quality of the teaching and learning that took place in all classes. The children have returned to school and are working hard to develop their knowledge and skills across a range of subjects which they are translating in to their learning. Late last term I wrote to you about submitting a request to the office of the Schools Official Adjudicator to reduce the school’s Published Admissions Number from 60 down to 30.  This has now been done. We won’t know the outcome regarding the decision for a number of weeks. I will keep you all informed as and when I receive any further information. For further information please click on the link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Letter-to-Parents-Carers-Reduction-of-PAN.pdf
Please continue to support the school in all that we do.



BURST WATER MAIN – On the very rare occasion when we experience a crisis we will always inform you of the measures we will take to reduce any absences or difficulties you may face as a family. If you are a use of Facebook or Twitter regular posts will be uploaded onto the school’s feeds and we will update our school website as necessary. Please do everything you can to make sure that your child attends school unless otherwise instructed.



The word of the week is – PADDY-NODDY – a long and tedious story (Lincolnshire)






CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – On Monday I will write to you regarding the changes that we have had to make in light of the government’s second lockdown. An updated risk assessment will be uploaded on to the school website over the weekend. Any new changes will be highlighted in GREENPlease be sure to read the document carefully and be familiar with its content as we continue our fight against the virus.

Many of you will still be feeling anxious and unsure about the current pandemic we continue to lvoe through. I want to reassure you all that not only have we made sure that the school is a safe and happy place for your child, the best place for them to be is in a happy, learning environent with friends. If for any reaosn you are worried about the ongoing situation I ask that you call the school office to make an appointment to speak with me.



FOODBANK DONATIONS – Thank you to everyone who made a donation to our Harvest festival, we were overwhelmed by your generosity. Mrs Mattholie and Mr Honour took all your donations to the Borehamwood Foodbank on  Monday and they were gratefully received. Please continue to support the school in all that we do. Click on the link for a lovely thank you from the foodbank representatives.

Foodbank Harvest Thank you – 05.11.20 



ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 17 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 27 occasions.  Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time. LET’S REALLY TRY AND MAKE NEXT WEEK THE WEEK WHERE WE HAVE NO CHILD COMING LATE TO SCHOOL!

Congratulations to  2 WILLOW who had the best attendance this week with 99.5%  . Please keep this going!!

Reception Fir – 89.8%
Reception Pine – 92.7%

1 Lime – 91.9%
1 Maple – 96.3%

2 Alder – 90.0%
2 Willow – 99.5%

3 Birch – 97.7%
4 Aspen – 89.7%

5 Ash – 98.1%
5 Cedar – 97.5%

6 Cherry – 97.5%
6 Oak – 96.4%

School Total for the week –  95%
School Total for the term – 94%



PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Ellie, Erdal, Lincoln, Valery, Saffya, Leonardo, Harshil, Maya, Summer, Soham, Theo and Rio who were this week’s flyer. Keep soraing high and reaching for the sky children. Aspitation is everything.



TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MReDjx1FIaE