Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 9th October – Autumn 6


Another week passes by and so much has taken place. We have had visits from our Maths and English advisers on Monday and Wednesday and they were very impressed with the children’s learning and teachers’ understanding of their needs. Mrs Conley and Mrs Taylor carried out a learning walk  on Friday morning and were encouraged by the way teachers are structuring learning in every year group so that no opportunity is wasted for children to develop. Everyone went to great efforts to wear yellow on Friday in support of Young Minds. The school was awash with colour which lifted everyone’s spirits. Lesson studies have also taken place this week. The quality of education teachers and leaders are providing has really helped the children’s confidence to grow ever since they returned to school last month. There is a lovely feeling of togetherness at school, something we will continue to build on through the year.



The word of the week is – DAUNCY – If someone looks noticeably unwell, then they’re dauncy. Originally an Irish and northern English word, this eventually spread into colloquial American English in the 19th century. (Ireland)



SOCIAL MEDIA – You can catch up on the latest events and happenings at Parkside by clicking on the following link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/social-wall/
Don’t forget to follow the school on Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004375037530




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
  • Never park across a dropped kerb or block a driveway

I have written to the county council this week to explain the issues we continue to experience with parking.  I will inform you once they have responded to my concerns with their decision. 



DATES FOR THE REST OF THE TERM – Please click on the link for important dates for the rest of the term.



PARENT / CARER CONSULTATIONS – We will send out information regarding these important meetings early next week. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions parents and carers are not permitted on to the school grounds, as a result these meetings will take place via ZOOM or phonecalls.



PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT OFFICER – If for any reason you are experiencing difficulty in any way the school is here to help you. Mrs Mattholie our Parental Engagement Officer is always here to lend a hand, offer an ear or signpost you to different services should you need help. Please ring the school office to make an appointment to meet with her or send her an email.



ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 19 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 23 occasions. This is a DECREASE of 5 occasions this week. Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time.

Congratulations to 1MAPLE who had the best attendance this week with  99%. Please keep this going!!

Nursery Hazel – 92.1 %
Reception Fir – 97.3%
Reception Pine – 94%

1 Lime – 88%
1 Maple – 99%

2 Alder – 92%
2 Willow – 94%

3 Birch – 93%
4 Aspen – 94%

5 Ash – 93%
5 Cedar – 96%

6 Cherry – 94%
6 Oak – 96%

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



PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Luke, Sia, Philip, Selena, Helena, Denilson, Megan, Niti, Lyssa, Demi-May, Brigitta and Amy 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 Anastasia and Wesley.  Thank you children for upholding our school values. We are very proud of you.



TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rCgM07uzq4