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28th September 2020
Thank you to the children in Year 5 and 6 who applied for roles of responsibility. I’m sure that they will take their roles seriously and carry the tasks in line with our school vision and 6Rs.
I have also reintroduced the uniform certificate, which is awarded to the smartest child in school! Well done, Liana for being our first winner this year!
Thank you to the children who have started to bring in their cans and pound coins for the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal. Please could the children put their cans in the box provided in their classrooms and put the pound coin in an envelope, which you can put in our post box! If you would like to find out more information, please visit the Diocese of St Albans web page: https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/faith/bishop-s-annual-harvest-appeal/
Thank you to the parents who donated the ‘staying safe’ packs. The packs contain some very useful resources. Thank you also to Mr Watt, who brought in hundreds of batteries! Our box will be collected shortly so please continue to keep recycling.
Just to remind you that if you need to speak with a teacher, please would you email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01707 652869 and ask Trudy to ask the teacher to contact you. This will avoid any difficulty disseminating confidential information on the playground.
21st September 2020
Last week we enjoyed some beautiful sunny days and even saw some of Northaw’s wildlife on the field!
Now that we have some idea of the routines, lunchtimes are working more effectively. However, it would be really helpful if you would teach your children how to use a knife and fork as I have noticed some children, including some children in Willow class, struggling with their cutlery. If children are able to cope with these simple tasks, it helps our staff enormously.
We hope that you all found the Meet the Teacher events helpful. PowerPoints of these and Looking at Learning should be available on the website by the end of this week.
Next week we will be celebrating Harvest. This year the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal is: Creating a buzz in Nepal. We will also be supporting the local foodbank based in Broxbourne. We would like your children to support the Harvest Appeal by bringing in a can of tinned food and £1. The children will put these in a box in the classroom. Please make sure that the cans are in date and are not damaged. Thank you for your participation.
14th September 2020
Thank you to you all for being so reasonable and accommodating in these unusual circumstances. I am so proud of you and your commitment to making our community a safe place to be. However, there have been a few latecomers, which makes life and organisation difficult for us. It also makes the children more anxious when they have to wait until all the other groups have entered. Please continue to help us to be safe and leave home a little earlier whilst the roadworks make the journey to school more difficult.
This year we will continue to support the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, our local lifesaving charity. Look out for special events that will help us to raise money for this very valuable service.
I am also attaching a poster about the contact details for the Educational Psychologist service. Whilst it is your decision as to whether you contact this service, I would hope that if you had any concerns about your child’s personal development, learning or wellbeing, you would speak with us first.
7th September 2020
Well, it’s been an interesting start to term! The children are now settling in to their new routines and we are all having to adjust to different ways of working.
It would be really helpful if children in Willow and Oak classes could bring in their own boxes of tissues and small bottles of hand sanitiser as we seem to be running out very quickly.
The staggered entry arrangements will only work if parents and carers could get here for the allocated time. Due to social distancing measures, this cannot be a flexible procedure. The gates will be open for only 5 minutes. If you are late, you will need to wait until all the other children are through the gate. I noticed last week that there were several members of one family at drop off and pick up times. Whilst in normal times I would think that is lovely, we now have to work as a school community to minimise any risks. Please would you therefore limit the drop off and pick up responsibility to one parent or carer in order to keep everyone safe. (Secondary school siblings should remain in the car please.)
Breakfast Club has started well. Mrs Glover ensures the children enjoy a healthy breakfast and then the children are encouraged to go outside and join in the games with Billy, our sports coach. If you wish your child to attend Breakfast Club and you haven’t already signed up, please complete the Breakfast Club form and allow 24 hours for us to organise the appropriate ‘bubbles’. When your children come in to Breakfast Club through the blue gate, please remind them to sanitise their hands.
Thank you to all the children in Year 5 and 6 who have already applied for a position of responsibility. The closing date for applications is Monday 21st September.
We also asked you to have a go at designing our Newsletter header; we have only received a few so far so get your creative juices going and send us an entry by next Monday, 14th September.
Finally, we understand that there may be a lot of disruption this week due to the roadworks on Judges Hill and Northaw Road West. Please allow more time than usual for your journey to school.
24th August 2020
I hope that you and your family enjoyed a restful summer break. Last week we sent to you an update regarding the start to school next week. I can now confirm that PE will be on the following days:
Tuesday PE - Apples and Pears
Thursday PE – Oak & Acorns
Friday PE- Willow / Forest School - Apples and Pears
As aforementioned on PE/Forest School days children may come to school dressed in their PE kits; this prevents them from getting changed in school. We are hoping that most lessons will go ahead as planned although swimming has not yet been organised and French will resume next term.
I would like to stress that your child’s attendance is now more important than ever; we have planned some significant ‘catch-up’ lessons that your child cannot afford to miss and we have employed additional staff to help with this. It is also imperative that you child arrives punctually every morning so that ‘early work’ is completed in a timely manner. A new attendance booklet will be given to you with the curriculum-based ‘Looking at Learning’ booklet in the second week of term. Please look out for these and take a moment to read them.
Playtimes and lunchtimes have been staggered so that children can remain in their ‘bubbles’ and start and finish times are there to ease congestion on the pathways and roads.
I look forward to seeing you all next Thursday; it will be lovely to see the children even though we are not quite back to normal!
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