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Parking Outside School Gates – Child Safety!

The Highway Code states: “You MUST NOT wait or park, or stop to set down and pick up passengers, on school entrance markings.” (Highway Code rule 238, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.)

We have painted yellow ‘zig zags’ road marking outside our school for a very good reason – the safety of your children.

Any cars stopped or parked on the restricted area can hide small children who are about to cross the road. The children may not see approaching cars, and approaching motorists may not see the children.

Do not park or stop even for a short moment on these markings.

 Please do not stop in the morning and allow your children to get out of the car by the gates and cross the school vehicle entrance, this is in constant use before school by staff and Playaloud breakfast club drop offs.

 Thank you for your support.

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Newsletter 3 – November 2017

Newsletter 3 – November 2017.pdf

Dear Parents,

This term has been a very busy one and Christmas is fast approaching! The children are preparing for their class outcomes for you to enjoy as well as practicing for their Christmas performances.

Staffing Update

We have said goodbye to Mrs Condon earlier this month and are saying farewell to Mrs Horne this week. We wish them both the best of luck and thank them both for their hard work in school. Mrs McAllister has now joined the EYFS team as a Teaching Assistant and Mrs Cannon will be joining the team in January. Mrs Andreas will be returning from maternity leave in December to teach with Mrs Bradbury in Willow class.

We also say a fond farewell to Mrs Barley at the end of the term. Mrs Barley has been employed at Samuel Lucas since January 2003. Mrs Tarr has been working alongside Mrs Barley this term to ensure a smooth handover for the New Year, as Mrs Tarr will be taking on the Inclusion Co-ordinator role as well as continuing to teach in Year 4. We wish Mrs Barley all the best and hope she enjoys her rest and comes back to visit us.

Class Outcomes

Dates and times for class outcomes are:

Class Date Time Outcome Title
Reception 29th November 9.30am & 10.15am Reception Celebration
Year 1 7th December 1.45pm Let’s Remember
Year 2 8th December 1.45pm Amazing Australia
Year 3 7th December 9.15am Buildings
Year 4 8th December 1.45pm Spark Your Imagination
Year 5 5th December 1.45pm Land of the Fire
Year 6 7th December 1.45pm Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Zones

Please do come along and find out about what your child has been learning this term in class.

Attendance

Well done to Larch class for having the highest attendance so far this term:

ATTENDANCE
Lilac 97.7% Elm 98.68%
Willow 95.47% Ash 98.31%
Hazel 96.7% Larch 99.2%
Birch 97.08% Pine 96.92%
Hawthorn 97.02% Yr5 97.57%
Oak 98.14% Yr6 96.09%

Christmas Performances

All parents are welcome to join us in attending the following performances:

Date Class Event Time
Mon 11th December Hazel / Hawthorn Christmas Play 2.00pm
Tues 12th December Birch / Oak Christmas Play 2.00pm
Fri 15th December Reception Christmas Concert 9.30am
Fri 15th December Yr3 – 6 Carol Concert – Christ Church 2.00pm

Hitchin Partnership Christmas Community Team Hampers – Selection Box collection

A very big thank you to all of you who have kindly donated a chocolate selection box (108 to date!) for the Hitchin Partnership Christmas Community Team for their hampers. We would like every family in the school to donate one selection box for this appeal. A collection box for the selection boxes is in the school office porch area during November.

The Christmas Community Team 2017 supports individuals and families at Christmas with a food hamper. Last year they delivered over 100 hampers filled with everything needed for a Christmas Meal; turkey, sausages, potatoes, vegetables and extras to help make meals over the holiday period (pasta and sauces, rice, beans and soup). Due to the generosity of schools, the local community and general public there were lots of extra treats such as mince pies, chocolate logs, biscuits and selection boxes

Message from the SLPA

Bags 2 School: On Thursday 9th November we collected a very large amount of bags that you donated thank you!! We are pleased to confirm we raised £240.00 a fabulous amount.  Many thanks to Victoria Soanes for organising and for standing in the cold from 8am to collect the donations.

Christmas Cards: All the Christmas cards orders have now been placed and we can confirm we have raised £541.20 a superb amount.  Thank you to Megan Wilkins and Kate Turner for organising.

Children in Need: On Monday 13th November we had a special visitor at school “Pudsey Bear” the children were delighted to meet him at lunchtime.  There were many “Hi 5’s”, “fist pumps”, “dabs” and “hugs”, a lovely treat for the children whilst also raising awareness of such an important cause.

Events:

Film Night: On Friday 17th November we held two film nights back to back for the children in years 1-6.  All the children had a great evening, a BIG thank you to all the volunteers who helped on the night as we cannot host these events without your help.  We raised a whopping £733 a fantastic amount!!  Special thank you to Natalie Gray, Hayley Moore, Caroline Gordon, Gill Silburn, Nina Roberts and Suzie Campbell for organising this event.

Xmas Fayre: Preparations for “The Samuel Lucas Winter Olympic Fayre” which takes place on Saturday 2nd December are now well underway, by now you will have received a letter so please start bringing in your donations.  We will need a lot of help to run this event on both Friday 1st December to set up, at the fayre itself on Saturday 2nd and of course tidying away after all the fun has happened… so please spare some time to help, either speak to Sharon North or Becky Smith who will be in the playground with the rota, drop your volunteer slips into the SLPA box in the office or email us: enquiries.slpa@gmail.com -Thank you!

Website: Our SLPA page on the school website is now updated with blogs regarding our events so please do have a look and read what we have been up to… to access just click on the following link: http://samlucas.herts.sch.uk/our-community/slpa-blog/

Meetings: Our next meeting is on Monday 15th January 8pm venue to be confirmed. If you would like to know more about us or want to join us please come along, we always welcome new members.

And Finally…

If you do have any feedback for us or want to know any information about us you can contact us on the following email address: enquiries.slpa@gmail.com.

School Uniform

Children may only wear boots to school if there is inclement weather and must bring a pair of school shoes to change into. Please make sure your child has a pair of trainers in school to wear at break times as we are encouraging the children to be active outside.

As you may have heard Hawkins of Hitchin, which has operated in Bucklersbury since 1863 is to close on 13th January 2018. Mr Hawkins has been into school and met with Mrs Cosgrave and we have been notified that Hitchin Initiative are setting up a community enterprise to be located in Churchyard, Hitchin, which will service all the Hitchin schools in terms of school uniform and will also provide an online ordering service. Mr Hawkins is working with Hitchin Initiative to proceed a smooth transition. Further details will follow and will be passed on to parents.

Party Invitations

May I remind parents that children are not to hand out party invitations at school. It is very unfair for those children in the class who are not invited to a party, to see invitations being given out.

Vacancy – Cleaner

We have a vacancy for a school cleaner to start from January 2018. The hours will be Monday to Friday term time only from 3pm until 6pm. If you would like further details please contact Mrs Cosgrave in the school office.

Twitter

Don’t forget you can follow the school on Twitter – @SamlucasJMI

I look forward to seeing you all at the SLPA Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2nd December.

Yours sincerely

Tracy Thomas

Headteacher

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Charity Hamper Chocolate Selection Collection

A very big thank you to all of you who have kindly donated a chocolate selection box (108 to date!) for the Hitchin Partnership Christmas Community Team for their hampers. We would like every family in the school to donate one selection box for this appeal. A collection box for the selection boxes is in the school office porch area during November.

The Christmas Community Team 2017 supports individuals and families at Christmas with a food hamper. Last year they delivered over 100 hampers filled with everything needed for a Christmas Meal; turkey, sausages, potatoes, vegetables and extras to help make meals over the holiday period (pasta and sauces, rice, beans and soup). Due to the generosity of schools, the local community and general public there were lots of extra treats such as mince pies, chocolate logs, biscuits and selection boxes.

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Children In Need

Children in Need day began with swarms of dotty, yellow creatures invading the playground.

Everyone made a marvellous effort to join in with the day for such an important cause. There were super displays of face painting, crazy coloured hair and Pudsey themed outfits. Many classes took part in fun activities and lessons based on charity and kindness. Our assembly for today looked at how we are the same, but different. Children have learnt about acts of kindness, friendship and understanding.

Our children said, “It was funny to see big, yellow Pudsey,” “Pudsey was very kind and game everyone hugs and hi-fives,” “it was fun to see everyone looking different.”

Together, as a team, we have raised a super £330.

Thank you to all pupils and parents for your support in this fundraising event.

Pudsey Bear – Children In Need

Children In Need, Pudsey Bear

 

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Newsletter 1 – September 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school and welcome to all of our new families. It has been lovely seeing the children arriving punctually in the mornings in their new school uniforms ready for learning.

Morning Arrival at School

Just a reminder about our early morning routines. In reception classes the doors will open at 8.45am and children and parents are welcomed into the cloakroom where they can help their children prepare for their day. At 8.45am children in the rest of the school will be met by teachers from the playground. This is the time for parents who need a quick word to speak to the teachers can do so, as they will not be available once they have taken the children into class. If you wish to speak to a teacher after they have gone into class please come to the school office and leave a message and the teacher will contact you. All children will then be in class ready for registration at 8.55am, when all external doors throughout the school will be closed. If children arrive after 8.55am and the doors are closed they need to come to the school office so that they can be registered. Please help your children to be in school on time and ready for learning. To enhance our safeguarding procedures we would like to lock the school gates by 9.05am and therefore ask parents to leave the school grounds as quickly as possible once your child has gone into school.

Playground safety

With our ever growing school there are more people in the playgrounds in the morning and after school. Please can you help us to keep our children safe by reminding your children to dismount from their bikes and scooters when they enter the school grounds. Please do not allow your children or their younger siblings to play on the playground equipment before or after school.

Uniform

All long hair is to be tied up. Hairbands may be worn but should be discrete in school colours, no large hair accessories are to be worn. Items of jewellery should not be worn. In the interest of safety only one set of ear studs are permitted. These must be removed or covered during P.E.

Payments

It is appreciated if any requests for payments for trips, school lunches etc. are made on time. Please send any payments in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on and indicate what the payment is for. We will be putting up a locked post box in the new conservatory porch for parents to post any envelopes and payments for the office to alleviate any queuing in the school office.

Congratulations

We have read in the local newspaper that several past Samuel Lucas pupils have achieved amazing results in their GCSE exams. Amongst others, these past pupils were named as achieving 10 or more A* or A grades: Louis Condon, Patrick Sloan and Ben Sutton (Horne). Well done!

Diary Dates – Autumn Term

Date Class Event Time
Thurs 14th September Year 3 Celtic Harmony School day
Mon 18th September Reception, Yr 1 & Yr 2 Parents welcome meeting 7pm-8pm
Wed 20th September Year 5 NHSSP Olympic Event School day
Thurs 21st September Yrs 3,4,5,6 Parents welcome meeting 7pm-8pm
Mon 25th September Whole School Individual school photos School day
Wed 4th October Reception Parents Phonics & Maths Workshop 6.30pm-7.15pm
Wed 4th October Yr 1 & Yr 2 Parents Literacy & Maths Workshop 7.30pm – 8.15pm
Mon 16th October Reception – Year 6 Parents Evening 5pm – 8pm
Wed 18th October Reception – Year 6 Parents Evening 4pm – 7pm
Fri 20th October Yr 1 & Yr 2 Harvest Assembly 9.30am
Fri 20th October Yr 3 – Yr 6 Harvest Festival Service at Christ Church 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Mon 11th December Hazel / Hawthorn Christmas Play 2.00pm
Tues 12th December Birch / Oak Christmas Play 2.00pm
Fri 15th December Reception Christmas Concert 9.30am
Fri 15th December Yr 3 – 6 Carol Concert – Christ Church 2.00pm

School Term Dates

Autumn Term (*INSET day 4th Sep 2017)
Wednesday 5th September 2017 – Tuesday 19th December
Half term – 23rd Oct to 27th Oct 2017

Spring Term (*INSET day 3rd Jan 2018)
Thursday 4th January 2018 – Thursday 29th March 2018
Half Term – 12th Feb to 16th Feb 2018

Summer Term (*INSET day 16th April 2018)
Tuesday 17th April 2018 – Friday 20th July 2018
Half Term – 28th May to 1st June 2018

*INSET Days 23rd & 24th July 2018
*Children do not attend school on INSET days

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Newsletter 8 – July 2017

Dear All,

As we approach the end of term and another academic year at Samuel Lucas, it is a time for celebration and reflection. The reflection undoubtedly will bring mixed emotions as we say goodbye to Year 6 and to some members of staff. Ms Oke, Reception Teacher and Mrs Higginbotham who has worked at Samuel Lucas for a number of years as SMSA, leave us tomorrow and we wish them both the best of luck for the future. We also say goodbye and thank you to Miss Briddon who has stepped in to cover Mrs Hammacott’s role when she left at the end of May. We have also had news that Mrs Bannister will not be returning to Samuel Lucas following her maternity leave and we wish her well in her new job.

Sports Day

Thank you to all of you who came and supported the children on Sports Day. The weather was lovely and the children all enjoyed the day immensely. I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Smith from Rising Stars for helping us out and making sure that the day ran smoothly.

Lion King Production

What an amazing show the children put on! A special thank you to Mr Burgess and Miss Painter for all their hard work but also to Nicky Footer from the music service and a big thank you to everyone who was involved in putting the fantastic costumes together. The children did themselves and the school proud.

Athletics

On Tuesday 11th July our Athletics team travelled to Ridlins Athletic Stadium to compete in a variety of events against other schools from the North of Hertfordshire. The children were a real credit to the school and the team came 3rd overall. Well done!

Successful Transition Morning

Last Thursday the children enjoyed their first morning in their new classes with their new teachers. It was wonderful to also welcome the new members of staff – Mrs Schroder, Miss Morgan and Miss Gibson. The children seemed settled during the morning and September looks to be an exciting time.

Questionnaires

Thank you to all of you that have returned the completed questionnaire. A summary of feedback will be give out after the summer. It has been lovely to read so many wonderful positive comments.

Results

(National and Herts Data is still provisional at this stage and subject to minor changes)

EYFS :

Key Stage 1 :

Key Stage 2 :

‘Higher standard’ has been assumed to mean a scaled score of 110 or above.  However this will be confirmed by the DfE in the Autumn Term.

I would like to thank all the staff across the school, including our Teaching Assistants for all their hard work and commitment to giving the very best opportunities to your children.

Musical Success

Congratulations to all our children who have taken part in music lessons this academic year; your performances during the Open Evening were brilliant. I know a number of you have taken musical examinations and I hope you all continue to achieve and be the best that you can. We have been informed that the following children have been successful in their recent exams:

Alexander Starr Grade 2 Piano
Lydia Skuse Grade 1 Clarinet
Scarlett Lait Grade 2 Clarinet
Amelie Woolass Grade 2 Flute
Nathaniel Edwards Grade 3 Alto Saxophone
Ottilie Summerhayes Grade 3 Flute

Well Done!

Attendance

Attendance at Samuel Lucas continues to be good with our whole school figure at 97.2%. May I remind parents to avoid booking holidays or medical appointments during school times, especially during registration time, wherever possible.

Class % Attendance
Lilac 97.6
Willow 97.6
Hazel 96.9
Birch 97.4
Hawthorn 96.1
Oak 97.9
Elm 97.8
Ash 97.8
Year 4 96.9
Year 5 96.4
Year 6 96.7

Well done to Oak class who top the attendance table for this academic year!

Certificates will be given to all those children who have achieved 100% attendance.

Open Evening

I was immensely proud of the school and the children on Open Evening, thank you to all of you for coming to look around. It was fabulous to see the children’s work on display and to witness the children being so proud of what they have achieved this year. The school’s Hertfordshire Improvement Partner visited school the next morning and was really impressed by the broad and balanced curriculum that Samuel Lucas offers and even more so by how engaged children were in each other’s learning.

SLPA Picnic

What a fantastic event! It was so very well attended with all 500 tickets selling out. The weather held out and everyone had an amazing time. Thank you to all of the SLPA for their hard work and efforts not only for the smooth running of this event but for all that they do during the whole year.

2017/2018 Term Dates

Autumn Term (*INSET day 4th Sep 2017)
Tuesday 5th September 2017 – Tuesday 19th December
Half term – 23rd Oct to 27th Oct 2017

Spring Term (*INSET day 3rd Jan 2018)
Thursday 4th January 2018 – Thursday 29th March 2018
Half Term – 12th Feb to 16th Feb 2018

Summer Term (*INSET day 16th April 2018)
Tuesday 17th April 2018 – Friday 20th July 2018
Half Term – 28th May to 1st June 2018

*INSET Days 23rd & 24th July 2018
*Children do not attend school on INSET days

Diary Dates

Date Event
Monday 4th September INSET Day (no children at school)
Tuesday 5th September Children return to school
Monday 11th September Swimming starts for Year 4 Pine
Tuesday 12th September Swimming starts for Year 4 Larch
Thursday 14th September Year 3 trip to Celtic Harmony
Saturday 16th September A Team Rally – Wilshere Dacre
Monday 25th September Individual School Photos

Window Works and Kitchen Extension

I am very happy that the window walling works have all been completed and with minimum disruption to the school and the children. The kitchen extension works have begun and will be completed by the time the children return to school in September.

Final Farwell

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you and farewell to our Year 6 pupils. We are all proud of their time at Samuel Lucas and wish them the best of luck in their new schools.

Enjoy your summer holiday!

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Walk to School Week 15 -19 May 2017

Have you spotted a dinosaur or two in the area? Or lots of children walking to school? All over Hertfordshire school children are on the march, enjoying and participating in the National Walk to School Week, which runs from 15 to 19 May 2017 supported by the Hertfordshire County Council Road Safety in Schools Team Roadsafety@hertfordshire.gov.uk   A record number of primary schools have signed up, and children are walking or scooting to help the dinosaurs, Buster and Betsy, keep fit and active.

During the week, our friendly walking mascot dinosaur Buster  is travelling from the Triassic Period in South America, all around the world. He is going along the time line to meet up with gorgeous Betsy. She is a relatively young pink dinosaur from the Cretaceous Period.  

 

Walking to school helps make, and keep, children healthier and happier and more ready to learn. Also on the plus side, it can reduce pollution and congestion outside schools. Improved air quality reduces the incidence of asthma and other respiratory conditions.

 

Please encourage your children, if possible, to walk to school this week.

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Newsletter 7 – May 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Next week is SATS time again for Year 6 and we wish all the all the best for the week. They will be coming and having a breakfast each morning to set them up for the day, thank you very much for the SLPA for supporting this.

Entrance Gates

Thank you for your patience during the period leading up to the completion of the gate works. The vehicle gates will now be closed from 8.30am until 3.30pm. If you need to access the school car park during the school day you will need to press the intercom button on the right hand side of the vehicle gates. To exit the car park, approach the gates slowly and they will open automatically. Please wait until they are fully open before you exit.

The main front pedestrian gate will now be closed all day, if you require access to the school office during the school day please press the intercom on the pedestrian gate. Once the office staff have spoken with you via the intercom they will release the gate which you will need to then push open.

We have completed these works for the safety of your children and to enhance our safeguarding culture. Please ensure when you are coming in to the school grounds or collecting from Playaloud that you do not let anyone else enter the premises that you do not recognise.

Park n Stride Scheme

We are now in receipt of a small number of parking permits to allow you to park on the top floor of the NHDC Lairage car park (next to Waitrose). The permit is valid for use during school term time only from 08:30 to 09:30 and 14:45 to 15:45.

If you would like a permit to use this car park please come to the school office and fill out a form.

Window Works and Kitchen Extension

We have been very lucky to secure funding to replace the windows and doors throughout the original school building and also to build a small extension to our school kitchen. The builders will be starting the works to the kitchen from the 22nd May 2017. The window and door works will be taking place, with minimal disruption, from Monday 12th June.

Baby Mead

Congratulations to Mrs Mead who gave birth a bouncing baby girl, Erin, during the Easter holidays. We can’t wait to meet her!

SLPA

Thank you to everyone who helps with the SLPA and for all your contributions and support as parents. We have been lucky enough to raise enough money to lay fake grass in the outside EYFS Reception class area which will enable the Reception classes to use their outside space all year round. The fake grass will be laid during the half term holiday at the end of the month.

Attendance

I am very pleased to say that attendance for this term remains high. As you know I carefully monitor all pupils’ attendance and you will be informed if your child’s attendance drops below 95%. If your child is late (classroom doors open at 8.45am – registration is at 8.55am) please ensure they come to the school office to register.

I hope you all enjoy the weekend and have fun if you are going to the “Fair in the Square” tomorrow in Hitchin Market Square.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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