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UPDATED: Prospective Parent Visits for Reception Classes 2017

If you would like to come along to one of the visits listed below, please contact the school office by email: admin@samlucas.herts.sch.uk or by telephone: 01462 456737 to book a place.

Date of Visit Time
Monday 14th November 2016 FULL
Tuesday 15th November 2016 FULL
Monday 21st November 2016 FULL
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 FULL
Thursday 24th November 2016 FULL
Tuesday 29th November 2016 FULL
Tuesday 10th January 2017 FULL
Tuesday 10th January 2017 2.00pm

There is a limit of 10 families per visit.

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Newsletter 2 – November 4th 2016

Dear Parents

Welcome back to the second half of our Autumn Term!

The first half was a very busy one that ended with two wonderful Harvest Festival celebrations. We were very proud of the children’s performances.

During the last week of term the whole school took part in Book Week using Anthony Browne’s ‘Willy’s Stories’ as a stimulus for art and writing. The children were excited to show parents and their families the outcome at our whole school exhibition this week. It was lovely to see so many of you admiring the quality of our work. Thank you for your very positive comments.

We were particularly impressed with the home learning that was undertaken during half term! Well done everyone for such outstanding contributions – we struggled to find space to display it all at the exhibition! Thank you parents for your support with this. The home learning will be circulated around the school and placed in the class reading corners for everyone to read and enjoy.

Children in Need Day

On Friday 18th November we will be raising money for Children in Need. Please bring a £1 donation to school and wear something dotty!

Free School Meals

Following our recent Parent mail to you, I just wanted to remind you where to check for eligibility for free school meals. Here is a link to the web site: beta.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school- meals/free-school-meals.aspx.

This funding enables the school to claim for additional funding for the year to support your children’s learning.

Sweets and Treats

I would just like to remind you that we are unable distribute any food or sweets to children brought in from home. There are children in school who have a range of allergies and we have protocols we have to follow to ensure the safety of these children. Thank you for your support with this matter.

School Car Park

Please do not use the school car park unless you are collecting or dropping off your children from Play Aloud. We are concerned about your children’s safety.

School Playground

Thank you for supporting us by asking your children not to ride their scooters or bikes in the school grounds. Please can you ensure children keep off the play equipment before and after school.

Staffing

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Oke will be covering Mrs Andreas’ maternity leave in Willow class. She will be starting on Monday to work alongside Mrs Andreas to ensure smooth transition. We look forward to working with her.

We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Mrs Charter. She will be leaving us next week. I’m sure you will join me in thanking her for her valued contribution to the school. We wish her every success with her new career venture. The school office is ‘under construction’ at the moment. We will be short staffed in the office for a while; we thank you in advance for your support during this time of transition.

News from Mrs Barley

Parenting courses

Hertfordshire County Council have developed a directory of parenting courses, which is available on the website at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport. The parenting directory lists all courses that are available to parents/carers in Hertfordshire and cover a range of topics including: parenting a child with additional needs; healthy relationships healthy baby programme; confident fathers programme; caring dads and understanding teens. You are able to view the courses you are interested in by district, type of course and also see if there are any costs involved. If you are interested in attending one of the parenting courses, speak to Mrs Barley, Inclusion Coordinator at school or contact the course provider directly.

Thank you to the SLPA

Many thanks to the Parents’ Association who kindly funded the purchase of a number of Lego sets last half term. These will enable children to take part in some short Lego therapy sessions in school; the benefits of this work may help increase confidence, team building and listening skills, among others.

CELF-5 (Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals) standardisation project

In the summer term, several parents agreed to their children taking part in a research project. The Speech & Language Therapist who conducted the assessments asked us to thank the wonderful children, parents and staff for their participation and time.

As a result of this project, school has received £220 of gift vouchers. School Council will be asked to spend the money wisely to purchase games and equipment for the lunchtime Quiet Club.

Mrs Barley

News from SLPA

We held our SLPA AGM (including Wine and Cheese!) on 6th October, during which we said goodbye to our Chair and Vice Chair, Kerry Haynes and Roz Grennell respectively, who have both stepped down after leading us for 2 years. Thank you to you both for all of your hard work and dedication you will be missed. We voted in our new chair Natalie Gray, and vice chair, Kate Turner and we know that we are in great hands going forwards.

We have also been spending money that we have raised. Last month we paid £100 for Lego therapy which has been helping all children in the school with their social skills. We also paid £500 for the artist Jane Bower to come in to school for book week and spend time with the children which was a fabulous and educational visit.

This year we are planning some amazing events kicking off with Film Night for years 1 – 6 which will be on 18th November, so look out for letters in your children’s book bags soon. We can also confirm this years Christmas Fayre with the theme of “Santa’s Little Helpers” will be on Saturday 3rd December, more information to follow so watch this space…

As always we welcome any new members, help and support, if you would like to get involved or are interested in finding out more information about what we do you can contact us at our email address: enquiries.slpa@gmail.com. We are a friendly bunch!

SLPA

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Cross Country at Knights Templar School

Well done to all the Year 5 and 6 children who competed in the cross country competition this afternoon. They gave their all in the half mile (Y5) and mile (Y6) course and should be really proud of their achievements. They ran against 16 other schools in the area and demonstrated great resilience around what was a challenging course, with a tricky uphill section right at the start! p1000993 p1010011

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SLPA Autumn Newsletter

Dear Parents

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter – we thought it would be good to outline what we are planning for the coming year and how you can get involved in the Samuel Lucas Parents Association – happy reading!

AGM

Thank you to everyone that attended the SLPA AGM on Tuesday last week – we enjoyed hearing about all the great fundraising and events delivered in the last year. For those of you that were unable to attend, here is the Chair’s report and the Treasurer’s report.

We also voted in the 5 elected roles on the committee. We are pleased to announce that for the current academic year, the roles are to be undertaken by the following parents:
Chair – Natalie Gray
Vice Chair – Kate Turner
Secretary – Louise Burgess
Treasurer – Ellen Vipond
Finance Officer – Melissa Horne
If you would like to contact anyone on the committee please feel free to come and find us in the playground or email enquiries.slpa@gmail.com

Next SLPA Meeting

The next SLPA meeting will be held on Wednesday 19th October (note change in date) at 8pm. The venue is to be confirmed shortly. If you are interested in attending or would like to know more about the SLPA, please do come along – we cannot run events without the ongoing support of parents so your involvement is vital to us!

2016 Events

Looking forwards, we are now planning lots of exciting events for the children and families. Please save the following key dates in 2016:
Wednesday 2nd November – Bags2School – bring your unwanted clothes, sheets, towels etc and raise funds for the school.
Friday 18th November – Film Night for Years 1 – 6
Saturday 3rd December – Christmas Fayre

We will need lots of help both pre-event and on the day itself so if you are able to give a few hours of your time please do get in touch.

Your help required

We are always thinking of new ways to raise our profile, raise funds and create fantastic events for our children. To this end we would like to ask if any of you can help us in the following ways:

Match Funding – if you work for an organisation that operates a match funding scheme, please do let us know. This scheme allows companies (often larger organisations like banks, retailers, insurance) to support PTAs through a charitable donation by financially matching what is raised at events. We will send out a more detailed communication about this later in the year but please do ask your employer if they have this scheme as it is a very easy way for us to double funds raised!

Printing – if you work for or own a printing company we would love to hear from you. We have various printing needs throughout the year so any help with the cost of this is greatly received.

Heavy lifting – we always need help with erecting marquees, carrying heavy items etc at some of our events. If you are able to assist us with this please email us or come and speak to one of the committee members.

Music – if you have a budding musician or other performer (dance, gymnastics, baton twirling etc!) please let us know as we need this kind of entertainment from time-to-time at events. We also love to have group performances at the Summer Fayre so please ask the dance/gym etc teacher to contact us). If you have experience or equipment for discos, sound, microphones etc please let us know.

Raffle prizes – we need great prizes for our raffles at the Christmas and Summer Fayres plus sometimes at other events. If you are able to donate any prizes we are always very grateful. This can be gift items, vouchers, food, drink, toys etc.

Get Involved

As you have probably guessed, it takes a lot to run the SLPA. We are a group of parents that give up our time to organise great fundraising activities for the benefit of the school. However we cannot run any of these events without the input and ongoing help from new members – if you are able to commit a few hours every term to get involved, we would be really appreciative so please do come to the next meeting or email us to let us know how you can help.

We look forward to another successful year!

All the best

The Samuel Lucas Parents Association Team
enquiries.slpa@gmail.com

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Newsletter 1 – 9th September 2016

Dear Parents,

It has been lovely seeing the children arriving punctually in the mornings in their new school uniforms ready for learning. It has been an exciting week in Reception as we welcomed our new children into our school – a great start to the term!

Early morning routines

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 as they will not be available once they have taken the children into class. All children will then be in class ready for registration at 8.55am. All external doors throughout the school will be closed at 8.55am. If children arrive after the doors are closed they should go to the school office. They will be marked on the register as late. Please help your children to be in school on time and ready for learning.

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 don’t allow your children to play on the playground equipment before or after school.

Parent Communication

We are looking forward to our Parent Information Evenings – Reception, Year one and Year two, 15th September 7.30pm and the rest of the school on Wednesday 21st at 7.30pm. We have made sure this year there are no clashes with meetings at other schools and made the start time a little later. It is important that you attend the meetings even if you have children higher up the school as there have been some changes. It is a great opportunity for you to meet all the staff who work with your children and to gain the relevant information for the year.

We are presently updating our school website, keep looking as we will soon be blogging!

We are looking forward to an action packed year with lots of opportunities for you to come into school to find out what your children have been learning. We will be having our autumn whole school exhibition, and in the summer our junior school production to name but a few so look out for the diary dates!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and I look forward to working in partnership with all of you over the coming year.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Newsletter 10 – 15th July 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the last Newsletter of a very busy academic year.

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Open Evening, enjoying the children’s work and musical talents. Please see our blogs on the website for more details.

I would also like to extend a big thank you to all staff, parents and children for all your hard work and support this year and we hope you all have a very relaxing and well deserved summer break.

Finally, could we say an enormous thank you to the very hard working members of the SLPA who made it possible for so many people to enjoy two very memorable events, the Circus and the Picnic. Well done to everyone who worked so hard and to all the parents and children who came along to support both events and join in the fun.

Staff

We bid farewell and wish the best of luck to our leavers; Mrs Fernandes our Y5 teacher, Mrs Pietersz, Teaching Assistant, Mrs Cruise our Lilac class teacher, who will be starting a full time teaching post in Letchworth in September, Mrs French, Teaching Assistant who is leaving to work at Breachwood Green Primary School, Miss Briddon, our student who has worked so hard for us this year and is returning to university and Miss Costin, our Admin Assistant who is leaving us to work for a private medical practice. We will miss them all!

Athletics

A large team of athletes from Years 2-6 took part in the North Herts Schools’ Athletics Finals this week. The events consisted of sprints, relays, middle dis-tance running, standing, long jump and ball throwing. We were very unlucky with the weather and everybody got wet! The chil-dren and adults coped admirably with the appalling conditions and we finished in 4th place in the county which is a great result as we were competing against some much larger schools.

Well done everyone and thanks to all the parents who came along to support.

Y3 Celtic Harmony trip

On the 6th July, Y3 had a living Iron Age history day at Celtic Harmony near Hertford. We dressed up as Iron Age settlers and set off on our learning adventure. We learnt about Iron Age life and took part in lots of hands on activities. We had a fun day full of learning new skills including, how to grind flour, make bread, trade items, dye and weave.

Y4 Ashridge Estate

On Tuesday, Y4 went to the expansive Ashridge Estate. Despite the rain, we had a fantastic time listening and looking for wildlife. We learnt more about woodland and pond habitats and saw a wide range of mini-beasts including newts, lesser water boatmen and phantom midge larvae! We then had an opportunity to create our own “beetle”.  Whether you go for a dog walk, a run or a cycle, we highly recommend you visit Ashridge Estate – only 50 minutes by coach!

Y6 Yanomamo Production

I am delighted that we participated in this joint venture with the Boys’ School. The weeks of planning, artwork and re-hearsal really paid off on the evening. Ms Hetherington has visited our school this half term to ensure that, with Mrs Footer’s help, the singing was up to its usual beautiful standard. The acting from Samuel Lucas was fantastic (as it was from the Boys’ School) and the projection of artwork we have created in class really complemented the songs and storyline.

A huge thank you to Y6, all of you who attended this enjoyable evening and to Mrs Footer whose commitment and enthusiasm is boundless.

Y6 Crucial Crew

Y6 enjoyed participating in a variety of health and safety activities when we visited “Crucial Crew” at Hitchin fire station on July 6th. We shared the learning with Highover School and returned with enthusiasm to complete the accompanying booklets. The afternoon was superbly organised by the team; the strict timings for each of the ten activities enabling us to maximise the experience. Y6 responded wonderfully to the questioning and situations in which they found themselves.

HGS Potion Roadshow, Y4,5 and Y6

Years 4-6 were lucky enough to have the Potions Roadshow from Hitchin Girls’ School in to visit last week. They performed a range of experiments with dry ice, colour changing water and explored a number of chemicals resulting in several loud explosions!

For more information, please see the class blogs on the website.

Star Performer

Congratulations to Nathaniel Edwards who passed his Grade 2 Alto Saxophone with merit, Ottilie Summerhayes who passed her Grade 2 Flute with merit, Scarlett Lait who passed her Grade 1 Clarinet with merit, Finn Scourfield who passed his Grade 1 Piano with distinction and to Holly Dermont who sat her Prep test and received very positive comments from the examiner. Well done to everyone for all your hard work this year.

Reminders

New Uniform

All new Reception children will be purchasing the new style school uniform and PE kit from Hawkins for September. However, this is just a reminder for everyone else that you do not need to replace perfectly good old style uniform that still fits! Please just replace items as and when they no longer fit.

If you have purchased the old style uniform recently Hawkins will exchange this for you provided it has not been worn.

Lost Property

All lost property will be placed in the porch by the school office for the whole of next week. We will endeavour to return all named property to its rightful owners but if you are missing unnamed items, please remember to come and check the boxes. Any unclaimed clothing will be used as spare uniform or put in the next Bags2School collection.

Please can you make sure that for next term, all property is named. With the increasing numbers of children in the school, it is becoming more difficult for everyone to identify missing items as their own.

Thank you for your help with this.

Last few dates to remember!

18th July – Y6 Leavers’ BBQ 5-6.30pm 19th July – Sports Day

20th July – Reception picnic

22nd July – Y6 Leavers’ Assembly 1.30pm (Parents welcome)

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SCHOOL FINISHES AT 2PM ON FRIDAY 22ND JULY AND THE NEW TERM BEGINS ON MONDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER!

From the SLPA

The last month has been a busy one with both the Picnic and the Summer Fayre (including the Circus). We would like to say a massive thank you to all the SLPA members and parents who have volunteered their time to help make these events happen. Thank you! We cannot host these events without your support.

The Picnic

On Friday 24th June we hosted our first big event on the school field. Thank you to those of you who braved the wet weather at the start and joined us in what turned out to be a fabulous evening. We appreciate all of the feedback we have received, it was a great success! Special thanks go to the SLPA Picnic sub-committee for all of their hard work, effort and energy in making this a real night to remember. We are very pleased to con-firm that we raised a profit of £2,152.40 – an amazing amount!

The Summer Fayre/Circus

On Sunday 10th July we held our Summer Fayre combined with Happy’s Circus. It was a well attended, successful event and it was lovely to see the big top on the school field. The children’s happy faces and hearing their screams of laughter made all of the hard work worthwhile.

At present we are still processing the amount of money raised and will confirm this in the next Newsletter.

We would also like to thank Kerry Haynes (Chair) and Roz Grennell (Vice Chair) who are both stepping down from the SLPA committee this year. They have both made a huge contribution to the success of the SLPA events and their ideas and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.

We are always looking for new members of our committee – if you are interested in joining us in September (we are a friendly bunch!) please email and register your Details with us on enquiries.slpa@gmail.com

Here’s to next year!

From the SLPA.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Ofsted letter to parents

Inspection of Hertfordshire County Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from 4 July 2016 to 8 July 2016

Hertfordshire County Council has asked all schools to share this letter from Ofsted with parents. You can view/download the letter here.

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Newsletter 9 – 24th June 2016

Dear Parents

We are in the last few weeks of a very busy academic year and are very much hoping for dry weather for final outdoor events of the year!

Parent2Parent:

We are very pleased with the Parent2Parent sessions and are delighted that we had such an enthusiastic response from so many parents. We will look into running more of these sessions next year.

Queen’s Birthday Picnic:

We are very relieved that it stayed dry for our picnic to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Please take a look at the website for photos!

Congratulations:

We would like to offer our congratulations to Mrs Goulding who won the Muddy Stiletto ‘Best Children’s Business in Hertfordshire’ award for her Cookery Eatery Club. Well done to Mrs Pietersz who is also involved in the running of Cookery Eatery.

Athletics:

A large team of athletes from Years 2-6 took part in the Hitchin Schools’ Athletics on June 21st. The events consisted of sprints, relays, middle distance running, standing, long jump and ball throwing. It
was a really enjoyable afternoon and the children were very enthusiastic and supportive of each other.

We are delighted to report that we won a place in the finals which will be held next month on Tuesday
12th July.

Ultimate Warrior:

We were fortunate enough to have the Ultimate Warrior experience back with us for 2 days. The children thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and you can see photos of them in action on the website.

Sainsbury Vouchers:

A huge thank you to all who contributed their vouchers to our collection. There are still a few day left if you find any stragglers so please bring them in as soon as possible!

Music Fees:

Letters will be coming home before the end of term with invoices for next term’s music fees. We would be grateful if you could send payment for the start of September.

Reminders:

Dogs

Please can we politely remind everyone that dogs are not allowed on the school premises. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Mobile Phones

Could we also remind everyone that the school rules regarding mobile phones have not altered. Children are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school without prior agreement with the Headteacher.

From the SLPA:

The Midsummer Family Picnic

Tickets have sold out for our Midsummer Family Picnic which takes place today (6.30-11pm). Please keep your fingers crossed for good weather! We have a fabulous evening planned including live music from “Our Friends Electric” and “Glee Club Choir”. Thank you for your interest and support in our first event of this kind!

The Circus & Summer Fayre – Sunday 10th July

Tickets are selling well for this event, there are still a few remaining… all friends and family welcome, with under 2’s free on parents’ knees (please return completed forms to the office in the box
marked CIRCUS SLPA). Tickets will be issued shortly please bear with us.

Please note the Circus is combined with our Summer Fayre which starts at 1pm including stalls, food, games, face painting, lucky dip, penalty shoot out plus much more. The doors for the Circus will open
a 2.30pm with the show running from 3-5pm. Those who don’t have Circus tickets are still very welcome at the Summer Fayre.

Bags2School

Thank you to everyone who had a declutter over the Spring. The Bags2School collection in May raised
£124.00 The next collection date is booked for just after the October half term on Wednesday 2nd November.

SLPA Income & Expenditure

We were thinking that you would perhaps like to know a bit more about how much we raise and what the money we have raised gets spent on. The following list details what we have raised and spent in this school calendar year.

Bags2School 2015 – £184
Christmas Cards – £471
Disco 2015 – £548
Christmas Fayre – £2,360
Yellow Moon – £6
Film Night – £640
Easter Egg Hunt – £175
Bags2School 2016 – £124.00
Raised so far – approx. £4,500
Money Spent in this School Calendar Year:
Book Week – £326
Art Week – £841
Projector for new hall – £3190
Digital Piano – £917
Reception Play Bark and Sand – £842
Bike-ability – £640
Playtime Equipment – £128
Year 6 Leavers’ books – £400
Year 6 Sweatshirts – £170
Spent so far, approximately £7500.

As you can see, your support at our events really does make a difference. As always, we welcome any new members so please feel free to come along to one of our monthly meetings. Or, to find out more, contact us via the SLPA email address: enquiries.slpa@gmail.com

We are currently a very small group and with the school currently expanding by one class each year we need more members to organise and support the events – any help is really appreciated thank you!

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Newsletter 8 – May 27th 2016

Dear Parents,

We wish you all an enjoyable half term break and look forward to returning refreshed for the last few weeks of what is
always a very busy term!

SATS

Year 2

Well done to the Year 2 children for completing their Key Stage 1 SATS. The children were very sensible and tried their
very best.

Year 6

“It’s such a relief SATS are over! All of Y6 have worked so hard and deserved a nice little trip to the Isle of Wight afterwards.
We were all treated to a special breakfast during the week and feel proud that we tried our best.”

Sophie.

Chicken Pox

Please be aware that we have a few cases of chickenpox in the school. If you are in any doubt about symptoms your child may
be exhibiting please seek medical advice.

Netball Round-up

We have had a very enjoyable season in the netball club. The children have greatly improved their skills in a number of areas including spacing, accurate passing and positioning on the court. It has been very rewarding seeing their confidence grow. They did Samuel Lucas proud at both rallies, playing well and showing great sportsmanship.

Well done everyone!

Y6 – Isle of Wight

“On Monday 26th May, Y6 left for the Isle of Wight. We all had an incredible time from staying in a lovely hotel to visiting an
historic ship (HMS Victory). The owners of the hotel, Mark and Dianne, were lovely people who ensured that we had a great
time in between the adventures. They gave us lovely food and a place to rest our heads. We visited some amazing places and encountered a few furry faces otherwise known as the red squirrel! The excitement of it all was unbelievable and the attractions we went to were so much fun: HMS Victory, Sandown Beach, Robin Hill, fossil hunting, Osborne House, Blackgang Chine, the Needles, Carisbrooke Castle and crazy golf.

To sum it all up, we had an unforgettable time and the next Y6 have a lot to look forward to.”

Jess Astill

Reception – Visit to Willows Farm

The Reception classes went on a visit to Willows Farm last week. We had a lovely day and the sun shone! It was very exciting
going on the coach. At the farm we saw lots of animals including sheep, goats, reindeer, chicks and shire horses. We also
had a chance to hold the guinea pigs and we were able to feed the cows and donkeys. We went on a very bumpy tractor
ride and had a lovely time in the new Peter Rabbit play area.

Finally, we had to search for Batman the reindeer and luckily we found him before we went home. A big thank you to all the parents who helped us on the trip.

Brass Lessons

If your child is keen to learn a brass in-strument, Mr Robinson will have space for September. Students must be Y3 or above.
Please let the office know if you are in-terested.

MSA Vacancy

We have a vacancy for an MSA to join our lunchtime team. The role is five days a week, for approximately 1.5 hours each day. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the school office or call in for an application form.

Reminders

Sun Cream and hats

If the weather should take a turn for the better, please remember to send your child in with a hat and also to apply sun cream at home.

Sainsbury Vouchers

Thank you very much for all the vouchers you have been donating to the school. Please trawl through your handbags, pockets, wallets and cars and bring in any stray vouchers as soon as possible!

SLPA

Fair in the Square: 7th May

Thank you to everyone that came to sup-port the Fair in the Square. A fantasti-cally sunny day for the joint schools fundraising event that had plenty of en-tertainment and stalls for the whole family to enjoy.

The SLPA stall had two games, the very popular lucky dip and Harry and Holly hedgehog, which raised approximately £100 towards the joint school fund. We will advise you of the total amount we raised in the next Newsletter.

There were some fabulous performances from the Year 3 girls (Freya, Hannah and Aimee from Aspire School of Dance) and the talented Scourfield brothers, Rowan and Finn, did themselves proud! Our stall also made the Comet so well done to Becky Jennings, Annabel Lait and Megan Wilkins.

Fingers crossed that the weather is just as kind next year!

Bags to School

Thank you to everyone who brought their unwanted items in. We raised £124.

The Circus

This summer the Circus is coming to Samu-el Lucas! Yes that’s right… “Happy’s Cir-cus” is a professional (non animal) touring extravaganza and they will be bringing their big top to our very own school field. This 2 hour spectacular will include acro-bats, aerialists, balancing acts, magic fun and so much more.

Tickets are on sale NOW! Please get your forms to the SLPA Circus box in the school office as soon as possible. This will be an event not to be missed!

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Newsletter 7 – April 27th 2016

Dear Parents,

We have a busy term ahead of us and know from experience that the next few weeks will fly by and that half term will be upon us before we know it! We are all looking forward to an improve- ment in the weather so that we can make the most of our lovely open spaces.

Staff

We are pleased to welcome Miss Painter, our new Deputy Headteacher to Samuel Lucas. Miss Painter has already met some parents and will be on the playground be- fore school. Please feel free to introduce yourselves to her.

Football Round-up

A Team Rally at Highover

On Saturday 19th March, the Samuel Lucas football team went to Highover. The first match was won against Weston, then we came up against Ickleford. Rio hit the post in the last minute after a flick up from Amrit Bhatti. Then we played Purwell and an undeserved loss was the out- come of the game. Unfortunately we then came up against Whitehill and conceded twice but played very well. Finally in the last couple of games the team reacted brilliantly and we ended up with a win (against Highover) then a draw against St Ippolyts. Overall the team came fourth but deserved better.
Elliot Koning – Y6

A Team at Highover

Samuel Lucas had a brilliant game on Wednesday 23rd March, winning 10-1 at Highover. The goal scorers were Rowan, Cian, Elliot and Mordecai. Finn C had a good game as well as Cody and Noah at the back. The half time score of 3-1 was quite different to the full time score.

B Team at Highover On March 23rd, the B team played Highover. We played really well using flu- id passing, great defence and excellent attack. At the end of the game it was 4-0 to us! Goals were scored by Gideon, Ethan and myself. Good game lads!
George Smith – Y5

Mary Exton v Samuel Lucas

On Tuesday 29th March, we played Mary Exton. Both teams had a lot of chances trying to get the ball into the back of the net. We had a strong defence which they could not get past. There were some real- ly good tackles from both our defenders, Noah Platt and Matthew Grennell. Both teams played some very nice football. The game finished 0-0 but we all enjoyed our- selves, so it did not matter what the final score was. We shook all the Mary Exton players’ hands, showing good sportsman- ship.
Amrit Bhatti – Y6

Highover Rally

1st game
Samuel Lucas 3 – Breachwood 0.

Goal scorers: George S, Gideon, Isaac

2nd game
Samuel Lucas 0 – Ickleford 0.

3rd game
Samuel Lucas 1 – M. Exton 0. Goal scorers: Isaac P-R.

4th game
Samuel Lucas 0 – Weston 1.

Semi-Final
Samuel Lucas 1 – Whitehill 0. Goal scorer: Gideon R.

Final
Samuel Lucas 0 – Weston 3.

Really well played by everyone, unlucky with the final score, can’t believe we came 2nd!

Blogging/Website

Please keep looking at our Website. We will be updating curriculum information on the class pages. We are also going to begin putting information on our class blogs!

Star Performers

Well done to Amelie Sangster and Lily Summers-Pritchard on passing their Grade 2 piano exams, Agnes Barr and Fe- lix Hay and on passing their Grade 1 clarinet exams, Lucy Carmichael on passing her Grade 1 bassoon, Claudia Condon on passing her Grade 1 cornet exam, Freya Strickland on passing her Grade 1 tenor horn, Amelie Woolass on passing her Grade 1 flute exam and Alice Bridge on passing her Grade 2 flute exam. On a non-musical note we would like to congratulate Jess Astill who took part in the Primary National Cross Country Championships last month and came a very respectable 46th out of 169 runners. Herts Y6 girls were placed in 3rd position.

Lost Property

All named lost property has been re- turned to its owners over the last few days. Please can you keep an eye on your children’s sweatshirts etc to make sure they are wearing their own clothes and not somebody else’s! We now have a number of unclaimed jackets which are in the corridor by the back entrance to the main building (where the packed lunches are stored). All un-named, unclaimed items in good condition will be put in the next Bags2School collection or given to the SLPA for re-sale.

Reminders

Play Equipment

Can we remind you that pupils and siblings are not allowed on the outdoor play equipment before or after school. Please help us to keep your children safe.

Mobile phones

Children should not be bringing mobile phones into school unless they have a very long walk home on their own, in which case they should be handed in to the office for safekeeping. This is for e-safety reason.

SLPA

Thank you to everyone who took part in and helped with the Easter Egg Hunt. We made a profit of £175.76 so it was worth getting wet for! If you have been spring cleaning and sort- ing out your wardrobes please be aware that Bags2school will be taking place again on Friday May 13th and the blue bags will be sent home shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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