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Newsletter – June 2018

Dear Parents,

This half term is going quickly and we are already close to the end of another school year with lots of things still to do! We have Sports Day and our Exhibition Open Evening coming up in the next couple of weeks, to which you are all warmly welcome to attend.


 Well done to all those children who were selected to represent the school at the Athletics competition held at Hitchin Boys School and for making it through to the finals being held in the next couple of weeks. Good luck!

Sports Day

This year sports day will be on Tuesday 17th July.

EYFS and Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2) will be held in the morning starting at 9.30am and finishing around 11.15am. The children will participate in all of the events in their school house teams and parents and grandparents are welcome to stay and watch. Once you have dropped your child off, you can make your way to the playing field.

In the afternoon we will have the Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) athletics. The children will take part in a number of events to earn points for their school house team. They will start at 1.30pm and we aim to finish by 3.00pm. Once again, parents & grandparents are welcome to come along and watch. You should arrive just before 1.30pm and make your way up to the playing field through the large green gate at the end of the top car park.

On Sports Day, please can all children come to school in their PE kits and bring a sun hat and a named bottle of water with them. We also suggest that your child has sun cream applied before they arrive at school. However, if the weather forecast is inclement and we need to cancel the event, we will send out a message by Parentmail.

We hope that the sun will be shining and that as many parents and grandparents as possible are able to come along and support the children.

EYFS Gold Award

Congratulations to our EYFS team who have achieved the Gold Award in Early Years

Quality Standards. The team will be going to a ceremony at Robertson House in Stevenage to collect the award next month. EYFS parents and children will be celebrating the award at their Teddy Bear Picnic in July.

Hot Weather

Please ensure your child brings a sun hat to school and has a water bottle with them every day, filled with plain water (no juice or squash). We are happy for the children to wear their PE kits to school if they find it cooler than normal school uniform on very hot days. They may wear plimsolls or trainers but no sandals are to be worn. Please ensure all long hair is tied up. Under no circumstances should a child bring sun-cream into school. Please apply sun-cream to your child before they come in, if necessary.

Staffing Update

We have recently appointed some new Teaching Assistants. Mrs Natalia Fisher and Mrs Jo Staddon have already begun working with us this half term and in September we welcome Ms Lisa Bernstein to our TA team. We have also recently appointed a new EYFS Phase Leader and teacher, Mrs Sarah Fisher who will be starting with us in September, along with a new teacher for Year 4, Miss Naomi Shepherd and a Year 3 teacher, Ms Dalena Mai.

Mobile Phones

For safeguarding reasons, children are not allowed to bring mobile phones into school. If there are special circumstances whereby a child does have a mobile phone and the school is aware of the reasons, the phone must be handed into the school office at the start of each school day and collected at the end of the day.

Exhibition Open Evening

We look forward to seeing all our parents at the forthcoming Exhibition Open Evening on Tuesday 10th July from 4pm until 7pm and showing off the school to you and children’s work across all the year groups. This is also an opportunity for you to see your child’s new classroom.

Isle of Wight (from Mr Burgess)

Our trip was a wonderful experience due to the children, the hotel, the weather and the staff!

From the HMS Victory tour in Portsmouth to the Crazy Golf on the sea-front on Friday, spirits were high and a lovely balance of fun and learning was achieved. Having two major activities each day ensured that everyone was fully engaged and suitably tired by bed-time!

Speaking to the class, I was pleased that there was a real mixture of “highlights.” The water slide and toboggan run proved popular, of course, although the quiet time at Alum Bay, the glass-blowing demonstration and the story-teller evening all received mentions, as did Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle and Blackgang Chine.

It was lovely to see everyone playing so happily together on the beach on Monday evening: mermaids and elaborate sand writing were created, as well as skimming competitions, “Crazy It” and even individual long-jump practice! This was an indication of things to come for the rest of the week: good-natured co-operation and a sense of achievement.

Thank you to all who commented on the blogs and well done to the children for their excellent behaviour and attitude. The projects that they subsequently submitted as home learning are absolutely incredibly and show a great deal of imagination and pride. We are currently working hard on our project books in class.

I would like to thank Miss McArdle, Mrs Thomas and Ms Thrussell for going with the children to the Isle of Wight and giving up their time to be with them for the week.

Diary Dates

Date Class Event Time
Tuesday 10th July ALL Exhibition Open Evening 4pm – 7pm
Friday 13th July All welcome SLPA Picnic
Tuesday 17th July EYFS, Yr 1, Yr 2 Sports Day 9.30am-11.15am
Tuesday 17th July Yr 3, Yr 4, Yr 5,

Yr 6

Sports Day 1.30pm – 3pm
Wednesday 18th July EYFS Teddy Bear Picnic 2pm
Friday 20th July ALL Terms Ends 2pm


Information on some upcoming events from local organisations can be found on these following links:

Foodbank Flyer Summer 2018

Fun Day Flyer

Hospice Colour Clash

Summer Holiday Activities 2018 (incl Term Time Activities)

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