Dear Parent and Carers,
Last week turned out to be an extraordinarily busy school week. Our ‘Make a Difference’ focus allowed children to exchange gifts as well as kind and uplifting words with one another and from class to class. Some of these kind gestures evoked all kinds of warm feelings. We hope that the children extended their thoughtfulness and kindness at home too! Last week we also commenced our focus on inspiring black personalities with a visit from Chey Hall, Headteacher of Ultra Education.
Another highlight of the week was our focus on Mental Health Week. This was marked on Wednesday to coincide with our well-being day – many children made the effort to mark the occasion by wearing something yellow. Mental Health and wellbeing has become a key aspect running through all we do as we want to continue to cater for the whole person.
SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 11th October 2021): Respect
Values Roll of Honour (W/C 4th October 2021)
|Excellence||Lerato, Joycellin, Chloe, Idelle, Sophia M, Hana, Diya, Thiago, Amy Lucas & Amanda.|
|Resilience||Elicia, Mahlon, Lucca, James, Michael, Aaron, Hana, Evelyn, Ved, George, Jadon, Aniyah, Sophia G, Zachary, Simona, Christopher O & Tayla-Ann.|
|Independence||Philip, Elicia, Eva, Phineas, Isaiah, Sophia M, Michaela, Hana, Evelyn, Ved, Aaron R, Martin, Micah, George, Kemuel, Rutendo, Noah & Christopher D.|
|Co-operation||All of Early Years, Isaiah & Michael, All of Years 2/3, All of Years 4/5, Isaac & Reuben.|
|Self-Control||Eva, Mahlon, James, Michaela, Zara, Chloe, Sophia M, Isaiah, Micah, Martin, Evelyn, Hana, All of Year 3, Austin, Isaac & Gabriella.|
|Curiosity||All of Nursery, Matthias, Ed Mitchel, James, Hana, Ved, Martin, Thandiwe, Diya, Jadon, Thiago, Shemilore, Caden, Reeya & Reuben.|
|Acceptance||Stephanie, Aurelia, Chloe, Zara, Thandiwe, George, Jadon, Christiana, Eden & Jana.|
|Respect||Stefan, Stephanie, Matthias, James, Chloe, Hana, Evelyn, George, Diya, & Oluwaloni.|
|**Growth Mindset **||Lucca, Joycellin, James, Hana, George, Unami, Rutendo & Aaron G.|
Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 4th October 2021:
Keep letting your light shine! I am so proud of you all.
|You will be aware that NHS test and trace now get in touch with close contacts, who are then advised to take a PCR test. Pupils under 18 identified as close contacts do not need to self-isolate if they do not have symptoms. Each school is required to have a contingency plan in the event of an outbreak. General COVID information Symptoms: • a high temperature • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal. If you are not sure whether you or your child’s symptoms suggest that they have coronavirus or an everyday cough or cold, you can consult this online NHS symptom checker: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If you are concerned about your child’s health or the health of anyone else in your household please seek advice from your GP, use NHS 111 online https://111.nhs.uk/ or call NHS 111.|
Attendance W/C 4th October 2021
Each school in the local authority has an attendance target that is set for them. This year our published school attendance target is 97.5%.
|Year Group||Attendance %|
Please contact the office if your child is unable to attend school by 10:00 am every day in line with our school policy. We understand that the building is cold, but we have to keep the windows open for ventilation due to Government regulations, so please ensure that your children arrive at school with lots of layers to keep warm.
Thank you for the donations we have received so far. Can we please ask for any further donations to be handed in to the school office by Friday 15th October. We can only accept non-perishable, tinned and dried goods.
As our Harvest Festival falls on a ‘Wellness Wednesday’ we would like the children to come to school in plain non-uniform clothing (No logo’s on T-shirts/jumpers etc..) preferably in Autumn Colours, if possible. We will be recording the class items in the afternoon and we will send a copy of the performances to parents once it is ready.
Year 6 Transition to Secondary School
Please be aware that the deadline for applications to secondary schools is approaching fast and the closing date for both online and paper applications is Sunday 31 October 2021. Please ensure that you apply in good time at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions
Letters regarding the upcoming Flu (nasal spray) immunisation were sent home a few weeks ago. Please return the forms as soon as possible (even if you DO NOT want your child to have the spray) If you require another copy of the form please visit the school office.
Fundraising Clothes Bank
We now have a clothes bank in the school car park. Please feel free to donate any unwanted clothes, shoes or textiles which will help raise funds for our school. Please ensure that all items are in a carrier bag/black sack before depositing. Thank you.
Parents Consultation Meeting
Parents’ evenings will be held next term on Wednesday 3rd November and Thursday 4th November 2021. We have made the decision to continue with our virtual meetings as before and we are excited to be able to connect with you virtually and share in your child’s learning journey. The meetings will be hosted using Zoom. You should have received an email from the school office asking you to confirm your preferred day and time slot.
|Wellbeing Room – Official opening||11th October 2021|
|Harvest Festival Assembly||13th October 2021|
|African and Indian Dance Workshops||19th October 2021|
|Last Day of Term (1st Half) school ends at 1:30pm||20th October 2021|
|First Aid Training for all Staff||21st October & 22nd October 2021|
|First Day of Term (2nd Half)||1st November 2021|
|Parliament Week Begins||1st November – 5th November 2021|
|Visit from Mr Dean Russel (MP)||1st November 2021|
See link for our school calendar – http://www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk/calendar-2/
Finally, let us remember that ‘He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name’. Psalms 23:3
Love and blessings,