Head Teacher’s Blog

Dear Parents & Carers, 

It was terrific to see the children engaged in their learning and participating fully in the after school clubs once again. As expected, behaviour in lessons has been exemplary, with pupils demonstrating a thirst for knowledge in all subjects. Last Wednesday, the children had a wonderful time engaging in the various military activities  – they showed grit and determination. We are very proud of them! I would also like thank all parents and carers who attended our ‘ Introductory Parent Meeting’ via zoom. It was great to see so many of you. We do hope that you found the meeting informative and useful. This week I intend to spend more time in the classrooms reviewing books and talking to the children about their learning. 

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 20th September 2021): Curiosity

Values Roll of Honour (W/C 13th September 2021)

ExcellenceEva, Aurelia, Hana, Aaron, Diya, Thandiwe, Jadon, Amelia, Amy, Caden & Tayla-Ann. 
ResilienceJoycellin, James, Ed-Mitchel, Ved, Evelyn, Thandiwe, Diya, Jadon, Sophia G, Zachary, Oluwaloni & Reuben. 
IndependenceMatthias, Philip, Michaela, Sophia M, Zara, All of Year 2, Thandiwe, Diya, Kemuel, Jadon, Rutendo, Gabriella & Amanda. 
Co-operationLucca, Elicia, All of Year 1, All of Years 2 & 3, All of Years 4 & 5 & All of Year 6
Self-ControlPhilip, Zara, Sophia M, Michael, Martin, Evelyn, Hana, Kemuel, Jadon, Aniyah, Austin & Christopher O. 
CuriosityAll Early Years, Michael, Chloe, Piers, Hana, Evelyn, Ved, Thiago, Emmanuel, Lucas, Arjun, Aaron G, & Christopher D. 
Acceptance Stephanie, Idelle, Michaela, Piers, Martin, Evelyn, Aaron, Micah, Thandiwe, Diya, George, Christiana, Jana & Simona. 
RespectIdelle, Michaela, Chloe, Hana, Evelyn, Martin, All of Year 3, All of Years 4 & 5, Reeya & Noah. 
**Growth Mind-set **Michael, Evelyn, Jadon, Thiago, Rutendo & Eden. 

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 13th September 2021:

Nursery Elicia
Reception Stephanie
Year 1 Michaela
Year 2 Martin
Year 3 Diya
Year 4  Thiago
Year 5  Rutendo
Year 6  Isaac

 Keep letting your light shine! I am so proud of you all.

COVID-19
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 13th September 2021 2021

Each school in the local authority has an attendance target which is set for them. This year our published school attendance target is 97.5%. Well done to Reception, Years 2, 4 and 5 with a 100% attendance. 

Year GroupAttendance %
Nursery83.33
Reception100%
Year 198.0
Year 2100%
Year 393.33
Year 4100%
Year 5100%
Year 695.0

Please contact the office if your child is unable to attend school by 10:00am 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.

Year 6 Transition to Secondary School

Please be reminded that the portal is now open should you wish to apply for a Secondary School place. Please apply online at: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

The application process closes on 31st October 2021. 

Flu Immunisation

Letters regarding the upcoming Flu (nasal spray) immunisation were sent home last week. 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.

H.S.A Volunteers

Would you like to join the Home School Association (H.S.A.)?  They have lots of exciting events planned for this school year and would love to welcome some new parents to come and join them and support them in making it a fun-filled year! Would you please let the school office know if you could spare a bit of your time (however big or small) to help the H.S.A. run events.

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.

Key Dates:

EventDate
National Fitness DayWednesday 22nd  September 2021
The Story of Aesop’s Fables ProductionWednesday 29th September 2021
Poetry  DayThursday, 30th September 2021
Whole School Open MorningFriday, 1st October 2021
Make a Difference Week 4th – 8th October 2021
Stanborough Secondary School Open Day (Years 5/6)Thursday, 7th October 2021

See link for our school calendar – http://www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk/calendar-2/

Finally, let us remember ‘Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path’. Psalms 119:105

Love and blessings, 

Mrs T Madden 

Headteacher