Spring 2 Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was a tremendously busy week leading up to the half-term holiday. We started the week with a whole school assembly to celebrate Children Mental Health week; this year’s theme was ‘Growing Together’. The Digital Leaders also delivered assemblies across the school for Internet Safety day. A significant highlight was our annual mastermind Competition- I want to thank all children who participated this year. We look forward to crowning our Mastermind champions at the end of year celebration assembly. We also had a special visit from our new Education Director, Lorraine McDonald. We are looking forward to working with her to drive school improvement further and create a centre of excellence.

This week our class teachers  look forward to discussing your child’s progress  on Wednesday or Thursday evening.  Reading continues to be (and always will be!) a big priority and so we are looking forward to coming back after half term to World Book Day and to sharing lots of lovely children’s’ literature. To support parents with reading at home we will be running an online information session for EYFS parents on Wednesday 3rd March straight after school  —further details to follow next week.

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 21st February 2022): Acceptance

Values Roll of Honour (W/C 7th February 2022)

ExcellenceElicia, Philip, Michaela, Fatima, Aaron R, Evelyn, Ved, Micah, Diya, Thandiwe, Aniyah, Zachary, Sophia G, Rhea, Christiana, Nomsa, Rutendo, Shemilore, Arjun & Isaac. 
ResilienceAbel, Phineas, Mahlon, Ed Mitchel, Fatima, All of Years 2 & 3, Rutendo, Austin, Emmanuel, Amanda & Jana. 
IndependenceLucca, Stephanie, Michaela, Zara, All of Years 2 & 3, Thiago, Rhea, Unami, Christiana, Emmanuel, Rutendo, Shemilore, Nomsa, Gabriella & Caden. 
Co-operationEva, All of Reception, Zara, Sophia M, Michaela, All of Years 2 & 3, Rhea, Christiana, Unami, Austin, Nomsa, Reeya & Oluwaloni.
Self-ControlPhineas, Eva, All of Reception, Michaela, Fatima, Chloe, Unami, Amy, Lucas & Tayla-Ann.
CuriosityAbel, Elicia, Philip, James, Sophia M, Ved Aaron R, Micah, Evelyn, Kemuel, Jadon, Diya, Zachary, Rhea, Christiana, Sophia G, Thiago, Marqueza, Austin, Shemilore, Nomsa, Eden & Simona. 
AcceptanceLerato, Stefan, Joycellin, Michael, James, All of Years 2 & 3, Unami, Rhea, Christiana, Zachary, Austin, Aaron G &  Noah. 
RespectLerato, All of Reception, Chloe, Ed Mitchel, James, All of Years 2 & 3, Emmanuel, Rutendo, Zainab & Christopher D. 
**Growth Mind-set **Stefan, Philip, Chloe, Aaron R, Diya, Sophia G, Austin & Christopher O.

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 7th February 2022:

NurseryAurelia
ReceptionPhilip
Year 1Michaela
Year 2Aaron
Year 3Diya
Year 4Zachary
Year 5Shemilore
Year 6Reuben

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

Swimming – after half-term (W/C 21.02.2022):

From this week swimming lessons will take place on Tuesday afternoons at Woodside from 2:30pm – 3:00pm to accommodate the staffing needs at Woodside Leisure Centre. As before, the children will be required to wear their school uniform and bring their swimming kits to school and they will be transported to and from Woodside as usual. All children need to be collected from school at 3:30pm, not Woodside. 

COVID-19 :
 Anyone who is self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace. If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.  Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available Hand Hygiene Please continue to support the school by encouraging your children to maintain good hand hygiene throughout the day through co-operating when asked to wash or sanitise their hands. Please re-mind your child of the importance of washing their hands in soap and water for 20 seconds.  COVID Symptoms It is also important that you do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of COVID- 19 and that they stay at home while you seek a PCR test. reported symptoms for the Omicron variant include a runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat as well as a repeated cough, high temperature and loss of taste and smell.  Instructions for reporting positive COVID-19 cases Please advise us if your child has tested positive for COVID-19. NHS Test and Trace will deal with contacting any persons considered to be a close contact.  Symptoms that you should consider are; · headache · runny nose · sore throat · new continuous cough and/or · high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)   

Attendance W/C 7th February 2022:Each school in the local authority has an attendance target that is set for them. This year our school attendance target is 97%. Of course, we do not expect children who are unwell to come into school. They need to stay at home and rest to get well. They also need to stay at home, so they don’t pass on illness to others.

Year GroupAttendance %
Nursery80.3%
Reception80%
Year 180%
Year 283.33%
Year 366.67%
Year 488.57%
Year 596.67%
Year 692.94%

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.

World Book Day 2022:

On Thursday, 3rd March 2022, we would like the children to come dressed as their favourite animal or an animal character from a book to celebrate world day. Please note that PE will be on Wednesday that week but and we will remind you of this nearer the time   

Fundraising Clothes Bank:

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.

Inclement Weather:

It is always our intention that the school will remain open unless the weather conditions make it difficult for the children and staff to travel to school safely. The decision as to whether the school opens will normally be made by 7am on the day in question. A message will be posted on our website www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk (Please note that the Inclement Weather Policy can be viewed on our website) as well as on Class Dojo. The decision made is based on risk assessment in conjunction with the advice given by Hertfordshire Education Authority, Hertfordshire Police Service and neighbouring schools including our Secondary School.

 Key Dates:

DateEvent
23rd February 2022Pupil Progress Evening 4-6pm (appt only)
24th February 2022Pupil Progress Evening 6-8pm (appt only)
3rd March 2022World Book Day (Animal Theme)
7-11Th March 2022SCIENCE WEEK

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

Finally, We know in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Love and Blessings,

Mrs Madden

Headteacher