Autumn 2 Week 5

Dear Parents/Carers of Stanborough Primary School,

The Christmas season at school is beginning to click into gear as children have started rehearsing for our annual Christmas concert. It is a very busy time of year for the staff and pupils, however, we are ensuring that we keep a good balance between Christmas related activities and the normal school routine. 

I would like to thank the parents and carers who were able to attend the following events last week:

–          EYFS & KS1 Phonics Morning with Mr Pritchard

–          Our monthly joint assembly with Stanborough Secondary School at Stanborough Park Church (it was great fun sharing the ‘Good News!).

Today all pupils will have opportunity to visit North Watford Library as part of drive to further develop a love of reading. In addition, this week we will be hosting our first parent forum, which will take place on Wednesday 30th November (and half-termly thereafter) in the Wellbeing Room. Parents are invited for refreshments with members of the Senior Leadership team from 8:45 am – 9:30 am – You will have the opportunity to meet other parents in the school, voice any concerns and ask questions. All feedback will be noted and any action taken will be communicated in due course. We do hope that you can join us to celebrate our successes and help to further improve our school and the wider school community.


Please can we ask you to ensure that your child wears the correct uniform (including a black coat) on Monday and Tuesday and the correct PE uniform on Thursday and Friday. I have noticed that our once high standards have slipped. Wednesday is our only non-uniform day. Thank you for helping us to maintain our uniform expectations and high standards.   Please click on below link to access the uniform list and online shop for your perusal.

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 28th November 2022): Gratitude – St Andrews Day

Values Roll of Honour: (W/C 21st November 2022):

ResiliencePhineas, Lucca, Matthias, Joycellin, Truthi, Israel, Evelyn, Diya, Zachary, Finley & Rutendo.
AcceptanceAbel, Aaron W, Mahlon, Joycellin, Krisztian, Hana, Elisha, Timothy & Finley.
IndependenceDavid, Lerato, Hayli, Philip, Idelle, Martin, Evelyn, Orla, George, Barbora & Austin.
CuriosityMehdi, David, Stefan, Hayli, Joycellin, Zara, Martin, Hana, Thandiwe, George, Barbora, Micah A-C & Nomsa.
ExcellenceAbel, Phineas, Aaron W, Stephanie, Mahlon, Idelle, Aaron, Ved, Hana, Aniyah, Orla, Nathan A-C, Unami, Thiago & Shemilore.
Self-ControlMehdi, Aurelia, Stephanie, Matthias, James, Israel, Micah W, Thandiwe, Elisha, Marqueza & Amy.
RespectEva, Lucca, Matthias, Philip, Michaela, Nathan R, Micah W, Diya, Nathan A-C, Christiana & Rutendo.
CooperationDavid, Mehdi, Stefan, Mahlon, Stephanie, Chloe, All of Year 3, All of Year 4, Zachary & Nomsa.
**Growth Mind-set **Abel, Aaron W, Joycellin, Hayli, All of Year 2, Nathan R, Aniyah, Jadon, Rhea, Sophia & Shemilore.

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 21stNovember 2022:

Year 1Philip
Year 2Idelle
Year 3Aaron
Year 4Diya
Year 5Unami
Year 6Finley

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

Attendance W/C 21st November 2022:

Each school in the local authority has an attendance target that is set for them. This year our school attendance target is 96%. Of course, we do not expect children who are unwell to come to school. They need to stay at home and rest to get well. They also need to stay at home, so they do not pass on illness to others.

Year GroupAttendance %
Year 193.33%
Year 2100%
Year 3100%
Year 497.37%
Year 598%
Year 696.67%

Please contact the office if your child is unable to attend school by 10:00 am every day in line with our school policy. 

HCL School Lunches Autumn Term 2022 (2nd Half):

We are on Week 2 of the menu this week.

HCL FESTIVE LUNCH – 14th December 2022:

HCL will be providing us with a vegetarian Christmas dinner this year. This will be on Wednesday 14th December 2022 (Please note that the normal HCL menu will not be running this day). 

The Christmas dinner will consist of:

  • Quorn Fillet (v) 
  • Veggie Sausage (v)
  • Roast Potatoes 
  • Sage and Onion Stuffing 
  • Gravy 
  • With a Choice of Seasonal Vegetables 

Choice of Christmas Dessert 

  • Chocolate Crispy Pudding 
  • Christmas Shortbread
  • Reindeer Cupcakes
  • Raspberry Ice-Cream Roll

Please let the school office know by Friday, 2nd December 2022 if you would like your child to have a Christmas dinner (£2.60). If you do not order a Christmas dinner for your child, we will assume that they will be bringing a packed lunch on that day. Please also note that as the festive lunch falls on a ‘Wellness Wednesday’ children can wear non-uniform as normal. 

We will accept cash at the school office or online via our school account REF Child’s Name festive Lunch. 

 PLEASE NOTE: If your child has regular school dinners and you have already paid for this term, I will use one of the meal tickets that I have at the school office for your child’s festive lunch.

School Photographs – Individual & Siblings:

Just a reminder that the school photos are now live! If you have pre-registered you should now have an email with your unique access link. If not please contact Carmel Jane Photography via the following link:

All photographs will be sent straight to home address with limited discounts available for the first 14 days.

Any problems please contact:


Tel: 01277 822674 (9am-2pm)

Carmel Jane Photography

Save the Children’s National Christmas Jumper Day – Thursday, 8th December 2022:

On Thursday 8th December, millions of people up and down the country will come together – at their workplace, school or with friends – to make the world better with a sweater. This year will be TWICE as good as before. Every time you donate £2, the UK government has promised to give £2 to Save the Children too*. That means double the funds and double the fun! With all that extra cash, Save the Children has big plans to help mums and babies in Kenya. Please note that Children can wear their Christmas jumpers over their PE T-Shirt.

Be Bright Be Seen:

Now that winter is coming and it is getting darker in the evenings, we ask that you remind your children about the importance of wearing bright clothing and making themselves visible to others, especially vehicles.

If they ride a bike to and from school, it is a legal requirement for them to have a front and rear light on their bikes. You might also choose to ensure that they wear reflective accessories.

Please also remind them of the importance of looking properly before crossing the road, making themselves seen and avoiding distraction.

 Key Dates:

M-F 28th – 2ndDecemberClass Assessments
Friday, 2nd DecemberWellbeing launch – CANCELLED
Tuesday, 6th DecemberSecondary School Carol service 7pm
Thursday, 8th December National Christmas Jumper day
Wednesday, 14thDecemberChristmas Concert Dress Rehearsal 2pm
Thursday, 15th DecemberAutumn Term Ends 2pmChristmas Concert 7pm (School Hall)
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS –     Friday 16th December 2022 – Tuesday 3rd Jan 2023
Wednesday, 4th Jan 2023SPRING TERM (1st HALF) BEGINS

See the link for our school calendar –

Finally, let us remember  James 1:17 (NIV) which states, ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows’.

Love and Blessings,

Mrs Madden