Spring 1 Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another busy week at Stanborough. The children from Nursery to Year 4 enjoyed a drama workshop, and the staff enjoyed a Maths CPD session where they spent time reconnecting with maths fluency through various games. We want to extend our sincere thanks to Mrs Adewole, our Maths Lead, and James Roach (CEO of the Multi Academy Trust) for providing a stimulating session to further reignite, develop and improve teaching across the school in this area.

This week, all children will participate in an Internet Safety Workshop. Please see January’s newsletter (issued tomorrow) for an opportunity to access the parent workshops to enable you to keep abreast of the online challenges and how you can help to keep your child safe on the world wide web. 

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 30thJanuary 2023): Resilience 

Values Roll of Honour: (W/C 23rd January 2023):

ResilienceGabbie, Lucca, Mahlon, Matthias, Chloe, Ved, Micah W, Nathan A-C, George, Marqueza & Rutendo.
AcceptanceMehdi, Lerato, Joycellin, Hayli, Zara, Martin, Nathan R, Aniyah, Thandiwe,  Timothy & Shemilore.
IndependenceDavid, Stefan, Stephanie, Philip, Michaela, Ved, Martin, Nathan A-C, Thandiwe, Elisha, Sophia G & Amy.
CuriosityRichard, Aurelia, Hayli, Mahlon, Michael, Micah W, Evelyn, Nathan R, Orla, George,  Micah A-C & Nomsa. 
ExcellenceEva, Aaron, Matthias, Stephanie, Chloe, Hana, Ved, Nathan A-C, Diya, Unami, Rhea, Christiana & Shemilore.
Self-ControlDavid, Lerato, Philip, Mahlon, James, Aaron R, Israel, Diya, Aniyah, Jadon, Thiago & Austin.
RespectPhineas, Aurelia, Hayli, Philip, Fatima, Hana, Elisha, Orla, Christiana, Barbora & Rutendo.
CooperationGabbie, Mehdi, Lucca, Philip, Matthias, Truthi, Diya, Orla, Jadon, Timothy & Shemilore.
**Growth Mind-set **Abel, Lucca, Joycellin, Hayli, Idelle, Aaron R, Aniyah, Zachary & Finley.

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 23rd  January 2023:

ReceptionAaron W
Year 1Matthias
Year 2Sophia M
Year 3Nathan R
Year 4Nathan A-C
Year 5Unami
Year 6Austin 

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

Attendance W/C 23rd  January 2023:

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 1100%
Year 294%
Year 386.25%
Year 4100%
Year 597%
Year 6100%

Congratulations to Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 4 & Year 6 for 100% attendance this week. Keep it up!

Medical/Dental Appointments:

Please hand in a written note to the teacher/school office, or telephone the school office. This ensures your child’s attendance is recorded correctly. 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 Spring Term 2023 (1st Half)

If you wish to pay for school meals for the whole of Spring term (1st half) it is £65.00. We are on Week 2 of the menu this week. 

Termination of Contract with HCL (School meal providers):

Just a reminder that HCL, our current caterers, have advised that they  want to increase our school meals from £2.60  to £4.00 per day for the following reasons:

  • Low pupil daily uptake for school meals
  • Increase of cost living  – rising food costs
  • Increase in salaries for their staff members

I have challenged the steep increase and have been left with only one option – to mutually agree to end our contract with HCL, as we are unable to find a middle ground to proceed. HCL will only provide us with school meals until Friday, 10th February 2023  – the end of this half-term. Therefore, from w/c 20th February 2023, you must provide your child with a packed lunch daily until further notice.

In the meantime Mrs Aguiar and I will work closely with Stanborough Secondary School to upgrade our kitchen facilities and endeavour to secure a new caterer to provide hot meals daily from either campus, as before. We hope to be in a position again, from the summer term, to offer hot meals to all pupils. Please keep our intentions at the forefront of your prayers as we continue to work diligently to resolve this issue. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause; we have not taken this decision lightly. Please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office if you have any concerns.

After-School Clubs:

Please remember to sign and pay for the club before your child attends. We still have a few places left in some of our after-school clubs. Please check and sign up at the office so your child does not miss out.

Swimming Lessons – Spring Term Second Half:

We have secured weekly swimming lessons again for Years 3 – 6 at Everyone Active Watford- Central for Spring Term (2nd half). This will start on Thursday, 23rd February after the half-term. More information to follow.

Safer Internet Day:
Safer Internet Day takes place on Tuesday 7thFebruary with the theme ‘Making space for conversations about life online’. The day is an opportunity to educate pupils on safe and respectful use of the internet and social media.

 Key Dates:

30th Jan – 3rdFebMaths Week
3rd February 2023Internet Safety Workshops
7th February 2023Safer Internet Day
8th February 2023  Mastermind Competition
10th February 2023Spring Term (1st Half) Ends – 13:30pm

See the link for our school calendar – https://www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk/calendar/

Finally, let us remember, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord”. Hebrews 12:14

Love and Blessings,

Mrs Madden