Head’s Newsletter 23rd September 2016

The theme of Monday morning’s assembly was stewardship. Throughout the course of the week the children have shown how they have taken care of their talents to make great strides in their learning and ultimately their achievements: our cross country team saw two children from year 6 placed in the top 10 runners at the first outing of the season, such was the knowledge that the children in year 4 displayed on their trip to St Albans Abbey/Cathedral it was commented on by a number of adults, and the first set of silver stickers (from our behaviour policy) were awarded through the week. We have lots to celebrate.Please remember that from 12pm tomorrow the first PTA event of the year takes place – our Welcome Fair. Please make every effort to attend and we look forward to welcoming many of you to the festivities. Thank you to every one who brought a bottle in to school on Thursday, your donations were gratefully received.

The word of the week is: SHARING – St Francis of Assisi reminds us in his great prayer that it is in giving that we receive and we are also reminded by St Ignatius that we give, not to count the cost – but how often do we do something for others without thinking no matter how small the gesture?


Cross Country– We were very proud of all of our runners after Thursday evening’s first event of the year. Two children from year 6 were placed in the top 10 in a field of over 120 runners. This a magnificent achievement so early in the season. Congratulations to every one who took part yesterday for representing the school in such a fantastic way.


Parentmail – Many parents have spoken to me about the ease and the difficulties you are experiencing with Parentmail. Whilst we recognise the importance of having an information sharing system that is easy to use in one application, it has taken a long time to solve a range of technical issues. Most of them stemmed from the difficulty we experienced in getting that the school’s new server configured with the Parentmail system. We seemed to have resolved the problem for the most part and we thank you for your patience and understanding during a time that many parents have described as frustrating. Please inform Ms Cornford in the office if you are still experiencing any further problems.


Breakfast and After School Clubs – There is no need to book if you wish for your child to access both of these clubs. The school offers “wrap around care” from 7.45am through to 6.00pm for all parents, should they wish to use the facilities on offer.

Breakfast club opens at 7.45am and runs through to 8.45am. It costs £3 per session per child  Children are offered a choice of a bacon sandwich, toast, cereal and juice and the opportunity to spend time with their friends in an inclusive environment before school. The club is staffed by Mrs Walker and Ms Cornford and the children are joined regularly by members of staff who sit and chat with them over their breakfast.

After School Club runs from 3.20pm through to 6.00pm and costs £6.50 per child per session. The children have the opportunity to complete their homework and the time to develop their friendships through play and learning. The club is run by Mrs Walker and Mrs Sheldrake. Children are given a snack of toast or fruit bar and a drink of fruit squash which is included in the price.

If your child attends an activity after school and you want them to go to the After School Club once it has finished, then we offer a reduced rate of £5 for the session.

If you haven’t tried out these clubs please do consider them. We look forward to welcoming you.


Twitter – The school has a twitter feed which we try to keep up to date with different activities that take place at school. Our twitter handle is  – @headaands

The feed is also embedded on to the school website. We look forward to receiving new followers.



Homework – Many parents have commented that they either like the new system, or, they are struggling to find time to complete the activities through the week. The school works very hard to build positive relationships with parents about many aspects of school life and we welcome your feedback on the issues we face together.

The new system helps children to consolidate their learning through the week, and allows teachers time to mark the work so that it is ready to be returned to children early (or through) the following week. By collecting homework in towards the end of the week teachers also have time prepare the next set of activities. We intend to send out a questionnaire in the new year to ask for comments and feedback about the way homework has been set this term. Thank you for your support with this new initiative.


Nicholas Breakspear – Representatives from Nicholas Breakspear, our local Catholic Secondary School, will speak to parents from children in Years 5 and 6 on Thursday 29th September at 2pm. All are welcome.


Future Dates – Saturday 24th September – Welcome fair at the Infant School 12.00pm  – 3.00pm

Monday 26th September – Welcome to Year 5 meeting for parents 9.15am

Wednesday 28th September – Coding Club to start after school

MONDAY 3rd OCTOBER – FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER – Year 6 School Journey to Stackpole Outdoor Activity Centre

Week Commencing 10th and 17th October – Teacher / Parent Consultations


The Big Question – If I deliberately drop a bucket of paint on to a canvass, is it art? What if I drop it accidentally?


Attendance – Congratulations to Classes 2 3 and 6 who all had a 99% attendance for this week. Keep this up children!!


Love as High as the Heavens

Love as high as the heavens,

Justice as deep as the sea,

Righteousness like the mountains:

God is faithful to me.