Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Dodgeball Competition As some of you may know, we have a dodgeball club which runs at lunch time and is very well attended by many children. A while back, the children entered a competition and had a great day out competing against other schools in St Albans. Mrs Hayman, who took her daughter Gabby to compete said, “Although they didn’t win, they all played very well and displayed good and honest sportsmanship.” This is always great to hear, that the children, although perhaps not winning, are still being gracious in their defeat. Our club hasn’t been running very long so there is still plenty of opportunities to develop and who knows, maybe win a few trophies in the future. Well done to our Dodgeballers!!!

Get you grown-ups gardening   – Saturday 19th May 9.00am-1.00pm   – Refreshments provided

Calling all Green fingers!!

Spring is well and truly underway and our school garden areas need a bit of a tidy up so, we would like your help. I am by no means an expert gardener so help in all forms will be greatly welcomed!

If you have the time, please come along to school next Saturday 19th May and help spruce it up!  If you could bring your own gardening equipment and let the office/ class teacher know that you can help, that would be great.

This year, if I may be so bold, I would like to make a request. I wondered, if possible we could have a donation of some plants/ potted trees / soil etc so that we could brighten our gardens up a bit. We have several empty hanging baskets that are just waiting to be filled and some beds full of weeds that are crying out for colour.

With budgets being so tight, we can’t afford these luxuries so this is where we hope to call on the goodwill of our parents. I also believe that in previous years the seats were painted around the planters – these too are looking a little worn. If anyone knows where the paint was supplied from last time then we could give the seats a nice lift.

If you would like to donate anything please bring them to the school before Friday 18th May ready for planting on Saturday 19th or bring them along on the day.

Longer term, I would potentially like to develop a forest school area at the bottom of the playground near the Camp Road, so anything that doesn’t get planted could be used for this space. It is a project that I am considering so if anyone would like to get involved with that on a shoe string budget then please, let me know. I think it could be a welcome addition to our grounds and the school curriculum.

Cultural and Social Responsibility.

Whilst I am in the way of asking for help, I wondered if any of our parent community would be able to assist us. As you know, the school is in need of a good lick of paint and some new doors to help brighten the place up. If any of the companies that you work for would be interested in helping their local community by volunteering time and services to refresh the tired paint and doors in our school, we would be forever indebted. I genuinely feel that if the school had a ‘facelift’ that it would encourage our children to take even more pride in their surroundings and themselves and could inspire them to always strive to do their best.I thank you all in advance for any assistance that you can give. Please contact the school if you or anyone you know can help.  It would be great for us to join as a community to help benefit the school and essentially our children, who are at the heart of it all.

Federation information sessions

On Wednesday 16th May, you will receive a letter via Parentmail from both Governing Bodies outlining information about the federation. There will be 2 information sessions held which can be attended by staff and parents from both schools.The morning session will be held at the Infant school on Friday 25th May at 10.00 am and the evening session will be held at the Junior School on Tuesday 7th June at 7.00pm. You need only attend 1- whichever is the most convenient for you.This will be your opportunity to speak to the Governors and ask them any questions regarding the federation.

PTA News

On the 12th of May, we will be running our first ever Sausage Sizzle outside Bunnings Warehouse on Hatfield road and need volunteers to run the stall.  If you fancy yourself as a master of the BBQ or if you can sell a cake or two, please contact ssaspta@gmail.com if you think you can help.In addition to sausages, we will be selling cakes and would love some cake donations. These can be left at the school on Friday 11th May alternatively they can be brought to the Bunnings stall on the Saturday morning. Finally, if you are out and about please do drop by and say hello and help support our school.

PTA Dates

12 May  – 8.00am – 5.00pm Bunnings Sausage Sizzle10 June – St Albans Fun Run (Please remember to add the schools name when sIgning up to this event.)

IMPORTANT FUTURE DATES

Saturday 12th May – Year 3 First Holy Communion

Monday 14th May – SATS week (No assembly on Monday 14th May)

Wednesday 16th May – Year 5 Natural History Museum trip

Wednesday 16th May – Letter about the federation goes out

Saturday 19th May – Get Your Grown Ups Gardening

Monday 21st May – 9.10am – Class 7 Assembly

Wednesday 23rd May – Whole School Science Day

Friday 25th May – Year 4 Anglo-Saxon Day

Friday 25th May – 10.00am – Federation meeting for all parents at the Infant School

Have a great weekend and God bless our Year 3 children who make their First Holy Communion tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Mrs Porter

Acting Headteacher