Friday, 30 December 2011

Newsletter 16.12.11 Blog Edition

Newsletter 16th December 2011
We have had a wonderful end to the term. We enjoyed our visit to the Pantomime on Tuesday and the Junior Carol Concert was a lovely evening at the High St Methodist church. Well done to all of the children who have participated in events throughout the build up to Christmas.

A group of parents recently wrote to the Local Authority expressing concerns over the school entrance near Willow Court. The school had raised the matter with the Authority but had not received a response. Following the letters the council have contacted me this morning to say that they will be visiting the school to investigate the footpaths on the Willow Court entrance with a view to installing barriers. I will also be discussing adding yellow lines on the opposite corner to bring an end to people parking and blocking the disabled bay. I do find it increasingly frustrating that, despite repeated requests, parents continue to park opposite the school or on the corner, both of which are exceedingly inconsiderate. Please work with us to keep our children safe.

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all.

w/b 12th December 2011
EYFS Elise Wilson – listening carefully to others
Yr 1 Amelie Crocker – listening carefully to others point of view
Yr 2 Zara Frayne – understanding the views and beliefs of others
Yr 3 Freddie Stephenson – listening to others and adding a point of view
Yr 4 Finn Heywood – for listening to others and trying hard to understand their point of view
Yr 5 Jude Gaylard – for understanding others well during his time at High Beeches
Yr 6 Anna Jackson – listening carefully and asking relevant questions

We have received a certificate and letter of thanks for the 107 shoeboxes which were filled for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme. Thank you to all the children, parents and carers who participated in this event to help disadvantaged children in Central and Eastern Europe.

We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Wednesday 4th January 2012.

On behalf of all of the staff at High Beeches I would like to wish you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Paul Driver
Headteacher


Severe Weather
In the event of severe weather and the school is closed we will notify BBC Three Counties Radio (103.8fm / 95.5fm or 630mw/1161mw) and Heart Dunstable 97.6fm. The notifications will either be read on air or displayed on the radio station websites. We will also send out a text via our text messaging service. Alternatively the information for all schools will be linked to the home page of www.hertsdirect.org.We will obviously use our best endeavours to ensure that the school remains open.







Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Paras Shah (Yr 6) awarded the Players Player of the Year award in Swimming by the Special Olympics
Bethan and Tegan Hancox (Yr 2) who have passed their Level 8 and 7 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award
Isabelle Methven (Yr 3) who has passed her Level 2 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award
Oscar Cuthbert (Yr 2) who has passed his Level 6 and Level 5 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award

Extra Curricular Activities
We are very pleased to have added a number of clubs to next term’s list. Thank you to all the parents / carers and staff who have offered to run an extra curricular activity.
Day
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Lunch

Gym

Eco club

Chess

Violin
Recorder
Cross Country

Tennis

Violin
Tennis

Board games

Book club
Violin
Recorder
Cross Country
Gym

Violin
Choir

Spanish

Orchestra

After school

Netball


Elite
Almost Famous KS1
Maths

Almost Famous KS2
Multi skills and fitness

Art and Crafts
( Yr 3 initially, first twenty picked out of a hat)
Football

We would really like to start a Gardening club either in lunchtime or after school. We do have members of staff willing to supervise the children but we are not able to run the club without parental support. If you would like to help out with Gardening club please speak to Mr Driver. We would like to enhance the quality of the school grounds as this needs some attention.

















HarpendenPlus Partnership News
HarpendenPlus Partnership have arranged the following parenting courses for the Spring term
Date
Time & location
Course
Aimed at
Cost
Aim
Tuesdays
17/1, 24/1, 31/1 & 7/2
9.30 am - 11.30 am
Sauncey Wood School
Happy Families (4 week course)
Parents/carers of children aged 5 - 11
£30
To enable parents/carers to set and maintain boundaries, to manage anger and to keep a happy family
Mondays 5/3, 12/3, 19/3 & 26/3
7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Roundwood Park School
Living with a Teenager (4 week course)
Parents/carers of teenagers
£30
To enable parents/carers to maintain a good relationship with their teenager, negociate boundaries and manage anger

To book a place on one of these courses, please contact us by email on familysupport@saunceywood.herts.sch.uk or by phone on 07985 330 941, giving your name, child's age and school and an email address. A booking form will be sent to you by email about 3 weeks before the start of the course. Places will be allocated on the basis of first come first serve of return of the booking form and payment. In cases of financial hardship, please contact us in confidence.

Spring Term 2012

Tuesday 3rd January ......................... INSET DAY
Wednesday 4th January..................... Children return to school
Monday 16th January ........................ Whole school trip to Natural History Museum
Wednesday 25th January .................. Manland v High Beeches football (A)
Friday 27th January ........................... Year 3 Cake Sale
Friday 3rd February ........................... The Lea v High Beeches football (A)
Tuesday 7th February ........................ District Cross Country – Rovers Football Ground 1pm
Monday 13th February ...................... Half term holiday begins
Thursday 23rd February..................... Beech Hyde V High Beeches football (A)
Friday 24th February.......................... Year 2 Cake Sale
Thursday 1st March........................... High Beeches V St Dominic’s football (H)
Tuesday 6th March ............................ HDSA Football tournament at Sauncey Wood 1pm
Wednesday 7th March ...................... Parent consultation evening 5 – 8pm
Tuesday 13th March .......................... Parent consultation evening 3.30 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 14th March .................... Spring Music Festival
Tuesday 20th March .......................... HDSA Netball Rally at Roundwood Park 1pm
Tuesday 21st March........................... High Beeches V St Nic’s football (H)
Saturday 24th March ......................... FoHBs Comedy Night
Thursday 29th March ......................... Year 1 Cake sale
Friday 30th March ............................. Spring Term ends 2pm

Tuesday 17th April ............................ Summer Term begins

Friday, 9 December 2011

Newsletter 09.12.11

Well done to all of the children who have taken part in Nativity performances and Christmas events this week. You have made us very proud of you and the school. ‘Prickly Hay’ was a wonderful story performed beautifully by Years One and Two. Our EYFS class sang for their parents/carers and the choir excelled at the Rotary Carol Concert at the High St Methodist Church. Thank you to all of the staff for their hard work in ensuring that the children have these marvellous opportunities.

Thank you to the FOHBs for organising a fantastic Christmas Fair last weekend. It was a very successful event and it was lovely to see so many of our families. We greatly appreciate the money that you raise for our school, as well as the support of those who give up their time to help out. Please see the message from FOHBs later in the newsletter.

We have noticed that many of our children are becoming careless with school property and will be working to address this in the new year. Children may return home with payment slips for any item of school equipment that has been misused, lost or damaged. We are encouraging them to be accountable for their actions and to take greater care of their possessions. We hope you will support us with this initiative.

Please remember that we are going to the Pantomime on Tuesday afternoon so all children are bringing a packed lunch but infants will not need to bring in bookbags that day. We will be returning to school at 4pm.

We have had a number of occasions recently when the disabled parking bay has not been accessible. The parent has had to come in and use the school car park. It is essential that nobody parks on the corner opposite the school or disabled bay. The bay is used everyday for a pupil at this school. Please do park considerately.
Last orders for school uniform this term – Tuesday 13th December

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all.

w/b 5th December 2012
EYFS Daniel Mountain – listening to children’s problems and caring
Yr 1 Sophie Cowell – thinking of others and acting appropriately
Yr 2 Inaya Haque – thinking of others before she acts
Yr 3 Oliver Bhutiani – listening to others then giving a point of view
Yr 4 Krishna Patel – listening to others and asking relevant questions
Yr 5 Adam O’Dea –making friends quickly by understanding others
Yr 6 Felicity White – listening well to others point of view

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.
Paul Driver
Headteacher


FoHBs News
A huge thank you to everyone who helped at last Saturday’s Christmas Fayre. We raised over £2,900 which is a fantastic achievement and wouldn’t be possible without the many donations of time, prizes, bottles and cakes from everyone involved. A particular thank you must go to Helen Snowdon who spent Friday evening transforming the study base into Santa’s grotto, an enormous task which is much appreciated.
THANK YOU AGAIN AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
FOHBS
Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Abbie Thomas (Yr 2) who has passed her British Gymnastics Proficiency Award Level 4
Daniel Thomas (Yr 1) who has passed his British Gymnastics Proficiency Award Level 8
Anastasia Herries (Yr 1), Ellie Osborn (Yr 2), Jack Gibbs (Yr 3) and Becky Shott (Yr 6) who were all awarded Most Improved Gymnast Awards this week.
Joshua Toon (Yr 6) who was awarded his white award for archery scoring 170 points.
Hannah Mulholland (Yr 3) who was awarded a trophy for the fastest wheel change on a car team!


Christmas Post Box
The Christmas card post box is now out by the school office. As yet there have not been many cards to deliver so please remind the children and remember to put the name and class of the recipient on the envelope.
Final collection will be Thursday 15th December.




Monday 12th December.................. Junior Carol Concert 7pm High St Methodist Church
Tuesday 13th December ................. Whole School Panto Visit pm return to school at 4pm
Wednesday 14th December ........... Christmas Lunch
Friday 16th December ..................... Term Ends at 2pm
Spring Term 2012
Tuesday 3rd January ..................... INSET DAY
Wednesday 4th January................. Children return to school
Monday 16th January ................... Whole school trip to Natural History Museum
Wednesday 25th January .............. Manland v High Beeches football (A)
Friday 27th January ....................... Year 3 Cake Sale
Friday 3rd February ....................... The Lea v High Beeches football (A)
Tuesday 7th February .................... District Cross Country – Rovers Football Ground 1pm
Monday 13th February ................. Half term holiday begins


Letters Sent Home
5th Dec - Yr 3 and 4 Swimming and swimming rota
5th Dec - Mini Tennis 1-3
5th Dec - Infant milk letter Yr R – Yr2
9th Dec - Linguistics places letter

Friday, 2 December 2011

HB Newsletter Blog Edition 2.12.11

It seems almost impossible that we are already into the month of December. At this busy time please do ensure that you have checked the diary dates carefully. We are all looking forward to the FoHBs Christmas Fair tomorrow so please do come along between 12 -3pm to support this event and invite friends and family members to join you. As a school we rely upon the money raised by FoHBs to help us purchase resources and equipment that we simply could not afford from the school budget. Recently £3000 was donated and six iPads have been purchased which will be ready for the children to use in the new term. FoHBs have also purchased the new role play furniture in Yr One, the new school library shelving and the chairs in Year Five. Please support this event and help us to raise as much money as possible whilst having an enjoyable afternoon.

There has been some confusion over the Rotary Carol Concert and Junior Carol Concert. The Rotary Carol Concert will be held on Wednesday 7th December at 7pm and only some choir members are required to attend this event. On Monday 12th December it is the Junior Carol Concert. All Junior children are required to attend this event and parents / carers are welcome to attend. More details will follow shortly.

Please ensure that all children have a warm, waterproof coat in school which is clearly named. A number of children are still coming into school in the mornings wearing only a jumper. If the weather is cold or wet and the children do not have suitable clothing they will not be allowed outside to play.

The final total for Children in Need was an amazing £418. Thank you all so much for your generosity.
Violins and woodwind instrumentalists will be holding their assembly at 10.30am on Monday and parents/ carers are invited to attend this event.

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all.
w/b 28th November 2011
EYFS Nick Evan - listening to others points of view
Yr 1 Alex Batchelor - listening to others points of view
Yr 2 Away on visit to fire station
Yr 3 Olivia Herries - listening to our PSHE aim and being kind
Yr 4 Daniel Clark – listening to others and then understanding how to include them in a group
Yr 5 Ben Dahani – listening to others and offering his opinions
Yr 6 Daniel Booth - listening to others points of view

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Paul Driver
Headteacher


Sleepout for the homeless
Mrs Snowden and Laura will be taking part in the Sleepout for the Homeless at St Albans Abbey again this year on behalf of LAMP, a charity that provides accommodation and support to young homeless people aged 16-25 in the Luton area. The Sleepout is on Friday 2nd December, if anyone would like any more information they can speak to Mrs Snowden in the playground or if anyone would like to sponsor them they can do so at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/snowdenssleepout1.



Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Zara Miller (Year 2) who has passed her Level 4 Swimming Award
Alex Moffat (Year 3) who has passed his Royal School of Music Prep Test examination for the Piano
Olivia Herries (Year 3) who was awarded the Runner Up prize in the Strutt and Parker National Christmas Card competition


The Musicale Eisteddfod
Harpenden Musicale will be running their annual Eisteddfod in the February half term week. Entries are welcome from singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities. More details are available from the school office.


Saturday 3rd December FOHBS CHRISTMAS FAIR
Wednesday 7th December.............. Rotary Carol Concert 7.30pm some choir members
Thursday 8th December .................. Nativity at 2pm
Friday 9th December ....................... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 (9.30am – 11.30am)
Friday 9th December...................... EYFS Christmas Concert 2.45pm
Friday 9th December ....................... Nativity at 6.30pm
Monday 12th December.................. Junior Carol Concert 7pm High St Methodist Church
Tuesday 13th December ................. Whole School Panto Visit pm
Friday 16th December ..................... Term Ends at 2pm
Spring Term 2012
Tuesday 3rd January ..................... INSET DAY
Wednesday 4th January................. Children return to school
Monday 16th January ................... Whole school trip to National History Museum
Wednesday 25th January .............. Manland v High Beeches football (A)
Friday 27th January ....................... Year 3 Cake Sale
Friday 3rd February ....................... The Lea v High Beeches football (A)
Tuesday 7th February .................... District Cross Country – Rovers Football Ground 1pm
Monday 13th February ................. Half term holiday begins


Letters Sent Home
1st December - Junior Carol Concert
30th November – Rotary Carol Carols
29th November – Xmas Fair Carol Singing
1st December – KS1 Nativity

Friday, 11 November 2011

Newsletter 11.11.11 Blog Edition

Newsletter 11.11.11 Blog Edition

I am sure you will be aware that the 30th November is a day of industrial action for Headteachers and teaching staff. Staff have not yet made a decision whether to follow their union advice or not. We will be making a decision early next week; I would urge you to consider having a contingency plan in case the school is closed.

Please do remember that no children should be in the playground before 8.45am in the mornings.

Next week we will be raising money for Children In Need. On Thursday the School Council will be holding a ‘bake sale’ -children have been encouraged to bake either a sweet or savoury item which they should bring into school in the morning for the sale at 3.15pm. Friday is non uniform day when the children are asked to donate £1 if they would like to join in the ‘Crazy dress’ day. The children are allowed to wear pyjamas (with clothes underneath), inside out or back-to-front clothes, crazy colours or anything silly. They must not wear any face paints, high heeled shoes or make up.

Thank you to all of the pupils who have bought a poppy this week.

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all.
Our theme for this half term is “Understanding Others”.
w/b 7th November 2011

EYFS Lauren Beech – being willing to share and consider others
Yr 1 Jessica Poulter - listening well and thinking of others
Yr 2 Max Heal - listening well and thinking of others
Yr 3 Samuel Pesez – listening to others’ problems
Yr 4 Ethan Russell – considering what others had to say in a debate and asking relevant
questions
Yr 5 George Kershaw – giving others the chance to share their knowledge about Henry VIII
Yr 6 Rachel Key – reviewing her writing and improving it

I hope that you have a good weekend.
Paul Driver
Headteacher

Curriculum Workshop
The Curriculum Workshop will be held in the school hall on Tuesday 15th November at 3.30pm. and will last for approximately half an hour. Crèches will be available in the classrooms for children of all ages. This is an opportunity to learn more about our exciting new curriculum. Please come and find out more about your child’s learning.

FOHBS News
External stall holders: If you would like to book a table at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 4th December please contact Fiona Ryan or speak to another member of FOHBS in the playground.

May Ball 2012: letters have gone out today about next year’s May Ball. If you would like to book a table of 8 or 10 please complete the booking form and return to the FOHBS tray as soon as possible.

Round Table Carnival May 2012
We have been invited to enter a ‘motorised float’ into the Carnival parade on Sunday 20th May 2012. The Rotary Club will pay £100 to any group or school willing to enter a vehicle of some sort. We would like to participate as a school and are looking for a group of keen, creative parents to be in charge of this exciting venture. If anybody would like to lead this or be involved in any way, please come and tell the office staff.



w/b November 14th ....................... Anti Bullying Week
Tuesday 15th November.................. Curriculum Workshop School Hall 3.30pm
Wednesday 16th November ......... HSOA Thanksgiving Service 9am - School Council to attend
Thursday 17th November................. Children In Need Bake Sale 3.15pm
Friday 18th November ..................... Children in Need – Crazy Dress Day – bring min. £1 donation
Tuesday 22nd November .............. Year 5 Hazard Alley Visit
Wednesday 23rd November ........... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 (9.30 – 11.30am)
Thursday 24th November ............. Year 4 Cake Sale
Friday 25th November .......... Occasional Day – School closed
Wednesday 30th November ........... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 (9.30 – 11.30am)
Possible Strike Day
Friday 2nd December ..................... NON UNIFORM DAY – bring a bottle for the tombola stall
Wednesday 7th December.............. Rotary Carol Concert 7.30pm
Thursday 8th December .................. Nativity 2pm
Friday 9th December ....................... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 (9.30 – 11.30am)
Friday 9th December ....................... Nativity 6.30pm
Tuesday 13th December ................. Whole School Panto Visit (pm)
Friday 16th December ..................... Term Ends 2pm


Letters Sent Home

9.11.11 – School Councillor Thanksgiving service letter
10.11.11 - Christmas Lunch – those children who are normally have packed lunches.
11.11.11 – FOHBs May Ball

Friday, 4 November 2011

Newsletter 04.11.11 Blog edition

Newsletter 4th November 2011 - Blog Edition
I hope that you all had a restful half term break. The children certainly seem to have been very busy. I have enjoyed hearing about the various trips and activities they have been involved in.

Thank you to everybody who filled a Shoebox for the Rotary appeal. I am very pleased to announce that we filled 106 boxes this year. Thank you to the school council for organising this appeal. The Rotarians collecting the boxes were overwhelmed by the number of boxes.

We enjoyed a wonderful day with Phil from Zoofari on Thursday. The children experienced a number of animals including a 15ft Python, a meerkat and tortoise. They all learnt a great deal about each of the creatures and their habitats.

Poppies will be on sale on Monday. We are asking for a minimum donation of 20p.

Thank you to everybody who supported the cake sale on Fri 21st Oct. Year 5 raised £53.75. Thank you to all of FoHBs for their support.

Thank you also to FoHBs for their recent donation of £3000 to the school. Which has enabled us to order six i pads with a docking / charging / synchronising station. The I Pads will be available for all of the children throughout the school once the Apps have been loaded on to them. The educational uses for i pads are vast and we are very excited about using them to further enhance and enrich our curriculum.

Please remember that nobody should be in the playground before 8.45am. There is no member of staff on duty until this time the school is not responsible for the children, so they are not insured if there was to be an accident.

Well done to the Learners of the week, we are very proud of you all.
W/b 17th October 2011

EYFS Lauren Dent – working hard to improve her writing
Yr 1 Kerry Mawditt- working hard to improve her phonics
Yr 2 Madeline Roy – making improvements to her vehicle
Yr 3 Thomas Dadswell – improved handwriting
Yr 4 Thomas Crawford – working hard to improve his writing
Yr 5 Georgia Clothier – continuously improving her survival story
Yr 6 Alfie Reed – improvement in handwriting

I hope that you have good weekend.
Paul Driver
Headteacher


EYFS Christmas Concert
This year our Foundation Stage children (EYFS) will not be involved in the Infant Nativity due to the larger intake of children. We can not fit 90 children on to the stage or their parents into the hall. The EYFS children will be performing a Christmas Concert on the 9th December at 2.45pm to which all parents / carers are warmly invited.


School Council News
Children In Need Day
This year Children In Need Day is Friday 18th November and we will be having a non uniform day.
The School Council are asking children to dress in ‘Crazy Dress’, for example, wearing pyjamas (over normal clothes), dressing up outfits or something unusual. In order to take part each child will need to bring in a minimum donation of £1.
On Thursday 17th November we will be holding a Blue Peter Bake Sale and we would like everyone to bring in something they have baked at home for us to sell at 3pm. We would like both savoury and sweet items. Please mark any items that may cause allergies and remember nothing must contain any nuts or trace of nuts.
We are holding a design a poster competition to advertise the Bake Sale. Please design a poster on an A4 piece of paper. This is to handed to your class councillor by Fri 11th Nov, don’t forget your name and class on the back!


Christmas Cards
Christmas cards were sent home yesterday. If you would like to purchase any Christmas Cards the orders must be returned to the school office by Thursday 17th November.


Parents premises group

I am interesting in starting a parent / carer premises group to complete small tasks around the school on a Saturday morning. We will be able to offer food and coffee in exchange for any support that you may be able to offer this may include painting / gardening etc. We currently have a project which we do require some expertise with. I would like to build a path to the Gazebo in order to be able to use it all year round. I have the slabs and other materials but would really appreciate support from anybody with building expertise in laying the path, together with support from other parents/carers.

If you are would like to help in the premises group please give in your name to the school office. I would like to hold one ‘meeting’ before the Christmas Holidays. If you are able to help lead the ‘path project’ please contact Mr Driver.


Parent / carer forum
The parent / carer forum met today for the first time this year. Thank you to all of the parents/carers for attending. A Parent Forum Update will be sent out with next week’s newsletter. We will include in each newsletter a section which details all of the letters sent out this week from school – a point raised at the forum today.


Letters sent home this week
Yr 5 Hazard Alley – 1/11
Yr 3 Cookery Club participants for next ½ term 1/11
FoHBs newsletter - today

Friday, 21 October 2011

High Beeches Newsletter Blog Edition

High Beeches Newsletter Blog Edition
It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of the first half term. It has certainly been a busy few weeks with the children involved in many exciting learning activities.

As the weather changes please ensure that all children are dressed appropriately. Every child must have a coat with them in school which must be named. We try to ensure that the children are outside as much as possible at lunchtime and break time but we cannot allow the children to go outside if they do not have appropriate clothing.

After half term we will be running a trial allowing the junior children to come straight into class from 8.45am the same as the infants. The children will be engaged in activities in the classroom. All children must be in class by 8.55am at the latest as all doors will be closed at this time. The children are to enter the classrooms through the doors that they currently use. Please do remember that no adults should accompany the children into the school as the cloakrooms are small.

Thank you to all of the parents/carers who returned the slips for the curriculum event. The majority of the responses were in favour of an afternoon meeting with a crèche available for children. We will therefore be holding the curriculum event in the school hall at 3.30pm on November 15th. More details will be sent out after half term.


Well done to the Learners of the week, we are very proud of you all.
W/b 17th October 2011

EYFS Clover McDonald – working hard to improve her counting skills
Yr 1 Neel Bhopal – working hard to follow instructions
Yr 2 Jessica Clark – spotting things to improve in her work
Yr 3 Oliver Bhutiani – making an effort to improve handwriting
Yr 4 Natalie Payne – working hard to improve her handwriting and presentation
Yr 5 Max Norris – working hard to improve his spellings
Yr 6 Jemma George – working hard to improve her artwork

I hope that you have a restful half term. We look forward to seeing all of the children on Monday 31st October.
Paul Driver
Headteacher

School Photos
In response to concerns over our previous photographers we have used a new company this year. I would be interested to hear any comments on the photos. These could be given to the class representative in time for the Parent Forum meeting on Friday 4th November

Please ensure that all photo orders are returned to the office by Friday 4th November.

Rotary Club Shoe Boxes
Information about the Rotary Shoebox Appeal is in the school office window. This is an appeal which we have always supported usually filling over 100 boxes. Details were sent out in a letter on Tuesday and were shared with the children in assembly yesterday. Filled boxes need to be back into school on Wednesday 2nd Nov and it would be wonderful to break the 100 box mark once again. The £1 for the box is sent to the charity in order to cover the cost of the boxes, this is not money for the school.

Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Abigail Roy (Yr 5) who won the U10’s category in the Herts County Girls Squash tournament
Becky Shott (Yr 6) who has achieved her Level 4 ‘Skate UK’ Ice Skating Award
Madeline Roy (Yr 2) who gained a Bronze Medal in her age group at the Herts County Girls squash tournament
Finn Heywood (Yr 4) who was awarded the ‘player of the week’ trophy for Harpenden Colts football club.
Jemma George (Yr 6) who has passed her Grade One riding award.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Newsletter 14.10.11 Blog edition

Newsletter 14.10.11 Blog Edition
I have received a number of complaints about parking and the standard of driving demonstrated by some of the parents at the school. I had one report of a parent dropping off their child in the car and ‘speeding’ off down the road with no sense or concern that the area was full of children looking to cross the road. Please do park considerately around the school, drive carefully and consider the children’s safety. I do not want to report in this newsletter an injury or worse to one of our pupils on the roads. As a reminder; nobody should park opposite the school on the yellow markings at any time. There must be no parking opposite the disabled bay on the corner of the road, this causes double parking, restricts the flow of traffic and creates a huge risk to pedestrians. A speed limit of 20 mph should be adhered to on school days. I know that due to the volume of traffic on the roads parking can be difficult. Please do consider arriving earlier to school, parking further away and walking.
Next week is Walk To School Week, where all children will be encouraged to walk to school or park further away and walk. There will be an incentive for the class who makes the greatest effort.

Thank you to all of the children and staff involved in organising the MacMillan Coffee morning. £241 was raised for the charity. Thank you to all of the parents/carers who supported this event.

School ends at normal time (3.15pm) next Friday 21st October for half term. All children should be back in school on Monday 31st October.
Some of our older children have been allowed to bring in mobile phones to school. Please ensure that these are handed into the office every day before the beginning of school.

Well done to the Learners of the week, we are very proud of you all.
w/b 03.10.11
EYFS Freya Barker – Working hard to improve her presentation
Yr 1 Jack McDonald – Working hard to improve his writing
Yr 2 Oscar Cuthbert – Working hard to improve his reading
Yr 3 Jack Gibbs – Listening hard in order to improve
Yr 4 Millie Faulkner – Improving her work by checking for punctuation
Yr 5 Tommy Castellani – Finding ways of improving his learning on his own and knowing who to ask for help
Yr 6 Felicity White – Improving her speed and accuracy in times table recall
W/b 10.10.11
EYFS Romilly Tuckley – Working hard to improve her writing
Yr 1 Lorenzo Annecchiarico – Working hard to improve his writing
Yr 2 Jenna Heywood – Working hard to improve her writing
Yr 3 Anna Castellani – Always pushing herself to achieve and therefore improve her maths
Yr 4 Lily Snowden – Knowing how to improve her handwriting and then working hard to do so
Yr 5 Simran Basi – Improving her story opening in the style of Michael Morpurgo and working hard in maths
Yr 6 Grace Joshua - Massive improvement in mental maths calculations.
I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.

Paul Driver
Headteacher


FoHBs News
Thank you to everyone who supported the movie nights last week and to all of the helpers for all of their support. Friday 21 October: Year 6 Cake sale please support our monthly cake sale next week. Cakes will be available from 3.15 pm onwards, only 25p each. Many thanks


Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Neel Bhopal (YR 1) who was nominated ‘pupil of the week’ at his Jujitsu class
Aran Shamir (Yr 2) who was selected to represent Harpenden Colts in their 5 a side team at the Mid Herts football tournament
Jack MacDonald (Yr 1) who has achieved his Level 3 ASA National Swimming award
On Sunday, the 17th Harpenden Brownies participated in the Harpenden and Redbourn District 'Guiding's Got Talent' show which was held at The Public Halls. The girls gave a brilliant performance and won first place with their rendition of 'It's a Hard Knock Life' from Annie. Well done to Jemma George, Alice George, Lily Snowdon, Sophie Booth, Milly Faulkner, Rebecca Shield and Mary Kershaw


Lost clothing
Ben Blackburn in Year 3 has lost his school coat which is named. Please check that your child has the correct school coat. Please ensure that all items of school clothing are labelled including PE kits and trainers.


HarpendenPlus Partnership
HarpendenPlus Partnership have arranged the following parenting workshops for the Autumn term
Date Time Workshop Aimed at Cost Aim
Wed 2nd Nov 9.30 - 11.30 Developing Confident Children Parents/carers of children aged 5 - 11 £10 To enable parents/carers to help their children become more confident
Wed 9th Nov 1.00 - 3.00 Raising Teenage Girls Parents/carers of teenage girls £10 To enable parents/carers to maintain a good relationship with their teenager daughters
Fri 18th Nov 1.00 - 3.00 Raising Teenage Boys Parents/carers of teenage boys £10 To enable parents/carers to maintain a good relationship with their teenager sons
Wed 23rd Nov 1.00 - 3.00 Sibling Rivalry Parents/carers of children aged 5 - 11 £10 To enable parents/carers to manage the needs of siblings


Help!
Year 1 are asking if you could kindly dig deep into drawers and cupboards to help them with items for their themed Role-play area. They would be very grateful for donations of plain/themed bedcovers, curtains, rugs, large scarves/pashminas or fabric. We would also welcome dressing up clothes which older children may have grown out of, especially boys items. Any adult clothes made from special fabrics e.g. shiny, sequinned, striped, fluorescent etc that could either be adapted or added to the Art fabric supplies (we are running low!). Buttons and trimmings are always welcome too. Some classes are rather short on good quality games or toys for Golden Time & wet playtimes. Thank you!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Newsletter 30.09.11 Blog edition

It has certainly been a very busy week in school. The children all had a fantastic day on Tuesday celebrating International Day. They were all engaged in many activities learning about their chosen countries. We would like to thank all of the parents/carers who contributed to the day; we wouldn’t have been able to offer as many opportunities for the children without your support.

On Wednesday Year 4 visited Verulamium. They learnt a great deal about the Roman town and we would like to thank Mrs Cocks for sharing her expertise with the children. Mr Cross also visited Year 2 on Wednesday to share his hot air balloon with them as part of their transport topic. The children had a fabulous time and the whole school enjoyed seeing the balloon on the field. We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Cross for a truly memorable morning.

All children will be escorted to the main front door at the end of after school clubs. All adults should meet their child / children in the lobby area at the time when the club finishes, which is 4.15pm for school led clubs (netball, football, cookery, maths etc..)

On Tuesday 4th October Mr Fellows will be leading the school assembly as we celebrate our Harvest Festival. We would like the children to bring in non perishable food items which we will then send to the local Harpenden Day Care Centre.

Your child/children should be bringing home their Learning Log today. Please do spend time reading the introduction with them. The first activity is to decorate the front cover. I look forward to sharing their work with them as they return their Logs each Wednesday.

Year 2 are in need of a marble run as the one they use currently has many missing parts. If you have one which is in good condition that you no longer need please speak to Mrs Draycon.

Well done to the Learners of the week, we are very proud of you all.
W/b 26.09.11

EYFS Archie Taylor – trying to improve writing his name
Yr 1 Olivia Haugen – Knowing how to improve her work and make it even better
Yr 2 Jack Condon – checking his writing in order to improve it
Yr 3 Rachel Piper – Asking lots of questions to improve her work
Yr 4 Izzy Norman – Knowing how to improve her writing and making it even better
Yr 5 Jack Archer-Hart – Improving his writing and handwriting throughout the week
Yr 6 Joshua Cholot-Deutsch - Improving his multiplication knowledge

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.
Paul Driver
Headteacher

FoHBs Movie Night
Friday 7th October is Movie Night for infants and juniors. There has been a change to the film which will be shown to the infants. The children will now be watching The Bee Movie and not How to tame a dragon.

There will be no after school football club on this night.
Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Oliver Card (Yr 5) who has been selected for the U10’s Herts County cricket winter training squad. He has also been awarded the Harpenden Cricket Club U9 A team Best Bowler trophy.


Netball club
There will be no netball club on Monday 3rd October as Mrs Draycon will be on a visit with her Year 2 class.

Board game club
Mrs Rogers (Yr 5 TA) will be starting a board game club after half term. If you have any unwanted board games in good condition we would appreciate any donations in order to add to our collection in school.

Friday, 23 September 2011

High Beeches Primary School Newsletter 23rd September 2011

High Beeches Primary School Newsletter 23rd September 2011 blog edition

I am very pleased to announce that the new High Beeches Primary school website is now live and I would like to thank Mr Ashman for all of his work in developing the site. It is fantastic. It will be regularly updated and will include the weekly newsletter on the blog in the news section. The calendar will be constantly updated to include all of the events this year. There are still some areas which need to be updated but please do have a look at the site. http://www.highbeeches.herts.sch.uk/

Well done to the Learners of the week, we are very proud of you all.
The children from w/b 12/09 have been included in this newsletter apologies for their omission last week!
W/b 12. 09
EYFS Harriet Norris – Learning new routines
Yr 1 Will Drake – Getting on independently and making his maths a little better each time
Yr 2 Georgia Cross – Making changes to her work in order to improve it
Yr 3 Sam Crawford – For understanding how to improve his maths
Yr 4 Zac Sharp – For recognising what he could do to improve his maths
Yr 5 Jessica Nottingham – For recognising how to improve her presentation and her maths
Yr 6 Corey Fletcher – For improving his work independently

W/b 19.09
EYFS Ben Rodger –Improvement in all areas
Yr 1 Anastasia Herries – For getting on independently and knowing how to make work better
Yr 2 Joel Shankland – Trying to improve his writing with better connectives
Yr 3 Mary Kershaw – For recognising a mistake and how to improve it
Yr 4 Leila Coker – Understanding how to improve her work and working on it
Yr 5 Bo Bowra – Improving her maths and recognising her achievement on the class board
Yr 6 James Plumb – Improving and making adjustments to work

We have noticed a few parents/carers parking in the school car park before and after school. Please do not park in the car park; the car park is for staff only. Parents/carers must not use the car park. I have had concerns raised about parking and driving in and around school. The roads and pavements are very busy around the school in the mornings and afternoons. Please park considerately and take care when driving.

Infant children should be dropped off at the Yr 1 canopy in the morning. The cloakroom is not large enough for adults to enter with the children and we are constantly trying to promote independence. If you wish to speak to the class teacher please make an appointment at the school office.
I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.
Paul Driver
Headteacher

Learning logs
Next Friday each child in the school will be bringing home a Learning Log which we have introduced in order to address concerns over homework throughout the school. These are designed to support and reinforce the teaching that has taken place in the classroom throughout the week. For parents/carers, this will keep you informed about what your child is learning in school and offer the opportunity to support and further extend their learning. Learning Logs are a different way for your children to do homework, they will not replace existing tasks but will be completed alongside these.
They are not optional and should be completed weekly. The work is set on a Friday and should be submitted by the following Wednesday. Details of how the Learning Log is to be completed can be found inside the front cover. Learning Logs are used successfully in many schools in order to enable children to access homework at their own level and to be creative. We will monitor the impact throughout the term and look forward to a positive response


Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Thomas Huntley (Yr 6) who has passed his gold medal award for trumpet with excellence. He was also awarded the batsman of the year award for the U 11 Harpenden Cricket Club.
Corey Fletcher (Yr 6) Who was voted player of the week for the U 11 team at the OV’s rugby club


Netball club
There will be no netball club on Monday 3rd October as Mrs Draycon will be on a visit with her Year 2 class.

Board game club
Mrs Rogers (Yr 5 TA) will be starting a board game club after half term. If you have any unwanted board games in good condition we would appreciate any donations in order to add to our collection in school.



St Albans Cathedral Music Trust Competition
The competition is open to all young musicians in the St Albans Area, with four entry categories across Primary and Secondary schools: Solo Instrument, classical ensemble, vocal ensemble and popular ensemble. Winners will be invited to perform at a spectacular ‘celebration of music’ event in the Abbey on Saturday 5th May 2012. For an entry form please speak to Mrs Brannon in the school office. Entries must be received no later than 21st October 2011 forms can also be downloaded at
www.stalbanscathedral.org/helping


Uniform
Please ensure that only fabric hairbands/ small hairclips in school colours are worn in school. We have also had to remind a number of children that hair gel should not be applied to hair for school.


Town Mayor Christmas Poster Competition
Attached to the newsletter are details of the poster competition. We have had a number of successful entries into this competition in recent years, many children across the town enjoy entering their artwork.


Thursday, 22 September 2011

Newsletter 16.09.11 Blog Edition

Newsletter 16.09.11 Blog Edition

Thank you to all of the Parents/ Carers who attended the recent helpers meeting. If you were unable to attend the meeting and would be interested in volunteering please speak to Mrs Brannon. As a small school we do not have a large number of adults in the school however we welcome and appreciate any support that you can offer. You may be able to offer to support with tasks in school for example changing reading books, or you may prefer to work in a class supporting the learning or at a school club.

As we are at the beginning of the school year it is a good time to remind the children of a few of the ground rules regarding the playground in the morning and after school. No children are to use the trim trail or play train before or after school as they are not insured to do so. Children should not be riding scooters on the playground or be staying behind after the end of school for a game of football. As tempting as it may be the school day is over and for insurance purposes the children are required to leave the site as quickly and safely as possible.

A number of requests for term time family holidays have been sent into school recently. The school cannot grant authorisation for any absence other than exceptional or unavoidable circumstances. Any holiday during term time can be damaging to educational progress for a number of reasons. Our numbers of absences are closely monitored by the Local Authority and each term we have to report on the number of unauthorised absences. The school has targets set by the Local Authority for absence and unauthorised absence and if the targets are not met we have to explain the reasons behind this. Individual unauthorised absences are recorded on annual reports to parents. We will not authorise any leave from school during the month of May 2012 as many assessments are completed during this time including SATs.
I realise that it is tempting to book during a school week in order to gain a reduction in price or to avoid any queues. However, please do remember, that any absence has an impact on both the children and the school.

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.

Paul Driver
Headteacher

FOHBS Meeting: Monday 19 September
FOHBS will be meeting at 7.30 pm on Monday 19 September at school to kick off the planning process for fundraising for this academic year. If you are interested in joining us or just want to come along and find out what happens then please do come along, we always welcome new members. Alternatively, you can speak to one of us in the playground. Currently we are: Fiona Ryan (years 3 & 6), Kim Hindle (year 6), Andrew Dadswell (year 3), Claire Norman (years 4 & 3), Louise Piper (year 3), Tracey Norris (years R, 4 & 5), Donna Mountain (years r & 2) and Lydia Beckett (year 1).

Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Josh Dooley (Yr 5) who was awarded the best all rounder trophy for the Harpenden Cricket Club U9 team

Junior Wind Band Day
St Alban’s Music School is running two Junior Wind Band Days for woodwind, brass and percussion players of Grade 1 – 3 standards. The Days are Wednesday 19th October and Thursday 10th November from 9.30am – 3.00pm. The aim of each day is to give young people the opportunity of playing in an ensemble. There will be a short presentation at 2.45pm to which parents are warmly invited. For an application form speak to Mrs Brannon or Mrs Murray places are limited. The cost for the day is £15


Tuesday 13th September ............... Parent Helpers Meeting 9 am school Hall
Friday 16th September..................... Class newsletters home
Monday 19th September ................. Clubs start
Monday 19th September.................. FOHBs meeting 7.30pm in school
Tuesday 27th September ................ International Day
Wednesday 28th September ........... Yr 4 to Verulamium
Friday 30th September..................... MacMillan Coffee Morning 9.45am
w/b 3rd October .............................. Book Week
Monday 3rd October ....................... Yr 2 London transport museum visit
Monday 10th October ..................... Individual photos – new photographer Val Cols details to follow
Thursday 13th October ................... Yr 6 St Albans Crown court visit
W/B 17th October ........................... Walk to School Week
Friday 21st October ........................ Half term ends
Thursday 3rd November .................. Parent Consultations 5-8pm
Friday 4th November ....................... Junior and infant disco
Wednesday 9th November ............. Parent Consultations 3.30pm – 6.30pm
W/B Nov 14th ................................. Anti Bullying Week
Friday 18th November ..................... Children in Need
Wednesday 23rd November ........... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 – 9.30 – 11.30
Wednesday 30th November ........... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 – 9.30 – 11.30
Friday 25th November .......... Occasional Day – School closed
Wednesday 7th December.............. Rotary Carol Concert
Thursday 8th December .................. Nativity @ 2pm
Friday 9th December ....................... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 – 9.30 – 11.30
Friday 9th December ....................... Nativity @ 6.30pm
Tuesday 13th December ................. Whole School Panto Visit PM
Friday 16th December ..................... Term Ends @ 2pm

Monday, 5 September 2011

Newsletter Blog edition
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the school year. It has been an excellent year for the school. I would like to thank all of the members of staff, the Governors and members of FOHBs for all that they have done for the school and the children throughout the year. I would also like to thank all of the parents / carers for all the support that you have offered throughout the year.

I would like to wish all of the children that are leaving the school the very best for their future. We will miss you all but I am certain that you will have a fantastic time at your new schools.

Thank you to all of the children, parents and carers who have given me gifts today. It really is very kind and much appreciated.

Attached with the newsletter are details for the Breakfast Club. Apex multi sports will be initially offering a Monday morning club as this was the only day that we had enough children to attend. If there are enough numbers to hold the club on other days Apex will then be able to run clubs. The minimum for the club to run is six children. The coach will be available on Mon 12th Sept to discuss options and this will be a free taster session.


Well done to the pupil of the week, we are very proud of you.
Year 3 Krishna Patel

I hope that you all have a fantastic summer and a well earned rest. We look forward to welcoming back all of the returning children on Monday 5th September.


Paul Driver
Headteacher



Willow Court building work
Work has begun on a 20 bed extension to Willow Court Care Home which is adjacent to High Beeches School. Due to a high demand for elderly care in Harpenden, Quantum Care is working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to develop additional bedrooms and living space at the Home.
The extension will consist of two 10 bedded units which will be directly connected to the existing building. The works will be carried out by ISG Jackson, who have a great deal of experience of working within care environments, and also within schools.
Representatives from Quantum Care and ISG Jackson have been to visit the school to discuss the health and safety of both children and parents during the construction process. We have agreed that representatives from ISG Jackson will come along to a school assembly in September to talk to the children about keeping safe near building sites.

Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Naomi Gosling (Yr 6) who wrote a song which is currently no 7 in the chart (age band up to 19!). It’s called “I took you for granted”
Arun Osborn (Yr 4) who has passed the Bronze Level Swimming Award
Elina Osborn (Yr 1) who has passed her Level 4 Swimming Award
Alex Card and Nick Bailey (Yr 6 ) who both play for the Harpenden Under 11 Cricket team who were crowned County champions on Sunday after beating Watford Town CC in the final
Rachel Leith (Yr 6) who has achieved a Distinction in her Grade 3Performance Arts exam
Erin Gibbs (Yr R) who has been awarded the Silver certificate from the Penny Waterman school of Dance
Alexandra Batchelor (Yr R) who has passed her Duckling Grade 4 Swimming Award
Lewis Poulter (Yr 2) who has passed his 100m Swimming award and Stage One National Swimming Award
Oscar Ryan (Yr 2) who has been awarded his Silver Certificate in Kwik Cricket
Shobiyhaa Suresh (Yr 4) who has passed her Grade One with distinction playing the Bharatanatyam
Lauren Mountain (Yr 1) who has achieved a second place and was awarded a Silver Medal for trampolining
Elina Osborn (Yr 1) who has received her Level 4 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award
Georgia Clothier (Yr 4) who has passed her Grade One Piano exam with Distinction


E Safety
We spend a great deal of time teaching the children about the importance of e safety. As issues arise it is also important that these are shared and discussed at home.
Formspring.me is a social networking site used by many secondary aged pupils and occasionally younger children. It is based around users asking and answering certain questions, often anonymously. The local authority is increasingly hearing of Cyber Bullying concerns related to the use of this site and have asked schools to pass on guidance. Guidance from CEOPS is attached with the newsletter.




Friday 2nd September ...................... INSET DAY
Monday 5th September .................. Autumn Term begins
Thursday 8th September .................. Parent Helpers Meeting @ 9 am school Hall
Monday 12th September ................. Clubs start
Tuesday 27th September ................. International Day
Wednesday 28th September ........... Yr 4 to Verulamium
w/b 3rd October ............................. Book Week
Monday 10th October ..................... Individual photos – new photographer Val Cols details to follow
Friday 21st October ......................... Half term ends
Thursday 3rd November ................... Parent Consultations (Provisional Date) 5-8pm
Wednesday 9th November ............. Parent Consultations (Provisional Date) 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Friday 18th November ..................... Children in Need
Friday 25th November ..................... Occasional Day – School closed
Thursday 8th December .................. Nativity (Provisional Date) @ 6.30pm
Friday 9th December ....................... Nativity (Provisional Date) @ 6.30pm
Tuesday 13th December .................. Whole School Panto Visit PM
Friday 16th December ..................... Term Ends @ 2pm