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

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