Friday, 23 March 2012

Newsletter 23.3.12

High Beeches Primary School Newsletter Blog Edition.
It has been wonderful to see all of the children in their ‘sporty’ clothes raising money for Sport Relief today. Good luck to Mrs Draycon, Miss Thomas and the thirty children joining them for the run on Sunday morning. Thank you to everyone who has supported the charity to date we have raised £227 thank you.

Spring has definitely been with us this week and it is fabulous for the children to be able to be back on the field. This does, however, lead to an increase in lost property as the children take off their jumpers and leave them on the field. Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled. I will be putting the lost property out in the playground throughout next week so please take this opportunity to have a look through the items. At the end of the term the lost property bin is emptied ready to begin again!

On Tuesday it is our Eco Green Day and the Eco Council would like the children to come to school wearing something green. Every child has also been asked to bring in a book to swap with someone in their class, as part of a recycling initiative. Please remember the book should be age-appropriate and in good condition.

Last week’s Learners of the Week were not included in the newsletter, apologies. Here they are now:

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all. w/b 13th March 2012
EYFS Marcus Shankland – concentrating on his handwriting skills
Yr 1 Freya Harris – concentrating and tuning out distractions
Yr 2 Tegan Hancox- giving full concentration when doing the class art mural
Yr 3 Annabel Drake – concentrating so achieving her best
Yr 4 Oliver Fish – concentrating and extra contribution to science and topic work
Yr 5 Fiona McArdle – knowing how to tune out distractions
Yr 6 Alex Sterling – searching for methods that help him to concentrate


Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all. w/b 20th March 2012
EYFS Millie Wilkins – concentrating on her writing skills
Yr 1 Ali – Akbar Shah - concentrating and tuning out distractions while presenting a talk
Yr 2 Lauren Mountain – concentrating on everything she does
Yr 3 Isabelle Methven – concentrating on all aspects of work
Yr 5 Abigail Roy – giving her full attention to her maths and challenging herself
Yr 6 Jamal Juma – always checking what is required to complete a piece of work

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


Community Meeting Point collection

The School Council have decided to hold a collection for the charity Community Meeting Point. This is a charity which focuses on mental health care and it gives people who are ill a chance for work opportunities in a dedicated resource centre. The children would like donations of old clothes, shoes, bags and bric-a-brac in good condition to be brought into school. The School Council will then send the items to the charity. This event will be held on Monday 26th March.


FoHBs News
Forthcoming Events
Year 1 Cake Sale, Thursday 29th March
Reception Cake Sale, Friday 27th April
Summer Festival, Saturday 7th July
School Disco, Friday 13th July

New FoHBs members!
Thank you to all those who have already expressed an interest in joining FoHBs or helping at future events. For anyone else out there who is interested in helping in anyway, please leave your name and number in the FoHBs tray outside the office or speak to Fiona Ryan in the playground.

If you shop online please use the following linkwww.buy.at/FOHBS to access most major stores. High Beeches receive commission for all your purchases. Thank you!

Sports News
Football
The football team played St Nicholas on Wednesday. George Kershaw scored towards the end of a tight first half to give High Beeches the lead. High Beeches dominated the second half scoring three further goals. Final score High Beeches 4 St Nicholas 0. Man of the match Perry Hindle. Well done to all involved and thank you to all of the supporters for cheering the team on.
Netball
It has been a busy and successful week for our netball ‘A’ team this week. We played in the Harpenden School Rally and came third in our group, after some excellent games. Yesterday they beat Beech Hyde 10-7 in a closely fought match. Well done to all our netballers for a brilliant season and thank you to all our supporters. Our last club is on Monday and children are invited to bring refreshments for the end of the session if they would like to do so.

Catering Vacancy
We currently have an opportunity to join our dedicated catering team. Our school lunches are fabulous and we have one of the highest uptakes for meals in the County. We have a vacancy for a General Assistant to join our wonderful team. The vacancy is for 7.5hrs a week, 1.5 hrs a day. If you are interested in this post please speak to Mrs Nugent in the kitchen or to Mr Driver.

Gardening Club
I am sure that you will have noticed the planting that has taken place by the school entrance and the wonderful hanging baskets. Thank you to all of the parents/carers who have been involved with the Gardening Club particularly Mrs Miller, Mrs Beech, Mrs Snowden, Mrs Cadena-Lemus and Mrs Ellis.
Please remind children to be careful with the newly planted plants. They should not be touching plants in the tubs or jumping over the plants in the new borders near the front entrance. If you do have any spare plants you would like to donate to the school please speak to the school office.


Harpenden Plus Partnership News

Harpenden Plus Partnership have arranged a FREE parenting course for parents/carers of Special Educational Needs* Children aged from 5 to 15. This course will run for 7 weeks on a Thursday morning commencing on 17th May (excluding half term) from 9.30 to 1.30 at Sauncey Wood School.

If you are unsure whether this course is the right thing for you, we have arranged a workshop to be held on 3th May (9.30 - 11.30) which will give you a taster of the course. This workshop is also free.

*Special Educational Needs can include ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, a speech and language difficulty, hearing difficulties and much more. Your child does not need to have a statement of educational needs to attend this course

To register your interest in either of these, or to find out more, please contact Claire or Hobie on 07985 330941 or 01582 623676 or familysupport@saunceywood.herts.sch.uk. Booking forms will be sent to those people who have registered an interest after Easter and places will be allocated on first come first serve of return of the booking form and a £10 deposit. The deposit will be returned to you upon completion of the course/workshop. You do not have to attend the workshop to be able to attend the course. Any questions, or cases of financial hardship, please contact us in confidence.


Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Bethan Hancox (Year 2) who has passed both Level 5 and 6 British Gymnastics Proficiency Awards
Tegan Hancox (Year 2) who has passed both Level 5 and 6 British Gymnastics Proficiency Awards
Archie Taylor (EYFS) who has passed his 10M swimming award
Daniel Thomas (Year 1) who has passed his Level 7 British Gymnastics Proficiency Awards
Abbie Thomas (Year 2) who has passed her 10M swimming award
Lewis Poulter (Yr 3) who has passed his 200M swimming award
Jessica Poulter (Yr 1) who has passed her 25M and Tadpole 3 award
Freya Barker (EYFS) who has achieved her Silver Dance Certificate from the Penny Waterman School of Dance

Friday, 16 March 2012

High Beeches Primary School Newsletter 16th March 2012

It was wonderful to see the choir representing the school at the Spring Music Festival on Wednesday evening. The children sang beautifully, looked smart and were a real credit to the school. Thank you to Mrs Draycon and Mrs Sands for helping the children to prepare for this event.

Today will be the final football club for the year as we still have a number of fixtures to complete due to the poor weather earlier in the year. The final netball club will take place on Monday 26th March. Rounders, Cricket and Athletics clubs will be starting after the Easter holiday. We will also be launching an exciting ‘Change for Life club’ more details to follow in the new term.

Thank you to everybody who supported comedy night last week it was a tremendous evening. Thank you to all of the members of FoHBs for their hard work in running the event, made especially complicated by the move to the Scout Hut.

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


Community Meeting Point collection

The School Council have decided to hold a collection for the charity Community Meeting Point., which is a charity that focuses on mental health care. It gives people who are ill a chance for work opportunities in a dedicated resource centre. The children would like donations of old clothes, shoes, bags and bric-a-brac in good condition to be brought into school. The School Council will then send the items to the charity. This event will be held on Monday 26th March.


Sport Relief and Eco Day
Next Friday we will be raising money for Sport Relief and we are asking the children to dress in ‘sporty’ clothes in return for a donation to Sport Relief. Children who have purchased merchandise will be able to wear this on the day.

For Eco Day (Tuesday 27th March) the children are to wear an item of green clothing. They are not expected to wear all green though can do if they wish. Children are not allowed to paint their faces or nails but temporary hair colour will be allowed.


FoHBs Needs You!!!
The FoHBs Committee desperately need new members. One member has recently left and another two are due to leave at the end of this school year. Presently there are not enough members on the committee to be able to run the Summer Festival this year. Lots of behind the scenes work that goes on in addition to filling in all the spaces when there are not enough volunteers for the stalls on the day, eg planning and shopping for food and drink, sourcing prizes, setting up gazebos, collecting and counting the takings, co-ordinating the entertainment and events on the day, packing away and clearing up the site, school and kitchen, and so on…..

Unless more people volunteer the festival will not be able to go ahead.

Together with your help FOHBS has raised a considerable amount of money for the school and we are now in the position when we almost have enough to purchase some large playground equipment which the School Council will be choosing this week.

If you are interested in helping in anyway please leave your name and number in the FOHBS tray outside the office or speak to Fiona Ryan in the playground.

The next meeting to discuss the summer fair takes place on Monday 23 April at 8pm

Forthcoming events
Year 1 Cake Sale, Thursday 29th March
Reception Cake Sale, Friday 27th April
Summer Festival, Saturday 7th July
School Disco, Friday 13th July


Sports News
Netball
Our A team played The Lea yesterday and played their best game of the season so far. It was a very close game and we lost 6-5, despite some excellent passing, defending and shooting. A huge congratulations to all the girls who played, it was great to see them putting into practice the things they have learnt. Player of the match is Angel Fletcher for some fabulous interceptions


Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Fiona McArdle (Yr 5) who won the Girls age 10 and under singles event at the Herts County Badminton Tournament
Katie Snowden (Yr 1) who has achieved her Level 3 Swimming Award
Joshua Toon (Yr 6) who has achieved his 1st Black Award for Archery
Joel Shankland (Yr 2) who has achieved his Improver 2 Swimming Award
Marcus Shankland (EYFS) who has passed his Sea Lion Swimming Award
George Kershaw (Yr 5) who has been selected for the St Albans District Primary Schools team for Year 5 Boys to participate in the Hertfordshire Primary Schools Swimming Championships Gala on the 11th May, 2012

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Newsletter 09.03.12

NEWSLETTER 09.03.12 BLOG EDITION

You will have received a copy of our latest Ofsted inspection report and the accompanying letter from the Governing Body. The whole of the school community should be very pleased and proud of this report. It is through our strength in working together that we ensure the children enjoy their learning and make excellent progress in all aspects of school life. We will be focusing on the aspects identified in the report alongside our other priorities as we continue to drive the school forward in the future.

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all. w/b 5th March 2012
EYFS Grace Slobom – Concentrating in whole class sessions
Yr 1 Katie Snowden – tuning out distractions and concentrating in whole class sessions
Yr 2 Rosie Helsby – concentrating hard and tuning out distractions
Yr 3 Megan White – concentrating and trying her best
Yr 4 Binti Shah – concentrating and listening well so that she always knows what to do
Yr 5 Neo Wishart –concentrating on improving his problem solving skills
Yr 6 Becky Shott – always concentrating and focusing on her
work

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


Parking and car problems!
I have received three complaints from parents/ carers and local residents about the driving and parking around the school.
I realise that the parking problem has been exacerbated by the workmen from the Willow Court building parking close to the school. However, this is no excuse for parking illegally and we are working with the authorities to find a solution to the problem. I have received two letters this week with photographs of illegal parking.
I also have the details of a black Volvo (61 registration) driving far too quickly near the school whilst children were attempting to cross the road. Please drive and park considerately.


Sport Relief
We are entering a High Beeches team into the Harpenden Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 25th March at 10.45am. Mrs Draycon will be team leader and will be running with the children. If your child would like to take part please register them online at:
http://my.sportrelief.com/search/event/result?id=1357#location=al5 they will also need to sign a register in the school office to enable us to track entrants.
As a consequence of our involvement in the ‘Mile event’ and our recent sponsorship event, we will not be running a mile during school time. However on Friday 23rd March we would like the children to come to school dressed in sporty clothes wearing the Sport Relief items that many of them have purchased.
We are keen for as many children as possible to join in with the mile. Please speak to Mrs Draycon for more information but specific details e.g. meeting times will be arranged nearer the day.


FoHBs News

High Beeches Comedy Night, this Saturday, 10th March, Crabtree Fields Scout Hut, doors open 7pm event starts 8pm. Tickets are still available, so if you haven’t already reserved seats, but wish to attend, please contact Fiona Ryan as soon as possible on: 07917 157747

Year 1 Cake Sale, Thursday 29th March

A call for new FoHBs committee member
After a number of years of service, several of the current committee members will be retiring in the summer. We therefore urgently require new members. If you feel you could spare some time to help at FoBHs events and raise vital funds for the school, please contact anyone on the committee to find out more. Current committee members are: Fiona Ryan, Andrew Dadswell, Kim Hindle, Tracey Norris, Donna Mountain, Lydia Becket, Louise Piper and Jane Castellani.

If you shop online please use the following link www.buy.at/FOHBS to access most major stores. High Beeches receive commission for all your purchases. Thank you!


Sports News
Netball
The A team enjoyed their first victory of the season with a 1–0 win over St Nicholas on Monday. After a slow start the girls improved their passing and scored just after half time. The B team had another successful game and won 4-1. They were some lovely goals and all of the children defended much better. Players of the match A team - Jessica Nottingham and B team - Cory Fletcher


Football
The A team played at the local Sports Association Tournament on Tuesday. All Harpenden Primary Schools were involved and our boys performed outstandingly well. They beat Beech Hyde, Manland, St Helens and The Lea and drew against Crabtree and The Grove winning their group. In the semi-finals they were drawn against Redbourn. A very tight game ended 0-0 after ten minutes and went into extra time. Tiredness took its toll and unfortunately Redbourn scored the only goal High Beeches conceded all afternoon. The team should all be very proud of their performances in what is a very competitive tournament. Well done and thank you to all of the supporters, and especially to Mrs Hindle for providing trophies for the boys to recognise their extra special achievement.


Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Fiona McArdle (Yr 5) who competed in the St Albans 2012 Trials Gala on Saturday, she swam in 2 events 50 metre Freestyle and 50 meter Breastroke, she achieved 2 personal best times and came 6th out of 21 in the Breastroke and 10th out of 26 in the Freestlye.
George Kershaw (Yr 5) who also competed in the Gala achieving an excellent fourth place in the 50M Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke

Letters sent home
W/b 5/3/12
7/3 – mini tennis present members yr. 1,2 and 3
7/3 – milk summer term infants
8/3 – Whole school Ofsted report and letter from Governing Body
9/3 – Yr 1 and 2 swimming letter
9/3 – Herts catering allergy letter
Gym badges have been ordered and will be given out in the last week of the term.

Friday, 2 March 2012

High Beeches Newsletter 02.03.12

High Beeches Newsletter 02.03.12

Thank you to everybody who raised money for our sponsored Welly Walk. The final total raised was an amazing £4900. This will be used to purchase large play equipment e.g. climbing frame etc for the junior children. The School Council will be working with the children to find out what is required and I am hoping that this can be purchased and installed before the summer. A special mention must go to these five children for raising huge amounts of money well done and thank you to:
Neel Bhopal
Finn Heywood
Elise Wilson
Freya Barker
Alfie Reed
Well done to the Early Years class for raising a massive £1007 and Year 1 for raising £1162.

Thank you to Year One for their excellent assembly this morning. It is wonderful to be able to share the learning which is taking place in all classrooms throughout the school.
Dates for other assemblies will be sent out soon.

All orders for school summer dresses must be in school by Friday 23rd March. If you would like to discuss any uniform issues please speak to Mrs Murray.

Thank you to everybody involved in the Year 2 Cake Sale and to all who supported the event. The total raised was £67.13, well done.

Since altering the school office we have been unable to find a suitable bed for our new medical room. If anybody has a small fold up bed (z bed style) which you would like to donate to the school please speak to Mrs Brannon. The Early Years class are also in need of toy pushchairs any donations greatly appreciated

Next week is ‘Get Ready For Gold Week’ organised by the Herts Catering Service. Each day the children who have a school meal will receive a sticker which they can put onto their chart which will be given out on Monday. The completed charts will then be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win super prizes.

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all. w/b 27th February 2012
EYFS Ella Condon – learning to concentrate in whole class sessions
Yr 1 Daniel Thomas – learning to tune out distractions so he can concentrate
Yr 2 Abbie Thomas – focusing very hard on her writing
Yr 3 Oliver Johnston – concentrating, therefore thinking of own ideas
Yr 4 Tisa Mokhtari – always concentrating on the task in hand
Yr 5 Georgina Klein – giving her full concentration to her interview
Yr 6 William Mitchell – trying hard to tune out distractions

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

FoHBs News
High Beeches First Ever Comedy Night, Saturday 10th March doors open 7pm event starts 8pm. Tickets are still available, so If you haven’t already, please purchase your tickets as soon as possible and support this exciting new event. Additional order forms can be picked up in reception and members of the FoHBs committee will be available on the playground all next week to purchase tickets from. Remember you can buy individual tickets and just choose your seats on the night, or alternatively you can get together with a group of friends and reserve a table.

If you shop online, please use the following link www.buy.at/FOHBS to access most major stores. High Beeches receive commission for all your purchases. Thank you!

Year 1 Cake Sale, Thursday 29th March


Sports News
Netball
The netball teams played exciting matches against St Dominic this week. Despite losing 7-3 the A team showed a considerable improvement in their play and showed much better skills in defence. They had a couple of super passing sequences that led to impressive goals. The B team notched up another win, beating St Dominic 8-2. Again, there were some lovely examples of interceptions and teamwork, not to mention wonderful shooting. Well done to everyone in the netball squad who played. Players of the match were Becky Shott (A team) and Sophie Jackson (B team).
Football
The Football teams also played St Dominic this week. The A team played superbly against a very strong team winning the match 3-1. The team demonstrated excellent passing and all defended very well. The B team played a very close game which ended 0-0. Again the passing was excellent and everybody worked hard to ensure a close game. Well done to all involved. Players of the match were George Kershaw (A team) and Nathaniel Snowden (B team)


Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Georgia Clothier (Yr 4) was the winner for her category (Preliminary Piano Grades 1 and 2) at the Musicale Eisteddfod
William Mitchell (Yr 6) who has passed his ‘Main slope ready’ certificate for Snowboarding
Becky Shott (Yr 6) who has passed her Level 7 Skate UK award for ice skating


Sport Relief Mile
Sport Relief is back and coming to Harpenden. The town is set to host its first ever Sainsbury’s mile on Sunday 25th March. The event will begin at the Harpenden Sports Centre. To enter the mile or for more details visit www.sportrelief.com .We will also be completing activities in school on Friday 23rd March to raise funds and will be selling official merchandise in school more details to follow next week. Some items will be on sale at Parents Consultation Evening next week.


Dummy Cake Icing
For our celebration assembly we have a ‘dummy Birthday Cake’ which is iced. The children are then able to blow the candles out on the cake. Unfortunately the cake is now very old and is beginning to fall apart. If anybody is able to ice a dummy cake we would happily provide all materials. It would be a shame for this lovely High Beeches tradition to come to an end.


Gardening Club
Thank you to the parents who have started up the High Beeches Gardening Club. We are always looking for more volunteers so if you would like to help please speak to Mrs Murray.
If anybody has any unwanted garden equipment, pots, plants or seeds the gardening club would really appreciate any donations.








Date of events can also be found on the school website http://www.highbeeches.herts.sch.uk/
Click on the information link and then calendar.

Spring Term 2012

Monday 5th March............................ Netball V St Nicholas (A)
Tuesday 6th March ........................... HDSA Football tournament at Sauncey Wood 1pm
Wednesday 7th March ...................... Parent consultation evening 5 – 8pm
Saturday 10th March ......................... FoHBs Comedy Night
Monday 12th March .......................... Year 2 Kew Garden Visit
Tuesday 13th March .......................... Parent consultation evening 3.30 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 14th March .................... Spring Music Festival – 7.30pm
Thursday 15th March ........................ Netball V The Lea (A)
Tuesday 20th March .......................... HDSA Netball Rally at Roundwood Park 1pm
Tuesday 21st March........................... High Beeches V St Nicholas football (H)
Friday 23rd March ............................. High Beeches V Beech Hyde football (A)
Monday 26th March .......................... High Beeches V Sauncey Wood Football (A)
Tuesday 27th March .......................... ECO GREEN DAY
Thursday 29th March ........................ Year 1 Cake sale
Friday 30th March ............................. Spring Term ends 2pm
Terrific
Tuesday 17th April ............................ Summer Term begins

Letters sent home
W/b 27/2/12
Parent consultation evening – 27.2.12 – whole school
Skateboard club – 29.2.12 – Yrs 3-6
Gardening Club - 29.2.12 - Yrs 3-6
Mothers Day Letter – EYFS -27.2.12