Friday, 20 April 2012

Newsletter 20.04.12

I hope that you have had a wonderful Easter holiday. It is hard to believe that we are beginning the final term of the year already. We have many exciting activities and events planned throughout the term and are all especially looking forward to celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and continuing the countdown to the Olympic Games. Please check through the diary dates and remember that these are always available on the school website http://www.highbeeches.herts.sch.uk/ follow the information link and calendar.

Many of you will be aware of the demand for school places in Harpenden. We recently met with Local Authority Officers to discuss the need for an additional two classes in the town and the possibility of increasing the intake for the Early Years to 60 children at High Beeches for September 2013.  We have since been informed that although we are a very popular school by parental preference difficulties regarding the highways have meant that we will not be allocated the extra class.  An update on the Free School was recently sent to interested parents. The preferred site for this continues to be Crabtree Fields though no final decision has been made and they are seeking temporary accommodation for next year both within and outside the Harpenden Parish Boundary.

Our learning focus for this half term is ‘Push Yourself’. The children will be thinking about finding ways to push themselves even when things are difficult and how pushing themselves makes them better at things.

We would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Mrs Shield who has decorated a new cake for our Birthday Assemblies. The cake looks wonderful thank you.

The Sainsbury’s sports equipment voucher promotion has now finished in store. Please send any vouchers into school by next Fri. Thank you for all of the vouchers we have received to date.

On Monday Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows will be able to wear their uniform to school for St George’s Day.
I hope that you all have an enjoyable weekend.
Paul Driver
Headteacher


FoHBs News
Forthcoming Events
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 any way, 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 link  www.buy.at/FOHBS to access most major stores. High Beeches receive commission for all your purchases. Thank you!


Letters sent home
 19/4 – Yr 5 and 6 Dance club          19/4 -  Yr 5 and 6 cricket, athletics and rounders
19/4 – Yr 3 Batford visit                    20/4 – whole school Steel Band workshop





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.
Summer Term 2012
Monday 23rd April ............................. Year One visit to Butterfly World
Monday 23rd April .............................. FoHBs Meeting 7.00pm Marquis
Wednesday 25th April........................ HDSA Chess Tournament 1pm at Roundwood Park
Thursday 26th April ............................. Yr 3 and 4 Recorder assembly                            
Friday 27th April ................................. Yr R Cake sale
Monday 30th April ............................. Year 4 Common Visit (weather permitting)
Thursday 3rd May ............................... Yr 2 Recorder assembly
Friday 4th May ................................... Year 3 Class assembly
Friday 11th May ................................. Yr 2 London visit
Sunday 13th May................................. RAH Sing Up Gala Yr 5
w/b Mon 14th May ............................. SATS WEEK
Tues 15th May ................................... Yr 3 and 4 football tournament at Sauncey Wood
Friday 18th May ................................. Yr 3 Wardown Museum visit
Saturday 19th May.............................. High Beeches May Ball
Monday 21st May ............................... Class / group photos
Tuesday 22nd May .............................. Steel drum workshop
Friday 1st June ................................... Queens Jubilee Street Party
w/b Monday 4th June .......................... Half term holidays
Tuesday 12th June .............................. HDSA Rounders tournament at Redbourn
Tuesday 12th June ............................. Yr 6 Parents meeting 7.00pm
Monday 18th June ............................. Yr 6 to Windmill Hill
Monday 18th June ............................. EYFS Boxmoor visit
Tuesday 19th June .............................. HDSA Kwik Cricket at Woodend
w/b 25th June .................................... SPORTS WEEK
Wednesday 27th June ........................ Phonics workshop 3.30pm Creche available
Thursday 28th June ............................. HDSA Athletics at SJL
w/b2nd July ....................................... Yr 5 Cycle training week
Saturday 7th July ................................ FoHBs Summer Festival
Monday 9th July ................................ Sports Day 1pm
Tuesday 10th July .............................. Yr 6 Play 7.00pm
Wednesday 11th July ......................... Yr 6 play 7.00pm
Thursday 12th July ............................. Secondary school transition day
Friday 13th July ................................... Annual Reports to parents/carers
Friday 13th July .................................. FoHBs Disco
Monday 16th July .............................. Open evening
Tuesday 17th July .............................. Year 6 BBQ
Wednesday 18th July ......................... Artsfest performances 1.15pm
Thursday 19th July ............................. Artsfest performances 1.15pm
Friday 20th July ................................... Term ends









Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Luke Driver (Yr 2) who has passed his Grade 4 Swimming Award
Ellie Osborn (Yr 2) who has achieved her Level 5 Swimming Award
Arun Osborn (Yr 5) who has achieved his Silver Level Swimming Award
Becky Shott (Yr 6) who has passed her Grade 3 Flute exam with distinction and her Level 8 Ice Skating award
Jenna Heywood (Yr 2) who has passed her Grade 4 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award
Bethan Hancox (Yr 2) who has passed her Grade 6 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award
Tegan Hancox (Yr 2) who has passed her Grade 6 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award
Katie Snowden (Yr 1) who has passed her Grade 7 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award

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 12.5hrs a week, 2.5 hrs a day. If you are interested in this post please speak to Mrs Nugent in the kitchen or to Mr Driver.


Discovering Harpenden Common

In the short time the Harpenden Common Discovery Day has been running it has become an annual family favourite in Harpenden. This year the event will take place on Saturday 16 June from 10am until 5pm and will again be free to attend. Confirmed attractions include sheep shearing, falconry displays, a dancing dog display, a dog show and ferret racing. 
The aim of the event is to promote Harpenden Common and encourage people to find out about this wonderful asset in the heart of their community. It includes 3 nature trails, a horse ride, ponds, hay meadow, woodland and is home to a variety of sporting clubs. Over the decades Harpenden Common has had varied uses including grazing for sheep, horseracing, hunting, ice skating, athletics, football, cricket, golf, circuses and fairs.
There are a number of opportunities for local charities and community groups associated with nature and environment to promote their issues for free by holding activities, having a stall or fundraising.  If you would like to get involved, contact Dan Taylor on 01582 463665, dan.taylor@harpenden.gov.uk or visit www.harpenden.gov.uk.


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