Friday, 23 November 2012

Newsletter 23.11.12

Newsletter 23.11.12
It has been a privilege to show prospective parents around the school this week and receive so much positive feedback. After the Open Morning a number of parents wanted to express how impressed they were with the school and the children.  We are all very proud of the school and it is great that others recognise this.

Plea for help
We have been unable to find a pianist for the Junior Carol Concert. It would involve playing for the rehearsal in the morning and at the concert in the evening. If you are able to help or know somebody who would be able to play at the Church please speak to Mrs Hadley.

The time for the Junior Carol Concert is 7.00pm on the 20th December rather than 6.30pm as previously stated in the newsletter. EYFS concert is 2.30pm not 2.00pm as stated.

 If Gym club members would like their badges before Christmas, please bring in the money by the end of November.

 Please ensure that children are wearing appropriate school uniform at all times. We have noticed an increase in inappropriate headbands / hairclips being worn. These should be fabric and in the school colours.

 Well done to all of the children who were the class winners for the ‘Anti Bullying’ poster competition. Many of the entries are displayed around the school. Thank you to Mrs Button for organising the activities linked to the Anti-Bullying Week.

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

w/b 19th November  2012

EYFS       Oskar Whalen – for imaginative play ideas

Yr 1         Olive Whalen – for having lots of ideas in drama

Yr 2         Erin Gibbs – having lots of ideas about dragons

Yr 3         Madeline Roy – Imaginative ideas

Yr 4         Mary Kershaw – having good ideas in guided reading

Yr 5         Ruby Ellis – having lots of ideas to help her learn

Yr 6        Josh Dooley – having imaginative ideas for role play

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.

Paul Driver

Year 6 Maths Challenge
On Thursday four children from Year 6 attended the Aldwickbury Maths Challenge. The challenge involved three rounds of questions including mental maths and problem solving. Twenty six state and independent schools attended the event and we are all very pleased that High Beeches finished 6th in the Red Section (Rohan and Georgia) and 7th in the Blue Section (Jean –Emmanuel and Johnny M). We were the highest place state school finishing above all of the local Primary schools, a fantastic achievement.


High Beeches Christmas Fair, Saturday 8th December, 12-3pm               

With just two weeks to go we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the key dates for donations:

•Wednesday 5th December - Christmas themed sweet jars are due in school

•Friday 7th December is a non-uniform day for the children in exchange for a drinks bottle for the adult tombola

•Friday 7th December or the morning of Saturday 8th December – please bring in a cake for the cake stall

•If you haven’t done so already, please donate an item to your child’s Class Christmas hamper

•Please continue to leave your nearly new donations for the Secrets Room in the Year 2/3 corridor

Other dates for your diary

Friday 18th January – Year 4 Cake Sale

Friday 8th February – Infants and Junior School Disco

Thursday 14th February – Year 3 Cake Sale

Friday 8th March – Wine Tasting Evening

Saturday May 11th – High Beeches Ball

Sports Update


Well done to all of the children who competed in the Harpenden District Cross Country Tournament on Tuesday. Firstly I know the children all looked very smart in the new tops purchased by FoHBs and these hopefully kept them dry. Thank you to Miss Thomas and Mrs Kershaw for supervising the team. There were a number of excellent results including a 7th place in the Yr 6 boys event, and 8th place in the Yr 6 girls and 14th in the Yr 5 girls.

Well done to all who participated in such difficult conditions. We finished in fourth place in the small schools competition. Unfortunately because we did not field a full team for the Year 5 girls we received a 200 point penalty. If we had fielded a full team we would have won the small schools event, our best result ever. As we always tell the children, it is the taking part that counts. Please encourage your children to participate in events.

Pupil sucess

Congratulations to the following pupils:

Abbie Thomas (Yr 3) who has been awarded her level 3 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award

Daniel Thomas (Yr 2) who has been awarded her level 5 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award

Jack MacDonald (Yr 2) took part in his first swimming gala and won two gold medals for his 20m backstroke and freestyle races

George Kershaw and Max Norris (Yr 6) who are representing High Beeches in the Divisional Individual Primary School Swimming Championships this evening.

 Diary Dates

Thursday 29th November Open Morning EYFS intake 2013

Thursday 29th November Yr 4 Hudnall Park parents meeting 7pm at school

Monday 3rd December Occasional Day – School closed

Wednesday 5th December Rotary Carol Concert

Thursday 6th December Open Morning EYFS intake 2013

Saturday 8th December FOHBS Christmas Fair 12- 3

Thursday 13th December Nativity 2pm

Friday 14th December EYFS Christmas Concert 2.30pm School Hall

Friday 14th December Nativity 6.30pm

Tuesday 18th December Whole School Panto Visit pm

Thursday 20th December Junior Carol Service – 7.00pm High St Methodist Church

Friday 21st December Term Ends @ 2pm

Spring Term

Tuesday 8th January Children return to school

Friday 18th January Year 4 Cake Sale

Friday 8th February FoHBs Valentine Disco

Thursday 14th February Year 3 Cake Sale

Friday 15th February Half term ends

Monday 18th February Half term holidays begin

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