Children in Need Day!

Thank you to everyone who took part in our non-uniform day for Children in Need. We raised a staggering £571 which is an amazing amount so thank you to everyone who took part.

Last week I wrote to you all about how we are developing our school libraries in different ways and this week I have news of what Hertfordshire Libraries are doing:

Libraries are open for Ready Reads We all know how it important it is for children to have access to books.

Despite the current lockdown situation, Hertfordshire libraries are offering a new way to borrow books, Ready Reads- We select you collect. Families can order books for their children and themselves using the online form and then collect from a selected library.

If families are unable to access online services, please contact us on 0300 123 4049 and a member of our team will be able to help fill out the form. We understand some families have not felt able to visit the library for a while, this is an easy way to borrow.

Also, our requests service is fully operational so for specific books these can be ordered through our catalogue and picked up in the same way. Never have books been more important, not only supporting children with their reading but also with their health and wellbeing, enabling them to leave behind the daily stresses and escape into imaginary worlds.

This is a wonderful service and I urge you to make use of it.

I know it still seems so far away but in a primary school we have to prepare for Christmas from quite early on and this year is NO exception!

We always have a Christmas Postbox and this year we will have seven postboxes, one for each bubble in the school. The children can be encouraged to write their cards but only to other people in their bubble. These can then be posted in the box located somewhere in their bubble. There will also be a staff postbox for adults who work in school, who do not belong to a bubble. The postboxes will open from the 1st December 2020.

As part of our training for Safeguarding Mrs Light, Mrs Gunn and I watched a virtual training film about online safety. What we learned concerned us greatly. Do you know all the different Apps that are available for children? Things like Twitch, Yolo, Omegle and Secret Calculator are extremely dangerous and there are more coming every day. We all know that children are using tablets and phones with increasing regularity and online grooming is on the rise. I would urge you all to sign up to and keep up to date with this ever-changing environment.

Help us to keep your children safe!

Please remember if you have any concerns about your child, do not hesitate to make contact.