Information from Mrs Driver

End of term
Suddenly we have reached the end of another term and the Easter holidays, if we can call them that, are upon us!
It has been another exciting term in school with lots of different things happening and all of the children have been involved in a wide range of experiences. There have been an amazing number of different activities going on and I am extremely grateful to the staff who give up their own time to organise and run these activities. Clearly not everyone can have the opportunity to represent the school in a team or have a main part in a show but we are delighted with the number of pupils who access the extra-curricular activities. 

New Year 2 teacher
I am delighted to tell you that we have appointed Miss Emily Vivian as our new Year 2 teacher from September 2016. Miss Vivian was a pupil here a few years ago and it is wonderful to see her coming full circle as she returns here as a teacher. She has been teaching locally and now we look forward to benefitting from her enthusiasm and experience. 

We are still looking for a cleaner to work in school for 2 hours a day, 3.30 – 5.30. If you are interested or you know someone who might be, please contact school and have a chat with Mr Burrows. 

Kitchen Assistant
A vacancy has also arisen for a Kitchen Assistant, if you are interested please contact the office and we will put you in touch with Herts Catering. 

The Orbit
You will have received your copy of The Orbit this week from our School Magazine Club. It never ceases to amaze me what a great magazine this is and this edition is no exception. Well done to all the pupils involved in writing this edition and a special thank you to Mrs Stephenson and Mrs Thorn for their hard work! 

School kits
Now that many of the sporting activities for the winter season are over we would like to ensure that all school kits are returned to school. We are concerned about the number of kits that go missing and the state in which they are returned. School kits need to be rinsed through and left to dry. Please do not tumble dry any school kits as they will shrink. I would hope that pupils are proud to be asked to represent the school and would therefore look after any school kit they are given. Please return any outstanding kit on the first day of term and we would ask that you look around for anything extra you might have at home. 

Thinking ahead to the summer term and the wonderful weather we are bound to experience (!) could I give you another reminder about naming all items of uniform? With the warmer weather, we always have a multitude of red jumpers left on the field and if they aren’t named we have no hope of identifying them! If you are buying new school shoes for the summer, please ensure they are sensible sandals. The children should not wear shoes without a strap and closed in sandals are much safer for playtimes. Also the holidays are an ideal time to have hair cut! It might be fashionable to have hair over their eyes but children do struggle to read the whiteboards if their hair is too long! If you have any uniform queries please contact the school. 

Please be aware of the summer uniform requirements: 
– Girls: Red & white checked summer dress; School uniform white shirt (no checks); Grey trousers or skirts; Red jumper / cardigan; No slip-on shoes or open-toed sandals for safety reasons. 
– Boys: Grey trousers / shorts (not combat shorts); White shirt and tie; Red Jumper.

We are a traditional school and as such do not want to have fashion accessories as part of our school uniform!

I am extremely grateful to the parents who run the uniform shop for us. During the summer term the uniform shop will be held on 9th May, 13th June and 4th July. The last orders for uniform will be on 17th June 2016. Please do not place orders after this date and it would help enormously if uniform orders are only placed at uniform shop times. 

With the summer term approaching, we are mindful of the inhalers we have in school for various children. Does your child need an inhaler? If so, do we have one in school? Have you signed a form at the school office? Is the inhaler still in date? Is it named? Are there any other factors we need to know about? Please let us know. 

Mrs Grundon
As you all know Mrs Grundon is leaving us today after 27 years at the school. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her a long and happy retirement! At least we know she won’t be too far away and we look forward to seeing her in school at various opportunities. 

At last we have started to see signs of work starting on the expansion programme. The builders are establishing their site compound and they are preparing the site to put down the access road. Over the 2 week break we will see work being undertaken outside as well as some work inside school as we move towards preparing our existing building for an influx of new pupils. There are more details of what has been happening in the Governors’ newsletter and I will re-instate my Builders Blog as more work gets undertaken. 

Please remember if you have any concerns about your child at school, do not hesitate to come in to see me. I hope you all have a lovely break over the next two weeks and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 19th April 2016.

Yours sincerely
Mary Driver