The latest newsletter to be sent home

Dear Parents,

Suddenly we are here at the end of an extremely busy half term! You will have seen that I have been out on ‘traffic duty’ many mornings recently trying to encourage cars to keep moving along Stuart Drive and to drive through the school without stopping. Please remember the yellow lines and zig zags are there for a reason.

DO NOT stop on these even for a short while. It is also important to remember that Stuart Drive is a two-way road and the residents will need to be able to drive along it away from the school. Please do not block drive-ways and ensure that residents have access to their property at all times.

We have been contacted by a charity who send school uniforms out to Tanzania, to ask if we have any old uniform in good condition which we could donate to their work. We have put some together but wondered if anyone has any other uniform, still in good condition which could be donated to this worthy cause. They are looking for grey trousers, red checked dresses, and white blouses / shirts, as well as grey and red jumpers or cardigans. Apparently our skirts are not suitable because they will be too short. Please send it into school, for the attention of Mrs Grundon, during the first week of after half term and it will all be collected on Friday 1st March 2013.

Looking ahead to next half term there are lots of exciting events planned for you and the pupils. We are holding our Book Characters Day on Thursday 7th March as part of World Book Day. On this day the children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character. This is completely optional and there is no charge for those who wish to participate. We hope that it will give us the opportunity to focus upon some of the characters in fiction. However, children must not regard this as the chance to simply ‘dress up’ or to not wear uniform. If children do not wish to participate, they wear school uniform. I do hope that this idea will not cause too many undue family arguments or pressures put upon you to make elaborate costumes! We simply wanted to find a way to make the children think about the books they have read and to help them to enjoy some of our classical literature.

Some of our older pupils have two different events coming up. The Y5 Recycled Fashion Club will be presenting their creations on the Cat Walk at the Fashion Show at St Christopher’s School on March 1st and a group of Y5 & Y6 girls will be dancing at The County Dance Festival on Wednesday 13th March in St Albans. Our girls have been invited to close the whole show which is a great honour! Good Luck to both groups!

We also have the ICT evening for parents on Wednesday 27th February where Mr Mills will outline the different tools used across the school in ICT. This will be followed later in March by an E-safety evening lead by Herts E-safety advisor on how to keep your children safe online. Details to follow about this after half term.

Many of you will be aware that Comic Relief is coming up on March 15th. The School Council will be writing out to you with their plans and ideas for this day but I thought you would like advance notice that they will be selling ‘Red Noses’ before the day so please encourage your children to ‘buy their noses’ in school!

If you are looking for something to do during half term with your children we have current and ex-pupils performing with The Young Arcadians in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at St. Christopher’s School from Wednesday to Saturday. Mrs Mackilligan is their choreographer and I have heard a couple of rehearsals and they sound fantastic so I can certainly recommend it. Tickets can be ordered online at

or on 07511 519387

If you have anything you wish to discuss with me, please do not hesitate to come and see me. I hope you all have a lovely half term break!

Mary Driver