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4 December 2020

Notices and Reminders

Year 2 

We were delighted to welcome our Year 2 children and staff back to school on Thursday. Thank you so much to all the Year 2 parents who supported their children through the period of self-isolation. Thanks also for your feedback on the remote learning. Please do respond to the survey if you haven't already as we value your views. 

Phonics Information Films for Parents

The number of views on these YouTube films is gradually increasing. If you've already watched them, please encourage your friends to do so too! They will really help you understand the process of learning to read and how parents can play an important part in it.


VSA Advent Calendar Windows Walk

Last week we publicised the Berkhamsted Advent Map in this newsletter. Apologies to the VSA, as this community project has nothing to do with our very own VSA Advent Calendar Windows Walk. If you haven't already signed up to take part in the VSA project, please visit the VSA events page on the website.

Nursery and Reception Nativity Shows

Children in EYFS are very excited about performing their Christmas shows to the rest of the school in a dress rehearsal and then to their parents next week. Several parents have asked us whether it will be possible for grandparents to access the MS Teams events on Thursday 10 (Nursery) and Friday 11 December (Reception). Unfortunately, login details cannot be used by two devices simultaneously and the Tier 2 rules don't permit the mixing of households indoors. After careful consideration of the e-safety implications, we have decided to record the MS Teams live events so that a download of each show will be available afterwards. We always remind parents at the start of a performance in school that, for the safety of everyone in our school, it is very important not to share photos or recordings of the children with anyone other than close family members and not to upload them onto social media. This will also apply to these MS Teams recordings. 

We will send the link for each show to parents early next week, with details on how to join. 

Neighbourly Relations

Our neighbours in Prince Edward Street have asked that parents are considerate of their staff who are trying to access the car park and office building in the morning. If you are waiting outside our pedestrian gate, please keep your children close and avoid standing in the entrance to the car park. 

Reception Drop-off

The arrangements we put in place earlier this term to reduce numbers on the Butts Meadow footpath in the morning are working well; thank you for your co-operation. In order to secure the site promptly once everyone is in school, from Monday 7 December, we will only be opening the main Butts Meadow gates for Reception parents and children. This means parents will enter and leave the school site from the same gate  and not use the side gate in the alleyway, which will remain locked. Children can still leave their scooters and bikes in the scooter parking area, accessed via the internal wooden gate.

Please note that the Reception staff go in at 8:30am to begin registration and late arrivals after this point should go round to the front entrance of the school. 


  Stars of the Week

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Acorn - Lara for her enthusiastic performing in the Christmas play rehearsals.

Maple - Grace for amazing reading.

Oak - Gilly for always being such a kind friend to others.

Beech - Kara for writing a great letter from the point of view of Mr Big.

Cedar - Grace for always being enthusiastic in her learning.

Hazel - Charlotte for being really engaged in her learning while her bubble was closed.

Rowan - Parker for excellent effort and perseverance when telling the time in maths.

Value Champions

Trust - Standing on God's promises

Scarlett W - Zac - Freya P - Inga - Olivia C - Oscar M - Charlotte D

School and VSA Diary Dates

Check the calendar here for the most up-to-date information

  • Wednesday 9 December - Christmas service at St Peter's (TBC)

  • Thursday 10 December - Nursery nativity
  • Friday 11 December - Reception nativity

  • Wednesday 16 December - Christmas lunch (and Christmas jumper day)
  • Wednesday 16 December - VSA Father Christmas visit 
  • Thursday 17 December - VSA Lucky Alley Day
  • Friday 18 December - End of term at 1.25pm (Nursery, Reception and Year 1) 1.30pm (Year 2)

  • Monday 4 January - Occasional day
  • Tuesday 5 January - Inset day

Information sent out this week

  • Game On Christmas Football and Multi Sports letter

This week at St Peter’s

St Peter’s 800th birthday

In 2022 it will be the 800th birthday of our school church, St Peter’s! The church is starting to plan some activity and would love to hear your views on the following:

  1. Do you have any ideas for revitalising the churchyard area around the church to encourage more visits from children/families? Things like more seating, wildlife area, flowers etc.
  2. We are looking to hold a St Peter’s Festival in the summer of 2022? What events would you like to see at this? Would you like to put on any events yourself? Ideas could include - dawn yoga sessions, music events, craft activities, dog shows, picnics?). We’d love to hear your ideas!

Please email 800@greatberkhamsted.org with your thoughts. Thank you!