Year 2 – Year 6 Eucharist service 26.3.19
We are delighted that the Bishop of Hertford has agreed to lead our Eucharist service and will be joining us afterwards in school. We are very pleased to have such a special visitor lead our worship, and visit our school.
LENT – 40 Acts
On Wednesday 6th March we will be starting our 40 acts activities for Lent. There is also an activity for parents and carers, see below for details
40 days, 40 reflections, 40 challenges to make a difference!
Join forces with a global, generous community of over one hundred thousand people who have completed the 40 acts challenge during Lent.
Online Safety Issue – Momo Challenge
Please be aware that there are very serious online safety concerns about hacking into YouTube videos (including Peppa Pig and Fortnight) online with horrible images, and other violence-provoking content. There are a number of articles in the press regarding this. Please see the National Online Safety advice below to support you.
There is a guide for parents and carers: MOMO-Online-Safety-Guide-for-Parents-FEB-2019
We will also provide information on the newsletter.
We are planning our next Messy Church activity session for children and families on 7thMarch. This session will be a Pancake Day theme. It would be really good if you could offer to help and support the activities. If you are able to help, it means that more activities can be organised. Please let the office know if you are able to.
Review and reorganisation fo the school day Summer 2019
We are planning to make some changes to the school day in a positive move to improve learning behaviour and also support attendance. There will be a trial change to lunch times next term to see how the sessions would run. We will be finishing lunch at 1pm instead of 1.15pm to add in some well-being activities for children, and provide more learning activities within the school day. This will also mean that we will be gaining time in the curriculum so will be able to finish earlier at the end of the academic year on Friday 19thJuly.
At parent consultations we will have more information about this and the changes we are proposing for the following year. These changes are designed to support opportunities when holidays can be taken at cheaper times, support mental health and well-being, and reorganise the valuable learning time during the school day.
The Year 6 Young Apprentice committee presented to the judges in the Young Apprentice competition last week. The children had to talk about their business plan, marketing strategy and money raised at the Christmas Fayre. They were also ‘grilled’ by the three judges. The children presented very well and our Year 6 children won two awards. These were for the most money raised and best business initiative.
You will be pleased to hear that a group of our Year 5 children came 3rdin a Maths Challenge competition this week. The children were Ayan, Wonder, Funmi and Aryan. A number of local Hertfordshire schools took place with schools from different areas, and Holy Trinity managed to be the top of the Herts schools at the competition, and we came 3rd overall! Well done to the children, amazing mathematicians!
Safer Internet Day 5th February 2019.
Please have a look at the link with some resources to support this themed day:
Also on this website are lots of resources to support parents and carers to keep children safe online. Check out the Primary Zone:
Children’s Mental Health Week – 4th – 10th February 2019.
We always take mental health seriously and provide our pupils with a wide range of opportunities to talk if they need to or want to.
There are a number of resources available online for parents and carers (see below). If you would like further support from the school or are at all concerned please contact the school.
We never take a decision to close the school lightly and it is made on the basis of children’s safety. To open the school we have to ensure that we have an appropriate number of teachers at the school by the start of the day, and that the site will be safe. Therefore if we have concerns in these areas we will need to take a decision to close the school.
In the event that severe weather causes a school closure, the following information is available to parents:
- The school website will have a message on this home page.
- A message will be sent to you if you sign up for updates at the following site: Everbridge Schools Snow updates
- Local radio stations broadcast details of school closures.
- The text messaging service will also be in use. Please ensure your details are up to date.
- A notice will be placed on the school gates if we can, and unless the weather is really extreme.
Dates for the new term.
|Date||Event||Time||Who is involved?|
|8th Jan||Start of term||Normal time||Everyone|
|11th Jan||Year 6 Boosters start||7.45am||Year 6|
|16th Jan||Swimming starts (weekly)||2.30pm||Year 4|
|12th Feb||Messy Church Parent Meeting||2.45pm||Volunteers and Rev Teresa|
|12th Feb||Bell Boating||PM||Year 5|
|12th Feb||Maths challenge||After school||Year 5 group and SP|
|18th-22nd Feb||Half Term
School finishes usual time
|25th Feb||INSET – school closed||All day||Everyone|
|28th Feb||Book Fair starts|
|1st March||World Book Day||All day||Everyone|
|5th March||Last Book Fair day|
|8th March||Data to be on the system||Teaching staff|
|8th March||West End in School s – Musical||2pm||Whole school|
|22nd March||Reports out to Parents/carers||End of school||Whole school|
|28th March||Parent carer consultations – 1||4-7pm|
|4th April||Parent carer consultations – 2||4-7pm|
|5th April||End of term – 1.20pm/1.30pm|
Year 6 Easter School – dates to be arranged
Christingle 31st January (2pm)
Saints 28th February
Eucharist KS2 26th March
Easter 4th April
12th February Saints
19th March Lent
Class Collective Worship.
All collective worship starts at 9.05am, unless otherwise stated. Please make sure you are prompt otherwise you may not be able to join us.
1st February Year 4
15th February Reception (2.30pm)
1st March Year 5 and World Book Day
8th March Year 3
15th March Year 1
22nd March Year 6
29th March Year 2
Thank you to everyone who attended our Messy Church activity. there were over 50 children and their families. Rev’d Teresa and I were really pleased that so many people came. Thank you to you and the staff supporting. We are planning another session after Christmas and look forward to getting you involved!
Anti-bullying Week 12-16th November
Next week is Anti-bullying Week, and the theme this year is Respect. The focus is on online safety, making parents, carers and children aware of the issues around how to stay safe online and how to avoid cyber-bullying. We will be updating the website with the latest information. On Monday (12th November) children can wear odd socks for Odd Socks Day. We will also be reminding children about talking to trusted adults at home and at school if there are issues (not just those online) they are concerned about, what information they should be keeping private, and the sorts of things which might make them unsafe.
For more information have a look at the website:
During last term’s Prayer Days children wrote and decorating prayer bricks for the front entrance. These are now on display and look amazing. If you are in school at any point, please do come to the front entrance and have a look.
Holy Trinity 100
This year we are launching a list of experiences which we would like our children to have the opportunity to complete by the time they leave in Year 6. This is ‘The Holy Trinity 100’ as we would like to have 100 activities listed. The idea is that we look at what enrichment activities we currently provide, and then update or add to them to provide pupils with a wider range of opportunities for personal development. Experiences like these have a really positive impact upon their self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience.
We would really like your input with this so please give us your ideas. We will have a clipboard at the parents meetings starting next week, and any opportunity where we can gain your ideas. Examples that we currently have in place are:
- Watching a chick hatch
- Watching a theatre production
- Taking part in an opera
- Visiting a zoo
- Sleeping in a tent
- Forest school
- Cycling proficiency
Energy Kidz After School Club
Please remember that the after school provision is Energy Kidz from September 2018. Parents and carers will need to contact the club if they need this provision as the school will not have staffing to cater for this. We do not have the staffing to accommodate regular lateness.You will need to register and book directly with them. The club was launched on Tuesday 4th September 2018.
The provision runs from school finish at 3:15pm (3pm for Reception) until 6:00pm (although they will be flexible depending upon train times), a snack is served. Unfortunately it is flat rate as their policy will not allow for shorter sessions.
It is really important that parents who want this service book their places as soon as possible. This can be done via the Energy Kidz booking system, accessed from their website, which offers the flexibility to book regular sessions or just as and when needed. Our school page on their website is:
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new after school club which will be starting in September. Information is available now for booking.
NSPCC Fortnite Game warning.
There have been increasing numbers of our children talking about playing the game Fortnite. It is rated for 12 years and above, but I know there are much younger children playing it. The NSPCC have raised concerns about this game and have put together some advice for parents to minimise any risks . There seem to be two main concerns, one is that it is highly addictive, and the other is that potentially players can be contacted by anyone meaning that children may not be safe online. Please have a look at the information to make sure you are aware of the potential dangers and ways of combatting this risk. We are sending out the following letter with further information: Fortnite
GDPR – Data protection law changes
You may be aware that from May, the rules around data protection are changing. The ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) will change how we can use your personal data and keep it safe, and will also strengthen your rights over your own data. The point of this is to make sure sensitive or private information about yourselves and your children stays safe. Whilst it is similar to the current Data Protection Act in many ways, there are a few differences, so we need to make a few changes to our privacy notices in order to ensure we remain compliant. We have updated our privacy notices and policies in line with the changes. These notices have been sent out to parents and carers.
If you have any questions about how the GDPR affects you, or how our school is preparing, you can contact our Data Protection Officer email@example.com or via the usual school contact details.
We are graded as a good school with outstanding features. We are pleased that the hard work of the school has been externally recognised.
|Effectiveness of leadership and management||Good|
|Quality of teaching, learning and assessment||Good|
|Personal development, behaviour and welfare||Outstanding|
|Outcomes for pupils||Good|
|Early years provision||Good|
RE Quality Mark.
We are proud and pleased to have gained a silver award for the quality of our RE. We are now working towards Gold in the next year to 18 months. Well done to all the children and staff.
Our SIAMS inspection report has now been officially published. We are delighted with the outcome and the feedback about our school and community. The report has been sent out to parents and carers today.
SchoolComms – online payments to school via credit or debit card
We have introduced a new service – ‘School Gateway’. This means that you will be able to make online payments via the School Gateway smartphone app or website. You will also be able to view school meal balances and top them up at any time.
Further information: Schoolcomms letter to Parents
Holy Trinity on TWITTER!
Holy Trinity has launched our new Twitter account (see to the right of the page) that can be used to keep up to date with what is going on in school.
The Twitter address is @HolyTrinity1952.