School will be closed on Monday 11th December.
We will reopen on Tuesday 12th December unless conditions significantly worsen overnight. Please ensure children have appropriate clothing and wellies/strong shoes.
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 and carers:
- The school website will have a message on this 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, we will try to ensure we can get someone to school to answer the phone.
Please check the dates below to make sure you have everything in your diaries for the last month at school. Our Christmas-themed day is 13th December when the children can wear Christmas jumpers and non-uniform for a donation to the PTA. During the day we do Christmas activities, have Christmas lunch and then there is the Pantomime in the hall in the afternoon. KS2 children will then be back at church in the evening for the KS2 Carol Concert. Our Christmas tree arrives on 27th November and then it will be Christmas all the way to the end of term!
|Date||Event||Time||Who is involved|
|22nd Nov||Drug and Alcohol Awareness Evening||6.30pm||All parents/carers and staff|
|1st Dec||Royal Gunpowder Mills||All day||Year 5|
|5th Dec||Prayer Day – Christmas ‘People of God’||All day||Everyone|
|7th Dec||Christmas Nativity Rec/KS1 Plays for parents and carers||1.30pm Rec Nativity
2.15pm Y1&2 Play
6pm Rec Nativity
6.45pm Y1&2 Play
|Rec/KS1 and families
|8th Dec||Piano Assembly||9.10am||Whole school including parents and carers of children who play the piano|
|8th Dec||Dogs Trust visit to KS2||All day||KS2 children|
|8th Dec||Choir to Waltham Cross shopping centre||9.30am||Choir – parents and families can meet there to watch the children|
|8th Dec||Disco (PTA)|
|12th Dec||Church Practice||am||KS2|
|13th Dec||Christmas Activities (Cards etc.)||am||Everyone|
|13th Dec||Non-uniform day||All day||Everyone|
|13th Dec||Christmas lunch||lunchtime||Everyone|
|13th Dec||Christmas Carol Concert KS2||6.30pm||KS2 and families|
|19th Dec||Church Christmas||9am||Everyone|
|19th Dec||End of term||1.20pm/1.30pm||Everyone|
|3rd Jan||INSET – school closed||All day||Staff|
|4th Jan||Start of term||Normal school time||Everyone|
Five thousand people have signed a petition to save Cuffley Camp Outdoor Centre as Hertfordshire County Council decides whether to close it.
CHURCH – Remembrance
We will be going to church for our Remembrance Service on Thursday 9th November, leaving school at 9am. If you are available, it would be lovely if you could join us. We are selling poppies and other merchandise to raise money for the appeal.
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Evening for Parents/Carers
We have organised a drug/alcohol awareness evening at 6.30pm on Wednesday 22nd November. We would urge you to come as it is important as parents/carers that we are informed about the impact of drugs and alcohol. We have organised this session to provide you with information, particularly with the increasing numbers of younger children knowing more about both drugs and alcohol. The session will last until 8pm.
We are planning to organise an internet safety session in the Spring term. Please let us know if there are any other sessions you would like us to organise.
We are working to put together a collection of stories and poems from our children’s heritage. Building on from our Humanae Project we are looking at our school community and celebrating the diversity we have. If you have a story or a poem from your child’s and your own cultural background please share it with us. You can send them in via email to the email@example.com or in writing and we will be putting together a collection to share.
Hot Chocolate Friday!
We have started a new incentive for our children this week called Hot Chocolate Friday! Children are chosen by their teachers to have hot chocolate with me at break-time. The children are chosen because of their consistently fantastic behaviour and attitude to learning. It is very important that we celebrate the behaviour of all of those children who always work hard and behave well. I am really proud of our children.
The first group are:
Annabelle and Sienna (Rec), Lucia (Y1), Ellie (Y2, Zara and Mrs Stickler (Y3), Rosie (Y4), Ruby and Bradley (Y5), and Gabriella (Y6).
It was great fun!
Prayer Day – Humanae Project
During the last week children took part in Prayer Day activities to paint their self-portraits and look at the similarities and differences in ourselves as a school. The activity promoted the idea that we are all people of God regardless of eye, hair or skin colour. The children mixed paints to match their skin colour which links into the Humanae Project which was developed by artist Angelica Dass. Her work is available to look at using the following link:
Reminder: the vehicle gates are not pedestrian exit. Please do not use these gates. The gates were installed to make the site safe for children and people using the site. Following a recent H&S check, they are potentially a crush zone for pedestrians due to the way in which the gates work. The reason we use the pedestrian gate is to try to help make Longlands Close a safe zone for our children and families. We are teaching the children to be safe and we expect our parents/carers to uphold our school rules when using the site.
Reminder: we no longer allow anyone without a permit to park on the premises. For breakfast and after school clubs you will need to park and use the pedestrian gates.
Please remember to check your child’s uniform. We have a number of children who need indoor shoes and have yet to bring PE kits. Please ensure they have the correct uniform by Monday at the latest.
Should you have any queries regarding this please ask at the office or the class staff.
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.
Class assemblies and events.
Parents/carers and family are invited to attend class assemblies and other events in the school calendar. This is an opportunity for you to share the work children have been doing.
Please ensure you arrive and are seated ready for any performance to start at the designated time. For most assemblies this is at 9.05AM ready for the class to start at 9.10AM. The assemblies normally finish by 9.25AM.
You will not be allowed in unless you are on time as this disrupts the children’s performances and the parents/carers and families’ enjoyment.
Please note: these are only for the parents/carers and families of children within the specific class. Mobile phones need to be on silent, video is not permitted. Further dates for next half-term are on the dates.
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.