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:
We would like to remind you that we have a fun activity afternoon for you and your children, linking the church and school, on Wednesday 21st November from 3pm until 4.15pm. There will be activities for you to take part in and then food afterwards. We will be sending out invitations from the children and hope that you will try to attend if you can. Please note that these are family sessions so you will need to bring your child.
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
Please add your ideas to the list so that we can increase the range of opportunities
9th Nov 9am leave for church Remembrance
21st Nov 3pm – 4.30pm (in school)
Messy Church activity afternoon – family activities and food
(Further information to follow)
4th Dec 9am leave for church Eucharist (KS2)
20th Dec 9am leave for church Christmas
Class Collective Worship
We invite parents and carers to join our collective worship for each year group (see below). Please make sure you are in the hall ready to start at the time mentioned or you may not be able to join us.
These worship sessions take a lot of time and effort from staff and children, so we want to make sure they are not interrupted.
Fri 9th Nov 2.30pm Reception
Fri 16th Nov 9am Year 6
Fri 23rd Nov 9am Year 4
Fri 7th Dec 9am Year 5
Fri 14th Dec 9.15am Piano Assembly
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
Year 2 Friday 8th June 9.05am
Year 1 Friday 15th June 9.05am
Reception Thursday 21st June 2.30pm
Year 4 Friday 29th June 9.05am
Please remember to arrive promptly ready for the worship to start or you may not be able to join us.
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.
Please remember that you will need to book Breakfast Club spaces as it is becoming full and we need to ensure the appropriate staffing is in place. We will be reviewing the systems during the next few weeks for September and we will be sending out a questionnaire for parents and carers using the club.
Dinner Prices – Reminder
Herts Catering have increased their meal costs. The price of a school meal is £2.40 per day.
Reading activities and links with information about World Book Day and theme week!
Link to newsletter: Love of Reading
Link to our Reading theme page: http://holytrinity.herts.sch.uk/learning/english/
2nd March – Book Theme Day
The children (and staff) can come to school dressed as animals to raise money for the school.
The children will be watching Jungle Bungle by The West End in Schools Theatre Group. The show promotes a ‘love of books’ and will feature the following books:
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside. Illustrations by Frank Rogers.
If children are familiar with these books they will recognise them in the show. Also, the children can learn the songs prior to the performance so that they can join in on the day. The lyrics can be found at:
Diary dates: Diary Dates Spring 18 parent carer
Term dates 2018/19: HT Term dates 1819
Please see below the information about your child’s attendance and the implications for lateness and poor attendance on their learning.
Bike and scooter licences
We will be having a new system for bikes and scooters to make sure children are really safe and have helmets. Licenses will be issued to children from February.
2nd February – Candlemass
1st March – St David’s Day
26th March – Easter
24th Jan– ‘Jesus is the Light of the World’ Candlemass
14th March – Easter theme
Look out for the information about the Marvellous Me app information. If you are yet to sign up, please follow the instructions and get going. We are having a focus on using the app more this this term and would like all our parents/carers to join us.
We had the letter about our donation for the Poppy Appeal and raised an amazing £197.92. Thanks to everyone!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.