Friday, 30 December 2011

Newsletter 16.12.11 Blog Edition

Newsletter 16th December 2011
We have had a wonderful end to the term. We enjoyed our visit to the Pantomime on Tuesday and the Junior Carol Concert was a lovely evening at the High St Methodist church. Well done to all of the children who have participated in events throughout the build up to Christmas.

A group of parents recently wrote to the Local Authority expressing concerns over the school entrance near Willow Court. The school had raised the matter with the Authority but had not received a response. Following the letters the council have contacted me this morning to say that they will be visiting the school to investigate the footpaths on the Willow Court entrance with a view to installing barriers. I will also be discussing adding yellow lines on the opposite corner to bring an end to people parking and blocking the disabled bay. I do find it increasingly frustrating that, despite repeated requests, parents continue to park opposite the school or on the corner, both of which are exceedingly inconsiderate. Please work with us to keep our children safe.

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all.

w/b 12th December 2011
EYFS Elise Wilson – listening carefully to others
Yr 1 Amelie Crocker – listening carefully to others point of view
Yr 2 Zara Frayne – understanding the views and beliefs of others
Yr 3 Freddie Stephenson – listening to others and adding a point of view
Yr 4 Finn Heywood – for listening to others and trying hard to understand their point of view
Yr 5 Jude Gaylard – for understanding others well during his time at High Beeches
Yr 6 Anna Jackson – listening carefully and asking relevant questions

We have received a certificate and letter of thanks for the 107 shoeboxes which were filled for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme. Thank you to all the children, parents and carers who participated in this event to help disadvantaged children in Central and Eastern Europe.

We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Wednesday 4th January 2012.

On behalf of all of the staff at High Beeches I would like to wish you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Paul Driver
Headteacher


Severe Weather
In the event of severe weather and the school is closed we will notify BBC Three Counties Radio (103.8fm / 95.5fm or 630mw/1161mw) and Heart Dunstable 97.6fm. The notifications will either be read on air or displayed on the radio station websites. We will also send out a text via our text messaging service. Alternatively the information for all schools will be linked to the home page of www.hertsdirect.org.We will obviously use our best endeavours to ensure that the school remains open.







Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Paras Shah (Yr 6) awarded the Players Player of the Year award in Swimming by the Special Olympics
Bethan and Tegan Hancox (Yr 2) who have passed their Level 8 and 7 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award
Isabelle Methven (Yr 3) who has passed her Level 2 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award
Oscar Cuthbert (Yr 2) who has passed his Level 6 and Level 5 British Gymnastics Proficiency Award

Extra Curricular Activities
We are very pleased to have added a number of clubs to next term’s list. Thank you to all the parents / carers and staff who have offered to run an extra curricular activity.
Day
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Lunch

Gym

Eco club

Chess

Violin
Recorder
Cross Country

Tennis

Violin
Tennis

Board games

Book club
Violin
Recorder
Cross Country
Gym

Violin
Choir

Spanish

Orchestra

After school

Netball


Elite
Almost Famous KS1
Maths

Almost Famous KS2
Multi skills and fitness

Art and Crafts
( Yr 3 initially, first twenty picked out of a hat)
Football

We would really like to start a Gardening club either in lunchtime or after school. We do have members of staff willing to supervise the children but we are not able to run the club without parental support. If you would like to help out with Gardening club please speak to Mr Driver. We would like to enhance the quality of the school grounds as this needs some attention.

















HarpendenPlus Partnership News
HarpendenPlus Partnership have arranged the following parenting courses for the Spring term
Date
Time & location
Course
Aimed at
Cost
Aim
Tuesdays
17/1, 24/1, 31/1 & 7/2
9.30 am - 11.30 am
Sauncey Wood School
Happy Families (4 week course)
Parents/carers of children aged 5 - 11
£30
To enable parents/carers to set and maintain boundaries, to manage anger and to keep a happy family
Mondays 5/3, 12/3, 19/3 & 26/3
7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Roundwood Park School
Living with a Teenager (4 week course)
Parents/carers of teenagers
£30
To enable parents/carers to maintain a good relationship with their teenager, negociate boundaries and manage anger

To book a place on one of these courses, please contact us by email on familysupport@saunceywood.herts.sch.uk or by phone on 07985 330 941, giving your name, child's age and school and an email address. A booking form will be sent to you by email about 3 weeks before the start of the course. Places will be allocated on the basis of first come first serve of return of the booking form and payment. In cases of financial hardship, please contact us in confidence.

Spring Term 2012

Tuesday 3rd January ......................... INSET DAY
Wednesday 4th January..................... Children return to school
Monday 16th January ........................ Whole school trip to Natural History Museum
Wednesday 25th January .................. Manland v High Beeches football (A)
Friday 27th January ........................... Year 3 Cake Sale
Friday 3rd February ........................... The Lea v High Beeches football (A)
Tuesday 7th February ........................ District Cross Country – Rovers Football Ground 1pm
Monday 13th February ...................... Half term holiday begins
Thursday 23rd February..................... Beech Hyde V High Beeches football (A)
Friday 24th February.......................... Year 2 Cake Sale
Thursday 1st March........................... High Beeches V St Dominic’s football (H)
Tuesday 6th March ............................ HDSA Football tournament at Sauncey Wood 1pm
Wednesday 7th March ...................... Parent consultation evening 5 – 8pm
Tuesday 13th March .......................... Parent consultation evening 3.30 – 6.30pm
Wednesday 14th March .................... Spring Music Festival
Tuesday 20th March .......................... HDSA Netball Rally at Roundwood Park 1pm
Tuesday 21st March........................... High Beeches V St Nic’s football (H)
Saturday 24th March ......................... FoHBs Comedy Night
Thursday 29th March ......................... Year 1 Cake sale
Friday 30th March ............................. Spring Term ends 2pm

Tuesday 17th April ............................ Summer Term begins

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