Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Newsletter 09.03.12


You will have received a copy of our latest Ofsted inspection report and the accompanying letter from the Governing Body. The whole of the school community should be very pleased and proud of this report. It is through our strength in working together that we ensure the children enjoy their learning and make excellent progress in all aspects of school life. We will be focusing on the aspects identified in the report alongside our other priorities as we continue to drive the school forward in the future.

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all. w/b 5th March 2012
EYFS Grace Slobom – Concentrating in whole class sessions
Yr 1 Katie Snowden – tuning out distractions and concentrating in whole class sessions
Yr 2 Rosie Helsby – concentrating hard and tuning out distractions
Yr 3 Megan White – concentrating and trying her best
Yr 4 Binti Shah – concentrating and listening well so that she always knows what to do
Yr 5 Neo Wishart –concentrating on improving his problem solving skills
Yr 6 Becky Shott – always concentrating and focusing on her

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.
Paul Driver

Parking and car problems!
I have received three complaints from parents/ carers and local residents about the driving and parking around the school.
I realise that the parking problem has been exacerbated by the workmen from the Willow Court building parking close to the school. However, this is no excuse for parking illegally and we are working with the authorities to find a solution to the problem. I have received two letters this week with photographs of illegal parking.
I also have the details of a black Volvo (61 registration) driving far too quickly near the school whilst children were attempting to cross the road. Please drive and park considerately.

Sport Relief
We are entering a High Beeches team into the Harpenden Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 25th March at 10.45am. Mrs Draycon will be team leader and will be running with the children. If your child would like to take part please register them online at:
http://my.sportrelief.com/search/event/result?id=1357#location=al5 they will also need to sign a register in the school office to enable us to track entrants.
As a consequence of our involvement in the ‘Mile event’ and our recent sponsorship event, we will not be running a mile during school time. However on Friday 23rd March we would like the children to come to school dressed in sporty clothes wearing the Sport Relief items that many of them have purchased.
We are keen for as many children as possible to join in with the mile. Please speak to Mrs Draycon for more information but specific details e.g. meeting times will be arranged nearer the day.

FoHBs News

High Beeches Comedy Night, this Saturday, 10th March, Crabtree Fields Scout Hut, doors open 7pm event starts 8pm. Tickets are still available, so if you haven’t already reserved seats, but wish to attend, please contact Fiona Ryan as soon as possible on: 07917 157747

Year 1 Cake Sale, Thursday 29th March

A call for new FoHBs committee member
After a number of years of service, several of the current committee members will be retiring in the summer. We therefore urgently require new members. If you feel you could spare some time to help at FoBHs events and raise vital funds for the school, please contact anyone on the committee to find out more. Current committee members are: Fiona Ryan, Andrew Dadswell, Kim Hindle, Tracey Norris, Donna Mountain, Lydia Becket, Louise Piper and Jane Castellani.

If you shop online please use the following link www.buy.at/FOHBS to access most major stores. High Beeches receive commission for all your purchases. Thank you!

Sports News
The A team enjoyed their first victory of the season with a 1–0 win over St Nicholas on Monday. After a slow start the girls improved their passing and scored just after half time. The B team had another successful game and won 4-1. They were some lovely goals and all of the children defended much better. Players of the match A team - Jessica Nottingham and B team - Cory Fletcher

The A team played at the local Sports Association Tournament on Tuesday. All Harpenden Primary Schools were involved and our boys performed outstandingly well. They beat Beech Hyde, Manland, St Helens and The Lea and drew against Crabtree and The Grove winning their group. In the semi-finals they were drawn against Redbourn. A very tight game ended 0-0 after ten minutes and went into extra time. Tiredness took its toll and unfortunately Redbourn scored the only goal High Beeches conceded all afternoon. The team should all be very proud of their performances in what is a very competitive tournament. Well done and thank you to all of the supporters, and especially to Mrs Hindle for providing trophies for the boys to recognise their extra special achievement.

Pupil Success
Congratulations to the following pupils:
Fiona McArdle (Yr 5) who competed in the St Albans 2012 Trials Gala on Saturday, she swam in 2 events 50 metre Freestyle and 50 meter Breastroke, she achieved 2 personal best times and came 6th out of 21 in the Breastroke and 10th out of 26 in the Freestlye.
George Kershaw (Yr 5) who also competed in the Gala achieving an excellent fourth place in the 50M Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke

Letters sent home
W/b 5/3/12
7/3 – mini tennis present members yr. 1,2 and 3
7/3 – milk summer term infants
8/3 – Whole school Ofsted report and letter from Governing Body
9/3 – Yr 1 and 2 swimming letter
9/3 – Herts catering allergy letter
Gym badges have been ordered and will be given out in the last week of the term.

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