Issue 33 - 24th May 2023
I am really proud of the strong links we have with our local schools. Last week, at our sports day, we had helpers from Thomas Alleynes Academy who were fantastic and represented their school brilliantly. Some of which I am pleased to say were former Almond Hill pupils. We also hosted Letchmore’s sports day on Friday where children in year 6 helped and were ambassadors for our school. A big well done and thank you to all involved. It was fantastic to see the field filled with families on both days and I look forward to welcoming families of the lower school to our sports day tomorrow.
With so many families joining us recently, I wanted to remind parents of our Facebook page and invite you to follow us for updates. https://www.facebook.com/121almondhill/
Have a good week.
Year 3 and 4 Sports Day - Thursday 25th May
FOAH will be selling light refreshments and baseball caps. They will be using their newly acquired card reader which did work but can be intermittent so please bring cash as well. There will also be the opportunity to purchase pre-loved books and school uniform. These will be available at the end of sports day too so please take the time to look around and grab a bargain!
In response to parent feedback, all classes will be permitted to leave at 2.45pm on both Almond Hill sports afternoons. Children will be required to be signed out by an adult. If you would like to take your child early, please go to the classroom door to collect them. If your child is in year 6, please go to the front of Acorn House where staff will be able to help. I understand that parents may have children at Letchmore and children in both the upper and lower school and hope by facilitating early collection, this will make the afternoons more enjoyable and easier to manage for families. However, for those families that do not wish to collect their children early, the children will be supervised until 3.15pm as usual. Please do not collect children who are not your own without prior arrangement with the class teacher. Children who walk home independently will not be allowed to leave until 3.15pm.
All gates will be open at 2.45pm to allow parents easy exit.
Parents are Invited to our Summer Sing-a-Long
I am pleased to tell parents that after half term, we will be offering another opportunity for parents to find out about their children’s experiences at school. Mrs. Cleaves our music co-ordinator has kindly offered to ‘throw open the doors’ for our weekly singing assemblies. Parents are invited straight after drop off on Friday mornings to spend around 30 minutes listening (and participating if they wish!) to our music assembly. There will be 30 places each week with lower and upper school alternating each week. We will start with lower school on Friday 9th June. Spaces will be given on a first come first served basis. Places can be booked on School Gateway but once full, it will automatically close. We will alert parents when spaces are available to book.
Lower school – Friday 9th June, Friday 23rd June and Friday 14th July
Upper school - Friday 16th June, Friday 7th July
We have finally seen some sunshine and with that, children have started to eat packed lunches outside from Monday. If the weather does turn cold/wet then children will eat in their classrooms as usual. If your child suffers with hayfever, please ensure they have had their medication before school (if applicable). We are making lots of phone calls to parents to ask them to provide eye drops/Piriton during the school day so please try to do this at home in the morning. Children are not allowed to bring suncream to school so please make sure this is applied before school.
In line with our sickness policy, please don’t send children into school that have been sick. If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea, they should remain off school until 48 hours have passed from when the symptoms stopped
Rag Bag Collections
We are not collection donations for the Rag Bag anymore. Thank you to everyone who donated in the past.
We will continue to do Bags2School in the autumn term.
A message for parents who use the nurture breakfast club
Please be aware that the nurture breakfast club (staffed by Mrs Hukin and held in the computing room) will be closed on Friday. This does not affect the Premier breakfast club
Mrs Paszek will be having some time off after half term for medical reasons. We look forward to welcoming her back in September.
Year 3 – 94%
Year 4 – 95%
Year 5 – 94%
Year 6 – 94%
All students – 95%
Class winners – 3B - 98%
The government expectation for attendance is 96%+
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When we return, we will be in week one.
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24/05/2023 - 9:00am – 3:00pmYear 4 trip to Woodhall Estate
25/05/2023 - 1:00pm – 2:45pmYear 3 and 4 Sports Day
25/05/2023 - 6:00pm – 7:00pmMusic Concert
29/05/2023 – 02/06/2023 - All DayHalf Term
05/06/2023 – 09/06/2023 - All DayYear 2 to 3 Transition Week
07/06/2023 - All DayYear 4/5 Lacrosse festival (SFT event) at Barnwell time tbc
07/06/2023 - 5:30pm – 6:30pmParent Forum
08/06/2023 - 9:00am – 12:00pmYear 3 Gymnastics Enrichment Morning
09/06/2023 - All DayFOAH Father's Day Present Room
09/06/2023 - 9:00am – 12:00pmYear 6 Premier 'GOAL' sessions
09/06/2023 - 9:00am – 9:30amLower School - Sing-a-Long
09/06/2023 - 6:00pm – 6:30pmFOAH Meeting
16/06/2023 - All DayYear 4, 5, 6 Athletics (SFT event) at Ridlins (by invitation)
16/06/2023 - 8:30am – 12:00pmClass photos and siblings
16/06/2023 - 9:00am – 9:30amUpper School - Sing-a-Long
16/06/2023 - 1:00pm – 3:00pmYear 5 DT visit to Thomas Alleynes
19/06/2023 - 8:30am – 4:30pmYear 5 trip to Leslie Sell
21/06/2023 - 12:00pm – 2:30pmPreloved book sale
21/06/2023 - 3:00pm – 3:30pmPreloved uniform sale
22/06/2023 - 2:00pm – 2:45pmMaths Open Afternoon
23/06/2023 - 9:00am – 9:30amLower School - Sing-a-Long
23/06/2023 - 1:00pm – 3:00pmYear 5 football at Giles (girls)
30/06/2023 - All DayINSET Day
03/07/2023 - All DayOccasional Day
04/07/2023 - 9:30am – 11:00amGemma Kier (author visit) Abilities in Me Foundation
04/07/2023 - 2:00pm – 5:00pmYear 5 Rounders (SFT event) at Thomas Alleynes
07/07/2023 - All DayYear 4 tennis event (by invitation)
07/07/2023 - 9:00am – 9:30amUpper School - Sing-a-Long
07/07/2023 - 1:00pm – 3:00pmYR 6 football (boys) at Giles
10/07/2023 - 2:00pm – 4:00pm6S Graduation Event
11/07/2023 - 2:00pm – 4:00pm6J Graduation Event
12/07/2023 - 2:00pm – 4:00pm6b Graduation Event
13/07/2023 - 9:00am – 3:15pmHertfordshire Transition Day
14/07/2023 - 9:00am – 9:30amLower School - Sing-a-Long
14/07/2023 - 1:00pm – 3:00pmYr 6 football (girls) at Giles
18/07/2023 - All DayRocksteady Concert
19/07/2023 - 12:00pm – 2:30pmPreloved book sale
19/07/2023 - 3:00pm – 3:30pmPreloved uniform sale
20/07/2023 - until 12:30pmLast day of term - finish at 12.30pm
21/07/2023 - All DayINSET Day
24/07/2023 – 31/08/2023 - All DaySummer Holiday
31/08/2023 - 10:00am – 2:00pmYear 2 - 3 Summer School
01/09/2023 - All DayINSET Day
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In Other News...
Paralympic athlete visit
On Monday, Almond Hill had the incredible Sean Rose visit year 5 and 6 for the morning. The children challenged themselves to take part in some exercise challenges and listened to a very inspirational and motivational assembly from Sean. He had some very important messages for the children about not giving up, persevering through difficult times and dreaming big. Here are what the children had to say:
'I couldn't believe the amazing things he's done. He's so brave!'
'I definitely want to do some of the cool things he's done when I'm older!'
'I liked how much he just kept on going and he didn't stop.'
French Themed Afternoon
This week in year 6, they have been given the opportunity to learn the original fairytale of 'Puss in Boots' in French. Our French themed afternoons consisted of some reading, writing, listening and speaking, making sure we included vocabulary learnt in years 5 and 6.
Brilliant attitudes to learning and the variety of snacks helped!
Bravo l'année 6!
Our year 4 girls did Almond Hill proud during their netball tournament at Giles school on Friday. They showed true sportsmanship and weren’t phased by their opponent’s size or ability, with some being in years 5 or 6!
They played amazingly well, worked as a team and gave it their all. They were praised by staff members for their determination, with Lois (40) getting special recognition as player of the day! Well done girls, you were fab!