Issue 19 - 9th February 2024
A big thank you to everyone who brought cakes in for our bake sale next week. The school government have been very excited watching them come and can’t wait for the bake sale. Your generosity has been overwhelming. Children will need to bring cash to school and cakes will be sold for 50p each. Although we will only be allowing one cake each, in the past, parents have wanted to donate more than the suggested donation or donate for others which will be allowed (but not expected). We know that parents with children who have allergies may wish to bring in their own allergy safe cakes. We will be purchasing ‘free from’ cakes but if you would rather bring in something specific for your child, please bring it in to the office with your child’s name on and we will ensure they get this.
There has been a slight change to the dates originally planned due to the Year 5 Regeneration Trip on Wednesday so the cakes will be sold to the children on the following days:
Year 3 - Monday 12th February
Year 4 - Tuesday 13th February
Year 5 - Thursday 15th February
Year 6 - Friday 16th February
What an exciting week we've had with trips and visits galore! Read more information about these further down.
Have a good weekend.
As mentioned in a previous newsletter, we have been working on a project that will see the very popular jungle gym almost double in size. This project has been kindly funded by Friends of Almond Hill and has started this week. Whilst work is taking place, the existing jungle gym will be 'out of bounds'. Please help us to keep children safe by not allowing younger siblings near the work site during drop off and pick up.
Drop off Zone
We received a report from a parent regarding some dangerous driving in our school drop off zone which could have very easily led to an incident involving more than one child. This facility is there to make it easier to drop off and collect children from school but it is imperative it is used safely. We understand everyone has busy lives but absolutely nothing is more important that the safety of a child. Please take care and consideration when leaving the spaces, especially when reversing and ensure you have looked for any children who may be nearby.
Please see the below letter regarding an externally run dance club being held at Almond Hill. There are 25 spaces available. When this was last opened for booking, spaces went very quickly so please book on fast to avoid disappointment. The club takes places on a Wednesday in the hall from 3.15pm with prompt collection from the hall doors in the quadrant at 4.15pm. Following feedback from parents, there will be the opportunity for a one-week free trial before committing. Please follow the link in the letter for information and cost details. Please make sure your child has no other commitments on a Wednesday before signing up (such as tutoring).
I, Christina Marks will be offering the students of Almond Hill School Street dance classes every Wednesday after school.
Learn the latest dance moves to popular music, these lessons teach a mixture of styles and steps.
Classes are taught by our team of passionate CMSOPA teachers who all have showbiz CVs and enhanced DBS.
Class times will run from 3:15-4:15
To register and book please follow the link below.
Any queries please do not hesitate to ask.
The ethos which lies at the heart of the school is to dream, aspire, achieve and excel.
Contacting Premier Education
If you need to contact Premier Education, our wrap around care provider, you can do so by calling the following number: 07783 306 081. This phone will be answered during the hours of 7.30-8.45am and 2.30-6.00pm. Please note however that this number is for parents to pass messages to Premier such as change of collection details and cannot be used to make bookings.
For our full calendar, please click the 'button' link below.
Click here for next week's diary dates...
12/02/2024 - 3:15pm – 4:15pmY3 Multi Sports
13/02/2024 - 1:00pm – 3:00pmY6 Sports Hall Athletics @ Barnwell (by invitation)
13/02/2024 - 3:15pm – 4:15pmY3&4 - Maths Games
13/02/2024 - 3:15pm – 4:15pmY4 - Multi Sports
14/02/2024 - All DayYr 5 Stevenage Regeneration trip (details tbc)
14/02/2024 - 3:15pm – 4:15pmY5 - Netball
15/02/2024 - 3:15pm – 4:15pmY5 - Multi Sports
Year 3 - 94.89%
Year 4 - 96.15%
Year 5 - 94.67%
Year 6 - 91.36%
All students – 94.29%
Class winners - 4O - 99.29%
The government expectation for attendance is 96%
Almond Hill Achievements
Click the button below to see all the wonderful things our children have achieved outside of school.
Upcoming FOAH Events
Valentine’s Sweet Jars – Flyer below with more information.
Mother’s Day Present Room – Friday 1st March
Friends of Almond Hill will be running a Mother’s Day present room on Friday 1st March, if your children would like to do some shopping for the special ladies in their life. All gifts are £2 and there will be a great selection of items - so they are sure to find the perfect gift. Present(s) can be purchased on School Gateway up until Saturday 24th February. What will your little one choose for you?
Movie Nights: possibly Tuesday 16th April (year 3 and 4) and Tuesday 23rd April (years 5 and 6) – subject to enough parent volunteers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with this event.
In Other News
It was always going to be tough with a few children off sick, a stand in player and no subs! Sadly after a superb first half which ended 1-1 after a goal from Harry, we lost against King James 3-1 meaning we are now out of the cup. The children played well as a team and had a few chances that did not go their way and on a different day, a different score line may have been reflected! This week's player's player was Teddy and Cleo took home the manager's player - well done to all. A big thank you to Roman who stepped up for the first time to help us out and tried really hard - good shift, well done Roman!
On Saturday 3rd February, Almond Hill were represented by ten cross country athletes at The Herts Cross Country Championships in Bushey. The first race saw Alex and Mas, our Year 6 boys, motivate the team by running a great race and smiling the whole way around the course. The Year 6 boys were followed by our Year 6 girls, Sophie and Willow, who managed some good placings also. Year 5 boys (Eddie, Alex and Louie) were up next; they ran an extremely good race together. To achieve placings in the top fifty in the county was extremely pleasing. Year 5 girls (Marley, Isla and Laxmitha) kept up the Almond Hill efforts and all pushed themselves hard to the finish line. A very proud Mrs Fordham and Mrs Small really enjoyed spending the morning with a fabulous bunch of athletes. Well done, Almond Hill runners.
Year 3 trip
Year 3 had a fabulous trip to the North Herts Museum in Hitchin. We learnt lots to support our History topic on the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. We got to dress up like Iron Age children, build a Stone Age tent and fire a bow and arrow just like the hunter gatherers would have done. We also learnt about Iron Age burials and got to touch some real objects which were thousands of years old including a stone hand axe, a bronze sword and a mammoth's tooth! Everyone did well to follow instructions during the day and we enjoyed wowing the museum staff with our poems whilst we waited for the coach.
Year 5 had a wonderful 'inspire writing' day on Monday. Our two visitors re-enacted the story of Beowulf and Grendel (our year 5 class reader and English book), then discussed typical weapons that would have been used in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking times and then re-enacted (with some excellent volunteers) a famous battle before ending the day with a Q&A session. The children listened incredibly well and had some brilliant questions at the end. We will definitely use all our new knowledge to help our writing and history lessons.
On Tuesday, Year 4 had a visit from Time Capsule education. The children were introduced to their own fantasy adventure - a journey through a portal to Castle Courageous! We visited the local emporium to properly equip ourselves for an adventure, designed a companion to accompany our quest and planned our fantasy worlds where our stories will be set. We are looking forward to using these ideas next to inspire our writing.
Year 5 Maths Challenge
Eight children from Year 5 took part in heat 1 of the county wide Year 5 Maths Challenge on Wednesday 7th February (Alex and Oliver from 5P, Ryan, Ananmay and Lucas from 5W and Dylan, Finn and Fredrick from 5S). The boys worked in two teams to answer questions that tested their teamwork, problem solving skills and quick mental maths. They used knowledge of the four operations, fractions, 3D shapes, measures, missing number calculations, decimals and more! We are waiting to hear our scores and if we have made it to the final. Best of luck boys!
Safer Internet Day
The children have thoroughly enjoyed completing all sorts of activities promoting Safer Internet Day this year. We have designed our own influencers who make a positive impact on the world, investigated how programmers use persuasion in their programming to make children play video games and watch content for longer, discussed AI and the potential impacts on the world as we know it and much more! We have also discussed how technology can change our moods and what to do when we come across content that makes us feel uncomfortable in any way.
Please ask your children about the activities, check any settings on their devices and keep monitoring their activity. It's a jungle out there!
#SaferInternet Day! Join us and @UK_SIC
Forgive us for mentioning Christmas in February but we would kindly ask if you have any Christmas jumpers that will not be suitable for next year, please consider donating them to us.