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Issue 22 - 8th March 2024

Dear Families,  

To recognise British Science Week, we will be inviting parents into school on Thursday 14th March to take part in some exciting science activities. Following feedback from parents, this will take place in the morning. Parents will be asked to join us at drop off and the activities will be completed by 10.15am. There will be refreshments in the hall from 8.45am. This can be accessed from the quadrant. Guides from Year 6 will ensure parents can visit all/any classrooms. Gates will be locked at 9.00am but parents can sign in and enter via the office after 9.00am. The ‘event’ will run from 9.15-10.15am. 

Please refer to the email that will be sent after this newsletter for the link to view the recording of the online safety parent workshop as well as other great resources to help you protect your child. As per instruction from the organiser, please do not share this online.  The feedback from the parents who were able to attend was overwhelmingly positive (some of the comments shared are below). I too found the session invaluable which is why I am really pleased to tell you that he will be visiting our school on Wednesday 26th June to work with the children. 

Have a good weekend.  

Emma Fordham  

Key Messages

School Photos –Tuesday 12th March

The photographers will be in next week to take individual photos of the children. If your child is due to have PE on Tuesdays, please can they wear their usual school uniform to school and bring their PE kit to change into for their lesson. Year 6 parents – these photos will be used in the yearbook so it is important children are in school for their photo.  

Sponsored Read and World Book Day 

Please accept our apologies, there was an error in the dates for the sponsored read. This was meant to take place from Friday 1st March to be completed on Friday 8th March. However, please don’t worry, the most important part is that children READ and help to raise money for new books so we can extend the date on this if necessary. We will count the proceeds from the 15th March. 

Some selected children from Year 6 were invited to go to Letchmore to read with younger children. This was a reward/positive consequence for their contribution to the school e.g Reading Mentors and Headteacher Assistants.

Moving Forward with the Arbor Parent Portal - Action Required

As you know, we began using Arbor for collecting data at the start of the academic year. We will now be moving forward with the app and will be introducing Arbor communications from Tuesday next week. Adopting Arbor will allow us to communicate with our families more efficiently and bring all our data into one user friendly system. The Parent Portal and Parent App will allow parents to view attendance data, update the contact information that we hold and complete consent forms all from one place on your phone or computer. 99% of our parents have already logged into the Arbor Parent Portal which is fantastic but I must urge parents that haven’t already, to download the app and login. For the time being, we will continue to use School Gateway for payments only with the plan to move everything to Arbor by the start of the next academic year. 

There is lots of helpful information on our website if you need some guidance:  


Parents’ Evenings for the Spring Term will take place on Thursday 21st and Tuesday 26th March. We wanted 4O parents to have the opportunity to meet both Mrs Barham and Mrs Geer together and so their first set of meetings were held on Thursday 7th and the next will be on Thursday 21st March.  The booking system will close at 1.00pm on Wednesday 13th March.  Should you wish to make any changes after this date, please contact the school office. 

The system we use for booking these meetings is the same as we use for clubs.  Please visit to book your appointment. A short guide on how to add appointments is available on the school website. Please log in with the following information: your child’s first name, surname and date of birth. A creche will be available.  

Parent Governor Positions  

We would like to ask you to consider volunteering to become a school governor at Almond Hill. Being involved in school governance can build tangible links with your local community and make a positive impact on the life chances of young people. Thousands of ordinary people do something extraordinary every year by becoming school governors, helping drive the strategic direction of our schools and supporting head teachers in delivering the best possible education opportunities for their pupils. 

We have a group of governors with a wealth of experience who do an incredible job but would love to extend this to include more of our parents.  If you would like to visit or to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school via email at or call our office (01438 233 660). We can arrange a time to meet and discuss the role of governor before you commit. 

Teenage girl found guilty of driving offence relating to an e-scooter 


Parents are being warned about the dangers of purchasing e-scooters for their children after a teenage girl was found guilty of causing serious injury by careless driving following a collision in Letchworth. 

On 7 January 2023, at 8.30pm, the teenager, then aged 16, was riding the e-scooter outside Letchworth Railway Station. She attempted to cross the road whilst the pedestrian lights were red and collided with a motorbike. The rider suffered potentially life changing injuries as a result of the collision. 

The girl appeared at Stevenage Youth Court on Thursday (22 February) where she was found guilty of causing serious injury by careless driving. She will return to court for sentencing in April. Detective Constable Ellie Cowling said: “This was a devastating incident, not just for the victim, but also because a teenager has had to appear in court and has ended up with a criminal record. “I am sure many parents may be buying these scooters for their children thinking they are harmless fun, but as this case demonstrates they can be extremely dangerous, with devastating consequences.” The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that a person must not use a motor vehicle on a road or other public place unless a valid policy of insurance is in place. Although electric scooters are motor vehicles, they are not legal for road use and therefore cannot be insured. They can only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission. 

“Please think very carefully before you purchase one of these scooters,” continued DC Cowling. “At this current time there are very few places you can legally ride one and we will seize e-scooters being used in public areas and prosecute riders where appropriate. “We have been engaging with the retailers that sell these machines, to advise them to remind any purchasers that they cannot use an e-scooter on a public road.” The full Government legislation on e-scooters can be found here


Diary Dates

Year 3 95.42% 
Year 4 92.2% 
Year 5 96.56% 
Year 6 92.63% 
All Students 94.29% 
Class Winners 3C 98% 
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. 

House Points

Upcoming FOAH Events 

A big thank you to the FOAH for a wonderful Mother’s Day present room last week! 
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 if you can help with this event.  

In Other News 

The Almond Hill Online Safety Group (made up of governors, teachers and children) completed their work with Letchmore Infants School this week.  With great care, the Year 2 Devices Usage Online Survey results were analysed and prepared.  We were delighted to talk to the Year 2s about being careful with the types of things that they were watching (content), how they speak to each other online (contact), screentime (conduct) and even that videos they watch might be trying to get them to buy or ask for things (commerce). We would like to thank Letchmore for having us and all the lovely children that participated in the survey.   

Year 5 First Aid Sessions 

Year 5 had a brilliant workshop on Thursday called Love your Heart. The children learnt about how to put people into the recovery position, how to carry out CPR and about how a defibrillator works. The children were very engaged and learnt a lot. 

Regeneration Visit  

Year 5 were the first year group to go into the New Town to have a look at how it is being regenerated. The children had a great time taking a tour around some of the completed projects which included Event Island and the bus interchange. They looked at the chronology of Stevenage and picked out some key events and also went into the visitor centre to look at the model. They children learnt lots about where they live and spotted things they had never done before. A great day!   

Year 4 Rapid Fire Cricket 

10 children from Almond Hill attended the Rapid-Fire Cricket competition at Barnwell on Tuesday. Two children from Year 6 came to help and assisted the staff with the scoring and handing out medals and did a fantastic job! Our year 4 team showed true sportsmanship. They supported and encouraged each other throughout and were a joy to watch. They thoroughly enjoyed playing against the 9 other Stevenage schools and despite not making the finals, they didn’t let this affect their morale or attitude. Their behaviour was outstanding. Well done to the Almond Hill team, you did yourselves and your school proud. 

Netball Match 

With three of our squad never having played in a competitive netball match before, we were expecting a tight game against Shephalbury. Lois managed to score the first goal of the match, which showed our attack force were ready for a good game. Unfortunately, no more of our shots at goal were successful but a 4-1 loss against a very experienced squad should not dishearten this team. Daisy, Amelia and Maddison impressed throughout - well done on your first game for Almond Hill. Thanks also to Isabella, our injured player, who scored the game for us. Some of our passing and defending was tremendous. 

Players' Player (voted by Shephalbury): Olivia 
Players' Player (Almond Hill): Hetty 
Keep it up, girls - we will achieve our first win soon. 

The next SEND/Pastoral Coffee Morning will take place on Tuesday 12th March. This will be held on the ground floor in Acorn House rather than the friendship room which is being used that day. Come to the front entrance of the building or the quadrant and look out for Mrs Burgess, Mrs Birchall or Mrs Barker to see a friendly face. 

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