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Newsletter - w/c 16/12/19

Dear parent/carer,


Please find below the weekly newsletter containing important information.


Last Day of the Autumn Term - Friday 20th December 2019


School finishes on Friday 20th December 2019 at 1:45pm.  All children must be collected at 1:45pm.  


Please note, there are no after-school clubs in the last week of term.  Breakfast Club runs as normal all week and Wraparound Care runs as normal on Monday-Thursday but there is no Wraparound Care on the Friday due to school closing at 1:45pm.  


Steel Pan Performance - Monday 16th December 2019


If your child has been learning to play the steel pans with Wade Austin, you are invited to watch their Christmas performance on Monday 16th December 2019 at 9:00am.


KS1 Christmas Production - 'Everyone Loves a Baby' - Tuesday 17th December 2019 / Thursday 19th December 2019


There is still time to book a ticket to watch your child perform in the KS1 Christmas Production of 'Everyone Loves a Baby' on Tuesday 17th December 2019 from 2:00pm for parents/carers of children in Ash or Beech Class or on Thursday 19th December 2019 from 2:00pm for parents/carers of children in Chestnut or Walnut Class.  Please click here to book your ticket.  If you need any help, please speak to someone in the School Office.  


Falcon House Trip - Hertford Theatre - Wednesday 18th December 2019


On Wednesday 18th December 2019, the children in Falcon House will be going to watch a pantomime at Hertford Theatre as a reward for achieving the most house points in the autumn term.  The children will be leaving school at 9:15am and will be returning at 1:30pm.  Your child will have received a letter if they are attending this trip but if you're unsure, please speak to the School Office.


Reception Christmas Concert - Friday 20th December 2019


Parents/carers of children in Reception are invited to watch the children sing a range of Christmas-themed songs on Friday 20th December 2019 at 9:00am.  


Friends of Hurst Drive - Christmas Raffle


The Friends of Hurst Drive are still selling tickets for the Christmas Raffle before and after school.  Tickets cost £1 per strip.  The raffle will be drawn on Friday 20th December 2019 and those individuals winning a hamper will be informed on the day so they may collect their prizes to take home over the festive period.  


Attendance Prize!


Next week, your child has the opportunity to win a family ticket to Paradise Wildlife Park along with a VERY large bag of gifts.  To be in with a chance of winning, your child needs to come to school every day (and on time) and collect their tickets.  We will draw the winning name on Friday 20th December 2019 and that child will take home their prizes to use over the Christmas Holidays!  


Changes to P.E.


To get the children in our school more active, they will have two Physical Education lessons each week starting after the Christmas Holidays.  One lesson will be an indoor session and the other lesson will be outdoors.  Please click here to see the class timetables to know exactly when your child will have their PE lessons.  


For their PE kit, each child needs the following:


• Plain white t-shirt or school PE t-shirt


• Navy blue or black shorts


• Tracksuit bottoms (e.g. navy cotton jogging bottoms)


• A plain warm jumper or hoodie


• A change of socks (e.g. white sports socks)


• A pair of trainers


We always advise children to bring their PE kit into school on the first day of the half term and take it home on the last day of the half term to be cleaned.  If the PE kit gets dirty, teachers will send them home to be washed and returned in time for the next PE lesson.


To avoid a child sustaining an injury, earrings must be removed before PE lessons. This will need to be done before your child comes to school on the days they have PE.  If the earrings cannot be removed, you must provide tape for your child to use to cover the earrings.  Adults in school are not allowed to remove earrings or tape them up so you must show your child how to do this themselves.


If you have any questions about PE, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance or request to meet Mrs Thomson (Subject Leader for PE).


Class Visits to Waltham Cross Library


Hawthorn class will visit on Thursday 9th January 2019

Cherry class will visit on Thursday 16th January 2019

Cedar class will visit on Thursday 23rd January 2019

Mulberry class will visit on Thursday 30th January 2019


Dinner Money


Just a quick reminder that dinner money needs to be paid in advance on a Monday. Our preferred method of payment is on School Gateway. If you are unable to pay on the School Gateway, please come into the office with the correct money in an envelope. The weekly cost of school dinners is £13.00 for five meals or £2.60 per meal if you are paying for individual meals.


If you receive a dinner debt letter, please make sure this is cleared straight away to avoid your child having to bring in a packed lunch until the debt is cleared. Unpaid dinner debts could result in the cost of the school dinner charge being increased in the future which would be unfair for those parents/carers who always pay on time.


Yours sincerely,

The School Office Team

Hurst Drive Primary School 

01992 624099