Weekly Newsletter w/c 04/10/2021
Please see below for some important notices about school life:
Changes to After School Clubs
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to make changes to the days that the following clubs take place to avoid having to cancel them altogether. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused but are pleased to say that we have been able to move things around to ensure both clubs can still take place:
KS1 Taekwondo Club
As of Monday 4th October 2021 KS1 taekwondo club will now take place on Mondays.
Years 1-3 Steelpans Club
As of Monday 1st November, steelpans club will take place on a Thursday.
Parent Netball Sessions
England Netball Team are looking to offer parent/carers a free four week beginner netball program no experience necessary. Sessions will begin at 9am and will last for around 40 minutes. If you would like more information about this, please contact or approach Mrs Bye in the playground, at coffee morning or by telephoning the school office.
Mrs Ryan-Roberts (Pear Class Teacher and Subject Leader for Maths) would like to offer maths support sessions to parent/carers. These sessions will develop mathematical understanding, which can be used to support children at home. If you would like more information about this, please contact or approach Mrs Bye in the playground, at coffee morning or by telephoning the school office.
Friends of Hurst Drive
We are currently looking for parent/carers to join Friends of Hurst Drive. If you would like more information about this or would like to become a member, please contact or approach Mrs Bye in the playground, at coffee morning or by telephoning the school office.
This Christmas Mrs Bye will be organising a toy swap enabling parent/carers to provide their child/ren with presents this year. If you would like more information about this, please contact or approach Mrs Bye in the playground, at coffee morning or by telephoning the school office.
If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, they will continue to have the option of a Universal Free School Meal. Similarly, if your child is in Years 3-6 and is eligible for Free School Meals, they will have the option of a school-funded lunch. If your child is in Years 3-6 and not eligible for Free School Meals, please make sure you use the School Gateway app to pay for their school meals in advance to avoid incurring a debt.
Please note all school meals need to be pre-ordered you can do this via the School Gateway app. Discussing the options available with your child/ren will ensure they are provided a meal they will eat and enjoy.
Parent/Carer Parking update
A big thank you to all parent/carers who are continuing to support us in creating a safer street for Hurst Drive.
As a reminder, parents should not double-park. Double parking means parking a vehicle on the roadway side of a vehicle already stopped. This blocks the road for other users and increases the risk of accident to pedestrians.
Yellow zigzag lines outside the school gates also indicates the length of road where stopping or waiting is strictly prohibited. The Highway Code states that you should keep these areas clear of stationary vehicles, even if picking up or setting down children.
We will continue to have staff positioned outside the school gates to monitor parking and to keep everyone safe. If a member of staff asks you to move on from the area in which you have parked your vehicle, we ask you to kindly follow their instructions. Sadly, a very small minority of parents/carers have refused to move their vehicles and have been verbally abusive to staff members. Whilst we appreciate that some parents/carers feel frustrated by these measures, any verbal abuse of our staff is not acceptable. We also want to remind you that monitoring parking in this way is necessary for the safety of our children and the local community.
As most of our families live locally, we strongly advise that families walk to school if you are able. If you do need to drive to school, we recommend giving yourself enough time to park safely in one of the surrounding roads (e.g. Raglan Avenue) before walking to school.
Doing this will make it safer for parents/carers and children to cross the road outside the school. Thank you to those parents who always behave respectfully whether it be on foot, or in their car.
Upcoming In School Events
08/10/21 -Wear Blue for Herts Vision Loss
To coincide with World Sight Day, all children should come to school dressed in blue to support Hawk House's local charity, Herts Vision Loss. We are seeking a voluntary contribution of £1 (or whatever you may spare) per child.
Upcoming School Trips
7/10/21 & 8/10/21- Year 6 – Ben Kinsella Trust – Anti Knife Crime Education
You will receive a letter from your child/s class teacher containing detailed information
The School Office