Head Teacher's Blog

Alban Day

The school hall was awash with blue and yellow during our weekly ‘Proud Assembly’ today. The children were asked to wear blue and yellow and bring a £1.00 donation to support the education centre at the museum. We are looking forward to using the museum when it opens and learning more about the city we live in. The event corresponded with ‘Alban Day’ and Miss Poole talked about this in assembly. There is an Alban Pilgrimage in town on Saturday which starts at 11.00am which is part of the Alban Weekend celebrations.

Over £2,000 for Help Refugees!

We did it! With everyone’s support we have so far raised over £2,000 for an incredible charity.

A HUGE thank you for joining us on the walk, donating your money, donating food for our sleep out, collecting cardboard, reading our Y2’s Newsletter and most importantly, for supporting the children to understand how they can make a difference to the lives of others.  We are incredibly proud of the children and will continue to work with them to increase their understanding and find other ways to support people just like them.

Visit www.helprefugees.org.uk to find out more and it’s not too late to donate here: Help Refugees.

On your marks, get set…GO!


Parent Governor Election

This morning voting closed for the Parent Governor Election. School Councillors from Year 1 and 2 helped Mrs Rimmer open all the envelopes. Ms Pearlman and Mrs Carr our Chair and Deputy Chair of Governors were in attendance and sorted the ballot papers ready to count. Mrs Rimmer talked to the children about how to effectively count the ballot papers and it was decided a good idea was to group them into piles of 10. The vote was close and our successful candidate won by 2 votes. The children talked about why it was important to double check the counting to make sure the person with the most votes was elected. The children are familiar with the process of electing School Council members and understood that parents were voting for the person they wanted to help Mrs Rimmer and the rest of the Governors lead our school.

Congratulations to Sarah Pike our new Parent Governor!

Thank you to School Council for helping with the big count.


Opening the envelopes being very careful not to put any ballot papers in the rubbish bin.

Counting the ballot papers into piles of 10.

So long, farewell to the Bernards Heath chicks!

On Friday we said goodbye to the Bernards Heath chicks. We felt a bit sad because we have all enjoyed watching them hatch and grow. The short process has taught us lots and Year 1 have become chick experts. Their instructions for how to care for the chicks were of excellent quality because they used their first hand knowledge and experience of what the chicks really needed.

Friday afternoon was spent making a run for the chicks who had really outgrown their brooding box. It was great to see how much their wings had grown and how big and strong their legs had become. Cheep, the appropriately named first hatched, led the way as the chicks stretched their legs in a run created with big bricks by Churchill Class.

We wish the chicks every happiness in their new home and look forward to hearing about how they are getting on!


It may be pouring with rain outside but spring has sprung in Churchill Class!

The chicks had a lovely sleepover at Miss Passey’s house at the weekend and have come back to school bigger and fluffier than they were when they left on Friday. They have moved from the incubator to the brooding box and have been keeping warm under their special light.

The chicks have had lots of visitors and have enjoyed the warmth of snuggling up in small and careful hands. The children have shown us how safe they can be and have been thinking about what the chicks might need next… perhaps somewhere to get some exercise!?!

How very EGG-CITING!

There has been a lot of excitement at school over the last 24 hours and visitors to Churchill Class have reached record numbers!

The reason? There is something wonderful happening!

12 brown eggs were sitting in an incubator on Tuesday afternoon and within 24 hours we said ‘Hello’ to a small grey/brown friend who has since become a fluffy yellow chick! There are now 7 chicks occupying the incubator and lots and lots of cheeping!

The children have been inspired and have painted pictures of our visitors, are writing information texts about how to take care of them and are talking about where they have come from and where they are going next. Churchill Class have managed to continue with their letters and sounds lessons and have had to ‘be like dog’ and manage this brilliant distraction. Well done them!

Come back to the blog next week and we will update you on what has been happening.

New Menus

In preparation for the new menus (to start after Easter) the School Council met with Mr Jones from Herts Catering Limited on Monday morning. Mr Jones came to school to find out what the children most enjoyed eating at lunch time and what their least favourite menu items are.

As always our School Council spoke clearly and confidently about their ideas. There were some differences in opinion with one child saying “My favourite day is sausage day” while another said “Sausages are my worst!” The same was true with the cheese roll; one child’s favourite and another child’s least favourite.

Other favoured items from the menu included: pizza, fish, burgers, macaroni cheese, hot dogs and bolognaise.

Least favourite items included: baked beans, ratatouille, garlic bread, sweetcorn and tuna rolls.

During our discussion we realised we are very lucky to have a choice each day and every member of the School Council said there was something they enjoyed on the menu. Mr Jones asked what could be even better about lunchtimes and the children struggled to think of anything. They had talked about how much they liked to eat fruit at lunchtimes so Mr Jones asked if there were any other fruits they would like to choose for lunchtimes. He has gone to find out if he can add pineapple and passion fruit to our selection!

Watch the newsletter for more information about menus.


Y2 Maths Quiz Champions!

A very BIG congratulations to our Year 2 Maths Quiz Champions – The Ryder Stars!

It was a tense afternoon as the Ryder Stars, the Alban Mathematicians and the Morpurgo Marauders made their way into the hall.  With the lights down low our teams sat under the spotlight.  The audience held their breath as the teams worked their way through the challenges… question by question they solved problems, debated and experienced both joy and disappointment.

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The Ryder Stars stole the crown with a massive 12 points and were pleased to hear some very loud cheers from their supporters!

We were very proud of all of our teams as they tried something new, took on a challenge, worked together and didn’t give up.  We’re already looking forward to our next year group quiz.

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Morpurgo Marauders

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Alban Mathematicians

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Ryder Stars

Learning Together

Maths and Learning Heroes Week has officially begun!

This morning every child spent time working with children from a different year group.  The children were learning how to be like our Learning Heroes – working together on tricky tasks, listening and sharing ideas and remembering to keep on going.

Take a look…


Y1 and FS2 working together to build 2D shapes using pasta and marshmallows.


FS2 and Year 2 working together to build a strong, stable bridge.


FS2 and Year 2 giving directions – “Forwards 3 steps, turn around…”

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