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Hertford Vale Church of England Primary School

Respect, Kindness, Love, Peace, Resilience

Newsletters

23.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

As we end the school year, it is with mixed feelings. Since September, there has been a whole series of ups and downs with everyone trying to focus on what’s most important, which is the children.

We had nearly made it to the end of the school year with very little disruption compared to events elsewhere in schools both locally and around the country. Your determination to get your children to school and work alongside us has been amazing to see and we are extremely grateful for this.

Unfortunately the last week has highlighted yet again that we still need to be aware of the virus and the impact it can have. In the news today there are headlines of how other industries are being affected and the disruption of having to isolate can cause.

However, we are now looking forward to September. This means returning under a new set of guidelines that will hopefully allow us to get on with our job of caring for and educating the children in our school. If the restrictions we are under today are lifted as planned, the frustrations we are all feeling will hopefully be a thing of the past and some sense of normality can return.

We want to say a huge thank you to all the families, children, staff and community members as by working together, supporting each other and being understanding of the situation, there are a lot of positives to take from this year.

One example is that the Friends of Hertford Vale’s generous donation allowed all the children to have a summer school trip with no cost to our families. The photographs on the app and website of the children on their different trips gave us a glimpse of how next year might be with children out and about enjoying themselves and making happy memories.

We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to our Year 6 children as we would have liked, or to welcome our new starters for September as we normally would. However, we are looking forward with positivity for the new academic year and to rebuilding our school community to how it was before.

We hope you have a good holiday and that you manage to spend time with friends and family over the next few weeks. If you are a Year 6 pupil, good luck in your new school and we will always be here if you need us. If you are returning after the summer break, see you on September the 7th.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Barber and everyone on the Hertford Vale team.

22.7.2021

To the parents and carers of the Year 6 children.

Dears Parents and Carers.

Today was meant to be the day when we presented the Year 6 children with their leavers goodie bags.  We are so disappointed that this can't happen in school  due to the events of this week.  

The bags are here and ready for you to collect so that the children can receive their Bible, photograph and 2021 hoodie.  If you could please send an adult to school between 10:00am and 11:30am tomorrow Mrs Blogg and Mr Barber will be here to hand over the goodie bags.  If you are collecting a bag on behalf of another family, we will need a text from them first to let us know who is taking more than one bag.

See you tomorrow.

22.7.2021

Dear all.
Now we have had confirmation that the school will not reopen for the last day, the teachers wanted to send a letter out to their classes. 
Thank you.

22.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

We have now just had confirmation that the PCR test result for the child in Key Stage 1 is positive.
Based on the advice from the NYCC Public Health team, all the Key Stage 1 children who were at school on Monday or Tuesday of this week will need to isolate until midnight on July 29th.

We will be back in touch if there is any more information.

Thank you.

22.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

We are still waiting for the result of the PCR test for the child in Key Stage 1. We are acutely aware that you want to know the result so you can make plans for tomorrow. As soon as we know the results we will make contact with you. If the result is positive it will mean that the children in Key Stage 1 will have to continue to isolate until midnight on July 29th. If it is negative, there will be no need to isolate.

We know a decision needs to be made about tomorrow and if we are able to open. If we have not heard anything by the close of school today we will let you know and make the decision to remain closed for the final day. This way, our families know where they stand and can make arrangements for Friday.

Thank you again for your kind messages of support and for being so understanding about the whole situation.

Kind regards,

The Hertford Vale team.

21.7.2021

Good afternoon to you all.

We have now had the result of the PCR test for the child in Key Stage 2. This came back as positive. A member of staff in the same bubble has since taken a PCR test and we have recently been informed that this has also come back as positive.

We have been in contact with the Public Health team at North Yorkshire County Council who have advised us to remind parents/carers of children in Key Stage 2 that there is still the need to isolate for ten days, which will end on midnight 29th July.

We are still waiting for the result of the PCR test for the child in Key Stage 1 to come back and will let you know as soon as we find out.

Thank you.

20.7.2021

Closure of Key Stage 1 Classes.

Dear Parents and Carers.

We have just been informed by a parent of a child in Key Stage 1 that their child has tested positive on a lateral flow test after school.

As you are all aware from the events of today, this means that we now have to close Mrs Kenyon’s and Miss Hegarty’s classes. As of tomorrow, there will be no classes in school until we get the results of both PCR tests back. The children in Miss Hegarty's and Mrs Kenyon's classes will need to isolate until midnight on 29th July. If the PCR test is negative, this will not be the case.

Mrs Blogg and Mr Barber will be in school tomorrow as a point of contact for our families during normal school hours.

Everyone has been very understanding today and families have been extremely supportive of what has happened. We understand your frustrations and had hoped we would make it to the end of term without having to close either of our class groupings. However, this is beyond our control and we have to follow what NYCC and their Public Health team advise.

NYCC sent this information out last week to all schools :

However, given the increasing COVID rates across North Yorkshire districts, and taking into account the number of COVID incidents in education, we are asking all schools where possible to keep those measures in place until the end of term. We recommend that bubbles are continued and face coverings advised for staff and visitors (and students in secondary schools) in communal areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. We are also asking schools to continue internal contact tracing for the last week of term, which will support the current gap until 16th August when self-isolation guidance for under-18s changes.

We will be in contact as soon as we have any news on both tests.

Thank you.

The Hertford Vale team.

20.7.2021

Closure of Key Stage 2 Classes

Dear Parents and Carers.

Unfortunately we have had a child with a positive lateral flow test result in school. The child is in Key Stage 2 and this affects Miss Higgs’ class, Miss Shadman’s class and Mrs Boyes’ class.

We have just taken advice from the Public Health Team at North Yorkshire County Council and they have advised that we have to close the three classes immediately.

If you have a child in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6, could you please collect your child as soon as possible as the Public Health team have advised.

This is most unfortunate and will affect families and staff for the next ten days. The Public Health team have said that the children need to isolate until midnight on the 29th July as today is classed as day one. We will wait for the confirmatory PCR test result and let you know as soon as this information is given to us.

Again, we are extremely disappointed this has happened as we have made it this far and with only four days to go we have to close the three classes.

We understand that you may not be able to collect your children within the next hour as this is during the working day. However, if you could make arrangements as soon as possible this will help reduce the risk of spreading the virus further.

Thank you.

19.7.2021

Filey library has sent us this flyer to pass onto all our families.  If you would like to know any more information about the reading challenge, please call 01609 536608. Thank you.

16.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been asked to send this message out to you all.  The organisers are looking to collect donations for the tombola stall for the Edwin Cooper Memorial Day on August 1st. Thank you.

16.7.2021

The Year 6 children had a lovely day at East Barnby outdoor centre yesterday.  They spent most of the day on the River Esk in kayaks and came home tired but having had a lot of fun.  A big 'thank you' to Mrs Boyes and Mrs Graves for taking the children and for helping them make some special memories to take with them to secondary school.

15.7.2021

Mrs Kenyon's class have just returned from an exciting day at the Sealife Centre and the beach.  Here are a couple of photographs taken at the Sealife Centre.  Thank you to the staff and volunteers for taking the children as they have had a lovely day.

14.7.2021

Below is a letter for Miss Shadman's class.  Thank you.

14.7.2021

Pre-loved Uniform Sale
Dear Parents and Carers,
Please find attached a list of pre-loved uniform available to purchase.
With restrictions currently in place, the sale will be taking place online via the Facebook Group (Friends of Hertford Vale School) at 7pm on Wednesday 14th July. For those without access to Facebook, please email friendsofhertfordvaleschool@gmail.com with any order requests. All items are sold on a first come, first served basis. Please use the Item Number to help manage requests. Your order will be confirmed before payment is required by BACS (details will be provided). Items are then to be collected from school. 
All items are in good to excellent condition and have plenty of use left in them. Items are priced individually as follows:
School branded clothing: £1
New items: £1
Everything else (unless otherwise stated): 50p
Many thanks
The Friends of Hertford Vale.

13.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

With less than two weeks to go we wanted to make contact with you all to clarify a few queries that have cropped up over the last few days.

Most of the questions have been linked to the lifting of restrictions on the 19th July and how it will affect the running of school in the last week.  In simple terms, nothing will change next week.  We have measures in place that have worked well to this point and have kept the children, families and staff as safe as possible.  The decision has been made to keep things as they are for the last week.  This is for various reasons but in reality it is to ensure that the chances of passing the virus on in the last week are as low as possible.  

We are aware that some families have holidays booked for the first week of the school holidays.  If there is a positive case of Covid in school, this would affect people’s ability to go on their holiday due to having to self-solate.  We are also aware that if we were to have large numbers of people in the school hall everyone there would be classed as a close contact.  Again, this would affect all our families for the first ten days of their summer break should someone test positive.

After discussions with the staff, governors and other schools, we feel that for the sake of five days it makes sense to keep the restrictions as they are and to try to get everyone to the end of term as safely as possible.

Some of the schools in town are still being affected by the virus with classes and year groups being closed as this message is being typed.  We hope you will support us by still wearing masks on the school site as the staff are continuing to do in the building.  We have got this far through our families working together with us and we hope to keep this going until July 23rd.

When we all come back in September, we can hopefully return to a more normal school day.  We are looking forward to getting back to whole school assemblies, Collective Worships and social events on school grounds.  We will have to wait as usual for guidance and risk assessments to be finalised but we are planning on things returning to being more open for everyone.

Thank you for your support and for working with us to keep everyone as safe as possible over the next few days.

The Hertford Vale team.

9.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Seeing as we sent some photographs out from the Key Stage 2 trip the other day, we thought you might like to see some of Miss Hegarty's class trip to the zoo at Flamingo Land earlier this week. As you can see, the children had an amazing day and as always, they behaved impeccably.  

The children have been telling us about their favourite animals and how much they enjoyed being out and about with their classmates.

Have a good weekend and we will see you next week.

The Hertford Vale team.

8.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

The Year 3, 4 and 5 children had their trip to Filey beach yesterday.  Everyone came back full of joy and a great day was had by all.  Miss Shadman was so impressed with the children on the day that she felt compelled to write to you all.  The letter is attached as a PDF with some photographs of their time on the beach.  

It is always good to hear that members of the public complemented the staff and helpers about our children and how the children conducted themselves in a positive way when out of school.  It makes us very proud of them all and as always we want to thank you for your support.

2.7.2021

2.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Below is a flyer from the Friends of Hertford Vale.  They have organised a pre-loved uniform sale via Facebook which starts on 14th July.  Further details are on the flyer.  Thank you.

2.7.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,
As the summer approaches, some families have asked what they can do to help their children in readiness for the return to school in September. Whilst we appreciate that some families will want to switch off and simply enjoy the break, there will be some who would like to access activities which will help occupy their children over the summer holiday.
Oak National Academy are providing free learning resources in case you would like to access them. We have attached a guide for parents and carers as well as the link below.
Thank you.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/summer-learning-support

2.7.2021

2.7.2021

On Thursday 8th July, Miss Higgs' class will be baking a Victoria sponge cake. It will link to their Victorian topic and their English work as they will be writing instructions. Children will be allowed to taste the cake after. We will be using a standard recipe, however please contact Miss Higgs if you have any issues about your child tasting the cake. 
Thank you,
Miss Higgs.

28.6.2021

The letter below has been sent out to the children in Miss Shadman's class and the Year 5 children in Mrs Boyes' class.  Thank you.

28.6.2021

Below is a letter from Mrs Kenyon regarding the Pickering Hedgehog Rescue Centre. Thank you.

25.6.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Miss Shadman was going to send this information about The Big Bee Challenge out to her class today and thought it might be of interest to all the children.  The competition is open to children from ages 6 to 12 years old and there are still ten days before the competition closes.

21.6.2021

18.6.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

The children have had another productive week with twenty more children winning awards for writing, maths, reading and for demonstrating the school values.

During our Celebration Worship today we heard from all the staff how children across the school have worked together to make their days in school as enjoyable as possible.  We regularly see the children demonstrating how the Christian values of love, kindness, peace, respect and resilience allow us all to work together to make Hertford Vale a special place to learn and grow.

With five weeks to go before the summer break we are looking at transitions of our Year 6 children to secondary school as well as children within the school moving up a year.  The latest government announcements have led the secondary schools to cancel any open days for the Year 5 children as well as transition days for the Year 6 children.  They have all said they will be in touch with the families of the Year 6 children soon to let you know their plans.  

We are hoping to give the children who will be staying in school some time with their new teachers, although this will have to be in line with the current guidance and risk assessments.  However, we will still do our best to make this as effective as possible within the constraints we currently have.  

On a more positive note, we would like to say a huge thank you to the Friends of Hertford Vale for their extremely generous donation of £1200.  This money has been added to the school fund for the class trips and visits this term.  Due to the Friends of Hertford Vale’s generosity, parents and carers will not be asked for any money towards the trips.  Thank you ever so much for this donation as it has allowed us to plan some special days out for the children.

We hope you have a nice weekend and we will see you all on Monday.

The Hertford Vale team.

18.6.2021

11.6.2021

27.5.2021

Below is a leaflet sent to us by the North Yorkshire Early Help Team with details of free courses for parents.  If you are interested in any of the courses the relevant contact details are on the flyer. 

Thank you.

27.5.2021

Key Stage 2 Book Sale Monday 14th June 2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

The Year 5 and Year 6 children in Mrs Boyes’ and Mrs Green's class are holding a book sale on Monday 14th june.  We are hoping to raise funds for new books to use in class.

All children in Key Stage 2 will be able to visit the sale to purchase items during the school day.  The Year 5s and 6s recommend that children bring no more than £3.00 to spend.

Please send any donations of unwanted (good condition/appropriate for Key Stage 2/complete) children’s books before Friday 11th June so that we can quarantine them before the sale.

Thank you,

Years 5 and 6.

26.5.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have just received information that the Covid test result for the child in Key Stage 1 is negative. This means that Mrs Kenyon’s and Miss Hegarty’s classes are allowed to open again. We understand that this is short notice and appreciate that you have all made arrangements for today, but we will be open if you would like to bring your children in those two classes into school. If you would prefer to keep your children at home for today and bring them in tomorrow we will not mark them down as absent for today.

All the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can attend school again as normal from today.

The other children in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and year 6 in Key Stage 2 are also expected to attend school as usual.

We are pleased that the younger children can now return to school and appreciate the efforts you have gone to over the last couple of days to help follow the national guidelines issued by the government.

We will open the gates as normal at 8:50am to welcome the children back into school. We will be in touch during the day with any additional information.

Kind regards,

The Hertford Vale team.

25.5.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

We are contacting you with the latest information regarding the closure of Mrs Kenyon’s and Miss Hegarty’s classes.

We have been in contact with the North Yorkshire Public Health team today and have shared details of the current situation.  They have assured the school that the correct procedures are being followed and we are awaiting the result of the Covid test.

The outcome of the test has yet to come back and as a result we will have to remain closed for tomorrow (Wednesday 26th May).  We are letting you know now so that you have time to make further arrangements.  We had hoped that the result would be back today but this is something we cannot control.

As soon as we have received notification of the result we will be in touch.  We have been advised by the Public Health team that if the test is positive, the children and staff in Mrs Kenyon’s and Miss Hegarty’s classes will have to isolate for ten days with the last day being on Wednesday 2nd June.

This information has been shared with you so provisional plans can be made depending on the outcome of the test.

We understand this is far from an ideal situation and appreciate your support and kind comments.

Regards,

The Hertford Vale team.

24.5.2021

Apologies to all parents.  

We have just been informed that the child being tested is in Key Stage 1.  

The previous messages now apply to ALL children in Mrs Kenyon and Miss Hegarty’s classes.  All the children in Key Stage 2 are now back in school tomorrow and unfortunately it is all the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 that need to isolate until further notice.

We apologise for this and are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.  

If your child is in Mr Palmer’s class, Miss Shadman’s class or Mrs Boyes’ class, they are in school tomorrow as usual.

Apologies again.

24.5.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Further to the original message about Key Stage 2 closing for at least tomorrow, we have a few more pieces of information for you.

Only the children in Key Stage 2 need to isolate at the moment.  The rest of the family does not need to isolate as they have not been in contact with the individual being tested.  This means that unless you need to stay at home to look after your child, you can still go about your normal daily routines and go to work etc.

If your child in Key Stage 2 has any siblings in Key Stage 1 or at another school, they do not need to stay at home either as they also have not been in contact with the individual being tested. 

Only if your child develops symptoms does the rest of your family need to isolate and get your child tested. If your child remains well, you can still go out and about and only they need to stay at home for ten days with appropriate supervision.

This is an unfortunate situation to be in and we are aware that this will cause you some frustration.  However, the guidance is being followed to keep as many people as safe as possible and we will be in touch as soon as we have any more information.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

The Hertford Vale team.

24.5.2021

14.5.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

We have attached a letter below for you to read about our Relationships and Health Education (RHE) draft policy. The draft policy, information from the DfE and a parent survey are all on our website.

https://www.hertfordvale.co.uk/news/rhe-information

The link for the parent survey is here :

The survey is now closed

If you cannot follow the link from your phone, it is available on the school website. The information for you to read is under ‘Parent Info’ and then ‘RHE Information’. If you require a paper copy of the information, please contact the school office.

The parent survey will be open until May 21st and we would value your opinions as they help us to make decisions about what we do in school.

Thank you,

The Hertford Vale team.

14.5.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

The children have enjoyed another week in school and the Celebration Worship allowed us to congratulate another group of children for their hard work.  The children are really focusing on our five school values of love, respect, kindness, peace and resilience and demonstrate these every day.

For the parents and carers in Miss Higgs and Mr Palmer’s class in Year 3 and 4, next week brings a slight change.  Mr Palmer is now back in school full time and will be in the Year 3 and Year 4 class from now on.  Miss Higgs will still be working in the class but will also be working across Key Stage 2 as part of our recovery curriculum.

We hope you all have a good weekend and will see you on Monday.

The Hertford Vale team.

7.5.2021

6.5.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

We are looking at reading across the school and would like to give you the opportunity to be part of our review.

The following link will take you to an anonymous questionnaire about reading and what happens at home : 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEgsQs5ANnp7Y8Ar8fVyETlObhAZYymVOk8bmW-wBFwIFOmg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Your answers will give us a better understanding of how children engage with books at home and help us to give them the support they need in class to compliment what you do on a weekly basis.

The link has also been sent out on the school app.

Thank you for your help on this,

Kind regards,

Mrs Boyes.

6.5.2021

Mrs Boyes has attached her latest Bookworms newsletter for the rest of the summer term.

6.5.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Miss Higgs' and Mr Palmer's class are building replicas of rooms on the Titanic. We would be very grateful if anyone is able to donate shoeboxes, carpet and fabric scraps or any other recyclable material which could be useful in building items for a bedroom, restaurant, boiler room etc. We will be building the rooms the week beginning 17th May, so if items could be donated this week and next week it would allow us to quarantine them at school before we use them. 

Many thanks 
 
Miss Higgs and Mr Palmer.

5.5.2021

Reception and Year 6 group photographs.

Dear Parents and Carers.

If your child is in the Reception or the Year 6 cohort, Tempest photography has just sent us a link for you to view and order the photograph.  Below is the message from Tempest Photography : 

Dear Parent/Carer,

The recent Group photographs are now ready to view and purchase at http://htmp.st/HertfordVale

There will be a “deliver to school” option open for approx. 14 days, otherwise home delivery is available for £5 postage and packing.

If you need assistance please call  01736 751555 (option 3) or click on contact us on the home page.

Tempest Photography 

Many thanks and best wishes

Russel Hicken

30.4.2021

Good morning to you all.

As we head into the three day bank holiday weekend, the weather looks to be putting any plans of a barbeque on hold, especially on Monday.  However, the children are looking forward to the extra day off school and have been telling us of their plans for the weekend.

We have been asked by quite a few parents, carers and residents to ask again that people park considerately, especially at the end of the school day.  Please do not park on the turning circle, zig zag lines or over people’s driveways.  We understand that parking is not in plentiful supply in the village, but safety for everyone in the school community is the most important thing to consider.  

Most of the children are leaving the school grounds in a safe manner now, but some are still climbing over the fence by the steps at the end of the day.  Please could parents and carers make sure the children use the steps safely to avoid any mishaps?

We have had a message from our supplier of the school uniforms.  They have said that as they enter their busiest period with a reduced workforce, could people start to think about ordering any uniform they might need.  This might not be for September just yet but if you do need any uniform, please download the uniform ordering sheet from our website : 

https://www.hertfordvale.co.uk/news/uniform-order-sheet

or collect a paper copy from the school office if you do not have a printer at home.  We will do our best to have enough stock in school but if there is a high demand for certain sizes there might be a waiting period.

The school photographs were taken yesterday and by the end of today all the children will have brought their proofs home for you to look at.  Tempest Photography is asking you to order directly from them this year rather than sending us the requests into school.  All the details are on the information sent home, but if you have any questions feel free to contact school.  There were some lovely photos taken and a few parents and carers have said they are finding it difficult to choose which one to buy!

We hope you have a nice weekend and that you manage to get out and about.

See you on Tuesday 4th May.

The Hertford Vale team.

26.4.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Below is a message from James Armstrong on behalf of Staxton Cricket Club and the All Stars Cricket course aimed at children aged 5 to 8 years old.

About the programme : 

All Stars Cricket provides boys and girls from 5-8 years old with 8 weeks of non-stop fun. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Running our 5th year on All Stars this year. Usually the session run with at least 3 coaches running a different activity and the All Stars move around each activities. All covid19 rules will be followed, this information will be confirmed closer to the start of the program.

If you require any further information, please contact James Armstrong on 07584351127  or email on staxtoncc@hotmail.com.  There is also more information on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website here :

https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/Course/71baa554-b016-4e40-a9f4-c6d8f3bd6b21

26.4.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Some of you may have heard about ‘The Big Ask’ taking place in all schools over the next few weeks.  This is a survey that has been created by The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza.

Over the next week or so, the children will take part in a survey in school to share their views on what makes them happy, what worries them and what their hopes for the future are.  The anonymous questionnaire is split into age appropriate groups and all children in the country will be accessing the survey.  

If your child is 4 or 5 years old, you will need to access the survey at home as it asks the adults some initial questions.  If your child is 6 years or above, the survey will be done in school.

We have attached a poster with some basic details on and more information can be found here http://thebigask.uk/ or by searching for The Big Ask in Google.  This information has also gone out on the school app.

We have noticed that the Big Ask web page can take a while to load as the majority of schools are trying to access the survey this week.  If we cannot access the survey due to the website not responding, we will keep trying throughout next week. 

Kind regards,

The Hertford Vale team.

23.4.2021

Good afternoon to you all.

It looks like we’re in for a nice weekend and hopefully you can enjoy the sun.

We have had confirmation that school photos will be taking place in school on Thursday 29th April.  Unfortunately Tempest Photography can only take individual photographs and are not allowed to take family photos.  This is not what normally happens but they have to follow the guidance and mixing groups to take photos is not their company policy.  There is no need to drop children off early as the photographs will take place during the normal school day.

As the weather improves, we usually ask the children to wear sun hats.  Normally we provide these but again, due to restrictions we are asking that children bring their own hat in for now.  Can you please make sure that the hats have your child’s name in and that if they have any images or writing on, this is appropriate for a primary school. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday.

Take care,

The Hertford Vale team.

16.4.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

As the week draws to a close, we wanted to pass on a few pieces of information.

The children have come back in good spirits and have had their calmest week so far this year.  The work they have produced and the way in which they have conducted themselves have been wonderful.  

During Celebration Worship this morning, we heard from the teachers about the children who had won the awards for living out our five school values.  Love, Kindness, Respect, Peace and Resilience were all mentioned as qualities the children have shown to each other and the adults in school this week.  We also celebrated the academic achievements of the children throughout the school as they look where we currently are and into the next school year.

Some of you may have noticed that the stone snake on Wains Lane that was organised by The Friends of Hertford Vale has moved.  A few children mentioned it this morning on their way into school as they were worried it had been taken away.  The snake is now near the cenotaph at the top of the village as the grass verge needed to be cut.  Feel free to add to it with one of your own stones, as so far the snake is looking amazing.

Another initiative organised by The Friends of Hertford Vale was the Smartie Tubes Fundraiser that took place over the Easter break.  Thank you to everyone who took part in this as you have managed to raise a total of £233.29.  This is an amazing amount and will be put to good use at some point in the future.

We hope you have a good weekend and that you manage to enjoy some of the nicer weather we are experiencing at the moment.

The Hertford Vale team.

26.3.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter as the term draws to a close.  We also hope you have the opportunity to spend some time with loved ones when some of the lockdown restrictions ease during the two week holiday.

For some of the children this is the end of an eleven week term.  For some it feels like it has only just got going.  However, all the children have been back together for three weeks and it has been wonderful to be back as a school family again.

We will see you all on Tuesday 13th April for the start of the summer term.  Until then, stay safe and take care.

The Hertford Vale team.

26.3.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

As some of our children are spending more time on their devices at home, we wanted to send out a flyer from the Marie Collins Foundation about a free workshop.  It looks at how to keep your children safe online.  A poster is also attached from Childnet International about how you can support your children online.   

We hope some of this information is useful for our families as we enter the Easter break.

Thank you.

18.3.2021

Good afternoon to you all.

We just have a couple of reminders for our families.

Tomorrow is Red Nose Day. The children can come in casual clothes for the day and bring their jokes with them for their teachers to listen to. The newsletter sent out on Monday has the menu for tomorrow and all the information on, just in case you missed it.

Also, could we please remind people to not park on the Zig Zags outside of school. A couple of residents and parents have asked us to politely remind everyone to park considerately and to not block driveways of people living close to school. The bus company has also asked us to request that people do not park on the turning circle.

We appreciate there is not much parking near school but we also have to coexist with the local residents in our immediate area. NYCC highways have said they will be conducting random drop in sessions in the near future and we wouldn’t want anyone to receive a parking fine. We have attached a poster that was sent out by a school in Huddersfield which reminds us of why the Zig Zags are there - to keep all our children safe.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Hertford Vale team.

15.3.2021

15.3.2021

9.3.2021

Good morning to you all.

We are now into our second day of all the children being in school.  The classes are settled and the children are getting used to being part of a group again. So far the general feeling around the school is one of calm and being focused on what needs to be done.  The children have settled amazingly well and keep telling the staff they are happy to be back and to see their friends again.  

Thank you to everyone for following the one way system for dropping off and collecting the children.  Just a reminder for those who have asked, the gates open at 8:50am in the morning and 3:10pm in the afternoon.  

Could we please ask that the children leave via the top steps safely at the end of the day and not climb the fence or gate on the way out.   This is to keep everyone safe as we wouldn’t want any of the children to injure themselves.

Also, if you have any school reading books at home we would appreciate them back in school.  Quite a few have gone astray and are needed for the other children to read.

A few parents have asked about breakfast club.  It is open as usual from 8:00am, Monday to Friday and if you would like to book your children in please call the school office.

As always, if you need us for anything we are here to help.  If you contact the school office we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

The Hertford Vale team.

5.3.2021

Good morning to you all.

We’re looking forward to next week and to having a full school again.  There aren’t any major changes to the information we sent out but we do have a few points for you before Monday 8th.

The revised menu for the next three weeks has been sent out.  If you haven’t seen it you can find it on the ‘Parent Info’ area on the website.  If you have any outstanding dinner money to pay, please settle this before Monday at the latest.

We’ll open the gates at 8:50am for the children to come into school.  If you are coming onto the school site you’ll need a face covering and follow the one way system to leave the school grounds.  At the end of the day, we’ll open the gates at 3:10pm and close them at 3:20pm.  

The Breakfast Club is open as usual from 8:00am.  If you need to use this facility, please let us know this week so we can make arrangements.

Children will need their P.E kits in school as all the classes will be taking part at some point in the week.  The kits can be left in school for the week and taken home on a weekend for washing if needed.

That’s it for now so we’ll see you all on Monday ready for a full week in school.

Take care,

The Hertford Vale team.

4.3.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

With the end of the term approaching, we wanted to let you know some news about the Key Stage 2 teaching team.

We are sad to say that Miss Dodds will be leaving Hertford Vale on the 26th March to take up a teaching post at Gladstone Road School.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Miss Dodds to work as part of a larger team and to progress further in her teaching career.  

Miss Dodds joined us in January 2019 as a newly qualified teacher and has grown as a professional whilst working here at Hertford Vale.  We are so pleased that Miss Dodds can move onto the next phase of her career and enjoy the opportunities a larger school can offer, taking her positive experiences from Hertford Vale with her.

In order to give you enough notice of the news, we wanted to share it now and to let you know the arrangements for the Year 3/4 class after the Easter break.  We have recruited a wonderful supply teacher called Miss Higgs to take the class after the Easter break. We will arrange a Google Meet for the children in the Year 3/4 class to say hello to Miss Higgs before the Easter break.

We know that change is a worry for some people.  At a time like this we understand that stability is a priority for the children and that they need to feel safe and secure.  The search for a suitable teacher to look after Miss Dodds’ class took a long time and we feel that Miss Higgs is that person.  

We are also hoping that Mr Palmer will be returning to school during the summer term.  Mr Palmer has been shielding from work since the pandemic began last March.  He has been working at home, but due to government restrictions has not been able to come into school.  If the shielding ends and the guidance changes, we will welcome Mr Palmer back and he will be able to join the teaching team in school again.  Miss Shadman will remain in the Year 4/5 class for the rest of the school year and carry on the fantastic work she’s been doing since September.

When all the children return next week, we will spend time answering their questions, help them look ahead to the summer term and tell them about all the fun things the teachers have planned.

Thank you,

The Hertford Vale team.

2.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Here are the  dates and times for the next Google Meets :

 

Mrs Kenyon’s Class - Wednesday 3rd March - 9:45am

Miss Dodds’ Class - Wednesday 3rd March - 10:30am

Mrs Boyes’ Class - Thursday 4th March - 9:30am

Miss Shadman’s Class - Friday 5th March - 11:00am

 

If you have any issues connecting to the meetings, please let us know.

Thank you.

25.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

We are looking forward to seeing the rest of the children back in school on Monday 8th March.  As usual, we are going to keep things simple and follow the systems we have had in place since last summer.  

The children will enter school via the gate on Ings Lane, go into the building through their usual door and all parents and carers will leave via the steps on the large playground.  The end of the school day will be the same as it was in September.  We will radio ahead to the classes so that you can collect your children as all families are familiar with this system.

We will be keeping the bubbles/groups the same as they are now with a Key Stage 1 and a Key Stage 2 split.  Lunch times, play times and PE activities will ensure that the two Key Stages are kept apart and that contact between the two groups is kept to a minimum wherever possible.

Our main priority in the first instance is to make sure the children are happy in themselves.  The children who have been in school will need to adjust to the school being full again and the children who have been at home will need to get used to being in school for the first time since December. 

There is a lot of talk in the media about ‘catching up’ and cramming as much information into the children as possible.  We want to assure you that our main focus is the children’s wellbeing so that they can settle into being part of a larger group and feel comfortable being here.  

The teaching staff are very aware of what has or has not happened at home in terms of learning.  They want to let you know that whatever you have done, it has been of immense help to your children. Before children can absorb new information, they will need time to readjust to school, each other and the routines of the day.  We will of course be looking forward to helping all children fulfill their potential, but this will not be to the detriment of their confidence, happiness or love of learning.  

There is a national picture developing of a set of children who will need careful and considered teaching from now on.  We want to help them achieve the best they can without making them feel they are lacking in some way or behind compared to others.  As we progress through the rest of the school year we will monitor each child to help them on a personal level and give them what they need to move on in their learning.  

We will be sending out some more information next week before the school opens fully on March 8th with any last minute changes if needed.  Until then, if you have any questions, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

The Hertford Vale team.

25.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Here are the  dates and times for the next Google Meets :

 

Mrs Boyes’ Class - Thursday 25th February - 10:00am

Mrs Kenyon’s Class - Thursday 25th February - 11:00am

Miss Shadman’s Class - Friday 26th February - 11:00am

Miss Hegarty’s Class - Monday 1st March - 11:00am

Miss Dodds’ Class - Tuesday 22nd March - 10:30am

 

If you have any issues connecting to the meetings, please let us know.

 

Thank you.

23.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Following the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday, we are working towards the rest of the children coming into school on 8th March. We are looking forward to having all the children back with us and to seeing all our families again.

There has been a lot of information released from the Department of Education since the announcements, with enough guidance and recommendations to keep an avid reader busy for months. Once we have read everything through, we will be in touch with details on how the school will reopen again for all pupils. Until then, the remote learning will continue to be provided by the teachers.

Stay safe,

The Hertford Vale team.

23.2.2021

Here are two letters from Mrs Boyes about World Book Day and a new reading newsletter called Bookworms.  They are also on the school app as a download.

Thank you.