GFS Proposed Expansion
Important information relating to the proposed expansion of GFS
Summer Term starts on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 at 8.50am
Friday 4th April 2014
Whole School Activity Day - Yesterday we had a "Special Treat Day" at school organised by Mrs Cole (Deputy Head) to say a big thank you to all the children for their consistently good attitude to learning. The children took part in some fun and exciting activities including circus art and circusology, Scaletrix racing, archery, music workshops, construction, cooking, and Easter activities. We also had the Happy Puzzle company with us funded by the PTA. To see some pictures of the day, visit Our School - Gallery.
Extra Curricular Clubs for Summer 2014 - We have added a couple of new clubs to our Extra Curricular Clubs table for next term. Please ensure you check the table and the registration forms for start/end dates. Some clubs start on the first week back. If you require hard copies of any forms, please ask at the school office.
Tuesday 1st April 2014
Parent Skills Review - The PTA are conducting a survey to collect information from parents about skills and services they may have to offer the PTA and school. This is a short questionnaire which should only take couple of minutes to complete. You will not be committing to anything except a potential call from a member of the PTA or teacher. Click here to access the questionnaire now.
Thursday 27th March 2014
New Extra Curricular Clubs for Summer 2014 - Details of the clubs for next term are now available under Our School - Extra Curricular. Please remember to book early to avoid disappointment. If you require a hard copy of the forms, please ask at the school office. We have some great new clubs including Hand bells for EYFS, Badminton, Coding Club, Cricket and more! If you have any queries, please contact the external provider directly or ask at the school office to speak with Mrs Banks (Extra-curricular Administrator).
Mother's Day is this Sunday! - The PTA will again be holding the very popular Mother's Day Sale tomorrow during the school day. If you wish your child to make a purchase, please send them in with money (£4 max) in a named envelope.
World Autism Awareness Day - Don't forget to enter the competition to design a onsie to win some great prizes (deadline Monday 31st March). Click here for entry form. Next Wednesday (Wednesday 2nd April) remember to wear your onsie/pjs and bring in a £1 donation for the National Autistic Society.
Latest Newsletter from Mr Jukes - The March newsletter from Mr Jukes is now available to view under Parents - Newsletters or click here. Please make a note of important dates. These will also be listed in the Important Dates box on the right.
Tuesday 25th March 2014
||New Phone Number - Update your contact list now with the new GFS phone number 01727 890440.
Music Recital with Mrs Trentham - If you child would like to take part in the school music recital this Friday, please let the school office know as soon as possible. For more information, please click here.
Wednesday 19th March 2014
Parent Forum - Thank you to everyone who attended the Parent Forum last night with Joanne George. If you were unable to attend, please visit the Parent Forum page on the website where you can view the presentation used last night.
Keep up-to-date - With a busy couple of weeks ahead, don't forget to keep up-to-date by checking the website, Blogs, and Twitter on a regular basis. On the website we have the main activities listed under Important Dates on the right and sports fixtures are listed on the Sports Blog. We have also started to list some Easter Holiday activities (under Important Dates) for those of you looking for activities and clubs over the Easter holidays. If you have any queries, please contact the school office.
Monday 17th March 2014
Home Learning Grids - The latest home learning grids are available on the website under Our School - Curriculum.
Parent Forum - The parent forum will be held tomorrow at 7.30pm. The topic will be "More-able Provision & Thinking Skills". All parents are welcome to attend.
Easter Holiday Activities and Clubs - Please take a look at the activities and clubs available for the Easter break (under Important Dates on the right). We will be adding to this list as and when we get further details.
Tuesday 11th March 2014
GFS Proposed Expansion - If you wish to make any comments, please note that public consultation closes on TOMORROW (Wednesday 12th March). If you require further information, please visit the GFS Proposed Expansion page. The consultation feedback form is available online here.
||Junior Leadership Team (JLT) at the Commonwealth Day Celebrations - Each year, The Queen attends the Commonwealth Day celebrations in London. Since 1977, Commonwealth Day has been celebrated throughout the Commonwealth on the second Monday in March. Yesterday our JLT members from Years 3 to 5 represented the school at the Commonwealth Day Ceremony in St Albans with the Mayor. To see pictures, please visit the Gallery page.
Tuesday 4th March 2014
Pastoral Support - We have a new Pastoral Care page on the website. If you would like to contact Mrs Robbins (our Pastoral Care Leader), please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA Events - There are lots of exciting PTA fundraising events coming up including children's disco, cake sales, parent's disco, and more! Please support our PTA events as much as you can to help raise money for your child's school. Some fundraising initiatives do not even require you to spend any of your hard earned cash (for example, see the Easy Fundraising information below). For more information, visit the PTA page and don't forget to keep an eye on the Important Dates box on the right where you will find links to forms and further information.
Raising Money for GFS - If you shop online, why not raise money for Garden Fields School. It won't cost you a penny and all it means is an extra couple of clicks before you visit your normal online retailer in the usual way. There are over 2000 retailers (such as M&S, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and HMV) and you can earn the school up to 15% every time you shop. Click the link above to see how easy it is to register and start raising money! Click here for a quick guide.
Wednesday 26th February 2014
GFS Proposed Expansion - If you wish to make any comments, please note that public consultation closes on Wednesday 12th March. If you require further information, please visit the GFS Proposed Expansion page. The consultation feedback form is available online here.
Latest Newsletter from Mr Jukes - The February newsletter from Mr Jukes is now available to view under Parents - Newsletters or click here. Please make a note of important dates. These will also be listed in the Important Dates box on the right.
Monday 10th February 2014
Open Classroom Afternoon - The children in EYFS, Years 1, 2 & 3 would like to invite you to visit their classrooms so they can share their topic work with you this week. Please see the important dates box (on the right for dates/times). Please enter the school via the school office before going to the classroom and leave buggies outside.
||Understanding Boys Workshop - Is your son between 5 and 11 years old?
Would you like to know how his mind works and why he behaves the way he does? Book your place now on the Understanding Boys parenting workshop on Wednesday 12th March 2014,
9.30am to 11.30am at
Mandeville School. Click here for further information.
Friday 7th February 2014
Term Dates - Please check the Dates page for the most up to date term dates, inset days and occasional days before booking family holidays. Approved absence will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Please refer to the Attendance Policy on the Policy page for further information and contact the school office if you have any queries.
Thursday 6th February 2014
Please volunteer to help the PTA - The PTA will be selling hot and cold refreshments during after-school
football on Wednesday afternoons from
Wednesday 26th February. This can only go ahead if we get enough volunteers so please help if you can. You can sign up online now through PTAsocial. To keep up to date with all the PTA events, please visit the PTA page.
Sports Fixtures - If your child plays in a school team, please remember to check the Sports Blog Fixtures page regularly. The fixtures calendar has now been updated for February to April. Click here for the Blogs page.
Wednesday 29th January 2014
Latest Newsletter from Mr Jukes - The January newsletter from Mr Jukes is now available to view under Parents - Newsletters or click here. Please make a note of important dates. These will also be listed in the Important Dates box on the right.
Swim Gala Details - If your child (Year 6 and 5) was given a green swim gala letter, please note the correct dates for the trials are Tuesday 25th February for girls and Wednesday 26th February for boys. Click here for a printable copy of the letter.
Half Term Holiday Activities - The Garden Fields Sports Camp is taking place again this half term on Monday 17th February (8.45am-3pm). Spaces are limited so take a look and book now! For other half term holiday activities, please see the list in the Important Dates box on the right.
Monday 27th January 2014
St Albans Film Festival Young Film Makers Competition - Last week a representative from the St Albans Film Festival came in to talk the children about the 2014 St Albans Film Festival which takes place between the 1st and 4th May this year. The children were invited to enter the competition for Young Film Makers by producing their own film. Please click here for more information about the Film Festival and details on how to submit your entries. The closing date for children's entries is Saturday 1st March.
Friday 24th January 2014
Proposal to Expand Garden Fields School - All documentation relating to the proposed expansion of our school will be added to the website on the GFS Proposed Expansion page (see also the link at the top of the page). Please note the consultation period will end on 12th March and you can put your views to Herts County Council by following links on the GFS Proposed Expansion page.
||Latest Newsletter from the PTA - You can now find the latest newsletter from the PTA by clicking here or by visiting the PTA page. Please take time to read and make a note of the great events coming up this year. Please also take a look at the Matched Giving document to help us to maximise our fundraising efforts.
Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Curriculum Documents - Thank you to all the parents who attended the curriculum meetings recently. We hope you found them useful. If you have any queries about any aspect of the curriculum please speak with your class teacher or make an appointment to see Mr Jukes. Please visit the Curriculum page (found under the Our School link) to access copies of the year group newsletters, home learning grids, and MTPs (medium term plans) for each year group.
Monday 20th January 2014
Spring Term Challenge 2014 - Don't forget to get your entries in for the Spring Term Challenge by the end of this week (Friday 24th January). For children in KS2 you have been given the challenge to design the front cover for the home-learning diary and for children in KS1 the home-school book. All children will have been given an entry form but you can also see a copy here. Good luck!
Curriculum Workshop Reminder - Parents with children in Years 4, 5 & 6 are invited to the curriculum workshop tomorrow evening at 7.30pm in the school hall. There is no need to book, just turn up.
Wednesday 15th January 2014
Stay up-to-date - Don't forget to check your Year Group blogs to get a taste of what your children have been up to at school. We also now have a new blog for the intervention group "Fine Motor Skills" run by Mrs Hall so if your child takes part in this group you can keep up to date with their activities. The Sports blog is also updated regularly by Mrs Banks and Mrs Johnson. If your child represents the school in any sport, please keep a regular eye on the Fixtures Calendar (there is a link at the top of the Sports blog). We also have a list of Important Dates (on the right of this page) which also provides links to the relevant forms and further information. If you are a Twitter user don't forget to follow @gfs_stalbans. If you don't have a Twitter account, you can still follow the tweets in the Twitter box on the right of this page. We also have a Facebook page Garden Fields JMI school.
Tuesday 14th January 2014
Extra Curricular Activities Update - There is still one more space on the recorder club (Year 2) at 12.30-1pm on Fridays. Please visit the Extra Curricular club page for the booking form and further details. We are also currently organising recorder club for other year groups. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to Wind Band with Mrs Grant. This has proved to be a very popular club. If your child plays a wind instrument and is interested in this club (Monday mornings), please find details on the Extra Curricular page. Unfortunately, this term we have had to cancel Pop Dance and Wild Child Fashion due to lack of interest. Please remember that clubs can only run if parents return form/payment by the date specified. If you have any feedback or queries, please contact Mrs Banks (Sports and Clubs Manager). You can send an email to email@example.com or contact her via the school office on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Tuesday 7th January 2014
Extra Curricular Activities - Please check the extra curricular table (and the individual booking forms) for start dates for extra curricular clubs. Click here for the Extra Curricular page.
Curriculum Workshops for Parents - We will be holding our termly curriculum workshops from next week. The focus will be the Home Learning Policy and the teaching of Mathematics in school and how you can support at home. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. The workshops will take place in the GFS Hall at 7:30pm and are anticipated to last for 1 hour. There is no need to book a place.
Tuesday 14th January - EYFS & Year 1
Wednesday 15th January - Years 2 & 3
Tuesday 21st January - Years 4,5 & 6
School Lunch Form and Mid Morning Break Service - Please ensure your payments for school lunches are up to date and you have returned the form for the Spring Term. You can download/print a copy of the form by visiting the Lunch/Milk/Fruit page or click here. Our KS2 Mid Morning Break Service will start week commencing 13th January 2014. Vouchers can be purchased now through WisePay or via the school office in January. Please return the form to the school office.