PTA – Camp out

Book your pitch to join us on Saturday 8th July (3pm) until Sunday 9th July (11am) – or if you don’t wish to camp, why not book a ‘stay & play’ where you can join in the fun until 10pm and then go home to a comfy bed! It is great fun – and we always have an amazing evening!

For either camping or ‘stay & play’, please complete the booking form (click HERE or from the school foyer). Don’t forget to add your food order if you wish to have supper on Saturday evening (campers and ‘stay & play’) and your breakfast order (campers only) for Sunday morning. Return to the red PTA post box beside the school office by Wednesday 28th June (i.e. next Wednesday). Cheques made payable to Garden Fields School Association.

PTA – MERAKI Festival – School Discount

MERAKI is St Albans own 3-day Festival taking place 11th – 13th August at Hertfordshire County Show Grounds.

A raft of artists are lined up to play including Tony Hadley, Belinda Carlisle, Jason Donovan, Rebecca Ferguson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Lemar, Bonnie Tyler and more. The festival has a strong community and family focus with a family camping field and a whole range of activities to keep everyone happy – including a ‘mummy’s wine bar’ in the field and a spa! And there will be a climbing wall, gaming field, virtual reality section, laser tag to name a few…..with everything inlcuded in the price of your ticket. Garden Fields is an official partner and we have been offered a 10% discount on all tickets purchased for the festival. Whether you’re coming to the Camp Out or not, visit and use the following online discount code to purchase Individual, Family, Full Day, Evening, Weekend or VIP tickets: GFPTA. In addition, we will receive 4% of all tickets sold using this code (cannot be used retrospectively). You’ll have had a Meraki leaflet included in the May Fair brochures that were went home with the children. See events for the flyer.

PTA – Silent Auction – Last Chance!

We have a few Silent Auction items from the May Fair that are, for one reason or another, up for grabs again! Don’t miss out! Details are below. If you are interested in any item, please email your HIGHEST bid to by this Friday 23rd June, 7pm. PLEASE only place a bid if you are definitely going to take and pay for the item. Payment due by Wednesday 28th June.

Arsenal Tickets x2
Two tickets to an Arsenal Premiere League Fixture 2017/18 (subject to availability). Plus a signed team photograph. Worth £150 min. The winning bid at the Fair was £205 – we’d be grateful if someone could meet or better this bid.

YOPA Estate Agent Selling Fee
YOPA have donated their estate agent fee for selling your home to the PTA – their fixed fee is normally £839. If you’re selling your home in the next 3 months, you could choose to make a donation to PTA funds – and save a whole lot of cash on estate agent fees! For more information on how YOPA can help you, visit

Fluxus Boot Camp for you and a friend
One month of Fluxus Boot Camp for you and a friend! We have four sets of Boot Camp lots for you to bid on. Prize includes:

  • 3-4 training sessions per week
  • Highfield Park, St Albans
  • Mon, Wed, Fri 06:15, 09:30, 18:30 / Tues & Thurs 06:15 / Sat 08:30
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Friendly, supportive environment

More information can be found at you have any queries, contact Happy bidding and good luck!

PTA St Albans Fun Run

Thank you to families who participated in the fun run on 11 June. We won the ‘Most Improved’ number of children registered! £150 prize!

Milk – Autumn Term

If you would like your child to have milk in school in the Autumn term you need to order by 30 June. Please use the SchoolGateway to make payment. Thank you.

Governor Day – be involved!

At Garden Fields we have termly ‘Governor Days’, during which governors and selected staff look at various aspects of the school’s work. As part of this term’s Governor Day on Thursday 15 June, we would like to invite up to 30 parents who might like to find out a bit more about our strategic plan and also have an opportunity to meet some of our governors. This will take place in Avon Classroom from 2:15pm until the end of the school day.
If you are interested then please contact the school office. The first 30 respondents will be invited but any others who are not successful and would like to have come, will be given first priority at my next session for parents in the autumn term.



HAND News is a newsletter for Parents and Carers of children with additional needs. Click HERE for the latest news. The link to this site together with other useful sites can be found on our SEN page.

PTA May Fair – WOW!

We would like to extend a massive thank you to every member of the Garden Fields community who contributed to an amazing school fair! An outstanding £9,200 was raised! To find out more click HERE.

PTA Silent Auction – ACT NOW!

We have a wonderfully diverse selection of lots available to bid for in our silent auction. You can bid online until 7pm on Friday 19 May or in person at our May Fair on Saturday. Click HERE for more information.

Parent Course – Gender

There is a briefing for parents and carers about ‘Understanding 21st century approaches to gender in schools’ on Wednesday 21 June at 7pm at Oakwood School. Details can be found HERE.

PTA – Help Needed 5 May

The PTA need some help please on Friday 5 May to set up the large marquee etc. Please email if you are able to spare some time. Thank you.

PTA St Albans Half Marathon

Your PTA are setting you a challenge! … sign up for this year’s ‘Primary School Challenge’ fun run as part of St Albans Half-Marathon on Sunday 11th June! For the last few years Bernards Heath has had the highest percentage of pupils entered. For Garden Fields to win this year, we would need to register 190 children – I’m quite certain Garden Fields has what it takes to win this year!

Full details can be found HERE or on the school calendar. Don’t worry if you don’t normally run – it’s only 1.5K around the park and you can walk if you wish. It’s a fun family morning with a great community spirit. In addition to the fun run there will inflatables, a mini tennis court, football challenges, crafts area, face painting, our local ‘fit for sport’ will be there getting the kids involved….all free.

Please read the letter and sign up online! Don’t forget to input ‘Garden Fields JMI School’ for each child!

Parent Courses

We have added details of some free new courses available to parents on our Parent Classes page on the website! They cover a variety of topics including Gender, Autism and Teens.

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