Our EYFS children has their individual photographs taken yesterday. They also had photographs taken with their siblings. The remainder of the school, Y1-6, will have their photos (individual and siblings) taken on Monday 22 October.

Wellbeing Village

There is a Wellbeing Village at STAGS on Thursday 18 October. It is a gathering of professionals dedicated to providing wellbeing and mental health support to families. Further details can be found HERE.

PTA Circus Friday 14 September

Who’s ready for the circus?! The Baby Big Top is up! Most of the children will have had the workshops today, with the others following tomorrow…..and then the professionals will show us how it’s done!

We have only a handful of tickets left for the final show at 6:15pm so if you’d like to join us, please email asap.

No matter when your show is, come along and enjoy the whole afternoon. There will be hot dogs (£2 – with GF & Veggie options), refreshments, candy floss, popcorn to purchase – and we’ve ordered commemorative rock customised with ‘GFS Circus 2018’ (I don’t like sweet things but I’m unnaturally excited about this one!)

AND we have mini FERRIS WHEEL and TEA CUP rides (£2 per go) and there will be another amusement game – ‘ring the bell, get a prize’! Face paintingglitter tattoos, tight-rope walking – lots of things!

Our amazing Miss Wray has kindly organised GFS choir to sing at the end of each show and she will have been in touch with you about this if your child attends choir (they’ll sing at the end of whatever show they’re going to).

Weather is to be good (I’ve been watching the extended forecast since July – so sad) and we’re going to have such an amazing time! What a way to kick off a new school year! It’s all about making memories.

By the end of this afternoon, short volunteer slots will be up on PTAsocial so if you can spare time to help out on something, PLEASE do!! It’s a big event and we can’t run it without our rather special GFS family.

I have a spreadsheet with everyone’s ticket numbers listed but do please remember to bring yours as it will speed up the queue.

And if you haven’t yet joined our informal closed FB group, you can here!

Really looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!


A warm welcome to all our families this year! Our first newsletter is available to view HERE!

Thank You!

We would like to say a big thank you for your kind messages, cards and gifts at the end of this academic year. We are overwhelmed by your generosity. We also say an incredibly fond ‘farewell and good luck’ to our Y6 leavers today – we will miss you! Happy Summer everyone.

Kate Wilkinson

Today we remember our ex-colleague, ex-parent, ex-governor and friend Kate who we say goodbye to today. We recall her smile, laughter, friendship, support, guidance and sense of fun. We send our love to her family.

WAVERLEY House Winners!!

Well done to every student who worked so hard to earn points for their house this year. We are very proud of you all!
A special well done to children in Waverley who are house winners this year! Non-uniform and special treat for all children in Waverley House on Monday 16 July.


Our latest newsletter is available to view HERE. Please take time to read it to find out more about the exciting activities that have been taking place in school!

PTA International Food Festival

After the success of last year’s first annual International Food Festival, the PTA and I are thrilled to announce the return of the festival on Friday 29th June. Put this date in your diary!

This year, the festival will be bigger and better!  The children and their families will have the chance to embrace the cultural diversity we are lucky to have at Garden Fields. On the day, we’d offer everyone the chance to taste dishes made from countries all over world, represented at school! Along with storytelling and traditional music for an inspiring afternoon!

And that’s where you come in! If you would like to be involved, we are looking for people to cook a typical dish or dishes from your heritage, bring it along to school on the Friday and serve a small ‘taster sample’ first to the children before school ends and then for families to try at the end of school.

Last year, it was just amazing seeing parents from all backgrounds come proudly together to celebrate our various cultures through the enjoyment of food.  The children, families and the teachers were buzzing with excitement and it was just the best afternoon!

if you would like to cook a dish to share and serve on the day, please email with information on your proposed dishes, by Friday 15th June.

We do need to know in advance who is able to cook so we can set up accordingly – we can’t accept recipes on the day.

If you have any questions you can either contact the PTA at the above email or Eliza at

Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

PTA St Albans Fun Run

A big well done and thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s fun run! Fantastic effort!

Unfortunately we didn’t win any school prize this year, but thank you so much to our wonderful marshals for your help with the 5K run! Special thanks to Suzie, Rich, Zachary and Oliver Hawkes, Kate, Lyla and Sam Cohen, Nicola, Eva and Lauren Fewkes, Eva, Pavel, Daniel, Martin and David Novotny, Richard Johnson and Duncan, Holly and Samuel Brooks for coming out early this morning and cheering the runners on! Thanks also for being great sports and fingers crossed we win something for the best marshal selfie as well as getting a few hundred pounds for marshalling!

We know quite a few people were disappointed not to be able to take part this year as the fun run sold out early, so do put next year’s date for the run in your diary now! It’ll be on 9th June 2019. We’ll let everyone know when registration opens and there’ll be lots of reminders throughout the year, as well as opportunities to sign up at various school events.

Class Photographs

With the exception of parents of children in Y6, all parents should have received a photograph proof for their child’s class photograph. We have asked, if possible, for delivery before the end of term. Please return your order to the school office by Thursday 14 June. You are able to order directly to Tempest Photography after this date but will incur a £5 postage fee. Year 6 children will receive their proofs on Monday 11 June.


If your child suffers from hayfever then please give them appropriate medicine before school. If you would prefer that they do not go on the school field during lunchtimes in the Summer term then please complete this FORM.


A huge thank you to Carlee and the PTA for an outstanding fundraising afternoon. An incredible £10,124 was raised! Click HERE to find out more!

Children’s Fair – 25 May 2018

As part of their Young Enterprise Week children in Y6 will be raising monies for their year end trip!

They will be holding a Children’s Fair, during school time, on Friday 25 May. Please allow your child to bring up to £3 in small change, to spend at the fair. Monies should be in a named envelope or purse.

Please note that different classes will visit the fair at different times – please therefore do not bring in monies during the school day as your child’s class may have already visited. Thank you.

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