NEWS

House Competitions

Dear GFS pupils,
The house captains have organised two competitions for pupils to take part in.

Cake competition
The first is cake decorating. The theme is Christmas/winter and the house captains will judge them by design. The cakes have to be delivered to the breakout space on Friday 30th November by 9:00. You must clearly show your name, house and year on a piece of paper next to your cake.
Please remember that there must be no nuts or fresh cream in your cake!
There will be a winner from each house and they will get a small prize. In addition, there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners. If you come 1st you get 30 points given to your house, 2nd place wins 20 points and 3rd wins 10. Everyone who enters will be awarded 5 merits. All cakes will be sold at the Christmas fair the following day.

Motto competition
The second competition is to create a motto for your house. All entries will be displayed around the school and there will be a winner from each year group. Write your name, class and house clearly on it. Then the house captains will decide on a winner from each house. Everyone who enters will receive 3 merits. The deadline is the 14th December the overall winner will receive 10 merits for their houses and their entry will be shown in assembly. If you have completed your entry please give it to one of the house captains (or hand to the school office).

Yours sincerely,
The house captains

Harpenden: Grace G and Louis H
Townsend: Lucas H and Livia Z
Waverley: Sophie W and Jack L
Batchwood: Lily A and Reuben H

Before and After School Club – information evening

We are setting up our own breakfast and after school club, run by our former Nurture leader Mrs Howe, on our own school site, from January 2019.

We have already received lots of expressions of interest!

Initially the club will serve around 30 Garden Fields School children, but ultimately from September 2019, we aim to serve a much larger number.

The breakfast club will run from 7.30 a.m. until the start of the school day and a daily session will cost £6.

The after school club will run from the end of the school day until 6.00 p.m. and each session will cost £11.

The children can still attend other before and after school clubs and will be collected from clubs by our breakfast and after school club team.

If you are interested then please contact us at the following email address: 
baasclub@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk

Poppy Project – Remembrance TODAY

All parents and carers are welcome to join us for a short remembrance ceremony at 2:40pm this afternoon. Please enter school via the Townsend Drive entrance. Children will return to classrooms after the ceremony for usual collection at 3:15pm.

JLT – Children in Need

The school will again be supporting Children in Need. Children who wish to can bring a donation towards the charity (suggested donation £1) however there is no obligation to do so. ALL monies will go to Children in Need.

Children (and staff!) are invited to WEAR SPOTS!
– they do not need to be in school uniform but should have appropriate footwear e.g. school shoes or trainers
– NO face-paint, tattoo’s etc
– please remember that children still go out at play times and need to be warm!

Poppy Project

Update – 9 November 2018
– please enter school through the Townsend Drive entrance (the Batchwood Drive gate will be locked)
– children will go back to classes after the ceremony for 3:15pm collection as usual

Our poppy project is complete with children in our upper juniors helping to make large scale poppies to adorn the front fence adjacent to the upper school car park.

The project was undertaken to mark the centenary year of the end of the First World War. It also reflects the poppies on our school logo.

We are very grateful to our PTA for paying towards the project and for the support of local artist, Michelle Dibden, in making them.

We are having a small remembrance gathering, outside of the school, just in front of the poppies and parents are able to attend and watch. 

If you have any notes, photos, messages to remember any service men or women from any campaign and you would like us to put them up as part of the proceedings then we would be very happy to do so.
Please name them on the back with your child’s class name and we will display them.

Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available to view HERE. We wish all our families a restful half term.

Parenting Courses

We have been advised of a number of new parenting courses which may be of interest to some of our families. Please click HERE to be taken to the PARENTS CLASSES AND CLUBS page for more information.

Attendance

All parents have been sent an email today detailing expectations around attendance. The policy can be found on the POLICY page.

New Lunch Menu

The school lunch menu will be changing after half term. Children will be bringing home a copy of the new menu this week. Please let us know if you would like to change your child’s meal pattern as a result of this change. A copy of the new menu can be found under the Lunch, Milk & Fruit tab.

EYFS, Yrs 1-5 Flu Vaccination

Children in EYFS, Yrs1-5 are being offered the flu vaccination. It is given during school time. Children will be bringing home a consent form. Please return this form to the school office by FRIDAY 19 October. Vaccinations will be given in school time in early December.

PTA Uniform Sale

The PTA will be holding a uniform sale after school today (Monday 1 October), Wednesday 3 October (after school) and Thursday and Friday morning. All items are £1, except GFS coats which are £5.

EYFS – RWI Presentation

This morning we held a RWI presentation for parents. Please click HERE for a copy of the presentation. A copy can also be found on the EYFS blog under ‘letters and links’ in the top right hand corner.

Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is ready to view. Please click HERE. Wishing all our families a restful weekend.

Young Saints

We are delighted to be able to support the Young Saints initiative which is a ‘supporters club for primary aged children. Further details can be found HERE. Application forms can be obtained from the school office. Applications should be made by Friday 5 October.

Poppy Project!

Years 5 & 6 will be working on a project to produce an art installation to commemorate the WW1 Centenary. We need 4,000 clean plastic lids or caps of any size in RED, PURPLE, ORANGE or BLACK by Friday 12 October 2018. Please leave in the box in the school foyer.

We also need to borrow 10 cordless drills with a size 2 (magnetic) pozi drive bit and spare battery with charger on 22 and 26 October – please let us know if you can help – thank you.

Finally, we would welcome parent volunteers from Y5 & 6 to support the project on 15, 22 and 26 October. Please let us know if you can help. Thank you.

LETTER – PDF

Harvest Festival

We are celebrating Harvest in school on Friday 28 September 2018. Children in Y1-6 will have a special assembly. Children in EYFS will be exploring the meaning of harvest through a number of planned activities over the coming weeks.

We are supporting the St Albans and Harpenden Food Bank again this year and would welcome donations from all families to support them.

Further information can be found on the whole school calendar.

Harvest Fesitval

We are celebrating Harvest in school today. Children in Y1-6 will have a special assembly today. Children in EYFS will be exploring the meaning of harvest through a number of planned activities over the coming weeks. 

We are supporting the St Albans and Harpenden Food Bank again this year and would welcome donations from all families to support them.

Letter – PDF – further details from school
Flyer – PDF – St Albans and Harpenden Food Bank – more information and other ways to help

Photographs

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.

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