NEWS

Safety

Please remember to stick to the school paths when visiting our school. Some play area surfaces can be very slippery when there is frost. Thank you.

Parenting Courses

We are regularly advised of courses that may be of interest to some of our families. Details can be found on the ‘Parent Classes and Clubs’ page. We have added a number of courses so please take time to look.

Spring Term 2019

We look forward to seeing children in school tomorrow (Tuesday 8 January) morning! Please ensure that your child has their PE kit with them and that all belongings are clearly labelled. There will be a menu change on Tuesday ONLY. The choices will be Lamb Slice, Southern Style Quorn Fillet or Tuna Roll.

Thank you!

Thank you for your kind wishes, cards and gifts this week – we are overwhelmed by your generosity.
We would like to send every single member of the Garden Fields community our best wishes for the festive holidays. We are thinking of you all, especially those whom we know are facing an uncertain time. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 8 January 2019.

Y3-6 Christmas Concerts

We look forward to families joining us for our annual Christmas Concerts. Please see the calendar for the day and time that your child will be going.

Milk – Spring 2019

If you would like your child to have school milk during the Spring term then please order by 18 December. Full details can be found under the ‘Lunch, Milk & Fruit’ tab.

Happiness and Wellbeing Week

Our second Happiness and Wellbeing Week will be held during week commencing 11 February 2019. We are again asking the school community for their support! Please contact us by 20th December if you are able to help and we will get back to you in January!

LETTER

PTA – Christmas Fair

WOW! Thank you to our wonderful PTA for raising £12,500 at the Christmas Fair on Saturday! Thank you also to every parent, carer, member of staff and governor who supported the event in whatever way they could! Thank you!

LETTER

Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available to view on the newsletter page! There is plenty to read about including some Christmas updates, so please take time to read it.

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.

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