NEWS

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.

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 pta@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk 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! https://www.facebook.com/groups/296209680916758/

Really looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Newsletter

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.

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