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19th May 2017

 

One of the best things about my job is that every day is different. This week was no exception. I enjoyed spending time with Year 6 on their residential and it was just lovely to see them enjoy spending time outside of school life, having fun, singing songs, climbing walls, and just enjoying being together. It made me think about them coming to the end of their primary school experience and although they have lots of exciting things to look forward to after half term, life gets a bit more serious for them as they embark on the next stage of their education in secondary school.

 

I also enjoyed spending time with Year 5 this week, teaching lessons and also, together with Mr Conway, helping them to start preparing for their next school year as leaders of our school with the right behaviour attitude, sense of responsibility and a mutual respect for all.

 

I have also welcomed lots of visitors to the school this week, as I do often, and walking around the school, there is a sense of pride from the pupils and staff as they show visitors their work or share displays. I feel confident that we are turning a corner and although I have recently reported that our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner wrote a glowing report that we now have an improving school, we are all now beginning to believe it and ensure a positive consistent approach in all we do. 

 

Year 4 represented our school at the Hertsmere School Sports Partnership in the tennis competition this week and enjoyed participating.

 

Our British Values assembly, on Thursday, included a focus on whether or not fidget spinners proved a distraction or a useful tool in the classroom and there was an interesting discussion on other popular fads over the years such as 'slinky' toys and 'tamigotchi pets'!

 

The staff have been busy  preparing for 'Arts Week' next week to end our half term and we would like to invite parents to our 'Art Exhibition' next Friday 25th May after Kabbalat Shabbat.

 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the PTA supper quiz.

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend, Mrs Cohen

 

12th May 2017

Well done to our Year 6 pupils for completing their SATS week in such a mature manner. They are enjoying their surprise trip today. 

The Year 4 football team represented our school in the Maccabi Football tournament this week, making it to the quarter finals! Well done!

The Tzedakah council was re-instated this week and met with Mrs Royle to identify how they can raise money for worthwhile charities.

 

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We have made the decision to ban fidget spinners and any other 'fidget' toys in school. If your child needs strategies to support them to focus in class, please contact a member of our Inclusion team.  

 

Please remember to send your child in to school with a bottle of water and once the weather gets warmer, a sun hat.

Shabbat Shalom

5th May 2017

This week has been a varied week for many of us.

 

 I thoroughly enjoyed my time with year 5 children on their residential. It was just lovely spending time with the children and staff as they enjoyed the outdoor activities(even in the rain!)

The rest of the school participated in some wonderful celebrations for Yom Ha'Atzmaut on Tuesday of this week, enjoying craft, cooking and our traditional Israeli dancing in the playground.

I would like to personally thank the staff that have supported Year 5 on their residential, as well as those people who planned and supported our learning on Tuesday of this week, especially Mrs Yfrah who led Israeli dancing.

 

Those of you who have been checking the website updates will have seen some of the variety of activities that have been taking place, and the enjoyment of all of the pupils.

 

If you haven't already done so please check out your child's class blog page, you will find a range of pictures and images of work, alongside some useful information that will enable you to find out what is going on in their learning.

 

I know for a fact that some pupils have been sharing with you the themes and topics from our Thursday assemblies, these focus on a range of current affairs topics and heavily support in our promotion of British Values. Some of our recent assemblies have discussed life in North Korea, why people run marathons, why so many families have to flee their homes and is the NHS overstretched? Pupils are provided with a range of evidence to consider different factors, and are then given the opportunity to share their own opinion through our interactive display in the corridor. When reflecting on the assembly about life in North Korea, one pupil commented 'I am grateful because I have a choice,' another comment from Sienna stated 'they don't have elections that could be bad for their country,'. The children are really engaging with these assemblies, and it would be great for you to ask them about the topics and discuss it with them each week.

 

We would like to invite parents to our next coffee 'afternoon' on Friday 26th May at 2pm, where the focus of our informal meeting will be 'The Jewish Life and Learning of our school'.

 

We welcomed our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner to the school last week and were delighted to read her most recent report. She has supported us with the many developments that have been made recently and commented that 'This is now a rapidly improving school. Pupils' personal development, behaviour and welfare is now good and the quality of the leadership and management is also good.' Whilst this feedback recognises the fantastic efforts of our community to continue moving our school forwards, like us, she recognises that there is still further improvements to be made to ensure that this is a 'good' school. I would like to personally thank all members of the staff team for their hard work and unrelenting support.

 

I would like to wish our Year 6 pupils lots of luck with their SATS next week. We are sure they will do us all proud!

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

PS Please can you leave fidget spinners at home unless your class teacher have agreed they can be brought in to school.

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Welcome to my blog! I hope to update you regularly on our news each week using this blog. We will still be producing Clore Chronicles, but that will be on a termly basis.

 

I hope you enjoy using our new school website. Have a look at all the class blogs to see what we have been up to. 

 

It has been a very exciting first week of the new summer term. Every class, from Nursery to Year 6 have been inspired to write, by reading the book 'Chalk' by Bill Thomson. Please click on the link below if you would like to buy your copy of the book. The pupils have written their own versions of the story, newspaper articles and even created freeze framed films (see Year 4 blog).

 

This week, the teachers all had training from Mr Conway on how to write their own class blogs and we are already so impressed at how creative they have been.  We have great plans for the blogs and would welcome suggestions from the children and parents about what they would like to see.

 

Children have enjoyed attending our breakfast club and we are pleased to have been able to offer families this provision, as requested.

 

We are delighted to announce our new Headboy and Headgirl, Micky Boyne and Keira Hyman.  They were selected because we all felt they were excellent role models, make good use of every opportunity that is presented to them and would be good ambassadors for our school. Huge 'Mazel Tov' to them and their families for this honour. Congratulations must also go to the Deputy Headboy and Deputy Headgirl and all the house captains (see news).

 

Next week I am looking forward to joining Year 5 on their residential and leave the school in the very capable hands of Mr Conway!

 

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, Shabbat Shalom!

 

Mrs Cohen

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