Welcome to Abel Smith School!
Please ensure your child is suitably dressed for school with a warm coat and sturdy shoes. Whatever, the weather I will endeavour to keep the school open. The deciding factor is ensuring the site is safe for staff and pupils. Given the unique nature of our position Abel Smith does not lend itself to easy access in heavy snow. In the event of a school closure please remember the following:
Check www.hertsdirect.org and listen to the 2 local radio stations
(BBC 3 Counties and Heart 101.7)
A text will also be sent from the school office and notification will be on our school website.
We participated in a Youth Conference with the theme of Collaboration, held at St Joseph’s in the Park School. There were both primary and secondary schools there. We presented a short talk on how the School Council collaborates with all members of the Abel Smith community. It was great to hear what other schools were doing too. Why not ask us about it?
We are 101st in the Country!
This week in The Sunday Times, Abel Smith school has been ranked 101st in a list of the top state primary schools in the country. The three English scores received in KS2 were averaged and added to the maths results from Key Stage 2 SATs to produce this ranking. Wow! What an achievement to be proud of.
A huge well done to the children, parents and staff of Abel Smith School.
Poppies and Poetry Day
What a fabulous week we had last week at Abel Smith. As an extra special celebration of the centenary of World War 1, Abel Smith held a poppies and Poetry day.
The children spent the day learning about remembrance, and considered the sacrifice that thousands of men and women I the armed forces have made throughout WW1, WW2 and in more recent wars. The children spent the day learning about the wars, writing poetry and creating model poppies. A big thank you to all the parents for taking the time to create such wonderful costumes. All donations will be given to 'Help for Heroes'.
Anti - Bullying Week
This week at Abel Smith we have been learning about anti - bullying. Each class has focused on anti - bullying during their Literacy lessons, alongside their normal SMSC lessons. The school council has been promoting anti - bullying week by selling 'Abel Smith says No to Bullying' wristbands. We have been selling these wristbands to raise money for ChildLine. ChildLine is the UK’s free, confidential helpline dedicated to children and young people. A big thank you to the parents for all of their support!
Hertford Book Festival
We were lucky enough again this year, to celebrate the Hertford Book Festival. Reception walked up to the Hertford Theatre for an author visit with the talented Emma Chichester whilst Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 enjoyed a fantastic visit from the wonderful James Mayhew. All of the children and staff watched astonished, as James told us a wonderful story and created a picture (whilst drawing upside down!) for us all to illustrate.
The children were truly awe - inspired and many children left school that day with brilliant ideas for writing stories! Do you have any stories that your child has created at home? If so, please do ask your child to bring them into school and share them with us! A big thank you to Mrs Hodge for organising these wonderful events!
On Monday, the children participated in a wonderful Harvest Festival at all Saints Church. Our children performed variety of songs including 'Autumn Days', and 'Harvest Samba'. Each class in KS1 and KS2 performed a song or scene linked to harvest.
Year 1 performed a lovely bread poem whilst Year 2 performed 'Farmer Farmer'. After some more beautiful singing the Years 3, 4, and 5 performed their parts whilst Year 6 provided the link scenes. Year 3 did a fabulous job of acting out the story 'The Enormous Turnip'; Year 4 performed 'The Harvest ABC' and Year 5 told us the story of Nyipock the Baker from Sudan.
Of course, all of our Harvest Gifts will be donated to the Hertford Food Bank.
The Hertford Foodbank has been established under the auspices of Hertford and District
Churches Together Forum. The objective of the Hertford Foodbank is to provide for local people who have no financial safety net when a sudden crisis such as benefit delay, redundancy, illness or
bereavement can lead to a person being unable to feed themselves or their family. A big thank you to all of our parents and friends from giving so generously towards this worthy charity.
On first glance, it looks like we have raised over 300 pounds for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children and Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to all the parents for putting so much effort into creating wonderful costumes and supporting the school in their fundraising efforts. We are truly grateful for your continued support and encouragement.
Wow! What a dahlicious day we have had at Abel Smith today! We were dazzled by an array of costumes this morning as the children arrived in a sea of yellow and Roald Dahl costumes. The children participated in an array of wonderful Roald Dahl related activities in class. At the end of the day, each child shared what they had learnt over the day in a lovely assembly led by Mrs Langan. Year 6 shared their own chapters of 'Boy'; Year 5 told us so fantastic facts about Roald Dahl; Year 4 taught us how to recognise a witch; Year 3 re-enacted a court room scenario and decided how Fantastic Mr Fox should be punished for his crimes; Year 2 shared some pranksand Year 1 read an extract from George's Marvellous Medicine.
Wow! We can barely believe our eyes!
What a fantastic display of wonderful summer work we have seen today as part of our Summer Spectacular competition. There were beautifully written summer diaries, some very creative art work and photographs, a plethora of very funnily shaped vegetables and much, much more!
Myself and Miss Abel Smith had a wonderful time judging the children's work today but of course the children are all winners in our eyes. Well done the children of Abel Smith School! See below for some fantastic photos!
Latest School Events Events
- Christmas Service18Dec2014
13:30 pm - 14:30 pm @ All Saints Church
- Christmas Holidays19Dec2014
- End of Autumn Term19Dec2014
School finishes at 2pm
- Children Return to School06Jan2015
08:55 am - 15:15 pm
- Movie Night30Jan2015