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Guide Dogs Day

Wow, what a day we have had! The children enjoyed learning about the Guide Dogs UK charity and the work they do, as well as meeting Carl, a training Guide Dog. 

A HUGE thank you to Helena Gibbons for bringing Carl into Abel Smith and teaching us all about Guide Dogs and how they help hundreds of people who are blind or partially sighted.

Thank you for joining in the spirit of fundraising and dressing in non-uniform today. You have all helped me to be nearer to my target of £2000 and helped this fantastic charity to breed more dogs to be trained to help. Thanks again, Mrs Oakenfull.


Legends Tennis

This week Legends Tennis came into school to give Reception and Year 1 a tennis lesson. It was fantastic fun and a great introduction to this sport. Many of the children were so enthralled by the session they wanted to continue their session again.


Comments from Reception and Year 1 were: ‘Brilliant’, ‘Fantastic’, ‘Great fun’!




Head’s Coffee Morning and Evening

23 families were represented over the two events. Parents were given an opportunity to feedback their thoughts on the reporting system we have in school.


A Visit from Miss Abel Smith


A highlight so far this term was Miss Abel Smith’s visit, our Vice Chair of Governors who has a long association with our school. She is currently very busy organising an exhibition at Ware Museum. Called ‘Place House and the Blue Coat School’, it draws together interesting information and artefacts about a key time in the history of education in our area. Starting at Christ’s Hospital in London, established 1552, the exhibition shows how the care provided at the hospital for homeless boys and girls was both medical and academic; it was a school and hospital. By the late 17th Century some children had been moved to Hertford, Ware (Place House in Blue Coat Yard) and Hoddesdon. Then 1682, a school was built at the east end of Fore Street and education was firmly established in our area. The book Miss Abel Smith shared with the children was written by one of the Masters of Christ’s Hospital to help the children learn how to write.





Welcome Back


Welcome back to Abel Smith after what I am sure has been an enjoyable Christmas and New Year for you all!


The children have all settled back into school life and are enjoying their lessons in school. Please note that the KS1 and KS2 school day has now changed to the following timetable:


 Doors open for Registration                         08:55


Booster Session                                          09:05 - 09:30



Teaching Session                                        09:30 - 10:30




Mid Morning Break                                     10:30 - 10:45




Teaching Session                                        10:45 – 12:00




Lunch Break                                              12:00- 13:00



Teaching Session                                       13.00– 15.15




Afternoon Break                                       KS1 only 14.40-                                                                                                   14.50



Assembly                                                    14:50 - 15:10



Home time                                               15.15




Nursery                                                    08.55 – 12.00



Happy Christmas Everyone!!


As the term draws to a close, we cannot believe how quickly Autumn Term 2014 has flown by! The children have seen,  achieved and celebrated so much this year, from Harvest celebrations, Christmas plays, a Christmas service, Poppies and Poetry day, mini marathons, visits to see firemen, the theatre, panto, music festivals, book festivals, many postcards, amazing work and much, much more!!

We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, enjoy a well - deserved break with your familes, and a happy new year!!

Best Wishes,

                Mrs Langan and Miss Todd


P.S Check out our lovely rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas - what a way to end the term!!!


Christmas Lunch and Paradise Wildlife


Wow! What an amazing day the children of Abel Smith School have had today! The children all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch today and enjoyed watching The Polar Express on 'the big screen!' Following on from this, Mrs Langan had planned a wonderful surprise - a visit from Paradise Wildlife Park! The children enjoyed looking at different animals including a tenric, ferret and bearded dragon.

Science Day

The children enjoyed a variety of activities for our wonderful Science day. KS1 and EYFS enjoyed a fabulous bubble workshop, whilst Year 3 participated in a 'Body Attack Assault Course'. Year 4 enjoyed a workshop on acids and alkalines and Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed a wonderful Rockets workshop. A big thank you to Mrs Bayliss from Riichard Hale and teachers and students from Presdales for all your help! And of course a big thank you to Mrs Cockley, our Science coordinator for organising the day.



Weather Warning

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.


Youth Conference


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!


Stop Press!!!


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!





Harvest Festival

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.






Dahlicious Day


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.



Summer Spectacular


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

Dance Workshops03Mar2015

@ School Hall

Whole school assembly and dance workshops for all EY/KS1 and KS2

Y6 Crucial Crew04Mar2015

09:30 am - 12:00 pm

World Book Day05Mar2015

Book related activities in class

Sportshall Athletic Competition Finals05Mar2015

16:00 pm - 17:30 pm @ Wodson Park

Y6 Trip to Affinity Water Centre06Mar2015

08:30 am - 15:15 pm

Bring a pack lunch. return at 15:15, traffic permitting.

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