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School Term 2016 - 2017
- 19 May 2017
May 19th 2017
This week in school ... The children have enjoyed being creative. They have developed their art skills to generate wonderful pictures that will be shared on Open Evening. Year 6 have enjoyed being active out and about on their bikes. The weather has not been kind but it has not stopped them from learning the important road safely messages that will help them to cycle with care and prevent an accident.
- 12 May 2017
May 12th 2017
This week in school ... A huge congratulations to Year 6 who attacked the their SATs papers this week and did brilliantly. I cannot praise them highly enough for their organisation and determination. The whole school community supported them by being quiet during the tests, and a special mention must go to reception for eating their lunch in silence on Wednesday!
- 19 Apr 2017
April 19th 2017
Dear Parents, Welcome back! The holiday was a lovely break made all the better for the warm, sunny weather and long may it continue as we embrace the summer term. Learning started in earnest today. Year 6 are diligently preparing for their forthcoming SATs tests. Meanwhile the rest of the school is working hard towards their assessments which will take place this half term so that their teachers can identify any significant gaps in their curriculum knowledge and these can be addressed before the children move on to their new class in September.
- 30 Mar 2017
March 30th 2017
This week in school … We were treated to a West End performance of Treasure Island by Year 3 and Year 4 super stars. Their acting was superb, with clear speaking, so that every word of every line could be heard. The music was fun and fantastic. The children performed dance routines that fitted in with the the sea shanty theme. The singing raised the roof and brought a smile to the face of every member of the audience. You could not help but be impressed by the children’s enthusiasm and commitment to a polished performance. Treasure Island was a credit to the Year 3 and Year 4 team of staff and pupils, who worke
- 24 Mar 2017
March 24th 2017
This week in school … We have had many successes. There are too many to share in this newsletter so I will bring all our achievements together in a celebratory end of term newsletter next week. The Charity Committee have been busy and on Friday we met with Loraine from Lozzas Lurcher Rescue to present a cheque for £131.50 which was raised in the autumn term for this worthwhile charity. Every penny will be put towards looking after and rehoming an abandoned lurcher.
- 10 Mar 2017
March 10th 2017
This week in school … Well done to Blue Team who are the Team Point Champions. Window walling has bought different challenges this week but already we can see a big difference in terms of heating (school is like an oven) and asthetics (we look smart). With the new signage gradually being displayed around the building our new logo and our strong brand is becoming established.
- 24 Feb 2017
February 24th 2017
This week in school … Well done to Yellow Team who are the Team Point Champions. Special mention to Year 4 who have been very busy this week. The Speed Stacking Team have got through to the next round of the competition which will take place at Sele School on Monday. In addition, seventeen children performed an amazing dance in the Dance Festival at Hertford Theatre
- 03 Feb 2017
February 3rd 2017
This week in school … There has been a learning focus this week in school. The children in Year 6 have produced some very strong letters to our local council about graffiti. They have used strong language to put their point across and made sure the have written their words in a formal style. The use of rhetorical questions was particularly impressive and hearing them read their letters in assembly makes me think we have some politicians in the making.
- 30 Jan 2017
January 30th 2017
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- 27 Jan 2017
January 27th 2017
This week in school … Reception parents enjoyed coming into school for Stay and Play. They had an opportunity to learn with their child in the classroom environment. Chinese New Year has been a theme throughout the week and the children enjoyed sharing their learning with parents. Families have been really busy and the Charity Committee are very grateful for the many and varied wonderful bakes. The judges were chosen by the Year 6 Representatives and they were Miss Debnam, Mrs Fordham and Mrs Pratt.
- 20 Jan 2017
January 20th 2017
This week in school … Polly from Courtyard Arts has been working with the children to create a magnificent mosiac of our school emblem for our main entrance. Over the coming weeks, our logo will be embedded into signage that will appear around the inside and outside of the school.
- 12 Jan 2017
January 12th 2017
Dear Parents, Welcome back to the start of the spring term. I would like to thank you for your generosity at the end of term. The staff and I were personally very touched by the thoughtful, festive gifts and kind words which made us all feel valued and appreciated.
- 21 Dec 2016
December 21st 2016
Note from Mrs Langan As the end of term draws to a close, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday. The children have all worked very hard and learned a lot so I am sure they will be rewarded with many wonderful, special holiday surprises. Thank you for all your help and support. The time and effort you give to the school in whatever way is greatly appreciated by me and the staff. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. Mrs Langan
- 12 Dec 2016
December 12th 2016
PFA Winter Warmer Friday 16th December Not enough parents have signed-up to run a stall and therefore we need those that can to commit before Wednesday. The sheets will be out in the playground, please do not ignore them and put your name down for a slot. There will be a non-uniform day on Friday. The children can come in home clothes and the PFA ask for a £1 donation. There will be no newsletter today, final newsletter of the term will be next week. A few reminders as we draw towards the end of term. Pantomime on Tuesday 13th December all children must bring a packed lunch to school as the kitchen will be closed. Wednesday 14th December is school uniform but with a Christmas jumper instead of a sweatshirt and Christmas lunch day. Thursday 15th December is our KS2 Christmas Service in All Saints Church at 7pm. And last but not least Friday 16th December is the PFA Christmas Fair.
- 02 Dec 2016
December 2nd 2016
Parent information Reception Parents – It was lovely to see so many of you attend the Stay and Play session and then stay afterwards to share your experiences since the beginning of term. Thank you for your feedback. It is valued by me and Miss Richards. Y1 – Y6 Parents ONLY – Progress reports for all children in KS1 and KS2 will be sent home to parents on next week. These reports are short reports that will inform you of whether your child is on track to meet the expected standard for their year group by the end of the academic year.
- 18 Nov 2016
November 18th 2016
This week in school … Anti-Bullying was the focus of our PSHE lessons. In addition, our staff meeting looked specifically at children’s social and emotional development. Each year group looked at a particular aspect of ‘being a good friend’ and learned ways to cope and respond to hurtful comments other people may say.
- 11 Nov 2016
November 11th 2016
This week in school … Yesterday, classes 1 to 6 went to All Saints Church to present our Abel Smith Remembrance Service. Using words, drama, poetry and singing, the children reminded us of why we wear poppies in November and why Armistice Day is so important. The children showed respect for the people who had fought wars in the past and made a case for peace now and in the future.
- 04 Nov 2016
November 4th 2016
Dear Parents, Welcome back after a refreshing half term which along with the occasional day on Friday 25th November should keep us all going until the end of term. The clocks falling back signify the start of long dark nights and as there is less sunlight the cold and damp find a way into our bones. To keep everyone fit and healthy make sure your child dresses sensibly for school. As much as possible the children will be out in the fresh air at break time and lunch time so appropriate clothing is important.
- 04 Nov 2016
November 4th 2016 KS2 Playground Activities
Abel Smith School - KS2 Playground Activities Activities are available on a rota basis. The rota is displayed the Year 6 door. All classes have at least one activity per day. Equipment is used at the discretion of a teacher / MSA’s. Wet weather does impact on the safety implications. Children implications. Children implications. Children implications. Children implications. Children implications. Children MUST always check with a member of staff first before going on the tyres, climbing frame and the field.
- 18 Oct 2016
October 18th 2016
Dear Parents, As half term approaches I appreciate you must be looking forward to a well-earned half term break. Before the holiday can begin there is a busy week ahead. If you attended the Parent Information Evening at the beginning of the year you will already know that we have looked carefully at the school calendar and there are some changes to the usual events. To ensure that you are clear regarding what is happening in school and when, I have provided a list of events for the rest of the term. If you need any further information or clarification then please contact the school office preferably via the admin email or alternatively telephone.
- 11 Oct 2016
October 11th 2016
The staff of Abel Smith School would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for your hard work and dedication to raising funds for our school. This newsletter is a celebration of your efforts. All the money raised last year has made a dramatic difference to the quality of provision your children are receiving. Without this money you raise, the opportunities presented in this special newsletter would not be readily available for our children.
- 30 Sep 2016
September 30th 2016
This week in school ... ...has been very quiet without Y6. They have a had a wonderful time at PGL. Although the weather hasn’t been kind, they have made the most of the opportunities and had great fun. I am very proud of their behaviour and as always they have represented our school positively. In school, Y5 have taken the helm and been fantastic role models. School jobs have continued seamlessly and I think they have enjoyed the responsibility. I am very encouraged for next year.
- 23 Sep 2016
September 23rd 2016
This week in school ... Mrs Hodge coordinates the English teaching and learning throughout the whole school and she does an amazing job at generating a love of reading. Since the start of term we have celebrated great authors and experienced the joys of their writing. Key Stage 2 throughly enjoyed the experience of travelling to the West End to see the brilliant stage show, Matilda the Musical. Many of our children took up the Reading Challenge organised by the Hertfordshire Library Service.
- 16 Sep 2016
September 16th 2016
This week in school … Todays newsletter has an EYFS focus with photographs being taken from our Reception, Nursery and Kindergarten classes. The children have settled remarkably well and have had lots of fun exploring their learning environment. Getting used to new routines and making new friends has been the focus of their learning. Reception have been amazing at adjusting to ‘big’ school. They stayed for school dinners this week so that they are ready and prepared for next week when they start full days at Abel Smith. I have been very impressed with their independence and how well they have settled to their new setting. Equally brilliant are our nursery and kindergarten children.
- 09 Sep 2016
September 9th 2016
This week in school ... Miss Todd returned to school as Mrs Law. She looked stunning on her wedding day and had a wonderful honeymoon. She wanted me to pass on her thanks to all the children and parents who wished her a happy wedding day. The holiday seems a distant memory and learning began in earnest on Monday.
- 02 Sep 2016
September 2nd 2016
Dear Parents, Welcome back to another academic year. I hope you enjoyed the summer break and are ready to start the autumn term. The class teachers are prepared and looking forward to meeting their new class on Monday morning.
- 01 Sep 2016
School Term 2015 - 2016
- 08 Jul 2016
July 8th 2016
This week in school … Open Evening was a wonderful celebration of our children and their learning over the past year. We received Year 6 test results this week and I am immensely proud of their achievements, so much so I will be jumping for joy on the bouncy castle at AbelFest on Saturday! The end of term is looming and I am in the process of reading reports. It is a joy to read of their achievement. Behaviours for learning are becoming established which is having a positive impact on progress. Given the challenges of the new curriuclum the children risen to the challenge!
- 01 Jul 2016
July 1st 2016
This week in school ... Alhough this week has been quieter than usual there has been lots of learning. Y6 are enjoying immersing themselves in drama and music as they rehearse in earnest for their end of year play. It is looking and sounding fantastic. Y5 have enjoyed cooking a range of edible delights in the food technology room at Simon Balle. Reception have enjoyed visiting Miss Debman in their soon to be Y1 classroom whilst Miss Richards welcomed our new to reception children into our school.
- 24 Jun 2016
June 24th 2016
This week in school ... What a difference a day makes! The weather is always unpredictable but it did not stop our annual sports day. A highlight in our school calendar, it was enjoyed by all. I was immensely proud of the children’s efforts and team work. Thank you parents for coming to support. Special thanks to The Old Barge for providing refreshments and to the PFA for funding the ice- lollies and medals. Other events include: Y6 played in a cricket tournament last week and our girls came a magnificent third.
- 20 Jun 2016
June 20th 2016
Positive Behaviour for Learning Policy Reviewed March16 This policy is reviewed annually by the School Improvement Committee and is published to parents via the website. All teachers and support staff are made aware of the policy at least annually. Staff are expected to adhere to the related practices and procedures in relation to maintaining positive behaviours for learning and in the use of physical interventions as a last resort. Teachers and support staff are asked to sign to show that they have read the policy.
- 17 Jun 2016
June 17th 2016
This week in school … Running Club started this week for Key Stage 2 children. By Friday, Key Stage 1 were joining us running around the field so I will think of appropriate ways to include them in the near future. I have been overwhelmed by the number of children who over the 3 days have run at least half a mile. The majority of children can comfortably run a mile (four laps around the field) in less than 15 minutes which is fantastic. This is a quick and easy way to get active and burn off some pent up energy after a hard morning in class.
- 10 Jun 2016
June 10th 2016
A message from Mr Ardrey As mentioned in my previous newsletter, we were sad to say goodbye to Mr Ardrey at the end of last half term. He is currently having a wonderful time touring the USA and left us the following message: “Thank you so much for the generous amount of Van Hage vouchers presented to me by Keith Hart (Grandad Purdy). I was really overwhelmed. I consider myself very lucky to have worked at Abel Smith and I have enjoyed the friendships I have made with many of you parents and your children. I know I will miss my daily connection with the children very much.
- 09 Jun 2016
June 9th 2016
Dear Parents, Welcome back to our final half term of this academic year. In preparation for the new academic year staring in September, contained in this letter are 2 important pieces of information: 1. The teaching and support staff for 2016 – 2017. Please refer to the complete staff list attached with this parent mail. Outlined below are any changes for the rest of the academic year and for September. 2. The transition programme planned to support your child moving to their next class.
- 06 Jun 2016
June 6th 2016
Dear Parents, I am thinking ahead and preparing for next academic year. The calendar for the autumn term has been reviewed and I can share with you the following events that will require a parental contribution. Individual letters will be sent directly to the relevant year group with the specific details for each event.
- 27 May 2016
May 27th 2016
Goodbye Mr Ardrey In assembly today we said a fond farewell to Mr Ardrey. He started at Abel Smith School 9 years ago in 2007. From day one he has been a wonderful Site Manager and friend to us all. The children past and present will miss his fun loving, kindly manner.
- 24 May 2016
May 24th 2016
Further to the newsletter dated May 6th 2016 regarding swimming, I can confirm that from September 2016 all years from 1 to 6 will have 1 term of swimming lessons per academic year at Hartham Leisure Centre. This is due to the requirement in the new National Curriculum for all primary school children to be able to swim 25 metres independently by the time that they leave us to go onto secondary education.
- 13 May 2016
May 13th 2016
Year 6 did Abel Smith proud The children in Year 6 have been amazing this week. They have coped remarkably well with the pressure put on them by the new SATs. As predicted they were a challenge, especially the reading paper, but every child did their best and performed brilliantly giving each and every paper their all.
- 06 May 2016
May 6th 2016
What’s been happening in our Early Years Centre As you are aware we brought Churchfields Kindergarten under the Abel Smith wing in January. This forms the beginning of our Abel Smith Early Years Centre. My vision is to sustain its outstanding provision and become a centre of excellence. Teaching and learning is not the area of focus. Children are engaged and happy in their environment and have lots of opportunities to learn.
- 29 Apr 2016
April 29th 2016
A Fond Farewell to Mr Ardrey At the end of May we will be saying a fond farewell to Mr Ardrey who is retiring. He will be greatly missed but equally we are all very jealous of his travel plans for the coming months as he embarks on the next chapter of his life. As a long standing member of staff Mr Ardrey will be hard to replace, but for the incoming person he has left our school ship shape. He has established excellent systems to make the job of Site Manager manageable.