Welcome to our newsletter and a Happy New Year to you. Here is a message from our Chair of Governors, Ian Dignum
A warm welcome back to the new term and Happy New Year to you all from the Governing Body. As we start 2022, we are still faced with the challenges presented by Covid and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.
As a relatively new Chair of Governors, I continue to be impressed with our wonderful team of teaching and administration staff, who work tirelessly and relentlessly to support our amazing pupils. They have faced considerable challenges presented by the pandemic and have done all possible to rise above this. So, thank you for all you have done.
A thank you also to our wonderful pupils - for many, this time has not been easy at all, and on our visits to the school it has been inspiring to see so many smiling faces and pupils engaged in their lessons.
And finally, a thank you to our parents; thank you for supporting the school teams during the pandemic, for your patience and understanding with the changes and for helping us do the very best for your children.
As a Governing Body we are committed to working with everyone to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for each and every child at our schools. We look forward to meeting many more of you in 2022 and wish you all the best for the year ahead.
NEW SCHOOL APP
We are excited to announce that our schools now have an app. It contains easy to find information about the school, including an 'at a glance' section for parents, term dates, absence and medicine forms, uniform details, the school calendar, newsletters and our contact details.
Simply go to your app store and search School News with the icon below. Once downloaded it will ask for the postcode of the school. Simply enter AL3 7ET for St Luke's or HP1 1TQ for the Collett.
MESSING ABOUT ON THE WATER
Ibbotson and Walliams classes at The Collett went on a Canal Boat trip this week to tie in with 'Transport through the Ages' and 'Victorians' topics. They were lucky enough to secure a free taster thanks to a legacy fund designed to allow disabled and special needs children to experience the joy of being on the water. The children steered the boat and opened and closed the locks, completed wildlife 'I Spy's and made some observational drawings. Ewan was very proud as he was the only one who learned to steer the whole boat all by himself!
RIDE LONDON - ESSEX 2022
Are you a keen cyclist? Well, why not put that all that cycling towards a good cause!
We have 2 remaining spaces for the Ride London-Essex on 29th May this year. Email email@example.com if you are interested in a challenge but one that will raise money for a great cause.
With our added focus on reading at school, Chilterns class at St Luke's visited the library in Redbourn village recently. The young people enjoyed exploring the books and brought back membership cards to fill in.
Burnett Class at the Collett have been working on their topic of inventions. They have each designed and made their own board games. With titles such as Slime Adventure, Rob the Millionaire and Incy Wincy Spider, we have some budding inventors in our midst.
CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
We are delighted to announce that St Luke's School have been given a plot at the Chelsea Flower Show this year. We have a central exhibit space and we have already finalised plans to build a wheelchair friendly, edible, sensory garden.
It is a huge honour for us to be given this opportunity, and we hope it will spread the word about the wonderful horticulture work we do here at St Luke's. Huge thanks to Mrs Griffin who has work so hard to secure this project for us.
Will will let you know more as our plans progress.
Over the holidays, Daisy from Ibbotson class at the Collett had 18 inches cut off her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust. The trust is a charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer. Well done Daisy. We are very proud of you.
Ladybirds class at St Luke's have been learning about Japan and made their own sushi. Sushi is a traditional Japanese delicacy made of small pieces of fish that are wrapped in rice and seaweed. All the children tried it and enjoyed it very much.
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