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New football kit!

Our fabulous new kits have been worn for the first tiime this week and I am sure you will agree, the teams look fantastic!


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Ofsted inspection Thursday 1st February 2018

31 January 2018

Dear parent or carer

Inspection of St Ippolyts Church of England Aided Primary School by Ofsted

We have just told your child's school that we will inspect it on 01 February 2018. The lead inspector will be Mike Capper. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child's school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour. It also provides a free-text box for you to make additional comments, if you wish. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child's school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by noon on 01 February 2018 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection, although the free-text box facility will not be available after noon on 01 February 2018.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 03000130482. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours faithfully

Bethany Hatfield

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An amazing achievement - trampoline news!

Please read the blog below which is written by the children in the trampolining team!  Fabulous news!


On the 10th December, St Ippolyts trampoline squad took part in te Zonal Schools Regional competition held in Hatfield.  We all competed in two routines which looked fab.

Our girls team placed first and in the boys individual novice competition we placed third.


In Chesterfield (National competition) we did really well and the girls came second and in the boys competition we came 10th. 


The girls are through to the national final in Northern Ireland at the end of March!


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Incredible India Day 2

Wow! Another fabulous day of workshops and activities - take a look at today's pictures in the photo gallery!


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Incredible India Day 1

We have had a fabulous time today for the first of our Indian arts days; thank you to everyone who came in to help!  


We started the day in style with an assembly led by our visiting musician, King Guchuran Mall, 'King G', who came along to teach the children about Indian drumming.  The childen have had a fantastic time, albeit very noisy! 

King G is a famous Indian musician and you can find out more here:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IdMSBUrbGwA&feature=youtu.be


There are some photos of today's workshops in the gallery. Check back tomorrow evening for more!


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Another sports victory!

Year 3 and 4 returned from the Sporting Futures cricket tournament with ANOTHER winners trophy today!  What a fabulous achievement - a huge well done to all who participated.  Thank you to Mr Jefferies, Mr Smith and Mrs Gemmell for accompanying all the children on their tournaments this week. 


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eSafety newsletter for parents Spring 2018 edition

The latest Hertfordshire esafety newsletter is now available to download from the esafety page or by clicking the link below.  It contains some really useful advice for helping your children stay safe online.




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Wow! Congratulations Year 2!

Today a small group of Year 2 children represented St Ippolyts at the Sporting Futures cricket tournament, competing against other schools.  They have had a fantastic morning and have been commended on their outstanding behaviour, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Their teamwork skills obviously paid off.....they WON! A huge well done to the team - we are very proud of them!


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Spring term clubs

Just a quick reminder to say please make sure all club letters are back by tomorrow morning please (Tuesday 9th).  The lists will be finalised tomorrow and the slip telling you which clubs have been allocated will come home with the newsletter on Thursday.  Thank you!


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Christingle Day 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back to another busy term in school! 


Today all the children in school have been learning about and making Christingles - hopefully they arrived home in one piece!  A reminder that this Sunday, 7th January, Rev Ginni is leading a Christingle Service in church and she would love some children and families to attend and take part, bringing along the Christingle they made today.  The service starts at 9.15am and you can park on the school playground. 


There are some photographs in the gallery of the children making their Christingles today.


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Job vacancy


Would you like to join our lunchtime team?


We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisor to work in school over lunchtimes 11.45am-1.00pm.  The role includes supervising children in the dining hall and on the playground supporting play. 

It could be that you can offer 5 days per week, or alternatively the week could be split between two people.  Please contact Mrs Peddie if you are interested.

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Rescheduled Christmas Movie and Munch

Movie and Munch has been rearranged for this THURSDAY 14th December.  


If your child was booked for today and is not able to attend on Thursday, please can you let the office know tomorrow so that refunds can be organised.


If you were due to be an adult helper at the event but cannot come on Thursday, please let us know ASAP as we may not be able to go ahead if we don't have enough helpers.


We do hope you will be able to attend the rescheduled date - remember that children can bring Christmas jumpers/accessories to wear while watching the movie!


Many thanks, The PTA

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School Open as usual Tuesday 12th December

School will reopen as usual tomorrow morning.

We are very grateful to Mr Dickens who has been on site clearing pathways today but please take extra care as some areas are likely to still be slippery.  If there is still snow around, children will be able to go out to play in it if they have a suitable change of footwear such as wellies/boots.  

The Carol Service will go ahead as planned. 


Kind regards

Mrs Peddie 

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Monday 11th December: School Closed

Please be advised that due to adverse weather and travel conditions, both current and forecast, school will be CLOSED TOMORROW, Monday 11th December. 

The decision has been taken early to allow working parents the advance notice to make alternative plans.


The Christmas Movie and Munch will be re-arranged for another day and we will let you know the date as soon as possible.


At this point in time we expect to be open as usual on Tuesday, but please keep an eye on the website for any further updates during Monday.  We intend for the Carol Service to go ahead as planned on Tuesday afternoon.


Kind regards

Mrs Peddie 

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Christmas holidays - activities

Details of local activities for the Christmas holidays are now listed in the newsletters section. 





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From the PTA!

We can't believe we are here already, Christmas Fair week!  Only a day to go until the big event of the season.  Father Christmas has informed me he is very excited to see all the children again this year and has had his suit dry clean especially.
There is lots of fun to be had at this years Christmas Fair, make sure to visit as many stalls as you can, enjoy the singing from the choir and have yourself a mince pie from the refreshment stand in the school hall.  This year, to leave you hands free whilst browsing the games and stalls, we have introduced a cloak room!  This can be found at the end of the corridor to the library.
Next week will see the first of our PTA Social Evenings.  We have had a great response with lots of parents wanting to get together for dinner and a drink.  You still have time to sign up, just return your yellow slip to reception by Friday.  
We are very grateful for all the donations and time that parents give to the PTA for these events, we really could not do it without your kind generosity.  If anyone else is able to spare an hour or so at the fair to man a stall, please do let us know.
If you have any questions about anything PTA related, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or flag me down at the school gate!
We hope you enjoy the Christmas Fair,
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An amazing Book Fair - THANK YOU!

An enormous thank you to everyone who supported the Book Fair this week. 

Thanks to your wonderful generosity we have an incredible £729 worth of new

books for our school library and classrooms - a record total! 


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A massive thank you to all those who supported the book fair this week! We broke the record for the amount raised!

You spent £729 and took your books home with you, but in doing so you actually gave £729 to the school to spend on books! That is because through Scholastic Ltd (who provide the book fair) we effectively get two books for the price of one, one for the buyer and one for the school. This is a great deal as many of the books are no more expensive than the amount you would pay in local bookstores. This book fair, the arrangement was 100% like for like.  So thank you so much everyone who came.
Thank you also for those people who helped myself (Jessica Skeggs) and Giselle Hayes at specific times, namely Eric Hughes and Carl Watson. Currently only two of us are running the fair as a whole, but there are so many more things we could do if we had a couple more people on the team, such as a book group and phone sales. If you think you may be able to help us in March, please let me know. If you can't help on the team, then please continue to support by buying books as that clearly works too! 
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Stir Up Sunday 2017

Stir Up Sunday


In Collective Worship today we talked about ‘Stir Up Sunday’ and the tradition of making Christmas Puddings on the last Sunday before the start of Advent. Lots of children were able to help out as we made our very own Christmas Pudding and every child in school took a turn to stir it. It is now ‘resting’ and will be steamed by Mrs Harrington Smith so that all the children can have a taste next week if they would like to. This is the same recipe we have followed for several years now and it is always very popular! .(It is vegetarian and nut-free.)


3 oz plain flour

3oz vegetable suet

4oz dark brown sugar;

½ tsp baking powder with ½ tsp mixed spice

4oz raisins

4oz sultanas

6oz currants

2oz mixed peel

2 medium eggs

Juice from a fresh lemon and orange

Did you know these Christmas Pudding traditions?

Stir-up Sunday is the Sunday before Advent, the term comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549:

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth

the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


It is traditional for all the family to participate in stirring the pudding on Stir-up Sunday, whilst making a wish at the same time.

The pudding should only be stirred clockwise, from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men making the journey to see baby Jesus.

The Christmas Pudding is said to have 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his 12 disciples

The old tradition of putting coins in the pudding is said to bring wealth, health, happiness to anyone who finds one on Christmas Day.


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Non-Uniform Reminder!

 Wednesday 22nd November in exchange for donations for the tombola stalls at the Christmas Fair.

Classes 1, 2 & 3 - please bring in wrapped chocolate items (nut free) for the chocolate tombola.


Classes 4, 5 and 6 please bring in anything in a bottle (bottles need to be in     date and not require refrigeration).


Thank you!

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October half term holiday activities

Details of local holiday activities can be found on the newsletters page:


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