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District hockey champions!

Huge congratulations to all the Y5/6 children who competed in the district hockey finals today.  One team placed fourth overall and the other team came in first place with a fabulous score of 10-2 against Codicote School.  This makes them the District Hockey Champions and they now go on to compete in the county championship in July.  WELL DONE!  Another fantastic achievement.  

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National Champions!

National Champions!


Wow what a weekend!  HUGE congratulations to the Trampoline Teams who have competed in the national finals in Cannock today.  The boys team came third and the girls team WON!  Chloe also came second in the individual competition - simply fabulous.


What an incredible achievement to win a national title - I just don't even have the words to describe how proud I am of them all.  

Congratulations to the children and their coach, Mr Jefferies!

There are a few photos in the gallery and we will add more as we get them.  

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The Comet Sports Awards - School of the Year!

We WON!!! 


We had a fanatastic evening at The Comet Sports Awards last night and were absolutely thrilled to win the category of School of the Year, especially as we were up against VERY strong finalists.  Have a look at the gallery for some photos of the event - congratulations everyone!


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Caribbean Arts Day 2

We have enjoyed another wonderful Caribbean Day in school today with lots of arts activities, an AMAZING steel drum workshop and even a delicious Jamaican lunch.  Photographs have been added to the gallery and we are looking forward to displaying all the children's beautiful work in our exhibition next week.  Do try to come along to our Open Session on Monday 11th February to see it in all its glory!


Thank you to everyone who has helped with our 2019 Arts Days - to the PTA for funding our visiting workshops, all the parents and volunteers for the extra pairs of hands, to Mrs Harrington Smith and Herts Catering for providing a wonderful Caribbean lunch and to all the teachers and staff for their imagination and creativity.


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Caribbean Arts Days - Day 1

We have had an exciting, colourful day in school today for the first of our Caribbean Arts Days. Take a look in the photo gallery for pictures of what we have been doing!

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Sports Apprentice of the Year 2018

On Tuesday evening, I attended the 2018 Hertfordshire Service to Sport Awards with Mr Smith who had been nominated and shortlisted for the award of ‘Apprentice of the Year’.

It was a very prestigious event that recognises and rewards the outstanding contribution of clubs, teams and individuals in all manner of sport and physical activity across the whole of Hertfordshire.

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that HE WON! We are all so proud of Mr Smith’s achievement; it rightly recognises his commitment to sport at St Ippolyts and the impact he has on the whole school.

Well done Mr Smith!


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Our best Book Fair ever!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported our Book Fair this week.  Thanks to your generosity we have an INCREDIBLE £805 worth of new books for our library and classrooms - our best fair ever!  The children will have so much fun reading them!

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Stir Up Sunday 2018

In Collective Worship on Monday 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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Remembrance 2018

We have had a very interesting week thinking about remembrance and taking part in a number of activities commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI. Take a look in the photo gallery to see what we have been up to.

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Hitchin Fireworks - tickets available from school

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We are selling tickets for this event after school from Monday 1st October. See Lucy French Monday and Wednesdays. Please have correct change available or cheques made out to Hitchin Fireworks.

Ladder 87 Company, the fire safety company which runs this event, have kindly offered to support St Ippolyts PTA through ticket sales. The PTA will receive a donation of 10% of the value of any tickets we sell so if you are planning on attending this event, please do purchase your tickets through us!

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St Ipps Fest 2018 ~ booking forms coming home today!

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Booking forms with additional information for this event are coming home today.

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Monday morning

Monday morning

We are all packed and ready for our departure at lunchtime. There’s just enough time to squeeze a couple more activities in before we head home.  

We’ve had a fabulous weekend but we will be delivering some very tired children to you later. 

Keep an eye open for text updates on our journey.

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Sunday evening

It‘s been a jam-packed day here at Osmington Bay with dragon boating, aeroball and a beach walk.  We have ended the day with an evening camp fire in a beautiful setting overlooking the sea.  Have a look at our latest photos!

Tomorrow we will be leaving at lunchtime after the morning activities and we will keep you updated on our progress via text.  When you come to collect your child, please could you ensure the top of the hill and the driveway is kept clear for the coach.  You can park on the playground if you wish.

See you tomorrow! 



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Sunday morning on the waterfront!

Morning all!  A good nights sleep and a tasty breakfast has made sure everyone is ready for this mornings dragon boat racing.  We are currently at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy having a fantastic time in the sunshine...will get some photos online ASAP!

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Saturday morning

Its a bright morning here in Osmington Bay and the children have all had a hearty breakfast.  Activities today include zip wire, fencing, abseiling and climbing - a busy day ahead!  We have started a folder the photo gallery entitled ‘Os Bay on the go’ - we will keep adding pictures to this over the course of the weekend so do keep an eye on it for the latest updates!

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This weekend the girls' trampoline team travelled to Belfast to compete in the national finals - we are absolutely thrilled to announce that they finished in 3rd place!  To be the third best U11's trampoline team in the entire country is such an amazing achievement and we are all so very proud of them.

An enormous well done to the team and to their coach Mr Jefferies!


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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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