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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,
 
Lucy 
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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:

 

Click here

 

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e-safety newsletter for parents

The Autumn 2017 edition of the Hertfordshire e-safety newsletter is now available to download.  Go to http://stipps.herts.sch.uk/for-parents/esafety 

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House points underway!

Today we launched our four houses; thank you to everyone who put forward suggestions and well done especially to Katie and Connie for coming up with the chosen theme of famous people from the Victorian era!

House names

 

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Extra Curricular Activities / Clubs

A reminder that after school clubs start this week, commencing Monday 18th September.

 

I am so sorry for the confusion I caused by getting the days muddled on the allocation sheet! To confirm, the correct days are those that were listed on the original sign up sheet which I have listed below.  If you have any questions please do pop into the office to check.

 

Activity Year groups Day Time Leader

Boys Football

4,5,6

Monday

3.15-4.15pm

Mr Jefferies  & Mrs Lewis  

Gymnastics

1,2

Tuesday

3.15-4.00pm

Mr Jefferies & Mrs Jones

Netball

(girls & boys)

4,5,6

Tuesday

3.15-4.15pm

Miss Walker

Gardening & environment

2,3

Tuesday

3.15pm – 4.15pm

Miss Leake

Young Worship

5,6

Wednesday

12.30pm

Mrs Peddie / Mrs Stewart

Art Club

3,4

Wednesday

3.15-4.15pm

Mrs Springall

Girls Football

4,5,6

Wednesday

3.15-4.15pm

Mr Jefferies  & Mrs Sabri 

Yoga

1,2

Wednesday

3.15pm – 4.00pm

Miss Ingle

Cookery

£5 towards cost of ingredients required (total for all sessions)

1,2

Wednesday

3.15-4.15pm

*Note later finish for KS1*

Mrs Stewart

Dance

3,4

Thursday

3.15pm – 4.15pm

Miss Gale

Choir

4,5,6

Friday

1.00pm

Mrs Stewart

 

 

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New school year, new era...please read!

Welcome back to all our children and families and an especially warm welcome to our new children joining us this term.  We are really looking forward to you being part of our lovely school.  

 

Well it has probably been the busiest summer in school for many years; I don't think there has been a day go by without staff being in school preparing for the year ahead.  It has been a mammoth task to be up and running for our new look six-class school!  I would like to start by saying a HUGE thank you to all the staff who have given up a lot of their holidays to help with the project, and especially to our site manager Mr Dickens who has project-managed the entire 6 weeks - not an easy task when you have only been in post a few weeks! He has done a fabulous job and we couldn't have managed without him.

 

The building work at the far end of the school started as soon as the children broke up for the holidays; this has created a fantastic Upper Key Stage Two unit for Years 5 and 6 and I know that Miss Walker and Mrs Stewart are really excited to get going with their new classes.  Class 5 and 6 have brand new tables and chairs, lovely new blinds and of course their very smart interactive screens.  The classrooms look very grown up and provide a perfect learning environment for the oldest pupils in school.

 

Miss Gale has spent most of the summer in school preparing Class 4 (Mrs Stewart's old room) and it looks amazing!  This classroom also has one of the new interactive screens installed so I am sure the children in Class 4 will enjoy using it. 

 

Miss Leake has worked her socks off to turn the old Class 3 into the new Class 2 and it looks brilliant! It is a lovely bright room with lots of different areas of learning, perfect for Key Stage One children.  

 

Mrs Springall and Mrs Hoar have been busy changing the old Class 4 into the new Class 3 and it looks very different to how it did before.  We are really looking forward to having Mrs Hoar back with us after maternity leave and it already feels like she's never been away.

 

Miss Ingle, although she hasn't had to move classrooms, have been really busy setting up and reorganising Class 1 for a straight Reception class.  There are quite a few new things to see and do in Class 1 and I am sure the children will have lots of fun learning in there.  Miss Ingle has also been really busy helping everyone else with their classroom moves.

 

Class 2 and 3 will be able to use the new outdoor learning area at the back of the school.  We are still waiting for a few of the items to arrive for this section and we had a delay on the fencing so you will be able to watch this area evolve as the term goes on as it is very much a 'work in progess'!  I think the children in Classes 2 and 3 will really love being able to get outside more and they have so much space compared to their old classroom.

 

As well as all the classroom moves, lots of other exciting things have been happening over the summer.  We have completed a full audit of our computing equipment and have a full trolley of brand new, latest spec laptops.  This means that the classes now have access to much better (and more) of their own computers for general use.  Thank you especially to Mr Hughes for donating a brand new desktop machine and monitor which is all set up and ready to go for Class 1. 

 

If you have driven past the school in the holidays you will also notice that we have installed barrier fencing along the grassed play area. This has created a designated waiting space at the top of the drive for parents and shortly will also have some smart new seating courtesy of a locality grant from Mr Thake.

 

We still have a few jobs to be completed over the coming weeks.  The new gate and fencing at Class 6 will be going in soon, as will the gate and fencing by the Class 2 outdoor area.  We are awaiting our playground markings being refreshed and are having some new markings put on the ground outside Class 2 so keep a look out for those.

 

On top of all that, we also have a brand new system for homework, new style curriculum information leaflets for parents and are going to be introducing a house point system.....watch out for information coming home in the first week. 

 

However, we are raring to go on Monday! Here is a reminder of which doorways to use:

 

Classes 6 and 5: Front doors by their classrooms (old Class 2)

This is where the children will also leave from at the end of the day.  Mrs Stewart and Miss Walker will be around to supervise them leaving the building.  Year 5 and 6 children may walk up the pavement independently to meet parents at the driveway OR wait to be collected in the yard if parents prefer this. Please decide with your child which you would like them to do. 

 

Classes 4, 3 and 2: will use the back doors.  Children will wait by the outdoor play area until it's time to go in.  There will be members of staff there on Monday morning to help you know where to wait.   These classes will exit the building at the back at hometimes and will come up the driveway.  Classes 2 and 3 will be supervised by their teachers as before.

 

Class 1: no change! (phew!) Usual door and gate. 

 

A few other reminders for you:

  • the autumn term is winter uniform please
  • children will need PE kits in the first week so it would be a good idea to bring them straight away on Monday
  • there are still a few places in Early Bird Club so do book in if you need one
  • pencil cases: children in Key Stage 2 may choose to bring a pencil case (not compulsory at all as all necessary equipment is provided), however this must be small enough to fit into your child's tray.  Please ensure all items are named.
  • Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school - plain, still water only

And finally...

The teachers have been busy putting the finishing touches to their classrooms today; there are a few 'teaser' photos in the gallery, can you guess or work out where they are?!

 

Look forward to seeing you all on Monday, enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Peddie 

 

 

 

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Diary Dates 2017 - 2018

Hello everyone, I do hope you are all having a lovely summer break.

This is just a quick blog to let you know that all the diary dates for the coming school year have been upoaded onto the website.  Go to Office -> Diary Dates -> Monthly view to scroll through the whole year month by month.

Mrs Peddie

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School's out for summer!

Today has been a day of mixed emotions: happiness and excitement as we celebrated the end of another busy school year and some sadness at waving goodbye to our 2017 leavers.

Our day began with our final Collective Worship of the school year with lots of awards for attendance, swimming and so on.  We sang some of our favourite hymns and the Year 6 children were presented with their leavers books. After Collective Worship, Year 6 headed over to church for a moment of quiet reflection and a blessing from Revd Ginni.  It was a time of calm and quiet in an otherwise noisy and lively day.

As I write this, I know that the Year 6 children are off having their leaving celebrations and I am sure that they will be having a brilliant time.  It is always sad to see the children leave us for secondary school, but I am so immensely proud of each and every one of them.  They have been fantastic ambassadors for St Ippolyts School and I know that they will all go on to be just as amazing in their next schools.  They are all honest, hardworking, caring young people with bright futures ahead of them and I look forward to hearing of their successes on their new journeys.

However, time doesn't stand still, and waiting in the wings is an equally fabulous Year 5 group ready to take their place at the top of the school in September and a whole new group of 4 year olds preparing to take their first steps into schooling in Class 1.  Life in school certainly never stands still!  It will definitely not be standing still over the summer either, with a hive of activity already underway to organise all the classroom moves in preparation for our extra class in September.  2017 has been an exciting year for us at St Ippolyts and it seems fitting that all this exciting new change is happening in the year of our 170th anniversary.

I wish all of you a very happy and restful summer break and look forward to seeing you all in the autumn.  

Year 6 - good luck for your move to your new schools; have courage and you will be fine I just know it!   Most of all, always be yourself and trust your instincts, they won't let you down.  You will no doubt face challenges along the way, but stay true to yourself and your values and you will always make the right choices. You are amazing, never forget that.  I will miss you all.

Mrs Peddie

PS: Photos of our end of term fun are in the gallery!

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Year 6 Leavers Service 2017

Year 6 led a beautiful Leavers Service in chuch this afternoon, sharing their memories and looking back over their time in St Ippolyts School.  Take a look in the gallery to see their memory lane photo album...it's hard to believe they were once so small!

 

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Leavers v Staff rounders match 2017

Well done Year 6! A closely fought battle on a very hot afternoon resulted in a Leavers victory for 2017. Photos in the gallery!

 

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Olivia photographs

Photographs from Key Stage 2's wonderful production of 'Olivia' are now in the gallery - enjoy!

 

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School Council Charity Pyjama Day

A big thank you to everyone who supported the School Council's

fundraising efforts today by coming to school in pyjamas!

They raised a fabulous £179.02 for their chosen charities of Parkinsons

UK and Cancer Research UK.  Well done School Council!

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Barton Hall

Hopefully everyone had a hot bath and a great night's sleep last night after our active weekend!  

 

This is just a quick blog to let you know that the first set of photographs have now been added to the gallery - there will be more to come once all the pictures have been dowloaded from the various cameras we had with us, so do check back again over the next few days. (Children - remember you can print pictures for your journals if you would like to).

 

A couple of reminders:

  • Children - please bring your journals into school tomorrow (Wednesday).  You will need them to plan the assembly for Friday and Mrs Stewart and Miss Walker need time to read them all to choose the winning journals
  • Parents - we hope you can come along to the assembly on Friday at 2.30pm to hear all about the weekend's activities!
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Barton Hall Sunday

Barton Hall Sunday

Another busy, jam-packed day at Barton Hall! Everyone has had a fantastic time on today's activity programme, which has included canoeing, buggy building, abseiling, aeroball, climbing and archery to name a few.  We hope you have managed to follow the ever-growing photo page in the gallery to see the children in action!

Tonight we are heading off to an evening campfire for a good old st ipps sing song - a perfect way to round off the weekend.

Tomorrow we are aiming to leave Barton Hall shortly after midday and anticipate an arrival time of around 6pm, trafffic permitting.  We will text during the day to keep you up to date. When you come to collect your children, please feel free to park on the playground, this should help to ease congestion so that the coach can access the school safely. Please do not park at the top of the hill so that the coach can swing round.

Before we sign off today's blog, there's something REALLY important that all parents need to know....

Your children have been AMAZING.  They have been a pleasure to be with: top-notch behaviour, supporting and caring for each other, throwing themselves into all activities with great spirit, they have eaten and slept well, and have always been polite and well mannered to instructors and staff here at Barton Hall.  We have been so very proud of them all, what a fabulous group of young people who have been true ambassadors for St Ippolyts.

See you tomorrow!

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Barton Hall Saturday morning

Amazingly, all the children were fast asleep shortly after lights out last night and nobody re-appeared until breakfast time.  It was the best 'first night at PGL' we've ever had! 

 

All that sleep meant that we were raring to go for a busy morning of activities.  So far we've had groups doing skiing, trapeze and climbing. I have added a few extra snaps to the gallery. 

 

More to come later...

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Barton Hall Blog - Friday evening

Barton Hall Blog - Friday evening

We are here! After a long journey we arrived at Barton Hall just in time for dinner.  Everyone has unpacked, settled in and has eaten well. There is currently a LOT of fun and laughter going on at the sports and games evening so hopefully everyone will sleep soundly!

We have started a new page on the photo gallery called 'Barton Hall on the go'.  In there we will add a few photos as the weekend goes on so do keep checking back regularly.

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Victorian birthday celebrations!

Our Victorian themed week was a great success; the children learned so much through their trips, workshops, and of course our whole school Victorian school day on Friday. I think some of the teachers enjoyed being strict Victorian teachers a little too much…(Mrs Stewart I am looking at you!) There are photos of the children in their Victorian lessons in the gallery.

Although sadly the party after school had to be held indoors due to the weather, it was still a wonderful afternoon and we were thrilled that so many parents and siblings came along to join in the fun. There were so many fabulous costumes and we were so grateful that so many of you got into the spirit and dressed up for the occasion; it really added to the theme so a HUGE thank you to you all for your efforts.

Thank you to everyone who provided cakes for the party and I would like to say an especially big thank you to Mrs Rule in the office for making the enormous school birthday cake – it looked and tasted fantastic.  The cake was baked using eggs from the St Ippolyts hens that we hatched here in 2016 and we are grateful to Mrs Carter for donating these to us.

You will have noticed that we had an official photographer doing the rounds at the party on Friday and I know she captured the occasion perfectly – some of these images are also in the gallery.  Sharon is a local, Hitchin based photographer and has taken pictures for us before and I am grateful that she was able to give up her time, free of charge, to help us.  Her website is www.sharoncooper.co.uk if you are interested.

The Comet newspaper also came along so hopefully we should get a mention some time soon.

Each family was given a copy of the book ‘A School Remembers’ on Friday. This was produced some years ago by the local history society, so although it does not go right up to modern day, it is a wonderful keepsake telling the history of St Ippolyts School.  I would like to thank our dinner lady, Mrs Furr and Parish Councillor, Pam Skeggs for sourcing these copies and donating them to be given out.  It is a lovely memento for the children and a generous gesture. 

I know we created lots of extra cleaning work for Mrs Harrington Smith with bringing the event indoors on Friday so I would like to thank her very much for her understanding and her patience at us taking over her lovely clean kitchen!

Finally, our wonderful, wonderful team of staff; they worked SO hard last week to give the children such a special time in school.  Friday couldn’t have happened without their dedication and enthusiasm – for being inventive when we had to change our plans at the last minute, for hanging bunting, washing up, serving refreshments…the list goes on.  THANK YOU to each and every one of them – they are an amazing team and we are so very lucky to have them.

 

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