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A busy week ahead!

Next week we have a lot going on in school so here is a run down to help you remember it all!


MONDAY: Class 3 trip to Hitchin British Schools.  Children to come in their Victorian costume but will also need to remember their uniform and swimming kits.


TUESDAY: Class 4 and 5 trip to Audley End, children to come in their Victorian costume and bring a packed lunch.  Please note we have a large number of oustanding permission slips for this trip and children will not be able to go if these are not received. (School Gateway is the easiest way to do this)


WEDNESDAY: PTA meeting in the hall at 9.15am. All welcome!


THURSDAY: PGL School Journey meeting for Y5/6 parents in the hall at 6pm


FRIDAY: Bags2School Collection ~ please leave bags on the village green by 9am

            Whole school Victorians Day - all classes in costume.

            Victorian school birthday party after school, celebrating our 170 years!

            Cake donations for the party can be brought into school on the Friday morning             or dropped off during the day if that is easier.

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Well done Year 6!

A huge well done to Year 6 who have spent this week doing their final assessments ('SATs').  They have worked incredibly hard all year and have put their absolute all into this week.  We know that every child has done their very, very best and they should feel very proud of themselves.


Thank you to Mrs Harrington-Smith who has provided a hearty breakfast each morning to make sure there were no rumbling tummies in the tests.  The children certainly ate VERY well and it was a lovely relaxed way to start each day with friends.  Thank you especially to Mrs Stewart and Mrs Blencowe who have worked so hard to make sure every child was ready and confident to tackle the tests - funnily enough Mrs Stewart is looking rather tired at the moment!


Today was the final test and Year 6 celebrated with an afternoon of fun - a 'Virtual Reality' workshop!  A big thank you to Revd Ginni who came along and brought cake, popcorn and drinks for the children to enjoy at their celebration.  We even persuaded Revd Ginni to have a go on the VR!


A message to Year 6 parents - your children have been AWESOME this week.  They have been focussed, determined and committed; we couldn't have asked for anything more from them.  They have tackled the whole week with immense maturity and we are so incredibly proud of each and every one of them.  I really hope they are enjoying an evening of relaxation!


There are a few pictures in the gallery of the children today. 


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Easter Holiday Activities

Details of holiday clubs and activities over the Easter break are listed in the newsletters section.





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Chick Cam 2017!

Our Living Eggs have arrived and are cosy in the incubator; everyone is very excitied waiting for the chicks to hatch!


There have been some small movements with some of the eggs today so we think things might be starting to happen.  The main hatching day is expected to be tomorrow and into Thursday.


The 'Chick Cam' is now live and can be viewed by clicking on the yellow chick on the homepage.  This will take you directly to the YouTube channel.  Enjoy!


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World Book Day 2017

We have had a wonderful day in school today celebrating our love of books! Lots of fun was had by all at the costume parade this morning and as ever there have been some amazingly imaginative costumes - thank you to you all for your fantastic efforts in the fancy dress department! Our visiting author, Alexander Martin, and special guest, Mrs Pepper, had a VERY tough job choosing winners so we are very grateful to them for taking on this almost impossible task.

There were some excellent entries for the book fair competition too and the children will be able to use their World Book Day tokens at the book fair before and after school tomorrow and Monday.

The highlight of this year’s World Book Day has undoubtedly been spending the day with children’s author, Alexander Martin, who has entertained us with his stories about cat detective, Stanley Smartpants. He shared some of his top tips for story writing which the children have found very useful as well as amusing!  If you want to find out more about the Stanley Smartpants series, visit www.stanleysmartpants.co.uk where you can learn all about the characters and much more.

And finally a emetion to the staff who yet again have fully embraced World Book Day  - this year as Aliens in Underpants! Thank you to them all for being such good sports.

Photographs are now in the gallery - enjoy! 


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World Book Day tomorrow!

Everyone is really excited about tomorrow's World Book Day fun, we can't wait to see all those amazing costumes!  

Our visiting author, Alexander Martin, who is spending the day with us in school, will be in the hall after school for a book signing - all children and parents welcome!


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Shrove Tuesday and pancake race fun!

Congratulations to Miss Ingle's team who fought off stiff competition to win this year's pancake race!   Photographs of the teams in action, along with us enjoying our tasty pancakes at lunchtime are now in the gallery. 


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Safer Internet Day 2017

SID 2017 Save the date

All the children in school spent time learning about staying safe online as part of this year's Safter Internet Day.

With the older children in particular there was a lot of discussion around the use of social media platforms, especially the age restrictions in place to protect young people. Here is a quick reference so parents can check.

Please also see the e-safety page  http://stipps.herts.sch.uk/for-parents/esafety for more information.





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Epiphany 2017

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In Collective Worship this week we have been thinking about Epiphany which takes place on 6th January, often referred to at Twelfth Night.  Epiphany is when the Three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem to see the new born baby Jesus.


We also learned about the tradition followed in some Christian families called 'Chalking The Door'.


See if your children can explain to you what the code below stands for!



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Christmas Holiday Activities...

...are now available to download from the newsletters page.

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Wow! What a fantastic Book Fair!

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to support our recent PTA Book Fair, and especially to Giselle Gimblett and Jessica Wilcox for all the organising and running of it all.

Thanks to the sales made at the fair, we now have over £600 worth of new books for the classrooms and library which is utterly amazing!


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Stir Up Sunday 2016

Stir Up Sunday

In Collective Worship this week we talked about ‘Stir Up Sunday’ and the tradition of making Christmas Puddings on the last Sunday before the start of Advent, which this year falls on this coming Sunday 20th November.

Lots of children were able to help out as we made our very own Christmas Pudding and then every child and grown up in school had a turn at stirring it. 
It is now ‘resting’ and will be steamed by Mrs Harrington Smith so that all the children can have a taste if they would like to next week.


In previous years the recipe has proved very popular so we thought you might like to know the ingredients if any children would like to have a go at home. (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, orange and lime

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.


There are lots of photographs in the gallery of this year's budding chefs!


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UNIFORM in September: important, please read

For the Autumn Term children are usually required to wear winter uniform from the very beginning of term.


However, if the current hot weather continues, we are happy for children to continue to wear summer uniform during the month of September if they would like to.


Please note however, that on Wednesday 21st September we will be having a whole-school photograph taken, and for this we require all children to be in the winter uniform.



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A new school year! Diary Dates for 2016 - 2017

All the main calendar dates for 2016-2017 have now been entered onto the school website.

Please do make a note of key dates so that you can plan accordingly.  We would be very grateful if you could especially note the dates for Parent Consultation Evenings so that you will be able to attend these important meetings.

New dates will be added as the year progresses.  We do try very hard not to change the dates for key events; however if a change is necessary we would let you know via the weekly newsletters.

Thank you!

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A message from Mrs Pepper

Thank you to Mrs Peddie, all the staff and families who contributed to my leaving present - the camera, memory card and case (and the Moonpig cards)!  Thank you to the classes for my cards as I have now had a quiet moment to read the lovely messages from all the children. Also thank you for all the other gifts I have received today.

I have had a wonderful 15 1/2 years at St Ippolyts which have been busy and varied to say the least!  I shall miss everyone but also know the time is right to sail off into the blue!

Hopefully I shall see you again at school events in the future.

With much love and thanks
Julie Pepper


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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 2016 leavers.

Our day began with our final Collective Worship of the school year with lots of awards for attendance, swimming and music. Almost half the children in school received a 100% Attendace award for the summer term and 20 were awarded a medal for 100% all year which is a fantastic achievement. I must give a very special mention to one of our Year 6 children who has managed 100% attendance every year since Reception - SEVEN YEARS!  This is a really remarkable achievement which only happens very rarely so we are incredibly proud of him. A photographer from the newspaper came to take a picture and write a report so do keep a look out for an article in The Comet shortly.

Also in our assembly we said our goodbyes to Mrs Wilson and Mrs Pepper who are retiring and looking forward to a well earned rest! They were presented with cards from every class and gifts from staff, parents and children.

We couldn't let them retire without a special 'St Ipps Send Off' though so both Mrs Pepper and Mrs Wilson had to complete tests and challenges designed by Year 6, it was a lot of fun! (well, it was fun for us watching!)

After a tasty picnic lunch enjoyed by all in the sunshine, the day ended with Mr Jefferies getting a good soaking in the stocks once again, lots of laughter to end the school year.

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 fantastic 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 outstanding 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!

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; you will no doubt face challenges along the way, but stay true to yourself and your values. 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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Class of 2016

The slideshow of photographs used at this afternoon's Leavers Service tea is now uploaded into the gallery. Where has the time gone and haven't they grown?!

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Summer Holidays - childcare and activity clubs

A summary of local summer holiday activities/clubs has been uploaded into the newsletters section.



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PTA Summer Camp Out 2016

We were once again blessed with glorious summer weather for this year's Camp Out weekend. A wonderful time was had by all - sports and games, ice cream, tasty BBQ, camp fire singing and a hearty breakfast.

Thank you to everyone who came along, took part or helped in whatever capacity - a fantastic success and a really lovely way to round off the school year.

Photos are now in the gallery.

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Cinderella Rockerfella rocks the house

Photographs from the dress rehearsal earlier this week are now in the gallery - enjoy!

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