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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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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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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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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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PTA Summer Fair 2016

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Fair today - for your generous donations, help setting up, running stalls, making packed teas, help with clearing away and of course coming along and taking part in all the fun.

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to Satchells who provided the bouncy castle and also subsidised the cost of the climbing wall through our sponsorship deal. 

Most of all thank you to Nicola and the PTA committee who have worked tirelessly for weeks to prepare for today, what a lucky school we are to have such a committed and dedicated group!

It was a lovely afternoon and weren't we lucky with the weather?!

Photos are now in the gallery.

Have a restful weekend everyone!

Mrs Peddie 


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Osmington Bay photographs...

...are now uploaded. There are a LOT so you might want to grab a cuppa!


Children can print photos straight from the gallery for their journals if they would like to.


Sleep well children and we'll see you on Wednesday :o)

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Diary Dates for 2015 - 2016

The website calendar has now been updated with all the dates currently set for the coming academic year 2015-2016.


Along with term and holiday dates, the calendar also includes all key events such as Parent Consultation Evenings, Open Sessions, Family Week, class assemblies, Church services and so on. We do hope that having the full year of dates well in advance will help all parents to be able to participate as fully as possible, especially those who have work schedules to arrange.


Additional dates for trips etc will be added as the year progresses; these will also be published in the newsletters as usual. 

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