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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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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




Mr Jefferies  & Mrs Lewis  





Mr Jefferies & Mrs Jones


(girls & boys)




Miss Walker

Gardening & environment



3.15pm – 4.15pm

Miss Leake

Young Worship




Mrs Peddie / Mrs Stewart

Art Club




Mrs Springall

Girls Football




Mr Jefferies  & Mrs Sabri 




3.15pm – 4.00pm

Miss Ingle


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




*Note later finish for KS1*

Mrs Stewart




3.15pm – 4.15pm

Miss Gale





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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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