We receive several notices, advertisements and invitations to events run in the local community. These are not run by the school and we do not take any role in the administration of such events, but we release them to parents for you to peruse at your leisure. We cannot assume responsibility for the events, nor can we endorse the events or activities.
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Breakfast Club runs every day in Redwood, from 7:45am. Your child should arrive by 8:15 if they wish to have breakfast.
We provide after school childcare onsite at RASCals (Redwood After School Club) in our new Activity Studio (Redwood)
It is run by our fully qualified staff in our well-equipped activity studio, from 3:15-6:00pm.
Term Time Activities for Adults, in Redwood
TUESDAY Popdance Fit 19:00-20:00 back to back dance fitness Popdance 20:00-21:00 lower impact, where we have toning warm ups and then build upon a routine each week.
Book via the form at http://www.popdance.co.uk/st-albans
WEDNESDAY YOGA Hatha Yoga for all abilities 19:30-21:30.
Please click here for more information regarding Adult Yoga classes with Gopa and Naomi
Easter Holiday activities
Local Events, Resources and Activities
If you’ve thought about holding a street party but don’t know where to start, here is the chance for an informal chat with some people who have done it before. Discussions will include consulting your neighbours, filling in forms and how to physically close a road. Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th March. Click here for more information
St Albans Cathedral Choirs are currently recruiting choristers. For the Abbey Girls Choir there are opportunities for current Year 3 girls to audition (auditions on the weekend of 3rd March).
For the Cathedral Choir (boys) there are opportunities for boys aged 7-9 to audition (auditions by arrangement at different times).
Full details about the choirs’ schedules can be found at www.stalbanscathedral.org/music
New Kumon Centre, London Colney, offering Maths and English study programmes for children. Click here for more info
Saint Albans City Youth are launching their Player Development Centre for ages 5-13 year olds on a Monday at Nicholas Breakspear School. The aim of the centre is to improve social interaction, confidence, fundamental movements and technique. Saint Albans City Youth are the community club for the local area and deliver many of their community projects within your schools delivering PPA cover and lunch/afterschool clubs. Click here for more info.
Act2Act Youth Theatre holding auditions on the 24th February for children aged 8-17 to take part in our upcoming production of the hilarious "Little shop of horrors" which will be performed at the pump house theatre this November. For further information, please click here
Music Theory Courses at Dacorum Music School Tuesday 3rd April to Friday 6th April 2018 Times: 9:30am-4:00pm Cost: £120 per course. For details please click here
Relax Kids Classes. Sessions designed to help children relax, for a flyer please click here
Vista, St Albans Schools partnership, various activities at various venues. Click here for further details.
St Albans Symphony Orchestra, The opportunity to try out the instruments, under expert guidance, is always very popular. For further details click here
Perform Drama Classes. Click here for more information.
Hertfordshire Music Service, new electric guitar group project available for any pupils in Year 6 and above who might be interested. Click here for more information. Check out their website too via: www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk
St Albans Young Farmers For ages 10-26. Weekly meetings, travel and competitions within this National Organisation. For more information, please click here
St Albans Music School Please click here for information about Rock School and other activities offered by the St Albans Music School.
For more information on a new Strings Group please click here
Spanish music lessons
Click here for more information of music based Spanish lessons
Would you or your child like to learn French with a native speaker (parent at Prae Wood School), click here for more information.
Art Explorers, Pre-school Art Class, Fleetville Community Centre
Football's Future click here for details
Junior Indoor Hockey sessions run by Nakira Downes and Tariq Marcano are taking place Friday evenings in the Sports Hall at Marlborough Science Academy (Watling Street, St Albans, Herts AL1 2QA). All are welcome. Click here for further information.
Back to Netball, Harpenden and St Albans Back to Netball sessions provide a gentle re-introduction to netball, the emphasis is very much on having fun whilst learning the basics and getting a bit of exercise at the same time! The session is aimed at beginners and some people who come along haven't played for a number of years, usually since school. However, others have played a little more recently so there is a range of experiences and abilities, but new players are always very welcome! At a typical session, we start with a light, fun warm-up, followed by some simple ball skills and then a game. Click here for dates and details.
Generation Rugby UK www.generationrugbyuk.com
The Victoria Jane School of Dance, Disco, freestyle, Rock n Roll, Street and Tap dance classes in St Albans, Radlett, Bushey and Borehamwood
Click here for more details
Aweswim Swimming Lessons
For information on swimming lessons in the St Albans area click here
Che Ponton PCSO
Police Community Support Officer
Tel: 01707 806311
Law change for using your mobile phone whilst driving
It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle - this is still the case stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
Did you know? It is also illegal to use a hand-held mobile when supervising a learner driver or rider.
New penalties now mean that motorists and motorcyclists caught using a phone while driving and riding will receive six penalty points on their licence and a £200 fine. This means that new drivers, within two years of passing their test, run the risk of losing their licence for a single offence.
Keep safe – put your phone away in the glove compartment!
There is soon to be a change in the law relating to 'No Idling Zones', please do not leave your car engine running (idling) when dropping off /collecting children from school. Please be considerate to our children & adults and SWITCH OFF your car engines. Thank you.
St Albans and District Dog Watch
Part of Neighbourhood Watch. Dog walkers walk many miles, see anything suspicious report it to the police. Non urgent 101; urgent / or incident taking place 999
Hertfordshire County Council Fostering Services are looking for Foster Families
Could you take up the challenge and inspire children and young people to fulfil their potential?
If you are passionate and enthusiastic, and have at least one spare room in your home, you could foster for Hertfordshire!
Applying for a school place for September 2018. Apply online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions
Application Deadline for Secondary/Upper/Studio/University Technical College: Tuesday 31st October 2017.
Application Deadline for Primary (Reception)/Junior/Middle: Monday 15th January 2018
Keystone Workshops 2018
Harnessing the power of emotional intelligence
Parent Coaching Workshop facilitated by Sarah Ellis and Sally Sharp, Friday 2nd March 2018 : 09:30 – 12:00
- What emotional intelligence is and why it is important?
- Navigating social and emotional challenges
- What gets in the way?
- Teaching, building and modelling emotional intelligence
- Supporting emotional regulation
For further details click here
Families in Focus CIC, SLEEP TIGHT for parents caring for children with Additional Needs Proven anger management techniques for all the family. Fully funded places available by DSPL 7 so FREE for parents caring for children under 11 years old with any additional needs and living in DSPL7 areas of St Albans, Harpenden Redbourn, Wheathampstead, London Colney. January 23rd, 30th, February 6th, 20th, 27th and March 6th. For further details please click here
Families in Focus CIC, How to be a ‘Professional Parent’
A 2 hour workshop for parents/grandparent/adoptive or foster carers caring for children and/or young people with autism, ADHD and pan-disability and/or chronic health conditions. Fully funded by DSPL 7 so FREE for parents caring for children or young people with any additional needs and living in DSPL7 areas of St Albans, Harpenden Redbourn, Wheathampstead, 26th February. For further info click here
Families in Focus CIC, Parenting with Empathy to build your families emotional wellbeing and reduce behaviours that challenge. Fully funded places available by DSPL 7 so FREE for parents caring for children under 11 years old with any additional needs and living in DSPL7 areas of St Albans, Harpenden Redbourn, Wheathampstead, London Colney, 5th, 12th and 19th March. For further info click here
Families in Focus, Just for Dads Fully funded by DSPL7 and places available for any dad, grandfather, adoptive/foster father caring for a child under 11 years old with any additional need, learning/physical disability and/or chronic health condition living in St Albans, Harpenden & villages, Mon 30th April 7-9pm Strategies to manage behaviours that challenge, Mon 21st May 7-9pm Strategies to manage anger, Mon 25th June 7-9pm Using empathy to communicate and build emotional well-being Mon 9th July 7-9pm Strategies to manage anxiety. For further details click here
DSPL7 Zones of Regulation course for parents Zones of Regulation is a programme written by Canadian Educator Leah Kuypers. It is designed to support students with self-regulating their emotions, recognising the emotions of others and recognising the impact of their behaviours on the emotions of others. This session will explain the programme to parents and show them how it can be used a home as well as at school. Thursday 1st March, for more details click here
SUPPORT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF ASC These Surgeries are offered by Anne Pocock, Specialist Teacher for Autism and
Magda Glinkowska, Early Years Autism Specialist at Fleetville Junior School, St Albans, AL1 4LW. Times available are: 9.15am, 9.50am, 10.30am and 11.05am.
Spring Term 2018 - Consultation Dates:
Monday, 15th January 2018 (Afternoon sessions)
Monday, 5th February 2018
Monday, 5th March 2018. For further info click here
Understanding Anger: for parents of children aged 5-12 years Four sessions 19th February-12th March. Click here for more details
Parent Network support, guidance & learning drop in sessions for parents caring for children and young people with any additional needs, chronic health condition and/or disability
15th January Seeking sleep 1– helping children with SEND get to sleep, 5th February Seeking sleep 2 – helping children with SEND get to sleep, 26th February Phone safety with Maria Field, 19th March Independent Living skills. Click Here for more details
FIRST AID COURSE SATURDAY, 21st April 2018 9.00am – 1.00pm St Albans Fire Station, 153 London Road, AL1 1TQ A four hour accredited course for young people who babysit or care for children run by MGM Training. This course is offered to anyone aged 13 years and above. Click here for further details
RAISING BOYS COURSE For mums of boys aged 5-11 years
17th April- 8th May 2018 TUESDAY, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Community Room, Fire Station, 153 London Road, St Albans, AL1 1TQ
Four sessions for mums run by Vista St Albans, £40.00 per person (concessions available) Click here for further details
SIBS Group meetings in 2017-18. SIBS provides support for siblings of children with special needs - in Year 3 to Year 7. They meet on the last Tuesday of each month in term-time, in St Albans. For further details, please click here
DSPL7 Simple Solutions workshops with Sally Glossop. Problem solving sessions for parents/carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. All meetings run from 7.00-8.30 pm at St Albans Girls’ School. Always on Wednesday evenings Dates for your diary; 31st January 2018 21st March 2018, 23rd May 2018, 18th July 2018. Please click here for further information.
DSPL7 Focus Groups for Professionals working with children/young people with Down Syndrome, an invitation to all professionals across Hertfordshire working with children and young people with Down Syndrome in all Schools and Settings. Dates for 2018: 15th January, 13th March, 20th March. Click here for details and further information.
DSPL7 “We're all in this together ” Speech, language and communication for children with Down syndrome in the Primary Phase. A one day workshop for families and professionals supporting children with Down syndrome up to the age of 11, on understanding our children's communication profile and supporting them to develop their speech, language and communication skills. Date: Thursday 22nd March, 2018, Time: 9.30 am to 4pm Venue: St Albans Girls’ School, Sandridgebury Lane, St Albans AL3 6DB Cost: £25 for school and other professionals, £10 for parents and carers. Please click here for further details.
Families in Focus Parent Network support offers guidance & learning drop in sessions for parents caring for children with any additional need/disability/chronic health condition including Autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, PDA, Diabetes, Crohn’s and Colitis etc. in St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. Dates from March-July in St Albans click here and April to December in Hemel Hempstead click here
Harnessing the power of emotional intelligence Parent Coaching Workshop run by Sarah Ellis and Sally Sharp Friday 2nd March 2018 : 09:30 –12:00 Batchwood Leisure Centre, Batchwood Drive, St Albans, AL3 5XA. Cost £35 per person We all want children to be happy and able to cope with the ups and downs of life, whilst we cannot protect them from pressures and troubles we are able to help them develop skills and strategies to assist them. By teaching children about emotional intelligence and how they can regulate emotions we empower them socially, academically and developmentally.
Children with high levels of emotional intelligence are better able to learn, problem solve and develop positive social relationships. As social and emotional development is central to children’s success in and out of school. This workshop will explore:
• What emotional intelligence is and why it is important
• Navigating social and emotional challenges
• What gets in the way
• Teaching, building and modelling emotional intelligence
• Supporting emotional regulation
Further information and booking : Sarah Ellis 07507851586 email ; email@example.com
ST ALBANS PLUS SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP COMMUNITY NEWS
Click here for access to the Newsletter, which gives information on counselling, holiday activities, accessing foodbanks and a link to their new website.
Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Wellbeing services offering workshops, online self help or guided self help with telephone support
Mosaic Counselling Services- an affordable counselling service for all. For more information click here
What is Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)?
DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community that: Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25 years, as close to home as possible; widens choice for children and parents/carers; removes barriers to learning; improves outcomes for wellbeing and attainment; uses resources more effectively.
SPACE is a charity supporting Parents/Carers of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions. Meetings take place at St Albans Girls School (STAGS) Sandridgebury Lane, St Albans, AL3 6DB Second Friday of the month (term time only) 10am - 12pm. Click here for further details and here for general details
Parenting Children with Additional Needs, run by Families in Focus CIC, Click here for further details
DSPL SIBs group
Any child between 7-11 years with a sibling who has additional needs is very welcome to attend.
We have had excellent feedback from the children in the group who really enjoy being with other children who understand how it feels to be a 'SIB'.
The attached flyer gives details of the dates for the year.
Hertfordshire County Council have developed a directory of parenting courses, which is available on the website at
The parenting directory lists all courses that are available to parents/carers in Hertfordshire and cover a range of topics including:
• parenting a child with additional needs
• healthy relationships healthy baby programme
• confident fathers programme • caring dads
• understanding teens.
You are able to view the courses you are interested in by district, type of course and also see if there are any costs involved.
What to do if your child is unwell
There are several ways you can get help when your child is feeling unwell. From treating their illness yourself or with advice and medicines from your local pharmacy, to making an appointment to see your GP or dialing 111 if you need urgent health advice and don’t know where to go.
The two Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups have produced a 2 page information leaflet, which provides some helpful guidance on which service to use together with details of where others are located.
Children with SEN and additional needs
Free courses are available for parents, inclusive theatre groups for children, half term activities, support groups and much more.
Please click the following link for further information:
School Nursing Team
Please see the attached poster that details the services that can be provided by the School Nursing Team. For further information please contact our Assistant Head & SENCo, Tracey Lockwood on the main school number or email address.
Adult Wellbeing Service
The Wellbeing Service is an NHS service based in Hertfordshire offering practical support and talking therapies to adults from 16 years onwards. The service aims to support adults towards achieving better psychological health and well-being. For further information please see: www.hpft.nhs.uk/our-services/community-services/enhanced-primary-mental-health-services/
Phoenix GroupParents Support Group for deaf children, run by the Phoenix Group, click here for more information.