Community Events & Family Resources
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.
Please hover and click on any item with blue text for further information.
Breakfast Club runs every day in Redwood, from 7:30am. 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)
Both are run by our fully qualified staff in our well-equipped activity studio, from 3:15-6:00pm.
Local Events, Resources and Activities
St Albans Music School are running a Saturday morning music class for 3 - 6 year olds. It is based at St Albans Music School (which is within Townsend school). Please click here for more information.
Perform Drama Workshops, free Trial Session and £50 discount at Perform. This children's drama and dance school is offering a Free Trial Session and a special introductory discount of £50 for members of Prae Wood Primary School if they sign up by Saturday 19th January. Parents should quote ]ANU31-01019 when they book their free session by going to perform.org.uk/tryor calling 020 7255 9120. Click here and here for more details
Local PCSO contact:
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.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE YELLOW ZIG ZAG LINES AT THE SCHOOL ENTRANCE, OR BLOCK ACCESS TO THE SITE AT ANY TIME
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!
Scarlet Fever information from Public Health England
Click here for their fact sheet.
The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.
If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:
- See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible
- Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
- Stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection
Scarlet fever does not present an increased risk to pregnant women or their unborn babies. There is no need to take any extra precautions if you are pregnant and have been in contact with a case of Scarlet Fever.
Complications from co-infection with Chicken Pox
Children who have had chickenpox recently are more likely to develop more serious infection during an outbreak of scarlet fever and so parents should remain vigilant for symptoms such as a persistent high fever, cellulitis (skin infection) and arthritis. If you are concerned for any reason please seek medical assistance immediately.
If you are aware that Chicken Pox is also circulating at your child’s school or nursery then please be extra vigilant for the symptoms of scarlet fever and chicken pox.
Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. It causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters. They then crust over to form scabs, which eventually drop off. To prevent spreading the infection, keep children off nursery or school until five days after the date of rash onset, by which point most of the spots should have crusted over.
For most children, chickenpox is a mild illness that gets better on its own. But some children can become more seriously ill and need to see a doctor. Contact your GP straight away if your child develops any abnormal symptoms, for example:
- if the blisters on their skin become infected
- if your child has a pain in their chest or has difficulty breathing
You can find more information on chickenpox and scarlet fever on NHS choices: www.nhs.uk.
Help UK Air Ambulance Services by recycling your Used Postage Stamps!
The UK’s Air Ambulance Services are charities which receive no government funding and rely entirely on charitable donations to continue flying and responding to life threatening medical emergencies. We are now volunteering our time to help raise funds through the recycling of postage stamps. All funds raised will be donated to the Association of Air Ambulances to be distributed equally to all UK Air Ambulance Services
Whether they're British or overseas, new or used, send them to us and we'll turn them into funds to keep the UK Air Ambulance Services responding to life threatening medical emergencies. All you need to do is cut or carefully tear the stamped corner from any envelope or packet that you receive in the post and start a collection. Once you have a large bundle, bag them up and send them to us at the below address:
Stamps can be posted to:
Air Ambulance - Stamp Appeal, 59 Mitre Copse, Bishopstoke, Near Eastleigh, Hants, SO50 8QE
Applying for a school place for September 2019. Apply online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions
For details of secondary schools open events, please click here
Application Deadline for Secondary/Upper/Studio/University Technical College: 31st October 2018
Application Deadline for Primary (Reception)/Junior/Middle:
5 Nov 2018 – you can apply for a primary, junior and middle school to start in September 2019.
15 Jan 2019 – deadline for on time applications.
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
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.
Free School Meals
Free School Meal update
1. From April 2018, the criteria used to determine free school meals entitlement will be changing to reflect the introduction of universal credit and the phasing out of other benefits.
2. All pupils in receipt of free school meals from Sunday 1st April 2018 will, assuming they are still in education, be entitled to receive a free school meal until universal credit is fully rolled out in 2022, and then until the end of their phase of education. Those already in receipt of a free school meal will continue to receive a free school meal.
The Child Health Clinics are moving after Saturday 7th July. Please click here for details of their temporary relocation and clinic times.
Other Courses for parents and families
Keystone Workshop 'Raising Confident Children and Tackling their Fears' Mon 1st April 2019 | 19.30-21.15 £19 The Maltings Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL. For further information please click here
Keystone Workshop, Growth Mindset–A Guide for Parents, Mon 4th Mar. 2019 19.30-21.00, The Maltings Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL, For further info click here
Keystone Workshop, Understanding Eating Disorders in Children and Teens, Mon 25th Mar. 2019 | 19.30-21.15 £19 The Maltings Theatre, St. Albans AL1 3HL, For further details click here
Keystone Workshop, Understanding Adolescence – Positive Strategies for Parents, Mon 28th January. 2019 | 19.30-21.00 £19 The Maltings Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL For further details please click here
Keystone Workshop, Primary School Maths – the Basics for Parents, Mon 21st Jan. 2019 | 7:30 - 9:15pm £22 Fleetville Infants and Nursery School, Woodstock Rd South Entrance, AL1 4QJ. For further details click here
St Albans Vista, RAISING BOYS COURSE For parents/carers of boys aged 5-12 years DATE: 27th February–20th March 2019 Wednesday, 7.00pm–9.00pm To find out more click here and to book a place please call Vista on 07584 798528 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Albans Vista, FIRST AID COURSE FOR TEENAGERS SATURDAY, 2nd March 2019 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.
Once a telephone /email booking has been made, please request a Booking Form and return this with payment to Vista St Albans CIC, Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW, To find out more click here and to book a place please call Vista on 07584 798528 or Email: email@example.com (Cheques payable to Vista St Albans CIC)(Concessions given upon application –please ask us) www.vistastalbans.org.uk
Natural Flair Coaching Presents… Master Your Inner SuperHero!
Workshops for kids, Monday 18th February 2019, Our Incredible Kids Workshops are fun and interactive, focusing on areas such as selfesteem, building resilience, mental health, wellbeing, and emotional regulation enabling children to feel confident emotionally. Click here for further details
Understanding Teens, The Gross Stuff & Ground Rules, a fully funded free 6 weeks course for parents of children 11+
Topics covered include:The importance of self-esteem/resilience; Tools for handling conflict; understanding physical and emotional development; Teen brain development and teen culture; Improving communication and relationships; Dealing with challenging behaviour
Venue: St Albans Girls School (STAGS), Sandridgebury Lane, St Albans AL3 6DB Time 7pm–9pm
Date Wed 27th Feb-3rd April 2019
For more details please click here
SUPPORT SESSIONS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF ASC Surgeries are offered by Anne Pocock, Specialist Teacher for Autism and Magda Glinkowska, Early Years Autism Specialist.
FREE course for parents and carers of children with additional needs 'Understanding Behaviour' which is being held at Sauncey Wood School, Harpenden, starting in January 2019. For further details please click here
HAND News is a free online newsletter for parents and carers of children and young people (0-25 years) with additional needs and disabilities.
It has information about workshops for parents, community services for children and young people, support groups and much more.
Read all about it in the September edition of HAND News -www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/handnews
SPACE Support Group meets the second Friday of the month, term time only. Click here for details
Potential Girls, a social meeting group on the first Tuesday of every month, starting on the 2nd October for girls age 12-18 with ADHD or on the Autistic Spectrum. For details click here
BeeZee Bodies are commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council to run healthy lifestyle programmes (BeeZee Families) across Hertfordshire. We work with families who have children between the ages of 5 and 15 who may need help with their weight management and making healthier changes. We have our next set of programmes at Verulam School, St Albans, starting Tuesday 8th January 2019, 5.30-7.30pm.
Please click here for details.
DSPL Problem solving sessions for parents/carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder All meetings run from 7.00 - 8.30pm Always on Wednesday evenings Dates for your diary; 12th September 2018, 21st November 2018, 30th January 2019 13th March 2019, 15th May 2019, 10th July 2019 at St Albans Girls' School Click here for details
DSPL Sibs Group, Do you have a brother or sister of any age with special needs? Are you in Year 3 to Year 7? Would you like to come and join our Sibs group once a month? Sibs Group runs on the last Tuesday of every month (unless it’s school holidays!)
25th September 2018 23rd October 2018 27th November 2018 29th January 2019 26th February 2019 26th March 2019 30th April 2019 11th June 2019 9th July 2019
For further details, please click here
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
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 Group Parents Support Group for deaf children, run by the Phoenix Group, click here for more information.
Use this link for access to a '10 Qualities of Autism' document, which originally was published in the West Herts Teaching Schools Partnership, under the Pulse newsletter