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 20:30-21:30.
Please click here for more information regarding Adult Yoga classes with Gopa and Naomi
THURSDAY HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Beginners 19:30-20:25, Experienced 20:30-21:25.
Please click here for more information
The Elms Holiday Multi Sports Camp, St Peter's School include a range of sports, tennis, football, basketball, kwik cricket, hockey, multi-sports etc and are open to ALL children from the local area aged 4-12. Click here for more information
Vista, St Albans Schools partnership, various activities at various venues. Click here for further details.
Halloween Art Workshops, Harpenden. Click here for details
Local Events, Resources and Activities
Peppa Pig, family and friends coming to the Grove Theatre on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October. Click here for information.
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
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
Vacancy at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust for a part-time (15 hpw) Reserves Admin Assistant at our offices in the Verulamium Park, St Albans. This role might be particularly appealing to local parents wanting to work flexible part-time hours. All the details can be found on the website – www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs
The deadline for applications is Monday 25th September.
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!
Homestart Volunteer Family Support prep courses- volunteers needed
Home-Start Hertfordshire will be running two volunteer family support prep courses this year, aiming to fulfil the capacity of families in need across the county. Please click here for further information
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!
HSCB Course, Helping Parents Safeguard their Children, click here for further details
For information about Free School Meals either click here, or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
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; 6th September 2017, 22nd November 2017, 31st January 2018 21st March 2018, 23rd May 2018, 18th July 2018. Please click here for further information.
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
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.
Happy Children Wellbeing Conference 23rd September.
Prepare children to live a healthy, fulfilled and happy life with insights and skills offered by experts in the field of child development, mental health and wellbeing. Click here for more information.
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
Parenting Children with Additional Needs, run by Families in Focus CIC, **NEW DATES** Tuesdays 7-9pm, 26th September, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th October, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November and 5th December at Oaklands College, St Albans
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.
FREE 5 week course to help parents recognise and positively respond to your child’s anxiety with solution focused strategies.
Please click here for the flyer and information regarding this free 5 week course.
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.