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.
From September 2019 we plan to offer Little Breakfast Club and Little RASCals, which will provide a separate space (Ash Room) for the wraparound care of children in Nursery and Reception classes.
Fit, Fed and Read, free activity days at St Albans Fire Station during the Summer Holidays. For children aged 8-11 that are eligible for free school meals. Click here for details
Nexthing Education Kids Technology Camp at St Peter’s School, AL1 1HL, click here for details
Re:play Holiday Clubs, click here for further information
Club Excel Holiday Activity Camps at Beaumont School, for details please click here
Summer Holiday Art Workshops, please click here for information
Football's Future, Holiday Clubs this Summer in St Albans & Ware giving children fun and healthy things to do during the School Holidays! Please book via the following link: https://www.footballs-future.com/product-category/holiday-clubs-courses/, please book early as places are limited.
Football's Future are also hosting an Open Day on Saturday 20th July from 1pm onwards at Harvesters FC, St Albans. The day will be free to attend, and will include Football Tournaments, Inflatables, Games, Refreshments etc for everyone. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the day. Please register your children's interest via the following webpage:
Mother Nature Science Summer Camps, at venues across Herts during the Summer holidays. Click here for more information
Fit for Sport, Activity Camps at Westminster Lodge running from 27th June to 4th September. Click here for details
Barracudas Day Camps, now taking bookings for 2019. Click here for more details
Challenge Sport, Multi-sport courses. Click here for details
Local Events, Resources and Activities
On Saturday 6th July between 10:30 and 11:30am the original Gangsta Granny (aka actress Gilly Tompkins) will be joining us for a reading from David Walliam’s bestselling book followed by an interactive craft session. Tickets cost £3 per person and are available in the library and online. For details click here
Batchwood Tennis, all ages and abilities are welcome. Please see flyer click here
An introduction to Rugby for girls in Years 6/7/8 girls rugby at Harpenden RFC, Sunday 14th July and Sunday 11th August. For more information click here
OA's Rugby, Junior Girls Summer Training available to new and experienced players, starting on 3rd July. Click here for details
Vista Plus, Summer Activities for children, various dates and venues- please click here to find out more
Marlborough School's 'M Festival' will take place on Saturday 6th July. Click here for details
Watford FC Girls are rebranding to LGDA from 1st June and holding Open Training Sessions for girls from ages U8-18+, please see dates and details here
Folk by the Oak, a one-day family friendly festival, returns to your local area (Hatfield House, Hatfield) on Sunday 14th of July.
This fun filled day includes many child friendly activities ranging from natural craft activities to longbow archery, storytelling to didgeridoo workshops, with something for all ages.
This year we are also delighted to be hosting Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, authors of The Lost Words, to talk about how their phenomenal book of spells has grown into a worldwide movement. At Folk by the Oak there will be spell songs inspired activities in the family area and a chance to meet the people behind the magic.
For further details, please click herePUB IN THE PARK, St Albans, 13-15 September
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.
Applying for a school place for September 2020 for schools within the SW Herts Consortium
The South West Herts Consortium schools are:
- Croxley Danes School (Music aptitude only)
- Parmiter's School
- Queens’ School
- Rickmansworth School
- St Clement Danes School
- Watford Grammar School for Boys
- Watford Grammar School for Girls
The academic testing for these schools for September 2020 admissions will take place in September 2019. Parents will be asked to register their child with the Consortium between Monday 22nd April and Friday 21st June 2019. The best way to do this is via the SW Herts Admissions Consortium website, which is timed to open in line with these dates. For more details, please 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.
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
Delivery Special Provision Locally DSPL7 For information on the work carried out by DSPL please visit their website on dspl7.org.uk
For the January Newsletter 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.
Hungry Little Minds campaign
Hungry Little Minds is the new Department for Education campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development. The three-year campaign, which launched with social media and online adverts in July, aims to help parents understand that they have a massive impact on their child’s learning. Reading, playing and chatting with them are simple things they can do to help them develop, even when they are too young to say much back.
Parents can access tips and activities from https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ and also search for activities in your area using a new postcode finder service.
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.
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
Measles outbreaks information from Public Health England - May 2019
Please click here for the latest letter from Public Health England regarding the Measles outbreaks in Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
Measles is a highly infectious disease which spreads very easily. If you are unsure if your child is protected from measles, check with your doctor.
Symptoms can include: a cough, runny nose, rash, sore red watery eyes and fever. Complications of measles can be serious and include ear and chest infections, fits, diarrhoea and brain infection.
For more information on measles please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/mealsles/pages/introduction.aspx
Chickenpox and Ibuprofen
Please do not give children Ibuprofen/Nurofen if they have chickenpox.
This type of medication is an anti-inflammatory and it reacts with chickenpox making them go deeper into the skin tissue.
Nurofen is Ibuprofen based and the NHS website does state for children not to take Ibuprofen based products for chickenpox. It should also state this on all Nurofen bottles.
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 Xchange Master, 272 Bath Street, GLASGOW, G2 4JR
Courses for Parents and Families
Supporting Links: Talking Teens, a free 6 week course for parents and carers of children aged 12-13. Wednesdays 12th, 19th and 26th June, 3rd, 10th and 17th July 2019 19:00-21:00 at The Community Room, St Albans Fire Station, London Road, St Albans AL1 1TQ. Pre booking essential. For further details please click here
Vista 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 for Parents/Carers. You are welcome to attend any of the dates. For more information and to check availability, please call Vista St Albans CIC on 07584 798528 to book your 30 minutes appointment.
All Surgeries will take place at Fleetville Junior School, 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW. Times available are: 9.15am, 9.50am, 10.30am and 11.05am.
Summer Term 2019 - Consultation Dates:
Monday,7th October 2019
Monday, 2nd December 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
DSPL7 Newsletter published in May 2019, click here
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.
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
NHS East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the local GP-led NHS organisation are seeking views on proposals to a change to opening hours at the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at the New QEII Hospital . The UCC is very well used during the day, with an average of 118 people using the centre during a typical 24 hour period. However, between 10pm and 6am, on average less than one person per hour uses it.
They want to hear local people’s views on a proposal to close the UCC during the hours it is used infrequently, between 10pm and 8am. During this period, highly skilled nursing staff currently based at the UCC could instead support patients with serious or life-threatening conditions in the A&E department at the Lister Hospital.
Find out more and share your views on the challenges and proposal by Wednesday 4 September, 2019 at https://qeiiucc.enhertsccg.nhs.uk
If you need urgent medical help at any time please call NHS 111, it is free and open 24/7
Moving on 2020 - If your child is currently in Year 5, please find here the link to Moving on 2020 leaflet from HCC with the open events and key dates for secondary transfer.
Calling all families!
Hertfordshire County Council have launched a short survey and are looking for families to help understand which services for children and young people they use and how they find their information.
The results of the survey will be used to help make sure that the right information and advice is available to support families, and that it’s easy for parents, grandparents and carers to find what they need.
In Hertfordshire there are a range of services, as well as information and advice available to support families including counselling services, local groups, clubs and activities, health services, SEND services and parenting courses. It’s important that everyone caring for a child or young person has access to these services and information to give every family a helping hand if and when needed.
If you are a parent, grandparent or carer please do take the time to complete the survey and help shape future services and information.
Survey closes on 14th July. Thank you, we appreciate your help. http://www.thegrid.org.uk/leadership/familiesfirst/#survey
Local PCSO contact:
Matt Bennett PCSO
Police Community Support Officer
Tel: 01707 354192
'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!
NSPCC - Following on from the recent assemblies to the children, please click here for the Remember to Speak out. Stay safe poster from the NSPCC. These posters are also to be found around the school.
If any child is worried about something, speak out to a grown up they can trust, or talk to Childline on 0800 1111 or visit childine.org.uk/kids for more information.