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.
Information for parents and carers from Professor Jim McManus, Director of Public Health regarding Coronavirus
Social distancing and taking basic hygiene precautions remains the best way to reduce the chances of spreading any virus: sneeze or cough into a tissue, bin it, wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands. Using a normal detergent to clean the surfaces people touch regularly like door handles and lift buttons is also sensible.
Breakfast Clubs run every day, 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) from 3:15-6:00pm
Our clubs are run by our fully qualified staff.
Challenge Sport & Education are running covid-compliant half term courses in Multisports at Cunningham Hill Junior School and Wheatfields Infant School, from 26th-30th October, ages 5-11 For flyer details click here, for letter click here
Football's Future Monday to Thursday of October half term. Keeping bubbles through out the week.
Football Rec to Y2 - https://sports-future.com/club/st-albans-holiday-club-rec-year-1-and-year-2
Football Y3 to Y6 - https://sports-future.com/club/st-albans-holiday-club-rec-year-1-and-year-2
Multi-sports Rec to Y6 - https://sports-future.com/club/st-albans-holiday-club-multi-sport
Watford FC CSE Trust are running football courses during October Half Term (Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October) for boys & girls aged 6-12 at Westfield Academy, Watford and Roundwood Park, Harpenden running 10am-3pm. To book on either course and/or for more information, please visit https://watfordfc.coordinate.cloud/
Re:play October Half Term Holiday Club, Monday 26th-Thursday 29th October at St John Fisher School. Click here for more details
Local Events, Resources and Activities
Beatz Dance Academy, for information regarding local classes and holiday events, please click here
St Albans Pottery are offering a Make-at-Home Pottery Club, iwth a Half term Halloween Make-at-Home pottery kit to keep fingers busy! For more information please click here
The St Albans Rainbow Trail is holding a community Halloween Week from Sunday 25th October till Saturday 31st October with a trio of fun competitions to enter (all socially distanced/virtual) and with some fantastic prizes on offer to win. Full details can be found on the poster here.
Herts Music Service are running ensembles for children to take part in with different instruments and abilities. Simply click on the eventbrite links to register to take part. Pupils can sign up for two free trial sessions to see if the group is for them before signing up properly.
The various groups are:
Junior & Intermediate Strings (all orchestral strings players)
Junior Wind Band (all woodwind and brass players)
Wednesdays 6 – 7pm
Birdland Band (Jazz – all woodwind and brass players, percussion, keyboard/piano)
SAMS Rock School (guitars, keyboards, drummers, budding rock vocalists)
SAMS Music & Movement (Dalcroze Eurhythmics) – for little ones up to Year 2
Fortnightly on Saturdays 10:45 – 11:30am
SAMS Children’s Music Theatre (all who love to sing)
Fortnightly on Saturdays 2:15 – 4pm
Sustainable St Albans are running an initiative aimed to get us all Learning from Lockdown, and have produced this poster on the theme. They hope it will encourage all of us to Learn from Lockdown and continue to take part in positive activities to support the natural environment and strengthen communities
St Albans Rainbow Trail are running a district competition organised in celebration of Black History Month. Full details of the event and how to enter can be found on the St Albans Rainbow Trail group on FB. Entries can include artwork, poetry, singing or playing of a musical instrument with winning entries receiving a prize and an opportunity to be included within an article in the Herts Advertiser. Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/810803489428718/ to find out more
Herts Balance and Ride: Learn to balance and ride and develop better bike control courses (Autumn 2020), for children aged 3.5-10 October dates in Welwyn Garden city and St Albans. Click here for further information
Perform Drama Classes for KS1 and KS2 children are now on offer. Visit https://www.perform.org.uk/free-drama-class to register for a free class, and claim a £40 discount for any classes booked
Salaried teacher training opportunities with Alban Federation School Direct is an initial teacher training programme based in schools as opposed to university. Although trainees are released one day a week most of the training is in school. The idea of School Direct is to give trainee teachers a more ‘hands-on’ teaching experience than traditional university based routes into teaching. There are two School Direct programmes offered; these are fee paying and salaried. Both routes award QTS at the end of the programme. Please click here for full details of the scheme, and visit www.albanfederation.com
Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools are safely re-opening their schools this Autumn.We provide drama, dance and singing classes, for students aged 3 to 18 years. Jigsaw aims to develop confidence, focus, articulation and communication skills through fun performing arts classes therefore supporting the work that they do at school. Click here for more details
Raring2go Although there is no paper copy of this magazine currently, you can still find out what fun activities are taking place this term? The link is https://magazines.raring2go.co.uk/stalbans/autumn/
Established in 2008, SAM Music School provides weekly live online music lessons for guitar, drum kit, piano and voice. They are Ofsted registered and deliver thousands of lessons every month and prices are on average around 25% cheaper compared with most LA music services, plus we accept Childcare Vouchers. For further details please click here
Karate lessons, Kevin Coles is offering beginner lessons via Zoom for Y1-Y6 Prae Wood children, please click here for further information.
Code Club with <Think> Big. Autumn Workshops. Click here for more information.
Overture Performing Arts Stage School run weekend and evening performance classes for all ages 4-21 based in St Albans, for more information click here.
To access the document
This document offers resources to access for support during the challenging times associated with tackling the Coronavirus pandemic
Hertfordshire Family Centre Service: Supporting families, parents and carers
Family Centres are there to help with all aspects of life; from raising healthy, happy children to supporting with problems at home. They offer both universal and targeted services. The Family Centre Service is there to offer advice and guidance or to support families
during periods of difficulty. They offer targeted support through 1-1 and group packages of support, tailored to the needs of families. To find out more contact the Family Centre Service. Click here for more information about the support on offer, and how to contact them.
Online Gaming Safety Advice for Parents and Carers
Online gaming can offer many positive experiences. It can give children and young people the chance to escape into a virtual world, to learn, and to connect with others.
However, there is a risk of children and young people viewing inappropriate content in games and being contacted by adults seeking to exploit them.
This week the activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children explores how they can stay safe while gaming:
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. (Children Exploitation and Online Protection)
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Applying for a school place for September 2021. Apply online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions
Secondary schools open events take place in July, September and October. Please check individual school's websites and local press for specific details, or see the Moving On 2020 information.
Application Deadline for Secondary/Upper/Studio/University Technical College: 31st October 2020
Application Deadline for Primary (Reception)/Junior/Middle:
Nov 2020 – you can apply for a primary, junior and middle school to start in September 2020.
15th Jan 2020 – deadline for on time applications.
If you are interested in applying for a place at Townsend School, they invite you to visit their website to view an interactive 3D model of the school for a virtual open tour at www.townsend.herts.sch.uk
To view a copy of their invitation letter please click here
The South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium
Registration to sit the entrance paper exam for secondary admission in September 2021 to schools in the South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium opened on the 20th April 2020.
The South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium consists of the following schools:
- Croxley Danes (music only)
- St Clement Danes
- Watford Grammar School for Boys
- Watford Grammar School for Girls
For further information please click here or visit the following website, which contains all the relevant supporting information:
Free School Meals
1. From April 2018, the criteria used to determine free school meals entitlement was changed 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.
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 Deputy 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/
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
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.
You can find more information on chickenpox and scarlet fever on NHS choices: www.nhs.uk.
Courses for Parents and Families
Hertfordshire Practical Parenting: Creating an effective environment for your children to talk to you, FREE online parent event, Saturday 17th October 11:00am-12:00pm. Click here for more information and to register
ADD-vance The ADHD and Autism Trust, New free online workshops for parents/carers 2020-21 running from October 2020 to March 2021, funded by Hertfordshire County Council. For full course listings please click here
Families Feeling Safe: Supporting families with Protective Behaviours. A free course for Dads and Male carers of children 0-19 in Three Rivers area. Dates in November and December, please click here for further information
Families Feeling Safe: Supporting families with Protective Behaviours. A free course for Dads and Male carers of children 0-19 in Welwyn and Hatfield. Dates in November and December, please click here for further information
Family Lives: Bringing up confident children, for parents of children with SEN Join a virtual online group on Thursday between 15th October to 10th December at 12:30-2:30pm. Click here for more information
Family Lives: Are you dealing with challenging behaviour from your teens? Do they have an FFA, CIN, CP or a Youth Justice Plan? Join free online support groups
Wednesdays 7th October-18th November, 7-9pm
Thursdays 12th November-17th December, 7-9pm
Fridays 13th November-18th December, 9:30-11:30am
Click here for more information and how to register
SPACE Support Group meets the second Friday of the month, term time only. Click here for details
Space: Online Supporting Autism, a workshop designed to help you learn more about Autism, giving you an overview of the characteristics and understanding the criteria for diagnosis, Tuesday 20th October, 7-8pm Click here for more details and to book a free space
Spectrum Famillies and Young People's Service, Hertfordshire: a free and confidential service for young people under 18 and young adults up to 25, offering help and advice with challenges in everyday life. Click here for more information
Families in Focus CIC support offers guidance & learning drop in sessions for parents caring for children with any special eductational need in St Albans.
Families in Focus CIC: Handling Anger in Your Family For parents living in Hertfordshire and parenting children from 5-11 years. Online via Zoom Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and October 6th, 13th. Click here for details
Families in Focus CIC: A Complete Guide to Parenting Children with ALL Special Educational Need Online via Zoom, Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. October 7th, 14th, 21st and November 4th, 11th, 18th. Click here for details
Parent Network Lockdown October 2020 Zoom Parent Network. Meetings will be online via Zoom. Any parent who has not attended a Parent Network session before and like to do so, please email email@example.com
Supporting Links: UNDERSTANDING BEHAVIOUR IN YOUR CHILD WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS. A free 6 week course for parents and carers of children aged 2-19 years with a recognised additional need. Diagnosis is not essential.
We will help you to:
• Understand your child’s behaviour.
• Find strategies that really work.
• Understand conflict : why it happens and how to handle it.
• Manage anger effectively.
• Motivate, encourage and support your child.
• Manage the different needs within your family
MONDAYS 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November and 7th December 2020, 8.00 - 9.15pm Click here
Supporting Links: Talking Dads, This FREE ONLINE COURSE will help you be the Dad you want to be! Over 6 weekly sessions, fathers and male carers of children aged 0-19 will be supported to:
• Increase confidence in your parenting.
• Develop your dad/child relationship, now and for the future.
• Improve listening and communication skills.
• Develop strategies for dealing with anger and conflict.
• Learn how to enforce boundaries
TUESDAYS 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th November and 1st, 8th December 2020, 8.00pm - 9.15pm Click here
Supporting Links: Talking Families. FREE 6 week online course for parents and carers of children aged 0-12, which is designed to help you
• Manage challenging behaviour with consistency
• Encourage positive behaviour
• Build your child's self esteem
• Set and maintain boundaries
• Respond to tantrums and difficult feelings in children
WEDNESDAYS 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th November and 2nd, 9th December 2020, 10.00 - 11.15am Click here
TUESDAYS 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th November and 1st, 8th December 2020, 10.00 - 11.15am Click here
Supporting Links: Talking Teens. A FREE 6 week online course for parents and carers of children aged 12-19 will cover
• The Teen Brain: Recognising the physical and emotional changes taking place during the teenage years and why their behaviour changes.
• The link between behaviour and communicating difficult feelings.
• How to maintain your relationship with good communication.
• Understanding risk taking behaviour around drugs, alcohol and gang culture.
• How to negotiate during a conflict situation
THURSDAYS 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th November and 3rd, 10th December 2020 8.00 - 9.15pm Click here for details
MONDAYS 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November and 7th December 2020 8.00 - 9.15pm Click here for details
BeeZee Live Families Free Weekly Webinars to help your family be healthier 12 weeks of webinars covering topics such as healthy snacking, balanced meals, portion size and physical activity. New groups begin on 5th October, sign up for your free place at www.beezeebodies.com
My Baby's Brain Online Training Programme, a 3 step combined learning programme of webinars, e-learning and tutorials offering support to parents at the earliest opportunity. To find out more, please click here
Protective Behaviours: FREE 5 week course on Zoom. This course will enable parents and carers to recognise and build on their own strengths in managing and understanding their children's behaviour, communicating with others, expressing feelings and making safe choices.
Thursday 12th, 19th, 26th November, 3rd, 10th December (1:00-2:30) Click here
Tuesday 6th, 13th, 20th October, 3rd, 10th November (10:30-12:00) Click here
NESSie and Angels Autism and ADHD Support: Free online course Supporting children with Additional Needs 0-8 years, Monday 28th September 2020, 1:00-2:30pm
NESSie and Angels Autism and ADHD Support: Free online course Supporting children with Additional Needs back into school post lock-down. Monday 5th October 2020, 1:00 – 2:30 pm For further details and to book a place, please click here
NESSie and Angels Autism and ADHD Support: Free online course Supporting children with Additional Needs - Teenage years. Monday 12th October 2020, 1:00-2:30pm. For further details and to book a place, please click here
NESSie and Angels Autism and ADHD Support: Free online course Supporting children with Additional Needs - Siblings of children with additional needs. Monday 9th November 2020, 1:00-2:30pm. For further details and to book a place, please click here
NESSie and Angels Autism and ADHD Support: Free online course Supporting children with Additional Needs - Relationships and sexuality Monday 23rd November 2020, 1:00-2:30pm. For further details and to book a place, please click here
NESSie and Angels Autism and ADHD Support: Free online course Supporting children with Additional Needs- Girls and Women,
Monday 19th October 2020, 1:00-2:30pm For further details and to book a place, please click here
Monday 7th December 2020, 1:00-2:30 For further details and to book a place, please click here
NESSie and DSPL7: Free course for parents whose children attend schools in St Albans, Harpenden and the surrounding villages. Exploring causes of anxiety in young people and an opportunity to discuss effective management. Monday 28th September, 1-2:30pm. Click here for further information
For details of a huge amount of support courses being run in Autumn by Hertfordshire's Family Services Commissioning, please click here For full details of each course and how to refer to providers please go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport
The OLLIE Foundation offer courses designed to support staff, students and parents over summer and into the new academic year. Please click here to find out more, or visit
Parents' Wellbeing Training: a free programme of support to manage increased overwhelm, anxiety or crisis within your family. This includes 3 practical online training sessions, to support you and provide practical tips for supporting your family's wellbeing. Sessions are scheduled for 5th November, 10th December and 22nd January 2021. Please click here to view full details
The PDA Elephant in the Room. A support group for parents of children with PDA, meeting at Sandridge Village Hall, Sandridge on Tuesdays between January and December from 7-9pm. Click here for further details
An integrated Children and Young People’s Therapies Service Advice Line has recently been launched by The NHS Community Trust. This is for parents, carers and professionals who may have a concern about a child or young person and wish to discuss a potential referral to either Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech & Language Therapy. Click here for further information
For all Natural Flair Coaching courses booking please phone
01992 446051 or visit www.natural-flair.com
Natural Flair: The Secrets of Parenting Teens and Building Resilience, a free 6 week course for parents and carers of children aged 11+ Online sessions Wednesday 28th October, 7-9pm and Tuesday 3rd November, 7-9pm Click here for more info
Potential Kids: Social Activities and Training for Neurodiverse Children (autism/adhd and related conditions), their Siblings and Families. Click here for more information
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
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