Community Events & Family Resources
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE NOT REMOVED ANY NOTICES POSTED, ALTHOUGH MANY OF THESE EVENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE CANCELLED. THEY REMAIN HERE AS REFERENCE POINTS AND SOURCES OF INFORMATION.
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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This document offers resources to access for support during the challenging times associated with tackling the Coronavirus pandemic
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
Both are run by our fully qualified staff in our well-equipped activity studio, for years 1-6 children.
Re:Play Holiday Club is open for 4-11 year olds, 20th July to 28th August at St John Fisher School, click here for more details
Local Events, Resources and Activities
This year's Summer Reading Challenge is still going ahead and has been redesigned as a digital version.
Let's Get Silly launched on Friday 5th June and will run into September. Join a host of mad cap animal characters in The Silly Squad and celebrate books that make us happy and laugh. Register for free on the Silly Squad website, a safe and secure platform set up by The Reading Agency. Children will be able to set their own reading goal, collect virtual rewards and unlock activities. This year children may read anything - from library to school books, ebooks or e-audio. We have a great selection to choose from in our BorrowBox digital library.
So get set to get silly and have loads of fun this summer!
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.
We have received a letter from HCC, in conjunction with Beezee Bodies, regarding services and courses for families. Click here to see further information about their healthy lifestyle masterclasses and read the full letter.
Herts Balance & Ride
Herts Balance and Ride are offering a limited number of sessions in late July and August. Details are here: http://www.hertsbalance.uk/publicschedule.html These are a very cost-effective way of helping children learn this fantastic life-skill and the course has been assessed to ensure they are covid-compliant.
Hertfordshire Music Service are launching a new online series called Herts Jazz Hive @Home.
Our HMS Jazz Tutors have put together a series of live webinars aimed at guiding you through an exploration of improvisation which is accessible to those who have never improvised or had an experience playing Jazz before, but also will have some challenges for those more experience players. The series can be accessed by anyone on any instrument!
The series will allow students to learn and explore at their own pace with supporting resources which is available via the HMS website www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/jazz
We hope you can join us for this exciting musical journey; the first webinar will be streamed live on YouTube through the following link at 4 p.m. on Thursday 2nd July: https://youtu.be/ZmyZKul5pO8
Don’t worry if you cannot join us live, all videos will be available to view after broadcast via the website.
If you have any questions please do get in touch with email@example.com.
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
Setpoint Hertfordshire have teamed up with STARLIGHT STEM to bring you a fantastic Competition for all primary school pupils aged between 7 -11years (year groups 2 – 6) who are still at school or working from home!
Free to enter just click on the link https://indd.adobe.com/view/b6268763-e913-4a58-b4bd-d300a048202c and it will take you to the online flyer for more details about the competition.
Please note: One registration per pupil but we are not restricting pupils per household.
Karate lessons, Kevin Coles is offering beginner lessons via Zoom for Y1-Y6 Prae Wood children, please click here for further information.
Code Clubs @ Home suitable for Years 3-6, please click here for further information.
Football's Futures are offering FREE online sessions via their Facebook and Youtube channels, incase you need fresh ideas to keep your children occupied and active these coming months.
Legoclub St Albans at Fleetville 2020, set up for children on the autistic spectrum and those with special needs, meets on Saturday mornings, with future dates up until the 5th December. Click here for more information
Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership will run their fourth annual Summer Community Engagement Event, as part of the Hertfordshire Year of culture.The theme for us this year is ‘Carnival’ and will be held on 11th July 2020 at Bricket Wood. We are therefore inviting local schools, colleges and Community youth groups to take part and celebrate with us. For details on events planned and how you can take part click here
Sustainable St Albans runs (free) information sessions showing residents how to use a Thermal Imaging Camera which then can then borrow (again free) to see where heat is leaking from their houses. The sessions take place in St Albans (and also in Harpenden) roughly fortnightly throughout the winter. As a result many people make changes which save them money and reduce their carbon footprint. Find out more at www.sustainablestalbans.org/thermal-imaging or click here
Explore Learning offer tuition and support for children. Click here for further details
Perform Workshops offer a free educational app for iPhones and iPads based around the theme of Around The World. It contains fun games, creative tasks and videos of the themed songs and dances. Click here to download it free or here to find out more about the Around The World theme.
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.
15 Jan 2020 – deadline for on time applications.
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 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/
Matt Bennett PCSO
Police Community Support Officer
Tel: 01707 354192
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.
'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
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.
Courses for Parents and Families
Summer Workshop Programme
Below is a Programme of FREE workshops, group work and drop in support hubs that are open to all schools within the Hertfordshire MHST Trailblazer project over the six weeks summer holidays. Please register interest at the Eventbrite links provided.
Parent Workshops: Supporting Children transitioning back to school after lock down (Reception – Year 8)
5th August 2020 – 10am
12th August 2020 – 10am
19th August 2020 – 10am
26th August 2020 – 10am
Children/Young People Groups/Drop-in Support Hubs: Managing Anxiety 4 Week Programme (Age 13+)
6th August 2020 – 27th August 2020 at 11am once a week for four weeks
Exam Results Support Hub (GCSE – Year 11)
20th August 2020 – 2pm-4pm
21th August 2020 – 11am-1pm
Exam Results Support Hub (A-Level – Years 12-13)
13th August 2020 – 2pm-4pm
14st August 2020 – 11am-1pm
The OLLIE Foundation offer courses designed to support staff, students and parents this summer and into the new academic year. Please click here to find out more, or visit
The OLLIE Foundation have some great opportunities to support students, families and educators' wellbeing and mental health you all leave school for the summer holidays.
In collaboration with iheart, they are offering a FREE 10 session summer programme for students in Yrs 5 & 6 and Years 10 & 11. Places are limited to 20 on each session
NESSie Parent Support Group, 6 week support course, 'Anxiety in Children' is an online course, which will focus on separation anxiety and strategies to help with transitioning back to school after Covid-19, running from Thursday 2nd July to Thursday 10th September.
For more details, including how to book a place, please click here
Family Toolkit- a free 4 week course on Zoom, for families with children aged 2-5, offering advice on how to manage behaviour and get the best out of family life
Thursday 9th July-30th July 1:00-2:30pm Click here for more information
Tuesday 11th August-1st September 1:00-2:30pm 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. Dates from September 2019 in St Albans click here
Families in Focus CIC, online meetings via zoom, A Complete Guide to Parenting Children with ALL Special Education Needs. 10 sessions, running on Thursdays, 12:00-2:00pm from June 4th to October 8th (not during holidays). For further details and how to book via Eventbrite, please click here
Families in Focus CIC, online meetings via zoom, Handling Anger in Your Family
6 Tuesday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm: June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & July 7th
6 Wednesday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm: June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & July 1st, 8th
6 Wednesday afternoons 12pm to 2pm: June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & July 1st, 8th
For further details and how to book via Eventbrite, please click here
KIDS are offering FREE Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) New Applicaton Workshops for Parents and Carers, with a range of evening and morning sessions from December 2019-March 2020. If you are considering applying for an EHCP for your child, this may be of help to you. Click here for further 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
SPACE with Dr Tony Attwood, a presentation on Friday 5th June at Tewinbury Farm Hotel, Welwyn Garden City.
Morning presentation: Cognitive Abilities: A Different Way Of Thinking And Learning Profile This presentation will focus on the profile of cognitive abilities associated with ASD/Autism/Asperger’s syndrome. There will be an emphasis on the distinct profile of intellectual abilities, problems with executive function, flexible thinking, coping with mistakes and weak central coherence. There will be strategies described that may help improve motivation, organisational skills and academic achievement.
Afternoon presentation: Adolescent issues for Autistic Teenagers This presentation focuses on issues faced by teenagers on the Autistic Spectrum , which range from the physical aspects of puberty to changes in friendship, the development of sexuality, the change in academic expectations, emotion management, issues regarding self-esteem, and preparation for college and employment.
For further details, and to book a place, please click here
SPACE Support Group meets the second Friday of the month, term time only. Click here for details
Supporting Links: Course list for Spring 2020. Includes Understanding Behaviour in your child with additional needs; Understanding your child on the Autistic spectrum; Taking Families; Talking Teens and Talking Dads. Click here to see 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
DSPL7 Zones of Regulation Course 2020; 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. Thursday 30th April from 7:00-8:30pm at The Hub at Fleetville Junior 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? Sessions take place at the Links Academy on the following dates
24th September 2019, 22nd October 2019, 26th November 2019, 28th January 2020, 25th February 2020, 24th March 2020, 28th April 2020, 16th June 2020, 14th July 2020
For further details, please click here
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