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) from 3:15-6:00pm
Both are run by our fully qualified staff in our well-equipped activity studio, for years 1-6 children.
We offer Little Breakfast Club and Little RASCals, in a separate space (Ash Room) for the wraparound care of children in Nursery and Reception classes. Both are run by our fully qualified staff.
Fit for Sport festive kids camp at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre. Click here for details
Local Events, Resources and Activities
3rd St Albans Beavers (Thor) - Assistant Leaders needed!
There are over 500 young people in St Albans on the waiting list, but if you can commit to helping out Thor as an assistant leader on a Thursday evening between 6pm and 7.15pm (term time only) then your young person (we welcome both boys and girls) can jump to the front of the queue and start with us in January 2020.
Thor is a fun and friendly Beaver group based at Scout HQ, just off Waverley Road. We have a fun and varied programme; this year we’ve learned how to light fires, the green cross code, first aid, we’ve made machines, have cooked campfire pizzas, have crafted, tied knots, followed maps, have visited the Cathedral, Islamic Centre, Fire Station, we’ve learned about water aid, have collected for charity, had sleepovers, picked up litter, were part of the remembrance day parade, are due to visit a local old people’s home to take Christmas presents (that we’ve made), sing carols to them and we’re going skiing at the Snowdome in the new year! And that’s not even the half of it!
We have a very stable leadership team but 2 of them are moving up to Cubs when their Beavers move up in January 2020 and we are in the unusual position that there aren’t any on the waiting list whose parents/carers are able to commit to helping on a Thursday evening.
If this sounds like something you could be interested in then please contact Michael on firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re specifically targeting the parents/carers of children who have just turned, or are just turning 6 in January 2020, and will want to have the leader confirmed by the end of November 2019.
Parmiters School Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 23rd November with over 70 professional stalls and the ever-popular "Gifts" tombola where lots of prizes are worth much more than the ticket to play. This year the main raffle top prize is £500 plus many more exciting prizes. For more information click here
Rennie Grove Hospice Care will once again be hosting their festive fundraiser in St Albans on Sunday 1 December. The newly named Rudolph Run (previously Jingle Bell Jog) is suitable for all ages. Click here for details and how to enter
Rennie Grove Hospice Care will once again be hosting our annual Carol Concert on Wednesday 11 December at St Peters Church, St Albans. For more details and how to book tickets click here
St Michaels Church, Christmas Activities, please click here for more information.
Hospice of Saint Francis Santa Dash – Family Festive Fun The Santa Dash is back! It will be taking place on the 15th December in Hemel Hempstead Town Centre. It’s a great event for all the family and really kick-starts Christmas! Click here for more information
Playing Out is a new scheme for the community that is now open to residents within St Albans District including Harpenden and the villages. Neighbours can get together and apply to close their street to through traffic up to 8 times a year for the purposes of children’s play and community building. There are free information sessions running on 11th and 15th November. Click here for details
CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN St Albans Symphony Orchestra are presenting two concerts on the afternoon of Sunday 17th November at 2pm and 3.30pm in St Saviour’s Church, St Albans. The concerts are informal and a great opportunity for children (of all ages!) to hear some famous and popular music, see an orchestra in action close-up and talk to the players. The opportunity to try out the instruments, under expert guidance, is always very popular. For many children this is their first opportunity to experience live music. For details click here
Burston's Santa's Grotto will be open from 16th November to the 24th December. Click here for details
Jigsaw Arts offer exciting weekend singing, dance and drama classes to ages 3-18 at The Marlborough Science Academy on Saturday mornings. Click here for more information.
Batchwood Tennis, all ages and abilities are welcome. Please see flyer click here
Saracens Sport Foundation is proud to present a new additional class! Saracens Cheer will now be Saracens Cheer and Dance and offers street dance classes to children aged 6-11 years in Broxbourne, Herts on Wednesdays 17:00 – 18:30 Click here for details
FREE ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES FOR LADIES
Come and chat to other ladies in a social and relaxed environment. Monday afternoons 1 pm until 2.30 pm during school term time Parish Hall, at the rear of the church Ss Alban & Stephen, 14 Beaconsfield Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 3RB For further information please click here
Parish website: www.albanstephen.org
Young Saints invite you 'join the Alban Army for 2019/20' As part of the primary schools partnership with St Albans City Football Club, sign up for a FREE membership as a Young Saint and receive discounts when you go to watch the Saints play. For further details please click here
Applying for a school place for September 2020. 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 2019
Application Deadline for Primary (Reception)/Junior/Middle:
Nov 2019 – you can apply for a primary, junior and middle school to start in September 2020.
15 Jan 2020 – 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
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.
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.
Courses for Parents and Families
DSPL: Education Programme for Parent Carers of secondary school aged young people who are using a CAMHS* Clinic, Step2 or Counselling Service.* Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. This free course, held over six weeks,will provide you as parents/carers with skills and support to help your child and improve your health and well-being. Wednesday 6th November - 11th December. For more information click here
ADD-vance: Managing the Transition from Primary to Secondary School Wednesday 4th December, University of Hertfordshire De Havilland Campus. For details please click here
ADD-vance: Managing Anxiety, for parents/carers Monday 11th November, Oxlease House, Travellers Lane, Hatfield For further information please click here and Monday 18th November, Oxlease House, Travellers Lane, Hatfield click here
Families Feeling Safe, a nine week course for parents and carers, Monday mornings from 27th Jan to the 30th March, 2020. For further information please click here
DSPL7: Gross Motor Skills and Sensory Circuits Course, Wednesday 6th November at St Paul's Church, St Albans. For details please click here
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
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. The next 14 week course starts on 5th November at Verulam School.
Please click here for details.
Hertfordshire Family Centre Service: Early Talk Course- Is your child aged 18 months to 2 ½ years?Do you have questions about your child’s speech and/or language skills? Would you like top tips on how to support your child’s speech and language development? Want to know how to boost your child’s communication skills? Click here for details and registration info
Keystone Talk: Raising Confident Children and Tackling their Fears, Mon 25th Nov, 19:15-21:15. For details click here
Keystone Workshop: Primary School Maths, the basics for parents, Mon 18th Nov, 19:30. For info click here
Keystone Workshop: Teens and Sleep: The Importance for Well-being, Mon 27th Jan. 2020, 19:15 to 21:15, £19.50, The SandPit Theatre, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX For info click here
Keystone Workshop: Understanding and Managing Anger in Children, for parents of children aged 2-10 years. Mon 2nd Dec. 2019, 19:15-21:15, £19.50, The SandPit Theatre, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX Click here for more information
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
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
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
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
HCC Transitions Survey
Family Services Commissioning are looking at how parents/carers and their children found the transition into school.
Do you have a child in reception or year 1?
Hertfordshire County Council are consulting with parents/carers on how it was for parents and children starting school. Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey below.
Closing date: Monday 2nd December 2019
Don't forget that, as the nights get darker, it is harder to see pedestrians and cyclists. Hertfordshire County Council have produced a slideshow to show parents and pupils how best to be seen and keep safe. Please click here to view the powerpoint.
Sustainable St Albans runs sessions showing residents how to use a Thermal Imaging Camera which they can then borrow to see where heat is leaking from their houses. The sessions take place in Harpenden, St Albans and Wheathampstead. As a result many people make changes which save them money and reduce the fuel they use. The sessions and then borrowing the camera are free. For further details please click here
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.