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.
Please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the most up to date government advice
EXTENDED CHILDCARE IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED AS A RESULT OF SCHOOL'S CLOSURE
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.
Local Events, Resources and Activities
If you would benefit from the support of the Sopwell Community Trust, a local charity set up to help others during these unprecedented times, please email email@example.com
They can help you with food and toiletries parcels, catch up coaching and free device rentals and printing.
Hertfordshire libraries are offering a new way to borrow books, Ready Reads.
Families can order books for their children and themselves using the online form and then collect from a selected library.
If you are unable to access online services, please contact them on 0300 123 4049. Some families have not felt able to visit the library for a while, this is an easy way to borrow. Also, the requests service is fully operational so for specific books these can be ordered through the catalogue and picked up in the same way.
You can find the latest information about Hertfordshire libraries re-opening plans and online services via their website here.
Art School with Heather, Online courses and holiday courses, please click here
Hello Trees information sheet on how to make a winter bird feeder, for more details please click here
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
Sustainable St Albans has two thermal imaging cameras and it runs (free) information sessions showing residents how to use a Thermal Imaging Camera and what they see with it. Residents in St Albans District can then borrow (again free) to see where heat is leaking from their houses. The information sessions have moved to Zoom and they have in place fully socially distanced arrangements for one resident to collect the camera outdoors from one volunteer.
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
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. Workshops. Click here for more information.
Courses for Parents and Families
Hertfordshire Family Centre Service: FAMILY TOOLKIT Free 4 week course, held via zoom. If you have children aged between 2 and 5 years old, this 4 week course will enable you to understand the connection between feelings & behaviour choices as well as the different elements of parenting. You will learn strategies that will enable you to positively respond to your child’s needs.
Monday 22nd Feb - 15th Mar, 13:00 - 14:30 click here for details
Wednesday 3rd Mar - 24th Mar, 19:30 - 21:00 click here for details
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
Click here for the ADD-vance Winter Newsletter
SPACE Support Group meets the second Friday of the month, term time only. Click here for details
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.
To view the Supporting Links Calendar of courses being run from January to February, and addressing a whole host of parenting support issues (Talking Teens, Talking Families, Talking Dads, Understanding behaviour in your child with additional needs. sleep solutions, parent network, coping with fussy eaters and more) please click here
Supporting Links: TALKING ASD AND ADHD WORKSHOP: LOSS AND SEPARATION For parents and carers of children aged 2-25yrs with suspected or diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Tuesday 9th March 7:30-9:30pm, via zoom. For further details click here
Supporting Links: TALKING ASD AND ADHD WORKSHOP: STAYING SAFE ONLINE For parents and carers of children aged 2-25yrs with suspected or diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Monday 22nd March 9:30-11:30am, via zoom. For further details click here
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
WEDNESDAYS 24th February, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March 2021
8:00-9:15am 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
Click on the image below for more details:
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 24th February, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March 2021 10.00 - 11.15am COURSE ID 413 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
BeeZee Live Families
We have recently been recommissioned by Hertfordshire County Council to continue to provide the weight management service for children aged 5-15yrs and we are currently offering free healthy lifestyle programmes online.
We also hold 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.
For more information visit 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
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
Click here to review the document Looking after your mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus Information for Children and Young People–Oct 2020 which lists many resources for children and families
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
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 HAND News -www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/handnews
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.
NHS Childhood Winter Illness leaflet – knowing what to do.
Now we are in winter many children may be experiencing common illnesses like coughs and colds. We know that some parents and carers aren’t always sure what to do when their child is unwell. A new leaflet has been published to help spot common winter illnesses and how they can treat children at home.
It is also important to know where to go for medical advice when needed and what to do in an emergency. We understand this can be a little confusing during the coronavirus pandemic. We’d like to reassure parents that the NHS is still providing safe care when they need it.
As well as providing clarity on where to go for medical advice, there is a host of information in the leaflet from how to treat colds and earache at home, to how to spot serious conditions such as meningitis and sepsis. There is also information on coronavirus.
Online Safety UK are promoting the first ever Online Safety App in the UK for Parents & Educators. The links to the apps are below:
Google Play Store (or click the icon below): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.osuk.osukapp&hl=en_GB
iOS Appstore (or click the icon below): https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/online-safety-uk/id1526723143
It is completely free to use and Ad Free too.
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:
The Royal Masonic School for Girls wish to share information about their bursary system, which offers financial support for able pupils showing academic promise or potential in Sport, Art or the Performing Arts (music or drama). Click here for details
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.