Sarratt School Newsletter
A note from the Head of School
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you like our new format newsletter! We are always trying to improve and update systems for communication in school to suit the needs of an ever changing digital world. Last week, Mr. Young attended The Google Chromebook Education Summit in London. This was just one of the many updates he came back with and, in true Sarratt Style, we were willing to embrace and try out new ideas. We would love to hear your feedback on the new format.
It always seems amazing how quickly time flies at this time of year. Preparations for the festive season are now underway - our stage is up, Mary and Joseph are selected and the tree is on order! Please visit the events section to find dates and times of the Christmas events coming up - as usual we have a packed schedule of performances, Services and festive fun.
Speaking of festive fun, this year the whole school will be taking part in an Elf Run. This Monday, we will welcomed special visitors from the Peace Hospice in Watford to launch the event with the children and deliver our official elf hats! We like to support a great cause at this time of year; last year we donated Shoe boxes through the Operation Christmas Child appeal and this year we have chosen a local charity - The Peace Hospice. Please visit https://www.peacehospicecare.org.uk/event/elf-run/ to find out more. Our Elf Run will take place in school on Monday 9th December. Children will be coming home this week with sponsorship envelopes to raise money for the Charity. Thank you in advance for your generosity and helping us become fit and elfie!
Mrs Nicola O’Hare
Head of School
Your class donations have been put to great use this term, from model making to cookery, superhero days to Diwali lamps. Please see class updates on our Twitter feed below to find out more. Thank you to everyone for getting behind this - the additional funding really makes a difference.
This November we raised £149 for the Poppy appeal, £142 for Children in Need and £120 for new books through the Book Fair. Thank you everyone for showing your support.
A couple of weeks ago, we reported that our Junior Journalists have been appointed as official ambassadors for the Small Acts of Kindness Charity. The charity aims to reduce loneliness and isolation for older people in our community through connecting them with small acts of kindness. If you are aware of someone who would benefit from this, please contact the school to speak to Mrs Pinner and the team.
Last week saw Year 4 take digital learning to a new level, when they teamed up, via a conference call, with the British Museum! The children were able to interact with the experts based at the museum to find out more about life in Roman Britain. The new equipment needed to enable this was raised through SPA donations. Your generous donations have also gone towards new sets of class headphones, music resources and pantomime tickets.
As part of our termly assessment cycle, this week the children will be completing reading and maths tasks designed to assess the aspects of the curriculum covered so far this year. Outcomes of the tasks will allow the teachers to effectively identify areas of strength and development in order to tailor their teaching with greater precision to meet the needs of the children.
Following their visit to Parliament, last Friday Year 6 had a visit from our local MP, David Gauke. They grilled him on a range of topics from politics to his favourite food and the workings of parliament to his football team.
Year 1 were celebrating the festival of Diwali. They performed the story of Rama and Sita during a special Lower School Assembly led by Mrs Tarak. I think you will agree they all looked fantastic.
App of the Month
One of my faovurite apps to use in the classroom and at home, Toontastic is perfect for allowing children to create their very own storyboards using a range of characters and backdrops - they can even record their own voices and act the scenes out with the characters.
November 29 Non School Uniform Day for SPA donation
December 4 School Nurse to visit Y6
December 5 Ancient Civilisation Day in Y4 and Y5
December 6 Christmas Fair
December 9 Elf Run
December 10 Culture Club to perform at Sarratt Care Lunch
December 11 Christmas lunch and Christmas Jumper Day
December 12 PM KS2 Festival of Music Performance
December 13 Whole School visit to Watford Palace Theatre to see the Panto
December 16 AM and PM Nativity
December 17 AM Nativity and PM KS2 Festival of Music Performance
December 18 AM KS2 Festival of Music Performance
December 19 PM Festival of Light
December 20 AM Christmas Service
December 20 School closes 2pm