Andrews Lane Primary School
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Andrews Lane is a friendly, welcoming environment where each child is valued as an individual and is expected to work hard to fulfil their potential. Our school mission statement is…
“Aspire, Learn, Succeed”
Look what we've been up to this term
Check out our amazing Gaelic Football team at their tournament. They learnt lots of new skills and worked well as a team trying their hardest in every game.
We are looking for a new Parent Governor. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team. Please click on the link below to see the advert.
Summer term part 1
What a busy half term we have had! Around the school I have spotted; art classes, outdoor learning, English, maths and science lessons as well as SATs and Secret Agent problems. I have also spotted lots of children following the ALS way and wearing the correct uniform, well done! We hope you have a restful half term and we will see you back ready to go on 5th June.
Thank you to all those who came to our Easter assembly. The Easter bonnets were all brilliant and we all enjoyed singing spring chicken (especially the teachers!).
We hope you have a lovely holiday and return refreshed and ready for the summer term at normal school time on
Tuesday 18th April 2017
RED NOSE DAY
What a fantastic day we have had! All the children looked brilliant in their red outfits and brought in lots of money for Comic Relief. It was so heavy Miss Ellis-Hall needed a trolley to move the money from class to class. As you can see each class managed to fill up 2 giant red noses full of change. We will let you know how much we raised as soon as we have counted it!
School Gateway to make online payments for dinner money
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Use School Gateway to make online payments with a debit or credit card any time 24-7, via smartphone app or website. You can also view school meal balances and top them up. Plus, you can give online consent where required, for your child to take part in school trips and other activities.
We would encourage you to use it as part of our move towards becoming a cashless school.
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If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS it saves the school money when we send you a text message.
*** We’re aiming to get 50% of parents using the app – please help us achieve this ***
Visit the website:
www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log in to School Gateway.
Trouble logging in? It may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please contact the school and we’ll update the details on our system.
We hope that you will find School Gateway to be a fast and easy way to pay for school items.
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Fixed Penalty Notice regarding attendance - advice for parents
Regular attendance and punctuality at school is essential for the high achievement of our pupils. We have worked extremely hard over recent years to improve attendance and reduce the number of days absent for children. Our strategies to improve attendance/punctuality are numerous and we aim to ensure that any barriers to attendance are overcome by supporting parents and pupils.
Regrettably, there are occasions when this support is ineffective and school attendance /punctuality does not improve. With this in mind, I must inform you that from Sept 2017 Andrews Lane Primary School will be adopting the Hertfordshire Code of Conduct “Penalty Notice” for unauthorised absence. A copy is attached below.
Any questions please talk to Mrs Kanuni (Family Liason Officer)
World Book day
What a successful day we had yesterday! Everyone looked brilliant dressed up in their costumes. During the morning the children worked in their classes undertaking activities linked to a variety of books. Then, in the afternoon, Key Stage 2 took part in a book quiz whilst Key Stage one made story boxes to help them tell some of their favourite stories. Thank you to Miss Keogh for the organising and to Mrs Dyson for being the MC at the quiz.
Don't forget to use your book tokens in shops!- who wouldn't want a free book?
What book characters can you spot in these photos?
World book day
Tomorrow is world book day and we have some exciting things planned. Please come to school dressed as your favourite book character. Remember there will be a prize for the best home-made costume.
There is also a special menu for tomorrow, please see below for the choices.
Wow said the owl
Last week, Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were treated to a wonderful production of 'Wow! Said the Owl by The Little angel Theatre. The great use of puppets music and colour told the story perfectly and all the children were left saying WOW!. We especially liked meeting the owl after the show. How soft he was!
Young Voices Trip
On Monday, Over 30 of our Choir went to the O2 to perform in a concert called Young Voices where over 7000 children came together to form a huge choir. They performed a number of songs (with dance moves) including a song sung in welsh, a signed song and a pop melody which was a firm favourite. All the children had a fantastic time and a big thank you goes to Miss Campbell and Miss Babb for leading the choir and organising the trip.
Yes you are correct-each one of those white dots is a child!
WELCOME BACK TO THE NEW TERM!
Welcome back to a new term and to 2017! It is nice to see all the children rested and back ready to learn. Please make sure your child has their book bag, reading record and PE kit in everyday and don't forget to keep checking back at your child's' class page to see what they have been getting up to every week.
Thank you for all your cards, gifts and warm Christmas wishes.
Finally, the staff would like to wish you a safe, happy and relaxing Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing the children fully refreshed when they return to school on
9TH JANUARY 2017
What lovely Christingle service we had at the church on Tuesday. Each child made their own Christingle and we were treated to a song from each class. Thanks to all the parents that attended, we hope it made you feel all Christmassy!
It's nearly Christmas!
Please refer to the latest newsletter for the times of upcoming concerts and end of term dates.
Tuesday 20th December -School finishes at 1.00pm
Wednesday 21st December- School finishes at 1.00pm
Boxfit for Mums
Mums gave the dads a good run for their money this morning in their boxfit session with Mr Edwards. Great fun was had and i'm sure there will be some aches and pains tomorrow!
Thank you to all who supported the school at the Bazaar. It was a great success and everyone had lots of fun. Even Santa made an appearance!
Keep a look out for all the upcoming dates on our newsletter so you don't miss out on all the exciting concerts.
Christmas is fast approaching, as is our annual Christmas Bazaar. Thank you for all your donations from Jolly Jumper Day. Decorated bags will be sent home on Friday for you to fill with toys, sweets and games. Don't forget to bring them back on Monday ready to be numbered so they are ready for the Bazaar.
Please see our flyer below and if you would like to share our flyer, click on the link.
BoxFit Sessions with Mr Edwards
Yesterday marked the first of our Boxfit sessions for Dads, Uncles, Step-dads and Granddads. 15 Brave men stepped up to the plate and found themselves enjoying a range of activities all centred around boxing and fitness. Great fun was had by all, and i'm sure there will be some aching muscles tomorrow morning. If you would like to take part in our session tomorrow, please catch Mrs Kanuni at the end of the day or ask at the office.
Jolly Jumper Day -Friday 25th November
(exactly a month until Christmas)
Don't forget to dig out your best jolly jumper for this Friday. In exchange for this, children are asked for a donation towards the bazaar. Any extra donation you have will be gratefully accepted.
Please read and discuss the eSafety document below with your child, making sure he/she understands it. Once this has been done please sign and return the consent slip (attached to the newsletter). Without this your child will not be allowed to use the computers, ipads or laptops in school.
If you have lost or need a new copy of your letter please click on the links below
Keeping the staff and pupils safe is our priority
Next week is half term, a week to relax and recharge after the first half term
Autumn term 2 begins again on Monday 31st October at the normal time
(doors open at 8:45, Register taken at 8;55)
Please note if you arrive after this time you will need to report to the office as we are unable to let children in via the outside doors.
During the last couple of weeks, Mr Beckett and family have been toiling hard to help us through the second stage of creating a new pond area to help make our school look even better…and they are doing a wonderful job!!
So far they have redesigned the rockery with lots of shrubs, bedding plants and even saved some toads that were escaping from their lessons! Already, it looks amazing!
This ‘project’ is a fabulous example of what a wonderful school community we have where people are willing to give of their time, skills and resources to provide our children with the very best and of course once again thanks to all staff, parents, children and families who voted for us and made this possible.
Sincere thanks to all concerned!
The children all looked very scary in their costumes last night for the Halloween disco. There were some great dance moves showcased and a some great karaoke.
Van Coles Photos
straighten those collars and show us your cheesiest grins for individual photos on Monday.
Wednesday 5th- Wednesday 12th
Come along to the school hall to have a browse at our book fair. Every book purchased by you allows the school to purchase more books for the school.
Road to Rio
On Friday children from R-5 participated in a dance workshop called 'Road To Rio' this workshop foccused on the countries within the olympics and, after taking part in the opening ceremony, children learnt a dance from their given country. At the end of the day we cogregated for the closing ceremony where we performed all of the dances and celebrated what each of us had achieved in a short space of time.
Year 6 had a fabulous time away in Kent at their Residential trip at Kingswood in Kent. Children tried a variety of new and exciting activities improving their coordination, teamwrok and communication skills. See the blog on their page for more information on their day to day activities.
Well done to all those children who had 100% attendance for the whole of last year. To celebrate this they were treated to a film and a very well stocked snack bag.
Roald Dahl day
We spent today learning about Roald Dahl celebrate his 100th birthday. Each class chose one of his books and then based their learning around the story. At the end of the day we had an assembly to see what everyone had learnt and to show off all our brilliant costumes.
Hello and welcome back to the beginning of a new year. We are looking forward to all the fun that this year has to bring and all the new things we will learn along the way. A especially big welcome to all our new children and families, we hope you will be very happy here at Andrews Lane.
Summer Fun Day
The Summer Fun Day is coming! Friday 1st July, 2-4. Bags go out on friday please fill them and bring them back on Monday. Any other donations gratefully recieved.
NEW SCHOOL VIDEO
Check out our new school video. Are you famous? can you spot any of your learning?
FRIDAY 17th JUNE
EMPTY CLASSROOM DAY
On Friday, the whole school will be vacating their classrooms to take part in outdoor learning activities. As we are outside, children will need to wear appropriate non-school uniform for the weather (which at the moment, could include; a waterproof, gloves and sun cream!)
Please also bring in a gift or a bottle for the Summer fete- remember the class with the most wins a prize! (anything extra will also be appreciated!)
CLASS PHOTOGRAPHS- 19/5/16
Class photographs will be taken tomorrow- please make sure your child comes in correct uniform and brings their biggest smile.
What a lot has gone on over the last couple of weeks
We have all enjoyed celebrating the Queen's Birthday and learning all about our Royal Family.
Year 5 took part in a Bell boating regatta and new clubs have started for the summer term.
A reminder; as the weather gets warmer please make sure you label all jumpers and hats as children are beginning to leave these outside/take them off and it is becoming impossible to return these to their correct owners.
Any un-named items found in the future will be taken to the lost property box in the office for you to peruse after school.
We hope you had a great Easter Weekend!
Parents evening THURSDAY 31st MARCH- Please check your times to avoid being late!
TERM ENDS FRIDAY 1ST MARCH 2016 at 1PM
Winners of the Bags of Help Scheme- TESCO
Read our winning publication here
A big ‘Thank You’ to all staff, parents, children and families who voted for us. We are happy to announce that we were the winners and have secured £12,000 for the redevelopment of our Pond and outdoor areas. This is an exciting project and we look forward to updating you step by step as the project progresses.
The first phase has already started with a willing army of volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to clear the pond area. We relocated a large amount of soil and wood from the raised planters. as well as salvaging many of the plants and even some potatoes! (Which Mrs Watson took home for her dinner!)
Our new kitchen is up and running Hooray!
After a fantastic refurbishment, children from Year 1,2,3 and 4 had the chance to try out the new kitchen making bread rolls and carrot hummus. First they did the most important job (washing their hands!) Then they talked about the ingredients needed to make the bread and had a chance to create their very own shaped roll by kneading the dough. Next then used a hand blender to make the hummus and finally (another important job) helped to tidy up.
The children had a great time and are now asking about when the next session is!
(Don't worry Reception, Year 5 and 6- you will have a chance to use the kitchen next term!)
Would you like to be more involved in the school?
Please click here to find out more about becoming a governor
Inspirational Author Visit.
This week, the children of Andrews Lane, Year 2 – Year 6, were treated to a fantastic visit from well-known author, Jack Trelawny. The afternoon included some readings from his texts, taken from the Kernowland Trilogy and also a questions and answers session where he shared some top tips for writing. Many children were awarded a prize for participating in the session and answering some of the trickier questions; Jack was nice enough to give them a signed copy from his collection. Moreover, other lucky children purchased a book, which they also had signed by the author himself. How amazing!
Following this, we still didn’t let Jack go home! The journalism club nabbed him and put Mr. Trelawny in the hot seat for a questions and answers round. Make sure to pick up a copy of the ‘Termly Times’ this Easter and read this EXCLUSIVE interview.
Netball Match Report.
On Monday 29th February 2016 Andrews Lane netball team had a match against Fairfields.
Before the match we did a warm up. The team was nervous and a bit scared but we were all excited.
We tossed a coin to see who starts. When the game started, it was quite tough because they were taller and quicker but that didn’t really matter. Andrews Lane didn’t give up and we had a lot of support by teachers, parents, family and friends.
Although the score was 18-1 we all had fun. Next time, we will try and use some of the tricks they used. At the end, we all shook hands and we chose a player of the match. Fair Fields chose Daniel. The best player on their team was the Centre. It was our 1st match and their 6th match.
By Lyla & Joshua.
World Book Day
Well done to all the children (and parent helpers) for all your hard work making, finding and creating costumes for World Book Day and congratulations to the winners.
Throughout the morning, each class chose a different author to explore and took part in various activities linked to one of their books.
In the afternoon, the children participated in a whole school book quiz hosted by our answer to 'Ant and Dec' (Miss Keogh and Mrs Dyson). A great time was had by all and the scores were very close.
Well done to the winning team
Please see your child's class page for more information and photographs of the day.
Wednesday 02/03/16 9am to 12pm
This is an opportunity for parents to drop-in if you need or require any advice or support on any health issues for your child.
This can include bed wetting, behaviour, emotional support, medical conditions, etc.
Please ring the school office (01992 623065) to make an appointment.
Vote for ALS – we’d like your tokens please!!
Tesco is using money saved, since the introduction of the 5p bag charge, to support local community projects.
Andrews Lane Primary School has been selected as one of three local organisations who will receive a grant.
1st = £12,000 2nd = £10,000 3rd = £8,000
Vote from 27 February to 6 March 2016
The grants will be distributed according to popularity. Please ask your family, friends, neighbours, facebook contacts and anyone else you can think of to vote for ALS.
Each time a customer shops at Tesco Brookfield Centre they should receive a token which is to be placed in the collection box located in store (probably near the entrance).
The grant will be used to fund a pond area makeover – the bigger the prize the bigger the makeover.
Full details can be found at:
Thank you for your anticipated support
On Wednesday Miss Ellis-Hall gave an assembly on E-safety. We talked about what we currently use the internet for and how we can keep ourselves safe whilst we are on it.
In Key Stage 2 Miss E-H showed us the age restrictions for Social media sites and we discussed why they had set these ages. We then watched the videos below and were able to ask questions about what we had seen and how the girl could have kept herself safe.
Upper Key Stage 2 also watched this video- enabling more discussion.
Look out for the Smile acronym to help keep you safe online.
In KS1 we talked about safe websites for children and 4 simple rules to keeping ourselves safe online, helped out by our friends Lee and Kim. (PARENT NOTE-i paused the video at 5:03 and restarted at 5:19)
After Half term, Miss Ellis-Hall will be coming into each class to share some more information with parents- if you have any questions, click here to be taken to the THINKUKNOW website which contains lots more information about keeping children safe online.
Little Angel Theatre- Handa's Hen
On Tuesday, our EYFS and Reception classes were treated to a puppet show performance of Handa's Hen. It was very expertly performed and all the children and parents enjoyed watching the story come to life. Since watching this, the children have been inspired to create their own puppets and puppet shows- Watch out Little Angel Theatre, we have some new cast members in training!
O2 Young Voices
On Tuesday our choir went to the O2 to perform with 7,500 other children as part of the Young Voices concert. They sung a wide variety of songs including hits in the top 40, Songs by Madness and some brand new songs created just for the concert itself.
They had a brilliant day dancing and singing and by the end of the concert, had tired themselves out they slept all the way home (well most of them! )
A big thank you to Miss Campbell and Miss Babb for helping the children learn all the songs, and another big thank you to all the families and friends of the children who supported us at the arena. Yes we did spot you! ( even if you were tiny dots!)
Well done to the 58 children who received 100% attendance for the whole of the last term. As a special treat the children were invited to a movie party in the hall where they watched a film and were given a special bag of snacks.
How is your attendance looking?
Could you be one of the children to attend our party next term?
Happy New Year
Welcome back and a Happy New Year to all our families and children of Andrews Lane. We have lots of exciting things coming up this year, including our attendance tea party. Are you coming? If not, could coming to school every day be your New Years Resolution for 2016?
Well done to all our Sports Prize winners this morning. You have all shown a mixture of great skills, listening teamwork and resilience. For those of you who didn't win this time, keep trying your hardest and you too could receive a prize.
Thank you to all those who attended our Christingle Service yesterday. I'm sure you will all agree the children sang beautifully and the Christingles added a bit of sparkle to the event.
Here are some photos from the church for those who could not attend.
Christmas is nearly upon us and as we reach the end of term here are some important dates for your diary
Wednesday 16th - Christingle service at St Marys Church ( 1:45pm)
Thursday 17 th - Early finish ( 1:15pm) after a yummy Christmas Dinner
Friday 18th- END OF TERM early finish (1:00pm)
Tuesday 5th January 2016- Back to School for all children (Normal time)
Busy Busy Bethlehem
Last Week Reception and KS1 embarked on the mammoth task of producing a play in a week. Over the week the children learnt about, and were involved in all of the aspects which are needed to put on a production. They made the scenery, some of their costumes, made posters and programmes to advertise the event and became the starring roles which included learning lines and dance moves. On Wednesday and Thursday they performed to the school and parents and they did brilliantly. The lines were clear, the actions and moves were well executed and the singing was loud – Westend stars watch out! A big thank you goes out to all the staff and parents who helped make this a success.
Festival of Carols
The Choir have been a busy bunch performing Christmas songs at Whitefields Home last week and in Waltham cross as part of the The Festival of carols. They sung beautifully and were a real credit to the school. Well done choir.
(To hear more dont forget to join us at our Christingle service on Wednesday 16th at St Mary's Church)
A big Thank You to everyone who came, helped and contributed to our Christmas Bazaar. It was a brilliant event and raised a huge £1,300 for the school
Oh No he shouldn't....... Oh Yes he should!
On Tuesday ALS were treated to a performance of the pantomime Cinderella (with a difference). Having only two performers, the children enjoyed watching them switch between all of the different characters to tell the story and enjoyed joining in with cheering the goodies, booing the baddies combined with a bit of a sing-song along the way.
Interactive Christmas Experience
On Monday Children from Year One and Two were visited by Life Church Cuffley who brought the Christmas Story to life. Children were split into groups to learn about all the different aspects of the story; from the Angel appearing to Mary, to the visit by the Kings and Shepherds and then finally seeing Jesus in the Manger. Children had a great time making items to go with each part of the story and it gave them an opportunity to find out more about why Christians Celebrate Christmas.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR! (with special guest)
On Friday 4th December from 2pm (as school finishes) bring your friends and family along to the gym to take part in fun games, raffles, tombolas and stalls at our Christmas Bazaar. If we are lucky, Santa may be stopping in to visit all the good boys and girls- Im hoping im on his nice list!
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas tree.....
Christmas is fully in swing at Andrews Lane (and before you say it, yes we are aware it is still November!) The hallways are lined with decorations, Christmas displays are up and the 'piece de resistance' our Christmas tree has been constructed and decorated by the Year 6's.
Only 5 days until we can start our advent calenders!
Double, double, toil and trouble…
All of KS2 were treated to a truly inspiring performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The Young Shakespeare Company had children on the edge of their seats, enthralled in the story and also taking part in much of the action. It was a brilliant afternoon, making Shakespeare both accessible to the children and fun. Well done to all children for taking part, learning lines, acting in character and being a great audience.
What a marvellous evening we had! The children were great representatives of the school and other audience members even commented on their impeccable behaviour. It was a wonderful show and an experience I'm sure the children will remember for years to come.
LION KING UPDATE
Please see our last minute reminders about our exciting trip tomorrow
Monday 12th Photographs
On Monday 12th October Van Cols will be taking individual and sibling group school photos. Please come ready in correct uniform with a big smile.
Then the magic key began to glow....
Children from Year 2-6 today were visited by the illustrator Nick Schon who draws the pictures for The Magic Key stories. Each class made up their own story which he then illustrated. Each story is very different and the children enjoyed watching him create the pictures before their eyes.
He even drew a special one just for our school.
HOLIDAY CLUB WITH COACH PRESTON
Do you enjoy your sessions with Coach Preston? Do you wish you could learn more skills over the holidays to impress your friends? Well you are in luck. Over the half term holidays Coach Preston is running a multiskills club where you will play games, learn new skills and apply them in game situations. For dates, times and cost please click on the link below.
Welcome Back Year 6, Mrs Kanuni and Miss Connolly. We hope you had a brilliant time.
The Kingswood blog is hot off the press and ready to read on the Year 6 page. Make sure you check back every day to keep updated on all the fun and excitement.
Last Friday, as part of the sports award, children from KS2 took a trip to the Herts Young Mariners Base . After a quick safety talk, they all clambered into a bell boat and enjoyed rowing along the river. Coach Preston enjoyed getting involved and was sadly disappointed that no capsizing took place. An exciting morning was had by all and all children returned to school moderately dry.
Hello and welcome back to all our staff and families at Andrews Lane School and a warm welcome to our new children and families. We hope you will be happy, make lots of friends and we look forward to seeing great learning and achievements for all our children.
Thank you to all our parents for making sure the children are wearing the correct uniform and have come equipped with book bags and PE kits. It is lovely to see everyone looking smart and ready to learn.
We have got some exciting things planned this year, including our trip to see the Lion King in the West End and our sports award winners' trip to the Herts Young Mariners Base.
Below is the ALS Way which summarises our behaviour expectations at our school. This has been shared in assembly this week and each year group has created their own class charter.
I have been particularly proud to witness the children's good behaviour, positive attitude to learning and politeness this week. What a great start to the school year!
2nd September 2015 - Inset day- Teachers only
3rd September 2015 - First day back - All Staff and Children
"Teachers have good subject knowledge and high expectations for learning. They ask challenging questions to probe pupils’ understanding and extend their thinking."
Ofsted March 2015