Headteacher’s Blog

Welcome back after the half-term break.

On 31st October 2020, the Prime Minister announced New National Restrictions, which came into force on Thursday. In light of these restrictions and updated Department for Education guidance, we have made changes to our drop-off and pick-up arrangements. Please read this letter for details. 

Independent travellers from Y4 – Y6 often walk to and from school with their friends, some meeting in the local park before or after school. In line with the New National Restrictions, pupils cannot currently meet as a group outside of the school gates and we will be reminding them of this, so that they do not break the law. Please reinforce these expectations with your children.

Word of the Week is back! Each class has a weekly focus word that links to a text, lesson, topic or discussion. Pupils investigate the word, to give them a deeper understanding of its meaning, use, spelling, sound and origin. Word of the Week is published on the website where you can see all current and past words, from across the school.

School attendance has been mandatory from the beginning of the autumn term with the usual rules on school attendance applying. Families are doing a fantastic job of keeping their children safe and healthy and getting them to school everyday. I’m not drawing any links between the joyful experience of home schooling and our current, near normal levels of attendance but…. we appreciate the fantastic effort that families are making at this difficult and stressful time. October attendance average:  Hertfordshire – 92%   Bowmansgreen – 95%.

Thank you to all of the families who contributed to our Harvest collection, organised by Year 5. Your generosity helped collect 390 items for the Churches Together Foodbank, to support local families at this particularly pressurised time. Reverend Wood, from the London Colney Baptist Church, has sent a letter of thanks to the school which I will share with families on Monday, highlighting what a kind and generous school community we are. Thank you.

Staff are busy planning and preparing lessons, topics and activities for the next six weeks. Although we will have to do lots differently, we intend to ensure that pupils enjoy a busy, fun half-term, as in previous years. There is lots to look forward to in the run up to the end of term, including a non-uniform day to support Children in Need, Odd Socks Day, Nativity plays, Christmas lunch, Christingle and carols. We will keep families updated with news of how and when these events will take place within current restrictions and guidelines.

Enjoy your weekend.