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This week at Fair Field we have been celebrating Heritage Week. It is Fair Field’s version of the television series ‘Who do you think you are?’. Read all about it...
As well as enjoying a great day of games, refreshments and displays at our Summer Fair, we made an amazing £2660.96 and have been very lucky to get an extra £1000 Match Funding from Barclays Bank thanks to Julia Jameson. This fantastic amount will help the school with their lighting project and provide continued subsidies for school trips in all year groups. Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day. We now need some volunteers to continue the PTA's fundraising next year, as three of the current committee are leaving at the end of the year. New members are desperately needed to ensure that we can continue to subsidise trips and projects in future years.
[Update 1.45pm, Tuesday] As you know, due to a torrential downpour soaking the field and equipment making it unsafe to race, our Sports Day had to be postponed. The grass remains soaked this afternoon. The current forecast for tomorrow is for more rain. After having to postpone today, we would rather see the back of this unpredictable and inclement weather and instead hold the Sports Day next week. Due to tomorrow’s forecast, we have rescheduled this year’s Sports Day for: 9am Thursday 16th July (next Thursday). Please note the unusual 9am start. Parking will be available on the field from drop off time.
Presentation for parents whose children are transferring to Fair Field in September 2015.
On Saturday 27th of June, Fair Field Choir went to Christchurch to sing at the Vicarage Garden Party. The choir fully entertained the crowd by singing the songs, ‘Everything is Awesome’, ‘Blame it on me’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ (with a part sung by a quadruplet of girls from year 4). The Carpenters’ song ‘Close to You’ was sung using sign language with a year 6 soloist, Nanam. Reverend Iqbal had clearly organised everything well because it was a lovely sunny day with a small breeze to cool everyone down. There was a busy barbecue with tasty hotdogs and burgers for sale, and a brilliant raffle with lots of different prizes. There were other stalls amongst these which were just as successful.
This Saturday we will be holding our annual Summer Fair but we are very short of bottle and toy donations for our tombolas. The money raised at the fair forms a large part of the funding the PTA provides to the school to help buy new equipment and subsidise school trips, so we need your help in making it a huge success. Please dig deep into your cupboards for any bottle of juice, wine, spirit, ketchup etc. that is unopened and in date, and for any unwanted toys or games in good condition, and bring them into school by Friday. Also please return any raffle ticket stubs and money to the office so you can be entered into our amazing draw. Thank you.
Arsenal Football Club have very kindly donated a signed 2014/2015 shirt complete with a Certificate of Authenticity for us to auction at our Summer Fair. We will be holding a secret auction this Saturday at the fair, 12- 3pm. The winning bid will be announced at around 2.45pm. If you can't make the fair or know someone who would like to bid who can't make it on the day, please hand a sealed bid into the office with your contact details. Please help to spread the word to friends and family.
The hall was filled with dancing and laughter as 150 children enjoyed our Fathers' Day Disco on Friday. Two of 6K - Luke and Katie - helped to DJ, and there was lots of great singing and dancing as well. The children were keen to buy gifts for their dads - we hope you all liked their presents! We raised an amazing £897 to spend on resources to support the children's learning. A huge thank you to all the staff and parents who helped on the evening, as well as those who planned the event, did the shopping, wrapped the presents, and set up the gift stall, kitchen and hall before the disco.
The 30 strong Fair Field school choir visited Meadow Wood School in Bushey this week. Meadow Wood caters for physically impaired children, and the choir were given a tour of the school before performing six songs for the children there. They opened with 'We will rock you' (Queen) and followed this with 'Mama Mia' (Abba). The choir had learned signing for 'Close to you' by the Carpenters especially for this trip, and they performed this beautifully, lead by Daisy, Naman and Maya. Other highlights were the jiving to 'Let's twist again' (especially the dancers in the front, lead by Keeley) , the rapping and actions in 'Everything is Awesome', and all of 'Blame it on me' (George Ezra). The choir behaved impeccably and sang amazingly!
Mia has written an incredible poem based on the work of Kit Wright. Click 'Read More' to read it.
Well, we did it. Today marks another important milestone on the Fair Field journey. It is confirmed that we are now an Academy. With this status comes more freedom - including the freedom to develop our own exciting curriculum. We do not plan to dramatically move away from what we are doing, but over time, we will develop more creative opportunities for the children here. We look forward to the future.
On Monday 9th March, the Fair Field School Council had the amazing opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament. Upon arrival, the children were taken on a tour which included the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They learnt about what takes place in Parliament and who makes all the important decisions. The tour concluded in the Great Hall which dates back 1000 years! We were all fascinated to hear about the famous historical events that have taken place there, including the trials of Guy Fawkes and Charles I.
Lots of excited children enjoyed a fantastic evening of dancing, competitions and great music at the Mothers' Day Disco. We hope all the mums liked their presents! We raised a great total of £756 which will be put towards a new lighting system in the hall. A huge thank you to all the staff and parents who helped on the evening, as well as those who planned the event, did the shopping, wrapped the presents, and set up the gift stall, kitchen and hall before the disco.
Letters have been sent out about the fantastic Mothers' Day Disco on Friday 13th March from 6.15 - 7.45pm. Entrance will be by advance ticket only, so make sure you return your form and money to the office as soon as possible, and by Thursday 12th March at the latest, so we can buy in sufficient refreshments. Tickets will be given out during the week of the disco. On the night there will be lots of Mothers' Day presents to buy, as well as refreshments and sweets. We look forward to seeing you there!
Earlier this term, Fair Field launched a competition to name the school Houses. Every pupil who comes to Fair Field is in a House. Before now, the Houses were named with just a colour: Red, Yellow, Blue and Green. My entry for the competition won and now the Houses are named: Willow, Kendals, Orchard and Phillimore. I chose these names because they are the local roads around our school. I hope this legacy continues for a long time. FQ (Year 6 pupil)
Do you enjoy Chess? Would you like to help a small group of children learn the game? Are you free for 30 mins at lunchtime once a week from after Christmas? We are looking for a parent or grandparent volunteer who would like to regularly teach Chess during our lunchtime. A member of staff would be present too. If you could help out with this and could commit to one lunchtime each week (day to be discussed - whenever you're free), we would very much like to hear from you. Please contact Mrs Smith at the Office to volunteer. As for all such regular activities, we would ask you to complete a Police check before starting.
At Fair Field, we teach children about keeping safe online (eSafety) in every year while they are here. Children are using the internet at an ever earlier age. At home, staying safe on the internet is no longer just about supervising the family computer or laptop, but is increasingly about staying safe using smart phones and tablets. Below are some resources for parents to help keep children safe. It is so important for parents to make time to talk about boundaries and what to do if things go wrong. These resources can be used to help talk to your child about your expectations - what your child should and should not do with technology available from home.
A huge thank you to all the wonderful staff, parents and children who gave up their time to help make this year's Christmas Fair so successful. Thank you also to all those who donated prizes for the raffle and stock for the stalls, and to the school choir and Borehamwood Brass Band who entertained us during the fair. As well as having a fantastic time, the fair raised an amazing £2600 towards school trips and curriculum resources.
We want to hear from parents, staff, pupils, the community, other local schools and our partners about Fair Field becoming an Academy. Read the full letter linked from this article (Click Read More). This is your chance to have your say, to raise questions and to make suggestions as to how we might use this opportunity to the full. The easiest way to be heard is to write or email us between now and Friday 9th January 2015. We have set up an email address for this purpose: firstname.lastname@example.org
The choirs from Fair Field, Shenley and Newberries schools, along with the Radlett Drummers, are performing in a Christmas Praise Carol Concert on Wednesday 10th December, 6.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Aldenham. The concert, being arranged by the Radlett Festival of Music, will include each choir performing a few songs on their own (featuring a mixture of new carols and well known old favourites) along with readings and congregational carols. This will be a lovely Carol Service to celebrate Christmas and is aimed at the young, the old and all those in between! Hertsmere Borough Council have very kindly offered a grant to pay for transport for residents living in local residential homes, and to provide them with refreshments afterwards. Entry is free, with a retiring collection for Keech Hospice and everyone is welcome. Tea and mince pies will be served afterwards.
The choirs from Fair Field, Shenley and Newberries schools, along with the Radlett Drummers, recently recorded a Charity CD for Keech Hospice, called 'This is the place'. The song was written by Elissa, a local teenager, and is based on what she thought a hospice for children should be like, after seeing the film 'A fault in their Stars'. The song was edited by a Fair Field parent, James Flavin, who kindly volunteered his time and equipment to help this worthy cause. The children are trying to raise money for other children who are suffering from life limiting or terminal illness. Currently only 1 in 3 families in Hertfordshire are able to receive the help they need and hopefully this song will make a difference by raising more funds so more support can be given. To hear an excerpt from this song visit Radlettmusicfestival.blogspot.com. Copies of the CD can be ordered via the school (there is an order form available) or via the above website. Please note that website orders may incur postage charges.
The Local Authority admissions information can be found on line. Click 'read more' for the link...
Fair Field School Choir, along with Newberries and Shenley School Choirs, are recording a charity CD for Keech, our local Children's Hospice. The recording will take place at Aldenham Church in early November and will be on sale in December. They are recording 'This is the place' - a song written especially for the choirs, and adapted for Keech Hospice. The idea came out of their performance of the song in June at the Radlett Centre (which is on the picture shown here). There is also an competition to design the front cover for the CD/DVD and all children are invited to enter this, not just those who are in the choirs. The entry form can be found on the school website. This is an exciting project and it is an excellent collaboration between the schools to raise money for this most deserving charity.
The Autumn Disco shone with fantastic glowing hairdos, funky necklaces and glasses, glowing alien eyes and flashing light wands as over 170 children danced away the evening, and a great total of £823 was raised for the school. A huge thank you to all the amazing parents and staff who gave up their evening to organise and run this popular event.
Thank you to everyone who braved the showers to enjoy the summer fair last weekend. It was a really enjoyable event and raised over £2000 with another £1000 promised in match funding. A huge thank you to all the PTA, parents, children and staff who put in so much effort to make the fair a success.
Children from Fair Field Junior, Newberries and Shenley Primary School, along with the teenagers from Ursa Minor Choir, performed together last Saturday in two concerts at the Radlett Centre as part of the Radlett Festival of Music. The aim of this event was to celebrate how amazing the children are, and also to raise money for Keech Hospice Care, our local children's hospice. Each choir performed a set on their own and the concert ended with all of the choirs combining to sing 'Food Glorious Food' (Oliver), 'This is the place' (written for this event by Elissa Street) and ended with 'Do you hear the people sing' from Les Misérables. The concert is being repeated on 30th June, 7pm at Christ Church, Radlett, as part of their 150 year celebrations so if you did not see it last week then you should definitely come along.
This years Fathers' Day disco raised an amazing £757.41 for the school, some of which will be used to buy sports equipment for lunchtime activities. The children had a great time dancing and bought lots of gifts for their Dads. Thank you to all the parents and staff who helped out on the evening and beforehand.
The school choir gave their first summer performance last Monday in the school assembly. They began with 'Let it go' from Frozen, with excellent soloists from years 5 and 6, and drumming from the boys. They then performed 'Happy' from Despicable Me 2 and ended with 'Do you hear the people sing' from Les Miserables. They are singing these songs, and more, at the Radlett Centre on 7th June, with performances at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are priced at £5 only each, and are available from the Radlett Centre Box office (NOT the school office) 01923 859291 or www.radlettcentre.co.uk. The concerts also features the Fair Field Drumming group, school choirs from around the area and will be packed full of popular songs! A similar event was held in June 2012, which was almost a sell out so buy your tickets early.
Phil Bigwood, a Fair Field parent who works for BBC Sport, came in for our assembly today. Phil explained his role at the BBC and how television broadcasts get from the camera to our televisions. It was an excellent assembly that ended with this video. It REALLY is WORTH A WATCH!...
On April the 28th, we had four special visitors at our assembly who came along to tell us all about the work of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. They were Liz who runs the Hertfordshire branch of the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People volunteer group, Jan who is a volunteer puppy socialiser, Maple a working Hearing Dog and Aero a Hearing Dog puppy in training. Maple demonstrated how he makes Liz, who is deaf, aware of every day sounds such as her alarm clock, cooker timer, telephone and smoke alarm by nudging her with his paw. The part I liked best was when Maple laid down when the smoke detector went off to warn Liz of the danger. He didn’t take her to the sound like when the alarm clock went off. He was very clever to know the difference! Aero just sat there looking cute and a bit confused! Read on...
More than 160 children enjoyed a great evening of dancing, competitions and great music at the Mothers' Day Disco. We hope all the mums liked their presents! The disco raised a brilliant total of £909 which will be put towards new resources for the classrooms and subsidising school trips and activities. A huge thank you to all the staff and parents who helped on the evening, as well as those who planned the event, did the shopping, wrapped the presents, and set up beforehand.
The PTA will be holding a second-hand uniform and football boot sale in the hall on Monday 31st March and Tuesday 1st April while the Parent Consultations are taking place. If you have any Fair Field uniform, or football boots, in good condition that your child has outgrown, we would be delighted if you could donate it to the PTA by placing it in the container in the entrance hall near the office. Thank you
Letters have been sent out about the fantastic Mothers' Day Disco on Friday 28th March from 6.15 - 7.45pm. Entrance will be by advance ticket only, so make sure you return your form and money to the office as soon as possible. Tickets will be given out during the week of the disco. On the night there will be lots of Mothers' Day presents to buy, as well as refreshments and sweets. We look forward to seeing you there!
Due to lack of support the PTA has sadly had to cancel the planned quiz night this Friday. The next PTA meeting is on Thursday 13th March at 7.15pm at school to organise the Mothers' Day Disco, and the refreshments and uniform stall for parent consultations. Without lots of support from parents these events cannot go ahead and the PTA will be unable to provide funding for equipment, trips and activities for your children. New members are always welcome so please come along to the meeting or offer your help.
One of the Fair Field alumni has filmed and edited an exciting assembly we had for Science week last year. Tom Harvell kindly filmed the presentation as part of his college course and has made the film available to us. Click here to view Tom's work and the presentation.
Annabel has written an excellent and informative text on Gerbils and other Rodents. Do have a read - it is full of very interesting facts!
Fair Field’s boys take second place in the Partnership Trophy. On the 21st of January 2014, Fair Field football team travelled to the Arsenal Training Ground, to play in the Watford & Hertsmere School Sport Partnership. After a long warm up they began their first game...
Fair Field School Choir put on an amazing performance last week at the Rotary Carol Concert. They began with 'Away in a Manger' which included solo performances from year 3 children, and then the year 6 girls, conducted by Joe H, gave a lovely solo performance of 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'. Heaven's Lullaby (written especially for the choir) was sung beautifully and they ended with a really exciting version of 'Carol of the Bells' which featured year 4 and 5 soloists, along with hand bell players from year 6. The narrators introduced each song brilliantly, the soloists were all amazing and the handbell players were excellent. Well done to all!
A big thank you and well done to everyone who has helped us achieve excellent attendance and punctuality this term. We are proud to say that our school attendance figure is currently: 95.3%
A huge thank you to all the wonderful staff, parents and children who helped make this year's Christmas Fair so successful. As well as having a great time, we raised an amazing £3112 towards school trips, resources and an ICT project. Thank you also to Julia Jameson who is kindly arranging £750 extra match funding for us to add to the total.