Christmas Fair – Fri, 29th Nov 3.30pm

October 27, 2013

The Christmas Fair is only a month away and as usual with our fairs, the PTA relies on the very kind donations given by parents, carers and friends of the school.

Sara Sparrow is leading the production of the programme again this year and Vanessa Mason is once more gathering some fantastic prizes for the raffle.  If you are aware of any businesses wishing to donate a prize or place an advert in the programme please contact Vanessa at

We have a truly outstanding line-up of prizes for the raffle again this year: top prize being a fantastic Christmas hamper from the Governors.  Other prizes incl. panto tickets, meal vouchers (Bar Azita, Lussmans, Billys, Harpenden Arms, Slug ‘n Lettuce, Godfreys, Oval Cafe, Gingerbread Man), days out (Big Space, Farmyard Funworld, Willows Farm, Paradise Wildlife Park), MOT, gym passes, zumba, wine and the list goes on…  Prize fund currently at around £1,200 and growing.  Watch out for the tickets which will be sent home in book bags on Friday, 15th November.

This year we are asking for your help with donations listed below.  Please use the half term to start collecting, but because we have nowhere to store items, only bring donations into the school on the morning of FRIDAY, 29TH NOVEMBER.

  • Bottle Tombola for the ‘big people’ – We would like donations of drinkable bottles, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, big or small.
  • Chocolate Tombola for the ‘little people’ – We also require chocolates in wrappers or boxes; big or small, advent calendars, etc. all gratefully received!  We will be sending out cellophane bags for filling on Friday, 22nd November.
  • Cake Stall – A plate will be sent home a few days before the fair.  Please bring in all delicious cake donations on Friday, 29th November.

All the above donations will be in exchange for coming to school in non-uniform on Friday, 29th November.

Other stalls which need your support are:-

  • Adopt A Teddy – Please donate any unwanted soft toys in a good condition.
  • Christmas Stall / 2nd Hand Stall – We are looking for items / gifts in good condition. We are also looking for unwanted ornaments, DVDs, CDs, toys, jigsaws, Christmas decorations, books, etc.

After the half term we’ll be looking for volunteers to help with setting up on the day or running a stall.  If you can spare even just half an hour it would be appreciated.



Christmas Fair – Raffle

October 27, 2013

We are going to change the way the Christmas fair raffle is drawn.

In the past we’ve listed all the prizes and when a name has been drawn the winner has chosen the prize they wanted.  Whilst this had its benefits, because of the amount of time it took winners to choose there were long backlogs, which caused confusion and frustration.

We’ve looked into how other schools run their raffles and this year we will be drawing the Top 3 prizes as before, but thereafter each name drawn will automatically be allocated a prize from the list in alphabetical prize order.  The benefits of doing it this way include:

  • Greater transparency – as each name is drawn we can also call out what they’ve won at the same time.
  • It is a fairer system for ticket purchasers who are not able to attend the actual draw – they will simply be allocated the next prize on the list in alphabetical order.
  • Keeping up the suspense – just because your name is drawn second to last doesn’t mean you’ll go home with a ‘dud’ prize.  Likewise just because you’re drawn 4th doesn’t mean you’ll go home with the 4th best prize.  All part of the fun!
  • Just look at some of the amazing prizes you could win!


    Complimentary four ball at Aldwickbury Golf Club
    Ayletts voucher
    B&Q gift voucher
    Bar Azita voucher
    Big Space family passes
    Billy’s voucher
    Cocoon Family photo session
    David Lloyd3 free day passes
    Empire Cinemas Guest Pass
    Farmyard Funworld passes
    Gambados free entry tickets
    Gibson & Powell voucher
    Governors Christmas Hamper
    Greenacres Riding vouchers
    Harpenden Arms Thai Meal for two
    Harpenden Building society savings voucher
    Jack and the Beanstalk Panto tickets
    Harpenden Swim and Leisure Free family pass
    Hawthorne Art Centre Rollercity passes
    Hawthorne Theatre cinema tickets
    Zumba voucher
    Hollywood Bowl game voucher
    House of Commons Bottle of wine
    Hyde Garden centre Rose bush
    Inn on the park Tea for Two
    Jo Jo Maman Bepe voucher
    Kippings Food Voucher
    Lavender & Stone voucher
    Living the Dream half term vouchers
    Lussmans voucher
    Luton Town tickets to home game
    Wine & Chocolates
    Wash cut and blow dry & massage at Noorania Hair & Beauty
    Oval voucher
    Paradise Wildlife park passes
    Pots of art vouchers
    Peter Pan theatre tickets
    Free MOT with Redbourn MOT Centre
    Roald Dahl Golden ticket
    Slug & Lettuce Meal for two
    Tesco Food Voucher
    The George, Harpenden – meal for two
    Threads voucher
    Watford Football club Signed Pennant
    West Wycombe Family ticket
    Willows Farm free admission tickets
    Windsor Castle Family ticket

Christmas Fair – Poster Competition

October 27, 2013

Once again we are having a Poster and Programme Competition. Winners will get a prize and see their design printed on the Christmas fair programme and/or posters.

Drawings should be in black & white and A5 in size (fold an A4 sheet of white paper in half).  Please could children return their designs to the Office for the attention of PTA by Tuesday, 5th November.   (Don’t forget to write your name and class on the back!)

Introducing Our Class Reps

October 25, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the new Class Reps are:

Nursery              Sophie Capel
Reception           Liz Datta
Year 1                Madeline Perryer
Year 2                Sulene Sypkens
Year 3                Melissa Maya
Year 4                Kate Cherry
Year 5                Mel Tinnion
Year 5/6             Liz Vellacott

Please give them your support.  The main aim of having Class Reps is to build a strong sense of community and share information which is relevant to each class.


Miss Smith

October 25, 2013

Congratulations to Miss Smith who is getting married this weekend!

We wish her and her fiance all the best for their special day and for their future together.

Miss Smith will return after the half term holidays as Mrs Cross.


Year 5 Art Competition

October 25, 2013

As part of their efforts to raise money for Cancer Research, some of our Year 5 pupils held an art competition.  Some lovely drawings were entered and a fantastic £46.29 was raised.  The winners were announced in our celebration assembly this morning.  Well done to everyone!

1st – Asima Ahmed Y1
2nd – Amara Martin Y2
3rd – Lula Morfitt Rec

1st – Liam Giacobbi Y4
2nd – Gabi Cost Y5 and Babli Abubakar Y5
3rd  – Keira Martin Y6 and Amanda Carvalho Y5

The total amount raised for Cancer Research from both the art competition and last week’s cake sale was £78.74.  Very well done to the Year 5 pupils involved.  They put a lot of thought and hard work into raising the money.

New Classroom Update

October 25, 2013

I have now able to give you further details regarding the new classroom.  I have been informed that the ground works are due to start during the half term holidays.  However, for the short term, our existing Nursery classroom will not be removed as it is to be used as a site office.

Next half term, our Nursery children will have a temporary classroom set up in an area of the Reception classroom and also in the hall for various activities.

A huge thank you to the parents and governors who gave up some of their time today to help clear out the Nursery classroom. It is very much appreciated.