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Students get a taste of the international
Nash Mills CE School has celebrated its fourth international evening, proving to be as popular as ever, with parents providing food from a wide range of countries.
Whole families came along to enjoy an evening not only rich in food but also entertainment, with performances from Aldbury’s Morris Men and the Phipps School of Irish Dance. KS2 pupils, taught by school mum Kate Garvie, performed a brilliant Rio Samba and some of the mums performed a Spanish Paso Doble in return.
PTA member and event organiser Ella Bryson said: “I had some very positive feedback during the evening, with many saying it was well organised and expressing how much they enjoyed it. It was probably our best international food evening so far.”
Headteacher Rosie Washford Mower added: “This is such a popular event where we really enjoy celebrating the diversity of our school family. I am very appreciative of the contributions from all food stall-holders, the performers, and Mrs Ladybird and the Marina Spice Lounge.”
The event raised £800 for the PTA which will be spent on improving ICT provision.
Nursery comes out on top
Cherry tree bi-lingual day nursery in Hemel Hempstead has won an award for being a top recommended nursery in the east of England.
The nursery came third out of 940 nurseries in the region, based on recommendations from parents, relatives and guardians.
Director of daynurseries.co.uk Davina Ludlow said: “Cherry Tree has proved that it is an excellent childcare setting and we’d like to congratulate them on being a top recommended nursery in their region. It’s a great achievement to be recognised for your hard work, but particularly from the people who you work had for.”
Nursery owner Dalia Ros said: “We feel over the moon to win a daynurseries.co.uk award and it reminds us that all our hard work is worthwhile. If the children and parents are happy, then we are all happy.
“The award makes us feel that we want to work harder and harder and become one of the best nurseries in Europe!”
Year 12 students prepped for life after sixth form
Hemel Hempstead school recently ran post sixth form preparation days for Year 12, giving students the opportunity to learn about the university application process, gap year opportunities, the relevance of social media in their career search and information about working in Hertfordshire. Guest speakers from a wide selection of industries were also invited into school to give an insight into various careers and the pathways available.
Tom Randall, a former student at Hemel Hempstead school who was among the speakers, said: “I volunteered to be part of the careers day to share with the students my personal experiences, path, and the decisions I took from being a student to where I am now – enterprise sales for a global technology company.
“I know how how valuable advice when making these decisions can be. It was also a great opportunity to give back to the school.”
Reading challenge students meet sports journalist
Students from Cavendish School taking part in the new Premier League Reading Stars scheme were privileged to meet Mick Dennis, a sports journalist who made time to talk to them about his life and career, before heading off to Brazil for the World Cup.
The students enjoyed the opportunity to meet someone who has made a career out of words, combined with a passion for football, and were keen to ask questions.
Literacy co-ordinator Mrs Turton said she was sure his visit will have helped inspire them to read.
The pupils have also visited Arsenal FC to continue their football-themed literacy development.
Hundreds attend school reunion
More than 300 former pupils, past parents and staff attended the reunion in the grounds of Westbrook Hay Prep School.
The annual event was made especially significant as this was staff member Dave Hill’s last year before retirement after a 50-year association with Westbrook Hay. Dave joined the school as a pupil in 1964. He returned after qualifying as a teacher and in his time at Westbrook he has been Headmaster, Deputy Head, Senior Master, Head of Sport and Head of Geography.
The day was celebrated in true Westbrook Hay style, with BBQs, family picnics and a leisurely game of cricket.
Everyone had the chance to revisit their old haunts and were delighted to see how much the school has developed and that the children are still allowed to climb the trees!
Triple success for budding tennis stars
Berkhamsted Prep School had an extremely successful afternoon at the Hertfordshire County Doubles competition in Rickmansworth, bringing home three awards.
Joel and Alfie won the Boys Under 11 title, Sofia and Sophia took the equivalent girl’s crown, whilst Bethan and Hannah won it for the Under 10 girls. Lola and Eleanour were also runners up for their team mates.
It was a fantastic achievement for everyone involved, and the teams now look forward to the IAPS championships.
Children’s author visits pre-prep school for storytime
Emily Gravett, author of children’s books Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, has paid a visit to Berkhamsted Pre-Prep School.
Emily wowed the youngest children with her interactive story telling about the escapades of ‘Monkey and me’. With the older classes, she helped to inspire a story written by the group and answered the children’s many questions about being an author.
The day ended with an arts and crafs session with the Reception class based on the illustrations in Emily’s books.
An inspiring and creative day was had by all!