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Welcome to the Autumn 2012 edition of Newsline

Alexandra School’s Christmas Charity

This year, we are raising money for the Watford New Hope Trust.

The work of Watford New Hope Trust (WNHT) began in 1989, providing shelter, food, support and hope for homeless and disadvantaged people from Watford and the surrounding area. Now, the WNHT house 56 vulnerable men and women every night and help over 600 people every year by providing accommodation and opportunities to rebuild damaged lives. Christmas can be the toughest time of all when you’re homeless, alone and on the streets.

So please contribute at least at least £2 for each Christmas concert ticket and buy the new school mug.

Every year we sell a new school mug. This year the design was inspired by the children’s enjoyment of the Yurt and the winning graphic was by Adam Mulcaire. The Mugs are £4.50 each. All proceeds to our Christmas Charity.

Please be generous in your contribution to the appeal and buy one or more school mugs—they will make lovely Christmas presents.

Mugs are on sale at the Christmas Show, which will take place at 1.30 on Wednesday 19th December and again at 6.00 on the same day.


Parent and Family News

It has been great to see so many parents visiting school this term, for a wide range of events. The children have given us some wonderful class assemblies (which you can still catch on Fronter). We’ve held four Gate Gossip afternoons this term, meeting for tea, biscuits and a chat about topics like home school communication, transition to high school, developing children’s communication skills and healthy eating.
Last week, Jan and Gemma led a family library trip to Rayners Lane Library and during this second half of term, Ivan and Suzy have been running a Family Learning group on turn-taking. We are currently planning our parent and family events for next term, so if you have any ideas or requests, do let Jan or Perdy know.

We have on request for you! As we did last year, we would like to serve some mince pies and mulled wine (or fruit juice) before the Christmas Show on Wednesday 19th December. The school will provide the drinks, but we would like your help with the mince pies. If you have time, it would be great if you and your child could make some mince pies, then send them in to school on Monday 17th (in a box with your child’s name on). Baking is a lovely activity to do together and the recipe suggests tasks your child can do. We will warm the mince pies up, sprinkle them with icing sugar and serve them (free of charge of course) before the afternoon and evening performances!

Click Here to download a copy of the Mince Pie recipe


Fronter News

I hope that you have all got into the habit of checking Fronter regularly this term, particularly as the class teams have been posting weekly news on Fronter. If you’ve been away from Fronter for a bit, do check it out. We have recently opened several new rooms, including:
Themed Curriculum Activities room
Christmas Show room
Academy Question room
If you have any questions about Fronter, please send Georgie an email at


Dennis announces his retirement!

As my 60th birthday approaches on December 7th, I have decided to step down as Headteacher of Alexandra. I will continue in post until the end of April, and then hand over to Perdy, who will be Acting Head until the question of Academy conversion is resolved. It will be impossible, simply to walk away from this school and I hope there will be opportunities for me to continue to make a contribution in some form after my retirement.
It has been a privilege to work with such wonderful staff, and a pleasure knowing the Alexandra children and their families. Thank You.

Dennis Goldthorpe


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Don’t forget - Children are back at school on Monday, January 7th.


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