Oh Captain, My Captain!

Congratulations to our new school captains. We are delighted to have you on board. Their first mission is to find out how pupils are finding life in school without a uniform. You will receive a survey this week, that they would like you to fill in with your child. They are looking forward to hearing your opinions and will get back to you next week!

On your marks, get set…….go!

Please Help Our Village School!

We’re holding a safe, fun and sporty fundraiser for the school over the weekend of 18-20th September and would love for as many pupils, parents, friends, family and neighbours as possible to join in.

Little Hadham Primary school is the ONLY school in the Village and we’re in desperate need of funds having missed out on many fundraisers this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Specifically this fundraiser is to help raise enough money to build a much needed and improved shelter for the school playground.

Everyone can take part as it can be as short or as long as you like, and you can start and finish at your own home!

To get started….

1.        Put the date in your diary!  It an be any time over the weekend of 18-20th September

2.        Make a donation via the GoFundMe page: gofundme.com/f/sponsored-run-walk-or-cycle

3.        Get the kids involved using the sponsorship form, and spread the word!  Lets make this fundraiser count!!!

4.        Finally during the weekend of 18-20th September, simply Run, Walk or Cycle any route, any distance!  Remember to take photos and selfies along the way, and send them in for our School newsletter and website.

Suggested Route

There is no set course, but we have set a suggested a cross-country route of apx. 3 miles which is suitable for running, walking or cycling.  It goes up the Albury Road, past the Church, through Hadham Hall (stopping for a photo with the Alpacas), across to Millfield Lane and down past Silver Leys Polo Club.  This route will start and finish at the School and there will be markers along the way to keep you on track!

*** A BIG BIG thank you so much to everyone in advance, we already know we have an amazingly supportive community.***

Small schools like Little Hadham are under considerable threat.  Help to keep us viable so we can continue to serve proudly our diverse, beautiful, spirited community.

Also don’t forget to gift aid your donation so we can claim an extra 20% back from the Government.

(Sponsorship forms can be handed to Mary Hector or Chloe Burroughs after the event).


First Day Back!

It has been so wonderful to see all the children back and to hear the lovely buzz of learning in each class. We loved hearing all the stories about what they have been doing in the holidays and we have been really impressed with the way that they have coped with the new routines and procedures in school today.  Thank you to all for trying your best to arrive on time to drop off and pick up, I don’t know who broke the weather at home time, but hopefully it won’t be everyday! Remember, if you do arrive early please do wait in the car, rather than around the gate, until it’s time for your child to enter. This will help ease congestion at the gates. We really do appreciate all your help and support with this to keep everyone safe.

Although it is sad that we cannot meet you on the playground or in school to chat and catch up as we usually love to do, please be assured that we are still very contactable and if you have any concerns we would urge you to phone the school so that we can help you to speak to or get your message to the right member of staff. Even though we are having to use alternative means of communication we truly value working in partnership with you to ensure that your children have the happiest and very best primary education possible.

We hope that the children have enjoyed their first day back and are full of stories of what they did in school today.  We look forward to welcoming them back again tomorrow and that they are not too exhausted!

Sinead Connolly

All good things must come to an end!

We hope you have all enjoyed the summer break. We are looking forward to welcoming back the children on Thursday 3rd September.

Remember for the first half term children need to come to school in sports clothes and we are offering a reduced school dinner menu (this can be found under school meals in the parents tab).

Class times for the first term are:

Ash and Saplings (Nursery and Reception)   9:00 am – 2:55 pm

Beech ( Years 1 and 2)   9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lime (Years 3 and 4)   8:55 am – 3:05 pm

Maple (Year 5)   8:45 am – 3:15 pm

Willow ( Year 6)   8:45 am – 3:15 pm

School’s out for the summer…


Dear parents and carers,

Somebody pinch me… we made it! This certainly has been an academic year like no other. We experienced the first pandemic of our lifetimes, closed the school, became remote teachers and learners, partially reopened and now it’s the end of the academic year! Was that really only 4 months…?

Today’s update is all about thank yous…

Firstly, I want to thank all our Little Hadham children for once again being an incredible bunch of inspirational young people. Being Headteacher of this school is such an honour and that is due to the joy and pride I take from seeing your children shine. Polite, hardworking and always willing to try their best. Lockdown has certainly been a different level of challenge and I commend them all for their dedication in completing our online learning in such a positive way. Those children that have been in school have done so with a smile, adapting to our changes in a typically ‘can do’ Little Hadham spirit. Well done to each and every one of you!

Secondly, I want to thank parents again for your willingness to support home learning during lockdown. You have all risen to the difficult challenge of becoming teachers and I am so grateful for your resilience, enthusiasm and understanding throughout lockdown. I feel there have been many positives to have come out of this period and am sure the closer working relationship of parents and teachers is something we will look to build upon further in the future. You all deserve a medal!

Lastly, I want to thank my staff team. This school would be nothing without this dedicated and talented bunch. I’ll never forget the bravery of staff to come into school and help organise and put everything into place to get the school ready for a new ‘normal’. I salute you! Many have their own personal challenges going on during lockdown, so their united support is quite exceptional. I’m sure you will agree they should all head off for the summer with their heads held high, proud of their efforts to support families during this time of national crisis. I’m a very lucky Head Teacher!

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind cards and gifts to staff across the school. We never expect this and certainly do not take this for granted, we have been completely overwhelmed.  The kind words and messages were so personal and meaningful and really touched our hearts. I will certainly enjoy heading to the shops when all is safe and sound and treat myself like suggested! Knowing we have done our parents and children proud means more than anything so thank you.

I wish you all a relaxing and sunny summer break. I can’t wait to see everyone back in September!

Take care,

Sinead Connolly

A Midsummer Night’s Forest Movie!

As you can imagine, it’s certainly been a strange ending for our Year 6 children this year but it certainly won’t be one they ever forget! As we were unable to celebrate with all the traditional events to mark this occasion, we still wanted to try to make this a special memory for our fabulous Y6 children. Our movie in the forest was a wonderful celebration for our children and a memory for them to cherish. We had lots of fun and most importantly, we have been able to be together.

We will miss them lots but wish them every success at secondary school and know they leave us for bigger things!


Au Revoir and not Goodbye…

It is hard to believe that we are in our final week of the academic year. It is now week 14 of remote learning and 17 weeks since the government closed schools on the 20th March. It has been a period that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

We are delighted that we were able to have all our children back in school, even if it was only for two days a week. Our first priority has been for our children’s wellbeing and safety and I do feel that it has made such a difference to the children and staff. Someone once said that it’s lovely to see me at the gate every day, but to be honest, the honour is mine- seeing those happy, excited faces come through the gate each day reminds us why we love our jobs so much.

Goodbyes are always hard, but saying goodbye to our Year 2, Year 3 and Year 5 children today, knowing that they are going away for a well-deserved holiday/break, was so much easier than the unknown in March. Although, it was hard to say goodbye to dear Orla and her family, who are moving away soon. We want to wish them all the best and good luck in their new chapter.

Enjoy your holidays children, play lots and laugh even more, and we look forward to welcoming you all back in September.


The final countdown has commenced!

Dear parents/carers,

As the summer holidays rapidly approach this has been another busy week!

I’d like to start by mentioning once again those families supporting children with home learning. I never imagined we would ever be considering such an extended period of parents needing to step into the role of being teachers to their children. The change in family dynamics to achieve this is considerable, particularly for those balancing their own jobs alongside this too. All I can do is say thank you and that your efforts will have made a significant positive difference to your child. Every book read, maths question conquered and sentence of cursive writing completed will have helped. Hold your heads high and know you have gone above and beyond!

I apologise if this week has felt like information overload. We have posted home class details, end of term reports, staffing updates and even medical updates. My strategy throughout lockdown has been to over communicate to help maintain our feeling of community togetherness but this week has seen an increase in letters. Thank you for keeping up!

A reminder that the school day, for the children attending Thursday next week, we are closing early. Again the pick-up times are:

Early Years – 12:00

Year 1 – 12:05

Year 4 – 12:15

Year 6 – 1:15

I want to end this week with a special shout out to some unsung heroes at Little Hadham… the cleaners! During the past weeks and months they have done an incredible job of keeping the school spotless and safer than ever before. Without their hard work and determination there is no way our partial reopening would have been such a success… thank you cleaners!

Have a great weekend

Sinead Connolly

Social Media Feeds

Please can we thank the vast majority of parents for acting with care and consideration online when using unofficial WhatsApp and online group pages. We know a great deal of good that comes from these groups. Monitoring of these unofficial groups of course falls outside the remit of school but the impact is still sometimes felt by parents and staff. Therefore, please always think before you post. A reminder that nobody should ever share the personal details of another child without parental permission.

We always encourage parents to speak to school where possible when unsure about matters before posting to groups too.  Remember this helps to avoid any misunderstandings and the risk of causing unnecessary anxiety to large numbers of parents.

Thank you in advance for your understanding with this matter.


How many more sleeps…!

Dear all,

The guidance released by the Government yesterday hopefully came as welcome news to all families with Little Hadham Primary due to open in September for all children full time. Hurrah! I’m proud to say that the measures implemented at school and the care taken by all families to act appropriately to preserve the integrity of our bubbles have been amazing. I will write home before the summer break with full details of our plans for September including the staggered drop off and pick up times.

This year the reports will come home for Year R, 1, 2, 3 and 5 on Tuesday and Year 4 and 6 on Thursday. I’m aware parents and children are keen to know plans for class arrangements for September too. A huge amount of thought and consideration has gone into getting this right for our children and this information will be emailed out to you on Thursday the 9th of July.

Regarding uniform, as we have seen many of our pupils have grown over the lockdown and will certainly have grown by September. Therefore, for the first half term of the autumn term we will remain with children wearing their normal clothes. Please make sure these are practical for sport, forest, outdoor learning and nothing too precious! Also, this will mean that the children won’t have to change for sport which would be difficult in the classroom when social distancing!

Thank you once again for all the many messages of thanks and goodwill that we have received over the past months. The support and understanding of our families has been so appreciated. I think the most tiring thing on us all has been the mental strain, the desperate desire to get things right. Luckily, the morale of the staff has remained high throughout the pandemic and I am indebted to them all for their professionalism, astounding creativity and great sense of humour which carries us all through dark times. Your engagement with the processes and systems we have had to put in place has been fundamental. Despite having to practically reorganise the school on a weekly basis, change start and finish times, you too have shown such good humour and understanding. You have been just brilliant.

In addition, I appreciate, the continued challenge of home learning is not easy. Please persevere as it is so important children continue to keep up with work. With school set to be closed soon for the summer holidays I would ask you all to give it one last big push and to make sure your children are completing their remote learning and sending it in to their teachers . All I can ask is that everyone tries their best and reaches out for help when needed.

We hope you have a lovely restful weekend,

Sinead Connolly



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