Schools news round up (including a celebration to mark the opening of the new build at The Reddings School)

The official launch of the new build at The Reddings in Bennetts End, Hemel Hempstead. PNL-140608-164843001
The official launch of the new build at The Reddings in Bennetts End, Hemel Hempstead. PNL-140608-164843001

The latest news from schools in your area

Students put their best foot forward

Anastasia at Abbot's Hill School. PNL-140608-154855001

Anastasia at Abbot's Hill School. PNL-140608-154855001

Longdean School held its annual charity walk. 

Students from Years 7 to 10, the sixth form, and school staff showed their support for four good causes by being sponsored to walk an eight mile course. 

World Cup themed fancy dress brightened the local area as students and staff made their way through woodland, fields and alongside the canal. Dressing-up included football kits and face paints, the colourful traditional costumes of a variety of countries, and Rio carnival.

After a successful walk, which the fastest participants completed in two hours, students enjoyed fun activities including inflatables, a barbecue, human table football and soak the teacher. 

Macbeth at Longdean School. PNL-140608-154839001

Macbeth at Longdean School. PNL-140608-154839001

Students have set themselves a £5,000 fundraising target and have chosen to split the amount they raise between Macmillan Cancer Support, Team Macy, WheelPower and Dacorum Community Trust.

>Parents of Year 6 pupils who are joining Longdean School in September were invited to an English department taster evening.

At the start of the session parents and Year 6 pupils were grouped separately and were then taught lessons by Longdean’s English teachers. At the end of the lessons, pupils were reunited with their parents to compare notes.

The evening ended with a spectacular presentation of the Shakespeare play Macbeth, performed by Longdean’s current Year 7 students, which left the audience mesmerised.

The evening was a huge success and certainly supports the secondary transfer transition process.

Dancing, singing and drama

More than 180 pupils took to the stage at Abbot’s Hill School’s Judi Dench Theatre for five sell-out performances of Anastasia - a colourful musical filled with dancing, singing and drama.

There were superb performances from Years 5, 6, 7 and 8, many of whom have never acted in a large production before.

The musical was an adaption of the 1997 American animated film, based on the urban legend claiming that the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, in fact survived the execution of her family. It tells the story of an eighteen year old orphan named Anya who, in hopes of finding some trace of her family, sides with a pair of con men who wish to take advantage of her likeness to the Grand Duchess.

The design aspects of the production were colourful and uncomplicated to ensure that the focus was on the performers.

Director Miss Gimmi said: “I really challenged the cast with the ‘in the round’ staging and complicated song and dance routines. As always, we strive to offer as many girls as possible the opportunity to take centre stage, so we had an amazing 14 different actors playing the part of the young Princess Anastasia, seven Vladimirs and two Rasuptins.”

In addition each class had their own scene, which they either wrote or adapted themselves. For the really enthusiastic performers, there were extra appearances for members of Drama Club.

Head of Drama Mrs Hindmarsh said: “The girls were all fantastic and it was a marvellous opportunity for the prep school to collaborate with the senior school. We are all extremely proud of what we have achieved and I am very grateful for the support of all the pupils, staff and parents in making this possible.”

Plea for donations to mark 40 years

In September, charity and committee-run Leverstock Green Playgroup will have been serving the local community for 40 years.

To celebrate this incredible milestone we are intending to host a children’s party on 13th September 2014. We will be extending invitations to our children and their parents, as well as many of those that have attended, worked at or been associated with the Playgroup over the last 40 years.

As with our charity and committee run organisation, the generation of funds, at these challenging times, is difficult so we would like to organise a raffle during the event to raise much needed funds, which will allow us to continue to offer excellent child care services to the community.

We would be extremely grateful if you would be able to support us in this. If you could donate a raffle prize or indeed offer some form of sponsorship for the event you would make a considerable difference. In return, we will use every opportunity to advertise your support.

To find out more call 01442 266270 or email

Celebration time as The Reddings opens new building

The Reddings Primary school in Bennetts End officially opened its new build last month with a host of current and past governors present to celebrate the occasion.

Former chair of governors, Jean Hewison, officially opened the building exclaiming that it was testament to the school to provide its learners with such a great facility.

The Reddings required the new build as the continuing improvement in reputation and results of the school has led to the school becoming a one form entry as from September 2014.

The two classroom building are fitted with state of the art technology to aid the students learning along with solar panels to lower the carbon footprint of the building.

Headteacher Tracy Prickett said: “Having our official opening has marked an important milestone for The Reddings. It was made extra special by those in attendance as they all have played a significant part in making The Reddings the place it is today”

Free guides on diabetes for schools and parents

Diabetes UK has launched two information packs to help improve support for children with Type 1 diabetes in schools across Herts.

The packs – one for schools and one for parents – have been produced following a change in the law, which comes into effect in September, that means schools in England are now legally obliged to provide the support that children with medical conditions need to make the most of their time at school.

The free schools and parent pack are available to order from the Diabetes UK website at