Behind the Scenes July 2016
An occasional update on the work of the school
We reach the end of an eventful school year and once again it’s gone so quickly. The expansion of the school is finally underway, with the Foundation Stage completed. It’s fantastic! The new classroom is spacious and well equipped for Reception children and our Nursery has had a makeover with new paintwork, chairs and tables. The new outdoor area is the envy of the school; many thanks to everyone who helped us raise the money to pay for it.
The children have worked really hard and enjoyed lots of different activities and experiences- from Liddington and Yenworthy residentials to Kenilworth Castle and Weston-Super-Mare. We’ve taken our choir to Young Voices in Birmingham (and appeared on Blue Peter!), played recorders for the community, visited Sweden, gained distinctions in music exams, attended gifted and talented workshops, taken cycling proficiency tests and learnt to swim (no child has left our school unable to swim 25 metres).
The partnership sports programme allowed every child to take part in a sporting event and to enjoy expert coaching in a range of sports. We were also able to enjoy dance and drama workshops and a Year 4 languages festival. Our sports grant has enabled us to participate in inter-schools tournaments as well as employ dedicated sports coaches. We have had lots of sporting success this year with our netball and rugby teams going on to represent West Oxfordshire at the county finals.
And, in between all that, the children have also been excelling in the three Rs! This year, our children achieved excellent results across the board; we are very proud of them! All of our Y1 children reached the expected standard in phonics. Our Y6’s defied the odds and achieved well above the national average in the new, much harder SATs tests.
After school clubs continue to thrive with LAMDA, Art, Sport, Sports’ Leaders Music, Dance, JAM,Film, Board Games, Choir, Computersand Science Clubs.
Good Causes:We have supported many causes over the year, jointly with St Peter’s Church and with ideas devised by the children themselves, including fundraising for a cause especially dear to all our hearts this year- CLIC Sargent. The children’s compassion and drive has made me so proud.
The Friends of the School have worked hard to organise a successful calendar of events to raise much needed fundsfor school projects. This year FOHNS have raised money for the new Foundation Stage garden and chairs and tables for the classrooms. Thank you to the kind Hook Norton folk who have ‘sponsored’ chairs. We are happy to accept more sponsors!
Thank you to all our staff, governors and volunteers that have supported the school and helped to make it the happy, caring, safe place where all children can achieve their best.
Have a happy summer holiday.