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Newsletter 10 January

Dear Parents

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday.  At least it was snow free this year!

The Maths Curriculum session for parents/carers has been rearranged to take place on Tuesday 21 January, 3.30-5.30pm due to staff attending Mrs Groome’s funeral. Come along and see how we teach Maths in all the year groups, the resources we use and how you can support your child with Maths at home. We apologise for the late change in these arrangements.

Caretaker Vacancy:  Tim King left at Christmas to look after his little daughter, because of his wife’s increased working commitments away from home. Therefore we have an immediate vacancy for a new caretaker/cleaner in charge.  If you think you have the cleaning and practical skills to keep our school in tiptop condition, driving licence and ability to lead a team, please apply.  Forms and job description are on Oxfordshire County website.

Coffee and Croissants:  FOHNS (Friends of Hook Norton School) are hosting a coffee morning in the Study Centre on Thursday 16 January from 9.00am.  If you are a new parent this is a great opportunity to meet new people. ‘Seasoned’ parents are also very welcome!

Holidays in term time:  Please can I remind you that the school cannot authorise holidays in term time or any time off unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example: parents in the forces, weddings or funerals. Some parents requested and were granted holiday absences for 2013-14 before the new rules came into force in September, which we are honouring. Please don’t fill in a request form for absence unless you have exceptional reasons, as refusal may cause offence!

Attendance : well done to Year 2 for Almost Full Attendance 16-20 December.

Free School Meals please speak to the school office on MONDAY if you think you may be entitled to Free School Meals – even if your children don’t want the meals!  Next week our School Census records the pupils eligible for Free School Meals which generates additional income which we use to support children’s education, including helping with paying for school visits and additional support in classrooms. We can find out really quickly if parents are eligible so, if in doubt, please speak to us as a matter of urgency!

Emergency Procedures for School Closure:

In addition to informing BBC Radio Oxford – VHF/FM 95.2,HEART (Thames Valley) – VHF/FM 102.6/ 97.4/102.9/ 97.0/ 103.4 and  Touch FM/Banbury Sound VHF/FM 107.6 who will make announcements on our behalf, we will send an e-mail via Parentmail, and put up-to-date information on our website: www.hook-norton.oxon.sch.uk.  Because it can take some time for radio stations to update their closure lists, please check your e-mails and the school website first.

Unless there is an announcement on the local radio stations or the school website, or you receive a Parentmail e-mail, we will be open and children in the village are expected to attend.  We close only if we do not have enough staff to ensure the safety of the children or if the school site is too dangerous to negotiate. If you come by car and road conditions are dangerous, please do not attempt the journey but contact the school to let us know; this will be treated as an authorised absence.  In the event of the weather deteriorating during the school day, or loss of power, we may have to contact parents to collect children early – please ensure we have up-to-date contact numbers.  If you need to contact school at times of school closure, the best way is via e-mail on office.3044@hook-norton.oxon.sch.  Please do not telephone the school directly for information as we may not be able to man the phones.

Clubs:  All new clubs start next week except for Science Club which will start the week after and Gardening/Nature which starts after the February holiday.  Details of the Let’s Get Cooking groups will be sent out with the children today and via Parentmail.  Please note that Woodwind Club will not take place next Thursday due to Young Voices, but will run on Friday lunchtime instead – this club will continue on Thursdays, 3.15-4.15pm, from the following week.

Well Done! This week we have said Well Done to: Alfie Simmonds, Lucas Bayliss, Hugo Cardona, Chay Casson, Iris Fledderus, Lydia Bennett, Scott Findlay, Coral Tobin, Max Nicholls, George Bickerton, Sophia Robinson, Owen Adams, Tom Joyner, James Tibbetts-Reeves.

Out of School Achievements – Well done to Catherine Monelle 50m swimming, Emily Monelle 50m swimming, Toby Luxton Stage 2 swimming and 9th Kyu in Karate (he’s been busy!), Lilya Macdonald Grade 1 Music Theatre, Gemma Webb Pre-Primary Ballet.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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