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Newsletter 12 September

Dear Parents

This week we held our first Governors’ meeting of the school year. Mr Scott Orchard was elected Chair and Mrs Trish Lunel Vice-Chair. Please see the separate piece about the School Vision.

Gifted and Talented Science Summer School

Some of our children took part in an amazing summer school at Chipping Norton School, led by the Science department. Students investigated weather systems and use of satellites to predict weather over the course of three days, by releasing a weather balloon, equipped with a camera. Parents, students and teachers were treated to breath-taking photographs of the edges of space, the Severn Estuary and various cloud formations. The balloon eventually landed in a maize maze just past the Severn Estuary.

Library

Many thanks to Mrs Orchard and Owen Kay who have been sorting and entering books onto our new electronic library recording system (funded by FOHNS library refit). Now all the books in the school have been catalogued and children are able to scan in their reading books to bring home. This new system will not only help us keep a track of books, but also analyse reading habits and popular choices for each child.

School Meals: Food with Thought have just informed us that school meal price will rise from Monday to £2.10. Sorry for this short notice – we were deleted from the e-mail list!

The kitchen staff have risen magnificently to the challenge of providing hot meals to all of our younger children. This has been a great success with nearly 100% take up of free school meals. We are encouraging the children to try a wide variety of foods with an ‘empty plate’ stamp as an extra incentive. Children will have vegetables on their plate but they can choose to eat them (or not!). We are already finding that children are ‘accidently’ eating something they were convinced they didn’t like and enjoying it! Lettuce with gravy was one particular favourite! (It was cabbage…)

Nuts: Please be aware that nuts are not allowed in school. We have a number of children with potentially life-threatening allergies to nuts, therefore please ensure any snacks or packed lunches are nut-free, including peanut butter.

Extra-curricular Activities

All clubs, apart from JAM Club, start next week – please ensure your child knows who is picking them up. If they are unable to attend any week please let the club leader (or school office) know in advance to avoid having to spend time chasing absences. Many thanks.

Please note: JAM Club starts on Wednesday 24 September.

Football Friday will resume next Friday, starting with Year 6. Please bring £1 to play plus football boots and shin pads.

Year 6 Friday 28 September

Year 4 Friday 3 October (Year 5 are on their residential)

Year 5 Friday 10 October

Year 3 Friday 17 October

Year 6 Friday 24 October

Year 5 Friday 7 November

Year 4 Friday 14 November

Year 3 Friday 21 November

Friends Annual General Meeting – Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm

The Friends will be holding their AGM on Thursday 25 September in the study centre – please join us for some light refreshment and an opportunity to put forward ideas for the coming year.

Well Done!

Each week, we celebrate particularly special achievements of children. This week we have said well done to: Brooklynn Robinson, Levina Nchari, Amelie Tarbit, Lukas Wahlen, William Hutchinson, Josh Brown, Ellie Butler, Georgia Street, Grace Mariner, Andy Haldane, Thomas Cornelius-Hicks, Lily Stanton.

Out of School Achievements: Congratulations to Holly Evans who has been talent-spotted for a pathway to ride in the Horse of the Year Show, Lily Armstrong Stage 3 Swimming, Scarlett Ward 9th kyn in Karate, Oscar Ward 8thkyn in Karate, Eloise Rux-Burton Junior Open Water Diving qualification.

Diary Dates (N.B: dates are also on the Parentmail calendar at www.parentmail2.co.uk)

Tuesday 16 September, 3.20pm – Year 2 Parents Meeting with Miss Nunneley

Wednesday 17 September, 3.20pm – Year 4 Parents Meeting with Mrs Robertson

Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm – FOHNS Annual General Meeting, Study Centre

Friday 26 September, 9.00-11.30 am – Macmillan Coffee Morning, Study Centre

Christian value for September: Koinonia (fellowship)

‘May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.’

2 Corinthians 13:14

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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