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Newsletter 13 February

Dear Parents

After a thorough review of our school meals provision we decided to put the contract out to tender. Three companies made the final short list and I am delighted to tell you that The School Lunch Company will be taking over the catering after Easter.  This is a local company who use locally sourced produce and will bring a new freshness and innovation to our meals.  They work closely with schools to provide a bespoke service to suit our individual needs and tastes.  Some of their ideas are really exciting! These include a morning break service with healthy snacks, taster sessions at parents’ evenings, cooking demonstrations, collaboration with local restaurants and catering for school events.  They will be coming to talk to school council in a couple of weeks so please encourage your children to think about what they want. Watch this space!

This means that all outstanding balances to Food with Thought will need to be paid on return to school or via Parentmail2, together with payment for the week ahead, as the contract is coming to an end. We have nearly £750 owed for school meals; please ensure that school meals are paid for in advance.

Prayer Space:  This week Miss Persaud has organised a Prayer Space in the library, supported by volunteers from St Peter’s Church.  This has been a great success with every child in the school given the opportunity to reflect, pose questions and take some quiet time out from a busy school day. Their responses have been both life-affirming and incredibly moving as they struggle with some of the challenges that we all face and explore their own spirituality. I hope you were able to visit yesterday.

Here is just a sample of their responses:

“Where is Jesus?”

“Why are there so many wars?”

“Thank you for my brother”

“Please, please, please keep Great Granddad alive”

“When it rains is it you crying?”

“Why do I have an amazing life and other people do not have such a good one?”

“Thank you for the opportunity to let young people grow”

“The light stays with you just like God stays with you”

School Expansion: The cabinet minister for education has approved the school expansion. Now the proposal will go before planning.  We do not anticipate work beginning before June so clubs and hiring will be able to continue in the Study Centre until we get the green light.  After that we will all need to be flexible as space will be at a premium, but we will do our best to ensure provision continues as usual.

Book Fair: The Travelling Book Fair will be visiting school delivered to school on Thursday 26 February until Monday 2 March. World Book day is March 5th.

Midday Supervisors Vacancies: Mrs Prentice and Ms Perry will be leaving at the end of February. (Ms Perry is having a baby and Mrs Prentice is looking forward to a well-earned rest; she will continue as Crossing Patrol and cleaner). If you are interested in these posts please look at the OCC jobs page and apply by 4pm Friday 20 February at: https://jobs.oxfordshire.gov.uk/SearchResults.aspx?key=&ocg=723&add=

House Sports Competition: As you may be aware, Miss Nunneley has introduced a termly house sports competition where each colour can amass points towards the summer sports days. Each class competes in an event based on the term’s PE focus.  This is very keenly fought!

Winners for this term:

Year 1 Red and Green,

Year 2 Green,

Year 3 Blue,

Year 4 Red,

Year 5 Red,

Year 6 Yellow.

The overall winner is the Red team.

Events included Ancient Greek Olympics, Netball, Hockey, Fundamentals and Fitness (Beep test).

Reminder:

Parents’ Evenings will be coming up after the holiday (2nd and 4th March): please look out for the sheets outside each class to sign up for a slot.

Year 6 Class Assembly – Wednesday 25/2/15, 9.10 am in the hall.

Year 2 Class Assembly – Wednesday 4/3/15.

Parents/carers/families welcome.

Time for a clear out in half term? – Bag2School bags will be sent home today for collection Tuesday 17/3/15

Well Done!

This week we have said Well Done to: Susie Holiday, Amillie Tustain, Cayden Wyatt, Paige Bowhill, Toby Luxton, Emily Carol-Mayes, Iris Fledderus, Lulu Housby, Carys Lehmann, Taryn Wyatt, Max Nicholls, Jerome Davies, Karina Graham, All Year 6.

Pen Licenses: Awarded to Poppy Queenan, Orla McArdle, Chloe Webb, Oscar Ward, Lukas Wahlen, Amelie Tarbitt, Rosie Petre, Sophia Humphreys, Emily Carroll-Mayes

Mrs Belgrove’s Stars of the Week: Taryn Wyatt for her joy in reading (even walking around at break with her nose in a book!) and Luke Adams for his consideration and thoughtfulness.

Activities: Year 5 presented a very entertaining class assembly and showed the breadth and variety of work they have been doing, from painting inspired by classical music, persuasive writing (sharp intake of breath at an argument to ban Minecraft!), to tap dancing to ‘Can you feel the force’! Two of our governors, Hugh Protherough and Rachael Simmonds visited the school and spent time in classes watching our phonics programme in action and taking a reading group.

Out of School Achievements: Scarlett Marshall, Distinction in her Classical ballet exam Grade 1.

Hymn of the Week: Gi​ve Us Hope Christian Value of the month: Peace

Have an enjoyable holiday.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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