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Newsletter 14 November

Dear Parents

The children looked very colourful in their onesies and blue outfits today for World Diabetes Day. Many thanks to Isobel Boyes-Watson and her family for co-ordinating the day.  Your donations will go towards junior Type 1 Diabetes research – thank you.

Staffing – Teash Prentice is hoping to return to work at the beginning of December as school crossing patrol, midday supervisor, and cleaner. We look forward to welcoming her back after her period of absence.  We have been managing since May this year with Gareth Lewis and an external company taking on cleaning and caretaking responsibilities on a casual basis, and are now advertising for the shortfall of hours we require once Mrs Prentice returns, on a temporary basis pending the likely expansion of the school. See https://jobs.oxfordshire.gov.uk/categories/caretaking-cleaning/92.cat for details of the positions being advertised.

Christmas trees: Would anyone like to donate a large tree for our hall and a small tree for foundation stage? Remember we are not exchanging cards through school, but invite all children to make a Christmas decoration with a message to hang on the tree.

PE kits: Please can all children have their PE kit in every day. PE slots have been rearranged because of Christmas play rehearsals.

Year 2 class Assembly: 19th November, 9.10.

FOHNS Donations:  Next Friday children are invited to bring a jam jar filled with a gift or something to make in return for not wearing school uniform. Please ensure that any contents are safe for children to win!

Football Friday: All year groups are welcome. Bring £1, shin pads and boots.

Attendance : Year 5 almost full attendance 3-7 Nov.

WELL DONE

Each week, we celebrate particularly special achievements of children. This week we have said well done to William Stanton, Freya White, Alfie Simmonds, All Year 2, Chloe Webb, Daniel Rayner, Isobel Boyes-Watson, Hazel Ford, Harriet Tomalin, Oscar Simmonds, Taryn Wyatt, All Year 6.

ACTIVITIES: Y6 enjoyed a dance workshop as part of the Chipping Norton partnership led by a West End musical dancer! I attempted the moonwalk but it was more of a shuffle…Zach Warner demonstrated an amazing front and back somersault. Parents and children enjoyed the Year 6 class assembly on the Vikings, with some very inventive costumes! Year 2 visited Oxford museum as part of their Africa project and their new project on dinosaurs. A dinosaur egg has appeared in Year 2 and we are eagerly listening out for tapping…

KS1 and Foundation Stage had collective worship at St Peter’s Church this week. We held a minute’s silence at the end of our Remembrance service on November 11th.

Governors: This week the Governors had their full meeting where we looked at test results, progress and school improvement. There was nothing further to report on school expansion just yet. We should know more in a week or so. Governors approved new policies which will be on the school website and looked at the new anti-bullying leaflets for children and parents which will be sent out next week as part of Anti-Bullying Week.  This year we are having a big focus on reading and we would welcome any volunteers willing to help with children’s reading on a regular basis.

OUT OF SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS:

Well done to Stanley Neal for achieving the Gold Swimming Challenge Award.

Christian Value of the month: Service.

Love your neighbour as yourself. Galatians 5:13-14

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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