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Newsletter 17 October

Dear Parents

Harvest Supper: Thank you to everyone who donated vegetables and other ingredients, helped to chop and make soup, flapjacks and cakes with the children.  Our Harvest Supper was very popular with the hall and study centre full of families enjoying delicious soups and cakes made by all the classes.  £228 was raised which will go towards the Tear Fund and Polly’s Charity in partnership with St Peter’s Church.

Students: Next week we welcome students Sophie Jarvis and Katy Mason from Oxford Brookes who will be in Y2 until December.

Family Focus Week at Chipping Norton School 20th Oct – 24th Oct 2014:

Chipping Norton School welcomes its partnership primary school parents/carers and pupils to take part in our Family Focus Workshops. All the workshops are full and places are confirmed. If you have any queries please contact Mrs Hannis on 01608 649416.

Drama club: – no session on Monday 3 November – additional session will be run in the spring term.

Year 6 Primary to Secondary Transfer September 2015:

As you are no doubt aware, the closing date for submission of on-time applications for Secondary School Year 7 2015 is 31st October 2014. This date is crucial as parents are more likely to receive a school offer of their choice if the application is submitted before the deadline. Apply on-line at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions following the links to secondary transfer, or see the school office for a form.

Starting School 2015 : Parents of children born between 1/9/10 and 31/8/11 must make an application for their child to start in Reception in September 2015. Closing date for on-time applications is 15 January 2015. Apply on-line at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions or see the school office for a form.

School Expansion: Governors and staff met with parents to answer questions about the new school expansion and look over the plans in more detail. The process, once it is approved will begin immediately with extension to the Foundation Stage, followed by Key Stage 2.  In September 2015 we will be able to admit up to 45 children into Reception only.  There will then be a phased increase which will take six years to work through.  No child who is currently of statutory school age will be affected by any class changes; the single class year group will continue. The plans as they stand will not affect the playground space for children, although this will alter in shape, as the EYFS garden will move to the front.  There will be a separate entrance for Foundation Stage which will alleviate the need to walk through the playground. As we will be working to tight deadlines the building work will take place during school time, which will be very exciting for the children!  We will ensure everything is done to minimise disruption and of course, the site will be fenced off for safety reasons.

Individual/Family group photographs: Wednesday 22 October – best uniform please! There will be no Community Morning that day as the photographs will be taken in the Study Centre.

Attendance: Well done to Year 5 Full attendance 6-10 October 2014; second week in a row!

Mrs Belgrove’s Stars of the Week.  Last week: Lexi Harwood, Rebecca Milne and Niamh Hewitt-Gray for diligently collecting all the playtime equipment from the playground and the field.  This week: Sophia Robinson for her dedication to our library and Tristrian Connor for his infectious enthusiasm for nature.

Reminders:

Year 4 class assembly 15/10/14 at 9.10am.

WELL DONE!  This week we have said ‘Well Done’ to: All Year 1, Zoe Milne, Scarlett Ward, our Dashwood visitors, Maizey Jack, Alfie Newman, Fred Neal, Abi Nunneley, Lottie Nunneley, All Year 5, All Year 6, Emily Outten, Daniel Davies. 

School Activities: Today we have welcomed children from Dashwood School in Banbury who have joined Year 3 in looking at the differences between living and going to school in a village and a town. Year 1 went to see the ‘Amazing Animals’ at Heythrop, which included feeding the tigers! It really was an amazing experience and the children were also thrilled to see the giraffe from Harry Potter!  Today the hall rang out with the sound of African drumming with Year 2 as part of their Big Question; ‘Would you rather live in Kenya or England?’  Year 5 presented a very interesting class assembly to children and parents, showing their work as CSI investigators which involved investigating a terrible crime scene in the Year 5 classroom!  A group of talented designers from Y4 and 5 attended the Gifted and Talented workshop at Chipping Norton School. Miss Hope went to London to find out more about Global learning, I visited Bloxham School for a very inspiring lecture on education in the 21stcentury, Mrs Joyner had training as part of her Pastoral Support Advisor role, Miss Nunneley attended Change4Life Sports training and Mrs Hope Passed her Open University Finance course!  There were two governors meetings this week: Pay &Personnel and Finance.

OUT OF SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS: David Kirk Stage 3 Swimming, Poppy Queenan for being awarded a coveted Blue Peter Badge for her Blue Peter picture.

Hymn of the Week: Autumn Days Christian Value of the month: Thankfulness

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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