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Newsletter 20 June

Dear Parents

Next Wednesday is change-over morning where your children will be going into their new classrooms and spending time with their new teachers and support staff. This year we will be keeping the same arrangements: FSU – Miss Persaud, Mrs Macdonald; Y1 – Miss Bithell; Y2 – Ms Nunneley; Y3 – Miss Hope; Y4 – Mrs Robertson; Y5 – Mrs Crouch; Y6 – Mrs Peters.

School expansion: We are having on-going talks with the Local Authority about expanding the school to 1.5 form entry but as yet there are no definitive plans. This means increasing our admission number to 45 per year group to meet the needs of local families. The county have taken into account the fact we are very full anyway (and some Hook Norton children are attending other schools because they have not been able to get into the school) as well as factoring in any future housing development. In terms of housing development, as a school we only get to hear through the same channels as everyone else – local gossip or when a planning application letter lands on my desk! We have had no conversation or meeting with any developer.
We are working with the architect to devise a plan that uses as much of the ‘dead areas’ around the site as possible to build additional classrooms and will share those plans with you as soon as we have them. Rest assured that any plans will not involve building over the field!
Governor Business: The curriculum committee met this week to look at planning for the New Curriculum which will come in from September and to discuss the Church Inspection. Governors expressed their delight at such a positive outcome.

Absence from school: Monitoring of the school registers reveal a worrying sign of siblings being ‘ill’ on Fridays or Mondays….
I understand that the new ruling on taking holidays in term time makes it difficult for families, especially if you want a long weekend away. However, it puts us and children in a difficult position when they tell us that they had a lovely time at The Horse of the Year Show or on the beach on Friday! Facebook pictures of ‘got away early’ don’t help either! Honesty is the best policy – the children always tell us!

No Recorders with Miss Bithell next MONDAY 23 JUNE as we have staff training on assessment.

REMINDER: FOHNS Quiz – Friday 27 June, 7.45pm for 8pm start at the Sports & Social Club – £2.50 per person.

Alice’s Day : July 3rd school lunch will be a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Children can enjoy chequered sandwiches and a range of delicious picnic goodies on sharing platters- it promises to be a lot of fun! £2 per meal.

Attendance: Well done to Year 6 for Full Attendance 9-13 June.

Well Done: This week we have said well done to All of Year 1, Ethan Restorick, Gemma Webb, Olivia Knight, Emily Jessop, Georgia Street, Eliza Porter, Keira Koch, Sarah Jarvis, all Year 4.

Mrs Belgrove’s stars of the week: Alfie Simmonds for making me laugh and Abbie Esson for her stunning design for her marvellous hat. (It flies, has real flowers to smell nice and shoots out strawberries….!) . Also Georgia Rooney for her fund-raising for Cancer Research (missed from last week).

Activities/Visits: Y5 have enjoyed Tri-golf coaching, Y4 have visited Sulgrave Manor, Reception have had their eye tests and some Y6 children have visited Chipping Norton School as part of their transition, Year 5 have been taking their cycling proficiency. Many thanks to Gareth Lewis, Clare Tobin and Lisa Bayliss for volunteering – without parent trainers we wouldn’t be able to run this valuable course. Miss Nunneley has led the Virtual Athletics tournament this week where every child competes in a number of set events and the top scores for each year group go towards a final tally against all the partnership schools.

Out of School Achievements: well done to Morgan Wollerton, Rosie Petre and Evan Wollerton Grade 3 Swimming, Emily Jessop 200m Swimming.

Hymn of the Week: When I Needed a Neighbour
Christian Value of the month: Friendship

Good luck to our Y6 children on their transition days at Chipping Norton School next week.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove
Head Teacher

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