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Newsletter 22 September 2017

Dear Parents

Non-Uniform Day: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so we will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 29 September to raise money for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group Charities.

Children can come to school dressed in something gold (or yellow) and are welcome to come ‘blinged-up’ with glittery faces and/or gold wigs too! In return we are asking for a donation of £1.

Mrs Sarah Hawthorne will also be selling the CCLG’s gold ribbon pins in the playground before and after school on the day.

£1 coins: From the beginning of October onwards we will no longer accept the old £1 coins as they cease to be legal tender from the 15th. Please ensure the new coins are used when making payments (including the Kitchen Snack Bar).  Many thanks.

Free School Meals: If your child is eligible for free school meals, it’s worth registering them even if they are not going to have the school lunch or if they have meals paid for under the Universal Free School Meal scheme. This is because schools receive a ‘Pupil Premium’ – an extra payment for each eligible child which they can spend on useful services. Registering might also get you extra help for things like clubs or school trips. If you think you might be eligible (see below – there is a very quick and easy check we can do on your behalf) please speak to the school office in confidence.

Eligibility

You can apply for free school meals if you or your child receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Attendance :   This year we are focusing on improving attendance for all children, adopting ideas from the Chipping Norton Partnership of schools. We will be awarding termly certificates for 100% attendance. At the end of the year we will be awarding Gold (100%), Silver (99%) and Bronze (98%) certificates and badges for good attendance.  Our school average last year was 97.46% which was excellent, however there was a small minority of children whose attendance was below 90%, which is classed as a ‘persistent absentee’.  It also equates to missing at least 10% of their schooling over the year, one day every two weeks.

Illness is obviously unavoidable and we would not want children coming in when they are unwell, however days out, long weekends away, holidays in term time all disrupt learning.  I am not able to grant any days/weeks out of school in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  (Children always tell us when they have been away – so honesty is the best policy!)

Activities this week:

Nursery: Lots of activities related to Rainbow Fish and making amazing structures with their beautiful new outdoor bricks.

Reception: A lovely book week on Rainbow Fish, finding out about friendships.

Forest, Elf and Little Owls: Exploring school habitats: pond dipping, the wild meadow and the woods.

Y3: Visited Hill End and formed two Stone Age tribes, building shelters, foraging and cooking bread on the campfire.

Y4: Became Victorian children and designed and made their own board games.

Y5: Had ‘the best PE lesson ever’ to quote Luca, learning the exciting sport of Parkour (free running) as well as learning about online safety on the Thinkuknow website and swimming.

Y6:  Constructed Viking longships, drew Viking figureheads, wrote Harvest poems and also enjoyed Parkour.

Summer Reading Challenge: Karen from the library came to present the certificates and medals for the summer reading challenge.  There was a record number of children who were able to complete the challenge and read at least 6 books – 51! (Plus Mrs Macdonald and me! The first time I have had a certificate in assembly!)

FOHNS AGM : Wednesday 27 September 7.30pm in the Study Centre – all parents/carers welcome.  Please come along and get involved!

Attendance: Well done to Forest Owls for Almost Full Attendance 11-15 September.

Well Done :This week we have said well done to: Lucas Bayliss, Beau Lawrence, Harry Wright, Elodie Thompson, Barney Hollingdale, Ava Wilson, Mason Hawthorne, Bella Murray, Lexi Deller, Jack Reid, Rosie Petre, Ned Kingsley-Bates, Freya White, Daisy Petre.

Out of School achievements: Rosie Brown Primary Presentation Ballet award. Swimming: Clemmie Yost Stage 3, Becky Milne Stage 7,Daisy Petre Stage 9 and Swim Challenge Gold, Beatrix Brown Stage 3, Rosie Brown Stage 4. Bethany Jarvis 3rd place Riding School competition.

Value of the month: Democracy

“And they said to one another, let us choose a leader.”  Numbers 14:4

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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