Welcome back and I hope Storm Doris didn’t cause you too many problems yesterday.
School Funding: The campaign to reconsider school funding is gathering momentum. Our MP Victoria Prentis, called me this week and said she had received emails from several Hook Norton parents. Thank you for your support. She said that we all need to fill in the government consultation survey online to make our voices heard in parliament.
This is a rather wordy document with lots of complicated questions, which are a struggle to answer even if you are in education. However there is a basic message we must get across: the new funding proposals will severely and unfairly compromise the education of our children. It’s vital we get as much support as possible to protect our children’s education. I have attached my responses to some of the questions which you are welcome to crib!
There will be an opportunity to fill in the consultation online at the parents’ evenings next month, or you can follow this link.
The cut in our budget represents two teaching assistant salaries, or our English budget for 18 years, or every single class’s budget for the next 5 years… I could go on!
Schools are already looking at an 8% cut in real terms in their budgets (budgets have not increased for several years, but costs have). In response, schools around the country are looking at the possibility of cutting the school day, asking for monthly contributions from parents, a four day week, as well as redundancies.
Your children’s education will be compromised by this lack of funding and your voice is vital.
Parents’ Evenings: Thursday 9 March (5.00-7.30pm) and Monday 13 March (3.30-6.00pm). Sign up on sheets outside classrooms, or contact the office if you are unable to get into school. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Health & Safety: We had our yearly Health and Safety audit this week and I am pleased to say we passed with flying colours.
‘The high standard of health and safety management at the school continues to prevail’
‘It is often difficult to maintain high standards but you and your staff have achieved that for another year – congratulations.’
World Book Day: We are celebrating world book day next Thursday 2 March by inviting children to dress up as a book character and, if possible, bring in the book. We will be doing lots of book related activities and sharing our favourite books. The Book Fair will be coming on 9-13th March when children can exchange their £1 vouchers.
Attendance: Year 5 for Almost Full Attendance 6-10 February 2017.
Activities: Members of the Guide and Scouting Movement celebrated World Thinking Day by wearing their uniforms to school. Y5 led an enjoyable class assembly show-casing the many and varied activities they have been doing, including some impressive artwork, DT projects, French and a Hakka! Members of staff have been busy with training this week, including Reception and Nursery moderation and finance.
Out of School Activities: Charlotte Nunneley Grade 1 Tap Dance, James, Orla and Pippa McArdle and Anna Horth for their skiing awards, Rosie Brown Level 6 Basic Gymnastics. Swimming: Ewen Rutherford 25m, Ellie Newby Stage 7, Hannah Newby Stage 5, Otto Thompson 50m, Ava Bennett, Stage 2.
Well Done: This week we have said well done to: Violet Robey, Torin Hackland, Jack Reid, Rosie Stowe, Amillie Tustain, Neve Kelly, Cayden Wyatt, Luca Risato, Blake Robinson, Jessica Rogers, Catherine Monelle, All of Y6 and Y6 musicians who played this week.
Owl Value of the Month: Belonging
Hebrews 13:1 ‘Let brotherly love continue’
Mrs S Belgrove