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Newsletter 28 September 2018

Dear Parents

Go Gold Day

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and to raise money Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group Hook Norton Primary went Gold! 

Mrs Hawthorne sold CCLG’s gold ribbon pins to parents and everyone came blinged up to raise money for this worthwhile cause.  Incredible Edible have added to our total with a very kind donation of £50 – thank you.

Holiday Club Survey: There is still time to respond to the holiday club survey. I would be grateful if you could spend a little time to fill in the online questionnaire by Monday 1 October, accessed through the link below.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GGYK75V. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Nasal Flu Immunisation Programme – The school nurse team will be in school on Tuesday 27 November to administer the annual flu vaccination for children in Reception and Years 1-5.  Forms are being sent home with the children today – please read carefully and return the form to school by Monday 12 November, even if you do not consent to the vaccination.

Gardening Club RHS Awards

Thanks to the commitment and support of our fantastic team of volunteers the Gardening Club have now achieved all 5 levels of the RHS Schools Awards in just one year!

For Level 1 we provided evidence about setting up the Club, providing volunteers and understanding the benefits of gardening to children. We gained a growing year calendar. For Level 2 it was about involving the children in what we wanted to grow, starting that process and learning how to use tools, for that we received two RHS Gardening books. Both these Levels were achieved in November 2017. For Level 3 it was about implementing those skills, starting to think about the environment and local community. We received a Voucher to redeem plants and fruit trees for a Spring, Autumn and Winter Garden which was achieved in April 2018. Level 4 was about starting to plan and harvest seasonally and to fundraise for the Garden and finally Level 5 was about informing others, sharing our garden with the local community through fundraising events and passing on our skills and knowledge to others.  For Level 4 we obtained £100 worth of seeds and for Level 5 a £200 National Garden Voucher. Both these were achieved on the 5th September 2018.

Year 6 Transfer to Secondary

Parents can now submit online applications for children to transfer from primary to secondary school for Year 7 entry in September 2019.
Parents should apply direct at: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions

Parents unable or unwilling to apply online, can complete the secondary application form by hand, this should then be posted recorded delivery to the Admissions Team or hand delivered to County Hall.

Please apply online where possible as this is the most secure method of applying.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications, online or on paper, is 31 October 2018.

FOHNS AGM : Thank you to the parents who attended the AGM.  FOHNS raised a magnificent £12,000 last year towards the pirate ship and daily mile track.  Next year’s projects will include a new school website that will be very user friendly and the go-to place for all information on the school.

We have a very small, but dedicated committee, but we really need more support. 

You may have seen the news today that head teachers from all over the country are descending on Downing Street to protest at the cuts in schools’ budgets.  Schools, including ours, are in real difficulty, trying to balance the books.  We simply do not have enough money to pay for salaries, resources, energy and services, without making cuts.  In addition, with the cuts to council services we are now having to pay for services that used to be free such as Educational Psychologists, Behaviour Support and training courses. 

Therefore, the work that FOHNS does is even more important in helping provide resources for all of our children.  Ideally, we would like to have two reps for each year group. Any time you can spare will be gratefully received; it is a great opportunity to meet new friends as well!  Please let us know if you can help.

Activities this week:  Year 3 delivered a lovely assembly for the school and families.  It was amazing how much work they have already done!  Year 6 had a Make Me Smile workshop focusing on mental health and well- being.  They will now run a workshop for Y4s and have the opportunity to be well-being ambassadors for the school.  We will also be holding a Make Me Smile Day that all the children can get involved with very soon.

Attendance: Well Done to Elf Owls and Little Owls for almost Full Attendance 17-21 September.

Well Done:  This week we have said well done to: Fenton Bayliss, Teddy Rutherford, Harrison Fowler, Niamh, Isobel Hunter, Bonnie Davis-Batchelor, All Year 3, Sam Bayliss, Pippa McArdle, Albert Williams, Thalia Perry, Maisey Kelly, Evie Molmans.

Reminder: Year 6 Class Assembly Wednesday 3 October 9.10am

Out of School achievements:  Darcey Davis-Batchelor for Learn to Swim 4.

Owl Values:

This half term we are exploring ‘Live’.

 

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove                    

Head Teacher

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