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Newsletter 4 September

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a new school year. I hope you managed to see some sunshine over the break! All the children have returned looking very smart and raring to go (mostly!) Thank you to Mr Ben Dix of Southcombe Garage for another year’s servicing & MOT of the minibus over the summer.

Staffing:

Many congratulations to the new Mrs Voce (Miss Nunneley) and Mrs Nixon (Miss Hope) who got married in the holidays.

SEN

Reminder that if you wish to meet with our SENCo, Mrs McQuail, is available on Fridays. Her role is to co-ordinate Special Educational Needs and advise teachers on strategies and intervention programmes.

You can email her directly on: senco@hook-norton.oxon.sch.uk

School Expansion: You may have noticed that building work has not yet started! There has been a delay with the tendering process, although planning permission has now been granted. Work is now expected to start at the end of October.

Uniform:

Please could you ensure that uniform, especially sweatshirts and cardigans, are named.

A reminder that no jewellery is permitted apart from a watch and small stud earrings.

Footwear: our uniform policy states ‘Flat, sensible, safe shoes, in plain black, brown or navy’

PE:  A reminder that children should not wear any jewellery for PE activities (including swimming).  Stud earrings will need to be removed beforehand (teachers cannot remove them).  Please ensure that children have their PE kit at school at all times, with everything named!

As part of the sports grant the government has issued to primary schools we are pleased to be able to employ an expert sports coach Karl Wade, from Wade Gymnastics. Children in all classes from Y1-6 will have one session a week with Mr Wade. In addition, we are continuing the comprehensive partnership sports programme organised by Jo Phillips from Chipping Norton School, which enables every child to participate in festivals, galas or team events. This is balanced so all children get the opportunity to participate, alongside the ‘elite’ competitions to challenge our most able children.

Please remember PE kit – Mrs Voce has already lent out 4 school kits this week.

Swimming: Swimming starts for Y5 next week, Tuesday 8 September – please remember swimming kit!

Parent/Class Information – 2015/6:

A reminder of the dates for the group Class Meetings for parents/carers and children – these meetings will take place in the classroom:-

Year 6 – Mrs Peters – Thursday 10 September 3.20pm

Year 5 – Mrs Crouch – Tuesday 8 September 3.20pm

Year 4 – Mrs Robertson –Wednesday 16 September 3.20pm

Year 3 – Mrs Nixon – Friday 11 September 3.20pm

Year 2 – Mrs Voce – Monday 14 September 3.20pm

Year 1 – Mrs Vint – Tuesday 15 September 3.20pm

FOHNS AGM : Thursday 24 September 7.30pm in the School Hall – all parents/carers welcome. Please come along and get involved!

Extra-curricular activities :

Clubs: Start next week – Wade Gym (Wednesday) is over-subscribed – you will be advised by Parentmail if unsuccessful, however there are places available on Tuesdays Multi-Sport with Karl Wade (Years 1, 2, 3 and now open to Year 4) and Thursday’s Ultimate Frisbee (Key Stage 2 and now open to Year 2), and JAM club.  If anyone from Y4 wants to swap over from Card/Board Games to Multi-Sport then please let us know as that is very full.  Speak to the school office as soon as possible if interested.

We would love to hear from any volunteers who might be interested in running a gardening club.

Music: Mr Allen will be demonstrating to parents and children a range of woodwind instruments on Thursday 10 September at 3.20 in the previous Foundation Stage Yellow classroom for KS2 children interested in taking up a musical instrument. Come along and have a go!

Hooky Players: Auditions for the January 2016 pantomime will take place on Thursday 1 October at the Memorial Hall. 6.30pm for children 9-14 and 8.00pm for adults 14+. Tel: Richard 01068 737423 for more information. jhwheelton@btinternet.com.

Well Done :This week we have said well done to All Year 1, All Year 2, Emily Cutter, Hetty Cooke, All Year 4, All Year 5, All Year 6.

The school raised £126.04 last term with Y5’s cake sale in aid of CLIC Sargent to help children with cancer. Thank you to Y5 for organising it and for all you kind donations.

Out of School achievements: Ella and Mason Hawthorne have been awarded Cancer Research Little Star awards for bravery.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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