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Newsletter 5 February 2016

Dear Parents

The building work is going to schedule, with demolition completed.  Next week the ground work will begin with excavations and concrete footings.  There should be a very large crane over half term, lifting the concrete floor planks in place.

Activities this week: There was a meeting of the Full Governing Body to ensure the work of the school is going well and children are making good progress.  There was a long discussion about pupil premium (the funding we get to support children on Free School Meals) and the best ways to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children. I reported on my monitoring of the teaching throughout the school – I was particularly impressed with phonics teaching, which is reflected in the number of children achieving their phonics check at the end of Y1. I also reported back on the strengths and weaknesses surveys carried out with parents, children, staff and governors.  (The children’s survey results were in last week’s newsletter.) We shall be feeding suggestions for improvement into our next School Development Plan.

Mrs Crouch attended training on appraisal for teaching assistants, Mrs Voce attended the CN partnership meeting, Scott Orchard (our Chair of Governors) and I attended a briefing by the Local Authority, outlining the next round of cuts and how the LA would be working with schools in the future.

The lead speaker, Rebecca Matthews, had visited our school just before the meeting!  She is the Deputy Director of Education for Oxfordshire.  She visited each class and was very impressed with the school, the enthusiasm of the children and the vibrancy of the displays.

One of the suggestions from the children was more experiments, which we have managed to address already!  Nitro – Jen from the Science Club led a gripping assembly wowing the children with neon potions, the power of static electricity and how to make square bubbles. Science Club is oversubscribed, we will let parents know who has a space.

Y1 enjoyed their visit to the Banbury Toy Museum as part of their Toys topic.

The Chipping Norton Schools Partnership will be doing all we can to support Chipping Norton School in the light of their recent Ofsted Inspection. As a school we have had wonderful support from staff there through partnership sports, Family Focus, transition, able, gifted and talented workshops, dance and drama sessions, modern foreign language festivals and science roadshows for Y5. Ex-pupils of ours have gone on to great successes academically, including Oxford, in sports and the arts and music.

Staffing: We are advertising for two new Midday Supervisors – details and applications from the office or on OCC’s vacancies page at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/occ/schoolvacancies/browse/support/2/primary-school/1

School Meals: The current total owed in school meals is £659.70.  Please ensure all debts are paid; the school cannot afford to carry unpaid bills for meals.  To put it in perspective, each teacher has £400 to spend on resources for her class for the year, so that is more than one and a half class budgets owed.

Sport: Our Y6 Netball Team did brilliantly in the Chipping Norton Schools’ Tournament, winning the Big Schools Competition and will now represent the partnership at the county tournament. Skye Shorten, William Porter, Niamh Smith and Oliver Winhammar received Sporting Champions certificates.

Request: Y2 are making vehicles and need small boxes (smaller than cereal boxes).  Please rummage through your recycling and pass on to Mrs Voce for Tuesday, thank you.

Reminder: Y5 Sharing Assembly Wednesday 10 February at 9.10 a.m. in the hall. Parents and families welcome.

FOHNS: Diary Dates:  Coming up next month:-

Sunday 14 February, 4-6pm in the School Hall – Family Valentine’s Bingo – with Licenced Bar & food

Friday 26 February, 8.15pm in the School Hall – Quiz Night for the grown-ups! Licenced Bar.

Attendance: Well done to Y3 and Y6 for Nearly Full Attendance last week.

Well Done! This week we have said Well Done to All Y1, Emily Monelle, Grace Mariner, Tillie Wyatt, Emma Barnett, Ben Layton-Toye, Bethany Jarvis, Tris Connor, Hazel Ford, Catherine Monelle, The Y6 Netball Team.

Out of School Achievements: Orla McArdle,  Pippa McArdle, Olivia Knight, Isobel Boyes-Watson, Imogen Nicholls, Victoria Wilson, Carys Lehmann and Imogen Hutchinson were all in the Hooky Players’ Pantomime, ‘Dick Whittington’, Blake Robinson White Belt TKD, Lani Tanner Stage 5 Swimming, David Kirk 10m Front Crawl, Chloe Webb and Gemma Webb attended the Art workshop for talented artists at Chipping Norton School, Evan Wollerton, Morgan Wollerton and Joe Jordan attended the Astronomy Family Focus evening at Chipping Norton School (shame about the cloud cover).

Owl Value of the month: Justice

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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