Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 11 December 2015

Dear Parents

I was very proud of all the KS1 children who performed their Nativity ‘Angel Express’ to very appreciative audiences.  Older members of the village who came to Monday’s performance commented on how well they had learnt their lines and how they sang so beautifully. The tea party was thoroughly enjoyed, served by Y6 children who were very attentive.  Mrs Wood’s recorder group played carols and got everyone in the festive mood.

Christmas Fayre:  Well done to FOHNS for working so hard to put on a lovely Christmas Fayre.  There were lots of different stalls for children this year and the evening raised £2,300.  Thank you to everyone who supported through donations, setting up, clearing away, serving food and drink, manning stalls, dressing as elves, making cakes, playing the piano and singing carols and coming along to the event.  It was great to see so many ex-pupils as well – all so tall!

Key Stage 2 Christmas Production : Performances take place on Monday 14 December, 6.00pm and Tuesday 15 December, 6.00pm.   Parents will receive two tickets (separated parents will receive two tickets each) and any spare tickets will be prioritised to Year 6.

Donations:  Tickets are free, however there will be a collection at the end of each performance, with donations funding the community Christmas tea and expenses incurred for the productions.

Please can I remind you that the evening productions are for adults and siblings at other schools only – a crèche is provided (sign up at the office) by staff volunteers for other Hook Norton School siblings (who will have seen the production in school) and pre-school children.

PARKING: The school playground may be used for parking for the evening performances – however, please avoid driveways if parking on Sibford Road. Thank you.

Photographing/videoing of school productions:  You may photograph your child after the production, for private use only.  There will be an ‘official’ DVD of the performances for sale through FOHNS next week (£4.50 per DVD or two for £8 – available at the end of the school day or by sending in cash or cheques payable to FOHNS in a sealed envelope as early in the week as possible). Please respect our e-safety policy and parents’ wishes not to put clips or photographs on Face Book.

Hook Norton Christmas Festival: Saturday 12 December, including Tree Festival in St Peter’s Church (the school has 2 trees), Christmas Market with Santa’s Grotto, live music, and FOHNS also has a presence with children’s activities.

Poppy Appeal: The school raised a fantastic £328.65 for the British legion, which is £100 more than last year.

Hygiene: A case of threadworms has been reported, and head lice in three classes, so please be vigilant.

TheGivingMachine: gives us a donation every time you shop on-line – for more information and to sign up please go to

Parking: More cases of inconsiderate parking have been photographed by neighbours – please be mindful where you park.

Christmas Dinner: Thursday 17th December:  Roast Turkey and all the trimmings, Roast Quorn, Roast potatoes, vegetables, Christmas Tree ice cream (no jacket potatoes). Wednesday’s meal that week will swap to Toad in the Hole or Vegetarian Toad in the Hole. Children are invited to wear a Christmas hat.

CLUBS: All clubs have finished apart from Mrs Wood’s recorder group which will carry on for the rest of term for the Christmas performances.

Well done!  This week we have said well done to: Hetty Cooke, Poppy Driver, All Year 1, Lottie Nunneley, Emily Jessop, All Year 4 and All Year 6.

Activities/Visits: A group of able children attended an English Workshop at Chippy School, Y5 and Y6 watched the St Lucia Festival from Park Skolan School in Vara, Sweden; Nursery, Reception and Y1 saw a wonderful production of The Ugly Duckling and Foundation Stage had a lovely Christmas lunch, which included a mountain of sausage rolls!

Out of School Achievements: Well done to Imogen Hutchinson Grade 1 Classical Ballet, Orla McArdle Level One Personal Survival Swimming, William Stanton Stage 2 Swimming

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher