Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter 11 November 2016

Dear Parents

Open afternoon for International Week was a great success.  Many thanks to the Y1 parents who provided delicious cakes and cookies (and tiramisu!) from around the world and to FOHNS for manning the refreshments. The hall was really busy with families keen to see all the work children have been doing. There was so much to see; it was amazing that so much was packed into one week.

Remembrance Service

Today we held a minute’s silence to remember those who have given their lives for us in wars.  Mrs Woods’ Recorder group played ‘We will Remember’ beautifully.

Top 3% in the Country for Phonics!  I was delighted to receive a letter from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating us on our phonic results.  With 100% children reaching the required standard in Y1 and 100% in Y2 who needed to retake it, we are in the top 3% of schools in the country!  Well done to the children and all the staff involved. You can see the full letter in my blog on the school website:

After School Care: Plans are well underway for the new Owl Club which will cater for children from Nursery to Year 6 who attend Hook Norton School, from 3.15 to 6.00pm Monday to Friday in the Study Centre. Mrs White will be running the club with another member of staff and is busy planning ahead with new resources and activities.  Children will be able to attend other after school clubs as well, and then return to Owl Club. A light snack and a drink will be provided. You will be able to book sessions:  Session 1 : 3.15 to 4.15pm, Session 2:  4.15 to 5.15pm and Session 3: 5.15 to 6.00pm. Each session will cost £4.50. More details to follow!

Anti-bullying Week:  Next week Anti-Bullying Week will shine a spotlight on bullying and encourage all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year.

The theme this year is ‘Power for Good’ with the following key aims:

  • To support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
  • To help parents and carers to use their Power for Good – through supporting children with issues relating to bullying and working together with schools to stop bullying.
  • To encourage all staff to use their Power for Good– by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life, and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can thrive.

We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to tackle bullying incidents. Look out for Mrs Vint who will be in the playground before school canvassing your thoughts about bullying.  We will also be reissuing our parental guide on bullying which will be available at parents evening (you may have already picked up a copy yesterday).  Children will also be bringing home their version of the guide.  The anti-bullying policy is available to read on the school website but we are also sending a copy to you via parentmail and welcome any comments you have. Having had my own son very badly bullied at school I know at first hand the lasting damage it can do; we want a school where every child feels safe, secure and happy.

NSPCC: Thanks to your incredible generosity, the NSPCC sponsored activities raised the fantastic amount of £1853.68.  The NSPCC is overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our school community.

Parents’ Evening: Monday 14 November (3.30-6.00pm).

Poppy Appeal: Thank you for all your donations and thank you to our Y6 poppy appeal sellers who have given up their playtime every day to sell the poppies.

Don’t forget to keep your old clothes for Bag2School. Collection 15/11/16 at 9.00am. Please bring your bags to the Study Centre boys showers next Monday or Tuesday.

Friday 18 November is non-uniform day. Children may wear non-uniform and, if you can, support with a donation for the class stalls for the Christmas Fair we would be very grateful.  (See separate letter from FOHNS)

£84.50 was raised after costs by FOHNS at the village bonfire night. Thank you to Harriet Tomalin for helping with all of the local event fundraising for FOHNS so far.

Breakfast Club: Is back in the Study Centre from Monday 14/11/16.

Year 1 Class Assembly Wednesday 16 November, 9.10am in the School Hall.

Attendance: Well Done to Y6 for Full Attendance 31 October to 4 November 2016.

WELL DONE: This week we have said well done to William Frere, Oliver Cutter, Alma Richter-Mahr, Pippa McArdle, All Y4, All Y2, Will Cooper, Orla McArdle, Molly White, Connor Stratford, Fatimah Hafiz, Jayden Mobley, Luke Adams, Olivia Knight.  Torin Hackland received a gold star from me for being so helpful after the Open Afternoon.

Governor Business:  the Full Governing Body met this week to ensure the smooth running of the school.  Matters discussed include safeguarding, anti-bullying, finances, academies, pupil progress and Special Educational Needs. There was also a very informative training session from Sara Peters on how we assess children in reading, writing and maths.

ACTIVITIES:  This week I attended an Academies conference with Scott Orchard, Chair of Governors and I have been observing lessons throughout the school. I had a delicious ‘chicken curry’ from Reception’s Indian Restaurant, a child in Nursery asked me if I used to be Mrs Macdonald, in Y1 children were using salt to melt ice cubes with toy animals inside, in Y2 they were learning about Nelson Mandela and discrimination (you may have seen the deliberately discriminatory signs on the playground to get the children talking about this important issue), in Y5 children were simplifying fractions using ingenious magnet fraction tiles and in Y6 they were finding percentages using the Chinese Bar Method and working with minus numbers. I will be visiting Y4 next week.  I was really impressed with the learning and children’s enthusiasm for the activities.

Out of School Achievements: William Garrett Man of the Match HN Football Club.


Kind regards

Mrs S Belgrove

Head teacher

Saturday 10th December 2016 11am and 2pm


St Peter’s Church Hook Norton

Christmas Concert


The Snowman Film

& the Hook Norton Primary School

Young Voices Choir (both performances)


Mrs Wood’s recorder group will play at the 11am performance


An hour’s fun concert for children & adults

Presented by Keith Allen &

his 45 piece award-winning orchestra

Birmingham Symphonic Winds

You know it, You love it, You hear it, Now see it

Adults £6 Children 3 and over £4

Performers in Young Voices Choir & Recorders do not need a ticket

Tickets sold at Hook Norton School & Village Shop and at Parents Evening on Monday 14 November (look out for Mrs Orchard!) 

or by telephone at 01608 737634

You are invited to come in Christmas fancy dress

Bring your own jingle bells!