Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 13 May 2016

Dear Parents

We are now extremely excited as the first phase of our building works nears completion. We should be moving in towards the end of next week!

Thank you for your patience with drop off and pick up. Unexpectedly, feedback has been very positive, with parents reporting much less congestion in the morning as drop-off is so quick.

Please be aware that there is no requirement for you to stay with your children when you drop them off in the morning.  You may say good–bye and leave them in the playground from 8.40am.

Gates: As from Monday the school car park gates will be locked from 8.00am until 4.45pm.  This is a safe-guarding measure, particularly as the builders move around to KS2.

Wig Wednesday: May 25 – children are invited to wear a wig, have silly hair or wear a hat, in return for a donation of £1+ which will go to CLIC Sargent, supporting children with cancer. Please don’t feel you have to go out and buy wigs if you haven’t got a dressing up box at home; get creative with hair or wear a striking hat!

Class Photographs

Envelopes are being sent home today – please follow the instructions in the pack on how to purchase – photos will be on display in the Foundation cloakroom and outside the front entrance at pick-up time for Y1-Y6. Separated parents may wish to e-mail us for a code to look at the class photograph and order online.  Don’t forget we will be having a whole school one this year too!

Reminders for next week:

Year 6 Memory Book: photographs will be taken on Tuesday 17/5 – children should bring in instruments played in school, PE kits, Yenworthy Sweatshirts and wear best uniform!

Year 5 begin their cycling proficiency course, led by a group of dedicated parent volunteers.


E-safety Information Meeting for parents/carers – Thursday 26 May, 6.30-7.30pm We have booked a specialist speaker to talk to parents about e-safety, which is one our biggest concerns today in ensuring our children are kept safe.  Please save the date for this important session, where you will be able to ask any questions on safe use of the internet, mobile phones, tablets etc.  Further details to follow with a reply slip.

Universal Free School Meals:  To encourage all eligible children to try school meals, we will be booking in every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for a school meal next Thursday.  The government ‘claws back’ money from schools who do not meet a high enough up-take of free school meals! If your child really doesn’t like the menu you can, of course bring in a packed lunch to supplement.

The Early Years’ Pupil Premium (EYPP) gives providers of early education and childcare extra funding to support certain 3- and 4-year-olds. 3 and 4-year-olds in funded early education will be eligible for EYPP funding if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

Their family gets one of the following:

They have been in local-authority care for one day or more in England or Wales

They have been adopted from care in England or Wales

They have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales.

Please see the office if you think your child may be eligible.


LAMDA Club: There is NO LAMDA with Sarah Brown Monday 16/5/16

Attendance: Almost Full Attendance 3-6 May Year 1 and Year 3 – well done!

School Development Plan: We are in the process of reviewing our current plan and considering initiatives for next year.  If you have suggestions or ideas for consideration, please let us know via email (

WELL DONES: This week we have said ‘Well Done’ to Jessica-Mae Benham, Olivia Weeks, Luke Adams, Otto Thompson, Gracie Pierce, Freya White, Annabelle Butler, Elliott Miskin, Morgan Wollerton, Jerome Davies, All Y6.


ACTIVITIES/VISITS: Year 6 have finished their week of statutory tests, other year groups are in the process of completing their end of year tests which are used to inform teacher assessment at the end of this academic year.  Thank you to all the governors who helped to invigilate the tests and monitor our procedures.

OUT OF SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS: Well done to: Lukas Wahlen, Blake Robinson and Elliott Miskin for being part of Hook Norton U9s football team who won the final of the Witney and District competition and have won the league, unbeaten for 3 years!  Niamh Hewitt-Gray, Thomas Hewitt-Gray, Georgia Hewitt-Gray British Gymnastics award Level 8. Neve Kelly for raising £250 for Cancer Research by having her hair cut (it looks lovely).

 Owl Value for May: Freedom

Yours sincerely


Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher