Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 13 November

Dear Parents

I am showing round a number of prospective parents at the moment and they all comment on the calm and purposeful atmosphere and how well-behaved all the children are. One parent even took the time to email us to say how welcoming the school is.

Staffing ; Today we are saying goodbye today to Shirley Mill who has worked at the school for more than 20 years and Beverley Pendery who has been with us for 7 years. We wish them well for the future. We are pleased to welcome Rebecca Wright, Mary-Ann Shaw and Laura Fuller as new midday supervisors.

FOHNS children’s discos 27th Nov for KS1 and KS2:

Come and throw some shapes to the latest tunes!

KS1 3.30-4.30pm

KS2 4.45-6.15pm

£3 per child plus money for drinks and snacks.

KS1 children may bring clothes to change into at the end of the school day.

Christmas trees: Would anyone like to donate a large tree for our hall and a small tree for foundation stage? Remember, as an eco-school, we do exchange cards through school, but invite all children to make a Christmas decoration with a message to hang on the tree.

PE kits: Please can all children have their PE kit in every day. PE slots will be rearranged because of Christmas play rehearsals.

Head Lice Alert:  Year 1 has reported sightings so please check your child’s hair.

Parking: Please consider our neighbours and avoid parking across driveways- thank you.Year 2 class Assembly: 18th November, 9.10.

FOHNS – please see separate letter regarding the Christmas Fayre

Donations:  Next Friday children are invited to bring chocolate for the chocolate tombola in return for not wearing school uniform.

70’s Night – Saturday 21 November: It’s not too late to get your tickets .. please see FOHNS members selling at the end of the day.

Ladies Craft Night – Thursday 26 November from 7pm: Come along and enjoy a fun, relaxed evening making crafts for Christmas – all materials supplied for a £5 entry, just turn up and Bring a Bottle!

Attendance : Year 2 Full Attendance 2-6 November.


Each week, we celebrate particularly special achievements of children. This week we have said well done to Maisey Kelly, Evie Molmans, Alfie Hambidge, Freya White, Lani Tanner, Isabella Harvey,Tris Connor, Toby Luxton, Lily Holiday, Joe Dix, All Y6 and Mrs Wood’s recorder group for performing in our Remembrance Service.

ACTIVITIES: Y6 enjoyed a dance workshop as part of the Chipping Norton partnership led by a West End musical dancer! Parents and children enjoyed the Year 6 class assembly on the Vikings, which included a Viking Longship! We held a minute’s silence at the end of our Remembrance service on November 11th. KS2 went to St Peter’s Church for their Collective Worship this week. Teachers from local schools as well as our teachers attended Global Learning training led by Mrs Nixon, I attended the CN Heads meeting, Mrs Crouch attended the CN Maths co-coordinators’ meeting and Mrs Peters and I attended training on using our new tracking pupils’ progress  data system.

Governors: This week the Governors had their full meeting where we looked at test results, progress and school improvement. Children attained very high results in Y1 phonics, Y2 phonics, end of KS1 assessments and KS2 tests. We are very proud of their achievements.

Governors are attending parents’ evenings to gather your opinions on the school. Thank you for your responses so far.


Well done to Poppy Queenan Level 7 Ice-skating, Bethany Jarvis 200m Swimming, Zoe Milne Stage 5 Swimming, Rosie Petre Stage 5 Swimming.


Hook Norton Low Carbon Survey

For those who haven’t heard of us, we are a Co-operative and Community Benefit Society, set up to help the community reduce its energy consumption, carbon emissions and save money. We run a range of community-based schemes, including the provision of the solar panels and insulation work at the school, and also individual household projects based on interest-free or low cost loans.

We also have a Community Car Club and a waste-oil biodiesel supply, in the village, and run the Community Swap Shops every year. We know that many people in the community are taking action to reduce carbon emissions, and we’d like to find out what progress is being made.

Please go to asap and fill in the short questionnaire (just over 10 mins) and let us know what HNLC can do to help Hook Norton and the surrounding area become a more sustainable community.  Thank you in advance for your time.  More information is available at

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher