Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

Live Love Care Think Learn Dare

Newsletter 14 September 2018

Dear Parents

We have had a wonderful week to celebrate our Silver Jubilee

Last night we welcomed visitors from past and present to our exhibition of memorabilia, photos and artefacts celebrating the history of the school.  It was lovely to see so many old pupils, parents and staff and catch up on the last 25 years! Mr Bowen (the previous headteacher) and I cut the amazing cake baked by Mrs Hope with the help of Owl Club.  Evan and Morgan Wollerton made an incredibly detailed model of the school that wowed us all.  A video of the school year 1998 brought back so many memories.  We also awarded a long service bottle of champagne to Maxine Melody – she has had children in the school since its opening in 1993! Particular thanks to Lisa Bayliss for giving up so much of her time to help with the photographic displays, and to the Museum for the loan of some wonderful old pieces.

Mr Bowen also came to one of our assemblies this week and told the children all about the new school and how it came about.  Mrs Williams, from Nursery, also told the children about what it was like to come to the new school – she was a pupil here when it opened.  The children couldn’t believe that you had to go outside to the toilet at the old school!

Pirate Day:  Today we have had an exciting pirate day together with a Circus Skills workshop for every class.  Children have been shown how to juggle, balance feathers and spin plates- you have been warned!

Everyone looks the part, dressed for the pirate theme – thank you for the brilliant costumes.  My particular favourites were the two parrots….

The kitchen worked hard to provide a tasty pirate picnic for the children and we were very lucky with the weather (this time – you may remember it snowed the last time we attempted a pirate day!)

Is there something in the water at school?!  Firstly many congratulations to Hannah Belcher on the birth of Ella Rose.  Secondly, many congratulations to Mrs Walker who is expecting a baby in January.  She will be going on maternity leave at Christmas.  We will be advertising for maternity cover for Y4 shortly.  We also had a first visit from Mrs Nixon’s baby Finn this week and I can confirm he is officially gorgeous.

The Summer Reading Challenge is finishing soon.

Many of our readers have already finished the challenge, but some are still on their last books and the library doesn’t want them to miss out. The Summer Reading Challenge officially finishes on Saturday 15th September. However, finishers may come to the library to finish the challenge until Wednesday 19th September at 5pm.

Sibford Road Crossing:  Please can you ensure that children cross Sibford Road with Teash at the crossing point.  With the building work next door, it is even more important that everyone crosses safely with the Crossing Patrol.

Swimming: Swimming starts for Y5 on Tuesday 18 September – please see separate letter and remember swimming kits!

Parent/Class Information Meetings: 2018-19

Once again we will be holding group Class Meetings for parents/carers (children are welcome to attend) in September, where the class teachers will give an overview of the work children will be covering over the next academic year, as well as giving out other relevant school information, diary dates, etc.  These meetings will take place in the classroom on the dates outlined below (there will be individual parent/teacher consultations later in the term to report on progress):-

            Year 2 – Mrs Voce, Mrs Vint, Miss Quartermain –Monday 17 September, 3.15pm

            Year 1 – Mrs Voce, Mrs Vint, Miss Quartermain – Tuesday 18 September 3.15pm

Extra-curricular activities : Clubs: Start w/c 17th September.

FOHNS AGM : Tuesday 25 September 7.30pm in the Study Centre – all parents/carers welcome.  Please come along and get involved!

Out of School achievements: Swimming: Cohen Stubbs Stage 5, Lauren Barnett 25m, Hannah Newby 200m.  Anna Horth Level 1 Ballet, Sam Lewis competed in the Austin J40 pedal car race at the Goodwood Revival and came 16th out of 55, Neve Daly came third in the Fulready Horse Show Veteran Class.

Owl Values:

We have reviewed our values and will now be using our school motto ‘Live Love Care Think Learn Dare’ as the basis for our values.  Each term we will be exploring one of the words from a moral, ethical and spiritual point of view, all linking in with British and Christian values.  This half term we are exploring ‘Live’.


Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”.


Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove                    

Head Teacher