Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

Live Love Care Think Learn Dare

Newsletter 15 December 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for your patience this week.  Unfortunately, we had to take the difficult decision to close the school on Monday and Tuesday because of the heavy snow and then the severe ice. With only two teachers and a handful of support staff living in the village it was impossible for staff to get in and the condition of the site was too dangerous for the children.

FOHNS : Christmas Fayre – Friday 15 December, 3.15-6pm : Thank you for all your donations of cakes today and see you at the Fayre!  The committee and staff have been working incredibly hard to put on a wonderful, Christmassy event so do come along. 3.15-6.00pm.

Attendance: Well Done to Y5 for Almost Full Attendance 4-8 December.

There are a large number of children who have achieved 100% attendance this term and will be taking home a certificate:

Year 1: Emily B, Niamh B, Elvi D, Bonnie DB, Claudia F, Mason H, Barnaby H, Isabella L, Victoria LT, Sam L, Lincoln M, Jayden P, Arrabella S, Elodie T, Harry W.

Year 2: Joseph F, William G, Emily H, Freya W.

Year 3: Naomi B, Sam B, Georgia HG, Thomas HG, Anna H, Alex L, William L, Sydney M, Evie M, Benjamin M, Hannah N, Jack R, Max S, Annie S, .

Year 4: Katie B, Remy C, Elsbeth DB, Andy H, Matilda K, Ned L, Emily M, Bella N, Daisy P, Charlie S, William S, Connor S, Freya W, Molly W.

Year 5: Jessica B, Niamh HG, Imogen H, Bethany J, Ossie K, Luca R, Alfie S, Lani T.

Year 6: Chay, Tris C, Luke C, Dixie K, Elliott M, Ellie N, Rosie P, Daniel R, Jessica R, Alfie S.

Very well done to all of them.

Activities this week: Everything to do with Christmas!  We were finally able to put on the KS1 Nativity ‘Hey Ewe’ which was an up-beat, joyous re-enactment of the Christmas story and was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and the audiences alike.

 We also had our Christmas Collective Worship in school with a very special visitor – one of the young shepherds who saw the angels telling him that Jesus would be born (John Acreman putting on an Oscar winning performance).  Well done to the readers in our Christmas Collective Worship.

Thank you and well done to the children from Years 1-6 who painted lovely Nativity paintings for our display in St Peter’s Church.

We also had a visit from Cllr Hilary Hibbert-Biles Cabinet Member for Education & Public Health who was very complimentary about our school and its excellent reputation.  She was impressed with the children: ‘They aren’t backwards at coming forward!’ she said after a Y1 child asked her at lunchtime if she was a grandma and when she replied ‘No’ he asked her ‘Well who are you then?’!

Thank you to John Stubbs who completed the Coast to Coast event in Scotland this year raising £2,350 for FOHNS to put towards an all-weather Daily Mile Track around the field which we are planning to install.

Thank you for your kind donations at the KS1 and KS2 productions: KS2 raised £285.40 and KS1 £158.47, with a grand total of £443.87, which will go towards the KS1 senior citizens tea party and to pay for the licenses and materials for the productions.

Reminder: School finishes at 1.30pm next Tuesday 19th Decemberand we return on Thursday 4 January, apart from Nursery who return on Monday 8 January.

Monday 18th December Christmas Dinner – Children are invited to wear a Christmas hat for the occasion.

Well Done : This week we have said well done to: Forest Owls, Little Owls, Elf Owls for a wonderful nativity, Freya Rennie, Zoe Milne, Attie Yost, Hannah Newby, Bella-May Perry, Tillie Wyatt, Tyler Merry-Taylor.

Out of School achievements: Congratulations to Matilda Kenneford, Molly White, Ewen Rutherford and Andy Haldane on winning the futsal tournament at Spiceball, Orla McArdle 4 Shires Swimmer of the month, James McArdle 50 m swimming, Poppy Queenan took part in the Oxford Ice Rink Christmas Ice Show. She was in three routines and did five shows!

Value of the month: Community

‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of going, but encouraging one another.’ Hebrews 10:24-25

Wishing you a very merry and happy Christmas.

Yours sincerely


Mrs S Belgrove                      

Head Teacher