Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter 15 July 2016

Dear Parents

Harry Bartlett Cups

At yesterday’s prize-giving assembly, Jojo Styles and Eleanor Bailey & Taryn Wyatt were presented with the Harry Bartlett Cups for their outstanding contribution to school life, well done!

Mr Newman Cups

The Newman cups for sporting excellence were awarded to Victoria Harris & Niamh Smith and William Ingham – congratulations!

Leavers: Today we said goodbye to our Year 6’s in a celebratory service. We had a short interval when the builders set off the fire alarm!  Everyone exited the hall in a calm and orderly way. We wish our Y6 children all the very best of luck and look forward to hearing about their future successes and achievements.

Staffing: Best wishes to Mrs Sam Haldane who is leaving us; in September we will welcome to two new Midday Supervisors to the team, Mrs Lorraine Benham and Mrs Becky Cooke.

Vacancy: The School Lunch Company is seeking to recruit a Catering Assistant at Hook Norton CE Primary School, 11am-2pm one day a week (Wednesdays).  Enthusiasm essential, experience desirable, training will be provided. Subject to an enhanced DBS check. For more details contact Les Redhead on 07825 344437.

Parent/Class Information Meetings: 2015-16

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 6 – Mrs Peters – Thursday 15 September, 3.20pm

Year 5 – Mrs Crouch – Friday 9 September, 3.20pm

Year 4 – Mrs Robertson – Wednesday 14 September, 3.20pm

Year 3 – Mrs Crooker – Friday 16 September, 3.20pm

Year 1 – Mrs Vint –Monday 12 September, 3.20pm

Year 2 – Mrs Voce – Tuesday 13 September, 3.20pm


Swimming : Year 5 will start on Tuesday 13 September – look out for the Parentmail message!

Musical Instrument Tuition : Mr Allen will be running  a ‘hands-on’ session in the Hall for any potential Key Stage 2 woodwind pupils and their parents, 3.15-4.15pm on Monday 12 September.

GUITAR LESSONS (For all Key Stage 2) Would your child like to learn to play the guitar?

Guitar lessons at the school are designed to inspire your child to enjoy the instrument while laying the foundation for further interest and development.  The new term is due to start on Monday 19th September. The cost for the term is £60.00 for 10 lessons. If your child would like to enrol for the new term please advise at the school office or you can contact me directly at or 07794 544693/01608 737143.  A form will be issued at the start of the new term to pupils already enrolled and new starters.  Pete Watkins

Blood Doning: Sadly, The National Blood Service are unable to continue running their sessions at Hook Norton due to a reorganisation of the Oxfordshire service, so there will not be a session here in the Summer or beyond.

Clubs:  Details are coming out today (and will be sent by Parentmail) – deadline for signing up is Friday 9 September.  Clubs start week commencing 19 September.

FOHNS : Huge thanks to all the Committee for all the great activities provided and to everyone who supported their fund-raising efforts!  Many thanks to Vanessa Porter, the outgoing Chair and to Anita Robertson who has been supporting FOHNS for 10 years! Please see the separate information on the Auction of Promises being sent out today.

Coming up …. Sunday 11 September, a live walking Monopoly game around the streets and landmarks of Hook Norton starting at 2pm in the School Hall. Teams will be limited, e-mail to register a team and further details will be provided.


Activities/Visits : The village library staff came in to talk to the children about the Reading Challenge (find out how to get involved at, Y5 & Y6 completed their Health Education Programme with the School Health Nurse, Mr Orchard and I had an update on the progress of the expansion, and expect to see Key Stage 2 looking very different when we return in September! Y4 made pizzas this week – they were very creative!  Y2 have been busy making puppets.

Out of School Achievements : Well done to Poppy Queenan (Chipping Norton Partnership Creative Writing Club).

Events at Hook Norton Library during the summer holidays

Storytime & Crafts – Friday 29th July at 2:30 – 3.30pm

Science Oxford Children’s Roadshow – Wednesday August 10th 2:30 – 3.30pm

Storytime & Crafts – Monday 15th August 2:30 – 3:30pm

Big Friendly Giant drama workshop and puppet show – Friday 26th August 2 – 4:30pm (Age 4–10)


Enjoy your summer holidays – let’s hope we get to see a little bit more sunshine!  We will see you back on Monday 5 September, Years 1 – 6, with Nursery and Reception starting on Wednesday 7 September (Home visits take place on the first 2 days of term).


Yours sincerely


Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher