Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter – 17 April 2015

Dear Parents

Welcome back. I hope you were all able to take advantage of the glorious Easter weather in the second half of the holiday. We have a busy term ahead with class visits and our assessment and testing next month. The Wild Garden is ready for use and our grounds look beautiful with the blossom and spring bulbs in full bloom.

School Expansion update:  The work should be starting in the last week of July/first week in August, so there will be no disruption to classes this academic year.  We will be moving Year 2 into the study centre in the last week of term, in readiness for September.  Yellow Room (FSU) will move into the Year 2 classroom and the courtyard will become the outdoor area for Foundation Stage. Work will then begin on a new Foundation Stage classroom next to Yellow room.  More details to follow!

Foundation Stage: I am delighted that all the children whose parents put Hook Norton down as their first choice have a place in Reception from September. This is including parents from out of catchment who were so impressed with our provision that we were their first choice over their designated school. I always enjoy showing prospective parents around our school; comments are always so positive.

Nursery: We accept nursery age children from the term after they are three on a part time basis; please speak to the office to arrange a visit if your child is eligible.

Headlice: Please check for headlice as there has been reports of sightings in Year 2.

Clubs: Guitars start Monday 20/4, Drama Club Catch Up Session from last term Monday 20/4. All other new clubs start – there are some places available in Art/Craft Club on Tuesdays, but Gardening and Gym are over-subscribed – we will let you know today if your child has NOT got a place – please check your e-mails.

Y5 Cycle Helmet check: Please can all Y5 children bring in their cycle helmets for checking on Wednesday 22 April, in readiness for cycling proficiency.

Book Amnesty: Mrs Orchard has issued slips to children for books that have not been returned to school. We are missing hundreds of pounds worth of books from the library and our home reading collections and some children have 7 books that need returning! We are looking through our libraries to see if any books have been returned without being ‘zapped’. Please return any books you find at home as we cannot afford to replace them. We would rather have the books returned, but we will be charging a flat rate of £5 per book if they are still missing at the end of term 5.

May Day Celebrations – Friday 1 May, 9.30am (should finish by 11am)

(FOHNS serving Coffee & Croissants from 9am)

You are warmly invited to join us for our May Day celebrations, which will commence at 9.30am on the playground (weather permitting – otherwise we will have to be in the school hall). Prior to the celebrations, FOHNS will be selling tea, coffee & croissants from 9.00am (outside if we are lucky and the weather is fine, otherwise in the hall/study centre) to all spectators attending the May Day celebrations.

Dress Code: Girls –pretty dresses, Boys – smart shirts and school trousers or shorts, Year 6 – jeans and a white shirt or t-shirt, with sensible shoes for dancing (no crocs, flip flops, boots or loose slip-on shoes). Children should come to school in their May Day outfits but can change into school uniform afterwards if you wish. Please make sure children bring a warm coat!

Afternoon Foundation Stage children may join the dancing – please bring children to the Foundation Stage Unit at 9.15am, and collect them from the classroom at the end of the celebrations. If wet weather means that we have to be in the hall, children should be collected after their dance from the Foundation Stage.

FOHNS Bingo – Saturday 25 April – 4-6pm in the School Hall – tickets are on sale now from the school office at £2.50 each to include entry, bingo card & dabber – The Friends will be selling refreshments (hot food) and have a licenced bar.

WELL DONE!  This week we have said well done to:-. Alfie Hambidge, Edie Cooper, Rebecca Milne, Lani Tanner, Emily Carroll-Mayes, Rosie Petre, Jessica Rogers, Lily Holiday, Catherine Monelle, Natasha Harvey.

Activities/Visits : Years 4, 5 and 6 had a talk from the organiser of the Chipping Norton literary festival to prepare them for the visiting author Gill Lewis, who will be coming to tell us about her writing next Friday.  I have read one her books ‘White Dolphin’ and can thoroughly recommend it for older readers. There will be an opportunity for children to buy her books after the visit. More details to follow next week. Mrs Vint and Ms Nunneley attended Dance training at Chipping Norton School.

Out of School Achievements : Well done to: Eliza Porter Grade 3 Piano, Will Ingham who was part of the Stow rugby team that came 3rd in the county finals, Blake Robinson Junior Brown Belt TKD, Toby Luxton 8th Kyu Karate and Stage 4 swimming award.

Our Christian Value of the month for April is Compassion

Yours sincerely

Stella Belgrove

Head Teacher