Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 17 June 2016

Dear Parents


Expansion: This week a partition has gone up to create a small area for nursery children in the old cloakroom, diggers are busy preparing the groundwork for the new classrooms’ footings and part of the new fencing is in place.  Hopefully, with some better weather, we will have the fencing and new gates completed at the front of the school next week.

It was a great experience for everyone to watch the football together yesterday; there was some very enthusiastic support for both teams and some tears at the end for Wales (mostly from me!).

After School Care Survey:  the governors are conducting a survey to explore the feasibility of an After School Care Club at school. We have already had a good response to this, but if you haven’t responded yet, we would be very grateful if you could – even if you have no need of after school care.  The link for the survey is:

Changes to Parentmail: On Tuesday 21 June we will be upgrading to PMX – ParentMail’s latest platform – the system will be down that day.  Please do not make any payments after 19 June, until you have completed the verification detailed below.  For parents, the latest version of ParentMail means you can easily pick up school messages on your smartphone by downloading the free ParentMail App on Android or iOS.  And that’s not all…
• Access ParentMail even when there’s no network connection.
• No need to search through your busy personal inbox for school messages.
• Instant access – no need to login to complete forms or read messages.
• In app notifications help make sure things don’t get missed or forgotten.
• Helps preserve your data allowance.
To use the latest version of ParentMail all you need to do is verify your account. Over the next few days you will be sent either an email or text message from ParentMail, when you receive this please just follow the instructions below – you will only need to register once.  Please click on the link from the text or e-mail – you will be asked to enter some details to verify who you are and to set a password for your account. Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

Please ensure you complete this verification process (we will be issuing new codes if you have not registered with Parentmail yet) as it is our main means of contact with you – quick, saves paper and doesn’t get lost or left in the cloakroom! It also enables us to get messages to everyone if returning late or early from visits – NB Year 6, important for next Friday!


Non-Uniform Day Friday 24 June in return for sweet prizes or pocket money toys for the Summer BBQ (no chocolate please).

Reminder: KS1 film club – due to the delayed start and 10 May club being cancelled, the last two sessions will be for 2 hours each (28/6 & 5/7, finishing at 5.15pm instead of 4.15pm).

KS2 film club – due to the delayed start, the last session (7 July) will be for 2 hours, finishing at 5.15pm.


FOHNS Candlelit Winter Ball: Saturday 7 January 2017 (Dress: Posh Frocks & DJ’s)

There has been an amazing response to this and all the tickets have gone! Thank you for your support – it promises to be a wonderful evening.


Road Safety Scheme: Footsteps is Oxfordshire County Council’s child pedestrian road safety scheme.  The aim of Footsteps is for children to learn to take responsibility and make decisions under the supervision of an adult. . Footsteps enables parents and carers to gradually teach their child according to age and ability until each child is able to become independent. Parents are encouraged to ask lots of open questions and discuss road safety skills which they may not have thought about. Here is a link to the leaflet.


Uniform : Please could you check when washing school uniform that children haven’t accidentally taken someone else’s uniform home!

SWAP SHOP Reminder: HNLC have organised a swap shop at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 18 June 10.30-12.30. Bring along anything (in good, clean condition), including small electrical items, and swap for items you need! Refreshments available.

Reminder:QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE MEMORIAL HALL 2 – 5.30pm, Saturday June 18th (Year 3’s are welcome to join the party on their return from The Mill!)

All profits to Hook Norton Primary School.


Attendance: Well Done to Year 2 and Year 3 for Almost Full Attendance 6-10 June 2016.


WELL DONES: This week we have said ‘Well Done’ to : All Year 1, Katie Bachelor, Oliver Wright, Alfie Hambidge, Niamh Hewitt-Gray, Scarlett Marshall, Alfie Newman, Chay Casson, All Year 5, Oliver Wilson, Hayley Hambidge, Oscar Hawthorne, Izzy Mair.

ACTIVITIES/VISITS: Y1 completed their phonics check this week; we were so proud of how well they did. I attended the CN Heads’ meeting, Mrs Joyner, Mrs White and Mrs Harbottle attended training on meeting the needs of children with speech, language and communication difficulties. The heads and deputies of St Mary’s and Charlbury Schools visited and enjoyed their tour of the school.  They were very envious at our new foundation stage. Mr Joyner made bread with Y5 and fruit salad with Year 2; he wowed them with his skills in sculpting fruit!


OUT OF SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS: Well done to: Poppy Queenan for competing in the ice skating Spin Spiral Jump competition, Ellie Newby swimming 50m, Dixie Kenneford Stage 3 swimming, Roma Kenneford Stage 1 swimming, Attie Yost Primary Presentation Dance Class, Abi and Lottie Nunneley and Rosie Petre Family Focus African Drumming & Singing at CN school, Morgan Wollerton Blue Peter Badge for his Young Voices letter and Silver Blue Peter Badge for his model of Tower Bridge, Evan Wollerton Blue Peter Badge for his letter about Young Voices. HN Football: Ben Layton-Toye U8s Emerging Player of the Year, Sam Bayliss U8s Players’ Player of the Year, Molly White U7s Supporters’ Player of the Year, Matilda Kenneford U7s Fair Play Award and U7s Football Tournament, Bella Nunneley U7s Football Tournament. Well done to all the children who have played for HNFC this year.


Owl Value of the month : Pride

We have been discussing the difference between being proud and being boastful and we have been sharing who and what makes us proud.


Yours sincerely


Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher



Term/Holiday dates 2016/17


Monday 5 September (Wednesday 7 September for Foundation Stage) – Friday 21 October

October Half Term : Monday 24 October –Friday 28 October inclusive

Monday 31 October – Friday 16 December

Christmas Holiday : Monday 19 December – Tuesday 3 January 2017 inclusive


Wednesday 4 January 2016 (Friday 6 January for FS part-timers) – Friday 10 February

February Half Term : Monday 13 February – Friday 17 February

Monday 20 February– Friday 7 April

April Holiday – Monday 10 April – Monday 24 April inclusive


Tuesday 25 April (Thurs 27 April for FS part-timers) – Friday 26 May

May Day Holiday – School Closed : Monday 1 May

May Half Term : Monday 29 May – Monday 5 June inclusive

Tuesday 6 June – Friday 21 July

(Please note: These dates may be subject to alteration, we will inform you of any changes)