Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter 18 March 2016

Dear Parents

Mrs Belgrove is attending the Oxfordshire Headteachers’ Conference in Stratford, with a theme on “Leadership and Education: International Perspectives” which seems very fitting as Mrs Nixon, Ms Kershaw and a group of Year 6’s returned on Monday from a very successful visit to Sweden; they had a wonderful time; the children were complimented on their outstanding behaviour, particularly by British Airways (they were even allowed in the pilot’s cockpit on arrival back at Heathrow Airport!).

Staffing – we are currently recruiting for a new cleaner to start after Easter, details are on the website at
Congratulations! Miss Cunningham (Year 1 Teaching Assistant) is getting married Saturday, and will be returning next Thursday as Mrs Warner.

Advanced notice: Cycling Proficiency is booked for Year Five pupils, 9.00 am – 10.00 am to be taught in three groups for the weeks beginning 16th May, 13th June and 20th June. They will need a helmet that fits properly and a bicycle that is the right size and in good working order (see below for the FOHNS Bike & Bake!). We are very fortunate to be able to offer cycling proficiency and can only do so thanks to those who have volunteered. We are looking for more volunteers to train alongside our current trainers to carry this on into the next years. If you are interested please speak to Mrs Crouch or email her via the school office as soon as possible, as a DBS check will need to be carried out.

School meals:  Menu Change – Thursday 24 March – will be Friday’s menu of Oven baked breaded fish, Cheese & Onion pinwheels or Jacket Potato with a selection of fillings/Ice cream with fruit.

Slips and Payments – Please pay any outstanding debts for school meals with your payments for next week on MONDAY – we need to be up to date for the end of our financial year.  Members of staff are spending an increasing amount of time chasing up payments for meals – and slips for visits – which causes a lot of unnecessary extra work and time (detailed documentation has to be submitted for visits in advance for insurance and safety purposes). It would be really helpful if parents could ensure that slips and payments are returned by the requested deadline, by paper or online via Parentmail at (if you need help with this, please ask at the office!).  Thank you.

Scarlet Fever: We have been informed that there has been a recent increase in notifications of scarlet fever to Public Health England, in the north of Oxfordshire, above seasonal expected levels. Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others. The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like ‘sandpaper’. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth. If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:

  • See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible
  • Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
  • Stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection.

If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.

Extra-curricular activities : Clubs continue next week except for Thursday (no JAM or Sports Clubs) – the lunchtime Sports club will run on Wednesday instead of Friday.  Once again, thanks to all the volunteers who have run clubs this term. Details of clubs being offered in the Summer terms are being sent out today.

Swimming:  Year 4 will continue swimming for two weeks after Easter (starting Tuesday 12 April) so please remember swimming kit for the first day back!  Year 3 will then start from the 26th.

FOHNS: Children’s Discos tonight: Reception & KS1: 4-5pm, KS2: 5.15-6.15pm. Children must be picked up at the end of the school day as usual and return to the school hall ready for the disco with their money (£4 – includes a drink and snack). KS2 may bring money to buy extra snacks and drinks.

FOHNS will be selling refreshments (including soup) at the Hook Norton Low Carbon electric bike launch tomorrow – Saturday 19 March – 12:00-4pm at school.

Easter Competitions! : Last chance to try to win the giant Bunny Rabbit in school …. children are invited to bring in £1 to school next Monday or Tuesday to guess its name.  Details of the Easter Treasure Hunt around the village over the holidays are being sent out today.

Quiz at the Sports & Social on Friday 8 April, 7.45 for 8pm start, funds to FOHNS.

Bike & Bake: Sunday 24 April 2-4pm, (time to dig those bikes out to sell or have fixed/serviced!)
WELL DONE!  This week we have said well done to:- Lexi Deller, Lotte Wahlen, Annie Spicer, Katie Bachelor, Oliver Wright, All Year 3, Lani Tanner, All Year 4, Jessica Rogers, Ellie Newby, Alfie Wright, Fred Neal, Evan Wollerton, Scott Findlay, Oliver Winhammer.

Attendance: Well done to Year 3 for almost full attendance again last week.

Activities/Visits : A group of Year 5’s took part in a Gifted & Talented Science Workshop at Chipping Norton School. Thanks to Year 4 for a brilliant class assembly. Years 2 & 3 enjoyed a partnership Schoolympics event at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre – well done to the winning team – Holland!. Year 4 enjoyed a Percussion Workshop on Wednesday at OCC’s Music Service Centre in Oxford –offered to us with transport included for free! Thursday’s Collective Worship for Key Stage 2 was held at St Peter’s Church this week, except for Year 6’s who were talking to their penpals in Sweden via Skype. Foundation Stage visits for new children starting after Easter took place on Thursday.
Sport Relief Mile – All children in Years 1-6 have completed the Sport Relief Mile in their PE lessons this week. A big thank you to Mrs Bannister for organising this. They have all received a certificate in assembly. We have not asked for donations to be bought into school, but would encourage you to make a donation online on behalf of your children for their amazing efforts (12 laps of the school field!). Information about where to donate can be found on the certificate. Well done everyone!

Out of School Achievements : Well done to Anna Horth (15M swimming), Poppy Queenan (Bronze Ice Skating), Pippa McArdle (Radio 2 Chris Evans show participant), and to all those taking part in the Chipping Norton Music Festival: Freja Winhammer (Piano), Emily Cutter (Piano), Charlotte Nunneley (Piano & Duet with Mrs Voce), Iris Fledderus (Piano & Duet), Ellis Holdsworth (Piano), Abigail Nunneley (Piano), Orla McArdle (Piano & Duet with Mrs McArdle), and Victoria Wilson (Piano)


Year 1 Class Assembly – Wednesday 23 March, 9.10am

The last day of term – Thursday 24 March – 2pm Finish (remember, no clubs Thursday).

Return to school – Tuesday 12 April (except Foundation Stage part-timers return Thursday 14th)
Yours sincerely

Noelle Crouch

Deputy Head