Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter 20 November 2015

Dear Parents

As you may already know, Oscar Hawthorne is currently undergoing Proton Beam Therapy in Oklahoma to treat a rare form of soft tissue sarcoma called Spindle Cell Rhabdomyosarcoma. In between his rigorous treatment programme, Oscar and his mum have been able to visit a few places in the States and Oscar has even found himself the centre of media attention, appearing on local television. He has made new friends with many of the Therapy dogs used by the centre.
Although this is a huge challenge for Oscar, he battles through with a smile on his face and remains positive. Oscar and his mum were hoping to return before Christmas but he requires more Proton Therapy than initially thought, so his stay will be extended. The family are extremely grateful for all of the support they have received so far. They are continuing to fund raise and if you wish to make a contribution please see the page. You can follow Oscar’s progress on “Is it contagious?” Facebook page.
Oscar is always in our thoughts and we are very much looking forward to his return.

Year 5 Swimming: No swimming for the next two weeks as the pool is in use – the next (and last) swimming session for Year 5’s will take place on Tuesday 8 December.  Next term, Year 4’s will be swimming – details to follow.

FOHNS Ladies Craft Night – Thursday 26 November from 7pm: Come along and enjoy a fun, relaxed evening making crafts for Christmas – all materials supplied for a £5 entry, just turn up and Bring a Bottle!

FOHNS Children’s Discos Friday 27 November: £3 per child + £1 for drinks/snacks.
Reception (Full time children) and KS1: 3.30-4.30pm.
Reception and KS1 children may come in their disco outfits to school for non-uniform day as their disco is straight after school.
KS2: 4.45-6.15pm

Key Stage 1 Dress Rehearsal and Tea Party: for senior members of the community will take place on Monday 7 December, 1.30pm in Yellow Room (not the study centre this year) – please spread the word amongst neighbours/grandparents who are very welcome to join us. It would be good to know if you have an older relative or friend who is coming so we can cater more accurately.
KS1 Production:  Please look out for ticket letter in book bags/on Parentmail today for ‘Angel Express’.

Parking: Neighbours have complained about inconsiderate parking again on Sibford Road. (I have been sent photographic evidence…) So please avoid blocking drives when picking up or dropping off children.

Wanted: Spare trousers and skirts for Foundation Stage (3-5 years).

Anti-Bullying Week:  This week has been anti-bullying week and the children will be completing an on-line survey about bullying run by the Local Authority who will analyse the responses and give us a report.  I will inform you of the results when we get them. We will also be organising a session on cyber-bullying and e-safety for parents in due course, so look out for that. Our anti-bullying, behaviour and e-safety policies are all on the school website, along with the parents’ and child’s guides on Bullying.  If you have any concerns about your child, please see us straight away.

PE kits: Please can all children make sure they have a full PE kit in school at all times which includes track suit bottoms and jumpers for outdoor PE.

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Christmas Fayre : Friday 4 December, 5-7pm:   Please return all raffle tickets in a sealed envelope (sold with money & stubs or unsold) by Tuesday 1 December.

Non-uniform day next Friday 27 November:
Please bring in as a donation for the Christmas Fayre for wearing non-uniform:
~ Any unused toiletries and any shade of brown or white face cloth (preferably brown) & bars of soap
~ Ingredients for mince pies and shortbread (see list outside Year 2)
~ Soft toys, clean and in good condition, for the toy tombola
~ Raffle prizes
Thank you for all your donations this month.

Price for Milkshakes at the snack bar is increasing to 50p as of Monday 23rd November.

School Library : Mrs Orchard will not be in the library next Thursday.

Well done! This week we have said well done to Reggie Packham, Darcy Lambourne, All Y2, Niamh Hewitt-Gray, Rebecca Milne, Elliot Miskin, Amelie Tarbit, Alfie Newman, Ethan Parrott, Cole Davies, Frank Foakes, Gemma Strows.

Activities/Visits: Y2 thoroughly entertained the school and parents in their class assembly. Governors visited today for a Health and Safety check and to sample a school lunch. Y5 and Y6 had a fire safety talk from the Fire Brigade.

Out of School Achievements: Swimming: Morgan Wollerton 400m, Evan Wollerton 400m, Fred Neal 400m.

REMINDER: Year 3 class assembly for parents/carers – 9.10am, Wednesday 25 November.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove
Head Teacher

PS: I have been keeping a low profile this week as I tripped last Sunday morning and landed on my face! I don’t want to scare the children …