Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 20 October 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

We have come to the end of the first half term; children have settled well and been working hard.  The Red Team won the House Point Trophy to much cheering!

School Meals:  New menus have been sent out and we are trialling a new wrist band system next half term to reduce the queues.  Children will wear a different coloured band according to their menu choice  (jacket potato and the less popular main meal choice only), to help the kitchen manage the choices more quickly.  This is common practice in most schools with a large number of meals and I hope children will see less waiting time for their meal.

Nursery Midday Supervisor Vacancy : Monday-Friday, 11.30am-12.45pm

£15,014 pro rata (£7.78 per hour) – 6.25 hours per week term time only

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and flexible Midday Supervisor to join our small and friendly team, to start as soon as possible.  Application forms and further details available from the office.

Clubs:  Due to the number of after school clubs we are now running, the reception area is getting very congested at 4.15 and it can be tricky making sure children are going with the right adult.  Therefore, after half term, please could adults picking up children after clubs, who usually wait in reception, wait outside the front and we will let the children out to you.  Thank you.

Individual/Family group photographs: On Thursday 2 November – best uniform please – everyone will be taken individually but for a family group please send in the attached slip, e-mail, or sign up at the office by the end of October.

Parents’ Evenings: Thursday 9 November (5.00-7.30pm) and Monday 13 November (3.30-6.00pm). Sign up on sheets outside classrooms after the holiday, or contact the office if you are unable to get into school. (

Deadline for secondary school applications is 31 October 2017

Parents and carers of Year 6 children should now be applying for places at secondary school for 2018 entry. The OCC deadline for receipt of completed applications is 31 October 2017. Any applications received after this date are likely to be considered late, and will have a far less likely chance of securing a place at their preferred secondary school. Parents and carers should apply online at as this is the quickest and most secure way to apply.

Bright Sparks Science Club starts Monday 30th October 3.15-4.15pm for 5 weeks. 

Sports:  Well done to the U11 Girls Hockey Team who played really well in the partnership tournament. Ella Hawthorne and Chloe Webb were awarded certificates for Outstanding Sporting Qualities.

Activities this week:

Nursery: Diwali dancing and making a pirate ship with the big blocks.

Reception: Diwali, Rangoli patterns, Indian flags and cooking pumpkin curry and Indian breads outside.

Forest, Elf and Little Owls: Writing back to the zoo to tell them where a lion would prefer to live.

Y3: Writing ‘A caveman’s Guide to the Stone Age’ and making models of Stonehenge, testing the strength of paper.

Y4: Writing the sequel to the story ‘The Chimney Child’

Y5: Y5 presented a very interesting and entertaining class assembly showcasing their activities so far this half term. They showed their body cam of their fastest Daily Mile Runner and demonstrated their ice cream making talents. They also wrote to their French pen pals.

Y6: Chose their school production and watched a film about autism.

Mrs Macdonald attended her very intensive Forest School First Aid Training, Mrs Hope and I attended training on the school data management system, Scott Orchard and I attended the county briefing for heads and chairs of governors.

Attendance: Full Attendance 9-13 October Little Owls and Y5.  Almost Full Attendance: Elf Owls – well done!

Well Done :This week we have said well done to: Matilda Kenneford, Andy Haldane, Zeteny Jarvis, Emily Holdsworth, Fenton Bayliss, Cohen Stubbs, All of Little Owls, All Y5, Sydney Maule, Gracie Pearce, Luke Crow, Ella Hawthorne.

Out of School achievements: Sam Broom Best Team Player Chipping Norton Rugby Club, Ewen Rutherford 400 metres Swimming, Isabella Nunneley took part in the Family Focus DT workshop to make a trebuchet, Anna Horth JMA Award for fundraising for the Methodist Church, David Kirk and Ossie Knox took part in the CN Theatre Musical theatre evening, Zeteny Jarvis 5m Swimming, Lilla Jarvis Stage 3 Swimming.

REMINDERY3 Class Assembly Wednesday 1st November 9.10am.

FOHNS – Gift Aid help! : We are now registered and have a volunteer to run Gift Aid – an income tax relief designed to benefit charities by increasing the value of donations from UK tax-payers by 25% – however, we need some advice from a practical point of view on the administration – please let us know if you have had experience in running Gift Aid and could spare an hour or two to talk to our volunteer to help get us started.


Value of the month: Responsibility

‘For each will have to bear his load’  Galatians 6.5


Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove                      

Head Teacher


School Photographs of FAMILY GROUPS – Thursday 2 November
Please return the slip below if you would like a family group and let us know if you have

pre-school children to be included (you will be advised of a time to attend the Study Centre).


Child(ren)’s Name(s)……………………………………  Class Teacher(s) …………………………….….


We would like pre-school (i.e. younger children NOT in school or nursery here) children included   £


N.B. only return this slip if you want a FAMILY GROUP – ALL children will be taken individually