Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 22 April 2016

Dear Parents

The Foundation Stage extension is nearing completion and looks amazing! We are now thinking about the outdoor space and how to develop that into a wonderful area for our children to play and learn.  Thank you for your patience in negotiating a smaller and smaller way in to school!  Please make sure you enter the site through the pedestrian gate and not around the kitchen; this is part of the construction compound.

Health and Safety: Please ensure your child does not go on the adventure playground before or after school.  As part of our safe-guarding duty, that all schools have to implement to make sure children are kept safe, please refrain from using your mobile phone in school.

Year 6 Rugby

Our sporting teams are going from strength to strength this year. The Year 6 rugby team, who won the Chipping Norton Partnership event last year, went on to represent at the West Oxfordshire finals. After some closely fought, hard games they came second, which means they go through to represent the West at the County Final in May.

School Games ~ Intra-School Competition

The results for the Term 3 competitions in school between the colour teams are as follows:

Year 1 Gymnastics ~ Red/Blue

Year 2 Gymnastics ~ Blue

Year 3 Netball ~ Green

Year 4 Swimming ~ Red

Year 5 Rugby ~ Red

Year 6 Netball ~ Yellow

Making the overall winners from Term 3 the Red Team.

Thursday Athletics Club

We still have spaces for Year 1 and 2 children in this club on a Thursday, where they work with the Year 5 and 6 Sports Leaders towards an athletics medal. We have lots of very keen Sports Leaders who would like some more children to support, therefore this club is now also being opened up to Year 3 children. Anyone from Year 1, 2 or 3 who wishes to join please complete the form at the office.

Head lice

Cases of head lice have been reported in Year 2 and Year 3. Please take the opportunity this weekend to check your children’s hair.

May Day Celebrations – Friday 29 April, 9.30am  (should finish by 11am)

(FOHNS serving Coffee & Croissants from 9am)

You are warmly invited to join us for our May Day celebrations next week, 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 to all spectators attending the May Day celebrations.

We will be rather snug as the building work has encroached on to the playground, so there will be a limited number of chairs for those who need one; we hope you don’t mind standing!

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 Bike & Bake – Sunday 24 April, 2-4pm Buy/sell second hand bikes (adult & child), bring your bike for service/repair, cakes, refreshments, and Hook Norton Low Carbon’s electric bike demonstrations.  Something for everyone!  Bring second hand bikes and cakes from 12noon (or the Friday before) – 25% of sale price to FOHNS (please label bikes with name, telephone & price). This year, due to the building work, we will have to run the event at the front of the school building/staff car park, with refreshments/cakes being served in the school reception area.

Easter Chick Hunt: 1st Poppy Queenan, 2nd Charlie Mariner, 3rd Morgan Wollerton, 4th Ellie Newby.  Prizes were kindly donated by the Village Shop and Taylor Wimpey.

Attendance:  Well done to Y5 for Almost Full Attendance 12-15 April.

WELL DONE!  This week we have said well done to: Sam Broom, Thomas Hewitt-Gray, Charlie Shorten, Susie Holiday, Isabella Harvey, Daniel Rayner, Rosie Petre, Hazel Ford, Imogen Nicholls, Finn Casson.

Pen Licence: Cayden Wyatt.

Activities/Visits :On Thursday Year 2 invited families into the classroom to celebrate the end of their 1950s topic and Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. Everyone enjoyed presentations, music and some cooking, including Coronation Chicken and tinned fruit salad with condensed milk! A huge thank you to all the parents who gave up time to help cook and clear up.

Y1 and Y2 enjoyed a visit from the author Tamsyn Murray as part of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival.

Mrs Nixon attended training in the Foundation Stage, I attended the partnership heads’ meeting. There was a governors’ meeting to agree the new budget.

Out of School Achievements : Well done to: Scarlett Marshall 1st Mon British Judo and Crystal Award Level 1 Classical Ballet, Poppy Queenan Silver Ice Dance, Otto Thompson 10m and Stage 3 Swimming.  Hook Norton Gardening Show: Imogen Hutchinson Cutest Pet photograph, Edward Lehmann one first and four seconds, Carys Lehmann two firsts and two seconds.

Our Owl Value of the month is Healthy Living.

Yours sincerely

Stella Belgrove

Head Teacher