Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 23 November 2018

Dear Parents

We were thrilled to receive a letter from Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for Education, this week congratulating us on our outstanding achievement in the 2018 phonics screening check. With 95% of pupils reaching or exceeding the pass mark, our school is in the top 9% of all primary schools in the country!

Thanks from the SuperRu team to everyone who attended the Clothing Sale last Saturday which raised an amazing £13,000.67 for CCLG.  Most of the clothes left over have gone to our Bag2School collection – thank you.


It is the last week of extra-curricular clubs next week (except recorders – see below).

The following clubs would like to invite parents/carers to join them to share the work they have done this term 15 minutes before the end of their last session:

Drama Club ~ Monday 5.00pm

Get Musical ~ Tuesday 4.00pm

Dance Club ~ Thursday 4.00pm.

Recorders – rehearsals will continue until Tuesday 11th December at 8.30am  in preparation for playing at Font Cafe, St Peter’s Church on Saturday 15th December

Activities this week: Little Owls presented a very professional assembly to the school and parents/carers.  They spoke very clearly and delighted in showing us all the work they have been doing.

School Productions:

The rehearsals for the KS2 production Pirates of the Curry Bean have been going very well and the Dress Rehearsal was enjoyed by an appreciative audience of children and families.

Reminder:  Children (other than siblings from a different school) and babies are not allowed in the productions. KS2 children have been working so hard, learning their lines and we want to make sure they have the best possible experience.  There is a crèche provided, kindly run by staff volunteers.  Monday evening the crèche will be in Mrs Voce’s room in Key Stage 1, and Tuesday it will be in the Study Centre.  Please remember your ticket for entry.

School Games

We have been very busy this week with our school PE and sport and it has been a pleasure to take a range of groups out to represent the school.

On Sunday I spent the day at Wade Gymnastics Club at their schools competition. 13 children represented the school over the day. In the Year 1 and 2 age group Beau Cobb-Pearson was overall winner, Clemmie Yost came fourth with Chloe-Ann Houseman and Elvi Davies also well placed in the field of 24. The highest placed in the Year 3 & 4 age group was Emily Holdsworth in 9th place, again Ava Wilson, Annie Spicer and Anna Horth placed well in a field of 40. In the Year 5 & 6 competition, Isabella Nunneley was overall winner with Imogen Hutchinson, Lani Tanner, Freya Rennie and Poppy Driver all placed in the top half of a field of 32. The girls did really well to perform individually on the floor and vault in front of an audience. Well done!

On Tuesday afternoon, the Dance Club girls went to the New Theatre Oxford to rehearse and then perform in the evening in front of an audience of enthusiastic parents and other schools. Their performance of ‘One World’ was well received and they enjoyed the chance to see other children, including some secondary children, dancing a range of different styles. This was an amazing opportunity to perform in a large theatre with sound and lighting support and they were incredibly confident in front of so many people. Well done to Bella Murray, Freya Rennie, Elodie Thompson, Lily Harvey and Neve Daly. Thank you to Miss Ann, our dance teacher, for accompanying the group.

On Wednesday some of the Year 5 and 6 children went to the Chipping Norton Sportshall Athletics event. They worked in mixed teams, so got the opportunity to get to know some of the other children that they will eventually be at secondary school with. By the end of the event lots of our children had 1st, 2nd or 3rd stickers for their team’s relay results and they had all enjoyed the event. 

Mrs Voce (PE Co-ordinator)

Head Teacher Recruitment Update from The Governing Board:

It has been a busy two weeks for the Governing Board who met regularly to ensure the recruitment of a new Head Teacher remained the absolute priority.  Applications closed on Monday 19th November and interest in the position has been strong.  I am now able to confirm that from the 9 applications received the selection committee has shortlisted to 3 experienced heads.

The 3 candidates will now be invited to a 2-day selection process at the school which will involve a number of tasks, presentations and panel interviews to the Governing Body, Local Authority and Diocese representative.  In addition, there will be an opportunity for the staff and pupils at HN to meet with the prospective candidates in a relaxed environment.

We hope that after completing this process we will be able to appoint a worthy successor to Stella, and we look forward to updating you with progress in the next 2 weeks.  Matt Fowler (Chair of Governors)

Flu vaccination session:  Hook Norton Tuesday 27th November 2018 (am)

The Nurses from Oxford Health NHS Trust will be coming in to School on Tuesday 27th November (am) to deliver the Flu vaccine to all children in Reception and Years 1,2,3,4 and 5 for whom a valid Consent Form has been returned. We would recommend that you let your child know that it will be happening and you may find it helpful to watch this NHS Choices Video together so they know why they are having the vaccine and what to expect:

Please note if your child has Asthma and has been wheezy in the 3 days prior to the vaccination session or is wheezy on the day of vaccination please phone the school nurses before School starts, on 07799 407997 and also inform your child’s School Office.

If your child is unwell on the day and they are unable to be vaccinated, they will be invited to book into a Catch Up Clinic. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the School Nurse Team on the number above or e-mail Please include your child’s name, date of birth and the school they attend.

FOHNS Christmas Fair – Thursday 13 November, 3.15-6pm:

We will be having a further two non-uniform Fridays to collect donations for the fair – this is, of course, voluntary – all children can wear casual clothes, regardless of whether they bring in a donation.

Friday 30th November: Christmas decorations/wrapping paper/cards (for the Christmas stall)

Friday 7th December: Bottles (for the tombola)

The Friends are busy working behind the scenes organising lots of activities for this year’s Fair – this is the only event this term so we are expanding the Fair by selling programmes on the door for an entrance fee of £1, and re-introducing external stallholders so there will be a variety of lovely things to buy for Christmas including Christmas wreaths and crafts, decoupage, cushions, candles and soaps.

Nursery are collecting clean, pre-loved soft toys for the Soft Toy Tombola at the Christmas Fayre and Year 6 would appreciate any unused toiletries.

Thank you all so much for the donations so far, we appreciate your support; however, we are really short of help with setting up on the day, running activities and clearing up afterwards. If you are able to help in any way, please e-mail:  We are holding a meeting next Monday, 26 November at 9am to discuss the Fair which you are welcome to attend to see how you can help with this event. Please lend your support – every penny raised goes towards supporting our children’s education and experiences at school.

St Peter’s Church Quiz Night tonight, 7.30pm at St Peter’s in aid of Church funds and Katharine House Hospice – all welcome (teams of 4 £10).

Well Done:  This week we have said well done to: Noah Edge, All Little Owls, Annabella White, Kobe White, Grace Shorten, Josh Ellard,  All Y6, All Y5, Violet Robey, Torin Hackland, Darcy Lambourne, Ben Muller.

Pen Licence:  Neve Daly

Out of School achievements: Bailey Webb most improved player and best defender HNFC.

Owl Values:

This half term we are exploring ‘Love’.


“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


Yours sincerely

Stella Belgrove