Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter 24 October

Dear Parents

It has been a very successful start to a new school year and everyone is ready for a well-earned rest! Children have reacted with great enthusiasm to the new Learning Challenge Curriculum and it has been wonderful to see all the exciting activities going on around the school.

I am delighted to tell you I have received a letter from Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for Education Reform, congratulating us on our Year 1 Phonics Check results, putting us in the top 5% of schools in the country!

The photographer who came to take the children’s photographs on Wednesday commented on how well –behaved the children were and commended us for the way it was organised.

Recorders: No recorders 4th or 11th November. School Meals: Food with Thought new menus are not ready – when we return on Monday 3/11/14 we will use current Week 3 menu.

Sport:  Miss Nunneley has introduced an intra-school competition where the four colour house teams compete each term for a cup in each year group.  This term’s winners are: Year 1 Dance – Red team; Year 2 Dance – Yellow Team; Year 3 Gym – Blue team; Year 4 Running – Red Team; Year 5 Swimming – Green team, Year 6 Hockey – Red and Blue teams tied.  There was much cheering in assembly this morning!

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Morrisons Lets Grow vouchers scheme ends Sunday 26 October – please bring any vouchers to reception.

Parents’ Evenings:

Monday 10th (3.30-6.00pm) and Thursday 13th November (5.00-7.30pm)

Sign up on sheets outside classrooms after the holiday, or contact the school if you are unable to get into school. (

Extra Curricular Activities There will be no clubs on Wednesday 3 December when it is the Christmas Fayre, so no JAM club, Woodwind or Gymnastics (Paid for clubs will be made up).


Each week, we celebrate particularly special achievements of children. This week we have said well done to Alicia Tustain, Edward Lehmann, Toby Driver, Ben Layton-Toye, Joe Jordan, Gemma Webb, All Year 4 for their fabulous work on their TV programmes, Ethan Parrott, Emily Jessop, Gemma Strows, William Porter, Zach Warner, Cathryn Kirk, Lottie Barrett and all the Vikings in Year 6!

ACTIVITIES:  Parents and children enjoyed Y4’s assembly where they shared their Big Question ‘Could you live without electricity for a day?’ Many thanks to families who threw themselves into the challenge at home with BBQs in the rain and wet hair in the morning! Miss Hope, Mrs Crouch and Mrs McQuail attended training on Maths for children with SEN. Year 6 had a wonderful Viking Day and did lots of marauding and pillaging as well as making stunning Viking jewellery, helmets and cooking Viking breads, apple pudding and delicious mead (alcohol free of course!).  Our hockey teams played well in the inter-schools U11s tournament, coming a creditable third place. Year 2 has great fun with their African dance session.


Well done to: Blake Robinson TKD Junior Purple Belt, Sophia Robinson TKD Junior Purple Belt, George Bickerton for being the first Cub Scout in Hook Norton to achieve the Chief Scout’s Silver Award.

Family Focus: Lani and Cavan Tanner took part in the Art Workshop and created their own masterpiece, Charlotte and Abigail Nunneley made a trebuchet in the Design & Technology workshop and also took part in the Computer Animations workshop.

Mrs Belgrove’s Stars of the Week : Emily Outten for being so responsible and mature and Ace Kenneford for his artistic talents.

Hymn of the Week: Harvest Samba (Cabbages and Greens) Christian Value of the month: Thankfulness

Enjoy your autumn break and I will see everyone back on Monday 3rdNovember.


Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove