Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter 25 April

Dear Parents

Welcome back.  I hope you were all able to take advantage of the glorious Easter weather. We have a busy term ahead with our Swedish visit, class visits and our assessment and testing next month. The Wild Garden is ready for use, with the delivery of eco-friendly benches made from recycled plastic, and there are reports of tadpoles in the pond!

Governor News:  The governors have met and agreed the new budget.  It is getting increasingly difficult to balance the books as our budget has not increased (and will not increase over the next two years at least) but of course the cost of everything has gone up. The hard work that FOHNS do to raise additional funds for school projects is even more vital and greatly appreciated.  Currently we are looking at replacing all the Interactive Whiteboards with amazing high definition screens that can be height adjusted – thanks to your FOHNS donations.

Foundation Stage: I am delighted that all the children whose parents put Hook Norton down as their first choice have a place in Reception from September. This is including a number of parents from out of catchment who were so impressed with our provision that we were their first choice over their designated school. It’s one of the best parts of being Head that I get to show prospective parents around our school; comments are always so positive.

May Day Celebrations – Thursday 1 May, 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 (£1) from 9.00am (outside if we are lucky and the weather is fine, otherwise in the hall/study centre) to all spectators attending the May Day celebrations.

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.

No Caterpillar Music : 28th April 2014 due to a booking in the Study Centre

Music Lessons: Guitars start Monday 28/4 – Woodwind Lessons start Thursday 1/5

Football Friday: Will start next Friday lunchtime in rotation for KS2, beginning with Y3, for those children who signed up last term. Please bring boots and shin pads.

After School Activities – start next week – apart from Computer Xplorers which starts on Thursday 8 May (there are spaces, Telephone 01386 462051 to book) and Monday’s Drama is a catch-up session from last term (the new group starts Monday 12 May).

Katharine House Hospice Christmas Card Competition: We have had amazing success with a large number of our children short-listed for their artistic endeavours.

Congratulations to: Bella May Perry, Emily Monelle, Daisy Petre, Edward Lehmann, Belle Floyd, Grace Mariner, Hetty Grace Cooke, Lani Turner, Zoe Milne, Rosie Mae Straw, Orla McArdle, Ella White, William Porter, Isabel Mair, Olly Lloyd, Eleanor Bailey, Keira Koch, Emma Mortimer and Olivia Roberts who have all been short-listed and invited to the winners presentation on May 22ndat Bloxham Mill. We will be contacting the parents of these children to let them know about the arrangements.

WELL DONE!  This week we have said well done to:-. All Year 1, All Year 2, Catherine Monelle, Cole Davies, Carys Lehman, Finley Robertson, Sarah Jarvis.

Collective Worship Leaders:  Well done to Lexie Harwood, Cathryn Kirk, Eliza Porter, Archie Randall, Eddie Brearey, Imogen Taylor, Georgia Street and Max Nicholls for their willingness and enthusiasm for planning and sharing acts of Collective Worship on Shrove Tuesday and at our Easter Service.

Pen Licence: Well done to Charlotte Nunneley, Isobel Boyes-Watson, Alex Wintle and Lulu Housby for achieving their Pen Licence in Y3 for beautiful joined handwriting.

Mrs Belgrove’s Stars of the Week:

Leila Denne for collecting playground equipment at the end of break time (without being asked!)

Luca Risato for his excellent attitude to learning.

Activities/Visits : Y2 had a wonderful visit to London as part of their ‘Fire of London’ History topic (a huge thank you to all the parents who joined them). Year 5 and 6 had a very entertaining visit from author Damian Dibben as part of Chipping Norton Literary Festival.

Out of School Achievements : Well done to: Hook Norton Junior Football Club Under 7’s winners of the 2014 Carterton Tournament.  They also had a brilliant season overall: played 16, won 15, drawn 1, lost 0, scored 59 and conceded 2 goals! Wow! Fred Neal and Thomas Cornelius-Hicks played at Twickenham in the final of the London Wasps ‘Stinger’ Tournament. (Fred scored a try!)  Swimming: Lily Stanton Stage 1, David Kirk 5 metres (the hardest!).

This week’s Hymn of the Week has been ‘The Lord’s Prayer’

Our Christian Value of the month for April is Forgiveness

From The Lord’s Prayer: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

                                                                                                                    Luke 11

Yours sincerely

Head Teacher