Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter 25 September 2015

Dear Parents


Reminder: Chipping Norton School Open Evening Thursday 1 October 5.00-7.30pm for Y6 children and parents.

International Walk to School Month: October is International Walk to School month where schools from across the globe encourage pupils to walk to school rather than go by car. For many parents around the world, the car has become the main means of transporting children to and from school. The proportion of journeys to school made by car has increased considerably in the last several years, with the knock-on effect being a gradual decline in the numbers of children walking and wheeling to and from school on a regular basis. The general themes that are promoted during Walk to School month include: increasing daily physical activity, improving safety, enhancing the environment, promoting social interaction and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

FOHNS AGM: Thank you to everyone who attended last night – there was an excellent turn out and many new faces. Our new Chair is Vanessa Porter, Vice Chair is Laura Wyatt, Treasurer is Janeen Wilson and Secretary is Anita Robertson. There were lots of new ideas put forward and we look forward to an exciting year ahead. Many thanks to everyone involved last year – your hard work enabled the school to replace our interactive boards, and service the minibus. I would like to say a big ‘thank-you’ to the out-going committee for all your hard work and dedication, raising over £6,000 profit for much needed school funds.

This year, FOHNS will be concentrating their efforts towards a new outdoor area for Foundation Stage and new chairs and tables for all the classrooms.

Hook Norton Apple Day: Saturday 3 October 12-5pm at the Pear Tree Inn. Apple presses, apple juice, hot food, cider tasting, live music, children’s games and much more!   Please bring any apples for pressing to the Pear Tree from Sunday 27 September (not October as stated in error in their leaflet).  Call Beth on 01608 730044 for more information.

Inhalers Reminder: Parents of children with inhalers in school are responsible for ensuring that medication in school is in date – please ask the class teacher to hand you their pack to check, update the form, and make a note at home to renew when required. Thank you.

Music: Sign up to learn an instrument through the county music service at or telephone: 01865 816990.  Lessons from £5.40

Bag2School Monday 19 October: Now is the time to have your autumn clear out of old clothing, bags, belts and shoes. (No bedding, towels or curtains please). Bring your bags to school the week before Monday 19 October. This time, the collection will be in the quiet room in Yellow room, Foundation Stage, as the study centre is in use as a classroom. Follow the signs outside the front door.  Drop off times are before and after school only, up to 8.50 am on Monday 19 October. The school receives cash dependent on the weight of donations, so all you shoe and handbag hoarders – now’s the time for a cull!

Activities and Visits: I have been spending some time in Foundation Stage getting to know some of our new children and discovered that size does not equate to confidence! I congratulated a little girl on her kindness in sharing a toy with a little boy. She replied “Well, I love him and he loves me.” Simple really!

Year 3 had a wonderful day at Hill End where they travelled back in time to the Stone Age. Year 6 skyped with Sweden for the first time this term. Karen from the library visited to present children who had completed the summer reading challenge with medals and certificates. 74 children completed the challenge this year – up from last year. Well done!


WELL DONE!  This week we have said ‘Well Done’ to Atalanta Yost, Ewan Rutherford, Aiden Smith, Remy Casson, All Year 3, James Hicks, Finn Casson, William Porter, Oscar Ward, Ellie Newby.

OUT OF SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS:  Well done to Maizey Jack for two 1sts in Show Jumping (and she was the youngest competitor.)

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher