Hook Norton C of E

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Newsletter 26 September

Reminder: Chipping Norton School Open Evening Thursday 2 October 5.00-7.30pm for Y6 children and parents.

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 – we have a very dedicated committee who are hoping to plan a host of exciting events for the coming year. Many thanks to everyone involved last year – your hard work enabled the school to replace our interactive boards, a new water tray in Foundation Stage, service the minibus and purchase the Abacus maths scheme. A big ‘thank-you’ to Felicity Wintle and Kate Luxton who are standing down as joint-chairs of the committee; they have worked very hard for a number of years, keeping the level of donations high, even in a recession. This year fund-raising will continue for the interactive boards and to support replacement of outdoor equipment in the Foundation Stage. FOHNS would love to welcome parents of younger children in particular – there are a couple of spaces on the committee – or if you would like to help with events without being on the committee, your support would be very welcome.

Attendance: Well Done to Year 5 for almost full attendance 15-19 September.

Art Club: No Art Club next Tuesday 30th September because Mrs Inglis is on the Y5 residential all week.

Wind BandNo Wind Band next Wednesday 1 October as Mrs Robertson is at a Young Voices workshop. These sessions will be rearranged at a later date.  If your child (KS2) plays an instrument (including recorders) and would like to join the Wind Band, please let Mrs Robertson know as soon as possible.

Reminder: FOOTBALL FRIDAY – Y4’s have football Friday next week (3 October) as Year 5’s are away (trainers, shinpads and £1 required)

Bag2School Friday 17 October: Now is the time to have your autumn clear out of old clothing, linen, bags, belt and shoes.  Bring your bags to the study centre before 9.00am on Friday 17 October. The school receives cash dependent on the weight of donations, so all you shoe hoarders – now’s the time for a cull!

Activities and Visits: This week we welcomed a visit from the Chair of Ettington C of E School who wanted to see how we achieved our ‘Outstanding’ grade in our Church Inspection. He was very impressed with the school and commented on our calm, purposeful atmosphere. Year 6 had their first video conference with Sweden which was very successful.  Unfortunately, because of budget cuts they are not able to visit us this year, so keeping in touch via Skype is even more important. Year 3 are establishing a link with Dashwood School in Banbury to look at the difference between a village and a town.  Y5 classroom was a crime scene this week with investigations on-going by the sleuths in Y5.  Expect an arrest soon! Yellow Room was filled with aroma of onions, they were printing with food, “ Lellow Onions” which I am sure will become “Yellow onions” by the end of the year!

WELL DONE!  This week we have said ‘Well Done’ to Daisy Petre, Matilda Kenneford, Bethany Jarvis, Cayden Wyatt, Poppy Queenan, Chay Casson, Imogen Nicholls, Joe Dix, Devon Robinson, Jerome Davies, Emily Outten, Ben Driver.

OUT OF SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS: Well done to Ben Driver Grade 2 Clarinet, Elinor Tomalin Grade 2 Flute, Karina Graham Grade 1 Saxophone, Lottie Denne Grade 1 Clarinet, Aiden Smith completed the Cotswold Classic Fun Run, Maizey Jack for 1st x 2, 2nd and 3rd in show jumping competitions, Niamh Hewitt-Gray Stage 2 Swimming Award.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

PS: If you have any spare time, or know of a keen older person with more time, we are looking for regular support with reading in particular.