Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 28 March

Dear Parents

Mrs Peters and I were extremely impressed with the children we took to Sweden.  They behaved very well, embraced all the opportunities on offer (including a spell in a hot tub!) and made some lasting memories.  I certainly won’t forget the shelter building, involving whole trees, in the forest! Host parents commented on how polite the children were.

Parental Survey on being a church school: thank you to everyone who responded; we are looking closely at your comments and ideas. One initiative we are starting next term is to take a Christian value each month and make it the focus for all our Collective Worship.  We will be singing hymns (both traditional and modern), listening to pieces of music and reading passages and stories from the Bible that link in with the value. Children are also increasingly more involved in planning and leading Collective Worship, from writing and choosing prayers to leading a whole session.

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

Thank You:  to Paul Wood for putting up bird boxes and helping with the pond area. The Year 6 children with Mrs Wood have made a rustic arch and cleared the pond of lots of weed.  They have also made special spotter books for identifying the flora and fauna in the Wild Garden and put together all the equipment/storage/benches which have been bought from a donation received from The Ernest Cook Trust through our Garden Club volunteers (thank you!).

Let’s Get Cooking : The annual BIG Cookathon is taking place next Friday, 4 April, and aims to get as many people cooking together on the same day as possible.  We will be participating in school with groups of children from each class making a healthy pizza recipe, inspired by Easter gardens, and sharing the recipe and cooking techniques with the rest of the school in assembly.  You are all invited to take part at home (recipe to follow) and sign our register which we will submit to the Let’s Get Cooking team who are aiming to beat last year’s success, when more than 40,000 people took part.  Please let the office know if you are able to help with cooking next Friday (9-10.30am). 

PARKING : Please do not park in the school car park during restricted times in the morning and afternoon.  The gate is shut to ensure the safety of adults and children at these busy times. All children should enter school premises via the pedestrian gate and turn right onto the playground.  There is no entry to KS2 through the school car park.

School Lunch menu change: No Pork & Apple Casserole available on Monday 31/3/14 Breaded Salmon Filletand Macaroni Cheese only.

Special Easter Menu next Wednesday: Roast chicken or Quorn and Easter egg chocolate cake.

Clubs Reminder: Drama, Archery and Gardening will run next week.  All other clubs have finished.

KS2 Recorders (Mrs Wood’s group) need to bring instruments in on Monday 31 March for assembly.

KS2 Choir and Wind Band: Will be performing for The Monday Club on Monday afternoon (31 March). Children will need a coat and instruments.  Mrs Robertson would be very grateful if any parents can accompany us; please let Mrs Robertson know if you can help.

Head Lice: Please be vigilant and check your child’s hair. We have reported outbreaks in Year 3.

Nut Allergies: Please could you avoid nuts in any form in packed lunches, snacks or home-baking for school.  This includes peanut butter, whole nuts or nutty cereal bars.  We have a number of children with potentially life-threatening nut allergies; even touching a surface where nuts have been could cause a reaction.

WELL DONE!  This week we have said well done to:- All Year 1, Lukas Wahlen, Chloe Webb, Tarron Gilkes, Lottie Nunneley, Freddie Straw, Zach Warner, the children who went to Sweden, Sarah Jarvis, Emma Mortimer

Mrs Belgrove’s Stars of the Week:

Santi Kenneford for extremely thoughtful comments about our church Collective Worship.  Emily Turner for her positive attitude to every opportunity in Sweden.

Attendance: Well done to Year 6 for almost full attendance last week.

Activities/Visits : Thanks to Year 1 for a lovely class assembly. Parents and children enjoyed ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘Handa’s Surprise’, some vibrant artwork and thoughtful prayers.   Thursday’s Collective Worship for Key Stage 2 was held at St Peter’s Church this week.

Many thanks to Janet Collins for leading worship for KS2 while John Acreman has been ill.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

Year 2 have made gifts for all the mums at St Peter’s Mothering Sunday Service – Sunday 30 March at 10am. You are all really welcome!

Out of School Achievements : Well done to Fred Neal, part of the Chipping Norton Under 8’s winning team at the Bicester Rugby Festival.


Year 6 Class Assembly – Wednesday 2 April, 9.10am

Year 6 Football Friday – 4 April (boots and shin pads required).

The last day of term – Friday 4 April – 2pm Finish will be a non-uniform day organised by the School Council.  Bring in a £2 donation to participate which will be used to make improvements to the children’s toilets (their choice!).

Yours sincerely

Head Teacher