Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 3 November 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

Our inspection took place this week; many thanks for your support and to those who were able to respond to the parental survey- there was a good return according to the inspector.  Your children were an absolute credit and I was extremely proud of them, especially those who spoke to the inspector.  There will be a letter in due course, outlining the findings, which has to go through various quality checks before it comes to us.  However, I can say, on behalf of the school, it was a very positive day and the inspector really ‘got’ our lovely school.

Entry to Reception year group

Parents of children born 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014 are now able to submit applications for Reception entry in September 2018 – we would encourage parents to apply on-line at as this is the most secure way of applying, but can obtain a paper form from the school office if needed. The closing date for Reception applications is 15th January 2018, which is extremely important, as late applications will not be considered until May 2018 after the first offers have been made.  Parents who make a late application are less likely to be offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

School Meals REMINDER: all meals should be paid for in advance via parentmail or cash/cheque to OCC – we currently have £359.75 of outstanding debts and will shortly be applying the £25 administration charge to cover costs in sending out letters chasing overdue payments.

Poppy Appeal – we have poppies, pin badges, snap rulers, wristbands, bracelets, reflective tags and pencils. The British Legion are also taking the old round £1.00 coins as donations.

Nursery Midday Supervisor Vacancy : Monday-Friday, 11.30am-12.45pm

£15,014 pro rata (£7.78 per hour) – 6.25 hours per week term time only

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and flexible Midday Supervisor to join our small and friendly team, to start as soon as possible.  Application forms and further details available from the office.

Parents’ Evenings: Thursday 9 November (5.00-7.30pm) and Monday 13 November (3.30-6.00pm). Sign up on sheets outside Little Owls class or contact the office if you are unable to get into school. ( Please be mindful of where you park and avoid blocking in our neighbours. The playground will be open for cars at the late parents’ evening on Thursday.

Ways in:  KS2 through the front, then through the hall to get to Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6.

Elf Owls: Front entrance, turn right and wait in KS1 corridor outside Elf Owl classroom

Little Owls: Through playground and wait in cloakroom outside Little Owls classroom.

Forest Owls: Through playground and wait in KS1 cloakroom outside Forest Owls classroom.

No Yoga Club Thursday 9th or 16th November – catch up sessions will be arranged. 

Activities this week:

Nursery: Lots of activities to do with ‘Room on the Broom’, including dressing up day and flying witch experiments.

Reception: ‘Room on the Broom’ inspired activities, including dressing up day, making spells and wands.

Forest, Elf and Little Owls: Learning all about the Gunpowder Plot.

Y3: A lovely class assembly where they scared us all, dressed as Stone Age people with their spears!

Y4: Learning how to write explanation texts and practising for their class assembly. I have seen some great dancing….

Y5: Hockey dribbling!  Story writing and Daily Mile.

Y6: Have started the KS2 play; they have read the script, sorted out the parts and begun learning the songs.

Attendance: Almost Full Attendance 16-20 October Y6 – well done!

Well Done : This week we have said well done to: Edward Seaton, Ryley Tustain, Courtney Watts, Sienna Edwards, Arrabella Stables, Violet Robey, All Y3, Andy Haldane, Katie Bachelor, Isabella Harvey, Poppy Driver, Alfie Wright, Alfie Sabin

Out of School achievements: Ellie Newby Bronze Rookie Lifeguard.

REMINDERY4 Class Assembly Wednesday 8st November 9.10am.

FOHNS – Gift Aid help! : We are now registered and have a volunteer to run Gift Aid – an income tax relief designed to benefit charities by increasing the value of donations from UK tax-payers by 25% – however, we need some advice from a practical point of view on the administration – please let us know if you have had experience in running Gift Aid and could spare an hour or two to talk to our volunteer to help get us started.

Story Bash is back at Banbury Museum – Saturday 11 November 2017, 10am – 5pm.

Story Bash day is the museum’s biggest event of the year. It is a simply brilliant day celebrating the wonderful stories of Banbury and bringing the museum collections to life. Live music, crafts, civil war displays and marching, face painting, Tooley’s boatyard tours and … All Story Bash activities are FREE! Donations very welcome. Please note admission charges still apply for entry into our Special Exhibition ‘Brick Wonders’. Come along to your local museum and have a super day out. www.banburymuseum/story-bash


Value of the month: Tolerance

‘So he asked Jesus, ”But who is my neighbour?”’ Luke 10:29

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove                      

Head Teacher