Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 4 November 2016

Dear Parents

This week the children have been enjoying a fantastic International Week,co-ordinated by Mrs Nixon. All the classes have been studying different countries and the kitchen have been serving up dishes from around the world for lunch. We have had lots of visitors, including parents and ex-teachers who have enthralled the classes with their talks on Canada, America and South Africa. These are some of the activities we have been doing this week:

Nursery : India – cooking curry, painting saris, making Divas & Diwali workshop- puppet shows, Indian dance, and storytelling.

Reception : India –  Pumpkin curry, chapattis and poppadoms, making divas, Indian Restaurant role play & Diwali workshop- puppet shows, Indian dance, and story telling.

Year 1 : Hot and cold countries, Kenyan Storytelling workshop, Canada talk and activities with Mrs Orchard & cooking Canadian pancakes and maple syrup. Track and Field in PE – Kenyan sport.

Year 2 : African nations- Kenyan storytelling, Mrs Jurgens talk about South Africa, Cooking pumpkin fritters and banana fritters, Track and Field in PE – Kenyan sport.

Year 3 :Wales – Mr Watkins Wales talk and sing- a- long songs, Welsh cakes cookery, Hawaiian hula dancing workshop, Six nations rugby in PE –Wales.

Year 4: Italy-  Mr Richter International Composer talk and storytelling through music, Italian pizza making and Hawaiian dancing, Six nations Rugby in PE –Italy.

Year 5 : USA –  Mr Newman cycling around USA talk and activities, sampling American chocolate, North American art and Hawaiian hula dancing.

Year 6 : Sweden – Cooking Swedish meatballs and cookies, Hawaiian hula dancing, floorball and Swedish sport.

This was followed today with an Open Afternoon for parents to see all the work the children have been doing, with ‘international refreshments’ courtesy of Year 1 parents organised by FOHNS.

Look out for the photographs on the school website!
Students: Next week we welcome students Anna Quartermain and Amy Reynolds from Oxford Brookes who will be in Y1 until December.

Parents’ Evenings: Thursday 10 November (5.00-7.30pm) and Monday 14 November (3.30-6.00pm). Sign up on sheets outside Red Room, or contact the office if you are unable to get into school. (

Poppy Appeal: Y6 will be selling poppies from Monday.  Children may bring in a donation for a paper poppy. Wristbands, bugs, hair clips, pencils, rubbers and reflective tags are 50p, friendship bracelets are £1.00, metal brooches £2.

Individual/family group photograph proofs will be coming home today – please follow the instructions contained in the envelope (separated parents who do not receive the proofs should contact the school via e-mail at to request a code).

Don’t forget to keep your old clothes for Bag2School. Collection 15/11/16 at 9.00am. The FOHNS committee met this week to plan a very exciting Christmas Fair (Friday 2 December).  They have been working hard to bring you lots of new stalls and activities.  For the rest of this month FOHNS are encouraging donations every Friday in return for wearing non-school clothes.  Next week, on Friday 11 November, we are asking for chocolate for the chocolate tombola – please send your donations into the classroom with your child.  Many thanks for your support.
Planning for the Auction of Promises is also underway. If you have a ‘promise’ please let one of the committee know.
Year 4 Class Assembly Wednesday 9 November, 9.10am in the School Hall.


This week we say well done to all the classes for their enthusiastic participation in International Week.

Governor Business:  the finance committee met this week to ensure the school is using its budget wisely.

ACTIVITIES:  Other activities on top of International week include a safeguarding workshop for Y5 and Y6 from the NSPCC (the lady from the NSPCC was so impressed with the thoughtfulness and knowledge of our children), we have a new reading volunteer from the ARCH charity which trains people to support less able readers.

Out of School Achievements: Otto Thompson was man of the match in Hook Norton Under 7s and he was awarded Stage 4 Swimming, Hetty Cooke completed the Hooky Race for Life and was the top fund raiser (with help from Alfie Simmonds!), Freya Rennie and James Rennie Level 8 Gymnastics Award.

(No well done assembly today because of International Week so children will get their awards next week.)

Kind regards

Mrs S Belgrove

Head teacher