Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday.
We said goodbye and good luck to Mrs Vint today as she starts her maternity leave – we wish her all the best and are looking forward to her visiting with the baby soon!
Open Afternoon: This time last year I was explaining about the new expansion and now we are up and running! We are holding an open afternoon for people to visit the school and look around the new additions. Please feel free to visit 2-3pm on Friday 13th January. Refreshments will be provided by FOHNS in the hall. You will be able to take a tour around the school and visit all the classrooms. Children will remain in their own classes.
FOHNS Children’s Discos (£4 inc snacks & drink) & Non-School Uniform Day – Thursday 12 January
Reception & KS1 – after school until 4.30pm (bring £4 in a named envelope to class, wear your Disco gear!)
KS2 – 4.45-5.45pm (bring £4 direct to the Disco at 4.45pm, children can bring extra money for extra treats)
Owl Club: We now have our own after school club, in the Study Centre, catering for children from Nursery to Year 6. Led by Mrs White, our new club provides a quiet area for homework and lots of exciting activities are planned. To book or make an enquiry we have a dedicated e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extra-curricular activities start w/c 16 January, (with the exception of Bright Sparks Science Club and Mrs Wood’s recorders) please ensure all forms are handed in by Monday 9th.
Cook Station: We are very excited with the delivery of a mobile cook station. A Neff oven and induction hob set into stainless steel work station on wheels will enable every class to have cookery lessons in the classroom. Thank you for the donations from The Safari Supper, Derek’s Disco and The Village Shop which have helped us fund this wonderful new resource.
Reminder: Guitar lessons start on Monday 09/1/17
Vacancy: We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and flexible Midday Supervisor to join our small and friendly team, Monday to Friday in term time only. Full details and application forms available from the school office or on the Oxfordshire School Vacancy pages at www.hants.gov.uk/occ/schoolvacancies/
Thank You: to Derek Brotherston and all who attended his Christmas Disco for the £420 Donation, to the Lunel family for their £25 donation towards PE equipment and Becky Cooke for the new basketball and football for outdoor playtimes. A big thank you to Paul Wood and Ashley Wood for helping to dispose of our old tables and chairs and getting £23 for the scrap metal.
Holidays in term time: Please can I remind you that the school cannot authorise holidays in term time or any time off unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example: parents in the forces, weddings or funerals.
Free School Meals: please speak to the school office next week if you think you may be entitled to Free School Meals (even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and even if your children don’t want the meals!) In a couple of weeks our School Census records the pupils eligible for Free School Meals which generates additional income which we use to support children’s education, including helping with paying for school visits and additional support in classrooms. We can find out really quickly if parents are eligible so, if in doubt, please speak to us as a matter of urgency!
Emergency Procedures for School Closure: In addition to informing BBC Radio Oxford – VHF/FM 95.2, HEART (Thames Valley) – VHF/FM 102.6/ 97.4/102.9/ 97.0/ 103.4 and Touch FM/Banbury Sound VHF/FM 107.6 who will make announcements on our behalf, we will send an e-mail via Parentmail, and put up-to-date information on our website: www.hook-norton.oxon.sch.uk. Because it can take some time for radio stations to update their closure lists, please check your e-mails and the school website first.
Unless there is an announcement on the local radio stations or the school website, or you receive a Parentmail e-mail, we will be open and children in the village are expected to attend. We close only if we do not have enough staff to ensure the safety of the children or if the school site is too dangerous to negotiate. If you come by car and road conditions are dangerous, please do not attempt the journey but contact the school to let us know; this will be treated as an authorised absence. In the event of the weather deteriorating during the school day, or loss of power, we may have to contact parents to collect children early – please ensure we have up-to-date contact numbers. If you need to contact school at times of school closure, the best way is via e-mail on email@example.com. Please do not telephone the school directly for information as we may not be able to man the phones.
Well Done: This week we have said well done to all the classes for their excellent enthusiastic start back.
Owl Value of the Month: Determination.
Mrs S Belgrove