Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 6 May 2016

Dear Parents

Thank you for your co-operation with dropping off and picking up children from the front entrance.  It has worked extremely well and as an unexpected bonus it has been much less congested outside school!

We will need to use the front entrance next week as well.

Safeguarding:  This week we had a safeguarding audit carried out by Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.  I am very pleased to say we have received the highest rating (Enhancing) for our safeguarding procedures. If you want to know more about our policies and procedures you will find them all on our website. You will also find a link to the ‘Think you Know’ website which is an excellent resource to help parents and children with keeping safe on the internet.

To improve site security the car park gates will be locked between 8.30am and 3.30pm.  Once the building work is complete there will be a new inner fence across from the kitchen.

Mobile Phones: Our new mobile phone policy is also on the website.  As part of safeguarding we request that mobile phones should not be used in school; if you are using them in the playground when waiting for your children please be mindful that you can be heard in the classrooms!

Wig Wednesday for CLIC Sargent 25 May : CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer. The money raised from Wig Wednesday on 25 May 2016 will help them fund vital services to help families when they need them the most. Children are invited to wear a wig to school in return for a donation (minimum £1) for this worthwhile cause, which is particularly dear to our hearts at the moment.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme is now closed – please hand in all vouchers to the school office so they can be counted.  Thank you for your support.

**£416.20 outstanding for school meals – please pay IN ADVANCE so we can pay invoices**

SATS: Next week is SATS week for Y6 children and we wish them all the very best.  They have been working extremely hard with the new expectations and taken everything in their stride.  I am sure they will shine.

Y5 Cycling Proficiency – please could Mrs Crouch’s class bring in their cycle helmets on Monday for checking. Many thanks.

Academies:  I am sure you will have seen on the news that the government is convinced that the way forward is for all schools to become academies.  We have discussed this issue at our recent governing body meeting and concluded that as a successful school we have nothing at the present time to gain by becoming an academy.  We already enjoy a close partnership with local schools (on Tuesday, for example, 48 teachers met at Hook Norton to compare work and discuss assessment) and we also share collective buying power with local schools.  We will continue to put academy conversion on the agenda for our meetings.

It would be very helpful to gauge parental opinion on this matter – please feel free to send me an email with your thoughts.

Librarian wanted! Mrs Orchard is now enjoying her retirement and is unable to commit to a weekly visit as our volunteer librarian.  She has done a fantastic job in promoting reading and supporting children with their library skills.  We are looking for a new volunteer (or two!) who can spare one lunchtime/afternoon a week to help the children choose books, scan them out on our library system , put new books on our system and keep the library looking inviting. All volunteers are subject to the relevant checks prior to starting, so please let us know if you are interested.

School Activities this week: safeguarding audit, Health & Safety audit, curriculum governors meeting on assessment and looking at writing in books. A team of Year 4, 5 & 6 children represented the School well at the partnership U11 Athletics tournament – the Y4 team came second with a particularly impressive performance from Lukas Wahlen (thank you to the parents who drove, especially at short notice!)

This Week we have said ‘Well Done’ to : William Lowans, Ava Bennett, Ella Jordan, Molly White, Zoe Milne, Oskar Wahlen, Cayden Wyatt, Lukas Wahlen, Gemma Webb, Chloe Webb, Lulu Housby, Victoria Wilson, Coral Tobin, Mrs Wood’s Maths group, all Year 6.

Pen Licences: Luca Risato, Oliver Stowe, Emily Cutter, Paige Bowhill

Out of School Achievements: Well done to Sydney Maule (Stage 1 swimming).

Owl Value: Freedom


Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher