Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 8 December 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

The weather forecast was right and we have had snow today!  The children have been very excited to see a winter wonderland and play out in the snow while it lasted.

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:  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  Please do not telephone the school directly for information as we may not be able to staff the phones.

If children do wear wellies to school please can they also bring shoes for indoors!

Poppy Appeal:  We have received thanks from the Royal British Legion for raising an amazing £419.02.  Thank you to everyone for your generous donations.

FOHNS : Christmas Fayre – Friday 15 December, 3.15-6pm : Thank you for all your donations today, next Friday, FOHNS are requesting cakes in return for wearing non-school uniform. Please return all raffle tickets, sold (with money & counterfoils) or unsold, in a sealed envelope by Wednesday 13 December (thanks to Nigel Matthews for donating the £100 first prize!)  We look forward to seeing you all at the Fayre on Friday 15 December from 3.15pm.  The Christmas Fayre takes an enormous amount of time and commitment to organise and we really need some more help on the day – 1-3.15pm to set up, 3-4.30pm or 4.30-6pm on a stall at the Fayre, or to help clear up afterwards.  Please e-mail the office if you can help, it would be really appreciated.

Donations; the Friends have received donations of £100 from Hook Norton Charitable Association’s M@C and £250 from the Hook Norton Beer Festival. Thank you so much to everyone involved. We have also received a generous donation of £100 following the KS2 production from a parent who wishes to remain anonymous – thank you so much.

Clubs: All clubs have now finished, except Mrs Wood’s recorder club, which will continue up to, and including December 12th and Yoga Club to catch up on the missed sessions: Thursday 14/12/17.

Activities this week: KS2 performed brilliantly The Incredible Adventures of Super Stan to enthusiastic audiences.  Well done to everyone who took part – the singing, acting and dancing were fantastic.  KS1 performed their Nativity to an appreciative audience of older members of the community.  This was followed by a Christmas tea party, served by Y6 children and accompanied by Mrs Wood’s Recorder Group. Y3 and Y4 attended the Ball Skills Festival at Chipping Norton School and came home with winner’s trophy!  Charlie Shorten, Tillie Wyatt, Amelia Aley, Maisey Kelly, William Stanton, Katie Bachelor, Amillie Tustain, and Naomi B were all recognised for showing outstanding sporting qualities.

The curriculum governors met this week to look at the school data, which was very positive.  Some headlines are: KS1 results for reading in 2017 were in the top 10% of schools nationally, Reading, Writing and Maths at KS1 and KS2 were above and sometimes significantly above national averages. Children working within the expected and above expected levels did better than national averages.  Progress in Reading at KS2 was above the national average.  Foundation Results and Y1 phonics were also above national averages.  A very good set of results all round!

Well Done : This week we have said well done to: Georgia Hewitt-Gray ,Reggie Packham, Rowan Bird, Callum Rothwell, All Y6, Amelia Aley, Rebecca Lockyer, Emily Bachelor, Lincoln Maule, Lily Harvey, Will Garrett, All Y5.

Out of School achievements: Swimming- Toby Driver Stage 5, Lincoln Maule Stage 2, Cohen Stubbs Stage 4


Value of the month: Community

‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of going, but encouraging one another.’ Hebrews 10:24-25


Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove                      

Head Teacher