Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 9 December 2016

Dear Parents

The KS1 Nativity ‘Lights Camel Action’ was performed to very enthusiastic audiences this week.  The children acted, sang and danced their hearts out.  Thank you for your kind donations which will go towards the costs of the productions and to the Senior Citizens Tea Party. The Tea Party was a great success and they really appreciated the attentive Y6s who served the tea, the wonderful recorder playing from Mrs Wood’s group and the KS1 Nativity which brought the ‘ahh’ factor.

 FOHNS: The Christmas Fair was a huge success with lots of families enjoying all the stalls and refreshments and visiting Mr and Mrs Claus.  Thank you to all the volunteers who gave up so much of their time to give us a wonderful, festive evening. The Fair raised a very healthy £2,500 (approximately) which will go towards the new furniture for the classrooms.

The Giving Machine: Don’t forget you can raise free donations for us every time you shop online.  There are over 2,000 shops in the scheme and it’s an easy way to raise money for the school! Bookmark

Out of School Activities and Clubs – please let us have your forms and payment where necessary, and Breakfast/Owl Club booking forms must be returned by the end of term – numbers are limited!

Please note that Breakfast Club invoices for November will be issued with the December invoices.

Christmas Dinner & Menu Change: Next week we have a menu change on Wednesday – Beef Burger in a Roll, Vegetarian Bolognaise or Jacket Potato – due to Christmas Dinner being served on Thursday 15 December (see below) – children are invited to wear a Christmas hat. Friday’s menu as normal.

Roast Turkey & trimmings OR Roast Quorn & trimmings

Roast Potatoes, Creamed Potatoes, Selection of Vegetables

Snowman ice cream

The Snowman : Saturday 10 December at St Peter’s Church – there are tickets left which can be bought on the door – 11am or 2pm.

Christmas Market: at The Sun on Saturday 10 December 12-4pm, with lots of FOHNS activities.

Wendy (Parish Warden) has informed us that lost property (including school uniform) from the village playground is now located in the village shop.

Homestart: This is a very worthwhile charity that supports families in need. They are currently recruiting for their new volunteer preparation course which will be starting in January. They recruit and train volunteers to support struggling families within the Banbury & Chipping Norton area. More information about the work we do can be found on their website:

Parking: One of the residents of The Glebe is a fireman and needs access to his drive at all times; we have also been informed that people are driving the wrong way around The Glebe. Please ensure you park and drive responsibly around the school. Concern has also been expressed at the number of pre-school children who are running out of the gate at the end of the day- please keep your children close by as it is a very busy time with lots of cars. There will be no school crossing patrol for two months after Christmas as Teash is having an operation and the County Council do not provide absence cover.

WELL DONE: This week we have said well done to all of KS1 for their wonderful production, Katie Bachelor, Remy Casson, Zoe Milne, Hetty Cooke, Tris Connor, Mia Green, Morgan Wollerton, Iris Fledderus.

ACTIVITIES:  This week Hugh Protherough (one of our governors) brought a Head teacher from Birmingham to visit our school. He commented on how calm the atmosphere and the children are. A group of children attended the Able, Gifted and Talented English workshop at Chipping Norton School where they enjoyed activities based on ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. Y3 and Y4 attended a ball skills and benchball festival at Chipping Norton School, where a group from our school won the cup!

Governor Business: The curriculum committee met this week and received a presentation on Geography and our international work from Mrs Nixon.  They were impressed with how geography is woven throughout the curriculum and how our international work helps teach the children about democracy, tolerance and respect. Governors also discussed the pupil premium (funding to support disadvantaged children) and the strategies we use to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.

Out of School Achievements: Swimming- Naomi Boddy 25m, Mya Scobbie Stage 4, Roma Kenneford Stage 2, Dixie Kenneford 50m, Matilda Kenneford Stage 3, Poppy Queenan Gold Level Ice Dance.

Kind regards


Mrs S Belgrove

(Head teacher)