Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 9 November 2018

Dear Parents

Today we had a very poignant and thoughtful Remembrance Service in school to mark the 100th year since the end of the First World War.  Children observed a minute’s silence with great maturity.

There will be an afternoon to mark the centenary at HN War Memorial Hall on Saturday 10/11/18 12-4pm. Included in the exhibition will be some of the many entrants in the ‘Remembrance’ competition run by the parish council for our children and the winners will be announced. The response was so over-whelming, with some wonderful models, drawings and paintings, poems and reflections from children from every class. In addition, there will be songs, refreshments, displays, poetry readings, planting of a commemorative tree and the playing of the Last Post.

There has been a great deal of interest in the new Head teacher position.  Prospective candidates have been shown round by our governors and they have all made really positive comments about the environment and the children’s attitudes to learning.

Healthy Lunch boxes and snacks:  Please can I remind you that sweets and chocolate bars are not permitted in lunchboxes and for KS2 snacks.  We have noted an alarming rise in the amount of sugary snacks children are bringing in as well as lunchboxes packed with ‘food’ with very little nutrition.  School lunches are nutritiously balanced and very good value for money (or free in Reception and KS1) so give them a try! Research has shown that if children have a balanced lunch they are better equipped to learn and focus in the afternoons.

Activities this week: Elf Owls presented a very entertaining class assembly to the school and parents.  We were treated to a performance of Handa’s Surprise as well as readings and exhibitions of artwork.

 I visited Acorns and Brailes Schools as part of our developing collaboration and sharing of ideas with the Stour Valley Federation of schools.  It is always inspiring to visit other schools and pick up ideas. I also attended the Chipping Norton Partnership Heads meeting.  I am delighted that 10 families attended Family Focus workshops this autumn, learning all sorts of new skills from Peg Doll crafting to making a trebuchet (a mediaeval weapon used to capture castles.)


We will be having four non-uniform Fridays to collect donations for the fair – this is, of course, voluntary – all children can wear casual clothes, regardless of whether they bring in a donation.

Friday 16th November: Pocket money toys (for little prizes)

Friday 23rd November: Chocolate (for the tombola)

Friday 30th November: Christmas decorations/wrapping paper/cards (for the Christmas stall)

Friday 7th December: Bottles (for the tombola)

Reminders: Forest Owls Assembly Wednesday 14/11/18

Advance notice: We will be joining in the Wear a Christmas Jumper Day for Children’s Cancer on December 14th.  Wear a Christmas Jumper, if you have one, to show your support for Children’s Cancer charities. (No donation required – just wear a fun jumper instead of your school sweatshirt or cardi.)

Parents’ Evening: Monday 12 November (3.30-6.00pm)

Attendance: Well Done to Y4 and Elf Owls for Almost Full Attendance last week and to Little Owls for Full Attendance.

Well Done:  This week we have said well done to: Oliver Wright, Charlie Shorten, Poppy Lawrence, Sam Lewis, Barney Hollingdale, Tommy Burge, Henry Newnham, Kaitlyn Baker, David Kirk, Ben Layton-Toye, Heath Marshall, John Legg, Attie Yost, Naomi B.

Out of School achievements: Jack Holdsworth Stage 1 Swimming and Ewen Rutherford Swimming Challenge Gold.

Owl Values:

This half term we are exploring ‘Love’.

“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove                    

Head Teacher