Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Newsletter 9 September 2016

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a new school year. I would like to say a particular welcome to our new children and their families. I hope you were able to enjoy the fine weather we had over the summer. It is lovely to see the children back looking so smart and eager.

Thank you to Mr Ben Dix of Southcombe Garage for another year’s servicing & MOT of the minibus over the summer.

Oxfordshire has reverted back to the three term year (thank goodness!) so we can now go back to Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms with half term holidays, which is much easier to understand.


We welcome Miss Hollie Crooker as the new Y3 teacher. Miss Crooker is a new teacher, having trained at Warwick University.  Mrs Nixon has joined the new Reception class with Miss Persaud and Ms Kershaw. We also have two new Midday Supervisors, Mrs Becky Cooke and Mrs Lorraine Benham.

New Reward System! We have reviewed the old system of Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates and decided that it was time for a change.

From today, children will be bringing home a special certificate if they are called out for a class well done in our Friday assembly, as well as having their name in the newsletter.  This will give every child the opportunity to get at least one certificate over the year.  Children will now be awarded house points for good work, kindness, good manners etc, in the form of a token, which is popped into the house collection tubes in Reception.  Every half term Y6 will count the counters and a cup will be awarded to the house with the most points.  Houses correspond to the sports teams: Red, Yellow, Green and Blue, so everyone already knows which house/team they are in!

In addition, at the end of year Prize Giving service, teachers will choose two children from each class (Y1-6) who have shown exceptional achievement over the year for a special award. (For Y6 children this will include the Harry Bartlett Cups.)

Harry Bartlett Cups: each term one boy and one girl (usually from Y6) are chosen for the Harry Bartlett Cups, awarded for being an excellent role model and school ambassador.  These cups were donated by the Bartlett family in memory of Harry Bartlett who passed away from leukaemia when he was in Year 1 and so are extra special to us.

Sporting Stars:  Mr Newman, an ex-teacher and sporting enthusiast, donated two trophies for sporting excellence for Y6. These are also presented at Prize Giving in the summer term.

Attendance:  Children are awarded certificates for 100% at the end of the year, also presented at Prize Giving. (This is 100% up to Prize Giving, not as reported on your child’s annual report; sometimes children have absences after reports are written!).

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Reminder that if you wish to meet with our SENCo, Mrs McQuail is available now on Thursdays and alternate Fridays. Her role is to co-ordinate Special Educational Needs and advise teachers on strategies and intervention programmes.

You can email her directly on:

School Expansion: We are coming to the end of the build and are in the final stages. The 2 new KS2 classrooms and new toilets should be completed by the end of September! Y5 and Y6 will then move into the new rooms and Y4 will move back into their previous classroom.  There will be a grand opening in October at the end of International Week for you to come and look round our new school!  The Study Centre will then be available for lettings and for Breakfast Club.


Please could you ensure that uniform, especially sweatshirts and cardigans, are named.

A reminder that no jewellery is permitted apart from a watch and small stud earrings.

Footwear: our uniform policy states ‘Flat, sensible, safe shoes, in plain black, brown or navy’

PE:  A reminder that children should not wear any jewellery for PE activities (including swimming).  Stud earrings will need to be removed beforehand (teachers cannot remove them).  Please ensure that children have their PE kit at school at all times, with everything named!

As part of the sports grant the government has issued to primary schools we are pleased to be able to employ an expert sports coach Karl Wade, from Wade Gymnastics.  Children in all classes from Y1-6 will have one session a week with Mr Wade. In addition, we are continuing the comprehensive partnership sports programme organised by Jo Phillips from Chipping Norton School, which enables every child to participate in festivals, galas or team events. This is balanced so all children get the opportunity to participate, alongside the ‘elite’ competitions to challenge our most able children.

Swimming: Swimming starts for Y5 next week, Tuesday 13 September – please remember swimming kit!

Hooky’s first outdoor cinema event will take place on September 17th.  There will be a showing of ‘Back to the Future’ and an afternoon of 50s and 80s activities including live music, games and a chance to try the Flux Capacitor, a craft beer which has been made by the brewery for the occasion.  Tickets are available in advance from Vanessa Porter, Janeen Wilson or Adrian & Hayley White.  They are also available from the shop, the Gate Hangs High or from the website

Please come along, and tell all your friends.  All proceeds to FOHNS!

 Banbury Hockey Club Day North Oxfordshire Academy Sunday 11 September.  Hollie Webb, Team GB Olympic Gold Medallist will be in attendance.

Parent/Class Information – 2016/7:

A reminder of the dates for the group Class Meetings for parents/carers and children – these meetings will take place in the classroom:-

Year 6 – Mrs Peters – Thursday 15 September 3.20pm

Year 5 – Mrs Crouch – Friday 9 September 3.20pm

Year 4 – Mrs Robertson –Wednesday 14 September 3.20pm

Year 3 – Miss Crooker – Friday 16 September 3.20pm

Year 2 – Mrs Voce – Tuesday 13 September 3.20pm

Year 1 – Mrs Vint – Monday 12 September 3.20pm


FOHNS AGM : Tuesday 27 September 8.00pm in the School Hall – all parents/carers welcome.  Please come along and get involved!

Extra-curricular activities :

Clubs: Clubs – start next week w/c 19 September – lists are being compiled and we will let you know early next week where there are spaces or cancellations.

Music: Mr Allen will be demonstrating to parents and children a range of woodwind instruments on Monday 12th September at 3.20 in the hall for KS2 children interested in taking up a musical instrument. Come along and have a go!  Mrs Robertson will be sending out information shortly about all music lessons available this term.

Well Done : This week we have said well done to Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Imogen Hutchinson, Ben Layton-Toye, Georgia Sealey, Jasmin Ebony Blake.

Out of School achievements: All the children who took part in the summer reading challenge at the library, all the children who took part in the extra time creative writing course at Chippy school.

Swimming: Stage 6 Rosie Petrie (+200m), Scarlett Marshall, Blake Robinson, Zoe Milne, Stage 5- Daisy Petre, Stage 4 and 20m- Ewan Rutherford, Stage 2 Heath Marshall, Blue Peter Badges: Hannah and Ellie Newby, Taryn Wyatt won a local colouring competition, Matilda Kenneford completed a Road and Fell race in Wales.


Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher