Download: No 2 Sept 15th

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors

It doesn’t take long to forget that we had a long holiday! School is busy and we are well into the swing of our new school year. The Reception children have settled well and have stayed for lunch this week and we look forward to them being in school full time next week.

All the staff in Reception and Key Stage 1 had training today on a new reading, phonics and spelling programme called Read Write Inc. We have decided to implement this across these year groups to improve our standards in phonics. It is very rigorous and precise and is different from how we have taught phonics in the past. We will be holding parent workshops later this term to let you know how we teach and how you can support your child at home. Some children in Lower Key Stage 2 will also embark on the programme as a catch up intervention.

Parents’ Evenings
In addition to the dates published last week a few teachers will be holding parents’ meetings on Wednesday 18th October. Exact times will follow a in a few weeks.

Over the last couple of years we have collected food for the local homeless shelters. This year we have decided we would like to return to Lesotho and offer our support to Ha Fusi School, which is a school we supported a few years ago. You may remember we asked for monetary donations in return for your child doing some odd jobs around the house to earn some money. Through the hard work of many volunteers out in Lesotho the school is now fully registered with the government and children have far better opportunities than they did a few years ago for a good education. However, they have very little money to buy anything and the children in the primary school have never seen a computer so we would like to help fund raise for this piece of equipment which could change their outlook on life. I will be doing an assembly on Monday morning to tell the children a little more about the school and the way of life in Lesotho and we will send envelopes home next week. Parents are welcome to join us for our integrated Harvest Festival on Thursday 28th September at 2pm.

Science Award
I am delighted to tell you that the school has been awarded a Silver award for our work in science over the last year. We had many science focuses which motivated and enthused the children: Big Science, Science Week, a Science Day, in addition to the exciting assembly we had where parents and grandparents who work in the field of science came and enthused the children with their demonstrations and explosions! The development plan was instigated by one of our leads for science, Miss Gwen Jenkins, and it is through her own enthusiasm and excitement for science that we have gained this special award. Thank you to her and everyone else who contributed to our exciting science year.

Sports Award
We have also gained another award – this time the Gold Award for the school’s commitment to PE and Sport. As you know we succeeded in sending many teams through to county finals last year and the success of those plus the motivation and attitudes of the children have ensured this well-deserved award. Many staff have been involved in coaching after school teams, been committed to competitions and delivered high quality PE lessons. We are grateful to them for their time and effort and to Mr McPherson who had led the school through these many successes. Mr McPherson is stepping down from leading sport this year and is handing the reins over to Mrs Robinson and Miss Fillary.

Lunchtime Supervisor
Sadly Mrs Rachel Carter will be leaving us shortly to take up a new job. We thank her for all her commitment and dedication to the school and for the care she has shown the children at lunchtime and wish her well for the future.

This means we have a vacancy for a new lunchtime supervisor. Details will be on our website from Monday and paper applications also available from the school office.

We sent a letter out on Wednesday inviting children in Key Stage 2 to take part in a school choir this year in preparation for a concert at the O2 Arena in London in January. There will be a financial commitment as children will need to purchase a t-shirt for the event and tickets for adults who wish to support are £22 each. We will fund raise for the transport and if there is enough demand we can organise a supporters’ coach too. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to sing at a world class arena with children from schools all over the country. It promises to be a magical occasion.

Clubs for this half term have been allocated today. Regarding pick up – if your child’s club is in the Key Stage 2 end of the school then pick up is outside the classroom. For clubs in the Key Stage 1 end of the school or the hall, then pick up is from the main front entrance.

Children’s Nearly New Sale: Madley Park Hall
Do you have any surplus children’s clothes, toys, games, etc. in great condition which you would like to sell? Hire a table at our children’s nearly new sale on Saturday 24th September, from 10am-12. Tables cost £15, which will help raise money towards our exciting playgrounds project, Activate:Madley Park and you get to keep 100% of the profits from everything you sell! Send an email to to book a table.
There will also be a donations table and all proceeds will go to the charity. So if you just want someone to take the load off you and clear some space in your home, email us on the above address and we’ll see if we can help.

Applications for Secondary School
The application process for secondary schools for September 2018 is now open. Parents should apply on line and the closing date is 31st October 2017. Further details can be found on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.

Applications for Primary School
Applications for children starting primary school next September open on 25th October 2017. The closing date is 15th January 2018. We will be holding a series of Open Mornings and Afternoons for prospective parents:
Thursday 28th September 9.15am
Tuesday 17th October 1.15pm
Friday 1st December 9.15am
Wednesday 19th January 9.15am

Via Pupil Post
Student update form
PTA Family Disco Letter
Nursery Letter
Via Parent Mail

Next Week
Wednesday ‘Wear a Scarf for Pauline’ fund raiser for British Lung Foundation

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer