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Dear Parents, Carers and Governors

Happy New Year and welcome back to a new term. We extend a warm welcome to all our new children and their families who have joined us for the first time.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Mrs Alice McPherson who has joined our teaching team this term. Mrs McPherson will be teaching in Maple Class three days a week and sharing with Mrs Bradbury who will be teaching the class on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Swimming Gala
Well done to our children who took part in the swimming gala on Wednesday. You represented the school extremely well.
Our boys and girls teams both finished 8th out of 12. We competed well against some very good swimmers – notable performances were from Alicia Mariani who came second in her race and second overall; Katie Baish and Ed Robbins for giving their all in the butterfly and Zoe Corvin for showing excellent speed through the water in the freestyle.

After School Club
Our after school club is now up and running and ready to start next week. Many thanks to our team of play leaders who have resourced and equipped the studio with lots of games, toys and art and craft resources. The club runs from 3.00pm to 5.00pm and bookings must be made in advance. Details can be found on our website under the Parents section.

School Clubs
School Clubs will begin next week.

Life Education Bus
The Bus has been in school this week and will be here on Monday and Tuesday next week. Each class from Reception upwards has a lesson in the bus based around the PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) curriculum. Children explore issues around keeping safe and healthy, making good choices and relationships.

Creative Arts Week
If any parents have some talents that they would like to share with the children we would be very pleased to hear from you. Our Creative Arts week will take place during the week beginning 20th February. Please do get in touch with a member of the committee via the school office.

Class Assemblies
Class Assemblies will take place on Fridays at 2.15pm and family and friends are welcome to join us in the hall:
January 13th Lime Class
February 3rd Beech Class
February 10th Willow Class
March 3rd Birch Class
March 10th Maple Class
March 17th Oak Class
March 31st Ash and Cherry Tree Classes
April 7th Pine Class

Other Dates
Monday 16th Closing Date for Reception Admissions for 2017
Wed 18th Governors Meeting
Wed 18th PTA Meeting 7.30pm
Wed 25th Heights and Weights YR and Y6
Thurs 26th Y5/6 Boccia Partnership Event
Tues 31st Y5/6 Athletics
Fri 3rd NSPCC Number Day
Tues 7th Safer Internet Day
Thurs 9th Parents Evenings 5.00pm to 7.30pm, plus one afternoon in the week
Fri 10th Finish for Half Term Holiday

Census Day
Our annual census day is Thursday 19th January. Our funding for infant free school meals is determined by the take up on this day. The more meals we have the more funding the school receives. If we fall below a certain percentage the local authority will claw back money they have allocated to our school. We would like to urge all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to take up a meal on this day even if they don’t usually have a school meal as every penny helps us in a world of ever decreasing budgets.
The menu for that day is sausage and mash or cheese pizza, which is a change to the advertised cheese and potato pie (pizza is normally more popular!).
We thank you in anticipation of your support.

Christmas Fair
Thank you to all who supported our Christmas Fair. We raised £1236 for Madley Brook School which will be put to very good use over the coming year.

New Value
Our new Value will be Responsibility and we will be launching this in assembly on Monday.

PTA Fund Raiser
The PTA have launched a new fund raising activity today to link to our value of Responsibility called Silver Smarties. All children have brought home a tube of Smarties and a letter explaining the purpose of the fund raising. I would like to extend our thanks to Jamesons Chartered Accountants in Witney for sponsoring the Smarties to support our fund raising.
Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Via Pupil Post
Heights and Weights Letter Year R and Year 6
Premier Soccer Club Year 1 to 6
Silver Smarties and Letter
Via Parent Mail
Curriculum Information

Next Week
Wednesday Open Morning for perspective parents and children 9.30am
Wednesday PTA meeting 7.30pm
Friday Lime Class Assembly 2.15pm
Friday Library Open for Book Exchange

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer