Download: No 30 May 12th

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors

At last, some rain! Not that I wish for rain all the time but the newly seeded grass area around the new hard core surface in the Red Playground is badly in need of some rain. I hope it clears up however, for Year 6 to enjoy a well-deserved end of SATs BBQ this afternoon. The children have excelled themselves this week and we are very proud of them.

Years 3 and 4 are having a wonderful time at Grendon. I hope you have manged to read up on their activities on the blog which can be accessed through our website. ETA today is 4.00pm. We will Parent Mail out if there is significant variation to this.

PTA Circus
The last remaining tickets are on sale for the event on 22nd June. Please send your forms to the office together with payment. Tickets will be available for collection on Friday 9th June from 8.15am to 9.00am and again from 2.45pm until 3.30pm from outside the Studio in the Red (Key Stage 2) Playground.

Census Day
Next Thursday is our school census day and this is the day we ask for all Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils to take up their free school lunch in order to boost our budget. You may remember me explaining that we are funded on approximately 87% take up of meals. At the end of the year an adjustment is made and money is either clawed back or additional funds allocated. In a year where we have seen real term budget cuts every extra penny counts and we thank you for your support with this. The menu for the day has changed from the published one and the choice is Hot Dog or Vegetarian Burger.
Prayer Loom
As part of a national initiative, the Churches Together In Witney are setting up some creative prayer stations in the Congregational Church 26th May -3rd June. High Street Methodist Church are planning to have a “loom” where individuals can weave strips of fabric representing themselves. Hopefully the final effect will be a woven blanket representing lots of people within the Witney community.
Various primary schools in the area are also getting involved and Ellie Griffin, who does half termly assemblies at school, will be in school on Tuesday lunch time with a loom to allow any child to weave a strip. This is purely voluntary and children may choose whether to be involved or not.

Year 6 Book Feast
Year 6 are attending the Oxford Bookfeast Festival at St. Hugh’s College on Thursday 18th and need to return their permission slips from letters that went home last week. They have also received information concerning books that can be bought on the day which can be signed by the author Jo Cotteril. Envelopes containing money can be brought into school beforehand or on the day of the trip.

Year 5 Visiting Author
Next Thursday 18th an author called Simon Cherry is visiting school in the afternoon to talk to the Year 5 about his books and being a writer. The Lunchboox group read one of his books recently and wrote to him. Because of this he wanted to come and meet them. It’s costing the school nothing as he is on route to the Literary festival in Oxford. We are very lucky to have this author come to our school and he is happy to sign books. The books cost £6.99, available from school, so if children in Year 5 would like to buy one and get it signed they will need to bring the money into school next week in an envelope with their name on it.
His books feature a character called Eddy Stone and the two titles on sale will be ” Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up” and “Eddy Stone and the Alien Cat Mash-Up”.

After School Club
The school run after school club will continue until the end of the summer term as Little Treasures are not yet in a position to take over until September. Registration and staff recruitment have caused longer than expected delays. I am sorry if this inconveniences families who were planning to start with Little Treasures after the May half term. Our staff who currently run the after school club are willing to stay on to provide continuity for parents in the meantime.

Volunteering in School
Thanks to Mrs Katrina Bishop who came in to volunteer this week as part of her company Nielson’s Community Voluntary Day. All employees of Nielson are expected to volunteer in their community one day a year and we are grateful for the extra help. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer at school please do get in touch. We are always looking for an extra pair of hands!

I came across some very interesting material this week that I thought I would share with parents. They are a series of videos for parents and children on the subject of safeguarding with particular reference to social media. They are suited for children from around Year 4 upwards, although some more suited for secondary age. Here is the link if you would like further information:

School Council Sale
The School Council Sale is happening after school next Tuesday outside Key Stage 2 classrooms to raise money for the reading sheds. Contributions of books, CD’s, DVD’s, games and toys are all needed to make the sale successful so please do some spring cleaning and sorting out this weekend!

Via Pupil Post
Flyer for School Council Sale
Via Parent Mail

Next Week
Wednesday Year 5 Concert at Wood Green 6.30pm
Thursday Year 6 to St Hugh’s Oxford
Friday Lower Key Stage 2 Assembly about Grendon
Friday Library Open for Book Exchange

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer