Newsletter No 6

October 11th 2019

Our Current Value is: Aspiration

Dear Parents and Carers

The children are ready for the Oxford Half Marathon! They have been running after school every Thursday since the start of term to get 12 miles under their belts and they will run the final mile at the Half Marathon on Sunday.  We wish them the best of luck.  Thank you to all the staff who have been supporting the children and running with them.

Football Tournament

On Wednesday William Black, Edward Westcott, Ryaan George, Mia Lewis and Jessica Watson played in a football tournament at Carterton Community College. Miss Fillary was extremely impressed with the support and encouragement within the team and the respect they showed other schools. Well done to such a determined group of players!

Christmas Cards

Children have brought home their Christmas cards today.  Please place your order on line but return your copy of the card to school by next Friday 18th October.  Parents who are on our duplicate mailing list have been sent an additional copy.  If this has arrived in the post, I appreciate that the turnaround is tight but it is manageable.

Christmas Shoe Boxes

Jane Heath from the Methodist Church delivered an assembly to the children this week about the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.  Children will bring home a leaflet today that explains the organisation and how to contribute.  If you would like to take part boxes need to be returned to school by Tuesday 5th November at the latest.  We have a small number of empty boxes that have been covered in Christmas paper already; if you would like one of these please call at the school office.

Harvest Collection

Traditionally we organise a collection of some sort for Harvest to support different charities and good causes.  This year we will be collecting donations for Witney Food Bank.  If you would like to donate any items please send them to school before we finish for half term.  The Food Bank have sent this message:

Many thanks for thinking of the Foodbank for your harvest festival.

 All tinned or packaged food with an in date / best before date are welcomed in the Foodbank.  We also welcome toiletries, household products and pet food.  Due to lack of adequate storage facilities we are sadly unable to accept any fresh products.  

 Products we have recently been short of are tinned fish and meat, tinned fruit, custard and rice pudding, tinned potatoes and instant mash, long life juice and squash.  We have also been low on shampoo and shower gel.

 Since the introduction of universal credit referrals to the food bank have tripled. From April 1st this year until 30th September we filled 502 parcels supporting 1311 adults and children. We are anticipating a further roll out of universal credit which will significantly increase the referrals to the Foodbank.

School Photographs

The proofs from the school photographs taken last week will be sent out on Friday 18th October.  The reason for the delay is Gilman and Soame have worked to make sure you get the best print possible so I hope you will be pleased with the end product.  You will have until Monday 4th November to order on line and photographs will be delivered to school for distribution the following week.

Nasal Flu

As you will be aware from recent press releases every primary school child is being offered the nasal flu immunisation programme this year.  Our date is set for 18th November.  Consent will be on line this year rather than paper forms.  Further detail to follow.

Admissions Policy

Next week we will be opening a consultation on our new admissions policy from September 2021.  A copy will be available on our website under Parents then Policies.  If you have any comments to make please email them to me:

The Consultation will open on Monday 14th October and will be open for 6 weeks closing on Monday 25th November.

Break Time Snacks

Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 have fruit or vegetable snacks provided for them at break time, children in Key Stage 2 are required to bring their own.  Please only send traditional fruit or vegetables in for a snack and not fruit / veg bars.  Thank you.

Parent Volunteers

Thank you to parents who have signed up to help in our library.  Mrs Tinsley is holding a training session on Tuesday morning next week.  If any parent thinks they would like to help in the library but have not yet registered as a volunteer, please come along and see what it is all about and we can organise your volunteer information following this.

Parents / Teacher Consultations

Parents / teacher meetings will be held in the week beginning 4th November.  The appointments will go live on Friday 18th October on your Parent Mail account.  Parents of children with special educational needs will need to ring the office on Wednesday or Thursday next week to book a double appointment.  Parents of children who do not live together and require two separate appointments should also ring once the appointments go live next Friday as the system will not allow more than one appointment to be booked for one child and we have to do this manually at our end.

Life Education Bus

The Life Education Bus will be in school next week and on Monday the following week.  All classes will have a lesson suitable for their age range that deals with relationships, keeping safe and keeping healthy.  Thanks to the PTA for funding this for us.

100 Club

This month’s 100 Club was drawn in the presence of the Admin Team.

Congratulations to the following winners:

1st Prize £52       85: Tina Hepworth

2nd Prize £31     61: Eileen Calkin

3rd Prize £21      86: David Whawell


Via Pupil Post

T4U leaflet

Christmas Card Proof

Via Parent Mail


 Next Week

Monday               Lime Year 6 to IMPS

Tuesday               PTA 7pm in the Studio – new parents welcome

Thursday             Open Morning for new Reception September 2020

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer