Newsletter No 12

Friday 29th November 2019

Our Current Value is: Caring

Dear Parents and Carers

Christmas is less than a month away!  Children have started making decorations for our Christmas trees which are arriving today.  We will be celebrating the start of Advent next week with a special assembly on Monday joined by our friends from Springfield, during which we will decorate the trees.

After school today

Please remember that you are welcome to pop into the classrooms from 3 pm to see all of the learning that has been taking place. The library will also be open to Nursery and Reception children and their families any time between 3 pm and 3.45 pm. Parent volunteers will be there to offer help if you need it. Older siblings are also welcome.

Urgent- schools admission information

If you have a child who is due to start Reception in September 2020 (born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016), you must apply online for a school place, even if your child attends our Nursery.  The deadline for this is 15th January 2020.  Applying on time is likely to maximise the chance of being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.  If you have not already applied, please do so by visiting

 World War One tea party- LKS2 (Years 3 and 4)

Next Friday (6th December) Lower Key Stage 2 will be having their World War One dress up day.  To conclude their topic they will be holding a tea party in the hall starting at 2.00pm. Parents and carers are invited to this.  During the tea party, you will have a chance to watch the dance your child has been practising in their class, as well as listen to some WW1 songs.  Donations of cakes for the tea party would be greatly appreciated and feel free to join in the fun, by dressing up as well.  We hope to see you there!

World War Two day (Years 5 and 6)

You may remember from the UKS2 curriculum map that was sent out at the start of term that on Friday 13th December we will be having a WW2 day.  If you have forgotten, then do not worry as this is still two weeks away.  Pine, Lime and Elm classes will be doing a range of activities throughout the day, and children are invited to dress up along the theme of WW2, such as an evacuee or a soldier.  This will add to the spirit of the day.

Make the School a better place!

Are you having a clear out for Christmas? Do you have any spare outside play equipment lying in cupboards at home not played with (skipping ropes, hoops, stilts etc)?  If the answers yes, then please donate it for our playground.  This year the School Council would like to focus on improving the playground and giving children more opportunity for play.  If you have any equipment or questions, please speak to Mrs Wakeling.                     By Olly L and Thomas F


If your child is in Nursery you may already have seen and spoken to Mr Tom Johnson who has been our student teacher for the past few weeks.  Mr Johnson has been a great asset to the Nursery, and the children have enjoyed playing and learning with him. We wish him well on the rest of his journey to becoming a qualified teacher.


On Thursday Jessica Day, Thomas Latimer, Josh Huxton, James Clatworthy and George Leach took part in the Boccia Festival in Carterton. The children had a fantastic afternoon and played some very competitive games. They showed great sportsmanship, congratulating and shaking hands of their opponents after every game and encouraged each other well. They were a pleasure to take to the event.

PTA Christmas Events

Christmas shops. Don’t forget the Christmas shops in the hall on Tuesday and Friday next week from 3.00 – 3.45pm. Wrapped items are £2 each and your child can choose a gift or two without you seeing!  Please come along and support the event.  If your child attends Little Treasures and you would like them to pop along, we can organise this.  You will just need to send in the money in a named envelope and let your child and Little Treasures staff know.

Raffle tickets are being sent home with your children tonight. Please can you ensure all ticket stubs and money are returned to school by Thursday 12th December, and the draw will take place in school on Friday 13th December. You have got to be in it to win it!

School Disco is on Friday 13th December. For Reception and Key Stage 1, this will run from 3.00 – 4.15 pm and for Years 3 – 6 the times are 4.30 – 6.00pm.  Tickets cost £4 and include a snack, a drink and a gift from Father Christmas who will be flying in!

Christmas Performances

Nursery & Reception: Tuesday 10th December 2pm  Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2):Thursday 12th December 1.30pm  and 6.00 pm

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4): Wednesday 18th December 6.00 pm

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6): Monday 16th December 6.00 pm

PTA members will be selling and serving mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and biscuits at all of these events.

 Reminder- Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch reply slips need to be in for all children from Reception upwards by Monday even if your child is in Reception or Key Stage 1 and does not need to pay. For Years 3 upwards please also include £2.20 payment unless your child is eligible for free school meals.

Witney Hockey Club

Does your child enjoy hockey? Why not check out where you will find more details of a 2-week free trial at Wood Green School starting from 7th January 2020 from 6 – 7 pm. It is led by qualified coaches and gives children the opportunity to improve their skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Tuck shop cards

Please can you try to send money in for new Tuck Shop cards as soon as you receive a reminder so that a new card can be organised for your child in time for the following week. Whilst we try to process the payments as quickly as we can, if money is not handed in until a Friday, there is no guarantee that your child will receive their card in time for tuck later that morning.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 And finally….

We have many family members and friends who give up their own time to volunteer in our school throughout the year. This may include being part of the Governing Body, helping accompany children on trips and sports fixtures, assisting with art and craft activities in class or being part of events like Big Science.  We welcome our weekly reading diary checkers and those of you who share books with individual children in class, not forgetting the library ladies and the tuck shop trolley dollies!  And of course the PTA who put in so much time and effort in to raising amazing amounts of money for Madley Brook.  With schools across the country, including ours, suffering from significant budget cuts, additional funding to pay for some of the extras is crucial.  A very big thank you to all of our volunteers.


Via Pupil Post

  • PTA Raffle Tickets
  • Swimming flyer – Nursery to Year 4

 Next Week:


3.00-3.45 pm Christmas shop in school hall


Y3 Methodist Church visit

Lime class to Wood Green for a sports session


2.00-2.45 pm LKS2 Tea Party in hall; parents/carers welcome

3.00-3.45 pm Christmas shop in school hall

3.00 pm Library open for Reception and Nursery

Have a lovely weekend everyone. See you in December!

Yours sincerely

Angie Burnett

Assistant Head Teacher