Newsletter 12th May 2017

Dear Parents,

Big Bike Ride – Thank you!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped or rode in the Big Bike Ride on Sunday. It was a fantastic day, with 230 riders taking part in the longer rides and over 40 children taking part in the children’s rides. We have had wonderful feedback from the cyclists, who loved the friendly and encouraging marshals, the refreshment stops, the cheering at the finish and the delicious food. Thank you to everyone who made chillis and cakes, baked potatoes, spent hours in the furnace of a kitchen, served tea and cakes, washed up, sold beer, made popcorn and candy floss, did brilliant announcements, marshalled, manned the bouncy castle, lent us equipment, cleared up at the end or just came along to cheer on the riders and add to the festive atmosphere! It was a massive team effort and we could not have done this event without you all.  We are so lucky to have such great parents at the school that enable us to run events like this. It really is an enormous team effort and you never let us down. Every penny that we make goes to enrich the education of all the children at the school so I hope that everyone thinks that it is worth it.

We had help from people from all over the village for this event. It truly was a community event with people who have nothing to do with the school helping out in all kinds of ways, from marshalling along the whole route to running the refreshment stops, driving the sweeper van, putting up signs, registering riders at the start, marking off riders at the end, working in the kitchen, making yet more chilli and cakes and clearing up at the end.  If you know anyone who helped, please do thank them on behalf of the school.

May Day – Friday May 26th

May Day is just two weeks away – do make sure that it is in your diary! This much-loved annual tradition starts at 10.30 with a procession around the village, followed by Maypole Dancing and then lunch, stalls, games and a fabulous raffle. I know that many of you are still recovering from mammoth chilli and cake-making sessions for the Big Bike Ride (thank you again!), but we would be very grateful for contributions to the lunch. If you are able to make or buy a quiche (or similar, e,g, Spanish omelette, savoury tart), a salad or a cake/biscuits, please could you email us at [email protected]. We would also welcome donations of good quality, nearly-new toys, games, books and children’s clothes and plants for the stalls and raffle prizes.  These can be left by the school office. There will be a non-uniform day on Friday 19th May when children can come to school in home clothes in exchange for a tombola prize (e.g. bottle of wine, bubblebath, chocolates, a book, toy, stationery, hair accessory, keyring etc). A letter is going out today with more details and an order form for lunch.

Assessments

Well done to our Year 6 children.  This week was SATs week, and the children really tried hard and did their best.  Thank you to all of them and to you at home for supporting them.  Next week is Year 2 test week – again, we will try to keep it low key.

String lessons

As you may know, we are visited by a string teacher each week for children to have lessons on violin, viola, cello and double bass.  All the administration for this is done by the Music Service, so please go to please go to http://schools.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/forms-and-documents if you would like your child to start these lessons in the autumn.  There you will find information about pricing and how to enrol.  Please also let our office staff  know if you do this, so we can start thinking about timetabling for September.

Non-uniform day

Advanced notice that we shall be having a non-uniform day next Friday 19th May; please get your child to bring a raffle or tombola prize (eg chocolates, bottle of wine, books, sweets) in exchange for the chance to dress down.

Beech Class Residential

There will be a briefing meeting for all parents at 3.00pm on Monday 22nd May at which various forms (eg medical) will be given out.  If you are not able to attend, the forms will be sent home the next day for rapid return.

Best wishes

Huw Morgan

Headteacher

This week we congratulated:

  • Art: Charlotte, for beautiful colour blending, excellent sketching and wonderful design work;
  • Sport: Noah P, for 100% determination and effort for the whole week and achieving a new school record in wall sits;
  • Willow Class: Isabella, for writing a fantastic alternative ending to the story Funnybones;
  • Ash Class: Jak, for great effort with his homework; Clara, for good concentration and leadership in May Day dancing;
  • Oak Class: Flora, for writing a great letter; Davina, for self-editing and ensuring all her punctuation was accurate;
  • Beech Class: Erfan, for great improvement in his reading comprehension; All Year 6 for superb effort in their SATS tests;

Future events (w/b Monday 15th May)

  • Cookery – Ash Class
  • Art – Year 1
  • Sport – Year 2
  • Year 2 SATs week

Monday

  • Forest School – Year 3

Tuesday

  • Forest School – Year 5
  • Mr Morgan is at a headteachers’ meeting
  • Mrs Halsey is on a language training course

Wednesday

  • Miss Prud’homme is at a moderation meeting for Reception standards

Thursday

  • String lessons

Friday

  • Swimming – Oak Class
  • Ash Class visit to Jacob’s Field
  • Mrs Watson is on a course

Useful dates for the year

  • 15/05/17                                  Year 2 assessment week
  • 19/05/17                                  Non-uniform day
  • 19/05/17          2.30pm          Oak Class sharing assembly
  • 22/05/17          3.00pm          Beech Class residential meeting
  • 26/05/17                                  May Day
  •                                                    End of Summer Term 1

 

  • 06/06/17          8.50am          Start of Summer Term 2
  • 12/06/17                                  Year 1 phonic screening week
  • 14/06/17                                  Ash and Willow Class Charity event
  • 16/06/17          2.30pm          Willow Class sharing assembly
  • 26/06/17                                  Beech Class residential
  • 05/07/17          1.30pm          Ash and Willow Class production
  • 13/07/17          1.30pm          Oak and Beech production
  • 14/03/17          2.30pm          Ash Class sharing assembly
  • 18/07/17          9.30am          Sport morning
  • 20/07/17          9.30am          Sport morning reserve
  • 21/07/17          2.00pm          Leavers’ service

 

Our Christian values for the term are Respect and Reverence.  Can your child remember about St Francis and respect for animals, and Buddha and the swan