Newsletter 14th June 2019

Dear parents and carers,

May Day Thank You from the Friends

A belated, but heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped to make May Day such a success before half term. It was a fabulous day and it was wonderful to see so many parents, grandparents and friends enjoying the dancing, lunch and festivities. A huge thank you to everyone who provided a quiche, savoury dish, salad or cake – we had numerous compliments on the delicious lunch. Thank you also to those who helped to serve food and set up and run the stalls, tombola and raffle. The children loved having the chance to rummage for treasure and to win a prize.  May Day could not happen without the support and help of all the parents and together, we raised £1550 for the school, which is absolutely fantastic. All left-over dishes, cake tins and tupperware can be collected from the Lin Cooper building.

Islip Village Fete – Saturday 6th July

The Friends of Dr South’s have been asked to provide some children’s activities at the Islip Village Fete on Saturday 6th July. We will be running the bouncy castle and doing face paints and hair feathers during the afternoon and would love to hear from you if you can volunteer to help for a short session. If you have any ideas for other activities/games that you would like to run for the children, please do let us know too.  We will need a large gazebo or small marquee for the afternoon. If you have one that we could borrow, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you!

Site Security

We are always mindful of the need to keep the children safe at school, and this encompasses issues like site security, internet awareness and checking of visitors.  Whilst being thankful for our lovely village location, we always need to be aware of the need to plan for all eventualities, so next week we will be practising what to do in the case of dangerous intruders.  On Tuesday we will hold a lockdown drill, so if you want to talk with your children before or after, please do so.  It is a while since we have done this, so we will remind the children of the signal, which is three blasts on a whistle, repeated, which means they should head inside the nearest building.  With the younger children in particular, we will be treating it very much as a game or challenge, as we do not wish to create unnecessary anxiety, but if you feel your child would benefit from additional home discussion, please feel free to talk about it, perhaps in the context of keeping themselves safe in a more general sense.  If you have any questions, do please ask a member of staff.

Sport Morning – Tuesday 2nd July

Don’t forget this will take place on the morning of Tuesday 2nd July, weather permitting.  We aim to start at around 9.30am and the children are asked to wear an item showing their team colour (list up in the hall window if you have forgotten or are new!).  The event usually takes the whole morning, and is followed by the opportunity for a picnic with your children.  If you are new to the school, please talk to your child’s teacher to discover more.  We aim to take a decision about cancellation the afternoon before, but let’s hope the weather has brightened up by then.


Today we say goodbye to Miss Hart and Miss Perrin who have finished their placements with us.  It has been great having them in our team, and we wish them well for the future.

Our Christian Value this term is Trust.  Ask your child about how Gideon trusted God.


This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Evie, for great independent writing;
  • Ash Class: Sarah, for great doubling and halving; Isabella, for writing an interesting non-chronological report about insects;
  • Oak Class: Lucas, for brilliant maths; Clara, for writing a lovely poem using simile, metaphor and personification;
  • Beech Class: Max, for great focus and encouragement when working with younger children;
  • Sport: Seth, for superb effort and concentration;
  • Cookery: Ahana, for increased confidence and enjoyment.

 Future events (w/b 17th June)

  • Cookery:                                 Ash
  • Sport:                                      Year 3

Monday 17th

  • Year 6 Forest School

Tuesday 18th

  • Lockdown practice
  • Year 4 Forest School

Thursday 20th

  • Beech Class cricket match

Friday 21st

  • Oak class swimming
  • Ash class trip to The Jacobs’ Field


Dates for the year

  • 02/07/2019                              Sport morning
  • 10/07/2019                              2.00pm – Ash and Willow Class production
  • 18/07/2019                              1.30pm and 6.00pm – Oak and Beech Class production
  • 24/07/2019                              2.00pm – Leavers’ Service
  •                                                    3.15pm – end of term


  • 02/09/2019                              INSET Day – school closed
  • 03/09/2019                              Term starts for children