Newsletter 15th December 2017

Dear Parents,


Thank you for your support and understanding during the recent uncertainties.  All appeared to work smoothly in terms of communication, but if you did not receive timely information, please contact the office to see if we can work out a way to improve it.  We are investigating using text message as well as e-mail, but the more databases we need to maintain, the more chance there is of error.  We will let you know if things change.

Carol Service and Nativity – Tuesday 19th December

Everybody is warmly invited to join us at the church at 2.00pm for this traditional event.  Children in Ash Class will present the Christmas story, and we will all join in carols.  It is a lovely way to finish term, so do join us if you can.


A separate letter is being emailed out today; please return this as soon as you can so we can sort staffing.

Pantomime trip – Friday 5th January

We will be leaving school straight after the register, so don’t be late.  On that day there will be NO school dinners available – please arrange to bring packed lunch that day as we arrive back at school too late for hot food.

Money letter

A letter is attached to the newsletter email today listing expected events needing money next term.  It is purely for information, but I hope you find it useful.

Reception Applications

Applications are now open for places in Reception (F1) for next September.  These can be done online at although paper applications can also be made.  Please note that even if you have a place in our nursery, you still need to apply specifically for Reception.  Applications close 15th January 2018.


We currently have a vacancy for a Clerk to the Governors.  This is a paid post; you may know of somebody who might be interested.  Full details are to be found at the vacancies page on the ODST website.  We are, however, prepared to amend the job to be that of a minute taker, with specialist tasks undertaken by a different person.  There are six evening meetings per year, with occasional daytime meetings.  If you are interested, please contact the school office in the first instance.

Our Christian Value for the term is Thankfulness.  We thought this week about being thankful at Christmas.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: the whole class, for trying so hard during the Nativity;
  • Ash Class: Rihanna for working really hard at everything; Isabella for being an amazing Mary;
  • Oak Class: Daisy, for positive behaviour; Amie, for thoughtful reasons why Christmas should be celebrated;
  • Beech Class: Harry, for a fantastic result in his Maths assessment; Matti, for excellent effort in everything this week;
  • Sport award: everybody, for their achievements this term!
  • Cooking Award : Ella, for trying really hard in the kitchen.

Future events (w/b 18th December)


  • No Forest School
  • i-Pad training for staff


  • No Forest School
  • Carol Service – 2.00pm
  • End of term

Future events (w/b 1st January)


  • Start of term


  • Pantomime trip

Dates for the year

  • 04/01/2018                               Start of term
  • 05/01/2018                               Pantomime trip
  • 19/01/2018                               Oak Class charity event
  • 02/02/2018                               Soup Lunch and Talent Show
  • 05/02/2018                               Beech Class residential
  • 12/02/2018 – 16/02/2018     Half term holiday
  • 21/02/2018                               Parent consultations
  • 22/02/2018                               Parent consultations
  • 01/03/2018                               World Book Day
  • 09/03/2018       2.30pm           Ash Class assembly
  • 16/03/2018                               Beech Class charity event
  • 27/03/2018       2.00pm          Holy Week service
  •                                                     End of term


  • 16/04/2018                               Start of term
  • 07/05/2018                               Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 14/05/2018                               Year 6 Assessment (SATS) week
  • 18/05/2018       2.30pm          Oak Class assembly
  • 24/05/2018                               May Day
  • 25/05/2018 – 01/06/2018     Half term holiday
  • 11/06/2018                               Year 1 phonic screening week
  • 15/06/2018                               Ash and Willow Class charity event
  • 03/07/2018                               Sport Morning and family picnic
  • 11/07/2018       2.00pm          Ash and Willow Class production
  • 19/07/2018       1.30pm          Oak and Beech Class production
  •                             6.00pm           Oak and Beech Class production
  • 23/07/2018                               Reserve Sport Morning
  • 25/07/2018       2.00pm          Leavers’ Service
  •                                                     End of term