Newsletter 18th March 2016

Dear Parents,

Academy Consultation

Yesterday you should have received a letter from the school governors about the possible conversion of the school to an academy.  Please take time to read and consider this, and to give feedback.  This is not a step to be taken lightly and the governors have undertaken considerable investigation to get to this point.  There will be an informal meeting at 3.30pm next Monday 21st March where governors can answer initial questions, and there will be formal consultation meetings on Wednesday 13th April at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at which the issue can be explored in detail.  See http://dr-souths.co.uk/governors/academy-consultation/ for more details.

Church Service

I do hope you will be able to join us at church at 2pm next Tuesday 22nd March for our Holy Week service.  This will be led by children from Oak Class.

End of term Cake Sale

This is just a quick reminder that the Friends are holding a cake sale after school next Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who has offered to contribute. We would be very grateful for more donations of cakes, biscuits, brownies, cupcakes, scones, flapjacks etc. The sale will start straight after the end of term service so please come along to buy some lovely goodies as holiday treats! If you are able to contribute or help to sell cakes, please email us at drsouthsfriends@gmail.com or speak to Tracey Hudson or Emma Goulart. Thank you!

Young Art

Congratulations to several of our children who will have their work exhibited in the Ashmolean Museum following success in the Young Art competition. Well done to Noah H, William W, George R, Frankie, Max, Islay, Faith, Caroline and Dan.  Particular congratulations to Rebecca whose work was Commended and Ava, whose work was Highly Commended.

Athletics

Congratulations to our Year 5 children who represented the school so well in the Kidlington Partnership athletics event this week. They were a credit to us all, and many individual and partnership bests were celebrated. Well done!

Sport Relief

Thank you for your support.  We had a very enjoyable time running in the park and raised about £100.

Forest School

After the holiday, Years 3 and 5 will continue with Forest School straight away. Years 4 and 6 will go after the May half term. There will be Forest School for Year 3 next Monday, but not for Year 3 next Tuesday.

Students

We say goodbye next Tuesday to Mrs Hayter and Miss Cartwright, the student teachers who have been with us for much of the year.  We have loved having them and wish them well in their future careers.

Drop-off time

Please note that parents should not go into classrooms before the school day starts as it is very disruptive to the day’s routine.  Teachers are on the playground for informal chats if you need to speak with them.

Beech Class Residential

There will be an information meeting at 3.00pm on Thursday 14th April in Beech Class.  It is mainly handing out forms with an opportunity to ask questions, so it is not essential to be there, but if you can’t attend, please make sure you deal with the paperwork which will be sent home afterwards (eg medical forms).

Cookbook

The Friends are planning to produce a cookbook next term, with recipes contributed by all the children. More details to follow, but we will be asking for recipes and photographs of the children cooking and showing off their delicious creations, so do take some pictures if you have any family cooking sessions over the holidays!

Staffing

Digby 1After the holiday I will be pleased to welcome Digby to our school.  Digby is a labradoodle who will be based in my office but will work with children from time to time.  He has been especially picked for us by his breeder, who breeds assistance and therapy dogs, and he has a very gentle temperament.  I am aware that some children have difficulties with dogs, so no child will go near him except by choice and he will be closely supervised in his work.  If you have any concerns about allergies, please contact the office.  Now would probably be a good time to remind everybody of the school policy regarding dogs – only dogs which have been pre-approved can come onto school premises, and no dogs at all may be around during the melee of drop-off and pick-up times. If you would like to meet Digby, do drop round to my office to say hello once he has settled in. A brother from the same litter is still available; contact the office for details.

Holidays

We finish at 3.15pm next Tuesday 22nd March and restart on Monday 11th April.  I hope you have an enjoyable and restful break.

 

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Jack, for being a good friend, a great role model and a wonderful Willow;
  • Ash Class: Lily, for a positive attitude to all her work; George, for phenomenal running;
  • Oak Class: Lee, for greatly improved handwriting; Islay, for great enthusiasm for the Holy Week service;
  • Beech Class: Faith, for showing kindness to everyone in the class.

 

Best wishes, Huw Morgan – Headteacher

 

Our Christian value for the term has been Trust.  Can your child remember about the boy who cried wolf, the battle of Gideon, Mary’s trust in God and reasons for trusting people?