Newsletter 30th November 2018

Dear parents and carers,


This very popular event will take place in the church next Thursday 6th December.  As part of this, we shall be asking the children if they can bring in a good quality used toy (perhaps in a pre-Christmas clear-out), wrapped and labelled for suitability of what age might enjoy receiving it.  These will be passed to a local women’s refuge for distribution on Christmas Day.  We will be talking at school with the children in an age-appropriate sensitive way about how we are more fortunate than many, and how we can do our bit to help them.  You may wish to talk about this with them as well.  We also try to give the women in the refuge some treats; if you would like to create a gift bag perhaps of small presents and cosmetic and sanitary items, that would also be much appreciated.  These will all need to be brought to school on Wednesday 5th December.  If you are new to the school and have any questions, please ask any member of staff.  Many thanks.

We also invite the children to collect a small amount of money in their Christingle candle which is being sent home today.


As we approach winter, please make sure that your child has suitable clothing for the wet weather.  We do our best to make sure the children play outside each day, even if there is light rain, so waterproofs are essential.

Follow That Star – Saturday 15th December 4.00pm

There will be a re-enactment of the Christmas story with a candlelit procession and a real camel (!) and other animals starting at the High Street Christmas tree in Kidlington.  The event will finish at St Mary’s church for refreshments.  All are welcome.

100 Club

The winners for the November draw are Liv Johnson, Alex Hunt-Dallison and Lucy Nicholson.  There are a few numbers still available, so please contact Nicole Tucker (Lily Y4 and Grace Y1) if you want to be in with a chance to win.  Perhaps a great Christmas present for a family member!

Reception Admissions

If your child needs a place in Reception next year, please note that applications are now open at  Even if you are in our nursery, you must make a separate application for September.  The closing date is 15th January 2019.  If you need any help with this or have any questions, please speak to one of the staff.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Molly, for brilliant labelling;
  • Ash Class: Matthew and Ella, for lovely poetry work;
  • Oak Class: Lilly S, for great guided reading; Zach, for fantastic effort in poetry writing;
  • Beech Class: Flora, for superb problem solving in maths; Porsha, for fantastic multiplication of fractions;
  • Art: Aoife, for exemplary behaviour and being a conscientious worker all week;
  • Sport: Margot, for perseverance in all areas.

Our Christian Value this term is Peace.  Can your child tell you about the work of St Francis. 

Future events (w/b 3rd December)

All Week

  • Cookery: none
  • Art: Year 3
  • Sport: Year 4

Monday 3rd

  • Forest School – Year 5

Tuesday 4th

  • Forest School – Year 3
  • Mrs Talbot will be on a training course on stimulating able pupils – the class will be taught by Mrs Barnhill
  • Mr Morgan is on a Headteacher training course
  • Nasal flu spray for Reception to Year 5 for those enrolled

Thursday 6th

  • 2.00pm Christingle service in the church
  • Mr Morgan is out in the morning
  • Governors’ Finance meeting

Friday 7th

  • Beech Class swimming
  • Visit from Bishop Colin and Canon Brendan
  • Cross-country final

Dates for the year

  • 06/12/2018                              2.00pm – Christingle
  • 07/12/2018                              Visit from Bishop Colin
  • 11/12/2018                              9.30am Willow Nativity
  • 12/12/2018                              Oak and Beech classes singing to the Islip Lunch Club
  • 14/12/2018                              Children’s Bazaar
  •                                                    FODS party
  • 17/12/2108                              Pantomime trip
  • 18/12/2018                              Christmas Lunch
  • 19/12/2018                              2.00pm – Ash Nativity and Carol Service
  •                                                    3.15pm – end of term
  • 20/12/2018                              INSET day – school closed
  • 21/12/2018                              INSET day – school closed


  • 07/01/2019                              Start of term
  • 18/01/2019                              Non-uniform day raising funds for an international charity
  • 01/02/2019                              Ash Class Assembly
  • 08/02/2019                              Beech Class charity event
  • 14/02/2019                              Beech Class Junior Citizen trip
  • 15/02/2019                              Soup Lunch and Talent Show
  • 18/02/2019                              Half term week
  • 06/03/2019                              Parent consultations
  • 07/03/2019                              World Book Day
  • 07/03/2019                              Parent consultations
  • 15/03/2019                              Red Nose Day
  • 05/04/2019                              2.00pm – Stations of the Cross led by Oak Class
  •                                                    3.15pm – End of term


  • 23/04/2019                              Start of term
  • 03/05/2019                              Non-uniform day – bring a tombola prize
  • 06/05/2019                              Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 12/05/2018                              Big Bike Ride
  • 24/05/2019                              May Day
  • 27/05/2019                              Half term week
  • 03/06/2019                              INSET – school closed
  • 10/06/2019                              Beech Class residential week
  • 14/06/2019                              Ash and Willow Class Charity event
  • 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