Newsletter 30th September 2016

Dear Parents,

Harvest Festival

This will take place in the church at 2.00pm next Thursday 6th October.  All are welcome.  To prepare for this, gifts of non-perishable food (which will be distributed to local food banks) are welcome from this coming Monday (3rd) so we can build a display.  They do not need to be specially wrapped.


We say goodbye to Mrs Kent on Tuesday. Although she has only been with us a short time, we have really appreciated the fantastic art work she has created with the children.  We wish her well in all she does.

Coffee Morning and Map Talk – Saturday 8th October

Please try to come to this if you can. The Friends of Dr South’s will be holding a coffee morning (open to all) from 10.00am to 12.00 noon, with an illustrated talk by Giles Darkes on the history and development of maps at 10.30am.  Giles is an informative and interesting speaker, so well worth listening to.  The talk will be suitable for interested children from about Year 3 upwards, although it is not aimed specifically at young people.  The title is ‘Just off the Map – why maps don’t tell the truth’.  Maps are hugely useful graphic summaries of the real world, but they don’t (and can’t) tell the whole truth.  By looking at how maps are made and designed, both now and in the past, the talk aims to look at why we might call a map ‘an agreed set of lies’.  Giles was Senior Lecturer in Cartography at Oxford Brookes University and now works as a freelance cartographic editor and consultant.  Recent projects have included the Routledge Atlas of the World’s Languages, and the Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire.  Much of his time is spent working as the Cartographic Editor of the British Historic Towns Atlas, including an atlas of Oxford which is in preparation.

School Dinners

Next Thursday we have a census to determine our funding allocation, and part of this is based on numbers taking school dinners. In order to maximise our funding, we have moved the popular fish and chips to Thursday – it would be great if there was good take up on that day.

Hundred Club

The Friends of Dr South’s run the Hundred Club as a way of raising funds for some of the enrichment activities we do at school. The numbers will be going on sale on Monday, so see Tracey Hudson (Noah – Y2) for more details or to buy tickets.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Sarah, for great work in phonics;
  • Ash Class: Lily G, for brilliant engagement in her learning; Lily T, for lovely writing when changing the end of a story;
  • Oak Class: Frankie, for great engagement in his science work; Franck, for hark work and perseverance in maths;
  • Beech Class: Noah, for an interesting information leaflet; Charlotte Gi, for great work in maths.


Future events (w/b 3rd October)

All week

  • Cookery – Year 1
  • Cooper Building – Year 1
  • Sport week – Year 2


  • Forest School – Year 4
  • Interviews for new Teaching Assistants


  • Forest School – Year 6
  • Interviews for new Teaching Assistants


  • Mr Morgan is working for the DfE in London
  • Thursday
  • String lessons
  • Harvest Festival
  • Mr Morgan is working for the DfE in London
  • Miss Goater is on a training course in the afternoon


  • Beech Class swimming
  • F1 (Reception) eye tests


  • Coffee morning and map talk

Useful dates for the term

  • 06/10/16          2.00pm            Harvest Festival
  • 08/10/16          10.00am          Coffee morning and map talk
  • 11/10/16          3.00pm            Willow Class welcome meeting
  •                                                      Ragtex collection
  • 18/10/16          3.00pm            Beech Class charity event
  • 19/10/16                                    Oak Class trip
  • 20/10/16          2.30pm            Beech sharing assembly
  • 21/10/16          3.15pm            Start of half-term holiday
  • 31/10/16          8.50am            Return to school
  • 09/11/16                                   Parent consultations
  • 10/11/16                                   Parent consultations
  • 11/11/16          10.45am         Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial
  • 06/12/16          2.00pm           Christingle service
  • 12/12/16                                   Children’s bazaar
  • 16/12/16          2.00pm           Carol service and nativity


Our Christian value for the term is Friendship. Ask your child about how Naaman was helped by the servant girl, the Prince and the Guru’s cloak and how we can help our friends when they are in trouble.