Newsletter 3rd March 2017

Dear Parents,

Oak Class Charity Event

Thank you for supporting this event this week.  The children raised £85.99 for Cancer Research UK.

Other Charity Issues.

This week we had a talk from the Rotary Club about trying to eliminate polio.  The children planted bulbs back in the autumn, and many purple crocus plants are due to flower soon.  Children in three countries (can your children tell you which?) are still at risk, and get purple dye put on their finger when they are vaccinated.  If you would like to buy a purple crocus badge as a symbol of support and awareness raising, some are available at the office.

Also, the children took home WeGrowYouGrow packs a few weeks ago.  Monday is the deadline if you would like to send in a donation to help set up allotments in South Africa.  (Apologies for the clash of so many charity events – they were set up in principle a long time ago, and only when booking dates did it become clear there was a clash.)

Hockey Tournament

Congratulations to our Year 5 pupils who played in the area hockey tournament.  They all played really well but went out in the semi-final.

Quiz Night Saturday 18th March

It is our very popular annual quiz night on Saturday 18th March at 7.30 at Islip Village Hall. This is an event not to be missed! Please join us for a brilliant evening of brain teasers, delicious food and much merriment!  Tickets are £14 each and include a delicious meal. All proceeds go to the Friends of Dr South’s – we are currently fundraising for playground markings which will benefit all the children.  It would be great to see lots of people there – you can either form your own team (4-8 people) or ask to be placed in a team.   Tickets are available now from [email protected] or speak to Sophie (Islay, Flora and Noah’s mum) or Niki (Aoife and Joe’s mum). Places are limited so book as soon as possible!

Big Bike Ride

This will take place on Sunday 7th May.  Many riders and helpers will be needed, so save the date now.  If you are interested in riding, go to for more information.  This is a massive fundraiser for the school and the church, so do try to support it in some way.

This week we congratulated:

  • Art:                            Logan for sheer enthusiasm and excellent art work.
  • Sport;                        Isabella for being very engaged and totally focused all week.
  • Willow:                     Jake for lovely sounding and blending in his reading.
  • Ash:        Year 1       Phoebe for really good focus in construction class.
  •                 Year 2       Nishan for a lovely poetry recital.
  • Oak:        Year 3       Margot for astonishing maths and literacy.
  •                 Year 4       Archie for writing about a mythical creature and contributing in RE
  • Beech:    Year 5       Noah for reading timetables accurately in maths.
  •                 Year 6       Charlie for using modal verbs in his writing.

Future events (w/b Monday 6th March)

  • Cookery – Oak Class
  • Art – Year 2
  • Sport – Year 1


  • Forest School – Year 3
  • Ms Rayner is on a finance course


  • Forest School – Year 5
  • Mrs Weston is away
  • Nursery Parent Consultations

Teaching and Learning Governor meeting

  • Full Governing Body meeting


  • Mrs Weston is away


  • Finance, Premises and Personnel Governor meeting
  • Mrs Cornish is on a course in the afternoon


  • Swimming – Oak Class

Useful dates for the year

  • 24/03/17                                  Red Nose Day
  • 27/03/17          am                  Year 5 trip to Gosford Hill School production
  • 07/04/17          2.00pm          Church service led by Oak Class
  •                                                   End of Spring Term 2


  • 24/04/17          8.50am           Start of Summer Term 1
  • 01/05/17                                  May Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 07/05/17                                  Islip Big Bike Ride
  • 08/05/17                                  Year 6 assessment week (SATS)
  • 19/05/17          2.30pm          Oak Class sharing assembly
  • 26/05/17                                  May Day
  •                                                    End of Summer Term 1


  • 06/06/17          8.50am           Start of Summer Term 2
  • 12/06/17                                  Year 1 phonic screening week
  • 14/06/17                                  Ash and Willow Class Charity event
  • 16/06/17          2.30pm          Willow Class sharing assembly
  • 26/06/17                                  Beech Class residential
  • 05/07/17          1.30pm          Ash and Willow Class production
  • 13/07/17          1.30pm          Oak and Beech production
  • 14/03/17          2.30pm          Ash Class sharing assembly
  • 18/07/17          9.30am          Sport morning
  • 20/07/17          9.30am          Sport morning reserve
  • 21/07/17          2.00pm          Leavers’ service
  •                                                    End of Summer Term 2

Best wishes

Huw Morgan


Our Christian value for the term is Humility.  What can your child tell you about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday?