Newsletter 7th October 2016

Dear Parents,

Harvest Festival

Thank you for your harvest gifts, which will be donated to a local Foodbank.  I do hope you enjoyed the service.

Coffee Morning and Map Talk – Saturday 8th October (tomorrow)

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.


We were sorry to say goodbye to Mrs Kent this week and we wish her well in the future.  I am pleased to say that we made some Teaching Assistant appointments this week.  As and when safeguarding checks have been completed the new staff will be able to join us and I will announce them as they join, probably after half term.  In the meantime, I would like to thank the existing staff for going above and beyond during the interim period.

School Admissions – Reception (F1) applications

Applications for school admissions for children born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 have now opened at  If you know of anybody with children of this age, please let them know.  Please note that if your child is in Nursery, you need to make a fresh application for F1.

Textile Collection

We have a collection of old textiles on Wednesday next week.  This is an easy way to raise funds for the school and have a useful clear out; see if you can find anything and drop it off outside the office in a suitable bag such as a bin liner.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Piers, for supporting other with turn taking and following class rules;
  • Ash Class: Jak, for having a superb attitude towards learning; Daisy, for being ready and willing to learn every day;
  • Oak Class: Orla, for superb writing; Aoife, for working hard at everything;
  • Beech Class: Evie, for having a superb attitude to everything she does.


Future events (w/b 10th October)

All week

  • Cookery – Year 1
  • Cooper Building – Year 1 (Mon) and Year 2
  • Sport week – Year 2 (Mon) and Year 1 (Sorry – I got these the wrong way round last week.)


  • Forest School – Year 4


  • Forest School – Year 6
  • Willow Class parent meeting – 3.00pm


  • Textile collection
  • Induction of the new priest Rev Stephen (Rev Charles replacement) in Ambrosden church – 7.30pm


  • String lessons
  • Finance Governors’ meeting
  • Mrs Watson is on a training course in the afternoon


  • Beech Class swimming
  • Mrs Watson is on a training course all day
  • Mr Morgan is at a Safeguarding Children forum in the morning

Useful dates for the term

  • 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 we can be friends to people in need at harvest time.