Newsletter 19th January 2018

Dear Parents,

Year 5 Indoor Athletics

Yesterday all children in Year 5 took part in a competition in Kidlington.  They undertook a large number of different activities and were a real credit to the school.  Well done!

RSPB visit

Next Wednesday we shall have a visit from the RSPB.  They will be taking an assembly for children from Year 1 upwards, and then running workshops for children in Ash and Oak classes.  Do ask your children what they learned.

Curriculum evening – Thursday 25th January

Don’t forget to come along to this if you want to find out more about our broader curriculum.  The meetings will be held in the school hall at 2:45pm and 6:30pm.

Christmas tree thank you

A big thank you to everyone who bought a Christmas tree from The Friends of Dr South’s last term (or promoted them to friends and family!).  We had a record number of orders and raised over £1,300 for the Sparkle Fund, which is absolutely fantastic.

Soup lunch and talent show – Friday February 2nd

On Friday 2nd February, it is the annual soup and jacket potato lunch followed by the much-loved talent show by the children.  All are warmly invited to the village hall for delicious homemade soups, filled jacket potatoes and cakes to raise money for the Sparkle Fund.  Children will be served from 12:00 and parents/grandparents/friends will be served from 12:45, with the talent show starting at 1.15pm.

A letter and order form will be sent by email – please return the order forms by Friday 26th January. All forms must be returned, even if your child is having a packed lunch or school dinner on the day so that we can ensure every child is accounted for.

We would be very grateful for offers of help to make soups, chilli con carne and cakes and to set up and serve on the day. If you are able to help in any way, please speak to Sophie Miller or Niki Richardson, or email [email protected].

Quiz Night – save the date – Saturday 10th March

Dr South’s ever popular quiz night returns on Saturday 10th March. Put the date in your diary now for another evening of delicious food and drink, brain twisters and teasers and much laughter. All are welcome, so do invite friends and family.

Car Parking

Please make sure you park or wait showing consideration to other road users and people in the village.  I have received several complaints recently, and the Parish Council advise me that the PCSO will be visiting over the next few weeks.

New Children

We have recently welcomed Anna and Jackson to our nursery.  Anna is the sister of Matthew, Jack and Holly, and Jackson is new to our school.  I am sure you will make them and their families welcome.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Molly, for lovely acting during a helicopter stories activity;
  • Ash Class: Grace, for excellent spelling results; Joe, for fantastic reading;
  • Oak Class: Zach, for fantastic effort and understanding in maths; George, for an enthusiastic and amusing poetry performance;
  • Beech Class: Sylvia, for superb debating skills in literacy; Joseph, for huge enthusiasm to prove the Knave of Hearts was innocent.
  • Art Award: Morgan, for exemplary behaviour, perseverance and good work all week;
  • Cooking Award: Morgan, for being kind and helpful in the kitchen all week;
  • Sport Award: All Year 5, for great co-operation and a positive attitude all week.

Our Christian Value for the term is Wisdom.  Can your child tell you about the wise man and the foolish man building their houses?

Future events (w/b 22nd January)

All week:

  • Cookery – Beech Class
  • Art and Design – Year 1
  • Health and Fitness – Year 2


  • Forest School – Year 4


  • Forest School – Year 6
  • Mrs Watson is on a training course in the afternoon


  • RSPB assembly, workshops for Ash and Oak


  • Health and Safety inspection
  • 2.45pm and 6.30pm – Curriculum sessions


  • Miss Goater is out on First Aid training

Dates for the year

  • 24/01/2018                               RSPB assembly and workshops
  • 25/01/2018                               2.45pm and 6.30pm – curriculum evening
  • 02/02/2018                               Soup Lunch and Talent Show
  • 05/02/2018                               Beech Class residential
  • 12/02/2018 – 16/02/2018    Half term holiday
  • 21/02/2018                               Parent consultations
  • 22/02/2018                               Parent consultations
  • 01/03/2018                               World Book Day
  • 09/03/2018       2.30pm          Ash Class assembly
  • 10/03/2018                               Quiz night
  • 14/03/2018                               Oak Class trip
  •                                                     Beech Class trip
  • 16/03/2018                               Beech Class charity event
  • 19/03/2018                               Sport Relief week
  • 27/03/2018       2.00pm          Holy Week service
  •                                                     End of term


  • 16/04/2018                               Start of term
  • 07/05/2018                               Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 14/05/2018                               Year 6 Assessment (SATS) week
  • 18/05/2018       2.30pm          Oak Class assembly
  • 24/05/2018                               May Day
  • 25/05/2018 – 01/06/2018     Half term holiday
  • 11/06/2018                               Year 1 phonic screening week
  • 15/06/2018                               Ash and Willow Class charity event
  • 03/07/2018                               Sport Morning and family picnic
  • 11/07/2018       2.00pm          Ash and Willow Class production
  • 19/07/2018       1.30pm          Oak and Beech Class production
  •                             6.00pm           Oak and Beech Class production
  • 23/07/2018                               Reserve Sport Morning
  • 25/07/2018       2.00pm          Leavers’ Service
  •                                                     End of term