Newsletter 13th May 2016

Dear Parents,

Academy Consultation

The Full Governing Body of Dr South’s met last night to decide whether to convert to an academy as part of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust. Governors thoroughly reviewed the comments and opinions contributed as part of the consultation process, and taking all the available information into consideration, took the decision to convert to an academy. They believe that this is the best way to protect the many good things about Dr South’s in a rapidly changing and uncertain context. The minutes of the meeting, the report on the consultation that was considered at the meeting and a timeline of the conversion process will all be uploaded to the school website as soon as possible. Governors will keep parents informed of progress.

Year 2 SATS

Next week the children in Year 2 will be sitting their end of year tests.  We have tried to keep this as low key as possible, but if you have any concerns, please talk to Mrs Weston.

Production date

Please note that the Ash and Willow Class production will now be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 12th July.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

May Day Celebrations

A quick reminder that the Friends of Dr South’s are looking for donations of toys, books, clothes and plants for stalls on May Day. Please give them to Amy Levy (mum of Jacob and Bella) or leave them at the school office. We would also be very grateful for any help making quiches, salads and cakes, running stalls and serving food. If you can help, please email or speak to Sophie Miller or Nicola Richardson. There will be a home clothes day on Friday 20th May to collect prizes for the tombolas. Children may wear home clothes to school in exchange for a tombola prize.

Please note that our May Day celebrations last all day and the children are required to be here throughout.  They will be free to leave from 2.30pm.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Agnes, for a truly magnificent story recount;
  • Ash Class: Louis, for brilliant science; Margot, for a super book review;
  • Oak Class: James, for fantastic co-ordinate work; Noah, for great non-fiction writing;
  • Beech Class: Year 6, for approaching the SATs with positive attitude and superb focus.


Forthcoming dates

  • w/b Monday16th May             Year 2 tests (SATS)
  • Friday 27th May                       May Day, end of Term 5
  • Monday 6th June                     Start of Term 6
  • Sunday 12th June                   Queen’s Birthday celebration
  • Saturday 25th June                 Islip Village Fete
  • Thursday 23rd June                Sports Morning and family picnic
  • Wednesday 6th July                Oak and Beech production
  • Thursday 7th July                    Reserve Sports Morning (in case of bad weather)
  • w/b Monday 11th July            Beech Class residential
  • Tuesday 12th July                   Willow and Ash production
  • Wednesday 20th July              Leavers’ Service, end of Term 6


This week we have been learning about:


  • Quarters and halves of shapes;
  • Book reviews;
  • Bible story pictures;
  • Germination investigations;


  • Diary entries from the Amazon rainforest;
  • Viking longships;
  • Co-ordinates;
  • Venn and Carroll diagrams;
  • Friendship bracelets;


  • Tudor crime and punishment;
  • Percentages;
  • Subtracting fractions;
  • May dancing;
  • Passing SATS!


Future events (w/b 16th May):

All week

  • Year 2 Assessments (SATS).
  • A group from Oak Class will be cooking.


  • Forest School for Year 3.


  • Forest School for Year 5.


  • Violin and cello lessons.
  • Recorder lessons.
  • Mrs Barnhill and Serinne will be updating their First Aid training.
  • Interviews for new Teaching Assistants.


  • PE with Andy.
  • External audit of our Safeguarding procedures.


  • Non-uniform day – bring tombola presents.
  • Jacob’s Field for Ash Class.
  • Clarinet lessons for Beech Class.
  • Swimming for Oak Class (last one).
  • Year 4 multi-generational project.


Best wishes, Huw Morgan – Headteacher

Our Christian value for the term is Justice.  Ask your child about the rich young ruler found in Matthew’s gospel.