Newsletter 18th September 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Medical Notes

As I am sure you are aware, the COVID-19 testing system is coming under a lot of pressure. We have been asked to remind parents to get their child tested only if they are showing one of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

The current guidelines are that if anybody is displaying one of these symptoms, the whole household should isolate until a test confirms COVID-19 is not present.

Under those circumstances, a child is expected to isolate at home. We will be announcing the provision of work for this situation on Monday – apologies for the slight delay in getting this sorted.

Please also remember to keep your child at home if they are unwell for other reasons to avoid spreading germs.

Harvest Festival

This year, more than ever, our harvest gifts will make a difference. We are inviting the children to bring in dried, packet or tinned goods on Friday 25th September which they will take to church so Rev Lucy can create a harvest display. This will form part of our virtual Harvest Festival on Thursday 1st October (more details next week). The food will then be passed to the Bicester Foodbank for distribution to families in need.

This week we congratulated:

Willow Class: Finan, for improved pencil grip;

Ash Class: Eleanor, for showing good concentration; Molly, for some lovely art work;

Oak Class: Bear, for trying hard in maths; Jake J, for settling so well into class;

Beech Class: Eleanor, for a superb autobiography; Helena, for consistent hard work in all subjects;

Cookery: Lilly S, for tasting her cooking and overcoming fears;

Our Christian Value this term is Responsibility. Ask your child about taking responsibility for helping others. We thought about the parable of the Good Samaritan and what lessons we can learn from this.

Future events (w/b 21st September)

Cookery: Beech

Monday 21st                Year 6 Forest School

Tuesday 22nd               Oak Class group A Forest School


Dates for the year

01/10/2020                  2.00pm Harvest Festival (virtual)

26/10/2020                  Half term week


09/11/2020                  Beech Class cycling proficiency

04/12/2020                  St Nicholas service – provisional

09/12/2020                  Willow Class Nativity – provisional

10/12/2020                  Reception to Year 6 flu vaccination

17/12/2020                  Carol service – provisional

End of term

18/12/2021                  INSET Day – school closed


04/01/2021                  INSET Day – school closed

05/01/2021                  Start of term

12/02/2021                  Soup Lunch and Talent Show – provisional

15/02/2021                  Half term week

10/03/2021                  Reception and Year 6 Heights and Weights measurement

31/03/2021                  Stations of the Cross service – provisional

End of term


19/04/2021                  Start of term

03/05/2021                  Bank Holiday – school closed

10/05/2021                  Year 6 SATS

28/05/2021                  May Day – provisional

31/05/2021                  Half term week


07/06/2021                  Beech Class residential – very provisional

01/07/2021                  Sports Day – provisional

07/07/2021                  Ash/Willow production (afternoon) – provisional

15/07/2021                  Oak/Beech production (evening) – provisional

21/07/2021                  Leavers’ Service

End of term

22/07/2021                  INSET Day – school closed


01/09/2021                  INSET Day – school closed

02/09/2021                  Start of term