Newsletter 22nd November 2019

Dear parents and carers,

St Nicholas Service – Friday 6th December

Everybody is warmly invited to our St Nicholas service at 9.15am on Friday 6th December in the church.  This is the service for which children are encouraged to bring a wrapped good quality used toy for us to pass on to a women’s refuge in time for Christmas.  It would also be good to receive gift packs of suitable items for the women themselves.

Christmas Bazaar – Friday 13th December

This popular annual event is coming up soon, and for it we will be asking for donations of very small items from each family (if possible, up to 10 items per child).  These items may be left at the school office from the beginning of December.  They may be wrapped in cellophane, or tied up with ribbon or coloured string.  Please do not wrap in Christmas wrapping paper as the children are then unable to see what they are buying.  At the Bazaar the items are priced at about 20p each.  For the new families, there will be a basket of example items on display in Willow Class and the Office from next week.

Christmas Trees – order by 30th November

Don’t forget to order your Christmas tree from the Friends of Dr South’s!  The premium Nordmann Fir (non-drop) trees are delivered directly from a sustainable Scottish plantation to Mill Street in Islip for collection the 7th/8th December (local delivery is also available).  They will stay beautifully fresh if left outside in a bucket of water until you are ready to put them up, so don’t worry if you don’t want to start putting up Christmas decorations that early!  The trees are available from 4ft to 7ft (or taller on request).

Prices: 4ft+:£25, £5ft+: £35, £6ft+: £40, 7ft+: £50, 8ft+: £60. Do tell family and friends too – we are happy to sell to anyone!

It is easy to order one – just go to to place an order and pay online. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Children’s Christmas party – Friday 13th December.

All are warmly invited to Dr South’s Christmas party on Friday 13th December to celebrate the end of term and the imminent arrival of Christmas!  There will be food and drink for children and adults – siblings are welcome too. All children attending must be accompanied by an adult.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Sami, for super reading, phonics and maths;
  • Ash Class: Amelie, for increased confidence in the classroom; Molly H, for contributing well in lessons;
  • Oak Class: Solomon, for applying skills he has learnt to write great instructions; Agnes, for great attention to detail in her work;
  • Beech Class: Clara, for showing fabulous perseverance when problem solving in maths; William, for delivering an excellent lesson to the whole class in geography;
  • Sport: Jak, for great maturity in sessions this week;
  • Art: Milly B, for her fantastic approach to Roman mosaics;
  • Cookery: Math, for overcoming nervousness and realising he does enjoy cooking.

Our Christian Value this term is Generosity.  Ask your child about the visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon

Future events (w/b 25th November)

  • Cookery:                                     All of Year 1
  • Art:                                              Year 3 and 4
  • Sport:                                          Year 3 and 4

Monday 25th

  • Year 5 Forest School

Tuesday 26th

  • Year 3/4 Forest School
  • Mrs Nel is on First Aid training

Wednesday 27th

  • Mrs Nel is on First Aid training

Thursday 28th

  • Governor Teaching and Learning Committee

Friday 29th

  • Beech class swimming

Dates for the year

  • 06/12/2019                               9.15am St Nicholas Service at the church
  • 11/12/2019                               9.30am Willow Class nativity at school
  •                                                     Christmas lunch
  • 12/12/2019                               Pantomime trip
  • 13/12/2019                               Children’s bazaar
  •                                                      Reception class vision screening
  • 16/12/2019                               Wellbeing Day
  • 17/12/2019                               2.00pm Ash Class nativity in the church
  •                                                      End of term


  • 18/12/2019                               INSET Day – school closed
  • 19/12/2019                               INSET Day – school closed


  • 06/01/2020                               Start of term
  • 17/01/2020                               Beech Class charity event
  • 05/02/2020                               Reception/Y6 heights and weights measurement
  • 14/02/2020                               Soup Lunch and Talent Show in the Village Hall
  • 17/02/2020                               Half term week
  • 05/03/2020                               World Book Day
  • 06/03/2020                               2.30pm Oak Class assembly
  • 13/03/2020                               Sport Relief Day
  • 27/03/2020                               Ash and Willow Class charity event
  • 03/04/2020                               2.00pm Oak Class Stations of the Cross service in the church
  •                                                      End of term


  • 20/04/2020                               Start of term
  • 08/05/2020                               Friday Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 22/05/2020                               May Day
  • 25/05/2020                               Half term week
  • 08/06/2020                               Beech Class residential
  • 23/06/2020                               Sports Day (all day, with family picnic at lunchtime)
  • 01/07/2020                               1.30pm Ash and Willow Class production in the Village Hall
  • 09/07/2020                               1.30pm/6.00pm Oak and Beech Class production in the Village Hall
  • 10/07/2020                               2.30pm Ash Class assembly
  • 15/07/2020                               Reserve Sports Day
  • 17/07/2020                               2.00pm Leavers’ Service in the church
  •                                                     End of term


  • 20/07/2020                               INSET Day – school closed
  • 21/07/2020                               INSET Day – school closed