Newsletter 26th January 2018

Dear Parents,

Curriculum evening

It was good to see people at the curriculum events yesterday.  We will be adding information from this to the website over the next week or so.  Do refer there for more details if you are interested.

Health and Safety Inspection

Yesterday we had our annual H&S inspection.  As always, the inspector was very impressed with our compliance in this area, and we had a clean sweep with no areas of improvement for the school.  Many, many thanks to Ms Rayner for leading in this area.  Special thanks also to those staff members who keep our site clean and sparkling and sort our administrative paperwork: Mrs Beesley, Mrs Robertson, Miss Prud’homme, Serinne and Raffy.  Their work is often unnoticed and unacknowledged, but vitally important to the children’s wellbeing.

Oak Class Charity Event

Thank you for supporting this last week.  The children raised £108.40 for Cancer Research.

Oxford Mail

We had a short visit from the Oxford Mail yesterday as they wanted to do an article on the school.  The feature will be in Monday’s paper and should be worth a read.

Soup lunch and talent show – Friday February 2nd

A quick reminder that NEXT FRIDAY, 2nd February, is the annual soup and jacket potato lunch followed by the loved talent show.
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 and parents/grandparents/friends will be served from 12.45, with the talent show starting at 1.15pm.
Thank you to everyone who has returned their forms – please return the form for your child by Monday if you haven’t done so already. 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.
Thank you too to everyone who has offered to cook for or serve at the lunch. We would be very grateful for a few more 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 email or speak to Niki Richardson or Sophie Miller.

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.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Hermione, for detailed and focused drawing;
  • Ash Class: Rihanna, for working hard on her writing; Isabella, for her great work on Monet;
  • Oak Class: Clara, for great use of research to plan and write a leaflet about the RSPB; Flyn, for a detailed scientific drawing;
  • Beech Class: Davina, for a fantastic poem based on Jabberwocky; Millie, for working hard on long multiplication;
  • Art Award: Milly B, for great behaviour, enthusiasm, helpfulness, skill and cheerfulness;
  • Cooking Award: Aoife, for independence in the kitchen and keeping her work area tidy;
  • Sport Award: Tia, fore excellent participation and 100% effort all week.

Our Christian Value for the term is Wisdom.  Can your child tell you about the assembly led by Year 5 about wisdom passed down through families?  What can you child tell you about the wisdom of Buddha?

Future events (w/b 29th January)

All week:

  • Cookery – Beech Class
  • Art and Design – Year 3
  • Health and Fitness – Year 4


  • Forest School – Year 4
  • Nikki is out all day on paediatric first aid training.


  • Forest School – Year 6
  • Mrs Watson is on a training course all day.  The class will be taught by Mrs Barnhill.
  • Nikki is out all day on paediatric first aid training.


  • Ms Rayner is out all day leading training of other schools.
  • Mrs Watson is out all day.  The class will be taught by Mrs Barnhill.


  • Mr Morgan is out for the morning.
  • Full Governors’ meeting.


  • Soup Lunch and Talent Show


Dates for the year

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