Current Parent Newsletter

19th May 2017
Dear Parents

Last week our Year 4 pupils had a wonderful time at Youlbury and very much enjoyed all the activities. Staff were very proud of their enthusiasm and determination. Thank you to everyone who entered the Garsington Bake off. Congratulations to our winners who were William (Y2), Charlie B (Y6), Izzy B (Adult), Esme (Y1), Anna & Megan (Y5) and George W (Y2).
Next week is our last week of term before our half term break. Summer Term 1 finishes at 3.00/3.05 and Summer Term 2 starts on Monday 5th June. Don’t forget we will be celebrating May Day next Friday afternoon with a walk around the village at 1.15 followed by our Maypole dancing back in school. Hopefully the sun will shine for us.

With best wishes

Z d’Archambaud, Headteacher 

May Day Celebrations: The May Day celebrations information can be found on the notice board in the playground. If you would still like to offer to help on the day please complete the ParentMail form. If you have already offered to help, thank you and we will contact you the week before. Children should come to school in the morning dressed in their May Day costume. Please can we remind you that costumes should be from Victorian times, this could be as simple as a flowery dress or trousers, shirt and a flat cap. No modern day dressing up costumes or super heros please. Children will also be having class photographs taken on the day by a professional photographer. 

Festival of Voices: Our choir will be taking part in the Festival of Voices again this year at Dorchester Abbey. The Festival takes place from 19th to 23rd June. Our performance day will be the Friday 23rd June. The children are already busy learning the songs and we will send more information out to you shortly. 

Cowley Road Carnival: This takes place on Sunday 2nd July during the afternoon. Our Y4 children will be taking part. Please come along and look out for our banner. 

Summer Fete: You will have received the minutes from this week’s PTA meeting. The Summer Fete is being held on Saturday 8th July from 2—5pm. This is a big event organised by our PTA who will need lots of help to make it a great event and many hands make light work! If you can spare half an hour on the day to help out we would be very grateful. Please let the office know if you could help in any way. 

Have Your Say Feedback: Following on from our Have Your Say breakfast on our school improvement plan a couple of weeks ago we have posted some questions on Parentmail for those who would like to give feedback and were unable to make the breakfast. Feedback is always very welcome and helps us with our school planning. 


This term our school value is Independence. 

This week we have been talking about peaceful problem solving and how we can all work together to find solutions to problems without getting frustrated or annoyed. We read the story of Cain and Able. This helped the children to see that getting angry is never the right thing to do. 

Next week we will be reflecting on our growth mindset challenge for the term. FS, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 have been working on active listening, Year 1 have been developing their use of displays and resources and Year 6 have been trying to develop their learning through listening and applying feedback. 


Achievements and Celebrations
Star Pupils and Parents 

Well done to Reaghan (Y2), Tom (Y6), Lucy (Y1), Isaac (Y1), Anastasia (Y2), Archie (Y3), Evan (Y1), Izabela (Y2), Bradley (FS), Oscar L(Y3) for being a Red Kite at home and gaining a Red Kite award.

Congratulations to Oscar L (Y3) who has been awarded a medal for his second year of playing rugby for Oxford Rugby Club.

Congratulations to Lily S (Y5) for passing her National Ice Skating Association Field Moves Level Two.

Congratulations to Charlie B (Y6) who has passed his Senior Boy Gymnastic Competition floor Routine.

Headteacher’s Stars  

Each week one child is chosen from each class as the star pupil of the week. They receive a certificate and attend a celebration with Ms d’Archambaud.

Y1: Daisy
Y2: George
Y3: Lily
Y4: Finlay
Y5: Paige
Y6: Rory


Copacabana: Sands Theatre Art school will this year be performing Copacabana The Musical at Wheatley Park School. Performances will take place on Wed 12 July - Sat 15 July. There will be an evening show at 7.30pm each night and matinees on Friday at 4pm and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 and £8 concessions. Box office : 07889 619468.

FREE Play Ranger sessions at Rose Hill: For children and young people of all ages. At Rose Hill recreation ground 11am - 3pm. Tuesday 30th May - Thursday 1st June. These are open access sessions, there is no childcare provided.


Big Question Homework

This week’s Big Question homework is to talk
about the following:

‘What has been your biggest achievement this term?

‘A problem is a chance for you to do your best.’
Duke Ellington

What do you think? Please remember, no television on during Big Question homework.



Events for Summer Term 1

Week 5 Week beginning Monday 22nd May 

Tuesday 23rd May: Maths Challenges
Friday 26th May: May Day Celebrations


Kids’ Zone

This week we read the story about Cain and Able. Can you remember what made Cain jealous and angry and what he did? It is important that when we face a problem we solve it calmly without getting frustrated or angry. 

Next week we will be thinking about the growth mindset challenge that your teacher has set for you to work on this term. 

Next week’s class challenge 

Our teacher thinks we have made good progress on our focus from our lesson visit. 

The best way to escape a problem is to solve it. 

Wonder Puzzle for this week 

What is special about the following number? 



Friday Assemblies 

Friday Assemblies for Summer Term 1

Parents are welcome to come and watch our Friday afternoon sharing assemblies (mostly) starting at 2.35 in the hall.

Friday 19th May
 Year 4 sharing assembly 2.35pm

Friday 26th May
Achievement Sharing Assembly 9.00am

School Celebrations

Well done to our Year 4 pupils who had a wonderful time away at Youlbury last week. Your teachers were very proud of your determination to try all the activities and the teamwork that you showed towards each other.


Attendance for the week:

Foundation Stage - 95.9% 
Year 1 - 96.7%  
Year 2 - 98.5% 
Year 3 - 94.3% 
Year 4 - 98.0% 
Year 5 - 96.3%  
Year 6 - 98.8%

Our overall attendance this week is 96.9% 

The winning class this week is Year 6 with a fantastic 98.8% attendance. Well done!

Our school target is over 96%.