Current Parent Newsletter

21st July 2017
Dear Parents,

It has been another good year for Garsington and we have finished the year with some excellent visitors and activities during Health and Safety Week. Thank you to all the parents and staff who led workshops during the week. Well done to all the children for their determination and enthusiasm during another hot sports day on Tuesday. Thank you to Mr Guy for organising the day.

Well done to our Year 5 and 6 pupils who performed ‘Our City has a Monster’ last week and to our athletes from Years 4, 5 and 6 who represented Garsington in Area Sports last Friday.

Have a wonderful Summer Holiday. School starts again for pupils on Wednesday 6th September. We will be sending out the annual events calendar at the start of next term. This will include events for the year including class sharing assemblies. 

With best wishes

Z d’Archambaud, Headteacher

Congratulations to our end of year award winners!
KS1 Literacy - Frankie (Y2)   
Lower KS2 Literacy - Morris (Y4)
Upper KS2 Literacy - Tia (Y5)

KS1 Maths - Anastasia (Y2)
Lower KS2 Maths - Isabelle (Y3)
Upper KS2 Maths - Samuel (Y6)

Science KS1 - Maisy (Y1)
Science KS2 - Alan (Y4)

Boys Sports Award - Sidie (Y6)
Girls Sports Award - Millie (Y6)


Area Sports: Well done to all the pupils who took part in Area Sports last Friday evening. We were all very impressed with their determination, team work and enthusiasm. Overall Garsington came 6th. Photographs of the event can be found at Click on the “Area Sports 2017” icon Enter password: gmac57pb

Clubs Next Term: 

Staffing: This week we say goodbye and good luck to Miss Calvert who will be leaving Garsington. We thank Miss Calvert for her full contribution to the school this year. 

Holiday Books: All children in Reception to Year 5 should have brought home their holiday book with a list of fun activities to complete over the holiday. Holiday books need to be returned for judging and prizes in the first week back in September. 

Holidays in Term Time: Please make sure that you have a copy of our term dates for 2017/18 (available from the office and school website). Do not book holidays in term time. 


This term our school value is Teamwork 

This week we have been talking about keeping ourselves healthy and staying safe. When we start back after the Summer holiday our value will be Responsibility. 

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. 

Kids’ Zone

This week we have been learning all about keeping healthy and staying safe. We have had workshops and assemblies with the police, fire service, doctors, swimming instructors and fitness trainers. What have your learnt this week and what was your favourite activity?

Our Class Challenge 

We know how to keep ourselves healthy and safe. 

Wonder Puzzle for this week 

Mary’s father has five daughters- Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughter’s name?


Achievements and Celebrations
Star Pupils and Parents 

Congratulations to all the children who took part in this years Area Sports. Below are our medal winners.

Samuel (Y6) - Standing Jump (Gold)

Charlie B (Y6) - 80m (Silver)

Jess (Y6) - Standing Jump (Silver)

Alfie (Y5)- Standing Jump (Silver)

Megan (Y5)- Hurdles (Silver)

Finlay (Y4) - Standing Jump (Silver)

Mukeah (Y4) - Vortex (Silver)

Ellie (Y6)- 80m, 700m (Bronze, Bronze)

Thomas (Y5) - 700m (Bronze)

Esme (Y4) - 60m, 300m (Bronze, Bronze)

Cannon Relay: Freya (Y4), Che (Y4), Megan (Y5), Harley,(Y5) Ellie (Y6), Charlie B (Y6)(Bronze)

Congratulations to Immie (FS) as she has achieved her Level 2 swimming and Level 3 musicianship.

Congratulations to Lily (Y5) who has achieved so much this year with her ice skating. At a recent competition , the Lee Valley IJS Open 2017, Lily scored a Personal Best at Level 1 of 15.32 and came 8th out of a mixed age group of 24 - at the Coventry IJS Open, two weeks ago, Lily scored 13.83 and was 18th out of 24 in the age 10 and Under group.

Congratulations to Cat (Y1) who has passed her stage 2 swimming.

Congratulations to Cohen for being awarded the Manager’s Player Award this season for Berinsfield Football Club.

Congratulations to Layla (FS) for completing Star Level 1 and Jazmine (Y3) Star Level 2 in Snowboarding.

Well done to Isaac (Y1), Amir (Y4) and Harrison (Y5) for being a  Red Kite at home and gaining a Red Kite award.


Letter from the Chair of Governors

Our governors work very hard behind the scenes and front of house at many events. They work tirelessly throughout the year and we know staff, pupils and parents value their commitment and dedication.

This year has been especially challenging with governors steering the school smoothly through the process of joining the River Learning Trust. 

We hope they enjoy a relaxing summer holidays too!

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

‘What would you like to do over the Summer Holiday’

You can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

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

 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. Our star pupils this week are also our pupil of the term voted by the class 

FS: Imogen
Y1: Ruth
Y2: Evan
Y3: Zak
Y4: Jess
Y5: Ruby
Y6: Charlie W

School Celebrations

Thank you to everyone who has made this year such a success. We end the year celebrating our good Ofsted report and another year of pleasing school results. Our pupils achieved above the National figures at the end of all key phases in 2017.


The whole school attendance this year is 97.1%.

All whole class attendances for the year were over our target of 96%.

The class with the best attendance this is year is Y4.

Well done everyone!!