Current Parent Newsletter

15th September 2017

Dear Parents

I hope that everyone has settled into the new academic year and that you have managed to make contact with new teachers. If you did not manage to make the ‘Meet the teacher’ meetings do email the office and we can send you the information that was given out.

We have lots of events coming up this term that hopefully you will enjoy. Next week is Harvest Festival and the following week we have a growth mindset evening for families and Macmillan Coffee Morning.

With best wishes

Z d’Archambaud, Headteacher

Important Notices

Holiday Books: Thank you for all the holiday books that have been returned. They are amazing and show a huge amount of work. Winners will be announced in Friday’s assembly. 

Growth Mindset Workshop for Parents and Children: Following on from the successful workshops with Tim Hall last year, we are running another evening with Tim about helping our children to be independent, determined and enthusiastic learners. The event is free but tickets are needed. Tickets are available from the office. The event is from 6.00-7.00 with refreshments from 5.30 in the hall. 

Open Afternoon: We are holding an Open Afternoon on Thursday 5th October from 1.30-3.00. The afternoon is aimed at parents looking for Reception places next year and also for parents, who already have children in the school, who would like to come and see the school in action. We will be having school tours from 2.00. Everyone is very welcome. 

Clubs: Our cookery club is now full. There are places available in all other clubs if your child would like to join. Please let the school office know or complete the parentmail form. 

School Uniform Reminder: Children need to remove nail varnish and tattoos for school. 


This term our school value is Responsibility 

This week we have been talking about what being responsible means both in school and at home. The children have been working on sensible behaviour around the school without an adult. Next week we will be preparing for Harvest ready for our Harvest Festivals next Friday.

Bible reference:
The Farmer and the Seed Mark 4 1-20 

Our Class Challenge 

We are all responsible at lunchtime. We appreciate our food and those who help to give us our food. 

‘Some are like the good rich soil. They hear the word and grow up like strong healthy plants, living fruitful lives, sharing their faith with others.’ Mark 4 1-20 

Kids’ Zone

This week we have talked about what being responsible means. Our Year 6 Prefects and Learning Detectives have started their roles and are certainly showing responsibility around the school. Well done to all the children who have been walking calmly and quietly around the school. 

Wonder Puzzle for this week 

What goes up when the rain comes down?



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 

Y1: Indy, Alfie, Julia

Y2: Katie, Kai, Isaac

Y3: Abdullah, Sheveya, Rudi

Y4:Mason, Tom

Y5: Tegan, Mukeah

Y6: Megan, Kain

Achievements and Celebrations
Star Pupils and Parents 

Well done to our new Year 6 Prefects for Autumn Term 1. They are Harrison, Kledis, Heath, Kain, Nina, Ruby, Lily, Mollie and Tia. 

Congratulations to Maisy (Y2) for passing her stage 2 swimming. 

Congratulations to Lily H (Y1) and Bradley (Y1) for passing their stage 1 swimming. 

Congratulations to Tilly-Olivia for passing her stage 5 swimming. 

Well done to J’Rae (Y1), Violet (FS), Maisy P (Y2) and Isaac (Y6) for being a Red Kite at home and gaining a Red Kite award.

School Celebrations

Thank you to the new Year 6 Prefects who have started their roles well. We appreciate your help at lunchtimes organising games and helping everyone to feel happy. 


FS 99.6%
Y1 97.2%
Y2 99.7%
Y3 95.2%
Y4 98.7%
Y5 94.8%
Y6 99.3%

Our overall attendance this week is 97.8%
The winning class this week is Y2 who have 99.7% . 
Well done.
Our school target is over 96%. 


Singing at Garsington CE Primary School: If you enjoy singing and would like to join a choir please come along to Garsington’s weekly singing group. They meet everyone Monday between 7-9.30 at the school. 

Apple Festival at Garsington Rectory, Sunday 21st October 2 - 4pm. Pick apples from the orchard, take them home or have them pressed into apple juice. Please see the attached flier.


Friday Assemblies

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

Friday 15th September Celebration Assembly

Friday 22nd September Harvest Festival Service at St Mary’s Church 2.15 (KS2) and in school for FS and KS1 at 1.30.

Friday 29th September Celebration Assembly

Friday 6th October Celebration Assembly

Friday 13th October Celebration Assembly

Thursday 19th October Achievement Assembly

Events for Autumn Term 1

Wb 4/9/17 

FS pupils in mornings (Fri: FS parents lunch) 
Class newsletters 
Fri Assembly: Welcome Back 

Wb 11/9/17
Mon: Class meetings for parents 
Friday: Have Your Say breakfast 
Fri Assembly: Celebrations 

Wb 18/9/17
Thurs: Full Governors Meeting 
Fri Assembly: Harvest Festival at St Mary’s Church 2.15 (KS2) and in school for FS and KS1 at 1.30 
Fri: Islamic New Year 

Wb 25/9/17 

Mon: Ask the Scientist assemblies 
Wed: Family Growth Mindset Workshop 6.00-7.00 
Thurs: National Poetry Day 
Fri: Macmillan Coffee Morning 
Fri Assembly: Celebrations 
Sunday: Harvest Festival at the Rectory 

Wb 2/10/17 

Mon: Rosh Hashana and Islamic New Year 
Wed: Reading/Phonics workshop 6.00-7.00 
Thurs: Open Afternoon 1.30-3.00 
Fri: Year 6 IMPS trip 
Fri: Prayer Walk Fri Assembly: Celebrations 
Sun: Oxford Half Marathon 

Wb 9/10/17 
International and Storytelling Week 

Thurs: International Evening 6.00-7.00 
Fri: School Photographs 
Fri: Friendship Time 
Fri Assembly: Celebrations 
Sunday: Pet Service at St Mary’s Church at 9.30 

Wb 16/10/17 

Parent/Teacher Meetings Tues and Thurs (Year 2 will be Monday and Thursday) 
Thurs Assembly: Achievement 2.35 
Fri: Inset Day 
Sunday: Diwali 

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

What are you thankful for?

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.’ Oprah Winfrey

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