Current Parent Newsletter

7th April 2017

Dear Parents,

It has been a great week at Garsington with all the Easter activities and running to support Mr Willbery and Mr Bowden Green in preparation for the London Marathon. Well done to the Year 3 and 4 pupils on their performance of the Emerald Crown. It was a wonderful play with a very important message about saving the rainforests. On Wednesday I was really impressed with all the pupils during the Easter Egg Hunt when they all demonstrated our values of teamwork, kindness and determination.

I wish you all a lovely break and Happy Easter. Summer Term starts for the pupils on Tuesday 25th April.

With best wishes, Z d’Archambaud, Headteacher 

Easter Services: Please join us for our Easter Service. The FS and KS1 service will take place in the school hall and starting at 1.30pm. The KS2 service will be held at St.Mary’s Church at 2.15pm. The children will leave the school playground just after 2pm. If you would like to help walk them down to the church please collect a fluorescent bib from school.

Easter Workshop: Please let Karen in the office know if you would like to attend the Easter workshop so that we can cater for numbers.

Marathon Week
: Mr Willbery and Mr Bowden Green will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April. We will be supporting their charities next week by getting the children to run during the week. On the last day of term pupils can bring in £1 towards the charities and dress in sports clothes for the day.

Achievement Assembly: On Friday 7th April at 9.00 we will be presenting end of term certificates for progress and attitude towards learning. Each class will also nominate the pupil of the term based on our value of kindness.

Growth Mind-Set Workshop: Following the success of the Growth Mind-set workshops for Year 4,5 and 6, we have invited Tim Hall to come back to Garsington to run a family workshop about how we can improve our learning and move from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set. Please sign up through Parentmail or contact Mrs Wadforth in the office. The event is free.

ASC & BC booking forms: These have been sent out via ParentMail this week. You can also pick up a form from the school office and also from the after school and breakfast club.

ParentPay: Thank you to everyone who has been using ParentPay. It really does make a difference in the school office and is much better for recording payments. Please do check to see if you have any outstanding payments on your account.

This term our school value is Kindness

This week we have been talking about Easter and the Easter Story ready for all our activities this week. We have also been learning about the London Marathon and the charities that the event raises money for. Each day this week we have been running at lunchtime and after school to raise money and help Mr Willbery and Mr Bowden Green in their training for the Marathon on 23rd April. 

Next term our value will be Independence. We will talking about what the value means both at school and at home. 

Big Question Homework

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

‘What have your achieved this term?’ 

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


Achievements and Celebrations
Star Pupils and Parents 

Mr Willbery and Mr Bowden Green will be running in the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April. Good luck from everyone at Garsington!

Well done to all the Oxford Karate Club who passed their gradings this week. Congratulations to Sulaiman (Year 3), Millie (Year 5) and Alisha and Maddie (Year 6).

Thank you to all the parents who organised and   supported a great bingo night on Friday. Thank you to Mr Willbery for calling the numbers. 

Well done to all the children who received certificates in assembly this week for excellent progress in Reading, Writing and Maths and for consistently demonstrating our Red Kite Values. We are very proud of our pupil of the term (also Headteacher’s stars) voted by their class.

Thank you for your kind donations after the Y3/4 play. We have been able to send £97.50 to World Wildlife Fund.

Congratulations to Lily (Y5) who did fantastically well in her latest skating competition. The competition was open to all, both here in the UK and wider, Lily was in the Beginner Ladies 9-10 which had 40 competitors in total.  Lily gained a Personal Best and came 11th out of 40 achieving the scores required to move up to NISA Level 1

Congratulations to Isabelle and Niamh (Y1) for gaining their Gymnastics awards using the beam.

Congratulations to Sam (Y3) on gaining his Stage 1 award in swimming.

Congratulations to Charlie (Y1) and Otis (Y1)  on gaining their Stage 2 award in swimming.

Congratulations to lauren Y3) on gaining her Stage 6 award in swimming.

Well done to Maya (Y3), Isaac (Y1), Niamh (Y1), Isabella (Y1) and Maddie (Y6) for being a Red Kite at home and gaining a Red Kite award.

Headteacher’s Stars  

At the end of each term children vote for their Pupil of the Term. They receive a certificate and attend a celebration with Ms d’Archambaud. This term our star pupils are as follows and were voted for by their class.

FS: Alfie
Y1: Mason
Y2: Anastasia
Y3: Jazmine W
 Y4: Charlie
Y5: Alfie
Y6: Sidie


St George’s Fun Day: Saturday 22nd April from 2 - 5pm at Wheatley Rec on Church Road. FREE fun for all, everyone welcome. Balloon modelling, BBQ, Face Painting, Games, George’s Play and much more.

World Eggbert’s Adventures: Egg & Spoon Championship, at Abbey Gardens, Abingdon. Bring your spoon! The family fun starts at 10.30am on Saturday 15th April. Please have a look at the website

Family Friendly Easter Quiz: Saturday 15th April from 6pm, at Garsington Sports and Social club,
Denton Lane. Quiz ( £2 per adult and are kids free) and Easter Eggs for children accompanying adults taking part in the quiz. 

Free Easter Egg Hunt in The Covered Market: The Easter Bunny has left eggs in shops in the Covered Market. Can you find 10? Every day during the holidays , 9-5pm, FREE.


Events for Spring Term 2

Week 1: Week Beginning Monday 24th April

Monday 24th April: Inset Day
Year 5 start swimming
Wednesday 26th April: Weights and Measures for FS and Year 6
Wednesday 26th April: PTA meeting 5.30

Week 2 Week beginning Monday 1st May

Monday 1st May: Bank Holiday Monday
Wednesday 3rd May: Family Growth Mind-set Workshop 6.00-7.00
Friday 5th May: Have Your Say Breakfast Morning Focus: School Improvement Plan

Week 3 Week beginning Monday 8th May

Year 6 SATS week
Wednesday 10th May: Full Governors Meeting
Thursday 11th May to Friday 12th May: Year 4 residential
Friday 12th May: Prayer walk at lunchtime

Week 4 Week beginning Monday 15th May

Wednesday 17th May: Singing for Senior Citizens
Thursday 18th May: Garsington Bake Off
Friday 19th May: Friendship Time

Week 5 Week beginning Monday 22nd May

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

Kids’ Zone

This week we have been talking about Easter and the Easter Story. Can you remember the story and what happened to Jesus? Do you remember what happened on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday?


Friday Assemblies 

Friday Assemblies for Spring Term 2

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

Friday 28th April 
Celebrations Sharing Assembly 2.35pm

Friday 5th May
Foundation Stage Sharing Assembly 2.35pm 

Friday 12th May
Year 3 Sharing Assembly 2.35pm

Friday 19th May
 Year 4 sharing assembly 2.35pm

Friday 26th May
Achievement Sharing Assembly 9.00am

School Celebrations

Congratulations to Thame House who won the Easter Egg hunt by just 5 points. All the children in each of the houses demonstrated excellent teamwork and kindness towards each other. They were all polite and well behaved and certainly determined to find the hidden treasures. 



Attendance for the week:

Foundation Stage - 96.9%
Year 1 - 97.3%
Year 2 - 96.1%
Year 3 - 96.3%
Year 4 - 98%
Year 5 - 95.2%
Year 6 - 96.3%

Our overall attendance this week is 96.6% 
The winning class this week is Y4 who had a fantastic 98% attendance. Well done!
Our school target is over 96%.