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Headteacher’s Newsletter January 2012

Happy new year to all our pupils, parents and families!     


Welcome to three work experience students from Henley college. Miss Smith will work in Oak class, Miss Brownlow in Hornbeam, and Miss Stroker in Beech class, on Thursdays and Fridays this term.

This term we have class assemblies for parents and Parents’evenings, details later in this letter.


School Site Development

We now have cycle racks within the school gates which pupils may now use to store their bikes.

Thank you to FOWPS who funded these for the school.  We will continue to keep the cycle racks at the front of the school for additional storage, particularly during the summer term.



We have a range of clubs on offer this term hopefully starting next week:

Monday     – Lunchtime  – Recorders  – Years 3-6  – Mrs Wise

Tuesday    – Lunchtime   – Bridge club  -Years 3-6   – Volunteers

                 – Lunchtime   – Recorders    -Years 3-6  – Mrs Wise

                 – 10.00-10.30am – Choir     -Years 3-6  – Mrs Lecorgne and Mr Morris.

                 – Lunchtime  – Gymnastics   -Years 1-2  – Mrs Peacock  

                  – Lunchtime   – Knitting       -Years 3-6  – Mrs Bodeker 

                  – 3.15-4.00pm   – Netball     -Years 4-6  – Miss Allen

Wednesday  – Lunchtime     -Knitting     – Years 3-6  – Mrs Bodeker 

                   – 3.15-4.00pm  – Football   – Years 3-4  – Mr Dixon

                   – Lunchtime  – French Club – FS-Year 1  – La Jolie Ronde

Thursday     – Lunchtime  – French Club  – Year 2 , KS2 –

La Jolie Ronde.

                   – Lunchtime    – Football      – Years 5-6  – Mr Field.

                   – 8.00-8.45am   – Judo      – Years 3-6  – Linkai Judo Club

Friday             – Lunchtime    – Knitting   – Years 3-6  – Mrs Bodeker 


In addition to these clubs, children will have the opportunity to compete in inter-school football, tag rugby and athletic competitions.


SEAL (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning)

This term’s themes will be ‘Going for goals’ and ‘Good to be me’.



January    – Courage.

February  – Love.

March       – Responsibility.


Dates for the diary 

Half Term                     Monday 10th  – Friday 17th February.

Scholastic Book Fair     21st  – 28th February.

End of Term                 Friday 30th March (at 1.00pm)

INSET day                    Monday 16th April

Summer Term               Begins Tuesday 17th April.

Mayday holiday             Monday 7th  May                                   

SATs Week                   w/b 14th May

Half Term                     Monday 4th June to Friday 8thJune

Year 6 Residential Trip  18th – 22nd  June

End of Term                   Friday 20th July (1.00pm)

Swimming begins for Year 5 and 6 on Thursday 12th January – 9.45-10.45 at the Oratory Main School pool, and Year 2 on Friday 13th January – 9.30-10.30 at the Oratory Prep School pool.


Parent Interviews

There will be an opportunity for parents to meet teachers to discuss progress from the first term and targets for this term.  Dates are as follows:

Monday 20th February  – 3.30 – 6.30pm

Tuesday 21st               – from 3.30pm – Oak, Hornbeam, Beech, Ash and Rowan classes only.

Wednesday 22nd         – from 3.30pm – Maple and Willow classes only.


Lists for these days and times will be put up in the school hall w/b Monday 6th February, for parents to sign up and book appointments.


Golden Rules

Children are very aware of our Golden rules and often refer to them.

Please reinforce these at home:


  • We listen to and look at the person talking to us.
  • We walk quietly and calmly into assembly, the dining hall and around school.
  • We take pride in our work.
  • We follow requests and instructions, calmly and promptly.
  • We take responsibility for our actions and belongings.
  • We speak politely to everyone, and show good manners.

If you ever have any concerns please speak to the class teacher or myself, as often issues can be resolved quickly and easily with informal discussion.

Thank you for your continued support for the school.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Field, Headteacher.