Once again I welcome you all to the new Autumn Term, and to what is always a very busy term for our school community. Very soon we will have our Harvest celebrations, and very quickly after this our Christmas celebrations. We hope that parents will have the opportunity to come in and join us on these occasions.
Staffing and class organisation
Children appear to be settling well in their new classes.
These are the classes for this year:
Foundation-Oak class- Mrs Farrant
Year 1- Hornbeam class- Miss Burrell
Year 2- Beech class- Miss Allen
Year 3- Ash class- Mr Dixon.
Year 4- Rowan class- Mrs Peacock.
Year 5- Maple class- Mr Morris.
Year 6- Willow class- Mrs Lecorgne.
I would like to bring to your attention some of the information from within our Parent handbook.
We will be celebrating Harvest, with the Reverend Linda Smith, on Wednesday 28th September at 9.30am in the school hall. The whole school will contribute to the assembly to which parents are very welcomed to attend. We would like to request that children bring in food items on that morning. These items will be boxed up and distributed to the elderly residents of Woodcote. If you are available to help children to distribute food items after the assembly, please let Mrs. Bishop know at the office. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Also if you know of an elderly resident who would appreciate a gift of food, again, please let Mrs. Bishop know the name and address.
We have a range of clubs on offer for children this term:
Tuesday mornings- Choir- Years 3,4,5 and 6- Mrs Lecorgne and Mr Morris.
Tuesday lunch- Art club- years 3, 4, 5 and 6- Mrs Farrant.
Tuesday lunch- Bridge club- Years 4, 5 and 6- Volunteers.
Tuesday lunch- Recorders- Years 3, 4, 5 and 6- Mrs Wise.
Wednesday lunch- Tag rugby- Years 4, 5 and 6- Mrs.Peacock.
Wednesday 3.15-4.00pm- Football- Year 3 and 4- Mr Dixon.
Thursday lunch- Football- Year 5 and 6- Mr. Field.
Thursday lunch- French- all year groups- La Jolie Ronde.
Mrs Bedeker is hoping to run a knitting club after half term if there is enough interest from children.
We will take part in a range of sporting competitions and festivals throughout the year.
Coaches will be organised to come into school to work with pupils covering a range of sports.
We also make time available for individual music tuition from outside tutors to include guitar, piano and cello.
If any parents would like to run a school club please see me for a chat.
Parent evenings have been arranged for the week beginning Monday 10th October. Parents will be able to book appointments on schedules to be put up in the school hall shortly.
Oak, Hornbeam and Beech will perform their Christmas play to parents on Tuesday 6thDecember at 2.00pm in the school hall. We ask that parents do not bring younger children to this performance. Instead parents can bring younger children to the performance on Monday 7th at 2.00pm, when the play will be performed to the whole school.
Staff have carried out a review of the Team point system.
We have attached the agreed, whole school approach, to this newsletter for parents to read.
Children have been informed in assembly of this reward system.
Swimming this term will be for Year 1 at the Oratory Prep school, starting on Friday 23rdSeptember, and for Years 3 and 4 at the Oratory main school pool, starting Thursday 22ndSeptember.
We have in place a set of ‘Golden Rules’ which we will expect all children and adults to abide to. These rules have been discussed in assembly and will be reinforced in the classroom. Please read and discuss these with your child.
We very much appreciate parents’ support when encouraging good behaviour in and around the school, and recognise the importance of parents and the school working in partnership.
Please contact me at school for an informal chat if ever you have any concerns, as issues can often be resolved quickly.
Team Point Review
50 points – Merit certificate and prize.
100 points – Bronze certificate and Bronze badge.
200 points – Silver certificate and Silver badge.
300 points – Gold certificate and Gold badge.
These will be awarded during the Friday celebration assembly and will run throughout the year. Children who have achieved Gold can continue to wear these the following year.
Team points will be award for:
Consistent good behaviour during the day. The point will be awarded at the end of the day. The teacher’s discretion should be used for those children who are absent through illness.
Very good effort with work that results in a good outcome, a sense of achievement or some aspect of improvement. This means any child, regardless of ability, will have the opportunity to earn points in this way. Staff will use their discretion and professional judgement in awarding team points.
Exceptional behaviour or that which is above expectation. This may involve the pupil demonstrating responsibility, use of initiative, helpfulness and acts of kindness.