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Newsletter 11th November

Remembrance Day

The children showed respect at the village memorial to observe Remembrance Day and it was lovely to be joined by some of the parents.


Mrs McGuire

We will be very sorry to say goodbye to Mrs McGuire our lunchtime supervisor who is moving away from the area and who leaves the school on November 25th. Mrs McGuire has been instrumental in ensuring the smooth running of the school lunchtimes and we will really miss her. We will be advertising for a replacement lunchtime supervisor and details can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council website.


How to support your child with Phonics – A session for Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 Parents – Thursday 17th November 3.30 p.m.

Come along to a Phonics meeting where we will be showing you how we teach Phonics to  Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 children.  This will help you understand your child’s development in this area and how you can support them at home. A crèche will be available for school age siblings and the meeting will start a 3.30 p.m. and will last for about 45 minutes.


Pirate Ship Ahoy

We are excited about our new Pirate Ship and work is progressing well. The safety surface will be going down next week and until this work is completed please remind your children not to play on the structure.



Winter Disco

Tonight is the first whole school disco of the school year. We hope to see lots of Woodcote Primary children popping back to school for an hour of dancing. Please sign your child(ren) in as you enter via the foyer and sign out again when you leave. Foundation and KS1 from 5:30-6:30 (please collect your child by no later than 6:30 via the side gate). KS2 6:30-7:30 (please collect your child at 7:30 via the foyer). Cost: £3 per child. Children will get a drink and biscuit during the disco and be able to participate in a dance competition with a small prize for the winners.


Jingle Jog 2016

For the first time this year FOWPS have planned a fun run. With a festive Christmas theme, this fun run is for children aged 3 to11. You do not have to be a student at Woodcote Primary School to participate so please invite your friends to come along. We’d love to see your mini Santas, reindeer, elves, angels, shepherds, stars and other festive characters joining in. The entrance fee is £5 per participant payable to the school office by 5th December 2016.


Schedule of Events

  • Sign in for all entrants at 9:45a.m. You will be given a Santa hat upon sign in.
  • Start for  Age 3-6 at 10:00 a.m.  (run distance approximately 1 mile /2km)
  • Start  for Age 7-11 at 10:30a.m. (run distance approximately 2 miles /3km)
  • Entrants will receive a goody bag and medal upon completion of the fun run.

Spectators can enjoy tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cold drinks and a breakfast butty or cake which will be on sale before, during and after the runs.

To register online for Jingle Jog 2016 at


Christmas Fair collections

A reminder that we are collecting raffle hamper goodies until the 30th of November. We are also collecting jolly jars for the jolly jar stall and bottles for our bottle tombola. These should be placed in to your child’s house crate outside the chalet.

Support your child’s house team by bringing in as many items as you can. The winning houses for these collections will be allowed to wear their own clothes to school on the day of the Christmas Fair, Friday 9th December.


Currently the Owls team is winning the jolly jar competition thanks to some very generous contributors! Can another team catch up?
The Bottle Tombola collection starts sooon so the completion is on to see which house will come out tops!


FOWPS COVER ART COMPETITION: FOWPS are running a cover art competition all this week. Please could your children draw a fun and festive Christmas themed picture on an A5 size page (in portrait orientation) and drop it in the collection box at the chalet by Friday the 18th. Please write your child’s name and class on the back of the drawing.

The winning artwork will be used as the cover of this year’s Christmas fair programme. Good luck to all entrants.

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS: We are also offering A6 advertising space in the programme. If you run your own business and would like to have an advert in the programme, please email with your graphic/image and relevant information to be included, or to ask any questions regarding this venture. (Complete adverts appreciated). The cost of the advert is £10. The programmes will be sent out to everyone in the school, and be available on the door at the fair, so you should get a lot of exposure for your business.


Whitchurch Christmas Market – Sunday 4th December, 11am to 3pm

The Whitchurch-on-Thames Christmas Market will again be held at Whitchurch Primary School from 11am – 3pm on Sunday 4th December.  This year we are so excited to be adding an outdoor ice skating rink for children and adults to enjoy (please email to book your slot, tickets from £6).  We will have Santa returning in his grotto (tickets £3 including gift and opportunity to write, decorate and post your own letter to Santa), some wonderful local craft and gift stalls and many children’s activities. We will be holding a raffle with some great prizes including dinner for two at the Crooked Billet, two premier enclosure badges for Newbury Races, a Sunday roast for four at The Elephant Hotel and lots, lots more (please email to buy your raffle tickets). All proceeds are in aid of Whitchurch Primary School.


Some dates for your diary

2nd School Council film night
6th and 7th Year 1 and 2 Nativity
8th and 9th Foundation Christmas play
9th FOWPS Christmas Fair
11th FOWPS Jingle Jog fun run
14th Aspens Christmas lunch
15th Whole school Pantomime trip and bedtime stories
16 School Closes for the Christmas holiday
Year 5 and Year 6 Parents


Young Voices January 27th 2017


Please have your Parent ticket and

T-shirt orders and payment in by Friday November 18th at the latest.