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Newsletter 12 September

School Photos – On Tuesday 23rd September the photographer will be in school to take photographs of all the children. If you have pre-school children that you would like to include the photos please bring them to the school hall between 8.30am – 9am. Please be aware that the photographer is under time pressure to complete all school photographs by 11.30am and will therefore start on the school classes at 9am.


Music – Pupils signing up for lessons with MJMusic Services over the next few weeks will be offered a free piano tuition book and diary and 1 free piano lesson per term for the first 3 terms. To obtain a form please email the piano service and send it to the address given (not to school please).

There are also spaces available for guitar lessons this term. If your child is interested in having these lessons (Tuesdays from 1pm) please ask for the details in the office.


New Clubs – many Woodcote Primary School staff have offered to organize a variety of clubs for the children this term. There will be information about these clubs coming out on Monday. Some of the many clubs on offer are: football, rugby, netball, cookery, computing, recorder, choir and book club. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis although your child should not expect to join all the clubs as we would like to offer them to as many children as possible across the school.


Bridge Club – Mrs Carol Quinton(an external volunteer) runs a Bridge Club for the children in Year 3 and above on a Tuesday lunch time from approximately 12.25pm-12.55pm. There is no charge for this club. If your child is interested please let Mrs Mason in the office know as there are only limited spaces.


Dinners – the new online Aspens dinner ordering has been in place for just over a week now and seems to be working well. There has been huge uptake of the new Universal Free school meal initiative for the Key Stage 1 children. We are now serving up to 120 dinners daily. This is double our original numbers. In order to speed up the serving process, please could parents ensure that their child’s class is entered onto their account as the ‘class name’ ie, Oak, Hornbeam, Beech, Ash, Rowan, Maple or Willow. Please remember to cancel or amend any orders by 9am. The school office is happy to help if you have any queries.


No Nut Policy – may we please remind you that we have a no nuts policy in school, as there are several children with severe nut allergies. Please ensure all snacks are free of nuts.


Illness reporting – if your child is not able to attend school due to illness, please call the school office by 9.30am and if possible, inform the staff in their class if you are dropping off another child. Please note that any sickness or diarrhea must be reported and 2 clear days taken off school to prevent infection of others.


School Cross Country Races – as part of the Primary Partnership schools in this area, and those in the Gillotts, Henley area, a series of Cross Country events have been organized for children to take part in. The first race date is: Saturday 27th September at Greys Court, Henley. The start times are: 9am for Year 1, 9.15am for Year 2, 9.30am for Year 3, 9.45am for Year 4, 10am for Year 5 & 10.15am for Year 6. There will be separate races for boys and girls. If your child wishes to participate, please let Mrs Mason in the office know by 19th September and we will add your name to a participants list. The entrance fee, for those on our list, will be paid for from our Sports funding 2014/15. The organisers ask that you do not arrive before 8.30am.