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Newsletter 13.12.12

Whoops a Daisy Angel – We had two fantastic performances of ‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’ this week from Oak, Hornbeam and Beech classes.  Once again the children made us smile with their delightful and often charming performances, and the confidence on the stage was great to see.  All the children enjoyed performing and did a great job.


Well done particularly to the solo singers, Holly Bassett, Teddy Norris and Tori Van Heerden.  Well done too, to the lead character, Daisy Packer, who performed brilliantly as Whoops a Daisy Angel.


A big thank you must go to Miss Burrell and the KS1 team of teachers and teaching assistants for putting the play together and organising costume and props.  Also a special thank you to Sandra Farmer who worked really hard making costumes and also helped behind the scenes on both days.  A big thank you too, to the parents for coming along and supporting the children.


We are delighted to say that the collection after the performance on Wednesday and the dress rehearsal on Tuesday raised over £260 which will be put added to our ‘new minibus’ fund. 


KS2 Production – All tickets have now been sold and given out for the two performances on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December. If anyone has tickets for either evening which will not be used, please could these be returned to the school office as soon as possible as we have a waiting list for tickets.

Please be aware that Langtree also have productions on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings so parking will be difficult.  We would advise that those who are able to do so walk to the school if at all possible.


Children in the choir do not need to arrive in school until 6.30pm but need to wear a white T shirt or polo shirt and dark school trousers.


Children in the cast need to be in at 6pm if lots of make-up required or 6.00 – 6.15pm if not much make-up.


Parents are invited to arrive at 6.30pm when FOWPS will be offering refreshments, before the performance begins at 7pm.  Please be reminded that this is a ticketed only event and numbers are restricted due to fire safety precautions.  There will be no additional standing room.


After both performances a collection will be taken with the proceeds being used to help cover the cost of staging equipment.



Arrival at School – Can I please remind everyone that the side gate to the school playground opens at 8.30am but there will not be a member of staff on duty in the playground until 8.40am so parents are responsible for their children until then.  Children then line up in their class groups and are taken into their classes at 8.50am.  There is no access to the classrooms until then unless it is raining or very poor weather when parents and children are given access to the school at 8.40am.

Emergency Closures – In the event of bad weather any closure or late opening will be announced on the radio by 8.00am, earlier if possible (BBC Radio Oxford and Heart FM Oxfordshire) and will appear on their websites. 

We will also inform the Woodcote and Cabin Pre-schools.

We will notify parents of opening/closing on our school website:

School closures are also listed on the County website:


Free School Meals – These are available to children whose parents receive any of the following benefits:


  • Income Support
  • income based Employment & Support Allowance
  • income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit provided your annual income as assessed by the Inland Revenue
    does not exceed £16,190 and provided that Working Tax Credit is not included.


Please ask in the school office if you think you would be eligible and this can be checked for you if you bring along your documentation.  Even if your child only has dinners very occasionally this could be helpful to you and the school can also benefit from this.  We can assure you that this information will be kept confidential and will be known to office staff only.


Postage Stamps – Now that Christmas cards are arriving please collect the stamps off the envelopes
(cut or tear around the stamp, don’t unstick them) and bring them into the school office and they will then be taken over to the library by Mrs Kew for donation to the Marie Curie Fund.  These are collected throughout the year so please continue to collect them even after Christmas.


Rainbow Centre – The Rainbow Children’s Centre, Sonning Common caters for children from 0-5 years.  Sessions include messy play, stories, singing, role play, sand and water play with facilities inside and outside.  You are welcome to go to a session with your child to enjoy activities, receive information on health and economic well-being, talk to their friendly team or to share your expertise.  The Children’s Centre is keen to recruit volunteers so please contact them if you have some spare time to contribute – 01189 724024.  Visit their website at


End of Term – This term ends on Friday 21st December at the earlier time of 1pm.  There will be no After School Club on that day.  The new school term will start on Monday 7th January.