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Newsletter 14 October

Parent’s evenings

A reminder that parent’s evenings are taking place on 18th and 20th October from 3:30. Sign up lists are up in the foyer. Do pop in and sign up if you haven’t already.


Open mornings

We are having two open mornings over the next few weeks for prospective parents. We’d like to welcome you to take a tour, see the classes in action and have the opportunity to speak to the head teacher on the 19th October 9:30 and 11:00 and also on 2nd November 9:30 and 11:00. Contact the school office to book your place.


Flu Immunisation Day

This year, children in year 1, 2 and 3 have been offered a free, painless nasal spray flu vaccination. Those who have returned their consent forms will be visited during the school day by the schoolnurse on the 17th October.


 Calais Refugee Collection

Having spent an evening sorting and packing clothes for refugees in Reading last week, Lizzie (Year 5) and Phoebe (Year 3) have been inspired to organise a collection of much needed items to send to refugees in Calais, Greece, Croatia, Syria and wherever else the aid is required. The items collected will be delivered to Reading Refugee Support Group (, a grassroots project run by local volunteers who sort and pack the donations, load them into vans and deliver them directly to where they are needed. Phoebe and Lizzie would love to have your support, so if you feel able to donate any of the following items to school over the next week, which would be great:

  • Clothes washed and in good condition (with working zips/buttons) including hats, gloves and scarves.
  • Shoes in good condition (medium/small sizes best)
  • Underwear/socks (new only)
  • Toiletries (new only) including baby wipes, deodorant, shaving gel, nail clippers, sanitary towels.
  • Useable tents, blankets and roll mats
  • Backpacks or suitcases with wheels
  • Tinned food (with ring pulls), small bottles of water and packet foods with long dates.

Donations can be taken to the school hall any time before Thursday 20th October. Thank you.


 Scholastic book fair

It’s the time of year when we host a fabulous book fair at school. Running from the 18-21 of October after school each day, there is a wonderful array of book to delight children of all ages. Please do come along and browse, and buy some delightful books.


FOWPS Annual General Meeting

Monday 17th October FOWPS will be holding their AGM in the school hall at 8 p.m. Please come along to find out about the work that they do and the activities, events and projects for the next year. Everyone welcome. For more information please see the school website.


Sports News

Orienteering: A group of Year 4 children attended their first ever orienteering event at Nettlebed school. “We had to run, with our partners to look for clues and find little stampers that make a pattern in our sheet. The first team to find all their clues won.” ~ Mikey.  Woodcote came 2ndoverall.


Cross country: A group of children from Key Stage 2, participated in a Cross Country event at Stoke Row. Our runners did fabulously well and we came over all 3rd out of 7 schools with a super good performance from William in Year 5.  “In cross country we ran at Stoke Row, we had to run down a big field and follow arrows through a forest.”~ Kiera .


Oxford Half Marathon: There were 27 children and 7 adults running for Woodcote. It was really good fun! We got to shake hands with Oxford United club mascot. Everyone ran with smiles on their faces, including our littlest runners in reception, Freddie and Charlotte. Mrs Hunt has pledged that if we get 60 entrants next year, she’ll run with us!

“We ran 0.6 of a mile on part of the actual marathon course.  We had to wait a long time so we did a few dancing sessions to warm up. We each got a medal for finishing and a small bag of goodies. It was exhilarating and very quick. Most of us did a sprint finish. I’d recommend to everyone to do it. It’s worth all the training and it’s great fun.”~ George



  • FOWPS AGM 17th October
  • Flu vaccination for year 1, 2 & 3 classes 17 October
  • Beech class Motor Museum trip 18th October
  • Scholastic Book Fair 18th -21st October
  • Parent’s Evenings 18th and 20th October
  • Open mornings 19th October and 2nd November
  • School closes for October holiday from 21st October at 3:30, starting back on 31st October
  • Beech Class FAI Farm trip 3rd November
  • Year 2 & 5 cake sale is on the 4th November
  • School Disco 11th November