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Newsletter W/ending 9th October 2015

Parent/Teacher interviews – the class lists will remain in the hall for you to sign up for a meeting with the class teacher until the end of next week. Please make a note of the appointments you have made.

Please note that Hornbeam (Year 1) will have dates of Tuesday 20th October, 1.30pm-3.30pm to see Mrs Fletcher or Wednesday 21st October 3.30pm- 7pm to see Mrs Hall.

The other classes are as follows:

Foundation, Year 5 & Year 6: Wednesday 21st October (3.30-7pm) & Friday 23rd October (1.30-3.30pm).

Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4: Wednesday 21st October (3.30-7pm) & Thursday 22nd October (1.30-3.30pm).

The Wednesday parent interviews will take place in the school hall, whilst the afternoon sessions will be in the Chalets.


Woodcote Primary Poppy Project – Can you knit, crochet or sew?  Then we need your help to make poppies. Woodcote Primary will be celebrating Armistice Day on the 11th November and conducting our own memorial ceremony in the centre of Woodcote at 11.00am.  Everyone is welcome to join us and we’d like to involve our community by wearing poppies that have been knitted, crocheted or sewn by local residents. We would like to get enough together for all the children to be given the opportunity to donate to the appeal and wear one of the poppies, and if we get more, we will sell them throughout the village.  If we get more than we can handle, we will make a wreath to lay or a collage for the school – ‘lest we forget’. We will be supporting The Royal British Legion, who provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community, serving men and women, veterans and their families.

If you would like to help, we will provide the wool, and we also have some needles.  We can provide a pattern but if you want to go ‘freestyle’ and create your own designs, that would be fine too.  There are loads of patterns available.  Just type in ‘free poppy patterns’ into Google, or why not try Pinterest?

If you need wool or needles or a pattern, please call 07798 702041. Any completed poppies should be dropped off at the school and please make sure you leave your name. Let’s see how much we can raise!


Additional Funding – please see the attached document or collect one from the Foyer regarding the additional benefits of registering your child as eligible for Free School Meals. If you would like any further advice please see the school office.


Craft Club – Suzanna Craft is taking bookings for the next 6 craft club sessions from Friday 6thNovember until Friday 11th December. The club is now open to all years, including Foundation children. Please see attached flier and note that there are paper copies in the Foyer. Forms need to be returned by Friday 23rd October (not 16th Oct as noted on Flier).


Oxford half marathon – this is taking place on Sunday 11th October. Good luck to all the participants.


Cross Country events – the primary school cross country races continue this Saturday 10thOctober, at Chiltern Edge School, starting at 10am. If your child is interested in competing, please wear the new Woodcote Blue PE polo shirt. The next event will be 7th November then 5thDecember – all at Chiltern Edge School. The organisers have asked that we remind parents that no dogs are allowed on site.


Book Fair – from next Tuesday 13th October to Monday 20th October, we will be hosting the Scholastics Book Fair in the school hall from 3.15pm-3.45pm. The more books that are sold during this week, the more free books that school will be able to claim via the Scholastics Commission Shop. Scholastics have offered school a very generous commission rate as long as we generate over £400.00 worth of sales. Please help us achieve this target.


Samaritan’s Purse – each year Woodcote Primary School children have helped with the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box appeal. If you would like to donate a shoe box of gifts please see the office for a leaflet. The organisers have asked us to let you know that if you donate online (sending the completed box into school) you can choose to track your parcel to its destination. The leaflets give all the information needed and ask for a payment of £3.00 with each box. The payment covers the cost of transportation, overseas shipping etc. All shoe boxes should be brought to the school office by Monday 2nd November.


Bridge Club – there will be no Bridge Club now until after half term.

Half Term Holiday Camp – the Elms Sports Camp are running a holiday club during the October half term. For more details please take a leaflet in the Foyer.


Starting School – if you have a child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you need to apply for a primary school place now. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2016. Applications can be done online at For help or information please call 01865 815 175 or email


Secondary School – Year 6 parents are reminded to complete their child’s Secondary School applications by 2nd November 2015. Applications should be submitted online at:


FOWPS Newsletter w/e Friday 10th October

AGM – Will take place on Thursday15th October at 7.30pm in Spruce (Kitchen Chalet). Everyone is welcome and there will be some refreshments provided. A copy of the agenda and last year’s minutes are available in the school office if you would like to look at these beforehand.


Diary Dates – Christmas Market – Friday 27th November. School Disco – Friday 4th December.