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Newsletter:12th February 2016

Parent/Teacher Evenings – these will be taking place in the school hall the first week back after half term, on Tuesday 23rd February and Thursday 25th February. The appointments are for 10 minutes however if you feel more time is needed please make an alternative appointment with your child’s teacher.


World Book Day – during the week commencing 29th February we will be carrying out a variety of activities in our Team groups to mark World Book Day. As part of the celebration, on Friday 4th March, the children are invited to come to school dressed as a favourite book character. Please bring the book, from which the character is taken, to school that day.


Craft Club – new registration forms are now in the Foyer for signing up to the afterschool Craft club to start after half term, on Friday 26th February. There will be just 4 sessions finishing on Friday 18th March. Forms should be returned with payment by Thursday 25th February.


Cross Country Championships – this event will be held on Saturday 27th February 2016 from 9.30am -12.30pm at Chiltern Edge School. There is a £2.00 entry fee. Arriving 30 minutes early will give parents and children time to scout out the course and give the children time to warm up. The organisers have asked that parents lift share wherever possible to reduce the inevitable traffic and parking problems. Please note no dogs are allowed on site.


Races Times Distance
Yr1 Girls & Boys 09.45 640m
Yr2 Girls & Boys 10.00 640m
Yr3 Girls & Boys, Yr4 Girls 10.30 1100m
Yr5 Girls & Boys, Yr4 Boys 11.00 1500m
Yr6 Girls & Boys 11.30 1800m

(As a comparison, 1 lap of the Woodcote Cricket Field is about 400m.) The course is relatively flat, but maybe muddy therefore studded or spiked shoes would be helpful if you have them. Mrs Bodeker and Dr Sudbury would like to encourage as many children as possible to take part for the challenge and enjoyment. If the children already take part in the morning running sessions and lunch time running club, they should have no problem completing the course. There is no race for the Foundation children however last year we took some keen ones who entered the Year 1 race. Let Mrs Bodeker know if your Foundation child is interested.


Dr Sudbury and several other parents are going to be doing morning running sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of half term on the village green. If you or your children would like to come along and join in, they will be starting at 8.30am and run for about 30 minutes. They hope to see many of the regular running club members.


Brownies and Scouts – ‘World Thinking Day’ takes place on Monday 22nd February. On the day, Guides and Scouts everywhere think of each other and of their commitment to international friendship and understanding. It is celebrated each year on 22 February, which was the birthday of both Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, the former World Chief Guide, Olave Baden-Powell. Any children in school who attend Brownies or Scouts are welcome to wear their Brownie or Scouts uniform for the day. The assembly on 22nd February will focus on the message of World Thinking Day (please note it is not a general non-uniform day).


Sainsbury’s Active Kids – vouchers will be available in store from 27th January – 3rd May 2016. Please collect these for our school and bring them to the Foyer to post in the collection box or post them through our post box. Please do not staple them together. The more vouchers are collected, the more we can spend on additional resources for school. Over the years we have bought playground equipment, such as stilts and skipping ropes, and gym equipment too.


Cabin Pre-School – a fundraising quiz night has been organised at the Red Lion, in Woodcote, on Wednesday 17th February at 8pm. It would be great to see you there! Quiz teams need to book tables in advance with the Red Lion on 01491 680483. Complimentary food is available for those taking part. They will be donating all profits from the night to the Cabin Pre School. A Super prize draw will also be taking place on the night. Tickets are available for £1 from Cabin parents, from the Red Lion or direct from the Cabin!


Messy Church – 2.30pm – 4.30pm on Sunday 28th February. St. Leonard’s Church invites you to come and join in an afternoon of family fun with crafts & games, a lively 15 minute service, with tea & cakes to finish! Free admissions – donations welcome. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.