Shine as Lights in the World- Philippians 2.15

September 17th 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Platinum Jubilee
To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, the late May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday 2nd June 2022, and an additional bank holiday will be taken on Friday 3rd June 2022. As this extra bank holiday falls within the planned school holiday, we have been informed that schools can take a day within the school year. At Wychwood we will be taking this day on Friday December 17th, meaning that the end of Autumn Term will fall on December 16th at 1:30. There will be no school or WASP provision on Friday December 17th.

Covid-19 Update
We are doing our best to return to a normal school day which includes assemblies, play and lunchtimes in larger groups and the return of sporting events with West Oxfordshire schools. Next week we will introduce after-school football on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Other than WASP we will not be offering any further clubs this autumn term. This is something that we will review in January taking into account infection rates in our local community.

We have started to plan various events for this term, including the Harvest and Christmas services. After taking advice from the Local Authority and assessing the risk for the school, we have decided that these events will be for pupils only. We will ensure that these events will be recorded and shared with parents via the website or Seesaw. Again, we will review this in January. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate our way through this Autumn Term.

Deanfield Car Park
We continue to be in dialogue with Deanfield Grange and Oxford County Council’s Highways and Transport team in order to move forward with the opening of this space. There is currently a delay in the discharge of planning conditions and we are doing our best with OCC and Deanfield to navigate our way to a position where we can use the car park. We are just has frustrated as many parents at having an empty car park waiting for use, but please be respectful of our neighbours when parking as we try to finalise these last points of requirement with OCC. Please come and speak with me if you have any questions.

Democracy in Action!
Elections have taken place for School Councillors, Reflective Area Monitors and Eco-Warriors. The children spoke so well in front of their classmates, articulating how they would help our school become a better place. This week the Reflective Area Monitors and Eco-Warriors met to discuss their plans for the coming year. Next week the School Councillors will be meeting with Mrs Stratford and Miss Jenkins.

Parent Governor
A vacancy has arisen for a Parent Governor, please find letter attached with all the details.

Alex’s Big Walk
I know you will all join me in wishing Alex in Year 5 the very best as she will be walking a mile without any walking aids. This is a huge undertaking for Alex and will take her around 1 hour to complete. This was her idea alone and she’s determined to do it! Alex has been working hard to prepare for this with her weekly sessions, 10 minutes per day on the treadmill and lots of training around the block! Upper Rissington Fete have kindly given Alex a stall to help fundraise and there will be face painting, raffle, tombola and games. All monies donated will be put towards an attachment to Alex's chair to make her electric!!!! (you may have noticed her whizzing around on this last term) If you’re looking for a day out on Sunday please come along and cheer Alex on the route, walk with her for a while and then enjoy an afternoon at the fete.
Here are the details of Alex's BIG WALK:

Date: Sunday, 19 September
Where: Upper Rissington Village Fete
Fete running times: 12 noon – 4pm
Walk start time: 12.20 pm
Distance: 1 mile

Go for it Alex!

Joseph Rubba
Wychwood CE Primary School

Birthday Book Donations
Happy Birthday to Benji (Hazel), Peter (Willow), Dane (Oak) and Harriett (Maple), thank you for donating a book to your class. If you would like to donate a book to your class, please collect a donation sticker from the school office to stick your name and a message to your class in the book.