19th October 2018

Theme of the Term: Cooperation

Dear Parents,

International Week
We have had a fantastic week with trips to St Mary’s, the Sikh Temple and Oxford Synagogue. We’ve been drumming, playing Gamelan instruments, listening to storyteller John Harris, hosting International students, dancing with Sally, dining out at a ‘European Café’ and participating in a Hindu workshop. We’ve made Rangoli patterns, holiday brochures for Greece and learned about ‘The Dream Time’ and created Aboriginal inspired creatures. Some classes were even on BBC Radio Oxford sharing what they have been learning! Today of course we visited Italy, Sri Lanka, Australia and Greece, sampling food, learning songs and dances. What a week! I want to thank all the staff for all their efforts this week, it has been hard work but what a great experience for the children. A special thanks to Mrs Finch and her International Committee for organising the trips, visitors and the week in general. We currently have a shortfall of 25% for our voluntary contributions so please log on to https://www.parentpay.com to contribute!

Design Competition
Mactaggart & Mickel Homes who are developing the houses in Milton have offered our children the chance to take part in a ‘Design your Dream Bedroom’ competition. Children have the choice of drawing, making a collage or using pictures from a magazine and/or internet, let your imagination go wild. Children can do this over the half term and the winning designer will receive a tablet! We have two age categories: Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Entries need to be submitted by Monday November 5th. Mactaggart & Mickel Homes have also donated £1,000 to our Reception outdoor area fund and we are grateful for their contribution.

Through the last two weeks we have had some children arriving at 8:10-8:15 before school starts and waiting on the playground without supervision. Just a reminder that staff do not appear on the playground until 8:30 in the morning. We had an accident with a child earlier this week before staff were outside. Also, the Climbing Area and Trim Trail should not be used before school as both areas are usually wet and slippery. We have also asked that children not use the climbing area after school as we do not supervise this area at the end of day. Thank you for your cooperation.

Cross Country Competition
Yesterday we sent two teams to compete with 27 schools in the Oxon Cross Country Competition. Our girls placed 3rd overall and the boys 11th. Well done to all the children who participated and a special mention to Frankie who finished 2nd, Grace B.C. who finished 4th and Joseph L who finished 9th. I want to thank the parents who stepped in and made sure the children were well looked after, specifically Mrs Barrington Cramp who organised the transport and liaised with the school throughout the morning. We have just been informed that our girls will compete in the next round in March.

The Wychwood Leaf
Your child should have brought home the latest edition of the Wychwood Leaf today. This magazine has been written, edited, printed and distributed by Lillian, Elodie, Arthur and Asher. It is full of competitions, jokes and stories and we are very proud of these children who have been working on this independently at lunchtimes for the past three weeks. Enjoy!

School Meals
This is a reminder that all school meals for the first week back after half term will need to be booked on ParentPay by midnight on Tuesday 23rd October. If you miss the deadline you will need to provide packed lunches for your child that week.

PTA News
School Disco
Well what a fantastic Disco the children had last Friday. The Reception children enjoyed singing and dancing with Dancing Sally in the afternoon and the rest of the school had an absolute ball in the evening. You will all be excited to hear the event raised a whopping £471.25 so thank you to all the children for coming, to the bakers for the refreshments and to all the wonderful helpers on the night, THANK YOU!

Coffee Morning - Friday 2nd November
Back by popular demand, we are going to hold another coffee morning on Friday 2nd November, 8.45-9.30am in the school hall again. Tea/coffee and a Danish pastry for £1. The last one was a huge success and we'd love to get to know more parents so grab a tea/coffee, bring your buggies, have a chat with friends before starting your day. We look forward to seeing you there.

PTA meeting - Monday 29th October
Our next PTA meeting is being held on Monday 29th October at 7pm in The Hare, please let us know if you would like to come along, we will be talking about what we have planned for the Christmas term.

Fireworks Night - Saturday 3rd November
You should have received a flyer in book bags this week, tickets are now available to buy from the school office or at the Post Office for our annual Fireworks Night. The PTA also have tickets and we will be at school each morning at drop off selling them there the week before the 3rd. We have spent more money this year on the fireworks so we hope to see you all there whooping and ahhhh-ing! The BBQ will be there as usual, with our burgers and sausages coming from Castles in Burford this year. The cricket club are offering drinks and mulled wine, and we would also like to ask all you lovely bakers if you could possibly bake a little something to sell on the refreshments stall please. More details after half term or please feel free to ask a PTA person.

This term YOU have helped raise a fabulous £658.25 so a HUGE, MASSIVE THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!

Have a fantastic half term.
Many thanks
Anna & Philippa

Birthday Book Donations
We would like to wish Megan (Elm) and Will (Chestnut) a wonderful birthday. We hope you enjoyed your day. Thank you for donating a birthday 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.

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy half term!

Mr Joseph Rubba