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Newsletter 4th October 2019

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  • LOVE


Dear Parents,

We have had a successful week at Charlton.

On Monday we were inundated with lots of clothing items which you donated. We should know in a few weeks how much the school raised.

On Tuesday, we were visited by Catherine Hayward, the Local Authority Lead Officer for School Improvement. She met with many of the staff and pupils, spent time in lessons and was very impressed with the levels of engagement and purposeful atmosphere within the school.

On Wednesday, the FSU travelled on a bus as part of their topic all about transport. The children really enjoyed the experience and used this stimulus to form their first independent NEWT of the year.

Today I led the end of week celebration assembly. I was delighted to see so many children receive the Headteacher's award; we had representatives from every class within the school. 

On a completely different note, following discussions with teachers, it has come to light that some children are not reading at home or practicing their spellings.

The Home-School agreement signed by all families clearly states that parents/carers will:

‘Read with my child and practice their spellings as it states in the homework policy’.

The purpose of homework is to provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s learning. It enables children to practice and consolidate skills and aims to broaden the context of learning and provide enrichment and extension.

Taking time to read with your child and supporting them in learning their spellings is invaluable and will support their progress within school.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents/families who do spend time supporting their children with reading and spelling and encourage all families to support the school, the teachers and your children by investing time in their learning outside of the classroom.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Griffin

- Attendance

Attendance for this week is 98.63 %. 


Roll up, roll up, come and join the circus.

Next week we will be roll playing clown, tightrope walking, being strong men/women, etc... We will also make clowns' hats, bow ties and props for our circus. 

We might even try juggling and balancing acts so come and have some fun!!!


- PTA News

Rags to Riches bag collection thanks to everyone for getting behind the rags to riches collections - 97 bags received weighing in at 400kg!  The bags will now be checked, and the company will send out a cheque in a couple of weeks.  We have booked further collections for the Spring and Summer terms, so please keep collecting.

School Cookbook.  The deadline for recipes is Friday 11th October, this is to allow the book to be put together, printed and ready for sale before Christmas.  Please keep sending in your recipes, with pictures - photographs or hand drawn.  You can email,   drop them into the office or hand to a PTA member in the playground.

Harvest Auction -If you would like to donate an auction lot please let us know either through the school (office or email) or contact Charlotte Devlin on 01865 331339.  This is a real community event, posters and flyers will go around the villages but also let neighbours know, they may wish to contribute.  The Nut Tree are hosting so sure to be a great night. 

Present Amnesty - do you have anything you would like to donate as a raffle prize.  Perhaps an unwanted gift from Great Aunt Maude, or something that's be sitting in your cupboard and not sure what to do with it.  The PTA would be really grateful to receive such an item which could be used in an upcoming raffle.

Scary Disco - look out in bookbags next week for the booking form for the scary disco.  Always a really popular event with the children.  They'll be dancing, games, snacks and of course the chill out area for years 5 and 6.  Start planning that spooky costume!

Upcoming Events, Save the Dates

Friday 11th October
- deadline for recipes for the Cookbook
Friday 18th October - Scary Disco
Sunday 27th October - Harvest Auction to be held at The Nut Tree
Friday 22nd November - Family Bingo evening
Saturday 14th December - Christmas Bazaar
Keep in contact with the committee via the playground, office or email
Keep in touch with  Facebook

WEEK BEGINNING 30th October 2019

Be friendly, respectful and kind Mia for always helping her peers and being respectful to everyone
Be responsible Fletcher for making the right choices in class, working hard individually as well as when part of a team
Be the best you can be Tilly for being really good in PE

* Tilly, unfortunately couldn't be in the picture today

FSU Beau for being really helpful
Yr 1/2 George for showing positive attitude and determination in PE during our Rugby practice
Yr 3/4 Lily for her focus and dedication to her writing this week
Yr 5/6 Willem for always challenging himself in class and for his excellent breaststroke


* Christmas Course

What: The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School Christmas Courses 2019

When: Friday 20 December 2019

For: Children aged 7-13 who love to sing. 

Where: St Barnabas Church, Jericho

Repertoire will include Gaudate (traditional) plus festive music by Peter Warlock, Thomas Ravenscroft, John Joubert, John Rutter plus some traditional favourites.

Our courses are for children and young adults who love to sing and are devised to improve their general musicianship, technical ability and confidence. We receive great feedback from families who say how much their children have enjoyed The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School's courses.

For those who aren't familiar with our courses, here's a little video of what we do...  (just put this on your browser..) 

We offer bursaries on all our courses.   Booking is via our website - or for more information, please email Samantha Wickham on and I'd be happy to help.

Kind regards,

Samantha Wickham
The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School

* Hub

Attached for your information is the October 2019 holiday hub flyer.

Please note bookings start on 1 October 2019 at 10.00am with the Early Bird Discount available from 1-6 October 2019 inclusive.

Kind regards
Cherwell District Council
Direct Dial: 01295 221980
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