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Newsletter 11th October 2019

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Dear Parents,

I would like to begin this week’s communication by informing you that the school has a new chair of governors. On Wednesday 2nd October the governing board voted in favour of Katie Miller taking over the role from our previous joint chairs, Jo Stocks and Emma Wykes.

Katie has a wealth of experience working in education, having been involved in school leadership on and off for a couple of decades in Basildon, Greenwich, East Oxford and as Chair of Governors at Charlton over a decade ago.

Katie’s father and grandpa attended the school, she moved to the village in 2006 and as I am sure most of you know, her daughter Tilly is in FSU.

Katie is a fellow of the RSA as well as being a member of the Association of Project Managers and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. She has been nominated as one of the top 10 women in Nokia, leading strategy projects in recent years including being fortunate to have shaped broadband markets across the world.

Katie’s experience and connections with the local community will be invaluable in supporting the school moving forward.

We have also appointed a new vice chair, Reverend Stephen Hayes. Reverend Hayes is well known to the school and local community, often leading our Open the Book Worship on Wednesdays as well as already being on the current Governing Board.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Jo and Emma for all of their outstanding leadership and commitment to the school. They will stay on the Governing Board as Associate Governors in what is a very exciting time ahead.

Educational Visits:

Every year the school receives a limited amount of funding to spend on providing your child with the best possible education.

Over the past 12 months, the school has used some of this funding to pay for all transport to sporting events within the local area. This includes for swimming lessons, quad kids, multi skills as well as tournaments against other schools. A coach journey to central Bicester and back costs the school approximately £100.  

Whilst we recognise that Educational visits can be expensive; we strongly advocate the rich learning experience that is gained by seeing these places. The wealth of knowledge and information gained by visiting places such as Stonehenge and Bletchley Park is incredibly beneficial to pupil’s learning and we ask families to support the school in paying for these trips.

Did you know?

Did you know that you are able to use your child care vouchers to pay for the breakfast club and after school clubs?

All children in EYFS and Key Stage One are eligible for FREE SCHOOL MEALS!

If you are on universal credit, we can support you with additional funding for your child.

For more information, please contact Sandra at the school office using the following email address:

New Governors Wanted:
Are you a parent or carer of a child at the school and interested in joining the Governing Board? We have a vacancy for a parent governor starting later this term. A letter will be sent out next week informing you about the election process.

Timetable changes:
Just to make parents aware, Mrs Styler is now teaching in Year 1 and 2 on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This means that Mr Griffin will be in class teaching on a Monday and Friday.

- Attendance

Attendance for this week is 98.21%. 

- FSU Horse & Carriage visit

The children were very excited to meet Mr & Mrs Merry and their magnificent horses and carriage. Peter Pan & Cookie Crumble behaved brilliantly allowing the children to give them little pats on their noses. Thank you so much for your visit.


Year 5/6 enjoyed a visit from Mr Vickers, who brought his American WW2 jeep to school for us to look at as part of our Topic.

Important dates for your diary:

- Yr 5/6 Residential trip to Youlbury: 14-15 October 2019

- School Parents' evenings (16th & 23rd October)

The booking system will be closed on 15th October for both dates.

- Yr 3/4 Mini Football Festival at the Cooper School: 17th October 2019
(the children can wear studs and because other schools will be wearing studs, it is compulsory that the children have shin pads. If they haven't got any then let us know. We do have a few spares).

PLEASE ensure that you have filled in the form on the School Life App (under Forms/sporting events/LJ) to give your consent.

- Ian Taylor Photography - 21st October 2019
 (please don't forget to add your name on the list in the FSU if you want a family picture with a sibling not in school)

- Yr 3/4 visit to Stonehenge: 22nd October 2019 

    PLEASE don't forget to fill in the form on the School Life App (under Forms/Trips/LJ) if you haven't done it yet.

- Yr 5/6 visit to Bletchley Park: 7th November 2019

    PLEASE can you fill in the form on the School Life App (under Forms/Trips/UJ) - Thank you.

- F1 to Yr6 trip to "Beauty & the Beast" at the Oxford Playhouse : 10th December 2019

    Form to be available soon.

- All school, Christmas Lunch: 17th December 2019

    Form to be available soon.

- PTA News

Cherwell Lottery.  The school association now has a page on this site, please see the launch poster.  Go onto the site and find our page, purchase a lottery ticket naming the school as the charity you wish to support, 50p will be donated to the school and you in return will be entered into the weekly draw to win £25,000.  Draws take place on Saturday evenings.  Please take the time to look and if you fancy it, try your chances. Good luck. (please see the poster below)

Rags to Riches bag collection. The cheque came through and I'm pleased to announce we made £201.50 from this collection - which is amazing thank you to everyone for having a clear out and donating to the school.

School Cookbook.  Please keep your recipes coming in over the weekend.   You can email,   drop them into the office or hand to a PTA member in the playground.  It's lovely to have pictures but if it's not possible just get the recipe to us asap so it can be included in the book.  I'm sure the children will like to see their recipes in print and the book will make a great Christmas present.

Scary Disco - please return forms asap so we know how many to cater for, and don't forget there's a prize for the best costume.

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. 

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   or Facebook

Launch poster for the Cherwell Lottery

- Oxfordshire County Music Service

Please find some information below about the Oxfordshire County Music Service and what they have to offer to young people.

- Furniture

As you know (from the Newsletter on 20th Sept) we have two filing cabinets like the one in the photo below (one definitely has a key) and a metal one that need a new home. We would hate to see them go to the dump so if you know of anyone who could give them a good home, please contact the office or Mrs Bending. Thank you.

The measurements of the wooden ones are:
45cm wide
72 cm high
80 cm depth

- Lost property

This tuperware was left at school after the Yr 5/6 cupcakes' sale and it might belong to one of you. If so, please come and collect it at Reception.

We also have a few jumpers and one small cardigan that have found their way to Reception too. They are not named so we can't send them back to their rightful owners so if you know your child is missing a jumper/cardigan or a small white PE polo shirt, please let us know.

WEEK BEGINNING 7th October 2019

Be friendly, respectful and kind Oliver (Yr 5/6) for looking after the younger children
Be responsible Molly (Yr 1/2) for helping to organise the phonics groups every morning
Be the best you can be Aubrey (Yr 1/2) for being respectful and considerate to other children
FSU Daisy for settling into school so well
Yr 1/2 Jaxon for trying his best in all subjects
Yr 3/4 Kit for always working really hard in class
Yr 5/6 Hannah for always being committed, respectful and kind

* Daisy is not at school on Friday afternoon hence why her picture was taken yesterday on her own


- Bring your Teddy at St Mary's Church, Ambrosden

* The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock

Dear School,

Please see below the poster advertising our half-term holiday activities at The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Previously a number of schools requested a pdf copy of our activities.  Therefore we have attached both a poster to display on your school noticeboards or to send home to families.

Thank you for your support in advertising these sessions.

Kind regards
The Learning & Access Team
The Museums Resource Centre
Cotswold Dene
OX29 7QG

* Oxfordshire County Music Service Music Hub Gala Awards 2019

Please find attached a letter inviting you to nominate pupils, teachers, volunteers, achievers and initiatives to the Annual Oxfordshire Music Hub Gala Awards. It would be lovely to recognise some of the schools’ wonderful students who excel in music but who are not known to us in the county music service or through any of our music hub partners.

We have extended the closing date to Friday 18 October. Please send your nominations to me at this email address .

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
Alison Cox

Oxfordshire County Music Service
Centre for Music
Bayswater Road,
01865 816990

* Iris Festival of the Future for schools, 25th March 2020, 3.30 - 6pm

We are delighted to announce the Iris Festival of the Future on 25th March 2020

This will be a large community event celebrating our Future Season at the Rumble Museum at Cheney School, and exploring a range of exciting ideas, technologies and themes.

There will be five main discovery zones: Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, Future of Archaeology, Design & Environment, and Science Fiction. Each zone will contain activities, stalls, exhibitions, workshops, and a wide range of visiting museums with artefacts to handle and explore. There will be robot shows and demonstrations throughout the event,  a walk through brain, a driverless car, as well as a cafe serving refreshments and hot and cold drinks.

The event will include expert talks as well as a wide range of stalls, activities and exhibitions. Visitors will be able to follow an exciting new model Robot Trail as they explore the site as well as a large interactive brain installation. Each discovery zone will contain striking decorations, workshops, stalls, performances and activities themed on different aspects of future technology, ideas and museum learning.

The stalls, activities and exhibitions run from 3.30 until 6pm. It is free and caters for all ages. Primary and secondary school groups are warmly welcome.

The following talks will also take place throughout the afternoon and evening:

3.30 – 4.15pm – Professor Robert Winston

4.30 – 5pm – Sparsh Ahuja, founder of Project Dastaan

5.15 – 5.45pm – Sophie Hackford, futurist

6 – 6.45pm – Mark Stevenson, futurist, author and entrepreneur

The festival itself does not require booking unless you are visiting with a school group. Talks do need to be booked, and can be done so by emailing

all best wishes,

Dr Lorna Robinson
Director, The Iris Project
& Classics Centre at Cheney School /
Registered Charity No. 1121868

Director of the Rumble Museum
tel: (01865) 765726 ext. 217
mob: 07988 819158

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