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Dear Parents,

We enjoyed such a beautiful afternoon for our Garden Party last week. Thank you to everyone who supported the event. An impressive £2372 was raised, to be shared between our charity ‘EACH‘ and Oxford House School. Well done to all involved!

I am pleased to announce that we have now received the report from our recent compliance inspection. Oxford House School has met the high standards in all areas set by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). Compliance inspections of independent schools by ISI are carried out every three years with the full qualitative inspections taking place every six years. The report is attached for your reference.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy summer break. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing the children back on Friday 6th September.

Mrs S Leyshon

Friday 6 September | Start of the Autumn Term
(Wednesday 4 September is start date for our new Form VI)
Saturday 21 September | 11 plus exam
Monday 21 October to Friday 1 November | Autumn Half Term
Friday 13 December at 12 Noon | Start of Christmas Holidays
Monday 6 January 2020 | Return for Spring Term

Next year’s Early May bank holiday
This bank holiday will not fall on a Monday in 2020. The holiday has been put back by four days to Friday 8 May 2020, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Head Boy, Head Girl and other appointments
As always at the end of each academic year, each member of staff and the current FV pupils vote to choose their new Head Boy, Head Girl and two Librarians for the following year. All votes were counted and this year we are delighted to announce the following results:

Head Boy: Quentin
Head Girl: Celine

Librarian: Kamran
Librarian: Emily

Friendship Ambassadors:
Katherine, George, Jenny, Layla, Siddharth, Harleen

House Captains:
Chaffinches: Elina
Nightingales: Alice H
Kingfishers: Beatrice

100% attendance:
Calli, Beatrice, Malavi, Ethan L, Miles V-J, Evie, Siddharth, Nithilan, Ethan T, Fleur, James

Well done to all!

Breakfast Club
From September 2019, our Breakfast Club will run from 7.30am for pupils in Nursery II upwards. There will be a variety of table activities and games to entertain the pupils and children arriving between 7.30am and 8am will be offered breakfast.

Breakfast Club will be invoiced on a termly basis.

Fees are as follows:
7.30am – 8.30am: £5 (including breakfast)
8.00am – 8.30am: £3 (without breakfast)

After School Clubs
Details of after school clubs for the new term will be sent out before the end of this month. There will be additional clubs starting, as well as clubs for Reception class pupils.

Nursery II ‘People who help us’
Over the last couple of weeks, Nursery II has welcomed a number of parents to the school who help in the community. The children enjoyed some very interactive sessions with a police officer, a doctor and an optometrist!

Annual Summer Piano Concert

20 pupils performed in Mrs Brooks’ annual Summer Piano Concert last Sunday, playing solos and duets for their families on the beautiful Steinway piano at St Botolph’s Church. Well done to all our piano students for their hard work this year!

Form II trip to Colchester Castle
On Tuesday, Form II spent a wonderful day at Colchester Castle. They enjoyed a tour of the museum and dungeons, built a Celtic roundhouse and a Roman villa and dressed up as Celtic characters.

Forms V and VI Trip to the Tower of London
Forms V and VI had a fabulous day visiting the Tower of London this week. They explored the Tower, looking at the armour, weapons and the Crown Jewels and met people from the 17th Century who told them about the experiences of prisoners in the different parts of the tower, the gruesome methods of torture used and how the prisoners were treated.
Pictures of the day can be viewed here:
https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/fv-and-fvi-visit-the-tower-of-london/

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for sending in bottles, jars, raffle tickets and pieces of uniform to support our Garden Party next Friday. We are very grateful for all your donations and we hoping for some more raffle tickets to be returned next week!

Please can I ask, if you are not planning to attend our Garden Party, that you notify us in advance and collect your child from school at 2.45pm from the main Reception (front entrance). This will allow for those parents who are attending to line up in front of the side gate for admission to the Garden Party at 3pm.

We look forward to seeing many of you attend next week!

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

5 July | Garden Party 3-5pm
8 July | Reports
9 July | FVI Trip to the Tower of London
9 July | FII Trip to Colchester Castle

Garden Party

If you are attending the Garden Party next week, please enter via the side gate at 3pm. Once admitted, please collect your child from the following collection points before joining the Garden Party:

  • Nursery II and Form II from the Nursery French doors
  • Reception and Form I from the Reception French doors
  • Form VI from the school hall doors on the back playground
  • Forms III, IV and V from the usual side entrance

Please note that once your child has been collected, they are your responsibility.

School Production DVDs
If you would like to order additional copies of the school DVD, please contact Magic Productions directly using the contact details below:
MAGICPRODUCTIONS
Telephone 07977 068647 or 07850 544733
Email info@magicproductions.co.uk

The video footage will only be kept for 6 months only for data protection reasons.
Please quote “OXFORD HOUSE SCHOOL PRODUCTION AT MERCURY THEATRE – 5th May 2019”

How Hill Residential Trip
Last week, our FV and FVI children spent a wonderful week at the How Hill Environmental Study Centre. More photos from the trip are now available to view on the website: https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/school-life/photo-gallery/residential-trip-to-how-hill-2019/

Dear Parents,

I was lucky enough to join Form V and VI pupils on their residential trip to the How Hill Environmental Study Centre in Norfolk this week. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience this amazing and ecologically important area. They have been thatching, owl pellet dissecting, clay model making, den building and much more. The children will arrive back at school today, exhausted but exhilarated, with memories to last a lifetime!

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

28 June | ‘Bring a jar’ Friday
5 July | Garden Party 3-5pm
8 July | Reports
9 July | FVI Trip to the Tower of London
9 July | FII Trip to Colchester Castle


Reports

Reports for all year groups will be sent home on Monday 8th July.

Evacuation practice
On Friday 28th June, we will practice a whole school evacuation so that, in the event of a real emergency, we can evacuate effectively. This routine practice is part of our commitment to safeguarding.

Garden Party donations
Thank you to everyone for your kind donations to support our Garden Party.

On Monday, we will be sending home tickets for the Garden Party raffle. We have some fabulous prizes lined up!

Next Friday, we would like the children to bring a filled jar for our jam jar stall. The jars can be filled with party bag gifts, small toys, crayons, mini soaps, sweets and other small items. Normal school uniform should be worn on this day.

Image result for jam jar stall

Dear Parents,

Time is flying and our Garden Party is now just three weeks away. This will be our main fundraising event of the year and both East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice as well as our own children will benefit greatly from the funds raised. We are still looking for willing volunteers to work on stalls for 15 minutes or half an hour. Please speak to Mrs Stokes or email info@oxfordshouseschool.net should you wish to offer your support in any way. 

We are also offering stalls to parents who are interested in displaying or selling products (e.g. jewellery), in return for a donation. 

Finally, we will be running two Garden Party Fridays in preparation for this exciting event. Please find details about these days below. 

Thank you so much for your support.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill
21 June | Non-uniform Day / Garden Party Friday (bottles)
28 June | Garden Party Friday (jars)
5 July | Garden Party 3-5pm
9 July | FVI Trip to the Tower of London
9 July | FII Trip to Colchester Castle

Garden Party Fridays
On Friday 21st June we are asking children to bring in bottles to serve as prizes for the activity stalls. Each child is requested to bring in an unopened bottle (toiletries, perfumes, drinks etc.). Bottles of alcoholic beverage are very welcome, but will need to be handed by an adult to Mrs Stokes at Reception. In return for bringing in a bottle, children may wear their own clothes on that day.

On Friday 28th June we would like children to bring a filled jar for our jam jar stall. The jars can be filled with party bag gifts, small toys, crayons, mini soaps, sweets and other small items. The jars will then be used as prizes in the ‘Jar Tombola’. This activity was inspired by our Eco-Warriors in order to re-use glass containers.

Image result for jam jar stall

Nursery II Topic ‘People who help us’
During the next few weeks, pupils in NII will be learning about people in the community who help to keep us safe and healthy. We are looking for family members who would be willing to come in and spend 20 minutes to talk to the children about their role. Please speak to Miss Tobin or Mrs Shine if you think you can help.

House Points Winner: Kingfishers
Congratulations to Gabrielle and the Kingfishers team on winning the most House Points this year. Their names will be engraved on the House Trophy. 

The final rankings are as follows:

1st Position         Kingfishers (Captain – Gabrielle)   526 pts

2nd Position       Chaffinches (Captain – Molly)        445 pts

3rd Position        Nightingales (Captain – Ishaan)     355 pts

Points were earned by individual pupils and teams throughout the year for activities including cross country, swimming relays, skipping, throwing, speed bounce and Sports Day relays.

French Day
Monday was French Day at Oxford House. Form VI pupils spent the day taking part in French games and activities, including a quiz based on photos around the school, construction of their own “Tour Eiffel” and making their own “pain au chocolat et croissants”.

Father’s Day events
Our Nursery and Reception dads took time out of their busy schedules this week to take part in our Early Years craft activities. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to spend some quality time with their children and their friends in anticipation of Father’s Day on Sunday. Pictures of the events can be viewed on the website: https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/school-life/photo-gallery/fathers-day-2019/ 

Grammar School Open Days

Colchester Royal Grammar School (Boys) 

CRGS are having their 11+ Open Evening on Tuesday 25th June (6.30pm – 9.00pm). No appointments necessary.

Colchester County High School for Girls
Tours for prospective students who are currently in Year 5 will be taking place week commencing Monday 8 July until Friday 12 July 2019 at various times during the day. There is also a talk by the Executive Principal taking place at 7pm on Monday 15 July 2019. Please telephone the school reception to book on a tour and/or for the Headteacher’s talk.

 

Dear Parents,

How lucky we were to have such lovely weather for yesterday’s Sports Day. This year, for the first time, the children competed to earn points for their houses. It was wonderful to see them cheer their team mates on with such enthusiasm! The house points earned during the morning and afternoon sessions will be added together, with the total points to be announced soon. A huge thank you to parents, carers, friends and family for coming along to support the children.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 10 June | FVI French Day (at school)
11 & 14 June | Early Years Father’s Day Activities
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill
5 July | Garden Party 3-5pm
9 July | FVI Trip to the Tower of London
9 July | FII Trip to Colchester Castle

Father’s Day Activities (Nursery and Reception)
We look forward to seeing lots of Dads (or grandads) join their Nursery and Reception children for craft activities next week. If you haven’t already signed up, you can still book a session by speaking to the class teacher.

Available sessions:

Tuesday 11th June:
Nursery I: 9.00 – 9.45
Nursery II: 14.15 – 15.00
Reception: 14.15 – 15.00

Friday 14th June:
Nursery I: 9.00 – 9.45
Nursery II: 14.15 – 15.00
Reception: 14.15 – 15.00

Victor/Victrix Ludorum trophies
These trophies are awarded for points accrued during the year for various sporting activities such as speed bounce, skipping, rounders ball throwing as well as sports day performance. Both trophies were won by Form VI pupils this year – the Victor Ludorum by Ishaan and the Victrix Ludorum by Gabrielle. Very well done to both!

PE from next week
From next Wednesday, girls in Forms I to VI will be doing dance, and boys in Forms I to VI will do outside sports.

Form VI ‘Money Talks’ workshop
This morning, FVI pupils enjoyed a guest lesson about finance. They learned about bank accounts, budget planning and savings. The children discovered the difference between credit and debit cards and explored scenarios on how to safeguard themselves from online fraud.

Garden Party
Our Garden Party evening will take place on Friday 5th July from 3 – 5pm, in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, and we are hoping that it will be well supported. There will be performances by our Drama Club pupils, as well as some very inventive stalls run by Form VI children. Form VI will also perform their Leavers’ Rap and our chef, Mr Edwards, will be preparing tasty refreshments and drinks.

We are offering stalls to parents who are interested in displaying or selling products, in return for a small donation. Please let Mrs Stokes know if you would like to reserve a stall. Should you have half an hour to spare during the evening and feel you may be able to help us in any way, please also let Mrs Stokes know.

Second Hand Uniform Sale
There will be an opportunity to buy and sell school uniform during the Garden Party. This is a good occasion for you to drop off uniform which your child has grown out of and buy the next size up. We are offering a 50/50 split to sell uniform during the event. Half of the sold price will go to parents, with the other half for the school. The money raised will be used to provide additional outstanding opportunities for our pupils academically, culturally and socially and to enhance facilities to include suggestions from the school council and to provide resources above the expectation.

Items for the uniform shop should be clean and in good condition please, clearly marked with your child’s name. If you would prefer to donate the uniform, please mark the items ‘DONATED’. If you are unable to bring items to be sold to the Garden Party, they may be left in reception at any other time (clearly marked ‘Garden Party’, please).

Absence
Please can we remind parents that, if your child is absent from school, it is a requirement that you contact school before 10am to inform us of the reason for their absence.

Sports Day
Pictures of Sports Day are now available to view on the website:
https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/school-life/photo-gallery/sports-day-2019/

Dear Parents,

We are hoping for good weather when we come back from Half Term for our Sports Day on Thursday 6th June. This year, the children will compete for their houses and it promises to be an exciting event. Please find more details about Sports Day timings and arrangements below.

I wish you all an enjoyable and relaxing half term and we will see you back on Monday 3rd June.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

27 – 31 May | Half Term break
6 June | Sports Day
 10 June | FVI French Day (at school)
11 & 14 June | Early Years Father’s Day Activities
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill
5 July | Garden Party

 

Sports Day arrangements for 6th June

NI, NII and Reception
For Reception and Nursery, Sports Day starts at 10am in the school playground. Pupils should wear their normal uniform but may wear trainers if they wish. Please ensure that your child has sun cream applied before school.

Nursery I children can leave school following the sports events but Nursery II and Reception children should remain in school until usual collection time. Teachers will be available to look after those pupils with older siblings who are at the Sports Field, until parents return to school to collect them, when Sports Day for the older children has finished. Please note that no video recording is permitted on school premises.

Forms I – VI
Forms I to VI participate in their Sports Day on the sports field at Shrub End (Boadicea Way, CO2 9BG) at 2pm. The first race will commence at 2pm so please arrive in good time. There is plenty of parking on the road outside the venue.

Unfortunately, there will not be any refreshments or chairs available so please feel free to bring your own food and drinks along with picnic blankets or chairs.

All children should travel to and from school in their full sports kit on this day and should have a rain coat, sun hat and a bottle of water. There will be swimming during the morning for the upper school, as usual.

We would like to request that your child attends school with a labelled bottle of sun cream which they will apply themselves prior to leaving for the event. Staff are not permitted to apply sun cream to the children, however can oversee the self- application.

All upper school children must be collected from the sports field – there will be no children returning to school after the event. Please note: there is no after school club on this day.

If you are not able to attend the event, please ensure arrangements are made for your child to be collected from the sports field.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Hall
Unfortunately, Mrs Hall has recently suffered a medical emergency. Although she is recovering well, she will be absent from school for the foreseeable future.

WhatsApp
We are aware that many parents use WhatsApp groups and these can be a very useful and efficient way of communicating to the whole class. Please can I remind parents to use messaging apps with social etiquette and to respect other people’s privacy. Please do not use the groups as a platform to criticise individual children. If you have concerns about messaging apps and breaches of confidentiality, please contact the school directly.

Reception butterfly project
This Half Term, Reception pupils have been learning about the butterfly lifecycle. Over the last few weeks, they have watched their very own caterpillars grow, feed and transform from chrysalises to beautiful butterflies. Today, the children took them outside and very carefully released them. It was the cause of great excitement!

Dear Parents,

We had brilliant weather on Tuesday for our whole school photograph. Every two years, a whole school photo is taken of all our pupils and staff and, this year, the children were again fantastic at keeping still for the photo, especially our Form VI pupils who were on the top back row! Order forms for the whole school photo and individual photos will be sent home at the beginning of next week.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

27 – 31 May | Half Term break
6 June | Sports Day
11 & 14 June | Early Years Father’s Day Activities
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill
5 July | Garden Party

 

Grammar school information for FV parents
If you are interested in a Year 7 place for September 2020 at one of the Colchester grammar schools, please ensure you register with the CSSE by 1st July for your child to sit the 11+ examination. Please see www.csse.org.uk for further details.

School Production DVDs
Attached is a letter from Magic Productions regarding the purchase of a DVD copy of this year’s School Production. If you require a copy of the DVD, please return the slip and payment to the school by Friday 24th May.

How Hill Residential trip FV & FVI
Following last week’s information session about the trip to How Hill from 17th to 21st June, we now need to finalise our numbers in preparation for the payment to be made. Please return the reply slip to confirm that your child will be attending to Mrs Stokes on Reception by Friday 24th May. Alternatively, if you do not wish your child to attend, could you let us know by email or telephone.

Father’s Day Activities (Nursery and Reception)

We would like to invite all dads (or grandads) to join their Nursery and Reception children for craft activities on either Tuesday 11th or Friday 14th June 2019. You can book a session by adding your name to the sheets that will be put up outside the classrooms.

Available sessions:

Tuesday 11th June:
Nursery I: 9.00 – 9.45
Nursery II: 14.15 – 15.00
Reception: 14.15 – 15.00

Friday 14th June:
Nursery I: 9.00 – 9.45
Nursery II: 14.15 – 15.00
Reception: 14.15 – 15.00

Garden Party
Please save the date for our Garden Party, which has been scheduled to take place after school on Friday 5th July.

Reception trip to Beth Chatto
Our Reception class pupils enjoyed a wonderful day at The Beth Chatto Gardens yesterday and found lots of mini beasts hiding in the woodlands. Pictures of the day can be viewed here: https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/school-life/photo-gallery/reception-trip-to-beth-chatto/

Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed the fantastic performance at The Mercury Theatre on Sunday. All the children gave their absolute best – what superb actors, dancers and singers they all are! This year’s production was again recorded on video and copies of the DVDs will be available to purchase next week. In the meantime, we have uploaded some pictures on the website for you to have a look at: http://bit.ly/SchoolProduction2019

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos
16 May | Reception Trip to Beth Chatto gardens
27 – 31 May | Half Term break
6 June | Sports Day
11 & 14 June | Early Years Father’s Day Activities
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill

 

Read for Good
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Read for Good Challenge. We have raised exactly £300 to provide books to children in hospital.

Summer School Uniform
Please ensure that children are wearing the correct Summer Uniform. We have noticed a few grey tights being worn under Summer dresses. Vests worn underneath short sleeved shirts or dresses should be sleeveless.

Girls Summer Uniform:

All years except Form VI

  • School dress
  • Plain white ankle socks, no frills or lace
  • White sun hat (not baseball cap)

Nursery I to Form II

  • May wear plain white cardigans

Form VI (optional)

  • School plain white short sleeved blouse with revere collar
  • School grey kilt

Boys Summer Uniform:

As for Autumn & Spring except for:

  • Nursery, Reception, Forms I & II: Plain grey ankle socks
  • Nursery I – Form VI
    • White sun hats (not baseball caps)
    • School short sleeved white shirt

Please also check the labeling on all items of uniform as a number of pieces have recently gone missing.

Mrs Quinn’s charity bike ride
On 26th and 27th June, Mrs Quinn will be taking part in a two day charity bike ride, cycling 182 miles from Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford, to Bournemouth, to raise money for a regional unit at the hospital that treats breast cancer patients. As Mrs Quinn was personally affected by the disease, and being a very keen cyclist, she is looking forward to challenging herself to raise funds for such a worthy cause. If you would like to make a donation to her Justgiving Page for this event, she would be extremely grateful and the link can be found below. In addition, she is also an avid runner and has time qualified for the New York Marathon in November.
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Louise-Quinn24.

Dear Parents,

What a busy week we have had at Oxford House. The children have been working very hard to perfect their parts for the school production. On Tuesday you will have received an email detailing the arrangements for Mercury Theatre on Sunday. The production starts at 4pm but children do need to arrive earlier than this and the times differ for each class as per the email. I look forward to seeing you all, along with friends and family, at the Mercury Theatre on Sunday for what promises to be a fantastic show!

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

5 May | Summer Production
7 May | FV + FVI Residential Trip info session
14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos
16 May | Reception Trip to Beth Chatto gardens
27 – 31 May | Half Term break
6 June | Sports Day
11 & 14 June | Early Years Father’s Day Activities
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill

School Production Arrangements
Please can we ask that all children arrive at the Mercury Theatre in full school uniform on Sunday.
Any children who have their plimsolls at home are requested to bring them along to the performance.

School Production Video
This year’s performance will again be recorded and copies of the DVDs will be available to purchase at a later date. If you object to your child being filmed during the show, please can you let us know via email before 9am on Sunday (please use info@oxfordhouseschool.net).

After School Clubs
A list of After School Clubs for the Summer Term can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:
https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/After-school-clubs-list-Summer-2019-2.pdf
Please complete and return the booking form if you would like your child to attend any clubs. Spaces will be offered on a first come first serve basis. The booking form can be downloaded here: https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2019/05/After-school-club-app-form-Summer-19.pdf

Reception class trip
An email has been sent out today regarding an exciting trip for Reception children to Beth Chatto Gardens on Thursday 16th May. Please note that, contrary to the information in the email, the cost of this trip is not included in your termly fees but will be added to your next invoice.

Curriculum Summaries
Class summaries for the Summer Term for your child’s year group are now available to view on the website under ‘Parent Login’.

The summaries outline the learning taking place in each curriculum area and allow you to better support and enrich your child’s learning at home.

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank all parents who recently completed our ‘Voice of the Parent’ online survey. The aim of this survey was to capture the views of all of our parents and the responses have been very encouraging, with some outstanding feedback which I have shared with the staff. Some of the feedback and actions resulting from the survey are outlined below.

As a school we welcome all of your comments, however, please do not wait for a survey to raise them. Should you have any concerns regarding your child, the staff or any other matter, please speak to Mrs Stokes on reception or email the school to make an appointment to see me.

May I take this opportunity, on behalf of all of us here at Oxford House, to wish you a very relaxing and enjoyable Easter holiday.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

5 May | Summer Production
7 May | FV + FVI Residential Trip info session
14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos
16 May | Reception Trip to Beth Chatto gardens
6 June | Sports Day
11 & 14 June | Early Years Father’s Day Activities
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill

Easter Bonnet Parade

This morning, pupils celebrated Easter with an Easter bonnet parade. Some of the designs were truly impressive! It was clear that a lot of time and effort had been invested into making the bonnets, so well done to the children and a big thanks to the friends and family who helped them out. It certainly succeeded in making the school a very colourful place! Here is a photo of our winners with their Lindt chocolate prizes:

More pictures can be viewed here: https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/easter-bonnet-parade-2019/

Summer Term Menus
Mr Edwards has put together new menus for the Summer Term, taking into account pupil suggestions from the school council meetings. The following items were added on recommendation from the children:

  • Quorn burger
  • Quorn hot dog
  • Meringue with the introduction of Eton Mess
  • Hot cheesy baguettes
  • Lemon drizzle / blackberry sponge

The new menus for the Summer Term are now available to view on the website:
https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/school-life/nutrition/

FV + FVI Tower of London Trip
We are rearranging this trip to take place on a different day in July, following feedback that the originally proposed date coincides with a Taster Day at Colchester Royal Grammar School.

FIV Trip to Stansted Mountfitchet
On Tuesday, Form IV pupils refused to let the wet weather spoil their fun and had a very interesting and educational day visiting Mountfitchet Castle, a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle and Village.
Pictures from the day can be viewed here: https://www.oxfordhouseschool.net/fiv-trip-to-stansted-mountfitchet

Essex Libraries
You are probably aware Essex County Council are reviewing the position of all libraries and both Prettygate and Stanway Libraries are under threat of closure. Hopefully the Easter break will offer the children an opportunity to visit their local library and help to avoid more libraries closing.

Read for Good
We have decided to give the children more time to raise money for Read for Good. This is an excellent opportunity to use your local library and pupils can choose what they want to read – from comics to classics. Any additional money raised should be handed in after the Easter break.

Voice of the Parent Survey Feedback
Your feedback has shown that the changes we have implemented to improve school communication and to make events in the school more accessible to parents have been well received. Your responses also indicate an appreciation of the visibility of and access to the Senior Leadership Team and praise for the high standards for behaviour and learning at the school.
Communication has continued to improve, however, we acknowledge there are aspects we can refine and develop. In recognition of your responses, we aim to focus on reporting pupils’ academic progress on a more regular basis. We will also continue to work on providing more clarity to parents regarding pupils’ learning, including Montessori equipment practice, teaching methods, desired progression and end-of-year expectations. The school calendar will be populated in September each year showing activity for the entire academic year, including after school club options.
Although the results of the recent after school club survey have shown that the Cognita wraparound care solution would not be feasible for our school, we are planning to introduce some exciting new after school clubs in the near future, such as LAMDA drama qualifications, yoga and other options, which will include our Reception pupils, and extended Breakfast Club hours. We are also looking at offering a wider variety of musical instrument teaching from the next academic year.

Dear Parents,

Yesterday our Form IV, V and VI pupils participated in our annual Swimming Gala. The pupils demonstrated pure talent, comradery and discipline throughout the event. We are very proud to have some exceptional swimmers in the school. Congratulations to our Cup winners Gabrielle and Quentin and well done to everyone for competing. I would like to thank all the parents who came along to support the pupils.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

2 April | FIV Trip to Stansted Mountfitchet
1 – 5 April | Early Years Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Easter Bonnet Parade
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production
7 May | FV + FVI Residential Trip info session
14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill
2 July | FV + FVI Tower of London Trip

Early Years Mother’s Day sessions
It was lovely to see many Mummies attend the Mother’s Day craft activities this week. I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with your children in their class rooms. Pictures from today can be found here:www.oxfordhouseschool.net/early-years-mothers-day-activities/

Read for Good
We hope the children have been busy reading for Read for Good. Please send in any money raised by Thursday next week.

Form I History Trip
On Tuesday, Form I enjoyed an interesting visit to the Natural History Museum and the Hollytrees Museum. After a mid-morning snack and lunch in the sunshine at Castle Park, the children explored the wondrous artefacts in the Museums. In the afternoon they enjoyed a fascinating interactive lecture by The Fossil Man, Mr Brian Day. Pictures of the day can be viewed here:www.oxfordhouseschool.net/form-i-history-trip/

Form V and VI Trip to How Hill
How Hill trip acceptance forms were due today. If you haven’t yet returned your form, please can we ask that you hand it in first thing on Monday morning.

Form V and VI Trip to the Tower of London
A letter will go out on Monday outlining details of a trip to the Tower of London on Tuesday 2nd July. Parents are requested to return the acceptance slip promptly, especially if your child will not be able to attend.

Easter Bonnet Parade
We hope that many pupils will participate in our Easter Hat Parade on the last morning of term, Friday 5th April. Each child is welcome to bring their home made Easter Bonnet to school that morning. We have had some wonderful creations in the past. There will be prizes for the most creative girls’ and boys’ bonnets. There will also be a small treat for everyone who brings their bonnet and takes part in the parade.

House Points
Congratulations to Kingfishers who have won the house points for this term with a total of 40 points. Following the Swimming Gala yesterday, house points are as follows:

1st position – Kingfishers – 40 points
2nd position – Nightingales – 30 points
3rd position – Chaffinches – 27 points

Dear Parents,

The rehearsals for our annual production at the Mercury Theatre on Saturday 5th May are progressing extremely well and it looks like it will be a very exciting and enjoyable afternoon. However, we are still in need of old school shirts and grey shorts or trousers for our cast of orphans, so if you have any lying around that you no longer need, please send them in!

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

26 March
 | FI Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
 26 & 29 March | Early Years Mother’s Day ‘Come and Create Sessions’
28 March | Swimming Gala
28 March | FV Secondary school info session
2 April | FIV Trip to Stansted Mountfitchet
1 – 5 April | Early Years Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Easter Bonnet Parade
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production
7 May | FV + FVI Residential Trip info session
14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill

Swimming Gala
Children in FIV, FV and FVI will be taking part in the Swimming Gala on Thursday 28th March. The Gala will take place at the Corporal Budd Swimming Pool in Berechurch Road and will start at 10am.

Fitbits and smart watches
We appreciate that smart watches and fitbits are a feature of modern society, however, the increasing sophistication of smart watch technology presents a number of issues in a school environment. We therefore ask that no smart watches or fitbits are brought into school.

Bikeability
After several training sessions over the last few weeks, our pupils have now completed their Bikeability training and received their badges. We are really proud of them for showing such great confidence and maturity during the course!

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Dear Parents,

The adverse weather has been trying to cause disruption to our plans this week. Our much anticipated Form IV trip to Stansted Mountfitchet had to be cancelled and has been rescheduled for Tuesday 2nd April. However, I am pleased to say that, despite the wind, FV and FVI pupils managed to take part in Bikeability on Monday. Pupils will be completing the Bikeability course next week.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

26 March
 | FI Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
 26 & 29 March | Early Years Mother’s Day ‘Come and Create Sessions’
28 March | Swimming Gala
28 March | FV Secondary school info session
2 April | FIV Trip to Stansted Mountfitchet
1 – 5 April | Early Years Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Easter Bonnet Parade
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production
7 May | FV + FVI Residential Trip info session
14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill

Secondary school registrations
Parents of pupils in Form V are invited to an information session on Thursday 28th March at 3.15pm to discuss 11+ and secondary school registration options.

Residential Trip Information session
On Tuesday 7th May, at 3.45pm, there will be an information session in the school hall for FV + VI pupils and their parents about this year’s residential trip to How Hill, Norfolk.

A letter regarding the trip has been sent out to FV + VI parents today. Please could you ensure that the acceptance form is returned by Friday 29th March.

Learning Journeys
Many of you will have come across the Learning Journeys that we use to support assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Learning Journeys are a way of recording how your child learns and develops as they move through the school and aim to provide evidence of your child’s progress, often in the form of photos taken during activities throughout the school day.

Please note that, due to the pictorial nature of the learning journey document, your child may be featured on photos in other children’s learning journeys. Photos taken of pupils for this purpose are always deleted from the school’s device as soon as they have been printed. If you would prefer NOT to have your child featured on photos for this purpose, please let the school know via email at info@oxfordhouseschool.net.

Easter Bonnet Parade
On Friday 5th April, we will host our annual Easter Bonnet Parade. Children are welcome to bring their home made Easter Bonnet to school that morning. We have had some wonderful creations in the past. There will be prizes for the most creative girl and boy’s bonnet and a small treat for everyone who brings their bonnet and takes part in the parade.

School Production
Rehearsals for the upper school production of OLIVIA! are progressing well and we are now at the stage where we are organising costumes and props. We will need to provide most of the cast with orphan costumes, so we would like anyone who can to send in any old shirts or old grey/black shorts/trousers. We will be cutting up and dyeing the shirts, so only send items you no longer need. The tattier the better!

Individual character costumes have nearly been finalised, but we are in need of any baskets you may be willing to lend us for flower girls and street sellers. We also need a large wooden easel and a couple of wooden barrows if anyone has any lying around.

We are very pleased with the effort the children have put into learning their lines. They will need to keep practising them right up to the performance, and especially over the Easter break! Many thanks for your continued support for the production, either at home or by buying tickets.

Form I Collection Time
There appears to be some confusion around the collection time for Form I. Please find the correct collection times below:

Nursery I:        12.00 noon from main door (side entrance)
Nursery II:      3.00pm from Nursery French window
Reception:       3.00pm from Nursery French window
Form I:             3.10pm from Nursery French window
Form II:           3.15pm from Nursery French window
Form III/IV:    3.30pm from main door (side entrance)
Form V/VI:      3.40pm from main door (side entrance)

Mother’s Day “Come and Create Sessions” for Nursery I, Nursery II and Reception
There are still spaces for mums (or grandmothers) to take part in our Early Years hands-on art and craft activities on Tuesday 26th or Friday 29th March 2019. Please inform your child’s form teacher of your preferred day by Monday 18th March.

House Points
Following the cross country competition last week, house points are as follows:

1st position – Kingfishers – 32 points

2nd position – Nightingales – 24 points

3rd position – Chaffinches – 23 points

Dear Parents,

This morning in assembly we launched this year’s Read for Good readathon. As a school, we want to promote reading for pleasure while also raising money to provide books to children in hospital. I have invited all of our children to take part. Everyone has been given a sponsor card and we will collect any sponsor money raised on Thursday 4th April. Happy reading everybody!

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

12 March | FIV Trip to Stansted Mountfitchet
26 March | FI Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
26 & 29 March | Early Years Mother’s Day ‘Come and Create Sessions’
28 March | Swimming Gala
1 – 5 April | Early Years Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production
14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos
17 – 21 June | FV + FVI Residential Trip to How Hill

World Book Day
We had lots of fun dressing up for World Book Day today to celebrate our love of reading. Children and staff looked fantastic dressed as their favourite book characters. Everybody enjoyed this celebration of reading and we are all inspired to read even more!


More pictures can be found here.

Early Years Mother’s Day “Come and Create Sessions”
We’d like to invite all mums (or grandmothers) to come along and take part in an Early Years hands-on art and craft activities with your child on either Tuesday 26th or Friday 29th March 2019. Please inform your child’s form teacher of your preferred day by Friday 15th March.

Available sessions:

Tuesday 26th March
Nursery I: 11.00 – 11.45
Nursery II: 14.00 – 14.50
Reception: 14.00 – 14.50

Friday 29th March
Nursery I: 11.00 – 11.45
Nursery II: 14.00 – 14.50
Reception: 14.00 – 14.50

Form I Trip to the Natural History Museum
Letters will go out next week regarding the Form I Trip to Colchester’s Natural History Museum on Tuesday 26th March.

Form V and VI Residential Trip
Please save the date for our Annual Residential Trip (FV + FVI) to How Hill, Norfolk, which will take place from 17th to 21st June. More details to follow.

Props for the Annual Production
For our performance of Olivia! we are looking for Victorian props such as baskets for flower girls, fob watches etc. We also need a traditional wooden easel. Please contact Mrs Roome if you think you can help.

School Production Tickets
Tickets for the Annual Production can still be purchased from the Mercury Theatre box office on 01206 573948 or online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/oxford-house-school-production

Please note that babies and very young children cannot be admitted to the auditorium. Children currently attending Oxford House School, who are not performing, are very welcome to attend if they are wearing school uniform and have booked a ‘free’ ticket.

Dear Parents,

I hope that you had an enjoyable half term break.

On Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to watch pupils from Forms V and VI take part in the inter-school Cross Country race at the Colchester Rugby Club track. Twenty-five schools participated and Oxford House took a respectable 14th place. We are absolutely delighted and very proud of all who took part. Well done everyone!

Mrs S Leyshon

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

8 March | World Book Day
12 March | FIV Trip to Stansted Mountfitchet
26 March | FI Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
28 March | Swimming Gala
1-5 April | Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production
14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos

 

School Production rehearsals
From now until the Easter break, Forms I, II and III will be going to the Headgate Theatre every Wednesday morning to rehearse for the Annual Production. Forms IV, V and VI will rehearse at the Headgate Theatre in the afternoon. Please can all children in Forms I, II & III come dressed in their winter P.E. kit on Wednesdays. No blazers, coats, caps or berets are needed and children will not need to bring in their school uniform.

School Production Tickets
The Mercury Theatre will once again be handling the ticket sales for the performance which will take place on Sunday 5th May. Tickets are £16 (this includes a £1 donation to the Mercury Theatre charity fund) and will go on sale from 10am from Monday 4th March, directly from the Mercury Theatre box office on 01206 573948 or online at https://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/oxford-house-school-production/

Please note that babies and very young children cannot be admitted to the auditorium. Children currently attending Oxford House School, who are not performing, are very welcome to attend if they are wearing school uniform and have booked a ‘free’ ticket.

Lockdown safety practice
On Monday 4th March at 9.30am, we will be holding a routine lockdown safety practice. On hearing the lockdown signal, all children and teachers will remain inside the class room with all access points blocked, until an all-clear has been given. The lockdown alert is a loud continuous sound, not a bell. The practice forms part of our standard health and safety policies and procedures.

World Book Day
World Book Day celebrations take place next week Friday 8th March. We invite all our pupils to come to school dressed as a character from a favourite book, and to bring the book in to school with them.

FIV Trip to Stansted Mountfitchet
Letters have been sent out today to parents of Form IV pupils about the annual trip to Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village on Tuesday 12th March. The trip coincides with the medieval studies FIV are currently enjoying in their History lessons.

Letter from a concerned neighbour
We have received a letter from a neighbour of the school (12 Lexden Road) who has a shared driveway with The Colchester Royal Grammar School. They have expressed concern that a minority of parents are using this private driveway for parking. On Tuesday morning two of our pupils run out in front of the neighbour’s car while she was leaving her property. This area is very tight with restricted visibility from the parked cars and most definitely not a safe area for children to be running. Please refrain from using this private driveway when dropping off or collecting your children.

Spare uniform for younger children
Please can we remind parents of younger children to provide spare pants, socks and shorts (for boys) and spare knickers and socks/tights (for girls).

Key chains and bag charms
Parents are requested to avoid sending pupils in with ornamental keyrings attached to their school bag, as these tend to easily break and go missing. One plain, inexpensive keyring per book bag is allowed to help children identify their bag.

Momo Challenge – Safeguarding advice for parents
If your child is mentioning “MoMo” or the “MoMo Challenge”, this is what you need to know…
MoMo is a new viral game that encourages players to perform a series of challenges in order to meet ‘Mother Bird’ – a disfigured character with bulging eyes and untidy black hair. Light-hearted and fun at the outset, the game experience quickly darkens, absorbing players who are encouraged to perform acts of violence and self-harm through a series of progressively risky challenges.

As a school, we have reminded the children of the importance of staying safe online. We are sending you a link with more information in case you want to discuss this further with your child – please click here to view the advice: bit.ly/2T7UNuC

Dear Parents,

Spring Term reports have been sent home with the children today. I am very proud of all our pupils’ hard work and of what they have achieved over the last six months. Please use the acknowledgement slip enclosed with the report to confirm receipt and make any comments you may have to the form teacher or myself. I wish you all a very enjoyable and relaxing half term.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

18 – 22 February | Half Term
 7 March | World Book Day
26 March | Form I Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
27 March | Cross Country competition (FV + FVI)
28 March | Swimming Gala
1-5 April | Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production
14 May | Whole School and Individual Photos

New Staff Member
We are delighted to welcome Miss Amber Fox-Hammond to the school. Miss Fox-Hammond will be taking on the role of Early Years Teaching Assistant.

Cross Country
You will have been informed by email if your child has been selected for the Cross Country Team. Please can acceptance forms be returned by Monday 25th February, as the competition will take place on Wednesday 27th February.

School Production Rehearsals – Headgate Theatre
On Wednesday 27th February, we will be starting rehearsals for our Annual School Production at the Headgate Theatre. Please can all children in Forms I, II & III come dressed in their winter P.E. kit for the day. We encourage children to wear their white P.E. shorts under their navy jogging bottoms. If the weather is warm, they will be allowed to take their jogging bottoms off. Please ensure that children wear their navy blue fleeces and waterproof jackets. No blazers, coats, caps or berets are needed and children will not need to bring in their school uniform to change into when they return to school.

Lost Property
Please check the lost property box in the entrance porch for any lost or missing items. Any unclaimed items will be removed and donated to charity on the first Friday after half term.

Stay and Play sessions


It has been lovely to see so many of you attend the ‘Stay and Play’ sessions in Nursery and Reception this week. Please join us again for the next Stay and Play Sessions from 1st – 5th April. More images from this week’s sessions can be viewed on the website under ‘Latest News’.

Safeguarding advice for parents
With half term approaching, you might be wondering if your child is ready to be left at home alone. The NSPCC have provided useful guidance to help you make up your mind about whether leaving your child home alone is a good idea, as well as tips for choosing appropriate childcare if you decide it’s not. Click on the following link to view their advice: http://bit.ly/2SAPLGz

Dear Parents,

The safety and wellbeing of our children is fundamental to how we operate the school and the fire evacuation procedure is a key aspect of this. You may have heard about the fire practices we hold in school and we will be undergoing more of these over the forthcoming months to ensure that we are confident that we could evacuate the building safely at any time of the day. I thought it may be prudent to advise you as parents what you should do if you are in school during a drill (or indeed a real event). The fire evacuation procedure is outlined below.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

11 – 15 February | Stay and Play sessions
18 – 22 February | Half Term Week
7 March | World Book Day
26 March | FI Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
28 March | Swimming Gala
1-5 April | Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production


Fire Evacuation Procedure

  • If the alarm sounds, please look out for our Fire Marshals (wearing hi-vis vests) who will direct you towards the designated Fire Assembly Point (Playground). Our Fire Marshals are 8 members of staff who have received full and up to date Fire Awareness training.
  • Please do not stop to collect coats or bags (either yours or your children’s)
  • Fire Marshals are trained to sweep the school to ensure nobody is left behind – please do not feel you need to check any rooms
  • Once on the playground, Fire Marshals will inform the Headteacher whether there is any evidence of the fire, whether the Fire Brigade has been called and what the progress of the evacuation is.

Fire Marshals have been allocated specific zones and a plan a showing these zones is available for you to view at reception. It is important that all members of the school community adhere to the fire procedure; this will ensure that staff can manage an incident effectively and keep the children safe. Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Voice of the Parent Survey

Thank you to all of you who have completed the Voice of the Parent survey. Your feedback is really valuable to us and we will give an update on actions taken as a result of the survey later this month.

Mrs Garnham

Mrs Garnham is recovering well after her recent operation and we look forward to her speedy return to the school.

School hats

It has been lovely to see so many children wrapped up warm for school recently. Can we remind parents that woolly hats must be purchased from our school uniform provider Coes. Other hats are not permitted.

Tuck money

We have noticed that some children are kindly sharing their tuck money with their friends, despite regular reminders from staff not to do so. If you think that your child might be sharing their tuck money, please remind them that this is not allowed. We have also been receiving some old and foreign coins, so please ensure that you send your child to school with valid currency.

Chinese New Year

This week, we have been celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Pig. Our Chinese pupils in NI gifted lucky red envelopes to all children. NII pupils made dragon puppets and also created red envelopes containing chocolate coins. FI pupils made beautiful Chinese Pig drawings and FII learnt about the Heavenly Gate Race Story and the reasons for the 12 Zodiac animal rankings. On top of all that, we were delighted to welcome Mrs Liao in Reception yesterday to speak to pupils about this wonderful festival. Reception children had a go at playing mini cymbals, learnt about Chinese food and even had a go at using chop sticks. Happy Chinese New Year!

More pictures can be found on the website under ‘Latest News’.

Talk on career possibilities

On Tuesday. we were privileged to welcome Jaya and Rishan’s father, Mr Yoganathan, to speak to our Form VI pupils about career possibilities. Pupils learnt about the differences between working in the private and the public sector and found out about the opportunities available in both. It proved to be an inspirational session, encouraging students to be the best they can be and use their passion.

Dear Parents,

It has been lovely to see the children wrapped up warm with hats and gloves this week. Hopefully we will avoid the snowfall for as long as possible but, should we get heavy snow and need to close the school we will endeavour to email you before 8.00am and put a notice on the school website.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

11 – 15 February | Stay and Play sessions
18 – 22 February | Half Term Week
7 March | World Book Day
26 March | FI Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
28 March | Swimming Gala
1-5 April | Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production

 

Voice of the Parent Survey

You will shortly receive an email invitation to participate in the Cognita ‘Voice of the Parent’ survey. Please do take the opportunity to complete this survey, as your feedback will help guide us in the decisions we make. We have worked hard to resolve some of the concerns raised during last year’s online survey. Below are some of the actions we have taken:

General Communication
A weekly email newsletter, regular website news posts and social media channels help to inform about daily activities in our school. For more specific queries, staff are always happy to speak to you. Please note that, depending on the subject, a meeting may have to be scheduled within 1-3 days.

Teaching and learning
To support you with subject terminology and expectations, a Maths booklet is being created to help explain the ways we teach Maths. Reading and Phonics workshops are planned for later in the year. Every term, NI, NII and Reception parents will have an opportunity to view pupils’ work during ‘Stay and Play’ sessions (the first sessions are scheduled for 11 – 15 February). For older pupils, there will be an opportunity to view and share work before Easter. We also hope you found the ‘Meet the teacher‘ sessions at the beginning of the school year useful.

Voice of the student
There is a strong focus on ensuring that pupils’ opinions are included in developing the school. As part of this approach, we have introduced School Ambassadors and House Captains.

After school clubs
We are currently reviewing the results of the recent after school club survey to ascertain if the Cognita wraparound care solution can work for our school. In the meantime, our Wednesday after-school club will continue to run, offering indoor activities in Winter and outdoor fun in Summer. An arts and crafts activity is always on offer. We are currently looking to extend the Wednesday club to include Reception class children, but this will be subject to space and staff availability. Our recent attempts to run a choir club during break times and before school have unfortunately proven to be unsuccessful and we are looking at alternative options. Finally, we are planning to introduce some exciting new after school clubs in the near future, such as LAMDA drama qualifications and other options.

Staff training
Staff are required to undertake mandatory training to ensure that we comply with regulations and that knowledge, skills and understanding are kept up to date. Courses are always booked to avoid as little disruption to teaching as possible, however, occasionally staff may need to complete this training during the school day.

House system
On Monday, our new house captains Molly, Ishaan and Gabrielle helped to introduce the House System to pupils throughout the school. They handed out badges and presented the new house names and crests.

House crests were created from drawings made by Keira, Dina-Kate and Max F.

School production
We would like to remind parents that the annual school production will take place on Sunday 5th May, during the early Summer Bank Holiday weekend. Parts for the play are now being allocated, so please let us know if your child will not be able to attend.

Lost property
Please remember to keep an eye on the lost property box by the entrance gate for any lost or missing items. Some smaller items, including a silver ring, a necklace and a ‘jet cadet’ badge have also been found. Please speak to Mrs Stokes if any of these belong to you or your child.

Borrowed items
If your child has borrowed any items of clothing from the school, such as tights, shorts or underwear, please would you return them as soon as possible.

Going home arrangements
Parents are requested to respect the following collection times:

Nursery I: 12.00 noon
Nursery II: 3.00pm
Reception: 3.00pm
Form I: 3.10pm
Form II: 3.15pm
Form III/IV: 3.30pm
Form V/VI: 3.40pm

Late collection is not permitted, unless you are collecting more than one pupil. In this case, you will need to arrive at the later time. Younger pupils are cared for by staff covering the late duty until 3.45pm.

Dear Parents,

This term, we are introducing a school House System. Our current and previous Form VI pupils have contributed to a great extent to develop this concept over the past year, coming up with names and creating house crests. The House System aims to teach team building skills as well as developing perseverance, self-esteem and resilience. It will bring younger and older pupils in the school together and develop social solidarity, giving our pupils a greater sense of belonging within the school community. The new house captains will be announced on Monday and their names will be published in next week’s newsletter.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

11 – 15 February | Stay and Play sessions
18 – 22 February | Half Term Week
26 March | FI Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
28 March | Swimming Gala
1-5 April | Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production

House names
After careful consideration, Form VI students have decided to base our House names on bird types. Three birds were selected and each bird name represents a number of values which reflect the ethos of the school:

Chaffinch: joy, happiness, celebration, perseverance, positivity
Nightingale: inspiration, guidance, triumphant of goodness, expression through the arts, individuality

Kingfisher: peace, mindfulness, trust, prosperity, selflessness

House crests were created from drawings made by pupils and will be unveiled in next week’s newsletter.

Initially the house system will be used for sporting events such as the swimming gala, cross-country and sports day. As time goes on we will use the House System for team incentives, team building exercises, competitions and much more.

Waterproof jackets
Could we ask that children in Forms II and III bring their Navy waterproof jackets in for travelling to and from swimming. Our grey coats don’t fit in the Leisure World swimming lockers and can therefore not be taken to swimming.

Cold Weather
Please ensure your child brings a hat and gloves to school, especially on days when they have PE/Games. Children go out to play twice a day, even when the weather is very cold.

Arrival and Collection
In the interest of health and safety, we request that you use the path opposite the entrance gate when arriving/leaving, and do not walk across the drive through the parked cars. Please do not allow your children to play among the cars in the car park. Parents are not permitted to park on or across the school driveways.

Dear Parents,

We are well and truly back into school routines now. It’s lovely to see the children’s enthusiasm for learning at the start of the new year. Our new Nursery starters have settled into school life quickly, exploring the various learning activities in our classrooms and outdoor area.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

24 January | Cookery Club starts
11 – 15 February | Stay and Play sessions
18 – 22 February | Half Term Week
26 March | FI Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
28 March | Swimming Gala
1-5 April | Stay and Play sessions
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production

Curriculum Summaries
All class summaries for the Spring Term for your child’s year group are now available to view on the website under ‘Parent Login’. The summaries outline the learning taking place in each curriculum area and allow you to better support and enrich your child’s learning at home.

After School Club Surveys
Thank you to all parents who took the time to complete the on-line surveys sent out before Christmas on clubs and child care cover. The school is now reviewing the results and will be looking at different options available and will contact parents when more information is available.

Cold Weather
Please ensure your child brings a hat and gloves to school, especially on days when they have PE/Games. Children go out to play twice a day, even when the weather is very cold.

Snow Closure
In the case of adverse weather, we will contact you via email as early as possible in the morning if it is deemed necessary for the school to close. A message will also be displayed on the website.

Drop off times
We would like to remind parents that all pupils are expected to arrive at school no later than 8:50 for registration. It can be very disrupting and unsettling for the individual pupil and the class, if pupils are not ready to commence lessons at 9:00.

Entrance gate
In the interest of health and safety, we request that you use the path opposite the entrance gate when arriving/leaving, and do not walk across the drive through the parked cars. Please do not allow your children to play amongst the cars in the car park.

Dear Parents,

Welcome back!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas break and are looking forward to a new year full of fresh beginnings and opportunities.

From this term onwards, we will be sending the Newsletter out on a weekly basis to improve communications between the school and parents. The Newsletter can now also be viewed in the email and there is no longer a need to open it as an attachment.

Mrs S Leyshon

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

14 January | School Clubs start
24 January | Cookery Club starts
18 – 22 February | Half Term Week
26 March | Form I Trip to the Natural History Museum (Colchester)
28 March | Swimming Gala
5 April | Term ends at noon
5 May | Summer Production

After School Clubs
After school clubs start next week, with the exception of Cookery Club which starts on 24th January.  If you have not already done so, please complete the application form sent out earlier this week by School Comms and return to Mrs Stokes.

Cookery Club
Thank you to all who have applied to Cookery Club. Priority will be given to those children who haven’t attended Cookery Club before. There are still some places available.

Stay and Play Sessions
We would like to invite all parents of NI, NII & Reception pupils to a Stay and Play session on the last week of each half term. Please feel free to visit between 8.30- 8.50 on any morning to look through your children’s work and spend time with them in class.

Our first Stay and Play session will be held the week beginning the 11th-15th of February and our second invitation will be in the next half of the Spring term from the 1st-5th of April.  We hope you will be able to join us and we only expect you to be able to visit once or twice during each stay and play week.

School Production
Due to the renovation work that will be carried out this Summer to the Mercury Theatre, this year we will be holding our Annual Production at the earlier time of Sunday 5th May. Please  make a note of this date, as we expect all children from Reception age up to take part in the school production. If a holiday has already been booked for that Bank Holiday weekend, please notify us at your earliest convenience.

Road Safety Workshop
Form V are completing a road safety awareness programme as part of their curriculum. This is a continuation of ‘keeping safe’ and supports work completed in Bikeability.

New Term Menus
The new term lunch menus are attached to this email and can also be found on our school website.

Drop off and Pick Up
A gentle reminder that children need to be dropped off and picked up via the side gate, and not via the main entrance door.

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