Oxenhope CE Primary School

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on October 14, 2016

Such a lot has been happening this week it’s hard to know where to begin.

Let me start by saying thank you to those people who have taken the time to fill in a feedback form with the Ofsted questions for 2016 about satisfaction, or not, with various aspects of the school. I will collate the answers and publish the information next week so if you would still like to contribute but haven’t then pop in to the office and pick up a form or download one from the link here and drop it in. ofsted-parent-view-questions

Also on the communication side of things there will be a parent’s forum meeting on Wednesday November 12th at 5:30 in school. This is a governor led meeting where governors, parents and school leadership can meet and share ideas about how to build, strengthen and maintain relationships between all stakeholders. It is not going to focus on providing solutions at the meeting but we would welcome everyone to come and share their ideas for consideration and to have your say. This will then form part of our work moving forward with a smaller group of parents, governors and staff matching what we do as a school to the needs of the community. The invitation and agenda are here. parent-forum

Life Savers were at the Tuesday session of the parent’s evenings and Ian spoke to a lot of you about the benefits of having a real relationship with your savings account and the benefits this can bring. I hope that you have the information needed to follow this up and join the Life Saver scheme within school. Bradford has been chosen as a pilot area and we are one of 5 pilot schools in the district. Here is a link for more information.  http://www.bdcu.co.uk/content.asp?section=236

Now to the classroom… Year 5 have had great success in their development of the Allotment and have written to several local Garden Centres. The letters are well written and have persuaded 3 of the local Garden Centres to donate money and supplies to get us started. The Garden Centre’s have also written lovely letters in return to wish them well with the gardening project. A big thank you to Keelham Farm, New Coley Nurseries and High Trees Garden Centre for these contributions.

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Well done to Year 5 for such a fantastic response and I hope that means you will continue to grow, taste and make things with the produce grown – that soup was lovely!

We always have a big turn out for the Cross Country which is well supported by parents and this year is no exception. There were some great team performances and a couple of individual medals.  James came first in the Year 5/6 boys and Thomas came third in the same race. In Thomas’ words “James took it easy to start with and then just ran past and away from everyone else to win by a mile!” Congratulations to all the runners, we had enough runners in each age group to score points for the team competition in each event with the Year 5/6 boys sitting in first place after round one. I can’t possibly mention you all here but here’s a link to the results and some photos taken at the event – I enjoyed hearing about the races and looking at the photo’s it wasn’t as muddy as I expected. There’s plenty of time for that with the next races coming up though! https://keighleyschoolsxc.wordpress.com/

On the sporting side of things I am pleased to announce we have been awarded the School Games Mark Bronze award due to the hard work of the PE team led by Miss Cooper. This award recognises the contribution of PE, games and sport within our school curriculum and we have plans to pursue the Silver award in the future. Well done everyone involved across the school in this and it is a very positive way to recognise the hard work that goes in to providing sport and games within a primary school.

Also to report is that a group of Year 6 children have written their own blog about life in Victorian times, complete with videos – please stop by and comment if you are able. I spent a lovely morning with the Reception children this week who were telling me all about the Bear Hunt they went on, including the running away! They have brought the bear back in to the classroom and made a nice cave for it to live in. Next Friday sees our first Celebration assembly of the year, which includes Stars of The Week, and I look forward to seeing you there to celebrate. The timings are on the calendar on the school website, 9.10 – 9.40 for Key Stage 2 and 10:15 – 10:40 for Key Stage One.

Only a week to go now until the end of this half term, which has flown by. As ever if you have any questions or queries then please get in touch either through the school office asking for an appointment with the class teacher, via the office email address or by commenting below.

Mr Parkin

Acting Headteacher


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