Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 9LR

Tel:  01235 813367     Email: office.3249@hagbourne.oxon.sch.uk   www.hagbourne.oxon.sch.uk

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‘Preparing each child for their future in an ever-changing world’


NEWSLETTER 25                                                                28th April 2017

From the Headteacher

Healthy Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation is about managing our feelings.

Children need help to learn to how to deal with different feelings and they need to learn what to do when they have any extreme emotions such as being angry or over excited.  At school we regularly discuss different emotions through ‘circle time’ or with individuals or small groups.  We teach the children ways in which to deal with situations and the feelings that may experience, but the most important people to teach emotional regulation are parents.

Our Educational Psychologist,  Bryony Landsbert, has put together a very simple guide of how to help your child in this area.  It includes simple phrases and ideas to use, follow the link below:  

10 Ways to Foster Healthy Emotion Regulation

Please take the time to read this leaflet as it is important that we as adults help our children especially in this fast paced stressful world we live in.  I would also encourage you to manage your emotions carefully, learn to put things in perspective and to react appropriately to different situations that arise as children learn from watching adults and we need to be good role models.

Year 6 SATs Breakfast Club

During SATs week we traditionally have a breakfast club for year 6 children.  This will be the same this year but it will take place in the conservatory.  This is a free club and will allow the children to come in, have some time with friends and allow us to settle them before we start the tests.

More information to follow from Mrs Dobson.

Dropping off and collecting by car

This is again causing serious safety issues both with speed, parking on the double yellow lines and lack of courtesy - only this morning a child was waiting to cross at the zebra crossing when another parent failed to stop and then proceeded to park on the zig-zag lines - both of which are traffic offences and put children in danger.
Please drive with care and consideration - there have been so many ‘near-misses’ recently and I really do not want to hear of any further avoidable incidents - Let’s keep everyone safe!

Class Pages

Class Teachers have updated the Class Pages with their learning webs and a letter containing important information for this half term. These can be accessed from the website through the Parents Area, or at this link:


Food Safety - Nuts

We are a nut-free school and have a number of children that are allergic to nut products as well as those containing sesame.
Please check all food items sent into school, especially cereal bars and houmous - houmous contains sesame in its tahini ingredient. Thank you.


Lunch Menu

The current lunch menu can be found on the school website here...

From the PTA

The Second Hand Uniform sale will run until next Wednesday 3rd May. It is unmanned and donations should be put in the box on the table.
Any further donations of uniform can be put directly into the appropriate boxes or on the rail (please ensure that any items are clean).

Notices and Letters

Bookfeast at St Hugh’s in Oxford - Years 1-5

Children from Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be visiting St Hugh’s College in Oxford this term to meet a range of established children’s authors who are presenting at their Bookfeast event. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to engage with prominent children’s authors and learn about the real-life writing process. Event details are as follows and a permission letter has been sent home via Parentmail.

     Tuesday 16th May, 10am: Y2 to see Clara Vuilliamy & Polly Faber, authors of Mango and Bambang, Superstar Tapir


     Tues 16th May, 12.45pm: Y4 to see Gary Northfield, author of Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians


     Wed 17th May, 10am: Y3 to see Tom Moorhouse & Holly Swain, author and illustrator of The New Adventures of Mr Toad: A Race for Toad Hall


     Thurs 18th May, 10am: Y1 to see  Pip Jones, author of Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat


     Fri 19th May, 10am: Y5 to see Simon Cherry, author of Eddy Stone and the Alien Cat Mash-up.


We will travel by minibus during school hours so drop off and pick up will not be affected. Children will have their normal lunch at school, with the exception of Year 4, who will require a packed lunch. Children will need to be smartly dressed in school uniform.

Children will be given the opportunity to buy the author’s book and get it signed as a special memento of the day. We will be sending details nearer the time of how your child can purchase the author’s book on the day.


Guess the name of the giraffe

Giraffes have recently been added to the red list of animals in danger of extinction.
Beth Shearman in Yr4 (who is crazy about giraffes) has been raising money all year to help save them. Next week Beth will be running a 'guess the name of the giraffe' fundraiser everyday after school. For just 50p per guess you could win a super soft cuddly giraffe and help these beautiful animals at the same time.
All proceeds go to WWF. Look out for Beth and her giraffe after school from Monday and bring your 50p.
Thank you for your support.

Head Lice

We have had new reports of head lice in school, please check your child/children thoroughly and treat the whole family if necessary. Pupils with long hair might like to consider wearing their hair up or in plaits.

NHS advice can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Treatment.aspx

Community News/Activities

Annual Litter Blitz

Please help pick up litter and keep East Hagbourne clean and tidy. Saturday 29th April at 10am from the Village Hall car park.
Safety jackets, pickers and bags are provided, please bring your own gloves.
Everyone is welcome!

Hagbourne Fun Run & Walk - Monday 1st May

The course is just under 4 ½ miles over footpaths around East and West Hagbourne, Upton and Blewbury: the course is marked and there are marshalls strategically placed to direct and offer assistance if needed.

 For keen runners there are trophies for both boys and girls in Under 9 and Under 12 categories, and every child that finishes receives a certificate.  Adults and children alike can run or follow the same course on the walk.
We also have a 'Best Fancy Dress' prize.

Hot and cold drinks, hot-dogs and home-made cakes are available in the Village Hall to replenish all that energy.

As well as being a great family event, the money raised by the Fun Run goes to Cancer Research, with walkers' entry fees going to the Village Fund which supports local deserving causes and projects.  Entry is only 50p for children and £4 for adult runners /£3 adult walkers.

Thank you,

Jane Chambers

Hagbourne Fun Run Committee

World Pooh Sticks Championships - Sunday 4th June from Midday

Langel Common, Witney - see website for more details www.pooh-sticks.com

How do different types of cues influence visual attention?

Come help us find out!


Researchers from Oxford’s Experimental Psychology Department are carrying out a study on the development of memory and visual attention throughout childhood. Parents can bring their child (aged 7 - 12) to play fun memory games on a computer. We are located in Summertown, and can schedule times after school, on the weekends, and during half-term. During the visit, we tell children more about how the brain works! The whole activity will last approximately 2 hours. To express your interest in participating with your child or to learn more information, please email us at kate.nussenbaum@psy.ox.ac.uk with your name, your child's name and age, and a phone number to contact you to arrange a visit. By expressing an interest now you are not bound to participate in the study.

Important note: although in general we also work with children who have difficulties paying attention, for this study we are in particular aiming to recruit children without a known neurological or learning disability. Do feel free to contact us if you would like further information, but you think your child might not qualify for inclusion.

If you would like to have any further information about the study please email me at kate.nussenbaum@psy.ox.ac.uk, or alternatively, you can contact my project supervisor, Prof. Gaia Scerif (gaia.scerif@psy.ox.ac.uk), (+44 (0)1865 271403).

Dates for your Diary 

May Bank Holiday

Monday 1st May

KS2 SAT’s Week

Week beginning 8th May

Year 2 Bookfeast, St Hugh’s Oxford

Tuesday 16th May 10.00am

Year 4 Bookfeast, St Hugh’s Oxford

Tuesday 16th May 12.45pm

Year 3 Bookfeast, St Hugh’s Oxford

Wednesday 17th May 10.00am

Year 1 Bookfeast, St Hugh’s Oxford

Thursday 18th May 10.00am

Year 5 Bookfeast, St Hugh’s Oxford

Friday 19th May 10.00am

Yenworthy Residential Trip - Year 6

Monday 22nd May - Friday 26th May

Half Term

Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June


Monday 5th June

End of Term

Friday 21st July