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

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

Description: school logo with church April 2014

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


NEWSLETTER 6                                                                14th October 2016

From the Headteacher

Well done to the children in year 1 to 3 who had their flu vaccine at school this week.  They were all very brave and grown up.  Hopefully this will ensure that the children will not be affected by flu this year.

Congratulations to Edda Coles, Catering Manager, who is the longest serving member of the ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ initiative and has won a prize for the school - a fantastic set of Science equipment.  May I also remind those year groups who enjoy the ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ sessions that we ask for a voluntary contribution of £3.00 to cover costs of ingredients, power and resources.

Next week we are having a ‘Prayer Space’ set up in our Beehive room.  This will be run by volunteers with the help of the teachers and teaching assistants.  The Beehive is transformed into 4 quiet zones where children sit and reflect on people who are important in our lives, other people and the world.  The children will be given the opportunity to respond to activities by talking to each other and the adults, drawing or writing.   The children loved the prayer space last year as did the adults.  We are looking forward to spending time in the peaceful environment that this space provides

Notices and Letters

Year 6 transfers to Secondary School

You will be aware that the closing date for the Year 6 to 7 Primary to Secondary Transfer is 31st October 2016 we have been contacted by the Admissions Co-Ordinator to say that there are still a few applications outstanding from our Year 6 pupils.

National offer day is 1st March 2017, there will be a second, late allocation round, but to miss the 31st October deadline could mean that parents may jeopardise their chances of being offered a school of their choice.  

You are encouraged to apply on-line at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/admissions as this is the most secure way of applying, but if you are unable to access the on-line process, you can use a paper application form - contact Oxfordshire County Council on 01865 815175


If you are sending any form of payment into school, please send in a clearly named envelope with details as to what the payment is for.

Lunch Menu

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

British Legion Poppy Appeal 

It’s that time of year again where we have the opportunity to support the British Legion with their annual Poppy Appeal. This week we will be selling the poppies from the office and then the week after half term we will have a team of Year 6 children selling them in the playground before and after school.

We have also been provided with a ‘box of goodies’ that will appeal to the children that contains pencils, rubbers, hair slides, bracelets etc - suggested donations for these items range from 50p to £1 and can be purchased from the School Office.


General Catering Assistant

Required Monday-Friday 11.45am - 1.30pm, Term time only. For more information please contact Edda Coles, Catering Manager on 01235 813367 (option 4) or pop in to see Edda in the kitchen. Informal enquiries welcome.

Please pass this on to anyone you may think would be interested.

After School Assistant

After School Assistant required Term time only (38 weeks per annum) for 1 hr Monday to Thursday

from 3pm – 4pm. Commencing 31 st October 2016.

Duties would include supervision of children attending the club and provide support to the

Playleader and Playworker to provide high quality play opportunities and care for the children in an

inclusive environment and in accordance with the school’s ethos and procedures.

Rate of Pay £8.04 per hour and holiday pay.

If you are interested in this post and require further information please contact Lynda Madani at

school on 01235 813367 Option 3 or send an email of interest to finance.3249@hagbourne.oxon.sch.uk

From the PTA

Uniform Sale

There will be a uniform sale in the hall area, near the office all next week Monday 17th until Friday 21st October. The sale will run from 08.35-09.00 in the morning and from 3.00-3.30 in the afternoon. It will also be open on Tuesday and Wednesday during parents evening. You can come and browse and if you want anything just take it, and put your money in the donations box - it is self-service so that parents and staff do not have to man the stall.

As well as providing uniform to pupils and raising money for the school, we are supporting the school’s eco-policy of minimising waste and recycling. Any unsold uniform is taken to a charity shop. The money raised goes to the PTA who then use it to fund things like the laptops, library shelves, books, Christmas turkey and Panto transport.

A bit about how it works - There is a nearly new uniform sale twice a year in October and March. Parents bring in uniform that their children no longer need about 2 weeks before the sale (please do NOT bring it in before this, we do not have space to store it at school between sales). It should be donated already washed and carefully folded ready to hang up and sell. We sort all the uniform into item types and sizes and display it in the wardrobes and clear boxes. We would like your jumpers, cardigans, trousers, skirts, dresses, shirts, shorts and PE kit - we do not sell pants, socks or tights. All the work of organising the sale is done by volunteers with some support from the office staff.

Christmas Gift & Craft Fair

We’re delighted that William Jones estate agents in Didcot will be sponsoring our event again, by

advertising the craft fair on their sign boards: they will donate £10 for every sign board they put up

at any address (even a no-through road or cul-de- sac). If every family in the school agreed to have

a board, that would be a huge contribution to the craft fair profits before we even start fundraising

on the day.

Don’t worry, the signs make it clear that you’re just advertising an event, not selling your house! If

you would be happy for William Jones to put a board up outside your house, please give your name

and address by 21 October to Rachel Margolis - 07733 320395; racheljmargolis@gmail.com; or

message her through the PTA Facebook page.

community, which means putting up lots of posters and signs.

If you can spare an hour or two of your time to help with this, please contact Sara James - 07778 656465; sara@erinlola.com; or message her through the PTA Facebook page.

portable player you wouldn’t mind lending, please contact Rachel Margolis - 07733 320395, email racheljmargolis@gmail.com; or message her through the PTA Facebook page. Although we’ll do our very best to look after them, items will be lent at the owner’s own risk, so no expensive docking stations please!

Community News/Activities

and some Autumn courses for adults, details here.

Dates for your Diary 

Tuesday 11th October, Thursday 13th October and Wednesday 19th October

Year 6: DGS Open Mornings 9.30-11.00am

Wednesday 12th October

Years 1,2 and 3: Flu Immunisation

Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October

Lfe Education Centres Mobile Classroom at School

Wednesday 12th October, Friday 14th October and Tuesday 18th October

Year 6: SBS Open Morning 9.15-10.15am

Friday 4th November

Non-Uniform Day in exchange for Tombola prizes for the PTA Christmas Craft Fair

Wednesday 9th November

School Photographer in School 8.00-11.30am

Thursday 10th November

PTA Entertainment

Friday 11th November


Sunday 20th November

Christmas Craft Fair - School and Village Hall

Wednesday 30th November

St Andrew’s Day Service in Church

Wednesday 7th December

Year 2 & 3 Nativity 9.30 - 10.30am

Wednesday 7th December

Christmas Lunch

Thursday 8th December

Year 2 & 3 Nativity 2.00 - 3.00pm

Monday 12th December

Carol Service at St Andrew’s Church 6.00 - 7.00pm

Wednesday 14th December

Pantomime - Cinderella 2.00 - 3.00pm (in school)

Friday 16th December

End of Term 1.30pm