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 7                                                                                21st October 2016

From the Headteacher

Half Term

We have made it to half term and it has been a good 7 weeks, the children have all settled well and have worked extremely hard and we all need a week to recharge our batteries ready for the next term. I am looking forward to all the exciting things that we have arranged over the next 7 weeks especially the lead up to Christmas.  So I wish you all a restful and relaxing half term break.

I hope the children spoke to you about the prayer space in the Beehive that took place at the beginning of the week.  It was a lovely experience and the responses from the children show that we have some very caring and considerate young people.

Social Media Guidelines

Social media can be a fantastic tool for sharing information and news, however, can I remind you that any issues or concerns you may have about the School, its staff or the wider school community, should be reported directly to the School by speaking to the Headteacher, Class Teacher, or Office Staff so that they can be addressed in the appropriate manner.

Any inappropriate or disproportionate comments about the School, members of staff, pupils or parents on social media sites such as Facebook are not in the best interests of any members of the school community.

We should all be aware that even flippant comments can be misinterpreted when in print and are also often shared beyond your online friendship groups and can often have a negative affect.

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

Non-Uniform Day - Friday 4th November, see ‘From the PTA’ section below for more details


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.


At the start of a new school year, it is always a good time to think again about the importance of regular attendance at school. Attendance has an obvious impact on attainment at school. Research shows that almost half of children who miss 15 days of school a year do not reach the expected levels at the end of primary school. Attendance also impacts on children’s friendships and social skills, as they miss out on spending time with their friends.

Do you realise...

Whilst 90% attendance may sound good, this actually means that over a year a child will have missed half a day a week...or 4 weeks of the school year.

Of course, odd illnesses are to be expected. At school, we do what we can to prevent the spread of these by teaching even the youngest children about the importance of hygiene and keeping their hands clean. We do not expect that children are brought into school when they are ill! However, there are ways you can help. We appreciate it is not always possible, but, by trying to arrange any routine, non-emergency medical or dental appointments after school or in the holidays, your child’s attendance will improve. You can also help by keeping myself or your child’s class teacher informed about any issues, to help us tackle these as soon as they arise.

A change in the law means…

A child with attendance of 90% or under, at any point in the year, is now classed as a persistent absentee; this threshold was previously 85%. Attendance at this level means that Attendance and Engagement Officers from the Local Authority are likely to become involved and a fine may be issued. 

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. 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.

From the PTA

‘Just for Fun!’

The PTA have arranged some after-school entertainment on Thursday November 10th.

Reception and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) will be having a Tea Party and Magic Show straight after the end of the school day, finishing at 4.15. The cost for this will be £3 per child. We would like to know numbers for this in advance, so a booking form can be found here...

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) will be having a disco in the evening from 6-7.30pm. The price for this is also £3 (payable on the door) which includes sweets and a raffle ticket, see the invitation here...

As always we will need some parent helpers for the disco, so if your kids will be coming and you think you could stay and lend a hand, please contact Penny Martin, email the pta account (pta@hagbourne.oxon.sch.uk) or contact us via the PTA Facebook group.

Hagbourne Christmas Gift & Craft Fair - Sunday 20th November

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 26 October to Rachel Margolis - 07733 320395; racheljmargolis@gmail.com; or

message her through the PTA Facebook page.

In return for not wearing a uniform we would like to ask for a tombola donation for the Christmas Gift & Craft Fair. The PTA will be collecting the donations on the Friday morning in the school library. Donations can be suitable for children or adults and could include unwanted gifts, wine, toiletries or chocolates. Please make sure any food items are well within date, and only donate something you would want to win yourself!

If you (or a family member) are able to help, please contact Cath Watsham (07786 21077; yogawithcath@live.com). If you are also able to help with setting up on the Saturday/clearing up once the craft fair is over then please let Cath know.


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.

Community News/Activities

and some Autumn courses for adults, details here.

Dates for your Diary 

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