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 20                                                                3rd March 2017

From the Headteacher

Presentation and Marking Code Workshops

At the end of last week Keystage 2 children and staff attended a Presentation workshop and a Marking workshop. Both workshops were very productive.


The children reflected on the progress they have made since September compared to what they are achieving now. Staff talked to children about their next steps and any areas they need to work on this term.

The second workshop this week was around teacher’s marking and how the children need to respond to the codes. Children were given the opportunity to edit a piece of work together using our ‘purple improvement pens’ and to discuss how to improve the piece of work.

World Book Day

Thank you to all of you who dressed up as book characters - there were some amazing costumes.  The day was filled with activities based around the celebration of books, the collection and the tombola went well as did the book swap.  The money raised will go towards buying non- fiction books and other resources for the library.

It was great to see so many parents/carers join us at the end of the day to read with their child.  

Thank you for your support - it was an amazing atmosphere.



Reading Research

Research completed by the Institute of Education (IOE) shows that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers.  Perhaps surprisingly, reading for pleasure was found to be more important for children’s cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents’ level of education. The combined effect on children’s progress of reading books often, going to the library regularly and reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree.

We also shared this picture with the children and talked about the differences between reading 1 minute a day and 20 minutes a day.  We then talked about how important it is to read at home, this does include adults reading to children too - this is just as important as reading alone because adults will model intonation, talk about the characters and share the enjoyment of reading.

Reading with your child also increases their vocabulary which will help with their writing.

Lunch Menu


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

Notices and Letters

Recycled Art Day - Friday 10th March

On Friday 10th March we will be having a whole school recycled art day.

Please can you send in:

. washed plastic milk bottles (1 & 2 pints)

. washed drinks bottles

. old cds

. old jewellery and beads

. washed tin cans (no sharp edges)

.tissue paper

.small electrical items, screws and bolts for sculptures

.boxes, Pringle tubes, card, wallpaper

The children should take these items to their classrooms.

Youlbury Trip Year 4

Please note that any outstanding payment for the trip needs to be made by the 17th March, this can be done via Parentmail or by cheque/cash to the school office (in a clearly named envelope please)

Foreign Coins

When making cash payments to the school can you please ensure that your payment does not contain any foreign coins? We have had several instances recently and, as we are unable to pay these into the bank, it has a direct affect on the school’s finances.

Drum Kit and Electronic Keyboard For Sale

The school has a drum kit and an electronic keyboard that are surplus to requirements, if you would like to make a reasonable offer for either of these, please contact the school office.

They are available to view outside The Beehive.


Road Closure Advance Notice - 15th March 2017

We have been advised by OCC that Main Road, East Hagbourne to Coscote (Disused Rail Bridge) will be closed all day on Wednesday 15th March.

Suggested Alternate Route: Via Park Road, Broadway, Jubilee Way, New Road and vice versa

Comic Relief Red Nose Day - Friday 24th March

We have ordered a bumper box of Red Noses that we will be selling to raise money for this popular and worthwhile charity and these will go on sale as soon as they have been delivered.

Children will be able to wear their Red Noses to school on Red Nose Day along with other Comic Relief merchandise - Deeley boppers etc - Not T-Shirts please, children should be in their usual school uniform.


Year 3 ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ Groups

Group 1

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Group 3


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Message from After School Club

If your child cannot attend ASC for any reason (illness, going home with a friend, for instance) please can you ensure the class teacher knows and ask them to pass that information onto ASC - alternatively, please email kjolley@hagbourne.oxon.sch.uk to let me know they will not be in that day. Contd…

The safety of the children on my ASC register is my priority, and if children don’t turn up as expected, I have to spend precious time at 3pm trying to locate them!.  Please drop me an email if you can; I check them throughout the day. .

Now the evenings are starting get lighter at last, ASC will be out in the playground for much of the time.  Please can you ensure that you leave the school premises before 3.30pm.
If you are coming to school at 4pm to collect a child from a club, please wait down by the library entrance, and ensure any accompanying children are kept with you.
One last thing - please please please can all parents shut the gate (and latch it!) when you leave!  I regularly see parents/children walk out and leave it open.

Thank you, Kathy

Community News/Activities

Sunday Club - St Andrew’s Church

For children aged 4-11: St Andrew's church have a children's club at 10.30am on the first Sunday of every month during our morning service. New members welcome.

Next club will be on Sunday 5th March.

Didcot RUFC Mini's and Juniors

Sunday 5th March 2017 is ‘Bring a Friend’ Day at Didcot RUFC Mini’s. They would live to add more players to their teams, from the U6’s to the U13’s - see this flyer for more information and contact details.

Performing Angels - VIP Night

Performing Angels are putting on their second VIP Family Night at the Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN, on Saturday 18th March 2017, 7pm-11:30pm. Formal Smart dress code.

It will be a fabulous night filled with entertainment. The talented Albie J will be bringing you the music of "Michael Buble" and Bruno Mars" also Dance performances from Performing Angels, VIP Seated tables, Canapes by Fantastic Delicious of Wantage & Didcot. Followed by a "OFF THE STREETS PROJECT" Raffle, Charity fund raising activities for Play2Give and O.S.C.A.R, then a DISCO to dance the night away.

To book tickets

Office: 01235 819439 or 07462 866640

Email: angelsstageschool@yahoo.co.uk

Dates for your Diary 

Year 6 Class Assembly

Wednesday 8th March - 2.30 - 3.00

Year 5 Class Assembly

Wednesday 15th March - 2.30 - 3.00

Year 2 Class Assembly

Wednesday 22nd March - 2.30 - 3.00

Year 4 Class Assembly

Wednesday 27th March - 2.00 - 3.00 ‘Celebration of Our School Values’

Year 3 Class Assembly

Wednesday 5th April  - 2.30 - 3.00

Youlbury Residential Trip - Year 4

Wednesday 5th April - Friday 7th April

Easter Holiday

Monday 10th - Friday 21st April

Term starts

Monday 24th April

May Bank Holiday

Monday 1st May

Yenworthy Residential Trip

Monday 22nd May - Friday 26th May

Half Term

Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June


Monday 5th June

End of Term

Friday 21st July