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

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

Please remember to look at the Class Pages for topic webs and class letters

Description: school logo with church April 2014

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


NEWSLETTER 2                                                                        Monday 24th September 2018

Just a reminder that our newsletters are every two weeks.  

Please download the parentmail app to ensure you get event alerts and notices. Simply visit the your App Store, search ‘ParentMail’ and select to download the App!

PTA - Stay and Play

Thank you to the PTA and everyone who helped and came along for an excellent Stay and Play on Saturday.  It was raining outside but the the atmosphere inside was fantastic! We raised over £150 for the school.


Wednesday is our Harvest celebration.  Please remember to bring any non-perishable items by Wednesday morning so that we can add it to the church display.  Thank you.


Congratulations to Julian and William for passing their Karate grading last Sunday.

Allergy advice

Please be aware that we have nut and sesame allergies in school.  This means no nuts/ Nutella/ hummus (it contains tahini which is ground sesame seeds). If a child comes into contact with something they are allergic to this can have severe consequences!  

There is a national shortage of Epipens at the moment, so we have to do everything in our power to keep our children safe.  

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



Our homework policy states that: ‘Homework is more effective if children can see that adults are genuinely engaged in the same or similar activity thus providing a model of appropriate attitudes to learning.’  This means that you can work together on any homework that is set by the teacher.  Please make homework enjoyable and avoid any negative comments about your attitude to maths/ reading/ spelling or homework!  

Reading is the most important area of homework and the homework policy refers to research that shows:

With this in mind we do expect daily or regular reading to take place.  This can be an adult reading a bedtime story or children reading to themselves in the older year groups.  It can be books, magazines, comics etc.  Please remember to record this in the reading /homework diaries.  The older children should be encouraged to record their own reading.

This year we will be setting homework from the CPG maths books (year 2 - year 6) and these have 3 levels of work in them. It is up to you as a family to decide if you complete level one (start up), level two (into gear) or level three (tough challenge) or all three.  This week we will scan in the answers to the maths problems and put them on the class pages for you to refer to.  We understand that some of these questions may require a lot of thought but they are relevant to the expectations of the year groups so please support your child with their learning.

We will also be giving spellings to practise over two weeks.

 If you have any concerns or questions about homework please come and talk to your child’s class teacher, we are here to help.  

Presentation and Marking Expectations

Today we had our termly workshops for year 2 to year 6 where we remind children of the expectations on presentation in books and how to use the marking code.  We were really pleased to see that the children had not forgotten all the expectations that are in place and we celebrated a good start to the year. The marking poster is below if you would like to ask your child about it!
Please make sure children do not scribble or draw on their homework books.
Check out the amazing presentation in the selection of work below.  Well done children - keep it up!

Lunch Menu


The current lunch menu can be found here

Secondary Schools Open Evening

Open Evening at Didcot Girls' School on 3rd October from 4.30pm-7.30pm. You will have a chance to hear a brief presentation from Mr Goodenough (Headteacher), alongside members of the senior leadership and students at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm. We will also assign you a student guide to give you a tour of the school and show you what life at DGS is like.

No booking is required - just arrive at Manor Crescent or Oxford Crescent and we will direct you from there. Please also see our website for details of our Open Mornings when we would be delighted to show you the school in action during the day: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/329/applications-transition   

Aureus School - Year 6 Open Events
Join us for our Open Evening on Thursday 4th October, 5-9pm where we will take you on a tour of the school and share some of our fantastic achievements and highlights since opening last September. We will also be holding a number of open mornings throughout October.
Please visit www.aureusschool.org/548/open-events to register your interest in one of our events. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Downs School - The Open Evening will be taking place on Thursday, 4 October from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and the Open Morning on Wednesday, 10 October from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

ST Helen & ST Katharine - Open Day will take place on Saturday 29th September from 9.30am -1.30pm.


St Andrews church

Come to the Harvest Activity Day for families in St Andrew's Church in Hagbourne on Saturday 29th September. Church will be open between 2-4pm for families to come along and enjoy some craft activities with a short talk about harvest. All welcome.

More details from Jenny Balshaw (07749 257153)

Dates for the Diary - this section will eventually go as these dates will be added to the events section of the app.  If you don’t have the app you should receive an email too.

Wednesday 26th September

Harvest Festival Church Service 1.30-2.30. Reception Children will remain at School (please bring in non perishable food to donate on the day)

Wednesday 26th September

St Birinus School - Open Evening 5 - 8pm

Wednesday 3rd Oct

Didcot Girls School - Open Evening 4.30 - 7.30pm

Thursday 4th October

Aureus Open Evening 5 - 9pm

The Down School 6.30 - 8.30pm

Wednesday 10th October

The Down School open morning 10am- 12 noon

Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th October

Parents Evening - More information to follow