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

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

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


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


                                                                                                     27th January 2020

From the Headteacher:

Children’s mental health

Mental health issues in children are sadly on the increase. In order to recognise this, Hagbourne school will be taking part in ‘Inside out day’. This day invites the children to wear an item of clothing ’Inside Out’ as a way of making us all stop and think about how someone may look OK on the outside, but inside they may be feeling sad or worried.  It is a day to remind everyone to always be kind and think of others as no one knows how another person may be feeling. On this day children can wear a t-shirt or jumper inside out instead of their school shirt/ jumper. They will need to wear school uniform on their bottom half. Please send your child in with a £1 which will be donated to the ‘ifucareshare’ charity which supports emotional wellbeing in young people.

Anxiety can be difficult to manage as a parent and hard to understand as a child. Keep your eye out for a parentmail this week which has a link to a useful booklet about anxiety including what anxiety is, how to spot the signs, tips for parents, tips for young people and where you can find more help.

Staff news

Jenny Sutell will be leaving us at the end of this half term as she is moving to sunnier climates! Jenny has worked with us for over four years during which time she has taught all year groups and has been involved in our RE and health and wellbeing curriculum.  Although Jenny will be greatly missed, we all wish her the best of luck in her new adventure!

Packed lunches

Some of the dinner supervisors have expressed a concern about the number of whole sandwiches they are finding on the floor every day in the dinner hall. If your child has a packed lunch, please could you hold a conversation with them and check they are still enjoying the contents of their lunch as a number of them must be coming home rather hungry at the end of the school day.

Nicky Dobson

Other news:

Author visit from Matt Brown

Last Wednesday, key stage 2 enjoyed a fantastic visit from Matt Brown. The school hall was filled with laughter and smiles, as the children listened to Matt tell them all about how he became a writer and what inspires him. Matt also gave them lots of tips on how to improve their own writing, including taking ideas from things around them. He then met children individually who had purchased one of his books and signed their copy.

Christingle Service

On Sunday 26th January, representatives of year 4 attended the annual Christingle service at St.Andrew's Church. The children assisted Rev.Louise leading the service, reading beautiful poems and prayers they had prepared for our school Christingle last week. Mrs Dendy was very proud of her pupils and would like to thank the children and their parents for attending.

Bring and Buy Sale - Friday 7th February 2.30pm school hall

The School and Eco Council are having a Bring and Buy Sale to raise money for the Dicot Food Bank

They are asking for donations of: books, DVDs and games, bric-a-brac or unwanted Christmas presents still in their packaging. If you can help, please send items to the school office by Wednesday 5th February.

Open afternoon - Monday 10th February

We would like to invite all parents to visit their children’s classes on the afternoon of Monday 10th February from 2.30pm to look at what the children have been up to so far this year


Congratulations to Lilli in Year 6 for receiving a Merit in her grade 1 Cello


After the success of the Super STEM day last year, the PTA will be holding a March MADness Music, Art, and Dance Day on Saturday 21st March, 10:00-16:00. There'll be fun music, art, and dance activities, including a Charleston workshop, printmaking, African drumming, mural painting, and the opportunity to try an instrument or play with a rock band. More details soon and tickets will go on sale after half term.

We are still looking for minibus drivers, please see below:

Are there any willing parents out there who have time on their hands and would be happy to take a minibus driving test?  Although several of the TAs can drive the minibuses, we aren’t always able to take them from classes.  If we had a couple of parent drivers who would be willing to go on school trips that would be an amazing help to all of us.  If you are interested, please let Sammy know and we can arrange this for you.  It will not involve you paying for anything as school will cover the costs.


Please can we ask that all children have a named coat in school every day.


Please click here to see this terms lunch menu.

Please pre-order your child's meal before 9.15am each day.

Useful Dates

Please use the table below to find key dates for the rest of this term and next term.

Thursday 16th Jan- Thursday 13th Feb

Year 3  Forest School - Please wear suitable home clothes and bring a change of footwear.

Friday 17th Jan - Friday 14th Feb

Year 2  Forest School - Please wear suitable home clothes and bring a change of footwear.

Wednesday 29th January

Year 5 - Anglo Saxon Workshop.

Friday 7th February

Bring and Buy Sale - School Hall.

Monday 10th February

Open afternoon - 2.30 in classrooms

Tuesday 11th February

Year 3 trip - Hampton Court

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February

Parents Evening - Appointments will go live on ParentMail the evening of Monday 3rd February

Monday 9th March

Choir - Primary Pop Concert. More information to follow

Friday 13th March

Year 6 - Junior Citizens

Tuesday 31st March

IRock Parent Concert 9.30am

Term Dates 2019/2020

Please note, the dates below will be slightly different to those on the Oxfordshire website as each school can have slightly different INSET dates and may be subject to change:

Spring Term:  Tuesday 7th January to Friday 3rd April

        INSET day:  Monday 6th January

        Half Term Holiday: 17th to 21st February

        Easter Holiday:  6th to 17th April

Summer Term:  Monday 20th April to Friday 17th July

        Bank Holiday:  Friday 8th May

        INSET days: Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st July

        Half Term Holiday:  25th to 29th May


These are not recommended by the school but maybe of some interest to you.

Burns Supper Evening.

Saturday 1st February     7:30 till late at Hagbourne Village Hall                           

Great entertainment from Hagbourne’s many talented performers.

£25 per person includes 3 course traditional Burns supper and  welcoming drink.

Please bring your own meal drink. Tea and coffee provided.

To book your place, contact:

Linda Benton 01235 817891, Linda.Benton@live.co.uk


There will be light lunches served at St Andrew’s church on Saturdays between 12:30 – 2:00 during Lent from the 4th March – 8th April (inclusive).  The lunch will consist of homemade soup, fresh bread and cheese, fruit and/or cake plus a cup of tea or coffee. If there is anyone who would like to run one or more of the Lent Lunches there will be a sign-up sheet in church or you can contact me, Shirley Goss, on 01235 815605 or e-mail shirley.goss@btinternet.com  

I can provide an information sheet re running the lunch. These were very popular last year so we hope you will support us.  .                                                                                                      

Hagbourne Baby and Toddler Group

We are a very friendly parent run group welcoming children from birth to 5 years with their parents/grandparents/carers.  Come and join us on Fridays in term time: 9.45 – 11.30am at St. Andrews Church, Church Close, East Hagbourne, Didcot, OXON, OX11 9ND.  Each session is £2.00 per family and includes refreshments for all.  We have lots of toys including ride-ons, dolls, toy cars, Duplo, baby toys, mats and bouncers, happy land, pushchairs and much more.  We can be contacted at:hagbournetoddlers@hotmail.com if more information is required.

Our Lady’s Abingdon - KS2 Parents

Open Morning on Tuesday 11th February at which parents and children can enjoy a guided tour of our Senior School, watch lessons in action and meet our staff who will be happy to answer any questions.


We will also be hosting a Year 5 Experience Day on 14th March at which children from this year group are invited to experience what OLA Senior School has to offer. These taster sessions offer a valuable way for parents and children to make an informed decision about their secondary school of choice. The children can participate in a range of fun lessons and activities and get to know our teachers, so that they will leave having gained a helpful insight into what our school is like from a pupil’s perspective.

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