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

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

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


NEWSLETTER 30                                                                            Monday 14th May 2018


Friday 11th May 2018


Teacher’s Certificate

Values Certificate





Year 1


Year 1


Year 2


Year 2


Year 3


Year 3


Year 4


Year 4


Year 5


Year 5


Year 6


Year 6


Home link worker

Matt Gavin, our Home Link Worker, will be available to speak to parents to offer advice on any concerns/parenting issues you may have from 2.30-3pm on a Wednesday afternoon.

Matt can give advice on helping to manage behaviour, boundaries and rules at home. If you would like to speak to him, please make a 10 minute appointment at the office.

Parent Communication

Currently 59% of families have downloaded  the ParentMail App.  If you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we highly recommend you download the app. To do this, simply search ParentMail App in the App store.

We can now send upcoming invites to events that will be happening in school and it is an easier way for you to let us know if you would like to attend. The app is IOS and Android compatible, it is very easy to set up but please do come and speak to Sammy in the office and she can help you.

We would like to reduce the amount in the newsletter and will be adding dates to the ‘events’ section of the app so that this will become a dairy for easy reference.


Year 6 SATs started today and we are very proud with how the children stayed so calm and worked so hard.  

Well done Year 6 and Good Luck for the rest of the week.

The Key Stage 2 SAT timetable is as follows:

Monday 14 May

English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 15 May

English reading

Wednesday 16 May

Mathematics papers 1 and 2

Thursday 17 May

Mathematics paper 3

The year 6 children are always offered a breakfast club on the week of SATs to ensure they are in, well- fed and have the chance to meet friends before they start the tests.

Mrs Dobson has been on mindfulness training and we are using techniques before the tests and during the tests to ensure children are helped to stay calm and focused. The tests take place in their classroom and we spread into year 5. Year 5 work in the hall until after play so that the children have a quiet environment with no distractions.

Occasionally we will use a reader, if this is part of normal classroom practice and these are teaching assistants who have been trained.  Readers are not allowed in the reading paper on Tuesday.  We follow the strict guidelines in administering the tests and during the week a governor will ‘spot check’ one of the tests to ensure that they are being adhered to and to check that the papers are held securely until they are needed.

Year 2 SATs are completed in May and will be just part of normal lessons just in a ‘special’ booklet.

Phonics screening check is the week beginning Monday 11th June and is for year 1 and some year 2 children.

A few items of news from Wednesday’s PTA meeting:

1. The Spring fetelet raised in the region of £780, which is brilliant given the weather. We will be putting the money towards the ongoing revamp of the playground. The next stage of this - including work on the sensory garden and the creation of a new Year 6 “Chill Out Zone” - will be starting very soon.

2. The Village Fete Committee have kindly agreed to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the village fete on June 23rd to the playground appeal. In turn, we have agreed to run the refreshment stall for them on the day, so this is advanced warning that towards the end of next month we’ll be asking you to donate cakes again. We’ll also need volunteers to help out on the day. If you think you could help for an hour or so on the afternoon of the 23rd June, please mail pta@hagbourne.oxon.sch.uk. It is in our interests to make the event a success!

3. Finally, we are thinking of holding a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) event to coincide with National Science Week in March next year. Planning for this is still in the early stages, but if you have any ideas, experience, contacts, or would like to be involved in any way, we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to see the full minutes of the meeting, please send an email to the pta email address (pta@hagbourne.oxon.sch.uk) or leave a note in the PTA tray in the office.

School Nurse

Please see Term 5 Primary School Health Team newsletter here

Helen & Douglas House

We wanted to say a massive thank you to all the children who helped us raise over £2000 for Helen & Douglas House by walking a kilometre (some a lot more) around the school sports field. Their enthusiasm as they were walking and chatting was contagious.

I'm really pleased to say we completed the Isle of Wight Challenge in 29 hrs after walking 106 km, taking over 160,000 steps and having no sleep! The weather was beautiful but very hot and surprisingly there was so much mud! For 15km we were wading through mud that was about a foot deep with no way round, so we had to go straight through it!

The worst part was definitely the night section when you have nothing to distract you from the pain of blisters and sore muscles but as the sun starts to rise it gives you a real lift.

The strangest but probably one of the most amazing sights on the walk was seeing a man carrying a fridge on his back raising money for charity, our rucksacks started to feel very light!

Once again thank you.

Claire & Alan Harry


Lunch Menu

The current lunch menu can be found here

Didcot Girls School

Would like to extend a warm welcome to you to attend one of our school tours in advance of our Open Evening, which will be held on Wednesday 3rd October 2018. The tours give you the opportunity to come and see the school in action. They are led by members of the senior leadership team who, along with their colleagues, will be available during the course of the morning to answer questions on topics including teaching and learning, student support and school transport. If you would like to see the school in action we would encourage you to come on one of the tours in the Summer Term as the October tours get booked up very quickly. The dates we offer are:

Please contact us on schooltours@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk if you would like to book a place. Further details about transition arrangements are available on our website at: http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/329/applications-transition

Rock and Pop

There are still spaces on the Rock & Pop workshop taking place at the Centre for Music on Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June.


Please see our website for the details:


Community News / Activities

Bike Marking

Earlier in the month the Didcot PCSOs carried out a joint bike marking and registration stand at the Didcot Railway station with the British Transport Police which was a successful operation in which over twenty bikes were marked and registered with the Bike Registration.com. We are holding another two stands on 11 May & 23rd May, from 9am – midday, outside Sainsburys, Orchard Centre.

Online Chat Session About Internet Safety

The Didcot and Wallingford Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be holding a ‘Cover it live’ online chat session on Wednesday 16th May at 19:00-20:00. We will be looking to discuss and answer any questions or concerns you have surrounding your child’s use of the internet and advice on how to monitor and protect them from harm. All questions can be anonymous and all you need to do is log on with the following link http://thamesvp.coverpage.coveritlive.com/ we look forward to hearing from you.

The Circus Is Coming To Manor School! 

Saturday 9 June 2018

Friends of Manor School are very excited to announce that a Big Top Circus, accompanied by themed stalls and refreshments, will be the focus of the Summer Fete! A professional pop-up circus company will give three 45-minute shows on Saturday 9 June - at 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.00pm.

Free entry to the Summer Fete with your circus ticket.

Adult tickets the same price as children's tickets – only £6. Under 2s free if sitting on adults' laps.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy the tickets at Hodsons estate agents, 220 Broadway, Didcot. Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Cash sales only. No refunds.

Dates for the Diary

Monday 14th May

Start of SATs week

Monday 21st May

Year 6 to Yenworthy (4 nights)

Wednesday 23rd May

Year 5 Assembly 2.30pm

Wednesday 6th June

9am SBS and DGS meeting for parents of year 5 and year 6 children at Hagbourne.

Wednesday 13th June

Sports Day 1.15 - 3 pm

Wednesday 20th June

Reserve sports day 1.15 - 3 pm

Saturday 23rd June

Village Fete

Friday 13th July

Year 6 Sleepover - more details to follow

Wednesday 18th July

Year 6 leavers lunch