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


                                                                                                     23rd September 2019

From the Headteacher:

Y6 Secondary School Applications

If your child is currently in Y6, please note that your application for a secondary school place needs to be made by 31st October. You can submit up to four choices in order of preference, and the county council strongly advise that you use all of your preferences. Secondary schools will be running open days and evenings throughout this term.

Applications can be submitted at: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

Secondary School Open Days:

Aureus Open Evening: Thursday 10th October, 5-8pm – please register to attend via their school website

DGS Open Evening: Wednesday 2nd October, 4:30-7:30pm

SBS Open Evening: Wednesday 25th September, 5-8pm

The Downs School Open Evening: Thursday, 3 October 2019 6:30pm-8:45pm

The Downs School Open Morning:Wednesday, 9 October 2019 10:00am-12:00pm (please arrive between 10:00 and 10:30 for a tour).

King Alfreds School Open Evening: Thursday 26 September 4.30pm – 8.30pm on West Site for Talks and Tours.

King Alfreds School Open Morning: Saturday 5 October  10am – 1pm on Centre Site. Tours and Workshops throughout the morning. Weekday Open Mornings: 23, 24, 25 September and 1, 2, 3 October 9.30 – 11.30am on West Site.


Having been to an Oxfordshire Attendance briefing last week, I just need to update you and clarify the situation:  unfortunately, I cannot authorise family holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances. However, a form still needs to be completed and sent to the office so we are aware that your child/children will be absent.  

The information below comes from county guidelines which we will be following:

Why attendance matters:

Less than 5 days absence = approx 98+% attendance

14 days absence = approx 93% attendance

20 days absence = approx 90% attendance

30 days absence = approx 88% attendance

If a child’s absence falls below 95% a letter will need to be sent home to make parents aware. If a child’s absence falls below 90%, a contract will need to be drawn up with the school in an effort to improve attendance.  90% attendance equates to missing half a day of school each week.

We hope you understand the importance of this and support us in our aim to increase attendance this academic year.

Harvest festival

On Friday 27th September at 10am, years 1-6 will be going to church to attend our annual Harvest Festival.  Parents are very welcome to join us, all classes will be contributing to the service.  We will be collecting contributions for Didcot Food Bank throughout this week; if you can help by donating any items, the Food Bank will be very grateful as Christmas is such a busy period. Currently, they are particularly looking for donations of tinned meat / pies, long-life baguettes (the type that need heating), pasta sauces, packet puddings, UHT milk, packet potato, long life juice, biscuits, treats, cereal, sugar and tinned veg; however, all donations of tinned or packet food (no fresh please) will be gratefully received. If you can spare any items, please send them to school with your child this week to pass on to their class teacher.


We are currently reviewing homework and looking into a variety of options.  So far, years 1-6 are sending home weekly spellings and all children are expected to read at least three times a week to be recorded in reading records/ diaries.  Times tables rock stars, RM easimaths and phonics bug are all available online.  Some classes have also been sending home worksheets.  This will be finalised over the next couple of weeks.  Many thanks for your patience with this.

School Census Day - Thursday 3rd October

This is the day when the next year’s budget is set for the school and it depends on numbers in classes and children staying for school lunches on the day.  

Please help the school by encouraging your child have a school lunch that day. To be blunt the more children who stay for school dinner that day means the more money we get next year.

The menu on Thursday the 5th is a ‘Treat Day’

Thank you for your help!

Nicky Dobson

Other news:

Urgent Vacancies

Lunchtime supervisor: We are in need of a lunchtime supervisor to join our team every day each week from 12 - 1pm term-time only. If you can help, or know someone who can, please contact the school office.

Breakfast Club Assistant: Would you like to join our Breakfast club team? Working from 7:30-8:35am on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning term-time only.

If you are interested in any or all of the above, please contact the school office ASAP.

Macmillan Cake Sale

Miss Mundy and the school council are holding a cake sale in the school hall on Friday afternoon from 2.30pm onwards to support Macmillan Cancer Support. Please come along and help them raise money for this worthy cause.

PTA - Circus Afternoon

Roll up, Roll up….

The PTA have  organised a circus themed ‘welcome event’ for Saturday 28th September between 2-4pm.  This will be a great chance to meet other parents and families in your children’s classes.  We hope to see lots of you there.  If you are able to offer any help running the event, please let the PTA or school office know.  

Swimming contributions

A polite reminder that we are asking for a £10 per child contribution towards this terms lessons, if you have not paid already could I ask for them to be sent to the office in an envelope with your child/rens names on. 

Aldi GETSET to eat fresh vouchers

Remember to bring in your ALDI stickers - we’re doing quite well so far.

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:

Autumn Term:  Wednesday 4th September to Thursday 19th December

        INSET days: 2nd and 3rd September

        Half Term Holiday: 28th October to 1st November

        Christmas Holiday: 20th December to 3rd January

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

Useful Dates

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

Thursday 12th September - July 2020

Reception Class Forest School - Please wear suitable home clothes and bring a change of footwear

Friday 13th September - Friday 25th October

Year 1 Forest School - Please wear suitable home clothes and bring a change of footwear

Friday 23rd October

Macmillan Cake Sale 2.30pm - School Hall

Saturday 28th September

PTA Circus Afternoon 2-4pm

Friday 27th september 10-11am

Harvest Festival Service at church - Parents welcome.

Reception Children will remain at School (please bring in non perishable food to donate on the day)

Sunday 29th September

Harvest Festival at St Andrews Church 10.30am

Friday 4th October

Year 5 Trip - Rutherford Laboratories

Monday 7th October

School Photos

Friday 25th October

Last day of term

Thursday 28th November 10-11am

St Andrews Service at church - Parents welcome

Monday 4th November

1st day of term 2

Monday 16th December 6-7pm

Christmas Carol Church Service - St Andrews church

Thursday 19th December

Last Day of Term - 1.30pm Finish

ASC - 4.30pm Finish

Previous Reminders (a space for prior notices for easy access!)

Medical Updates

If there have been any changes or updates to your child’s medical needs, including medications and allergies, please ensure that you inform the school and fill out the relevant forms.  If your child has an inhaler or epipen in school please check the medication is in date!

Please can we also ask parents to let us know if your child was injured or particularly unwell over the weekend.  If we are aware of any injuries we can be best prepared to follow up as needed.

Please also remember we are a nut and sesame seed free school, can we ask that you do not send your children in with any nut product - this includes Nutella and Peanut butter.

RM Unify

Remember all children have a log in to RM Unify (which can be found in their reading record or homework diary).  Please use these websites to support your child’s learning at home.  RM Unify can be accessed via the Pupil Area on the school website or via the following link https://hagbourneschool.rmunify.com/.  Children in Key Stage 2 now also have access to Times Tables Rockstars to support them with learning their times tables.

Car Park

Please could we ask that only Blue Badge holders park in the disabled spaces in the village hall.  Please also take care not to block these spaces in.  We do have families in our own school who need to use these spaces and they may also be needed by Blue Badge holders from the wider community.  If this continues to be an issue, we will ask the local PCSOs to monitor the situation.

Lunch Menu

Please see here for next terms menu, remember to log onto Live Kitchen and select school lunches.



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