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 3                                                                        25th September 2017

Things to look forward to this week and next week

Wednesday 27th 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)

  Year 4 Macmillian Coffee            Please join Year 4 in the School hall to help raise money for Macmillian Cancer.  


From the Headteacher

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).  Thanks you for helping keep our children safe.

Treasure Hunt

Well done to Team Butterfly who won The Great Hagbourne Treasure Hunt on Saturday Afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came, it was lovely to see so many of you.  A big Thank you to PTA who organised it all.

From the Governing Board

Please take a look at the website to see our updated Governor section.  Please go to Our School’ and then ‘Our Team’ and then you will see the governor section.

Governor blog

Our newest governor Clare Mackay has written a blog about the first few months as governor.  It gives you an insight into what governors do at meetings and the skills needed to be a governor. Please click here to read Clare’s Governor blog.

Here is an extract:

What was the first meeting like?

My first impression was that the committee is full of people who are just as keen as I am to make the school as good as it can be. Everyone brings something different in terms of skills/background and the atmosphere is positive and forward looking. Everyone made me feel welcome and helped me get acclimatised. A committee meeting is quite formal (there is a pre-set agenda, a chair who keeps people to time, and papers circulated ahead of the meeting) but it is also friendly and jovial. There is a lot to learn and I was pleased to hear someone say that it probably takes a year or so before a new Governor properly understands all of what’s involved, so there is plenty of time to find your feet. There is a lot of paperwork, and a lot of numbers, but it is manageable once you are given some pointers.

Parent Questionnaire

Before the summer the governors sent out a parent questionnaire. The results of this were analysed and a response has been prepared. See full letter here.

Here is an extract:

Dear families,

The governors would like to thank those of you who completed our questionnaire earlier this year. In total we received 49 responses. The purpose of our parent questionnaires is to identify areas for improvement within the school.

From our 2016 questionnaire, we identified homework as an area for improvement. We asked parents whether they thought homework was set at an appropriate level, in an appropriate amount, for the age of their child and a significant proportion of parents responded that is was not. In 2017 we are pleased to report that nearly all respondents agreed that homework is now set at an appropriate level/amount. The governors would like to thank staff for addressing this issue over the past year.

Another area for improvement (identified from the comments box in last year’s survey) was the availability of sports clubs after school and the variation of sports offered during school hours. The results from our 2017 survey again show that this has been addressed.

Unlike last year, there are no obvious themes for improvement identified from the 2017 questionnaire as all questions were answered ‘positively’ by the majority of respondents. However, a few parents commented that they were not satisfied with the updates they receive on their child’s progress. This is an area that will be discussed by our Performance and Standards sub-committee and these governors will assess the way in which pupils’ progress is communicated with parents, with a focus on putting progress reports into context for parents.

Mrs Crewe



Lunch Menu

The current lunch menu can be found here

Public Health England have updated their poster regarding infection control in schools and other childcare locations, it contains lots of handy information regarding the appropriate amount of time to be off school with a variety of complaints and therefore is a useful reference tool.

The poster can be found here…

Please see attached Newsletter the Primary School Health Team here.

Community News / Activities

BIG CLEAN UP  -  Can you help?

We start at 10 am and finish by 1 pm with a bring and share lunch around 12noon. People can drop in during this time and clean up any area that interests them e.g. Window sills, pictures, pulpit, woodwork.  There is plenty of cleaning equipment so just turn up and you will be welcome. For more info - please contact Jill hjgarlick@gmail.com


 FREE CONCERT FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN at the 2017 Oxford Chamber Music Festival.

 "Open, Sesame!", at 11:30am on Sunday 1st October,

A magical concert for children and adults alike, filled with the mystery and colour and excitement of Persia and the Orient. We will re-tell stories first told by Scheherazade in the 1001 Nights, and the fabulously talented musicians of OCMF will improvise a live, dramatic, surprising soundtrack, using Western and Eastern instruments, before your very eyes and ears!

Autumn Water Festival

Sunday 1st October, 11am-4pm

Come and join the Earth Trust for our annual celebration of autumn, water and wetlands. There are plenty of aquatic activities on offer, including launching water rockets across the Wittenham Clumps, squeezing some fresh juice from local apples, dipping to discover what incredible creatures live in our pond, making a mini raft, and crafting a recycled fishy friend to take home. Plus much more! Poem Tree Café will be open, and there’s a BBQ from Coopers Oxford Pork. Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for children or £15 for a family of four; book online for a discount (incurs a booking fee) or pay on the gate. www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson. Water you waiting for?! We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t forget your wellies! Please see poster here

Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ

Pirates, Ahoy! – 12 November 2017

Oxford Town Hall, 3pm

Most suitable for ages 4-8

Welcome aboard our swashbuckling pirate ship; be prepared to be taken on a musical adventure across the seven seas!

Pre-concert craft activities at 2pm

Concert ends 4pm

Aureus School - Open Days for Year 5

Please see below some dates for your diaries and an opportunity for you to let us know if you are keen to find out more about Aureus as a school of choice for your child's secondary education from September 2018.

·       Year 6 Open Evening – Tuesday 3rd October 2017

·       Year 6 Open Mornings – Monday 9th October through to Friday 13th October

Please register your interest in your Year 5 child joining us in 2018 here...

Dates for the Diary

Dates for your diaries, more information will follow on activities.

Tuesday 19th september

Year 6 - Let’s Get Cooking starts

Wednesday 27th 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)

Friday 29th September

Year 4 - Macmillan Coffee Afternoon 2pm-3pm 

Wednesday 11th October

Year 5 Assembly for parents 9.15am

Monday 16th October

Bloodhound Car activity day - Year 4,5 and 6 - More information to follow

Wednesday 18th October

Year 6 Assembly for parents 9.15

Friday 20th October

Break up for Half Term. School finishes at normal time.

Tuesday 31st October & Wednesday 1st November

Parents Evening

Wednesday 1st November

Year 4 Assembly for parents 9.15am

Tuesday 7th November

School Photos

Wednesday 29th November

School Disco - More information to follow