St Christopher’s C E School

Email: office.3555@st-christophers.oxon.sch.uk www.st-christophers.oxon.sch.uk

Newsletter
No 2: 21st September 2012

Dear Parents/Carers
Well, we are now in the full swing! Children have started to become accustomed to the rhythm and pace of school life and I have had lots of opportunities in sharing in their learning experiences. It is always a special experience when a child comes running up to you wanting to share what they have learnt and achieved. It was a little concerning to find fantastic foxes, green Oompa-Loompas and big giants, fortunately friendly, had invaded our school last Thursday. A big thank you to Mrs Cookson for organising our Roald Dahl day and helping us to celebrate the work of such a wonderful children’s author. I know the children really enjoyed dressing up and secretly I think the staff and parent volunteers also did!

Mr Shaw Goodwin - Headteacher Absent from School?
If your child is absent from school for any reason, please don’t forget to let us know. Absences are recorded in our registers with the appropriate reason code, i.e illness, holiday, medical appointment etc. Where no reason is given the absence is recorded as “unauthorised” and may be investigated by the Educational Welfare Officer. Please remember that requests for holiday should be authorised before booking. See website for Absence Policy for further details. Please notify us about the absence by telephoning school on 01367 860318 and selecting option 1 to leave a message. Thank you.

 Please return all forms/paperwork sent out last week by Friday 28th September 2012 at the very latest please as we need to ensure our records are upto-date – thank you.  Monday 24th September – Year 6 IMPs visit to Witney hospital – don’t forget packed lunch  Tuesday 25th September – Willow & Ginkgo Swimming – don’t forget kit.  Wednesday 26th September – Harvest Celebration in Church – please ensure local permission slips are returned by Monday.  Wednesday 26th September Cherry & Year 1 Maple – Forest School – don’t forget permission slips, wellies and appropriate outdoor clothing.  Year 6 Boulogne Trip – final balance and forms please by 28th September 2012 at the latest.

Quick Reminders

BREAKFAST CLUB
DAILY FROM 7.45AM (PRE BOOKED) £3.00 8.15AM (DROP IN) £2.00 Booking forms for October now available from Mrs Brindle or the School Office SCHOOL UNIFORM – St Christopher’s uniform can be ordered from: www.simplyschoolwear.co.uk Tel: 0800 404 6644 or tesco.com/ues
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EVERY THURSDAY LUNCHTIME
for reserved books and stamps Don’t forget your pennies – in a sealed envelope please!

SCPA BOOK SHOP

Emergency School Closures
In addition to our text system, school closures will be broadcast on: HEART FM – 102.6 FM GWR – 96.3 FM BBC Radio Oxford – 95.2 FM Or check local radio station websites

Monday

Tuesday

School Lunch Menus! Wednesday Thursday
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Friday

Week Commencing 24 September 2012

Pizza With Jacket Potatoes Seasonal Vegetables Iced Bun

Chicken Breast in Bap, with Potato Wedges & Seasonal Vegetables Oaty Flapjack & Custard

Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables Apple & Strawberry Mousse
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Honey Roast Ham & Pineapple, new potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables Carrot Cake with yoghurt & honey topping

Breaded Fish, Chunky Chips, Peas/Baked Beans Sticky Toffee Ice Cream

Week Commencing 1 October 2012

Cheesy Macaroni Bake Seasonal Vegetables Summer Fruit Crumble with cream

Pork & Apple Grill With gravy & Peas & Beans Seasonal Vegetables Chocolate Crunchy Shortbread with hot strawberry sauce

Roast Chicken Breast with Yorkshire Pudding , Roast Potatoes, & Seasonal Vegetables Strawberry Jelly & Fruit

Sausages With Mashed Potato, and gravy, & Seasonal Vegetables Fruit Muffin with glass of milk

Fish in Breadcrumbs With tomato ketchup, chunky chips, baked beans & peas Raspberry Ice Cream Sponge

Also available every day: Yoghurt, Fresh Fruit & Water - £2.00 per meal. Any cheques for dinners please make payable to

Oxfordshire County Council.

DINNER REGISTERS are taken in class every morning. The children tell the teacher whether they are having “dinners” (hot school meal”) or “sandwiches”. There have been a few instances of children being recorded as “sandwiches” but actually having dinners, and vice versa. Please could you help minimise this problem by reminding your child whether they are dinners or sandwiches in the morning, as unfortunately, this does cause confusion and may result in parents being charged for meals not taken – thank you.

Diary Dates
24th September 25th September Swimming Ginkgo & Willow 3.15pm Athletics Club 7.30pm Cotswold Voices 1st October 2nd October School Photographer Swimming Ginkgo & Willow 3.15pm Athletics Club 7.30pm Cotswold Voices 9th October Swimming Ginkgo & Willow 3.15pm Athletics Club 7.30pm Cotswold Voices 26th September
Harvest Service in Church Forest School – Cherry & Year 1 3.15pm Zumba

27th September

Year 6 Imps Visit 3.15pm Nature Club

Lunchtime Bookshop 3.15pm Football Club

28th September Cook4Books – Oak Class 8.00am Multi-skills & Breakfast 2.30pm Assembly – Operation Christmas Child 3.15pm Drama Club 5th October 2.30pm – Harvest Celebration Assembly – Everyone Welcome 3.15pm Drama Club 12th October 8.00am Multi-skills & Breakfast 2.45pm Celebration Assembly 3.15pm Drama Club

3rd October

4th October Lunchtime Bookshop

3.15pm Nature Club

Forest School – Cherry & Year 1 3.15pm Zumba

3.15pm Football Club 7.30pm SCPA Meeting – Everyone Welcome 11th October Lunchtime Bookshop 3.15pm Football Club

8th October

10th October
Forest School – Cherry & Year 1 3.15pm Zumba

3.15pm Nature Club

PARENTS EVENINGS – MONDAY 12TH & WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2012 – 3.30PM TO 5.30PM FURTHER DETAILS TO FOLLOW

HARVEST CELEBRATION OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD ASSEMBLY – 2.30PM FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2012
Once again this year, St Christopher’s will be participating in Operation Christmas Child and we are delighted that Anne Jerome from Operation Christmas Child will be joining us for assembly on Friday 28th September 2012 at 2.30pm. Please keep any shoe boxes you have to hand ready to fill with goodies for children less fortunate – thank you for your support. Next week, on Wednesday 26th September 2012, all the children will be walking to St Matthews Church, Langford, for their Harvest Service. If you have not returned the local visits permission slip, along with the others forms sent home, then please do so as soon as possible – without the permission slip we will not be able to take your child. As part of the Harvest Celebration we will again be supporting The Besom in Witney who provide food all year round to those in need in West Oxfordshire. If you are able to donate a nonperishable item then boxes are available in each classroom. There will also be a Harvest Celebration in the School Hall on Friday 5th October 2012 at 2.30pm to which everyone is welcome.

Swimming Programme 2012/2013
We are urgently seeking parent volunteers to assist on the coach to and from the swimming pool at Brize Norton on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm. If you feel you would like to volunteer, please let either myself or the school office know. As always, thank you for your continued support.

FOR SALE
A ¾ size guitar – perfect for the beginner. Used but in great condition with a soft case. £25.00 For details please contact Nikki Shaw on 07814 784480

SCPA COOK 4 BOOKS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3.15PM

Mrs Brownjohn - PE Co-ordinator

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DON’T FORGET YOUR PENNIES!

£25

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER
The School Photographer, Tempest, will be visiting on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 to take portrait photographs of the children, individually and with their siblings who are at the school, as appropriate. If you would like a photograph taken to include all family members (pre school siblings, parents etc), then please indicate on the attached slip and return by Friday 28th September 2012. These will be taken first at 8.30am and must be booked in as once the individual photographs are taken it will not be possible to go back to photograph groups. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER – TUESDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2012

We will be attending the family group session from 8.30am Class/es ………………………………………………..

Name/s……………………………………………………………………………………………….

(please reply by Friday 28th September 2012)

Obviously, the school plays it's part in teaching our children about all aspects of safety, but as parents and carers you are in the best position to secure your child's understanding of road safety, because you spend the most time with them. Please use every opportunity when out walking to ask your children questions on what they are seeing and hearing in the traffic environment. Let your children make their own choices and decisions wherever possible at the roadside. Oxfordshire County Council have published a leaflet to help with teaching your child these vital life skills. We have put a copy of this guide on our website. It can be found at :www.st-christophers.oxon.sch.uk/index.html

YEAR 6 RESIDENTIAL VISIT TO THE PIONEER CENTRE MONDAY 11H MARCH 2013 – FRIDAY 15TH MARCH 2013
As you may already be aware, the school is delighted that it has booked the Pioneer Centre again as our residential visit for 2013 for children who are in Year 6. If you were unable to make the presentation evening last term, the visit this year was a great success and the children who attended would be the first to agree that it was a fabulous experience and opportunity. The Pioneer Centre is an Activity Centre in Shropshire run by Action Centres UK. This year, the children enjoyed activities such as abseiling, archery, high ropes, and fencing. All the activities take place on the extensive site and are fully supervised by trained instructors. If you have not already signed up and would like your child to participate in this visit then please return the slip attached, along with a £50 non-refundable deposit. If you would like further details or have any questions please speak with Mr Goodwin or Mrs Brownjohn. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..………………………………………….……………. REPLY SLIP YEAR 6 RESIDENTIAL TRIP TO THE PIONEER CENTRE 11TH MARCH – 15TH MARCH 2013 My child …………………………………………………………………….. Centre. can participate in the residential trip to the Pioneer

I enclose a £50.00 non-refundable deposit (cheques payable to St Christopher’s CE School please) Signed ………………………………………………………………………….. Date ……………………………………………………………..