Well done again to Miss Shinner and Mrs Welton our Class 1 and 2
teachers, assisted by our support staff and parent helpers, for another
fantastic Nativity production. The scenery this year was just amazing
and all our youngsters performed to a packed house on three occasions,
each of which showed its appreciation with frequent and loud applause.
Our school choir, led by parent Wendy Murton, also excelled itself this
year, singing at the village carol evening, at the senior-citizen event
at Root One, and at Sotwell House. Following our usual round of festive
activities in school, the Revd Jeremy Goulston led the children in a
telling of the Christmas story at St Agatha’s on the final day of term.
The Friends of Brightwell School held another very successful Christmas
Fair and raised over a thousand pounds for the school. They are working
closely with us this year to revamp our school library. It is due in no
small part to the unstinting efforts of this group, that Ofsted, earlier
this year, described the relationship of the school with its parent
body as outstanding.
Congratulations to the four Year 6 pupils who attended the Maths
Challenge at St Edwards School in Oxford recently. In teams of two, they
enjoyed the experience and acquitted themselves very well. In November
the whole school visited the theatre at Chipping Norton to see Rapunzel.
The event was a curtain-raiser to our themed-curriculum fortnight
entitled, ‘Tales of Enchantment’. To stimulate the children’s
imagination, the entrance, halls and classrooms were all decked out with
displays related to well known traditional and fairy tales. At the end
of the project, each class took a turn to visit other classes to look at
the range of superb work they had produced, especially in Art, ICT and
Writing. The first week in December was designated Anti-Bullying Week.
This provided us the opportunity to discuss the various forms of
bullying, its harmful consequences and what those people who are being
bullied can do to stop it.
Finally, as we bid farewell to 2007 we take great pride in the very good
Ofsted report we received at the beginning of the year. This official
endorsement was subsequently underwritten by the ‘outstanding’
performance of our Year 6 children, whose achievements in June placed
the school in the top five per cent of schools across the country for