Looking ahead to Christmas there is a number of festive events to inform you about. We are continuing our traditional celebration with our younger pupils performing a musical Nativity. If you are a Senior Citizen in the village, there is an open invitation to attend the dress rehearsal at school at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 13 December. Seasonal refreshments will be served to you by our older pupils. Our Christmas Fête is, rather uniquely, on the evening of Friday 2 December from 6.00-9.00 p.m. Also, we are holding a Carol Service at St Agatha’s at 9.30am on Friday the 16 December.
Since I wrote last, volunteer parents and their children gave up a Saturday morning to tidy up and tend the grounds around the school. Work is also going on within the school to make it more accessible to disabled people. We pride ourselves in being an inclusive school and recognise the value in widening educational opportunities for all.
A wide range of lunchtime and after school clubs is underway again. These include dance, football, netball, art, gardening, Scrabble, French, recorders, guitar and piano. Our netball team took part in a tournament at Wallingford School and only lost one match. This is a great result for a new team on their first outing. Reading Football Club came into school and provided a fun-packed morning for our older children. Unfortunately, due to heavy weather, it took place indoors.
We celebrated Harvest Festival at St Agatha’s Church with the help of Mrs Chatfield, our new vicar. It was a bright and happy occasion and a great start to strengthening relationship with the church. Mrs Chatfield is a natural with young children which is making for some very lively and engaging school assemblies. Donations collected from the event were split between The Oxford Children’s Hospital (our adopted charity) and the disaster appeal for the earthquake in northern India and Pakistan.
On the staffing side, we welcomed Mrs Moyra Welton as our new Class 2 Teacher (six and seven year olds). She has settled in very well and we wish her every success in her new role.
Miss Shinner, our Class 1 Teacher, held a successful Open Day when she invited prospective parents in to look around the classroom and observe her lessons. Again this year, we are supporting the charity Samaritan’s Purse with ‘Operation Christmas Child’. Shoeboxes, filled with gifts for under privileged children, will be sent to poverty, famine or war stricken parts of the world.
Finally we would like to extend our congratulations to Allsorts Preschool on their successful bid for £50,000 of funding through Central Television. The school breaks up at 2.30pm on Friday 16 December, so I will take this opportunity, on behalf of the staff and pupils and governors, to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.