Welcome back to the start of a new school year. It is lovely to see all the children again and hear all about their holidays. This year we welcome 19 new children into our Reception class. We are delighted they have chosen to join us and hope they will be very happy here with us over the coming years. We look forward to getting to know each and every one of them.
I am delighted to report that Miss Cunniappen, Mrs. Pearson and Mr Herlihy have all successfully completed their NQT year. This year Mrs Z McLauchlan is training on the Graduate Teaching Program working with our Key Stage 2 children, Mrs Teague is training for her Higher Level Teaching Assistant status and Mrs Jones is preparing for her Level 3 Diploma. We are very excited at the capacity that is growing within the school and look forward to their expertise contributing even more to the good success shown in our pupil results.
In early September we were lucky to have a genuine Olympic torch in school for 3 days. This torch was carried along a leg of the journey on day 48 – according to its unique sticker on the very lovely bag it fits inside. Every child in the school was able to carry it, albeit, just around our hall! We were surprised how heavy it was and indeed, how beautiful the lattice work is close-up. All the children have shown a great interest in both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games and have come back to school with many stories that have excited them whilst watching via the TV or attending events. Carrying an authentic torch was a wonderful opportunity to share as the events came to a close.
We recently celebrated Harvest in St Agatha’s with a beautifully decorated Church. As in previous years, the children and their families donated provisions for The Porch Steppin’ Stones Centre, Oxford who provide day-long support for homeless and vulnerable people wanting to move forward in their lives. If you would like to know more about the charity their website address is http://www.theporch.org.uk/ . I would like to thank you all for your collaborative hard work in fundraising over the last few years. It was a great relief (!) to know the new extension and its facilities are now available for use when the children visit the church.
Sadly we have to say goodbye to Carol Higgs in October. Carol has acted as a lunchtime supervisor at the school for 30 years. Many of you know Carol and are aware that she is having increasing difficulty with her mobility, so after much thought, she has decided it is time to hang up her apron and have a well earned rest. We will miss her very much and would like to thank her for 30 years of lunchtimes - it won't be the same here without her. We hope that she will come back and visit us. All the staff and children wish her a long and happy retirement.
And finally …..we are vey much looking forward to the forthcoming Village Eurovision Song Contest where our choir will be placing an entry. We are the French entry – please look out for us and give us a cheer.
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