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Oct. 2009. Issue Number 46

Dear Parents

A huge thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to our Harvest Festival appeal. We have sent 55 shoe boxes to Romania, where they will be distributed to families over the Christmas period. The collection raised just over £90. Some of this money was used to create more shoe boxes and pay for the cost of postage and packing. The remaining £60 was sent as a donation to the appeal. I hope you all enjoyed the Harvest Service. It was great to see so many parents supporting the event. The children performed brilliantly, but it was difficult to hear them because of the amount of background noise. The children put a lot of effort into learning their lines and rehearsing their ‘playlets’ and it is only fair that they perform in a quiet atmosphere to enable them to be heard by everyone. If parents bring small children and babies along to a church/hall service please could they be taken into the vestry if they start to cry or disturb others. Many thanks for your support. I hope you all have a wonderful half-term holiday. Best wishes

After-School Club Sadly, the After-School Club Committee have taken the difficult decision to close the Woolhampton After-School Club from Friday 13th November. I would like to thank Mel, Helen and the committee for all their hard work in running the club since its inception and also for their huge efforts in trying to keep the club open. A letter giving more details about the reasons for closing the club is attached.

Beavers Mrs. Collings informs me that there are some places available for the local Beavers group. If you require more details please ring Mrs. Collings on 07770444101.

won five of their matches in the group stage, and then beat Francis Bailey in the semi-final. Unfortunately, a tired first half performance meant that the team had to play exceptional rugby for the remainder of the match. Although they gave a much better account of themselves in the second half, they still lost to St. Finians. Well done to Archie, Owen, Henry, Jacob, Isabel, Max, Charles and Elizabeth. Congratulations also to the Upper Junior team, who played some excellent rugby, winning two of their six matches. Many thanks to Mrs Hillerton and Mrs Nicholson for coaching the two squads and also to Nick Javes for 'running the line' for the Lower Juniors Squad.

Curriculum Matters Homework Survey Many thanks to all those parents who returned the Homework Survey. As might be expected, parents have different opinions on homework. Most parents preferred a weekly task practising skills learnt in English or Maths, so this is what will happen (as well as the normal reading/spellings and tables). Although teachers may well ask children to research a topic, there will no longer be a long term research project.

Thatcham Tag Rugby Tournament At the recent Thatcham Tag Rugby Tournament the Lower Junior Tag Rugby Team played some superb rugby to reach the final. This was the first time in over 10 years that any of our teams have made the final! The team

Y4 became aircraft spotters for a day on the 29th September. They travelled to Heathrow Airport to record the different airlines coming into land. The data was then used to create pictograms and bar charts in their maths lessons. Many thanks to Mrs Romanski, Mrs Aldridge and Mrs Javes for accompanying the children. Y6 Children (and parents!) have greatly enjoyed a number of activities connected to their topic on WWII. They visited the excellent Milestones Museum in Basingstoke and also went to the Rural Life Museum in Reading, where they were fortunate enough to meet Martin Parsons, author of several books on the evacuation. On Wednesday 14th October the year group experienced life as wartime

evacuees. They were evacuated by train from Reading to Midgham and then were taught in the hall by local village teacher, Mrs Frankum. At the end of the day Billeting Officer, Miss Ewing, organised the billeting of the children with new families. (I believe they were all repatriated with their real families!) Thanks to all those who put so much time and effort into this wonderful event.

Parking and Holidays Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the number of holiday requests this half-term. Please could I once again remind parents that they should avoid taking children out of school during term time. Could I also remind parents that they should not park on the yellow zig-zag lines. Nor should parents park opposite the school and ask children to walk across the road to meet them.

Kayaking Y6 enjoyed their kayaking lessons at Beale Park, Pangbourne. They were very fortunate with the weather; the only Thursday that has not been fine and bright this half-term was the last one, when the children did not do kayaking! All the children passed the Level 2 assessment, and some are well on their way to completing level 3. Many thanks to Mrs Hillerton for accompanying the children.

Y5 Science Night Unfortunately we were not successful in our attempt to book a Y5 Science Night for next year. These events are incredibly popular and our preferred dates had sold out within hours of receiving the e-mail.

This year The Friends of Woolhampton Christmas Fayre takes place on Saturday 28th November. We would be grateful for any donations for prizes for the raffle - please feel free to use the attached ‘begging’ letter to any businesses you may know (or own!) Many thanks.

Y6 Visiting Milestones Museum

Diary Dates 3rd Nov. 4th Nov. 6th Nov. 10th Nov. 11th Nov. 13th Nov. 20th Nov. 26th Nov. 27th Nov. 28th Nov.

Parents may not be aware of the criteria for free school meals. Please contact the school office for further information on this matter.

Cheap Software Parents are entitle to purchase software at heavily discounted prices at Software4Students ( For example, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 is reduced from £320 to £44. Thanks to Richard Wilson for discovering this site.

Achievement Assembly Awards Congratulations to the following children, who were awarded Achievement Awards in June and July.

Friends of Woolhampton

Y6 Evacuation Day

Free School Meals

Return to School. Y6 visiting Greenham Common Achievement Assembly Friends of Woolhampton AGM 8 p.m Remembrance Day Service 10.30 a.m F.o.W Non Uniform Day F.o.W Film Night 6.30 p.m Bags2School Achievement Assembly F.o.W Christmas Fayre.

F: Y1; Y2: Y3: Y4: Y5: Y6:

Fenya, Amy, Charlie and Hannah Eloise, Elliot, Tyler and Lily Ellen, Torr, James and Emily Georgia, Owen, Darian and Grace Edward, Ethan, Elizabeth and Jack Caitlin, Harry H, Harry B and Imogen Jordon, Jena, Aimee and Mitchell

Lower Juniors Tag Rugby Team

Y4 Visit to Heathrow

More information about events can be found on the school website or on the noticeboard in the lower playground.