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July 2008. Issue Number 36

Dear Parents

This half term has been extremely busy and this is reflected in the fact that this newsletter spans four pages (and even then there was not enough space to include all the activities that have taken place in June and July!) I wish the children in Y6 all the very best as they embark on the next stage of their ‘educational journey’. They should all be very proud of all their achievements this year, and I know that they can all look forward to continued success in the future. Best wishes also to Maddy, who will be joining a school nearer to her new home in Newbury. I would like to thank all the staff for their enthusiasm, commitment and hard work over the past year. Have a peaceful and restful summer holiday. Best wishes

KS2 SATS Results No doubt you have heard about the problems surrounding the KS2 and KS3 SATS tests. Although the results were delayed for a week, we did eventually receive them all. We are extremely pleased with the levels achieved by the children in English, Maths and Science. For the third year in a row we have improved on nearly all the key measures of attainment. The graphs below show the children’s considerable achievements.

300 290 280 270 260 250 240 230 220 2008



100% 90% 80% 70%

KS1 SATS Results

60% 2008 >= level 4


2007 >= level 4


2006 >= level 4

30% 20% 10% 0% English



Our 2008 KS1 SAT’s results also saw a general improvement over last year’s scores, although the writing result was disappointing - this is an area that we will be focusing on throughout the school next year. The graph below displays the average points score for Reading, Writing and Maths for the 2006 - 2008 cohorts. 16.00










2008 Level 5


2007 Level 5 30%

2006 Level 5


2007 13.50


13.00 12.50 12.00





All Subjects

0% English



Well done to all the children who sat the tests and to Mrs Hillerton, Mrs Nicholson and all the other staff.

Topics The main topics for the first half of next term are: YF/1: All About Me and People Who Help Us. Y2/3: Food and Health. Y4/5: Ancient Egyptians. Y6:

The Second World War

Although these are history, geography or science topics they will encompass other areas of the Curriculum. Uniform/Lost Property Once again we have acquired a substantial amount of lost property. This is kept in two boxes in the library. We are unable to keep lost property indefinitely so any lost property remaining at the end of term will be donated to a suitable charity. Please could I remind parents that all clothing should be named. Most children are now wearing the correct school uniform and PE kit and they look extremely smart. Please could parents ensure that children wear plain white or grey socks and black school shoes. A plain red t-shirt should be worn for games lessons. Plain studs should be worn in pierced ears, and these need to be removed for PE lessons. Reports Thanks to all those parents who have sent in their child’s report comment slip. We greatly appreciate the comments made, regardless of whether they are positive or negative. Please do try and return the slip - even in the first few weeks of the autumn term - as it is an acknowledgement that parents have received reports. Y6 School Journey The Y6 school Journey to the Isle of Wight was a huge success, with children and adults having enormous fun over the five days (parents were able to follow the exploits of the boys and girls via the school website). The weather was fantastic, as was the behaviour of the children; it was one of the best residential visits I have ever experienced. Many thanks to Mrs Hillerton for organising the event and to Ken Hillerton for giving up his free time to accompany the children. Thanks also to the boys and girls in Y6 for being such great company! Friends of Woolhampton The Friends of Woolhampton Portrait Gallery took place on Friday 13th June. Every child painted a self-

portrait on canvas, and all the paintings were displayed, gallery style, in the school hall. The event was superbly organised by Eve Burke, Sarah Butler and other members of the F.of.W. Thanks to Dan O'Brien, who visited the school to talk to the children about portrait painting. The end of term disco was a huge success, with the children dancing to the mega-sounds provided by DJ, Chris Bone! The weather was not kind to us for our scaled-down summer fayre, but we still managed to raise just over £300. Home Communication Questionnaire Many thanks to all those parents who have returned the Home Communication Questionnaire. So far 34 surveys have been completed and returned to the office. This means that 27 parents have yet to return the questionnaire. It is really important that we hear the views of all parents so we would be grateful if any outstanding questionnaires were returned next term. Sports Events/Competitions There have been quite a number of sports events and competitions in the last month. In early June our Y5/6 took part in the Kennet and Theale Kwik Cricket competition. After a slightly uncertain start, the boys and girls played some super cricket, and won their final two matches. Well done to the team and thanks to the children in Y6 who helped with the organisation of the event. We were the smallest school to field two teams in the first Quadkids athletics event organised in West Berkshire. The event, attended by 13 schools, was a great success. All the children ran, threw and jumped extremely well. Our Year 3/4 team came 8th whilst the Year 4/5 team came 12th. Perhaps the best individual performance for a single event was by Connor Titchener in the 'Javelin'. His throw of 36.31 metres was the second longest throw of the Y5/6 competitors. More information about the event can be found on A number of children in Y6 and Y5 took part in the 2008 Inter Schools Relay Races at Newbury Athletics Club on Thursday 12th June. Both teams ran extremely well in wet and windy conditions. A couple of weeks ago our rounders squad participated in the Kennet and Theale Rounders tournament at Bradfield School. Wet weather prevented all the matches being played, but the children enjoyed themselves, particularly in the final match against St Finians, which they lost narrowly by ½ a rounder. Thanks to Mrs Javes and Miss Vincent for coaching the squad. This year’s Douai Fun Run was won by the Yellow Team, whilst the Blue Team were victorious in the Sports Day

competition. Our first Team Sports tournament was won by the Blue Team. Thanks to Mrs Hillerton and the children in Year 6 for organising the inter-house sports events. Tesco/Sainsbury Vouchers We eventually collected just over 6,000 Tesco vouchers, well in excess of our 5,000 target. The order for a Canon scanner and two rechargeable battery packs has been sent off and the items should be with us in early October. We also collected just over 7,000 Sainsbury vouchers and these have been used to purchase playground and sports equipment. Thanks to everyone who donated vouchers. Cycling Proficiency/Healthy Hearts Thanks to Mr Henderson for teaching the cycling proficiency course to the children in Year 6. For the second year in a row, all the children passed the test. Thanks also to Mrs Denny, who came into school to talk to the children in Y5 and Y4 about their topic, ‘Healthy Hearts’.

chairperson. Congratulations also to Alex, Alice, Max, Hayley and Jordon, prize winners in the story writing competition organised by Theale Green Library. The children received a certificate and a book from author, Meg Harper, at a prize giving ceremony held on Thursday 17th July. Money/Contact Details Please could parents ensure that any money sent into school is placed in an envelope. As parents know, the office is manned between the hours of 9.00 a.m and 2.00 p.m. Outside of these hours, parents can post forms etc in the letter box in front of the office window. Parents should not enter the office if it is unmanned. Please could parents also ensure that the contact details the office hold are up to date. Achievement Award Winners Congratulations to the following children, who were awarded Achievement Awards in June and July. F:

Matthew, Ellen, Torr and Harriet.


Louis, Isabella and Bethan.



Jack, Archie and Charles.

Well done to Hollie, Michael and Finn, who took part in the West Berkshire Debating Competition, held at Kennet School on Wednesday 9th July. Hollie and Michael won their debate against Francis Bailey, but sadly did not make the final. Finn made an excellent


Kevin, Lauren, Elizabeth and Sidney.


Jena, Jordon, Hannah and Harry.


Alex, Maddy and Molly.


Hollie, Finn and Y6

Y6 School Journey to the Isle of Wight

Douai Fun Run

Quadkids Squad

Sports Day

Kwik Cricket Squad

Diary Dates 4th Sept. 8th Sept. 20th/21st Sept. 25th Sept. 28th Sept. 1st Oct. 11th Oct.

Children return from the summer holidays. 1st Kayaking lesson. Newbury Show. Football Club starts (Reading Football Club) Harvest Festival in St.Peter’s Church (Sunday Service) School Harvest Festival, St Peter’s church. Thatcham Tag Rugby Tournament.

Woolhampton Newsletter July 2008  

Woolhampton Newsletter July 2008