Hello from Mrs. Smith
I hope you have all had an enjoyable half term break. It was lovely to see so many of you at the Harvest Service at St Andrew’s Church, I hope you enjoyed the children’s contributions during the service and felt as proud of your children as we all did! Thank you to those of you who helped with the walk to and from the church. On behalf of Winchester Basics Bank I would like to pass on a huge thank you for your generous donations which will help many families. The collection in the church raised £38.21 and this will go to our chosen charity this year.
It was great to see so many Grandparents in school last term, taking part in some fun activities with their grandchildren for our annual Grandparents Day. The feedback we receive enables us to continue making the events a positive experience for all.
The weather is starting to change and the mornings are finally beginning to get colder. Can I remind you to make sure your children have appropriate coats and winter wear as the cold weather is heading our way.
Finally, just a reminder that poppies and other items are on sale this week (an appropriate donation for a poppy and fixed prices for the other items Snap bands £1, Reflector poppy 50p, Friendship poppy bracelet £1 and writstbands 50p). Our assemblies this week will focus upon the theme of remembrance and we will be holding a two minute silence on Friday 10th November.
A huge thank you for making sure your children are in school on time, and for making medical and dental appointments outside of school hours. With the weather being kind to us, we have managed to avoid any bugs and consequently our whole school attendance figure is 97.8% which is a great start to the year. Attendance figures for our classes are:
- Marwell Class: 97.3%
- Morestead Class: 97.4%
- Baybridge Class: 98%
- Hensting Class: 98.5%
Please continue to support us in ensuring our children have good attendance.
We look forward to seeing you all over the next two weeks for our Autumn Term parents evening. These appointments will give you chance to have a look at your children’s work and talk to the class teacher about their progress.
The book fair arrives in school later in November. An ideal opportunity for some Christmas shopping perhaps! The school will receive 100% commission from any purchases you make and as always we are very appreciative for any donations to school funds.
Health and well-being / Anti-Bullying week
13th November 2017
We are looking forward to the range of learning experiences we have planned next week. Further details of the week and the activities which you can also be involved in will be sent out this week. We intend to start the week with a whole community ‘physical activity fun session’ which Mrs. Aylward has offered to lead for us. This will be for ten minutes after registration next Monday so please stay if you can.
Children in Need
We will be participating in Children in Need activities on Friday 17th November in order to raise money for this worthwhile cause. The School Council will be letting you know further details shortly.
October Star Learners
A huge well done to all the children who have been awarded star learner and have been celebrated in our Friday celebration assembly.
- Jacob R
- Izzy A
- Jessica L
- Alex P
- Evie C
- Grace W
- Jess F
- Jamie R
- Alex W
- Jess D
- Jacob D
- Marguerite x 2
We are very grateful for the support of the superb Friends of Owslebury School, who raise an exceptional amount of money for our school and our children.
Bags2School are collecting from us next Monday 13th November. Please bring in good quality unwanted clothing to school. The heavier the collection, the more money school will receive! This year they are accepting good quality towels, curtains and bed linen. Collection bags were sent home before half term and there are plenty more available in the school reception area if needed.
The Christmas Fair will soon be upon us and I know already the fabulous team are working hard behind the scenes to organise this event. Please come along to The Ship Inn, Owslebury on Thursday 8th November 2017 for a planning meeting . It would be lovely to have as much support as possible so please contribute where you can.
Use of Owslebury Parish Hall facilities for car-parking and other activities
An annual donation from FRIENDS towards the maintenance of the Parish Hall, allows our school community to use the car-parking area on a daily basis and for special events when this doesn’t conflict with other booked activities. I hope you all agree, that for the safety of our children and members of the local community, the use of this car park is vital for our school as the roads around the area are very narrow and there are limited pavements.
As part of this agreement, we do need to abide by the terms set in order to continue using this facility. Please take the time to read the following requests and ensure that you reinforce these with your children:
- Parent/guardians park considerately and ensure that they stay off the flower beds
- If insufficient space is available in the hall car park, parents/guardians must not park opposite or near the turning to Pitcot Lane.
- Parking is at the owner’s risk and the Owslebury Parish Hall Management Committee does not accept any liability for damage whilst on the property
- Children are not permitted to climb the tress and shrubs on Parish Hall grounds.
- All cups and rubbish resulting from the sale of hot chocolate outside the hall kitchen door to be picked up and placed in a suitable bin.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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Mrs. Kirby’s Challenge
We are all really proud of Mrs Kirby and her challenge to raise money for The Alzheimers Society. In a team with 23 others, Mrs Kirby trekked over 80 miles in 5 days along The Great Wall of China including parts built in the 6th century BC and areas which members of the public are not able to access. On the final day they climbed a height the equivalent of Ben Nevis in 2 hours. Between them, the group have raised a quarter of a million pounds which is a massive achievement. Mrs Kirby has definitely modelled all of our school values in her challenge and we look forward to hearing all about this once in a lifetime experience.
Well done Mrs Kirby!
You can donate at MrsKirby’s JustGiving page.