Owslebury School Newsletter - 2018 February

Owslebury School Newsletter - 2018 February

Hello from Mrs. Smith

We have had a great start to the New Year with lots of inspiring learning taking place in all classes. I have been impressed with the ‘Golden Moment’ learning which I have celebrated and have enjoyed talking to the children about their achievements.

Last week we welcomed a visiting Headteacher from Hambledon Primary School who is working with us to identify ways each of our schools can improve further. Mr Davies and I completed a learning walk visiting each class and talking to the children about their learning. We also completed a book scrutiny focusing on writing and chatted to Mrs Aylward and Mrs Kirby who are both responsible for the leadership of English. Mr Davies praised the learning attitudes of the children and the enthusiasm of the staff. We identified many strengths in the teaching and learning of writing and also ways to continue to develop further.

One of the highlights next half term is the construction of a Living Willow Dome and tunnel in the school grounds. All the children will be working in groups to help out during the different stages of the structure.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to be a part of this and help out on one of the days if you are able to give up a full day to support the process. It is hoped that if you are involved in the process you will be able to help us make use of the willow from the dome as it grows in future years. The willow structure will be constructed on 28th February 1st March and 2nd March. If you are able to help out please let Mrs Way or Mrs Ryan in the office know. We know this will be a positive opportunity for all the children to participate in a whole school project to produce something that will be enjoyed for many years to come. We are grateful both to Ms Church and the Friends for their donations in making this possible.

Congratulations Owslebury

I have just received a letter from Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards to congratulate Owslebury Primary school on our very high standard of achievement in reading and mathematics in the 2017 KS2 assessments.

Our school’s results show that 100% of our pupils reached or exceeded the expected standard putting us in the top 1% of primary schools in England for attainment in reading and mathematics.

High Quality Music Education

Music Mark School Member LogoWe are delighted that Owslebury has been awarded the Music Mark in recognition of our commitment to providing high quality music education for all children. Music is valued in our school as we ensure that our children are able to access and engage with high-quality music education. Listen2me, musical instrument tuition, singing, Christmas and Summer music concerts and opportunities to listen to live music are just a few of the curriculum opportunities we offer our children.

Growth Mindset at Owslebury School

The Owslebury Way

This term, as we enter the growing season, we are formally introducing how to show a ‘Growth Mindset’. The children have been discussing their learning attitudes and how this can help them improve. Mrs Aylward is also setting up a ‘Learning Council’ of children that will be setting an example to others across the school. A Growth Mindset is the belief that anyone can significantly improve in something if they have the right attitude.


This week we took part in the UK Safer Internet Day. The theme of the day was ‘Be the Change: Unite for a better internet’. The children took part in a range of activities during the day as we continue to raise their awareness of how to use the internet safely.

Safer Internet Day 2018

January 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.

Marwell Class

  • Max
  • Ben
  • Madison
  • Nina

Morestead Class

  • Jacob
  • Ana
  • Charlie
  • Donnie

Baybridge Class

  • Will B
  • Jacob L x 2
  • Henry

Hensting Class

  • Elliot
  • Ben
  • Jacob D
  • Alex
  • Daniel
  • Jamie R

Have your say

I would like to provide parents, carers and children with the opportunity to raise concerns, make comments about the school in general, share new ideas which may help other parents or the school, or simply have their say about a schooling issue. If you would like to make use of this facility, please complete the form below.

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March

World Book Day 2018We will be celebrating World Book Day at Owslebury. The children will take part in a range of activities during the day and will get the opportunity to come dressed as a favourite book character.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Dr. Seuss

Governor Achievement Award

Kieron Norris Achievement AwardDuring last week’s celebration assembly we presented Mr Norris with a certificate on behalf of Hampshire County Council which recognised his service to the school. Mr Norris has been a committed Governor for 19 years and has seen many changes to the school throughout this time. Mr Norris is resigning from his position and moving onto other opportunities. We are very grateful for his support as the voluntary role of Governor is so important as it provides the school with appropriate support and challenge in order to continue to develop.

Key Dates

2021 October

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • INSET Day closure

Attendance Target 97%

Does attendance really matter?

If your child misses That equals… Which is … And over 7 years at primary school that is …
1 day per fortnight or 90% attendance 20 days per year 4 weeks per year 28 weeks—more than 2 whole school terms!
1 day per week or 80% attendance 40 days per year 8 weeks per year 56 weeks—more than 1 whole school year?
2 days per week or 60% attendance 80 days per year 16 weeks per year 112 weeks—nearly 3 whole school years

Attendance Matters LogoOur attendance up until Thursday 8th February 97% which is on target. Attendance was: Marwell Class: 97%, Morestead Class: 96.8%, Baybridge Class: 96.7% and Hensting Class: 97.7% .

  • 60% of our children have at least 97% attendance
  • 35% of our children have 100% attendance
  • 385 minutes late since September
  • 70 sessions of unauthorized absences since September
  • 382 sessions of illness
  • 14 sessions missed for medical appointments

Thank you for your continuing support.

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