December 2016

With the end of term fast approaching and all the mania and marvellousness of the holiday just around the corner, it seemed a good time to reflect on what a lot has happened since September! The youngest children and our other new children have all settled in beautifully! We have been out and about –  regular outings to the woods and the churchyard on Forest Fridays, our IMPS visits to the Horton Hospital, Sibford and Kingham Hill School,  to St Mary’s Church in Banbury for Children Singing for Children and to The Food Bank also in Banbury. We have also taken part in Football and Hockey Tournaments with our partnership. We have also had the Hook Norton Librarians in school as well as a representative from the NSPCC.
The School Council have met regularly during the Autumn and ensured we have raised money for Children in Need and on Friday when it’s Christmas Jumper Day we will raise money for Save The Children.
More recently we have had some wonderful Christmas treats. We are sure you will agree that the group of children who sang and played at the Concert last week were fantastic. The children in The Meadow and The Woodland were amazing in their performances of Lights, Camel, Action which so many of you enjoyed this week. I am sure like us, you will be glad when we have moved the wall in the hall to create just a bit more space for events like that as well as our lunchtime service.
We are very grateful to The Friends of Rollright who have continued to fund raise and pay for items and experiences that the school budget just does not stretch to. Their tireless support if brilliant! However, they would be the first to acknowledge that without the help they receive from families at the events and the attendance that makes all the events worthwhile, their efforts would be wasted. Many thanks to everyone who has helped out or supported a fundraiser in any way this term.
We would also like to thank our dedicated team of parent volunteers who come into school to test Rising Stars, hear children read or support Forest Friday sessions – your support is hugely appreciated!
Everyone here at Great Rollright is grateful for the continued support we receive from our Governors and the parents – without everyone working as such a good team, the school could not be so successful! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope there is some peace in your homes during the holidays!


October 2016

As the nights begin to draw in, it's hard to believe how quickly time has flown by this Autumn and we have already been back at school for seven weeks. Half term is fast approaching! Our youngest children have settled in very well and it seems like they have always been part of the school. Our older children have been involved in sporting tournaments at Chipping Norton Secondary school as part of the involvement we have with The Chipping Norton Partnership of Schools. It's been wonderful to see how responsible they are as well as how enthusiastic they have been to do well! Everyone, including the staff is working hard and there is great learning to be seen throughout the school!

Every child, including our new ones, is in one of our House Teams. The four teams are Owls, Hawks, Kestrels and Eagles. Elections for House Captains took place in September and every Friday the house points are collected up and totalled! The house cup will be awarded at Christmas.

The School Council is also in place,meeting regularly and organising the fundraising calendar for the year.The School Councillors are also concerned that everyone takes care of the equipment we have,as they appreciate that budgets are tight!

We held our Friends of Great Rollright Association A.G. M. last Friday and a new committee of Trustees is in place. Shortly this group will be meeting to plan our social calendar and begin this year's fundraising! We are very grateful for all the help and support we get from this group of parents!



April 2016

As we start the first half of the summer term we have lots to look forward to. Hopefully you have all had a good break and enjoyed some of the beautiful weather we have had!

It was great to see so many of you at our Easter Service. I thought the readings written and read by The Mountains Class as part of their R.E. work told the Easter Story beautifully – thanks to all of them for sharing such good work with us.

We left the church and then paraded to The Village Hall in our Easter bonnets which were fabulous! The Friends organised our Easter Egg Hunt – many thanks to everyone who sent in eggs and everyone who hid the hundreds and hundreds of eggs! The children thoroughly enjoyed the egg hunt and the drink and chocolate crispy cake which followed in the hall. Thanks to Saya Buxton for once providing the cakes for this event.

This term is another busy one. The Finns arrive on 20th April, then we have the Year 6 Test Week which begins on 9th May and ends with their flight to Finland on 13th May.

Attendance has generally been good this year and we very much appreciate all of you who have tried to support us in raising our overall percentage. However, this figure has dropped a little in the last term due to the various illnesses suffered by the children. It now stand s at 97.5%. This week we gave out 57 certificates for excellent attendance; 53 of those certificates were for children whose attendance was 100% in Term 4 – well done to all of those children. We currently have 21 children whose attendance to date this school year is 100% - that is fantastic! Well done to all of those children!

Next Wednesday (20th April) we welcome our friends and colleagues from Vasa in Finland who will be visiting Great Rollright until 25th. They will be in school during their stay. Listen out for news about the Finns from your children!

March 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

Next week sees the end of The Spring Term and it has been a very busy one!

Following our assessment period in January and February, it was great to see so many of you at Parents Evening recently and to hear how pleased you are with the progress of the children.

Many thanks for all your support during the recent instalment of our building programme. Our steps are now finished and all of the doors in use.

I especially wanted to write following the Year 5 and 6 trip to Hooke Court last week to tell you how fantastic the children were whilst we were away; it was a pleasure to be away with them! To have a group of happy children ready to engage so enthusiastically with every activity was wonderful and ensured a successful trip. 

Our coach journey to Dorset on Wednesday was eventful as we travelled through heavy rain and then heavy snow, finally finding lighter sleet and then just dull cloud! However, on arrival we were once again in rain and so the staff at Hooke Court changed our itinerary to accommodate the weather and, instead of archery, we have team building and orienteering that afternoon. Archery was re-scheduled for Friday instead. Both activities were outside so thank goodness for all those waterproof trousers and coats that were packed!

After a delicious evening meal we had our Barn Dance. Lots of the children were a bit worried about this at first but everyone joined in and enjoyed our dancing immensely!

On Thursday, after breakfast, we headed to a large hall where the children worked for most of the morning to prepare a delicious lunch of bread, quiche, trout, salad, Dorset Apple Cake and fruit salad. Where possible local produce was used. Everyone enjoyed their lunch as well as a walk round Hooke Court to look at the pigs, the sheep and the very little lambs! Later in the day we visited the trout farm and then watched milking at a local dairy farm. |Helen, the farmer’s wife, explained the whole process to the children.

After our evening meal we visited the Tudor in the old Hooke Court Manor and then enjoyed some quilling and decoupage. We were very impressed by the beautiful boxes the children made.

Friday was a very busy day which started early as we had to pack our bags and strip our beds before our 7.30 a.m. breakfast. That morning the children were challenged on the Low Ropes Assault Course and worked hard at the Archery until 11a.m. and then after a drink we loaded up the coach and left. Having eaten our picnic lunch in The Education Room, we caught the bus from The Visitor Centre to Stonehenge itself. We were lucky to be able to walk round Stonehenge in beautiful sunshine. We were even luckier to have a very speedy journey home meeting none of the expected traffic! Many thanks to all the families who came to pick up earlier than expected!

As ever, we are grateful to the staff who put their own lives on hold to accompany the chidlren on these visits.

 I hope you all have a good Easter holiday and we will see you on 12th April! 

 Yours sincerely

  Anne Hewett         

November 2015

As we begin Term 2 it's incredible to think about how busy we have been since we returned to school in September. The children are all settled into their new classes and the four year olds, who started school in September, are now confident bubbly successful learners; it seems like they have been here for ever!

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