Friday 19th October 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,

What a fantastic start we have had to the new school year.  Thank you for sending your children back to school with such a thirst and enthusiasm for learning.

At half term we will say goodbye and happy retirement to Mrs Sue Williams who is moving house and family to the south coast of England.  Sue has been working at Langford School for 18 years and we all wish her a very happy retirement.

Mrs Sophie Hoy started with us in September and is working two days per week as a Home School Link Worker and supporting some work previously completed by Sue Williams for a day a week.  I am sure that you will all make her feel welcome

It was lovely seeing so many of you at the information evenings in early September when the year ahead was set out for you to engage with.  How lucky we have been with the weather since our return to school, but as we sing our autumn and winter songs in assembly, next term could you please remind the children to wrap up warm for the journeys to and from school.

I would advise you to regularly check the school website calendar so that you can be sure of the special dates leading up to the Christmas celebrations and be ready for any dress up or non-school uniform days during term 2.

Have fun with your children during the half term break and just a quick reminder that we are all due back to school on Monday 29th October.

Mrs Maureen Thompson

Headteacher

Parking

We have received a number of concerns from our neighbours regarding parking near to the school at the start and end of the school day.  In the interests of the safety of our children, and the wider community, could we please ask that you do not park on the yellow zig-zags or near to junctions.  We would also encourage children to walk to school whenever possible and that they use the designated crossing point with the assistance of our Crossing Patrol.

48 Hour Protocol for Sickness and Diarrhoea

I have spoken at great lengths to the Health Agencies and other local schools and feel that it is time for us to confirm a clear 48 hour protocol for all children and staff in relation to absence from school for all forms of sickness and diarrhoea, from the last episode of illness.

The School Day

The school gates and classrooms open at 8.40, registers are taken at 8.55 and the children should be collected at 3.15. Please drop off and collect promptly. Can we also remind everyone to arrive through the playground and side gates, not through the main entrance at this busy time. Thank you.

Children Absent From School.

If your child is absent from school due to illness please could parents telephone school and leave a message on the answer phone (option 2) regarding the absence. Please provide your child's name, class and state what the illness is. Your messages are dealt with by the front office first thing every morning to enable us to update registers with children's absences for that day.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Payments To School

If you need to pay school for a trip or other activity, please could you make sure that all payments come into school in a sealed envelope with your child's name and class, the name of the trip and the amount enclosed so that we can ensure that our payment records are up to date. Please try to ensure that the exact amount is enclosed. If you do require change, please be aware that this can take a few days to process but will be available from the school office for you to collect. Unfortunately we are not able to send change home with your child and we will not be sending reminders home. Any money left uncollected at the end of every half term will be banked and used by the school as additional funds to support the children's learning.

Thank you

Year 3 Cadbury World Trip

We had a fantastic day at Cadbury World. The day was busy and packed full of many learning opportunities that helped enrich the children's understanding of both the Maya and chocolate making. We were even lucky enough to try a few samples! The children were welcomed warmly by the staff before exploring the depths of the jungle, discovering the secrets of the cacao beans. This was then followed by an interactive and informative Maya workshop. Later in the day, the children got to re-enact being a cacao bean in the 4D cinema learning about the harvesting, drying and roasting of the beans, transforming them into the chocolate that we all know and love. After exploring the history of Cadbury chocolate and its ever-growing popularity around the world, the children (and adults!) were fortunate enough to create their own chocolate experience in the Essence Centre. Finaly after a fun-filled and chocolate-packed day, the weary children and adults headed home with plenty of chocolate to last the journey. The children were well mannered and a credit to the school. Thank you to all the parent volunteers!

Maths Challenge

On Tuesday 9th October a group of fourteen Year 5 pupils attended a Maths Challenge at Magdalen College in Oxford.  They worked very hard to complete sets of maths puzzles, developing their reasoning skills over a two hour session.  As usual we were complimented on the good behaviour but special mention was made of their amazing manners.  Well done Year 5.

Mathletics termly winners

Well done to the following pupils for finishing in the top 10 within the whole school. You will receive a certificate from Mr. North at the end of this term.

- Pupil Year Group Total Points
1st Artur Obuchowski Year 4 36,010
2nd Harry Thomson Year 3 20,600
3rd Oliver Thomson Year 6 19,800
4th Michael Obuchowski Year 1 18,710
5th Ralfs Sprogis Year 1 15,730
6th Dylan Latty Year 1 13,910
7th Aiden Singh Year 1 12,480
8th Joshua Whales Year 1 12,030
9th Hana Needham Year 2 10,860
10th William Johns Year 6 9,000

Further congratulations go to ROBINS, for earning the most points within the school, with a whopping 157,635 Mathletics points this term!

Please ensure that your child is accessing Mathletics at least once a week. This will help them to continue their Maths learning journey outside of school, whilst having some fun with numbers!

Thanks for your support,

Mr. North

(Maths coordinator)

School Meals

The deadline for ordering meals for the first week of term is 23rd October. 

Diary Dates

# Tuesday 23rd October. Deadline for ordering lunches for the start of term.
# Monday 29th October 2018 Back To School.
# Wednesday 31st October 2018 Jems Challenge Oxford High School.
# Tuesday 6th November 2018 Year 6 Steam Trip.
# Wednesday 7th November 2018 Year 1-6 Cross Country.
# Friday 9th November 2018 Year 2 Cinema Trip.
# Monday 12th November 2018 Year 3 Cinema Trip.
# Monday 12th November 2018 Parents Evening. 3.30-6.30.
# Tuesday 13th November 2018 Parents Evening. 3.30-5pm.
# Thursday 15th November 2018 Football Match Langford A team (Glory Farm).
# Thursday 22nd November 2018 Football Match, Langford B team ( Glory Farm).
# Wednesday 28th November 2018 Year 3/4 Girls Festival ( Cooper School).
# Wednesday 5th December 2018 FSU Nativity 2pm.
# Thursday 6th December 2018 FSU Nativity 10am .
# Wednesday 12th December 2018 Year 5/6 Swimming Gala.
# Thursday 13th December 2018 Year 1/2 Nativity Performance.
# Thursday 13th December 2018 Year 1/2 Nativity Performance St Edburg's Church.
# Friday 14th December 2018 Year 1/2 Nativity Performance.
# Tuesday 18th December 2018 Xmas Lunch.
# Wednesday 19th December 2018 Xmas Lunch
# Friday 21st December 2018. School finishes 1.30.
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