Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,

I would like to thank you all for your support during the 20th school birthday celebrations. I was so pleased that you and the local community were able to attend so many of the activities that took place over the week.

As the term races on I need to let you know about a member of staff who is retiring in August. Mrs Wild has been teaching at Langford Village for 16 years and has led many initiatives over this time, school choirs and musical events, development of the house system and latterly her special involvement in Strictly dancing. Her sewing skills have been put to special use over the last few years and I have personally enjoyed choosing fabric with her. During the last two years with us she has introduced reading recovery in Key Stage 1 and worked alongside parents, pupils and staff. This has had an amazing effect on young readers at Langford.

I am sure you will join me in wishing her good luck, fun and lots of adventures in her retirement.

Newsflash

The NUT have voted for a teacher strike on Tuesday 5th July. I am unsure how this will affect Langford Village School who have 56% of teachers belonging to the NUT. However, in the spirit of communicating with you as soon as I heard, I thought it better to identify any issues as early as possible. I will update as soon as I have had any formal information from NUT members at school.

As this is also Year 6’s Secondary Transfer day I am in communication with Ben Baxter, Headteacher of The Cooper School and will update those parents as soon as possible.

School Meals

If you have ordered a school meal for Monday 18th July (Zone Day) you should have received a separate letter informing you that it will be replaced with a packed lunch. Could you please return the reply slip as soon as possible to the school office with your child’s choice of sandwich filling. Many Thanks.

Deadline for ordering uniform for September 2016

Orders must be placed by 7th August for delivery before the start of the new academic year.

2nd Hand Uniform Sale

2nd Hand uniform sale will be on Wednesday 13th July 2016, 3pm outside in the courtyard.

House Points for Term 5

The house point totals for term 5 are as follows: Badger: 450 points; Deer: 488 points; Fox: 471 points and Otter with 496 points. So, congratulations to all our Otters!

Help for Heroes

Ben Groves and Edward Chapman in Year 6 have organised some fundraising on behalf of Help for Heroes. They will be selling official Help for Heroes wristbands (£2 for an adult’s wristband and £1 for a children’s wristband) after school in the Courtyard from Monday 4th July until Friday 8th July. Your support for this charity helping wounded service men and women will be much appreciated. Many thanks.

Sports News

Thank you to parents for sending in the Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers. We have placed an order for new sports equipment as well as including Cygnets vouchers for their outdoor education equipment. Included in this order is a digital camera, gymnastics equipment and additional equipment to supplement those used to teach PE lessons and in our after school clubs. We had a total of 15,127 vouchers - huge thank you!

Quadkids Success: Well done to the pupils from Years 3 - 6 who recently took part in the Bicester School's Quadkids competition at The Cooper School. Our Year 3 and 4 team came runners up and have places booked in the finals later this month. Individual success also goes to Jhazane Stewart who won 2 of his events.

All pupils will complete a survey this term related to PE lessons in school and also other sports they participate in out of school. This will be completed in school.

Maureen Thompson

Headteacher

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