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Wychwood Primary School – loud and clear

wychwoodschoolwendyI am pleased to share that the school has been awarded the Sing Up Gold Award in recognition of the singing we do in classrooms, around the school and in the community. You may have seen many of the children singing at the Milton Fete and the Year 6 children recently visited the Day Centre and sang some harvest songs to the residents. As part of International Week each age group learned a song from the country they were studying to sing to the rest of the school.

Our choir has 63 members this year and they are practising very hard for a Candlelit Service on Tuesday 12th December at Shipton church; donations from this will be put towards a new piano. Please listen out for us on Radio Oxford when they do their Christmas countdown of carols, as we are taking part again this year.

Over the past couple of years you may have heard about the school wanting to put an all-weather pitch on the back field. We secured planning permission thanks to the support of the local community, but we have not been successful in obtaining any large grants towards the costs. We are not closing the door on this project completely as we are still following avenues for funding, but after discussions with staff and governors we have decided not to proceed with this project at the present time as there are other areas of the school that need improving and we are going to put the funds we do have towards creating a climbing area where the quiet area currently is. We will also be looking to improve the Foundation Stage outdoor area in the New Year.
The school has strong links with the local churches and as a school we were sad to hear Kate Stacey is leaving the parish. Not only has she supported the school by taking assemblies and helping to organise our RE day, she has also been a governor and for the last couple of years has been the Chair of our Governing Body. We would like to thank her for all the support she has given the school and wish her well in her new role.

The end of Term 1 also saw us say goodbye to Wendy Hiscock who has retired after working at the school as a Teaching Assistant and dinner lady for 27 years. We thank her for all the support she has given the children over the years, and for all the ‘Wendy Cakes’ she has brought into the staffroom!

Julie Hemming

December 2017 – January 2018