Chair of Governors: Mr Mark Howarth
Headteacher: Mr Dom Murphy
Bishop Carpenter C E School
School Lane, North Newington, Nr Banbury, Oxon, OX15 6AQ
Tel/Fax: 01295 730404
Email: [email protected]
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Friday 11 October 2013
Dear Parents/Carers,
You are a lovely lot, you know, Harvest festivals, coffee afternoons, sprucing up the school,
supporting the children at sports events – you do so much in so many ways. We’re a very lucky
school. Thank you.
Harvest Festival
Your generous donations made a fantastic display for our harvest festival. My thanks to Mrs
Davies for putting it all together. After the festival assembly, all of the fresh produce went to
Katherine House Hospice, whilst the packaged foods went to Banbury Young Homeless Project.
The lady who came to collect the tins and packets was quite overwhelmed and couldn’t stop
saying thank you.
The wonderful harvest plait baked by Ollie’s godfather has gone to Bloxham Church to be the
centerpiece of their Harvest Festival this Sunday.
Coffee Afternoon: A message from Miss Butland and Miss Timms
Thank you to everyone who came to the coffee afternoon. It was fantastic to see so many
people come and support the children. All the cakes and other goodies looked so delicious. We
raised over £260 for Macmillan Nurses which is an amazing achievement. Thank you so much
for all your help.
Well done to our Year 3 & 4 footballers who represented the school this week at a tournament
held at Sibford School. We came fourth overall. I was proud of the children’s enthusiasm,
determination and most of all their good behaviour. Thank you also to all the parents who
helped and supported.
Next we we have a rugby double-header with Yr 5/6 playing a match against St John’s Priory on
Tuesday (2pm, school field – come and cheer!), followed by a tournament at the Warriner on
Friday afternoon.
Spruce Up the School
There was a fantastic turn out for our Spruce Up the School Saturday. I’d put up an ambitious
list of jobs, thinking that it would be good if we got through some of them. In the end, we got
through almost all of them.
We (deep breath) sanded down the friendship bench and the planters, cleared out and
replanted the planters, swept up a vast amount of leaves, tidied up the verge outside the school,
trimmed the shrubbery along the frontage, pruned the shrubs by the hall, put up a birdbox,
cleared out and aerated the compost bins, planted loads of daffodil bulbs, swept through the
outdoor area, pressure washed anything that needed pressure washing, strimmed anything that
needed strimming, cleared out the playground gutters, tidied up the copse, pruned the tree in
the quiet area, made a trip to the tip and put in the pond liner. And had a cup of tea!
All that’s left to do is to paint the bench with wood preservative, and remove an obsolete bit of
metal fencing near the pond.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped.
FoBCS Quiz Night
Never mind your Mastermind or Million Pound Drop, this is the quiz of the year. Questions to
answer, decisions to make (when do we play our joker?) raffle tickets to buy and fish & chips to
eat. What more could you want?
Chair of Governors: Mr Mark Howarth
Headteacher: Mr Dom Murphy
Every spring, we send out a parental questionnaire, and we also send one to parents of leavers
at the end of summer term. We are pleased with the positive responses to both questionnaires,
but whilst it’s good to know that we’re doing well, we want to be the best we can be and would
like your help to improve some of the areas of relative weakness. Only 86% of parents agreed
with the statement I can raise concerns and they are dealt with. So, what can we do to improve
this? I would be very grateful for your thoughts. I’ll have some pencils and paper available at the
end of this afternoon’s assembly, and also at the start of school on Monday. E-mailed
responses would also be useful.
School Council
We have got a very active School Council this year who are full of good ideas. Do have a look at
their page on the school website and read what they are doing in their meeting minutes.
We have been trialling split lunchtimes this week, with Classes 1 &2 eating first, followed by
Classes 3 &4. The run up to this was an interesting exercise in democracy, with children raising
plenty of positives and plenty of negatives. Opinion before the trial was quite polarised, with few
of the older children sitting on the fence. I even had one very well written letter from a pupil,
arguing cogently against the idea.
I am looking forward to hearing the views of pupils and staff at the end of the trial.
Non-Uniform Day and Inset Day
Please don’t forget that the last day of this term is Thursday 24 October as the Friday is an
INSET day. The Thursday is a non-uniform day. The School Council have decided that they
would like to ask for donations to go to Clic Sargeant Cancer Research. We are asking for a
minimum donation of £1.00 please.
Singing Club
Unfortunately there will be no Singing Club on Tuesday 15 October as Mrs Brine is attending a
course on that day.
Book Fair
Mrs Davies and some Year 6 children will be busy organising and planning our annual Book
Fair. This year the first day will be Wednesday November 6 . We are planning on opening
after school on that day and running throughout the evening during Parents Evening.
Strike Action
There is a day of teacher strike action planned for Thursday 17 October 2013 in our area.
Most, if not all, of the primary schools will be open or partially open, but the Warriner will be
closed. As far as I am aware, none of our staff are taking part in the strike. However, staff have
the right to strike and if any teachers decide to exercise that right, I am not allowed to use nonparticipating staff to cover their classes.
I intend to open the school as normal, but would operate a partial closure should any colleague
elect to strike.
Whilst we normally love visits from former pupils, we cannot have any pupils visiting on that day.
The one exception is a pupil whose parent is a lunchtime supervisor, and he will be in school for
the lunch period only.
Parking on the playground
Just a reminder that in the mornings the playground is open for everyone to park. However in
the afternoons we ask that just Key Stage One (Classes 1 & 2) parents park on the playground.
This is because everyone will be arriving and leaving at the same time and it would create
massive congestion in the lane.
Chair of Governors: Mr Mark Howarth
Headteacher: Mr Dom Murphy
Year 6 Secondary School Applications
The Admissions Team at Oxfordshire County Council have asked me to remind parents that the
deadline for applications is October 31 2013.
Backing Tracks
I know there must be some Karaoke or Am-Dram fans out there. I need your help. I need some
backing tracks for songs to use in our Key Stage 2 Christmas production. If you have, or know
of anybody who might have, any of the following, preferably on CD, but if not, as a download, I’d
love to hear from you.
Double Trouble
I’m Getting Married in the Morning
If I Were a Rich Man
Big Spender
Hopelessly Devoted to You
Strangers in the Night
I Want to Be Loved By You
A Boy Named Sue
Killer Queen
One Rock & Roll Too Many
9 to 5
Holding out for a Hero
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Celebration (Celebrate Good Times)
Elvis Presley
From A Chorus Line
From My Fair Lady.
From Fiddler on the Roof.
Shirley Bassey/ from Sweet Charity.
From Grease
The Beatles
Bert Kempfert
From Some Like it Hot
Johnny Cash
From Starlight Express
Dolly Parton/Sheena Easton
Bonnie Tyler
From Carousel
Kool & the Gang/Kylie Minogue
From West Side Story
Free Early Education for two year olds
If you are in receipt of certain benefits your child may be entitled to 15 hours of free early
education. There are criteria that have to be met to qualify for the benefit, which are the same
that are used to establish eligibility for Free School Meals. If you would like further information
please see the poster on the main door, or, alternatively, ring the Oxfordshire Family Information
Service on 08452262636.
Nathan Allan will be coming into school on Thursday 7 November to take photographs of the
children. He will be taking sibling groups as well as individual photographs. If you would like
your pre school child/ren to have their photographs taken with older brothers or sisters you are
welcome to come into school at 8.30am and Nathan will take these photographs first. Nathans
photographs are always very popular and make great Christmas presents.
New Pupil
Welcome for Kajetan Dunst who will be joining Year 5 on Monday.
Friday Assemblies (2:20pm unless otherwise stated)
Class 1 & 2 Assembly
General Assembly (Mr Murphy)
Grandparents’ Day
General Assembly (Miss Butland)
Family Service (2:15pm)
Christingle Service ( Broughton Church, 2:00pm)
Awards Assembly
Christmas Assembly (2:00pm)
Chair of Governors: Mr Mark Howarth
Headteacher: Mr Dom Murphy
A few diary dates
Yr 5/6 Tag Rugby vs St John’s Priory School.
Yr 5/6 Tag Rugby Festival @ Warriner 2:30-4:30pm. (Note date change).
Yrs 1-4 Cross Country @ Warriner 10am-12 noon.
Reading afternoon and Non-uniform day.
Yr 5/6 Cross Country @ North Newington.
Parents’ Evening & Book Fair
School Photographs. Individuals and family groups.
Remembrance Service 11:00am.
Children Singing for Children.
Grandparents’ Day
Yr 5/6 Swimming Festival @ Sibford Ferris.
Yr3/4 Dodgeball Featival @ Warriner.
Pantomime @ Chipping Norton (It’s behind you!)
KS2 Performances
KS1 Performances
Christmas Lunch & parties. Non-uniform day.
Term Dates for the year
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Term 5
Term 6
Wednesday 4th September
Monday 4 November
Tuesday 7 January
Monday 24 February
Tuesday 22nd April
Tuesday 3 June
INSET days
Monday 2 September
Tuesday 3 September
Friday 25 October
Monday 6 January
Monday 2 June
Bank Holiday
Monday 5th May
Thursday 24 October
Friday 20th December
Friday 14 February
Friday 4 April
Friday 23rd May
Tuesday 22 July