STOCKHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
Issue No: 234 Thursday 23rd June 2011
A huge thank you to all of our hardworking ‘Friends of Stockham’ who made sure we all
enjoyed ourselves on Saturday at our 40th Birthday Summer Event. The weather was not kind to us
but we were amazed at how many of you stayed to support the event even though there were
constant showers! As soon as we know how much was made we will let you know.
Several of you attended the public meeting regarding the admission to school difficulties
Wantage and Grove are experiencing. I think some of you were surprised at the answers we received
from the speakers, it was important that your questions were heard. Appeals for places at Stockham
are taking place; we will let you know the outcomes.
Our residential field trips continued this week when years 3 and 4 all stayed at the Ridgeway
Hostel with many visits and events organised. Thank you so much for supporting this trip by making
payments on time. The children had an excellent visit and covered a lot of the curriculum whilst also
learning a lot about themselves! Year 6 leave tomorrow for the Isle of Wight and will return on
Tickets for our Gala Concert have sold like hot cakes. The evening performance is sold out but
we have tickets for the afternoon performance. You may now purchase any number of those tickets
for your family and friends. There are still a few families who have not let us know their ticket
requirements – do come and see us so we can make sure you had a chance of tickets. I am keeping
a list of those people who would still like evening tickets, as any become available we will let you
We have heard this week that we have been awarded the National Sing Up Gold Award.
Thank you Marie for gathering all of the evidence and sending it off to this Government backed
award. We are very proud!
I had promised to get back to you with regard to the possible school closure on 30 th June. As
you can imagine it is very important that we follow the correct procedures regarding any action.
Although staff have up until 2 days before the action to inform me of their intention to take strike
action, there has been much discussion among those of us who were balloted. We have reached
agreement between us that no classes will be closed at Stockham in this instance. I have strong
feelings about the need for young teacher’s pensions to be protected at this economically difficult
time. Not least of all is my fear that the teaching profession will not be able to attract high quality
teachers as they look elsewhere for more attractive careers. Our children deserve the very best and
so do the teachers who are charged with the very important job of educating the next generation. We
shall keep a close eye on proceedings and inform you of any further actions as they arise. Do come
in and have a chat if you require any more information at this point.
Year F We are enjoying practicing our songs for the Civic Hall. We have also enjoyed making
our own underwater scene by using bubble painting and pastels.
Year 1 On Monday we were very lucky as we were visited by a scientist from the Space
Science Department at Rutherford. We spent the morning making rockets and
ultraviolet beads. It was a super morning!
Year 2 Year 2 have been learning a dance about the seaside. We have used our bodies and
faces to show relaxed and fulfilled movements and expressions.
Year 3 Year 3 had a wonderful time on our field trip. We have been part of a WW2 family and
have been evacuated on a train in Swindon. We had a super time in the woods at the
Ridgeway Centre and did some landscape art of the amazing view on top of the
Year 4 Year 4 have had such a fabulous week! We visited Chedworth Roman Villa on Monday
and stayed overnight at the Ridgeway, followed by a 5 mile walk back to school.
Year 5 Year 5 have been working hard this week preparing their class assembly. They have
also started to make their paper mache Aztec masks!
Year 6 Year 6 have been working hard. We have made Greek style bread and tried olives
and feta cheese. We have started planning our leavers’ assembly.
Reports will be coming home on the 15th July. If you need a second copy for a parent not living at the
same address please be sure to let your child’s teacher know the details as soon as possible.
Tidy Tiger was awarded to Year 6 last week for having the tidiest classroom. Well done Year 6!
“Polite Panda” spent this week in Year 3.
This Week’s SEAL Activity
Talk together in your family about possible changes, think about examples of changes that could
happen and whether you would love them to happen, hate them to happen or don’t mind. For
example, how would you feel if you won the lottery, if your favourite TV program was cancelled, if you
had to move to a new town or if you had a new baby in the family etc.
MILES OF SMILES
This week the following children have earned “Miles of Smiles”:
Year F Aleah and Daniel C for careful reading. Daniel pointed to the words well and Aleah
talked carefully about the story.
Year 1 Thomas for being extremely polite and helpful when our visitor from the Space Science
Department at Rutherford joined us. Abigail for superb musical timing and amazing
Year 2 Damon and Nicole for fantastic partner work in our seaside dance; great use of
Year 3 All of Year 3 for being so helpful to each other and being well behaved over the whole
two days. Some of the grownups were good too!
Year 4 All of Year 4 for being such a wonderful group on our field trip. You were all so
enthusiastic and I am very proud of you all.
Year 5 All of Year 5 for their fantastic class assembly! Well done!
Year 6 Eden for always working so hard and being helpful around the classroom.
Well done everyone!
Headlice Please check your child’s hair regularly and if necessary treat it to prevent the spread of
headlice in the school.
Last week’s attendance stars were Year - They had the best attendance last week and they will be
looking after Attendance Ted next week.
Well done Year -.
PAs this week were - and -. Thank you for your help.
School Uniform Orders If you need new uniform please order online or by telephone. The website is
simplyschoolwear.com and the order line is 0800 4046644.
Book bags and PE bags must now be purchased from Simplyschoolwear and are no longer available
from the school office.
Every Child Matters Many websites are available to support parents with information and advice:
www.dcsf.gov.uk/parentknowhow - help with education, legal, lone parents, expert help for
mums, services for dads, parents of disabled children.
www.oxonfiis.org.uk – childcare, childcare costs, family and parenting support, activities,
play and sport for children, young people and families and help for families with disabled
www.parentlineplus.org.uk – regularly updated information on all aspects of parenting from
new baby days to teens and beyond.
Find more detailed information in the school Extended Services folder held in reception.
Reminder of Term Dates and Amendments
TERM 6 2011
Wednesday 8th June - Friday 22nd July 2011 (12.10pm)
Term 1 September 2011-05-11
Tuesday 6th September – Friday 21st October 2011-05-11
Inset – Friday 7th October.