Chesterton CE Primary School
Chesterton CE Primary School
Chesterton CE Primary School

Emails sent to parents

19th July
Pre-Loved Uniform
Following on from previous years, we have gained a large amount of school uniform in good condition, either donated or lost (please, please name your items!). To help save our families money when the cost of living remains high, but also to think about sustainability, we thought it would be a good idea to offer this stock to you.
The items have too much life in them to be simply thrown in the bin and, as it has the school logo on, it cannot be donated to charities/clothes banks. Rather than charge any amount for these items, we are offering them for free as we would prefer them to be used. If they are not worn out when your child/ren are finished with them, then please pass them on to someone else, or return them to school and we will find them a new home!
See attached for the list of items. If there is anything that your child/ren could use now, or would grow into, please email the office with the item/s that you would like and we will send them home with your child or they can be collected from the office. Then make sure that you name them.
Please make use of this scheme and do a little bit for our sustainable aims.
Mr Horner and the Eco Council

Out of School Clubs & Holiday Activities
Please see below details of Clubs and Summer holiday activities in the local area.
Dive into Excitement with Bicester Blue Fins!
Bicester Blue Fins are thrilled to welcome young swimmers who have a passion for the sport to join our vibrant team! If your child meets the criteria outlined in the attached flyer, we invite you to contact us and schedule a swim assessment. We are excited to engage with students from your school and other local schools, encouraging young talent to flourish. If your child is eager to refine their technique, compete in a supportive environment, and make new friends, we can't wait to hear from you! Bright Sparks Events
Glory Farm Holiday Club
Kidz Zone Club - Langford Village
Swimming Lessons - Bruern Abbey
On-Track Tutoring
Jamie Cassidy Soccer School

School Uniform Letter
Please find attached letter from Mr Horner regarding school uniform.

Oak Class Last Week of Term
Please find attached letter from Miss Baxter regarding the last week of term events and activities..

Reading books
Over the Summer holidays I will be having an audit of our phonic books (both our 'Love to Read' and 'Learn to Read'). To support with this process, please could I ask that all reading books are handed back to your child's class teacher before the end of term?
Thank you! Best wishes, Miss Spencer

Parents' and Carers' Questionnaire
Your child/ren will be coming home with a questionnaire that we would very much like you to complete and return before the end of term. I appreciate that it is slightly late in the term, but we would very much like to hear from you regarding a range of different aspects of school life. I have attached an electronic copy, should you need it. Many thanks in advance - we will be very grateful if you are able to take the time. Best wishes, Mr Horner
16th July
Reminder: Swimming Gala Wed 17th
If your child is taking part in tomorrow's Hannah Barnes Swimming Gala, just a reminder of the details (letter attached). You will already have received this letter and signed a permission slip if they are participating.
Please note that the children will need to be dropped off at the Leisure Centre at 9.00am, unless you have indicated that they require a lift from Breakfast Club. We will meet the children in the foyer and then take them through to the changing area. Parents are more than welcome to stay and watch.
Please note that transport back to school will be provided via coach - there is no need to give your child a lift.
If your child is unwell and can't take part, please email me as soon as possible (head.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk) as a replacement will need to be found.
Kind regards, Mr Horner
15th July
Reading Awards
Please find attached letter from Mrs Salter, regarding about Reading in school.

Summer Party 2024 - Deadline is Tuesday to Book Your Place
Last reminder!! Last reminder!! Last reminder!!
Deadline for booking and paying for the Summer Party is tomorrow 16th July!
Best wishes, The School Association.
12th July
Events in the Local Area
Please see attached details of events in the local area over the coming weeks.
Bicester Family Day
Music Summer Evening
Pedal Party
Summer Fair

Summer Party 2024 - Deadline is Tuesday to Book Your Place
This is a reminder about the Summer Party on Friday 19th July!
Please remember that the deadline for payment and booking is Tuesday 16th July via Scopay.

Message to Ash Class Parents
On Tuesday 16th July, please collect your child from inside the classroom not outside at 3:15pm, as we would like you to read their persuasive writing about their recycled, plastic purse that they have written. The children wrote this to try and persuade you to let them take their purse home, so please let them know if you agree after you have read their writing!
If your child is at Treehouse that day, then we will send them home with a photocopy of the writing along with their purse
Yours sincerely, Ms Gould and Mrs Caulfield

Tree House Update
This message is to confirm that there will be no Tree House on the last day of term (Wednesday 24th July). Children should be collected at the normal time of 3.15pm. I have removed any bookings and credited your accounts
11th July
Mathletics
We wanted to let you know that your child’s Mathletics account will be refreshed on Monday 29th July, ready for the results from the next school year. Please find additional information here. Log-in information will be provided by your child’s new class teacher in September.

Production Tickets
Dear Oak and Rowan Families,
Just a message to say that the children will be coming home today with their allocated tickets for our production of 'The Key Master', which is taking place next week.
We look forward to seeing you there!
10th July
Deadline for Ordering School Lunches is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (Monday 15th July - Friday 19th July) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.

End of Year Reports
We wanted to let you know that end-of-year reports for all classes will be coming out today.
Please note that an adult will need to sign for each report. Please let us know if another nominated adult is collecting your child's report.
If your child is attending Tree House, their report will be available to collect at the end of the session.
After today, they will be available for collection from the school office.
9th July
Message from Mrs Evans
Dear Beech Class Parents and Carers,
This term, in preparation for Year 2, all children have been reading in Guided Reading groups twice a week. However, we have only recorded the individual reading at school in their diaries. Thank you for your continued support with reading at home.
Kind regards, Mrs Evans
8th July
Oak Swimming Monday 15th July.
Next Monday will be Oak Class's final swimming lesson - when we will be focusing on water safety. Please can all children bring in some old clothes to use e.g. a pair of old pyjamas. Many thanks,
Miss Baxter

New Class Arrangements September 2024
Please find attached letter with details of New Class arrangements for September.

Year 6 Camp Out - Reminder
Thank you to those of you who have given consent and made payment for this. Please can anyone who has not yet paid go onto Scopay and give consent and make payment by the end of today.

Message from Miss Baxter
Next Monday, will be the Oak Class’ final swimming lesson - where we will be focusing on water safety. Please may all children bring in some old clothes to participate in this. E.g a pair of old pyjamas.
Many thanks, Miss Baxter
5th July
Leavers' Hoodies
Dear Oak Class Parents and Carers,
I am emailing as I am aware that there have been some queries/complaints regarding the timing of the distribution of our Leavers' Hoodies. As per the original letter, which we sent early in the term to help with organisation, "Please be aware that the school will decide when the hoodies are handed out, so that the children don’t get into ‘leaver mode’ too soon!"
I appreciate that this is open to interpretation, but we have been consistent in recent years with giving the hoodies out at the Year 6 Camp Out and we feel that this has worked very well in terms of balancing making an occasion of the 'giving out' and not giving the children the impression that they have already finished for the summer. In previous years, we have seen many of our former pupils wearing their hoodies long after they have left Chesterton, so we know that they will still get plenty of use from them. Whilst other schools may operate the process differently, Miss Baxter and I feel that this decision is right for Chesterton.
I also would like to clarify that I have contacted some of our local secondaries regarding transition days and none of them that I have spoken to would allow Leavers' Hoodies to be worn on those occasions.
Miss Baxter and Miss Barrett put a lot of effort in Upper School to maintain high standards of behaviour all the way through the Summer Term and this is one of the decisions that we feel helps maintain a positive and productive environment. Whilst you may not agree with this specific decision, we hope that you can appreciate the reasons behind it and the hard work (sporting events, Leavers' performances, Summer Party etc.) going into this term. These events often involve staff giving up their own time to ensure that your children have an enjoyable end to their time at primary school, filled with exciting events and extra-curricular activities.
Thank you for your support on this matter; we look forward to seeing you at the leavers' events in the coming weeks.
Kind regards,
Mr Horner

School Association: Summer Party
The school year is coming to an end, and guess what? We’re throwing an epic outdoors SUMMER PARTY to celebrate!
Friday 19th July
KS1 (Maple, Beech & Ash) 5 - 6.15pm
KS2 (Chestnut, Hawthorn, Rowan & Oak) 6.30 - 8pm
Please pay via Scopay (deadline 16th July)
£5 including a snack and ice lolly
Chesterton CE Primary School
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3rd July
Beech Class Sharing Worship
As previously mentioned in the class newsletter and on the website, Beech Class will be holding their sharing worship this Friday afternoon (5th July) in the school hall at 2.30pm. Parents & family are welcome to attend.

Deadline for Ordering School Lunches is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (Monday 8th July - Friday 12th July) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.
2nd July
Year 6 Camp Out
Please find attached letter from Year 6 parents about the Camp Out on Friday 19th July.

Ash Class information
Please find attached enriched learning for Ash class - Summer Term 2. Our apologies for the delay in sending this.
1st July
Beech Class Forest School - Tomorrow
Just a reminder that Beech Class are doing Forest School tomorrow instead of Wednesday this week.
We have re-attached the letter for information, including what the children should wear for Forest School.
27th June
Team Superschools Final Reminder
Following on from the gymnast visit for Team Superschools on Monday 17th June, this email is to remind you that the fundraising page closes at midday on Saturday 29th June.
I am delighted to say that we are now at 93% of our target (although we would love to beat our target!). Thank you for your generosity so far. The new play trail is now finished and the children will be able to use it for the first time later this week, so please help us raise as much money as possible to help us pay for it. You can continue to collect sponsors and add to your child's fundraising page even after the event. Click on this link to add any sponsors that your child has managed to collect.
25th June
Book Fair update
We wanted to let you know that we earned over £400 in commission at the recent Book Fair! This will be used to buy books for the classrooms along with money raised on World Book Day. Thank you to everyone for your support and for making this the most successful book fair yet!
24th June
School Association: Soak the Teacher
Just a reminder that the Soak the Teacher event is straight after school today! Don't forget to bring your money!

Maple Class Sharing Worship
As previously mentioned in the class newsletter and on the website, Maple Class will be holding their sharing worship this Friday afternoon (28th June) in the school hall at 2.30pm.
Parents & family are welcome to attend.
21st June
Beech Class Trip - Earth Trust
Please find attached details of a trip for Beech class to the Earth Trust. Please go online and make payment and give consent in the usual way via Scopay.

SCHOOL ASSOCIATION: Soak the Teacher - CHANGE OF DATE
Please note that the Soak the Teacher event has been rearranged to Monday 24th June straight after school.
If your child is attending Tree House, they can also bring in a £1 to take part.
20th June
Musical Assemblies
On Thursday 27th June and Thursday 4th July, we will be holding our next popular instrument sharing assemblies, where we enjoy the fruits of our pupils' hard work and instrumental practice. In addition to those pupils who take part in lessons with our music teachers in school, we are inviting any pupils who play outside school to share their talents.

If your child would like the opportunity to play something, they need to choose a short piece that they can play independently on an instrument that they can easily bring to school (unless it's a piano, in which case they can use ours!). Please email me (head.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk) with their name and the name of the piece.

As you will see, there are now two performances due to the high numbers of pupils involved in playing instruments - which is fantastic! If your child plays the piano with Flora, or the guitar with Pijin, they will be participating on Thursday 27th June. If your child learns a woodwind instrument with Csenge, they will be playing on Thursday 4th July. If your child learns an instrument outside of school and would like to participate, please let me know and I will allocate them to one or the other (unless you express a preference).

If your child has just started to learn and are not yet confident enough to have a go, please don't worry as there will be many more opportunities. If you would like to know more about opportunities to learn an instrument, please contact the school office.
If your child is playing, we would like to invite you to attend. The assemblies both start at 10.00, so please arrive by 9.55.
18th June
End of Year Procedures
As we approach the end of the year, we will be updating and clearing this year's accounts on Scopay.
Could you please check Scopay and clear balances if appropriate?
Any outstanding balances or monies owing on school meals or Breakfast Club and Tree House will be carried over to next year, however we would ask that you clear your account before the end of term if at all possible.
If your child is leaving, and you have credit on your account, it can either be transferred to a sibling still in school or refunded via the original method of payment. Please let us know if you have any queries as we can check individual accounts.
School relies on parents to keep their Scopay accounts up to date and class trips and activities would not be possible without the voluntary contributions that we request.
Thank you for your ongoing support.

SCHOOL ASSOCIATION: Sports Day!
We wanted to let you know that the School Association will be providing a BBQ and refreshments tomorrow for Sports Day, please see their page.

Soak the Teacher
Owing to the chilly weather, we had to postpone the Soak the Teacher event during the Summer Fair. But don’t worry! The forecast is looking up, and we’ve scheduled it for next Thursday (27th June) immediately after school. For just £1 you’ll get three chances to splash Mr Horner - a fantastic deal.
Chesterton CE Primary School
17th June
School Association : Rags 2 Riches Collection 19th June
A reminder that Wednesday is the Rags 2 Riches collection. Thank you for your support!
14th June
Sports Day on Wednesday 19th June
Please find attached letter regarding details of Chesterton's Sports Day on Wednesday 19th June.

Summer Fair arrangements
Please see the School Association page

Team Superschools Reminder
Apologies that there may be a few emails from school today - there's always a lot going on in the Summer Term!
This one is to remind you and your children that, on Monday (17th), we have our Team Superschools event taking place (see original letter). This will be a great way to kick off School Sports Week.
We are raising money for extension of the Play Trail for the school. We are currently at 19% of our target (although, we would love more than our target if possible!). The new play trail is taking shape, with surfacing to be completed next week (see photo below), so please help us raise us much money as possible to help us pay for it. You can continue to collect sponsors and add to your child's fundraising page even after the event. Click on this link to add any sponsors that your child has managed to collect. We will send paper copies of the sponsorship form home today in case you need one.

Please note that pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit on Monday, so check that they have brought it home with them today. They will not need their school uniform at all on Monday.

Many thanks for your support,
Mr Horner
Chesterton CE Primary School
13th June
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION: Dress Down Day
This email is to remind you that it is Dress Down Day tomorrow, Friday 14th June.
Please see the Dress Down Day poster for more information.
12th June
Deadline for Ordering School Lunches is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (Monday 17th June - Friday 21st June) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.

Suspected Case of Slapped Cheek in Maple Class
Please be aware that we have a case of Chickenpox reported in lower school over the weekend.

Year 5 Gosford School Welcome Event
Please find attached letter from Gosford School regarding a welcome event.
11th June
SCHOOL BOOK FAIR! Last Day!
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Book Fair so far! All commission earnt will be used to buy books for each class. We wanted to remind you that today is your last chance to buy, the Book Fair will be collected tomorrow.

Ash Staffing Update!
I am happy to announce that Mrs Caulfield is expecting her second child in the autumn. The Ash Class children are being told the exciting news today, so you may hear it from the children at the end of the day.
This should not affect Ash Class' teaching arrangements for the remainder of the Summer Term, as Mrs Caulfield's maternity leave will not begin until next academic year.
We wish Emily, Joe and Albie all the best for the future as they become a family of four.

Team Superschools
Please find attached letter from Mr Horner about our Team Superschools sponsored challenge..

Maple Class
We have been made aware of a case of head lice in your child's class. We would be grateful if every parent would check their child's head and if necessary, carry out the appropriate treatment. More information is available on the NHS choices website.

The School Association needs you!
At the moment, they have only 9 volunteers for running stalls at this Saturday's Summer Fair and 11 stalls to cover! They really don't want to have to cancel any stalls. They would like at least 2 volunteers per stall, but more would be helpful to allow volunteers to have some more time off to enjoy the Fair themselves. All you need to do is click on this link and put your name and email address.
Many thanks for your support, Mr Horner
10th June
SCHOOL: Chickenpox
Please be aware that we have a case of Chickenpox reported in lower school over the weekend.

SCHOOL: Ash Class Worship
As previously mentioned in the class newsletter and on the website, Ash Class will be holding their sharing worship this Friday afternoon (14th June) in the school hall at 2.30pm. Parents & family are welcome to attend.
7th June
Oak Swimming Term 6
SCHOOL: Suspected Cases of Slapped Cheek
We have been made aware of suspected cases of slapped cheek in Hawthorn class.
More information is available on the NHS website.

Chestnut Class Roman Day
Please find attached letter regarding a Roman Day for Chestnut Class. Please go online to give consent and make payment via Scopay in the usual way.

SCHOOL ASSOCIATION: Dress Down Day
Please see poster from the School Association for Dress Down Day on Friday 14th June.

Key Stage Two Tennis Club
Please find attached letter regarding details of an after-school tennis club for Key Stage Two which starts on Friday 21st June. Places are limited and the deadline to apply online is Wednesday 19th June.
6th June
SCHOOL: Suspected Cases of Slapped Cheek
We have been made aware of suspected cases of slapped cheek in Ash & Chestnut classes.
More information is available on the NHS website.

Message from Miss Spencer
Next week as part of our learning about Life Cycles we will be looking at the book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. One of the activities we will be doing on Monday is making our own rainbow fruit skewers.
The children will be selecting, chopping and assembling their own fruit skewer using the following fruits (subject to availability at the supermarket!):
- Bananas
- Strawberries
- Kiwi
- Tangerines
- Grapes
- Mango
I have a list of medical information, but if your child is allergic to any of these fruits then please let me know via email. If your child can eat all of these fruits, then you don't need to respond.
Thank you for your support.
Best wishes, Miss Spencer
5th June
Oak Swimming Term 6
Please find attached letter regarding swimming lessons which start on Monday 10th June. Please go online to give consent and make payment in the usual way.
4th June
SCHOOL: Book Fair
We would like to remind you that we will be holding our annual Book Fair, starting tomorrow after school and ending next Tuesday 11th June. I have attached the letter and book list again for your information, please support if you can. Every purchase goes towards commission that can be used to order books for the classrooms.
24th May
School Association : Rags 2 Riches Collection 19th June
Please find attached poster regarding the Rags 2 Riches collection on Wednesday 19th June. This half term is the perfect opportunity to do a clear out and declutter while helping to raise money for your school! Please support if you can and bring your bags into school on the day. Kind Regards School Association

Book Fair
Please find attached a letter regarding a book fair that will take place in school, straight after half term. We have also attached a wish list form, which may be helpful to note down any books you would like to buy.

Oak Class Trip
Please find attached details of a trip for Oak class to The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Please go online and make payment and give permission in the usual way via Scopay.

Beech Class Forest School
Please find attached Beech Forest School letter, which starts on Wednesday 5th June.
22nd May
Deadline for Ordering Meals after Half Term is Tonight
Further to our previous email on Friday regarding ordering from the new Summer/Autumn menu. To enable the kitchen to place their food orders, please go online and place your child's choices by this evening.
As this is a new menu, the School Office are unable to order manually after the deadline as we will not know your child's choices. Therefore, if no option has been chosen, a packed lunch will need to be brought from home for the first week after half-term.

Re-arranged May Day Celebrations
Thank you for your understanding with today's postponement. Although re-arranging presents some challenges for us in school, we really don't want the pupils to miss out after all their hard work to practise their dances, especially our Year 6s.
Therefore, the plan is to rearrange for tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 23rd May). The forecast looks a bit grey and cold, but hopefully dry! Unfortunately, due to staffing and Police availability to close the road, we are unable to do the full procession from the village green, so will be starting slightly later at school (1.30pm). We appreciate that some parents and carers will be unable to attend at short notice, so we will endeavour to take as many photos/videos as possible.
All other arrangements remain the same.

May Day Postponed
Unfortunately, the weather forecast has worsened further, so we have taken the decision to postpone May Day. I will be in touch later on with details of plans to rearrange if possible, but wanted to give you notice before school so you can hopefully avoid sending in clothes/posies this morning. Please share on parents' WhatsApp groups if you can, as not everyone will see an email so early in the morning.
Thank you for your understanding.
21st May
Year 1 Phonics
Please find attached Phonics information from Mrs Evans

May Day update
As you may have noticed, the weather forecast is not looking too promising for tomorrow afternoon's May Day celebrations (see original letter attached). The forecast seems to be slightly uncertain, with the potential for significant showers, but also the chance that we will miss the worst of the rain. Therefore, we think it would be premature to make the decision to postpone today.
We will make a decision tomorrow morning, based on the latest forecast, so please make sure that your children come to school ready for May Day to happen (see letter for details).
If we do go ahead, rain could possibly bring an end/pause to proceedings mid-way through. In the event that we do postpone all or part of the celebrations, we will do our best to fit them before the end of half-term, but this will also depend on the forecast for Thursday/Friday.
We appreciate that any changes may make it difficult for parents/carers to attend, so thank you in advance for your understanding.
17th May
New Summer/Autumn Menu - Starting Tuesday 4th June
Today we have uploaded the Summer/Autumn menu onto ScoPay. This takes effect from Tuesday 4th June after half-term until the end of October.
We will contact children with special diets individually as usual.
The deadline for placing your orders for after half-term is next Wednesday 22nd May.
The menu will also be on the school website under the parent tab.
Please note that if you have ordered on the current menu up until July the choices have been removed from ScoPay and any money paid has been credited back onto your child's ScoPay account.

Lost Property Left at Whitelands Farm Sports Ground
A blue Adidas zip up jacket/hoodie was left at Whitelands after the Inter-house football yesterday. If this belongs to your child, please contact Whitelands directly to arrange collection.
14th May
Eco Council initiatives
Just a couple of reminders about current Eco Council initiatives (see below). We are improving The Hope Garden further with a plant donation request and also encouraging our families to take part in No Mow May. We have already had a number of kind donations for the garden (link to up-to-date wish list below). If you haven't already donated but would like to take part, please let me know your plant selection as soon as possible. I have also heard from some families taking part in No Mow May. Please feel free to send me some photos as you go along, but we're especially keen to see the end results at the end of the month.
More details for both are also available on the Eco Council page.
Kind regards,
Mr Horner

Heyford Park School Year 5 Taster Day
Please find attached a letter regarding an invitation to . Heyford Park School Year 5 Taster Day

School Associaion: Bake Sale
We would like to remind you that Rowan and Oak will be holding their Bake Sale on Friday 17th May after school. Cash or card accepted.

13th May
Message for Ash class
As we prepare for Arts Week, please may we request for any clean, plastic bottle/milk lids to be sent in with your child. These can be sent in any time from now until Tuesday 4th June.
Many thanks for your help, Mrs Caulfield & Ms Gould

School Meals Update
Please find attached a letter regarding school meal updates, which come into effect from Tuesday 4th June. Scopay will be updated to reflect these changes before half term.
10th May
Rowan Class Swimming - reminder
Please can all children in Rowan class remember their swimming kits on Mondays. There are two more sessions this term. Please can you also remember to go online and make payment on Scopay if you haven't already done so.

Rowan Class Trip - Reminder
A reminder to please make payment and give consent on Scopay for the Rowan Class trip next Tuesday 14th May.

School Associaion: We Need You
It's just over a month until our annual School Association Summer Fair on 15th June.
It is a big event with many elements and we will need lots of volunteers to deliver it safely and successfully.
Please click for a volunteer sign-up sheet. This year, we are asking for more volunteers to make sure that people running the stalls can do it in shifts and be able to enjoy the Fair with their children and not be stuck at the stall the whole event!
The more people we have signed up, the easier it becomes to everyone involved so please sign up to help if you can. Even help with setting up or cleaning after is appreciated.
Please be aware that we will not be able to run the event if we don't have a sufficient number of volunteers, so thank you in advance for any help you can give.

8th May
Deadline for Ordering School Lunches is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (13th - 17th May) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.

Lost Property

The school has amassed a large amount of lost property over recent months! Where possible, the items have been returned to the children, but most are unfortunately unnamed and so it proves extremely difficult to match the items to their owners.
For the rest of this week (Wednesday - Friday), tables will be placed onto the playground for parents to look through and hopefully find missing items. Any items that remain after Friday will be donated to charity or, where necessary, recycled.
Please can we request that all uniform (including coats, PE kit, hats etc.) are marked with your child's name to ensure that these are returned swiftly to your child? Going forward, any items will be taken around to classes and, if these are unnamed and have not been claimed by the end of the week, will then be donated to charity.
Kind Regards, Mr Horner

Suspected Case of Slapped Cheek

We have been made aware of a suspected case of slapped cheek in Beech Class. More information is available on the NHS website.
7th May
May Day! 22nd May
Please find attached letter detailing arrangements for this year's May Day celebrations.

Year 6 SATS week
Please find attached Please find attached letter about Year 6 SATS which take place next week.
3rd May
Ash Class Trip
Please find attached details of an up and coming trip for Ash class to The Natural History Museum at Tring.
The cost of this trip is covered by the School Association. We just need the consent form at the bottom of the letter to be signed and returned by Wednesday 8th May. A hard copy of the letter will be coming home with your child today.

Message from Miss Baxter

Dear Year 6 families,
At the end of every school year, we always like to show a montage of photos from throughout the group’s time at Chesterton to give them an emotional (and slightly embarrassing!) send off. We have many pictures from Upper School, but are lacking some of when the children were really little! Therefore, if you are able to send some on this occasion only, to Miss Baxter via email: sbaxter@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk , we would be very grateful. Anything school-related would be suitable, from first day uniform shots to Lower School nativity. If you have any particularly entertaining ones from more recently, we could definitely make room for them too! Please send in a maximum of 6 photos per child. The deadline for these pictures to be received is Monday 3rd June.
Best wishes, Miss Baxter
2nd May
Urgent - Year 3/4 Boys' Football Postponed
If your child was due to take part in the Year 3-4 football event at St. Edburg's this morning, it has unfortunately been postponed by the organisers due to the weather conditions. Apologies for the short notice, but we have only just been notified.
We are hoping that it will be re-arranged - we'll let you know about a new date if this is the case.
Best wishes, Mr Horner and Mrs Tuffrey
1st May
Head lice
We have been made aware of a case of head lice in your child's class. We would be grateful if every parent would check their child's head and if necessary, carry out the appropriate treatment. More information is available on the NHS choices website.

Revised Charges for Wrap-Around Care
Please find attached letter regarding revised charges for Breakfast Club and Tree House which come into effect from Tuesday 4th June.

Deadline for Ordering Meals is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (Tuesday 7th - 10th May) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.
30th April
Culmington Update
We're pleased to say that all of the Culmington residential photos are now on the school website. Enjoy!
Best wishes, The Culmington Team

Rowan Class Worship
As previously mentioned in the class newsletter and on the website, Rowan Class will be holding their sharing worship this Friday afternoon (3rd May) in the school hall at 2.30pm. Parents & family are welcome to attend.

School Vision and Values
We hope you agree that our whole school values (Respect, Compassion, Resilience, Hope, Integrity and Humility); are very much embedded into everyday school life at Chesterton....
Download the letter

No Mow May!
We are inviting you all to take part in No Mow May! This campaign aims to give wildlife a much needed boost during the summer. You can choose not to mow all of, or some of any green space that you have available.
Download the letter

29th April
Trip Reminder!
We wanted to remind you that Maple class will be going on their trip to Cogges Farm on Wednesday, we have attached the letter again for your information. Please remember to bring a packed lunch unless you have ordered a lunch through school.

Summer Fair advertisement boards
The preparations for our annual Summer Fair are in full swing!
Last year some of you kindly agreed to have Summer Fair advertisement boards outside your houses.
This year we will be working with IMS group and they are currently in design/production stage for the boards. We would like to use the same display locations as last year. Additionally, we are looking for locations in Upper Heyford (ideally on the main road/square), so please contact us on the email below if you can assist.
If you previously had a board but would not like to participate this year (or moved) please email chestertonschoolassociation@outlook.com
Kind Regards
School Association

Year 6 Leavers' Hoodies
Today, your child will be bringing home a hard copy of the letter and order form for this year's Year 6 Leavers' Hoodies. We have also attached the details for your information. Please note the deadline for returning the order forms is Friday 3rd May.

Culmington Update
We have been made aware that not all of our Culmington photos have made it on to the school website. We are looking into this and will let you know when they are all available.
24th April
Deadline for Ordering School Lunches (29th April - 3rd May) is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (29th April - 3rd May) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.
23rd April
Missing Football Kit!
Can we please ask that you check at home for any of the following football kit items that are missing:
Kit 2 Purple Top - Puma top with a white number 2 on the back.
Kit 15 Black Puma Shorts with the number 15 on the leg.
6 pairs of black puma socks. These are predominately black with grey toes and heels with a puma logo on the front.
Thank you.
22nd April
Update Forest School!
Please note that owing to the Sportshall Showdown, Forest School for Chestnut class will now take place tomorrow, on Tuesday 23rd April this week.
19th April
Seed spreader request
A slightly strange request.... Along with Miss Barrett and Gardening Club, I am hoping to sow a large area of wildflower seed in The Nature Meadow next Monday. It would make our job much easier, and hopefully more successful, if we had a seed spreader (either hand-held or push along) to use. If any families happen to have one of these at home that we could borrow, it would be much appreciated. We will, of course, look after it well.
Kind regards, Mr Horner

Year 2 - 6 Running Club
Please find attached letter regarding Running Club starting on the 30th April. Please note that the club will now be held on a Tuesday and is open to children in Year 2 to Year 6. Spaces are limited to 15. If you would like your child to participate, please go online and make payment in the usual way by Friday 26th April.
17th April
Cogges Farm Trip - Packed Lunch Reminder
Just a reminder that if you would like to pre-order a packed lunch for this trip, which is provided by school, you must send in the attached order form to the office by Friday 19th April.

Deadline for Ordering School Meals is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (22nd April - 26th April) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.
16th April
Wembley visit - child places remaining
We have had a great response to our trip to Wembley next month for the women's FA Cup final and we now know the finalists (Manchester United v Tottenham).
Thank you to those who have returned their slip and made payment so far.
We have had a greater proportion of requests for adult tickets than in previous years, meaning that we have a surplus of child tickets, but no more adult ones available. Therefore if your child/ren would still like to attend, it may be possible for you to arrange with another parent or carer to supervise your child on the day. If this is the case, please let us know and specify the adult who will be responsible.
Best wishes,
Mr Horner

Culmington Sharing Worship
As previously mentioned on the school website, Chestnut & Hawthorne classes will be holding their Culmington visit sharing worship this Friday afternoon (19th April) in the school hall at 2.30pm.
Parents & family are welcome to attend.
4th April
Chestnut Forest School
Please find attached Chestnut Forest School letter, which starts on Wednesday 17th April.
28th March
Left over clothes from Culmington
In school we have a collection of clothes brought back from the trip to Culmington. The items are not named and the children do not recognise them. If you think that you may be missing any items, please check with Miss Hawtin. The clothes will be kept until the end of the first week back after the school holidays.

Easter Activities
Bicester Town Council - Easter Egg Hunt - Wednesday 3rd April
We are happy to announce that Bicester Town Council is holding a charity fundraising event in Garth Park.
The Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Wednesday 3rd April from 11am to 3pm, during the school half-term. Funds raised will go to support a local charity, the Bicester Baby Bank. Please see the attached poster for more information.
Harcourt Arboretum Spring Fair - Saturday 27th April 10:00—16:00 (Last entry 15:00) | Ticketed event
Join us in a celebration of spring with a wander among the bluebells and a host of woodland crafts at the Harcourt Arboretum Spring Fair on Saturday 27 April.
Enjoy local food and drink and explore 130 acres of woodland featuring some of the world’s rare and endangered trees. There will be hands-on activities for all the family, including straw weaving, wood turning, spoon carving and the always-popular petting zoo, all included with your ticket; a promenade performance of Fen Dance by the Café Reason Dance Theatre will entertain us in the afternoon.
Book a tour with our team of volunteer guides and learn more about the origins and work of the Arboretum, or learn how to identify different species of tree.
The Friends of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum will return with their famous cake stall and tombola. Visit our specially selected local traders or stop by the Arboretum shop for a bottle of Physic Gin, organic olive oil or choose from our sustainably-sourced gifts such as picnic blankets and toys for budding botanists.
Discover Bucks Museum
This Easter Holiday we have 2 weeks jam-packed full of family fun and excitement. Join us for our Egg-cellent Easter Craft Activities, take part in our new exhibition This Fractured Land inspired art classes, celebrate Eid with paper craft, step back in time to Victorian Bucks plus make your own pet for National Pet Day!
Enjoy our Easter Egg Trail on every day over the holidays and don’t miss our special Family Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday 30 March!
Don't miss out on all the family fun activities at Discover Bucks Museum this Easter Holiday.
Wishing you all a Happy Easter.

School Association Newsletter
Please find attached the School Association newsletter.
27th March
Culmington Update!
The coach has left Culmington and is estimated to return to school at 4pm. We will update you if this changes significantly.
Photos and blog under Class Galleries

SCHOOL ASSOCIATION: Reminder - Easter Egg Hunt
If you have booked places for the Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow, this email is just to remind you of the details for tomorrow's event. Please note that the deadline for bookings was on Friday 22nd March at midday and no late bookings can now be accepted.
Parents and carers should arrive to school for the usual pick-up time (3.15pm). Children will need to be accompanied by their parents to participate, as no staff will be available to supervise individual children.
Please note that there will be no Tree House session as this is the final day of term.

Deadline for Ordering School Meals is Tonight
Please order meals for the first week back (Monday 15th April to Friday 19th April) by this evening (27th March).
26th March
Culmington Update!
Please see below the update from Culmington last night. The staff are doing their best to upload pictures, but the wifi is proving difficult. We will let you know.
What a wonderful start to our residential we have had! The children arrived at the manor raring to go and have already completed two activities.
Group 1 and Group 2 started with archery and then headed to the obstacle courses. We enjoyed getting super muddy! Group 3 also took on the obstacle courses and then scaled the climbing wall. Groups 4 and 5 took on the climbing wall and the completed some team problem solving activities.
Another highlight includes making our choices for dinner - we were very excited to be given a chocolate éclair for dessert! We have now settled into our rooms and are fast asleep!

Maple Class Trip - Cogges Manor Farm
Please find attached letter regarding the up-and-coming Maple trip to Cogges Manor Farm on Wednesday 1st May.
You will notice that we are offering the facility of pre-ordering a packed lunch provided by school for the trip. We are attaching an order form which should be returned to the school office by Monday 15th April at the latest. You can of course send your own packed lunch.
Any questions, please contact the school office.
25th March
Culmington Update!
Just to let you know that the children have arrived safely, are settling in and getting ready for their first task!
22nd March
Rowan Class Swimming

Please find attached a letter regarding Rowan Class swimming. Please go online to make payment and give consent in the usual way. Please note that the first swimming lesson will be on Monday 25th March.

Palm Sunday & Community Cafe in Kirtlington
Please find details below regarding Palm Sunday and the Community Cafe in Kirtlington.
'Families are invited to join the Palm Sunday procession in Kirtlington this Sunday, following a 'donkey' (actually, a pony) through the village to the church for a short service. Meet at 10.30 on North Green. There will be refreshments after the service.
Parents and carers are invited to bring their pre-schoolers with them to the all-age community cafe in Kirtlington, Rise and Shine, which has home-made cakes and healthy snacks, fresh coffee, and activities and toys for the young ones plus a family story and singing time at the end. 9.15 - 10.45 every Wednesday in term time. Last one for this term on 27th March and re-starts on 17th April.'
21st March
IMPORTANT REMINDERS - Easter Egg Hunt/Photo Ordering/School Lunches
Easter Egg Hunt

The deadline for buying tickets for the Easter Egg Hunt is tomorrow, Friday 22nd March at midday. Please pay in the usual way via Scopay. Please ensure that you book by the deadline, as we cannot extend the date and some children have been disappointed by missing other activities so far this year.
If your child has a younger sibling (not at the school) who would like to attend, please pay on Scopay. If the younger sibling has any dietary needs, please email the School Association at chestertonschoolassociation@outlook.com.

Class Photo Order
Please place your class photo order by tomorrow for free delivery to school.

Deadline for Ordering School Meals
Please order meals for the first week back after the Easter holidays by next Wednesday evening (27th March).
20th March
Headlice - Hawthorn and Beech

We have been made aware of a case of head lice in your child's class. We would be grateful if every parent would check their child's head and if necessary, carry out the appropriate treatment. More information is available on the NHS choices website. Please use this link

Final Reminders - Culmington Manor - Hawthorn and Chestnut
Please find attached final letter about the Culmington trip. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the school office by email: office.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk.

REMINDER - Deadline for Ordering School Lunches is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for the last week of term (25th - 28th March) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.
19th March
Sportshall Showdown Update!
If your child has received a letter for next month's Sportshall Showdown, you may have spotted a small error on the permission slip, as the date was incorrectly written as Wednesday 25th April. As per the main body of the letter, the event will take place on Wednesday 24th April.
18th March
Year 6 photos

Following on from last week's class photos, we have realised that the order leaflet only showed one of the pictures that was taken of Year 6. They also had a leavers' picture taken.
I am attaching a copy of an order form for the second picture. If you have already ordered and would like to change your choice, please email Debbie Kingsnorth at The School Photography Company on: dkingsnorth@schoolphotographs.co.uk by Wednesday 20th March, and she will change your order.
Thank you
15th March
Parents' Evening Bookings
If you have not yet booked a Parents' Evening appointment, please go online and book via Scopay. Online booking closes on Sunday 17th March at 5pm.

Class Photographs
Class photographs took place in school on Tuesday 12th March. Please use the information on the photo card if you would like to place an order.

Sportshall Showdown
A number of children will come home with a named letter today regarding the upcoming Sportshall Showdown event on Wednesday April 24th. As we are a relatively small school and the event involves 80 pupils, this competition includes nearly half of our pupils, and some children may be disappointed not to have been selected. We are keen to take as many pupils as we can, and would love to be able to take the whole school, but unfortunately this is not logistically possible.
The aim of this event is to provide a platform for some of our keenest athletes to compete against each other, whilst also giving first opportunities to those who may not have taken part in such an event before. On this occasion, competitors aren't drawn at random. However, there is a significant amount of rotation from one year to the next and a large proportion of this year's athletes didn’t attend in 2023.
In selecting the children, we try to look at giving some new children a chance each time. This may be because they are new to the school since the previous year, that they have impressed with their effort or ability in another area, because they were keen to participate last year and couldn't, or just because they deserve a turn. Opportunities increase as the children move through the school as we take a higher number of children from Upper School. For example, this year, every pupil in Year 6 has been chosen to participate.
The reason for emailing is that we appreciate that there are always children who are disappointed to miss out, possibly because we didn't realise that they would be keen, and we would much rather know about this. If they have not been selected this year, and would like to be considered, please drop me an email or ask them to pop in to see me. In the event of illness or unavailability, we will obviously need to call on replacements and showing enthusiasm is a good way to be at the front of the queue! Failing that, we will certainly bear them in mind for future events. This was the case for a few children last year and they are hopefully pleased to have been chosen this time around.
If your child has been selected, please return the permission slip as soon as possible (by Friday 22nd March at the latest), so we can pick the teams. If your child is not available / not keen to take part, then please let me know as soon as possible, so we can offer the place to someone else. However, if they are just a little unsure, and could be persuaded, then please speak to their class teacher or myself and we can hopefully explain the event and reassure them.
13th March
Deadline for Ordering School Lunches is Tonight

This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (18th - 22nd March) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.
12th March
Maple Class Reminder!
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday 13th March, from 2pm-3pm, you are invited to a 'Stay and Learn' event in Maple class. Please arrive at 2pm and wait by the main gates. We will be ready to welcome you into the classroom to spend time enjoying all that Reception has to offer. We go outside in all weathers so please dress warmly and bring a coat!
We look forward to seeing you there.
Best wishes, Miss Spencer
11th March
Message from Miss Crockett

Can we please ask that the children bring in a container and apron tomorrow if possible? I have attached the letter about cooking again for your information.

Class Photos
We would like to remind you that tomorrow the children will be having their class photos taken. We will be starting at 9am with Maple class.

Culmington - Final Payment
Please ignore this message if your child is not going on the Culmington trip.
Thank you for the payments that we have already received. Just a reminder that the final balance is due by the 18th March. If there is any reason why you cannot make the payment, please contact the school office as soon as possible.

Parents' Appointments March 2024
This year, parents' appointments will be held during the week of 18th March 2024. For the first time we will be using online booking via Scopay. I am attaching a Parental Guide for your information, but please feel free to contact us if you have any issues. The appointments will be made available on Tuesday 12th March at 9am and close on Sunday 17th at 5pm.
8th March
Important Information - No Tree House (28th March) & School Photographs

Tree House
Please note that, as in previous terms, there will be no Tree House sessions on the last day of the Spring Term (Thursday 28th March). If a booking has been made, the office will cancel this and the balance will be returned to your Tree House account. Please note that this day is also scheduled to be the School Association Easter Egg Hunt.
School Class Photographs - Tuesday 12th March
The School Photography Company will be in school on Tuesday 12th March to take class photographs. Slips will be sent home with your child on Tuesday, if you would like to order these photographs

Extreme Reading Competition
Thank you for all of the Extreme Reading entries that we have received. If your child entered the competition, we would be grateful if you could email their photo to the school office as we would like to use the entries for a display.
Kind Regards, Mrs Salter
6th March
Festival of Voices Concert & Choir

Please find attached letter from Mrs Salter regarding the choir and the Festival of Voices concert.

Deadline for Ordering School Meals is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (11th - 15th March) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.
4th March
Beech Class Animal Workshop 15-3-24

Please find attached letter about a forthcoming animal workshop for Beech class. This visit has now been posted on Scopay.
1st March
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day!

Please find attached details of our Comic Relief activities on Friday 15th March

SATs Information for Parents
Dear Oak Class Parents and Carers, In addition to Miss Baxter's information evening on Key Stage Two SATs, please find a leaflet that gives you reminders on everything you need to know regarding the assessments. Kind regards, Mr Horner

National Childhood Measuring Programme
Please find attached letter and information regarding the NCMP which will take place in school on Tuesday 26th March for Reception and Year 6 children.
29th February:
Chestnut Class - Cooking Session Letter

Please find attached letter regarding cooking sessions taking place for Chestnut Class. A hard copy of this letter will be coming home with your child today.

World Book Day - Reminder Thursday 7th March
This is to remind you that World Book Day is next Thursday 7th March. The deadline for the Extreme Reading competition is at 9.00 am Thursday 7th March. Attached is the letter for further information.

Oak Class Reminder - The Living Rainforest
Can we remind you that Oak class are going to the Living Rainforest tomorrow! Please remember that children need to be in school for 8.40 am, the bus will be leaving promptly at 9.00am! I have attached the letter again for your information. Children will need a packed lunch.
28th February:
Maple Stay and Learn - Wednesday 13th March

As our first event was such a success, we will be holding another Stay and Learn session on Wednesday 13th March 2024, from 2:00pm-3:00pm. This is a great opportunity to spend the afternoon with your child, experiencing all the wonderful things that Reception has to offer. You will get to engage in various learning opportunities with your child and hear about their favourite activities.
At 3:00pm, you will be able to wait on the playground, where you will be ready to collect your child as normal at 3:15pm. We kindly ask that one adult per child attends this event due to the size of the classroom space. However, please do not worry as we will be holding another event in the Summer term.
Please email the school office to confirm whether or not someone is able to attend. If you are unable to attend for any reason, you are more than welcome to ask another family member to attend. Please let us know the name of the adult. This promises to be an exciting event and we look forward to welcoming you back into Maple Class!

Deadline for Ordering Lunches is Tonight
This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (4th - 8th March) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.
26th February:
Maple Class worship

As previously mentioned in the class newsletter and on the website, Maple Class will be holding their sharing worship this Friday afternoon (1st March) in the school hall at 2.30pm.
Parents & family are welcome to attend.

Lunch update tomorrow
We wanted to let you know that tomorrow's main lunch choice has been replaced by pork sausages and mash, owing to supply problems. All other choices remain the same.

Message from Miss Baxter
Dear Oak Families,
As part of our science topic (Animals including Humans) the children will be making fake blood in a bottle! Please could I ask your child to come to school next Friday, 8th March 2024, with a clear plastic bottle, around 500ml capacity, which has the label taken off.
Many thanks,
22nd February:
Deadline for Ordering School Meals is This Evening

This message is to remind you that the deadline for ordering school meals for next week (26th February to 1st March) is tonight. Please go on ScoPay to place your order.

Help Needed from Year 1 Pupils
Dear Beech Class Parents and Carers,
I am writing to ask for your help. Chesterton has been chosen by Sport England to take part in the Active Lives Children & Young People Survey and our children in Year 2, 4 and 6 have already completed their surveys in school. The reason we need help from our Year 1 families is that we are only a few pupils short of reaching a milestone that will qualify us to receive the maximum number of credits to access new sporting equipment (see below). Here are some more details.
Active Oxfordshire are working on behalf of Sport England, together with Ipsos MORI on the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey. This is a survey carried out in schools to gather information about the sports and activity participation of young people.

What will the research entail?
  • We are provided with electronic links, so that the surveys can be completed online.
  • Surveys take between (10-20mins), are anonymous and are very child friendly.
  • Year 1 pupils can take part in the survey here:
  • Year 1 parents are also requested to complete a survey to share their thoughts. We would be very grateful to anyone who is able to do this.

For taking part in the survey, Chesterton will receive:
  • Credits for our school to then choose from a variety of sports equipment.
  • A Healthy Schools rating, specific to our school which can be displayed and promoted.
  • A bespoke school level report detailing the physical activity levels and attitudes to physical activity of our pupils.

Chesterton’s data will contribute to a district level report which will help to inform future provision of sport and physical activity and the support that Active Oxfordshire can offer schools.
As you know, we are committed to physical activity and sport, so we would like our pupils’ voices to be heard on the subject. Therefore, we are keen for as many children as possible to take part.
If your child does participate in the survey at home, please email me at (head.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk) to let me know. House points are available!
Kind regards, Mr Horner
21st February:
Scouting Founders Day Tomorrow - Wear Your Uniform

We have been made aware that tomorrow (Thursday 22nd February) is a special day in the Scouting calendar as it is Founders Day. This is the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell the founder of the Scout movement. Baden-Powell's wife also set up the Girl Guide movement and they also celebrate this day as World Thinking Day. We have not celebrated this day before in school, but have had a request from a local group leader that any members are allowed to wear their uniform to mark the day tomorrow. As we know that we have pupils who are members of other groups (Beavers, Cubs, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides), we would like to extend the invitation to those children for this special occasion. Children should wear normal school shoes and please ensure that they have coats etc. due to the weather.
Kind regards, Mr Horner

A Few Requests
Welcome back to the second half of the Spring Term. We hope that you had an enjoyable half-term break with your children. There are just a few reminders that we'd like to give regarding the start and end of the day.
  • Please avoid adults or children going behind the cars parked into the car park. In addition to potential damage to the vehicles, we now have some spring bulbs starting to appear and we don't want them to be trampled.
  • Please could we ask that children don't play on the stone wall at the end of the carpark, or the one belonging to our neighbours, as these will soon wear and tear and the last stone wall that we had to repair (by the bike sheds) was very expensive. Please also don't allow children to climb on the green salt bin.
  • Can we ask parents and carers not to film/take photos during Wake Up, Shake Up on a Wednesday, as this is during the school day and not a parent event (like performances, sharing worships etc.).
Finally, we are aware of ongoing difficulties with local travel due to roadworks in a number of locations, not least on Alchester Road. Please leave plenty of time for your journey in order to arrive/collect on time, and remember to drive/park considerately on the roads around the school.
Kind regards, Mr Horner and the staff team
20th February:
Children at risk through fuel poverty

I am contacting schools in Bicester and the immediate surrounding areas as Oxfordshire County Council have received Home Upgrade Grant funding for domestic energy efficiency upgrades.
We know there is a huge population of eligible residents in Bicester and in the surrounding villages, and children who attend your school may be living in cold, hard to heat homes, with little or no insulation. Through this grant, recipients can receive up to £38,000 worth of free energy efficiency upgrades, including insulation, solar panels, air source heat pumps, plus more, and we want to make sure that those who need it, receive it - hence why I’m sending this email.

This Grant aims to help homeowners/residents save money off their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint, and provide warm homes for those at risk of fuel poverty.
The eligibility criteria is as follows:
  • Homeowner or privately renting.
  • Homes with EPC rating of D or below (a free survey can be completed if no current EPC)
  • Gross household income of less than £39,000 or in receipt of means-tested benefits.
  • Not using mains gas for heating

Our Oxfordshire County Council retrofit team would really appreciate it if you could spread the word about this scheme via your school newsletter, or by having a poster up in your reception areas. Anything you do would help make a difference to the wellbeing of children at risk of fuel poverty.
If you do have any questions or wish to know more about the scheme/ discuss it in more depth, then don’t hesitate to contact myself or get in touch through our retrofit teams inbox on retrofit@oxfordshire.go.uk.
Best wishes,
Jasmine Bond-Kay
Retrofit Programme Support Officer
19th February:
Message for all Parents

Please find attached letter from Oxfordshire Health Service.

Message from Miss Crockett
We hope that your children have enjoyed reading the fairy tale books that they were gifted for Christmas. Next week, we will be beginning to explore them in our English lessons. Please can your child bring in their fairy tale book to share with the class. Best wishes, Miss Crockett

Beech Class Sharing Worship
As previously mentioned in the class newsletter and on the website, Beech Class will be holding their sharing worship this Friday afternoon (23rd February) in the school hall at 2.30pm. Parents & family are welcome to attend.

Ash Class Running Club
Following on from Mr Horner's previous, there are still spaces available on running club that starts on Wednesday this week (it will be on Thursdays for the remaining weeks). Please sign up by tomorrow if your child is interested in coming along. Best wishes, Miss Crockett
16th February:
Ash Class Running Club February - March 2024

If your child has signed up for running club (see attached letter) , please note that for the first week only, there is a change of day.
The club will take place on Wednesday 21st, rather than Thursday 22nd, due to Mr Warland's work commitments.
All other clubs will remain on Thursday mornings (8.00-8.45).
If your child hasn't signed up, please do so via Scopay. Places are limited.
9th February:
Chestnut Class Swimming

Please find attached a letter regarding Chestnut Class swimming in Term 4. Please go online to make payment and give consent in the usual way.

Hawthorn Forest School

Please find attached letter regarding Hawthorn Class Forest School, which starts on Wednesday 21st February.

Culmington Information Presentation - Wednesday 28th February

Further to Mrs Salter's letter regarding the Culmington Manor residential. We are pleased to confirm that there will be an information presentation straight after school on Wednesday 28th February and parents and pupils are invited.

World Book Day

Please find attached details about World Book Day activities, which start on Monday 4th March.

Oak Class trip
Please find attached details of an up and coming trip for Oak class to The Living Rainforest, Newbury. Please go online to make payment and give permission in the usual way via Scopay.

Fundraising Update!

Following on from the magnificent efforts over the Autumn Term to fundraise for various good causes, we wanted to let you know how much was raised for each.
  • Macmillan Coffee Afternoon: £258.77
  • Just One Tree (Climate Action Day): £159.55
  • Cancer Research Race for Life: £3607.00 (so far)
  • Children in Need: £377.27
  • Sobell House (Christmas Services): £143.38
  • Save the Children (Christmas Jumper Day) : £125.00
We would like to thank the children, parents, families and staff for all the hard work that went into these events and for what is a fantastic result. We are proud to say that the Chesterton School always responds to an appeal and also has such enthusiasm for these causes - a meaningful way to put our school value of Compassion into action.
Thank you, Mr Horner

Ash Class Staffing Update

Just a short email to notify you that, after half-term, there will be a small change to the teaching responsibilities in Ash Class. Ms Gould will be taking over Wednesday morning from Mrs Caulfield, meaning that the working days are now as follows: Mrs Caulfield (Monday and Tuesday) Ms Gould (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) Mrs Hitchins remains as the main Ash Class Teaching Assistant and works five days per week.

Beech Class update
As you may be aware, Miss Phillips is expecting her second child (due early Summer). I'm sure that you would join us in congratulating her on this exciting news. As you may have noticed, Miss Phillips has been back in school over the past two weeks and we very much hope that she will be teaching the pupils on her normal days (Weds, Thurs, Fri) until she begins her maternity leave. Plans are already underway with regards to the recruitment of Miss Phillips' maternity cover and we will be in touch to inform you in due course.
7th February:
Ash Class Running Club February - March 2024

Please find attached letter regarding Ash Class Running Club starting on the 22nd February. Please note that the club will now be held on a Thursday and is limited to 15 places. A hard copy of the letter was sent home with your child today. If you would like your child to participate, please go online and make payment in the usual way.

Deadline for ordering meals is this evening - Wednesday 7th February
Please order meals for the first week back after half term by this evening, Wednesday 7th February. Term starts on Monday 19th February.

Bake Sale Reminder
A reminder of the Bake Sale tomorrow and Friday (8th & 9th February), organised by Chestnut & Hawthorn! Please support if you can.
6th February:
Message for Maple Parents

We wanted to let you know that there has been a confirmed case of scarlet fever in Maple class. The symptoms have mainly been a high temperature which has been treated with antibiotics. Please be vigilant, if you are concerned, please contact your GP.

Reminder Year 6 Parents
This is to remind you that tomorrow is the deadline for ordering SATS books via Scopay. We will remove the ordering facility from Scopay tomorrow after school so that we can place our school order. Thank you.
2nd February:
School Association: Upcoming Events Next Week

Please see our Events page of upcoming events in school next week:
1. Rags to Riches collection Monday 5th February
2. Nick Cope visit to reception/years 1,2 and 3 on Thursday 8th February
3. Chestnut and Hawthorn bake sale on 8th/9th February

Oak Class trip - The Junior Citizens trip for Oak class
Please find attached details of The Junior Citizens trip for Oak class. Please go online to make payment and give permission in the usual way via Scopay.

Staffing update
As you may be aware, Miss Daisy Trotter is leaving us at the end of this half-term to go travelling for a few months (we're all a bit envious!). This was pre-planned before her start with us in September and we were aware that her time with us would be relatively short, as she is then starting at university in the autumn.
Although Miss Trotter has only been at Chesterton for a few months, she has made a very positive impact; not only to Ash Class where she spends the majority of her week, but also to Rowan and Oak Classes and wrap-around care. We were also particularly grateful for her role at the Kilvrough residential back in October.
We may see her back at school in the summer when she returns from her travels but, if not, we wish Daisy all the best for when she begins her studies in Educational Pyschology in September.
Mrs Hitchins has already settled in well to life in Ash Class and will be taking on the majority of Miss Trotter's responsibilities. Thank you for making her, and our other new staff, welcome since the New Year
1st February:
Message from Miss Baxter for Oak families

Thank you for attending the Year 6 SATs evening last week. As requested, please find the dates of this years KS2 SATs below:
  • Monday 13th May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
  • Tuesday 14th May: English reading
  • Wednesday 15th May: Mathematics papers 1 and 2
  • Thursday 16th May: Mathematics paper 3
31st January:
Bicester Sportshall Athletics - Thursday 1st February

If your child is attending the Sportshall athletics tomorrow morning, please bring a bag containing their school uniform to change into after the event.
30th January:
Message for Beech Class parents

We have been made aware of a case of head lice in your child's class. We would be grateful if every parent would check their child's head and if necessary, carry out the appropriate treatment.
More information is available on the NHS choices website.
29th January:
Oak Class Sharing Worship - Friday 2nd February

As previously mentioned in the class newsletter and on the website, Oak Class will be holding their sharing worship this Friday afternoon (2nd February) in the school hall at 2.30pm.
Parents & family are welcome to attend.

29th January:
Rowan Class trip - Wednesday 28th February

Please find attached details of an up and coming trip for Rowan class to Science Oxford.
Please go online and make payment and give permission in the usual way via Scopay.


Chesterton CE Primary School
Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester
Oxon OX26 1UN
Tel: 01869 252498
office.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk