Notice Board
Snow!

Chesterton CE Primary SchoolWe plan to be back open tomorrow, Tues 12th Dec.
Many thanks for your understanding regarding today's closure. Fortunately, no extra snow arrived overnight and the main routes are now fairly clear. I have been into school today - the roads around Chesterton are still a little tricky and there is plenty of lying snow around the school site. However, we feel that, with a bit of extra caution and a few adjustments for the conditions, we should be able to open safely tomorrow. There is always the possibility that something unforeseen could crop up and we may have to close again, but we will certainly do all that we can to avoid that eventuality.

To keep everyone as safe as possible tomorrow, may I ask/suggest the following?
  • If you live in the village, please walk to school.
  • If travelling by car, please leave plenty of time for your journey. Roads will be busier tomorrow morning as schools re-open and not all road users will be confident in the conditions. If you feel that your journey is unsafe, then don't attempt it and contact the school office. We don't want anyone putting themselves at risk.
  • Lift sharing might be a good idea tomorrow (especially if you have a friend with a 4X4!) as this will help cut down the traffic.
  • Please park with extra consideration near the school. Orchard Rise, in particular, isn't clear of snow and slush. It may be a good idea to park a bit further away to avoid congested/icy roads, and walk the remaining distance.
  • Take extra care on icy pavements on the way to school and around the school site. I have cleared and salted as many pathways as I could around school, but there can be no guarantee that they are totally ice-free.
  • Pupils do not need to wear school shoes tomorrow, unless they want to bring them to wear indoors. Any footwear that is warm and with decent grip would be preferable. We will ask the children to wear wellies at breaktime and lunchtime, so please bring those if they are not already in school.
  • The school playground is still largely covered in snow. The decision was that crunchy snow would be less slippery than compacted ice so this has not been cleared. Please ask your children to take care when they arrive at school. As always, no-one should be running around the playground before the bell goes. We also ask that no-one throws snow balls before school, as this is likely to be solid ice by then, and we don't want to start the day with an injury (or an angry bystander!). There should be plenty of time for playing with the snow later in the day.

Finally, it promises to be a challenging but enjoyable day in school. The staff will do all that we can to give the children the chance to have fun in the snow, but our first responsibility is for their safety. Please remind them that if they follow the rules that their teachers explain to them, then no-one's day will be spoilt by and injury or a telling off!
If you have any queries or issues, then please contact the school office or use my email (head.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk).


Chesterton CE Primary SchoolIn consultation with the governors, I have reluctantly taken the decision to close the school on Monday 11th December. Many of you will now be aware that all our local secondaries have already announced that they will be closed, as have the vast majority of the primary schools.
Whilst I would very much like to 'soldier on' and open the school, the safety of staff and families travelling to school has to take priority. The overnight forecast is for further snow showers and the temperature is not predicted to make it above freezing, meaning that rush-hour travel is likely to be treacherous.
I appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience for parents, and it is this that motivates us to stay open if at all possible. I hope that, by making the decision this evening, you will be able to make arrangements for childcare should you need to.
Please keep an eye out for any updates, as the freezing conditions are predicted to continue. However, we certainly hope to re-open on Tuesday if we can do so safely.
Kind regards, Mr Horner
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolFESTIVE FILM NIGHT - Friday 15th December 2017

Chesterton School Association invites you to Festive Film Night
Friday 15th December 2017
Doors Open 3.15pm and Collect 5.30pm (Lower School - download the Booking Form)
Doors Open 5.45pm and Collect 7.45pm (Upper School - download the Booking Form)
Tuck Shop Available
Cost £5 - including hot dog or burger and a drink (please select in form below)
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolAndy Reading Fun Run on the 10th December

Dear Parents, We already have 18 entries for the Andy Reading Fun Run on the 10th December. From Year 1 to Year 6 (although a brave Maple entrant would still be welcome), we have a team of keen cross country runners. With Mrs Rotherham's enthusiastic running club and our successful teams from the Bicester School event, it would be lovely to see even more children representing Chesterton.

I can certainly recommend the event to you - a number of Chesterton children have attended in recent years and it is always a good opportunity for the children to take part in an enjoyable event on their doorstep.

There is still time to complete entries and return to me in the office. I am hoping to send them off by the end of next week (28th November), so please complete the attached forms and send them back as soon as possible if your child is keen.

If you have any questions, please drop me an email. I look forward to seeing lots of you on the 10th December.
Kind regards, Mr Horner
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolParents' evenings - Wed 15th and Thurs 16th November
We would like to inform you that Parents' Evening appointment sign-up sheets will be available in classrooms from Friday 3rd Nov. Parents' evenings will take place on Wednesday 15th (3:40-7:00pm) and Thursday 16th November (3:40-6:00pm).
If you are unable to sign up for an appointment in person, you are welcome to send in a note with your child with a few options and the class teacher can then book a suitable timeslot. You are also able to e-mail your child's class teacher directly with a request. If you are unable to attend on either evening, please contact your child's teacher to arrange a mutually convenient appointment on a different date.
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolOperation Christmas Child
Although we may think that it is a little early to be thinking about Christmas, it is that time of year again when we can lend a helping hand to people less fortunate than ourselves.
Operation Christmas Child is a charity that collects boxes to send to children who are deprived at Christmas. You can fill a box (available from the school office for 40p) or a shoe box from home (don't forget to wrap it up to make it a little more cheery!).
These can be brought into school and will be collected from there.
The deadline for bringing boxes back into school is Wednesday 8th November!
You could join together with a friend/s to create a box together!
Information leaflets are available from the school office, but can also be found via the following link:
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolOxford Mail First Days of School pictures

For all Maple parents

This is to let you know that the Oxford Mail Supplement featuring your children will be on sale on Tuesday 31st October!

Make a note of the date!!!
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolAfter School Care Club
You will be aware that we were intending to set up an After School Care Club after the October holiday. Unfortunately, because we have been unable to recruit a Play Leader, the after school care will not now start until a later date.
Can we ask again, if you know of anyone who would be suitably qualified to run our club and might be interested, please ask them to contact the school office.
We realise that many of you are waiting for the club to start and would like to reassure you that we are working to find the right staff. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.
Chesterton CE Primary School Messages from Mr Horner

Dear Parents,
I know that you have received a fair few school e-mails recently, but here is one more! There are a couple of updates that you need to be aware of before we reach half-term. Apologies for the late notice in some cases; it has been a hectic few weeks in school.

South Africa Visit
Mrs Meaney and I are following in the footsteps of Miss Gascoigne and Miss Norman (October 2015) and have received funding for a visit to Quagwala, our partner primary school in South Africa. We flew out last Friday and will be in school next week. In addition to delivering the wonderful books that were donated back on World Book Day, we have also arranged for some classroom furniture to be sent via shipping container. We will give you a full update on all the activities and links that we have been involved in when we return. If possible, we may upload some pictures/updates during the week, but that is dependent on wifi access! Ms Bailey and Mrs Woods are also travelling to South Africa on behalf of their school, St. Mary's, Banbury. In my absence, Mrs Salter will be in charge of the day to day running of the school next week. If you have any urgent queries, please contact Mrs Salter via the school office. You are, of course, welcome to contact me via email but I will only catch up fully on emails on my return. As I said, it's been a busy couple of weeks in school so apologies if you haven't heard back from a recent communication.

The School Office
As some of you are now aware, Mrs Liversidge's final day in the school office was Friday 6th October. I apologise that notification in advance of Mrs Liversidge's departure was overlooked, but I know that the 'grapevine' still managed to reach a number of people and you were able to pass on your best wishes. To follow on from our presentation in Apple Class' celebration worship, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Liversidge wholeheartedly for her wonderful contribution to our school over the last two years. We will all miss her, but wish her well for the next chapter of her career. I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Mrs Lynette Pull to take over Jackie's role. Lynette is an experienced school administrator and will start straight after half term. The office team and the wider staff look forward to welcoming her on board.

Sporting Permission Slips
Those of you with children in Upper School may have noticed that there has been a barrage of letters for sporting events in recent days. As I am away, I wanted to make sure that all the organisation for after half-term was completed in a timely fashion. To that end, please return all slips before Thursday this week so Mrs Durham and Miss Gascoigne can be sure that everybody is aware of the events that their children have been selected for.
That's all for now!
Best wishes,
Mr Horner
Chesterton CE Primary School Your child's annual flu vaccination is now due!

The school nursing team will be coming into school on Wednesday 8th November in the afternoon to carry out the vaccination programme which is offered to all children in Reception up to Year 4.

Today children will be bringing home an information leaflet and consent form; PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED TO SCHOOL BY THURSDAY 19th October! All forms will be collected Thursday evening.

Please note that Year 4s will bring home their information as soon as we take delivery of further supplies!
Chesterton CE Primary School
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolParent documents sent home 27th Sept, to be returned 4th Oct

Today your children will be bringing home various documents:
  • Data Collection sheet (all except Maple class and those children who have just joined us) - please check the details, amend if necessary, sign and return to school by Wednesday 4th October at the latest. Please note there are two sides to this document and your signature is required on the reverse.
  • A Privacy Notice (all families) - we are legally obliged to tell you what information we hold on file and what it is used for.
  • Additional Pupil Census Information letter - Maple Class & new children to school.
  • Lower School Permission Slip - These are required once while your child is in lower school.
  • Upper School Permission Slip - Required when children go into Year 4 or join upper school.
  • Lower School Acceptable Use Policy - All lower school children except Maple at this time.
  • Upper School Acceptable Use Policy - All upper school children.
  • Parent/Carer ICT Acceptable Use Policy - All parents.
  • Home-School Agreement Lower School - These are required once while your child is in lower school.
  • Home-School Agreement Upper School - Required when children go into Year 4 or join upper school.

Please return these documents by 4th October, the information is required to update our records for the School Census. Any queries please contact the school office.
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolWhitelands Farm Sports Ground, official opening event

Saturday 30th September, activities available to watch and try between 11am and 3pm - download the poster
Chesterton CE Primary School‘'Strictly Come Woodlands'

The Year 5 & 6 pupils would like to invite parents and families to an afternoon performance of their 'Strictly Come Woodlands' assembly on Friday September 15th.
The performance will start at 2.30pm in the school hall and will last for approximately 30 minutes. Please do not arrive before 2.15 as the hall will be in use by other classes.
Mr Horner and Miss Regan
Chesterton CE Primary SchoolSNACKS IN SCHOOL

This is just to remind you that when the children go into Year 3 they are no longer entitled to a free snack at school. Please send your child in with a healthy snack/piece of fruit for morning break.
Depending on quantities, we sometimes have fruit/snacks left over from our delivery and can distribute this to the older children.
Please refer to the 'Happy, Healthy, Safe' booklet on the school website for further details.
Chesterton CE Primary School              Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester              Oxon OX26 1UN
Tel: 01869 252498              Fax: 01869 244012