Notice Board
5th March 2020

Coronavirus

Dear Parents/Carers,
There is no need to be alarmed - there have been no developments connected with Chesterton Primary School. However, given the publicity surrounding the outbreak of Covid-19 and the likelihood that there will be cases closer to home in the near future, I wanted to re-assure you that the school is receiving regular communication from both Oxfordshire County Council and Public Health England. Should we need to take action of any kind, beyond good hygiene habits that we encourage in children anyway, we will let you know. In the meantime, please refer to this government link if you would like any further information/advice.

If any member of the school community believes that they have been exposed to the virus or has returned from any of the specific areas listed, please contact NHS 111 to take advice. We would be grateful if you could inform the school at this point to allow us to take any further advice necessary.

I also wanted to inform you that today's assembly with the pupils focussed on the importance of handwashing and good personal hygiene. These were the two YouTube videos regarding handwashing that we showed, if you wanted to reiterate the messages at home. One and Two
Apologies if your child now sings Gangnam Style whilst washing their hands!

Some children were obviously aware of the Coronavirus from the news and from conversations at home and, whilst it was mentioned in the assembly, I tried to avoid any messages that would scare the children and focussed on the fact that good hygiene protects us from passing on any germs.
Staff will also be reminding/encouraging their children to remember good hygiene habits in age-appropriate ways in their own classrooms.
If your children do have questions, this link from BBC news may be useful for you.
Kind regards, Mr Horner
28th February 2020

Cake Sale - Thursday 13th February
25th February 2020

Challenge Day - Wednesday 26th February

As part of our work with the children on developing a 'Growth Mindset', we are holding a Challenge Day in school tomorrow (Wednesday 26th). The children will be working in their house teams throughout the day on four different challenges: Creative Art, Physical, Scientific and Drama. If your child hasn't yet spoken to you about what a Growth Mindset means, we hope to share more information with you in the near future. The theory behind it fits in very well with our existing school values and Independent Learning Powers. In the meantime, you may find this video interesting.
h. Carol Dweck, who speaks in the film, is one of the foremost experts on this topic. The theory behind it fits in very well with our existing school values and Independent Learning Powers. In the meantime, you may find this video interesting.
In the morning, the children will still register in their normal class groups, but we would ask you to make sure that they have their house-coloured shirt to wear (either already wearing at the start of the day or to change into). They should wear the rest of their school unform as usual. The theory behind it fits in very well with our existing school values and Independent Learning Powers. In the meantime, you may find this video interesting.
Kind regards, The theory behind it fits in very well with our existing school values and Independent Learning Powers. In the meantime, you may find this video interesting.
Mr Horner
10th February 2020

Valentines Cake Sale - Thursday 13th February - view details here

Cake Sale - Thursday 13th February
17th January 2020

A few updates

New Staff Member
You may have noticed a new staff member at Chesterton this week. Sarah Proctor has joined our fantastic team of teaching assistants on a part-time basis until the summer. Miss Proctor will be working in school on Wednesdays and Fridays, providing additional classroom support across the school. You may also see her covering some sessions at Breakfast Club and Tree House.

Watch the Website!
Since our return to school, there have been a huge number of additions to the school website.
Most classes have recently uploaded photos to their galleries and there have been new albums added to the Special Events and P.E. & Sport pages. You should also notice that Topic Webs, Homeworks, House Points and Sports Results have been updated for the new term. Please take some time, with your children if possible, to celebrate their achievements in school.

Headlice
We have been made aware of a case of head lice in the Lower School. 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.

Oxford Science Visit (Apple & Oak) - Monday 20th January
Apple and Oak classes will be visiting the new Science Oxford Centre on Monday. Please remember that children will need to bring drinks, a snack and a packed lunch with them on the day as these will not be provided. The children must also have clothing appropriate to the weather, including outdoor shoes and a waterproof coat.

Messy Church
A 3-D printer, lots of gloop, a parachute, small chocolate animals, face paints, olive leaves, cardboard tubes, some foam board and a stapler are all on the resources list for next Messy Church on Jan 26th.
Come and try it all out. There will be things to challenge, things to amuse, things to take away, action songs to sing and lots of hot food to eat. What better way of getting stuck in and inspired on a dark afternoon in January?
4-5.30pm in Kirtlington Church on Sunday 26th Jan, with hot meal.
Messy Church is free, although contributions towards resources are appreciated. Children need to come with an adult - this is a family activity
8th January 2020

Café Church: Sunday 19th January - view details here

Café Church: Sunday 19th January
Chesterton CE Primary School              Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester              Oxon OX26 1UN
Tel: 01869 252498              Fax: 01869 244012              office.3082@chesterton.oxon.sch.uk