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We ended the Autumn Term with our Christmas Service at St Faith’s Church on Friday 15th December. This service was led by the pupils in Class 3. The children recited the Christmas story, reflected on Bible verses and helped lead the prayers. Our School Choir sang ‘The First Nowell’ and the whole school sang their hearts out - it was a joyous occasion!
Pupils in Class One took centre stage in our Nativity production of ‘The Very Hopeless Camel.’ Children in Class 2, 3 and 4 helped narrate the play and joined in with songs. It was, as always, a lovely occasion for the whole school. An amazing £305.03 was raised in donations for Crisis, a national charity which works directly with thousands of homeless people every year. Crisis provides vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. Thank you for supporting this charity. FoSS organised refreshments of savouries and hot soup, mulled wine and cakes and a fantastic £236.10 was raised. The Christmas Hamper Raffle also raised an incredible £252.
Our School Choir took part in ‘The Big Christmas Sing’ in the Oxford Town Hall with other primary schools from across Oxfordshire. The event celebrates the festive season while raising funds for Christian Aid. The children performed beautifully. Thank you to Mrs Roberts for directing the choir and to Mrs Thorp for accompanying the children on the keyboard.
We all enjoyed our recent visit to the Watermill Theatre to see ‘The Borrowers’. The children are always totally captivated by the wonderful costumes, the colourful stage set and all the different musical instruments that the cast play. The school would like to thank FoSS for covering the cost of the coach transport for this event.
Thank you to Miss Potter for organising a ‘spotty-themed fancy dress’ day and for your generous donations. We raised a grand total of £133.52 for Children in Need. Thank you for supporting this worthy appeal.
We had a really positive week recently which focused on empowering children to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique without the fear of bullying. This gave the children time to reflect on their understanding of the term ‘bullying’ and opportunities to discuss how to deal with it should it occur. This was also used as an opportunity to gather information from the children about their experiences both in and out of school.
We were absolutely delighted that Tom Scrivens from The Royal British Legion was able to attend our Act of Remembrance and Dedication held at St Faith’s Church. The Royal British Legion’s attendance was felt by all and the service helped the children understand the significance of honouring those who have died in service of our country. Jemima Johnson and Lauren Elvidge-Tappenden in Year 6 read beautifully during the service. Our school choir sang ‘Crying out for Love’ and Teddie Stockbridge (Year 5) and Hanna Miozga (Year 4) also sang solos beautifully. We raised £109.66 for the Poppy Appeal which supports and looks after serving and ex-servicemen, women and their families who are in need financially or otherwise.
During the first week of Autumn Term Two Mrs Roberts organised another week of ‘Secret Readers.’ Everyday a surprise member of the school or local community were invited to come along and share a favourite book with the children. This was again a huge success and every day the children were eager to find out and listen to The Secret Reader! Annabelle’s Nursery, staff and parents all shared stories with the children.
On Friday 20th October we opened our doors and invited parents and family friends to come and view the school as ‘a working school.’ The children were involved in Project Based Learning activities which focused on the Archaeological activities they had been learning throughout the week. The children always talk about how much they enjoy these afternoons and the opportunity to ‘show off’ their learning to their parents.
Our Harvest Service was held on 29th September 2017 at St Faith’s church and led by the children in Class1 and 2. The church was decorated with flowers and produce, and it was lovely to see so many parents and relatives attending the service. Thank you for all the donations of food for the ‘Faringdon Food Bank’ which provides food parcels to those in our immediate area who find themselves temporarily in difficult circumstances. We also held a non-school uniform day to support ‘The Farming Community Network.’ This charity provides practical and pastoral support for farmers and farming families in England and Wales during times of need, anxiety and distress which stem from the farm business. Children and staff dressed up as farmers and farm animals and a total of £105.36 was raised.