Successes 2011/2012

• Our second music festival, Battstock 2011, took place on Saturday 10th September. It included a variety of musicians performing on the stage on our school field, and various stalls and refreshments.  The event raised just over £2,000 for school funds.

• Our new Breakfast Club started in October 2011, offering children toast, a choice of cereals and juice.

• Two of our Year Six children attended a special day at Christ Church Cathedral to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.  Our Year Six children had contributed to a commemorative version of the Bible earlier in the year.  Will and Jazmin took part in a series of workshops and the day finished with a service in the cathedral. They brought back a copy of the Luke Gospel and a bookmark for every child in the school.

• We were graded as Outstanding by the Ofsted inspectors in October.  We were all very proud of the whole school community, particularly the children and the staff.

• We held a Wear It Pink Day in October to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.  We raised over £500 and the inspectors joined in the fun too!

• Two of our School Council representatives attended the Oxfordshire Children’s Parliament at County Hall earlier this month.  One of them was chosen to be the Chair of the debate on Bullying in the Council Chamber.  It was a great experience for them both.

• We were inspected as a Church School in November and were very pleased to have been graded as Outstanding.

• Radio Oxford recorded the choir singing a carol and it was transmitted just before Christmas.

• The Infant Nativity was as delightful as ever and enjoyed by all the parents and other relatives.

• The choir sang superbly in the wonderful surroundings of the Long Library at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 10th December.  It was a great experience for everyone and we had many compliments from the visitors to the palace.

• Carols by Candlelight saw the largest Batt choir yet performing at St. Mary’s Church.  As always, it was a very memorable evening.

• We entered two choirs for the first time in the Chipping Norton Music Festival in March.  Both sang superbly and the Upper Junior choir was the overall winner.

• Our Netball team won the Witney and District tournament at Wood Green in March, beating The Blake School in the final.

• Our Rugby team won the Witney and District tournament at Witney Rugby Club for the second year in a row.

• We took the whole school to The Leys at the end of April to watch the RAF Falcons parachuting.  It was a great experience for everyone.

• We were thrilled to welcome Dame Shirley Robertson, double Olympic gold medallist, to school on 28th April.  She talked to the children about her career in sailing and showed them her medals.

• Two of our Year Three children finished 2nd and 3rd in the Oxfordshire Chess finals.  They went through to the Gigafinal in Reading.

• We were very pleased to welcome a group of Missionaries from around the world to The Batt in May.  They led a session about Pentecost to each class and returned on the Friday to watch a collective worship led by the children.

• Our annual May Dancing took place on Church Green at the end of May.  The children danced really well with St. Mary’s Infants and everyone enjoyed the entertainment provided by the jesters.  The May Queen was Elisha Raschke and her attendants were Lauren Evans and Leigh Anne Blake.

• We celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a street party on the last day of term. The playground was decorated in red, white and blue and the children wore hats and had decorated place mats.  We played patriotic music, sang the National Anthem and released 700 red, white and blue balloons, donated by Breckon and Breckon.  Children had bought balloons and there was a prize for the one that travelled the furthest, found just south of Maidstone, Kent.

• Our Year Six children had a great time on their residential trip to Quinta Christian Centre in Shropshire.  They were very well looked after by our staff and the Adventure Plus instructors, and enjoyed a variety of activities including rafting, fencing, low ropes, climbing and canoeing.

• Our Year Five children spent a day walking to Minster Lovell and back, and then camped out on the field.  Despite the wet weather, they had a great time!

• Our third open air music festival, Battstock, raised just over £4,000 and was great fun, despite the wet and muddy conditions!