Successes 2012/2013

 • The extension to the front of the school, including a new entrance area, offices, the development of the old offices in to intervention rooms etc, was completed in October and has made a huge difference to everyone;

• Our girls’ football team lost on penalties in the final of the Witney and District tournament in October;

• Our boys’ football team were knocked out on penalties at the semi-final stage of the Mid Oxon tournament in Carterton;

• We had support with improving our premises and curriculum from the local community at various points in the year.  Waitrose, HSBC and Halifax decorated classrooms for us and Barclays taught the Year Six children about banking and managing their money.  Breckon and Breckon Estate Agents provided a coconut shy at several school events;

• The BSA “Girls Night In” was enjoyed by many and raised over £700;

• One of our Year Three children won the Town Council Design a Christmas Light competition.  Her design of a penguin was manufactured as a street decoration and displayed on the wall of the Town Hall for the Christmas period;

• Our choir performed a carol for Radio Oxford in December;

• The whole school went to the Oxford Pantomime, taking up nearly 400 seats in the stalls;

• Our Christmas Fayre was very successful, raising just over £3,000, our highest ever;

• The Upper Junior choir sang beautifully at Blenheim Palace just before Christmas.  We had many compliments from parents and other visitors;

• The Infant Nativity, “Born in a Barn,” was as entertaining as ever;

• Our traditional Carols by Candlelight was once again one of the highlights of the term with 90 children performing in the choirs;

• Our Upper Junior swimming team took part in the Witney Schools’ gala in January.  The girls won, the boys came third and we were the overall winners;

• The BSA Quiz Night in February raised over £400;

• We had our first Prayer Spaces in school in February.  Mrs McGuire’s classroom was transformed into a reflective, atmospheric and vibrant area with four activities that encouraged the children to reflect on things around them and how God might help them.  It was a very positive experience for the children, staff and visitors;

• Our netball team won the Witney and District tournament at Wood Green School, having competed against 7 other teams.  They went on to finish fifth in the West Oxfordshire competition in March;

• Our rugby team won both the Witney and District, and the West Oxfordshire rugby tournaments in March.  They went on to compete in the County Finals in May where they topped their group and finished a very creditable third;

• We were treated to two wonderful performances by the Footprints Theatre; a play for the Infants called Leg It Larry, retelling the story of the Prodigal Son, and a version of Noah’s Ark for KS2 entitled Nora’s Ark.  Both were very entertaining and great fun for all;

• Three of our Year Four children have represented Oxfordshire at Chess this year and our Chess Club reached the final of the County Chess tournament, losing to Magdalen College School in the final;

• A group of Year Six children, led by Mr Peacey, built an electric racing car which they raced and took part in various challenges in a competition at Gaydon Motor Museum.  We were visited in April by the Technical Director of Lotus F1 who gave the children excellent advice about aerodynamics etc.  The children also visited Drayson Racing, a company specialising in electric racing cars.  At Gaydon in May, the team competed against approximately 14 other schools, finishing second overall in the slalom and winning first prize for the portfolio produced outlining the team’s journey;

• We entered two choirs in the Chipping Norton Music Festival in March.  Both sang a wide variety of songs superbly and the Lower Junior choir was announced as the winner; 

• We were selected by the charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF), as a school in the Prime Minister’s constituency, to be part of their Earth Hour event.  The children wrote letters to David Cameron and also designed posters etc.  A group of children delivered the letters etc to the Prime Minister at his constituency office.  One of our children was one of three winners of the letter writing competition (there were over 2000 letters written) and one of her prizes was to deliver the letters to Downing Street;

• On 3rd May, the Prime Minister David Cameron, visited the school. He visited several classrooms, officially opened the new entrance hall, answered the children’s questions in Assembly and spoke briefly to the staff.  It was a very positive experience for all;

• During the afternoon of 3rd May, the whole school went to The Leys to watch the RAF Falcons perform their first public jump of the season;

• The two Year Five classes spent a morning each at Waitrose to learn about healthy eating.  They designed menus upstairs, collected the ingredients from the shop floor and returned to school to prepare and eat the food during the afternoon;

• Our annual May Dancing festival on Church Green with St Mary’s Infant School was very successful and as colourful as ever.  We raised £636 from the sale of flowers which was given to our chosen charity, the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People);

• The Year Six children enjoyed their residential visit to the Quinta Christian Centre, near Oswestry, Shropshire.  They took part in a variety of activities, run by Adventure Plus, including canoeing, low ropes, archery, rafting and climbing;

• The Year Five classes went on a walk to Minster Lovell and back in June, and camped in the school field for the night.  They had a barbeque and a cooked breakfast!

• Our cricket team took part in the West Oxfordshire competition and finished second in their group of five schools;

• Battstock, our annual music festival in the school grounds, took place in June.  With a variety of musical styles performed by ten bands, Wychwood Brewery bar, stalls, various food outlets and workshops, it was an event enjoyed by over 400 people and raised approximately £4,000;

• We had a Science Day in June which included the Juggling Scientist entertaining the children with juggling while teaching them about forces.  Families attended the after school show;

• Our production of Oliver at The Henry Box School, involving a cast of 315, was a huge success.  It was a very memorable experience for the whole school community;

• We were very pleased to have won the Gold Award (first prize), shared with four other schools, in the Witney in Bloom competition organised by the Town Council.  We were also given a trophy for the best new project for our new sensory garden at the front of the school;

• Our annual Pig Roast raised an impressive £1200 in July;

• At the end of the year, each class was given £20 which they had to use towards a business enterprise project.  Each year group created things to sell such as biscuits, cookie dough jars, homemade lemonade, plants, games etc.  All the classes made a good profit with 3C making the most (£88) and the combined profit was £510; 

• We were very proud of our Year Six children’s SATs results this year.  We had our best ever results in Maths and Reading. We also had five children achieve Level 6 in Maths and one in Reading.