Successes 2013/2014

• The new Infant ramp was constructed during the summer holiday has made a significant difference to everyone;
• One of our Year Five girls won a competition to design a menu for the Blue Boar Inn. Imogen, a keen sports person, won £100 of sports vouchers for the school;
• Our School Council held a meeting with our new caterers, The School Lunch Company, to discuss the menu for our lunches which started in November;
• The Year Five children enjoyed a Make Do and Mend day in school as part of their topic on World War Two. They dressed up in period costumes and enjoyed a variety of wartime activities;
• Our Lower Junior football team won all their group matches without conceding a goal in the West Oxfordshire competition but unfortunately lost by a single goal to William Fletcher School, Yarnton, in the Quarter Final;
• We were very proud to have had four finalists from The Batt School in the County Council Fireworks poster competition. Mieke, Penny, Tom and James went to County Hall in Oxford for the announcement of the winner for each age range. We were thrilled that Tom was the overall winner of the Age 5 – 8 competition. All four finalists won a prize and Tom’s design will be used for this year’s poster. There were 580 entrants to the competition so this was a tremendous achievement;
• We entered two teams in the Witney Schools Hockey Tournament at Wood Green. They both played really well with The Batt A team winning their group of four and the B team finishing second. They then played each other in the semi-final and no goals were scored. Eventually the A team proceeded through to the final where they beat Our Lady of Lourdes 1-0;
• The children dressed up in spotty clothes for Children in Need in November and we raised £361 for the charity;
• Our choir performed a carol for Radio Oxford in December;
• Our girls’ hockey team took part in the Witney Schools tournament. The A team came second in their group, lost at the semi-final stage and won the 3rd/4th playoff game against Queens Dyke. Our B team drew two and lost two in the group stages;
• The whole school went to the Oxford Pantomime, taking up nearly 400 seats in the stalls;
• One of our Year Three children won the Town Council Christmas poster competition;
• Our Christmas Fayre was very successful, raising £3,181, our highest ever;
• The Upper Junior choir sang very well at Blenheim just before Christmas. They performed a variety of Christmas songs as members of the public passed through the Long Library. It was a lovely setting for the children to sing in and a great experience for all. We felt very privileged to have been asked for the third year in a row;
• The Infant Nativity 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;
• We were very pleased to have been asked to perform at the Radio Oxford Carol Service, this year held at St. Mary’s Church. Once again the Upper Junior choir were a credit to the school and we were all very proud of them. The service was broadcast on Christmas Day.
• Our Year Five Athletics team took part in an indoor event at The Henry Box School in January, competing against other Witney Partnership Schools. The boys won their section and were crowned overall winners. This was a particularly fine achievement as other schools had included Year Six children in their teams. They proceeded to the West Oxfordshire finals in Carterton where they finished a very creditable sixth in the area;
• Our boys’ football team competed in the Witney and District tournament at Wood Green School in January. In challenging conditions they won all their group matches, beat Queen Emma’s Dyke in the semi-final and unfortunately lost in the final against The Blake School;
• Our Upper Junior swimming team finished 3rd out of 11 schools in the Witney and district gala in January;
• Two of our Year Six pupils attended a coffee morning at Waitrose to celebrate their contributions to community projects. Last year Waitrose had decorated two of our classrooms. The children were very pleased to meet Mr Cameron there.
• Leanne Dixon initiated a scheme at lunch times whereby Year Six Play Leaders support the younger children in their games and play. We had very positive feedback from the children, lunchtime supervisors and other staff. This scheme has had a significant impact on the children’s behaviour and enjoyment at lunch time;
• Both the Lower Junior and Upper Junior choir took part in the Chipping Norton Music Festival in March. Both choirs sang beautifully and enjoyed the experience of listening to several other choirs in the area. The Upper Junior choir received a certificate of Distinction and the Lower Junior choir was Highly Commended;
• The children enjoyed the performances by the Footprints Theatre, a Christian travelling Theatre group, who performed a different play to both key stages. We welcomed St Mary’s Infants here for the KS1 performance;
• Our rugby team won the Witney and District tournament early in March and then followed this up by winning the West Oxfordshire competition at the end of the month. They progressed through to the county finals in May;
• Our quiz team consisting of one child from each of the junior years took part in the regional Junior Quiz in Oxford and finished a very creditable 7th out of the 10 teams;
• The Year Six children took part in the annual Witney Partnership Concert at Wood Green School alongside 120 other Year Six pupils. It was a very memorable occasion for all concerned;
• All the children had the opportunity to run a mile around the school grounds in aid of Sport Relief. Several staff took part too and we raised £227;
• The Easter Bingo, organised by the BSA, was enjoyed by a packed hall and raised just over £200;
• Our annual Easter Bonnet Parade took place at the end of the Spring term and as ever the Infants looked wonderful;
• Class 4M organised a variety of stalls and activities in order to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. This was done in support of one of their classmates who is a CF sufferer. The children organised and ran the stalls themselves raising an impressive £505 through donations and the activities;
• Our Easter Service took place at St Mary’s Church on the last day of term and included readings and songs to tell the Easter story and communion was served as part of the service;
• Ben and Sally Morris, and other members of Mary Morris’s family, were in school on Friday 25th April to officially open the Mary Morris Room at the back of the school. We all gathered in the hall to present our book of memories to the family, sing one of Mary’s favourite songs and say a few words. Ben and Sally then officially opened the room, which has been transformed into a very special area for small groups of children to work in and for nurture;
• The kitchen servery and the area around it was brightened up with colourful murals etc;
• Our Upper Junior hockey team finished as runners up in the Witney Partnership tournament at Wood Green School;
• We raised £727 from the staff cake sale and wearing pink day on 30th April;
• Our Year Five children took part in a Big Sing event at The King’s School, Witney, at the beginning of May. They joined with four other schools to learn and perform a variety of songs;
• Some of our Year 5 and 6 children took part in an Athletics event at Wood Green School, competing in a variety of events against the other Witney partnership schools. The A team finished third;
• A group of Year Six children took part in the Green Goblin electric car event in Warwickshire in May. Having built the car last year, they took part in three challenges; drag, slalom and distance races, against schools from as far away as Sheffield. We won the trophy for best presented team, finished 2nd in the drag race and third overall in the competition;
• 14 members of staff took part in and completed the 20 mile Pink Ribbon Walk around Blenheim and the surrounding villages on Saturday 10th May. It was a great achievement and they raised just short of £6,000;
• All the Junior classes took part in Godly Play activities at High Street Methodist Church during the summer terms. The children really enjoyed the experience;
• Our Year Two children took part in the annual Partnership Concert at Wood Green in May. It was a great experience for the children to perform alongside 150 other Year Two children from the other Witney schools;
• The school rugby teams took part in the County finals, having won the West Oxfordshire competition in March. The A team won all their group matches and the semi-final. They narrowly lost in the final to John Hampden School, Thame, but they still progressed through to the National finals in Warwickshire where they finished a very creditable 20th out of all the schools in England;
• Our annual May Dancing fiesta took place with St Mary’s Infants on Church Green. It had been postponed from May because of the weather. As always, it was a very colourful and enjoyable occasion;
• One of our parents organised for her Oxford Fiddle Group to perform a concert at St Mary’s Church in June. They played a variety of reels, laments and jigs from around the world, and raised £270 towards the Quad redevelopment;
• The cricket team took part in the West Oxfordshire tournament at Shipton in June. They played well, but did not make it through the group stage;
• The Year Six children had a wonderful time on their residential trip to Quinta Christian Centre in Shropshire. They enjoyed a variety of activities and challenges including climbing, rafting, fencing, low ropes and canoeing. They returned with so many great memories and lots of new skills;
• Our Year Four classes were visited by Bishop Pushpa from India in June. She taught them a song, talked about her role and answered their questions;
• The BSA Summer Fayre took place on the 21st June and raised just over £1,500;
• Seven of our Year Five children qualified for the Chess Delancy Megafinal in June. They all played 6 games over the day against Oxfordshire chess players. One of our team, Bill, came first out of the 42 Under 10 players. He, alongside Jonathan, qualified for the Gigafinal which took place in July against players in the South of England. They were two of only four players to have qualified from Oxfordshire;
• Our Year Five children really enjoyed the experience of camping out on the school in June. They set up their tents, walked to Minster Lovell and back, played games in the school grounds, enjoyed a delicious barbeque, sang camp fire songs and eventually slept!
• The Infant and Junior Sports Days went very smoothly with some outstanding individual performances in track and field by some very talented juniors;
• A group of Year Five children provided the backing singing for a professional recording of a song written by the composer Lin Marsh. The producers are hoping it will be released and possibly used in a film or on television. The children really enjoyed the experience of being in a recording studio, wearing headphones, and we were really pleased to have been asked to do this;
• Our Year Five children really enjoyed their trip to Poole and Swanage. It was a long day including lots of walking but they had great fun on the beach, enjoyed an excellent boat trip and tucked in to their fish and chips etc. at the end of the day;
• The summer concert in July was a wonderful occasion with such a variety of performances and so many talented children performing. Over 100 children took part including two choirs, the orchestra, guitar groups and other ensembles and soloists;
• Our annual Pig Roast raised over £1,300 towards the redevelopment of the Quad;
• Our Year Six children achieved the school’s best ever overall SATs results;