Successess 2016/2017

Successes of the Year 2016/2017

Sporting Success

  • Our Upper Junior Hockey team took part in the Witney Schools tournament at Wood Green and having won their group, were unfortunately knocked out in the semi-final after a last minute extra-time goal;

  • Our boys’ and girls’ swimming teams took part in the Witney Schools gala at the beginning of January. The girls won for the fourth year in a row and proceeded to the West Oxfordshire gala in May;

  • We entered two teams, including disadvantaged and SEN children, in the West Oxfordshire Boccia tournament in January. Having been County champions last year, our A team finished an excellent 3rd out of the 18 teams and our B team came 4th;

  • Our indoor athletics team, having won the Witney Schools competition for the 4th year in a row at the end of January, went on to win the West Oxfordshire event for the second year in a row. It was a great team performance and we won comfortably. The team then progressed to the county finals in May;

  • We entered three teams in the Witney Partnership of Schools Tag Rugby competition in March. All three teams played really well. Our A team won the overall trophy for the 7th year in a row and progressed through to the West Oxfordshire finals. Our B team won the Plate Final, beating other B teams and a couple of C teams and scoring an impressive 42 tries on the way. Our C team had the most challenging afternoon, competing against other schools’ B teams, and they finished a very credible 3rd in their section;

  • A team of gymnasts from Years One to Six took part in the West Oxfordshire gymnastics competition at the end of March. They all performed with enthusiasm and skill. One of our Year Five girls finished runner up overall and the Upper Junior team came away with bronze medals;

  • Our Cross-Country team took part in the County finals at the end of March. There were some excellent individual performances with three children finishing in the top 12 of their races;

  • Our indoor Athletics team took part in the County finals in Oxford at the beginning of April. Once again there were some outstanding individual performances and we matched last year’s success of finishing third overall;

  • In April, a team of 5 children with special educational needs represented our school in the County finals of the second annual Boccia competition, a sport similar to Bowls. They competed so well against the other schools and came away as Silver medallists;

  • Our Year Three and Four Tennis team took part in the Witney Schools’ competition in May, played really well and took first place;

  • Our Upper Junior Quad Athletics team took part in the Witney Schools’ event at Wood Green in May and won by a very impressive 300 points;

  • For the first time, two of our teams qualified for the County Rugby finals in Oxford. Our B team finished third in their group and our A team went on to the final where they beat St Nicolas, Abingdon, 8-4, and therefore being crowned county champions for the third time in 7 years;

  • Our Lower Junior tennis team competed in the West Oxfordshire event and finished a very creditable joint third out of six teams;

  • Our boys’ and girls’ teams took part in the West Oxfordshire cricket tournament at Wychwood in June. Both teams played really well with the girls losing narrowly in the semi-final and the boys losing the final, but qualifying for the county finals;

  • Our Netball team won the Witney Schools’ League this year, beating Madley Brook in the final;

  • Our girls’ swimming team took part in the West Oxfordshire gala in June and finished an excellent second, progressing through to the county finals;

  • Our Lower Junior and Upper Junior Quad Athletics team, having both won the Witney Schools’ event earlier in the year, took part in the West Oxfordshire tournament. The Lower Juniors finished second overall and the Upper Juniors came as winners. Both teams progressed through to the county finals;

  • Our Year Five cricket team played well in the West Oxfordshire competition, narrowly losing in the semi-final and beating Our Lady of Lourdes in the third place play off;

  • A team of budding Year Four golfers took part in the Witney Schools’ Tri-Golf competition at Wood Green in June and finished a very creditable 5th;

  • Our girls’ football team narrowly lost in the semi-final of the Witney Schools’ league;

  • Our girls’ swimming team won the county finals in July, competing against 9 other schools. This is a very impressive achievement;

  • Our Upper Junior boys’ cricket team finished an excellent joint third in the county finals in July, winning their group and only losing one match;

  • Our Upper Junior team reached the final of the Witney Partnership Cricket League, losing narrowly to Witney CP by 9 runs;

  • We presented the children’s Sports Day certificates in a special assembly in the last week of term. We presented the Peter Colville trophy, introduced in 2015 for sporting contribution to the school, to David Oyedoh and Joe Middleton;

  • The school has achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award in July. We had previously gained the Silver Award and are one of the first schools in West Oxfordshire to achieve the gold status. Dom Baker and Jane Woodage worked so hard this year in leading our sports provision and teams this year. To gain this award, we had to reach a certain number of county finals, enter B and C teams in tournaments, organise intra-school competitions as well as compete in a minimum number of inter-school events and encourage and achieve individual as well as team excellence.

    It has been our most successful sporting year to date with seven teams reaching                         county finals, finishing with two thirds, two seconds and two firsts - a wonderful achievement. We also had some notable outstanding individual performances including David Oyedoh being the top athlete in Oxfordshire in the Quad Athletics, Martha Sherwood coming 3rd overall, Will Shayler finishing 2nd and Emily Young 4th in  the County Cross Country. Congratulations to all the children who represented our school teams this year.

  Music and the Arts

  • Our Year Two children took part in the annual Witney Partnership Year Two concert alongside 150 of their peers at Wood Green School in March. They sang really well and were a credit to the school;

  • Our Lower Junior and Upper Junior choirs performed in a joint concert at Henry Box with the Oxford Fiddle Group towards the end of the Spring term. Not only was it great for our choirs and other musicians to perform, but it was also a wonderful experience to hear the adult violinists. The concert also included a joint performance of both choirs and the fiddles;

  • Our Year Five children joined forces with Year Five children from the other Witney schools to perform in the partnership concert at Wood Green. They also enjoyed the opportunity to watch performances by students from Henry Box and Wood Green;

  • Our whole-school musical, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, with a cast of 325, was hugely successful and definitely one of our best yet. Visually, the production was stunning, with wonderful costumes and scenery, and the singing by the whole school was excellent. There were also some outstanding individual performances by the Upper Junior actors on the stage;

  • The final assembly of the year included the presentation of Irene Crowther’s trophy for Creativity, introduced in 2016. It was awarded to Willow Ellington

 The Curriculum

  • Our Year Six children created some excellent homework projects based on their World War Two topic during the Autumn term. Parents enjoyed seeing them on display in the hall;

  • Our Year Five children performed Tudor music, dances and short scenes from plays to the parents at the end of the Autumn term. The parents also enjoyed looking at the children’s wonderful Tudor projects;

  • We celebrated World Book Day in March by focussing our work for the week on the book ‘Quest’. This included the staff dressing up as explorers for the day. There were some wonderful book character costumes amongst the children;

  • We all enjoyed the experience of watching our eggs hatch in the incubator in March and watching the chicks grow. It was particularly successful having the live webcam set up to observe day and night;

  • Year Six Theology and Ethics discussions.

  The School in the Community

  • We finished as runners up in the Witney Schools in Bloom competition. Barry Jackson took two of our children to the Corn Exchange to receive our award;

  • Harvest Festival took place at the end of September. The year groups presented about Harvest in different countries around the world and as a result, the children were able to talk with empathy and knowledge. The food gifts donated by the parents were given to the Elms Day Centre and the Witney Food Bank;

  • A Radio Oxford presenter visited our school in October to interview a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils as part of their morning show. The children were excellent;

  • Mark Peacey organised an excellent Maths Evening for parents in November. Parents had the opportunity to talk to all the teachers about how calculations are taught in each year group and to have a go at some too. We also sold pack of games and resources to be used at home. It was well attended with approximately 70 parents attending;

  • Over 50 families took part in filling shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for orphans in Eastern Europe. This was organised by High Street Methodist Church;

  • The BSA Quiz Night was very successful, raising over £500 towards our Library Appeal. Toby Wright was an excellent quiz master!

  • The children enjoyed the discos on 1st December. Approximately £500 was raised;

  • Our Infants performed beautifully in the Nativity in December, dancing, singing and acting with such enthusiasm. We were joined at one of the performances by a group of senior citizens with Dementia from Richmond Village. This was a super opportunity to involve the local community and helped us in our aim to be the first Dementia-friendly school in Witney;

  • The Upper Junior choir sang superbly at the Rotary Christmas Concert at High Street Methodist Church. They were one of a number of contributions including the Jill Stew School of Dance;

  • Our Christmas Fayre was very successful, raising over £1500, and was very popular with all the families;

  • A group of infants entertained senior citizens at the Methodist Church in December. The event was organised by the Dementia Friendly charity;

  • Having rescued a family of baby hedgehogs on our field in January, a group of children organised a cake sale in aid of Tiggywinkles Hedgehog Hospital and raised over £100;

  • A group of Upper Junior children organised a cake sale in aid of Cancer Research in January and raised £108;

  • We held a Young Carers’ coffee morning at the end of February, raising the profile of young carers and how we can support them. Although attendance was low, ideas were shared and ways forward explored;

  • Our BSA Family Bingo raised £200 and was enjoyed by a full hall of families;

  • We have continued to support the Olevi Project, a training course for potential outstanding teachers run by The Henry Box School. Their cohort of 15 teachers visited three of our classrooms as part of their morning’s training twice during the year;

  • Becks Hanson and Helen Tyne ran an information evening for parents on 1st March about how we teach Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, commonly known as SPAG;

  • Emma Dunstan worked with colleagues from Farmhouse Nursery on transition, and as part of this work, produced a joint ‘Starting School’ booklet which was distributed to new parents in June;

  • All classes in Years 2 to 6 took part in Dementia Awareness training between February and July. This helped us to be the first Dementia-Friendly school in Witney;

  • One of our parents gave a presentation in Collective Worship about World Down’s Syndrome Day in March and subsequently raised £300 for the charity from a cake sale and from the school community wearing odd socks for the day;

  • Reception parents joined the staff and children in RD for a series of Phonics sessions in the Spring term. This was very successful in teaching the parents how the children learn their sounds;

  • Mark Peacey had a meeting with the manager of the Blue Boar in March and set up a very enjoyable pizza-making session there for our Young Carers in March;

  • The first BSA Treasure Hunt was very successful on Saturday 25th March with 30 teams taking part looking for clues around the town centre. We raised £232;

  • The Easter discos took place on the penultimate evening of the term and raised valuable funds for the BSA;

  • Adventure Plus staff led our Collective Worship in April, talking to the children about how their faith helps them through difficult times and how they organise the adventurous activities;

  • We welcomed students from The Henry Box School as part of their childcare studies to observe the teaching in our Reception class;

  • The May Fayre was successful despite some changeable weather. We raised just over £1300;

  • Our Infant Sports took place in our grounds towards the end of June. It was planned and organised by students from Abingdon and Witney College. All the children enjoyed it;

  • The Head of Geography at Henry Box brought a class of Year 10 students to teach our Year Five children in a Geography workshop. It was very successful in extending our children’s knowledge and understanding of coasts and at the same time, gave the Henry Box students experience of teaching the younger children;

  • Shirley Seaman, Gemma Seaman and Mark Peacey attended the presentation of our Bronze Young Carers award last week. Shirley and Mark worked particularly hard on achieving this award;

  • We organised for the first time, in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College, a series of Family Learning sessions. It ran for four Wednesdays after school, with sessions covering Phonics, Dyslexia, Maths and Growth Mindset;

  • Our Annual Pig Roast in July was again very popular with delicious food, a packed field and live music;

  • This year’s Witney Schools in Bloom took on a different format with each school decorating a wheelbarrow. Our entry won the Chrissie Curry Wow Factor award;

  • We have welcomed teachers from several other schools, including The Blake, Wychwood, North Leigh and Bampton, to observe our practice across a variety of year groups;

  • We have also welcomed Headteachers and governors from prospective ODST schools to discuss life in the academy and conversion;

  • We have had three joint moderation meetings with staff from St Mary’s Infant School, looking particularly at writing

    Special Events

  • We were inspected as a Church School in November (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools – SIAMS). The inspector was here for a whole day, looking at evidence, observing RE lessons, watching Collective Worship and talking to children and other members of the school community. He was very impressed with our school and judged us as Outstanding for the second time in a row

  • The school occupied the entire ground floor of the Oxford Playhouse for the pantomime in December. Once again it was a considerable feat of organisation to ensure over 400 children and adults were transported successfully and sat in the correct seats;

  • Carols by Candlelight was again a very special occasion, with both the Lower and Upper Junior choirs leading the service so well;

  • Christmas Lunch was great fun, with staff and children wearing festive jumpers. Our new cook, Sylvia, did a great job cooking over 320 lunches;

  • The whole school performed ‘Hosannah Rock’ for our Christmas service at St Mary’s Church. The Year Four children took the parts of the Nativity characters;

  • The Infants looked wonderful wearing their Easter bonnets in our annual parade around the playground. There were some incredible creations, including a couple of edible ones!

  • Our Easter Service took place at St Mary’s Church on the final morning of the Spring term. Each year group told a part of the Easter story and the service included Eucharist;

  • May Dancing was as colourful and special as ever on Church Green. We raised £603 for the charity Dementia Oxfordshire;

  • The Year Six children had a great time on their residential trip to Quinta Christian Centre in Shropshire. Despite some mixed weather, the children had a great time experiencing activities including rafting, canoeing, fencing, archery and low ropes, and were very well looked after by our staff and the instructors from Adventure Plus;

  • The Year Five children walked to Minster Lovell and back last week and camped out on the school field;

  • Our annual Leavers’ Service at the end of the year was once again a very special occasion with the Year 6 children leading the service and being presented with their Bibles.

 Educational Visits etc

  • Reception visits included; Cotswold Wildlife Park, St Mary’s Church, Frankie and Benny’s, and Athletics at Henry Box;

  • Year One visits included; St Mary’s Church, Oxford Botanical Gardens, a visit from a pirate and Hill End for outdoor learning;

  • Year Two visits included; London, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Cogges Manor and sports at Henry Box;

  • Year Three visits included; Witney Feast experience at St Mary’s Church, Godly Play, Avebury, Roman Centurions’ visit, Roman Hands On History workshops and Chedworth Roman Villa;

  • Year Four visits included; Godly Play, Egyptian Hands On History workshops and Hill End for Outdoor Adventurous Activities;

  • Year Five visits included; Sulgrave Manor, Young Shakespeare interactive performance of Macbeth, Godly Play, field-trip to Poole and Swanage, and camp out on the school field;

  • Year Six visits included; Junior Citizen emergency procedures training in Oxford, World War Two experience at Swindon Steam Museum, local history walk, Young Shakespeare interactive performance of Macbeth, Injury Minimisation Programme (IMPS) at Witney Hospital (First Aid) and residential trip to Shropshire.