Successess 2017/2018

Successes of the Year 2017/2018

Sporting Success

  • Our Upper Junior Hockey B team won our first trophy of the year in October. After comfortably winning their group without conceding a goal, the team went on to win their semi-final and then beat Aston and Cote with the last hit of the game in the final;

  • Our mixed Lower Junior football team took part in the West Oxfordshire Under 9s tournament at Carterton Community College in October and having topped their group, were unfortunately knocked out in the quarter-final;

  • Martha Sherwood won the West Oxfordshire cross country event at Witney Rugby Club in October. Over 150 athletes took part in the Upper Junior girls’ race and therefore this was a wonderful achievement;

  • Our Upper Junior Hockey A team took part in the Witney Schools’ competition at Wood Green and having topped their group without conceding a goal, lost in the semi-final;

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

  • We were thrilled to have been named the Oxfordshire Sporting Primary School of 2017 and we were presented with the award at a ceremony at the Kassam Stadium in January. This award demonstrates our commitment to sport, despite our limited facilities, and our success in reaching 7 county finals last year, winning the rugby and girls’ swimming;

  • Our Upper Junior team successfully defended their Witney Schools’ Indoor Athletics title at the end of January. Competing in a range of field events and relay races, our children won 10 out of the 12 races;

  • 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 came away as joint winners and progressed through to the county finals;

  • We entered three teams in the Witney Schools’ Netball tournament in February. Our A team won their group but lost in the final round-robin matches, the B team won their group games comfortably and won their final against West Witney to be crowned B team champions, and our C team played really well finished as runners up in their competition after narrowly losing in the final;

  • Our indoor athletics team, having won the Witney Schools competition for the fifth year in a row at the end of January, went on to win the West Oxfordshire event for the third 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, having won the trophy for the last 7 years, reached the final, but unfortunately lost 6-5 to Our Lady’s. They still progressed through to the county finals. Our B team won the Plate Final, beating other B teams and a couple of C teams. Our C team had the most challenging afternoon, competing against other schools’ B teams, and they finished a very credible 4th 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. Two of our girls finished as runners up in events and the Lower and Upper Junior teams came away with bronze medals;

  • Martha Sherwood took part in the County Cross Country finals at the end of March. She finished a very impressive 5th out of the 100 athletes;

  • 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 amongst a wonderful team effort. Competing in six different relay based track events and six field events, our team was particularly dominant in the relay races, and although the scores were close between us and Sonning Common, we came away as County Champions for the first time ;

  • 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 Bronze medallists;

  • Our girls’ football team, having reached the final of the Witney Schools’ League via a penalty shootout, beat North Leigh at Witney ATP. Once again it went to penalties, but thanks to an excellent display of goal keeping bun Caitlin, we were crowned champions for the first time;

  • 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 Gymnastics team took part in the County finals at Berinsfield in May. This was our first appearance in a Gymnastics County final and the children did remarkably well in a variety of floor and vault disciplines. Competing against 8 other Oxfordshire schools, our team of 5 girls finished an excellent 5th overall;

  • Our Lower Junior Quad Athletics team took part in the Witney Schools’ event at Wood Green in May and finished a close second to The Blake School, progressing through to the West Oxfordshire finals;

  • Our Upper Junior Quad Athletics team took part in the Witney Schools’ event at Wood Green at the end of May. Competing in the four disciplines; 75m sprint, 600m run, vortex howler throw and standing long jump, in a decathlon-style points accumulation, against ten other local schools, they all performed really well. As a team, we accumulated enough points to be crowned overall champions for the third year in a row;

  • Our Netball team, who having qualified top of their group from the season’s matches, took part in a three-way final showdown against Queen Emma’s and West Witney. After a slow start in the first game The Batt came out as winners, 14-7, against Queen Emma’s. They then went on to play against West Witney, and after another slow start, they came from behind to win 9-8 and successfully defend their league title;

  • For the second time, we had two teams in the County Rugby finals in Oxford at the end of May. Unfortunately neither team progressed through from the group stages to the semi-finals on this occasion;

  • Our Year Four tennis team, having won the Witney Schools competition, competed in the West Oxfordshire event, but unfortunately did not qualify for the semi-finals;

  • Our Year Five tennis team finished as runners-up in the Witney Schools tennis competition;

  • 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 finishing a very creditable 5th out of the 11 teams and the boys finishing third overall, qualifying for the county finals;

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

  • Our Lower Junior and Upper Junior Quad Athletics teams took part in the West Oxfordshire tournament. The Lower Juniors finished 4th overall and the Upper Juniors came away as winners once again;

  • Our Year Five cricket team played well in the West Oxfordshire competition, narrowly losing in the semi-final and beating Holy Trinity in the third place play off. We progressed through to the county finals in July;

  • 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 4th overall;

  • Our Upper Junior Quad Athletics team finished second overall in the county finals for the second year in a row at Abingdon in July;

  • Our Year Five cricket team took part in the county finals in July, finishing 3rd in their group, 10th overall in Oxfordshire;

  • A team of four Year Five tennis players took part in the Inclusive Tennis county finals, finishing 4th overall;

  • Our girls’ swimming team took part in the county finals in July, competing against 9 other schools. Several key members of the team were missing because of the Year Six transition days and consequently, with a weakened team, we came away without a medal;

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

  • 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 Martha Sherwood;

  • The school maintained the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award we achieved in July 2017. We had previously gained the Silver Award and were 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 in terms of county finals  appearances, with 9 teams reaching this stage.  Congratulations to all the children who represented our school teams this year.           

            Music and the Arts

  • We were very proud and privileged to have been awarded the Millie Shaw Award for Most Inclusive Practice by the Oxfordshire County Music Service in September. We were nominated for the award as a result of our whole-school musical, ‘Alice’, lasy July that involved every child, and our commitment to including children with special needs in musical activities such as choir, First Access etc.;

  • Both the Lower Junior and Upper Junior choirs performed at the Chipping Norton Music Festival in March. It was a lovely opportunity to showcase their talents and to listen to other school choirs. They sang an excellent variety of songs and the adjudicator was very impressed, awarding both choirs a ‘Commended’ certificate;

  • 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 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 Summer Concert took place at The Henry Box School and included a wonderful variety of musical performances;

  • As part of the town’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War One, each school has created a mosaic which will be displayed in the town during the Autumn. All 330 of our children contributed to the making of the mosaic, alongside the artist, Becky Paton, who based our creation on the designs by the children;

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

    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;

  • It was great to see the children (and staff!) dressed up as book characters for World Book Day. As always there were some wonderful costumes and a huge variety of characters represented. A group of four children were interviewed on Radio Oxford during the Kat Orman show, talking about World Book Day and the characters they had dressed up as.

  • Rev’d Toby Wright led discussions with a group of Year Six children on Theology and Ethics.
            

      The School in the Community

  • We finished as runners up in the Witney Schools in Bloom floral wheelbarrow competition. Our Year Two children designed our wheelbarrow and based it on a fairy garden;

  • 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 Witney Food Bank, the charity Besom and Cedar Court Nursing Home;

  • Our children were interviewed by Radio Oxford every day during a week in November. We were chosen as the first school in the county to be part of a new feature on the afternoon show. The children were excellent;

  • The children enjoyed a visit from Pudsey Bear as part of Children in Need last November. As well as meeting Pudsey, the children also dressed up as their hobbies and we raised £230 for the charity;

  • We held an information session for parents about Dementia at the end of November. This was part of our work as a Dementia-Friendly school;

  • We raised our highest-ever amount, £161, for the Poppy Appeal this year;

  • 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 £600. Toby Wright was an excellent quiz master!

  • Our Christmas Fayre was very successful, raising over £2,000, and was very popular with all the families;

  • Our Infants performed beautifully in the Nativity in December, dancing, singing and acting with such enthusiasm. It was particularly impressive considering the disruption from snow;

  • The Upper Junior choir sang superbly at the BBC Radio Oxford Carol Service at St. Mary’s Church in December. The service was recorded and broadcast on Christmas Day;

  • Both choirs sang beautifully at our Carols by Candlelight at St Mary’s Church. It was a lovely collection of carols old and new, interspersed with traditional readings from the Bible;

  • BBC Radio Oxford had a focus on Witney in March and as well as an interviewing a group of our children on World Book Day, they also did a feature on our Young Carers scheme. Staff, parents and children were interviewed as part of this feature and it was broadcast on the Breakfast Show. A group of our children were also interviewed about Mothers’ Day;

  • Our sponsored run around the track raised nearly £700 towards the purchase of new break time equipment for the play leaders to use with the younger children;

  • Our Year One, Two, Three and Four children enjoyed a session with the MuzoAkademy, the local rock school. Together they wrote and recorded a song;

  • One of our parents gave a presentation in Collective Worship about World Down’s Syndrome Day in March and subsequently raised £410 for the charity from a cake sale and from the school community wearing odd socks for the day;

  • We had a very positive response to our information evening for parents on Maths, SPaG and Growth Mindset in March;

  • 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;

  • We celebrated Dementia Action Week in May by dressing up in blue clothing, decorating the entrance hall and £340 from donations and the sale of cakes;

  • 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;

  • 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;

  • The May Fayre was successful despite some changeable weather. We raised £1335;

  • Our Infant dads were invited in to class during the lead up to Father’s Day in June and many took up the invitation and enjoyed sharing their knowledge and time with the children;

  • 23 parents attended our Ground Improvement day on Saturday 9th June and did a wonderful job tidying up our outdoor areas;

  • Our Year Six children entertained a group of residents from Richmond Village during a tea party in our hall in June. The children were wonderful entertaining and chatting to our guests;

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

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

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

       Special Events

  • 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 cook, Sylvia, did a great job cooking over 320 lunches;

  • 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 £482 for the charity ‘Heads Together’, chosen by St Mary’s Infant School;

  • We were all thrilled that one of our Year Five pupils, Sadhbh, won the BBC Radio Two 500 words competition in June. It was announced live on the radio from Hampton Court. This is an incredible achievement as over 135,000 children aged 9 to 13 entered the competition and her story, ‘Dancing on the Streets’, was outstanding;

  • The Year Six children had a great time on their residential trip to Windmill Farm, Clanfield. The children had a great time experiencing activities including rafting, canoeing, fencing, archery and climbing, 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 once again 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; Batsford Arboretum, St Mary’s Church, Dinoman visit, and Athletics at Henry Box;

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

  • Year Two visits included; Batsford Arboretum, Cadbury World, and sports at Henry Box;

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

  • Year Four visits included; Godly Play, Egyptian Hands On History workshops, Cotswold Wildlife Park and a morning of Science activities provided by representatives from Abbott Diabetes;

  • Year Five visits included; Sulgrave Manor, Young Shakespeare interactive performance of Romeo and Juliet, 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 Romeo and Juliet, Injury Minimisation Programme (IMPS) at Witney Hospital (First Aid) and residential trip to Windmill Farm, Clanfield.