24th November Newsletter

St James Primary School Newsletter
Respect Perseverance Trust
24th November 2017

Six very excited children went to the inter school Boccia competiton on Friday at Wantage Leisure Centre. For some this was the first time they had played this paralympic sport and for some the first time they had represented the school.
Everyone played in a series of group games and both of the teams from St James made it through to the quarter finals. After some exciting play and very close games, one team were knocked out but one team made it to the semi finals. In this match they played Charlton and managed to win. For the first time, St James had a team in the final of a competition. More excitement and excellent play followed. Eventually after a nail biting finish the team from St James were crowned the winners! Well done to Kymora, Kurtis and Caleb who were the winning team, and to Chloe, Jess and William who made it through to the Quarter finals.

Thank you for your generosity recently. St James raised £119.99 for the poppy appeal and £247.50 for Children in Need. Both incredibly worthwhile causes and an amazing amount to collect from a small school.

You should have received (via email and hard copy) a letter about helping to improve safety outside school. If you have any further ideas or comments please contact Andrew Wastie.

Thank you to Ron Walters for kindly sponsoring our Christmas tree again.

I would like to thank the Friends of St James for all the hard work they put into fundraising for the pupils at school. So far this year they have supported the cost of school trips to the Tate Modern, Yenworthy, Warwick Castle, Sutton Courtenay and Didcot Railway Museum. The costs of transporting children to various places is incredibly expensive and without the help we receive from the Friends, we would either have to charge parents more or not offer as many exciting opportunities to the children. Sometimes, they have supported the entrance to events, a recent example is the trip to Didcot when the actual cost of entry to the museum was £10, but parents were asked for a contribution of £5. As you can see a considerable reduction, so thank you to everyone who works so hard to support us.

If your child has pierced ears their ear rings need to be removed or taped for PE lessons in school and removed for swimming lessons at the leisure centre. If you child wants to get their ears pierced, the summer holidays is an ideal time.

Diary Dates

  • Thursday 23rd November – Yr 5 trip to Didcot Railway Museum
  • Friday 24th November – Out of uniform day in exchange for a tombola prize.
  • Saturday 25th November – Christmas Fayre 11 – 1
  • Tuesday 28th November – Yenworthy Parents meeting – 3.20pm
  • Tuesday 5th December – Inkpen and Rosen Class trip to Sutton Courtenay
  • Wednesday 6th December – Music Assembly
  • Week beginning 11 December – Yr 6 residential Yenworthy
  • Wednesday 13th December – Nichols Class Open Afternoon 3.20pm
  • Thursday 14th December – Rowling Class Open Morning 9.15pm
  • Monday 18th December – Christmas lunch in school. Christingle Service in Church – 4.00pm. Change of Time
  • Tuesday 19th December – Foundation Stage/Yr1 Nativity 11.30pm, change of date. End of term 2 12.15pm
  • Wednesday 3rd January – INSET day
  • Thursday 4th January – Start of Term 3
  • Friday 9th February – end of term 3
  • Tuesday 20th February – Start of term 4
  • Week beginning 5th March – Parent teacher Interviews


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