It has been an unusual day today with a variety of fantasy characters and props roaming the school.  This has all happened to launch our Big Write fantasy theme – it is always great to see the amazing variety of costumes – well done everyone especially on some great designs!

A Happy New Year to you all.  I hope you had a relaxing Christmas and that we are now ready for this coming term.  Although the weather seems to be snow free at the moment – it is always good to remind you of the severe weather information should the weather change very quickly, which obviously happened prior to the Christmas holidays. 

I plan to start the KS2 choir again on Thursday after school from 18th January, this will be open to Y3 – Y6 children and we will be working towards a special Oxfordshire Pops Concert during the week beginning 12th March (date to be confirmed).  This will be a great opportunity to sing with other schools.  We have an allocated space of 15 children – please complete the form below if your child would like to join me for this event and practices.

In common with other local schools, I have taken the decision to close the school tomorrow (11th December) due to adverse weather conditions. Low overnight temperatures are likely to make conditions worse. For the safety of the children on the site and the staff being able to get safely to and from school, this seems to be the best course of action. All being well, school will resume on Tuesday.

Take a look in the gallery for a taste of Owl Class’s trip to Woodlands

Again, a slightly slower wake up to start the day with most looking at little subdued, however following a hearty breakfast we all felt able to face the day. 

Groups 3 & 4 went caving (as a special treat I went caving again with group 4)  we had a brilliant day crawling and scrambling through the caves to explore them; squeezing themselves through spaces like the wormhole and taking on the white line challenge!

Groups 1 & 2 headed off for canoeing travelled along the canal and had a great time learning how to steer and paddle.  Throughout the day they had a great game of “canoe football” as well as having to go under some low bridges.  Today saw a large number of children “accidentally” capsizing their canoes so the drying room is very full tonight!

Everyone has started trying to pack their suitcases tonight but their seems to still be alot of clothes unclaimed around the centre!  Tomorrow we will all be mountain walking for the day before returning to the centre to collect all our belongings and heading home.

Talking with the children tonight they have all been telling me about what an amazing week they have had and the many highlights that they have from the different activities as well as all the new friends they have made and skills they have learnt.  I am sure that they will have so much to say and tell you about when they see you tomorrow evening as well as lots of fabulous photos to show you.

The plan is to leave Woodlands at 3pm tomorrow afternoon and a predicted time of 6pm (ish), however I will send out a text when we are closer to Oxfordshire to give a slightly better time check. 

See you all tomorrow.

Mr Leigh

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