Headteacher's Blog

Week ending 30th June


The end of term is quickly approaching but school life remains as busy as ever.

 Thursday saw us welcome our new Reception children for September, as well as having our whole school transition day. The children had lots of fun meeting their new teachers.

Thursday also gave the opportunity for parents to meet their child’s new teachers. This was a ‘drop in’ session and dates for the formal curriculum meetings in September are overleaf.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the majority of our Year 6 children spent two days at Chipping Norton School for their transfer days. Mr Duffy and tutors congratulated them on their wonderful behaviour and attitude to learning. We are delighted that they will continue on their learning journey with such a positive mind set - one that we have nurtured here at Holy Trinity.

This week, several of our Year 6 children took their cycling proficiency test. We had a record number of children who passed and a big congratulations to them. Many thanks to Mrs Woolley, Mrs Jones, Mrs Taylor and Mr Eustace for their all their hard work in preparing the children for the tests.

Year 4  delivered an informative assembly about their residential trip to Everdon this morning. The recounts and photos proved that they really did have a wonderful time learning a great deal about the environment, and overcoming challenges through team work. 

Next week is our Art week and children will engage in a range of creative activities around the theme of ‘string art.’ We will be holding an open afternoon on Friday 7th July from 2:30pm for parents to view all the children’s wonderful work.

We look forward to seeing you.



Week ending 26th May


Yet another busy term has flashed by!

Today, we celebrated the birthday of the Church, with cakes and ice pops.  It was lovely to see all the children dressed in red, to remind us of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

On Thursday, the school gathered together for our whole school photograph in brilliant sunshine.  The photograph should be available after half-term.

The sunshine also shone for our Year 5s, who took part in the Partnership Rugby tournament.  The children played really well and had a fantastic time.

Today, the Chair of Governors has sent out a letter informing you that I will be taking on responsibility for St John’s School in Banbury until Christmas.  I just want to reassure you that Holy Trinity is my first priority and you will continue to see me in school and be able to contact me as you do now.

A huge thank you to Marsha, the PTA and to all the volunteers who helped at another successful fete.  They managed to raise a staggering £3300, which will be used to help buy additional resources for school.

All that is left to say, is have a wonderful half-term


Week ending 19th May

I would just like to thank you all  for the very generous contribution of flowers for the May Procession.  They provided a bounty of colour and  scent, giving a beautiful display on the altar.  Thank you to Bea and her attendants, who performed the ceremony so well.

Please pray for good weather for tomorrow for our Summer Fete.  I look forward to seeing you there.

On Sunday 4th June, we celebrate the birthday of the Church, as well as the gift of the Spirit given to the Apostles at Pentecost. We will be acknowledging this in school by taking part in a 'Spirituality Week' from 22nd-26th May.

The children will have various opportunities in their classes to deepen their awareness and acceptance of themselves as a spiritual being in their relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

On Friday 26th May, we will be celebrating the birthday of the Church in school. We are encouraging the children to wear red to symbolise the fire of God’s Spirit, and each class will be  celebrating with a birthday cake

Week ending 5th May

Wonderful news!  Our new Adventure Playground is up and running.  The children have enjoyed playing on it this week.  A huge thank you to our PTA and parishioners who have contributed towards the cost of this equipment.                            

Looking forward to next week,  I would like to wish all our Year 6 pupils good luck in their SATS.  We are really proud of all the hard work they have been doing over the last year.  Please remember them in your prayers.

Have a great weekend and let us hope the sun continues to shine.


Week ending 28th April

We are nearly in the month of May and we will be celebrating Mary in our annual May Procession on Friday 19th May at 2pm in church.

Our focus this month will be Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit and Mary the Mother of God.

SATS are looming and the children and teachers are working very hard to ensure that each child achieves their potential and may even exceed expectations.

We had an unfortunate incident in school yesterday. Mr Eustace’s bike and helmet were stolen from the bike shed.  The police have been informed and we are checking our cctv. If anybody saw anything suspicious, could you please report it to the school office immediately. In the meantime, we are putting in some additional security measures.  The main staff entrance will be locked from 8.40am and opened after 3pm.  Also, the wooden gate leading to the front playground will be locked permanently.

Please could parents use the footpath.

Just a reminder, it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that children’s bikes are locked and secure whilst on the school premises.

As you will see, our Adventure Playground will hopefully be up and running next week. The children are exceedingly excited about it.

Please could I ask that children do not use this equipment before or after school.  The Adventure Playground is for school use only.

I hope you all can make the most of the short break. Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and let us pray for good weather.

We return to school on Tuesday 2nd  May.


Week ending 7th April

This half term has once again been an extremely busy one, but it has been fantastic knowing that so many events and activities are taking place, not only in school but also wider afield, that enrich the whole learning experience at Holy Trinity, ranging from multi faith week to Classical Spectacular and not forgetting the amazing Easter production by Lower Key Stage 2 (photos enclosed).

Today, we finished our term with our whole school Easter service led by Year 5.

Next week is Holy week, which offers us a rich and diverse array of topics for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on the Holy Thursday Last Supper, Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane, on his Seven Last Words from the cross, his walking of the Via Dolorosa and the development of the Stations of the Cross, the silence of Holy Saturday, the brilliance of Easter morning, and more.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter.


Week ending 31st March 2017

I can’t quite believe we have only less than a week remaining in school. Just a reminder that we will be finishing for Easter on Friday next week, at 12.30pm. There will be no HT Active on Friday and no after school clubs next week. Clubs will start again the first week of the summer term.

This week, Year 6 visited Cornish House as they continue to work on their art project with the residents.  We received an email today from one of the organisers of this project, saying how engaging and kind our pupils were with the residents.

Today, Year 1 enjoyed a Teddy’s Bear picnic at lunchtime.

We said good bye to our two student teachers, Miss MacBeth and Miss Butcher. I would like to thank them for all their hard work and wish them well in their future teaching careers.

Tonight is the Bingo Night organised by the PTA. I am sure this will be strongly support. Unfortunately, I cannot attend as it is my daughter’s 21st birthday. I hope you all have a fun evening.

Next week is sure to be a busy week in school as we move closer to Holy Week.

Wishing you all a relaxing Weekend.


Week ending 24th  March

This week has been tremendously busy, even by Holy Trinity’s standard. Year 2 started the week by leading our whole school Collective Worship Assembly. It was a lovely assembly and Year 2 parents enjoyed learning all about St Patrick. This was followed by Year 2 and Reception visiting Whitehouse Farm on Tuesday to watch the lambing. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit and saw lots of new lambs.

On Thursday, our Key Stage 1 gym club went to Carterton for a West Oxfordshire competition. They did amazingly well. Well done to everybody who took part.

Our Years 1 and 2 visited Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford (more details and photos overleaf.)

Thursday also saw Mrs Pickford turning 60, a huge congratulations to her!!!


Today, we had non uniform day in aid of Comic Relief and we managed to raise £187.

I would also like to thank you for your generous donations for Readathon.  To date, we have collected just over £1,000.

But I have saved the best till last. Today, Reception Class thanked their mothers in our annual Mother’s Day assembly. It was a very special assembly with a few tears shed.

All that is left is to wish you all a wonderful weekend and remember ‘mummies need to be spoilt on Sunday.’


Week ending 17th March

This week started with a whole school sharing assembly around multi faith week. The classes shared what they had learnt about other religions and talked  about the visits they had been on and the visitors that they had talked to.

On Wednesday, Year 1 attended the dance festival at Chipping Norton School. The children had a wonderful time and enjoyed their walk in the sunshine.

On Thursday, KS1 and KS2 had assemblies on how to ‘stay safe’ on the internet run by the NSPCC. The NSPCC also held workshops for Years 5 and 6. I do believe that it is very important that we do everything we can to ensure our children are safe online.

It was lovely to see over 20 parents at the ‘Parents’ Workshop’. If you were unable to attend we do have a number of booklets on ‘Speak out. Stay Safe.’ in the school’s reception area.

Thursday also saw Year 1s return to school in their pyjamas for stories and hot chocolate, more details and photos overleaf.

Today, Years 3 and 4 are visiting the Science Museum in London and then they are going to the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Classical Spectacular. More details and photos will be in next week’s newsletter.

Finally, we have had some wonderful news, Brenda our school dog, has had 7 puppies. Mummy and babies are all doing fine!! 


Week ending 10th March

Our week started especially early with both our Choirs performing at the Chipping Norton Music Festival on Saturday morning. They sang beautifully and really enjoyed the experience. We have had some wonderful comments about how well behaved our children were, and how proud you were, as parents.

This week has been Multi-Faith week at Holy Trinity.  Year 5 & 6  enjoyed talking to our Buddhist visitor, Srivati  and finding all about the life of a Buddhist.

Years 3 & 4 had a super day at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Southall, the largest Gurdwara outside of India. More information is enclosed in the Newsletter.

Years 1 & 2 will be visiting Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford on Thursday, 23rd March.

Congratulations to Years 1 and 2 for their performances at the Chipping Norton Speech and Drama Festival on Tuesday.  Year 2 received two distinctions for their poetry recital and Year 1 received two commendations.

These are obviously outstanding performances.  They also received exceptional feedback from the judges. The children really enjoyed performing to an audience and thank you to all parents who attended.

I have been asked by Reception class staff to remind parents that children are not allowed on the Adventure Playground before or after school.

Lastly, our children always look very smart, but lately I have noticed some children wearing skinny jean trousers/jeggings.  School uniform is either  black or grey skirts, no shorter than just above the knee or black school trousers.


Week Ending 3rd March

We have had a busy week at HT. On Monday, Year 1 brilliantly lead our Collective Worship Assembly. Wednesday saw Year 4 visit the Living Rainforest; they had a wonderful day and behaved perfectly. Thursday we had our whole school Readathon for World Book Day, and I look forward to talking to the children about all the books they will read in the forthcoming week.  As you will see from the attached photos, our Prayer Garden is coming along wonderfully and will hopefully be finished this term.  The Junior Leadership children planted five trees, which contained a cherry blossom in memory of Mrs Hovard. 


I would just like to make parents aware that we have a child in school whose sibling is going through rigorous cancer treatment. This means that we need to protect the child from infection Therefore could I ask you, that if you know your child has been sick, that they don’t return to school until they are well.


 As you will be aware from recent news stories, there is growing concern about levels of school funding and Holy Trinity is no exception.  Oxfordshire is one of the most poorly funded authorities and head teachers and governors have been arguing for fairer funding for many years.


The proposed changes to the school funding system will make a large difference to our school and over the next three years we are set to lose over £24,000 from our annual budget. This is the equivalent of one teacher or two teaching assistants. Therefore, I would like to encourage all parents to write to our local MPs to expressing these concerns (Witney MP: Robert Courts robert.courts.mp@parliament.uk and Banbury MP)

In the meantime, while the funding formula consultation is active, Holy Trinity School governors are considering ways that, firstly, can maximise the funding we have and, secondly, raise additional funding.  There will be more about this to follow, but please do contact me with any ideas or suggestions that you might have.  


Many thanks for your continued support.

Week Ending 24th February

During half term, I had been thinking of what I was going to say in this week’s newsletter, as we are half way through this academic year. I wanted my message to reflect what I would like the children to accomplish this year.  As luck would have it, I happened to be reading the Times magazine and came across an excellent article which provided me with some food for thought, and I wondered if it might do the same for you.

The article was about Alex Thomson, the British sailor who recently came second in the Vendée Globe race, which is a single-handed non-stop round the world race going eastwards. Thomson describes how he took risks to move through the field early in the race:

“Ten days in, he gambled. Approaching the Cape Verde islands off Senegal, most of the fleet kept to the right to avoid them. Thomson knew that would risk being becalmed in their lee. He stayed left, then cut through the islands. He picked up a brisk wind and went from 11th to 1st place overnight. “I was gone,” he says. “The boat was singing. Sometimes I was two knots quicker than the rest. We were in a different game. Everybody knew we were the fastest boat.”

The article then goes to describe the moment disaster struck, when Thomson lost a foil owing to a freak accident, which slowed him down hugely. He reflects on the utter dejection he felt: “Instantly, it told me that I couldn’t win, that I’d be lucky to be top ten. We’d spent four years preparing. The time, the energy, not just for me or my family. It’s the same for the whole team. It’s brutal. You feel bereaved.”

In contemplating this, Thomson raises a really interesting question: “How do you make the decision to give yourself more pain to make more miles, and when do you cut it off? When do you say I’ve pushed the boat so hard it’ll get destroyed?” The line between courage and foolishness is very fine indeed at times.

How did Thomson cope with this disappointment and keep going? “For four years he’d thought only of winning. Now he needed a reason not to quit. So he talked to himself. “What’s an achievable goal now? To finish. OK. I’m happy. But that goal is two months away. I need one that’s more tangible, closer, easier to achieve, so I start to shorten the goals, and I carry on shortening them until I get to the point where my goal is, ‘After I’ve done this sail change, I’m going to eat a meal.’ That’s my goal. So I do my sail change. I eat my meal. And guess what? I feel good.”


Which made me think, what do I want this school to have helped our children achieve by the time they leave? There are many things. One of them is that I want them to develop the inner confidence to believe that they can do anything they want in their lives; to have the mind-set  of “why not me?” The second thing I want you to take is the message of small steps. That they will achieve their goals by setting themselves small, short-term, achievable goals. I want them never to forget, there is no such thing as a stupid question, only the one you don’t ask. 

Week Ending 10th February

Time seems to be going so quickly, it is scary to think we are half way through another year. This week at HT the Year 3 and 4 classes went to the Chipping Norton Leisure Centre for their Ball Skills Tournament and came away with a cup. Well done to both classes.

Reception visited Father Tony in church this week and learnt all about the different artefacts and what they do. They also asked lots of questions and at the end of the session invited Father to come and visit them in school. They had a wonderful morning.

The teachers have been finishing off the children’s half yearly assessments and will feed these back to you in the parent consultations the first week back after half term. 

The new start of the day procedures are working really well. The teachers have said that the children are all settled and lessons are starting promptly at 8.50am. For the small amount of parents who are still arriving after 8.50am could, I make a plea on behalf of the teachers, that after half term you make an extra effort to arrive on time.  A child who arrives late is missing out on the input to the lessons and thus valuable learning time.

Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable half-term.  

Week ending 27th January

We have had some very exciting news this week; I have been invited by the National School’s Commissioner and the Department of Education to attend a reception in London. The reception is to say ‘Thank-you’ to the top 20 KS2 schools in the North West London South Central, Academies Group. A great honour!

Talking about success, our Boccia team (pictured above) reached the quarter finals in the West Oxfordshire partnership competition. Congratulations to all the children who competed.

As a school we are working hard to foster a climate where regular attendance and punctuality are valued by the whole school community - teachers, parents and pupils. It is important that as adults, we help children understand the importance of being on time, and help them arrive at school for a prompt start to the day. This year Key Stage 2 have opened their doors at 8.40 am each morning to allow time for the children to get ready for an 8.50 am start to their learning. Due to its success, we are extending this start of the day to Key Stage 1 and Reception. As of Monday (30th January) all school gates and classroom doors will be open at 8.40 am and closed at 8.50 am the start of the school day.  Can I please ask that parents of  children in Reception and Key stage 1 classes leave them at the cloakroom doors. However, if you need to speak to a member of staff please come to the school office and we will arrange an appointment or phone call for you. We would ask for your continued support in ensuring children arrive at school on time.

Have a lovely weekend.


week ending 20th January

This week has been a wonderful week for our swimmers.  On Wednesday, our Year 5 & 6 children competed in the Partnership Swimming Gala.  They won two of their heats and qualified for all four finals, of which they won two and came second in two, amazing!! Unfortunately, Kingham won the overall competition by the narrowest of points.   Well done to all the children and especially the children who were spotted by the Four Shires Swimming Club.  Thank you to Mrs Woolley for organising this event.

Mrs Allcock spoke to the children in today’s assembly to launch the BBC 500 Words Competition.  Mrs Allcock will be meeting with children interested in entering this competition on Thursday lunchtime to offer her advice and expertise as she is also a judge. Please see overleaf how to enter.  A big thank you to Mrs Sarah Allcock, who will be giving her time on a Thursday lunchtime to help and inspire the children with their stories.

Lastly, please could I ask that children only to bring water in their water bottles. We have a number of children who have been coming into school with juice or flavoured water. Many thanks for your support with this.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend

Week ending 13th January

This week at HT has being a relatively quiet week; the children and staff have quickly settled into a new term and are working hard.  However, the weather has not been so obliging, as we had to cancel Sport Club and today the children stayed in for playtime today as it was so bitterly cold and icy on the playground.

We are becoming very high tech at school with the introduction of ‘Class Dojo’ for Key Stage 2. Class Dojo is a positive feedback platform that connects teachers, parents and pupils, helping children improve character and behaviours in school. So far it has proved a great success with the children and we have had lots of positive feedback from parents. Key Stage 2 are trailing it first, but if it continues to have a such positive impact we may introduce it to Key Stage 1.  

But the technology doesn’t stop there this week we are having a Reception Parents’ workshop to introduce ‘Tapestry’. Tapestry  helps the teacher staff to capture children's experiences as well as monitor development and learning. This unique journal is then shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child's progress instantly through the App.

Very exciting times!!

Next week Hockey club is cancelled as Mrs Woolley is taking our swimmers to the swimming gala, Good Luck to everyone who is taking part.

I have attached a photo of our new Year 1 band, amazing!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.


Week Ending 6th January

It was lovely to welcome the children back this week and hear what a wonderful time they had at Christmas.

If you’ve given any thought at all to what I might speak about in this newsletter, you probably have thought that resolutions will be mentioned. If so, I’m not going to disappoint you.  This is the time of year when people decide to try to make changes to their life, whether it be getting fit (gym membership rises dramatically just after Christmas – much to the chagrin of the existing members - only to wane quickly when the will power dies), changing diet or learning a new language. You only have to look at social media or the press at this time of year to see countless examples of New Year’s resolutions for us to consider. 


However, if you are interested, Pope Francis’ “10 tips to happiness” have been translated into New Year’s resolutions and these are:

“Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”

 “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”

“Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”

 “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”

“Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”

 “Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.”

“Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”

 “Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”

“Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.”

Today in Mass Father Tony encouraged the children in their New Year’s resolutions to be kind and loving, which I am sure you will agree is also a wonderful message.

If we could all abide by these resolutions the World would be a much happier place.

I would like to wish you all a very happy and successful New Year. 

Week Ending 16th December

Happy Christmas! It has been a highly successful term for the school and a thoroughly enjoyable one for me personally.  I hope that your child has prospered  too.

I have been spending time listening, as parents,  staff and pupils have shared their wisdom and their opinions about the school; I have also been busy visiting lessons, in order to see for myself the ways in which our pupils learn. I have been enormously impressed by what I continue to see – our school is full of ambitious, well-motivated and hard-working children, working very effectively with their talented and committed teachers.

When I applied for the position of Headteacher, I saw that the school had the following aims:

· Create a range of opportunities that care for the individual and meet the needs of all pupils, whilst

challenging them to exceed expectations.

· Set high academic standards and achieve excellence.  (On Thursday it was published in the Primary League Tables

  that Holy Trinity were in the top 11 schools in the County for academic achievement).

· Maintain the traditional ethos that is embedded in the heart of our school.

· Engender our Catholic values of respect, courtesy, consideration and tolerance that culminates

in the creation of responsible citizens.

Having been at the school for over three years, I can see that these aims remain right at the heart of the way the

school works. 


We have come to the end of this long term and the whole school community is looking forward to a well earned  rest. The prospect of Christmas cheers us and lifts our spirits away from the cold, dark weather of the season. As Christmas draws closer, it is inevitable that our minds start, albeit briefly, to drift away from the hard work of our day-to-day school business, to the festive period itself. Let us remind ourselves, that this is one time of year when it is commonplace to find the spirit of human kindness alive and well. Let us embrace this by ensuring that we enjoy ourselves safely, but also take time to look out for those nearest and dearest to us and those less fortunate than ourselves.  I hope you enjoy looking through the photos which tell the story of our Christmas performances and events.


All that is left, is to wish you and your families a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and I look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.


Week ending 9th December

We have had a marvellous week at Holy Trinity. On Monday, all the children gathered in the hall to watch the Reception class children perform their dress rehearsal of ‘’Mary’s Knitting’.

On Tuesday, the Reception children performed The Nativity to their parents and family (not a dry eye in sight). I would just like to say a huge thank you, to both the children and the staff for all their hard work.

Father Tony kindly came into school today to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) with the children, in preparation for Christmas.

We had our Christmas dinner today and  the children enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal wearing their Christmas hats and jumpers and of course pulling crackers. The children were joined by our priest, Father Tony. I would like to thank Mel and Anita for all their hard work in the kitchen for serving what was the highest number of Christmas meals in Holy Trinity’s history.

  This is a very challenging but rewarding time for our school choir, who continue to go from strength to strength. They are renowned for their contribution to a variety of events. Today they visited Cornish House Care Home and next week they will be singing at the Co-op on Thursday at 9.45am, you are all welcome to join them.  Just a reminder, they will be on Radio Oxford on Tuesday, 20th December at 7.45 and 8.45 am. Please tune in to hear them.

  Next week continues to be busy with the Key Stage 1 Nativity (two performances) and  the Key Stage 2 Carol Service (two performances).  We will be holding our end of term Mass on Friday at 9.10am, which will be led by Year 6. Please check ‘Dates for your Diary’ and the website for timings. Can I just remind you that school finishes next Friday at 12.30pm, school dinner will be served from 11.30am and there will be no H T Active.

Week ending 2nd December

The Christmas season is definitely upon us. “Oh no it isn’t,” I hear you cry! “Oh yes it is.” As you can see the school’s first Christmas event was our annual trip to the Chipping Norton Pantomime. A big thank you to the PTA for funding our visit on Thursday–it was a fabulous morning out for the whole school and thank you to all our children as the theatre made a point of saying how well behaved our children were.

The school choir recorded their Christmas carols in church on Monday. Please listen out for them on Radio Oxford on the 20th December at 7.45 & 8.45 am. Carrying on with the radio theme, Year 5 had the opportunity to listen to some of their classmates being interviewed by Radio Oxford today. It was very entertaining.

Another very big thank you to the PTA for organisinga very enjoyable and successful Christmas Fayre, last Friday. Also, I would like to thank everyone who supported the evening. It was a great success.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Christmas Tree Festival, please pop along to the Methodist Church in Chipping Norton to see our two trees ‘’H Tree Active and Artistree’, which both look stunning. They were designed by the HT Active and the Art Club children. Photos are overleaf. We are all looking forward to the performances over the next couple of weeks, starting with Reception class on Thursday, 8th December. All the children are working so hard .
Great news –as you may have already seen, work on our Reflective Garden began this week.

We are hoping this will be completed by Spring 2017
Have a restful weekend.


Week Ending 25th November

Message from the Headteacher

With just three weeks to go before the school breaks up for Christmas, we are as busy as ever.  Please look at the ‘Dates for your Diary for December’ to ensure that you do not miss out on any of the exciting events we have got planned.

On Wednesday, the Year 5s had a wonderful day at the National Space Centre, more details of their day is in the Newsletter.

We have had a lot of sickness in school this week; please could I ask that children who have been sick do not return to school until they have been clear for 48 hours.  Thank you for your support.

As I am writing this, the PTA are busy with preparations for  tonight’s Christmas Fayre. This is always a special evening, with lots of lovely Christmas crafts and gifts to purchase, so please come along and support this wonderful event.


Week ending 21st October

Congratulations to Emily Hickman and Tom for the birth of their beautiful baby daughter, Jessica Lorraine who was born on Saturday morning. We also said a fond farewell to Mrs Lane who has started her maternity leave this week.

On Wednesday, the school celebrated our French Day.  Please see the report from Mrs Stansfield in the Newsletter.  A special thank you to Nola’s mum, Madame Lacroix for coming into school to talk to the children.

What an amazing Harvest Festival. I would like to thank you all for your kind donations.  Today’s prayer  is one of Year 5’s Harvest Festival bidding prayers. Donations will be collected by the Co-op, who will be matching any Co-op produce in the food bank. They were astounded by the amount of food and thanked everybody for their kindness.

As you may be aware it is Parents’ Consultations meetings on the 1st and 3rd November.  Hopefully, you will have received your confirmation slips confirming your appointment.  Can I please ask that the appointments are kept  to 10 minutes?  Staff have also been advised to keep to the allocated times.  However, if you feel you would like to discuss matters further with your child’s classteacher, they will make an additional appointment for you.

Again, Holy Trinity has been out on the Sports Field and I would like to congratulate all our Hockey and Cross Country teams.  We gained some silverware from our Under 11 girls hockey team.

This is the longest term of the academic year, and I want to congratulate the children for their continued enthusiasm and hard work in all of their lessons.

Week Ending 14th October

This term is going too quickly, I cannot believe we have been in school for six weeks. The pace of school life is not slowing down; Year 3 had a wonderful trip to Hill End.  Mrs Sauvagnargues said it is one of the best trips she has been on, made even better by the beautifully behaved children.  Also on Wednesday, our Under 9s football team went to Carterton and played brilliantly, they had great fun.


The children had an assembly on the new Christmas shoebox appeal. It would be lovely if each family could try and fill a shoebox for these poor children.  More details about the appeal are overleaf.


Tonight, the PTA are hosting ‘The Fuss’ night.  This is always a very popular and enjoyable evening.  There are still a few tickets, which can be purchased on the door.

Letters have been sent out about the November’s Parents’ evenings; please could  you return these to school as soon as possible.  Just a reminder, that class teachers will be giving out end of year objectives for  your child in reading, writing and maths.  These are end of year objectives and as we are only six weeks into the new academic year, please do not expect many of them to be highlighted.  If your child is secure in an objective, it will be highlighted in orange.


Next week is another busy week; we have the Book Fair in School from Tuesday onwards. 

On Tuesday, Mrs Jenkins is hosting two workshops: the first is a spelling workshop for KS2 parents at 2.40pm, detailing our new spelling scheme and after that she will be hosting a reading and phonic workshop for Reception and Year 1 parents.  The second workshop will be at 3pm, with a crèche available. 


On Wednesday, Mrs Stansfield has organised a whole school French Day.  The children will be taking part in a number of activities and have the opportunity to taste French cuisine at snack and lunchtime. The day will finish with a French assembly, allowing the children to share what they have learnt during the day. Some of our Year 5 & 6 boys and girls will be taking part in the Partnership Hockey Tournament on Wednesday afteroon.

Thursday is our Harvest Festival, which will be held in school.  We would be very grateful for any contributions of food for the local foodbank.  Some of the children in Years 3,4,5 and 6 are involved in a cross-country tournament in Carterton.

Finally, on Friday we are encouraging everybody to wear pink for cancer research and would be grateful for any donations for this worthy cause.

This week we have also said a good bye to Mrs Lane, she will be back next year. But until then we wish her lots of luck with Baby number 2!!

Week Ending 7th October

We have certainly been blessed this week with the wonderful weather. It has been a pleasure to drive to and from work watching the farmers harvesting their crops. Which leads me to our Harvest Festival celebrations on 20th October.


This year we are again collecting for our local community food bank. Items they would like donated are:

Tins, or packets of soup.

Tins of meat, vegetables , fish, baked beans,

tomatoes, potatoes, puddings and fruit.

Packets of , rice, noodles, (but no pasta) breakfast cereals,

biscuits, sugar and tea.

Jars of coffee.

They would also welcome:

Washing up liquid, toothpaste and toilet paper.

All items must be non-perishable and preferably have a best before date of at least six months in advance.

Items can be left in school from next week.

The Co-op have said that any purchases bought at the co-op they will match. Thank you in advance for your kind donations.


This week, Year 6 had a wonderful trip to

The Steam Museum in Swindon, where they spent the day as an evacuee. More details are enclosed in the newsletter. Year 6 also enjoyed re-telling their stories from Yenworthy to parents in their assembly on Thursday.


One of our school priorities this year is to promote ‘Healthy Eating and Living’.  Therefore, could I ask that children bringing in a morning snack, bring in fruit please.


Week Ending 9th September

This week has been very busy, we have nearly finished our classes’ Curriculum Meetings. We just have Year 2 left, and as soon as Mrs Jenkins returns we will notify Year 2 parents of the new date.

On Thursday, we had our first Whole School Mass and celebrated  the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Today, Year 5 started their swimming lessons at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre and were very lucky to dodge the rain.

On Monday, our Year 6 children depart very early for their residential to Yenworthy. I hope they have a wonderful time and beautiful weather.

This week we said good bye to Mrs Percy. Mrs Percy has worked at Holy Trinity for nine years and she will be missed greatly. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to her for all her hard work, support and commitment to the school. I am sure she will enjoy her new role as full time mum. I would also like to welcome Mr Andrew Eustace who is working in Year 4 to gain experience before training to be a teacher next year.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend and don’t spend too much money at the fair! 


Week Ending 8th July

As many of you will have read in my parentmail home, we had some wonderful Key Stage 2 SATS results on Tuesday. However, our success does not stop here and today in the newsletter I have shared our Whole School data.


I strongly believe that all the creative cross curricular activities we participate in, provide breadth and depth in our learning, which is surely reflected in our outstanding results.


For the past three years we have spent additional money on training for our staff on specific interventions as well as purchasing additional resources. We are now seeing the reward for this expenditure.


 I would again like to thank all the staff for their hard work, for the parents who have worked in partnership with us, for the Governors for supporting our vision and particularly the children who have been amazing and have worked so hard. Please take time to read through the data.


Many thanks and enjoy the weekend.


SATS 5th July

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan has today reiterated what NAHT have said regarding not comparing the results to previous years, telling the BBC: “They simply cannot be compared directly. “Neither schools nor parents should try to compare this year’s results with previous years. “The tests are new and are based on a new, more rigorous national curriculum – based on the best evidence from across the world.”

School leaders from the National Union for Head Teachers (NAHT) said the tests were “harder than expected”.

In a survey of 2,600 NAHT members, 98% said this summer’s English spelling, punctuation and grammar test for 11-year-olds was “difficult”, according to TES. A third said the maths paper 2 for Year 6 pupils was “much more difficult than expected” and 24% said the same about the maths paper 3.

“Today’s results cannot and must not be compared to data from previous years,” Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said. “If they are, they will give a misleading picture of school performance.”

However, we are really pleased with the results we have received today and I would like to thank all the children, Mrs Medler, Mrs Haverty, Mrs Allcock, Mrs Hills for all of their hard work. Well done!!

Week ending 1st July

The end of term is quickly approaching but school life remains as busy as ever.

On Monday, our Year 5 more able mathematicians spent the morning at BGN. They participated in a number of difficult challenges and performed extremely well. On Tuesday, all of Year 5s went to BGN for our MAC day. The theme of the day was Sport and Catholic life. The day finished with a sharing Mass. 

On Wednesday,  I also visited one of our MAC schools, St. Joseph’s, where I joined in with their 50th celebrations.

Wednesday saw us welcome our new Reception children for September, as well as having our whole school transition day. The children had lots of fun meeting their new teachers.

Thursday gave the opportunity for parents to meet their child’s new teachers. This was an informal meeting and dates for the formal curriculum meetings in September are overleaf.

Today, some of our Year 6 children took their cycling proficiency test. We had a record number of children who passed and a big congratulations to them.

Father Tony has asked me to send an invitation to any parents who would like to attend the Church’s BBQ on 10th July at 12pm. All are welcome and if you would like to attend could you let Cathy or Emily know in the school office, for catering purposes. I would also like to thank the Parish as they will be holding a second collection for our new adventure playground.

Have a lovely weekend!


Week Ending 24th June

This week saw Year 2 visit Weston-Super-Mare, they had a wonderful day and the weather was perfect.

 We are really looking forward to the next few weeks, but it is very busy so could I please ask you to either check the ‘dates for your diary ‘ or the website for the forthcoming events.

A very big THANK YOU to the PTA who organised another wonderful Summer Fete. Great fun was had by all.

Please see below the list of staffing for September 2016. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s new teacher on Thursday 30th June at 3pm.

Week Ending 17th June

It was so nice to welcome our new parents on Wednesday at our first  Reception Coffee Morning.

The next Reception Class Coffee Morning will be on Thursday 7th July. It is class changeover

morning on Wednesday 29th June and we will

again be welcoming our new  Reception children

for a whole morning. On Thursday 30th June we will be having a ‘meet the new class teacher‘

afternoon. This session will start at 3pm and it is a chance for parents to meet their child’s new

teacher and ask any questions they may have. The session will finish at 4.30pm.

We were very disappointed that we had to cancel parents coming to our Queen’s Tea Party, but the children had a wonderful time.

A huge thank you to Aldi for providing all the food and drink. Unfortunately this was not the only event cancelled this week due to the bad weather. Both the cricket tournaments fell foul of the weather.

Both these events have been re-scheduled  for the same day, place and time next week.

Thank you for your generous donations for Syria. 

The people who are collecting for the families were overwhelmed by our response – they could not

believe the generosity of our parents.  They have arranged for another collection next week. 

Therefore, if you have anything you would like to donate, please bring into school on Monday. Thank you.

We are praying for good weather tomorrow as it is the school fete. Please come along and support

our school, the PTA have worked incredibly hard to ensure it will be a success.


Week Ending 27th May

As you can see the children and staff had a wonderful time at the Year 6 residential the sun shone and the children were marvellous. Couldn't stop myself posting this picture up. 

Yet another busy term has flashed by! This week has seen one of the busiest so far this year.

On Monday, Year 6 departed to sunny Yenworthy on their residential.

On Wednesday, the rest of the school visited Kingham Lodge to gain inspiration from the 300 exhibits for their forthcoming sculpture days and see some of the sculptures our school has already produced.

On Wednesday and Thursday, I went down to visit the Year 6s in Devon and even managed some surfing time. The children are having an amazing time.

Thursday saw Years 2 and 3 travel to Oxford for the Bookfeast, further details are enclosed.

Today, we held our May Procession. What a glorious day and thank you all for the beautiful flowers.

Finally, on Sunday, some of our Year 3 children are taking their First Holy Communion. The service starts at 10.30am. Please include them in your prayers.

As you can see, I wasn’t joking when I said we have had a busy week, but what a week to show how broad the curriculum is that our children receive.

I hope you all have a wonderful half-term. 


Week ending 13th May 2016

Hurrah! Year 6 have finished their SATs this week.  They have all worked extremely hard and we are very proud of all of them. 

I hope they have  a well deserved, wonderful time in Devon, on their residential trip in a week’s time and on the Lion King trip on Wednesday.


Year 1 had a fantastic trip to Warwick Castle, if not a bit damp. Mrs Butler -McLees has attached some photos.


Some of our Year 3 and 4 pupils took part in the WOSSP Tennis tournament. The children played really well and came a fantastic third. Well done to all the children involved. 


Week ending 29th April

For Helen:

 This week we lost one of our own; we lost an amazing person, mother, wife, friend and colleague. Helen was truly one of the best people I have ever known, always putting other people first and enjoying life to the full. Nigel and Helen celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this year and our thoughts and prayers are with him and Tom at this difficult time.


Helen worked at Holy Trinity School for the past 15 years and the amount of condolences we have received is testament  to her amazing character. How we will face Summer and Christmas fetes without Helen welcoming everybody at the door, or simply coming into the school’s office, I don’t know.


Today, we celebrated Helen's life and the goodness she infused in everybody she met and the impact she had at Holy Trinity School. We will never forget her, God Bless.

Week ending 15th April

Welcome back to the summer term . I hope you have all enjoyed a sunny Easter holiday and managed to spend quality time with your families and friends. It was lovely to see the children happily coming into school this week, looking smart and refreshed ready for the learning opportunities that this term brings.  The calendar is already filling up with events and activities for the next few weeks, so please pay particular attention to the 'Events' section on here.


On Monday, parents will be notified of their Primary School choices. We continue to be oversubscribed which will mean that we have had a number of disappointed parents, but on a positive note it shows that our reputation as a good school is growing. I will soon be writing to parents of the new reception children inviting them to a coffee morning/play session to ensure their transition is a smooth and enjoyable experience. 


Week ending 24th March

Today, I wanted to share with you 'Easter Reflections‘, which is a beautiful poem by Helen Steiner Rice, that tells how God blesses us through the enchanting beauty of the Spring season. Easter is an event that celebrates life and birth and is solemnised during Spring, which enthrals us with its bounties and beauties. In this poem, the poet raises a toast to the beautiful Springtime and its abundance. For the poet, Easter is the time when Earth wakes up from a deep slumber and heralds the beginning of new life. Bird's chirp around and vibrant blooms like daffodils, hyacinths and tulips breathe new life and fragrance into nature. However, the bliss of Easter season is not just limited to its natural beauties. In fact, this is a time to feel the real blessings of God and thank Him for His eternal gift that He has conferred on us at Easter. This touching poem by Helen Steiner Rice has garnered accolades for its poignant musings, and the delicacy with which she brings out the grandeur of the season and exalts the contribution of God. Let us revel in the lyrics of this poem.

Easter Reflections

With OUR EYES we see
The beauty of Easter
as the earth awakens once more...

With OUR EARS we hear
The birds sing sweetly
to tell us Spring again is here...

With OUR HANDS we pick
the golden daffodils
and the fragrant hyacinths...

But only with OUR HEARTS
can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD'S LOVE
which redeems all men...

And only with OUR SOUL
can we make our 'pilgrimage to God'
and inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE.

Week ending 18th March

I can’t quite believe we have only less than a week remaining in school. Just a reminder we will be finishing for Easter on Thursday next week at 12.30pm.

This week started with Year 2 leading our collective worship. It was a lovely assembly and Year 2 parents thoroughly enjoyed learning or about St Patrick. Also on Monday our Key Stage 1 gym club went to Carterton for a West Oxfordshire competition. They did amazingly well and came second overall. Well Done!!

On Wednesday Years 4 and 5 went on a percussion workshop to Oxford. The children had a wonderful time and had such fun. 

Father Tony had his induction Mass on Thursday evening and it was a memorable service to welcome him formally into the Parish.

Today our Sports Squad and Mrs Woolley organised the ‘Sports Relief Onsie Mile’. A big thank you to them for organising the event so well. We raised £271.00. Thank you for your support.

Lorna Buchanan

Just a reminder there will be no HT Active next Thursday afternoon.

Week ending 11th March

Our week started especially early with the Key Stage 1 Choir performing at the Chipping Norton Music Festival on Saturday morning. They sang beautifully and really enjoyed the experience. We have had some wonderful comments about how well behaved our children were, and how proud you were, as parents. A big thank you to Mrs Jenkins for all her hard work.


This was followed, on Monday, by our Fairtrade ‘Bake Off ‘and Afternoon tea. We had an amazing amount of cakes and well done to Ruby from Year 6 for winning the overall competition. Our school prefects and Junior Leadership Team then served the cakes and tea. Can I say a huge THANK YOU to the many parents who supported this event and to the CO-OP who donated so much Fairtrade produce. For more details, please see the photos attached. Thank you to Mrs Medler for organsing the whole of Fairtrade fortnight.


Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 all performed their poems at the Chipping Norton Literacy Festival and received a number of merits and commendations. The children really enjoyed performing to an audience and thank you to all parents who attended.


On a wet and rainy Wednesday, Year 1 went to the Chipping Norton School Partnership Dance Festival. They had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed performing with the other children in our Partnership.


On Thursday evening, Year 5 performed with all the other Year 5 partnership children at Chipping Norton School. A wonderful evening was had by all!!


 We have some wonderful news, Mrs Hovard is out of hospital and is recovering at home. We are looking forward to seeing her after the Easter holidays. Thank you for all your kind thoughts and wishes.  These have been passed on to Helen.


As you know, we are having a busy term and looking in the diary, I think this will be the same for the remainder of the year. If you require any clarification on dates, the new website is updated weekly. 


Lorna Buchanan


Week ending 4th March

As I am sure you are aware, we are having a very busy term, but exciting! If you need any further clarification about what is taking place in school please look at the ‘events’ section on the school’s website.


Can I put out a further warning, there has been ANOTHER near miss in the STAFF car park. I know you may feel that I am nagging, but can I please ask parents not to use the staff car park unless you have a disabled badge and have shown this to the school office. This means that no children or adults should walk through the car park. We have a number of deliveries and staff arriving after 8.40am and between 9am. For the safety of your child and the other children in school, please abide by these safety requirements. Also, please could I ask all Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 parents to ensure their child/ren are chaperoned into the two side gates at 8.40am before leaving the premises. If you are late for any reason please can you bring your child to the school reception. From Monday, both side gates will be locked at 8.50am.


We have had an amazing fun packed week including: Fairtrade assembly, Year 4 trip to the Living Rainforest, World Book Day, Mother’s Day assembly, Year 4,5, and 6 trip to the Biggest Book Show on Earth and lastly, Key Stage 1 choir will be performing at the Chipping Norton Music festival on Saturday morning. More details and photos are included in the newsletter and on class blogs.


Have a restful weekend, particularly for the mummies on Sunday!!



Week ending 12th February

This week started with lots of colour and excitement.  Year 1 kindly invited Year 6 and myself to their African show. They also told us lots of interesting facts and information that they had learnt about Africa.

On Monday, we celebrated Chinese New Year. All of the children received chopsticks and fortune cookies. Thank you to Mrs Giddons for these kind donations.

As part of our Multi-Faith week, we started the week off with a collective worship assembly to mark the beginning of Lent.  We also gave out the Good Shepherd Lenten boxes, which are part of the Father Hudson’s Good Shepherd Appeal.  Further information on this charity can be found at www.fatherhudsons.org.uk.

On Wednesday,Years 3 and 4 had a wonderful educational visit to the Hindu Temple in Neasden, learning hands-on about the Hindu religion.

On Thursday, Years 1 and 2 visited the Jewish Synagogue in Oxford, again learning first-hand about another religion’s customs and beliefs.  As part of the British Values Curriculum, it is important that children experience and have an understanding of different beliefs and customs to promote tolerance and respect.

We also had a four-legged visit on Thursday; the Dogs’ Trust visited each class with their four-legged friend.  They explained how to look after and care for a dog as well as safety around strange dogs; how to approach a dog and what to do if a dog charges at them.  The children thoroughly enjoyed this visit.

Following on from parent and child E-Safety workshops in the Autumn Term, KS2 revisited E-Safety in their weekly assembly.  This is following a request from our Junior Leadership Team, who asked for E-Safety to be addressed each old term.

This afternoon, we had the pleasure of welcoming our Foundation parents to a ‘Story Café’.  Thank you to all who came.  The children enjoyed sharing their books with you.

On top of all of the above, we have had a number of sporting fixtures.

On Tuesday, a number of Year 5 & 6 children went to Carterton to represent the Chipping Norton Partnership for Athletics; the children did extremely well and came fourth.

On Wednesday, Years 3 & 4 participated in the CNP Ball Skills Tournament.  Germany won, which included Holy Trinity, Middle Barton and Kingham.  A great afternoon was had by all.  A big thank you to the Chipping Norton School Sports’ Leaders for organising this event.

Thank you to Mrs Lawson for all her hard work whilst working at Holy Trinity and we wish her all the best in her new job.

All that is left is to wish you a relaxing holiday and fingers crossed that the sun continues to shine.



This week we have been as busy as ever.  On Monday, the Year 5 children visited Cornish House as part of the national ‘Dignity in Action’ Day. I feel it is really beneficial for the children to get to know the older generations, and it proved to be a lovely opportunity for the children to understand how different their childhood was 


Also, the children have being preparing for Lent and thinking about their Lenten promises. The Good Shepherd boxes will be sent home on Monday after our whole school collective worship.


It has been Assessment Week at Holy Trinity and all the children have worked so hard. The teachers will be sharing your child’s progress with you in the Parent Consultation Meeting scheduled for the week after half term.


The new website is now up and running and the teachers have updated their ‘Class Blogs’. The ‘Class Blogs’ will be used to update parents on a weekly basis. I do hope you enjoy navigating around the site.


Lorna Buchanan

Posted by Training Account on 20 January 2016

Category: Headteacher's Blog

Tags: Foundation Stage , Year 1 , Year 3 , Year 2 , Year 4 , Year 5 , Year 6

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