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Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to our new academic year!  I hope you have all had a great summer break and the children are rested and ready for the challenges of a new term.

To start the year, the topics for this term are:

Class 1 – Me and my school

Class 2 – Around Oldbury

Class 3 – Ancient Greece

The clubs available this term are:

Netball – Thursday lunchtimes for everyone
Football - Thursday for Year 3 – 6 after school (3.15-4.15pm) starting on 15th September
Cooking club – after school (3.15-4.15pm) Thursday for class 3, starting 15th September

We have 4 new children joining us in Reception this year, they are: Albert Mortimer, Ava Long, Oscar Harvie-Pullin and Rosie Kingscott.  We also welcome Edward and Thomas Barrett.  We wish them all the very best for their time at Oldbury School.

There are some important events happening this term, these include:

Thurs 1 Sept - INSET DAY 1 (school closed to pupils for staff training)

Fri 2 Sept - INSET DAY 2 (school closed to pupils for staff training)

Mon 5 Sept - Start of Term 1 NO SWIMMING/PE.  Reception children (morning sessions only all week)

Thurs 8 Sept - Year 6 cycle training course 1.15pm – 2.45pm

Mon 12 Sept - NO SWIMMING/PE.  Reception children (afternoon sessions only all week)

Tues 13 Sept - Roald Dahl whole school literacy day & dress up as your favourite character from a Roald Dahl book

Thurs 15 Sept - Year 6 cycle training course 1.15pm – 2.45pm.  Cooking Club for class 3 after school 3.15-4.15pm

Fri 16 Sept - Guitar lessons start

Mon 19 Sept - NO SWIMMING/PE.  Reception children (morning session and lunch all week)

Thurs 22 Sept - Year 6 cycle training course 1.15pm – 2.45pm

Mon 26 Sept - Harvest Festival Service at St Arilda's Church 9.15am.  Swimming & PE @ Thornbury Leisure Centre (pm).  Reception children (lunch and afternoon session all week)

Thurs 29 Sept - Year 6 cycle training course 1.15pm – 2.45pm

Fri 30 Sept - MacMillan coffee afternoon 2.00pm - 3.15pm – everyone welcome

Mon 3 Oct - Swimming & PE @ Thornbury Leisure Centre (pm).  Reception children in school full time

Thurs 6 Oct - Year 6 cycle training course 1.15pm – 2.45pm

Mon 10 Oct - Swimming & PE @ Thornbury Leisure Centre (pm)

Mon 17 Oct - Swimming & PE @ Thornbury Leisure Centre (pm)

Fri 21 Oct - End of Term 1


I have a few reminders for you at the start of this academic year.  School lunches are still £2.00 per day, (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children do not pay for school lunches).  Please could you pay for your child’s school lunches on a weekly basis, (please make cheques payable to South Glos Council).

Swimming costs are still £12.00 per child per term (there are 6 terms in an academic year), please make cheques payable to Oldbury School Fund.

Guitar lessons will be on Friday afternoons, starting on Fri 16 Sept.  Costs remain the same, £30.00 per term cheques made payable to South Gloucestershire Council.  If you would like your child to start lessons please let us know before the 16th.

May I also remind you that the school gates open between 8.45am and 9am each morning, please could you ensure that your child reaches school during this 15 minute period.  If your child is ill or will be late for school, please ensure that you inform us be ringing the school office (01454 414297) at your earliest convenience.

I have some good news to report to you, at the end of the last academic year in July, we attained the South Gloucestershire ‘Time 4 Reading’ Bronze Award and the ‘School Games’ PE Bronze Award.  We hope to pursue the silver awards in both these categories in the near future.

I also need to inform class 3 parents that I will again be running the Children’s Book Club this term.  Class 3 Book Club members and I will meet on Friday 14th October to discuss ‘The Boy at the top of the mountain’ by John Boyne and to be introduced to our new ‘Book Club’ book.  If your child is in Year 5 or Year 6 and would like to join our Children’s Book Club, please ask them to tell me.

Governors’ News:

May we all welcome you back to this academic year.  We would like to remind you that all our Governors’ meetings are ‘open’ meetings which you are welcome to attend.  Please contact the school for more details if you wish to attend any of our meetings.  The dates for meeting for the coming year are: 12 Sept; 14 Nov; 6 Feb; 8 May and 10 July.  We would like to congratulate Molly Pullin and Beau Goodenough who won last year’s Governors’ Awards for sustained effort in class throughout the year.  Well done to you both!  We currently have a parent governor position which is available.  If you are interested in this position please complete the attached form and return to school office as soon as possible.


Yours sincerely,

Debbie Dix

Head teacher