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Junior Newsletter

Friday 7 October 2022

Headteacher's Update

It was wonderful that the whole Federation, including parents, could come together at St Thomas' Church this week to celebrate Harvest Festival and collect items to donate to West Berkshire Foodbank.

The children performed superbly, including a variety of songs, poems, and readings from across the Infant and Junior schools.

It was great to see the Church full and I would like to thank all of our families for supporting this event and donating so generously to such a good cause. Thanks must also go to Reverend Christine for leading our Worship.

School Grounds Morning

We would like to invite parents and the local community to come to a grounds clearance morning at the Junior School on Saturday 8th October starting at 9:30am. During this session we would like to continue to clear the area running from the field to the new outdoor camp. This will involve clearing out brambles, nettles etc, edging the existing path and laying woodchip. This will then allow children to walk safely along the path to the camp area and sit on tree stumps around the camp fire for sessions.

If you feel that you would be able to spare some time to come along and help please register below so that we have a rough idea of the numbers.

Open Days

Is your child starting school in September 2023. Perhaps they will be transferring to Junior School next September? We have upcoming Open Days, where you can see our brilliant schools in action.


Parent / Guardian Consultations

These will be taking place on Tuesday 1st November and Tuesday 8th November from 3.45pm to 6.15pm. Appointments can be booked via the Arbor Parent Portal and will become available to book from 9am on Wednesday 12th October. Further information will be sent out early next week.


Job Vacancies Across the Federation

There are opportunities to join our staff team at St Thomas Infant and Woolton Hill Junior. Click here to find out more.

Volunteers Required

We are looking for parents and members of our community to volunteer to hear our children read in school. Daily reading is an important part of developing a child's fluency and comprehension skills. Listening to children read and supporting their skills, is fun and rewarding and you will be supported/trained in this role.

If you have 30 minutes that you can spare each week, then please email your details to

Safeguarding is important in all schools and all volunteers are DBS checked before starting their role.

Lost Property

The lost property box in the entrance porch is already filling up, please feel free to have a hunt through if your child is missing any items. Please can all uniform, water bottles and packed lunch boxes be name labelled so that they can be returned to their owner. Anything remaining in the box at half term will be disposed of.

Star Awards

The following children received Star Awards this week! They should all be really proud, well done!

30th September: Summer I, Niamh J, Alice M, Noah A, Ellis C, Eva S, Samuel A, Barney B, Finn E, Rhys H, Lila R and Harvey W.

7th October: Amelia R, Max E, Addie F, Nina H, William A, Sophia C, Evie C, Ashley M, Barnaby W, Evie M, Annabelle L, Freddie L and Harriet O.

Six Strands Awards


30th September: Ellie C, Martha M, Eva H, Tillie H and Oliver E.

7th October: Etta B-N, Martin M-B, Nel M, Annabelle L and Emilia K.

Find out more about our 'Six Strands Curriculum' here.

Hot Chocolate

The following children were invite to have Hot Chocolate with Mr Davies and talk about the highlights of their week!

30th September: Marcus N, Nina H, Ria K, Niamh P-C and Harley H.

7th October (hot chocolate will take place early next week): James M, Harry D, Caden H, Lucas B and Archie L.

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