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Junior Newsletter

Friday 6th October

Headteacher's Update

Attendance is vitally important to your child’s education and time at school. Showing your child the importance of attending school every day not only helps your child to settle quickly when starting school but helps them to keep and maintain friendships and enjoy the school environment.

As a Federation we aim to have our overall attendance of 96% or higher and appreciate your efforts in supporting us with this. Here is an update on our attendance rates for September.





















Harvest Festival

It was wonderful that the community 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.

Open Mornings

Does your child start school in September 2024? Do you know someone who is looking for a Year R or Year 3 place for next year? Come along to our open morning to meet staff and children and to see our brilliant school in action.

Tues 31st October @9am

Weds 29th November @9am

Register for any of these dates at this link:

Year R September 2024 Applications for applying for Year R spaces open on 1 st November. Please visit Hampshire Admissions online to complete your application.

Secondary School Applications

If your child is in Year 6, secondary school applications opened on 11th September and close on 31st October 2023. More information can be found on the Hampshire Admissions Page.

Outdoor Learning

We are very excited to be holding our first ever Federation Outdoor Learning Day at Woolton Hill Junior School on Friday 20th October. All of the children from across the Federation will be joining together to take part in a carousel of activities which will introduce them to the exciting world of outdoor education. Some of these activities that the children will be taking part in on the day include:

· Making smelly nature cocktails

· Den building in the forest

· Orienteering challenges

· Making Clay tree faces

· ‘Blind as a Bat’ obstacle courses

· Creating nature artwork

· Scavenger hunts

The day will be run by the staff from both schools and the children will be working within their Key Stages to complete the activities. Children will be encouraged to work collaboratively as part of a team to problem solve, building both their confidence and resilience in new situations.

After School Clubs after half term

There are still spaces available for yoga (all year groups, Wednesdays 8-8.45am) and Lower School Tag Rugby (yrs 3&4 Thursday 3.30 -4.30pm) after half term, please contact the office if you would like your child to be added to these clubs. Upper School football is fully subscribed for after half-term.

A Christmas Carol

Mr Davies is starring as Ebenezer Scrooge in a Christmas Production of 'A Christmas Carol' at The Central Studio in Basingstoke; 14 - 16th December. Spread the festive cheer with your friends and family and be transported to the heart-warming and magical world of Victorian London as this timeless tale is brought to to life on stage.

Mr Davies is very excited to have the opportunity to play the miserly old man who learns the joy and warmth of the Christmas season. Tickets are available via this link.

Scholastic Book Fair

Please do visit the Scholastic Book fair in the Library at Woolton Hill Junior School, straight after school, from Tuesday 31st October to Monday 6th November. There will be great books available and buying from the book fair helps support our federation libraries.

Star Awards

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

29th September: Oliver B, Archie H, Albie T, Isabelle G, Joshua W-G, Niamh P-C, Ellis C, Nina H, Jack W-G, Noah A, Max E, Teddy W, Zara B and Rohan R.

6th October: Ellis D, Ben R, Summer I, Max E, Jack D, Ella W, Eloise D, Evie C, Eve W, Samuel A, Archie H, Albie T, Marcus N and Nicholas M.

Hot Chocolate

29th September: Lacey mai H, Feddy G, Martin M-B, Sophia C and Eileen D.

6th October: Ellie B, Sofia E, Daniel B, Harry C and Beth I.

Life Learning


29th September: Joshua L, Sofia E, Amelie R, Xander B and Finn L.

6th October: Isabella C, Marcus N, Jemima R, Nell M and Dominic W

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