Thank you to everyone who wore something spotty to school and raised over £60 for Children in Need.
The whole school gathered at the war memorial for two minutes silence and prayers on Armistice Day. It was lovely that villagers joined us to mark this special occasion.
This year St Peter's families have filled an incredible 58 shoeboxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal coordinated by www.teams4u.com! T4U are a small charity started by David Cooke - David and his family began the original shoebox appeal over 25 years ago by asking school children in the UK to fill shoeboxes with simple Christmas gifts for Romanian orphans. The current need is still extraordinary and the power of the shoebox has never faded. Several families will be going to the Celebration Service at the Witney Methodist Church on 14th November.
Class 1 took part in the Burford Partnership Dance Festival, working with other children from schools in the Burofrd Partenrship and Sports Leaders from Burford School to develop a dance based on Fireworks.
Class 1 had tea with the Queen at the start of this term's topic, 'Bright Lights, Big City'. They all practised bowing and curtseying and of course remembered their very best table manners.
The children all thoroughly enjoyed the first tag-rugby club of this year with Charlie Siret from the Oxfordshire Skills Aquisition Academy (OSAA).
The St Peter's family harvest service was a joyous occasion with the children reading their prayers, singing their harvest songs and reading the Bible story of the Sermon on the Mount. This was followed by a Harvest Treasure Hunt around the vilage which, despite the rain, was enjoyed by all.
Welcome to our 22 new children who have started school in our Reception Class this term. They have settled quickly into the daily routines of school life and have already made many friends.
At this very special service, the Year 2 children all read their memories of their time at St Peter's and were presented with Bibles by Mr and Mrs Waters. Following the service, parents joined the children for a family picnic on the school field.
Children and staff enjoyed a day out at Warwick Castle. We all watched the firing of the world’s largest trebuchet and the magnificent birds of prey swoop and dive over the Castle turrets. We explored the castle and saw the bow
The Year 2 children enjoyed a wonderful residential trip to The Ridgeway and The Court Hill Centre. The children enjoyed a walk to Wayland’s Smithy and flying kites on White Horse Hill as well as exploring the woodlands and a night walk along the Ridgeway before watching the sun go down with hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted on the bonfire. The children were able to celebrate the friendships that they have forged during their time at St Peter's and which I am certain, will continue long after they leave us.
Our annual Sports Day took place on a glorious summer afternoon. The children all took part in running, egg and spoon and ball in the bucket races and, of course, the Year 2 dressing up race! All the children participated with great enthusiasm and wonderful team spirit.
The focus of this year's Book Week was 'Traditional Tales' and all the children brought to school their wonderful puppets that they had made at home to retell the traidtional tales that they had listened to. Staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling of puppeteer, Martin Bridle from 'Hand to Mouth' Theatre. The children were enthralled by Martin's telling of the story of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' with a washing machine and clothes line, bubbles and music, and puppetry!
The children’s Easter bonnets were a marvellous sight. The children paraded around the village displaying their bonnets for all to see and returned to school for an Easter chocolate treat. Thanks to all those who joined us as well as everyone in the village who came out to see the children.
Many families had an enjoyable afternoon, searching for clues to win a chocolate egg. With face painting and tea and cakes for sale, it was a lovely family Easter event.
Well done to everyone who ran, jogged or walked a mile and raised £50 for Sport's Relief.
The whole school visited the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Despite the cold weather, the children had a wonderful day visiting the animals and exploring the grounds. For many of the younger children one of the highlights of the day was enjoying their picnic lunch whilst watching the monkeys playing!
We were delighted to accept an invitation from The Plough for Christmas Dinner. All the children and staff had a dleicious traditions Christmas dinner followed by a visit from Father Chirstmas himself. We cannot thank the staff at The Plough enough for all their hard work in making this such a special occasion and, of course Father Christmas, who was so kind to visit at his busiest time of year.
The children loved making the Christingles for the service, led by Reverend MacInnes, on the last Sunday of the term. Thank you to all those who attended, as well as to all the parents who helped to make the Christingles and Reggie Heyworth, at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, who donates the oranges every year.
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