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Friday 3rd December 2021

Mr Marks, the Deputy Head Teacher, writes...

Dear Parents and Carers,


December is here and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As well as putting up our tree in the hall along with some other decorations, every child has made their own to decorate their classroom, and they will bring them home at the end of the term for you to keep. My mum still has some my siblings and I created when we were at school! Last year we recorded a Christmas story for each day in December leading up to Christmas and we have now made all of these available on the school website for you to enjoy. Just visit this page - Advent Story Time - click on a number and enjoy. 


The Foundation Stage children put on a wonderful Nativity for the school to watch this week. It was most likely their first time on stage and every child should feel proud of how they performed. The Foundation Stage staff also wanted to pass on their thanks to the audience for both performances. They sat very quietly whilst our youngest pupils performed and smiled throughout the show. The video of this performance is currently in production and will be shared with the FS parents when it is ready. Although not the same as seeing the live performance, more family members will be able to enjoy it and the children will be able to watch themselves and their friends acting and singing on stage. 


On Wednesday morning I joined Mr. Newton for an ABQM meeting (Anti-Bullying Quality Mark). We were also joined by Jackie Johnson (learning mentor), Adam Green (Governor), two parents and two Year Five children. We currently hold the silver award and we are looking at ways to improve our practice even further at OWPS, aiming to achieve the gold standard award. Our main focus for discussion was on ways that we can have a further positive impact, not only on our school but within our local community and other schools. There were some great contributions from all those who attended and Mr. Newton, who is our anti-bullying lead, will now decide on our next steps. We were all keen on exploring ways to share the school's approach to this area with parents and carers and there will be information sent home in a variety of formats in the future. 


Although all statutory assessments were cancelled last Summer, like the previous year, Year Two children completed a phonics screening check this term (usually done at the end of Year One). The children completed these assessments with confidence and we have seen a 93% pass rate. This is higher than the national average (82% in 2019) and a reflection of the quality of phonics teaching in our school and the hard work we see from the children every day. Well done to all those involved.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend,


Mr. Marks

Deputy Head Teacher

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