montage of pupils doing fun run

Newsletter – 23 September

Message from the Headteacher,

It’s been another busy week at Long Wittenham School. We have held our elections for school council. The following children are forming our school council this year.

Gwen, Toby, Maddie, Lucy, Edie, Seth, Poppy, Mickey, Miya and Dylan.

Special congratulations goes to Ed and Georgia as head boy and head girl and Rueben and Ella as their deputies.

Learning Highlights:

  • Owls Class have been reading Bumble Bear and learning about kindness and how to be a good friend. They also had their first session of outdoor learning in the village.
  • Parrots Class have enjoyed learning about the Great Fire Of London. They have also been learning about the minuend, subtrahend and difference in maths.
  • Eagles Class have been learning about the reasons Stone Henge was built. They also had their first swimming lesson and read a book called My Shadow is Pink and talked about being individuals.
  • Penguins Class have been learning to use grid coordinates and to read maps, including Ordinance Survey symbols.

We had an exciting delivery of 24 brass instruments this week as on Monday Penguins Class will be having their first whole class brass instrument lesson provided by Music for Schools.Again, our staff have been busy developing new skills. Miss Mason has attended Mental Health Lead training and all the teachers had some fantastic support from a literacy advisor – I’ve already seen the teachers trying out the new techniques they learnt.

Have a lovely weekend!

Long Wittenham Fun Run

The Long Wittenham Family Fun Run finally returned on Sunday 18th September after a gap of 3 years because of COVID.

84 people completed the 5km trail round Neptune and Paradise Wood, including 13 girls and 12 boys. In notable plucky performances from the village children in the Under 8 category: Edie in 35 mins 53 secs, Eleanor in 51 mins and 6 secs. Also in the Under 12 Boys: Dylan (aged 9) in 27 mins 48 secs, and Thomas (aged 9) in 29 mins 30 secs.

A medal was awarded to Edie for being first girl under 8. Over £400 was raised for village causes – and separately the barbecue and cake stall raised money £270 for the school. Thank you to everyone who took part or enjoyed the Barbecue.

Next year we hope to return to our original spot in May/June – keep an eye out for details on the village
Facebook page.

We are a nut free school.

Families please note that we are strictly a nut free school. Please ensure that no nut products are brought into school or included in packed lunches (even on school trips). Please also ensure that no nut products are consumed within the school grounds at any time of day. Thank you.