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Christmas Bazaar 2018

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Christmas Bazaar such a lovely occasion and great success. A special thanks goes to Father Christmas who spent the afternoon with us at his busiest time of year. It was a wonderful afternoon and raised over £1,500.

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The whole school gathered at the war memorial for two minutes silence and prayers to mark Armistice Day. It was lovely that villagers joined us to mark this special occasion.


Harvest 2018

Our harvest festival this year was a family service, led by Reverend MacInnes. Thank you to all the families who were able to join us in our harvest celebration, to the children for their singing, prayers and reading and to everyone who made donations for the Witney Food Bank.

Due to the heavy rain, unfortunately our sponsored Autumn Walk around the village had to be postponed however the Harvest Show was a great success. Many thanks to all the children who  worked so hard to produce their wonderful creations for the show. It made it a very difficult job for our judges Mrs Chapman, Mrs Phipps and Mrs King.

This year's categories were the best nature crown, best drawing painting of St Peter's School, best animal handprint art, best animal made from a vegetable and best painted pumpkin. Please see the Photo Gallery for photographs of some of the children's creations.

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SIAMS Outstanding Awards Presentation

Mrs King and Mr Waters were delighted to attend a SIAMS Outstanding Awards Presentation in celebration of St Peter's School's success. They were very proud to be presented with an Outstanding SIAMS Plaque by The Right Reverend Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester which will be displayed in school.

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Bampton Fire Fighters Visit

The children in Tucana Class have been learning about ‘People Who Help Us’ and Bampton Fire Station spent a morning in school answering all of their questions including “What do you do if you run out of water?”. The children in Tucana and Cygnus Classes then had the opportunity to explore the fire engine and even have a go with the hose pipes. The firemen also gave a whole school assembly all about fire safety. Thank you to all at Bampton Fire Station for such a great morning.


Burford Partnership Football Tournament

We were very proud of our Year 3 and 4 football team who took part in the Burford Partnership Football Tournament at Burford School. They played with great enthusiasm and team spirit and won their first match!



The children and staff enjoyed a wonderful day out at Legoland. The children in Cygnus Class worked together in teams of three as Supplier, Architect and Builder to complete a Lego model. This required good communication, attention, focus, problem solving and team work. Tucana Class built Lego castles for Ollie the baby dragon thinking about and following the keys principles of a sound structural design and Phoenix Class built and programmed their own interactive models. After a visit to Miniland and a ride on the Fairytale brook the children all enjoyed a visit to the beach! It was a lovely day and certainly one that we will all remember!


Sport's Day 2018

Our annual Sport’s 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 this year there was a Phoenix Class obstacle course relay! All the children participated with great enthusiasm and wonderful team spirit. The annual family barbecue followed sports day. It was lovely to welcome some of our new families to this event, who will be joining the school in September.

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Sun Science Day

On the longest day of the year the children enjoyed a wonderful 'Sun Science Day'. They explored how shadows are made, making shadow puppets and sun dials. They also explored light and electricity, colour mixing and reflection, making beautiful sun catchers. The children also thought about sun safety and made some super posters which will be displayed around the school before next week's heatwave!


Village Fete 2018

This year’s 60s themed village fete was a great success with everyone enjoying the many stalls, games and performances. The children of St Peter’s opened the fete, singing 'Here comes the Sun' and 'Wonderful World' and performing their Rock 'n' Roll dance. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event. We know that all our four village organisations including the church, the school, the village hall and the play field will be grateful beneficiaries of grants from the proceeds.

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Outstanding Church School

We are very proud to be able to share the outstanding outcome of our Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) which took place on 25th May 2018. The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Peter's as a Church of England school has been judged to be outstanding in all areas! Many thanks to all the children, staff, parents and governors who worked so hard to achieve this.

Please click here to download the full inspection report Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report May 2018 

Year 2 Ultra Olympics

Well done to all the Year 2 children who took part in this year's Burford Partnership Ultra Olympics at Burford School. Thank you to Mrs Williams for organising this event and the students from Burford School who planned and led the activities to develop the children's running, jumping, throwing and aiming skills.

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Prayer Spaces at St Peter's Church

All the children enjoyed visiting the Prayer Spaces in St Peter's Church. It was lovely to welcome back Mary Phillips from BeSpace who was very impressed by all that the children remembered about prayer. Many thanks to Reverend MacInnes, Mary Phillips,Tessa Farley, Laura Farley and all the staff for leading the Prayer Spaces. It was lovely that so many parents were able to join their children to visit the prayer spaces at the end of the school day.

Please do look at more photos in the Photo Gallery on the Children’s Pages.

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Visit to the Synagogue

All the children in Tucana and Phoenix Classes enjoyed an interesting visit to the Synagogue in Oxford where they found out all about the Ark, how the Torah scrolls are made and the special clothes that Jewish people wear in the synagogue as well as Shabbat and how Jewish people spend their Sabbath day.

Please do look at more photos in the Photo Gallery on the Children’s Pages.


Oxfordshire School Games Gymnastics County Finals

Well done to our gymnasts who competed in the Oxfordshire School Games Gymnastics County Finals at Abingdon Gymnastics Club and came sixth out of the nine teams that went through to the final. This was a great achievement and we are looking forward to particpating in the competition again next year.

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Adam Guillain

Children's author, Adam Guillain led a wonderful whole school assembly, telling the stories of 'Muffins with Mummies' and 'Molly's Magic Wardrobe'. The children were enthralled by Adam's storytelling! To see more photographs of Adam, please go to the Gallery on the Children's Pages.

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Crocodiles of the World

The children in Phoenix Class had a great day at 'Crocodiles of the World', coming face to face with some of the world's top predators.They learnt lots of information about the difference between alligators and crocodiles, how they see under water and why they are only found in hot climates.

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Easter Service

The Easter service at St Peter's Church was well attended. The Year 2 and 3 children read the Easter Story and all the children sung beautifully. Thank you to Phoenix Class for their beautiful pictures of Gauguin's 'Yellow Christ' and their Easter prayers that are displayed in the Church. The collection made at the end of the service, was given to the Church to help with the restoration project.


Thank you for our school where we learn and play with our friends.                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you for the beautiful flowers that bloom in Springtime.                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you for the oceans and the coral that fish can hide in.                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you for our homes that keep us warm when it's cold outside.                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you for Jesus who died for us and came alive on Easter Sunday.                                                                                                                                                             Amen

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Easter Bonnet Parade 2018

The children’s Easter bonnets were a marvellous sight. It was another sunny afternoon when 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.

To see more photographs, please go to the Photo Gallery on the Children's Pages.


Easter Egg Hunt

It was a glorious afternoon for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Many families arrived to follow the Beatrix Potter clues and win their Easter Egg. There was also face-painting, an Easter raffle, 'Guess the number of eggs in the jar' and a wonderful cake sale with Simnel Cake, Italian Dove Cake known as Colomba pasquale and Polish Babka Cake. Thank you to Sam Lawton and the Friends of St Peter's (FoSPs) who organised this event and to all the parents and children who came along.

To see more photographs, please go to the Photo Gallery on the Children's Pages.

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Alvescot, Bampton, Oxon OX18 2PU
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