Letters

Head’s letter 13 May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Farewell and Good Luck to Year 11 and Year 13 Last Friday our Year 11s enjoyed their final assembly (opposite) with Mr Parker and what we hope was a memorable day. As in all schools, they are emotional days with feelings that whilst nothing will ever …

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Head’s letter 1 May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Welcome back to the summer term. We hope students in Years 11 and 13, in particular, used their Easter breaks successfully and we were delighted with the numbers who joined our Easter revision booster sessions over the holiday. Thank you to my colleagues who gave up …

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Head’s letter 1 April

Dear Parents and Carers Approaching the Final Straight Traditionally, students in Year 11 and Year 13 tended to begin their revision in earnest in April and devote most of their Easter holidays to that end. Things have changed in this school and most others as we have aimed to better …

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Head’s letter 18 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Over the past six weeks we’ve been very busy listening to families and students regarding many aspects of life at CNS. The uniform consultation is now over and a summary of the final recommendations appears below. In addition, we have been asking the students about many …

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Head’s letter 4 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers European Visits It’s been a busy time in Europe these past few days and by that I am not referring to Brexit. Over half-term Mr Johnson, Mrs du Crôs and Mr Hopkins led another successful ski trip; this time to Zell-am-See in Austria. They enjoyed it …

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Head’s Letter 15 February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Things look slightly different with this week’s letter. We hope that you like the new school badge and its combination of old and new. You will note how the iconic bell tower has been retained and how our established houses, named after local rivers, have been …

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Head’s Letter 04 February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Global Presence Since my last newsletter we have hosted 5 teachers and 35 students from China. I wish to thank my own colleagues for being so welcoming and to Mrs Brocklebank in particular for agreeing to organise our Chinese visitors and their Oxfordshire hosts. 45 of …

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Head’s Letter 21 January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Late Buses Now Running Late buses are now provided every day except Fridays, leaving our site at approximately 4:20pm. Students in all year groups are able to sign up in the normal way and we hope this will enable Year 11 and 13 students to attend …

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Head’s Letter 7 January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers Welcome back to a new term. We hope you and your children had a restful holiday and now return with renewed enthusiasm for the new term. Obviously, it’s a big year for our Year 11s and Year 13s – who begin their own rehearsal examinations very …

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Head’s Letter 17 December 2018

Dear Parents and Carers Annual Carol Service at St. Mary’s Church From 7pm on Tuesday 18th December, Mr Brown will be leading our choir for the annual carol service in the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Church. There will be a couple of audience participation items, including O Little Town …

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Heads Letter 10 December 2018

10 December 2018 Dear Parents and Carers PTA Christmas Fayre Another super PTA event took place on Friday afternoon. The fayre attracted many visitors to our Main Hall and almost as many left with bags containing Christmas gifts, decorations and prizes. Many, many thanks to the PTA for their commitment …

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Heads Letter 03 December 2018

Dear Parents and Carers Dreams Come True – Amazing Joseph The hit show “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” has now come and gone – and what a hit it has been for the hundreds who took part or sat enthralled in the audiences. The cast and stars were magnificent …

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Heads Letter 26 November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers Youth Speaks Winners Congratulations to Ellie Lewis, Luke Barnes and Maddy Fisher (pictured). Led by Mr Ward, these Sixth Form students won the Senior Youth Speaks competition held at Bloxham School on Wednesday night. We could not be more proud of them and their example in …

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Heads Letter 19 November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers What does great teaching and tutoring look like at CNS? In the past 10 to 15 years, the teaching profession has been swamped by innumerable initiatives; most of which have been untested and of dubious value. Take, for example, the trend to try and plan lessons …

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Heads Letter 12 November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers 100th Armistice Anniversary – Chipping Norton Town Remembers Just like so many of you, I attended yesterday’s commemoration that included a parade and service in St. Mary’s. It was a really moving event made even more poignant by the presence of serving military personnel, veterans and …

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Head’s Letter 5 November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers Remembrance Week As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918 we have several activities planned to secure space and time for us all to reflect on the victims of conflict through history. This will include a period of two minutes’ silence on Friday …

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Head’s Letter 29 October 2018

Dear Parents and Carers Start of Term – Back to Business as Usual I hope everyone had a restful and rejuvenating half term holiday. We are now looking forward to the coming eight weeks as we do everything we can to ensure we do not waste a minute of the …

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Heads Letter 15 October 2018

Dear Parents and Carers One Type of Rehearsals – Wednesday 17th October Last minute practice is underway to bring you a wonderful showcase of CNS talent on Wednesday night at 7pm. Songs from a range of musicals including My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Shrek, Amelie and West Side …

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Head’s Letter 8 October 2018

Dear Parents and Carers Open Evening – Thank You! We are all very grateful to those students who supported our hugely popular Open Evening last week in a range of ways: tour guides, speakers and active learners. The turn-out rewarded the effort everyone has put into this annual event. As …

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Head’s Letter 1 October 2018

Student Council The new Student Councils are now thinking about the various needs and priorities for the coming year. We will continue to encourage all students to use them to encourage debate and ideas to ensure we are always an improving school. We plan to use these Councils to explore …

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