HUNSDON HOUSE NEWS
We are happy to be back in our nursery and we welcomed our new starters and returning children at the beginning of term. We are currently covering the theme of "Continents of the world, their trees and animals", which is a very interesting subject!
Our garden is looking beautiful with autumnal colours at the moment and we have collected potatoes, carrots and tomatoes from our vegetable plot recently.
We will hold a Harvest Celebration and collection of food donations for the Oxford Food Bank in October.
Our Open Afternoon will be held on Tuesday 3rd October, from 1 until 2pm. This is an opportunity for parents to visit us who are interested in future places for their children. Please call 01865 762604 for more information.
We are now closed for the summer until Tuesday 5th September. Thank you everybody for all your support throughout the school year and also on our last day of term, when we held our yearly "Summer Celebration". As always, it was a lovely morning and well done to our children singing and acting along in our Circus performance. We were sad to say goodbye to our leavers, but please stay in touch. Happy summer to all our families.
Our Charity Spring Concert on 15th March was a great success, it was absolutely wonderful to see all our former children so grown up and talented, and singing and playing their instruments so beautifully. The concert was a delight to all and inspiring for parents and children, listeners and performers. A great deal of practising and dedication had gone into preparing for it. Many of the children who took part had discovered a love of music while exploring the cello as four year olds at Hunsdon House. The standard of playing was excellent, but more importantly, these children are helping to inspire the younger ones to do the same, contributing to our community and those of children less fortunate. Over £275.- was raised for our favourite charity, the Amos Trust which supports street children in Africa.
ART-WEEK August 7th - 11th
We are holding our annual art-week from 7th to 11th of August, 9 am to 2.30 pm for children aged 4 - 10 years.
Cost : £ 220.- for the long day, £ 180.- for the mornings only. Materials are all included. 1 or 2 places still available.
We have planned the following activities : silk painting a scarf, textile potato print (a table centre piece), lino printing creating cards, candle making and beeswax rolled candles, decorating tiles with coloured glass stones (mosaic), creating a small collage with natural materials found on beaches, pebble stone painting, string painting, seaside mobile with painting on wood bark, watercolour painting, mobiles with fimo, pottery, mindful colouring of fine designs.
We held our annual Christmas Market on 1st December and thank all parents and children for their help and support, especially when preparing our handmade decorations! We raised funds for our nursery, to buy new educational materials.
We are looking forward to welcoming our families to our Nativity on Thursday 15th December, from 11.15am. This is also our last day of term, finishing at 12noon. We wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our new term will start on Thursday 5th January.
Thank you to all families supporting our Art Exhibition and Picture Sale during the weekend of 15th and 16th October, when we sold works by various artist friends of Hunsdon House. The sale extended right up to Christmas and we were delighted to raise £ 500.- in aid of the Amos Trust charity.
We are pleased to have our St Martin's lantern procession again, this year it will be on Thursday 10th November at 5pm (for 1 hour). The children have made their own colourful lanterns.
In preparation for our Christmas Market on Thursday 1st December, parents are welcome to come to our Christmas Crafts workshops on Thursdays 17th and 24th November, from 12.30 until 2.30pm. The children will play the Nativity on our last day of this term, Thursday 15th December. Lots to look forward to!
Any parents interested in longer nursery hours for their child please contact us to discuss your requirements for a longer afternoon session until 5pm. For details please see posters below.
This year we invited parents on three consecutive Thursday afternoons to join us for a Christmas Craft Workshop, where they learned to make felt tree decorations, wreaths, hanging garlands, paper stars and many more beautiful ornaments. It was lovely to discover the wonderful talents some of our parents have been blessed with, and a nice treat to be able to sew or craft in peace while the children were taken care of by staff in the next room. (One rather heroic mum turned up every week and sewed beautifully while juggling a restless snuffly baby!) We sold the decorations at our Christmas Market to raise money for the Ugandan orphanage and street childrens' charities we support.
For the first time we invited a professional photographer, Danny Reeve, to make a video of our traditional Nativity play which we hold every year on the last day of the Autumn Term. The Nativity went very well, with the children looking lovely as angels, shepherds, kings, animals and the Holy Family. There was as always an excellent audience of parents and younger siblings, with contributions of a poem, a beautiful solo and talented musicians to accompany the carols. Parents were able to take home a copy of the video. A clip is shown below.