At Middleton Cheney Pre School, we very much see parents/carers as partners in their child's education. We aim, therefore, to keep you informed with everything that is going on by producing a weekly newsletter.

Middleton Cheney Pre-School Ltd.

Main Road, Middleton Cheney, Banbury, Oxon OX17 2NP

Telephone 01295 712353 



                                                                                                 16th October 2017




Our brief fast forward to Christmas went brilliantly last week with the children producing some beautiful work. A huge thankyou to our merry band of volunteers who came to help and also to those who were on standby for the latter part of the week but whose services were not needed because we got through them in record time.


We did then revert to Autumn with some of the children producing beautiful leaf creature pictures and generally enjoying combing leaves with other media to produce some wonderful pieces of artwork.


So onto this week, with only a week to go until half term, our glittery season gets off with a bang with a look at the Hindu festival of Diwali. Diwali is the truly beautiful Hindu festival of light and will be dealt with in our usual manner, by looking at the celebration through common customs shared by all faiths – family get togethers, special clothes, fireworks, gifts etc. In particular, children will be listening to Indian music, watching a short DVD showing a child celebrating Diwali, and dressing up in saris. For Hindus, as in most religions, light in the darkness is a symbol of good conquering evil and at Diwali, millions of little clay lamps known as Divas are made and sold so people can light their doorways and windows to welcome visitors. Intricate patterns (known as Rangoli patterns) can also be found on the doorsteps of homes to welcome guests to the festivities. So this week, we are going to be having a go at  creating our own Rangoli patterns, using coloured sand.


If you want to know more about the festival of Diwali – a festival factsheet has been placed in the lobby.


If we have time to catch our breath, we will also be starting to look at Light and Dark and the differences between night and day. You can help us by talking to the children about these differences e.g. nocturnal animals, jobs that are done through the night (nurses, postal workers, bakeries etc)


I have also included a couple of Diwali songs which the children may want to share with you….


Diwali’s Here

(To the tune “London’s Burning”)


Diwali’s here, Diwali’s here

Light the diva, light the diva

Shine, shine, shine, shine

Light the way home.


Diwali’s here, Diwali’s here

Give the sweets out, give the sweets out

Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

Give my friend one, give my friend one.


Diwali’s here, Diwali’s here

Wrap up warmly, wrap up warmly

Spark spark, spark spark

Here are fireworks, here are fireworks.




Spark, spark Diwali

(sung to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep)


Spark, spark Diwali

Fireworks today

Sparklers, sparklers

Diwali day

One shines and splutters

One twists and whirls

One shoots into the sky

Bursts into sparks and swirls.


Recommended Reads

“The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark” by Jill Tomlinson

“Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell

“Slinky Malinky” by Lynley Dodd

“In the Middle of the Night” by Kathy Henderson

“My Mother’s Sari” by Sandhya Rao


We will also be practising our ball kicking skills in PE – yikes!


All things Admin…


Parents Evening Lists – Parents evening is in three weeks time – Tuesday 7th November 6-9ishpm -  please add your name next to a time slot if you wish to speak to your child’s keyworker. If you are unable to make it and would still like the chance to discuss your child’s progress then your child’s keyworker will organise another mutually convenient time for a get together. Please remember that a short AGM will be held between 6 and 6.30pm - do please come along to hear a summary of last year,  and a chance to hear our exciting plans for the future. For those of you who do not have an appointment until later in the evening but would still like to attend the AGM, please don’t panic – refreshments will be available whilst you wait to speak to your child’s keyworker


New Uniform – If you wish to take advantage of our free polo shirt/free postage offer then your orders need to be with us by 19th October please


Half Term – Please remember that we break up for Half Term on Thursday 19th October – there will be no Pre School next Friday. We return to Pre School on Tuesday 31st October


Error in Banbury Guardian -  Please ignore the timings in this weeks Banbury Guardian  for Dave’s Service of Thanksgiving – it is as I said in last weeks newsletter – 1.30pm at Marston St Lawrence church. Ho hum!


Chicken pox and Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease – Please be aware that we have had confirmed cases of both of these common childhood illnesses this week. Most people are aware of Chicken Pox but fewer perhaps know about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. Firstly, it is very common and secondly it is nothing to do with the Bovine disease of a similar name. Symptoms include blister like spots which appear around the mouth and can also appear on the hands and feet. It can be uncomfortable but usually passes quite quickly. If you want to know more we have a fact sheet available in the foyer.


 Fundraising News  


PJ and Story Night – this Saturday 14th October – Just a reminder to bring those named beakers with you and also to let you know that we will be running a small raffle for a book – all proceeds to go to the chosen charity of Imogen Whitby’s parents.


Next clothing collection – Ready for a pre Christmas sort out? Well this could be just for you – our next clothing collection will be Thursday 23rd November. We will send out bags as soon as we have them.


Mum’s Night 3rd November at The New Inn – By now, you should all have received a flyer about this. Following on from last terms successful event, we are holding another Mum’s Night at The New Inn. Tickets are available from Pre School.


Some great new events added to the calendar


Dates for your diary – so far!


14th October – PJ and Teddies story night – 6-6.45

19th October (Thursday) last day before half term – return Tuesday 31st October

2nd November – Fundraising meeting 7.45pm at Pre School

3rd November – Mum’s Night at The New Inn

7th November -  AGM and Parents Evening 6-9pm

23rd November – Clothing collection 9am

26th November – Christmas Fair at village Hall 12.30-3pm

9th/10th December -  Christmas float weekend

13th-19th December – Christmas party week

20th December – *Nativity Concert at All Saints Church at 11am and end of termplease note there will be no afternoon session

3rd January – Start of term

27th January 2018-Themed Family Disco 2-4pm – Village Hall

10th March - Easter Eggstravaganza – 2-3.30pm – Village Hall


*Open to all children irrespective of which day they usually attend




Weekly Reminder


Reminder - The car park at the front of the setting is purely for the staff of the school, Pre School, and library plus four spaces for library users. There is absolutely no parking or drop off in the car park for parents at the school or Pre School. Can you also please ensure that anyone else who is picking up your child e.g. grandparents, are aware of this please – thankyou for your support












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posted 23 Jan 2012, 12:30 by Middleton Cheney Pre School

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