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15/02/24

Early years funding is changing! Please do visit https://t.co/4lLfvEQ6pS to find out more. From September we will be offering places for 2 years olds. Please contact us to arrange a tour of our fantastic nursery. We look forward to welcoming you soon. pic.twitter.com/PjeOeapwAL

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08/02/24

Did you know many working parents can now apply for 15 hours of childcare funding for their two year old? The Childcare Choices website provides more information. We would be delighted to show you around our wonderful nursery, please contact us to arrange a time. pic.twitter.com/pAiSTfeBQT

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05/02/24

Applications are now open for Nursery places for next academic year (2024-25). For more details please visit our website. pic.twitter.com/jeIGFcvzY6

18/01/24

Want to learn more about in-school teacher training in your local school? Sign up to our online CPD event on 22.02.23! https://t.co/wAAOQUll5t#traintoteach pic.twitter.com/82BRWH0UT9

18/01/24

We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary opportunity! In the week beginning 29 January we will have the honour of hosting 25 students from China. https://t.co/5MSd4JbLey#diversity pic.twitter.com/bzkXtin6W8

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18/01/24

We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary opportunity! In the week beginning 29 January we will have the honour of hosting 25 students from China. https://t.co/5MSd4JbLey#diversity pic.twitter.com/bzkXtin6W8

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16/01/24

Want to learn more about in-school teacher training in your local school? Sign up to our online CPD event on 22.02.23! https://t.co/wAAOQUll5t#traintoteach pic.twitter.com/82BRWH0UT9

02/01/24

We are delighted to welcome our new CEO, Julian Drinkall, who takes up the helm at GLF Schools today!

02/01/24

We are delighted to welcome our new CEO, Julian Drinkall, who takes up the helm at GLF Schools today!

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20/12/23

We are now closed for the school holidays and will look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 8th January 2024. pic.twitter.com/nYuBzXBEeI

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14/12/23

APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBERWe're recruiting for a passionate individual to join our team as a Learning Assistant in our school's thriving Nursery, Mon-Wed 8:15-3:15 from January. Find out more on the link below or email the office https://t.co/tfrfmyH0hQ pic.twitter.com/9j0JXeX31n

08/12/23

Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating. May you experience peace, love, and light through the holiday and the new year, from GLF Schools pic.twitter.com/b4IM0KGlpO

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08/12/23

We're recruiting for a passionate individual to join our team as a Learning Assistant in our school's thriving Nursery, Mon-Wed 8:15-3:15 from January.Find out more on the link below or email the office info.orghttps://t.co/tfrfmyH0hQ pic.twitter.com/Ui9Xm431bN

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07/12/23

Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating. May you experience peace, love, and light through the holiday and the new year, from GLF Schools pic.twitter.com/b4IM0KGlpO

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22/11/23

We are excited to welcome new children to Hardwick's Nursery in January - get in touch with the school office (info.org or 01295 258355) or check out our website for more information or to arrange a tour. pic.twitter.com/tUfbtSezwc

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18/04/23

We are currently full for our September 2024 Reception intake, but you can join our waiting list in case any allocated places become available. Contact Oxfordshire's Admissions Team via: https://t.co/25AbnvUIPx pic.twitter.com/ymZTnGjsSy

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17/04/23

A huge welcome to all our new and existing families who will be part of our new Reception cohort in September 2024 - we can't wait to have you with us! Keep an eye out for your welcome letter from us soon 😀 pic.twitter.com/IfilmCBVVi

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08/09/22

We express our deepest sympathies for the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Her dedication to the UK, other realms & territories is unparalleled & we thank her for her service. Our school will observe the mourning period whilst continuing to support our children, families & staff pic.twitter.com/c8RfQfOMmh

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20/06/22

A great end to day 1 of our Y6 residential - campfires, smores & sunsets. We can’t wait for Day 2 pic.twitter.com/dQZitLvdPS

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20/06/22

Home for the next 3 days! Our Year 6s, alongside our sister school , have arrived and settled into HillEnd pic.twitter.com/jJlMZDjDrc

Healthy Schools

At Hardwick, we are very committed to promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles and choices for the children, their families and ourselves.  Research undertaken by the School Food Trust has found that eating a healthy diet can have a direct impact on children’s ability to learn effectively and has a positive effect on their concentration and behaviour.  Across the country there is increasing concern about rising rates of obesity and related health problems in children.  As a school we believe it is part of our responsibility to help children learn how to keep themselves healthy and we encourage them to eat healthily, exercise regularly and to drink plenty of water.

As part of our school curriculum offer we develop the children’s understanding of how to be healthy and fit.   Subjects such as Science, PE, Design and Technology and PSHE all contain elements relating of leading an active healthy lifestyle. 

All children from Years 1 to 6 will engage in regular PE sessions each week alongside break and lunchtime play opportunities. Children in the Foundation Stage will also have a PE lesson in addition to their daily use of the outdoor learning environment. A range of extra-curricular clubs are also available to children to help them to stay active.

All children should have a balanced diet, which includes plenty of water and fruit, alongside their three main meals.  Breakfast is essential and we urge all families to ensure their children have a suitable breakfast before coming to school. Throughout their day they will also need regular access to fresh drinking water to keep them hydrated and alert for learning.

Lunch is an important meal for everyone, particularly growing school-aged children.  At Hardwick, we want to ensure that all children enjoy their lunchtimes and have the opportunity to eat a healthy and nutritional lunch.

Children are encouraged to bring a healthy packed lunch in a named lunch box or bag.  Whilst it is the parents’ choice as to what they put in their children’s lunch box, we do encourage a healthy mix and we do not allow children to eat sweets, chocolate bars or drink fizzy drinks as part of their lunch. 

Getting ideas and inspiration for what to include in your child’s lunchbox can be a difficult task.  Healthy eating is simply about getting a better balance and eating a wide variety of foods.  All foods provide energy and nutrients and it is achieving the correct intake of those nutrients that is important for health.  Variety is the key to a healthy diet, so try not to offer the same foods on consecutive days.  By including a broad range of different foods, a much wider variety of nutrients will be eaten.  The ‘Healthier Lunchbox Checklist’ helps to explain what ‘a healthy mix’ means in terms of getting a good balanced meal in a lunchbox.

Healthier Lunchbox Checklist:

Have you included…?

  • A good portion of starchy food: e.g.  thick wholemeal bread, chapatti, pitta pocket, pasta or rice salad?
  • Plenty of fruit and vegetables: e.g. an apple, a satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini-can of fruit chunks or small box of raisins?
  • A portion of milk or dairy food: e.g. individual cheese portion or pot of yogurt?
  • A portion of lean meat, fish or alternative: e.g. ham, chicken, beef, tuna, egg, hummus or bean/lentil salad?
  • A drink: e.g fruit juice, milk or water.

    Please note that we are a NUT FREE school so please do not send any nuts or products containing nuts (such as peanut butter or cereal bars with nuts) into school with your child.

The following links contain some useful information on healthy packed lunches:

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/childhealth6-15/Pages/Lighterlunchboxes.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/healthy-lunchbox-picnic.aspx