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 Code Ninjas Holiday Camp 




The North Wall Workshops - Dec 2022

  • NW Inventors: Creative Christmas Workshops

19 - 21 Dec

9am - 12pm 

In this three-day workshop, we will be doing a mixture of all things festive! Expect to get crafty with the tinsel, make snow globes and Christmas scenes as well as act out some much-loved Christmas stories. We lead playful, energetic, and inclusive workshops, with a string commitment to having fun!

Places: £45 for three-days (full bursary places available)

Book here: 

  • YouthLab: Winter Workshops

19 - 21 Dec

2pm - 5pm

Join us for three days of fast paced, fun and creative workshops; we will improvise, devise, write, direct, build characters, explore movement and PLAY! We lead playful, energetic, and inclusive workshops with a strong commitment to having fun.

Places: £45 for three-days (full bursary places available)

Book here: 

  • Theatre Club for Young Carers aged 10 - 18

22 Dec


The Tale of Beauty and The Tail of The Beast 

Open to anyone aged 10-18 who identifies as a young carer.

It is important for young carers to have the opportunity to relax, take a break from their caring role, meet other young carers and have fun.

The Theatre Club meet monthly and have dinner together before watching a show at The North Wall.

There is no pressure to attend every month and it is all completely free. If transport is a problem, we can help.

More info: 

To sign up, email Abie on 



iRock School of Rock

Are now taking bookings for rock and pop band lessons at your child's school! This letter will tell you how your child could experience being in their own iRock band every week. Our band lessons are not only fun, but they can massively help develop your child's life skills: boosting confidence, supporting wellbeing, developing social skills and even helping to improve their academic performance.

iRock - Parent Sign Up Letter



Festive Christmas Choral Course in Oxford for young singers aged 7-13

Christmas course at St Barnabas' in Jericho have introduced a new Bring A Friend scheme  - offering £20 discount to both families if they use the code OxfordFriend when booking online, in addition to the sibling discounts calculated automatically.

Here's a reminder of the details: 

Course:   21 and 22 December 2022. 9.30 - 3.30pm   for those aged 7-13 who love to sing

Repertoire: Christmas Carols and Festive Music from the medieval to the modern - our own Carol Eurovision!

Where:  St Barnabas Church, Jericho,  Oxford

Tutors - Dr Edward Wickham (St Catharine's College, Cambridge), Rachel Maby (St Barnabas') and Henry Coop (Worcester College, Oxford)

How:  booking is via our website

Bursaries are always available on our courses



Christmas Tech Camp

Next Thing Education are running a Christmas Holiday Tech Camp on 21st – 23rd December and 28th – 30th December from 9 am – 4 pm each day at St Ebbe’s Primary School, OX1 4NA.

 It’s a digital world out there, so helping someone discover their inner innovator sounds like the ultimate gift to us. We have activities to suit every stocking! 

 Activities include:

  • Rocking Robotics 🤖
  • Elf Engineering ⚙️
  • Electronic Christmas Card Making ✉️
  • 3D Bauble Printing 🎄
  • Christmas Minecraft 💻
  • Pixel Programming 💡
  • Film Editing 🎥

An unforgettable tech adventure packaged with the Next Thing seal of approval. #GiftLearning 

The camps are designed to have a 50/50 mix of learning and fun, developing children’s skills in STEM and computing subjects whilst having lots of fun on the way. Helping to build technical and creative confidence, our tech camp equips students to solve real-world problems on their own.

Trusted by Parents - All the staff are DBS checked and receives rigorous training to ensure that your child is inspired to learn.  

Offer: Get £5 off using the code 5DEC

To check availability or to enrol simply visit:




Raring2go! Oxford Winter magazine for families

Please find attached link to the Winter edition of the online magazine for families: Raring2go! Oxford

They are the go-to guide for parents with Children aged 0-11years and have been around for over 16 years across the UK sharing great ideas of what to do and where to go for families during out of school hours, after school, weekends, school holidays etc. 



Kennington Amateur Dramatic Society




Oxford Rugby Club

On the lookout for new members!!




With increased amounts of traffic nowadays, the safety of children on our roads has never been more important and so it is vital that children learn how to be safer pedestrians and road users. The good news for schools is that Oxfordshire County Council have a child pedestrian Road Safety scheme called Footsteps, aimed at parents and carers. When children are at Primary School, they are normally brought to school by their parents who ensure they cross the road safely by telling them where and when it is safe to cross. This does not prepare children for the time when they start to walk to school without an adult. If they are ill-prepared, children are much more likely to be killed or injured in a road traffic incident, seen by the fact that the number of child pedestrians hurt rises significantly around 10 -12 years of age – the time at which they begin to go out unaccompanied by adults.

The aim of the Footsteps programme is to encourage parents and carers to help prepare their child for the time they will be independent. They will do this by including the child in decision making while they are together. This is a gradual process that can be adapted to the child’s age and ability and parents will be able to assess when their child is proficient enough to be independent. The programme is simple for parents to use as it can be carried out in normal everyday situations such as walking to school or to the local shops. Rather than telling children what to do, parents are encouraged to ask lots of open questions to make the children think about the decisions they are making.

For more information, please follow the link at Walking with children | 365Alive



Abingdon Avengers

We welcome young players from ages 6 -13 from beginners to experts. Abingdon Avengers are the “Next Generation” of Abingdon Hockey Club and lots of our players go on to play for our adult teams after their time with the Avengers.

We provide a safe, fun and professional hockey environment for girls and boys and we are always delighted to have new young people join us. The first two training sessions are free for juniors.

When & Where we train?

Sessions are held throughout the season on a Sunday morning from 9.30am-12.00 pm and are run at Tilsley Park astro-turf pitches by qualified experienced (international level) coaches. The morning session is split into age group sessions matching skills and abilities for a safe and inclusive session.

  • 9.30am - 10.30am U8s
  • 10.15am - 11.15am U10s
  • 11.00 - 12.00 U12s

More information and contact details to register for the free taster training sessions can be found here:



Botley Bridges - Who are they and what do they do? – Botley Bridges is a Community Charity set up to replace some of the services that were lost when local children’s centres closed in 2017. Their aim is to support local families from Botley, Cumnor, Dean Court, West Oxford and further afield with children under 5 by providing the following services: 

  • Stay and play sessions
  • Baby group (face to face and online)
  • Monthly well baby clinic with health visitors
  • Monthly Saturday family play sessions
  • School holiday activities (open to older children too)
  • Baby massage courses
  • Family learning workshops and courses
  • Parenting courses
  • First aid courses

 Botley Bridges Upcoming Workshops


Community Larder


The Community Larder is open every Wednesday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm (NEW HOURS). Alongside the Larder there is a second hand uniform stall which offers a range of free St Swithun's uniform. 

Apple Cafe

The Apple Café is a community café for Kennington in Oxfordshire, which is run by a group of volunteers for the purpose of giving our community a place to meet in a relaxed atmosphere with a drink and a delicious piece of cake or a healthy snack.

Visit the website:

Kennington Library

The Village Centre

Kennington Road



Tel: 01865 730763

24-hours renewal hotline: 0845 1202811 – PIN required

Opening hours

Monday 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10.00am – 12.30pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 2.00pm – 7.00pm
Saturday 10.00am – 1.00pm
Sunday Closed

Visit the website

Friends of Kennington Library

This group of volunteers aims to raise the profile of the library in the community and to run a programme of enjoyable book-related activities for both adults and children.

Visit the website

The 200 Club

The 200 Club is a school lottery ran by two parents to raise much needed funds for the school. It has recently been taken over by Mrs Brown and Mrs Nonweiler. If you would like to support the school and be in with a chance to win monthly cash prizes from £1 a month, please contact reception and we can put you in contact with them.

We would like to thank them for taking over the running of it as well as thank Mrs Reaney and Mrs Rawlings for all their hard work over the years keeping it running and raising much needed funds for the school.

Monies raised so far have purchased school ipads, lighting equipment, interactive whiteboards and most recently the circular wooden tree bench outside Poplar Class.

November 200 Club winners
1st- £50 ball 21
2nd - £20 ball 72
3rd - £15 ball 182
4th- £10 ball 1
5th - £5 ball 8

If anyone would like more information about joining, please email





Tuesday Evening Family Links Course