Dear Parents,

As we near the end of September, completing the first month of our school year, I am delighted to see our Three Hares Primaries in full flow with our children engaged in active learning about their schools and the communities surrounding them. I met with our Academy Committee (Governing Body) last week, where the leadership of the schools reported just how fantastic our team of staff have been, in setting up the classrooms and developing the teaching & learning, ready for this term. Our teachers and teaching assistants have worked tirelessly to develop the curriculum and organise resources for a smooth transition into the new academic year. On behalf of our governors, may I take this opportunity to officially thank our staff for their dedication and hard work.

It has been a busy few weeks and many parents have taken up the offer to come into school to meet the teachers and hear a little more about the year ahead.

Next week, I am looking forward to meeting with school councils to talk about our school logos. We are hoping to incorporate the Three Hares within each logo, which will then be included on future school uniform, website and other branded items. Our websites are also an aspect of current consideration for redevelopment, in order to make sure they accurately represent the lives of our schools and the Department for Education compliancy requirements. Please bear with us whilst we work on this key window into our schools.

In my role, I enjoy such a variety of interesting elements which make up each week as I join each staff team in each school, but this week has had a couple of wonderful highlights. On Tuesday, I accompanied children from the Three Hares Primaries at a festival of athletics, held on the sports field at Tavistock College. It was heartwarming to see our children inter-mixing and encouraging each other as they tackled track and field events with other primaries from across our multi-academy trust. Fortunately, the rain held off until we were back on the bus back to schools and the children were excitedly recalling their experiences. A fun day of sport was enjoyed by all and we are grateful to the Y10 students of the college who organised the activities as part of their GCSE curriculum.

The second highlight of my week was to take a small sample of each school choir to Okehampton College where we joined with schools from across our MAT, to learn some songs to be sung after Christmas in a special day, at the moment referred to as our ‘Trust Day’. More details will follow in due course. Our Three Hares children were magnificent in their behaviour throughout a three hour rehearsal; this was no mean feat as we learned songs with complicated harmonies and in Latin, alongside others which we knew a little better!

Well done to all of our children for another super week in school and I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Kindest regards

Mrs E Underwood

Executive Headteacher