News from the Headteacher
Dear Parents and Friends,
Thank you to all of you who have come to school in spots or pyjamas today for ‘Children in Need’ and donated to such a worthwhile cause. It is always important for the children of Chagford School to know that they have helped those children who are less fortunate than themselves. It is so much fun seeing them all in our celebration assembly today in a whole variety of sleepwear! Our only concern was to convince them that they are not at a sleepover and still had lessons today!
The celebration assembly today was particularly pleasing to see so many children being rewarded for their learning behaviours in and around the school. As you all know we have been working together with the children on how important these skills are to our learning and we are now beginning to hear and see children applying these within the class and making progress in their learning as a result. Well done to all those who received certificates today.
Anti-Bullying Week – Next week is National Anti-bullying Week. The children will be exploring all aspects in their classes and you are invited to take part on Tuesday afternoon between 2:15-3:15, when all the classes will be open to watch some Anti-bullying work in action. Please feel free to join us if you can. Also on Friday the children will be leading the assembly to demonstrate how much they have learnt over the week in a variety of ways.
Hellos and Goodbyes – Unfortunately at the end of last half term Miss Westcott, due to personal circumstances had to leave her teaching assistant position, after a short time in post. We were very sorry to see her go and wanted to say goodbye however she didn’t want a lot of fuss made with the children and asked the school to carry on as normal on her last day. Therefore this is really a belated announcement to inform you as parents. Teaching assistant time has been reorganised to cover her role across the school.
At the end of this term Mrs Freeman will be leaving us as teacher covering planning, preparation and assessment for Y5 and Y6. Mrs Freeman has really enjoyed being part of the school over the last 6 months however she has a variety of up and coming music projects which she would like to pursue and of course a very busy local business to run too. Fortunately we are delighted to announce that Mr Turner; who currently works part time in Goldfinch class will be taking over this role as from the Spring term.
Mr Turner has also agreed to teach in Goldfinch class for 2 days a week from the Spring term when Miss Rowe will be resuming her 3 day school week. I know that the children will be pleased with this news as they have enjoyed his teaching. As a school we are delighted that the children will have some continuity after Christmas and I know that all the year 6 children in particular, had the fantastic opportunity of spending a week with Mr Turner at Grenville, which will prove invaluable when he teaches them in the new term. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr Turner to a more fulltime role within the school and look forward to working with him in the New Year.
Could I please say a huge thank you to Pin Coventry who has kindly offered her time and expertise as a librarian, to help set up our Accelerated Reader library. As a school we are investing in this new reading programme for KS2 children that will be launched after Christmas. This new programme does however involve gathering, reorganising, labelling and categorising all our reading stock around the school. This is a huge yet useful job but it is taking an incredible amount of time and energy; so thank you Pin, we really appreciate your kind offer.
Final thanks go to the marvellous PTFA for the Ground Force, Apple Pressing and Car Boot Sale day on Saturday. Ruth will give details of this and events to follow further on in the newsletter.
Moans and groans
Last week I was praising the fact that PE kits were in school at last however there are still a few classes where there are a number of children who do not have PE kit regularly every week. Please come and talk to us if there is a reason why your child does not own a PE kit and we will help to resolve this through second hand supplies or your £50 Pupil Premium fund, if you are eligible. All children need to have a PE kit in school. Thank you.
Wishing you an enjoyable (blustery) weekend,
Headteacher’s Stars of the Week
- Big Robins: Charlie for his positive attitude and self confidence in his ability with his ‘sounds’; Enya for her perseverance and self belief when she was finding it tricky to write the ‘v’ sound.
- Kestrel 1: Luca for his excellent attitude to learning and to play: he is interested in learning and makes the most of his learning time; he enjoys play and always takes care of his friends; Maisie Jayne for her kindness in class and on the playground; for her interest in learning and her positive response to challenge. Well done!
- Kestrel 2: Verity for her excellent literacy work, writing a detailed paragraph about what special clothes people wear; Alena for the opening paragraph of her letter.
- Goldfinches: Daisy – for working so hard on her writing, and improving her presentation hugely; Silvie – for such an enthusiastic approach to her learining, and improving her presentation also.
- Kingfishers: Joe S for trying hard in maths and joining in with all of the class discussions; Isa for showing positive learning behaviours in the classroom.
- Swifts: Leo for being really enthusiastic about his ghost stories in literacy this week; Kit for always approaching his learning with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
- Housemartins: Marley perseverance, being willing and happy to accept help, pushing himself even when in the learning pit; Ruby – working hard to develop her strategies and to be able to work successfully as part of a trio, developing her talk skills
Attendance Statistics – Big congratulations to both Kestrel 2 and Swifts with 100% attendance this week, Kingfishers can in 2nd with a very respectable 99.64%!
Netball and Football Results
Last night the netball and football teams played away at North Tawton School mand despite the very dim and blustery weather, they all played superbly well. Craig and I were both saying how well these children are working as a team this year and competing until the final whistle blows; there is no doubt that we will be seeing some wins very soon.
Netball A1 – Chagford 3 North Tawton 4
Netball A2 – Chagford 2 North Tawton 1
Football A1 – Chagford 2 North Tawton 3
Football A2 – Chagford 0 North Tawton 4
After School Club – Monday 16th November – This will be running this coming Monday.
School Calendar – Don’t forget that all key school dates (assemblies, outings, workshops, shows and services) are on the school public calendar under the ‘News’ tab of the school website or through this direct link https://www.chagford-primaryschool.org/newsevents/calendar.
Key Dates Coming Up –
- Monday 16th – Year 3 Gym and Dance Festival, Okehampton College, 9.45-11.45am
- Tuesday 17th – Open Class Session for Parents for Anti Bullying Week, 2.15-3.15pm
- Wednesday 18th – All Yr 6’s Hockey Festival – Okehampton College, 9.45-11.45am
- Thursday 19th –
- Goldfinch Class to visit the Eden Project
- Gillian Gibson – School Nurse Heights and weights Yr 6 and Rec.
- Kestrels 2 Collective Worship
- Football Netball match Hatherleigh Away, 3.45-5pm
- Friday 20th – Anti Bullying Week Assembly – All Classes
Collective Worship – Class-led assemblies will now take place on Thursdays. Dates for this term are:
- 19/11 – Kestrel 2
- 26/11 – Kestrel 1
- 3/12 – Swifts
- 10/12 – FSU Nativity Show dress rehearsal
FSU Underwear Required – Our Foundation Stage Unit would be very grateful for any donations of children’s underwear and socks for boys and girls, please drop them in the office or directly to the FSU. Thank you
Wood for Sale – Following the PTFA clearout there is a large amount of wood for sale. Please contact ruth for more information and costs. email@example.com, Facebook us or subscribe to our blog from the school website.
No Netball Club next Thursday 19th November – This club will not run due to an away match taking place that afternoon.
Exeter University Divali Festival – Following on from the Goldfinch assembly theme this week we thought you might want to know about this festival which included fun activities. It runs from 2.30-6pm on Sunday 15th at Exeter University. Look online for further information.
Mid Devon Scouts Open Evening – Thursday 19th November, 6-7pm, at Chagford Jubilee Hall.
The open evening will include puzzles, juggling, games and activities for everyone to get involved with, boys and girls, from 5½ to14, and parents too! At the end of the evening their will be an information session for parents to find out more about how they and their children can get involved. Many parents join in Scouting because they can see how much fun their children are having. Instead of waiting around for them, they come inside and get involved – and you can too. If you want to find out more then give Marc Coton (DC) a call on 07581 179890, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to our open evening on 19th.
I can’t thank enough those who came out on the windiest, rainiest and wildest day of the year to support our autumn apples and boots day. Despite the best of British weather we had a surprisingly successful morning: we cleared the wildlife area so that the children have far more space to roam and explore; we pressed apples all morning; and the car boot and refreshments made well over £100! Wow! It was so good to see members of the community coming in and helping, as well as parents and friends all getting stuck in – you are fantastic – thank you!
But now we have to turn our thoughts to Christmas. So our Christmas events planning meeting is this coming Monday, 16 November, 8pm at Clare Owen’s house (grey door, in between Blacks and 30 The Square, just come on up, the door will be open!). There is loads to do at this time of year – but it is all great fun – especially when the load is spread between lots of us! So if you can come on Monday you would be most welcome (even if you’ve never come to a PTFA meeting before). If you can’t make Monday night but still want to be involved in the Christmas events then let me know (contact details below).
Finally, following the clearout of the Wildlife area, we have a really huge pile of wood that would keep a woodburner going for most, if not all, of the winter! If you are interested in it then let me know (contact details below). POA.
Thanks all, Ruth
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