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Chagford Church of England Primary School

Newsletter 24th April 2015 

Dear Parents and Friends,

We have all enjoyed a wonderful week of sunshine and the children have been using the school grounds to their full extent. I have seen every class outside for their cricket sessions with Divan Marais and the tennis racquets have been out in force in our PE lessons. The children’s learning has also been taken outside with clusters of children using the quad and outdoor seating around the school to do their group work. It has been a wonderful week to walk around the school and see how the children collaborate together to achieve their learning.

It has also been a fantastic week for sporting competition. Last Friday the football team represented Chagford School at the West Devon Finals at Okehampton College on the all-weather pitches. The children were an absolute delight to be around for the afternoon and Craig and I were incredibly proud of their support for each other and commitment to the tournament. The games were fast and furious and all the children had to work very hard to keep up with the pace of each game. Although the team did not make it through to the finals on the day they did score some superb goals – much to the delight of the spectators! Fletcher was a force to be reckoned with in goal and made some spectacular saves, keeping the team in sight of winning during most of their games. Well done to you all for reaching the West Devon Finals and representing the school so well. Could I also thank those parents who were able to attend – their support was invaluable to the children.

Yesterday, Mr Evans and I took 25 children to the Cross Country Weaver Cup competition. It was a perfect day for running, with a cooling breeze compared to earlier in the week, and all the children ran extremely well across the almost two mile course. I am delighted to say that we came back with silverware in the form of medals for the A team who came second overall in the competition. The personal performances of some children were impressive; with five of the six boys in the A team coming in within the top 12 runners. Well done to each and every one of you; the running was superb. I have a feeling that we will be taking the cup from South Tawton next year!

Thank you for observing my recent reminders regarding the wearing of correct school uniform. I have to say that the children are much more aware of the expectations and will seek me out to personally explain if they have an issue on a particular day concerning their uniform. I do appreciate your support in maintaining the sense of pride that we have as a school.

Dates & Reminders

Collective Worship – Tuesdays

Parents are always welcome to come along and support the children in their class assemblies, they love an audience! The dates for this half term are:

Tuesday 28th April – Picasso 2

Tuesday 5th May – Mrs. Wiseman (Bank Holiday Monday)

Tuesday 12th May – SATs so no class assembly

Tuesday 19th May – Picasso 1

Notices & Requests 

Clubs

Many of you have been getting to grips with our clubs and School’s Out booking system Libacura, it is an essential way of ensuring proper safeguarding at all times and your cooperation is very much appreciated. If you would like your child to attend any after-school activity club please follow the steps below – it’s really quick and once created you will have total control over what activities your children can participate in. Importantly it enables us to know where they should be going at 3.30pm!

Details of how to do this are listed on the “clubs” page of the website or you can follow the links below.

TO REGISTER PLEASE VISIT  https://libacura.co.uk/register/chagford 

To login, please go to  https://libacura.co.uk/fd/login/ 

If you already have an account for Schools Out there is no need to create another account.

Fixtures

Just a reminder that next Thursday 30th April we are playing Football and Netball against North Tawton at home. Matches will be between 3.30 and 4.45 pm.

SATS Week 

The week commencing May 11th is SATS week (school exams for year 6 pupils). In order to keep disruption and noise to a minimum during this period we have asked that there be no external music classes for that week. Thank you for your cooperation.

Meal-Time Assistant Bank Staff Wanted

We are currently looking for Meal-Time Assistants to help in school on a casual basis. The role would involve helping the children with their lunches and supervising playtime for a period of approximately 1 1/2 hours over lunchtime. If you think you may be interested please contact the school office for further information on 01647 432412.

Gardening Helpers Needed

We benefit from such wonderful outdoor spaces here at Chagford School, they do however take some maintaining! If anybody is interested in sparing some time (no matter how little) in tending our vegetable garden we would be very grateful. Please contact the school office if you are able to help. 

News

Photography Competition Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Okehampton Rotary Club Photography Competition:

1st Prize Harry Mount – the cat in the daffodils

2nd Prize Kit Rush – the sheep

3rd Prize Lewis – the crocus in Simmons Park

Thank you to all who voted.

Attendance Statistics

Congratulations go to Banksy class for achieving 97.06% attendance this weeks, Matisse were a close second with 96.91%.

PTFA News

I hope that you will all have received your ‘fundraising ideas survey’ via pupil post this week. It’s really vital that we hear your views on what events the PTFA should be concentrating on – so please fill them in and return them to the school office (or via your child) by next Friday. Thank you.

Our next meeting is on the 6 May (Weds), 7.30pm in the 3 Crowns, you don’t have to officially be on the committee to come along – any parents, staff or friends of the school are all welcome! Hope to see you there, Ruth Bint

Clubs & Sporting Activities

NEW – Cricket Club for Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2)

Mr. Evans and Andy Bold will be running this club at school starting this coming Monday 27th April between 3.30 and 4.30pm for years 1 and 2. To sign up visit the clubs page of the website and follow the instructions.

Friday After-School Football Club for Reception and Year 1

This summer term, the Friday after school football club is a special programme aimed at our very youngest footballers; those in Reception and Year 1.  The activities within these sessions have been specifically chosen to suit children of that age, girls or boys, of any ability; whether just starting out or having played football before.  We are also very keen for their parents to join in (ladies or gentlemen, of any ability!).  The primary objective of the sessions is to be enjoyable, allowing the children to improve at football, certainly, but more importantly to do it in an atmosphere of fun, at their own pace.  The activities of each session will consist of a set of specifically chosen fun games, which are enjoyable in their own right but are based around developing the basic movements required in football (ball control, running, jumping, dodging) but are also consistent with developing an interest and enthusiasm in sport more generally.

The sessions are taken by Chagford FC Youth Coach, Mark Goodman – FA Level 2 (Youth Modules 1 and 2), 3.30 and end at 4.30 and cost £2 per child, payable to the coach.

Tennis Coaching with Chagford Tennis Club 

From then onwards coaching times will be the following:

Moretonhampstead (King George V Sports Centre) – Monday afternoons: 

5-6pm – under 9’s

6-7pm – 9,10,11

7-8pm – 11+/Adult

Chagford – Saturday mornings:

9.45-10.45am – under 9s

10.45-11.45am – 9,10,11

11.45-12.45pm – 11+

Any queries please contact Jackie on 01647 231055. 

Entertainment & Events 

Christian Aid Sponsored Walk Newton Abbot – Saturday 16th May 2015, Decoy Country Park

You are invited to walk our beautiful 10 mile route around Decoy Country Park. You could even take the challenge further by wearing flip flops or fancy dress! You can raise money for your walk using our sponsorship form or by setting up an online page (JustGiving or VirginMoney for example); please let us know so that we can thank you! Registration begins at 9am for a 9.30am start at the Information Centre. Nearest postcode TQ12 1EB Parking: Decoy Road Pay and Display or coach Road Free parking.

Have a great weekend!

Liz Wiseman