News from the Head Teacher
Dear Parents and Friends,
Well, it is already half term break and it is quite unbelievable to think that we are already half way through this academic year. The teachers and staff have had a busy half term ensuring that your children have a varied and exciting curriculum, with many of the classes being able to go on various topic related trips and visits since Christmas. This Wednesday was particularly quiet in school as Badger Class were visiting the bakery at Bovey Tracy and Hedgehog and Mole Classes were on their way to Bristol to visit the Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain. Both trips were very successful and the children were impeccably behaved with many excellent comments from the general public and visit guides. Well done to you all! Could I please thank Selina Simons and the PTFA, which helps to fund these trips for all your children to enhance the curriculum and inspire their learning.
On Tuesday, we had the author Tom McLaughlin visit the school to run workshops for all the children. I have had some super feedback from parents and children on how inspiring he was as a writer and being dyslexic this has particularly motivated those children who may otherwise struggle with reading and writing. Many thanks to Chagword for supporting this visit and hopefully many of our children will continue with their story writing and enter the Chagword Very Short Story Competition: closing date 20th February 2017.
Again on Wednesday, Tina and I took our netball team to participate in the West Devon Finals. The team were not fazed by the fact that they were playing indoors on a full adult sized court and played with real determination and sportsmanship. Virtually everyone in the team scored a goal and the standard of goals scored was very impressive. The team made it through to the semi finals after winning two out of their three games in the group. They were pitched against Okehampton Primary and unfortunately lost this match however each team member played to their full potential, right up until the last whistle was blown. Overall Chagford Netball team received Bronze medals and should be very proud of being positioned third in the whole of West Devon – a fantastic achievement!
During the second week back after half term – 27/2 – 3/3 we will be having our parent consultations. The sign up sheets will be available during the first week back so please either pop into the office or ring or email with your preferred time slot. It is very important that you take this opportunity to talk with your child’s teacher about your child’s progress so far this year. By working in partnership together, your child will have the opportunity to reach their full potential in all areas of their learning.
Tomorrow is the PTFA ‘Chocoholics Coffee Morning’ at Endacott House. Please try to go along, eat plenty of cake, chocolate and drink lots of coffee, all in support of your children: what more can you ask for? Thank you for all the contributions today for our non-school uniform day, they will help the coffee morning enormously.
This week, three pupils from Badger Class have been busy baking and selling cakes and biscuits in aid of Cancer Research. They have managed to raise an incredible £25 approximately and I have to say, the items on offer were delicious. Well done to all three of you for going out of your way to help others – you should be very proud of yourself.
Have a relaxing half term and remember Monday 20th February is a Non-Pupil Day, so we will look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 21st February.
Stars of the week
Big Robins: Abigail – for her work in phonics and thinking of a word that contained the or sound AND then putting it into a sentence – ‘I get up in the morning’. Max – for excellent attention and recall when we were talking about what a supersaturated solution!
Moles Class: For everyone in the class for making the most of our school trip. Very well done to you all! You represented our school superbly and looked after each other very well. I am very proud of you.
Hedgehog Class: All of my children were so well behaved and supportive of each other as we enjoyed our school trip that I don’t think I could pick just two!
Otter Class: Hugo – fantastic writing for his recount from West Town Farm using brilliant vocabulary and adverbials. Harly – focussing really hard on his targets, looking at what he needs to achieve and then going the extra effort to achieve them.
Badger Class: Dylan W, Mimi, Leotie- Showing extreme kindness and thoughtfulness to their classmate in his absence!
Fox Class: Malena for writing and sharing with the class an amazing ghost story. Rhiannon for always giving everything her best try and never giving in.
Red Deer: Finlay – perseverance, despite not being well, Finlay represented the school at netball and the quiz and has had a very successful week in the classroom too. Alisha – fabulous work on fractions, she’s not afraid to write and explain what she knows, a fabulous start to our topic
Top of the leaderboard this week with a Gold star is Yellow house. Silver and Bronze awards to Red and Green houses. Well done everyone. We will be returning to class attendance after the half term holiday.
Dates for your diary, Events, News and activities:
Dance Club – Well done to everyone who took part in our dance club! Unfortunately due to Mrs. Thomas’ many commitments we will not be able to run this club after the half term holiday.
KS2 Football club – Ther will be no KS2 football club on Tuesday 21st Feb but we will be back to normal the next week.
Our two valiant school football teams travelled to Bridestowe yesterday to play Dartmoor Federation. On a very small, bobbly pitch in near-freezing conditions, our A1’s were quick out of the blocks and were 3-0 up by half-time. A few changes for 2nd half meant we ‘lost our shape’ a bit as the Fed rallied to make a game of it, but Chagford ended up 4-2 winners. Goals from a Harry Mount hat-trick (15 goals in 11 league and tournament games this season!) and yet another Charlie Jones goal scored direct from a corner! This was the first time we have beaten the Federation in three seasons, so well done everyone, especialy Henry Hassell in goal in first half and Barney Goodwin’s excellent team play and captaincy. A2’s were narrowly beaten 1-2 but our opponents fielded four first-teamers in this game. Joe Sherlock scored our only goal; he has scored in every A2 league game: 6 goals in 3 matches. We have now played 14 games (8 tournament/6 league) and we have Won 8 of these, Drawn 4, Lost 2, Scoring 39 and Conceding 13. Next game at home to South Tawton March 2nd.
Great progress this past fortnight: we’re sooo nearly there!
1) last week: all the bells and all associated gear hoisted up into belfry, the 7th bell being particularly strenuous work manually on a block and tackle. Fortunately our bell-hanger worked a way of using the electric hoist to get our Tenor (complete with new cast iron headstock) up most of the way! Frame mostly bolted together, rather like some giant Meccano set. By end of play Friday all bells were swinging in their pits, and the big wheels of the back four bells all fitted.
2) All the remaining gear fitted this week: front four wheels, all the clappers, the pulley boxes, more steel bracing for the frame and bolt-tightening; the runner boards, sliders and stays; two sets of rope guides in the intermediate chamber that houses the clock; and, of course, bell ropes!…and a good deal more cleaning up – a considerable amount already done last week. By Thursday evenng, the biggest two bells 7 & Tenor) had been swung up by their wheels, two make sure that their clappers cleared the wall – quite tight! – so one or two folk might’ve heard some bells and wondered… So, pretty well there now, except…
While the Shakespeare is on next week, the bell-hanger will be elsewhere on another job, but will return the following week to complete our rehang: a tower scaffold will be needed inside the tower again, to fit two sets of rope guides in the clock chamber, and the then ropes can go on for a trial ring, and final adjustments can be made to the old rope guide in our ringing chamber, and to the clappers.
With the Rededication Service booked for Saturday morning of 1st April (yes, really) – details to follow in due course – we will have a few weeks to get used to our refurbished ring of bells in their new frame, with their new fittings!