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Newsletter 10th October 2014

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

Autumn has definitely arrived and the heavens have opened this week! The majority of the children have remembered to bring in waterproof coats, enabling them to get out at playtimes in between the showers and continue to enjoy the fresh air, thank you. Please continue to bring these in so that your children are always prepared.
This week has been a continual show of how confident our children are becoming; with a wonderful Collective Worship led by Gaudi Class and a Harvest Festival Service in the church involving the whole school, even our very youngest children. The Harvest Service was both enjoyable to watch and reflective in its content and the children were excellent representatives of the school in both their behaviour and enthusiasm to be part of their individual class contributions. Well done to all the children and teachers for sharing the message of Harvest with our community and to all those families that were able to contribute to the food collection, which will be given to the Okehampton Food Bank. 
The children continued to develop their confidence in the sporting arena this week with our netball and football teams representing the school at the North Tawton Tournament on Tuesday. The reports on how they got on are included in this newsletter, so please read on however I know that both Craig and Tina were incredibly proud to be with our children throughout the day, so well done everyone. 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Craig Astill, Chris Mount and Tina Adams for giving their time to support our children in both weekly clubs and the positive contributions that they make from the side-lines.  As a school we are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated people working with Mr Evans and myself to provide the range of sporting opportunities now available to our children. We couldn’t do this without your continued commitment, thank you!

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 11th October – Ground Force Day and Apple Pressing 10am – 2pm, Chagford School
Saturday 11th October – Chagford Swimming Pool Annual Pudding Night 7pm, Jubilee Hall 
Monday 13th October – School Nurse in School 9am – 11am
Monday 13th October – Tempest Photography deadline 10am

Collective Worship: 

This week Picasso class will lead collective worship, parents and carers are welcome to join us.

Attendance Results: 

Congratulations to Monet,  the top class for attendance this week with 99.07% followed by Gaudi with 97.83%. Adding a new dimension to the statistics, out of the whole school the Girls take the lead with 91.09% and the boys have 89.32%. 

Tempest Photography: 

Please note that your last chance to bring back orders for school photos will be Monday 13th October by 10am, Tempest will be coming to collect the order forms from us, after which point you will have to place orders directly with them.

Pie of the Week:  

Gaudi class have chosen ‘Chicken and Ham’ pie for Tuesday’s menu!

Change to the Menu:  

For Wednesday’s roast there will be ‘roast pork’ instead of chicken. 

Note for Mondrian Class Parents:

Please could all Mondrian class parents and carers use the Mondrian class entrance (through the gate and along the path), rather than coming in through Matisse Class. This ensures that all staff are aware of which adults have come in with their children and are ready to sign them in. Thank you for you co-operation from the FSU team.

October Holiday Club:

Next week we will be sending out our schedule with information about the fun and games on offer during our October Holiday Club. We would like to give you prior warning that, due to Staff training, we will NOT be running on Friday 24th October (non pupil day).

Vomiting and Diarrhoea: 

Now that the cold and bug season is on us, please note that if any pupils have experienced any vomiting or diarrhoea, unless clearly travel sickness, they need to wait 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped before returning to school in order to avoid passing it on to others.   

Contacting the School:

Please could we remind parents and carers to use for all communication by email with the school. This is a dedicated email just for parents so we can deal with your messages and changes to pick-up arrangements promptly and avoid them getting lost in the large number of general school admin emails each day. 


We have a lovely little blue bead bracelet waiting for its owner in reception, come and see us if you think it may be yours.

School Nurse Visit:

Gillian Gibson, the school nurse will be visiting us from 9 am to 11 am on Monday 13th October.  Any parents or carers who have any health concerns, queries or questions are welcome to drop in to see her.  This is due to be followed by Reception Year and Year 6 height and weight check – however the nurse has informed us that she may well have to re-visit the school to carry out these at a later date.  We will keep you informed.

Ground Force Day and Apple Pressing:

Sat 11th October, drop in between 10 am and 2pm. Come and help to make the school grounds a beautiful place for our children to play in! Bring tools if you can, lots provided if you can’t. Even just an hour weeding helps! Fab homemade soup and fresh bread rolls to buy for lunch, for a small cost of £2.00, between 12.30 and 1.30pm. Also FREE apple pressing! A traditional apple press run by community volunteers in the school playground, so bring your own apples! Hope you can join us……. 
Rachel Basham

Chagford Swimming Pool’s Annual Pudding Night: 

Chagford Swimming Pool’s annual and delicious Pudding Night is on Saturday at 7pm in the Jubilee Hall.  Reward yourselves for all the hard work at Ground Force Day with a mouth-watering array of puddings, including pavlovas, trifles, chocolate bread and butter pudding, cheesecakes, fruit salads, crumbles, steamed pudding etc. Adults: £7, under 12s £5 for more puddings than you can eat!  Tickets for sale at Sally’s Newsagents and on the door if they haven’t sold out! 

Okehampton Music Centre Opening Night:

Parents, carers and children are warmly invited to attend the opening of the brand new Okehampton Music Centre, which takes place on Tuesday 14th October between 4-6pm, at the Octagon theatre on the college campus. The Centre is an initiative aimed at reaching children who would like to learn an orchestral instrument such as viola, cello, bassoon, oboe and brass.  
The centre will be open every Thursday between 4-6pm term time, and will be staffed by peripatetic staff, college music teachers and volunteers. Children will be taught in small groups, the lessons being heavily subsidised by Community Lynx, an Okehampton based organization which supports children and families in the Okehampton learning community. I am told that there are a few places left at the free opening event for children and their parents. This promises to be a great evening where children will have the opportunity to try instruments out, watch the BBC Ten Pieces film, and even meet the wonderful cellist Julian LLoyd Webber! If you would like to attend, please call Heather Parks on 01837 650933. For any further information please come and chat to Lisa Rowe, who has more details about the project. Lisa Rowe

Football Team News:

Congratulations to the Football team who performed really well at the tournament on Tuesday, beating Hatherleigh 2 – 1, drawing 2 – 2 with North Tawton and narrowly losing 1- 0 to the eventual winners Okehampton.  Last year we lost (heavily!) to all of our rivals whereas this time we scored more goals, conceded less & were competitive against everyone. The top goal scorers were Lucas 3, Harry & Finn. Special mention goes to Kit Rush for absolute heroics in goal (it was the first time he had ever played there!), & to Flo Hassall who defended/battled superbly – incidentally, the only girl in any of the six school teams in the football tournament!
Chagford 2 Hatherleigh 1
South Tawton 4 Chagford 0
Chagford 1 Boasley Cross 4
North Tawton 2 Chagford 2
Okehampton 1 Chagford 0
All of the children demonstrated positive attitudes, endeavor and team spirit and were a credit to Chagford Primary School.  Craig 

Netball Team News:

Firstly I would like to say how proud I was to take the netball team,  Selini, Caitlyn, Erin M, lily J, Finlay, Kate and Biba, to the North Tawton netball tournament.
The team represented Chagford Primary School to a very high standard with an excellent attitude, behaviour and 100% enthusiasm. We faced tough challenges during the day battling not only against bigger more powerful teams but also against the torrential rain and wind as well. The team never complained about the weather or when they lost a game, they continued to smile throughout the whole day with their heads held high playing netball games and enjoying themselves.
The team won the “Teddy” for the fair play award, which was awarded to theteam and staff that demonstrated the most sporting behaviour both on and off the court. The team cheered so loudly at the awards ceremony when they all got up to collect the “Teddy” and certificate you would have thought they had won the tournament!  Congratulations to everyone for a fantastic day. Tina

School Councillors:

This year’s school councillors have been duly elected and they are:
Year 1Birdie & Will
Year 2Emily & Henry
Year 3Phoebe & Albert
Year 4 Kate & Ronan
Year 5 Erin & Bertie
Year 6 Zvanna & Freddie.
Congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing your proactive ideas around the school.

Adults Sports Clubs at the School:

Dartmoor Karate – Karate Classes for Adults:
Dartmoor Karate are holding classes in traditional Japanese Shotokan karate on Monday evenings during term time from 6.00 to 7.30 (beginners 6.00 to 7.00) in the school hall.  Classes are for adults only and are a good way to get fit and learn self-defence in a controlled environment.  Beginners are very welcome.  For more information please contact Nick Lloyd on 01647 433248 or see
Dartmoor Core Fitness:
Full body workouts for men and women on Thursday evenings 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Have a super weekend and I will look forward to seeing some of you at our ground force day tomorrow.
Liz Wiseman